Anyone have any summer TV shows to recommend? I'm in love with So You Think You Can Dance as always, and am sarcastically commenting my way through The Bachelorette (Michael with diabetes is the cutest), but there's not much else on. In Arizona, we are confined to alternating between our pools and air-conditioning all summer, so I need some good TV!
Celebrating: NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!! Sara and I have faithfully carried the torch for this great holiday for three years in a row now. And I just want to say publicly, right here and now, without shame, that I celebrate the donut.
My world is being rocked by this book right now. SO good!! One of the best I've read in awhile. Hopefully I'll finish it soon so I can give you a more thorough review...and also go back to getting to sleep at a decent hour.
Highlight of the week: I missed church on Sunday, so it was really fun to spontaneously attend a city-wide, mid-week worship gathering with some friends I haven't seen in awhile. I loved the worship and it completely refreshed my soul.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Second-hand smoked a lot of pot at an outdoor concert.
2 -- Got a little queasy when the server at Red Lobster set a whole cooked lobster carcass in front of me. I like the taste of it, but I have an issue with looking an animal in the eyes before chewing on it. So I swallowed the lump in my throat, built up some courage... and asked my dad to remove the face from my food.
3 -- Hesitated for far too long before choosing to do the right thing and serve someone I love. I wish I wasn't so selfish sometimes!
4 -- Took my nephews to two separate restaurants for the same lunch in an effort to get the 11-year-old who has severe autism to eat SOMETHING on my watch. I still only managed to get three bites of a McDonalds hamburger patty and one fry in him.
Celebrating: My nephew Noah just turned 13!!! Crazy! I can't believe he's a teenager! We celebrated with a super-fun evening pool party outdoors. And he got an iPhone that he has called me on every day since. I love this kid so much!!
I get to shoot this cute couple's wedding tomorrow! Can't wait to share photos with you Monday!
Counting My Blessings: This dog is mine and she is the most constant, sweet, loving companion ever.
Frivolous: playful, lighthearted, trivial; the little things in life that should be savored.
Favorite Outfit of the Week: Skinny jeans: Lucky / Blouse: LOFT / Sparkle peep-toe black heels: Gianni Bini from Dillards / Earrings: Gift / Necklace: Boutique shop in Greenville, South Carolina
Highlight of the week: Finding friends who are unfamiliar with my other FRIENDS: Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Joey and Phoebe. How is it possible, you ask? They're in their mid-20s, so I guess that's their excuse. But I'm making them sit and watch the entire series with me. It's almost as fun as watching it for the first time myself!
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Asked Sara, while staring into the fridge, how many times it's ok for a person to eat waffles for dinner in one week. Then proceeded to make them and eat them for the 2nd time in a matter of days.
2 -- Taught someone how to use their camera over dinner.
3 -- Waited for an entire hour in the eye doctor's waiting room. Don't even get me started on how ridiculous this is. Next time, I fully plan on bringing my laptop and getting some work done while I wait.
Realized while prepping this post that a few months ago, I unknowingly posted two Frivolous Friday vol. 57s. I might need to start over because apparently I can't reliably count beyond 50.
Celebrating: The number of meals I ate that I neither made, nor paid for, this week. I think it was around 7. Thanks to all my generous family and friends for letting me mooch off of you! And for cooking yummy stuff.
My friends, Amy and Jordan, are doing Insanity and invited me to join. I only did it two times this week, but I'm waddling around like a grandma. I've also begun to speak in the 3rd person thanks to Shaun T. As in, "Shaun T. can't touch his knee to his chest because his quads are so big." "Melissa Jill can no longer lift her foot off the ground because her calves hurt so bad, but if she could, she would kick Shaun T. in the mouth."
Feeling Blessed: Fourteen years ago, I went through an amazing program with a ministry called Kingdom Building Ministries that is located in Colorado. This summer and throughout the coming year, I have the opportunity to coach a student who is going through the same program. We haven't yet met in person, but we got to talk over the phone this week for the 2nd time and pray together, and I am feeling so blessed getting to know her and see how God is working in her life! I serve an amazing God!
Highlight of the week: This week was super-low key. In fact, it was hard to write this post because I had so little content to work with. BUT that was actually the highlight for me. Life has been SO high paced for the past few months, and I feel like I've been putting out one fire after another recently, so I relished the monotony. It felt like a really good deep breath.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Spent the majority of the weekend systematizing and updating Align's manual. Haha! My life is SO glam.
2 -- Teared up while watching The Office finale. Goodbye dear friends! Thank you for the laughs!!
I'm so sad for the people of Oklahoma! How hard! Someone passed along a link to this video on my FB page though, and if you are a dog lover at all, or you just need a little dose of hope today, it's a must watch!
Celebrating: My friends Amy & Jordan finished up the year teaching 4th & 5th grade, and yesterday was their last day of teaching EVER! They are going full-time with photography which is always a little scary. But I was the one to tell them to go for it, so hopefully it works out -- haha! -- no pressure! No, actually, I have total confidence in them. Last night we celebrated with dinner out. SO excited for them!!
Dixie-dog is feeling much better -- thank you all for the well-wishes. We're heading to the vet today for a check-up because her toe is still a bit swollen, but it doesn't seem to be bothering her at all anymore. And of course she's as cute as ever.
Feeling Blessed: Came upon this quote by Dallas Willard and found it tremendously comforting: "A disciple is not a person who has things under control, or knows a lot of things. Disciples simply are people who are constantly revising their affairs to carry through on their decision to follow Jesus." Thank goodness!
Highlight of the week: Sweet friends spontaneously stopping by one evening and then peer pressuring me into getting Five Guys for dinner and Bosa donuts for dessert. They basically had to roll me back into my house at night's end. But ya, it was fun.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Spent Mother's Day morning at the emergency vet. The paw that I thought had healed, turned up hugely swollen that morning to the point where poor Dixie couldn't even walk. It was heartbreaking.
2 -- Set alarms on my iPhone so I could slip my dog medication four times daily. This week she was on two antibiotics and pain meds. I had to get creative with my methods and disguise them in treats, and at this point she's turning her nose up at peanut butter, so it's a challenge. At one point I thought I had fed her an antibiotic successfully, only to find it two hours later in her whiskers. It reminded me of the days when I used to spit my Flintstones vitamins into the toilet without my parents knowing it.
Celebrating: My poor mom has a birthday that falls on or very close to Mother's Day every year. So we celebrated both this past weekend. We try to do it up right, though, so as not to gip her. Birthday dinner, Mother's Day lunch, shopping and pedicures were all part of the festivities. As you can see, I decided to go the florescent orange route. I felt like I was embracing summer in the choice.
I went to a movie in a theater for the first time this year. Great Gatsby. It was really well done. I loved the cinematography. But what a depressing story. I hadn't read it since high school, so I'd forgotten. But yikes!
Feeling Blessed: It was a bit of a rough week -- and not just Dixie-wise. I felt like everywhere I turned I was putting out another fire. BUT, God is good and he carried me through. My favorite thing was watching Dixie run around the backyard last night like a rabbit until her ace bandage (which I had apparently poorly wrapped) fell off. My sweet dog, who couldn't walk just 5 days earlier, was sprinting. And I knew everything was going to be all right.