Friday, December 28, 2012

So this is Christmas 2012 edition

Our Christmas was low key and quiet. I finished all of my Christmas baking on Christmas Eve (cookies, muffins, a delicious breakfast casserole...). We woke up early to open presents and eat a nice breakfast. Gabe threw his back out the day before and so he spent most of his day either laying on the couch or laying on the floor putting together a Christmas present. Christmas calls were made, our traditional Chinese food dinner was consumed and we spent the rest of the night watching Christmas movies and discussing the true meaning of the season. It was a simple and quiet day, and while we missed our extended family there is something about establishing your own traditions that cannot be replaced.

Merry Christmas to you! I hope it was a pleasant and spiritual experience for all!


Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 ... When the World Didn't End

Five Things the Eatons Learned in 2012

 5 We have to make time for the things that are to be enjoyed
Some nights this year we would come home so exhausted that we would eat a quick dinner and then just sit, until it was time for bed. We quickly figured out that this pattern is more draining than relaxing and that isn't how living life is meant to be. So we made plans, slept a little less and enjoyed a lot more. [song references here and here]

 4 Laughing at inappropriate times is one of our specialties 
From the most serious to the saddest moments Gabe and I learned we deal with things the best through laughter. So please don't judge us if you see us laughing at a funeral or sad stories on the nightly news [song references here and here]

3 We are really good at taking road trips
This year we traveled like gypsies in blizzards, dust storms and Mojave Desert rain... in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, California, Utah and Idaho, by ourselves and with friends. We have found the formula to a perfect playlist and had the most random stops along the way [song references here and here]

 2 Continuing to do something just because you're in the middle of it is stupid
Both Gabe and I were taught at a young age that you follow through with commitments. So  this year when we were faced with challenges we tried our best to do just that, even to our detriment. And then we realized that sometimes being a quitter really is a good idea. Gabe switched majors and we moved back from Texas early, and even though that changed some of our plans it also made up for a few of the messes we got ourselves into. [song references here and here]

1 Unexpected life changes can turn out better than the best laid plans
[Heather's pick here and Gabe's here]

Friday, December 21, 2012

We might be laughing a bit too loud

I told someone the other day that it is okay to take time to figure out what they want to do with life because they are still young... I said it like I am not young, like 24 (or even 25) is an age where you look back on life and remember all the things you have done and achieved.

I am really glad it is not.

What the World Needs Now...

I really struggled with what to think or say with what happened in Connecticut last week, I think more than anything it was difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that this really happened, in America, to little innocent children and those protecting them.

There are so many videos floating around about the shooting itself, political motivation to stop future happenings, the reaction of families etc. I really appreciate the kindness and love expressed in some of those videos and it hurts to think that people could be so hateful about this event and those families who have lost so much.

These two videos are easily the two I agree with most. While I fully believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, one of the children who was killed is Jewish and I hope we remember to respect his beliefs as well, not because it is the politically correct thing to do but because his family deserves that.

And this, from the father of a victim "let it not turn into something that defines us"

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

You and your denial

I had two night classes this past semester... which means I would tend to put off doing the homework for them until a few days before it was due. So it should come as no surprise that as I was sitting in my Monday night class I was listening to what was being said, but only as far as it didn't interrupt the homework I was doing for my Tuesday night class.

And then the girl sitting next to me glanced over at me...  with increasing frequency. And then she dropped all pretenses and just stared at what I was doing... and then she asked "Are you okay?"

I may have been planning my funeral (for an assignment)... while we were discussing suicide.

Fair enough.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lines from all our favorite songs

We all have heartache. . .

And there is this quote from Albert Camus:

“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.”

And I really thought I had one of those hearts. Until it was broken, which hurt like hell. At first I thought I was fine. After enough people are gone from your life one more isn't that big of a deal, right? 

But it was. 

So I ditched plans to hang out with people, and sat and watched stupid mindless television because I didn't have to think... or feel ... real things... about my own life. And then there was a whole lot of school work and work in general to keep me busy, and in denial.

But the beautiful thing about a broken heart is that it can be mended. And now that I have come to terms with things I think that is finally happening.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Some nights ...

Maybe this is just the Benadryl talking... but I am pretty sure Gabe is the Ron to my Hermione. I was most definitely a bossy know it all growing up... we have defeated a few trolls in our time... and overall his sense of humor is kind of vital to our relationship.

How lucky am I?