Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fall Fever

After a cold and brutal winter, the first sign of warm weather makes people start acting all crazy. People call this Spring Fever. I guess that’s because people wake up after their winter hibernation and they want to go out, be social, meet new people, and find love. While I enjoy that first bit of warmer weather before the humidity of Summer sets in, I don’t really get Spring Fever. In fact, I mostly associate Spring as the season where:

  • The nice weather doesn’t last long enough. (Just call it Early Summer.)
  • All the bugs come out to play. (I don’t do bugs.)
  • It seems everyone who can’t drive is out on the road. (I don’t have road rage, I swear.)
  • There is EVIL POLLEN. (Allergies should die.)
  • That’s just part of the reason why Spring isn’t really the top of my favorite season list. Although, don’t get me wrong, I do love all the vibrant colors of all the flowers and trees blooming but it’s just not as amazing as Fall is to me.

    Where I lack in Spring Fever, I certainly MORE than make up for with my FALL FEVER! My Fall Fever is SO extreme it needs to be diagnosed and medicated. Want proof? You’ll have it when you see all of the Halloween stuff I bought last weekend in an upcoming post. Today is the first REALLY cool day and it’s not even officially Fall yet, but I know it’s coming and it just puts me in this dreamy state of mind. It plants within me this seed of hope and has me really wishing to find someone special. I feel like the magic of this time of year would just be even more magical if I had someone to share it with. While I trust God’s timing, I’ve been praying a lot lately that He will bring someone into my life and that I will have the courage and wisdom to handle it.

    Other than that, this weekend there’s a fun Church event happening for all the volunteers. It’s a big Tailgate party! I’m really excited for it now that my Community Group is participating in it together! As a single person with a hatchback car, I wasn’t really sure about going but now that I’ll be hanging with my group, I’m all about it! I’m going to make some yummy dips and bring chips and we’re going to SWEEP all the awards (tackiest tailgate, best food, etc.)! And hey, even if we don’t win any awards, at least a fun time will have been had by all. I will take pictures and I’m praying the rain doesn’t ruin our fun!

    I also still have 2 other picture posts coming soon! Hopefully this weekend. For now, I leave you with a couple more Fall Finds on Pinterest and a discussion question!


    Fall Bucket List Pumpkin Cupcakes with Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting

    Do you get FALL or SPRING fever and what are your symptoms of either (or both)?

    Remembrance

    Last week was a busy week but a good one! I made it my mission to change up my daily routine a little bit. I thought back to January when I was feeling so great and fulfilled and even HAPPY at work! After all, having a job at all right now is a blessing and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. Let’s face it, work is work and most of us are unhappy with our jobs. The lucky few get to do what they love without any of that pesky work stress! I hope someday I can be counted among them, but for now I should work like I have a purpose and work for God!

    I think a major reason for feeling that way back in January was two BIG things:

  • I made it a priority to start every morning studying God’s word.
  • I participated in a 30 Days of Christian Music challenge where for 30 days I didn’t listen to anything other than Contemporary Christian.
  • For the most part, I actually pretty much stuck to doing both and I actually found some really amazing artists and bands that I’ve come to really enjoy as a result. Yet for some reason I’ve slowly stopped doing both. Last month I spent the entire month really frustrated with work. I’m a pretty chill person and I absolutely refuse to let stress get to me but because of that I don’t understand when people are stressed around me. I feel like life is so much more pleasant and productive if you just let that stress go and just keep rolling. After all, isn’t that part of having faith in God? That He will see you through every situation and He will provide for you. Why stress out over finances and work? Just take a breath and remember what’s important and appreciate that you have it! The world might end tomorrow and yet you wasted today worrying about something that won’t matter if the world does end, right? Just trust that God has control and he will guide you through the storm!

    I think I remembered this at the perfect moment this week with September 11th and September 8th. While the world remembers that tragic day 10 years ago when those hijacked planes shook this entire country to the bone when they crashed into those towers, I also spent part of this past week remembering my brother. 5 years ago on September 8th my brother passed away after complications after a heart transplant. It’s unreal how much time has gone by.

    10 years ago on September 11, 2001 I was sitting in my government class when the other government teacher ran in reporting a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. We spent the rest of that class and the duration of my Choir class that followed watching in horror as the second plane crashed into the second tower. As a class we huddled together in tears absolutely afraid of what was going to happen next and our hearts just in pain for the families in New York who were dealing with that firsthand and those who lost friends and family members. I can’t even imagine. So this weekend I spent time remembering and thinking about those people and praying that they are at peace.

    March 27, 1982 - September 8, 20065 years ago on September 8, 2006 I was fast asleep in bed when we got the late night/early morning call telling us to get to the Hospital after an emotional roller coaster of a week. Complication after complication and we all knew what this phone call meant. I cried and prayed to God all the way to the hospital just pleading with God to miraculously heal my brother. I had no idea how I was going to exist in the world without him in it. We got there and were told there was nothing else they could do for him and that we had to make that decision. I was in shock. It’s all still pretty much a blur but I remember the amount of love and support from my Church and Community Group after all that and it didn’t take me long to realize that not only were my prayers answered (He was made new and, thus, HEALED!), but that he lived a life so full it was overflowing and he touched the lives of so many. Today I still see the ripples he left in this world and I know for certain he’s up in Heaven with Jesus and our Father in Heaven. After all, he always said with absolute certainty and without fear: “It’s a win-win for me! Either I wake up with a new heart and more life to live or I get to be with my Lord and Savior!” He got what he wanted and I’m most happy that he no longer has to deal with endless doctors appointments, blood work or rejection issues. He’s in Heaven, he’s healed with the perfect heart that he never had and he’s having a blast!

    So all in all, I’m glad I picked last week to get back on track where my daily routine was concerned. I think I definitely needed that extra spiritual boost this week. I’ll be doing the same this week!

    Sayonara Summer Slump

    I’ve been eating everything in sight lately and yet somehow I’ve still managed to stay at the same weight. I haven’t really been losing much lately but maybe half a pound here and half a pound there, but that’s okay! I lost a little over 60 pounds, I think I’m allowed to slack a little bit and enjoy some good foodstuffs (within limits, of course).

    Autumn peering around the corner and all the yummy food that I keep finding thanks to Pinterest really isn’t helping my obsession with yummy food lately. Part of the most enjoyable part of Autumn and the Holiday Season is all the delicious food! I’m enjoying finding some healthy ingredient substitutions and I think that’s mainly why I’m able to not pay attention to my Weight Watchers point values and still manage to stay at my current weight.

    Be that as it may, my plan is NOT to be stuck at this weight. It’s to lose more and hit my healthy BMI range! Lucky for me, Autumn is also the time of year I feel more like getting exercise. After a long hot summer, I’m ready to get moving! I think if I were an animal, instead of hibernating during the winter, I’d hibernate during Summer. I guess that’s why I always eat more and do less in the Summer; I just want to sit in the air conditioning, read a book and eat snacks.

    Starting Monday, I’m getting back on track and getting back to being active! I’ve been in a rut lately and I feel like a little change of pace should be just what I need. I’ve also noticed that lately I’m in a terrible mood. I think it’s my annual Summer Slump and I’m SO READY to be rid of it! I can’t wait until I can officially say goodbye to Summer until 2012. I guess for a lot of people that’s what Labor Day weekend is all about!

    I’m also hoping to start using my camera a little more often soon and going to try out a few new recipes (and tweak them probably since I rarely follow recipes to the letter) so I might post some pictures or information about those as well! I have some other surprises in order for my sister’s birthday this month that I will definitely be taking pictures of too.

    For now I’ll leave you with three of the yummy recipe finds, two are healthy recipes the first not so much, but you can modify it to make it healthier!


    Remind me not to post blogs about food at night. Now I’m really hungry and I can’t eat until the morning!