Is it wrong that sometimes I have to actually SING to make sure that I get the letters in order? Oh wow... I guess that might have been too much information.
True story - a couple of jobs ago - My office was actually also the file room, and people would stand there for a long time trying to figure out where they were supposed to look for a file... so I went to the teacher supply store and bought one of those kindergarten borders with the alphabet on it... and hung it up over the file cabinets. (Cause I'm passive aggressive like that!)
I saw this on several blogs recently, and thought it was a cool idea... and of course depending on the day - you could get different answers. Basically though - you come up with one word for each letter of the alphabet to describe yourself, a hobby, or anything else that comes to mind... and being the crazy overachiever that I can be... I'm going to explain how I got to the answers that I picked.
A - Anxiety, I'm feeling anxious waiting for the results of John's testing today... and ready to get moving on the fertility roller coaster again!
B - Baby, I'm sure this comes as no surprise to anyone - because seriously - not a moment passes that babies aren't on my mind...
C - Clean, My house is clean... and it was done by me. I know, it's nothing earth shattering, but there is something gratifying about doing it yourself. I know that the euphoria won't last long, but it was nice to get in there and get some things done.
D - Disgusting, A recipe I tried out yesterday... it wasn't for us - John got nauseated at the smell of it cooking, and when I tasted it - I had the same reaction. Apparently Paula Deen's Chicken Florentine isn't our thing... live and learn, right?
E - Exhausted, that is how I'm feeling this morning. I still didn't sleep very well last night, and desperately wanted to call in sick this morning... but I didn't. I fell asleep in the car on the way in though - so once again - thank God for carpooling with John.
F - Friends - I have made some of the most unexpected friends over the last year and a half... since joining our new church and really becoming a lover of all things blog related... I've met some amazing people. I know that God has put all of these strong people in my life - each for a different reason - and I can only hope that I am able to love and encourage them as much as they have for me.
G - Giving, it's Day 3 on our Love Dare challenge for me - and I'm supposed to give John a special gift that I've gotten for him... the idea is that you invest everything you have (finances and all) in your marriage... so I picked out a couple of special surprises for him on my lunch hour. Giving gifts is one of my favorite things to do... Christmas time is hard for me only because when I get the perfect gift - I can't wait to give it to the recipient.
H - Heat & Humidity - both are the name of the game in the summer down here in Houston... there are days that the humidity will hit you in the face like a brick wall the minute you open your front door. Oh and hair... having a style this time of year, fugetaboutit!
I - Infertility - right now, it is like a cruel joke. It just keeps repeating with the same results... and it's a daily struggle to pick myself up and keep moving forward.
J - John - awwww... I know, right?! Seriously though, John is my rock... he is my constant strength and companion. I love him more now than the day I met him, and I can't even imagine life without him.
K - KH Jewelry - I am very happy to see that my love of making jewelry hasn't completely left me. I haven't made it back up to the craft room to put anything new together yet, but it is certainly at the top of my list when I get a few free moments.
L - Love Dare - This just might be one of the best things we've ever done for our marriage. I HIGHLY recommend it to those that are in great marriages and those that are in troubled marriages equally. My belief is that every marriage can be better - no one is perfect - so put in the effort... your spouse is worth it!
M - Mocha - Starbucks Nonfat Cafe Mocha with no whip to be exact... oh yeah... nothing says good morning like a little coffee with your chocolate in the morning.
N - Nausea - I'm not even kidding when I tell you that I have the worst nausea! Which, yes - it does scare me that any pregnancy will bring some debilitating nausea my way... but hey... it's certainly worth it! Seriously though, it comes early and it comes often... I'd say that there isn't a week that goes by without me experiencing it at least once... and sometimes it comes and sticks around daily for SEVERAL weeks. It's weird... but totally true!
O - Ouch - Yeah, it's a stretch, but honestly - my muscles have never been used more than they have since starting my 30 Day Workout Challenge. It's honestly been the best thing I've ever done - it's a daily challenge, but I feel GREAT doing it. I think the best part is that the program I am using - the workouts are only about 20 minutes long... but I feel like I'm getting the most out of those 20 minutes. I hope that once this month is over - I'll step in and keep going with the medium level for 30 days, and then the hard level for 30 days... then maybe I'll be ready to hit the open road for some running. Jogging around my kitchen area is fun and all... but I'd love to have the confidence to hit the open road. (Oooh... Open Road could have been my O-word)
P - Priorities - the older I get, the more clear it is to me that my priorities are FAR from those of society. I could care less about career... but am passionate about my faith, husband, and having family... the career/job thing is just a means to an end for me... it provides the money so that the things I care about can be nurtured.
Q - Quiet Time - I know that I don't spend as much quiet time as I would like with God, does anyone? The thing though is that I've learned a lot over the last few months that it is only through Him that I have the strength to carry through with my struggles. I try to draw nearer to him in the tough times, and I know that his plans are far greater than any I could imagine... I'm just ready to start living them.
R - Ring - As in my wedding ring... which I've been wearing on my middle finger for a little over a year now. I need to get it resized and redipped in white gold, but I just can't bear to be away from it for a few days without a spare.
S - Scrapbooking - No big surprise here, but I really do enjoy it when I allow myself some time to play with the paper, pictures, stickers, and Cricut machine. I have the small Cricut right now, but on our list of purchases after our fertility treatments are over - is the bigger Cricut Expression... unless it makes an appearance on my Christmas list before we buy it.
T - Take It or Leave It - that's pretty much my attitude about this blog... I have learned so much about myself through the writing of this blog. It's my place to say things out loud that I couldn't ever say in person. It's the place where the real me is put out there unfiltered... for better and for worse. (Okay, a little filtering happens - but it really is a lot of "stream of consciousness" writing happens) So, in my opinion, if you don't like what I have to say - don't read it... but I'm still going to write it. The other amazing thing about that is that everyone I know in person has been invited to read this blog - and that doesn't inhibit me in any way... I find that odd at times.
U - Unsweet Iced Tea - Mainly from Sonic, but I love iced tea of any form... now before you think I'm nuts... I don't actually drink it unsweet - but I add Splenda instead of drinking straight sugar.
V - Vacation - Oh yeah, I'm needing one in a BIG way. I'm trying to find a day or two to take off in the next few weeks, but I have an intern starting on Tuesday... so it'll just be a Friday that I can take off because I'll have to be here to supervise him all summer. Ideally, I would have taken a 4 day weekend this weekend, BUT I have to come in on Sunday for a Summer Intern Program Kickoff Event (seriously?!) so I didn't want to ruin my time off by having to work in the middle of it.
W - Women - I don't think I will ever again, if given the choice, work for a woman. The jobs where I have worked for women have been the most unstable for me emotionally... I guess for me, men don't feel that they have as much to prove... and they won't step on you to prove that they are capable of their jobs. I respect that, and I would rather deal with that on a daily basis.
X - X-Rays - seriously, this letter was REALLY hard... but since I'm an old pro at the ER visit... I'll just say that there probably isn't a part of my body at this point that hasn't been x-rayed or scanned in some form or fashion over the last 10 years.
Y - Yard - Magically, I've learned to embrace yard work. Now, that being said... it's in moderation. (Why can't I learn moderation in other areas?!) I enjoy mowing the grass - but that can be done in a matter of a half hour or so... and that's about my limit. Especially with my skin burning so easily... it's just about the limit before I get a burn.
Z - Zydeco music - I've found that even though, I have ZERO Cajun blood in my system... and I loathe seafood... I love the fun and the sound of zydeco music. Nothing says party like that to me.
That's the alphabet according to Kim... it's a lot harder than you think to write this... some letters got me stuck... so I had to google "things that start with Y" to figure out something that would trigger me. HAHAHAHA!
Anyone else out there want to write one of these? Let me know - I'd love to see what you come up with.