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My blog turned nine in February.


Did they even have the internet nine years ago!? wink

I am so thankful for each any every one of you that reads and lurks on my blog.

I really am.

In fact, I even said a prayer for you guys today. I am just overjoyed by your presence here, whether I know you personally, you occasionally comment, or just read in passing.

I so wish we could all meet up for an afternoon over protein shakes (or coffee haha) and just talk and get to know one another.

I realize that’s a lofty endeavor, so instead I just want to take today’s post to tell you I’m grateful for this little blog and my own space.

When I first started this blog over on The Nest waaay back in 2005, I interacted with such a diverse and beautiful group of ladies from all over! It was nice back then, because I had a lot of time available and could read and comment on lots and lots of blogs.  Those early years on the nest bring good memories of women, who would under any other circumstances be total strangers, encouraging and building one another up.

We were all newlyweds and this whole marriage stuff was something we were all navigating together. We shared in lots of laughs, tears, and the gamut of emotions in between. As we got older, had kids, some had breakups, and some moved, our tight knit circle sort of softened as they do sometimes. However, I have so enjoyed reading blogs from those of you who still post, and always will!

I suppose that’s one of the reasons I still like posting so much. It captures so much life that can get easily forgotten over the years.

This blog saw my first anniversary, and will be here for my tenth.

It’s survived a trip overseas for three years, and another one home.

It’s been through dogs, houses, babies, jobs, growing pains, master’s degrees, and even a long blog hiatus, but it’s always been here.

So I offer you all virtual birthday cupcakes (strawberry ones with pretty pink vanilla frosting, of course) and celebrate this one with you. Thanks for being there. Here’s to another nine.

More to come. <3

see you on the other side

Well friends, it’s been a good decade.

However, it is time to say goodbye.

Before leaving the awesomeness that is the 20s, I wanted to take a moment to soak it all in and really look over some of the milestones of the decade.

Without further ado, here is a quick recap of the last decade.

Got married
Honeymooned in the Poconos
Moved in with Will
Still in school (blah)
Worked in the school’s transcripts department (big money!)

Turned 21!  Not a wild night (I was a pastor’s wife)
Had been married for a month
Still in school
Took a weekend quick trip to the mountains for a surprise getaway
Got a surprise Christmas Tree from Will
Started a blog!
Had major foot surgery

Graduated college with a BA in Communications
Moved to Kuwait the same day
Lived with my parents
Had the summer of unemployment (which turned out to be something I’m thankful for, looking back)
Went to Qatar
Started my job
Went home on vacation

Endured the heat
Went to Dubai, Will got to ski indoors!
Went home on a really long vacation (and got Boz and Lucy while we were there!)
Got a new job, turned out to be a really important move for my future,
Went to the Super Bowl (and sorry there are no pictures where they say there are… when I moved my old blog over I lost all the pics. Bummer)

Started The Blove Life!
Experienced a Kuwait earthquake
Went to Jordan and celebrated Thanksgiving there
me and p being brave and climbing rocks
Went home on vacation and went to the Fiesta Bowl
happy sooner couple- pre-loss

Applied for a job back home and got it!
Left Kuwait
Moved home
Bought a house, started the job, began making sense of life back in America
Got the bigs
Went on the most amazing vacation of my life with P
in front of the library
Went to the OU national championship in Miami (and lost. Boo)
save the sooners

Stopped posting. :(
Got a promotion
Saw my BIL get married
I seriously love this picture- down with the longhorns!
Went to Chicago over Labor Day and visited my sister!
Went again over Halloween and saw Tiesto! Amazing concert
so much fun

Started school
It sucked
Still not posting much during this time
Got serious about eating right
Went to Broken Bow for an amazing glamping weekend away
Went to my Gran’s birthday party in Iowa
The Fam w Gran
Saw my sweet friend Terry get married and got to go to New York!
Celebrated my sister’s 21st in Chicago!
Sister friends

Continued to endure school
Still hardly posted
Went to Florida for the OU-Florida State game
Found out my sister was going to have a baby
Cut my long hair!
A little scary at first!
Went to Green Bay and Minneapolis for vacation for old time’s sake
Go Pack Go
Found out my sister was having a girl, got to be there for the ultrasound

Finished school! AMAZING!
Celebrated by going to a murder mystery weekend
Stone Lion Inn
Started posting again
Saw my sister have a baby girl, cut her umbilical cord
Began following a predominately vegetarian/vegan friendly diet
Got promoted last week

Oviously lots more I wish I could recap, but I had a hard time remembering, and I feel like this is a pretty good consolidation of the last decade. God is so good. I am so thankful for my family and the blessings along the way.

Thanks for following the journey one day at a time.

Here’s to another good ten years.

See you on the other side.

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The Secret is Out

Apparently the entire freaking world knows that I sweat.

Yep. I’m a sweater.

Okay, so let me back pedal a little. Yes, I willingly informed “the whole world” about the misery of being here in the summer and the fact it’s so freaking hot that when you walk outside you begin to rain on everything around you, creating a small little well amongst dry arid sand- I admit that (In case you’re curious about my tirade on “sweat” you can read “The Old Blog” archives. I’m pretty sure from May-September I mentioned it every freaking day.)


For someone ELSE to talk about my sweatiness?

Well, those are just fighting words!

That’s right.

You better be careful or a hurricane of my sweat will come flinging in a violent force to swallow you freaking whole!



So yesterday I was walking to the BIDFY, minding my own business, when all of a sudden I saw two of my coworkers moving furniture around.

“Hi guys!” I said cheerfully. “Looks like you’re working hard!”

They agreed and made mention that it was too hot to be outside moving furniture.

“Good thing you’re not having to do it,” one said, “I hear you get really sweaty.


What the freaking crap was that!? Did someone just say that to me? Are you serious!?

Ah- I remembered.

insert hazy dream sequence

One time the other guy I work with almost saw me “kill over.” According to him, that is.

We had to go to a building in early June to dig out some old archives. A building that wasn’t air conditioned. In June. In Kuwait. The Lake of Fire.

Wow. I started to sweat.

Imagine that!

Anyhow, he was all worried about me because my ultra pale face turned bright red from the heat and I started to sweat. “Are you going to be okay?” He kept asking.

hazy dream sequence ends

I bet he said something!

“Did you tell Mouth over there that I sweat a lot?” I asked.

He just laughed and said yes. What a moron.

I laughed too and told him to shut up about my sweating. “I drink a lot of water. It’s healthy. So I sweat a little when it’s 5 MILLION DEGREES in this country. What!? Girls aren’t allowed to sweat!?!”

Do you know what he said to that?

“Yeah you do drink a lot of water! Did you notice I gave you an extra box last week when I delivered it?”

What a moron. So now now only am I a big bucket of sweat, but I’m also a camel. A big sweaty camel. Huh. 

Conversational Confusion

Friday morning I got the following text message from P:

Why don’t congressmen use bookmarks?


Because they just bend over the PAGES! Hahahahahahaha

When I got this text message I was confused. It was 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning (my “Sunday"), so I was still sleepy. I wondered why she asked me such a random question. I replied with:

I don’t know. To save money, maybe??

I didn’t hear back from her. I figured she was just venting for having to be a “coffee getter” or something.

However, this morning around 4:00 I was getting ready and thinking about P. I was thinking about the text messages I had gotten from her recently, that one in particular. It was then, at 4:00 in the morning, that it hit me.

I then totally laughed out loud and told her it took me 4 freaking days to get the joke. Ha ha. Nothing like a page’s political humor, right?

She couldn’t believe it took me that long to get it. Leave it to me.

I had a similar incident the other day. I came home to find a note on the table from our maid (yeah, yeah, shut up. It’s like 80 bucks a month here- you’d do it too) asking if she could change the day she comes. The letter said something to the effect of changing the day and “if you like send message so I know.”

I asked Will, “I wonder if our Indian maid watched the movie Clueless a lot.”

“Why would you ask that?”

“Well, because she wrote something a Valley Girl would- she said ‘If you’d, like, send a message so I can know changing is okay that would be totally rad and super!”

“No she didn’t. She’s still working on her English. She said it to mean, ‘ if you like the idea of me doing this, send me a message.”

We bantered back and forth, but I finally gave up and admitted Will was right. I still think it’s funnier to say she’s a Valley Girl though.


I (finally) finished transferring all my nest archives today. I feel very happy and satisfied that it’s finally over. I noticed I did a “Monday Update” post all the time. It was like (ha ha- “like.” sorry.) a staple during those days. I think I might implement it again, however perhaps it will be more of a Tuesday Update or something. I figure this is a way for me to slowly drive you all crazy with the boring mundane details of my life. What fun!! I was heavily tempted to begin this new (possible) tradition today, but I figure I will spare you- and warn you so you can run for the hills.


I got my Summer Swap gift in today!! I’m SO excited about it and I can’t wait to post about it tomorrow. That’s all I’ll say for today.


Okay, enough with the rambles. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your morning. I’m anxious to head home and get tomorrow over so I can begin my extrememly thrilling (lie) and spontaneous (lie) weekend.

More to come…


Memory Lane

As you know, I’ve been transferring my old nest archives over to the new blog. I’ve gotta say, it’s been a lot of fun looking back. I found this one yesterday and thought I’d share it because well, there are often times I wish I could go back to those days. Just sometimes. smile

Hope you had a good weekend! Welcome back!

Wow, I’m on a roll- 3 posts in two days! Who is this kid!?! 

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 5.21.2007

the last nest post.

Well, this is a decision I’ve been thinking about long before the nest made it’s catastrophic change everyone has been crying about (don’t worry, I’m crying too), but guys, it’s been real.

I’m out.

I really wanted to post something real and meaningful about all my great times at this awesome place, but

I’m out.


My new blog is It’s still a work in progress and i’m not posting just yet because I’m getting the page set up, but I should be posting in a few weeks- so hang on and stay with me girls! IT will just have a NameCheap “parking space“ page when you go, but this is in fact the right site. Like I said, I need about 3 more weeks, but there she be!

I really really really didn’t want to announce my new space until it was ready, but I felt it was important to let you guys know that I love you and I really miss “talking” everyday like we used to. So, no, I’m not leaving the blogosphere, I’m just taking a few week hiatus for my site to be built and all “fancified.” ha ha

I have to ask you to do me a HUGE favor-

Since we’re all jumping ship I haven’t been keeping track of your new addresses so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me your new link so I can add it to my links page so we can all stay up to date.

Don’t forget about me in the next few weeks! I will be catching up with you guys everyday (as long as I get those freaking links!).

Wow, I feel like I should be saying so much more, but the truth is that I’ve been saving some funny stories for my new place. So, this is it for now.

Have a great day, keep me posted, send your links, and check out my site (soon, but seriously, not yet).


To the nest and all the girls I’ve loved before:

You’ve been the best friends a girl in Kuwait could ask for. Thanks for all the fun.

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 3.28.2007

March 13, 2007

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I love you just as much as I did March 13, 2004.

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But now it’s so much more powerful.

Happy Anniversary <3

I want the Heffernans

I want the Heffernans to be our best friends.

Yes, you heard me right. I want fictional TV characters to magically move to Kuwait, become our neighbors, and think we’re the funniest and best couple to ever walk the earth.

I have a serious problem, guys. I really want that! Will thinks I’m the biggest nut ever- but seriously… I still want it.

Maybe it’s because the friend market here is lacking like a dry shriveled up California rasin in late July, or maybe it’s because, well, everyone knows Doug and Carrie Heffernan are great, but guys- that’s what I want for my anniversary gift: Doug and Carrie Heffernan.

We’re a match made in Heaven! I can see it now-

Will and Doug are off every weekend cheering on their favorite teams (depending on the season), while Carrie and I are out shopping, or eating at that new healthy café down the street, okay okay, and occasional taking Arthur to the Senior Center for Boggle Day.

Will has a built in buddy for all his sports events

I have a built-in gym buddy

Will has the perfect guy to play Madden with

I have the perfect girl to help me pick the perfect lip gloss.

What’s so strange about that!?

Is it strange that the one thing that gets me through the day is knowing I’ll come home and Will and I will sit on the couch to watch what Doug and Carrie did today?

Is it strange that I’m always telling Will, “Oh my gosh, Carrie would love that!” or “Hmm, I wonder if Carrie would wear that?”

Is it strange that I think about them during the day as if they’re real people?

No- that’s not strange at all! Totally normal.


Doug is Will’s perfect best friend match! It’s almost scary! I mean- they both love to eat, they both love sports, they both love to eat, they both love sports… can we have any two people with any more in common!? I think not!

And I mean, Carrie and I are perfect too! We both like shopping, being healthy, and,



What else??…

I promote marriage, Carrie broke up a marriage because she didn’t gel with the husband

I buy my clothes, Carrie buys them, wears them until the

return policy is up and brings them back for a refund

I’m take joy in other’s victories, Carrie had to go to counseling because she enjoys when others are miserable



Carrie’s great, right? We have TONS in common. Me, Carrie, the best of buds, right?



Forget it, maybe Will’s right.

but I can still wish, right? smile


posted in Lucy & Ethel,The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 3.12.2007

love from one of THOSE bloggers

So yes, I realize I’ve become one of those bloggers. You know, the ones that have the audacity to take up space in the blogoshpere and act all accomplished when they produce a measly 2 posts in a month or some patheticness like that. How dare one of those bloggers take up space in the “recently updated” section when they’re never posting and when they finally do it’s about the most BORING crap that’s ALWAYS the same:

“Our dogs are cute, I’m so busy, I work out at the gym, blah blah blah.” to which you respond,

“Wow, what a thrilling life- please don’t waste our blog-reading-time with the slothful way you talk about how sexy godiva chocolate is or how you have such a disgrace of a house you have to hire a maid to get your sickening life together.”

Yes, I’m ashamed to say lately I’ve become one of those bloggers documenting nothing but boringness. I’m not really sure why… okay maybe I am… but it seems as though the place I used to run to during times of “yuck” is the place I’ve starting running from. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m so busy and I feel like the worst blog friend in the world if I don’t write feedback to my favorite blog friends before I sit down to post (hence why comments are turned off today).

I’m not sure if it’s because all last year you heard me cry about the thing I feel like complaining about all over again… I really can’t pin it down. As I sat down to post I thought I would lay it all out on the table, but now that I’m actually here I’m remembered of the fact that all this “lay out on the table” crap is exactly what I’m talking about when I mention “those” bloggers, so again- torn.

Also, sitting down to write all about that “crap” is the last thing I feel like writing about when I finally do get around to posting. The truth is that I have lots of things to post about! You should see that goofy recorder of mine! It’s full of my “old day writing” nonsense, but it seems a little rude to post a million 3 sentence posts in a day, you know?

So, now I’ve got you here, reading my what? 3rd post of the month or something sad like that? So now what do I do with you??....

*Things in Q8 are fine. I can tell summer is fast approaching and I can’t help but wince a little at the thought.

Want to know something out of this world?

A few weeks ago the morning low was 45 and someone pointed out to me that it was literally 105 degrees cooler that day than it was in mid-July. Isn’t that crazy!? That’s insane! When you put the severity of weather here like that, well it’s just enough to make you realize just how ridiculous you have to be to live here.

Just FYI I’ve already broken a sweat more than once, so for my sake enjoy your cold weather.

*Will got offered a job last week.

A job offer so tempting I was packing our belongings before he even finished his story. After holding a normal conversation about the opportunity I realized what I had known all along, it wouldn’t be wise for us to do it. They have to know by Sunday, and unless I can find a job at the same place by then (which is a little unrealistic!) we won’t be taking them up on their offer. I am so proud of him, and I know with all that I am he deserves this opportunity, but I also know that this the timing probably isn’t right. So, we stay and wait a little longer.

*Yesterday I bought my authentic belly dancing skirt.

I’m so excited about it and I was just certain Will would be too. I put it on over my jeans and wore it for like 2 hours just because, jingling everywhere I went- just waiting for Will to be so turned on by my electric blue skirt with dancing silver coins- but no.

“Maybe he’s not hearing the rhythmic jingles? I should move into the living room.”


What’s up with that!? Apparently the NFL combine was last week and he had to check on “his OU boys” to see how they fared. Guys, I know you realize my husband is a huge football fan, but really- we need our own reality show or something!

*Speaking of me and Will- our 3 year anniversary is quickly approaching!

We decided not to spend much on each other because of the Super Bowl trip, so I opted to buy him some of the favorite John Wayne movies he surprisingly doesn’t already own. I may have shot myself in the foot on this one (because afterall, I’m the one that has to lovingly sit next to Will trying not to fall asleep), but I figured nothing says “I love you and can’t wait to spend another 40 of these together” like suffering through a John Wayne movie, right?<3

*I had a bit of an embarrassing moment last week.

Granted, it won’t sound as good in writing compared to me telling it- but I’ll try.

Wednesday was a crazy day. I was already 2 hours into working overtime and extremely ready to get off and start my weekend. Guys, I was edgy. It was going to be the wrong day to cross me.

My office is the only one able to go to the government’s office for things (ha ha, think of it like the government is the Wizard of Oz behind the big emerald curtain and only Dorothy and the gang and go behind it). When you go in you have to announce yourself all loudly (you feel like a huge idiot) so that they know that “an outsider” is in their office. Kind of like this,

“A freaking moron contractor is in the Hizz-ouse!!“

Like that, but not really.

Well, like I said, I was edgy. I walked in and announced myself only to have two random voices from behind their cubicle walls say, “You’re not saying it loud enough! We need to be able to hear you all the way in the back offices!” they then go on and on about needing to yell it, blah, blah, blah.

I had heard enough.Wednesday just wasn’t the day.

I dropped off the stuff and yelled, “Contractor leaving!” and as soon as I said it they answered, “You don’t have to say it when you’re...” SLAM.

That would be me slamming the door behind me while they were in mid sentence. I felt pretty good- and what a way to exit, right!? I proudly got back in the car and got ready to pull out of the parking lot, only to realize I had forgotten the most important item!! I felt my face getting hot with embarrassment. There was no way this drop off could wait until Saturday either, I had to go back in. So, I swallowed my pride and loudly annouced myself yet again. I darted where I needed to go, ran back out and made sure I quietly closed the door this time. What a freaking idiot.

That’s about all going on with me for the moment. It felt good to finally post! I miss you guys. I keep waiting for things to slow down, but that’s not happening. Hopefully I’ll just suck it up, deal with it, and manage to squeeze this in more often.

Have a great weekend!


To the most beautiful girl I’ve ever known~

Happy Birthday (again!). I feel so special to have watched you grow into who you are these past 17 years. <3

posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 3.02.2007

why can’t everyday be vacation!?

So I bet you are guys whispering amongst each other about how I made my Florida trip up and how I’m full of crap and just refusing to post. Am I right!?

Alright, I know it’s been a while, but I promise- I was in Florida last week!

I’m about to reveal an earth shattering secret I’ve learned this week:

Vacation Life is three million times better than Normal Life.

I know, I know- I’m a genius right? I should be a millionaire with all this knowledge.

Then why am I back in Kuwait pounding away at a mountain of work?


Vacation was wonderful! Aside from the humidity, Miami was amazing. Will and I had so much fun. The Colts winning made our trip that much better! It is definitely a trip we’ll remember forever. We took over 100 pictures! Here are just a few of all our fun (in mega random order because it took 3 freaking hours to load them!).

Opening Show

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Okay- it’s taking WAY too long to load these on here. I have to do some in thumbnails. :(

Donning our Cool Ponchos!

hiding from the rain

PRINCE! Will was REAL thrilled he was the halftime show (cough, cough). It was a great show, Will even agreed.

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After the game. Throwing up our number ones for the champs!


Ahh, the beach (I did mention these were out of order, right!? smile )

beach front property

Outside the Super Bowl

outside the super bowl

Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning

Me in South Beac

Our seats… and two random people.

Outside the Super Bowl

Please buy me this car!

My cute little field goal kicker.

Tickets in our hot little hands!


As you can see, we had a blast. Why can’t EVERYDAY be the Miami Super Bowl!? Sigh. Wishful thinking.

Aside from our wonderful whirlwind trip to the Super Bowl and enjoying the comforts of the US (Walmart, Maggie Moos ice cream, sleeveless shirts, Walmart, doing whatever we want when we want, The Cheesecake Factory, oh- and Walmart), life has been the same as always.

Work is crazy,

the dogs are crazy,

my husband is crazy.

Yep, I’d say things are pretty status quo around here.

*** As for other things-

We have no food in our house and haven’t gone grocery shopping since, hmm, I can’t remember. You’d think we were obsessive dieters/over-exercisers (ha ha) with an intense fear of food or something. So, I went to McDonalds for a fruit and yogurt parfait a few days ago on my way to work. Just so you guys know- if you’re looking to get breakfast around 4:15 a.m. you’ll be sorely disappointed. I had to opt for an early lunch. Nothing says, “Good morning! Have a healthy day!” like a cheeseburger fried in animal fat. Who would have thought no breakfast!?

Next week Molly is spending the weekend with us! 3 dogs in our small apartment will definietly be an adventure. My parents are taking my sister (and her super cute British-Kuwaiti boyfriend) to Dubai for her birthday. As you probably figured, we planned on going before this whole Super Bowl thing came up. Anyway, I guess it worked out for us not to go so we can be the dog sitter! Yay for picking up 3 dogs’ poop!

I started a new weight program this weekend. I told the trainer I wanted free standing muscles (I’m such a dork. I know she thought I was an idiot when I said that- and yes, I really did say that). Don’t worry, I won’t become all manly on you guys (Will has been all worried I’ll be bulging from my pants).

Valentine’s Day was nice and very uneventful. Since it fell on our weekend it was easy to go on a date. Want to know a fun fact? People go Valentine’s Day crazy in Kuwait! I thought it was so ironic being that you can’t show affection or show your freaking pinky toe here. They are all over Valentine’s Day. How weird. We went to Hard Rock (because nothing is more romantic than blaring Alice Cooper and garlic potatoes smoothered in signature heavy metal sauce) and it was packed with Kuwaitis on dates. It was pretty cute. We had a good time.

The weekend pretty much went downhill from there. It was full of nothing but laziness and gluttony. My parents got us Godiva chocolates for V-day and I gottal level with you- my portion is about 75% gone. Ugh! I suck! What makes it worse is that Will is all about (and I quote), “Savoring his.“ which means by the time I woof down my last 2 pieces he’ll still have half his box.

I’m going to have to figure some sort of payment plan or something. Truffles for Madden hours. Sounds good to me…

Okay, I think we’ve all had enough today. I missed you guys! It’s good to be back (to posting- not work). Have a wonderful weekend!

More to come…


posted in The Old Blog bullet permalink bullet 2.17.2007

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