Bright Box Theater

27 February 2014

A few weeks ago on a Saturday night, Noah and I went to the Bright Box Theater in downtown Winchester. I have been aching to get down there and was psyched to finally go. It was a bluesy, folk group with a rocking guitar player. They also had a member of the staff at the Bright Box make a guest appearance on stage with his saxophone to do a call and respond with the band. 

We're heading back with some friends for a talent show soon and I'd encourage you to stop by if you're ever in the area. 



26 February 2014

On Sunday Noah and I took a trip to Bear's Den to hit some trails and get outdoors on one of the few nice days we've had recently.  I feel like I need to give some background on it to do justice to how one person can really turn around another's day.

I wasn't feeling it Sunday.

Stress and a lack of friend/me time had me on edge and big time a little grouchy. Noah was sick with a head cold (and he's never sick) so he wasn't at church with me that morning. Yet how do I treat him? With complaints, whining, and maybe even some quiet yelling. I'm not proud of it. I tend to lash out at others when I am feeling bad and it's a terrible personality trait that I'm trying to do away with.

And you know how Noah responds? While I'm at another church service after our interaction, he plans a hike for me so that I can de-stress. He kept it a secret where we were going even. He just told me to have comfortable hiking shoes and he put a leash on Odin. How lucky am I? After me taking out my stress and anger on him (and he had no honest part in it) he still puts my needs first and defuses the situation.

Lesson learned: I need to focus myself a bit more when I'm angry and not lash out at all the near bystanders and my duties as a wife need to be stepped up. Thank you Noah for knowing how to get this cat to pull her claws back in.

Book 3: Mistborn, The Final Empire

25 February 2014

Book three of my 26 book goal for the year is Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. Another fantasy novel, this book takes place in a world of magic that has somewhat more specific rules to it than I am used to. Instead of having a wide range of uses, people can only use specific types of magic that comes from using metals. Some people are stronger, some people can enhance their senses, others can pull or push off from metals around them. It's a very unique and well-thought out world. 

While the book mostly centers around the viewpoint of Vin, a street-rat sort of girl who is learning that she may not have to always be on her own, there are a few other characters that will pull you in along the way. 

I would probably put the book at 4/5 stars and if you like fantasy series, I would suggest this novel as part one of a trilogy. 

Bears Den

24 February 2014

I was feeling extremely restless this weekend and experiencing some wanderlust. After the cold winter days we ended up with a day in the 50s. My heart rises along with the temperature. After two church services and a sunday school class I decided that I need to hit a trail. Noah took me to a new camping and hiking location about thirty minutes out from our hometown. The location was beautiful!

We only did a few short hikes totaling around two miles and it was Odin's first hike with us! Can I just say again how great it is to have a furry companion? With hiking boots, a backpack, and a pup we were set for a great hiking day. Noah actually managed to keep the location a secret from me until we arrived. I had never heard of Bears Den before since my hikes usually tour through the mountains a bit south of here. 

It was a little muddy since the last of the snow was melting away and the hike was a little busy since it's the first warm weekend in months. And I WAS LOVING IT. Hope you are having a great start to the week!

A Winter Walk

22 February 2014

To be fair I'm using the term "winter" loosely because the temperature was 45F on Saturday. To see blue sky feels like a miracle and the little moments outside with Odin when I can feel the warmth of the sun on my skin can really make my day.

I decided to grab my camera for the first time in a long time and feel the joy of just snapping some photos for the fun of it. As long as our days are this warm I'll be very happy!

Tea Talk Vol. 3

21 February 2014

I am practically swooning over these photos by Unlost Photography. The focus is amazing and I love the stylized shoot. Plus I'm incredibly envious of that short haircut! 

Leney's photos at a yarn shop make me want to retry my hand at knitting. Or perhaps I'll have a go at crocheting this time around?

This photo gallery of books depicting books.

The outdoors feel to these photos has me aching for Skyline Drive.

In the spirit of summer amid the blues of winter, I'm eyeing some hammocks. This Doublenest has reviewed well and now I'm keeping my eye on one for the late spring.

Have a happy weekend!

Flying Over Pavement

20 February 2014

I forgot how much I enjoyed biking. We are finally having some days in the 40s so I've decided to celebrate by pumping my bike tires and hitting the pavement. The feel of flying over the road is not quite like any other.

Today I even decided to be a risk-taker and took Odin out with me on a leash. That is a challenge. No shocker, but dogs aren't going to run alongside a bike intuitively. First off, huge props to Odin for not being afraid of a bike. Yet, trying to get him to run beside me instead of in front or behind me proves to be nearly impossible. Occasionally we would get into a good jaunt and went for nearly 3/4 of the neighborhood circle. My right arm really hurts from the grip I held on his leash, but all in all I am feeling pretty good about it. It'll take some work, but we can definitely do this!

Church Life

18 February 2014

It seems that a big part of my time has been neglected on here. Recently, much of my free time has been devoted to working with different committees and groups at my church. In a mix of praise band, pastoral search committee, and revamping the website I am getting pretty pumped about reviving a passion of mine.

Winter Weather

13 February 2014

Since those summer dreams really will have to wait, here is a picture from Virginia during the snows. We've had a solid twelve hours of this overwhelming weather and it's looking like we have another twelve hours to go. We've already got roughly a foot of snow. It certainly is winter here and it's beautiful in it's own way.

Now winter nights enlarge
This number of their hours;
And clouds their storms discharge
Upon the airy towers
Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o'erflow with wine,
Let well-tuned words amaze
With harmony divine
Now yellow waxen lights
Shall wait on honey love
While youthful revels, masques, and courtly sights
Sleep's leaden spells remove
-Thomas Campion

Summer Dreams

12 February 2014

Meteorologists are calling for another big snowstorm for my area tomorrow. All I can think about is feeling the warmth of a summer sun on my skin. The golden glow that exists all summer long, days that seem endless, and the sound of running water all reside clearly, perfectly in my head and I'm longing for them. 

It seems that having a dog and getting outside four times a day in the winter is making me hyper aware of the cold. Since we don't have a fenced yard, every time Odin goes outside... so do we. The cold isn't the worst part though - the snow is! It makes it wet and you need boots and you have to dry off the pup when he comes inside. 

The idea of taking Odin out in the summer seems utterly glorious. I'm counting down to those golden times.

Life at it's Busiest

07 February 2014

Sometimes life just gets so busy that you begin to lose all concept of days, time, and relationships. That's about where I'm at currently. Between applications, work, school, study, Odin's training, pharmacy training, jazzercise, and obligations (church, etc.) I am finding that there isn't even enough time to see my friends. The only reason I'm okay with this is because it is temporary. The longest it can possibly go on until is the end of March but I'm really counting down until I feel free again. 

What's the best way to keep your head above the water? 

Honestly, it's organization and time management. I have this pesky habit of putting some things off til the end of time then it comes back to bite me. The good news is I have improved on this tremendously since graduating from JMU. I am much better about chunking my work and about responding to emails than I used to be. 

Now I find time to workout, go to school, do training, take Odin on walks, read pastor candidate profiles, and even (sometimes) see Noah. A balance and a well-rounded life are important to me and I've really worked towards achieving that.

You know what the craziest part of it all is (to me)? On days when I don't have an extra hour to work out I actually miss it. I miss it. I never thought that would happen to me. 

What's your solution to a busy life? I have the feeling that if I added even one more committee to my workload right now that it would all come tumbling down. 

*Anyone have an idea of where that image came from? It was on WeHeartIt and I'd like to give credit. Thanks!

Book 2: A Wise Man's Fear

03 February 2014

The sequel to Name of the Wind has been equally as capturing as the original in the trilogy. Kvothe continues his recounting of prior actions and adventures while a few events occur within the frame story.

While moving through the course of the book the reading switches between the frame and the interior story. A few side characters get developed further though the book remains with one true protagonist, against the popular multi-character view nowadays.

A Wise Man's Fear really helps to start maturing the character from an adolescent youth to more of a man and I'm excited to see where the final part of the trilogy takes us. Unfortunately, there's a little bit of a wait so I'll have to find a few other fantasy books to occupy my time.

Sanderson's Mistborn is next on my list but I'm looking for suggestions. I'm trying to read 26 books this year so I need to find some that capture me!

The Big V

01 February 2014

Valentine's Day is around the corner and I can't quite decide how I feel about the day. I love the idea of it. I like taking a day to really focus on your partner and dedicate time to them. Heck, I like the pink and red decorations and all the hearts that abound. If only we could maintain that spirit throughout the year.

Gifts are a great way to show people you care, but I'm of the belief that simple is best. Time put into a craft or project mean much more to me that a showboat of money. Little hearts with chocolates that cost a dollar make me squirm with delight. Sincere, cute, and funny valentines make my heart soar.

The other aspect of love that Valentine's Day is totally missing out on is the love of friendship and family. I love a lot of people in a lot of different ways and there really needs to be an acceptable holiday celebration of this. I want to give my friends little notes and gifts because they make a huge difference in my life. So here are some ways to celebrate with friends that I'm looking forward to:

  • lunch with friends
  • Valentine's Day party
  • valentines cards for girlfriends
  • make them a paper rose bouquet
  • bake holiday cookies for each girl or mom in your life
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