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Beetle battle

My apartment is pretty clean. I feel very thankful there aren’t many bugs and crawly creatures visiting me.

When I was getting ready for work the other day, something that looked like a beetle started running for safety under my bed. I don’t like bugs, so I was immediately freaked out. My door closes by itself if I don’t use something to keep it open. I have a blue wedge that typically props the door open. It was easily within my reach, so I grabbed it and smashed the bug several times. It seemed to be undeterred by this, so I grabbed my dry shampoo and sprayed it. It was just sitting there, sort of flipped over, so I left it, shook off my goosebumps and started to get ready for the day. I figured I’d come back to pick it up and throw it away later. I needed a break.

Coming back for it, armed with a few sheets of paper towel, I tried to grab it, but it moved and somehow ended up closer to me. I grabbed an old t-shirt draped across my dresser, tossed it on top of it, and jumped up and down on it. I quickly scooped up the shirt and shook it over the toilet. As I went to flush it, the beetle’s legs were still kicking, which really added to my level of shivers.

The rest of the morning was a bit of a struggle. I felt weak in the legs and a bit chilled. It’s a little unnerving when all of your usual “tricks” to get rid of a bug don’t seem to work.

Clearly I need to up my game and come up with a new plan. Thank you, beetle?

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The art of hanging art

One would think hanging a picture wouldn’t be that hard.

I’m living in my first apartment, and it’s interesting so far. How, you ask? Well, even though it’s small, it still takes work to keep it clean. There’s also the task of making sure I don’t burn it down while cooking a casserole or puncture holes in the wall while attempting to put up a clock.

It’s quiet too. Growing up with two brothers and two sisters, I heard noise constantly. Now it’s so quiet, it’s weird to hear things. I think my neighbors in the floor above were vacuuming last night. It sounded so loud, even though it really wasn’t. At first, I thought it was my ice-maker.

Back to the picture situation. So I’m trying to be artsy and fun – bring a little color and liveliness to my tiny home… I got the picture for free, so that’s a plus. It’s an abstract painting with yellows, reds and oranges. Very nice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wookiees and writing prompts

First, let me just say… If you’re going to put your passwords somewhere, don’t put them in a book titled “Passwords” where it opens up with spots for usernames, passwords, emails, etc.

I think we can all agree – doesn’t seem too safe. Fun fact. If you see this book, it’s probably by something about learning to speak Wookiee.

Secondly, I recently made a fantastic purchase. I bought a box of cool Zumba DVDs and a journal with different writing prompts. One of my friends asked me if I had a prompt book. Realizing I didn’t, I was eager to find one. I wanted it to be fun and keep my mind going. So far, I’ve done 4 of the prompts.

One of them asked me to write about what can happen in a second. Everything, right? Yes, this is true. This is what I wrote: I’ve learned from experience a lot can happen in a second. Exhibit A: You set tracks to play at a radio station and go to the bathroom – next thing you know, you’ve got callers for the first time in weeks. Exhibit B: You’re making a roasted chicken sandwich with red sauce for a customer, go to put it in the oven, and in the process of turning around (quickly, I might add) it splatters all over the ground. Dead silence. Read the rest of this entry »

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The magic list

The other day I was watching an adorable movie about a young woman who was trying to find love. Her friends often teased her because she had a list of qualities she wanted her man to have. It included some interesting things – same taste in food, exotic accent, and takes trips on a whim, to name a few. She called it her search for “magic man.”

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Tip #20

The most amazing things can happen when you’re not expecting it!

Craig and I wanted to get away for a day, so we drove down to Iowa. The landscape was great to look at, and driving on a road that wasn’t crazy busy was also enjoyable.

Vacation doesn’t always have to be far away – it can be anything you want it to be. I even got to go to my first hockey game over the weekend. Wisconsin VS Michigan, and it was a blast! Hurray for mini travels!

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Big enough?

Have you have ever really wanted to go on a mission trip? Build homes in a different county? Share God’s word in foreign lands?

I know I have.

Not everyone has the opportunity to do such awesome things. Sometimes, it might make us feel bad or guilty, like we aren’t doing anything to better the world.

When I was in church a few months ago, I heard about a book called “Joining Jesus On His Mission – How to Be an Everyday Missionary,” by Greg Finke. I decided to read it because it sounded interesting. I’m glad I did, because it turned out to be a great read. th

For those of us who haven’t been on a mission trip, don’t feel we’re called to go on a mission trip (Which is ok! We’re all called to different walks in life), and even for those who have been on mission trips… We may sometimes feel like we’re not doing enough; we’re not living up to our full potential. Or maybe we want to help, but we don’t know how. I felt that way for a long time.

That’s why Finke’s book was so great – it reminded me of something incredibly important. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thoughts for 2016

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t believe it’s already 2016! When a new year begins, I usually find myself thinking about what I liked about the previous year, what I didn’t like, what I want to change, etc.

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Packers VS Chargers 2015

2015 was a busy year. I finished college, started a new job, went to a Packer game, hit a deer… It was a lot like previous years. There was good and bad. Ups and downs.

One of my favorite social media platforms is Twitter. I find it to be a great mix of news and thoughts. With the new year starting, I found lots of wonderful, inspiring thoughts I wanted to share with you. Consider some of these for the new year:

 

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” -CS Lewis (via Twitter)

“Your grace lets me catch my breath. 2016 may this be the year we finally slow down; where we finally find rest.” -Mike Donehey (via Twitter)

“Succeed in small things. Big triumphs will follow.” -Peter Moore (via Twitter)

“Get your hopes up. Raise your expectations. Make room for God to do something new in 2016!” -Joel Osteen (via Twitter)

 

So what are you looking for God to do in 2016? Are you hopeful? Do you have a heart that is willing to seek good and truth this year?

If you’re coming off a difficult year, try to remember that not only is this a new year, with God, every day can be a new day. He wipes the slate clean. We can start over.

Let’s keep our minds and hearts open. Let’s look for the good, hope for the best, be inspired, love and live our lives to the fullest… Let’s slow down and enjoy all that God has done and will do.

 

 

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Knee pop

Last night, Craig and I went out to dinner and a movie. It was refreshing and fun after my first week in a new department at work (Which has been a lot of fun, and a lot of learning. It keeps me busy!). We also spent some time wandering around Target after 10:30, which was quite interesting. Craig didn’t have any sugar, but he was unusually peppy and squirrely for that time of night. He wanted to buy all the Gatorade in the entire store. I saw him only drink water with dinner, so I’m sure he ate a package of cookies earlier in the day or something like that.

While we were waiting for our food, we started quizzing each other on things we thought the other didn’t know. For example, I asked Craig if he knew what flavor of ChapStick I ate as a kid (Yes, that’s a true story…I regret to say I ate the whole thing…) In case you’re wondering, it was Dr. Pepper. He got it right.

Somehow, a most embarrassing moment for me came up during our conversation. Back in high school, I was in 2 musicals. Craig and I met during the second one. It’s funny, because I almost didn’t audition for the first one because I was so nervous.

Craig getting in the spirit at Target.

Craig getting in the spirit at Target.

Who knows…If I wouldn’t have tried out for the first one, I don’t know if I would have gathered the guts to try out for the second one. Anyway, I did decide at the last minute I was going to try out. Because auditions had already taken place, a few students who were either sick during that time or gone, had a chance to try out. I was one of those people.

It was kind of scary/intimidating. We were given numbers like we were running a race. I tried to take a deep breath and forget about how nervous I was. Apparently, I was able to relax a little too much. When asked if I had any special talents, I was eager to show what I could do. And of course, what better to show during an audition than the splits. I slowly lowered myself into the splits, which impressed the judges. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was getting up. Read the rest of this entry »

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A deer in the forest and a prayer

Craig and I were able to go to a Packer game this year. It was Craig’s first game, and my second one. The last time I had been to Lambeau was when I was a little girl… Maybe 12 or so.

Stepping into the stadium took my breath away. The view made it worth the crazy traffic we experienced, despite our efforts to be early. I think Craig was enjoying it too. We were just glad we found our seats and were able to breathe for a bit.

It took a little time to get out of the parking area, but it didn’t take nearly as long as we anticipated. We were lucky. On our way back, we were hungry, so we stopped at a small McDonalds right next to a gas station. Craig ordered enough chicken nuggets to feed both of us for himself, and I got a chicken sandwich (he did need my help, by the way:) ).

After a little bit, we got on the road again. We were driving along when a deer jumped in front of us from out of a ditch. It hit the passenger side where I was and made a loud noise. At first, I didn’t even know what happened. I didn’t know if it was a tire or what… Craig knew right away. I couldn’t believe it, because I didn’t even see it. We were on a highway when it happened, so we pulled over and checked things out. We were beyond blessed to discover we still had a working headlight, but most importantly, we were both absolutely fine. Just a little stunned and freaked out.

Wait… did she just say blessed? They were blessed to have one headlight instead of two?

While it was true, it was unfortunate we hit a deer, it could have been a lot worse than it was. We said our prayers before driving. So why did anything even happen to begin with? Read the rest of this entry »

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Part 2: The addictions we ignore

I met my aunt from the Philippines for the first time this last week. Her name is Rowena. A big part of me feels like I’ve known her my whole life. She is so sweet and friendly. I can’t wait to spend more time with her.

Before meeting Rowena, all I knew about her came from social media. I got to see little snapshots of her life and what sort of things she enjoyed. And it’s been a huge blessing.

Remember when I wrote about the addictions we ignore? This post kind of goes along with it in some ways. Social media is great way to keep in touch with those who live far away, like with my aunt. Eventually, she will go back home, and I’ll continue to see what she’s doing over there.

Found on Facebook from Showbiz Chisms

Found on Facebook from Showbiz Chisms

So what’s my point?

A while back, I noticed I enjoyed using social media for sharing all my personal accomplishments or things I was really proud of. And that’s ok. It’s completely fine. But I found I was caught up in a game. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in “one-upping” each other. I wasn’t doing it consciously, but I was still doing it. I would see what other people were posting and become consumed with achieving what they had. Either that, or I would create illusions like I was at that place in my life or completely and totally satisfied.

Have you ever caught yourself doing this? I still do it sometimes. It’s so easy to do.

The more I talk with people that are in my generation, the more it seems, at least to me, that instead of perhaps looking at the nice cars our neighbors have or the fancy clothes our coworkers wear, we more notice these things online. We see people creating, establishing, loving, working, buying, learning, etc. And I think we either become depressed or hungry to catch up. We want our “friends” to like our pictures and give us good comments. We seek approval. We seek approval because we’re human. We want to fit in, and we want to be liked. Read the rest of this entry »

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