Thinking Out Loud Thursday #3

I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! Thank you Amanda for creating Thinking Out Loud Thursdays! I scrapped the name thing; it’s hard enough to name my normal posts, but these are so all over the place, it’s impossible to name them. πŸ™‚


1. Why do they wait so long after a movie has come out to release it on DVD? Of course I do know why they do it, but I don’t think it’s very considerate to those of us who want to watch it at home on our couch rather than going to the theater. Why can’t they wait like, say, two weeks or so? That seems like a good buffer time. Inside Out made me think of this. You see, my family and I are Pixar fans from way back. Before Disney bought them, we were fans. I’m not really dying to see Inside Out, except that I want to know if it will be good or not. I don’t know why I doubt Pixar, but they have a huge reputation to live up to here, and so what might otherwise be an ok movie, if it was Pixar, and we didn’t like it so well, it would seem like a worse movie, if that makes sense. So I’m a little antsy that way. πŸ˜‰

2. Trader Joe’s is the best. Proof? They have a water bowl outside their store for all the dogs passing by. Not that this is the most hygienic practice, but it’s the thought that counts!


3. A lot of the churches around here (at least the ones that we’ve been to), have just kind of blah music thatΒ maybe a quarter of the congregation knows. They’ll throw in one song that is a little more well known for good measure, and I always find it amusing to listen to the volume go up drastically when everyone knows what they are singing. Anyway, we visited a church on Sunday that had pretty good music (defined as: stuff we and the other people knew), and it felt so good to be able to belt it out with fellow believers. Even though we didn’t know them and they didn’t know us, it was refreshing to have that oh-so-small connection. You don’t realize the stuff you miss until you get a small taste of it again. And this is coming from the girl who usually prefers to lead her own personal “worship services” (aka singing along to Casting Crowns, Matthew West, etc.) when she’s cleaning the kitchen, or laying in bed late at night. It’s a lot easier for me to actually mean what I’m singing when I’m alone.

4. I know I shouldn’t apologize for who I am, but it seems to me that it is not cool in this day and age to be passive. It seems like everyone wants/expects you to be an independent and assertive woman, but that is not me. So the other night, I told myself that being a dependent, passive girl is OK. It may not be what people want or expect, but that’s what they get, because I’m not changing who I am. And that is all the grr I have in me for now. I will probably still feel guilty about being the way I am, but hey, it’s a work in progress, right?


5. Why is it that some of the best dishes look unappetizing? This was my dinner on Sunday (leftover night here), and I had two of my favorite dishes from the week. Unfortunately (for it’s looks, not taste!), they both involved avocado. I also had a green plate. So that made it look even more unfortunate. However despite all that, it tasted wonderful, which is more important to me! πŸ™‚

6. I’m missing the quizzing peeps. Like really missing them. You know when images of days gone by – those extra special moments – flash before your eyes unasked for at random times throughout the day and night? If you haven’t experienced this, you are either unfortunate or lucky, I’m not sure which. (I know I owe you a better explanation of what quizzing is; I’m working on it!) I feel like if I could just see everyone one more time, I could endure it…but I know it doesn’t work that way. Then I wish for a time machine so I can go back, and re-live some of those moments, changing what I did in some, keeping some just the way they are. Ok, I’m stopping now. But it feels good to share even a brief sense of a feeling with you.

7. You know how we are trying to find some like-minded young people in our area, and coming up dry? So my siblings and I were joking last night, and we thought of a way to solve that, and maybe “true love” (that’s part of the problem, too πŸ˜‰Β  but mostly for Hannah (Peter could benefit, too!), as the rest of us are a bit young to be desperate) at the same time! We thought, what if we try what they do in Disney movies? Here were the options we came up with: we could find a talking frog (of course, it would have to be one that said he was an enchanted prince), and kiss it; find a bad fairy to curse us so that we prick our finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep, and “true love” would have to save us; or we could have a big ball. I suggested that we pull a Rapunzel, and lie in wait with a cast iron pan until someone breaks into the house, and whop him on the head with said pan, then tie him up. This was very startling and alarming to picture in reality, and I don’t plan on executing it. πŸ˜€ The ball one seemed the most promising of them all, but we weren’t sure how people would react nowadays to getting an invitation to a ball, and then there’s the problem of finding the people. So then we were kind of back to square one. But it was fun to joke about! πŸ˜‰


8. This is peanut butter. At least it is supposed to be. People, peanut butter should not do this. For this reason I have declared it not peanut butter. You see, we have some people here who like thick peanut butter, and when I say think I mean thick. We buy Adam’s, so we just take the oil off the top before stirring it up, and add some if necessary. Sometimes, when I get sick of the thick (fake!!!!) peanut butter, we’ll make some (real!) stuff for me by mixing oil back into the peanut butter so that it’s a normal consistency. Something you could actually spread rather than mold. Luke had to use his (clean) hands to mix this jar up, and he could literally hold THE ENTIRE JAR’S worth in his hands, although only half is pictured. (Yes, those capitals were necessary for my sanity. Thank you for enduring it! πŸ™‚ )

Do you like your nut butter thick or more runny? Crunchy or smooth?

Any random thoughts?


6 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud Thursday #3

  1. I was really missing the quizzing peeps a couple of weeks ago, and I had to keep reminding myself of how I felt when I tried to go back, see them again, and re-live “The Glory Days”. Even still, that didn’t really work. I’m not sure if going back and reading old posts I’d written about quizzing helped or hurt?

    Peanut butter!! A sacred topic, sister. πŸ˜› The thing I hate most about some peanut butters is the greasiness. Greasy mouth-feel OR greasy flavor. I also don’t like salty, which as you get thicker, you get more salty. Although I can tolerate it more salty than you, with as thick as I’d texturally want it, it usually is WAY too salty. I prefer smooth, but peanut butter is pretty much good any way, IMO. Just not greasy, okay? πŸ˜‰

    Thursday Thoughts…
    1) I’ve been going through a phase where I feel like doing something more spontaneous. Unfortunately, the schedule doesn’t line up, so I’ve kind of been getting a *little* taste of what is like for you all the time.
    2) I love to eat. And I love food. Even though a thousand people around me talk about how much they don’t like food or what a chore it is to eat, my mind is firmly fixed on my love and passion for food. Here ends my ode to food (for now… πŸ™‚ ).
    3) I am pretty sure I’m solar-powered. Just thought I’d throw that out there. πŸ˜›


    • You are so funny about greasy stuff! I think either you must be super sensitive, or I am super insensitive, because most of the time, it doesn’t bother me at all! Well, if it is really extreme it does, but most of the time when greasy things bother you, they don’t hit my radar at all.

      1. Lol. That’s funny. πŸ˜€
      2. You know how I stand, so I won’t even bother… ;P
      3. I think you are, too. I’m sun powered – when the sun is out, I have more energy, even if I’m not out in the sun myself. But I am not as solar-powered as the rest of you, mostly because I can’t be in the sun for as long (as you know). But I love early morning sun; it’s my best friend. πŸ™‚


  2. I love it when I see stores that have water bowls outside for dogs ❀ The Starbucks I frequent does that, and they'll also give out cups of ice and little whip cream shooters for dogs too. As for nut butter, I usually like mine a bit more drippy. And smooth. Always, always smooth.


    • Amanda, you just totally made my day! I’ve heard of Starbucks and DQ having whipped cream or something for dogs if you asked for it, but I thought you had to pay! That’s super awesome! I like my nut butters the same way. The crunchiest I go is the freshly ground nut butters we sometimes get at the grocery store, and I like that best when eaten on a finger or spoon. πŸ™‚ I like to have smooth stuff for everything else.


  3. I love that your TJ’s has a big bowl for the dogs! Interesting thought about it being sanitary…I wonder if dogs can pass along colds or things like that to each other?

    And that would drive me nuts (pun definitely intended) if someone poured the oil off the peanut butter jar. I think it’s the perfect consistency (or even a little too thick) after I refrigerate natural peanut butter. I might have to have my own jar at your house πŸ˜‰


    • I know that they can pass the dog version of a cold with contact, so I’m guessing that the water could be a middle man so to speak (I think they have a special name for that in medical terms?), but I don’t know for sure. I also don’t know how many things can be passed via contact, so the likelihood of anything spreading by way of community water bowl might be very small. πŸ™‚

      We don’t refrigerate our peanut butter because we go through it fast enough that we don’t need to, but I’m curious now as to how it would effect the texture…interesting!


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