Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Here's the deal. I was at the gym today and to me, it's important to get the right treadmill. If you're going to have a great workout, you need to make sure that its got good traction, the tv and sound work, the sun is not blazing in through the window in your face, and most importantly the people next to you are, well, normal.

So today I get to the gym and I jump on my treadmill. I quickly find out that the tv doesn't work so I'm going to have to use the one next to me. Here's where the problem starts: I start out jogging to get my rhythm and speed up. About 2 minutes in, I notice the guy next to me is just sweating profusely. I mean, dripping lakes here people. I can handle sweat as long as he's not swinging it my way but that's not his problem. He doesn't smell all that pleasant! So, here's my dilemma. Do I get off my treadmill and go to another one or do I just suck it up and run? I decide to keep running for another minute but it just keeps getting worse. I try all sorts of things like breathing through my mouth instead of my nose, looking the opposite direction, smelling my shirt however, to nothing works. At this point the gym is getting pretty packed and I'm gagging internally. If I get off my treadmill now and go to another one, it'll be really obvious that I didn't want to run by this swamp sweat guy. Do I just cut my run short? What to do, what to do? Finally, he slows down and I think to myself "this is it, he's done and I can run in peace." NOPE, he just walks for a bit and then picks up his speed again. No more treadmills are left for me to move to and at this point, what's the use, I can no longer smell anything with my nose. I run as fast as I can to finish my run and hop off the treadmill and take a giant breath!

I guess the positive was that I ran faster and probably got a better work out...... not worth it! :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

10 Second Interview....

Batman or Superman?
Batman, the christian bale one.

I always mispronounce...
biblical names

What is your biggest fear?
snakes of all kinds

What would your olympic event be?
summer: gymnastics (backflip!) winter: snowboard racing!

When the aliens arrive, I hope they bring...
glow sticks

If you were to discover that the roof was on fire, what would you do (for example, seek water)?

I like people who are...
musically talented

I wish I had a miniature...

What's the biggest difference between you and your parents?
my humor

What's the latest gadget you've bought?
mechanical pencils

Who ran away with the spoon?
laura's fiance jared

Cake or Pie?
wedding cake

Propose a new toothpaste flavor:
merry christmas surprise

Waffles are...

Naked food fights are...
do these exist?

What's your favorite kind of cake frosting?

Righty or lefty?

Do you like your peanut butter crunchy or smooth?

What's your earliest memory?
dancing to footloose thinking i should be in that movie.

What's your favorite blue food?

I love the scent of...

What's your favorite ice cream topping?
sprinkles, the rainbow color kind

What was (or will be) your wedding song?
God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You by Nsync (haha) j/k. i have no idea.

Friday, January 23, 2009


A good friend shared these verses with me yesterday... i think i need to tatoo them to my forehead.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 6, 10-11

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Monday, January 19, 2009

RIP Biggie Smalls

To all Adagio Members:
It was with much sadness that the movie inspired by my late husband, the Notorious BIG, was released this past Friday. I couldn't bring my self to get up from my state of dispair and drag myself to the theatre. However, my heart is full at the moment, thinking back on the time Biggie and I shared. Big Poppa, what a wonderful man of hip hop you were and will forever remain in the hearts of many. In memory of his life, I will listen to Diddy's rendition of "I'll Be Missing You" on repeat all day long.

Signed, JT

Followed with comforting words by fellow Adagio members:

"It's just too soon for me to talk about it. My feelings would best be described in dance, a ribbon dance." Lucky Star

"Biggie, you brought so much to all of our lives. I will remember you fondly and honor your memory with my dance moves." Janice aka Janer

"I was thinking about that when i saw the preview...RIP Christopher Wallace if that was your real name (that was it right) Aka Big Poppa, Biggie Smalls, Notorious BIG..."we'll be missin you" Spicey Cat

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winter hates me...

Walking in to work today, my face literally felt like it was going to fall off. i couldn't feel my toes, let alone my legs to propel myself faster into the building... winter blows. I don't know how many times I can say it but it becomes more true every day! I was greeted by this lovely email today which basically tells the truth about Iowa:


It's winter in Iowa
And the gentle breezes blow
Seventy miles an hour
At thirty-five below.

Oh, how I love Iowa
When the snow's up to your butt
You take a breath of winter
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is wonderful
So I guess I'll hang around
I could never leave Iowa
Cuz I'm frozen to the ground!

This morning on the news I heard that it was colder in Iowa today than Alaska by almost 60 degrees. Iowa -17 (not including wind chill) and Alaska was 44 degrees. Shoot me now. I know some of you may think, "why complain, nobody is forcing you to live in Iowa" and you're right. But I guess there's just something about being an Iowa girl that makes me feel tough and I'm not ready to give that up yet. So for the mean time, I'll just freeze to death. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Twilight .... according to Kelly Kapoor

by Kelly Kapoor

OMG you guys! This month my life is all about Twilight! I've seen the movie six times and I'm seeing it three more times this weekend. I used to want to be a Vampire Slayer like Buffy because I thought all Vampires were these creep-ola guys with bad eyebrows that didn't respect a girl. That was before I saw Twilight. Robert Pattinson is doing for Vampires what Orlando Bloom did for pirates. Now, I totally wanna be a Vampire's girlfriend.

Vampires these days are super cute and super sensitive. They may suck your blood, but they'll wait until you're ready, and then send you a facebook message the next day to tell you how special it was. Plus Vampire boys are pretty; they have smooth soft skin, defined cheekbones, and long eyelashes - so hot! If Kristin Stewart doesn't know how good she has it, Robert Pattinson should stop by my place after dark. We can hold hands and talk about why he's so mysterious! AH, I love it! They've already started working on the sequel! I can't wait!! TWILIGHT!!!

disclaimer: this article is from the Scranton Newsletter and the pics are from Vanity Fair.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


"It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work with God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide veneered over with Christian sentiment. But if once you truly hear the full commission of Jesus Christ, the awareness of what God wants will be your goal from that point on, and you will no longer be able to work for Him on the basis of common sense." Oswald Chambers - My Utmost for His Highest

I've had this posted at my desk for a little over 2 years now and have read it countless times. I went to throw it away today because its all torn and basically falling apart, so I read it one last time. I think this sums up a lot of things in my head … do I truly hear or am I just going off of my own common sense. Unfortunately, I know my answer. Common sense is easy, its what comes natural…. But we're called to die to ourselves, our whole self. While that's tough, it's what we need to do.

Btw.. I didn’t throw the paper away. I need the daily reminder.

Monday, January 12, 2009


Do you ever feel like you're stuck, like you can't go forward and you can't go backwards? You can't move forward because you're thinking about the way things were and you can't go backwards because that’s not progress and you've already been there so why go back. (did that make any sense?) I sit here, my head spinning in circles, driving myself crazy over things that I can't control that I think I should be able to control. Sure there are certain things I could do to guide things in my life but sometimes I think what's the point. Its not really mine to control (do you follow). I think that whatever's going to happen is going to happen, regardless of what I choose (that's being na├»ve at it's best!) That only drives me further away into what I consider the middle ground. You know you have to take a step in one direction, but figuring out where to step, how big of a step, what shoes to wear when taking that step… you just don't know. You feel like you know what you're supposed to do but there's that feeling that you may not be willing to let go of… so you stand there, holding on to whatever, unwilling to move forward or back. You're stuck. And that's life.

And btw, winter blows!

Monday, January 05, 2009


Need I say more?!

Thanks Janer for the invite! I would not want to see Celine with anybody else! (and thanks Don for the tickets).

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Look alive.... my top 5's!

Here's a list of my Top 5's from 2008

Top 5 Concerts:
1. John Mayer in Chicago
2. Ray LaMontagne in KC
3. Gavin DeGraw and Needtobreathe at Val Air in Des Moines
4. Bon Jovi with Daughtry at Wells Fargo Arena
5. Needtobreathe at Peoples 4/29/08 and 8/14/08

Other noteworthy shows: hanson, a fine frenzy, amos lee, matt wertz, jonny lang, ignite chicago, dave barnes, colbie caillet.

Top 5 Events:
1. Cubs vs Mets baseball game 4-21-08 (tornado)
2. DTC Retreat
3. Florida with my Mom
4. Weddings: Kristy & Adam's; Ryan & Julie's. I love these people!
5. Minnesota GNO: water tornadoes do exist and I've never laughed so hard in my entire life.

Other noteworthy events: Faithwalkers, Celebration Sunday (theres nothing like finding a church body of people that you can feel completely comfortable with and be 100% yourself and celebrate that!); New Years in Colorado - getting snowed in and having to snowshoe around…. So fun

Top 5 Totally random events that turned in to way too much fun:
WF Zoo Day
Gingerbread Fiasco
Frigid Fiesta
Sunday Funday

Top 5 new gadgets/favorite things I discovered this year
1. Operation World - it’s a year long book with prayer requests for every country in the world. Changed my life.
2. Indoor Scarves - when you're from iowa, there's a difference in scarves
3. Alfredo/honey/chicken pizza
4. Arrested Development
5. Veritas Magazine. http://www.veritasmag.com/

Top 5 Movies
1. The Dark Knight
2. Twilight
3. High School Musical 3. I admit it, I'm a fan!
4. Step Up 2: The Streets (what, i was born on the streets.. it's where i learned to dance)
5. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (you're probably thinking what? Well, it was a fun girls night out!)
** Notice: I'm a girl and I like girly movies!!! Other notables were Expelled, Prince Caspian, 27 Dresses, Get Smart

Top 5 Favorite Quotes of the year:
1. "When I was little, I thought I was going to grow up and be a grandpa. Turns out that’s not going to happen." Kelli Rolfes
2. "18 gallons, in your Hyundai?" Allison Singleton "It’s a Sonata!" Sarah Wilson
3. "Isn’t Turin considered hell on earth?" Justin Meyer "I thought it was Duluth?" Andrew Meyer
4. "Her highlights in her hair look like string cheese. Man I'm hungry" Jessica White at 747 prayer
5. "What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros? Elephino!!" courtesy of Laura Murray

Top 5 Books I've read this year:
1. Twilight
2. My Sisters Keeper
3. Chronicles of Narnia
4. Bad Girls of the Bible
5. The Shack

Top 5 CDs I was obsessed with this year:
1. NTB: The Heat
2. Ray LaMontagne: Trouble
3. Gavin DeGraw
4. Matt Wertz
5. Francesca Battistelli

Others worth noting: Jimmy Needham, August Rush Soundtrack, Twilight Soundtrack

Friday, January 02, 2009

Shout out to my home-girl

Laura has flipped the switch and is now on the slippery slope..... she's 26 today!!!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Yeah Hawkeyes

Sweet Domination in the Outback Bowl today!!!