Friday, November 18, 2011

It’s Friday night

And I just, just, just! Got Paid! Money money money money… okay I’m still on a boy band/ 90’s music kick. I’m sorry. I’ll stop. Maybe… Which is better: constant Christmas music or AWESOME 90’s boy band music? Personally, I’d like a mix of the two. Maybe Christmas music sung by boy bands… what?! No, that’s crazy…

Yeah, that just happened. I’m sorry. I had to do it. I couldn’t help myself. (P.s. I know that the video is covering stuff a little- I just don't know how to fix that... sorry!)

What are you doing this weekend? I’m going to grocery shop/ wander aimlessly at Target and Trader Joes,  take my baby sister (she isn’t a baby, I just like to call her that when I’m being nice- usually I call her something glamorous like Snot Head or Booger Brains... Something that has to do with mucus for sure) shopping at Jeremy’s in Berkeley (if you haven’t been you NEED to go. Now. Stop reading this and get in your car and drive there and buy stuff. It’s phenomenal. Well, maybe that is a little exaggeration… it’s a pretty sweet store with some pretty sweet deals on some pretty sweet stuff) and go to church (twice- baller!) and hang out with friends. Jam.Packed.Boom.

I like having my weekends jam packed with stuff to do and I also like them to be completely empty (which won’t happen until the holidays are over I’m sure- Oh shoot- I haven’t even written a lot about the Holidays like a good little blogger… oops. I’ll get right on that… next week…). 

Happy weekend!

Bridge shot:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today has been a really fun day.

I really love Friday’s. They always seem to pop up with so many fun things to do (even at the office!!).

Today I…

  • Fixed our behemoth printer dubbed Tj JR!!!! {The name is funny if you know Tj, but since you don’t you probably won’t find it funny}
  • I created and nurtured a Spice Girls Pandora station. Yes, I did. No, I didn't let “Barbie Girl” by Aqua play. I just couldn't let myself go there. I did make it play “Waterfalls” by T.L.C. I tried really hard not to sing... I sang under my breath…

                Seriously, Mya was amazing… where did she go? Oh, there she is…
                … I forgot how much I love the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync
I just had so many fond memories FLOOD INTO MY HEAD of jumping on my bed, singing into a pretend microphone belting {at the top of my lungs with no shame & completely off key} “all you people, can’t you see, can’t you see, how you’re love is affecting our reality” and “Bye, Bye, Bye”. Oh, so good.
  • I braided my hair. I don’t have pictures, but I really like it. It was inspired by this post at "A Beautiful Mess". Lovely, lovely blog but you probably already know because you probably already read it.

                Sing it J-Lo… Her love don’t cost a thing…  except two (or is it three) really expensive                 divroces… oops... was that mean?

  • I had chili from Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café {seriously- I need to learn how to make this stuff, it’s amazing}
  • I listened to Gungor, Page CXVI, India Arie and Boyce Avenue today. Good music.
  • I organized the shipping area at work (woot!) I laughed as I was telling someone that "their job is not finished until you put away all of your supplies that you took out" because my mother always told me that and I would get so mad! Mom- you're in my head. How do you feel about that? :)

The other fun thing that is happening today is with my church, Sanctuary Berkeley. We are going to head up to Epic Faith Church in San Rafael to see Page CXVI in concert, for free. Yep, that’s awesome. Yep, I'm stoked. Have a little listen to what will be tickling my ears in a few hours...

...sooo many links today...

Friday, November 4, 2011

Being in Awe & Dancing

Awe /ô/
Verb:     Inspire with awe: "they were both awed by the vastness of the forest".
Noun:   A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder: "they gazed in awe at the small mountain of diamonds".
Synonyms:          fear - reverence - dread - fright - funk – terror

Dance /dans/
Noun:   A series of movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music.
Verb:     Move rhythmically to music, typically following a set sequence of steps: "their cheeks were pressed together as they danced".
Noun:  dancing - ball - hop
Verb:  hop - leap - jump

I was reading Proverbs 30 last night with my bible study group {Hi Edna Group!} and was struck with the way that Agur was honestly in awe of the mystery that is the Lord. I want to be in awe more, don’t you? Do you ever find yourself just staring at things and wanting to just study them or know more? I do all the time. I think that I want to start leaving a bit of mystery and start seeing things with a heart full of awe and wonder.

I love to dance. Seriously, it’s the best. I love reading that people in the bible (especially kings) danced. The picture of David dancing in my head is really silly and it makes me smile. {multiple examples: Exodus 15:20-21, 1 Samuel 18:6-8, 2 Samuel 6:13-15, Psalm 149}

This morning I woke up put on Foster the People “Helena beat” (listen to the song, but don’t watch the video… it’s a little disturbing…) and started shakin’ what my mama gave me and thinking about how beautiful the Lord made the sky today when I caught a glimpse of myself in my PJ’s and I actually thought that I looked {GASP} adorable. Maybe that is how the Lord thought I looked this morning. I had fun dancing in the mirror this morning (sorry neighbors downstairs…) and I didn’t feel insecure about my body what-so-ever. The Lord really works quickly to change willing hearts.

So, when you are feeling down I would like to suggest the the infamous words of Mr. James Brown to “Get up offa that thang and dance till you feel better. Get up offa that thang and try to release that pressure!”

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Weight-y Issues

"Never confuse fashion and style. Fashion relies on unattainable looks on women with unrealistic bodies. Style is about utilizing the best aspects of you."
-          Stacy London, What Not To Wear

Today I was thinking about my body and what I don’t like about it. Those are such awful thoughts. I am here, sitting thinking obsessing about my larger then “normal” mid-section and BOOM it hits me : “I am judging myself off of someone else’s standards and not God’s standards”. God cares most about the life that I life, not the fact that I can’t wear a slinky silk dress because I don’t have rock hard abs. I obsess over by body because of clothing and the body is MORE then clothing (and life is more then food). I have the  body that the Lord gave me and it is not perfect, but it is the one that I was given. The "perfect" image of myself in my head honestly doesn’t look ANYHTING like my real body. I would probably have to be about 4” taller (and who can add a single cubit to his stature by worrying) and about 45 lbs less. Neither of those things are going to happen.

After a while I took a break from work and was reading This Blog I came across the quote above. I realized that the idea that I have in my head is from years of coveting fashion (something that is not attainable by the average person- only the ones with a very specific body type) and not cultivating style (something that is attainable since I base it off of my body). I am never going to be 5’9” and 100 lbs (that would be WAY to thin, I’m exaggerating here) heck I’ll never be 5’5” (my actual height) and 100 lbs! And I might never want to be able to run 10 miles, and that’s going to be okay. The Lord knows what my body looks like and He knew what it would look like when He knit me together in my mother's womb. He knew before anyone else and I am going to take comfort in that. Today I give my insecurities about my tummy to the Lord.

Maybe by next year I'll be over this silliness and feel confidant enough to wear a bikini...

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
 O my soul, you have said to the LORD,
         “You are my Lord,
         My goodness is nothing apart from You.”
 As for the saints who are on the earth,
         “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.”
 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god;
         Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
         Nor take up their names on my lips.
 O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
         You maintain my lot.
 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
         Yes, I have a good inheritance.
 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
         My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
 I have set the LORD always before me;
         Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
         My flesh also will rest in hope.
 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
         Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
 You will show me the path of life;
         In Your presence is fullness of joy;
         At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16; A psalm of David {NKJV}


This blog affirms that food can be is sexy. Read these descriptions and feast your eyes on the photographs and all you will want is whatever this chef makes. I want to actually read her cook book... does she have a cook book?

Anyhow, this makes me want to blow my diet.

Speaking of my diet:

I don't think I've lost any weight, but my body feels strong and I am starting to like the way my tummy looks {I don't think I've told anyone written about this on the blog, but my tummy is the part of my body that I am most self-conscious about. I like my body well enough but I just wish there were less tummy to like}

I've been eating mostly alright. Halloween kinda messed me up with all the chocolate. Also I found an almond ice cream that tastes like amaretto cookies (yum!) so I've been keeping that at Corynne's house so that I don't have access to it all the time in the middle of the night. It's really yummy.

Speaking of Halloween:

We had a picnic in a graveyard for our "Trunk or Treat" Decor.  A B-Boy and Clark Kent helped me. 

I was Marilyn Monroe.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Everyone is talking about it and I want to to be cool too.

If you don't buy "A Very She & Him Christmas" you're a dope. For Serious. I would honestly question if you have proper hearing if you don't like it... well, not to your face...

Get it from the iTunes store or here.

Got the image from the website linked above.