Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Gym Adventures

Lookin' rough after class! Like my blood island shirt??
I waited a while to share this story because I wanted to make sure where it happened wouldn't be easily guessed. I have worked in three different church gyms over the last couple of years and the person I had this conversation with is no longer in Memphis. SO. I feel good about sharing.

Anyway, did you know that part of the interview process for being a group fitness instructor is an audition? I didn't, but it makes sense since I'm on a stage. I'm not very good at auditioning but if I ever apply to another gym, I might be a little better simply because I am more experienced at teaching. I don't know though. It's pretty awkward leading a class full of invisible people.

I auditioned at a fairly well known church late last year for a volunteer position. I needed some kind of volunteer work as well as the experience so finding out it was unpaid, aside from a few perks, wasn't a deal breaker. That audition went pretty smoothly--of course the no pay one did, right? I graduated to an interview with the person in charge of the youth and fitness ministry.

We sat down and talked about my life as a Christian and my testimony. You know, rough childhood, twists and turns of life, Garrett, how God has brought me through all of it with the help of faith and friends. I was baptized as a child but I was a teenager before I think I really understood what that really meant. I have found that this is fairly common and many people get what I mean.

Not this guy. After all of my story, he sat back and put his pencil in his mouth. He kind of sighed and said, "All of that is great. But, let's back up. You don't know the exact moment you were saved? Are you sure you're a Christian? I don't mean to offend you but I need to know."

I was absolutely dumbfounded! I thought for what felt like an eternity and said, "Well, if I'm not, I've wasted a good 25 years of my life."

We awkwardly ended the interview right about there.

They hired me, by the way. Whether or not I am still there will have to remain a mystery!

Sunday, November 9, 2014


You guys aren't going to believe this. I just found out that the agency that was putting together our home study is closing in December. Mike and I kind of went "WHAT?" And then laughed because of course. So, we're considering the private, domestic adoption officially stamped NO. It doesn't mean we'll never adopt but that particular path is no longer an option. I think we're just going to pay for what they have done so far and call it a day.

In other news, I'm almost finished turning our nursery into a guest room! I really didn't want to paint the room so I looked up yellow bedrooms and liked the idea of adding navy. Here's my inspiration room. When I'm finished, I'll post better pictures. So far I've sorted most of the debris in the corner. Some of it I am donating and some I am saving for the garage sale so if there are any baby toys, clothes or items you are looking for, let me know and I'll see what I have. I converted the crib to a bed and it looks pretty good. I moved it out of the little alcove and moved the dresser over there so I can make that space a sewing area. I want to put my cloth stash in the dresser. I got a short people desk and chair, too, so I have a more ergonomic sewing position. I haven't decided what to do about the wall decor so if you have any suggestions, I'm game!

I usually don't write about going out of town but I'm going to this time...I leave at the end of the month to go to California. I'm finally going to test for my black belt in Aikido! It's pretty scary and expensive but I am excited and everyone has been really nice and supportive both at my school here and out west. There are a few moves I have struggled with in the aftermath of my surgeries but it seems like my fitness is coming together at just the right time. I posted this on Facebook yesterday and thought I'd share it here, too.

We also had a great time on Halloween. We had another Not A Party (because I didn't do printables and invitations and other formal things) and had chili, soup, and hot cocoa for the some friends both new and old. A few friends came and ate on their way to other events. We had several friends stay most of the evening and we had an adorable trick or treat crew. The best thing we did was put a fire pit in the driveway. We gave out candy by the fire pit and let the kids roast marshmallows. Even Mike had a good time although he didn't want to be photographed!

This photo is from Zoo Boo but it's a good one of me and my new hair AND Autumn's Doc McStuffins costume. She was so cute! Before our Halloween Not A Party we went to see Penny at her job at the hospital (we couldn't go a year without seeing Penny!) and Autumn got 2 pen lights and some medical tape. You would have thought Autumn got her medical license she was so excited! I love it.

I made my own costume. I was Toph from Avatar the Last Airbender! Autumn and I tried watching the show together over the summer and made it through a few episodes. She wasn't feeling it (although I caught her water bending in corners) but when I started making my costume, she wanted to watch Toph who doesn't show up until the second season. She absolutely fell in love. Saturday night we watched 4 episodes and Autumn laughed and laughed. I had to catch her up on some of the story but it hasn't been too bad skipping a few episodes. Autumn looks way grumpy in this photo but it's the best one of my outfit. We had costume week at the dojo and Autumn wore her Elsa dress to ballet. Along with 60% of her class. Seriously. Autumn came out of ballet and said, "I'm glad I am not Elsa for Halloween because everyone is Elsa." Although, funny enough, one of the trick or treaters we walked with was also Doc!

There are a few Toph tutorials out there but I might add mine because I did a really simple costume that still came out really well. It took some figuring and I cut out two tunics because the first one wasn't right. If I ever cosplay at a convention, I think I would do a few things differently but for the dojo and Halloween night, this was fun!

I think those are the highlights of the last couple of weeks. My life is going to be pretty boring for a bit while I train, train, train but hopefully I won't disappear again!