Tuesday, January 30, 2007

didn't you want to know?

Things that are on my mind RIGHT NOW

- My car does pretty well in the snow... except for when I accelerate, brake, and turn.
- I have a zit coming in that makes it feel (and look) a little like I'm growing a second chin.
- I forgot to eat breakfast this morning. :(
- We have a lot of great friends that have moved away that I miss dearly. Good people.
- I wish I was wearing sweatpants.
- January is almost over - which means we're almost 8.5% of the way through 2007. Creepy.

That's it for now, folks.

Monday, January 29, 2007

good times, good times

This weekend was really fun - just as busy as predicted, but it went really well. I'm easily put off by busy weekends (especially when they're sandwiched between busy weeks, and followed by another busy weekend...), and so I did my best this weekend to enjoy the time and tasks that the Lord put in front of me. Didn't come through it perfectly, but better than usual.
-Jerry Seinfeld was SO funny - my face and tummy hurt from laughing so hard
-Mark's HOSA conference went really well - it was a good day work-wise, and a good day hanging out with our little family
-Abbey (Brooks's future wife) joined us Saturday night and we played a fun board game
-Mark and I enjoyed Dale and Cheryl's company for the FFA Alumni Spaghetti Fundraiser on Sunday
-We visited with Mark's whole family (15 total - 16 including our niece/nephew who is still in Stephanie's belly)last night - ate pizza, placed bets on whether the new baby would be a boy or girl, what color hair it would have (if it would have hair), etc.
Mostly - it was a good time to laugh and enjoy the company. I wasn't as lazy/relaxed as I would have liked to be - but I did a LOT of living.

Friday, January 26, 2007

fun stuff

I found this yesterday, sent it to Mark, and bookmarked it on my computer at work. Seriously... I can't help but start cracking up - the third time the cameraman (I'm assuming a dad-type person) makes that "bing!" noise, I just lose it. SO FUNNY. What a great site to have - I think it will come in handy for those stressful moments that can pop up.

For any who are interested - Mark and I loved Freedom Writers - it was a cheesy, uplifting movie - but without the cheese. In a sense, you know that things are going to end up well, but there are some awfully intense moments along the way - really powerfully done. And I like that kind of movie anyway (even the cheesy ones). $16.00 well spent.

Got a busy weekend - we're going to see Jerry Seinfeld at the Wharton Center on campus tonight, heading toward Detroit tomorrow for a HOSA conference (Brooks and I have been recruited to help with some as-yet-unnamed tasks... it should be fun. I always like doing these). Saturday night is church and hanging out with Brooks and Abbey, Sunday is a fund-raiser spaghetti lunch thing, and then visiting with Mark's brother and SIL, and sister and BIL and nephews. Should be fun. I'm excited, but afraid I'll burn out by Sunday night (which is poor timing for a burn-out). However, I feel like that may be a self-fulfilling prophecy - so I've decided it's going to be fun and energizing to see so many people, be able to serve and hang out and play games and connect. Bring it on!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

it's the small things

It was so nice to spend last night at home - we had BBQ meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn for dinner, I did get to workout (10 tough minutes of pilates counts, right?), I wore my sweatpants all night long... it was definitely much needed. I find that it usually just doesn't take much for me, you know?

Tonight, Mark and I have our weekly "date" - I think we'll go to dinner and then go see Freedom Writers. Brooks gave us "dinner & a movie" for Christmas, so I'm excited to use that. Here's the trailer for Freedom Writers:

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

a whole night!

This afternoon I will leave my office at 4:30, drive home... and STAY there! :) This doesn't happen very often, so I get excited when it does. I'll probably do really exciting things like lay around in my sweatpants, read a book, workout (I hope I hope), cook dinner, and watch Scrubs with Mark and Brooks. Generally, I really like to be busy - but I can only go non-stop for so long without, well, stopping. (guess it's not really nonstop then, huh?)

Tomorrow - I work until 11:30am, then I'm having lunch at P.F. Chang's with Jane, then it's off to coffee with Mere at Beaner's. At 4:00, I'm getting a free facial - one hour of fun pampering - I won a drawing that I entered at Main Dish Kitchen, woohoo! And then it's date night with my hubby. Sounds like I've got a good couple of days coming up here.

In all my busy-ness, I'm finding that there are lots of things I value, things I want to be central to my everyday life, that I'm neglecting. That's not good. A couple of years ago, I was trying to work on my discipline with things like working out, reading scripture, drinking enough water, etc. I created a system where I set goals, and gave myself little rewards when I met them for a week/month/whatever. I think I may need to do that again. I like rewards... so do cute puppies!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

a little of this...

My little sister is coming to visit this weekend (Mark is out of town with friends) - I'm excited! I love having her come - we laugh a lot, eat good food, watch movies, and generally revert back to a version of ourselves from 1996. It's awesome.

I VERY much enjoyed my afternoon off - I got to have lunch with my friend Meredith, and go to Starbucks with Nat, Huntar and Christy (friends of mine from Mason Middle School). I laughed a lot, and was really blessed by the company and the love I experienced with those ladies. It's so cool to see God glorified through seemingly silly things - like lattes and lunchtime.

On a completely unrelated note - my eyes hurt. I think I spend too much time at my computer (although there's no good way around that at work). By the afternoon, they feel like they're about to fall out of my head. I need to bring some eyedrops in to the office...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

almost there!

I've adopted a new work schedule - longer hours on M,T,Th, F - and every Wednesday afternoon OFF! So far, the long hours are wearing me out a little bit, but I'm excited about having the afternoon off work - and hoping that it totally makes up for getting up a half hour earlier every day. I'll keep you posted. But it's nice to be almost done with work for the day at 11:30am!! I could get used to this.

Monday, January 15, 2007


I detest driving in the wintertime. I only live about 11 miles from work, but I was physically exhausted by the time I got here (which was 7:00am - an exhausting time to show up even on a warm and sunny day). Right now, the roads have a layer of ice, then one of snow, and now another one of ice. It's absolutely delightful. At least I'm here, and I'm not leaving again for another 8 hours.

An update on my trust post - In true "God fashion", I've been treated to an interesting array of wake-up calls on my heart and attitude, and His character. Since I don't really like leaving everyone with the mopey-ness of the last blog, I'll share a little of what He's been showing me.

1. I'm a chosen, beloved daughter of the Creator of the universe. The hairs on my head are numbered, and He loves me, delights in me, and finds joy in me. This one is extremely hard for me to believe at times - but it's really true.
2. God sent His only son Jesus to die for me, His daughter, in order that I might be rescued from my sin. God went to ultimate lengths to repair our relationship.
3. When I look at those two truths - it seems so childish for me to question what He has in store for me. How can I not believe I will be provided for? Not that God's amazing love for me means He will give me everything I want, and a wonderfully easy life - but I can know with absolute certainty that my life is not haphazard. His eye is on the sparrow - how much more so is it on me?

So, while I'm still struggling with the fact that I want (I want I want I want) things to go a certain way, and there is no one who can tell me if they will or not... I know that One who is much smarter than I am is in control. And that's OK. Not easy - but it's not supposed to be easy.

Thursday, January 11, 2007


I've been thinking a lot about trust lately. Not in a "you-look-kinda-sketchy-I-don't-know-if-I-can-trust-you" way, but in a "what-does-it-really-look-like-to-trust-God's-design-for-me" sense. Unfortunately for my wishing-to-be-lazy self, it looks as though the answer isn't easy. At least not in the beginning. I enjoy planning things, I prefer to know what's coming, and I like to feel prepared for what lies ahead. I feel as though I'm standing on the edge of something, and I know exactly what I want the journey to look like - timing, results... all of it. But right now, all I can see is where I'm standing, and maybe one step ahead. Beyond that - pitch black. It terrifies me. I have no doubt that I will move forward - there's no question in my mind that I will walk into the blackness. I'd just like to know the path, how long it will take, and other *minor* details like that.
I know that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
I know that He will make my paths straight.
I know that He gives peace that passes understanding.
I know that He knows the desires of my heart, and that He has plans to prosper me and not harm me, to give me a hope and a future.
It's just so hard to live that. To really lay back in pure, trusting obedience and accept that God knows and loves my heart, and knows better than I do what is good for me. I need to stop wishing I could control this, and find a way to take joy in His awesome power and purpose.
Any ideas for a woman who loves to plan, and wants desperately to know what is coming?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

the family at 422

Here are the two men who live in my house - duking it out over the football game on Monday night (which actually, sadly, turned out to not be much of a battle). Despite the intensity of the picture, no one in our house had very strong feelings about the game (Brooks's fiancee is from Columbus, OH, and Mark just happened to have a Florida sweatshirt) - we turned it off to watch 2 episodes of Scrubs together, then went to bed by 11:00pm. Didn't know how the game ended until Tuesday morning. Die hard fans, we are not. That's good, though - because no fistfights actually break out because of something silly like football - but the smile-y pictures (while handsome, of course) are just not as funny.

Here's a picture of the three of us at the New Year's Eve party - we needed a least one of our little "family" before the holidays ended. It's a lot of fun (for all of us) to have Brooks living with us. By the time he gets married in July, he'll have been at our house for almost a full year. It'll be strange to not have him around anymore after that (but ultimately, probably much better for his marriage to not have to share a house with us.)

Monday, January 08, 2007

only 7 days overdue...

Here's a couple pictures of the mini-crowd (about 30 people) we had at our house for our NYE party this year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we did it up "007 - Style" and people seemed to have a lot of fun. Hosting parties used to be semi-stressful for me, but I had a really good time with this one (and I like that my house gets a pretty good cleaning once in awhile!!)

Friday, January 05, 2007


Today was really fun. I saw 21 students throughout the day - between Orientation and walk-in advising. I have to tell you - there's something awfully rewarding when you're able to sit down, connect with someone, make them laugh, and answer their questions. It doesn't sound like a hard job, and it's really not (as much as we like to pretend it is sometimes). It can be emotionally draining at times - but it's also really uplifting and encouraging. And I know I've said this before, but it bears repeating.

It's so humbling to realize how LITTLE it takes to make a difference to someone else. I have no excuses not to do it more often. Minimal (but genuine and well-meant) effort = all the difference in the world to (fill in the blank as it applies to your life).

I'm going to go home and put my feet up now. They hurt a little. But my heart feels great!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

too funny not to post...

Your New Year's Resolutions

1) Get a pet rooster

2) Eat more Cheetos

3) Travel to India

4) Study magic

5) Get in shape with stripping classes

my mouth tastes funny

I had a chicken enchilada & rice for lunch (hooray for Lean Cuisines!) - and now my mouth tastes funny. I'm sure that brushing or chewing some gum would solve this problem. Ought to get around to that before my office is flooded with students for Orientation Advising (yep, it's that time of year - AGAIN). I really like Orientation - it's fast, you get to see a lot of students, and I like the challenge of leaving students feeling heard and valued. It's going to be a busy afternoon in our office!
(warning - complete change of subject with zero transition)
I'm one of those people that really isn't friends with anyone from high school anymore - we all kinda lost track of each other (actually - I don't know if that's true. I lost track of everyone). I exchange Christmas cards every year from my friend Cory - and I love getting her cards - she always includes a picture of her daughters (she has four now!) and a note. This year, I was home for Christmas and ran into my friend Susan at church on Christmas Eve. It's so strange to have a long history with someone, but feel like total strangers at the same time. I've decided I want to try to get back in touch (at least with Cory and Susan - I'm not even sure how to find some of my other old friends) with some people from high school. Any advice on breaking back into our friendships?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Blogger still won't let me put up pictures - so I'll try to keep this short (nothing's more intimidating than a huge block of words with absolutely no pictures!) :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! To jump feet first into sounding cliche - I can't believe it's 2007!! We had a blast at our New Year's party - we had about 30 people over at our house for a 007/James Bond theme party (and a few people confessed to not catching the 2007 - 007 theme tie-in... they thought we just really liked James Bond...) It was good to have people over - Mark and I have historically spent some very quiet, low-key NYEs - that's not bad, but last year we sat at home by ourselves. This was better.

Back to work for real now - lots of things to catch up on and handle, so that should be fun. I love time off, but I tend to be kinda lazy - and it's nice to get things done.

Any New Year's resolutions this time around? I'm having some trouble coming up with one... I have lots of goals floating around my head all the time, but there seems to be a level of seriousness attached to declaring something a "resolution." I'll keep you posted.