Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 30

Today was a crazy, crazy day, and thus perfect for the list topic: To-Do List

1. Do laundry.(check)  I ended up doing four loads, including the bed sheets, comforter, John's dress shirts, and some towels. I folded the laundry while watching 18 Kids and Counting on Netflix streaming. It made me feel productive to watch the Duggars (all 18) running around the house whilst I was busy keeping my own home tidy. This fact becomes even more relevant to list item #6. 

2. Go to workout class. (check) Today was a mixture of cardio, kick-boxing, and crunches. 

3. Find birthday card for Grandpa Jim. (check) It's a cute one with birds and a mailbox with cards inside. 

4. Email John about mom's computer. (check) He's watching out for her and making sure she gets enough RAM in her new computer. I have no idea what that means, but I conveyed the information.

5. Send off our taxes. (nope) The tax guy has yet to confirm that the forms are correct and complete. Hopefully tomorrow (fingers crossed...)

6. Go to Walmart. (check) I went to get John some tennis shoes and to look at purses for the summer. While wandering through the aisles, I was blocked off by two ladies in denim skirts talking at the aisle cap.....MRS. DUGGAR AND A DAUGHTER!!!!!!!!!! NOT TWO HOURS PRIOR, I WAS WATCHING HER CLEAN THE KITCHEN ON 18 Kids and Counting!!!! Is there a hole torn somewhere in the universe? Have I broken through to the fourth dimension? Is she judging me for wearing jeans? None of these questions have been answered...

After all that excitement, I almost forgot what I went into Walmart for, but I recovered and made some sensible purchases (Mrs. Duggar would have been pleased). I came home, finished folding laundry, and updated facebook with my amazing adventure. I think tonight I'm going to watch Atonement and Penelope just to see if James McAvoy shows up at Starbucks tomorrow. Fingers crossed....

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 26-29

It's been a few days, and I apologize for that. I was gone this weekend and didn't even have a chance to look at the lists until last night. So, I will now attempt four lists at once. (drumroll, please...)


  • Elisabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity: Learning Christ's Control and The Path of Loneliness
  • Amy Carmichael's If
  • A.J. Bueltmann's White Queen of the Cannibals: The Story of Mary Slessor of Calabar
  • Jamie Zumwalt's Simple Obsession
  • C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity
  • Carolyn Mahaney's Feminine Appeal (reread)
  • Joshua Harris' Dug Down Deep


  • Marriage is harder than you ever thought it could be, but it's also more rewarding than you could ever imagine. 
  • At 27, it's still okay to miss your mom sometimes.
  • Wax paper is not oven-proof, and it's not the same as parchment paper.
  • If you follow the recipe, chances are you can make pretty decent food.
  • God blesses us so that we can, in turn, bless others. 
  • It's completely possible to live without cable television. You'll probably even learn to like it.
  • Sometimes, you just have to admit you're wrong. 
  • Taxes are just inherently evil. 
  • Every girl likes to dress up every now and then.


  • The Gospel Coalition 2011 in Chicago - yep, we're going. We are super, super, super pumped about this one. Three days of awesome Christian speakers, authors, bloggers, and pastors such as: Matt Chandler, Mark Driscoll, Don Carson, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper, Joshua Harris, Tim Keller, and tons more. 
  • The Grand Canyon (maybe next year?) - I've never been.
  • Seattle - we went for our honeymoon, and I fell in love with it. I want to go back!
  • New Zealand - John and I are thinking maybe we'll save up and go for our 25th anniversary. Fingers crossed. 
  • Switzerland - I so, so, so want to stand in front of Swiss chateaus and nibble on Swiss chocolate...


  • Favorite Dessert - cheesecake, hands down. On our honeymoon we had red velvet cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, and I almost melted with happiness. It was the best thing I had ever tasted in my life, and I am pretty sure if I had a week to live I would consume the entire tri-state supply en masse.
  • Favorite Vegetable - sweet potatoes. They're delicious in pretty much any form you prepare them: baked whole, baked as fries, mashed, cubed and roasted, boiled....yep, pretty much delicious all the time. 
  • Favorite Side Dish - broccoli and cheese. Yum.
  • Favorite Italian Dish - lasagna. It's been my favorite since I was quite little, and I still love it.
  • Favorite Mexican Dish - chicken enchiladas. With sour cream and no guacamole (I'm allergic to avocados).
  • Favorite Snack Food - Ritz peanut butter snack crackers.
  • Favorite Splurge - Pretzel M&Ms. Especially if they're frozen.
  • Favorite New Food - Greek yogurt. I think I like it because it reminds me of cheesecake. I just found it about a month ago and have been seduced by it's health benefits. 
  • Favorite Coffee - skinny caramel latte from Mama Carmen's on College Ave. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 25

Today's list was supposed to be entitled "Things I'd Rather Be Doing," but since that takes on a somewhat negative tone, I'd like to modify it to "Things I Get to Do." Here we go...

  • I get to go to dinner tonight with an awesome couple who make their own yogurt, grill bratwursts, and host community group in their home at least twice a month. Plus, they both teach full-time at different schools. They're kind of awesome. 
  • I get to visit my in-laws this weekend in Mena, which means a 2.5 hour road trip with my husband. We're going to listen to Matt Chandler's series on Habakkuk, which we have both been waiting patiently on (we agreed not to listen to any of the series until he was finished). 
  • I get to write, and have it published in the newspaper. Like, as a job.
  • I get to make my husband homemade trail mix because I love him and care about his health. This week's recipe includes Cascadian Farms granola and dried blueberries.
  • I get to ride my bicycle. 
  • I get to experience a shooting range (this weekend, under supervised conditions, because I'm a Southern girl and that's what we do). 
  • I get to collect craft ideas with the hope of someday actually "crafting," and in fact "crafting" so well that I no longer have to buy Christmas or birthday gifts but can simply give my crafts away as presents to those I adore most. 
  • I get to look at pictures of the cutest newborn baby in the world, Evelyn June. 
  • I get to pull my hair to the side because it's long enough to actually work and I think it looks really retro.
  • I get to stream movies and tv shows live because my husband and I decided Netflix was a good investment. 
  • I get to buy fresh vegetables and flowers and fruit at the Fayetteville Farmers' Market (in 8 days!!!)

Retro hairstyle. And retro sunglasses.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 22

Today's List is Entitled: "Today I Saw"

I thought instead of telling you what I saw, I would let you see for yourself! 
Here's my list:

This is what I saw this morning,around 7:20am, after John went off to work. I read articles in preparation for a morning interview, then got ready to work out at WOW Fitness (which is my new favorite thing). 

This is what I saw right before I went to WOW Fitness class at 8am. Today was "Cardio Groove," which is kinda like Zumba, but with classier music. I promise, it is nearly impossible to have a bad day after watching an 80-year-old grandma in a leopard-print leotard do the Cuban Shuffle. I promise you. 

This is what I saw after I got back. John drew muscles for me on sticky notes!

This is what I saw around 11:30am, when I singlehandedly got two mountain bikes down the stairs and into my Yaris. John's needed a tune-up, and mine has a flat tire. We (the bikes and I) went down the street to The Bike Route. 

This is what I saw as the nice guy at The Bike Route tuned up John's bike. For free!

This is what I saw around 2pm, when I headed over to the library to write. 

This is what I saw about 4pm, from our bedroom window. Hello, Yaris.

This is what I saw around 4:30pm. It's kinda my new favorite snack in the whole world. 

This is what I saw around 4:45pm. Today was laundry day. 

This is what I saw around 6:30pm. 
Dinner for Kelly: pasta with tomatoes and garlic chicken, and a side of green beans with garlic. Yum!

Dinner for John: pasta with tomatoes, Italian sausage, and garlic chicken, and a side of green beans with garlic and ranch dressing. 

This is what I saw around 6:45pm. We watch a lot of Lost (I got John the series for Christmas). It's not a great picture, but it serves its purpose. 

And that was my day in pictures. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day 21

I think this has been my favorite list of the "30 Days of Lists" project thus far. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Days 19 and 20

I was gone all day yesterday (morning walk w/ friends, wedding, dinner w/ church friends), so I didn't get a chance to even think about List #19. So I'm up at 6:40am on a Sunday and decided to hit both lists at once. Here we go....

----Day 19: Recipes----

*~*~*Day 20: Celebrity Crushes *~*~*
Adrien Brody

James McAvoy

Colin Firth
John Cusack

Frank Sinatra

Christian Bale (pre-Batman)

Friday, March 18, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day Eighteen

Road Trip Necessities

We have taken quite a few road trips this past year (Mena, Tulsa, Sheridan, Michigan, Little Rock, etc.),  so this is a great list for me to write. Here we go...

In the food and drink category:

Chocolate-covered raisins. John and I both adore these, especially the ones from Fleet Farm in Appleton, WI.

Sobe Lifewater (O calories). If I'm in a tough spot, I'll buy a 32 oz. Styrofoam cup w. ice and a sugar-free Red Bull. Mix them together and I'm good for another four hours.

Starbucks. Decaf Caramel Frappuccino for John, nonfat latte for me (or sometimes a Caramel Frappuccino Light) 

John's protein of choice at most gas station stops. I hate the smell, but oh well. He does most of the driving, so I'll deal with it.

In the entertainment category:

We listen to a lot of podcasts. A lot. Our favorites include: Matt Chandler at the Village Church, Tim Keller, some Mark Driscoll, JR Vassar at Apostle's Church in NYC, and Ira Glass' This American Life.

Knitting. I knit an entire scarf (and it was really long, too) on the Michigan road trip. It's great b/c unlike reading, I can carry on a conversation and knit at the same time. And John can play podcasts without feeling like he's distracting me. Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day Sixteen

Places to See in Your Town:

  • The Farmers' Market - opens April 2, and I am so excited! Local gardeners, vendors, and craftspeople sell their work while local musicians play music for everyone to enjoy. 

  • Lake Fayetteville - trails for walking, and biking, as well as space for picnics, baseball, and fishing.

  • Dickson Street Bookshop - one of the best and oldest bookstores in the area. 

  • The Little Bread Company - a small, eccentric bakery with fresh, handmade pastries, quiches, desserts, sandwiches, and cookies. Always packed, but worth the wait. I'm going for lunch tomorrow!

  • Mount Sequoyah - amazing view of the city and surrounding mountains.

  • Pinnacle Station - a gas station that serves gourmet gelato, pizza, and fresh deli items, as well as a substantial stock of organic produce and pantry items. Oh, and they sell gas. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day Fourteen

Day 14: Things I love about ______________.

I chose to focus on the things I love about my community group. I love them. We're up to 25-30 people, depending on the week. It can feel overwhelming and noisy, but each person brings something specifically unique to the group. I am developing what I hope are lifelong friendships with some of the nicest, most compassionate, most Biblically-grounded people I've ever met.

Monday, March 7, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day Seven

Day Seven - Blog Goals

1. Cultivate more interaction between readers and myself. 

2. Write more.

3. Encourage other bloggers by commenting, linking back to their posts, and listing them in my blog roll. 

4. Focus on a theme each month and stick to that in all my posts (this month will be easy!)

5. Increase readers/followers.

Friday, March 4, 2011

30 Days of Lists - Day Four

Day Four - "Today's Playlist"

I know it seems like cheating, but I just took a screenshot of my newest (and most favorite) playlist, entitled "Chilling." Enjoy.

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