Issues

I have a problem. Lots of them, really. But here is the one that has destined itself to be focused on today.

And because everything I say, much to the dismay of my patient husband, mist be prefaced:

Preface: I love shopping online. It is 300% more exciting than shopping in person. There is the unrushed, organized browsing. Price low-high usually. And the archives of product are enormous.

Then there is the process of selection, with my cart total right there for me to see.

Then there is the mildly painful moment where I am forced to get up, find my purse, and dig around for my debit card. That’s the only part I don’t like.

But here is where the fun really builds: next, I wait. Daily wondering, will it be today? Will I find my parcel of goodies on my doorstep?

And then it comes and I see my newborn baby purchase for the first time, and I get to find out if it actually fits. Or works. Or whatever.

So, I am sure you are all thinking that, besides the potential for a home wrecking addiction, what’s the problem?

The problem is the obsessive compulsive checking USPS.com for the tracking updates. I can’t stand to just wait patiently. So every hour I type in my tracking number to see if my parcel has been scanned in at a new location. And usually it hasn’t. And I drive myself crazy with horrid thoughts of my goodies being lost in the mail, or worse, delivered to someone who will undoubtedly claim the gifts as their own, wearing my discounted clothing that I bought with a gift card.

This is the path I have chosen for myself.

Kelsey.

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Fam in town

Having family in town rocks. Highlights:

Favorite Fajitas and margaritas at Del Rio,
Sleeping late, coffee maker crisis and best ever breakfast casserole,
Lufkin Zoo! Held hands with a monkey who was just in love with us, had an awkward moment with a bat who unashamedly exposed himself to me while making eye contact (scarring), and fell in love with giraffes all over again,
Died over mirandasings08 videos on YouTube (seriously, if you haven’t seen her California Gurls music video, you aren’t alive yet)
Died over the Christian the Lion video on youtube (again, haven’t seen? Not alive)
Swimming in the perfect weather with my perfect niece- letting her “ride on shamu’s back” (talk about a self image boost)
Concerts for the family– Kelsey on the keys, Ash on vocals, and Adreyene on guitar

Family in town makes me so happy, but also, so tired! Luke and I did not move from the couch all day after they left– I think we watched at least 8 episodes of the O.C. Season 3.

Breakfast Casserole “Recipe” (I made it up as I went along, so you can guess the measurements… I really don’t think you can screw this up.

You’ll need:
1 can reduced fat crescent rolls
8 eggs (or more– they’ll fit, it’s just all I had, and it worked)
1 pound turkey breakfast sausage
Shredded Parmesan cheese
1 can diced green chiles
Salt n peppa to taste

Oven temp: 350 degrees

Spread the uncooked crescent rolls on the bottom of a greased 9×13 baking dish. Make sure to seal edges together to make a solid crust. Set aside. Brown turkey sausage, seasoning as desired (s&p was good for me). Once browned, pour all the sausage into the baking pan on top of the crescent roll crust– there won’t be much grease, but scoop with a slotted spoon to avoid getting any into your casserole. Set aside. Next, whisk the eggs until smooth. Season to taste, and stir in Parmesan cheese and diced green chiles. I probably used about a cup of cheese and 3 oz chiles, but adjust this according to your preference. It will be good, don’t worry. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage, and either cover and refrigerate overnight or bake uncovered right away. I wish I could tell you how long I baked this for, but I forgot to set a timer, went out of the room, and came back when I could smell it. The crust was perfectly golden, and the top was just beginning to brown. When a knife in the center comes out clean, it’s ready. We ate this plain, but it would be so good with salsa on top. And next time I might try making the crust out of hash browns. Yum!

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Birthday!

My birthday is in six (6) days!

Sidenote: the fact that I naturally wrote out the number, then put the numeral in parentheses tells me I have been working at a law office too long.

Anyway I will be 24! Or, twenty-four (24)! And I know to some of you out there, that sounds young and you probably will hate me in about 1 second but… I feel soooo oolllld. I wish I was still 18, with a perfect young body and nothing to do but play truth or dare in the park.

Wait… Should I have been playing T or D when I was 18? Or should I have already grown out of daring my friends to walk through the drive through of a fast food restaurant and order a can of corn? And then make them eat dirt if they chickened out?

Whoa, now that was a digression.

The whole point of this post is to record my birthday wishlist. I assume that in one year, I will want to look back at this and laugh at the silly, not at all valuable stuff I wanted for my birthday. Here goes:

1. a keyboard pedal. Yes, I have been playing songs, trying to hold the suspension for as long as possible and ignoring the huge gaps between notes. Some nicely flowing sound would be nice.
2. Season 1, volume 2 of glee. Because they marketed the first half of the season as a full season and I believed them even though it was released conveniently in time for Christmas.
3. A vintage looking gold watch from Fossil that someone with better taste than me picks out.
4. Business smarts so I can start the business that is brewing in my head and be my own boss, and have the option of staying in my jammies until noon.
5. An Anthropologie shopping spree because, who doesn’t?
6. A German shorthaired pointer puppy.
7. A green thumb.
8. A baby.
9. A brown leather bag that goes over the shoulder and has the perfect combination of structure, floppiness, zippers and buckles. More buckles than zippers, please. And I want it to make me look like I am in a Ralph Lauren magazine ad.
10. A Volvo SUV.
11. A bag of candy so sour that it makes my tongue bleed and it’s not approved by the FDA.

Now, that’s only ten things. That’s not too much to ask from life, is it?

Oh wait, one more thing:

12. To see my family! And I get that one! At least most of them. Erin and Jackson live a leetle too far away for a weekend trip.

Happy Birthday,
Kelsey May

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Book Review: Host by Stephenie Meyer

So, I Just finished reading Host by Stephenie Meyer, and it is one of the best books I have ever read. How does she do it? She writes books about fantasy and science fiction characters that would be seemingly impossible to relate to.

And then she markets them as young adult fiction and they are sold next to the sweet valley high books at barnes and noble.

And after that, movies are made about her books that fill the theater with 11 year old girls and 45 year old women who scream each time the werewolf takes his shirt off.

But somehow, these books are absolute works of art. Seriously, how does she do it?

Anyway, back to Host. It’s just long enough to be satisfactory (although I would not argue with a sequel). It’s about an alien species that exists by forming a parasitical relationship with the patrons of other worlds. It controls their movements, thoughts, and life.

And true to Meyer fashion, this book is chalk full of interspecies romance.

This author is a genius for making me connect so deeply with an alien parasite who is in love with a human.

Seriously, if you have some time on your hands (or even if you don’t) you should consider really consider giving this book a try. I don’t think you’ll regret it one bit.

A++

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Answering to Breakfast

Call me ignorant, but I was not prepared for the effect that my breakfast today of fiber one yogurt, grape nuts and fresh cherries would have on my body. (please, no elderly jokes…)

What’s that, yoplait? 5 grams of fiber per serving?

Oh and, what did you say, grape nuts? A whopping 7 grams of fiber per serving?

Not sure what I was thinking. I just wanted something crunchy in my low cal yogurt.

I would like to say that I learned my lesson, but I am craving some more grape nuts as an afternoon snack…

Hey, you only live once, right?

Let’s forget we ever had this talk,
Kelsey

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Wedding Playlist

It occurred to me today that I should write down our wedding playlist, so that just in case, 20 years from now, when my brain is rotten from diet soda and good n’ plenty, and I just can’t recall which song we left the ceremony to, I’ll be able to find this and be overwhelmed with nostalgia.

Maybe I should also burn it onto a cd.

But for now, this will do.

Luke and Kelsey’s Wedding Soundtrack

  • Procession: “The Thief” by Brooke Fraser, sung by Daena Yerkes
  • Bridal Procession: “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis, version Ingrid Michaelson, sung by Daena Yerkes
  • Worship: “In Christ Alone,” sung by Daena Yerkes and Adam Fischer
  • Worship: “He Loves Us,” sung by Daena Yerkes and Adam Fischer
  • Couple’s First Communion: “Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham, sung by Adam Fischer and Daena Yerkes
  • Leaving the Ceremony: “Strawberry Swing” by Coldplay
  • Entering the Reception: “Season of Love” by Shiny Toy Guns
  • First Dance: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
  • Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance: “I’ll Stand by You” Glee Cast Version
  • Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
  • Garter Toss: “A Whole New World” from the Aladdin Soundtrack

I think it’s probably the best wedding soundtrack ever. Not that I’m biased or anything.

Love, K-May

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Faith

Everything I have ever learned about the Lord can be summed up in these three truths:

1. God loves me.
2. God is trustworthy.
3. God is in control.

I know this is about as simple as it gets, and maybe my head is just that hard, that I have to learn it over and over. Or, maybe thats all I really need to know. Since truth is moving and breathing, this applies to literally everything I have ever been through, and will ever go through.

Because He loves me, I know He wants what is best for me.

Because He is in control, I know that the only things that happen, happened because He let them happen.

And because He is trustworthy, I can believe Him when He says that all things work out for the good of those who love Him.

So what do we have to fear? And what is there to worry about?

Nothing…

Life could not get any better than the abundance found in life with the Lord.

Thank You, God.
-Kelsey May

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