Friday, May 28, 2010

What's the Dealio?

Okay, this is probably going to offend someone...maybe it should. I don't know, but I had a thought this morning...

What is the DEALIO with Christian women being so excited and enthralled with "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives" and (this one's going to hurt) "Grey's Anatomy"?

Ouch. This is gonna come back and bite me, I'm pretty sure.

I have lately seen an overwhelming excitement over the new "Sex and the City" movie. I have never watched even one episode of any of the above shows, so I have NO IDEA if they are as trashy as I suppose them to be. So, I am talking without knowing; I realize that. And, I am not above watching something ungodly--I probably do more than I should anyway--just so you know, I am not any better, and I realize that too.

But, here's the thought I had this morning:

If a woman says she watches one of these kinds of shows for the story/romance and not for the sexy fantasy/attractive men, isn't that like a man saying he looks at Playboy for the articles?

Just a thought.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

In Case You Didn't Know Already...

I am pregnant.

I am 6.5 weeks currently. I am nervous about it--nervous about losing the baby, mostly. Thankfully, I feel pretty bad, so everything is fine for the time being. I feel better about the pregnancy overall, which is good, but I know there are no guarantees. It's hard to let your heart get excited when you've lost one (or more).

My friend, Dixon, was just blogging the other day about the death of the blog world. I totally agree with him. I find my interest waning. I think it is a combo of little to no feedback and a lack of motivation. I still like to read other people's blogs, but even that can be tiresome sometimes. Now that I am perpetually tired and exhausted, blogging is way at the bottom of the list.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this space. I am not all that inspired, to tell you the truth--four years of this...hate to throw it away. I think part of my problem is that I don't take pictures anymore (because I HATE my camera). I think if I took pictures, I would blog more but maybe not.

How are you feeling about blogs these days?

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Loveliness of Nothingness

I have been a blogger failure this week. I haven't posted in a whole week! I guess I've been busy...and just haven't had much to say (odd, I know!).

Here's what I can think of:

1. I gave up on the no-shampoo. I made it almost three weeks. It was going okay, but I felt like I couldn't find the perfect balance of formula, and I didn't feel like experimenting endlessly. I am going to shop around for more natural shampoos.

2. Maryn's birthday party was Saturday. It was a quick trip up to see our extended family. We had reserved a room at the pizza place. My friend, Lesley, made her an awesome cake. I need to get my phone synced so I can show you a picture. She received lots of clothes and girly stuff as well as some fun summer toys.

3. Our kitchen sink is CLOGGED. Badly. Nothing we did helped. A plumber comes out tomorrow. Paper plates it is. Our dishwasher is full of dirty dishes and the counter is half-way full. I thought about trying to wash them in the bathroom, but that grosses me out. Is that weird?

4. The house looks decent, though my floors could use a good sweeping and mopping. My craft stuff is piled to heaven. I still have a couple of projects to finish. I'm such a lame-o right now as far as finishing projects. I just have no drive. I started cutting out the purse for my friend, Christy, but then realized I didn't have enough of that same fabric. Grrr. Back to the drawing board.

5. I'm looking forward to doing nothing today. Well, not nothing, but not anything productive (besides caring for kids and feeding them).

So that's it. I know, not too exciting, but such is life.

Monday, May 10, 2010

The Best Kind of Mother's Day

Yesterday was Mother's Day, and I was spoiled by my husband. My children are still catching on. :) He took a big risk and bought me a vacuum. But the awesomeness of the vacuum supersedes the fact that it is an appliance. He bought me a Dyson Ball. It is amazing. I am so grateful. He also had picked some flowers and bought some tulips, made me breakfast (ham and cheese omelette) and lunch (grilled chicken and grilled veggies), took me out for dinner where I had stuffed gulf shrimp with bearnaise sauce. He finished off the night by cleaning up the kitchen. He did a really great job.

My favorite part of Mother's Day is its proximity to a precious little girl's birthday--my Maryn Elise. She is four years old today. I can hardly believe it. We had fruit pizza for breakfast, and her cake is in the oven for tonight. She has told me she is giving me her blankies tonight (forever) after she gets her presents. :) I really hope it isn't traumatic for her.

Sam "bought" her a Dora fishing pole. We bought her a Tinkerbell costume and some Tinkerbell shoes. I know she will be thrilled. Her party with our extended family is on Saturday. I love my big girl. Here's a look at the previous years:

May 10th, 2006--7 lbs. 14 oz.
(Photo courtesy of Candace Miller)

May 2007--1 year old

June 2008-- 2 years old

May 2009--3rd Birthday

April 2010--Almost 4 years old
(Photo courtesy of Kristen Spickard)

Maryn, you are beautiful--ridiculously so. You are vivacious, nurturing, and dramatic. Your giggles and goofiness brighten our family. You are Sam's best friend, and Lucy's mentor. :) You love to sing and dance and all things girly--but you like to play with Sam's toys too. You know all your letters, and you're learning all the sounds and how to write them. You are very smart. You memorize movie lines better than your dad. You are a blessing to us, and we love you!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I did it. I ran the 5k. All the way. Ran it. It was great.

I must have had some major endorphins going, because I barely had any pain while running. It was exhilarating to run with so many women. There were women running and walking, but of course, they put the walkers in a different group at the back.

I was just looking at the stats trying to see how I placed. It's a little confusing how they did it. They ranked people according to whether or not they had joined a running clinic. I did not join a clinic, so I was considered an "open runner". Here are the stats:

I was 12th in my division of open runners--there were 29 total in my group (30-35 yrs).

I was 59/156 for the open running group.

If both groups in my division were combined, I would have ranked 44/147 or top 30% in my division.

If I had been a clinic runner, I would have been at 135/723.

I would have ranked 193/879 if they had put both running groups together.

So, for the running groups, I was in the top 22% of runners.

Overall, I would have ranked 193/1447 because the fastest walker was slower than my run. I could be goofing this math up...but I hope not! (since writing this, I have corrected it twice). :)

That means that overall, I was in the top 13% of the race!

My time was 30:06 for 3.1 miles (5 kilometers), and my pace was 9:43 min/mile.

I am very proud of myself.

Friday, May 7, 2010


My race is tomorrow morning at 8am. I am nervous and excited and hopeful. I am nervous because I've never done this before. I am excited because I have been working hard and want to see myself accomplish this goal. I am hopeful because I want to run the entire race--no walking--and I want to keep a steady pace.

Today is a restful day. I'm not doing much, and per Marla's advice, I'm staying off my feet. I intend to drink a lot of water and rest. I hope Dave has a quiet weekend of call. I hope hope hope so.

As for my hair, I am still holding out. I think it is getting better. :)

This is a busy week coming up. Today is my Grandma's birthday. I haven't been able to get cards out for Mother's Day or her birthday. I can't look at cards with my kids. It takes too long, and the kids all fight and pull the cards off the shelf. So, it looks like they will be late. I hate that, but that is how it goes sometimes.

Maryn had an axillary (under the arm) temp of 103 yesterday. She had no other symptoms. I got a little worried about her last night. She's completely fine today. Weird.

Maryn will be four on Monday.

That is hard to believe.

We will be having her birthday party the following Saturday with our family. She is looking forward to it. It is a Tinkerbell birthday. :)

This is a boring post, so I think I'll stop. Blah blah blah. :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Updates on Everything

Well, I had a bit of a greasy hair weekend, and I didn't have cornstarch. So, I put face powder in my hair and combed it through. It helped! I bought some cornstarch on Saturday.

Also, I noticed when I got sweaty after running, my hair looked better. I guess the saltiness cut the grease? I have no idea. Gross, eh? :) I am washing every other day and only doing the ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse every other wash. Oh, and Dave says my hair doesn't smell bad.

Today, my hair looks a lot better. It kind of feels sticky like when we moved to Tulsa and had hard water. So, I know it is about to turn a corner. It doesn't look greasy or sticky today, it just feels sticky. It has a lot of body. :) My hair is short, though, so it sticks up a lot when I wake up in the morning. I will have to wet it to get it to look more normal. I am going to press on with this crazy venture!

This is my last week of running in preparation for the 5K race on SATURDAY!!!

I am excited, nervous, and ready to be finished with this goal! I can't believe it is almost here. Here is my running schedule this week (with modified recommendations from my friend, Lee):

Monday--Run 22 minutes


Wednesday--Run 25 minutes

Thursday--Run 10 minutes


Saturday--Run 3.1 miles!!!

Last night (Sunday), I ran 2.47 miles in 25 minutes. It was insane, but I did it, and I kept my pace around 10 minutes/mile. It was great. It's so hard when I am in the middle of it, but I just keep telling myself that I can do this. I am a runner because I am running! So pretty much, I just pep-talk myself the entire time. :)

It seems I have been in a mode of trying new things lately. I've made all these homemade cleaners. Here is my report:

Dishwasher Detergent (improved version over the first one I tried two years ago)--LOVE IT. No spots, no residue.

Furniture Polish--It works really well, but it does leave a little vinegar-y scent for a bit--not too long. Of course, I tried it in the van on the vinyl (whatever that stuff is on the dashboard), so it was in a small, not-too-airy space...should try it on our furniture! At least the smell isn't toxic.

Window Cleaner--I love this cleaner so much more than Windex. There is no ammonia--so no toxic fumes to breathe. I used Clorox Natural Dish Soap (Water Lily scent) as the dish soap for the recipe, and it smells very nice and works super well. It leaves no streaks and actually cleanses the glass/mirror. I also didn't have to scrub really hard.

I haven't made the laundry detergent yet (have all the supplies--waiting to run out of my Purex naturals soap). I also haven't made the deodorant yet. I just need to order the shea butter and cocoa butter online. And maybe some vegetable glycerin?

Our garden is beautiful. I'm so excited about it. I promise pictures...It's quite a feat for me to go out there, take pictures, upload them, re-upload them to the know. :)

Sam's cast is breaking through on his heel. Too much scooting, I guess. One more week until an xray that will hopefully show he can bear weight on it. He is so ready, and I am constantly having to remind him to GET OFF OF IT!!!

Dave and I have made plans to go to Kansas City for Memorial Weekend. We are super excited. We haven't had a nice getaway in a couple of years. My awesome brother and his wife will bring their kids and stay with ours. My parents may come help play with grandkids. It'll be nice to know they are with family.

I have planned out several restaurants to eat at (isn't that what vacation is all about?), we are going to hear the symphony play for a FREE show for Memorial Day, we will probably do some pottery stuff (our 8th anniversary is June 2, and the traditional gift is bronze/pottery). We will spend some time at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in the prayer room and for a time of prophetic ministry. We are really looking forward to our long weekend together.

So, that's my update. You made it to the end. Congratulations!