Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Twas the Night Before Christmas

And all through the house every creature was stirring, but I hope I don't see a mouse. I can't believe that today is Christmas Eve! I feel like I've been pulled in 87 different directions this month and I haven't really been able to soak up the season. That makes me sad. I'm going to try to relax and enjoy having tomorrow off. I have most of my time booked, but hopefully I'll be able to veg out and enjoy spending time with my loved ones. I have to be at work at 5am on Thursday, so that kind of puts a damper on any real evening plans, but maybe that will encourage my resting. Anyway, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful  and blessed day!
Click here for the link to the printable!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Lucky 13

I have always said that 13 is one of my lucky numbers (along with 3, 7, and occasionally 87), and that is also true for Friday the 13th. I'm not saying that every Friday the 13th is rainbows and unicorns, but generally they turn out to be a good day overall. I'm (sort of) happy to say that today was no different. But I'm also happy that I got a reminder that luck and good fortune don't always look the way we might expect.

Today, my car sounded it's death rattle. It was kind of sudden actually. I went to work without a problem, and even went on a coffee run with no issues. But when I tried to go on my lunch break a few hours later the engine wouldn't turn over. Now, I've left my lights on more times than I care to admit, so I knew it wasn't a dead battery, but it definitely was not starting. I waited a few minutes and tried again to no avail. So I called Amy. (Not that I thought she could physically help me, but I needed to freak out to my bff, yanno?) While I was on the phone with her, I got the car to start, but it was shuddering really badly and made me nervous to drive. Needless to say I turned it back off. Amy kindly agreed to meet me after work and follow me home to make sure I got there safely.

Then I called Greg and cried. I know, emotional manipulation, but I couldn't help it. (Did I mention I woke up at 4:30 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep? My nerves were already fried). He talked me down, then started looking at cars online and calling around. After a bit of back and forth, we decided to go car shopping tomorrow.

The whole drive home I was incredibly nervous. The car shuddered and jerked and jumped. When I finally got home, Amy told me my car was sparking the whole way. Actually, she said something along the lines of  "it looked like you were chain smoking and throwing them out the window." Awesome. God bless her, she's coming to take me to work at 5:30 tomorrow morning, and Greg is picking me up after my shift. I truly am blessed in my friends.

So, how do I consider it  a lucky day? Well, I don't normally leave work during my break. If I had stuck to my usual routine, I wouldn't have known anything was wrong with my car until close to 6pm. At that point Greg wouldn't have been available to call dealerships for me (he had plans to see The Hobbit tonight), and Amy might not have been able to follow me home. Finding out early gave me time to mentally prepare for the idea of buying a car, making car payments, and so on.

It also gave me time to remember to trust God. He has been calling me to trust Him for a while now, and I just haven't been able to do it. No, I have trusted God. I haven't trusted that I was accurately listening to what He was telling me to do. This is a pretty blatant sign that He wants me to trust in His provision. Yesterday, I was sending verses to one of the girls in my small group, and today I was reading them myself. I'll leave you with one that is echoing around my heart today.
Ha... as I posted this, I realized the verse number is 13... Told you it was a good number. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Playing Ketchup

Get it? Ketchup, catch up... I love a good (or bad) pun! Anyway, I'm behind, so here's what I'm thankful for on days seven through twelve.

Seven: I'm thankful for bad days. Now that may seem like I'm being a little sarcastic, but I promise I'm not. See, November 7 was supposed to be an awesome day according to my calendar. Not only was is pay day, but I had plans to apply for my passport (more on that later). Oh, but the day was anything but awesome. I had to go to three different places before I found the place I was supposed to turn in my application. Then the clerk was hemming and hawing about whether or not the government would accept my birth certificate because it had a watermark instead of an embossed seal. Seriously? And all of this was before I had to go to work, which was a whole other story in non-awesomeness. So why am I thankful for bad days? Because they make me appreciate the little things that go right on days like that. And they help me appreciate the good days that much more.

Eight: I'm thankful for my best friend forever for life for real, Amy. What can I say about such and awesome person God has put in my life? She is my mental twin. She is who I go to when I need to know what I think about a situation. I swear, sometimes she can explain my own thought process to me better than I can. She is also someone who I can talk to about spiritual matters which is such a wonderful development in our friendship. After 10 years of friendship, we have reach the point of no return where there is quite literally nothing I feel awkward telling her. And she makes random boring errands not so boring (also known as "fundane"). I don't know where I'd be without her, and I don't really care to find out.

Nine: I'm thankful for vacations, and something to look forward to. This is where 7 and 8 come together. I haven't had a vacation since Greg and I went to Destin in August of 2012. Well, my bffflfr decided that since I'm turning the big 3-0 next year, I needed to go on a cruise for my birthday. But, since her store will be crazy busy around the time of my birthday, we're going in February. Where are we going, you ask? To the Bahamas. I've never been out of the country (hence the passport), so I am super excited. Did I also mention that Amy is paying for the trip? I told you I was thankful for her. I don't know what I did to deserve friends like her, but I'm glad I did it and I'll try to keep doing it! PS, we leave in 86 days!!!

Ten: I'm thankful for pressure cookers. I know, a little random. The other day I made a huge batch of vegetarian chili (aka vegetable soup with beans) and didn't have room to store it in the fridge. My grandmother gave us a pressure cooker not too long ago to use for canning, so I canned 8 jars of the chili for later. I'm excited to be able to have that on a day where maybe I don't feel like cooking. I have many plans for more canning adventures in the near future.

Eleven: I'm thankful for our veterans and their families. My grandfather served in the Army, my uncle in the Marines, and I have several extended family members in various other branches. I have the utmost respect for the people who put their lives on the line so we can enjoy things we take for granted. I'm also thankful for their families who support them as they take those risks.

Twelve: I'm thankful for the blogosphere. Not just my little blog here in the corner of nowhere, but all of the bloggers who put so much time and effort into their blogs to provide people with information, inspiration, and entertainment. There have been so many times that I have needed something and found exactly what I needed through a blog. Crafting, recipes, bible studies, workouts, and so on... I'm just so happy it all developed.

Ok, I think that gets me through today. I'll try to be more regular with the rest of the month, but I make you no promises. :-)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Today I am thankful for hospitals.
While that's a cutesy picture, I'm thankful for a serious reason. Today, my friend Jennifer had an accident while cooking and had to be taken to the hospital. As I type this, she is being transferred by ambulance to a hospital in Atlanta. I'm still foggy on the details, but I am praying for full healing. Amy and I are probably going down to Atlanta on Saturday to visit her. At this point I'm just glad there is a place she can go to get the help she needs.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I told you all of these wouldn't be serious. And today I am thankful for Pinterest.
I was able to jump on the Pinning bandwagon pretty soon after the website launched, and I love it. It has helped feed my creativity on multiple levels. Occasionally, I have been known to do a Pinterest search instead of a Google search. It is also a good time suck when you are in a waiting room or getting your oil changed. Just saying.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Game Nights

For the record, these will not be in any kind of an order. Except God. He's got the Top Spot for a reason. Anyway, today's entry is dedicated to Game Nights. I don't know who had the genius idea that people should sit around and move tokens on a board, but they deserve a medal. Or 12. 

On Saturday, I played a new-to-me version of Clue; Clue FX.
It was so fun! I have played many types of Clue in my life time including Classic Clue, updated Clue, Clue, Jr., and Harry Potter Clue (which has to be one of the most confusing versions ever), but Clue FX was a first for me. I won't go in to all of the details of how it is different, but I really liked it. 

I also love the idea of having a "family" game night. I always have a good time playing board games, card games, whatever games with my friends and family. It's a great way to spend some quality time with people. And in case your interested, some of my other favorite games to play include Apples to Apples, Buzzword, Phase 10, and Settlers of Catan. And I'm always looking for new games to try. :-)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Church

This is actually from a sermon series a few years ago.
Today was a toss-up, but ultimately I had to go with my church. I love my church. Not only do I love our staff, but I also love the volunteers that help it run. And I adore our pastoral staff. They encourage and challenge me with each message, and they don't shy away from Biblical truths just because it's an unpopular line of thinking. If it weren't for Faith Promise, I would not be who I am today. I have been encouraged to grow as a Christian, but also as an individual person. I feel truly blessed to have found a great church to call home.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My Mom

For Day 2 of my self-imposed Thanksgiving Challenge, I chose my mom. My mother and I don't always see eye to eye, and there are many times that we get annoyed or frustrated with each other, but at the end of the day I am very thankful she's my mom. She's my crafty go-to person. As a matter of fact, we spent much of this morning figuring out a color scheme for a project I'm working on. She's also the one I go to when I need help doing research on a topic or organizing my thoughts. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

A Thankful Heart

Around this time of year people are always more open to thinking about the things they are thankful for. This is actually something that I have been thinking about quite a bit lately, so I decided to make it my theme for this month. Kind of like the September Photo Challenge, I will post a different thing that I am thankful for every day between now and Thanksgiving. That's 28 days of having a thankful heart. So without further ado:

My Savior, who loves me more than I can possibly imagine or deserve. It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that God loves me all the time. Even in the midst of my sin, even when I don't talk with Him like I should, He still loves me just as much. He has loved me in my worst possible moments, moments that I felt I didn't deserve to be loved by anyone. He was right there, waiting for me to talk to Him. 

It's such a hard concept for Christians to understand! I've been a Christian since I was 10, and I can't say I fully get it. And, amazingly enough, it doesn't make me feel like I have license to behave badly. It actually makes me want to show that same love to those around me. Why would I not want to share something so amazing? 

Anyway, that's Day 1! I doubt these will all be this deep, but God had to be my number one! Have a great Friday! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Back at it

A little bird told me I needed to start blogging again, and I decided she was right. I have had several blog post ideas, but they never seem to make it on the screen. Yet another reason I need to organize my time better.

Today I jumped back on the training bandwagon, but I'll only be on for a little while. At least with a personal trainer. My lovely Lorrie put in her two weeks notice, and there's no one else I care to train with. I was talking to her about it today and she suggested I just throw myself into as many classes as I can. I agree wholeheartedly. The whole reason I wanted to work at my gym was because of the classes! But I can't take them because I work so much. Catch-22. But she had me a sweaty mess by the time we were halfway through.
Burned 608 calories? I'll take it!
It felt good to sweat out some of the stress I've been feeling! Tomorrow I have plans to take a Spooky Spin Class. I'm excited. I took it last year and had a blast. They blacked out the room and gave everyone glow sticks to put in their shoes. Plus all of the music is Halloween themed. So much fun!

I hate to keep this so short, but I'm tired! And I'll need to get up early tomorrow for Spin! Hope you had an awesome Hump Day!

Sunday, October 13, 2013


Weary? That's me. Carrying a heavy burden? One or two. Generally, I try not to complain about my life; not because I don't have problems, but because complaining doesn't fix anything. When I whine about something it just reminds me of the negatives without focusing on any of the positives. But like I said, that doesn't mean I don't have problems.

I have been under a lot of stress  lately, and it has manifested itself as muscle pain. I tend to store all of my stress in my shoulder; my right shoulder if we're being specific. I don't know why, but that's where it likes to live. The tension got so bad on Thursday that it was spreading down around my ribs. I don't know it's you've ever had a muscle spasm/cramp around your ribs, but it was not fun! By the time I laid down for bed that night my shoulder hurt so bad I was in tears. I couldn't think of anything to do to ease the pain.

Since I was awake, I started looking through my tablet. I launched my Bible app, and Matthew 11:28 was the verse of the day. Coincidence? I think not. If you read the rest of that passage you see that Jesus was asking us to give up our heavy burdens and take his light one.
Then Jesus said,  “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30, NLT
So I shut down my tablet and started praying. I told God that I was weary of being weary. I asked him to take my burdens. I told Him I was giving Him the stress, the pain, the borderline anger I was carrying. I asked Him to help me rest, both spiritually and physically. He did. I kept praying that passage until I drifted off to sleep. When I woke up the next morning, my shoulder felt much better. I also felt calmer about the mountains that are in front of me. 

All this to say, isn't God good? He gave me the verse I needed, when I needed it, and helped me remember that I don't have to take it all on myself. I don't have to carry everything. Maybe I need to paint that on my wall.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

How to Fight Fair

For the past few days I have really felt pulled to share something with you all and today I finally decided to do it. My church is currently doing an alignment series called Normal, which is all about the family; how the world sees the family vs. how God sees the family. This past Sunday the message was entitled Rules of Engagement, and boy oh boy did it hit home. 

One of the things I really like about Faith Promise is that we have an internet campus and they upload the audio and the video for the sermons each week. So if I'm out of town, like I was this weekend, I can watch or listen to the message when I get a chance. 

Since I wasn't able to make it to services on Sunday, I decided to listen to the sermon while I straightened my room. That lasted all of about 5 minutes before I realized I needed to sit down and take notes. Pastor preached from Ephesians 4:25-32 and gave us 7 Rules of Engagement to follow when we fight or argue with people. I felt like I needed to type it up and print it out so I could see it on a regular basis. And then I felt like I should share it with you. 
I highly recommend watching or listening to the sermon. Pastor explains more fully how the verses relate to each rule. I also appreciate the fact that he told us we're going to fight with people. We're human! No one is perfect and we're going to argue. But we can do it with a Biblical perspective and heart.

I know I have read Ephesians 4 multiple times, but sometimes it amazes me how many times you can read something and still find something new. I'm doing that quite a bit lately, especially with Ephesians. Maybe I should do a study on Ephesians soon.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Family Weekend: Days 2 and 3

I woke up early Saturday morning! Like early even by EST standards! I think I woke up at 5:30 CST. It was nice though. I had a little bit of peace and quiet while I ate and did some work on my laptop.
I enjoyed my coffee and a French Toast bagel with blueberry cream cheese. For some reason, my grandmother had 2 tubs of blueberry cream cheese and no regular cream cheese. I just went with it, and am I glad I did! It reminded me of blueberry stuffed french toast. I may never go back.
[Side note: does anyone else have a cup/plate/dish they gravitate towards at someone else's house? I don't know why, but I almost always use that poppy mug when I go to Mimi's she has umpteen thousand mugs, but it's my favorite. Mom's is a navy blue one with the South Carolina logo on it. Maybe my family is just weird. :-)]

Anyway, after breakfast we just milled around and watched football. My grandmother is a tried and true Bama fan, so we had to watch that (and not talk to her). Brittany, Anthony, and I ran to the store because Bee need to make a copy of a photo for Mom and Mimi. While we were there I decided to print off some pictures of me and Greg for Mimi. She's always fussing at me that she doesn't have any recent pictures of me (it's true), so I printed off the most recent ones I had and told her to pick one. 

After that it was time for pictures! I did not realize it, but I had not seen Bee in 4 years! And I think the most recent picture of us was from 5 or 6 years ago. Absolutely ridiculous!
She's grown up so much, and I am so incredibly proud of her. But that's a post for another time. She also took a few pictures with Anthony, who was getting a little bored with the process. 
Ugh! Let's not discuss how grown up he looks in this picture... except for his Batman hoodie... which I love. The hood has bat ears! Anyway. After all that it was time for dinner! 
I hadn't been to Johnny's before, but everyone in my family raves about it. I must say I was pretty impressed!
Well, except for the coleslaw. It left a little to be desired. Then again, I'm totally in love with Popeye's coleslaw, and not much can measure up. After dinner, Britt had to head back to Birmingham, and the rest of us went back to Mimi's. I crashed pretty soon after. 

Sunday was actually Mom and Mimi's birthday. We had already done the gifts and things so Mom and I made breakfast for everyone and my aunt brought over Mimi's birthday pound cake (it's what she wanted). Not too long after that, we headed home. The drive wasn't too eventful until we hit Chattanooga. I swear I saw at least 7 police cars in just a few miles of interstate. It was weird! But we made it home without incident. 

After we unpacked the car, we took one last trip in the rental to go out to dinner for mom's birthday. Apparently she hadn't gotten her BBQ fix, because she wanted to go to Famous Dave's. Hey, who am I to deny my mother on her birthday? Plus, they have quirky wet wipes. 
I'm not sure what Picnic-Fresh BBQ should smell like, but it got my hands clean! 

Our trip was over too soon, but I'm glad to be back home. I would rather leave too soon than wait til we're all sick of each other. :-)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

You haven't been forgotten

I promise you, dear reader, I still know you're there. Waiting for me to answer all sorts of questions. And I promise, I have all sorts of answers. But the past few days have gotten away from me. I need to get my head on straight, then you will have a multitude of posts to dig through and be sorry you ever wished I'd post more often. Until then, enjoy this....

Friday, October 4, 2013

Family weekend: Day 1

Hello from Alabama! Yes, that is correct. I managed not only to get out of Knoxville, but all the way out of the state! First time in over a year. Crazy! What am I doing in Alabama you ask? Well, everyone's birthday was coming up (I'm only barely kidding, but we'll get to that in a second), so we drove down for a visit. And if I'm taking a road trip, I'm not taking my car so...
Enter the rental car! I get to pretend I own a 2013 Toyota Corolla for the weekend. It's a nice little car, and way nicer than mine, but I don't think I'd buy one for reals. Fun for this trip though!

It's about a three four hour drive from my house to Mimi's house. I normally make the trip in a straight shot, only stopping for gas, but we were trying to take our time since Mimi had a hair/nail appointment booked for today [insert jealousy], so we planned a rest area picnic to break it up.
I will admit it was nice to get out and walk around for a minute. My back was a little sore today, so it was probably good for me to get out and stretch a bit.

After lunch, we got back in the car and made the rest of the trip without incident. I used to drive down here so much I could probably find it with my eyes closed. It has been 4 years since the last time I was here, so I got a little foggy once I got to Mimi's county. Tony's taken the trip almost twice as much as I have, so any time couldn't quite remember where I was supposed to turn, he'd pipe up with exact directions including landmarks. He's learned well.

 When we arrived, the dogs were happy to see us. And by the dogs, I mean Bubber (pronounced Bubba), the Poodle/Maltese mix.
He would bring each of us the ball and wait for us the throw it. Except that about 75% of the time he'd grab it as you would pick it up and wouldn't let go. If you let go of the ball, he'd tap you with it. Basically, he couldn't decide if he wanted to play fetch or tug of war. I wish I could have gotten video of it because it was pretty funny. Maybe tomorrow. Molly on the other hand is the total opposite. 
She sat right there for most of the day. When someone can to sit down, she'd crawl onto the couch part so they could pet her. Other than that I would have forgotten she was here.

My oldest niece, Brittany, arrived about an hour after we did. Thank goodness, because Tony practically had his nose pressed to the door waiting for her to arrive. As much as I love my brother, John, Tony loves his Brittany... and I just realized I didn't get a picture of any people. Ha! Tomorrow.

Anyway, after visiting for a few minutes, Bee (everyone has a nickname) said she couldn't wait any longer and handed me a gift bag. She said it was just because we hadn't seen each other in a long time (which is quite sad and quite true). Can I just tell you that my genius of a niece nailed me in 3 presents?
Owls, a watch, and the Wizard of Oz? Yeah, that's pretty much me in a bag. Then she gave Tony a few things (some glow sticks, an awesome light-up travel cup, and food). At that point we decided that everybody would get presents!

Mom and Mimi share a birthday on October 6, and Brittany's birthday is October 16. In addition, I have friends/family with birthdays on the 1, 2, 5, 10, 12, 19, 21, and 28 of this month. I told you everyone's birthday was coming up. 

After our mini-Christmas, we had dinner. Later my aunt Sara came over with a birthday cake for my mom. 
She said she put representative candles on there (my mom will be 60 on Sunday), which my mom got appreciated. She said she didn't know if she had the lungs for all of her candles. The cake was a mandarin orange and pineapple cake and it was delicious! I'll have to see if I can get Aunt Sara to give me the recipe. 

Finally, it was time for me to got to bed in my cupboard in the bathroom.
Still bigger than in NYC
For the record, that closet is huge! I'm not quite sure how the tradition got started, but I have always slept in the bathroom closet when I visit my grandmother in Alabama. Yes. That's the closet inside the guest bathroom. Yeah, let that sink in. Anyway, it's nice and cozy. Now, I'm going to get some sleep! 

Monday, September 30, 2013

In Motion

Aw, my last post for the challenge! How sad. Ok not really, but anyway!

This may have been in slow motion, but it is in motion.
Amy, Greg, and I went to a lame festival balloon festival yesterday. This one was taking off as we walked down to the "fun." Sadly, it was almost the best part of the day. I had a great time, but that was because of who I was with. Those two make going to pay bills fun.

Sunday, September 29, 2013


Hey... were you aware that I really like the Wizard of Oz? Were you also aware that McDonald's recently had Oz toys in their happy meals? I discovered this completely by accident, but then had to have these.
For the record, you can buy happy meal toys without the happy meal for $1.50. :-)

They had these lovely ladies, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, but all I wanted were the witches. I posted this picture to Instagram, tagging Amy and saying which witch is which? We alternate... although I think both of us are stuck on Elphaba at the moment.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Daily Routine

Most people who know me, know that I am very conscious about my teeth. The one part of my day that happens every single day, even if I'm too sick to take a shower, is brushing my teeth. It just makes me feel more human.
This is by far my favorite toothbrush. It was given to my by a woman who works for Philips. Good thing, because as much as I love it, it also retails for $149. I can't even afford the replacement heads. It was lovely while they lasted though. Except that it tickled like crazy for the first week. Worth it though.

Friday, September 27, 2013

After dark

This was taken way back in 2009 at a Relay for Life event near the Sunsphere in World's Fair Park. I took a picture of the moon's progress across the sky as I stayed up all night for the even. I have some pretty cool pics, but this is by far my favorite.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Respond with Love

I promise... at some point I will get back to my regularly schedule blog. But tonight, I wanted to talk about something that's been on my mind lately; loving people when you don't want to love them.

This is something that I struggle with all the time. I'm not talking about loving G when he's grating my nerves or loving my brother when he's being a brat. No, I'm talking about loving the people that were put in my life to challenge me. My inclination has always been to lash out and break them. I've not always been the best of people. :-/ But as I challenge myself to be more loving, I'm also learning how to respond.

Yesterday on the way home, I was listening to Air1 and the DJ was talking about how even when we argue with someone, we need to do it with love. He sited 1 Corinthians 11:1-3.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (NLT) 

Several instances have come up recently, and I'm ashamed to admit that I did not handle them all with the grace and love they deserved. And another one happened today, but God had prepared me with this verse. I knew I needed to respond in love, but I could not figure out how. After a lot of meditation on those verses, I realized that the most loving thing for me to do is to not respond at all. 

Well, that's one day down. Now to remember it all tomorrow.

Something old

Something old? This may be the oldest thing I have a picture of...
Lady Liberty herself. Not only is she old, but this picture is old, too! I snapped this when Amy and I were in NYC way back in 2010.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


Ok, apparently I have something against a good old fashioned sunflare. Maybe it has to do with the screaming cats and lens flares I had to endure a few years ago... I didn't share that story? Repressed memories from a film festival. I might feel up to discussing it after a few drinks... maybe. Anyway, this is one of 2 pictures I could find with a sunflare.
Amy and I had taken her stepson (who I'm pretty sure wasn't her stepson at the time) and my little brother to the corn maze and then went for a hayride. I snapped this while we were rolling along.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A smile

Well, we didn't say it had to be my smile, did we?
G sent me this one the other day to tell me he got a haircut. I'm not sure why, but he always sends me a pic after he cuts his hair. The only exception is if I'm going to see him within the next 2 hours. Then he still texts me. I don't know if he's being silly or trying to warn me or what. I think it's sweet. Plus, bonus chances to see his mug. I'll take it.

PS, did you notice he shaved??? He did that over Labor Day weekend and I am just now getting used to it. I like it though. Less prickly. :-)

Monday, September 23, 2013


This is one of my favorite pictures that I've taken recently, and it just so happens to work for today.
Greg and I were driving to dinner when I looked up and saw this. I'm always captivated when the light streams clouds like that. I was rather impressed that I got the shot. In another few seconds, we rounded a corner and it never looked quite a breathtaking.

Sunday, September 22, 2013


I took this one outside of Greg's office when I went to go meet him for dinner a few weeks ago. 
When I took this picture, I was actually just going for the color of the sky, but I like the way they tree line came out, too. A little spooky, but still lovely.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pretty pattern

I think I went to boarding school in a previous life because...
I have always been in love with argyle. It just makes me happy! I saw these Thanksgiving napkins at Target the other day and fell in love again. I got them to use for a dinner party Amy and I are hosting in a few weeks. I'll force my love of argyle on my friends, too!

Friday, September 20, 2013

What I read

We are starting a new alignment series a church soon. This is a time when what pastor talks about on Sunday directly relates to what we are studying in Small Group. This time, the church wrote the whole curriculum and created a book for it.
As a group leader, I got the book early so I can try to prepare. I really think this is going to be a great study. I'm looking forward to it.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Where I slept

Throw back! You are not getting a picture of my bed right now, mostly because I don't feel like making it. So here is the tiniest bedroom I have ever slept in (including the time I slept in a closet).
This was the room, and the bed, Amy and I shared in NYC back in 2010. I have another picture of her in the middle of the room, nearly touching both walls. Crazy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In my bag

I have a problem, guys. I am addicted to writing supplies, especially pens....
This little green bag goes in my purse, so it's a bag within a bag. And the sad thing is, there are still pens floating around lose in my purse and my back pack. I told you... I have a problem!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

On the shelf

I can't be alone in this... If I see something interesting at the store, I will take a pic and text it to someone. Anybody else? No? Ok, well you're missing out. It saves you from forgetting to tell them about it all together. Anyway! I was at Target when I saw these adorable little cups.
I have no need or use for them, but I felt like Amy had to know they existed. And now you do, too! Look, I even included the price. You're welcome.

Monday, September 16, 2013

What I ate

I woke up the other morning craving pumpkin pancakes. Actually, I went to bed thinking about them. No surprise that I wanted them when I woke up. And since I woke up crazy early, I had plenty of time to make some for breakfast!
Mmmm, butter...
 Not the prettiest, but yummy nonetheless!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My shoes

I love shoes. I really do. I'm not a total fashionista, or even a baby fashionista, so I'm not in love with the newest styles or the crazy heels (although I do have a pair of boots that nearly put me on par with Greg's 6'5" frame). My downfall tend to be sneakers. And I am totally in love with the trend of brightly colored kicks everywhere (yes, Amy, I just said kicks). Right now, I am in love with these...
Yes, you've seen this pic before, but we're looking at my shoes now. They are BRIGHT pink with neon yellow laces. They enter the room before 5 minutes before I do. I think I love the colorful shoe trend mostly because my work uniform is all black and I like to add a bit of color where I can.

Saturday, September 14, 2013


Now this pic is older, but it's one of my favorite pictures of flowers I have.
Greg have me these for my birthday way back when I was working at the preschool. He actually gave me 2 bunches (he brought them to me at work), and I split them in 2 vases. I wasn't thinking about it, but after I posted this picture on Facebook, it was pointed out to me that it kind of looks like a muppet. So every time I see this picture, I half expect them to start talking. Well.. maybe if I lived in the world of Jim Henson or Harry Potter.

Friday, September 13, 2013

From a distance

Today's challenge makes me think of the Bette Midler song, which them makes me think of the song from Hercules... I'm special. Moving on...
yes, I'm the dot
This picture was taken a few years ago when I went hiking with a co-worker. What's crazy is that she zoomed in to take this shot. She was at least 40 feet away from me. And no, I was not scaling a rock face. There was a (narrow) path that I used to get up there.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


Well, I don't think it gets closer than this!
I see you!
Forgive the no make-up shot. It's allergy season. Hence the bloodshot-ness, too... Oh well. You get what you get. I took this because I was arguing with someone about the color of my eyes. At this exact moment, my eyes were mostly green. They alternate between brown and green. Most of the time they are half and half (like me ... get it? 'Cuz I'm biracial... and hilarious...), with the middle being brown and the outside being green (not like me). My license says their hazel. Eh, they're my eyeballs, and they serve me well enough with the whole seeing thing. I'll keep 'em.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Something fun

The there are so many thing that I think are fun. I love cooking, crocheting, singing, watching movies... but probably one of my most favorite things ever is getting sucked into a good book. Even better if it's series.
Oh... and I have a think for YA lit. I'm a kid at heart. Anyway! This is the first book in a series that is a sequel to another series I enjoyed. I finished this book a few days ago and I'm already jonesing for the second. I borrowed the ebook from my library, but they don't have the second book. Well they have the audiobook, but not a readable one. I have no clue why. Regardless, this means I'm either going to have to buy the ebook or... well... I'm just going to buy the ebook. And probably the whole series. :-)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Something I made

Day 10 of the photo challenge snuck up on me! Really, today was just kind of a long day and I didn't think about it until right now. Oops. Good thing this blog is full of things I've made. From hats to hearts, I've shared a lot with you guys. But for now, I think my current favorite are my ninjas I made for Relay. 

I just realized I never typed up the tutorial for these little crocheted guys. I'll have to try to make one again and get that figured out soon. 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Faceless self-portrait

Ok, so I'm kindly going to opt out of this one. Not because I hate the idea of it, but because most of my "self-portraits" are faceless! And you have 2 more faceless ones here. That's enough, I think.
But because I like having images in my posts, here's my favorite Disney character, hiding behind a book.
Have a happy day!
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