Friday, June 29, 2012

random wednesday. (on thursday)

Because if I never wrote any of this stuff down I'd lose it from my memory forever.
Help yourself if you care to share in my random thoughts & unimportant happening as of late.

It is hot outside. And I do mean HOT.
When people in the south warned me about summertime, I shrugged it off. I've been to hot places before (Africa on the equator for example) & survived. How bad could it really be, right? I'd like to go back in time to my naive little self and shake my finger at her. Naive Lindsey had no concept of southern heat. Oh, but I soon found out. And now that time is upon us again, and every cell in my body is screaming for it to leeeeave! I don't like to be sweaty. Or sticky. Or to feel my feet slipping around in my sandals. Or any of the above happening at once. Icky.

Fig Newtons are so tasty! Why have I not been indulging in these yummy bits for ages now? & since when did they take the word 'fig' off the label? I heard it was so people who had a bad connotation with figs would still buy them. Uhh.. trickery! There are still figs in those newtons, people.

On the 15 hour drive from Pennsylvania to Mississippi I became addicted to 2 things. Temple run & Twitter. Oh gosh, am I in serious trouble.

I watched the movie Bridesmaids with my sister and she re-wound (is it okay that I still say rewind?) the part with Megan McCarthy saying she fell off of a cruise ship about 7 times. Today at work a customer told me she was about to leave for a cruise to Cozumel. The scene from Bridesmaids came to mind and I immediately wanted to tell the girl to stay away from the edge of the ship. Hah!

Last thing;
A Chick-fil-A is currently being built in our town. Do I really need to write a paragraph explaining how exciting and overwhelming this is?! So be expecting long and completely useless posts about delicious chicken sandwiches and chocolate shakes.
Oh, yes. It will be happening.

And then, because I feel like I need to add a picture, there is this;
It made me chuckle.

Monday, June 25, 2012

sweet bits

Even though I was literally just home for a visit last week, this time trip has been much needed. When Kevin and I first found out about my Grandfathers passing, we weren't sure if we could make the trip home or not. Plane tickets were out of the question, with it being so last minute. But after thinking about it and talking it over we knew that driving up would be the best thing. Even though it wasn't the best circumstances that brought us back, the past few days here have been such a gift. We have been able to see old friends, visit memorable places and spend much needed time with both of our families. Kevin and I even got to eat last night at the restaurant where we both used to work, and where we first met nearly 5 years ago. It was very special.
Tonight is the viewing for my Grandpa, and tomorrow morning is the funeral. I'm not quite sure how I will react to seeing him. More than anything I just want these next few days to be a celebration of his life. I know in my heart where he is now, and there is no need to be sad about that. We will definitely meet agian one day!
Thank you for all of the sweet notes, hugs and kind words over the past few days. The outpouring of love on my family has been so amazing, and we are very grateful.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

rest in peace

Donald T. Summers Sr. of Carlisle, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at his home. He was born on Dec. 30, 1932, in Mount Union, a son of the late William Frank Summers Sr. and Grace P. (Jones) Summers.
Donald graduated in 1951 from Mount Union High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Donald was a 1959 graduate of Shippensburg University. Mr. Summers graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education. He served more than 40 years in education, teaching at many of the schools in south-central Pennsylvania. Among those schools were Mount Union, Rock Hill Furnace, Shade Gap, Big Spring, and his last 27 years were spent at Bermudian Springs elementary and middle schools. Donald had a deep concern for people and always desired to serve others. He volunteered extensively at the Salvation Army, co-led Bible study groups, worked and supported the C.A.R.E.S. program, served on the South Middleton School Board for eight years, participated in events with the senior citizens in Carlisle, and was an active member of Carlisle Alliance Church.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Jane A. (Steninger) Summers; his children, the Rev. Daniel S. Summers and wife, Linda of York Springs, Donald T. Summers Jr. and wife, Denise of Mount Airy, Md., Kathleen G. Murtoff and husband, Gary of Carlisle, and Joel C. Summers and wife, Nannette of Carlisle, one brother, John H. Summers Sr. of New Oxford and 18 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, William F. Summers and one sister, Jane Summers Chiodi.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, in the Carlisle Alliance Church, 237 E. North St., Carlisle, with Pastor Tim Keller and Pastor Daniel Summers officiating. Burial will be in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle. A viewing will be held on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle and from 10 a.m. until time of the services on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the missions department at the Carlisle Alliance Church. Please visit to send condolences.
Obituary found here.
We love you, Pap. You will live on in our hears & memories until we meet again. Thank you for the wonderful example you left for me and your 17 other grandkids.
We are so thankful.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

something about shorts & puppies

It feels like Summer.
I'm chilling out at 3 in the afternoon, wearing denim shorts, and Kevin is getting way into a soccer game in the next room. 
Can we talk about how awesome it is that my job allows me to wear denim shorts to work, and it's acceptable?!
I feel like summer is such a funny thing when you're a grown up. You don't get summers off, like you did in school. I still have to go to work, and even though Kevin is technically a Grad student he still has to go to work throughout the summer months. Our schedules are basically the same, but something is different.
Maybe its the fact that there is fresh watermelon sitting in the fridge.
Or how I'm wearing the denim shorts at 3 in the afternoon. (I can't get past this)
Or maybe its just that my little sister is here visiting during her Summer vacay, so somehow I feel like it's my vacation too.
Whatever the case may be, I'm loving it and not trying to switch things up anytime soon.
& now I'd like to share with you a picture of an adorable puppy.
We are regulars at our neighborhood pet store because Kevin has an aquarium. But while we usually go in to pick up a few new fish, I always manage to hold (& play with.. & take pictures of..) every single puppy that is for sale.
It's starting to be a problem, because the pet store owner now recognizes us and he's up to my tricks.
But did you really expect me to say no to that face?!
Didn't think so.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


rides at hershey park//double rainbow!//me and sis riding the metro//yummy breakfast//congrats grad!//puppy snuggles//plane ride//boring part of ceremony=self portaits//lovely day in DC

Thursday, June 14, 2012


I got home late last night after a wonderful week spent visiting my family Pennsylvania. My heart is full on love, laughter, and hugs from my Mom! I am very thankful I was able to make it to my sisters graduation, and now she has made the trip back with me to MS! She will stay with us for a few weeks to visit and see the area.
On my way north I flew into Reagan because I got a great deal on a ticket. 
While my family was there to pick me up we stopped at a few places in DC, one of them being Arlington National Cemetery. 
I don't speak of him often, but I have a cousin who was killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007. 
He was 21 years old. 
My family and I decided to go and pay our respects at his grave site in Arlington. I had not been there since the funeral had taken place in March of 2007.
There are white washed headstones for as far as the eye can see. 
After walking through rows and rows we came to my cousins grave.
Its easy to look at pictures like the one above and become desensitized. 
The sheer number of headstones is overwhelming. 
But when we came to Luke's, it became so real. 
Each of those white dots represents a life lost. 
They are fathers and brothers and wives and daughters and friends and cousins. Many of the stones had mementos left by loved ones. 
Some even had pictures taped of the soldiers in their uniforms. 
Small tokens of love from the friends and family these heroes left behind.
 Visiting Arlington was a somber but important way to start my time at home. 
It caused me to be so thankful for the time I had with my family. 
I complain about living so far away from them, but countless others have family that they cannot visit. 
It was good to have that reminder.

Friday, June 8, 2012


Actually I've been to DC countless times, but one more picture in front on this monument can't hurt.
Actually I totally didn't get that Harry Potter reference a friend made today over coffee.
Actually I've drank more coffee in the past 24 hours than I have all month.
Actually I'm pretty stoked to go to my little sisters grad ceremony tomorrow (boring as it might be)
Actually because it's 72 degrees instead of 98 degrees I'm a little chilly & should've worn a jacket.
(Actually I just started singing a 98 degrees song in my head after re-reading that last one)
Actually this is the first time I've carried cash in months, but I kinda like it.
Actually I think that ghost tour you're about to embarq on is absolutely ridiculous and I will laugh at you from afar.
Actually I've been trying to update my iphone for the past hour and am failing quite miserably.
Actually I did creep on your wedding photos on facebook & I'd like to thank you for hours of free entertainment.
Actually I dont know any of the songs you want to listen to on the radio and I'm really ok with that.
Actually I spent last night in my parents front yard doing cartwheels with my sisters;
what did you do?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

getting into the games

I'd like to talk about something that makes me a bit nerdier than I already am. How is this possible, you might ask? 
It is possible & true because I have an unnatural obsesssion with the Olympics. We are talking obsessed.
I am so happy to note that Kevin and I have this nerdy trait in common.
2 years ago during the winter games in Vancouver, I swear our upstairs neighbors wanted to kill us for the amount of yelling happening during the US vs Canada hockey game. So intense.
So while the games in Vancouver were happening we had just moved to a new place & literally had zero friends. Consequently, the Olympics consumed our lives. We'd both get home from work and watch it for like 5 hours straight. It was amazing! During this time Kevin became obsessed with all things British Columbia and talked about traveling there on an almost daily basis. 
This is when we made a deal. We agreed that in 2 years we would go to London for the 2012 Summer games. It was far enough in advance, and London isn't a super crazy place to travel. I've already been there with my Dad, so we had that going for us too!
But now, its 2012 and the Olympics are nearly upon us. I am saddened to say that we have no tickets to London or the games. What happened? We had such great plans! But then, your husband goes back to school, you move 1,000 miles away from home and start from scratch. So, our plans didn't exactly plan out like we had intended.
We, like normal people everywhere, will be watching from the comforts of our own home on our own screen. We're still super excited to watch, and don't think for a second we won't be having awesome Olympic viewing parties!
(might need to warn the neighbors this time)
And I suppose there's always Sochi Russia in 2014 :)
Do you & yours get stoked about the Olympics, or are we the only crazy ones?!