What I Learned This Week

I’ve had a busy, stressful couple of weeks. It seems like one thing piled on top of the next and before I knew it, the deck was stacked against me and I was facing one crazy thing after another.

Thankfully, God’s mercies are new every morning and things seem to be settling down a bit.

Bless it.

Here’s what I learned this week…

1. American Eagle now has a clothing line for dogs called American Beagle. One month ago, this fact would have made me roll my eyes. Now that I’m a dog owner though? Not so crazy.

What is crazy though, is that they haven’t asked my cute boy, Bentley to be part of their “Paw”some program.

2. I have almost put as many miles on the SKY in two years, as the previous owner did in five years.

3. “Potty training” a dog is harder than what I thought.

4. Alex has a pair of jeans, that in his opinion, “Make him look fat.”

Dear goodness.

5. When asked what he’d like for his birthday, my soon to be nine-year old always says, “A pocket knife.”

6. When ordering pictures from the Mart of Walls, you might want to double check that you are sending them to the RIGHT Wal-Mart.

7. When planning to meet a friend for Mexican, you should probably make for certain that you are clear about which city you are meeting in, otherwise, you may end up at a restaurant in one city and she in another.

8. Thanks to the “find my iPhone” feature on my beloved iPhone, McDaddy is able to find me even when I am lost and looking for a restaurant in another city.

9. The kid bagging my crap at the grocery store couldn’t care less about smashing my bread.

10. A ninety-minute voice memo will not transfer from iPhone to iTunes.

11. A three pound dog will gain a certain amount of confidence watching his three pound brother jump off of a couch.

12. White chocolate candy corn M&Ms are nasty.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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Yes To Being Still

A couple of years ago, I had a big, ugly argument with a friend from our church. It took the wind out of my sails. I was so angry and sad, I spent several days in prayer. I remember praying to God while running the vacuum and asking Him to let me know if I was wrong. I wanted to do something. Make a phone call. Stomp my foot. Kick. Scream. Something? Anything! Instead, I discussed the situation with my husband. And then, I waited…

I am guest blogging today over at We Are THAT Family.

Head over there to read about how I said YES to being still.

What I Learned This Week

When he was thirteen months old, Alex played Baby Jesus in our church Christmas play. As he sat on “Mary’s” lap in the nativity scene, he ate a handful of Ritz Bits crackers with peanut butter.

Minutes after the play, Alex puked violently five or six times. Once we arrived home, he seemed to be fine. I chalked it up to a virus or food that didn’t agree with his stomach.

The next day, it dawned on me that he had eaten peanut butter for the first time. I called his Pediatrician and she suggested we have him tested for food allergies.

As it turned out, he was allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and soy.

We were heartbroken. I have prayed many nights that the Lord would take these food allergies away. We are so thankful that his allergies – though very pronounced – do not / have not seemed life-threatening.

I received a call today from Alex’s Allergist today. The nurse was reporting the results of his latest blood test to see if any of his allergies have gotten worse. I was expecting to hear, “no change.” Instead, the nurse said, “I am just calling to report the results of Alex’s blood test. There was no change in the peanut, cashew, pistachio or egg allergy. Tests for almond and walnuts were negative.”

Y’all.

That. Is. A. Big. Deal.

I praised the Lord right in my kitchen!!!

How did we celebrate?

With Little Debbie (and her walnut brownies) of course!!!

I learned this week (in more ways than one!) that God is faithful in all things if we just trust Him.

Here’s what I learned this week.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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What I Learned This Week

As a new puppy owner, we are having so much fun with our sweet boy, Bentley. Today happens to be his two month birthday. If I had thought of it earlier, we would’ve had a full fledged furday party.

There are some personnel issues going on up in here that I am not at liberty to discuss here on the blog. Our home dynamic has changed indefinitely and I ask for your prayers as we trudge through these foreign, murky waters. One of the things that I’ve learned (IN A BIG WAY) is that you should be very specific when praying. I have learned through this situation that when we seriously seek the Lord and His will for our lives, we should first prepare ourselves for the possibility that His will may not be in line with our thoughts.

And that you might just end up saying, “Okay, Lord, I trust You.”

Here’s what I learned this week….

1. A two pound dog is aggravated by a collar and a metal name tag.

But it makes for a really cute picture.

2. Potty training a puppy dog is a lot of work. It takes consistency, perseverance and patience.

3. Potty training a puppy is a lot like potty training a kid.

4. The new Mexican cornbread recipe that I made today was a flop. Or either my oven is not heating appropriately.

5. Appearances can be very deceiving. In church. On Facebook. You name it. Unless you’re living in someone else’s shoes, you have no idea what road they are walking.

6. According to the Rheumatology specialist I saw last week, she is quite certain that the chronic ear pain I’ve been experiencing since March, is indeed, Relapsing Polychondritis.

7. My post titles and the word Inmates in my blog title are the same font as The Brady Bunch font. That makes me smile.

8. I could watch Dirty Dancing weekly.

9. When a friend (Heather!) cleans up all the crazy characters strung throughout your blog, you will visit it daily for the first week to make for sure and certain that they. are. really. gone.

10. And then you will let out a war-hoop each and every time that you discover that yes, indeed they are still gone. Thanks, Heather!

11. I don’t like to go very long without seeing this sweet face.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

It’s been an interesting week here at the McResidence. Things have changed quite a bit and we are loving our sweet puppy.

We’ve had Bentley for one week. He is a lot of work and a lot of fun. He enjoys being with people. He loves to chew on things, fingers, cords, toes, clothing, and any little thing he can find lying around. He gets excited easy and lets me cuddle him when he’s tired.

Here’s what I’ve learned SO FAR this week….

1. Having a new puppy in the house is like having a newborn in the house.

2. A Yorkie puppy can sleep in ANY position.

3. It is easy to fall head over heels in love with two pounds of energy.

4. House training is a tough process.

5. Bentley sleeps about seven hours at night before whining to get out of his crate.

6. Yorkie tails are often docked for cosmetic reasons.

7. The average Yorkshire Terrier is approximately seven – eight inches tall and weighs between three – seven pounds.

8. There is a high concentration of Yorkies in New York City.

9. Yorkshire Terriers usually live to be 12 to 14 years old.

10. A Yorkie with championship bloodlines may cost as much as $4,000.

11. A Yorkie puppy gets a lot of attention out in public.

12. Alex is not a fan of dogs, but he loves Bentley.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Y’all!

The first thing I learned is that an antibiotic will not do its thang if you take it once a day instead of the prescribed twice a day.

The next thing I learned is that I need to learn to READ THE DANG LABEL on the medicine bottle before taking it.

According to at least one of my eight loyal blog readers, I am missed when I don’t blog regularly.

Here’s all the other things I learned this week.

When in pain from either a punch biopsy or polychondritis – you might expect your ear to REALLY hurt for days and days.

Facebook can be a great resource for finding a puppy.

The Goldbergs is a really funny sitcom.

And lastly, I learned that it doesn’t take long to fall in love with a sweet face like this one.

Welcome to the family, Bentley!!!

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

McDaddy and I had an extremely long, taxing day. I sat in an exam room while three medical professionals punched a hole in my ear to obtain a piece of ear cartilage. And McDaddy? Well, McDaddy stood by my side while I squeezed the life out of his hand for the better part of five minutes because OH MY DEAR GOODNESS, THE PAIN!

It easily ranks among the top three most painful experiences of my life. Wedged right in between my first kidney stone and the kidney stone removal.

So, as you can imagine, I am in no condition to sit behind this computer screen for any amount of time because my ear feels like it has flames shooting out of the top of it. And if you’re wondering if this procedure had anything to do with the ear pain I experienced several months ago, that would be a BIG. FAT. YES.

If everything goes as planned (in my head!) I will have a definitive diagnosis in 2-7 days.

Here’s a quick list of some things I learned this week.

1. You should never leave a burning candle on your stovetop.

2. If you have a burning candle on your stovetop and accidentally turn on the wrong burner, you could have some trouble.

3. If you walk into your kitchen and discover that a candle on your stovetop is on fire because you accidentally turned on the wrong burner, you should not, under any circumstances, attempt to put the fire out with water. Flour is best in this situation.

And before you ask, I did not learn any of those first three tips first hand.

4. The Saturn Sky is a sleek, sexy car. It was not built for comfort.

5. I typically spend a lot more time dreading a job than it takes to actually DO the job.

6. I have a hard time letting things go.

7. Even at forty years of age, my OCD is alive and well.

8. You can expect a lot of blood after a punch biopsy.

9. There are days when I really miss enjoying an ice cold, coca cola classic.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Dancing With The Stars is back on.

And that means that on Monday nights I’ll be sitting right here on my big, blue, bloggy couch cheering for Val Chmerkovskiy and Sadie Robertson.

And probably Derek Hough.

Oh, and I’ll also be belly aching because my beloved Maks Chmerkovskiy has decided to hang up his dancing shoes, and I will miss him terribly because THOSE ABS!

I miss them already.

But anyway, here’s what I learned this week.

1. Apparently, there is a shortage of stars, as is evident from the 72-year old fashion “icon” currently paired with Tony Dovoliani.

I mean, REALLY in this whole big world of famous people, that’s the best the producers could do?

2. The only thing worse than wading through tall grass, is wading through tall grass full of bugs.

3. Spray painting has become my newest hobby.

4. I feel so much better when my house is tidy.

5. I feel so much better when I eat healthy.

6. Oh Lawdy. And now a 76 year old on DWTS. Poor Peta. Pimps in my crib.

*insert eye roll here*

7. It is impossible to eat just one Mike & Ike

8. OH SHUCKS. Alfonso Ribeiro can DANCE.

9. It costs the U.S. Mint 11.18 cents to make a nickel and only 5.65 cents to make a dime.

10. The average life of a $1 bill is less than six years.

That’s what I learned this week.

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Some Stuff and Some Things

1. I absolutely love Big Brother. I am rooting for Derek and Caleb to be the last men standing. Derek has played an almost flawless game, and Caleb, well Caleb is so cute, and funny, and well, a competition beast.

2. Dancing With The Stars will start next week. Though if I’m being honest, there are a lot more NO NAMES than there are stars. I only recognize seven of the stars. I’ll be watching each week from big, blue, bloggy couch and rooting for Sadie Robertson and Lolo Jones.

3. Oh, and what in the name of Heaven is a YOU TUBE star? Is this what we’ve come to?

4. I have been crazy busy spray painting anything that isn’t nailed down this week. I’m so excited about how they turned out.

Just look at the difference a can of yellow spray paint, $4.99, and about 15 minutes makes.

[Pay no mind to the subpar photography  and the crazy shadow on the right.]

5. And have a look at my new menu board.

6. And now I’m thinking I might need to paint the chalkboard frame yellow too since the menu board sits on the wall above they yellow cabinet. What say you?

7. You have no idea how much this menu board has helped ease the daily “What the heck am I gonna fix for dinner today?” craziness. Plus, it’s adorable and fun.

8. And also, there are these:

9. Why are Middle School students so mean to each other? Just this week, I’ve heard of four different incidences of bullying. It is frustrating and disheartening.

10. I love fall, but I hate the humidity that comes with it.

What I Learned This Week

Ya’ll.

The first thing I learned this week is that people are hungry to learn about clean eating.

See what I did there?

I featured a clean eating post on the blog last week and I about swallowed my tongue when I visited my Stat Counter.

I easily topped my “most visited in one day” Not Me, Monday post that had just over 500 visitors.

In fact, if you count in the page views I had between the time I hit “publish” and midnight, that total would have been over 4,000.

So, raise your glass, and lets celebrate my most viewed post in FITP, Inc. history.

Here’s the rest of what I learned this week.

1. A greasy hamburger after three weeks without fast food, might wreak havoc on your gastrointestinal system.

2. If the crock pot liner decides to do its own thing while you’re trying to empty its contents into a bowl, you might get burned.

3. When a celebrity dies, it aggravates me when so many of my Facebook friends claim to be their “biggest fan”.

4. In Snowboarding lingo, ‘Send it’ means ‘bring it’.

5. Not too many things are amazing. Some of the athletes on American Ninja Warrior are amazing.

6. My boy Shemar Moore will be on The Young and The Restless on Wednesday and Thursday! YAY!

7. Jimmy Fallon is the best thing to happen to Late Night television in a very long time.

8. Even though I’ve seen all episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, it still makes me laugh hysterically.

9. My boys love tilapia. And I liked it, too.

10. Bath & Body Works’ Caramel Pumpkin Swirl candle smells divine.

11. A new pillow takes some getting used to.

12. Cross Country races are pretty exciting.

13. I have come to decide that my absolute least favorite thing in the world is to be miserably hot.

14. SAMs has a really great, kettle cooked clean chip called Olive Oil.

15. I think the thing I like most about spray painting is the instant gratification.

16. When spray painting, it is a good idea to wear gloves.

17. Spray paint can revive a piece of furniture. [Stay tuned this week for the big reveal.]

18. Switching out a large beside lamp with a small bedside lamp will make your nightstand seem larger.

19. In case you’ve been living under a rock, I’ll go ahead and share the news with you because I just learned it yesterday, The Royal Couple is expecting again. Prince George will be a BIG brother.

20. For some reason, Royal Family news excites me.

That’s what I learned this week.

Now, what did YOU learn?

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