Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I am SO thankful for the way God makes things work out...even when you totally doubt it at the time. I could give you many specific cases right now, but I'll just let you apply it to your own life.

Think about a time in your life (there have been few for some and many for others) when you just could NOT understand why God was putting you through something. You thought to yourself that you were forgotten...or, being unnecessarily challenged and you just didn't understand why "this" was happening to you. You felt as if you had been doing the "right" things and living a "good" this? Why now? Why you?

Well, before my faith became solidified, I had times where I just could not wrap my brain around the reason for certain things happening in my life. I always talked to God and asked him for guidance, but I wasn't really "listening" to Him when He answered me. Looking back on some of these times, I now see how ubiquitous He really is. I was never alone...I was never left to fend for myself....I had the strongest One in my corner at all times....all I had to do was listen.

Sometimes, the hardest thing for a person to do is just listen. Listen for His calming, reassuring and loving Voice.....

Then, days...months...or years look back upon this difficult time when you sought His guidance...and you see that He did, in fact, answer you....It's in His time...not ours.....He knows what is best for us....We do not know His perfect plan...We just have to trust it.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wishful Thinking Wednesday

With all of this swine flu going around lately, chances are pretty strong that I will be postponing my trip to Cabo....

I think we may be going in mid-June now, and will not be there for my's {sniff} ok....I can {whimper} deal with it. I guess it IS best to wait until things are safer and all....although I do feel like stomping my foot and saying,"NO FAIR!" And, then falling suddenly to the ground and flailing my arms and legs about whilst screaming like a wild banshee....(but, that would be very childish indeed.....hmph...but, I haven't ruled it out altogether just yet)

So, I'm hoping and wishing that things just work out for the best (which they always do). I'm sure that my birthday will be fantastic no matter what I end up doing...and I'll eventually be soaking up the sun in Cabo...(and, I'm secretly stoked that I will have extra time to get "bikini ready")

Oh, and I bought some new bikinis and cute little cover-ups and beach attire...I'll take some pics of it tonight and post!!! TOO STINKIN' CUTE!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

100 Things About Me.....

Wow...ok, here goes....

1) My name is Summer...and I LOVE hearing people say it out loud.

2) I talk to God as if he is my best friend and sitting right next to me.

3) I learned to knit last year and have knitted about 4 scarves (my mom has knitted like off...haha)

4) I speak French

5) My favorite time of day is dusk...when the sun is just about to set...the world seems quiet and still...and it's just magical.

6) I won first place in the National Figure Skating Championship when I was 6.
7) My parents are my two favorite people here on this earth.

8) I think about what Heaven will be like....all the time....

9) {relating to #8} When talking to God, I always say,"I can't wait to meet you in Heaven." Then, I quickly follow up with,"Umm...but, hopefully, it's when I'm around 100 years old. I can wait until then."

10) I broke my arm swinging in a hammock when I was 6.

11) I don't like hammocks.

12) I broke my arm (in the same place) roller skating when I was 12.

13) I still like roller skating. "Open the door, get on the floor. Everybody walk the dinosaur. Boom boom acka-lacka lacka boom, Boom boom acka-lacka boom boom"

14) My favorite color is purple.

15) My favorite body part is my hands. (is that grammatically correct??)

16) I know ASL. (American Sign Language)

17) When I used to swim as a child, my favorite thing to do would be to put a ring around my ankles and pretend I was a mermaid.

18) One of my best friends in high school was named Summer.

19) My dad-dad (grandfather) was in World War II.

20) I was a sorority girl in college.

21) I had three fish when I was little. Their names were Cheesy, Tigger and Kinkadoidee.

22) I used to put on "concerts" on the playground standing on top of the concrete tunnels, singing "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Manic Monday".

23) My first public singing performance was at a bar called Zinks. I was 3 or 4 years old and sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" while standing on top of their grand piano.

24) I am a dreamer.

25) I have a vivid imagination.

26) I always unlock my car doors when driving over the bridge to my parents house. (because, if I go off the bridge into the water, I don't want to be stuck in my car....I know...I'm odd)

27) I could say the Lord's Prayers before I was 2 years old.

28) I graduated from Culinary School in 2007 and so I am officially a chef.

29) My first dog's name was Christmas. She was a beautiful white Shepherd.

30) I believe in magic.

31) I am a neat freak.

32) In my pantry/fridge, all labels have to be facing forward and lined up straight. (I don't think it's OCD...just like it to be pretty...hehe)

33) My favorite book as a child was Bridge to Terabithia. I still cry when I think about it.......I'm tearing up right now...

34) I love singing and hope to make a cd someday soon.

35) Within the next year, I plan on learning to play the piano AND pick up my guitar and play that also.

36) When I was little, and my mom or dad would say my prayers with me, I would lay in bed and thank God for everything...and I mean EVERYTHING...I would tell Him "thank you" for my bed, pillows, books, hair clips, mom, dad, me-ma, dad-dad, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, friends, animals, fingers, toes, sky...EVERYTHING! My parents would eventually stop me and just say,"Tell Him you're thankful for everything, honey....He knows."

37) I am left handed.

38) I knew the Pledge of Allegiance before the age of two...and would say "with Liveraty and justice"

39) I crawled at 8 months and began walking right before my first birthday.

40) I sing the wrongs words to MANY songs....loudly...

41) One of my favorite shows on tv is "Bones"

42) I refuse to buy a Snuggie.

43) My first concert was Roy Orbison when I was around one year old.

44) I LOVE the band Chicago...I've seen them 4 times in concert.

45) I could count to 10 in Spanish before the age of 2.

46) I have never traveled overseas.

47) The thing I want more than anything else in this world is marrying a wonderful man and having lots of babies. I have wanted to be a mommy since I was little.

48) My parents took me on their second honeymoon to Hawaii when I was 7.

49) I never crawled out of my baby bed, and my first words may have been "your gonna fall".

50) I spin around in circles sometimes when riding on elevators to make myself dizzy. (when I'm alone...haha)

51) Sometimes, I skip......on the street, in the mall, in my office building...wherever the mood hits me.

52) I have danced my whole life...taking tap, jazz and ballet from the time I was 3 until I was 12.

53) My eyes change colors depending on what I'm, green-blue, green-gray...and my favorite color is when I'm crying.

54) I thought the most horrible, meanest and most terrible thing I could do as a child was to stick my tongue out.....and it sometimes terrified me to do it.

55) Our home was burglarized when I was little and I pulled the policeman into my room and told him that I was missing several hair clips that hung on a ribbon. I was just sure that they had been stolen!

56) I used to read the dictionary as a child. My dad has an immense vocabulary and constantly used these wonderfully eloquent words. When I asked him what these words meant, he would say,"Look it up." So, I did.

57) My favorite number is 111.

58) I do NOT like walking on grass barefoot.

59) I played the lead in our high school production of "Oklahoma" my senior year.

60) My best friend, Kara, was born 6 weeks before me and we are still the dearest of friends.

61) I have very weak arms, but very strong legs.

62) I've never had braces.

63) I love talking about Jesus!

64) I wish Stevie Wonder would play at my wedding. (still working out the details....oh...and I need to find a fiance)

65) Lemon Ice Box Pie is my FAVORITE!!!

66) I would NOT sit on Santa's lap until I was older. I was terrified of him.

67) When I was 16, I lost a very dear friend. I still blow kisses to the spot where he took his last breath every time I pass it.

68) I loved She-Ra Princess of Power, Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake...they were my homegirls!

69) When I pass a car accident, I make it a point not to look at it and then I always say a prayer. Something like,"Lord, please be with whomever was involved in that accident, please be with their family, let them not worry, let them be comforted. Hopefully, nobody was hurt. Thank you for watching over them, Lord. Amen."

70) I tend to over analyze things sometimes.

71) I am a BIG-TIME procrastinator.

72) I love sleeping late.

73) I have always disliked getting messy or dirty. On my first birthday, everyone was encouraging me to stick my finger in the cake (my mom made a "special" cake just for me to dive into) I gently stuck my finger in the icing, immediately took it out, then held it out for my mom to wipe off.

74) I miss my cat Blizzard.

75) My last meal would be chicken tenders, mashed potatoes and gravy, peas, Mrs. Bairds Cloverleaf rolls, my mom's toffee and peach iced tea.

76) My ears turn VERY red when I get nervous or embarrassed.

77) I don't get nervous or embarrassed often.

78) I have two on my chest and one on my foot.

79) I have loved all of my pets over the years...Christmas(white shepherd), Cricket(black lab), Beaumont I(bichon frise), Rocky(parakeet), Cheesy*Tigger*Kinkadoidee(fish), Blizzard(white cat), Honey(lhasa apso), Beaumont II(bichon frise), Tiger(big orange cat), Madison(toy poodle), Magic(black cat we only had a few weeks), Samson I(sweetest German Shepherd who had a disease and went to doggie heaven after about a year), Samson II(big, bad German Shepherd who currently "Rules the Roost" at my parent's house) I hope I didn't forget any of my pets.....

80) I played basketball in junior high, but always tried to foul out of the game so I wouldn't break a nail.

81) One day, I decided that I wanted to do, I practiced and practiced until I was able to do them.....that same day....

82) When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered..."I want to be a doctor, an artist and a banker."

83) I love turning on all the lights in my parents house when I visit....hehe

84) In high school, I totalled my dad's car on my way to drill team practice at 6 am. I ran off the road, knocked out a big brick mailbox and came within inches of a telephone pole. The front windshield was completely shattered from the many bricks that went through it. There were bricks lying all around me in the car...not one of them hit me...I didn't have one scratch on me. Then, a man drove up and asked if I was ok...I told him I needed to get home, so I got in his car (a TOTAL STRANGER) and thankfully, he took me directly home. I have some major guardian angels watching over me....

85) I have trouble finding rings that fit fingers are so skinny. I wear a 3 or 3 1/2 on my ring finger.

86) I have wanted to get a nose job since I was 12....but, now I'm thinking that I may just keep what God gave me.

87) I change into my "comfies" within 5 minutes of being home.

88) My goal of "Being fluent in 10 different languages by the time I'm 30" will most likely not be met. I have about 4 weeks left...and 7 languages to go.

89) I love volunteering.

90) I used to teach preschool....and I still miss those kiddos. I balled and balled when I drove away from the school on my last day. I felt like I was abandoning them.

91) I like crunching ice in my teeth....I'm doing it right now.

92) Christmas is my absolute, all time, most favorite season and time of year.

93) To get the best view of the tree, you have to turn off all of the lights, turn on the Christmas tree lights and then squint your eyes to make the lights all blurry and magical. Oh, and you must have either Bing Crosby or Andy Williams singing in the background.

94) Just an FYI, I could easily make a list of "100 Things I Love About Christmas".

95) I prefer cold temperatures to hot temperatures....I know my name is Summer, but Dallas in the summertime is miserable.

96) I want to travel the world.

97) I always make a big deal about my birthday and this year ESPECIALLY!!!

98) I LOVE rainy days....(as long as I can snuggle up in bed until 10 and then drag myself to the couch where a day of reading books and watchtime Lifetime ensues...)

99) I am thankful every single day that Jesus died on the cross for my sins.

100) I am happy 99.9% of the's a choice, after all.... :)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Get ready to hate me.........

Cause I'm going to....


Yep...the LARGEST Twilight Convention this year is in MY CITY!!!!

...I know I sound like the biggest dork in the world right now, but oddly enough...I'm 100% ok with that....yep...100%.

Now.........who wants to go with me?????

Oh...and did I mention that I only live half a mile from where the convention is taking place??? hehehe....

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Because I am having trouble shedding that 20 pounds (and it needs to be gone in less than 4 weeks...yikes!) I figured I would turn it around and show my gratitude...

So, I am thankful...that I am always surrounded by an abundance of delicious and fulfilling foods of all kinds. I am thankful that I have never known one day of hunger or wondered where my next meal would come from...

I am thankful that I have options in what I eat and get to choose my meals each day.

Lord, please remind me each day that I am so blessed to have the food that You provide to me. Let it replenish my body with nutrients and give me energy to praise You with fervor. Please help me to remember that there are others in this world who are not as lucky as I am...and they do not have food filling their tummies every day. Please be with those people and help them to get the nourishment they need to allow them a long and happy life serving You. Thank you Lord. Amen.

Incorrect Answer???

Go Miss California!

Need I say more??

And, shame on those people that are slandering her for answering honestly!

I am sick and tired of "politically correct".....Politics shmolitics! How about we get back to "biblically correct" and...oh, I don't know...let someone have their own opinion that may not be the same as yours??? Just a thought....sheesh....

Now, don't get me wrong...I'm not saying that her opinion, your opinion, or my opinion are "correct"....That's why it's called an opinion. I love everybody in this world...every race, creed, color and sexual orientation. I may not approve of some behaviors, but I accept and love everyone.

Whew....sorry about that...but, I certainly get a little worked up when we, as Christians, consistently turn the other cheek and then just get knocked down time and time again.

There was no disrespect in Miss California's answer...and the fact that it's even been a "controversy" yet again demonstrates to me how far we, as a society, have moved in the wrong direction.

What do you think about all of this???

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Complete randomness.....

This post has no topic or catchy one-line phrase.....just wanted to give a "shout out" to God...and say THANKS!!!

I just truly, 100%, no-holds-barred LOVE MY LIFE! I'm so blessed....

yeah, yeah...I may not have my dreamy, wonderful hubby yet....or my beautiful, intelligent 2.5 children yet....but, I'm so lucky...and so happy....

And, here on this beautiful earth, Thanks mom and dad.....for instilling in me such a feeling of love and truly is a constant in my life.

Without my parents...well, I just wouldn't be the same person. They are the two most amazing people I know and I can't imagine a child being more loved. I cannot remember ONE unhappy moment from my childhood...NOT ONE!!

I luuuuuuuuuuub you mommily and poppa bear....

love you, mwah fu, dwb, nt, gl, ily, a-z, z-a, backwards-forwards, forwards-backwards

good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite, see ya in the morning light, sweet dreams, love ya, you're smart, smarter, smartest

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mischievous Monday!

hehehehe....I was a little stinker.....

oh...and thanks for the "bowl cut" mom....ugh... ;)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Birthday pic, etc....

So...yep...I'm already is a pic of me with the birthday girls. Ames is on the left and Britt on the right....

(Amy just had her first baby 9 weeks ago and is in PERFECT shape!!!)

It started sprinkling right when I was, I decided to take a picture of myself when I got home (after changing into comfies, of course) and I made it look like it was raining in my apartment....I am SUCH a dork...haha

" the park, wait...park....."

I know that many states use the saying..."If you don't like the weather in {insert state}, wait 5 minutes..." And...perhaps it is true for many...but, since I have lived here in Texas my entire life...I can only speak for my Lone Star State....and it is MOST CERTAINLY true!

There are many days during the year (and I mean, ALL during the year) where I will have the heater on for part of the day, then turn on the AC...then, turn the heater back on...(my central heating and air system must think I'm looney)

Well, today was definitely one of those "weather change" days. It started out with storms....then, light, it's sunny and about 85 degrees outside!

Today has been a wonderful day....from the drizzle to the sun's rays....I've just been smiling all day...

Now, I'm about to head out to my dear friend's birthday party.

I hope you all have a beautiful day....whether the weather is cooperating with you...or not.....

(hehe..I liked using "whether" and "weather" in the same sentence..hehe)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday "Flavour"

Last night, I attended the last session of our Flavour series called "Girls Gone Green...SUPERnatural Living". Flavour is a womens study that our senior pastor's wife leads. We have them once a month and this past series was about living a "supernatural" life with God. It was a GREAT series!!!

Last night's message just got me so pumped up about God and reminded me that...


Oh man...I wish you ALL could have been there with me last night (you were there with me in spirit...) 2 shorts weeks the first EVER...

Flavour Conference "Speak 2009"

My mom and I are going to this and we're ready for a praise-filled, song-a-licious, glorious good time!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Feelings pouring out.....

I'm not sure about you...but, when I am singing to the Lord....or, when I am listening to songs that praise Him...there are times where I can't help but cry. Now, this type of weeping is not out of sadness...but, filled with overwhelming joy and unexplainable happiness.

As I was driving home today (all 7 minutes of it) I heard one of my favorite songs on the's by Audio Adrenaline called "Get Down". This song not only rocks-my-socks-off...but, today....made me weep for joy as I sang along with the radio. "I get down, He lifts me up...I get down, He lifts me up...I get down, He lifts me up....." By the time the chorus gets started...WATCH OUT, cause I am-a-jammin'!!! haha...

Singing those words today hit me....they hit me the best way imaginable. Even though I've always known my Lord loves me...there were times when I have felt alone even though I knew He was always by my side. Something in that song today struck a cord in my heart, and it felt amazing.

Then...when they sang these joyful tears streamed down my face with purpose:

"In your weakness He is stronger
In your darkness He shines through
When you're crying He's your comfort
When you're all alone He's carrying you"

OH MY GOODNESS...Today has been a day just FILLED with love from my Lord and Savior...I don't know how to explain it clearly...I truly cannot express my feelings with words....haha...I would say that it frustrates me not being able to articulate it...but, it doesn' get it.......I know you do....... :)

Adorable cards!!!!

For those of you who have not yet seen these just HAVE to check them out!

She carries greeting cards, notecards, stationary....just EVERYTHING!!!

And, she does personalized items, too!

When my parents and I were at Chi Omega Christmas this past year, we "discovered" these cute cards and founds out the designer lives in the same city as my parents!

Hope you like them....

Thankful Thursday

Today...I am thankful for being single.

{screeching brakes}

"WHAT'S THAT?" you say...."You're happy to be single???!!" "Are you CRAZY??!"

Here's my reasoning (I actually do have a, at least..haha)

As I was lying in my bed last night, saying my prayers...I began my usual "talk" with God. Something you may not know about me is that I will lay down in bed around 10 and maybe not go to sleep until midnight....because I'll just talk and talk and talk with God. I actually talk out a soft voice, as if I'm talking to a friend that is seated right next to me. I cherish these times at night...It's just me and noises...just me and Him.

Last night, as I was "chatting"...I began to get emotional about a few things...I talked with Him about marriage and children. As I do every night, I told Him that I will trust His plan and be patient...and then, I. Lost. It. For some reason..I just felt overwhelmed for about 5 minutes...

Then, suddenly...I felt such a peace come across me...such love and overwhelming joy. I couldn't help but smile...a BIG smile. I realized that when I do get married....when I do have children....this sort of "alone" time will be completely different.

Also...I have such an amazing opportunity right now, being single, to do things that I will be unable to do once I have a family to take care of.

So...even though I have my moments of frustration...I now have more clarity and understanding...and, I'm happy. Truly and completely happy...

I hope you all have a beautiful and thankful Thursday...we all have something to be thankful for...what is your blessing today?

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The New Boot Box!!! it is! You really can't tell how rich and pretty the color is...and you can't see the gold flecks...but, I just LOVE it!

So...I'm thinking about adding some sort of decal-type pattern on the front panel....what do you think? I have some fun ideas...but, I'm not sure yet....

I'll stick to artificial......for now.....

Ok...I know that everyone is trying to cut out things like artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, etc....but, I bought some "organic, all natural" yogurts at Central Market and just about gagged trying to get two spoonfuls down.....ick!

I took me nearly 28 years just to EAT yogurt (the texture always grossed me out big time...don't ask...I don't get it....I'm weird about all sorts of textures) So, to try these "All Natural, No Preservatives, No Artificial Sweeteners, We're Better Than Yoplait & Dannon" yogurts just isn't flying with me yet. (and, I might have thrown that last disclaimer in on my own...)

I suppose it could have been that the yogurt I just ate expired 7 days ago.......???? hmmmm.......maybe that "no preservatives" thing holds some merit??

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

To-Do Tuesday (and my scarf!!!)

  • Workout:


    Getting a mani/pedi on Monday!!

    Dust and sweep/mop

  • Blogging:

    Weekly Scripture (still want to do this...I need to commit to a certain day...)
    "Thankful Thursday" (this one is easy)

  • Northpark Stuff:
    Trish McEvoy
    Express (just to see if anything is on sale)

    Baby shower gift

    Birthday gift for Ames

    Elliots Hardware-need hydrolic closer for new "Boot Box"

    Beauty Store & Salon-conditioner

    Grocery Shopping

NOW...on to my newest addition to the Summer Scarf Family!!!!

Isn't it cool??? I still have to put tassels on it, but that just takes a few minutes....Happy Knitting!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter weekend....

Well, Easter weekend was FANTASTIC!!

I began my weekend last parents and I went to the King Tut exhibit at the DMA. It was really spectacular, and truly amazing to see artifacts from such an ancient time. Of course, I'm a little miffed at the see....they use King Tut's sarcophagus as their main marketing "ploy" to entice you to come to the exhibit. Well, for those of you who are unaware (aka..99.9% of the public), King Tut's sarcophagus cannot leave Egypt for ANY reason. But, it was very cool to see all of the other things that were found in his tomb....and read about the history.....

The rest of Thursday, I knitted an adorable little scarf....I'll be sure to post pictures when I get the tassels put on!!!

On Good Friday, I was excited to begin my project for the day! My parents found an old blanket box at an antique, this box will not actually be for blankets. I have this problem....and it involves having TOO. MANY. SHOES....and nowhere to put them. So, this will be called my "Boot Box" My goal for the day (should I choose to accept it) was to sand it down and paint it. I went to Lowes to pick out the perfect paint color.

I had no idea that paint was SO MUCH FUN! But, also....since there are so many's tough to decide on just ONE! Finally, I decided on "Cranberry Bog"...(a deep, reddish-pink color) and I added in some gold flecks for added "dazzle"!!!

It was such a beautiful day outside.....just perfect for being outside! I sanded and sanded that old box until it was nice and smooth (that's quite an arm workout!)

*Insert sign* - "Picasso At Work" hehehe.....

I was finished before I knew it! And....IT LOOKED GREAT! I couldn't believe my eyes! I was so proud as I looked upon my little "masterpiece"......*cocky smirk* (ooooh...I hope I didn't paint the lid shut......)

**I'll post pictures of the beautiful cranberry wonder later...

So, on to Saturday.....

My parents and I ran walked in a 5K in their neighborhood. This is the first 5K that I've ever done with both of my parents. I've done a couple with my mom, but mostly by, this was definitely a different experience. There were about 300 people participating in the walk/run (that's a pretty good turn out for a town of only about 4,500) We showed up at Town Hall for beginning announcements and realized It. Was. Cold!!! Man, oh man...that wind was biting!

Here are my parents before the race began...

We walked along at a nice, steady pace...yep...making goooood time.....umm...why is the lady with the double stroller ahead of us???

As we crossed the finish line, we began our chant..."We're not last, We're not last!" (well..we said it under our breaths anyway....hehe)

(by the way...that time on the clock does not accurately portray our timing, because we took that picture as we were leaving.......seriously....I'm not don't believe me, do you?)


What a glorious day to rejoice and reflect on our Lord and Savior....

I attended the early service at my childhood church with my parents and grandparents. Gosh...I haven't been there in about 10 years, so it was wonderful to see the pastor and others. We sang a lot of beautiful songs and the pastor delivered a touching message.

So...umm....yeah....the Easter bunny still visits me every year.....*blushing*

(and the gifts get cooler and COOLER!)

We had family over for Easter mom made this beautiful coconut cake (I can't stand coconut, but I thought it was sooo pretty!)

After all of the family left, I headed home to greet at my church and attend our evening service. It was a spectacular service and made me cry several times...with the music, visuals and message.

Overall...just a fantastic weekend filled with family, love, accomplishment and most importantly....God's Love and the remembrance of His sacrifice.

Catching up....

I spent the Easter weekend with my parents and was out of the "blogosphere"....I have LOTS to tell you...I'll post about my wonderful Easter weekend this afternoon...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Worship Wednesday & MY 100TH POST!!!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

1 Peter 1:3

What a glorious week we find ourselves in....A celebration of life, hope and resurrection. I hope that this week leading up to Easter finds you all happy, healthy and loved.

*On another note: I can't believe this is my 100th post! Here's looking at 100 more.... :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

To-Do Tuesday (a little different today)

Good Morning all of you beautiful people!!!

Instead of putting together my To-Do List today, I'm going to post my one BIG "To-Do" that I hope to WILL accomplish in 6 weeks!

What is it, you ask??

Well, folks....I plan on losing 20 pounds before my "Birthday Fiesta Vacation" to Cabo in mid-May!!! (In case you're unaware...

So, this means eating healthy AND working out!!! I need to lose an average of 3.33 pounds per week in order to reach my goal...

(sorry pizza's been nice knowin' ya)

Just to keep myself accountable...I will post my "before" pictures on this post later today...(scary)

**Update - took these "before" pictures and was, I will keep them as my desktop background and take new ones each week, but I just can't make myself post them here....sorry.. :(

I am determined to look smokin' in my bikini!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday, good to me.....

Ahhh....Monday......a fresh start to the week.....a new beginning......shiny new horizons to explore and the potential to......

ugh....who am I kidding? Sometimes, Mondays are SO hard to be cheery about....ya know?

Don't get me was actually a pretty good day. I mean...I did have a little bit of a "situation" if you will....that involved me turning on a light (gosh, what was I thinking?) and all of a sudden, I hear a LOUD POP, and see sparks and a small flame burst overhead.....followed by a smattering of shards of broken bulb.....ahhhh.......Monday.......nothing like open flames and shattered glass to get your day started......OH, and did I mention that it subsequently blew a fuse and power?



Monday....................umm..yeah...I'm just gonna go back to sleep.....

After searching for my breaker box for about an hour with a flashlight (two stumped toes later...stop chuckling......), I realized that I had hung my beautiful green iron mirror over it, in order to "hide" such a hideous eyesore.......guess it would have been helpful to remember that little tidbit......

So, remember how I'm ALL about losing weight before my trip?? OH WAIT! I haven't even told you about all of that yet.......well, long story short (I'll tell the long version tomorrow) I am going to Cabo in May and want to lose about 20 pounds before, that gives me about 6 weeks to shed those pounds!!!

Well, after the hoopla today......let's just say that Ricardo from the pizza place down the street will be knocking on my door in about 10 minutes......

Happy Monday.... :P

**UPDATE: My cable also went out right after I posted this.....I was on the phone with the cable company for about 30 minutes...but, they finally got it working again....What a day...what a day..**

Friday, April 3, 2009

GO STARS! Hit that puck...and skate down that ice....and......oh, I don't know anything about hockey....

So, my good friend Alex calls me yesterday and invites me to go to a Stars game with him. Of course, I say a resounding "Yes!" I love going to sporting events of any type....I mean, come on......a place where I can yell at the top of my lungs, act like a kid, eat cotton candy and throw popcorn at the ref. (uhh....wwwwait a did that last one get in there??)

We park the car and walk up to the box office to get some tickets. We are standing in line for maybe about 5 minutes, when....all of a sudden....this girl comes right up to us and says,"Hey guys...I have two extra tickets....would you like them?" Alex and I look at each other in amazement and Alex begins taking his wallet out and she says,"No, no, no....they're free....seriously...just take them...have fun!" (you should have seen the look on the faces of the people in line behind us.....daggers I tell you...daggers....)

We skip happily out of line and "happy dance" our way to the entrance! (Alex now refers to me as his "Good Luck Charm"..hehe)

Self-portrait of me and Alex....., as we're sitting there cheering on our Dallas Stars....shivering from the cold air emanating up from the ice.....smelling the popcorn................I can't help but keep looking over at this kid who hasn't taken his eyes off of his Nintendo DS the entire game. Come ON Kid! Your parents brought you to a Stars game! Are you that incredibly bored??? So, I had to snap a quick picture of it....haha.....He looks like he's in a trance, doesn't he???

Oh yeah...almost friend works with the Stars and gave me some game pucks!! They still had ice on them! :)

*We ended up losing the game...* :(

BUT, we were still cheery and laughing when we left. As we're walking back to the car among the throngs of sports fans, I notice this group of 3 guys loudly (and obnoxiously) bantering back and forth. Usually, "banter" doesn't perk my ears up....but, theirs was chock-full of expletives. Well, now.....I just couldn't have that! There were families all around with little was just so inappropriate.

I walk right up to them and shake my finger and say,"Boys, watch your mouth...there is no need for that kind of talk....seriously!" (it's official....I've turned into a 2nd grade teacher) worked....I think they may have been in shock at first...haha....


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday...

Happy Thursday Blog World!

I have decided to begin a weekly post called "Thankful Thursday".....I'm sure this is not something new to "Blog-tropolis" (but in my own sweet little mind, I just invented it).

I am having mixed emotions about today's post.....for me, it is SO easy to go on and on about a million different things that I am thankful for.....whether they are daily blessings or one-time-only occurrences. I am just so blessed in my life to be surrounded by a loving family, encouraging friends and most importantly, a God who is constantly looking out for me and guiding my every step. So, I'll try to steer away from the "obvious" and "easy" answers (even though I just fit them in and you didn't even notice, did you?? hehe)

Today....I am thankful for the laughter of children. Is there anyone in this world who can keep from smiling when you hear a baby giggle? Seriously............come on now.....can anyone out there be that hard-hearted? I was driving to work this morning, and there is a commercial on the radio that has the most adorable gurgling and giggling little baby cooing away....and MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS.....It makes my heart smile! I'm sure that people passing me wonder why I have such a silly grin splashed across my countenance.

Hopefully, you're smiling now just imaging that adorable little chuckle now..... :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wordless Wednesday....

Who's a rock star?


I'm a rock star........