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Blizzard Weekend!

We have had SO. MUCH. SNOW over this past weekend.  Apparently it was a series of three major storms that all came through starting on Friday.  I think the snow started really early Friday morning, before the sun graced our part of the world, and I’m pretty sure it didn’t stop snowing the entire time until maybe Monday.  Even then, we still got a light sprinkling of snow on Tuesday.


I feel so bad for all the college students with such tiny cars in our apartment complex.  Their cars were literally BURIED.  If I were them, I don’t even know what I’d begin to do.  I’d probably just walk everywhere, and that might actually be what several of them decided to do. 😉


It’s scary enough for us to drive, and we have an SUV with 4-wheel drive.  So far we haven’t gotten stuck, but it’s definitely a fear of mine, especially when we have to park in the deep snow because it hasn’t been cleared yet.  (Our complex isn’t the best at snow removal.  Our stairs are icy and slippery, and though the driving areas of the parking lot are cleared, the plow blocks in the cars with the snow.  And it has taken days for any spots to get cleared.  Not to mention the half foot drop at the entrance from all the snow, ice, and slush.  But I digress.)


I’m not sure what the total amount of snowfall in inches was, but it was LOTS, guys.  LOTS.


Thankfully for us, both my husband and I quite like the snow.  No, I don’t love driving in it, in fact the prospect rather terrifies me after I spun out last winter.  Other than that, though, we love it.  The cold weather makes for perfect cuddling temperatures, the snow is beautiful, and it’s just kind of magical in its own way, especially when it starts falling in huge feathery flakes.  The world is quieted for a while.

(For long-time blog followers, you may recall when I was fifteen or so, I tried to “boycott” the snow and just hated cold weather all around.  That was mainly due to my shoulder injury {though I wouldn’t quite admit it then, I don’t think}, because pain and cold weather don’t mix well.  Time changes things, and this is certainly something I’ve had a change of heart about.  I love wintertime now!)


One thing that I’m quite proud of, actually, is that hubby and I haven’t let the snow keep us from hitting the gym regularly.  Thankfully, our complex gym is right by our apartment, so it’s a very short walk.  However, it’s still rather daunting to walk outside in the feet of snow with only sneakers, yoga pants, a workout tank, and a workout jacket.  My poor husband was in even worse shape with shorts and a t-shirt.  However, we hurried to the gym and didn’t let the cold, snow, or ice stop us from getting our fitness in.  And honestly, the walk back to our apartment was refreshingly cold.

As the snow continued to come down on Saturday, Joshua and I spent the entire day with a Sherlock marathon.  It was his first time watching the show and it was so much fun!  Due to the continued snowfall, dangerous roads, and snow removal issues, church was cancelled the next day, so I made us a pot of oatmeal for breakfast, which we enjoyed with coffee and more Sherlock.  Later that afternoon, we braved the weather to get food for the week (our empty fridge let us know that could not be postponed!), stopped in at a cafe for a chai latte, and safely made it home again.

As it was still snowing on Monday, my husband was able to come home early from work, which made for a wonderfully relaxing afternoon!

Other than the slight dusting of snow on Tuesday, it has been sunny since, which is giving everyone a chance to actually dig themselves out.  All in all, it was a very happy weekend and the city looks beautiful with snow-covered everything.

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Happy last day of 2014, friends!  This year has been full of firsts and adventures.  Of course, there was sadness as well, but that’s life, and I have an amazing God to help me through.  🙂  Here’s to more adventures in 2015!

Also, we’re having a huge snowstorm here, so here’s a couple photos and a video.  Have a fantastic New Year’s Eve, everyone!

December 31 2014


snow december 31 2014



oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

-We had our first dusting of snow on Friday, November 9th.  It had been overcast and stormy for a couple of days, including rain for most of Thursday.  On Saturday morning, we woke up and there was about 1/2 to 1 inch of snow covering the ground.  You guys know that I’m already in the holiday mood, and this sinched it.  We watched our first Christmas movie Friday night, and all of us are looking forward to November 13th – the day Sirius XM radio starts playing Christmas music. 🙂  If you haven’t noticed, we are not one of those families who will refuse to think about anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving, and puts everything away the day after New Year’s.  Once it starts getting cold, that’s usually when the holiday cheer begins around here.  What does that entail?  Music, baking, planning presents, seasonal candles, sweaters, boots, and more.

I’m sure that most of you also know that I’m not too fond of winter.  Even though I have attempted to boycott it in winters past, this winter, I’m not dreading it.  Yes, it makes it more difficult to do chores outside, and there’s just something wrong about waking up before it’s light, and snow shovelling is hard and painful work (painful for me because of my shoulder injury), but I have to admit – snow is absolutely beautiful.  I love to sit inside with a hot cup of cocoa and either watch a movie or read a book and enjoy watching it snow outside.

Perhaps I’m also not dreading snow this year because I hope to go snowboarding.  I really, really, really want to at least try to snowboard.

-Did you notice that I posted three times last week??  That’s so unusual for me…normally I have to remind myself to post once a week, and if I’m fortunate, I’ll get in two posts, but last week, I managed three posts!  Perhaps I’m getting back into the mood of blogging?  I love blogging, but sometimes…life happens.  At the moment, though, I enjoy sharing my “life happenings” with all of you, my lovely readers.

-I had a revelation this morning! It was even before I climbed out of bed.  I had mentally figured out how to post a comment on some of my friend’s blogs over at Blogger.com.  Now, I know this may not seem like big news, but it was to me.  See, most of my in-person friends have blogs on Blogger.  I’ve tried and tried to convince them to switch over to WordPress (after all, I am biased.  It happens to be the best blogging platform available, in my opinion), but for some reason, they are partial to Blogger.  *sigh*

I’ve resigned to that fact, and thankfully, most of them have a “follow by email” widget to make it easier for me to follow them.  However, for some reason, my WordPress account isn’t compatible with Blogger, meaning I can’t make comments on Blogger through my WordPress account.  That fact bothered me, considering I love getting comments, and I know most of my friends don’t receive that many comments.

Anyway, I had the brilliant thought today that I can either use Open ID to comment (just requiring me to type in my URL) or Name/URL.  I tried it out, and sure enough, it works!  Now I can comment on my friend’s blogs, and hopefully encourage them to blog more often (hint, hint – you know who you are. 😉 )

-This past Friday, I took my first Exam in History.  I take a History quiz every week, but that day I took the first Exam.  This exam covered the first 8 UNITS of History.  Now, I normally panic over a Unit Test – dreadful things that they are – but this was a test covering EIGHT units.  I was a little concerned, to say the least.  I mean, really – who remembers things from 8 units ago??  Apparently, I do.  I was so happy when I saw that I received a 98% on the exam!  I only missed one problem. *Cue angels singing praises*  I was obviously ecstatic enough to share about it on here. 😀

-Yesterday, after church,  a group of my friends and I went to see the play, Alladin, put on by FYT (Flagstaff Youth Theater).  The play consisted of a bunch of kids (ranging from probably around 5 to 18).  It was pretty good….  I’ve seen better FYT plays, but it did have funny parts.  It was mainly fun just leaving after church on the spur of the moment and heading to the theater with my friends.  I pretty much never do that, so it was a blast.  It probably doesn’t sound like that much to you guys who are the life of the party, but it was really fun for me.

There were some pretty good singers in the play, though.  Mainly, Alladin, and one of the main singers for “Arabian Nights.”  However, even though he wasn’t the greatest singer, Jafar was my absolute favorite character.  The guy who played him was a great actor.  He was very animated and totally fit the part.  My next favorite was the Genie, who was hilarious as usual.  He was constantly joking (it was slightly annoying after a bit – hence why he’s my 2nd favorite), but he even pulled a Gollum line.  That kind of won brownie points with me.

-Today’s verse is actually my older brother’s favorite Bible verse.  Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men.”

‘Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough.’


I want to snowboard.  I want to play basketball.  I want to dance freely with a flexible and limit-free body.  I want to do activities with the youth at my church without killing myself or regretting it later.  And I can’t do any of this with my injured shoulder.

I’m a point right now where I can do a lot of stuff, yet there’s a fine line of stuff I can’t do.  It’s almost like I can touch it, yet I can’t get it.  Like a candy bar just out of reach enough so you can’t grab it, but you can just barely touch it.  I’m so close, yet so far.

I think this may be one of the hardest times I’ve had yet with my shoulder.  At least before it was like I couldn’t do anything (not that I enjoyed it), so I didn’t have a taste of what it was like.  But now I can do sooo many things and practically live “normally”, yet there are still so many things I can’t do.  I’ve never been all that much into sports, but now that I see what I can’t do, it makes me want to do it.

Yet, at the same time, my shoulder is making huge strides in getting better (at last!!) – so maybe it won’t be all that long before I can do some of those things…  It might take a while for me to convince myself that it’s ok when that time comes, though.

Just a month or so ago, I was playing catch with my family and totally re-injured my shoulder.  It was horrible….I hadn’t felt that kind of pain since physical therapy right after my surgery.  That was from catch!!  I think I just over-did it, but now I’m pretty apprehensive to try throwing again.

Do you guys see what kind of turmoil I’m going through right now?  It’s like I want  to do the things I can’t, yet don’t want to do them at the same time.  Ugh!  My brain must have something wrong with it, I’ll tell ya.  Can’t it make up it’s mind? 😉

Thanks for letting me vent.  I’m just trying to sort things out.  It really isn’t all that bad – things could always be worse.  I have it off pretty good compared to a lot of people, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

On a lighter note, have you guys noticed my new blog theme?  What do you think??  I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but only just now switched to it.  Ok, so not “just now” – I think I’ve had it for a week or so.  But you know me and themes – they change frequently.  I guess that’s just like my brain….hmm…not sure if that’s good or bad.   😉

But I still want to snowboard.  Ok, that was random.  But it’s true!    😉  I’ve wanted to snowboard for like 3 years – but the first year we didn’t have money or something…maybe we just didn’t make the move for it, I don’t know.  Then last year I injured my shoulder and had surgery, so that was problematic.  And now I still have an injured shoulder – but I’m working on some special exercises to strengthen my shoulder so I could possibly snowboard.  I know it’s dangerous and hard….but for some reason, I just feel really attracted to the sport.  We’ll see, I guess.

Philippians 4:13 is very encouraging to me in this time.  ‘I can do anything through Him who strengthens me.’ 

This verse reminds me that even if I don’t have the strength to do something, Jesus Christ does.  Being a Christian, I am empowered through the Holy Spirit – and I can do anything through Him if it’s according to His will – even when I think it’s physically impossible.  If this means getting me through the rest of physical therapy, it’ll happen.  If it means getting me on to a snowboard – it’ll happen.  As long as it’s in His will, nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible.   😀

Until next time,

*title quote from Dave Berry.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I woke up this morning, with the temperature gauge-thing reading -3 degrees outside!  Negative 3 degrees!!!  That is soooo intensely cold.  So cold, it feels like it takes all the air out of your lungs.  So cold that your fingers go numb in like 2 minutes.  So cold that just wearing a hoodie and snowboots doesn’t cut it – I unfortunately learned this one myself.  So cold that the faucet doesn’t run.  So cold that your shoes freeze to the wet cement.  So cold that doors freeze shut.  I think you get the picture.  Or I sure hope you do.  😉  That’d be kind of awkward if you didn’t….  😉

It’s been in the negatives every day and night for the past week – I’m pretty sure this is going to be a much colder winter than we’ve had in a while.  We still have a few inches of snow…and our car actually died this morning because it was so cold. I have to wear my hoodie and winter socks along with my pajamas if I don’t want to freeze at night (and I even have a heating pad on my bed! Not to mention we keep the heater on all night….)

Man, it’s cold.  In case you haven’t noticed.  And if you also didn’t notice – I don’t like the cold.  I boycott snow.  I’m altogether Scrouge, The Grinch, and a humbug when it comes to winter.  (by the way, the Grinch is amazing.  Just sayin’ Oh, and the Muppets Christmas Carol is like the best Christmas movie – ever)  Granted, I really like winter break (which starts on the 19th!! so excited), so winter does have it’s pros. Still….

In other news, I spent 3 hours at the dentist today.   I had to get some stuff done….but I sure am tired.  And I bet my hygienist is too…haha.  It actually wasn’t all that much I needed to get done – a cleaning and some sealants…but I go to a place where they have students do the work, so it takes longer because they have to have instructors check everything.  But my hygienist was very sweet, so that made it better.

Really, I’m sooooo tired.  My jaw was aching through the whole thing, but the Bible verse, “My Grace is sufficient for you,” kept running through my head.  Every time it seemed like too much (I mean, c’mon – 3 hours is a long time to keep your mouth open, even with frequent breaks), that verse would pop in my head and the ache would seem to vanish for a while.  Bible memorization sure is helpful!

Here’s the full verse, in case you were wondering:

2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He has said to me, ‘My Grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”

What do you think of all the snow?? How’s the weather in your side of the country/world?  Hope your having a great one, and Happy Winter Break to all students out there – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I will.  😀

All my love,

Influenza Epidemic – seriously.

I can’t promise that this post is going to be all the entertaining…because….I just getting over a bad case of the stomach flu and am *very* exhausted and tired, and drowsy, and not able to concentrate much, and…. I think you get the picture.  Hopefully sometime during this week I’ll be able to write a much better post.  🙂

Yeah, so I was over at a friend’s house on Friday doing experiments for Marine Biology, when it all started.  We were dissecting a shark.  Eew!  I’ve always been like, “Ugh, that’s gross,” but have never actually been sick from it.  Except this time.  During the middle of it, I started to get kind of queasy but tried to ignore because, frankly, it’s pathetic that I would be so grossed out by a high school lab dissection!  I’ve dissected several creatures before!!

Anyway, I ended up…you know….hurling.  I was so embarrassed, but I felt so bad overall that I couldn’t care all that much. I was completely in a fog…I didn’t really “register” what people were saying or doing, and even though I answered, I can’t remember those answers now for the life of me.

When my friends dropped me off back home, I was still feeling quite sick, and when we walked in the door, the “aroma” of fresh-baked muffins met my nose.  Oh, I’m sure they’re delicious, but fiercely didn’t agree with my stomach at the moment.   🙄   haha

Let’s just say 7 hours later and 15 times of throwing up I was finally starting to feel a little better.  Man, I was so tired and thirsty…but I couldn’t keep anything down and only had half an hour between “letting loose” to rest.  I was soooo glad when I was finally done.

That was Friday.  Today’s Monday.  My stomach still hurts.  I guess it’s going to take several days for it all to calm down.  I hadn’t eaten anything since Friday morning until last night, but at least I can get something down now.  :/

But, it’s not just me.  Friday night my two baby brothers started throwing up as well. Late that night my sister and mom threw up.  Saturday night my older brother got sick as well.  Last night it was my dad.  I only have one brother left to go – then all of us will be sick.

However, my sister really wasn’t that bad so right now she’s pretty good…. and the babies throw up occasionally but otherwise are ok…but still.  We are definitely quarantined with the “epidemic” in our house.  Isn’t it fun with families??  One person gets sick; they all get sick.   😉 We’re unfortunately very good at sharing.   😛

In other news, this weekend we’ve also received several inches of snow!  Wherever I look, there’s snow everywhere.  We have Christmas music playing, the heater on, and snow outside.  Yeah, I’m ready for the holidays.  😀

I can’t exactly think of a Bible verse this time, but if you could pray to Jesus for me and my family, that would be great.  Actually, I just had a great idea – how about you tell me about a Bible verse God has set on your heart today?  If you don’t have one, that’s ok, but if you do, I’d love to hear it!

How’s your weekend been? haha


Surgery Accomplished!

Have you ever had a long-term injury that absolutely nothing helps it get better and it just becomes increasingly worse to where the only option left is surgery – even though the doctors and physical therapists and nurses don’t know what’s wrong?  Oh, and you’ve had injections and therapy to where it doesn’t really seem like a shocker anymore?

Well, I have.  If you want to read about everything that happened and has been going on, you can read that

The main point is that I have spent all of 2010 (well, minus about 2 1/2 months) with a shoulder injury and lots of testing. However of December 21st, I had Exploratory Surgery on my shoulder, and now (hopefully) I’m on the healing side. The reason why I say hopefully is because I won’t know for sure if my shoulder is completely better until April or May. 😦

So right now, I practically live in a recliner, and am in more pain than I expected. My doctor had thought that I had a tear, but when he went in, he didn’t find one, but instead, he found a ton of stuff that he totally didn’t expect. My shoulder was literally filled with bursitis and inflammation, along with my shoulder being very lax – which would’ve happened from the root of my injury, don’t laugh – arm wrestling. Yes, this girl decided to take on her older brother with arm wrestling. And came out with an injury. But I almost beat him! Not sure it was worth it, though.

My doctor was so surprised at finding that much bursitis in my shoulder… He would expect it of a person twice my age or older, but never in someone my age – a girl in highschool. He was able to scrape it all out, though, and put me on meds for the inflammation.

Oh yeah, and about the…uh…meds… Well…I can’t really stand or walk or make sudden movements at all because I get really dizzy and light-headed. My mom thinks it’s because I’m a Blonde, but I account it to the drugs. Really. You believe me, right? This never happened before so it can’t be the Blonde hair, right? Ok, maybe a little…BUT ONLY A LITTLE. Hehe anyway…

The laxity my doctor found in my shoulder was very strange too (oh and for those of you who are confused, laxity just means how loose your shoulder is for movement. Aren’t you happy Tia helped you out? Sure you are. 🙂 ) – not common for a person my age. The normal amount of laxity is around 10%, but mine was 40%. So, my doctor sutured it together and tightened it up. He put 7 sutures on the inside of my shoulder for that purpose alone – we even have little pictures to show for it (no, you do not get to see them. Sorry.). He did a couple other things too, like smoothing out a sharp bone, but after two hours, he had me all fixed up.

I ended up with 18 stitches total in my shoulder – 7 on the inside, 11 on the outside. That’s 18, right? If not, don’t blame me, it’s the meds. *wink*

Ok, well, the meds also make me drowsy, (along with having to type this whole thing with ONE HAND), so I’m gonna sign off and eat some chocolate. Maybe drink some Dr. Pepper. And take a nap.