We can't jump off bridges anymore because our iPhones will get ruined. We can't take skinny dips in the ocean, because there's no service on the beach and adventures aren't real unless they're on Instagram. Technology has doomed the spontaneity of adventure and we're helping destroy it every time we Google, check-in, and hashtag.
Jeremy Glass, We Can't Get Lost Anymore
(This quote gets me very excited about our trip across the US this summer!)
I am thrilled to announce that John has completed his PhD!!!! That's right, I'm now married to a doctor :) I am so incredibly proud of him!
This actually happened a week ago and life has just now slowed down enough for me to sit and write about it (sorry for the delay, but if we're friends on Facebook then you learned about Dr. Kelly soon after I found out).
It's crazy to look back and fully grasp that he's finished. That our time here is done (well, in about a month). That all of those ridiculously long hours, sleepless nights, time with each other sacrificed, homework, teaching classes, projects, papers, endless hours of research have all paid off. I don't think I've even been able to slow down enough to process it all. But what I can say is that I'm ridiculously proud of him and what he's accomplished. I cannot imagine being that dedicated to something in the academic world. To push through all of those years of work and study is truly an accomplishment. But somehow "accomplishment" doesn't even do all of that effort justice. It's more like "huge honor, award, superstar, way to go you're amazing and dedicated and really awesome!!". Clearly we see who the more academic one in this marriage is :) My excitement translates into smiles, bear hugs and shouting my pride from the rooftops. So I think I'm going to keep doing that until I feel I've sufficiently shown him how proud and happy I am. And probably embarrass him in the process but who cares because my husband is now a doctor!!!
Note: I received a free copy of Firefly Island from Bethany House Publisher.
Island is an easy, enjoyable read. It's the story of a woman (Mallory
Hale) working on Capitol Hill and she meets the man of her dreams, has a
whirlwind romance, ends up marrying him and following him (and his son)
to Texas so that he can pursue his dream job.
The book follows
them through the first few months of their life in Texas, her doubts as
to what she has gotten herself into and basically what it looks like to
stick it out during the tough times of a new marriage.
reading the book from Mallory's perspective. The character was honest,
funny and refreshing. It was interesting to try and put myself in her
shoes and imagine what life would be like on a remote Texas ranch
spending most of my time with my newly acquired stepson.
liked the book and recommend it to anyone looking for an easy read that
still touches on very real situations that happen in everyday life.
I told y'all I'd give you a little more info about the band I mentioned a few posts ago (Langhorne Slim & the Law). I am so glad that I went to the show because I knew I would like it but I ended up LOVING it! The band has such great energy and the music was incredible! There was a good variety amongst the songs, none of them sounded too similar. I was able to talk to the lead singer afterwards and he just seemed so nice and down to earth. And of course, my friend Billy is their touring manager which is amazing and makes me like them even more. If you're looking for some new music I suggest you buy their CD or download their album, you'll be happy you did. Here's some of my favorite songs...
This song has kind of a hippie feel to it, which I love, I want to like walk around in fields of wildflowers while listening to it :)
Thing song reminds me of what a present day Elvis might sound like (of course I love that):
And then I loved this one because I just thought it was haunting and beautiful:
Let someone love you just the way you are--as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.
Last week I was telling a friend that I have not exactly loved my time in Pittsburgh but I had grown stronger because of it. Later, I felt bad because Pittsburgh isn't an awful city, just the location + being away from family and friends + starting an entirely new chapter =not the most amazing time in one's life. Sadly that's mostly what this city represents for me. Pittsburgh actually has a lot to offer and there are many great things here, I'm just ok never really coming back (and I say that in the most loving way possible). But to the point...I have grown stronger because of it. And since I've been bogged down with some negativity lately I thought I'd turn my Pittsburgh experience into a positive one. And now I will list all (most of) the things I've learned while living in Pittsburgh (some are life related and some are Pittsburgh-culture related):
How to make a Pittsburgh left (and darn-it if I don't do it just as well as the natives)
How to effectively drive in the snow
How to be more aggressive on the road in order to get by (sorry for all of those who have been affected)
Hello, faithful blog readers! Sorry I haven't been posting but we have been busy, busy, busy!! Like crazy busy getting this house ready to be put on the market. And I thought the house was halfway decent to begin with, ha.ha.ha. There is a ton of stuff that you apparently have to do in order for it to be ready to "show" and God help us, hopefully someone will want to buy it. Hopefully after tomorrow it will slow down a bit because oh my goodness, I'm not sure how much I can take anymore. From the moment I got home Friday evening to the moment I went to bed Sunday night I was cleaning, doing yard work, packing and stowing away things. John was doing the same. Lord, I want my life back. I haven't read or watched TV in ages!! Ahh! This too shall pass.
In the meantime, my old friend, Billy, (from the ol' high school days) tours with this amazing band that I had the pleasure of seeing on Thursday...here's one of their songs, you should definitely give it a listen! I'll be posting more on them later. My friend is the really tall one in the audience dancing to the left. :)
The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.