Something to talk about… {a giveaway!}

I’m working from home today, feeling a little bit better. I decided, with all of the crumminess going on here, I wanted to do something nice for my readers… How about a giveaway? A1yP8WCS8BL._AA1500_


Now, I know… This movie was so heavy in the controversy and people found themselves so divided. I know so many Christians who found it amazing, and so many who found it offensive. I know so many non-believers who also fell on both sides of the spectrum. What we learn from that is simply that we have to see things for ourselves, sometimes, and come to our own conclusions…

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE a movie/tv show that will provide fodder for good, healthy dialogue. I mean, otherwise, what’s the point, right? Noah does just that!

You can enter here, with a comment about what sort of things you love to have good discussions about… Deadline is Saturday August 2nd, at midnight EST.

A tale of woe, for these two souls…

Once upon a time, after an unnaturally stress filled year, a couple had the opportunity to spend 5 kid (iow-teen) free weeks at home. They made plans which included picnics, bike rides and adventures. There was a sparkle in their eyes at the thought of how fun this adventuring could be.

To kick off the festive five-week empty nest preview, she accompanied him on a business trip to Chicago. Before hand they planned out local, unique restaurants and things to do, complete with a weekend trip into the city and a fancy hotel booked for a steal where they would take in a jazz club, good food, Taste of Chicago and finally visit Millenium Park.

The first day they stumbled upon the most incredible movie theater ever, and for movie lovers such as themselves, this was a true find…


The second full day of the business trip, he (who never gets sick) did in fact do just that. They managed an amazing dinner (perhaps one of their best) but this was to be the last good moment, and for him it was only partly good…  IMG_1472IMG_1473IMG_1478IMG_1479IMG_1480

With each passing day he grew more and more miserable. By the time the weekend came, she offered they just go home but he refused to let their non-refundable city hotel go to waste. While it was beautiful, it wasn’t worth the stress driving into Chicago to sit in a hotel and then leave the next morning…IMG_1568IMG_1571IMG_1572IMG_1576IMG_1589IMG_1596IMG_1604IMG_1624IMG_1633IMG_1627IMG_1636IMG_1638

No Taste, no Park, no club. Just one short walk, a local italian dinner and then their stunning view until room service breakfast…  And a foggy, rainy Sears tower view from our room… Loved this view.



With the first week behind them, he started to feel better and they realized that they still had four weeks of adventures (though, a significantly smaller budget.) Then, at a routine allergy medication appointment, she mentioned to her doctor that she’d had an increase in headaches. A few tests conclude a raging sinus infection. A prescription of a strong antibiotic is handed out and all should be fine, but it isn’t…

Within two days, she is experiencing a misery she has never experienced before. She’s always gotten fairly sick on this particular antibiotic, but this sensation is new and fiery. She returns to learn she has a raging infection (non-sinus) and is prescribed a little pink pill that should take care of it. (The doctor says sometimes the antibiotic can cause these awful girl-infections… she is mortified.)

The pink pill (which fights the infection, which was caused by the antibiotic which makes her very sick to her stomach, which is fighting the sinus infection she didn’t even know she had) causes debilitating headaches. Three days after beginning the pink pill (and 8 days after beginning the antibiotic) she wakes up with no voice. (this is the middle of week 3 of their 5, of which they have had one good evening) As thursday progresses into Friday, then into Saturday and eventually Sunday, she grows significantly worse. Monday morning she has a meeting she’s been waiting months for, which she refuses to miss, so she attends. Apologies for her voice and now awful sounding cough are plenty. Nearly everyone she encounters tells her she should see a doctor. Thankfully, she has an appointment at 3. (two weeks after the allergy appointment that ruined everything.)

Pneumonia. It is now Pneumonia. And the other infection hasn’t gone away, and apparently they’ve determined she might be, allergic to this antibiotic and it stripped me of all of my good bacteria causing me her to develop, oh, everything…

(One and a half weeks left, and it has been nothing like they, (ok, let’s face it… WE had hoped/planned/thought… BUT it hasn’t been awful either. Sick or not, I adore my husband and love anytime I get to spend with him. I don’t like the guilt for how long I’ve been miserable.)

all the, small things…

grateful31.} nostalgic music, which shaped me, (and is just often good quality music.)

32.} my husband allows me to know when I need to rest, and when I can do more/be more.

33.} plans, goals, strategies and being a team. That’s so close to everything.

34.} that, after a killer sinus infection and strong prescriptions which played out hard on my body, I’m starting to feel human again.

35.} for little, daily mysteries.

36.} open windows, cool breezes, bird serenades…

37.} the perfect penned letter from one of my oldest and dearest friends.

38.} hilarious texts from Gen, with the WORST typos ever, and the embarrassment that she goes through because she meant DUCK… (So, so, so funny!)

39.} a bad date, with a bad movie and a bad frozen yogurt place, but getting to joke about them and hate them with the man I love more than anyone in the world. Absolutely nothing compares…

40.} an errand run, after a week homebound, complete with my favorite chai.

What stood out in your week?

Perhaps a bacon wrapped pillow would be more appropriate…

4ALUVYYlQLC004zkGhd9_Sunset at WindermereGood morning, sunshine…

It is minutes til 2 a.m. and I’m so body tired and mind revved up that many states may classify me as a train wreck. (if this is true, please don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.) It’s a sad think to know of tragedy touching the lives of people you care about. There are things in this world I just do not understand… And rather than dwell on them, or try to figure them out (thank God it’s smart enough to know it can’t) my brain is just consumed with thinking about every other thing on the planet. Seriously, everything. All at once.

At any rate, it’s Monday, and that means it’s time for my Hi-Five!

Song- You had to see it coming… I’m not that unpredictable. :)

Share- If you like classic literature, this looks really fun! I’m super excited!

Something I’m loving- Last week, in Chicago, we had bacon wrapped dates at a lovely little restaurant in Algonquin. They were incredible, so this week it’s my quest to find a recipe for them that we love equally.

Something I’m into- oh my gosh. We are very casually house hunting. I say casually because who knows what will happen and we are pretty open to whatever. We’re enjoying the process though (maybe a little too much.) We’re really getting a kick out of house listing photos. What are some of these people thinking? We’ve seen sinks of dirty dishes, mounds of laundry, close-ups of candles (and nothing else.) it’s flat-out nutty! (but so fun!)

Something new (to me)- This one is really tough for me, both to admit and to adapt to. I’m a paper girl. I still use a paper planner and REFUSE to store agenda dates in my iPhone. So, when the reality came up that I would have to loosely organize a bridal shower for my older daughter Amanda (which my youngest daughter Gen is technically throwing, In Idaho, without me) from 2000 miles away and with VERY SHORT notice, I had no choice but to do it electronically. I decided to use Paperless Post and honestly, it’s made things easy to keep track of and the invitations were elegant and cute. Would I make this my preferred method? No. But, it’s not horrible, either.

Are you into anything you’d like to share?

Are you looking forward to anything this week? I feel like I am, but it’s now 2:07 and my fuzzy brain can’t recall anything other than the fact that tomorrow is full of meetings and appointments. I have one bright and early, (so basically, in a few hours) up until evening… I should try to force my brain to bed perhaps…

slower than honey…


21.} my own pillow, my own mattress, my own sheets and my own home…

22.} to come home and see my sweet dogs. My heart does not like going long periods of time without them.

23.} texting. While I’m not a fan of being tethered to my phone, (it happens, I’ll admit it) I’m really grateful for how easy texting makes certain things.

24.} I never thought I’d say this, but that my days of parenting littles are behind me.

25.} Seeing my dad and (finally) meeting his new wife. It had been 4 years since we’d seen him and that’s a long, long time. It was an unexpected visit and so good for my spirit.

26.} Seeing my sister Jennie. (It had been exactly 7 years since I’d seen her and that really was too long.)

27.} using my shampoo, there aren’t words for how great that was… (forgot to pack it. bought a replacement. It was BAD…)

28.} that the neglected stack of mail, from while we were gone, contained real letters too!

29.} For time to catch up on some reading.

30.} That my husband is feeling better. He’s hardly ever sick, so when he is, it’s horrible!

What are you grateful for, this week?