Archive | March, 2010

Good Book Alert and Random Faith Musings

28 Mar

I am in the middle of a great book right now. It’s called “Traveling Light” by Max Lucado. It was a Christmas present from Jared. I also got a whole bunch (like a couple dozen) of highlighters. I was really really really excited about them. They are awesome and such an amazing variety of colors I have never before seen. I think they were very influential in my making an “A” in Therapeutics for Jan Term. (And of course, my awesome study group!)

Anyways, back to the book. I am ashamed to say it just sat here on the table by the couch. Not because I don’t have time to read… I always find time to read… Usually while I am supposed to be studying. It just sat here because I wasn’t all that interested. In fact, I only picked it up because I have packed up all my other non-school reading material to take to TN. The book is really cool. It goes through Psalm 23 statement by statement. Really thought-provoking. Isn’t it amazing how God gives you just what you need, right when you need it!

One of the most interesting chapters is at the beginning. Starting with, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. Max says we are all just sheep. And sheep are the dumbest animals around. They literally can’t do anything for themselves… that’s why they have to have a shepherd. And the shepherd honestly cares for his sheep. He finds them the best grass, the best place to sleep, the best path to take up or down the mountain. I mean, WOW! Here I have been trying to deal with the struggle of studying, working, hoping for Jared to get a job soon, moving to Tennessee and family stuff all by myself. I am just a stupid sheep. I can’t do all of that by myself. Sometimes I am too smart/stubborn for my own good. I am really going to make more of an effort to “Let Go and Let God”.

The other interesting part I have found deals with Death. Max says to just skip that chapter if you don’t need it because “it will be there when you do”. I didn’t think I needed it. But unfortunately I learned of the death of 2 people who mean a lot to my family last Sunday. One is Johnny Davis. This is my brother’s dad. The other was Jared’s “Uncle Jug”. While I wasn’t close to either of these men, their deaths affected people who I care about a lot. I was at a loss for words as most people are in these situations. This book has some really insightful ways to look at death, and some ways to help people through that difficult time. One of which is to look at

Isaiah 57:1-2: “Good people are taken away, but no one understands. Those who do right are being taken away from evil and given peace. Those who live as God wants finds rest in death.”

He also goes on to say a much better interpretation of “They are in a better place”… Max says…

“While we are shaking heads in disbelief, they are lifting hands in worship. While we are mourning at a grave, they are marveling at heaven. While we are questioning God, they are praising God.”

Anyways, I am only about 1/3 of the way through the book, but I can’t wait to get a chance to sit in a bubble bath and read some more. For now, I am going to leave you with The 23rd Psalm in hopes that somehow or another it speaks to you in a new way or like an old friend or helps you through a rough day.

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd;
         I shall not want.
 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
         He leads me beside the still waters.
 3 He restores my soul;
         He leads me in the paths of righteousness
         For His name’s sake.
 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
         I will fear no evil;
         For You are with me;
         Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
         You anoint my head with oil;
         My cup runs over.
 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
         All the days of my life;
         And I will dwell in the house of the LORD

Now my dog has gone on to bed without me. I’m going to join her… and kick her off my pillow.


Thank You Thursday #2

25 Mar


It’s that day again. The day when I say thank you for some of the things that have happened this week. I have a long list this week so bear with me.

Thank you wonderful Therapeutics teachers for giving us a test – up the backside with no lubricant. Next test I will bring a coin to help me choose answers (since I can’t seem to make a 50 on my own) and my own personal tube of KY.

Thank you Research Elective teachers for giving us a chance to retake our test tomorrow… as a group.. with you telling us the answers you expected us to have written down last week.

Thank you to my fabulous sister-in-law for loving to paint. The house looks amazing! Thank you sister-in-law’s boyfriend for the drywall knockdown. I knew I would like it, but I never expected that it would be so awesome. Thank you to my husband for not divorcing me when I painted the office lime green. I know you hate it. Thanks for loving me so much.

Thank you to my dogs for keeping me warm and safe at night when the Dad is gone.

Thank you TN representatives for voting NO across the board on the healthcare debate. I knew I shouldn’t have expected the same intelligence from the Alabama representatives. On that note, thank you to the 212 that actually listen to the people they represent.

Thank you mom for the gift-certificate you gave  me last year. I waited a long time to use it, but this was the perfect week for a free manicure and pedicure. I love you!

Thank you to all the people who prayed for Jared and my brother this week while they dealt with the deaths of close family members.

Thank you God for creating shrimp… they are so delicious (and so few calories) and make me happy. And thank you for a good crop of grapes last year. I have tried my best to keep the wine industry going during the recession.

I’d say that’s a pretty good list for this week. What are some things you are thankful for?

New Paint! Spring Break spent with paintbrush in hand!

24 Mar

Last week was Spring Break. I had a big Therapeutics test today so I haven’t been able to discuss the fun that I had over Spring Break. I spent the whole week hanging out with my sister-in-law with paintbrushes, paint, and lots of wine and coffee.

Here’s what we did!

My beautiful light gray living room which really shows off the beautiful pink marble fireplace. It looks just how I pictured it in my head. Notice the 1 light hanging down. That is the only light in this huge room. Hoping to fix that soon.


The hallway was painted about 2 shades darker. I love this color. Trying to decide where to use it next!

This is my beautiful blue bedroom. The color is called porpoise gray… but it is the most beautiful color of blue that I have ever seen. I am so excited to spend the night in this bedroom. I plan on doing white furniture but leaving the wood trim in here. And doing brown and white bedding.

This is my bright green office. YES! It really is this bright in real life. I love it. I think its going to be an enjoyable space to spend my time as I finish up my last year of pharmacy school. Hard to get bored studying in here.

These are some pictures of the basement. It needs a lot of work. It has stuff from 6 different families in it, and has been used for storage for many years. It has been flooded due to some pipes bursting which required the tile to be pulled up. Before this week, it was almost impossible to walk through. Since Christmas, we have taken 4 trailer loads of stuff to the dump, and 2 trailer loads of furniture to donation places. The 1st picture is a storage room that has boxes that still need to be gone through. Jared scraped up all the tile in here during Spring Break. The 2nd picture is going to be the coolest hangout in Friendsville. Picture a ping-pong table, a pool table, a big tv and lots of chairs for watching FOOTBALL! And lots of deer heads, turkeys, and other animals we have stuffed/mounted throughout our home. The last picture is the kitchen downstairs. It is on its way to becoming my own bar to hang out in. Already have the shot glasses lined up in the cabinets.

So this is basically the halfway point upstairs. Just need to have the wood floors redone and get our furniture there.

Downstairs has a long way to go, but as long as its ready by the 1st weekend in September… I can deal with it.

Thank You Thursday – The Original

11 Mar

This is a time to say honest “Thank You”s for the past week… even though some of them may be sarcastic. I am copying this idea from a great site. You can get to it by clicking on the button.

Thank you to my wonderful friends who struggle daily with me through pharmacy school. Your laughter makes the long days of sitting in a windowless classroom much more bearable.

Thank you to my amazing parents. For everything.

Thank you Mountain Brook CVS for firing me. I had a great time at work last night here at the CVS in Center Point. I don’t miss you even a little bit.

Thank you God for letting me have a peaceful night’s sleep. No nightmares for the first time in about 2 weeks. It was great! I feel so much better today! Thank You Again.

Thank you Taco Bell for screwing up my order… twice. I was really tired after a long day of work, and I’m glad I was able to make it all the way home to my starving husband before realizing you had left out his entire half of the order. Then, after driving all the way back and standing at the counter (feeling very uncomfortable because it’s not the best part of town to be in after dark) waiting for you to remake his food… you give it to me wrong. We asked for chicken, not your grade-D beef. Thanks! While I do thank you for your 5-in-a-row 100 health scores… some customer service would be great!

Thank you to my kick-a$$ washing machine and clothes dryer.  You are older than me and still kickin’ it. You amaze me with your ability to handle loads too big for most commercial washers. You are awesome. And I especially appreciate the fact that you are so easy to work on and that you have inexpensive replacement parts. I will never give you away on!

Thank you Mr./Mrs. 6 o’ clock person. You know who you are. When the pharmacy closes at 6. It means we walk out the door at 6. Unfortunately, we would be fired for turning you away. So keep on walking in after the gate is already closed and locked. I am more than happy to have you slide your Viagra prescription under the gate so I can fill it and have you slide your money under aforementioned closed and locked gate so that you can have a great evening. At this point, I will be coming home 30 minutes late and my husband will be mad at me because the wonderful dinner he cooked me is cold… and he drank the whole bottle of wine by himself. Thank you Mr./Mrs. 6 o’clock person. I didn’t really want to hang out with my family anyways.

Thank you CVS in Maryville for putting up with my gypsy lifestyle. I show up in town and expect work… and end up getting free dinner from a drug company. You guys have been a wonderful part of my life!

Most importantly, Thank you to the intelligent woman (i know it was a woman) who decided all those years ago to take out her anger (i’m sure her husband did something stupid) on a basket full of grapes. Wine has been the best part of my week! 🙂

Hope everyone had a great week! Next post coming to you from Friendsville, TN! 🙂

House Pictures – Before

10 Mar

For those who don’t know… Jared and I are moving back to Tennessee in June. (Actually late May, 80 days from today exactly, but who’s counting?) We are blessed to be able to move into the house that his mother was raised in. It was built by her parents in the late 1950’s.

His grandmother had a very eclectic taste in decorating, and toward the end of her life decided to do the whole house in pink (think Pepto-Bismol) and blue. Pink carpets, pink curtains, pink and brown tile in one bathroom. Blue and pink bathroom on the other end of the house. Lovely blue toile wallpaper in the bedrooms. Lacy blue curtains. Basically, not one room fits in with any decorating scheme that Jared or I would ever be able to live in.

This blog is going to serve as a Before/After view of our renovations.  And also a sounding board for decorating ideas. I have good intentions, but I am definitely NOT an interior decorator. On that note, I will let the remaining pictures speak for themselves.

The peeing boy statue and the pink curtains are unfortunately not going to make it into the new design! The Friendsville TN Pink Marble Fireplace is!

There are no words… Can’t wait for this to be GONE!

Love the Wood Trim… and all the light from the windows. Did I mention there are no light fixtures in the ceiling of the living room?

Wall opposite the fireplace.. Leads into bedrooms and bath

Floors will be refinished soon.. Its going to be amazing! The pink carpet had to go!

Currently, the walls are being sprayed with drywall to give them some texture. It’s called California Knockdown and it will be gorgeous. More importantly, it will help smooth out the walls. I forgot to mention earlier that Mrs. Peters liked to use coarse sand in her paint to give the walls texture, and she also painted in an enamel-like paint. It’s interesting. There were places on the walls that needed to be patched, and there was no way we could add the right texture to the new spots to make them match. And sanding down the old paint was out of the question because we are pretty certain that the base coat is lead paint! Exciting, I know.

My wonderful sister-in-law and her awesome boyfriend have been working tirelessly to get the walls sprayed so they can be ready for painting during my Spring Break. I am pretty sure that I will use a gray in the living room, either green or blue in the office (which will eventually tie into the nursery colors when it becomes a baby’s room (hopefully a girl) in 3 years or so), a very light beige in the dining room (it’s called simplify beige… could there be a better color for a dining room full of primitive americana junk?), and plain ol’ white in the kitchen because I just love a white kitchen.

I haven’t picked a color for our master bedroom yet. (It will eventually be our little boy’s nursery so I am undecided. I really don’t want to have to paint again.) We are also buying a new bed and bedding so I don’t have anything to work with yet in there. My husband’s input consists of “I like Antique White”, so he’s not really useful in the whole paint color decisions.

The pink/brown bathroom will stay that way for a while. Downstairs I plan on having a black and white bathroom, and maybe using some of the gray from upstairs for the walls in the game room and downstairs kitchen/bar area.

Here is a quick preview of my vision of the living room right now. I’m trying to pull a gray color out of the fireplace stone. So far, I like “Mega Greige” by Sherwin Williams.

Painted this with Sherwin Williams online thing. I like the gray with the wood trim. Never had to paint around dark trim before. Oh, and the curtains make the ceiling look pink. I’m probably just going for a nice crisp white up there.

So that’s it! I have a really great idea for window treatments. But I will save that for a later post. I sliced open my finger over the weekend, and typing is not real easy right now. Comments? Suggestions?

78 Days!

7 Mar

This is kind of a serious blog.. but its my life

For the past 2 years, 7 months, and 7 days (or 950 days)… I have been counting down the time until I am able to just go back home to Tennessee. It’s amazing after all the traveling I have done with my family and on my own, there is just something about Tennessee that I miss way deep down. I don’t know if its the mountains, the lakes, or the rednecks, but I am inexplicably drawn there. Some days it has been almost unbearable to be down here when I feel like my whole life belongs in TN. I’m almost in tears now just thinking about it. I will be there in 5 days and my heart just beat uncontrollably thinking about it. 🙂 Sometimes I feel like I am wishing my life away though.


I’ve had a lot of fun with Jared here. It was definitely a wonderful thing for our marriage to just have to put up with each other. For that first year, we didn’t have anyone else to talk to. I have enjoyed fishing down here and can’t believe that we want to have lifetime Alabama fishing licenses. But the catfish down here are amazing! Jared caught this yesterday.

I have enjoyed hog hunting here… and the ribs that come with it! 🙂 And the restaurants down here are awesome! There are actually some pretty places down here which we have found out driving around.

I love my house here. It has been great for us. I have also learned that I am not the best interior decorator there is and thank God that my sister-in-law likes to paint. 🙂

Mostly I will miss the awesome friends I have made down here. We are the girls who take over the commons during lunch and have the loudest, funniest, and most outrageous conversations that those walls have ever heard. Most days I laugh so hard my face turns crazy colors and I nearly pee myself. It has also been a great sounding board for marriage issues, mother-in-law issues, and stupid-teachers-at-the-MSOP issues. When I think about Alabama, this is the thing I will miss most.

Anyways, this is kind of a random personal blog but Tennessee has been on my mind so much lately I guess I just needed to get it out. And I can’t believe its only 78 more days!!! 🙂 11 weeks… not even 3 whole months now. WOW!