Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Also, I'm contemplating setting up a running blog so that the topic doesn't over-run this blog, it will be more of an online journal, of training and stuff I'm learning. Any thoughts?
No need to explain why.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Here's the new knowledge that's rocked my world:
- Shoes have a shelf life. You heard me. Even without running or using them, the materials can break down from just sitting on the shelf.
- Socks matter. Who knew?!? Cotton=bad. Makes your feet stay wet and causes blisters and other yucky stuff. So...I have some new non-cotton socks, that have a R and L on each foot...because they go on a specific foot...craaaaazy.
- I bought a Runner's World magazine, which I'm totally gonna subscribe to. In there I learned that running 3 miles 3 times a week (which is basically what I do right now) will NOT help in weight loss. *insert kicking and screaming* It will help in "maintaining" but if your body is used to it, it will not help in the losing of weight. BOO. I have to start "interval" training...I'm not even going to explain...
- One marathoner wraps her toes in duct tape to keep them from rubbing together...I find that fascinating...because I am a weirdo.
- After running, you have a 30 minute time slot to re-fuel and re-build your muscles. There are certain foods that do this best. SEE, I told you...so. much. stuff.
So, since I'm sure the only people that have actually made it this far in the post are people who run (or are very, very bored), give me you tips, your tricks, your secrets...come on....I gotta know. And, if you know of any great sights or blogs about running, please let me know!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to continue my sanitizing of the house via Lysol. Oh yeah...two more barfers last night ;)
Friday, March 27, 2009
- I'm pretty focused on running right now. Getting back into shape so that it can proceed to the next level, and then the next level, and eventually to what seems the impossible level for me...the 1/2 Mary (which is what my inspiring friend who somehow convinced me I can do this thing called the 1/2 marathon...and from this point on I'm only calling it that ;)
- That means I'm really trying to eat healthier...and drink more water *bleh* Not even my new cute bottle can make it more appealing.
- I'm a bit obsessive over the weather too, biting at the bit for it to get nice out and STAY nice.
- I'm very very disturbed at the guys-wearing-scarves-for-purely-fashion-reasons. It's freaking me out a bit. I love scarves. I think women look great in scarves. Men....well let's just say I'm having trouble letting that one go.
- I love casual summer dresses. This is going to be the year of the summer dress for me. Who needs shorts when I can wear a cute dress. See...it's all about the weather people.
- My iPod...I've mentioned it in every conversation I've had for the past month.
- Julie...and the countdown till she gets here!
- Summer vacation...lazy days at the pool and park with my boys.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
- I'm learning to appreciate all of the friendships God has blessed me with.
- Some of those are going to require more time than others.
- No need to feel guilty.
- Those old friendships, that require the least maintenance are often the best.
- Let go of the guilt.
- I can't "be there" for every friend. Even if I want to, I'm not meant too. Not meant to.
- Letting go of the guilt that was never supposed to be there in the first place...
- See a theme?
Friday, March 20, 2009
- She never wants to get married or have children. (She decided this before ever leaving Taiwan...I swear it wasn't made after spending a day at our house ;)
- I told her I won't be surprised when I get a wedding invitation and then baby announcement someday.
- She loves to talk.
- I listened to some teenage Taiwanese music, and it was good, even though I couldn't understand any of it.
- She wishes my feet were smaller so she could borrow my shoes.
- Taiwanese children are all naughty. HA! Her words, not mine.
- She is beautiful, inside and out...and today I'm praying that God gives her a glimpse of that today.
- She can cook like none other.
Rebecca preparing, it's a process...I should have paid better attention...
The finished product. Pepper steak with green peppers, cabbage fried with bacon (my kids ate a TON of this...CABBAGE?!?, rice with pork sausage in soy sauce (this was one of my favs), fried eggs with green onion (again, my picky kids couldn't get enough of it) and then the chicken...oh the chicken. She marinated it with garlic and ginger root, green onions and soy sauce and then fried it in oil. Delish.
My kids tried everything, and I seriously could not believe how much they ate and the fact that they liked all of it!
I'm no idiot, I'm pretty sure the fact that Rebecca made it and not me helped them think it could be nothing but delicious.
Having Rebecca here was SO much fun! Thank you Rebecca!
Julie (our exchange student who will be coming August 1st) let me know that she should probably be kept out of the kitchen. She's so sweet, I think she thought I'd be disappointed...but really, it makes me happy because then she's likely to be pleased with my one-dish wonders ;)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
We have a big one out back. Ben's dad built it and each year he comes and dumps another truckload of sand in it, because *surprise* half the sand manages to disappear.
Don't ya just love the bike INSIDE. Nice.
Today I bought this at our local CVS in the "As see on TV" section. It better work. It better work like a miracle.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm sure it will be life changing for you. *cough*
Also, pretend there's a little disclaimer here for my pastor husband. It says something like... the husband of this woman is in no way responsible for her music choices(no matter how ridiculous I think they may be), she is a grown woman of God and I allow her to exercise her free will that Christ has given her. Or something like that. Ben and I have completely different musical tastes. We have some common ground, but let's just say Donnie and Marie sang it best with she's a little bit country, and he's a little bit rock and roll...except we're reversed, and I'm not even sure if that's how that song goes....whatever.
This has got to be the most random list of songs ever purchased from itunes.
In random order: (I've linked to the song when I could, just so you can hear it if you haven't before...you'll have to go to itunes to get the real deal)
Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle (About my first love)
Free to be Me by Francesca Battistelli (new one for me, love her voice)
By Your Side by Tenth Ave North (Makes me weep, I swear it was written for me)
You're Beautiful (radio version) by James Blunt (I've loved this song forever, Ben makes fun of it all the time...he does quite the impersonation.)
Love Story by Taylor Swift (*sigh* the video is even better)
Sweet Home Alabama by Lynrd Skynard (classic)
Spiderwebs by No Doubt (for running)
Just a Girl by No Doubt (for running)
Sweet Escape (clean version) by Gwen Stefani (for running)
Circus by Britney Spears (I could run for miles to this song, it's catchy...but the video...very bad, it's sad that she has to be half naked to promote everything)
Real World by Matchbox Twenty (I LOVE this guys voice, it's for running too)
Ice Ice Baby By Vanilla Ice (we've discussed this already :)
I Want You to Want Me (Live) by Cheap Trick (I'm a child of teenage parents in the late 70's...this was my FAVORITE song growing up...I still love it!)
Take It On the Run by REO Speedwagon (same deal, I saw them in concert with my aunt and uncle when I was little...I thought it was the best thing ever...still do ;)
See...told you. I'm weird. Now it's your turn, tell me your craziest ipod song...I might want to get it :)
My friend Beth hosted a contest to pick a name for her new camera and I WON! Prize: $15 itunes card! YAY! I'm sure you're on the edge of your seat to find out my next 15 songs ;)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Apparently, I do not need to actually birth a child for this to happen. Remember the post about waiting to find out if Julie would actually get to be the one? Truth be told, I'd already been dreaming of what her room would look like.
Once it was a go, I couldn't wait to ask her what colors she liked (I do, after all, need her input :) She pretty much gave me free reign...I'm sure she'll learn to reign me in once she gets here ;)
Julie's room is actually the room we
And after: The carpet was installed THIS morning :) Ben is home with Strep throat...he still managed to assemble the bed for me. Good man.
The bed and new wood blinds. The carpet is tan...it looks like a funky color in this picture, but it is not. I promise. I ordered the pillowcases from Potter Barn Teen...I couldn't resist. They inspired the green for the bed and desk.
Julie, this is the view (from the bed) of the other half of the room. There will be a desk there that will be the same green as the bed frame. The mirror (from my mom :) will be hung up too along with a shelf thingy for you to put stuff in. The picture makes the walls look splotchy, but they're not :)
The closet is near the headboard of the bed. This is the left side view of it. There won't be little boys clothes hanging in it when you arrive ;)
Middle section of closet:
Right side view.
Alright, that's all I'm showing you...the completely finished product will have to be a surprise for when you FINALLY get here!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Here's some more riveting answers *insert tongue in cheek*
Rach asked: If you had to choose ONE outfit (from head to toe) that you had to wear EVERY day until your turned 40.....what would that outfit be?
This is a hard one...but I'm gonna go with what I have on today...I happen to be in love with the new rolled-up-boyfriend jean-with-some-tears-in-it-look. Kinda like this. Because seriously, no matter what I pick, I won't like anything for the next 9 years...except maybe ballet flats. I'm too fickle.
Lori asked: Ok, I have a question. Now, mind you no normal person would ask a preacher's wife this question, but I've never been one to color inside the lines, so here goes. ALSO (I promise I'll eventually get to the question), this is the first thing that came to mind, because my girlfriend and I were giggling just last night about our middle school nicknames... which brings me to the question, are you ready...What is your stripper name? (First pet's name + street you lived on during childhood)See? Not normal, I know. Let's hope once you reveal your name, it doesn't stick among your parishoners, I would feel bad.
Oh Lorie, this cracks me up...I've been waiting and waiting for just the right moment to share with the Internet my would-be-made-up-stripper-name, according to the above set guidelines.
First pet's name + the street I lived on during childhood.
Drum roll.... Maynard Third Street.
Yep. You read that right. Now you know the real reason I became a pastor's wife...with a name like that, stripping would just not be an option. *cough*
I'm also a big prude...which I may not have mentioned yet on this little blog :)
My friend Jenni has nicknamed me "Amish" which might have been a possibility for me, except for my deep love of electricity, plumbing, and epidurals during childbirth. But I digress...I should save this stuff for another post...
Tomorrow's Friday, YAY!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I was on a mission to make friends. I'm certain I scared some off with my
Don't get me wrong, people were always kind and friendly to me, and I never felt like they were purposely trying to exclude me, it was just the simple fact that most groups of friends have an unspoken limit...most of the time we're not even aware of it, but I'm convinced it's true.
We get comfortable in groups. It's a weird phenomenon, but it happens to me all the time...it always has. We find those that we have some connection with and we settle in.
I eventually found my niche in tiny town. I've made friends and acquaintances. Connected who's related to who. And formed a group without even realizing it. Has our little group ever intentionally tried to make someone feel excluded? Absolutely not. Is there a chance that we've made someone feel excluded just by being together...probably.
Which brings me to my point (finally). Once I settled in and felt comfortable with the amount of friends I'd made, I stopped trying. Stopped reaching out to make new friends. Got lazy. Real lazy.
Same thing happened in bloggy land. Last year when I first started, I commented on all kinds of new blogs, visited the blog of any new commenter's...desperate to find my niche. And once I did...the familiar feeling of comfort set in and I thought to myself, as I often do, good enough.
And now I hear God whispering....No Sarah, not good enough.
Deep down I know I'm missing out on great new friendships, both real and bloggy ones. Now, I'm not talking about numbers of friends here, because balance is always involved. I'm talking about noticing and recognizing those around me in the same way I noticed them when I was searching for friendship.
So...out of my comfort zone, once again. And if you're new here, I will find you...consider yourself warned ;) And to all of you who've stuck with my boringness and become such good friends, reading and commenting so faithfully, THANK YOU! It really is part of what makes blogging so much fun.
Here's to doing better than enough.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
I am positively giddy that March has arrived. Spring is coming. The long cold winter is winding down.
- of buds on trees, warm breezes, green grass, tulips and daffodils.
wildboys running and tossing the football insideoutside.
- of my running skirt instead of under armour.
- of packing away the boots, snow pants, hats, mittens and big coats.