Friday, May 31, 2013

Five for Friday!

I really love Rachel's post she's been doing recently and thought I'd join in on the fun! 

1. We get to go grocery shopping tomorrow. I know how ridiculous it is that I get excited over grocery shopping, but I really do like checking off items on lists and it makes my OCD heart happy. Plus, the samples at Costco are WONDERFUL.

2. I'm running my second Half-Marathon this weekend. I'm nervous, but excited to see how far I've come since I ran my first one last fall.

3. We are eating BBQ post-race on Sunday. More specifically, I'm having a dish that is mac-n-cheese on bottom and pulled pork on top. AMEN.

4. FaceTime. I spent Sunday night FaceTiming with my family. It was so good to see everyone and this is one of those times when technology is really really really great.

5. My Better Life Bag came today!! I didn't know this, but they are a company out of Michigan. I love shopping local and knew that this company helped local citizens, but didn't know it was in my backyard!

Happy Friday y'all!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

An old standby.

I want to blog, but I've got a bit of writer's block. I think I'll pull an old blogger standby and go with confessions.

I am obsessed with all things political TV show these days. I watched Scandal in a hot second and now I'm working my way through The West Wing. I love it so far, however, Stockyard Channing is not doing it for me. I just keep thinking about Rizzo singing, "There are worse things I could do."

I think I love Pure Barre as much as I love running. I KNOW.

I've done absolutely nothing school wise in the past four days and it has been nice. But I'm starting to get annoyed with myself. I expect a flurry of activity today.

I go through spurts of playing Candy Crush. I will have a hate relationship with it and then go through days of not being able to get enough. It's a problem.

I haven't shaved since Saturday. I'm bordering on Amazon Woman status. It's attractive.


Yeah...five confessions is good.

Happy Wednesday!

Friday, May 24, 2013

She's still got it.

Some day I hope to still have the moves like this Nana.

Because let's face it, I dance in public and embarrass my people now. Lord knows I'll be doing it when I'm 89.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lift, Hold. Lift, FREEZE.

This morning I woke up feeling refreshed and rested. I knew it had to be because it rained the night before because I always sleep well on nights it rains. It made me a bit sad though because I knew that it was the last remnants of the storm that blew away so many homes on Monday in Oklahoma.

I got out of bed and went straight to the shower before looking outside because I knew I'd need some hot water to wake me up on a day like today. I saw a girl in my Pure Barre class last week who wore her hair curly and ever since then I've wanted to do the same. So I diffused my hair and threw on some yoga pants and a t-shirt for my Pure Barre class.

I didn't have to put on make-up because I was going to work out. But I'll be honest for a moment and say that working out was merely an excuse for me to not wear make-up. I hate wearing it in the summer time because well I get hot and make-up makes me feel like I can't breathe. So to actually have a valid excuse not to wear make-up is a win-win for me.

I've been going to Pure Barre classes in the last week. A lot of people ask what it is like, and I tell them that it is supposed to be a mix of ballet meets yoga meets pilates. I tell them that because it is what I was told.

What I'd like to tell them is that it is 60 minutes of getting your butt kicked and afterwards you somehow leaving smiling about it all.

But seriously, Pure Barre is awesome. And it's hard.

You know I love running, but this works muscles that running does not. And I'm sore. But in a "hurts so good" kinda way.

I can tell it is going to be something that will be my "other love" outside of running and that's good. It'll be a good form of cross-training which will make me a better, stronger, faster runner.

And ain't nobody got a problem with that!

I listened to this year's installment of Big Mama and Boo Mama's podcast on the way there and on the way back.  I laughed so hard I cried and my sides hurt on the way home, because that is what happens after 60 minutes of "Lift, hold. Lift, FREEZE" aka a Pure Barre workout. (And P.S. one of the reasons among the many that I love Big Mama and Boo Mama is because they love a good baseball game. It's something I really miss about living down south near my best girlfriends.)

I ate a quick Costco chicken salad sandwich and headed off to a Mock Trial Board meeting. It was fruitful and then because I was feeling extra productive I decided that I'd actually read this week's assignment for Secured Transactions.

Okay fine! My productivity levels might have partly been due to the fact that a) I promised I wouldn't watch Scandal without Brandon and 2) the fact that the sun wasn't shining so that meant the pool wasn't an option.

But hey, at least I got some homework done.

Now I'm about to treat myself to an episode of Call the Midwife while eating one of my favorite afternoon snacks grapes and Greek yogurt. (My inner fat girl doesn't even know who I am anymore.) Or maybe I'll finish the RHONJ marathon that I DVRed from yesterday. It is after all back when I liked Teresa and before it all went to her head.

I've got options people.

Here's to another day of living the housewife at a time.

Happy Tuesday!

On speaking my mind...

Sometimes I get to thinking about what I am leaving behind on this little blog of mine. In the beginning I wrote what I pleased for the most part save the specifics of my job. Lately, that is the same, but it seems to be more fluff than anything. I think part of it is that I didn't really know what I was doing in the beginning and then once I somewhat figured it out, Pinterest happened and now blogging is a business more so than it is a place to share.

Also, I feel restricted more than I feel free to write what I want lately.

Part of that has to do with the fact that I am a future attorney. At some point, I'll have to apply for the bar, and I don't want to be too controversial publicly during that application time. I have to be practical and smart about my space of the interwebs.

But most of it, is that I am so consumed on a regular basis of what others will think of me and my opinions on life. I worry if I'll offend someone because I believe a certain way or dress a certain way or eat a certain way and speak my mind on it. I also get caught up in writing something that people will think is funny or poignant or new or fresh.

What does this hot mess paragraph mean?

I hope to write more about life and my view on it. I am also going to try to not care about whether it is cool or not.

 I just want to write.

Does that make sense?

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How you can help Oklahoma.

This is a hard but necessary post to write. If you want to know how you can help, here are some ways.


Please pray for:
  • those that lost loved ones.
  • those that lost their homes.
  • those that are working on the response teams. 
  • the police officers.
  • the teachers.
  • the EMTs
  • the search and rescue teams.
  • my cousin and her husband. They're anesthesiologists at OU Medical and have been working the all call since yesterday afternoon. Last I heard, they received the most critical injuries from this monster.
  • Brandon has a fraternity brother that worked all night in the ER at Integris Hospital. He said it was a very interesting night.
  • My sister and I have several sorority sisters that lost everything, but their families are safe.
  • The BCM directors from my hometown have been deployed to OKC to help.

Want to donate?


One of the easiest ways is to Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10. It's applied to your phone bill.

  • The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Designate Oklahoma Tornado Relief on all checks. 
  • Donate by phone: (800) 725-2769 
  • Donate online here

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief says it has deployed at least 80 volunteers to respond to severe weather in Oklahoma.

Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800.

You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112.

If you're in Oklahoma, bring needed items to campus/area drop-offs (water, Gatorade, baby wipes, formula, diapers, individual wrapped snacks). 


If you know of someone in need of housing, here are some options:

University of Oklahoma Housing (Norman) -  Opening up available student housing at NO cost. Call (405)325-2511.

Further if you want to volunteer at OU, call 405-325-4020. Want to donate? Bring needed items to campus/area drop-offs (water, Gatorade, baby wipes, formula, diapers, individual wrapped snacks).  

Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee) - Opening up available student housing at NO cost. Call (405) 275- 2850 or (405) 878-2402.

Journey Church ( Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road) - Opening up housing and offering meals. Call (405) 217-8700 or email

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted. -Psalm 34:18

Thank you in advance for all your help for Oklahoma!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Mumblings...after a week of silence.

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • Took a self-induced blog break this week. Sometimes it's good to be quiet.
  • That being said, I'm glad to be back to blogging.
  • I run my second half marathon in less than two weeks. 
  • Did I tell y'all that I'm running my third half-marathon this summer too?
  • I'm also running a really fun 10K. 
  • I need Old Navy to get on their summer compression shorts line. I haven't seen any in the store yet. This is a problem. 
  • We are about a month away from a royal baby. Let that sink in y'all. 
  • I tried out Pure Barre last week and LOVED IT!! I am so glad I think I found cross training that I'm going to love just as much as I love running.
  • We're taking family pictures again next month. I've got to get on finding an outfit for them and also for my high school reunion. Vomit.
  • My blog is going neon soon! 
  • We watched the first season of Scandal this weekend and I can't wait to watch Season Two over the course of the summer. 
  • Sometimes I think about writing a book about law school. 
Happy Monday! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.


I was in a serious running funk this week. No scratch that. I was in a serious funk in general this week. I didn't run a lot, and I think the two are related. The funk and lack of running that is.


Posted this on Instagram yesterday, but I wanted to have it on my blog as well.

Went to go pick up some peonies like I always do around this time of year. (Peonies are my favorite flower.) I get them because they only bloom in May and June. Brandon and I started dating June 20.


Whole Foods didn't have a decent peony to save their life. BUT. They had dozens of bouquets like this. These are my wedding flowers to a "T." I couldn't pass them up. So if you were curious about my wedding flowers...or not. Here they are.

I touched on Costco a little bit yesterday. But Y'ALL. It is amazing.

They have bulk organic at decent prices. It comes pre-packaged into smaller portions, so we don't have to separate things out when we get home.

I am obsessed with the workout stuff I got. Same for Brandon as well. Got him a new shirt, new socks, new underwears and it was only $20!!

And their produce!! Oh the produce. I seriously might make out with that department some day.

Lastly, they have the most scrumptious oven roasted turkey and sharp cheddar cheese I've ever tasted.

We had the best time just exploring the store and I foresee weekly trips in our future.

P.S. They have a great chicken salad as well. That plus some of the sharp cheddar cheese, bell peppers on a sandwich thin is WONDERFUL. 

One of my best pals, Jessika, is reading Harry Potter for the first time.

1. Based on what happened, I can tell how much left she has to go to finishing a book.

2. It makes me want to re-read the series. Again.

3. She has no idea who Luna Lovegood is and I can't wait for her to meet her. 


Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

My latest running finds and some questions.

My Running Finds.

1. You know the Costco workout shirt that Skinny Runner loves?  Well I love it too. It's light, long and it has the wicking capability.

Most importantly, it is only $12.99. They also regularly go on sale for $9.99.

You're welcome.

2. Monotrail Women's Molokini Sandal. They're wonderful and nice to my feet post long run. And every other day of the week for that matter.

3. I finally found a fuel pack that I like. It's like a Spi Belt, but made by 2XU and it's neon pink. I can't find a link for it right now. I got mine at the local running store, Running Fit.

4. "No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)" by Kanye West and Jay Z.

5.  "I Love it (feat. Charli XCX) " by Iconic Pop

My Questions.

1.  Where is your go-to place for a good tote that can be monogrammed and used for school? (I need a suggestion outside of 31.) 
2. Favorite costume jewelry site?

Happy Sunday! 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Hair! Oh that hair!!

I know that The Great Gatsby has received a lot of crap reviews.
I'll say two things. 1) I've decided that those reporters have to be ruthless on occasion in order to be considered legitimate. 2) They get things wrong. Example: Leonardo DiCaprio. The man has clearly proven he can act and yet he has no Oscar to show for it.

Okay I lied. Three things...

3. If you liked the movie, then who cares what those morons think.


Sam's Top Ten Reasons Why Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby was GREAT! 

(Like David Letterman does it of course!)


If you haven't read the book, (SHAME! ON! YOU!) or seen the movie, don't read this post! 

10. Gatsby's Parties. They were exactly as I imagined them. Out of control and beautiful and ironic and great and excessive all at the same time.

9. Nick Carraway. I really like Tobey Maguire in this role.

8. The Tea Scene in Nick Carraway's House. It shows the tragedy behind Gatsby's desparation extremely well.

7. Daisy's Hair. There is something to be said for the 1920s hair. The 1920s was the beginning of major change in our country and one of the biggest moves for women was the way we wore our hair. Daisy's Flapper Girl was a good representation of that.

6. The Soundtrack. I get that this was an interesting choice for the time period that Gatsby is based in, but keep in mind that we all loved the music from Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio as Romeo. This is the same concept.  This movie is about how excess can lead to tragedy and I for one think there are some strong correlations between the pop and rap world now and the 1920s. I basically want to run to oldies and the majority of the music from this movie for my half marathons this summer. For now, download, "No Church in the Wild" by Kanye West and Jay Z to get the vibe.

5. The Art Deco of it all. I think one of my favorite forms of architecture is Art Deco. I love going into theatres to see musicals for this very reason. A lot of theatres were built during this architecture era. And there was an excellent nod to that as well. One of the most famous Art Deco buildings is the Chrysler Building which was built in the late 1920s.

4. Gatsby's Yellow Car. Yellow is considered to be a corrupt color during this era. So it is fitting for Gatsby to have a yellow car. I also grew up around cars and love seeing them on the big screen.

3. The Bright Vibrant Cinematography. I've heard some reviews have called this approach to the movie more romantic and less tragic and ironic. I think part of it might be the cinematography approach. I, however, thought it was perfect. It was so bright and vibrant and rich that your eyes were just entranced by the a moth being drawn to the flame. But remember that even though Gatsby (and Luhrmann) did everything to make it look super glamorous, it still at the end of the day is just stuff and Daisy is not impressed by it.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio's Blue Eyes. DUH.
And you're welcome!

1. The Hair! Oh the hair!! Seriously, I found myself just staring at his hair throughout this entire movie. It was just so blonde and golden and I LOVED it.

Someone for the love give this man and his hair an Oscar already!

Did you see the movie? Did you love it? Hate it?

Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Latest Running Playlist. And other randomness.

These are songs I've added to my iPod recently. There really aren't that many new pop songs that I've loved. Usually the hit song hits a few weeks from now. I also like to listen to oldies this time of year.

  1. "The Stroke" - Billy Squier
  2. "Midnight Rider" - The Allman Brothers Band
  3. "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" - The Hollies
  4. "Black Betty" - Ram Jam
  5. "Gloria" - The Shadows of Knight
  6. "Highway to Hell" - AC/DC
  7. "Hot Blooded" - Foreigner
  8. "Gimme Three Steps" - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  9. "Old Time Rock and Roll" - Bob Seger
  10. "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
  11. "Spill the Wine" - Eric Burdon/War
  12. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Marvin Gaye/Tammy Terrell
  13. "Venus" - Shocking Blue
  14. "I Want to Take You Higher" - Ike & Tina Turner
  15. "Up Around the Bend" - CCR

I have two more semesters of law school. One semester includes traditional classroom lecture and the other semester is an externship. Today is technically my last first day of class. EVER. It's a very surreal feeling. I slept fine last night which is why I think my last first day this fall will be a bigger deal for me. I'm sure I'll barely sleep a wink then. Of course, my first day this fall will also be in a courtroom.


My high school reunion is next month. Someone hold me. (Loren and Will, shut it.)


For some reason, dark chocolate makes me think of going to see the Twilight series in the theaters. I never ate dark chocolate when I went to see those movies, but I still think about Twilight.

And now I want to watch Twilight and eat dark chocolate.


This summer we are going to do a major cleanout of our stuff. We have too much of it and don't use half of it. I plan to do it one shelf at a time so as to not feel overwhelming.


What's going on in your world?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Healthy Train Tuesday: 73.4

Healthy Train Tuesday
This Week's Loss: 1.9 pounds
Total Loss: 73.4 pounds
Starting Weight: 239 pounds
Current Weight: 165.6
Pounds to goal weight: 15.6 pounds

What I craved this week: I honestly didn't crave anything this week. My husband wanted pizza on Sunday night and I had to say no. Sometimes it is really hard to be on a weight loss journey when living with someone who isn't fully on board.

What I noticed was different about my body: When I am willing to do the work, my body responds.

Workouts I did this week: 3 runs including one of my last long runs before the Half.

Favorite Song of the Week: "Black Betty" by Ram Jam. Got a good beat and it's an oldie.

Personal Goal for this week: Hit all my runs. That's just the kind of week I'm having.

Favorite Quote for this week: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest, 'til your good is better, and your better is best." - Tim Duncan

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • Watched Mamma Mia twice today and I have no shame.
  • Got a manicure today and all I could think about was my best girls all live in separate states now. 
  • I sat in my car for 10 minutes looking at social media. I used a good portion of my data plan when I could have avoided doing that by walking into my house. 
  • Saw a lady post about how she didn't really like her son playing t-ball because it was so competitive at such a young age. Listen. I'll give her the first couple of years when they're still little, but once they hit 7-9 age, I say "Game On." Kids need to learn that healthy competition is okay because it is a very real thing in the real world. We are doing no children favors by not allowing games to be won or lost. 
  • On a similar note, my niece is apparently really good at the catcher position. However, she really isn't interested in it. It makes me REALLY wish we were in Oklahoma because I've always dreamed of an opportunity like that.  I so wish I could be there to work with her. I think it's why I would be okay with either a boy or girl, because either way, my kids will play baseball.
  • There is just something about snapping green beans that always makes me think of my family in Iowa. 
  • I think that some day my kids are going to have memories of me making dinner while Ellen is on TV. You know provided that she's still on TV by then. For some reason, making dinner or eating dinner while Ellen is on makes life a little more fun!
  • I'm assembling my running outfit for my half next month. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Made to Crave Jesus, not food.

Tonight Brandon and I had a huge fight about everything we are struggling with right now.

The short version of the fight is that we still have no clue where God is leading us in the next year.

It could be Michigan.
It could be Oklahoma.
It could be Arizona.

We feel torn in a thousand different directions.

I don't really feel like I can list the pros and cons because of professional and personal reasons. I want to maintain some boundaries and respect our marriage and our careers.

But what I can tell you is that the whole time we were arguing and even afterwards, I thought, "Man, I could really just sink my teeth into a cheeseburger or fried chicken or some chips and queso." I was looking for that fulfillment in something that wasn't going to love me back. In fact, the only thing it would ultimately do is piss me off in the morning when I look at the scale. Because let's be honest, I always look at the scale after a crappy meal. I know there are people right now that think breaking up with the scale is good peace of mind, but for me, I need the accountability.

These last 20 pounds feel like something so much bigger.

Yesterday, Lysa Terkeust talked about how ultimately a person's goal in a weight loss journey should be to be at peace.

Well I have a lot of issues to work through before I can get to that peace. I know how heavy that sounds, but it is the truth.

There are some serious things in my life that I need to let go of.


And I'm human. So those things are hard.

And I don't have the extra weight like I used to where I could eat a bad meal here or there.

These last twenty pounds are where I've got to face my demons head on.
I've done bad things and been wronged in return.

I've got to forgive and love.

I've got to be kind and give grace.

I don't know about y'all, but this is a daily battle for me.

And I think that when I was heavier it was easier to put off this battle or not take it so seriously because I still had the pounds to work with.

Now I'm don't.

It's time to deal. And it is hard. My temptation to eat poorly and to ease my hurts has been at an all-time high in the last few months. I think it is why I have struggle so hard this year to lose the weight like I didn't last year.

Weight loss is never just physical. It is always mental.

And until I decide to let go of things and let God be God, I'm not going to move forward. I'm not saying that this weight loss is an end all cure for my problems. But how I deal with my problems cannot be to reach for food when I have a bad day or a good day or one in between with lots of emotions.

I've got to reach for God. That doesn't always come natural for me. But running long distances hasn't always come natural to me either. I know that I got there with a lot of training. I can do the same for my relationship with God and others. I can train to be a better wife, sister, daughter (in-law), friend, etc.

I don't know if any of this makes sense. I just wanted to keep it honest and real about my weight loss struggles. This is what the struggle looks like for me right now.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." -1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May y'all!


This morning I had an interview for a possible externship this fall. I had an Egg McMuffin on the way and I didn't spill anything! HOLLA!

Afterwards, I came home and changed into an outfit that had been mocking me for a straight month because of the temperatures.

I made some phone calls and paid bills. Also, who else likes paying bills and buying groceries? The thrill I get from it might be a little sick and twisted.


I met up for lunch with my pal Bethany and then had to run to Best Buy for a new phone cover. It's Aztec-y. I know everyone and their momma loves Chevron. I am part of the club,but I am really digging the Aztec patterns. So I grabbed one up that also happened to have one of my favorite color's red as a base color.

Then went to Target and bought new tupperware containers because those things get gross. We also needed some new kitchen towels and so I grabbed some plain jane plaid in red and yellow and then I found these lovely little gems.

They reminded me of the towels that my Grannie used to hand make. So now I've got red, orange, yellow and black going on in my living room and kitchen. It's bright, happy, and little bit hippie. I'm super happy about that.

And I am now about to be on my way for a run!

How was your day?

Happy May and Happy Wednesday!

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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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