monday monday

A smorgasbord of topics for your perusal this Monday morning.

We are back home again today after a very expensive but productive trip to our nearest IKEA sans-Kate this weekend. The closest to us is 3 hours away in Kansas City [which, by the way, they need to get one in Omaha] so we made a little babymoon out of it - stayed in a hotel and everything!

We woke up early Saturday morning to leave at 6:30, with me failing to even look up what time IKEA opened so we ended up there half an hour before it opened. Oops. Just enough time to grab coffee before! Then we did the whole tour, ate lunch in the cafe, and then picked out the things we actually wanted to buy. 11,000 steps and a lot of money later and we escaped.

We chilled at the hotel for a little bit, then found a Husker bar to watch the game which was an experience for someone who's never been to a Husker bar outside the state of Nebraska before...and by that I mean on game day, every bar in the entire state of Nebraska is a Husker bar. Luckily we won so it was a great experience all around.

We then slept the next morning a little bit, went to a strange Mass, enjoyed our free breakfast at the hotel, and headed home. A fun and productive weekend! When we get all our IKEA stuff assembled you bet there will be a blog post about it.

If you're looking for a great cause to support, I have some friends who are trying to fundraise for an adoption! Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira are a couple (who now live in Omaha!) adopting their second baby and they'd love any financial and prayer support you can give.

[Funny story: Amanda and a few other women actually founded the house I lived in during college for 2 years, the Avila House at UNL. :)]

If you're interested in donating to their adoption puzzle, go here, and if you wanna read more about their crazy summer of changes in their lives, start here.

So you know that fun meme going around about picking 3 fictional characters to describe yourself? After 3 solid days of deliberation, these turned out to be my final picks:

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
Kristin Lavransdatter from the Kristin Lavransdatter series
Felicity Smoak from Arrow

I spent way too much time thinking about this, and some other runners-up were Ann Perkins from Parks & Rec and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice, but David put his two cents in and these were our decision. Although I should mention that his first 3 picks for me were Cookie Monster, The Grouch, and Felicity he did change his mind a little bit after more discussion. ;)

My picks for David?

Rod Kimble from Hot Rod
Winston Bishop from New Girl
Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation

It's scary how accurately these 3 describe him. I highly encourage at least asking your friends what they think you are - it's funny to hear your thoughts vs. what others pick for you.


We missed these two...and I think they're enjoying being home and cuddling together in the (somewhat) chilly weather. I know I'm liking having them around!

Have a wonderful week, friends.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing about the adoption fundraiser! Supporting an adoption is on my 100 Little Things list and I was praying that the Holy Spirit would lead me in the right direction. I'll be donating today and sharing about them on my blog later this week!

  2. WINSTON is perfect oh my gosh. Does he have many bird shirts? He should.


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