Saturday, April 25, 2015

Online Garage Sale

I've decided to simplify and de-clutter my life. If you're interested in any of these items and live in the Billings, MT area, I'd be willing to meet you at the LDS church located on Monad in the parking lot. I'm Kristy. Call me at 406-Six7One-7twotwo9...please don't spam me.

I discovered after only about 5 tries, that Cricut cutting vinyl lettering and cutting other paper projects was not for me. But maybe it's your thing. It comes with a box full of vinyl, three cartridges I purchased and two previously loaded on, a stylus, and all the necessary cords and manuals: $50.00

I've switched over to electronic scrapbooking, but if you enjoy playing with paper, then this bag is for you. It has three scrapbooks with empty pages in them. the tote has lots of clear pockets and storage compartments that pull out for easy use: $10.00

Queen size duvet cover: $4.00

Four 8x10 frames: $8.00

LED Flickering candles...almost a full package: $1.00

Japanese art...I could never find the right place for it in my house, but it's really cool, and it's really from Japan, some light scratches on one panel: $5.00

Sunday, December 22, 2013

On The Bright Side...

My car broke down last week.  I've whined aplenty about the cost and the inconvenience, but on the bright side...

I'm so glad it happened last weekend and not this weekend, because I wouldn't have been able to drive to visit Lisa!

I'm grateful there are people out there willing to lend a hand, mechanic-ing, giving rides, and so much more!

I'm glad to discover that running in the afternoon in this weather is much easier than in the morning (which I wouldn't have realized, had my car not broke down).

I'm grateful for Dad for insisting I put studded snow tires on my vehicle (REALLY grateful after driving around in a rental with wimpy tires all week).

I'm grateful for Mom for lending a sympathetic ear, and listening to my woes.

I'm grateful I have a car.

I'm grateful to have family to go to for the holidays.

So my car broke down last week, but on the bright side...

I am blessed.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree

Every year I attempt to take a picture of my Christmas tree. A picture that actually appears to be as lovely as the tree as I see it. Every year I fail. This year's attempt:

Contemplating Christmas trees, I remember the big ordeal it seemed to be when at home with Mom and Dad. Everyone would haul the boxes up from the cold room. Dad usually was in charge of lights. Someone would sit down at the piano and play Christmas music (until told to start pulling their weight and hang some ornaments!) or we'd put in the traditional Christmas music CD. Our sing-a-long would be interrupted by exclamations of "Oh remember when I made...." "Haha, Look at this one do you remember...?" and many other happy remembrances from Christmases past.

The last few years I've helped Mom & Dad put their tree up before heading home during the Thanksgiving break. Heading out early, I missed the fun this year. As I hauled my own tree and decorations up from the crawlspace, I thought about feeling sorry for myself. When you live on your own and partake of many of the Holiday activities independently feeling sorry for yourself is the easy thing to do.

I mentally whined while struggling to lift the tree into my kitchen on my own, I considered silently boohooing that there was no one there to sing and reminisce with, I harrumphed when I had to walk around the tree to string the lights rather than being able conveniently hand the string over to a person on the other side of the tree.

But now I stop and remember that being alone is always a choice. As Mom has reminded me, I could be married to that short fat man from Zimbabwe that was so interested in me at BYU. I recall the many choices that I have made that have led me to where I am today, and I'm not sorry. Certainly I hope for more meaningful and lasting relationships outside of those that I have with my family and friends. Really, though, I have led a blessed life. I have sincere friends, and a supportive family (even though they're a little farther away than I would like at times), and I am learning to enjoy the friendship of those with whom I spend time at work and church. I have a comfortable, safe, and beautiful home. I have work that I enjoy, and a good job that provides well for me. I'm learning so much about who I am, and I'm understanding more every day what things really matter in life, and what things just need to be let go.

My life is good! So as I sit here by my cozy tree and remember the good times of Christmases past, I vow to try a little harder to make more memories in this present. I'll find joy with those who surround me, and enjoy all the blessings that this season brings.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nothing Blog-worthy

I wish that I could report on adventures in skydiving or paragliding or flying lessons, but nothing noteworthy occurred this week, so I'll share the un-noteworthy: Work. Lots of cancellations due to some poor weather. Institute began again. I celebrated a friend's birthday by going out to dinner with her and some other friends. I ate Thai food and watched The Red Tails with friends, and basically feel happy to be where I am, who I am, and doing what I'm doing.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Did you know there's a town in Montana called Rosebud? I didn't until this week. Charlee, Theresa, and I headed over there yesterday to cheer on one of Charlee's younger sisters while she played basketball. Rosebud is a "blink and you miss it" kind of town. It had a teeny-tiny post office with two regular parking spaces and two handicap parking spaces. The largest building in town was definitely the school where we watched the game. It's located near Colstrip and and Forsyth and boasts less than 3000 people living there. I would never want to live there. Western, MT really is much prettier than Eastern.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New Years Resolutions

I became a bit frustrated with the fact that I've already broken pretty much every single New Years Resolution I set for myself, so I've decided to put them in print and organize them into more achievable goals. I hope to make each goal have real personal significance for my spiritual growth and well being this year. Each goal I set, I keep (that's my positive affirmation to myself). I've established three categories for my goals, going from general, to yearly, to more specific daily goals. First, who I want to BE. Underneath the BE I have to set goals for how I want to LIVE. Finally, the essential part of living is STRIVING DAILY or CONSTANTLY to meet personal expectations and goals.

BE: Worthy to be called a Righteous and Beloved Daughter of God
  LIVE BY: Meeting with the Relief Society Presidency and Bishop, to support and strengthen the sisters in the Relief Society
  LIVE BY: Studying the scriptures, lesson, leadership manuals provided by the church to strengthen and support individuals in their church responsibilities.
    DAILY: Study The Scriptures
    WEEKLY: Choose a topic and study it
  LIVE BY: Writing in my personal Journal
    DAILY: Write
  LIVE BY: Talking to all my family regularly
    DAILY: Pray for the members of my family
    WEEKLY: Blog
    MONTHLY: Talk to all the members of my immediate family

BE: Compassionate and Charitable
  LIVE BY: Visiting Teaching
    MONTHLY: Teach
  LIVE BY: Taking the time to stop and talk
    WEEKLY: Spend time before Relief Society talking with the sisters
  LIVE BY: Taking the time to get to know others
    DAILY: Meet one new person, or learn one new thing about someone you know

BE: Diligent in keeping all of God's Commandments
  LIVE BY: Attending the Temple
  LIVE BY: Studying the Scriptures and Writing in My Journal
  LIVE BY: Filling my idle time with worthy, meaningful endeavors
    WEEKLY: Work on a craft or service project

BE: In constant communication with my Heavenly Father
  LIVE BY: Praying to my Heavenly Father morning, mealtimes, nights, and whenever else needed
  LIVE BY: Sincerely completing a full fast

BE: Healthy & Strong physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually
  LIVE BY: Developing a Weight Loss Plan
    DAILY: Chart my progress
    WEEKLY: Report my progress
  LIVE BY: Losing 65 lbs
    DAILY: Eat nutrient dense foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    DAILY: Cook/Prepare meals
    WEEKLY: Plan a menu and shop accordingly
  LIVE BY: Confiding my joys, sorrows, successes, and weaknesses to family and friends
    DAILY: Talk with friends or family
  LIVE BY: Reading one article from a professional journal
  LIVE BY: Reading educational literature

I have a whole list of "don't", but they're more personal and not as positive, so I won't be sharing them. I'll just finish by adding that I have faith and I am hopeful that as I fill my life with this good long list of expectations, the DON'T list will take care of itself.

Swim Buddies

One of the great things about my move to Billings, is the swimming pool in my apartment complex. The most fun we had was when Sara would join us, though. I've never known anyone as entertaining in a Pool as Sara. One evening when the gang was over for a swim (fortunately there are no photos to document how I currently look in a swimsuit), someone showed up with fake mustaches. Here's the evidence:

Strike a Pose!

Someday Sara will be a famous actress 
and I'll be able to say...."I knew her when."

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