Friday, October 27, 2006

Ice cream.....

You Are Rocky Road Ice Cream
Unpredictable and wild, you know how to have fun.You're also a trendsetter who takes risks with new things.You know about the latest and greatest - and may have invented it!
You are most compatible with vanilla ice cream.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Update

Sorry it's been so long since I posted -- another trip last weekend (home for ACU homecoming) and a busy week, and well, it's no excuse, but that's where I've been.

I promise I will post some new house photos soon -- I just still have clutter in a few places for which I need to find a home, then you'll get to see more. Suffice it to say, a month in and I still have boxes to unpack. But, most of those are books, photo albums, etc -- the things that were the first boxes packed!

I've had a handyman at my house most of the last two weeks doing odds and ends -- little things that showed up in the inspection, but all bigger than I could do myself (or at least, was willing to do!). He insulated water pipes under the house, fixed a leaky bathub faucet, repaired and sealed grout in my shower, removed a cabinet above the bathtub in the front bath, repaired/replaced weatherstripping around my doors, installed a couple of locks that required moving the hole in the door, ripped out the old fake garage door and framed for the garage door installers, replaced the door from the garage to the kitchen that I busted in, sealed around my kitchen sink, etc, etc, etc......

I have done a few things myself -- today I replaced the doorknob from the kitchen to garage so that I have a key that works! I also repaired the latch on my fence gate to the back yard so that it could be opened from inside the fence and could be locked. Over the past few weeks I've also installed curtain rods (with mom's help), changed all the light bulbs to more efficient flourescent, installed smoke/carbon monoxide detectors....and so many other little things I can't even remember!

Now I'm off to my small group....then home to relax a bit tonight before another busy week!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Technology and Sweet Friends

I've written before about my roommates and great friends from college. These are the girls that we try to get all 6 of us in one place once a year. I say try, because it doesn't always happen. But we do try! It is so fun when we get together. We talk, cry, sing, laugh, pray, and don't sleep very much!

Last night we used a bit of technology that is usually thought of in a business setting -- a conference call! It was so fun! We coordinated the timing (we're across three time zones) and all called in. For one glorious hour we talked, shared what was going on in our lives, laughed, and rejoiced in the blessings of God and answered prayers.

Now, we'll see if we can keep it going on a regular basis....

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Locked out.......again

When I moved to Dallas, I had an interesting experience. One weekend shortly after I moved, I went back to Abilene for a visit and to get a few more things. Upon my return, I managed to lock myself out of my apartment on my balcony......you can read the whole story here. Suffice it to say, it was a stressful evening.

Well, there must just be a thing with me, new houses and locked doors. See, I've been in my new house for about 2 weeks and managed to lock myself and my mom in the garage last night.

I've had a contractor working on re-converting the garage back into a garage from an exercise room. Mom and I were out there looking what needed to be done to rearrange boxes and shelves so that I can start to park my car in my new garage. The door from the house to the garage is a pretty flimsy interior door and, now that the garage is a garage again, I'm going to have David replace it with a steel, insulated door. Thankfully, he hasn't done that yet!

So, you can probably figure out the rest.....the door from the garage to the house was locked and it accidentally got closed behind us. We could get out of the garage since they installed the door and opener yesterday, but the front door was also locked. So, what to do? Well, remember I mentioned it was a pretty flimsy door from the garage to the house...... so I did what anyone would do - I busted the door open. Amazingly it only took about 3 hits with my hip to break out the striker plate and we were back in.

So, I definitely need to find strategic hiding places for keys to help me out in case this drama ever happens again!!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Home Again

Well, I made it home from Zoe safe and sound.....and TIRED!! It was so great to meet so many of you blog friends!!! Thanks for all the compliments and excitement about my new house -- it is so much fun to share!

Now, I'm off to bed......I'm doing the speed-read catch up on email and blogs, then I've gotta crash. Mom's gonna be here this week, so I know we'll stay busy in the evenings. Then next weekend is ACU Homecoming.....maybe one day the merry-go-round will slow down! Ha!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Zoe

On the way out the door for a few errands before my flight to Zoe.....not bringing the computer this year, so no posting (or reading) blogs this weekend.....

So excited to see and meet many of you! Catch you later.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Public Transportation, part two

So, the first few days of riding the train have been really good. The newspaper here puts out a condensed version called "Quick" that they hand out for free at the train station. I can read it through in the time it takes to get to my stop in the morning. Today I even started working the crossword puzzle.

In ther afternoons, I've been reading magazines (catching up, actually). And it has been great - definitely faster and less stressful than driving.....at least until today. I don't know if there was something crazy going on today or if it was just that I was about 30 minutes later leaving work, but it was seriously standing room only - and really no room to stand. We were packed in like sardines. The bad thing about DART is that, unlike subway systems in other major cities, there really aren't good handrails for folks standing in the aisles. Around the doors there are a few, but not nearly enough for the kind of crowd that there was today.

So, yes, it did still only take about 20 minutes. And although it was a fairly uncomfortable 20 minutes, it beats sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.