Sweet Stories

I am so sick of all the news going on lately. I honestly can’t do it. I try to stay up to date with what I really need to know but I still get hateful news shoved in my face. Yesterday, I had a revelation, though. I wanted to share stories with you that restore my faith in humanity. I wanted to share good things with you that you could, in turn, share with others and brighten up someone’s day. We cannot thrive in hatred and anger and while I know that it’s important to stand up for what you believe in, you could also use a break. Here’s that break.

My sweet story for today comes from an experience I had yesterday.

My car started acting up a month ago and all my electrical systems were a mess. Whenever I’d turn on my car, all these warning messages would pop up telling me to check all these different types of controls. Being the busy yet lazy person I am, I knew I had to take it in but as long as it would drive, I was fine. A couple of days ago, my theft deterrent system starting acting out of whack and wouldn’t let me turn the engine over so I was like, OKAY, I’ll take it innnnn.

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I stopped by Burt Brothers in West Jordan, Utah at 7 AM, right when they opened, to drop my car off. To my surprise, there were already 4 people sitting in the lobby who had been checked in and 2 men in front of me, waiting in line. After the guy at the front desk was done with the first man, the second one walked up to the desk and smiled. The guy immediately recognized him and said, “Hey Joe!”. He grabbed a pad of paper and a pen and slid it over to Joe, who starts writing down a bunch of stuff.

As I was watching their interaction, I realized Joe was deaf and the guy at the front desk would either do small hand signals or write him back on the pad. At one point, while Joe was writing his next question, the guy grabs the TV remote for the TV in the lobby and turns on the captions for Joe. When he was all done, the guy signals to the TV and says, “Look, Joe! I’ve got it all set up for you!” Joe looks at the TV, smiles, and gives the guy a thumbs up. It was the sweetest encounter ever.

It’s 7 AM and the lobby was already full. The guy could have been super ornery and annoyed at the fact that he had 3 other people in line and had to slowly interact with this man but instead, took his time to make sure he was listened to and taken care of, even though he couldn’t necessarily communicate with him by sign language. It made my entire day. It was only a small act but I think it impacted everyone in that place.

This reminded me of another experience I had. At one point, I worked at a relay center for the deaf and hard of hearing. I personally don’t know sign language (although I’d like to!) but luckily, you didn’t have to know it to work here. It was an app that deaf users would have on their phones and they could type in who they wanted to call and what they wanted to say. We would receive the request and be the middleman, meaning we would be their voice. If the user wanted to call Comcast to pay their bill, we would call and relay every part of the conversation to the Comcast employee and back through the app to the user.

I’m sure you can tell by now that this process would take quite a bit of time. I could only say what the user wanted me to say and I wasn’t allowed to have any side conversations so the person we were calling would have to sit in silence until I received a response from the user. We would also have to start out the call with a script that let the person know they were receiving a call from a relay center on behalf of a user that was deaf & hard of hearing.

A lot of the people we would call were used to this spiel and knew to wait in between responses but there were some people who were furious about receiving these. The second I would start saying my script, they would flip out and tell me they didn’t have time for this. My deaf users would request to call restaurants and set up orders for delivery or for pick-up and the restaurant employees would be so impatient and would get so angry. I even had people hang up on me.

I would have to relay this back to the user with little prompts that would say, “The caller has disconnected”. It would break my heart when they would write back to me and say, “Why did they hang up?”

We are all busy people. I know this. I get in this mindset as well. Sometimes, little things will set me off and I’m meaner than I should be but one small act of kindness and compassion toward someone else can not only change their day but can change the day of everyone around who happens to witness this. We just need to have more patience with each other, something I definitely need to work on.

What sweet stories have you heard recently?

xoxo

 

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Weekend Highlights

It may be Tuesday but I’m already wishing it was the weekend! I wanted to share with you some of the fun things I did this weekend though.

On Friday, Cody took me to Frightmares at Lagoon (an amusement park in Farmington, Utah) and we had a blast. Lagoon is a great place to spend your summer days & nights riding rides and hanging out but in October, they transform the park into a “scary” vibe and set up haunted houses and other scary attractions. There were tons of people waiting in line for the haunted houses so Cody bought us fast passes to get into them and it was so worth it!

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On Saturday, our friend Brittney got married to her fiancé Dallon and we went to her super cute reception. She looked gorgeous, like Wedding Day Barbie or something! She had a Leatherby’s (a Utah ice cream shop) cart set up so they were dishing out some delicious ice cream. It was a beautiful venue in Pleasant Grove called Stone Gate Weddings & Events and it was perfect for her.

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My sister and I at the wedding

On Sunday, I spent the day with my family and then hung out with Cody and our friends & watched some Sunday Night Football and I, Tonya. Margot Robbie killed it as Tonya Harding in that movie. Actually, I have to say that the entire cast killed it. It was crazy good.

I hope you guys had a great weekend!

xoxo Michelle

Weekend Highlights

Welcome back to another Monday. We all dread Mondays but I saw something cool this morning on someone’s Instagram story that I really liked. It made me want to start my Monday over. It said:

Do sharks complain about Monday?

No. They’re up early, biting stuff, chasing shit, being scary – reminding everyone they’re a f****** shark.

Steph

I don’t have many pictures of this weekend but it was still a good one. On Friday night, Adam and I went to Market Street Grill with his mom for dinner and then went back to her house to play Liverpool. I like card games like that a lot.

Saturday morning, I spent a lot of time out in the yard mowing it and pulling the weeds I had gotten behind on. That clover stuff is taking over our grass! I sprayed something for it a few weeks ago but it is so much worse now! Adam bought something new to try but we’ll see what it does. Anyone have any suggestions for it??

That night, Adam and I went and saw Crazy Rich Asians and I thought it was so good! I need to read the book now. I had heard it was good but the main reason we went and saw it was because Michelle saw it the night before and told me the next morning that I needed to go see it.

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Sunday, I decided to tackle what I like to call our “Junk Room.” It’s that empty room where things go when we have no good spot to put them and I would do my ironing in there too. We bought a new mattress for our basement bedroom so we decided to put the old one in this room and make it a guest room. Below is the before!

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I feel like I should have taken more pictures because this doesn’t do it justice and show all of the mess.

 

I organized the ironing stuff in the closet and the rest of the random things in there and was able to shut the doors so it looks cleaner. Adam unpacked his last two boxes from the move and put everything in his gun cabinet. I’m not sure where that will end up eventually, especially with kids. Now I just need to go find a cute quilt or duvet for the bed and then I will pick sheets out to match. Eventually, we’ll repaint this room and decide if it’s will be a nursery or not but for now, this works great. Hope you like your bedroom, Michelle!

That night, we went up the canyon in Bountiful to Mueller Park and had dinner and a fire. The kids had fun playing down in the creek. I forget how much the temperature changes up there so I froze but I will remember better for next year. It was nice to go up there to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Michelle

Like Steph said, Friday night, some friends and I went and saw Crazy Rich Asians. It was beautiful. I haven’t cried in a movie in a while but that one made me tear up. I loved it so much! I’m so glad Steph went and saw it too.

On Saturday, my family and I ate breakfast, which was nice because we rarely, if ever, get a chance to do that on Saturdays. That night, I hung out with Cody and some of our friends in Herriman and it was so much fun. You are always laughing with these guys.

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From left to right: Kaleb, Cody, me, and Kellan

Sunday was a pretty chill day, I spent the day with my family and we watched Escaping Polygamy which if you haven’t seen, you should. It’s about the Kingston clan in Utah, a prominent polygamous group who marry young girls to their own family members to “preserve the bloodline”. All of it is so sick but we’ve been a little addicted to the show. We watched an episode Sunday and it sparked this huge conversation between the 4 of us. By the time we realized, it had been like 2 or 3 hours of straight conversation but it was a lot of fun.

Last night, I went over to Cody’s to hang out. We watched Little Giants, one of my favorite movies from when I was younger. He fried up some potstickers from Costco that were freaking delicious and also decided to put a raw egg in his ramen that he was going to cook in the microwave and that was a bad idea because it exploded. It was pretty funny.

All in all, it was a pretty fun weekend.

What did you do this weekend?

What’s Really in my Bag?

I had an idea to do a post on what I carry in my bag and luckily for you guys, this wasn’t planned at all. I got the idea today when I was already at work so you could really see what I keep in there.

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Since it’s summer, I’ve been carrying around this Kate Spade crossbody and it’s served me well. I paired this bag up with my last outfit of the day featured here. I got this bag in my Stitch Fix box (start your fix for free here) but you can also get it from Macy’s here.

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This is everything I have in my bag at the moment! Just the essentials, obviously 😉 Besides the sunnies, makeup mirror, keys, and hair ties (absolutely necessary in the Utah heat), here’s a blurb about the other important things.

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You might recognize this wallet from our ode to Kate Spade post but I got this one from the surprise sale earlier this year. I haven’t been able to find it again but you can always shop her wallets on her website here.

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I think Steph talked about a Lanolips ointment in her top 10 beauty products post but this one is a little different. This one literally smells like lemons and it completely soothes dry lips. I always have dry lips so I have to keep something around. I’ve been using this one for a bit and it’s great. I bought mine from Anthropologie when I was in store but you can get it on their website here.

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Last night, I gave myself a pretty nice pedicure; everything but the polish. So I picked this Cute as a Button color because I love bright toes in the summer and threw it in my purse to paint real quick. You can get this color wherever Essie colors are sold but just in case you’re not sure, you can get it online at Target here.

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Last but not least, this is my newest Kylie Cosmetics lipstick. This one is Bunny and it’s part of Khloe Kardashian’s collection with her sister’s line. It’s such a pretty color! It’s like a lavender mauve. You can get it here.

I’m glad my purse was pretty clean because normally, I have receipts everywhere and random candy like an 80-year-old. What do you have in your bag?

Weekend Highlights

Happy Monday! We wanted to share our weekend highlights with you. What was your weekend like?

Stephanie

Adam and I went on a little motorcycle ride on Friday night. It was perfect because it was starting to cool down so we weren’t too hot on the bike. I love going on these summertime rides. Going on the freeways scare me a little but Adam is really good at watching out for other cars in case they aren’t paying attention.

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I stayed up late that night finishing up my first attempt at a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream from Cake by Courtney. The picture may make it look crooked but it’s not. I’ll do another post about it later after I’ve made it again. I definitely need some practice so don’t judge my skills too hard! I’m baking my niece and nephew’s cake for their birthday so this was a run-through. Baking cakes may be my new hobby, it was pretty fun.

4BDF01BD-2907-4E57-AAEB-362B7AC80924.jpgSaturday morning was spent doing yard work. I have to wake up early before it’s too hot otherwise you won’t catch me working outside.  Heat is not my friend unless it’s by the pool.

That afternoon, we went on a ride in the Teryx. We are lucky enough to be storing my in-laws’ Teryx for them and lucky enough that we just have to go up the street from our house and we are on a dirt trail. I have Adam drive the whole time because I like to go faster but I know if I drive, I will be too much of a chicken and be afraid of crashing.

Sunday was spent cleaning up my house to prepare to go out of town this week. Adam has a work conference this week in Minnesota and I get to tag along! I went last year so I’m excited to go back again. I’ll make sure and do a post about it when I get back.

Michelle

This weekend was busy but so fun!

On Saturday, my friends and I volunteered at the Care Fair hosted by the Junior League of Salt Lake. The Care Fair is an annual event where they provide all kinds of medical care to those that are uninsured or can’t afford medical services. We volunteered as interpreters since we all speak Spanish. This is my second time volunteering with them and it’s honestly so rewarding to use your Spanish for something as important as this. They are always so grateful for your help.

We’re all really excited because we’re planning on joining the Junior League this year so we can keep helping out and volunteer with them. There are Junior Leagues all over the country and it’s a women’s only group so if you want to help out in your community, check out their website here. They’re an amazing organization!

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On Sunday, my mom, sister and I went to the Phantom of the Opera musical at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake. First off, gorgeous building! It was the first time we had gone since it was built and it’s absolutely beautiful. Phantom is my sister’s favorite musical ever so it was fun to get to see it live. They did such a great job! It made me want to keep watching musicals.

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I’m on the left, my mom in the middle, and my sister on the right. Aren’t they the cutest human beings ever? We had so much fun. Then Sunday night, my boyfriend came home from being in Vegas all weekend so we stayed in and watched a movie together.

What did you do this weekend??