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

Purchased

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

Sunflare

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

Sunset

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

Trees

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

Flowers

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

Close-up

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.
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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!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Technology

Happy technology day here on the Photo Challenge! I'm super excited about this one because I just got this today!!!!!!! (<---You can tell it's legit excitement because there are so may exclamation points.)


It's true folks, I have joined the tablet generation! I am the proud owner of a Nook HD+. I've wanted one for a while now, but I couldn't decide what to get. Did I want a Kindle Fire, or should I get an  Android tablet and download the Kindle app? I have seriously been having this conversation with myself for the past 5 months. Any time I would decide one way or the other, something would happen to change my mind. Really, I was leaning towards buying a tablet and getting the app, but which tablet??? And if anyone knows me, they know that if I can't make a decision about something, I just won't. Either I'll get both or neither. I'm odd like that.

So today, Amy and I were out running some random errands when I stumbled across the Nooks as Target. I had not even considered them in the running for what I wanted. However... On the display it had in big, bold graphics that the Nook now supported to Google Play store. So... I can get all of my fabulous Android apps? I can even download the Kindle app? On a 9" HD screen? For $150? Yes, please!

Although, apparently a lot of people recognized what a great deal this was because the local Target was sold out of them. The nice Electronics guy called another store, but they were sold out, too. Amy and I were walking out to her car when I decided to try calling one Target that people kind of forget about (I have an option of 4 different Targets, all within about 25 minutes of my house), and voila! They had 3! Amy and I drove out there and now I have my tablet. See? All of my decisions should be that quick.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Something new

Ah... something new for the photo challenge... Well, I should have taken a picture of the new tank top I got to wear to the UT game today, but I forgot. So we will discuss the newest thing I have. This sunburn. 
Ow
Yeah, I know. I totally flaked out on sunscreen today. Unacceptable! I have two perfect arcs on my shoulders from the racerback of the tank I had one. Luckily, it doesn't hurt too badly. It's tender, and it's kind of radiating heat, but nothing some aloe can't help. I'll have to post more about the game tomorrow. Right now I'm quite exhausted and need to get to sleep. Good night!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Childhood Memory

The challenge for today simply said "childhood memory." This was actually quite easy for me for me to choose. Overall, I had a pretty good childhood, (or at least I thought it was good at the time, which is really all that matters), but for some reason this one always sticks out to me. 
Yep, pickles. I. Love. Pickles. When I was a kid, I would drink the brine straight from the jar. Don't judge me. Anyway, that's not the exact memory I wanted to share. The one instance I'm thinking of happened on my 7th birthday. We didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up. We were on government assistance for a little while, right after mom became disabled, but my mom did a great job of making sure I didn't want for anything (or even know we were poor until I got my first job and realized how much stuff costs). Anyway! That is all to say that I learned at a young age to appreciate a gift that had a lot of thought put into it, even if it was somewhat unconventional. 

So, for my 7th birthday, my sister got me a gallon of pickles. Are you kidding me??? That was the best present EVER! If you know my relationship with my sister, you understand why it's so odd that it is my favorite childhood memory. She put some thought into that one and got me something she knew I'd really like. And finish in 3 days. 

I should also mention that I also got a swing set for my 7th birthday. But I forget about it until I think about eating a pickle while waiting for my brother to finish building it. The pickles are what I remember over a swing set. Seriously? How much do I love pickles?

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Someone I love

Here we are on day 6 of the Photo Challenge! Today's subject is someone I love. That's not much of a challenge, now is it?
I'm a little partial to Mr. Wonderful, himself. I feel like these pictures pretty accurately represent why I picked him. 
  1. He's magic! His friend competes in Strongman competitions, and he was playing around with one of the weighted balls. Really, I'm just impressed with the fact that he is willing to try new things with his workouts and really cares about his health and fitness.
  2. He's a model! This one was taken when he was asked to to a charity fashion show. He was making a Zoolander face, but I think he actually looks really handsome. I love the fact that he's always willing to help out and he looks good doing it. :-)
  3. We have fun together! This one was taken while we were waiting to go to our seats at the Tennessee Theatre. Not only does he take me to the theatre, he makes goofy faces with me beforehand!
Of course there's more than 3 reasons why I love G, but these are just some of the reasons I have picture evidence for. ;-)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The final straw

Words cannot describe how upset I was just a mere hour ago. I couldn't find my fitbit. I knew I had it on earlier when I was running errands with mom, but I couldn't find it in my pocket when we were at church. I figured I accidentally left it in the jeans I was wearing earlier since I changed pants before we left. Nope, not there when I got home. Not in my chair, my purse, my computer bag. Not in my car, the key basket, or on my bed. I tore my room apart looking for it. Then I decided to go look in the car one more time.... and I found it. 
A moment of silence, please...
It must have fallen out of my pocket when we left for church and I backed over it. I barely made it into my bedroom before I started sobbing uncontrollably. See, I had already convinced myself Greg was going to be mad at me for losing it. Which, if you know G, you also know how ridiculous that is. He doesn't get mad at me. Frustrated? Yes. Annoyed? Of course! But mad? No. But I had already convinced myself that he was going to be MAD at me. Yelling and all kinds of bad things. So when I found it so completely busted, I just lost it. 

In the midst of my hysterics, I started questioning what was actually going on. Yes, I was upset over breaking my beloved fitbit, but it's just a toy, really. And I knew G wasn't actually going to be mad at me. It was an honest accident. So I prayed that God would help me calm down and figure out what was really going on. 

When I could breathe again, I finally realized that this was just the final straw in a long line of things that have been breaking my heart lately. None of them to do with Greg, Amy, or any other loved one. But still, my heart has been slowly cracking for the past 3 months and today was the day it finally fell apart. So I'm praying for God to help me find the road to putting things back together. 

There are some changes coming. I think for the better, and mostly I'm excited, but I think life is about to be different... hopefully soon. 



***As I logged on to my laptop to post this, I discovered that while the display is broken, my fitbit is still tracking my steps and syncing to the computer. That means I can still use it, I won't know how many steps I've taken til the end of the day. Whew! A bright spot!

My favorite color

It's time for day 4 of the Photo Challenge with Amy! You can see her posts here, and you can look at my other posts in this challenge here. Anyway today's challenge was my favorite color. This is actually kind of a difficult one to answer. Generally, if someone asks me my favorite color, I'll say teal or turquoise, but really, it changes. It's not because I don't have one, it's because it's fluid. Literally. My favorite color is water.
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Obviously not clear water in a glass, but my favorite color is that blue/green of a crystal clear body of water. And just like water, it changes slightly from day to day. Sometimes I like it more to the blue side, sometimes more to the green.  For a Taurus, I'm awfully wishy-washy.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Clouds

Today's subject for our Photo Challenge was Clouds. I found it kind of funny that today's subject was clouds since we had a torrential downpour sweep the county last night. No joke, I woke up at 3:30am thinking that there was a semi driving past my house (if you knew where I lived, you would understand that's a little crazy... it was early, ok??), but nope. It was thunder. About 10 minutes later the thunder was so loud and so close that it literally shook my bed away from the wall. The lightning was like a constant strobe light outside my window. I started getting nervous about the pecan tree that is right outside my bedroom. But (obviously) I made it through.

So this morning when I got to work, this is what the sky looked like:
So pretty and fluffy
They look so innocent. Clean and pillowy, just floating along behind the bringers of doom and chaos from yesterday. You're not fooling me, clouds!

Monday, September 2, 2013

What I Wore

As I mentioned yesterday, Amy suggested that we do a photo challenge this month. Today's challenge was "what I wore." This was both the easiest and the lamest challenge for me ever. Without further ado, here's what I wore today.
Or every day...
I know, I know, but I had to work today! Uniform shirt, yoga pants, bright pink shoes. We're only allowed to wear black pants, so my accessories are usually really bright. Not pictured: my teal watch and my work fleece pullover. Yes, on a 95-degree day I felt the need to wear a fleece pullover. It was FREEZING at the front desk this morning. The gym is kept cold for the benefit of those working out, so don't be surprised when you see gym employees wearing jackets when it's hot outside.

Ok, obviously I didn't have to work all day. Greg got home from Dragon*Con today, so I met him for dinner. This is what I wore then:
Madras plaid shirt from Old Navy, shorts, flip flops... really the bottom half has been my non-work uniform for most of the summer. Accessories for the day: my promotion necklace from Amy and my Invicta Angel watch from Greg.



Did you noticed that I chopped my head off in both pictures? Yeah, that wasn't on accident. I told you I feel awkward in selfies. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Best Friend Bucket List: Photo Challenge

Amy and I have a shared Pinterest board entitled Best Friend Bucket List. Mostly it's a collection of places we want to visit and things we want to do when we get there. However, a few days (weeks?) ago she posted this photo challenge for us to try.

Apparently the original blog has been deleted
Side note: It bugs me that it was originally an August Challenge and only has 30 days on it... But I'm ok with doing it for September!

Anyway, today is a self-portrait. Can I just tell y'all how much I don't like taking pics of myself? I feel like a straight up dork. I will totally take a pic of you and I together, but pictures of just myself? Thanks, but no thanks. Luckily I took a picture of myself yesterday, so we're going to use that. It should be noted that I took this photo to show Amy what a hot mess I was (we were about to meet for lunch, and she was warning me that she was hot and sweaty from work).

I had just finished back-to-back Core and Power classes at the gym. I was rocking a serious calorie deficit and trying to refrain from eating everything in Kroger. Let's talk about this one for a second, shall we? No make up, frizzy hair, workout attire, looking tired/awkward, grocery store. Yeah, I think this is a pretty good self-portrait. 

Here's why I feel this is a pretty accurate self-portrait:
  1. I very rarely wear make-up. Don't get me wrong, I love make up! But I have a hard time finding colors that work and don't wash off when my crazy allergy eyes kick in. Plus, I work at a gym, so having a full face of make up doesn't make a whole lot of sense on a day-to-day basis.
  2. Frizzy hair... Ok, this is not always the case, but it has been this summer. I swear it has been so humid this summer my flat iron is collecting dust. Actually, I don't even know where it is. Sometimes I can tame it with product... but they are expensive, I am broke, and there's no sense in wasting it when I'm going to have to shower after the gym anyway. 
  3. These days I am in workout attire for about 85% of my life. I am at work for the bulk of my day, and my uniform is workout pants/capris and a performance top. Otherwise I'm training with Lorrie, taking a class, or trying to work out on my own. It has gotten to the point where there's not much reason for me to buy new "regular" clothes because I so rarely get to wear them. 
  4. I am always tired these days. I get exhausted just thinking about what I need to deal with. And the awkwardness comes from taking a dang selfie. Maybe it's because I'm not great at self-promotion? 
  5. I end up at some grocery store almost Every. Single. Day. Mostly this is to grab something to eat before work. This time I was buying the stuff to make Game Day Chili. I know my life would be so much easier if I thought ahead and bought stuff at once, but that's not how my brain works these days. I blame #3. 
So, there's day 1. We'll see how well I keep up with this. :-)

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