Thursday, September 29, 2011

Reminder for [me] you

I was talking with a good friend last night about making tough decisions. Don't you love those? Ya, me too. (Or maybe not so much.) I feel like I'm pretty good at making a decision and sticking with it, however, when it comes to really big decisions, I don't want to mess up.

Her advice to me was, "Take it to Conference." (Kind of reminds me of that line from You've Got Mail when Tom Hanks tells Meg Ryan to take her decision "to the mattresses." Also a line from the Godfather, which I've never seen. I digress.)

Lightbulb. Why didn't I think of that? I wanted to share the wisdom with the rest of you and say, if you're struggling with something or seeking answers to questions, start preparing now to listen to our Prophet and the other Brethren and have faith that their words will be an answer to your questions. I know that happens and I know there will be something for you...and me.

President Uchtdorf teaches that “there are messages in each general conference given as a gift and a blessing from heaven specifically for our personal life situations.” Read more of his words on preparing for Conference here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Dirty Dash

Guess what I did this weekend?

The Boy, his sisters, and I ran a 10K in the mud! Have I ever had this much fun getting down and dirty? Nope! The real name for this event is "The Dirty Dash." It's a 5/10K run with obstacle courses throughout the run, and all of the obstacle courses are in the mud. We climbed bails of hay, climbed walls, ran through mud pits, ran through a swamp, climbed through huge muddy pipes, did the tire run, waded in waist-high water and climbed over and under pipes... and slid down a huge blow-up slide. I had mud in every imaginable place, including my teeth, and couldn't have been happier.

Before the run... look how clean we are! Team Bree-Z! (Bree, second from the right, is going on a mission in a couple of weeks so we ran the 10K in her honor.)

After the run... we were so, SO dirty! And yes, we smelled.

 I do believe this will become a yearly tradition for me. I haven't laughed this hard in a very, very long time. And yes, the $4 hot shower was worth it... slightly awkward, but worth it. 

Just a couple hours after the run, I was showered (best shower of my life) and with my mom and sister for the General Relief Society Meeting. I may or may not have been picking up from my nails throughout the meeting. Gross.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Elaine Dalton

I've had the pleasure of working with Sister Elaine Dalton for the past few weeks while she promotes her new book, A Return to Virtue. These are my impressions of her after getting to spend time with her.

Read the rest of my article here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Celebrating the Family

Shannon over at The Redheaded Hostess contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in participating in a blog hop to celebrate families. [Can we do a little celebratory dance together? This is my first blog hop, and, who wouldn't want to celebrate families?]

My post will go up tomorrow - I'll be sure to link to it tomorrow so you can read my thoughts on the following paragraph from The Family: A Proclamation to the World:

"By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed."

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Really great excuses for not blogging:

1. Work is keeping me insanely busy... lots to read after hours. (Not complaining.)
2. The Boy. (Deeeeefinitely not complaining.)
3. Life. (Okay, I'll complain a little bit about a dirty house, laundry pile, and a sink that is clogged.)

Here's to prioritizing. Sorry Blog, you've been beaten out by a clogged sink.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Is that vintage?

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased this necklace:

There's a story with this necklace. Curious?

Last night I stopped at Whole Foods after work to grab a couple of things for dinner with Boy. The female employee at the cash register said, "I really like your necklace. Is it vintage?"

I smiled and had to bite my tongue a little to keep from laughing. The first thing that popped into my head when she said that was "Harvard Sailing Team + Hipster." I thanked her sincerely and said, "No. I just bought it at the mall a couple weeks ago."

If you haven't see this Harvard Sailing Team episode, watch it now. I hope you chuckle like I did when you hit minute 2:50.(I suggest watching the whole clip, but for the sake of Grandma's fashion and vintage necklaces, definitely watch through 2:47.)


Friday, September 2, 2011

Big sigh

I have a couple of (very sigh-worthy) things here for you to enjoy over the long weekend:

Source: via Tracie on Pinterest

Source: via Sandy on Pinterest

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Cinnamon Ink

Okay - have you heard of Cinnamon Ink? Well, now you have. It's a darling blog and the author, Kate, is celebrating the one year anniversary of her Etsy shop by giving away one of her darling prints. Go enter!

The Satorialtwist

No, I didn't spell the title incorrectly. It really is "The Satorialtwist. I'm sure you've all seen the regular Satorialist website, but this little twist of a website makes me laugh. Here are some examples: