Friday, October 30, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 58

On Tuesday, I went to Dunn to the scrap yard. They are not nearly as busy as they used to be and the place looks almost deserted. April was there and I was completely surprised by her changed appearance. She has lost a lot of weight but she has the same quick smile and lit up eyes. It was fun to see her and Jason for a few minutes.

Chris took me to dinner Tuesday night because I was having a bad evening and I had the night off. We went to Applebees because it was one of the few things open when we decided to go out (what gives, Fayetteville? People like to eat after 10pm too.) We both agreed that while the food was good, it's not really on our list of places to visit again because it wasn't our kind of place.

Wednesday night was our 2nd date night of the week and we went to... Gander Mountain. That's what we did the for the first part because Chris was looking for something specific. I walked around the store enough (looking lost apparently)that I drew the attention of 2 sales people and security. Seeing as how I had nowhere on me to hide any merchandise, I will assume they were merely curious as to why I was doing laps around the store. The answer was that I was getting my steps in while waiting on my significant other to spend all of our money in their store. At which point they kindly left me alone.

He took me to Shogun Japanese Steakhouse (a place I had never been) and we sat at the hibachi grill and watched the chef throw knives and stuff around while cooking our food. It was really quite an experience and I had a good time.

On our way home Wednesday night, we had a series of serious conversations. They were productive and outlined some things we both hope to get accomplished in the next couple of years. I love this man tremendously and I like that we are on the same page a lot of the time. 

It's supposed to start raining on Sunday and rain all the way into next Thursday. Ask me who isn't amused about this situation? (That would be me.)

I'm still wading my way through the book. I think I may actually finish it before the end of the year. (That's a joke. I'll finish it in the next few days.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Just Write # 17

Sometimes, you just have to sink into a soft set of pillows and let the world just go away for awhile.

Sometimes, the soft pillows aren't available but you still need to let the world go away so you decide to remove social media from your phone where the constant barrage of notifications and messages makes your brain hurt.

Sometimes, you have to give yourself permission to unplug for awhile because it's what you need to do to hold onto the thin threads of sanity while you attempt to weave them back together.

Just know: This, too, shall pass.

Monday, October 26, 2015


I removed Facebook and Twitter from my phone. I still check them but not nearly as often now that they aren't my phone that's on my person nearly all the time.

I took all the games off my phone too except for Words With Friends. I like that one enough and it only takes a few minutes to play a word so I left it but all the rest of them have found themselves banished.

You'd be amazed (or maybe not) at the amount of time this has freed up. I should have done this a long time ago.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 140

Things I am grateful for today

1. getting up and actually attending church this morning.

2. being able to host Codi for the weekend

3. Sandpiper for supper

4. coffee

5. cooler weather

Friday, October 23, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 57

Still to be decided: Whether or not to allow our daughter to go on an overnight FFA field trip. She's still undecided as to if she wants to go and I'm still undecided as to if I will let her go. They are going to be well-chaperoned and I have complete faith in her and her ability to act like she has sense; it's the rest of the population not involved in the trip that worries me.

Nick is keeping the car and I am keeping the truck. Now to just get both of them in top condition....

I am still wading through a book that I've been trying to get through for a few days now. It's really good but it's also a bit emotionally disturbing so I have to read for a few days and then put it down and then start again in a day or so. I'm too involved now though to just sit it down for good and not pick it back up.

By the time it's actually time to vote for a president, we are all going to be sick of hearing about every single candidate there is in the field. They really shouldn't be allowed to start campaigning so early.

I have become a fan of podcasts (after not listening to any for a really long time) and I am in need of some new suggestions.

It's been a busy night at work (which is a good thing)

I'm really hoping my mood improves soon because being me right now is not a fun thing.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Just Write # 16

The leaves are starting to change colors: all gorgeous golds and yellows and orange and red.

I was thrilled to discover that one of my favorite trees (a dogwood) was present in my yard during the spring when the flowers bloomed; even more thrilled when I realized it's the same tree that turns deep, deep red in autumn before dropping its leaves.

I have a love of plants but no green thumb. Chris has always planted my flowers for me and then I tend to them. Whomever owned this house before we got it had two green thumbs and a love of flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It makes my plant loving heart happy.

Monday, October 19, 2015

I, simply, don't understand

Up until October/November of last year, my sister had it all together. Even as few months ago as May, she still had it together but made a series of bad choices that compounded to everything falling apart and I just truly don't understand how that happens. I get the mechanics of it but I fail to understand how you can let someone else hold that much power over you and the decisions you make. It makes me furious and also sad because I can't do anything to help her except take Codi on the weekends. And Codi doesn't deserve to be stuck in all of this but her father is as sorry as her mother and she's the innocent bystander caught in the middle.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 139

Things I am grateful for today

1. sunshine

2. cooler weather

3. Codi getting to spend the weekend with us.

4. Finally changing the pharmacy location for where I pick up my medicine. I've been going to Elizabethtown for the past 7 months every month to get them and I finally changed them so I only have to go down the street. Please don't ask what took me so long.

5. good books

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 56

This has been the longest night. We had 3 buses this evening which means every single room in the hotel (minus 4 stayover rooms) was occupied by someone on a tour bus. No other guaranteed arrivals, no walk ins. You would think this would be a good thing (and it is) but it makes for a long, boring night when there is absolutely nothing to do other than answer the phone (which didn't ring all that much for a Friday night.)

I have taken a short break from the Dark Tower series. I have one book left to go but I've put it on hold until after I get a chance to finish Me Before You and Purity.

I am picking Codi up after I get off work tonight and letting her spend the weekend with us. I'll have to take her home before I go to work on Sunday because my sister has no transportation. I figure it will do Codi some good to be somewhere other than Phyllis's house and at least, she'll have Elizabeth for company.

Mr. John came and got the chair today at work to re-cover it. That means I have stood up continuously for the past 8 hours. I don't mind but I will be seriously amused to see Walter's face this evening when he gets to work and realizes the chair is gone.

The FFA group Elizabeth is part of placed third in the county land judging competition. This means they will get to go to the state tournament. The state tournament takes place in November and she is beyond excited about it. (I had to look up land judging to figure out what it was which proves that my 8th grader is more intelligent that me.)

The weather is supposed to turn cooler over the next few days. I am really looking forward to some cooler weather and for my oak tree to start changing colors.

Here's hoping that in the course of the next week, my mood shifts because it's been pretty bad in the last few weeks.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Just Write # 15

I feel just blah. There's no good reason for it; just all of a sudden, the past day or so has found me feeling down. I've done everything I can think to force myself out of it but it's not working.

I think maybe I am thinking too much. I think I need a break.

Monday, October 12, 2015


My empathy may end up being my downfall.

I made a promise to myself, years ago, that if any of my siblings' children ever call me, I will go immediately.

I remember not being extended that courtesy from my own aunts and uncles.

I will always go.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 138

Things I am grateful for today

1. work

2. sleeping in this morning

3. coffee

4. sunshine

5. a busy week ahead

Friday, October 9, 2015

7 Quick Takes # 55

(1) I don't really have anything to say.

(2) I'm spending my time trying to catch up on housework and finish some reading. The next couple of weeks will find me working 6 days a week and I know there are things I need to get done to make it a little easier on myself.

 (3) I'm tired. I don't feel all that great. I did make it to the doctor today and all of my test results were right where we had hoped they would be. I go back for more blood work any time after the 20th and we adjust medications from there but everything looks good right now. I am grateful.

(4) I cooked dinner tonight. Meatloaf, macaroni and cheese and black eyed peas. I cleaned the kitchen 3 different times today. I tried to keep the mess to a minimum so that whomever does the kitchen later tonight or in the morning doesn't have a huge mess.

(5) The news is depressing so I have pretty much stopped watching it/reading it online.

(6) My sister wanted me to come get Codi for the weekend but I have to work all weekend after tonight and I know she won't have to way to come out to my house to get her so I said no. I hated to say no but I need a break.

(7) I am really hoping for a smooth week next week. I really need to practice letting go and letting God. I'm hopeless at patience but I need to find some.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Just Write # 14

Crisp air
silvery rain drops
broken clouds
flashes of lightning
the sound of sirens
steam rising off the pavement
broken hearts
bad dreams
but with

This is Just Write, a free-writing exercise in which you sit down with no writing agenda, no pushing for a theme. Watch the details of your stories ignite their own meaning from within.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 137

Things I am grateful for today

1. a wonderful church service

2. being able to take Codi to homecoming at church with us

3. there is an end in sight to all the rain.

4. lots of yummy food at the potluck lunch after the church service.

5. music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Happy Birthday to my darling

Happy Birthday Chris. I love you more than I would have ever dreamed possible.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Quick Takes # 54

Tomorrow is Chris's 38th birthday. All of my quick takes are going to be about the guy that I have spent more than half of my life with (and he has spent over half of his life with me because he's slightly younger than me which is something he never ever lets me forget.) 

He doesn't like to have his picture taken which is why he never appears in a picture here. I think over the past 22 years, we've only ever taken a handful of pictures together which is why I cherish them so much and keep them put up in a safe place. Every so often I can sneak a picture of him but he usually catches me and does something like turn his head or cover his face. 

He's an amazing husband and father and I'm not just saying that because he's MY husband and our children's father. He really and truly is an amazing man. I watch him interact with other people and just marvel sometimes. He likes to act like he's not a people person but I don't think he's ever met a stranger and I can't go anywhere that someone doesn't know him. This used to irritate me but not anymore.

His favorite activities are hunting and fishing. The woods or the lake/stream/river/ocean are where you can normally find him if he's not working or at the house. This also used to irritate me (I'm very contrary apparently) but I have come to learn, over the years, that he's a more patient him when he's had time to decompress doing something he absolutely loves.

There is no one I would rather have in my corner than this man. He challenges me to be my best self; he lifts me up when I am down and he listens to the answers when he asks questions. He's constantly encouraging me when I mention something I want to do/try/see/be/achieve. I know that's how it's supposed to be but so often it's not for a lot of people and he does an amazing job of being there.

He doesn't make me feel guilty when he wants to go out somewhere and I want to stay home in my pajamas. Because he doesn't make me feel guilty, I usually end up going wherever it is that he was wanting to go and I always enjoy myself which would make you think I'd stop resisting so hard each and every time but being introverted with an extroverted husband is hard.

I can be myself with him. Good, bad, indifferent and he doesn't give me grief. With the exception of being older than him of course. I love this man with all of my heart.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015


I did a series of "Answer Me This" for the past bajillion weeks and now I have no idea what to do now.

I don't really want to do throwback Thursdays because I don't have that many old pictures that I have access to and the ones of my children are off limits thanks to Elizabeth and her proclamation that she is the owner of her own image and I can't post any pictures of her without her permission. (I find this to be hilarious because her instagram is mostly selfies but heaven forbid, I post an image that she doesn't like.) I fully gave her veto power though.

GIST - The Sunday Edition # 175

It's been awhile since I have done one of these although my offline gratitude practice remains on point. In no particular order, here ar...