Thursday, November 23


i love greys anatomy.
i hate how stuck i am on this girly show, but it's so good. it's medical, soap opera, funny, with great music. i love it. you know what i love most about it? it guarantees me an hour with joy every week. she comes over every thursday (except today, she's with family) and we kick mat out and make him play video games (twist his arm, huh?) while we watch greys. it's so great, i love it. and on that note, i want to share some of the other things i am particularly thankful for on a day like today.

~ for cell phones. i was able to talk to my whole family (minus tommy and chloe.....apparently they didn't want to talk to me!) today, all whilst sitting on scott and geri's front step. it was so great, they just passed the phone around and i got to talk to everyone. and on that note, i'm thankful for my family. they have been so supportive of us as we stepped out in this new phase of life, and i love them. they are so great, great at keeping in touch. my mom sends me a little card every so often (sometimes with money in it!) and i just got a thank you card from tommy and chloe the other day..... chloe drew on the envelope and tommy cursive-d a note on the inside. it made me start crying. i just love them and miss them so much!

~ for my husband. while i was crying all night last night because i wanted to go home for thanksgiving but couldn't (it'd mean driving thru the night by myself two nights in a row) and missing my family and wanting to see my sister again, he held me, sat with me while i cried, rubbed my head and my back. he is such a wonderful man, he is my rock, my pillar, my strength in this new, strange place ( i mean strange as in foreign..... mostly...... it's kinda strange as in weird too, tho.......) i don't know what i would do without him. he's my best friend and i love him with my whole heart.

~ for my husbands family..... my family-in-law. we spent the whole day with them today. just scott, geri (uncle, aunt) and the kidlets, jaidyn and carson. it was great. i love spending time with them, getting to know them better, laughing with them, laughing at the kids and their "kid-isms". it was such a great day. i love those people. i love that they are becoming my family, my colorado family. they have welcomed me in with open arms, (they hug me every time they see me!) and my heart is so full because of them.

~ for white wine. and sunshine wheat beer. i have really taken a liking to both of them as of late.

~ for my joy. she really is my joy. she is the best friend i have down here, and i don't know what i would do without her. she makes me laugh every single time we spend time together. i am insanely blessed at how our lives and friendship have come full circle, and don't know what i would do without her.

~ for my mysh. i don't know what i would do without her. even tho we don't get to talk as much as we would like to, she is still so supportive of us as we start this new part of our life. she is my best friend, and will always be. she always holds my hand, and i hold hers. we are always there for eachother, even now that we are 800 miles apart. she blesses my life in ways no one else can, and i am forever greatful for everything she means to me.

~ for the insanely great weather we are having. it's a little blessing to be able to sit outside in just a cardigan and talk to your family on thanksgiving..... it's amazing! :)

~ for black friday? not so much looking forward to work tomorrow.....

~ for mat's grandma, for letting us live with her and not charging us rent and cooking us meals and the countless other things she does for us every day. she's an amazing woman.

~ for the internet as an amazing way to keep in touch with people so far away. it's a blessing (and a curse!) to be able to see my heather's twins, read about reuben and val's thanksgiving, read about karis in thailand....... it's amazing!

~ for all the laughter, love and amazing food we had today. my heart, and stomach, are very full. what a blessed life i have. thank you for being a part of it.

Sunday, November 12

freeze hot

we are watching spanish television, also known as "Telemundo" and on right now is a infomercial for "freeze hot reduce" an icy hot weight loss gel, it works 24 horas per dia, it's pretty funny watching a spanish infomercial. mat really enjoys watching telemundo lately. whenever he takes lunch in the breakroom at work, he gets a spanish lesson from all the housekeepers who work at the hotel. so, now he can understand 10 words per show. it's pretty comical hearing him translate those 10 words for me.... increible means incredible......he's so good. he really enjoys watching spanish wrestling and spanish game shows, especially "vas or no vas" like deal or no deal, but the girls are uglier. that's mat's latest guilty pleasure. mine is "parental control" the MTV dating show where the parents get rid of the hoochie girlfriends and lazy boyfriends and choose someone new for their child to date, and then the current boy/girl friend watch the dates with the parents. it's a pretty good, awkward, swearing time. and there is a girl named constance on there right now!! :)


life in colorado has been going good. mat's been getting busier and busier at the hotel. he's been given the "15 rooms or less" accounts to work with. he's been sending out contracts and booking rooms for rich peoples birthday parties, christmas parties, etc. he's hoping at the start of the new year to be dealing with the sports teams more, since they are usually 15 rooms or less anyway. i'm hoping he can do that too, it might hook us up with some tickets to basketball, volleyball, baseball, we'll just have to see. i'm hoping he can get tickets to the john legend concert. he and his posse are staying at the julien, i'd love to go see him in concert. it'd be sweet. i'm so greatful for him having a job he loves, even if he does work with all women. he really enjoys hearing about them having to find a new ob/gyn. :) it makes my heart happy to know that he's doing something he loves, and excelling at it. he's beating all the goals they have set for him so far, which is amazing for as limited experience as he has. all in all, life at the st. julien is going well.

life in colorado for me is going well. i need a new job. mine is driving me crazy. but, we need insurance worse than in need my sanity, so i'll be at borders until january, when mat's insurance will kick in. i just need something that keeps me businer, something that lets me show my strengths, something that pays me better and has better hours, and maybe a place for advancement beyond manager of a bookstore. i love working in a bookstore, but i want something that'll challenge me a little bit more, something that'll be more of a career rather than just a job. and something that pays better so we can afford a house! we went and looked at houses in longmont today. it was ok, we found a couple that were "buyable" but we didn't get to look inside of any of them. but, now we know which ones are definate no's and which ones we want to keep looking at. i just am not sold on the idea of living in longmont. but, if that's where we can afford to live, then we need to go for it. we'll see. probably nothing will happen until the new year, but you never know. i just want our own space. i want our own stuff, our own kitchen, our own bed, silly little stuff like that. but, i really need to work on being more greatful for this chance to live with grandma, to get to know her better, to save up more money for our house, and to make the best decision for a house and our future. time will only tell what the future holds, where we are to find a house, where we will put down our roots, whether in longmont, westminster, northglenn, boulder, we shall see.

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