Ten on Tuesday.

1. What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house?
It’s a bit of a tie between my huge wood framed IKEA mirror, and my white leather chair.  Both pieces I bought when moving into my current apartment.  I guess I love them so much because they are the first pieces of furniture I have purchased that weren’t just “cheapest thing to get me by in college” ala the queen airmattress I slept on for an entire semester or the plastic bin I put my bedroom TV on 😉

(please note my first personal painting that I posted about months ago, hanging on the wall right there 😉  My one hit wonder…..)

2. If it was raining so hard on a Saturday that you couldn’t leave your house, what would you spend the day doing?
I would probably do what I’ve done before…. spend the day with my blinds all the way open… watching an America’s Next Top Model marathon while periodically cleaning/napping/reading/writing/etc.  I don’t leave my house unless I absolutely have to when its raining in L.A.  It’s a dangerous world out there!

3. What was your favorite candy as a child?
Butterfingers or Reeses. Mmmmm.   And alternatively (depending on my mood) Fun Dip.  Also, any kind of sour candy.

4. Did you get an allowance? What was it based on? What did you do with it?
Yes I did.  I can’t remember if we did anything for it or not.  Here’s a fun “look how far we’ve come” detail:  so back when we (my brothers and I) were kids, we lived with my mom and grandparents in Portland, and my mom would give us a couple of dollars per week as an allowance, and then on the weekend when she had a day off, my mom would take us on a little trip by bus and MAX (light rail train) out to a K-Mart in Gresham to go shopping and spend the money.  That, or Toys’r’us in Clackamas.  (My mom didn’t have a car at the time).  And we’re talking like $4.  Those family trips were always really fun though.  We made the best out of the little bit that we had 🙂

5. Do you have a favorite Etsy store?
I still haven’t quite hopped on the Etsy bandwagon just yet.

6. Do you prefer time with family or time with friends?
I love both.  Family and really close friends are pretty close to a tie, because my really close friends feel like family to me (Krissi, Joni, Melissa, Becky, Juliana….).  If it is other friends that are… less close?… I prefer time with my fam 🙂

7. Looney Tunes, Tiny Toons, or Animaniacs?
Oooo…. wow, I don’t know what my animosity is towards cartoons but this question just made me scowl and feel annoyed.  I feel like the characters in all of these cartoons were generally very annoying.  I LOVE disney and pixar movies, but not a fan of any of these cartoons. 

8. Best daytime talk show: Oprah, Ellen, The Doctors, Tyra (ha!), Dr. Oz, or Dr. Phil?
Ellen!  I’m rarely home when any of these shows are on, but if I do happen to be home when Ellen is on I get kind of excited.  She’s hilarious!  Used to love Oprah back in the day but her show leaves much to be desired these days.  And I love me some America’s Next Top Model, but let’s face it friends: Tyra is kiiiiiinda crazy.  No desire to watch her talk show.  At all. 

9. Would you rather have the power of invisibility or the ability to fly?
I am hesitant to say “fly” because I can imagine my chances of getting pooped on/attacked by birds would greatly increase.  However, whenever I am stuck in awful traffic I think about how amazing it would be to just be able to fly over all of it.  I’m gonna go with flying.  Invisibility does nothing for me in traffic.  Invisible people have to sit in their cars and wait like everyone else 😉

10. Name 1 thing you love about being an adult.
I love being able to pick up and go wherever I want.  I guess that is also a product of not being married or having children yet.  I do eventually want to get married, but I love the freedom I have right now.  I can randomly fly or drive anywhere I want and I don’t have to run it by anyone.  For now, it’s nice.

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Little Glimpses of Houston.

I am mustering up the energy to write a little bit about my spontaneous trip to Houston a few weeks ago.   A few weeks ago I was chatting on the phone one night with my best friend from law school, Krissi (who was technically the spouse of a law student, but definitely deserving of an honarary degree!) catching up when I randomly decided to check ticket prices for that weekend to go to Houston.  Long story short, I found some surprisingly good prices for a last minute trip and before the night was over, I was booked for a trip to Houston a few days later. 

The first night in Houston we (Adam, Krissi, and I) went to Ninfa’s for dinner (a famous and delicious Mexican Food establishment in Houston).  I don’t have any pictures of this, but it was delicious and very fun.  Why oh why is it so hard to get “queso” here on the west coast?!  Back at home, we played a few of our favorite games… Settlers and Rockband! 🙂

The next morning, we met up with a friend of mine I hadn’t seen for 6 years, and went to the West Gray Cafe together for breakfast.  Also delicious and fun, also no pictures :-/

After that, Krissi and I did what we do best, or at least one of the things we do best: we went shopping.  The overall shopping experience was anti-climatic, but at one point I really needed a snack, and so we went down to the food court so I could get something to eat and we sat down and chatted for awhile.  Lo and behold, a friend of Krissi’s who she hadn’t seen since high school happened to sit down at the table right next to us.  We went over to his table and chatted with him for awhile and it was one of those things that didn’t seem like just a coincidence, it seemed like what us Christians call a “divine appointment.” 

We got back to the apartment and convinced Adam to go out to Lucky Strike (bowling) with us.  We got ready to go and walked over to the bowling alley, with no idea what was in store.  We were really hungry and the wait was really long for bowling, so we went over to the bar/restaurant side first to get something to eat.  While we were eating, we noticed these two older women standing up dancing to the music.  They looked like they were having a lot of fun.  Soon, Krissi stood up at our booth and started dancing.  Adam and I kept sitting so she decided to go over and dance with the other women.  Soon, they persuaded Adam to come over.  Then, they got me.  Now, I don’t dance, but I realized I would look more dumb just standing there than if I danced with them, so I danced.  Then, the other women’s husbands stood up.  For awhile it was the seven of us dancing away together.  Soon, there were these two older white couples in very sunday-morning-church-like attire who came over and were sort of slow dancing next to us to the fast music.  Krissi somehow got them to liven it up a little.  And before we knew it, we had around 30 random strangers dancing with us.   People would come over and ask how we all knew each other and/or what we were celebrating and we’d say “we’re all strangers, we’re just having fun!” and we were told multiple times that we were “the funnest people on the planet.”  I agree, when can I expect my award?  Unfortunately, I was too busy dancing to take pics, but I do have a couple of shots from the beginning of it all:

Lucky Strike Dancing

Dancing 2

It was one of the most fun and random nights I have had in a really long time and possibly ever.  We never ended up bowling.   We finished off the night with more Settlers!

The next day, Sunday, our friend Nicole came down to spend the day with us.  I met Nicole during law school when I went to Houston for Spring Break and we were instant friends.  It turned out Adam had to work, so Krissi, Nicole, and I took a girls day trip to the Kemah Boardwalk.  It was pretty epic.  There were pirate ships going by throwing beads (which Krissi caught a ton of for us), Krissi won a pink stuffed dog at one of the games, we took photo booth pictures in a photo sweat lodge (it was so ridiculously hot in there I thought we might die). 

All of Us (Kemah Boardwalk)

My Legs Can ALLLLMOST Ride By Themselves.

We also went on a bunch of the carnival rides, including a roller coaster that I was scared to go on, which was BRUTAL.  We all were terrified the whole time and got crazy whiplash.  Once we were off, we walked to a nearby starbucks and Krissi went to find us some cooling rags and some sort of tylenol to recover. 

Starbucks "Spa Recovery"

While in Starbucks, a couple at the table next to us struck up a conversation with us.  For awhile we chatted about random things (where we’re all from, what we do for a living, etc. etc.).   At some point, the convo switched from randomness to Christianity.  It turned out the other couple were Christians, and its complicated to put into words all that was said, but again it felt like it was more than just a coincidence. 

Back at Adam & Krissi’s apartment, we played a game of Settlers (can you tell I love that game) while eating Pizza, and then us girls went out and sat by the pool and chatted for a little while until Nicole needed to leave.  Adam & Krissi live in this amazing apartment building in downtown Houston, and Sunday happened to not be particularly humid so it was a really nice, cool, humid free night out there by the pool surrounded by city lights. 

Overall, it was a great trip and I was bummed to have to go home early Monday morning 😦

A Little Piece for Now.

Red Rocks Amphitheater (Morrison, CO)

I took this picture on Sunday.  For some reason I can’t stop looking at it this particular one, so I thought I’d share it here for now in lieu of actual details about my travels until I have more time to update 😉

Ten on Tuesday.

Wow!  So sorry I have been MIA for my few faithful readers out there!  I don’t even have being busy at work as an excuse this time.  I’ve been traveling quite a bit (Portland, Orlando, Houston, and Denver) so maybe sometime this weekend I can update on those adventures… I’ve just had a LOT on my mind.  A lot of stuff that is not public blog material.  So every time I come here wanting to make a light hearted post I can’t get myself to do it because of all of the other stuff.   But anyway, today I’m going to give posting a try with some Ten on Tuesday questions. 

1. If your name was a verb, what would “to Michelle” mean? (Insert your own name though…)
I think the definition of “to Michelle” would be one of those terms with multiple definitions that are fairly different and make you think “wow, how does this one word mean such different things?”  Such as:

             michelle (mih-shell) verb:  1. to randomize; 2. to sillify;  3. to incite joy; 4. to storytell; 5. to sing out random portions of songs like a radio flipping through stations; 6. to procrastinate until the last possible second and still come out victorious; 7. to be ridiculously tall.

2. What myth have you always wanted to prove or bust?
That whole cracking your knuckles debate.  It’s always a debate amongst my grandparents when I crack my knuckles in front of them.  Grandpa says it will give me arthritis.  Grandma says it’s an old wives tale.  I have big hands and don’t want big knuckles, but a girl’s gotta relieve that pressure now and then!

3. If you had the ability to get a message out to the entire world, what would you say?
I always have these things where I am like “someday when (if) I am President, I am going to have little fireside chats and sit everyone down and have some etiquette lessons.  For example, do not cut in line.  When you are listening to headphones around others, make sure only YOU are hearing the music.  When you live in an apartment, do NOT own drums.  When you are merging onto a HIGHWAY, do NOT drive 25mph.  When encountering a tall person, who is a complete stranger to you, do NOT gawk at them and ask them a string of personal questions.  I could go on FOREVER.  I should really write these down somewhere in case that whole president thing ever works out.

4. I know you’ve answered a similar question before, but it’s been awhile. Please name your current top 10 blogs.
I don’t read blogs very consistently because I keep forgetting to set up google reader.  So basically I only read blogs when they randomly pop into my mind or by clicking on blogs of others through blogs that I happen upon.  I am not an avid blogger or blog reader :-/.  However, the blogs that I probably read the most religiously are:

www.younghouselove.com (a blog that a couple started as a small thing when they were remodeling their kitchen that has become ridiculously popular and they post stuff about remodeling and decorating all the time which I LOVE!)
www.katherinewolf.info (started after Katherine, the spouse of a (now graduated) classmate of mine and friend, suffered a traumatic brain injury two years ago.  I have followed the blog pretty religiously since the day she was rushed to the hospital and underwent a 16 hour brain surgery with very low chance of survival.  Reading about the miracles she’s experienced as well as the difficulties along the path to her recovery as well as her faith through it all is amazing, beautiful, inspiring, and challenging.  Also her mom’s original blog www.katherineawolf.blogspot.com as well as her new blog www.kimarnoldblog.blogspot.com have some absolutely amazing posts from her mom’s perspective as her own faith has been challenged and world has been shaken through the experience.  I really hope she (Katherine’s mom) publishes some books.. I will definitely buy them and recommend them to friends!).  I know Katherine is writing books already about her experience… can’t wait to hear about those!)

5. Do you have a junk drawer?
Nope.  I don’t believe in keeping junk around, or in disorganization 😉

6. Bottled water or tap? 
Honestly I’ll drink either.  I suppose I’d prefer filtered (no need to waste water bottles), but honestly I have no problems drinking straight from the tap as long as I have ice cubes too. 

7. As a kid, did you have a favorite Biblical story?
I had several, but I would rather talk about a funny thing that happened when I was little that always pops into my head when people talk about kids and bible stories.  When I was 5ish we lived in Alaska and my brothers and I would take a church bus to a Baptist church in Anchorage.  One day we were in Bible class and the teacher was telling this story about when Jesus told Nehemiah that we have to be born again.  I was already really big for my age and aware of that, and I raised my hand and said something along the lines of, “how could I be born again? I’m way too big.”  Interestingly, I was a pretty smart 5 year old and I think I knew the answer and I was just trying to be funny. 

8. What is your favorite black and white movie? 
I don’t know if I could pick a favorite!  I used to think I hated black and white movies because they were “boring” back in the day…. but since college I’ve become a huge fan of romantic movies from the 30s-50s 🙂

9. Aside from your engagement/wedding rings, what is your favorite piece of jewelry that you own? Does it have a story behind it?
I have a necklace that has a gold chain with little orange balls (?) on it.  Very hard to explain but it used to be my mom’s and back when she first gave it to me with some other random jewelry I thought it was ugly but around college I fell in love with it and started wearing it frequently and I still do.  I’d wear it every day but it’s very unique looking and would be kind of weird to wear everyday.  I get compliments on it all the time.  It’s definitely in the top 5 things I’d try to save if there was a fire and I needed to evacuate.

10. What sports/activities do you hope your kids will be involved in? (Answer for both a boy and a girl) 
I currently am not heavily set on having children of my own so this is a difficult question.  I suppose I would let them decide whether they want to play sports or not and what they would like to play.  I didn’t play basketball because I didn’t want to, and now I regret it a little bit.  It would have been nice to have the team bonding experience and the free college ;-).   However, my older brother played basketball and I feel like he was kind of pressured into it because he was super tall and had talent, and it ultimately had detrimental effects on him.  I don’t want to force my kids to play sports just because they’ll be super tall and just because I missed out.  I hope to be aware of their wants and needs and respond accordingly.