Thursday, January 21, 2010

Stages of Life

Crystal the Child

Accessories: Winston my stuffed dog

Wardrobe: Stretchy pants with stirrups on the end. I truly thought those would never come back, but alas, I was wrong. Oh, and tall socks.

Books: Amelia Bedelia, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown (my first literary crush; I was soooo jealous of Sally), Hardy Boys and Boxcar Children, among thousands of others. I was homeschooled, AKA I read a lot.

TV shows: Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Favorites: School, being outside and the Creswell Library

Crystal the Adolescent

Accessories: Big bangs & a True Love Waits ring

Wardrobe: Garage sale finds and anything from the Murphy Bag (it sounds like an upscale 2nd-hand boutique...just stick with that).

Books: anything by C.S. Lewis, Frank Peretti, Janette Oke and Ted Dekker

TV Shows: I barely watched any TV during this period. My life was so full of piano, school, work, church and family that I cannot recall watching anything other than sports.

Favorites: losing weight, getting straight A's, dreaming of college boys

Crystal the Childless Adult

Accessories: Hats and beanies, my wedding ring, peacoats!

Wardrobe: Because of the Idaho weather, here's how that went. In summer: as little as possible. In winter: as much as possible. In between: sundresses and anything that accentuates my small waist and rib cage and hides my not-so-small everything else.

Books: the classics. Biographies. Anything not related to the boring stuff my professors made me read.

TV shows: Friends, Frasier, Home Improvement, Golden Girls & Dancing with the Stars

Favorites: spending time ALONE with my husband, making last-minute plans and keeping them, playing board games late into the night with friends, no kangaroo pouch on my stomach, an insane volunteer schedule and making $.

Crystal with a Child

Accesories: a much bigger purse than I ever truly like, to serve double-duty as diaper bag and purse. Oh, and a nursing wrap (they come very trendily now, by the way).

Wardobe: anything that cleans well and still looks cute. Bonus: easy access for nursing.

Books: The Power of a Praying Parent & The Birth Order Book

TV shows: American Idol, Lie to Me and The Jay Leno Show

Favorites: snuggling, chubby thighs (not mine!), stolen date nights and vacations.

So what are your life stages?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Donate Somebody Else's $!

I recently discovered an Australian-based company that is deciding to spend their normal marketing budget a different way. In exchange for word-of-mouth advertising by us, the normal people, they will donate money to different non-profit organizations (WorldVision, Make-a-Wish and WWF).

So today, I'm donating $25 to WorldVision without spending a dime. Thanks to HotelsCombined for this great program! Spread the word on your blogs!