Armadillos, Bunny’s and Owls… OH MY!

YEP… it’s true~ I had a breathe-taking run this morning (no pun intended), and Andrew joined me too!

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Andrew: a rare breed to come by these days during my morning runs. They tend to stay nuzzled up all warm in their cocoons until the sun rises.

Luckly, the sun was up and so was Andrew! We had a wonderful run this morning (not easy though by any means… ) I wish I had brought my camera with me because we saw some of God’s beautiful (and not so beautiful) creatures during our run. First, spotting was an owl that swooped over our heads and off into the sky to no man’s land. Next, spotting was an ARMIDILLO! (Every time I see one I think of the song by David Allen Coe, “My mind keeps rollin’ and my heart keeps yearnin’ to be home in Texas bar. I want to go home with the armadillo…”) Anyway, up next on our run was a bunny!! This was no ordinary bunny… it was the EASTER BUNNY… at least I think. It was brown and white mixed fur and looked really cuddly if only I could have caught it! Other sightings were your usual squirrel named Earl, some flies, ants, and oh of course, ANDREW!

…Such a rare and beautiful occasion!

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MY TERRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD NIGHT SLEEP!

I slept TERRIBLY last night! And when I say terrible, I mean HORRIBLY, NO-GOOD, TOSSING AND TURNING, WAKING UP THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT terrible! Let me lay my night out for you…

9:00 P.M. In bed like a good little girl!
9:30 P.M. Still not asleep… way too much on my mind! MUST TURN OFF BRAIN…
10:00 P.M. (I think I fell asleep?)
12:00 A.M. Andrew comes to bed after working late hours, and wakes me up and I am drenched in a miserable sweat because I am so hot! “UGH… why did you have to wake me Andrew? No more talking!”
1:00 A.M.. ME: “WHAT WAS THAT?!?”
ANDREW: “HUH?”
ME: I throw myself in an upright position.”Did you hear that??? Andrew (as I shake him), I think that was THUNDER! IS IT RAINING? I think its raining… and I heard REAL THUNDER!”
ANDREW: “No its just our sound maker…”
ME: “NO ANDREW, the sound maker isn’t on, this rain sounds different than our sound maker and I think it was REAL THUNDER! I haven’t heard REAL THUNDER in like a YEAR!”
ANDREW: In a very exhausted slurring voice. “I’m sorry …WHAT can I do for you?”
ME: As I dramatically turn over… “NOTHING!” …. close my eyes…

BOOOM!!!

ME: “See did you hear that?!”
ANDREW: “Yes, I guess its raining!”
ME: “…REAL RAIN…”

…close my eyes again smiling…

3:00 A.M: I AM FREEZING and I can’t sleep… is it time to get up yet?
4:00 A.M.: What time is it? Ugh I have to wake up in 15 MINUTES! …wait no I don’t I’m just a retard and set my alarm 45 minutes before I have to wake up… should I turn it off since I am up an hour before I have to wake up? No… what if I don’t wake up??
4:15 A.M. BEEP BEEP BEEP UGH! This is the worst sounding alarm EVER… too tired… sleepy
4:30 A.M. BEEP BEEP BEEP OMG What am I doing to myself… ???
4:45 A.M. BEEP BEEP BEEP Okay… maybe I should get up and run
5:00 A.M. Nope… not running now, I bet if I get up in half an hour I would still have time to get ready and just let my hair go curly
5:30 A.M. I bet I could sleep another half an hour and STILL have time
6:00 A.M. Hmmm… yep another half an hour… I’m SURE I can make it to work on time still AND RUN
6:15 A.M. Oops meant to set that for 6:30 A.M.
6:30 A.M. Hmmm yeah, SOOOOO NOT RUNNING…
6:45 A.M. Maybe I have time if I got up RIGHT NOW~ … zzzzzzz…
7:00 A.M. CRAP I’m late… I’ve GOT TO GET UP and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WANT TO~

but, IT FINALLY RAINED! … and that’s all that matters.

Dreams

I was getting ready this morning thinking I had just bought a new hair product that I was out of but couldn’t find, and realized that I had dreamed last night that I bought the product. I told Andrew how frustrating it was to take care of everything on your “to-do” list in your dreams and then realizing you dreamed it, and having to do it all over again! …he giggled.

Have you ever had a dream and actually known you were dreaming throughout the dream… telling yourself not to forget this awesome idea when you wake up so that you can be a trend setter? Move mountains? Make the world a better place?

…Well, that was me last night! I was determined that I had the best dream idea ever! I remembered waking up throughout the night last night thinking “I’ve got to remember this so that I can tell people about it and get this awesome idea started as soon as possible!” This thought process carried on throughout the night waking me up every half hour (YES, half hour…). I think it was because I was so excited to tell Andrew all about it, but he was asleep and I did not want to wake him up to tell him about it. (That would just be mean, right?)

BEEP BEEEP BEEEEP! Off goes my 5:30 am alarm (the fifth alarm of the morning because I set my alarm every 15 minutes from 4:30 on). I used to think of it as a treat, giving myself those extra 15 minutes to sleep, but 15 became 30, and 30 became 45 and … well you get the idea. So, 5 alarms later, I am DETERMINED that Andrew would love to hear my amazing idea, and he will think it is just as amazing. YES, and I better get it off my mind before I forget about it, or this amazing idea would just go to waste!

“ANDREW, are you awake? … ” He rolls and groans and hesitantly says yes. So I proceed to tell him about my dream…

SIDE NOTE: Have you ever thought you had the best idea in the world, and when you actually start telling someone your idea, you realize that is it the worst idea ever, and you don’t know how it could ever work out. In fact, it should have never been brought up or even thought of in the first place??

That was what I experienced this morning…

So here was my “AMAZING” brilliant dream idea:
(In my actual dream, this happened and I had a BLAST playing!)
There should be this game that people roller-blade with beer filled camel packs on their back. So the rules are that you can only move while you are drinking beer. But when you stop drinking (and you have to stop to breathe and swallow sometimes…) you have to stop moving. This causes people to collide into each other, just a total mess of chaos. So you have to be strategic when you stop. There are set boundaries that the players have to stay in to be in the game (like a basketball court, but bigger). At any time you are not drinking, other players can tap you. If another player touches you and you are not drinking, you are out of the game. So the last player standing wins!

REALLY??? REALLY?? and BEER? Straw in mouth while moving?? (So unsafe!) Why on earth would I have a dream like this, and even worse, why did I think this was such an amazing idea?? I am so embarrassed…

After I told Andrew, he really did not have much to say… I just told him to forget about it and go back to sleep. Then I got to thinking about dreams. They are so imaginative and creative, things I never even knew or thought my mind and body would think of or could do. What do they mean? Wouldn’t it be neat if we could record our dreams? …We could tap into our unconsciousness and see what really happens when we are sleeping, and everything we are thinking about? Do you think we could find the cure for all cancer in someone’s dreams? Or the answers to all of our questions? I really wish I could see everything I dream about… Then again, it is sort of terrifying to think that all of my dreams have the possibility to be like the one described above.

Okay, maybe I can’t cure cancer, or don’t have the answers to all of our questions, but I am sure someone out there does. If only I could see their dreams…

“Dreams are like stars…you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny.” Author Unknown
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” Edgar Cayce

Lent…

I have bitter/sweet feelings about Lent season being over. As most of you know, I gave up sweets. This included all candy, desserts, and most of all among those desserts… ice-cream: My all time favorite, I will never say no, no matter how much you serve me, I will eat ALL of it, dessert. I did amazing over the season. Not only did I do good, but my relationship with God grew stronger and stronger. I am so happy that I did what I did, and when I felt stressed about it, I turned to God for strength and courage to resist! He did just that.

NOW… I only wish Lent lasted forever. Since the season ended (and YES, I do know that it was only yesterday) I did not order dessert at dinner, but ate over half of everyone else’s at Oisies Table! This included half a piece of lemon pie, over half of a large piece of AMAZING tres leches, and half of a donut thingy with ice-cream in the middle and drizzled in chocolate. Then I managed to stuff my face with a bunch of chocolate (throughout the day) and blackberry cobbler, oh and I can’t forget eating almost an entire tray of cinnamon rolls (doused in delicious butter, brown sugar and cinnamon)…

So came this morning, I told myself I was done with sweets, and that was just a crazy binge and I deserved it… NO SWEETS FOR LINDSAY TODAY!

hahaha…

I didn’t pray about it, I should have prayed about it! I should have asked God to give me the strength to resist all temptations today… WHY DIDN’T I PRAY ABOUT IT?

I get to work and there was this delicious confetti cupcake with cream frosting and topped with this cute looking grass (coconut) and peanut butter eggs and little chocolate mints on it! It was adorable! I should have taken a picture. (I’ll get better at that since I am not very good at description). Anyway, I told myself that I would just look at it and enjoy it’s beauty all day then take it home and throw it away. The problem was that IT WAS YELLING AT ME! IT WAS ACTUALLY SCREAMING AT THE TOP OF ITS LUNGS TO EAT IT! I was so embarrassed for the poor cupcake about to lose its voice, and needed silence to work, so I quickly helped it out and made it disappear in my belly. In fact, after that, I heard another one yelling in the office next to me, so I thought I would help out the co-worker that made it and eat hers too. . . then I ate two robin eggs… one chocolate chip cookie, and two more robin eggs.

Because I need the strength to stop, I have come up with a little prayer that I will say every day when I feel the urge of temptation, hear the screaming, and feel the anxiety to take care of other coworkers’ sweets on their desks, or in tin cans, or just sitting on the counter:

Dear God,
Please give me the strength to avoid this sweet,
I don’t care if it is a delicious treat!
And when I feel I’m on the verge,
Please help me resist the urge.
AMEN!

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. ~Benjamin Franklin

Spring Cleaning… Unavoidable this Year

I have had A LOT on my mind lately, and now that my escape button on my keyboard to paradise doesn’t work anymore, I am having to come back to reality.  I figure the best way to deal with the stress that has been accumulating over the past few weeks is to list out everything that’s on my mind. So, that is exactly what I am going to do.

#1. Paradise cannot last forever even if you close your eyes really tight and wish really hard. My trip to Cabo was AMAZING!  Too bad it couldn’t have lasted another week. But, the fact is, I AM BACK and ready to get back on that bandwagon of making things happen and getting them done!
#2. Resumes should not be so stressful to edit. Get over yourself and make it happen! (Anyone AMAZING at helping people with resumes??)
#3. You cannot live out of boxes for the next 2 months even weeks, you will go CRAZY! Get off your lazy bum and unpack at least one box a day! That doesn’t sound too bad, right?
#4. I know you are torn: should you clean your dirty new apartment since you have lived there long enough for dust to build up or should you unpack first?? The answer is BOTH! Take care of your kitchen, floors, bathroom and sinks and keep them clean.  Flylady.com says it best!  Clean your sink EVERY NIGHT… is it a wonderful way to put a smile on your face in the morning when your sink greets you in the morning.
#5 Studying shouldn’t be that hard… I know you haven’t really done it in two years, but suck it up! Once you get your apartment together, grab that book, put on a swimsuit and lay out in the evenings by the pool and study. Its a win/win situation!
#6 No, you cannot walk your cat even if it is the perfect evening to do so.
a) she will not participate, in fact, will have nothing to do with a leash
b) she is not a dog
c) she will get mauled by other dogs
d) she says “meow” not “bark”
e) My Cat is NOT a Dog. My Cat is NOT a Dog. (Repeat 10 more times…)
f) be a big girl and go on a walk by yourself… YOU CAN DO IT!
#7 You CAN lose the weight you gained in Cabo.  You will never know how much you gained if you don’t get on that scale… -Step on it -Look at the number -Subtract the difference -Get on board and MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN!

Really? That’s it? …THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO DO to get what seemed like loads and loads of stress in my head and on my chest, and make it all disappear?? This shouldn’t be too hard right? I will get this done in no time!

GOAL TO ACCOMPLISH THESE #7 STRESSORS (might have just made that word up… or just be a terrible speller): 2 Weeks!  MAY 3rd is my D-DAY to have all of this accomplished/in the process (studying for my teaching exam!) Now that I have told you all, I wont let you down!  WISH ME LUCK~

Blessed with a Smile

You never know if the person you are sitting next to on a plane is going to be the next President of the United States, a famous singer, they might have just lost a precious family member; You never know if the person in front of you in line at Starbucks is going through a hard time, having the best day of their life, or just going about their daily routine and ordering a grande, non-fat, extra hot, Chai Tea Latte, X the water. (Okay, that last person might have been me…).

Every person has a story, MANY stories that you can’t always read just by looking at them.  You never know what they are dealing with in their lives at that very moment you get the privilege, that precious short opportunity, to cross paths with them.  Sometimes, a smile can speak a thousand words, or a smile can even save a person’s life. No real words, just a simple smile…

Often, I find myself trying to get in and get out of places with as little people contact as possible. I don’t want to be bothered, and I want to avoid conversations at all costs. …I understand, you might not always be in the mood to smile.  In fact, you would be weird if you did smile all the time (unless you are Buddy the Elf: “I love to smile, smiling is my favorite!”).  But how many times has a person smiled at you when you are in one of these moods and it turn that frown upside down?  Just about every time for me (unless they are one of those annoying smiles that look like they are rubbing in the fact that they are having a better day than you).  I am talking about a real, genuine smile people!  This is a friendly reminder to smile more.  (Mostly for myself…) It’s contagious, its exciting, heck, it just feels good~

I am a quote nut, so here are a few of my faves about smiling:

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.  ~Jim Beggs


Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile. ~Author Unknown (Oldie but goody!)


Everyone smiles in the same language.  ~Author Unknown

If you don’t have a smile, I’ll give you one of mine.  ~Author Unknown


I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

Have a blessed day full of smiles!




🙂

Love is the Music…

Whenever I first started running, music was what helped my feet keep up with my brain.  I was addicted to the same soundtrack on my iPod, and would listen to it EVERY TIME I RAN! (13 going on 30) If I made it to a certain song, then I would always know how far I had run.  Anything past that song was bonus points!!  ( “I wanna dance with somebody” by Whitney Houston. I don’t know what it was about that song, but it definitely made me want to dance while I was running…and I DID dance while I was running! I am sure I looked absolutely ridiculous running in my parents’ neighborhood, LSU lakes, and Town lake in ATX just flailing my arms around like a dummy while jamming out to the song.)
My First Capitol  10K (Yes, we are going back there again! I have a good reason… really)
I was so proud that I made it to the start line of my very first 10K and did not even think about what kept these big skis of mine moving: my iPod!  I had completely forgotten my iPod and did not think I could run the race without it!  How was I going to keep my drive and determination without my precious music??   This was the first day that I realized what my body really sounded like while I was running… I’m not going to lie, it was a little scary!  Heart beating at unknown speeds, air pumping through my lungs with my mind thinking I just couldn’t get enough of that oh-so-precious Oxygen to keep myself going, body throbbing from my blood flowing through my body, and my mind in a new world of reality that I was not sure I wanted to be in. Things get a lot more realistic when you don’t have music! …I was not ready for that!
From then on, I have tried to make 50% of my runs without music.  I did not want to be in that state of shock again, and I wanted to learn to listen to my body. It is amazing how much more “in-tune” you can be with your body without music and just observing your surroundings.  Another reason I make myself run without music sometimes is due to the fact that some races forbid you to wear headphones for your own safety!
Okay, but lets be even more realistic: There is nothing like that feeling of running to your favorite jams, letting your mind go absolutely mindless and just let your body run with the wind… taking in the air, pushing yourself past your limits, and not freaking out because you can’t really hear your body!  Music is the center of my world. Without it, I think I would not have feelings.  Seriously, there is so much passion, love, and meaning to music.
I recently read a poem by Gregory J. P. Godek who put it best:
Love is the Music

Life is a song
Love is the music

Notes are the days
Phrases are the years

Forte is the summer
Piano is the winter
A crescendo is the spring
A diminuendo is the fall

Melody is your courage
Harmony is your faith

Rhythm is how the days unfold
Beat is the hands of time

The major key is joy
The minor key is sorrow

A solo is just one story
A chord is too many to count

But no matter what,
Life is still a song,
And love will always be the music…

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