Friday, December 28, 2007

Jammie Pants

So for the last 3 Christmas Eves, I've made jammies for everyone who's here. That's usually me, Tyler, my mom, and (last year) Tyler's mom Donna.

I really enjoy sewing. It's relaxing for me. I love spending time at the stores shopping for fabric, figuring out what style we'll have, how the accents will work out and what can be done so that they're similar in style but everyone has his or her own distinct pjs that year and also so no one gets the same pjs from year to year.

So 3 years ago I bought a pattern for adult jammies. The pattern was sized XS-XL. I knew I was pushing it for the XL ... but that's the pattern I got so that I wouldn't have to get 2 patterns.

The first year the fabric was navy-ish blue and I had a really cute penguin fabric for accents. I cut pants that were bigger than the XL pattern for myself and Tyler. They were a little tight, but like I said, I was not going to buy two different patterns.

Last year the fabric was a beautiful Christmas toille in burgundy on a cream colored linen-look background with solid burgundy fabric and cream satin ribbon for accents. I cut the XL pattern for Tyler and myself, but this time I cut out the size for real. They were a little tight, but I knew that our penguins from the year before were getting big for us.

This year's fabric is dark green with 2 shades of green and gold snowflakes printed on it. The accents are gold ribbon and a kind of funky "South Main" green. I cut out the L pattern for Tyler and myself. They're really comfy.

Next year ... I have some ideas for the fabric. I won't share that though. I always keep that a secret and surprise until they're opened on Christmas Eve. I will share though that I want to cut out M jammies for myself. Either M or maternity ... either way, I have to loose about 20 pounds to do so. I'd really like to loose more than that. I still have about 40 pounds to loose off of my original goal of 100. And while jammies may seem like a silly motivator, they're working for me ... well ... jammie sizes and the hope for a healthy baby ... and a new pattern to get for kid pjs someday soon. (And no. We're not expecting yet. I'm just musing ...)

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Office Space

I am not ashamed to admit - there are just some days in life where you feel the undeniable urge to watch Office Space. There is something strangely panaceatic (yeah ... made up a word) about it.

And today, as I was taking the Office Space quiz that I was challenged to on Facebook, I learned something very sad to me. Tyler has never seen it. Not only has he never seen it, he has no desire to see it. That's sad. I believe there's something in Office Space for everyone. And Tyler doesn't know what it holds for him.

That's sad to me.

(On a completely different note - I was also going to blog about lunch today, but Tyler didn't have to work this afternoon and beat me to it ... so please go read his blog - as it is close to what I would have said.)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Good Eats

So I was watching Good Eats tonight. And Alton Brown made marshmallows. I didn't know you could do that. I have to admit that I pretty much thought that they came from the magic marshmallow fairy.

Tyler came home during the episode. He agrees with me.

Did you know that it was possible to make marshmallows? I'm not talking about from the jars of marshmallow cream either ...

You learn something every day. Today I learned that there is no need for the magic marshmallow fairy because apparently, it is possible to make them. Huh ...

Season Finales

I've noticed something lately. It's not the first time I've seen it but I've noticed it much more lately.

When I was in high school and Survivor was newer ... the season finale was an hour long, maybe an hour and a half. Last week - 2 hours.

The Dancing with the Stars finale (and even their reveal shows) has doubled in length.


Why are they so much longer than they used to be? And why do they need to be?

They don't.

I can't wait for the writers strike to be over. Then we'll have our normal tv back and we won't have to watch so many long and pointlessly long reality show finales ...

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Writers Strike

this time on my blog. Tyler posted a video on his ... go check it out - it's a good one with The Daily Show writers.

First, I'll begin with a short musical montage:

And now, an offering from the writers of The Colbert Report;

Sunday, December 16, 2007

When Announcing Closings ...

I do not think it necessary to list a place is closed and THEN list all activities at that place that have been canceled.

For Example:

AmVets Post 21 - Closed
AmVets Post 21 Sunday Night Bingo - Cancelled

Whatever Random Church of the Blah Blah Blah - All Sunday Services and Evening Events Canceled
Same Random Church of the Blah Blah Blah - Christmas Cantata Canceled

Perhaps more people could list there closings/cancellations as follows:

City of Fremont - Closed/Canceled. If it was going to happen here today, it is not.
City of Findlay - Stay home or wherever you are.

That's just the general consensus from my little corner of the world.

Back to laundry. With all of these closings/cancellations (Journey Church included), I might just get every single load washed today ... Now, the ironing. That's another story ...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

From the Department of Friggin Hippies

The latest way that the environmentalist hippies have gone too far ...

In an effort to fight global warming, the green people are urging Jewish people to light one less candle during Hanukka this year.

Article here.

What the heck?!?!?!?!?!?!?! It's eight crazy nights - NOT seven! The oil in the lamp burned for eight nights. Jews are not just going to ignore history and tradition.

Sometimes I wonder if the environmentalist hippies have gone too far - this time I don't have to wonder.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

I know.

I've been MIA lately.

I don't have much to report.

Umm ...

Go Bucks! Sorry to hear that Lloyd Carr is retiring - that was one guaranteed win for Tressel and the men in scarlet ... ahh well. Perhaps the next coach will be very much like Carr - unable to beat OSU. :)

I've been posting a lot of forwards lately. Sorry about that too. I'm going to do it again. I really got a kick out of this one ...

One last Michigan joke - and I don't mean their football team ...

A recent graduate of Ohio State moved to Dearborn , Michigan after accepting a great job. After becoming a citizen of Michigan she felt almost as if she betrayed her Ohioan background and ancestry. She had an apartment with a Michigan address and she winced whenever she looked at her Michigan driver's license. When she registered her vehicle she had an idea.

When her personalized license plate arrived for her car she beamed while she affixed them to her car. She was so proud she sent an instant message to her father right away. He was a proud Ohio State alumnus as well.

She typed, "Daddy I get my new personalized plates for my Mini today.

They are University of Michigan plates!"

"WHAT?" he replied, "You have to be joking"

"Nope, I'm totally serious. Let me send you the image."

Her father couldn't stop laughing after he viewed the picture of her car.

Yeah ... I laughed too ... it's okay ...

perhaps I'll make some time to post more later ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SMD Update

So it's been about a week and a half since I posted. Sorry. I've been really busy.

Things are work are great. I have some new stuff that I'm working on and SMD is really buzzing.

Things with my personal SMD consulting business are cool too. Jenette signed on in my down line. (Yay! Welcome to the team ... I know - I'm late on this ... sorry) Her first party is this weekend and I'm going to head down to be there for it. I'm really looking forward to the coaching kind of stuff this coming weekend. I can't wait to be there to answer questions she may have and to watch her kick major butt! She's going to be awesome!

I hit all of my sales goals and earned my business kit! That means that I started my business for FREE!!!!! I'm way psyched. It's been a good week.

I have some other work that I need to do. I need to start lining up some other parties for the spring, then hopefully some of my soon-to-be-customers (from upcoming parties) will want to book parties of their own in the spring.

I'm thinking that's about it ...

On a completely different note before I go -
Poll question:
If you don't know what characters were a part of the Saved By The Bell summer special episodes where everyone worked at the beach club for the Corosis, are you really an original fan? Do you really love Saved By The Bell?

Monday, November 05, 2007

First Day

First day was good.

I really love my job.

I'm really tired though ... maybe more later ...

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Job Offer

So I meant to put this up last night ... sorry for the delay ...

I was offered a job yesterday. I accepted.

Starts Monday.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

I'm not strong enough ...

to be around when Tyler's watching games ...

That fact won't change anything. I'll still watch sports and stuff with him. I'm just not strong enough.

I don't deal well with watching him on his roller coaster of emotion and I really don't deal well when he's "upset" at what's going on in the game ...

I need to improve this part of me ... I have several years yet of sports and Tyler.

But for now, I'm just not strong enough ...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Circular Talk

Things at work are awesome! I know I've said this before, and I know I'll say it again ... but wow ... I am so blessed. I LOVE my job!

In other news ...

My mom's coming up here this weekend to celebrate Tyler's b-day. I'm looking forward to it. It'll be good, relaxing, stay-at-home time ... which I really need.

I have a party tomorrow night. I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully it goes well ...

The Indians are on tonight. Tyler's over at Ryan and Andrea's watching. He took over his required meal ... so (theoretically) they'll win tonight.

We saw mom this past weekend. We went shopping. I got several new pieces. All of which I needed. The last time I shopped for anything "cold weather", I weighed almost 60 pounds more than I do now ... so I needed some sweaters and what not. The most important purchase of the weekend - trouser jeans. They're great! Now I just need to keep my eyes out for a cute pair of heels ... I don't want to hem the jeans. They're not that too long.

And finally ...

I'm sick. I don't usually whine about sick. But man I HATE the chills and the sweats and the achies that come with the flu. I do know this ... if I had sick days, I would have taken one today. I would have rather taken my fever and chills and gone to bed than to work. But it's all good ... because I LOVE my job! And even on a really rough bad sick day, I'm glad I was there ...

And the circle is complete ...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Okay. Another one that made me laugh so hard I cried.

I'm taking a 30 second work break to share with you the joyous email I received from my mother. Fair warning - it's funny ... it's mostly clean ... it may make you laugh till it hurts ...

If you have raised kids (or been one), and gone through the pet syndrome, including toilet flush burials for dead goldfish,the story below is for you.
Here's what happened:
Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was "something was wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad. Can you help?" I put my best lizard-healer expression on my face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do.
"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"
"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies."
"What???" my son demanded. "But their names are Bert and Ernie, Mom!"
I was equally outraged. "Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to reproduce," I said accusingly to my wife.
"Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?" she inquired (I think she actually said this sarcastically!).
"No, but you were supposed to get two boys!" I reminded her(in my most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth).
"Yeah, Bert and Ernie!" my son agreed.
"Well, it's just a little hard to TELL on some guys, you know," she informed me (again-- with the sarcasm...).
By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on. I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it. "Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience," Iannounced. "We're about to witness the miracle of birth."
"Oh, gross!" they shrieked.
"Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little lizard babies?" my wife wanted to know. We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.
"We don't appear to be making much progress," I noted.
"It's breech," my wife whispered, horrified.
"Do something, Dad!" my son urged.
"Okay, okay." Squeamishly,I reached in and grabbed the foot when it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.
"Should I call 911?" my eldest daughter wanted to know. "Maybe they could talk us through the trauma..." (You see a pattern herewith the females in my house?)
"Let's get Ernie to the vet," I said grimly. We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.
"Breathe, Ernie,breathe," he urged.
"I don't think lizards do Lamaze, dear" his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for goodness sake.).
The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.
"What do you think, Doc, a C-section?" I suggested scientifically.
"Oh, very interesting," he murmured. "Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?" I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.
"Is Ernie going to be okay?" my wife asked.
"Oh, perfectly," the vet assured us. "This lizard is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen . . . Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they. . . um . . . um . . . 'play'. Just the way he did, lying on his back." He blushed, glancing at my wife. We were silent, absorbing this.
"So, Ernie's just ... just ... excited," my wife offered.
"Exactly," the vet replied, relieved that we understood.
More silence.
Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.
"What's so funny?" I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness. Tears were now running down her face.
"It's just that . . (and then with the fingers) I'm picturing you pulling on its . . its . . . teeny little ..." She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more!
"That's enough," I warned. We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the lizard and our son back into the car. He was glad everything was going to be okay.
"I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did, Dad," he told me.
"Oh, you have NO~ idea, son." my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

Two lizards: $140.
One cage: $50.
Trip to the vet: $60.
Memory of your husband pulling on a lizard's winkie for therest of your LIFE: Priceless!

Moral of the story: Always pay attention in biology class. Lizards lay eggs.

Friday, September 28, 2007


I love that we have wonderful friends who share with us. I wouldn't trade it for the world ...

But I would like it if they wouldn't share their colds! :P

Wow ... my head is pounding. So hard it woke me up at 3 am. I took some tylenol. It's been 4 hours and now my head is back ...


In other news - mom's sewing work is finally finished! And if I get down there tonight and she says one thing, even the tiniest peep, about me doing more for her - I think I'll scream. Her list: 2 roman shades, 6 curtains (maybe 8 ... those are the ones I'm worried about coming up tonight), 4 pillows recovered, one bench pad cover, and two decorative bed pillow shams all made from scratch. 3 sets of pre-made curtains hemmed. I think I put about 40 hours of work in on all her stuff. And don't get me wrong here - I'd do it again. I love sewing and the fabrics mom picked out were beautiful and (mostly) easy to work with. I'd just prefer to not have 2 other jobs going at the same time. I'm not a fan of large, long-term, tons of time projects when I can't take any time off from another job.

In other other news - I love my job! I really love it! Things are really rolling. We had a great tradeshow last weekend and signed on 13 new consultants. Woo hoo! We're going to another show next weekend and I bet we can double our sign on rate! (At least, that'd be awesome!) I finally feel like I'm not dazed, confused, or lost at work. I have a good grasp on what's going on ... and it only took me like 7 weeks. That's not so bad right?

In other other other news - I have my first larger scale party this weekend. My hostess says she has 5 orders waiting for me and 4 definite rsvps. She also says that several women really want to come, they just have to remember to ... I know how that goes. All in all, I'm betting there will be probably 8-10 women there. That will make for a wonderful afternoon!

In other other other other news - I slept in again today. So I REALLY have to go. I'm supposed to leave for work in only 28 mins and I'm still sitting here typing in my pjs. Oh no! Only 27 mins now ... what to wear ... what to wear ...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I lauged so hard I cried ... and at work none-the-less!

Men - THIS is what takes us so long (and why we don't go alone)... so just hush already :P

When you have to visit a public bathroom, you usually find a line of women, so you smile politely and take your place. Once it's your turn, you checkfor feet under the stall doors. Every stall is occupied.
Finally, a door opens and you dash in, nearly knocking down the woman leaving the stall.
You get in to find the door won't latch. It doesn't matter, the wait has been so long you are about to wet your pants! The dispenser for the modern "seat covers" (invented by someone's Mom, no doubt) is handy, but empty.
You would hang your purse on the door hook, if there was one, but there isn't - so you carefully, but quickly drape it around your neck, (Mom would turn over in her grave if you put it on the FLOOR!), yank down your pants, and assume " The Stance."
In this position your aging, toneless thigh muscles begin to shake. You'd love to sit down, but you certainly hadn't taken time to wipe the seat or lay toilet paper on it, so you hold "The Stance.")
To take your mind off your trembling thighs, you reach for what you discover to be the empty toilet paper dispenser. In your mind, you can hear your mother's voice saying, "Honey, if you had tried to clean the seat, you would have KNOWN there was no toilet paper!" Your thighs shake more.You remember the tiny tissue that you blew your nose on yesterday - the one that's still in your purse. (Oh yeah, the purse around your neck, that now, you have to hold up trying not to strangle yourself at the same time). That would have to do. You crumple it in the puffiest way possible. It's still smaller than your thumbnail.
Someone pushes your door open because the latch doesn't work. The door hits your purse, which is hanging around your neck in front of your chest, and you and your purse topple backward against the tank of the toilet.
"Occupied!" you scream, as you reach for the door, dropping your precious, tiny, crumpled tissue in a puddle on the floor, lose your footing altogether, and slide down directly onto the TOILET SEAT. It is wet of course. You bolt up, knowing all too well that it's too late. Your bare bottom has made contact with every imaginable germ and life form on the uncovered seat because YOU never laid down toilet paper - not that there was any, even if you had taken time to try. You know that your mother would be utterly appalled if she knew, because, you're certain her bare bottom never touched a public toilet seat because, frankly, dear, "You just don't KNOW what kind of diseases you could get."
By this time, the automatic sensor on the back of the toilet is so confused that it flushes, propelling a stream of water like a fire hose against the inside of the bowl that sprays a fine mist of water that covers your butt and runs down your legs and into your shoes. The flush somehow sucks everything down with such force that you grab onto the empty toilet paper dispenser for fear of being dragged in too.
At this point, you give up. You're soaked by the spewing water and the wet toilet seat. You're exhausted. You try to wipe with a gum wrapper you found in your pocket and then slink out inconspicuously to the sinks.
You can't figure out how to operate the faucets with the automatic sensors, so you wipe your hands with spit and a dry paper towel and walk past the line of women still waiting.
You are no longer able to smile politely to them. A kind soul at the very end of the line points out a piece of toilet paper trailing from your shoe.
(Where was that when you NEEDED it??) You yank the paper from your shoe, plunk it in the woman's hand and tell her warmly, "Here, you just might need this."
As you exit, you spot your hubby, who has long since entered, used, and left the men's restroom. Annoyed, he asks, "What took you so long, and why is your purse hanging around your neck?"

It finally explains to the men what really does take us so long. It also answers their other commonly asked questions about why women go to the restroom in pairs. It's so the other gal can hold the door, hang onto your purse and hand you Kleenex under the door!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Henne's Mysterious Injury

Amazing how the Michigan trainers and locker room are so cryptic when talking about Henne's "injury" today.

I have a theory ... he's hiding in the locker room because he hurt his ovaries.

I'm 99.9% sure that's the real injury.

Go Oregon!

0-2 and on the road to 0-12 ...

Ahh ... true joy for a Buckeye to bask in ...


Tuesday, September 04, 2007


The curtains are finished.

Woo Hoo!

I am however, exhausted. I didn't finish till almost 9:30 last night. Which, wouldn't be an issue normally ... but the last curtains were finished in Columbus and the very last one I HAD to be at mom's to do because I didn't want to string the Roman shade without it hanging in the window. So ... it was almost 10 when we left Columbus. And therefore, was midnight before we got home. Yeah. All that got done last night was unloading the car.

I did a small load of laundry at 6 am this morning so that I could have something to wear to work today. I thought I was okay on clothes ... I was wrong ...

I'm really rambling right now ...

I'm really tired. It's almost 1 ... that means just 4 more hours of work. But I'm having issues hitting the correct keys on my keyboard to make this say what I'm going for ...

hmm ...

I have a TON of work to do once I get home ... And I really just want to sleep.

Oh well ...

I'm overwhelmed right now. There's such a big part of me that just wants everything to go away. But I know that's just because I'm tired from this past weekend.

West Virginia was good. It was nice to see people. I'm bummed we couldn't stay longer ... but I know it's best that we went there and back on Sunday. It was a long day ... but better for us that way. Donna (Tyler's mom) is having a catalog party for me over the next couple of weeks. I hope it goes well.

Okay ...

I turned the lights off in here while I was "at lunch" ... I should turn them back on ... I have an appointment coming in at 1:30 ...

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rollin' on a River

Rollin' ... Rollin' ... Rollin' ... Rollin' on a river ...

Did you know that song was written about the Blanchard River?

People we tell that to don't usually believe us. We usually laugh about it. We don't see the Blanchard as well ... that ... majestic ...

However, today - I'd believe it. It's raining again. The Blanchard has yet to crest. It's still rising. We're above 17 feet. They're thinking it'll crest sometime this morning around 18.5 feet.

This is crazy.



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Water Water Everywhere

This morning was the scariest drive I've ever made ... going anywhere. Our street was flooded all the way down. Normally it floods about 2-3 inches deep in parts where it's lower. This morning, that was the shallow water. And there wasn't much of it. Most of the water was WAY deeper than I expected and there were no breaks. I was seriously freaked out.

Hancock county is under a Level 3 Emergency. That means that all non-essential emergency vehicles can be ticketed for being on the roads. We have been under this for some time. Earlier today it pertained to all streets south of the intersection of SR15 and CR313 (Lima Ave.). That basically knocks out the southern bit of town and some small stuff between here and Ada (which is in a different county). We live south of there. Actually, we live at the intersection of 15 and 313. So I was at work when I discovered this. I still managed to get home. Logan Ave. was drier than this morning. I could see our street this afternoon.

Hancock county's emergency now extends to everything south of CR99. For those of you who don't live in or know Findlay very well ... that covers ... umm ...


Seriously. That's the last exit you can get off at and still be in Findlay heading north on 75. (Which, coincidentally just reopened about 5 hours ago. It too was flooded.)

So yeah. We're dry. We know friends who aren't. We know friends who weren't but are now. We know friends who weren't but do live on the flood plain.

The Blanchard River has yet to crest. It's expected to do so in the next hour or so. As it stands, it's at about 15 feet. They're expecting the crest to be around 17 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.

There's water in Findlay. More than any of us need ...

This time ...

... three years ago, today, I was eating breakfast. yeah ... I know ... that doesn't seem like such a big deal ... I eat breakfast most days. However, this day three years ago breakfast was different. I stood in the kitchen at my mom's house with my mom, Deidra, Caryn, Amy, Laurie, Mandy, and Crystal ... rarely in my life have there been that many people in my mom's house at once, never have there been so many girls. So here's what was different ... this time, three years ago, I was eating my last breakfast as a Daniels woman ... for in just 7 short hours, Daniels wouldn't be my name anymore. I know it wasn't all that long ago ... but I still remember it like it was yesterday. (I hope in 50 years that it's still this clear.)

Happy Anniversary, my love! Here's to the first 3 and the next (at least) 50 to come!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Shark Attack

Below is a quote from the ever-so-eloquent Gilbert Arenas. I just had to share. I do hope that you giggle as much as I did as I sat and pondered his deep thoughts on life and shark attacks ...

"There are these things called shark attacks, but there is no such thing as a shark attack. I have never seen a real shark attack. I know you’re making a weird face as you’re reading this. OK people, a shark attack is not what we see on TV and what people portray it as.

We’re humans. We live on land.

Sharks live in water.

So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack. A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

When I see on the news where it’s like, “There have been 10 shark attacks,” I’m like, “Hey, for real?! They’re just running around? Sharks are walking now, huh! We live on the land, we don’t live underwater.”

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sewing World

Okay. Sewing needed to complete the present for this weekend finished. Sewing needed for the fraternity this weekend ... well ... we'll not focus on that yet. Sewing project for mom ... well ... we'll not focus on that yet either. I do however have that laid out and ready to roll once the STE stuff is finished. I also have something for Andrea to do ... I wanted to take that over when I ran over this afternoon. That may still happen. (But I wouldn't suggest holding your breath on that one.) I also need to hem 2 of my own pairs of pants. Those are getting higher on the list now because I'll need one of those to wear to work Monday.

I need to lay out all of the clothing needed for this weekend. I'm pretty sure that means that I'll need to do a small load of laundry (and consequently ironing) tonight. And then I'll need to do laundry again on Sunday night when we get home ... because I have to be at work on Monday morning! :)

I am looking forward to going down to Cincy this weekend. I need the time away, but I think I'll end up working most of it. I hope that my weekend "hotel hosts" (you know - the people who's house you sleep at but aren't necessary around all the time) don't mind too much. Maybe I'll take my sewing machine down and work on my pants there. That's not a bad idea if I do say so myself ... I'll just have to be focused on making sure it gets done.

Okay. Lunch break. Then STE work. That has the closest deadline right now.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Jobs ... (Take DONE!)

I start Monday morning.

40 hours a week. Monday - Friday. 8-5.

I am SO pumped.

I'm the newest Consultant Care Specialist for South Main Designs.


Okay. I'm exhausted and have one heck of a week to get everything done around here and ready for me to be gone full-time next week. Have a good night.

Jobs ... (Take Three)

Okay. I've been to 4 interviews and 1 second interview in the last week. I hope something comes through ...

If not - I do have an offer on the table from the place that second interviewed me. It's not anywhere near ideal, but it would be income.

I should know whatever it'll be by the end of the week.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


"It seems too easy to call you Savior,
Not close enough to call you God."

Line from Jars' song "Love Song for a Savior". Tyler and I were talking about it tonight. Is that the statement that best describes the American Church today? Everyone looking for and willing to have a Savior, but unable to make the commitment to having a God ... What's the difference in committing to a Savior and committing to a God?

Just things I've been pondering. Discuss amongst yourselves now. Share please ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


So Tyler and I were chatting about baby names earlier today. He suggested (as he says) "the completely Biblically based name" Gomer Dorcitha for our little girl. Yeah. That's his vote for the baby.

ahh well ...

I still have some time to talk him out of that ...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Jobs ... (Take Two)

Well that went okay this morning. She said that she thinks I'd be great. She also said, with a tish of surprise, that I did "really well" on the grammar and editing test. Umm ... yeah ... I speak the English good and occasionally I can spell two. :P Yeah - I know - it's not everyone's forte ... but I've had so many grammar books and vocab classes in my life. I had at least three books for every English class I had all the way up through high school: grammar, vocab, and the "literature" book that went with that grade. 99% of the time I had novels too. Okay. That was a nice little tangent. Sorry about that. Thanks for sticking with me this far. Moving on.

So she thinks she'll be calling me back in the next couple of days to schedule a second round interview for sometime maybe next week. We'll see. I could work there.

Many thanks to Andrea for letting me borrow the necklace this morning. I'll bring it back to you tonight at Bible discussion. Thanks also for your compliment on my attire. :) I really attribute the wonderfulness of the look to the necklace. (PS I also agree that honesty is the best policy too. But we'll see how the situations present themselves tomorrow night.) Now ... umm ... can I borrow a different necklace for tomorrow? ... :D ... How can you ignore that cheesy grin? ... especially when I already know which one I'd like to borrow ... :D

Okay. So one down. Two to go. Here's still hoping that tomorrow night is fantastically rocktacular! (I like that word ... I think I'll keep it.)

Jobs ...

Okay. So I have a couple of busy days ahead. I have an interview today at 1, tomorrow at 10:30, and a meet-and-greet kind of party thing tomorrow night at 6. Hopefully I'll come out with something. (Secretly though I'm hoping the one tomorrow night goes the best:P)

Other jobs ... I have about 7 hours worth of sewing work for my mom. I'm making her new curtains for her family room and downstairs bathroom. I'm also recovering a pad for her window seat in her bedroom. I already did the pillows for that window seat. I think I'll also end up with her upstairs bathroom and bedroom curtains because I'd bet that she just won't get to them and then will be tired of not having them finished ... ahh well. I like doing the work for her - the only part that's weird is figuring out how much my time is worth. It's strange for me to charge family and friends for some things ...

I worked my tooshie off yesterday. I did 8 loads of laundry. Ironed everything. Put it all away. Cleaned the entire house. (Okay. So I need to vacuum today ... I was too tired to do it after FPU last night.) I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday and noticed that the baseboards in the bathroom were dirtier than I have ever let them get. So I started to look around and realized that I couldn't remember the last time I dusted the baseboards, corners, ceilings, and woodwork. Hmm ... let's just say that it had been awhile - a while too long. So I did that too. And the bathtub is all sparkley clean. It's a good day around here.

Okay. I need to vacuum before I get ready for the el interview today. Wish me luck over the next two days.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


So Jenette posted a new trivia game on her blog. I tried today. Now, granted my head hurts and I can't really read all that well right now - but I am truly ashamed of how poorly I did. Grr. I really thought I knew my music trivia better. Also, I should know better than to accidentally skip a question. (That painful lesson I learned at ONU, when I skipped a question and therefore set my bubble answer sheet off by one. The B I got in that class because of that test cost me my honor cords ... but I'm not still bitter or anything. :P) Also, I need to stop second guessing myself.

Ahh well. Perhaps I will do better tomorrow.

Back to my oh-so-difficult decision of what to watch on tv - the 100 Best Songs of the 80s on VH1 or the Law and Order mini-marathon on TNT.

I think I'll flip back and forth. In the meantime - I need to lie down again, my head is starting to pound harder.

Job Fair

So I went to a job fair this morning. It was just a single company holding a fair to fill some positions within their various departments. Now, call me crazy ... but if I were running a large corporation and was holding a job fair, I think I would have more than FOUR job openings available. I must have seen 150 people there applying, and I wasn't there the whole time this morning. They're having another session of this fair tonight too. I'm not saying that I'm not holding out hope ... but with the way my luck has been lately, I wouldn't be surprised if there were four people for three jobs and I didn't get a job. (Tyler agrees with me on this one too :P).

Yesterday did hold some uplifting job news possibilities though. I found out from two different friends that both of their offices are hiring right now. They're both supposed to be checking on that for me today. Hopefully I'll get some good news back from them.

Okay ... I'm going to go lie back down. My head is pounding and I'm running a little fever. I guess I can forget about all that cleaning that I wanted to get done today.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A bit of not much

I'm mad at my Pennsylvania Dutch. I REALLY am not happy with how the last book ended. I was so angry that I was crying as I read the end. However, I'm willing to look past that to find out how the series continues to unfold. (It's a 5 book series revolving around the same family. I've just finished the 2nd book.) I need to move on from there for a while.

So ...

I really enjoyed Bible discussion group tonight. (See other blog for a highlight.) I needed to laugh like that. On a similar note, it's really good to have the Clements family back from vacation. I really like them. (Hola guys. I know you read my blog. :)) It was nice to have their input back in the discussion. It was also nice to have their senses of humor back in the discussion. It's been a while since we've had the majority of our regulars at discussion ... and tonight we did. (Lori we missed you!) It was nice.

I guess that's all I have to say. A whole lot of nothing ... ahh well ... seems to be a running theme lately.

Monday, July 09, 2007

This is a story all about how ...

There is something strangely comforting about the fact that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is on at just about any hour of the day or night (mostly night ... Nick at Nite marathons ...)

And yet at the same time - it's strangely bothersome to me that it's on Nick at Nite. Wasn't that for old shows? ... Seriously. It was mostly black and white Donna Reeds and Dick Van Dyke shows when I was younger. Interesting ...

Ahh well ... off to bed ...

Sunday, July 08, 2007

huh ...

I guess it's been a while since I've posted.

I've been busy ... just nothing really blog-worthy I guess.

Funny thing about that - I always make a mental note that something was funny or fun or blog-worthy ... but I never remember to come home and type about it.

Laundry is about half done right now. I'm taking a break to run the dishwasher.

Tyler's reading and listening to the Indians game on the radio right now. He's been really busy getting ready for the next STE officer meeting (in just about 3 weeks). I've been helping him work on some stuff for that ... but nothing of note really. I'm still reading a lot. I've had to take a bit of a break from the 1950s Pennsylvania Dutch to read Sex God. It's okay. I like Rob Bell's writing style ... but for some reason the book doesn't really resonate with me. Maybe it'll be better when I'm further in ... I'm only about 1/3 of the way through right now.

I've been busy working on Chrysalis stuff too. I think I have too many jobs with Chrysalis. Don't get me wrong ... I like working for them ... I enjoy serving the community that way - I'm just ... I don't know. Perhaps it's this complacency that's bothering me and not really the colossal amount of work I need to do.

I need to get my hairs cut again. They're getting too long.


I believe that concludes today's rambling. Thank you for joining me for that ...

I do believe I'll go iron some more now.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Gosh darnit if I didn't do it again.

But this time it was 1849 San Francisco. I haven't found an author in a long time who's writing I can get lost in so easily. It was a good day though. I worked. I did laundry. I went to Curves. I went to FPU. We had dinner with my mom while she was in town tonight. It's not like ALL I did today was read. I just did a lot of it.

Ahh ... sweet decadence of reading. What a wonderful past time.

And what a wonderful husband I have to allow me that guilty pleasure in life ...

(speaking of my wonderful husband - go read his blog from today. I laughed out loud. And I cried a little. It was sweet. And I swear I had no intention of "training" him ... there are just certain things that should be done during your daily routine ... but that's another blog all together. Off to make the bed with our freshly laundered sheets.)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I don't usually do this ... but how could I resist ...

an 80s Survey!!!!!!! (Okay ... I really don't do this ... like ever. But I just got such a kick out of reading it on another friend's blog, I felt the irrepressible desire to fill it out for myself.) So some of this pushes into the early 90s I think. But that's okay by me ... it was all that fabulous period of my life ... ahh ... memory lane ...

Did you listen to New Kids on the Block?
I had a pillow case with their faces on it ... I wore it thread bare ...

Did you ever own a slap bracelet?
Yes. Until my school outlawed them because we spent class time throwing them at each other and watching them snap and fly up into the air. It was great.

The Baby Sitter's Club or Sweet Valley High?
Baby Sitter's Club. I wanted to be Kristy.

Salute Your Shorts or Hey Dude?
Hey Dude. Hands down.

Kids Incorporated or The Mickey Mouse Club?
I remember watching both. But I think I preferred MMC

Did you want Dylan to end up w/ Brenda or Kelly?
So was not allowed to watch 90210.

Who was ALF?
Furry brown alien dude.

Do you remember the show Dinosaurs?
"I'm the baby. Gotta love me. Big purple eyes and I'm so cuddly!" I know I watched it. I can't remember any specifics though ...

Do/did you know the words to the Fresh Prince theme song?
"Iiiiiiiiinnnn west Philadelphia born and raised. On the playground was where I spent most of my days. Chillin out nights and relaxin all cool ..."
That would be a yes.

Kimmie Gibbler or Urkel?
Kimmie kind of annoyed me. I remember when both were on TGIF on ABC though. I think I'll go with Urkel.

Blossom or Clarissa Explains It All?
Clarissa. I tried so hard to convince my mom that I needed a baby pool with an alligator in it in my room. But I LOVED my Blossom hat. (Self made I might note. According to mom, I ruined a perfectly good church hat by pinning one side up with a sunflower pin I had.)

Did you have a crush on JTT?

Bobby Brown or Tevin Campbell?

Step By Step or Full House?
Both. Though Full House has stood the test of time for me. Thank heavens for daytime reruns.

Did you listen to Milli Vanilli?
Sadly, yes I did. But I think it was because I was fascinated with a man's ability to sing like that.

Mr. Rogers or Reading Rainbow?
I watched both way longer than I should have. But I LOVED Reading Rainbow. "Butterfly in the sky. I can go twice as high. Take a look. It's in a book. A reading rainbow."

Did you own a Glo Worm?
I think I got my cousin's when she was done with it. I don't remember having one of my own though.

Paula Abdul: better now or then?
Then. How can you beat Scat Cat? Seriously.

Wild 'n' Crazy Kids or Double Dare?
Double Dare. I wanted to be on Family Double Dare so bad ... but there were only three people in my family, and my mom refused to get dirty ... :(

Remember Legends of the Hidden Temple?
I forgot about it until just now… I loved that show. Awesome.

The Mighty Ducks or The Little Giants?
Mighty Ducks. I had a crush on Emilio ... a major crush.

Did you watch Saved By The Bell?
Still do. And I'm not to proud to admit it.

Who was hotter: Zach or Slater
I'm a sucker for dimples ... but it was still Zach.

Camp Nowhere or House Arrest?

Did you own a pair of Reebok Pumps?
oh yeah. The laces were pink and orange.

Care Bears or Smurfs?
I watched both of their cartoons. I loved the Care Bears' Movie, the one where they saved the boy who was a magician's assistant and his younger sister. Also, I had the most AWESOME Care-A-Lot playset.

Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake?
Strawberry Shortcake. Although, I had a couple of Rainbow Brite dolls that got their fair share of play time.

Did you watch Miami Vice?
no ... I feel like I missed out on something there ...

Did you own a pair of Jelly Shoes?
They were pink. Fuchsia really.

Did you own a Trapper Keeper?
Duh. Until we weren't allowed to have them at school because they took up too much space in the coat hook area. That was about the time they outlawed those backpacks that were on wheels.

Atari or Nintendo?
I've never owned a game system. Tyler has some, but I never have. My step-sisters and cousins had Nintendos. I enjoyed my fair share of Tetris and Duck Hunt. But that's about it.

So? It sparked memories for you too. I know it did. Share if you like ... :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

'Twas Sinfully Glorious

I got a new book this past weekend. We were in Columbus servicing my mom's computer. (She had an "emergency" and so felt the need to call in PC Geek - thing Geek Squad but slightly cheaper - instead of calling her daughter, and perhaps more importantly, her son-in-law. So we took off rather quickly to save her from those worthless charges.) Anywhoo ... as I've stated more than once, my mom likes to shop. And this weekend we added the bookstore to our list. More often than not, we go to Half Priced Books (ahh ... Heaven really must be a book store ... I'm sure of that.) but this time we were at Barnes & Noble. How wonderful book stores smell. How wonderful the colors and type on the covers of all the volumes. How wonderful the diversity of material. (Yes ... this truly must be Heaven ...)

I've grown up around books. I've always enjoyed reading. Even when I was sick and tired of reading for school, I always enjoyed my pleasure reading. I so enjoy the escape to another world that a well-written book provides. That being said, I also fear that, at least at some times, it can be sinfully glorious. Today was sinfully glorious.

I got a new book. It was a good book. I opened it this morning. It is finished. I did other work today, but none of it really mattered. I needed the escape. I needed the down time. I have done this once before in my life. I still remember that glorious, wonderful feeling of having lost an entire day to another world that is not my own. It is quite the rush for me. I was thinking about that first book ... and realized that this latest book is somewhat of a "grown up" version of that first book. Amazing how I haven't really changed all that much in the last 12 or so years.

At times I've wondered if I was born at the wrong point in history. Now, for all practical purposes I know I'm wrong. I enjoy my a/c, running water, indoor plumbing, and all of the 21st century conveniences. However, the hopeless romantic in me so easily gets lost in the majesty and mystery presented in tales of times gone by. I'm a junkie for historical fiction. It's just such a beautiful and carefree existence in the stories. I know better. But that doesn't change the little pangs in my gut for the simpler times portrayed in the books I truly enjoy.

And so, once I quiet my mind and return to today, to here and now, I'll go to bed and crawl in next to my peacefully sleeping husband. He went to bed several hours ago ... but I just couldn't put the book down. There was too much crucial action going on. And tomorrow, the "sinful" will sneak in on my glorious day. For tomorrow all the work that could have been accomplished today will still be there, piled on the work to be accomplished tomorrow. And I will have to function in reality, once again subject to the 21st century. But tonight I will just remember the glorious feeling. Tonight I will go to sleep with that cradling me. Tonight I will be in the 17th century. Tonight I will be on a Virginia tobacco farm. Tonight I will stay wrapped in the warmth of the love story I just finished reading.

Tomorrow I will iron ...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I guess I let my blog go too long without an update. Sorry about that ...

We've been crazy busy. I went down in the middle of last week to see my mom. I needed the mommy time. I didn't realize it, but Tyler did and told me to go. I am super glad that he realized what was going on and that I needed to see mom. He's a good one ... definately a keeper. :)

We went to JT and Beth's wedding last weekend. It was really pretty. They had their reception at the Packard museum ... I was totally in love with the cars. I dig classics. It was beautiful there. Ahh ... cars ...

Sunday we went to the Columbus Arts Festival with mom. (We stayed with her on Saturday night after the wedding.) It was fun. She bought us a couple of really pretty Celtic harp cds. Good stuff. She also bought Tyler a painting of the Jake in Cleveland. It's really nice. I'm looking forward to finding a frame for it and getting it up on the wall.

I'm with Sophie 18 hours a week now. That's three 6 hour days. Today was good. we went to Curves, the bank, the library, the mall to spend some of her birthday gift cards, the post office ... I'm sure we went somewhere else. We were very productive. I'm there again on Thursday, she's with her dad tomorrow.

Okay ... time to down some dinner before Bible discussion group. Tyler cooked. It smells really good. Yeah ... he's definately a keeper. :P

Sunday, June 03, 2007

babette ate oatmeal

(yes. I'm a Gilmore junkie. I admit it.)

So there's something that really frustrates me about Christianity and the Church. (Actually, there are a lot of things that frustrate me, but this post is only about one ... so on with the rant ...) There seems to be this line of thought or belief or theme or something that states when one prays, "God, use me." that God's use of you will be monumental. People say that they're scared to use that prayer because they're afraid of what will be asked of them. Why is it that the feeling is that being used by God means that He'll ask you to sell all of your belongings and move to a tiki hut in the middle of Africa to preach to the aborigines who only speak African clicking languages? Why must everything be newsworthy? Why do we assume that we'll be there to see and know that what we did was huge and a major impact in someone's life? Doesn't the Bible tell us that we're not always there to see the fruits of our labor? Why can't God using you look like you smiling at the cashier at Wal-Mart? Why can't it be feeding a friend dinner one night? Why can't it be sending an email or calling someone you're thinking about right then? How do we know that our small, seemingly insignificant actions don't mean the world to someone?

And so - this begs yet another question. Why must everything newsworthy be huge? We're the one's who define "newsworthy", so why not redefine it? I know that Tyler and I have been monumentally blessed and gifted by friends who thought they were doing nothing more than feeding us dinner. It was mundane to them - but monumental to us. We felt it was newsworthy. But did they ever realize that? Were they ever meant to? I don't know the answers to those questions. But, what I do know is that we too often overlook the mundane because it doesn't seem monumental to us. Perhaps we should shift our focus? Maybe that's the idea. Maybe the idea is to not be afraid of moving to Africa ...

God, use me.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Floods of Emotion

I am mad.

I am sad.

It is NOT fair.

And yet ... it's the cycle of life. I suppose that, at least for the foreseeable future it will be this way. My grief comes and goes ... that's to be expected. Yet, must it come on so ridiculously strong when it comes? Please don't read me wrong here - there's not a single day that I don't think about JZ. However, I really thought that I was to a point in time that most of the thoughts would be happy ones. I was enjoying thinking about him. Not so much anymore.

Perhaps that's what's going on ... perhaps not ...

Truth be told, I am happy to remember Z. I enjoy sharing those memories with friends. I believe I have moved on to mourning for Mandy. There isn't a single day that I don't think about her at least four times. I cry. I cry because Tyler waits on me to brush my teeth with him before we go to bed at night. I cry because Mandy goes to bed alone. I cry because I come home from work to find Tyler making dinner. I cry because Mandy comes home to no one making her dinner. I cry because I get frustrated with having to pick up Tyler's laundry that doesn't make it into the hamper, but instead lands on the floor beside the hamper. I cry because Mandy doesn't have anyone to pick up after but herself. I cry because I take Tyler for granted. I cry because Mandy doesn't have that luxury.

I cry because I am mad.

I cry because I am sad.

I cry because it is NOT fair.

I hate that my hands are tied. I am such an action person. I want to make it better. I know there's nothing I can do to make this any better. That doesn't matter to me. I feel worthless in this. I hate that. I pray. I think. I hope for the best. Yet I can't see the best. I can't even see good right now in this. I hate that. I am usually an optimist. Now I am not. I hate that.

I hate that I am mad.

I hate that I am sad.

I hate that it is NOT fair.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


So Sunday night after jOURney I went to the restroom. When I opened the door, I found two of our lovely little girls standing in their bare feet in the middle of the bathroom staring at the floor. Their both 4, but the older of the two (We'll call her E.) looked up at me and said that her shoes were soggy so she couldn't wear them.
Okay. Not a problem.

Me: "E, why are your shoes soggy?"
E: "I had to go to the bathroom but she (The other little girl, C.), was in there and I just couldn't wait anymore."
(It is important to note here that I knew the answer before I asked. I felt something wet on my toes as I walked into the bathroom ... and somehow I just knew.)
Me: "Okay E. That happens. C, are you finished here? Did you get to tinkle all that you had to?"
C: shakes her head
Me: "Okay. I'm going to pick you up and lift you out of the bathroom so that you don't accidentally step in anything on your way out. Go on and play with the boys ... E will be out soon." So I picked her up and got Tyler's attention from across the room. "I need E's mom to come here"
E's Mom: "What's up?"
Me: "She needed to tinkle but it was busy and she couldn't wait anymore." (We only have one toilet in the bathroom. It's small.) "So we need to clean up a little bit."
E's Mom: (to E) "You know that you can't wait that long. You need to go to the bathroom when you first have to go. You know that you can't hold it that long."
E: "I didn't think I had to go that bad. I'm sorry."

So we proceed to help E change. The bathroom isn't really big enough for three people to be in there at once - but yet, there we are. E is very concerned that she'll now have to wear her skirt without any panties. Her skirt is really a skort - but she's still very concerned that everyone will know that she's not wearing any panties. She's concerned about not having panties on - but she dropped her skirt with and panties to the floor without closing the bathroom door. The bathroom opens to directly to our worship and gathering space - which is also not huge. So we explain that if she doesn't tell anyone, no one will know and it will be our little secret. E's okay with that - after some coaxing. So by the time that E's mom and I have cleaned up the bathroom floor, and I've used the restroom, E has completely recovered and is running around like a banshee again - just as she usually is.

Man - I love kids ... I can't wait to have them around more often ... :)

Cincy in a Whirlwind

So we were in Cincy this past weekend - for less than 24 hours. I really enjoy traveling ... but I HATE having to do it in such a whirlwind. We really have too much on our plates ...

Tyler and I both had a good time, but thanks to the super shortness of the visit, most of our social time with friends had to be super late into the evening. I'm pretty sure that Tyler was out till 1 am or so on Sunday morning. Crazy. Shout out to the Aldridges. Thanks for letting us crash at your house. (On a side note here ... I hate descending on a house and using it just to sleep. Am I the only person who feels guilty for that, or does anyone else out there share my feelings?) Sunday morning we stayed long enough to go to Kara's dedication at church. It was nice. I like their church - it would have been nice to hear a sermon ... but it was also Graduates' Sunday. So the youth leader lady took over the microphone for what was supposed to be a short "Thanks for being you ... Good luck in the future ... etc ...", so 45 minutes later she stopped talking. So there wasn't a sermon.

jOURney, on the other hand was fantastic Sunday night. I'm going to sound like I'm stealing from Ryan here, but I too really felt like we were all on the same page and something bigger than us was going on there ... it was cool! :)

So - upcoming weekends:
June 2 - August 11 ... somewhere for something at least one of the days ...
August 18 - ? ... are we done with the marathon weekends? ... wow ... that would be FANTASTIC!!!!!! (On the downside - I thought that we were half way through our marathon - and it appears that we're not ... oh well ...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

New Blog

Tyler and I have decided to record and publish for our entertainment and yours all of those thoughts and conversations that could cause us to be smited. We hope you enjoy reading ...

The Way, The Truth, and The Smite

Warning: It may not be for the faint of heart, the full of bladder, or those who can't laugh at themselves and their belief systems.

(There's also a link on the side of my blog)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Lack of Wisdom

Sometimes I just don't understand.

God, please help me to understand and to see your ways and your workings in our lives. Amen.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

In the Heat of the Day

We have one. It's in the wall in the living room and does a lovely job cooling our entire home. But for some reason I'm stubborn. There's a part of me that feels like we shouldn't have to turn it on in May - especially since it's supposed to be back in the 70s Saturday AND says it'll stay in the 70s through next weekend. However, my stubbornness is affecting my work getting done around here ...
It's too hot right now to sew. There's a breeze in the living room, but not in the kitchen where I have to set up the sewing machine. I have a fan going in the bedroom and one in the living room, as well as the central fan - but it's still 88 degrees in here. And neither myself nor my wonderful husband are lacking in the "extra body padding" area - we're overweight ... it makes the heat that much hotter ...

Oh to turn on the air or leave it off? ... Thoughts?

At 9 pm last night it was still 87 degrees in our front room (where there are windows on two sides and the fan/ac. We decided that we'd turn it on just long enough to cool the house so that we'd sleep. It was nice. It was off again this morning and I had the windows all open. If only we had ceiling fans - then perhaps it would still be off ... but alas - it's back on. Oh well ... it'll be nice next week and we can have fresh air once again.


That's hours and miles ...

So last weekend was yet another in our marathon of spring/summer weekends. We started out Friday evening stopping in Ada for Kappa Phi's Degree of the Rose. Then we headed to Marion, IN to hang out with Dave and Abby Burden. Marion is about forty minutes or so south-west of Fort Wayne. Tyler had fraternity business with Dave, who took over Tyler's job in the fraternity (secretary) at the last Conclave. Abby and I had a really nice time visiting too. They've been working on remodeling their house and, while they feel like they still have so much to do, it looks great and their hard work is evident. We slept in Marion on Friday night.

Saturday afternoon we took off for New Philadelphia, OH, 5 hours from Marion. We stayed with Garry and Deidra Lute that night. I felt so bad that we got there so late ... but it was good to see them. We hadn't seen them since last August at their wedding. We stayed up and chatted for a while. Deidra gave us the grand tour of their new house - which they are also remodeling. She bought it sight unseen by Garry just a couple of weeks before their wedding. They've finished ripping out the lathe and plaster walls in the entry and have re-drywalled and are waiting to paint. They still have a lot of work to do - but their house will be beautiful when they finish. The old woodwork alone is gorgeous.

Sunday morning we went to church in Urichsville with Deidra and her family. It was really good to see Mom and Dad Dudgeon again, as well as her little sister Diana. We then took off and headed for Wintersville/Steubenville, OH - an hour further east than New Philly. My step-mom's mom died on Thursday night and we wanted to go out for the showing at the funeral home. I know it meant a lot to Dad, Syl, and my siblings to see us there. Dad was shocked ... but, like we said, there's nowhere that's too far to travel for family. It was good that we went. I just wish that we could have stayed for the funeral on Monday - but that wasn't practical, we needed to work on Monday. So we left the funeral home around 3 and headed towards Columbus. Why?, you ask. Because at that point in the weekend, we'd rather make the 3 hour drive to my mom's house than the 5 hour drive back to ours. And it was Mother's Day ... couldn't hurt to see as many of our moms as we could. So we had dinner in Columbus with mom and stayed there Sunday night.

Monday morning we went to mom's school and Tyler taught her fifth graders some cool things about math. We started that tradition while he was in grad school and we've just kept it going. Mom usually takes the math enrichment kids, so they just eat up everything that Tyler talks about. She had a bright group again this year ... I was impressed with the way they followed and asked intelligent questions. I also haven't missed a year of my life without getting to mom's room at least once a school-year. The visual on her kids just makes her stories so much better! We left around noon and headed straight to school to pick up Sophie. So, by the time we got home from our Monday evening church meeting, we'd been not home for 72 hours and put 775 miles on the car. While it was a good weekend - I certainly wouldn't recommend that much travel in three days time. :P

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Chocolate Chips

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day! How exciting! Celebrate today with cookies ... or just eat them by the handful ...

What a yummy day!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

A Mish Mash of Info ...

- 38. That's the total number of pounds I've lost in the last year. Woo Hoo! :) That's major progress towards my 100 pounds lost goal. And, I'm right on track. I figured that it would take me about 2 and a half years to really make the life changes necessary to keep up with this forever.

- JESUS! Oh so much to say ... So the video in the previous post is short, sweet, to the point, and HILARIOUS!!!!!! It was a total accidental find. And a laugh we totally needed. Tyler and I were reading some things online about this movement. Intrigued to find several holes in his "platform" ... we searched on YouTube. And found this ...

Wow ... holy cow dude ... people can really twist stuff huh? I won't post it here, but the piece that's done by the Today Show was informative too. And Tyler and I sat and watched in amazement. Slowly, we realized that there's a reason God isn't smiting US. He's too busy watching out for the real loonies out there ... So I'm really interested to hear what you may or may not have to say about the Growing in Grace movement/religion ...

- So we're 1 week into a 7 week crazy land. Yes, that statement was confusing ... allow me to clarify. Last weekend was the first of the out-of-town crazy booked weekends. Tyler had an Aflac state meeting in Dayton on Friday. His meeting went well. While he was busy meeting the new state coordinator, I spent the afternoon with Jenette and her two lovely children. Poor Ethan was still not 100%, but he's still a good kid. Little Kara (11 weeks old now :)), is soooooooooo adorable. She's such a sweet little baby! So Tyler's meeting only went 4 hours instead of 5, whew! I went back up to Dayton to pick him up and we returned to Jenette and Aaron's house. (As a side note here, they live in a subdivision. Not one of the newer ones where every home looks exactly the same, but a subdivision none-the-less. I did not get lost going in and out of their neighborhood different ways than the directions that Google gave me. I also didn't have trouble following the directions in the first place - except for not being able to find the street that Jenette forgot to mention was necessary to get to her house in the first place :P. Haha! Tyler gets lost in there every time. YES! I am better at not getting lost!) They ordered a pizza for dindin ... killer pizza ... Fox's. It was yummy. Having time to hang out was fun. Saturday, we went to a baby shower. It was way cool. Josh and Ann had their shower at a park and did a cook out. It was a family affair too. Everyone just kind of mingled and played with each other's kids, it was super nice. Tyler and I talked on the way home, and it was exactly the kind of shower we'd like to have someday. We were planning on coming home Saturday afternoon, but we were totally exhausted. So we stayed another night. Jenette and Aaron left to run some errands and left us with the kids. Tyler played with Ethan on his Star Wars game. I think they had fun ... Ethan sure seemed to. I sat with Kara while she slept. Then she woke up and the little stinker was starving but refused to take her bottle. Oh well ... the fight that she put up refusing the bottle just gave me more quiet time while she was eating. She's such a happy baby! Tyler was really sweet to take some time with her too. He's really good with kids. He'll be a good dad someday. Aaron made enchiladas for dinner and margaritas. They were killer good. We mostly just hung out. But truth be told, we needed that relaxed social time. We don't often get that. We left Sunday morning around 9. Which was great because it gave me time to crash before I left at 2:30 for a bridal shower in Ada. It was really good to see the girls that were there. Yay for weddings! Tyler and I are really looking forward to this one. One of many this summer ... Then last night I had a jewelry party to attend. Another fun one. I needed that social time too.

- Upcoming events: Trip to Marion this coming weekend. STE business. Then another jewelry meeting Monday, and a new group starting up at church. Next weekend my mom is coming up. We're going to take Gramma out for lunch for mother's day ... yeah ... late, but the only time we could fit in in. The weekend after that is Memorial day weekend and we have a family function. Then, the first two weekends in June we have weddings. I keep thinking that we already have plans for the third weekend in June, but I can't remember what ... oh well ...

- So this was way longer than I expected. I need to get moving again on laundry. Today is rug washing day. I also need to find some lunch ... and I have to pick up Sophie at 3 today. Later ...

Monday, May 07, 2007

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

3:30 Brain

Yeah ... I've been bad ... sorry about that. Truth be told, I've been going through some stuff and just haven't felt like posting about it ... However, my lack of motivation leaves my loyal reader (Is there more than one of you? :P) with nothing to read. Bummer for you ...

So it's 3:30 in the morning and I'm up. This is the second night in a row for this awful sleep pattern. Last night I was up sick at this time ... tonight ... well - let's just say that not only am I up sick, I had quite the dream that I just couldn't shake.

So ... what's going on? ... Well ... We're working on getting the office in order for what Tyler thinks will work best for him and Aflac. It's an absolute mess right now ... but it will get there. What is done and where it will be is nice. And we've both been really good about just getting rid of stuff we don't need and/or use. I've been on a real kick of "get rid of what we don't need/use ... get it out of our house" recently ... I must say that I know this isn't completely unfounded ... I just don't know the full extent of what's causing it yet.

DOC called. My second pair of glasses is in. I can't go down there to get them this week. I can't go this weekend. I can't go next week. I can't go next weekend. You know what? ... I pretty much can't get away from Findlay (except for all of the stuff that's already booked) for quite a while. So mom's going to pick them up and mail them to me. I have been blessed ... truly. Mom is an absolutely incredible woman. She's more than I could have ever wished for or imagined a mom should/could be. Don't get me wrong ... she's not on a pedestal or anything ... we've had our rough times. But we're where we are now in our relationship because of the way she's been willing to redefine it over time. We most certainly don't look like what I think most mother/daughter teams look like. And I think that we're closer than most ... which can be a problem at times (for everyone ... sorry sweetie ... I know). Mom and I are more friends than parent and child. But I know I can still call and talk to my mommy if I need/want to. I wouldn't trade that for the world.

We're going to be crazy busy for a while. We have a baby shower and a bridal shower this weekend. I'm skipping small group on Thursday to have dinner with my Big Sis (who hasn't been in state since our wedding almost 3 years ago). Usually I wouldn't skip ... but it's been 3 years since I've had a chance to spend time with her. And she graduated a year before I did ... so it's really been almost 4 years since we've had good quality time together. Next week I have a meeting every night. We're headed to another STE meeting next weekend. Then we start in on the wedding marathon of the summer. I know I'm looking forward to it. It's just harder when we have to go go go ...

I do have some more to say ... but I'm tired. I've finally cooled down and finished my water. Hopefully I've seen enough HGTV to clear my head tonight. Sorry about the long time between and then the length of the post. I'll try to be better ...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


So Mom came up last week. She was here Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. I must admit that the visit was nice. We all went to a Sedar meal on Thursday night. I miss regularly attending. It was nice. Friday, Mom wanted to buy some new pants for school. So we hauled up to Toledo to a mall. It was nice to spend the day with Mom and Tyler. She found some great pants and a couple of skirts to wear to school. She's still on the hunt for shoes though. I found a really flattering sun dress. The zipper was broken though. So we got it for a big discount. I have already changed the zipper out for a new one ... I just need to sew the hook and eye back on the top. I was hoping to wear it this coming weekend ... but we'll see. Maybe Friday night. Tyler got a couple of dress shirts and a new tie. All three of us found new spring jackets ... like nicer than a windbreaker ones. I really dig mine.

Thursday wasn't a fabulous day for me. My new job laid me off. Grr. Just until business picks up though. I think that the boss thinks that's going to be a lot sooner than I think it is. Oh well. I am still nannying after school. I do really enjoy that.

Tyler had a couple of really great productive meetings on Thursday. Things are really starting to move for him. That's so encouraging to see.

This coming weekend is Conclave. We went down to Ada last night for Brotherhood so that Tyler could answer any questions or concerns they might have. I was surprised that they had almost 2 hours worth of business that involved us being there ... and they kept going after we left. It was really good that we went though. I know Tyler feels that way. I know that it was good that he was there to field some of the questions and concerns that the brothers had.

So we're in Indy this weekend. We still don't know what time we'll get there. I know we were both hoping for sooner rather than later ... but it looks like he might have to go to some Aflac training thing in Delphos in the afternoon. We're both really looking forward to the weekend. We're having dinner with JT on Friday night. He and Tyler were in the same pledge class. He's the alumni delegate for E. It will be good. I'm sure there'll be plenty more changes for me to share after Conclave ...

In the meantime ... I have a TON of work to do and errands to run before Friday morning.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Heels and Hopes ... Both High

So I wear heels to work now. That's pretty different than the tennis shoes I wore to school to work, to clean to work, and to nanny to work. My feet hurt today. They don't want me to put them back in heels ... but yet ... heels I must.
Yep. You read that right. I have a professional job. I'm back to working bridals. There's a really well established business in Tiffin that just expanded to Findlay. They took over the old I DO! building out by Olive garden. The owner is super nice. I really enjoy working with her and for her. She did a wonderful job remodeling the space too. It looks like how I think a bridal shop should look too. There's only one downside that I've spotted ... For now, until she can justify hiring more people, it's just going to be the two of us working. She doesn't want to be left alone in the evenings. So for a while ... I'll be late to our evening activities. Bummer ... but Tyler and I talked about it. I don't want to give up the shot at a full-time job because I have no short-term flexibility with my schedule. I am so tired of having to split myself 2, 3, even 4 or 5 ways just to make not enough money to even make a dent in helping with the bills. Yesterday, I made more money than I do in a full week of nannying. I just don't want to loose that earning potential - especially while Tyler's still getting his feet under him.
So ... the long and short of it ... I'm happy about the job. I'm not thrilled about the hours - but I know that they're just short-term. So this is a good thing. Okay ... I have to leave for work in about 2 hours. I should get busy around here. I find that I'm just not motivated to do housework when I don't get home till 8:30. Imagine that. :P

Friday, March 30, 2007

Second Chances ...

Okay ... so I have an interview tonight at 5. I'll post more about it afterwards ... I'm still kinda superstitious about sharing too soon. Let's just say that this could be a very good thing.

In the meantime I'm washing windows and doors, cleaning the bathroom, and cleaning up my mess in the kitchen from sewing world.

Now ... what to wear ... hmm ...

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Switchfoot and Switch Plates

I find myself in a bit of a reflective mood today. And here is what I find myself reflecting upon (it's by Switchfoot) ...

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
Yesterday is a promise that you've broken
Don't close your eyes, don't close your eyes
This is your life and today is all you've got now
Yeah, and today is all you'll ever have
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Yesterday is a kid in the corner
Yesterday is dead and over

This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, are you who you want to be
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes
Don't close your eyes

This is your life are you who you want to be
This is your life are you who you want to be, yeah

This is your life, are you who you want to be, who you want to be yeah
This is your life, are you who you want to be (who you want to be)
This is your life, is it everything you dreamed it would be
When the world was younger and you had everything to lose

And you had everything to lose

For those who aren't Switchfoot fans it's called This is Your Life. I loved this song. Mandy played it at JZ's funeral. I couldn't listen to it for a while. I can again ... and that makes me happy ... but that is beside the point and neither here nor there. The real reason I've been thinking about it lies here: Am I living like I want to live? For the most part - yes. I am happily married. I love taking care of my husband and our home. I enjoy one of my jobs ... I tolerate the other one :P. Tyler and I have wonderful friends. We enjoy our jOURney church. We are blessed. And yet there's a part of me wondering what it is that's not quite right. I find quite the call here to really live like today is it. I wonder how our lives and world would change if everyone honored today for what it is truly worth. Hmm ...

(And now, because I'm not so sure that deep reflection is working for me today ...)

On to the switch plates part of the title. It's spring. That means spring cleaning. I LOVE this time of year. I LOVE that I have the luxury of spending a large chunk of time cleaning our home and making it sparkle. Don't get me wrong. I do clean on a regular (read "weekly") basis. There's just something different about this time of year. The kitchen is gorgeous. I am so thrilled to have the inside of our appliances clean. (Yeah ... I know ... it's the simple - well dorky - things that please me.) The cupboards are clean ... inside and out. The bathroom is just as clean. Today's mission is: you guessed it - switch plates. No one ever thinks to clean where our dirty little fingers leave marks. Also on the list today - the insides of our washer and dryer need washed out, the furniture needs vacuumed, and the shower needs scrubbed down again (Tyler ran mop water for the floors in the bathtub after I cleaned it the first time ... oh well ... today's cleaning should be easier.), and I'm thinking that will probably be it in the time I have for today. Tomorrow I'll have more time.

And on a bit of a side note here: I don't understand why people freak out at the thought of sending your child to a friend's house when that friend has the chicken pox. That's what mom did to me ... I survived. Seriously - better to expose your child and get it out of the way when he's between like 4 and 9 than have him in college and ridiculously sick. Seriously people.

Okay ... on to switch plates ... :P

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Yes. In my last post I promised that I would comment on the whole Jesus tomb thing on Discovery. And I will ... I haven't had time to re-watch the show so that I'm not just making smart comments and laughing here ... and so be patient. It will come.

In the meantime - jOURney discussion was really good this past week. We talked about the Good Samaritan and Mary and Martha. So here's what I got ... (yes, I shared some of this - but not all on Sunday) Sometimes we want to do it all. We want to be the Samaritan. But sometimes we can't do it all. No matter what we want ... so what we can do is something. And we shouldn't belittle what we can do. At times we need to sit at Jesus' feet, because that is what is most crucial at that time. We don't have to have a perfect home or a seven course meal prepared for our guests ... we just need to sit with them - and be. Here's the real lesson for me. I far too often get caught up in my to-do lists and forget to just be with the people in my life. I am blessed that the people in my life are still there when I remember to look up from the chore list. And I realize that. But where does the balance lie? The chores need to be done. I'm only able to do those chores and other things on my lists at certain times of the day. I still need to be able to sleep at night. So where is the balance? Where is the time that it's permissible for me to work on checking off the things on those lists? I don't know that answer yet. The times that I think it's okay ... well ...

So speaking of my lists ... I have made serious progress recently. The ironing was all finished before I went to bed last night. The laundry is finished. I need to wash the rugs in the house. I'll do that while I'm washing the floors this afternoon. I'm behind on Chrysalis work. I know that I am. But Tyler's been really busy with work and fraternity stuff on the computer. I always feel bad when I need to be on the computer and he's busy. But I need a serious chunck of time ... and I'm just not home that much when he's gone. I must say that I miss my laptop. I miss the days when it was still working. Ahh well ...

Okay ... off to school. Hopefully there won't be any petty cat fights between the monitors today. (You'd think that adults could conduct themselves as such, but apparently not.) Then quick hour home for lunch, washing floors and rugs, and paying bills. Pick up Sophie, run her to dance, stop at Curves for half an hour, dinner, and Bible discussion group. Wow ... it sure looks like I'll be busy today ... oh well. That's how I like it.

(Andrea or Ryan - I'm almost finished with your alterations. I need to stop and pick up some thread for your dressy pants - I didn't have anything that would work. Hopefully I can bring your clothing back to you tonight. :))

Monday, March 05, 2007

Thoughts and a Song

The thoughts shall follow at a later date and time. Tyler and I watched the Jesus tomb documentary on Discovery last night ... I would like to comment on that ... but my brain is just not there right now. In the meantime I'd like to share with you the lyrics to a song that is playing in my head right now - My Savior My God:

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior

I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is,
My God He's always gonna be...

My Savior loves my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is,
My God He's always gonna be...

Yes living dying let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my king
Once died to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is,
My God He's always gonna be...

My Savior loves my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is,
My God He's always gonna be...

Thursday, February 22, 2007


So that last post was kinda cryptic. Sorry about that. I really have been going crazy around here though.

So I've recently started a new medication ... and my body isn't crazy about it. It's been a whole week since I've been to work. I hadn't been to work all that consistantly before that either (still getting over that grr flu). Last Friday was the last day that I really felt okay. Not great ... but okay. I have been trapped in the house and on the couch since Sunday afternoon. I am however making progress. While I'm not working today (a large part of that being that I NEED to be at the Chrysalis board meeting tonight), I am capable of sitting up. That's progress. Even last night, I couldn't sit up for more than 5 minutes. Today, I've been sitting up for a good hour now.

And now on to other topics.

Holy cow the fog was nuts yesterday. There was a good chunk of the morning that you couldn't see my car parked in the driveway from our kitchen window ... which is no more than 20 feet away. CRAZY! They tried to run schools on a 2-hour delay yesterday, but then ended up cancelling all together. I can't blame them. It was near impossible to see down to the end of our street (about a half of a mile) until afternoon ... even then, the fog didn't really clear till 2 ish and then was back in full force around 6. Major crazy. Tyler kept me posted on the state of the fog every time I spoke with him yesterday.

More in the crazy weather realm ... today's wind is nuts! I seriously just felt the house move. Seriously.

So Tyler's in Cincy today. This is his last training down there for a while. I know he's tired of driving down there all the time. I'm sure tired of him driving like this. He'll be home tonight. That's a good thing. At least it's not an all day deal this time ... just an afternoon.

And now I will go lay down ... I have reached my limit of sitting up time. Just one more thing ...

Welcome to the world Kara Diane Aldridge! Congrats Jenette and Aaron!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

And Now ... A Song ...

I am slowly going crazy ...
1 ...
2 ...
3 ...
4 ...
5 ...
6 ...
Crazy going slowly am I ...
6 ...
5 ...
4 ...
3 ...
2 ...
1 ...

I hate when I don't know what's going on ... and I'm not talking about in the world ... I'm talking about in myself. This whole emotional crap is stupid. I don't understand what my problem is. Grr ...
And the worst part of it all ... It's upsetting my relationship with Tyler. We're fine. But thanks to stupid head ol' me things are tense and rough. And it's all because I can't answer what the heck my probem is ...

stupid ...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

It's a B-E-A-U-Tiful Day

And not because of the blizzard-esque conditions outside of my window ... and not just because there's a snow day and I still get paid for working today ... but the real reason ....

It's officially baseball season!

And that makes me a VERY happy girl. Pitchers and catchers report today ... ahh ... as of noon today ... it's a beautiful thing. And at noon tomorrow they report to the Cubs training camps ... ahh ... then my team will officially be in season ... The Indians report later this week ...

It's the most wonderful time ... of the year ...

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The "S"s of my Life

... and there are three ...

1. It's SNOWING. It's pretty. I'm a sucker for snow. Although there's a part of me that admits I'm only enjoying it as much as I am because I don't have to go out in it. Why you ask? Don't you have jobs to go to today? ... why yes ... but ...

2. I'm SICK. I was sick like this at the start of the year. Twice in January. Seriously ... what's up with me? ... Fevers twice in the same month? I'm feeling a little better right now, but I was up almost all night ... grr ... I hate when I'm up all night. Do you realize how much NOTHING is on in the middle of the night? Seriously - from 3-5 am I had nothing to watch. And I just wasn't in the infomercial mood last night. Being up all night leads to ...

3. I'm SLEEPY. But I can't sleep. I hate that restlessness that comes with sickness and the inability to sleep ... ahh well ... this can't last too much longer. I don't have time to be sleepy or sick. And so I shall will my healing processes into hyperspeed and I'll be able to work tomorrow. I can just tell it. I shall will myself better and then will be able to go to Cincy on Saturday for STEBowl. I just know it.

(okay ... I might have more to say - but I'm too tired to try and figure out how to word them with "S"s and I don't really want to break away from my theme right now. I'm out ... )

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The Heart of Our Lord

In Luke chapter 7, you'll find the story of a funeral procession for a widow's only son. In that time, women didn't own property or really have the ability to care for themselves. The fact that she was a widow meant that she was relying on her male children to take her in and care for her. This was a funeral for her only son - so she was pretty much out of luck. Being that she was son-less and a widow, she'd probably be forced into begging or prostitution to provide for herself. Being that there was a good chance she didn't own any property, including her home, she would probably find herself homeless. It is a scene of deep sorrow and desperation. Luke 7:13 says, "When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
What a picture of the heart of our Lord. Here we have a real life tangible example of how much our Lord is there for us. Jesus' heart went out to the widow, and his heart goes out to each and every one of us.
I have to say, we've had a rough month. Three people in our world have passed away. While we were not super close to two of them, our hearts still hurt for those left behind. Yes we're still grieving for Z ... and yes, most days are good days and most memories make me happy ... but still ... it's a lot ... Teresa passed and left a husband and three young children. Roger passed and left a wife and three children (23, 18, and 13). Whether the passing was expected or not it's still hard to face ... and it still hurts my heart.
Here, however, I find comfort. For in the lowest moment of this widow's life, Jesus' heart hurt for her and went out to her. So for us, in those moments of desperation and loss - in those times where we can't understand why - how incredibly comforting it is to know that God's heart goes out to meet us there.
Now, being humans and by our nature, we get in the way of God and God's workings. So here I pose a question to you ... How much more comfort and solace could/would we feel if we didn't get in God's way?

Monday, January 22, 2007


days till pitchers and catchers report.

I am happy.

Life is good.

Baseball is almost here again.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

How I lost the last two weeks ...

Friday morning, January 5, 2007, Tyler and I received an aweful phone call. A very dear friend of ours and his mother were killed in a car accident the night before. He was 25. I'd rather not dwell on it right now ... I will however say that JZ was one of our best friends. In the 6 years we were blessed with his friendship, we were also blessed with a lifetime of memories. I know that we won't loose those, because he will live on in all of our friends and in his widow, Mandy. His memorial service was on Monday the 15th. It was really nice. I think that we all needed it, and I know it was what he would have wanted. Yes, there were tears (a dear friend was ripped from our lives too soon), but they were far outweighed by the laughter that day.

And I'll give you, and myself, a moment to transition .......................

So I should be at work right now. It's Thursday, so I should be at the school working lunch ... however Tyler left for work this morning and took my keys. Of course, he has his keys too. So that leaves me with no keys. So here I am, not working, just chilling ... figured it was past due time for an update.

So, what else has gone on around here in the last couple of weeks? ... Things with Kayla are going well. She's social and honestly, after having two guys in the house while Nooner was living with us, it's a treat to have two girls. Tyler's training with Aflac this week. He was in Cincy Tuesday and Wednesday. It was really nice to have someone here with me while he was gone Tuesday night. He'll be there Friday and Saturday morning too. It'll be nice to have Kayla here then too.
Things with jOURney are really moving along too. Public launch is this Sunday. Check out the webpage (link on the side of my blog). Kayla's been a real gift in that area too. She's been so willing to just pitch in where ever. She's also been coming along to gatherings on Sundays and Bible discussion on Tuesdays. It's been really good to have an outside perspective. Tuesday night on the way home from Bible disucussion she said something to me that was wonderful to hear ... she said that she feels like she can just be with the people here. These people she's met she feels like she's gotten to know, like she'd acctually want to come back and visit them ... like she's not just here for a month and she hasn't just met them. She feels like they're being real. WOO HOO Y'ALL!!!!! That's what we're going for. We strive so hard to be authentic, but we don't really have anyone new or outside of our little group of friends to tell us how we're doing ... and apparently we're rocking out on the right track. :)
Things with the school are going great. They've been so understanding of me needing a bit of time off to help with whatever I can for Mandy ... they've been so good about letting me not work because my temp job won't let me have days off without swapping them for a Tuesday or Thursday. Kayla and I were talking about this the other night ... we don't know when we started not expecting the best from people. And it bums us out that we don't anymore. It shouldn't be that way, we shouldn't be shocked when someone is sweet and understanding ... but it does ... and that's not cool.
Things with Sophie are going well too. I am so blessed by that family and the time I get to spend there. It's a bit of sanity for me. It also allows me to serve where I know I am needed ... and Becky expressing her appreciation is nice too ... not necessary ... but nice to hear that I am helping out.
Things with the temp assignment are poopy. The woman who's admin I am doesn't seem to know for sure what I'm supposed to be doing for her. She wanted someone to make sales calls, but she's also given me 700 other things to do and track too. I'm doing the sales paperwork, tracking inventory, requisitoning supplies for the crews, tracking that, marketing plans for online sales, cost analysis on those, dealing with some outside side sales for another company, phone calls, tracking and recording $ sales amounts daily and month and year to date, and filling in for the receptionist while she's at lunch. So yesterday, the woman called me into her office and yelled at me for not making enough sales calls. But she's the one who has me following her around and doing a ton of other stuff for 3 hours a day. I'm only supposed to be there from 9-1 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, there are very few days that I acctually get to leave at 1. Usually it's more like 1:30. Which is okay ... it just severly shortens my lunch break (I have to leave to get Sophie at 2:15). Yesterday, I left work after 2 and had to go straight to school. The woman had a clear understanding that I cannot stay and work indefinately when I started there. She knew I have an afternoon job and that I have to leave to pick Sophie up at 2:15 at the latest. She understood that I have to leave at 1 on days that I have Sophie. I know she got this. Yesterday, at 1:45 when I reminded her that I really had to go, she gave me yet another huge pile of work that had to be done yesterday. It was after 2:15 when I left yesterday. I had to go straight to school yesterday. I hate having to do that. My head hurt so bad yesterday because I didn't have any food after my breakfast at 8:15 that morning. Why didn't I eat? I wasn't allowed to stop working. grr ... Oh well ... as soon as Tyler starts making money on a regular basis I'm out of there. I am so looking forward to going back to the school five days a week. Then I can pick up more seamstress work and a couple of cleaning jobs maybe. I am however, going crazy there ...
... and holding down three jobs is getting old (and tiring) very fast ...

Okay ... so before I completely wrap this up here I have two more things to say:
1) Cole Wright is home and adjusting well. Please go read about it. It's been so uplifting and such a blessing to keep up on the happenings in the Wright's adoption world. You can read it on Trevor's blog (linked on the side of mine).
2) Ryan and Andrea Clements are two of the coolest people around. Their son Reese is up there too. Monday night they made dinner for the three of us. It was major yummy chicken tacos. So we're sitting there after dinner and the kid is going on and on and so Andrea thought to change his diaper (he's almost 2). But on her way upstairs with him and he says, "Front Poop." Yeah ... front poop ... apparently since he knows the word "poop" he has decided to clarify which poop he's doing - poop or pee ... yeah ... sweetness all around. We laughed and laughed and laughed. It was fabulous! We also watched Cars. Super cute, we hadn't seen it yet. I'd watch it again. Andrea also made carmel popcorn for during the movie. It was perhaps the most amazing thing I had eaten since the chicken tacos a couple of hours earlier. mmm mmm good ...

Okay ... I think that's plenty for now ... sorry it was so long ... I think I'm going to take care of some business/cleaning around the house. I couldn't go to work today ... so I might as well be super productive around here instead.