Saturday, April 13, 2013

What I Look Like When I Blog and Some Super Smart People

Hi. This is what I look like when I'm blogging. At least usually.

At this particular moment, I actually look more like this. Same desk, same computer, same ergonomically incorrect chair. Same funky socks.

But most nights, we put the kids to bed, tidy this zoo up a bit, and I get comfy. And as luck would have it, my stalkerazzi moved to the new house with me, so we have an appropriate visual. (Look closely and you'll see my pajama shirt...)

Tonight we're at the tail end of a whirl-wind. We drove to Muncie and back today to meet our newest nephew, fresh off a plane from Uganda. He's the same age Silas was when he came home. And it struck me tonight that he's two months older than Calvin was when Ruby was born.

I feel like I'm thinking out loud right now....

What? That's what it always seems like??

While I'm at it, you should know that I'm dealing with my first whole chicken as. we. speak. It's, uh, boiling on the stove. I feel sort of bad talking about it. It stunned me with its chickenness, that's all. And its headlessness. I think I'll stick with split breasts from now on.

Are you curious about why I'm boiling a whole chicken at 10:14 on a Saturday night?
Well, stay tuned. There's Velveeta involved and I'm not afraid to admit it.

We're having special overnight visitors tonight and tomorrow should be one for the record books of my murmured heart.

I'm leaving you with a bunch of random links I've been saving for a few weeks because they're awesome and no other reason is necessary.

Living in Africa Doesn't Make You an Awesome Person by Annie from Ramblations I wanted to stand up and cheer when I read this.  I really love her transparency and the girl just makes sense.

Why We Have Our Best Ideas in the Shower by Leo Widdrich at Buffer This is super sciency and involved, but it's an interesting skim. And most importantly, it confirms my sneaking suspicion.

Listening Well as a Person of Privilege by Christena Cleveland This girl nails it. "Privileged folks often underestimate how much they need solidarity with oppressed folks."  She slayed me with her well-shared wisdom and convicted me with her brave truth-telling.

6 Tips to Smart Giving by Amy L. Sullivan We're still talking a lot about the importance of generous, extravagant giving around these parts and how important it is to really understand where the $ is going. This is a great resource.

5 Steps to Help Kids Learn to Control Their Emotions by Aha! Parenting Self-explanatory, right??

Alice Cooper: I am a Christian    Fascinating. I'm still chewing this one around.

Dining Room Tour by DustyLu Gorgeous. Dreamy. Swoony.

Happy weekending!


  1. Can we be overnight guests at your house sometime? pretty please. We're not messy or loud. Ok we are, but fun too! :-)

  2. You had me at the mention of Muncie-McGalliard, Scotty's Brewhouse, The Fieldhouse, and Pizza King are words that come to mind. :)

  3. I wanna here more about this new nephew from Uganda. Tell me more!!!

  4. Replies
    1. Ding-ding-a-ling!

      (This means that you're right, not that you're a ding-a-ling.)

  5. Girrrrrrl,
    1. Why are you so generous?
    2. I love your curtains.
    3. I've never read a post mentioning Muncie before...nope, sure haven't. Do you know that's where I went to school? Yep, sure was. Spent five years there and haven't been back since graduation. Crazy.
    4. Thanks for making me smile this morning.

  6. Let me just say, that I wish I had my own stalkerazzi. Generally when a picture is taken of me it's because I sat the camera on a tripod or I guilted my husband or one of my four (big enough to handle it on their own) children to take a picture. I am constantly telling them that when I am dead they will regret that they didn't take pictures of me. They'll say,
    "Mommy? Mommy who? I don't remember what she looked like." And then they will get really sad as they have been guilted into grabbing the camera.
    Be thankful for your stalker and his crazy shots. For that, I envy you. By the way, I also sit horrible at the computer (as I am doing right now). I think we will both have slumped backs when we are old:)

  7. Some really GREAT links. Thanks for sharing. I have passed a couple along as well!

    Hope your day is WONDERFUL! Enjoy the moments!

  8. thanks for the links, I love 'em. well, the one i've read so far. You look very cute and cozy in your abode, and those curtains...I think they were the right choice.

  9. First I still love your curtains. Second - chicken spaghetti - YUM! I am planning to make that next week to take to a new mom. Third - I don't know if you follow the MOB society blog, but they are doing a book club over the book 'Wild Things the Art of Nurturing Boys" - just thought it might be up your alley - here's a link to the site

  10. just so you know....and i'm not kidding one bit...i OFTEN wear the shirts I wear to bed, especially in the winter bc I'll just wear the long sleeved shirt that i wore that day to bed. so easy..why wouldn't I?
    glad i'm not alone in this...

    also, your walls look planked...were they like that when you guys moved in or is something you've done in the past few weeks?

    love the random post and the links. always love links.

    1. We planked them during the building process, before we moved in. Well, Cory and 2 of his buddies did. Ha.

      I LOVE what it added to the room!

      And thanks for the sleep shirt solidarity. I have to say, I'm shocked by how many of us there are! Glad I outed myself b/c I always thought it was my dirty little secret. ;) Guess there really is no shame!

  11. Tank top under a shirt during the day...wear tank top to bed...if I'm being really daring, I'll wear the same tanktop the next day. Under a new shirt, of course. I wouldn't want to cross the line...

  12. REad the "Listening Well" article. Really really good, and it has spoken to me about a someone who came into our lives last week. I think the words "privileged and oppressed" are so well-chosen. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Are you for real? Wow. What a sweet surprise. Thanks for giving my mom and three best friends some company on my blog. :) I think you're awesome for moving to the hood (plus fifty points for "exposing your children to such an environment" aka letting them have a sweet view of Jesus every day)........but not in the way that thinks you're sinless (see aforementioned shirt confession above).

  14. Just want you to know you inspire me with the easy way in which you share your life here in this blog space : )

  15. My church partnered with Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Foundation to create "The Rock" in central Phoenix. The teen center is open every afternoon and offers free music and dance lessons as well as tutoring. He and his wife Cheryl have come to church a few times to share their testimonies. It's really cool to pop-in mid-week and see The Rock jam full of teens being loved on.

  16. I disagree with that comment about Africa... But that's because I grew up in Zimbabwe, and currently live in South Africa, and yes, Zimbabwians, Kenyans, Malawians, etc are generally the MOST amazing people... ;) That's a funny thing - you know it works both ways? I was a missionary in the States, and my friends from SA thought I was super spiritual when I was actually teetering on the verge of a burnout and a nervous breakdown!! Thank the Lord that's history!! I'm really enjoying seeing parts of your life, thank you for sharing and your honesty. Transparency is one of the most underrated, powerful tool to fight this lie of shame and perfectionism pervading Christian culture.

  17. the chicken diaries. oh my. i have to be completely in the correct place, mentally, before i can deal with the chicken in its entirety even if sans a head. those moving parts are enough to do me in.
    and dont get me started on my over active gag reflex as i prepared ( and basically ended up ROCKING)my first bat at THE thanksgiving turkey. whoa.
    off to read some links.
    congrats on the new little family dude from uganda. that's aewsome!!absolutely awesome!
    ( ps. did you change the name/url option? i coulda swore you had i'm off to sign in via my closed googleblog...just curious)

  18. I have no idea how I came across your blog originally...but you have been officially bookmarked on my blog list. I just had to let you know...I loved many of the links you gave. The one about the shower made me LAUGH because I often tell my husband my latest ideas/thoughts from the "think tank". And the aha parenting blog has some good ideas...which ironically after today were JUST what I needed to read as encouragement. And lastly, I find it refreshing to know that there are other women out there that wear the shirt they wore to bed the following day. Part of me knows that my 5 month old is just minutes from spitting up all over it and I will be changing in no time...the other part of me says...5 month old or not, I still do that frequently! Thank you for your blog and I enjoy your style of writing!

  19. Let me warn others, the link to Alice Cooper, I wasn't expecting it to start the way it did! WARNING. (That's what I get for stalking blogs at 2:30 am while husband is out if town and house is quiet!) on that note, I am going to bed. I hope I have caught back up with your posts!

    1. What do you mean??? Just the photos of them in all their make-up looking "scary"??? Am I missing something?

  20. ok, i might be wrong, but is that not actually steve carrell as alice cooper in that interview? or should i say "interview".