Wednesday, September 10, 2014

France - 10/22/00

10/22/00

Today is Mom & Dad's anniversary, but I can't remember how many years it's been.  23?  24?  I get to talk to Jamie tomorrow!  He's probably on his way back from Norman right now... that horrible alarm clock is really getting on my nerves!  I have to set it for Mondays (teaching) and I hate it.  I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow... I'll think about it on the train.  Sarah and I made chicken fajitas tonight and Steph came.  I miss her!  She brought me a tiny little sugar creature... it's cute.  We're going to go shopping together soon.  I really need to get to bed.  I have to be up in three hours!  I love you, sweetie!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Gisèle, Age 7



(For Gisèle at age 6, click here.)

1. What is your favorite color?  "I switched it to red."

2. What is your favorite toy?  "Whoa, that's a hard one.  Um, my cat.  You know, that grey stuffed animal cat." 

3. What is your favorite fruit?  "Huckleberries!"

4. What is your favorite tv show?  "Just a show, like a show?  I think I pretty much like 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates' the best, just like my brother."

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  "What?! Spaghetti and meatballs."

6. What is your favorite outfit?  "That yellow dress that has the flowers.  Red and blue ones." 

7. What is your favorite game?  "Hmm.  Loopin' Louie."

8. What is your favorite snack?  "I think applesauce." 

9. What is your favorite animal?  "Zebra!" 

10. What is your favorite song?  "Can it be a radio station? {Air1} Umm.. 'Let it Go'?  And I like all the bands on Air1 except Fry - I don't like that one very much."  {She means Skillet.} 

11. What is your favorite book?  "Oh, that is so difficult!!  I think I know what Miles's choice would be, but... let's say I like Cat In the Hat best.  Yeah, I like Cat In the Hat."    

12. Who is your best friend?  "I switched best friends this year.  Emma K. and Alana." 

13. What is your favorite breakfast?  "French toast." 

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  "Play baseball." 

15. What is your favorite drink?  "Milk." 

16. What is your favorite holiday?  "Christmas because it's celebrating God's birthday." 

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  "Hmm.  My grandma bear.  But I haven't named her so I call her grandma bear because she's fuzzy." 

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dessert?  "Hmm... birthday brownies!" 

19. What is your favorite dinner?  "This one.  That was peanut butter sandwich, hummus, pita chips, a cheese stick... and milk!" 

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  "An Air1 singer."


Gisèle, I love you more than I'll ever be able to tell you.  You are such a smart, sweet, loving, amazing girl, and I can't believe you're already 7!!



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I'm continuing to enjoy Stitch Fix.  Christmas in a box!  Shopping with no effort on my part!  FUN!

Jamie took all the pictures this time.  :)

The first thing I tried on was a pair of (not skinny!) jeans.  These are the "Sonja" Straight Leg Jeans from Kut From The Kloth ($78):

These were just okay.  They fit fine, but there was nothing special about them, and they were just... okay.  The wash, the fit, the pockets... eh.  Sending them back.

Next up, Daniel Rainn's "Chambers" Crochet Striped Silk Tank ($68):
I liked this one, but it just didn't fit well.  The details were pretty, and I loved that it was lined, as well, so I wouldn't have to wear a cami underneath.  I would just have to have it taken up an inch at each shoulder to not have my bra showing through the arm holes.  Going back.

Next up, Pomelo's "Downing" Striped Knit Shirt ($38):
I loved this one out of the box, but the gold-yellow of the stripes was an awful color on me!  I'm a big fan of yellow, but it has to be the right yellow or else I just look ill.  The material was also a bit itchy and uncomfortable.  Sending it back.

The next shirt was the "Bales" Harringbone Split Neck Tank from Skies are Blue ($48):
This one was a surprising (to both Jamie and me) winner! It was a bit bright and I wasn't sure I liked the pattern when I first saw it, but it fit really well and the neckline was super flattering.  It was also flowy and comfortable.  Keeping!

The last thing in the box was a dress - the "Spencer" Striped Jersey Dress from Market and Spruce ($54):
I really wanted to like this one, but it was just wrong.  I like the stripes and the scoop neck, but the direction of the stripes across my hips made me look bigger, and the dress overall was too clingy.  Not keeping.

So I'm keeping 1 out of the 5, but the style was right on the majority of the box.  I'm still loving Stitch Fix

If you'd like to try it, I'd love for you to use my referral link; I'll get some credit to use toward my next Fix if you do!


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Gisèle's First Concert


Gisèle went to her first concert last night!  (Well, second, really, if you count the free outdoor Needtobreathe concert she saw as an infant - the one she has no memory of.)

So she went to her first concert last night - the Air1 Positive Hits tour, featuring Jamie Grace, Royal Tailor, Johnathan Thulin, Rapture Ruckus, Moriah Peters, and OBB.  They're some of her favorite artists on the Christian radio station (Air1) that we listen to all the time.  Her birthday is coming up, so the timing was perfect.  She sings along to all their songs in the car, and she has been hearing about the concert for weeks, never dreaming that she could possibly go.

When we told her we bought tickets for her birthday, she was thrilled.  We took her shopping to pick out a new outfit for it, and she was very particular about what was "concerty" and what wasn't.  (Though how she knows... ??)  She picked out a pink lace tank, black leather-looking pants with zippers, and a black & white flower-topped headband.  She looked adorable, and very "concerty."


We got "VIP" tickets, which meant we got in early and got to meet and take a picture with some of the artists.  

Gisèle with Jamie Grace and Royal Tailor. 
They all wished her a Happy Birthday, which completely made her day!  Look at that smile!
We also got seats right up front, which was great, because when the concert started, everyone rushed the stage!  Gisèle and I ended up at the very front, with no one between us and the stage.  She could see everything!

OBB, Moriah Peters, and Rapture Ruckus


Johnathan Thulin, Jamie Grace, and Royal Tailor
We had a fabulous time!  I think she'll be asking to go to a lot more!

She told me it was the "Best. Birthday Present. EVER."



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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nothing To Say

Too tired to post, really, so I'll just leave you with this:




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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

France - 10/21/00

10/21/00

I'm listening to classical musique for the first time in a long time - I'd forgotten how much I liked it!  I've been thinking about Brandi coming while I've been playing the handheld solitaire game... I'm excited!  I've still got 8 months to wait, of course, but we're going to have a blast together!  I sliced my finger open tonight while washing a knife... not serious and not too painful (yet!) but it's a bleeder.  I have two bandaids on right now and it has soaked through both.  I made a really good chicken and pasta dish to go with my oil & vinegar tomatoes and enjoyed eating.  At 11:00pm, after the kitchen cleared out.  [Communal, TINY kitchen, shared by the entire floor of the dorm.]  I bought my tickets for Germany, and they only came to about $57 total roundtrip!  A lot better than I was expecting.  I leave in less than a week!  I decided I'm going to send Jamie the "egg," the knife, a couple pictures Sarah had of me, and whatever I can find in Germany.  I tried calling him at Mindy & Jeff's but no one was there... and when I tried to call Chris, he was at work.  On his birthday!  Yuck.  Oh yeah - I'm going to buy Jamie a pack of cards, too, to show him how they're different.  I need to go make my nightly trip to the man downstairs to get my key/lock greased.  I'm sure it won't work tonight, but I'll go ahead and try.  [I had problems with my door lock/key all year.]  G'night, Jamie.  I love you!


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stitch Fix #2

I got my second Stitch Fix today!  The first thing I did, like last time, was read the intro card that came with it.  This one said that my stylist (Hanah this time) saw a lot of distressed denim on my Pinterest page, so she included a pair in my Fix.  (I just took a look, and there are some pins on there with distressed demin - more than I realized, but I wouldn't have considered it to be "a lot."  I really don't like distressed denim that much.)  She also said that she knew I loved polka dots (yes!), so she included a top she thought I would love.

When I opened the box, I found 2 pairs of jeans and 3 tops.  Both pairs of jeans, though, were skinny, which I really can't stand.  I guess the odd pair must have snuck through on Pinterest to indicate that would be a good choice for me... ?  For some reason my pictures this time are even worse than last time, so I apologize. 

The first pair of jeans was Kensie Jeans "Sophia" Distressed Skinny Jean ($88).  I don't have a full-length mirror, so the picture is here just to give you an idea of the wash:

 These were actually really comfy, but I just don't find skinny jeans to be that flattering on me.  They did fit perfectly, which was a nice surprise.  I can't ever find jeans to fit!  I may ask for more jeans (not skinny!) to be sent.  Sending these back.


Next up, another pair of Kensie Jeans, the "Johnny" Skinny Jeans ($88).  Again, no full-length mirror:
 Comfy again (slightly higher-waisted than the Sophia), but I just don't like skinny jeans.  These also, with the dark uniform wash and hugging of my ankles, looked like leggings.  No thanks.


Next, one of the three tops, Olive & Oak's "Tanya" Tank ($44):
This was a really comfortable knit and I liked the stripes.  The problem, though, was the fit.  The top was really loose, and if I didn't keep adjusting it, you could see half my bra under my arm on either side.  It also hung down awkwardly in the back if I had the neckline adjusted nicely in front.  Sending it back.


Next up was Pomelo's "Blake" Ruched Shirt ($48):
I had high hopes for this based on the description.  "Side ruched v-neck knit shirt"  I love the idea of ruching - intentional bunching - since most of my shirts end up doing that anyway.  And Pomelo made the blue polka dot shirt I loved so much last month!  But the fabric on this one was all wrong.  It was a thin black knit, just sheer enough to look like you should wear something underneath to get rid of the shiny impression - not sheer in an intentional kind of way.  And the thin fabric emphasized the lumps and bumps that the ruching was working to hide.  The slightly rounded v-neck combined with the rounded shoulder seams wasn't flattering either.  Sending it back.


The last top was the one the stylist mentioned in her note, Kut From The Kloth's "Prescott" shirt ($58):
Love this!  I won't be able to wear it until it cools down, but it is so very me!  I love the mix of stripes and polka dots, the feminine neckline, and the cozy fabric.  Definitely keeping this one!


All in all, I'm happy with Stitch Fix still!  I got another shirt I love, and I didn't have to set foot in an store.  If you are interested in trying it out (you pay $20 for each box as a styling fee, but it goes toward your purchase of anything in the box), here's my referral link




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