1. I love these two friends, and I have since 6th grade. It makes me sad that we can't see each other as often, but it's one of those good friendships that we can pick-up where we left off months ago. Plus, look at that adorable baby on my lap. If that isn't an excuse to get together more often, I don't know what is. I love you love Brooke and Jaclyn!
2. I've found some very good reading as of late in the form of blogs. Usually, I just find bucket loads of crap that I don't need, but obviously do because so and so from somewhere said that it's utterly and completely an essential. The following are actually really good reads from some really good writers:
- Deciding if you are an abstainer or a moderator and then how to use that to your advantage during the month of evil holiday treats. I've decided that I'm naturally drawn to moderation, except then I forget how to moderate and I go insane, then all of a sudden 12 cookies are missing from the cooling rack. SO, I need to be an abstainer, because I'm pretty sure I'd be a happier girl if I didn't make or partake of those evil treats. I don't even like sugary foods that much. It's a mental thing.
- These two are about sex, something that seems to me, mostly taboo, but it shouldn't be! I'm married and I have sex. There. I said it. Are we all shocked? Nope, didn't think so. The first post is about lube. I know a cringed a little too, but what is a blog for if not for sharing our best tips and tricks? Her blog is actually one, if not my #1, favorite blog to read. She is such an amazing person, plus she has the cojones to talk about sex. The second is "Five Reasons You Should Have Sex With Your Husband Every Day" It was refreshing and honestly, motivating. I know I can do much better at making my man feel loved. So, why not? You know? If you're married, have lots of sex. HUZZAH!
- This one is a lighter take on personal struggle, like setting your alarm form 5:30, but always getting up at 6:30. Can I get an amen? If you're struggling with anything of this sort, give it a read, it's a quick one.
-And the last: Choosing Between Two Rights. My mind was a little bit blown after reading this and actually this one come to think of it. I felt empowered. I've always felt that LDS women are and forever will be put in this box. We WILL have children, we WILL stay at home, we WILL be good a crafting AND cooking AND cleaning AND canning AND large callings AND anythingandeverythingelsethatisexpectedofyou. Honestly, I've kind of resented that. I hate being told how I should live my life. The funny thing is though, I want to have babies. I want to stay at home and teach them. I think it's one of the most important things I will do while I'm on this earth. I want to eat dinner with my family every night (be it store bought or homemade) and I even want to wash j.rue's unders. However, I will never make homemade Christmas presents for the whole Relief Society and when asked to bring dinner to a family, they will either get Cafe Rio or pizza. I also plan on getting my masters degree and going back to work at the appropriate time. My life choices are made very carefully with the guidance and direction from my Heavenly Father and my husband. As long as they're both happy with me, I think I'll do okay. ::Stepping down from soapbox::
3. Switching from one heavy topic to another...I've found the BEST yogurt fruit combo ever! I don't remember the brand but it's some kind of vanilla honey greek yogurt with gobs of raspberries. It makes my heart sing, especially after trying to ingest plain greek yogurt. "Just throw in a handful of berries to sweeten." Lies! The berries just make it taste like you are eating berry flavored throw-up. Plain yogurt of any kind should stuff it.
4. The thought of modern medicine makes me jump for joy. Especially after witnessing the lady cramps that I did on the way home yesterday. It was ridiculous. I was hunched over literally yelling. All the way home. How does this tie in with modern medicine? Let me tell you. Obviously, I have a very low pain threshold (or high, depending on how bad my cramps really are -- maybe they're legendary?) I'm am so thankful that when I go into labor I will be able to have someone pump me with drugs to the point where I can't move my own legs. Heaven. Right there. A little part of me has always thought that maybe I would want to try going all natural. I like the idea of being totally connected with my body. But, when I'm really honest with myself, I want to still be married and have my family love me when I walk out of the hospital, baby in tow.
I hate ending on 4, but I think that's enough for today. Have a good one folks!