Friday, March 11, 2011

Lent... and not the kind from your belly button

I'm not part of a religion that actively participates in Lent, but I think it's not a bad idea. I see lent as giving up something for 40 days to partially acknowledge and feel the sacrifice that Jesus gave for us. I know that lent is more than that, but I still want to give a little of myself (and try to get rid of a sin while I'm at it) to help me recognize that sacrifice.

So, all of that said, what am I giving up? Jealousy. A few weeks ago at church, we were asked to, privately and anonymously, write down the "ugly" in our lives that we have made "invisible". Things in our life where we were not acting as God would like us (Video/ audio of that sermon; Click on the one from February 27, 2011). One of the things I wrote down on my list was jealousy. I am feeling jealousy in places where I should be feeling joy for someone else or should be happy with what I have. Therefore, I need to get rid of this. And Lent 2011 is the perfect stepping stone. I am going to do my best to not be jealous. To not "Covet thy neighbor's donkey". :)

I know this will be difficult, but, so far, whenever I feel that jealousy creeping in, I try to think of things I am thankful for. I plan on doing this kinda like this book (and blog) started people doing. Other people have started doing a similar thing where they randomly write down lists of things they are thankful for on their blogs. I'll be starting my list today and aiming for 1000, but I won't beat myself up about it if I don't get there exactly. I'll just be thankful I tried.

{For these things I am thankful; this makes me happy: Things 1-11}

1. An understanding outlet for my feelings. I love this blog and my blog audience.

2. My husband's knack for telling the cutest lame jokes.

3. Sneaky puppy kisses on my ankles.

4. Good deeds. It makes me happy when others are made happy by my actions.

5. Zaxby's ice

6. Insulin and an insulin pump to cover my dinner (Not everybody is this lucky)

7. I have the best family, extended family and in-laws ever. They love me for being me.

8. Stupid parody movies. ha ha

9. Completing tedious tasks

10. The anticipation of a visit from my best friend. 13 days: what what!

11. Being able to snuggle with my foxy dog, Izzie

A fox and Izzie... They look quite similar in these photos.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I  did it! I did it and I'm super proud of myself. I've wanted to do this for a long time, but I never really had the motivation to do it. Well, I finally found the motivation and it on took me just over 2 months to accomplish.

What did I do?

I read this entire Book.

And I'm proud of it. :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The "Then and Now" Meme

I'm bored and I've already cleaned the bathroom, so here I go:

10 years ago I was:
  • Finishing my Junior year of High school
  • Still getting used to living in a new state
  • Looking for a summer job
  • Crushing on ten million guys
  • Finishing unpacking from a short distance move

At my brother B's wedding in August of 2001 with my favorite cousin H
5 years ago I was:
  • Living in an apartment by myself
  • Dating a guy who is still one of my good friends
  • Meeting my friend J from a few posts back
  • Hooked on Myspace
  • Getting my Izzie-roo!

Izzie on St Patricks day when I first got her. She was sooooo tiny!
1 year ago I was:
  • Adjusting to being married
  • Adjusting to living in a new state
  • Working as a caregiver to the elderly
  • Getting ready to go to Oklahoma for the first time and meeting my adorable niece J for the first time.
  • Looking for a house with the Timmy
Timmy with baby J in April/May 2010. He's so good with babies.

Yesterday I
  •  Did laundry
  •  Cleaned the toaster oven
  • Played with Ellie
  • Cooked Dinner
  • Realized how boring I am.

Today, I
  • Patched a little hole in our bathroom wall
  • Cleaned under the bed
  • Cleaned out the fridge of old leftovers
  • Posted this blog
  • Again, realized how boring I am

5 songs I know all the words to
  • "La Vie Boheme" Rent
  • "Elephant Love Medley" Moulin Rouge
  • "O Holy Night"
  • "Gold Digger" Glee version
  • "1, 2, 3, 4" Plain White Ts (We considered this for our first dance, but T thought it'd be too hard to dance to. So, instead, we danced to Apocalyptica's "Nothing Else Matters": metal meets classical... just like the Timmy and myself.)

5 things I'd do with 1 million dollars
  • Bills
  • Charity (such as Life for a Child)
  • See how family/friends could use help
  • Travel
  • Get it in dollar bills and fill a swimming pool with it and swim around in it

5 favorite TV shows:
  • GLEE
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Modern Family
  • 30rock

5 biggest joys
  • My husband
  • My family
  • My dogs
  • My wonderful church family
  • You

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I went on facebook a few minutes ago and updated my status for the first time in, like, forever. This status update included a link here. This may have been a mistake, but it's been done.

So, for those of you who came here from my fb page, let me just say this: This is a blog of my brain's crazy workings. Things may make you go "what? I didn't know that" and I'm not worried about that. I'm mostly concerned about those of you family members and/or friends who will then talk about me and my thoughts behind my back. No. Not good. Please don't do this. Also, please don't feel sorry for me for things I may write or have written, and don't attack me if my views differ from yours. Please just read, enjoy, support, comment, understand and follow.

If you have come here (whether it's from facebook, twitter, previous follower, blog comments or other means of contact), let me tell you, I love you all for different reasons. My friends are also my family and vice versa.

I would like to welcome you to my blog.