Friday, July 22, 2011

Current Obsession: Sonic

I go through phases where all I want is one thing. And right now, that one thing is Sonic. Ben brought home Sonic last night and we watched Law & Order. I was pretty much the happiest I could get at that very moment, and I wanted to make sure you all know about how amazing Sonic is.

I was also unconditionally devoted to Sonic three years ago when we got engaged. But then I was in love with mozzarella sticks. Now my devotion has changed. My absolute favorite thing to get is a junior hamburger with nothing but chili on it. It's a local dupe for Cookout burgers (found only in the south), and I am SO HAPPY. (So is my sister, because now I'm not going to drive her nuts every time I visit North Carolina until we get a burger with chili.)

Every day from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., Sonic has "Happy Hour" where their beverages are 50% off - no matter how fancy you get or how huge your drink is. My pick for by the pool is a Route 44 Ocean Water - it's blue coconut and sprite and it's the size of a small child's wading pool.

Swing by Sonic this afternoon to cool off a little! I'll be there by 2:02 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It's hot and that's okay.

This heat wave that is taking over practically the entire United States is out of CONTROL. Yesterday at the barn, the heat index was 107. If I wanted it to be that hot, I would have moved to Arizona. Okay, actually, I probably wouldn't have but STILL. And the AC is supposed to be out at work for an entire week so that should be interesting.

I'm trying to make the most out of this, so let's look at the bright side.

- I have an excuse to eat dozens of those freezer pops.
- I have a pool that I can float in whenever I want. Which is pretty much every day.
- I got to leave work early on Tuesday because the power was out in the office. Kelly and I shopped, worked out and lounged around.
- I feel like painting my nails orange and coral and red (not all at the same time - but maybe I should) to match the heat.
- No one thinks I'm trashy when I walk around Meijer in my running shorts, bathing suit top, ratty boys' white tank top and flip flops. They're just jealous I'm headed to the pool.
- I lose two pounds every time I walk into the backyard to walk the dogs. Granted, it's just water weight and I'm sweating it all out. But still - at this rate, I'll be down to the size of an Olsen twin by August.
- I don't feel bad about running on the treadmill because it's impossibly hot outside.
- I'm so thirsty that I'm drinking all of the water I'm supposed to - times two.

Silver linings rock.

Monday, July 18, 2011


A little weekend overview. I spent some time with that little floof above. Her name is Pippa! And I wanted to take her home.

Grace and I went to Sonic for happy hour! I got a junior burger and this huge lemonberry slushie. Yummm.

Ben came over to Grace's to play Call of Duty on their awesomely big TV. Please forgive the blurriness. I just love this picture.

In case you missed it, the US Women's National Team lost in the World Cup finals. Luckily, Jordan still likes America.

Kelly! We were so domestic. And by we, I really mean she. I was more like a sous chef, cutting and chopping and peeling. But I love this picture, too!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Weekend plans = WORLD CUP

This weekend's plans include:

- A birthday celebration for Kathryn Ford!!
- Pool laying. DUHTOWN.
- A girls' day on Saturday with brunch, shopping, pool and a sleepover.
- The Women's World Cup *hollllaaa* with Rachel (via phone)

I won't be able to be with Rachel for this momentous occasion. But if I were, this is what we would look like:

And if we were getting a little more crazy.. this:

We like being married/engaged to futbol playas

Pictures on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend and remember who you are and Whose you are. xoxo

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A day at the office.

Obviously, my office is one of the places where I spend a ton of my time. Luckily for me, I am blessed to love what I do AND I have some great co-workers and students. I thought I'd take you through a little trip through my office.

This is what the front desk looks like when we're getting ready for the visitors who are coming to check us out tomorrow!
Here's Charity! She was an event intern for me, coordinated our housing for guests for two years, served as a student receptionist AND has given tours. PHEW. I'm so blessed that she stayed to help me this summer! She takes care of the front desk - and keeps an eye out for me!

A little mid-afternoon snack is a necessity. Meijer had cherries on sale. So.. I was all about that. Note doodling from a long phone call on the paper behind it.

I am legendary for having empty and half empty cups sitting around my office. Here's my water cup (Go Gators!) AND our campus coffee shop was open today so I had to grab an iced drink to stay energized this afternoon.

In the corner of my office are beverages that we offer our visitors. We've run out of room in the fridge and in our storage room. So my corner is holding them for the next week or so.

This is my fave jacket. I found to use for our Christmas admissions video last year.. and it's still hanging on the back of my office door. I wear it in the summer when I'm too cold from the AC. Also, check out that poster of JFK and Jackie O. behind me. It's one of my favorite photo series.

What's that? You want a closeup of my bulletin board? Okay. I have homecoming pictures, cards from my mom & dad, pictures of family and encouraging notes. And a ribbon from a horse show last year. Because it's pink and I like it. Some dogs at the shelter where Stella's from did that painting. Talented canines.

At the end of the day, there's always more to do. At least I have cute office supplies!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peace Out, Insecurity.

Two of my dearly beloveds and I are going through Beth Moore's book "So Long, Insecurity" each Monday night. Reading the book and answering the questions on Beth's blog has given us a lot to think and talk about. I'm starting to notice more and more not only how my insecurities affect and shape my thought patterns, but about how this epidemic has infected America.
I see it at the pool, when I hear men bragging about the DUIs they've gotten away with, the girls talking about how much unseen weight they've gained that week and the people who are obsessed with making others look less than themselves by acting immature.
I see it in people who crave attention so much that they force other people to give it to them by their selfish or demanding behavior, instead of waiting for others to love on them.
I see it in the soccer players and basketball stars who come for athletic camps, pushing, jostling in the cafeteria, desperately wanting to be liked and accepted - not just for how they perform on the field or the court, but for who they ARE.
I see it in those who close their eyes to Truth, who won't let others speak to them about it, who are both miserable with their lives but refuse to let God do anything to change them or their situation.
I see it in the people who are constantly sure that someone is talking about them behind their back. I think of the quote my mom shared with me years ago - "If you knew how little people talk about you, you wouldn't worry what they say". Humbling, but true - and something I long to share with these people that I encounter.
I hear it in the voices of the students who call me at work, preparing to come for their freshman year. I hear it in their parents, who want to be able to stay cool in the middle of preparing to send their most precious possession into the world. I want to tell them - and sometimes do - that they are going to love it, that God is going to change them in the next four years, that there are people here who will invest in them in ways that they can't even imagine.
Lately in the mornings on the way to work, I have been praying for these people as they come to mind - so that their insecurity won't be anything that will keep them back from seeing and serving Him. I am more patient through the day, seeing through the bravado that people display a little bit, hurting for them a little more. I'm praying that He continues to reveal both the insecurities in me and equips me to meet the needs of others in this area.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Energy Vampires

A phrase I heard at a work conference last year that has stuck with me is "energy vampire". Energy vampires are things that drain you automatically just by being near them or dealing with them. They can be situations, tasks or even people.

Figuring out what my energy vampires are has been invaluable to me. It has helped me figure out why some days are so much worse - or better! - for me than others. There's a flip side to them, too - "sunshine sources". When I interact with more "sunshine sources" than "energy vampires", it's easier to have a great day.

Some of my energy vampires are...
- Drinking too much soda
- Manipulative people
- False guilt/guilt tripping
- Overscheduling myself
- Inflexibility from others
- Feeling controlled or micromanaged
- Negative people
- Burger King
- Feeling like my house/laundry/car is OOC
- Surprises (I know, I know.. I just like to plan ahead).

Sunshine sources include...
- Getting sleep and drinking a TON of water
- My dogs & pony - including walking them and cleaning stalls
- Exercising
- Music that fits my mood
- Sonic, Starbucks, Oreos - all my favorite food groups
- Time on the phone or in person with my closest friends and my family
- Vacuuming and doing laundry (but NOT folding it)
- Being able to spend lots of time getting ready in the morning
- Checking things off of my to do list
- Laying around - by the pool, watching a movie with my college roommate, in the grass with my nephew, in front of the fire in the winter.

As Dr. Brown likes to say "One day, I woke up and decided that I would never have another bad day. And I haven't." I love that attitude! But avoiding those energy vampires certainly helps, too!