Sunday, March 28, 2010

525,600 Minutes...

How do you measure
Measure a year...of marriage?
  • Matt realized my hair is everywhere.  Everywhere!
  • I realized how much harder it is to get up in the morning when my husband doesn't have to.  I used to be able to make all the noise I wanted and watch/listen to the news while getting ready.  Now it's "the quiet game" in the mornings since Matt doesn't have to get up until after I leave the house.
  • Matt realized I like the dirty dishes to be placed into the dishwasher right away and not piled on the counter.
  • I realized I could have worse things to complain about and let it go. 
  • Matt learned how many times I hit snooze before getting up.
  • I learned that Matt doesn't like it when I hit the snooze button so many times.
  • Matt likes that I cook dinner and he hasn't eaten a can of tuna for dinner in over a year.
  • I like having a guinea pig to cook for.
  • We like talking about name possibilities for our future children.
  • Matt says no daughters...we'll just have to see about that.
  • We think it's creepy when we finish each other's sentences or have a "jinx" moment.
  • We think it's annoying when the other isn't paying attention when we're talking.  We are both guilty of that.
  • I've realized this is a lot of house to clean.
  • I love having a garage in which to park my car.
  • Matt has no problem doing laundry :)
We both agree that year one has gone by extremely fast, and it was much easier than many said it would be.  We don't rely on each other to "complete" us or be our "other half".  That's a lot of pressure to place on someone!  We are partners.  We realize we are not perfect.  We are human and, as much as we try not to, we will let the other down at times.  We love God, we love each other, and we will continue to work on our faults as we build each other up.

"In the process of God’s creation woman was not taken out of the man’s head to dominate him, nor out of his feet to be trampled on by him. Instead she was taken out of his side to be equal with him, from under his arm to be protected by him, and from near his heart to be loved by him."
- from our wedding ceremony

March 20, 2009

March 20, 2010

We tried to re-live some moments from our wedding day, including a picture reenactment at Chandler's Cove.  We also ate at Ravish; a new restaurant from the taste buds behind our caterer, Ravishing Radish.  We visited New York Cupcakes for a repeat of mini Red Velvet cupcakes, opened a bottle of champagne received as a wedding gift, and I was going to try on my wedding dress but somehow forgot that one.  How could I forget that?!  Earlier in the day, we went to a shooting range.  I know, doesn't sound too romantic, but it was one of our first dates six years ago.  I impressed Matt with my skilllzzz back then and I'm happy to say "I still have it". 

Next month we celebrate our anniversary in Maui!! 

"Matthew and Amanda, I want to encourage you both as you work together for happiness in your marriage, to be true to the vows you have made to each other and to the Lord. With your marriage, you begin a new kind of life together. You will have larger responsibilities that demand greater understanding and loving adjustments. Never let your voice lose the tender tones of affection, nor your eyes forget the bright rays with which they shone in courtship days. And greatest of all, let God be enthroned above all else at all times."
- Pastor Chris Schneider
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"Lord Jesus, grant that Amanda and Matt may have a true and understanding love for each other. Grant that they may both be filled with faith and trust. Give them the grace to live with each other in peace and harmony.

May they always bear with one another’s weaknesses and grow from each other’s strengths. Help them to forgive one another’s failings and grant them patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of self.

May the love that brought them together grow and mature with each passing year. Bring them both ever closer to You through their love for each other. Let their love grow to perfection.”

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Matt goes to the bakery...

...and comes home with these!

We have discovered CJ's Bakery in Black Diamond, less than ten minutes from our house.  We have only been there once to buy some bread and we ended up also buying a couple of these tortilla wraps with a cream cheese filling along with lemon custard, raspberry jam, apple, etc.  Let me tell you they are delicious!

Yesterday, I was working on homework all day in our bedroom (I didn't feel like going to the library or City Perk Espresso) and Matt comes in with one of the heaven-filled tortillas for me.  "Wow, how sweet.  Thanks!" I said.  He then informed me that we have plenty more downstairs (see picture above).  He said he asked for two of each flavor thinking there were only two flavors. He discovered there are in fact 8 different flavors, and left the bakery with two boxes filled with 16 of these delights!  If you've done the math based on the picture, we have eaten quite a few already.

My giggling turned into full on laughter when I went down to the kitchen and saw the boxes on the counter.  Nothing like a good sugar-high to help me fly through some homework! 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I Smell Like Coffee

Yesterday, I sat in Starbucks for about 4 hours working on homework. 

Today, I sat in City Perk Espresso here in Maple Valley for about 5 hours (one barista's entire shift) working on homework. 

I smell like coffee. 

I used to have to set up camp in the library back when I was taking my prerequisites and while I was in hygiene school.  I needed complete silence in order to focus and memorize.  Now that the subject material is different (much easier, just time consuming), I find the complete silence distracting.

Now I'm home, sitting on the couch, getting ready to work on some more homework.  I have the relaxing hum of fish tank pumps and swishing water behind me, and the Soundscapes channel on Comcast playing in the background (songs with words are distracting because I find myself singing along).

I just realized that I'm now a part-time hygienist, and once again a full-time student.  How did that happen?! 

One more quarter to go...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Stars, Ouchies, and Schedules

You may remember my post "Becoming a Morning Person".  Well, that hasn't been going so well :(  Although, I'm getting up early enough to not feel rushed, I have not been doing a very good job at getting up at 5:30.  It's obvious my problem is the fact that I'm a night owl and have a problem forcing myself to go to bed.  Even if I feel dead tired all day, longing for the moment my head will hit that pillow, I seem to get a second wind around 9:00 p.m.  By this time I have cooked dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, showered, made my lunch for the following day, and have sat down to relax on the couch.  I feel the need to unwind with Matt and my computer around this time, not go to bed. 

To help me with this, Matt has developed the star-reward system.  Similar to when I was in kindergarten, only I don't actually receive a star sticker...maybe that's why it doesn't seem to be working. 

Here is how his star system works (which he came up with during the Olympics):

If I go to bed by 9:30 p.m. = Gold star
10:00 = Silver star
10:30 = Bronze star
After 10:30 = No star for me  

I appreciate him wanting to try to help me, but will trying so hard to change who I am deep down work? Or am I just destined to struggle with this forever?  I'm going to keep trying either way, I'm not one to give up what I start without a fight! 

I'm not working tomorrow (keep reading and I will explain), so I will be happy with a silver star tonight.  As for why I'm not working today...the dental office where I work decided to "lay me off" on Mondays.  I was originally hired as a second hygienist on Mondays (and the only hygienist Tue, Thur, Fri).  My office is getting busier, which is a good thing, but Mondays are too crazy for my dentist having to do exams for two hygienists every hour on top of all her patients.  So, I was let go on Mondays and will only be working Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and I've been working one Saturday a month.  At first I was a little bummed, but now have been reminded how perfect God's timing is.  Trying to finish my B.S. by June and taking additional classes to do so has been a little overwhelming.  I've done worse in the past, even working three jobs while taking my prerequisites for hygiene school; but I have finally reached my burnout point now that I'm to year ten of college combined with working.  Having Mondays off is going to be SO helpful in finishing things up. 

As for why I will not be working tomorrow...

Saturday night I was cleaning up after cooking dinner and sliced my finger on a knife.  Ouchie!  We have some Henckels that we wash by hand and that's when "the incident" happened.  I've never seen myself bleed like that before and it gives me chills to think about "it".  I considered going to the emergency room, but then figured I'd just suck it up and called my doctor this morning.  I am current on my tetanus shot, and have been keeping it clean, and just need to work on keeping my finger straight so it heals properly and I'm not left with a witch finger. Keeping it bent feels best unfortunately. 

Anyway, as a hygienist, my right index finger is highly important to my work.  I am having a hard time using a fork and spoon, and am pretty sure my instruments and utilization won't be kind to my strategically placed war wound.  In case you're wondering, typing is a little slow, but fine because my finger is kept bent and I don't need to use pressure.  If I had a desk job this wouldn't be an issue.

So I'm pretty confident (praying) that I'll be healed enough to work Thursday.

As for God's perfect timing (again)...

I have plenty of school work to finish over the next week to complete the quarter.  Having Mondays (and now tomorrow) off is unfortunate for my paycheck, but perfect for school...and my sanity.  And my new work schedule should help me reap plenty of Gold Stars!

Time to get back to work on school stuff after a nice blogging lunch break.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Stranger

You said you were new to town
You were married in November
Christianity came up
"It's been awhile", you said

I invited you and your spouse
Was your excitement sincere?
Your present came up
"I hope to see you again", I said

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in Him,
rooted and built up in Him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness"
(Colossians 2:6,7)

I hope some seeds were planted in this stranger. 

I can't stop thinking about this stranger.

Please don't remain a stranger.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Germaphobe:  Any person who is obsessed with cleanliness and defeating bacteria. These individuals will turn on faucets with their elbows and hand sanitize on an hourly basis.

ie. Danny Tanner (Full House)

Tiffany was such a germaphobe she wouldn't even eat a skittle off the carpet, though it was well within the ten second rule.

I have my moments of "germaphobe-ness", and I definitely think it's getting worse...or is it getting better?  Based on the description above, I am a full-fledged Germaphobe!  Being a Dental Hygienist, I am of course obsessed with "cleanliness and defeating bacteria" especially in the mouth, I see one patient per hour so I am washing my hands on an hourly basis, and we turn on our faucets with a foot pedal.  Outside of my Germaphobe status within my career, I have to admit that I...
  • sanitize the shopping cart handle before entering the grocery store
  • do not touch the escalator rubber rail
  • use a paper towel to open bathroom doors
  • flush public toilets with my foot
  • push open other business doors with my back or my forearm
  • sneeze / cough into my arm
  • wonder where the hand I just shook was last (Finger up a nose?  Hand covered in snot from a sneeze?)
  • and I used my hand sanitizer on my 3D glasses when we saw Avatar (they just looked dirty)
Wow.  "Hi.  My name is Amanda, and I'm a germaphobe!"

This craziness also crosses over to my fruits and vegatables.  I must wash it all, and water alone is NOT good enough for me. I imagine people sneezing into their hands and then massaging all the tomatoes to find the perfect one, or picking a boogie and then rummaging through the broccoli.  Not to mention all the E. Coli madness that happens several times a year relating to produce.
This Fit Fruit and Vegetable Wash is my lifesaver!  According to their website...

"Fit Antibacterial Fruit & Vegetable Wash kills 99.9% of harmful bacteria -- like E. Coli, Salmonella sp., Staphylococcus aureus, and Listeria – that have been associated with food-borne illness... Fit is 100% Natural, and unlike chlorine or other harsh chemicals, is completely safe to use. Fit rinses away clean, leaving no aftertaste or smell…just the taste and nutrition that nature intended.  Fit is the only produce wash certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union, certified vegan, and recommended by the American Vegetarian Association."

I bought my little spary bottle of health at QFC in the produce section, but I think it's available at most grocery stores. I "spray and wash"  my produce when I get home from the grocery store, so it's ready to go when I am (except for things that will get soggy like strawberries and mushrooms, I wait to wash those).

Today, you may have learned something new about me...or just formed new opinions :) 

*** I forgot to mention the fact that this fruit and vegetable wash removes waxy buildup and pesticides.  I totally don't want to be eating that!  It is even recommended to be used on organic produce ***