Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thoughts On Not Watching TV

Q: How can you tell if someone doesn't watch TV?
A: They'll be sure to tell you. 

I can count on one (and only one) hand the number of things that Brian and I have in common and one of those things is that we both don't watch TV. 

We're a match made in heaven!

I hate saying "I don't watch TV" because it sounds so snooty. 

I prefer to say "We don't have a TV." Not only is it an accurate statement, it also makes us sound poor.

When you tell people you don't have a TV, they tend to get confused...and sad...and then they'll just end the conversation because they don't know what to say.

"Have you seen that new commercial for Amazon Prime?"
"Huh? Oh. Well, uh no. We don't have a TV."

See how sad that sounds?

"I don't watch TV."

"I don't have a TV."

A lot of people seem curious when they find out we don't have a TV, so here's the low down:

1. We have a projector for movies. For streaming, we have Netflix, Hulu, Roku, and our friend Rob's password to his HBO Go account.

2. It does get tricky if we want to watch sports. I really only care about Duke basketball, so we either have to find a way to stream games or go to a sports bar, which I think is more fun than watching it at home anyway.

3. I don't think I miss out on much. There's nothing that will ever top Seinfeld.

4. If we had a TV, I would probably watch Fox News and Food Network, and Brian would probably be suicidal.

5. It does get weird if we need a dog-sitter (or future babysitter). I mean, what do they do? I'm always like "Look, you need to bring several magazines, because you are about to be bored out of your mind."

6. After 5+ years of not having a TV, I've lost interest in it. 

7. We may get TV and cable at some point in the future. I can't imagine a childhood without TV, so I think I want that for our son. 

But then again, maybe we won't. We could just let him watch old Doug and Saved by the Bell episodes on Youtube instead. 

He needs the classics in his life. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Life Lately

Well, I can accurately report that there is nothing to report on the basement.

Moving on.

Work has been super busy. Everything going on at our house is also taking its toll (it's been taking its toll on me for the better half of a year); however, tonight I can't complain. Cam is sleeping soundly and I have my favorite Big Boss Harvest Time beer in a chilled glass, ready to blog.

Breaking news: I am allergic to ants. I wish I was joking! I've been bit twice now in a month. The first time it happened, I was pretty alarmed at how bad it was, but didn't think much of it. The second time, my entire leg started immediately swelling! I think it must be fire ants in our driveway.

Brian thinks I'm being dramatic. When I complained to him about the ant bite, he texted me this picture:

I think I need an EpiPen.

I finally got to visit MillStone Creek Orchards for apple picking last weekend!

I had wanted to go last Fall, but it rained us out each time we tried to go. I was thankful that it worked out for me, my sister, and mom to all go together this past Saturday.

MillStone Creek Orchards was about an hour away in the middle of nowhere! While we were driving there, I was convinced we were going to be the only ones at the orchard.

I mean, there is country and then there is backcountry. This place was backcountry. We passed like five cars in thirty minutes (and I was secretly getting concerned that there was no nearby medical care, since I figured ants would be in abundance.)

To my astonishment, everyone and their cousin was at Millstone Creek Orchards on Saturday. It was so crowded!

I guess we took the road less traveled, and that made all the difference.

I had a nice time, but I've been sick with a miserable cold all weekend, so that put a bit of a damper on it for me. I think I'll just continue to buy my apples at the grocery store, but it was a fun one-time experience. I made homemade applesauce on Sunday and plan to make fried apple pies with the rest of my stash.

On Friday night, we went to Oktoberfest at Raleigh Brewing Company. It was so much fun - lots of people, dogs, and good beer!

On Saturday night, we met up with friends for dinner in Hillsborough. It was a perfect night to eat Mexican outside on the patio at Pueblo Viejo, so that was the highlight of my day. Such good company and so many laughs! :)

On Sunday, I was so exhausted from an eventful weekend, but I did get a chance to take the dogs on a walk at Lake Lynn and also take Cam to the pool.

A/C on full blast. Otis takes it to the face!

It was officially my last - and best! - pool day of the summer.

First Pool Trip of the Summer - June 2016

Last Pool Trip of the Summer - September 2016

Of course, Cam and the dogs are the best part of every weekend. Love my babies so much!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

One Day. (Basement Update)

I'm back with an update on our basement renovation.

I got the opportunity this week to record the crew and get some live-action footage of the work being done.

Video below.

Our basement renovation is moving at Sloth's Pace.
Actually, is that sloth for hire? He could probably come in and get things done quicker.

In all seriousness, here are a few pics of the progress (mostly Brian's progress because our contractor rarely shows up):


Old cabinets came down, new appliances went in.

Sink, cabinets, counter tops, etc. have yet to be completed.

This was my Laundry Room inspiration and what's possibly in store for the not-near future:

All furniture had been removed and Brian needed to select new carpet.

New carpet is down and it's a much smoother, less shaggy carpet. I really like it.

Remember this room? This was taken after we had the water damage:

Looking much better with new paint and new carpet. Painting and cabinetry is incomplete, but coming along.

So that's where we stand as of now!

All my life I've been waiting for, 
I've been praying for,
For this project to end.

One day...One day...One day...One day...One day...One day...One day....

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weekly Encouragement

There's a lady named Pam in my dad's Sunday School class at church that sends an e-mail recap of their lesson each week. She summarizes Sunday's lesson in a  few sentences and provides a little take-home message.

Side note: Our church doesn't call it "Sunday School" anymore. It's now called "small groups" or "life groups," but I'm like an 80-year-old living in a 29-year-old's body, so I will say Sunday School.

My mom isn't in my dad's Sunday School class, but she gets the e-mails anyways. Recently, she has been forwarding the e-mails to me. I found them to be very encouraging, so now I also forward them to my friend Mollie.

Are you following all of this?

Pam ---> my dad ---> my mom ---> me ----> my friend Mollie

It's like a whole chain of e-mail encouragement that we have going. A little dose of Godly wisdom for me week.

Side note: "me week" was an unintentional typo, but it made me sound Irish, so I'll keep it.

I had a revelation today on my drive home from work:

Since I usually give Brian a short 2-minute recap of the sermon when I get home from church every Sunday, maybe I could also send that recap in e-mail format to some of my friends who don't get to attend the service each week.

BETTER YET, I'll share it on my blog.

(Link below to the actual sermon. It's way better than my little recap.)

Grey Stone Church Sermon - June 26, 2016

This week's sermon continued the series "Worship Matters." It's easy for us to fall into the trap of worshipping our stuff, instead of worshipping Jesus. What matters most to you? It's usually things we try to protect - our cars, our houses, our looks, etc.

"For where your treasure is, there your heart is also."

Things do not last, and the sad fact is that neither do we. It's not to say we can't enjoy our earthly treasures, but we should be more concerned with investing in our eternal future.

"Store up your treasures in heaven, where rust and moths can't destroy and where thieves cannot come in and steal."

Every time we are faithful
Every time we show compassion
Every time we make sacrifices for the kingdom of God...
...we are laying up treasures in heaven.

The part about making sacrifices resonated most with me (1 Corinthians 15:58). It's been my experience that sacrifices typically go unnoticed and unrecognized. For instance, Cam has never told me how much he appreciates that I wake up to take care of him at 5:30 am every day, INCLUDING WEEKENDS! :)

After the sermon on Sunday, I've spent time this week reflecting on my attitude about making sacrifices. I can get so bitter when I am exhausted, overwhelmed, and feeling under-appreciated. If my sight is set on the Lord and storing up my treasures in heaven, then my work is not in vain.