Saturday, January 23, 2010

Anniversary Trip

Today is my (mine?) and Daniel's 8-month anniversary. Yeah, I know it doesn't seem like a lot to all you readers who've been married for years and years but I think it's a big deal. Four more months and we'll have been married for a year! And that brings me to the subject of my blog. For our one year anniversary trip, we were originally planning on going to Arizona. I've been to Arizona twice in my life (once at 10 and once at 16) and I absolutely loved it. Some people say that the desert is a horribly ugly place but I think it's beautiful. Yes, it's barren and rugged, but it's still beautiful, especially up in the mountains around Phoenix. Anyway, we did some number-crunching (one of Daniel's favorite things to do) and decided that we just couldn't afford to go there. If we drove, we'd have to stay over night along the way there and back and then we wouldn't get much time to drive around the state and if we flew, tickets are rather expensive and then we'd have to rent a car on top of that. So we decided to pick somewhere (closer) else to go. I wanted to go to Colorado and Daniel wanted to go to Arkansas, so what to do. We came to the conclusion that the best thing to do would be to trade off picking where to go each year. Daniel said, since I'm the cuter one :), I get to pick this year. So we're going to Colorado. It'll be probably a 4 day trip, the first two days spent at a secluded cabin deep in the mountains and the other two days spent at a cheap hotel in some city, probably Colorado Springs. I found this great website (http://www.coloradomountaincabins.com/our_cabins.html) that has a whole list of different cabins that we could stay at. Yes, most of the cabins are built for more than two people, but since just about all of them have the same rate, it doesn't really matter which one we pick. Right now, we're trying to decide between cabin's 5, 19, and 29. We haven't even started to discuss other things we may want to do, such as go up Pikes Peak, see the Garden of the Gods, tour the Focus on the Family campus, walk through Cripple Creek's historic town, drive through Cheyenne Mountain State Park, etc. I'm really looking forward to our trip. I love the mountains and Daniel and I both love to travel, preferably by car since we can see so much and can take detours whenever we want to. That, dear readers, is our next adventure.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Slow Fade

This song, by Casting Crowns, is one of my favorite songs. I love it because it's so true. Please take a little time to read the words and ponder them. Here's a link to the song on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASREBVDsLk

Slow Fade:

Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year

Since it's two weeks into the new year and I haven't done a blog since Christmas, I figured I should probably write one tonight. I had a nice Christmas back in Wisconsin with my family and than my little sister was here for ten days and now I'm working on getting all packed. As you can tell, my life has been pretty hectic recently. Yes, dear readers, I have to pack up everything in our apartment and be ready to move by the end of the month. Our whole apartment complex (6 buildings) is being renovated, building by building. Ours is the third building and, because of some technicalities, our only two choices at this time is to either move into a worse apartment (it's already renovated but it's in a building closer to the road so it'd be quite a bit more noisy) or move into a temporary apartment and then move back to this one after it's done. Yes again, dear readers, that means we're actually moving twice. Now of course we don't have to unpack everything once we get over there, so I'm packing some boxes only with things that we don't need very often, but it still sucks, since we're gonna be in the temp apartment for two months or so. That means, for two months, we're gonna have furniture and boxes stacked around. SIGH. But, since it's only a temporary apartment anyway, I suppose I don't want it to get to feel too homey.
Our apartment is full - we don't have too much stuff but we have enough that we can't really fit anything else in here without it becoming over-crowded. Daniel and I have discussed up-grading to a two bedroom so we could have one bedroom for an office, but that seems like kind of a waste of money, since we don't really need it. For now, we've decided to stick it out here and save that extra money for a down-payment on a house.
And now, a musing about the new year. With the coming of the new year, there's a small sense of redemption, rebirth, a new beginning, a fresh start. For some reason, when the new year comes around, I harbor a hope that this new year will be different... not so many bad things will happen, people will be more moral, the world will stop it's gradual (sometimes rapid) move towards hell and all things evil. I don't know why I have this hope, but every year I do, and every year, I'm proven wrong. Why can't things go back the other way? Why can't our country become more Christian instead of more muslim, buddhist, atheist, etc.? Why can't other countries have good, moral leaders instead of men like Saddam Hussein (deceased), Mahmoud Ahmadinehad, Hugo Chavez, Fidel and Raul Castro, etc.? Why don't we see more billboards of how abortion stops a beating heart and less of Calvin Kline's barely clothed models? Why doesn't the murder, rape, abuse, and divorce rate go down instead of up? Why doesn't our country, our world trend towards righteousness instead of evilness? Of course, I know the answer to this. But that doesn't make it any better.