April 18, 2014

Being a Christian

So I really never really like to talk religion on this blog, but why not try it once?

A lot of the music I listened to in high school was Christian bands. I realized some people thought I was weird but then I would just open their eyes to the fact that it does not mean they are singing about God and some of their mainstream artists are/were signed by Christian labels.

In 2004 (when I was in high school) Jon Foreman the lead singer for Switchfoot gave the best answer ever for the question: why doesn't Switchfoot strictly play Christian songs? Here is what he said:

“To be honest, this question grieves me because I feel that it represents a much bigger issue than simply a couple SF tunes. In true Socratic form, let me ask you a few questions: Does Lewis or Tolkien mention Christ in any of their fictional series?  Are Bach’s sonata’s Christian?
What is more Christ-like, feeding the poor, making furniture, cleaning bathrooms, or painting a sunset? There is a schism between the sacred and the secular in all of our modern minds. The view that a pastor is more ‘Christian’ than a girls volleyball coach is flawed and heretical.
The stance that a worship leader is more spiritual than a janitor is condescending and flawed. These different callings and purposes further demonstrate God’s sovereignty. Many songs are worthy of being written. Switchfoot will write some, Keith Green, Bach, and perhaps yourself have written others.
Some of these songs are about redemption, others about the sunrise, others about nothing in particular: written for the simple joy of music. None of these songs has been born again, and to that end there is no such thing as Christian music. No. Christ didn’t come and die for my songs, he came for me. Yes. My songs are a part of my life. But judging from scripture I can only conclude that our God is much more interested in how I treat the poor and the broken and the hungry than the personal pronouns I use when I sing.
I am a believer.
Many of these songs talk about this belief.
An obligation to say this or do that does not sound like the glorious freedom that Christ died to afford me. I do have an obligation, however, a debt that cannot be settled by my lyrical decisions. My life will be judged by my obedience, not my ability to confine my lyrics to this box or that.
We all have a different calling; Switchfoot is trying to be obedient to who we are called to be. We’re not trying to be Audio A or U2 or POD or Bach: we’re trying to be Switchfoot. You see, a song that has the words: ‘Jesus Christ’ is no more or less ‘Christian’ than an instrumental piece. (I’ve heard lots of people say Jesus Christ and they weren’t talking about their redeemer.)”

April 17, 2014

First Run

Let me start off by saying, I am not a runner. I don't wake up in the mornings craving a run, and I certainly don't look forward to running. I'm a squatter, a lifter, a pull up-er, a spinner. (well over a runner that is, doesn't mean I am doing those either...) But runner? Not really. I will admit though, there is a certain feeling of accomplishment and empowerment after finishing a good run.

 I have been really loving the balance I have found when it comes to eating better and working out. I feel like the biggest thing for me is just being CONSISTENT. If I don't do good one day, I don't need to throw everything out the window the next day. I can just start now. Getting over that has been my biggest challenge. And I have found that if you just commit to doing something every day, you will make so much more progress.

Yesterday I had my first "real" run of the year. I say "real" with quotations because, I have actually been running but nothing over a mile...

So anyway, back to yesterday. I decided I wanted to actually run. To go from point A to point B. To feel my feet on the asphalt and to actually go somewhere. I didn't go far... just 1.5 miles (I'm starting slow here) but I plan on building up to about 4 miles so maybe I can run a 5 K.

Even though it was a slow run and wasn't an awesome distance, I'm still proud of my self for actually getting out there (in 90 degree weather, mind you at 7:15pm) and doing it. Best of all I am doing this in my neighborhood cutting down on extraneous time getting to and from a place to work out. That forces me to take the excuse of "I don't have time" out of the picture. I'm pretty excited about it. I don't really have any goals except to finish. Maybe finish without walking. I'm not going to worry about it yet. I just want to be fit and healthy.

Who knows, maybe in a few weeks I'll be an actual runner. You know, the kind that actually enjoys it.

April 15, 2014

The places you will work...

All I have been doing lately is working, so naturally...my mind most often is on work.
Eh...just kidding, it is still work!

This has really got me thinking about how I feel like I am an adult with my real job.
Got me thinking about all my jobs.
And I have had quite a few. 
Some more random than others, let me list a few...

1. Babysitter
This was my very first "job".
I baby sat for family friends who needed me to at very low rates. ie. $3 a kid.
Character building right there folks.
I think this first job made me the tightwad I am today.

2. Administrative Assistant (aka. secretary/filing girl)
I worked for a telecommunications company and did their filing and invoices. It was fun and I liked the business world. Hated the skirts though!

3. Lifeguard
Too many jobs at one time, but being a lifeguard made sense for me and it was the same pool I practiced at all through high school. I knew the people, made some good friends, they worked around my schedule, and I had a good time there!
I sweated my boobs off on the hot days and loved the rainy/lighting days where I got paid to watch it rain! (IT would be totally cooler if it rained money....we were not that kind of establishment people!)

4. Swim Instructor
Oh boy, this was a good job.
So by being a lifeguard, you had to do one summer of swim lessons.
I had a lot of swim experience and actually had a knack for teaching all levels of swimming.
A lot of mommies were happy and wanted me all to their own for their kid.
So I did private swim lessons. That was fun, easy, and good money.
I also never got in trouble with my boss (me!).

5. Crimson Scholar Residential Mentor
Say that five times fast.
Yeah and this was a job Kevin and I held together.
We got free room and board and paid to help honors kids have social lives and live through college.
It was really fun and we only did it for one year, but it was a time consuming job which is ultimately why we both stopped.

Funny side note: you were not allowed to date each other or your residents. Kevin and I were dating when we applied but didn't know that rule. We found out after the interviews were all said and done. We had decided it wouldn't matter because the probability of us both landing the gig was slim. I don't even know how many people applied, but only 30 were chosen for interviews and then 6 were given the job. We were two of them! They didn't know we were dating until we told them, but they played it off and said it would be fine. :-)

6. Veterinary Assistant
I worked for my mother-in-law back in college.
I assisted her when she had surgeries, which was usually once a week in the morning when I didn't have school or clinicals.
I love puppies!

7. Nursing Student
I just didn't get paid for this job!
And it took more hours than a job!
But getting out into the real world after college, it was totally on my resume!

7. RN Charge Nurse
This job and I just didn't vibe.
Hence why I left, but it was a good lesson in getting my first adult job after school.

8. Agency Nurse
It was hard, but I enjoyed the challenge of doing something totally different every day for work. There was a lot of unpredictability so financially I had more to plan (see here) but it was good for me.

9. Unit Manager
My current job that I love and could see myself doing for a long time.
But I guess I thrive on that...since this has been me lately:
I actually got excited after the time change because I could ACTUALLY SEE the sun!! This semester sure was tough for its long days!!

All and all I think the most important thing I have learned being a big girl nurse is....

Never pass up an opportunity to pee.

April 14, 2014

Weekend Update and Goals

||  Friday ||
1. Spent my day at work per the usual. There was something in the air and everyone was just really on edge and rude. Kill them with kindness was all I could do.
2. My Friday night? Minor League Baseball of course! Two Tucson reject teams: Reno Aces and El Paso Chihuahuas. Yep you heard right on that last one...

 || Saturday ||
3. Market on the Move (MOM) in the morning. I love that the Tucson/Phx area does this! I love supporting and knowing that I am taking things that would otherwise go to waste.
4. I convinced Kevin to go on some errands with me the rest of the morning after MOM. HomeGoods, Marshalls, Sam's Club, to name a few...
5. After that some lunch, blogging for me, and a nap for Kevin, we (I use that term loosely) continued to tackle Kevin's shelves project in the garage. I can't wait to have all the storage space!! Organization for the win!!
6.  The remainder of the night was spent making dinner together and enjoying a nice glass of wine and some Dominion! A perfect day/night together! I have a pretty darn good husband if I do say so myself!!

|| Sunday ||
7.  Enjoyed a slow morning of sleeping in and breakfast.
8. Finished my morning right with a work out! Gotta get to it before it gets too hot here in AZ. It has been well into the 90s as of late. Yuck!
9. Had a lazy day followed by dinner and a movie of Kevin's choosing (Jurassic Park)

Here are my goals for the week: 
hoping this will help keep me accountable
Gah, I can't believe we are already halfway done with April!!

+ Work out Monday-Friday. Hopefully run a whole mile straight without stopping.
+ Give myself a mani/pedi. 
+ Blog everyday this week.
+ Drink more water.
+ Finish my current book this week.

April 10, 2014

Two Ingredient Cookies

When my family came to visit the other weekend and it was so nice to see them, but it was most full I have ever had my home. When company comes over, food is important (shoot it is always important, lets be real). I don't want to be slaving away in the kitchen the whole darn time.

So the first night I had Kevin grill some steaks and I made a salad and garlic bread. Yum and easy.

Then my sister asked what is for dessert?!

I look in my pantry and find canned pumpkin. My brain knows that I have seen people use it as a supplement in baking on Pinterest but I couldn't remember how and didn't look. Lame, but true.

I mixed a can with a spice cake mix and made cookies. The dough is a weird consistency and the cookies didn't seem like they were done ever, but trust me I have found 15 min at 350 to be good! I also calculated 72 calories in each cookie since I had 27 cookies in my batch. I thought by looking at them and feeling them that I had really messed up this little kitchen, dessert experiment. But then I bit into them and all thoughts of error went out the window.

But to be fair, I consulted the internet AFTER I made the cookies and this is not something of my own invention. In fact other people who have their claim to fame on the interweb with this recipe recommend a cream cheese frosting. But I am all about mix two ingredients and be done...ain't no one got time for frosting. (Unless you do. Then bring me some!)

Drats and Enjoy!
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