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outside my (coworkers’) window. . .
I see smoke and ash from the out-of-control wildfires nearby.

I am listening to. . .
My coworkers asking me for help every 5-10 mintues.

I am thinking. . .
that due to recent drama, I am pretty emotionally exhausted/frustrated at the moment.

I am thankful. . .
for a short 3 1/2 day work week this week.

from the kitchen. . .
I’ve been pretty good about using thedailyplate.com on weekdays. Strangely enough, food just hasn’t been all that appealing in the last few days.

I am wearing. . .
heels, jeans, the basic casual-yet-refined LA office attire.

I am hoping. . .
that I continue to make good decisions, and that the good decisions pay off.

I am creating. . .
an itinerary for our weekend trip to Portland (well, a loose one at least).

I am praying. . .
that God isn’t laughing at my expense lately.

around the house. . .
our new roommate moves in tomorrow!

I am reading. . .
the third book in the Ashley Stockingdale series called, With This Ring, I’m Confused.

I am watching…
less TV than usual. Lately I’ve been watching Mad Men on AMC and More to Love on Fox.

one of my favorite things. . .
is country line dancing at Montana’s in San Dimas.

a few plans for the rest of the week. . .
Foundry on Tuesday, flying to Portland with my girls on Thursday, wedding on Saturday…

a picture that i am sharing. . .

countrygal

highlights + new dress, perfect for line dancing and two-stepping

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The Road ID is a fantastic idea.

However, if you aren’t ready to drop $20 on a shoe ID, I have a budget solution for you:

cheaperidea_running

I’ve done several “races,” and each race has some sort of timing chip. The timing chip from ING Bay to Breakers was a flat plastic piece that laced through your shoelaces. I left it on there because I was too lazy to take it off (and it was pretty and matched my shoes). Recently I had the great idea of turning this free timing chip into my very own emergency contact ID. All you need is a label maker, and BAM! Free version of a Road ID. Now if anyone finds me passed out along the road / at the gym, they know who to call.

I haven’t keep you all up-to-date on my Papa because I haven’t known quite what to write. The situation is confusing to everyone in our family, but my Aunt Cathy was nice enough to write a clear, concise update, which I’ve modified and posted below…

Papa is continuing to walk on his own, using just a cane instead of the walker he depended on when he first left the hospital. As most of you know, he and my grandma recently moved to an assisted living facility near my family in Indiana, where they have a nice apartment, three good meals a day prepared for them, and medical staff available on site.

One of Papa’s recent tests reveals that the cancer has spread, but the PET scan, colonoscopy, MRI’s, etc. do not reveal the location of the cancer. If you recall from earlier reports, the doctors removed a cancerous tumor in his liver, tested the cells around it and lymph nodes, and did an exploratory search of his organs, looking for the origin of the cancer, or for additional cancer, but found nothing. To slow the growth of the elusive cancer, Papa has begun taking chemotherapy in pill form and is handling that well. He is concerned about what is ahead, but has a good attitude, and keeps us entertained with his sense of humor. I will be traveling to Indiana in October to see him for the first time since this whole ordeal. Please keep my grandparents in your prayers as they come to mind. Thank you so much.


Donate your cell, help a soldier call home!

At the end of our biggest loser contest I lost…(DRUM ROLL)…3.2 lbs. Laughable? Not for me. My body clings to pounds like a kid to a security blanket. I eat pretty healthy and exercise moderately (hey, I have a social life), but the pounds do not melt away. HOWEVER, I’ve made some healthy changes over the long run, and  I think I weigh at least ten lbs less than I did around November of last year. Progress!

To health and sexy curves!

This is perhaps the most mature article I’ve read about love & marriage in a long time. Props to this confident writer.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/fashion/02love.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

“The truth feels like the biggest sucker-punch of them all: it’s not a spouse or land or a job or money that brings us happiness. Those achievements, those relationships, can enhance our happiness, yes, but happiness has to start from within. Relying on any other equation can be lethal.”