Catch Up and Random Things Post

So much to catch up on here, dear readers (ie., the family members still hanging in there and a few faithful friends). 😉

Here’s a speed round catch-up for you…

Thanksgiving was spent at Josh’s aunt and uncle’s house in Boulder. Loads of fun and loads of food.

Thanksgiving

Then came December with some Christmas type decorating…

Decorating

Taye made a wonderful video for all of you.

Christmas was peaceful (we celebrated on Christmas Eve because I had to work on Christmas). There were Christmas jammies, a yummy Christmas brunch, a yummy Christmas dinner, and some presents.

Jammies

ChristmasFood

Presents

The day after Christmas, I was off to Maui for a lovely wedding! Maui was gorgeous, but the people I hung out with were by far the best part. Love and miss you!

Maui and a Luau

Maui and a Luau

Maui and a Luau

Maui and a Luau

Wedding Prep

Wedding Prep

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

Annnnnddddd now for some complete and total random stuff…

Bought this beauty for a White Elephant gift exchange. Hilarious!

Bought this beauty for a White Elephant gift exchange. Hilarious!

My life has completely changed since my husband brought this home...

My life has completely changed since my husband brought this home…

This seems wrong, but I am here to tell you, it is oh so right! Get it at Costco!

This seems wrong, but I am here to tell you, it is oh so right! Get it at Costco!

Come on, that's funny. No? Sacrilegious?

Come on, that’s funny. No? Sacrilegious?

Got these in the mail this week!! So excited! This is what Josh and I will be doing on our 18th anniversary!

Got these in the mail this week!! So excited! This is what Josh and I will be doing on our 18th anniversary!

My adorable sister-in-law took a pic of this little relic from my childhood. I love you, bro!

My adorable sister-in-law took a pic of this little relic from my childhood. I love you, bro!

Now, in keeping with the spirit of complete randomness…

This could have been written by Jaten. It reflects her feelings and experiences exactly. Maybe read it. Maybe think about it.

Some quotes that I love:

“The fact is that the world cradles gender identity at its core, and its only when you hover in the in between that it is blindingly obvious.”

“No matter how comfortable I become with myself, it’s nearly impossible to filter out the discomfort of the wider world and it’s the placing of otherness on oneself that stays with you.”

“The worst part is when people want you to change. … The pleading look and “Aw, why did you cut your hair?” gets old, fast. Not least because the hair cutting and androgynous appearance is such a deliberated step towards self comfort and away from the gender conventions that have informed my life since I developed a sense of social awareness.”

“The tribalism of organizing the world into categories comes from a very basic place to identify those around us. There are those that are men, those that are women and there are those that are not. Having the wisdom to know when it matters is what will make the world a better place.”

Next, I have been careful not to define my beliefs these days as I don’t really have a definition for them myself. When I have written about atheism or non-belief in the past it’s generally because I don’t understand the hatred toward atheists. I’ve on occasion called myself an agnostic atheist and also feel quite comfortable with the title secular humanist. That being said, I just don’t feel it necessary to define myself. I love this video from Neil deGrasse Tyson (who is completely awesome, by the way). Although I can’t claim the title of scientist, I identify with everything else he says.

Lastly:

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6 Comments

  1. Rad Z.
    Jan 14, 2015

    I always love these. I know I thanked you for what you did. I know it was hard leaving your family, but I never thanked your family. Please thank them for allowing us to borrow you. Hope we can all get together soon.

    • Toni
      Jan 14, 2015

      Thanks, Rad. I will thank them for you. It would be amazing if we could all get together soon. I loved hanging out with your family. Time to plan another trip!

  2. Pete Wedin
    Jan 16, 2015

    Toni….We must be related, no? Secular humanist?….yes! Your thoughts on your blog are so “family”. It’s all good. Keep up the good work of raising your family with LOVE. It’s really the only answer to all the confusion that is the world we live in.Sure wish we could have met on the road when you were out there, but one day, Debra and I will drive up your driveway and make you dinner….promise! Take care and hope to see you soon! Love, Pete

    • Toni
      Jan 18, 2015

      Well, Pete, I know of no blood relation between us, but I certainly consider you family. :-) And I agree wholeheartedly, LOVE is the answer. I can’t wait for the day when you and Debra drive up our driveway!!

  3. Jamie
    Jul 1, 2015

    Hi, Toni! I just wanted to say that I’ve been missing your face on Facebook. I hope that all is well! <3

    • Toni
      Jul 2, 2015

      Oh, Jamie!! Thanks so much!! I’ve missed you, also! It’s hard not to stay caught up with everyone through Facebook, but at the same time, the negativity was tough for me to take right now. It’s been a really nice break. We are really great. I hope you and your family are doing well!!

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