Sunday, December 15, 2013

Things Dogs Do Not Understand

1. Whining at 6am for me to pet you will not make me like you.

2. Pushing against the door while I'm trying to open it for you is counter productive.

3. When I close the bathroom door so I can pee, I'm still there. I didn't die. Stop whining at the door.

4. Farting in a confined area will not making my sleeping experience better.

5. Cat food makes you throw up. Stop eating it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Screw you, Rory Gilmore.

I failed all three of my October goals. I haven't kept up on my budget, I haven't blogged since October 3rd, and I have barely journal-ed. Blerg.

I've never really been any good at goal setting. I think I try to change too many things at once. It's Rory Gilmore's fault. She was the picture of academic perfection! Yes, I know she's not real, and no one could ever drink that much coffee and survive but a girl can dream! When I was really busy my last semester of college, I used to make lists entitled, "Rory Gilmore that crap." I would drink a cup of coffee, be super productive for 45 minutes and then my blood sugar would drop and I would end up watch Lost for the rest of the day on Netflix. So much for my lists...

Even though I didn't keep to any of my goals this month, I have finally learned the art of time management. That has taken me years. If only I would have learned it my junior year of college. I would have graduated with a frakking 4.0! Then I really would be Rory Gilmore- a brilliant caffeine goddess with unnaturally shiny hair. I think for now, I'll just settle for a cup of decaf and the warm, fuzzy feeling I get from constantly being on time to work. Take that, Rory Gilmore!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

2 Little Boys

Finnegan Joseph Montes
(My best friend's son)

Simon Elijah Cofer
(My cousin's son)

Hanging out with these two little dudes today made me even more excited for the birth of Vann Christopher Hoagland at the end of this month!!! I can't wait to meet him!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why I Love October

I always get a little weird in October. The abrupt change from summer to fall confuses my brain. I get wrapped up in my memories of high school and Regina Spektor song's. I love the blustery, rainy, multiple-personality-disorder-like days of October. It'll be freezing, but the sky will be crystal clear. The air changes, too. It has that odd, menthol-like quality to it. The sweet smell of flowers and campfires is gone and that shocking crystal clear smell of red leaves just hits you so hard.

I really love October. It's so aesthetically and physically pleasing to me. I feel like I can reinvent myself every day. This month I have 3 goals for myself:

1. Budgeting- I have created a spreadsheet. I'm hoping to update it everyday. So far, I'm doing a fantastic job. :)

2. Journaling- I was in Portland a few weeks ago and I made a new friend named Jane. She was a hoot and we discovered we have the same silly habit of buying journals and never writing in them. Journaling is incredibly good for your health. My hope is that you will all hold me accountable. I am excited to get back into it. (By the way, while in Portland, I bought 5 journals. I have a problem.)

3. Blogging- My blog has sat dormant and sad for too long. I have written out a long list of blog ideas. So far I have 20. I really love blogging, I just feel like nothing I say is valuable... I don't know if that is the best reason not to write, though. I'm sure Tina Fey would back me up on that one.

And so, my dear readers, I wish you lovely October days full of coffee, scarves, boots and rain! I'll see you tomorrow. :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

"You're kinda rough, but I love you." - I love you, Said the Whale

I have a list on my computer desktop of potential blog ideas. Jacob was fixing my computer a few weeks back and secretly added "Why I love Jacob so much" to that list.

So, my sweet Jacob, you win. I will write about you and why I love you so so SO much. :)

1. Because he has a beard.
Maybe that is a weird one to start with but I have never liked a guy with a beard before. It's so scratchy and manly and I find him so incredibly weird without it! It suits his handsome face. 

2. Because he is goofy.

This boy is so silly. He'll put up quite a professional front but once you get past that, the fun starts. He likes to dance, crack jokes, speak in accents or just generally make fun of me in order to make me laugh. He calls me weird nicknames and threatens to pinch me any time I bother him. His silliness matches mine and always keeps me giggling.

3. Because he loves Jesus.

This picture was taken right after we went skydiving for his birthday. I was praying the whole plane ride up into the sky, holding Jacob's hand for support. The first time we went to church together, he invited me to take communion with him. We walked to the table together and then he stepped away from me to pray on his own. I cried. I am blessed to love a man who takes his relationship with Christ seriously.

4. Because he kisses me a lot when I least expect it.

This boy will stop mid-sentence to kiss me. If we're taking a walk, he'll lean over and kiss my temple. If we're watching a movie, he lean over and kiss my check. Jacob is so endlessly affectionate with me. Each unexpected kiss shows me how important, beautiful, and valuable I am to him. It's the first thing he'll greet me with when he sees me and the last thing he does before he leaves.

5. Because he is focused.

During his senior year, Jacob held down two part time jobs (one which had him working at 4am), a full class load, and was captain of the swim team. He was exhausted and still, he made me feel like I was the most important thing in his life. Even after I moved home in February, he continued to balance his school work and his long distance relationship with me. He stayed true to his character, worked incredibly hard and graduated in May with a degree in Computer Science. He then landed a job as a Programmer for the Mason County PUD #3 here in Shelton. This incredible man focuses on what he wants to do, works hard and prepares himself, and then he accomplishes his goals. It's amazing to watch and I am learning so much from him.

There's this book called Red by Ted Dekker. In it, the hero is so desperately and perfectly in love with his wife. She is captured by his enemies and he knows he will not survive the pain if she is killed.
Once I asked Jacob how much he loves me. He said, "Remember when Thomas was racing across the desert to save Rachelle? His love for her doesn't even come close to how I feel about you."

Thank you, Jacob William, for your love, support, encouragement and sweet kisses. I love you.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Things I love about Shelton. Part 2.

1. Chasing deer out of my garden with a shovel. They're getting brave.

2. Drinking a cup of coffee while herding chickens back into the coop.

3. Being able to sleep with my window open all night without fear of creepers climbing in.

4. The PUD offering Jacob a job. This is most exciting because now he'll only be 20 minutes away instead of  an hour.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Things I love about Shelton. Part 1.

1. Walking into the post office and all of the employees remember me from my PUD years.

2. Running into my old boss at the post office and sharing pleasantries.

3.  Deciding I want to cut all my hair off, taking one left out of the post office, walking into 2nd Street Design and coming out a half hour later looking fabulous.

4.The girls at Urraco Coffee Shop know my usual and laugh with me when I pretend like I'm going to order something else.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


So if you'll excuse me, I have to go run three miles.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


I live in Shelton again.
College is over.
I've finished that huge step of my life and now I have no idea what to do.

The only goal I have for my life at this point:
-Become financially stable.

There are other one's in there such as:
-Get a job
-Fix my car
-Volunteer weekly at the Genesis Project
-Get a dog
-Move to Seattle

There are even smaller goals:
-New clothes
-New tennis shoes

I'm excited for the wide open possibilities but I also feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm going to assume that's common amongst recent college graduates who don't already have jobs in their academic field like most of my friends;crap, I feel like a loser.

I'll leave you with this because it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

(Or if you're part of the Davis Clan, actually wear your tiara.  Remember the year of Loranskya Fabulovna, anyone?)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Emmar & Mollscapon

The Amazing Swanson Sisters present their terrible dance moves. The two pictures were taken at separate weddings, each attended by only one Swanson. Must be the DNA. Awesome. :)