Monday, December 8, 2008

Progress...

Before: too, too dark and brown



Safety first :)





Here's where we're at now:




So we're getting there. Tonight we're just cleaning everything, and hopefully putting everything back into the cabinets. The cabinet doors aren't actually done yet, but I can live without those for now.


Up next: Picking out a new sink, counter top, and backsplash!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

(Insert creative title here)

Where did last month go? I feel like I say that every month. It’s been non-stop lately and my house is definitely showing it. Besides last Friday, I don’t think I’ve been home during the day for more than 2 hours at a time…at least not while I was awake. And last Friday, when I actually was home all day, was basically spent curled up on the couch reading Twilight (which I finished on Saturday :) ), so you know I got absolutely nothing accomplished.

Christmas really snuck up on me this year, and it’s already kicked into high-gear. We had Chase’s company Christmas party last night, which thankfully wasn’t as uncomfortable as I imagined. This Friday is our Sunday School Christmas party, Saturday is Mere’s birthday, next week is our office Christmas party, our Ladies Christmas party at church, Chase’s parent’s 25th anniversary, and Chase’s branch Christmas party. Week after that is my agency Christmas lunch, and then it’s Project Nativity at church that Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a rehearsal on Thursday night. Plus, I really need to find some Christmas songs for the kid’s choir at church to start practicing. Actually I needed to do that like 2 months ago…oops.

I’m just pooped thinking about all of it. I’m hoping that this Saturday I can finish up my Christmas shopping and just relax a little bit before I let everything get to me. I really don’t want to have a bad attitude and get wrapped up in all this “stuff” and forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

Sorry to ramble – just had to get all that off of my chest.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Well...

I’m going to have a niece!!

Ella Grace is due April 13th! I just can't wait to see her and hold her!! I'm going to go crazy until she gets here! I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when I have my own kid. But I am definitely going to enjoy spoiling her like crazy!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor. 15:57

Monday, November 17, 2008

November Project: Painting our cabinets

Two weeks ago we took apart our kitchen cabinets. I was going to post before, during, and after pictures, but it’s still in the “my kitchen looks awful, I can’t believe I’m actually living like this” phase and I'm a little embarrassed to show you. Everything that was in my cabinets and drawers is now on top and under our kitchen table. I can’t even cook, unless it's something that can be cooked in the microwave (which was sitting in our living room until this last weekend). I’ve eaten more fast food in the last 2 weeks than I care to share. BLECH!

We had this grand plan of getting it all done in one week, but that just didn’t happen. We’ve taken everything apart, cleaned the cabinets (which were unbelievably GROSS. Pretty sure they hadn’t been cleaned since the house was built…in 1970.) And then this whole last week, Chase was really sick, so he’s been out of commission. To top it off, our plumbing backed up (for the millionth time since we've lived in our house). Thankfully that's been fixed, Chase is feeling better, and tonight we should finish the sanding and hopefully go purchase the primer and paint.

The next big decision is picking out cabinet hardware. I think I’ve settled on doing brushed nickel handles on all the drawers and cabinets. I’m sure it will still take me an hour of debating in the aisle of the hardware store which ones I want. And maybe a couple of trips between Home Depot & Lowes just to make sure I pick out the ones I like the most. :)

I will be so happy when it’s all done!!


P.S. Only 1 more week until I find out if I'm getting a nephew or niece!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Some days I just want to crawl into a hole...

So to add to my embarrassment from the last post, Friday afternoon when I got home, got out of the car and went to lock it. Only my hand somehow got tangled in my keychain and I hit the panic button. So I'm desperately trying to find the stupid red panic button while the car horn is blaring. But when I look at the keychain, THERE IS NO RED PANIC BUTTON! So I sit there and stare at it for a few seconds (which felt like an eternity) before I finally realize that the panic button is on the BACK of the keychain. I turn it off and take one step towards the house when I hear, "Hey, your alarms going off, heh heh heh..." Same neighbor, only this time in my next-door neighbors yard, literally standing 20 feet away from me.

It doesn't help either that his wife gets home from work at the same time that I am leaving, and she witnesses my 5 trips back inside the house every single morning to retrieve all the things that I've forgotten (earrings, food, jacket, deodorant, umbrellas, keys, money, rings, etc.).

Or that every time I babysit Meredith's dog, it ALWAYS runs out the front door, and ALWAYS runs into this neighbors garage, so I have to go over there and hope he's either in his garage to help me get the dog, or hope that I'm really quiet so that he doesn't hear me chasing a dog through his garage. Usually, he just pets him, and tries to grab him, but can't then he just laughs at me trying to chase him down the street.

Can I move?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September

Well, I couldn’t let September go by with out one post. Unfortunately, not much has been going on, so just as a warning, this is going be boring.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

1. Gazing (or maybe gawking) over baby clothes that I’m going to get to start buying for my little niece/nephew. I have to keep from buying anything until we find out the gender, which should be around the beginning of December, or else we will go broke. No joke.
2. Buying Christmas gifts. Yes, the Princess of Procrastination (my mom is the Queen) is actually buying Christmas gifts before December 20th. This year at work we are not getting our yearly bonuses until after January 1st. Usually, I use my bonus to buy all our Christmas presents, but since that’s not possible this year, Chase & I have already started the shopping. It’s actually been really helpful because it spreads out the cost over several months, and come January, we’ll have a bonus that we can hopefully spend on house stuff that we need.
3. Wanting to dress my niece or nephew in this, or this, or this.
4. The new season of the Office is back on!!
5. Did I mention that I have a niece/nephew coming in April? And that they will LOVE wearing this? Or perhaps even this?
6. I’ve finally pulled out all of my Fall decorations, and I’m waiting until the weather gets just a tad cooler until I start lighting my pumpkin spice candles!!
7. Chase got a full-time position at his bank (Praise the LORD!!), so he’ll be switching branches in October. Fortunately, it is just about the same distance from our house, so it won’t cost us any more in gas.

And on a side note, I completely embarrassed myself yesterday. To make a long story short(er), I’m driving down my street on my way home. There’s quite a few cars parked on the street and somehow the car coming from the other direction didn’t see me and we get positioned where he’s blocking my driveway. If he would have just backed up (I had my blinker on) I could have turned into the driveway. I couldn’t back up, because then he wouldn’t have been able to get by. So I had to pass my house a little bit to let him go by, and then I reversed so that I could pull into the driveway. Did you know that cars can’t jump curbs like SUVs can? I found that out yesterday. Apparently I didn’t reverse enough and I hit the curb turning into my driveway. It was loud. So I reverse AGAIN, and straighten out, still going over the grass a little, but at least I missed the curb.

Did I mention that my neighbor across the street was outside watering his yard and watching the whole scene going down?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lazy Saturday

Some randomness...

1) I didn't leave the house on Saturday. It was one of the coolest days we've had in a long time, and I stayed indoors the whole day, except for the 5 seconds, I checked to see if the mailman had come. I really needed to go to Walmart, BUT we have this thing in Texas called TAX-FREE weekend. There was no way I ws stepping foot inside Walmart this weekend.

2) I watched the Notebook on Saturday night by myself. Can we say STUPID? The Notebook is one of my all time favorite movies, but you know what - before Saturday I had only watched it once. I just couldn't bring myself to watch it again because I cried so much the first time. The commercial breaks helped, but I still cried a lot.

3) I found pictures of my wedding shower on an old memory card that I had never transferred to my computer and I was so excited!! The excitement died down a little when I looked through the pics and realized that my eyebrows looked like something out of Teen Wolf, but besides that, it was fun to look through them.

4) I'm going to be an aunt!!!!!! Two of my very favorite people in the world are having a baby!!





Brian & Meredith - I love you both so much! Y'all are going to make AWESOME parents & I can't wait to meet your little one (and spoil it like crazy)!!

So exciting!

I Won! I Won!

Just had to let y'all know, I won my first blog-giveaway this weekend!

Click here to see proof!

I might just post twice today - got some other big news to share as well!


Also - just a sidenote. Because I'm a dork , I thought I'd look for a Bible verse with the word "win" in it to put in my blog today. Did you know that "win" is only used in the KJV Bible twice? "Won" is only used 3 times. "Lose" is used 24 times & "Lost" is used 33 times.


Just thought it was interesting.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sorry!

I've been really bad lately about blogging. I have a lot to tell (anniversary, cars, house updates), but I've just been super busy. So in the meantime, here's an ABC Meme!


* A - Attached or single: Attached
* B - Best Friend: Chase
* C - Cake or Pie: lemon meringue pie :)
* D - Day: Saturday
* E - Essential Items: cell, earrings, mascara
* F - Favorite Color: it changes constantly – right now probably green.
* G - Gummy Bears or Worms: sour gummy worms
* H - Hometown: North Richland Hills
* I - Indulgences: ice cream
* J - January or July: July
* K - Kids: none
* L - Life is incomplete without: Jesus Christ
* M - Marriage Date: August 5, 2006
* N - Number of Siblings: 3 – Meredith, Ross, Allison
* O - Oranges or Apples: oranges
* P - Phobia or Fears: roaches, rodents, & tornadoes
* Q - Quote: John 3:16
* R - Reason to Smile: My hubby
* S - Season: Spring
* T - Tag two: Rachel & Allison
* U - Unknown fact about me: I create worst possible scenarios in my head ALL THE TIME. For example: Driving down the road, Chase swerves to avoid getting hit. For the next 5 minutes, I picture everything from exchanging insurance info w/ whoever could have hit us to imagining who all would be at our funerals if we had been killed. Or what if just one of us had been killed? It's actually led me to start crying before, on several different occasion. Yes, I'm crazy.
* V - Vegetarian or Not: Nope – couldn’t live w/o bacon.
* W - Worst habit: probably thinking up worst case scenarios.
* X - X-rays or Ultrasounds: x-rays. Never had an ultrasound
* Y - Your favorite food: pasta!
* Z - Zodiac sign: Pisces – although I think that stuffs a joke.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Posey is such a cute name :)

Dear sweet & adorable hubby,

I’m in love with Posey. Okay, maybe not LOVE, but I like her a whole-whole lot. I know it's asking a lot but just keep reading...

I promise if I got her, I would take really good care of her. I’d even let other people come over and see her.

I’ll pay lots of attention to her. I’ll even sit by her on the floor next to her while I watch TV or read.

I’ll clean her every single week, and she won’t shed!

And if she does shed just a tiny bit, it will blend in with the carpet, so it’s okay.

She won’t get any bigger than she already is, so she won’t outgrow our small home.

I know her fee of $599 is a little out of our price range, but I really think she’s exactly what we’re looking for, so if you’d please consider letting me get her, I’d really appreciate it!

Love,

Your dear, loving, kind, lonely-without-Posey wife


P.S. I think if you see her you’ll love her too, so here’s a few pictures! The first one is just her, and the second is a pic of her in her foster home.



Monday, July 14, 2008

Change of Heart

My friend Sarah & I have been teaching this song to the Kid’s Choir for the last 2 weeks. It’s a song I’ve known for a very long time, so it’s very easy for me to just sing it without paying attention to the lyrics. It’s been stuck in my head all day today for some reason.

Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You
You are the potter
I am the clay
Mold me and make me
This is what I pray
Change my heart oh God
Make it ever true
Change my heart oh God
May I be like You.

I don’t know how many times I’ve prayed these words before, but my problem is actually allowing God to “mold me” and “change my heart.” Honestly, I’m very stubborn. I don't like change. I don’t like to be pulled out of my comfort zone, and which is often what is needed when I need a serious change of heart. I grow content in my hard-heartedness. I get used to my lack of spiritual growth and just settle for what I have, instead of longing for what I could have.

Unfortunately I don’t have a “But look how far I’ve come” story…yet. This was just something I’ve been thinking about today at work. But, God put this song on my heart for a reason and I’d be a fool (or as Ali and I like to say when we want to sound cool, a foo) to ignore it. Also, this gives me some accountability – which I know I need.

Just thought I’d share :)

Isaiah 64:8

But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Simple Equation #2

Question: A Bad Day + __________ = A GREAT Day


Answer:













Oops! Wrong picture!

How in the world did that happen?

I mean to put...

Answer:



















My precious hubby!

Simple Equation

Question: A Bad Day + __________ = A Good Day


Any guesses?


No?


Fine, I'll just give you the answer!

















Good thing I don't have a lot of bad days...because I'd surely weigh 300 lbs by now.


Well, that or I'd sweat grease and saturated fat.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Home Sweet Home

My darling hubby and I are in for a lot of work. We are finally getting to do some of the house renovations that have sat on our minds for the last 2 years. In an effort to hold myself motivated and accountable, I’m going to try posting before and after photos and updates.

Chase and I have a list of everything we want to get done, and it’s sorted by room, priority, and price. WE’RE SERIOUS, PEOPLE! We have to keep up with it so we don’t end up spending too much at one time. We’re not updating the house just because we want to, it really needs it. Our house was built in 1970. When we bought it, it was decorated as if it had been built in…well, I don’t know. It was just bad. I need to get the pictures off of my mother-in-law’s camera. It was absolutely hideous, in every sense of the word.

To describe it in 10 words: Green carpet, mirrors, mirrors, green carpet, wood, green carpet, mirrors.

Luckily since it was a foreclosure, we made a little deal with the bank and ended up getting about $1,600 to make it livable. Boy did we ever stretch that money! It definitely helped that we had family and friends helping us out tremendously. HUGE thanks to all of them! Sadly I really don’t know who all else helped. I was busy planning the wedding and the house was Chase’s problem. In the beginning, it was our project, but he was going to be doing all the work while I planned the wedding.

Poor thing, he quickly learned to start making all the decisions without me. I believe some of my statements were: “I don’t care what doors you get!! I’m planning a wedding and when I’m done, all I know is I’d better not see one SPECK of green carpet!” Or better yet, “That is NOT the paint color I asked for! Are you color-blind?! Should we schedule you an eye appointment? Sandstone Cove & Seaside Sand are COMPLETELY different! You’re ruining my life!”

Honey, if you’re reading this, I’m really sorry. I was on drugs.

Anyways, hopefully I’ll get some pictures posted this week of the before and after as it is now.

And if you’ve actually managed to read this all the way through, good for you! As a prize you’re invited to come help me paint the exterior of the house when we get to it!

I pay in food.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Disclaimer: After looking at these photos, you will not hold these things against me. You will not judge me or my housekeeping abilities based on what you see. None of that "You should see her house, it's always a mess" whispering that you KNOW people do...you know what I'm talking about. Please remember, that this is only temporary and will be fixed this weekend, Lord willing.


Ok, I'll quit being stupid and just post the pics.








Oh, and just in case you're wondering why my kitchen chairs are in my living room, I was painting a big panel, and I was using the kitchen to do it. Unfortunately I didn't finish before I started feeling bad, so my 2 day project turned into a 1 day project that sat on my kitchen table for a week. That also explains why the TV tray has served as our temporary kitchen table all week.




And I still don't care. :)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sick

Not to complain, but I think I’ve discovered the most miserable thing to have happened to Chase & I since we’ve been married.

We both got sick at the same time.

Oh-my-goodness-gracious. Never again will I let this happen.

Surprisingly we haven’t gotten on each other’s nerves with our constant “I don’t feeeeeeel good,” (because you know those extra ee's make it sound so much more believable) or “Honey, can you get me more medicine while you’re up?” Chase didn’t even get mad on Monday when I got home at 4:30, slept on the couch until 8:30, and went back to bed at 10. But that’s probably because he got home at 6 and went to our bedroom and slept until 8:45 when I had to force him to wake up.

That is so not like him.

We are gradually on the mend, but fortunately, we didn’t get the worst of it.

Unfortunately, my house did.

Last Thursday you could have come over to my house and would have probably been amazed at how clean it was.

If you were to come to our house tonight, I’m not sure you would even be able to walk through the living room. I took pictures last night of the living room and the kitchen and the absolute disorder it has come to be in because you wouldn’t believe me if I told you (of course I left my camera at home though). Here’s a couple of examples:

I walked into the living room yesterday and tripped over the trashcan. The big trashcan that goes in the kitchen. In the middle of my living room floor.

I also went to make Chase a peanut butter sandwich. That should take like 5 seconds, but when you have to retrieve the bread from the TV tray in the living room that’s been out all week, and the peanut butter jar has somehow hidden itself in one of the blankets on the couch, it takes a little longer than usual.

It’s a disaster.

And you know what?

I don’t even care.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sad news...

You may remember my post from a while back about Todd Smith of Selah and his wife losing their baby girl, Audrey. Well, tragedy has struck this family for the second time in less than 2 months. Todd’s sister, Nicol Sponberg, (she used to sing in Selah too) lost her 2 month old baby boy, Luke, last night.

I am not a parent, so I can’t even begin to understand how they could be feeling right now, but I know that they could definitely use as much prayer as possible. Along with Steven Curtis Chapman & family. So, so sad.

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
a refuge in times of trouble.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:

for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalm 9:9-10

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Too long...

Ok, so obviously, it’s been too long. I guess sometimes I get so caught up in reading everyone else’s blog, I forget to update my own! Not that I’ve had much to say lately anyways. There’s not much new going on around the Abernathy household. Chase got a new job at First Bank, so we’re super excited about that! He’s still going to keep his current job, but just cutting back on the hours, which I’m sure will make him happier.

My whole baking thing has been a little slow…actually, it’s been really slow. I’ve been trying to get a routine down to keep my house a little more tidy, but more on that later. As a result of my newfound quest for cleanness, I have lost the desire to shower my kitchen in flour, powdered sugar, and cookie crumbs…Not that I don’t want to, it just I don’t want to clean it up. I promise, I found evidence of cookies in my kitchen for 2 weeks after I made them. Not to mention the bag full of crushed cookies that I found in the bottom of my purse on Sunday. Apparently once cookies are crumbled they grow razor edges that can cut through Ziploc bags and freely disperse into your purse, betcha didn’t know that!

Anyways, I will be the FIRST to admit that I’m not a clean-freak. I am messy. Very messy and very disorganized. So I’ve been trying to get a laundry system going, such as assigning certain hampers to certain rooms, cleaning out the sink EVERY night, cleaning off the bathroom counter every night, etc. That may be the “normal” for a lot of folks, but NOT me. Get this. I did laundry this weekend. Lots of laundry. And you know what happened?

I ran out of hangers.

In the 21 ½ months that Chase & I have been married, we’ve never run out of hangers. I actually thought we had too many hangers. Nope, apparently those 3 clothes hampers that are overflowing like a volcano come in handy if you don’t’ have enough hangers. You never even notice!

So here are your helpful tips for this week: Don’t leave cookies in your purse, it will save you from vacuuming out your purse. And it’s okay if you have a mountainous pile of laundry, it keeps you from making a “what should be a 5 minute trip to Walmart, but turns into a 30 minute trip because they only have 4 stinking registers open” for some hangers.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Cookie Monster

So I’ve got a “new” hobby. New as in I started it last night.

I tend to stress myself out very easily. So, now instead of planting my rear on the couch and indulging in a carton of Cappuccino Chunky Chocolate frozen yogurt when I feel like retreating to my bedroom for a week, I’m going to bake.

Last night was my first attempt at cookies. I’m not talking about buying a frozen log of dough that you slice and stick on a pan. I’m talking full out everything from scratch- roll the dough-cookie cutter type cookies. Icing made from scratch too!

One plus that I discovered last night: when I bake - I dont' want to eat the cookies! I was afraid that this new "hobby" would not be so nice to my, er...butt. Fortunately, when I'm standing in the kitchen for 3 hours, I get so sick of smelling cookies that the last thing I want to do is eat one. Woohoo!

I’ll try to post some pics this week of my trail run. They weren’t the prettiest cookies ever, but for my first attempt, I think they looked okay.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Surprise!

I like to have a plan for just about everything. Chase and I had a discussion about a year ago when we found out Lanee’ was expecting. We got on the topic of finding out the sex of the baby before it’s born. I state what I thought was the obvious. “Of COURSE, I would want to find out! You’d have to be crazy not to want to. If I have the ability to know something I’m going to know.” Chase really surprised me when he said that he actually wouldn’t want to know. He would rather wait and find out. (Chase, who hates surprises said this.) I just couldn’t comprehend this!

Our devotion last night was about Expecting the Unexpected. It was a huge slap in the face to me (which I have found that just about every time I read the Bible or a devotional book or go to church period, I get slapped in the face for my ignorance.)

Chase is not a worrier, whereas I worry about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. While he would be perfectly happy not finding out the gender, I would be constantly thinking “what about the nursery? The name? The clothes? The toys? The colors? The blah, blah, blah!!!!!”

NOTE: **No, we are NOT having a baby. This is just the only analogy I can think of.

This is the case for just about everything though. Chase tried to surprise me once while we were dating. And while I LOVE surprises, I hate knowing about surprises in advance when I can’t figure them out. He told me he was taking me somewhere but wouldn’t tell me where. Unfortunately he told me this BEFORE I had gotten ready. So what do I do? I spend the next 30 minutes on the phone with him, mad because he won’t give me more details. Did he not understand?? I had to have some idea of where we were going so I would know how to dress! Would we be outside? Would it be fancy? Would a t-shirt be okay? Would flip-flops be inappropriate? Do I need to wash my hair? Would a ponytail be too casual? I think my final words were “Chase Robert you just don’t understand anything!! UHH!!”

Seriously. It was bad.

Why can’t I just go along with the flow in life? Why can’t I be spontaneous?

Why can’t I just wait and see what God has to give me and allow Him to be spontaneous?

I get so frustrated when things happen that weren’t part of “the plan,” or should I say “MY plan.” I only like to be surprised when the unexpected thing fits into my plan.

Take yesterday for instance. A new lady at work moved into our department and I was asked to train her. I got told this at about 9:00 and was expected to start training her immediately.

So what did I do? I took a detour to my mom’s desk to gripe about it, then went and went to start training. That was not part if my plan for Monday, but instead of just accepting the change in pace, I instantly became discontented because I didn’t plan on it. And it turns out, that I actually don't mind training her. It's actually a nice change compared to sitting at my desk for 8 hours a day.

Unfortunately I don’t have an example of where I have conquered this problem yet, but I’m working on it.

Sorry to ramble…this was just on my mind.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Selah

If you have time, please check out the blog for Todd & Angie Smith. I've put a link to it to the right of my posts. Todd is the singer in Selah with the incredible voice. This last week their 4th daughter, Audrey Caroline, went to be with Jesus. They knew she probably wasn't going to make it, but it's still so so sad and they need prayers.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lights Out.

About 3:00am Thursday morning we lost power at the house...ugh. Chase and I were both wide awake when it happened too since the storm was so loud. It was really scary!! So, I was hoping that I would wake up Thursday morning and all would be well.

Wrong. Still no power.

Chase got off of work at noon, so when he called me, I was expecting him to say "Hey, its all back!"

Wrong. Still no power.

So before I left work, I called TXU to report the outage and get an estimated time of repair. To my delight I hear "blah blah blah...the outage has been repaired...blah blah blah." Woohoo!!

So I get home, walk in the front door, and BAM. No stinkin power. AGH! I call TXU and type in my account number and this time they tell me the estimated outage time cannot be confirmed.

Since Chase wasn't going to be home until late from the Rangers game, I was not going to stay at the house by myself in the dark, so I called my in laws and headed over to their house. Once Chase finally got over there, we headed back home. If the power was still out, we were going to pack some stuff up and head to his parents for the night.

We walk in to flip the switch. Nothing. Crap! So were gathering up all the stuff that we can see that we need and about 3 minutes later, voila! The power came back on!!!! So Chase and I did little happy dances for about 25 seconds and Chase walked out the front door. A mere 2 seconds later...

BOOM!!! (Insert pic of me having a heart attack because it sounded like Chase got shot with a cannon in our front yard.)

A transformer blows up .



Yep. No power again.

How's that for a happy ending?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hi, my name is Lauren and I'm an addict.

My drugs of choice are calories and fat.

After my recent food diary post, I've been trying to be a little more health-conscious. I have been craving salad all week, so today for lunch I suggest to my mom that we go to Salad’s & Such. You may remember from one of my previous posts that this is the place that PILES cheese on the salad, but I was intending to skip the cheese this time. So I grab the menu, look it over a little, decide on the delicious Grilled Chicken Caesar salad. I could practically taste the lettuce and the yummy croutons…

Waiter: “Hi ma’am. What can I get you?”

Me: “I’ll take a baked potato with butter, sour cream, and cheese only.”

Waiter: “Would you like a side salad, or a cup of fruit?”

Me: “No thanks, that big mound of starch and lard will be it.”




Well, maybe I didn't say that last part.

Friday, April 4, 2008

I found him!!

When I pulled in to the driveway, there was a man who looked a lot like him cleaning Chase’s truck out…since it had been so long since I had seen Chase, I didn’t’ recognize him at first. But shortly after, he followed me into the house and told me to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes, and I KNEW it was him.




Just kidding,.


I did get to see him for about 20 minutes before he had to leave for work though. I was rushing around like a mad woman trying to hurry and make brownies to take to Lanee’s for our girls’ night which was lots of fun! Just a bunch of girls hanging out and eating food…doesn’t get much better than that! Everyone started leaving around 9 or 9:30, but Lanee was sweet enough to let me stay over there until 11:00 since Chase wasn’t at home yet and Travis was still up at the church in a meeting.

I’ll try to upload some pics this weekend!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Have you seen my husband?

I’m thinking about putting Chase’s face on the side of a milk carton. Why?? Because he’s missing. I know he’s still living at my house because when I get home everyday, I see a new pair of dirty socks on the living room floor. I can walk into the kitchen and know there’s going to be an empty cheese wrapper on the counter, even though I threw one away yesterday. I can leave him a note asking him to remember to take the trash out, and it gets done. I can walk in to the bathroom and find MY towel has just recently been used, and not by me. I can turn the TV on and see ESPN, even though I know when I turned off the TV last night I was watching the Food Network.

So I’ve come to the conclusion that:
a) My husband has amazing invisibility powers that he didn’t tell me about.
b) OR I have a bum living in my house while I’m at work that has really picked up on my Chase’s love for ESPN and sandwiches.

Hmmm…..

Monday, March 31, 2008

Never again.


So, last night we went and ate Hibachi for LeAnns’ birthday. We always go to the same place, Oi Shii in Lake Worth. It’s DE-licious, so you must try it if you haven’t already. Anyways, we all order the hibachi stuff, while Chase’s Uncle Don always orders sushi. I’ve always wanted to try sushi, but just never had the courage. I mean, I love seafood, and I love Chinese, and pretty much any other Asian food, it would only be natural that I like sushi, right? I’d heard from several different people that the California Roll was about the most tame kind of sushi, so when Uncle Don asked me if I wanted to try it, I gave in and said yes. I mean, come on, CHASE even likes it and we KNOW how he is when it comes to food. So, they dipped it in a little soy sauce and …



I don’t remember the last time I wanted to spit out my food that quickly.

Seriously, I was gagging, but I somehow managed to swallow it. I don’t even know if I chewed it more than 3 times before I swallowed it whole. I honestly couldn’t take it. The last time I’ve tried something that bad was in Thailand – and it looked like snot.

Sushi is not for me.
*Florida pics coming soon....

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Food Pyramid....what's that?


I woke up starving this morning, but since I didn’t go grocery shopping this week, I had nothing to eat. We almost always have snacks in the kitchen at work, and today was no different. My boss had bought some chocolate chip cookies yesterday and we had leftovers. SCORE! As I was eating them, I just kept thinking, this is probably not the best thing to be eating for breakfast. As I continued to think about what all I had eaten this week, I wanted to throw up. See for yourself.

MONDAY
Breakfast
– Package of Cheese crackers
Snack – mini-Butterfinger
Lunch – Leftover Cajun Chicken Pasta from Chili’s
Snack – chocolate chip cookie
Dinner – Fried Popcorn Shrimp & French Fries from LJS
Snack – Bowl of cereal

TUESDAY
Breakfast – 1 glazed donut
Snack – 15 or so Cracked Black Pepper & Olive Oil Triscuits (yummmm…)
Lunch – 1 party taco from Taco Bueno and some chips & queso
Snack – 6 ct. package of Peanut Butter & Honey crackers
Dinner – Arby’s French Dip Sandwich dipped in lots of au jus (which I’m sure is just another word for all the fatty juice that drips off of the fatty roast beef, but tastes like heaven in a cup.)

WEDNESDAY
Breakfast
– 1 bite of Apple Cinnamon oatmeal. (yuck)
Lunch – Bowl of baked potato soup, garden salad with no veggies, but lots of cheddar cheese (hey, I did top it with low-cal Italian dressing, that counts for something right?? No?) & a Brownie Bite
Snack – 2 chocolate chip cookies
Dinner – bite of Chase’s Frito Chili Pie at 6:00 (it DID use Lean beef chili), a small bag of Cheez-its at 8:00, & a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios at 9:30

THURSDAY
Breakfast – a sip of gross coffee, 2 chocolate chip cookies

Seriously, do I always eat this bad? Granted, I haven’t cooked once this week, unless you count making a Frito chili pie cooking…but still. The closest I got to somewhat healthy was a salad, but it was covered in cheese. There may have actually been more cheese than lettuce (ahh the greatness of Salads N Such by NE Mall. If you haven’t been there, trust me, it’s delicious!

Anyways, I am SO heading to Subway for lunch. I was thinking about going jogging when I get home too, but I have some shopping to do…does walking a mile inside Target count as exercising?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Well I had a super fun weekend!! I went on a much needed date with my hubby, I got to hang out with Shelby, which I LOVE doing, and I went shopping with Meredith!

Chase told me to pick where we were going to eat on Friday night. Now usually, this is were I come up with somewhere we never go, or haven’t gone in a long time. So where did we end up?? Chili’s @ Fossil Creek. Original, huh? We’ve actually both been to Chili’s within the last 2 weeks (Chase had actually gone on Wednesday) but it just sounded so good to both of us. And it was sooo yummy. Afterwards we went to Baskin-Robbins where my perfect evening hit a bump in the road when I arrived to find that they didn’t have my favorite flavor, Pink Bubblegum. Luckily I found a flavor that had dark chocolate and brownie chunks, so all was well. We got home and were watching a couple of episodes of The Office when Shelb got hold of me and asked us to go the movies. I just LOVE her, and I hadn’t seen her in a while, so I was way excited to see her!

I usually pride myself on being able to find my way around pretty much anywhere. Sometime it’s like I have a built-in GPS in my head. Well, that was not the case on Saturday. Yes – I got lost. Technically, I wasn’t lost lost (Chase is going to kill me for doing my double word thing). I knew how to get back to where I came from, but I just figured if I kept driving, I would eventually find my way. Meredith thought that would be a good idea too. We were WRONG. Apparently I’m just not all that familiar with the Hulen area. I had gotten stuck in a turn only lane, and instead of turning around, we just figured we’d keep going and find another way. I checked the map today to see where I actually was. WOW. If I had wanted to drive straight into Benbrook Lake, I would have been right on target. But unfortunately, that is NOT where I was trying to go. Too bad Chase had TomTom with him, since he’s normally the directionally challenged one. It could have definitely helped!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Is today Wednesday? I’ve been completely lost as to what day it is all week. I went to bed last night thinking that it was going to be Thursday when I woke up. When I woke up this morning, I still thought it was Thursday. I was trying to figure out all morning what I was going to make for dinner tonight (since I basically only cook on Mondays and Thursdays). It wasn’t until I went to eat lunch with Meredith that I realized it was Wednesday. Funny thing, she thought it was Thursday too! Glad I’m not the only crazy person.

We got to talking about our trip to Florida and I am just super pumped. I really want to go to Disney World again. I need new pictures. Last time we went I had just turned 17 and I don’t think I knew what “presentable in public” meant. Seriously, did my family know how bad I looked? Did I own a hairbrush? Or tweezers? Or clothes that weren’t hideous?

Granted, I was never one to really care what I looked like when I was in high school. I was way more interested in hanging out with my friends that trying to get a boyfriend, but still! When I have kids and I show them pictures from when their mommy went to Disney World, I don’t want them to say “Who’s that scary girl with Mickey Mouse?”

Then I got to thinking; that trip took place a few months after I had met Chase. Did he realize how bad I looked? He probably didn’t due to the fact that he had a girlfriend at the time (and a very pretty one I might add! I bet she owned a pair of tweezers…), but we became friends shortly after this trip. Maybe I looked bad on this trip because it was humid and hot. Yeah, I’m sure that’s it. I just figured, “Hey, it’s hot and I’m in another state, so I’ll abandon all sense of style and grooming this week.”

I would let you see these pictures, that way you could judge yourself whether or not I just had a bad week or if I actually looked like that all the time, but I’m too scared of the answers I might get. So they will stay safely tucked away in my drawer at home.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Goodness, it’s been a while. Not much has been going on, so there hasn't been much to blog about…Chase found out for sure that he gets to go to Florida and so does Meredith, so I’m super excited about that! My birthday is during our trip, so I’ll have 3 of my best friends with me all day on my birthday. I’m hoping we get to hang out on the beach that day. Which reminds me…I need a new bathing suit and a tan STAT! The bathing suit shouldn't be a problem, but I’m starting to consider taking some SPF 5,000 sunscreen and sticking with the pasty look this summer. I would love to go tanning and have a nice skin color all the time, but
1. I can’t afford it.
2. It fades my hair, no matter how much “color protection” junk I put on it.
AND 3. I found a little lump on my back and it has me a little nervous, so I don’t want to take any risks.

(REMINDER: call the doctor to get little lump checked out.)


I don’t mean to sound…whatever I’m going to sound like, but I can’t stand my skin color. Not as in the fact that I’m white, but the tone of my skin. It’s definitely pale, but it’s not pretty pale. My face is always more red than the rest of my body. A few weeks ago, I got to thinking, maybe I’ve been using the wrong color foundation/powder all of this time (even though I switched several times). NOPE. I’ve gone to work 2 days in a row now with no facial makeup on, just to see if it was actually my makeup. Still red-faced.

I’ve tried different face washes, thinking that maybe I’m using something too strong and it’s irritating my skin. Nope. I can use the most gentle face wash and it doesn’t change anything. I’ve tried using paler makeup, but then I just look like a ghost. It makes no sense!

The only thing I can really do to help is put bronzer from my neck down to the top of my shirts. It’s not that big of a deal unless I’m wearing a white colored shirt because then it always gets on the collar of the shirt.

So frustrating.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Weekend Wrapup

Happy 2 year Anniversary to Meredith & Brian! Y'all are officially the GOOFIEST people I know! But I love you both!

I wish I could say I was super productive this weekend, but unfortunately I wasn’t. At least not for the most part. Chase had to work Friday night, so I went and ate with some friends and went to Meredith’s to watch a movie afterwards. Chase came over when he got off of work, and we babysat Buttons for the night. On Saturday, I had TONS of things that I wanted to get done: clean the kitchen, clean out the guest bedroom, get groceries, do some laundry, clean the bathroom, fold the towels, get all of my Christmas boxes into the garage instead of sitting in our front room.

Unfortunately, all I did was clean the kitchen and grocery shop.

I tried to get other stuff done, I really did. I just couldn’t get motivated to move on from the kitchen. BUT, my kitchen is spotless now. It’s also super organized thanks to sweet Chase’s help on Sunday afternoon. (Although I think his help was just built up frustration on how UN-organized I am. Either way, he helped so that’s fine with me!)

Sunday I woke up feeling awful, so I didn’t go to church. I pretty much just lounged all day except for the 2 hours or so where I got a sudden burst of energy and organized the kitchen. I figured I’d stay home Sunday night to just in case I was getting that bug that’s going around.

Today my mom and I met Ali and my dad at one of my FAVORITE little restaurants, Cucos. It a little Cuban sandwich shop over by my parents’ house. And tonight I’m going (dateless) to our Sunday Schools Valentine banquet. Dana and I are going together since our hubby’s decided to abandon us. (I shouldn’t complain, mine will be like 30 minutes away, while hers is in Panama)

***PRAYER REQUEST:
I just found out that our receptionist Renee lost her 25 year old son, Josh, in an auto accident today. He left behind a wife and a 5 year old son, so PLEASE keep them all in your prayers. Renee is a wonderful Christian lady, and I hate that she has to go through something so traumatic and devastating, but I’m glad that she knows she has a God in Heaven that can get her through it. Please keep my boss in your prayers too. She is a close friend of Renee’s family and she is having a hard time with this, along with trying to figure out how we’re going to handle everything in Renee’s absence.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lesson Learned

Last night was Sarah’s night to teach the 1st & 2nd graders, but since she was sick, and I didn’t have time to get a lesson ready, I decided to let the kiddos watch a movie. I went to church early so I could get the TV set up and find a good kids DVD in the church library. We’ve been learning about mercy this month, and so I thought the video on the Prodigal Son would be perfect. So we get into class and I get the movie all set up and ready to go. Well, if you don’t know the story, a son asks his father for his inheritance early because he wants to go to the city and become rich, but instead he ends up spending it all wastefully and comes back home poor as dirt begging his father for work. Instead of making him work, his father welcomes him back with open arms and doesn’t punish him or get mad at him for losing all the money. Perfect mercy example.

If you worked for a company who made cartoon children’s Bible story videos, would you put seductive belly dancers and voluptuous fortune tellers in them? Would you really think that was appropriate?

I wouldn’t.


I was just waiting to for the video to be done and for all the girls to get up and start shaking it like Shakira.

Thank goodness we had snack to distract them!! Next time, I guess I’ll preview the video before I play it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Reality Check

Last night I went to visitation at our church, and then right after that was the Ladies Bible Study. I have to admit, I’m really bad about going to these. Visitation is every Tuesday night, but I usually end up working late on Tuesdays so I miss it. The Bible Study is every other Tuesday, and I tend to lose track of what weeks it is on, so I forget to go. Well, apparently God wanted me there last night. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt God slap me in the face like He did yesterday.

Lately, I’ve been in a funk. Just a bunch of negative thoughts filling my head constantly. Things about money (or lack of), the house, my car, things I wish I had, things I wish I didn’t have to do…the list could go on. Well, all it took was that slap in the face for me to realize that I need to stop being a big baby. Seriously, I’m in a room full of women. Women who have lost their husbands, women whose husbands have left them, women who have a child in prison with a drug addiction, women with multiple health issues. I learned about a women who had to take her 4 kids and leave her husband because he beat her, and another women who is in a coma and may not survive leaving behind a 6 year old child...and here I am feeling sorry for myself because I don’t have a nicer house, or a newer car, or more clothes.

I need to get over it. Thank God I have a house to sleep in at night, a car that gets me wherever I need to go, and enough clothes that I don’t have to wear the same thing twice in a week. I have a husband that loves me and never ceases to show it. I am in good health and so is Chase.

The study we did last night had nothing to do with what I got out of it. I really couldn’t concentrate on the lesson because my mind was racing with thoughts like “How could I have been so selfish?” or “Why can’t I just be grateful for what I have?”

I’m just glad I have such a gracious Savior. One who will forgive me for being so selfish and help me to move forward with a better and clearer outlook.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Florida?

Why can't the weekends be longer? It seems like they just keep getting shorter while the work week drags on forever! Just 4 more weeks and I will be in beautiful Florida! Chase told me abouth a week ago that he actually isn't 100% sure he can get off of work so that's been on our prayer list each and every night. I've been looking forward to this vacation for months. It was going to be my parents, Ross, Ali, Meredith and Brian, and Chase and me. Well, then Mere and Brian found out that they have to be at a Discipleship conference in Arkansas that week, so they're out. Then Chase drops this bombshell on me...not that I don't love my family and really wouldn't mind going with just my parents and brother and sister, but I would totally feel guilty going without Chase. I mean, the one plus would be that if Chase weren't there my parents would tend to pay for everything...I think it's a comfort thing with my dad. If Chase isn't there, he won't let me pay for myself. And this Daddy's Girl is NOT complaining! But I'd rather pay for everything if that meant Chase got to go, so looks like we have a lot of praying to do!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Well, Valentines Day was awesome! Chase cooked me dinner for the first time EVER! (No, honey, the one time that you heated up frozen chicken did NOT count as cooking.) He made yummy Chicken Fettucine Alfredo and it was Yum-O! He also got me a Rachel Ray mag to read while he was cooking, so that was even more awesome! I want to post some pics soon but I lost the cord that attaches my camera to my computer. So until I can buy another one, it will just have to wait.

Ok, so I’m officially tired of cold weather. I liked it for the first couple weeks when I was able to pull out all my cute sweaters that I had been saving to wear….oh wait. I own like 2 sweaters! Every year, I tell myself that I’m going to stock up on sweaters once they go on sale. And every year when I go to the mall in January or February with the intention of buying some cute sweaters for next winter, the sneaky people at all the stores have started putting all the cute Spring clothes out. And even worse, stupid Kohl’s just had to have a massive shoe sale, making it very hard on me to buy stinkin’ sweaters that I wouldn’t be able to wear form another 8 months, when I could spend the same amount of money on clothes that I could wear NOW! Come on, it was like 70 degrees outside. Who wants to buy a big bulky sweater when you could buy a cute skirt, tank and 2 cardigans on sale at Old Navy?

Oh, I know who. Someone who watches the weather!!! Because they would have known that the weather was going to be back in the 30-40s and their cute skirt and cardigan would NOT keep them warm. Ugh.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hi!

Well, I've been meaning to start up a blog for a while now, but it took me forever to decided on a name. Well, I finally decided on one (am I creative or what?!) so I'm going to try to keep up with this. I'm basically using this as a journal of sorts. So, here goes!


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Happy Valentines Day! I have been in a GREAT mood all day, which probably doesn’t happen very often, at least not on days that I have to go to work. Don’t take me wrong, I actually do enjoy working with most of the people at my office, and I usually like doing what I do. I just have too much to do sometimes. I do not handle stress well at all - I think it runs in my family. My mom has nightmares about work, and I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about something I may have forgotten to do at work. It’s so annoying. BUT, I’m not as bad as Meredith. She is practically on the verge of a panic attack anytime she’s stressed, poor thing! Anyways, moving on….

You know that saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” Well, apparently I’m a MAN! My sweet hubby got up extra early this morning so he could surprise me with my favorite breakfast (although I kind of figured it out when I heard his truck pull back into the driveway. Hint: If you’re going to surprise me, don’t use your truck. It’s loud. Even louder than the trains and you KNOW how loud those are at our house.) Anyways, he brought me my chocolate sprinkled donut (little sprinkles, not big ones), a sausage roll, and chocolate milk from my FAVORITE donut shop! Seriously though, that could be my only VDay present and I would be happy! We decided to go out on Saturday, since I don’t feel like waiting an hour to be seated anywhere. Chase is supposed to be planning what we’re eating tonight, so I’m excited (and a little nervous) but I’m sure whatever he does will be super sweet. He’s an amazing hubby and I just love him like crazy!