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Thursday Things, 21 May 2015

The death of me.
I opened a Pinterest account last week.

I’d been fighting it for years, but at the (persistent) nudging of my sister, I opened an account.

I’m still fighting it (I only have a couple pins- sent by my sister), but I’m sure I’ll be a pinning pro before long.

(HELP!)

If you are a pinning pro, feel free to add me. I’m found at TheBloveLife.

Saturday’s Treat Meal

Will and I got Freddy’s to go Saturday night before the bad weather hit.

I ate their veggie burger sans “Freddy’s sauce” and thought it was delicious!

I got fries too.

I pretty sure I was stress eating (bad weather= burger & fries), nonetheless it was pretty darn good.

The “Dad Bod”

Let’s discuss the latest discussion to sweep the Internet-:

The Dad Bod

I know there are tons of opinions out there, and I have to know- what do you think?

This sermon on loving the Church

It kind of ties into what I was saying Friday. It’s number three- Unity

The Fog

I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again. I’m a huge perfume hoarder.

It’s a problem, really.

I don’t always like to use my “nice” (read: expensive) stuff for everyday at work. I’d rather save it for dates with Will.

We both needed new “everyday” type perfume/cologne, so I did some quick looking and turns out Walgreens is currently having a half price sale on their knockoff brands!

The idea of two for the price of one was too good to pass up, so we spent about 15 minutes in their fragrance aisle spraying and testing a variety of fragrances. Some good, some not so good.

We both completely fogged the joint and had headaches from all the various smell combining. Haha

We each bought two, and spent less than $25. Real life. I find mine smells just as good, but the staying power is weaker. Other than that, I consider the outing a success!

The itsy bitsy huge, numerous spiders

We’ve gotten about two feet of rain over the last 10 days.

Real life.

Apparently large quantities of rain flush spiders from their dwellings and often indoors for shelter.

That means they’re freaking EVERYWHERE.

Guys. I’m not kidding. In the span of five minutes last Sunday we found three in various locations.

The bad news is, we have about a million chances for rain this week.

The good news is, I’m having Will barricade us in with lots of bug spray.

The super long one
Today I started a five day vacation! Woo hoo! Memorial Day weekend fell on my usual Friday off, so I added Thursday to the mix and created a lovely recipe for relaxation!

The days quickly filled with various events and outings, but I’m thankful for the time off and hope to enjoy myself, and even clean out our closet.

Party Time, Excellent!

Guys. I had the weirdest dream ever a couple nights ago.

I was in a vehicle with a lady I barely know from work (seriously- hardly know this woman), and we were chatting it up like we had been longtime pals.

Will strolled up and stood outside the window and talked about how happy he was we were talking (I can’t remember what it was about).

Then.

Then

He started talking all crazy. Saying stuff like “Party time! Ex-cell-ent!” In a total Cali voice.

Not kidding.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we kept talking and at some point in the conversation he says something weird and then says some odd word I’d never heard him say before and made a weird gesture.

What the heck!?

I remember being totally confused in the dream.

Thankfully, my alarm clock woke me so I didn’t have to endure the uncharacteristic oddities of my husband.

As I tried to dissect what just occurred, it hit me.

I was dreaming my husband was part of Wayne’s World and mimicking their words and actions.

(WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME AND WHAT DOES THIS MEAN!?)

Weirdest part about it?

Im pretty sure I only saw the movie once… Over twenty years ago.

Psychedelic dreams.

Should I get a pregnancy test?

In an instant
On Memorial Day 2008, Will and I flew into Oklahoma City to make our lives here after three years of life in Kuwait.

It feels just like yesterday, and sometimes it makes my heart a little sad.

That’s it for today, friends. Check in tomorrow. For now, I’m going to enjoy my day off! 

The One with Family Fun & a Look Ahead

This.

Weekend things

Weekend things

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Weekend things

Chicks! 🐀
Chicks! 🐀
Boo
Lots of green

Enjoying the nice weather

Loving lulu

Pepper flowers!

We had a lovely weekend. Lunch with ladies I love, a belated Mother’s Day dinner with Will’s parents (and a visit to see baby chicks!), house stuff, lunch with my parents, hanging with my family, praying for no storms, workouts, church, and rest.

I’m pumped for this week because it’s a short work week and an extra long weekend. Woo hoo!

Check in this week for

May Ipsy!
The 400 workout
Thursday Things
And more!

I hope you had a great weekend! 

Thursday Things, 14 May 2015

Going crazy
So my site is completely crashing anytime I try to link a webpage to my post.

It’s inconvenient, and makes me want to scream.

I have no idea what’s causing it, and I apologize in advance for the big fat full link I’m about to post below. Ha!

Nacho Average Nachos

Yep. I’m over 30, and I really did just say that.

I made Will How Sweet’s carnita nachos last weekend.

(Not) health food.

Actually, I ate them too, sans meat (and bought cantina style tortilla chips instead of making my own).

They are ridiculous in the best way possible.

Total game day food.

Not healthy.

Not even close.

If you’re looking for an at-home treat meal, make it. You can thank me later.

(Here’s the full link http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/05/crispy-carnitas-oven-nachos-with-homemade-tortilla-chips/)

Aveeno Protect & Hydrate

It’s time to think about more comprehensive sun protection, and Aveeno’s Protect & Hydrate fits the bill.

I received a sample from Crowdtap and couldn’t wait to try it.

I don’t know about you, but during the summer, the less goo and stickiness, the better. I love that this stuff is a two in one and not only provides SPF, but ample moisture too.

Lunch Bunch

Girls, I’m so excited! I’m having lunch with two of my most favorite former coworker ladies tomorrow.  I haven’t seen one in a couple years (though we’ve kept in touch via email).

Im already trying to figure out how to keep our chat to just an hour so I can get back to work in time.

I can’t wait to see them, and I can’t even take it. Eeep!

TBT

Today’s TBT comes courtesy of the Poconos!

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That’s where we took our honeymoon and stayed in a totally fun newlywed suite. Good times!

Download This Song NOW

Song

Hillsong Touch the Sky

It’s my totally jam right now. Watch out if you’re in the car with me.

For real.

Download it. You won’t regret it. So so so good.

Wherein I turned 55 overnight
Soooo, I bought my first pair of old lady pants last week.

True story.

They’re pull on straight leg dress pants with a “flattering waistband for a slimmer look.”

In my defense, they had excellent reviews- and not just from grannies, either.

I bought them, stressed over them, tried them on, stared, took them off, stared at them on the bed…

Then I asked for honest opinions. My mom and sister said I was crazy. That they looked great and not granny-ish at all.

Will didn’t understand how dress slacks could have no zipper.

He was perplexed. He said the zipper thing like ten times.

Anyway, I decided to keep them. Just call me me-maw.

That’s it today. Any randomness you care to share?

The One with Mother’s Day and a Garage Sale & Look Ahead

No filter needed. His name is great and greatly to be praised.

Truth

Garage sale prep

Everything's rosy

Will loves Layla's trike

My friend Elsa.

My jam.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Weekend things

Garage sale-ing

Playing with miss pigtails.

The dog bed: just her size. πŸ˜‚

My favorite kids

A loaded weekend! Garage sale (which was a complete bust because of bad weather hmmm), lots of fun family time and meals together, more garage sale action Saturday, house stuff, workouts, meal prep, relaxation, early Mother’s Day celebration, and church.

It was a wonderful weekend full of my most favorite people!

I hope yours was too. What did you do!?

I hope you’ll check in this week. I’ve got a lower body workout, Thursday things planned, and more!

trust(in the midst of a storm)

The OKC metro experienced a tornado outbreak earlier this week.

Yep. Just like a bad rash or contagious disease, there are such things as tornado “outbreaks.”

I don’t work close to home anymore. So anytime these storms start to develop, I literally have mere minutes to decide whether I’m going to stay where I am, or if I have enough time to make it home.

It completely stresses me.

I decided to go home Wednesday, along with half the metro.

The roads were getting congested, and rain started to fall.

I turned on the radio and there was already a tornado south of OKC, with more rotating areas on the way.

I gripped the steering wheel in fear and tried to steady my breath.

You see, no matter how long I’ve lived here, I don’t handle storms well. at all.

I knew I didn’t want to stay at work. I knew I just wanted to be home. However, I had to get from A to B and trust God to get me there safely.

My mind flashed back to Sunday’s message on prayer.

At the end of the service, our campus pastor handed out cards and asked us to write down one word that epitomized something we needed prayer for.

I wrote down the word “trust.”

This year had a rocky start. God is helping me work on my trust every single day. Perhaps I’ll share that story another day.

We then exchanged the card with someone around us, and committed to praying for each other this week.

We then prayed collectively about the word we chose and asked that the Lord reveal Himself this week in a very clear way.

Right on cue, the following morning the Lord used my Bible app’s “verse of the day” to remind me of His love and plan for my life- and need to trust Him. It’s a verse I think about often, and I know it was no coincidence to see it Monday morning. 

Verses

He knew I needed to see that verse, and it truly blessed me.

The powerful storms Wednesday were by far the biggest lessons I faced on trust this week.

Believe me, trust was definitely going through my mind as I creeped along busy highways trying to get home.

It reminded me of a well known story in Mark I’d read earlier this week.

Mark told the story of Jesus walking on water in chapter 6. Jesus sent the disciples on a boat over to Bethsaida while he stayed behind.

That night, the waves began to crash against the boat and hindered their progress. The disciples found themselves straining to move the boat.

Jesus watched their efforts and began to walk toward them on the water.

What happened next makes me laugh a little. In fact, I’m positive Jesus had a sense of humor.

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Jesus began to walk past the boat, almost as if to pass on by. It makes me smile a little. It’s like he siked them out.

Instead of recognizing him, the disciples were completely terrified and thought he was a ghost!

Yep, the guys that spent more time with him the last years of his life than anyone else thought Jesus was a ghost.

Real life.

Jesus watched his friends completely spin their wheels (and maybe even lose their minds for a second with the whole ghost thing), and He told them not to be afraid, to take courage, because He was there.

And he climbed in the boat and the waves calmed.

And as I thought about that story driving home, I began to calm a little, too.

So often I spin my wheels and row in my own power trying to get to “Bethsaida,” only to have the waves of life come around me.

Like the disciples, I strive, worry, and wonder if Jesus just passed me by and left me to fend for myself.

(News alert- He didn’t. He will never leave us nor forsake us.)

I laugh when I think I’m in control of my life. Sure, the Lord has granted us free will to make our own decisions, but ultimately, He is in control.

Ultimately, as we go from point A to point B, whether it’s feverishly going home to avoid a storm, or feverishly wrought with worry and fear because of a diagnosis, or a betrayal, or disappointment, He is still sovereign God and is in control.

He doesn’t walk on by when the waves of life crash about. He tells us to take courage, because He is there.

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No matter if the waves keep crashing or subside, He is there. In the boat. Providing peace for his beloveds.

Do we believe it? Do we trust it?

I struggle to trust it.

I truly believe the Lord illuminated all of these things to me this week, during the visceral thunderstorms of life, to remind me He’s ever present during the private storms life brings, too.

As if to further confirm what I already knew to be true (but have a hard time grasping sometimes), yesterday morning, after a night of wild storms, the Lord provided yet another very clear reminder to trust Him.

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Everything He does is worthy of trust. It’s not about what I want or how I think things should go. It’s about trusting a God who desires our holiness and works for our good in all things. Even the things we don’t understand yet.

I can unequivocally say the Lord heard my prayers this week and showed up in a big way. I’m still a pupil in the school of trust (and will always be because I need him so), but I definitely learned a couple lessons.

Praying as you go from point A to B in whatever literal or figurative storm you’re facing today, you know He is with those who have surrendered their hearts to Him. Trust His word to be true, and trust everything He does is worthy of it. 

Thursday Things, 7 May 2015

Last weekend Will found a snake in our driveway.

It’s not the first time this has happened. However, it was the first time something other than a garter snake was in our yard!

Yikes!🐍
That was no garter snake. It bowed up to Will and wouldn’t back down.

Real life.

Because we always go in pairs.
I walked in on someone using the restroom last week.

I’m not sure who was more embarrassed/annoyed- me or her.

In my defense, the door was marked “green” for empty and was not “red” for occupied, so it was open season.

Still… It’s a little awkward having to see that person in the finance review meeting after our tango in the bathroom. 😐

In too deep

Remember the garage sale I mentioned a few weeks ago?

I was right. Totally right. We’re a complete mess.

I have a feeling weeks later we’re going to realize there’s tons of stuff we should have sold but didn’t because we were too busy scrambling to get everything else together in preparation for the event.

Do you know how much work garage sales are?

Of course you do.

Whatever happened to putting everything in the lawn? Now you have to rent tables and get permits and all sorts of other red tape.

Say a prayer we score some serious cold hard cash.

Or at least get rid of Will’s DVD collection.

Street Outlaws
Soooo, I pretty much have a “celebrity” citing (?) every week.

I say “celebrity” citing with a question mark, because I’m not entirely sure people on a network reality show count?

It does, right? It totally does. They’re on national TV and have had multiple seasons.

Why would I even question it. Who do I think I am!?

Anyway, the Street Outlaws and I workout at the same gym, and apparently have for years.

On my Fridays off, they’re always there. My mom and dad are big fans of the show and always text me when they have a citing.

I’d never really watched it until recently, so I had no idea who was who.

So yeah. Fun fact.

If you’re a fan of the show I could probably score you an autograph between their bench press sets.

Things I need to learn

How to sew.

I needed very minor repairs on three pairs of work pants. However, since I can pretty much only sew a button (real life), I figured I better leave stitching a small hole to the professionals.

Turns out I would have been better on my own.

It was supposed to just take a week.

I went two weeks ago and she needed more time because of the prom rush.

I went the week after, and she had forgotten about me… And couldn’t find my clothes!

Insert the part where I completely internally freaked out in my mind while faking calm and order.

She said they were probably at her house, and she would call to confirm.

She never called.

She was closed over the weekend and thankfully called earlier this week and said she had my clothes.

Turns out they were done three weeks ago but every time she looked for the three items she never found them...because there were two black items and they looked like only one.

Sheesh.

Anyway, crisis averted. Sanity (mostly) intact.

Kindred hearts
I don’t have time in today’s post to tell you my story about kindred spirits and the Anne Shirleys in my life (perhaps I’ll explain one day).

However, I am compelled to share how incredibly blessed I am to have a friend with such a beautiful heart of God, obedient and tender to the Holy Spirit. So much so, that she has this unique ability to text me throughout the week when I need it most. I’m so blessed by those rare friendships, and even more blessed by Jesus and the fact that He loves me enough to show it in such beautiful people who share and love His word. Not to mention the beautiful quiet moments I get alone with Him, too!

This week’s TBT comes courtesy of Mother’s Day.

Brittny Flint-2 years old & Mom

I’m not a mom, and am not sure if I ever will be, but there are lots of moms I love, including this one...mine!

That’s it for today, beauties. Any randomness you care to share?

Have a wonderful day!

Tech at the Turn of the Century: Deep Talks

It’s Tuesday and I’ve got nothing.

Typically when people have nothing to say...they don’t say anything.

It only seems wise and appropriate.

I, however, decide to scramble together a thoughtful (thoughtful? Ha! Who are we kidding?) post simply because

I HAVE TO POST ON TUESDAY.

Which is hilarious.

I crack myself up.

You know, pretty much 99% of my posts back I’m the early days were based on absolutely nothing. I’d sit in front of the computer with nothing to say and manage to cover newlywed antics we all could relate to.

And side note, do any of us sit in front of the computer to post anymore? I sit in front of a computer all.day.long. at work, but all my blog and “fun” stuff is done on my phone or iPad.

Hence all the weird autocorrects or typos I never catch until after I publish.

Sorry about that.

Want to know something that makes me feel super old?

When Will and I were first married (and dirt poor), we didn’t have our own computer.

I was still in school, so I had to do all my homework and papers at my parent’s house or the school library.

Do people even go to the library to use the computers anymore?

I have no idea.

Since we’re talking tech stuff and feeling old, I also remember the first text message I ever got in my life.

Yes, there was a time when texts didn’t exist, kids.

I was sitting in class and Will sent me one. I don’t even remember what it said. All I can remember was staring at the screen- the black Nokia screen that everyone had back in 2003-thinking “What in the what is this?! It’s like an email message on my phone… From my fiancΓ©!” πŸ˜‚

Dying.

So yeah, who says I don’t have anything meaningful to share today?! We just discussed technology at the turn of the century.

Brilliant.

Do you guys like these random-y posts? I often have. I idea what to share on Tuesdays, and if you have any ideas, I’m all ears! smile

The Weekend of Major Sporting Events

Weekend things
Yikes!🐍

Truth.

Truth.

Weekend things

Weekend things

My dogs are pretty boring.

My dogs are pretty boring.

Special time with my sweet girls

Special time with my sweet girls

Weekend things
Weekend things

Weekend things

Baptism Sunday!

Royal baby, Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs, NFL Draft, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Lots of exciting television to watch this weekend. 😊

Which left me lacking in meaningful pictures.

I did manage to snap a few. smile

Amidst all the above fun, we also caught the new Avengers movie, I spent time with P and Layla over breakfast and crafts, time with my family, time with friends, and baptism Sunday.

A good weekend indeed. What about you?

Now it’s time to conquer Monday.

Thanks for checking in, and I hope you’ll stop by this week! 

(Tuesday) Thursday Things

Technically today is “Tuesday Things,” but since I usually post these on Thursdays, I had to hold true.

Plus Thursday Things just sounds better, yes?

As mentioned, we rented a professional steam vacuum last weekend and did an overhaul on our carpets.

Oh.my.stars.

All the brown water.

Yikes!

I like to think I keep our house tidy, but steam cleaning the carpets did a number on me. Will said pretty much everyone’s carpets are like that (unless they steam clean a lot!), but it didn’t make me feel better.

Remember the Everybody Loves Raymond when Debra buys one for her house and there’s tons of dirty water, but when they do Marie’s carpet it’s completely clear water? πŸ˜‚

Boz caught a cookie Layla dropped on the floor last weekend and was bouncing off the walls soon thereafter.

He was so funny, and so happy! He sat on Will’s lap with this giant happy smile on his face, with arms swaying. Watch this. Hilarious!

Knockout!
One of the greatest boxing fights in recent history is this weekend.

Will and I don ‘t follow boxing, but who doesn’t know the success of Mayweather and Pacquiao?

We planned on getting the fight… And then found out it’s $100! For real.

If you’re a big boxing fan I could see it, but since we’re amateurs… Eh…

The Earth is shaking
Things sure are moving and shaking around here!

Did you know Oklahoma is on a fault line? True story.

We been having an increase in earthquakes over the last couple of years, and last weekend we had six earthquakes in the metro!

I am also praying for those in Nepal. What an awful catastrophe. My heart goes out to them.

More and more sings of the times on the eschatological clock.

At your service
Will and I started serving at church, and my heart hasn’t felt this full in a long time.

I feel serving is such a huge component in drawing near to God, and it was one missing in my life. It is such a blessing to serve Jesus!

What makes it even better is that my parents are serving alongside us, so it’s an extra special treat. Wee!

Things we wish were not forever etched in pictures

I found a host of horrifying pictures from my childhood recently.

Weekend things

Guys, I went through a four year phase of complete ugly. It was awful. My sister and I did manage to have a laugh at our expense. Good times.

I almost shared one for today’s TBT… But they’re just that embarrsssing.

Instead...
the girls in vallderosa
Here’s one of me and P in Vallderosa.

I want to go back!

Still dying over Chickfila coffee.
We had new tires put on the old Honda last weekend and I made Will take me there while we waited.

Seriously. Their coffee is ridiculous in the best possible way.

That’s all for today. Anything you care to share?

Thursday Things, 23 April 2015

It’s Arts Festival week here in OKC.

Which means I ate like complete junk the day I visited.

The art is fantastic, trust me.

However, I only spend money on the food.

I know.

Go ahead and judge.

Mr. Clean
Will and I are spring cleaning this weekend! Wee!

Will volunteered to steam vac our carpets.

Twice.

And then I’ll be doing my usual once over on the house.

We’re also garage sale prepping.

I have a feeling I’ll end up preoccupied helping him move furniture and an assortment of other fun chores unrelated to my actual once over.

I love missing work to do more work. Ha!

The Land Before Time

Im having blog troubles, ya’ll.

If my blog were a person it would be Betty White...except totally uncool.

It’s old. Real old.

I’m struggling with what to do about the ancientness of this space for many reasons.

For the foreseeable future things are going to stay the same, but trust me, I know you probably feel like you’re in a time warp anytime you stop by.

Let’s make it a thing for now.

A cool, hip, seasoned, retro-chic, Betty White-esque thing.

Fuller House
Am I the only one sort of on the fence about Full House coming back?

Don’t get me wrong, I loved, totally loved, the show growing up.

In fact, I could probably sing the theme song scene now!

But, I’m kinda worried it will be a let down. You know the saying, “you can never go home”?

Like that. But for TV.

Regardless, I’m going to watch. I mean, it’s Full House!

How I Know I Live in Oklahoma
Because I make casseroles on a somewhat consistent basis.

I think quintessential casseroles evolved out of southern and Midwestern kitchens decades ago, and they’re still serving them up to their children’s children’s children to this very day.

Without any modifications whatsoever.

If you ever go to a potluck here, you can guarantee 75% of the dishes are going to be casseroles.

The other 25% are desserts.

Anyway, I made a winner last night and am going to force it upon you. Whether you live in Connecticut, California, or any other non-casserole state. Haha

This picture was taken ten years ago

Qatar 2005

TEN!

We went to Qatar to renew my visitors visa.

Sometimes it feels just like yesterday.

Rake Up the Makeup
Here’s my plug to remind you to send any products my way if you’re thinking about doing so! The more the merrier. ❀️ Please just shoot me a note- blove at the blovelife dot com!

That’s all the randomness for today. Check in tomorrow sweets!

I’m off to load the steam vac and get things going!

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