Currently

Borrowing this from Ginna. 🙂

I’m currently…

Watching…The Big Bang Theory. I hadn’t seen it in a few days and genuinely missed them. I feel like Howard, Leonard, Raj, and Sheldon are my friends. Such a funny show.

Enjoying… Pilates! I’m not doing it right this second, but I’m getting up early tomorrow morning for a class and am going to sign up to get my certification to become an instructor soon! I’ve done yoga but I feel like Pilates has done more for me — I actually see my muscles toning and feel like I’m getting stronger. (I’m also enjoying my hammock.)IMG_4898
Planning… our “Spring Break” trip next week. We’re headed to VA to spend the week with the Fowlers. I’m taking advantage of having my mom-in-law at home all week and taking my sewing machine with the hopes of tailoring some pants that I’ve had forever but haven’t loved. We’ll see how it goes. I’m afraid they look better in my head than in real life…

Excited for… My Norwex job! I have loved it so far, but I feel like I’m really seeing growth, getting recruits, making changes, just getting better and learning more all around. Love it!

Cooking… Most recently: pan-grilled garlic steak with carrots and peppers. 4-5 times in the last week: kettle corn, and banana chocolate almond milk “milk shakes.”

Pinning… shirt, pants, print, my true love.

Inspired by… this book by A. W. Tozer. I read it in college, again during our first year of marriage, and pulled it off the shelf once more this week. (It’s only $0.99 for the Kindle edition!) It is small and unimposing in size, but the depth of wisdom found within requires me to read and re-read sentences until I feel like I’m somewhat close to grasping the concept. Here’s one such nugget that I’ve highlighted/asterisk’d 3 times now:

Speaking of God Incomprehensible: ‘Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.’

Remembering… John Piper‘s sermon at our church this weekend. Specifically his enthusiastic proclamation that he would gladly abandon his faith if you could show him a better offer and his description of our joy found through Christ which is boundless in height and will never end.

So what are you up to currently?

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I saw snow!

In my last post I mentioned that I had yet to see any snow this winter and really wanted to. Well, my wish came true! 🙂On Friday night we arrived at my in-laws just before the wintery weather started. As we drove the 4+ hours, we watched the temperature fall from a mild 58* to a chilly 30*. We got bored around hour 3, so we turned our Pandora Radio to the Movie Soundtracks station and played “Guess the Movie”. I got a few right. But most were either too dull to hear or too generic. We arrived in time for Brian to join his family in a rousing game of Carcassonne. I did not join in on the excitement because my brain was mush. Plus, what’s better than crocheting beside a fire and watching futbol when it’s sub-freezing?By 10:00 I officially threw in the towel and headed up to bed. I looked out the window and noticed some white sparkly stuff falling from the sky and squealed to myself. When I opened said window, I could smell it. And hear it. It was definitely snowing! Around 1:00am I texted Brian because he was no where to be found (still in the basement playing Carcassonne). As soon as he returned he said something about flashing lights and a car fire. I didn’t fully understand and had to clarify the next morning. Apparently a car in their neighbor’s driveway spontaneously combusted and reached the out-of-control level quite quickly. I heard none of this. I must have been quite tired. 😉 I heard his mom describe the location where they live as “Dead Man’s Curve” and it’s quite fitting, unfortunately. Over their decades in that house, many people have had crazy car accidents in their yard. I’ve witnessed half a dozen myself. But thankfully I was able to sleep through Friday night’s debacle. We spent Saturday the way Saturdays were meant to be spent. We sat in the basement by the fire watching TV and playing games/crocheting/chilling. I enjoyed myself immensely. On Sunday afternoon I had a Norwex show to do (the reason for our visit). The show went well and I especially enjoyed the location of the party. The house was tucked back behind a state park and faced the Patomac River. From their house you could even see across to the opposite shore, Maryland’s coast. I never would have guessed it was back there. Secluded, but still close to civilization.We got back late last night, avoided more wintery weather, and I started my busy, busy week today at 4:45am. Yep, there’s one of those in the morning, too.

As tired as I am, I do enjoy being busy. And I don’t mind the early mornings. I just miss my 8 hours of sleep. 😉

this is my life…

As crazy as my life has been these last few… weeks? I was going to say days, but it’s definitely been longer. Anyway, regardless of how crazy it’s been, I am still so happy to be here. 🙂 And this is my life now…

Yesterday, warm and muggy as it was, felt more like August than December. But last night, Bri-gimp and I sat on the couch watching our shows, listening to the wind and rain and occasionally scolding Lola (whose new favorite place is under the Christmas tree) while I worked on a little crochet project.

And in case you were wondering what a tree embedded into the wall à la Fringe looks like, here it is. Hopefully you’ll flatter me and say, “I can’t even tell it’s just half of a tree!” I tried to make it look somewhat normal… but it’s definitely just half of a tree.

Tonight will be my last Norwex party of the year. I have loved this job so far! I can’t wait to have a team and for people to not look at me like I’m speaking French when I tell them who I work for! 🙂 But I’m also looking forward to having a few weeks where I know I’ll have the evenings to myself.

Well, there is laundry to be folded and general tidying to be tidied. So I’m going to paint my nails. 🙂

tired and numb

Oh man guys. I am beyond tired right now. I was just trying to remember the last week and was having a really hard time. It must be because it was not a normal week. Quick recap.

Thanksgiving was yummy. The Fowlers came down from VA and we all went to eat a late lunch at my folks’ place.

The Fowlers came back to our place and spent the night. Brian and his brother ventured out on Black Friday for the first time. It was overwhelming and over-rated. Then Brian’s sister came to visit with our nephew. Naturally he enjoyed Lola.

Saturday and Sunday we put up our Christmas tree, decorated for Christmas, and watched Elf at least 5 times. The Fowlers brought their old Christmas tree for us to use. I thought it was a coffin when they carried it inside. The tree is so big around that we could only put up half of it. It looks like something from Fringe where the tree traveled through time and ended up embedded into our wall.

Tuesday we left for Orlando to go to the NCCAA Soccer tournament. Traveling with just a carry-on and your boarding pass on your phone is the only way to go.

Got home around midnight on Thursday.

Worked all day Friday.

Drove 4.5 hrs to NoVa Friday night. It’s a long drive but it went by quickly because I read one of The Underland Chronicles out loud as we went. I’ve read them all before but they are good enough to enjoy reading again. And I love driving through Richmond at Christmas. The whole city is decorated with lights and it looks like a little Lego village.

Then we spent Saturday with the Fowler family and I did a fantastic Norwex show that night. It was fantastic because I got to hang out with some really fun people and I feel like I have finally found my niche.

We drove back to NC Sunday and read the next Underland Chronicles book. When we were almost home my dad called to tell us that my Grandma is in the hospital with a fractured back. She is okay, just in pain and will be in a brace for a while. I’m hoping to see her tomorrow.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand then I woke up early this morning to take Brian to get his ankle surgery. He had a routine scope done where they removed scar tissue from old injuries. Hopefully this means he’ll be able to run and play soccer again soon without pain. He’s doing well today, still numb from the knee down and has plenty of Vicodin waiting at the ready.

So, like I said, I’m tired. But happy. 🙂 I got my bunny back from her foster parents and my man is playing FIFA to keep himself awake which leaves me with control of the Netflix.

real quick

Yesterday I made some kick-a barbecue chicken. But it kicked my crock pot’s a in the form of sauce baking on… then burning on. Guys, I think I have a problem… I saw the burnt on sauce and got excited to clean it.

Here’s the burnt on before picture (plus some sauce in the bottom; don’t worry, it didn’t go to waste).

And here’s the crock pot about 5 minutes later after I went to town on it with my spirinett!

I know it helped that I attacked it within a few hours of the burning-on. But it was so incredibly easy to clean and, since the crock is ceramic, it was safe to use the little pot-scrubber on.

I also thought I’d share about my run today. I decided to go real quick (as in “not for very long;” not to be confused with “I ran fast.”) after walking to the mailbox and loving the weather. I decided to run without music today. It was nice. However, I noticed that with the leaves falling leaving naked trees, my usual run is looking kinda freaky…

You can see way back in there.

I also tried to take a picture of myself while running (a la SkinnyRunner). It’s not easy. Wait for no traffic. Concentrate on running and pushing a button while not making a stupid face. And don’t trip.

Hello flying hair.

And I’m pretty sure I inhaled half a dozen of these white floaty things from these trees.

Also, before I sign off, I thought I would share this lovely picture that my dad took on his cell phone of the lake by their house and then MMS’d to me. 🙂

Happy autumn!

stank

You guys, my house smelled so bad last night. I made shrimp and salmon and they decided to hang around for a while.

{Side note, I got some big fat NC shrimp, coated them in Newman’s Own ranch dressing, and cooked them in a non-stick pan. It was amazing.}

As I was peeling and de-veining and fileting and other such slimy stuff, the noxious fish fumes were filling my kitchen, living room, bedroom… I think I must’ve become immune to the scent. At one point B-money came into the kitchen and declared that it most definitely smelt like the fish market at Pike’s Place.

Well, at one point, when I walked over to the sink to wash my hands, I smelled a-whole-nother kind of stank. Over the fish smell. I sniffed around (I should’ve wafted like Mrs. Loggins taught us to in chemistry class. Would’ve saved me a few more olfactory receptors.) and finally found the source. …turns out we hadn’t washed our dish rag in a few months.

So today I decided to do an experiment. Rather than throwing it away, I soaked it in some of my laundry detergent for a few hours and then washed it like normal.

Here’s a before shot:

I added 10 cups of water and <1 teaspoon of detergent into a Pyrex dish with the cloth. One hour later this is how it looked.

The grease had released and floated to the surface. And I could put my face close to it without feeling the urge to vomit. In fact, I couldn’t smell anything.

After letting it soak for about 4 hours, I threw it in the wash with some other clothes and a tiny bit of Odor Eliminator for good measure. Here’s an after shot:

I’d say it worked pretty well. I pressed it up against my nose and just smelled cleanness. It’s not bright white anymore, but what is, really? Oh right.

Well, all this stinking got me thinking. I enjoyed leaving the windows open and having candles lit, but there’s something I’ve had in the back of my mind… something I pinned a while ago… And tonight I’m going to make it! 🙂

it’s nearly november…

 

Today I am sitting on our porch with my mums, listening to the squirrels traffic, drinking my decaf coffee with my new favorite creamer, pumpkin spice (thanks, Michelle, for introducing me!), and feeling a bit out of sorts.

 

Do you ever have those moments when you just want to go out and get stuff done? And I don’t mean running errands, per se. I mean, I want to go out and do what God has lined up for me to do. Yes, I believe that God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life. I know that phrase has often been used to recruit people to work in missions of some sort. But even though I am not working in full time missions any more, I finally believe that I have found my “thing.” I love working for Norwex. I knew it would be a hard go for a while seeing as no one here has heard of it and not many people my age can justify spending $100 or more on cleaning products. But I feel very passionately about living a healthy lifestyle. I might even label myself “hippie” (and not be ashamed 😉 ).  Anyway, I’m having one of those moments where I just want to go out and conquer it all. I want to have 6 parties booked every week. I want to have a team of people to work with. …I want to hurry up and be there. But as Brian the Charmer reminded me, I need to chill out. I’ve barely been at it a month now.

 

So perhaps my energy is better spent doing something crafty. Like knitting.

Or maybe I’ll actually go for a run outside today! I have been loving this weather! Cold in the morning but warm by the afternoon. I proclaimed quite loudly in the car yesterday that I LOVE fall! And that got me more excited because fall means that winter is coming! And winter means that Christmas is coming! And I LOOOOOOOOVE all things Christmas!!! AH!

 

This is not helping my “moment.” I’ve already been told I’m not allowed to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. American Thanksgiving. Pandora, you better be ready.

 

Also, if you think my nails look funny in the above picture, it’s because they do.

Power to the people.

No, I did not paint those on. I do not have the attention span for that. They are Sally Hanson Salon Effects. They’re super easy to use, have lasted over a week (which is more than a lifetime on my nails), and I do believe I will be trying others soon. 🙂

new job

Yesterday I got to do two of my favorite things, a photoshoot and talk about healthy living. More to come on the latter in a minute.

 

Our new friends and fellow AIA staff members here in Raleigh wanted a quick photoshoot for updated pics since they had a baby this summer. Here are a few of my favorites. 🙂

 

I mentioned I also got to talk about healthy living yesterday. I have really enjoyed the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle over the past year or two. As a couple, Brian and I have committed to eating lots of veggies, hormone-free meats and dairy, going organic when we can afford it, exercising, and (something I feel is easily overlooked) choosing to rest. Part of what I also really enjoy is researching ways to make my home healthier. This includes getting rid of chemicals and other toxins as well as creating a space to relax. It’s easy to go crazy reading lots of hippy-articles on the web, thinking one needs to basically become Amish in order to be “healthy.” So for me, what it boiled down to was not only reading the labels on my food, but also on other products I use around the house. If you’ve ever tried to find the ingredients to Tide, Swiffers, Febreeze, or anything else, you know it can be a hard go. Even if you find some ingredients, you need doctorate-level degree in chemistry to understand what they actually are. (Side bar, if you do want to know what’s in your Windex, Glade, or other SC Johnson products, they created a great website called What’s Inside SC Johnson. IMO though, they’ve done their best to not appear like a chemical giant and go so far as to equate Windex with water… Sneaky sneaky.) That’s why when I discovered Norwex, I was hooked. And I’ve decided to sell it.

 

I don’t want this to seem like a commercial for why you should spend all of your money on my fancy new products. I just wanted to let you into my life a little more and give you some background as to why I decided to start this new job. In fact, I’d rather you spend your money buying dryer balls (that are PVC and BPA free) and then throw out your fabric softener! Liquid and sheets (and now bars)! (If you’re curious, Norwex sells Nellie’s Dryerballs.) That will be one simple step to reducing the amount of toxins in your home that contribute to cancer and neurological damage.

 

I love talking about being healthier and so working with Norwex was a perfect fit for me. 🙂 You can check out my website here: beccafowler.norwex.biz.

 

Also, did you know that every 10 years your mattress doubles in weight due to dust mites, their feces, and your dead skins cells? Gross. In fact, if you or someone you know snores, most likely they are reacting to the dust mites and their droppings. You don’t need to buy a new mattress though. National Allergy sells pillow and mattress encasings and Norwex sells a spray to clean your mattress. Ignorance is bliss right? Well I guess I just popped your bliss bubble. 😉 *Glass shattering*