Thank you Heather!
Yay for Holiday Joy!!!! This was actually my first Christmas Card this year. I already spent the Starbucks gift card :). It came from my cousin Heather and had a very nice note written on the back. She made this herself!
Creativity appears to be a family trait :).
The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.
Where my single peeps at? Listen up! Sometimes the holiday’s can emphasize alone-ness. Maybe not “lonely”, maybe so, but that’s not exactly what I am talking about. I am talking about that many of us don’t wake up with a pack of kids racing toward the Christmas tree… and it can look a little sparse under there.
One thing I started doing a long time ago is to put my Christmas cards under the tree! Some folks put them on the tree or fake presents (empty wrapped boxes) under the tree. That’s cool. Whatever works for you. For me empty boxes are pretty but … empty :). And I like the symbolism of the beautiful tree “covering” my family, friends, and loved ones. Now, when I look under the tree my heart isn’t just filled with my beautiful and sparsely populated Christmas Tree skirt thingy, it’s filled with pictures and messages from loved ones.
I wasn’t looking forward to my health and fitness update this morning. Kind of slow to the scales this AM. See, a few times this week, I had eaten normal foods that really aren’t Weight Watchers points friendly; more on that in a minute. So, I climbed the whole quarter inch from the floor to the top of my electronic scale and BLAM! It blew up! … just kidding… this happened:
I lost another 1.8 lbs for a total of 26.6 pounds lost since August 24th! I got my 25 lbs BLUE STAR I and am only one ounce away from my next goal weight (which is not the same as my final goal weight.) I was shocked.
Monday: Homemade Whiskey Chocolate Pecan Pie = Yum!
Monday I baked a super delicious pie for a Christmas party I went to Monday night. During the
battle baking of said super delicious pie … I burned my hand.
Now, I am not proud of this, but when I am battling the Big Ass Spiders I sometimes will carpet F* Bomb RandyThomasHQ. It seems the F* Bomb comes readily to the fore when I am angry or afraid. However, for whatever reason, a different word comes vaulting out of my mouth when it comes to pain. That word rhymes with “whit.”
So when I hit my hand against the 375 degree oven rack I felt a very sharp pain and said something that rhymed with, “OH WHITTY WHIT WHIT! AAAAHHH WHAT THE WHIT!!!!”
Again, not proud of it, just dutifully reporting the facts.
For about a minute I wondered if it was a serious burn. But, it honestly stopped hurting and didn’t look like much at all. Until the next morning.
My Crazy Schedule
My life is a bit crazy this week with clients issues, party, friend coming into town. Many plates are a spinnin’! In an hour or so I travel to the other side of metro Orlando to pick up a great friend at the airport (Kathy) and run around all day with her. Then have meetings and dinner with her and the Chambers Tribe.
I have lots I want to blog about but not much time to do so. More posts are coming soon!
We pulled up to a one room east Texas Baptist church. We, three of us, were in my friends Honda Accord. As we parked, I saw a bunch of good ‘ol boys draped all over a beat up Ford truck in front of the smallest church ever. They stared stoically as we pulled up, and I said before getting out of the car, “Oh Jesus, I think we are going to die.”
Jesus responded, clearly, and said, “Stop it, you are not going to die and those are your brothers.”
Yes, sir … Jesus…sir.
Earlier that week I had gotten a call from their Pastor. He had a very strong Texas twang. He said that he simply didn’t know what to do with a situation that had happened. Recently the police had executed a park sting (arresting gay people having sex, or attempting to have sex, out in the parks.) They had arrested two men in this Pastor’s church. With deep emotion he said;
I know what I have been taught about homosexuality; that it is an abomination …” and his voice wavered a bit, “but I have known both these men since they were kids. They grew up in this church. We don’t know what to do or what to think. We need you to come talk to us.
Of course I agreed without hesitation.
Until I hung up the phone.
This church had about 80+ members and maybe 30 of them attended each Sunday. The two men were regular attendees. This church was also in east Texas; an allegedly dangerous land. From what I had heard, East Texas is not very hospitable to people with same-sex attractions. So the thought of driving to East Texas, to talk to a small Baptist church that referred to homosexuality as an abomination, share my testimony, and do a Q&A with the congregation was intimidating.
Then there was the large crowd of Good ‘Ol Boys hanging out front waiting on us to arrive.
Happy Healthy and Fit Saturday! Here is my weekly health update:
Since my last weigh in a week ago I have lost … 3.4 lbs! That means I lost the 2.4 pounds I gained during Turkey Week and some! This makes me a Happa Randa.
Over the past couple of days I have made it known to a few close friends that my relational life (in every way) is not doing so hot. Actually I said my relational life is kind of sh**ty. I can say that with these folks because they love me. I hope you still do :). I felt out of sorts, a little displaced, and obviously a grumpa randa about it all.
Well, obviously they have prayed; I have been in quality email conversations, Facebook chats, a great lunch appointment with one of my closest friends, on the phone for over two hours solid, texting, working with clients, brainstorming various projects with folks, checking in on a few friends that kept coming to mind, stopped by Starbucks for the first time in what seems like forever, sent an “are we cool?” email to someone I was a little concerned about, making plans to see a dear friend while she is in town next week … I have literally been “relational” online and off for about 12 solid hours now.
Love it. Totally smiling now.
And in the midst of all that I have two rough drafts of blog posts done with ideas for a few more.
Double Love it. Double smiles.