Monday, December 31, 2012


Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!

Wow... where did December go? Where did this year go? It's so amazing to me how time can go so slowly, and so quickly, all at once.

I've had such a busy, whirlwind December. And, I probably need to dedicate a post just to December alone. There are a million pictures to share- especially since I became a member of Instagram. (Follow me @ lindsaypics!)

But for today, I'm just basking in that one special day a year when you can really wipe the slate clean. Begin again. Start fresh.

2012 for me can probably be summed up in one word: closure.

I thought, initially, I would describe it as a year of change. Because it certainly has been. But along with all of that change has come an amazing sense of closure in a lot of areas in my life.

I have spent a lot of hours in my house, on the river, on the road, reflecting on some of those areas of change and closure.

Relationships. I realized perception isn't everything, and sometimes people do change. Some for the worse, and some for the much, much better. I've learned to let my guard down and raise my standards, all at once. I've found closure and healing and hope, all at once.

Jobs. I've had two this year. I started the year with a company where I built so much- both professionally and personally. And I'm ending the year with a job that has a very bright future for me. Both, incredible blessings. Again, closure- one door shutting, another bright window opening.

Faith. God has opened my eyes to myself this year. I've looked some big insecurities right in the face- and overcome them. Growing, learning, some days on top of the world, and others so very, very humbled.

In years past, I've done a series of blog posts about my resolutions for 2013. And this year, instead of making another "to-do" list, I'm just keeping it generic. There are certainly some goals I would like to achieve this year- but I also am so looking forward to seeing where 2013 takes me. I have a feeling it's going to be a great, big year- and I just want to go along for the ride.

2012; a year of change, closure, growth.
2013: a year to see where all of that change, closure and growth leads.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Don't Cry Because It's Over

Trying not to cry that the weekend is already over.
I was so looking forward to this weekend! And it flew by.
But, I got a ton of stuff done. Don't you feel better about Monday morning when you've had a productive weekend?
Sheets?  Washed.
Laundry? Done.
Floors? Cleaned.
Pantry cupboard? Stocked.
It all started Friday... with a little Starbucks, a little blogging and Facebooking and tweeting.

Then, a party at my best friend's parents' house Saturday night. Lots of good food, wine. Friends for 10 years... and counting!

And naturally, there was some couch time. Maizy is a remote hog.

Plus, a little coffee- and a dash of Bailey's--- for an afternoon snack.
Productive weekend. Quick, but productive.
And there's no time to slow down! I leave for Denver on Friday for a sorority training weekend. Then... it's my Christmas week with the family!
Despite the busy, hectic & frazzle- I'm trying to remember the reason for the season and soak it all in before I wake up and it's 2013!
Have a great week!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Enjoy Home

Happy Friday!
I hope you've had a great week. Mine has been a touch long, a tad stressful, and a teensy bit.... expensive. (Yes, the water heater. What we pay for hot water, good grief.)
But--- it's Friday!  And this weekend, I have one major goal: enjoy home.
I know that probably sounds weird. But this is the last weekend before Christmas- and one of the last weekends in December- I will actually be in Tulsa. I'm heading to Denver next weekend with my sorority, then I'll be out of town celebrating Christmas with the family.
Well, "Early Christmas" is what we're calling it. I'll be working Christmas Eve/Day!
Anyway, enjoy home. That's what I want to do this weekend. Play catch-up, make the house clean, spend time with Maizy, run & bike on my trails. Have a little too much wine with my best friend. Just enjoy home.
Also- do you Instagram? I'm a new fan--- and I snapped a few pictures this week.

Runner Girl. I will rock my pink "lake" sunglasses as long as possible.
Perfect weather, perfect Oklahoma sunsets. One of my favorite things about this state.

A trouble-maker and "helper." I'm about to buy my second iPhone power cord this WEEK because she keeps chewing them up.

Friday bliss. Blogs, coffee, email, Facebook, more coffee.

Enjoy home.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cold Showers

I've had to take two freezing cold showers in the past two days.

My water heater pilot light went out. And after numerous attempts on my end to fix it- and my dad patiently walking his OCD daughter through the steps a thousand times to ensure my house didn't explode- still, no cigar.

I know people say it's part of owning a house. It's part of being an adult. This is what we do! We work hard and earn a paycheck so we can pay our bills... and fix things. And sometimes squeeze in a little bit of fun.

Lately, it seems like that "fun" is replaced with one grown-up, adult to-do item after another. The water heater is last- but certainly not THE last- in a long line of fix-its this year including four tires, brake pads, a dead mouse removal... and a partridge in a pear tree?!

So, naturally, I've thrown the ultimate pity party. There are days it seems hard and daunting and overwhelming to be "on your own"- even though I have tons of friends and an amazing family who is always there to help.

And some days, I can't believe it have to DO IT ALL. Like, pay the bills AND get an oil change AND make an appetizer for a party AND do the laundry/clean the house/call the insurance agent AND work all day, like, full-time?!

Pity party, table for 1.

The reality is- I'm a grown-up who still needs to throw an occasional temper tantrum.

And then, once that temper tantrum is over, I'm overwhelmed with a new sensation- how lucky, how blessed am I that these are my troubles?

That usually quiets the whine pretty fast.

Because the truth is, I'm blessed beyond measure. Everything always works out. I have a support system that is unmatched.

In fact- the only thing I'm missing? A hot shower.
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