Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Few Wonderful Things

Here are a few things I've come across lately that I think are just wonderful:

1. www.freerice.com - Bored at work? Play a vocab game and help the world, all at the same time. Incredible!

2. Google Reader - thanks to my friend Sarah, I've learned how to subscribe to the blogs I read so they all feed into one place, and I don't have to visit each site individually. Man that saves me time.

3. iGoogle homepage - I sound like a Google freak right now, but what I've stumbled upon lately has really improved my quality of life. From iGoogle, I can check my mail, use a calculator, read great date ideas, keep a to-do list, a prayer list, and access my google reader! Now that's a homepage.

4. Doozens coffee - a cute and artsy coffee shop over by Raintree off of Ward and 150 Hwy really has me hoppin these days. Their drinks are great, particularly their Irish Nut.

5. Beth Moore's study 'A Woman's Heart.' I've been going through this with some of my girlfriends for about four weeks now and it's blowing me away. A study of the Old Testament tabernacle really has given me an eye opener as to how God really desires to dwell among us. Incredible!

6. My red Kitchen Aid mixer. I liked making cookies before, but I love it now. And for some reason, I'm convinced they taste better too.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Spontaneity is Good

I tend to be a planner. I really, really like to be organized and be prepared. I feel like I can do my best work when I have a good foundation set before me and I know what I'm doing.

But last night, for the first Valentine's Day since I've been with Mike, we were not prepared or planned out. We didn't have any plans. We didn't have anywhere we had to be, tickets we had to use, or food we had to cook. I wasn't sure about it at first, but I just sat back and trusted Mike that our night would turn out okay.

And it was more than okay, it was awesome. Maybe even the best one yet.

We stopped by a couple of restaurants but quickly left when we heard of the over 30-minute waits and settled on a new Thai restaurant here in our city. After dinner, we went to a new ice cream shop in Downtown LS and had some awesome homemade ice cream with very cool and unique flavors. Then it was on to home where we watched an old movie we DVR'ed off of TMC (The Odd Couple) and finishing off the night with a bag of microwave popcorn and Asti.

It paid to sit back and not plan out anything. It was great to hop from place to place and focus on the time spent together rather than the agenda. It was so great, I don't even have any pictures of the night.

Lesson learned: Let Mike plan many, many more nights like this. It couldn't have been better.