Tuesday, April 15, 2008


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


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.