Thursday, July 18, 2013

For Better or For Worse

Wow, things have progressed crazily since my last post.  There's so much that's happened in such a short time that I don't know if one blog post is enough to cover it all! To save you all time and a headache, I've decided to give you the highlights:

The Gym:
Jamie and I have been working our BUTTS OFF.  Quite literally I might add!  We have spent the better part of the last two months participating in strength training exercises, classes like Suspension, Zumba and BodyPump and have completely changed the way we eat.  I've had several experiments trying to convert my old (but wonderful) fatty, carby recipes into something we can still enjoy.  I'll update soon on my new pumpkin bread, peanut butter cookies, lasagna and no bake cookies!
BEFORE-MAY 2012
BEFORE MAY 2012
JUNE 2013



JUNE 2013




















My Momma:
On June 13th, 2013, I lost the most amazing person I've ever known, my mom.  I say that with complete certainty because never has the loss of someone left such a hole in my life...and my heart.  Her funeral was a blessing in its simplicity and surprising good cheer, which was everything my mother would have asked for.  In another post, I'll share with you the eulogy I wrote for mom but was unable to give at her funeral.  Thank the Lord, three of my other siblings were able to stand up and say what I could not: words from their own hearts that reverberated with mine.

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Work:
For the last year or so I have been working a fabulous job that I knew would someday come to an end.  I had the pleasure of traveling to local counties and recording information for my company (vague, but true).  The work itself was a bit tedious, but being a contractor gave me so much flexibility!

That being said, the time had come for me to search for a more permanent career.  For years prior to this, I gave my life to the apartment industry.  For any of you who have ever managed apartments, you know that the verbiage used above was absolutely accurate.  After an abrupt end to that career path, I knew I had to really rethink what I wanted, but moreso what GOD wanted with my life.

Slowly this past year, I feel that the big guy has been pushing me to get more involved in my community.  Subtle is He, lol.  I kept popping across scriptures that gave me a clearer image of my future (read the book of Nehemiah).  After much deliberation, a nervous interview and a startling phone call, the Lord provided!  I was offered, just this morning, the opportunity to be a part of the American Red Cross.  I will now get to recruit volunteers, train and setup events to assist local communities in disaster relief and humanitarian benefits!  It's a dream come true and for that I am so grateful.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Getting our Work Out on

We've gone and done it!  We made a one year commitment to get healthier and go to the gym.  We are blessed to have a great facility close to us that has staff trained by our local hospital.  Jamie and I took a tour today and decided that enough was enough:  It's time to get our lives in order.

We have been really striving for change this year.  I have personally started a much needed walk thru the bible with my daily devotionals.  We have also changed around the way we handle our finances with new budgeting techniques involving multiple checking accounts.  On top of that, we have started changing our eating habits and are now going to be working out and seeing a personal trainer regularly.

With so much changing at once, I fear that we might lose interest in one of our other endeavors.  We really want to be successful in all of these things:  I am a visual person, so it really helps me to SEE what I'm working toward.  What have you done to help keep your goals in tact?


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My prized Toaster Oven!

I am sooooo excited! Today I scored a deal I have been searching for for weeks.  You see, I live in a super tiny two bedroom apartment :)  I love my little place, but it desperately needs some updates, lol.  That's an understatement if you have have seen pictures I previously posted, but we'll let it slide.  Back to the point!

My kitchen is very functional and has a large stove/oven for such a small place.  In the winter we loved to crack our oven door and let the heat warm us up. We could almost heat our entire apartment off of our stove alone!  The problem? Summer is coming!  Just the other day I was cooking a stove top meal and it got to nearly 90 degrees in my apartment (I might be exaggerating a little, lol).

The solution? One of these babies:  A convection oven!  It needed to be large enough that I could cook in it regularly and small enough to fit comfortably in my kitchen.

While perusing craigslist, I happened across an ad where the folks had a brand-new-in-box, never-been-opened toaster oven that met my exact specifications.  They were only asking $60 for this baby but I was able to snag it for only $50!  What a fantastic day :)

If you are worried about cooling costs this summer, but love to cook, you should try one of these babies out.  It's super energy efficient and doesn't heat up an entire room.
I just plugged it in and made some mini pizzas. I have yet to actually make room for it yet.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Clean is as Clean Does

So today I have the joy of a mostly clean house. I say mostly because, inevitably, there is always more to be done.  Even as I speak, my husband is grumbling about our two angel puppies who have torn up some napkins on the kitchen floor.  I also have a list of things I would like to get accomplished within the next week:

1) Clean out my desk and get the things inside of it organized.
2) Go grocery shopping!  We are currently food poor and haven't taken the time to refill. Slim pickins in the Penrose household.
3) Get a different desk for my office. I took on a second job and I now have TWO desktop computers; complete with monitor, that I need access to all the time. My tiny antique desk is not cutting it.
4) Complete my to-do list :)

Here are some things that I would like to share with you that I love in my home (mess and all!) More pictures to come eventually.

My chair.  The chair.  Complete with my tiny laptop and reading lamp.

My eat in kitchen. I LOVE having my table in my kitchen.  There's just something about a cup of coffee in my chair that makes me so happy.  If you are wondering, that napkin that's on the floor? It's now shredded.  And the food bowl in the chair? Courtesy of my husband. He has a strange idea of item placement.

Finally, tucked into the left side of the screen is my 4 (almost 5) year old Labradoodle Grady, sunbathing. <3
Oh! And the dishes are clean :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

As you can imagine, life has been tremendously busy in the last few years.  So much so that I haven't taken the time to focus on things that really matter.  Like my health, my family, this blog (hardy har har), and most importantly, my faith.

Unfortunately, tho I believed that God was leading me to open a restaurant, I missed a step and it fell thru.  I loved the idea and hope that He gives me another opportunity some day, but until then I just rest in knowing that He has a plan.

I've attached some photos of updates from this past year or so to bring you up to speed.  To find out more about my walk with God, catch a ride over to my Devotional blog here.
The hubs and our Labradoodle Grady right after getting groomed



Hubs and I at Grandma's 100th bday
Silly Sad faces

Great Grandma Lee and Daddy
100 YEARS!


Family photo with most of us kids and some grandbabies too


Twin nephews, so presh

Ernie, one of our twin schnoodles (we JUST got these angels! born March 4th)
Tucker 

We bought the biggest couch in the world (at least that they had at NFM)


BOSTON BABY!  On the ferry
Awesome restaurant from Boston



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Love!

Oh, I have fallen in love!  In researching logos for my new company, I found that every logo I came across that I liked, I didn't like the font options...hence the new addiction.  Here are some of my favorite fonts, found and downloaded across the World Wide Web.