One of my favorite things…

is simply holding his hand in a movie theatre. Not only does it bring a smile to my face, but it brings this feeling of security that I don’t ever want to go away. It’s cheesy of me to admit, but it is one of the most subtle ways to show affection and I can’t help but appreciate a good hand-holding!

Last night, my boyfriend and I headed out for a Friday “date night”. Both of us had been in town since coming home from college last weekend, however I had to nanny for the past few days and we had been unable to see one another. Thus like a good boyfriend, he took me out to dinner and a movie. Because both of my parents are affiliated with the restaurant industry, I always enjoy checking out new restaurants and one of Alex’s hobbies is to cook, thus we both love going to new restaurants with each other. We tried a lot of really awesome venues in Iowa City (which I will blog about more later) and have begun to check out some great places in the good ol’ Des Moines. He and his family really love Trostel’s Dish, which I had actually never been to before so when we were both home over Spring Break, we had dinner there. The restaurant has a really unique menu style, consisting of smaller plates served sort of like multiple appetizers. I would suggest trying the lettuce wraps as well as the Pomme Frites, a unique french fry plate. I also took him to Zombie Burger while we were both in town a few months ago. He loved it! The atmosphere is so fun and the concept of Zombies is pretty kick ass I will have to admit. If you haven’t been to either yet, I would definitely recommend giving both places a shot. They won’t disappoint. 

Last night however, we ate at an old favorite for the both of us, The Cheesecake Factory. I had almost forgotten about the place! I had so much fun though, ordered the BBQ Chicken Salad and he ordered the Buffalo Blasts (which are basically just buffalo wings). He is a huge wings fan, and in Iowa City Buffalo Wild Wings was one of his favorite restaurants I believe. He won’t admit to his love for the wings, but I’m fairly certain I’ve got the kid figured out. :] Because I hadn’t been in so long though, I completely forgot about their ridiculously huge portion sizes. Alex and I decided it has to be a marketing scam done by the restaurant in an effort to fill their customers up before they can order the cheesecake therefore they don’t have to make so much.. Just an idea! haha. 

Afterwards, we walked around the Jordan Creek Mall which the Cheesecake Factory is connected to and killed some time before the movie we were going to see: The Five-Year Engagement. My choice, in case that wasn’t obvious enough already. But as a consolation I went to see the midnight premiere of The Avengers with him, so let’s just say he kinda owed me. ;] If you are ever out of ideas for a date, seriously just go back to the basics and hit up the mall. It was honestly a great time, I felt 14 again. We went to AE, Gap, and Banana Republic because I am on a mission to find a good floppy, sun hat before my family and I head to Florida for our family vacation. It was fun to laugh at each other trying on different hats, he tried on a few fedoras which I definitely got a kick out off. Banana Republic’s men section has some great summer men’s wear right now as well. I love the jersey knit v-neck tee’s. I want to buy all of them for him! Anyways, it was just fun. Afterwards, we walked to Scheel’s and we browsed around the golf section. I was on golf team all 4 years of high school, and just enjoy the sport in general. Alex as well. They have this little putting green that we putted on. Perfect thing in that section in my opinion. I clearly need to get out on the green though, my skills are getting pretty dusty. After that, we checked out a few more stores and then headed to the movie. There were a few people already in the theatre, but we were able to get good seats in the middle. We were both stuffed from dinner, so skipped on the movie treats and pop. Oh, also Alex had bought our tickets before hand but wasn’t able to print them out. However, I guess if you just show the ticket booth your confirmation email, they can just type that in and you are good to go. Save’s trees and money. The movie was great. Perfect cheesy ending, which I am also a sucker for. But isn’t everyone, guys included?! Alex liked it too. All in all it was a fun night with a pretty great guy. 

Well that’s all I got for now. Need to go get ready for a neighbor’s grad party. Can’t believe that was just last year for me! INSANE! 

Over and out, 

Lindsey

Summer Nanny 911

So in an effort to make some $moolahh$ this summer, I decided to use some of my previous connections with baby-sitting, etc. to find a few families in need of a sitter/nanny for the duration of the summer. I often babysat in high school therefore it wasn’t hard for me to dust off a few trails and find some families to contact.

However to start the summer off right, I had some family friends ask me to sit for a few nights in a row while they headed off to celebrate their anniversary on a bike trip to Wisconsin. And you best believe I was all in to help! I mean, how hard could it be, right?! HA! Let’s just say, it hasn’t been quite as easy as I had previously anticipated. As a matter of fact, I turned into a chicken shit my first night here paranoid of every creak or dark corner I encountered. The guest bedroom I was sleeping in was in the basement of the house, and I am almost certain that everyone knows that feeling when you are walking up stairs in the dark and you have that mini-panic attack that someone is behind you..Well, yeah, basically I let my mind run wild. In an effort to be safe, I also made sure to lock all the doors in the house including the one to the garage door. The next morning, I had to wake up at 6AM to help the middle schooler get through his morning routine and send him off to school. Everything went smoothly and I got both kiddos out the door and on their way. I then packed up my stuff, let the dog out, cleaned up around the house, and decided to head back home to shower and take a nap lol However, I forgot to make sure I unlocked the handle of the door to the garage and when I left the door closed behind me before I could realize this and locked myself out of the house!!!! $@#$)^%$&(#@$!%

I ended up having to call a locksmith to come over and open up the house, it was an absolute disaster! Luckily, I was able to keep calm and take things fairly lightly. I just felt bad for the poor dog who had to hang out inside for the afternoon.

Moral of the story is that after coming back home from college and being thrown into this job, I am able to recognize that I have had it fairly easy the past 9 months only worrying about myself. Taking care of a family is certainly not easy. As much as I can’t wait to someday start my own, I know for a fact that I am in no hurry. I give a lot of credit to all the teen moms out there and most importantly to my own momma! 

“Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

I have spent the better of the half of today avoiding studying for my last two finals, and instead repeatedly thanking God for providing me consistently with such a blessed life. This may sound a bit cheesy and over the top, but I sometimes have those days where all I can think about it thanking the “Big Man” for always providing for me. And admittedly, I don’t do it enough. I’m working on becoming a better Christian who works to make it something known of me by others, however this is not always an easy feat especially as a college student. Although UofI has some really great student ministries, this lifestyle is not always an easy one to live holistically as a Christian. I am thankful though that I have been able to be confident in my faith enough to remain a strong faithful Christian individual still earnestly seeking God individually this year. I  thank God for providing me with the tools to do so. 

Anyways, after a busy day and a little training for a BIG opportunity coming my way this summer (which I will eventually talk about on this blog!! STAY TUNED) I came across the forever famous quote by Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”. This quote and the book itself by Dr. Seuss seems to be popular among graduating senior, etc. and is often times one I go to when I am feeling a little uneasy about my life path and so on. Anyways, I say you take a gander and read it. I promise you will feel better after doing so and maybe even a little inspired. We are all really amazing individuals out with “brains in our heads and feet in our shoes.” :] Hope you are all having a happy and blessed day. 

 

Over and out, 

Lindsey ♥

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

by Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets.  Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry.  Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.  But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?  Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.  there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame!  You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Tightrope by Alex Clare

Eek! So excited to begin this mini summer project of blogging. Thought I would join all the “cool” kids and give this a shot. :]

As my freshmen year of college comes to a close, I can’t help but feel regretful that I did not journal or write all my gloriously wonderful memories down as the year passed. Time has gone so fast and my heart aches thinking of the fact that in just a few short days this milestone will be just a memory.

In honor of me starting this new adventure, I thought it might also be kind of fun to explain to any of those who start to follow me where I found inspiration in my blog title. Alex Clare is my newest musician obsession. I, like many others I am sure, go through sporadic obsessions with random artists or genres of music new to me. However there are a handful of musicians that I have long loved. A few of these include John Mayer, Natasha Bedingfield, Lupe Fiasco, Black Eyed Peas (lol i can’t help it), Matt Kearney, and Alex Clare has quickly gained this title as well. I would recommend taking a listen. Find some time to yourself in your busy day, sit down and crank the volume. I can almost guarantee you will fall in love! Anyways, the last few days I have been listening to his song, “Tightrope”, on repeat. The lyrics have such a powerful meaning and speak directly to my daily worries and concerns on where life is taking me and if I am going about it all in the right way. 

 

Anyways, I look forward to writing all my thoughts and experiences down as I go through my summer. I hope you all get a kick out of my musings. 

 

Life’s a tightrope and you’re standing on one toe. :]

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