Friday, October 26, 2012

My Perfect Town

I was thinking the other day about all the cool stuff in the places I have lived. I really wish I could take little bits and pieces of every town I have ever lived in and made one big perfect town! My perfect town would include:

From Silver City:

  • Vintage Fantasies. Seriously the best vintage store I’ve ever been in. Great scarves, jewelry, shoes, dresses, and the best collection of vintage hats I’ve ever seen!!
  • The Antique Mall. Rooms and rooms of old stuff. Most of it is junk, some of it is treasure. I could stay there all day!
  • The Grinder Mill. Chile cheese fries. What more is there to say??
  • The Gila Cliff Dwellings. Native American ruins. A fantastic one mile hike!

From Las Cruces:

  • COAS books. A huge used bookstore with floor to ceiling books for amazing prices. All of the paperback books are half off of whatever the cover price is. So that awesome book you found from the 70s that was $0.50? It’ll cost you a quarter! Another place I could stay all day!!
  • Andale’s. The tacos. Oh, the tacos…
  • The Organ Mountains. I really really miss living in a place with mountains. But I specifically miss these mountains! My last semester of school I made a point to notice the mountains every single day on my way to school. They change colors depending on the weather and time of day. I just love them!
  • Keva Juice. Ya, they have them other places. It’s just not the same!

From Tempe/Phoenix:

  • The Goodwills. Especially the one in Scottsdale. Half off everything in the store every other Saturday. Man, I got some great stuff!
  • Tempe Town Lake. I love the water, and having a ‘lake’ just down the street was great! Lots of restaurants on one side, a walking path on the other side. Just don’t go there on Thursday nights. Unless you like drunk college kids!
  • Ra. The best sushi. And if you go during happy hour you’ll feel like you’re stealing it!!
  • Ikea. I seriously miss having an Ikea 10 minutes down the road. When I didn’t have anything to do on a Saturday I would go have breakfast there, shop for a while, have lunch, shop some more. I would have moved in, but apparently it’s frowned upon…
  • The Mesa temple visitors center/grounds. I feel so blessed to have a temple just a few minutes away, but I really miss having the visitors center and the beautiful grounds to walk around. I miss the Christmas lights and the Easter pageant…
  • Merchant Square. It's a mix of a flea market and a thrift store. Lots and lots of cool stuff to look at and buy. Also, they have the only hot dogs I will break my ‘One Hot Dog a Year’ rule for.

From San Antonio:

  • The Riverwalk. I fell in love with San Antonio on the Riverwalk. It’s also where Steve proposed! I love the water, I love the atmosphere.
  • Thrift Outlet. On Wednesdays, EVERYTHING in the store is a quarter. Everything. Does it get any better? I don’t think so!
  • The Cove. A restaurant smashed between a car wash and a laundry mat. Serves locally sourced food, and soda with real sugar. They have live music most nights, and a playground for the kiddos. Get the burger with the goat cheese. It’s amazing.
  • The Botanical Garden. Amazing plants as far as the eye can see. They also have really cool live music events. Love it!
  • Lulu’s Cafe. A three pound cinnamon roll. Yep.
  • The outlets. Just 30 minutes north! Has pretty much every store you can think of. The deals can be hit or miss, but having them so close makes it worth the drive!
  • The Spurs. Gotta love some basketball! Go! Spurs! Go!
  • The Alamo. Yes, most people are disappointed when they first see it. It’s small. It’s in the middle of town (I think people watch too many movies!). Once you get over that, you can be in awe of how very old the building is, and how many people walked through the very same place you are walking.
  • The Hacienda. The first time we ate there all I said the whole time was Oh man, this is so good. I might have been close to tears. Get the fajitas. You won’t be sorry!
  • The Missions. Once again, really old buildings with a ton of history. One of them is still a working monastery and church! It almost makes me want to be Catholic just so I could go to church in such an awesome place. 
  • Blacks BBQ. An hour drive. Worth every single mile. Every. Single. Mile.
  • The Majestic Theater. An old theater from back when people took time to focus on the details of buildings instead of just trying to get them built as quickly as possible. Everything about this building is ornate, gaudy and awesome. I usually miss the first part of the show I'm seeing there because I'm looking around at everything. They even have a stuffed peacock! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

I am Sore From the Hair Down

My back is sore. My arms are sore. My legs are sore. My hands are sore. My feet are sore.

Why, you ask? Did I run a marathon? Rearrange all my furniture? Lift a car off of a small child? No... I painted a room. Just one room. Luckily Tina came and saved me from the second room.

The good news is the nursery has been painted and most if the non nursery furniture had been moved out.

Now all I need to do is buy a crib. And make curtains. And paint the dresser and the changing table. And find bedding. And get baby clothes. And make the wall hangings.

Oh yeah, and give birth.

Well, now I feel overwhelmed. I'll leave you with a picture of the painted nursery. Just ignore all the unneeded furniture, ok?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Regrets and Resolutions

Our Heavenly Father sees our real potential. He knows things about us that we do not know ourselves. He prompts us during our lifetime to fulfill the measure of our creation, to live a good life, and to return to His presence.

Why, then, do we devote so much of our time and energy to things that are so fleeting, so inconsequential, and so superficial? Do we refuse to see the folly in the pursuit of the trivial and transient?

Would it not be wiser for us to “lay up for [ourselves] treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal”?

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

2012 October General Conference

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Parable of the Bobby Pins

Last year, I discovered bobby pins from Sally's Beauty Supply. These are no ordinary bobby pins. They hold your hair like no other. I now refuse to use any other bobby pins.

If I were awesome, and organized, I would have thrown out all my other substandard bobby pins when I discovered the awesome ones. But I am neither awesome, nor organized.

I keep all of my bobby pins, awesome and non-awesome, in a little makeup bag on my bathroom counter. It was such a pain to dig through and find awesome bobby pins in between all of the non-awesome bobby pins, But who wants to take the time to sort through bobby pins? Boring.

Then one day it hit me. I don't have to sort through all of the bobby pins at one time. When I pull out a substandard bobby pin, I could throw it away right then and there. Putting substandard bobby pins back into my bag was ridiculous and a waste of time.

It only took a couple of weeks for all of my substandard bobby pins to finally be thrown away. How easy was that? Why didn't I think of it before?

Then I thought, this can be a bigger life lesson. If there things that are bothering us, we don't have to fix it all at once. We can slowly take out the 'substandard bobby pins' in our lives one at a time and with very little trouble. Before we know it will be substandard bobby pin free. We don't need to keep putting metaphorical substandard bobby pins back into our metaphorical makeup bag.

And that is my deep thought for the day.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Steve always gets the best parking spots. I thought maybe he was just lucky, but then it hit me. He expects to always get a good spot, so he always drives up right to the front of the parking lot. I just take the first spot I see (I'm impatient like that).

I'm sure there's a life lesson in there somewhere.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Silver Lining

I really wish Baby had a name. I just keep calling her Baby.

But it's ok. It opens the door to a lot of 'nobody puts Baby in the corner' jokes.

Monday, October 1, 2012


It's funny how when you are used to doing nothing, it's hard to get back into doing anything. But I am happy to report that I am on a seven day streak of going to bed with all the dishes done. I'm sad to report that that's such a big deal. But whatever. We lived through the first trimester, it's time to move on!

And what better way to move on than by doing a project I saw on Pinterest!!

This project promised to make my too small sweaters into cute cardigans with no sewing! And since pretty much everything I own is too small these days, it sounded perfect!

I started with a top that was too short and hadn't been worn in forever, but was too pretty to give away! I cut it down the middle, then used fusible interfacing and the iron to 'hem' the edges.

It really was very easy. I think the hardest part was getting the ironing board to open!!

Here's the finished product: