Sunday, April 22, 2012
They did it! Becky married Brian yesterday, and it was a beautiful, heart felt wedding. What a joy to see my friend, surrounded my friends and family who love her so much, seal the deal!
I tried to sneak some pictures with my little camera during the ceremony, but I didn't have the best shot. But, they walked out, and walked right past us and Brian looked right at my camera as I snapped this quick (although blurry) shot.
Not long after they walked by us, they high-fived. Love that! Cheers to Becky and Brian! So happy for you guys!!
It was so much fun seeing an old friend/co-worker, Lee Ann! So nice to catch up, 10 years or so after working together. Life moves crazy fast. Side note: Can you see how beautiful Becky's dress is? And I LOVED her necklace! And her hair. So pretty.
It's so crazy how small the world is. Lee Ann, Becky and I never actually worked together. Becky knew Lee Ann. Then I did. Then like 7 years later, I met Becky. Now, here we are. What a fun thing to bump into each other at such a joyous occasion! And don't even get me started on how grown up Lee Ann's daughters are. Children grow when you're not looking, you know. And they can really make you feel old when you haven't seen them in a while, no matter how many Christmas cards have been involved.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
It's going to be a beautiful day today. Today is my good friend Becky's wedding day. I'm SO EXCITED to see her walk down the aisle and I wish her and Brian all the happiness in the world.
I think this is the first wedding I've been to since my own. I remember seeing Becky at my own wedding. What a doll. So thankful for a hilarious, smart, beautiful friend who loves the Lord, her family and her friends so much.
I'm only 2 and 1/2 years into this marriage business, but I can tell you this. Nothing will make you grow faster than marriage. I am so happy, and I love my husband so much more today than I even did that day I walked down the aisle on the beach, and met him under the gazebo. I wish Becky and Brian years and years of health, happiness and prosperity!
Brokaw woke me up at 6:26 this morning. Not cool. I couldn't fall back asleep. Sometimes I can, but I couldn't this morning. Now, B is sitting next to me on the couch. Not fair.
Last night, I did my monthly marathon grocery shopping trip. Pardon the bad picture. But a bad picture is better than no picture at all, right?
I went to Harris Teeter (Super Double coupons this week!) where I got an awesome deal on some Starbucks coffee.
Less than $3.00 a pound. Factor in the $1.50 or so I will not spend when I turn my empty bags in at Starbucks to get a free coffee, and that's like $1.50 a pound for coffee that is usually about $8.00 a pound.
Note: Those bags are not all full of coffee.
I also went to Aldi. That ended up being a little sketchy because by the time I finished up there, it was after 8:00pm and well, it's kind of in the hood.
But, I survived.
Now, thanks to my marathon trip last night (4 hours including massive amounts of sitting in traffic), and our weekly deliveries from Arganica, I shouldn't have to go shopping again (big shopping) until after we get back from vacation in May!
I love waking up to a clean house and a well stocked fridge, freezer and pantry.
Happy Saturday, y'all. Make it count.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
We often run into obstacles with paralysis. One of mine is getting enough water. Paralysis affects the body's circulatory system and the function of the bladder and bowels. Recommended water intake is higher than average for most paralyzed folks. This is a challenge when it's difficult to pick up a cup in the first place or sit up in bed.
I used to have a sport bottle with a long, flexible straw. We got the bottle from somebody at Miami General Hospital when I was recovering. It served me for almost 15 years! Unfortunately, it didn't have a handle and leaked if turned sideways.
Dana bought two Camelbak sport bottles just before we got married that fit the bill. These bottles have a thumb-sized plastic loop on top that is easy to grab. Their fold-down nozzle seals the bottle when closed and have a rubber cap that opens when squeezed.
Monday, April 16, 2012
I thought I'd share this. It's a potluck favorite, and super easy!
Chicken Broccoli Casserole
What you need:
1 lb. chicken breast
1 bag, frozen broccoli
1/2 bag, egg noodles
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 can, cream of chicken soup
1 can worth of milk
What you do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Boil a pot of water with a little bit of salt for your pasta.
In a separate pot, boil your chicken breasts with a little bit of pepper.
Shred with two forks.
Microwave your bag of frozen broccoli.
Open the bag, and let it cool somewhat.
Pour the can of cream of chicken soup, plus one soup can of milk in a bowl, and wisk together.
Grease the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan with canola oil spray or butter or whatever you usually grease your pans with.
Pour in your cooked egg noodles.
Pour soup/milk mixture over that.
Top with chicken, and stir everything together.
Top with broccoli.
Top with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
You want to know what my first Google search of the day was?
"Rage in dreams"
Sometimes I have the craziest rage-filled dreams. I seriously get mean in my dreams!
One time, I dreamed I was so mad, I threw two red ceramic coffee mugs across the kitchen, and the smashed up against the wall in the laundry room. Last night, I dreamed I was so mad that I pulled the wall between our bedroom and our living room down.
What in the world? What am I so mad at? It's so strange, because in real life, when I'm mad, I usually just get quiet, or cry. I am not violent. But in my dreams, you better watch out!
*update: I learned from my Google search that it could mean I have control issues. Ya think?
I woke up kind of tired since I demolished part of the structure of this apartment last night.
It's going to be a beautiful day! My softball team is practicing today, but my hands are all flared up (I have a skin condition on my hands - not contagious - triggered by stress), so I don't really want to get ball field dirt in my hands, so I'm not going.
I feel like one time I heard about an accessible hiking trail in Great Falls? I'm going to Google that in a sec, and maybe we will have to do that today. I feel like being outside.
And/or... I want to go to the garden/nursery store and use my Groupon. Construction is finally finished on the exterior of our apartment building - so we can have our porch back! I can't wait to plant flowers and herbs and get back to grilling out!
Oh, and after an extensive two day search that ALMOST led me to hate my body, I have finally decided on a dress for this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.
black one. I took a poll on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and it was really fun hearing from my friends on their input. In the end, though, I went with my mom's suggestion. Because she is never wrong. I really like both dresses, though. And if I had the money, I would get them both. Not sure yet if I need two formal dresses this year, or not.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
She has an amazing opportunity this month. A chance at winning an accessible van that she can DRIVE HERSELF.
As someone who physically lifts my husband in and out of our SUV every time we go anywhere, I can see the value in this. I *can't wait* until the day Michael is driving me around! Haha.
Watch Erica's video:
And go to vote here. Use the promo code 831. You can vote once a day! Please share this around, and let's all pull together to get Erica some new wheels! Maybe if she wins, she will road trip it out to DC and come see us!
This Friday Blue Like Jazz comes to theaters. Dana and I saw the preview a couple of weekends ago. Don Miller wrote a book called Blue Like Jazz about ten years ago about his exploits coming to age as an evangelical Christian. The movie is a nice boy-meets-girl story that takes some interesting twists.
If you've read the book --and I recommend you do so-- you'll recognize the stories. Some things in the movie might seem out of place without the book. They go hand in hand.
Go to the website. Go to the movie. It isn't your Kirk Cameron version of Christianity. There's cursing, drinking, lesbians, and all other kinds of stuff in the real world. But it's just that: REAL. I was refreshed watching the movie take a middle-of-the-road approach to my faith.
Monday, April 9, 2012
How long does it take to adjust to the routine of having a home health aide come to your house for 15 hours a week to take care of your husband?
Well, if you're me, about 4 months.
I didn't want to do it at first, but I knew it was a good thing. I knew if I was a friend, or a sister giving me advice, I would tell me to let that person in, to let go, to take some time for myself.
I didn't want to do it because I felt like it was like admitting defeat. Admitting that my husband needs the help. Admitting that I need the help.
I felt guilty. Guilty that someone else was doing work that I could do. Sure, it meant getting up way earlier, not going to the gym, working through an aching back, doing things that are not particularly enjoyable, but it wasn't impossible to do it.
My husband loves me. He pushed me to accept this help because he knows better than I do what is good for me.
Today, four months after that first time we let someone else in on a regular basis to help Michael with his personal care, I sit at Starbucks around the corner (I still do NOT want to be there when someone else is there), sipping my coffee, and blogging, and finding myself profoundly grateful for this time.
Thank you, Michael, for pushing me. I am loving this time to do my own thing. I couldn't see that I needed it so much. I love you, but I don't miss doing the dirty work. Of course, if and when you need me, I'm here. And I'm sure I could jump right back in and rock it out better than anyone else, still. :)
To everyone else - if there is someone who loves you - listen to them. Sometimes they can see what you need more clearly than you can see yourself. This is just one of the things I'm learning on this journey.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Good morning and happy Saturday, y'all! After some time on the road for work, I'm home again. I celebrated by sitting on the couch and watching about 15 episodes of Army Wives.
Have you seen this show? I admit, it's Lifetimey, it's Soap Operaey, but I like it. I couldn't watch it when my brother was in Afghanistan, but over the last 5 weeks, I've blown through about 5 seasons.
Did I mention I love Netflix and I don't miss cable?
This morning Brokaw is barking way too much. I kind of want to open the door to the porch and let him out. But, he's kind of the center of my world, so maybe I won't do that. Maybe he'll go back into the bedroom with M, curl up, and go back to sleep. I hope.
I just might make a Lemon cake today! I saw it in a cooking magazine I got at Wal-Mart yesterday, and it's been a while since I've had time to try something new in the kitchen. So, I just might do that. But, I'll probably need to go buy some lemon extract. Which could de-rail the entire project because my desire to a) leave the house today and b) wear anything but black yoga pants is seriously deficient.
I had a banana/nutella toast sandwich this morning. Diet killer alert. Oops! I'm pretty sure it was worth it. I would love to swim in Nutella.
Of course. Now it's 9:00am, time for me to go get M up and dressed... and NOW Brokaw is going to sleep on the basket of clean laundry.
Wonder if I will ever really be ready for a kid? I like sleep and quiet a whole lot. Day three of my 5 day weekend.... yippee!! I'll let you know what happens with that lemon cake.