things i love thursday! (december 20, 2012)

“You never laughed like this when you had Mirena.”

That’s what Dan said to me Tuesday night. He was so right.

Sorry to keep harping on it, but I’m so thankful I got that thing out. I’m also thankful that my life is so amazing that I have so many reasons to laugh and smile.



  • Bibleinanight Night.
  • The smiley poop Emoji.
  • New pregnancies. New births, as well! #babyfest
  • Tearful worship.
  • A birthday hair treatment.
  • Quick but jam-packed bible studies over coffee.
  • Lunch with Sydney at T-Flats and the hilarious conversation that always takes place with her.
  • Spontaneous tickle fights on the floor of E3Kids. (My husband is the best.)
  • Haphazardly planned breakfasts at Cracker Barrel.
  • Playing with Dax at bath time. He is so fun!
  • Dan and Dax visited me at work! For no reason! (Typically it’s because Dan needs to bring something to me/get something from me.)
  • Great music.
  • Naps.
  • Serendipitous run-ins at Redeye Coffee.
  • Seeing my awesome primary care doctor and my counselor back to back.
  • Using art to heal.
  • Raw, honest, candid, and enriching conversations over iMessage.
  • Giving Dax sorbet for the first time! (He wasn’t impressed, but it was funny nonetheless.)
  • Walking from my work to my lunch destination to give me the illusion that I was living in a big city again. (It also helped that the weather that day was mimicking that of London and Chicago in the fall.)
  • Texting a friend all morning and then running into them on my lunch break.
  • This, particularly in the wake of the horror that took place last Friday.
  • White elephant gift exchanges, especially one in which a Justin Bieber toothbrush made an appearance.
  • gChat.
  • Harry Potter-themed insults.
  • Hearing someone say, and I quote, “You need to write a book next year and self-publish that SOB.”
  • Margaritas.
  • My non-blood family.

What do you love this week?

things i love thursday! (november 8, 2012)

Oh heeeeey there, Thursday. You’re looking swell. Oh, what’s that Thursday? You say you’re less than a month away from my birthday? So glad you remembered! How about I repay you with a list of gratitude?


  • HEAT and HOT WATER because so many people are without right now. 😦
  • Dax’s “Trick or Treat” jammies.
  • All of Dax’s jammies, actually. Footies for the win!
  • Barbecue chicken pizza. “Vegan” style.
  • Brainstorming and song writing.
  • Playing Libby’s REAL piano! I want one of my own so badly, but this will do! (Weighted keys, where have you been all my life?!)
  • People who have asked, “How can I pray for you?” and meant it.
  • Lazy Saturdays with college football and my boys.
  • Playing music with my friends.
  • Staying at church until almost 10PM because a certain baby boy was passed out on my chest.
  • Being productive.
  • Seeing my friends start dating each other!
  • Snuggling on the couch watching The Daily Show with Hamlet and Romeo. (Poor attention-starved kitties.)
  • Getting ADORABLE pictures sent to me by the girl who watches Dax on Tuesday. (See above. Is he not a lady killer? A chunky one at that!)
  • Election night drinking games.
  • And, of course, BARACK OBAMA!
  • Also: White People Mourning Romney. Because duh.
  • The Internet, for that matter.
  • Leftovers.
  • Jeopardy!
  • gChat/IM at work.
  • Coffee.
  • The sweet card my hubs got for me completely unprovoked.
  • “Small is beautiful.”
  • My friends. Period.

What do you love this week? It’s okay if you say Mitt Romney. We’re all friends here.

thoughts on election day.

Gonna keep this short and sweet.

My husband and I are on opposite sides of the aisle. One red, one blue. Last night, we shared a cheap American beer and pored over the sample ballots we got in the mail a couple weeks ago, discussing the nominees for each race, as well as the proposed state constitutional amendments. We had polite, political discourse about who/what we’d each vote for today, thankful to live in a country where we can not only have opposing views but be open and honest about them.

Then, we went to bed. Yes, the same bed. We even kissed each other goodnight.

This morning, I woke up and headed to the polls, feeling both confident about my choices and thankful to have a mate who, while he might not always agree with me, fully supports me and my views and always encourages me to think freely.

Then I got on Facebook.

Damnit, you guys. Why all the hate?

My husband and I are a prime example of how you can have differing political views and still treat each other with respect. I’m not asking all of you to make out with me or anything but GOOD LORD can we keep the hate to a minimum? 

Just because someone is a Democrat doesn’t mean he or she is a mooch without a job.

Just because someone is a Republican doesn’t mean he or she hates gay people.

Just because someone is non-partisan doesn’t mean he or she is a terrorist.

The meaner you are, the more fervently you bully people, doesn’t make you smarter than anyone. It makes you a douchebag. Plain and simple. As a parent, the hatred and disrespect I’ve seen on social media surrounding this election in particular is dumbfounding to me; can you imagine what it might look like in eighteen years when my baby boy is old enough to vote? To cast a ballot containing his views and beliefs? I hope and pray that, despite what hateful and ignorant things people might say to him, he grows up knowing that his opinions are not only permissible but are to be celebrated. THEY ARE IMPORTANT.

Even though we think differently, we’re all Americans. We’re all on the same team — a team that was founded on the right to to be yourself, no matter who you are or who you vote for.

If you are able to, please vote today. Your opinion matters. You matter. To this country and to the world.

things i love thursday! (october 11, 2012)

And we’ve made it through another week! This one was way better than last week, by far. Here’s why!


  • Playing music. Like. A LOT.
  • Eating lots of barbecue.
  • Seeing Libby play a show.
  • Letting Libby’s lovely folky goodness lull Dax to sleep in my Maya Wrap.
  • The Maya Wrap, actually. It’s so snuggly and wonderful!
  • Getting tons of sleep and cuddles with my baby boy.
  • Warm coffee in cool(er) autumn air.
  • Crunchy leaves!
  • Big salads. (Seriously.)
  • Getting to see the POOLES! They’re spoiling me, coming to town so frequently! I even got to hang out with Kylin!
  • She called us out for having a dirty kitchen, though.
  • Getting lunch with Zack and Libby.
  • Deep text message conversations and lengthy emails.
  • Finding a picture of what I believe is my son in the very near future. I’m serious. This picture makes me believe in time travel because I’m almost 100% positive that it’s my son as a toddler.
  • “Project Dax Arthur.”
  • Dax was SO vocal last night. It was as if he was telling Dan and I all about his day. Ugh. Can he stop growing up so fast?
  • He’s huge.
  • Braids in my hair.
  • “Who the HECK wants to die alone…?”
  • Being a creepy stalker on the internet.
  • My husband using his horribly unkempt lazy beard to scratch my back. (Still shave it though, babe.)
  • My friends Kyle and Rebekah got engaged! Wooot! Bring on the wedding party times!

I’m sure there’s plenty more. But I’m out of time, ha. What about you? Leave your list in the comments!

things i love thursday! (september 27, 2012)

Happy Thursday, everyone! Hope your week has been great. Since coming back to work, Thursdays have a whole new level of awesome surrounding them because they mean there is only one more day to the weekend, which means only one more day until I can be with my little guy full time again!


  • Getting YouTube videos of my son from Dan during the workday. PRICELESS.
  • “Fall” weather! (In Florida, all that means is that the temperature dips below 90 for a second. But it affords us the opportunity to bust out our boots, cardigans, and actually purchase hot lattes from Starbucks as opposed to iced.)
  • Speaking of — pumpkin spice lattes with soy milk. But not from Starbucks. From Redeye. (The Starbucks syrup turns my tongue orange which is NOT CUTE.)
  • Getting a visit at work from my two favorite boys! Dan and Dax! I even got Dax out of his car seat to snuggle him. Then he began to fuss because, well, I selfishly woke him from a nap in order to cuddle him BUT WHATEVER.
  • Being instructed by my husband to sit and just hold Dax and let him clean the whole house. WELL IF YOU INSIST…
  • Seeing the POOLES! Jack and Dax (seen above) are gonna be besties. They bonded over our awkward photo sesh in which we haphazardly propped them up against the couch and counted the seconds before Dax melted down (it was dinner time).  You can see how concerned Jack is. He knew the meltdown was imminent.
  • Eating dinner one-handed.
  • The Bears won, too!
  • Good night’s sleeps and productive nap times.
  • Being able to spend all day on Sunday with my little man.
  • Seeing Courtney again!
  • Getting an amazing voice mail from her as well. I saved it and wish I could transcribe it and put it in my BDF.
  • Meeting Ashley, finally!
  • Going jogging as a family.
  • Getting a lovely visit from Sydney at work, complete with breakfast and a latte! Nom!
  • Photo shoot outtakes.
  • Getting my hair did on my lunch break. (P.S. the last time I got my hair did, I was 35 weeks pregnant. My son is 10 weeks old today. You do the math.)
  • Free shirts.
  • Fitting into my pre-pregnancy jeans! AHHH it’s like I’m getting a whole new wardrobe, one pair of pants at a time!
  • Catching up via email.
  • Seeing other people hold and love on my baby.
  • The fact that none of the contestants got last night’s Final Jeopardy clue but I DID! #smarterthaneveryone #beavis&butthead
  • Gratuitous hashtag use outside of Twitter. #idowhatiwant
  • Lunch with Nora. Always a great conversation with that girl!
  • People randomly complimenting my appearance. That’s just. Wow. Music to a new mom’s ears.
  • Seeing THIS and hoping someone will make one for Dax before he’s too huge!
  • And, finally, smiles and laughs from my baby boy. They are too precious! (They’re also too quick to snap a photo as of right now. Soon, though!)

What do you love this week?

things i love thursday! (august 23, 2012)

This past week someone came into our apartment in the night and swapped out our sweet newborn for an inexplicably fussy one. Could be a growth spurt, could be colic. Not sure. But either way, there have been lots of tears in the Durrenberger household over the past several days, which says a lot since Dax isn’t capable of producing tears yet. So please excuse my extremely late and sadly short TILT list. (But hey. At least I did one, right?)


  • Sleep.
  • Saturday Night Live on Hulu Plus.
  • New pants.
  • Being able to see some friends play a rock show.
  • Eating oysters and drinking beer.
  • Shopping for “non practical” things.
  • “Coffee with Moms” small group.
  • Hot showers.
  • Being hounded by Shelby and Josh to post a TILT list.
  • Having lunch and dinner with so many friends.
  • Being taken care of by my sweet husband.
  • My “usual” latte.
  • Cook outs.
  • Seeing Stratton!
  • New pregnancies.

What about you?