Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Let it Roll"

(by Matt Dally, featuring Superchick) Matt Dally - Reinvention - Let It Roll (feat. Superchick)





"Chorus:
We let it roll, we let it ride
We don't take it home
So we can sleep at night
We let it go, we let it slide
We don't take it home
So we can live our lives

Oh Mr. Worry, I hate how you lie to me
Always showing me the fears that might come to be
I can lose today in tomorrow's anxiety
Selling me the lie it was safe where we used to be

Honestly, I look back and see the truth
My whole life in the hands of God my proof
I hold to this truth I know
So the fear, I can let it go

So shh shh
Mr. Worry quiet down
'Cause shh shh
You can never bring us down

Chorus

Quick Mr. Anger, you know how to get to me
Always cut me off in the lane that's in front of me
Now you're in my head all day and you're running me
Now I'm at home yelling at my whole family

But when tomorrow comes I will see the truth
What I hold inside hurts only me, not you
So for the ones I love and know
Mr. Anger, I let you go

So shh shh
Mr. Anger quiet down
'Cause shh shh
You can never bring us down

Chorus

Worry never never
Added a day to my life ever
It just robs me of today and brings me down
So come what may whatever
The truth has set me free forever
And the burdens of my life, I lay them down

Chorus..."

I'm sorry for letting Gloomy Gus take over my blog the other day! I'm feeling much better now. As I went to bed that night, I had hopes of getting on here in the morning & posting "Brand New Day" or something. Turns out, my stomach was hurting so bad Friday morning that I couldn't even stand up straight! (That happens to me when I'm stressed out). After I went to my girl's Invention Convention at school, I took it easy. I snuggled with my puppy on the couch, spent time in the Word, caught up on everyone's blogs, organized my recipes, followed Lindsey's advice & prayed about what to eat, took a couple of pictures of my closet to show Brooke how anal organized I am...Overall, it was a much better day than the one before. I really appreciate your concern & your prayers! Thank you so much!

So, here it is almost midnight, & we're finally almost finished with the slideshow! I say "almost" because we finished it, but when we went to play it there's no music. This, after hours of figuring out what songs to use & doing all that it took to put them where they belong. My mister said to be sure I tell y'all how awesome he is for working on the slide show for 10 hours today. Then, he told me he charges $150 an hour. I guess I'm gonna owe him for a LONG time, considering the fact that I make $0 an hour! {We have several different segments for the DVD, in addition to the slideshow ~ in case you're wondering why it took all day}. Well, what do you know, by the time I finished typing this paragraph, the volume was restored to his computer! I should've come downstairs & started blogging a long time ago!

I got some good news on Thursday, but I was too busy having my pity party to tell y'all about it! The chiropractor wanted a new set of x-rays, since he hadn't taken any since I first started going to see him in the Fall of 2007. Guess what?! My scoliosis has actually improved, which he never expects or promises to an adult! The degree of curvature has gone from 35 to 32! Though the medical community as a whole doesn't tend to like chiropractic care (since it's a holistic approach, I guess), I'm a believer! If my migraines decreased from every other day to once a month, my back pain went away, my son's scoliosis completely straightened out (from 11 degrees to ZERO over the course of a year), & my degree of curvature improved, I'd say there's something beneficial to it!

Today's song is not only the most listened to song of the week, but it really is my theme song for today! I don't want to "lose today in tomorrow's anxiety." I don't want to let worry get me down. & I don't want stress about my fears to lead me to respond in anger. I'll close with the entire bridge of the song, which bears repeating:
Worry never never
Added a day to my life ever
It just robs me of today and brings me down
So come what may whatever
The truth has set me free forever
And the burdens of my life, I lay them down

Amy

Thursday, May 27, 2010

"Alright"

(by Superchick) Superchick - Karaoke Superstars - Alright



"There's so much on my mind lately
I can't make out my own thoughts anymore
I don't know where one begins and the other one ends
I wish that I could push a button and turn it all off
Just for a little while
Long enough to take a breath and then I'll know

Chorus:
It'll be OK, it'll be alright
It'll be OK, hey ya, it'll be alright
It'll be OK

There's so much that needs done lately
I can't make out what's important anymore
I don't know where my needs begin and someone else's ends
I don't wanna let anyone down cause
I feel like I'm falling down when I do
But for now would someone else please volunteer to say...

Chorus

Life is hard for everyone so let's blow it all off
Just for a little while
Let's take a break
It'll still be there when we get back
I always try to solve all our problems by working real hard
Going just another mile
But every now and then I think we should let it go and say...

Chorus

This is my last verse and it's for everyone feeling not so great today
We don't know what's coming just around the bend
It's always hard to believe in your own life easier to find belief for a friend
I'll hope for you
You for me and together we can say...

It'll be OK, It'll be alright..."

If you can't tell from today's song, I'm a bit overwhelmed. I've been pretty short with Chris & the kids, & I'm so easily frustrated right now. I'm even more scatterbrained than usual, & I have the dropsies (again, more than usual)! I dropped an entire jar of salsa on the tile. Not fun! & I certainly didn't have the time to clean it up ~ but nobody else was here to keep Pepper out of it, so of course I took care of the crazy mess. Sigh.

I almost cried while listening to a Superchick song today, & it wasn't even a ballad. I don't even remember what song it was, or what line almost started the waterworks. But it certainly wasn't a song that has brought tears to my eyes before! It's not the time of the month when I should be emotional ~ but a couple of times this week, I just wanted to cry from the stress of everything. Today, I actually did.

As I walked into the chiropractor's office.

My poor kids just stared awkwardly at me. & Poor Cathy & Nicki at the front desk! I'm not sure they knew what to think, but they let me spew a little & made me feel better! {& they didn't even act like I was crazy!} It reminded me of a bad week last year, only this time nobody has died! So, obviously I'm glad for that!

Besides attending the normal end of the school year awards & parties, I don't really have loads of stuff to do. It's really just one BIG thing: I volunteered to do the slide show for the 5th grade "Parents & Pastries" celebration. For a couple of months now, parents have been emailing pictures to me. I've gradually downloaded them to my computer & sorted them. Today, I scanned all the pictures that weren't digitized. (Fortunately, there were only about 5 students whose pictures were in that form!) Then, I went up to the school to transfer some pictures from one of the school cameras to my laptop, & I forgot my power cord. That wouldn't be so bad if I actually had some battery life in the silly thing! We were able to work it out, but I was so frustrated that I would forget something so necessary!

This evening I realized a common denominator between that week last year & this one: my mister's scans. I guess I could chalk my emotional state up to scanxiety then, which makes me feel slightly better. In a more sane way, I guess. But it doesn't actually make me feel better, because the fact that we have to go for scans sucks. I'm sorry if I sound so bleh today. I'm just being honest. I better go to bed before I say even more gloomy things. Maybe I'll feel better after a good night's sleep. I'll probably regret posting this in the morning.

Amy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"I Am Not Alone"

(by Natalie Grant) Natalie Grant - Deeper Life - I Am Not Alone

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, & I couldn't let it pass by without mentioning Ocular Melanoma (the type of cancer that my husband was diagnosed with almost 21 months ago ~ if you haven't read our story, click here). Part of the reason I have waited is because my mister has been working with the Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) on a logo for their upcoming patient and caregiver conference. [OMF exists to increase awareness, enhance education & research, and provide advocacy among both patients and health care professionals regarding this rare but potentially lethal disease.] My mister printed the logo on a couple of shirts for me ('cuz he's awesome like that):


While May it is not set apart specifically for Ocular Melanoma, it's the closest thing we've got! I'm sorry if this post comes across as strictly factual & not my usual type of post. I just know that I was very misinformed about melanoma until it affected me personally, so I would like to make others more aware. Melanoma is not "just skin cancer". Skin cancer alone is very serious & claims nearly 11,000 lives each year, but melanoma is more than that. It is a cancer that begins in melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin (the pigment that colors the skin, hair, and eyes, as well as forms moles). Since most of these pigment cells are found in the skin, melanoma of the skin is the most common form of melanoma. However, melanoma can develop in the eye, digestive tract, brain, spinal cord or other areas where melanocytes are found. Melanoma is quite serious, because it can spread to almost any other organ in the body. It most commonly spreads to the liver, lungs, bones, and brain.

Ocular Melanoma is a rare and life threatening cancer which affects the cells in the eye. OM is the second most common form of melanoma after skin melanoma, representing about 5% of all melanomas. It is the most common form of eye cancer in adults & the most dangerous. 50% of patients eventually develop metastatic tumors for which there is no known effective treatment, which means that metastatic disease is always fatal. More research is needed urgently to improve patient outcomes. OM is an "orphan" disease, meaning that because it is so rare, there is little in the way of public funding devoted to research and treatment; therefore, private contributions are critical! I would like to ask anyone who is able to please consider making a donation to the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, in the hopes of one day finding a cure.

While I'm talking about this, I would also like to ask for your prayers as we await my mister's scans next week. This is always an anxious time for me. In the six months between scans, I do my best not to think about it (and I'm successful every once in awhile) ~ but when we are approaching scan time, I experience quite a bit of "scanxiety". I'd like to trust that everything will be OK, but in reality that may not be the case. I find it hard to fight off the thoughts that this will be the time we find out that it has spread.

Thank you so much for hearing me out today! Just a couple more things on both skin melanoma & ocular melanoma...to prevent skin cancer, please use a broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher ~ especially on your little ones, as studies have shown that 80% of lifetime sun exposure is obtained before 18 years of age. (For more tips, visit the Skin Cancer Foundation). & while there is no known cause of OM, early detection is SO important, so please get yearly dilated eye exams!!

Amy

Saturday, May 22, 2010

"White Horse"

(by Taylor Swift) Taylor Swift - Fearless - White Horse





Today's song has nothing to do with my current life circumstances ~ I just like it! I like all of her songs, actually. I don't have her first album, but I keep thinking I'm going to get it someday. I love how a lot of her songs have a conclusion, ya know? She'll change the lyrics of the chorus just a little bit, & it provides some closure or something. My favorite line of today's song is, "This is a big world, that was a small town there in my rearview mirror disappearing now."

As for my week, I'm so tired that I don't even remember what I've done! Is that sad, or what? I had a garage sale at my friend Jessica's today & yesterday. Enough said, right? That should explain my state of mind! No, really, my week hasn't been too incredibly eventful! Tuesday was my friend Kelli's birthday. (She's one of what I call "my birthday girls".} We took her to lunch at a super yummy Thai restaurant. Amy made scrumptious red velvet cupcakes, & we gave Kelli a cute charm bracelet that will hopefully make her think of us when she wears it! :)

I'm sorry to be so boring this time! I hope the rest of your weekend is super! Good night!

Amy

Friday, May 21, 2010

"Hair"

(by The Cowsills) The Cowsills - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Cowsills - Hair




Because you're smart, I'm sure you guessed that this story is about hair. Well, you're right! I'm sure you're thinking, "A MIShap about hair? Like, a bad hair day? Seriously?!" No, it's not about a bad hair day, though I've had plenty of those! It popped up in m memory the other day. So, as usual, I thought I'd share...

I've pretty much always had long hair, and I've caught myself absentmindedly playing with it on occasion. One such time was back in college. My roomies & I were at the airport, where one of them was catching a flight home. We had arrived an hour before her flight (as good passengers were instructed to do) & were just sitting in the terminal. Waiting...

Apparently, I play with my hair when I have nothing to do. So there I was, sitting in the airport terminal, playing with my hair. Usually, I'll catch myself twirling small sections near my face & shoulders, but this particular time was different. I was running my fingers through my hair, pulling it up like a ponytail, letting it drop down, then repeating the process all over again. I'm not sure why, but that's what I was doing. I'm honestly not sure just how long I was doing this annoying behavior, when I suddenly heard a voice behind me saying, "Now that's the most hair I've felt on my head in years!"

Somehow, I had completely failed to notice that there was an elderly gentleman sitting [back-to-back] in the seat directly behind me!! The whole time I was playing with my hair, I was letting it fall on top of his bald head! Fortunately, he was more amused by it than annoyed! But, I must say I was a little embarrassed!

What about you? Any embarrassing airport stories?

Amy

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Land of the Living"

(by Enter the Worship Circle) Enter the Worship Circle - First Circle - Land of the Living



So, I played a little "hop through the Psalms" game today! It wasn't intentional, but when I logged into YouVersion (which I highly recommend) & looked at my reading plan, I became aware of some Psalms that I hadn't check off. Do you remember the post where I mentioned randomly skipped Psalms? Well, I found them in the reading plan right where they should've been! Apparently, there was a little glitch in the system that has now been fixed. So, I decided to read Psalms 4, 7, 15, 20, 27, 42 & other random ones that didn't have the little check mark beside them, & I'm so glad that I did! They're ALL really good ones; but Psalm 27 is my absolute favorite, and I remember being a little disappointed that I "had" to skip it before. {I may or not have read it out of rebellion back on January 12th, where I thought it should've been & where it IS, in fact, now!} Anyways, there are so many things that I love about this Psalm...

the reminder that there's no reason to be afraid, because the Lord is
my Light, my Salvation, my Fortress & my Protector

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the inspiring assurance of David, who says, "Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident."


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the desire to live in the presence of the Lord all the days of my life

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the comfort that even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close

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the hope of seeing the Lord's goodness

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the gentle instruction to wait patiently for the Lord
{it says this twice...gulp. I have a hard time with patience}

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then, the encouragement from yesterday again to be courageous
{hmm...I think the Lord is trying to tell me something!}


I hope you have been blessed by God's Word today!

Amy

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"Be Strong and Courageous"

(by Michael W. Smith) Michael Smith - Project - Be Strong and Courageous



Yes, I'm well aware that today's song is super old! I just started reading through the book of Joshua, so it works for me! This'll be quick today ~ I just wanted to encourage you with this verse:

"This is my command ~ be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9, NLT)

I pray that you will be strong & courageous in whatever you are facing today!

Amy

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"Your Crown"

(by Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus) Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus - Welcome to the Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus - Your Crown





Lately, I've made a few great discoveries that I'd like to share with you...

Like this $60 cushion for my glider...

& you absolutely won't believe what I paid for it! It's a long story, but I'm SO excited about it that I have to share!! On Monday, I paid $39.35 after using a $25 Pier 1 gift card. It was more than I really wanted to spend, but I had been having trouble finding one to coordinate with my recently renewed patio table set. I wanted a fun pattern with the same colors as the chairs, but everything seemed to have more of a lime green rather than sage. I decided that I wasn't going to find a print, so the plain ol' aqua was similar enough to the aqua in the chair fabric & would just have to do.

Naturally, when I got home, there was a 20% off coupon for Pier 1 sitting in my mailbox! I debated whether it was worth $12 to return it & buy it again, ultimately deciding that I really shouldn't have spent nearly $40 on the cushion in the first place! So, I returned it on Tuesday but felt silly buying it right back. So, while running errands near another Pier 1 on Wednesday, I decided to go buy it there instead...Can you believe that it was marked down to 1/2 price, & I only paid 98¢ for it?! Yep, 98¢!! I'd say plain ol' aqua is totally worth 98¢!

Another discovery was an empty drawer in my kitchen! I know, it's crazy that I didn't realize it sooner! You see, I had gotten rid of SO much stuff in the rent house with the itty bitty kitchen, that I really didn't have enough stuff to fill the drawers in the new kitchen! The other day I was like, "What's in this drawer?" & discovered a random phone cord or something. And that was all that was in there! So, I decided to make it a junk drawer:

Hee hee hee! You thought I meant the other kind of junk drawer?! Nope, this is my gum & chocolate stash (thanks to Kyla, my kids & my mister for keeping me supplied!) For the record, I have a junk drawer, too! Where else would I keep pens, pencils, clown noses, batteries, thumb tacks, 3-D glasses & broken things that need to be thrown away super-glued?


I also discovered that fresh swiss chard from my garden can be quite tasty!


& I re-discovered Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus! I love their stuff & wish they were still active in the industry. Today's song has always been one of my favorites of theirs. So, there you have it! Have you made any discoveries lately?

Amy

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Billie Jean"

(by Michael Jackson) Michael Jackson - Thriller - Billie Jean




I know, right? TWO MIS-series posts ~ TWO days in a row! What's even better about having another story today is the fact that I won an award where it's appropriate to tell it! Brooke gave me this:

& here’s what I get to do:
  • Get really excited that you got the coolest award EVER!
    Whoop whoop!
  • Choose ONE of the following options of accepting the OMB award:
  1. Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.
    Umm...ya, that's not gonna happen!
  2. Write about your most embarrassing moment.
    I think I've already told you my MOST embarrassing one! But there are many more to choose from!
  3. Write a “Soundtrack of your childhood” post.
    This could totally go along with my blog theme...but I couldn't do it in just one post!
  4. Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog. Basically, you’re talking to the camera about whatever.
    I don't like to watch myself on camera.
  5. Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, make up, etc) and post it.
    Don't count on this ever happening! Call it vanity. Call it whatever you want. I think every old barn could use a fresh coat of paint! Just sayin'.
  • Pass the award on to at least three, but preferably more, awesome bloggers as yourself. Don’t forget to tell them. OK, I pick:

OK, now for the fun part! Because y'all are pretty smart, you probably already figured out that I would pick #2, huh? Well, the misspeak I'm about to tell ranks very near the top of the list of my most embarrassing moments. Ever. But, before I get started, please let me reiterate that I never intend to insult anyone with my words!

Around 11 years ago, I used to go walking with a neighbor of mine & our baby girls. Let's call her Neighbor. I didn't get to know her real well, but I knew that she had an older son who didn't live with her. We discovered that we got married on the exact same day, and before long we realized that we had a mutual friend from her high school days. We'll call him Friend. As time went by, Neighbor & I no longer walked together. There was no problem between us or anything. Life just happens & things change.

Years later, Friend's mother passed away. After her funeral, my mister & I were sitting around the dinner table with Friend. Two of Friend's high school buddies (a guy we'll call Buddy & Buddy's brother, whom we'll call Brother) were there, too. They were reminiscing about high school days, when Friend refers to me & says, "Hey, Buddy, Amy knows Neighbor!" I confirmed that & said, "Ya, we used to walk together..." Blah blah blah.

Then, Brother wriggles his eyebrows & says, "Well, Buddy used to date Neighbor!" & Friend chimes in saying, "Ya, they were together throughout high school."

So, naturally, I said, "Oh! Are you her son's father?!" {'cuz it's perfectly normal to accuse someone of fathering an illegitimate child!}

You seriously could have heard a pin drop! As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I realized what I had done & was quite shocked! My mouth dropped to the floor, and I looked at Chris for help! There really wasn't anything that he (or anyone else) could do to salvage the situation, but I was sure wishing for an "Undo" button at that moment! There was no way to explain to them that (in my mind) I had made a connection! I remembered Neighbor talking about her son who was being raised by his grandmother. I estimated him to have been the right age to have been born while she was in high school. If she was dating Buddy back then, it was quite logical that the boy could be his. You just don't ASK that type of thing!

After several moments of incredibly awkward silence, Brother says, "Well? Are you?" By the look on Friend's face, he was wondering, too. Buddy sat there with a blank stare. Then, my mister stepped in to save the day by changing the subject!

An hour or so later (after Buddy & Brother were gone), I went in search of Friend. I apologized for accusing Buddy of fathering a child out of wedlock & all. Then, Friend replied with a mischievous smile, "Well, he didn't deny it, did he?"

Have you ever blurted something out, then wished you could crawl into a hole & just hide out for awhile? Be sure to check out the other girls' blogs! Maybe they'll give you a chuckle or two!

Amy

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

"Will Never Marry"

(by Morrissey) Morrissey - Bona Drag - Will Never Marry




As I've mentioned a couple of times already, my dad & I went to Oklahoma for a few days. I'm sure it comes as no surprise that I was unable to make it the entire weekend without a MISspeak! Actually, I'm not sure how to classify this one. Either I misspoke, or Jarrod misunderstood. Whatever way you want to look at it, I thought it fit with this series...

At brunch on Saturday, my cousin Christin's fiancé asked how long I had been married. After telling him that it'll be 14 years in July, he said, "Fourteen years! Do you have any advice?"

I responded with, "Keep dating!"

With a surprised look on his face, Jarrod said, "And don't get married?!"

Everyone started laughing, because they knew that wasn't what I meant! They teased that Christin was giving me the "evil eye" for advising Jarrod not to get married! Of course, that's not what I meant at all! For the record, my intention was to encourage them to continue to date even after marriage! I think it's so important for a married couple to keep doing the little things they did when they were dating...notes on each others' windshields, sweet &/or thoughtful acts of service, taking the time to plan a date, & whatever else you do to show that you care.

Though this probably won't become one of my "famous" misspeaks, it gave us a good laugh at the time! Have you ever said something with good intentions, only to have it be misinterpreted as quite the opposite of what you meant?
Amy

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Oklahoma"

(by Alfred Drake & Chorus) Alfred Drake & Chorus - Oklahoma! - Oklahoma



As I mentioned on Saturday, I went to Oklahoma with my dad for a few days. My cousin's daughter graduated from Oklahoma State University, and we met up with about 25 family members for the occasion. It was great to meet a few newer additions and see some family that I hadn't seen in 10 to 20 some-odd years (plus a few that I saw as recently as last month ~ which I think is a record for frequency, seeing as we live at least 10 hours away from them). We did quite a bit of hanging out by the fire in the hotel lobby. I must say it was quite odd for this Texas girl to sit by a fire in May! {This probably isn't the time to mention that it was in the 50's? It's SO hot here right now!} I experienced a FIRST on Saturday night...I went to a casino. {And promptly lost the $5 my aunt gave me to play the penny machines!}

Our drive up there was fairly uneventful. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for our trip home. We ended up having to spend an extra 3+ stinking hours in Oklahoma City due to the confounded Oklahoma roads! At around 1:45, we were innocently driving home, when a chug hole (or something crazy like that) caused two (yes, TWO) of Dad's tires to instantly go flat.


Of course it was a Sunday, so there was only one place that could possibly fix Dad's tire. But we had to get there first. And we had a 3:00 deadline. After 30 minutes on the phone with AAA, we were no closer to getting a tow! We finally got a wrecker service to rescue us at about 2:55. Because things rarely go smoothly for us, neither tire was fixable & Dad had only one full-size spare ('cuz who would've thought he'd need TWO of them?!) His particular tire is apparently unavailable in the entire state of Oklahoma, but the tire guy had some similar ones at one of their other stores. We finally rolled out of there at 5:00 & still had a 7 1/2 hour drive to Dad's, where I would pick up my van & drive another hour home (with a facebook plea for anybody who was awake to call & help me stay awake! Thank you, Tara!)

There were shouts of joy as we entered the great state of Texas! Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with Oklahoma itself! My problem is only with its roads! The tire guy even pointed out that the OK roads aren't like what we're used to driving on. I think our little adventure was my penance for telling that joke a couple of times (the one about why Texas doesn't sink into the Gulf), though I promise I really don't believe the punch line to be true. It was a joke!! No, dear state of Oklahoma, you don't suck. You are OK! I like your red dirt, cool wind & little mountains. But I've never been more glad to drive across the state line and feel the smooth Texas roads underneath new tires!

Dad says I should feel privileged: not every mom gets to spend Mother's Day in a tire store! No, Dad, it's a rare privilege indeed! And I must say it was my most memorable Mother's Day yet!

{If you happened to see my last post before the pictures, I thought I'd let you know that they're up now!}

Amy

Saturday, May 8, 2010

"You Make Me Happy"

(by Lindsey Ray) Lindsey Ray - Picture Perfect - You Make Me Happy

I would normally have the song here for you, but I'm in a hotel lobby in Oklahoma for my cousin's graduation! I don't have the tools I need to upload the song, & it's not on Grooveshark. Here's the link to Lindsey Ray's myspace, where you can hear the song. (She's the artist that sings "Brand New Day" on the Target commercials). It's a super cute song, so you should go listen to it!

Anyways, a slew of family members is about to meet for lunch, but I have a few minutes while my dad & aunt are getting ready! I realized that I missed an important anniversary this week, so that's what today's song is about. 15 years ago on May 3rd, Chris & I officially became a couple! {I'm sorry ~ I had intended on posting a picture, but I ran out of time this week. When I'm back home, I'll try to scan one ASAP!} Here are the promised pics!!

This caricature was drawn on our very first date!


Gosh ~ do we look like kids, or what?!


It has been a super great 15 years, & I pray for many, many more! I love you, Mistopher!
Amy

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"One and Lonely (Chick Flick Mix)"

(by Superchick) Superchick - Reinvention - One and Lonely (Chick Flick Mix)



"It's not like they meant to hurt me
Watching TV, checking Britney televised
My guys, checking out her thighs
And I roll my eyes and sigh
It's not like I even need to be competing with unreality TV fantasy
Not for a smart girl like me
Some days it's hard to be a one girl revolution

Chorus:
Sometimes I have good days and it's good to be me
Sometimes I get the best of insecurity
And it's quite alright to be the one and only
But today I feel like the one and lonely

It's not that I don't know beauty is only skin deep
Just the skin I'm in, not the girl within
But one imperfection takes away my grin,
Not that I think I'm ugly, but acne throws me for a backslide
I won't go outside
Makeup can't hide how I feel inside
Some days it's hard to be a one girl revolution

Chorus

We all have bad hair days
Those nothing good about me days
Just keep moving on, cause they'll be gone
And we'll still be here going on
We have our yesterdays
No lunch cause the jeans don't fit days
Just keep moving on cause they'll be gone
And we'll still be here going on

Sometimes I have bad days and it's hard to be me,
Sometimes I get brought down by insecurity
And I have my days where I'm the one and lonely
But today I choose to be the one and only"

See, I told you there'd be more posts from the new Superchick album! If you know me at all, I'm sure you can figure out that this song is one of my favorites! {If you weren't around during NEDA week or don't actually know me, you can read my story for more on why I can relate to this song!} Before you start to worry about me, I want to let you know that I'm not struggling with insecurity at the moment! Though I can definitely relate to the feelings expressed in this song, I'm actually posting it for an entirely different reason: I'd like to tell you about my friend Lindsey & ask you to consider following her new blog!

Lindsey recently moved to Texas from Michigan (what a shocking temperature adjustment!) with her husband & three beautiful daughters. {Seriously, they're beautiful! Cody even agrees, and he's a nine-year-old boy who wouldn't normally admit that type of thing for fear of being taunted mercilessly on the school playground!} Since her move to this great state, Lindsey has been sending out weekly emails to friends & family that have literally made me laugh out loud (& sometimes cry), and now she is officially a blogger!! She has also written a book that she is in the process of trying to get published. Twice a month, Lindsey is a guest blogger for Karen Ehman (an author, speaker & member of Proverbs 31 Ministrie, among other things). And if you didn't get the hint from today's song, Lindsey's book & blog are about health ~ but not about diet & exercise! Lindsey's story is all about redefining health God's way, which I'm all kinds of excited about! She not only talks about health, but she weaves in great & hilarious stories. She talks about her adorable girls, too! Anyways, Lindsey is a very funny & gifted writer, and I sure hope you check her out!

In the spirit of today's song (& my friend Lindsey), let's stop comparing ourselves & our beauty with others. Let's just know God, love Him & live in a way that glorifies Him! I'll close today with the words of the great band Superchick: Today I choose to be the one and only...

Amy

Saturday, May 1, 2010

"Rock What You Got (Fight Underdog Fight! Mix)"

(by Superchick) Superchick - Reinvention - Rock What You Got (Fight Underdog Fight! Mix)





I'm sure you realize by now that I received my CD! I was quite happy & have listened to it all week long! It's mostly a remix CD, but I still like it. I may or may not have bought it solely for the remix titles! They go something like this...
  • Karaoke Superstars (Shiny Car Advert Mix)
  • One and Lonely (Chick Flick Mix)
  • Bowling Ball (Not That Into You Mix)
  • Wishes (Teens Falling In/Out Of Love Mix)
...just to name a few! There are a few new songs that I'm sure you'll see on here at some point. Today's songs is great! I liked the original version (which was the title track of their last album), but this one seems a little more rocked out.

Today turned out to be "Impromptu Date Day" for my mister & me! Cody had plans to go to Alex's after our neighbor's birthday party, where he was going to see a movie & spend the night. We were just going to hang out with our baby girl, but she got invited to a friend's for a play date, too! So, Chris & I took advantage of the opportunity & went for a coffee date!


Then, Elly ended up spending the night at her friend's house. After she came & got her clothes, we were like, "Well, we still have that Landry's gift card from Christmas..." So, we went out for dinner, too! What a nice end to the day! :)

On an entirely different note, if you didn't see the post on my brother's birthday (or even if you did), you should totally go check it out ~ I added a picture from high school, complete with big bangs {mine, not his}!

I hope the rest of your weekend is super!

Amy