Lean Cuisines

Okay so I went to the doctor a while back and she said that I’m PRE-diabetic and that my cholesterol was high. So she told me to change my diet and start exercising 30-45 minutes every day.

Well I did pretty good at first and then KFJ (the freakin awesomest person ever) started encouraging me to run, so that’s been good.

And I started eating Lean Cuisines becuase some of them actually taste good and they are healthy for you. Well I discovered something, Lean Cuisines do not fill you up at all. So unless you have mass quantities of healthy snacks around you to eat inbetween Lean Cuisine meals, you will fall off the wagon.

I dont’ know what it is but for some reason, Lean cuisines just make me want a huge bacon cheeseburger from Gatordockside with french fries and good ranch. (sigh) yummy goodness.  : (

Which one had you rather have? lean cuisine? cheeseburger?

Are any of you dieting? What works for you? What doesn’t work for you?


March 17, 2009 at 10:14 pm 4 comments

I am a Ranch Fiend

I don’t know if you know this about me, but those who know me well, know that Ranch could be a food group to me. I don’t know what it is, but I loved good ranch (the homemade kind, not the bottled kind). And now only a few restaurants carry homemade ranch. Beef O Brady’s used to carry homemade ranch but now they switched to the bottled kind (bleh). So far Longhorn in Winter Haven, has become my favorite homemade ranch place. If you get the chicken tenders with veggies and get some homemade ranch. It is heaven!  I love it!  And there’s a new restaurant in Lakeland called Gator Dockside and they have amazing homemade ranch as well! heck yes!

What food are you craving right now?

January 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm 1 comment

So this is Christmas, it’s not what I expected.

This is kinda long so bear with me.

This Christmas was going to be different this year than all the other years. We didn’t have a lot of extra money this year so we were going to cut back. I was fine with that, in fact I think I’ve reached the point in my life (hence getting older-maybe too old) where I realized that I wanted stuff I needed for Christmas that I couldn’t afford for myself this year instead of extraneous stuff. For example, some new tennis shoes, my were getting holes in them, some new jeans (my old ones don’t fit thanks to KFJ making me run, I have lost weight, haha) I actually asked for new hubcaps this year, no joke b/c one of mine came off, a new hose, so I can clean my car, and going out to eat and a few other things. And honestly, it seemed like Christmas seemed more meaningful this year. I was more excited about Christmas and I felt like for once my heart was in the right place, it seemed so much more special.

And my mom had explained to me that I may not get everything on my list, even though she usually kills herself trying to get me everything I want because she loves to give presents rather than receive them. (She is awesome like that) She is also the person who is hardest to buy for (for everyone who was at church last Sunday) lol.


But anyway, the point is I wasn’t expecting much. And God has just blown me out of the water with blessings this year! For some reason everything that I wanted was on sale and we ended up having more money in our budget than expected. In fact my mom came to me a few days ago and was like “what else do you want for Christmas?” and I was like “you already got me everything on my list.”  Everything! Yeah. So it was really cool that we were trying to cut back and God blessed us.


THEN I GO TO CHURCH SUNDAY!!!!….here’s where it gets good


And our church has come up with the idea that as a congregation we can try to cut back a little this year and give the money that we would normally spend to kids in Africa with no clean water.  Its part of an organization called “living water” A small donation will give entire family clean water for 15 years.  15 YEARS!!!   That blew me away!

And I caught myself this week: I was getting some water and I thought I should drink about 4 water bottles a day to get 64 oz a day (which is supposed to be the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, correct me if that is wrong, I’m bad at conversions) and I was filling up my water bottle and I thought, “I’d drink more water if I had clean cold water at my fingertips all the time” (meaning that I wanted filtered water) and it dawned on me. There are kids halfway around the world that are drinking mud infested with bacteria (that they die from) and I’m complaining because I have to drink room temperature water that doesn’t come out of a Brita filter? What the crap is wrong with me?  I get to drink clear water and not just that, it’s COLD!  Who am I kidding?  God has blessed me so much just by being born in America and I take it for granted so much. I mean I heard someone say that most of the kids in Africa die before they are age 5, in fact they aren’t named before the age of 5 because most people don’t expect them to live that long…Yeah…


So if that tugs on your heartstrings and you want to be a part of it go here http://wellsforafrica.com

Or you can go here http://www.water.cc/living-water/get-involved/ways-to-give/

Also you can go to this website to help save women in Uganda. They make jewelry and sell it to support their families. It only costs $5.  www.beadsforlife.org

I just think it’s worthwhile to do something for others for Christmas. It’s so easy to make lists and get caught up in the shuffle, but what about the people that really NEED something that we take for granted every day?



December 13, 2008 at 9:55 pm 2 comments



1.       God is amazing and helped me get all of my projects done ( I had 3 projects/papers due wednesday) and complete an essay final. All essay people, 5 questions!!!! It literally took me 4 hours to complete, and that’s not including study time or time to go over the study questions.  4 hours! Be glad that you are not in school. (sidenote: did you ever notice that studying is “student” and “dying” put together..yeah)


2.       I FINALLY got a haircut. I’m a poor college student, so I only get my hair cut and higlighted maybe twice a year becuase I just can’t afford it right now. And I had at least 3 inches of split ends. ha, ha It was bad. So I asked to get my hair cut and highlighted for a birthday present and my mommy paid for it for me. Yay!!!  So now I have healthy pretty hair again! Heck yes!


3.       Emily Monts De Oca ran 3.1 miles. Go give her some love! http://emilythestrange.wordpress.com/ Cause that is freakin amazing! I don’t know how she accomplished that goal so fast, but my hat is off to her, cause that is some tough stuff. I am workin on running two miles.


4.       I rediscovered my love for Christmas songs mostly because of  Travis Thompson http://blueroomworthy.com/ and his desire to make a list of Christmas songs.  I love the way Don Henley sings “Please come home for Christmas” and surpisingly I love the way Mariah Carey sings “All I want for Christmas is you”. Those have been the two huge ones this week.


5.       I put Christmas songs and a Christmas layout on my MySpace page. I was very proud of myself. ha, ha


6.       I got to go to Longhorn steakhouse to celebrate me finishing my finals! Heck yes! T hey have the most amazing chicken tenders , French fries, veggies, and ranch dressing I have ever tasted! Literally! It was so good that I ate way too much! And I had leftovers today! Even better!

7. My birthday is next week! Oh yes, I am a Christmas baby. It is December 19th, 6 magical days before Christmas! And kudos to my mom for always making sure that I never got jipped when it came to presents. She never said “this is for your birthday and Christmas” ha, ha  Good times!


What did you do this week?

December 12, 2008 at 9:52 pm 2 comments

(sigh) this is hard

Okay so I was thinking about this today and you probably already know this, but I’m curious about your thoughts just the same.

I realized that I have a super hard time not making guys the center of my life. It’s like when I was younger my mom and I used to watch movies and she would point out the guys that had “bad intentions” in her attempt to help me learn to be smart about guys and not fall for their “smooth talking”. She was trying to help me.

but instead it gave me the impression that all guys wanted is sex and yes this is true part of the time and it’s important for girls to be aware of that so they don’t fall for the whole “if you love me, you’ll do this” line  but that’s not all there is to guys.Is there? And I think that sometimes in the back of my mind, that’s what I think.

and I’m constantly in this struggle between trying to be single and convincing myself not to revolve myself around a guy and to be independent and it seems like the best way for me to do that or to cope with being single is to assume that guys aren’t as great as they seem. To assume that they have alterior motives.

I guess I think that if they really are that great, then how could I possibly live without them.

and what confuses me more is how do I find a happy medium between being independent and not revolving my life around guys but around God; and at the same time, having the correct and true understanding of who guys are and that not all of them just want sex. How do I happily live alone and yet still believe that there are amazing guys out there. And what does that look like in everyday life?

does that make sense? I feel like I”m talking in circles and not explaining what I mean correctly.

I’m just really struggling with this. There are a few different guys that I”m interested in; and  I noticed when guys talk to me, like really see me and like me for who I am, it’s like crack. I’m on this high and feel so good, it’s like “today was an awesome day”. But when guys don’t acknowledge me or don’t call me or text me for weeks, I feel that somehow my value to them or in general has decreased and I must be doing something wrong. I’m not good enough anymore or I’m not as important as I used to be.

and then something else occured to me, what if I’m not what a good christian girl is supposed to be? What if I’m giving off the wrong signals. I mean I joke around with my friends and try to be down to earth and sometimes we have major toilet humor and I was like “wow, how do other people see that?” Should I care? should I not care?

I want to know how to protect myself from being used or being hurt yet at the same time keep an open mind for when the right guy finally comes along. I just wish I had a black and white list of everything I”m doing wrong and what I should be doing right.

your thoughts?

November 21, 2008 at 1:35 am 4 comments

This is exactly how I feel.

Here’s the other song that I love, “Teardrops on my guitar”.

Teardrops on my Guitar
Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won’t see
That I want and I’m needing everything that we should be
I’ll bet she’s beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she’s got everything that I have to live without

Drew talks to me, I laugh cause it’s just so damn funny
That I can’t even see anyone when he’s with me
He says he’s so in love, he’s finally got it right,
I wonder if he knows he’s all I think about at night


He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
He’s the song in the car I keep singing, don’t know why I do

Drew walks by me, can he tell that I can’t breathe?
And there he goes, so perfectly,
The kind of flawless I wish I could be
She’d better hold him tight, give him all her love
Look in those beautiful eyes and know she’s lucky cause

[Repeat Chorus]

So I drive home alone, as I turn out the light
I’ll put his picture down and maybe
Get some sleep tonight

He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only one who’s got enough of me to break my heart
He’s the song in the car I keep singing, don’t know why I do
He’s the time taken up, but there’s never enough
And he’s all that I need to fall into..

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won’t see

November 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

so good

I’ve become a pretty big Taylor Swift fan latley. I love that song, “hes the reason for the teardrops on my guitar” because I feel that way a lot. One of my friends told me to watch her new music video “love story” and it was so good. I’m putting the lyrics below. The second to last paragraph perfectly describes what it’s like to wait forever for the right person and be afraid that you are never going to meet. Sometimes it’s so hard to be patient for something like that.

“We were both young when I first saw you.
I close my eyes and the flashback starts:
I’m standing there on a balcony in summer air.

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns.
See you make your way through the crowd
and say hello;

Little did I know
That you were Romeo; you were throwing pebbles,
And my daddy said, “Stay away from Juliet.”
And I was crying on the staircase,
begging you, ‘Please, don’t go.'”

And I said,
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting; all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story – baby just say ‘Yes.'”

So I sneak out to the garden to see you.
We keep quiet ’cause we’re dead if they knew.
So close your eyes; escape this town for a little while.
‘Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said “Stay away from Juliet,”
But you were everything to me; I was begging you, ‘Please, don’t go,'”

And I said,
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone.
I’ll be waiting; all there’s left to do is run.
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story – baby just say ‘Yes.’

Romeo save me – they’re tryin’ to tell me how to feel;
This love is difficult, but it’s real.
Don’t be afraid; we’ll make it out of this mess.
It’s a life story – baby just say “Yes.'”


I got tired of waiting,
Wondering if you were ever comin’ around.
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town,

And I said,
“Romeo save me – I’ve been feeling so alone.
I keep waiting for you but you never come.
Is this in thy head? I don’t know what to think-”

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said,
“Marry me, Juliet – you’ll never have to be alone.
I love you and that’s all I really know.
I talked to your dad – go pick out a white dress;
It’s a love story – baby just say ‘Yes.'”

Oh, oh.

We were both young when I first saw you…”

November 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

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