DIYs and BEAs

Yesterday afternoon I tweeted my frustration about how thunderstorms always seem to bypass our county, leaving us with nothing but threatening skies and the occasional drizzle.

Well, I would like to retract that tweet.

It stormed pretty consistently from around 8 pm last night until about 4:00 am this morning, but while Clayton and I snuggled on the couch watching Butter on Netflix, we were almost lulled to sleep by the quiet rumbles of thunder. It was a gentle spring storm that did nothing more than induce sleepiness.

Fast-forward to 2:30 a.m. this morning. At 2:24 on the nose, I was thrust from the climax of a terrifying nightmare and back into consciousness by the brightest flash of lightning I've ever seen in my life. The lightning bolt had to have struck our back patio because it was so close to our bedroom window, it filled our room like a giant flood light. (This morning I walked outside, convinced that the beams of wood on our patio would be split in two.)

The crack of thunder that immediately followed sounded like the earth's crust was ripping in half, like Indiana Jones cracked his whip right next to my ear drum. I burrowed under our covers, sweaty from my night terror and traumatized by the lightning and thunder. I could barely make out the sound of Joey scurrying beneath our bed over the sound of my pounding heart.

And Clayton didn't even stir!

I jabbed my sleeping giant of a husband in the rib cage and begged him to close our bedroom window because I was too scared to get out of bed. He groggily obliged, stumbling across the room to shut the window and close the curtains. He climbed back in bed, draped one of his arms around me and snored into my ear until our alarm went off a few hours later.

So yes, I'm a little sleepy today.

I've said it dozens of times over the past few years of writing this blog: I positively adore thunderstorms and relish the dark and dreary rainy days of spring, but last night crossed a line.

How is your work week going? Mine is actually going swimmingly! For one thing, it's been super rainy with the imminent threat of storms every single day this week, so that's always fun. And secondly, I've just been in a good mood. I enjoy being married to Clayton so much that I've just truly been cherishing the life we've built together. I'm also training myself to get into the habit of positive thinking in the face of daily frustrations and while it doesn't always work, I'm doing a pretty good job of it this week.

On Monday night I worked on a little craft project I'd been wanting to pursue and I'm happy to report that not only did it meet the expectations I had in my mind, the whole thing cost $4.70 (including the picture frame!).

Pinterest has several different DIY ideas for framing road maps to commemorate places where you and your significant other have visited over the course of your relationship. I really liked that idea, but instead of marking the places we've traveled together on vacations, I really wanted to do something that reflected our long-distance dating years and how we made our start.

This was the end result:

I bought a few pieces of scrapbook paper that had an old world map design and I simply traced and cut out the shape of Indiana. Then I cut 2 hearts from a sheet of red scrapbook paper (which took forever because I'm incapable of drawing a heart that is equal on both sides) and glued them in the location of our respective hometowns. I'm originally a Northern Indiana girl and he's a Southern Indiana boy, and we had to drive 4 hours to see each other when we were in high school.

When I stood back to admire my handy work, I said to Clayton, "This is so cute, it makes me sick."

And oh man, and we also had the YUMMIEST dinner that night! Since summer produce is slowly but surely beginning to emerge in the produce aisle, Clayton and I snatched up some corn on the cob and enjoyed it with BEAs.

For those of you who are not familiar with BEAs, BEAs are like BLTs, but without the tomatoes and lettuce. Clayton isn't a huge fan of lettuce and he straight-up hates tomatoes, so I made a Bacon Egg and Avocado. I fried a few egg whites and stacked them on top of toast with a few strips of turkey bacon, slices of fresh avocado and mayo. I don't know who originally thought of this delicious combination, but YUM!

Yes, that is a Polar Pop in the background. I needed a Diet Coke fix.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday and is getting amped for the upcoming weekend! There is more rain projected in tonight's forecast and our softball practice has already been cancelled due to wet field conditions. So it looks like my evening will be filled with a nice long nap and some reading!



  1. I am stopping on my way home from work tomorrow to pick up bacon. That sandwich looks scrumptrulescent.

    Literally drooling.


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