Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lazy Post

Hi again! Since blogging is just public journaling, how bout I just start copying and pasting the parts of my private journal that I don't mind making public? I'm not sure why I feel the need to keep trying to redeem this blog, but I do. Blogging might come back one day, and when it does, I don't want to be too rusty! That's not really the reason, I don't know why I said that. But anyway, here's from my journal today:

Anyway. Life. Am I right? So many things. So many highs and lows. I'm not going to attempt to cover them all. I was just rereading some old stuff, all my various word documents with lists of goals to accomplish and things to do, and all the different projects I've started with the intent to make myself into a better person. It was frankly exhausting reading all of them. I'm very much feeling the need to simplify. Which is weird, cause on a normal day, I feel like my life is still pretty simple, and not near as busy as most people's lives seem to be. I still only work part-time, and Carol is still basically the only friend I ever hang out with, and I haven't had a calling for a long time, and we don't have kids, etc. But I still feel so crowded and overwhelmed. I think it may just be the weight of all the things I know I should be doing, or want to be doing, but aren't. All the things I've intended to do over the years but have never finished or succeeded at. I really wish I could find a way to break that pattern. I love making goals and resolutions, and lists and plans to accomplish those things, but in the back of my mind there's always this hopelessness. Cause I know from previous experience, i.e. my whole life, that I won't succeed at most of them. Despite my best intentions, I'll continue being the same person I've pretty much always been. And that's very depressing. I feel like the goals JJ and I make as a couple always follow the same pattern, too.

But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop making goals. Cause just the act of making them is fun for me, maybe even therapeutic. And who knows, maybe this year I'll actually succeed at a few of them. Who knows! It's hard to resist feeling inspired by the dawning of a new year. Even though, deep down, you know it's the same old life with the same old patterns and problems, and 365 days is just some arbitrary system of keeping track of time so January 1st doesn't really mean anything – that idea of a blank slate is just so irresistible. 

 Sorry if that's depressing, but those are my thoughts and from here on out I refuse to apologize for them! Cause one of my resolutions this (and every) year is to be more genuine.

And here's a picture of Meatball tucked into bed like a human. (Notice he's sleeping on Daddy's pillow, and not the mini Meatball-sized pillow next to him that I made for him out of our old sheets. Also he's wearing pajamas).



Until next time!

Monday, September 21, 2015


It happened again! Four months sneaky-sneaked by and I didn't think about blogging once, until now. How does that happen? Well, forget everything I said in my last post then. I have no explanation. We'll just enjoy this while we can, and nod our heads in mutual understanding while the months (years?) slip by until the next time.

-Has been working his butt off preparing for the great ARMS inspection. I just learned yesterday (the day of the inspection, I'll admit it) that that stands for Aviation Readiness somethin' somethin'. After today he'll get a little bit of a breather, and then on to the next one in November. He hasn't had a vacation all year and sorely needs it. We're thinking Disneyland.

-Recently opened a twitter account, which brings me no end of delight every time he casually references it. Example: "I can't believe Samantha Johnson didn't make it! (to the next round of America's Got Talent). I even tweeted about it." And sure enough:

-Is doing so well with his new goal to cut back on soda! We haven't had any in the house since the beginning of the month, and he has not complained once. It's possible he's getting his fix from other sources, but to my knowledge, that has only happened a few times. To my knowledge.

-have decided to go into partnership with BFF Carol to start our own online LuLaRoe business, and we couldn't be more stoked! If you haven't heard of LuLaRoe, then just savor this moment, cause from this point on there will never be a time when you haven't heard of LuLaRoe. That's right, I'm going to be one of THOSE people, and I'm feeling surprisingly ok about that. Cause money!

-recently finished The Crucible of Doubt and can't recommend it highly enough to all my friends and loved ones who are LDS, thinking of being LDS, previously LDS, or know someone who is LDS.

-also highly recommend the movie "Philomena", which I watched three times in one week and which inexplicably made me cry like a baby only the second and third times.

-is loving his new role as Mama's little jogging buddy! He tends to drag and jump up on my bum during the first leg, and then magically gets a first wind the minute we turn around for the second leg. Which makes me wonder if maybe he actually doesn't love it so much, and is just so excited to be finally jogging home? Hmmmm.

-has gained some weight in recent months (now up to 16lbs!) but is also remarkably tall for a pug, leading us to question his lineage.

-went to the dog park for the first time last month and was terrified. Being ruthlessly pursued by several German Shepherds and Bernese Mountain Dogs probably didn't help. Sorry Meaty!

-are enjoying our new townhouse, and hope to one day muster enough motivation to fully unpack all our belongings.

-have enjoyed following America's Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls every week. But seriously, The Professional Regurgitator should have won. Not sure what America was thinking on that one.

-have recently rediscovered Taco Bell. Can anyone explain to us why crunchwraps and grilled stuft nachos are so so so good?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I was going to write "I'm back in the U.S.S.R", and then remembered that I've already titled a post that way before. D'oh!

Good news everyone, I've decided to get back to my blogging roots! I just spent a good chunk of time trying to redo the design of this sad little blog, which quickly reminded me of how frustrating, confusing, and ultimately futile it is to try to make a cute blog for free, which also reminded me that this is one of the reasons I stopped blogging. But you know what, I'm over it. I ain't trying to impress anybody. (Actually I am, I always am, cause I want people to like me always and I can't stand the thought of someone not liking me or thinking anything critical about me or my blog in the slightest). But also, I'm really trying to work on that insecurity, so the ugliness of my blog will be a good exercise in not caring. Typing this introductory paragraph, I was also reminded of how much blogging resembles social interactions, because I've been trying to make such a good first impression again and not say anything that sounds trite or boring, but really it's a losing battle, because how many millions of Mormon wives have at one time or another approached their neglected blogs all repentant like this, writing similar introductory paragraphs apologizing for not blogging in a while, lamenting over the state of disrepair into which their blog has fallen, resolving for all the world to see that they're going to be better about it from now on, etc. My point is, no one is original, and that's another thing I've been actively working on - embracing my lack of originality - so again I think this is a good exercise for that. Also, since I've always been and always will be terrible at keeping in regular contact with loved ones, I figured, hey - why not let's kick this old-school and rely on that old blog of yours to fill people in. It works particularly well because even when I do venture to make a phone call to you, you know you're only going to get the bare minimum from me. And so it is that blogging remains one of the introvert's best tools for interfacing with the world.

I just remembered another way in which blogging resembles social interactions: It's so awkward when you haven't seen each other in a while. So many stupid small talk niceties that must be performed before the substantive subjects can be broached. But like small talk, it's a necessary evil, so until we get back in our groove with deep discussions of the soul*, here are our family's updates:


-is currently off at Annual Training, doing whatever it is they do at Annual Training (I promise I do make efforts to be a good wife and actually ask, but the answers don't usually do anything to improve my understanding).

-is keeping busy with work and its inherent weekly business trips, his new role as Commander of the 1-171 Medevac detachment, visits to and from various family members, and playtime with me. Learning to balance all these obligations has been a steep learning curve for him, but very good practice, I'm sure, for all the obligations in life still to come.

-recently finished and thoroughly enjoyed Winds of War and War & Remembrance - twin miniseries' from the 1980's following WWII and the years building up to it.

-scours Zillow and Trulia every chance he gets for that elusive dream home that we may or may not be looking to purchase in the next couple months here.


-am enjoying my new part-time job as a receptionist for Robert Half. Working only four hours a day really is all it's cracked up to be, let me tell you.

-am trying, again, half-heartedly, to get back into running. Mostly so I don't die at the Spartan Super that we're competing in next month.

-have an endless pile of books on my bedside table and articles pulled up on my devices that I keep intending to read - but they usually lose to some form of entertainment or social networking. I'm a hapless victim of my generation, what can I say?

-tried and failed miserably to complete Whole30 last week. All I'll say is, a life without bread is no life at all.


 -'s new favorite habit is to paw frantically at my bum when I'm standing around doing something and he's bored.

-is no longer a little puppy and looks more and more like a real pug every day, minus the obesity. He's still pretty lean compared to most full-grown pugs.

-loves to chew on hard plastic and is happily gnawing on an old clothes hanger as I write this.

-had so much fun in Boise last month with our nieces and nephews that we babysat for a week. I'm afraid he's quite bored now that it's just him and his sedentary parents again.


-are looking forward to vacationing on the Oregon Coast next month with JJ's family. I'll be making a brief stop in Seattle to see bestie Steph, and Portland to see sister Christie and fam. Can't wait to visit my 'hood again!

-are probably moving soon, as mentioned earlier. The owner of our house is listing it this week, and we'll be getting 30 days notice once someone makes an offer, so we're using this opportunity to look for houses. Jj, wants to stay close, or even buy our current house that we're renting; I would like to move a little bit east if possible.

-have had fun doing sessions at different temples around the valley - all we have left to check out is  Draper, and then we'll start exploring down south - especially the new, beautiful Payson Temple!

Ok, thanks for sticking with me, folks! I will say, I think blogging is very good for my little introvert soul. Like any contemplative type, reading is my inhale and writing is my exhale. When I don't write enough I tend to start composing blogs posts or journal entries in my head, and everything feels a little bit backed up until I release my thoughts on "paper". So even if it takes months for my three followers to notice that I've started blogging again, and even if they're turned off by my ugly blog design and never come back again for updates, this'll be good.

*TBD on that, actually. Reading over my last blog, I'm obviously extremely embarrassed by all the "weighty" topics I attempted to cover, so this blog may actually end up functioning as a more typical, superficial forum for loved ones to come see what we're up to. Haven't decided for sure yet, stay tuned.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Photo dump from the past seven months, in reverse-chronological order

 We went fishing at Payson Lake.
 All we caught was algae, before I irreversibly tangled the line by scrolling the handle thingy the wrong way. It was my first time.

 Boating at Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. Baby Annie is delectable, especially in her mandatory life jacket.

 My first baseball game! The Columbus Clippers were, uh, not having the best day, but we were. Cause Dime-a-Dog night. We brought J-Dawg sauce from home in 3-oz. travel bottles. Worth it.

 Our cute cabin at Salt Fork.

 Golfing at Salt Fork.

 So, you know, this represents our experience at the Flaming Lips concert. Except it actually doesn't at all, cause you can't smell this picture, and the copious amounts of pot that would come with it if you could. I actually called in sick the next morning cause of my lingering pot headache.

 I don't know why this pic is all stretched funny, but here's Jj having a euphoria attack while watching Neil Peart's 10 minute solo at the Rush concert.

 Flying lessons with nephew Will.

 Kjerst's birthday dinner at Benihana.

 The view from my trailer at work. I only used those honeybuckets once all summer.

 My cute little Paul got married.

 But first, I offered up my husband as stripper and built a giant cake for him to jump out of at the bachelorette party.

But back to the wedding.

 Steph and I took some liberties with the crystal shrimp rolls at Sushi Ya. No regrets.

 Ohio friends get-together back in May.

 Impromptu epic arm-wrestle tournament following our viewing of Over the Top.

 Little Wooden Boy is like family.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23rd

It’s been one year, fools.

One magical, sometimes struggled, mostly wonderful year that really does feel like much longer, possibly due to our four years of dating prior. Throughout this year, I’ve often reflected on the strangeness of how easily this lifestyle change came to me. I can’t speak for JJ, but for myself, in all frankness, the transition from singledom to marriage has been near seamless. Living with another person makes sense to me. Checking in regularly with the same person; working, playing and bickering with the same person; having that person ultimately be your everything - makes sense to me, on a visceral level. This perhaps explains the peculiar, barnacle-like friendship that Carol and I have always had. I pledged devotion to her at an early age, it seems, and never looked back.

I also think this accounts for a lot of  the melancholy of my previous adult life.  For a person who clearly lives to be bound with another, I find it little wonder that dating, with all its lightness and impermanency, did not agree with me. Perhaps all the angst and disquiet of that time was merely my inner self knowing that it was not good for Mish to be alone? Perhaps it’s more complicated than that. What I do know is that I feel more at home in this arrangement, more completely myself, than I ever have before. Though it may be new territory, yet it still feels familiar. At the risk of putting on airs, I think it’s a lot like how heaven will feel.

And then there is my cute husband, the object of all this discourse. With all his sweetness and goodness, my love for him frequently brings me to tears. All clich├ęs aside, forever truly doesn’t seem long enough. I sometimes feel even a little anxiety about that. WHAT IF FOREVER ISN’T ENOUGH TIME??? Enough time for what, I don’t know. Love is weird like that.

Anniversaries pair nicely with gelato.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

JJ's 30th Birthday and Mohawked Truck!

Last month, to celebrate JJ's considerable milestone of 30 years accident-free, we had ourselves a little surprise party! For those of you who aren't familiar with the show Breaking Bad, you might as well skip to the end cause this really won't make any sense.

In other happenings, last weekend we got to go with our friends Elric, Audge, Mark and Katrina to Monster Jam! All of our first times! So many rattails! Please to enjoy these videos from the evening.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

All I care about is aqua

Since being married, there's this thing where I only want to decorate my life in aqua. Aqua and mint, to be exact. It's maybe gotten a little out of hand.

 (haha, out of hand!)

Contrary to the poor lighting in our apartment, those curtains are aqua. Maybe more of a light blue.

 Ditto shower curtain.

 At least those pillows used to be aqua, before I bleached them with my harsh chemical-ed face.

 Probably bought this face wash 60% cause I needed it, 40% cause it was aqua.

What the psycho? 10% cause we needed a stapler, 90% cause it was mint.

                                        Not pictured: 2 mint shirts, 1 mint skirt, 1 bundle of aqua fabric to be made into a pillow sham very, very soon...

Life is grand!

P.S. I'm giving up pizza for Lent. Sounds like it should be easy, I know, but I'm actually quite nervous about my self-control on this one. Pizza accounts for probably 65% of my weekly calories. Happy Lent to you!