Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Okay, so I'm sure you're thinking, "Is Bethany about to say she and Landon got a dog?" NO. The answer is no. I am about to tell you a story about what happened to me last night.
So...I decided to go running last night. I leave the house and run probably about a mile and turn onto another street. Landon warned me about running on this street - said he didn't think it was a good idea for me to go alone on it. But, I'm thinking, no problem, there are lots of houses, if someone tries to get me, I can run into a yard. I did not anticipate a dog. I had just turned the corner onto this new street and had to pass (on the left) a kind of run down property. Okay, no problem - I just run a little faster past this. Well, I have my Ipod on, so I'm listening to like Josh Groban or something when I see a dog - a pretty big dog. Looks like a Rottweiler to me (though I am no expert) and looks like it's still a puppy but might weigh about 50 pounds. It is bounding up this yard toward me. I start screaming - I do not really realize I am screaming until I put the Ipod on pause. So, a man comes out from behind his home, and yells to me, "Don't worry, he won't bite you." So, I pause for a moment to let the man call the dog and get him back in the yard. Well, the dog won't go and is only interested in me. So, I decide to start running again. To make a long story short, the dog follows me all the way down this road - probably a mile. The last thing the owner of the dog yelled was, "This is the dumbest dog I've ever seen." So, the dog and I, my new friend, that I am still sort of afraid of, are running together now. I kept sort of looking behind me to the left to see if he was still there - he was. Twice he was all in the road and cars had to stop and I was trying to yell at the cars, "He isn't even my dog! This isn't my dog!" So...finally at the end of that street when I'm about to cross onto another road, he got interested in some skateboard people and went over to them and I was able to slip away. I tried many tactics to get him to go away - I tried ignoring him, then I tried yelling, "Go home!" in a gruff voice to him, and then one time when I thought a St. Bernard (very large dog) was going to jump over the fence of his yard, I had to talk nice to the dog and say, "It's okay, stop barking, stop barking, you're okay." There is no point to this story except that it's much funnier when I tell it my ownself, with my own voice. It was scary though, and I will no longer be taking that route when running by myself.
In other news, I've been having bad dreams. I do not know why this is, but on Saturday night, I had to wake Landon up, and he got up and went downstairs to make sure no one was down there because I was feeling freaked out and getting my clothes on, etc. in case something was about to go down. So, last night when I wore a jogging suit to bed, Landon made fun of me (in a funny way) saying that I was afraid someone was going to come upstairs and I thought I was going to have to start running away. Whatever - no one came in the house. I think the bad dreams are from me seeing this movie, Knowing, last Saturday night.
American Idol TONIGHT!
Monday, March 30, 2009
The Father has been opening some neat doors for Landon lately - some that look like they will come to fruition, some that already have. One opportunity is coming this Wednesday night - Landon will be the speaker in our Renew service at church. I scanned in the bulletin from yesterday so you could see. I'm so thankful for these opportunities...and excited, too, about when God might open a full time opportunity for Landon in ministry. I'm thankful for FBCW, a place to be real and authentic where people's lives are serious business being changed. Look at Landon's name below!!!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Crazy Wild B
Fairly Normal B (but still crazy hair...that's why I said they need to work on their hair)
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The bottom of the slipper is broken - the rubber part at the bottom has peeled back, and it's pretty much over for them. I tried to hang in with it and keep walking around, but to no avail. It felt too weird on my foot. People have given me other slippers, but these are my favorites and the only pair I want to wear. These slippers meant a lot to me. Before Hurricane Katrina, I had a pair almost identical to these slippers. Then, two weeks after the hurricane, the slippers are one of the very first things I replaced (that, and my body pillow after crying in Wal-Mart because they didn't have body pillows there...even though I probably wasn't really crying over not being able to find the pillow). ANYWAY, I bought them from Parisian or Dillards in Pensacola, and one of the very next weekends was when we went to stay with Pastor Johnny. I have such great memories of that weekend and remember wearing the slippers at his house all weekend (I mean, not if we went out though). Since they were one of the first comforts of home I re-purchased after the hurricane, they have been with me about 3.5 years now, and I am not pleased to see them go. I am hoping to check out the mall this weekend to see if I can find the exact same pair.
You served me well, leopard slippers. You have been with me through good times and hard times. I will let you go now; rest in peace. I will look for a replacement very soon.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Next, NO HEADACHES TODAY!!! Yay! I started my antibiotics last night, which I am NOT pleased about. I really hate antibiotics for two reasons - which I don't think would be appropriate to state on the blog. One has to do with relational situations, and the other I cannot even hint about. Anyway, we'll just see how it goes...now that I've started it, goodness knows I need to just see it through.
It really gets on my nerves when restaurants don't put their nutrition information on their websites. I ate at the Rising Roll for lunch today, and I just needed to know the nutritional info for my tuna sandwich...but no...they do not post the info. Nor could I find it on the daily plate, the other website where I usually can find nutritional values.
So...church tonight and then AMERICAN IDOL!!! (hopefully the people I like will not act crazy!) I thought that bacon cheeseburger roll up thing was pretty good last night - it was a little bland, but all in all, a fun recipe to try. I might make it again, maybe.
One more very important thing, I got some flip flops for Christmas and just wore them for the first time last night when I had to run to Publix (in my nightgown with a sweatshirt jacket over it - hope Stacy and Clinton don't come after me - but it was not like a Granny nightgown...just a black cottony dress) to pick up some prescriptions (one of them was free at Publix...yay Publix!). I love those flip flops - they are the kind that you can buy at Hallmark and they have velcro on them - Anyway, they are SUPER CUTE! But, I have to do something about my feet before I really start wearing them. I also have another velcro top for them that is Gators! Oooh...soon I have to tell you about our vacation we're going on in May to St. Augustine - it reminded me of how we're going to spend one day in the Swamp and one day at an alligator farm - saying gators made me think about it...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
A quick update: I am back to work after my fake vaca. I have had a headache for like a million days now and have decided in my hypochondriac self that it could be meningitis - I understand it is allergies - but still...then I learned that the only way to check for meningitis is to do a lumbar puncture. I am now back to the allergies diagnosis. Back to work for now!
Friday, March 20, 2009
I cannot even believe I've just posted Adam's picture above. This dude totally creeps me out. At first, I was like, okay, I can see you are a little weird, not my bag, but whatever - he is obviously extremely talented - and I still stick with the fact that he is talented. BUT THIS LAST WEEK WAS IT FOR ME. I do not care that he sang some weird version of the song he sang, I just care about how he was like touching all over his body and the microphone stand in a weird creepy satanic sort of way - and now I've had it with him. Like, I could barely watch it.
Other comments about folks just off the top of my head:
Anoop - I seriously like him...not as much as Danny though
Matt - I like him too - because I think he's a really fun guy and a really fun piano player
Scott - time to go home - I think it's cool they put a blind person in, but if this is a singing competition, time to go home, my friend
Kris - I like him pretty well - I think he looks a little like a duck when he sings - he has a really good voice
Alexis - really glad you went home and didn't have a chance to "dirty it up" again
Megan aka "Washing Machine" (because she looks like a washing machine while she's dancing) - I think she has a really cool voice...been wearing a little revealing outfits though...oh yeah and I learned that her tattoo is called a half sleeve
That's pretty much all I have to say about them now - I know there are more, but these are just the ones I've thought of. Do you agree? Disagree? Give me your thoughts....
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ok so here is my first offering. This is Landon by the way. Sorry, but this is going to be long and not very funny.
You might have noticed on this blog some talk of “real” life. The title of the blog is Authentic Life. Many might be wondering what that is supposed to mean. I can remember hearing people talk about being real and authentic and feeling very suspicious of them. I am generally not a trusting person. So, when you tell me you are being real I take that to mean if I don’t act like you then I am being fake. I really don’t want to be fake. However, I find that it is a lot harder to be “real” than one might think. Bethany and I have come to discover that though we never intended to be fake we were, in fact, not truly being real with each other and God. Everyone I know has an innate tendency to protect themselves. We don’t like pain whether emotional or physical. We all want this life to go well. Therefore, we often find ourselves presenting a false representation of ourselves so that people will accept us. Please spare me the response, “I don’t care if you accept me or not.” This really isn’t the place to carry on a discussion about your denial issues.
Perhaps you are like me and have believed that if you just do this life right you will receive God’s blessings. Larry Crabb is an awesome writer and he says, With the devil, the flesh within us says, ‘Real life is the enjoyment of blessings in this world, which God (or fate) gives to those who get it right.’ With Christ, the Spirit within us says, “Real life consists in dependence on God, clinging to Him when everything goes wrong, tramping down despair with the weight of the Cross, and waiting on the Spirit to draw us near into the Father’s heart, doing all that we can do to create space for the Spirit to work.” Real life for us means not hiding our junk from God and each other. God is big enough to handle my stuff. In fact, He has promised to love me anyway.
Finally, a closing thought for you to consider. 2 Cor. 12 is extremely special to me. Go get your Bible and check it out. If you aren’t able to boast about your weakness then I wonder what it would take for that to happen. Maybe you just need to share your weakness with someone else? What would it take for you to get to a place where the power of Christ could rest on you? I believe the first step is getting real with God and others.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
1. I have had one pet (and really it's my sister's dog) in my entire life, Katie.
2. I live 332 miles away from my parents.
3. The smell of bagels makes me want to throw up. I used to like them a lot, but after smelling them every Friday at work, I am really tired of them.
4. My family owns a John Deere/Kubota dealership called Wise Equipment.
5. My best friend in high school was nicknamed STD (but not for the reasons you are thinking) and E.A. I don't get to talk to her much anymore, but I never forget about her!
6. From Kindergarten - 6th grade, I took ballet, gymnastics, piano lessons, and was a Brownie and Junior in the Girl Scouts. I was not in all of these things at the same time.
7. I have worked at various schools/colleges playing the piano, Baskin Robbins, Wise Equipment, the International Baptist Network, Hibernia Bank, and Ronald Blue & Co. One time I got like 5 W-2's in one year.
8. My favorite cookies are the chocolate chip cookies my sister makes.
9. I hate noises people make like if they have a piece of coconut in their mouth and they are grinding it together between their teeth.
10. I love to watch American Idol and Lost the most! I also like to watch reruns of House.
11. I worry a lot about things - I can be OCD.
12. My favorite restaurant is Longhorn, and my favorite food there is chili cheese fries.
13. I got spankings when I was little with a wooden spoon. Sometimes I had to pick up pine cones in the yard (this was not punishment, but it felt like it).
14. I've lived in 3 states just since getting married 5 and a half years ago.
15. I get to play the piano for the orchestra at First Baptist Church Woodstock.
16. I've never gone bungee jumping and I never intend to. I would not jump off the top of a big pole while doing a high ropes course. I did, however, climb up really high at our church one day - and that was like a ropes course kind of feat for me.
17. My mom puts all kinds of fun tags on our Christmas presents. She writes from Mrs. Claus or from SC or from Santa's Elves....
18. I do not have pretty feet. I think I will end up having to go to a podiatrist when I get older.
19. I'm the oldest child.
20. I went to University of Florida and LOVE the Gators. I do not go for other teams, and I am not a fair weather fan. In all kinds of weather, we all stick together.
21. I've never gotten a speeding ticket, yet for accidents and other situations, I've been pulled over probably 6 times. I understand this is not fair, and my day is coming.
22. I love sweet tea.
23. I love Landon, my husband, and I'm really thankful to be married to him. He's a great husband, and we have a REAL marriage.
24. I like working in HR.
25. I really love the book The Shack and the book Falling for God.
I am starting to think most of my posts may portray me as a brat...I'm hoping not because I don't really think I'm a brat, I just sometimes have strong opinions about things. I wanted to tell you about a couple days off I am taking at the end of the week. Things have been kind of weird for me lately, mentally - I mean, I'm not in a breakdown mode or anything, but I've just been feeling weird. I've been worried about the economy and my job and I've also been hopeful that Landon will have a door open up regarding a church and we might be able to make a move (not a physical move, but a move to full time ministry in a church). The ministry thing is kind of like hurry up and wait, but yet both of our minds are really there - I feel a change is coming, and I feel ready for it....so...I think I've been kind of off at work lately. So...last Thursday, my boss, Patty, comes in and I start going on and on about how something I'm working on won't work right, blah, blah, blah. So, a little while later, I have a meeting with her. She says, "You have been a little intense lately, is everything alright?" Well, it's funny that she uses the word "intense" because that's exactly how I've heard my dad describe how I am sometimes. So, I bust out with, "I JUST NEED TO TAKE SOME TIME OFF!" Okay, sometimes I act crazy :) What in the world. So then I said, "I mean, it's not like I'm working til 8pm every night, but I'd like to take a couple of days off." I always want to save my time up in case I need it or for real vacations, but you know, sometimes I might just need a couple days to stay in my pajamas and watch Regis and Kelli (is it with an "i"??). So...she says, "Yes, you should definitely take off then. Whatever you want to take, feel free to take some time." She is a really good boss - definitely cares about her people. Thus, I am taking off this Thursday and Friday. I feel guilty about it since Landon's not off, and I don't really have anything to do, but I'm really looking forward to it. And, I'm sure I'll find some stuff to do :) So....Thursday and Friday are a vacation for me - not a real vacation, but a fake one! We have a real vacation coming up in May (going to St. Augustine!!) so hopefully this couple of days will help me make it...and help my mental stability :)
Friday, March 13, 2009
I was just at El Porton for lunch. I was with friends from work. When the check came, the waitress split it up, just like we needed it, but it was all on the same ticket - like split 4 ways, just on the same ticket. Well, one of my co-workers pulled out a pen, and wrote down our the last 4 digits of each of our card numbers and our last names by each of our charges - so, by my charge for my $5.75 chicken taco salad he wrote "Frymire ####" (whatever the #'s are for my card). I thought this was an ingenius idea - I had never seen anyone actually write on the bill before. My other co-workers seemed to know about this idea, but I thought it was worth posting - very good idea when you are with a group!
Next item of business has to do with dog bones. So, back before my office moved to this new location, we changed the dress code to be fancier. So, no problem (well, sometimes annoying, but no real problem) we are all dressing nicely. Some of the reason they decided to change the dress code was because they said at our new building people would be dressed really nice (which was not the case at our old building since it was becoming a medical building and people were in the elevator with scrubs and hazardous waste bags). Well, my friend Malissa (the Flat Belly Diet friend) and I were on the way back from lunch a couple days ago. We drive into the parking lot and I see a man. I wish I had a picture of him, but let me try to describe him. He was a very large man (kind of like that man in the yogurt shop when I was a kid, Mom) like really large, like could have been on the biggest loser (and I am not making fun - I am just trying to help you get a picture - I promise - I am having weight situations, myself, so I would not be hypocritical). He had on flip flops (rubber kind) and jean shorts. The best part was his shirt. He had on a too tight shirt, untucked - it was blue and had DOG BONES all over it. Are you joking me - I'm wearing too tight panty hose to work so that I can be in an office building with a man who has dog bones on his shirt?? Killing me, people!
Last item of business for now. Twice in the past couple of weeks I have had weird encounters with people in parking lots, and they are really making me mad!! The first one happened in Publix parking lot where this man had been on my tail and I felt bad about it because I could see he was in a hurry. When he parked (oh yeah, and he was driving a huge truck - hence the monster truck picture), I yelled out my window, "I'm sorry, sir, I didn't mean to hold you up!" Well, he yelled something back at me I couldn't understand, but I just yelled again, "I'm sorry, sir, I didn't mean to hold you up!" And then he smiled and waved and said it was okay. Landon said it was not a good idea I had done this and told me not to do it again. I was sorry though, seriously. Then today, we get back from lunch and are walking through the parking lot across a space, and lo and behold, someone's trying to pull in there and we are walking across - so I smile and wave at the people in the car, again, sorry we are holding them up while taking 10 SECONDS to walk across the space - she does not even smile at me! She just looks really annoyed - so then I yell out, "SORRY WE WERE TAKING UP THE SPACE FOR 10 SECONDS - I'M REALLY SORRY!" So then, my friend says, "Do you realize their windows were rolled down?" Yes, I realized. You know, if people are going to be rude, I understand, some people are just rude. BUT, IF I SMILE AND WAVE AND THEN YOU ARE STILL RUDE, THAT REALLY MAKES ME MAD - why? I don't know - maybe I'm embarrassed - that's probably it. Anyway, those are three things I just needed to get off my chest.
So...would you like an update on the Flat Belly Diet? Well...the news is not good. Malissa got sick and had to go off the diet - I do not know if the sickness was caused by the diet or what, but she got really sick and had to stop the weird diet. This is unfortunate, though, because I was really excited to see what was going to happen!
BTW, Landon says he's going to post something on here soon. Oh yeah, and I forgot to even mention our blog's new look! Do you like it??! I really like the color green, so I'm very excited about it. I keep wanting to go to it myself and look at it, like someone else is going to have updated it and have new stuff posted.
Alright, HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have been pretty thin my entire life - my family has pretty good genes, I think, but it seems like lately I have been having a harder time keeping my weight at a controllable level. It seems like used to, I would eat like crazy one day (chili cheese fries from Longhorn are my favorite....or homestyle chicken from Cracker Barrel) and then could eat hardly anything the next day and balance out. But now, it seems like that plan is no longer working as efficiently. For a couple of months now, I have weighed a few pounds more. I do not know what this is about, but I do not appreciate it. So...today I've eaten strawberries, yogurt, and a 100 calorie pack of some ritz cracker business. It was good, but I am ready for more food! Landon and I are going to Publix in a little bit to buy some groceries and get something for dinner. Hopefully, I will not eat like a maniac and mess the good eating day up. We shall see. I have really digressed because I was trying to focus on thoughts about the Flat Belly Diet - has anyone heard of this? Has anyone had good results?? I will keep you posted on my friend Malissa's progress. GO MALISSA! YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Well...at the risk of ending my blogging career before it's even begun, I have decided to air some dirty laundry (so to speak of course - unless there is actually some dirty laundry in one of these pictures by accident). Today has been a BEAUTIFUL day here, one of the first work days I've been able to come home and go running OUTSIDE! Now, let's not pretend that I am some workout-aholic. The main day I work out during the week, that is a constant, is Monday evenings. I know, I know, you are asking when I am going to get to my pictures above....well, Landon and I decided (after much arguing and no resolution - even to this day) that it would be alright for him to hang his deer (Bucky - oh, and that is not Landon's name for him - my sister named him) downstairs in our basement room. Since our basement room is not a real part of our house (this is what I tell myself) I am okay with this (meaning: we did not divorce over it). Landon has moved the elliptical machine in the last couple of months to face Bucky, so now, when I run on the elliptical machine, Bucky is staring at me the entire time I work out. I usually notice Bucky's cool stare twice during my workout. Once at the beginning and once toward the end when I think I may die from exhaustion. Bucky never speaks, just stares. I imagine his mouth moving, but then I lose interest and just continue with my workout. Already I do not like this long time friend of Landon's, and now he is mocking me while I am trying to get my body (which is falling down) in better shape. So....this brings me to the great outdoors photo. It was gorgeous outside today, so I ran outside - haha, Bucky - you missed me didn't you??! Landon has been running to downtown Woodstock and back home, so I decided to try it out. Um, it didn't go too well. I don't know why there are not benches by the road on the way to downtown Woodstock - I mean, if you are going to put sidewalks then couldn't you make a little effort and put a bench...and maybe a water fountain? Anyway, I made it all the way to the old school (which is now like a vo-tech situation) and had to turn around. I walked back, and it was a really long way - I mean really long. And there is a lot of traffic going on at this time. I did make it back though, and I really felt a sense of accomplishment for trying to run like Landon does. I tried to do Wii Fit lunges when I arrived home, but on the first lunge could not make it back up and decided my limits had been tested today; time to rest. Since then, I've showered and watched two House Hunters I DVR'd in the last few days. So...I must get back to resting now, but I wanted to share Bucky with you. Ha, Bucky, you did not get to mock me today!