Archive for April, 2009

Want the weather report? Just ask my hair.

I love spring and summer in Oklahoma.  The warmer temps, thunderstorms, rainy days.   Unfortunately,  it doesn’t love me back–at least it doesn’t love my hair back.  I know, me and at least 75% of the population.  Enjoy.


Town Hall for Hope

I’m an American, and I am choosing NOT to participate in this recession.

Who loves Dave Ramsey?!    I love that this guy tells it like it is.   He’s not afraid to call stupid, stupid!   He’s good pals with my buddy, Tough Love.  If you’ve ever listened to him speak, you can tell that he’s MAD.  He’s mad that the banks, credit card companies, payday loan companies, and others have fleeced the public.  They’ve told lies that we (Americans) have believed as truth.  Lies like “you need stuff to have a better life”, and  “debt is inevitable in our culture today”, and “you can have it even if you don’t have the money to pay for it right now”.

I don’t know if he’ll be bringing his “MAD” with him this Thursday.  From what I hear, he’ll be bring a message of HOPE.   and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say.  Evidently, neither can about a million other people all over the U.S.  As of today, 6000 venues  around the country will be catching the feed that is originating from the building that I work in!  How stinkin’ awesome is that?! PLUS, Fox Business will be airing the event live on tv!

So, mark your calendars for Town Hall for Hope. Follow them on Twitter.  Find them on FaceBook.  Prepare to be inspired–7pm CDT!


It’s AntiProcrastination Day!

  • Thanks to the Flylady—you can do anything for 15 minutes!– and Aranda—rockin’ tunes–, I pushed through and got several things done that have been calling my name for a while.  I think I’ve said it before, but it’s worth noting again…running a household takes a LOT of work!  Here’s a sample of what I accomplished
    • paid ALL the bills
    • paid and updated info on Pikepass
    • called ins. agent about roof inspection (we’ve had several of hail spells lately)
    • checked on rebate not yet received from Oct 08-will need to refax receipt
    • filed most papers in rudimentary filing box/”system”
    • hung up ALL clothes off of the floor/chair/chest/bed in my room
    • vacuumed my closet floor
    • called Cox Cable to make changes to service features and lower bill
    • mailed birthday cards for Feb and Mar birthdays
    • cleaned out my refrigerator (ew!)
    • scrubbed grout on bathroom counters (shiny!)
    • got oven fixed (ok, I did this last week, but wanted to mention it on my list of accomplishments anyway)
    • cleaned one of two dusty intake vents on the ceiling
    • paid a $4 outstanding dentist bill with a phone call
    • made donation to (been talking about this since February)

Whew!  I’m sure I forgot to mention a few things—once I got going, there was no stopping me!    and THEN, Kevin and I did our Dave Ramsey, FPU homework–we created our zero based budget!  Whoa, that’s going to take some practice each month!

    Now I have to work on a little planning ahead—full on meal planning people!—to avoid last minute grocery store runs!

A day of accomplishments

It’s Friday again already!  The week always flies by so quickly.

Moaning about my procrastinating last week.  Today will be a day when I get things done.  Ok, I did get things done last week–just last minute.

So, I’ve made a list today (you’re right, Cindi!) of all the things that I want to get finished before I have to pick up some kids from school today.   For some reason, I agree to pick my sweet girl up from school EVERY Friday of the school year.  Really I don’t mind, but it does cut my day short, aka forces me to schedule my day off!    Now, not only do I pick up my girl, but sometimes as many as 4 other preteenish youngsters.  Oh, the thangs they say when I blend into the steering wheel.

So anyway, here  I am TALKING ABOUT all the things I’m going to get accomplished today.  Again slumped in my chair, in my pj’s, with lappy keeping me warm. <deep breath….>


thoughts, feelings, and random panic

I’ve been wanting to write a post about this for a while now, but just kept putting it off.  Sorry, had to start with that.

and, oh, how I wish I wouldn’t procrastinate.  In examining the deep reason(s) behind this disrespectful habit, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a defense–either I don’t want to do it, or I’m afraid that I won’t do it well (perfectionism is a curse, ya know).  But nevertheless, it causes me moments of panic and/or guilt and/or embarrassment and/or regret—frequently.

I still have not sent b-day cards to 2 out of town relatives.  Their birthdays were in March.  The b-day card I bought for my sweet friend that I work with EVERY DAY is still at home….her b-day was in February.  Pitiful.  **correction: her b-day was in January!** (even worse!) It’s embarrassing.  It’s either a defense or it’s just a sign of complete self absorption.

I also have to make a dish to feed about 15 people tonight.  Not a clue what that’s going to be yet.  7 1/2 hours till dinner time….and I’m at work–not at the grocery store and not at home in the kitchen.  Hmmm…wonder how that’s going to work out for me?  and the hungry adults coming to my house?

I think I’ve always been like this.  Can a leper change her spots?  Am I doomed to live my life like this?

From Slumped to Pumped

I think I’m in a slump today.  I currently have several drafts on my blog dashboard…things I ‘ve started, had ideas for, then didn’t finish for one reason or another.  Posts about resolutions, expectations, my sweet sister, and some Old Testament dude named Jehosaphat–cleverly titled “Jumpin’ Jehosaphat”–I know!  How clever am I!?

Currently you’ll find me slumped on the sofa in my quiet house–or it would be quiet if my stupid dog would stop barking her head off outside.  I just can’t get out of my slumped position to shush her.  My laptop is not plugged in, so I figured I would just play around on it till the battery died.  Then I might get up, or I might not.

It’s not that I don’t have things to do–my to-do list is long and growing, but I’m unmotivated.  Will anybody care by next week if all of these things get done?

My bible is opened next to me, I’ve been reading from Isaiah, I Peter, and John today. It’s good Friday, but that seems like such an inappropriate name for the day.  It’s the day we celebrate or recognize the sacrifice Jesus made so that we could be whole, healed, and have intimate fellowship with our creator.  I get that it’s a good thing.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.  But, the beating…

Isaiah says in chapter 52 that “from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man” and “his face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human”. I can’t wrap my head around that kind of violence.  How could any human do that to another human?   Yet, he willingly endured it, and then ultimately gave up his life…for me.  So that I could be healed, made whole, redeemed, and forgiven.

That’s heavy stuff.  But it’s also motivating.  Do I want His sacrifice to be in vain.  NO WAY!  I’ve already given my heart to Him.  I’ve given my life to Him.  I think it’s time to get off this couch and give this day to Him.  Above all else, I will seek and choose to GLORIFY Him today.

Woo hoo!  and there’s church tonight and tomorrow AND the next day!  Thousands of people will come to my church alone, and hundreds of thousands will worship in other places this weekend.  I’m praying for BIG things, miraculous things, and only-God-can-do things!  Tell me, what’s He doing for you!?

Oklahoma is MORE than OK!

Spring Break took us on a whirlwind tour of northwest Oklahoma–but certainly not in a rushed feeling way!   My favorite type of road trip is one where you see more road kill than cars on the road, so making our way from the “big city” up to the northwest part of the state was a VERY pleasant drive.  And there’s nothing better than small town America.

And what did we find when we got there? Sand Dunes, Caves, Mountains, Springs, and Salt Plains!  All very distinct and  different!  Apparently there used to be a sea in Oklahoma a couple of years ago and when it dried up, it left behind some very interesting geological phenomenon.  I am by no means an expert, so please don’t go fact-checkin’ any details I might include in this post.  I’m just saying what I remember–it may or may not be embellished by my vivid imagination. 🙂  I’ll try to ground it with photos…

Sand dunes—Acres of sand dunes that appear to be great fun if you have a ATV or a dune buggy!  You can’t imagine the sub-culture that exists here.   Dune “enthusiasts” geared up, camping in tents, gathered together drinking beer and sharing community–it was beautiful!  and so were the dunes–lots of really big sand piles…very cool.

Little Sarah sand dunes

Little Sahara State Park

Salt Plains–This was an interesting sight.  This photo doesn’t quite capture the vastness of the salt plains.  From a distance, it looked a lot like water, especially when the sun shone on the salt.  Unfortunately, the area where you can dig for special crystals is closed right now…but we still enjoyed our venture here.  Except for the cold, relentless wind, and the curious lack of height at the Observation Tower.  And, yes, the ground does taste salty.  Yes, we licked the ground.  We’re just weird and curious like that. and apparently not proud.

salt plains

Great Salt Plains State Park

Where we lodged—Loved this place!  We stayed  here just for a night, but certainly could have stayed longer.  It was not your average hotel/motel experience.  This sitting area in the pool area was one of my favorite things.  See?!  Look how relaxed I look!

Relaxing sitting areas

The Northwest Inn in Woodward, OK

The pool was heated, clean and the kids had a great time here, and the grown-ups found it relaxing.

Northwest Inn

I didn’t have a great picture of the Gloss Mountains, aka Glass Mountains, so here’s a pic of me and Toni-Tone-Tone, aka Tonique.  The mountain is full of selenite crystals, which apparently sparkle in the sun, but it was fairly cloudy when we were there, so there wasn’t a lot of sparkle—except from me and T after we climbed that treacherous mountain.  Oh yeah, we’re quite the athletes.   I don’t know why Toni looks so composed and I look so…um…windblown.

Glass/Gloss Mountains

The Glass/Gloss Mountains

For some peculiar reason, all of the public bathrooms in this area are referred to as “comfort stations”.  While I am usually more comfortable after I’ve visited one, I don’t always find them comforting at the time. hmmm…

Comfort Station

Comfort Station

Boiling Springs State Park

…or “spring” because we only saw one.  But it DID look like it was boiling–although it was “showcased” by ugly stained concrete (I guess so we could find it easy–I’m absolutely sure that is NOT how the original settlers found the springs, though).  The wooded area around the spring is probably quite beautiful in the summer despite the fact that it looks like it’s recently been devastated by an ice storm.  Check out this gynormous tree that’s fallen.  The arboreal carnage was heart-breaking. And look, there’s a handsome teenager posing next to the tree but the pic is too small to see him very well, so you’ll have to trust me.

tree in Boiling Springs

Alabaster Caverns

The guided tour of the cave was one of my favorite stops, but I don’t have any good pics of the cave (it was kinda dark and not very conducive to photography).  But, I did post some interesting cave facts here already.  Loved the cave–very fascinating!

So, where to next?…there’s lots more Oklahoma to see!

More about Grace

Despite my last post about being overwhelmed by grace, I don’t think I really get it yet.  I’ve been thinking about how many times I DON”T give grace.  If I truly understood AND lived in the reality of God’s grace, then I would offer it much more freely and much more frequently.

I know this is going to shock, but there are some people in my life that are NOT perfect.  I KNOW!  Crazy, huh?   Kidding aside, nobody is perfect (including me, I remind myself), and the closer you are to someone and the more time you spend with them, the more likely you are to see their flaws.   Sometimes it’s easy to give grace.  Sometimes it’s not.  The concept of grace has been perfected with Christ’s death.  We can’t offer what we don’t have.  We have recieved grace and, therefore, the ability to give it comes from God–and not of ourselves.

I’m thankful for grace.