Sunday, May 30, 2010


Growing up, we didn't eat a lot of dairy because of our "allergies."  Tonight I plan to ask my mom if we were allergic to the milk or if she felt that dairy made our other allergies worse.

As a result, I still can take or leave dairy products.  I do love a good cheese plate with a glass of wine, but don't see much use for dairy in my daily life.  Not only do I not like the taste of milk, dairy often makes me sick.  I've planned to go to the doctor more than once to have him figure out if it's a milk allergy or lactose intolerance, but it's always seemed easier to just avoid dairy instead.

I've been drinking soy for a few years.  I'm not wild about the taste, but I can handle it mixed with something else.  I'll never drink a glass, but will pour it over my cereal anyday.  I also like that soy milk lasts for a long time before it expires, which is especially helpful since I eat lunch and breakfast at work each day.  However, recently I've noticed a lot of buzz that too much soy can be bad for you.

As I researched my different milk options (cow's milk, soy milk, rice milk, almond milk), I grew confused.  Basically, it seemed to me that none of them are really that much better or worse for you.  It comes down to a matter of preference.

So I have some rice milk in the fridge.  I'll let you know what I think.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Oklahoma Weather

Tulsa County is currently under a Tornado Watch.  I am  hiding in the closet in our living room because it's the only room in our house that doesn't have windows.  (Well, our green bathroom doesn't have any exterior windows.  So maybe that would be a safe choice.  Hm.)

I had to move the vaccuum cleaner, a bunch of foam pool noodles that are cut in half, and some luggage to make room for the four pillows I shoved into there.

Here I am being scared.  I just realized that I'm wearing flip flops, which is ironic because I hate flip flops and never wear them.  If there is a tornado and my house gets blown away, it would have been nice to have real shoes on.  And some makeup.  My wallet is in my car, along with my wedding ring.  My phone is dying, and so is the laptop. 

I feel really guilty because I don't know what to do with the puppy dogs while I'm here in the closet.  Maybe I should get into the blue bathroom and put them in the bathtub or something? Tornados make me think deeply and profoundly about the meaning of life.  I looked around the house wondering if I should grab anything to put in the closet with me.  The only thing that ended up being that important is our wedding pictures (we have no other copies of them, not on disc or Facebook or anything.)  Everything else just ends up being stuff...

I worry about my husband, who's at work.  I worry about my family, who is shoved into their bathrooms with the new puppy.  I worry about my Nanny, who tried to fly into Tulsa this morning but didn't make it until after 5:00 because of this crazy weather.  I worry about my work families, and my co-workers.  I worry....and then I remember that my God is sovereign. 

"I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things." (Isaiah 45:7, NKJV)

"For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are [His] ways higher than [my] ways, and [His] thoughts than [my] thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9, NKJV)

I don't like to think about death.  I don't want to ponder the fact that I am not guaranteed tomorrow and that my life could end today.  I like my life.  But when I consider that God does everything for good, for the sake of His glory, what matter is my life?  If I can be part of His story, then sign me up.  I want to leave a legacy for Christ.  I hope I don't die tonight.  Tornados don't usually scare me- it's probably being home alone and stuck in a closet.

Where do you hide in a storm?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mollie the Puppy

My parents' new puppy.  Molly is a Corgi/ Australian cattle dog mix.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Freedom and Self-Indulgence

My Spring 2010 semester is finally OVER!  I know that I made a B in one of the classes I struggled with the most (the Mental Tests and Measures class where the final was over all the presentations.)  Awesome.

I couldn't have done it without the amazing "Good Luck" cupcakes my sisters brought by.  Funfetti cake, yum.  By the way, my mom has had that Tupperware container for about twenty years. 

To celebrate my completion of the weird semester, I took some of the money from book buyback and went shopping. 

First stop was Marshall's.  Not only did I find Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products on sale, but I found cookbooks- my favorite!

I will add them to the others in my collection....

Can you tell that I really love cookbooks?  I am pretty excited to cook out of the Jewish Princess book as I've never cooked anything Kosher before. 

Then I headed over to Target.  I found some shirts for my hard-working husband.  Then I got sucked into a book called Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity.  I was looking through books and wanted to know if it was fact or thing I know, it's been thirty minutes, and I'm still standing in the aisle leaned up against my cart.  And the book wasn't even good.

After that I went to the health section to buy vitamins.  I usually take the Target brand of gummy multi-vitamins, but they were out.  So I bought these instead.  I think they taste better when you're chewing them, but I feel like they kind of have a little aftertaste.  Hm.  And the prenatal vitamins are not a coy way of telling you all that I'm pregnant.  So I don't want to hear anything about it!

Oh, I also bought a cute dress off the clearance rack.  I've been wanting a maxi-dress since last summer.  I was in my friend Joani's wedding, and two of her guests were a pair of gorgeous sisters wearing beautiful maxi-dresses.  I wanted to be them- their long hair flowing on the dance floor, their arm muscles, their pretty dresses.  And now it can be me!  (Minus the long hair and the muscles.)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Finally Finals

Halfway through!  Two down, two to go.

Mental Tests and Measures....I'm sure the entire class failed.  I saw tears before and after the test.  How we were expected to retain the information from thirty presentations and two chapters is beyond me....

Social Policy...despite testing over chapters we didn't cover in class and having inaccurate information on our Power Point presentations, I think the test went well.  She threw in a few "freebies", which I appreciated.

Tomorrow is Social Statistics and I finish the semester with my Behavior Modification final on Wednesday.  Then freedom!  For a few weeks anyway....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Almost Vegetarian

It's been nine days of my Meatless May.  Here are my thoughts so far...


  • I feel healthier.
  • I've lost about four pounds.  (Which may be unrealated, but it's a happy thing to lose weight, so I'm counting it as a pro.)
  • I've saved money by not buying meat.
  • I feel like my stomach hurts less.  (Which again may be unrelated, but at this point I'm going to claim it for the vegetarianism again.)
  • I like to think I'm making the world a better place by not supporting  the icky aspects of meat farming.
  • It's fun to try something new.
  • I don't really miss meat too much.


  • It's hard to plan around dates with friends, going to Lee's grandma's, etc.  It turns out I am rarely in control of my meals.
  • Sometimes I forget...until I'm halfway through my burger.
  • I'm not very good at getting my protein from other sources.
  • People think it's weird.
  • Oklahoma doesn't seem too vegetarian-friendly.