Thursday, March 31, 2011

Goodbye, March!

I originally started out this blog entry by talking about how crazy it is that March is already gone....and then I erased it and started over, thinking to myself "I don't wanna be one of THOSE people that always talk about how fast time goes..."

But then.....I guess by even TELLING you that whole process- I still started out my blog the same way.  Oh well. Here's to a good month.....

Let's start off, instead, with the facts:
  • I hate allergies
  • I REALLY hate allergies
  • For the past 4 years- this time of year (end of March) I get slammed with allergies that takes me out.
  • No, really!
  • 'takes me out' as in- I can't move. I can't get out of bed. I can't do anything!
  • That was yesterday.
  • Today- I am realizing how I should have stayed in bed.
  • Also. I need to update my medicine box.
  • I took two benadryl last night that expired in 2005.
  • Yes. You read that right.
  • Yes, i TYPED that right.
  • 2005
  • Soooo. The good news is- I didn't die!
  • The better news is: IT WORKED
  • This morning I woke up and was able to breathe!
  • (Yesterday- this was NOT the case
  • Sooo....because I could breathe- I felt it would be good for me to come to work.
  • Again, wrong.
  • Alas (yes, I said alas. And yes. I know it's the 21st century) I'm here....and suffering.
How's THAT for some bullet points?!? ;-)

In other news, I'm in the process of converting my blog into book form.....

I just submitted all of my 2008 blog entries and should be getting the book this next week. If it looks good- I'll do a book for 2009, a book for 2010 as well. 

I'll keep ya posted on this :-)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

morning cup of Minda

When I was in college- I lived and worked on campus for my first 2 years.  Because the dorms were not only where I lived but worked (I was an RA...more on this later!)- the hall directors encouraged us to find places off campus to study so that we could get away from our place of 'work.'

Starbucks became that place for me in my 2nd year of college. The Fielder/Randol Mill location was the perfect place for me to study.  Great comfy chairs- a fun team of baristas....it worked!
One day towards the end of my 2nd year of college- I'd been studying at Starbucks and the manager of that location, Danny, and I'd been talking.  He said in passing "Whenever you want a green apron- I've got one for you in the back!" I smiled and thanked him- telling him that one day I'd love to work there!

At the end of that semester- I headed off to Pine Cove for my 2nd summer of being a camp counselor and also left  behind LOTS of decision to be made.  Where to live....where to work....(as I was not returning to UTA) for the next semester.

The team that was created while working at Starbucks was amazing. We had SO much fun. That was really my first (possibly only) job that even AFTER work- we all still hung out. We wanted to go grab a movie...have dinner..with each other! 

I read an article this morning about "things your barista won't tell you."

http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/13-things-baristas-won-t-tell-you-2463942/

Check it out. It's a great article!  And SOOOO true.

It made me start to think about things I never told my customers....but wanted to SO badly!
So here's MY list:

-when people say "ahhhh I need coffee soooo bad" and then proceed to get a latte.....I want to say 'you didn't need coffee. You needed milk. Yes. There is caffeine in a latte- but 98% of the drink you have just ordered is MILK. And unless you specified otherwise- it's WHOLE milk. 

-If you are ordering a venti caramel frappuccino with extra caramel- and proceed to tell me that I'd not added enough caramel for your liking....you have got issues.  SERIOUS ones.  The amount of sugar you are about to consume is ungodly and you might want to take a break on the drinks.

-If you say 'no foam' on your drink.....I PROMISE YOU! I scooped off all the foam.  I did not secretly want to add foam to your drink to frustrate you.  When I hand you your drink- there has been enough time for a TINY layer of foam to form on the top of your drink.  Please do NOT tell me I forgot to scrape off your foam.  If I had forgotten- there would have been a LOT MORE FOAM on that sucker.

-It's ok to tell your barista that your drink does not taste right.  If you do so in a nice tone.  We will gladly remake it for you! Don't drive away unhappy with your beverage. Let them know- and do it nicely. They won't charge you again- and you can get a drink that suits your liking.

......so after I'd been working at Starbucks for about 2 years- one of our regular morning customers, Mike (6:30am....black coffee in a personal to-go cup....every morning M-F) came in on a Saturday and sat down to read the paper with his coffee.  I was wiping down a table and he stopped me and said "soooo Minda. You like working here?"  I said "of course.....a great job."

He proceeded to ask me about my plans after Starbucks....and if I'd be interested in working at his bank. I already had a good job that I liked (and told him so) and he said "Well, I'll pay you more." We kind of laughed about it- and went on.  A couple weeks later- I asked him about a job- never even had to apply....Just went it- got set up- and was sent to 2 weeks of training to be a bank teller.

That's my Starbucks experience :-)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Cow Pasture in a dress.

welp. I had a birthday.


I had dinner with mom and dad the night before my birthday, as they were flying out the next day for Washington DC!

On the day of my acutal birthday....I made myself my own pancakes:


And then spent the morning out in a cow pasture filming for a commercial.  Yup. A cow pasture. In a dress.  On a very windy day.


How's that for turning 27?!?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ridin dirty

I know, I know.  That is a horrible title for a blog post. :-)

BUT!  I felt it appropriate considering that I truly HAVE been driving a VERY dirty car around since the ice storm back in January/February. Since the ice storm- almost every day has had a period of time in which the clouds would cover the sky- grey and ominous and I'd think- eh- it's about to rain....so I won't wash my car yet.

7 weeks later- I'd still not washed my car and it was pathetic.

I finally took it yesterday though a car wash and then parked outside of Target as I had to run in and get a few things.

When I came outside- I couldn't find my car.

I looked, looked, and looked some more and could not find it.  I pulled out my keys and hit the button to unlock it- also signaling a beep and lights flashing. I kid you not. I was standing RIGHT NEXT to my car. I KNEW where I had parked.  But I did not recognize my car. '...then I came to my senses....'

How pathetic.

But here it comes....you know it's coming.  The Cheezy Minda Analogy.  Let's face it. You know the only reason you come and read this blog (to my 4 readers) is because there will most likely be a cheezy analogy...and you can laugh! So wait no more. Here it is!
Matthew 15:17 "....when he came to his senses, he said 'how many of my fathers hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him, and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him."
Now. I know this analogy is a stretch- but I thought about this son. (hang with me!) He was filthy. He was LIVING in filth.  With pigs. He was covered in filth.  So much so that he just thought it was normal.

but that phrase....'when he came to his senses..."

Yesterday- I just was so fed up with how filthy my car was and got up and did something about it.

So often- when we are living in filth- we don't even realize that it's filth.  We just accept it for what it is.

I know for sure there are areas of my heart that have been covered in filth....And I've just been living with it because it's easy. But this year. I'm praying for moments in which I 'come to my senses...' and get up and deal with areas of my heart that need to be cleaned up. 

I'm SOOOOO far from perfect.  But the good news is- there is only one thing required of me.  That is to get up.....come to my senses....ADMIT there is filth...and take it to the ONLY Place that can make it clean.

This morning- the drive was absolutely incredible. I think I looked at my side mirrors more than I did the road.  I was so amazed at how clean they were. How shiny everything was. All I could think was "I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS THAT DIRTY!"

So I drove to work with a smile on my face.

He makes all things new.

Friday, March 11, 2011

He can make time stand still

This has been an interesting month.

I have been praying for a BIG prayer request since January. Felt as though the Lord told me to pray specifics and to pray big.  So I have been.

Over the past 4 weeks- I've been struggling with the difference between asking the Lord for something because His Word SAYS to ask Him of things....and then asking things as though I've just received a magic lamp with a genie inside. You know?

But here's the deal. Obviously- we can ask the Lord for something- and it not happen- or we don't get what we ask for. And 99% of every time this has happened to me- I look back and am SO grateful that the Lord did not give me what I asked for. Realllly grateful!
So. As I've been praying- the thoughts have crept in..."you asked something too big, Minda.....That's not gonna happen.  He can't do THAT. There are too many factors that come into play when you ask something like that.  You're crazy.  Prepare to be disappointed...."

And when I say the thoughts crept in....I mean....they were CONSTANT!  All the TIME!  So.

In my quiet time this past month- I found it fitting that the Lord would direct me to the passage in Joshua in which Joshua is about to go into battle and they need more time. Joshua prays "O Sun, stand still over Gibeon, O Moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.".....the next verse: "SO THE SUN STOOD STILL, and the MOON STOPPED, til the nations avenged itself on its enemies.....the SUN STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SKY AND DELAYED GOING DOWN ABOUT A FULL DAY!....There has never been a day like it before..."

Can we talk about a BIG prayer?!?!? Seriously?  The factors that would come into play with a prayer like THAT?!?!?  The people all over the EARTH that would be affected by a prayer like that?  By NATURE stopping it's course because a man prayed? 

Yeah.  Who am I to limit God?

So. I'm praying big.  And I'll continue to pray big.  Because I know He's answered big prayers in the past and in the present. And I know He will continue to do the same thing in my future.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

taking off....

I've got lots on my mind.

A lot of change about to happen.

Lots of decisions to be made.

I've found myself here the past 2 Sunday's:





Watching these:

Being here helps me to be still and know that He is God.

As I walked into Walmart a little later this afternoon- the only thought I had was "Lord- in regards to provision for me- You have never given me a resason to doubt that you will take care of me. Never.  So I will not doubt you now. I will remember previous times in which You have provided and think of how faithful You are rather than let myself get stressed out."

He is good.  

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