This is my NEW BIKE. Every time I see it I sing this. Or at least the first 20 seconds of it.
My bike is a hybrid, which means I can easily ride it on trails and on the road. I will mostly be doing road riding, but road backs start at around 1,000.00 dollhairs and I just wasn't ready to drop that amount on anything that I was uncertain of. I have done about 25 miles of riding so far, and I love it. I was surprised by how difficult steep hills are, especially when you are trying to keep up a pace. And you know those padded butt shorts? Yeah, I am going to have to invest in those because butt bone soreness is NO JOKE. I kind of got really excited about riding a bike because a lot of doctors said it is one way I can continue to exercise while going easy on my joints. If you are new to my blog (holla!) and you haven't read about my recent lupus diagnosis you can do so HERE or HERE.
I am not letting it get me down, and as one of my dear friends says to encourage me:
"Middle finger to lupus!" (I promise we are christians ya'll...)
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Joseph and Tracy Holmes: Warning: Divert Your Eyes!
The next portion of this post is about a gift I am giving you!
Sorry about all the internet yelling guys...
My cousin and his wife are expecting their first little bundle of J-O-Y.
I was so excited to get them something for their shower, but being in the crafty mood I have been in lately I decided to make something. I saw the idea somewhere as a cupcake for a little girls baby shower, but I tweaked it to be an ice cream bowl... well, here look at the pictures first...
So basically, I just took a few long sleeved onesies, a bib, and some wash cloths and folded them around and around to mimic ice cream layers. I saved the white washcloth for the whipped cream puff at the top. I also bought some baby spoons and tucked it in one of the folds. I am still thinking about hand painting Parker (that is the babe's name) on the bowl. This gift runs around $25 bucks ($2 for the bowl, from walmart, $4 for pack of spoons, $10 for two onesies from target, $5 for a package of wash cloths and $4 for a bib) and is a really cute way to give a gift. Well, at least I think so. You could disagree I guess. But then my feelings would be hurt and I would have to de-friend you.
YEAH, it would be that serious. Okay, not really. I wouldn't care. You know me too well.
And what is opposite of ice cream class?
That is right! Phytonutrients!
As in VEGETABLES!
a huge pile of fresh veggies....
These are from my parents garden, my dad has JUST picked zucchini, green pepper, squash and tomato as well as dug up a huge hill of new potatoes. SO delicious. And so healthy.
Are you guys still with me, or are you over the length of this post yet?
If you HAVE made it this far, I have to say that I have been on quite the health kick lately. One that doesn't only include myself but also my husband, my family, friends, and really anyone that will listen to me on my soapbox and health. I truly believe that if you are blessed with health and are free from illness you should do everything you can to take care of your self to remain healthy. Ever since I was told I had lupus --despite being a pretty active, healthy young girl--, it almost OFFENDS me when I see people disrespecting themselves (and God, if you really want me to tell you how I feel) when they put processed garbage and chemically altered junk in their bodies. Now, I am no hypocrite, I admit that I let myself have treats which include the occasional soda, a piece of cake made with white sugar, or loads of melted cheese at a mexican restaurant. What I don't understand though, is people who eat that way every. single. day. I am talking your 3 cokes a day, dessert every night, eating portions for 2 kind of people. And then it amazes me that these people remain disease free (well, at least in their youth. They will inevitably be the ones that out tax dollars are paying for when they get diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol and heart failure and can't pay for their meds later in life). I use this analogy a lot: would you put diesel fuel into your car? (assuming your vehicle isn't diesel powered...) Well, NO, you wouldn't because over time it would damage and RUIN your car. And that would cost you a lot of money and time. I wish more people would view their bodies with as much respect. Why clog it up and damage it with sugar that turns into fat and clogs arteries and damages the precious health you are so lucky to have? It is certainly a mindset, and a choice. And you know what? Sometimes it is really hard, because food is an addiction. It makes us feel better and in America our social gatherings center around food and eating. But at the end of the day, and especially if you are a christian, it is about honoring God with your actions and treating your body like the temple it was meant to be. Okay, I will give it a rest. Either you are with me and agree and have made it this far, or I lost you and you were rolling your eyes and gagging at me way back at phytonutrients.
I am now going to go have a glass of wine.
I am not that uptight guys.