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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Words.....

I've been listening to my new Zoe CD almost non-stop since I got it. I love it - but I'm having a hard time really learning the songs because I can't hear all the words! (and I'm too cheap to buy the folio).

So, for anyone out there who has the folio, the song I am really trying to hear all the parts on right now is "Magnificat" -- I'm an alto and with that part coming in third, it's really hard to decipher. Can anyone help me out?

(and suggestion to anyone involved in the CD making process -- how hard is it to print words in the liner notes? could it possibly be done next year?)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Big City Girl.....

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart
Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome
Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand
And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?


What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)



(thanks Bobbie!)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Quiet Weekend

I love quiet, not much planned weekends. Really helps me put away the stress of a week and get ready for another one. This weekend isn't quite over yet, but I thought I'd give you a glimpse.

I went to see Just Like Heaven last night after work. Yes, by myself. Many will probably not have very good things to say, but I really enjoyed it. I didn't enjoy the gaggle of high school girls (~20) who seemed to think it was very silly and funny, when it fact it was more sweet and sentimental. (Yes, I cried.) They made a lot of racket and really got on my nerves. Oh, well.

Today, I slept in. Well, really woke up about 6:30 and was off and on until I finally turned on the TV about 8:30. Then I didn't get up until almost 10:00. Yes, I know, it is a blessing of being single! Got dressed and ran some errands. Bought a wedding present, a baby present, and groceries. Came home and unloaded it all.

I've enjoyed the rest of the day just chillin'. Watched TV, read some, worked on money stuff. Now, I'm off to read some more before I head to bed. Yes, I love Saturdays where I am not even up for 12 hours.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Platelets

Gave platelets again today.....and got a special surprise. One of my favorite former co-workers came in to give blood while I was there! I had been on the machine about an hour when Paul got there, so by the time he was finished donating his unit of whole blood, I was almost done giving my unit of platelets. He came over and we chatted for a few minutes. It was so good to see him!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Brighter Mornings

Things do always look brighter in the morning.

My post from last night came after a wonderful dinner with sweet friends. But, as is often the case, it turns into a gripe session about something. Now, I gripe as much as the next person, but we seem to complain about the same thing in each conversation. I'm learning about myself that other people's frustration fuels mine. So, I tend to get worked up when I listen to what others are frustrated about.

So, moving on from the frustrations and venting and starting today with a positive attitude!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tired of Fighting

I am so tired of fighting.

Tired of fighting at work..... although it seems to have died down for a while.

Tired of fighting at church...... what should we sing? can we clap with songs? who can perform what acts of service? we are the only ones doing it "right", right? everyone else is going to *you know where*, right? where and how do I fit in to this family? can I really be real, authentic and transparent with my questions, fears and doubts? is my church really moving towards looking like Jesus or more focused on looking better than the church down the street? why is it that we keep losing members? and where is our new growth? are we stagnating? is it time to ask the hard questions and make hard decisions? where is our vision? where is the Spirit in our assemblies?

Tired of fighting in this world.... fighting racism (blatant and ignorant). fighting poverty. fighting stupidity. fighting fear. fighting hatred. fighting ambivalence. fighting ignorance. fighting idiocy. fighting stupid questions. fighting politicians. etc. etc. etc.

Tired of fighting for what I feel that I "deserve" ..... although, what do I deserve anyway? certainly not all that I have been blessed with. eternal damnation is what I deserve. but I was saved from that, right? are you sure? but don't I deserve to have a husband and a family? what, you mean I am not promised those things?

Ready to stop fighting.....ready to go home. Come, Lord Jesus.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Tennis on High

I almost couldn't believe this when I heard about it, but it was true! Andre Agassi and Roger Federer playing tennis on the helipad of the Hotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Check it out http://www.burj-al-arab.com/tennis/



(I've got more photos in a powerpoint slideshow - don't know exaclty where they came from, but they were emailed to me. Let me know if you want to see more!)





Sunday, September 11, 2005

Finished!

Well, the construction job is complete! Now on to finish cleaning up and start to reorganize... One thing that this project reminded me of is just how much I love my cordless drill! I think that my arms would be falling off right now if I had to tighten every screw by hand.

Here are some in progress photos:



No back on the wardrobe yet..... (you can see my lovely red chair and denim couch in the background!)












Far fewer pieces of hardware, but many still to go!



















Completed cabinet! Just need to clean that glass.....

















Here's a shot of the inside..... one of the things that makes me so happy about this piece, is that my punch bowl fits!! I can finally have a home outside of my pantry for that and my Rubbermaid cake taker!

















One final shot - you can see that it is supposed to have curtains inside. Well one of the springy rods is defective - I can't screw the hook into it. So, I'll have to see if they can send me another one - or find a more handy friend to see if they can just cut off the defective end.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday

Well, today has been a busy day. I'm tired and probably going to head to bed very soon.

My sister, Heather, and I met this morning to print a couple of family tree books and get those shipped off. Went by the post office to send the two to Germany and FedEx to send the one to California. Lunch at Chick-fil-A. Then, off to IKEA to purchase some new furniture for me (replacing pieces that have seen their share of life)!!

We explored the store a little bit - for Heather to get the IKEA experience. Then headed down to pick up the boxes for my stuff. Between the two of us, we loaded 4 awkward, heavy boxes into Heather's new Honda Pilot and headed home.

Here's a photo of my new Bonde bookcase (it is in my dining room) -- this photo doesn't do it justice -- the piece is 7 feet tall!!!




Lots of great spaces for storage. I'm going to live with it a little while and decide if I want to add any drawers or doors. Definitely thinking I'm going to get one door for sure. It is awfully nice to be able to hide things away when people come over.

Now, on to construction project #2 - the Hedalen Wardrobe for my guest room/office. It is a much more complicated piece than I was expecting. Just look at all the screws, nails, etc:



I've got all the pieces laid out and all the hardware accounted for, but I think I'm gonna wait until tomorrow to put it together - I'm just worn out and don't want to mess something up!

So, off I go now, to make up my bed with clean sheets and go to sleep.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Question for you all.....

So, today I got my home telephone bill. Still wondering why I have a landline -- I have cable internet and a great cell phone plan. But I can't seem to let go of the landline - in case of a storm or something that knocks out cell service, I guess. I use my cell phone quite extensively - almost exclusively actually.

On my home telephone, I have had a single line + Caller ID. Considering I get like 5 calls per month that are not sales calls, I decided to cancel that Caller ID service and just use my answering machine to screen out the sales calls (plus, save a little money). In reviewing my bill this time to ensure that they had taken off the Caller ID service, I realized a rather upsetting fact: the TAXES and SURCHARGES are more than the cost of the service!

There are Texas fees, taxes and fund reimbursements; Federal fees and taxes; and two "access surcharges." The largest surcharge is a Network Access Surcharge that is $6.50!

My question is this: is it because I have my local phone service through MCI, rather than Southwestern Bell? (Don't ask me why I have MCI - I can't even remember.) Am I wrong to think that it is unreasonable and completely ludicrous that the taxes are more than the service fee?

I'd really be interested to see if you all also have this fee on your telephone bill (especially you Texas folks). So, please weigh in, if you'd like, on who your provider is and if you have this ridiculous charge on your bill.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Holiday Weekend

I was pleasantly surprised this weekend -- the airports weren't completely crazy crowded! The mad crush of people was the only thing from my weekend that I wasn't looking forward to. But Friday afternoon I had no problem getting to the airport and through security. Thanks to Southwest for online check-in, I just reprinted my boarding pass, checked my bag, and zipped through security.

We were a little late taking off, but nothing too major. When I landed in Houston, my friend Wendy was there to pick me up. We had some traffic to get through from Hobby to her house out in Sugar Land, but we were talking so much the time just slipped away.

Dinner at Outback -- yum, steak! I slept in on Saturday - Wendy had an 8:30 tennis match - then we went over to Wendy & Weldon's new house! They just closed and are getting ready to start a remodel project to get everything up to their preference before moving. Wendy gave me the grand tour and showed me all the things that will be changed in the remodel. I will admit - that girl has great taste. I can't wait to see it all done.

Several of their friends came over to hang out Saturday night and we watched the A&M/Clemson game and played this fun movie game (not Scene It, but similar). It was great fun, but we stayed up way too late.

Yesterday was a great day to relax and chill. Wendy's parents came through town and we went to lunch with them and her sister/bro-in-law/nieces. It was chaotic with twin 20-month little girls, but much fun.

Went to see the The Brothers Grimm last night. It wasn't really what I was expecting, but was a very interesting movie. Quite different, definitely fantasy. But good.

Then, caught another good-ol' Southwest flight back today. Whew. A truly great holiday weekend -- food, fun, friends -- and plenty of sleep! Alas, back to the grind tomorrow.....