Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I'm back on the horse, with Lyndsay from Ouish!


Welcome back! Well, I suppose, welcome back to me...  It has been a long time since my last blog post.  I guess, there hasn't been much that I wanted to share with the world. I have recently been thinking about blogging about my nail journey.  I won't be changing the name of the blog, as I do believe that this life is a journey. My nail polish/nail art has been quite the journey as well.  I am amazed at how differently I look at how I take care of my nails as opposed to a little bit over three years ago, when I started this journey.  Here is a link to my first real attempt at nail art, it was a watermarble, that I had seen on Pinterest. I didn't really think that "real" people could accomplish something that amazing, and (seemingly) easy.  After I successfully tackled that, I began looking for more seemingly impossible nail art tutorials, just to see if a non artistic, horrible nail polisher like myself would be successful.  Surprisingly, I found that with the right tools, I was able to accomplish much more than I thought would be possible.  

Then, I began to buy more and more polish.  Mostly from Avon when it went on sale, or less expensive brands like Sinful Colors.  I eventually began going to Sally's and buying some more name brand polishes, if they were on sale!  Then my Aunt Beckie (Polished by Beckie, she is pretty amazing, check her out!) introduced me to the world of indie polish, to which I said, I would NEVER spend more than $6.00 on a bottle of NAIL POLISH!!!!  She showed me some Loaded Lacquer polish, and it was all over (after a couple of months).  Thus began my love affair with indie polishes!  I still prefer to not spend over $6.00 on a bottle of polish, however, I have raised that to $10.00 for an indie!  Unless there is a special reason as to why I must spend a bit more.  This is just such an occasion my friends!!!  My very first "swatching" post is dedicated to a polish named Lyndsay!  My intention was for it to be my very first actual "swatching gig" from Jess Lacquer, but that one will have to wait for a week or so. More on that later!  

LYNDSAY!!!





As you probably know, my name is Lyndsay.  My parents, lovely people, thought that I was going to be a boy. They were not prepared for a girl, so they didn't have a name for me.  They decided to name me after Lindsey Buckingham, a boy, from Fleetwood Mac.  They changed the spelling to Lindsay though, because it was more feminine.  My Mommy, in all of her drugged up glory, (the drug could just have been the euphoria of having met her favorite child for the first time) spelled my name two different ways on my birth certificate.  She spelled it Lindsay (which is what they were going with) as well as Lyndsay.  Her middle name is Lynn, and she had just written it.  When the nurse asked my mom which way she wanted to spell it, she loved it with a y.  I love that she did.  It just looks so much more feminine to me, considering that I was named after a boy, maybe it's just the fact that both vowels were changed, I don't know.  The only problem was that never, in my 33 years have I found a key chain, or necklace, or magnet, or ANYTHING with my name on it. (Yes, I am fully aware that grammatically speaking that sentence is not correct, I'm ok with that, this time.)  Not to mention the fact that I often either have to correct the spelling, or ignore the mistake all together.  

Nadia, from Ouish (pronounced wish) had asked in a group of indie lovers if anyone wanted to have a polish named after them and why.  I gave a shortened version of the explanation above.  She actually chose my name, and it was even a purple, and holo (holographic) polish.  Purple is my favorite color, and holo makes my polished world go 'round!  I was on a "no-buy" (no buying any polish) for the summer, but I had to break that for a polish that was named after me! Plus, she was having a 20% off discount for the 4th of July! Yay for sales! I am a sucker for sales, in case you hadn't picked that up! 


I decided that I would take some photos of it, and instead of having my first (real) swatching experience be my first blog of this type, that I would have my first ever item with my name (spelled correctly) on it be my first blog.  Disclaimer:  I am not a professional nail tech, swatcher, writer, blogger, or photographer, so this is not going to be a professional blog post.  If you don't like them, that is fine, this is a journey, not a finish line, I might get better at all of them.  I might not.
 Side note, I tent to be slightly sarcastic, that will probably show up here and there.


My first impression was great!  She had it packaged in a pretty pink bubble wrap shipping envelope.  Inside the envelope was my polish that was double wrapped in pretty pink bubble wrap.  Not even the most careful of people could have broken my polish.  At least, not on accident, they could have, if they were trying I'm sure...  Also inside the package was the invoice with a handwritten note.  I don't know why, but there is something so special about the packaging to me. It makes me feel that much more special maybe.  I don't know, but it is a touch that you only get when you buy products from a company that made the product by hand.  As if that weren't enough, $1.00 from every purchase is donated to a Children's Hospital!

Once I finally got my hands on that beautiful polish, I was amazed.  On the website, I saw that it was a purple, holo polish, but I didn't realize just how much holo this tiny little bottle contained!  I almost couldn't tell that this was a purple polish!  Look at all of that sparkle!



This polish, in true holo form, was rather difficult to capture, so I took the photos in several different types of light, and on both of my hands.  I don't have a Cinderella hand. I'm not sure why it is called that, but from what I gather, the Cinderella, or Cindy for short, hand is your dominant, non swatching hand.  Typically the hand that you don't swatch on, or don't do as intricate nail art on.  Typically if I do it to my right, I do it to my left.  I am left handed.  I know that it is weird, but normally, I actually prefer my left hand to my right.  I have a few theories as to why that is. One is that my right index finger has a weird shape at the cuticle. I also probably slow down more, and am more careful on my left hand, knowing that it isn't going to be as easy. Lastly, I think it might be because the world is predominately right handed, and most of the swatches that I see are on the left hand. It is quite possible, that it is not any of those reasons, or possibly a combination of the three.

As for the polish, I decided that I wanted to try it in a couple of different ways.  My ring finger I began with a white base, my thumb had a black base, and the rest were just on top of my base coat.  The polish was more sheer than I had expected.  It took 2 coats to reach opacity over black, and 3 coats to reach opacity over the remaining fingers.  Yes even over white.  I didn't like it over white, the first couple of coats, it almost changed the color.  I love it over black, the black somehow brings out more of the shimmer.  In the future though, I would probably not do any base color at all, as it still takes just as many coats with a base, as it does without.  It goes on smoothly, and mostly evenly.  That came as a surprise to me, because many sheer, or shimmery polishes that I have tried show at least minor streaking in the first coat.  That is quite possibly just me though.

All of these photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4.  I tried to use a macro lens on it, but I can't figure out how to make that work!

 Prepare yourselves for photo overload!  Some blurry pictures were added intentionally to show the holo.

Inside with flash:
































Inside without the flash:









 Outside in full sun:















Outside, full shade with the flash. The flash was an accident, but I liked how they looked!







Outside, mostly shade, no flash.  These are probably the best color accurate photos.  
On my screen they are pretty color accurate, but they are not once I previewed it.  The other screen seems to add a bit of a reddish tint to the polish.  That is probably partly due to the holo, and partly due to the red background maybe. 















This blog post has been a pain in the rear!  I had edited all of the photos, and it the blogger kept uploading the unedited version.  So, I apologize that they are not all similar sizes, and that some of them have not been cropped.  It was either not cropped, or turned the wrong way.  If you would like to purchase a bottle of Lyndsay for yourself, you can find it at this link!

Thank you for continuing to the very end!  You  are a very patient reader!

Until next time,
Lyndsay









 Edit:I took a few others, trying to get more color accurate photos!  These are all slightly different, however, they all pretty accurately show the different colors that I have seen depending on the type of light that I am in.














Thursday, July 19, 2012

Thank You Pinterest-Hair-Do number 2!

It has been a long time since I last had a "Thank You Pinterest" post.  I have kind of been taking a Pinterest break during the summer.  I actually did this "do" during the school year, I just have not made time to blog it! To be honest, this is not really technically a Pinterest post!  At least not that I know of...  After watching the video of the last hairstyle, another video came up.  So technically I suppose the title should be "Thank You YouTube.."  I think I will keep it as is though, as I would not have found it without Pinterest!  ;)  If you would like to watch the original video, you can find it here

It is so simple!  I can do it in minutes, and get so many compliments every time I do it!  I'm not sure if it is due to the length, or thickness of my hair, or my complete inability to do hair, but I have to redo the bobby pins a few times throughout the day..  After the firsts time, Tony (my husband) suggested that I do the small braid on both sides.  Start with WET HAIR!!  So now I do a smaller braid starting at the top of my head on each side. Then with the remaining hair I make a braid on both sides at the bottom of my neck line.  The two larger ones are tied into a "knot" and pinned up, while the smaller ones are wrapped around.  I highly suggest watching the video.  My words could never explain the process fully!  :)  Be prepared to use a lot of pins!! 






Until next time,
Lyndsay 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thank you Pinterest! Marble nails

I found this fun nail art on Pinterest, if you would like to see the original here it is!  It was pretty easy, though it didn't make sense to me in writing so I Youtubed it.  Below is a picture of the final product.


It was really quite simple.  You want to have a small cup of ROOM TEMPERATURE water.  You could probably even use the little plastic cups that come on medicine, if you have an extra.  You also want to have the nail polish open, so that you can move faster.  

Start with a base coat, then paint your nails a light color.  The video I watched said white, which I don't have so I painted mine yellow.  I also wanted the yellow to show up.


As you can see, I was not careful with the painting!  I knew there was no point, you will see that picture in a minute!  :)  Then you let a drop of nail polish fall into the water, change the color and let another drop fall into the middle of the first one, continue on with this until you have the desired amount.


After you get the amount of color changes you would like, take a toothpick and pull it through the polish.  Start from the outside and pull toward the middle.  





Sorry for the blurry picture, it was hard to take a picture with the polish all over my fingers!  You don't want to wait too long, it will not move as smoothly.  After you put some swirls into your polish you dip your finger (nail down) right in!  (Sorry again no picture of the next few steps....  TOO MESSY)  Blow onto the polish (with finger still in water) to dry the polish around the finger.  Use a toothpick to pick up the remaining polish before taking your finger out of the water!  Repeat these steps for each finger, or only do one per hand!  Your choice!  :)  After it has dried for a couple of minutes put on a top coat!  IMPORTANT:  If there are drops of water on your nail gently blow on them to dry them off.  I didn't for a few of my nails and where there were water spots there were little air bubbles.

This is why I was not cautious with the yellow coat!  I washed my hands several times with hot water then used a cotton swab to remove the polish from my fingers.  I left a small line near my nail all around it.  I didn't want to mess up and get part of my nail!   This was a time consuming project!  In the morning when it was completely dry I used my loofa to get off the remaining polish from around my nails.  I used the plastic ones and just rub it over my whole nail/finger.  It takes polish off of fingers, but not nails!  :)

I am pretty satisfied overall!  I don't think I am too old for these colors (at least not on my toes) or this design, but I think I am too old for the combination of the two!!  If I do this again, I will use more subtle colors!!  :)  I told Tony that my nails remind me of a 70's kitchen!  ;)  

Until next time,
Lyndsay

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Thank you Pinterest! Take two on hair!!

So, I tried again today!!  Attempt number two, not so bad!!  Cute even, at least I think so..   You can watch the video here to see how it is done.  It definitely takes longer than 3 minutes for me! I believe that is partly because my hair is longer, maybe thicker, and I have much less experience doing things so extravagant with my hair!  My idea of a fancy hair style is sleeping in rollers, or pulling it back in a pony/bun!!  Hair styling know how needed to accomplish this?!  On a scale of 1-10, I would say maybe a two!! ;)  

Here are the pictures!  This is how it looked BEFORE work..


This is how it looked after work!  Note: it was super windy today, I had recess duty twice, and went to my sister-in-law's track meet for a bit.  To protect my "do" I draped a scarf over it while outside.  It was cold enough to want protection, but I didn't want to use my coat hood..


Last, this is how it looked after I took out the bobby pins, all 21 of them.  Not a curly as I would have thought.  My hair was still slightly wet though!

All in all, with better weather conditions and some work, I think this would be a doable hair do, even for us hair illiterates out there!!  If you have no desire to watch the video, it was really quite simple in theory.  Grab a strand of hair twist it around you finger (as if you were flirting with the cute boy in middle school science) then twist it with your other hand into a spiral type thing and pin it to your head!  I recommend watching the video I am sure my description was about as informative as the pictures on how to!  :)  I am going to try a couple of other techniques to accomplish the same look, and maybe a more secure look!  First though, I got my new nail polish, and want to to try the marble effect!  That probably won't be until Friday when I am off work though!  Thanks!!

Until next time,
Lyndsay

Monday, April 2, 2012

Thank you Pinterest?! Maybe not so much this time...

Well, I attempted the beautiful hairstyle that I found on Pinterest.  The video I watched was on this blog.  I did the first one, "The classic twist and pin."  I cannot say that it was an epic fail, but it was a fail none the less!  :)  The below picture is my sad, sad attempt....





I know that the top of my head is cut off.  By the time I readjusted the camera to get my whole head, the bottom two twists were already undone!  I am going to attempt this again tomorrow with wet hair rather than dry hair!!  Here's hoping I can figure this thing out!!  If I am still unable to pull of that lovely look, I will try one of the others!!  :)

Until next time,
Lyndsay

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thank you Pinterest! "Modeling Dough" Balloons.

**REVISED ear placement!** 
I decided that I would actually try something that I pinned from Pinterest! If you would like to see the original post here it is!  I work at an elementary school as a para and run the after school program.  I wanted to do something for them for Easter and came across this and thought I could make them look like Easter eggs.  After thinking about this for awhile I realized these little balls of fun are made to be squeezed.  I didn't think that filling the whole balloon with marker would be a great idea, eventually I am sure it would come off on the kids' hands.  Then I somehow came up with the brilliant idea to make them into bunnies!  I found a 24 pack of the dough on sale for $11.99!  They were only 3oz rather than 5oz but I thought that would be ok!

There were some issues of course!  The first issue was that I happen to be allergic to latex..  My fingers were burning after a few balloons; another obstacle was that I happen to only have two hands!  A third hand would have been a wonderful addition!!  I tried several things some of which included: using my toe as an extra finger (yes they were clean) to hold it open, which kind of worked but as you can imagine was awkward!  I also tried holding a nail polish bottle between two of my toes to act as another mode to keep the balloon open.  That DID NOT work and was still quite awkward!!  ;)  My lack of success, and burning fingers inspired me to find something that I would be able to pull the balloon around with a large enough opening that I could still get the dough inside!  This is what I came up with!

 


This is a science beaker.  The opening on the side was perfect for pushing out the air as I pushed in the dough!  It made my life so much simpler!!  :)  (Please excuse the dough all over my fingers/nails)

I also had trouble getting out all of the air bubbles.  I tried to poke holes into the top of the "neck" of the balloon in hopes that it would offer a place for the air to come out as I kneaded it.  That did not work.  In the end I just squeezed the balloon until I could get all of the air out.  Then to prevent more air from slipping in when I tied it I twisted the "neck" so that no air could enter as I tied the knot!


I made 17 of these little ones!  I think they are actually a great size!  I also like that they somewhat lie flat!  This made it much easier to make the bunny faces later!  :)



I had also wanted to make some of these for my nieces, nephews, and little brothers/sister in law.  In order to do that I would have needed more dough than I had, so I decided to go the dollar store to pick up full size canisters.  The dollar store had a 5 pack of an off brand for $2.50, or a 4 pack of the name brand also for $2.50.  I opted for two-five packs.  This ended up being a bit of a mistake.  The off brand is more sticky.  It was harder to get into the balloon as it stuck to the "neck" of the balloon, and it was harder to remove the air bubbles!  I was unsure if this was because of the increased amount of dough, or if it was because of the brand of the dough.  I decided to combine two of the remaining name brand colors to make 5 oz.  I even used a scale!  :)  The result was that it was still MUCH easier to get the dough into the balloon, and I liked the squishiness (not a word I know..) of the name brand better than that of the off brand..  Oh well, live and learn!  :)

 I knew that my beaker would not work for the larger amounts of dough; there is no way it would have fit back through that hole!  I told my husband that he would have to be my second set of hands...  He does not share my passion for projects!  He came up with an even better plan!  He found a funnel!!  GREAT IDEA Tony!!  It still had about the right size opening to fix the balloon to, and once I was done filling it I could pull it off and it would "fall out!"

 

This was of course one of those DUH moments for me!  The only problem I had with this was that the balloon would slip back into the funnel leaving too small of an opening to put the dough in!  I try to fix it onto the funnel near where the balloon starts to take shape.  This provides much more room to get the dough into the balloon!


In the above picture you can see my solution to the slipping problem.  I pulled the balloon over the opening of the funnel, and then pulled the balloons "ring" up over it to act like a rubber band to hold it into place.  I also held onto the balloon as I was stuffing it.




As you can see, those 2 oz do make a difference!  I am a little bummed that the purple balloon looks black!  You can tell it is purple when you squeeze it though.  After I filled all of the balloons I looked online for a bunny ear template.  I should actually say, after attempting to free hand a bunny ear template, I decided it would be in my best interest to find one online!  This is the one I decided to go with here.  It is from Martha Stewart.  This happened to be a perfect size for the bunnies!  I did have one mishap with this as well!  I didn't factor in the whole left side right size might have different angles thing, so I ended up needing to make another copy of it.  If I was planning ahead, I could have traced the outside of both ears, cut that part off then traced the inside...  I labeled them "L" for left and "r" for right.  Though they ended up being switched as I didn't want the pen marks on the side that shows!  :)  I didn’t want to cut down under the outline, just in case I went too far and made them not fit together as well. To attach the ears to the balloon, I made a small tab glued to the back of the ear.  I then used a low heat glue gun to attach the balloons to the ear.
**REVISED** The hot glue did not keep the ears on very well.  They came off very easily.  My BRILLIANT husband came up with another fabulous idea!  He has "Shoe Goo" to fix his shoes (he refuses to buy new shoes/boots until he can feel the ground through them) and thought it might work.  So far it is working pretty well!  It does have to dry overnight though!


I added the next two pictures after it was brought to my attention that I was unclear on how to attach the ears to the balloon!  If you look at the bottom of this ear you can see the small tab that I glued to the back of the ear. 



The picture below shows the ear/tab glued to the balloon.  As you can see, I made the mistake of originally gluing the smaller color onto the wrong side of the larger one!  OOPS!!  :)



The finished product!  I think all in all they are pretty stinking cute!  Once I FINALLY finished all of them none of them had the exact color combination of balloon and ear colors!  So they really are one of a kind!  ;)



All in all, this was a fairly simple project.   It did take a lot of time (hours) but it was fun, and worth it in the end. It was fairly cheap, I spent about $20 and made 28 balloons and have leftovers! They are similar to those stress relief balls.  They could also probably double as the hand strengthening gadgets!  

As you can see by these faces I am no artist!  That is partly why I wanted to start this little section on my blog.  I am going to attempt doing things I find on blogs/Pinterest and see if they really are as simple as those experts make them sound!  I will start a board on Pinterest of pins I have succeeded at!  Trust me; if I can do these things so can you!

Tomorrow I tackle one of those beautiful hair dos everyone posts!!  I have only found a few that actually tell you HOW to do it!!  Seriously, why tease me with things that don't teach me how to do them!!  I am not clever enough to figure it out on my own!!  :)  
If you are interested in checking out my "Thank you Pinterest!" board it is here!

Until next time,
Lyndsay 

P.S.  My fingers are still burning!  The tips of my index and middle fingers on both hands are red and sore!  The heat from warm water burns my finger nails when I was my hands or shower!  If you are allergic to latex (or wheat), I suggest wearing latex free gloves while doing this project!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

4 Minute Workout

My friend Rachel gave this to me! She is pretty much a rock star! I wish I could say that I did this every day, but I do not!! I might have to work on getting on this again!!  :) 

Here is a picture of my scale, at the weight I would love to see it at when I am on it!!  :)





This is how it works, there are 6 different exercises. You choose 4 of the 6, three to four times a week. You do each of the 4 for one minute each. You time it with 20 seconds of exercise, and then 10 seconds of rest, twice per exercise. You do this with each of the four you chose for the day. It is only 20 seconds on, so you must do this a quickly as your body will allow!

The Exercises:
1. Squats
2. Lunges
3. Power Jumps (touch the floor, and jump reach as high as you can)
4. Sit ups
5. Push ups (yes wall ones count!)
6. Wall jumps (jump as high as you can and "hit" the wall. Rachel demonstrated touching above the door jam, I don't think that I personally could reach that, but maybe.)

Guidelines: 4 minutes 3-4x a week
- Pick 4 of the 6 exercises
- 1 minute per exercise
- Timer: 20 seconds on 10 seconds of rest
for each of the 4=four minutes

I realize that I already explained that part, but I wanted to show it the way she wrote it!! :D

Caloric Intake
*655+ (4.35x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years) =_____________

* Then x by 1.55 (for three days of the week of excercise) = calorie intake.

* - 500 (to lose weight) The total is the calories per day!

When you are done, you can look as lazy as Pickle!!  You have earned it!!  :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wow!!

It has been almost two months since I have posted anything new..  So I thought that I would give an update.  I have not finished the Bible yet..  Though I am pretty consistently reading at least something every day.  That being said, there are days that I miss some.  As good as my intentions may be, sometimes I fail, sometimes I fall short!  I am not giving up though!  The good thing is that I know that no matter how far I fall, He will pick me up!  This is just a short update, but I thought I would let everyone know what was happening!!  :)

As for Facebook, I am rarely on it at all anymore!  Lately it is less than once a week.  Though before, even when I was getting on more frequently, it was not daily, and it was for a small amount of time! 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

One week later...

My fast has been over for a full week now.  I feel that I have transitioned in nicely.  I am still making sure to reserve part of my day to God, no matter how busy I am.  I am also limiting my Facebook time to little a day.  I am aiming for no more than an hour a day.  This will just be a short entry, I just thought I would post how everything was going!!  :D

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Final Hours: April 23, 2011

Well, as of tomorrow, (which is technically in 4 hours and 35 minutes from the time I started writing this) my fast is over. It has been a very long, yet not long enough, journey. When it started I just wanted to make sure that I was spending much needed one on one time with the Lord. A goal that I feel that I have reached. I gave up Facebook in order to spend more time with Him. As it turned out though, after only one day, I got the bright idea that I could read through the entire Bible, through this fast. It didn't sound like it would be too hard. 9 daily readings from my yearly Bible. That meant about 2.5 hours of reading a day. That felt completely logical and doable at the time. As time went on though, I would often find myself curious about something that I was reading and would want to research it. That is not a problem!!  I am quite excited about all of the questions that stirred in my mind as I went through The Journey. These questions though, took up time. When it came down to it, it was far more important for me to fully understand, and do my best to find out the answers to the questions, than it was to reach my goal. I am proud of the progress that I have made. It did become slower once I started work, though, I still fully intend to be through the Bible in less than 6 months. For those of you who may be curious about how far into the Bible, I did get, here it is in the Old Testament I have read, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and I am in 1 Samuel. In the New Testament I have read, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and am in John. I have read 105 of the Psalms and about 1/3 of Proverbs. In about 6.5 weeks, I don't think that is too bad.

As much as I have missed Facebook, these past weeks, I am so thankful that I have given MYSELF this time that I needed with God. I am also glad that I have given GOD this time. I am grateful for everything that has happened in the course of this past 6.5 weeks. I have started a new job, that I happen to love. I have been more disciplined than I have ever been.

God is taking us in a whole new direction! I can't wait to share all of the new exciting things God has in store for us, as they begin to unfold! Stay tuned, God is big and I think He has some big things planned for us! (No I am not pregnant) Thank you for being a part of our Journey!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Days Thirty Nine - Fourty One: April 17-19, 2011

I am entering the home stretch!!  Technically my fast could be over.  I have gone 40 days without Facebook!!  I will continue on through the fast until after Easter.  It has been a super long, and surprisingly short ride!!  I wonder what Ruth said to me today on Facebook... She did not know about the extra few days!!  As you may have read, I counted and realized that from Ash Wednesday-Easter Sunday is really 46 days, not 40.  Since I am not Catholic, I didn't realize that they add in extra days because they allow themselves to indulge on Sundays.  I chose not to indulge, and to just add in the extra six days.  My friend Ruth, was going to count down the days on my Facebook Wall..  So I wonder what she said today, being that today is technically day 41.  Anyway, back to the home stretch!!  I am almost done with my fast.  I have to say, while I never really missed it, I have missed the people that I have been keeping touch with through the addictive social networking site! For those who don't know me, I have recently moved from the only state I had ever lived in, to the state next door!  This was all about a week and a half before I decided to give up Facebook for Lent!  It has been hard to not check in on pictures, status' etc.  I had three friends who had a baby during this fast, and I have missed seeing their beautiful pictures.  I also had a few friends who's babies had a birthday while I was gone.  One friend who was married, all of these, I feel that I missed out on!  That statement alone makes me sad.. When did looking at pictures on Facebook become our way of feeling present?
 
On the other hand though, I have not really felt like I have been lacking anything from my life, other than pictures.  Even freeing up the time I spent on Facebook, and only working part time, I still feel that there are not enough hours in the day. I guess it doesn't matter how much time you have, it's never enough. 


The next time I post, it will probably be a summary of my Journey!  :D


Until next time..

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Days Thirty - Thirty Eight: April 8-16, 2011 (I think...)

Well, it has certainly been a few days since the last post...  I guess I am a slacker!!  :D  Tony has officially made it to NE, so I have been spending my "spare time" with him.  As I expected my reading has not been as much per day as it was prior to him being here.  Though, it is still daily, and at least one daily reading.  I am on April 27th, and started with January 12th, on March 9th, Ash Wednesday.  Although I have not reached my goal, I do believe that that is quite an accomplishment.  I have read over 25% of the Bible in a little over a month!!  I am pretty excited to see everything that God is providing us lately!!  He is pretty awesome!!  I can't wait to see what all He has in store for Tony and I in the comming months!!  :D 

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.  I again urge you if you are in an area that has the Passion Play that you try to make it out to one!!  It is pretty awesome!!  Enjoy this week, and reflect on what it is really about!!  :D

Until next time....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Day Twenty Nine: April 7

Today's post will be short and sweet! Though it says it all!!

I stole this from my mom!!  She has a daily email that she sends called blessings.  This is found at the bottom of it, I thought I would share it!


Place your mouse on the X below and drag to the O.

X Even though you can't see Him, GOD is there! O

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Day Twenty Eight: April 6, 2011

I love when a good Bible study becomes great.  I love when I am reading, and just going along, then all of the sudden I decide that I need to find something more out about what I am reading.  Whether it is something I feel that I need to understand more, or finding out where exactly something is located.. I am terrible with Geography in general, with the mile radius around me, let alone another country.  So when I decided to find a different Bible that had maps in it, I was pretty amazed when the little |-----| part of the map was 20 miles..  I used the imaginary ruler between my index finger and thumb and realized (even more so) how big this territory that God had set apart for the Israelites really was/is.  Yes I realize that God knew then that the population would increase.  Though, if that chunk of land seems so huge to me now, imagine how large it would have been then!  It's pretty fun really!!  I have always enjoyed Bible Study.  I have never really done an individual Bible study though.  With no book leading me, or outside of the comforts of a group Bible study.  Unless you count the times that I have taught Sunday School or Youth Group.  I guess what I mean is that I have never done a personal Bible Study, on my own, solely for me, and my enjoyment.  I am learning more than I thought I ever would, and still feel that I could be getting so much more out of it than I am!!  I can't wait to see what else is in store!!


Until Next Time..!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Days Twenty Six and Twenty Seven: April 4 & 5, 2011

I feel very accomplished the past two days.  I have gotten a lot done!  While I am only averaging 3-5 "days" of reading in a day, I feel that I am getting a lot of reading done.  Sorry I know that last sentence was a bit confusing to read.   I hope to get some more in a day in the days to come.  I am very excited about my job and all of the fun stuff that is to come in the near future there too!!  Life is looking up, and I couldn't be more excited to see what all God has in store for me!!  


It's pretty exciting!!  :D


Until Next Time.....     

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Days Twenty Four and Twenty Five: April 2 & 3, 2011

This has been a very busy weekend.  Yesterday I went shopping...  I bought several things (including a pair of shoes) and spend only $12.80-something.  I think that I am a pretty good shopper.  A "quality" that annoys Tony to no end!  He hates that I will buy something, that I will eventually need, just because it is on sale.  He thinks that there are some conspiracies around it.  Though, other than the shoes (that are pretty cute considering they were only $0.54) I needed everything that I purchased. 


I feel that I have accomplished a lot in the past couple of weeks.. Though not spending nearly as much time with God as I would prefer!  After I post this I will be heading to bed for some Bible and prayer time.. Then some much needed sleep!!  I am excited to start another week of work, we will see what new and exciting things are in store for the month of April!!  After tomorrow, there will only be 20 more days of the fast if my memory is right..  I am sure now that I will not be finishing the Bible in time.  I do have faith that I will get it read soon though!!  I guess that 9 daily readings was a little presumptuous for me.  While they are all about 15 minutes each, when you factor in my "study time" and rereading so that I understand what I read fully, they end up being closer to an hour!!  Part of me still hopes to finish it, as unrealistic as that may sound.  I have not really missed Facebook too much.  Though from time to time, I wish that I could get on to get an email or phone number.  Who knew how dependant one could become on social networking?!  It has not even been around for that long in all reality..  I had found myself accidently signing on from my phone from time to time.  It is a bookmark, and I would out of habit go to that number for the bookmarks rather than my email, or google.  As soon as I noticed though, I got out of it.  I didn't scroll down to get a glimps of what I was missing.. I did see that I have at least one friend request, I didn't see the name or names and didn't click on it to see who it was.  That is something that I have been curious about since seeing it.  That was toward the beginning of the fast..  I feel bad, if it is someone who actually knows me, I hope that they are not feeling as if I don't want to get in touch with them.. Though, that is probably just a way of making the temptation stronger for me..  It won't be too long now before I will answer their request.  Who knows!?  I may not even know the person!!  :)  Well I have ramled on and on quite a bit tonight, so I think that I will give the readers, and my brain a rest, and conclude this post!


Until Next Time...

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Well

There was a girl, with a broken heart. Like a fragile glass dropped, and shattered.  It doesn't matter how long one spends sweeping up the pieces, she will still find more slivers days, or even weeks later.  Each time reopening wounds that she thought had long since healed.  A heart, once broken takes a long time to mend itself.  It takes time to find all of the pieces to make it complete again.  


She was hanging from a rope, leading down a well.  She held on with every bit of strength she had.  Just when she thought she was at the end of her rope, miraculously there was another foot, and then an other.  Until finally she reached rock bottom. 


She had sunk so far down that there was no visible light, coming from the opening of the well.  The only light she had with her was a small flashlight she kept close to her heart.  Stubbornly though, she was convinced that she didn't need it.  She had made it this far without it, she wouldn't use it now, unless she became desperate.  She justified these feelings by telling herself that she would need to use the flashlight if someone came looking for her.  The light would be needed to shine in order for them to see where she was.  She could not risk wasting the little battery life she had left.


She spend what felt like days, crouched down with her head resting on the knees, that she hugged so tight.  Waiting for her rescuers to come save her.  Finally, when she had given up hope of ever being brought up out of the well, she turned on the small flashlight.  To her amazement, the entire well lit up, as if the sun were right next to her.  Just feet in front of her, there was a tunnel.  A tunnel that was not very long.  She got up and followed the tunnel.  Within minutes she could see the light of day. 


Had only she turned on the light she had with her the whole time, she would have found her way out right away.


If we call on Jesus when we feel like we have reached rock bottom, (or the end of our rope) it won't be long before he leads us out of the darkness, and into the Light.

Days Twenty Two and Twenty Three: March 31, and April 1, 2011

Well, the past couple of days have been a little busy.  I have not gotten the chance to post a blog.  This may be partly because I have not had many great profound or wise things to say. (Hence the use of the word "things") There is nothing new or exciting with my fast, there is nothing new and exciting in my life... So this will also be a short entry. 


So, until next time!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Days Eighteen, Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One: March 29-30

I have reached the halfway point in my fast (but not really) I am not halfway through the Bible, actually not even close! I have read every day, and have learned a lot.  I have not written in several days because it has been pretty busy, and I have not had much to write about.  I am enjoying my job, and feel that it is a good fit for me!  I am excited to help start an infant room there!  As far as the journey, it is a pretty slow moving journey, but a worthwhile one none the less.  I have been doing pretty fine without Facebook.  I have not experienced any withdrawls/shakes. :)  Though I am pretty excited to get back in touch with everyone, and see what everyone is up to!  I can make it though.  It is only 19 (but really about 25) more days!


Until next time!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day Seventeen: March 25, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TONY!!  Today, (which was actually yesterday) is (was) Tony's 28th birthday! 


I also enjoyed my second day of work!  :D


I got some reading done.  Not too much.  I didn't really factor in trying to get in my reading while still being a functioning contributing member of society.  Next week I will be there for about 3.5 to 4 hours before I will be working though, so I guess I will probably get in a lot more than I did this week!  I have a feeling that posts will be less often, and shorter now that I will be working.. 


Until next time!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day Sixteen: March 24, 2011

Today was my first day of work!  I loved it!!  I was able to spend the beginning of my morning by reading.  I am not caught up on my reading, but as I said yesterday, I am not going to stress out about it right now!  Tomorrow, I get to work a full day!  I am pretty excited about that as well!  It was awesome!  I was very excited to be at a center that talks about Jesus, and prays before meals again!!  :D  Today was a good, and exhausting day!  ;)