Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Is This Half Way?

8 months ago Josh and I went on our first date. 8 months from now we'll be married. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bride-icus Don't-care-icus

It's been a while since I posted. Something like 2 months? Oops! But there's a reason, I promise. I'm just a leetle bit busy! And no, it's not because I'm busy planning the wedding. In fact, I'm in a perpetual state of ignoring the wedding.

I knew I wouldn't be a bridezilla. At least I hoped I wouldn't be. I'm just not the sort to get worked up over stuff and when you add in my Zoloft prescription...yeah, I really don't care. I figured I'd look at the wedding like I do most other things; I have my preferences, but if it doesn't work out EXACTLY the way I want, no biggie.

Turns out, I'm not like that at all. Turns out I just don't care. Take tonight for example. I looked at the calendar this morning and realized that if we want to get our save the date cards out before Christmas, we better get cracking. It's only 5 weeks away! So I made a list of things that needed to happen in order for that the happen. I was all set to work on getting this done tonight. I txted Josh and warned him that this evening we would be working on wedding "stuff" and to just be prepared when he got home. I totally blame him for what happened next.

Josh came home with a pizza and oatmeal fudge stripe cookies and the next thing I knew we'd watched 4 episodes of the Vampire Diaries, I'd talked to my sister on the phone, we'd eaten most of the pizza and half the box of cookies and I just didn't give a darn about finishing that to-do list because I was curled up on the couch with Josh and going to get the lap top just didn't seem like any fun.

On the other hand, I've been having nightmares about wardrobe malfunctions on our wedding day, usually involving my hair.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


So my excellent, highly esteemed doctor wasn't able to find anything physically wrong with me when I went in for tests last week. He attributed it to stress and told me to triple my meds. It seemed to be working as I was able to start eating again after a couple of days. I know that stress does weird things to your body and lately I've been under a ton of it, both physical and mental. The thing is, I'm not sure upping my meds was the right thing to do.

I was doing much better aside from still not being able to sleep. This is usually a sign of mental stress. My brain just won't shut down! When this happens I usually have to drug myself to get a good nights sleep, then I wake up groggy and my performance at work suffers because of it. I try not to go this route unless I absolutely have to.

Then yesterday came. My friend Lee asked me if I would like to participate in making a Christmas album. Anyone who's known me for 3 seconds knows that music is my life and this is right up my alley. I told him I'd pray about it, talk it over with Josh and get back to him by Friday. Then my mind immediately started spinning, going over how many hours it would take me to write the arrangement for my assigned song, how long to learn my parts on the other songs I'm assigned to work on, etc. Next thing I know it's Wednesday, I'm throwing up again and I can't sleep. I'm right back at square one and I haven't even said yes to the project yet!

I went through something like this about 8 years ago. At the time my GP wanted to put me on something for anxiety. I told him no and chose to burn off the stress by working out. This led to extreme weight loss and eventually a full blown Crohn's flair that almost killed me. It was five full years of h-e-double-hockey-sticks. Three years after it was all over I've still only put on about half of the weight my doctor wants me to. Oh the beauty of my disease! Needless to say I can't afford to go down that road again.

This is all to say that I think it's time I took Dr. M up on that prescription.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


This last weekend we tackled the dreaded "Wedding Checklist."* Things we checked off:

Caterer - Stan and Marty "Mrs. Clause" Veltkamp
Flowers - Costco, although now Mom's trying to change this one up and I'm having second thoughts about the "collection" we chose. I think they'll clash with the girls' dresses and my sash.
Engagement Photos - Sept. 8 with Kathy Weirda
Save the Date Cards
Invitations - they're picked out, now just waiting for enough Michael's coupons to buy them...
The Commons contract - it just showed up in my in-box courtesy of Korrie

We're making progress!

*Dreaded because every time I'd bring up doing anything wedding related Josh would look at me a little bit pissy and say, "I thought this wasn't going to take over our lives!" Guess what Sweetheart, some things have to be discussed. It doesn't all just magically happen!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Wedding Update

The dress is bought, the suits picked out and the church is reserved. That's all the further we've (I've?) gotten. I feel like it's so far away that I don't really need to worry about the rest of it yet. Of course this is going to come back and bite me in the hiny, I'm sure. Procrastination always does!

We've changed the reception from my parents back yard to The Commons. Based on the number of people that will likely be attending, parking and bathrooms were going to be an issue. I think this will simplify things though as we only have to decorate one venue now. Also, we met in The Commons auditorium so it's sort of fitting.

Now, the next thing on my sort of in the back of my head list is finding a photographer. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

The date is set! On July 6, 2012 I will become Mrs. Heinemann! Plans are slowly coming together, but that's OK. We have 11 1/2 months. I have a feeling it's going to go way too fast!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We now deviate from our regularly scheduled programing to bring you this special announcement...

I had a post all ready to go featuring a couple of clothing pieces that I'm super excited about. However something kind of special happened so forgive me, you're going to have to wait!


Sunday afternoon Josh and I were hanging out at his house. We always spend Sundays together. It's one of our favorite times of the week. After the sun went behind the clouds and ruined our plans for laying outside we went inside and promptly fell asleep. When I woke up Josh was laying beside me and we curled up together and started talking. He started asking me questions like am I sure that I'm OK moving away from my friends and family so that he can continue his research? Am I really OK with the fact that he's a bit of a work-a-holic? Do I really trust that he will always make the decision that he believes is best for us? He asked me questions like this for a couple of hours. When he was finally questioned out he turned to me and asked, "So will you marry me?" After all the other questions I didn't realize that he was proposing. I'm not exactly sure what I said other than that it was in the affirmative. Then he asked me if I was sure. I said, "Of course I'm sure."

"Then you should wear this."

It wasn't until he handed me the ring that I realized he was proposing! I'm so blond sometimes!

So now answers to the three most frequently asked questions.

1. Have you set a date? No, we haven't. Many of our married friends have told us that they wish they had taken more time to enjoy just being engaged before they dove head first into planning the wedding. We've decided to take their advice. We'll set a date sometime next month. It'll happen next summer, beyond that, that's all we've got. We have however spent a great deal of time talking about what's going to happen AFTER the wedding, ie: where we're going to live, plans to pay off the remainder of both of our debt before Josh graduates, whether or not to buy Josh a better vehicle or make due with the Jeep, etc. I think we're both more excited about what happens after the DJ's paid and the last person's left the dance floor.

2. Which wedding magazines have I checked out? Umm...none! Nor do I plan to! I flipped through one, I can't remember which, while I was waiting for my ring to be sized and you know what? I don't need to look at $6000 dresses. I'm not willing to spend anywhere near that much. I don't need to look at designer flowers and cakes. I'm doing my own flowers and my sister is going to do our cake. I already know what I want my flowers to look like and my sister is far and away more talented than any bakery here in Bozeman. She could seriously be on Cake Boss. Finally, I don't need to look at engagement rings. I already have one that Josh had made especially for me and it's PERFECT! Likewise, I will not be spending money on a "Commemorative" Wedding Planning Book. *Shudder*

3. What kind of diet/fitness regimen will I be going on to fit into the dress? The fact that anyone would ask me this sort of blows my mind and yet I've been asked more than once. I'm not. Period.

So that's my big news!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Setting the Record Straight

There's a rumor going around town that I stole from Pepsi while I was working there. This rumor is not true. I've lied, I've hurt people I care about, I've self destructed is some pretty horrible ways and I've done a lot of things that I'm not proud of, but stealing is not one of them. I don't know who started this rumor, but it's absolutely untrue.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Well hello there, Blog! How've you been?

I know, I know, I'm falling down on the job. Sorry. I've been super busy, but not with anything important. Went camping for the first time this summer with Josh and his family. Sold merch for Charlie Hall. Hit up Norris Hot Springs and the first Music on Main for the season.

Speaking of Music on Main, you know you're getting old when you can't wait to get out of there and home to bed when the shows over. Even after stopping at the lab to check on an experiment, Josh and I were home by 9:00.

Finished the Engaged classes. Had our first meeting with our Mentor Couple. Gearing up to play at church this weekend. Yeah, that's about it.

Like I said, super busy, nothing note worthy.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dark Days

I had to put my sweet boy down yesterday. After not fully recovering from first bought of pneumonia and two more weeks of it this time around, he was just too weak to fight anymore. Daddy buried him in the garden by the raspberries.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Le Sigh

Manfluff is sick. Again. Poor little guy doesn't want to get off the couch. This is an improvement from not wanting to leave the closet. Things are looking up!

So while the furboy is not feeling well, I'm going to share something that makes me feel well...the feather skirt from my birthday! Finally! Please overlook the marshmallow legs...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

One and a Half Days

Holy cow, the last two weeks have gone fast! I have a day and a half left here at the job that murders my soul. Part of me is excited, part of me is scared to death and part of me knows that it'll be just fine, the Lord will put me in the right place at the right time to meet and talk to the women that he wants me to encourage and pamper. That last one is already starting to happen. I seem to all of a sudden have a plethora of lost sheep bumping into my life. Perhaps He's trying to tell me something? Now if only he'd give me the words!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I have a new (old) outfit of the day to post...but I've been a bit sidelined with this horrible chest cold. I'm aiming to have it up on Sunday????

It's the outfit from my birthday party. Feathered skirt!!! It didn't photograph very well, but I'm putting it up anyway, because really, if my legs weren't marshmallow white as Josh calls them, I wouldn't be living in MT.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Let the Countdown Begin!

Guess who's only got 11 days left at her job! This chick, that's who! I've decided to take the plunge and do Mary Kay full time. It's a little scary, but I have an awesome support system and amazing customers so I know I can do it. The way Josh put it, "When you get home, drop your purse at the door and rush into my arms with tears rolling down your face, it's time for something new."

I couldn't agree more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness!

Things on the job front have pretty much met the breaking point. Thankfully I have an amazingly supportive boyfriend who looked at me last night when I was litterally leaning on him and crying who said, "Do what you need to do. I've got your back and we'll figure it out. We're in this together!" I'm not sure on the exact details yet, but I've got a plan!

The first step of this plan is to get rid of the snowblindness that my date book is currently giving me. I have an awesome hostess promotion in the works that will hopefully help me with that. Pink Coach clutch, anyone? How about a black leather Douney and Bourk hand bag? If I've got your attention, send me your contact info and I'll tell you how you can win one or both!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

We now interupt our regularly scheduled programming...

...for me to hop up on my soap box.

Since news of Osama bin Laden's death was made public on Sunday evening I've been, as I'm sure you have been, barraged with varying reactions. Some of these reactions have been deeply disturbing to me. On the one hand, bin Laden was a terrible excuse for a human being, teaching hatred and intolerance to thousands around the Arab world and even right here on American soil. His voice and influence needed to be silenced. The way his death is being widely celebrated seems wrong to me though. On the news you see images of people dancing and carrying on in the streets. Let's remember back to 10 years ago in the days and weeks following the Towers falling. Weren't they celebrating the same way over in Northern Africa? Weren't we offended that they would so openly rejoice in the loss of so many American lives? Here we are a decade later reacting the same way to the death of one of their leaders. America is a Christian nation. How can we possibly justify the celebratory reaction against what Jesus taught us? Our religion is about love. Love our neighbors. Love our enemies as ourselves. Love, love, love.

There is no doubt in my mind that God is not overjoyed by bin Laden's death. His heart for each of us is to bring us home to him. He covets each and every one of us, terrorist war lords included. Read the parable of the prodigal son. God is mourning Osama bin Laden's lost soul just as much as he's mourning the loss of your Aunt Edna who led a good life but never gave her life to Him. This Old Covenant eye for an eye reaction that I see everywhere I look just doesn't seem to me to be what Jesus taught us. Did Osama bin Laden need to die? Yes he absolutely did. Do we need to celebrate by dancing in the streets? No. That makes us no better than the terrorists he led.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Outfit of the Week: Easter/Wedding Edition

Stressful week over, I finally had some time to take some shots of the Easter outfit. I'm also wearing it to a wedding this afternoon so that was convenient!

Dress: Target

Cardigan: Target

Heals: Ross

Bag: Michi Classic.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Texted Conversations

Me: Logibear was originally going to be bred to this little beauty. Her name's Ginger. How adorable would their babies have been?

Josh: Umm...pretty cute? ;)

Me: Adorable!

Me: Of course if that had happened I wouldn't have Logibear.

Josh: I like how you're hypothetically breeding your neutered cat in your imagination.

Josh: I love your crazy ass.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Logan's First Crisis

My picture taking got sidetracked this weekend. Logan came down with a nasty case of pneumonia and had to go to the ER Monday. Do you know how expensive the kitty ER is? Crazy! Then I had to bring him to work with me yesterday. Today he's home and hopefully recovering. Poor fuzzy butt!

I'll be reprising the Easter outfit Saturday night for a wedding so hopefully I can get Josh to snap a shot or two then.

Speaking of Josh, he's defending his thesis paper tomorrow afternoon at 3:30. Big, big prayers for him to dazzle the committee with his brilliance!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Reason Why

This is Josh. He's the reason I can't wipe the stupid grin off my face.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Logan makes the perfect backdrop for these shoes doesn't he? I picked them up a while ago at Famous Footwear during an off season sale and haven't had the chance to wear them yet. I think the best part of them is the brand; Naughty Monkey!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Funny That

Just when I thought my life was pretty good and I couldn't imagine it getting any did. God is so generous with his blessings! That's all I've really got for now. Happy, happy and more happy!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Dang it, being responsible!

I canceled my trip home for the end of this month. Instead I took the money and paid off another credit card. That's two in 6 weeks. Look at me go! That's also 2 trips canceled in 6 weeks. Boo! Consider this fair warning that as soon as I am completely debt free I'm taking $1000, flying to Vegas and blowing the whole thing on a pair of Louboutins.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


See the white stuff that's covering the back yard? It's keeping me from wearing these:


Sunday, March 20, 2011

3rd Time's a Charm?

I've had something pretty heavy on my mind the last couple of days. I don't really want to say anything though because I almost feel like it would jinx something that could be really good. Fantastic even. So instead I'll use a shopping analogy.

You know how when you go shopping, you may try on 50 different outfits, but you usually end up buying the very first one? That's where I'm at.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ringing in Another Year

I know my birthday's not for another 11 days, but I'm going to be celebrating a little early. My parents informed me this morning that they're taking me to see the Punch Brothers on Monday! I'm so excited I'm bouncing up and down in my chair as I type this!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Holy Donkey's Bat Man!

It's cold out there!

For the first time in my Mary Kay career I am THIS ----> <----CLOSE to being a Star Consultant! This is huge for me. But...I have a little bit to go still. Where I'm going with this is if you're thinking about placing an order, doing so before Monday would really help me out! I'm thinking about doing some sort of prize drawing for all of you lovely people who help me reach my goal. I'd say ladies, but Daddy placed an order last night and I'm pretty sure ladies does not apply to him.

In case you didn't know we have a full line of MK Men's skin care as well as Velocity for younger and/or acne prone skin. I'd be happy to help you find the correct products for all the skin wearing people in your life!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Prayer's are a Flyin'

I have my second interview with a Christian Non-Profit today. For quite a while I've been feelign a tug on my heart that I need to be working in some sort of ministry field and I'm praying that this is the place the Lord is wanting me to go. I covet your prayers!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

1 Packs a Punch

I'm a person of habit. So much so that you can set a clock by my getting ready routine in the morning.

5:00: Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

5:05: Alarm goes off again. Hit snooze again.

5:10: Alarm goes off yet again. Hit snooze yet again. Tell 2 to shut up.

5:15: Alarm goes off a fourth time. Hit snooze for the final time and tell 3 to quit howling.

5:20: Alarm goes off. Unhook 1 from my hair so I can get up.

5:25: Feed 3 his Fancy Feast.

This is where the story deviated this morning. About 30 seconds after I fed 3 and turned my back I heard a WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP coming from the direction of the food dish. I turned around just in time to see 1 hit 3 in the head three times and then swipe his food. It's a good thing he's passive because he weighs more than twice what she does and he could do her some SERIOUS damage, all caps.

I guess I can see who wears the pants in this feline herd and it's not the male!

UPDATE: This morning 1 made another play for 3's food but this time he didn't back down. In order to keep the peace and avoid 1's untimely end I gave 1 her own can. Hopefully 2 won't catch on to this!

Monday, January 10, 2011

All Mary Kay All The Time

I took the last week off with the express intention to be ALL MARY KAY ALL THE TIME. It didn't work out quite the way I planned. None of my 8 classes held. Only 2 of the 5 facials held and I didn't get any new team members. But you know what? I'm not giving up! We plan, God laughs.

But this morning things started looking up. I had a fantastic facial and my wonderful customer decided to start he daughter on guitar lessons and booked a Skin Care Class for next month.

I can do this! I will do this!