Friday, May 27, 2011

Right now...

Right now I'm...
watching: Dual Survival on Discovery Channel. Well, Bruce is actually.

eating: no bake peanut butter cheesecake. Oh. My. Word.
I will post the recipe soon.

drinking: coffee. and yes, it's loaded.

wearing: a green tank top from the Gap that I bought three years ago for $1.99 
and have worn no less than 199 times and Lucy yoga pants.

avoiding: Thurston's bath
feeling:  happy about a nice long weekend

missing: my friend you hear me, girlfriend?

thankful: for my in-laws who so generously offer to keep my girls for nice long weekends.

weather: 61 degrees and hardly any wind.
Kansas can be that awesome.

praying: for friends who have decisions to make about their children.

needing: to catch up in my daily Message reading.

thinking: I'm glad God came up with grace.
dreaming: of a day when Thurston is done with the puppy bites.
"No bite." I think I say that 400 times a day.

loving: a snuggle on the couch with the guy who is now watching The Office while Dual Survival is on a commercial.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Adios First Grade

Could somebody tell me where this past school year went?
I mean one minute I was planning my Back to School Coffee and the next minute I am cheering her as she strides into summer and then the second grade.
We started celebrating last night.
After school there will be a dance party in the living room, with an ice cream social to follow.

And pizza for dinner.

Hugs will abound.
And we will tell her how proud we are of her.
And over.
And over, again.

I am a happy mess as we check first grade off the list today.
Pass the kleenex, please.
Did I mention that we're proud of her?
4:05 pm...
Did I really just drive through town honking my horn with the windows open shouting, "SUUUUMMMMMMEEEERRRR"? Oh yes I did. And it felt great.

Monday, May 23, 2011

One of Those Dog People

Before we got Thurston, I told myself I was never going to become one of those dog people. To prove it, I told myself that I wasn't going to post about him that often. Ahem.
Have you noticed that those dog people take their dogs everywhere because they can't leave them home alone for five minutes. And when they do leave home, they leave music on so the dog will comforted by the sound of the radio.

Thurston happens to like Jason Aldean right now.
Those people look for excuses to buy their dogs presents.

Can I still throw a birthday party for a dog whose birth date is unknown?
Those people often talk about their dogs with such frequency that you are convinced they have a child that you haven't met.

"That's right. We have two girls and a boy."
Those people like to refer to themselves as "Mommy" when they talk to their dog.

"Mommy loves you, Thurston." 
I need help, people.
So yesterday, I looked at myself and realized that I have become one of those dog people.

In spite of the poop...
the potty...
and the gnawing that takes place within two blocks of wherever he is.

I'm still nutters over this little guy.
Now if you will excuse me, I have a piece of bubble gum that needs to be removed from the chest hair of my youngest son.
What in the world???????????????

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tanya's Soup Kitchen

I was reunited with Tanya's Soup Kitchen today.
I use the word reunited because seven years ago Tanya closed her soup kitchen.
And seven years ago I cried when I heard she was closing.
Real tears.
Tanya was not a personal friend of mine, but her food was.
I felt ministered to every time I ate there.
Do you have anyone in your life that feeds you that well?
When I heard she was closing, I remember saying to Bruce, "Where are we going to eat now?" Did Tanya just break up with us?
I needed to talk this out. I needed to hear "it's not you, it's me" but that never happened.
And I have carried a torch of sorts for her food ever since.

Today, Tanya met folks at the door like she had done many times before.
She said she remembered me...okay, I forgive her. :)
She knew my friend Jana.
The tomato basil soup was better than I even remembered it.
And dessert...oh the dessert!
Tanya's bread pudding with the caramel sauce is legendary.
(Don't turn up your nose at bread pudding, people. This will change your mind.)
So, it's back on...
Me and Tanya's Soup Kitchen.
From the look of the line out the door this noon, it appears we're not exclusive.
And in this relationship, that's a good thing.
Tanya's Soup Kitchen
1725 East Douglas
Wichita, Kansas 67211
316-267-SOUP (7687)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Cutest Cookies Ever.

After spending the weekend with my girlfriends, I came home and saw these cookies on Facebook.
Joy's mother-in-law, Carol, works with me, and I've been a fan of both of them for awhile.
I emailed Joy as soon as I saw them and begged her to let me show you what she had done and she agreed! 
Because she's awesome like that.
They could be bikini's. 
So much fun for a pool party or a girlfriend weekend!
Does anyone have a personal shower to throw for a future bride? 
I wish I did. 
A little Vicky Secret and a little cookie.
Turquoise and red make me happy. Anybody else feel that way?

You'll be able to see these cookies a lot bigger (grrrr. blogger) if you click here.
While you're there check out the detail of the Dr. Seuss cookies, too. 
LOVED those. 
It's Tuesday.
Order some cookies.
Get cookie happy.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Weekend Happiness

I drove four hours south for a little R & R and spent the weekend with four great friends.
We've been doing this every May for at least five years.
No husbands.
No kids.
Only us, the pool, and too many peanut butter M & M's.
Sunscreen has never smelled so good to me.
Yoga pants, swimsuits, and minimal to none makeup is the standard wear.
Laying around. Doing nothing.
Asking each other questions. Conversing. And laughing.
Here is one of the questions that surfaced.
"If you could choose one luxury (money no object) what would it be?"
Mine would be a private jet.
And I'd let you use it. :)
Now tell me your luxury. I won't even make you share it with me.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ten on Ten:: May 2011

Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. 
Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. 

6:07 am
 7:34 am
 8:46 am
9:29 am 
10:43 am
 11:10 am
 12:41 pm
 1:35 pm
 2:36 pm

3:46 pm--on our way to haircuts.

A friend challenged me to rise above a petty thing that happened today. Not only did she personally rise above it, I saw her conquer. I told her I was proud of her, and while that's true (I'm proud of all my friends) I admire her. I admire her because she is putting her faith into action. I am going to bed, spurred on and loving Jesus a whole lot more. And because of that, I wish I could do today all over again.

Ride on, Ella.

I sat in on Ella's physical therapy session this morning.
Proud does not begin to describe how I feel about her.
She's come a long way.

Untitled from Kimberlee Jost on Vimeo.

I hear Minnesota in my video voice.
I must be missing that place today.
Doan-cha nO.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Mothers Day Gift For Myself.

I was at an auction with a friend on Saturday.
I wasn't going to buy her.
But then no one was bidding.
The auctioneer started with who knows how much.
Finally he said, "$15. Will anyone take her for $15?"
I couldn't leave her.
I could see potential.
Do you see it, too?
I dream of white.
Then gray.
Then change my mind to turquoise.
Any other suggestions?

Friday, May 6, 2011


Christ has set us free to live a free life.
Galatians 5:1
The Message

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ripped in 30...the final review

Okay, so I started the month of April doing Ripped in 30.
Here are my thoughts:
1. I lost weight...three pounds.
2. I lost 3.5 inches overall.
3. I went back to my Shred notes and found that I lost the same amount of inches in my hips, arms, and legs. (Actually, I gained in my legs. Again.)
4. I lost two more inches on my waist with the Shred than I did with Ripped.
5. I did the Shred every day for 30 days.
6. I took one day of rest a week for a total of four breaks for the month of April.
7. I am incorporating the Shred into my workouts.
8. I will not put Ripped away just yet.
9. I have Jillian's 6 week six pack workout in my Netflix que because I live in reality.
Is my sarcasm translating? I'd settle for a two pack right now.

How I really feel...
Overall, I am feeling strong even though my results are not staggering.

I am not disappointed with the results of the Ripped in 30 dvd.  I feel like it got me back on track after taking a very long exercise hiatus. And if Jillian is known for anything, it's giving people a kick in the butt to get them motivated, so I guess I can thank her for that. I can also thank her for not biting me.  I couldn't take that comment. One. More. Day.

Thank you to my awesome email support group. I would have "phoned it in" by day three if it weren't for you: Tracy, Amanda, Carisa, Meg, Megan, Karen, Kimberly, Sara and Nic. 

And now because I'm curious, tell me, what are you doing to get in shape this Spring? And please don't tell me that you have to lift weights to put on weight, or that you're naturally just long and lean. I already sleep next to a man who is exactly like that. Finding out that there are women made that way too could send me on a three hour drive to the nearest Cheesecake Factory.

What's your workout of choice?
And how do you stay motivated?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thurston Howell the Fourth

Thurston Howell the Fourth (our first really, but to keep it in line with Gillgian's Island) came to live with us yesterday.
I discovered him via the internet last Thursday at Caring Hands Humane Society.
Bruce was in Dallas.
I was in Loneliness, USA.
And the rest is history because now he's ours.
Does it matter that he and his brother were found in a box turned upside down on a busy street? 
Does it matter that the box said, "Saint Bernhard" on it?
The vet insists that he is a Shih Tzu and a mix of something else, but NOT Saint Bernhard.
Look at that face.
One of our neighbors took one look at him and said, "That looks just like Beethoven."
Is that why this guy's body language looks nervous to me?
No matter.
Thurston's part of the family now.
For better or Shih Tzu/St. Bernhard.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market

On Saturday, Megan, Carisa and I jumped in the van at 5:30 am and drove three hours to the Sparks Antiques and Collectibles Flea Market. We were meeting our friend Debbie there...along with 450 antique dealers.
(They do sell other stuff there, but we were primarily interested in antiques.)

Here is a glimpse of our day.

Can you see that this says $125?

The vacant buildings have "stores" in them during these four days.
This was my favorite building by far.
It used to be a grocery store.
 Real copper ceilings.
 And these built in shelves. Lovely.
But most of the shopping was under tents and in sketchy trailer homes, where at times we had to hold our breath There were still deals to be had in there so we braved them. And it paid off.

The pewter was marked down later in the day to half price.
We were at the sale on third of four days.

We also went to White Cloud, KS where there was another flea market.
White Cloud was very good to me.
Megan: I know I was suppose to crop you out, but the expression on your face
is very precious to me and must be shared.
The end.
I have been looking for Seamist Fiestaware forever.
I completely missed it when it came out and it's nearly impossible to find a set.
She named her price of $15 and I quickly agreed to give it to her because I couldn't even buy it new for that price when it came out.

I think I giggled all the way to the van.

We headed back to Sparks to drop off Debbie and take a "quick pic" of the four of us.
Is she the cutest pregnant woman ever?
That Debbie has style.
Notice this picture is terribly overexposed.
I should never be in charge of "quick pics".
Megan, that's your job next time.
Me---I look like a bald lady with no lips. Typical.
 Carisa, Megan, and Debbie
All gorgeous.

We got home around 8 pm.

Exhausted, but happy.
Wanna see what I bought?
White bassinet: $12.
Frame: $15.
Hat Box: $3
Fiestaware: $15.
Total: $45.

Where should we go next?
The Vintage Soiree is having their Spring Sale this Friday, May 6th.
See ya there. :)
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