Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I'm loving Wednesday (WILW)


This week I'm participating in What I'm Loving Wednesday!

Head on over to Jamie's blog to see what everyone else is loving this week!

1. The beautiful sunsets I get to look at while driving home every night from work. I love the way winter trees look silhouetted against the bright sky! (Photo taken with my phone while driving, so... pretty awful quality.)

2. My lovely, amazing boyfriend. Last night we just laid on the couch together and he took a nap while I watched TV. And we were both completely happy just doing nothing together. He makes me giggle so much and I feel so lucky to have him!

3. I got to Skype with my bfffffff last night. We write letters, tweet and email, but actually seeing her face while we talk is wonderful. I mean, look at this beautiful girl! Who wouldn’t miss seeing that face daily?

4. My dad has a new work opportunity and seems really excited about it. Fingers crossed!

5. This silly dog. He got away last night (the back gate was somehow left open). He came back pretty easily--we just stood outside and yelled his name for a bit--and he was so. happy. He was wagging his tail and smiling like he had the biggest adventure!

6. And of course, I’m very thankful for my job. It was a lot of hard work to get a job I enjoy and I’m so thankful I can spend my days doing something I love and getting paid for it!

7. Goodreads. I just got an account this week and I loooove it. Add me if you have an account! My user name is aestrusz!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend!

Hello again!

I thought I’d post a quick weekend recap for you all! This is something I’ll hope to continue regularly, or at least when I’ve had an exciting weekend.

This past weekend started for me Wednesday night. I got off work early and headed straight to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. The drive takes a while, so I got home Wednesday evening around 7:30. The rest of the night was pretty chill--we all just relaxed in the living room and went to bed pretty early.

Thursday was Thanksgiving! Anna (my little sister) and I slept in, then went on a walk with my mom. We also took my pug, Chewy. He’s a proud little bugger and I love the way he struts around. 

After our walk I helped my grandma with her pumpkin pie (we think she left out the sugar... whoops...) and her sweet potatoes. Grandma is 96 years old and lives in an apartment attached to our house. She’s in great shape physically, but she’s getting more and more confused mentally. But she’s a whole story/post of her own.

My older sister Emily got home around then, and soon after we had Thanksgiving dinner. As I mentioned before, my family is very spread out, so it’s just me, my parents, grandma and my sisters, but it was nice to all be together.

After dinner Emily kicked our butts at scrabble and I barely won out at Balderdash. Lucy wanted to play too!

Friday I laid around with Emily and Anna all day reading and watching movies. There were so many good ones on TV! We watched Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters Inc. and Wall-e. I also got some work done on my grad school application AND sent a short story out to be considered for publication for the first time!

Saturday I finally got the chance to catch up with my bestie from high school, Meleah, who I haven’t seen since March.

Meleah is engaged and asked me to be a bridesmaid! We talked about wedding stuff for a while and she showed me her dress (she’s wearing her mom’s wedding dress!). Then we hung out with her future husband, Ricardo.

Meleah is also in med school, and she did some work on my back! Here she is working on Ricardo.

At home I played some more scrabble with Anna and watched “Despicable Me.” (Or maybe we watched that Friday?)

Finally, on Sunday I got to hang out with my dad quite a bit. We went to Lowe’s together and then he helped me work on a project, which I will unveil at a later date. :) But here he is drilling a hole for me:

He also cut a board for me so my boyfriend and I can do puzzles! This way we won’t have to leave them laying out on the table in between nights when we work on it.

Anyway, I am very thankful for all these people and most of the others in my life. :) Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Why I'm writing

My cousin got married this summer.

I drove from Kansas to Wisconsin with my older sister Emily. We were some of the last to arrive. My younger sister, parents and extended family were already at the lodge where the wedding would take place and where we’d be spending our next few nights.

The lodge was huge. It was actually several lodges in the Wisconsin Dells, and Emily and I struggled to find the right lodge and the right entrance. I called my mom and heard the evidence of my huge family in the background--laughing, yelling, and the general chaos that ensues when my mom’s family, which usually spans from New Jersey to Missouri to Wisconsin to Florida, finally reunites.

I could hear in my mom’s voice that she’d been enjoying the festivities, probably with a glass (or two... or three...) of red wine, if it was available. My dad’s garbled interjections in the background led me to believe he’d had a few lagers himself.

They did their best to direct us to the correct corner of the parking lot. When we finally got there, my parents and 13-year-old sister (who was then still a pre-teen) waved us into the nearest parking spot like air traffic controllers.

When we got up to the hotel room, I quickly saw I’d been correct in my estimate of the chaos.


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