Thursday, May 30, 2013

Throwback Thursday

I thought I would do a throwback Thursday in honor of all of the fishing that John and I have been doing lately!

Fishin' with my brother and Dad in Minnesota!

Also, Riley as a kitten - he was a big ball of fur!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Saying goodbye to a pet

Today John and I had to make a very sad decision regarding one of our kitties.  We knew he hadn't been normal for awhile, but yesterday, after coming home from work, he clearly was not himself.  After several tests, a rough night, and several more tests, the vet told us that he had a large growth in his lower abdomen that was likely cancer.  Very sadly, we had to let him go.

Our kitty, Riley, was possibly the sweetest cat ever.  He was a long-haired Maine Coone that loved to cuddle and chirp at everything.  John and I are mourning our loss, but we know he is in a better place.  

We are focusing on all of the good times with Riley and how much joy that he brought us.  I copied some of my favorite pictures below.

Name: Riley
Also known as: Rigex, Rile, Professor Rile
Age: 12, would be 13 in October
Favorite activities: eating pretzels, chips, and popcorn; being cleaned by Shadow; cuddling under the covers; being held by John (and only John)
Favorite memory: Riley was given to me for Christmas by my parents when I was in 6th grade.  Although my parents were trying to keep the gift a secret, I answered a phone call from the Humane Society and they told me that my kitty was ready for pick up.  

I excitedly asked my mom what this was all about and only a few hours later, they brought me a kitten for Christmas! BUT it was not Riley, it was another kitten originally named Buzzbee (later named Winnie).  I was so excited to not only have a kitten, but to get it before our normal Christmas Eve gift opening.  

Later that night when opening gifts, I was surprised with a second kitten! I was certainly not expecting this as I had already gotten my kitten! The second kitten, named Fuzzbee (later named Riley), was the brother of the first kitten.  I never ever thought that I would ever get TWO kittens, but I did! (It was buy one, get one free - how could you not get two?) Boy, I was one happy girl that Christmas!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Last night of Malachi

Tonight was the last night of my small group study at NorthRidge.  This is my third study with these ladies, and I have really grown to love our time and conversation together.

The study that we completed was on the book of Malachi, which is the final hoorah before the New Testament.  The study, written by Lisa Harper, talks about how the Israelites are big complainers and question our perfect God’s every move.  Pretty relatable, huh?  The great part is, despite all of the many, many shortfalls of the Israelites, God loved them so much and would never give up on them.  It is pretty cool and humbling to think that that God is the same God that we serve today!

Lisa Harper’s book sums up the whole study perfectly in this: On our worst day, God doesn't walk away from us. And His love for us is not determined by our performance. No matter how many times we mess up, God loves (and never leaves) broken people. "I the LORD do not change" Malachi 3:6

I am particularly looking forward to the next study that we will be starting in July.  It is by Pricilla Schrier on Gideon, and I copied the promo video here.  I have heard great things about Pricilla’s books, and I am really excited for it to start!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Fly fishing on the Huron

My husband has recently started fly fishing.  He took a really cool guided trip to an Orvis lodge on the San Juan River on the border of New Mexico and Colorado, and ever since, he has been hooked (get it, hooked?).

I have always enjoyed fishing myself and decided it would be a cool hobby to take up.  As soon as I told John this, he immediately went to Cabela’s to buy me a 4 piece, 5 weight fly rod.  We then headed out to the Delhi metro park in Ann Arbor and started fishing.  I didn’t catch anything – or get any bites, for that matter – but there is so much technique involved that I did learn a lot.  John caught several bass, and I was pretty jealous.

The next day John went fishing with his friend Jason and caught a 23 inch pike on his fly rod!  It is (so he told me) very, very lucky that he was able to reel it in because he did not have a steel line.  He brought it home (Ann Arbor has a catch and release policy for bass, but not pike), and cooked it up.  I was kind of sad that he was using my nice Wusthof knives to cut this huge slimy, but he assured me it was necessary.

Anyway, I am looking forward to going out again and catching my first fish.  Until then, I will catch fish vicariously through John!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

My poor car :(

My husband, John, recently misbranded my car.

I asked him to remove his sticker, but he said that he wouldn’t.  This is especially upsetting because I often make fun of cars like this that have two rival team stickers!

I cannot decide what is worse – a car with a U of M sticker or a car that has a both a U of M and MSU sticker.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Painting Escape

There are few things more fun than a great girl’s night.  Recently, I got together with two of my good girlfriends, and we took a painting class together at Painting Escapes in downtown Plymouth.

I have never been good at painting or drawing, but in this class the instructor took you step-by-step in creating your picture, and it actually turned out pretty cool.  It was a very laidback environment and you could bring in any sort of drinks or snacks that you pleased – Hannah, Valarie and I chose some white sangria… I think it made us more creative!

After Painting Escapes we went to a patio dinner at Zin and finished the evening with some frozen yogurt in Kellogg Park.  Nom om om!  We were all wearing Maxi dresses, and it looked like we were part of some weird cult (not really – but it was still funny).  Yes, I realize that “some weird cult” is not politically correct. :)

I feel so blessed to have such good girl friends… we are able to share honestly with each other and because we have similar outlooks on life, we  can trust each other’s insights and advice.

Check out their blogs! and

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Weekday Fun

Sometimes I feel like I am so exhausted by the time I get home from work that I just want to veg and watch some DVR – which leaves only the weekend to actually do fun things.  Because of this, I am always excited when I can have a little bit of fun on a weekday… it breaks up the week and forces me out of the house.  Yesterday was one of those weekday fun days.
My day began when I got into my car for work, and I was surprised by a flower, some of my favorite candies, and the cutest Papyrus card ever (those things better be cute – they are like 7 bucks!).  I also had a 5 dollar bill in my cup holder (my husband knows that I never have cash and am always borrowing money from people for vending machine treats).  In my super cute card, I was instructed to head over to our new home directly after work.
Of course this was all I could think about all day (in addition to my Dove Chocolate inspirational quotes – which I got a full bag of that morning), and after work and navigating through all of the Ann Arbor traffic, I finally made it to our new home.  I was greeted with some yummy sushi and my favorite wine.  As you can tell from the picture below, we dined using our fancy new table and chairs.  It was quite romantic, actually!
We definitely over ate, but it was totally worth it.  Once we digested for a bit, we decided to take Scout for a walk around downtown.  She is still so little and has issues walking on a leash, but she actually did alright!  Every time she sees someone who she thinks might want to pet her, she lunges straight at the person and never can quite land on her feet.  This usually freaks people out and they then decide they no longer want to pet her… poor girl – she just gets too excited!
On our way back from the walk it started to rain… or rather, pour.  We tried to hide under a tree (yeah, I know, you shouldn’t do that… getting struck by lightning 101), but the weather was getting worse, so we bit the bullet and ran the mile we had left to get home.
By the time we got home, we were sopping wet, and our little puppy was almost unrecognizable!  Although we were wet and cold, I am not going to lie – the running in the rain was a great way to end our evening.  It was relaxing (sort of…) and a little bit freeing in a silly, cheesy way.
It was a wonderful evening and made me excited for our next adventure.  Those are the nights which make summer so much fun.  I am looking forward to many more runs in the rain with my wonderful husband.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hello spring, is that you?

This past weekend was cold, cold, cold. This is mid-May, people, and the temperature was in the low 40s. Normally this would have not been a problem (as I would have hibernated in my warm home and complained there), but given that my husband was graduating from law school it meant we would have to be outside for a light reception and pictures after his ceremony. After 3 long years of work, I envisioned many pictures with him in his robe and stylish hat, the reading room, and the beautiful law quad, but with the weather as cold and windy as it was, we snapped a few half-ready photos, skipped the (outdoor) reception and headed over to our apartment for dinner.

All of our family was in town, and it was wonderful to have everyone all together. People came in from Minneapolis, Washington DC, Albuquerque, East Lansing and Kalamazoo all to celebrate my husband and his graduation. Now that law school is done, John is studying for the bar exam which he will take the end of July. To get in character, he is growing a beard. Don’t worry – I will keep you updated on its (…the beard’s) progress. Maybe I will even post a picture or two as it develops. It is only day 3, but he is going for a Ryan Fitzpatrick kind of look.

Anyway, we are happy to close the book on law school and forge towards our next adventure – even if that means my husband giving me prickly kisses until his beard grows out a bit more (he is assuring me that this will stop after a few more days…).


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Without further ado

My husband and I are currently in the process of moving.  In light of this, I figured there was no better time than now, when in the middle of packing our lives into cardboard boxes, to procrastinate by starting a blog.  And ta da – without further ado, here is my blog!

I will probably only blog when I am trying to escape something more important, but given our upcoming life events, I may be blogging fairly often (don’t hold me to that… I also fill my time with Real Housewives and crafts).
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