Archive for January, 2008

January 31, 2008

cha-ching!

i went to ross today to get a new wallet.  i got my old one about 5 years ago at wal-mart and it just broke.  it was a very sad thing for me because i loved that wallet.  i went to wal-mart and they didn’t have any that i liked and they were all like $10 (yes, i’m that cheap).

so, i went to ross and found a wallet that i liked for $3.99 (true!).  of course i had to walk around the rest of the store and look for other things that i “needed”.  i took a short tour through the maternity section and found a cute pair of b&w houndstooth pants for $0.49 (forty-nine CENTS)!!  woo-hoo!  i didn’t even try them on until i got home.  you can’t buy the elastic to make a pair of pants for that cheap!

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January 31, 2008

T

the hiding place:  the autobiography of corrie ten boom about christian jews who hide from the nazis at the beginning of ww2.  they eventually get caught (sorry if that spoiled it for you) and are seperated, sent to prison, then a concentration camp.  i need to read it again…as i’m trying to write this, the details blend together.  it is definitely one of my favorites, if not THE favorite.  corrie’s faith and hope in God during her situation is challenging and encouraging.  her story is absolutely amazing and will make you feel so guilty about all the things you’ve ever complained about.  if you don’t like to read, rent the movie.

travel:  i love to travel…doesn’t matter where.  there are so many amazing places in the world that i want to see before i die.  my aunt and uncle are on a 4 month cruise around the world right now.  my aunt e-mails pictures several times a week.  i usually don’t even want to open them because my jealousy grows like a weed.  this is thier second time doing this, but last year it was to different destinations.  it is my dream to go on that cruise someday when my kids are older and we happen to have $30,000 to spend on a single trip.  🙂

twists & turns:  i enjoy routine and i like for there to be some predictability to my life.  i like being able to plan ahead and create certain expectations for what i think is in the future (of the day, week, month, or year).  but i think my favorite things about life are events or circumstances that catch me off guard.  not that i enjoy crisis or tough times, but i like the challenge and emotional stimulation that they bring.  (i could probably really regret this post someday, seeing as nothing really bad has ever happened to me…)  i love the life i lead, where i live, etc, but i’m always jealous in some small way of those who are forced to move to an unknown place or new job.  it just seems so new and exciting.  we met with a realtor last night so that we can put our condo on the market.  now all we have to do is PRAY and wait.  i am so excited to see what God has planned for our future…i’m sure it’s something new and exciting!

tea:  SWEET tea, to be exact.  SOUTHERN sweet tea.  sugar water that has a touch of tea taste with lemon.  🙂  my favorite:  sonny’s.  it comes in a ridiculously huge bottomless cup and is the perfect compliment to bbq smothered in sweet sauce (can you tell i ate there for lunch today?).

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5  (my favorite scripture!)

January 31, 2008

i hate politics.

i just saw a headline that read, “Romney Accuses McCain of Dirty Tricks”. 

does anyone else see the humor and obviousness here?

January 28, 2008

S

shag: it’s not what you’re thinking if you’ve watched alot of austin powers…  shag is a movie made in 1989 about 4 very southern high school senior girls who sneak off to myrtle beach for the summer of 1963.  it’s called “shag” because that was the name of a popular dance during that time.  i honestly don’t know how many times i’ve seen this movie, but it’s definitely one of my favorites (like the kind that i’m annoying to watch it with because i can – and do – quote every line).  everytime i watch it it makes me want to bubble flip my hair and put on a pair of bermuda shorts.  (warning:  men/boys will find nothing to like about this movie…except maybe bridget fonda in a cute bikini)

sudoku:  i wrote a blog about sudoku soon after i started this blog, but whatever…  sudoku is a puzzle where there is a square filled with smaller squares, some of the smallest squares containing numbers.  the object of the puzzle is to fill a number into every square using the process of eliminiation.  the numbers only go 1-9.  there is a 1-9 in every line, horizontally and vertically, and there is a 1-9 in every one of the 9 smaller boxes. 

 

i started sudoku last summer on a plane to shoot my first wedding (i was nervous…about the sudoku and the wedding, haha).  it’s great for car trips, the…ahem…bathroom, and sitting on a lounge chair by the pool.  sometimes i time myself, but most of the time i just work at a relaxed pace.  when i’m done, i always write the date and where i am at the bottom of the page: “1/25/08  bathtub”.

Surely, I am with you always.  Matthew 28:20

January 25, 2008

R

restaurants:  maybe i should’ve put this under “E” for eating out…  i love eating out.  i love that i don’t have to cook, someone waits on me, and there is usually a large variety of deliciousness to choose from.  we try not to eat out too often (usually twice in a week) because of budget reasons, but that makes it all the more fun when we do.  i guess i could type a list of restaurants that i really like, but it would be really, really long.  plus, i pretty much like anything that i don’t have to cook, whether it’s burger king or a seafood place on the water.

running:  throughout my years in elementary, junior, and high school i hated to run.  i always knew it was good for me, i just didn’t like it.  up until 10th grade, i played softball in the spring, but was never really an outstanding player (my sophomore year i was petrified to hit against our own pitcher –  she had been featured in sports illustrated for how fast she was).  so spring semester of my junior year rolled around and i decided i wanted to try to run track.  it may have remotely had something to do with a few of the boys on the team, and maybe one of the coaches (my hot history teacher), but i decided that i wanted to get in good shape.  my parents had taught me that once you start something, you don’t quit, so i knew once i went to that first day of practice, i was in it until april.  i don’t know when it was that i realized i really liked running, but i remember how i started adding up all our laps and turning them into miles and feeling very proud of myself.  i had never known i could push myself so hard.  at our first meet i signed up, along with my best friend who also hated running, for the mile.  she got so mad at me when i left her halfway through.  she still hates running.  🙂  senior year i got really into the 800 and our coach made us do alot of distance training.  oh dear coach king, if you only knew what you started.  those 4 mile timed runs to train for running two laps instilled in me a LOVE for running.  i ran cross country for two years in college (and got $600 a year).  i still run several times a week.  i haven’t ever been in cross-country shape again, but i still love it just as much (probably more, now that it’s totally my choice when i go).  i love the taste of lactic acid in my mouth, the sound of my breathing, and the feeling of getting that second wind.  i pray the Lord keeps my body healthy so i can run for a long, long time.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37:7

January 24, 2008

Q

quiet:  as in, no noise.  doesn’t necessarily have to mean no SOUND.  i like the quiet that comes when i’m running and all i hear is the sound of my breath, or the quiet that is there when i dunk my head underwater during a bath.  i love the quiet of hearing only the carving sound my snowboard makes on a deserted hill.  i love snuggling with my husband when we’re not talking (not that i don’t like talking to him, haha).  i like the quiet of harper when i peek in her room and see her intently reading books in a corner.  i like quiet in my house: dog snoring, air cutting off and on, keys clicking on a keyboard.  🙂  the garbage truck emptying dumpsters right outside my window….not so quiet!

Quietness and trust is your strength.  Isaiah 30:15

January 18, 2008

P

ugh.  one more letter closer to the ever-elusive “Q”…

pantene:  i just bought a huge bottle of pantene “always smooth” at costco.  it’s always a gamble when you buy a new kind of shampoo in that big of a bottle, but, i thought, pantene’s never let me down before and we really need shampoo and i don’t want to go to another store after i leave here.  this is the greatest shampoo i’ve ever used.  my hair has been so straight and soft and smooth.  yes, i’m taking pre-natal vitamins, and yes, it’s been a little less humid outside, but i’m still singing the praises of this stuff.  love it!

peanut butter:  when i was in london, the only kind of chunky peanut butter i could find was skippy.  before then i had been a peter pan girl, but i had to settle for what i could get.  boy am i glad.  i am not exaggerating when i say that i had ritz crackers and peanut butter at least once a day, every day for three months.  since then,  chunky skippy is in my blood.  no, i don’t eat it every day, but i at least have to look at it in the cupboard and know it’s there if i want it.  harper loves it now, too, thank goodness.  mmmm….p.b. and crackers, p.b. and jelly, p.b. on apple slices, p.b. and banana, p.b. and honey….let me count the ways…

publix:  where shopping seriously is a pleasure.  i told ryan the other night that i would literally cry if we had to move somewhere up north just because they don’t have publix.  their stores are consistently clean, their employees are always friendly, and, well, it really is almost fun to shop there.  they have great sales and, as a huge added bonus, their store brand products (generic) are top-notch.  the only publix brand thing i’ve ever tried that i didn’t like is their cottage cheese, but i’m super picky about that.  we needed some things from the store on easter last year.  good ol’ publix was closed (yet another thing i like about them, that they’re closed on holidays), so we had to go to….gulp….wi-wi-wi-winn-dixie.  it was so hard for me.  i felt like i was commiting adultery, and it was obvious that the store was filled up with other “cheaters”.  no one knew where anything was and all the publix-lovers were looking to each other for direction (and probably at the same time hoping no one noticed or recongnized us).  if we ever do have to move somewhere north, maybe i could buy my groceries online. 🙂

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

January 18, 2008

what the ——- ?!

harper and i met ryan at chick-fil-a today for lunch.  a rare, joyful occurence.  our routine when we go to chick-fil-a is to get a table right next to the glass of the play area, put harper in the play area, and watch her through the glass while we eat.  she eats in the car on the way home.

anyway, half-way through our meal, some older kids went in and started playing.  they were girls, probably about 9 or 10, MAYBE 11 years old.  i noticed that they were dressed in cute, abercrombie style clothes.  “what pretty girls…”  i thought.  then i read one of the girls’ graphic tees:  “NORTH CAROLINA: it’s good to be on top”.  WHAT?!!!

first of all, does she know what that means?

secondly, are her parents total idiots?  i hope so, because if they do know what that means and they still let their 5th grade daughter wear it…well, i hope they’re saving up to support all their future illegitimate grandchildren while their daughter finishes high school.

thirdly, what kind of company would make a shirt that small that says that?!?!

ugh.  sometimes i want to move to an island and invent my own society (and, yes, there would be a chick-fil-a…and trees that grow twinkies & hostess cupcakes). 

January 17, 2008

N

newborns:  so i haven’t formally announced it on my blog yet, but our second baby is due in july.  i’m 13 weeks pregnant.  newborn babies are probably THE most precious thing on this earth.  not that my daughter isn’t precious now, but she was definitely at her most pure, her most innocent, her most NEW, when she was a newborn.  i love that flaky newborn skin, the squinty eyes, the tight fists, and even the desperate little cry.  everyone has a soft spot for a new little one…it is precious to watch people, even on TV, hold one and speak to it so gently.  it’s also pretty darn cool that they sleep like 20 hours a day (cute AND easy).  🙂

January 15, 2008

O

i’m skipping “N”.  i’ll come back to it.  i already have 3 ideas for “O” and don’t feel like thinking super hard to think of some “N” ones…

oxyclean:  the stuff really is as awesome as its bearded spokesman says it is.  if you catch a stain early (like before you wash it once), it’s a cinch to get out.  if you catch it later, it might take a little more work, but oxyclean will rescue you.  i love it.

opie:  my beloved canine companion.  he’s a messy eater, sheds alot, smells bad (most of the time), passes some putrid gas, and when he’s hungry he humps like crazy.  he has to drink his water out of a hamster bottle because if it’s in a bowl he drips for 10 minutes afterward.  i love him.  i love how he snores super loud, how he gets hyper and runs after his toys.  i love how he will let harper do pretty much anything to him and how sometimes he plays with her like she’s a puppy.  i love how he lays at her door when she’s awake but still in bed.  basically i just love having him around…wouldn’t trade him if i could.

outback:  can you say CHEESE FRIES?!  when given a choice, 9 times out of 10, i would probably choose outback steakhouse when going out to eat.  while eating there, i have never had something go into my mouth that i didn’t like.  it’s always a toss-up between a bloomin’ onion or cheese fries (higher cholesterol or actual heart attack on a plate), and then alice springs chicken or the outback special smothered in A1.  oh man.  it’s 8:30 in the morning and i could go for a steak right now just thinking about it…

….One God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.  1 Timothy 2:5