Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

Normally, my birthday comes and goes. I've already become old (i.e. mature) enough to not count down the days to my birthday. It just doesn't hold the magic it used to when you were turning 7, or even 13. Last year, I woke up and went half of the day without realizing that it was the big 21st BIRTHDAY! Ricky called me from work wishing me a happy birthday, and I had to think about it, until it clicked. Oh yeah!

This year was a little different though. About a month ago, Ricky asked me what I wanted for my birthday. There was actually something on my list surprisingly enough. (It's usually something I have to think long and hard about, until I come up with something lame). I wanted a camcorder to record the events of our family. For the past 8 months, I've been using our recorder on our camera, but it's not high resolution, and it won't take long videos. So, having a good answer, I knew that he would get one for me. So over the following weeks, I would wish for the camcorder, knowing that it was delivered to our door, and sitting in a box on the counter, to which Ricky refused to reveal the contents of. So for the first time in many years, I anxiously awaited the day when I could open the box and finally set free the dream which was, my birthday present.

Yesterday after church, Ricky's parents and I all went out to Olive Garden for lunch. As far as presents go, I got some really REALLY great gifts which I was not expecting at all. Kat and James took Judah out to the mall a few nights ago, and got professional pictures taken! I had no idea! That was such a great thing for them to do because I have been wanting to get some professional pictures taken, but I always put it off since I don't have that much extra money. (Most of my extra money has been going for gifts for baby shower's, weddings, etc.) I was shocked, and so happy for that gift. They also got Ricky and I a large picture from our wedding, and a fake plant for decoration. Both gifts were something I've been wanting as well, since I have been working on decorating this house better.

And now today, I am going out to lunch with my dad and grandma, just to hang out. Sounds like a good day to me! I spoke with Jonathan this morning, who called to wish me a happy birthday. He's leaving for Iraq in 2 weeks. :( And my mom also called me this morning to say happy birthday! My gift from them is going to be a ticket to see Trista's show! I am excited for that as well.

So all in all, I think I had a pretty great birthday this year.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nostalgia

So this is my in-a-really-strange-funny-mood post. I just got finished looking through all the new posts on the FailBlog, and now, another favorite, PictureIsUnrelated. I put a link in the side toolbar, so you should DEFINITELY check that out. And now I am searching through a bunch of old funny crazy music that I used to listen to back in the day. I am having a little too much fun with that, and the only people that would understand me right now, are my brothers.

Hey bros, here are just a few samples of what I am listening to tonight:

Albuquerque - Weird Al Yankovic, and basically that entire album we listened to over and over again Highlights: Yoda, Horoscope, Jerry Springer, Grapefruit Diet, etc.
Hamster Dance
Bye Bye Bye
Aaron's Party! (Come and get it) - no, I did NOT used to jump on the coffee table singing this at the top of my lungs
Blue (Da Ba De)
I Want It That Way
Mambo #5

Whew. What has gotten into me. I think that my husband is seriously questioning my mental state right now. If only my brothers were here... They would be able to help me dive deeper into the deep recesses of my brain and remind me of even more ridiculous music.

BRITA... More powerful than the force


Try to touch my cookie, and I'll kill you...


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bible Prophecy

Check out this link on some more of the Bible prophecy regarding Israel's new found wealth. You can check out the whole blog too. It's all really good.

Ezekiel 38:10-13 is a verse that shows Israel will be wealthy, and surrounding nations will be jealous.

Also, Ricky sent me an email today of a Christian co-worker who didn't know that one world economy/currency was foretold in the Bible. Revelation 13:16-17

Read the article here.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I'm.... so... BORED!

I can't stand how bored I am, and it's even more aggravating that this is how I have to spend every single Saturday. I really should look into finding a new job. The owner here may love me and not want me to leave, but if he's this bad about actually taking advantage of when I am here, then I may as well not be here at all. My job is to sit here for 5 hours. I have no work to do. Just sitting here.

Ugh.

So, in order to avoid blogging about the same thing that I do every Saturday (i.e. how bored I am) I heard something fascinating on the radio this morning on the way to work. In Ezekiel 38 and 39, it talks about Israel being attacked and hated because of it's great wealth. Just recently, within the last few months (not covered by CNN), Israel found a massive reserve of natural gas off the coast of Haifa. According to the article, this will significantly diminish, if not completely eliminate it's need for importing fuels from surrounding countries. On the radio, the topic was more towards the US involvement with Russia's increasingly friendly ties with Iran, but just thinking on my own here... If Israel is about to become energy interdependent during the world economic downturn, who do you think everyone is going to hate? They'll be paying their bills and becoming even MORE prosperous, while the rest of the world, and particularly outlying countries, will be floundering and battling possible civil unrest. They already have the more technologically advanced military in the world as well. It's no doubt that someone will try try to stop them in the name of "equality" or something equally stupid.

These are scary times, and I hope we are ready for them.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Day 2 - Failure

Alright, so I had to give up. I am really disappointed actually. I was not feeling overly hungry at all, but I made the choice to eat again when I couldn't even carry my son up the stairs.

I finished 2 full days without much hardship, but the 3rd morning, I was very sick and weak. This was to be expected, with all the toxins in your blood, etc. But I did not expect it to be to the point of feeling like I couldn't hold a baby spoon. Like I said before, I was not all that hungry, but I knew my son was more important. He would have had a terrible day if I hadn't given in, because I would not have even been able to play with him, or do any of the things that we normally do together. I will try again, no doubt about that, but I'll have to wait until Ricky has a few days off work, so that he can take the baby, and I can hole up in bed. Or, I'll see if I can get my mom to watch him a few days in the summer when she's off work, and then I can just stay home for the few worst days of the fast.

The entire second day was not as hard as I expected either. I went to the mall with my grandma, and walked around without any problems. Smelling food was the only thing that really messes with you. Watching food commercials, or even looking in the pantry didn't particularly tempt me. But when the smell of teriyaki chicken, or fresh baked pretzels waft through the mall, that can be difficult. You can't stop yourself from salivating.

Some things of note, even now (a full day later) I can have the distinct taste of plastic in my mouth, and I have to brush my teeth several times a day because me teeth get coated with... whatever that stuff is that coats your teeth. After just one regular meal, I am all bloated again. I really want to start again, but I'll just have to be patient.

It's still in my goals for this year, so I will do it!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fast - Day 1

Today is the first day of my fast. Well, what I mean is that I have completed one full day. It was shockingly easy for me, which I find strange, especially because of the fact that everyone knows how much I LOVE food. I would be hungry for awhile, but it would never get bad, and would subside after not much time. Also, on a normal day, I get severe headaches when I don't eat, yet I went a full day without any harsh symptoms at all.

This could be good or bad. Maybe I am just lucky and this fast will be much easier than I thought. OR, it will hit me suddenly after some more time. I am hoping for the latter. I feel that my body has just been screaming for this. After the pregnancy, and then 6 months of breastfeeding, my body's own resources have been drastically diminished. This is a great way to "restart" my body's natural rhythm and restart my energy/sleep/metabolic/digestive/endocrine systems.

I already showed some positive signs of the fast. I slept like a baby last night, and I woke up around 7:30ish (went to bed 11:30ish) and felt awake. ?!?! I got up, went to the bathroom, and laid back down out of habit, but didn't fall back asleep. Wow. I can't remember the last time that I woke up on my own and felt like getting up. Usually, I wake to the sound of Judah, and I feel the usual ugh, why can't he just sleep in for once every morning. I hope that lasts.

On the down side, I do feel a huge lack of concentration, although I'm not sure if that's the normal me or not. It's hard to say. Maybe that will turn around when I go for a walk around the mall with my grandma today.

So anyway, I'll be up to date on how it's going. I'll try to blog every day. We'll see how that goes. :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Awwwww.... that's so sweet! It's just like our cats, who seems to have a keen intuition of when we are or are not feeling well. They are always there for us.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Rambling...

Well, here I am once again... wasting time on a Saturday because I am already going out of my mind with boredom. And I've only been here half an hour. I helped one customer, and all they wanted was a guy from the warehouse. I've already done some odd jobs around the office, and now I'm out of things to do, so I am basically resigned to watching the clock until four and a half hours pass.

In other, more exciting news, Judah has 2 more teeth, Ricky can do 9 pull ups, my cousin Brian (coast guard in AK) is in town, and I am revving up to do my week long fast. I plan to start on Monday. I requested next Saturday off as well, so that I can hopefully lay low. I am glad that I'll finally be able to do it, but I am also growing exceedingly nervous. I'm afraid that I'll be a failure. I have done fasts for one or two days before, and I feel like I am dying. They say that the first 3-5 days are the hardest, but one day feels like 5 days when you're not eating. On the up side, I'll have Ricky over my shoulder, telling my that I can do it. That may also be a bad thing though, in case I want food so bad that I might punch him in the throat and then make a mad dash to the fridge. Yes, I would do that if I had to...

He's always there to remind me about the long term benefit. I'm sure that's why God gave him to me, because I can get really focused on the present and forget about what will be happening next week. Ricky's always been good about planning ahead and thinking long term. Without him, I would be seriously lacking in self discipline (as if I don't already).

Anyway, we have a BBQ tonight with my family. It'll be the first BBQ of the season, which should get things off to a good start for spring. The BBQ is for my cousin Brian. He's in town, like I said, and it's his birthday sometime in the next few weeks. It'll be nice to see him, and maybe I'll see some pics of her baby girl who's just a month younger than Judah.

I should probably be working, or at least look like I'm working. So until next week...

Saturday, March 7, 2009

My Life is Over!

Last night, our young adult group had a discussion forum about how we can begin to do outreach and start making a difference. It was led by Trista, and she talked a lot about the abolition movement and how we can start to fight human trafficking. It really woke me up to what is going on. I got really pumped up and I am realizing that we need to stop talking, and start doing.

The reason I say that my life is over is because I am no longer going to be eating chocolate or drinking coffee unless it is fair trade. This is pretty tough on me because those are my two favorite treats. But the way I see it, this is such a small thing for me to give up compared to what others don't have. We are so greedy in America. I was so blind to all this before, and I just don't know where my mind was at.

Speaking with Ricky last night, I described how I was feeling about what I have been responsible for. It's like the butterfly effect, whereas everything that I do out of habit, or the ordinary, is significantly impacting someone else on the other side of the world. They are dying, and have no hope, while I indulge because I had a craving, or I was on my period, or simply because I felt like it. How selfish of me? My eyes were so closed off and I was so focused on my own pitiful existence that I could never see how my selfishness was killing a little girl in Thailand.

When I think about it that way, then giving up coffee and chocolate is such a tiny step. Why wouldn't I give it up?! If I could never have it again for the rest of my life, then that would be ok. What a small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things. One human life on the other side of the world in more important than ALL the coffee or chocolate in the entire world. Any comfort that we have here on earth is going to evaporate anyway. None of it matters. All that matters is love.

Later, I'll send some links with more info about slave labor on cocoa and coffee plantations.

Friday, March 6, 2009

LET THE SUNSHINE IN!

Tomorrow, Ricky and James are going to an emergency driving class. *envious* That sounds like so much fun! I wish I could go, but alas, I have to go to work. At first, I thought working on Saturdays would get in the way of how much time Ricky and I were spending together, but as it turns out, Ricky is really good at filling up his weekends. He isn't even spending time with Judah. He passes him off to Grandma! Not that Grandma minds at all. That makes me even more jealous, because even with all my "free time" there's no way I could go do something that fun, or that takes a lot of time.

But anyhow, that's not what I sat down to write about. What I actually wanted to say was how happy I am that springtime is so close! I have been in an amazing mood today, and I have already got a lot done around the house. You can't really tell, but I have done a lot. And once Judah wakes up, we are going to Grandma Neta's to hang out and probably go to a park somewhere, just to be in the sunshine! It's warming up everyday, and blue sky just does something to my spirit. It's unfortunate that I had to live in Seattle my whole life. I think God intended for me to live in the Bahamas, but had to relocate me since Ricky lived in Seattle. (Gee, thanks Ricky. Yet one more thing you ruined for me). :) Ricky even mentioned today that we can see Judah already showing the same tendency towards sunshine.

Yesterday he was all out of sorts. He cried and complained all day long, and I just couldn't seem to make him happy. But then this morning, we got up and went downstairs, and I pulled open all the curtains, and we are both in such great moods.

It's nice to not have to wear your winter coat to the grocery store. I feel so much lighter, and happier, and more satisfied in the sun. Pretty soon, the temperature will catch up as well, and it will be sunny AND warm. I await those days with great anticipation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Busy Busy Busy...

My days have been going a lot better lately. I don't feel like I am just sitting on my butt getting nothing accomplished anymore. I get up and shower and actually DO stuff. Although, I still always have the feeling that nothing LOOKS better around the house. See, doing a few loads of laundry and a load of dishes doesn't make your house look much cleaner. It's kinda "behind the scenes" stuff that doesn't get as much recognition.

Anyway, I have been having regular dates with my grandma. We go for walks around the mall, and yesterday I went to her condo and watched Fried Green Tomatoes. We have a good time. But also, along with getting more accomplished, I have been working to lower our grocery bill, which is going fairly well. I have been planning out meals, so that when I go to the store, I have a list, and I stick to the list.

Just writing all this out makes me feel more and more like a mom. Not in a good way either. Am I really that old and boring? Hehe. What can you do?

Today I have a full day as well. I have to go to the bank and set up a savings account for Judah, and then drive to Federal Way to get some keys for the church, then to the Koppang's to drop off a copy of Windows Vista, and then to Des Moines to visit my Granny who conveniently came to town without warning, and then to Kent to have some girl time with my friend Laura. Sometime in there I have to pick up a pizza, and I wanted to go to the store as well, but that will most likely be put off to tomorrow when I have more time.

All in all, I feel like this is the life of an average American mom. This is probably what the rest of my life will be like. Which is ok. I am happy. Life's not about me anyway, it's about everyone else. (That is not meant cynically).

Well, I should stop stalling by writing this entry, and go get ready for my busy day.