Sunday, July 31, 2005
Some of you may have read back last October when I joined Weight Watchers. The original goal of joining was to lose weight before my sister's wedding. Well, I lost 20 pounds, but somehow stalled along the way and have been wavering around those last 5 pounds that I lost. I still weigh more than I want to and more than is healthy for me. So, I'm committing to join Fajita's 40 Days of Fat - Reloaded.
And here are my specifics:
Who's gonna get my money: New Friends New Life - a nonprofit organization (that originally began out of my church) that is an avenue to help women leave sexually oriented businesses.
How they are going to earn my money:
1 - I've developed a bad habit of stopping at Chick-fil-A on my way to work for a Chicken Biscuit for breakfast, so for each weekday that I eat breakfast at home and SKIP the drive-thru = $5
2 - I really need to exercise, so $2 per mile walked
3 - Overall goal is losing pounds, so $5 per pound lost.
I'm going to keep a calendar of my progress and (hopefully) be able to publish my success here (at least the $$ totals). Care to join us??
Harry Potter Personality Quiz by Pirate Monkeys Inc.
Yep - that's pretty much me......
Had another great evening with the last of "the girls" tonight -- Dara finally made it to Texas! She, Katie and I went to dinner and then hung out at my apartment and watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." All of us have seen it so many times, but it never fails to make us laugh. Then I took Dara up north to her sister's place -- and now I'm off to bed!
Thursday, July 28, 2005
We went to eat dinner on Friday night at my new favorite little mexican restaurant, Casita Dominguez (it is where I eat each Tues night with my Dallas mom, Martha). Then we went across the street to Half Price Books - but no luck looking for Christian CDs - so we headed up to Lifeway. Then we stayed up talking and laughing, telling stories and catching up on life.
Saturday, Katie had to go spend most of the day working with her Student Council kids on FishCamp. Sarah B spent most of the day with her parents packing and reorganizing all her stuff for her trip back across the ocean to teach a third year at Faith Academy in the Philippines. So, Sara W and I vegged watching chick-flicks and went to eat lunch. After Katie & Sarah rejoined us, we ordered pizza and spent the evening watching some funny videos from our freshman year at ACU (Welcome Week and Freshman Follies). It was so fun.
Then Sunday morning, we all got up, got dressed and ready and met Sarah B's brother Jason for the trip to the airport. We got her all checked in (thankfully her boxes were right at the 70lb limit!!), cried a little, big hugs all around and then we left Sarah to wait for her flight.
Then Sunday night, my friend Elaine was in town. She and I have been friends since 5th grade in Abilene. Right now she is working on her PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy at Purdue. One of these days I'm going to have to take a trip up there to visit her! But, this time she was in Dallas seeing all her friends that live here. We went to dinner and spent the evening catching up. Whew, what a night!
And then this week has just been one busy thing after another. I'm cooking dinner tonight for my sister and brother-in-law. Should be a good time to catch up with them as well.
Now, back to work!
Thursday, July 21, 2005
I think I've about got my new computer up and running -- it was a surprisingly smooth transition (at least so far!). And it was a good excuse to rearrange my desk and clean out a few things.
I've got my college girlfriends reunion this weekend. Only 4 of the 6 of us will be able to get all together this year, but I went and visited my friend Mollie (lives in NM) last weekend in Abilene, and I'll get to see Dara (lives in CA) next weekend when she is in town for a Mary Kay seminar. So, I think I'll at least get to see everyone - even if we can't all get together in one spot this year. And the spot this year is my apartment! So much fun!! We'll have to work harder next year!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Right now, I'm waiting for a backup of my old computer to finish so that I can transfer all my files. Then, I'll work on erasing all my old stuff and get that computer ready to donate. Fun stuff!!
Monday, July 18, 2005
Tonight was my first hostessing turn of Dinner Club - and it was a success, if I do say so myself. Total of 10 guests, plus me - 11 people for a home cooked dinner. Everyone was very complimentary of the entire meal, but especially my homemade spaghetti sauce (thanks Lacey for the recipe!) and the homemade fudge pie (although made with storebought pie crust, not scratch - I still haven't mastered that skill). The best compliment, though, is the very small amount of leftovers!
And yes, mom, you were right, the spaghetti took longer to cook than I anticipated. For some reason, the only pot that would boil was the one on the big burner. And I only have one of those.....so, we sorta ate in shifts. But it worked. Dishes are done, dishwasher running - now off to bed!
Here's the way it works: each Monday night a different member hosts the meal at their home. In return for preparing one meal, each member gets a bunch of free meals. I think there are 12-14 members at this point - sounds like a lot of people to cook for, but as is the way with all schedules, not every person can come every week. So essentially, you cook once, and spend the next 11-13 weeks having meals prepared for you!
Tonight is my first night to host Dinner Club. As much as I love to host people in my home, I have not perfected my "sit down dinner for a crowd" skills. So, we are having the relatively simple dinner of spaghetti, salad, bread, and for dessert a choice of strawberry shortcake or fudge pie. Yum.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
A is for age: 29 (really)
B is for booze: margaritas, Jack Daniel's, red wine
C is for career: CPA
D is for dad's name: James
E is for essential item to bring to a party: me, of course!
F is for favorite songs at the moment: My Heart, Your Home Watermark
G is for goof off thing to do: TV or reading
H is for hometown: Abilene, TX
I is for instrument you play: took piano for a few years, played viola off and on through MS/HS/college
J is for jam or jelly you like: grape jam
K is for kids: 0
L is for living arrangements: apartment
M is for mom's name: Lana
N is for name of good friend: too many to list!!
O is for overnight stays in hospital: zero (I think!)
P is for phobias: none
Q is for quotes you like: Friends are the family you choose yourself!
R is for longest relationship: best friends = 12+ years
S is for siblings: one sister (and now a bro-in-law)
T is for Texas: Home Sweet Home
U is for unique traits: umm...
V is for vegetables that you love: potatoes, squash
W is for worst trait: cynical
X is for X-rays you've had: one (I think from a car wreck in high school)
Y is for yummy food you make: chocolate chip cake, chunky monkey, kentucky derby pie, ......
Z is for zodiac sign: pisces
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
I have been priviliged the past few days to host my good friend Sarah. She is one of my very best friends - she reminded me just recently that we've known each other for 12 years! Hard to believe sometimes. Of course, that's what makes our friendship so good - it is comfortable and we know so much about each other that even after we haven't seen each other for a while, we fall back into easy conversation.
Sarah has been living in Manila, Philippines for the past two years teaching children of missionaries at Faith Academy. She came home for a visit this summer and has been making the circuit of Texas - visiting friends, family, supporters - and living practically out of her car (which I can imagine is getting pretty tiresome!).
So, while she needed to be in Dallas for a conference downtown this week, she crashed at my place. It has been so fun to have her there - it almost felt like we were roommates again. I'll get to see her for another weekend before she heads back across the ocean and probably get to take her to the airport.
God, thank you for friendships that are deep and abiding and can span the breadth of time and space!
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about my trying to conquer fear and learning how to do this thing called dating. Well, tonight I learned that it is a good thing sometimes to just ask the question: "so what are you thinking?"
Turns out that the guy that I have been seeing and I were both wondering the same thing. And we were both ready enough to know the answer to bring up the topic. It even turns out (God is funny this way sometimes) that we were really both in the same place. So, we aren't going to be "dating" anymore. And that is really ok with me.
I know that this experience has opened my eyes to lots of things about dating and relationships that I knew intellectually, but hadn't really experienced before. I know that I learned quite a bit about myself and the potential pitfalls that I need to learn to avoid in the future. I know there is still much for me to learn. But, it really was overall a good experience.
I just hope I remember some of these lessons the next time!
So far today I have:
- straightened my entire apartment (little things mostly, like putting away all my shoes and taking out the trash).
- washed, dried and folded two loads of laundry
- vacuumed and dusted
- taken a walk
- cleaned off my desk
And it is only 1:30! There are so many more little projects that I want to do - like clean out/reorganize my hall closet. But, I think I'm going to kick back for a while and read and relax first! I might even go out to the pool, but I haven't decided about that yet.
Then it'll be time to clean up and get ready for my dinner plans. Did I mention how much I love Saturdays? Hope you are all having a great day!
Friday, July 08, 2005
|You Are a Frappacino|
At your best, you are: fun loving, sweet, and modern
At your worst, you are: childish and over indulgent
You drink coffee when: you're craving something sweet
Your caffeine addiction level: low
I agree with most of this -- but my caffeine addiction of choice is Diet Coke, not coffee, so the low level might be a little misleading!
Think I've done this before, but don't remember if I posted it or not! Read it again on Bobbie's blog and decided to post here.
bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...
Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /
Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.
(I didn't count airplane touch-downs as a visit - Mom you can let me know if I missed any! :-)
Looks like I've got lots of places to visit!
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Over the past couple of years, I've been frequently in a melancholy/pensive mood. I don't really know what prompts this mood, and while it is not all together unusual for me, it has been more constant than other times in my past.
More and more often, I have caught myself wondering ..... who is that girl reflected in the mirror? The perception that I have of myself is somehow different than what I see reflected there. Different how, I don't really know. But different.
I see a more confident, serene woman in the mirror than I feel in my oft turbulent thoughts.
I see green eyes staring back at me that (to my perception) are somewhat shadowed and hidden, not clear and open.
I don't see the craziness that I feel when my thoughts tumble out of control and worries overtake my life.
I don't see the beauty, confidence and accomplishment that others tell me they see.
There is more that I see or don't see, but I can't really put it into words. But, somehow, the person in the mirror just isn't me. So, who am I, really? Who is this person that lives inside this body? This spirit? This heart?
What is going on in my world? What am I supposed to be doing, thinking, feeling.....? (as if there is a "right" answer...) Am I doing what God has intended for me to be doing? Am I really following Him? Will I recognize His command? Am I ready to give up my will for His?
Someone please tell me that these questions are not completely off-kilter and strange. That someone else has, at some point in their life, wondered some of the same things? And what did you do with those questions, those wonderings? What do I do with them?
Please don't wonder that I'm spiraling off the deep-end -- I promise that I am not. I just get to thinking (far too often, probably) and this is an outlet to get some of those thoughts out of my head.
Friday, July 01, 2005
My parents are coming to town this July 4 weekend. They are staying with the newlyweds this trip. Wonder how weird that will be? Just married one month and already hosting the parents/in-laws......
Anyway - I'm looking forward to the long weekend - maybe I can get caught up on some sleep, if nothing else.