Archives for May 2009

fashion friday details

So, it’s official.
I’ve decided to make the next few Fashion Friday posts open to all! I’ll put up Mr. Linky and any of you are welcome and encouraged to link up to your favorite fashion of the week.
If it seems to take off, I’ll be more than happy to make it a regular thing.
Here’s the details…as I’ve decided to make up rules, because I’m in charge, and I like rules.
As long as it’s related to fashion, you can link up. Take and post pictures of your favorite outfit (dressy or casual), your favorite hair style, your cutest purse, shoes, jewelry….basically anything during the week that you wear and you want to show off.
I think we’re all looking for new ideas and inspiration of all kinds, so don’t think you aren’t fashionable enough to join in! I want to see it all!
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the time card of your day

What is the time card of your day?  
What would it look like if you documented every hour of every day for a week?
 
What would it look like? 
What would it show about who you are? 
I’ve been thinking a little about this. And have even considered making it a homework project for myself. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to share it with the world, but I think just doing it for myself could make a huge difference in how I spend my time.
I don’t know. Just a thought, and one I wanted to share.
Anybody else interested in doing something like this?
What do you think you would learn about yourself?
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fashion casual friday

It was a casual week this week. 
Jimmy’s getting a little better at taking these…
Anyway, these are my favorite Abercrombie Jeans that I live in, but I think I’ve been having too many free days because they were a little tight when I put them on this particular day.  My top is Forever 21, the shoes…are you ready for this….Hush Puppies.  Mmm hmmm.  I’m 30 now so I can officially rock them.  My necklace is Wet Seal.  
I’m considering making my Fashion Friday’s an open post and adding in Mr. Linky for anyone who wants to show off their favorite outfit of the week.  We all have different styles and ideas of fashion and I think it would be awesome to show them all off and link it back to one place.  Ya?
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drop (kick) the scale

It has been almost 6 weeks since I’ve stepped on the scale. This from stepping on several times a week, trying to make sure I stayed at my “ideal” weight. And anytime that number fluctuated even one pound up or down, my mood and my day were affected.
And yet, if I was honest, when I looked in the mirror, I couldn’t see a difference.
It was annoying to say the least, not just to me, but especially to Jimmy. (Though he weighs in daily too, I might add.)
Anyway, after I read “I’m Beautiful, Dammit” I decided it was time for a change. I decided no more weight talk. Instead, I would go by how I felt, how I looked in the mirror, and how my clothes fit. If my pants got snug, then I would know it was time for more cardio and less chocolate cake.  (Kinda where I am right now.)
I have to say, it was not an easy addiction to give up. In the beginning there were days that I wanted to cheat oh so bad. But, I am so glad I stayed strong. Because I have really learned a lot in the last 6 weeks.
Here are just a few things:
  • I am not nearly as hard on myself for a good or bad day of eating.
  • I don’t dread the wake up portion of my morning where I would first pee (to lose a pound) and then go to the scale to see what kind of an eating day I could have. 
  • I like my body more. 
  • I enjoy eating more.
  • I enjoy my workouts more.
  • I notice how much people talk about weight and numbers, and it relieves me that I can’t join in. I don’t know what I weigh, and I like it that way. The competition is gone. I love it.
I am still attempting to eat healthy with one free day a week, and I still work out at least 4 or 5 days a week. But, I am doing all that because I want to. Because I love it. Not because I am striving to achieve a size or a number or to compete with the girl down the street. (By the way, there is no girl down the street. It’s a metaphor.)
It’s been amazing.
You know, I just realized that 30 has been an interesting year so far. I feel like I’ve really been learning a lot. I’ve had to make some uncomfortable decisions that weren’t necessarily the most fun, but ended up being the absolute best for me and my family in the long run. I call them grown up decisions.
With each grown up decision, a burden is lifted and the skies become clearer.
And to think, it all started with drop kicking the scale.
So, with all the peer pressure I can muster….I urge all of you to do the same. Forget the numbers, forget the perfect or ideal size. Instead be healthy and love and enjoy your body for what it does and what it gives to you.
Trust me, being a grown up can be kinda fun in the long run.  And you know, everybody’s doing it!
On a non related note:
See those cute little pink boxes on the far right of my blog?  The ones for advertising?  If you’d like to have your ad there, email me and I’ll be more than happy to go over rates with you!  
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the hills, the bachelorette, and jon & kate therapy

While yes, prayers and love did help to make me feel better….I must confess, there was something else.
Reality TV.
Ahhh, the therapy of a good reality show.
My thoughts…
The Hills:
I want to sit down with Heidi. She needs to know that her hair is not good. It’s not good at all. And since nobody else wants to say it, I will. And while I’m at it, I’ll tell her that she can take it easy on the lip gloss too. It is never a good look to appear as though your nose has run all over your lips.
Yes Heidi, but it hurts me more than you…
And I know this has already been all the talk, but seriously, what is up with Lauren’s upper lip stache? Is this a new trend I’m not aware of, like the bushy eyebrows that are trying to make a come back as well?
Also, has anyone noticed that most of the show now takes place in either a restaurant or a shopping place? I may be slow on the uptake, but is it possible that this show could be staged?
Lets talk The Bachelorette:
Forgive me, because I’m not good with names, but let’s review who is left. We have Foot Fetish Guy, Country Singer Guy, Angry Bug Eyed Guy, Laid Back Cali Guy, Rico Suave Guy, and then all the rest of them. Boy, they really stand out this season.
Jillian kinda bugs me now too. She talks waaaay too much about how “fun” and “spontaneous” she is. I mean come on, enough talk about it. If you have to mention it every ten minutes, then who are you really trying to convince?
Nope, you’re not fooling me.  Your one step away from the happy pills my dear…
I’m not hooked yet, but I’ll keep watching. Because watching guys wear speedo’s and jump in the pool naked and everything else that makes them look psycho is always good time.
Lastly, I need to address the whole Jon & Kate thing.
I have to say, I only watched the show for half a season when it first started. I had to quit because honestly, watching their life filled me with anxiety. I found myself turning down the tv every few minutes in an effort to make them be quiet, until finally I got to the point that the show had no volume.
Quick, smile, pretend we love each other…I. Can. Force. It!
Anyway, not to toot my own horn, but I called them on their marriage a couple of years ago, long before bodyguards and college babes. I have a sense about these things. Or at least I can pick up on the fact that men do not like to be humiliated in front of their kids, their neighbors, their family, the Walmart public…and especially not in front of the whole nation watching their reality show. I also know that women really want a man to man up and help out, not act like a helpless kid when there are 8 others doing that job just fine.
So ya, I knew this was coming. I really should be a marriage psychic. 
And really, all this marriage talk brings us full circle back to The Hills. And Heidi and Spencer. Will they last? My psychic mind says, um no.  
So you see, with all the time I spent dissecting and analyzing everybody else’s life and problems, my issues kinda faded away.
And that’s why I love Reality TV.
The end.
P.S. I’m going to watch Tori & Dean. Now there’s a couple that will last forever. =)
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…the lesson

It was just a moment. A quick uncomfortable moment.
I am so thankful for my husband, for I am never alone in any of this when I experience such things. He sat with me, held me, prayed for me, and talked me through it.
What he helped me learn…I am great in stress. I am focused, I get the job done, I stay strong. It’s when it’s all over with, when all is calm, and things are returning to normal and I begin to unwind and relax…that’s when the moments come.
I have to learn for the next time, that in the midst of the chaos to take time to relax. To breathe. To unwind. To feel.
And then perhaps, when it’s all over, there will be nothing pent up that needs to expel itself.
Tearfully uncomfortable is never a welcomed emotion. But, if it brings clarity for my life, then I welcome it.
Just not again anytime soon.
I have enough clarity for this year.
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tearfully uncomfortable

Tonight I sit, tearfully uncomfortable.
I don’t understand the reasons why. I know that at times, this comes on without warning, without meaning, without cause. So, I sit and wait. I hope and pray. I feel and do my best to learn the lesson.
The hardest part for me is to overcome is the fear. The fear of the return, the fear of the known. The what ifs and the what I know it could be.
And yet, I’ve seen the other side. I know the calm, I know the peace. I’ve experienced it even among the chaos of my soul.
I know that it brings change. It brings light. It brings joy and trust.
It brings, but that isn’t what is here now. All I know is that what is here, what I feel, it’s absolutely not for the weak. I am not weak. I was not made that way. I will press on. I will hold on.
So as the night gets longer and darker, I will continue to sit, tearfully uncomfortable. I will feel it. I will experience it. And I know, in time, I will see the other side.
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eve-itis

I wrote this post a year ago in honor of my grandpa on Memorial Day. Since I didn’t have many readers then, I thought I would make a few edits and re-post it so that you could learn from him the way I did.

When my grandpa was sick last year I went home to spend some time with him. It was one of the hardest things, but the best thing I’ve ever done. I was able to sit with him, feed him, help with his blood level testings, and even help to put him to bed. It was incredibly special to be able to help make his experience better in some way.

Every day he would ask someone to sit with him and read him something from the bible. And as my niece was reading to him one day, I heard him reciting along from memory.
Every night when we put him into his bed, we all gathered around him and took turns praying, he included. He was so positive, even funny at times, and when he felt emotion he allowed the tears to fall without shame.

A week after I got home, he passed away. But that last week I spent with him changed my life. 
I was amazed that every single day he lived was for the Lord. He never missed a day of reading his Bible, even when he was days away from his last breath. 
I was inspired. And though he was dying of bone cancer, the most painful kind of all, I never heard him complain. Not once. And when the Lord finally took him home, his four daughters and his wife were surrounding his bed, listening to his favorite hymn.

The day I flew home from the funeral, I got a daily bible and I made a promise to myself and to God, that I would follow in his footsteps by reading the Bible every single day no matter what. And of course, one of the first things I read was the story of Adam and Eve.
What hit me as I was reading the story is that Eve had everything she could possibly want. She had the man, the perfect body, no worries about what to wear…no worries about anything really.
She lived in perfection. She was perfection. And on top of that, she got to hang out with God and hear His voice whenever she wanted to. And yet, there was this tree. This one and only tree that was off limits. One simple little tree in a garden of perfection. It would seem to me that if I were in her place, I could easily brush it off and obey God’s command. 
But, would I really?
The thing is, we all have this nature to not be content in our circumstances no matter what they may be. We tend to look around and find the one thing, the one thing, that we don’t have and then decide if only we had it, we could be content.
From the beginning of time, God gave free will. He gives a choice. He gave Eve everything she could want or need but without that tree, where would her free will, her choice, really be? 
Even in perfection, Eve looked around and saw what she didn’t have. She felt God was withholding something that would complete her, and so she took things into her own hands. She went to the tree, talked to the serpent, and made that fateful decision. She took a bite,then  convinced Adam to take a bite, and suddenly their eyes were opened. Contentment went out the window and sin came in to take it’s place. Of course, we all know, she didn’t know better than God. Her way did not end up being better than His.
My life is certainly far from perfect, but I have been incredibly blessed. Yet, so often, too often, I get consumed with what I’m missing out on. I become discontent and I start to complain. I develop what I’ve started to call, “Eve-itis.” I forget what I have, what I have been given, and I focus on what I think God is withholding from me. I play God in my life, and when I do, it never ends up being better than if I had just waited on Him.
It all brings me back to my grandpa. What did he have? He didn’t have his health, his freedom, his youth, and he certainly didn’t have any control over his body. Every pleasure seemed to have been taken from him. He was definitely far from living in perfection. But, you never heard him talk about that. He never vented or asked, “why me?” He sat in peaceful silence and was grateful for every moment he had with the people he loved. He held my hand and thanked me for the meal he could barely eat. He prayed to the Lord every day and told Him he loved Him. He was content. He never showed any signs or symptoms of Eve-itis.
My prayer is that I can also follow his example in this as well. To be able to climb my way out of Eve-itis when it hits. No matter what my circumstances may be.
***In honor of Harold Owen Lindley on Memorial Day****
My grandpa spent much of his life serving our country through several wars in the Navy. Though my grandpa didn’t lose his life in battle for our country, he certainly died in a battle against cancer. And yet through it all, his life changed everyone who crossed his path. Talk about a legacy.  I love you grandpa, thank you for your love and for your example.  
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owl be seeing more of these!

In my quest for a fresh new design for my new apartment, I’ve suddenly fallen in love with anything and everything owl! There is just something so sweet, yet wise and vintage about them. And all I know is that I will soon be seeing more of them around my place.
Here are just a few examples, of course, all from etsy:

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tagalicious

I am a busy girl today. I’ve been putting the pressure on Jimmy to finish the apartment, so that my heart palpitations can finally go away and I may finally rest in peace.
So, there is no time to write. Or think. Or eat.  Kidding, I always have time to eat.
But, I did have a chance to take a few pictures for a quick post since I was tagged over at Dancing in the Rain

My “MJ” Bag  

What’s inside:
To Do List
Grocery List
Pen 
Picture Taylor colored for me
Clips
Extra Gum
Peach Iced Tea Ice Breakers
mark lipsticks
Mac Studio Fix
Wallet
Coach wristlet (which has my lip gloss, blush, tweasers)
Yellow case for xanax because you just never know…
bronze zipper thing that holds my lady stuff
Purell
and
Wisp toothbrush’s 
I guess I could be stranded on an island and make it a few days with all this stuff!
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

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