Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"I have a problem. No, scratch that. It’s not a problem. I do not have a problem. I'm fine. It’s more of a passion, an obsession; some might even argue it’s a talent. For sleeping. Late. And I mean really, really, really late.
If left to my own devices―with all the phone ringers turned off, the doors and windows shut, and the doorbell intercom turned down―I can sleep until one, two, or three in the afternoon and often for stretches of 12 to 15 hours. I will do basically anything to be able to sleep late: lie, cheat, manipulate social plans and travel itineraries. I go through life the way I imagine a smoker in a nonsmoking world does: I’m constantly thinking about the next time I will be able to get my fix...."
She goes on to talk about how she isn't depressed and how she is ambitious and motivated - even "hyper-awake" during normal business hours. I can totally, 100% relate to this next part.
"But in the morning, lying in bed when the alarm goes off, I have no ambitions, no desires, no real reason to live. I am filled with hate and loathing, and the only thing I want is to sleep forever.
Over the years, my sleeping habits never changed, but my awareness of a stigma deepened, and I’m ashamed to admit I started lying to cover it up. For instance, if someone suggested meeting for brunch at 10 or 11 on a weekend, I might say, “Oh, I have to run a bunch of errands beforehand, could we make it later...much later?”
But I soon realized that by covering up my penchant for sleeping late, I was perpetuating the prejudice my people have had to endure for centuries. So these days when someone calls and wakes me up from a deep sleep, I don’t feign a wide-awake “Hello?” I’ve never understood that. Why should the person who has been awakened―victimized, really―assume responsibility? Instead, I answer the phone like this: “Hulllmph...?” dripping with as much outrage as can be conveyed in a single grunt. Invariably, the caller has the audacity to ask, innocently, “Oh, did I wake you?” To that I grunt back, “Yeah! You did!” and hang up. Because if I don’t teach these people, who will?"
....my sentiments exactly.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Sunday: Tilapia w/cilantro-lemon butter with baked potato wedges and green beans
Monday: Black Bean Burgers
Tuesday: Baked Spaghetti
Friday: Portabello Mushroom Ravioli (from Trader Joes!)
Saturday: Stuffed Pizza Bites
Yum, yum and double yum!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Modern Family is the funniest show since Seinfeld, and that's saying something. I love it!
I looooooooove this girl's blog. It has some of my most favorite recipes in it.
This is a cheap and easy way to make a "healthier" version of pizza (healthier in my mind, anyway...) The first pic is what they look like while you make them, the 2nd is the finished, delicious product.
Actor CrushI don't have an actual crush on him, but I really liked the movie Couples Retreat, and the show he was in called Arrested Development (available for streaming on Netflix).
This book was really great, I liked it a lot and am currently reading my 2nd of his action-packed, page-turner type novels.
I really, really enjoy shopping at Charlotte Russe. The clothes are decently priced and so fun! Their jewelry is about $4 a pop and way cute.
If any of you are my friends on facebook, you're heard me talk about my favorite place on earth, Bottoms Up. The pizza there is the greatest thing on the planet.
My car is 9 years old this year and I've started to think about my next automobile purchase. I love the way these look and have heard nothing but wonderful things about their gas mileage, practicality, etc.
I can't wait to move to Florida!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
"It wasn't that the Gospel proved useful for my many worries, but that the Gospel proved the uselessness of my worries, and so refocused my whole attention."
- Henri J. Nouwen
Here's another gem that I absolutely love and want to shape my life around:
"Once in a while we meet a gentle person. Gentleness is a virtue hard to find in a society that admires toughness and roughness. We are encouraged to get things done and to get them done fast, even when people get hurt in the process. Success, accomplishment, and productivity count. But the cost is high. There is no place for gentleness in such a milieu.
Gentle is the one who does "not break the crushed reed, or snuff the faltering wick" (Matthew 12:20). Gentle is the one who is attentive to the strengths and weaknesses of the other and enjoys being together more than accomplishing something. A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let's dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us."
In other news, we did week 2 of P90X and I think we've worked out a time to workout. Things are lookin' up! I can do 15 pushups in a row :)
Thursday, February 10, 2011
The benefits seem endless! I feel great, I sleep like a rock, I'm learning about different muscle groups, I'm eating better...let's hope I can keep it up!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
It was a story of camaraderie and healing and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written, heart-warming read. This book prompted me to examine the type of legacy I am leaving for generations to follow.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Mulnomah Publishing Group for this review.