Monday, April 26, 2010

Honest.


I've been tagged by Jess

Ten Things about me, in Honest form:

1. I want to design & sew a dress for myself someday. But I lack consistent discipline in my approach to really "learning" how to sew.

2. I'm a vomit-phobe. I can't see or even hear someone vomiting, even on TV (and yes Jess, your pee phobia made me think of this one, I'm stealing a couple of your ideas;). Seriously though, if I see someone pulled over on the side of the road, I don't "I wonder if their car broke down?" I think, "Oh gosh. Is anyone throwing up?!"

3. There's a part of me that only makes sense when I am with Muslim people. Yesterday, Stephen and I went to eat at a Mediterranean restaurant and we were the only Americans, I felt completely at home.

4. Sometimes, I'm not as honest as I want to be on my blog. I sorta edit the uglies, ya know?

5. I need to eat more fresh food.

6. Lately, I'm coming to realize that suffering is central to experiencing more of the love of God. Sounds sadistic, but it's really not. I've been mulling over this for the last few years and it's amazing me how beautiful things come out of our pain.

7. Someday I hope to roast my own coffee (my friend Michael does this weekly and makes it sound amazing!). I'd even love to run my own coffee shop. Hence 8...

8. I'm an ideas person. I have a new business idea weekly.

9. The Biggest Loser is the only TV show I follow consistently (on nbc.com, that is). I love a lot of reality TV, but I'm not always home at night to keep up with shows.

10. I haven't mentioned this before on my blog, but I've gone back to school to get my Masters in Early Childhood Education (PreK-6th). I will finish my certification by the end of the summer and slowly finish my Masters over the next few years (probably from home, with little footsies running around). I decided to make this career shift because I love kids and I want my life and my influence to matter. But right now, I'm totally freaked out at how intense my first year of teaching is going to be.

11. I did this tag instead of leaving early for class.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Laila's Banner

I made Chelsea a banner for her new little Laila (on the way).
This was one of my favorite projects to work on to date, mainly because I got a chance to play with so many different textiles.
I used 14 different fabrics and 10 different trims. And you know how I LOVE to mix and match.







And while Julie was visiting from NYC we had fun girl time with Chelsea




And in case you're interested, this post from Moda Bake Shop was my sole inspiration for Laila's banner.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It happened...



Being a [proud] native Californian, I grew up having the best & most affordable Mexican food at my fingertips. I ate bean, rice and cheese burritos weekly. Enter Dallas. There are renditions of what Dallasites call "Tex-Mex", but they hold no candle to my beloved Californian, lard loving, burrito shacks.

But the other day it happened...I found one. Rico's Tacos. While this Texan shack has no savory beans or rice, they sell homemade, well-marinated, tacos and sugar cane coke (ahem, of which has 58 grams of sugar). And so, for a brief moment, I reached into my wallet, pulled out four crisp dollar bills and enjoyed this nostalgic event. And vowed to come back regularly.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Video Chat

My good friend Julie came in town from NYC this weekend and we got to video chat with Mandy & Joshua:







And we of course enjoyed our chat over a Pearl Latte:




And Bethany tagged along and graded papers (well, tried to grade papers). She's bilingual and I'm completely impressed by that skill:



Isn't she adorable?!






And you may have noticed, I've been MIA in the blog world these past two weeks. I came home from California to a lot of emotionally heavy stuff. Stuff that's easier to not to blog about. Like my close friend John losing his wife and sister suddenly in a drunk driving accident. And a few days later, my father-in-law being hospitalized.

I'm grateful that God lives in me. I'm grateful He's not just in Heaven (even if it feels that way sometimes). Lately, I've invited Him to break through my anxiety, my sadness, and my doubt.
And He has mysteriously brought peace into this tense chest cavity. More than once.
And the Bible has been fresh, which always brings me peace.
And today, I'm actually just grateful to have something light hearted to blog about, hence why I'm here : ). Maybe I'll sift through the heavy stuff (via blog) later. Maybe not. I'm slowly moving from auto-pilot into first gear.