Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dwell on This

Yesterday, I was in a bad mood.  Nothing in particular set me off.  I just was tired and grumpy.  I think we all have those days.  But, I know that as a Christian, I have been instructed to dwell on the positive things in my life and to be thankful for all the blessings I have been given.  Philippians 4:8 gives us this lesson.

I love this verse, because it is so clear.  It helps me to put things in perspective.  We often default to the "woe is me" feelings of this world, but Paul writes in Philippians that we should dwell on the positive gifts from God.  See, Paul wrote Philippians from prison.  My Tuesday, in America, at my desk job certainly cannot be worse than sitting in a prison cell in Rome.  And still, in his circumstances, he told us that God wants us to focus our thoughts on the things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, of good repute, excellent, and worthy of praise.
My blog friend, Caroline, over at In Due Time also reminded me that everyday we have a choice about our attitudes.  She reinforced that notion with another verse, Proverbs 23:7, which states "For as he thinks within himself, so he is...."
Today, I've made that decision to focus on the positive.  God has blessed me with many wonderful things, and I will praise Him for that today!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Back Home

I'm home! And I got here early. I was originally scheduled to come back home to Nebraska on Friday, February 14th. However, since the weather people were predicting that the Northeast was in for a GIANT snowstorm, the folks I was working for in Baltimore gathered everyone up on Tuesday morning and told us all to book new flights for Wednesday. I was on that so fast!  

The Lord is so amazing in answering prayers. When I heard talk of a storm, I started praying that the Lord would get me home safe. I didn't think about an earlier flight, I was just hopeful that I would get home on-time and safe. He answered that prayer with something even greater than I imagined!  

"The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted." 
Psalms 18:46

I got a flight out on Wednesday at 6:30am. This gave me a 3:15am wake up call, so I could get ready to head to the airport. The driver picked me up at 4:15am, and got me to the airport plenty early to get through security and get a latte. I'm not pretty that early in the morning, especially without a little coffee.  

There was a strange situation in the security checkline where a man didn't want to go through the metal detector without being able to see his carry-on luggage. He said something about having three laptops. He was very insistent and sort of obnoxious. Not surprisingly, he was then singled out for a pat down. He ended up being on my flight, and I didn't hear anything more from him, so maybe it was truly just an issue with his many laptops.

So, after arriving on Wednesday, Seth picked me up at the airport. He took the whole day off of work, so we could spend time together (isn't he awesome?). We grabbed lunch downtown and then headed home. I spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking, cleaning a bit, and then Seth made some delicious brisket, and we relaxed the rest of the evening.

We both headed back to work on Thursday. I was able to keep up on most of what was happening at work while I was gone, but still had some catching up to do once I got back into the office.  

We both took work off on Friday. A wife needs some time with her husband when she has been gone for 6 weeks! Seth bought me a beautiful necklace and 30 hydrangea stems for Valentine's Day. He's such a great guy!  

We otherwise stuck pretty close to home on Friday and Saturday. We tried to get our new driver's licenses because of moving to a new house, but the Licensing office is only open on Thursdays in our tiny county.  

We had a nice long weekend, (thanks to the Presidents!) with Monday off, too. So, we did a lot of Olympics-cheering, movie-watching, and lounging around the house. We also celebrated a very late Christmas with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and niece. We just weren't able to get together before I left for Baltimore. It was nice to see them all on Sunday after church. It is just so great to be home!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Table for One

One of the weirdest things about being on a trip for work is going out to eat by yourself.  Now, in interest of full disclosure, I've been on this trip for 6 weeks, and I've only sat down and eaten at a restaurant alone three times.  Which proves to you how much I dislike it.

One of the perks of being married is that you always have a dinner date.  It is strange to tell the host or hostess, "Just one."  And when I sit down, I feel like I should do something besides just eat.  Like check my phone or read a newspaper or do something!  I'm sure there are people out there that are way more comfortable with this solo activity.  I am not one of those people.

I went to a pub-type restaurant on Saturday afternoon.  I sat at the bar, because somehow that seemed less awkward to me.  I figured I could pretend to watch sports on TV.  No one would be staring back at me, expect maybe the bartender.  But even with all those fail-safes in place, I picked up a newspaper they had on the counter and started mindlessly reading that.  And then I started making a "To Do" list for next week.  And then I started a text conversation with my husband.  I couldn't just sit and eat.

So, naturally most of my meals have been consumed alone in my hotel room.  Somehow that doesn't seem as sad as eating alone at a restaurant.  Haha!  Did I mention that I cannot wait to get home?  Seth and I have been discussing all the meals we are going to cook when I get home.  Mainly perfecting our pizza recipe.  We love us some pizza.

And.........only 3 more full days until I go home!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Dreaming of Homesteading

I have a dream of one day living on a self-sufficient homestead. You know the type with an overflowing garden, chickens running around the land, and a pig or two?  I want a fully stocked freezer and fresh eggs every morning.  I also dream of having enough fresh veggies to eat all summer and plenty to can and put away for the winter.

Back here in reality, I need to realize that I do not yet have the skill set for these tasks.  As I mentioned before, I am just learning how to garden (i.e. I've bought the seeds, but have not yet planted anything).  I have a couple of dogs, but have never worked with any chickens or livestock.  I've never canned anything either.  But, I know I can learn.  There are so many resources available to someone that wants to gain these skills.  There are books, videos, Pinterest, blogs, websites, etc that are all focused on homesteading. 

I also need to remember that I still have a full time job, and that I can't tackle all these things at one time.  And we are really still learning how to live in our new house.  Seth has been tackling most of the "quirks" himself, since I've been away.  For example, it has been a really cold winter, and we've had some frozen pipes.  You can't really focus on your dreams of a lush summer garden when you have the immediate need to thaw out a pipe!  But, we have hopes that come Spring, we will be more comfortable with the house and the land.

Monday, February 3, 2014

One of those days

This day did not start out good.  I work up the the hotel alarm clock, at 6:15am, and then looked at my phone.  It said "Searching for Service".  After 30 minutes online chatting with Verizon before work and then another 30 minutes chatting with Verizon while at work, they determined nothing could be done and I have to get a new phone.  Boo!  And double boo.

Now, let me start at the beginning with the phone situation.  When Seth and I moved out the the country, we didn't have a good option for internet, so we have been using my smart phone as a hot spot to have internet at the house.  When I had to come to Baltimore, the plan was to leave the smart phone at home, and I would take Seth's basic phone with me.

Anyway, we ended up buying a "new" basic phone off a guy on craiglist before I left, since Seth's old phone was in rough shape.  This phone has been less than dependable.  We had a hard time activating it, it has been shutting down on its own, and now well, it is officially broken.

Seeing as though I'm stuck in Baltimore, and it isn't really practical to not have a cell phone, I'm going to take the bus to the Verizon store tomorrow and either see if they can fix it or potentially buy a new phone.

Anyway, the day started off rough, but we got some great news later in the day, which totally made up for the first 7 hours of my day.  And, I'm still counting down the days.  Tomorrow marks only 10 days until I am home!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Project 52 - Weeks 3 & 4

I made a commitment earlier this year to post a picture for every week of the year as part of a Project 52.

Week 3:

I took this picture at the Portrait Gallery in Washington DC a couple weeks ago. I was attracted by the amazing design that was on this stair railing. This wasn’t even a piece of art in the museum, but I love the detail on something that is supposed to be functional. It also in inspiration for something that I would love to have in my house.


Week 4:

This picture I took while exploring Baltimore. The tourists and birds were out in full force. The pigeons let me get so close. I think they were hoping I had some crumbs to throw to them.


In just a few weeks, I’ll be taking pictures around our homestead for my Project 52! Wooohooo!