Thursday, January 8, 2015

we are buying a house

We close at the end of the month on a small 1960s house near a nice park in Lynn Haven Florida.  The commute will be a little bit longer for Paul, but not much.  We will still be near the water, and about the same distance to the beach.

I am hoping that moving into our own space will provide some creative release for me.  Right now every time I feel the urge to start something or make something, I've been telling myself to wait for the move.  Luckily its coming really soon because I have really been craving a creative project.

Its possible that moving will not make much difference because even with the space and the purpose, most of my energy its taken by taking care of Sylvia.  Really I often feel that I am just fighting to get enough sleep, keep our apartment reasonably clean, and eat.  Thankfully my gut feeling is that this move will be very good for me and inspire a lot of productivity.

I think this move will be like the move from Tanglewood to Corry (two different grad student housing villages @UF)  though, not that different but opening up a huge amount of creative flow.  

That's about it, Sylvia cried all night last night and I think that is why she is sleeping so well tonight.  I hope she sleeps a lot tomorrow because tomorrow night I do my one shift a week at the hospital.  Good thing they buy us pizza.

Anyway. That's about all for now.  I will post some pictures when we move.

Monday, October 27, 2014


When you let a baby try your ice cream

don't expect a thank you

just crying when you don't give her anymore because its all gone.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


First 12 hour shift in a while, after a night of crying baby...so0o0o0o tired

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conference Traditions

This weekend is the general conference for The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am a member of that church, and I LOVE general conference (you can watch it here).  There are two two-hour sessions on Saturday and two on Sunday.

In between the sessions you get a two hour break.  Paul and I started a tradition of playing "saucer" better known as frisbee and catch with baseball/gloves.  Its a fun tradition, it encourages out door activity and discussion...we love it!

This weekend was our first conference in Panama City and we had the perfect place to play.  The weather was so perfect that we were outside playing even before conference started.  There was a cool breeze, but it was warm and sunny.

and the water was perfect!

we let Sylvia crawl around on the grass.

I was wearing jean pants and gym shoes but I could not resist the perfect temperature of the water and air.  So I jumped in (no pictures sorry too busy...we aren't very good at remembering to take pictures) and swam out to this sailboat.

After I swam back (its farther than it looks) Paul did the same thing.

we still played saucer and catch, but I would say we added a new tradition to conference :)

New Job

Started a new job...that's where all my time went.  I will be glad when training is over and I can be enjoying my PRN status and pick my schedule.  I am also considering going back to school!?!  Just slowly starting some online classes and working toward NP........But I am not sure that is what I want, so for now I am doing some research and reading allnurses forums.

Also Sylvia is cute and maybe teething?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Changing my style

Yes it is.
When I was on my mission in Malaysia my whole concept of fashion changed.  I am speaking mostly of the time I spend in Borneo.  First off fashion seemed frivolous and silly while I was there. I was teaching people in some pretty dire life circumstances, and the western idea of "fashion", trends and that people pay way too much money for something that doesn't matter seemed not just silly but almost insulting.

BUT there were some things that people wore there that I started finding myself attracted to as well

For example most of the women would wear a gold or silver bracelets around each ankle, and I must admit that I almost bought a pair myself.

Or people would wear a lot of batik fabric wraps around the house...and indeed I had a dress made of the material.


and I bought one of these dresses.
and when I was transferred to KL I wore this

all of this seemed very cool and the hippest thing to be wearing at the time.

It didn't help when I returned and Ikat (which is originally from malaysia/indonesian) fabric patterns were on trend, it pretty much confirmed what I had been feeling the whole time.
                                                                           ikat fabric

So now (sorry for the looong post) I live in the south.
and I find myself wondering country music actually cool? camo print clothing "in" ?(the answer to that one is def still no)
....are southern accents charming? ( I notice I am occasionally tempted to say y'all)

Well, maybe these would be a little overboard but, don't be surprised if next time you see me I am wearing monogrammed Lily Pulizter
                                                                       you can too

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pasta Pass Pauli

I have never eaten at Olive Garden before in my life. That didn't really bother me.  Well a few weeks ago Paul called me and was super excited because he bought....The Never Ending Pasta Pass from Olive Garden.

I gave him a pretty hard time about it.

For 7 weeks he get as much soup, salad and pasta as he can eat from Olive Garden.  The pass was a promotion they were having to drum up some publicity. They sold 1,000 of them, they were $100 each.

Luckily you can get the food to go, so Paul now bring home Olive Garden twice a day.  I was pretty skeptical, chain restaurant food in my mind is fatty, salty, and generic.

We add spinach, tomato and carrots to the salad and it turns out pretty good.  We add some steamed vegetables to the whole week pasta and its pretty healthy.  The soups split between us are delicious, neither of us have gained any weight.  And I am kind of enjoying not having to cook.

Economically we have already saved $100 on groceries, so I would say that I am enjoying being married to "Pasta Pass Paul"

and Olive Garden is better than I expected.

                                                                      pasta pass paul(i)