Thursday, February 28, 2008

Deb v The Mud

Mud 1 / Deb 0

Everything happens to me. I am not a clumsy person. I am not a clumsy person. I am not a clumsy person... I have fallen and hurt myself three times in my adult years. All three times have been in the last year and half. I am not a clumsy person!

I did a little mud sliding last night. I was on my may into a hotel in Newport, stepped off the curb and next thing I know I am falling, very slowly. I landed on the front of my ankle. DANGER. Most of you know I just injured my ankle in October; ripped the ligaments and tendons pretty bad.

I ended up landing under a Camry that was parked in front of the curb. Apparently I made no noise when falling since no one came to my rescue. I called my sister for help after I was already flat on my back in the mud. My sister-in-law came and bent over laughing while I whimpered. I finally told her to "shut up". LOL! My sister was too busy rummaging for her camera.

By the time I got up, we are all laughing so hard, I was laughing and crying. lol! Getting up was not simple, covered in mud and stuck in mud made me slip and slide. I ended up crawling over the flower bed to a dryer area.

My ankle was hurting, not as bad as my other injury though, thank God. I went home and looked at my foot and saw BLOOD! lol. This mud was infused with some sort of plant chemicals and would not come off, I still have a film of mud on my foot that won't budge!

I came out of the ring with a swollen bruised foot, toes, and a few scrapes. The mud, well... It's still sitting there laughing at me.

The worst thing... or funniest, my sister got it all on video! Her first reflex to help was "Pull out the camera!"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Tag... I'M IT

I've been tagged by Katybug at Watercolor Wisdom or Lack Thereof...

1. Grab the book you are currently reading and turn to p. 123

2. Go to the 5th sentence

3. Post the next 3 sentences

4. Tell the name of the book and author

5. Tag 5 others

The following is from Passion Most Pure. A christian fiction from Julie Lessman. I am on the first chapter... yes, first chapter. When I was sick in bed I couldn't concentrate so I pulled out Moon Over Tokyo by Siri Mitchell again and read that instead. Now I am back to Passion Most Pure... So here are the lines.

"Its simply a heart thing Briana. All you have to do is acknowledge you're a sinner and that Jesus is Savior. Then simply ask Him to come into your heart and be Lord of your life."


I don't have five people that I know that are readers and will have a current book to do this, so I will pass this on to:

Mom at Been There, Done That
Catherine at Queen's Castle
Sonia at MrsBingley

These are the three most important women readers in my life, they love to read as much as I do... okay maybe not as obsessed as I've been lately, but I gained my love of books from my mother and sister. If you are reading a book follow the rules, if not, open the nearest book or your favorite book and play the game with us!

BTW - Blogger fixed SPELL CHECK **doing the happy dance**

Monday, February 25, 2008

Its Got Me Good...

10 Good Things About the F-f-f-f-luuuu - Achooo!

1. You can be as much of a loner as you want to; no one dares to come near!
2. You can legally be higher than a kite

3. You have an excuse for growling in your sleep due to your drugged state of mind
4. You can act like a whining baby... okay maybe not good

5. Boss wants you to stay away
6. You can stay in your pajamas all day or all weekend in my case. (not the same ones...)
7. Watch old seasons of the Apprentice all day long

8. Read to your hearts content, when your lucid that is

9. Make a sniffling mess and no one cares

10. Complain to your hearts content and not annoy people... or at least they won't admit it!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Food for the Body & Soul

On Friday night, my dad treated us to a fine restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel, Steakhouse 55. We live five minutes from Disneyland and try to spend time in that area once in a while. Lately it has been over run with tourist and business men and women attending conferences, not much fun trying to walk with the crowd and getting run over by strollers.

My dad is always spoiling us when we are on vacation; taking us to fine restaurants that we cannot afford with our own measly wallets. This was a nice treat. In 2006 all the brides maids took my sister-in-law to this restaurant for her bachelorette party, so much fun talking and chatting as only girls can do. So much in fact that I couldn't seem to remember how good the food was.

The interior is dimly lit with candle chandeliers and little lamps on the tables. Booths with striped purple velvet fabric. The walls are covered in black and white photos of old time Hollywood stars.

Below is the menu that we feasted on:
Broiled Portobello Mushroom - With Humboldt Fog cheese, port wine reduction.
Dungeness Crab with Saffron Sauce
Chilled Shrimp - With cocktail sauce.
Caesar Salad - With olive tapenade crouton.
Filet Mignon
Forest Mushroom - Sauteed with Madeira.
Dessert (ooh la la)
Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee - With Demerara sugar and chocolate orange-lace cookie.

This is what was left on my plate...=0


On Monday night I had a bible study with a woman that I met at a Target a few months back, her name is Martha. My brother and I teach this study together.

My brother is one of the best teachers I have ever heard. Few know how good he is. As we know, it's not him only that is good but God who is great. Our study was on the tabernacle plan and how it relates to God's plan for our lives now. God moved right into Martha's home and took over. It was so awesome! I asked her what she felt and she said "It feels warm" (as she wrapped her arms around herself and smiled). Nothing like feeling God's presence. She has been battling with certian addictions in her life; thinking that these are the only things that can give her relief from her troubles, even if the relief only last but a moment in time. I can't wait for next week to see what happens...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Another Award...

This is the week for Blogging Oscars... okay not quite, but pretty darn close.

I received my second award from my friend Shauna at The Coffee Stop. If you haven't stopped over there, please do so. You will not be sorry. Shauna and I met on a Christian Authors chat room almost two years ago. I feel like I really know her.

I love to hear about her boys, her life in Canada, snow covered town, her love for Jason Mraz... the list could go on and on. We've decided that we need to meet one of these days, especially for the crazy carpet ride. lol. Can you see how interesting she is?

I want to pass this on to Jenster at Jenster's Musings. I can say so much about her, but I will let you decide for yourself... read her blog and you'll see why She deserves the Biggest Heart Award!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Everyday Kindness...

Jenster Musings is the kind of blog that you can't help reading and checking to see if there's a new post to either tickle your funny bone, pray for a friend, gain strength and encouragement or just read about the life of a very strong woman. Jenster is real, tells you how she really feels, not what she thinks you want to hear. She doesn't mind stepping on a few toes now and then, which is one reason why I kept going back. She lives her life on the pages of Jenster's Musings. I hope that my blog can reach the caliber of hers someday.

I checked my comments this morning and saw a note from Jenster informing me of something on her blog for me... Hmm, what could it be?

My first award!

I never thought I'd get a blogging award. I have to be honest with you, I know that most of you put a lot of thought into your post and take some time to write them before posting. I am very inpatient and put down what comes to mind and click PUBLISH. I keep telling myself to take the time to think before posting. Anyway, I said all that to say this, I finally got an award! Funny thing is, I wasn't expecting this one - Everyday Kindness.

I am kind, in my own way. I think. I try to be kind. Have I convinced you yet?

I am so glad I am a kind blogger. No matter how hard I try, I fail miserably in "real" life. Thank you for making me a recipiant of such an award, Jenster.

I've picked two people to pass this on to... I could list a bunch of fellow bloggers but I will stop at two.

Shauna at The Coffee Stop. She lives where I dream of traveling to someday, Canada. She is so sweet and kind. Always has something nice to say. I love her random post that make you laugh and sometimes want to cry right along with her. Her kids are hilarious and say the funniest things. I hope to meet her someday when my dream vacation comes true

Becky at Stuck in Frump, Striving for Fab. She is the closest fellow blogger to me, maybe someday we'll meet... Just read her blog and you'll see why I think she deserves a Kindness Award. She is such a great writer, but above that, Becky is kind to all bloggers. Always making a stop at everyones blogs, leaving wonderful comments.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Stealing Adda

I just finished Stealing Adda, loved it. Very well written, funny, and witty. The only thing I was a little confused about was after the book ended there was a Readers Guide... I didn't get that. This was a part that the author wrote some notes and then wrote an additional scene. I've never seen this in another book...

If you've read this book already, tell me, did that make any sense?

The Klutzy side of Adda was hilarious and relatable... unfortunately =). I also thought it was very interesting how the author wrote in the spiritual aspects of the book. Nothing was in your face. It was kind of an underlying topic. Something that was happening behind the scenes and would come out to give you a glimpse now and then. By the time I finished the book I knew the reason why the spiritual aspect seemed down played. This was a nice ficitional world, glad I took a the trip.
I don't want to ruin the book for anyone so I will just say that it was very good and you should order a copy. I look forward to reading Splitting Harriet soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Saving Grace

In 1994 I was ten years old, very hard headed and extremely stubborn. The picture to the left shows me smiling, rare thing in those days, =). My mother told me that when I was born my pastor knew that I was stubborn and gave my parents a book about The Stubborn Child. I remember evangelist would come to our church and try to pray with me and I would out right tell them "Leave me alone, I don't want to!" (Can you see what kind of a little girl I was? lol)

February 13th was a Sunday night in 1994 and we were in a children's revival with a missionary by the name of Richardson. I remember stubbornly staying in my seat when the kids were asked to come to the front to pray. Somehow God got through in my little head and I decided to pray too, in my sit that is. At one point I went down to the front and raised my little hands and received the Holy Ghost. I vividly remember the feeling to this day. I told my dad minutes after that I felt like I was floating on a cloud. Nothing comes close this feeling, knowing that your life has been changed forever. All the weight that my little heart was carrying was gone.

I was so fortunate to be brought up, surrounded by the grace of God and knowing the truth. I have never left God and never had a desire to. No matter how intresting people made life outside of living for God, I always knew better. I often ask myself why He would keep me. Why, after so many young people that I grew up with left the church and are living lives that are a complete mess.

"Thanks" seems so insignificant, yet the only thing I can come up with.

From my heart, thank you, Lord.

UPDATED: My sister posted almost the same time I did. Guess what she posted about? Look here. LOL!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Random, Random, and More Random

I don't have anything interesting to post about... Just thought I'd throw something out there so as not to bore all you wonderful blog readers.

We had a family dinner for my sister-in-law and her mother on Saturday at her sisters house in Corona. Each of us brought a potluck dish that Sonia liked. I made her favorite pizza, Pesto Pizza, I shared the recipe during the Christmas season here.

We headed home, the drive back to good ol' Orange County was long and full of traffic. My sister and I decided to rent a movie to relax, we haven't done this in ages. We rented a recommended movie that I had been interested in seeing since it had to do with Jane Austen. Of course. The Jane Austen Book Club. I admit, I am a movie prude. Seriously. I forward scenes that I wouldn't let a ten year old see and words that spill out of the mouths of people who at the moment have a desire to become a sailor for second.

This movie had so much potential. I just didn't like some parts of it. Romantic, funny and a little dramatic. Too bad they ruined it with things that I just can't stomach. Are you calling me a prude? Fine. I already admitted it myself.

I must say though that I am anxiously awaiting Becoming Jane! It comes out tomorrow on DVD and I will be renting this.

Enough about the girly stuff, we did not have church on Sunday morning. I woke up at 6:40 and could not sleep so I pulled out Stealing Adda and read until about 9:20. By then my eyes decided that it was time for a snooze. I startled awake at 11:20 and jumped out of bed, panicking that I had missed our churches online service (temporary while in escrow). Come to find out, my clock was about 50 minutes ahead! I didn't wake up at 6:40 that morning, I woke up at 5:50! Just the thought of waking up before 6:30 makes me tired. I don't have kids and I don't have a husband, so why can't I enjoy sleeping in and only think about me? That's how I see it.

We had church on Sunday night at a hotel in Newport Beach, again, while were in escrow. Very different and fun. We sang on this wobbly platform that felt like it was going to give way if you moved too much. All in all, it was so great to be back with the family and listen to my pastor preach. Life was good this weekend.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Need a Laugh?

This video should do the job...

"Charlie Bit Me!"

According to my siblings, this is what I sound like when I laugh... lol

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Happy Birthday, Sonita, Son-ya, Sony Bolognie, Orozco, Sony Play!

Today is my sister-in-laws birthday. She is a quarter of a century old.

My sister, best friend, listening ear and sometimes punching bag! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Have a great day today! I love you!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Moves All Around

Let me start by saying I've become a blog slacker. I will admit it and I don't have a great excuse so I won't give you one. =)

A lot of changes are happening around me this week. Our church has not moved into our new building, but we will soon. God's got it all in control. We're just waiting to see how He plays this one. We had an online service last night and it was great, but I miss my church family so very much. My Pastor talked about vision and encouraged the church family to just sit tight because God's got a plan. He said, "If we understood it, it wouldn't be a God thing". This is a God thing. My Pastor read this awesome poem last night...

I Am A Person Of Vision By Mark Jordan
I’ve Been A Pew Warmer, A Fence Walker, A Spectator For Too Long
I’m Getting Up, Getting Right And Getting Going
I May Not See The Entire Picture, But I Do See The Picture
I Can’t Try Everything, But I Might As Well Try Something
I May Fail Trying, But I Won’t Fail To Try
I May Not Make Much Of My Investment, But I Won’t Bury My Talents In The Ground
I Will Act, Though I Receive No Thanks In Return
I Will Pray And Leave The Answer To God
I Will Witness And Leave The Response Up To The Person
I Will Smile Even Though No One Smiles Back
I Will Give Because It’s Right, Not Because I Expect Something In Exchange For What I Give
I’m Blood Bought, Word Taught, Miraculously Wrought
I Am Divinely Created, Spirit Filled, God Called And Heaven Sent
I’m Saved By Grace, Programmed To Succeed, Wired For Power And Mission Oriented
God Is My Commander-In-Chief, Christ Is My Savior, The Pastor’s My Coach, The Bible’s My Blueprint, The Holy Ghost Is My Guide, The World Is My Mission
I Will Be Immune To Criticism
Unbowed By Critics, Unmoved By Suffering, Unashamed Of The Gospel
I Will Obey Like Noah
Sacrifice Like Abraham
Fight Like David
Pray Like Daniel
Be Patient Like Job
And See God’s Greatness Like Isaiah
I’ll Even Weep Like Jeremiah
But I’ll Preach Like Peter
And I’ll Reach Out Like Paul
I Have Nothing Greater To Live For, And Nothing Better To Die For
For I Am A Person Of Vision!

This is what I feel like at this moment...
My job is expanding. They installed a doorway in my office this past weekend and I came in this morning, with a black sweater I might add, and found my desk covered. After cleaning and looking at myself covered in grime, I wanted to head back home and take another shower. Ugh.

It's all for the good though, so my only complain is the dust issues. I am moving offices. A large office in the back, yah!! I am so excited. Less noise and more privacy means more work done and less stress! Exactly what I need.

I won't stay away as long as I did last week...