Thursday, July 24, 2014

awesome and oh-so-awkward

~ awe ~
Living with a mountain view!  These pictures don't even come close to capturing the beauty surrounding me!  Even driving around town, usually at least one mountain is visible.  I am so not used to this!  I'm feeling my flat-lander upbringing.  ;-)

~ awk! ~
Walking outside of my house with my laptop, while doing a Skype-tour of my new home with my family, to show off my yard... only to discover I had locked myself outside... on my first day living here!!!  After my family made some phone calls from Indiana to my in-laws in Nevada who then called people in my area (while I was on Facebook desperately messaging people!), I was finally rescued by my new pastor.  Yes, it was my first time seeing him since our one-and-only meeting over two years ago.  I introduced myself as "Rachel Ditz-J".  Thank goodness, my new pastor is a good sport and just sees me as "real" instead of a total air-head.  ;-)

~ awe ~
Coffee with Anikkia.  Those three words, and the wonderful times they represent, mean so much to me as I settle into this new life.  Not only is the local coffee shop incredibly sweet (with a beautiful view!), Anikkia has been a soothing balm to my soul.  A brand new life can be scary, but new friends can make it so worthwhile!

~ awk! ~
When the bread platter was passed in front of me during Sunday communion in the exact same moment when I really needed to sneeze!
Friends, I just barely held it in at the great risk of my brain possibly exploding.

~ awe ~
Afternoons at home with Andrew.  Seriously, after two years of never knowing when my hubby will be home from work, I am loving the time with him each day!  His work shift starts super early (which is hard for us since we are both night owls and now he has to go to bed earlier than he'd like), but we now have about 3:30pm through bedtime together!!!

~ awk! ~
Andrew coming home one afternoon, me walking up for his "welcome home" kiss, only to see shock wash over his face as he stared off into our living room.
"What's wrong, hon?"
"What is that on my computer screen?!!!"
I then looked over to see that I had paused a Sherlock episode on his screen.  That wouldn't have been a problem if I hadn't (without even noticing!) paused it on a close-up shot of another computer screen showing the words "Hacking Detected".
Poor Andrew... he was really freaked out for a moment!

~ awe ~
The sermons at our new church.  My heart has been pierced every single week.  My soul is so blessed by the pastor here and the truth he preaches each Sunday. 
Also, I have so enjoyed the occasional Sunday lunches with friends from church.  How lovely to have that fellowship and laughter.

~ awk! ~
Talking with someone after church, while being quite expressive with my hands/arms, and nearly whacking the pastor's son, Dillon, in the face as he walked by me!!!  Thankfully he ninja-ducked and avoided any injury.  :-P

~ awe ~
Getting to know Kendra and Samantha, two wonderful ladies from Andrew's amazing group of Utah-friends!  These young women have been so welcoming and loving toward me.  Coffee-dates-that-turn-into-ice-cream-dates-because-the-only-local-coffee-shop-is-closed are the best!

~ awk! ~
Oh, that moment when you turn a corner in the grocery store and nearly run over an elderly man!  I must have turned all shades of red as I apologized, to which he responded, "No problem, kiddo!". 
I seriously can't remember the last time someone called me that!  :-)

~ awe ~
Finding some adorable vintage-style jewelry at Walmart!  I found a set of three necklaces, each on gold chains with different charms: a mint-colored bow, a pale rose, and a golden owl.  *happy squeal*  I also found a cute bracelet and some rings.  Since leaving the Midwest (and with that, my beloved Meijer and Gordmans), I am still discovering which stores I will want to frequent for clothing and accessory shopping.  I'm sure I will share more about that in future clothing posts.  :-)

~ awk! ~
Dealing with the heat!!!  Not just the discomfort, oh no, but also the sweat stains (so feminine, huh?) and makeup doing funky things.  I have found myself watching films that take place in the winter just to make myself feel a little bit cooler.  Thankfully it will only be so hot for another 4-6 weeks... at least that's what everyone tells me.

~ awe ~
A sunrise fishing trip with Andrew and Amanda.  The lake was so beautiful in the cool of the morning.  It was a bit treacherous for me climbing around on the rocks (flatlander here, remember?), but it is a beautiful location and so peaceful.

~ awk! ~
A sunrise fishing trip with Andrew and Amanda... after the sun rises.  More sweat stains!  :-P

 ~ awe ~
Beginning piano lessons with Cassidee.  One of the young ladies in my church wants to learn how to play guitar chords on the piano before going back to Bible School.  We've only had one lesson so far, but it was such a lovely time for me, talking about music (and many other things!) and teaching her something that I enjoy!  Plus, she is super lovely and sweet.  Such a good time!

~ awk! ~
Trying to get used to Costco... seriously, balancing not knowing where everything is, the crazy cart-traffic, and free food samples should require special training!  It is really a neat store, but I have never done well in crowded/hectic places, so I end up like a deer in the headlights.  I think I've only caused one or two "traffic jams" so far...

~ awe ~
Planning to go camping this weekend!  Several churches here do a camp ministry together (it is on a mountain!) and one of the special things they do over one weekend is "family camp".  I'm so excited to spend the weekend with Andrew's (and now my!) friends and family.  I'm sure pictures from our trip will follow soon.

~ awk! ~
How extremely easy it is to come up with awkward things I've done.  ;-)

There you have it: my recent perks and quirks! 
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Anonymous said...

Hehe! These are great! Really enjoyed that. :)
<3 you, dear!

Natasha Atkerson said...

Glad to hear you're settling in nicely!
It's been cooling off here-so that's always nice!
A modest fashion blog:

Hannah Barta said...

Hilarious! I love reading Awk + Awe posts :)

dance a real

Ashley B. said...

Aw Rachel, this was such a fun and pleasant read! I am always so encouraged when I read your posts, and they always have fun humor in them as well! Your awkward about smacking someone in the face happened to me before, except who I smacked didn't quite get the hang of the "ninja duck" yeah, they got hurt. :O Also loved your Costco story as well....those stores are so huge, it discombobulates me too. I really enjoyed reading this, Rachel! Thank you for sharing! :)

Ashley B.