{Week Three}

Second to last installment of this unbelievable home!

To see the first installment, click here.

To see the second installment, click here

Let me know if you have any questions and ENJOY. :)

Day 14: When you sit on the toilet, this bow and arrow are pointed directly at you. Lovely.

Day 15: We're serious about peacocks. Okay?

 Day 16: All of these patterns? In the living room.

Day 17:  Gordon B. watchin' over ya in the living room and a bottle of rum hidden in the bedroom closet! 

Day 18: The one-bedroom home has 20 mirrors. 20. And Claire wished me a happy birthday on every single one! 

Day 19: Don't worry, I found the Chokey in my bedroom closet. 

 Day 21: What.is.this? It is not a light fixture.

P.S. One more week and four more days to go! They will all appear in installment numero quatro! 

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{Week Two}

I really thought I would be posting a week of photos every weekend from #temporaryhouse. But that clearly didn't happen.

It's been a rough little while, friends. But I think I am finally pulling myself together with all the changes and heartbreaks that September has brought me and I should be back in full force covering everything that was left behind while trying to hold my life together.

That is a lot of words to say, here is week two of #temporary house. Ironic since I am so blessed to be moving in two days!!

To catch the first installment of #temporaryhouse, go here. :)

And without further adieu, here are days seven through 13.

Day Seven: Doors are overrated. These curtains clearly provide enough bedroom privacy? But wait ...

Day Eight: Notice there are two doorways in the bathroom, but only one  door. The curtains photographed for day seven are the only privacy from the bedroom to the bathroom. Slightly awkward when Claire needs to use the restroom while I am in the bedroom. Ha!

Day Nine: Gateway to Egypt? Nah, just the entrance to a dumpy closet. 

Day 10: Chandelier ... on a tree stump ... in the front yard. Insert multiple question marks here. 

Day 11: Who needs grass in the backyard when you have multi-colored patches of carpet?

Day 12: All of these patterns appear in the bedroom. ALL.of.them.

And probably my most favorite thing ever ...

 Day 13: It looks like a mouse carcass dressed in owl feathers? Hello, little buddy. This is on the shelf in the living room as decor.

Wow. I tell ya what ... WOW! That was week two! Return tomorrow for week three!

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- Do you know what rocks being scraped on the asphalt by a backhoe sounds like? I do. I do. Make.it.stop.

- I took a test for school last night and got 110%. Yet, I am dissatisfied because I still got three questions wrong. Folks, this is why I have delayed going back to school for so long. It makes Mindy miserable at time. Perfectionist? Generalized anxiety disorder? Take your pick.

- As tradition goes for BYU away football games, they hold a fireside in the opposing team's town. I plan on attending, my only question is, and this is serious, folks, how do I make an Aggie t-shirt Sunday best? Oh, and is a temporary Aggie face tat okay?

- Claire and created a meme yesterday that is pretty much THE best meme in the world. It may make a Facebook Finds Friday tomorrow ... assuming Facebook Finds Friday makes it to the blog tomorrow.

- I am so over #temporaryhouse.

- We get to move into our adorably fantastic house on Tuesday. TUESDAY!!!

- West Elm sells stellar decor. And if you use your student email, you get a discount every time you purchase something. Isn't that so nice? Hello, new bedding! 

- P.S. The bedding might be striped!!!!! Hey, I just can't buy new striped shirts, okay?

- This time last year? I was knee-deep in campaigning for the Mittster. Sigh

- One day it was still summer in September here in Logan, Utah. The next day it was winter.

- I am refusing to do homework tonight. Maybe I will get caught up on writing blog posts so I can bombard you with them. I guess I will go do that now.

What have you been up to?


and i will put my foot down ...

If I was ever to be married, I think I would be a very low-maintenance wife.

I think this because I have gone so long with having to do so much on my own that it would seem very strange to suddenly become very clingy/dependent. 

I wouldn't expect husband to take out the trash or other trivial "husbandy" things like that. And heck, I wouldn't even care if he wanted the remote.

But there is one thing that I would hold him to without a doubt, one thing where I would absolutely put my foot down on.

I am tired of killing all.the.bugs.

In particular, I am tired of killing all the spiders. Oh, and yes, this is our lovely living room in our temporary house.  And yes, this is a great shot to show you that yes, legs are hecka long.  No wonder I sometimes don't know where to put them/what to do with them.

Sigh. But I guess for now I, along with those long legs, am still stuck killing.all.the.bugs.

And to think, you thought were getting a Facebook Finds Friday and instead you are left with this somewhat alarming photograph of myself.

Happy Friday, people. :)


alert advisory!

While I just recently announced I would be part of the 2014 graduating class from Arizona State University, I actually began attending waaay back in in the spring. 

Not too long after classes started, I received an alert notification via email from the university. Not gonna lie, I was a tad nervous to get it, not because I was on campus or anywhere near campus {as I am attending online and living in Utah}, but because this was my first alert message from a university ever! 

I graduated college just as the Virginia Tech shootings occurred, which is when Utah State was in the final stages of preparing their mass alert system. Ergo, I was never a part of it.

So, when I got the message from Arizona State, I worried something horrific as Virginia Tech was occurring. But my worries would primarily be for naught as this was the warning I was receiving. 


And since my time attending Arizona State the last nine months, I have received at least three more alert emails about bees. 

And you better believe I will be keeping myself clear from those bees, approximately 739 miles clear! 


I think I will be safe. But I am concerned about all of you. How do you know to stay clear of those bees in Arizona??? I guess you better attend grad school at ASU too. Go Sun Devils! And by go Sun Devils I clearly mean GO AGGIES. Obvi. :)


bucket list

I don't really have a bucket list, per se. I have things I say I want to do or want to accomplish, but I have never complied them together.

Two things that would have to be on that list, based on how frequently I demand this desire to be a reality, would be 1. To become neighbors with Bernard Lagat and 2. To become neighbors with Glenn Beck.

Fact: this is likely to never become a reality based on the fact that I am pretty confident that Bernard Lagat supported Obama and Glenn Beck ... well, Glenn Beck probably would have supports anyone but Obama. 

Oh, look. There I went and got all political on you.

Not my intent.

Keep reading.

The point is this, while those two things may never be a reality, the second one became more of a reality not too long ago. Read as, I live near Glenn Beck. Sure, "near" is relative. BUT! Considering Glenn used to live in Connecticut and then Texas, where he has a house now ... we are practically neighbors.

And I got to "meet" Glenn. 

Sure, "meet" is a relative term too.

But, c'mon. I am counting being less than five feet away from him and making eye contact with him multiple times is as good as meeting him. For now. :)

And, yes. I do know where he lives. And I anticipate him inviting me over for dinner one day. ;)

P.S. I know Glenn is hated or loved. If you hate him, I would venture to say you don't know him. He is so much more than the politics he discusses on his radio and TV shows. The chances are you have seen his more "eccentric" moments because those are the ones that are highlighted on social media.

However, this evening was so enchanting. He is so humble, so down-to-earth, so kind. He is just a good, good man that I feel privileged to have sit at his footsteps for an evening. He made me want to be better. He made me want to be more. And for that, I am grateful.


One of my favorite things he has done is this book. Check it out. I read it and it made me want to be a better person {and wasn't political at all}. And if you think you hate Glenn Beck and all his political views, I dare you to view this and see if it doesn't change your mind. Because if you say it doesn't, we all know you are lying. ;)

If you would like to know more about my evening with Glenn Beck, let me know. I am willing to share. I am also willing to share why I think he is so neat, so drop a line. :)



{Week One}

Claire and I are currently living in a house that we the temporary house.

We call it that because a) we will only be living here through the month of September and b) we clearly aren't that creative. :)

The house we have intended to move in all along will not be completely renovated until October first, yet our contract at our old place ended on August 31st. So, we were fortunate to find a place for just the month {and at a ridiculously cheap cost}. The only problem with Temporary House ... it's a tad quirky.

As in, entirely and completely quirky.

So much so that I am taking a photograph a day for our duration here and posting it on Facebook and Instagram highlighting 30 of the best quirks.

This is what we have so far.

Day One: Our kitchen floor

Day Two: One of the cages in the backyard zoo. Yup. ZOO.

Day Three: The full-length mirror directly across from the shower. This is just one mirror of 20 in the one-bedroom home. There are five mirrors in the shower alone.

Day Four: The decor in the front yard.

Day Five: The breadbox ... in the bathroom.

Day Six: Our shower ... held together by ... tape. 

And this is only the beginning! We have 24 more days to go! 

Which part is your favorite so far?

I think mine is the zoo in the backyard.

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Facebook Finds Friday | Week 18

This past week has been unreal. It was unreal in the magnitude to which it has tore at my heart and swept me with complete physical and emotional exhaustion. I still haven't decided if I am in shutdown mode or survival mode, as they both look and feel so similar.

I wasn't going to do a Facebook Finds Friday today. I just didn't {and still don't} feel up to it. Fridays haven't been too kind to me as of late. And that is really telling you something! If Friday's are bad, just imagine what Mondays look like! Eek!

P.S. All of these today are courtesy of my brother-in-law. 

I think my favorite is either the tomorrow one, the bridesmaids one or the shower one. Which one is yours?



If your Friday {or any other day} has looked like mine have, this little number is a phenomenal read.

This is my favorite excerpt from it, "Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays.

"But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come."

Oh, Joseph B. Wirthlin. You were such an adorable man.

That's all.



Grad school is so selfish.

I mean, the audacity to think I have nothing better to do on my day off than to do homework {defining the operational behaviors, deciding how to measure the behavior and developing behavioral objective}. Grad school probably thinks that is a party.

But I beg to differ.

P.S. What does rock climbing have to do with applied behavioral analysis? And why is this photo on the cover of my textbook? Perhaps it is telling me what I could be doing if grad school wasn't so selfish.

Sigh. I'll get over it. I think.

How did you spend your Labor Day?
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