Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sink! Sink! Sink! and keeping up with the Jones'.

Tomorrow is sink day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is an update of how far I've gotten with the floor. It's not done, nor is it perfect, but enough is complete to have the sink put in tomorrow. What a great way to end Khaki Thursday tomorrow!!!

Actually, I have a little more done since this picture was taken, but you get the idea. Hey, they don't pay me to blog, so don't nit-pick!

Once it's complete I'll post all pictures so you can see the entire transformation from Ugly to Liveable. (that's my standard these days)

Last night we went to the BCM halloween Monster Mash. Who were we dressed as? The Jones'. The BEST kind of Jones'. Indiana Jones and Dr. Henry Jones. "Docta Jones! Docta Jones!"

What's hotter than Sean Connery and Harrison Ford? Us as Sean Connery and Harrison Ford!

Ok, so that's all for me. I'm really lazy at blogging lately, but you've probably filled the void with comic strips and fortune cookies. Meh, you'll survive.

Thanks all for checking in!

Friday, October 23, 2015

A feeling on a Friday

Sometimes you just have to trust God and go with it.

I'm so thankful for the opportunities I've gotten during my life, good and bad, that have shaped me into the chick that I am. I want to radiate the love of Christ through patience, understanding, and hospitality. I think helping and giving are in my bones. I get so excited when I know of an opportunity to lend a hand, lend a shoulder, lend a room, lend a car, whatever it may be. It's what Jesus did, and what He wants us to WANT to do.

Oh, but my little mind gets in the way. Don't think for a second that it's easy to give out of lack. It may be true that the less fortunate give a higher percentage of themselves than those well-off, but, that doesn't mean that it is done without worry from time to time.

I've tithed BIG amounts, and right before I do, I always worry about that time coming when I'll say "oh, if only I had held on to that money". My stomach knots and my heart races. Then I remind myself that that moment has never come!! Of course I have days where I'm short or go without some convenience, but I've never had a day where I sat in regret for giving.

I've loaned things out; some have been returned and some haven't. I usually agree to it without a second thought, and then I'm stricken with panic for the choice/commitment I've just made. What if I need it? What if it is destroyed? What if they don't appreciate how hard I worked for that? Guess what, I've never lost sleep over helping someone, even if I lost something (of earthly value) in the end.

Where would I be had those before me not given? What if no one helped my parents when they needed it? Would I be where I am had co-workers not helped me get on my feet long ago? If my previous church families, or neighbors, or strangers, hadn't given out of excess and lack, what might I not have now?

Give. Give with fear and without fear. Help. Don't worry, just wing it. Love. Love really does conquer all.

Have a wonderful weekend, filled with joy and life.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

10 Planks and a dresser to boot

Bathroom update!!!!!!!

I stayed up late because I couldn't stand it. There was flooring to be installed, who can sleep at a time like that?

Here is (almost) the starting line. I had already pulled some of the linoleum up so I could inspect the sub-floor. The flooring wasn't glued to the sub-floor at all! While that is maddening because it was lazy, it turned out to be a help because I didn't have to scrape. A 'w' is a 'w'.

Yesterday I mentioned that I liked the bare plywood better than the old linoleum. Here it is (with weird, extra long bathmat that I hate). It's ugly, yes. but wood grain really is better than fake stone speckle, don't you think? Upper right corner behind the tub shows all the patchwork done to smooth out the 437 pieces of plywood someone cut to make a square. Sometimes, people....smh.

I started in the squarest corner of the bathroom, so I could get a straight line. I planned to snap a chalk line for certainty, but didn't get my hands on one before my internal timer ran out of patience. I got 10 planks in before I realized I shouldn't attempt to measure/cut/fit flooring around a tub at 11pm. So far the installed flooring looks great. Fingers crossed it adheres to the floor. (I didn't get the primer, so, we'll see)

I stood in the tub with the shower curtain closed enough so that I could only see the part of the floor that was complete. It was perfect! Now I just have to stay focused and complete it.

This will be difficult as I picked up the dresser I plan to use as a buffet. It's in my possession, which means I'll want to get started on it right away so I can not finish that also. (Let's be honest, how many projects have I actually completed?) My favorite part is the column of 4 mini drawers in the center. This reminds me of a card catalog and we know how much I love those. I don't read much, but the thought of organizing little cards in order so that readers can find their book...what a dream.

 Running out of time

In other news, we are fast approaching daylight savings time, (11/1/15). Why do we still do this? We
aren't saving any daylight, we're losing it at the most important time of day, the end! Every year I'm faced with this problem: when will I run? I run in the mornings sometimes, but only 1-2 miles. When will I do my longer run? I HATE the treadmill, the indoor track will likely be crowded, and laying on the couch is nice but not gonna keep my backside in shape. Every year I talk about this, and every year I try the treadmill, and every year I like it for a few days, and every year I quit running until spring. ...what do you think I'll do this year? Help!


Any current home projects?

Do you run in the dark?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bare floors, big smiles, and doing all the things!!

Bosses day was last Friday and my girls remembered. It made Friday so sweet! They know me well, OU, coffee, and scarves.

Running around, doing all the things


I ran the 10k for Colton's Main Street run. I'm not sure what I was doing, but I did it for 1:16 instead of my planned 58 minutes. Meh, I finished.

The dude smoked me, despite all my prep. He got the sub58 time, although he paid for it in the following days. Thank goodness for Epsom salts. His momma got 1st in her age division, and beat the times of most women under her. I'm glad I'm not competing against her, she's amazing!

Runner friend was literally the LAST 10k-er as she ran the 1 mile fun run with her kiddos first, and then headed out on the route. She had a police escort the entire way.

Running is about enjoyment. If watching the butterflies and making up songs is what you like to do while running, then do it. Don't worry about your time, just be in the moment; all 273,600 of them.

 The never-ending (bathroom) story
 So you remember bathroom remodel right? I finally bought flooring! However, since I can't NOT follow instructions, it has to sit for 48 hours to acclimate. Stupid rules. I bought peel and stick faux wood planks at Lowe's. I've seen them used in numerous Pinterest bathroom updates, and decided I'd do the same.

Linoleum is gone, bare subfloors are front and center. I actually prefer the patched, splattered, bare sub-floor over the linoleum I had. That's pretty sad.

They should be fairly simple to install. Some remodel blogs went way over the top on making sure it was perfect, but most just cleaned, primed, and stuck. It's said to be easy to cut so you can get it around existing fixtures and corners. I spent last night dreaming about the toilet and whether or not I'd pull it up to put the tile under it. I think I'll just run it up to the edge, and re-caulk. No need to go total Bob Vila on this place.

Oh! I also bought a dresser for the buffet project! Oh my goodness, we have so many things to do together!

I have a dinner party in the near future and have to get my dining room in order, so that is next. The bathroom HAS to get done so I can move on. It's been a year....I should be about done by now.

I've done so much more that has gone undocumented. I'm at a place where I'm really enjoying life. If I'm running, I'm just cruising along checking out the scenery. If I'm lounging, I'm enjoying the quite. If I'm co-lounging, I'm enjoying the company. Tea til 2am, big meals, long walks, late mornings, lots of laughs, and a few bruises...

What are you enjoying lately? Fall colors? Open windows? Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer?

Monday, October 19, 2015

So many days have passed

Hi friends. If you're here, thank you! I'm very sorry for the delay in updates. My life has been a bit hectic lately, with the naps, and the running, and ....well, the stuff I normally do that you like to hear about!

Sometimes we just get lost in our lives and forget to share. I know, that's 100% ok! You don't mind at all! I want you to know that I WANT to share things with you. That's why I blog! I promise to take very few breaks, and I promise they won't be as long as the 2014 break.

So, here I am. I back!

What have I been up to? Let's do a quick recap, and then we'll sit pretty until tomorrow for the full story.

Bathroom remodel!!!
Reading - sorta

I can't get my pics to sync to my Google account, so I'm having to do it manually. This is holding up production on amazing posts, and also slowing my desire to take pictures.

Come back on TUESDAY!!! for a picture dump of things and stuff. I know, this blog is losing it's mind....

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I did do all the things!

Whoa! It's Tuesday! Here we are, creeping through another week.

How was your weekend? Were you off work Monday? Or Friday?

I took Monday off. You're welcome everyone. I try to do what I can so that I don't turn off the lights and lock the doors.

Things I did between Friday and Tuesday:

  • Eat
  • Sleep
  • Hike
  • Walk, walk, and walk some more
  • Wash dishes
  • Eat
  • Sit by the campfire
  • Stargaze
  • Sleep
  • Sweat
  • Freeze
  • Eat
  • Sneeze
  • Swim (see 'freeze')
  • Laugh
  • Cry ....not really. Hahaha, but you could expect it from me.
  • Overthink (there it is, there's the me you know)
  • Peel pomegranates
  • Relax

Putting on grown up clothes and sitting behind a desk was a real challenge today. I honestly believe I could walk away from everything and just wander for the rest of my life. I probably can't do it, but I feel like I'd be good at it.

Like usual, I let everyone else take pictures and so I never have any these days. I'm so lazy. It's a good thing I'm not an aspiring photographer.

What did you do over the weekend??

Have you started decorating for fall yet?

Friday, October 09, 2015

F is for Friday!!!

Free BBQ on Friday? Sign me up.

We had lunch at the office, I have really big hair, OU is gonna own the field tomorrow, and I only have a few hours left until I'm free!!!

Despite the rainy forecast, this weekend is all about relaxing. Don't try to get me on my phone. I won't be watching any P&R on my tablet. No football (sad face). Just fresh air and campfires. Maybe I'll go to sleep and not wake up until Monday evening. Ahh....that's the dream.


Ladies group met last night (finally) for week #2 of To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain. What does a mature christian life look like? Well, my answer: I don't know; and that's the point. My life IS maturing in Christ because I'm constantly seeking. None of us have it figured out, so if we're all still
  • searching
  • reaching
  • trying
  • praying
  • retrying
  • dying
  • loving
  • falling
  • failing
  • praying
....then we are, in fact, maturing. So me trying, that's me maturing, and that's a mature christian me.

On with the food and festivities. See you back here Tuesday when we'll do all the things, like running, eating, sleeping, and being generally miserable because we probably forgot our bobby pins or sweatpants! Yay!

....always look for an adultier adult that can adult better than you.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

TWPICK Thursday is actually OU/Texas eve eve.

Good day to ya! It's good ol' khaki Thursday and I'm in my seat and jacked up on caffeine.

Today I took my #IDriveFor picture at the office. I drive for Janice, a previous co-worker, and almost
birthday twin. She fought and beat cancer because she is totally amazing. While there has been buzz about the Susan G. Komen foundation not donating the majority of their money to research, the attention alone has saved numerous lives. I know more about breast cancer now since it became a 'trending topic' than I learned organically in the years prior. So donate, celebrate, participate...just help beat it! (singing MJ right there)

I am forming a very close relationship with my foam roller. I told the dude that if it starts telling me I'm pretty, he might have some serious competition.

Run Report

Another 4 miles last night.

Mile 1: 12:20
Mile 2: 12:01 (negative!)
Mile 3: 12:39.....
Mile 4: 12:12 (negative!!)

I ran with runner friend. She hasn't run in a few months so we stopped a few times for stretching and shoe adjustments. Those things are super important when you're trying to get back at it. If you ignore things or run uncomfortable, you likely won't go again.

We had the running mascot along for the duration as well. I wish I knew who owned this guy so I could make sure they keep him safe. He's great at dodging traffic and keeping other strays away, but it's still unsafe for him to run the entire town like this.

Thursday, 5am

Mile 1: 11:26
Mile 2: 10:38 (negative AND in the 10s).
(mascot was along for the 2 miles, what a cool dog)

This is proof that running with a faster partner will improve your speed, and you can do it.

No running tonight. I (may) have ladies group, and I have some baking to do.

I hope you had a great run/workout/nap/ice cream sandwich. Do what you want, as long as you're happy!

Someone watch the OU/Texas "game" for me on Saturday, and update me on how amazing we are the entire time. This is the 1st year in a long time that I won't be there. My football heart is sad and deflated like a football from New England.... :) heehee.  I'll survive. I have awesome stuff on the agenda. At least I get to wear my colors to work tomorrow. OU or No You!

See you soon!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Free-zza is a bad idea

Ugh, hey all. Take my advice, don't eat a ton of pizza just because it is free. You will pay in other ways. Blarch....

On with Wednesday! My neighbor cancelled today because of illness, so I slept in. That was terrible. We won't talk about that.

Tonight I will be running 4-5 miles with (long lost) runner friend. I should have some mile splits and feelings for you tomorrow. If we don't run, you know I'll at least have some feelings for you. ...don't I always?

Today I get to pick up some prints at Walgreen's. Real photos! I love printing pictures. We have gotten so accustomed to having them all at our digital-loving fingertips that we forget we can have them for real. I did not ask permission of the other people in the pictures, so, they'll just have to deal with it. :) Prell, fave, ma, broseph, SIL, and nephew, get over it.

I have a camping trip this weekend that I am preparing for. I'm sure I'll eat way too much food and be miserable. So stay tuned for that. Also, it's the Red River Rivalry this weekend, which I won't be attending NOR will I have access to watch it. makes you do strange things.

Ok, then. Come back tomorrow for stuff!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Doing all the running things.

Today, lets talk about running.

Friday night. 4 miles.  49:26 with one negative split.

Monday night. 4 miles. 47:40 with one negative split.

Faster than Friday.

 Tuesday morning. 2 miles. 22:32 with a major negative split.

Running with someone that has a faster pace helps....Thanks A. You rock.

 Thoughts while running last night:

Oh man, I'm totally going to rock this.
Just start out slow, that way you can have negative splits.
Negative splits...isn't that also a yoga thing? Hmm.
Ok, here I go, good pace.
My feet are heavy.
Did I put chaffing gel on my arch?
Get a drink.
Am I bouncing too much?
I hate this shirt.
Running, running, running, whoa uneven pavement!
Uphill, awesome. Lean forward.
Am I leaning too far forward? Do I need to lean back on the downhill? Are my feet thudding?
Tra-lah-lah, tra-lah-lah. CAR!!!
Is that a runner? No, she's walking. Is that guy on the bike bothering her? Well, he's ahead of me, so I'm safe.
Crap, hole! Stupid lack of sidewalks.
Is that a smashed pinecone, or a smashed squirrel? Gross.
Why are there so many cigarette lighters on the ground? Do people really just throw them out the window?
I wonder if any of those cigarette packs have cash in the wrappers....
Would stopping to check each one be a good excuse to stop running?
I should stop running. This is stupid.
How far have I gone? I haven't heard my app tell me my mile time yet.
Have I not even gone a mile?!!? I should stop n.. **one mile complete. time: blahblah**  Ok, good.
Wait, that was only ONE MILE?! Oh goodness. I'm slow AND tired.
It's ok, I like running. Look at my fancy running stuff.
What if I drink all my water before I get done? Drink!
Can I lay down in public?
2 miles, alright, hitting my stride.
Running, running, slowly running.
I should read more. Nah...I should really buckle down on my French lessons.
Do I want to work on the bathroom when I get home?
Am I having a heart attack? Oh look! There's someone I know! ~waves~ They didn't wave. :(
How far is 4 miles?! I should just run 1 mile each day. I could rule the mile. Queen of the mile. hahahahahahahahahahahaha. That's funny. Can that be a halloween costume? I'm so clever.
I wonder if I only focused on the mile, if I could ever get in the 6s....
Oooh, almost twisted my ankle. If I do, I wonder if I can lay down...
Did my GPS turn off? Hasn't it been thr **3 miles complete. time: blahblahblah** Ok, I thought so.
Only 1 mile left, turn it up Leah!
Turn it down Leah!
I don't want to shower when I get back. I'm too tired.
What if I want to interact with people....they'll just have to accept me.
Whoa! Was that lightning? No, it's daylight.
I should really keep going at 4 miles. I know I can run further today. I feel great!!!
Tra-lah-lah, tra-lah-lah, jump on the curb! CAR! "get off your cellphone moron!"
I'm going to Facebook about people driving while on their phones.....yikes, don't run into that mailbox! I should get off of my phone.
I hate this music, why can't I find music I like to run to?
Drink. Drink. Drink. When did I last wash this mouthpiece?
I've never lost a toenail running. Am I superhuman?
I think I'll go around the block at least a few times after my 4 mi**4miles complete. time: blahdyblahblah** Thank GOODNESS! I quit forever!!!!

Walking home: I love running. I bet I can get 2 or 3 miles in before work tomorrow.

Running. We love it. We hate it. We do it.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

TWPICK Thursday, and where has the time gone?

Salut! So sorry for my hiatus, friends. I didn't mean to leave you hanging. I don't have pictures yet from last weekend, and another event is creeping up.

I promise to post them eventually, maybe, if I think about it.

This weekend I have 5 reminders of events on my phone, and I can't attend them all. The problem with having a lot of people you love, that love you and want you around, is that you don't have time for them all AND if you cram as much in as possible, you end up with no free time on the weekend. 1st world probs.

Running in circles

I intended to run last night, but then I didn't so.... I did lay on the foam roller to stretch my back and listened to my French language app while doing so.

I should get a few miles in tomorrow morning, and get back to running early next week. Maybe.
 High price or low quality

I went shopping recently and was disappointed to find what $30 buys. If I was buying just Totino's pizzas I could have brought home 20 pizzas. But since I (try to) shop healthy, this is what I got:

It's sad that it is cheaper to be unhealthy right now. Later in life it won't be, when the chemicals and additives catch up to you. But for now, it's cheaper.

1st world probs.
Between you, me, and the 'french' post:

I mentioned that I was listening to my French language app. I learned French in high school because I am a bit French-Canadian. However, I had no one to practice with and over time I lost my ability. I have a friend that is trying it with me, so hopefully we'll make major progress.

Stay tuned for possible pop-up posts in French! Au revoir!