#RealLife – “Hard Water” Edition

The point of bringing back my blog was to aid in my New Year’s Resolution of building stronger, more authentic connections to the world around me. So, in the spirit of doing just that, I’m offering a glimpse of my “#RealLife.” Sometimes, this stuff is just “too good” it couldn’t have been made up… and this is a prime example of that.

Backstory – I do not talk on the phone very often. I much prefer texting. And Tyler HATES that I won’t just pick up the phone and call someone. Instead I will text back-and-forth for HOURS. Well, I especially don’t like talking on the phone when the number that shows up is a number I don’t recognize. I feel, if you want to talk to me, and I don’t know who you are, you can leave a message, and I can call (or text) you back. Ok, now fast forward to…

Present day – After a day of gearing up for the New Year, and feeling “motivated, amped,” and whatever other “energized” adjectives you can think of, about this New Year’s Resolution of mine, I see a phone number come across my Caller-ID that I didn’t recognize. “But gosh darn it, I’m becoming a new woman, so I’m going to answer that phone.” (This was the inner monologue I had with myself leading up to the decision to answer the phone.)

Upon answering the phone I learn that Tyler and I had “won” a $50 gift card through a new homeowners program, and someone wanted to drop off the gift card that evening! Woo Hoo! (*I may have missed an important part of the conversation when I was trying to listen and write a note to Tyler letting him know what this mystery caller wanted.*) Well, a couple of hours later, after a “burnt grilled cheese incident” that had already caused excitement in the Clark Household, the doorbell rings. Low-and-behold, it’s the person delivering our gift card… and… a “no-purchase-necessary-water-evaluation.” … Um, I think that’s the part of the conversation I missed…

I’ll spare you the details of discovering that we do *gasp* have Hard Water in our house, but by-golly, this man had a $12K solution for us, that could be ours for just  $7K if we purchased the system TONIGHT. (HA!) (Sidenote: Tyler and I don’t EVER do anything by the seat of our pants, especially not major purchases… we hadn’t even been thinking about a water treatment system until this man rang our doorbell – since I missed the part where I should have been expecting a water evaluation.)

But the best part of the evening, (yes – topping the “burnt grilled cheese incident”) was when during the “demonstration” (some might call it a “magician’s act”), the man had Tyler washing his hands in our sink with our tap water and water that had been treated by his system. As Tyler was washing his hands, he noticed the mat by the kitchen sink felt a little… wet… oh wait… OUR KITCHEN SINK IS LEAKING! This man had been using our faucet for 45 minutes at this point, showing us the differences in chlorine levels and yadda-yadda between our tap water and his conditioning system that he’s attached to our faucet and somehow now caused a VERY BIG mess! So we quickly cleaned the stuff from under the sink, sopped up the water, and threw the rug outside to dry out (or as it turns out, FREEZE!). Granted, the man did apologize and helped us to clean the mess. But after this incident, he then wanted to move us to the bathroom sink to continue the demonstration. We kindly said we “got the picture” and convinced him to wrap up his “presentation.”

Again, sparing you all of the details – it was certainly an interesting night… We. Got. Duped. Suckered. Taken-advantage-of. Whatever you want to call it… it was us. All in an attempt to “build connections,” I answered the phone for a number I didn’t recognize. (I have since told Tyler that if he’s ever in any type of accident he should tell the emergency responders they must use his phone to call me, or I will not answer.)

Luckily – we did NOT make any water-treatment-system purchases, the man left without putting up much of a resistance to us saying we really weren’t interested, AND we got our gift cards. (Boom.) We also were left with quite a mess, a load-of laundry to run at 10pm, and an evening full of laughs over our experience – one of those “inside joke” type things.

All-in-all, I “put myself out there” for a creating a new connection. Little did I know exactly what that connection would become, but it just goes to show you, you won’t know unless you try. So, while I’m still resolving to build connections this year, it’s not going to include answering the phone for numbers I don’t recognize very often, if ever. So there you have it… my #RealLife attempt at creating connections… not a successful connection with the water-treatment company, but led to a barrel of laughs with my husband. So, I’d say it’s still a “win” in my book.

Until Next Time,



Happy New Year! 2017

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Hello, World! I’m back! 🙂

It’s been over THREE YEARS since my last blog post… THREE YEARS! A ton has happened in that time, too much to recap in one post. And the number of times I’ve thought about and wanted to come back in those three years is a little ridiculous… so… here I am!

“What is your motivation for coming back after three years?” you may ask. Well, the simple answer is that my New Year’s Resolution has inspired me to return. 2017 is all about “connections.”

“Connection is why we’re here. We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.” -Brené Brown

In 2015, Tyler and I packed-up and moved our lives to an entirely new place. An adventure of a lifetime! And we’re still loving every minute of it! We both found jobs that we thoroughly enjoy, and we’re building a life outside of work – something we felt we were lacking in Oklahoma City. We go hiking as often as we can, Tyler is always looking forward to getting back on the slopes, and we love that there is always something to do! We decided we loved Denver so much, we bought our first house this summer! An adventure all of its own!

Now, we’re over halfway into our second year here and I’ve noticed I’m falling into some familiar patterns… go to work… go home… wash, rinse, repeat. Ok, so it’s certainly not that mundane, but I’m noticing an overall lack of connectivity. To friends, to the dance scene, to my new community, and to myself. A feeling I’d like to remedy.

For those of you that know me pretty well, I’m very much a homebody. Always have been, and probably always will be – especially now that we have our own home. I mean, it’s just so easy and comfortable to fall into that pattern. But sometimes it feels like I’ve fallen into a rut, and sometimes it feels isolating. I’ve always enjoyed discovering other perspectives on life, and when you realize you haven’t stepped outside for an entire day, you start to realize just how tiny your bubble has gotten. And it starts to feel very isolating. 

That brings me back to my New Year’s Resolution… making connections. My goal is to reach out to more friends and work to build a larger “community.” I plan to find more time to explore the dance scene in Colorado and simply just explore more of Colorado as a whole. This is essentially my “call for help” or my version of “accountability,” if you will, to making these changes happen. So please, don’t be surprised if I randomly reach out to you during the next twelve months… and I encourage you to do the same… I mean, how many times does something in your everyday life remind you of a friend or loved one, and you think to yourself, “I’m going to give them a call!” and then life gets busy, and you never do? Or even scrolling on social media, you see a post that makes you literally “LOL”, but you haven’t talked to the person who posted in ages, so you chuckle to yourself and scroll on. Well, I’m here to say, I plan on calling, or at least texting you – let’s be honest, it’ll most likely be a text. I plan to try some new dance classes. I plan to explore new corners of my city/state. I plan to find as many ways to create connections to the world around me.

I’m not entirely sure where this journey will take me in the next year, but I sure am excited to find out anyways! And I hope you’ll, at the very least, follow me on my journey when you can, and maybe even join me from time to time. We all know life is tough. We all have our own struggles and triumphs. Why not reach out and share your experiences with those around you? After all, why else would we all be here, sharing space on this earth, if we weren’t supposed to find connections?

So, so please don’t hesitate to reach out, even if it’s just to say “Hi!” or we haven’t talked in forever. And by all means, if you want to grab coffee, or you want to share an idea of how you enjoy finding connections to the world around you, I hope you’ll think of me, as I embark on this adventure!

Here’s to the New Year! 2017! A chance to make a meaningful connection with the world around me! And I hope you and yours have a tremendous year, filled with joy and happiness! Oh, and don’t be a stranger! 🙂

Until Next Time!


Happy New Year from The Clark’s!