Monday, September 12, 2016

You Should Just Go Home

The other day I was texting with a couple of my girlfriends in our group chat and like we usually do, someone started complaining about work. The other responded with, "you should go home." It was at that moment that I realized "you should just go home" is actually our solution for everything. Not feeling good? You should go home. Work is annoying? You should go home. Whatever your problem and/or dilemma is, going home will surely solve it. So in case you too, need reasons to just go home here's 20 of them:

1.) It's cloudy and/or raining and you want to enjoy the day at home...not at work

2.) Your monthly wine subscription is being delivered today and someone over the age of 21 needs to sign for it

3.) You ate too much at lunch and you need to unbutton your pants. ...You can't do that in your cube, you should go home

4.) You forgot a snack. Let's be honest how productive are you really, when you're hungry?

5.) Your avocado turned brown already and you need a fresh one

6.) Aunt Flo is in town

7.) People are sending you stupid emails. Run away from the stupid emails. Go home.

8.) You're tired. Go home and lay down.

9.) You have a headache

10.) Your Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles are being delivered today and you don't want them sitting outside in the heat because they might melt.

11.) The Diamondbacks have a day game. You can't watch a baseball game at work. Go home.

12.) You checked the score of the Diamondbacks game and they're losing and you need to go home and wallow

13.) It's too hot outside to go to work

14.) It's too cold in your office to be at work

15.) You want Costco spinach ravioli. They don't sell Costco spinach ravioli in the cafeteria; you should go home and make some.

16.) You miss your dogs

17.) You used all of your data. You should go home where there's wifi

18.) You spilled coffee on yourself at 9am and you might as well just give up on the day. Go home.

19.) Your dog stepped in shit and then jumped on your bed and you need to go home and wash your comforter

20.) People are still talking about Colin Kaepernick. DEF TIME TO GO HOME.


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekend Things

As I came to sit down and blog tonight, I grabbed my phone charger so that I could download pictures from my phone onto my computer and Nate goes, "Uh-oh are you going to take more wine selfies?" And then proceeded to make stupid faces trying to imitate me taking wine selfies, I guess. For the record, I don't make stupid faces when I take wine selfies and the only reason I take wine selfies is because when I snap my friends pictures of me drinking wine they usually snap me back, pictures of them drinking wine because my friends and I are usually on the same alcohol consumption schedule and so it starts to feel like a virtual happy hour and who doesn't want to partake in a virtual happy hour with friends?? Haters gonna hate...Naters gonna Nate.

This weekend has been a good one. Saturday Nate and I woke up at 4:20am to go bird hunting with his dad, brother, and two buddies. When you wake up at 4:20am and don't get a nap when you get home, it makes for a long day. Which is good and bad because I'm tired and slightly cranky but good because it makes for a realllllllly long day...and the longer you can make the weekends feel, the better.

We ended up leaving with a pretty successful morning under our belts.
I should probably say "they" more than "we" because I'm the only that didn't shoot any birds. So really, I didn't actually contribute at all, to the success of the morning. But hey, not shooting any birds means not having to clean any birds soooooo silver lining?
Bird hunting with me usually sounds something like:
Anyone I'm hunting with: "Rissa overhead"
Me: "Where??!"

Anyone I'm hunting with: Rissa, on the left!!
Me: "Wait, where?!!"

Anyone I'm hunting with: "That's all you, Riss, high flyers over top!"
Me: "Ahhh I wasn't ready!!"

Anyone I'm hunting with: "Rissa coming in on your your right!!"
Me: *shoots* ..."swing and a miss"

For the record, I've never claimed to be good at this, but I go anyway cause it's fun and pumping my shotgun when it makes that "chkkk chkkkk" noise, is probably my favorite part.
Nate keeps trying to console me telling me he didn't shoot any birds his first year of Dove hunting either so I'm holding tight onto that...in my second year of Dove hunting.

Saturday afternoon, despite my lack of naps, really turned out to be a good one. I got a new firearm, a new purse to carry it in, a bunch of accessories for it, and went to the shooting range to shoot said firearm. I went to Nate earlier this week and told him I'd been thinking long and hard about wanting a firearm I could carry with me and bada-boom-bada-bing by the time Saturday rolled around I had a new concealed-carry weapon. Perks of being married to a firearms enthusiast, I tell ya.

Sunday was pretty low-key - Nate and I tried a new breakfast place, went to my parents house for a little bit, then came home and I finished watching the D-backs game, started watching the Cardinals game, and then started blogging. 

In the midst of today, a Sunday, when a lot of people aren't paying too much attention, it's the 15th anniversary of September 11th. 9/11 is always an emotional thing for me - I force myself to watch all the videos, the montages, the tributes, the moments of silence, because it's important to never forget. I cry at all of them; all the stories, all the details - but I make myself watch them - all of them, because it's important to never forget. When I was a kid I remember my dad telling me, "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." I stand for freedom - for the United States of America. For democracy. I stand for our colors, for our resolve, for the best country on the face of the earth. I stand for the National Anthem. I stand for us, because we're far from perfect, but I challenge you to find somewhere better. I love being an American. I hope you do too.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Do you want to know some good and bad news from today? I have a subscription to a wine company that delivers wine to your door every month, but lately I've been skipping each month because I don't want to spend the money on it. But this month I forgot to skip so the bad news is, I had to spend the money on it, but the good news is I had three bottles of wine delivered to my house today.

But anyway, I'm not here to talk about my wine subscriptions (Although the labels on these bottles of wine are so cute I could probably talk about that some more), I'm here to talk about our journey to where the stars at night are big and bright (clap, clap, clap, clap) deep in the heart of Texas. One of Nate's best friend's, Justin, got married last weekend in Paris, Texas and Nate was on Best Man duty for the occasion! So, we flew into Dallas on a Thursday night after work with our good friends Jake and Stormy - one of whom was also on groomsman duty for the weekend. We got into Dallas late so we decided to stay the night in there before making the two hour trek up to Paris. It was probably a good idea because by the time we found food, ate dinner, and got to bed it was past 1am and we were all in that like, tired-drunk phase. You know like when you're so tired you start acting drunk? Like, you start naming raccoons that you find in the rain gutters. This actually a real-life example because there was a raccoon waiting to greet us in our hotel parking lot and we named him Harry Hines the Nasty 'Coon.
And then we brainstormed things that rhyme with Harry Hines the Nasty 'Coon, like for example, Harry Hines the big fat moon. Harry Hines is a big monsoon. Harry Hines loves to spoon. And so on and so forth. You probably shouldn't drive when you try to rhyme things with the name you gave to a raccoon in a gutter.

You may recall, a few years ago I took a trip to Dallas with a few girlfriends to go visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library...except the government shut down the day before we left, so instead of actually visiting the library and all it had to offer, all we could do was look through the windows. Exhibit A:
Check out the post here.

So, since we were only in Dallas for a few short hours last weekend I made it my personal mission to make it back to the library and actually go inside. Good news: mission was successful! We went inside, visited the oval office (or at least an exact replica of it but I'm still pretending it was the real deal), and took our time looking at everything that was there.
If you haven't been to a presidential library - you should go. It sounds lame and probably a little boring perhaps, but I promise you it's not. Actually, I shouldn't promise because I realize people have different interests so maybe not everyone will find it interesting but yolo, I do. Nate and I visited the Ronald Reagan library last year and comparing the two, they were equally as cool but very different experiences. The stuff at the Reagan library was the stuff I've learned in history class and in books - the Bush library was the stuff I lived through and remember experiencing. 
...for example calling the Pentagon from my Oval Office and requesting General Petraeus bring me wine and mac and cheese.
Actually, that never happened. Presidents can't drink on the job. Actually, that's a lie too - I watch Scandal and there's definitely alcohol in the Oval Office. But I'm getting distracted here...so anyway, we perused the Library and enjoyed every single bit of it. I got asked if I was Nate's sister, then got asked if I was his daughter but whatever, it was a still a good time! 

After we finished at the library Jake and Stormy came and picked us up and we made the trip up to Paris! We drove for two hours, checked into our hotel, met up with Justin, perused Wal-mart for some fishing gear ('cause you can't fit fishing poles in your checked bag and Nate can't be anywhere without fishing gear when there's a potential for fishing I suppose), and before we knew it, it was time for the rehearsal dinner. We enjoyed a family style fish fry at a place called...the Fish Fry. When the server came around she asked us if we wanted fish, fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, grilled chicken, or kaybob. I said, "I'm sorry what was the last option?" and she said, "a kaybob...you know, like a meat skewer." Ohhhhhh a KABOB. Texas accents are confusing, you guys. You can imagine we used "kaybob" and "meat skewer" at every possible inappropriate time for the rest of the weekend. 

So anyway, we ate our bottomless fish (and shrimp for me - I'm all about dat shrimp life), caravan'd out to the venue for the rehearsal, rehearsed (well, Nate, not me), and then fished in the pond on the property. You can't see it in the picture, but there's a big 'ol pond between those hills. 
Nate got a little baby one, I didn't get a little baby one, or a big adult one, or any sort of one because it was getting dark and I kept like, over-casting and getting my hook stuck in the grass on the other side of the pond because I couldn't see. Oops.

Saturday morning, wedding day, Nate and Jake and Justin went back to said pond and fished all morning and caught like a bajillion fish, and Stormy and I went to go visit the Eiffel Tower. Yep I said it, the Eiffel Tower.

Ok, slightly different Eiffel Tower but still, the Eiffel Tower.

Next door to the (Paris, Texas) Eiffel Tower was a cool Veteran's Memorial, so we took our time and walked through that.
Then we cruised downtown Paris (I use the term "downtown" loosely) and walked around the shops.
We relaxed for most of the afternoon and before we knew it it was wedding tiiiime!! ...but not before Nate had to catch another fish. Word on the street is, 30 minutes before the wedding he tried to make a breakaway for the pond again - Justin gave him 5 casts and then he was cut off. ...he caught a catfish on the third cast.
You can't even be mad at that. 

The wedding was beautiful and lovely and Justin's dog got walked down the aisle so it really doesn't get any better than that. 
When we drove home some of the bugs that were flying around made it into the car with us. When we all noticed it Nate was like "Don't you hate it when a gnat dive-bombs your throat and it gets stuck back there and you can't stop coughing?" Jake and Stormy had never heard of such a thing, but it happens all the time when you go bike riding (or maybe it doesn't and I'm doing it wrong, I dunno). Not even 5 minutes later, a gnat dive-bombed Nate's throat and he was coughing and gagging and hanging out the window spitting and stuff. It wasn't funny...but also really funny. And ironic, and funny. And then we all closed our mouths the rest of the way to the hotel.

Sunday was a travel day. Drove two hours back to Dallas, flew one hour to El Paso, waited for two more hours, flew another hour to Phoenix and we eventually made it home. 
...but not before Nate threw up twice during the flight. And then he packaged it up and sealed up that barf bag so nice and neat like he'd done this before. It was gross but a little funny.

...And that was all she wrote. You probs don't care about my trip to Texas, but I do because it was fun and we laughed a lot and got a lot of inside jokes out of it and I just feel like when you come away from a trip with a lot of inside jokes, that means it was a good trip. 

As always, sad when vacation ends, but happy to be home!


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Summer '16

So it's been a while since I've caught up this 'ol blog with the happenings around here. I checked in a couple times a couple weeks ago (A for effort right?) but sort of just rambled on without a purpose (although if we're being honest, rambling on without a purpose is kind of the story of my life) so I'm thinking maybe we'll do a quick summer catch-up post so we can get up to speed shall we?

This summer has been busy, and full, and fun, and full of fun things. Nate was in the Academy last summer so we didn't really get to do much of anything because his weekends were consumed with studying, ironing uniforms, and...studying. And for those of you asking no, I don't iron things for him because I suck at ironing (and also 'cause he's a big boy and can iron things himself)....and mostly everything else that revolves around being domestic/a good wife. So this year, we've tried our hardest to get out and about as much as possible!

The summer kicked off with my best friend's wedding. My best friend Charlene got married and it was everything I ever would've imagined her wedding to be - perfect, beautiful, creative, unique, beautiful, and perfect and beautiful. ...And also hot because the first weekend of June got hit with like, a weird and random 117 degree heat wave and everything was outside so we all sweated our asses off. But hey, we all sweated our asses off together in the name of Charlene and Colin and that's all that matters right?!
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Charlene was my Maid of Honor for my wedding and I was honored enough to return the favor for her! If there were ever a MOH dream team it'd be Sarah and I - respective Maid and Matron of Honors reporting for duty.
I don't wanna brag or anything but I'm pretty sure we sort of knocked the whole MOH thing out of the park. 
We held her train as she walked, we made speeches, and we even shoo'd the gnats out from under her dress as we took pictures in the grass (fact: gnats will fly up under the layers of your wedding dress as you walk through thick grass and you won't be able to anticipate this to be a thing because who would guess gnats would get all up under the tool of your wedding dress right??).
The whole day was so full of love and celebration and a good time was had by all....particularly Charlene and Colin 'cause they were the ones who got married and stuff you know. 

After the day we had been planning for five months finally came and went it was time for some relaxation. All wedding festivities had concluded so Nate took me out to Lake Pleasant for my first try at striper fishing. That's STRIPER not, stripper. Don't get it twisted.
Nate's like, "Be careful they have spines" and what do you think I said all night long as I un-hooked the five stripers I caught? "Owww" "UGH, ow!" "Oh geez spines!" "Freakin' A!"...He wasn't lying.
We ended up getting blown off the lake at around midnight 'cause it started to storm, but with five Stripers under my belt and Nate with about 10, we were ok with calling it a night. 

Nate also turned 30 this summer. THIRTY. Where is the time going?! Nowhere really, see:...Same Nate,
...bigger fish.
Same Nate,
...better gun, probably.
We celebrated Nate's 30th by camping the weekend away at Knoll Lake. We fished, and we camped, and we got rained on but kept camping, and then fished some more and celebrated Nathan turning 30. 
 I think it's safe to say a good time was had by all. 
It's So crazy to think we're getting to be in our thirties but I still think of us as teenagers. It simultaneously feels like forever ago was just yesterday. ...that probably doesn't make sense but I'm drinking wine as I write this sooooo.....

The fourth of July came and went this year. We spent it with our dear friends the Haro's, as we have in year's past...see here and here...Except this time our quad has turned into...whatever you call a quad plus one because Abel and Tyah had a baby and now she's part of the crew.
Again, it's so weird to think that my friends are all having babies and making families and stuff...high school seems like forever ago yet, just yesterday
 ...and I'm still bringing my dogs to things...
...Dogs are people too okay.

We also camped with my family this year, since we didn't get to last year because Nate was in the Academy trying to be a police officer and stuff (see above).
We all brought our 'yaks, yak'd it up, played cards, hung out, and you know - camp'd and stuff.

I sometimes get jealous because I care about pictures and Nate doesn't, so I always get cool pictures of Nate cause I'm the one with the camera, but he never gets cool pictures of me so this time I was like, "Nate I'm gonna give you my phone will you please take pictures of me in my 'yak?" And then he looks at me crazy but does it anyway cause he loves me. ...I think. 
Tip: get out on the water early. Like, before 8am early and it will be quiet and you can enjoy yourself before the crowd hits. 
It's unfortunate that Woods Canyon gets so busy, because it's one of my favorite places to go, but so long as you get out early, it's not too too bad. 
We enjoyed the morning at Woods, went back to camp, napped, played cards, ate snacks, took a nap, and then Nate and I decided to go out for a sunset paddle; we went up a little ways to Willow Springs.

I like going at sunset because most everyone is leaving and you'll usually have the place to yourself...and you also get the awesome sunset.
All good things come to an end, and unfortunately this camping trip was not exempt. We packed up and headed home as the weekend came to a close.

The rest of this summer has been filled with baseball games (collecting new bobble heads and crashing Dodger Stadium one game at a time),
Birthdays - Charlene and Brianna's, to be exact,
More fishing,
Hammock-ing,
Hammock life is life.
Hiking,
Crawdad fishing,
Subsequent Crawdad eating,
Swimming,
Slip n' sliding,
Drinking....typically whilst swimming and/or slip n' sliding,
and other fun summer activities for example, scorpion hunting on a Friday night:
...You know you're from Arizona when...

Anyway, the point is, it's been a good summer so far and while the technical calendar summer is over next weekend, we all know here in Arizona we have another month or two (or three) until it really starts to cool down. Until then, we'll fit in as much more as we can until the roads close and the cool weather rolls in!

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