Archive | January, 2013

Super Jamie!!!

14 Jan

So, as you all know, I’m doing this blog challenge so some of the posts are a little “out there” and ask silly questions.  I feel like I want to finish this though…soo…today’s was:  “If you were a superhero, what would be your hidden superpower?”

I have never thought about this (except on Saturday when I learned that SOME PEOPLE see words in their head instead of pictures when they are searching for content – WHAT?????) at all.  I read this on Friday though and have been thinking about it ever since.  As of now, I GOT NOTHIN.  I have no desire to see through walls or hear what people are thinking.  I don’t think I’d want to see the future or breathe fire out of my nose.  I don’t want to be able to have spidey senses that would tingle or leap tall buildings.  Currently, I am happy with reading into people’s actions, listening to their words and I wear contacts that help my deteriorating vision.  I have faith in the future since my Lord has told me to not worry about it.  Fire?  Me?  I’m way too hot-natured.  Spidey senses would probably be worse than those few times I’ve forgotten to take my thyroid medicine.  Tall buildings are pretty cool to look UP at so I’m good there.  I can wash clothes, watch Lifetime and raise children all at one time.  I can cook supper, clean dishes and have a conversation with my hubby without burning anything.  I can conference call, create spreadsheets, and handle personnel all at once.

Basically – I am a mom, wife, daughter and a manager – so CLEARLY – being SUPER?  It’s in the job description!  🙂

Sing a Little Song…Or…Not.

13 Jan

Can I share a confession with you?

I dream to sing in a choir.  Like, when I’m at church, I picture myself up there.  I love to sing.  I love to sing praise music.

However – I have amazingly low self-esteem.  I’m shy.  And I’m crazy self-conscious about EVERYTHING.  My voice, my body, my face, my freckles, my everything!  Now, I know that God made me and he doesn’t make any junk…..sure!  However, the feeling I get when I think of putting myself out there like that?  SCARY!!!!

Will you pray with me that God can use this self-conscious person to sing his praises before I do it in Heaven?  I am quite sure I will there…but I’d kinda like to do it BEFORE then!

Co-sleeping, doesn’t equal no-sleeping…

12 Jan

I’m not ashamed to admit that my almost 5 year old sleeps with my husband and I.  Every night.  I.Love.It.  She’s my last “baby” and we have a king size bed.  We also have a healthy relationship, parents that babysit and two grown boys that hardly even want to SIT with us.  I am sure that because this August, she starts school and has to have more of a routine, we will begin to transition her to her bed.  But for now, and for the last almost five years, it’s been a blessing to me.  My 14 year old used to be my buddy but is “too cool” for me now…so this has been nice.  I’m sure things will change and one day she’ll too think I’m not cool enough to hang with.  I’m just enjoying this piece of her life right now and the place she’s at.

Even if it means a foot in my back every now and then.

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In the mood, dude

11 Jan

So, sometimes I am just not in the mood to blog.  Sometimes if I’ve just had a bad week or day or whatever, I just don’t feel like writing about butterflies or rainbows (I have never actually blogged about either of those, so don’t waste your time looking!).  Sometimes I prefer to spend time writing an email to someone or having a serious conversation with my sweet husband.  Sometimes I am just busy and I don’t blog on my iPhone.  On the flip side, there are times when I WANT to blog something out.  I want to type and type and type and I can’t get to my computer fast enough.  (Some of those blogs are still in draft/incognito mode because I’m not even sure where to categorize them!!  LOL)  I have many motivating factors in my blogging…but most of all…I want to remember and to use this as snapshots of my life.  I want to look back a year and think about  where I was or where my head was.  I want to have an easy place to do it.  I also love to write about my Lord.  If that were to EVER make someone want to follow Christ, that would make it alllll worth it.  Another motivation?  If I am totally honest:  boredom.  Sometimes it’s late and I just want to do something right before I fall asleep.  Whatever the motivation, when I’m done, I’m happy that I got it out no matter how heavy or light-hearted it could be.  I like to remember!

Bloggin to my noggin…

10 Jan

The funny thing about blogging is the release…the things that it makes me think of..the raw emotion that sometimes comes from it.  My memory fails me at times, but once I start to remember a time or event or a person because of a blog I’m writing I am right back there.  It is therapeutic.  It’s amazing, actually.  Some people have the most vivid memories of things…but I feel like I have to really reach for key details and visuals.  But when I’m writing about it, it comes much easier.  I start on it and I have to stop myself from writing it because I could go on and on and on.  I spend a ton of emotional energy when I am writing about the past or about my feelings.  I do it without a thought of who might read it, who won’t read it, how many people are “following” it…because that’s not the point.  The point is to remember, to look back and smile…or to have a good cry.

Either way, I remember.

And share.

So. Excited.

10 Jan

So, as I have stated more than once, my primary purpose of blogging is to remember.  To capture my feelings about something.  So, I’d be a fool to not capture the way I’m feeling about my plans on Saturday.  My weekends are usually full of sleeping in, hanging out with the family, eating out, shopping, enjoying my kids….which is great!  However, there are times when I have an actual PLAN (that is usually WEEKS in the making) and that is the case this Saturday.  I am going to meet my childhood friend and we get to hang out all day.  I am SO SO SO SO SO excited.  We see each other rarely at this point..and the funny part is that I seriously feel that we have more in common NOW than when we were TEENS.  She’s got a funny, wacky, witty sense of humor and can always make me laugh.  She can also make me want to Bible study like nobody’s business.  I don’t get to talk to her nearly enough but I feel like I can pick up the phone anytime and know that we can continue on like we’ve talked every day.  Every morning that I take my son to school, I drive by the street she grew up on and I think of times together as teenagers.  Talking about boys and teachers and the popular girls at school that we weren’t close with.  It’s amazing how we could have basically foretold our futures then!  LOL

I’m betting I have a follow up blog to this…complete with pics…in remembrance!

Life is but a dream…

8 Jan

Lots of people have dreams…and I mean the literal kind.  The kind you have while you are actually asleep.  That you have no control over.  That you remember when you wake up and think “WHAT??”.  Well, honestly, I don’t have them that often.  When I do, they are either SO WEIRD or SO BAD that I wish I hadn’t!  If you gave me a choice of never sleeping and never being tired BUT it meant that I would never dream again?  WHERE DO I SIGN UP???  Dreams are not all that.  They are NOT real.  I do think it’s interesting at times to try to “decode” them or read into them…because I do suppose in some crazy way they are all connected to your reality…  However, I have sleep issues.  I can’t get enough of it, I haven’t found a way to need enough of it and I can’t remember a time lately when I wasn’t tired!

I’d love to write more but I gotta go take a nap…..Yaaaawwwnnnn.  (Not.)

 

I like to move it, move it….

7 Jan

As a reminder, I’m doing the blog challenge that NaBloPoMo has set up and the theme is energy!

You know there are some songs that just do it for you?  Some that when you’re working out or walking or just riding in the car you just want to MOVE?  Funny how a song can get you up and moving after you’ve been perfectly content to sit on your butt for an hour!  The song that currently does it for me is Taylor Swift’s “22”.  I love the beat…and it doesn’t hurt that my daughter seems to know every word to it!  It definitely gets me going!!!  I need it now so I can finish the laundry – bye!!!  🙂

Busy Bee

6 Jan

I am so excited about the next three weekends.   I can’t even contain myself!!

This weekend, I venture a short ride away and meet up with Victoria – a long time friend – for shopping, gabbing, catching up, eating…I cannot wait.  LONG overdue and very much anticipated!!!

Next weekend, I venture to downtown Raleigh with my sweetheart to just getaway for the night.  Getting dressed up and going to a nice dinner and spending the night in a nice downtown hotel.  So excited to have some time for just US!

Weekend after that – VERY exciting…taking MJ, my mom, and my niece to Atlanta’s American Girl store for some shopping and fun!  We are staying in a Marriott that does it up right – with doll beds for the AG dolls, milk and cookie amenities…it will be some great fun!!

I have some work in the middle of these weekends but I am so ready for them all – I love having things to look forward to!!!

Meatballs, made of meatloaf..meatloafballs? (Recipe & Pic)

5 Jan

So it’s time I share one of the ways to my hubby’s heart.  My meatloaf that happens to be shaped into balls and not at all loaves.  They cook faster.  They are almost “crunchy” on the outsides.  They are AWESOME!  This is so simple!

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Meatloafballs a la justjmejones 

You’ll need:

  • 1 lb. ground sirloin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups of ketchup
  • tbsp of A1
  • dash of salt
  • tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 sleeve of saltine crackers, crushed

In a medium sized bowl, add all ingredients and mix together.  Scoop out balls using an ice cream scoop to obtain the desired size (and please don’t worry, they are not meant to be perfect!).  I bake them on a rack on top of a cookie sheet.  (This way some of that fat drips right down to the pan and you don’t touch it!)  Cook for around 30 minutes at 425 degrees.  Note: I use tongs and turn mine over with about 5 minutes left to make sure they are “crisp” on the top and bottom.  These are not saucy meatballs, but more of a “crusted” meatball.  I add a little bit of ketchup to the tops of mine before serving and that’s it!  🙂

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