Hey y'all! I hope you're doing fabulously this week! I'm ashamed my posting schedule has been so erratic lately. I found out I have Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and have started another month of that nasty Doxycycline that had me cooped up over the summer. The first several days were really rough, but I'm acclimating and able to function. If my blasted headaches would just stay away I would be much more productive and almost sort of normal. :P And... yes, today marks the return of the famed awkward and awesome posts!
- The static on sweater dresses. The static on anything, really. It's my least favorite part of winter.
- Finding a dead chicken in the coop and since your dad was hosting company, you pull on your big girl pants and crawl into the chicken coop to retrieve it, ducking to avoid getting roost germs in your hair. You throw it into the truck bed with much "ew. Ew. EWing" and drive it faraway and throw it in the woods for the wild beasts to feast on, the whole time trying not to think too hard about rigor mortis.
- Driving behind folks on an ATV for two slow miles down the dirt road... one of whom is turned around backwards, able to look straight at you. One of those situations where you're not sure whether to wave the whole time, stare them down, carry on a charades game, pretend to be really interested in something on the console, or drive reallllllly slow to put enough distance between you that it's not awkward.
- Doing the laundry and someone yells down the stairs and asks you to tell the worker outside something, so you stick your head out the basement door and end up carrying on a lengthy conversation. When you get back inside and walk past a mirror, you realize you had a down feather from the laundry you were doing sticking straight up off the top of your head. Suave.
- Having an hour conversation about road paint with a visitor who did that for a living. I now have answers to life's most constant questions.
- Realizing at the end of church that your boot had been unzipped all morning and you didn't feel it because you had put on so many pairs of thick ugly socks to keep your feet warm... and they were visible.
- Taking some encapsulated essential oils for the first time (lemon, oregano, Thieves, and frankincense) and whenever air escapes your stomach, you feel like you swallowed a soap store. Or one of the Wise Men.
- Stopping at RedBox for a movie, you call your house to see what your family wants to watch. As you're getting out of the car, you notice a couple people talking about how many "daddies" the little 3-year-old boy with them has. You have to walk past them to get to the kiosk and just as a big man asks the little boy, "Who's your daddy daddy?" someone picks up on the other end of the phone you have to your ear and you blurt out, "Daddy?" in the same tone the man had just used totally in his hearing. Ha.
- Having work done on your deck that wraps around the house, so to get to the driveway you have to go out the side door, across the wet porch, down the stairs, around the lumber piles, through the grass down the hill, under the tree, down a few more steps, and through the carport, trying not to get wet from the pressure washing they're doing. Usually with an armload of stuff.
- Taking outfit pictures in an Arby's somewhere in Nebraska where the staff were friendly and curious. "Are you a photographer...?"
- A friend asking you to use her phone to take pictures while she sings in a church service. No prob... except that her lock screen is a bright black and white picture of her court partner (now fiancé'!) and every time you go to open her phone to snap a moment, it startles you with this face looking back. I'm so not used to people being on lock screens and I'm pretty sure the people behind me were distracted by it too. :P
- Saying goodbye to people when you visited a sister church. Not knowing for sure their customs for guys and girls parting, you go to offer a handshake to a guy at the same time he goes for a hug on the other side and he thinks your going for a full-on hug, and so says, "We do side hugs here" :D
- Having an hour to kill at a gas station while waiting for a friend to tow you home, so you wander the isles wanting to label everything with a "GMO" sticker and closely examining the car stuff, cause you're just really bored. Thankfully the clerk is also kind of bored so you strike up a conversation about his daughters and the town he lives in. Should have asked how he lost his tooth.
- When your little sister is tougher than you about getting blood drawn and doing IVs.
- How many requests for sponsored sunglasses/eyeglasses posts I get. Y'all aren't interested in $150 tortoise shell sunglasses, are you? I'll do a review if you'd like, but I'm just not sure these advertisers have the right demographic...
- Listening to The Gluten Summit in the car and then having to order fast food for lunch. It's a series of discussions about (obviously) gluten and it's multi-generational effects, but it also covered a lot about GMOs and leaky gut, and other very scary things. Needless to say I ordered a salad... but didn't put on the nut mix, since that had GMO oil in it. :-/
- Blowing my jewelry budget for the year with a visit to Charming Charlies... on January 3rd.
- Visiting the neighborhood where you grew up and noticing that the Hoss's Steak House that closed because of too many cases of food poisoning has been converted into a MedExpress.
- When a guest finds you sleeping on the couch and you don't know whether to wake up and say hi or pretend to still be sleeping and hope they leave soon.
- Our incredible bodies that God created. I absolutely LOVE learning about how everything works together perfectly and how our bodies deal with invaders and environmental changes with such amazing speed and function. While in Colorado, we visited with my aunt who had a tumor the size of a softball removed from her brain two months ago. It was benign and she has made an incredible, incredible recovery. Seeing her scar and realizing that surgeons actually folded her scalp back and cut through her skull to take it out was also pretty awe-inspiring. I'm so thankful for modern medical studies that allow us to know so much about how God made our bodies and for surgeons who can save the lives of those we love.
- Seeing supportive men with their wives at Jo-Ann's on Black Friday. These were macho men, too, with bearded faces and camo jackets. "That one's nice, but this one might drape better." and "That's beautiful, hun. Good choice." :D :D
- ThredUP. Seriously, I have earned so much free credit thanks to y'all! When we got back from our trip I had three boxes of clothes waiting for me. :) That link gets you a free $10, too!
- Wintertime thunderstorms. Love the south.
- All the love in the air! Two friends (er, four, I guess) getting engaged in the same week was almost too much for me. Meeting my already-married friends' new babies is pretty cool, too.
- Although I'm not a photographer, capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments with some relative skill and a nice camera brings me great joy. Family moments, engaged couples, new babies, a funeral, little siblings being silly; all precious instances that should be remembered. :)
- Making it home safely to our cozy house after our 18 hour drive turned into 23 hours and an overnight stay due to really bad weather. Our neighbors left us hot chili and hot drinks and built us a warm fire for when we finally pulled in, tired and frozen. Pretty sure we live in paradise.
- Speaking of small towns, I was in Rite Aid the other day behind a lady in line who was wearing a green bathrobe, crocs, and sweat pants (with elastic ankles) and trying to redeem her membership points for some cake pans. Behind me in line was a policeman with a gun on one hip and cuffs on the other, buying pink Pull-Ups. Because this lady's transaction was taking so long, they opened up another register and the policeman went over there. When the clerk asked if he had a Rite-Aid card, he said no, he didn't need it, like a lot of things in life. The lady in the bathrobe heard this and said, "Oh! He can use mine!" and walked over to enter her information. His face was saying, "Ooookay" but she saved him $2.63, so I don't think he minded. :)
- Going tubing in Frisco, CO with family! It was such a blast and I nearly lost my voice.
- My grandfather letting me drive his manual Mazda Miata convertible on an absolutely gorgeous Denver day.
- Balancing spoons on our chins with my aunt at Casa Bonita.
- This blanket I got for Christmas: Casual Living Super Plush Shaggy Oversized Throw, 60 by 70-Inch, Ivory I use it *all* the time and even took it out to Colorado with me... also used it as a backdrop for baby pictures and it saved me from freezing when the car's heat couldn't keep up with the negative temperatures outside. "It's so fluffy I'm gonna DIE!"
- A sister who is an awesome manager, cook, cleaner, and encourager. I don't know how we would be functioning without my sister Emma working so hard around here while I'm healing.
- Friends who will roll out of bed while fevered to come pick you up on the side of the road in the dark.
- A hand-me-down laptop for me! I've been praying for one for a while since it's kind of hard to blog when all the computers in the house are being used so constantly and I don't have my own. But now I do! And although it's nothing new, it functions fine and has simplified life considerably. :)
Y'all have been asking for more casual outfits... so here's one! It's so comfortable. And wow, super cheap.
Shirt+Vest (came together): ThredUP: $0
Black Maxi Skirt: Charity Shop: $3
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Alrighty, better go practice piano... y'all have an awesome day! What's been awkward or awesome about your week? (Or your past 5 months since I've done an A+A... :P)