1.27.2015

Celebratin' Martin Luther in Style | A Black & White Party


For years now, I have wanted to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Black & White Party.

Get it? A Black & White Party to celebrate good ol' Martin?

Ha! I find myself hilarious sometimes. Hilarious, I say!

This year, I finally got around to it!

One of the highlights, without a doubt, was Pin the Mustache on Martin!

And the fact that Winston {the pit bull} dressed up for the occasion!




 
 







How did you celebrate good, ol' Martin?


1.21.2015

What does the fox say?


Okay, so I have no clue as what the fox says. Heaven knows that if I listen to that song to tell me what the fox says, I won't be able to spell it for you to read.

So, instead of talking about what the fox says, let's talk about KITFOX instead!

Kitfox is a Utah Band that is trying to launch their music careers by heading to Nashville to produce their music.

Now, I know what you are thinking ... "Mindy never posts anything about music on this blog!"

And you're right. I don't.

BUUT! This video ... this amazing video (!!) was filmed by CLAIRE! As in the same Claire I lived with for four years!

So, please check it out. If you like what you hear, please feel free to:

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1.08.2015

Resolution Smesolution!


Guys. I hate resolutions. 

It's juuuust ... a lot of pressure.  And I don't need that in my life!

I made some really realistic resolutions last year. 



+ Put the clean laundry away the same day I wash it ... once

+ Take down the Christmas decorations

+ Buy a bedskirt 

+ See how long I can go on Facebook without talking about cream cheese brownies

+ Drink two bottles of water at work daily

+ Run once a week every week, unless my legs fall off

+ Stop writing 2013 on things



And I was successful with all (!!!) ... but three. ;)

I didn't put the clean laundry the same day I washed it (once) ever in 2014. 

I didn't drink two bottles of water daily. In fact, I actually sometimes went down from one to none.

And I definitely didn't run once a week even though my leg(s) didn't fall off.

BUT!! I did buy a bedskirt. I did stop writing 2013 on things. And I definitely took down the Christmas decorations. I took them down so hard that I actually never put them back up. Ha.

Oh, and I never did see how long I could go without talking about cream cheese brownies on Facebook. And I am absolutely too lazy to go see now. AND! Even if I did now, I didn't do it in 2014 so ... resolution FAIL!

So, yeah. It's January 8th and I haven't even considered making a resolution,

What about you?


1.07.2015

New Year's | The Choice


New Year's Eve was a very somber experience.


It's weird how one day, one hour, one minute can change so much.

The clock struck midnight and millions of people celebrated the coming of a new year, of 2015.

And my heart broke as I mourned 2014 slipping out of grasp, as it felt like my Shtev was slipping out of grasp right with it. For 2014 would be the last year that will ever have my Shtev living in it. And that truth is my pain.

I wanted to do everything to shield myself from 2015, that shielded me from a life with Shtev.

But as I crawled into my bed in that darkness in that early morn with my shattered heart, I realized that each day I live in 2015 is one day closer that I am to seeing him again.

And I realized I had a choice to make. To see 2015 as the first year he would never live in, or to see every single day of the same year being one day closer to him. And so the latter is what I will try to do. Because that seems to be the only choice I have in the matter. 

1.06.2015

101 Most Shocking Moments of 2014


As always, remember these tidbits about the list:

A. For anonymity purposes I sometimes refer to a person simply as he or she. Thus, not all the he's or she's are the same person. As well as, some things are very, very vague. 

B. I tried to put each moment in its proper order, with the absolute most shocking moment as number one and so on ... But it gets really complicated ... and boring. So, top 10 are pretty concrete. The further back it goes, the less in order they are. 

C. I had a really difficult time not putting exclamation points at the end of all of these. :) Shocking moments deserve exclamation points, however, over-used exclamation points defeat the purpose of an exclamation point in the first place. :)

D. You should see how many YOU are in or apply to you and let me know!

And now, without further adieu ...

Mindy's 101 Most Shocking Moments of 2014

101. How popular the the ALS ice bucket challenge was..

100. I made my family dinner.

99. Charles' parents gave Weedus a Christmas gift.

98. How domestic I was. I went to a fabric store more than three times ... IN ONE YEAR, PEOPLE!


96. I just spelled reupholstered right on the first try without even thinking about it.

95. Aladdin came to Utah.

94. And he bought all of our lunches!

93. She didn't care to ask how I felt. 

92. He asked her if she minded if he spent time with another girl.



89. The reason he left.

88. The fact he divulged why he left. 

87. THERE IS NO WHERE TO TAKE A BROKEN VACUUM IN LOGAN. I was forced to be a horrible person and throw it in the trash. 

86. How PRETTY the Ogden Temple is!!

85. The couple living downstairs did not invite us inside when they knew we were locked out of our home in 23 degrees.

84. Charles said I could have ¼ of his calzone

83. Raven Symone is gay.

82. Cristi quit.

81. Shurlana quit.

80. How many people quit after I was terminated {see #9}.

79. His relationship with her.

78. He kissed her.

77. A place I worked at decided to do an achievements program for employees {it never panned out, naturally, but the idea that they considered recognizing employees for a job well done was shocking)

76. A client of mine had a perfect month (e.g. no behavioral episodes). This was also super sweet because she was doing great on a plan I wrote, but then the plan was changed by someone else and she did horribly for two years. She was then put back onto the plan I had originally written and voila! Perfect month!

75. Charles and Weedus are dating.

74. She got a promotion at work. Haha!

73. How she absolutely cannot accept responsibility.

72. Malaysia flight just ... disappeared. I can put an app to find my cellular phone, but an entire airplane can just vanish.

71. Double murder/suicide in Logan

70. Weedus and I are finally roommates.

69. His walls came down a bit.

68. I got a full-sized bed {Yes, I had a twin bed until June}.

67. Our company foftball team was GOOD.



64. Capstone class in my graduate program. Need I say more?

63. The day she agreed to everything Meghan and I said {naturally she changed her mind the following day entirely}.


61. That negotiation.

60. She manipulated him.

59. He decided to stay.

58. She said, "Hell!"

57. Max Hall and the drugs.

56. The beating USU football got from Tennessee.

55. The beating USU football got from Boise State.

54. She had an affair.

53. Chuckie Keeton had another season-ending injury.

52. Darrell Garritson, our second-string quarterback, received a season-ending injury.

51. Craig Harrison, our third string quarterback, received a season-ending injury.

50. Our fourth-string quarterback was good!

49. Our fourth-string quarterback left a game with an injury, resulting in FIVE quarterbacks being played for USU this season.

48. After knowing him for probably five years, he finally asked me a question about myself.

47. That we won the Weber State basketball game

46. Former USU football coach, Gary Andersen, left Wisconsin to coach at Oregon State.

45. The BYU vs. Memphis BRAWL at the Miami Bowl. Whoa.

44. She believed everything she said.


42. I was diagnosed with autoimmune failure with no clear cause.

41. I have had pain almost every day since February 28, 2014.

40. The near-complete shut-down of my body prior to being hospitalized.

39. That the ER sent me home the first night when I couldn't walk, open doors, raise my arms, or even write my name to sign myself in.


37. I graduated from grad school!

36. I graduated with a 4.0.

35. My stalker is engaged!

34. His feelings for her.

33. She doesn't care. 

32. They discussed divorce.

31. She slept in the hospital,

30. The Marilyn Monroe debacle on Facebook. I was compared to her sleeping around ways. Ha!

29.  I took a "How Mormon are You?" quiz and got Jack Mormon {pretty sure because I didn't vote for Jimmer}.


27. The Ferguson, Missouri debacle. 

26. How people can assume they can resist being arrested and not get injured or KILLED in the process. 

25. I answered a quiz question verbatim to a sentence in the assigned text and still got it wrong.

24. How rude the triage nurse was to me when I was checking into the ER.

23. How many medications I became allergic to.

22. He didn't come to the funeral.

21. Instagram took THIS long to enable you to edit photos!!!


19. He filed for divorce.

18. "Entitled"

17. We won the BYU football game on the day we buried our Steven. Say what you may, but I do believe a loving God, who doesn't care about football, provided a grieving family with a nice little tender mercy on the day they buried their loved one.

16. She hired an attorney.

15. She also hired an attorney.


13. In a three-week time span I lost four loved ones.

12. He did that one thing.

11. He said that one thing.

10. They hugged for the first time.

9. My employment of 6.5 years was terminated. 

8. The unbelievable kindness, charity and generosity that countless people have provided my sister, her boys and our entire family following the loss of our Steve. I am brought to tears on a regular basis  because of the goodness of people in this world. Thank you, for the bottom of our broken hearts.

7. The complete distasteful remarks from a healthcare professional.

6. The absolute neglectful job performance of some people.

5. He reached out to me via email after no speaking to me for almost three years.

4. The same day our Steven passed away, a family member was abducted.

3. He was safely returned. 

2. We have somehow managed to survive 14 weeks and three days without our Steven.


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And if you are feeling nostalgic: 2008 2009 2010 2011 and  2013.

12.30.2014

Our Christmas


I think I thought Christmas was going to be harder than it was. 

Don't get me wrong, Christmastime was hard.

But I am not sure if Christmas day was harder. Maybe it is because I was gearing myself up for it.

At one point, I was taking the trash out of my sister home. I went through the garage and saw Steve's car.

I am not sure why, but seeing his car tugs at my heart every time I see it.

I stood there and tears began to stream down my cheeks. I thought of his beautiful wife, children, home, and the gifts his sons were able to open from him this year. And I just thought, "Oh, Steven. Look at all this beauty because of you." And while I ached for him, I was just filled with a peaceful gratitude for him and all the divinity he brought into this world.

I have included some snapshots of how we were able to remember our Steven this month that made our hearts happy and a couple other photos that I know would make his heart happy.

Tiffany put this ornament on her tree this year. It was the perfect reminder we all needed and that the birth of our Savior brings.
My favorite ornament of the year. I ache because of his absence. 
A friend of my mother's who has also lost a son gave her this ornament. 
And the most touching experience of all Christmas, Steve's boys were able to open presents from their father, even though he's been gone for three months.
Steve's sister, our sister, spent Christmas with us this year. We loved it.
Nephew Two asked if I would join him in wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater for our celebration. I obliged. 

12.29.2014

Dear 2014 ...


Guys, this is going to be real. 

It has been the darkest year I have ever known.

In February I became ill, leading up to my hospitalization and eventual diagnosis of autoimmune failure in March. From February 28 to September 1, I had pain every single day except for one {word to May 10th!}. Since then, I don't think it has been every day, but maybe I am so used to it now that I just don't realize it.

Amongst my toughest semester in grad school ever and autoimmune failure, I had two weeks to find a new roommate and a new place to live ... and then in those conditions, actually move for the fourth time in eight months.

In May my last living grandparent passed away.

In August, I lost my dream job of six-and-a-half years. While was able to pick up three part-time jobs, it still resulted in less time than my one full-time position and I was technically "unemployed" for three months. 

In September, two of my clients passed away. A dear friend committed suicide. And ... we unexpectedly lost our Steven. 

In October, we buried him.

In November, our family would experience additional heartache and grief that will not be detailed and that has carried over in December and I am not entirely sure how it is going to turn out.

But ... God is good.  He has sustained me and all of us through this year. And I know He will continue to sustain us all. And for that, I am eternally grateful. It is in Him that I have hope that we can keep on keeping on and find joys in the days that 2015 will bring, even though we have lost so much.

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