Friday, January 30, 2009

gym stories

dear woman in the sauna with me,

please don't take your clothes off anymore.

the one sitting in the corner who is totally grossed out

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

first time for everything

I have a confession to make. And I'd rather not make it, because it goes against everything I know, but I feel as though I must, so listen up. I'm only sayin' it once.

34 degrees is kinda nice. When you are used to zero degrees.

That's all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

They Picked Me Up!

I love this company. I've rented from them 4 or 5 times in the past few years, and realized today how much I truly appreciate their services. They always make things so easy, and even give you a ride to wherever you're going - FREE! I rented a car from them today, and was promptly picked up from the dealership where I left my car, was brisked to the local office, breezed through the paperwork, and was on my way to work - all within 15 minutes. And if that wasn't enough, when I dropped it off this afternoon, not only did they take me back to the dealership to pick up my car, but the manager himself took me so that I didn't have to wait for the normal driver to get back. Interestingly enough, the driver this morning told me that Enterprise is still owned and operated by the original man who started the company 50 years ago. I'm finding that when the original founder of something is still around, the company stays focused on...gasp...their customers. Imagine that.

And on a side note: If all of that wasn't enough, the manager also told me that one of the Enterprise office leaves all of their cars unlocked through the winter so that homeless people have a somewhat warm, safe place to sleep during the cold weather. Makes me like them all the more.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Reasons for Not Cooking

Exhibit A, folks:THIS is a plastic bag that once contained frozen chicken. See that little metal piece? That's how I almost blew up the microwave. Leave it to me.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lovin' Me Some Hillsong

I've been stuck on this song for the last few days. Brooke Fraser is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

Monday, January 19, 2009

for #146

"It takes a personal encounter with injustice to engage in the fight against it. And if you so isolate yourself that you never have a personal encounter with injustice, then that in itself is a deep injustice."

Rob Morris.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

for what it's worth

Many people (and many friends of mine) disagreed with the way I voted in November. I've been called a "bleeding heart liberal," and my faith has been called into question multiple times. All to which I say "I have a right to vote the way I want." On occasion it irritates me, but usually I take people's opinions with a grain of sand. I am my own person, with my own thoughts, who lives my own life - without really caring what people think of me, or think of how I'm choosing to live my life. If you are already offended by what you've read, I suggest you stop now. This Tuesday is a BIG deal to me. Not only politically, but because the dream of Martin Luther King Jr is leaving its mark on our country. I have an incredible passion for MLK Jr, and an even bigger passion to see equality reached for ALL people in our country - regardless of their color, shape, or size. Having lived my entire life in the South, I've witnessed first hand bigotry from ignorant people, and the pain that it caused. The fact that people still act as though racism is okay makes me want to punch them. We live in a modern society that still enslaves its own people. We live in a modern society that still refuses to acknowledge that "all people are created equal." The founders of this very society got it. How did we stray so far away? When did we think it would be okay to oppress people for the sake of "all mankind?" When did it ever do them any good? And why are we still doing it?

On Tuesday, our new president takes office. You will see photos of his kids playing at the White House. And to that, I say this: deal with it. If you have issues with it, you have all freedom to move to elsewhere. I've never been more proud to live in the United States since November, and can't be more excited to see President Obama lead our country. It makes me stop and wonder where we might be if Martin Luther King, Jr had never dreamed.

"I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - March on Washington, August 1963

Thursday, January 15, 2009

breath of fresh air

this brings a little bit of spring to the negative temperatures outside!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Forging Elite Fitness...Or So They Say

I have this friend. He likes to work out. As we were talking a month or so ago about our gym/workout regimes, he mentioned that I needed to check out a certain workout website. I got excited, thinking that it was yet another way I could do some stuff outside of the gym to get back into shape. I checked it out, and began laughing immediately. It is RIDICULOUS. Seriously. And just to show its ridiculousness, check these out (they're straight from the website's daily workout page):

After seeing this last photo, I emailed Scott and told him that there was NO way it was real. And he informed me that it was real...because he had just finished doing it. I added him to my list of "ridiculous things."

*and of course, I mean ridiculous in a good way.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

All Good Things

I just opened a box of my favorite girl scout cookies. Life is bliss.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My Name Sake...

I've spent the last week in Arkansas with my two nieces (Cristina is almost 6, and Mackenzie is 1 1/2), who I love dearly, and make me laugh daily. You never know what will come out of their mouths, but you can bet money that it will most likely have to do with shoes or something pink. Every once in awhile, though, they'll say something that you shouldn't laugh at, but you have to. Monday night, we were sitting down to dinner. Mackenzie wandered over to the table, and started crying for her mom to pick her up. There is a "no holding kids during dinner" rule, to make sure that both parents get to actually eat. Her dad looked at her, and told her she needed to go play. After several rounds of this, Mackenzie got frustrated, looked at her dad, said "dammit!" and walked out of the room.

My sweet Mackenzie Jayne