Gotta Get Some Gouda

January 30, 2010

I have found a new favorite snack…Gouda Cheese.  I had some a couple weekends ago and fell in love with it’s distinct flavor.  The original I liked was from Sunsinger, then I bought some at Wine at the Pines due to convenience and I will be going back to Sunsinger when this block is out.  It’s the only cheese I absolutely have to eat with a cracker.  Now if only I could begin liking wine so Andrew and I could finally have one of those wine and cheese dates like you see in the movies.

We’re off to a murder mystery party tonight in our building…should be fun, I hope I’m getting killed tonight!

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Hold My Foot, Please?

January 29, 2010

Andrew and I have been utilizing our netflix subscription and watching something almost every night before bed.  Whenever we watch T.V. or movies, especially during suspenseful spots I always ask him to hold my foot.  There is something super comforting about having your foot held.  I don’t want it rubbed or played with, I just want a firm hold on the bottom of my foot.  Andrew has grown accustomed to this odd quirk and I pretty much don’t even have to ask anymore, he just knows that  when we watch T.V. or movies he’s going to be holding my foot…hey it gets him out of snuggling!

I hope you are looking forward to a weekend inside…it’s going to be a cold one, well for us at least!

Getting Used to It

January 26, 2010

So at this point into my internship I am finally getting used to my bizarre schedule.  Andrew and I have settled into seeing each other when we can and really enjoying the time we do spend together.  We went on a date this weekend and have another planned for this coming weekend and I’m already looking forward to it.  One thing this schedule has forced us to do is mark out intentional time to hang out.  Today we had an unexpected lunch together and it was so nice to be around him for a half an hour.  This definitely isn’t what i thought life would look like at this point, but we’re settling in and getting used to it!  On a positive note I do have a more flexible schedule than most people I know so I have more alone time than the average person which has been really nice.  On Friday afternoon I went shopping and this coming Friday afternoon I’m getting my hair cut, with most jobs I wouldn’t have this luxury.

Staying in

January 23, 2010

Today Andrew and I are doing something that has happened few times in our marriage…we stayed home this afternoon.  We are both busy bodies, so rarely do we see it as OK to just stay home on a Saturday.  This morning I worked from 9-1 and he had class from 8-12, but then we came home ate lunch and have been cleaning the apartment/ordering things online that we’ve been meaning to purchase (i.e. photos from our photo shoot with Jenna and a replacement cap for our blender).  We will have to venture out at some point to pick up the pictures, but other than that we are working at home.  We need to do this more often, I think that we think we will miss out on life if we stay home, but I’m finding today that I’m all ready more optimistic about the week ahead because I’m going into it with a clean home.  Also if you’ve been following our blog for any length of time you know I LOVE to get rid of things so I’ve been working on filling up my garage sale box.   Ah the little things in life are so sweet!  HAPPY SATURDAY

I Feel Witty Oh So Witty

January 20, 2010

So this weekend Andrew and I spent time at church teaching a Pre-Marital course with some other couples.  One of the activities we did was listing 4 things about your spouse/significant other.  The first thing Andrew wrote about me was that I’m witty, I’m not totally sure what this means or why he thinks this, but I LOVE that my husband thinks of me as witty!

Writer’s block…

January 19, 2010

Today I “officially” began writing my doctoral dissertation. I say “officially” because, the way our program is set up, I have technically been writing material for my dissertation all along. The purpose of a Ph.D. program in chemistry, at least in my adviser’s eyes, is to demonstrate that one is an independent scientist through the writing and publishing of successful research. Each peer-reviewed journal article is essentially considered the material for a chapter in a final dissertation. I have one article currently, and I am writing a second one as we speak. Hopefully, I will finish enough research to complete and submit a third article sometime this spring.

So, a lot of the work in writing a dissertation is spread out over my graduate career. It certainly helps eliminate a little writer’s block. Yet, even as I was writing a few pages of introduction material, I just got stumped over and over. My solution: ellipses… whenever I don’t know what to write…

It’s helping me out quite a bit now, but come April, May, June, I will probably find myself scrambling to fill in those ellipses. Feel free to comment with any suggestions to alleviate writer’s block!

When He says no

January 12, 2010

On Saturday a dear friend of mine from high school past away.  He had been battling cancer since May 2008.  He was an incredible friend to me throughout high school.  We went to lunch almost daily senior year, had a blast in all the musicals together, and always greeted each other with cheek kisses.  He was a true gem, total gentleman and was loved by everyone who knew him.  Throughout the long battle I prayed for him constantly, at one point I found a pin with his picture on it and pinned it inside of my purse each day as a daily reminder to pray for his healing.  It’s really tough that God’s answer was no this time.  This song by Jonny Diaz has helped me cope the last few days as I’ve processed my friend’s passing.

HERE IN THIS WAITING ROOM YEARNING FOR YOU TO SAY GO
AND THOUGH I’M CONVINCED THAT A YES WOULD BE BEST
THIS TIME YOU’RE TELLING ME NO

IT’S NOT THAT I DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER
IT’S JUST NOT THE ONE THAT I’D LIKE
BUT THROUGH THIS TIME LORD I MUST KEEP IN MIND
YOU’RE ALWAYS WISER THAN I

YOU HAVE A MUCH BETTER PURPOSE
AND YOU HAVE A FAR GREATER PLAN
AND YOU HAVE A BIGGER PERSPECTIVE
CAUSE YOU HOLD THIS WORLD IN YOUR HANDS

THE THINGS THAT I SEEK ARE FROM YOU
LIKE THE STRONG HEALING TOUCH OF YOUR HAND
BUT WHEN YOU SAY NO HELP ME TRUST EVEN THOUGH
THERE’S A REASON I CAN’T UNDERSTAND

WHEN THAT MIRACLE COMES CAUSE YOUR ANSWER IS YES
I WILL PRAISE YOU FOR ALL OF MY DAYS
BUT WHEN YOUR WISDOM DECLARES THAT A NO IS BEST
I WILL PRAISE YOU JUST THE SAME

Go Green

January 11, 2010

Alright last one of my New Year’s Resolutions suggestions.  If you are trying to live a little greener life without remodeling your home, changing your budget, or making any drastic changes.  Here’s how we got a little greener in 2009:

1.  We used our green bags, most of the time, when shopping at the store.  You can get most of these for $1.00 per bag and depending on how many groceries you buy you probably only need 4 or 5.

2.  Use natural cleaning supplies.  We use vinegar and water as a multi purpose cleaner.  Our wood cleaner consists of Olive Oil, water and vinegar.  Lastly you can make a scrub for your tub out of vinegar, water and baking soda.  My suggestion is to get some essential oils to put in your cleaners to make them smell better, it only takes a few drops and it makes a big difference.

3.  The other thing we started doing this year was make our own laundry detergent.  I’m not totally sure how natural this is or how “green” it is, but it saves you a lot of green at only about a penny a load.  It takes about 15 minutes to make, but depending on how many people you are washing for it should last you a few months.  I really enjoy the smell and from what I can tell it works the same as the store bought stuff.

Leave a comment letting me know what other simple ways you live a green life, I’d love more suggestions!

Lose Weight

January 7, 2010

If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time you probably know that we are endorsers of The South Beach Diet.  Since the holidays are now over we are back on the diet, I’m trying to do phase one with a few minor cheats like a pear here and there.  Andrew is doing phase 2, but because I’m on phase 1 he is actually doing closer to phase 1 than phase 2. I thought I’d give you a few tips about simple changes you can make if you want to eat healthier, but maybe don’t want to do full on South Beach.

1.  Use ground turkey instead of ground beef.  I really can’t tell a huge difference.  Honestly there are some things I like better with turkey such as tacos.

2.  Use brown rice instead of white, okay this one kind of stinks, but you’ll get used to it.

3.  Eat dark chocolate instead of other sweets.  Eventually dark chocolate will satisfy your sweet craving, it will take a few weeks.  We like the dove dark chocolates best, Hershey’s bliss are decent as well.

4.  Switch to reduced fat cheese, it’s kind of hard to find, but you can’t tell a difference when you use it.

5.  Figure out ways to eat more veggies.  I have started to love Onions, cucumbers, bell peppers and water chestnuts.  Stir Fry has become my favorite meal, pair it with brown rice and you have a delicious South Beach friendly meal.

These are just a few of the things we have implemented into our diets that have helped us lose weight and keep it off.  It is all about lifestyle changes, a diet is useless unless you are using it to change your lifestyle.  The South Beach phase 3 is meant to be used for life and I think it is something we could definitely live with.

Always remember when you want to lose weight:  Eat to live, don’t live to eat!

Better Spouse

January 6, 2010

If your resolution is to be a better spouse this year I think I might have a tool for you to use.  Andrew and I started doing this in the Fall of 2009 and it has really made a difference in our marriage.  It only takes about 10 minutes a day and the effects are huge.  It’s called your daily three.  Each day you do the following 3 things:

1. Tell your spouse how you are feeling that day.  I don’t allow OK or FINE as a feeling because that doesn’t really tell me anything.

2. Tell your spouse one thing you appreciate about them for that day.  You will find that some of your appreciations might have the same theme, but always point out something specific for that day.

3. Pray with each other.  Andrew and I have prayed with each other everyday since our wedding day (with the exception of maybe 5 days when we weren’t together) and it has been awesome.  We do need to get better about actually praying FOR each other which is really how this is supposed to work.

If you are intentional about this and both of you desire to make your marriage better it will work.  The results are amazing when you are dedicated to making God the center of your marriage and always taking time for each other.  There really is no excuse not to do this….if you don’t have 10 minutes a day for your spouse you have much bigger issues that you need to deal with.  I’m not saying you have to do this to have a great marriage, but if you’re looking for something to bring you closer to your spouse in 2010 I would suggest trying this.  I didn’t make this up, but I learned it from a wise marriage counselor and I totally endorse it.