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I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

Every week, I make time to connect with the most important people in my life. I have small group, weekly family dinner, Monday phone dates with my best friend, and Skype dates with my prayer partner.

Which is why I want to have a Friday virtual coffee date with you.

I would absolutely love to meet you in person and hear about the ups and downs and in-betweens of your life, but since that’s difficult to manage, the next best thing would be for you to leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I really do care about what’s going on with you! I have an ongoing list in my prayer journal of blog readers who have reached out to me sharing struggles, successes, and just everyday life stuff and I love all of it!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world.

Imitation Is The Sincerest Form of Flattery

And I guess I was flattered (and quite a bit shocked) this week when I got an email from someone who found one of my before & after pictures in a Google search, then decided to create a fake reddit account pretending to be me.

Their email was an apology and they wanted me to see all of the up-votes and kind comments before they deleted their account.

Such a crazy world we live in!

Protein-Filled Snacks

This week in our 7-week program, we are talking about protein. I’ve gotten pretty good about starting my day with a protein-filled breakfast, but sometimes I still struggle when it comes to snacks.

It’s easy to reach for crunchy, salty things (Wheat Thins, Goldfish, popcorn) that don’t keep me full for very long, so it was a good reminder for me to try to add some protein to my snacks again.

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!
I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

Some of my favorite protein-filled snacks:

On the topic of protein…have you tried these Epic Bars? 

It was the Free Friday download a few months ago, but I didn’t touch it until this week because the cranberry-meat combination just sounded odd to me. 

The verdict? I really couldn’t taste the cranberry and the flavor was good, but the texture wasn’t my favorite. 

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

Currently Reading

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

I have been listening to the Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson in every spare minute I’ve had this week – while I shower, on my drives to Denver to see Adam, and on my runs with Boots.

I am seriously loving it.

It’s giving me so many ideas for how to make whatever house Adam and I move into when we get married (still yet to be determined!) a lifegiving, peaceful, hospitable place to live.

It has a lot of great suggestions for making a joyful home centered on Christ with kids too, which I’m storing away to apply in the future.

My niece knows how much I love moose, so when I put her to bed the other night, she picked two of her favorite moose books for us to read together (they probably have more moose books than the average kid because of their moose-crazy aunt).

I love her heart so much. She also brings me my water bottle whenever I’m more than 2 feet away from it because she knows I drink pretty much constantly.

And she brings me breakfast in bed and writes me sweet notes.

This girl gets my love language.

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!
I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

We were talking about how to choose happiness in marriage in our pre-marital book this week.

We picked up Slurpees from 7-11, then brought Boots to City Park in Denver and did our workbooks by the lake, which was quite fitting as a very practical way we could bring in more happiness to our lives!

We loved that bright, sun-shiny day. 

And our Slurpees (Adam got some weird strawberry basil flavor and I had a classic blue raspberry).

Involuntarily Unplugged

We had a power outage during a rainstorm the other night.

My first thought was, “But I have work to do on my computer! How will I fall asleep without Netflix (totally a guilty pleasure of mine)?”

It turned out to be the most calm, relaxing night.

We lit a few candles and ate healthy Instant Pot cheesecake in the living room by flickering candlelight.

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

I prayed with Adam over the phone (my very favorite part of my nighttime routine) and went to bed early.

Now I just need the self discipline to force myself to unplug more often. It was a beautiful thing.

Surprise Friend Visits

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

When I lived in Tucson, I met my dear friend, Holli, when we were interpreting in the same school.

She is one of the most funny, sweet, generous, intelligent, thoughtful, entertaining women I know and I was so spoiled when I got to see her 5 days a week working together!

She texted me last week to let me know she was going to be in Denver this week and I just about burst with excitement! 

She got to meet Adam and we ate all kinds of delicious food (lemongrass potstickers, lettuce wraps, currywurst in little pretzel buns, a decadent homemade Snickers-esque dessert), like we always do when we get together!

We tried out Linger in Denver and it’s such a trendy place that I’m pretty sure my cool factor went up about 100 points just by stepping the door.

We had a beautiful few hours of laughing and catching up and, of course, I can’t wait until I see her again. 

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

Get Outside to Exercise!

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

I ran across this the other day on social media and I can absolutely attest that exercising outside is far better than exercising inside!

Here in Colorado, it’s easy to stay inside when it’s cold all winter. When I lived in Tucson, it was easy to stay inside 80% of the year because it was so stinkin’ hot.

But when I get outside for a walk, a run, or really any reason at all, it always puts me in a better mood!

I’m pretty thrilled about spring weather and I’m slowly starting to shed some of my (many) layers on my morning runs. 

I have a little game I play with myself when I run where I look for as many different colors as I can find in flowers, bushes, trees, and other nature-related things that I pass. 

It’s getting more exciting now with flowers poking up!

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile

This is just something I can’t NOT share because every time I flip through these pictures on my phone, I crack up! 

Strider’s jowls are my favorite.

I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!
I guess I was flattered, protein-filled snacks, here’s what I’m currently reading, sometimes I need to be forced to unplug, and the best surprise visit from a dear friend!

What’s New With You?

Enough about me, I want to hear about YOU.

What are you reading right now? 

What’s your favorite protein-filled snack?

How do you get yourself to unplug?

What’s the weather like where you are? Is it nice enough to enjoy being outside?