Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Iced in and loving it...


I'm a freak. A total freak. I'm just going to put it out there. Why am I so freaky, might you ask? It's because I'm in day two of an "ice storm" (whatever that means) and I absolutely love it. I'm one of those freaky people who loves terrible weather and gets really excited about ice storms, blizzards, tornados, etc. My favorite season is Winter, although it really doesn't snow enough in Oklahoma for me. But OK never lets me down when it comes to Spring because then it's tornado time! Ohhhh I love me some tornados. But not when I'm alone. Then I freak out, jump in my car and drive to the nearest family members home. Often while a tornado is following me. It drives my mother crazy, but she's the one who passed on her love of freaky weather to me, so really, she's the one to blame.  

Anyway, none of this really has to do with anything, I just thought I'd let you know how much I'm loving this weather.  If I had it my way, the sleet would turn to big pillows of fluffy snow, and it would last for weeks and I could go sledding and build a snowman and bundle up in layers and layers of sweaters and fleece. But this is Oklahoma, and snow like that just doesn't happen here that often. 

I do have to admit that a small, teeny, tiny part of me loves this weather because I get to stay home from work. But just a teeny, tiny part. Right now, I'm sitting in bed, in my pjs, drinking coffee and it's 10:00am on a Tuesday. Sweeeeet!!  Normally, a dentist office wouldn't necessarily close due to bad weather, but we had 12 patients over the age of 80 coming in today, and that's just not a good idea to put them out on the streets. And our hygienist is 7 months preggers and lives in Choctaw and almost fell twice yesterday, so there's definitely no reason to get her out on the ice. We kinda like her and her little "Baby K."  

Anyway, I'll stop rambling on and on about my love for severe weather. But really, I love it. I just can't help my freaky self. 

Points of Grace, day 3. (I'd like to say that I've been recognizing my graces offline the past few days, but then I'd be lying, and I'm just not into that.) 
1. My dog Caddo. She is seriously the coolest dog I've ever seen in my life. She has a mohawk, and what's not to love about a dog with a mohawk?  (That's a picture of her at the top of this post. If I had any clue about how to move it down here where it belongs, I would do it. But I was just excited that I figured out how to put a picture on here. It's all about baby steps.)
2.  My iPhone. I really didn't want one, I mean really didn't want one. But then my sweet boyfriend surprised me with one for Christmas, and I'm suddenly smitten with the iPhone! Thanks babe! =)
3. My boyfriend, Matt. He's pretty awesome. He likes to play video games as much as I do, and doesn't mind that I beat him almost every single time we play Excite Truck or Mario Kart. And he eats the food I cook, even if there are killer tomatoes in it. 
4. Soup. Delicious soup when it's 17 degrees outside and my car is frozen shut. I made potato and corn chowder last night, and I'm thinking about having a bowl for breakfast. It has bacon in it, so it's kind of a breakfast food, right?!
5.  My Mogu pillow. I couldn't make it through a night without it. 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I, like a bajillion other people, made a New Year's resolution to work out, lose weight, and stop smoking. Just kidding, I don't smoke, BUT if I did, I would definitely resolve to quit. Anyway, I, like half a bajillion other people, have yet to actually do anything related to working out or losing weight. Until yesterday. I was sitting around my house yesterday, doing laundry and attempting the Wednesday crossword puzzle (which was way too hard for a Wednesday, if you ask me) when I spotted out of the corner of my eye, the Wii Fit box. Up until that moment, I had completely forgotten that my mom bought herself a Wii Fit last year. If I had remembered, I would have of course been using it everyday and would be 10 pounds lighter right now. Needless to say, mom hasn't used it either. So I dug it out, plugged it in, and got started. One hour later, I was highly entertained, but didn't really feel like I'd had much of a workout. But I shrugged it off, and figured that an hour of pretending to hoola-hoop, jogging in place, and stretching couldn't have hurt me, and I went on about my day. The workout soreness that I usually love didn't even creep up on me last night, like I kind of expected. I mean, it's been a really long time since my last workout, so it shouldn't take much to make me sore. That all changed when I woke up this morning. I got up early (5:45am early) and felt okay, but by 8:00am I was wincing with pain with every step. I couldn't figure it out either. I seriously thought that I was so sore because I didn't sleep very well last night. It didn't even cross my mind that my seemingly pointless workout yesterday would make me this sore. But it did. Like all over, full body, sore. Head to toe. Finger to finger. That just goes to show that even doing just the littlest bit can do your body good. I can't wait for round two this afternoon!!

Points of Grace, Day 2
1. Conversational Candy Hearts. The kind that Necco makes.
2. My Dada. Today is his 88th birthday and after losing my grandmother on Christmas morning, I feel extra lucky to still have him here. Oh, and he and my grandmother were married for 67 and a half years. Pretty amazing, huh?
3. Yahoo IM. I spent a good portion of my morning (at work) chatting with my friend Bobs, who lives in Panama and is just a three short weeks away from marrying his Latin love.
4. Closing the office at 3:00pm on Thursdays so I can go out and enjoy the 72 degree weather in the middle of January.
5. Highlighters. They make me feel like I'm doing something important.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Points of Grace

Okay, I have to admit that I'm really horrible at this whole "blogging" thing. This is actually my third attempt at it, and I'm determined to stick to it this time! So I'm going to borrow (more like steal) an idea from another blog I read. I'm going to post my "5 Points of Grace" everyday. A "Point of Grace" is just something that graced your life, or something you are thankful for. Sounds simple enough, now I've just got to find the discipline to recognize these five things everyday. Luckily, I have lots to be thankful for. 

Points of Grace, day 1.
1. A hot cup of coffee while watching The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

2. Having a full tank of gas in my car for a day full of errands.

3. Looking forward to 4:00 when I get to take my niece to dance class.

4. Having a good book to read while my niece is in dance class. Book : Shakey, Neil Young Biography by Jimmy McDonough. Don't know who Neil Young is? Shame on you!

5. Already eating sushi twice this week and it's only Wednesday. 

It's the little things in life, people. Look around you and find your own personal "Points of Grace."