Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Seeing Things Clearly...

So I just got back from the eye doctor. My contact came in and well we had to have a fitting. Now my idea of this is that I would put these in myself for the first time. But no. This gal tries to jam these tiny pieces of clear plastic in my eyes (and I'm SOOOO not an eye toucher it's ridiculous!) without me closing them tightly at the sight of her finger. HELLO!!!! It's natural to shut your eye when something is poked at it lady! Anyway, after forever we got them in and then I had to take them out and vice versa. They feel good. I can see of course but I also see things completely different than with glasses. Things seems so much more 3D. So do I look funny?

So it's snowing here AGAIN today. We've got a cover on the ground and it's still flurries. When I was out driving to the eye doctor it was a little slick even. People are going really slow though.

Tonight I'm going to make this new chicken dish. I got a really cool cook book over the weekend and I have made a few really tasty things this week out of it. This dish is some kind of balsamic garlic chicken thing. Looks really good. I'm going to roast some veggies with it as well. Hopefully it will turn out yummy. On a day like today you just want something hot to eat for dinner.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ok, I Am Here

So just in case you thought that I'd totally disappeared, I haven't. Lives been a little crazy lately. A very dear and sweet man passed away a few days ago and we were all just dealing with it in our own way. I think this is the first time that a person who I haven't been really related to or knew that well dying has effected me. I think I'm old enough now to understand that life in these bodies isn't eternal. At this point I would not be honest if I didn't say that fact makes me a little happy and a little sad. The thought of going to heaven is this wonderful thing but can't really be perceived by human minds. I can read about it but the full measure of what we'll experience is lost on me. The sad part is more about leaving family but mostly John. I've always struggled with the not being married to that person anymore when you get there thing. That's just my human mind not being able to wrap around the concept that being in the presence of God will be so wonderful that it won't matter. Or that I'll love everyone the way I love John. Again, something I'm just going to have to experience first hand to believe fully. The difficult part of the funeral was seeing the wife of many many years say good bye for one last time. I imagined myself in that spot today after only four years of marriage. I would be slain with grief, so I truly can't imagine the pain of losing your partner after so many years.

So on a lighter note, It's bloody cold here today. Like all of seven degrees bloody cold. Everyone at work is just chilled to the bone and walking around with steaming cups of misc drinks. My wonderful hubby even warmed up my car this morning it's so cold. I just dislike old man winter. He's a nasty old man. I'm just so ready for tank tops outside, bar b q parties and sun tans. I'm excited to work in the yard again and put landscaping in at our house. It's gonna be a fun spring/summer.

Also, a hair cut was in order. I was a bit panicked at first because my hair had become so long and I was used to it but I am really liking the cut now and it's just SOOOO easy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

So I'm Off to Get Puffed, Poked and dilated

Oh the joys of wearing glasses! I'm off today to get my eyes checked. It's such a pain and I'm so not looking forward to it. I am thinking however about asking the doctor about contacts. I would love the option of not having to wear glasses if I didn't want to. Makes having to wear them a little more fun.
Weather is still cold and gross. The snow and iciness are still stubbornly hanging out. We've been in the single digits each night. Makes getting up early so much fun!
I'm excited to spend some time this afternoon with my hubby. He's coming to chauffeur me to and from the docs. He hurt his back yesterday at work. Pulled something. Went to the Chiropractor yesterday and is just very sore today.
Almost time for Granny to fly out again. She leaves very early on Sunday morning. She's be out of town for a long time this time. Sad.
Well I'm off to the doc. Hope everyone is having a great day!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Warm and Toasty

So Friday we all braced for the worst storm so far this winter. They said lots of ice, snow and cold. John, Gran and Myself decided to eat some warm comfort food and then stock up on groceries and fun things to do. So basically all weekend we slept in, make good warm food, worked on a puzzle and sat by the fire. It was lovely. But what I wanna know is WHERE'S ALL THE SNOW? We truly didn't get anything to speak of till this morning around 8am. It started snowing pretty steady and it's been going ever since. Here's what we've got so far. The driveways are all solid ice but the main roads weren't to bad. John got today off (lucky dog) and most of our classes here at work are cancelled. My kitchen here at work is down again. Not sure that I mentioned it before but this is about the fourth time in four days that it's been down. No water, coffee or ice. People get grumpy without those things.
Today also has something else very important going on. It's Mom's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAY MOMMY! I'm sure they're probably snowed in, which I know makes her crazy. Hopefully, it's a good day anyway!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

$10 Heaven

So the weekend was great. Picked Gran up on Friday and we gabbed for hours about Texas and such. Having the afternoon off was great! Saturday we slept in and made breakfast before departing for a long day of tote bag hunting. The quest continues. I did however score some great deals the entire day. TJ Max: $10 Max Studios Linen Blazer = Killer Cute & Comfy, Marshalls: $5 Gold and Black Beaded Dangle Earrings & a "Radar Hat" (as he calls it) for My Love, Express: $10 Grey Turtleneck Sweater, Target: $17 Grey Leaf w/ Lime Green Trim Tote Baf for Summer. Pretty productive.
Sunday was church. Killer message. Tim just gets better and better. Feel free to download it here and listen for free. It's actually a two parter. Both are out there.
Water heater is getting fixed on Friday. Will be glad to have that done. Makes me nervous something in my house not working properly. I miss Maggie. I'm a terrible mother to her little kittiness. I'm excited to get that old PC out of the office. I'm excited to get my sewing studio decked out and running. Spring wardrobe here we come!!!! I'm also realized that I REALLY miss thrifting. I have done it in ages. I miss the thrill of finding really great shoes or a great book for next to nothing. I just haven't been honest with myself about who I am in that space and I'm totally a thrifter. It's fun to take a Saturday and just hunt around the shops for cheap stuff that's either already cute or you can cut up and make into something else cute.
Oh and last piece of news for today. I think my hair is getting whacked off again. I've been trying to grow it but I get to this stage where I can't remember why. I'm not a long hair person am I? It's pretty but I'm not sure it's for me. I mean everyone else has it first of all (which I really like doing my own thing, as we all know) and it's just so much blowdrying/hairspray. I hate hairspray. So in the spirit of hair cuts, what do we think of this? I've had it before and it's EASY and OH how I love easy. Plus, I'm so ready for spring to spring. This is festive for Spring. We'll see. I'm not rushing. That's something I'm getting increasingly good at is not rushing into thing. That ability could have only come from God because I'm the ultimate rusher. And...GO!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A Little Something from the Past

So this is actually for the 20th of Dec but I kept it because I knew I wanted to post it here. To me it's a reminder to live more like Jesus would. More out of a heart of love and acceptance and not coming from that religious place that we all have inside us. There's such a fine line between loving unconditionally and shutting your eyes to something you know is wrong. Just something to ponder for today.

Love and Miss You All!

The whole truth
by John Fischer
Author Phillip Yancey tells a story of a man in his church that can't help comparing being late for church to being late for his regular Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. When he's late for church, he says that he has the distinct feeling from everyone around him that he's not as responsible or he would get to church on time. When he's late for an A.A. meeting, however, the meeting stops, everyone jumps up to hug him because they realize he almdidn'tdidn't make it, and they are so glad his need for them won out over his need for alcohol.
What's the difference? The whole truth. The people who got to church on time may have gotten that one thing right, but they have a bunch of other things wrong with them, making them just as needy as the alcoholic. Felloisn'tip isn't going to mean anything if we don't tell the whole truth about ourselves. Real fellowship means stepping into the light of God's truth where everything is revealed, and when we bring ourselves to the light, we discover we are not alone. There's a roomful of other believers all struggling with something too, and that sense of shared need is part of the bond that holds us together.
Yes, we're people following Christ, but we're all a bunch of forgiven sinners, too, who wouldn't have a chance at life were it not for what Christ has done for us. So grab someone and let's walk into the light together, where the blood of Jesus purifies us from allIsn't our sins. Isn't that the group you want to be in?
But if we walk in the light as he [God] is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

21 Life Lessons Found

Ok. So I had to post this too today. I've been doing some cleaning up of my files and found it. Some of these are so true and so wise. Something fun for you pseudo Monday.

ONE. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
TWO. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
THREE. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
FOUR. When you say, "I love you," mean it.
FIVE. When you say, "I'm sorry," look the person in the eye.
SIX. Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
SEVEN. Believe in love at first sight.
EIGHT. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
NINE. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
TEN.. In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
ELEVEN. Don't judge people by their relatives.
TWELVE. Talk slowly but think quickly.
THIRTEEN. When someone asks you a question you don't want to answer, smile and ask, "Why do you want to know?"
FOURTEEN. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
FIFTEEN. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
SIXTEEN. When you lose, don't lose the lesson
SEVENTEEN. Remember the three R's: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
EIGHTEEN. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
NINETEEN. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
TWENTY-ONE. Spend some time alone.

Holiday Update

So I'm back to work today, it's cold outside AND I forgot my breakfast. Boo. Other than that, today is great! Holiday's are over for a bit now. We had a pretty good time this weekend. John's family seemed to be less obnoxious than normal. Maybe I'm just getting used to them. Our late Christmas turned out great. We got some nice things. Killian played Santa for about two point two seconds till he realized there were presents under the tree for him. It was pretty cute though. Hung out with Mom and Gary on Sunday too. Weather started getting gross though. The farther north we got the less yuck there was though. Monday was just hangin out. John spent some of his gift card money on some shoes he's wanted forever. He is cute.

Looking through all the pictures on the web of people's holiday craft projects has made me wanna get back in the swing. I haven't done anything crafty in ages and it's truly a passion of mine. Just love to make cute things that are unique and make people (and myself) smile. I think this year that will be something on my goals list. I don't normally make resolutions for new years. It seems like setting yourself up for being disappointed in yourself later if you don't do them all. This year I've thought of a few things though that makes sense and are easily done with little effort:

-Get back to crafting. Bakin, sewing, painting.

-Get healthy. I don't wanna lose X amount of weight. It shouldn't be about that. I wanna start eating right and exercising for myself. I don't want to feel like I have to buy disposable clothing because I'm waiting to get thin to buy nice things. I just need to stop being lazy and be healthy.

-Focus on being a great wife. I got a great great book for Christmas that I've started reading on this subject. It's opend my eyes a lot. I'm not always going to be perfect but being the wife God intended is important.

I feel like three is a good attainable goal. Three things that I can actually reach. Not fifteen really out there resolutions that I'll never got around to or feel overwhelmed each time I look at the list. Ok, your turn. What are some of your new years goals?

Oh! I wanted to write to the gals who read my blog. I discovered a new to me magazine
yesterday. I'm a crazy magazine reader and have seen this one for ages but from the cover it seemed like something an older crowd would enjoy. Not so. I pick up a copy due to the cover model and my obsession with Law and Order. Ended up being my favorite new mag and I'm totally getting a subscription. It's called Self. Not a new mag but like I said, new to me. It's got everything. A little fashion, some makeup goodness but most importantly it's got loads of exercises to try and recipes that look GREAT! Also has some really good articles. It's just clicked with me. You might want to check out the January issue. It's out now of course.