Too Far Gone

Had I remembered my camera, I would have taken pictures of all the various dishes I’ve made and the marvelous happenings of the week.

Basically, I’m striving for the understanding of well-rounded vegetarian meals and how to be four stars in flavor.

What has taken priority over blogging:
working out, making delicious food, learning to swing dance with Mi Amor, gardening, reading, and trying to knock out some lists for the wedding.

Yeah–lots of stuff; too much work & no sleep–but my life is awesome.

FINALLY Rizo is coming back from Europe! She has been in Scotland and Ireland, which makes for some great blog posts to read, but man oh man do I miss her.

{The hardest part about not blogging for a while is that there’s so much to tell you just can’t really write a great blog post…so take this as my “I’m going to get back to regularly blogging, but today I need to do other stuff”}

Flowers picked, swim suit on, sun out, crafting half-completed, tired eyes and a napping spot outside…

Eleven-Thousand Words

Mi Amor & I went home for the weekend where we were able to spend time with our families.

Mi Amor & I went home for the weekend where we were able to spend time with our families.

Our one lemon off the lemon tree this year. It worked so hard to produce it over winter...

Our one lemon off the lemon tree this year. It worked so hard to produce it over winter…

We treasured it and made lemon muffins from its delicious insides...

We treasured it and made lemon muffins from its delicious insides…

After all the insanity, I still was able to hang out so much so, that I haven’t had time to blog. Rizo is gone to Scotland now, she left yesterday at 5p.m.

I have worked 20 hours OVERTIME in four weeks which means 180 hours….whew.

Yeah…pictures are a better way to update you.

Mi Amor made falafel! Another marvelous vegetarian dish. Chick Peas, garlic, spices, bread crumbs, one egg, lemon juice and some olive oil.

Mi Amor made falafel! Another marvelous vegetarian dish. Chick Peas, garlic, spices, bread crumbs, one egg, lemon juice and some olive oil.

Fry em up! We also had a bowl of clementines for our appetizer, and then paired up the falafel with a seasoned veggie hot dish that I made. {broccoli, carrots, potatoes, onion, and seasoning} then we had coldstone for dessert. {Thank you mom for the gift card, after this trip we finally used all of it along with a coupon I found in the mail}  Total came to: $0.75 for two GOTTA-HAVE-IT sizes.

Fry em up! We also had a bowl of clementines for our appetizer, and then paired up the falafel with a seasoned veggie hot dish that I made. {broccoli, carrots, potatoes, onion, and seasoning} then we had coldstone for dessert. {Thank you mom for the gift card, after this trip we finally used all of it along with a coupon I found in the mail}
Total came to: $0.75 for two GOTTA-HAVE-IT sizes.

homemade potato salad

homemade potato salad

Reeds Lake

Reeds Lake

Zebra gum

Zebra gum

sorry its not flipped..but the next day, after Mi Amor and I had our picnic down by the lake, Rizo and I hung out.

sorry its not flipped..but the next day, after Mi Amor and I had our picnic down by the lake, Rizo and I hung out.

We went to JimmyJohns because so much of our Grand Rapids friendship is relative to the marvelous place

We went to JimmyJohns because so much of our Grand Rapids friendship is relative to the marvelous place

being gargoyles in our spare time, before watching Julie&Julia and going on a little trip with friends

being gargoyles in our spare time, before watching Julie&Julia and going on a little trip with friends

Love Under Smog

How do I begin?

My last post was 19 days ago..explination: I left my computer cord at home…and brought back a dead laptop…which equals no blogging for me.

I missed blogging my thoughts…a lot.

I have had so much happen I think I’m just going to rant about how marvelous it is to share life.

Mi Amor came and visited, staying  with his grandparents (where he’ll live starting in three weeks; my count down chain is getting shorter!)

I worked Thanksgiving…making it feel like it really wasn’t the end of November…I still don’t feel like I’ve had Thanksgiving, even though yesterday my parents came and visited, bringing leftovers!!!!

I loved sharing life last weekend with two of my guy friends, Jersey & Mumford. Jersey’s brother, Sky was a great addition to the trio.

Sky, Jersey & I hung out a lot, watching two movies early into the morning, then the next day after coffee, a walk to the Farmer’s Market & their invitation to go to a concert–I ended up having a very sleep-deprived weekend.

Then my consecutive days of work continued with free time used by reading books, baking, cooking, knitting, and surviving without my laptop.

Then I made it to Mi Amor’s cousin’s play, based off the story of “The Princess and the Pea”, which was so wonderful.

Found out I am getting all four wisdom teeth pulled in January…

And that my parents are buying me a plane ticket to Minnesota for Christmas!!!

After the blessings of a wonderful weathered week, I ran outside as my workout and was inspired to have brighter days, looking for God’s rainbow sprinkles.

Then this past weekend rolled around, enabling me to spend time and share life with some of my most cherished souls.

A beautiful time was shared with Mi Amor and my parents, I woke up for an early day of work, which turned into a TERRIBLE day where I was given crap for everything I did. Nothing was good enough or it was too good, so I was given the ‘over achiever’ ‘super-righteous’ smug remark.

So, the switch was dramatic and I was asking God for patience ALL DAY–I really need to talk to Him more, cause I really haven’t pursued time with Him…so I suppose it was a good way to force me into talking to Him…

But, coming home to Rizo’s hug changed it all.
She listened to me & I to her as we exchanged life walking to a coffee shop.

I miss my times with her.

We were spontaneously invited to devour chinese at a friend’s apartment over some very ‘travelistic’ conversation.
Dreaming about traveling is always on my favorites list.

*whew*

After all that…I sit here cuddled under a blanket with tea, sharing Poppins with Rizo.

The comfort of her silence and presence is just as powerful as her exchange of thoughts.

I love the people God has given me to love…and yet, I fail so miserably at loving…

I just don’t think I’ve planted myself enough to understand love to the point of which I think I do. My loving them is so un-matched by the amount they show me that in possible comparison I feel like I never give enough…or give it wrongly, confusing it with something else.

Ehh, I’m just rambling in smog.

{{note to self; work on reading the Bible this week to understand Love}}

Zing Zip Bam

Its been a whirlwind of a July!
My brother got married to one of my best friends the end of June and for that weekend my family enjoyed each other’s company.
We had a beautiful end to June 2012.
Right away after the last of my family left on the 1st I packed up two suitcases; one for Cornerstone (week-long band fest) and the other for BayShore Camp (counseling Sr. High for a week).
I spent the first week of July sweating to death by the 100 degree dry heat.
Mi Amor and I volunteered and by doing so, met a lot of neat people…and crazy ones!
It was a blessing to see the bands whose hearts were really in it for Christ; because they all came for free on their own money. Cornerstone’s last year was 2012 so there was a tenth of the poeple there, making it harder for bands to want to come knowing that their only profit was from merchandise.
I went to some brutal concerts with Mi Amor, and our two friends.
I definitely went away having lost a couple pounds and having bruises all over. I did keep up my water intake and began another vegetarian challenge.
It was an amazing week. Memories forever!
Some bands really impacted me with their testimonies and music.
There was a theme concert put on by “Flatfoot 56” which was “Pool Party” so everybody brought their floaties and blow-up palm trees and giant whales and flippers. The stage had a playground slide which ended at the stage’s front. People would slide down and go right into a crowd surf (hardcore).
My big memories were me going into a couple circle pits at different concerts and losing my flipflops and getting my feet completely squished, sweating so much that my hair was dripping…and the creepy thing was, it wasn’t all MY sweat…yes, there were a lot of shirtless guys pushing to the front, where I stood my ground, and was forced to recieve their dripping sweat…bleh..
I discovered some new favorites,
and refreshed myself with past ones.
The week ended with a screwed up back because of the hard ground and only about five hours of sleep every night.
We drove back from Illinois where I drove myself to my house, to only be there for a couple minutes (enough to switch my pre-packed suitcase out with my stanky, rancid Cornerstone bag)
“Hello Mom!
Goodbye Dad!”
Hugs to each of them, and off I went.

Camp was insanely amazing-and a whole lot cooler in temperature.
Having been used to my sweat-filled, boiling heat index, 90 degrees with some lake breeze felt wonderful.
My co-counselor, Ashley & I were overwhelmed with joy, being together for the week. I could not have picked out a better mentor, cabin buddy, or friend that I needed more that week.
We counseled marvelous cabin 12 where a dozen freshmen and one post-senior would dwell.
I’ve never experienced more changes in my life, and visibly in others than the second week in July. God is so good, and so great, and so powerful.
He worked in so many lives, I was overcome by Him.
Ashely & I are both Words of Affirmation and Physical Touch as our love languages, so we were able to communicate and motivate each other quite naturally, without much effort.
I’ve never experience so many compliments and affirming words before in my entire life than I had at BayShore this year.
It’ll be like a drought for the rest of my life…hahaha
We challenged our campers to say/write at least two things to each other and/or other campers that week.
It began that very night after devotions.
The week changed immediately to a positive sanctuary where we encouraged others on in love.
My team for a lip-synch was fabulous and our message was to the song
“Same God” by Newsong
They portrayed it where the same God you experience here at BayShore, that love and security, can still be with you in your world at home or wherever you go from there.
We got fourth place.
It was a great encouragement despite us missing the announced top-three.
I was challenged in an abundance of ways and if I typed all of my details from the last couple weeks, you’d be sitting there at your computer for hours.
After that week, I brought my average to 6 hours of sleep a night for the past 14 days.
.yay me.
A wonderful Taco Bell run with my chica Ashley,
having our one-on-one time, resulted in a fabulous ending to a beautiful week.
I arrived home at 1a.m. send a quick good-night to my mom and slept horribly…my mind was just racing and finally being in my own bed, being able to breathe, of course, I just didn’t sleep well.
Waking up, I took my first REAL shower in two weeks (water spigots and 2 min. cold showers down count for me)
I hopped in the car with my parents and off we went to Ohio for the day.
I was able to chill with some good family friends and then we arrived home at 11p.m.
I crashed.
Sunday I was tired, but was encouraged by others at church and was able to encourage a good friend in his trials as well.
I got home, un-packed BayShore bags, cleaned my room and packed for a five-day getaway with Mi Amor.
He drove the hours with me chatting off his ear about all my events, until we reached his grandparents lake cottage, where they welcomed us with open arms.
Relaxation finally hit my spine as I unwound and inhaled deeply.

Blowing Dandelions

I have had a great couple of days off of work.

Starting Thursday, I went to the Detroit Institute of Art with Mi Amor and his grandparents.

After a full Thursday of traveling through time, my Friday was spent with some friends at Great Lakes Crossing, where we walked, laughed, and sought out great deals.

Saturday was a catch-up day with my soon-to-be-sister-in-law. Dancing on a bridge and going back through old photos had smiles on our faces. The day ended with a game night, lasting till 3a.m. with our college-age ministry group (Encounter). 
Sunday was a morning of acoustic guitars, violin, and upright bass anda great message on the faith of the centurion was spoken by the Pastor.  
Catching up with other friends after church was marvelous as well, talking guitars and travel and life. 
After an introduction to Pier1, I was gone in lala land. I absolutely LOVE that store, officially finding my connection to the perfect combination of home decor style/fashion/comfort and most importantly, SALES.

Eating chinese with my parents, Lizzie and her mom, swirled together with so much laughter I was able to see the rarity of my dad almost crying with hilarity. 

I came home to a perfect package from my cousin, equipped with memories lighting up my face, along with a postcard from Paris, written by my lovely and indescribably amazing friend who has been over in Europe since last Summer. 
And of course, I went running.

Mi Amor exposed me to even more Star Wars to lessen my hate towards it, while we ate frozen yogurt and popcorn. 

This morning ranted and dreamed and laughed with a beautifully passionate soul–my childhood bestie.
Talking to her is the perfect blend of character from the early double digits with the intelligence of the early second decade…at least I like to think so.  

And after all this…I might be moving to Grand Rapids. (about 99.9% assured)

 

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Ever feel like your blowing the dandelion, making the wish, while its actually happening?