Thursday, January 28, 2010

What a lame-o!

This week I've had the blog in the back of my mine. Nagging me. Begging for attention. The week has been crazy!

On Monday I did a photo campaign for Decclo and it went great. The pictures turned out super. If you want to see them you'll need to keep checking the Decclo blog and facebook because they'll be getting leaked there. The shoot reminded me that I need to make time for doing what I love instead of getting lost in boring homework. Hopefully more photo shoots will be happening.

I'm 4 weeks into my first 6 week course which feels really good. I think this week scheduling time has really fallen into place. There's been less panicking and whining - except for last night when I tried to bribe Stuart into writing an essay for me. He wouldn't do it.

Valentines Day is coming up and I'd like to do something special for Stuart. What are you all doing for your lovies? Got any recipes or ideas? Share!

Also, this year is the first year in our marriage that we're in our own home for Stuart's birthday because we always spend the summer with his family. I'm trying to think of what I can do for his birrrthday too... and also our anniversary which is in March... so much to look forward to. I like it.

That's basically all that's been going on: the rain has finally stopped and Stuart and I are exercising every day and he dyed my hair red on Saturday... Mmm yep.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Gold Goaled

Today we went to Target to buy a new computer chair and ended up picking up some home essentials (cleaning supplies and plunger) and I all of a sudden was transported back almost 6 years to when we were buying that stuff for our first apartment. It was mad and I loved it! Time flies! It was a little reminder to make the most of my time.

Today we also launched Vote Decclo which I'm sure you all heard and are sick of hearing about. The thing is that it's such an accomplishment. Our goal for Decclo is to get enough sales so we can start Project Karma and help out people in critical conditions. That's our next step. I'm feeling good about achieving this.

Week 3 of school gets back into full swing tomorrow. I'm almost half way done with this first block. I think I'll keep thinking of it that way instead of focusing on doing this for 2 years. Block by block is the way for me.

I have lots more goals I'm working on. This is just the start. Wooo yeah!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Dear Sciatic Nerve,

I'm not sure why you seem to hate me so much but the feeling is mutual. I treat you well, I do my stretches and exercises but you just want more attention. Is that it? I understand you might be feeling left out because I try not to complain but I know you've heard me say, "I don't want to wake up in the morning" more than once - to wake up you actually have to let me sleep though. Isn't that enough attention. Why are you so mean? You make me miserable and depressed. Go away.

I just want my normal chronic pain back!

 Laura, the prison you are contained within. X-O-X-O

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Up came the sun...

Last week was mad but I think I have the hang of this online schooling malarkey. I hadn't realised that my lecture was as long as it is and so I tried to force myself to read 90 pages of psychology in 3 days in order to have time to study for the weekly test - which I now know is open book, and to be able to discover what to write my research paper on.

The plan for this week is to first read the lecture. Take notes and then start on the text book reading and take notes under the topics the lecture covers because that's what the quiz is going to be on. Easy.

No need to freak out. Also, this week we're covering sleep disorders and the such so maybe I'll learn what's wrong with me!

Last week the topic of left handedness came up and I became pretty intrigued. My oldest sister is left handed and I don't think I've ever heard her complain about how unfair this right handed world is so I had no idea that pencil sharpeners, tin openers and type writers were the bane of lefties existence. If you're left handed I want to hear all about it.

There's not too much going on here other than the Decclo tee designing. Stuart and I have been lazing about all weekend. The house looks like it's a party house which Stuart's pretty pleased about. I am feeling more at home here now instead of feeling happily plopped down to stay for 3 years. I like the area we're in and I'm excited to be making new friends. I'm trying to snag some online sales so Stuart can wear shorts to school - which wasn't allowed at BYU-I so I'm trying to stock up so he'll be comfy in this new climate. I should probably find some stuff for myself too.

I'm trying to get our house more organised. There isn't much in the way of storage space so I'm working on that and also adding more colour to the place. I was reminiscing about the good old Rexburg days last night which got me thinking about one of my best friends and how on top of everything she (seems) to be. I need my house to be more like hers especially since I don't have kids or anyone to blame (apart from Stuart) for the mess. I'm adding that to my goal for the year - add more colour to our house and get better organised.

Once I feel like the house is more presentable I'm going to throw a girls night with mocktails and stuff. I'm in serious need of that.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I'm an artist.

My first tee design is printed and on sale right now!(It doesn't have the watermark over it so don't use that as an excuse not to buy it.) It's waiting for you to buy it so it can make itself at home on your bod. It wants to cuddle you! I would die if I saw a friend wearing my art. DIE! Oh, and for you Rexburgers, that is the Rexburg water tower as seen from UV. It's a nostalgic little number, eh?

If you know any graphic designers or artsy folk looking to make some money and become famous send them over to Decclo. Money's tight right now and this is a fun way to make a bit of an income and to wear cool clothes and be famous, like me. I know!

Help us spread the word of this new company so I can make some money and afford to have a baby and get get some hair extensions or something. Join the facebook group and if you buy a tee make sure to take a pic and upload it to the page too. We're looking to dominate the world. Be a pal and give us a hand.

Also as soon as things get moving we'll be able to start donating tee's to kids in need. That'll make you feel really good. I promise. It's called Project Karma. You'll be blessed.

Decclo is heading in a really cool direction and you really want to be a part of it. Seriously.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The heart of it.

I'm meant to be studying some psychology right now but keep zoning out and thinking about this so I'm just going to get it out here so I can function...

I was reading a certain sister-in-laws blog this week and she was talking about feeling left behind and other things. Her words reminded me of feelings I've had in the past. Feeling left behind but being forced to move forward at times when I'd like nothing more than to take a few steps back and snuggle down into my little nest of solitude and privacy.

She mentioned having a crush on a boy and how it took her by surprise and her want to get involved in things that are long passed.

The whole post put together got me thinking about a boy that I loved. One of the many things I love about Stuart is that we talk about these things and understand each other. We talk about the people we loved before we met one another. Neither of us believe there's only one person in the world for us to love. The important thing is loving the one you choose more than all the other ones put together. I told Stuart about that part in his sister's post where she mentioned this crush and I told him what I had told her - go for it, life is too short and there's worse things than being turned down by a boy but you'll never know what could be until you go for it. Stuart then said something like - "Yep. The hardest thing is not knowing what could have been. We all live a little in the past and wonder what it would have been like." He then told me that I must still wonder what my life would have been like with that boy. And it's true. I do think about it and I know that it wouldn't be as great as my life is now. It would be completely different, if I'd followed him.

Sometimes I look the boy up to see what he's doing with his life. I only know what he was like. He's still a cool guy but his life took a different course and he left me behind. I took my own road and here I am happier than ever. The old him could have made me very happy but he's different now and so am I and it's 2010, not 1998.

Anyway, I guess I just want to encourage everyone to make the most of their present. Now is what matters. It's hard to live life for the now if your past is tugging at you and it makes it almost impossible to move forward. We need to be who we want to be now.  People are going to take little bits of our heart with them along the way but we have more to give. That's the great thing about the heart.

A few of you will know who I'm talking about in this post (even though I've never told anyone about it, the boy knows and Stuart knows.) I thought that would be awkward but it's not, it's actually a little liberating. It's the past. Why do we keep experiences and feelings bottled up when they can help someone else?

No regrets.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Laura's Life List:

I'm trying to set some goals for 2010, not unlike my annual summer lists. I want to stay motivated and be able to accomplish things, no matter how small. Goals don't need to be big, right?
So instead of just a 2010 list I'm going full steam ahead and following my new friend, Jesse's example and start a life list and stealing some of his goals too. A lot of these could be accomplished this year, that's the idea at least...

1. Go to Disneyland
2. Have a baby
3. Adopt a child
4. Write a book
5. Write a book of my parent's life stories
6. Watch a space shuttle launch in person
7. Take Stuart on a surprise trip
8. Have a huge 10th Anniversary Party
9. Take Stuart to his first rock concert
10. Get my drivers license
11. See Mount Rushmore
12. Re-open my Etsy store
13. Ride in a cable car
14. Publish a book of my photos
15. Have 200 Gypsy Feet followers
16. Go to a surf competition
17. See the pyramids in Egypt
18. Invent something
19. Build our own home
20. Get my degree in Graphic Design
21. Be famous
22. Go to Hawaii
23. Pay for my parents to visit me
24. Go to Harry Potter World
25. Take Stuart to London
26. Plant a garden
27. Own a retro car
28. Have a vintage camera collection
29. Go to the grand canyon
30. Win a photography competition
31. Go to a rodeo
32. Send more postcards
33. Write thank you notes
34. Drive Route 66
35. Go to New York
36. Visit every state
37. Spend a Christmas in Denmark
38. Help someone fulfil something on their list
39. Shoot a Decclo campaign
40. Go to Valencia, Spain for the tomato throwing

To be continued...