Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday is "Sons of Anarchy" Day.

Per the Urban Dictionary...

Sons of Anarchy (SoA)-A TV show on FX. Its about a motorcycle club called Sons Of Anarchy. The club members are very close to one another and will do pretty much anything for one another. Most of the members have day jobs in the world but they make most of their money from gun running and protection runs. The SOA operates in a fictional town in Northern California called Charming. They also have many charters around the United States.

Y'all.

Hear me when I say this: If you like any sort of action Mafia show, whether it is The Godfather, Scarface, The Sopranos, The Departed, Gangs of New York, etc, YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING SONS OF ANARCHY!!!

Actually, I think that if you appreciate good writing, in general, then YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING SONS OF ANARCHY!!!

(Yes, the extra exclamation points help drive my point home.)

This show is, in my humble opinion, the best show on TV, currently. 

The show is about a group of "motorcycle enthusiasts" known as SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Originals) and is based on William Shakespeare's Hamlet with a Robin Hood twist.

Before I go any further, let me say that this show also isn't for your favorite little lady at church either.

I'm just saying that up front because I don't want you to start watching and then be appalled that I recommended this show. It is a story about the "bad guys." Bad guys do bad things.

The other thing about this show is that it is wonderfully cast. (The writer also has a small role in the show too!)

The first three seasons are on NetFlix currently and they have them for a reasonable price at Wally World as well, so it is something that you could watch this winter and then watch Season 4 right before Season 5 starts next fall. There are only 13 episodes per each season, and WHEN you get hooked to the show, the episodes will fly.

I just wanted to share something that I love with my readers. Also, it's fun to talk about it on twitter with @kodibev, @mollyhall24, @shabbyprincess and @luvspink_pearls. Also, people at school watch as well. I should tell you that my husband got me hooked on it originally.

Happy Wednesday!

P.S. I was not compensated in ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM  to write this post. HOWEVER, if Kurt Sutter just happens to read this post, I would more than welcome getting a chance to meet the cast.



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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Daydream Believer and a Homecoming Queen...

I have a little over two weeks until my first exam. VOMIT.

BUT.

I have begun to daydream about what my grand plans will be over the break. Here are my current ideas:
  1. Crafting
  2. Reading
  3. Blogging
  4. Family
Crafting- There are three projects that I want to try. In fact, the day of my last exam, I think I'm gonna hotfoot it on over to HobLob, Mike's, Tar-jay, Kirk's (if I can find one) and Jo's that very afternoon. (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Target, Kirkland's, and JoAnn's for those of you who don't know the lingo.)

  1. Mesh Wreath. My sister's IRL BFF found this tutorial. She has been making mesh wreaths left and right and I asked her for some help. That tutorial is the best I've seen thus far.
  2. Ornament Wreath. This is the craze on The Twitter right now and the best tutorial I've seen for that is AP's from I Love You More Than Carrots.
  3. Burlap/Linen Tree Skirt. I try to refrain myself from totally re-doing everything in my Christmas decorations arsenal each year. However, I always try to get at least one new piece to add a bit of variation. This year I've been on the hunt for a new tree skirt. Well Jenna from Jenna's Journey has the easiest and most affordable approach to this ruffled tree skirt I've seen.

Her Christmas Wreath

Her Fall Football Porch. She lives in a house divided if you couldn't tell.

Bless her husband's heart, he likes LSU.

But no worries, Jessika was raised right!

I love her Mardi Gras decorations.

Her spring wreath and

her summer wreaths are whimsical.
Reading. Surely this is obvious. My breaks are the only times that I can read for leisure. So after I wake up from my day and a half coma of sleep, I usually hit a stack of books that I've prepared for myself.
Blogging. I am hoping that I can get caught up on posting some fun things about Christmas as well.
Family. My family is coming up here for Christmas and we are delighted!!

Hope this finds you well.
Happy Tuesday!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.
  • This morning was rough. It took me a bit to get going and I wish I liked coffee so I could help myself out, but I don't. I'm gonna have to hit up the store for some Mt. Dew. 
  • Also, on the subject of school, I have zero motivation today and if anyone has seen it, please for the love of all that's holy give it back!?!?!?! I need to kick butt at my finals again. 
  • Speaking of, finals will be over December 16th. I am excited and nauseous about that at the same time. 
  • Did anyone watch Sister Wives this season? Holy Cow...I've decided that Janelle is a big instigator. The big kids who were less than thrilled were all hers. They also had some very pointed remarks that seemed to be their mother's words that she just doesn't say outside of her own home. Is it just me? Also, Robin offering to be a surrogate for Meri!!! Wowsa. What a humbling offer and I think maybe the true definition of a sister wife. 
  • I will not be doing my 25 Days of Christmas posting this year because I have to make those good grades. I'll still be posting, but just not every day. This is the first time since I've started this blog that I won't be doing it. I just don't have the time. I know that y'all are wondering what the heck I'm talking about are so disappointed.
  • I am done for now because I only allowed myself 20 minutes to crank out this post. 
Happy Monday.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Working on Bein' a Do'er.

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. -James 1:23-25

This was part of our sermon today. Just wanted to pass it along.

Happy Sunday.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Irritability.

Has anyone had a day where you're just frustrated as all get out and just can't stand yourself because you can't figure it out??

Today was that day for me.

I'm ready to chop off my hair.
I cleaned up the house when I got home from the library.
I was short with Brandon even though I totally explained to steer clear, I just couldn't help myself. I felt so bad.
My dog is driving me up the wall.

I'm just having a day.

Tell me I'm not alone in this.

Happy Saturday!
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Friday, November 25, 2011

The Cathedral of College Football

By now if you don't know that I'm Sooner born and Sooner bred (Class of '07) and when I die, I 'll be Sooner dead, you must live under a rock.

I cheer hard for my team and hurt hard when my team loses too.

Spencer Tillman, a captain of the 1985 National Championship Team, has called our stadium, "The Cathedral of College Football." And it's true. There really is nothing like coming to play in Sooner Nation. My school is ripe with tradition in football.

But there are some other places in this country that notorious with tradition too. So I've come up with a list of the toughest places in the country to play outside of my beloved Sooner Nation. (They are in no certain order.)

  1. Death Valley (LSU)-As much as it pains me to give them any sort of props, any place that has a poem written about it being the place where football players go to die, is a tough place to play. 
  2. Home of the 12th Man (Texas A&M)-I still am sore that Texas A&M is leaving the Big XII, but that doesn't diminish the fact that they have a tough stadium to win in traditionally. 
  3. The Swamp (Florida)-Every time I watch a Florida game, I always comment on how loud it is. 
  4. The Big House (Michigan)-I can hear this stadium on game days sometimes, plus this place is huge!!
  5. Touchdown Jesus (Notre Dame)- If there is one team in college football that I always root against it is Notre Dame, but at the same time, I still think they have one of the hardest places to play.
Happy Friday. I'm stuck in the library. ;)
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you hanging on the edge of your seat, the turkey and rolls were GREAT!!

Now let's get down to business shall we?

I am thankful for...
  • My Savior, Jesus Christ who saved me from my sins.
  • My husband, who supports me and pushes me to be better than I am.
    • Brandon's new big kid job. I am so very proud of him still. 
  • My sweet puppy Paisley who always knows when I need snuggles. 
  • Our families who love and support us in their own ways hundreds of miles away.
  • The friends we've made here.
  • Chipotle and Qdoba. 
  • College Football even though my team is out of the running. 
  • Running. It allows me to clear my head and get my frustrations out if necessary.
  • God's gift of music and the way that it can touch us all. 
  • Coca-Cola.
  • Sons of Anarchy.
  • answered and unanswered prayers.
  • iTunes, Pandora stations and the radio.
  • Nalgene bottles. 
Happy Thursday and Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you're with the ones you love.

"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday is "Menu" Day.

Menu: a list of the dishes served at a meal

This year for Thanksgiving, it will be just us two.

And I am making the turkey for the very first time. To say that I am scared out of my mind would be the understatement of the year.

So I could be blogging tomorrow night about how proud I am of myself for my turkey success. On the other hand, I could just casually not mention the subject at all, in which case, you may presume that it was the Turkey Fiasco of '11 and should never be brought up in conversation again.

It probably won't be that bad, but since our family isn't here and/or we're not there with them, I'm a little over dramatic about things.

I also am attempting my momma's famous hockey pucks aka roll recipe. Lots of prayers heard over this subject are MORE than appreciated. I mean I know there are people traveling and men fighting war and kids going without food, but I need y'all to pray for my rolls.

And now that I've sufficiently conveyed how vain I am, I'll tell you what I'm cooking.

Turkey
Green Bean Bundles
Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Corn
Broccoli and cheese
Rolls
Sausage Dip
BCR Dip
Coconut Cream Pie
Dirt Cake

The only things that are done/prepped are the turkey and coconut cream pie. But this stuff other than the rolls is easy to through together. I am looking forward to watching the parade while prepping and cooking tomorrow.

You know what else I love about tv tomorrow??? THE DOG SHOW!! I always root for the French Bulldogs and Boxers Bulldogs.

We also are going to decorate for Christmas!! 

But if I'm gonna get up early to make my first turkey ALL BY MYSELF I gotta get to bed.

So Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all and to all a good night!

Happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Two on Tuesday: Why I am Thankful for Blogging


Today I'm participating in Andrea's Two on Tuesday. I really like today's prompt.

This week the prompt is: What are the Top Two Reasons I'm Thankful for Blogging?

  1. I am first thankful for blogging because it is almost a complete record of our marriage thus far. I started this blog 5 months after we were married and it chronicles our journey of so many different things. It chronicles Brandon's graduation, his return for his MBA, his first job, and his unending support of my hopes for law school. It chronicles my rejection and then acceptance to law school. It chronicles our move across the country for me to complete my life-long goal. I am so thankful that I have a place where I've recorded what our marriage was like in our early years. Our children will have a place that they can know and see what mom and dad were like before they came along. As a history nerd, I think that is so cool!
  2. I am also thankful because of the many friendships I have made as a result of this blog. When I struggled, y'all prayed for me. When I triumphed, y'all rejoiced with me. 
Why are YOU thankful for blogging?

Happy Tuesday!


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • It snowed last week. It was a total tease and I quite frankly did not appreciate it. Come on Michigan, do your thing! The good thing is that it's been consistently colder here recently so we're moving in the right direction. I hope. 
  • We're decorating for Christmas on Thanksgiving night.  
  • I love the way my husband loves me. 
  • You know what concert I'd love to go to some day? Adele. Seriously, me and her would be friends if we knew each other. I'm sure of it. 
  • Just keep swimming. 
  • Being in the library for hours on end is a comforting feeling to me at this point. 
Happy Monday.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Loving Your Enemies is Hard Work.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."-Matthew 5:43-48

I have someone IRL that has hurt me deeply and it's really hard to love them. So if y'all could pray for me, I would really appreciate it.

When did it become acceptable to hurt people so openly and yet so passively aggressively at the same time?

I have a pretty crap attitude about this lately, not gonna lie. So I'm turning to the place that I know will get my attitude in check.

Happy Sunday.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

An Open Letter to 11-13 year olds,

Dear Tweens and Teens,

  1. It is unnerving to hear you talk about being excited for the sex scenes in Breaking Dawn. Kids grow up entirely too fast these days. Take it from me, stay young as long as you can. You will have plenty of time for adult activities when you're an ADULT. Also, if you're quoting inaccurate statistics, then you're more than likely not ready to be having sex. You're still too young anyways. 
  2. Be glad that I am not your parent because it is the only thing that prevented me from climbing over the seats to grab you to wash your mouths out with soap. The F word makes you look trashy, not cool.
  3. SHUT UP WHEN THE MOVIE IS ON THE SCREEN. We all paid to be here. I don't want to hear your commentary. We all think that Edward and Jacob are cute. That's why we paid money to be there!
  4. If your friends can't show up on time to the movie and you don't have stuff placed on the seat, then the seat isn't saved. Sorry-boutcha!
  5. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, PUT YOUR CELL PHONE UP!!! (See #3 about paying money to see the movie just like you!!) 
  6. Get a different role model. A girl who isn't complete unless she's with a dude is no girl you want to be. You have to be whole first and I promise, you won't figure out who you are until after you're finished with high school. Whatever you want to do in life, do it. If you want to be a hair stylist or a rocket scientist, then for gosh sakes, study your butt off and figure out who are you first, before you give it all up for a dude.
  7. You are too young to see this movie. Otherwise, you'd be able to appreciate that Edward and Bella's story is just that, a story and actually it's not even the best story out there. There is a whole world of books to be read besides this series. 
An old fogie and a big sister,

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Let's talk music a bit shall we?

I have a deep love for music. This also is a bond that I share with my dad.

We can hear a certain song on the radio and it will take us to a certain time in our lives and we immediately reminisce on that time in our lives. Sometimes I even can smell where I was. I'm sure we're not the only ones who do this, but I just love that my dad and I can always connect over music. 

Fun little factoid about me: I did not listen to anything outside of oldies music until I was 8 years old. And my love for oldies still knows no bounds to this very day. I am sure I have said this on here before, but I still love to share it.

Anyway, another part of the tradition is that dad has always literally shared music with me by buying music over the years.

Example: When I got my beloved Camaro for my 16th birthday, my daddio put two fresh Beach Boys CDs in the driver's seat on the day that I drove my car to school for the first time.

And to this day, he still buys me the CDs. I know it's old fashioned and there is the magic and temptation known as iTunes, but there is just something about opening up a new CD.

So, here are some tunes that I've been drooling over recently.




Anything by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

What are some cds you're dying for currently??

Happy Friday y'all!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

I seriously disagreed with Glee on Tuesday this week.

****GLEE SPOILER ALERT****

Yesterday morning, I was watching this week's episode of Glee.

I am a huge fan of Glee, BUT...when Kurt gave his campaign speech about ending dodgeball in schools, I immediately was incensed.

(This is the part where I step up on my soapbox.)

While I agree that what Santana was doing crossed the line, I strongly disagree that dodge ball is about violence.

Dodge ball is a game where there is a clear winner and there is a clear loser.

Losing is never fun and I personally struggle with it. But it is something all people should learn at some point including children. (I don't have kids, but before anyone thinks about getting on his/her soapbox about that, I was a kid myself at some point. In fact, it wasn't that long ago and I remember distinctly playing dodge ball. I hated to lose and lose often I did, but oh the thrill of the win was all that much sweeter when my team did in fact win.)

When kids don't learn to lose, they gain a sense of entitlement. And I am happy to burst a bubble or two on this one: No one is guaranteed to win at everything. It is not a birthright granted to us. When kids don't lose, they become spoiled and have a hard time handling disappointment later in life. I prefer not to out specific examples in my life, but it is more than evident when you meet someone who has this issue.

I have said it before and I'll say it again: The problem as I see it with the school systems today, is that there is no dodge ball and there is no discipline. (I'm not even talking about corporal punishment. I'm talking about the kind that is backed up the by the school from the teacher to the superintendent. But that's another blog post for another day.)

When dodge ball is taken completely from our schools, we have taken one of life's most important lessons with it.

We've taken away the lesson of what great character looks like and that to me is a travesty.

(And this is the part where I step off my soap-box.)

Happy Thursday.

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Today, one of my best gal pals, is defending her doctoral dissertation. This is one of the biggest days she'll have on her journey to becoming a doctor. Please make sure to wish her well and pray for her today especially around 1pm EST.


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday is "Bounce Dryer Bar" Day.

Bounce Dryer Bar: a bar that one sticks into the dryer that allows a person to no longer worry about sticking in a dryer sheet to get a fresh clean smell for all of one's laundry needs.


This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Bounce.


If you're new to the ruby Turtle hippie times or are a regular reader and wonder why I have the title "Wednesday is 'insert a word here' Day every Wednesday, I'll tell you. When I started this blog, I wrote a post called "Wednesday is 'Hump' Day." I explained in the post what Hump Day meant and then told a small anecdote about my life relating to that word. Since that time, I've tried to do the very same each and every Wednesday. Sometimes, I've been bored with the blogging prompt I invented myself that no one followed whatsoever, but I am a creature of habit and just haven't been able to let go of it.

So as you can see above, I've explained what the Bounce Dryer Bar does and now I'm going to tell you how it has affected my life.

Even though, Brandon and I don't have kids, we lead very busy lives. Both of us are in graduate school and as you know Brandon landed his first real big kid job. So with our plates full, we try to share the chores around the house.

One chore that we equally hate? LAUNDRY.

Hands down, if we could have one chore that magically did itself, it would be laundry. We don't mind putting the loads through the washer and dryer, it's the after part where we have to fold it and put it away that sucks the big one....until recently. Well at least for me anyway.

When I received my little Bounce Dryer Bar in the mail, I was for once excited that I got mail that wasn't a bill, junk mail or a grocery ad.

I immediately put it in my dryer and worked through a quick load in the washer in anticipation of what my laundry would soon smell like.

Y'all know that sometimes what a dryer sheet or dryer bar isn't always what it ends up like.

In this case, the dryer bar smelled even better and I quickly folded my clothes while I smelled them over...and over...and over...and over again!

I have since done multiple laundry loads just to smell the clean smell.

Too bad, I'm so far behind, I've still several loads to go. But too good because this dryer bar is supposed to last for up to three months! So next month when I'm freaking out and trying to get my laundry done and folded before my family-more specifically my mom- comes into town, I can rely on my Bounce Dryer Bar to do the job.

Happy Wednesday!

**Why yes, I was compensated to write this post, but the opinions are all mine.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Two on Tuesdays: Pet Peeves

Today I'm linking up with Andrea for Two on Tuesday: The Pet Peeves Edition.
This is going to be a short post because I am trying to remain positive for what has been so far an irritating week.

  1. Laziness-I can handle dirty clothes on the floor, blankets on the couches, books on the sofa, computers out, etc. But I cannot handle wrappers left on the nightstands, tables, counters, etc. I also don't like dirty dishes left on the counter. Put them in their next place in life. If you're an adult, then self-initiative should be simple.
  2. People Who Lack Manners-I feel like this should be self-explanatory.
I really could add two or three more right now, but I'll stop myself because there is no point in getting myself riled up unnecessarily so.

HAPPY Tuesday!!



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. Some Mondays are worse than others.

  • It rained cats and dogs here today. 
  • B's first day at his new job went really well. 
  • I want to see the Muppets movie. 
  • 41 days until Christmas. :)
  • I still miss my blonde hair. 
  • I don't have anything else...except please pray for me as I get close to the end of the semester. 
Happy Monday. 

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

One of my favorites....

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:4-13

Happy Sunday, wherever you are.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday's festivities were pretty low-key.

I almost forgot that I'm blogging every day this month. Almost.

I don't have a ton to say other than I got my hair did today and we had people over for dinner. I made chicken enchiladas and Mexican calzone. We had a great night with everyone.

Tomorrow I'm headed to the library and there I'll be until this semester is o-vah.

I'll close before this post sounds anymore like a 1st grader wrote than it already does.

Happy Saturday and Boomer Sooner!



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Friday, November 11, 2011

Some wishes on 11/11/11.

Today's prompt from NaBloPoMo is to make three wishes.

  1. I wish that at some point I could go to Disney World. 
  2. I wish for a new piece of jewelry. 
  3. I wish for world peace.

Happy Friday.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why I Sleep Like a Baby When It Storms

Let me quickly dispense with the obvious reason: I'm from Oklahoma aka Tornado Alley.

I'm used to the storms. In the spring and fall when the "winds come sweeping down the plains," native Oklahomans like myself will take part in a time-honored tradition. When storms get grey, yellow and then the tell-tale green sky that indicates a tornado is near, most will step outside to watch the thing.

Yes, I know how ridiculous and ludicrous this idea may seem to those of you not from the state. In fact, it is ludicrous to some Oklahomans.

The citizens of my hometown, seem to take it one step further and are a little more gutsy in that they'll stay outside longer because usually they don't hit our town.

There are two theories as to why, this is. The first is that geographically based. Our town is in a valley. So it's almost like the storms get further discombobulated with the sudden drop in elevation. Second, there is an Indian blessing that covers us. I agree with both theories. Being a Cherokee, I take comfort in the fact that our elders prayed blessings including safety from harm upon our lands.

So I guess you could say that I'm used to it and science and the spiritual are on my side.

But there is one more reason why I sleep really well during storms.

I happen to call him Dad.

When we were little, before Loren and Will were born, Jessi and I shared a room. It had red shag carpet and a day bed with a trundle underneath it. Jessi had 101 Dalmation sheets and I had Barbie sheets.

Dad always told us when there was a storm to make sure we had our shoes where we could easily grab them in case we needed to head to town for shelter.

I just simply trusted that my dad and mom would do what it took to protect us from harm. I didn't even question it.

When we were older and finally had cell phones, it became a little comical because if we were out somewhere, dad would call us with a "weather report" telling us to be careful.

In college, I never worried because dad was always quick to call us if he saw a weather report of bad weather headed to Norman.

Even now, he calls on occasion to tell me to be careful driving in the snow.

And that's why I sleep well when it storms. It's because of my daddy.

He says that when I have kids I'll understand.

I'm sure I will.

Happy Thursday.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday is "Impression" Day.

Impressions: a strong effect produced on the intellect, feelings, conscience, etc.

What kind of impression have I made upon y'all? You know, how do I come across?

Rude? Kind? Lazy? Inspiring? Neurotic? Organized? Hypocritical? Honest? Sugar-coater? Straight-forward? Funny? Obnoxious?

I'm being serious. I'm not fishing for compliments. I'm asking straight out. (Yes, I am scared to death to see your responses.)

What do you think of me?

Happy Wednesday.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Two on Tuesday: Christmas Wish Lists


Top Two Christmas Wish List Items

  1. To see my family. Really and truthfully, if this is all I got for Christmas, I would totally be happy. Not seeing anyone last year about did me in.
  2. Other than that, I really want a pair of Nike Running Shoes with the Nike+ chip in them so I can really get into my runs and see what I could be doing better.

Top Two Stocking Stuffer Wish List Items
  1. Body Wash. I want some body wash from Bath and Body though because it's the best smelling.
  2. Falsies Mascara. I usually get make-up to go in my stocking. I am obsessed with this mascara.

Now, I'm sure if B reads this, he's ready to hurt me because I wasn't very forthcoming in the area of ideas. I do need some new perfume. So there's that. I also saw Paula Dean's Southern Cooking Bible. I haven't been to B&N recently, so I don't really have a list of book options for him.

What is topping your Christmas Wish Lists this year?

Happy Tuesday!


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I am praying for Kelly, Melanie and Sophie this week as they go on their Compassion mission trip. I have heard there are snakes that could fall into their canoes and I've had nightmares about this happening to me personally--I should clarify that these nightmares haven't occurred recently therefore, they are not related to their trip. The point is that if I ever was at a point of losing "it", I think it would happen if said situation were to occur. So I am praying for this not to be an issue. I also, am praying for their safety there and back, families left behind and their experience of course. But, mostly, I'm praying for the snakes. Y'all can cover the other stuff. Also, when I say Kelly, Melanie and Sophie, I'm talking about Kelly from Kelly's Korner and Big Mama and Boo Mama. I've never met these three women, so I really can't claim first name basis status, but I read their blogs like it's my job and I figure that when I'm interceding on their behalf, they wouldn't mind if I prayed for them by name. Although, I'm sure the Big Boss upstairs knows who they are whether it's by blog name or real name. I JUST PREFER IT THIS WAY.
  • Yesterday, while we were getting ready for church (read: Brandon was in the shower), I popped in "A White Christmas." Brandon grumbled about me already watching this movie. He soon was finished getting ready and was laying on the bed with Pais watching it while I finished fixing my hair. I soon heard him start to do the laugh that means he's really tickled by what he's watching. I piped up and told him, "See, I knew you really liked this movie." He didn't deny it and proceeded to giggle until we left. V-I-C-T-O-R-Y.
  • Grammar Gurus, when you are writing, do you put one or two spaces after the end of your sentence?
  • I am currently in a situation that I am don't really like. It's really not a horrible life or death or bad feelings situation, but I just don't like it. I'm trying to find the bright side of things, but I'm really struggling. You know how it is when you have to do something you don't want to do and your heart isn't into it 100%? Yeah, well I'm there.
  • There were two earthquakes in Oklahoma this weekend. Our family and friends are fine. But, last night we were watching Once Upon A Time and a commercial for the 11 o'clock news came on (btw I hate that shows are on so late in the EST. Pain in the butt!) and it had a blip about the earthquakes in Oklahoma. Brandon looked at me and said, "This may sound crazy, but I would like to know what an earthquake feels like." I wanted to know if he was out of his ever-loving mind because I was just freaked seeing all the tweets about it the other night. He said, "Oh I was definitely texting our family making sure everyone was okay...but I still would like to know." Well let me tell you, I am out on feeling one of those bad boys. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • We had Chipotle yesterday.
  • There are days where I wish my blog was completely anonymous. Today is one of those days, but not for the reason that you think.
  • Rob Kardashian has the Kardashian booty. 

Happy Monday!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Conviction.

This passage was from this weekend and it has been super convicting to me. I just thought I'd share it here too.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

1 John 4:7-21

Happy Sunday

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Blog Posts Lost to The Twitter

Sometimes our blog posts get lost to the magic that is The Twitter. These are some of mine that have bit the dust.

  • BOOMER SOONER and for today only, Roll Tide!! It's GameDay and of course, I want my alma mater to win! The showdown between LSU and Alabama is finally happening and you know I don't want the Tigers to win. Although, if I went to an SEC school, I would have gone to Alabama. So really, this isn't that far of a stretch for me.
  • Went to a Women's Retreat and we did @BethMooreLPM 's Loving Well and it was wonderful! Last night and today, I was at a Women's Retreat for my church and it totally spoke to my heart. Plus I just love fellowshipping and worshiping corporately with women. That was one of my favorite things about being in a sorority in college. I definitely have some more things to work on and some things to pray about and for in my life.
  • And we get an extra hour of sleep tonight! I am especially happy for "Fall Back" this year because I did not sleep well last night. We didn't have a conversation in our room about the temperature, so I was sweltering come morning time and then I forgot a fan. I am officially a high-maintenance sleeper as I now have to take a fan wherever I go in the future.
  • Annnnd PTL my wonderful husband found my wedding CDs!!! I have not been able to find my wedding CDs for over a year now and I wanted to make a book and post some photos around the house as well, but couldn't without the CDs. I must admit that they were on my computer, but it was the principle of the thing.
  • Also, me and @BethMooreLPM are hair soul sisters. I just know it. Seriously, I would love to have a sit-down with her about several things I've learned from God through her. I also would love to talk to her about things I'm working through and to see what her insight would be. But most of all, I'd love to talk to her about her hair routine because I'll bet you our routines are dang near close. She has some serious volume too and I'd like to discuss that volume. I also sincerely missed my blonde hair again when I saw her talk about hers. 
  • Going to eat some Mexican in celebration of B's new job! Any discussion of good or better than mediocre Mexican is worth a mention on The Twitter and on the blogosphere. 
What are some of your blog posts that have been lost to The Twitter?

Happy Saturday and Boomer Sooner!!

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    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Preparing for the Long Haul...

    On Monday it's Week 10 of the semester.

    I know that really doesn't mean anything to y'all, but for me and Brandon it means that I start the move-in process.

    And by move-in process, I mean the time when I basically become Brandon's roommate because I'm living at the library. Normally, I look at this time with dread and yet a strange happiness. (I know I'm a nerd.)

    I go through a nesting/freak-out phase. It hit last night as I was trying to go to sleep.

    If you haven't heard, yesterday was a pretty exciting day for us and Brandon accepted his first offer for his first big kid job!!!! I was wiped out at the end of the day, but I still couldn't shut my brain down because I knew I still had a big project to handle.

    I'll spend the weekend freaking out about how far I have to go and how messy my house is. So tomorrow I'll probably do my usual end of the semester deep clean and then write out an attack plan for the rest of the semester of what I need to do for school. I also send out a ton of emails when I do this too. I usually have a ton of questions that arise during this planning time.

    Writing this stupid blog post is stressing me out just thinking about it.

    But don't worry. It'll be over before we know it.

    I just wanna make the same or better grades I made this summer.

    I just gotta take one day at a time. I just usually spend this weekend planning out how to do that.

    Just keep swimming, I always say.

    Hope your weekend is great! Mine will be eventful and yet equally lame at the same time.

    Finals will be over in a little over a month.

    I feel sick and relieved already.

    Happy Friday!

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    Thursday, November 3, 2011

    He's ALMOST a big kid now.

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. -Ephesians 3:20

    "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." -Jeremiah 29:11

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. -Philippians 4:6-8

    I had planned to write this long grandiose post about how hard Brandon worked during college and how this past year has been a major struggle and now we're seeing the fruition of that hard work and patience.

    Second, I'd planned to talk about how while I've written about my journey to grad school, I hadn't written much about B. It wasn't on purpose, just happened that way. He's a pretty private person.

    Third, I planned to discuss about how his momma told us that things would happen once we got back from our trip to Oklahoma and within weeks Brandon had a job. Within a month and a half or two of being at this job, he had calls for multiple interviews.

    BUT...we don't have time for that.

    Long story short, Brandon has three job offers.
    Count 'em: 1, 2, 3.
    And we are so excited!!

    He went to an interview yesterday and within 30 minutes they submitted an offer to him.

    And then...

    His current job counter-offered.

    They are really great offers.

    We went to bed last night thinking we had our minds made up.

    And then....

    We woke up this morning and he had an email with an offer from a third company he interviewed with last week.

    This offer is really great too.

    And now we don't know what to do. 

    So we need some serious prayers. This is what we need you to pray about right now because we're gonna make a decision in the next few hours.
    1. Please pray that God will reveal himself to us so that we know what to do.
    2. Also, to give us peace about our decision. 
    God is so good!

    Thank y'all a ton!

    Happy Thursday!


    EDITED TO ADD: He's officially a big kid now!! He has a job!!

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    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    Wednesday is "Last Meal" Day.

    Last Meal: the last food one eats before they pass from this Earth.

    Well, that sounded morbid didn't it?

    Today, I'm participating in the writing prompt from NaBloPoMo because well, I need material. I have some major news that will break soon enough here at the rTh times, but for now, just keep us in your prayers. We need MAJOR guidance and wisdom in the next hours.

    So the prompt for today is: If you knew that whatever you ate next would be your last meal, what would you want it to be?

    I mentioned this burger a few weeks ago, but I am going to go into further detail.

    The Speedway Special can be found at the Speedway Grille in Muskogee, Oklahoma and is served the following way:

    Patty
    Cheese
    Ham
    Bacon
    Onions (Raw and Grilled)
    Lettuce
    Tomato
    Pickle
    Mustard
    Mayo

    I get mine without mayo and the raw onions. Brandon and I always split a full order of fries. We also get ranch to dip our fries and burgers. PLUS, they have the best tea and I always get a huge to-go cup when I leave!

    The girls used to know my order when I walked in there and usually started it when they saw me.

    What can I say? I'm in love with this burger.


    Mercy sakes, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. And I'm 14 hours away!

    What would you eat for your last meal?

    Happy Wednesday!

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Happy November y'all!

    I took a break this weekend from things and I feel like I've been gone for a month. So I feel like I need to write a hodge-podge catch-up post of sorts.

    • I was sicker than a dog yesterday and this morning. My stomach issue had flared up horribly because I wasn't paying as much attention as I should be to what I was eating. The result was not good. 
    • Brandon has had several interviews in the last couple of weeks and the opportunities for interviews keep coming in too. While we're really excited by all of this, we need something to happen like yesterday. Prayers of patience and God's will to come to pass would be great! 
    • Also, I have an unspoken prayer request.
    • If you're a suffer from migraines, have you ever had one while you sleep? Like you wake up in the middle of the night with the symptoms? We think Brandon did this on Saturday night. 
    • I am so happy that the Holiday Music channel on TV is now switched to Christmas music.  
    • Oh yeah, I think I'm gonna do BlogHer's NaBloPoMo. 
    • The Breaking Dawn soundtrack comes out on November 8th. I am so excited! I love the music from the Twilight movies.
    I won't be doing Two on Tuesday this week because I don't have a favorite Halloween costume. Next week I'll totally be down for it.  

    Hope this finds you well!

    Happy Tuesday and Happy November!
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