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Sorry ya'll I'm picture-less this Friday! I haven't been taking pictures really this week because it's been insanely busy. I could put together a collage of my 1. laundry basket, 2. the baseball field, 3. 9 Round gym, 4. my couch and 5. my desk - because that's what's really accounted for my entire week.

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I'm linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk for her High Five for Friday!



But, today I want to do a kind of special High Five For Friday - the Good Friday Edition! Good Friday is something to totally high five about. At least in my book it is, so here on my little piece of the Internet, that's what's going down! If you're not a Christian or not LDS don't worry, I'm not trying to convert anyone. I'm just sharing some of my religious history.

I want to take a moment to pause life, to remember the Savior and how his atonement and death was such a miraculous gift to us all.

Jesus's atoning sacrifice took place in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. In Gethsemane He submitted to the will of the Father and began to take upon Himself the sins of all people. He has revealed some of what He experienced as He paid the price for our sins:
"I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
"But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I;
"Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit—and would that I might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink—
"Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men" (D&C 19:16–19; see also Luke 22:44; Mosiah 3:7).
The Savior continued to suffer for our sins when He allowed Himself to be crucified—"lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world" (1 Nephi 11:33).
On the cross, He allowed Himself to die. His body was then laid in a tomb until He was resurrected and became "the firstfruits of them that slept" (1 Corinthians 15:20). Through His death and Resurrection, He overcame physical death for us all.
Jesus Christ redeems all people from the effects of the Fall. All people who have ever lived on the earth and who ever will live on the earth will be resurrected and brought back into the presence of God to be judged (see 2 Nephi 2:5–10; Helaman 14:15–17). Through the Savior's gift of mercy and redeeming grace, we will all receive the gift of immortality and live forever in glorified, resurrected bodies.  (source)

I'm not going to preach. I just want to share with everyone out here that I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sin's, he died and was resurrected so that we too can return to live with Heavenly Father one day.I am not perfect. I sin. A lot. But I know we can all receive this gift if we choose.

Ok ya'll, you can get back to your regularly scheduled High Five For Friday! posts and I'm appreciate if you've read this far!


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Hey hey look who's back to play! Yeah, I've been a little MIA lately. That's what happens when life goes 900 miles a hour.

Sometimes when I come and write on my blog it's about light hearted fun things. Like the Oh So Pinteresting link up that I'm missing out on today because I haven't been on pinterest all week. I'm excited for Fitness Friday and High Five For Friday (I just can't choose so I guess I'm going to be doing both from now on!)

Other times it's really all about my family or faith or other things really close to my heart. I have a lot of that going on right now and that is endless blogging material - but for everyone's sake I try to space that out a little.

But today is really random. And I can't quite keep my thought train on the tracks today. So, welcome to my brain today.
I'm really stressing because I can't seem to manage my work/home/church time efficiently. I know there has to be a way but my methods aren't working. Work is the easiest for me to manage but it's still stressful at times. Then I get home and I seem to have NO time to fit in everything that needs to get done. I can't add hours to the day so I can only try to be more efficient at what I'm doing and that isn't working right now so I've got to figure a way to make this all work. My church stuff really isn't that big of a burden, it's just I'm not managing my other time correctly so it's all overlapping.


All the talk about North Korea is frightening. One of the morning newscasters said the other morning that the US government "thinks that it doesn't have the capability to strike US soil". Um, think? Don't you think that might be something we should dedicate a little time and research just to be safe? Something is brewing between North Korea and Iran and it makes me uneasy.

Why is my knee hurting? Probably because while I'm at work I have a subconscious habit of sitting half Indian style, usually with my left leg folded under me. Then 2 hours later I realize that my leg hurts, my foot is asleep and I don't even really remember getting into that position.

MUST. GET.NUTRITION.STRAIGHT.

I'm really stoked about our upcoming cruise. I really want to get into plan mode but so much is going on that I can't get lost into the fun of it yet. Maybe this will change when my parents come up to visit for the weekend and my mom and my aunt and I can get all into talking about it and thinking about clothes and fun.. yeah, maybe that's just what I need.

I've started tanning again. I know, I hear all the "ooh nooo that' so bad for you!". I know it is! But seriously, I don't want to go on this cruise and be all translucent! It's not like I tan year around or anything. And I'm not going to lie, I've got sun damage - probably from tanning  I don't know. I have a sun spot on my upper cheek that I'm going to look at having laser work done on. But why go through that if I'm going to continue to tan right? It's my guilty pleasure that I do about every other year I guess.

I've got some deep and meaningful posts coming, I promise. Just not today. So I hope you didn't mind my mild verbal vomiting.


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It's been a while (at least 2+ weeks) since I've linked up with Kelly @ Honor, Courage, Commitment for Fitness Friday, and not because I haven't wanted to but because I basically have been not getting any of my fitness on!

But that's all changed my friends.
Kinda.

Because other than my plan to hit 9 Round tonight and my 1 session of 9 Round on Monday - I haven't done jack. Unless I can count walking around baseball fields, exercise. Which I will.  Because I can.

(by the way, I have a free pass and referral for anyone in my area looking to join the Lyman 9 round)

But on the real. I've got a plan and it's going into motion and part of that plan is getting my 9 Round on.
So I've posted about it before but I wanted to take a minute to get into what the 9 Rounds actually consist of.  Because some of those rounds actually are therapeutic for me. They (whoever they are) say exercise is a stress reliever and I have experienced the benefits of it in this manner but until now.. I never really understood it. See, part of 9 Round is that you do some serious punching on a heavy bag an agility bag and a speed bag. I'm not going to lie, these are my favorite rounds!

Because what is more therapeutic than imagining someone who's totally ruined your day (or your project, but I'm not saying that's happening to me...) and then punching the crap out of them - figuratively on the bag?
So, because the next few weeks of my fitness is primarily going to consist of 9 Rounds and my fitness updates will most likely be more geared toward what I did and what I ate.. I'm going to take this time to go ahead and fill ya'll in on what the rounds are like.

You can find all this info here (scroll down), but I'll hook ya up if you don't feel like clicking. Plus I'm going to give you some of my own personal insight on each round that I'm sure you don't want to miss out on.

Round 1 & 2
9 Rounds says: These stations are the "Strength Building" rounds. They say this consists using dumb bells, kettle balls, medicine balls, jump ropes and other equipment to build strength and stamina.

Jonna says: These are your "have an asthma attack" stations. I've definitely done the jump rope and my husband tried to knock my head off with the medicine ball when we did a couples work out. We started with me holding the medicine ball, him doing a burpee, me throwing the medicine ball to him, me doing a burpee, him throwing the medicine ball to me. However, my husband.. bless his heart.. has some rhythm issues. So long story short I ended up with a medicine ball to the back of the head while in the middle of a burpee. By the way, I hate burpees. like HATE.

Round 3-8
9 Round says: This is where the FUN begins. You'll strike a variety of bags including 100lb Heavy Bags to build power, double end bags to increase hand eye coordination and timing and speed bags to develop shoulder conditioning and speed.

Jonna says: They are right, this is where the fun begins. I love the double end bags (which I call agility bags) because you really have to focus on it. Sometimes you're just straight punching it, other times you're doing combos. Whatever. Then you get to the heavy bag, sometimes your punching then jumping over it, sometimes your straddling it on the floor and just wailing on it. All I know is I get the best satisfaction of just punching the heck out of this thing. There's also a bag that you do combination punches and kicks on. That's another favorite of mine.
Now, station 7 in our 9 Round is confusing to me. It's a strange bag that I've never seen before, it's like a horizontal bag of sorts. The first time I went I was told to lay under it and keeping my legs straight, swing my legs all around this bag - which is an AB KILLER. It was so hard. The other night when I was working out with my husband, we didn't use the bag at all, we just did hip rotations while on all fours under the bag. Eh, I dunno.. but it works.

Station 9
9 Round says: Station 9 is dedicated to the core. We want to get you as strong as possible and the CORE is the key. Besides all the other kicking and punching that you will be doing, we dedicate  a full station to strengthening the most important part of your body.

Jonna Says: This is the "Jonna dies" station. Because not only am I already fatigued from all the other stations, then they want to work my most weak point. Thanks guys! I've done twisting crunches with the medicine ball once. The other night another couple came in to work out and they started on round 9 so me and the hubs and them all were doing "Crunch-Scissor kick-pushup" combos.
It's hard. But then again, nothing about 9 Round is super easy for me so I guess I can't complain.

So, there ya go! this is my workout routine in some variation. The nice thing is when I go they always change up the routines so you're not always doing the same things every time you go. In fact, between my husband and I, we haven't done any of the same things yet. So, that's great for me and my workout-ADD.

So, hopefully you got your fitness on this week (at least more than me) and can't wait to read the other Fitness Friday link up posts out there! Oh and make sure you check out Kelly from Honor, Courage, Commitment and Lindsey (from Domesticated Working Woman) are doing an awesome give away, so go check them out if you want to try to win!


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I know it's Friday and all and everyone out on the Internet and real life are all getting ready to celebrate the weekend but I've got to work in the morning so everyone have some pity for me, please.

But for this short little while I'll pretend that I'm not working tomorrow and get on with High Five For Friday!

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9 Round. Oh my heck, let me just say this workout is awesome. I'm loving it. I'm hating it. I mean, I love it but while I'm doing it I kind of hate it, which means it's good - in a weird kind of way. I still haven't gotten to go as much as I'd like but it's a true stress reliever for me. Not just knowing that I'm working out and hopefully helping my fitness (which I'm going to talk about in another post later for my Fitness Friday link up!) but getting to punch some punching bags seriously does me good. Whether I'm imagining someone's face on there or not, I'll not say but just punching the heck out of a bag makes me feel good. I can't wait to go tonight.

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My picture doesn't really explain this very well. But the picture is a picture of a birthday cake and above it, it says "I can't wait to be 8". In my church, children can be baptized when they turn 8 (we consider that the age of accountability). It warms my heart when my son and I can spend a few minutes and talk about him being baptized and he's genuinely excited about it. He turns 8 next February, so we have some time but I'm so glad he's thinking about it.

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My planner and the notes I put in there. I love my erin condren life planner. I am a true techy by every means but there's something just comforting about writing in my planner instead of in my online calendar. I also use this planner to scribble down thoughts and notes (usually in church) and sometimes being able to open that up and look at some of these really uplifting and encouraging quotes or scripture references just totally heals whatever is ailing me.

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I super-really-totally-definitely love my camera. Best expensive gift ever. I really want a zoom lens for it now but only because I've been using it enough to see why I need one. I can see a huge difference in quality of my pictures. And I'm not talking about artistic quality because that's got a long way to go. I've still got a lot to learn on even how to use the thing but I really enjoy getting out there and snapping shots off. Plus, I think I look really cool with a big honkin' camera around my neck. Best accessory ever.

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My boots get at least another week. Remember that really great weather that filled in my "five" spot last week? Yeah, well it went to the birds ya'll. So here we are again with highs in the low 50's. But that means I get to extend my boots life for this season a little longer - I'm sure they are grateful. I know I am!

Alrighty! That's it for me. Kind of a bland week and I may not be getting a full weekend but hey, that's life in the tech world.


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I'm jumping on a Thursday link up today because I've been pretty busy around the office and the house so that leaves a lot less time to blog. And because nothing that I'm doing is all that interesting, it leaves a lot to be desired in the content area of my blog.

I could go on about my son's baseball season and his coach's love of scheduling last minute practices. Don't you love the Tuesday night notification, "Oh by the way, I've scheduled a practice for Thursday night!" Ok, first, scheduling means you're doing it in advance and in my world giving me 1 day notice is not advance. I have had the baseball schedule for over a month and I plan other things (aka my life) around his schedule so just throwing in another practice "here and there" isn't jiving with me, Mister.

But I said I wasn't going to talk about that.
(I'm not good at following directions)
Its Ok Thursdays

It's Okay...

to have a small overflowing bowl of ice cream sometimes, even if you go over your calorie limit a little

to sometimes call someone by the wrong name, I mean it's amazing how and E on the end totally changes a name!

to not correct people when they pronounce your name wrong (because, see above)

fall asleep on the couch immediately after your son goes to sleep... 3 nights a week

to work through your lunch 2 days out of the week just to reduce your stress level a tad

that I have to work this Saturday morning for a few hours, because that's just the life of being in IT



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I got my Pinterest on this past weekend! Check out what I tried... and how they turned out!

First things first, my husband recently decided that I should take on our document management for the household. He's the one that takes care of all the bills and such so I guess it's only fair for me to help out in the administrative side of things.
So.. I got organized!


I didn't use her same file folders (although I love them!) because we had a ton still here at the house, so I used the plain manilla folders. But I loved the categorization by the colored dots so much, it really does make things easier to see visually.

I tried out a new recipe as well this weekend, looking for something a little different than our everyday fare.

I didn't have mine in the cute stone pan, just a plain Pyrex but let me tell ya, tastes fantastic!

I had some extra time in the bathroom while the boys in my life have been preoccupied with baseball, so I tried out 2 baking soda pins.

The first, doing some toe-scaping.
Source: shape.com via Jonna on Pinterest

This worked! I really had my doubts about it. I'm going to spare you all the picture of my feet (you're welcome) but just know it works. I use a lot of darker nail polishes so my nails are always looking stained or something - so I was really glad this worked. Also, give it some time after you rinse your feet. I didn't see the results immediately but 10 minutes or so after I was all dried off, I could really tell.

The second was my teeth.
Source: i.imgur.com via Jonna on Pinterest


Not going to lie, the taste of hydrogen peroxide, even with Listerine, sucks. Just plain sucks. But it was a super nice refresher to brighten up your smile! But, according to my mom (who used to be a dental hygienist)  you don't want to use peroxide on your teeth too frequently it can damage your teeth, also it totally kills off bacteria in your mouth, even the bacteria that you need - yes you need bacteria. Anyway.. it worked but I'd say I wouldn't do this more than every couple of months.

Ok, so that was a lot of fun and I can't wait to try some more pins! What have you been pinning lately?
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Ya'll know I can't start talking faith and all that heavy stuff without first being silly.

I only got 2 hours of sleep last night (hubby wasn't home at bed time and apparently that just throws my whole world off kilter) so I really thought I was going to be a zombie today at church. Surprisingly, zombie mode didn't kick in until after I got home, which worked out great because I have a bed at home in which I can nap. I don't have one at church.

Let's get a little deeper, shall we?


“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today.”
- Lorenzo Snow
(read more from him here)

It's day's like today that remind me why I love my church so much. I had a lot of conflict going on in my head last night. I mean a lot, which probably didn't help my not sleeping thing either.  I mean I seriously got a spiritual kick in the booty today that I know realized how much I needed. It may have been because I didn't go to church last weekend, I'm not sure, but whatever it was (I'm thinking Heavenly Father knew I needed it), I'm grateful.

When I get to church this morning and our Sacrament program was a little different than the norm. Our Relief Society 2nd Councilor gave a talk about building our foundation of Christ, which kind of reset things in my head and made me reconfirmed a few things for me. Then our Relief Society President (who is absolutely incredible) spoke and what stuck with me was "being a pillar of light" (there is a wonderful talk on this by President Monson here). Between these talks, two awesome women came up and gave their testimony and it was so touching. Oh, not to mention all the women of the Relief Society got to jump up for an impromptu song!

This was the song we sang... Seriously, I was so nervous. I have a cold/allergy thing going on and to stand up and sing in front of everyone. Wow.


Then after Sacrament it was off to Sunday school which was great as well. I felt such fellowship that sometimes I don't feel (maybe I'm just concerned with other things or just not paying attention). And a discussion of Doctrine and Covenants 25 and how husbands and wives should support each other really hit home with me.

But then we got to Relief Society and man.. this was the whipped cream on my ice cream today. Our lesson today was about "Becoming Perfect Before The Lord: A Little Better Day By Day" (where the quote up top came from) and there were so many gems that hit my heart today - things I really needed to hear. And I have to say, we have some seriously awesome women who deliver some great talks to us and our teacher today, she's one of my favorites (she used to teach Sunday School and I loved her there too!).

I'm going to end this with a quote that I love, and ironically enough I got to read during the class.

Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves.14


I hope you had a wonderful Sunday, too! And regardless if your religious or not, I hope maybe this was a fraction a bit uplifting for you as it was for me today.

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Gutshot Straight: A Novel
Gutshot Straight: A Novel by Lou Berney

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I got this on Free Friday from Barnes & Noble but didn't read it right away. I liked the story, I liked "Shake" the main character,although he seemed entirely too nice to really be as involved in as much as he was. It moved fast and was adventurous.

It was a little over the top in some parts but overall it was just a good fun read. I liked it enough I'll probably jump on the next one of Shake's adventures called Whiplash River. What's up with the titles? I'm still trying to figure out how the name plays into the story at all.. but whatever it was fun and would probably make a great movie.



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YEAH BABY! It's Friday! I seriously can't even express how happy I am that I've made it at work an entire week without having to take a sick day! That's a big accomplishment when you feel like your head is a balloon full of gunk just waiting to pop. But enough on that. I shall not dwell.
(at least not right now since there's nothing I can get from doing it)

Also check out at the very bottom, there's a new bloglovin' bloghop going on from Lauren @ Style Elixir)

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Baseball season for my kiddo is in full swing! He's the one with the backpack on not facing the camera just in case you wanted to know. I have a love/hate relationship with baseball season because it's really a lot of fun and I love watching the kids play but it is such a time suck! I mean 2-3 nights a week are dedicated to baseball and when you have a schedule like mine (I really hope you don't) that really puts a damper on things like, oh.. cleaning your house and washing your hair. Don't let me get started on how long I went without washing my hair this week, trust me, you don't want to know. But for the most part I really enjoy baseball season and getting outside and getting to use my camera A LOT! (348 pictures from our last game - go me!)

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Baby Lips. Do I even have to go into why I love this so much? It seems like all of my blogger friends have blogged about this at least once already. But seriously, this week with the cold temps and my sinus crap going on, it's been a huge relief. I never thought I could feel such love towards a lip product.

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Is it kind of weird to think that I am high five worthy this week? Heck no! I'm finally feeling better and getting a my personality back and I know my husband and co-workers appreciate it. Ok, maybe not my co-workers so much, I think they could use breaks from my "personality". But nonetheless I'm feeling back to my almost old self so life can go back to being normal again. For everyone.

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I've had my custom name necklace for years now but for a while I didn't wear it. Something felt weird wearing my name around my neck. But, I've busted it back out and it's actually become one of my favorite accessories! I would tell you where you could get yours, but I can't because I don't know. My parents gave me this for Christmas one year. It's one of two only custom name things I own. What can I say, they just don't throw Jonna up on license plates and cups! The other custom name item I have is a wooden block set that my Aunt & Uncle gave me when I was very little. I have it sitting in my closet (and should have taken a picture but I forgot!). Weird name problems, let me tell ya.

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THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND IS GOING TO BE AWESOME! Here's to getting out, getting some vitamin D and hopefully not scaring anyone with my white legs!

Have a great weekend ya'll!


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3.14.2013 |

Just a quickie to say.. Follow my blog with Bloglovin
(I'm still in complete denial that Google Reader is going away)

Holy cow ya'll! I just found out that Google Reader is shutting down after July 1st, 2013 and that's a big deal! I mean, I follow a lot of my favorite blogs through Google Friend Connect but I have a lot.. I mean A LOT of blogs and news sites that don't use Google Friend Connect and I follow them through Google Reader.

What's a girl to do?!

Well here are some alternatives I'm looking into. Netvibes, NewsBlur and Feedly.

I can tell you right now off the bat that I don't feel too good about Feedly. Only because their webpage keeps timing out and erroring. I know there's a lot of traffic because of the whole Google thing but still, if you can't handle this traffic then who's to say it's going to have a good uptime? So I'm writing them off all together (which may be a mistake but whatever.. I'm judgmental like that)

NewsBlur looks semi interesting. It gives a decent way to organize your blogs and displays things pretty nicely but something about it feels clunky. I'm not too warm and fuzzy about it but it's something that I'd use as a fallback if I really need an RSS feeder.

Netvibes. I'm totally feeling this site. Not only does it give a great RSS reader option but it incorporates another Google product that is/has shut down which was iGoogle! Everything I need on one site! In fact, the more I play with Netvibes the way more I like it and wonder why I haven't been using it before. It's a great way to have your "one stop shop" for the web!

So... for me, I'm heading to Netvibes and hopefully I'll be a happy camper.

Ok, so I'm finally feeling a part of the living again. I'm still hacking and snotting and stuff but at least I've got my energy back and lucky for everyone, my personality is back too!

By the way, I have officially banned Sudafed from my house now. I've found the Target brand generic over the counter works just as well with a little less "jack me up" stuff in it so that's what's the haps from now on. I know, I know, who cares what medicine I'm taking.

Oh by the way, Survivor tonight! Can't wait! 


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I want to make these so bad to give out to some of my friends


I'm always looking for new drink stuff to make and who can pass up something that comes close to an Orange Julius! (seriously, I had to google to see if they even still have those places around)




This is going to take my mason jar fascination even further now.



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Lyrics from one of my favorite primary songs that make me happy



What's more South Carolina than Myrtle Beach, trailers, above ground pools and people who make you question how many branches their family tree has?

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So I heard there was going to be a reality show based out of my lovely state, South Carolina so I of course had to investigate to find out what this show was all about!

Hey ya'll.. watch this! (for those of you in the know, that's how every fun Redneck adventure starts, when someone says that) Welcome To Myrtle Manor. Oh look they have a Facebook page too!

I watched it. At least the first episode (watch it!). I have the second one DVRed but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

I'm not going to lie, I'm a reality show junkie and yet even I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I watched this show. It's like the redneck version of Jersey Shore with a lot more awkward in it.
If you didn't click the link above, the show is about a trailer park in Myrtle Beach, SC called Myrtle Manor. 

Let's just talk candidly here for a second. Myrtle Beach isn't the most high class place you can go to but it's definitely cleaned up its act since the days back when I cruised Ocean Blvd and stayed in hotels that I'm sure I should have worn a hazmat suit just to enter. But hey, we are in SC and we have trailer parks. Lots of them. But to SC's credit, I've seen just as many trailers and trailer parks in Southern Utah too! Although those usually had paved roads. And their tenants had most of their teeth.

But I'm getting off track here.. Myrtle Manor.

So this trailer park full of colorful characters (some literally colorful...) who live in Myrtle Beach in this cute little trailer park.  That is if your definition of cute is living in a trailer that you have to stick a hose through the window to take a shower.  Thanks show, you bring out the best of us South Carolinian's.

But you know what, as I watched the episode I found myself wanting to go visit this place the next time I'm near the beach. Because seriously, I've never really been in a nuthouse before and this has to be pretty darn close to it. I mean really, 80 year old women skinny dipping and wiener girls?

Apparently after the first episode aired, someone stole one of the Myrtle Manor signs. Another great trait of our great state, theft.

So first there's Mark Sanford and his hike on the AT (that everyone knows doesn't lead to Argentina!), Miss South Carolina Teen USA, Joe Wilson and now... Myrtle Manor.

Stay weird South Carolina! That's just the way I like ya!


The Servants of TwilightThe Servants of Twilight by Dean Koontz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Another book by Koontz that I became quickly invested in. Maybe it was the mother bear instinct in me or maybe the characters were just that easy to know, regardless of why I know that within a chapter or two I was hooked.

This was a book that kept me guessing. There were many times that I found myself feeling a certain predictability building and then out of know where I realize how I had gone completely down a wrong path.

Without spoiling anything I do want to say that the ending wasn't for me. I can't put a finger on exactly why but when I finished the last sentence I turned the page expecting to see something.. anything. But there wasn't anything. Not to say that it ruined the whole book but it just felt incomplete - although I supposed another book could be brought into the picture now to build off of it.

Definitely glad I read it.



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My title is credited to Sister Dibb during this talk she gave which is pretty awesome.
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But that's not what I'm here to talk about!

Back before I consolidated all my blogs into one (hint: this one!) you would find me posting on my main blog along with one that was quickly overtaking my main blog. The second, main blog (or blog in waiting) was known as Mormon Mommie and I kept it strictly faith related. Um, Mormon faith. Churchof Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints kind of Mormon. LDS kind of Mormon. So there.. it's all out in the open.

See, my faith is something that has become extremely important to me. I've only really be active in church again for a little over a year now, and wow how a year can change you! Becoming active again and growing my faith and my testimony has truly been a wonderful thing for me. It strengthens me. It comforts me. It gives me so much more than I have words for. But the reason I'm telling you all this is because I want to share some of my wonderful moments over the past year and 3 months of being a "full time Mormon". Haha! Sorry, that sounded just as weird as I thought it would.

Over the past year I've found great peace in keeping my baptismal covenants. I've gained so many wonderful friends, my Sisters In Zion! And they have truly been a blessing to me, I mean seriously these are some awesome ladies and it's a privilege to know them and call them friends. I have gained a true understanding of what a "ward family" is. I received my Patriarchal Blessing, which brings me so much love and comfort knowing that a path is there waiting for me. I received two callings, one that I absolutely love and one that I'm failing miserably in (more on this later).. but I do love them both. I've gained such love for the Bishopric and I appreciate so much more than words can express how much love and guidance they've given me. I've found how much I love raising my son in the Church and listening to him sing Primary songs is something very special for me. I've gained a love of teaching (and learning) the Gospel and reading the Scriptures. I've learned what some earthly sacrifices that I once thought were completely un-achievable (becoming a full-tither - yes I know that's not a word) is completely achievable when you have the right people backing you (ahem.. God and the Bishopric).

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Ok not THAT Temple per se, since that's in KY but you get it
And the most important thing that I've gained over this year is a true desire to go to the Temple. More than anything. Wait, it's right up there with a true desire to go to the Temple with my family. Not just to get sealed to my parents, but I pray that one day my husband and son and I will be sealed together as well. This right now is what fills my heart. I think that day would probably be more important than even my wedding day (and to this Bridezilla, that was the most important day on earth)!

These are my accomplishments and goals. I'm not sharing these with the world for accolades but because these are some of the most important things in my life that I've experienced in the past year and I don't have the words to express how happy this past year has been.

My hope is that everyone finds their faith. No matter what it may be (insert missionary moment: but of course I want you to know the joy that comes from my Church so feel free to join me some Sunday!) and I hope that everyone feels the joy that I feel from it.
I love my Church.


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I'm linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk for her High Five for Friday!

Hey, where is my High Five For Friday pictures? Oh that's right. I haven't taken any pictures this week. You'll understand why in a minute. Bear with me.

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9 Round. I only went once this week and it was awesome. I can't wait to go back. But it's going to be a minute because I have to recover. From what am I recovering from? Wait for it...

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Not dying from a respiratory infection is a good thing to high five. That's what I'm recovering from. Apparently, it started shortly before 9 Round and now I'm in the full brunt of it. But, I have meds and a weekend coming up so hopefully by Monday I'll be fully recovered!

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I had to work an extra 4.5 hours over last night. I promise, that's not high five worthy. However, doing it with an awesome coworker and boss is. If I have to stay and work and not get paid extra for it, I guess I should be happy I wasn't with a bunch of jerks.

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Do you ever have that friend that comes to your rescue whenever you need? I had one last night. See, Sudafed jacks me up and basically I've been surviving on it this entire week and it's apparently built up in my system because after getting home at 9:30 last night I crashed at 11pm. Only to wake up again at 2am and not fall back asleep. Ever. Like totally ever. But out of the blue one of my friends popped on Facebook and we chatted for about an hour. And then I killed the rest of the time on Pinterest. Which I'm pretty sure if I didn't have Pinterest I would have hurt someone. But it was so nice to just have someone to chat with and take my mind of my yucky lungs and ears. I really appreciate her, so go over and drop by her blog and see why she's so awesome!

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Having a nurse practitioner at work. I work for a local government. You know what that means. I don't get paid a whole bunch and to be honest, each year that I've worked here our benefits have gotten smaller and smaller. Raise? What is that word? But I digress. The one thing that we do have that I consider a huge benefit is our nurse practitioner   Not only do they save me a co-pay but they are some awesome ladies and they always take care of me. Oh and wait? Whatever, I called this morning and got in 20 minutes later with no wait. Right now, they are my big time homies.

So that's it for me this week. No pix, no health, no problem!