Wednesday, June 29, 2011

You've just got to fight your way through

I found this quote by Ira Glass on pinterest. (don't have pinterest yet? GET IT!)

I can't say much deeply it spoke to me. As I read it to Jason, I had emotion rising up in my throat and my eyes were stinging.

I need to stop being so hard on myself as a designer. I just need to keep working, and working hard.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Jason and I have been married a year now. And what a year it has been! It is certainly an adventure to be married to Jason. He makes daily life so much more exciting and full of laughter. One of our mottos for this year of marriage has been "live and learn." We've made a lot of mistakes, but we're living and learning, together.

It's humbling to be a wife. In one of the books I read in preparation for getting married, it said that marriage shines a spotlight on your flaws. When I was single, it was easier to pretend to be "perfect." Now that Jason lives with me and sees all of me, it's glaringly obvious that I am far from it. But he still loves me, and it's such a blessing to have Christ's love for us reflected like that in our marriage. I'm so thankful God trusted me to be Jason's wife, and I pray that we continue to build our marriage on His love.

To celebrate both our anniversary and Jason's birthday, we took a trip north to Sedona. It was fantastic.

Saturday morning we went on a 6ish mile hike on the West Fork trail. It wore me out but I felt accomplished once we were done.

Jason the mountain man.

We crossed the creek so many times. Each crossing lovely and picturesque.

See that log Jason is walking towards? It seriously looked like a bear, ready to eat me.

During our hike, we passed this group of Asian tourists. There was several older people in the group, but they were so fast! We were amazed. Jason kept telling me to take a picture of them to remember them, but that's kind of awkward since they were behind us. I finally got a shot of this lone man who walked a little bit ahead of the group. We tried talking to him but he didn't speak English. He had to have been 60 though, and he definitely could have taken me in a hiking battle.

After the hike, we needed FOOD. We went to Simon's Hot Dogs. It had been rated on of the top 25 restaurants in Arizona by Arizona Highways magazine so of course we had to go there. Yes, I ate a gourmet hotdog after a 6 mile hike, and I'm proud of it. Oh and the caption for this picture is, "wife, please stop taking pictures of me."

Husband's face got happier once the food came.

For dinner that night, we went to the Heartline Cafe. Isn't their sign adorable?

At the concierge desk of our hotel, they told us about the look out point by the airport where we can watch the sunset. Sound's romantic right? Fifty or so other people thought the same thing, so we watched with a big crowd. Less romantic, but fun all the same.

On our last morning, we did more driving and taking pictures. I loved all the red buttes.

We also stopped at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. What an awesome structure!

We made friends with the Farmer's Market people. They made some awesome apple cider, but it was too expensive. We did get some peaches and I can't wait to try them.

I love our adventures. And we're only just getting started!

Friday, June 24, 2011

East of Eden

On of my classmates loaned me East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I've had it now for probably 5 months and STILL haven't finished it. The first half of the book, and we're talking 200 pages worth, was sooooo slow for me. I hate to admit it because it's a classic, and I feel like I have to like it.

It finally picked up for me after Cathy had the twins, and mercy there have been some descriptions that shock me they're so beautiful. Samuel Hamilton is such a fantastic character and most of my favorite moments in the book have been with him. Can I share a few with you? I doubt anyone will read on, but I want to save these for myself, so I can take all the bookmarks out of my book.

Page 282
...Samuel rode lightly on top of a book and balanced happily among ideas the way a man rides white rapids in a canoe. But Tom got into a book, crawled and groveled between the covers, tunneled like a mole among the thoughts, and came up with the book all over his face and hands.
(My favorite favorite favorite!)

Page 293
Places were very important to Samuel. The ranch was a relative, and when he left it he plunged a knife into a darling. But having made up his mind, Samuel set about doing it well. He made formal calls on all of his neighbors, the old-timers who remembered how it used to be and how it was. And when he drove away from his old friends they knew they would not see him again, although he did not say it. He took to gazing at the mountains and the trees, even at faces, as thought to memorize them for eternity.

Page 295
"Do you take pride in your hurt?" Samuel asked. "Does it make you seem large and tragic?"

Page 305
"I know it. I think that's why I picked him when he was a colt. Do you know I paid two dollars for him thirty-three years ago? Everything was wrong with him, hoofs like flapjacks, a hock so thick and short and straight there seems no joint at all. He's hammerheaded and swatbacked. He has a pinched chest and a big behind. He has an iron mouth and he still fights the crupper. With a saddle he feels as though you were riding a sled over a gravel pit. He can't trot and he stumbles over his feet when he walks. I have never in thirty-three years found one good thing about him. He even has an ugly disposition. He is selfish and quarrelsome and mean and disobedient. To this day I don't dare walk behind him because he will surely take a kick at me. When I feed him mash he tries to bite my hand. And I love him." (Samuel)

Okay that's enough for now, I need to get ready for work! But I'll leave you with a picture of James Dean, because apparently he was in an East of Eden movie. Hi James!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer times

Summer has been pretty good to us so far. It's been a good mix of relaxing, learning, and adventures.

We went to a Diamond Backs game last weekend. They lost but it was good fun.

(I honestly think my camera is dying. These pictures all came out so blurry. Makes me sad. But can I blame my looking like a 12-year-old on the blurriness? Please.)

Some friends joined us on our spontaneous adventure and it made it all the better! Thanks for coming Kellie and bringing your crew, and nice idea to rotate at an angle for the picture. Always a smart one. (Also, stand up straight Emily)

On the far right of the picture is our friend Kevin. Kevin and I both in the graphic design program, so naturally Kevin is awesome. We became friends over the last year, but it's kind of weird having a guy friend when you're married. I can't just call him up and go to lunch with him for obvious reasons.

Finally over the summer, Jason and Kevin have gotten to know each other and they hit it off better than I could have imagined. They have a ton of similar interests, and as a plus, they have the same food dislikes (sour cream and cilantro) so that makes it easy when cooking for them. Makes me happy that I could bring about this new bromance. Now to find Kevin a girlfriend so her and I can go shopping while the boys play basketball or Call of Duty....

PS Notice Jason and Kevin's matching shirts in the picture. Yep, they were meant to be.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Spiffy stuff

So sometimes I like to pretend to be a media snob. Like, "ugh, I don't watch American Idol, that over-produced show with too many flashing lights and not enough substance." But then my husband decides he kinda likes it? And in the process totally ruins my street cred. After American Idol is over, I started watching The Voice, with all the gimmicks and obnoxious sets and you guessed it, flashing lights. Guess what my husband does? Sticks up his nose and hates all of it. What the heck?

Anyways, I still watch The Voice and all it's overdone flashiness, and secretly kind of like it. But because of it, I discovered this adorable couple, Josh and Nicole, collectively named ElenOwen.

Does Josh not look like Ryan Gosling? The fact that they're married seals the deal for me. I said it before and I'll say it again. Adorable.

Also, Dia. From Meg & Dia who Katie introduced me to yearsssss ago. I finally connected this and was really excited.

Dia covering Mumford & Sons? Yes and yes. Take that husband!