Tagged: Grand Canyon

Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. Arizona)

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Last Friday, I was in Flagstaff, AZ, on the way to the Grand Canyon. I had never been before. It was like I expected.

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Because of our timeline, we didn’t schedule hiking or anything down in the actual canyon. We will next time we go.

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We did some hiking at Sunset Crater National Monument.

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This was while it was still warm. The ash flow was so cool. I think this was my favorite part.

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That’s me. Wearing my sneakers with a skirt. Yeah, I rocked that.

 

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On Thursday, when we landed, we immediately went here:

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MacAlipine’s. If you’re ever in Phoenix, I highly suggest this place. The food was great, and they can make all kinds of mil shakes and cream sodas.

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The only hard part about coming back was being so t ired. I just didn’t sleep that much over the vacation.

 

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San Diego was cool, too. Good food, for sure.
Most of my vacation was delicious food.

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Now I’m home and my plan is to make delicious food here. Of course!

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I also found out I got a garden plot through the community garden program. 10 square feet of dirt.
Mid-May I’ll be planting tomatoes and herbs and onions and carrots and everything!
I’m really over-excited about this because I’ve wanted a garden so long, but it’s been impossible with apartments.

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I was that close to that mule deer. They’re big. Big big. Like I didn’t know deer were that big.

God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 10)

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Special intention list for the weekend:
For those who suffer from allergies of all kinds… may your hay fever never be confused as a cold so no one will shake hands with you during the sign of peace. 🙂

For marriage and the sanctity of life in the United States

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We had a big discussion at work today about how to make my job just the tiniest bit less stressful.
I hope some things change here.

When we’re putting together the paper on Tuesdays, I get so frustrated because I am doing everything.
Our managing editor lays out the pages. After he prints them, I read them (one of three reads). After they get three reads, I “send” them over for production. After I send them, I post EVERY article online with EVERY photo.

It’s a lot of work.
It’s a lot of stuff passing over my desk going in eight million directions at once.

Add on to that I got hit with hay fever hard this week and I still write some of my articles on Tuesday mornings.

This next week, I’ll have someone else shadowing me to see how the online stuff works and then she’ll be taking over that part.
That, I hope, will relieve some of the stress and frustration.

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It’s been raining since Monday morning.
I’m glad because we had drought conditions all last year and we really didn’t get that much snow, though it seemed like we did.
This rain is a big catch up for our farms and fields and trees. Which is great.

But it’s rainy and cold and wet and not sunny.
I feel like I’m in a Dr. Seuss book.

I wanted to wear a skirt this week. Not happening. I can only hope that I’ll see the sun again someday….

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Hopefully while I’m in Arizona next week!

Yay, I can’t wait to go. Arizona. Imagine.
I’ve never been. It’ll be good.

We’re also heading to San Diego, so I’ll see that as well.
Grand Canyon. Star gazing. All of it.

We’re flying. It’s kind of a trip from Wisconsin out there.

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I was in adoration yesterday, talking to my guardian angel.
I feel like the more I talk to him/her, the more it feels right to do so.

I hope he/she’s listening.
Otherwise that would just be weird 😉

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I have this weekend off and I plan to do nothing except a little warm weather shopping for the Arizona trip and some cooking.

I made cookie bars on Wednesday because I wanted something sweet for my hay fever. I burnt them.
Not too badly, but enough that I didn’t eat the whole pan at once.

Which, in the end, is a good thing.

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I used to iron my sheets. Have you ever done that?
It’s nice to have the edges all smoothed out. Crisp.
I plan to do that when I change the sheets this weekend.

I have a few shirts that need a hot iron, too.

I never used to iron my clothes. I didn’t care.
Now, I care. And I don’t really like wearing jeans to work. I like dressing up.

I like doing my hair nicely and sometimes wearing make up (which I’ll do again when it stops raining).
I read a blog post somewhere some time that us girls, we can do that. We can look nice.
We can look nice and still be modest.

We don’t have to be super frilly or bouncy to be beautiful, and we don’t have to be sloppy to be modest.
There is a point where those two meet.
It’s not a Victoria’s Secret, I know that.

We can have nice, pretty things, but we don’t need to show off to be beautiful.
I guess that’s what I’m trying to say.
We can feel good about ourselves without being showy.

God bless.

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