Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring Break pt. 2: The Wedding


Just a quick post about the purpose of our huge road trip: My mom got married! To Rob! Again! Yes, it's quite the long and confusing story, not quite unlike the story of history's most infamous long-time lovers...Cory and Topanga. So if you would like the gory details you can phone up my mother, but to keep his blog post short and sweet I'm mostly just going to post pictures. To summarize: It was a joyous event full of family, friends, and lots of cupcakes.  I feel that my Mom and Rob are absolutely MFEO (that's "made for each other" for all you non-Sleepless In Seattle fans out there), and I couldn't be happier for them. In fact, I couldn't be happier for me!  Rob has many great qualities, but absolute pure kindness is his number one trait. I feel pretty lucky to have such a lovely fatherly figure in my life. 


They make a pretty handsome couple, no? I love this picture, not only for how cute they look, but also for how creepy it is that you can see me standing between them in the mirror. And speaking of handsome couples...

 My lover face

It's hard to believe, but this picture was UNPLANNED. Those Dunlap kids are quite hilarious. 
The joined fam, minus Ryli, Maddy, and Paisley. 


Extended family pic!
My lovely cousin Nicole and her dashing new hubby Devon--so fun to get to hang out with them.

My sunshine

 I just love this face on Rachel. It reminds me of her grumpy face when she was a baby.

Peace, love, and grumpy Rachel-face

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Break Pt. 1: Road Trippin'

Well as you can see, I've given up on the new spiffy looking blog. Whatever. I will now invest my time in searching for someone who has the computer prowess to do it for meeeeee. If that person is you, give me a call! I will make you cookies! Seriously!
As promised it's time to catch up on blog posts before school and work consume me once more.  Spring break was quite fantastic, if maybe just a little too action packed. It's quite exhausting to get home from vacation and feel like you really need a vacation. You see, Will and I went on a ginormous road trip to be present at my Mom's wedding to the wonderful Mr. Rob.  I'll cover all the basic questions that I keep on getting asked.

Q: Oh man, Seattle to Idaho Falls, how long is that?
A: 13 hours. 13 very long hours.
Q: Man, that's like driving to San Francisco. Well, at least you got to drive through a lot of cool scenery right?
A: Nope. After you get past Snoqualmie Pass the whole drive pretty much looks like this.

The only thing that broke up the monotonous scenery were gigantic windmill farms. And cows...lots of cows. I literally got so inspired that I sang "Home On the Range"...twice.

However, contrary to what you would assume, the drive was pretty fun. I had my handsome man at the wheel, a perfect excuse to eat McDonalds, and an ipod full of stocked up This American Life episodes.  I'm quite in love with Ira Glass and the way he makes road trips oh so glorious and thought-provoking.  I'm hoping I might be able to hire him out to visit some irrational people in my life and give them an articulate, stern and convincing talking to.  We'll see how that goes.

Luckily, Will and I also got to break up our driving a bit by visiting various family members.  We spent a lovely evening with my grandma in Boise, where she stuffed us to the gills with roast, baked potatoes, and lots of homemade cookies.  As you can see it was a very Americana vacation.

On the morning of my actual birthday, we made the final leg of our journey to IF, and were rewarded for our troubles with a delicious feast at Texas Roadhouse.  If I'm talking about hiring out famous people to do jobs for me, I might as well mention that I would absolutely love for John Keats to write  an Ode to Texas Roadhouse. It really is that amazing. And if you haven't guessed, this trip revolved A LOT around delicious meals. As I explained to my running buddy about the experience, in a matter of 5 days I gained 10 lbs. and erased 50% of my training progress. Between telling myself "It's your birthday! You can eat whatever you want!" and "You're on vacation you can eat whatever you want!" I did a lot of damage. Ah well. 


Other highlights of my birthday included:
-First and foremost, getting to laugh and enjoy time with my family. I absolutely hate living so far away from them, and love that I got to see them on the most important day of the year!
-Seeing the Hunger Games complete with Raisinets, Sour Patch Kids, and Diet Coke (my 3 key food groups). Someone high up in Hollywood also obviously knows what the most important day of the year is. 
-70 degree weather! Idaho Falls may still look as dead as that mean girl who got stung by all those tracker jackers (yeah...I went there), but at least it was warm and sunny as opposed to my green, but oh so rainy Seattle.
-Presents! My new Sperrys from Will were definitely my favorite gift this year, although he also got me MORE framed art that I also love and will post pictures of soon.  SPOILER ALERT: There are whales in it.

All in all it was a truly amazing birthday, and once again thank you to all my friends and family who sent me such nice and heart-warming wishes.  It's a good kind of awkward when you start getting misty-eyed while sitting in the living room as you look at your facebook page.

 I still have much more trip events to blog about, including the wedding and a nice quick stay in Yakima, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

UNDER CONSTRUCTION!

As you can tell from the hourly changing fonts, and messed up banner pictures, I'm trying to work out a new blog template for myself.  However, my computer skills are so abysmal I end up getting really frustrated and walking away from an even worse product.  I'm also leaving on vacation tomorrow so we'll see if I get things together today amidst the packing and cleaning.  I promise when I get back though I will have a million blog posts and a pretty new blogging canvas to put them on! 


I would just like to leave you with this:
You know you laughed. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Happiness


Oh Oscar Wilde, how I adore you, and oh how this quote applies to my life today! It's been week of finals, work, impending illness, and some other really crappy situations, so needless to say I haven't been feeling top notch. But guess what? I turned in my last final this morning! Plus, I also went on my longest run yet (7.5 miles!) with my stalwart running buddy, Kathryn.  We were both stressed, tired, and fighting off colds, but we still woke up early and slogged it out in the pouring rain. I do think we were rewarded by some major feel-good endorphins. I'm starting to realize that if you're willing to run over six miles, the city of Seattle is your oyster.  Today, by running all the way around Lake Union, Kathryn and I managed to traverse through Eastlake, Queen Anne, Fremont, and Wallingford.  We passed the Space Needle, adorable houseboat communities, several marinas, the Fremont Troll, and Gasworks.  Have I mentioned before that I love living here?

So now today is all about freedom to do whatever I want guilt free, which has mainly been snuggling up with my book. I'm currently reading "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach. It's fantastic, it may even convince me to like baseball (yeah, no, probably not). Will is taking me out for my birthday tonight, and tomorrow will be all about some major spring cleaning and life catch-up.  I tend to put everything on hold during the last few weeks of a quarter, including doing my laundry and returning text messages (sorry friends!).

I'm not gonna lie, it feels super great to be on spring break finally.  Next week is full of many momentous events for me including: my birthday, lots of March Madness!!!!, The Hunger Games premiere, a VERY long road trip to Idaho Falls to see family, and most importantly, Texas Roadhouse!  So really, with all these great things, how can I not be happy?


Final happiness note: I scored these beauties for $5 the other day. They are almost a half a size too small, but I love them too much to care.