Will walked at his college graduation this past weekend, and then we partied with his whole family on Saturday. And by partied, I mean drank a lot of diet coke, ate a ton of mexican food, took a nap mid afternoon, then stayed up semi-late playing cards. I am so lucky to absolutely love my in-laws (and the whole extended family I married into).
We spent a good part of the afternoon in the backyard, watching my niece and nephew play with Will’s little cousins, who are 2 1/2 and 3 1/2. Ben was essentially giving lectures to them about dinosaurs and the different kinds of lizards, while leading them through “the jungle” (a long bush near the fence). They had the best time. When he left, I said to him, “Bye Ben, thanks for coming today!” and he said “I will miss my new friends. It’s too bad we never went to the sheside!”
I’ll take it.
My family, minus my Dad. I believe Ben was mid fart noise at this point, and Diddy was mid point at the doggies roaming the yard.
“Oh, yes, I received my PhD in Being Adorable. And, English Literature.”
On Monday, my office mate and I planned a retreat for the new officer board of one of the student orgs we advise. For an ice breaker, we set up a blind folded taste test. It was more fun than I even expected (and I had high expectations).
We tested the following:
Pepsi vs. Coke vs. Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero
Mountain Dew vs. Sprite
Regular Oreos vs. Reduced Fat Oreos
Regular Cheeze Its vs. Generic HEB Brand Cheeze Its
What color skittle do you have?
What flavor jelly bean do you have?
The Diet Coke and the Pepsi were easy to pick out from the other drinks, but Coke and Coke Zero tasted exactly the same to me. The skittles were the trickiest of all. All of those years I though I had favorite skittle flavors, I was apparently just a skittle color snob.
I am now taste testing obsessed and want to do it at every event I plan-so glad I have finally found something to replace my photo booth obsession! There’s only so many times you can ask people to help you set up a makeshift backdrop using a wrinkly tablecloth and wobbly photo stands.
My church group volunteers once a month to lead a Bible Study for a prison re-entry ministry in south austin. It was my turn to lead on Thursday, and I left the study (as always) feeling so encouraged. The women we meet with are open, honest, kind, sincere, positive, hopeful, and really really funny. They have a genuine desire to know God better, and to do what He is telling them to do- which by all accounts seems to be helping people who are currently in the bad situations that they have been delivered from. These women are nothing short of incredible. Reading the Bible with them and listening to them share about their lives reminds me that I believe in a God who loves to write great stories, who can redeem any situation, and who is working in the midst of a broken world to heal and help.
The best of the internet this week:
I FOUND MY KEYS. And by ‘I’ I mean ‘the police.’ I have learned my lesson: don’t lose really important stuff.
…And now that I’ve made it to the middle of the month, I should probably make some goals! A quick check in:
Read at least 1 book (In the Garden of Beasts, Just Do Something) Get our bookcase from my parent’s house over to our new apartment Finish organizing the guest room – I made a lot of progress, but it still needs some work!
- Re-do that stinking curtain panel I did wrong the first time-Did not get around to this. It is currently hanging in our bedroom, serving as a sweet reminder not to multi-task being mad at your husband + crafting.
Buy a plant for our front porch Call a friend I haven’t talked to in a while Send a note to a friend who lives far away (Hillary, check your mailbox!)
- Try out a new paleo dessert recipe- I’m just going to move this to May.
- Sell our old jute rug on Craigslist- yeah, May.
- Read at least 1 book (In progress: The Witches: Salem, 1692)
- Finish organizing the guest room
- Re-do that stinking curtain panel I did wrong the first time
- Send a note to a friend who lives far away
- Use my kitchen-aide
- Try out a new paleo dessert recipe
- Sell our old jute rug on Craigslist
- Get started on our patio decorating!