Babies, Obsessions, & Other Goodness

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday, but it was also my sisters surprise baby shower. Or at least it was supposed to be a surprise. Surprising Rachel is never easy. She will do everything in her power to get to the bottom of a secret. Despite the party losing its surprise factor, it was a great event. She made out like a bandit in the gift department. It took her almost three hours alone to just open gifts!


SO. MANY. GIFTS!

She was really happy with everything she received and I think it’s safe to say now based on the amount of things each individual person gave her that baby Gideon will be spoiled rotten. My sister might kill me for sharing this picture, but it was my favorite of the whole day and while she might think she looks fat, I find her absolutely adorable. Good thing she doesn’t read my blog I guess. 😉

I don’t even like kids much, but I have to admit I’m ridiculously eager to be an aunt. The further along Rachel comes, the more and more excited I get. It’s still so hard to believe my little sister will be a Mommy, but it’s still exciting nonetheless.

In other news this week:

I’ve got some new obsessions. Not obsessions in the way that I normally obsess over stuff, but the “need” to be submerged in these things daily is there. They are The Mortal Instruments Series (Books) and Sons of Anarchy (TV Show).

AND

I’m already half way through CITY OF GLASS (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3) and will likely be into Book 4 or CLOCKWORK ANGEL next week. It’s almost funny to me how long I’ve had this series in my possession and have avoided it for some reason. I could kick myself now because this series is freaking GREAT! And I’ve watched all of Season 1 of Sons of Anarchy already this week and am a few episodes into Season 2 already. I honestly can’t even explain what exactly it is about this show I love, I just know I love it.

Lastly, I received two happy pieces of news this week that may seem insignificant to some of you, but have really made me feel good.

1. Despite all of the food I consumed during my week long birthday celebration last week, I still lost 2 lbs this week during weight in at “AA for Fatties”. 2lbs. isn’t a lot, I know, but it’s something and if I can lose 2lbs. every week, I’m that much closer to my end goal. I have to plug Xbox Kinect as the deeper reason behind this weight loss this week though. While WW’s new diet plan is far easier than the old system and I’ve mostly stuck to it, working out just 3 times this week with Dance Central on that Kinect seriously burned some calories. I was sweating like nobodies business and my body was aching afterwards, but it was SO FUN! If I can add this into my regiment on a daily basis I just know alongside the diet, this fat suit I’m wearing will finally start to fade away!

2. I got a raise. It was only a dollar and while I really could use more and deserve more, it’s something. Something I haven’t received in 4 years thanks to the crash of the economy and the crippling effect it had on my job field in particular. I feel extremely grateful and glad to finally be recognized for my hard effort (because most days work kicks my butt).

Those last two pieces of happy this week remind me of something I too often forget: Patience. It’s a lesson I feel like God is constantly trying to teach me and for some reason I fight him on it all of the time.

We live in a society that wants things NOW and most of the time we can actually have those things NOW. Some things don’t happen NOW though, some things take time. And if you expect, especially without effort, you will undoubtedly be let down. But patience, it’s a strong quality in oneself, if you have it. And being patient has its benefits.

It seems like every time I finally remember this concept and stop dwelling on what I want NOW and just accept that it may take time, God rewards me with my desires. I’m feeling humbled and grateful this week for the lesson.

Peace – Sarah

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7 Responses to "Babies, Obsessions, & Other Goodness"

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  1. alice_vd

    April 16, 2011 at 1:42 am

    So. Many. Gifts!

    *takes deep breath*

    Oh, and YAY on getting a pay rise. You totally deserve it! :)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 16, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Thanks, Alice! It’s been a long time coming 😉

  2. edgyauthor

    April 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Wow, so many presents! Crazy how it took three hours to open them all…

    And AWWW, that pic of your sis *is* adorable! Can’t go wrong with a ribbon hat. 😉

    This post is just another reminder of how CRAZY I am for not reading the TMI series yet…heh. *bad me*

    Also, SQUEE about all your happy pieces of news! You may not think two pounds is a lot, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Plus, the fact that you lost those two pounds during your birthday week makes it even more amazing! And finally, a raise! It would’ve been awesome if it was bigger, but hey, at least it’s something!

    This is me, squeeing with you about all the Happy:


    GIFSoup

    And I soooo know what you mean about patience. It’s way too easy for me to get into a NOW mentality. I think I’ve gotten better at controlling it over the years, but it’s still hard.

    Have a happy weekend! :)

    • SarahWhisted

      April 17, 2011 at 1:57 am

      You’re right, you can’t go wrong with the ribbon hat and of course she didn’t WANT to wear one… *Difficult Pregnant women are difficult* That’s the dress I got her for her birthday though, she looked so darn cute in it!

      Yes, you are CRAZY for not reading the TMI series yet… just finished CITY OF GLASS today and OMG perfect. I couldn’t put it down. You know a books good when you get to that point where there’s no stopping yourself from finishing. You’ll know one day though… I’m positive it will finally make that TBR pile eventually 😉

      I LOVE “us” squeeing about all the happy. That’s totally how I’ve been feeling and if you lived closer, there’s no doubt I’d actually have been squeeing like that with you – and probably suffocating you in hugs, but that’s just how I get when I’m happy.

      Patience is definitely something I’ve gotten better at with age, but I think it will always be something I fail at occasionally. I’m glad I’m at least able to see when it’s time to get it together and stop being so greedy with the NOW mentality. That has to say something, I guess.

      • edgyauthor

        April 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        Aww, that’s the dress you got her? Definitely cute!

        My sis is the exact opposite of yours. She doesn’t have to be coerced into wearing ribbon hats; she always puts one on out of her own volition! XD

  3. akossket

    April 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Wow…
    Major Congratulations for all these great news. :)
    2 pounds is A START, and I’m glad you’re sticking with WW for now. (keep us posted). I lost 4 pounds in a month since I started my “diet” in march. It’s not much, but it’s a step to celebrate.
    About babies though, just wait until you become an auntie… 😀
    Have a great week-end.

    • SarahWhisted

      April 17, 2011 at 2:10 am

      Thank you!!

      I have to say, since you’re interested in the whole WW thing probably more than most, that even though it’s only been 3 weeks since I started meetings and 3 lbs into it, that I’m getting more comfortable with the idea of going to meetings.

      There’s a bit of accountability I feel to actually have lost something by the time weight in rolls around each week and maybe that’s pushing me to track more and eat better. Plus, I’m not sure how much you know of the past and present ways that the WW diet works, but this newer version is so much easier to live by. Basically all fruits and vegetables in their natural state are free game. So instead of snacking on things like 100 calorie packs which rack up 2-4pts each you could have an apple which costs you nothing (or some other zero pt snack that’s equally if not more filling). This makes meal time a lot easier when it rolls around in the overall daily point value.

      I may be jumping the gun, but I think WW will be a good thing for me. I feel more determined than I ever have before to lose weight and I’m not sure it’s the absolute reason, but I do think it plays a part into it. It teaches you a realistic way to live your life –forever– as opposed to diets that are really just a quick fix and not something that can be done in long term intervals. Just something to think about.

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