Monday, April 21, 2014

a to z

This little blog has been running for well over two years now and I've not done any getting to know you posts in a while so after seeing Gabby's a to z post I decided to copy her.  You know I'm creative like that. Besides, even if most of you have been around since the birth of this blog, things about ourselves change, right? So maybe my answers are a tad different than they used to be, maybe. And if nothing else, well go read Gabby's list!

24, halfway to 25! yikes!

bed size:
Queen for the first time in my life. The hubs and I got ourselves a queen bed, thanks groupon, when we got married. 

chore you hate:
Dishes! Which is ironic because as our schedules have worked out it's the chore I do most in our home. haha

=LOVE. As many of you know our black petite lab, Paisley Grace Burns, is basically our child. You better bet she's spoiled rotten...She's the queen and we're just the sorry people...(reference)

favorite color:
Umm this is obvious...CORAL PINK

essential start to your day:
A bowl of cereal, glass of water and some time in the Word learning about my Savior.

gold or silver:
I used to be a gold hater, until the last few months, and now nothing is safe from my gold spray paint and Martha Stewart gold paint. The husband only knows how true this is, as if this party theme weren't obvious enough.

I am 5'4" and considering my mom is 4'11" I take that as a huge accomplishment!
instrument you play:
Do my prisma pencils count as an instrument? I play with them! No? Well then I play ZERO should thank me for that.

job title:
I am an interior designer. Can't imagine my life any other way.

I told you earlier, Paisley, our lab.

In the great hometown of the University of Oklahoma!

yes I am! For coming on TWO years!

Why is this a question? Seriously? Well here we go, take a deep breath because there's a lot... V, VV, Ronica, Ronni, Franca (yes there's a story here), Vernie, little bear (thanks husband), wifey, peanut (it's a family thing), cashew (again family)... that's all I'm revealing..most of these have good stories behind them.

overnight hospital stays:
YAY NONE! Well other than when I was born.

pet peeve:
Is it bad if I have a lot of these? I can't stand it when people don't use their blinker (or turn it on super last minute), leaving crumbs on the counter, my desk being a mess, when my outfit doesn't color match with itself.

"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever." -P&P
You had to know I would pick a Pride and Prejudice quote...oh there are many more I could pull out! Notting Hill is full of favorites. And there's always the truth filled words of the Bible too.

righty or lefty:
Righty always.

2 younger sisters... they'll never know just how much I love them and admire them!

university attended:
OKLAHOMA where the wind comes sweeping down the plains... in other words, none other than THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA! BOOMER SOONER YALL!

vegetables you dislike:
Squash...oh wait is that a fruit? uhhh I don't really know

what makes you run late:
Being lazy.

x-rays you've had:
Of my leg when part of it kept falling asleep and of my chest when I was having strange problems with breathing.

yummy good:
Mexican, every time, every day.

zoo animal:
Hhhmm, think I'll go with bears! Especially the polar bears at the San Diego zoo!

Did you learn anything new? 
What about you? What are your a to zs?
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Total Eclipse of the Moon

While I sit on our sofa fipping through notecards,on chapter 4 of 33 (yes I made 33 chapters worth of notecards), my sweet man decided to write up a post about seeing the blood moon together. A little memory we will forever have tucked away and one day share with kiddos. Hope you enjoy reading his fun story of the event as much as I did! Husband, take it away!

The day was Friday and I was reading CNN's main page when part of a headline grabbed my attention: Blood Moon. I wasn't sure what they were talking about but I had to check it out. I read the article about the upcoming total lunar eclipse, what it is, the rarity, and the stunning visual expected. I was hooked. I sent Veronica an instant message (as we do throughout the day) telling her of my discovery and how I wanted to view it on the upcoming Monday night. To my surprise, Veronica was onboard and wanted to do it together. I know my wife and I know waking up at 1:00am isn't on the top of her list of favorite things in life. Add a cold front in the forecast and it seemed very unlikely that she would come along but my wife caught me by surprise and we made our plans.

Monday was a cold, cloudy day with some flurries (in mid-April!) and overall dreariness. But the clouds were on their way out by evening and clear skies were settling in, perfect visibility for the special event that night. We went to bed early, setting our alarms for a little after 1. As the alarm went off, it was tempting to roll back over and go back to sleep but we overcame that urge and started bundling up. The clear skies were perfect for viewing but less than ideal for temperature as the evening warm-up quickly dissipated and cold air filled the region. Even with layers and two blankets, we knew it would be a chilly night but we also knew it was going to be totally worth it.

The eclipse was underway as we left our home. But our interest was in the moments of total eclipse. Add in our lack of interest in being out in the cold longer than we had to and getting to our spot about 45 minutes before the target time was just fine. With the tripod, DSLR, and telephoto lens (75-200mm) in tow, we drove out to our ideal location outside of town, parked on a short farm drive, and set up our blanket on a slight hill facing the moon. I set up the camera, tweaking settings until things looked just right. I was hoping to remotely trigger the camera from my phone (using the Wi-Fi adapter we bought for the DSLR) but it forced the shutter speed to change from the optimal setting to a setting too fast (the moon was barely visible!). So instead, I got up every few minutes, set the timer to 10 seconds, pressed the shutter release and waited for the camera to capture the night scene (so thankful for calm winds, a rarity in Oklahoma!). It was our first time using long exposures in the night and the results were great!

After some time taking in the eclipse and all the stars in the limitless Oklahoma sky, we were ready to get back in bed. We packed up and drove back home, our hearts and minds inspired by our Creator's creation and the phenomenon we were able to witness.
the husband
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Hi & Bye

Final NCIDQ testing commences in a week and a half. wow.

So pictures,

starting from a couple weeks back,

 rocking that my-cheeks-and-lips-are-still-numb-from-getting-a-cavity-filled smile
sister loved Norman's favorite breakfast eatery

 Sometimes it's hard to go back in the college of architercture and then other times I feel pride and joy when I'm there...but hey! how cool is this model I'm guessing the senior ARCH students made of the school?!

 little sis got the ultimate warren experience in the grand theatre!
 and then she left us on a EARLY and chilly morning
 and hit the streets for a day off of studying
 I planned and hung a gallery wall in my boss' office... we won't go into how long it took

 Lots of finish & upholstery decisions were made this past week at work
 Kelli and I did some last minute studying the day before the PRAC and the electricians left us the BEST surprise ever...
 My sweet husband wrote me an encouraging love note the week of the PRAC packed full of scripture. I love this man.
 my blurry and graphite covered hand after the morning session of the PRAC
 cuddling with my pup
 someone hit me this yeah that was cool
 reps who bring surprise treats are awesome....

 my bestie and I are doing Beth's new study in May and I can't wait! She surprised me and sent it to me..such a wonderful friend.

 I attempted to arrange this bouquet...
 thanking the husband for taking care of virtually everything in these last few weeks of studying, with cupcakes...his favorite funfetti!

 puppy girl is loving her backyard these days since it's actually been WARM!
 Don't know where you're going for Easter? Now you do...

 Husband and I got a rare saturday morning together since he's been on overnights last week...we got donuts (for the first time ever since being married...crazy as that is...well here in Norman because of course when we were in Texas we go the best ever, Shipley's).

 Our home improvement purchase this month were these curtain hold backs...loving them
husband has the cleaned feet

I took a study break and whipped these guys up...I'm making a few winnie the pooh illustrations for a little girl's any favorite winnie the pooh quotes?

And so that's life...
what's going on in yours?

Hi and Bye,
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Butt Sweat

There was no blog post scheduled for today but then yesterday happened and I laughed so hard it just had to be shared.
Being an interior designer you never know what kind of questions you're going to be asked about products, finishes, furnishing, etcs. I'm truly flabbergasted at some of the questions I get asked, but this week? This week I got one of the most interesting ones yet.... Won't vinyl seats cause butt sweat for students?

I'm not creative enough to make this sort of stuff up yall. When it was first said I didn't grasp the real question and responded that vinyl would make it really easy to clean that sort of situation easily. At which point the question and concern was repeated and explained.

Ohhhhh! Inside my head I'm thinking, wait really? But outwardly I'm saying,  I really don't think that should be an issue. I've never been asked that question before but truly I've never encountered that as an issue before either so that was my honest, best educated answer for the time.

Well I went back to my office and decided I ought to check in with my rep. She offered to send me a large sample for us to "test out." Yesterday, said sample arrived and the butt sweat testing began. My coworkers and myself laughed at various times during the day as the large vinyl sample got tossed from person to person.

 It. Was. Hilarious.

Truly, I was trying to see if anyone was getting too hot or uncomfortable but goodness was it funny!

At the end of the day I wrote up a response to my client, my verbage made me feel like I was on an episode of The Office, and then laughed hard once I got his response. It was too good to not share with my office,
To those of you who contributed to the “butt sweat” research, thank you. I thought you might enjoy my analysis and the client’s response. ;)

I have had various coworkers in my office sitting on it for various lengths of time. So far there has been no “butt sweat” complaints. We’ve been testing it without breathable backs (we have the vinyl draped over the back) and they mentioned they felt a little warm after a while but felt some of that was because they weren’t getting any air to the back either. One of the guys sits on a vinyl seated chair all the time and he sits in front of a full length window. He told me that from time to time he gets pretty warm but hasn’t had a sweating problem exactly. Some of the guys in our office mentioned they felt better knowing they could wipe away sweat from a seat rather than having sweat seep into a cloth seat. One of the guys told me he sweats a lot in the summer time and it doesn’t matter if it is cloth or vinyl, he’ll sweat just the same. Just some research information for you. I want to make sure we make the best decisions for the spaces!

Ok you caused me to fall out of my chair…. The BUTT SWEAT issue has been well researched I feel …
Thank you for your diligent work, some say just sitting on your butt is bad but thanks for the effort… lol I’m dying
Thank you that will be fine

But the story doesn't end there! Oh no, I wisely sent this great email to someone outside our office...oh yes that happened. That turned into another whole heap of laughter. Let's just say I learned that you can recall emails but that it was too late.

the end.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Days Gone By

 don't mind us just pulling a boy-meets-world moment

making : plans in my head for May, June and July
cooking : nachos, at least more than likely...they're my go-to especially when the husband is away (darn overnight shifts)
reading : The Power of a Praying Wife and really, really enjoying it! Also, my NCIDQ study book (on the last chapter!)
watching: Once & Nashville (currently on hold for 3 weeks, arg! guess that's okay since I should study and not watch tv)
lookingat tons of fabric swatches and so excited that my client has liked my choices! Can't wait to see these fun colors all installed! #itsnotallredandwhite!
playingcolors, like I mentioned my client let me have some fun, though coaxing was involved, but I'm pumped to play with more than red and white!
sewing: dreaming about sewing pillows & possibly a blanket for the home. Our white bed needs a little navy blanket to protect it from our crazy pup.
wishingto just be able to wake-up like I used to, peppy and ready to go
enjoying: a home-made salad for lunch, made with love by my husby
waiting: for the weekend, or just the evening...I've been so worn out lately. I just want to be home.
likingthe idea of throwing a memorial day brunch at our home for our small group
wonderingabout how to approach a certain situation
listening: really nothing. I've been taking at least half of my drive to pray in the mornings, and at work I've had more mind-strenuous tasks (not as much CAD work), and on the way home I've been chatting with friends/family.
thanking: my incredible Savior for bringing me peace about the exam last weekend...crazyness
going: no where. absolutely no where. until JUNE when I'll see SAMANTHA (and possibly KARLA)
loving: that the weather has FINALLY warmed up...oh glorious day! 
hoping: for the ability to just really memorize information for the next two exam sections
marvelingat God's work in our lives, especially in our small group...mind blown.
smelling: my salad, eating and typing currently.
wearingmy skinny black crop pants with a sky blue vneck and a green belt with black shiny shoes...not sure it all really goes together but oh wells.
noticing: that I'm feeling more and more at home at my new job every day.
knowingGod sees me, God loves me, God has me
thinking: about the NCIDQ always
pinning: things that I won't get to do or look at until MAY
creating: some winnie the pooh "prints" for a friend of ours SOON
giggling: office jokes

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