Tuesday, November 13, 2012


My sister is 21 today. Twenty-one. Eek!

Taylor is the middle child in our family, and I think God knew what He was doing when He put us in the order He did. You know how you have bookends on a shelf, and sometimes they don't really stand up unless there are actually books in between them? That's us. Casey and I are the bookends and Taylor is the book in the middle that holds it all up. She balances us. Casey and I would probably just fall over if Taylor wasn't there in the middle. 

When we were little, I was sort of mean. Not really because I wanted to hurt anyone's feelings, but because I thought it was funny. Which I guess makes me even meaner than I thought. Anyway...there is a home video that my dad took with a new videocamera, so he's really just testing it out, and my sister is standing on top of one of those big popcorn tins and smiling this hilarious smile, like she thinks dad is taking her picture. She's just standing there. Smiling. I'm laughing just typing this out and thinking about it. Then out of nowhere, I knock her off the tin and get up on it myself and start doing something ridiculous and not nearly as funny as my little sister standing there waiting for the flash. I was an attention whore. Sorry, sister. 

I'm so proud of my sister and proud to be her sister. She's beautiful and smart and hilarious and she cares about people. She loves me even when I'm being crazy or pushing her off of popcorn tins and she always tells me the truth even when I don't want to hear it. We trust each other. We know each other. We love each other. 

Having siblings has been one of my biggest blessings, and I'm so excited to celebrate my sister's birthday with them when I go home this weekend.

Happy birthday, sister. Put the champagne in the fridge. I'm on my way to celebrate!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

thursday's list

Well, it's officially November. How did that happen? Anyway, here's a list of random thoughts and happenings. 

thursday ten

1. I came home to a broken freezer yesterday. Everything was melted and watery and I'm waiting for our unreliable landlord to get here. He said he'd be here in about an hour 27 HOURS AGO.* Yes, that's more than a day late. Apparently he's on his way now, but I told Kyle I'll believe it when I see it.

2. One of my bfs, Kristin, survived Sandy in NYC and I want to hear all the details about it when I (hopefully) see her this weekend. Haven't seen her since July! And while I'm excited to see her and hear everything, I am truly sad for everyone who lost their homes. <3

3. Tonight, I'm going to Target to buy all the Halloween candy that's going to be on sale. Big plans, people.

4. I've entered like 12 contests to win money for my wedding. So far, nothing. I know, I'm a dweeb.

5. I love Spotify. I know I'm like the last one in the world to get one, but whatever. I like to be sure of things before I make a true commitment. Just ask Kyle. ;) JK. I knew he was it when I was 17. 

6. I really want to get my hands on the new NARS Andy Warhol collection. It looks pretty amazing.

7. I can't get over how awesome these costumes are. 

Ellie Stapleton and Bradley Hammond as Claire & Charlie from LOST
Lauren Herman as Tobias from Arrested Development
I mean, how great are those?!

8. Kyle and I saw Cloud Atlas last night, and honestly, I have very little idea what even happened. I mean, I understand the main parts, but the whole time I kept telling myself "You're going to totally get this any minute now. It's all going to come together soon." It sort of did, but it was weird. And I like weird! So I don't know…I'm still trying to decide my true feelings about it. The best part was that I snuck a container full of s'mores into the movie. And we ate them all. 

9. The only movies I can think about right now are Les Miserables and Lincoln. I mean, OMG.

10. I got a temporary job today and I'm hoping Kyle will buy me a congratulatory lululemon running jacket. No? 

To end this wildly unorganized post, here's a little Throwback Thursday action for you.

Taylor pulling my hair out

Casey without pants and Taylor rocking a windbreaker

Casey and I wearing a pair of weirdly similar Easter shoes

* The landlord finally showed up and "fixed" the fridge. We'll see.