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It's my party, and I'll drink if I want to!

Okay, I don't actually drink. I can probably count on one hand how often I drink (I don't think I've had a mixed drink since my cruise. But, today, being the day before my birthday, I decided to get something fruity to drink.


And it was really really good.

My parents went to Cheddar's for their anniversary a few weeks ago, and suggested we go back there for my birthday lunch. We had a larger party, including aunts, uncle, and cousins, so we had to wait around 45 minutes for a table. While waiting, my sister, cousin Tasha, and I walked to the bar to get drinks, and catch up.

We didn't have to wait much longer for our table, and I was really excited to try the food. I'd perused the menu earlier in the week, and decided that I wanted the Monte Cristo sandwich (I've never met a Monte Cristo I didn't like. I've met some that left me with lukewarm feelings, but no outright hatred).


Oh, my goodness. This was, hands down, the best sandwich I have EVER had i…

Lemon Bars and a Lesson in Substitution

So, we've been living here for about five weeks. Has it really been that long? We spent last weekend finishing organizing the stuff in the basement into piles of trash, church garage sale, and keep. Thankfully, the keep pile wasn't humongous. I hate moving. If I didn't have to move ever again, I'd be happy. However, I'm sure my parents would like me to move out eventually.

My mom is on vacation this week, so she's been working on unpacking. On Monday, my day off, we cleaned the kitchen, and sorted our millions of mugs (We've collected SO MANY over the years).

I did my first bout of real baking tonight, since we have a potluck at work tomorrow. Paula Deen's Lemon Bars are one of the easiest things in the entire world to make, and since they're basically just butter, sugar, and lemon, there is NOTHING wrong with them. They're actually the perfect treat.

Crust
2 sticks salted butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar

Filling
4 eggs*
1 cup gr…

Book Club Announcement!

Hi, everyone! I hope you're going to join me next month for the first installment of The Jane Austen Book Club. I'm about halfway through Northanger Abbey, and it was a lot more delightful than I remembered.

If I figure out how, I want to create a Google Hangout to discuss it, plus you can feel free to comment on the blog.

Have a great week, everyone!


Living, Learning, Loving My Lord

I've been spending the last few weeks with my eyes on the news. From the hell that's raining down in the middle east, to the hell that's raining onto our own soil, I've been searching for answers by searching for God.



Not to say I haven't been aquainted with God for quite some time, but when things get especially bad, I call out and ask for reminders that He is the same God that brought the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery (Exodus 14), and the same God that brought down the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6), and who saved the Hebrew people by placing a single woman in a place where she could make a difference to the king (Esther). I'm constantly wondering how God wants me to be like these people, whether he's going to use me to change the world.



The more I learn of God, and truly understand his love, it completely floors me. A few years ago, I was living in a bad roommate situation. She was verbally abusive, negelctful, narcisstic, and selfish. I lost weight du…

Lane Bryant Active: A Sports Clothes Review

I'm still working on 10k Trainer by Zen Labs, started week 2 today, running 90 seconds, and walking 2 minutes. It was difficult, but I powered through with my Francesca Battistelli Pandora Station, and it was in part because of my new workout clothes from the Active line at Lane Bryant.

The week before we left for Jake and Kat's wedding, Kiri and I did some shopping down at the Crossing, and stopped in Lane Bryant. I had no intention of buying anything, but they were having a Buy One Get One Free sale on everything in the store, except clearance, which had an additional 60% off the lowest marked price.

I got a pair of workout Capri Pants for $15, and they're VERY comfortable to run in, travel in, lounge in.


I also got two sports bras, for $44, total (Gotta love those BOGO sales!), which, as a bigger girl with boobs, it's been necessary for running comfortably. I was using a regular bra with a cheaper sports bra doubled over, and it did okay, but I really wanted a legit…

The Jane Austen Book Club: Northanger Abbey

Time for a short little blurb before I turn of Parks & Recreation and settle in to read for the night. (Side note, how awesome is Leslie Knope? Love her!)

But last week on my way home from the wedding, I thought back to the one time I met the Bride's mother, and I'd been reading at the time. Reading Pride & Prejudice, but when I told her, she got a little flustered and said she'd never read it.

To be completely honest, I don't know many who actually have read it.

I promise. I won't judge you if you haven't read it. I could barely finish Insurgent, and couldn't get into Allegiant, despite them being the most popular YA books right now (After Hunger Games and Twilight). People like what they like, and will read what they want.

Since it's been years since I last read any Jane Austen, though, I decided now would be a good time to read through them again. On the way home last weekend, I started reading Northanger Abbey, the story of young girl who me…

He did it!

The story of how my cousin Jake and I came to be friends is one he probably doesn't remember, because he was so little at the time. He's nine years younger than me, and the first time I held him, I was pretty taken with him. Teeny little bundle as all babies are. However, since he lived in Missouri, and I lived in Iowa, we didn't get to see each other much. For about the first two years, he didn't seem to like strangers very well (Honestly, I'm the same way).

One trip that we made to KC, Jake was about three years old, we spent a lot of time running around town, and he and I were stuck in the back seat, and he was actually chattering around a bit. I decided to entertain him, because I'm sure he was as sick of errands as I was by that time. I was about eleven or twelve at the time, I believe. I started doing Looney Toons impressions, and I just made him crack up so hard. The rest of the trip, I taught him how to do them, himself, and he was hilarious.

When they …