Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Get out of a funk

Do you ever find yourself in a funk?  I'm not talking about being depressed, or dealing with something really hard and tragic in life.  Just a funk.  A temporary blah-ness. 

Often, for me, these times of funk are associated with hormones.  The times that seem to be worse for me are the times when funks don't coordinate with hormonal ups and downs.  I think it's because in those times, I don't have something to blame it on.  I don't have a time table of when it's going to be over and I think there is a little part of me that begins to freak out and think that my funk will be permanent and that I'm entering a season of depression.  I walked through a season of being clinically depressed before, and man, that is no fun, so I think I always have this lingering thought in the back of my mind that that season will return.  It hasn't though (praises to Jesus!), and normally, getting out of a funk just takes a little bit of time and some doing on my part.

I have learned that living my life best means doing the things that work for me.  It's good to read other people's stories and get ideas from them, but I have to realize what works for me and go with that.  So, here's what helps me:

  • Sunlight.  Our bodies were made for sunshine.  I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and can even start feeling it this time of year (and we've just started the non-summer season!).  As much as I am opposed to tanning beds, the past couple of years I have gone during the winter just for some UV rays.  I try to peek outside at least a few minutes a day during work.  My 2nd job the past couple of years I have been able to get outside some, but not here.  Trips to the mailbox are great.  I am trying to get in the habit of taking a walk around our building for just a couple of minutes when the weather is nice.
  • Exercise.  Endorphins are great, and working out gives me confidence and puts me at ease.  So I bound out of bed first thing in the morning before my mind has time to tell me it's not a good idea, and go to the gym 4 times a week.
  • Eating healthy.  This is hard, especially when you're in a funk and all you want is carbs and chocolate and Starbucks.  I eat really well for breakfast and lunch during the week, and we try to eat relatively healthy for dinner.  If I'm in a funk, I have a tendency to want to bake (because I love doing it) and eat up everything I bake.  So, I have to find other things to do so I don't fall into that.  The more good things I put in my body, the better I feel.
  • Clean or organize something.  Cleaning is my therapy.  If I'm stressed or feeling blue or just whatever, I need to clean something.  Mop the kitchen floor.  Clean the bathtub.  Organize my sock drawer.  Something.  I enjoy the process, not just the end result of something being clean and neat.  I think it's helpful for me because it keeps my brain occupied, so I can't dwell on things or over think them.  Plus, sometimes it's just therapeutic to get rid of stuff and de-clutter. 
  • Get outside of myself.  Call a friend.  Pray for someone--more than just a one sentence pray.  It helps to focus on others and surround yourself with people.
  • Shave my legs.  This may seem silly, but if you're feeling yuck, sometimes a good hot shower, shaving your legs, and washing your hair can make you feel brand new.  It's always amazed me how many ills a hot shower can cure. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Favorite Things

Call me nuts, but I love posts people do about their favorite products.  It reveals a lot about a person.  Plus, I love learning about new things I've never tried before.  So, here is a current list of my favorite things.

Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap- I have been trying to switch to all natural home/hygiene products and this stuff is awesome, and you can use it in so many ways.  I dilute it down and use it as facewash at the gym, and body wash at home.  Sometimes I add drops of grapefruit essential oil to make it smell yummy.  They sell different scents, but this Baby Mild is my favorite because it doesn't have a scent, so it's OK if I mix it with other things.  I have super sensitive (and acne prone) skin, and this has been great.  Keeps me from getting dried out.  I paid about $15 for a big bottle at Target (in the beauty section), but because I diluted it it's only half way gone, and I bought it about 5 months ago.

American Dreams on DVD- Did you ever watch this show?  I only watched the first season when it was on because I shut off my cable shortly after, but I loved it.  I bought a used season 1 off of amazon for $8 (score!).  I love how current artists would do the parts of the performers on Bandstand on the show; so clever.  It is a mystery to me why good shows like this don't stick around for longer.

International Delight Iced Coffee- My stars, this stuff is so darn good.  I try not to indulge too often because let's face it, sugar laden caffeine isn't exactly healthy (plus fancy packaged foods like this aren't cheap!).  But, when I do indulge in this, I enjoy every minute of it.  So good!

Memories on Clover Lane is one of my favorite blogs to read.  Sarah, mother of 6, is the creator and author of this little gem.  I love her posts because it's just a blog about her life, and I love the authenticity of it.  She isn't trying to use gimmicks to get you to read.  She has so much wisdom, and I love everything she writes.  Go check her out!

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Caramel- I am a sucker for (really addict of) lip balms and chapstick.  Usually I stick to Chapstick because it doesn't make my lips sticky.  This stuff from Burt's Bees is awesome though.  I like the color and shimmer and hint of mint in it.  I got this tube in a Burt's Bees grab bag I ordered online for $15 back in the spring.  This guy has lasted me quite some time.  I will definitely purchase another when he runs out.

"It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" is a Halloween classic.  I have to watch it every year (on my original VHS tape..that's vintage right there*)

This is also a classic Halloween watch.  The "It's a Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse" is hilarious and brilliant.  "You roast the unborn?"  I never in a million years would have thought that I would love anything associated with the Simpsons.  This however, is awesome. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Quiet Time

Recently I read this post about not having your quiet time. 

Yes, you read that right.  Not having a quiet time.

I hate that we call it "quiet time".  Granted, you need to be without distractions in order to hear from God.  Often (for me at least), this involves being quiet enough that after I've talked (and boy, can I talk for a while!), I am left with nothing but silence, and then God speaks.

Quiet times for me have often been loud times.  Sometimes I shout at God in anger or desperation.  Sometimes it's the weeping of brokenness.  Sometimes it's just me yelling with glee or giving a great "Woohoo!" of glory.

I love the idea in the post I mentioned above about being intentional with our times with God.  To treat the Bible as the weapon that it is.  Last night at our small group we were teaching our girls about having time with God; we called it "time outs" as opposed to "quiet times".  We talked about how taking time with God is like a time out of an a sporting event.  You need it to rest, to replenish, to refocus, to get a plan. 

How we expect to win the game without consulting the coach is beyond me.  May we all take time today to be with God; to take a time out from our day to wield our swords.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Great Christmas Idea

If I believe in God I should believe what He says, right?  I agree.  Which is why I try to take seriously everything He says in His word, including the parts where he says we are to take care of each other, and to take care of those who can't take care of themselves.

I recently became aware of fashionABLE, a company that creates sustainable business for women in Africa.  Watch this video to see what they do; it's really inspirational.  I love companies that aren't just about making a profit.  This is a great cause.  You can help these women of Ethiopia by buying one of their handmade scarves.  Look how cute these are!

 I was thinking that these would make great Christmas presents.  They're pricier than the cheap stuff you could get at Target or Old Navy, but why support the unethical business of paying Chinese and Filipinos pennies when you could pay more to help the lives of women and children in Africa?  So, bless a life and give one of these to your wife/sister/mom/daughter/friend!  What a great gift!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I say a little prayer for you...

Sometimes I forget to pray.

Isn't that ridiculous?  I have access to the most powerful being, who is an ally and is earnestly awaiting my talking to him, and I forget to do it. 

Often I remember to pray for others, but forget to pray for myself.  Or I will remember to pray for "big" things, and not for others.  Instead I fret and worry.  Worry, which does nothing for me other than make me stressed, and which is sin by the way.  Prayer on the other hand, makes me calm and at peace.  And it works! 

*Nerd alert*

I am a fan of the Duggar family.  Granted, I don't agree with a lot of their personal beliefs or some specific things they do to raise their family.  But, I always get encouragement from watching their show.  I read their first book this past spring and was really encouraged by the stories in it of the hard times early in their marriage and how God answered specific prayers.  I know God answers prayer, but sometimes it's good to hear specific examples of how he provides. 

At this point in time, Dave was in school, our medical insurance was crap, and we didn't have dental insurance.  About 2 years ago, we had gotten dental cleanings at a free dental clinic that a dentist in our church used to run on Saturday mornings.  He had told me at that time that I had a small cavity that would need to be fixed.  Before we could get that taken care of, he ended up having to close his clinic from lack of volunteers. 

After I read the Duggar's story, I told Dave that I felt that we should pray that God would provide a way to get our teeth cleaned.  So we did.  I emailed Dr. Chesney (the dentist who ran the clinic), explained that we did not have insurance and that my husband was in school full time, and that I needed a cleaning and a cavity fixed, and that we had come to his free clinic before it closed.  I asked if his office offered any sort of payment plan so that we could get those things taken care of.  He emailed back that very same day saying to come in and he would take care of it free of charge, and that the only thing he asked was that when we were able we would pass on generosity to someone else.

How awesome is that???  I prayed for a need.  It wasn't even a huge one.  I wasn't in pain, it wasn't a desperate thing.  It's just something we needed.  And God provided.  Through the good heart of a gracious dentist, I was able to get my teeth cleaned and by cavity fixed.

I tell this story to show that prayer is powerful, and that God is an abundant giver.  Talk to him.  Ask him for what you need.  Ask him for what you want.  Put following Him above all else, and He will take care of you.  He is much bigger and much more of a giver than we give him credit for. 

What will you pray for today?  Be encouraged--God heads and provides!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Little Bit of Awesome

Here are some internet findings lately that I thought were great.

1. 52 Weeks of Star Wars:  I am a huge Star Wars fan.  (My first crush was Luke Skywalker.  My first love was an Ewok).  "52 Weeks of Star Wars" is a weekly photo project where the creator recreates popular movie posters with Star Wars characters.  I loved the Juno one!

2. This is beautiful.  Who says cello players aren't cool?

3.  I am a huge Muppet fan (as is my husband which is one of the many reasons I married him)!  This is so fun.  Loved it!

4. Ah, the hilarity of videos of people just after wisdom teeth surgery.

5.  Think you've just about lost faith in humanity?  Check out these 11 of the best customer service stories. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blast from the Past

My husband and I frequently comment that there are no good shows for kids on TV anymore.  I have plans to buy Looney Tunes on DVD when we have kids.

I was perusing Youtube the other day for cartoons I loved as a kid.  Talk about a walk down memory lane!

Dumbo's Circus was one of my all time favorites when I was little.  Loved it!

Does anyone else remember "Welcome to Pooh Corner"?  So much better than the animated cartoon!

Gummi Bears!  I used to watch this every Saturday morning as a kid.  I'm proud to say that I can still sing the song word for word!

We didn't have cable growing up, so when we went to my mamaw and papaw's, I loved watching Nickelodeon.  My very favorite cartoon of all time was "Inspector Gadget".

David the Gnome!  This intro song is such a flashback to the 80's!  As a side note, ever notice that no shows have good original theme songs anymore?  I miss those days!

Muppet Babies!  I am a lifelong Muppets fan.  I loved how you only saw Nanny's striped socks.  Makes me think of this:

From Coolest Handmade Costumes

Hands down, one of the coolest costumes ever.  If you don't get it, you're too young!  And you missed out on some great cartoons growing up!

Ducktales!  (Woo Ooo....)

Rescue Rangers (Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip and Dale!)

I could really keep going forever....such good shows!  Thank you Youtube for that Blast from the Past!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Worry Wart

Photo Credit

 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. 
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?   
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?   
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.   Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  

 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 
 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 
 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Do you ever stop and think about how if God commanded us not to worry, that if we worry, it's a sin?

Hits you kinda hard, huh?

I am a natural worrier.  I think part of it is because I'm female.  Part of it is because of my personality and desire to control everything.  Part of it is just my sinful nature.

I love that God tells us not to worry.  He could have left that out of His word, but He knew we would need that encouragement.  Isn't He so thoughtful?

Sometimes I need this reassurance from God that if I am seeking Him, He will provide.  And man, does He!  I have seen it in the lives of others and I have experienced it in my own life countless times.  

Today I encourage you to share those stories of how Gos is a faithful provider.  Someone else may need to see and know that God can and will provide.  Share your story; someone may need to hear it.


Monday, October 15, 2012

On My Bookshelf

Here are some things I have been reading lately:

"The Secret", by Beverly Lewis.  This is the first book in a three part series.  I love Beverly Lewis.  She is a Christian author who writes about Amish people.  Sounds boring, huh?  They're not.  They are fantastic!  This one was definitely one of my favorites of hers.  I am already on book 2, and went ahead and checked out book 3 knowing I would go through them both quickly.

"The Time Keeper", by Mitch Albom.  Loved this one.  It's a fable about the man who became Father Time, and the punishment he is given for trying to measure time. A fantastic read (and short one) that really makes you think about time and our obsession with wanting more and rushing through life.

"My Life in France", by Julia Child.  This is one of my all time favorites.  I re-read it all the time.  It's Julia Child's story of her time in France, and how she got started cooking.  It's a great story (and a real one!).  I am slightly obsessed with Julia Child.  I like to talk like her when I cook.  It's pretty epic.  You should be jealous that you don't get a front row seat in my kitchen to see my antics.

"Blue Christmas", by Mary Kay Andrews.  This was so cute!   Mary Kay Andrews writes novels about Southern women, and they're always good, entertaining stories.  I've read quite a few of hers.  This one just may be my favorite.

What's been on your bookshelf lately?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Costumes

I love Halloween.  It is a a close 2nd to Christmas of being my favorite holiday.  One of the things I love about Halloween is costumes!  We didn't do the Halloween thing a ton growing up (it's one of the downfalls in living in such a rural don't really trick-or-treat when your closest neighbors is a mile down the road).  Even though I didn't get to dress up in a costume much growing up, I definitely enjoyed it in college and ever since then. I mean, seriously, who doesn't love to dress up and pretend to be someone or something else??

A few years ago I dressed up as Marilyn Monroe.  I like playing up my blond hair, so usually go for characters that have blond hair.  I loved being Marilyn!  So fun!

My husband likes characters that share his baldness. :)  When we first started dating, I dressed up as Tinkerbell and he dressed up as Dr. Evil from Austin Powers for our friend Robby's party.  He (my husband) even talked like Dr. Evil all night.  It was pretty epic.

Not quite as epic as this:

Mr. Clean!  Does he not look just like him?  White eyebrows, gold hoop and all.  Love it!  They should make him the new cover of the cleaning product, in my humble, totally not biased opinion :)

Last year, Dave dressed up as Professor Xavier from X-Men.  He read people's minds all night.  I dressed up as Thor.  I even gave myself a beard.  It was pretty spectacular.  Even more so considering that combined, our costumes costs less than $5.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Because of Dave's affinity for bald characters, I have made him promise that if we have a little red haired girl, we will dress her up as Annie and he as Daddy Warbucks one year.  It will be simply glorious.  I cannot wait.
Photo courtesy of Wendy's Wizard of Oz
The one character I have always wanted to be is Glinda the Good Witch from "The Wizard of Oz".  Her costume proves a challenge though because the cheap ones you can get at stores are no where poufy enough.  And hello, if you are going to be Glinda, you must have a dress large enough that it swallows children whole.  I mean, check out those sleeves.  Bowling balls could be stored in there!

Some day, Glinda, you shall be mine.  I will dress up my children as Munchkins, and it will be grand.  Until then...I dream of you!

What's your favorite Halloween costume you've ever had?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book review: Divergent

Photo from Veronica Roth Books
Have you read this book?  Have you heard about it?  If not, run to your nearest library and put your name on the insanely long waiting list, because it is a must read!

*Ok, so maybe you don't share my reading interests, and it's not a must read for everyone
*And your library may be decent and actually own more than 1 copy of every best seller.  Good ole East TN does not believe in such silly notions.

This book was fantastic.  If you liked "Hunger Games", you will like "Divergent".

I know some people aren't a big fan of dystopian, life-after-major-war-ruins-life-in-America-as-we-know-it-fans.  If that's you, you may not enjoy it.  For the rest of you, definitely give it a read. 

Here's a synopsis of the book from Veronica Roth's website"

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Sounds thrilling, right?  I found it so hard to put down; one of those books that toward the end I start skimming because I want to find out the ending so badly!

I'm number 43 on the waiting list for the 2nd book in the series, "Insurgent."  Come on numbers 1-42, read fast!!!.... 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Traditional Scrapbooking versus Project Life

I have been an avid scrapbooker since high school.  I love putting together pages and pictures to tell the story of my life.  In college I would collect pictures all year and then at the end of spring semester, I would put together a year's worth of pages over a 48 hour period. 

*I don't recommend that by the way.  Good way to make you want to lose your mind*

Scrapbooking is an incredibly expensive hobby.  I was never one to spend a ton on it, but even simple pages aren't cheap to put together.  I've always struggled too with trying to fit all the pictures I wanted on a page.  All the fancy uber creative scrapbook pages in magazines feature only one or two pictures per page.  My stars, that would take me 5 albums and $500 just to put one year's worth of my life down on paper!  The time commitment is also huge.  I didn't want to spend half an hour on each page.  Sometimes, putting together a scrapbook went from an activity I enjoyed to a chore I had to accomplish.

Then, I started taking fewer pictures, and deciding that not every picture I did take had to be in my scrapbook.  That helped.

Then, I discovered Project Life.  Have you heard of this?  If not, you need to check it out!

Project Life was designed by Becky Higgins, who used to work for one of the big scrapbooking magazines.  She wanted to make memory keeping easy, affordable, and enjoyable.  I ordered some of her Project Life photo pocket pages and some of her designer paper and love them!  I have not crossed over to 100% Project Life albums, though I can definitely see myself doing that eventually, especially when we have kids.  (I have my eye on her Core Kits).  For now, I still enjoy putting some traditional pages together, such as these:

 This is one from our honeymoon cruise.

 I loved this one! Dave and I watched a sunset over Lake Ontario, so I made a sun for the background.  Cheap and simple, but I like the overall look.

 This is one of my favorite layouts.  Hubs and I went zip-lining, so I pieced together trees from scrap paper and strung black thread across the pages to make a 3D zip line
 I even made the thread match up with the zip line in the pics.  *Smug I know, but it turned out so cute!

Have any of you tried Project Life?  Do you like it?

Dear Autumn...

Dear Autumn, 

I can understand in your passion and longing to get here that you have thrown yourself on us with gusto, flinging about your chilly temperatures and all; but please, show some restraint and be a lady. No one likes a girl who goes all the way on a first date. 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Weekend in Chattanooga

Can I tell you how awesome it is to have a husband who is not in school anymore?  And who isn't working for a shoddy employer who could care less about his employees?

It is fantastic.

My hubs started working at his new job about 6 weeks ago.  He loves it, and it's a great company.  One of the perks is that they pay for continuing education (something he has to do for certification each year).  There was a conference in Chattanooga recently and he got to go.  Work paid for hotel accommodations (at the Marriott no less!), mileage, and the conference fees.  And, he got paid to be at work, even though he wasn't at work.  These may seem like they're not important, but trust me, if you've ever worked and not had things like that, they are a very big deal.

I tagged along for the weekend because I get personal days at work too (a first for me, and man, is it nice!).  Here is a view from our room on the 9th floor of the Marriott in downtown Chattanooga.

Pretty swank, huh?  Friday while Dave was at the conference I got to have lunch with my awesome friend Natalie.  We met on a missions trip, and she is by far one of the coolest, most talented people I have ever met.  Not to mention, an incredibly talented writer.  Her first book, "Paperdoll", is fantastic and a must read for girls and women of all ages.  Her blog is one of my favorites to read.

Anywho, I enjoyed catching up with her over lunch.  Then I went back to the hotel and camped out here:

Watching cable TV that we don't have at home and eating a chocolate scone in bed while perusing Pinterest.  It was a pretty swell time I must say.

Dave ran into our friend Cameron while on his lunch break, which was pretty awesome and random, so we stopped by his work later that evening to see him.  Then we enjoyed a lovely dinner at Genghis Grill, and a swim in the hotel pool afterward (and by swim I mean we sat in the water talking until we got all pruney).  

I definitely love that my husband is working at a job he loves and that provides for us.  These little perks aren't so bad, either! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Living Small: Kitchen

My teeny tiny kitchen is currently one of my top frustrations in life.  Our back door (the one we use) opens straight into the kitchen.  Storage is limited, space is tight, and man oh man I cannot wait to have a "real sized" kitchen some day!

For now, we've had to get creative with use of our space, and I just have to deal with the fact that I have to store stuff on the floor while I cook, and that the oven door won't shut all the way with a cookie sheet inside because it's so tiny, and that my landlord's penchant for chopping up leaves in the fall with his mower means that I am forever sweeping up the bits of leaf that we track inside on our shoes (we have to park a ways from the house). 

Here are a couple of things I've done to help with our (plentiful) space issues:
*that's plentiful issues, not plentiful space :)

 My husband and I take a lot of vitamins and supplements (me more than him with all of my health issues).  If we don't see them, we don't remember to take them.  But, as I said, our counter space is really limited.  So, I got one of those hangers that are made to go in the shower, and had my husband hang one on the cabinet by our sink.  Voila!  Instant, accessible, and visible vitamin storage!

As I said, if I cook something really intensive, I run out of room and have to start putting things in the floor to free up counter space.  I put this plastic tray I had under our toaster and coffee maker.  It makes it easy when I need to free up space because I just unplug the appliances and move the whole tray.  It also helps catch toaster crumbs and stray coffee grounds, so it makes cleaning up easier.

I'm a big fan of using cloth napkins.  They save money and help the environment.  I store all of mine in this little pink enamel bucket I had.  I've seen people store them in cute little baskets, but I like this because they are stored vertically so it takes up less space.

 We bought a cheap shoe rack to put against the built in china cabinet/pantry as you first walk in.  The big pink tub houses my flip flops in summer, but in chillier months it's home to my old (fake) uggs that I put on to take out the trash, etc.  Note the baseball bat in the corner with the broom. It's always a good idea to have some sort of weapon by the front door I think. :)

 This is our food storage.  Yes, this is it.  Ok, there is one more shelf that got cut off in the picture, and we took one of our other (3) cabinets and use it for food storage.  But still, it's not a lot of space!  It doesn't contain it all (especially since I stock up on things when they are on sale), so we also store some food in our dining area (it's not a room, just an area).  The dining area drives me nuts because we have to store so much stuff there.  And so often, it looks like this:

Major cringe!!  Oh well.  It's a good lesson for me because I am so Type-A and hyper organized and often I just have to look at the mess, shrug my shoulders, and move on with life.  We don't keep excess stuff so there isn't anything to get rid of, and we have no where else to put it all.  So, what can you do?  Not a single thing except smile and not let it bug you. 

(Easier said than done, but I'm learning!)

Linking up at:

Works for me Wednesdays
Grace at Home

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


  • I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies this week compliments of The Striped Flamingo.  (note; the amount of butter was left out of her recipe; I added 3/4 a cup and they turned out great).  These little guys are amazing!  Perfect for this time of year.  Not so perfect if I want to fit into my current size pants a month from now.
  • I'm co-leading a small group of 7th grade girls this year at church.  So far, I absolutely love it.  They are all dolls, and I get so excited thinking about the women of God they have the potential to become.  I love investing in the next generation!
  • I have gotten back into working in the nursery at church.  I nannied for years but haven't done it in a while, and I have forgotten how much I love working with little people!  Childcare is a profession that often gets looked down on, but God has been showing me lately that I have a true love and talent for caring for children.  (plus, other people's babies are good Tylenol for my raging baby fever)
  • Work is, well, work.  Some days are OK, some days I swear I am going to throw my stapler at one of the pastors I work with.  All in all, I enjoy it, and I'm so thankful to be working a full time job.
  • Christmas is coming (I know, it's months away, but I like to get planning early).  We try to keep our Christmas costs really low, so usually don't do much.  Part of me would really love to do a photo Christmas card to send to loved ones this year.  Maybe we'll have to get a friend to take some pics of us sometime or something?  I would love to get some new pics of us done.  We'll see what I do with this idea as time gets closer.
  • I'm back at the gym and man, it feels good!  I hate getting up to go first thing in the morning, but it makes me feel so much better when I do!  I keep telling myself I'll try out some of the evening classes, but as of yet that hasn't happened.  I think I just like coming home too much.  Do I sound like an old lady or what?

Monday, October 1, 2012

My Two Cents: Movies

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My husband and I are Marvel movie fanatics.  This movie came out two days ago on DVD.  Guess how many times we've watched it?  Yep, two.  We're a *wee* bit obsessed.

I never knew I would like comic book movies so much.  I never really loved the Batman or Superman movies I saw as a kid.  Then I saw "Iron Man" with some guy friends of mine and was surprised by how much I liked it.  Then I saw "The Hulk" and liked it, too.  Then "Thor" came out and I was in love. 

I have always loved epic stories.  Heroes, villains, good triumphing over evil.  An awesome battle scene.  Flawed characters who overcome.  (That must be why I love the Bible so much; it has all of that!)

If you haven't seen "Avengers", I definitely recommend it!  Although, you really should see the movies about the individual characters first. 

Here are some other epic movies that I love:

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  "The Last of the Mohicans"
Hands down, my favorite movie of all time.  History, action, and romance all rolled into one?  Yes, please!  Not to mention that it was filmed in western NC which is near and dear to my heart.  I absolutely love this movie.  And the music in it?  Epic.

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 "The Shawshank Redemption"
Not exactly epic in a battle type of way.  But, this movie is a must see.  It is a fantastic story of redemption.  It still amazes me when I run into people who have never seen this.  It is so good!  

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"Saving Private Ryan"
I lost all respect for the Academy Awards the year that "Shakespeare in Love" won over this.  I put this in the "Schindler's list" category, meaning, it may not be pleasant to watch, but everyone needs to see this.  Oh gosh, I can't even explain it.  My dad and his brothers were so torn up when the medic dies, because my Grandpa was a medic in WWII.  I consider it everyone's civic duty to watch this movie.  

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"Band of Brothers"
A mini-series instead of a single DVD.  Worth watching.  These are epic.  The book was fantastic as well, though for me, the movies were a bit easier to follow and make character and battle distinctions.  I have the highest respect for people in the military.  These were so well done, and based on real people, which makes them all the more fabulous.