Friday, December 30, 2005

Home Again.....

Whew. Home again and ready to get back into my routine!! Here's a recap of the last couple of weeks:

Monday, Dec 19: my annual Open House where my apartment was full with friends.

Mon-Wed: Craziness at work trying to get things wrapped up for most all of the accounting department to be out this week.

Thursday, Dec 22: up before the crack of dawn to be in the car headed to Tennessee by 7:00 am. My parents and I drove in their Odyssey and my sister and bro-in-law drove in their Pilot. We drove, and drove, and drove.......talking back and forth between the vehicles via walkie-talkie and even playing Trivial Pursuit between the cars. Such fun!!

Thursday evening: dinner in Memphis with the old youth minister from
my parent's church in Abilene. Then back to the motel to do Christmas with our immediate family. Pretty good haul for 5 adults!!



Then Friday, we headed to my cousin Teresa's house for the whole family Christmas lunch. Our five, plus: Teresa & Todd, Jason and Kelsey; Randy & Tracy, Noah and Ross; Aunt Geneva; Uncle Freddie; Grandma. Lots of yummy food and gifts exchanged between Teresa's clan and the rest of us. Teresa is a pretty avid photographer, so she is good about making sure we always take pictures. Here's the first photo of our new family with bro-in-law Phillip:



We headed down to Tullahoma for the rest of our visit. Spent the weekend with family, hanging out, eating more, watching movies, etc. After a midnight service on Christmas Eve, we got up early for the traditional Christmas morning breakfast cooked by my cousin Randy -- eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuts and gravy, hashbrowns......all soooo very yummy! He does a great job! Then off to church and back to Aunt Neva's for beef tenderloin, baked potatoes and cheesecake for Christmas lunch.

Heather had to work this week, so she and Phillip got up early on Monday and headed home. I headed down to a very fun yummy Mexican food lunch with
Mae (met her beautiful daughter Hadlee!!), Donna and Terri at Rosie's in Huntsville, AL. It was so much fun!! Thanks girls!

We headed back to Texas on Wednesday. Made it back to my place about noon on Thursday. While we were gone, the apartment fairies had been busy. Putting in new mini blinds, a new fridge, new kitchen floor, new stove, and cleaning the carpet.







So, now, I'm home. Doing laundry. Putting everything back in order. Starting to pack away Christmas. Planning on a quiet New Year's Eve with my good friend Kelly. And looking forward to three more days before going back to work!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Forty-three

Yes, you read the title right......forty-three (43) is how many people were in my apartment tonight for the big Christmas open house! I beat last year's total by 13!!! And there were several folks that are regulars that weren't here this year.

Y'all it is so much work, but it is sooooo much more fun than work! I love it!

Now that the dishwasher is humming away, I'm off to bed. G'night.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

It's almost here......

This weekend is spent in final preparation for my:

I'm making the last food item right now - sausage balls. Still need to prepare the concentrate for my punch and then clean, straighten, set the table, etc.

Timer's beeping, break time's over....back to work!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas Q&A

Stole this off of Malia's blog....

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wraps

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? I grew up with colored on both -- now I have white on my garland/tree in my apartment.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Would if I had access, a good place to hang it, and any hopes of it working!!

5. When do you put your decorations up? Ideally, the weekend after Thanksgiving, but the past couple of years it has been the weekend before Thanksgiving.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Sausage balls.....although they can be made any time of year, typically we got them at Christmas time and for as long as the leftovers lasted!!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Taking candy off our candy bell each night before bed .... counting down the days until Santa!!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? The truth about Santa? Well, I guess that depends on how you interpret the question. If you mean when did I learn that a fat man in a red suit does not really ride a sleigh and come down my chimney and leave presents, I honestly have no idea when that happened for me. It just did and I accepted it and moved on. We never discussed the fact that Santa is a fairy tale....matter of fact, we all still pretend that Santa really still exists!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Not officially -- but our Christmas has never been about the date on the calendar, but on how our family schedule works out and when we are able to be together. So, if Christmas falls on Christmas Eve, then yes!

10. What kind of cookies does Santa get set out for him? Whatever is made -- cookies, candies, etc.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Love it! Definitely don't get enough of it down here in Texas!

12. Can you ice skate? Not really.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? No, there's a new favorite every year!

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Spending quality time with family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? There are far too many to mention.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? My favorite Christmas tradition these days is the annual party that I throw. I love hosting people in my home and it is a way to get a wide variety of people here at once!

17. What tops your tree? A bow - growing up it was a crystal angel that my mom made.

18. Which do you prefer Giving or Receiving? Both.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Carol? this moment? Frosty the Snowman.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yuck.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Wireless

I've finally gone wireless -- well at least some of the time. My laptop from work has a wireless card (thanks to a great tech guy who got me lots of cool stuff when he bought it!!). So today, my personal "Geek on Call" (my daddy) went and bought me a wireless router and set up a little wireless network here in my apartment.

I probably could have installed and set it up by myself, but I think it would have caused me major frustration and probably many many phone calls.

So, now, I can sit on my couch and work, email, blog etc while I watch TV! Ain't technology grand?!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Cold

Well, it has been truly cold and icky this week -- at least the past two days. Yesterday the high was somewhere in the upper 20s I think, with off and on sleet/freezing rain. Made for some fun frozen streets this morning!! Most of the schools closed, but our offices were open. I think by about 10:00 everyone had trickled in that was gonna make it. {of course, we had a few whiny babies that didn't want to come into work, so they said they couldn't make it even though they live closer to the office than me -- my commute is 5 miles or less} Bright sunshine helped melt away some ice patches, but it was still below freezing all day. I think it is going to hit a record low tonight, somewhere around 17 degrees.

I think we've finally put a bow on the Home Tour and have called it done. We had a wrap-up, brain dump session yesterday with lots of thoughts and opinions for things to do {or not do} for next year. Personally, I almost think that it is time to come up with a new fundraiser. I'm not sure this is fun any more. And shouldn't we be able to enjoy ourselves while raising money for a great organization? I've got a big plastic tub of checkout supplies ready to go to Home Tour storage (aka the Exec Dir's garage). Will take it over this weekend, then I'm washing my hands of it all.

I'm starting to get things moving for my open house on Monday the 19th. I'll post a pic of the invite closer to time. Got some of the groceries purchased last night - before dark - so that *if* we had a "snow day" today, I could be productive. Made salsa last night. Made banana bread last Monday. Made peppermint bark tonight.

Now, off to wrap the rest of my parent's Christmas presents. They are coming out this weekend and I don't want them to figure anything out!! Now, if Mom wants to help me wrap Heather & Phillip's, that would be a whole nother story!


p.s. ala Donna the little squiggly brackets will mean sarcasm here in this little spot of cyberspace {bet you didn't know I had it in me, huh?!}

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Shorthand

My family has been trading emails today talking about our upcoming long weekend together. Included in the discussion of our plans have been some of our family shortcut abbreviations.

My new brother in law hasn't quite caught on to all of them, so he sent a message to us all asking what F&M (Freddie & Mary - my aunt & uncle) and M&D (Mom & Daddy) were. We've been playing fun emails back and forth all afternoon teasing him.

I've always used my own shorthand abbreviations - and my stint in public accounting taught me many, many more. Plus, my mom and her mom actually read and write shorthand (the official, old-school business language). I've always wanted to be able to read it - to have my own "secret" language - but also to be able to read mom's notes on who gets what for Christmas!!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Catching Up

Well, the Home Tour was once again a HUGE success. Final numbers aren't in yet, but I would guess that it will surpass our goal of $30,000.

My whole body hurts from standing, hauling, twisting, climbing, etc to help get everything organized. And that was just on Saturday.

Sunday, we had a non-stop mad rush of people checking out from the Holiday Shoppe for well over three hours.

I'm off today, counting money, reorganizing the checkout stuff to be stored until next year, and in general catching my breath before the crazy busy spiral to the end of the year.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Mia's Story

I've recently found the blog of some folks I knew at ACU. They are over in China right now bringing home their daughter, Mia. Check out the blog if you have a little time (and some spare tears to shed) - it is an amazing, heartwarming story!

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Wednesday

So, today is Wednesday. Hump day. The downhill slide to the weekend. Except that this week, the upcoming weekend is going to be far more work than relaxation. Yes, you remembered correctly - the first weekend of December is the New Friends New Life Home Tour. Like last year, I'm responsible for the checkout process at the Holiday Shoppe. Ensuring that our visitors have a smooth and easy checkout process, and that we can evaluate effectively where they spent their money.....yep. That's my job. Hopefully will be a little smoother this year than last. Saturday we'll spend the day getting the Holiday Shoppe set up, then Sunday is the big day. The Home Tour brings in a big chunk of change towards the annual operating budget and the determination of how many women we can help in their venture to straighten out their lives.

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On this Wednesday, I am also wondering several things:

*will I ever figure out what I am "supposed" to do/be?

*will my Prince Charming ever cross paths with me? and is it time to help that along by joining the digital age of dating?


*do I really want to stay in my apartment -- or is it time to "put on my big girl panties" and deal with home ownership?


*are we supposed to "figure it out"? whatever "it" is......


*how can I reconcile the talents that I have related to working and the deep-seated desire that I have to chunk that work out the window and be "just" a mom? am I going to have that choice to make?

*why do I have such a hard time waking up in the mornings? even when I know that I am getting sufficient sleep?


Ok, I'm going to stop there. I have many, many more questions swirling around in my brain, but I think that is enough for today. I don't want to freak anyone out or cause any of my readers undue worry. :-)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Home Again

Well, I'm home again.

Our Thanksgiving was somewhat unconventional - at least by the traditions of my family - but it was a good time to hang out with family.

We all got home Wednesday evening, went out to dinner, etc.

Thursday, my sister and her husband headed out to his sister's house for the day. Since Mom & Daddy's kitchen is still under construction, we went up to University Place (where my grandparents live) to eat lunch with them. There were far fewer choices and the food wasn't quite up to our standards, but it was okay. We went back home after lunch, took naps, watched football, etc.

Friday, we got up and went shopping. But not at the crack of dawn with all the crazy people. Just a leisurely 10:00 am departure. We went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Shopped some more and ate dinner at a new place in town, Red Robin.

Saturday, Heather and I had haircut appointments. After lunch, Heather & Phillip headed back to Mesquite so they'd have some weekend left to clean house and decorate for Christmas. Mom, Daddy & I laid around and watched movies.

Church today, lunch, then I headed home. Construction and serious traffic jams on I-20 caused me to take the scenic route -- took about an hour longer than normal, but at least I was moving the whole time and the roads I took were pretty empty.

Now, I've unpacked and am just relaxing before gearing up for a BUSY week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Going Home

Packed (well mostly) and ready to head home for the holiday......

Now, if I didn't still have a day of that pesky little thing called work!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Question

Do you ever feel like you just don't fit? Anywhere? There are days that I just don't feel like I fit.....in my own skin, in my job, in my family, with my friends, in this big city...... I just wonder - what is going on? Am I doing somthing wrong? Why am I feeling so disconnected and disassociated? Why don't I feel like I fit .... here (wherever that is)?

I do.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I did it again....

Yep, I did. Just like last year ...... I decorated for Christmas again before Thanksgiving. Ugh. I hate, Hate, HATE that I have to do that. But, I do so much in this season that I can't get it all done without some serious list-making and time-organizing.

So, yes. I spent all evening Friday, all day yesterday and the better chunk of this afternoon unpacking boxes and scattering decorations all over my little apartment. I do save the outside stuff (door hanger and door mat) until after Thanksgiving, though!!

I'm headed home to
my parent's casa for Thanksgiving this week. It will be a little unorthodox this year, since mom still doesn't have a complete kitchen. So, no home-cooked Thanksgiving staples this year! It will be good to be home and hang out as a family though.

Now, I'm off to be a couch potato for the rest of the evening.....

mmmmm........pie

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses

Friday, November 18, 2005

20/15

Yep, you read it right -- I'm not just seeing perfect at 20/20 in each eye, I'm seeing 20/15 using both eyes together!!! I just love technology! Thanks for all your prayers for the surgeries and the healing process afterwards. They were definitely answered!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Learning Chinese

My 93 year old granddaddy often sends email forwards that he gets from who knows where. This one struck me as funny. Enjoy!

Quick Lesson in Chinese (read the translation OUT LOUD for full effect)

English Chinese

That's not right Sum Ting Wong

Are you harboring a fugitive? Hu Yu Hai Ding

See me ASAP Kum Hia Nao

Small Horse Tai Ni Po Ni

Did you go to the beach? Wai Yu So Tan

I think you need a face lift Chin Tu Fat

It's very dark in here Wai So Dim

I thought you were on a diet Wai Yu Mun Ching

This is a tow away zone No Pah King

Our meeting is scheduled for next week Wai Yu Kum Nao

Staying out of sight Lei Ying Lo

He's cleaning his automobile Wa Shing Ka

Your body odor is offensive Yu Stin Ki Pu


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

WIND!

Well, some norther did blow in today while I was up on the 28th floor working like a banshee. It was a balmy 65 or so this morning when I headed out and at about 5:00 when I left the office the temp had dropped to about 55 and the wind is blowing hard from the north. Brrrr!

I am so ready for it to feel like winter though. Terri has talked about the summer monster and winter monster fighting it out. I think the winter monster may have finally won here in North Texas.

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My eyes are doing great today, in case you are wondering. I actually started getting antsy yesterday just sitting on the couch and watching TV. Even though today was a busy, busy day, it went so much faster because I was being productive! My vision is sharpening up each day and it is wonderful! Just two more nights of sleeping with crazy plastic shields over my eyes. And just a few more days until I can start wearing eye makeup again!!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Home to Rest

So, the doctors told me that I shouldn't plan on working today. One of the short-term effects of the surgery is difficulty focusing when reading. That translates into computer work as well. Unfortunately, I had to go in to work to get the presentation ready for our monthly staff meeting that is tomorrow.

I planned to go in late, get what I had to done, and then come home. I slept until about 7:30 this morning, made it to work about 9:30 and now it is 1:30 and I'm home resting my eyes. I feel good, my eyes feel good (no grittiness, crud, etc), but I get a bad bad headache when I try to focus on close up things. Which means I just HAVE to sit and watch TV!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

So far, so good

So, yesterday morning, got up bright and early. Ate a little breakfast, then headed for the surgery center.

Checked me in, lots of deadening drops in the eyes. Take me back to get really ready for surgery.

The surgeon and the doctor that I've been seeing for followup come in and have a discussion about what treatment they were actually going to do! LASIK vs PRK. Benefits and risks with both. I was starting to freak out here a little bit, because I was all set for LASIK and had never even heard the PRK option! It was just a difference of professional opinion and we finally proceeded with the LASIK augmentation as previously discussed. Whew.

Since I had already had LASIK and my eye "caps" were already cut, they just had to perforate the scarline, and then "unzip" it to lift back the cap. Then about 10 seconds on each eye, replace the cap, tape up my eyes and put me down to rest.

Came home, ate a little fruit snack, took a sleeping pill and went off to nap. Roused enough to eat some lunch, then crashed again. Got up about 4:30, went to dinner with my folks and watched some TV until about 9:00. Took another sleeping pill and went back to bed. Woke up about 7:00 this morning.

Breakfast - then back for the day-after check up. Reading 20/20 off the chart!!! Yippeee!!!

So, now I just have to be as careful and exacting with the drops, not rubbing my eyes, etc as I was the first time and we should be home free!!! Thanks so much for all your prayers. I really appreciate it!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More eye surgery

Saturday, I'll go back to the eye doctor for another LASIK procedure. They call it an "augmentation" - but it is really the same sugery again, with just a smaller amount of nearsightedness to be corrected. Your prayers for the surgery to go smoothly with no complications and that my recovery is as speedy and easy as before would be greatly appreciated.

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The Hays family has posted the video of Baby Ira coming home ..... check it out here if you haven't seen it yet. What a miracle.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Nap Couch

So, this post started coming into my brain as I was waking up from my Sunday afternoon nap....who knows what generated it.

After the two mandatory years of living on campus at college, my friends and I all moved off and got apartments or houses off campus. My junior year, I lived with Sarah and Sara in a duplex affectionately known as "the dupe" (named such by Sarah's brother Jason and his friend Darren). Katie, Dara, Mollie and two other gals lived in a house known as "the Abbey." Senior year, Sara moved over to "the Abbey" and Lacey moved into "the dupe."

The girls at the Abbey had three couches. Now, as most furniture of college students is, these couches were hand-me-downs. From whom, I have no idea - grandparents, older cousins, parents, goodwill, etc. One of the couches was known as the "nap couch" - presumably because it was quite conducive to a good nap.

As I woke from my Sunday afternoon nap on my couch today (after a series of strange dreams in that nap time), I realized that I have a great nap couch.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Pray

Please pray for my friend Allyson. Her mother died earlier this year. Tonight, her grandmother (her mom's mom) died after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for this family.

Dallas Stars

I had the opportunity to use my company's tickets to attend tonight's Dallas Stars hockey game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. It was such a great game....final score:

Stars 9
Blackhawks 1


I became a hockey/Stars fan in the 1998-99 season during the Stanley Cup playoffs. (That was the year the Stars won, in case you don't keep up with hockey.) Ever since then, I've enjoyed learning about the sport, attending some games, and even watching a few on TV. I've been blessed to go to each game on someone else's tickets, which I must say is the way to go! Why pay for a ticket when you can go for free?!

Now, I'm not a crazy, lunatic fan, and I don't keep up completely with all twists and turns in the season. But I would definitely root for the Stars anytime! Although I can't say that I really missed it last season when the NHL was on hiatus due to player strikes.....which many people would say makes me not a true fan.


Now, off to bed....and to sleep late in the morning!!

I got tagged

I have been tagged by Donna.

The rules:

1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

From September 14, 2004: I've come to the realization recently that one reason that I have been out-of-sorts, floundering, perhaps even a bit depressed is that I am not desperately seeking God.


Ok, well the thing that bothers me about that sentence and that entire post is that I could write almost exactly the same thing today!! You'd think in the space of about 14 months, I would have moved on from those thoughts and feelings. Yet, I still need that reminder to always, always, ALWAYS seek God in all that I do. To give over control to Him. To trust Him to guide my path and to trust that He does have a mangificent plan for my life!

Thanks, Donna, for the reminder nudge.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Eye Doctor update

So, I am back now from my visit to the eye surgery center. It was a frustrating visit, but in the end, I'm all set for my augmentation procedure next Friday.

See, here's the thing - my regular eye doctor was pregnant when I was getting ready to have my LASIK in January. So, she did all my pre-op testing and then referred me to the surgery center, where they performed the surgery and have done all my post-op care. So, when I was in for my six month visit and decided with the surgery doc that my vision could be augmented to get closer to perfect, he told me that I would come back to do the pre-op testing at the surgery center.

That is not normally the case -- normally, I would go back to my regular eye doc and she would refer me back to the surgery center. But since I have unique circumstances that meant I hadn't seen my regular eye doc since before the original procedure, there was some confusion today as to why I was there for my pre-op testing and not at my regular doctor's office.

I was frustrated because I've had to explain this odd situation several times - they never seem to remember it or make any kind of notes on my chart. Which almost caused me to have to figure out how to schedule an appt with my regular eye doc and then another with the surgery center BEFORE I could do the augmentation procedure, which probably would have meant that the appointment I have for next Friday would have had to have been rescheduled.


Thankfully, they were able to call my regular eye doc and get her permission to just go ahead and do the dilation and testing today and I don't have to go see her before the surgery. At least I assume that they spoke with her -- it is what they said they were going to do. In any event, the surgery center doc did the dilation and testing and I'm all set for my surgery next Friday.


Whew. Now I'm off to lay down for a bit -- I have a headache from straining to see since my eyes have been dilated!

Back to the Eye Doctor

You may remember, back in January when I talked about having LASIK. I had a successful surgery, but since my vision was SO VERY BAD to begin with, they didn't get me corrected all the way to 20/20.

While I definitely could live with 20/25 (which is where I am now), I figured that if I paid all this money and they can do a little enhancement procedure, then why not?

So, today I go in for the pre-operative testing, confirming that my eyes are still good candidates for surgery, dialation, etc. Then, next Friday, November 11 (my sister's 27th birthday, by the way), I will go under the knife (okay it's actually a laser) one more time.

Your prayers for a smooth and successful procedure would be greatly appreciated!!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Fever Pitch

I rented this movie this past weekend. It looked cute when it came out, but as is my typical custom, I didn't make it to the theater to see it.

Quick synopsis: work-a-holic Lindsey meets cute schoolteacher Ben in the fall. He's a Red Sox fan (literally from the origins of that abbreviation: a fanatic). Has great season tickets, goes to all the games, watches all the games, tapes all the games he doesn't go to or watch live on TV, etc, etc. They jump over the hurdles of learning how to compromise and make room in their lives for a relationship - "THE" relationship. And happy ending. (Sorry if you haven't seen it, but really, did you think it would end any other way?)

Couple things I liked about this movie:

1. Drew Barrymore. I don't always love her movies, but most of the time I do.
2. It gave me hope -- both Lindsey and Ben are successful career folks (i.e. not 22 years old) -- and still not married.

But, in a conversation where Lindsey's girlfriends have just met Ben for the first time and are analyzing whether he is acceptable, good enough, etc, a quote has stuck with me. Forgive the paraphrase if I don't get it completely right.

"Why is he 30 and still single? What is wrong with him?"

The movie did remind that I am not as old and decrepit as I sometimes feel -- but it also got me asking (again), "what is wrong with me?" Why haven't I met my prince charming yet? Why am I still waiting for unfulfilled dreams?

I know it isn't all about me and what I want and think I need. I know that God has a plan and His plans are far superior to mine. But at the same time, I often wonder "am I not good enough (smart enough, thin enough, pretty enough, etc, etc, etc)?"

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Pumpkin PC

Gotta love the digital age.....reading my headlines on My Yahoo page today, I ran across this link from the cnet news site:

Pumpkin PC

Pretty amazing stuff.....

For more details and specs of the Pumpkin PC, click here to go to the University of Arkansas computer store.


Friday, October 28, 2005

Recap

So, this week has been completely crazy. Far more crazy than normal. And I'm pooped. Here's a quick recap:

Monday - work as usual.
In about 8:15, work until about 5:30.
Meeting at church at 6:00.
Dinner club at Brad's from 7ish until about 9:00.
Home.
Pack.
Bed.

Tuesday - up way before the crack of dawn (about 4:15am) to catch a plane to Yuma, Colorado.
Landed in Akron, CO about 7:00 local time (8:00 Dallas time).
Drive east about 30 miles to Yuma office.
Meetings in office until about 9:15.
Hop in truck. Drive to Kansas (via Nebraska).
Count inventory and visit compressor locations in and around St. Francis and Goodland, KS.
Lunch at the Crazy "R" in Goodland.
Drive back towards Yuma.
Visit our drilling company's (ADT) office about 5 miles north of our office.
Heard that the rig was out at a location, so we decided to visit.
Hopped back in the truck - drove about 15 miles north and 10 miles east.
Found the right section - we could see the rig, but couldn't find the access road in. Finally found some tire tracks through the corn stalks and drove on in.
Spent about 2 hours visiting with the rig hands and watching the operation. It was fascinating, but there was no place to sit and watch, so standing amongst harvested cornstalks and discarded corn cobs is not the most comfortable thing in the world.
Finally back to the office about 6:30.
Drove to the Nelson Inn, checked in, left to go eat dinner.
Back to my room about 8:15, finally made it to bed about 10:00 (11:00 according to Dallas-time).

Wednesday - up, breakfast at hotel, check out, head to office about 8:15.
Inventory of yard at office.
Worked on various projects in the office.
Lunch downtown Yuma.
Drive to Akron.
Meet the plane.
Fly home.
Drive home - unpack - crash.

Thursday - seminar to attend all day, but too much work to do. Up at 5:00, leave for work at 6:00.
Work until 7:45 am, then head downstairs.
Seminar all day (including lunch speaker). Not as bad as some, but still very hard to stay awake.
Out early! 3:00 instead of 4:00. Back upstairs to work.
Work until about 6:00.
Run home to change clothes.
Meet Allyson for dinner at 7:00.
Home about 8:45.
Bed about 9:15 - couldn't even stay awake for ER!

Friday - seminar to attend all day, but still much work to do. Up at 5:30, leave for work at 6:30.
Work until 7:45 am, then head downstairs.
Seminar all day (including lunch speaker). Morning was 4 hours of ethics - the teacher was great, but it was still very hard to stay awake. The afternoon sessions were awful.
Out on time at 3:00. Back upstairs to work.
Work until about 5:00.

Home.
Eat.
Catch up on bills, some TV.
Hopefully to bed early.


Whew. Even writing it all out makes me tired again! Thankfully, I can sleep late in the morning. Then I'm meeting my friend Kelly for a couple of sidewalk/bargain sales. Then, who knows? No agenda for the rest of the weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Home Again.....

Well, only a slightly bumpy ride home, but we made it just fine. I'm pooped -- lots to do the rest of the week, so I'm headed to bed soon.....

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Reverse Rainbow

This morning I had to set my alarm clock for about 4:15 am (aka 0-dark-thirty). As I left my house to head for the airport (about 5:35), it was still pitch dark. Living in the city, I hardly see even any stars. The lights from the building and those few on the tarmac were the only light to guide me to the plane.

It was full dark for the first 15 minutes or so of our flight. However, soon I began to see a streak of red along the eastern horizon. It is so completely clear this morning. The other times that I have made this trip, it has been at other times of the year, when the sun is already well over the horizon at 6:30 am – or it has been so cloudy, that I couldn’t see any of the sunrise until we were far above the clouds.

Today, as the sun began to make its appearance, the streak of red broadened into a reverse rainbow….red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and the dark, dark blue-black of the night sky. As I am writing this, it is about 7:20 am. From my vantage point, some thousands of feet in the sky, the rainbow is slowly expanding. The yellow streak is getting larger. I managed to take this photo through the window, but it really doesn’t do it justice. You’ll just have to use your imagination.



Soon, I imagine we’ll begin to see the sun peeking over the horizon. It really is amazing to see the sunrise from another vantage point!

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After a long day driving all over northeastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas, we ended up at our drilling rig out on a location. It was fascinating to watch the process as they set up the rig (aka “rig up”) and started drilling. I still have no idea what they were really doing – and have no desire to learn all the intricacies of that task – it is messy and hard. But it is definitely interesting.

As we were driving back to the office, we were able to see the sunset over the plains near Yuma, Colorado. What a great way to start and end the day -- watching the sun rise and set!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

It Is Cold!!

Ok, well maybe not COLD like this:



but definitely much, much cooler than it has been around here. And I LOVE it! Ok, maybe I don't love the blustery wind, but I do love the cooler temperatures, the smell of fall in the air -- and like Chris, the soon to be Christmas season! Not so much because I love the commercialism of Christmas, but because all the decorations make me happy.

Now off to a birthday dinner for a friend....

Friday, October 21, 2005

It's official

I no longer have a home telephone.

Remember a few weeks ago when I ranted about the taxes and surcharges on my home telephone? Well, after much thought and consideration, I finally decided that it wasn't worth $25 a month for me to have a home telephone. I only get a few calls a month, and (in theory) my calling habits shouldn't change enough to warrant a different cell phone plan.

So, Wednesday I called MCI and asked them to cancel my service, effective immediately. They agreed and by yesterday morning it was gone. It's kinda strange, but at the same time quite liberating.

So, now that I've unplugged the three phones I had in my apartment - anybody need one?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Anniversary Lunch

October 16, 2000 -- the day that I started my current job .......

About 3 years ago, my company started having an Employee Anniversary Recognition luncheon to recognize those employees who were celebrating their "5" anniversaries (5, 10, 15, etc). The lunch is at the
Crescent Club and is a very nice luncheon. They also have a gift list (with values varying by years of service) that the employee gets to choose their gift from.

So, today, I was appreciated at lunch with 28 other people who had an anniversary this year. It was so very yummy -- and a reminder that I really do work for a great company. I can't imagine having the perks, benefits, flexibility, etc that I have now anywhere else. (I remind myself of that on icky days!)

So, here is a photo of my new glass bowl:

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Home again

It was a great trip home for Homecoming......I've got lots of fun pictures from the parade, but I'm too tired now to deal with them. So, here is one photo of 2/3 of "the girls" after the musical "Seussical" on Saturday night.....


Mollie, Sara, Katie, me
(we're missing Sarah and Dara)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Firsts and Lasts

I was tagged by Elizabeth (sorry it took so long-I had a hard time coming up with some of these!)....here it goes!

First Memory: waiting for my spanking after playing in my daddy's truck and causing it to roll out into the street -- I don't know how old I was, and surely there are other memories from earlier, but that is what is coming to mind right now

First Kiss: college

First Concert: The Sharks @ Westgate Mall in Amarillo

First Love: hasn't happened yet (unless you count my parents)

First crush: there were far too many to even remember which was first!

First thing you think in the morning: do I really have to get up?

First book you remember loving: I read so much growing up that I don't have a conscious memory of the first book I loved. But I did love the Nancy Drew and Little House book series.

First pet: we weren't much of a pet family, though we did have some goldfish for a little while - til they all died.

First question you'll ask in Heaven: there are so many that I can think of now, but I'm sure they'll all fly out the window once I'm there

First thing you think of when you hear the word vacation: sleeping in, relaxing, mountains, cool weather

First best friend: probably Krista Shewmaker

Last time you dressed up: formal - my friend Heather's (somewhat) annual Oscar Party

Last thing you ate: chicken tender salad

Last CD you bought: Bon Jovi "Have a Nice Day"

Last time you cried: I don't remember, but it has been in the last couple of weeks

Last time you told someone you loved them: Wednesday night at church

Last really fun thing you did: meeting all my new blog-friends at Zoe (I've done fun things since, but that was the last really fun thing)

Last thing you watched on TV: the Today show this morning

Last Halloween costume: some 50's sock hop type (ponytail with scarf, white button down shirt, rolled up jeans, etc)

Last Concert attended: Michael W. Smith, Third Day

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Platelets

Donated platelets again today....that makes 12 donations this year. Gotta make 14 to get an invite to the Donor Appreciation Banquet (used to just be 12, but I guess they are trying to encourage more frequent donations!!).

Found out while I was there that the girl that has been running the donor center at Baylor has been granted a transfer and promotion to the new donor center at 635-Preston in North Dallas. So, now all the folks that were at Baylor when I started have all moved on/up to other centers across the metroplex. Which means that I'll have to break in some new phlebotomists! I might go visit Mia at her new place which does have slightly better/more flexible hours, but it isn't quite as convenient.

I'm off to Abilene for homecoming this weekend.....it's ACU's centennial this year, so there's lots of hoopla. Then I think I'll finally be at home for a few weekends in a row!

p.s. Elizabeth, my list is coming, I've just got to think of answers to all those questions!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Peanuts Quiz

Ok, so I took the quiz twice. I was so close on so many of the answers! So, I consider it a tie......

Charlie Brown
You are Charlie Brown!


Marcie
You are Marcie!


Which Peanuts Character are You?
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Monday, October 10, 2005

Pei Wei

I went to dinner tonight at Pei Wei with my friend Jessica in celebration of her 29th birthday, which was last Thursday. It is so fun to get to hang out, catch up and just sit and be with a good friend for a few hours. We always have so much fun together.

So, after a delicious dinner, it was time for the fortune cookies. Jessica opened hers and read the fortune (although I have no idea what it said). I opened mine......empty. So, she made me put it down quickly, and take one of the two left on the table. Open cookie number two......empty, again! What does that mean?!? The third cookie I tried had a fortune in it, not that I can remember it now. I know that fortune cookies are just for fun - there is nothing real about them. But still. Two, in a row, empty?!?

10:00 PM

.....is what time I finally got back home yesterday from Zoe. I knew that I wanted to go to church at Otter Creek when I was making my plane reservations, and I wanted to leave my time flexible enough to go have lunch with people, if the opportunity arose. So, I was booked on the 4:10 flight yesterday afternoon.

After meeting Donna and Terri for the (very early!) 8:30 service at OC, I went back to my hotel to finish packing and kill time. In retrospect, I should have found a movie theater or something to waste some of my time. But, being in an unfamiliar city, I didn't really want to risk wandering around and getting lost.....which I did anyway.

So, about noon I checked out of the hotel and headed for the airport. Needed to fill my rental car with gas, but wanted to do so closer to the airport. Should have gotten gas by the hotel. The exit to the airport off I-40 takes you straight in -- no access road, no gas stations, etc. So, I just took the next exit, found gas, and got back on I-40 going west. Well, you can't exit to the airport from that side! When I realized that I had truly gone past the airport, I exited, thinking that I would just cross over and go back. I didn't count on construction detours! So, after driving around an industrial neighborhood for a little while, I finally found a major street that was on my map (thank you Google maps!) and got back on I-40 going east. Whew!

So, now it is about 1:00 and I am hanging out in the airport. No problem - I have a book and some work, so I can definitely keep myself occupied. It just gets old, sitting in the airport by yourself!

As they are getting ready to board us for the flight to home, they ask for a volunteer to wait for the 6:10 flight. Well, a $200 travel voucher was worth it to me, so I volunteered. Then they tell me that I'll also get a bump up to first class! That was very nice. So, two more hours in the airport. While I was waiting, I talked with my friend Heather and it turned out that her mom and uncle were going to be landing a little before me and actually needed a ride home. So, I told her that if they didn't mind waiting on my flight to get in, I would be happy to take them home, since I would already be at the airport.

Got on the 6:10 flight. Landed around 8:15 - but my bag had come on the 4:10 flight and was over at baggage claim in Terminal A (I landed in Terminal C). Hopped on a bus and headed over. Got my bag, no problem. Whew! It is always a little nerve-wracking to think about your luggage not making it home.

Got to the car about 9:00, dropped Briggs & Cindy off at their home about 9:30, and finally made it to my casa about 10:00. Whew.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Headed home

The second day of Zoe was even better than the first. Made it to Blogger Breakfast .... met JettyBetty, met all the children of the Cox clan, finally got to meet Donna and Terri.

Donna, Terri, Mae and I went to lunch at yummy
P.F. Changs. It was so great to get to visit in real life and get to know these women better. This blog-relationship is a crazy thing -- you read and read about people's lives (at least what they show you). But it really makes those friendships a bit more real when you get to talk and learn more about each other's lives. At dinner the same four of us were joined by JettyBetty.

This morning, Donna, Terri & I went to church at
Otter Creek. It was completely packed! From our row second to the back in the balcony, it was a little hard to see what was going on. But it was still so good to be able to worship with that extended family. One of these days, I'd like to visit on a "normal" Sunday - they had all the Zoe participants stand at the end and almost half of the congregation stood!

So, anyway. Now I'm gonna finish packing up and head to the airport.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Nashville

So, flight was completely full, but uneventful to Nashville. Ran into a couple from church, David & Valerie, that were on my flight. An unexpected surprise!

Landed, got my bags, got my car, made it to the hotel. Nice room - king size bed (beats the twin that I normally sleep in)! Worked a little bit to justify carrying the laptop with me (at least more justification than the fact that I hate feeling disconnected from the world).

Off to Zoe.

Checked in.....ran into one of my elders from my church, Larry & Janet. Met Matt & Lela. Sat with Mae Anne, Beaner, Dwight. Saw Fajita and family - looking forward to meeting him tomorrow morning. Was lead in an amazing time of worship by BST and all of Zoe. Mike's lesson was great and was emphasized with some amazing drama by Donna Hester. Caught up for a minute with Ryan. Met Clarissa & Rob. Chatted for a moment with BST.

Saw soooo many people from my home church (Highland), my Dallas church (Preston Road), and several folks from my ACU days.

So looking forward to meeting Donna and Terri and so many more of you at breakfast in the morning (at 7:30, YIKES!!)!! So, off to bed with me.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wicked

Ok - I don't really have time to post about this right now, but I can't help myself. I just got home from seeing Wicked - this year's State Fair musical. It was amazing. The costuming was great. The vocals were great. The writing was hilarious, witty, and sappy - and it tied in so well to the original "The Wizard of Oz" story. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.

Now, off to pack for a weekend at Zoe. I might be posting on the fly, but don't hold your breath -- especially since many of my regular readers will be with me in Nashville (aka Nashvegas per Mae).

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Question

So, if someone were to be in the Nashville area, say, this weekend and plan to visit Otter Creek for worship on Sunday morning, which service would be best to visit?

Family blogs

My new brother-in-law Phillip is now a blogger! Welcome to the family, Phillip-in-law.

My parents are doing some remodeling on the house and are documenting progress on my dad's blog - the pictures are crazy. I can't imagine living there while all that mess is going on. I'm so excited to see everything in person in a couple of weeks!

My sister has a blog, too, but it was mostly updates for the wedding. I think she's put up links to some photos, if you are interested.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Weekend wrapup

Well, I didn't end up going to Joe T.'s last night for dinner. I just wasn't really feeling well still and didn't think I should risk it. I laid on the couch and watched a couple of movies that I had rented: Sahara and Monster-in-Law. Then, early(ish) to bed for me!

Today, the normal church deal this morning. Then came home, ate lunch, vegged a bit, read the paper. A few errands, then I headed to my friend Kelly's house to visit her small group tonight. I've met a couple of the folks in her group before, and knew one guy from college, so it was fun. Then I stayed a bit to visit with her -- realized that I hadn't been to her place since January!!! Way too long. Must do better!

Now, it is WAY past my bedtime, so I must jump in bed.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Mid-weekend Update

Well, so far it has been a productive weekend, although not too busy, thankfully.

Last night, I ran by the library (before 5:00 when it closes) to pick up the newest book by Diana Gabaldon "A Breath of Snow and Ashes." I will own this book sometime in the future, but I don't want it in hardback (and I don't want to pay $28.00!!). This is Book Six in a great series and I can't wait to read it!! It'll be great to read on the plane next weekend going to Zoe (although I don't know if I can wait that long to start it!!!).

The I went to Super Target to stock up on a few things, plus buy some groceries. Definitely, one of my all time favorite stores!!

Then home, to bake a cake for the ChristianWorks for Children annual "Celebrate the Children" auction. This organization is fairly new to me, but my dear friend Martha's husband, Cullen, ran it for the last few years of his life (after retiring from a long career at SWB). It is primarily a Christian adoption agency, but also provides counseling for children and families. The annual auction raises quite a bit of money, so this year I donated an Incredible Edible (chocolate chocolate chip cake) to be sold. Hope whoever buys it, enjoys it!!

This morning, I was up early to finish packaging the cake and then took it downtown to the Anatole where the auction will be held tonight.

Back home by 9:30 am, started laundry, finally finished labeling and sorting electronic photos from the summer....managing my checkbook....etc.....etc.....

Supposed to go to Ft. Worth tonight to eat dinner at Joe T. Garcia's in celebration of my friend Brad turning 30. But, I'm not feeling great, so we'll see if I'm up to it......in a few hours when I must make a decision.

Now, off to run a few errands....TTFN!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Chocolate on Chocolate (very close second is Brownies)

Fun little mini personality test.....

If all of the desserts listed below were sitting in front of you, which would you choose? Pick your dessert, then look to see what Psychiatrists think about you!


(You can only pick one)

Angel Food Cake
Brownies
Lemon Meringue
Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing
Strawberry Short Cake
Chocolate on Chocolate
Ice Cream
Carrot Cake




NO CHEATING!! NO, you can't change your mind once you scroll down, so think carefully what your choice will be! Okay, now that you've made your choice, this is what research says about you! Scroll down: . .





ANGEL FOOD CAKE: Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and fuzzy items. A little nutty at times. Sometimes you need an ice cream cone at the end of the day. Others perceive you as being childlike and immature at times.

BROWNIES: You are adventurous, Love new ideas, and are a champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up, you whip out your saber. You are always the oddball with a unique sense of humor and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

LEMON MERINGUE: Smooth, sexy and articulate with your hands. You are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't try to walk and chew gum at the same time. A bit of a diva at times, but you have many friends.

VANILLA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING: Fun loving, sassy and humorous. Not very grounded in life, very indecisive and lacking motivation. Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should be cautious in making you mad. However, you are a friend for life.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Romantic, warm and loving. You care about other people and can be counted on in a pinch. You tend to melt. You can be overly emotional at times.

CHOCOLATE ON CHOCOLATE: Sexy, always ready to give and receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious and passionate. You can appear to have a cold exterior, but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances. Will not settle for anything average in life. Love to laugh.

ICE CREAM: You like sports, whether it be baseball, football, basketball, or soccer. If you could, you would like to participate, but you also enjoy watching sports. You don't like to give up the remote control. You tend to be self-centered and high maintenance.

CARROT CAKE: You are a very fun loving person, who likes to laugh. You are fun to be with. People like to hang out with you. You are a very warm-hearted person and a little bit quirky at times. You have many loyal friends.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

It's gonna rain....

The thunder is rumbling, the lightening is flashing......it's gonna rain tonight!

A front is blowing in from up north and is supposed to cool us off at least 20 degrees! High today ~100. Forecast high tomorrow ~80! Love it!

Magnificat

Thanks to my friend (and former worship minister) Murray, here are the words:

Magnificat
words/music/arrangement by Randy Gill

Soprano
My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God my savior
My soul magnifies the Lord
My spirit rejoices in God.


Bass
Glory be to God the Father
Glory be to God the Son
Glory be to God the Spirit
Glory be to God.

Alto
He has been mindful of his servant
He has been mindful of me
I will be blessed forever, forever
I will be blessed by the Lord.

Tenor
God alone is mighty, mighty
Our God alone has done great things
God alone is worthy, worthy
Holy is his name.


Murray actually sent me the sheet music - but I am not sure of the copyright regulations and I don't know if I could send it to you, so I won't volunteer that.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Seven Questions

It's my turn to play the "7 Answers to 7 Questions" game....thanks the Stephanie for the tag.....


7 Things to Do Before I Die
-Own (and frequently ride) a Harley
-Get married
-Have children
-Skydive
-Travel extensively in Europe
-Visit all 50 states
-Live in the mountains again


7 Things I Can Do
-Cook
-Bake
-Plan a Dinner Party
-Follow directions to build something
-Balance my checkbook
-Cross-stitch
-Anything you ask me to do!


7 Things I Cannot Do
-say no (although I am getting better at this!)
-completely give up Diet Coke
-roll my R's
-deal with pets -- just not for me, folks. sorry!
-exercise -- I really need to, but I just don't enjoy it!
-deal with whiny people
-get up when my alarm goes off -- gotta snooze at least once (generally more!!)


7 Things That Attract Me to Someone of the Opposite Sex
-dry wit / humor
-height
-leadership
-adores children
-doesn't try to always fix everything
-old-fashioned gentlemanly manners
-loves me for me - not an idealized version
-plus, I'm a sucker for an accent (british, australian, scottish, etc)


7 Celebrity Crushes
-
Orlando Bloom
-
Heath Ledger
-
Brad Pitt
-
Michael Vartan
-
Steve Burton
-
Matthew McConaughey
-
Dermot Mulroney


7 Things I Say the Most
I don't hear what I say.....anyone out there who actually knows me want to comment here?


7 Bloggers I Am Tagging
None specifically....most of you have already been tagged. If not - feel free to play! Just leave a comment that you've answered the questions on your blog.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Catching Up

So, I spent this past weekend at another Scrapbooking Retreat. Still don't scrapbook, but it was a great time of retreat, fellowship, way too much junk food, not enough sleep, laughter, tears, stories and prayers.

We hemmed and hawed and fretted over whether we should go or not, what with Rita bearing down on Texas and not being sure where she'd land and when and how crazy it would be. BUT, after lots of looking at the forecasts and many, many "reply-to-all" emails, we finally decided it was a go.

So, half day of work on Friday. Then I met my carpool buddies, Kelly and Heather, at Heather's house. She has a new Tahoe and volunteered to drive. So, we loaded up and headed out about noon. Quick lunch in Hillsboro, then we arrived at Summer's Mill about 3:00.

We unloaded, set up, and got to work. Heather's hobby isn't scrapbooking either, but jewelry making. And she makes some great stuff! Pretty much all my jewelry is somthing that she has made. I worked on mounting some new Stampin' Up! stamp sets, made a couple of cards, cleaned out magazines (I'm hopelessly behind.....) and finalizing my invitations for my annual Christmas open house. I know, it's way early for Christmas. BUT, I decided I wanted to do something a little different this year for the invites and this was my one shot with lots of time to get it all done. So, done it is!

We hopped back in the car about 1:00 yesterday to come home. Thankfully, the traffic was not bad at all - going northbound, that is. The southbound side of I-35 was pretty full, though, probably with folks headed back to the Houston area.

So, here we are now.....another Monday!