Monday, March 02, 2009

Pressure? What Pressure?

Pressure. It's a funny thing. When it comes, what are you going to do? Some thrive on it, some freeze on the spot, some curl into a blubbering mess, some curl into a fetal position. And I won't tell you which I am. But I will tell you I am busy, busy, busy today and have decisions to make. Pressure!

One of the things on the to do list is to pick a new color for our bedroom. I really like the color of the bedroom but after having it for oh, about 10 - 12 years or so, I'm ready for a change. I was thinking of going a bit more nuetral so I can change the color of the bedding around as I please. But there a few issues. One, hubby and I have a hard time agreeing on colors. Pressure! Two, for bedroom colors we do like a darker, more saturated color. And three, he decides immediately, I on the other hand cannot make up my mind and take forever and a day. Pressure! Which makes him nuts 'cause he just wants to get the job done. But the more pressure I feel the longer I take. An so on and so on and so on. But I've been given a time limit, so I have to decide, or he will. And we just can't have that now, can we? So, yeah, you know: PRESSURE!

But as time would have it my minutes are ticking away. I have narrowed it down to five: Jute, Chicory, Sauteed Mushroom, Bread Basket and Stoney Creek. Don't those sound like nice colors? How do I get a job naming colors. Hello paint people? I want that job! I can be very word creative! I think it would be way easier choosing the name of a color than choosing the actual color to paint your walls. Anyway, I have to make a decision in the next half hour. Heaven help me.

Then onto more pressure. I have to get my chapter read and studied and prayed over because I am leading my ladies group tonight. I always feel very nervous when I get asked to do this kind of thing but I'm trying to be obediant to use my giftings more as the Lord leads. I've always had trouble seeing my giftings. Or maybe I didn't want to see them 'cause you know that would cause Pressure! But at any rate, the Lord has been dealing with my heart in a few areas and I feel I need to stop hiding so it's been baby steps but I'm telling you, pressure comes a'knocking when I get asked to lead. So I want to be as prepared as I can so that will be taking my all my spare time minutes of the day that I can manage around the kids. Good thing hubby put a time limit on me to decide about the colors or I'd be pressured between the two. Sheesh.

And just to make sure I have some more time pressure in here, I'll probably be running to a certain frozen food store to buy luscious brownies with buttercream to make up for the debacle of dessert that I took the last time it was my turn. Oh my word. I hate it when that happens. If you've read here to for any time at all, you know I love to cook but get very frustrated with baking. You'd think I'd know by now to just go buy something but I didn't. I baked. And I even baked something that I've made for years, apple coffee cake, and know how it tastes and it's always been good. But wouldn't you know it. It flopped. And I mean big, old belly flopped. My first clue was it didn't look quite as high as it normally does. But like an idget, I took it anyway. My next clue was when they couldn't hardly cut through the coffee cake. I wished the floor would open up and swallow me whole. I begged them not to take and eat it, but some brave souls were either being ultra polite or were desperate for a sugar fix, because eat it they did. Or at least they tried to. Did I say I could've died? On the spot? So I'm totally going to take these tonight and then I'll know I'll be back in their good graces.

Oops, I'm down to my last few minutes here. I better get off the blog. I have to go pick a color. No pressure!


Michelle said...

Decisions are difficult especially under pressure..Have you tried the raspberry/coconut bars from M & M??? to die for...mmmm..

casondra said...

Susanne~I just started following your blog, and I wanted to say that I really enjoy it. I, as a mother of four, understand how crazy life can be sometimes...and I all too well know that feeling of PRESSURE

We are currently re-painting/decorating our new home. Picking paint colors has proved to be the more difficult of the two for me, as well. Good Luck with that!!!

Casondra said...

Susanne~I just started following your blog, and I wanted to say that I really enjoy it. I, as a mother of four, understand how crazy life can be sometimes...and I all too well know that feeling of PRESSURE!

We are currently re-painting/decorating our new home. Picking paint colors has proved to be the more difficult of the two for me, as well. Good Luck with that!!!

Barb said...

I don't even like chocolate but those chocolate chunk buttercream bars look absolutely wonderful. If you take those, I'll bet everyone completely forgets your apple cake.

Those are very cool paint color names. Can't wait to hear which one you decided on. I just read the post before this one and my word, he did a beautiful job on that floor!

And I seriously need to find that new Yankee Candle spa candle.

ellen b. said...

May the paint fairy hop in your head and choose a color for you! That dessert looks delish!

Anonymous said...

Susanne, you crack me up. I hope you and your husband survive the paint choosing stage and live to enjoy your new surroundings ;-)

Willow said...

There was this occasion when I baked cookies for my son's class and just before I got to the classrom, I dropped the plate of cookies and they all broke in little pieces!

Close your eyes and point to a color swatch and choose that one. Then think about how you feel about your choice. That will show you which one you really want (maybe).

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

Tape the paint swatch cards against the door trim, near eye level. Put it where you walk by it every day. One of the colors will jump out at you. It makes the decision much easier. :>)

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I wrote my "tired" post the other day and had it auto-posted. Then read your post this morning. Funny coincidence! :>)

Faith said...

lol. I hope you let us know which shade you choose! And I can totally relate to you about the whole using the giftings thing. I can just soooo ya Susanne!

Barbara H. said...

Hey, you can bring those bars to our ladies' meeting any time!

I have had that experience so often -- when something I make for an occasion flops. Argh!!

I am the exact same way about choosing colors. So hard! There are so many, and so many shades and tints once you figure out which main family you want.

I get very nervous about stepping out spiritually, too. I'd much rather stay in my quiet, safe little corner. But God is always faithful.

GiBee said...

how about a nice, saturated, cafe aulai??? Neutral, but lovely. With white trim.

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I feel ya on the cooking thing. For me, it's the equivalent of someone asking me to sing a solo.

Islandsparrow said...

I have to pick a new colour for our bedroom too. I haven't a clue.

Sweetie - you should try my brownie recipe - foolproof and delicious! Don't even need to ice them. But I know what you mean about recipes flopping just when you need them to work.

Hope your ladies group went well.


Tammy said...

OK...take a deep breath...

(That's what I have to do from time to time!)

By the way, thank you so much again for the books that I won! I just received them yesterday and my husband has promised to dive into "For Men Only" while I read the other one very very soon...they look wonderful!

I just linked to you on my post today, too...come over and pressure! hehe

Carol @SheLives said...

Which is why all the walls at my house are the same color. ALL the walls.

And why bakeries get my business.

No pressure!

If I were to paint a room, however, I'd do it backwards. I'd pick a color that I'm already using in the textiles (buy the bedding first) and bring it onto the walls. Reverse pressure?