Friday, June 27, 2014

Seven Quick Takes

First time trying this whole linkup with Jen thing for Seven Quick Takes so, let's get rolling!

1. It was Joel's birthday yesterday, and we celebrated with steaks and board games at my sister Francine's house with her family. I wrapped up dessert with a creation of my own. I combined my favorite parts of different ice cream cake recipes, and this is the masterpiece that I came up with:

In order from bottom layer to top layer:
Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
Vanilla ice cream
Crushed Oreos
Vanilla ice cream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches
Chocolate syrup

Needless to say, it was a big hit. I am just about the laziest cook in the world, so it takes quite a bit to apply myself and actually follow through on a recipe. Baking isn't really my style (though I used to be able to make a mean apple pie... from scratch, mind you) because I never could get the measurements exactly right and then the whole end product was always just a little off. Ice cream cake was the way to go. After all, it's summer and the cake looks super bomb ass awesome sliced open (featured here).

2. Speaking of summer, school is out for this teacher's aid! I'm still teaching supper school a few mornings for a couple more weeks throughout the season, but for the most part I am home free. The idea of getting a part time job was tossed around, mainly as something to keep me busy other than chores, but we live in a somewhat vacation-y spot during the summer so a lot of the temp stuff is filled by high school and college kids for the season. Also: there aren't very many employers looking to hire an 8-month pregnant woman who's just looking for something to keep busy. If anyone has it's-summer-and-I'm-mostly-jobless-and-sick-of-just-chores-and-enjoying-calm-time-before-baby-comes project ideas, let me know!

3.  I finally watched Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" this week. I'd been hearing it was a classic, but I had never given it a second thought. Then I discovered the huge (and surprisingly good) movie rental section at our local library, and brought it home. So worth it! I appreciated the suspense - gore formula. Good job, Alfred.

4. Another great find at the library: rental video games. My husband is the gamer in our little family and I'm more of the TV show girl, but I can handle the kid's games. Hence my rental of Lego Lord of the Rings. Awesomeness ensued. I've been a huge LOTR fan since the first movie came out (tried reading the books but didn't have the attention span and I don't want to movies to be ruined). I've never dressed up, but I did take a life-size cutout of Legolas to a Sadie Hawkins dance in a high school with a group of girlfriends. And I own the Idiot's Guide to Middle Earth. Be jealous.

5. My must read (listen) this month: Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me." Very funny, and I bought the audio book, so hearing the narrative in her voice was a fun touch. The Office and The Mindy Project are both witty and clever shows of which I am a big fan.

6. I was inspired by Jenny to get on board with tracking my steps with the Pacer phone app, and it's great accountability for staying in shape. I'm pushing myself to walk a little more each day than I did the day before, and although I can't see much of a difference yet (still gaining for baby and I just got the app 5 days ago) I already feel so much better. I'm more motivated, energetic (with the exception of surprise nap attacks), and my mood has improved. Maybe there's something to this whole "fresh air and exercise are good for you" thing after all.

7. Here is Mommy (and baby) at 32 weeks. Time to pack the hospital bag before too long!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bucket List

I have posted before my bucket list, but it was on my previous blog and it has not been updated...until NOW. Question: is it ever too late to add things to the list?


  • Attend a Needtobreathe concert
  • Be someone's hero
  • Be the belle of the ball
  • Drive stick shift
  • Eat a baguette in France
  • Eat pizza in Sicily
  • Get kissed on a Ferris wheel
  • Go ice skating
  • Host a cocktail party
  • Join a book club
  • Learn French
  • Learn Spanish
  • Live in the south
  • Make it through a life-size maze
  • Paint a masterpiece
  • Play tennis
  • Run a half marathon
  • See a Broadway show
  • Solve a mystery
  • Watch the Denver Broncos play in real life
  • Write a book

Monday, June 16, 2014

We Met On Twitter

Now that wedding season has kicked off again, I'm feeling all gushy inside. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story or did not read about it on my last blog, I'd like to share again my favorite story of all time: how I snagged Joel. We wrote this rendition together when putting together our wedding website last year.

This was taken the weekend we met. JOY!
Justine: I was encouraged to start writing a blog to share my thoughts, musings, insights, etc about womanhood, relationships, and being the best version of yourself! I love to write and it was a great way to get things out of my system, especially when there wasn't anyone around at the moment to share it with. The only means I used to promote/share the site was through Facebook, Twitter, and directly asking my friends to read it.

Joel: I was an occasional Twitter user who used the social service to get news and updates on friends and interests. One day, my cousin retweeted a blog written by Justine. I decided to read one of the blog posts and I was very impressed with Justine's writing style. I sent Justine a message informing her that I was a fan and encouraged her to keep it up!

Justine: My thought: "A fan!" He was the first person I knew of that read my blog WITHOUT me knowing him or directly asking him. I saw a very tiny picture of his face (cutie!) and thanked him for the kind words, and promptly called Jackie to thank her for inadvertently providing me with my first legit reader, who happened to be her cousin. The next few times I wrote articles I made sure to post them in a place where he could see, just in case he was still reading.

Joel: I was.

Justine: But that was the extent of our contact. Two years later, I moved to Ohio, the same week Joel moved to Denver. I followed the job to Ohio, but I wanted to follow my friends, football team, and heart to Denver. I tweeted something about wishing I was there, not knowing he just moved.

Joel: One day waiting for the train to head into work downtown I happened to see Justine's message on missing Denver. I thought, Hey! She's kind of cute and I'd like to get to know her a little more so I sent a message kind of just took off from there!

Justine: Messages turned to chats, chats got longer and later, and soon I'd catch myself leaving my computer online just in case he wanted to get on and say hello. We had developed a genuine friendship even though we hadn't yet met in person or seen each other outside of pictures posted online. But every time I talked to him I just kept thinking, "No way! You too? I thought I was the only one!" or "That's what I was going to say." I looked forward to his stories, advice, jokes, and the thought of being his friend in real life. I knew right off the bat he would have a big part to play in my life, but I wasn't sure how yet.

Joel: Simply enough our chatting and conversations were happening everyday and we were super into each other. Because we were talking to each other all the time!! It seemed like the next natural step was to start a relationship. We started dating and scheduled to meet soon after was the longest month of waiting in our lives but was the most amazing meeting. I met my wife!!

Joel, thank you for putting up with all of my ridiculousness. I fall more and more in love with you every day... even when you get on my nerves (your pretty eyes make up for it in those moments). You are my rock.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Out of the Mouths of Babes - Part II

Here are some nuggets from my time working with 4 & 5 year olds... I miss them already!

"My friend Whitney's birthday is... I'm just going to say the year because I don't remember... October! Yes, it's going to be in the summer."

"If you give someone a picture in jail they will just tear it up and throw it away."

Me: "When is your birthday?"
Him: "April 40th."

One girl playing with another girl's hair: "Do you have chemicals in your hair?"

"Mrs. Rauch, you should name your baby Lily. Or Rosie! Yeah, Rosie is the name of my cousin's guinea pig."

Her: "You should name your baby Wendy."
Me: "I haven't thought about that name yet. What if the baby is a boy?"
Her: "That is a boy's name."

Him: "I had a steak at the restaurant at Disneyland."
Me: "How do you like your steak?"
Him: "Good."
Me: "How do you like it cooked?"
Him: "Probably just regular."

Preschool girl sticks making tape to her chin and says in a pretend deep voice: "I'm a boy. I like to talk to girls and marry them."

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Must-See Chick Flicks of Ever

I have seen a few of these lists floating around, but I couldn't get on board with most of them. I am a self proclaimed movie critic and I am way picky about movies I'll watch a few times, let alone recommend. I've filtered through movies I remember seeing (if I don't remember, they probably weren't that memorable) and ended up with the following movies, classified into practical genres... for your convenience. Movies are listed from least to most awesome. Enjoy!

Movies set in another time or place:
Moulin Rouge
Sense & Sensibility
Pride & Prejudice

Movies for the drama queen in you:
Runaway Bride
Dirty Dancing
500 Days of Summer
Say Anything
10 Things I Hate About You
Silver Linings Playbook
The Notebook

Movies that will make you laugh:
Roman Holiday
Groundhog Day
The Proposal
The Wedding Singer

Movies that require less brain function,
but we still love them:
The Wedding Planner
Never Been Kissed
Sleepless in Seattle
The Princess Bride

Girl Power Movies:
My Best Friend's Wedding
Pretty Woman
The Devil Wears Prada
Legally Blonde

Sweet Home Alabama
Jerry Maguire
You've Got Mail
When Harry Met Sally

Monday, June 9, 2014

Stay-at-home wifery!

Ok, I am so ready to do this!

I have recently resigned my position(s) at the local Catholic elementary school to stay home with our little one. Technically I'm not a SAHM yet because our baby arrived in August, but the school year ended and I'm not going back next year, so I've got most of a summer to get ahead (or at least caught up) on housework and prepping for baby while my dear husband works 8-5. So here we go!

I decided I'd start with cleaning, so I can finally put to use some of my pinterest tips I've been collecting for the last hundred years. Instead, I got distracted by the best list of boredom cures I have ever read. THIS LIST is my new motivation to get our house sparkling... so many of these look like so much fun!

Let's see how much I can get done today before Joel gets home... yay!!