"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all."

Like Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), I’m trying to read all of the books ever published. Lofty ambition you say? Okay, really, I’m just trying to PURCHASE all of the books ever published (according to my husband, anyway).

I admit it. I am fully, completely, head-over-heels in love with books. All kinds of books. Pretty much any kind of books. Since January I’ve purchased these books:

Living Simply: Choosing Less in a World of More
The Organized Life: Secrets of an Expert Organizer
The Complete Word Study New Testament
The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis
The Bible for Dummies (one for me, one for a friend)
NLT Sanctuary Devotional Bible
Praying the Names of Jesus
Battlefield of the Mind
Be Your Best
Beyond Picket Fences
The Complete Word Study Old Testament
Your Money after the Big 5-0 (okay, that’s for spouse who is closer to the Big 5-0 than I am)
Book of Common Prayer (for my BFF Jen)
Strong Women, Soft Hearts
Jesus, An Intimate Portrait
Get Out of That Pit (one for me, one for my sister, one for a friend)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (for my son)
A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others
A Simple Christmas: A Faith-filled Guide to a Meaningful And Stress-free Christmas
Having a Mary Spirit: Allowing God to Change Us from the Inside Out

Writing for the Soul: Instruction And Advice from an Extraordinary Writing Life
Fit Not Fat at 40-Plus: The Shape-Up Plan That Balances Your Hormones, Boosts Your Metabolism, and Fights Female Fat in Your Forties-And Beyond
Take Flight! (Sisterchicks in the Word)

So, I am on a husbandself-imposed moratorium on books (yes, Jen, that’s what I said…so I’ll be borrowing all the books YOU purchase!) Jen also thinks it ironic that I need to purchase all of these books on organizing and simplifying my book purchases.

So…what book(s) are you currently reading?

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Time flies when you’re Lost…

A list…

1. I’m still 7 pounds down on the weight loss challenge. Woo-hoo!

2. Unfortunately, I think it is all stress/anxiety driven.

3. But I’ll take it.

4. Joining Weight Watchers on June 1.

5. But only the online version.

6. Because I know, without a doubt, that I will completely and totally blow off the meetings.

7. But I have someone to hold me accountable.

8. It is not my spouse.

9. But he’s doing Weight Watcher’s, too.

10. He just doesn’t know it.

11. I’m totally hooked on Lost again.

12. I’m glad Sayid, Jin & Bernard survived.

13. I’m sorry Kate survived. And Ben.

14. I kind of liked Charlie toward the end.

15. I knew, just KNEW, that all of the Jack “flashbacks” were really Jack “flashforwards“.

16. But then…why did he say, “go upstairs and get my father and if he’s more drunk than me…”?

17. Hmmmmm.

18. Heading off to a LONG…all weekend long, including Monday…volleyball tournament this weekend in Richmond.

19. Might be able to check in since my spousal unit is bringing his laptop.

20. Since My Girl will be rooming with the other girls, we’ll be in a hotel room, all by ourselves, all weekend long, and you know what that means!

21. Sleep, blessed sleep!

May Day Weight Loss Challenge Update

So I got on the scale this morning and I’ve lost 7 pounds. Before I get too excited, I have to remind myself that some of that (a huge part of that, probably) was due to hormonal bloating. But, 7 pounds is still 7 pounds on the scale.

How have I done this? I’ve drastically increased my water intake. I’m not a big soda drinker and never do diet sodas because my body doesn’t process the artificial sweeteners well. I adore suh-weet tea with lemon, but I don’t need the calories. And the big one…I’ve cut back on coffee. It’s really the sugar and half&half I love…the coffee is just the conduit. I’ve even mentioned (I shudder to even type it) giving up coffee completely. Again. I say again to remind myself that I have done it before and I CAN do it again. But I sooooo love my first cup of coffee in the morning. It goes hand-in-hand with my quiet time/prayer time/bible study time. I’m thinking I can cut back to one cuppa day and immediately switch to water. With lime or lemon or oranges or anything else fruity.

What do you drink first thing in the morning????

I can so do this.

Memememememememememememe

I’m new to this entire tag your it meme thing. But it sounds fun. So I got this from I Should Be Folding Laundry. She said, “I tag you” and I’m taking her literally. Thank you for posting the rules, too, Beth.

And away we go:

Rules.

1. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I lettered in three sports in high school…volleyball, basketball and softball. I managed the boy’s soccer team (pretty smart, eh…but I dated a football player…but ended up marrying a soccer player).

2. I’m a closet writer, avid reader, lapsed artist.

3. I lived in Turkey for two years and my high school graduation ceremony was held in the Ephesus Amphitheater.

4. I love purple pens. I only want to write with purple pens. I like all things purple. But really LOVE purple pens. Send me your purple pens.

5. I have a can’t-help-myself-gotta-buy-em BOOK FETISH. I adore books. I have tons of books. I periodically go thru my books and weep as I part with my Old Friends, but I have to make room for New Friends. I’m always purchasing books. My husband is NOT a reader. At all. His reason, “I read all day at work”. None of my children are readers. I’m still praying for them.

6. I play the piano. Very well, actually. Took lessons for years. Was told I could, “do something with it” and opted not to. Just sold my piano last year. Whenever I want to, I can play the grand piano at church.

7. I’m the office manager for our church. Best job ever. Worst job ever.

8. I love to get dressed up and go to formal functions. The whole nine yards…formal dress, new shoes, jewelry, make-up, sit down dinner, dancing. LOVE IT. My husband…not so much. But he indulges me now and then.

TAG…YOU’RE IT!

Wednesday’s Wist

Okay, I couldn’t come up with anything better to title my list. And it’s Wednesday so I tried to pull the two together…unsuccessfully, apparently.

Here’s the list:

1. Day 2 of the May Day Weight Loss Challenge! Woo-hoo. I had thought I’d pop onto the blogs of each of the ladies participating and quickly got overwhelmed by it all and this morning…there are 181 ladies, y’all! We so rock with accountability and encouragement. It’s also a testament to how many of us want to become more healthy. Love that. I however, totally blew yesterday by eating leftover birthday ice cream cake. Tummy is still complaining about it. But I did eat healthy the rest of the day. Grilled chicken, a quarter of a baked tater with a tiny smudge of butter and salt & pepper (no sour creme…which is HUGE…I smother my taters in SC) and a chunk of french bread dipped in olive oil with garlic.

2. As we speak, I’m coloring my hair. edited to say: this hair color is banging (as My Girl would say). One of my BFF, told me only I would color my hair in a color that could be a Starbucks drink…MOCHACCINO. And now that I’ve found it, I’ve discovered it is a discontinued color. (OF COURSE)

3. I’ve determined the camera really does add 50 10 pounds. I didn’t look as fat this morning as in my BEFORE picture. (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

4. On a very serious note, have you noticed all of the MIRACLES God is providing? If not…check this out. And this. My God is an Awesome God.

5. For your listening pleasure, y’all need to check out Travis Cottrell, if you haven’t already. I first heard of him at the Beth Moore – Get Out of That Pit simulcast. He blew me away. I loaded all of his music onto my iPod and then created another playlist entitled: Fave Travis. Pretty much all of his music is now also on the Fave Travis playlist…he is just amazing and God is really using him to speak to my heart.

6. I had a bunch more things to list but the hair color fumes are fogging my brain!

May Day Weight Loss Challenge Day 1

I just had my daughter take my “fat” “before” picture. Got to love this girl. When I gasped with horror and disgust she said, “but mom…you can SO see your rock hard abs!”

Those aren’t abs, honey, those are rolls.

She had me take a “before she got buff” photo and exclaimed…”ugh…look at my love handles!”

Those aren’t love handles, honey, those are your hip bones sticking out.

Yep…it’s going to be a long haul.

But I’m up for the challenge.

I’m going to print my before photo and carry it with me…crazy glue it to the inside of my wallet so that when I’m reaching for that $$$ to pay for that drive thru, sit down, fattening, unhealthy, whatever food, my hips and abs rolls will remind me to STEP AWAY FROM THE COUNTER/DRIVE THRU WINDOW.

I’m not going to publish my “before” photo until I have a good “after” photo to go next to it, nor publish my beginning pounds.

But I will share that I want to lose 20 30 40 oh, let’s just say 46…one for each year I’ve been on this earth.

Tomorrow, I’ll start posting my food intake and exercise.

Let’s roll…no pun intended.

…and a Happy Birthday was had by all!

I really need a tee-shirt that reads, “I survived my daughter’s 16th birthday!”

Most of the day at the mall was spent with me saying, “no…you can NOT buy that because…”

…”it’s cut too short”

…”it’s cut too low”

…”it’s cut too high”

…”I know you don’t have much up top, but what you DO have…is definitely hanging out”

…”your father will never allow you to wear it”

and my all-time personal favorite…

…”a mother shouldn’t have to look at that”

We had a good day. But all of that was completely forgotten when this was heard:

I HAVE NO FRIENDS. NO ONE CAN COME WITH ME TO DINNER TONIGHT!!!

Except for one friend. We reminded her that one friend is a good thing…

We picked up said one friend and went to Olive Garden. Yummy. We had a blast. The girls had (virgin) margaritas. I had (real) shiraz. Following dinner, we picked up the three friends who couldn’t come to dinner and brought them to our house for Carvel ice cream cake and presents.

Here is a pic of the girls…My Girl is second from right.

In about five years, our youngest child will fully appreciate the joy that should have been his during the taking of THIS photo:

Although I think I detect a twinkle in his eye…