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Camaro Rumble Ramble

So I haven’t posted a rambling blog in a while.

Because nobody’s got time for that.

Even though I really enjoy writing them. And I know someone enjoys reading them.

Anyone? πŸ˜›

Life’s been a little crazy lately. Navigating the new business, managing day to day things, Justin becoming a pastor, becoming a pastor’s wife, helping with a church plant, working with awesome clients, figuring out our financial future (read this – saving for retirement!)…

And now, we have to buy a new (to us, at least) car.

Yep. I’m about to ramble about the loss of my husband’s beloved Camaro.

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(A very pro, in-motion iPhone shot)

I’m not sure how we’ll get through this. And you think I’m kidding. This car is not a machine – it has a soul. His father bought it brand new in 1995 and it’s been in the family ever since. Justin’s driven it since he was 16. It’s been totaled, sideswiped, pranked, and repaired (a lot). It’s a part of one of his earliest memories. It’s also the car we went out on our first date in. It’s the car we drove around in when we were hunting for our first home. It’s the car we had our (very awkward) second kiss in.

Obviously not in that order. Rambling, remember? πŸ˜‰

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Anyway. This poor car. I’ve been the bad guy here – trying to get him to get rid of it for years. Ever since it was totaled back in 2009. But, I helped him salvage it anyway, finding mechanics to bring it back to life. We’ve put new tires on it, had the motors in the windows replaced, tried to manage damaged head gasket, put in a new stereo, had the passanger door replaced, put in a new catalytic converter…This could go on for quite some time.

Wanna know what totaled it?

A smog check.

No, seriously. If you’re reading this and do not live in California, you may not understand our frustration. Every vehicle in California must pass strict regulations in order to be re-registered as operational. And, if we lived in Nevada, just an hour away, we’d be smooth sailing. But, there’s a minor issue with the gas tank that keeps the Camaro from passing smog here in California. It wouldn’t be a big deal to fix, says our mechanic, but to get to the problem, well…it would cost about $500.

$500. That’s how much we’d get if we traded it in.

So, now that we put all this work into the car to get it in great shape, we can’t keep it. I guess it’s all worked out in a timely manor. We’re in need of a little more room anyway (read this – we’re not pregnant) – I’d love a compact SUV to fit our outdoorsy lifestyle. But, it sucks that it happened this way.

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So, RIP you rumbling, white ‘Maro. I’ll miss hearing Justin come home from work in it. Hopefully we can find something worthy of you in the next chapter.

Did You Hear?

Late Night with Seth Meyers premieres on the 24th after the Olympics!

Are you staying up to watch it?

Seth really hopes you will:

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With 12 years of SNL experience and a great, snarky sense of humor, Seth promises to be an awesome host to follow Jimmy Fallon.

Check out that logo:

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And, Fred Armisen’s leading the Late Night band. Ya, he is!

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Bulls and China Shops

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Don’t mix.

When I talk to people today, I will remember to be kind and considerate. Because I don’t know if they’re relating more to the steer or the crystal in that moment.

And, I hope I’ll encounter a few other who think the same way πŸ˜‰

Storytime

I saw this prompt on Facebook today (yes, I am Facebook friends with my college English professor πŸ˜‰ )…

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My response:

“I don’t know my story yet.”

I don’t. I mean, I haven’t made many permanent decisions in my short life.

I’m a boneified born-again Christian.

And I obviously got married.

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Hubba hubba.

But, I don’t have children (yikes), I never got around to getting a tattoo. I can’t even think of more unchangeable decisions I could make right now…

So, my point is, I don’t know how this story’s going to go.

I don’t know what’s coming up next.

And I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I actually think it’s pretty exciting. Things have turned out really, really well so far and I’m looking forward to whatever is next.

Not that life is never challenging. I’m one of those sensitive, over-analytical types. To me, most things are complicated. But my life continues to surprise me in ways I never could have planned myself.

Again, it’s not that it’s necessarily bad to have a plan for the future. As long as you’re flexible πŸ˜‰

Think about it this way. The world around us is constantly changing. The opportunities available to our generation are unbelievable. We can work from multiple settings instead of just in an office or workspace. We can receive a world class education anywhere WiFi is available. We have smartphones, which act as personal assistants and help us organize our lives. And, we can even see movies in 48fps (frames per second) ;).

So, how could we truly comprehend the possibilities available to us?

I just saw the movie “Her”. Do I recommend it? Not particularly, It’s kinda weird and uncomfortable and you just know it can’t end well, ’cause this guy falls in love with his OS (operating system).

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Ya. Weird and uncomfortable.

But it made me wonder. Is that coming? Not that that makes me feel excited for the future. That actually makes me worried. But I can’t even begin to understand where our world is headed!

If you’d asked me 6 years ago what I thought I’d be doing with my life, what I’m doing now would not have been my answer.

Graphic design and content creation? What did that even mean 6 years ago?

So I guess my bottom line here is: It’s ok to not know your story.

Have you ever heard how a movie ends and not wanted to see it anymore?

Btw – that happened to me recently – someone told me how this season of “The Walking Dead” ended. And now, I can’t bring myself to watch the rest of it. Be careful with your spoilers, people! πŸ™

Knowledge is power, right? Right.

So, instead of freaking out about some subplot of your story that isn’t going the way you hoped (love-life, work, school, money, friends…), think about this – the best is the stuff that hasn’t happened yet.

And it isn’t always fun to know how things will end up. Talk about spoilers.

And like the OS, Samantha, said in tonight’s movie, “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”

But we are living our present and have hope for the future.

Chins up.

Steamy Cleaning

Oh ya. You read that right.

I got a steamer thingy.

You know, one of these guys:

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This thing is amazing. I can use it on granite, grout, my stove, wrinkled clothes, baseboards, glass, so on and so forth forever and ever.

And it cuts through nasty messes I’ve never been able to get through before.

For instance: my stove. It’s great, don’t get me wrong. Cooking with gas is nice. Not life-changing for me, because I’ve always thought of a gas stove as a camping accessory (#firstworldproblems). But it’s great. And seriously difficult to clean.

My parents own a Molly Maid and I cannot tell you how much I desperately look forward to one of their teams coming over and cleaning, just so the stove will be presentable.Β It’s that bad. It’s nasty. And this gem here ^ got right through the nasty.

No, I don’t have a before pic.Β Because I’m lame. And embarrassed. But, I have an action shot!

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So, you basically just fill the thing with water (I use tap, but be forewarned that you will have to “unclog” the machine at some point because of mineral buildup), wait for the red indicator light to go out, and steam away. There’s a ton of attachments, too, that come in handy for different uses.

My fav’s the cloth-steaming attachment. Bye-bye, iron!

picstitchAnyway. Justin got me this for Christmas (dangerous business, buying home-things for Christmas presents…but this is so awesome that it’s totally a win for him πŸ˜‰ ) on amazon.com and I recommend it. I can’t wait to clean the grout between our floor tiles! Woohoo!

The things I get excited about now…I’m so domesticated.