Thursday, December 2, 2010

D-D-D-Dating :)


Last night I went on a date....well it was more like one of those:

Before....
Guy: Hey, let's hang out!
Me: Sure, sounds like fun!
Guy and Me: Oh man, we need to come up with something to do quick!

5 Minutes Later....
*Insert fun, creative (definitely somewhat pre-planned and totally paid for by the guy), paired off, get-to-know-you activity here*

After.....
Guy sends text: Thank you so much for "hanging out." It was fun. We should do it again.
Me thinking to myself: Whatever, that was such a date. hehe :)

Now, last night I have to give props to the guy on how creative our date was. We went to Walmart where we both were in strict competition to find the "craziest person shopping"....because let's face it....the clientele at Walmart is often a little "special."

After being a slightly disappointed at the normalcy of our fellow shoppers, my date (I'll respectfully refer to him as Ferdinand for the rest of the blog) identified a man clearly talking to himself and won our little competition hands down. Ferdinand then instructed me to pick a department. I chose toys.

Upon approaching the toy section, he picked a random aisle. He then told me that we needed to pick something on that aisle to do for the rest of the night. Buying a 100 piece puzzle was pretty much our only option on that aisle, but to make a long story short we decided to bake and decorate a cake instead (after giving some serious thought to alternatively purchasing a bead-dazzler).

Excitedly, we bought some candy and sprinkles for our soon-to-be cake masterpiece and headed back to Ferdinand's place. We put our plan in action, the cake turned out adorable, and I was out the door at a little before midnight (I think the BYU Honor Code will haunt me 'til the day I die...or just get married. haha)

Upon arriving home, I got to thinking about creative dating. I've had guy friends who have told me that planning what to do on a date is one of the hardest parts. I believe them. Just for kicks, I thought I'd try to remember some of the most creative dates I've been on:

1. One time, I was stuck at home. My date ordered takeout at one of my favorite restaurants and brought it over with a selection of movies. We ate food, popped in a movie, and then he surprised me with an assortment of mini Haagen Daaz and Ben & Jerry's ice creams that he had sneaked into my freezer ranging from fruit sorbet to chocolatey goodness.

2. Another time, I went on a double date in which we ate at a cheap fast food joint, but the boys brought candles from home in which they lit at our booth. It made for one very cheezy but cute hamburger and french fry candle lit dinner. Afterward, we went ice skating.

3. A couple of times I have gone to Ikea with a date and tested out couches and walked around. Cheap and fun.

4. I can't remember what the main activity of this date was, but I do remember at one point super gluing a quarter to the sidewalk of a busy public place, sitting on a bench nearby, and having a blast watching people try to pick the quarter up.

5. Around Christmas a few years ago, my date and I went shopping for Christmas craft supplies for a local children's hospital. We then went back to his place and made finished examples of the crafts to go with the supplies for him to take to the hospital the next day for the children.

6. I've been on a few dates in which we spent half a day roaming around a local Saturday markets or free event.

7. One time, I went on a double date in which we made homemade pizza and then played games.

8. Another fun time (I felt bad because this one was a little bit more spendy though), I went to a place called Color-Me-Mine which is where you pick out a piece of pottery (cup, plate, mug, bowl, vase, etc) and paint it anyway you want. Then, you come back a few days later once they've fired your pottery and glazed it.

9. I've been on dates to rock wall gyms and actual outdoor rock climbing. I thought they were fun because it was a bit out of the ordinary.

10. Went on a group date to a old-school roller rink. Even though most of the people there were under the age of 16, it was still a blast.

11. I went on a breakfast date and afterward we played a version of frisbee golf in a nearby park.

Anyway, cheers to dating! :) May it all come to a happy end someday for all of us. 'Til then, can I get yer number? ;)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time for a Growth Spurt


Oh my holy goodness gracious! It's almost been a year since I've posted on this thing. That's just shameful :( With that said, I best be gettin' better at it :)


Diving right in, the following has been on my mind so much lately:

"In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way and in that I learn from him." Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don't think standing at a stumpy 5'5" really has anything to do with how far up I'm looking to those around me. The people I have been blessed to be acquainted with at past and at present are definitely "giants" in their own right....for which I am so grateful.


Sometimes I think Heavenly Father made me a bit too impressionable. I wince at the thought of a paper cut, smile when remembering a past joke, and blush when recalling mistakes made. However, I've come to realize this has also allowed others to touch my heart, leaving lasting fingerprints.


Today I was filing some papers of mine and came across a loose journal entry that never quite made it into my journal. It was dated March 28, 2010 which was just a few weeks before college graduation and just a few days before General Conference. I was pretty downhearted about several things, including where to live after graduation. After hashing out my frustrations I wrote:


"I came across a scripture that I feel like is for me. I'm substituting my name in it: 'And it came to pass that the Lord spake unto me, saying: Blessed art thou, Kristen, because of thy faith, for thou has sought me dilligently, with lowliness of heart.

And inasmuch as ye keep my commandments, ye shall prosper, and shall be led to a land of promise; yea, even a land which I have prepared for you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands.'

I feel like this is a small message from Heavenly Father to me. I feel so grateful. I want to qualify and keep His commandments to make Him happy and qualify for this choice land above all other lands that I will be lead to after graduation."


I now find it hilarious that the "promised land" was the itty bitty town of Boring, Oregon. At the same time, it's such a wonderful feeling to know I'm where I'm supposed to be. I largely feel I'm here because of the blessing it's been to have met and learned from so many truly superior people.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Can't Help Myself....




Okay, so I'm well aware that I'm being a complete hypocrite (see first post ever), but I just can't help myself.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Vampires, Daddies, and Daughters


Sticking with our annual Thanksgiving Day tradition, my family headed off to the movie theater. What to see? With three girls, Twilight: New Moon, of course. Best part of the movie? Definitely when Bella finds out Jacob is a werewolf and my amazing dad leans over and in a loving, parental teaching moment exclaims to us, "She just has the worst taste in guys!" Now, superficially it probably seemed he was referring to Bella's taste in werewolves and vampires. But, if you knew my dad, it went much deeper. It was a warning and plea for us, his three college aged girls, to only date the winners. Love ya Dad :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We Really are Just a Bunch of Granolas

It happened. Last night. 1pm. My roommate saw a fuzzy thing scurry across our living room. A mouse. Holy crud. That's what dad's are for....but mine is hundreds of miles away.

So, we have a critical situation on our hands. We have to get rid of it, but naturally...we're a bunch of girls who wince at the thought of harming it but also wince at the thought of it crawling around in our house. What do we do? Create a contraption to catch it, but not kill it. We're putting it out tonight. Let's hope it works :)

video

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Etsy

Blue Scooter Dress


Vintage 80s Tweed Pom Poms Pocket Dress


Vintage Plaid Everyday Dress



Vintage 1960s Pat Sandler Embroidered Silk Sheer Victorian Beaded Dress


1970's Vintage Peri Blue Calico Print Dress


Vintage Confetti Striped Sweater


Lovely 1960s Style Winter Dress


Blue A-Line Button Up Dolly Dress


Vintage Scarlet Red Cape Jacket with Gold Latch Buttons and Pockets


Migonne Lace Wedding Dress


Vintage 80's Pleated Stripe Rayon Skirt


Vintage 1980's Rosette Cotton Wool Sweater


Vintage 70s Purple and Pink Diagonal Stripe Day Dress


1970s Slouchy Cardigan Taupe Grey


1960's Floral Polka Dotted Pinafore


1950s Native American Style Skirt and Blouse Set



Fabulous finds from my new favorite website :) Thanks Sloane! :)