Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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
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
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
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 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
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
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
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
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!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The article she posted today was great. It is something that I've posted about several times before (being single but desiring a marriage and family), but always walked away from my posts feeling like I've been whining and having an emotional breakdown or asking you to join me in my pity party. Tammy so eloquently spells out what I've been trying to say.
Pretty much all of the article resonates clearly with me. The one part that really stuck out to me today is the lack of human physical contact. Going to ACU and having chapel every day, I probably got 50 hugs every single day of my college career. Now, 10 years later, I might get a half dozen a week. It is something that I really miss. So, don't be surprised if I intiate a hug next time I see you!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I still like the back roads better than the interstate, though a small two lane road at night is a bit frightening! It took longer than I would have liked, but I think even the tension over an unlit small road was less than fighting construction and big rigs on I-35.On a completely different note, my Wal-Mart is officially no more. As I was driving to work this morning, I looked over and cranes had already removed the sign. Pooh. Not sure if they will remove the gas pumps as well, but they probably will.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Take a thick sliced piece of bread (preferably homemade). Cut a hole out of the center with a biscut/cookie cutter and make sure you save the hole! In a skillet, melt some butter and toast one side of the bread/hole. Flip the bread over and break an egg into the hole. Cover and cook until egg is cooked to your preference (personally, I like my yolk runny). Slice a piece of Velveeta cheese and place over the egg, the put the bread hole back on top and cook until cheese is melted.
This is a specialty of my daddy - he is the only one in our house that ever makes it! (Just like he is the waffle king).
There are many other names for this lovely breakfast food -- Pioneer Woman recently had a post on her very similar version. Personally, I think the melty velveeta and bread on top is what makes it complete.
And, of course, as we ate this last Saturday morning, we debated the perfect way to eat your Toad. I like to eat a little bit of the edges, then dive right into the middle, using the other crust edges to sop up the runny yolk. My mom and sister eat around the crusts first and end with the middle. Either way, it is a pretty yummy treat.
p.s. HAPPY 30th Birthday HEATHER!!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
The drive yesterday was as long as it always is back home, but didn't feel nearly as long. Those back roads are just more relaxing to drive than fighting the 18 wheelers. I knew that from our family travels in Tennessee, but it was reaffirmed for me even driving here in Texas.
I even saw the Goat Meat Capital of America .... do you know where it is? Mills County!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
This is a cookie jar just like my mom's! I can't remember ever seeing another one, though mom tells me that when one of my friends came over (in college?), they had one like it. It looked to be in good shape, though I didn't open it up. If I didn't have Cookie Monster, I might have been tempted!
Friday, November 07, 2008
Today, I get to see this cutie!! And take in my first (I think) 6-man football game watching the Panther Creek Panthers....should be interesting!!
Plus it will mark my first solo arrival at my sis's new place - my parents are coming down too, but I'm not going to their place first. We'll see if I can make it there without getting lost!!!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
From a distance.....thinking that I probably don't need anything above either!
Bottom shelf, up close
Top shelf, up close
Both shelves, up close
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Still need to figure out exactly what is going on them - cutesy stuff maybe, or qtips, cotton balls, etc for guests. Also will probably look for some art something to hang above - just to eliminate the dead white space!