Friday, July 31, 2015

Long talks, short nights, and lots of coffee

Good gracious, it's finally Friday. Why has this week been so stupid?

I've had a lot of enjoyable moments, but overall, I could have done without this week. Can you hear my eyes rolling?
Nom nom:

I haven't gotten my delivery from Blue Apron yet, so we're still on our own for dinner ideas. (I still can't figure out where my cooking skills/initiative went over the past year)

Last night was my turn, and I had a great idea. Chicken breast, red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus. Seasoned with fresh rosemary (from his house), basil (from my mom), and garlic.

It was very yummy. I don't like to use chicken breast at home often as it turns out dry, but this was moist, and the rosemary/basil/garlic soaked in nicely.

Unfortunately our schedule for the evening didn't coincide with my plan for dinner, so we just ate this part. I had fresh Parmesan, garlic bread, and salad lined up, but ran out of time. It's ok. It's 196 degrees in Oklahoma right now, and we were in a hurry. Quick, light dinners are just fine.
 Here comes a feeling:

After our evening wound down we discussed some deeper topics for an hour or so. ...over donuts, of course.

In my past having conversations about important issues would scare me. I'm always afraid that my position on certain topics will disagree with someone else, and I'll end up feeling inadequate or wrong. ?? I know, always too concerned.

Anyway, that wasn't the case last night.

Relationships deepen when you have discussions like this. You get to know each other better, and, you learn to trust more. You have to truly trust a person in order to share things that hurt, things that really matter, and things that scare you.

I feel loved. I feel valued. I feel safe.

On the lighter side:

I also feel tired! I haven't slept well most nights lately. I don't know why. Stupid body. I know part of it is lack of exercise, lower water intake, stress, and the heat.

Here's to coffee today, and naps ALL WEEKEND!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TWPICK Thursday, Caught in the Act, and gee your hair smells terrific!

Back to tradition. It's TWPICK Thursday, and you know what the means....tomorrow is Friday!!!!

I didn't make to to R4G last night, nor did I go workout this morning. I'm going tomorrow morning though, so stop judging me. My track partner is on vaca so I scheduled workout #2 for Friday this week. Premeditated = totally ok.


We are in Acts 21 right now. Can you believe it? So much reading done!

I've covered Acts 21-23 this week, and am not near the end of Paul's imprisonment/trial. Geez, those people really wanted to hate him. They didn't have a reason, but they weren't giving up. Paul remained transparent, not denying his past nor his present. He openly admitted to killing Christians, but wholeheartedly admitted to serving Christ. Through threats of beatings, whippings, and years of imprisonment he remained steadfast in his belief, and knew that the God of man would deliver him; even if that meant death.

We cling to this life so tightly. Our family, our job, our possessions, our schedules. I can't imagine doing something that would risk my plans for the weekend. It is hard to imagine giving up love in this life for love in a far away future. The truth is, it may not be so far away...  If I was to walk into the office one day only to be told I was about to be imprisoned for my beliefs, would I stand and accept it with a calm soul, or would I run and hide? If I clearly heard God tell me to leave everything, and everyone, behind to follow a path He is laying before me, could I? Could I put off the dream of a family? My plans for travel? My hope for new traditions on the horizon?

How do we throw off the chains of this life to embrace the life given by the creator of life itself?

There is no way to know what God will ask of any of us, other than obedience. I can't sit around wondering what He will ask me to give up, or pass up. My real fear is that if I dwell on it too much, those things will become too important to me, and He WILL ask me to give them up.

How can we keep God and His will at the top of our list, but still plan and have hope for our future here?

What are your thoughts and strategies?

Little things make my day better. You all know that. Today, it's my hair. More specifically, the way it smells. Just a reminder around me all day of a place I love to be.


We're close to the weekend. PLANS????

Is there anything today that takes you to your happy place?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What's the fortune Wednesday, whipped cream and couch forts make me smile.

It has been one of those days.

I don't have any amazing advice for you, nothing deep for you to contemplate.

It's just a Wednesday.

I did get on the subject of fortune. What it is, what it can be, and how to view it.

I am fortunate (or feel like I've hit the jackpot) because of:

Being trusted
My home and many possessions (silly, American, but true)

I have so much more that makes me feel fortunate, and so much of that really is just 'stuff'. God has shown me amazing things so far in life, and I know He has so much in store. Whether I have 'stuff' all my life, or just my life, I AM FORTUNATE.

When I can't pull myself out of my funk, I can always have my official 'Having A Crappy Day' lunch:

We need more whipped cream here!

I also can make a couch fort. I did that last night.

Swanson (Ron, not the chicken broth)

That gets me through a lot of things. :)


What makes you smile through it all?

Whipped cream: can or tub? 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday is not Monday, that's why we're doing all the things!

Soooo many pictures!!!!!! 

I did make it to the gym this morning, thank you very much. I worked up a sweat like nobody's business. Really. Nobody wanted any part of that business, it was gross. We are in week 4 of the 12 week program. It's not going the way it was intended, as we both slacked last week due to school work (her) and vacation (moi). Regardless, we aren't giving up. She has gained 2 lbs since school started and I'm just not at the fitness level I'd like to be. We will keep going, and I'll keep you posted on our progress.

Today: 7 mins, 2 rounds each. Repeat.

10 burpees
20 jump lunges
24 step up w/ knee up
15 sumo squats

100 reps jump rope
24 walking lunges
30 reverse lunge w/knee up
15 jump squats

We finished almost 2 rounds of each, only being a bit short on the 4th exercise of the second round. Dead. D.E.D Dead.

Yay fitness. I'm eating free Oreo's that I discovered in the lunch room right now...

I did so many things!

So, you're dying to know what I did on my trip? Of course you are!

I flew to Tampa on Tuesday. My friends on Parks and Rec kept me company while I waited for my turn to board, because you know I got there way too early. 

I had some crappy Starbucks, and then took a nap on the plane.

 Packing for a beach vacation is easy. Shorts, shirts, swimsuit.

Ahhhh, toes in the sand.

After landing in Tampa, I picked up my rental car and zipped over to Clearwater to meet some friends. We spent all afternoon in the water. We watched "dolphins" nearby (thanks shark week for scaring me), and got a little tan.

Late afternoon rolled around and we parted ways. I headed north to Spring Hill for sister/nephew/niece time. Yay! I spent the next 3 days running, drinking coffee, and hanging out.

This was the SunCoast trail. No attacks, just a lot of sweat. This trail goes all the way to Tampa. I went all the way to the 1.5 mile marker and turned around.

I found a fantastic coffee shop called Buddy Brew in Tampa. 2 locations, one was super hipster, the other was very chic. Sister, neice and I had a great time exploring both. It was new to them also, as they had never heard of it. It's fun to find new things in your own backyard.

 The chic branch was at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa and it was as fancy as it sounds. I felt like I was standing in a Restoration Hardware catalog.

This was in the women's bathroom....

Thursday evening we went to Hamburger Mary's in historic Ybor City. So fun. Cuban sandwich (salami, ham, pickle, swiss) and a drag queen show. :) I didn't know I could laugh that hard.

They made us feel like frumpy, dumpy 'women' compared to them. Beautiful? Yes, you could say they were. It's ok, it doesn't make you weird.

Friday morning I headed back to the airport, but not without a pit stop at the hipster Buddy Brew for a going away snack.

A 2 hour flight (with reading and sleeping).

I normally don't fly American Airlines, but had no choice this time. I will say, they did get something right that the other airlines don't. They gave each passenger the entire can of soda instead of just the small cup.

American Airlines, way to go!

(I won't talk about how they 'overbooked' both flights, had to courtesy check numerous bags, and were pretty rude in general)

Home sweet home. It felt so good to get back in my own vehicle, and another 2 hours later, pull into my driveway.

Co-garden went crazy in my absence. I'm loading everyone up with tomatoes these days.

Those that grow together, ....grow together.


I've got a man crush. He got me a new mug. So now I have a man/mug crush. Ways to win my heart:

1: Make me coffee
2: Buy me coffee
3: Be coffee

Or just be awesome, that works too.


What did you do while I was gone?

Did you do all the things? 

Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm baaaaaaack!!!

Oh blog friends, how are you??

I'm a little more tan, a little more tired, and a little more tense. Back to reality, but back to the good part of reality.

I went to Florida last week, in case you didn't know. I stayed with my sister, nephew, and niece. I ran some, I slept some, I swam some, and I ate some.

I'll share all the deets with you tomorrow, ugh, I just used 'deets', I hate that. I have some pictures to share also.

For today lets just take a moment of silence for our loss of freedom because we had to come back to work......


The 2 best, best, best parts of the whole trip were seeing Prell in Florida, and the dude came home. Getting away from it all is much better when some of it is still around. I had a fantastic time with my 'home' gal on vacation, and a fantastic time coming home to see my fave.

Thanks for checking back today. I hope you weren't too disappointed that I wasn't around a lot last week. Even part-time bloggers need a break, right?

I found this crease on a page in my current read. I love this. Someone was enjoying this very book at some time, and just for a moment, we are connected in the same story.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Friday, and this week we're doing all the things today!!!!

Hello there! Greetings from SEOK.

It's hot, it's hot, and it's hot.

The good news today is that it's my FRIDAY!!!! Shhhh, don't tell anyone, I don't like my business being made public. I will tell you that I won't be at work for the rest of the week, but I'm not saying what I'm doing. So don't go snooping around my house trying to find out where I am. Weirdos.

I plan to run this week, so I have that going for me. I'll keep you posted on how it goes, and if I keep up with R4G's half marathon training.

Today I get my new tooth too! So hillbilly.

Since I won't be available much this week, I thought I'd share all the things I've been doing since last (real) Friday.


I visited my parents, brother, SIL, nephews, and niece!

Dad isn't a big fan of pictures. Sometimes I can get him to pose, but this trip was not one of those times. Mom was all for it though! Don't we look
like twins?


I was in charge of my older brother while we floated the river. I had to make sure he wore a PFD. Mom was proud.

 I was also in charge of making sure SIL didn't wear a black shirt because it was so hot out. This was before the float trip, already melting. It was STUPID hot outside.

One nephew went to town with me, and he got a special drink because he wanted to hang out with his auntie. He also gave his life to Christ last week at Falls Creek, and placed membership at his church. One proud Aunt!

I had waffles with peanut butter and chocolate chips. When you're at mom's you don't have to diet, right?

Waffle baby in there. Blarch.

Harvested in co-garden last night. My neighbor is getting a bundle of tomatoes and basil. Mmmmmmm. She's one lucky neighbor.

Wish you were here!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday, please go quickly, and say some prayers.

It's here: Friday. I say that without an exclamation mark because it's with limited excitement.

Good things about this Friday:

  • I came to work late because I was at church camp. 
  • I got to have a 1.5 hr drive with the dude this morning.
  • I have coffee.
  • It IS Friday.
  • I'm going to see the parental units today.
  • It's payroll day.
  • I look nice.

Bad things about this Friday:

  • It's payroll day.
  • The beardface leaves today.
  • I'm not tan.
  • It's crazy busy at the office.

Regardless of how I weigh the situtation, it IS a good day. God gave me this day, and I won't squander it.
Jesus + nothing = EVERYTHING

This is faith + girl crying here. Last night's sermon at the cabin took my little battered heart and loved it, and petted it, and squeezed it, and called it George.

I've read a lot, and talked a lot, and thought a lot about not focusing on my 'works'. Works without faith are dead. (James 2) What I never considered was MY FOCUS on my 'Jesus thing' works. I know that I can't volunteer my way into heaven. I can't tithe my way into heaven. I can't even read my bible into heaven. Those are just things I do in my Christian walk because they are good and/or I enjoy them. I know those things won't get me to heaven, but what I hadn't considered was my neglect of other things WHILE doing those things. The negative space. If you are doing one thing, then you are surely NOT doing another. If my mind is busy making lists, or trying to help someone get connected to a church group, or trying to put together a blog post about my recent study in Acts, what am I neglecting to do?

Have I forgotten to forgive myself for past sin? Have I forgotten to pray about the scripture I'm reading? Have I forgotten to walk like Jesus while I was busy trying to look like him through works?

When God said that nothing we do can get us there, He meant it. Nothing. No earthly action. We should do good things, but they aren't the point.

Jesus + nothing = EVERYTHING 

When I face judgement day, will God know me by name, or only by the name tags I wear with my job title on it? 

Say a prayer for safe travels. Many of us will take to the roads and sky in the next few days. Not only should we pray for sharp attention on our part, but that of others traveling as well, so that no one causes an accident. Pray for health, rest, relaxation, and patience.

I want all of you to be right back here every single day, and I know you want me back too. And what good is my blog if I don't have stories to share about others? Let's make sure they make it home safe (and quick) as well.

See you Monday for a weekend recap, and virtual hugs!!! 

Where are you going this weekend?

When was the last time God's word really spoke to you?


Thursday, July 16, 2015

TOWPICK Thursday, running..., and other things.

It's not my Friday, but it's pretty close; it's TOWPICK Thursday!!!

Are you sick of this outfit yet? Too bad! It's my blog and I'll wear what I want.


Tonight we're off to Falls Creek for some worship jammin', and fun-havery. God gave us a beautiful place to gather and praise Him, and while we're there, we like to laugh and be silly. Following Christ isn't all about 'rules' and having to say no to everything. There's lots of silliness, and pranks, and weird whatevers that go on at church camps, because we're all friends and love each other...right?

I don't really think I'll be running around with glow sticks in my hair singing camp songs, but it probably will be happening somewhere on the campus.

No matter what my role is, I've got a high spirit about it, and that famous big dumb smile on my face.


Last night was my first meeting with the R4G girls. First we watched the President's speech via the White House website, then got down to business. with endurance the race that is set out before us...Hebrews 12:1b

This was a great lesson for me to start on. Remembering to stay strong, and steady, and not give up. In the face of adversity we must remain faithful to our God. A great way to keep our sights on Him and be able to guide others is to have His word written on our hearts. We've talked about taking time to read and learn from the bible. If we don't, how can we find comfort in scripture? How can we share hope with others? If someone opposes our view, how can we stand up for what is right and true, if we don't know how to explain it?

This lesson was a reminder for me that I must keep reading, learning, and asking for help. As a country we need to keep believing, and trusting in God. As Christians we must forgive others, and forgive ourselves.

Don't let today's sin ruin tomorrow's salvation.

The running part: Last night's workout was an easy slow 2 miles. This was good since I have a bum toe and it was 100+ degrees. I didn't time it, but it was less than 20 mins. I didn't meet workout friend at the gym today as she has a big test for school already! Study, study, study.
Here comes a feeling

Girls, do you find that as you've gotten older more mature, you can get over emotional issues faster?

I do. You've heard my advice of 'Cry it out, Sleep it off, Get over it' before. It works. But what if you're crying it out, planning to sleep it off, and then the game changes? Suddenly everything is right, and you're no longer upset/mad/hurt/depressed. You're happy even. Something either in you, or outside of you, turns the situation on it's head, and all that ugly crying is over.

Love it! 

Big question for the day: What's for lunch?

Have you cried yet today?

What's the last scripture you read?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Watch out Wednesday, I like daisies and dark chocolate.

I don't know why so many of my pictures from past posts are missing. My apologies. If I figure it out, I'll edit them so you can go back and review my awesomeness whenever. Until then, just pretend I have a fetish with subtraction?

 Caught in the Act

R4G starts tonight, and in light of that, let's head back to Acts for our next lesson.

This is a good lesson for today, since President Obama is in my little town. Right now he is about 1.5 miles from me, speaking to an invited 'public' group about economic impact, government involvement in the growth of small communities, and I'm sure a bunch of other things I have no information on. Whether or not we agree with him, whether or not we support him, he is in a position of influence. His policies influence us directly (our laws) and indirectly (international relations). We don't have to agree with what happens, but burying our heads in the sand will only result in our own demise. Paul didn't back down from opposition, and neither should we. That being said, we should also consider this way of thinking in respect to our politicians, mainly those in the most dangerous of positions.

For the Christian, the believer, the follower, the 'little guy':   

28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert... Acts 20: 28-31a

For the politician representing us:

24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. 25 And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all, 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.

 What does this mean? My heart says that we have always been under attack, but we can take comfort knowing that God has ALWAYS KNOWN we were under attack. If Paul knew it then, and warned the 1st century Christians, why should we feel as though we are alone or unequipped to go into battle? God is with us, always.

For those that lead us, this means that you are responsible for teaching us the truth, and guiding us in the right direction. Only then are you free of the responsibility, regardless of our personal behavior choice. You have a higher authority to answer to, and you'd better be sure you're doing what is expected of you.

Be kind. Be respectful. Be truthful. Be faithful. Be a follower and teacher of Christ.

Some days I just want to tell everyone to get me daisies and chocolate and tell me I'm pretty. That way I'll at least feel appreciated in some way. I don't complain publicly, or really privately, about my daily stresses. Just know that they exist, they are many in quantity, and they are not fun. That's why I have the friend I can vent to, the one person that can hold my hand and calm me, the miles beneath my feet to clear my head, and a God that lets me know it's not that bad after all.

....and daisies and dark chocolate.

I ran last night in a feeble attempt to prepare for R4G. Here I am before and after. I think I ran 2 miles? We won't talk about it.

Before, during, and after. It was 99 degrees out, and 146% humidity. Gross.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Taco Tuesday, and doing all the things!

I don't feel like having tacos today. Blah. What's wrong with me? What I feel like is running. Runnin' runnin' and runnin' runnin'.... I have to be in a swimsuit really soon and I don't feel ready. Tacos surely won't help either.

Last night I had a sweet nap, a baked sweet potato (over sweet conversation with some of my favorite sweet people), a sweet soak in a lavender bath, and a sweet bedtime. Ahhhhhh.....

I made it to the gym this morning before dawn for official week 2 of crazy workout.

Pushups, lay down pushups, medicine ball squats, tricep dips, mountain climbers, bicycles, straight leg situps w/twist, and straight leg situps. It didn't seem all that difficult, and I did modify a tiny bit to keep from bending my toe (you know, the SUP incident), but man did we sweat! Our muscles just didn't seem to want to do anything. I haven't felt that worthless and lazy in a was awesome!!!!

 Run because...

I'm starting Run for God tomorrow evening with a group from my church. This is so exciting. Sunday morning on my way to service I confronted myself about not getting involved. You remember how much I used to do with the church:
  • praise team 
  • women's ministry
  • VBS
  • building ministry
  • small groups
  • Wednesday Night Live
  • Angel Tree, etc. 
I haven't joined anything at my new church, and it's been leaving a hole in there. A hole in my soul. A soul hole. So I confronted myself about it, and was ready to make a move; after service I planned to see what was on the list of available classes/groups, and pick one. Buuuuut, I got to talking too much and maybe sorta kinda forgot. Oh, but God is good. He is way ahead of me. He sent two wonderful chickadees my way, inquiring if I was in fact a runner, and if I'd like to join their Wednesday night women's bible study/running club! GAH!!!! This thrills me in ways I can't describe. I'll make R4G a regular blog update subject so you can tag along. Part of the group is planning a 1/2 marathon in September, so I'm going to train with that pace group. Eeeek! 1/2 #2 for 2015, here I come!!!!

...and I have a broken toenail just in time to start. Satan will always give us roadblocks won't he? With God on my side, I will prevail. If He is for me, who can be against me?? 

I managed to eat breakfast today, turkey bacon and waffles. ...with whipped cream...

I found this little gal on the floor in our office lounge. Strange, I didn't see any children in the waiting area yesterday....

I've been watching Parks and Recreation on my tab lately. I forgot how much I LOVE that series. I restarted at the beginning of season 1. I might not have trouble occupying myself while my dude is away. Is it sad that I'd spend my free time under a blankie watching reruns on a tablet? ....NAH!!! Yay adult!


I may get to watch some djimbe on Thursday night. I'm going to visit the parental units Friday night. Brother and SIL have invited me to go on a float trip Saturday. Sunday I'll get to have lunch with the fam, and then maybe some SUPing with my gym rat buddy.

I also need to mow the lawn, clean out the refrigerator, and locate my travel strainer (for hair gel, duh).

Oh! And I get my new front tooth next week.

Wow! I may not have done all the things, but it looks like I have a lot of things to be doing! Get ready blog readers, it is about to be ON.

How is your fitness this summer?

Are you planning any fun trips soon?

What is your go-to tv show? 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Disgruntled Monday? Nah, it's just another day.

Here we are friends, Monday. I'm in the office early because one of my girls is on vacation this week. This schedule cuts down on my post-walk morning nap time, but, it does allow me to skip out earlier in the afternoon. I need as much extra time as I can get this week, I have to soak up all the beardface that I can.

The weekend wasn't nearly as long as I would have liked, but I got in plenty of good stuff.

I got to SUP on Saturday. Our lake is still really high, and the marinas are ghost towns. Twisted boat docks, flooded pavilions, and trash, trash, trash. It's very eerie out there. I didn't go alone, so there were no worries, but it just wasn't like any other July at the lake.

Afterwards I broke 1/4 of my big toenail off with my board. It hasn't hurt yet, and I have it super glued on, but I don't think it is going to make it. I am starting with a new running group this Wednesday and I'm a little bummed about this.

Any advice on running with a missing (or partially missing) toenail?

Today's harvest. I didn't plan on picking before work, but it demanded my attention today.

4 big tomatoes (they look small in the picture), and at least 3 dozen cherry tomatoes. I have a few dozen more near the turning point, and I'm hoping they are ready soon so I don't lose them while I'm on vacation.

Disgruntled employees

It's national disgruntled employee day. I don't know if this means we're allowed to be disgruntled, or that we should watch out for those that are. I'll just go along with it, as I would any other Monday. By this time next week I'll be getting ready for my trip, missing my fave (don't tell him that), and recapping my weekend for you.

So suck it up wimps! It's not so bad! You're reading a fluff blog instead of doing whatever it is you need to be doing, so life really isn't so bad, is it??


Friday, July 10, 2015

Fridays are for winners, and here are a bunch of pictures

Score, it's Friday! I swear, if this week had been one day longer.....

I took my board to the lake last night. It was creepy to be on the water with no one around. Not a soul in sight. It's July, it's 90+ degrees outside, and we have sunlight until at least 9pm. Thanks rain, ruined our lake season.

Water therapy. I love it. 

Picture, picture, picture

Here are some things from around my piece of the world:

South cucumbers have reached 6ft. tall
My sun jade has flowers now too

Four O'clocks at 8am 


I hope you have a great weekend!

Relax and have some fun.

Don't let anything ruin a good time!

Thursday, July 09, 2015

TWPICK Thursday, the lazy continues.

 Warning: I've already read today's post, it's not very interesting.

So, it's Thursday again.

Last night was delayed girl's night with runner friend. We didn't run, but we did eat loaded bakedpotatoes. Nothing says fitness like a bunch of carbs covered in cheese and bacon. Florida beach body, here I come!

This is really how I feel lately, so it's a good thing I took it easy last night. 


Do you remember us getting the books Boundaries in Dating? We never actually got around to reading them together, but I've been reading here and there on my own. If you're dating, you really should pick it up. Especially if you're dating after a long relationship. We get rooted in our behavior, and our assumptions, based on previous encounters and it's really hard to change. This book has opened my eyes to things I do without thinking. I surely don't want to end up hurt, or hurting someone, so I'm on a mission to get things right this time. God willing.

Super salad

Have you ever had dried cherries on salad? Do it, it's totally worth it.

Lazy: the saga continues

After girls potato night last night, I managed to put sweat pants on and lay on the couch watching Monster-in-law. I love that movie. I did eat some cereal at 10pm, and then went to bed. My workout partner had to cancel, so I slept in...until 7:10. At least I showered today.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Why the fuss Wednesday, street taco Tuesdays, and sooo lazy

I like discovering that other people celebrate taco Tuesday like I do! In the olden days M and I would make fish tacos, but recently we've been busy or forgetful, and we've been doing our own thing. I try to taco every Tuesday though.

Last night we went to a-place-I-can't-remember-the-actual-name-of-but-he-calls-it-9th-Street-Tacos. Sounds like a good name to me. They had what I call 'street tacos', the kind you'd get from a taco truck. Double layer white corn tortilla, meat, onions, and cilantro. Just squeeze a lime and add some avocado. Mmmmmmm.

Fussy, fussy, fussy
Back in Acts, I think we're at about chapter 19, reading about the riots.

Acts is one of my favorites to read. It's a great depiction of how we as Christ followers should be approaching ministry. The problem I see is that the modern-day opposition is acting like the 1st century opposition, but the modern-day Christian isn't acting like the 1st century Christian.

Oh how easily people can get offended. If you don't agree with us, we are offended and WE WILL RIOT! We don't want you telling us to do something different, so we'll make you do it our way. ....super logic right there.

Doesn't this sound a bit familiar? History is destined to repeat itself, and we are determined to behave as if it's all new. We spend more time worrying about what others are doing, and not nearly enough time worrying about what we are doing and what others have done in the same situation. The news lately is very reminiscent of the behavior in Acts.

Paul was preaching the Word. The people of Ephesus didn't agree with him, and they rioted. He was right (in line with God's Word), and they were wrong (opposing God's Word), but it didn't need to become the issue that it did. If the Ephesians didn't believe what Paul believed, then go on. This is where we are failing also. I can preach the Word of God, a nonbeliever (or different believer) can state their opinion, and we could both respect the others position. What's happening is the opposition is trying to force their ways on the Christians. And....there are some Christians trying to force their ways on the opposition. Remember in Acts 18:6:

And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”
God wants us to tell the truth to all people, but we cannot force belief on them. There will always be a push back, and we must let God take over when we have done our part.

Quit making such a fuss, everyone. I'll tell my truth, and you can go on. I still love you, and I'll show that through respect. 
I don't want to adult. 

Just tell me I'm pretty and let me nap. 

Can you tell that I'm lazy today. I took a nap after my morning walk, and before my shower. I at least showered, and rinsed off my tanning lotion. I'm improving!

After showering, I put my pajamas back on, and took another nap before getting ready for work. 

Don't worry, I look like an adult, and the plants got tended to. I know, I'm so awesome.


I have so many cute pictures of people I want to put on here, but I don't know if they are ok with that. I need everyone that reads this to let me know if you give me your permission. If you read this and say nothing, I'll take that as a yes. Mwahahahaha.

How are you Acting as a Christian?

How many naps can you take in one day?