Hello Saturday Morning.

Ever have those mornings where you wake up and only one side of your hair wants to curl? Maybe not but I do. and today is that day. Not sure why the left side of my hair wanted to take a break today but it did so I’ll take what I can get…please only look at the right side of my hair today…thank you!

Speaking of hair. It’s the weekend and I’m getting my hair cut tomorrow. If you know me you know I like my long hair and probably won’t go short again…ever. But my trusty bff Jessica is the only person who gets my love of hair and cuts it the way I like and I get to see her tomorrow. Win/Win for me. I get to see one of the people who gets me and loves me for who I am AND get a hair cut! Also, trying something new. Going with some bangs. Serious bangs. Not the side sweep I’ve been known to do. I’m committing for once to bangs. Hope I love them. I’m flip flopping between some ideas right now…here’s what I’m thinking:

I love these but not sure I can pull off the ‘heaviness’ of the bangs:

These are more what I’m thinking I can do but they are still kinda side swept and I want to do something different …

I think this is a good mix and probably what I’ll go with … I’m super excited about something different if you can’t tell.

I’ll post a picture of the finished product I’m sure.

I’m really ready for a trip home. Celebration is in order for my sister’s birthday. Also, a little go kart riding with the nephew. And what would a Misty weekend be without homework/studying! Yipee!

Have a fabulous weekend y’all!

My Dear Sister LuLu!

So it’s a special week. It’s my sisters birthday week! I love to celebrate. I think I’ve said that before. I love making people feel special. I don’t really have the funds to get her a really big gift but I’m going to give her some cookies…made with lots of love!

I don’t think I’ve talked a lot about my sister on this blog but she is a special person in my life. Anyone that knows us can attest that we were not close growing up…at all. We were total opposites. She was the tom-boy and I was the girly girl who didn’t shut up. She has this intense emotional side while I keep my feelings close to my vest…or used to keep them close. While we haven’t always been close, right now in our lives we are the best we’ve ever been. We’ve learned to accept each other and just love each other. That’s why I’m writing this post … because I love her. And maybe because I want to tell some stories on her… and share embarrassing pictures. That’s true sisterly love!

One time we went fishing on the lake with my pops. Well I was sitting on the edge of the boat and she was supposed to be holding me, because that’s what big sisters do you know. Needless to say her fishing pole got a bite and you can take a guess what took precedent…yep the fish…I’m sure you can also guess who went falling over the side of the boat into the water…yep me. Good thing I had a life vest on and we were close to the shore so it wasn’t deep. That’s when I learned where I ranked in order of importance….fish over me any day!

Contrary to popular belief she used to be a UK fan! Obviously, the effects of my uncle dropping her on her head when she was younger didn’t show up until a later age when she became a UL fan.

One time when I ‘accidentally’ kicked her shoe, she punched me in the chest…like heart area…she could have killed me. Just wanted to get the truth out there. Ha ha.

When I moved away to Butler for college she was one of the first people to come visit me. I also found out she cried on the way home from dropping me off. I cried after they left. It was a tough transition but necessary to get out on my ‘own’ and become the woman I’m supposed to be. Truly, in life I just want to make my family proud. They mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be anything without their support.

I can’t tell you when our relationship took the turn to what we are now. I know a huge step came when our house burned down. We were there to support each other and I remember the day after just us hanging out and remember the fun times we had. Going through the ashes and finding memories, taking silly pictures and being ‘kids’ again. We had tons of worries but we had a little bit of space to just be carefree because sometimes that’s what is needed.

This year she is going to marry, my Matt, and I can’t wait. She deserves all the happiness in the world. Plus she is bringing the cutest little boy into our family, truthfully they’ve always been a part of the family but now it’ll be official. I can’t imagine my life without Matt and Cameron in it and I can thank my sister for that.

I also want to thank her for her constant unwaivering support of my decisions. She has seen how hard this past year has been on me and it’s been hard for her to keep her mouth shut to some people because her first reaction is to defend me but she has let me handle these situations. She has held me up in more ways than she knows. I have seen the growth she has made in these past few years and I’m so proud. She has become a woman with a great heart, deep convictions and a fierce protector of those she loves.

So LuLu I’m so very blessed to have you as my sister and as you approach the old age of 28 please please please remember that I love you. I’m very thankful for you. I want nothing but the best for you. I can’t wait to move closer to you. I couldn’t be happier for the type of year you are going to have and I’m just blessed to be a part of it. Thank you for all the support you’ve given me in my decisions to move to Indy, to Lexington, back to Indy and finally back to Lexington (hahaha). Thank you for offering to punch people that are jerks to me.

Enjoy this week and I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend! Much love! Here are some pictures to enjoy of my sister and I:

 

 

 

Lastly the most recent picture we have together and it’s one of my favorites:

Happy Saturday Night!

So I’m late on my weekly post … sorry. Grad school is a little crazy. More work than I realized… and I’m not the greatest at staying on task sometimes. Oh well…

This week I’ll give you some things I’ve discovered :

1. Kale. Who knew I would love this leafy vegetable. Kale chips (super easy to make) are my new favorite snack. Totally low cal and healthy. Also … Kale salads. I’m trying to eat a low cal diet right now to get my weight loss jump started again…it’s plateaued recently.

2. I tried a new church this past week. It was good to experience something different. It gave me a new perspective for sure.

3. I’m doing better this week than I have in a while. I’m sure some would say I’m dumb for talking to ‘the boy’ still after everything that has happened but I can’t say I’m strong enough to let go right now. I’ve definitely got my guard up though and I’m ok for the time being.

4. it’s only like 72 days until I move back to Kentucky. It seriously can’t come soon enough

5. I love this cover by Miley Cyrus. Yes I know it’s Miley Cyrus but I just like it.

6. I’m doing an annotative bibliography for my reference class and I’m of course doing hip hop and influence. A total me subject. I’ve gotten about 10 books from the library so far and my favorite is Jay-Z Decoded. I encourage people to check it out…gives a lot of background and influence into his lyrics and his life.

7. Lastly, it’s book lover weekend at Half Price books. They have a 40% off coupon on their website that’s good until Feb 20th…go check it out!

Alrighty people back to the homework on this grand Saturday evening!

Happy Valentines Day.

Just a short little note to wish everyone a Happy Valentines day (This is the only day you will ever see red on my blog…I’m not a fan of red). Smile. Tell someone you love them. Make cookies. (in my case you’ll then be asked if you’re married and when you answer no they ask why not…lady if I knew I wouldn’t be in this position….but I digress). I hope that you’ve had a great day filled with love and knowing that you are special. Don’t hate today. Embrace it. Yes it can be seen as being about the money but it doesn’t have to be. The day is what you make it!

(since I can’t send cookies via the internet I’ll send a pictures)

Happy Valentines Day!

 

late Friday post.

I’ve been working on being still this week. Listening. Praying. Learning. Feeling. Kind of allowing myself to re-group the best I can. I’m overwhelmed with homework and GRE studying and trying to be everything … what I’ve learned this week is I do not want people to think I’m weak. But sometimes we have to admit that we need help and we need support. That’s what I did this week and I’m feeling much better. I do not feel as hopeless as I did before and I’m happy about that. I’ve missed writing this week. I’m going to try and keep things as positive as possible in the future but I thank you for staying with me through these tough times.

Today I had lunch with one of my friends. I haven’t seen her in over a month so she had no idea of what has been going on in my crazy life. So I told her of the heartache, stress and broken-ness. She listened and loved on me, which is something I’ll forever be grateful for of her. Then as we were leaving she pulled a card out of her purse and said this is for you. Open it later. This is the cover:

There is no way she knew what was going on in my life when she picked out this card and wrote the sweet sweet message inside. I don’t take these things lightly. I fully believe in things happening at the right time. I needed her encouragement and love today. So to my friend Val. Thank you. I love you dearly, and because of you Ace to Base will always be one of my favorite bands.

On to the weekend! I’m pretty excited. I’ve finished one of my assignments early so my Saturday morning at work  can be spent studying for the GRE. Then my Brittany comes to visit! I can’t say enough about my friends. I can already say that I will laugh a lot, eat some good food and probably cry during her time here. It’ll be great. I also plan on making some soup this weekend, I’m really trying to keep a meal plan and work out harder these days. I’m about 10 lbs from my goal and I just want to be there.

Also, here are a couple great website/blogs I found and thought I would share.

Running to the Kitchen – great mix of recipes. can’t wait to make a couple of her salad recipes.

Skinny Taste – lots of low cal/fat recipes and it includes weight watcher points!

Try these. Let me know what you think.

Relax and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.

Lonely in the Crowd.

I did a little addition to the blog last week. I added the “who am i?” tab. I was inspired after seeing a mission statement for another blog that was so honest and open. I started thinking about taking the blog to another level because I know I can’t be the only girl struggling with these things. I’ve been pretty honest about who I am from the beginning and I’ve been pretty open. I’m going through a tough season in my life. I feel shattered, bruised, broken and at the end of this struggle. My heart has been broken into a million pieces. I’ve lost friendships that I thought wouldn’t end. I’ve realized how far I’d fallen in my faith and I’m not sure how to get it back at this point. I finally admitted last week to someone that I’d lost my fight at this point. I don’t have to will to fight. I’m tired of fighting for people that don’t want to fight back for me. I reached a breaking point today where the tears started falling. I started praying and while I know he hears me I’m not sure I deserve it today. I know God is here but I feel lonely. Maybe this is the point I had to reach. Where I have no where else to go but climb out of the mire and muck.

I’m bruised. I’m broken. I’m searching for the light at the end of this season.