borrowed wisdom

“Sometimes when I want to put myself in Adele’s shoes [she’s gay], I imagine an alternate universe in which Christians have chosen a different biblical condemnation upon which to fixate, such as women uncovering their heads or people getting tattoos. I imagine TV preachers claiming that 9/11 happened as a result of God’s wrath on the gossipers and the greedy, and churches raising funds to support an amendment to the constitution making remarriage illegal for people who are divorced. I imagine people carrying signs that say ‘God Hates Gluttons’ or ‘Stone Disobedient Children,’ and I think to myself, Boy, I’m glad we didn’t pick ‘lifestyle sins’ like materialism or judgementalism to obsess about, because if we had, I’d totally be screwed. That’s when I realized that if anyone’s an oxymoron, it’s me. Or maybe it’s anyone who claims to follow Jesus.”

-Rachel Held Evans in “Evolving in Monkey Town”


help me

Yesterday, I ate this junk food:

strawberry cupcake at work
1 bite of another wonderful dessert (chocolate/caramel/salt brownie thing)
5 Chips Ahoy cookies (chewy) at home after Cora went to sleep
most of 2 Steel City Pops thanks to Halley at band practice (she didn’t like hers, so I got it)
5 more Chips Ahoy cookies before bed

On top of that, I had large amount of fruit while Cora was eating fruit, and I made an awesome juice concoction to drink with dinner.

I need help!


I got ’em, y’all! They aren’t in my hair. They’re on my blog about my weekend! Tricked ya.

dinner at Bottega Cafe with Brains – we dropped Corita off and went out! I got exactly the same dish as I got with the girls, and it was excellent. Also, I could fully taste the food this time. We didn’t get dessert, but we got the baked feta we’d heard about. It was good, but it wasn’t what I had envisioned. Dinner took longer than we thought it would, so instead of going to Urban Standard afterward, we stopped by O’Henry’s before picking Cora up. After she went to bed, we watched 3 episodes of Arrested Development. I really wanted to take a picture of us together, but we just didn’t. We looked hot!

We went to Homestead Hollow with our friends, Charlie & Maddy and their kids, Lucy & Frank. It was better than I thought it would be. 

After that, we took naps. Dinner was at Newk’s, and it was grand. Cora loves their little breadstick cracker things.

Mother’s Day! It’s been a fun day spending time with my little one. Brian made me biscuits for breakfast, and I had flowers on the table waiting for me. Church was good. Cora looked super adorable in her dress that she chose to wear today. 
She was so sleepy that we had to skip lunch, so we went to eat Five Guys after she woke up at the random time of 3 PM or so. It was great! My gift was a new swing for the backyard since ours needs to be thrown away! The new one isn’t wood and can’t rot or be ruined by carpenter bees. I love it! Brian also made me brownies this evening, and I got the cutest card ever.

Now, I’m going to watch some Parks & Rec and probably Arrested Development! (Casey, I like it now. I’m not sure why I didn’t before!)


You know what sucks about always being busy? You don’t have enough memory left to remember for 2 days what you wanted to blog about. I had a whole list of things to talk about regarding what I did Tuesday and how good and accomplished I felt, but it’s almost all gone from my head. You lose.

GOOD THING: This day is almost over.
BAD THING: I still have to make a bracelet tonight that I find really annoying to make.

too late

I was going to do a birthday recap, but it seems to far back in my memory now. I was going to do a recap of 2 weekends ago because it was excellent, but I can no longer remember what all happened. I promise to come back soon!


I’ve been thinking about a lot of different things, and my brain is tired from it. Friends, relationships, parenting – important stuff. Nothing is wrong, but it’s just tiresome sometimes to think of so many important things. Maybe I will blog about some soon!


I love you allllllll!







You’re welcome.

dinner out

We go out to eat a LOT, but we haven’t been going as much lately because of Cora’s weird schedule. Her naps are all messed up because she’s teething. On top of that, we’ve had some weekend plans that also get in the way of going out to eat. So, we jumped on the chance to go today because we could go early. We left the house around 4:30 and went to Longhorn! Cora was soooo good! She’s almost always great at restaurants, but she was especially good today knowing how bad she’s been feeling with her teeth.

As usual, she made strangers laugh with her goofy smiles and waves. Also, she ate like a champ. I took her two favorite foods, which are currently black olives and black beans, and she also ate at least a couple of bites of sweet potato, squash, zucchini, bread, tomato, broccoli, and even my firecracker chicken wraps. She was dying to grab one and eat it, but I didn’t want her to. I finally held it for her so I could control how much she ate and what was in the bite she got, but when I did, she lunged like a little maniac and took a giant bite! She loved it. She knows what’s up. I don’t think she got much more than the crispy bread and cheese. I try to not give her meat, but she may have gotten a teeny tiny amount, and that’s fine with me.

I just had to brag on her being so good!

Today, she also discovered water bottles and now expects to drink water straight out of the bottle. It’s hilarious to see her do it! (And no, I don’t buy bottled water, but we were at a neighbor’s party, so i had one there.) 🙂