Sunday, June 28, 2015

Ode to the Truck

So something really exciting has happened around here as of late: we paid off Nate's truck. And it's kind of a big deal for us. So as such, I would like to make a tribute to said truck. There's no name for the truck or anything, or else this post would be titled "Ode to [name]" but since Nate's not really the kind of guy to name a thing, and because he wouldn't let me name it "Crawl the Warrior King" ($1.00 for anyone who can name that movie reference), this is just going to be an "Ode to the Truck."

Despite loathing forking over the monthly payment each month for the truck, it's actually been a really good truck for us. We've spent lots of weekends in it driving up to, and all around northern Arizona.

It's taken us on many adventures from fishing to camping, to hunting, to hiking, to watching fireworks on the 4th of July, to playing in the snow.

It's hauled quads, and boats, and kayaks (oh my)

It was even the first vehicle in which our dogs learned how to drive
I'm kidding, of course. Dogs can't drive vehicles because that would be unsafe and very dangerous. They mostly just hang out in the back, real talk:

Nate's truck has been both functional, and, well, functional. It's carried our whole family up to Sedona for our annual holiday trip, it's carried the dogs in the bed when the cab gets too full, it's gotten a little blood on it from time to time, and it's even made a heck of a bench for spontaneous happy hours
Ironically, both Duck Commander wines. But that's because we always stop at the Walmart in Payson and they're the only ones I've seen carry the Duck Commander wine so whenever I see it I just feel like I need to buy it. Then again, whenever I see wine in general I feel like I need to buy it sooooo...

Heck, it even fits all four of us should the occasion ever arise when the four of us need to be in the front cab of the truck...

The truck has celebrated the holidays with us, carrying numerous Christmas trees home with us and even managing to be part of our family Christmas photos
Truck cleans up nice eh?

Rain, snow, sleet (what's that, really?) sunshine or...mostly sunshine, the truck has been there and gotten us through it all

And now it's technically and legally ours.

Don't break down on us now, truck...I'm pretty sure all our warranties are expired so, I'm serious.

In hindsight, why I have so many pictures of Nate's truck, I have no idea. But it made for a good blog post right?


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

I Love Baseball and Here's Why

Hi hello it's me, dropping in for a Father's Day post. I realize I haven't blogged in like, a month. But I got the itch to post for Father's Day. Truth is, I've had this post in mind for a long time but haven't taken the time to sit down and write it out so I figured what better occasion than on the day we celebrate Dads?!

Anyone who knows me knows I love baseball; the Diamondbacks, in particular. And I love baseball because my dad loves baseball.

Arizona got a Major League baseball team in 1998 when the Diamondbacks arrived in downtown Phoenix. I was an 11 year old kid and remember my dad, a season ticket holder, taking my sister and me to games. I remember him trying to teach me the rules of the game, and how to catch a fly ball (which, is really hard and very scary ok?). I never played baseball or softball or anything (hence, the inability to catch a fly ball), but I became a fan of the game because my dad was a fan of the game. And when I think about the game of baseball it makes me think of him. Which is why I hold the game, and the Dbacks so close to my heart - cause they remind me of my dad.

I'm reminded of my dad when I think about the 2001 World Series the Dbacks won, when he told me over and over again that the 1-2 punch of Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling doesn't come around very often in life and that we were watching something special and needed to remember it. He was right. We were. And I did.

I'm reminded of my dad when I think about how the Dbacks haven't been to the play-offs in years and had the worst record in Major League Baseball last year; I think about him telling me, "Rissa, you're not a real fan unless you're still a fan when they're losing." I've kept that small piece of wisdom with me in all my fandoms (after all, Arizona sports hasn't been the easiest to watch in the last few years).

My dad was the first person I texted after my girlfriends and I ran into Luis Gonzalez at a football game and got to meet him and take a picture with him.

My dad has taught me a lot not only in life, but also in baseball. He told me once that, you don't know the game of baseball until you know the infield fly rule. So you bet I did my homework to ensure I knew the infield fly rule in case it ever came up in casual conversation with friends or family (cause the rules of baseball come up often in social settings?). OPS, ERA, RBI, Designated Hitter - I learned them all from my dad. Greg Schulte on the radio, purple and teal, baseball in November - they all make me think of my dad.

The game of baseball isn't most people's favorite; it's too slow, not enough action, takes too long, are often the things I hear. But I see it as methodical, intentional, and analytical - just like my dad. If something's not working you make an adjustment - just like my dad does. For nine innings you chip away at your purpose, your end goal - just as my dad has for his whole life and in raising a family. He's taught me that you might get some grass stains or some dirt on you along the way but hey, it builds character! So in the same way my dad has instilled a love for baseball in me, so to has he instilled a love for life in me.

Happy Father's Day daddy, you da man!


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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hi Hello It's Carissa

Mike check mike check. Hi hello, is this thing on? I'm here for blogging...this is where I do that right? I almost forgot what a blog looked like or even how to do it...cause it's been like, almost two months since I've last been here. Oops. I wish I could use emojis in blog posts cause right now I would use the one that has the bug eyes and looks confused.
I use that one a lot. Mostly because I'm often confused in life. That and the wine glass one. I use that one a lot too. Anyway, I don't know how I got to talking emojis. Probably because I forgot how to blog. So let's try for a list for the remainder of this post and maybe I can stay on track that way.

6 Things You Need to Know Since the Last Time I Blogged
You don't actually need to know any of them, it's mostly just me offering up information cause I think I remember that's what you do when you blog. So really, I should have titled that something else but I didn't...cause I forgot how to blog and appropriately title things.

1.) We got a boat
Well, Nate got a boat. It's a small fishing boat and it's nothing fancy but I'm kind of obsessed with it.
It's really comfortable and can fit a small cooler that I can then fill with booze. But that's not the main point. The main point is that spending the day on the lake fishing is so peaceful and relaxing and I even learned how to steer the trolling motor. Go me. Not that it's super hard but remember - I'm often confused in life and this includes learning to steer a trolling motor.
The first time we took it out for a spin we decided to also take the dogs, which I'm still deciding if that was a good or bad idea.
Maycee kept trying to jump in the lake and barked at everything that passed us (including but not limited to trees, twigs, branches, other boats, waves in the water, clouds, air, wind etc. etc.).
She finally settled down and wouldn't you know, she got pretty comfortable up front with Nate:
Gunther's a good boy and he dee gee ay eff (see what I did there), so he just chilled the whole time:
So anyway, long story short - if you don't have a small fishing boat, you need one. It's fun and if you play your cards right, you can find one that fits a small cooler that you can then fill with booze.

2.) Nate and I celebrated six years of marriage
Ugh, sorry. That was too many wedding pictures...two of which were kissing. Sorry, I don't know what got into me. Anyway, we spent our six year anniversary on said fishing boat (see #1 above) fishing and cheers-ing to six years of marriage:
The cheers-ing was mostly just me since Nate doesn't really drink. But hey, I wasn't gonna let that stop me. Happy anniversary to me!

3.) Nate got a new job
And by "new job" I mean that after months of testing and interviewing, Nate will soon be a police officer with the City of Chandler. I couldn't be more proud of him!

4.) Carissa got a new-ish job
Ok so it's not really a new "job" but one of my best friends Kailey got engaged last month and asked me to be her maid of honor! I'm so happy for her and can't wait to get started with the wedding planning! In fact, you can watch the proposal here. Not sure if she wanted me to plug that or not but oops, I just did. I met Kailey and Brianna through blogging and now they're two of my very best friends - it's such a cool thing to be part of her big day together!! Love these girls!!

5.) The dogs are swimming....already
Which means it's basically summer and we've already hit triple digits this week and I'm just not ready for it. But the dogs sure are.

6.) Baseball is back
And it's been back for like, a month now and during that month's time my quality of life has significantly improved. Cause baseball just makes your life better. In fact, I went to my first game of the season last weekend and there were three things that happened that culminated into what I like to call the perfect Dbacks trifecta:
1.) I got the Paul Goldschmidt hat they were giving away (yes, I sometimes plan my game attendance around promo's and giveaways)
2.) I fulfilled my dream of eating a churro dog
For those of you who weren't paying attention in the off season, the Diamondbacks came out with this glorious creation comprised of a churro placed in between a sliced donut, with frozen yogurt, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel sauce drizzled on top. Life would be nothing if not for ballpark food. Thanks, Arizona Diamondbacks.
3.) My Insta was posted on the jumbo-tron during the game
...so basically, I'm famous.

So there's the seven things you need (or not really) to know since the last time I blogged. This post has taken me way too long to write so I hope to be back to blogging sometime before July so that it doesn't keep taking me this long to churn out a post and recap the last two months.

Miss you blog friends! Happy Monday!

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