Friday, July 31, 2015

Long talks, short nights, and lots of coffee

Good gracious, it's finally Friday. Why has this week been so stupid?

I've had a lot of enjoyable moments, but overall, I could have done without this week. Can you hear my eyes rolling?
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Nom nom:

I haven't gotten my delivery from Blue Apron yet, so we're still on our own for dinner ideas. (I still can't figure out where my cooking skills/initiative went over the past year)

Last night was my turn, and I had a great idea. Chicken breast, red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus. Seasoned with fresh rosemary (from his house), basil (from my mom), and garlic.


It was very yummy. I don't like to use chicken breast at home often as it turns out dry, but this was moist, and the rosemary/basil/garlic soaked in nicely.

Unfortunately our schedule for the evening didn't coincide with my plan for dinner, so we just ate this part. I had fresh Parmesan, garlic bread, and salad lined up, but ran out of time. It's ok. It's 196 degrees in Oklahoma right now, and we were in a hurry. Quick, light dinners are just fine.
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 Here comes a feeling:

After our evening wound down we discussed some deeper topics for an hour or so. ...over donuts, of course.

In my past having conversations about important issues would scare me. I'm always afraid that my position on certain topics will disagree with someone else, and I'll end up feeling inadequate or wrong. ?? I know, always too concerned.

Anyway, that wasn't the case last night.

Relationships deepen when you have discussions like this. You get to know each other better, and, you learn to trust more. You have to truly trust a person in order to share things that hurt, things that really matter, and things that scare you.

I feel loved. I feel valued. I feel safe.

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On the lighter side:

I also feel tired! I haven't slept well most nights lately. I don't know why. Stupid body. I know part of it is lack of exercise, lower water intake, stress, and the heat.

Here's to coffee today, and naps ALL WEEKEND!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TWPICK Thursday, Caught in the Act, and gee your hair smells terrific!

Back to tradition. It's TWPICK Thursday, and you know what the means....tomorrow is Friday!!!!

I didn't make to to R4G last night, nor did I go workout this morning. I'm going tomorrow morning though, so stop judging me. My track partner is on vaca so I scheduled workout #2 for Friday this week. Premeditated = totally ok.

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We are in Acts 21 right now. Can you believe it? So much reading done!


I've covered Acts 21-23 this week, and am not near the end of Paul's imprisonment/trial. Geez, those people really wanted to hate him. They didn't have a reason, but they weren't giving up. Paul remained transparent, not denying his past nor his present. He openly admitted to killing Christians, but wholeheartedly admitted to serving Christ. Through threats of beatings, whippings, and years of imprisonment he remained steadfast in his belief, and knew that the God of man would deliver him; even if that meant death.

We cling to this life so tightly. Our family, our job, our possessions, our schedules. I can't imagine doing something that would risk my plans for the weekend. It is hard to imagine giving up love in this life for love in a far away future. The truth is, it may not be so far away...  If I was to walk into the office one day only to be told I was about to be imprisoned for my beliefs, would I stand and accept it with a calm soul, or would I run and hide? If I clearly heard God tell me to leave everything, and everyone, behind to follow a path He is laying before me, could I? Could I put off the dream of a family? My plans for travel? My hope for new traditions on the horizon?

How do we throw off the chains of this life to embrace the life given by the creator of life itself?

There is no way to know what God will ask of any of us, other than obedience. I can't sit around wondering what He will ask me to give up, or pass up. My real fear is that if I dwell on it too much, those things will become too important to me, and He WILL ask me to give them up.

How can we keep God and His will at the top of our list, but still plan and have hope for our future here?

What are your thoughts and strategies?
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Little things make my day better. You all know that. Today, it's my hair. More specifically, the way it smells. Just a reminder around me all day of a place I love to be.












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We're close to the weekend. PLANS????

Is there anything today that takes you to your happy place?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's the fortune Wednesday, whipped cream and couch forts make me smile.

It has been one of those days.

I don't have any amazing advice for you, nothing deep for you to contemplate.

It's just a Wednesday.

I did get on the subject of fortune. What it is, what it can be, and how to view it.

I am fortunate (or feel like I've hit the jackpot) because of:

Forgiveness
Love
Friendship
Trust
Being trusted
Employment
Health
My home and many possessions (silly, American, but true)
You!

I have so much more that makes me feel fortunate, and so much of that really is just 'stuff'. God has shown me amazing things so far in life, and I know He has so much in store. Whether I have 'stuff' all my life, or just my life, I AM FORTUNATE.
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When I can't pull myself out of my funk, I can always have my official 'Having A Crappy Day' lunch:


We need more whipped cream here!


I also can make a couch fort. I did that last night.

Blankets
Pillows
Sweatpants
Swanson (Ron, not the chicken broth)

That gets me through a lot of things. :)

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What makes you smile through it all?

Whipped cream: can or tub? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday is not Monday, that's why we're doing all the things!

Soooo many pictures!!!!!! 

I did make it to the gym this morning, thank you very much. I worked up a sweat like nobody's business. Really. Nobody wanted any part of that business, it was gross. We are in week 4 of the 12 week program. It's not going the way it was intended, as we both slacked last week due to school work (her) and vacation (moi). Regardless, we aren't giving up. She has gained 2 lbs since school started and I'm just not at the fitness level I'd like to be. We will keep going, and I'll keep you posted on our progress.

Today: 7 mins, 2 rounds each. Repeat.

10 burpees
20 jump lunges
24 step up w/ knee up
15 sumo squats

100 reps jump rope
24 walking lunges
30 reverse lunge w/knee up
15 jump squats

We finished almost 2 rounds of each, only being a bit short on the 4th exercise of the second round. Dead. D.E.D Dead.

Yay fitness. I'm eating free Oreo's that I discovered in the lunch room right now...

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I did so many things!

So, you're dying to know what I did on my trip? Of course you are!

I flew to Tampa on Tuesday. My friends on Parks and Rec kept me company while I waited for my turn to board, because you know I got there way too early. 

I had some crappy Starbucks, and then took a nap on the plane.


 Packing for a beach vacation is easy. Shorts, shirts, swimsuit.










Ahhhh, toes in the sand.

After landing in Tampa, I picked up my rental car and zipped over to Clearwater to meet some friends. We spent all afternoon in the water. We watched "dolphins" nearby (thanks shark week for scaring me), and got a little tan.

Late afternoon rolled around and we parted ways. I headed north to Spring Hill for sister/nephew/niece time. Yay! I spent the next 3 days running, drinking coffee, and hanging out.

This was the SunCoast trail. No attacks, just a lot of sweat. This trail goes all the way to Tampa. I went all the way to the 1.5 mile marker and turned around.



I found a fantastic coffee shop called Buddy Brew in Tampa. 2 locations, one was super hipster, the other was very chic. Sister, neice and I had a great time exploring both. It was new to them also, as they had never heard of it. It's fun to find new things in your own backyard.







 
 The chic branch was at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa and it was as fancy as it sounds. I felt like I was standing in a Restoration Hardware catalog.

This was in the women's bathroom....

Thursday evening we went to Hamburger Mary's in historic Ybor City. So fun. Cuban sandwich (salami, ham, pickle, swiss) and a drag queen show. :) I didn't know I could laugh that hard.



They made us feel like frumpy, dumpy 'women' compared to them. Beautiful? Yes, you could say they were. It's ok, it doesn't make you weird.

Friday morning I headed back to the airport, but not without a pit stop at the hipster Buddy Brew for a going away snack.














A 2 hour flight (with reading and sleeping).

















I normally don't fly American Airlines, but had no choice this time. I will say, they did get something right that the other airlines don't. They gave each passenger the entire can of soda instead of just the small cup.

American Airlines, way to go!

(I won't talk about how they 'overbooked' both flights, had to courtesy check numerous bags, and were pretty rude in general)







Home sweet home. It felt so good to get back in my own vehicle, and another 2 hours later, pull into my driveway.


Co-garden went crazy in my absence. I'm loading everyone up with tomatoes these days.

Those that grow together, ....grow together.





















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#MCM

I've got a man crush. He got me a new mug. So now I have a man/mug crush.

Mmmm...coffee. Ways to win my heart:

1: Make me coffee
2: Buy me coffee
3: Be coffee


Or just be awesome, that works too.





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What did you do while I was gone?

Did you do all the things? 



Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm baaaaaaack!!!

Oh blog friends, how are you??

I'm a little more tan, a little more tired, and a little more tense. Back to reality, but back to the good part of reality.

I went to Florida last week, in case you didn't know. I stayed with my sister, nephew, and niece. I ran some, I slept some, I swam some, and I ate some.

I'll share all the deets with you tomorrow, ugh, I just used 'deets', I hate that. I have some pictures to share also.

For today lets just take a moment of silence for our loss of freedom because we had to come back to work......

Ok!

The 2 best, best, best parts of the whole trip were seeing Prell in Florida, and the dude came home. Getting away from it all is much better when some of it is still around. I had a fantastic time with my 'home' gal on vacation, and a fantastic time coming home to see my fave.

Thanks for checking back today. I hope you weren't too disappointed that I wasn't around a lot last week. Even part-time bloggers need a break, right?



I found this crease on a page in my current read. I love this. Someone was enjoying this very book at some time, and just for a moment, we are connected in the same story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Friday, and this week we're doing all the things today!!!!


Hello there! Greetings from SEOK.

It's hot, it's hot, and it's hot.

The good news today is that it's my FRIDAY!!!! Shhhh, don't tell anyone, I don't like my business being made public. I will tell you that I won't be at work for the rest of the week, but I'm not saying what I'm doing. So don't go snooping around my house trying to find out where I am. Weirdos.

I plan to run this week, so I have that going for me. I'll keep you posted on how it goes, and if I keep up with R4G's half marathon training.

Today I get my new tooth too! So hillbilly.

Since I won't be available much this week, I thought I'd share all the things I've been doing since last (real) Friday.

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I visited my parents, brother, SIL, nephews, and niece!



Dad isn't a big fan of pictures. Sometimes I can get him to pose, but this trip was not one of those times. Mom was all for it though! Don't we look
like twins?




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I was in charge of my older brother while we floated the river. I had to make sure he wore a PFD. Mom was proud.

 I was also in charge of making sure SIL didn't wear a black shirt because it was so hot out. This was before the float trip, already melting. It was STUPID hot outside.






One nephew went to town with me, and he got a special drink because he wanted to hang out with his auntie. He also gave his life to Christ last week at Falls Creek, and placed membership at his church. One proud Aunt!








I had waffles with peanut butter and chocolate chips. When you're at mom's you don't have to diet, right?

Waffle baby in there. Blarch.


Harvested in co-garden last night. My neighbor is getting a bundle of tomatoes and basil. Mmmmmmm. She's one lucky neighbor.






Wish you were here!