Five Minute Friday: Mighty

Five Minute Friday

Today, I’m linking up with Lisa Jo Baker at for Five Minute Friday. FMF is a challenge to write for five minutes straight with no editing, on the same word.  Not to overthink and overanalyze, but to just do it. So here it goes.. the prompt for today is mighty:

When I think of the word mighty, the first thing that comes to my mind is the ocean. And when I looked up the definition of mighty, it honestly is the perfect description:

Mighty: possessing great and impressive power or strength, esp on account of size.

The ocean has impressive power, strength, and size.  Need a reminder? Just  look at all the sand on the beach- the ocean created that.  Have you ever seen a rock with a hole in it like this?

La'ie Point

La’ie Point

The power and strength of the ocean created that too. The mighty ocean has the power and strength to create impressive, and beautiful scenes, it also has the power to be devastating. Just ask someone whose had their home washed away by a tsunami.

I guess I’ve always known in the back of my mind how powerful the ocean is, but I learned firsthand last month. I vividly remember being on the North Shore in Hawaii at Waimea Bay. The signs clearly said that the beach was closed, but everyone else was in the water so G and I decided to do it too. As we were hanging out in the water, I got caught up by a wave crashing over my head. I went flying up the beach, flipping and twisting, and sliding up the sand as that wave crashed along the beach. Then, the water receded and I was left hurting, but also in awe. I’m not a small person, and that wave tossed me around like a plastic bag in the wind. My strength was nothing compared to the mighty strength of the ocean.


Waimea Bay | Feb 2014




March Book Club: Divergent


Bonnie over at The Life of Bon posted a series of questions tonight for her book club  about Divergent.  If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a minute, you probably know I’ve been fangirling this series since I started it in mid-February.

So since this might be {but hopefully won’t be} the only time I’ve actually read the book that’s being discussed I knew I needed to jump at the chance to get involved!

The questions

Who is your favorite character in the novel and why?

I’m inclined to say Tris, because well.. I guess I’m usually a sucker for the main character. I think if I said Tris this time, I’d be lying. For some reason I’m really drawn to Tris’s mom, Natalie Prior. She seems like such a great mom, really supportive and you can tell based on how Tris thinks and speaks about her that they had a special bond. She started standing out to me when she visited Tris at the Dauntless compound, but I seriously loved how she rescued Tris from drowning. I was sad to see her die, but it felt like a noble death seeing as her dying enabled Tris to continue on, which was really heroic.

Did you like Tris as the main character? Why or why not? Do you see her as a strong female lead?

I do like Tris as the main character. I enjoyed ‘living’ the story from her perspective. I like d how she was able to think, and analyze the scenarios. I feel like I get what makes her tick. As for being a strong female lead, I think she’s strong… but she does seem to rely on Four a lot, which is kind of annoying. I’m all about being independent, and relying on no one. I think, at times we see her really flaunting that independence, but then other times she kind of crumbles under pressure.

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March Wedding Planning Recap

March has been a whirlwind of wedding vendor interviews!

  • G and I met with 6 DJ’s
  • I met with 4 florists
  • I had 4 in person coordinator interviews, and 6 phone coordinator interviews

Phew! It makes me tired just thinking about how much I ran around this month! Thankfully, the months (and the interviews) are behind us. We’re 99.8% sure we found our DJ and we should be putting down the deposit and signing the contract in the next few days! We are so excited, when we met with him we had a really great conversation and I think he understood us, and what we’re looking for! Some of the things we liked most about him: he can spin, like you’d expect in a club, he also can provide custom up lighting that will change colors to the music, and he’s going to help us get our name in lights for the big night! We want our reception to have a party vibe, and I think this DJ will really help us to achieve it!

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A lazy (but productive) weekend

Saturday morning, I had an early interview (9:30- what was I thinking!!) in Geneva with a wedding coordinator.  After, I had brunch plans with one of my friends Courtney who lives out that way.  We went to this cute little place called Nosh Company in downtown Geneva.  I’ve been on a brunch kick lately, and Nosh did not disappoint!  The inside is a bit small (let’s call it cozy!) We waited about 10 minutes for a table, not bad on a busy Saturday morning!  The inside is cute, with a fun retro twist. I ordered the Monte Cristo Benedict – which was an English muffin topped with thinly sliced ham, melted gruyere cheese, poached eggs and grape hollandaise and she got the Costa Rican Breakfast – which included two eggs with cheesy vegetarian pink beans served along side jicama slaw, chipotle vinaigrette and a house-made cheesy tortilla.  It was GREAT!!


Top: Costa Rican Breakfast
Bottom: Monte Cristo Benedict

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2014 Blogger Challenge: week 6

The sixth post for our #2014BloggerChallenge is all about food!  I recently stumbled upon this awesome recipe , and when G told me it was the “best meal I had ever cooked” I almost fell out of my chair.  Naturally, I had to commemorate the occasion with a facebook post– and many of my friends asked for the recipie!  So I figured, maybe you guys would like the recipie as well!   This meal is pretty easy, honestly the hardest (and most time consuming part) is slicing the beef and the peppers.  Once that’s done you’re ready to rock and roll!

Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir Fry with Garlic and Red Pepper Edamame

Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir Fry with Garlic and Red Pepper Edamame

Spicy Beef & Pepper Stir Fry with Garlic and Red Pepper Edamame

Warning: This dinner definitely has some heat to it.

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Five Minute Friday: Joy

Five Minute Friday

Today, I’m linking up with Lisa Jo Baker at for Five Minute Friday.  FMF is a challenge to write for five minutes straight with no editing, on the same word. I was particularly excited to find this link up, becuase I’ve been wanting to do more ‘real writing’ here on the blog.  I thought this seemed like a great chance to just write.  Not to overthink and overanalyze, but to just do it.  So here it goes.. the prompt for today is joy :

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