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Spring has Sprung! and EASTER!

This is a little late, but I gotta say–I’ve been busy. With finishing a Crapstone and getting ready to graduate…

I have a confession to make: Easter is my favorite, not Christmas. I’ve felt this way as long as I can remember and most people don’t understand it. I was even trying to explain it to Daniel. Easter is the signal that Spring is truly here. The stores are full of pastels (my fav) and Easter candy is the best on the planet. My all-time favorite candy are the Lifesaver Gummies, but only the Bunnies & Eggs available at Easter. This year I discovered Cadbury mini eggs which are de-lish-us. 

But more than this, the celebration of Easter gives me hope.  Yes, Christ died, but if He didn’t rise then we would have no reason to believe in Him and worship Him. Easter is a day full of hope.  The whole season of Lent, all forty days of it, are a time of preparation and sacrifice…but on Easter we feast!

This year on Easter we hid about 200 eggs for my younger cousins to hunt.  There were so many eggs that at one point I was just grabbing a handful and dropping them in the grass. Due to budgeting (ugh!) and trying to eat healthier (ugh), Daniel and I just bought ourselves two bags of Easter candy, versus making baskets full of de-lish-us-ness for each other, and called it good. And you know what, we survived!

Easter, spring, pastels…and I’m forgetting my favorite-TULIPS! The TULIPS seem to suddenly appear like BAM! Spring is here! I love everything about tulips, too. Their simple look, vibrant colors, and that they, too, love spring. You know what else? It seems like the colors are more vibrant (you might even say Hi-Def) in the spring. Look around, it’s like even the grass and the trees and the flowers and the birds love spring. I’m not alone…Hop on the Spring wagon and enjoy the season!

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Last year’s Easter pic when we got to ride in that little beauty…so fun!

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Icing on the cake

As much as I’ve always loved reading blogs, I just recently started ‘attempting’ to post on my blog more regularly.  I was saying to Daniel the other day that I love reading blogs much more than I love writing on my own…Alas, I motivate myself to write because I want to have these memories of our mundane amazing journey together.  It’s just icing on the cake that even one person would be interested in what I’m writing.  Thank you, Noony, for the Liebster Award nomination. I’m humbled that anyone even reads this stuff! As part of the Liebster nomination I’ll be answering a few questions:

Why did you start your blog?

I started Stickyriceandketchup to keep up with ordinary memories from this journey called life since I recently got married.  I want this blog to be a public journal of Daniel’s and my life together chronicling the ordinary and fun events.

Favorite cuisine?

I love lots of “cuisines,” but I’d have to say my favorite is Italian. I love thin, brick-oven type pizza and greasy pizza, spaghetti, and wine so–Italian it is!

Drinks or desserts?

Definitely drinks! I’ll take a MaiTai or pretty much any concoction of fruit juices and rum over dessert most days.

If you could only watch one TV show for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Probably Big Bang Theory. I never get tired of the hilarious quirks of each character–especially Raj and Sheldon.

What is your favorite meal to cook?

One of my favorite meals to cook is a good-ol’ steak, red potatoes, and asparagus. Keep it simple 🙂

What is your favorite book?

I love some good non-fiction. For a more intellectual read, I like C.S. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory essays (also The Screwtape Letters). I recently read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Have you ever been out of the country?

I have been out of the country several times, but never left this continent. I’ve been to Mexico (Cancun, Playa Del Carmen) and Canada (Vancouver, Montreal).

What was your first post on your blog?

My first post was How Running is Benefitting my Prayer Life.… which reminds me that I should pray more!

Which of your childhood memories is the prettiest one?

This is a tough question. When I was younger we took many family vacations. I’ve always loved the beach so I’ll have to go with Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.  The beach is the bluest and the sand is the whitest…by far one of the most beautiful beaches!

Which incident has touched your life the most?

By sheer providence I interned at a Catholic Charities agency in the Midwest the summer before I graduated with my Bachelor’s. I had always been interested in refugee work, but had never been afforded the opportunity to experience refugee services firsthand. The summer of 2011 I interned with Refugee and Migrant Services and was able to be at the airport when a family was reunited after three years of being apart.  I was also able to go on several home visits with familes who had been resettled from Burma and the Congo.  Because of this experience, my whole life trajectory shifted and I am now exactly one month away from graduating with my Master’s in Social Work.

P.S. As if you couldn’t tell, I just learned read how to use links in-text so I’m practicing. Image

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My Grandma is Cooler than your Grandma

“Our electricity just went off. If hogs win text me. If they lost  don’t let me know. I’ll read it in the paper tomorrow” – Grandma

a few group texts later.. “Yep. The hogs lost too” -Aunt

“I didnt want to know if the hogs lost” -Grandma

I don’t know about you, but I have the coolest grandma.  She’s still taller than me and makes no qualms about telling things like they are.  When I asked her why she didn’t want to know if the Hogs (Arkansas Razorbacks) lost she said “It makes me too mad when they lose and I can’t sleep.” I remember when I would spend the night at my grandparents’ house, my grandma and I would lay in bed and eat candy.  Just last weekend she invited Daniel and I over for lunch after mass.  She even made sure to have my favorite pistachio salad and blackberry cobbler for dessert.  And then there’s that one time I graduated college with my Bachelor’s and she and my mom took my to NYC to celebrate.  These are the reasons why she’s so awesome: she loves candy almost as much as I do, she touts her Swedish heritage and makes wonderful pepparkakars, she loves to shop, she wears a raincap to protect her biweekly perm on drizzly days, she plays CandyCrush and Words with Friends, she loves sports and gets so anxious watching a close game, she loves mimosas, pina coladas, and margaritas more than the average grandma, she loves Topsy’s Cinnamon popcorn, she will only take her sleeping pill after she has tried to fall asleep with no success, she danced the polka with one of our groomsmen at my wedding, she loves to travel…even if it’s just two hours away, she had five daughters and still maintains her sanity, and the list goes on and on.

So thank you, Grandma, for continuing to be awesome..for all those times you took me to the Craft Fair and bought me kettle-cooked popcorn, peanut brittle, and roasted pecans, for taking me to NYC and seeing the Lion King broadway show even though you really wanted to see something else, and for loading me up with sugar all those times I spend the night with you when I was little…and for still loading me up with sugar when you invite us over for lunch.  Just like that keychain I got you when I was 7, you really are #1 🙂

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