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


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! 
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