Does anyone know how hard it is to push a grocery cart at Sam’s that has 64 bottles of Ozarka and a 55lb bag of dog food???

I don’t know what’s worse…sweating while pushing the cart around…or that the check out lady made me lift them up AGAIN to scan them. Good grief.

As a newer member of Sam’s Club, I’m still testing the waters. Sure…I can get a great price on dog food and water, but I fail to understand how ANYONE would need 12 cans of cream of chicken soup or a 10 lb tub of mayo. Maybe when I have a house full of kids this will make more sense. Because who has room to store all that?? It’s a frustrating dilemma. And I still had to stop at Kroger on the way home because I didn’t need 3 lbs of spinach leaves and 5 lbs of shredded cheddar.

Hm. That’s really all I had to say.

Bike ride #3 in the morning…I hear it’s going to be fuh-reezing!

Chicken Nuggets +French Fries = Love

You can tell by my dinner tonight that Seth is obviously at school. Salad. Cereal. Popcorn. A totally nutritious meal of greatness! I relish in these evenings I don’t have to cook. As much as I enjoy whipping up various entrees en la cocina de Anderle….it’s nice to kick back, relax, and be lazy with my bowl of cereal and the Bachelor!

Since I haven’t really commented on the show thus far, I decided to highlight my thoughts as I watch tonight’s episode. And since nobody is here to steal the computer from me, this works out quite nicely!

Molly’s Date:

-Another tank top and scarf ensemble. Molly…really? If this is the new style, this is going to take awhile to get used to. I’m just getting used to long-sleeves and scarves!

-I don’t quite know if Molly is sincere. She’s got that look…

-Very sneaky of Jason to schedule an overnight camping date. I can’t wait to see Shannon lose it!!! And ABC, was the tent-moaning really necessary? I threw up a little in my mouth.

-She’ll be a dark horse, but she’s not the right match for Jason. In my opinion. Cute girl though!

Group Date:

-OMG ANOTHER SCARF. I’m telling ya, this is the YEAR of the scarf!

-Stories (excuse me…soaps) are the ultimate cheese. Did anyone else think the guy actor was kinda unattractive?? And who is Lulu??

-Could Shannon have attacked Jason’s lips any faster? I bet she puts that on her myspace page.

-When is DD coming back?

-Nicely done with the strategic placement of the General Hospital commercial.

-I’m afraid Lauren is a closet-psycho. Well, second to Shannon at least. Could she be more obnoxious?

-An inkling of me feels sorry for Megan. Oh wait…no, not anymore. Man up girl!

-Yikes Naomi. You’re going home soon!

-I pray Shannon is never ever ever my hygenist!

-Yikes…spoke too soon about Naomi. And yes, Lauren, you are an idiot.

Two on One, Tag Team Date:

-Initial prediction…bye bye Nikki. OR both girls.

-Nikki – WE GET IT! You don’t like to be unprepared.

-Stephanie is a ballet teacher? Oh that makes me love her more! A real-live ballerina!

-Ah! I am loving this! It’s almost like So You Think You Can Dance! A true dance-off.

-Explain to me how every single girl on this show feels “chemistry”. I mean, really. Isn’t there ever a girl who comes on and says “eh…not so much.” Ok, maybe it did happen on one season but it is funny how every girl has an instant “connection” with Jason!

-YEA STEPHANIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

-What’s with all these girls talking about how pretty they are? Did they really mean to apply for True Beauty??

Rose Ceremony:

-First of all, Ty is going to be so embarassed one day when he sees his dad making out with all these girls on national TV

-I feel sorry for Lauren’s students. She is a big ol’ bad word. She is completely lost in her own little world…

-WHAT IS SHANNON WEARING?? A knitted mumu??

-I’m still rooting for Jillian, Melissa, and Stephanie

And in the MOST DRAMATIC ROSE CEREMONY EVER…the roses go to:


Ohhhhweee this is getting good, folks!

The Year of the Scarf, Starbucks, and The Bach

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

If you remember, I just recently had a post that contained this verse. God is funny because I feel like this verse has been “following” me around. Hmm…maybe I should listen! I got it in an email today, heard it on the radio the other day, and obviously blogged about it too. Does this ever happen to anyone else???

Anyway. I knew today was going to be fabulous because it was…you guessed it…my free Starbucks day! The Kroger Starbucks by our house is great because after buying a certain number of drinks (I don’t know the magic number), you qualify for a free one. I had a feeling this morning was my golden ticket and boy was I right. It’s like winning the lottery or something! And since I can only go once a week, I think I am fully justified in going tomorrow morning too…because today did not count. Am I right, ladies??

Um. Now I cannot remember what I really planned to write about. I’m sure it was good though. Maybe this is the “anxious thoughts” parts. My mind is going a million miles a minute and I already forgot what I was on here for anyway. :)

OH RIGHT…scarves! If you haven’t noticed, scarves are a BIG deal this year. In fact, I received 2 for Christmas and I must admit my initial thoughts were, “Oh great, I can never pull these off.”

But I so did.

If you follow Big Mama’s or Angie’s blog you might have seen their great debate on the scarf and how it must be tied. After thinking about it with intense scrutiny and taking many notes…I have mastered this skill.

Now, I’m probably the only person you know who takes pictures of themselves at work. And I truly truly hope nobody was walking down the hallway as I was doing this. But here is an example. And if you feel that I could be a scarf model, please submit pictures to your agent:

Do I rock at scarves or what??

I’m just sad it’s warming up outside. Although that sure didn’t stop Melissa on The Bachelor from wearing one with her tank top. Maybe I should invest in some classy, colorful, and light-weight ones to use for the spring and summer.

And speaking of The Bachelor, I really do have some thoughts. I’ve just yet to post them. And I’ll tell you they start and end with “Will somebody out there please marry Stephanie, and soon, because we know Jason isn’t going to pick her!!”

More later.


This is the funniest website! Now granted, it may not always be the most appropriate. And yeah, I probably shouldn’t be sharing it with all of you…but regardless, these e-cards can really brighten my day. And hey, they give you something to laugh about!

I find myself saying “so true!” after reading each one!

Happy Wednesday!

Let Freedom Ring

I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Today is a memorable day. Inauguration Day 2009 will be one to make the history books. Our children won’t believe we were alive when our country elected our first black president! Do we all agree with the decision our country has made? Maybe yes. Maybe no. However, God commands us to pray for our leaders and those in authority. To get down on our knees, opinions aside, and pray fervently over them.

But the best part is that Jesus is our true king! He guides the president and he guides us. This is all part of His plan and He will ultimately take care of us and our country.

I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.

1 Timothy 2:8

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Romans 13:1

May God bless America and President Obama today!

p.s. I know it’s probably a mistake that Seth & I never received our invitation to the Inauguration Ball? Very weird. I had pulled out my old prom dress and everything.

A Weekend of Randomness

You’ll be thrilled to know I finally pulled out the ol’ bike this weekend. Finally. It was a little embarassing because I had yet to take off all my numbers/stickers from the MS150 LAST year. Pathetic proof I haven’t touched the thing since April.

But it is that time of year again so Erika and I, along with the APC team, rode 20ish miles around The Woodlands on Saturday morning…if anything, to make sure we still remembered how to ride a bike.

Luckily we did.

And it was really an eye-opening experience for me. I’ve been sheltered out here in Spring Trails. Who knew there was so much of this bubble I hadn’t seen?? Did you know The Woodlands High has a 9th grade campus? And that there was another Wal-Mart back there?? Or that Seth and I could’ve totally afforded a home in Carlton Woods had we known it existed? :) We could’ve been neighbors with famous people!

But anyway, it was good to finally get out on the road and to remind myself that I stilllllll got it! And Erika did a fabulous job as well…this is her first year riding and I hope I don’t scare her away.

Seth and I also had a very overdue, much-deserved (in my opinion) date night at Landry’s. YUM. It seems like we go every few months and are both stubborn enough to always order the same thing. The Snapper Hemmingway is to DIE for! But it’s worth it. We had a budget discussion awhile back and brainstormed different things to cut back on. But it was unanimous that we could still go to Landry’s and (of course) still purchase Blue Bell ice cream.

I don’t care what kind of recession we’re in folks. I don’t care how poor I might be. I will still buy Blue Bell. Because to eat any other brand is just plain wrong.

Things have finally slowed down a bit at work so I am very glad to get my free time back! It seems like life never quite slows down though…so we have a busy week and then will be heading out of town Saturday morning. Bike ride #2 on Sunday morning.

I want a vacation.

Psalm 139

I love the following passage and happened to stumble across it today. It is David’s meditation on God’s omnipresence and omniscience…and speaks to the all-encompassing love God has for us…

O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.

You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.

All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.

Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?

I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

-Psalm 139

Jack. is. Back.


What a FANTASTIC 2 night, 4 hour, season premiere! This really is one of the BEST shows on TV!

(I know I said that about Eli Stone too so let me clarify…Eli Stone wins best moral-wise. 24 wins best overall)

As if Jack coming back wasn’t good enough, the producers threw in Tony Almeida AND Bill Buchanan (one of my favorites!!) And yeah, Chloe was around there somewhere.

Clearly, Agent Renee Walker will be Jack’s love interest. She has to be! It must have been love at first sight for him when he asked her how far he could go to get an answer from Gabriel Schechter And she said “do whatever it takes”.

Can you hear his heart palpitations???
Oh, and it gets better. I did a little research to see who else might be joining us this season…

Karen Hayes. Kim Bauer (BOO HISS). Morris! Martha Logan?? Aaron Pierce! Nina Myers!

Ah, gotcha. Kidding about that last one. But how great is this going to be? And really it should be…they haven’t had 2 years off for nothing, ya know!

There is never a greater amount of excitement in our home than when 24 is on. So You Think You Can Dance is a close second. It seems that every 5 minutes we turn to each other with “oh my gosh” expressions or someone (usually me) is yelling “OH SHOOT!”

Who doesn’t love action-packed TV drama full of shooting, terrorists, nerve gas, nerdy computer geeks, an agent that could smash both Chuck Norris and McGuyver in 3 seconds, romance, national crisis, mole after mole infiltrating CTU (and now apparently the FBI…what kind of security checks do they run??), more shooting, more terrorists, scandal in the White House, and MORE!

Ah. Can’t wait. I didn’t even watch The Bachelor…because yes, this was more important.

Stay tuned, folks, stay tuned…

They Call Him Juan Pablo…

Everytime Seth has a break from work, he must grow a beard. I think it’s a man thing. He never gets very far on the weekends, but boy did his testosterone have time to roar over the Christmas break.

Granted, a little stubble is fine. But I draw the line when he either starts to resemble a mountain man or a homeless one.

We took some pictures to document his growth:

Now, prepare yourself for this nasty one. I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. And I refused to stop calling him Juan Pablo until he shaved it offcompletely!


I also felt like I should take a picture of my thoughts on his facial hair. Since he got 2 pictures on the blog after all…

My thoughts exactly.

Thank goodness for people like Mr. Remington, Mr. Norelco, and Mr Bic!