Sunday, August 26, 2012

Apologies.......And........A New Semester Begins...

I apologize friends.

I have been a bad blogger.



Life has been a little crazy around here.

My father in law was put in the hospital Thursday evening with diverticulitis. 

Thank goodness he doesn't have to have surgery....they are just treating it with strong antibiotics. He'll been in there for probably the next week, so just keep him and the hubs' family in your thoughts. It's been a rough couple of weeks for everyone after the passing of Brad's grandfather.

I also have been preparing for my final semester as a grad student. 



I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about starting my internship tomorrow.

I've sort of felt like vomiting all day.

At the same time, I'm just glad to be starting. And to get it over with.

However, I'd also be lying if I said all this is sort of bittersweet. 

I am so ready to be done with school; however I am so sad this experience is coming to an end. 

I've loved my time in my program. 

I've met some of the most incredible people who are now dear friends because of this program. 

I've said it before, but I now know why I took such a long road to get to this program after taking 3 years off after undergraduate.....if I had started grad school right after undergraduate...I would have never met these people. I am so grateful to God that he allowed me to learn with and stand beside my cohorts. I have learned so much from all of you!



Nonetheless, it's time to put my big girl panties on (hey, I wear those anyway...haha) and start this internship. 

As if I haven't been a bad blogger already, I am apologizing in advance for the nest few months. I will try very hard to blog at least once a week. But, my internship is full time, which means 40+ hours a week. I also have class one night a week. My amazing job that I've had for the past two years is also coming to an end...which makes me sad. But, I know that it's just a means to an end. That also means that our life is going to have to take a major turn for the...thrifty. The hubs is also taking classes and working....

So yea. Our lives are about to become a little hectic. 

But, it's just life. It's always hectic it seems, huh?

Oh life. 

Speaking of life....our stove went out the other day. 

This makes the second time in a few years with the same problem, so it's looking like we're going to have to get another one.

Plus, we're going to have to remedy that soon as to stick to our thrifty budgeting in regards to meal planning. 

I've been looking around craigslist...but shoot...for some of the prices people are wanting for stoves, I'd rather spend another $150 more and get a new one that we won't have to worry (hopefully!) about quitting on us. 

If you know of any good deals, let me know!

To all my friends and family who've offered kind words of encouragement over the past few days...thank you so much. I have taken it all to heart. 

I will hopefully be able to wave and flash you a smile from the stage at FedEx Forum on December 16, 2012.

Hey, at least they planned graduation before the so-called "doomsday" date.

I be seriously peeved if I had spent the last three years with my stress level elevated, for the most part, at all times for...ya know...nothing. 

Much love, ;)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Few Of My New Favorites....

Happy Saturday friends.

How ya doing?

I hope well.

So, I thought I'd share with you some of my new favorites!

If you are on Pinterest, then I am sure you have seen the pin about the shower cleaner.


I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely HATE cleaning my shower.

Our tub and toilet are very close together, so it's hard to find a good angle to clean the tub without actually getting in there.

And I know...I could do that. But who really wants to do that?

Anywho.

 After seeing this miracle shower cleaner pin, I decided to give it a try.

And let me tell ya...this stuff works.

I barely had to scrub the tub at all!

So, then I saw the pin about cleaning your top loading washing machine. 

Well, heck....since the shower cleaner worked, I thought, "Why not?"

I have to admit, I don't think our washing machine has been cleaned. Ever.

So, yea, I think it was due for a scrub down.


And guess what?

I worked like a charm too!!!

I should have taken before and after pics...sorry about that.

Just take my word for it....this stuff works!

Another product I am in love with is this little gem:



The Remington Pearl Curling Wand.

Remember my struggles with using a curling iron to create waves?

Well, those days are long gone.

This curling wand is so easy to use. 

And as you can see, it comes with a glove that helps protect your hand from being burned.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a potholder or anything...so you still have to be careful.

I was getting so frustrated burning my fingers on the curling iron I have. The glove really  helps.

Anywho, here's a pic from last night before I headed to a gender reveal party (awww...)



Okay, I'll admit. I look at little creepy in this pic. Apparently, I need to work on my "modeling."

But it only took 30 minutes to do my hair...as opposed to the hour long debacle that was me using a regular curling iron.

I am in love! 
(With a curling wand. That is way more creepy than the look I am giving in the pic above...)

Go get ya one!

I got mine at Target for $29.99.

Something else I am loving?

The "ermahgerd" girl.


This was my dramatic interpretation at Windjammer the other night...(yes, Windjammer...it was the end of date night for the hubs and me... & let's just say....whew.)

Ermahgerd... karaoke!

Speaking of dates, the hubs and I went to go see Hope Springs last weekend:


I loved it, & the hubs thought it was "cute."

I found it to showcase very honest performances from not only Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones, but also Steve Carell. I was especially interested in Steve Carell's performance as their therapist, since I am one in training. I thought he gave a very accurate portrayal of how counseling is and should be conducted. 

I'd give it two thumbs up!

Maybe you can drag your significant other to see it...but if they won't go...make it a date night for yourself. 

;)

What are some things you are loving right now friends?

I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend!

Much love, ;)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Ecclesiastes 3....

"There is a time for everything..."

How true those words ring for my family right now friends.

Friday evening, the hub's grandfather passed away.

He was a very special person in not only the lives of those in our family, but also everyone he came into contact with.

Photo:amydale photography
I ask for prayers for our family during this time.

Thank you friends. 

:)

Earlier in the day, we were blessed to spend some time with a wonderful little addition to this world:



Mackenzie Ann is the daughter of our dear friends Trey and Lauren (remember the "She's About to Pop" baby shower?).

What an absolute doll she is. 

Congratulations to you both. We are so happy to be an "aunt" and "uncle" again!!

"A time to be born and a time to die..."

Much love, ;)

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Little Of This..........And A Whole Lotta The Crud....

Good Friday to ya friend.

How are you?

I hope well.

I still trying to recover from sinus/congestion funk.

Man, I don't know about you guys, but once that stuff hits me....it hits hard.

Yuck.

I finally broke down and went and got a prescription.

I still have been making ungodly noises, though. 

Baxter has given me a perplexed look many a time over the past few days.

Of course, that could just be him begging me to just "Shut up already!"

In yo face!
Well, here's an update on life....(if you care, cool...if not, that is also in fact...cool.)

The hubs grandfather was scheduled to have another hip replacement to repair damage that occurred after falling from his first surgery a few weeks ago. However, he now has a blood infection. So, before they can perform this replacement surgery, they have to get that under control. Next....my mom's insurance nightmare continues. However, my dad has spoken with a lawyer, and is doing everything possible to try to remedy this situation. All in all...I hate insurance companies. I hate that he's having to deal with this...I hate mom is having to deal with this and try to recover...but I LOVE that she is starting to somewhat heal. Big ups to the man upstairs. Next....the hub's dad was involved in a wreck earlier in the week that totaled his truck...didn't hurt him, or anyone else...so once again...big ups to the man upstairs for that. Next....the hub's mom's stress test came back normal...another big up to the big guy upstairs....Next...the hub's sister is dealing with some health issues of her own....she has an appointment for an ultrasound to see what's going on...so prayers would be appreciated for her....

I think that about covers things for today.

Okay!

Some of you have inquired how the running is going.

Yes, I am still running.

I am still training for the St. Jude Half-Marathon in December.

What I've done is basically start the Couch to 5K training over again.

I just figured it was the best way to ease myself into training after taking such a long break. 

Unfortunately, I had to take this week off, as sinus congestion has prevented me from breathing normally. 

I've been pretty bummed about it. 

But hey, I'd hate for the rec center to call the paramedics only to realize that I'm just trying to cough up sinus drainage. (Yep, gross. I know. Hey, it's gross for me, too!!)

Anywho, I think it's time for me to get some new kicks...


As you can see, I've acquired some holes in the tops of both of my shoes. I figured out that I basically run as though I am in a marching band at all times. My toes, especially my big toes, point straight up. So, yes, eventually, I am going to get holes. 

And honestly, I have probably logged the amount of mileage that one should on a pair of running shoes without risking injury. 

So, yea, I will be making a trip to Fleet Feet here soon. 

At the risk of sounding extra corny, I would like to put something out there.

Every time I go for a run at Shelby Farms, I am reminded how lucky I am to live in Memphis. 

It truly is an amazing place.

Are you ready for the super corny part???

It's feel like I have a religious experience when I go running out there. 

Especially on a bright sunny day.

Just being out there with the clouds, (hippie)...the trees (hippie)....and the sunshine (again hippie)....really makes me feel closer to God. 

I can't explain it...I just do.

7:35 pm cool down...at Shelby Farms.

So, yea. I am still training. Looking for a 5K to run at the end of the month. I am thinking the Forrest Spence 5K. I have a dear friend who is heavily involved in volunteering for that cause...so I think I might try my hand at it. My training doesn't exactly match up with the timing of it...but I think I am just going to go and try my best. 

Last year, I ran the Chick-fil-A 5K. It was my first 5K and I was excited to run it. However, in the light of all the mess that is Chick-fil-A right now, I am probably not going to run it. 

And no, as much as I'd like to get into a discussion about politics, freedom of speech, gay rights, etc....I'm not. I feel like both sides of all arguments at this point are showing a large amount of ignorance. Not that I claim to be the brightest bulb in the bunch...but good grief. I think we all...and when I say all... I mean every human being out there right now...is failing in one way or another. If we took half the time we spent pointing out the faults in others, and spent it reflecting on how we could better ourselves and the world around us, then maybe a little change could occur. 

Just sayin'. Hey, I'm at fault, too.

Stepping off soap box now....

So yea, I am thinking of running the Forrest Spence 5K. Great cause

All I want to do is beat my first 5K time from a year ago, and I'll be a happy camper. 

But, we'll see. 

After that, group training runs start every Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m. 

Why am I doing this again??!

Oh yea. That's right. I like to stress myself out. Duh.

No really, running has actually helped me tremendously this summer. I still might be frustrated with life and what it's hurling at me and my family...but I can always channel that into a good run.

Another reason why I run?

I run because my mom can't.

She's hasn't be able to for a while.

So, I am doing this for her.

Speaking of running for things....

I am excited for the track and field part of the Olympics!

A little happy I made. :) 

I have also enjoyed watching the other Olympic events this year....especially the fab 5. Way to go ladies!!

It's not even the wins that impress me most with this group of ladies...it's their poise and humbleness. And their support of one another. It's so refreshing to see women, (young women at that), supporting each other and encouraging one another. It seems like we are all to often conditioned as women from an early age to be constantly competitive with one another. If it's not with clothes or looks, then it's with boys and/or relationships...or academics. 

So, it's wonderful to see them encouraging and supporting one another. Now, off camera, they may be secretly plotting to slit each other's throats. I don't know...

But, hey, they sure put on a good show for the cameras. :)

Speaking of awesome girls in incredible shape...

Let's talk about me!



Haha. Okay, no really....I haven't given a weight loss update in a while. Truth be told, I stopped Weight Watchers weeks ago. I just didn't want to pay for it anymore. I know I know...excuses excuses. But, once you're on the program for a while, you pretty much figure out the jist of what you can/can't eat. So more or less, it's just been me watching what I eat.

And I'm still at a weight loss of around 25 pounds.

I still have a ways to go people. 

And I still struggle with choices....for example, last night I had to run to Target to get printer paper for the hubs. My throat was hurting, so I thought "Just get some ice cream...maybe you can make a milkshake when you get home."

Seems like a reasonable choice, right?

I literally stood in front of the ice cream cooler for 15 minutes picking out ice cream...and putting it back. Reading labels...and putting them back. Thinking about whether or not I'd regret buying the ice cream as soon as I got home....hey, it's just one milkshake....nope...putting it back.

So, I just settled on buying sugar free chocolate syrup. And having my chocolate skim milk for a treat.

But, it's that kind of struggle I am talking about. It's ridiculous, I know

But it happens. 

And hey. I'm still on a mission people. A mission to get to healthy. And a mission to find peace with myself.

Isn't that what we are all trying to achieve on some level?

Speaking of missions....

I am about to head out for tax free weekend to buy my adorable nieces some back to school outfits. Hannah is heading into first grade in less than a week. Heather is heading back to pre-school. My oh my...how the time sure does fly.

Pray that I don't get mauled in these hot mess crowds.

And thanks. Thanks for hanging in until the end of this somewhat all over the place blog. 

I blame the antihistamines. 

Much love, :)