Monday, November 09, 2015


Hello everyone! I sure hope you had a great weekend, I know I did! Let's start this M-ugh-nday off with a bang, ok?!

1st: You're going to get a dose of  'Doing all the things' Tuesday tomorrow, so get on the edge of your seat. ...on second thought, don't do that. You'd be there for about 24 hours and that's really bad for your lower back.

2nd: It was cold this weekend, and I'm here to admit that I didn't want to die. I know, right?

3rd: I had a free doughnut today. Don't look at me like that.

4th: I've been marathon-ing. New Girl, Parks and Rec (again), Scrubs, SNL, and Brooklyn 99. What? You thought I meant running?! Hahaha! Check out point #2 again for the reason I'm not running. Duh.

5th: Soooo many things coming up. Remember when I posted way back in March about the list of fun things coming up? This is round 2! From now through 1/2/16 I have something on the calendar every weekend! I'll start naming names as they come closer, but tomorrow you get a sneak peak at the first item.

6th: I read a page of a book this weekend! (I'm still re-reading Boundaries in Dating, but I don't count that one as it has been read once, and is a relationship tool, not free-reading)

Take Joy!
Phil 1:21

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

When you lose your feeling

I haven't been blogging much lately, and I'm sorry about that. Actually, I'm not really sorry as it doesn't really affect anyone, but I'm sorry somehow.

I've been busy doing my own things. I haven't run much since my 10k. My time in that race really got me down, and I have had moments of reconsidering my choice of exercise. I'm not quitting, I don't think I could. I am taking a break though. Since we've rolled time back it's now too dark to run after work, and I'm not quite back to running in the morning. My pants aren't happy about it, but they don't get a vote. Fall is a season for layers anyway, so we'll just pretend I'm still fit. :)

I did get the sink installed...almost. It runs water, and drains, so I can brush my teeth in the bathroom again. My plumber has to come back to make some adjustments to the p-trap so we can get the storage drawer in, I need to finish the floor underneath, and thanks to an uneven sub floor I will have to shim the vanity. Awesome, $400 for something that I can't use as is. ...oh to be a renter again.

Halloween came and went. The cuties were feeling better so they came for trick-or-treat goodies at the brick house. Dinner with my faves after, and then (queue creepy music) The Thing. I had never watched it so Halloween is as good a time as any for a gross, scary, jump-out-of-your-skin movie.

Naps during the rain, 2 stepping, food, friends....that's really better than anything.

The dude's birthday is today, so there will be plenty of cake, cookies, chicken, and celebrating. That's a lot of C's.

I still can't upload pictures to my Google account, so we'll just have to use our imaginations again today.

How have all of you been? 
Are you keeping up with your fitness goals for the year? 

We're in November and it is getting harder to hang in there. Sometimes I feel that with the dawning of a new year so close, we tend to slack the most around this time. Using holiday schedules and food as an excuse. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sink! Sink! Sink! and keeping up with the Jones'.

Tomorrow is sink day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is an update of how far I've gotten with the floor. It's not done, nor is it perfect, but enough is complete to have the sink put in tomorrow. What a great way to end Khaki Thursday tomorrow!!!

Actually, I have a little more done since this picture was taken, but you get the idea. Hey, they don't pay me to blog, so don't nit-pick!

Once it's complete I'll post all pictures so you can see the entire transformation from Ugly to Liveable. (that's my standard these days)

Last night we went to the BCM halloween Monster Mash. Who were we dressed as? The Jones'. The BEST kind of Jones'. Indiana Jones and Dr. Henry Jones. "Docta Jones! Docta Jones!"

What's hotter than Sean Connery and Harrison Ford? Us as Sean Connery and Harrison Ford!

Ok, so that's all for me. I'm really lazy at blogging lately, but you've probably filled the void with comic strips and fortune cookies. Meh, you'll survive.

Thanks all for checking in!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A feeling on a Friday

Sometimes you just have to trust God and go with it.

I'm so thankful for the opportunities I've gotten during my life, good and bad, that have shaped me into the chick that I am. I want to radiate the love of Christ through patience, understanding, and hospitality. I think helping and giving are in my bones. I get so excited when I know of an opportunity to lend a hand, lend a shoulder, lend a room, lend a car, whatever it may be. It's what Jesus did, and what He wants us to WANT to do.

Oh, but my little mind gets in the way. Don't think for a second that it's easy to give out of lack. It may be true that the less fortunate give a higher percentage of themselves than those well-off, but, that doesn't mean that it is done without worry from time to time.

I've tithed BIG amounts, and right before I do, I always worry about that time coming when I'll say "oh, if only I had held on to that money". My stomach knots and my heart races. Then I remind myself that that moment has never come!! Of course I have days where I'm short or go without some convenience, but I've never had a day where I sat in regret for giving.

I've loaned things out; some have been returned and some haven't. I usually agree to it without a second thought, and then I'm stricken with panic for the choice/commitment I've just made. What if I need it? What if it is destroyed? What if they don't appreciate how hard I worked for that? Guess what, I've never lost sleep over helping someone, even if I lost something (of earthly value) in the end.

Where would I be had those before me not given? What if no one helped my parents when they needed it? Would I be where I am had co-workers not helped me get on my feet long ago? If my previous church families, or neighbors, or strangers, hadn't given out of excess and lack, what might I not have now?

Give. Give with fear and without fear. Help. Don't worry, just wing it. Love. Love really does conquer all.

Have a wonderful weekend, filled with joy and life.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10 Planks and a dresser to boot

Bathroom update!!!!!!!

I stayed up late because I couldn't stand it. There was flooring to be installed, who can sleep at a time like that?

Here is (almost) the starting line. I had already pulled some of the linoleum up so I could inspect the sub-floor. The flooring wasn't glued to the sub-floor at all! While that is maddening because it was lazy, it turned out to be a help because I didn't have to scrape. A 'w' is a 'w'.

Yesterday I mentioned that I liked the bare plywood better than the old linoleum. Here it is (with weird, extra long bathmat that I hate). It's ugly, yes. but wood grain really is better than fake stone speckle, don't you think? Upper right corner behind the tub shows all the patchwork done to smooth out the 437 pieces of plywood someone cut to make a square. Sometimes, people....smh.

I started in the squarest corner of the bathroom, so I could get a straight line. I planned to snap a chalk line for certainty, but didn't get my hands on one before my internal timer ran out of patience. I got 10 planks in before I realized I shouldn't attempt to measure/cut/fit flooring around a tub at 11pm. So far the installed flooring looks great. Fingers crossed it adheres to the floor. (I didn't get the primer, so, we'll see)

I stood in the tub with the shower curtain closed enough so that I could only see the part of the floor that was complete. It was perfect! Now I just have to stay focused and complete it.

This will be difficult as I picked up the dresser I plan to use as a buffet. It's in my possession, which means I'll want to get started on it right away so I can not finish that also. (Let's be honest, how many projects have I actually completed?) My favorite part is the column of 4 mini drawers in the center. This reminds me of a card catalog and we know how much I love those. I don't read much, but the thought of organizing little cards in order so that readers can find their book...what a dream.

 Running out of time

In other news, we are fast approaching daylight savings time, (11/1/15). Why do we still do this? We
aren't saving any daylight, we're losing it at the most important time of day, the end! Every year I'm faced with this problem: when will I run? I run in the mornings sometimes, but only 1-2 miles. When will I do my longer run? I HATE the treadmill, the indoor track will likely be crowded, and laying on the couch is nice but not gonna keep my backside in shape. Every year I talk about this, and every year I try the treadmill, and every year I like it for a few days, and every year I quit running until spring. ...what do you think I'll do this year? Help!


Any current home projects?

Do you run in the dark?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bare floors, big smiles, and doing all the things!!

Bosses day was last Friday and my girls remembered. It made Friday so sweet! They know me well, OU, coffee, and scarves.

Running around, doing all the things


I ran the 10k for Colton's Main Street run. I'm not sure what I was doing, but I did it for 1:16 instead of my planned 58 minutes. Meh, I finished.

The dude smoked me, despite all my prep. He got the sub58 time, although he paid for it in the following days. Thank goodness for Epsom salts. His momma got 1st in her age division, and beat the times of most women under her. I'm glad I'm not competing against her, she's amazing!

Runner friend was literally the LAST 10k-er as she ran the 1 mile fun run with her kiddos first, and then headed out on the route. She had a police escort the entire way.

Running is about enjoyment. If watching the butterflies and making up songs is what you like to do while running, then do it. Don't worry about your time, just be in the moment; all 273,600 of them.

 The never-ending (bathroom) story
 So you remember bathroom remodel right? I finally bought flooring! However, since I can't NOT follow instructions, it has to sit for 48 hours to acclimate. Stupid rules. I bought peel and stick faux wood planks at Lowe's. I've seen them used in numerous Pinterest bathroom updates, and decided I'd do the same.

Linoleum is gone, bare subfloors are front and center. I actually prefer the patched, splattered, bare sub-floor over the linoleum I had. That's pretty sad.

They should be fairly simple to install. Some remodel blogs went way over the top on making sure it was perfect, but most just cleaned, primed, and stuck. It's said to be easy to cut so you can get it around existing fixtures and corners. I spent last night dreaming about the toilet and whether or not I'd pull it up to put the tile under it. I think I'll just run it up to the edge, and re-caulk. No need to go total Bob Vila on this place.

Oh! I also bought a dresser for the buffet project! Oh my goodness, we have so many things to do together!

I have a dinner party in the near future and have to get my dining room in order, so that is next. The bathroom HAS to get done so I can move on. It's been a year....I should be about done by now.

I've done so much more that has gone undocumented. I'm at a place where I'm really enjoying life. If I'm running, I'm just cruising along checking out the scenery. If I'm lounging, I'm enjoying the quite. If I'm co-lounging, I'm enjoying the company. Tea til 2am, big meals, long walks, late mornings, lots of laughs, and a few bruises...

What are you enjoying lately? Fall colors? Open windows? Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer?

Monday, October 19, 2015

So many days have passed

Hi friends. If you're here, thank you! I'm very sorry for the delay in updates. My life has been a bit hectic lately, with the naps, and the running, and ....well, the stuff I normally do that you like to hear about!

Sometimes we just get lost in our lives and forget to share. I know, that's 100% ok! You don't mind at all! I want you to know that I WANT to share things with you. That's why I blog! I promise to take very few breaks, and I promise they won't be as long as the 2014 break.

So, here I am. I back!

What have I been up to? Let's do a quick recap, and then we'll sit pretty until tomorrow for the full story.

Bathroom remodel!!!
Reading - sorta

I can't get my pics to sync to my Google account, so I'm having to do it manually. This is holding up production on amazing posts, and also slowing my desire to take pictures.

Come back on TUESDAY!!! for a picture dump of things and stuff. I know, this blog is losing it's mind....