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Making progress

Last night I went out dancing again with my friends, to the same country western club we like to go to.  And wouldn’t you know it, the first person I see when I walked in was…….Club Creeper guy.  If you don’t know who I’m talking about, please read this post.  Yes he was there, again, with the same black shirt and black pants.  And he spotted me as well.  I noticed him hovering nearby, but this time he left me alone.  I think it was because he saw me with a large group of people, with half the group being guys.  I just had to chuckle to myself and not let my friends leave me alone.

On another note,  I have started physical therapy for my back and have had 2 sessions so far.  I think I have another 6 before they re-evaluate me.  It is helping a little bit.  I have also started seeing the trainor at the gym who is working on strengthening my back and core.  I did “boot camp” yesterday during training, and was at the gym for 2 1/2 hours.  Then went dancing last night….so naturally today I am so sore and it hurts to move.   But it’s all in the name of making me be stronger and healthier, so I feel good about it.  I’m also on day 2 of my body detox/cleanse.  I guess you could say I kinda dove right in to all of this.   I spent all of Friday going shopping for all of the foods I am supposed to be eating for the next 10 days. The fridge is packed to the brim.    I got my measurements taking yesterday and he is supposed to do them again next Saturday, after 1 week, so I will keep you posted.

Now I am going to go relax and stretch out and enjoy my Sunday afternoon.

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A-Z Challenge summary

For the month of April, I participated in this great challenge, which I found out about through my new blogging buddy, Sandi.  It was called the A-Z Challenge.  The goal of the challenge was to blog every day, except Sundays, using each letter of the alphabet for the month of April.

Here is a recap on what I used for the topics:

  • (A)nnouncing an April A-Z Challenge
  • (B)lessed Beyond Belief
  • (C)lub Creeper
  • (D)estination Unknown
  • (E)lephants
  • (F)ailure Focused or Forward Focused
  • (G)adgets, Gismos and GPS
  • (H)appines
  • (I)ce, Ice Baby
  • (J)ust Joking
  • (K)iss, Kiss
  • (L)ove Languages
  • (M)ama said…
  • (N)ot Now
  • (O)verused and Overplayed  (I also did a 2nd O post Orchids)
  • (P)ostcards, Placemats and Packages
  • (Q)ueen of Hearts
  • (R)ainbows
  • (S)tained Glass Windows
  • (T)ravel Tales
  • (U)ndo It  (I also did a 2nd U post Umbrellas)
  • (V)ampires
  • (W)ine  (I also did a 2nd W post  What’s Next)
  • (X) This
  • (Y)ogurt
  • (Z)ambia

There they are….all 26 (+ my additional 3 extras).  I loved this challenge.  I talked about it in my Whats Next post, where I said :

It has allowed me to get really creative, think outside the box, meet some great new blogging friends, and it has kept me on track with writing every day.  I’m so sad to see it come to an end.

Now I have added the fun badge on my right sidebar, showing I survived the challenge.  I really,  really, really had a lot of fun with it, and I found it gave me something to post about every day.  Now I’m kinda in a “what should I post now” rut.

Which was your favorite post topic(s) from my list?   Did any of you doing the A-Z challenge use any of the same topics for your letters?


(Z)ambia

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!'” ~Isaiah 6:8

One of my dreams has been to go to Africa.  Now, granted, that dream involved more like a vacation, going on a safari, exploring different cities and all of the culture.  And maybe one day, I will get to live out that dream.  But I did get to live out part of it already.

My church has an ongoing relationship with missionaries in Zambia, and has been sending a short-term missions team to Zambia for a few years now.  I was blessed with the opportunity to go as a short-term missionary to Zambia from July 23 – August 11, 2008.

While in Zambia we were working with the Baptist Convention alongside missionaries Charles and Sarah West. We spent time in the capital Lusaka, helping the West’s in a new ministry to an impoverished community. They have established a school to educate orphan children and we  helped them with some VBS (Vacation Bible School) activities and had many, many speaking/teaching opportunities each day. Our team also spent time in Kalulushi to the North of Zambia where there were many children whose parents have died or are suffering with AIDS. We again did VBS, encouraged the families of AIDS victims with the love of Christ, and shared ministry skills with local leaders and churches. We put on a marriage seminar, a youth seminar, and one of our team members spent a couple days teaching people how to care for their spouse/family member who were recovering from strokes and other ailments where they needed a lot of assistance. We provided medical supplies, as well as clothes and shoes for the orphans.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!” ~Romans 10:13-15

Words cannot begin to describe how memorable and life-changing this trip was for me.  I was stretched beyond belief, physically (yes I got injured), mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I was so blessed to be a part of this amazing experience and by the people we met. I hope that I was able to bless them in return.

I have put together a slide show of some of the photos taken from our trip.

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This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the link over on the right sidebar.


(Y)ogurt

I have a sweet tooth, better yet, a whole mouth full of teeth that have crave sweets (sometimes salty, but mostly sweets).  Luckily I have this wonderful friend, Adie, that likes sweets as well, and every Tuesday or sometimes Wednesday, she comes over to my house and we go get frozen yogurt together.

You might not think this is such a big deal, but for me it is.  I am lactose intolerant. So regular ice cream and I do not get along. So luckily, frozen yogurt is easier on my digestive system and I can eat it in small doses.  We also have this one place that we love to go that has 6 flavors that change each day. There is always a vanilla, a chocolate, a fruit-based, a candy-based, a coffee/drink- based, and the an employee choice.  Our favorite is called circus animal cookie.  It starts as a vanilla yogurt with the circus animal cookies ground into the yogurt, along with cookie dough.  Then it comes out of the machine all mixed up.  I top mine with additional cookies, so I can have that little bit of crunch.  She tops hers with cookie dough.  You can get free samples of all the flavors for the day, and occasionally we will mix that with our circus animal cookie yogurt, or even get one of the daily flavors instead of our usual.  This place also has lots of other fun mix-ins and toppings.

Now that it has warmed up and summer is just around the corner, I look forward to more frozen yogurt nights to cool down with.

Do you prefer frozen yogurt or ice cream?  What’s your favorite flavor(s)? Favorite toppings?

some of the toppings available

getting the yogurt

circus animal cookies

my yogurt with the cookies, about to get mixed in on the cold slab

the final product....so good

This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the link over on the right sidebar.


(X) this

I wanted to come up with a funny alternative for the letter X in the A-Z challenge.

I’m sure some/most of you have gotten or seen a MySpace, Facebook, or email message from a friend where you are supposed to (X) which of the items you have done/seen/read, etc.  So I found this list online and have (X)’d off the ones that pertain to me.  Maybe you will be brave and repost this with your items (X)’d off.

[X] I have been on some sort of team.
[ ] I have run more than 2 miles without stopping.
[X] I have been to Canada.
[X] I have watched cartoons for hours.
[X] I have tripped UP the stairs.
[X] I have fallen down an entire flight of stairs.
[X] I have been snowboarding/skiing.
[X] I have played ping pong.
[X] I swam in the ocean.
[X] I have been on a whale watch.
[X] I have seen fireworks.
[X] I have seen a shooting star.
[ ] I have seen a meteor shower.
[X] I have almost drowned.
[X] I have been so embarrassed I wanted to disappear.
[X] I have listened to one cd over & over & over again.
[ ] I have had stitches.
[ ] I have had frostbite.
[ ] I have licked a frozen pole and got stuck there
[X] I have stayed up til 2 doing homework/projects.
[X] I currently have a job
[X] I have been ice skating.
[X] have been rollerblading
[X] I have fallen flat on my face.
[X] I have tripped over my own two feet.
[ ] I have been in a fist fight.
[ ] I have played videogames for more than 3 hours straight.
[ ] I have watched The Power Rangers
[X] I do/have attended Church regularly.
[X] I have played truth or dare.
[X]I’ve called someone stupid. And meant it.
[X] ‘ve been in a verbal argument.
[X] I’ve cried in school.
[ ] I’ve played basketball on a team.
[X] I’ve played softball on a team.
[ ] i’ve played baseball on a team.
[ ] I’ve played football on a team.
[ ] I’ve played soccer on a team.
[ ] I’ve done cheerleading.
[ ] I’ve swam on a team.
[ ] I’ve been on a track or cross country team.
[X] I’ve been swimming more than 20 times in my life.
[X] I’ve thrown up going on a ride at an amusement park.
[X] I’ve climbed a rock wall.
[X] I’ve lost more than $20.
[X] I’ve called myself an idiot.
[X] I’ve called someone else an idiot.
[X] I’ve cried myself to sleep.
[X] I’ve had (or have) pets.
[ ] I’ve owned a Spice Girls cd.
[ ] I’ve owned a Britney Spears cd.
[ ] I’ve owned an N*Sync cd.
[ ] I’ve owned a Backstreet Boys cd.
[X] I’ve mooned someone.
[X] I’ve swore at someone.
[X] I’ve been in the newspaper.
[X] I’ve been on TV.
[ ] I’ve been to Hawaii.
[X] I’ve eaten sushi.
[ ] I’ve been on the other side of a waterfall
[X] I’ve watched all of the Lord of the Rings movies.
[X] I’ve watched all the Harry Potter movies.
[X] I’ve watched all of the Rocky movies.
[X] I’ve watched the 3 Stooges at least once
[ ] I’ve watched “Newlyweds” Nick & Jessica.
[X] I’ve watched Looney Tunes.
[ ] I’ve been stuffed into a locker.
[X] I’ve been called a geek.
[X] I’ve studied hard for a test and got a bad grade.
[X] I’ve not studied at all for a test and aced it.
[ ] I’ve hugged my mom within the past 24 hrs.
[ ] I’ve hugged my dad within the past 24 hours.
[X] I’ve met a celebrity/music artist.
[X] I’ve written poetry.
[ ] I’ve been arrested.
[X] I’ve been attracted to someone much older than me.
[X] I’ve been tickled till I’ve peed.
[X] I’ve tickled someone else until they cried.
[X] I’ve had/have siblings.
[X] I’ve been to a rock concert.
[ ] I’ve listened to classical music and enjoyed it.
[X] I’ve been in a play.
[ ] I’ve been picked last in gym class.
[ ] I’ve been picked first in gym class.
[X] I’ve been picked in that middle-range in gym class.
[X] I’ve cried in front of my friends.
[X]I’ve read a book longer than 1,000 pages.
[ ] I’ve played Halo 2.
[X] I’ve freaked out over a sports game.
[ ] I’ve been to Alaska.
[ ] I’ve been to China.
[ ] I’ve been to Japan.
[ ] I’ve had a fight with someone over AIM/ MSN/ Yahoo Messenger
[X] I’ve had a fight with someone face to face
[ ] I’ve had serious conversations on any IM.
[X] I’ve forgiven someone who has done something wrong to me.
[X] I’ve been forgiven.
[X] I’ve screamed at a scary movie
[X] I’ve cried at a chick flick
[X] I’ve watched action movies.
[X] I’ve screamed at the top of my lungs.
[ ] I’ve been to a rap concert.
[ ] I’ve been to a hip hop concert.
[X] I’ve lived in more than 2 houses.
[X] I’ve been to other states.
[X] I’ve been homesick.
[X] I’ve thrown up
[ ] I’ve puked on someone.
[X] I’ve been horseback riding.
[X] I’ve spoken my mind in public.
[X] Ive proved someone wrong.
[X] I’ve been proven wrong by someone.
[X] I’ve broken a leg/foot.
[ ] Broken an arm, wrist, hand, finger, or knuckle
[ ] I’ve fallen off a swing.
[ ] I’ve swung on a swing for more than 30 minutes straight.
[X] I’ve come close to dying.
[X] Someone close to me has died.
[X] I’ve wanted to be an actor/actress at some point.
[ ] I’ve done modeling or done a beauty pageant
[X] I’ve taken something/someone for granted.

This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the link over on the right sidebar.


(W)hat’s next?

Wow, the month of April flew by, and so did the A-Z Challenge. I have had so much fun with this challenge.  It has allowed me to get really creative, think outside the box, meet some great new blogging friends, and it has kept me on track with writing every day.  I’m so sad to see it come to an end.

With that said, I am hoping that you all can give me ideas of what to write next or if you know of any other fun challenges?  Help me figure out the “What’s Next”.   I am still participating in the Daily Post challenge through Word Press, but I think 90-95% of the topics are not anything I want to blog about.

Also I would love your feedback on what you thought about my participation in the A-Z Challenge, how I did my posts, what you liked/didn’t like, etc.  Any and all feedback will help me with my writing style and content, and might inspire additional posts.

This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.  You can learn more about it by clicking on the link over on the right sidebar.