Sunday, May 25, 2008

3 years


Adam and I have been married 3 years today. We went out to dinner last weekend to celebrate. We talked some about all that we had learned about each other since we had gotten married. I used to think I wouldn't learn anything new about Adam after we got married since we had dated and known each other for so long before we got married. But, I don't think you ever stop learning new things about other people because people change.

So here are some things I didn't know about Adam when we got married:
1) He is great with money. He strategically takes care of our assets and plans for our future. He spends hours making sure it is all accurate.
2) He steals the covers.
3) He will eat all of the ice cream. If I want some, I better eat it now (even if I am not hungry) or there will be none left. This fact is not just true for ice cream.
4) He is allergic to Target brand contact solution. I bought it for him one time instead of the Boston brand. His eyes dilated uncontrollably during the day and it destroyed his contacts. I won't do that again!
5) He has good taste in decor. He has helped me pick out furniture, pillows, pictures, lamps and the latest - drinking glasses.


There is a ton more that I won't list. Here's to you Babe! I am looking forward to many more years of learning more about you!

Biking

I've been thinking about biking to work some days. Sure it would be great to save money on gas, but I also think it would be fun. I'm not a big biker. In fact, the Beam bike ride a couple of weeks ago was the first bike ride I had been on in years, but I love being outdoors and I love being active and several people I work with ride so I thought I would give it a try.

I mapped out a route that would avoid busy roads using www.gmap-pedometer.com. This website is awesome. You can map out anything and the user interface is so easy. You can just grab the map and move it where you want it go to with your mouse. Some people from work helped me too.

Anyway, Adam and I went on an adventure today to try out the route. The problem was that the route I made goes through a graveyard. I didn't realize this when I made the route. I should have used the satellite version of Gmap. This graveyard is the only thing between me and easy roads to work. I don't feel right riding a bike through a graveyard. It doesn't seem like it would be honoring the dead. Plus, it says no bikes allowed at the entrance.

After this failure, Adam and I rode home to look up other possibilities. The only other one we found was through Fort Jackson. So we packed our drivers' licenses and headed out on a slightly different route. This time we got to the entrance of the Fort and it was blocked - permanently. So we headed home again.

It was a disappointing day. Two failed attempts to find me a route to work. And, I really don't have any other options unless I want to go several miles out of the way or ride in 8 lane traffic - I don't think so.

Riverfront Park

Adam and I woke up yesterday morning (a Saturday morning) at 6 am to go for a run at the Cayce Riverfront Park. I would not have done it if he wasn't already going. I love it when I do that. I feel so refreshed. I'm so glad Adam is good peer pressure - thanks Babe. And I also love that we love to do these kinds of things together.

After our run, we went to a Sunday School class picnic. It was very cold, but we had a good time. That night we saw the new Chronicles of Narnia movie - it was good.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

No A/C needed!

Adam I decided several weeks ago that we were going to attempt to leave our A/C off until we got back from Colombia. Our trip is in a little over 2 weeks so we don't have long to go. Up until this week it has been a good decision. The hottest it had been was 80 degrees. Sure we were sleeping with only one sheet, but this was manageable.

This week has been another story. Highs have been 85, 87, and 88 degrees. The nights have not been cool at all. It was miserable - until we remembered this strange fan in our hallway. This is not just any fan. It is a whole house fan.

Adam decided to read up on this contraption and how we could maximize it's affects. All I can say is "Wow". This thing is amazing. We turned it on and opened the windows and now air is pouring in our house. I even got cold last night - had to pull up the comforter! Way to go Babe!

Happenings

There have been many events since I posted last. I still don't know who my secret admirer is....

Last weekend the Beams took a trip to a Braves games. We love baseball. Adam loves the game. I love the atmosphere - the game is nice too. Amber and Juan joined us on our adventure. Four hours to Atlanta, watch the game, four hours back - thanks for driving Babe! During our car ride, I got to teach Amber something for a change. It is usually she who gives me pearls of wisdom - best place to get housewares, how to make guacamole, etc. Amber had never made a duck face with Pringles. So here is a picture ofher first attempt - good job Amber! The game was a blast - complete with Texas Deluxe Nachos and a hot dog.



Another happening that deserves a post.....I switched my part this week. That's right. I pulled a Rachel and moved my hair part to the other side and I'm still waiting for someone to notice.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Secret Admirer


I may have a secret admirer! Watch out Adam. Last night Adam and I got home from our Lost double header. (watching 2 episodes of Lost with our friends) On the steps to our door was a vase of the most gorgeous roses. What for? Who from? We have no idea. There is no card included.


We were so shocked. I spent about 5 minutes investigating them to see if it was a trick. It doesn't appear that we are being bugged and the roses haven't exploded yet.


I like to look at them. They make me smile! I hope they aren't somebody's Mother's day gift that accidentally was brought to our house.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Booboos


When I get a booboo, I have strange urge to show someone my booboo. I don't show just anyone. I usually try to show my booboo to Adam. I think I do this because I am looking for some sort of empathy. It's like how children show their mommy their booboo and she says "Ooohh sweety!"

I know other people do this too. My brother recently put pictures of mountain biking battle wounds on Facebook. In college, I had a wonderful roommate who I would show booboos to. She always empathized.

My problem now is that Adam doesn't want to look at my booboos = ( He thinks they are gross! Well, what do I have to say to that?!? Boys are gross!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Today I'm bigger than I thought


Do you ever have one of those days where you forget how long your arm is or how wide your shoulders are or how wide your stride is? I have those days every once in a while.

Today I stubbed my toe on a path in my living room which I trod through several times a day. I also hit my head on my closet door. I rammed my shoulder on my cube at work upon entry.

When I was growing up, my mom used to tell me that when you have a clumsy day, it just means your body is growing and you are getting used to how big it is. This theory applied when I was younger than 15. I'm not sure it holds out today.

My foot has not grown and I am not taller and my shoulders are not wider. It's just one of those days where I forget how much space I take up.

I saw a King today.

Well, maybe that is a stretch. I work in a hotel...sort of. There is a hotel connected to the high rise I work in. I guess this makes it convenient for those who have to travel for meetings in downtown Columbia.

On my way out of work tonight I saw an event going on downstairs in the hotel. This is not unusual. What was unusual was the man sitting in a chair on top of a platform surrounded by other people who were not on the platform. One can only presume he is the King of the Marriott!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Graduation #1 for 2008


Adam's sister Amber graduated college yesterday. We had a great time going to Anderson University for the ceremony and hanging out at her party afterwards. We were lucky the rain held off because the ceremony was outside. It turned out to be a beautiful day. Congratulations Amber!

Friday, May 2, 2008

It's a man's world and he can drink beer!


I don't think anyone's going to like this post. It's a bit soap boxy. I won't do this often - I promise.

A guy that I work with told me the other day that women shouldn't drink beer! Ummm.... yeah - he really said that and he was serious.

Now, I don't like beer. I think it tastes bad, but I don't think there is anything wrong with a woman drinking beer. As far as alcohol is concerned, I have specific rules for myself. Well, I can't claim the rules. They are God's rules, but these rules aren't different for men and women. They are the same. So here are the rules:

1) You should follow the laws of your government unless those laws tell you to do something against God's laws. Romans 13:1-2. Our government has several laws about alcohol - can't drink until you are 21, can't drive drunk, etc. So we should follow those laws.

2) You shouldn't get drunk. Ephesians 5:18. Personally, I think this is part of God's plan because if you get drunk you lose control. Self control is a virtue that is important to God. Self control can keep us from sinning.

3) You shouldn't cause anyone else to sin. Romans 14:13. People are very impressionable and we all struggle with different sorts of sins. It would be wrong to have a glass of wine with a recovering alcoholic who is struggling.

OK. So there is nothing that says you can't drink and there definitely aren't different rules for men and women.