Monday, December 30, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Wow, it's been a month since I wrote a post. I don't know if anyone even reads this blog, but if so, sorry for dropping off the face of the web like that. I'm still here, and I have ideas of things I want to write down. It just seems like I don't have the motivation to do so. I think most of my extra energy has all gone into dealing with the Graves Disease, and that has left me feeling drained and blue. Hopefully that will change soon, and I'll get back to blogging.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I went to the ER a couple of weeks ago because my heart was racing, and it seems I have hyperthyroidism. More than likely I have Graves' disease, which is an auto-immune disease that causes over-active thyroid.
Now, I'm not saying I'm glad I have this condition, because I'm not. I'm not looking forward to being a daily medicine taker for the rest of my life, for one thing. But, I am very happy to know that the tremors, racing heart, heat intolerance, and panic-attacks all have an actual cause (read: NOT hypochondria), and it's fairly easy to treat. Ain't medical science grand?
|That smile? Soooo not how I was really feeling. I was one sick girlie.|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|This is me.|
|This is how fast my heart was beating when I just sitting and doing nothing. (That's 120 beats per minute, in case you're wondering.)|
Monday, September 30, 2013
Careful what you wish. Careful what you say. Careful what you wish, you may regret it. Careful what you wish, you just might get it.Or in my case, be careful what you pray for.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Here he is!! My brand new nephew, Jonah, also know as the Little Flirt. That's right, at only a week old, he's already good with the ladies! I was holding him while he slept this evening, and I was trying to slowly coax him awake so he could eat. He started streeeetching and yaaaaawning and opening his eyes into little slits, so I thought I was making progress. Then, he fell back asleep! I called him a tease, and he gave this impudent little half-smile. Such a Little Flirt he is, trying to win his auntie over.
Thanks to all who prayed for my sister to have a good labor! It's much appreciated.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Remember how I said I love the band Mumford and Sons? Guess what I got to do this last weekend: I went to see them in concert! Specifically, I went to the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in the little town of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
For those who don't know, Mumford and Sons have their own label called "Gentlemen of the Road," and last summer and this they have hosted a series of weekend music festivals, which they call Stopovers, in small towns that don't normally get concert traffic. They invited about a dozen of their favorite bands to come out and perform on Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
this post last week, I discussed some of the good and the bad of my introversion/shyness. Rebecca left a lovely comment on the post about the 4 Temperaments, which I found very helpful. I looked up a 4 Temperaments test online and took it, and, surprise surprise, I'm a Melancholic!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I have two all-too-frequent frown lines between my eyebrows, because bright light causes a glare that makes me unconsciously furrow my brows in an attempt to protect my eyes.
Apparently, I look angry most of the time. I'm not, actually. But I've had several people tell me that I look like it, when all I'm doing is just sitting there and being!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
You know how little kids will hide behind their parent's legs when introduced to someone new? I'm 34 years old and that's still what I want to do when I meet new people! It's frustrating, lemme tell ya. It makes making friends hard-to-impossible, and going to a party FULL of people I don't know? DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE LEVELS OF STRESS THIS CAUSES!!!
|Being awkward: Because I couldn't possibly feel more like an ass than I already do.|
One of the worst things is that I think back on my life and wonder
Thursday, August 15, 2013
|Because what lord of creation doesn't need "Constant Elevation" plastered across his ass?|
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
You may be thinking to yourself, "Hunh? Who in the world loves their bone structure?! This lady is grasping at straws." Why yes, I am grasping at straws, thankyouverymuch. (It's a lot harder to find things I like/love about myself than I thought it would be.) But please, allow me to explain.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Yeah. I'm pretty sure that's me.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
|WOW! Look at all those days under 100. Downright chilly!|
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I am a thinker, and I love that about myself. I haven't always, though. There have been (and still are) times when my analytical mind has been frustrating. For example,
Thursday, August 1, 2013
post earlier this week, I shared that I am combatting negative thoughts that I think about myself. I am learning to love myself a little better, and I'm doing so by finding and sharing one thing about myself that I like or love every week.
I know that negative self-thinking is probably far more wide-spread than I realize, so consider yourself invited to join me in acknowledging your lovely, lovable qualities every Wednesday. If you have a blog and decide to share your lovely qualities with the blog-o-sphere in a post, please come share the link to the post in my combox so we can all go read about what makes you lovable!
But I have discovered something else...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I think we all need to be a little more charitable to ourselves. We need to recognize the lovely, funny, beautiful, and gifted parts of ourselves. We need to remember that we are lovable because God made us and loves us.
Now, keep in mind, I'm not advocating self-centeredness or narcissism. Just a healthy acknowledgment of the gifts and blessings God has actually given to each of us (which, by the by, is the part of the definition of humility).
So, that's what I'm going to do.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
|7 posts in 7 days really wore me out!|
Saturday, July 27, 2013
- Read Scripture more. I need to develop a daily Scripture reading habit, because how can I hear what God wants to say to me if I don't bother listening to his Word.
- Start working away at the rather large backlog of books in my personal library. You remember this picture:
Friday, July 26, 2013
1. Blogging every day is HARD. I guess my writing muscles are weak and flabby or something, because it is a real challenge for me to come up with the words to say every day. Especially when I'm drained after a day of work and an hour+ commute home.
2. I like writing, and I think I'll keep it up.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Something is missing, or I'm not doing something I should be doing. I can think of lots of things that fit this bill:
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
At my buddy Amy's suggestion:
Stuffed Pasta Shell Appetizer
Monday, July 22, 2013
|Behold my personal stash|
Sunday, July 21, 2013
The challenge: to write 7 blog posts in 7 days, starting Monday, July 22 (tomorrow!!!) and ending Sunday, July 28.
|This is me by the end of this week.|
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Kaboom Town in Addison, TX. Not only is the fireworks show fantastic, but the folks there know how to get the party STARTED, because this Independence Day event is always on July 3RD. That's 2 DAYS OF FIREWORKS IN A ROW, y'all!!
This cake is full of awesomeness. I want to make it, and then I want to eat it. Of course, my baking creativity doesn't really get much better than box cake mix, so an attempt to make it would likely be a big fail. But I would still eat it. Yeah, I think I've got that one covered.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
|My old, faithful, old, slightly rusty (did I mention old?) bike.|
Yeeeaaaahhh, that's the one. I love that feeling!
Recently James got a new bike, and I dragged out my old one from college. We've been trying to ride for a least a little bit every day, in an attempt to get more exercise than just walking from the car into work and back out again. Getting exercise outdoors in the face-melting heat that is the special
Friday, June 28, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Do you have any suggestions for stress-relief/relaxation that works for you and you think I should try?
Thursday, May 23, 2013
And you Can't. Stop. Thinking about it!
It itches and catches on things, and you keep finding yourself subconsciously rubbing at it. Eventually, you give in and start picking at it in earnest, working at it until you've peeled the darn thing off.
And then you start bleeding again. Of course.
Friday, May 17, 2013
So, in an effort to remind myself to smile and be positive:
Sunday, May 12, 2013
It begins in the heart and soul of a woman, long before a new life might start growing inside her. Indeed, it begins at her own conception. At the first moment of her life, motherhood is a part of her very being. A part of what she IS. She can't escape it, any more than she can escape herself.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Five long years. More than 60 heartbreaking months. Over 1,825 days of riding a rollercoaster of hopefulness, despondency, and aching resignation. God only knows how many more days, weeks, months, and years of the same are in my future.
I am infertile.
Friday, April 5, 2013
|Poor thing! He's exhausted from trying!|
It's a funny saying, isn't it. Of course you can't squeeze blood from a stone. It's ROCK, for crying out loud! It's cold and hard and just doesn't have any blood to give because it isn't alive.
So why do I seem to insist on squeezing, like a crazy person? Why do I want to yell, "If I just keep squeezing, keep trying, harder and harder, eventually I will get something out of this dang stone"?
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|Hopefully, I will be as awesome as this guy!|
Well, this has been a long time coming. The idea of starting a blog has niggled at the back of my mind for, ooohhh, 2-3 years now. I, however, have steadfastly ignored the siren's call of blogging using only the strength of my mighty, mighty procrastination skills. Impressed yet?
The niggling has persisted, and gotten more frequent, and so I have decided to cave in and give blogging a try. I don't know how successful this will end up being, but what the heck! I do a lot of thinking, and this may be a good place to work through and organize my thoughts. And if people want to chime in with their own thoughts and ideas, even better!!