Tuesday, October 31, 2006

My creative husband

I have to give Brian credit . . . he can be pretty creative, or maybe descriptive is a better word. For instance, earlier today he told me that my breath smelled like mothballs. If I smelled someone's breath, and it wasn't good, I don't think mothballs would be the first thing to come to mind. Another time he told me I had "hot nursing home breath." That one really made me laugh. In my defense, both of these times I was sick with a cold.

Anyway, these descriptions of my breath made me think about all the different names Brian has come up with for me over the past few years. They are very weird, don't make any sense, and are numerous. Believe it or not, NONE of them have any hidden meaning, or inside jokes attached. They're just names Brian decided to call me one day. My top 3 are:

1. Oopmaloompa
2. Winifred T.
3. Bubby

Your guess is as good as mine as to how he came up with these. It kind of makes me wonder what sort of names he's going to come up with for our children! Which by the way, he's adament about bringing back old names like Earl, Cecil, Herbert, Herman, etc. No offense to anyone who has those names, but I'm hoping we can go in a different direction.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Go Tigers!

How 'bout them Tigers!!!! The town of Clemson was thumpin' and hoppin' as usual last Saturday when the Tigers played Georgia Tech. ESPN Game Day was there since it was going to be such a big game. And BIG it was! Clemson beat Georgia Tech 31-7. Brian and I won't be able to go to any more games this year, so we're glad we got to see such a good one. Our tickets were so close to the field too. It was awesome! We even saw Kirk Herbstreet walking on the side lines!

I have to say, there's just no other place on earth like Clemson, SC, especially on game day. It's a beautiful place with gorgeous scenery and rich traditions. And on game day it's absolutely exhilarating. The excitement is contagious. People are tailgating everywhere you look, students are socializing, alumni are catching up, and the school spirit is beyond belief. Sometimes I wish we had season tickets, but even if we did we wouldn't be able to go to many of the games. I have to admit that to me, watching the game is only completely enjoyable when that "fall chill" is in the air. There's nothing appealing to me about going to a game where you sweat profusely all day. Brian would probably disagree. He loves to see the Tigers play any time.

Anyway, back on the subject. I'm thinking . . . Clemson Tigers . . . 2007 ACC Champions! Who's with me?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Galations 2:20

There hasn't been too much going on in the Adams family lately. Therefore, I thought I'd change it up a little bit and write about what's going on in my spiritual life.

The Bible tells us to write God's Word on our heart - or something like that. I admit, I haven't made a strong effort to memorize verses of the Bible. In fact, I probably only have a few memorized in their entirety. I knew that the Bible said something about "writing God's Word on your heart," but I had no idea what the exact verse said, or where I could find it. So I had to look it up. The one I was looking for was Proverbs 7:1-3 which says,". . . Keep my commands within you . . . bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart."

So the other day I was thinking that my New Year's resolution should be to memorize at least two verses of the Bible per month. And then the Holy Spirit reminded me that I don't need it to be the "new year" before I start.

Here's the verse that popped out at me, and therefore the one I've decided to memorize, and apply for the next two weeks: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Gal.2:20

This verse reminds me that I should not live for myself, or my own selfish desires, but to live my life in constant surrender to Christ, who loves us beyond comprehension.

I received this quote in an email the other day, and thought it complimented that verse well: “The secret of true discipleship is to bear the cross... to deny any right that self has to rule over us. Death to self – such is to be the Christian’s watchword. The surrender to Christ is to be so entire, the surrender to live for those around us so complete, that self is never allowed to come down from the cross to which it has been nailed, but is always kept in the place of death.”

Sometimes when I continually run into verses, quotes, stories, etc. that have a similar message, I realize God is telling me something. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate priorities, or re-examine my heart. In any case, I'm thankful we have a Creator who teaches us, and gently reminds us of what will truly make us happy - a life surrendered to Him.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Another "MEM"

MEM stands for most embarrassing moment, and I've had one recently. As many of you know, I started working again as the Director of Communications for a particular company (which I won't mention on my blog because I just don't like giving out too much information in case some sort of predator reads it and want to find me). Anyway, a few days ago my boss, coworkers, and I had to meet with the CEO of another very well known company (of which I also won't mention the name). Needless to say it was a "please make a good impression on this man" type of situation.

Well, I get the honor of sitting next to this gentleman. I found him to be extremely nice, and a very strong Christian also. As we are eating lunch, and making conversation with him, my stomach begins to make weird, loud noises. I don't recall ever hearing my stomach make such sounds before. But of course in a small, quiet room, sitting with a man my boss wants to impress, my stomach rises to the occasion and I have no power to stop it. Eventually the growl trails off, and it doesn't happen again. Whew.

To my dismay, that wasn't the end of my embarrassement. After lunch the gentleman preceeded to tell us a few stories about his life and business. I caught myself smiling several times especially at the end of the meeting when I shook his hand, and thanked him for coming. I head for the restroom, and as I'm washing my hands I look in the mirror only to find a big piece of black pepper stuck in the middle of my teeth!

All I can say is, at least I didn't have bad gas, or a big booger on my nose (which has happened before, but I'll leave that story for another time). Those might be the only things that would have been more embarrassing.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

It's been way too long . . .

since I've written on this blog!! I've officially broken my own personal blogging rule: never go a week without writing an entry! So for that, I apologize. I do have an excuse though. . .

For the past 2 weeks Brian and I have been very busy, and without internet at our apartment! After driving down from Fargo, we immediately started looking for places to live in Charlotte. After some debate, we decided not to buy a house, and are currently living in an apartment. I like it a lot. It's not quite as big as the apartment we lived in last off season, but it certainly smells better! We moved in last week, and then I left to go down to Edisto for a long weekend with my college girlfriends: Katie, Melissa, and Shannon.

We get together every year, and as usual, it was such a wonderful time! We talked for hours on end. I miss being in those girls' daily lives so much. I even got emotional one day just thinking about how much I've missed them, and how good it was to be with them again.

I got back from Edisto on Sunday, and started work on Monday. I'm the Director of Communications for the owner of two different companies, which is the same position I had last off season. Although, I think I'm going to enjoy it more this time around. My responsibilities have changed a little, and it's also nice to come back to something familiar.

So yesterday was my first day back, which kind of stunk because Brian wasn't working, and it was his birthday! We celebrated after I got home though. Jerry and Marilyn took Brian and I, along with Darren and Wava, to an italian restaurant here in Charlotte called Maggiano's. It was very good, but we all walked out of there way too full! I gave Brian a Carolina Panthers sweat shirt for his birthday. I like it a lot more than the jersey he wants. He says he just wants it to wear around the house on game days, but I have a feeling he's going to wear it in public. Athletic jerseys are just dorky and unfashionable (if that's a word) if you ask me. But I'll love him just the same!