Prayers and Jalapeños 

How many of you have allergies?

Today was my day for the ultimate allergy attack. I have recently started a new job so this was an adventure of how to work and be productive while feeling horrible.

Early this morning in SA there was a small front that came through. Lots of wind! Felt great, which is uncommon. Wind = Sinus Problems for me.

Midmorning, I started to have a sinus headache. Then I suddenly felt my left eye burning from the wind. Seriously people, my eye was bright red and burning. As I felt my eye beginning to burn, I asked my coworker if my eye was bright red. Yep, it was. There were no eye drop in the med kit at work so I just rinsed out my eye with water. I felt a lot better!

I was still in so much pain that I was crying involuntarily.

What would you do if this happened to you?

Not only did I say a short prayer after I rinsed out my eye, but I also said Phil 4:13 out loud to myself. Then I texted my parents and sister and friend Alicia to pray for my relief. After all, I needed to get back to work at full speed! So what happened…right?

Within 5 to 10 minutes, I received most of my relief. Prayer is a powerful tool in the Christian walk. Do not underestimate what God can do when you pray (and to clarify, pray in complete faith)!!

Thank the Lord lunchtime arrived pretty quick, and I was starting to feel better.

Of all thing to have brought for lunch, I had Chuys poncho nachos. I had plenty of jalapeños, pico de gallo, and guacamole to put on them too. So sorry if this is making you hungry.

Did you know that if you suffer from sinus issues spicy foods help clear your sinuses? I covered my nachos in all of the left over jalapeños. Yes, Chuys jalapeños are super spicy. But they really helped.

If you would ask me today what things I am really thankful for, I would tell you prayer and jalapeños.

What an eventful day! It turned out great!

Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things
through Christ, who strengthens me.”

– Bethany




A lot has happened since last time I wrote my Gilmore Girls’ blog post. Big and exciting news!

Let me start at the beginning, I am so thankful to have found a great church to be plugged into. I love how friendly everybody is, and how encouraging they were to me when I was trying to find a job!

Through networking at church God blessed me with a new job! Woohoo!

These days networking is a huge part of finding a job. If you are in the place I was, applying to jobs everyday, with random interviews, and you are not having any success. Then I encourage you to network like crazy! It is all who you know! Really!

One of the men, at the Alamo Ranch Oakhills Church campus knew a friend who had a company that was hiring technical writers. I had done similar work and had the experience  to get the job. It was the most exciting thing to have received that call back message that asked if I wanted to accept their job offer!

I love the people where I work! Great atmosphere! I learn something new everyday, which I love!


What are you thankful for?

“If you don’t think you have any blessings remember your heart is still beating.” – (Not sure who the author of this quote is but I just love it!)

I am thankful for:

  1. Church
  2. Family and Friends (that did not stop encouraging me when I was unemployed)
  3. Friends I met through church
  4. Networking
  5. A NEW JOB!!! Woohoo!
  6. Parents that pray for me everyday.
  7. My nieces that give me a laugh when I need it via FB.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family or friends or both!

– Bethany 🙂

In Honor of the New Gilmore Girls Season

In honor of the new season of Gilmore Girls that will be released on Netflix on Thanksgiving Day I decided to revise the Rory Gilmore Reading List.

In my version of the Rory Gilmore Reading List, I deleted books I had no interest in reading and I kept a lot of the classics. I know I have read a handful, but I would love to read more of them.

I am excited to mix these books in with my other reading choices.


Here is the full list for the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

My Version of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  8. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  9. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
  10. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built
    a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  11. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  12. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
  13. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  14. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  15. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  16. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  17. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  18. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  19. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  20. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
  22. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  23. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  24. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  25. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  26. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  27. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  28. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  29. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that
  30. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  31. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  32. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  33. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  34. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  35. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  36. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  37. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  38. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  39. Emma by Jane Austen
  40. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  41. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  42. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  43. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  44. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  45. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  46. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  47. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  48. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  49. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  50. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  51. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  52. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  53. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  54. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  55. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  56. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
  57. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  58. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  59. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  60. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  61. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  62. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  63. The Iliad by Homer
  64. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  65. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  66. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  67. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  68. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  69. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  70. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  71. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  72. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  73. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  74. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  75. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  76. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  77. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  78. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  79. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  80. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  81. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  82. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  83. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  84. The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
  85. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  86. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  87. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  88. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  89. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  90. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  91. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  92. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  93. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  94. Night by Elie Wiesel
  95. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  96. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  97. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  98. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  99. Othello by Shakespeare
  100. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  101. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  102. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  103. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  104. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  105. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  106. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  107. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  108. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  109. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  110. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  111. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  112. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  113. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  114. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  115. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  116. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  117. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  118. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  119. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  120. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  121. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  122. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  123. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  124. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  125. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  126. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  127. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  128. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  129. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  130. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  131. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  132. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  133. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  134. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  135. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  136. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  137. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  138. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  139. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  140. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  141. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  142. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  143. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  144. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  145. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  146. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

Happy Reading 😉


The Season for On Guard

This is one of my favorite oil blends from doTerra.

How I use On Guard?

1. doTerra On Guard toothpaste

Since germs are easily absorbed through the mouth, I use the On Guard toothpaste.

It is a different flavored toothpaste with cinnamon, mint, and orange. I admit it was strange brushing my teeth with it at first, but now I love it!

2. On Guard beadlets

There are some days I wake up with drainage or just not feeling 100%. Then I pop a beadlet, and roughly 30 minutes later I notice that my drainage is breaking up. I am feeling so much better! I have also used it in conjunction with zicam melts. I felt like it reduced recovery time to just a week.

3. Diffuse On Guard oil blend

During fall and winter this is my favorite oil blend to diffuse! It reminds me of the smell of a spiced orange pomander ball.

4. I have also used the On Guard oil blend to make my own green cleaner.

On Guard benefits:  helps fight seasonal threats, immune support, immune function, supports healthy cardiovascular function

Stay Well! Order some On Guard! – Click on Shop > Start Shopping > Essential Oils > On Guard

Bethany 🙂

My Fall Bucket List


  1. Nature Walks – √
  2. Apple Ale – √
  3. Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
  4. Inhale the crisp morning air – √
  5. Go to the Farmer’s Market – √
  6. Fall brunch
  7. Burn Fall Candles
  8. Go to a Pumpkin Patch
  9. Count my blessings
  10. Pics in the leaves
  11. Drink apple cider
  12. Bake a pie
  13. Pick Apples
  14. Have a picnic in the park
  15. Watch a fall movie – √
  16. Go window shopping