#1 Ten Likes

As part of the blog challenge, I’m going to tell you ten things I like, in no particular order.

#1 – Peanut Butter M&Ms

These are so good. I’m sitting here killing the rest of our bag right now (sorry, Drew!) but they are delicious. The regular ones are fine, peanut is good, dark chocolate is good, but peanut butter m&ms are addictive.

#2 – Etsy

For those of you who have never heard of Etsy, you are missing out. This website facilitates the sale of handmade and vintage goods. They have everything under the sun. Want classic artwork with a Doctor Who twist? Try this. Estrogen chain necklace? Right here. Buffy the Vampire Slayer high heels? Of course! I bought my hoop skirt for our wedding here, Drew’s Christmas present last year, and so many other cute little things. You can even buy local. Seriously, check it out.

# 3 – How I Met Your Mother

So good. Neil Patrick Harris is so fun to watch. He makes a convincing womanizing jerk, which is hilarious considering he’s gay. Robin is totally “one of the guys” and Lilly and Marshall are the couple I always wanted to be a part of, or at least be friends with. In season one, Marshall and Ted get into a sword fight and stab Lilly. When they get to the hospital, she asks for the Knights of the Poorly Constructed Round Table. It’s a fun show.

#4 – Impromptu Days Off

I kind of love the days I get a phone call telling me that, for whatever reason, I can’t come into work today. I by no means want my clients to be sick, but its like a surprise birthday present. Its kind of fantastic to have your alarm go off and then see that you have several hours before you actually have to be somewhere. I love my clients but its nice to get an impromptu day to yourself.

#5 – Indian Food

Drew is the one who started my love of Indian food. When I met his parents it was in an Indian restaurant. The night he proposed we went to dinner at that same Indian restaurant. Then he got on an ethnic cooking spree and he makes some really freaking good Indian food. I’m undeniably American in taste; I love chicken marsala or chicken curry. I’m trying to convince him to make lamb, so feel free to mention it in passing anytime you talk to him. It would be highly entertaining to me. 🙂

#6 – Anything by Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon’s characters and story lines are so entertaining to me. He creates the blonde cheerleader who slays vampires and just wants a life outside of that, the broody vampire with a soul, a rebel soldier who smuggles things in space, a secret company that erases peoples personalities in order to make people a viable commodity, and a cabin in the woods that serves as a way to collect sacrifices for the ancient ones. He spins horror on its head and makes the known something new. Anything he makes, I’m game to watch.

#7 – Rain

I’m not a fan of drizzle but a solid downpour or a thunderstorm is awesome. I always sleep better when its raining, I’m happier, and I love a walk through the rain in my trenchcoat. Umbrella not required. I’m hoping to get some sweet rainboots when we’re in the UK in March.

#8 – Harry Potter

Do I really need to explain this one? I grew up with Harry Potter. He was a very bright era in my childhood. I own every movie, book, and want them all in e-book form, too. I want to read The Casual Vacancy but I haven’t had the chance yet. Harry Potter is why I read thousand page books and love epic fantasy and science fiction. Harry Potter was my gateway drug to Dragon*Con and all things fun and fictiony.

#9 – Ireland

Take me here. It’s where my family originates from and I dream of going there, at least for a bit. I know there are differences and I also know that there aren’t. I know it’s not all green leprechauns, too, and I’m tired of being preached at about high expectations dashed. I’m a realist with dreams but I’m not an idiot. I just want to go the way I have wanted to go for over a decade of my life. And as a 22-year-old, that’s a significant portion.

#10 – My Husband

Drew may not appreciate my photo choice, but I kind of love this one. His boutonniere had just broke and Mandy was fixing it. Our wedding was definitely a high stress day. I feel lucky to be able to say I don’t just love him, I like him. Not all couples can say that even four months in. As hard as these months have been, I feel incredibly blessed to have him by my side. Happy four months of marriage my love!

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Quite the Summer

It has been quite the summer, a roller coaster of good things and bad things.

First, I graduated from college. After four years of the incredibly tedious process of getting a Bible college degree, I have a Bachelor of Science in Bible, Psychology, and Youth Ministry. Well, technically speaking, I have a BS in Bible and Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry, Family, and Culture. Now I get the wonderful opportunity to pay back my student loans. 🙂 Not that I’m being sarcastic or anything. I do have to say it feels good to be done with it even though I intend on going back to school in a couple of years.

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Second, Drew and I got married. It was a beautiful, hectic, life-changing day. There is so much about that day I want to tell those of you who couldn’t come. I’ll start with this: the truth of the matter is, for something described as the biggest day of your life, it feels like any other day. You’re just in a big white dress kissing your best friend in front of an audience. I cannot deny that day was life changing, amazing, and beautiful. There are many things that flew by and I cannot remember, but there are moments that I will never forget. My dad walking me down the aisle. Drew’s hands shaking as he held mine during our first look. Him saying his vows. Hugging my mom after the ceremony. Driving away from the church and it finally hitting me we were married. But that is a story for another day.

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Third, work has been taking forever to get me scheduled. Drew, however, got on schedule the week we got back from our honeymoon (in New York, by the way, also another whole story). So he has been working a lot and I have been trying to occupy a lot of open time. Thankfully, I will be starting next week. Thank goodness. They’ve been doing their best to get me on schedule.

Fourth, and besides the wedding, most important, my mother died a little over a week ago. It has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with and I am not sure anything else will ever top it. In fact, I pray nothing does. Living in another town, it can be easy to forget she’s gone. Then I remember that if she were still here I would owe her a phone call. It’s those moments that are the hardest, the ones she was always involved in. The holidays are going to be very hard. Drew has been such a comfort and a strength for me, and I can’t imagine how I could have gotten through this week, especially her funeral, without him and without my dad. She was the best mother I could have asked for, better than I could have come up with on my own. Some people make a list of what qualities they want in a spouse. Well, I never could have imagined Drew into a list. If we could choose our parents, I couldn’t have quantified her into a list either. God gives us far better than our human minds can conceive.

Other than all this, all the other moments of the summer so far seem inconsequential. They weren’t at the moment but in the scheme of things, they are very small. But it is the small moments that sometimes mean the most. Keep us in your prayers as we move on in life, as we try to find a church to attend, and as we navigate new marriage. We have been so blessed.

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