March 31, 2008

Well, I’m doing terrible at updating my blog! So sorry! Life is a little crazy right now and I’ve got a couple big due dates coming up soon in my classes so I’ve been working pretty hard this past week trying to catch up.

In other news, James and I have been making some decisions about our future that I’m excited to tell you all about but I want to wait a bit. (No, no babies so just slow your roll.)

Until then, and until I have some time to write something meaningful I have a few little food tips:

caloriecount.about.com is a great little resource for my fit friends. I’ve been using it to keep track of what I eat for about three months now and have lost almost 10 pounds!

On that same note, have you tried applesauce lately? The “no sugar added” type is super cheap if you buy the off brand, only 50 calories per half cup and really refreshingly cold. Yum!

I know a lot of y’all that read this are on tight budgets but also like to cook. One of the most expensive things you can buy in a store is a spice – I was looking at Publix the other day for some cumin (one of the most delicious spices ever and so easy to add to any dish!) and there was one of those tiny half jar things for $3.50! What a rip! I had stopped there to pick up a few things for dinner and we were out of cumin so I thought I would take the risk but it just wasn’t worth it. I had to make an extra stop at my favorite cheap-o spice location – Fresh Market. I know, you’re shocked right? Fresh Market is quite the pricey little place but their spices are super low priced. The reason is that they sell them in these little plastic baggies so you’re not charged for packaging. They sell separate glass jars but I never get them because I love the baggies so much. They’re clearly labeled and you can fit any sized measuring spoon in them. (I really hate trying to shake spices into a measuring cup with the risk of wasting some) Anyhow, I got twice the amount of cumin for 1.50! After I made the purchase I thought, I should really tell my friends about this! The other great thing about Fresh Market is that they have a lot of unusual spices that you won’t even find at your regular grocer and those are low priced too. I’m looking forward to taking a trip over there when I’ve got some time to peruse the spices to try something new. While you’re there, fix yourself a free cup of joe!

Alright, that’s all for now I suppose. Buenos!

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we’re back!

March 21, 2008

James and I are safely back in Birmingham and exhausted. It was a wonderful trip and I’m looking forward to posting some photos. For now check this out:

being known.

March 15, 2008

In my head this was going to be a longer and more developed blog but for now, just some thoughts.

I recently went through a situation that hurt me and I was a bit caught off guard by how much it hurt. As I played the moments over in my mind it finally dawned on me. The other people didn’t know me like I thought they did. This was no fault of their own, just the fact of the matter. After the painful situation was over I went home to James and felt so safe. James knows me. He knows me, understands me, and still¬†loves me. I don’t know if there’s anything better than that or anything greater you can ask for in a spouse.

This happened a couple of weeks ago so it’s been on my mind quite a bit. Last Friday in chapel (which is essentially a lame affair but was quite good on this occassion) I had one of those really honest worship times. It’s hard to describe but the word honest is what comes to mind. In the process I was thinking about how God knows us. This is one of those facts you learn early on in the faith but it really struck me anew or maybe for the first time. While I usually thought of this concept in a somewhat fearful way I found myself being so thankful. He knows me with a depth that no one else can. God is the ultimate safe place. He is able both to know us, love us, and see Jesus upon us.

Yesterday in class Dr. Snyder was talking about people being immaterial and material and said something to the effect of, “God can know us in a way that no one else can.” Tears sprung to my eyes right there in class (not big huge drippy tears, little ones that don’t fall although it’s not beyond me to cry unexpectantly.) I know I’m not saying this eloquently but it’s just one of the things that I love most about God lately and I’ve been reminded of it often. He loves us. He’s a safe place for us. He knows us. Wow.

On another note, I covet your prayers for our upcoming visit to the Dominican Republic. For those of you that don’t know, my best friend Kristen and her husband Miguel live there as a missionaries.¬†They’ve been there for almost two years now and we’ve never visited. We’re going from Sunday to Thursday and are really looking forward to some good fellowship. We’ll get to meet their new baby, see where they live, and see the ministries that they’ve been investing in. Mostly I’m just excited about being with my good friend. Again, so good to be with people that know you. Please pray for our safety and my anxiety. I’m a little afraid of flying! Blessings to all of you!

I Love this Cat

March 11, 2008

Whole Foods

March 3, 2008

I know I said I would update more often but this past week was a little insane. I ended up traveling in the middle of the week to Macon, Georgia for a funeral. I’m glad to be home.

After I got back from the funeral on Thursday night I was all stressed and sad feeling and I told James I didn’t want to stay home and asked if we could go out. We went on our latest favorite date, a trip to Whole Foods. Once a week James and I drive over to our nearest huge fancy grocery store for a date night. We always start with walking around the store tasting samples and looking at all the fun foods. Then we pick our snack. I usually get a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie, one of the most delicious things in the world (although this past week I went for the orange fig gelato and that was pretty dang incredible!), and either a coffee or a root beer, not even a diet root beer…I splurge. The “Natural Brew” brand root beer is f-bomb amazing. James usually gets a soda and a tiny wedge of cheese. James really likes cheese and they usually have this fun basket out called “Try something new for under $3.” He always enjoys the cheese thoroughly. After we check out we head to the front of the store, get comfortable in a booth, and settle in for a few games of cards. We play go fish, war, cribbage, hand and foot, and egyptian rat screw. Good times. People always give us the look that says, “Aww, that’s cute.” Last week this guy actually stood nearby and watched to see who was going to win a particularly exciting portion of our war game and laughed when I lost the hand.

I left the date on Thursday thoroughly cheered up and glad to be back home with my man. Now, I don’t know if this date will be as magical for you as it is for us but you might want to give it a shot. The best thing about this date and our nearly weekly Chappy’s or Panera Sunday breakfast date is that it’s cheap and we can go out together more often. Good times.