Mondays.

Does anyone like them? i’ll be honest, I don’t really!  The only upside about Mondays for me is that because of the nature of my job- they are not the most taxing, long days.  They are shorter and a little more laid back so I can ease back into the work week.

Obviously I dislike Mondays because they mean Jason has gone back to work too and I won’t see him again until Friday.

Today is MLK Day.  I am thankful for a man who stood up and put his life on the line for what he knew was right rather than going along with what was most popular.  We could stand to benefit from a few more men like him in our culture.

Today my trainer cancelled my after-work sessions in honor of MLK day- so I had to hang out with this chick for 45 minutes:

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I decided about 30 minutes in that if I had to rely on workout videos for my exercise- I would never work out.  I can’t handle the boredom and jumping around my living room. I missed my running buddy today : ) Jason has been feeling a little pain from running lately and wanted to know if I wanted to do the video over Facetime. #NO
Speaking of running, we ran on Saturday+Sunday.  Due to a family birthday party, we didn’t get to run together until dark on Saturday.  It was about 28* and dark and super foggy.  Well that was a disaster of a recipe for this girl— who biffed it.  Jason was very concerned and attentive and made me stop at Walgreens on the way home so he could buy me some Neosporine 🙂  Sweet boy.

Jason has been such an inspiration with his diet+exercise goals that I have gotten on board with him.  We are using the My Fitness Pal App on our phones.  If you haven’t used it before, I really recommend it for tracking your food and exercise.  It’s been good for me to see the breakdown of nutrition in my diet, and it is surprising how many restaurants’ calories are in there.  It’s a great resource for those trying to get healthy.

I am really excited for my volleyball game tomorrow! We have had two games so far, and we have improved a lot already.  It is just such a fun thing to look forward to in the work week.  Plus my #1 Fan will be in attendance! ; )

 

 

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Five Friday Faves.

1. It is Friday! And #datenight.  If you are reading this you already know about my subtle enthusiasm for the start of the weekend.  Weekends are the best! Jason and I are going on a double date with our friends Tim and Karen who have the boat we go out on all summer.  I am excited because we haven’t seen them since our last boat day (oops)– except Tim and Jason do go to lunch from time to time.  We are going to the Cheesecake Factory and it should be so much fun! I am excited to have a little splurge after eating healthy all week. (considering splitting this)

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We even get to use a giftcard that I got for Christmas. #giftcardforthewin!

2. Tomorrow is my “rest day.”  Thank the good Lord.  My knees are making me question the aging process.  Too many squats?  I don’t even know, but I’m ready for a rest and a break.

3. These little suckers.

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Listen.  I know they are “processed food.”  I know they have a little bit of sodium.  But people, trust me on this.  They are out of this world amazing.  You need to try them.  They are only 200 calories for 5, and are a great source of protein.  I may or may not eat them 4-5 days a week.  And I don’t even feel bad.

You know it’s serious when I have Jason eating “fake meat.”  And liking it!

4.  A freshly-detailed car.  Is there anything better than this?  I’m not sure that there is.  I love the just-vaccummed, airfreshened, armor-alled feeling.  I wish it would stay nice forever.  Also, thank you, my dear Job, for buying me a car wash twice a month.  I am grateful.

5. New shoes.  That were a steal.  My old purples Nikes are starting to look a little pathetic.

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Per usual, I am so stinking excited for my jumbo Starbucks in the morning that I can hardly stand it.
Have a great weekend all!

 

Mixed Bag.

Well, by now I am sure that all of you have heard of the shooting that happened this afternoon at Clackamas Town Center.  I spent the majority of the second half of this day feeling spooked and sad.  I am a little paranoid anyway, and I long for the day when I live in the safe place free from the evil that is in this world!  Jason and I have spent a ton of time at Washington Square and Pioneer Place malls in the past 2 weeks (him even more than me) doing Christmas shopping, so I was so thankful that my little Portlander was not at Clackamas Town Center today.  I pray for the victim’s families.  Things like this make me so mad.  What is supposed to be a beautiful season about Jesus is dampered big time by a tragedy like this.  Christmas will never be the same for those who lost someone today.

Moving on.

I have recently committed to doing the music for another wedding! I love being a teeny tiny part of such a special, beautiful day!

Random sidenote: I want these boots.  After being thoroughly questioned by this guy I know on what I would like for Christmas (saying “I don’t need anything” didn’t fly) and a couple trips to Nordstrom, I decided I kind of really like them.

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Do you know about this lighter color of tannish-brown boot?  It’s called Cognac, and we like it a lot with sweaters, leggings, and skinny jeans.

 

Aside from these random thoughts, I am just ready to wrap up these last 2 days of work so I can wrap presents and do some relaxing around the house, as well as checking my mailbox 3Xdaily for my new iPhone to arrive.  #firstworldproblems

 

 

CRAZY!

The latest installment in my “radio luck” came this morning at 9am when I missed 2 calls from a Portland number I didn’t recognize.  [Am I the only one who lets unknown numbers go to voicemail a lot of the time? Don’t do that, People.  It could be someone trying to give you free prizes. ]  I was at my storage unit stocking up on the goods before heading to the Beach to see customers.  I listened to their voicemail which said “Hello Jordan, This is So-and-so from KUPL! We have something very important to tell you and we will be calling you incessantly for the next 5 minutes, so please answer your phone!”

I was confused why they were calling because I already gave them my address for the concert tickets, but I waited for them to call again.  They said, “Hey Jordan, you were kind of hard to get a hold of this morning, is it because you need a new phone?” Immediately I got really nervous and excited, because I had heard they were giving away a brand new iPhone 5 every day this week, but I didn’t know how you won that.  Anyway, I got all excited and said “Are you kidding me?”  They said “Nope! You have won a brand new iPhone 5!” I think I said “OH MY GOODNESS! THANK YOU!” about 10 times.  Imagine my surprise!! They were super nice about it and congratulatory.  We chatted and they asked me if I was a Pharmaceutical Rep by chance : ).  I honestly was even more excited because I did not know I had been entered into the drawing for the iPhone! I told them they made my week!

Anyway, to me the moral of this story is, God knew how disappointed I was by some news I got on Monday.  I just kept praying, “God I know that this didn’t surprise you  like it did me! Help me to understand and trust You have something better in store.”  Some might think I’m silly- but I say God is giving me a couple little blessings this week ; )

Blog challenge.

Recently a dear friend of mine informed me she was doing a December blog challenge- to blog every single day! She informed me my best version would be blogging once a week.  Love real friends.

I am a #sporadicblogger, but maybe someday it will stick?

What’s been up lately?  I like recaps best when they’re by photos.  Instagram is more my speed and something I can typically keep up with.  [Also, does anyone even remotely like facebook anymore or is it just me annoyed with what it has become lately?]

Here’s what I feel lately: grateful.  This is a crazy fun season of life.  Friends getting engaged, friends getting married, buying houses, having babies.  I am so happy for all of the joyful announcements and celebrations all around.  God is good and faithful, and He answers our prayers.  For a long time, I thought I could settle for less than God’s best and be happy anyway.  I don’t think so anymore.  Mostly I just thank Him that He has brought me to where I am today.  It makes me want to cry how undeserving I am but how loving and gracious He is in spite of my weakness.                                                                  Enough with the watery eyes, let’s photo bomb!

August.

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Fallin in love in the sweet heart of summer.

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On a date at the Oregon State Fair.  This day was so fun, and Jake Owen put on a great show.  It is my personal belief that you cannot go to the fair without ending the night on the ferris wheel.  Turns out I found someone who agrees with me.

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September brought 1 last boat day and then all of the fun of football season!

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On to October.

Image                      My childhood bestfriend got married. So happy for her.Image                              Fun at the Pumpkin Patch #rainy

Image                                    Jasons first Beaver game ever. He is a good sport.

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Sometimes I think he is so cute I have to sneak a picture of him.

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November brought this boy’s birthday!!! We went to the beach with his family for the weekend.Image

I love #datenight.  The best thing about living in different places is how excited we still get for every Friday night!Image

Another place I have been spending a good amount of time in the last month: the gym.  I joined my Mom’s bootcamp class after attending on a whim and a 2 week free trial.  I have never felt so sore/strong/hurts so good.  If you’ve seen me in the last couple weeks, it’s quite likely I’ve made you feel my bicep.  #normal  I really am enjoying it though, and the fruits that come with the labor ; )

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This might be my new favorite picture of us…except for how classy that dusty mirror is.  Oops.  This was our pre-Thanksgiving date night.  I decided to dress up for fun, and unbeknownst to me, Jason did too.  He wanted to keep it a surprise where we were going and Homeboy hit a homerun when he took me to Rudy’s.  We had the best time!

ImageMy cousin’s sweet baby in the jam jams I got him at Thanksgiving.  I love getting together with all of our family.  It goes too fast, but is such a sweet day.

December so far ; )

This weekend we went to the Zoolights (thank you, Boeing!) with Jason’s roommates and their girlfriends.  It was a cold and rainy night, but we had hot cocoa and an umbrella.  Afterward, Jason took me to Portland City Grill for dinner.  Such a fun night!

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This month is off to a VERY wonderful start, and I cannot wait for all of the great times ahead with family and friends for Christmas!! Christmas, you are my favorite!!!!

Seattle.

So. Last week the Walkers went on a mini getaway to Seattle for this girl’s birthday.  [You might remember we have done this once before.]

Typically we just go for a long weekend.  We take the train, we eat real good food, we watch some baseball games, we shop at the Flagship for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and then we hit the Spa.  It is kind of the best thing.

As expected, all good vacations start like this:

And then we took this:

This year we stayed here.

in downtown Seattle.  I did already Instagram this, but here’s the view from our room.

and at night:

So pretty.  Our family friend is a VP for Red Lion Hotels and he hooked us up with a great view.

We stayed across the street from one of my favorite Seattle staples- Specialty’s Bakery.  We may or may not have gone there every day for breakfast.[and by gone there every day, I mean 2 of the times this nice couple I know brought me breakfast in bed. #sleepyhead]  I discovered this place while in Seattle back in ’09 with one of my Colorado roommates. And yes I know, who has diet pepsi as their breakfast beverage? This girl! #Iamclassy

 

 

 

Well who do we have here? TWalk would probably kill me for this paparazzi style shot. I don’t care.  I think they’re cute.

 

 

These next few pictures are from our last dinner- right on the Waterfront.  The first picture has a shot of the brand new ferris wheel in Seattle [not a fair, a permanent fixture]. Maybe next time I’ll ride.

We had the best waiter ever and we kibitzed about everything from the Mariners, the weather, food, to his slow pitch softball team.  It’s a restaurant league.  Homeboy was the funniest.  He seemed to think we had to wait unnecessarily long for our meal (We were fine with it), so he sent over the owner of the restaurant and an offer of 2 desserts on the house.  Who were we to argue?  The first was a chocolate souffle that Mom and I shared and it was #unbelievable.

I will conclude with this final thought: If you are one of the ‘Spa girls’ then you should probably add the Spa Nordstrom to your bucket list.  I have dreams of taking friends there someday.  It is almost as good as Heaven, and I look forward to my time there pretty much all year.  Even when I worked for Corban, it was worth the splurge.  Best pedicure of your life people.

I mean HI, please look at these.

I am even dreaming of buying one of their amazing robes- but I know it won’t be quite the same ; )

Long time no blog.

hmmm. It doesn’t really even make sense to try to summarize the months of May and June because it wouldn’t do them justice.  There was lots of fun to be had!

There were many dates.  Lots of ice cream eaten.  And some days on the boat.

This was my very favorite weekend:

[Memorial Day]

At the Civil War game in Corvallis.  Let’s put it this way: only one of us could be very pleased with the outcome of this game and that was me.  Beautiful day for baseball : )

I took this photo from our dinner table on the Seattle Waterfront. I love food, don’t get me wrong, but I am a total sucker for good atmosphere. And this one was pretty amazing.

Also:  I experienced this place for the very first time.

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I told Jason that night that I thought I could die happy 🙂

Dessert might be the way to my heart.

 
June was very full too.  More of the same with dates and dessert, but some very special additions too!

There was some running happening: (in the rain no less)

I got to meet a just-born baby (and then I cried like one, naturally):

Then a very very special thing happened: Two of the dearest and sweetest tied the knot.  God could not be more honored by their love and relationship.  The wedding was a beautiful, sacred, holy day that many have prayed for for a long time.  (Some people get tears in their eyes just blogging about it, ahem)

God is so good and faithful.  Sometimes I feel like we rejoice even more knowing the long road that led to this moment.

 

I was very honored to play a tiny role in their special day.  This was so much fun.  There were a lot of precious practice sessions with the sweet bride leading up to her big day. Loved that.

 

We had a lot of fun at their beautiful rehearsal dinner at the Wild Pear.

I felt it entirely appropriate that “the camo dress” make a reappearance in honor of its previous debut at a VanDyk Family event. ; )

 

 

Finally, the 30th was also this little lady’s birthday!

 

Happy Birthday, Mama!

 

 

 

Mondays.

So last night I had a fun little bout of insomnia.

After about an hour I decided if I was going to be awake, I might as well enjoy myself. Aka Downton Abbey Marathon in the house.

There’s lots of hype around this series. At first I didn’t get it, but after 3-4 episodes I was hooked. Mary is just my favorite. Anyone else as into this as I am?
In other news, tonight is Bunco night. YAY! I am so excited for the fun girl time to come. I really enjoy the group of women that I play with. If I happen to win a little something– even better 😉

And speaking of girl time- of course we can’t forget THIS GIRL tonight…

I know I know. Guilty pleasure. I really like her husband a lot. She is total crazy-pants control freak. He is the voice of peace and calm and keeps her feet on the ground. Me acting like we are close personal friends with this analysis…

Finally, a snapshot from first thing today. This little reminder is how I roll lately.

Couldn’t we all use a little extra dose of truth in the morning?