Wednesday, March 27, 2013

this crazy week..

has been full of;

skype sessions with that cute dude (& excitement over his homecoming this weekend!)
homework homework homework
early Easter lunch with family
jellybeans
more snow
preperations for some friends' upcoming weddings
coffee
medical exams and fingerprinting for our visa applications
dry shampoo. & lots of it, because I don't have time!
and finally, trying to plan but realizing some things are just out of my control (& hoping it will all come together) :)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

wednesday randoms

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Snow snow snow again :(
But today is officially spring! Here's to hoping warm weather comes around for good & quits teasing us.

I went antiquing with my parents last weekend, and found that cool crochet ship wall hanging thing (good description, right?) It's pretty awesome, just not quite $800 awesome.

Oh, and those crazy looking jellybeans? Best candy ever. Do yourself a favor and go buy about 12 bags before they are taken off the shelves after Easter!
(You can thank me later)

Sunday, March 17, 2013

things I've learned with a long distance marriage

As many of you who read this blog know, Kevin and I have been living apart for the past 2 months. Not out of choice, but to keep it short that's just how the dice were rolled.
He's been in Mississippi finishing up his graduate thesis, and I've been in Pennsylvania working and going to school while staying with my family.
During this time I have learned a lot of things. Mostly things about myself, but also a lot about other people. It's not been easy, and I give a million kudos to every military spouse out there. It's no cake walk.
But if I'm going through something I like to try to find a meaning or lesson from it.
So here are a few things I've learned from this experience.

I am not a people person.
I knew this about myself before, but I feel like this situation magnified my unsociable qualities by a million.
Go out with friends for dinner and drinks or stay in with pizza, a clay mask and a DVD? That shouldn't even be qualified as a real question. I would always, always rather stay in.
And I don't admire that about myself, it's just the truth. Kevin is the most social person I've ever met, and I truly believe when we are together we find the perfect balance between our two extremes. But now that he's not here I've really had to force myself to get out and do things. My sisters have been a huge help in this (I might be a hermit if it weren't for them).  But I still have a long way to go.

my thoughts exactly

People want to know
Lately, anywhere I go or anyone I talk to has the perfect one-liner for me. It goes like this; "How's Kevin doing? When's he coming back up here?"
If I had a quarter for every time I awkwardly looked away and prayed to God someone would come save me from that conversation I might be able to buy Kevin his masters degree. (I'm being dramatic, but really).
And I feel bad even talking about this, because people really are so kind. They only want to make conversation and know what's going on in our lives. They don't mean any harm!
But it's hard to talk about, ya know? I wish Kevin was here so much, and I just feel like talking about it so often is emotionally draining.

Dogs rebel like children
I don't know what to say about this, other than Kevin is the favorite 'parent' and they miss him! He is way cooler than me and would take them on much longer walks, so I totally understand their feelings :)

So, again, all you long distance lovers out there; I've gotta hand it to ya. It's definitely not very fun, but what needed to happen in this situation.
My silver lining is that Kevin coming home for a few weeks this month!
Woohoo!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

saturn the storm


This week we were supposed to get a massive 'blizzard' in these parts. I think they actually gave the winter storm a name. Saturn? Other than having the worst name ever, Saturn was also the lamest storm of all time. We ended up with about 4 inches of wet, sloppy snow. Not to complain, because I never wanted to meet Saturn anways. And snow that melts off the driveway by mid-day without me having to bust out a shovel is the very best kind, so for that Saturn, I thank you.
Anyways, my sister and I took advantage of an afternoon off and the last remnants of snow to try a new sport. Snow boarding! (which a friend pointed out to me is "sooo 1996") But we'd never been before and decided to give it a go.
2 days later every muscle in my body is screaming at me with regret. hahah
This photo was obviously taken before we had even strapped the boards to our feet. Look how happy we were! Happy and a little bit naive..
It was fun though, and our 'teachers' said we didn't do nearly as bad as most first timers. (I'd really like to know if anyone could do worse than me, but will accept compliment).
So, thanks Saturn, for a day off of school/work and the drive to do something adventurous. I'd say it was worth it.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

spring wear

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SPRING!!
Can you tell I'm ready for it? Now we're just going to dismiss the fact that it's supposed to snow 6-10 whole inches here tomorrow.
It's March. That means Spring. Say it with me; Spa-riiinngggg!
These are a few little Pinterest finds.
Style is a funny thing, isn't it? I feel like mine changes by the minute. There is no way I'd wear some of the things I had on just 6 months ago. Heck, I look at pictures from 2 weeks ago and wonder, "what I was thinking..?"
But I know this; the day I can venture out with not even a light jacket will be a happy day. I hope that day is just around the corner! :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

NZ


Lately I catch myself getting totally weirded out by our upcoming move! 6 months ago I never would have thought we'd be making all of these preparations to move around the world to this small little island.
The planning process is going pretty good so far. I think, anyways :) Kevin and I are both working on getting our visa applications submitted. This takes a lot of time & effort. We both have to get full medical exams including blood & urine work (ick!), and also FBI background checks.
I hope to keep you all updated as we plan for this move. Right now, Kevin's official start date at the University is August 1st. But we hope to get over there a few weeks prior, so we can settle in and get used to a few of the major changes.
Other than all of that I've been doing a little research of my own on this beautiful country. This includes Youtube videos about Kiwi slang (I'm already intimidated) and finding New Zealand bloggers! So..basically nothing super productive at all :)
xox

Friday, March 1, 2013

kevins sweater

another iphone mirror shot! I'm on a slippery slope..
Why has it taken me this long to raid my husband's closet?
He left a plethora of nice clothes here with me, and like a good person I've left them alone all this time. But with the sleeves of his sweaters rolled up, I feel like I have a whole new wardrobe!

Also, I've been making a few changes around the blog. Please grant me patience, as I am by no means a web designer/photoshop user/anything having to do with blog design-er.
With that being said I kinda like how it looks now. Nice, clean, & simple!

Have a great Thursday!