Ah yes….the stuff mom taught me…

As I was just texting my mom about whether I wanted a white or off white coffee mat it made me remember something she told me a lot when I was growing up. It’s that the color white is hard to “take care of”. She is totally right BTW. I took that advice with me forever and made choices that were almost always the least amount of white. This applies to everything for me, not just clothes. I chose the off white mat by the way, in case you were wondering.

Now I could tell you some ways to keep your white stuff looking super clean but this is not something I can actually attest to. I can tell you how to turn clothes different colors by washing them! I turned all my daughters’ shirts a shade of blue due to their uniform skirts and they were sooooo mad. Those skirts are like the bane of my existence. I basically ruined anything I washed with them that was not black or dark blue. 

So I guess that my point is I use the advice from my mom and not just about white fabric anything. There’s a few other things spoken and unspoken that she’s taught me and I use. So listen to the person you look up to because they actually might have been around long enough to give you some great advice.

Various thoughts

So lately I have been trying to figure out what to do now that we have moved here to the firepit. I graduated June of 2015 with Graphic Design under my belt but was searching for an internship or entry level graphic design job. Absolutely no luck whatsoever, no jobs, so here I am twiddling my thumbs and staring at the wall with boredom everyday. My next step is to figure out something to do that will actually be a career, not just a minimum wage job. That pretty much requires me to go back to school. Now, normally I might be able to work anywhere any day of the week with my Bachelor’s, but I can’t rely 100% on my husband to be home because his job makes his schedule somewhat random. Sometimes he has to go out of town for a week or even a month which for a month I don’t know what job would let me only work the hours that my kids are in school. So I’m just trying to figure out what to do, how to do it and where I’m going. So much for having any kind of plan. Oh and I know I have to plan for the fact that we aren’t staying here for more than 5 years so it needs to be something I can do anywhere . I’m just going to keep looking into my options and maybe I will figure out a semi-plan for the close future.

What the What?!?

So here I am living in Arizona in a most beautiful house with two beautiful little girls, a super awesome husband, and my best fur baby Jack. Apparently I had this idea in my mind of how life in Arizona was going to be, after living in Kansas, which I thought I didn’t like. It turns out, I LOVE Kansas! Who would’ve known it took me moving to AZ to realize what was beautiful, and good about where I’m from. I do have one thing to talk about today though, and it’s I HATE ARIZONA. So let me tell you first of all, this is filled with negative attitude everywhere and it’s supposed to be, it’s a blog, remember?

So upon arriving to our home, I had excitement, and happy little hopes in my heart that this was going to be amazing! We live near some mountains! we have basically one neighbor close to our home when everyone else is packed like sardines! and we have a grass backyard! So it seems like it would be AWESOME to be right here, in our own little square of heaven. Well, when the dust settled, or should I say when the first layer of dust settled, I found myself wondering what in the world have we gotten into?

We moved about 30 minutes away from the center of Phoenix but that is just downtown, everything awesome to do is on the EAST side of phoenix easily 45 minutes away with NO traffic, otherwise, who knows? The dirt is everywhere, as well as the concrete and blacktop, which, by the way, holds in that fabulous summer scorch to an amazing degree long after the sun has gone to bed for the night! I mean, c’mon!!! The relief is supposed to happen when the sun goes down!! Yeah, not here! it’s hot in the Spring, Summer, and currently in the Fall, FALL when it’s supposed to be COOLING OFF!! I hate it here, did I mention that?

I also wanted to just speak out on this whole, “Go to Flagstaff!” idea of “getting away” from the Phoenix area. First of all, did anyone remember it’s a 4 lane separated highway through the mountains to Flagstaff?? which TONS and TONS of semi-trucks like to plague? No, they just have their eyes on the prize, cooler weather. Well, that’s fine and dandy, but currently at the speed limit you get to go, and the amount of people trying to go to and from Flagstaff, it’s almost THREE HOURS to drive there!! Seriously!?! Three hours?!? So, let me understand this correctly; You want me to drive about 6 hours round-trip so I can “get away from the heat” for a weekend? Oh and don’t forget the hotel cost, plus I have a dog, which is extra. None of that sounds feasible to me, and logistically speaking, it’s ridiculous. I don’t know how much more I can say about this idea of “escaping to Flagstaff” because if you don’t try to drive off the mountain on the way there, you most definitely will try to drive off on the way home.

You know what? I’m going to end today’s post with a positive thought, so I’ll try to do this every time (we’ll see how well that works).

My husband and I went on a hike today, and when we got to the falls, it was really peaceful and beautiful there, which made me happy for the 2 minutes we soaked in the shade and beautiful natural granite. Hey, there was even water pooled up at the bottom, even though the falls weren’t going it was still pretty.