Climate Change-Where to begin?

Climate change may be a hot topic right now at the UN Climate Summit but it is a new topic for me.  I am reading “Before Their Gone…” by Michael Lanza and climate change is a consistent theme throughout the book.  Living in the St. Louis, MO, I am sad to say that this has never been a topic that I have discussed with anyone in any real detail in my 30-plus years.  I am a bit embarrassed by this, partly because I feel so uneducated.  But that will change as I continue to read more and connect with more people.

I was originally drawn to the book because I enjoy the outdoors and the adventure of travel.  Mr. Lanza’s family is often times ambitious in their trips, but I must say there is not one that I would not want to jump on their traveling bandwagon.  As I am reading though I become shocked and saddened as each chapter demonstrates how climate change will eradicate something, whether it is the glaciers, trees, land, etc.  Being new to blogging, I stumbled across a great blog yesterday with an article entitled “Creepers Against Climate”.  It was wonderful being able to reach out to a fellow blogger and share thoughts, and hopefully become more educated.

If you read this and have any good links to share or books please leave a message in the comments.  I look forward to sharing more about this topic as I learn more.  Who knows…maybe I will be a catalyst for education in my own midwestern town 🙂


White. Ivory. Champagne. Blush.

Thankfully, time is on my side and no need to make any decisions today, or tomorrow.  Colors, Beads, Sparkle, Satin, Lace.  The list of options is endless.  Dress store number 4 happened tonight, and I should say I LOVE trying on dresses. Will it ever get old?  Unlikely!  I have never put on these types of gowns, and have never worn anything even close to these beauties!  I know people say you will know when you find your wedding dress.  I have to admit though that tears have nearly surfaced for a variety of gowns, and NONE of them look the same.

I am thankful to have actually found some that I like though.  Being open-minded I have tried on all styles, fabrics, and necklines.  The clear winners are ball gown, A-line, and Sheath dresses.  My first dress that I fell in love with is a gown by Demetrios-1449.  It is a V neck sheath dress that has a high keyhole back, lace and sparkle, and really shines!  I also won a contest awarding me $1000 towards a dress….cha-ching! Then I found Ivonne by Enzoani.  With it’s beautiful illusion neckline and sheer beaded back with full skirt it is just stunning.  I truly feel like a princess, which for the record was never really something I was looking for, but I like it!  Just when I thought I had sorted out that I like having a little bling-bling on the dress, I tried on a silk Atelier Pronovias gown-Kalea.  Add a sparkly belt and voila-magic!

Thankfully, I don’t have to decide today, or tomorrow.  I am so grateful to have my good friend from Paris joining me in a few days in little ‘ol St. Louis.  I know that she will have great feedback, which I welcome with open arms.  Not only that, but I welcome and cherish these opportunities to see her, which at best are once a year.  It is so special to have her coming here and sharing her time with me and my family.  This entire experience is eye-opening…planning a wedding.  The people who matter most are around and the small moments and comments and smiles are something I hope to keep with me forever.  I also look forward to continue to share these experiences with you the reader.  If you have any advice on stories please feel free to share!

The caterpillar effect

I recently became engaged at the age of 32-this mind you is old for the midwest, more specifically St. Louis, MO. While I’m sure this topic will arise again later, it got me thinking. People say this is one of the most important times in your life-and I, thus far, would agree. So many things are in flux at the moment, have already changed, and certainly are going to change. For example, we are moving in together next week. Yowswers! I’m hopeful that through these important and adventurous times we grow together and change for the better. I wanted to start this blog to document who I am today vs who I am one year from now; and hopefully continue beyond that, but that’s far away and irrelevant at the moment.

So I suppose the first thing to do is a self-assessment of who I am today:
A 32 years old female living in St. Louis, MO. I am a fiancé to be! I am currently 144 pounds-hoping to shed 20 in a year-that seems doable right?! My favorite color is RED and I wear scrubs almost every day to work. I am in medical sales-another topic for later, but let’s say if happiness is yellow and sadness is blue-I would say I’m green. Pushing a green-blue color. I enjoy gardening, makeup, rock climbing, traveling, cooking-especially the involved lengthy recipes. I love my family, and enjoy binge watching TV more than a person should. Obviously, I can not describe everything I am in a sentence or a paragraph. I will say that I enjoy an adventure and am aiming to really LIVE. Looking forward-it is difficult to sometimes see how we change. We tend to morph without really “seeing” the change occur. We become a new, hopefully better version of our previous self, or sometimes we stay the same. I look forward to the future adventures and seeing how a person goes from here->there. My anthropological experience begins….or continues I should say.