<![CDATA[crackle + hum - Home]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:29:24 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Happy February?]]>Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:12:09 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/happy-februarySomehow the first month of 2016 is over. I'm not really sure what happened to January. It just sorta got sucked up in the vortex of day to day life.

I sat down hoping to write some fun post about everything we have been doing the past couple of months, but now that I'm here, I'm not sure I feel like it. I've rewritten this post several times on different things, all of which felt good to write, none of which felt right to publish.

I guess I just want to say that life is beautiful, and heartbreaking, and brilliant, and messy, and wonderful.

I think I need some sunshine, sand, and salty ocean water. Who's with me?]]>
<![CDATA[Hello again!´╗┐]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 21:01:24 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/hello-againWowza. I seriously underestimated how difficult it would be to pack up, move, and unpack with a toddler. Also transitioning to full-time stay at home mommyhood in a new place without a network of friends is exhausting. I just wanted to let you know that I am alive, I am back, and I am planning on posting regularly again! Thanks for hanging on. :)]]><![CDATA[Hello Sepember]]>Mon, 07 Sep 2015 06:27:17 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/hello-sepember

So how are we already in the ninth month of the year?!? Sometimes I feel concerned with how quickly time is starting to pass by.

We have been very busy the past couple of weeks, with things like baby showers, aquarium visits, packing up our apartment, putting half our stuff in storage, taking a CPA exam, heading to Arizona to spend a few weeks with David's family, and more. I'll try to do a couple extra posts this week to make up for my abrupt disappearance.

I'm quite tired, but I just wanted to check in and post a couple pictures until I can write a real post. I'll see you again shortly!

P.S. Margot loves David's family's dogs, but they are far less enthused about her. This picture perfectly captures their relationship- Margot happily petting Coconut, while he hopes that Margot will leave him alone if he just pretends she isn't there hahaha. No such luck, Coco!

<![CDATA[A Week in Tahoe]]>Tue, 25 Aug 2015 04:07:13 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/a-week-in-tahoe

Somehow in all the hullabaloo I forgot to blog about our trip to Lake Tahoe at the end of last month. Better late than never, no?

Every couple of years my family does a huge family reunion, and this year it was held in Tahoe. I had never been before, but it definitely lived up to the hype of how beautiful it was!

We tried to do a little bit of everything- hiking, relaxing, kayaking, shopping, eating, and just enjoying time together with family we don't see that often. It's always been tradition to hold a week-long poker tournament, but so many of my cousins were old enough to play that we only ended up playing one night. It didn't effect me too much- I'm terrible at it, so I generally avoid it as much as possible.

I loved spending time with my extended family, but also enjoyed being with my little three person tribe as well. It's a blast watching Margot explore and experience things for the first time, so I think that made the trip even better.

It's funny, before I got married I was worried that I wouldn't be able to travel as much, but now I just travel with my best friend in tow. Then when I was pregnant, I was worried we would never do anything because of the baby, but we just bring her along and have an even better time than we would have without her. Big shout out to my parents, though, for watching her when we needed a break!

The family reunion trip was a huge success, and I would love to visit Tahoe again someday. Maybe next time we will camp!

Do you have any favorite vacation spots or family trip traditions?

<![CDATA[Weekend Roundup]]>Sat, 22 Aug 2015 05:04:58 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/weekend-roundup2And here we are again! Another weekend roundup coming atcha live from crackle + hum! 
SONG OF THE WEEK: Needing/ Getting by OK Go

That awkward moment when I haven't really been listening to anything new this week and had to pick something random off of one of my playlists? Oh well. I'm pretty sure this video went viral when it first came out, so it's worth a watch anyways.
OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: click for details

So.. who is excited for fall?!  *enthusiastically raising hand* Me too, guys. Me too. So let's pretend like it wasn't 90 degrees today and instead imagine it was a day in late October. Apparently military green is a big color this season? Which is convenient since I just bought a sweater similar to the one above, although admittedly mine is more of a forest green.
DREAM OF THE WEEK: lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand (taken from le google)

In addition to being excited for fall, who wants to travel to Thailand with me for the floating lantern festival?! The Disney movie Tangled is my jam, so ever since I found out the floating lights were a real thing, I've been singing "I've got a dream! I've got a dream! I just want to see the floating lanterns gleam!"

Okay, so this movie is a follow up to a tv series called Firefly. Firefly was cancelled 11 episodes into the first season, and (like most weird things that end early) grew a cult following after its cancellation. I wasn't particularly blown away by the tv series- it was entertaining enough to finish the season and wonder what happened to the characters, but I wasn't really emotionally attached to anyone. This movie, though, is everything I hoped a Joss Whedon sci fi western would be. It was equal parts funny and intense, and did a great job wrapping up the story lines without going overboard. Overall, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, although I probably wouldn't watch it again.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: Invest in people who invest in you. -the Alison Show

This hit me hard when I read it this week. I'm someone who has put myself out there for people, who then weren't there for me when I needed them, instead of building relationships with those who loved me back. One nice thing about getting married and having a baby young is that I quickly learned who my real friends were. It's hard adjusting to this new life as a family of three, and sometimes that has meant I've been flakier than I would have liked. However, my close friends have stuck around through this learning curve, and know that I'll be there for them when their lives get hard, too. The same thing goes for family! I am so lucky to have an incredible family. There have been times where I have taken them for granted, but now that I have a family of my own, I realize how blessed I am for their love and support.

This week, let's work on developing our relationships with people who consistently show they care about us as much as we care about them. Happy weekend, friends!
<![CDATA[Tue, Aug 11, 2015]]>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:02:26 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/tue-aug-11-2015

Today I spent most of the day on the floor, chasing my daughter and picking up after her and biting my tongue when she tried to brush my hair but got the brush stuck in my bun. I tickled and fed her and tried to put her down for a nap several times but she would. Not. Have. That. I cleaned up yogurt that was dumped on the floor and pretended to eat cheese on a lettuce leaf because she made it for me. I changed five poopy diapers and found one lightly used diaper under the table, apparently she figured out how to remove it herself (that also explains why she was running around in the buff earlier). I laid on the couch quite exhausted and watched her dump all of her toys out, then she brought me a book and quietly looked at it with me while I held her. She refused to eat anything but cheese for dinner but somehow still made a big enough mess to require another bath.

It was overall an average day. But today, for the first time, she paused in her play, ran over to me, and gave me a kiss. The sweetest, slobberyest toddler kiss right on the lips. She flashed a huge smile and went right back to playing. But that kiss was so reaffirming and wonderful and heartwarming that my whole day was elevated from average to amazing. I wasn't sure my love for her could grow any more, but I am constantly surprised with how much that love can grow in a single day.

I love you, sweet Margot. Thank you for making our lives perfect.

<![CDATA[Urine for a real treat today..]]>Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:13:13 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/urine-for-a-real-treat-todayToday, my daughter peed on the floor at Gap.

We had just left a mommy play date at a splash pad nearby, and hearing rumour of an amazing sale, we stopped on our way home. I briefly contemplated changing Margot out of her swimsuit and swim diaper before placing her in the carrier. I thought better of it. "We'll only take fifteen minutes!"

I should note, Gap has become my weakness lately. Every time I've gone recently, I have found some great basics for cheap. I continued with this pattern today and loaded my arms up with shirts, pants and sweaters to try on.

Once in the dressing room, I removed Margot from the carrier so she could run around in the dressing room while I tried stuff on. As soon as I was partially into my first outfit, I noticed her squatting in the corner, and before I could react, 

And it was a lot of pee! Like probably a whole cup. She stepped in it and happily trekked little puddles around the dressing room.

I hadn't brought the diaper bag with me, so I had nothing to change her into. I quickly changed back into my clothes, mumbled something about a spill and needing paper towels to the sales associate. After mopping up what I could, I strapped Margot, STILL DRIPPING WITH PEE, back in her front carrier. I hurried through checkout with a few things for us before racing outside to go home.

We were both soaked in Margot's urine, it was so gross. And somehow she managed to pee two more times on the floor of our apartment before I could get her into the bath.

So that was our Monday. How was yours?

<![CDATA[Weekend Roundup]]>Fri, 07 Aug 2015 07:18:29 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/weekend-roundup1Apparently these roundups are the only thing I'm really good at doing semi consistently. I don't feel like I have very much else to write about on this blog at the moment, so this is what you get for now. Also I'm posting this a day early because I can. Ready? Okay!
SONG OF THE WEEK: Flaws by Bastille

I just really, really like this one.
OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: click photo for details

I went shopping at Target with my mom last week and found THE BEST overalls. I think we bought them a week ago, and I have worn them 4 of the last 7 days. yolo? (is yolo still a thing?) I got the cutest backpack too, I couldn't find a picture of it, but I loved the one above as well.
DREAM OF THE WEEK: Yrjö Edelmann

Can you guys believe that is an OIL PAINTING?! Blows my mind.
Some days I miss being an art student. I miss constantly creating and looking for inspirations and being surrounded by interesting people and ideas. I want to jump back on board, but my art supplies were stolen off our doorstep last fall and I haven't been willing to drop the funds necessary to replace all that was lost. Occasionally I still draw, but man do I miss oil painting. Especially textures!
WATCH (?) OF THE WEEK: Zoella on Youtube

So this isn't the usual book/ movie, but Zoella is one of my favorite youtubers. She's always so upbeat and enthusiastic, sometimes she does beauty, sometimes lifestyle videos. I like turning on her videos while I'm cleaning. Plus she has an English accent so she is fun to listen to! This isn't my favorite video of hers, but it is the most recent.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: the laughing heart by Charles Bukowski

I had a hard time picking a thought this week, so I'm sharing a favorite poem instead. It came into my life at a time when I really needed to hear it, and I've returned to it many times since then. I like many of Bukowski's words but these are my favorites.

Well, that's all folks! Thanks for hanging out here with me- hopefully I will soon feel like I have more to write about and share. Have a glorious weekend!
<![CDATA[Weekend roundup]]>Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:59:26 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/weekend-roundupHey guys! I hope this weekend finds you happy and healthy. I'm excited to bring back another weekend roundup, so let's do this!

SONG OF THE WEEK: be my forever by Christian Perri feat. Ed Sheeran

This song is just so darn happy and catchy. I fully appreciate more moody indie music, but sometimes you just need a happy sunshine song about being happy in love. And this song has been practically on repeat for me this past week.

OUTFIT OF THE WEEK: click photo for details

I have spent more time living out of a suitcase than my closet the past month, so this look has become my uniform. Comfortable, easy to clean, doesn't get too wrinkly after being rolled up in a suitcase. My two basic rings I always wear. Also, I have an almost shameful number of striped shirts, so even if I was at home, I would probably be wearing some variation of this. Side note- my striped shirt is actually the modern v neck from gap, they were having a ridiculously amazing sale recently so I bought a couple to add to my collection.

DREAM OF THE WEEK: mermaid hair

Guys. I want blue hair SO BAD. I have never died my hair (other than a small streak underneath during my ~wild phase~ freshman year of college), so why am I all of a sudden wanting to get so cray? A couple of my friends died their hair pink this week, I think it's their fault I'm dying for fun colored hair. Maybe I'll get up the nerve to dip dye.. Or start with a small streak underneath... I'll keep you updated.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK: The Grand Budapest Hotel

I was at Walmart with my mom and to my surprise this movie was in the $5 bin! I love it when that happens. It has been over a year since I've seen it, but I remember liking it quite a bit. It is a Wes Anderson film, and is definitely right up that quirky alley he hangs out in. I'll update my review after watching it again so I can give more specifics!


Everything has changed and yet, I am more me than I've ever been. -Iain Thomas

Being home going through old stuff made this thought particularly relevant to me this week. I have come so far from who I was in high school, and I feel like I am on the path to becoming my true self. I have a ways to go, and I'm not always 100% sure who exactly that person is, but I trust myself now to do the hard things that need to be done for me to find her. Does that even make sense? I hope so.

I hope you have the courage to do hard things this upcoming week, and that those things will bring you further along your journey to find happiness and fulfill your dreams. Have an amazing weekend, I'll see you next week!

<![CDATA[An open letter to my 14 year old self]]>Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:36:02 GMThttp://cracklehum.weebly.com/home/an-open-letter-to-my-14-year-old-selfToday I spent a few hours going through a closet full of teenage memories. Pictures, journals, yearbooks, awards- memories both good and bad. It was mostly middle school through high school things I had held on to, and the whole experience made me feel incredibly nostalgic, considering what life was and how it could have been. I am proud of and happy with who I have become, but I couldn't help but wish that I could talk to my younger self to try and avoid some heartache. Among my massive collection of things, I found many letters that I wrote to people expressing what I wish I could say, but never gave to the person. So, to carry on in the same pattern, here is my letter to my 14 year old self.
Dear Bronte,

Hey! It's me, your 23 year old self. I remember 23 seeming so old- remember that time Aunt Julia came to visit and said she was 23, and we said 23 was our favorite number because we thought it seemed so cool and old? Me too.

Anyways, I have just finished cleaning out our closet, and I realized I have so many things I wish I could share with you.

You are beautiful. Please don't waste years of your life being self conscious of your acne- it does (mostly) clear up, it does not make you less of a person.

Your feelings, thoughts and ideas are important and valid. Do not be so afraid of what others might think of these that you force yourself into terrified, aching silence. This silence will have consequences, and if you don't speak up, you will end up hurting yourself and others more than if you calmly and openly explain yourself. Also, your ideas are rad! Pursue them! Maybe it's not the same idea as the one the "cool girls" have, but it is yours and deserves to be explored.

Boys can wait. I know, they are cute and exciting and so fun to think about and flirt with. But you have so much time before you need to worry about them. Every romantic relationship you get into will end one of two ways- either marriage or a broken heart. So please, take the time to get to know people before jumping into relationships. You have a happy, loving heart, and some day you will find a boy who shares your soul. But there are many boys who you will meet whose hearts are not like yours. Be aware of this and watch for warning signs to get out before you are in too deep.
Physical relationships can wait. I know it is exciting, and it is perfectly fine to be curious about it. But please, please wait until you have found someone who values you and your relationship so highly that they actually put a ring on it before you do. It isn't enough for a guy to say they want to marry you some day down the road- many guys use that phrase as leverage. Also, never EVER be pressured into doing something you don't want to do just because you are afraid you will lose the guy if you don't. If he is pressuring you, give him a swift kick in the butt out the door and wait for the one who respects your boundaries. You both will get over it and be perfectly fine.
(Spoiler alert- you will eventually meet the boy of your dreams. He is everything you want, you'll be married for eternity and have a beautiful baby girl.)

You are both loved AND liked! People are more than happy to be friends with you if you just go slightly out of your comfort zone to try and develop friendships. Be involved! Join clubs! Talk to anyone and everyone! All you have to do is ask people about themselves, give them compliments, and be yourself, and bam! Friendship. Once you have made friends, work to maintain these friendships, and do your best at keeping in touch after moving away. This is something I am still struggling with, but maybe if you get started now, it won't be as hard when we are 23 ;)

Be kind to your family, especially your parents. You are their first child, they are doing their best to figure out how to parent a teenager, just like you are trying to figure out how to be one. You will be frustrated, and so will they. They really do have good advice, even if you don't want to hear it. And stop doing that stupid stony faced vacant look when people try to figure out how you are feeling. It won't make either of you feel better.

Work hard in school, don't skip class. I know this seems weird now, but trust me. You are only in school for a limited number of years. Do everything to the best of your ability and you won't look back with regrets. Plus you will learn a heck of a lot more.

Your taste in music is awesome. Keep exploring genres and looking for more. Don't waste your time listening to music you don't really like just to seem cool. It's a waste of time.

Keep developing your artistic voice and vision.

Be outside as often as possible. I know I know, it's rainy most of the time. But it's a serious mood booster and will keep you healthy.

You manage to completely avoid drugs and alcohol, so high five to us! You do miss out on some things because of it, but honestly, it's not a huge deal and your friends that matter are totally cool with it.

You also do well at staying active at church and developing our beliefs, so double high five to that too!

You do need to improve you consumer habits. Stop buying crap you don't need! Save that money and use it to travel around the world. A trip to Paris or India will keep you happy far longer than that dress that you sort of want.

I feel like most of these are more somber pieces of advice, but when you are good and doing your best, you are a champion that really doesn't need advice. Your conscience is strong, your head and your heart know what's best, so trust them. When you can't decipher what they are saying, have a chat with God and he will help straighten you out.

My final piece of advice is to not be in such a hurry to grow up. You are a teenager for only a few years, then get to spend the following sixty being a grown up. Have fun! Be silly! Do goofy things with your friends! Go to concerts! Travel! These are experiences you will never regret.

You are appreciated. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are enough.

Good luck with your teenage years! I promise they end and you will be a better person at the end of them.

Love, Bronte