Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! May it be filled with love and joy!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

winter inspiration

Happy December! Here are some lovely images I found to be inspiring during this winter season.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

It's been a while since I've done a WW post. I've been lacking inspiration with my clothes for a while. I just cleaned out my closet and I'm getting ready to do the 30x30 remix in the coming weeks. I can't wait to work with what I've got and come up with some fun outfits. I wore this outfit on Sunday to church with the sister.  I got this top on sale at Target.  I've been limiting spending, but splurged a little to add some nice tops to my wardrobe.

Top: Target
Jeans: JBrand
Boots: Steve Madden
Necklace: Forever21

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

my life in retrocam

Here are a few pics from the last few months that I've taken on my cell phone.  It's been a crazy couple months!

Making a Christmas wish list!

Ignite Boise 7

Halloween Movie Night!

Dad was attacked by a neighbor cat &
I had to take him to the ER.

I love Justin Bieber! ;)

MiiR's Beyond the Bottle viewing party

Monday, November 28, 2011


Hello [if I have any blog readers left].

As you may have noticed, I’ve been on an unplanned hiatus. In September and October I took two trips to Seattle. The trips hit me emotionally way more than I expected them too. I’ve had a lot to process and needed some time to evaluate stuff/life/etc.. [Side note: I’ll blog about the trips in the next week or so.] I’ve also been trying to get my act together with work and my finances [or lack thereof].

Blogging was getting to be a chore. I needed some space to find myself, find inspiration and decide WHY I was blogging. I’m trying to get back on track, but I might be a little on and off for a while, so please bear with me.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Guess why I smile a lot?

Have you seen this yet?

You can watch the first one [here].

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Here's to the crazy ones...

I just finished reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson this afternoon. I was googling on the day that Steve Jobs died and found that this biography was going to be released in a few weeks. I checked my library and saw that it was on order and ended up having the first hold on the book. I looked at the list a few days ago and now there are over 100 holds. Wow!

Before I started reading this book I “knew” who Steve Jobs was, but as I turned the last page I realized that I really didn’t know that much about who he was or all that he had accomplished. He was an extraordinary man. He was brilliant and passionate. He was a rebel.  I love how much I learned about him in this book, the good and the bad; ultimately, he was just as human as you and me.

Steve said, “My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. Everything else was secondary. Sure it was great to make a profit, because that was what allowed you to make great products. But the products, not the profits, were the motivation…Our job is to figure out what they’re going to want before they do.”

He continued by saying, “The reason Apple resonates with people is that there’s a deep current of humanity in our innovation. I think great artists and great engineers are similar, in that they both have a desire to express themselves.”

The days after he died, Steve Jobs quotes were floating around the internet and I saw many via facebook and twitter. After reading this book, many of those quotes were put into context for me.

By the end of 1982 Apple was looking for a new president. Jobs knew he wasn’t ready for that role. Sights were soon set on John Sculley, president of the Pepsi-Cola division of PepsiCo. After much courtship, Jobs finally said to Sculley, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?”

In 1997, while Jobs was holding the interim CEO position at Apple, he began working on turning Apple’s brand and image around. He told his employees: “We at Apple had forgotten who we were. One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heros are.” Born from that was the “Think Different” campaign.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

“Apple is about people who think outside the box, who want to use computers to help them change the world.”

In the wake of his death, the commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford in June 2005 has probably been most quoted.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

He explained about Apple’s integration and control of their devices, “We do them because we want to make great products, because we care about the user, and because we like to take responsibility for the entire experience rather than turn out the crap that other people make. They’re busy doing whatever they do best, and they want us to do what we do best.”

Finally, Jobs’ explained his drive by saying, “We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow. That’s what has driven me.”

Steve Jobs, February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011

I hope you get the chance to read this book; it was so interesting and inspiring!

See [here] for the eulogy his sister, Mona Simpson wrote.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Let's just skip over the fact it's been a while since I've blogged. We might get into that later. I was inspired to post my Halloween costume when I saw that Heather posted hers yesterday. I was so uninspired when I was trying to figure out what to be for Halloween. It finally hit me a week before. I'm always talking about Foursquare, checking in at places and wanted to become the mayor of this or that place, so I figured why not BE Foursquare. I grabbed a spare Creative Memories box my mom had and went to work. It took me one afternoon to paint the box, decorate and modge podge it. I was so happy with how it turned out. The only thing I wish I could have changed was to make the straps longer. I was so uncomfortable holding my arms up like a nerd all night. I'm not sure how many people understood what I was, but I loved it.

Check In at the Halloween Party

Just of few of my many Badges

My Mayorships

Mayor of Foursquare

Heather and Me

My cute sister was Olive Penderghast.

This year's Halloween was very, um, different than the past three years. Last year we were in Savannah and then we were in L.A. the two previous years. We made the most of it and ended our night at The Matador.

So tell me, what were you for Halloween? What were some favorite costumes that you saw?

Monday, September 26, 2011

strong enough

The song Strong Enough by Matthew West has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks and I felt like it needed to be shared.

You must, You must think I'm strong
To give me what I'm going through

Well forgive me
Forgive me if I'm wrong
But this looks like more than I can do
On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
Everything that I'm supposed to be
I give up
I'm not strong enough
Hands of mercy won't you cover me
Lord right now I'm asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
For the both of us

Well, maybe, maybe that's the point
To reach the point of giving up
Cause when I'm finally
Finally at rock bottom
Well, that's when I start looking up
And reaching out

Cause I'm broken
Down to nothing
But I'm still holding on to the one thing
You are God
and You are strong
When I am weak

I can do all things
Through Christ who gives me strength
And I don't have to be
Strong enough
Strong enough

photo source

Thursday, September 22, 2011

gone on vacay!

Heather and I are flying up to Seattle this evening for a much needed vacation! Jenny’s mom invited us couple months ago as a graduation present for Jenny. Happy Graduation Jenny! We’ll be driving up to Whistler tomorrow and spending the weekend in the mountains. I feel very lucky to be able to go to Seattle-ish twice this fall.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of fun pictures [and maybe videos] to share when I get back next week! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

baby shower

On Saturday my mom, aunt, Heather and I hosted a baby shower for my cousin Kristin. I wrote this blog post back in July about how they had been approved to adopt. Well, right before Labor Day weekend and a very selfless woman chose them to adopt her 5 week old little boy. You can definitely see God's hand working through their adoption journey that lead them to sweet baby James. We had so much fun planning, buying presents and decorating for the shower. It was wonderful to see it all come together. I took James' baby pictures yesterday and posted them on my facebook fan page. He's such a little stud muffin. Here are a few pictures from the shower!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It
Switched at Birth

This is an ABC Family show that the sister found on instant Netflix. She was going to start watching it and then I joined her. It’s a really good show and it looks like the second half of the first season will start in January.

Chaos Theory

This was a random one that I found on Netflix. I figured it had Ryan Reynolds and the reviews were decent, so I added it to the instant queue. I must admit was multitasking while watching, so it didn’t have my full attention. It was an interesting story about a man who is an efficiency expert and his wife tries to help him by changing the clock by 10 minutes, but instead of giving him more time she made him late. The movie shows the chaos that ensues because of it.

Eat, Pray, Love

This is a great chick flick. I love Julia Roberts! She’s just so fabulous. I love all of the places she visits in this movie. I totally relate to Elisabeth’s search for herself. But, I don’t think I will ever read this book. I know a couple friends who had started it, but couldn’t get through it. I'm fine with just appreciating the movie for what it is.

The Big Bang Theory: Season 4

My mom and I saw this at Costco the day it came out and decided we needed it. I never watched much of this season on tv, because I figured I’d watch it when it came out on dvd. It’s been fun to see new-to-me episodes! I love Sheldon.

Heard It
I saw this video on Maggie’s blog a couple weeks ago. This couple is pretty amazing. If you haven’t heard them yet you may want to go check them out on Youtube. They are incredibly talented. I had this song stuck in my head for a week straight.

Read It
Fearless by Max Lucado

This book got “lost” on my Nook. Not really lost, but when I don’t have the physical book I can sometimes forget what book I’m in the middle of. This, like previous books, is one that was challenging for me to get through. This is not to say it wasn’t a great book. It’s just one of those “hard to swallow” books.

Radiant by Marian Jordan

This is another book that I have on my Nook. I started it thinking that I hadn’t read it before (I know, I’m a horrible person to forget), but the whole first half of the book was really familiar. I think I had started it once, never finished it, decided to start over, but then forgot and re-read it. Anyway, it was great and a very quick read, I finished it in an afternoon. Marian talks about how to live as a light

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

OMG. I love Shauna Niequist. She is so talented and has an amazing way with words. She is one of my favorite authors. I got this book on sale on my Nook with a birthday gift card. This book focuses on how life is simultaneously bitter and sweet. She shares stories from her own life, specifically from a time in her life where she was dealing with hurts and heartaches, but found joy and sweetness through it all. If you haven’t heard of her before, I’d recommend reading her book Cold Tangerines first.

Real Girl Next Door by Denise Richards

I found this book when I was searching for Nook books to buy with my birthday gift card, but decided to just check it out from the library. There was a pretty long waiting list, but I finally picked it up last week. I thought it was a great book and very interesting.