Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Never Trust a Bird!

Erin sent me this card the other day! I hope it is okay that I am sharing it with everyone, Erin. 

To the infamous (Gasp!) Caitlin Stay,
No, it is not your birthday. You can breathe. I am just writing to say "Bonjour!" the ol' fashioned way? Isn't it just better this way? Anyways...I've had these cards sitting in my drawer for like , ever  and decided to put them to good use. I wish I could fill it with silly stories, but alas, I have none. I'm a boring person. EXCEPT!!! I made a beautiful dessert for Relief Society the other day-It was a chocolate souffle (very fancy, I know) and everyone who laid eyes on it ooohe'd and ahhh'ed...until a bird landed on it, did its business, then flew away. It was tragic and I burst into tears. But don't worry! The story ended happily! Only tow or three others saw and they were nice enough to not say a word, so we still served it. The others just thought the "droppings" were a delicious decoration, and the LOVED it! Day saved! But let this be a lesson to you...never trust a bird! NEVER!* I hope you are doing spectacularly well and that this card finds you in happy health. My best wishes and hugs and kisses will be traveling with this card to you. Love always, Erin E. Novak
*I really CAN trust a bird! ;) (just use caution!)
(Front:)Adding to my misery: no one here thinks I'm funny
(Inside the card:) What is WRONG with these people?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Short Hair! Ahhh!

I chopped over half my hair off yesterday! I was an emotional wreck that night. John was so entirely patient with me as I cried for a half hour in his car while we drove to a concert he was playing at. He knew exactly how to lift me up in gentle sweet ways. As he drove me he said a prayer for me and then played Where Can I Turn For Peace?. I cried and cried. Not the pretty type of crying either. Nope, It was the UGLY type filled with mascara running down my face and loud gasping noises from my sobs. I don't think I was really crying about my hair. Well, maybe a little. I had a rough day working at my call center job which stressed me out a ton! Luckily, I put my two weeks in so I won't have to worry about it for much longer. I was also feeling super hormonal and I had a really bad headache at work, which I know was caused by stress. By the end of the night, I was feeling wonderful and happy again thanks to John and the prayer he offered on my behalf.  I feel incredibly blessed to have people that uplift me on days when I completely lose it. Thank you John for cheering me up and loving me even when I have days where I cry over things of no major consequence.
John looks so washed out in this photo. He is an angel! Hooray! (Also, this picture was taken today when I wasn't in such an emotional disarray.) 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Catch Up

I haven't really been good at blogging lately so I have decided to give you an update on my life. I know, I know, I always promise to be better at blogging but alas I haven't been any better.  Erin's last two posts have inspired me to post something today and hopefully more in the future? I won't make any promises on when the next post will be though.  So here are so new things that have happened since the last time I blogged:

Top 5 New Things in my Life:
1. Colored Hair: I recently did a semi-permanent dye on my hair. I LOVE the color but I have too much hair for a normal application of hair dye. Right now I have some splotchy patches of hair that are not colored. I have another box of hair dye, I just need to get around to coloring it again.

My darker hair and a fantastic orange sweater I found for less than $3.00. 

2. Glasses: Yep, I have had to get glasses. I have had the worst migraines lately and I am trying to figure out the cause of them. Excedrin does wonders for me but it only masks the symptoms so I can temporarily feel better. I had my eyes checked and sure enough I have needed glasses. I am wearing them for the first time today! Some of the other things that might be triggering my migraines are sugar, TMJ, low-pressure weather, and stress. I sure do hope the glasses will help a little with this. It is amazing how many small things I have been missing out on before wearing these glasses!

New Glasses! I bought two pairs..a brown pair and a black one. 

3. Study Abroad:  I am going on a study abroad this summer to study art history in Italy! The program is a 4 weeks and then I will be doing some independent traveling to Switzerland, Paris and London after with some of the other students for about 10 days after the program ends.  68 more days until I leave!
Not like I am counting the days till then...

Cinque Terre, Italy (I will be staying a weekend here! AHH!)

4. Working a Lot for Study Abroad: I have been working at my regular job at school and I went back to my bakery job to help fund my trip. I also work four hours at a call center on Saturday's. EEK! Luckily, I am only taking one class right now or I would probably be going insane right now.

5. Boyfriend: I don't post a lot on here about my relationship status because, well, it has been pretty complicated the last couple years. With a long term relationship tragically ending about a year and a half ago, dating has been an interesting journey that I wasn't planning on ever having to take again.  I did date a guy last summer for a couple months and I was very grateful for that relationship. He treated me really well and was intellectually stimulating. We broke up before school started. I was pretty upset for a while but I am now grateful that he broke up with me for many reasons. I have gone on dates here and there since then. About a two months ago, I went on a date with one of my friends John who works as a freelance pianist. I was excited to go to Cafe Rio with him but honestly I was thinking it was just a friend date and nothing more than that. I was wrong. He is charming, genuine, loving, funny, and also extremely handsome, bonus! We went on a second date a couple weeks later and then shortly after that we decided to date exclusively. It has been an interesting journey dating him and I would have to say I have been happier than I have been in a really long time.  I usually am pretty happy anyways but he has brought a lot more joy in my life that I never knew I was missing. 

John and I at BYU's concerto night. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Do you ever find that sometimes, life just seems to get stuck into a rhythm?

Go to work. Go to school. Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Repeat.

It can be oh, so tiring and just plain exhausting.  I am finding myself the need to endure the seemingly-endless schedule, just waiting for a moment beyond the horizon to arrive.  But isn't life about enjoying the moment?  Can't I choose to be happy now? Can't I make life exciting each and every day?

I've decided I need some creativity back into my life.  Something to bring in the new and exciting.  Something to look forward to in each week.  Even each day if possible.  I don't want to simply endure life, but to enjoy it.

I've decided to challenge myself for this next week and for the week of March.  Here's my list:

Have something to look forward to each day.

Do things outside of the box.

Challenge the husband to see who can create the most creative date night in the month of March.

Make personal goals every week to do something that challenges you and improves you.

That's my list for now.  I think that should help with the creative juices flowing AND help me to step outside the norm.  Life is stressful as is, so let's bring some fun back! #I'mbringingfunback?

This is Erin, signing out. Peace.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Do you ever have those terrible, no good, very bad Mondays?

Yup. Me too. It makes Tuesdays that much more exhausting. Thank goodness for a cute husband and custard. Otherwise, I may have not survived my terrible, no good, very bad Monday. 

I'm grateful for new days. It's like a clean slate. Ready to start again and make a better day than before. I tried to set up my morning for success by listening to Elder Holland's talk "Like a Broken Vessel" and some awesome music to pump up my morning. These are my favorite songs for the moment:

"Come to Me" by the Goo Goo Dolls

"Hello My Old Heart" by The Oh Hello's

"Step Out" by José Gonzalez

"Benny" by Mideau

Here's to a brighter, happier day than before! Thank you Heavenly Father for new days!   

Friday, December 20, 2013

Playing with Paint

I am an Art Education Major and sometimes I just can't keep my paint on my canvas.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Can't Get Enough of Fall!

To piggy back off of Caitlin's photos of the fall, I want to share my most recent trip to North Carolina.

Being in Florida, I miss fall most terribly.  So I felt like one lucky girl that I got my fall fix for this year.  I love you Florida, but I really love fall too.

Without further ado, here are the pictures from our amazing trip!

This was the view from our cabin. Absolutely phenomenal!

We went on a hike, and I seriously thought I was going to die.  I am totally out of shape and the higher altitude just about killed me.  But fortunately, I made it and it was SO worth it.  Here are the views from the hike and the top!

Amazing, right?  Fall, I am absolutely in love with you.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More Fall Pictures

Aren't the mountains beautiful this time of year? I went up the canyon with my roommate and friend on Saturday and was constantly amazed at how breathtaking everything looked. Here are some of the pictures that I took (expect the one the picture of myself which my roommate Jessica took for me):

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Fall Pictures

Happy October Everyone!

 It is a magical time of the year with the leaves changing and the weather getting nice a brisk. This is the time of year for corn mazes, hot chocolate, pumpkins, sweaters and boots. What is not to love? 

I am about midway through a photography class and I thought I would share a couple of the photo's I have taken. I am planning on making a trip up to the mountains today to go and take some more photo's. 

Produce Stand , Provo, Utah
Produce Stand, Provo, Utah

My Roommates Jessica and Lauren, Provo Temple, Provo, Utah

Hari Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah

Hari Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork, Utah

Provo Library, Provo, Utah

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You are Beautiful

Not going to lie, when I first started watching this video, I thought, "Cheesy..." but then it hit home.  It is true.  This video speaks truth.  So, sit back, relax, forget the cheese, and let the truth embrace you.  You are a daughter of God.

Sorry...Hopefully you can find it.  I found it on Facebook and it didn't give me an outside source to bring up into video form.  I am apparently not technologically savvy enough to figure it out. Let me know if you have any issues.

Saturday, August 10, 2013


About a year ago, this is what my hair looked like, and I'll admit, I cried.  It was SO short.  I didn't expect it to be quite that short.  It was quite shocking. At that moment, I vowed to grow my hair out.

Now, after a year, this is where it is at.  Pretty impressive, eh? I can't believe it's been a year! It's taking a ton of hair cuts to shape it up, frustrating periods of just bad hair, and now...I think it is all down hill from here! Here's to long hair!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scattered Thoughts

I am feeling so grateful.  I just might burst.

As I drove home from work today, the anthems of my life blared through my car stereo.  It took me back to high school, Idaho, Disney, former lovers, and other memories between.  It shocked me, to think of what I have accomplished and the places I have been.  It almost seems like those memories didn't belong to me, that I didn't really live through those different phases of my life.  Those "Erins" seem so different than the Erin that I am today.  Yet, at the same time, many things haven't changed.

As I look back at these memories, I see that the hand of God guided me to and through those different experiences. I would not be who I am today without Him.  I stand in awe of what He has done for me, and where He has led me. I am so deliriously happy for where I am today.  I love my life.  I love my Mr. Ryan Novak.  I love being in Florida.  I love so many more amazing aspects of my life.  It is truly amazing.  I wouldn't change it for anything.

I am glad to have accomplished what I accomplished. I'm grateful for the people I have met along my journey, and continue to meet.  I am beyond grateful for the Lord's help and strength in my life to bring me to where I am today.  I feel like one blessed girl.

Does this post even make sense? I can barely find the words for how I feel! For now, this will have to do.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Take Me to the Ocean

Guys, all I want to do is go to the beach.  I am seriously in love.  So I've collected a few to-do's and to wear's and must have's all while at the beach!

Head Wrap

^^THIS swimsuit. Adorable.^^

^^A Romantic Picnic^^

My other ideas:

-Bring some games: cards, chess, whatever...and enjoy some qual time with the husband.
-Bring some sparkly cider to share as the sun sets.
-Long walks are always mandatory, and obvious.

Any other must-do's while living the beach life?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Summer To Do List

Since the first official day of summer is only a few days away I thought I would share my summer to do list.  I started dating a pretty amazing guy and we came up with this list of things to do together. I have a small notebook that I carry around with me that I keep all of the ideas in.  
I love new experiences and learning new things. Who knew that I would actually enjoy going bug hunting? The world is a beautiful place and there are so many things to go and do.   Why would we want to settle for the typical dinner and a movie date when there are so many other things to do? What is on your list of things you want to do this summer?

Summer To Do List:
-Geode Hunting
-Visit the Great Salt Lake
-Star Gazing
-BYU Planetarium
-Visit the Salt Lake Temple
-Timpanogas Cave
-Make Homemade Paper
-Gold Leafing
-Croquet Game
-Egg Yolk painting
-Comedy Night (listen to Brian Reagan, and Bill Cosby)
-Geo Cashing
-BYU Bean Museum
-Donate Plasma
-Tracy Aviary
-Group Camping Trip 

Here are some of the things we have done recently (some were not on our original list but were fun experiences none the less):
-Fossil Hunting (which turned into rock collecting because we didn't find any fossils)
-Visit the BYU Art Museum 
-Listen to a whole Sigur Ros album 
-Spray Paint Art
-Picnic at the Park
-Feeding Ducks at the Park
-Watching the Sunset (multiple times)-Go to some Yard Sales
-Visit the Planetarium in Salt Lake
-Bug Hunting
-Going to the USA vs. Honduras Soccer game
-Thanksgiving Point Dinosaur Museum

Saturday, June 8, 2013


I am sitting in the living room, listening the the thunderstorm outside.  I love the summer rains Florida brings.  I enjoy being curled up on the couch near a large window, watching the rain pour down outside, the sky growling at its best, and the bright flashes of lightening.  I have never seen such intense thunderstorms until I moved to Florida.

I love it here.  I am so glad that we have family that lives here, so that even if we one day leave, we will always have a place to come visit.  Utah and Florida are places I want to be part of my life forever.  Luckily, family live in both places, so I believe they shall always be part of our lives.

Visiting Utah was a dream.  It went by so fast, and every day seemed to collide into the next.  We were busy with visiting the next person, and barely had time with my own family.  Fortunately, they were good sports about that, and were willing to share us with others we haven't seen in a long time.  We never got to relax, but that is okay.  It felt so good to see old friends that have been missing from our lives for awhile.  We had so many other friends we wished to have visited, but sadly, our short time did not allow for it.

I loved taking in the Utah scenery. Seriously, that place has a beauty all of its own.  I have a favorite place, as shown in the second picture, that has the most beautiful view of the valley.  During the sunset, it is breathtaking.  I wish I could capture its beauty adequately.  Unfortunately, camera phones just don't do it justice.

It was so good to be reunited with these two girls as well as the rest of my family.  My family seriously rocks.  I feel so blessed to have such great support in my life.  I feel like one lucky girl.