i bet you wish those yummy cuppy cakes were for you don't you?
|inside out ice cream cake. (source)|
but, in reality, she'd probably want this one. with something yummy drizzled over it.
|inside out ice cream cake. (source)|
today marks month seven of marriage.
we are on the "back six" now. creeping toward that first anniversary.
but, what i want to share on this monthiversary, is not about us and our first seven months of marriage, per se. but rather, about a couple who are about to celebrate their first anniversary. a couple we have had the privilege of witnessing and learning from during our first seven months of marriage. namely, em and bobby. adam's sister/my sister in-law/one of my dearest friends since high school. and bobs, her college sweetheart.
first, i shall show you their picture.
happy friday, everyone.
can you even believe that NEXT week it will be june? for lots of people i know that means the month of their wedding, anniversary, birthday, new baby, long awaited vacation...for us it means CRAZY month. traveling every weekend. every single one of them. but only to good places where fun will be had. so we are greatly anticipating the arrival of month six. and the long nap we'll take afterward.
but gosh, i always get so far ahead of myself. today, i'm reflecting just on this past week. i'm linking up with lauren and sharing my top five things. want to link up too? it's easy-peasy. just click the button.
|(but, in navy)|
(yes, i used the "l" word. boy have things changed...)
so this place called durham has slowly grown on me. i still jump out of my skin with excitement when we make plans to go back to charlottesville for the weekend, but there really are some great things about this current town of mine. like this, this and this.
so here is another totally rad thing about dumb ol' durham.
there is a huge spirit of entrepreneurship here. resulting, in lots of incredibly unique businesses and not a ton of the normal ho-hum stuff you see everywhere. for instance, we have over 40 food trucks. they park at local places and they get mad business. some of them are completely gourmet, most depend on local food sources, and one of them even serves the best scoop you can find in town. this site keeps track of where they all are at every moment. so you can always know where to find your favorite grub truck.
why not, right?
another favorite durham establishment is fullsteam brewery. this is ad's go to place any day he can convince me, or anyone else, or the neighbor's dog to go with him. they also make his favorite beer of all time. it's in an old wear house, has picnic tables, pool, a stage where local musicians jam, and quite a few of their own delicious brews. very simple set up, but always crawling. people can even bring their pups in. or their neighbor's dog...
not to mention, they always have a food truck or two parked out front.
even cooler, on wednesday evenings, the bull city running company and fullsteam have a running event called "fullsteam ahead! run club." anyone can run. you start from fullsteam, run for awhile, and then return to fullsteam where everyone drinks good beer, sits either in or outside, visits with strangers, and enjoys the pie pushers and parlour trucks that set up camp there every wednesday for this party.
run. eat pizza. drink beer. eat ice cream. it's not rocket science. but this place really has it figured out.
what i'm listening to today:
john mayer, gone western?
adam and i are long-time mayer fans. we try not to think too hard about his less than remarkable character and focus on his insane gifts as a song writer, guitarist, and vocalist. no album he's made has ever disappointed us. we saw him perform in charlottesville the first time ad ever came out. his mad guitar skills and his crazy amazing drummer (steve jordan) rocked our worlds.
his new album, born and raised, just came out. and he has really taken an interesting approach this time around. you know something's up when mayer comes out with an album that looks like this:
on the second monday of unemployment, things i am grateful for:
-time to make and eat good breakfasts.
-time to sit and enjoy that second cup of coffee.
-time to run every day if i want. particularly since i need to get ready for this.
-time to sit and read my Bible and pray and spend time with my creator. said cup of coffee in hand.
-time to pray for my husband, my family, my friends, and for those i don't even know.
-time to work on fun projects for corrine's wedding...less than two weeks away.
-time to catch up with sweet friends and talk about God, and discernment, and hard decisions, and relationships, and climbing mountains.
-time to make good meals for my husband.
-time to clean the master bathroom, which was much, much needed.
-time to take my computer to the apple store so the person at the "genius bar" can tell me why it's being such a stink lately.
-time to reflect, and blog. :)
-time to get lunch with friends who i haven't seen in awhile.
-time to take care of my herbs and plant new ones.
-time to reflect on this amazing sermon that my pastor preached yesterday.
we are currently working through the book of hebrews. yesterday's sermon talked about the rest that God gifts us with. not just one day a week on the sabbath, but everyday, and eternally with Him as well. he challenged us that even while we are working, our souls can be at rest because we realize that our work does not define us. we can sleep at night, and have confidence to shut off our minds, knowing that God does not sleep and that even while we are resting, He continues to work in our "situations."
God wants to make space in our lives for us to rely on Him. that's why he gives us rest, and requires that we take it. sabbath is not a break from our primary pursuits, it is our primary purpose. resting in him.
he also challenged us with this. (really got me...) "priority" is a superlative. it can only really be singular, or else it doesn't really mean what we say it means. aka, we can't have "priorities." it's like having "favorites." if you have more than one, then you do not really have a "favorite." we have a priority. and that priority is what determines how everything else in our lives shakes out. if we make anything other than God our priority, then we give it power to define our life and who we are, rather than our creator.
i'm grateful this monday morning that this weekend i rested from job searching and all of the thoughts and craziness that goes along with it. i'm grateful that this weekend while i rested, and put jobs out of my mind altogether,
played tennis and took strolls on the trail with ad, went the farmer's market and made good meals, hung out with friends and ate homemade peach ice cream, shopped at my favorite store with a sweet gift card (thanks to my parents in-law), went on a date with my favorite man, watched a movie while snuggling in bed,
God continued to work in my life, my circumstances, and prepare my next step for me.
praise God for rest, and for work. and especially for rest in the midst of work. praise God that this monday i feel energized, rested, and ready to continue faithfully pursuing what God has for me next.
do you feel challenged to find God's rest even while working? how has God been challenging you to find rest in Him? seriously, listen to this sermon if you have time. it really shook us nelsons up a bit!
i cannot stop making/eating these pancakes.
as a person with a lot of dietary restrictions, i have never really tried to purchase all of the "substitute" goods. let's be honest, no matter how hard people try, if you take all of the grains out of a cupcake, it just ain't going to be the same. if you take the flour out of a bagel, it will taste like cardboard. so, in general, i do not buy all of those insanely expensive "gluten free, wheat free, grain free, taste free" products. i just do without them.
there are few exceptions:
i will hunt and hunt and hunt until i find a truly delicious allergy-free pizza. this one is pretty good. but it always looks pathetic next to adam's gourmet whole foods pie.
brixx's is pretty good.
mellow mushroom's is ok.
lily's must have corn in it because it did some cruel things to me.
but, let me tell you something now. right now. please listen. particularly if you have weird allergies like me.
i was visiting my friend laura and her roommate (who shares some of my issues) was making pancakes. double-take...yes, i said pancakes. i demanded to know what she was using and she showed me the bag. told me it changed her life.
truth: everyday feels like friday when you are grad-gi-ated and unemployed.
but still, i feel a bit of relief as the weekend arrives and like most fridays, today i'm linking up with lauren and remembering five good things from the week. i missed last week so i may have a few more than five to report...the more the merrier.
one. having my mom, my dad, my sister, my brother, my brother in-law, petyon, my god-brother, my uncle, my mom's best friend, and my husband all in my house last week. everywhere i turned there was someone i loved. sometimes there were even five of them in my ity-bitty kitchen...
but i adored every minute. and i miss having a full house.
two. my parents bought a house 25 minutes from us in north carolina on saturday!!! i can't express my joy. they will only be there about half the time. the other half they'll still be in seattle. but hey, it's so much better than having them 3,000 miles away 95 percent of the time. according to my math...
three. graduating from duke.
so as my first week of unemployment passes, i've had a lot of time to myself to think. like yesterday, i was doing laundry and and i thought, "i wonder how many different laundry routines people have."
(what, did you think i was going to be pondering something deeper?)
but really, there must be so many different ways.
i always let the washer fill a bit with water. then add the soap. and then add the clothes. i like the soap to be really well distributed in the water rather than poured on top of the clothes heap. i also have a tendency to leave the last load of clothes in the dryer forever, and forget them. and then there is folding...
how many different ways can you fold a shirt? undies? towels? shorts?
probably infinity ways.
|(i miss the way we did laundry in italy. source.)|
this must be one of the strangest mornings of my life.
for the past week (+) my house has been full of people i love sleeping on every bed, couch, and floor. we've eaten an absurd amount of food, used more toilet paper than is natural, created much recycling in the form of glass beer and wine bottles, played games, watched movies, had picnics, snuggled.
my family was gathering to celebrate another elise graduation. this time from duke.