Thursday, June 30, 2011

Meal Frustrations

I have been thinking about Chris and I's meal habits lately.  I know it's a pretty random thing.  See, we never have any decent meals throughout the week (really I am just talking about dinner or supper whichever floats your boat).  On Mondays we MIGHT get a good dinner in meaning it's just pasta or pancakes.  Tuesdays, totally not because Chris has to be to Church by 7:00p.m. and we don't get home from work until 6.  Wednesdays are usually the best because we have the time to make something but even then it's something super easy like pasta because after a day of school and work we don't quite feel like making a big dinner.  Then Thursdays again Chris usually goes on Bishopric visits and that's at 7:00p.m.  Fridays are usually our eat out days so that's always nice.  Saturdays... it changes all the time.  Sundays are the GLORY DAYS! Now I have read many articles, opinions, talks on keeping the Sabbath Day holy.  Some people have said to not have big extravagant dinners on Sunday but to just have simple meals.  I totally understand the reason why and so forth... but when you're eating pancakes twice a week (like this week) and pasta you look forward to Sunday when you can ACTUALLY have a good dinner. But BY GOLLY I am going to continue to make my good meals where I put more effort into it on Sundays for my man because I CAN and I want to eat good and ACTUALLY be full at least once a week...

okay... I'm done ranting...

Here is a beautiful picture of a pot roast... an example of a Hargrett Home Sunday Dinner

**Disclaimer** This is not one of the pot roasts I have made I took this picture from off the internet

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scripture Mastery Challenge

Chris and I have a new challenge.  We're both pretty excited about it!  We had been talking lately how we wished we knew scripture verses better and had them memorized more so.  About two weeks ago I decided that we should go through and learn and memorize the Seminary Scripture Mastery again.  I went through all of Seminary and learned these scriptures but didn't memorize all of them.  I had an idea of where they were for the scripture chases but never really KNEW them... if you know what I mean.

Seminary Scripture Mastery (for those who do not know) are 25 scriptures from the Standard Works.  The Standard Works are The Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine & Covenants.  So there are 100 scriptures in all.  These 100 scriptures are important and each teach very important gospel principles.  These scriptures are usually quoted the most and have AMAZING messages.  In addition to these scripture verses we are also re-learning the 13 Articles of Faith.  The 13 Articles of Faith were written and inspired by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  They are 13 explanations and the main principles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  FYI I'm going to KICK Chris' trash in the Articles of Faith because I know the primary songs that are the Articles of Faith put to music.  They're awesome!!

Here is how we are going to keep track of the scriptures we passed off.  We thought at first maybe we would have Bishop Roberts who is the Seminary Teacher in our ward be the one we would pass them off to but them decided we would just trust each other, HAHA.  We are not trying to make it a competition but more so just a way for us to grow spiritually in our knowledge of the gospel.  I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Crafting blogs are deadly...

Okay... so crafting blogs aren't REALLY deadly but they sometimes sure make me feel crappy.  I look at these AMAZING projects these women do or their beautiful homes and think to myself... "wow... I am a loser and have no talents and/or skills."  Or I think "Wow... I'm the worst wife ever for not making these amazing dinners or making my home look all cute and cozy."  However, I have to keep remembering that I don't have the time and more importantly the MONEY to do these things.  I mean they are usually all DIY projects but when you're on a tight budget DIY can be just as expensive as going out and just buying the item. 

Oh well... I'll still look at all these blogs everyday (because I need something to do while I'm not busy at work).  I'm so blessed to have the things that I do have.  I'm blessed to have a roof over my head and bed to sleep on.  I'm blessed to know if I ever want to do a specific craft or project that I can plan ahead and save the money and at the same time have a husband who is willing to let me do it.  One day I'll have time to craft all the time... but probably not. =)

This is the latest blog I found yesterday... I LOVE their home and all her awesome ideas:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vegetarian... me?

Lately I have been debating about vegetarianism.  Never did I EVER think I would be a vegetarian.  Which I am not currently.  I just have noticed that I have been eating meat more sparingly then usual.  For example, when we go out to eat I usually try and find something without meat; pizza with just cheese and veggies, humus pita at Pitaria, grilled veggie pita at Monk's (now called Wells Brothers FYI).  I guess it's just been coming on gradually.  I'm thinking it has to do with me being calorie/ fat conscience.  I don't think I could ever go full blown vegetarian... don't get me wrong I LOVE ME a good burger once in awhile.  However, I seem to be lovin' the veggies and fruit lately... OH and anything "bread" like. =) Anyway... thoughts?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A Lesson on Humility

Right now my life is consisting of school, work, church, and triathlon training.  Let me give you a glimpse into my everyday routine (FYI it changes depending on the day). 

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I wake up around 6:30a.m. have breakfast and read with Chris.  Then I put my bike on the car rack at about 7:30a.m. (maybe a little after) and I'm off to FSU Campus for a hour bike ride with a short run after.  Depending on how I'm feeling, I'll swim for 15-20 minutes and before the swim usually a little weight lifting.  I get home 10-10:30a.m.  Take a shower, get ready for work, have lunch, and get Chris to work by noon.  Then I'm off to work from 1-5:30p.m. 

Tuesdays and Thursdays I set the alarm for 4:50a.m. but don't usually get up until 5:30a.m.  Eat breakfast and read with Chris and then HOPEFULLY get Chris to work a little before 7a.m.  Then I'm off the FSU where I take a run (distance depending on what time I get there) and a 20 minute swim.  Then it's off to class from 9a.m. to noon (FYI that is ALL one class)  Then I head over to Chris' work where I pick him up and we drive to my work where he drops me off and then comes and gets me at 5:30. 

Not toooo bad of a schedule but I know this might sound bad but having Chris at home in the mornings is weird.  Since he doesn't have school anymore and all he does is work part time (which I am very grateful that he has a job) some days it's REALLY hard to get up and be motivated to go work out for about two hours. 

About two weeks ago it was a Wednesday and it was one of the first times that Chris didn't have to go into work until noon.  Right after he graduated for a few weeks he was kinda working full time and then they said that he didn't need to come in that early anymore.  So it was good for me because I would drop him off early and head right over to FSU.  Well, now that he's home it's hard to go.  I mean snuggling more and being lazy or one hour of riding your bike in traffic up and down hills... which would you prefer? 

So one morning I was just having one of those days.  I started to get frustrated with Chris because he was kinda trying to get me to stay and I was saying "I just don't feel like going but I know I need too" and then I straight out said that he was frustrating me and I just couldn't get my training done with him sitting at home.  I can't remember exactly what I said but all I know is that I totally said he was frustrating me.  I soon realized how stupid I was being and I apologized.  I left to go up to FSU.

I started off on my bike ride and I was making my way up Murphree Street (next to the Education building) and I had to turn right onto Academic.  Just so you know, this is not the most pleasing hill.  I was up off the bike seat peddling and then.... crash!!!!  I lost my footing on my right foot and down I went.  I fell on my right side with the bike on top of me, my shirt caught on the handle bars, and leg pinned.  I got up to view the damage.  The bike chain came off and the handle bars were twisted (thankfully not bent).  My legs were a little cut up and I knew that bruises were to come later.  Well, I tried myself to put the chain back on but no success so I started to walk the quarter mile (give or take) back to the Leach parking lot where the car was.  I got back to the car called Chris (he didn't pick up) and left him a message saying "I fell off my bike, I'm okay but the chain came off and the handle bars are twisted.  I'm going to go run for awhile now." 

I couldn't just not do anything so I then proceeded to run.  Since I usually would bike for about a hour I knew that meant I had to run for a hour which means I had to go run 8 miles.  I don't mind running, I actually like it but this was my biking day not running day.  As I started to run I thought to myself... "WOW Heavenly Father is definitely teaching me humility right now."  I was SOO selfish that morning and other times with this whole training thing and not appreciating Chris and his CONSTANT support in my endeavors.  So in a way the Lord humbled me when I feel off my bike and then had to go run.  It made me realize how much at times I take Chris for granted.  He is so good to me and always supports me and loves me.  How could I be so selfish that morning and just get frustrated with him when all he was doing was just loving me.  Well, I truly learned that I needed to be more humble and kind.  It's amazing how the Lord works.  Even though I know it was my fault really for falling off my bike it was still the prompting of the Spirit that let me know that my actions and words that morning were not so good.

I love Chris with all my heart.  I love all the things he does for me.  For example, he still opens the car door for me and any door at that.  He will make dinner and wash the dishes if I am doing school work.  When I fall asleep out in the living room while watching TV he will pick me up and carry me to the bed because he knows I hate that LOOONNNGGG (which it really is only like 20 feet MAX) walk to the bed room. He's pretty much amazing... enough said!