Monday, October 29, 2012

St. Louie

We had a quick getaway to St. Louis (one of my favorite cities on Earth) for my uncle's wedding. My mother has 5 brothers and he is the first to get married (crazy boys)! I am THRILLED to finally have an aunt, and she's the most amazing woman.

I'm still trying to figure out the balance between my iphone camera and my dslr. And well, I did a pretty terrible job this weekend. I hardly got any good photos on my slr and now it's bumming me out. And I really didn't take enough photos in general. Double bummer.

Anyway, the church where the ceremony was held was right on the Arch grounds. So wonderful! It was built in 1845 so there have been many joyous occasions within those walls.

My dad + a suit and tie only happens once every couple years so it's worth taking a picture of.

Don't mind the squinting, it was rather bright. But goodness gracious do I love that giant sleek piece of stainless steel.

Jason's shoes have brought a lot of happiness into our household.

The happy couple. Isn't my AUNT Doris glowing? Also, I realized this weekend my uncle looks like Buster Bluth. BEST REALIZATION EVER!

My mom was a bridesmaid for the first time in her life!! It was adorable, even if we mostly got to see her back during the ceremony. And bless her heart for kneeling during the large majority of the ceremony. Ouch!

I didn't take many pictures of family, but I just so happened to take a picture of a squirrel?! It baffles me also, but look at him with that acorn!

It was freezing, but I really can't complain because my mom had to take pictures for hours sans any coat while the rest of us went to my grandparents' and ate gourmet finger foods.

We really had a great weekend, and it's so nice to be closer to so much family now that we've moved. We're all still in shock that we're all in the same time zone now, but it's the good kind of shock!

On our drive to St. Louis, we saw a sign that said American Gothic house. We had no idea that it even existed, so we were bound and determined to stop on the way back. It was amazing!!!! One of the best tourist attractions I've ever been to.

The house is in this tiny, unassuming town of Eldon, Iowa. There is a visitor's center right next to the house, and the sweetest ladies were working there. They had costumes and props in a variety of sizes, and they suited us up and went outside with us to take pictures. Wouldn't that be a fun job?!

So legendary, and even better that we just happened upon it! I highly recommend it to anyone passing through the area. It was one of the highlights of our trip, and perfectly broke up the monotony of the 6-hour drive.

Fun fact: American Gothic is the second most parodied piece of art ever. (Mona Lisa is the first.)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Henry J's Taco House: A Brief Essay

We live on the #southside of town. Yep, that's southside with a hashtag, because some of the things we see in our 'hood can only be explained with a "#southside" attached to it.

The southside offers a plethora of mediocre fast food restaurants. We generally try to avoid them, but it just so happened that one evening Jason and I were headed out to help some friends move but needed something quick to eat. Consequently we found ourselves in the parking lot of a particularly jazzy joint named Henry J's Taco House.

Now, before I continue, I must note that the name says it all. I am fully aware that the rest of this brief essay will come as no surprise to you. And yet, I press on as a dutiful purveyor of the facts.

We are from Arizona. It is an understatement to say that coming from Arizona, we are passionate about our Mexican food. We knew that Des Moines Mexican food probably wouldn't be at the caliber we're used to. There's a fast food Mexican chain here that sells tater tots and burgers. It's undignified, but it's happening.

Back to Henry J's parking lot. We shared a weak smile and got out of the car. The building was small and lacking in any aesthetics. You know the type. I passed the window and a cigarette butt grimaced back at me from the windowsill.

Upon entering the shop, we were greeted with an equally uninspired interior. The kind you forget about even before you've left. Because there was no line to speak of, an assuming lady asked us what we would like to order. Jason asked what their most popular tacos were. She answered, "flour."

And this is where I promptly laughed out loud. I had to turn my head and snicker into my arm before I could recompose. I just can't even... Anyway, we ordered our exotic "flour" tacos and sat down to wait. There was more giggling about the flour tacos, and I started watching a fly happily buzzing in our general area. Jason then directed my attention to the beeping in the background.

The beeping, my friends, was the microwave.

After our food was heated, and well, probably reheated because there was several microwave beeps, our order was up. It was as expected... fried flour taco shells with a mix of ground beef and beans (beans?!), lettuce, and a cheese-like product (essentially, cheese would be offended to be associated with it). Jason had beans and rice, I had beans and some type of noodles (noodles?!) that tasted something like soy sauce (soy sauce?!). Ultimately, we had already made up our minds about Henry J's Taco House long before we got our food, so nothing changed.

Moral of the story? Never trust a man named Henry J is he offers to cook you a taco. Especially if he sticks that taco in a microwave. Unless you also enjoy writing brief essays. Then by all means, go for it!

Saturday, October 20, 2012



I am still alive! Pinky promise. It has been so long since I have blogged! I have written this post over and over in my head but just haven't sat down to write it.

I needed some time to get my life in order and readjust but hopefully now I will be able to blog more  as I miss reflecting and sharing the little tidbits of life.

Remember this post?

Well, a lot of my absence on the interwebs had to do with a change in seasons, if I may.

Just as nature began embracing fall and tinting the leaves in new, delightful colors; my employment forecast changed. Within a matter of a few days, I had landed two jobs. Both are part-time jobs (not exactly what I was looking for), but I feel very blessed at how things worked out.

Coming from Arizona, seasons were vague and not entirely substantial in my mind. Now I am experiencing my first true, midwest fall and it's perfect timing. I am reminded that each season in life is temporary. There is always a new season on the horizon and ultimately, God is in control. "This too shall pass."

One of my jobs is a temporary 3-month job, so I will be in a new season all over again very soon. And that's okay. I still am so very far from having my life figured out (news flash to all of none of you who thought I had) but I have learned a lot about myself in this process. I have a better idea now of what I do want in a job and what I am capable of. This is big!

Both of my jobs are in the field of design. Some aspects are hard and have created problems of their own (funny how that works, huh?), while some aspects remind me of how much I love what I do and how amazing it is that I found such a fitting career. And that people actually want to pay me for something I love doing? Still sinking in.

I will talk more about my jobs but for now, I'll leave this a nice lil update. I'm alive and working and learning new things every day.

Alright, alright, the other reason for my absence on here is because the mister and I made a huge upgrade... from the dinkiest phones you ever did see, to iPhones. Yes, we took the plunge and most likely will never look back. This also means we spent a few nights together playing Words With Friends and Draw Something back and forth. All. Night. Yeah, I'm fessing up. And no, it's not going to happen again cause we have limits now people!

While I'm on that note, I might as well shamelessly plug instagram. Obvi I had to join, so check me out @emilynlunt! I'm on the prowl for awesome people to follow!

I will leave you with the colors of fall. Des Moines has been killing it in that regard.