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After the demands of my hundreds of fans (or a suggestion from one good friend…) I decided to upload the pictures of the photo arrangement I talked about yesterday.  I hope you like them! (oh, and ps…the couch is from my grandma and is in great shape…it’s just not our favorite style.  lol.  So, eventually, we’d like to slip cover it!)


First of all, I thought the world needed to see this “Kodak moment” I couldn’t resist capturing.  Here is Kevin and Ben searching for Waldo in Kevin’s childhood copy of Where’s Waldo?  I thought it was adorable (slash hysterical).  

Little Susie Homemaker

…and proud of it. :)  Today was a “fun day for me.  I had the usual morning then decided to whip up some brownies for the ice cream sundae party we’re having tonight with Kevin’s family.  (It’s the big Canada-US “Freedom Festival” fireworks!)  Then, since I had so many bananas starring me in the face just pleading to be made into something delicious, I decided to oblige.  I used a recipe I had received as a wedding gift to make 2 yummy loaves of banana bread–one for tonight…one for later. ;-) mmm, mmm.  As I was baking up a storm, I wished I could keep going.  No, for real.  I really wanted to bake more cookies and more breads, etc, etc.  That got me thinking.  I said to myself, “Self, it would be super cool if I started a baking business out of my home.”  Considering I’m still unemployed, this sounded like a brilliant (not to mention deliciously enjoyable) idea.  Who knows if it would actually be profitable, but I would probably get some friends out of it.  (And don’t worry, I would try my best not to become like Monica in the Friends episode “The One with the Chocolates” where she secretly loves making chocolates only because it makes people like her.)  lol.

Exciting mail again today!  My picture order came.  So now, instead of this random couple in the frame hanging above our couch, it’s filled with pictures of Kevin and Brian through the years.  And on the other side (of our signed autograph wedding frame) is a frame with pictures of my sister, Ash, and me.  I just love it!  Also, in this brown frame with 6 openings I have put in a selection of wedding pictures that were developed in “sepia.”  I think it looks awesome. :) A little more homey every day…
It was great to have Magan and Bekah stop by for a visit on Saturday night (on their way to the airport.)  We had a pasta dinner and then hung out while watching the greatest show ever-Camp Rock!  Well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but it was a fun movie nonetheless.  And…..Magan bought us our very own copy of “She’s the Man.”  We were super excited!  It’s one of those movies our friends quote all the time…and is quite hysterical….”Bros, brothers…Brethren??”  oh my…..(guess you had to be there…)
We had a blessed time at church on Sunday.  We decided to go to Sunday School, and despite the wild goose chase we had to go on to find the class, we were thankful we did.  God knows just what we need.  We’re both so thankful for belonging.
This has been Silly Songs with Larry.  Tune in next time to hear Larry sing, “Bob is really angry.  I hope he doesn’t catch me.  It’s hard to run with this sombrero on my head.”  

A Rainy Saturday

It’s been another good 24 hours.  First of all, we were able to pick up our car from the shop and were quite pleased to only have to pay $60.  (Certainly zero dollars would have been ideal…but that’s ok.) Unfortunately we might need to invest in a new battery, but we’re both so thrilled to have our vehicle back.  Last evening after Ben arrived, we had a delicious dinner of homemade pizza, breadsticks, and salad (thank you very much…) and then ventured out to the wonderful world of Meijer.  Kevin and I picked up lots of needed groceries and the three of us found lots of snacks to keep our mouths occupied while watching the Tigers’ game.  

We woke up around 9am and I fixed a pancake breakfast for all of us (Ben had spent the night.)  mmm, mmm.  Thank you, Aunt Jemima.  We lounged around for the remainder of the morning before Kevin’s “new-used” bike was delivered!  3 cheers for online shopping and $50 bikes.  
It was at that point when the torrential downpours began.  The rain was quickly flooding the streets and gutters and was blowing its way into our apartment.  The noise became deafening as we looked out to see large balls of hail pounding the sidewalks. That put a damper on our “let’s bike to the market” plan, but remember…we had our car back, so it all worked out in the end.  Our produce shopping was quite successful…delicious cantaloupe for a dollar, huge heads of romaine for $.75, and 5 lbs of bananas for a dollar!
(sure, they’re getting brown, but we LOVE banana bread, banana muffins, banana cake, etc, etc, etc.)
Now we wait and see if our next set of guests can find their way here…

pancakes, mac ‘n cheese, and pilates

welp, that pretty much sums up my morning.  No, for real!  We’re down to one egg and a cup of milk so that limited the breakfast options, so I made pancakes.  This is one item of food that we will not be running out on any time in the near future.  (So if you come visit us, I hope you like pancakes, cause that’s what you’re gonna get.)  

I also made Meijer brand macaroni and cheese to send with Kevin for his lunch.  Then I did pilates.  Just like I do every morning.  It’s a good time actually. :)  I haven’t gone running outside since last week for two reasons.  1) My foot was still healing it’s torn muscle (?) and 2) my mom and grandma have me all paranoid about becoming the next headline:  “Young girl killed in the park while jogging.”  Oh well.  I hope to get the ellipse from Kevin’s parents sometime soon. 
The mail was pretty exciting yesterday.  (Don’t mock me, I have to take joy in the little things in life.)  My new Michigan license arrived…and I’m not gonna lie…it looks good.  For real, though, even the license bureau lady said, “Wow, that’s a really nice picture.” *happy*  I guess I’m officially a Michigan resident.  (Shouldn’t there be some sort of party thrown in my honor???  Or at least a cake?)
We also got our first church newsletter.  Maybe I shouldn’t have been as excited as I was, but finding a place to belong, a place that wants us involved, and a place that has “salad potlucks” to welcome the new youth pastor and his wife-to-be is awesome. :)
After dinner last night, we watched Little Miss Sunshine.  Have you seen this movie?  Cause you should.  (but if you’re at all offended by language or homosexuality…don’t.)  It was only the 2nd time we had watched it, but I think it’s one of those shows that just gets better every time around.  It leaves you thinking, “What the heck did I just watch?  That was awful.  But that was so awesome.”  
A week ago, Kevin and I planned on doing nothing this weekend.  That doesn’t seem to be happening, however.  We have a friend coming up to visit and stay the night tonight, we’re planning on doing some serious shopping at the produce market on Saturday, then that night another friend and her sister are hanging out with us until they pick up their other sister at the airport.  (It’s nice we live by the airport…gives people an excuse to visit.)  Then Monday, his family is coming up for the Freedom Festival Fireworks.  We’ve decided that each of these things is great, and even though we might not get to do “nothing” as we planned, it’ll still be  great time. 
So in a nutshell:  our car is getting fixed.  

Conversations with Jehovah

“The real underlying flaw in your life, Melanie, is that you don’t think that I am good.  If you knew I was good and that everything–the means, the ends, and all the processes of individual lives–is covered by my goodness–then while you might not always understand what I am doing, you would trust me.  But you don’t.

“Melanie, you cannot produce trust just like you cannot ‘do’ humility.  It either is or is not.  Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved.  Because you do not know that I love you, you cannot trust me.”

But I don’t know how to change that.

“You can’t, not alone.  But together we will watch that change take place.  For now I just want you to be with me and discover that our relationship is not about performance or having you please me.  I’m not a bully, not some self-centered demanding little deity insisting on my own way.  I am good, and I desire only what is best for you.  You cannot find that through guilt or condemnation or coercion, only through a relationship of love.  And I do love you.”  

[The Shack, p. 126]


The previous post is no longer applicable.  My blog’s template may change multiple times today.  Don’t let this cause alarm.  This is just a test.  This is only a test.  

opinions anyone?

I can’t decide if I want to keep this new background or if I liked it the other way (or if I should keep looking…). Does this classy look go with my “fun” blog title?

the sun DOES shine

funny how things can change over the space of a few hours.  Nothing is “perfect” as of yet, but my husband and I are feeling much better about our situations.  

First:  I randomly looked out the window this afternoon to see a guy changing someone’s tire.  I decided to ask him if he had jumper cables.  He did.  He charged me way too much (but I was a little too overwhelmed to “bargain”).  I finally got ahold of Kevin and was on my way to the auto shop.  Thank God, they had room to keep our car overnight until they have time to work on it tomorrow!  
Second:  I decided to be brave and walk home by myself.  This would save Kevin from leaving work early to walk me home or I wouldn’t have to wait in a disgusting auto shop for a few hours for my “escort.”  I made it safe and sound.  (I prayed and held tightly to my purse.  This is, after all, the CITY, people!)  
Third:  I received an email from the on-campus administrative assistant position I applied for over a month ago.  I’m not sure how encouraged I should be by the message, but it basically said my application was being viewed by the hiring manager.  *hope*
Fourth:  We’re grilling hamburgers for dinner and I’m experimenting with a recipe for baked potato wedges.  They smell delicious.  
Fifth:  For I know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose.  [romans 8:28]

Indian Cuisine and chemistry

I can tell you’re interested already. :)  I’ll start back at the beginning of the evening.  An hour and a half before Kevin was to be home from lab, I decided to ride my bike down Jefferson to put in some job apps.  Done and done.  On my way home, I almost passed out when I hit my bike’s breaks waaaaaayy too hard and jammed my pelvic bone into the handle bars.  frick!  that HURT.  badly.  (I’m sorry if this is too graphic a description for some of you.  But deal with it.)  After the black spots went away from my vision, I continued home and called Kevin on my cell.  He said, “I’m….” and I was like, “hello?  are you there?”  He had just stopped talking.  Next thing I hear is, “My bike isn’t here.  Someone stole my bike.”  oh great.  Just what we needed.  Now we’re down a car and a bike.  (Kevin was so very excited to ride my short girly bike to work today.  <–that was sarcasm for those of you who don't follow.)   But honestly, we handled this situation rather well….I mean, what's one more thing on top of everything else??

So, I made it home without passing out and Kevin got a ride with some people from lab.  They picked me up and we went out to an Indian restaurant about 20 minutes away.  It was exciting to be going out for the first time since moving in, and even more thrilling to know that the bill was going to be footed by Dr. Reuda–the lab professor.  It was a wonderful meal (not for the faint at heart) and I loved getting to put faces to all the names I hear.  We went home 3 hours later and were very full (I was satisfied after eating what I soon found out to be just appetizers.  When the actual meal came, I had one bite of each dish that was being passed and I was filled to overflowing–though not literally.) 
I’ve spent this morning doing my wifely duties.  i.e. calling all over creation to find jumper cables (no luck yet), trying to find a good deal on a bicycle, and double checking insurance policies.  
I think I shall fix myself some lunch and enjoy this cool weather and my cozy sweatshirt (in June!?  oh, well, I’m not complaining!)