Friday, December 31, 2010


My usual resolution is for the new year to be better than the last. I tend to be successful at it, so why change things up? This year will bring my 30th birthday so I have even more reason to make it better than the last.

It's so important to me to have growth in my life whether it's spiritually, mentally, emotionally, or physically. When I get stagnant, I get restless, and I'm not a fan. The good thing is I have so much room for growth. We all do. We will never be perfect, and we will never be who God has intended us to be until this world is perfect again. Maybe that's a downer, but I think it's a great challenge. Every day I get to be one step closer to who I was made to be. I'm sure I waste plenty of days through my laziness and procrastination that I can't seem to kick.

I know who I am at 29 is not who I was at 19 or 25, and I'm really glad. This year I ran 16 miles without stopping. This year I let go of the control and fear that was holding me back and let God make something new and exciting happen in my life that I get to enjoy every day. This year I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried to be the friend to those that were going through times I couldn't even imagine. This year I decided the dream I kept putting off needs to happen much sooner, and hopefully it will be in my grasp by the end of next year. I like what I accomplished this year and I like the 29 year old me. Now, I'm looking forward to the 30 year old me.

Here's to growth, challenge, and great times ahead for if only my resolution to save money was an easy feat!! One of these days it'll happen.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Smoking Mountain Christmas

Sort of...more like Broken Bow Christmas. My family (parents, sis, bro-in-law, and nephew) always celebrate Christmas Eve so the sis and her fam can be with his fam on Christmas Day. This year, I thought we needed to shake things up so we spent Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve Day in a pretty impressive cabin in Oklahoma. I don't really know how to rough it, so while our cabin had a great fire place and lots of scenery, it also had cozy beds, bathrooms, and cable :)

The fam had a great time playing horse shoes, eating, eating, and eating...oh, and opening some presents on Christmas Eve morning. Thank goodness Santa knew we were there!! Without even waiting to be invited Double A was in for the overnight stay, and he had a great time too. Probably because I dropped him off at the local golf course on the way to the cabin. Nothing like a little game of golf to put him in a good mood.

Here's a few pics of our time there:

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright!

Sunday, December 5, 2010


J-Cat has reached a new stage in her life. I call it cat adolescence. I adopted J-Cat when she was a year old and we've spent the past 5 years together. I know a dog year is 7 human years, but I have no idea how many human years equals a cat year. I can only assume J-Cat has hit her teen years. This has brought up her need to defy me in the past year.

One battle we've been having this week has taken place on the back of sofa. This year for my birthday, I decided to get new couches in the form of a sectional. With Double-A coming into my life at 6'3, I noticed my love seats weren't cutting it anymore. No matter how cute they were (one blue, one beige, with a big red rug tying them together), there was no hope of snuggling (comfortably) while watching TV. So I made a big girl decision to upgrade. Once the new sectional arrived with firm cushions and pillows, I realized J-Cat's desire to be on the back of my love seats over the past 4 1/2 years caused those once firm pillows to have a lovely dip in the middle where she sat. I decided this wouldn't happen with the sectional and had some classy aluminum foil along the back for about a month to deter her from ruining the firmness. It definitely did the trick along with my steady "get down!" commands when she jumped up on the back after her fear the foil once gave her finally wore off.

Here we are, months later, in full adolescent defiance. Last night I repeatedly had to say "get down" when she felt the need to get on the back of the couch. She'd jump down, and jump right back up in a new spot like I would magically decide that was the part I was fine with her sitting on. This morning after waking up from one of her many naps, she jumped up from where she was laying, and looked at me. I always give her some time to jump down on her own since she finds it quicker to jump over the back of the couch as opposed to hopping down from the front and walking around the sectional to get to my desk. After giving her ample time, I said, "get down." She stared at me. "Get down." No response. "Get down!" Still nothing. "J-Cat, Get DOWN!" Nope. So I stood up, and half a second later she jumped to the ground. For the first time I felt like one of those moms getting onto their child..."One...Two...I better not get to three..."

I hope this phase ends soon. Oh, and if you were wondering, the sectional is ideal for snuggling, even if the majority of time its just our heads touching with us each taking up our own side of it.