Friday, June 15, 2012

botox, measuring up and turkey meatloaf

I'm so glad it's Friday. Today is FINALLY my girls last day of school. WOOOHOOOO! Saturday we are celebrating daddy and then Sunday the girls and I fly home for a week with our family and friends back in Illinois.  It will be the first Father's day I've been home in I don't remember how long.  So needless to say next week I won't be here, but you can catch me on Instagram...farmgirlpaints:)

Okay so recently I went with a friend to get botox.  SHE got botox.  I came along to keep her company;)   

It was her first time.  We sat in the waiting room incognito with the other plastic surgery patients.  Browsing through unbelievable before and after pics.  She signed forms.  I took deep breaths.  I was nervous for her.  She was messing with her face.  That's scary business. 

She was so brave.  I distracted her with all my photo taking and questions to her doctor.  It was good fun.

I hesitated posting any of them because it's a little taboo to talk about plastic surgery. We're supposed to be happy with aging. Grow old gracefully and all that. I probably won't ever get botox, simply because I look sorta cute with bangs, and that seems less invasive and cheaper;)  And sometimes things go wrong, like plumped up, misshapen lips and Meg Ryan...just sayin'.  But I don't see anything wrong with trying to fight the clock a bit. I use eye cream and wrinkle fighter. Is that a bad thing?

The thing that stuck with me the most that day is that Joannie confessed to me she had a blog.  I've known her for almost a year and she just now told me.  She didn't even want to tell me the name!  I was like WHAT??  How could you keep that from me?  Here I've talked about blogging and thought you didn't understand me.  'Cause let's be honest.  If you don't blog...bloggers probably seem a little strange.  But she did get it and didn't say anything.  She said I was a pro and her blog wasn't what she wanted it to be etc... I was mortified because I get it.  She was comparing and didn't feel like she measured up.  I so get it. That's what we do as women. 

I've had other friends tell me lately that my life seems so "exciting and happy".  That it's probably hard for me to make friends because I'm "intimidating" etc...  Uh are you really talking about me??  INTIMIDATING??!!  That's just weird.  Here's the thing.  My life is good.  I'm blessed.  I show fun things, because that's more interesting to write about and read, but I try to keep it real.  I'm FAR from perfect. 

I struggled with depression off and on all winter long and didn't talk about it much because for cryin' out loud I thought my lows were related to winter and I live somewhere fairly warm and sunny now. It's almost embarrassing. There are no excuses, except maybe hormones. There was nothing to be low about and still...the struggle.

I'm doing better now. Feeling wonderful actually, but I censored myself a bit because when we let people in we open ourselves up to criticism and it hurts. I know.  I've had my fair share of digs. But the thing is this is my blog...My thoughts. They aren't always going to be the same as yours and that's okay. We are individuals. And in that individualism we need to remember there is only one you and only one me. We don't need to compete. We don't need to measure up with each other. We are all on different paths, and if we let our self worth be affected by looking around at what other people are doing and then feel small we are cheating ourselves out of God's best for our own lives. Trust me. I know about this. I've done this so much. These are the words I say to myself!  The only answer, if there is one, is to take our thoughts captive Keep focused on our own walk and ask God to forgive and help us when we fall into comparison.  So whew got that off my chest. I feel better now. Like frown lines erased good;)

Quaker's Oatmeal meatloaf

You need:
1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef or turkey.  We used turkey.
3/4 cup Quaker Oats
3/4 cup finely chopped onion.  We used flakes.
1/2 cup ketchup
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon, Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Heat oven to 350.  Combine all the ingredients.  Bake for 50-55 minutes until meatloaf is not pink in center and juices are clear.

The thing that MAKES this really good is the sauce.  About 20 minutes before it's done heat up a cup of ketchup, 4T of brown sugar, 4T of vinegar, 2T of Worchestershire sauce and pour over the meatloaf.  Finish cooking.  SO GOOD!

Now it's your turn.  If you have a yummy recipe to share grab my button, link to your post and let's FEED OUR FAMILIES:)

Have a blessed WEEK:) 
I'll miss you.

626.  school's finally out!!!
627.  being able to FLY home
628.  instagram you girls
629.  surprising daddy with a special day
630.  spending lots of time with my friends this past week

631.  my "summer fun" display.  inspired by alicia's happiness project..took a vintage candy display, clipped on all our summer ideas...instant reminder of things to do when we get bored.   

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