Friday, April 4, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Another Re-Cap

Hello Again!

I feel like this is yet another "recap on my life since I haven't been around for a while" posts.  Let's get the show on the road.

Also linking up with Jen today!  For those of you who don't follow her, she has an awesome deal going on right now that if you pre-order her book Something Other Than God, she'll send you an e-book immediately called The Family First Creative. I'm in the middle of it and love it!  I highly recommend that you check it out!


Monday was my last day at Maggie's Place, the nonprofit I've worked for since September 2007.  Crazy right?!  I have been reflecting a lot about my time there lately, and I think it's time I write about it.  At least I'll write about the first 2 years, which were by far the craziest when I was a part of the MissionCorps, living in a home with up to 8 pregnant women, newborns, and 3-4 other Corps members at one time.  I'm not sure how the story will be laid out (special posts? It's own blog? E-book?) but I'm about to embark on the process and need a public commitment to make it happen. Wish me luck! :)

I recently ran out of my everyday-use eye shadow (Covergirl Tapestry Taupe, sounds exciting I know), and have been to multiple drugstores and Targets to see if they have it. And they don't.  Not even something close enough (trialed and errored).  What the heck!  I have succumbed to buying it from Amazon.  Maybe I should buy a lifetime supply so we never have to revisit this conversation again.

As a side note, I have used this color of eye shadow since ahem..high school.  I can't give it up!  Does anyone else where the same shade of eye shadow from high school?


Yesterday I met a few friends at a place here called The Simple Farm.  I don't know the story well yet, but a family bought a plot of land in residential Scottsdale and decided to use most of it for a small family garden / farm.  They have chickens for eggs and goats for milk and caramels that they sell, plus tons of vegetation.  It has grown so big they now have a farmers market on Thursday mornings, sustainable living and gardening classes, and they invite people to come help out on the farm in exchange for some perks.

Mia loved it!

It's the kind of place that refreshes your soul.  It makes me wish I had paid more attention all those years I grew up in South Dakota. Back then I considered myself "a city girl." HA!   I can't laugh louder at that lack of awareness.  I grew up in a town of 1300 people, with the nearest Walmart or McDonald's 60 miles away. Literally, people.  I was the furthest thing from a city girl, but I hated the smell of farm animals, or getting dirty.  Only when I went away to college and came back in the summer to help farm with my dad did I discover the richness of simple things like the cycle of life as seen on a farm. Wow I'm starting to sound weird, moving on.

One of the things at the top of my to-do list since leaving my job and having all this "free time" is finally fixing up a piece of furniture I bought 4 months ago.  It's a medium-sized entertainment center that I would like to turn into my craft supply storage in our office. (I'm a craft supply hoarder.)

Here are some before pictures:


My plan is to paint it and add shelves.  I pretty much have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to furniture rehab, so be sure to tune in next week to witness the epic After pics!

I know anyone who reads blogs has read this blog post, but for some reason I just found this, and read it over and over and over again to relive the awesomeness that it is.  So, in the event that you have not yet found the glory of Hyperbole and a Half, or would just like a good laugh, check out one of my favorite posts - This is Why I'll Never be an Adult.

The countdown has begun for the Tegethoff Phoenix Invasion 2014!  I feel like I've told every stranger I meet that my family is coming into town for Mia's Baptism at the end of this month.  I seriously can.not.wait. My brother and sister-in-law, 2 nieces, and my parents will be here, and I have a feeling Mia will be super sad when the girls leave.  

I keep checking Groupon for Zoo or Children's Museum tickets to go on sale...if anyone has any good suggestions where to entertain (on a budget) a 5 and 7 year old in Phoenix let me know!

We finally planted some bushes in our front planters a few weeks ago.  I can't wait for them to grow and fill the entire front!  It's gonna look great.  I had to convince Joel to let us get some hibiscus - they are my fave.
We fit all 13 5-gallon plants in our small-ish SUV, and off we went.



Doesn't it look so much better!?

Anyway, have a great weekend everyone, and I hope the weather allows you to enjoy some fresh air!

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