Consider the Lilies..: June 2015   

Jun 30, 2015

Day 6..

Your favorite fictional character..

Spock.


Definitely..

Oh!  This has nothing to do with Spock, but Clay and I have decided to go on vacation after our trip to New Mexico..
That sounded sort of dumb didn't it?  Going on vacation after our trip?
Anyway..
We have never been on a real vacation before..  We travel once every couple years to visit family, or maybe we spend a weekend away, but never an actual vacation..
So, after a week in New Mexico we are going to drive to the Grand Canyon and from there, take route 66 all the way to Chicago..  
I'm so excited!



Jun 29, 2015

My thoughts exactly..

Today my post is supposed to be about who my favorite fictional character is, but I am still thinking about it..  So right now I am gonna post something else..



I haven't posted my opinion of the recent Supreme Court ruling on Facebook until this morning..  What I did post is more of a shared opinion..
I've seen a lot of my friends who claim to be Christian post a lot of un-christian statements about it..  Flat out judgmental, cruel, nasty things..  

To them, I would like to say..
The Bible is very clear; without a revelation from God, through the Holy Spirit by the reading of the Word, we are blind to our sins, and lovers of the world..  They may hear what you are saying, but it doesn't mean anything to them..  It will not change how they feel or think..  If anything, it will simply push them further away from the truth, and spread even more hate.
 We are known by our fruit, our actions show who and what we truly are..  
Behaviors like I have seen displayed by 'Christians' over the last 2 days continue to prove what many of them already think of us..  That we are judgmental, hypocritical, bigots..
You make me and other Christians look bad..  
Shame on you..
Stop it..

So, I saw this on Facebook today..  
I couldn't have said it better myself..

"As a follower of Christ and lover of all people regardless of race, gender, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or game console preference, I'm going to be very blunt with my fellow Christians: why are you so pissed about this change in MAN's law? Absolutely nothing has changed in the Bible.  God's law is exactly the same as it was before yesterday. The good book said that man's law wouldn't always line up with God's law, so why are you upset that the Bible was correct? If you expect the nation's legal system to teach your children about Christ then you're sadly mistaken. God never placed that responsibility with the courts; It's YOUR responsibility to spread the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
The law doesn't force pornography upon your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force twerk videos unto your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force heterosexual sex between two unmarried people into your household, but it's legal. The law doesn't force having children out of wedlock unto your household, but again... it's perfectly legal. Homosexual marriage, like the above mentioned "sins", does not impede on the basic rights of anyone else. It's perfectly fine not to condone it, but to condemn it and attempt to codify your beliefs into laws that disenfranchise those with different belief systems is not ok. Here's a newsflash: Making it legal for gay people to be married by definition of man's law doesn't mean the world is coming to an end. This isn't anything new, by the way, as 22 other countries already recognize same-sex marriage years before June 26th, 2015.
While we're on the subject, let's talk about state-sponsored sinful lifestyles for a second: every weekend I buy a lotto ticket from the corner store. I've been doing this for years. However, my Bible says to stay away from attempts to get rich quick (proverbs 13:11 and 23:5; Ecclesiastes 5:10). I guess that means I should also be condemned to the depths of Hell upon my death.
Look, there are so many other issues that require our attention as Christians: poverty, racism, genocide, persecution of Christians in the Middle East (while we're complaining about Christians losing influence in American politics, Middle-Eastern Christians are losing their LIVES), and others that are infinitely more worthy of our outrage than the issue of same-sex marriage in America. Instead of bloviating on social media about how offended you are about homosexuality, why don't you step out on faith and do some real kingdom work?
In closing, it is quite ironic that the most sin I've seen on social media isn't coming from all the rainbow colored profile pictures, but rather from self-proclaimed Christians shouting "F*ck this fag b.s." with a disturbing lack of one of the very cornerstones of the Christian faith: Grace." ~ Richie Branson


Jun 27, 2015

Day 5..

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

This is an easy one and won't tale long to explain..

Clay had been laid-off from Angola..  At that time he was not only laid-off but they lied to him and told him that he had been fired from Halliburton altogether and blacklisted from Angola permanently..
Once we found out that he had only been laid off and not fired from ever working for the company again, he simply applied for a job at another location and went back to work..  
But it was three months before we knew the truth, so we spent those three months without income..

It was true that he had been blacklisted from Angola; by a guy who felt threatened by Clay, but that changed when the company had noticed that without Clay, their yards in that region were not making a profit and they were loosing jobs (and millions of dollars) to other companies, when their major client (Chevron) ended their contracts with them..
At the time, the Chevron company men who ran the rigs off the coast of Luanda/Angola had made sure their contracts stated that they would work with Clay exclusively, or not at all..
So they guy who 'fired' Clay was fired for real, and the yard in Luanda went under until Clay went back..

Ok, moving on..
The first month of no income wasn't too bad..  We had just paid the bills so we weren't dire straights yet..  But I saw the next month looming ahead and I began to panic..  What were we going to do?  We had no money for bills, gas, food, rent..  Nothing..  

Then a friend of mine reminded me of a passage in the Bible..
Luke 12:20-28~ “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing.  Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?"

I read that passage over and over and over for the next three months..  I repeated it to myself every time I started to think about the bills, overdue rent, or the fact that we were living on Ramen Noodles..
It helped, A lot..

So that's where the name comes from..
I guess that took longer than I thought it would..

Jun 26, 2015

Day 4

My biggest pet peeve..

This is an easy one..
Anyone trying to sell me anything..
I hate it..  I mean, I really hate it..
It doesn't matter what it is; Mary Kay, Body by Vi, Kirby vacuums..  Whatever..

I don't like to be approached in a store, over the phone, at my door, in a parking lot, whatever..
I don't make eye-contact with anyone selling cookies or popcorn outside of a Walmart, and if they try to get my attention I just say "no thank you" and keep walking..
I dislike going to a mall for this very reason..  There are so many people selling stuff in the hallways; sunglasses, perfume, purses, cellphones..  And all of them trying to get your attention..  

This is the way I see it..  If I am out shopping, I am shopping for something particular..  I have an agenda, I know what I need and I know what I want..  I have never said to myself 
"I want to go shopping but I have no idea what I want or need so I'm just going to wander around aimlessly until someone approaches me to sell me something."  
Seriously, if you are selling something I need; I'll come to you..
I even remove people from my Facebook if they start posting advertisements for what they are selling..

When a telemarketer calls me I simply say "I'm not interested, remove me from your list" and I hang up.  When the Kirby vacuum salesman comes to my door and tries to trick me into showing me their vacuum (they come to the door with a can of Airwick air-freshener and say "we would like to give you this free sample in exchange for your opinion on a popular cleaning product", if you say yes, they return with a vacuum and go into a full hour sales pitch and then not only try their hardest to argue with you until you give in and buy it, but they get their supervisor on the phone to try to bully you into it too) I tell them that I'm not interested in seeing the vacuum that they have sitting in the van around the corner, and I shut the door..

I don't go to jewelry parties, chocolate & wine parties, Pampered Chef parties, 31 parties, or any kind of party where I know that someone will be putting on a presentation and then trying their hardest to not only push you into buying their product, but trying to convince you to sell it as well..
I have one exception, I will go to one at my sister's house, but it's really only so she can have another person there, but she knows I'm not going to buy anything and usually tells the person selling that I won't either :)
She sells Scentsy (which I love) but she never tries to sell me anything..  She just tells me when there is something she thinks I would like and leaves it at that..  Or she texts me and says "I have a Scentsy order going in, do you want something?"..  
She's my sister so she gets a little more leeway than a stranger..  :)

I simply cannot express how much I hate it when someone tries to sell me something..
But maybe the sign on my front door gets my message across..




Jun 25, 2015

Day 3

4 movies I never get tired of watching


All about Eve..

I'm a huge Bette Davis fan..  I like the movies she did when she first started out, I like the ones she did later in her career, I like the ones that got bad reviews..  I even like the campy horror movies she did when that was all the work she could get..
But if you want to watch a movie that portrays a character who was the closest to her real self, All About Eve is the movie to watch..
Ann Baxter (Eve) does an excellent job too..  Marilyn Monroe does a cameo..  
I can't even tell you how many times I have seen this movie..  I could probably quote every line by now :)


Hero

I'm also a big martial arts movie fan..  Especially Jet Li and Donnie Yen movies..  This movie has them both..  Fighting each other!  What more could you possibly ask for?  
The cinematography is amazing, the colors in this movie are fantastic, and the fighting?  Perfect..


Now Voyager

Another Bette Davis movie..  This one is my absolute favorite of all her movies..  She plays every emotion perfectly; dramatic, crazed, devastated, guilty, courageous, content, you name it..
Love, love, love, this movie!


The Lego Movie

My sister laughs at me, but I can't get enough of this movie..  I've seen it 33 times..  Clay loves it too..  Sky is tired of hearing it on the television..  The writing is just spot on, the actors who do the voices are fabulous, and the graphics are adorable..  Plus, you haven't lived until you have heard Liam Neeson say "darn, darn, darny-darn!"
For reals, I don't care how old you are; if you haven't seen this movie, watch it! 


Jun 24, 2015

Day 2

My favorite quote..


I have a few..







Jun 23, 2015

20 days..

20 Day Blog Challenge

I'm totally out of blog post ideas, so I'm gonna go with this..  I've never finished a blog challenge before so we'll see..

  • Recent photo of you and 10 facts about yourself.
  • Your favorite quote.
  • 4 movies you never get tired of watching.
  • Your biggest pet peeve.
  • What is the meaning behind your blog name?
  • Who is your favorite fictional character?
  • Photo of your significant other and 10 things you love about him or her.
  • 3 of your personal goals
  • Name a historical figure that you admire and why.
  • Best thing that has happened so far this year.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received?
  • What is the kindest thing anyone has ever done for you?
  • Worst thing that has happened so far this year.
  • If you had to go into hiding for a year and could only take 4 personal items with you, what would you take?
  • 3 wishes.
  • Where in the world would you most like to visit and why?
  • 4 things you are afraid of.
  • List 5 things you are good at.
  • 3 of your favorite books.
  • If God told you that He would answer 1 question about the future what would you ask?


So, a recent photo of me..  I'll go with my most recent..
I snapped a selfie to send along with my 'good morning' text to Clay..


Ok, so..  10 facts about me..

1. I'm 41 years old.
2. I have been married for 19 years, 1 month, & 8 days.
3. I love The Lego Movie
4. I have so far completed 21 days of no sugar, low carbs, and no artificial ingredients.
5. Jeremiah has recently become my favorite book of the O.T.
6. I would rather wash dishes by hand than load and unload the dishwasher.
7. I am currently reading Jesus Unmasked by Todd Friel.
8. I have green eyes.
9. I keep 5 different journals and I write in each of them almost every day.
10. My favorite color is gray.

Jun 22, 2015

Happy Monday.

I wish I had something interesting or funny, or inspirational to blog about..  
But I don't..
Nothing is really going on..

Clay is back out on the rig..  
He flew back to the yard yesterday and then got a call from the rig boss demanding an American on the rig..  No idea why, but Clay went out..  
They wanted him bad enough to charter a private helicopter for him, so I guess it was important..

Sky didn't go to work today..
She spent all day outside in a bikini and got a bad sunburn and sunstroke..
She spent all night barfing..

We went to see Savannah at the Rose Theater last Friday. She was the Catapillar. She was great!  
She said "I don't get to smoke a hookah because I'm 9" so she blew bubbles instead. 
They play was pretty good into the second half, then they went from Alice in Wonderland to Beyond the looking glass and I'm not sure a lot of the people in the audience caught on. All of a sudden there was a different girl playing Alice and they switched the story line. I could see the people in the audience looking confused. 
Vannah also played the 10 of hearts (perfectly I might add). 
She was pretty happy at the end of the evening. 

Today is day 20 without any sugar. I'm totally surprised at myself. I'm still not really struggling with this new way of eating.  When I do get a craving I just wait it out and it goes away in a few minutes. 
My only problem is finding a variety of things to eat. I get tired of the same stuff after a while. 
I got a spiral slicer so I could make 'noodles' out of zucchini and cucumbers but I keep forgetting to buy them. I was thinking maybe parsnips too. I love parsnips. But I can't think of what would go well with parsnip noodles :)
 

Jun 17, 2015

So it's Wednesday..

I went to see my G.I. yesterday..  His nurse called and said that it was 'time for him to see me'..  I was dreading it because that usually means he is going to tell me that I need to be scoped..  Luckily he didn't..  
*whew*
He did give me a pneumonia shot and ordered blood-work (it's a monthly thing)..  It took 3 people to get the blood though..  The first one tapped me with her finger about 50 times looking for a vein, put hot packs on my arms and hands, and then tapped me another 50 times before deciding that she wasn't going to even try with a needle..  
The next person tapped me another 50 times, moved my chair around, put a pillow under my arms, checked my hands, put another hot-pack on my arms, and finally tried with a needle..  She hit a vein but couldn't get any blood; tried to dig around with the needle (ouch) and still couldn't get it, so she put the hot pack back on my arms and sent in the third person..
More tapping and moving around the hot pack..  She moved my chair to a different position, put the pillow on my lap then sat on the floor in front of me and got a vein in my hand that bled nicely..
*yay*

I stopped at the animal shelter on my way home to drop off some towels (they are always running low on towels)..  I saw a cat up for adoption..  A Russian blue..  She was so pretty!  But as much as I would have like to have her, we agreed no more pets until we move..  We are hoping to be completely pet free by the time we move..  Although we really thought Angel would go with us..
*sniff*
The dogs are old and we don't expect them to live another 2 years..  Buster is 18, one leg doesn't work, blind in one eye, and he can't hear..  Copper is 11, but he's a big dog and he's getting slow..  I sorta get the feeling that Copper will still be around when we go..  Though how we are going to drive a U-haul with a 120 pound dog is beyond me..  I can't follow the truck in the Jeep because Copper is too big to ride in it..  So I am hoping that nature will take it's course before we move..
Yeah, I know that sounded horrible..  I really do love them..  For reals..

Oh, check this out..
My niece will be in a play showing at the Rose Theater..  They are doing Alice in Wonderland and she is playing the Caterpillar..
Her name in lights!  How cool is that??

Hey, did you know that cantaloupe and cottage cheese is really good together?
I didn't..
I do now :)

Happy Wednesday!


Jun 13, 2015

Saturday..

 Haven't done much this week but reading, Bible, stuff and housework..  So it's been a perfect week :) 
I'm reading 3 books at the moment: Slave, Strange Fire, & 12 Extraordinary Women.  They are all written by John MacArthur..  I have 7 of his books and I want to read all of them, but I figured more than 3 at a time would be overkill..  Ha!

Clay is on the rig right now and probably will be for the next week..
Sky is out having a life and I'm reading my books and binge-watching Netflix..  
I'm on the last episode of the final season of Fraiser right now; I was watching season 3 of Orange is the new Black but then I started to feel weird about watching it..  Kind of a bummer because I really like the show, but I just started to feel like it wasn't OK to watch and I turned it off..  So now I won't know how it ends, but that's alright, I can start all 11 seasons of M*A*S*H again..  Maybe Star Trek?  
I think we have decided to drive to New Mexico when Clay gets home..  We could fly but we would have to use his frequent flyer miles which would mean a 7 hour lay over in Denver..  Ugh..  I got sick the last time we spent a long layover in Denver and then had to struggle not to vomit on the flight to Omaha..  It was horrible..
So we are going to take our time and drive..  Plus, it will be nice to have the Jeep while we are there so we don't need to borrow Pop's truck..  Not that I don't love his truck, he has two and I really like his old red one, but we will be staying in Melrose at the ranch instead of Roswell, and the Jeep gets way better gas mileage than his truck..  Everyone else lives in Roswell and I think it's about an hour and a half drive there from Melrose..  I'd rather pay for the gas to fill the Jeep..  Besides, we can take the top and the doors off the Jeep..
But since we are driving that means we won't land in Houston so we can't see Lestie..  Unless of course she decides to visit her parents that just happen to live right up the road from Clay's parents..  *hint Lestie*

Dang, I just wrote a whole paragraph about driving a Jeep..  
This might be the most boring post of the month..
It's sort of a boring day..

Jun 8, 2015

Darn..

Angel died today on the way to the vet..  
He was a mean kitty..  He hated me..  
But Clay really loved him. 
Turns out, I did too..
Good bye Angel.. 

Jun 5, 2015

Friday already?

This week has flown by..  Probably because it was Clay's last week at home..  He was supposed to be home for 5 weeks but it's his boss' turn to have issues getting a VISA so Clay went back to work a week early to cover for him for a month..  He was actually supposed to leave on Wednesday; his flight was scheduled to leave at 6:00 in the morning so Sky dropped him off at 4:30..  He called me at 6:25 to come pick him up..
He had checked in as soon as he got inside the airport and then stood in the security line for and hour..  Just as he was walking to the gate for his flight, they shut the door..  I have no idea why, but once the door is shut, the can't open it..  The person who shut the door actually saw him coming but closed it anyway..
He bought a bunch of tools for the shop at work while he was home, so he took 2 boxes, each weighing about 200 pounds with him..  The boxes made it on the plane and were flown to Houston..  When Clay got home he called Houston to tell them to just hold the boxes and he would meet them there on the next flight..
Then about 2 hours later Houston called to tell him that the boxes were on their way back to Omaha..  Ugh..
So we had to drive back to the airport to pick them up..  I wasn't looking forward to lugging two 200 pound boxes to the parking garage, but Clay just picked them up, one in each hand and started walking..  Wow..
He takes the Houston Express to Angola and it only flies every other day so he left this morning..  I dropped him off at 3:30..  He was going to make darn sure that he had enough time to get through security!
Now he is on the plane on the way to Houston..

Sky has finished college!  Well sort of..  She has finished the required schooling to be a welder (even though she has been welding professionally for 5 months now) but she signed up for more classes next year..  She wants to get a degree so she can move up quicker and get a higher pay..
She's working full time now and I think she is getting her certification today..
I found out that you don't get a welding certificate when you finish welding school..  Your place of business certifies you..  
She really loves her job..  I'm so glad about that..  There is only one other female who works where she does, but Sky is the youngest (youngest welder ever hired!)..  The bosses are making big deal out of her SKILLS USA win (#1 in Nebraska!)..  She was interviewed and photographed for a welding magazine and they insist on displaying her medals (she won second last year) at work.
I'm still blown away by how tough she is..  She's so tiny, but dynamite comes in small packages right?
She lifts 60 pound pieces of metal over her head at least 50 times a day, welds so much that she comes home with burns on her arms, chest, legs, or wherever a random spark lands; cuts and callouses on her hands, soot covering her from head to toe, exhausted, but sporting a wide grin..
She talks all through dinner about what she did, who she talked to, what music they listened to, where they went for lunch, on and on..  She's happier now then I have ever seen her.. 
The only downside is that she is so happy now that she doesn't want to come with us when we move to New Mexico in 2 years..
I'm bummed about it, but I know she will be absolutely fine on her own..  Plus Clay gets lots of frequent flyer miles so we can fly her to NM for regular visits..

Things are going well for me too..  I've only done the bare minimum of schoolwork while Clay was home but now that he's gone back to work I can double my work load..

I have gained a lot of weight over the 8 months that Clay was home..  I mean a LOT..  I'm the heaviest I have ever been..  
Plus I quit smoking over a year ago which packed on the pounds too, so I started a low-carb, no-sugar diet..  I'm totally amazed at how easy it's been!
I'm an absolute sugar junkie..  I love cake, frosting, pastries, chocolate, you name it..  I have always heard that going no sugar is super hard, and for me it usually is..  Especially the first 3 days..  But this time I haven't had any problem..  I'm on day four and i'm not craving it..  
Oh sure, I'd like some chocolate, but I'm not craving it, at least not right now..  Yesterday I sort or felt the familiar "I want something sweet" feeling nagging at me, but I just ignored it and it went away..
Score!
To be honest, I haven't really struggled much at all..  I thought the low-carb thing would be really difficult..  But it's really not..  I'm never really hungry, I don't have an urge to snack between meals, and I don't eat as much at mealtimes as I expected I would..  Like this morning, I had a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and coffee and I'm full..  Yeah, seriously..
I just keep telling myself "food is just fuel"..  A lot of it is mental I think..  I have to have a different opinion of food and what it's for..  If I can change my mind about it, maybe it would help me to keep going..  
A friend of mine who has lost a considerable amount of weight explained to me the difference between 'head hungry' and real hungry..  So I have been trying to really pay attention to myself when I'm hungry..  Am I truly hungry, or do I just want to eat?
Turns out, it's mostly in my head..
Yesterday, just because I was curious, I googled "how many carbs are in a tablespoon of four?"..  The answer is 77.  That's more than my daily carb intake!  I am trying to keep it under 50, and so far it hasn't been difficult at all, and knowing that just one slice of bread would double my whole day's worth of carbs kind of helps to stay away from it..
I thought I would miss potatoes too, but Ami (sister-in-law) told me how to make mashed cauliflower.. I was skeptical at first..  I hate cauliflower..  Really hate it..  But it tried it anyway..  Oh. My. Gosh.  It's fantastic!  Even Sky liked it..

Clay got me a treadmill too..  I have a gym membership but I never want to actually GO to the gym..  I don't mind exorcising once I get there, but the actual getting there never seems to happen..  
I'm so out of shape now..  I used to be able to walk on the treadmill for over an hour..  Now after just a few minutes my legs are screaming..
I was so disappointed that I sent a text to Elaine whining about how fat and out of shape I was because I could only go a few minutes..  She reminded me that having a treadmill at home meant that I could walk a few minutes several times a day..  That helped..

*smile*