25 things I learned before turning 25

On September 12th I turned 25! Yippee! 25 to me feels like a nice grown up age, and I am happy to be here. And so in my old older age I would like to share 25 things I learned before turning 25:

1. Drama, as much fun as it seems at the time will never make you happy.

2. Relationships are a roller-coaster of hard work and smooth sailing.

3. You can always change your habits, it just takes desire.

4. Take care of the ones you love, and they will stay with you no matter how far away you are.

5. Forgiveness is for yourself, and no one else.

6. Treating your body good will reflect in all aspects of your life.

7. Men can change on their own, you just cant force them to do it.

8. Money will come and go, the stress it puts on you will stay much longer.

9. Behind every happy couple is an understanding of partnership. One that can not be broken.

10. Finding a happy medium between enjoying solitude and enjoying company is very difficult.

11. Nothing is a pressing as the one who’s pressing would like you to believe.

12. Family is a constant work in acceptance.

13. Opening up and sharing your insecurities makes others like you more, not less.

14. Everything in moderation.

15. Enjoy the seasons, they are one of the few constants in our lives and can always bring back memories we had forgotten.

16. You can say “I’ll never” as much as you want, it doesn’t mean its true.

17. It’s a comforting feeling to look back and realize your were a dumbass.

18. Prioritize happiness. Always.

19. If you can’t go to school, then you must let the world around you teach. Open your heart and mind to life’s lessons.

20. Reading lets your inner dialogue run wild. It’s good for the soul.

21. Find the little things to enjoy in the present. Waiting for the future is exhausting.

22. Find a partner who loves and respects you more every single day. It will bring such happiness.

23. Be the change you want to see in the world. And don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t help fix it.

24. Crying almost always makes me feel better.

25. Trust in yourself, trust in your friends, trust in your family.

I leave you with pictures from my birthday. Mr. Gaunt and I celebrate “Birthday week” the whole week before your birthday! It was the week before we got paid so we were a little broke.  Mr. Gaunt still wanted to do something sweet every day so he staked out areas around town that had little public gardens and he cut me fresh flowers every day!

It was the Broncos first game of the season on my birthday so I put on some Broncos apparel and pretended to root for them…lol! I have decided (since I really don’t care) to be a Broncos Fan for Mr. Gaunt. We will also be raising our children as Broncos fans, despite the fact that we will be in Washington. Its something that makes him happy, so I am happy to do it.

For dinner we dressed up and went to Sushi Den with Jenny and Justin. So yummy! I even got my favorite Green Tea Ice Cream to blow out my candle!

Lists are for Lovers

I have decided to make a list of all that’s going on in the next bit. I’m feeling a hair overwhelmed and I think a list will help me focus! Today Mr. Gaunt and I DEEP cleaned our spare room (which is mostly craft supplies, office stuff, and board games) and got rid of a ton of crap! Well we put it into bags and boxes in hopes of having a big garage sale. We wont really be able to have another garage sale before we move so I hope we can sell most of it this summer. I’m going to really try not to buy anymore stuff over the next year. We will be moving and then getting married, so we will need to get rid of lots and then get new nicer stuff. For birthdays and christmas and such I’m hoping to DO fun things rather than buy more stuff we don’t need. Even clothes, and I’m a clothes WHORE! But nope…no more clothing shopping for me! I have plenty! Except new underwear, Id like new underwear and new tennis shoes for my birthday.

I’ve also come to the realization that the less clothing and dishes you have, the less laundry and dishwashing you have to do…DING DING DING! So Buh-Bye to all the “extra” dishes we only keep as backups. And Buh-Bye to all the crappy tank tops and ill fighting jeans that I only keep incase the good ones are dirty. I hate them anyways and they just cause more mess!

I’ve mentioned before that we don’t have a garage or yard to have a garage sale, so I’m hoping one of our wonderful friends will offer theirs up…wink wink. Because I hate to just donate all this stuff when we could maybe make a little cash, which we DESPERATELY need.

Anyways on to my list:

1. August 23rd **fingers crossed*** I move to Mr. Gaunt’s Team at Work

2. Decide which car we are going to sell. We may now sell Mr. Gaunt’s for a number of reasons.

3. Get Credit cards! We NEED to build credit in the next year.

4. Have a new tail pipe put on Mr. Gaunt’s car

5. CAR WASHES!

6. Look into getting an engagement ring made. financially we have been holding off on this…)=

7. Join the gym! Mr. Gaunt wants us to both go together and get our butts in shape for the wedding!

8. Get new Tennis shoes. The ones I currently have my mom bought me in August of 2006 right before I moved to Colorado.

9. Talk to our Landlord about signing a 6 month lease.

10. September 25th Put deposit down on Wedding Venue

11. Plan trip for just me back to Washington in DEcember to look at wedding stuff

12. Pay Mr. Gaunt’s mom back for…oh a million things…lol! We should just give all of our paychecks to her!

13. Keep working on paintings! Mamma needs some new shoes!

14. Look into rescuing a new kitten. Dumb friends league of Denver is doing free adoption and spaying until 8/31

15. SAVE $$$ SAVE $$$ SAVE! We gotta move and pay for a wedding this year!

I leave you with some pics from a few weekends ago when we helped Jenny and Justin paint their new basement and Liam’s new haircut!

Jenny and I. Yes I'm wearing a Weird Al shirt!

It's gonna be super sweet when its done!

In his Boundary Bay-bies Shirt!

He looks like such a big boy...makes me sad!

Veggies on the Barbie!

***BIG SIGH***

I’m exhausted! My 3 day weekend has been packed full of socializing, food, and swimming, and Im tired! I hardly did anything productive this weekend, which means this evening will include lots of laundry, dishes and food prep for the week. Until that starts though I have LOTS to blog about! There will probably be 3 posts today for your reading pleasure.

We spent most of the weekend with our friends Jenny and Justin and their 16 month old Liam (our adopted nephew) BBQing and just lounging. Saturday they had a bunch of people over to BBQ, and I brought stuff to make Veggie Kabobs! I love going to Jenny’s because she eats very similarly to us, and always has a chicken or turkey product to BBQ. This time she made the most AMAZING (wish I had a pic) lean chicken and spinach burgers! So good! They were packed full of yummy spinach and spices befor going on the grill. I totally meant to get the recipe, I’ll have her FB it to me.

On to the Kabobs, I went to Sunflower Market which is our local discount organic health food store and bought:

1 Yellow Squash

2 zucchini

1 white onion

1 red onion

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 yellow pepper

1 box of mushrooms

ALL FOR $10! Damn vegetables or so cheap its ridiculous! Why anyone says eating healthy is expensive is beyond me (well unless you do major organic)

this made probably 20 skewers.

TIPS:

– Soak wooden skewer sticks in water so they don’t burn up on the grill

-Cut large-ish Hunks of the veggies, they skewer better

-Buy small whole mushrooms or cut large ones only in half not slices. They tend to break off the skewer

-Spray both sides of the Veggie Kabob with PAM before laying on the grill.

Other than that’s its super easy and quick! Just cook them until the edges get a little black and they are done! And super healthy! For leftovers you can de-skewer than and throw them in some whole wheat pasta for a light pasta veggie salad. We ate them 3 days in a row!

The Heat Is On

HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT SATURDAY:

1. Start with 86 degree weather, and Breakfast at Merles in Littleton, including a fruit and yogurt cup in Margarita Glass.

2. Hitting up MULTIPLE Goodwills & Savers.

3. Finding cute summer clothes

4. Mr. Gaunt finding a brand new golf bag and gently used clubs for $10!

5. Finding the complete Planet Earth Series on DVD for $9!

6. Buy a new Bocce Ball Set at Target!

7. Have a yummy Salad (spinach, blueberries, strawberries, grilled chicken, goat cheese) and Carrot cake from Super Target’s Deli!

8. Take a walk through the landscaping job Mr. Gaunt did last week.

9. Meet up with Jenny and Justin and Liam to play Bocce Ball in the park

10. Watch Liam really walk around, and then make you muffins on his tool table.

10. Fight against the wind, It made the 86 degree weather  little more bearable!

11. BBQ with Friends

12. Drink Bud Light Lime

13. Love your love.

14. Watch Liam Blow his own bubbles!