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I came across this fun blog challenge on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. It’s technically suppose to be for March, and technically suppose to be done in 31 days. But we all know I’m not an overachiever, so I figured I’d start now and maybe be finished by May. Or you know, sometime.

Today’s challenge is a self portrait and 5 random facts. Drum roll please…

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1. My hair holds curl about as long as Kim Kardashian stays married. So the other day when it still had curly waves to it at 9 pm, I formed a total crush on my hair. I snapped a picture {you know, since it’ll last longer} to prove that one time I did have sexy hair. Sadly, I’ve not been able to recreate the awesome since.

2. Most people complain about the frosting on cakes. “It’s too sweet” they claim. I actually prefer the icing. I’ve never met a dessert that was too sweet.

3.  After 7.5 years of marriage, I just updated my passport to my married name this past month.

4. I got pulled over this morning for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Thankfully the cop just gave me a warning. Whew.

5. I love high heels. I own at least 5 pairs. And I never wear them.

My creative juices are starting to slow down these days. Perhaps because I’m full on nesting {and being more creative in that arena}, I’m left with very little writing creativity. Top that off with my overwhelming need to sleep every single minute I can, I’m pretty much useless when it comes to thinking beyond the next three minutes – let alone a whole blog post. Thus, today, you’re going to learn more random factoids about me.

1. I’m really obsessed with pigtails right now – On the girls, on me, on Pinterest. Where ever. I am just really into pigtails. They look super adorable on the girls and frankly, they are an easy alternative to my every day ponytail.

2. I’m getting obsessed with running – I’ve been dreaming about it. Mapping out future runs. Downloading my playlist. In addition to my internal countdown to Joseph’s arrival, I’ve now started counting down to running. Seriously, I think I must be crazy.

3. I love chocolate milkshakes after delivering – Not sure if that’s TMI, but after I delivered both girls, I had chocolate milkshakes with every meal while I was in the hospital. I don’t know what it is with a good chocolate shake, but man I craved them. Thankfully, Culver’s is on our drive home from the birthing center, so I already have my milkshake hook up for post-delivery.

4. I almost bought the girls a cat – We went to Pet Smart for a “field trip” last week. They have an adoption center with several cats ready for adoption. There was one cat the girls really liked and my mama instinct / nurturing feeling was to get them one. Then my logical / Jonathan-would-trip-out instinct kicked in. No cat was adopted. At least not yet…

5. I am the worst roadie tag along – I will fall asleep in the car driving to the grocery store a mile away. I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse. Well, it’s a blessing when I need to sleep and a curse when Jonathan needs company on long drives.

6. I am the best roadie tag along at 3 in the morning – Along with not being able to stay awake in the car, I have this weird ability to drive through the middle of the night. Like that cruel 1am-5am shift. Seems counter intuitive, but for some reason I am most alert to drive during those times.

7. I cried during a Google commercial – It’s a really sweet commercial about a dad writing emails to his daughter as she gets older. Even thinking about it makes me teary eyed {watch it here :: Dear Sophie}

8. I drink out of the same Texas cup day after day – I got some plastic Texas Longhorn tumbler cups. I refuse to drink out of anything else right now. I just keep filling it with water and then rotate to a new cup every couple of days.

9. I packed Joseph’s diaper bag yesterday – Sure, I still have 5ish more weeks before it’s “go time”, but the diaper bag is packed. And my bag may or may not be partially packed too {don’t judge, I’m a planner}.

10. This blog post took way too much brain power – And now I need a nap.


What’s one random fact about yourself?

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Even though the temperatures here aren’t cold enough to warrant snow, I am in my winter-is-for-hibernation mode. January, for me, should be National Hibernation Month, lasting until March. I don’t know what it is, the shortened days, still recovering the holiday life or the fact that my bed is oh so cozy.

This is about how I sleep every night - rear up in the air.*

But, since I can’t hibernate, I’m pushing myself to plan events/outings to make sure that I don’t slack off and find myself half asleep on the couch while the girls “entertain” themselves {which, let me tell you from resent experience, will only result in absolute craziness and painting on the wall… Thank you Hannah!}.

My ultimate solution to fighting hibernation: coffee. So here’s to my third cup of coffee this morning, fun outings plans and an uber clean house on a Monday morning!

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If you’ve seen/heard of Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, you’ve got to see this:

I just bought my first pair of skinny jeans this weekend, despite swearing them off as “nothing I would ever wear”. You see, I firmly believed they would give me an upside-down pear look. But, they don’t. And I actually like them. Shocking, I know.

Even more shocking – Jonathan picked them out for me. They wouldn’t have been my first choice, but as some might know, Jonathan is the better dresser and fashionite then me. So over the years I’ve learned to trust his taste.

And here they are:

*Please pardon the lack of make-up and slightly disheveled look. After all, it is 9:30 on a Monday morning. I’ve only had my first two cups of coffee, so I’m proud to be out of my pj’s already. 😉

Spring is wonderful. While I admit fall is my favorite season, there is something so promising about spring. The winter is over, the snow has melted, flowers begin to bloom, the windows are up (which means music is playing), birds begin chirping and my birthday is close.

Yesterday I played music from “French cafe radio” station on Pandora and I realized, “What’s classic spring music?” I personally love listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Alison Krauss during the spring. But what about you?

What is your favorite spring music?

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I’m not usually one to jump on celebrity bandwagons. I don’t go buy shirts emblazoned with Team Aniston or Free Winona. However, Team Coco is one wagon I’m running for.

In case you’ve been out of touch with the media, Conan O’Brien was kicked out of his Tonight Show slot so that Jay Leno could reclaim his past fan basis. Oh Jay. My dislike for you has grown even more.

You see, I’ve never been a Leno fan. In high school and college, I only watched The Late Show with David Letterman. Never Leno. Never. Call me weird, but I found Jay to be really annoying, so I refused to watch him.

Sometime in the early 2000’s I became a fan of Conan. Then in 2003, Jonathan and I took a trip to NYC (where we arrived literally hours before the Northeast Blackout of 2003 hit). Thanks to some fancy street talk, Jonathan scored us tickets to see Conan the day we arrived. Conan interviewed Al Roker, Shia LaBeouf and the Dandy Warhols played. It was spectacular. And sealed my love of Conan forever.

So, naturally, when Conan took over for Jay, I was thrilled. So long Jay, hello Conan! Of course, this did pose some competition between Conan and Dave (who we’ve also seen live), but I was okay with it – seeing as we always watch the shows on Hulu anyway.

But once NBC announced it’s plan to put Jay back into his Tonight Show slot, I immediately sided with Conan. Conan is now doing a “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour” starting in May. He’ll be in Chicago right after Mother’s Day. I think I want need to go. After all, what it’s a better Mother’s Day gift? And if I don’t get to go, I at least need this shirt:

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Growing up I can’t recall one time I got in trouble for not cleaning my room. I do remember getting in trouble for rearranging it at 10 p.m.

My older brother would pay me $5 a week to clean his room. Let me tell you, I was sorely under paid . I can say with great certainty, my brother’s room had a lingering smell of dirty socks, mildew and spoiled food every time I cleaned. But I loved cleaning, and getting paid, and so I did it. Plus, during this stage of his life, my brother’s saving account was wadded up $20s thrown about randomly in his room. If I happened upon one (or two, or three) I helped myself to a tip. 😉

In college, I lived with two extremely messy not-so-neat roommates. Thankfully, I did not live with them at the same time, otherwise I’m sure neither of them would talk to me today because I would have been so mad all the time. Well, actually, only one of them still talks to me…. Perhaps the other one couldn’t stand that I would start putting her clothes away, rearranging her side of the dorm room, or organizing all her bathroom stuff. Without asking.

Once I got married, I think most of Jonathan and my first “fights” were about the state of our condo. Jonathan left me with the impression that he was a neat freak when we were dating. Any messes I did encounter, I promptly blamed on his roommates. Aww, love really is blind. But, after the honeymoon was over, I had the horror of discovering that Jonathan isn’t a neat freak. He’s one of those balanced people. You know the ones; they can live in complete order or complete chaos and still manage to function. I am not one of those people.

Then, in November 2007, total chaos came into my life in the form of my sweet (although some times trying) Julia. Quickly I started realizing that children produce more mess than any other roommate I’ve ever known including my amazing husband. And it drives me a little bonkers. I like order, I like clean, I like perfection. Chaos throws me into a weird funk, that results in a bad mood, lack of concentration and a feeling of helplessness.

Yet, slowly I’ve come to terms with chaos. While I don’t do my best with total dysfunction, I’m at a point where I don’t curl up in a corner crying because the bed hasn’t been made in two weeks days. I’d like to say, I’ve even gotten to the point that my kitchen can look like this:

And my living room like this:

And still I manage to survive. And even smile. Sorta.

I mentioned a while back about Jon Acuff over at Stuff Christians Like. He recently released a book, aptly named Stuff Christians Like. I’ll admit, I haven’t purchased it yet. Not to say that I don’t want to, I fully plan on it, once my life is a tad less chaotic. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say less chaotic, that might be never, so when my life is not sporadically neatly lived out of boxes.

At any rate, I think you should really check him out. He just gave everyone a glimpse of his first page. I thought I’d be nice and pass it along.

This past Tuesday we signed on our new house. And here it is:

Here’s the kitchen:

We are having everything painted this weekend and we’re still moving things in, so once the house is settled (or should I say, once the house is not in total choas, just minor chaos) I’ll post more pictures of all the rooms. Maybe you can consider this your teaser. 😉