veggies for tan skin?

I read this article from Shape Magazine online today, view article here –> http://www.shape.com/health/your-health/for-a-gorgeous-sunless-tan-eat-these-healthy-skin-foods

It basically says that certain vegetables can help give you a more tan appearance without evening having to go out in the sun. I’m somewhat skeptical, but I can kind of see the logic. It says beta-carotene in spinach, alpha-carotene in carrots, and lycopene in tomatoes can help. Now, I’m definitely up for the try and I love fruits and veggies but then I think back to my childhood and somewhat wonder… My sister is definitely not a veggie lover and she has always been very pale. I however, am a veggie lover, and I tend to have slightly darker skin. Now, could it be that I inherited more Mexican genes than her, of course, but let’s say its the veggies. Anyway, it is definitely worth a try because who probably doesn’t need more produce in her life? I rest my case.

Maybe along with my normal notation of my healthy progression to a better weight and size, I can try to make a comparison with my skin’s appearance. Although, things would be skewed because I live in San Diego, I run outside, and only wear sunscreen on my face (I know, SO BAD FOR ME!)

Carrots, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Here I come.

mad about plaid, among other things

I know that plaid shirts have been quite fashionable as of late, and realistically, I don’t have a problem with them. However, when has it EVER been considered fashionable to wear it every single day. I’m not just talking girls, I’m talking boys and girls; men and women? I mean, yes, I have two plaid shirts in my closet, but they rarely make my weekly outfit rotation. They’re more for comfort, not for actually trying to look attractive. I’ve been wondering that. Unless you’re a farmer, you probably don’t need to be wearing plaid every day.

I signed up for a radio stations FREEbies thing to try and win tickets to stuff and other prizes. I’d really like to go see Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and the Band Perry. However, I’m not at all sure if that will be a reality. Oh, and I want to go see Taylor Swift, but once again, that may not become a reality either.

I have some of the best coworkers ever! They threw me a birthday bash fit for a princess (yes, that’s me). Nachos and carrot cake, yum-o. I just need my Red Velvet Cake for the weekend, my free meal at Cafe Coyote and anything else that strikes my fancy. Not that I’m a spoiled little girl or anything… Okay, I am, I really truly am. But I really like to think of it more as a blessing. I am so thankful for all the opportunities and the blessings God has bestowed upon me. There are so many less fortunate people out there who really need things more than me. Which is why….

I’m participating in the Relay for Life this year with my coworkers. “Justice for the Cure” we will be and we will be great at it. Walking is my middle name so I think it’ll be fun. Not to mention it is for a good cause. I know I can raise $50. And I also might give my time to the Women’s Resource Fair. It supports battered women and children. As well as those who are homeless. At a minimum I can donate items. Sometimes it is better to give than receive and as someone who wants/wanted to be a teacher, children hold a special place in my heart. They do not ask to be born into poverty, or bad families. They don’t asked to be beat, raped, killed, or to have no clean clothes.

So, from being selfish to selfless. All in all, I’m a very happy, positive little lady. Or as Chris would call me, a little Tatey.

I hope you’ll understand… that I was born a ramblin’ man

So, I thought this would be slightly more enjoyable by not being in paragraph form. Just to break it up a little bit. Rand bits of thoughts:

  • I had completely forgotten about “Lost & Found” the band and therefore HAD to play “The Lutherans Song” for Chris. Needless to say, I’m not the only cool Lutheran out there.
  • That then, had me thinking about the shirts that say “You might be a Lutheran if…” and my favorite is, “You might be a Lutheran if… when you’re watching ‘Star Wars’ and they say, ‘May the force be with you,’ and you respond with, ‘and also with you.'”
  • My workouts have been working, I’ve definitely got a little bit more tone in my legs. Thanks to all that running/walking. I can’t wait to get back to where I was. Woo hoo!
  • My birthday is coming up, which means tomorrow I get to have a nacho party and cake at work. Yum-o!!!!
  • I’m pretty tired these days, finally. I’m back to my normal sleeping schedule. It feels so good.
  • I always wonder if Diet Coke runs through my veins and not water. If I ever start bleeding carbonated soda, I should really watch out.
  • San Diego is the greatest place I can ever say I lived. Who really needs winter and snow and cold? Not me. I can’t imagine not being able to go run outside close to every day of the year. I mean, who can get a tan in January from running outside? Yeah, that’s right I can.
  • We’ve been watching Mexican tv shows on mute because we haven’t changed the channel in 2 hours. We are much weirder than I thought. It is mildly entertaining to try to guess what they’re saying, but I think I’m going to have to go read or something, or sleep. I am a morning person, but I certainly need my beauty sleep.
  • I’m tired of my supervisor constantly telling us that we have to be on time to work, but then saying it’s ok if you can’t help it and be late. That does not mean that you get to be late everyday because its ok. It should be, if you’re late, she won’t dock you any time, but you should be there on time and ready to work. Especially those who do not have any excuses (children, cars, transportation, etc. etc.). That’s my one rant for today.
  • Blogging has been kind of fun and I’m pretty bummed that I didn’t have the opportunity yesterday. However, this one has finally come to an end. My muscles are tight, yet relaxed; I am relaxed and drowsy from my shower; and my allergy medicine, book, and pillow are calling my name.

Good Night! :]

We are Family

I’ve got all my sisters with me.

I really enjoy looking at my family tree and just seeing different things that were passed down. Some families are so distinctly one ethnicity/religion that you can see nothing but that through them. Some people pass on the same names over and over. Others do so much more. Some people look the same generation after generation. I just love seeing it.

I don’t have much to say today other than: CHRIS GOT A JOB! Woo hoo!

Today is the Day

I’m casting my cares aside
I’m leaving my past behind
I’m setting my heart and mind on you
Jesus

I’m reaching my hand to yours
Believing there’s so much more
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good
Is good

Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it

And I won’t worry about tomorrow
I’m trusting in what You say
Today is the day

I’m putting my fears aside
I’m leaving my doubts behind
I’m giving my hopes and dreams to you
Jesus

I’m reaching my hands to yours
Believing there’s so much more
Knowing that all you have in store for me is good
Is good

Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it

And I won’t worry about tomorrow
I’m trusting in what You say
Today is the day

And I will stand upon Your truth
I will stand upon Your truth
And all my days I’ll live for You
All my days I’ll live for You

Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it
Today is the day, You have made
I will rejoice and be glad in it

And I won’t worry about tomorrow
I’m giving You my fears and sorrows
Where You lead me I will follow
I’m trusting in what You say
Today is the day

– Lincoln Brewster –

This is my song for the day. Which can be quite fitting, considering it is called, “Today is the Day.” I really need to take my focus off of silly little things and open my eyes, my mind, my soul, and my heart back up to Jesus. I just need to refocus my life again.

The message in church today was about Connecting. Christ Lutheran is big about their connection groups, which I do think are very important. There’s nothing like fellowship and exploring the Bible with other people. Even having a group of people to pray and bounce ideas around with is very important. Yet, I do think, that they aren’t catering to all people in their congregation. I know that it can be pretty difficult to do that, having the time, resources and people, but it is important. I would fit best into the “Young Adults” Bible Study, but I also don’t know if 18-30 year olds will have similar ideas, thoughts, and interests. Not to mention, it should be on Sunday mornings. I can’t make a 6 pm Bible Study. It is not possible.

its the weekend

I’m definitely not a night owl. In fact, I could have probably gone to sleep like 2 hours ago. But weekends are my favorite. Not just because I don’t have to work, but because I cherish them more than I ever knew I would. While living in Maryland, I had to work the weekends. So, Chris and I rarely spent a lot of time together. He worked all week and I worked all weekend. It was not a pleasant experience. Working 10 to 8 on Saturdays, I can’t tell you how many times I saw couples come into the furniture store and I was jealous. And I hate being jealous, its such an ugly way to be. I just wanted to be able to go places with him, even if it was just the park or somewhere silly. But now, we can do that. So, on Friday and Saturday nights I try to stay up as late as I can so we can spend the most time together. He’s a night owl, I’m a morning person. I love my Cwispy so much. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I think back to when I first got his message no MySpace and wonder, what if I had ignored it? What would my life have been like? Its kind of a crazy/scary thought actually. I don’t even know. Maybe our paths would have crossed somehow anyway, or maybe not. I don’t really know. He really is the best. He’s my favorite person. My best friend. My knight in shining armor. My prince charming. And I am so blessed to have him.

Bucket O’Knowledge

Sometimes when I’m at work or talking to anyone for that matter, I feel as though I am a walking “bucket o’ knowledge.” I do find that this is great, I love being able to spout off facts and just make people think about things. Yet, sometimes, I wonder if people think I’m crazy or a know it all. Its just how I am. I know that I’m intelligent, not a genius, but smart enough to read things, retain most of the information, and apply it to everyday life. You might think, well everyone can do that. Well, that’s true, but I can spout information about so many different things. Some things that I have never experienced, but that I’ve read so much on. I don’t really know how important this knowledge is for me, or if anyone even actually cares about it. But for now, I really enjoy being a walking bucket o’ knowledge. Of course I have the history/geography knowledge down (I was a history major after all) but I even have random science, medical, music, sports etc. knowledge. Sometimes words come out of my mouth and I even think, “how do you know this? Will they even believe you? Are you sure? Why would anyone care?” Then I realize, I don’t care what people think of me and so be it if I’m more intelligent than you or if I’m able to show it. Everyone should share the knowledge they have for the good of the people around them.