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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

current obsession

remember the good ol' days of middle school when all you really had to worry about was whether or not you could survive oregon trail??

okay maybe there were quite a few other drama-inducing worries of middle school...

but anyways!

i have rediscovered my love for oregon trail!

perhaps it's a result of trent's and my current obsession of the west and the big sky... and my burden for native americans (i'm being serious!). we started re-watching Into the West a few nights ago... it's beyond splendid.
so this led to a quick google search of "download oregon trail".
well a couple hours later... and i found a site to play it on!

Play Oregon Trail now! but be on guard... you may want to throw your computer across the room when you can't shoot a buffalo... or when your entire family dies of dysentery (whatever that is!)...
or maybe that's just me. :)

*side note... if you try to play it and you're on a mac, make sure to scroll down the right side of the page and click "Java version of the game".


Thursday, December 3, 2009

i'm still alive

for those of you who have noticed...

it's been awhile.

i will be making my grand re-appearance soon...

in the meantime -- here's a cute pic of me & trent on pumpkin-carving-day to hold you over.

[more pumpkin-carving-day pics to come]

Friday, October 30, 2009


this week's confession:

[ I bought leg-warmers... and I have worn them everyday ]

i have yet to expose them to the public but i have faithfully worn them under jeans or with my PJs. the next step is to make their public debut... but i'm not exactly sure how to pull this one off... any ideas?

Monday, October 26, 2009


re.reading how people change [tripp/lane]. so good. def recommend it. great to use in discipleship opportunities + in your own walk with Christ.

slowly (going on 1.3yrs now) reading body of divinity [thomas watson]. so deep. laboring through that one bit by bit but contains lots of profound treasures.

intending on:
re.reading excellent wife [martha peace]

starting feminine appeal [mahaney]

best overall devotional book for discipleship i've used with girls: lord, only you can change me [kay arthur]. great for new christians + believers who tend to wear masks/live lives that contradict their professions.

excited about looking into lord, teach me to study the bible [kay arthur] that my leigh anne friend recommended.

any other good recommendations for reading (self + discipleship)?

quick updates

okay so this blog starting thing is harder than i thought...

coupon world:
so last week i def scored big time @ cvs. i used my $10ECBs (essentially, gift card) towards the purchase of $35 worth of items... BUT i paid $6 oop and received $16 back in ECBs. YES! summary: paid ZERO (10+6 = 16, got 16 back) and received $35 worth of items! 1 of my fav purchases was a glade sense n spray (so needed) that was $10 but was on sale for $5 and i had a $4 coupon... = $1!! so cool! i've yet to venture out to other stores (kroger, meijer, etc) - SO wish that we had a publix here!! agh! jealous of my southeast pals.

amazing! so glad i shelled out the $ to do this program... even though the JT wasn't too keen on it. ive lost some lbs so far and inches and im onto my 4th wk of the program. 1/3 done - ya-tah! next week starts phase 2. im praying for continued strength & discipline to keep up with it... they're def strenuous workouts but the hardest part is finding time for them!! its minimum 1hr day - typically 1hr15min+. my fav workout is kenpo (karate-ish) and i DETEST yoga - blarf. the JT has yet to join in on the p90x fun but maybe he will after he (hopefully) sees some of my (potential) results.

90day bible:
pressing on. finished the psalms in 3 days -tragic to read through them so fast! on day 47.

...in other random news...
was pretty much out of commission the past week due to unknown (not swine) illness. super swamped with work-related stuff for dr. scott this week.
SO excited to carve pumpy-kins tom with the JT! pics will come. it's like my fav thing to do. AND THEN... POST-HALLOWEEN = XMAS MUSIC TIME!!! woohoo! love this time of year. this will be the first trick-or-treating season that the JT and i are in a grown-up house... we intend to dress up and do some candy-passing-out-ing and meet some neighbors and kids.
oh and i am trying to convince the JT to get a snuggie for little texas. don't you think he needs one?
time to watch *unwrapped* on food network... halloween edition - score!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My endeavor

so. it's somewhat daunting writing a blog (let alone THE 1st). but here i go. 

why even write a blog? seems to be the trend that prego's start blogs. or families with 12 kids. or someone is going through a hard time or really exciting time. i don't fit into any of those categories... so why start this thing? it's just my feeble attempt of sharing what God is doing in my life - challenging myself to be more vulnerable, more apt w/updating people with life (ahem, leigh anne), more creative. 

so this is me. i dunno what this will look like but hopefully you will stay tuned to see :)

onto menial things...

i am totally jumping head first into this whole couponing endeavor. i never knew coupons could be so scary. yet somehow exciting (who am i??). so i dragged the JT along with me to CVS for my grand entrance into coupon world tonight (yes, he complained and was a grumphead the whole time -- and i tried to remind him, 'dude! i'm doing this so we can save $! so it's worth the 10pm, 1 hour long, chaotic run to CVS' - yeah, he didn't agree. i shall show him). so anyways. i wasn't 100% prepared for my grand entrance but i did manage to spend $15 oop (out of pocket) yet save $15 and earn $10 ECB (extra care bucks) - so i'm heading back there tomorrow in attempts to check out @ the (hopefully nice) cashier 3 times... yes... THREE. DIFFERENT. TIMES. so i'm not entirely insane, i promise. my written out agenda (don't make fun) is to buy lots of things and roll over my $10 ECB's into $16 ECB's w/negligible oop expenses. some things on the 'to buy' list: several shampoos/conditioners, hair color stuff, lotions, toothpastes, razors... so hey, if the plan works, i'll get all this stuff AND have $16 ECB to use for the next CVS shopping spree. i'll keep you updated on how i do... 

in other news. i [finally] purchased p90x. so i've been thinking about this program for oh... 4 months now i think... and more seriously so within the past week. and i turned on to 1 of my favorite channels (...qvc...) and they were totally selling p90x! it was cheaper than normal so it didn't take much for me to commit. i should get the whole thing next week and start it up... it is going to take sooo much intense work i can't even fathom it right now. but i'm looking forward to it. 

so i've got the disciplines of saving $ (coupons), working out/eating well (soon-to-be-p90x)... well might as well make it a full plate and add reading the bible in 90 days to all that, right? whew. i'm exhausted just trying to think of balancing all of this. but God is faithful and strong (mental pep talk). i am SO enjoying this whole 90 day plan - it's intense but it's really an awesome way of getting a broad overview of Scripture and seeing how things fit together. i'm halfway through 1 samuel (ka-chow to God!). 

alright its 2:22am and the JT has been getting onto me lately with how late i stay up... so i best be off. 

i'll be striving to jot down updates on coupon-mania, p90x-psychosis, and 90-day-bible-insanity... and more than all those boring updates, i hope to entertain a few with my random notes, comments, thoughts, etc. it shall be a journey in the least.

g/p/l    (grace/peace/love)