GIF Monday and Taye is Cute

So, I am really enjoying my new job. My coworkers are awesome. Helpful, fun, kind. Seriously, they’re amazing. However, I (as previously discussed) am an introvert. I have to try really hard to come out of my happy little bubble and talk with people and get to know them. This is just part of my personality and does not reflect on the people around me at all. I often feel awkward in my attempts to join in and get to know people. Many of the nurses at work have worked together for a really long time, so they’re very comfortable with each other, their husbands know each other, etc. Me at work: So, my family and I have recently discovered Starbucks. I know, I know. Starbucks has been around a long time, but for most of that time we were obedient...

The Gay Agenda, A Birthday, and a Tattoo

Okay, y’all, in order to keep up with regular blog posts, things might get a little less polished around here. I may not have time to create blog posts of the caliber that you have become accustomed. It’s cool, though. I’m thinking we’re just gonna try something new. I’ve got plenty to say. So, I’m just going to say it. Stick around if you want, say goodbye if you want. Totally up to you. So, here’s a possibly schizophrenic post revolving entirely around “what is Toni thinking about today.” Ready? First things first. I’ve been hearing a lot lately about this so-called “gay agenda.” I recently read this beauty of an opinion piece in the Deseret News. Yikes! And yikes again! I’ve read so many things of late that remind me how thankful I am to be out of the...

Prop 102 (What? That was a long time ago. Why are you writing about that?) And Some Hiking and Biking, Too

2008. Arizona. Proposition 102. One of the darkest and depressing times of my life. I already had some serious issues with the LDS church after investigating church history. I was still trying to hold on to the church that I loved, though. Trying desperately. One of the things that I did appreciate about the church was that they didn’t tell us how to vote. We were “taught correct principles and allowed to govern ourselves.” (paraphrasing Joseph Smith) Uh-huh. Proposition 102 in Arizona was to create an amendment to the state constitution providing that marriage is between a man and a woman only. Never mind that Arizona already had laws prohibiting same sex marriage….let’s really drive this point home. And donate lots of money to the cause. Here, even better,...

No More Blurred Lines, Painting Furniture, Farming, Biking, and Love

So, I love this video. I absolutely HATE the song Blurred Lines, but it has an unfortunately catchy tune. Damn thing. I will gladly replace the words to Blurred Lines with these words as they repeat in my head for days at a time. Unfortunately yet again, I totally use quotation marks for emphasis. Yikes! I will cease such activity from this day forward. “Maybe.” As I’ve already shared,we were a little short on furniture when we moved here as we had sold and/or given away most of ours before we hit the road. I’ve been finding some deals on craigslist and doing some furniture makeovers. So far, I’ve done dressers for the kids’ rooms. I’m terrible about taking pictures of my projects before, but I got some pictures during...

Wherein We Say Goodbye to Big B

So long, old friend. It’s been real. It’s been fun. It’s been real fun. As we part ways, we remember the good times and the bad. Wait, there really wasn’t any bad. It was all good. Man, did we have a fun adventure. We’d love to do it again someday. We WILL do it again someday. We’ve had a CRAZY month. Josh started work on June 9th. We were staying in quite literally the only RV park that had room for us. Apparently Northern Colorado is a popular place to be in the summertime. It was not a great RV park to say the very least, but we made it work. We put Big B up for sale as we really needed the cash back out of her for multiple reasons. We priced her pretty high in the beginning and got a few lookers and no takers. We spontaneously decided to lower the price one...

The Problem With Us vs. Them

Most of us, myself included, make ourselves more comfortable by putting others into “boxes” and “categories,” right? We make judgments, we weigh options, and we place people where they belong.  We’re most comfortable with people who are most like us, people in the same boxes and categories. There are many problems associated with this silly human habit. Some of these problems could be seen as generally harmless, like missed opportunities. Other problems, though, are much more dramatic. The us vs. them dichotomy presented by religious extremists, for example, can be the cause of rampant death and genocide. It’s a worthy topic to discuss and think about, for sure. I’d like to discuss the us vs. them dichotomy often found in religion. In the case of organized...