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Unexpected Blessings

A few weeks ago my aunt said something to me in regards to a Facebook status update that really made me sit up and think. At the time I was a bit miffed over the foster care people FINALLY calling me about placing a child. After so many months of waiting and hoping for a child, they called and had one for me on the day I was packing the moving truck to leave Utah. I was frustrated, to put it mildly.
But my aunt in all her wisdom said she had been thinking how great it was that the agency hadn't ever placed a child with me. Just think of all the things I would not have been able to do that were so important to me if I had had a child. I couldn't have gone back to Virginia for my grandfather's funeral. I couldn't have stayed so long either. And I couldn't have gone to Haiti.
Just think of all the unexpected blessings I received by not getting the thing that I wanted so much.
And now I am learning a new lesson. When we are humble and contrite we are more open to new o…

Six Degrees of Separation

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This weekend I had the fun chance to go up to Branson, MO to visit my friend Cindy, her husband Tom, his son Kyle, and daughter-in-law Tara. Cindy and Tom currently live outside Phoenix, Kyle and Tara in Dallas. Tara, Cindy and I sat down for some good old fashioned girl talk while the men were off grilling (insert "Home Improvement"/Tim Allen "ho-ho-ho" here). Within minutes we made a crazy 6 degrees of separation connection. I don't remember how we got on the subject though! But it went something like this-



As you may have noticed I am friends with the band Due West.
One of the boys in the band is my friend Matt.
Matt's girlfriend is Cardin.
Cardin's sister is Katie.
Katie and Tara are childhood friends!
But it keeps going!
Katie is married to Nathan.
Nathan's sister is Liz, one of my oldest friends!
Liz, Nathan, and I grew up in the the Oakton/Herndon area of the DC suburbs.
In her college years Tara lived briefly in Herndon. But she never knew …

Things to Do in Arkansas

I've been making a list of things to do in Arkansas to keep me entertained and to teach me about my new state and surroundings. If you know of anything within a 400 mile radius of me, let me know. I'm open to suggestions! My goal is to try and do one of these things each weekend.

1. Crater of Diamonds State Park- a state park where you get to dig for diamonds. And if you find one, you get to keep it! I'm saving this one for when Little comes to visit me. About 5-6 hours away.

2. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Oklahoma City Temple (about 3 hrs away)

 3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Memphis Temple (about 4 hrs away)

4. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock - I've never been to a Presidential Library before. I'm very curious about it. About 3 hours away. Will definitely be combined into a bigger trip to Little Rock.

5. War Eagle Cavern- Located on a secluded site used by the Indians hundreds of years before the first European settl…

The No TV Challenge

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A few weeks before leaving Utah I turned off our cable subscription. I made some crazy decision to take a No TV Challenge. I can still watch TV shows on iTunes or Hulu. But I'm just not subscribing to cable. (And trust me there is no broadcast TV here!) It has been roughly 4 weeks without TV now.
I'm not so sure how I feel about it yet. I still get to watch my favorite shows (with the exception of 1) online. And really, I spend less time watching TV because it is faster to watch it online. But I find I'm not getting as much done (as some people suggested that I might). Watching a show online means I'm not able to multi-task like I usually do when watching TV. So really, not having a TV means I am getting less done.
Granted, things are a little unusual right now. Normally I have a few more distractions during the course of a week to keep me entertained and occupied. But right now friends and activities are in short supply, and really I don't have much to do. The T…

I'm confused

I have some fun pictures to show you of Arkansas, but for some reason my blog has decided to stop posting pictures. The little button for picture posting has disappeared on me. I can only post from URL's?? I don't get it. So, for the record, I have pictures. Some are even interesting. And I tried. I really did. But I don't know why I can't make it happen.

And These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

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And These Things Shall Give Thee Experience by Neal A. Maxwell

I listened to this book on CD while driving down here. And I have listened to key parts over and over again since finishing it. Because the CD was an abridged version, I have now ordered the full book on Amazon. It has made that much of an impact on me.

The Amazon product description-
In the midst of deep affliction, the Prophet Joseph Smith was told, "All these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." The world at that moment was shown anew that God is aware of man's suffering, and that pain is not without purpose. Such concepts are not always easy to accept, but, as Elder Maxwell observes, "the hardness is usually not in their complexity, but in the deep demands these doctrines make on us." All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience focuses on some of the "hard doctrines" that members of the Church must grapple with in the latter days. This book will hel…

New Life

There is so much to say about my new life here in NW Arkansas. It is beautiful here. I wasn't prepared for how pretty it really is! I was never a big fan of the Utah countryside- brown fields, brown mountains, dust, dirt, tumbleweed, and those stupid big mountains that block my view! (Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder!)  But I love the Arkansas landscape! Everything is green, green, green! Oh how I have missed green trees, green grass, green moss, and just green everywhere! Many flowers are blooming as well, so you also get big bright spots of color mixed in with the green. Right outside my window is a beautiful little seedling tree with beautiful purple buds all over it. I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but I love it anyway. Supposedly I'm living in the Ozark Mountains. I guess Utah has rubbed off of me a little bit because I can't see a mountain for the life of me around here. But there are some gorgeous rolling hills. Oh and the lakes! There are lakes ev…

Grandma's Feather Bed

I found this fun little John Denver and the Muppets number on YouTube today. It just makes me smile. I can't help but think of my cousins, and trying to fit six little girls into the back of a station wagon, or into one bed, or just trying to get us to all be quiet for some reason. I can't explain it all too well, but if you are one of those 5 other little girls, you know what I'm talking about. Our family loves John Denver, fun folk songs, and "lots and lots of cousins everywhere!" We may never have all tried to sleep in one big feather bed together, but if we had had one, we would have tried!




(And no, this has nothing to do with Arkansas, in-breeding, or my new life! Just fun little girl memories.)

Another Bend in the Road

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The closing chapter of the first Anne of Green Gables book is titled, "Another Bend in the Road." I believe it is Marilla that says it in regards to how one part of Anne's life is coming to a close, but how there will be so much more ahead, just beyond the bend, that she cannot yet see. (Wait, that sounds far too romantic for Marilla to say. Maybe Anne says it? If all my books weren't packed right now I'd go look. But you get the picture. Really, it was Lucy M Montgomery who said it, and I've always been proud to share my nickname (Lucy) with her.)
"Another bend in the road," is exactly how I am feeling tonight. An important chapter of my life has come to a close. But there is another bend in the road, with so much ahead that is not yet seen. The three years I spent in Utah were volatile roller coaster years to say the least. When I moved to Utah I was running away from something, desperately trying to leave my past behind me. This time things are …

So Much to Do!

I've got so much to do to make my little apartment a home! Today my new couch arrived and I love it. And I started painting the living room.
Tomorrow, fate willing, the moving truck will arrive with all of my earthly possessions. Finally I will be able to eat in my home again, sleep in a real bed, and stop wearing the same jeans over and over.
Ooh, and the internet installer comes tomorrow. Hallebooyah! I am going crazy with no internet, no tv, no DVD's, etc.
Oh who are we kidding? I just want to get settled in and start my new life!
Before and after pictures coming soon. Also, check the twitpics for in progress pictures in the righthand side bar.

Arkansas

I'm here. I made it. I drove all the way to Arkansas, and I've started my new life! There's a ton to say and nothing interesting to say all at the same time.
The drive was as boring and painful as you can imagine. Stuck in a car for 1,000 miles with a dog and a cat, and one or both of them peed on the blanket in the back, is always fun. I may never get the stench out of my car!
I like my new apartment. I chose not to have any expectations, except for one, going into this whole new world experience. The only expectation that I had was that I knew what side of town I wanted to live on. Somehow the internet guru that I am made a big mistake. I thought I knew which side of town I was on, what was around me, what church to attend, where the restaurants were within walking distance, etc. But no. Somehow I never noticed that every time I put in my address that it was showing me the city center, not the actual address. I have no idea how I missed that. So much to my surprise, I li…

Goodbye Seems to be the Hardest Word

I will just say it here. Goodbye. If for some reason I don't say goodbye to you in person this week, please understand it was completely intentional. I hate saying goodbye. It really just sucks. I hate doing it and don't want to do it again. Tonight was hard enough. I had to say goodbye to "Little," which has been pretty much the one thing I have dreaded above all others since losing my job back in December. Let it be known, there were a lot of tears. A LOT OF TEARS. And there still are. I've been crying all night. And I have no doubt she's crying at home right now too. There was a lovely family hug filled with tears with her, her mother, and sisters. (During which the littlest 5 year old sister asked, "Why are we crying?")
I just can't do it again. I know I will have to, but I just hate doing it. This is the first move I've ever had to make because I HAD to. All the other moves I've made in my life were because I wanted to. It was a big…

Keep Calm, Carry On

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I haven't said much about the upcoming move on my blog yet. I guess it is time to share! As mentioned before, I am moving to Arkansas to take a job with an ad agency. I'm excited to work on a big name national account doing what I love most- social media marketing. The agency itself (which will remain anonymous on this blog) is very reputable, well-known, and not a start-up (*ahem* as compared to my last 2 employers).
I am moving there sight unseen! I have been to the Little Rock area a few times on business trips, but never to the Fayetteville area. I did all of my job interviews over the phone and Skype, so I haven't even been to their offices or met them in person yet. I've even picked out an apartment just by looking at the website.
I figure at this point I could stress and worry and have a million expectations, or I can just roll with the punches and be surprised by everything.
I'm taking my dog, and I'm debating about the cats right now. I've made pl…

Being Happy, Being Single, and Over 30

After my rant earlier this week about dating advice, I thought I'd share my own advice to singles everywhere, particularly to the ones over 30. At first, I called this dating advice. But then I realized, it isn't about dating. It is about Being Happy, Being Single, and Over 30.



Here is the advice I wish we as singles would hear more often- People give bad dating advice all the time, so don't take it personally. People get asked out on bad dates all the time, so don't take it personally. Enjoy being who you are! Do not hold yourself back from experiencing life because someone else hasn't picked you yet. You are great. You are as God intended you to be (assuming you follow His commandments). Do not change yourself to win the affections of another. Who would you rather please? Your Father in Heaven? Or a person who has rejected you as you are? Do more and be more. You have no excuse to not contribute more to your community. Be happy, live happy! Make good friends, and…