Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday's Letters

Dear Life, The next two weeks are going to be busy, but they'll fly. And then there are three amazing trips to look forward to to distract me from waiting to hear about where my future will bring me! Thank goodness. Dear B, Thank you for being an amazing boyfriend, valentine, and my biggest fan. Your support means the world to me. Dear Parents, Words will never express how grateful I am for all of the times you've been there for me. I am the luckiest daughter. Dear OPE, I'm coming for ya! Two weeks until my big day in Oshkosh! Dear February 26, I'm leavin' on a jet plane! Homeward-bound for the first time in just under 6 months! So excited. Dear Baby Schuler, I better get to meet you when I'm home!!  Dear Self, "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." e.e. cummings

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday's Letters: Super Villain Edition

My first guest blogger! A man after my own heart, sharing in one of my favorite past-times. Without further ado, Brian's letters...

Dear Winter, I have always loved the magic and beauty of new snow, sipping hot beverages while hiding from your blustery winds, and how you make Wisconsinites tough, but I am so done with you—go away. Dear Stacey, try not to get Crystal sick this weekend while enjoying a weekend of not-so-Denveresque weather and running. Dear iphone, will I ever manage to successfully install a screen protector without bubbles, dust, or miss-alignment? Dear frozen pizzas and crappy beer, I’m okay if we don’t spend any time together for the foreseeable future. Dear Grandma, thank you again for the chocolate and butterscotch chip cookies—I hope your cold goes away soon! Dear car, I’m sorry about plowing you into that wall of chunky snow to get in the parking lot yesterday—I promise to wash you one of these days. Dear mailman, thanks for delivering both the mail and the keys I left in our office door yesterday--I would have never found them. Dear Lauren, I loved and am so proud of your story about standing up for another kid in your class and comparing it to the work I do. Dear February 28th, could you do me a favor and cut in line? Dear Crystal, each new day we share together makes me a better and happier person than the day before—I am so grateful. Dear me, remember--only so much can be shown to you, the rest is your choice.

B's Super Villain Logo

Thursday, February 6, 2014

What's in a Name?

"Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly." -Rose Franken

Note: This post will make a lot more sense when tomorrow's Friday's Letters post is published! 

Back in November, when Brian and I were in the beginning stages of reconnecting, this conversation happened:

From that point forward, he was a super villain and I was a super hero, later to be adjusted to super villain boyfriend and super hero girlfriend.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Taking Stock, part 2

Sometimes, it's easier to make a list. 
Making : green smoothies for breakfast
Cooking : dinner for the week on Sunday nights with B (cooking dates via skype are awesome!)
Drinking : coffee from my french press
Reading : Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and loving it, despite its slow start
Wanting : yoga classes to be less expensive
Looking: forward to exciting trips coming up, starting with a visit from Stacey this weekend!
Playing: Spanish-learning games on my DuoLingo app
Wasting: the last few sips of coffee (still)
Sewing: my mom is doing enough of this for both of us
Wishing: for contentment in the present
Enjoying: this season of my life, and the growth that is coming because of the struggle
Waiting: anxiously for JB to have her baby
Liking: the way God's plan is playing out
Wondering: how my interviews will go at the end of February
Loving: my amazingly supportive parents
Hoping: for a job in my field
Marveling: at how different life is when you focus on gratitude and your blessings
Needing: a little more stability
Smelling: fresh coffee and lemon mint dish soap
Wearing: yoga pants and a comfy sweater
Following: my heart
Noticing: how time can go so quickly, and so slowly at the same time
Knowing: that it will all work out
Thinking: about the things I didn't get done this afternoon
Feeling: happy, loved, grateful, anxious
Bookmarking: recipes and jobs
Opening: tax information
Giggling: at inappropriate ecards with the tripod

(part 1 found here)