Friday, September 30, 2011

ABC's of Me

This reminds me of one of those email chains that people would send around in middle school/junior of course I had to do it!

A. Age: 26….but I’ll be 27 in a week and a day 

B. Bed size: Queen

C. Chore that you hate: Putting away clean clothes. I absolutely hate it. No problems mopping floors or cleaning toilets, but I am terrible at putting the laundry away!

D. Dogs: None at the moment. We had 2 dogs growing up….1 passed away several years ago and the other just passed last October. I’m most definitely a dog lover, but I don’t have enough space for one now. Maybe in the future…

E. Essential start to your day: Praying with H. I feel “off” if we don’t pray before he leaves. On a less serious note, I need coffee within like 2 hours of waking up or I’ll get a headache. I need to cut this caffeine addiction asap.

F. Favorite color: I’m really terrible at the favorites game….I like to wear black, but in general, my favorite is pink. Or sometimes blue or green. See??

G. Gold or Silver: Both. I used to prefer silver or white gold, but my engagement and wedding rings are gold.

H. Height: 5’4.

I. Instruments you play: None. I don’t have a musical bone in my body. I pray my children get H’s musical talent!

J. Job title: Assistant Director of Admissions

K. Kids: None yet…hopefully soon.

L. Live: Virginia

M. Mother’s name: Julie

N. Nicknames: Some college friends call me Sas—my old initials. And my mom calls me Rita Jean sometimes—can’t remember where that came from!

O. Overnight hospital stays: Thankfully none!

P. Pet peeves: When people don’t use turn signals and I hate hearing people chew their food.

Q. Quote from a movie: I’m completely drawing a blank right now. The only thing that comes to mind is “Everybody dance!” from Waiting for Guffman. So not a meaningful quite, but I find myself saying it all the time and one of my favorites.

R. Right or left handed: Both! I write right handed, but I eat left handed.

S. Siblings: Two…younger sister and brother.

U. Ultimate Vacation: I really really want to go to Fiji one day!

V. Vegetable you hate: Peas. So incredibly gross.

W. What makes you run late: Ohhh everything. I’m one of those people that is perpetually late. Well, I’m either right on time or late. I can never seem to get it together to leave on time.

X. X-Rays you’ve had: Just my finger that I broke playing intramural football in college.

Y. Yummy food that you make: I don’t know…I think I make good lasagna!

Z. Zoo animal: Probably anything but birds. My absolute favorite are the gorillas!

Happy Friday!! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

accent vlog!

So, I haven't updated this little blog in months for a few reasons, but I wanted to do this accent vlog that everyone has been doing! I watched it and it's somewhat mortifying, but whatever. And I realize that at the end I said I hope you enjoyed hearing my voice. Who says that?! Not what I meant....hope you enjoyed hearing my "accent" is what I was going for there :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday!

So...I thought I'd play along this week with Jamie's What I'm Loving Wednesday!

I'm LOVING Weight Watchers so far! I've officially been following the program for 3 weeks now and it's been a lot better than I was expecting it to be. I lost 5 pounds the first 2 weeks and I have my "official" weigh in tomorrow, we'll see how the third week went!

I'm LOVING the fact that I left work today at 12:30 because of the snow! I've been wanting a snow day for a while and I've thoroughly enjoyed a lazy afternoon at home.

I'm LOVING that I've been feeling content in most areas of my life right now. I've been praying for contentment for a while and thank God for answering prayer!

I'm LOVING that my doctor told me to schedule a massage ASAP to help with the spasms I'm having in my neck. You don't need to tell me twice, Doc!

I'm LOVING my wonderful husband who makes me laugh til I cry and is just so much fun to be around!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Just some random thoughts for Friday:

1. I worked out 4 days in a row! I understand how pathetic that sounds, but I promise, I reached a new milestone. Anytime I start a new workout "regime" I never make myself workout every's usually an every other kind of day thing. Not anymore. I must mean business this time. In fact, when we were driving home from Bible study on Tuesday I told my husband that Tuesday would be my "off day." When I started this new healthy living journey I asked him to really keep me accountable. So when he told me taking off a day already was a bad idea, I wasn't too happy. I argued that it was good to have an off day. Yes, I know how ridiculous I sounded! But, in my defense, it was already 8:30 and I was tired! I quickly stopped pouting and pulled it together. We both ended up doing the 30 Day Shred...he now understands why I've been so sore the last few days. Yes, I'm 26, but still act like a 5 year old at times :)

2. I joined Weight Watchers. It has only been a few days, but so far I'm liking it. I need to do some searching for WW friendly recipes, because what I've been cooking just isn't going to cut it anymore. Sorry, Paula Deen!

3. My nephew turned 8 on Tuesday. When I met him he was only 4 and was so shy that I'm not sure that he spoke to me for like a year. Now, he's my little buddy and loves his Auntie Sara. We're going to his birthday party tomorrow at a roller rink...I will be on the sidelines taking pictures.

4. My husband's college friend passed away in a car accident last weekend and I've actually taken it kind of hard. This might be surprising, considering I never met him. It's brought me to my knees in thanking God for His protection. I travel a lot for my job and do a lot of driving, and God has been so faithful in keeping me safe.

5. My love of reading has come back and I'm excited about it! I have a huge list of books I want to read. H got me a Kindle for my birthday a few months ago and I've definitely been putting it to good use.

6. It might snow this weekend. Being that I spent 22 years living in western PA, I have to laugh when the "s" word is mentioned in VA. I guarantee the stores will be bare and there will be nobody on the road.

This has been a long week at work - I'm so happy it's Friday! Happy weekend!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Goals

A few simple goals for the new year:

1. Get healthy - as I talked about in the last post
2. Run a 5k
3. Journal more
4. Memorize Scripture - with the Siesta Scripture Memory Team on the LPM blog
5. Organize/scrapbook my bins of pictures
6. Read at least 12 books
7. Stay more in tune with current events
8. De-clutter and organize my home

Praise God for a new year! I'm so excited to see what He has in store for me this year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Making Some Changes

I hate to admit to this, but I've completely "let myself go" over the last few years. Growing up, I was involved in gymnastics and soccer until I graduated from high school - I was always active and in really great shape. When I went off to college I worked out a few times a week over the course of 4 years, but it definitely wasn't as much by the time my senior year rolled around. I did gain weight during my college years, but not enough for me to really do anything about it.

Then, I graduated and started my first "big girl job." Exercising quickly took a backseat as I got adjusted to balancing my time and my new life. Two summers ago I was at the heaviest weight I'd ever been and, honestly, when I saw that number on my scale I cried. I slowly started to make some changes in my eating/exercising habits and was able to see the difference. Make an effort = see results...who would've thought?!

Then before my wedding last year, I lost a little bit more weight and toned up in order to feel my best on my big day. I could've worked a little harder, but that's hindsight and there's nothing I can do about it now!

I've been married for 14 months and I've gained back all the weight I lost plus a few more pounds. Like I said, I'm disappointed in myself. I have no other excuse other than I've been lazy, which sounds like an understatement. Sadly, it took me a year to realize that I don't need to consume as much food as my husband. Along with that and my lack of exercise, what was I thinking would happen?

I told my husband the other day that I need to make some serious changes. First and foremost, I need to learn to love myself again. I think that's the deep rooted issue here. If I truly loved myself, then this probably wouldn't have happened. I do my best to honor the Lord in all I do, but I've failed in this area of my life. I want to honor my body as I'm called to do in His word. I'm praying that He would allow me to see myself with His eyes. I want to remember and truly believe that "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" as it says in Psalm 139.

So, as 2011 rolls in I want to commit myself to getting healthy. Sure, I want to lose weight, but I want to focus more on becoming healthier. I plan to do this by paying closer attention to the types of food I'm putting into my body, drinking more water, and making an exercise plan and sticking to it! We are talking about trying to start a family next year and I want to be as healthiest I can be before that happens.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Our Christmas tree sits right in front of the door when you walk in the house, and I can't help but be overwhelmed every time I see it! God has richly blessed us to be able to buy gifts for our family and friends. He is just so good to us and to be honest, sometimes I take it for granted. This year I've really tried to focus on the reason we celebrate...the birth of our Savior! I've cried almost every day these last two weeks because I'm just so overwhelmed by God's love for me. I don't know if anyone reads this, but if you are, I pray that these next two days, and everyday, are filled with reflection, peace, love, and abundant joy! Merry Christmas!