Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fall into Reading Wrap-up


I wrapped up my first phase of Fall in Treading 2008 here Now for the second phase - more books from the library!

  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (re-read) - loved it again.....might need to add this one to my library permanently!
  • Kissing in Technicolor by Jane Mendle - interesting, but nothing too great. probably won't seek out any more of this author 
  • Multiple Choices by Claire Cook - light, easy, quick read (actually not quite done, but will finish this weekend)
  • "B" is for Burglar by Sue Grafton - ok.  not sure I want to follow through the whole alphabet
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - wonderful.  it was a little slow to get into, but not as slow as Kite Runner because I already knew the author's style
  • Quicksand by Iris Johansen - excellent! will be reading more of her works
  • How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo - easy ready, but bizarre and unbelievable story line. again, not seeking any more of her works
  • Hold Tight by Harlan Coben - excellent. a co-worker turned me on to this author and I have enjoyed everything I've read by him
I'm on vacation for the next two weeks....might be reading some, but probably not.  

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fog


It has been VERY foggy here the past few days.....here is a view from my office window on Tuesday.

















and out my window yesterday morning.....can't even see the AA Center at all!!! It was rather creepy driving to work with no visual landmarks!




















Thursday, December 18, 2008

New York bound

So, my family and I are headed to NYC for Christmas this year. I’ve been to the city 5 or 6 times, my parents and sis have been once (in recent years anyway), my bro-in-law never.



For any of my readers that are NYC residents, any tips/tricks/ideas for us on things that are special/different at Christmastime? We will be there 4 full days, plus the afternoon of the day we arrive. We have tickets to the Radio City Rockettes show and to a Knicks game…..everything else is pretty much up in the air at this point. My niece is 6 months old, so her schedule may dictate a bit, but we are prepared to drag her all over!



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My new office.....aka where I blog part 2

Welcome to my new office! Only 15 floors up, rather than 28. West facing window which hopefully won't be too terribly horribly hot in the summer. I only have the one little window, most folks have that whole wall of windows.

Large desk unit with LOTS of storage space. Just getting still trying to figure out where I put everything!!























and this is what I see when you hear from me and the timestamp on the post is midday!








Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Frosty Morning

on the way to work this morning.....as seen in my car



















a cool fountain.....with ice floes!























and the view out my window......





















Brrrrr.....guess it is preparing me for New York City next week!




Party Update

Well, it was another successful party! My friends Sarah and Deen, perusing the spread......




















many friends enjoying the food and companionable conversation
























and my crazy friend Randy in his twisty Santa hat.....kinda fits his personality! he is a big fan of my sausage balls (to the point that he even told his mother that mine are better than hers! yikes!!) so he usually gets to go home either with leftovers or with a special bag marked out for him ahead of time.

















Even with the inclement weather (temp around 30 degrees with light wintry precipitation) there were still 41 folks in my home! Several new families including our missionaries just returned from Togo were able to come and several friends who had only see my home in photos were able to make it this year. It was wild and crazy chaos for a while with little boys scampering around, but I am very happy to report that nothing was broken and everyone had their fill of yummy treats and fun.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Welcome to my home!

Thanks to BooMama for hosting her holiday home tour!



video


Saturday, December 13, 2008

a 3 hour tour.....er.....nap

The first several hours of the sale were fast and furious today.  There were folks waiting about 7:50 and we didn't open until 8:30.  When the doors were open, it was literally a mad rush.  Folks had scoped out what they wanted and ran.  There were several tense moments as some tried to snake stuff from other people.  Our rules were, until it was paid for, it wasn't yours, so that led to some sneakiness.  The crazy thing is, most of these folks work together!

Things slowed enough by 11:00 or so that we were able to breathe and enjoy sandwiches from Pot Belly across the street.  Then at 2:00 we officially closed up shop, though if someone came late and the last couple of people were there, anything was still fair game.  Very few prices were adjusted, mostly just on larger ticket times.  And we brought in fairly good money.

I literally crashed when I got home.  Intended to only rest for about 45 minutes, it was almost 3 hours later before I was able to pull myself up and off the couch.  Now I'm just puttering around, straightening and putting extraneous things away.  I'll go clear and set the table in a few minutes and call it a day.


Friday, December 12, 2008

So tired.....

It has been a whirlwind week.  Started at the new office last Monday. Spent the week putting out fires and trying to get settled.  It was one of our busier weeks of the month, so that didn't help.

With the move, we are having a big sale tomorrow of lots of old furniture, art, lamps, etc that aren't being used in the new space.  While many of the items are a steal compared to their original price, I can say there is NOTHING that would tempt me to spend the prices that are marked.  I had to go over on Thursday and help price -- one of the armoires was priced at $40,000.  Guess that one will have to go to some auction house....can't imagine any of our employees plunking down that kind of cash.

Speaking of the sale, I get to (read: have to) work it as well.  So, no sleeping in for me tomorrow.  That has added all kinds of stress to my brain in trying to get ready for my open house on Monday night.  When you completely lose a Saturday, it gets tricky to squeeze in all the cooking, cleaning and setting up into the weeknights.

That being said, I think I am just about done for Monday night.  All that is left to make is the apple berry salsa (a new addition this year) - and it is best made day before, so that will be Sunday.  Tomorrow after I get home from the auction I plan on straightening the house and getting the table situated.  It is working out that my cleaning lady is coming on Monday, so at least I don't have to stress about the bathrooms being clean for my guests!!  Hoping that I will be able to pretty much have a Sabbath on Sunday.....I NEED IT!

 


Sunday, December 07, 2008

Weekend Recap

So, I had just written out a long post recapping the weekend.....and my browser ate it.  So, here is the bullet point list instead:

*last thurs had a half day of work because we got all packed up in a hurry!!
*spent thurs afternoon grocery shopping for upcoming party
*friday, scheduled day off due to the move - plumber came to fix drippy guest bath tub faucet & I did some party prep
*parents came in friday for some one-on-one time with me.....amazing how much I still need that at age 32!!
*went to Stars game friday night -- they won!
*lots of running on Saturday - REI (new warm things for the upcoming NYC trip), Target, lunch with my aunt & uncle, Sam's, Hobby Lobby, cinema to see the new James Bond
*church - showing off our new family life center
*yummy lunch at Fuddrucker's.....with some NYC trip planning mixed in
*up to the new office after waving bye to m&d.....
*3+ hours of unpacking/settling
*ALL boxes and crates out of my new office!!!! :-)

Now I'm crashing for a bit to relax before heading to bed.  T-16 days to NYC!!!


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Last Day

Tomorrow is our last day in the current office.  It is starting to look really bare.  It is a bit overwhelming to make sure that every.single.thing is in a crate.  Even more overwhelming is that ALL crates must be unpacked by 5 pm on Monday.  Yikes.  Even though we are not required to come in over the weekend, I think (I hope!) a lot of people will be coming in.  

I spent the morning today over at the new office, directing the unloading of our file room.  We have LOTS more space than before.  Very nice to not have to cram files onto our shelves.  The finish out of our space is not quite complete, but hopefully they will be able to wrap up the major stuff before we arrive to open up shop.....


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Finally

Finally.....November 30 is here.  Whew.  I am tired of posting every.single.day on this blog.  It hasn't been all bad.  But I am ready to go back to posting about what I want and when I want, rather than feeling compelled to post every day.

Made it home a bit ago after an uneventful drive back from my parent's house. This morning we were joined at church by Phillip's parents and grandparents and my granddaddy for a blessing of Emily.  It was very sweet and she was mostly good in church. Being out of her element the past several days has meant that her naps are short or non-existent. She was a little fussy in church, but finally fell asleep on mommy.

Now unpacking and settling back in.....and ready for a mad dash week to the Big Office Move later this week.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

ACU Football, Part 2

Today was the Quarterfinals in the NCAA Division II playoffs. ACU vs Northwest Missouri State played at Shotwell Stadium (because we were #1 ranked in the super region).....unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Bearcats of NW Mo seemed to want the game more and defeated us 46-35. It wasn't a horrible game, but it was obvious that ACU just wasn't on stride today. Oh well, maybe next year!

However, I was able to spend the second half visiting with my good friend Sara whose husband is the director of Big Purple (ACU's marching band). While it was a little noisy sitting in front of the band, it was good time for us to catch up. And yes, we did actually watch the game as well!




Friday, November 28, 2008

Creation....

Over the past several months I've been reading Shaun Groves blog. It began while the authors of several blogs I read traveled with him on a trip for Compassion to Africa and then more recently to the Dominican Republic.

This post does a great job at reinforcing my belief that my desires for a husband are not unreasonable and are, in fact, God-breathed at creation. Go read it.....it is good.



Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving

Headed home to spend some quality time with family over this Thanksgiving holiday....good eats to you all! (oh and I'll also be watching ACU play football on Saturday - can't wait!!!)




Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tomorrow

Nothing much to say today, so I'll just share a picture of the precious girl I get to see tomorrow!!!






















Monday, November 24, 2008

The Godfather

So, awhile back I put "The Godfather" on my list of movies to watch. I'm sure I had seen bits and pieces, but was pretty sure I hadn't watched the movie all the way through (though I had read the book).

Several weeks ago, I noticed it was on A&E, so I set my DVR to record. Last night I laid on the couch and watched the whole thing. All 157 minutes worth (excluding commercials, which I of course fast-forwarded through!).

Being the huge "You've Got Mail" fan that I am, I knew a few quotes/scenes:

  • "leave the gun, take the cannoli"
  • "Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday"
  • "It's not personal, it's business!"
  • when the horse's head ends up in the movie producer's bed and the "AH, AH, AH" screaming
  • the whole idea of going to the mattresses

Seeing all those in context was interesting......now it all makes more sense!!

I've got "The Godfather, Part II" recorded already and will be watching for Part III to come on as well.

I did have to stop and make a run to the computer near the beginning of the movie to figure out who all the actors were. And of course, once I figured out it was Diane Keaton, James Caan and Robert Duvall, I could totally see it. Just that since the movie was made in 1972, I didn't quite recognize the younger version of those actors!



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday

I am trying very hard with the Sabbath challenge at church to bring back Sunday afternoon rest time -- not errand time, not household chores.  But rest and relaxation.  So, does Christmas decorating count as work?  :-)

I got about 98% of my decorating finished yesterday and cleaned up. But my new outside tree really required daylight for decorating. Because it gets dark so much earlier these days, I had to do it today (only about 30 minutes total!). And, if I might say so, it looks GOOD! Watch for pictures of my decor coming with BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes in mid December.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

ACU Football














Just finished listening to the Abilene Christian University - West Texas A&M NCAA Division II playoff game.....ACU won 93-68!

Next week we will play NW Missouri State in Abilene in the SuperRegional Quarterfinals! 













Friday, November 21, 2008

Packing.....and unpacking

Have I mentioned that my office is moving?  Today was a crazy busy day.  Packing.  I boxed up about 15 boxes of old audit workpapers and financial reports. From 1983 to today.  Also threw out many duplicate binders and binders of correspondence. 

I really can't fathom keeping correspondence in binders filed by addressee.  How would you ever find anything, really?  These were memos from the mid 80s.  Still filed away in our file room as if there was really anything meaningful to be gleaned from them.  As if the company hasn't drastically changed since then in size and focus. As if any of the people referenced are even still employed!  As if our accounting system was still the same!

And so, things got packed into boxes and pitched into dumpsters. 

And I come home and unpack Christmas ..... and this is what it looks like right now:






























Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday.....

Today was Board Meeting Day at work.....which means lots of running around stressed crazy folks up until about 9:30 am when the meeting starts. Because I was out yesterday playing with Emily, my morning was a bit more hectic than usual!! Thankfully it is all over now. But it is amazing how crazy it can be to try to get caught up from just one day out of the office!

Tonight I plan to begin my Christmas decorating! I'm going to at least haul it all out and start to unpack. I may try to do some purging as I incorporate new things I've bought for this year. And I'm planning to try and pack up more of the "normal" stuff than I usually do - so maybe my house won't feel so overwhelmingly decorated when I am done.

Now, a question for the bloggy internets.....do you know of any battery powered (or solar?) Christmas lights that are outdoor friendly? I have no plug on the front of my house and don't really want to string a cord from the garage (across the walkway) or from the back of the house all the way around through the bushes. But, I'd like to have lights on this new metal tree that will go in my front flowerbed. Any ideas??





Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mini Holiday

I took the day off today because my Emily was coming for a visit.....since we've been so busy playing today, I don't have time to write much. Jump over to Heather's blog to get the play-by-play of our visit!



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Telephones

In about 3 weeks, my work will be moving offices. You think moving a family and home is difficult? Try packing up 40 people (just in my subsidiary), file rooms, supply rooms, conference rooms, junk storage and getting it all ready to move.

Your kids ask lots of questions about how and where and when? Imagine 40 grown adults (some of whom are control freaks and perfectionists) asking all those same questions.

I'm responsible for all our stuff that is going to offsite storage rather than making the move to our new office space. Thankfully, I don't have to box it all up, but I do maintain the database detailing each box's ID number and contents. So far we've sent about 40 boxes offsite. There will be another pickup of probably 60 or 70 boxes before we move.

I'm also responsible for cleaning out our accounting file room and making plans for how the new file room will be organized. I get to box up stuff to send to storage and pitch lots of OLD stuff in the garbage. Because, really, if it hasn't been touched in the 10 years we've been in this office, what are the chances that we really need to keep it? And those folks that don't work here anymore? Their stuff that just got crammed in a drawer? We really don't need to keep it either!!

Today, I get to go learn how to use our new telephones. It is a 2 hour training session. Yes, you heard me right. A 2 hour training session to learn how to use the phone. Sound crazy? A little. But I think our new phones are supposed to be pretty slick. Tied into our email and magically a fax machine as well. And this way, the IT folks get us in small groups to learn the phones and get all our defaults set before the move so they can focus on things like computers and networks and servers and printers after the move.

A 2 hour training for a phone still sounds a little pointless to me, but we'll see.




Monday, November 17, 2008

And so it begins....













invitations are printed.....and the planning begins in earnest with the decorations beginning to emerge this week.....

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sore.....

I forgot how much it hurts to work in the yard...... all the pulling and twisting and lifting. Every move is difficult today - even holding a pen to write notes at church this morning.....ugh.


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday

Today is the first Saturday in a while that I've been home with no schedule. I had plans to work in my front flowerbeds in preparation for a new Christmas decor item that will be going up next week, but with no timetable, I was able to sleep in until about 9:00. Dressed and ate breakfast, had my first Google Video chat with my parents (MUCH easier than Skype, by the way) then headed outside.

I have decided that I don't hate yardwork. I hate yardwork in the summertime. I had an enjoyable morning outside today - it was about 55 degrees - dressed in scrubs, a tshirt and sweatshirt. It was perfect.

So, to the project at hand. More than a year ago, I had some rather hideous bushes removed from the front flowerbeds. I have recently decided on what needs to be done there and what I want to plant. First order of business and task for today: remove the brick edging.

Here is the before (and to echo all my friends' frustrations - why is Blogger all of a sudden posting pictures backwards?!? had to do some planning to get these in the right way)



















The bricks are out! All 158 of them (yes, I counted). It only took about 45 minutes, sitting on the driveway and knocking out the dirt, snails, and earthworms. Also took the opportunity to pull up some particularly ugly weeds by the root.




















And the transplanted bricks......along the side of my garage in a particularly useless piece of back yard. Yes, I lifted carefully (from the legs, not the back) and took stacks of 4-5 at a time.

























In among trips to the back, I used my yard rake to spread out, break up, and even out the dirt in the front bed. Still isn't perfect, but is much better. While I was digging in the dirt, I found all manner of crazy objects. Including, but not limited to: a golf ball, a tennis ball, a piece of rebar, a padlock, a child's spiderman skull cap, marker, pencil, and at least two spoons. Guess the boys living in the house before me liked to play in and around those old bushes!!



















Next order of business will be to get someone (not me, preferably) to till the soil up, set new weed barrier (is that really necessary?), put in some stepping stones and plants! But this will do until after Christmas, at least.

While I was outside and in the working mode, I also moved stacks of wooden posts that are in my backyard as bed edging to the front for pickup. Most of these had rotted out and fallen over. So over the past two years, I've just been piling them up. Today was the day for transport. This is just about half of the posts. The rest would have required a little more effort to get up and I was tired by this time.
















Resting now before I finish getting ready to go to dinner with my friend Sarah tonight. Also just turned on my heater for the first time - it felt good for the house to be 55 degrees after I finished working, but once I cleaned up and cooled off, it was quite chilly!!