Thursday, March 31, 2005


Thimble case number three (the spaces are really tiny, though so very few of my thimbles fit)

The second thimble case....

My first thimble case....

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


The new thimble case - also from the Canton trip.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005


My new rocking chair - purchased on the Canton Trip!

Tuesday Morning Quiz

I got this from an email over the weekend.....thought it was interesting. See how you do! (I got 20 correct)

There are 27 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right? These little simple questions are harder than you think-- it just shows you how little we pay attention to the common place things of life. Put your thinking caps on. No cheating! No looking around! No getting out of your chair! No using anything on or in your desk or computer! The average number of correct answers is 7.

Write down your answers and then check your answers (in the comments) only AFTER completing all the questions.

REMEMBER - NO CHEATING!!! - BE HONEST!!!

LET'S JUST SEE HOW OBSERVANT YOU REALLY ARE. Here we go!


1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?

2. How many states are there in the USA? (Don't laugh, some people don't know)

3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?

4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell's soup label?

5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don't have letters by them?

6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg?

7. How many matches are in a standard pack?

8. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?

9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?

10. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?

11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign's slash run?

12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?

13. On which side of a women's blouse are the buttons?

14. Which way do fans rotate?

15. What is on the back of a Canadian dime?

16. How many sides does a stop sign have?

17. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?

18. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?

19. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?

20. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who's missing?

21. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?

22. On which playing card is the card maker's trademark?

23. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord to turn them up and down?

24. On the back of a Canadian $1 coin, what is in the center?

25. There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?

26. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?

27. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?

Monday, March 28, 2005

Home again

Whew. Busy weekend.

Friday - holiday from work! Got up and went to donate platelets. Gave a double this time! Please donate blood!

Friday afternoon - drive home to Abilene for Easter weekend. Took a passenger with me - one of the deacons from my church needed a ride because his wife and kids were visiting family in nearby Haskell, but he needed to work a little more before their weekend trip. It is always good to have someone ride along. Makes the trip go faster.

Saturday - accompanied my sister to the Clinique counter at Dillard's to practice makeup for her bridal portraits/wedding. Lunch, then various other wedding related errands. Grandparents came over for dinner, then relaxed watching tv.

Sunday - EASTER! - Val singing "Arise, My Love" at Highland. It has become such a tradition - it's really the main reason I go home for Easter. More relaxing, movie watching, and nap taking.

Today - THE PORTRAIT DAY. Hair at 9:00, makeup at 10:45, portraits begin at noon. Heather was beautiful. Seriously, she could do this modeling thing for real. Transfer from Tom's studio to Chapel on the Hill to the Performing Arts center. Funny stuff. I have some pictures, but she is adamant about the dress remaining a secret, so sorry, you'll just have to imagine.

Got on the road back to Dallas about 4:15. Home by 8:00 (after dropping Heather at her place and helping her remove the umpteen bobby pins and comb out her hair).

Now, I'm off to bed. G'night.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Slowing Down

Finally. Things at work are starting to settle back into some semblance of normalcy. And quiet. I think the auditors still have a few things to wrap up, but for the most part, they are done with me! Thank goodness! I am so ready to be able to get back to my normal routine.

It's a good thing, too. Because the next few months are going to be CRAZY in my "outside of work" life. Between participating in both my sister's wedding (Jun 4) and my good friend Jenny's wedding (Jun 11), all the showers that two weddings entail, two out of town conferences (for work, but they will be relaxing for me), and a weekend chock full of scrapbooking/card making/general overall craftiness, I think I'm going to be running in circles looking for my head. BUT, I think most of it will be fun. So, here we go, full tilt, spiraling off into summer.

For today, I'm just glad there is only one more day of work until a 4 day weekend!

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

More Prayers Needed

Without going into too many details, I found out last night that the 11-year-old niece of one of my good friends has been molested by her stepdad for the past two years. Please pray for peace, healing and eventually closure for all of the family as they sort through all the ramifications of this. It will be pretty hard for her older brother (16) to deal with as well, since he and the stepdad have become especially close over the past two years.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Eye Update

So, yesterday was my "one month" checkup (really it's been about 6 weeks) post-LASIK. I really am seeing well, but it isn't perfect. I'm 20/20 with both eyes, but 20/25 in each eye separately. And things at a distance are a little fuzzy around the edges. So, here's the beginning of the question: do I have an enhancement procedure done? I am so very pleased with the fact that my vision is SOOO much better than it was before LASIK. Included in the cost of this whole surgery deal are any enhancements done within the first year, so I have time to decide. I don't go back to the doctor until June, so I think I'll ride the next three months and see how we're doing. If I had to decide today, (even though anxious butterflies are filling my stomach) I think I'd do it.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Happy Weekend....and prayer request

What a beautiful, sunny, warm Saturday morning it is! Sadly enough my body woke me up at 6 am! What in the world?!? I only had 5 hours of sleep at that time! But I was able to laze in bed drifting in and out of sleep until about 9:30 when I decided enough is enough.

So, I jumped out of bed, put on my workout clothes and decided to take a walk. The area where I live has a great walking/jogging track in amongst the apartment complexes, along with softball fields, football fields, tennis courts etc. So, I grabbed my sunglasses and my cell phone and headed out.

This is where the prayer request comes in....last night when I got home I had a message from my friend Maria. As it was after midnight when I got home and she has two small children, I decided to wait to call her back until this morning while I was walking outside. Let me give you a little history. Maria and I were friends through middle/high school but completely lost touch when we graduated, even though we still lived in the same town for the next 5 years. We were from two completely different worlds and I went to college, she didn't. We reconnected last fall at our 10-year high school reunion. Her husband is the guy that she was dating in high school, but they didn't actually get married until about 7 years ago. Found out at the reunion that he is one of the managers at a strip club in my home town. That really concerned me and troubled me that Maria was okay with that. But, since we hadn't been friends for the last ten years, I let her know that I didn't really agree with that, but how could I judge her?

So, back to the prayer request. Maria's husband left her and the kids at the end of January. He says that he didn't love her anymore, and that to be honest he never really did. He's still around some for the kids, but apparently his job keeps him really busy so he's not really around that much. I had no words for Maria, except to listen to her. She is catholic, so I asked if she had talked to her priest. She had, but couldn't tell me what he said. Basically I think the gist of his advice was just keep hoping that things will get better. I asked her if Tido would go to counseling with her and she said probably not. Really, I had nothing to say. So, I asked her if I could pray for her right there on the phone and surprisingly she said yes. So, as I continued to walk I prayed for Maria, her two kids and Tido. I would ask that you add them to your prayers as well.

The weekend

Aaaahhhhhhhhh. The weekend. Finally. This week has been good, but seemingly interminable. I'm really ready for our auditors to finish up and leave me to my "normal" routine at work.

Tonight I enjoyed dinner with 25 of my friends from church in a combo bday party with my friend Allyson. We ate at Mattito's - a first for me. I'd seen it, but never been. It was pretty good. Then back to Holly's for homemade cake and coffee and GREAT conversation. I miss hanging out with these guys as often as we used to. I wonder what happened ... a few got married, a few more are dating/engaged. Did the rest of us just slide away into other things? Don't know. But I do know that it was so fun tonight with Marc, Maria, Brad, Laura, Allyson, Holly, Jack, Jenny, Jon -- the old gang (plus a couple new ones) reunited.

Now, off to bed to enjoy sleeping in until the sun wakes me up tomorrow - whatever time that is. Then a day of I don't know what. I know these days won't last, so I'll cherish them while I can.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

A New Day

Today is a new day and I am not going to let the stresses and upsets of yesterday spoil today. It is supposed to be sunny, beautiful and 70 degrees here in my corner of Texas today. Hooray!!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Violated

Blecchhhh. I just got off the phone with a very helpful young man at my credit card company who informed me that someone managed to steal my card number from somewhere. Don't know where. Apparently they had my number but not the expiration date. After many attempts to use the card manually with varying expiration dates, they finally got lucky and guessed right. So, now I've got to cut up that card, wait for my new one, and then inform all the people that I have recurring charges of the new number when I get it.

Thankfully, this little session of 'identity theft' doesn't seem to be too far reaching or damaging. But it still makes me feel violated. Yuck.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Canton!!!

Today I made my second ever trip to First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX. It is a HUGE flea market that is only open the weekend before the first Monday of each month. My friend Kelly is the ultimate flea market shopper. She has a vision for creating such cute home decor with such random things. She has been to Canton dozens of times and is about the only person that I can imagine going with.

So, today, in celebration of my birthday, Kelly, my friend Jenny and I went to Canton! It was sooooo much fun. But I am completely exhausted. Canton is about a 1.5 hour drive, so we had to start early to make it there when the vendors opened. We arrived about 9:30 and got in the car to come home at 5:30. Crazy! We walked all over creation carrying so many fun purchases.

I made several purchases, but two things eclipse all the others. The first is a rocking chair!! I've been searching for one and wanting one for probably about 4 years. Finally, I found one that I love! Can't wait to sit and rock..... Also bought a new thimble case -- really it is an old type-set case. Probably will need to paint it, but the openings are going to be perfect for continuing to display my collection.

Anyway, I think I'll be off to take a hot bath before bed tonight.....I'm just so totally wiped out.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Fun with Books

I loved this little game....and yes, it is plagarized....from Karen.

1. Grab the nearest book
2. Open the book to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog, along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it. Just grab what is closest!

from "What a Girl Wants" by Kristin Billerbeck:
"Thank you. I wasn't too sure about it at first." I'm running my hand down the back of my hair. We're in the city now and the traffic is just horrendous, but everyone is steering clear of us because Kevin obviously has nothing to lose in the game of insurance Bingo.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Blood Donation Reminder!

I had lunch with a dear friend today. Her mother in law is going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. Her second round of treatment had to be postponed because her platelet count was too low.

This is why I donate blood and platelets. I was already scheduled for my platelet donation today before I knew about J's mother in law.

This is not a guilt trip or me trying to harass you into doing something if you don't want to. But so many people don't even think about donating whole blood, red cells, or platelets. The Red Cross has a website where you can find a donor location near you.....click to Give Life.

I also found a website that will send you an email reminder for several different health tests....if your excuse is "I forgot" this can help. Click here.

Tomorrow is Friday. Yippee!!!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Happy Texas Independence Day

The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Blogthings

Interesting website if you are a sucker for all types of random quizzes.....Blogthings





You Are a Life Blogger!



Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.

Happy Birthday to Me!

Yes, if you look at the time, it is actually very early on my birthday. My good friend Dara was in town from Cali and I spent the evening with her and some friends hanging out and learning how to play Texas Hold-em Poker (plus a couple of other card games). I actually learned how to bet! And I won! (Pretend money, of course!) It was actually a very fun evening, but it is now nearly 3 am and I am pooped! Definitely will be tired for my actual birthday-day, but it was such fun to spend time laughing with friends.

Hope you all have a wonderful day today!