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life without cable

30 Aug

We haven’t had cable for about six months now.

I know, totally insane, right? That’s so un-American!

But truth be told, I would have been completely ok without it from the first day we moved into our apartment. We did have it for several months and at least for me, there was so much time that was eaten up by HGTV or sitcom marathons. When deciding to rid ourselves, it was more of a monetary issue rather than a moral issue (they raised our monthly bill out the wazoo) but it turns out that this has been quite beneficial in so many ways. I used to think, “I wish I could read more but I have no time!” The real fact of the matter is that I’ve always had plenty of time but instead of using that time to read, I chose to drift away into the sweet sounds of Kevin James yelling at Jerry Stiller on King Of Queens. I love to read and now I feel like I have the freedom to delve into a book.

We’ve also taken advantage of the stock pile of movies we’ve accumulated over the years. With cable, we never watched them and they were just gathering dust in the corner. Now, if we get an itch to watch something, we pull out a dvd or are enlightened by Dr. Gregory House or chuckling at Kramer.

It has also given us a chance for Kyle and I to connect even more so. We take the dogs for walks, make dinner, go out to dinner, chat more than usual…that is when we actually have an evening together!

Finally, not being all “wired up” has freed my mind to be creative again, rather than staring at the boob tube. I’ve had the desire to start making crafty things again and coming up with exciting new recipes. Finally there’s space in there to conjure up bravery and foresight to make wonderful gems such as these…

Fudgy Brownies (gluten free, sugar free)

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 T butter, or Earth Balance
  • 4 T cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 c agave nectar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 c gluten free flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill baking mix)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay parchment or foil down into a 8X8 baking dish. It’s best to cut a large piece in half (hot dog style) and then make a cross while laying it in the pan. This will create handles which will make it nice and easy to pull the brownies out of the pan.

Pour about a cup of water into a small to medium saucepan to start a double-boiler to melt the chocolate. Add chocolate and butter to a mixing bowl (preferably pyrex or glass, no plastic!). Place mixing bowl on top of the saucepan and bring the water to a gentle boil. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.

Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in chocolate mixture until combined. Stir in flour until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish and wiggle around to get the batter even.

Bake for 36 minutes or until when pierced with a toothpick, small sticky crumbs stick to the toothpick. Cool on a wire rack… but it seems that the best textures coming on these bad boys are actually right out of the oven, or when they have set in a tupperware for about a day. They are nice and warm right out of the oven and if you wait, they get even more silky and delicious after a day or so.

It took Kyle a lot of convincing to purge the cable and if you ask him today how he feels about it, especially with the recent Tour, he probably would still have a twinge of bitterness about it. We may not have seen who scored the touch down or the wacky grandmas that perform on America’s Got Talent, but at least I have an extra $80 a month to make this chocolatey goodness to keep Kyle’s bitterness to a minimum.

Kaleigh

Driving: Part 1

11 Jun

Why does no one know how to drive?  Out of the millions of people who get behind the wheel everyday, only about 10% actually know how to drive.  It is a mystery to me how this can be true.  Driving to and from Denver almost everyday I have intimate knowledge of the abilities of Colorado drivers and I am not impressed.  I don’t think I am asking for anything special here, just to obey the traffic rules that you agree to when you get your license.  Remember you took a test? It asked questions about turn signals, red lights and what the speed limit signs actually mean? Well in case you don’t remember consider this a public service announcement.  I am going to take it upon myself to educate those of you that don’t know how to drive on a few essentials, thank me later.

Ok so part 1 is going to be focused on merging. This is one of the biggest causes of traffic jams in the history of the world and yet is one of the easiest skills to master.  To aid in my instruction I will be providing pictures for all the visual learners out there.

In this first picture we have two distinct lanes of traffic.  The lane on the right is attempting to merge into the lane on the left, much like a on ramp onto a highway.  In this picture the Imperial Guard (In red on the white horse) is the first car in line and he is looking to get behind the astronaut on the white horse and in front of the Ninja and Stormtrooper combo in the car.  The first step in this process is to look to see if you actually have a gap that you may be able to fit your vehicle into.  Now this maneuver also requires the Ninja in the car to be an actual human being and realize that merging is a team effort and that letting one person in front of them isn’t going to make much difference.  The proper merge is where everyone in the left lane lets one car/horse in, alternating between the two lanes, much like a zipper so you have a nice and smooth transition.

In this picture what I mentioned above is happening.  The Ninja is letting the Imperial Guard and his horse in front of him, letting a gap open that allows the guard to merge into the left lane.  Well done.  Notice how the dude on the brown horse in the right lane is not jamming himself into the opening made for the Imperial Guard instead he is waiting his turn to merge behind the Ninja.

The last essential part of this interaction is the hand wave.  Especially in the real world where no one wants to acknowledge that anyone else exists on the road, when another driver does let you in give them a little wave of thanks.  It is like a secret sign between two people who actually know how to drive.  A sign of solidarity between you and others who know the rules.

So that’s it.  That’s the basics of merging.  Pretty easy eh? And yet it is rarely seen in the real world.  Just remember that merging is just the first step.  Once you are in the left lane you are expected to follow the same merging rules and let someone in if they need to get over.  I’ll leave you with a few no-nos in regards to merging.  Stay tuned for the next post where we will tackle another simple driving skill.

No-NO’s of Merging

1. If the on ramp goes on for a while you don’t need to stop right at the beginning of the lane to merge, instead drive down the lane for a ways and look for an opening.

2. Also don’t be the tool that speeds way up to get to where the merging lane ends and butt your way into the left lane.  Even if you have a huge truck that sounds really manly.  Honestly you aren’t fooling anyone.

3. Don’t act like you have blinders on.  Just because you don’t look at the drivers attempting to merge doesn’t mean they aren’t actually there.  They are, and you just need to follow the rules outlined above.

4. Don’t force yourself into a gap that isn’t there.  If the other guy/girl/storm trooper won’t let you in wait for an actual decent human being to come along to let you in.  Jamming yourself into a 1 ft opening is actually doing more damage than waiting.

Cravings

14 May

Sometimes I feel like I am a pregnant woman.

Stay with me here, I’m not trying to freak you out but sometimes I have serious cravings for particular food.  It’s like if I can’t eat three sprinkled donuts in the next five minutes my stomach may eat itself and my head may explode.  This got me thinking what is going on?  How come I can crave a cheeseburger while I am eating dinner? Why are cravings assaulting me irregardless of time of day, or hunger?  Is it the full moon?  Am I some mutant human that craves various foods at various times, morphing me into a über unpleasant person with only one goal in mind?  While I would be ok with that if it gave me X-Ray vision or the ability to fly to the nearest donut shop, I don’t think this is happening.  So I decided to do a little research.

I discovered that the body is really freaking cool.  According to a Discovery Health article, hunger comes from the body while cravings come from the mind.  When you are hungry a hormone called ghrelin is released and tells your mind, specifically the hypothalamus (a really awesome thing that regulates a lot of body functions) to “GET ME FOOD!”  The hypothalamus then tells the rest of the body, “Hey let’s go get some food…” and you can figure out the rest from there.  But when you have a food craving your mind takes over.  It was believed that cravings were your body’s way of getting a specific nutrient, but scientists have recently decided this isn’t the case.  Instead, according to this article, food cravings follow a similar neurological path as drug addiction.  The same part of your brain is used, usually pulling a particular food from a memory and then urging you to get this food.  Once you eat it (usually something sweet in my case) your brain rewards you with dopamine, which is the “feel good hormone.” According to the article “Neurologically speaking, that fast food joint isn’t much different from a person selling drugs.” Hmmm I guess that makes sense, whenever I think about In and Out Burger I do get pretty ravenous and start freaking out that I can’t get it.  This probably helps explain why so many Americans are overweight! Instead of being addicted to drugs, the majority of Americans are addicted to greasy, fatty fast food…and maybe some drugs.  Hey me too! On the food part, not the drug part, unless coffee is a drug, which I am beginning to think it is.

Anyway back to the brain and cravings.  It turns out your cravings and taste preferences for different foods are created in the WOMB! That’s right, if you hate tomatoes, thank your mom.  During the second trimester your sense of taste and smell develop based off what your mom was eating.  And if your mom was more adventurous while she was pregnant, eating a variety of food, when you born you were probably more open to trying new foods!  Crazy.

It turns out another big portion of cravings come from memory.  After all you can’t really crave something you have never had.  I think you can crave a combination of foods you have never had, but that bacon and ice cream combo you are thinking of is made up of two different tastes you already know and love.  That is why I crave In and Out Burger I think, because every time I have had it I was on vacation.

So what are the consequences?

Well food addicts, like drug addicts constantly increase the amount of their given vice to get that “high”, meaning every time you give into your food cravings for donuts, or cheeseburgers you are lifting your threshold higher so next time you will need to eat three burgers instead of two to get the same content feeling (dopamine).  I don’t know how true this is though because every time I give into a donut craving I can still only eat 2-3, not 4-5, but maybe I don’t give in often enough to make a difference.  It is crazy to me that food = drugs for some people.  Actually not some people, most people.  It is a vicious circle too because the foods we crave are so easily/quickly accessed and so cheaply purchased. I am blessed by the fact that I get to be married to a nutritionist, who has totally changed my eating habits, and made me more aware of what I am eating, too bad everyone couldn’t be married to one.  I think it also helpful to be active, it is hard to survive a long training ride on donuts and cheeseburgers.  I think I would die.

So what does all this mean?

Well for me it means that food cravings are normal.  Everyone has them, it just varies from person to person on how often you indulge.  Kaleigh is always saying “Everything in moderation.” To try to live your life without ever giving into your food cravings is just plain stupid.  You will be miserable.  In fact if you are on a diet or trying to lose weight giving in every once in a while will make you more successful in the long run.  Think about it this way, if you can have one snickers bar a week then you will be less likely to break down one day and eat a gallon of ice cream.  It also means that the body is AMAZING! There are so many complex reactions and processes going on every second it makes it hard for me to understand how people can’t acknowledge that some greater power is responsible.  It all works to perfectly, at least in my opinion.  Lastly it means Kaleigh’s teachings are rubbing off on me.  Before I met her I wouldn’t have cared what I ate as long as it tasted good, but now I am reading labels at grocery stores and am trying to get rid of processed foods…except for the occasional donut!

lovely day

16 Apr

Today was one of those days that is fit for grilling some hot dogs or beef patties (both of which I can’t have right now).

Today was meant for sitting on your lovely porch with the nutritious sun rays beaming down on your exceptionally white legs and curling up with a book and your doggies laying by your side.

Today was meant for saying goodbyes and for dreaming up futures and new recipes.

Today was for munching all day long and trying my hardest not to break the rules and garble up 5 of the special and most amazing peanut butter cookies I made last night.

Today was meant for breaking records of how many times in one day I can use the Vita-mix (4).

Today was meant for children to laugh and play on their bicycles.

All of these things except for the weiners and cow went on today, and I loved it. Today I also realized that I am so behind on reporting my daily meals and eats. It has been a busy couple of days but I most certainly have been still tracking my foods everyday. Which means that there is much to catch up on! To save you from a ridiculously long post, I’ll split up the days. But I will tell you this; I have been eating a lot of good stuff lately!

Wednesday: This day of the week always seems to be a weird day. Dinner time takes place right when we are at youth group and my eating schedule does not allow me to want to have dinner before going. This means I am usually hungry afterwards. I’ve found that generally my body likes to be on a schedule so it does weird things when I don’t follow it.

Breakfast: I started my day off with these babies…I had the time and I just couldn’t help it. Gluten-free pancakes made with garbanzo bean flour, sorghum flour and coconut flour. I topped them with chia seeds, coconut shreds, blueberries, and agave nectar. You have no idea how much these babies hit the spot!!

Luckily Kyle and I had the day off together! We spent the day running errands and enjoying the day together. On a quick stop at home between them all I threw together a Dreamy Creamy smoothie.  I drank this in the car on the way to our next stop, which just so happened to be in close proximity to a Whole Foods. After window shopping on at a few stores, we went over there looking for a little extra somethin’. I went with a small serving their Indian lentil soup (amazing!) and some Greek potatoes (not so great). During the time between getting back home and heading off to go to youth group I snacked on some apple chips that we picked up at Costco and one of my cocoa date/nut bars. After youth group, I was feeling hungry. I thought that I could get away with eating a spoonful of sunbutter…But I was still vying for a little more. I had a small cup of the minestrone I made the other day. I didn’t get a picture of that though.

Thursday: I slept pretty poorly the night before… maybe too many calories too close to bed time. Breakfast was a fresh strawberry banana smoothie.

  • fresh strawberries, about 5
  • banana
  • Barlean’s mango peach fish oil
  • 1/2 c almond milk
  • 1/2 c apple juice
  • vanilla Clearvite

While at work I had a cocoa date/nut bar… it looks really weird in this picture though. Back at home for lunch I made a new smoothie…

Apple Kale(igh) Smoothie

  • small stalk celery
  • 3/4 c kale, stems removed
  • 1/2 c apple juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 c water
  • vanilla Clearvite
  • 3-4 ice cubes

I did not think I was going to like this because at first scent of the cup… I couldn’t help but think of a lawn, but as soon as I took a sip, I fell in love.

My afternoon snack was a rice cake with sunbutter with agave and chia seeds on top. I ate it as a quick snack as I was getting ready for a hot date. You see, the hot date was in lieu of good news and for a celebration. I got promoted!!! I am so excited about this!! Kyle so lovingly made reservations at a restaurant that we had been desperately wanting to go to for a very long time.

Root Down There couldn’t be a better place to go to while on the detox. The whole experience was awesome and they were completely accommodating to my restrictions. We decided to split a bunch of small plates and we loved every one of them! Gluten free sweet potato falafel (I tried to eat around the yogurt sauce).

Mussels with a curry-wine sauce and the BEST gluten-free bread I’ve EVER had to soak up all the sauce!!Grass-fed buffalo sliders with tomato jam, pickles and house made gluten free bun, sweet potato fries on the side. This was just “ok” to me. I actually only ate half of my slider so that I could save room for dessert…Vegan strawberry mango crumble with sorbet on top. I loved this sooooo much! I definitely ate more than Kyle ;). This meal was amazing and I was so comforted to know that my food did not have any allergens sneaking up on me. It was a great way to celebrate the great news!

Afterwards we went to my brother’s adult hockey league game. They were playing in the championship game and won! Way to go bro!!

Alright, well I think that’s enough info for this post. Good evening to you and I hope this weekend is going well for you so far.

Kaleigh

and here comes day 3…

2 Apr

I was craving some chocolate in the morning so I made myself a cocoa “funky monkey” smoothie.

  • almond milk
  • cocoa powder
  • sunbutter
  • banana
  • cinnamon
  • Barlean’s orange omega oil

Soooo delicious! I crave this smoothie ALL the TIME!!

My morning felt pretty productive as I made Ashley’s date-nut balls (because they are so wonderful!) for future snacks. Afterwards, Kyle inspired me to get a workout in before work. I pounded out 35 tough minutes on the stationary bike. I was seriously sweatin’ after it! I came back to the apartment to stretch it out and started cookin up some brown rice.

It’s funny (but really mostly annoying) when Kyle or I try to stretch around Molly. She thinks that this is clearly a sign that we are wanting to play with her. So I have to put up a partition (aka baby gate), to keep her away. She just waits patiently for us to be done so she can get us! Anyways, lunch was another goody!

Brown rice tossed with:

  • baby spinach
  • steamed broccoli
  • red onion
  • garbanzo beans
  • sprinkle ground flax seed
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • cilantro
  • tahini

I’m slowly starting to believe that everything is better with tahini… Paula Dean ain’t got nothin’ on tahini!!

Just kidding… I really love butter too, but it’s totally not allowed right now and it’s definitely dairy which just doesn’t sit well with my tummy anyways. But seriously… I am completely in looooove with TAHINI!!!

So for my afternoon snack I was happy to have a couple of these guys… the cocoa date and nut balls I made earlier. Think Larabar type treats.

This afternoon I was really having trouble with feeling kind of hungry and having some cravings. Plus energy felt low too. I was unsure of what I was going to make for dinner. I thought about it all afternoon. Luckily we currently have a well stocked fridge!

I made a two egg omelet and stuffed it with the remaining leftovers of the white chicken chili. On the side, I had a few thick chunks of cucumber with some salt and pepper. It turned out pretty good!

After I got home for work I needed a little snack. I had a couple more date-nut balls but I still felt a little hungry. I also made up a faux pb & j. This was perfect!

Day 3 done and I’m feeling good so far!

Kaleigh

detox: day one

31 Mar

And here WE GO…!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I was excited to get up and get my day started. But I made myself go back to sleep for a few more hours before I got up.

I started my day off with one of my favorite smoothie combos:

  • almond milk
  • big banana
  • homemade Sunbutter (“peanut” butter made from sunflower seeds)
  • cinnamon
  • Clearvite protein powder

This held me over for a long time. I got out to run some errands and my morning snack was eaten while driving from place to place…

After trying to refrain from buying a 25 lb. bag of pinto beans and 20 clamshells of blueberries at Costco, I returned home a very hungry gal. Lunch was a big ol’ salad.

  • spinach and romaine
  • gala apple
  • avocado
  • walnuts
  • hardboiled egg
  • red onion
  • dressing: pinch stevia, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, olive oil

During the afternoon I started having a sweets cravings, which is normal during a detox. Especially on day one, and especially because in the past few weeks I’ve been having sweets just about every day. To deal, I spooned the remaining smidges out of the almond butter jar. That did the trick.

 

My lunch was late and we had to head to youth group, so instead of eating a big meal beforehand, I grabbed a few things to munch on the way to church… hummus, rice cakes and a carrot 🙂 A “1st dinner” if you will.

We had a lovely time at youth group as Kyle and I did a skit that we were proteges of John Jacobson. You can view his work here. Pure awesomeness.

Afterwards we went with a few other leaders to pay a little visit to Dave Thomas. And boy o boy did some french fries and a frosty sound absolutely perfect!! But I resisted…

I went with veggie soup (it’s new at Wendy’s) and a baked potato. Unfortunately the soup had corn in it, so I had to eat around. Either way this second dinner did the trick and my tummy was pretty happy.

I kept thinking that my food choices through out the day were not going to tide me over but it was perfect! Another good reminder that I don’t have to be eating and munching all day long to survive!

I did have one slip-up though. Without even thinking about it, I had this little guy after I ate the hummus.

Because nobody wants to talk to somebody with hummus-breath, right? Well stupid me, because I am 98% positive that it has corn syrup in it. Another lesson learned today: I need to be more mindful of the things that are here at the house before I pop them into my mouth!

Time to go read some labels!

Kaleigh

Living with Dogs

31 Mar

Our dogs are crazy. If you haven’t met them, you are going to have to take my word for it.  All you have to do is take a stroll through our very small apartment and you will see the effects of our dogs.  The list of their offenses reads like project list on a home improvement show.  Destroyed carpet, three square feet of flooring missing from the bathroom, 5 destroyed books, three holes in the drywall of various sizes and continually dirty carpet.   Surprisingly though, I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  Molly and Sam annoy the crap out of me continuously.  But I love them all the same.  It is awesome to know that whatever the circumstances, whatever has happened during the day as soon as I get home both Molly and Sam will be SUPER SUPER excited to see me!  They will run all over the apartment and start licking any exposed skin.  Between Molly, Sam and Kaleigh I feel very loved when I get home and I am very grateful for it.

It is crazy to me how Molly and Sam have their own unique personalities, and how they are so different…

Molly:  A pain in the butt, loves chasing anything, the most vocal dog that I have ever seen, loves Sam more than anything else, likes to sit outside on our porch and watch the world pass her by, super strong, runs extremely fast, if we left her on the side of the mountain she would survive, loves wrestling, swimmer, goes with the flow.

Sam: Loves howling at sirens, smells everything when he goes on a walk, loves to lick ears, chases groundhogs, scared of my bike, loves walks more than anything else, hides in the bathtub when the vacuum cleaner is on, likes being in the water as long as he doesn’t have to swim, sleeps right outside our door, tail-wagger, very concerned with everything that is going on.

I really can’t imagine my life without Sam and Molly, it is kind of freaky but I love it.  It may sound weird but having dogs gets me really excited to have kids, I mean they are pretty much the same thing right?

Just thinking…

10 Dec

I was just pondering that it is somewhat disappointing to think that as soon as we passed on our blog url to our families, we got ridiculously busy and haven’t been posting at all! Sorry to all our family and other readers! But honestly, we are living life! We are having fun! We are super busy, but it’s been completely worth it!

Kyle and I are youth group leaders at our church for the middle school students. We have been a part of really fun events with these kids. This includes dressing up as dorks one evening…

And then dressing up as pirates and making a pirate ship out of a truck. This was so awesome because we did “Trunk or treat” and had any one who wanted to come… trick or treat out of our trunks. It was amazing!

We went and voted… woo hoo! Here is Molly with proof of fulfilling her American duty.

Kyle gave the dogs a much needed bath. They look pretty pathetic during all of this.

When one was getting a bath, the other watched alongside, quite perplexed and concerned.

I participated in an awesome craft show with my mother-in-law and made much more money than I thought I would! Especially since I really only prepped for it for a little less than a week.

We went and skated on a Friday night at the skating rink… and in 80’s attire, nonetheless!

I tried to channel my inner-Madonna and Kyle was going for Zack from Saved By the Bell. Wow! Did this bring back memories! In middle school, Friday night, at Skate City, that was the place to be. So funny! And it also made me feel old.

Between all these things, doing some trainings for work and working, we have been eating on the go a lot and we didn’t even have time to carve our Halloween pumpkins!

But like I said, I am happy.

In the past month, an old acquaintance came into where I work and she totally belittled my job. I feel like normally and in the past, I would be really down about what am I currently doing, but I truly am enjoying it. It’s working well for us. In fact, instead of getting depressed about how she acted, I instead was very disappointed. I hate when people belittle others because of where they work or what they do or what they wear. It’s not what you do… it’s who you are and how you help others. I may not be in a super star position in the career world, but I truly feel that I am making differences in others lives. It may not be life-shattering changes, but it’s something. And I’m proud of it.

This past weekend was my birthday and we went up to the mountains to cut down our Christmas tree. Can’t wait to share that with you.

Love life! Today!

Kaleigh

We Are Still Alive!

24 Oct

Despite what our lack of posting may indicate, Kaleigh and I are still alive and kicking. We have both just been very busy and very lazy as of late and for this we apologize and don’t apologize…Kaleigh has just started an awesome new job and so she has been pretty involved in that. I have just been lazy…and a little busy but there are some good posts in the works…for example another Talking with Timmy post, a post on driving and some tasty recipes for fall from my lovely wife. Also in the works is a review of some new coffee that we got today from a blind coffee roaster!! Yeah I said it, a BLIND coffee roaster who lives locally in Boulder! Anyway for the few followers we have, stay tuned we will be returning to our posting ways soon! In the meantime enjoy a few pictures from our lives during the past few weeks…….

Riding with Zach

Driving to Work....A lot.

Some Thinking

Hiking in Boulder

Opening a Resturant...Just Kidding!

And a Little TV Time

Coffee and Pet Peeves

12 Oct

So on this rainy morning still feeling semi-sick while watching SportsCenter I began to muse over my day ahead and things that tend to bug me…otherwise known as pet peeves.  I am not 100% sure where the name pet peeves comes from so I decided to use the Google and find out.  According to the authority known as Wikipedia a pet peeve is “a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to him or her, to a greater degree than others may find it.”  Ok sounds about right so where does the term come from?  … The word peevish.  Meaning ornery or ill-tempered.  Again that does make sense, chalk up a point to Wikipedia.  As I begin to sip the last of our coffee with the rain spattering against my window, and a new knowledge gained from Wikipedia I start my list of what makes me peevish…

1.  Wearing sunglasses inside – Why? Do people really think this makes them look cooler or more important?  I really see no reason why you would want to wear sunglasses inside.  There are no UV rays trying to penetrate into your cornea and make blind.  There is no wind propelling small objects into your delicate peepers.  So what is the appeal?  Someone please answer me!!

2.  Constant iPod usage – I will be the first one to admit that I love listening to music.  It is great way to spend your time.  But I will also be the first one to say that it is getting a little out of hand.  We are turning into a world of robots that have no interaction at all during the entire day.  When you have your earphones on as soon as you leave your house, all the way to school, work or wherever, at work, school or wherever and then all the way home you miss out on so much of what life actually is!  There are soooo many awesome people, and amazing experiences out there that you will never ever meet or experience if you don’t take those stupid buds out of your ears and interact with your surroundings!

3.  Wearing a hands-free headset outside your car – Bluetooth technology is awesome!  I love the idea of being able to talk on your phone without holding your phone while driving but seriously it needs to stay in the car.  I don’t know how many times I have been out in the world (on the bus, in a store, whatever) and started a conversation with someone who was in no way, shape or form talking to me.  They were talking to someone else via their headset…Sometimes it even creates a very awkward situation when they are having what should be a very private conversation and you get to hear all the details.  Add into it the fact that you look like a member of the Borg and there really is no good reason to take these valuable devices outside the confines of your car.

4.  Christians – I do consider myself a Christian and am very proud to be one, but seriously guys and girls we are doing way more harm than good!  It is so frustrating to me to hear some of the CRAP that comes out of “Christians” mouths!  I want to yell at these people “Do you even know what are you saying? Have you even read the Bible? Do you even know anything about what Jesus taught?”   What gives you the right to condemn others for their sin when you yourself have your own sin to worry about?  I mean seriously, that is what we call being a hypocrite.  If we start throwing stones at others it is only a matter of time before the stones will be coming your way.  Instead of condemning others and secluding ourselves why don’t we love others and say “me too” once in a while?  Because honestly Christians are the number one reason why people hate Christianity and I can’t blame them for that!

5.  Bad drivers – I have zero patience for bad drivers.  Out of everything in my life this is the one area that causes me the most stress and gets me more angry than I would like to admit.  It is an area I am trying to become less angry about but everyday I find new reasons to get upset…so much so that it is going to need its own post (soon to come).

6.  Kids on Leashes? – If you don’t know what I am talking about just check out this picture:

Seriously?!?! I don’t even think I need to say anything about this one…

 

That’s all for now.  Hopefully you don’t think I’m a really angry person, I’m not.  In fact I am really easy going person, there are just a few things that irk me (Just wait till the Driving Post).  But if you believe me I don’t care…ha!