Monday, March 30, 2009

Bittersweet Thoughts

The last couple of months have been life changing and the months to come will bring even more changes. Good and bad. Bittersweet changes.

My sister, by dearest friend, is leaving on a journey all her own. Far, far away from me and everything she's ever known. She can't wait while we (most of my family and I) hold back the feeling of despair and sadness. Wow, this is a gloomy post. I should have warned you before you got this far. =)

She is the closest person to me and I am the closest person to her. But it won't be like that in a matter of weeks. Someone else will take that place and I could not be happier... yet I can't help but be sad for the changes that life brings.

I'll give more details as time goes on, but for now, things are so busy and there really isn't much to post about. So if I disappear, you know where I went. You can keep up with me on my Twitter updates to the right... whoever invented this deserves an extra piece of cake.

Oh yes, do you like my new format? I wasn't sure about the three columns but it's growing on me...


In other parts of my life...

I'm currently working on:
  • My 300th post (not too exciting lol)
  • Planning a baby shower for this Saturday and I'm so unorganized
  • Fighting the strep virus that I think is knocking on my door

That's my life today.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Blog Shmlog

I am not a fickle person. You can ask my family, they will vouch for this. BUT one thing that I am beyond fickle about is my blog design. Just thinking about it makes me tense. What is it that makes me so irritated? I think I change it so much because it's the one thing that I can change and not worry about the opinions of others since I know that my faithful blog buddies will always come back even if the page is changed every.single.week (I'm not that bad, yet).

I stumbled on a site last year and have been obsessed, not stalkerish but obsessed no less, with the designs of this person. Her blog makeovers are sought after by anyone who loves pretty, chic blogs. I want to get a blog makeover so bad, but this is one thing that I can't do! It's that extra money that you need for something else. It's not very expensive but if I'm going to do it I want the best. Maybe I should just settle...

ANYWAY! I am changing my header for the gazillionth time because I can't stand the one that is up (the daffodil one). Back to the fickle issue. I loved it when I made it and days after I couldn't stand it. Fickle.

I said ALL that to say this... If you want to be in a contest for a blog makeover, click the below button and leave a comment for the Design Girl. You will love her designs and maybe one of us will win. **crossing my fingers for me** Okay, you too!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I love you Disney

I came across an old Disney video of an attraction that was removed a long time ago... Can I go down memory lane for this post? I must share this with you because if you haven't seen Captain EO, took a trip on the People Mover or sat through The Country Bear Jamboree... you missed out.

My Disneyland
I grew up at Disneyland. Literally. I've said this before, but I'm going to say it again. My mom and dad bought us passes ever year growing up. We would go 2 to 3 times a week. Sometimes after school for dinner and one ride or show. We usually went on Pirates of the Caribbean, the Jungle Cruise, It's a Small World, saw The Country Bears or Captain EO after dinner at the French Market or The Blue Bayou, Our favorite restaurant.

I miss the good ol' days of Captain EO. I remember sitting in the theater with my 3D classes on, peeking through as the scary parts came on and trying to touch the little animals as they came up to your face. It was always cold in the theater and when we left I always had a good "the world is right" feeling. Even to this day I can hear the ending song and feel warm and fuzzy. I think it was the idea of evil conquering good ( <-My sister pointed this out... lol) GOOD conquering EVIL... I'm sure it had nothing to do with *Michael Jackson.
Part 1

Part 2

The people mover was also another great attraction that I miss!

The Country Bear Jamboree... sigh... I miss it so much! Why oh why did they have to stop this?
Part 1

What were some of your favorite past time or present time Disney rides, attractions and restaurants? I'm curious to know...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

It's another Birthday...

Today is my little brother's 24th Birthday. I woke up this morning and couldn't believe that he is 24... where has the time gone? It makes me sad to think that next year will be here before we know it and again I'll be saying, where has the time gone?

My little brother is an incredible person. He's the sweetest "kid" you'll ever meet with the biggest heart of anyone I know. He's strong, stubborn, and loving. All those traits make up this incredible person that he is. He is the bestest friend anyone could ask for.

:: :: ::

Dave, I wish nothing but the VERY best that God has for you. I can't wait to see what this next year holds for you...I believe, without a doubt, that there are great things on the way. I love you very much. ~ Deb

David and I

My (silly) brother and his beautiful girlfriend, Steph

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wedding Weirdness

Wedding talk has overtaken our vocabulary these past couple of weeks. When you google wedding anything, sometimes you stumble on strange things. Very strange disturbing things.

The strangest wedding party out there... The minister is the one with half red hair.

The cheapest wedding cake

The dead dolphin cake that will make you gag

The cake your 8 year old MUST have ordered for you

The redneck wedding

Dead animal cake

Who makes this stuff?

All I can say is, people have such eclectic taste... and they have to show it in one of the most important days of their lives. Thankfully I have never had a dead carcass cake or had to sit through a camo wedding.
If you want to see really bad and sometimes LOL funny cakes, go here. I love this site.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I love this day! Irish roots are strong and celebrated in our family.

We will have our Irish dinner tonight just like last years. Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and "Green Stuff" for dessert.
I am proud to be IRISH!

Monday, March 16, 2009

MEN - Sometimes we CAN live without them

"Men can't live with them and can't live without them" - Who came up with this saying??
There is something so appealing to the eye as walking by the men's bathroom while I know this because the door is open... not just the outside door but the stall door. HELLO!
"To the men who use this facility..."

"From the women who have to walk past!"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

It's Expensive being a Teacher

It's that time of the year... School Fundraisers.

I teach the most incredible kids at SCWC. I love them and they know it... The whole "I just can't say no" applies here.
What do you do when you see this smiling up at you with a fundraiser book in one hand and a list of what prizes they will get if they sell the most in the other?

You buy whatever is cheapest... or at least I do. When there are 30 kids, you can't afford to buy what you really want.

This is what I got back over the last year.

Magazine Subscription: I think I read one issue and started handing them off to a family member - BAD CHOICE

Holiday Ribbon Organizer: I think this ended up in the trash - BAD CHOICE

Silicon Cupcake Holders: These are collecting dust on my nightstand... why on the nightstand? I have no idea - BAD CHOICE

Girl Scout Cookies: I got these last night. At church. In front of the youth and kids. These were the one thing that I was looking forward too. Obviously everyone else was too - BEST CHOICE

Let me elaborate on this Cookie Phenomenon.

I opened a box to try, mouth watering and ignoring how much fat they contained. Next thing I know, I have hungry teenage eyes staring and begging with their eyes. "Would you like one?" They didn't have to be asked twice. I turn around and there's a sweet little face staring at me, I say again "Would you like one?". Minutes later the little girl who sold them to me ask "Where'd you get those from?" (Really?) I say, "Would you like one?".

Those little cookies barely made it home. Too bad everyone else didn't have radar for a ribbon organizer and silicon cupcake holders.

That, Ladies & Gents, is the joy of being a Sunday School teacher... If you see me with a sign on the corner you know why.

Monday, March 09, 2009

A Daily Bee Thought - March 9, 2009

What I'm thinking about
How my life will change drastically in the next few months

What I'm reading
Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell and always reading Taste of Home (I love it)

View from my office
White walls and busy people passing by

I am thankful
My family - God's 2nd greatest gift to me and of course that one things that everyone can't live without... extra WW points.

I am in the middle of project
Photography. Trying to get this ball rolling...

I am feeling
vulnerable and emotional =)

I can hear
my music and typing fingers

Couple of plans for the week
Bible Study tonight, Planning with the sistas tonight, Tues & Wed church activities, weekend teachers seminar

A pictures says it all


Friday, March 06, 2009

Things to do while you're bored... at work

Slow. Slow. Slow.

That does not describe how things are at work. Work is almost non-existent. I come in, do the couple of things that I need to - prepare a couple of files of legal records, go through emails, pacify angry attorneys and inpatient paralegals... done.

I sit here, staring at the screen. Nothing to do at work or even to play with. So what is a working girl to do... according to the Internet, these are the top things.

1. Blink wildly and then close your eyes really tight for an interesting light show

(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)See a variety of blobs, stars and flashes. Try to make out shapes and see if your subconscious is trying to send you a message

2. Make up you're on office aerobics equipment with rubber bands... (I did this! lol)

(Amusement Potential: 10-15 minutes) keeps you going until you're a little sweaty and can't stand your own stench and still waiting for the clock to turn 5.

3. Try to not think about penguins

(Amusement Potential: 1-5 minutes)This is especially hard, because by trying too much, you remember what you were trying to avoid thinking of. If you try too little, you end up thinking about penguins anyway.

4. Scratch yourself

(Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)Go ahead, scratch yourself now. Even if nothing itches, go ahead. Doesn't that feel pretty good?

5. Make a low buzzing noise

(Amusement Potential: 15-30 minutes)Hours of fun in libraries! Keeping a totally straight face and looking nonchalant, make a low pitch humming/buzzing noise and see who reacts.

In the middle of blinking, playing with rubber bands, penguins, scratching and buzzing - I am THANKFUL that my job is secure even though it so BORING right now.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

In The News...Breastfeeding

I read the most disturbing article on the headlines today. Not about Obama, not about the war, not about a rapist or murderer... it was about breastfeeding. Now that I write that it seems so petty, but let me tell you, this was disturbing on so many levels.

I am not a mother, but I know many mothers, I have friends and family that are mothers. Oh yes, and I have a mother. Some may say I have no room to talk and those people are probably breastfeeding their school aged child. Is this a normal thing mothers do? According to the statistics it is... most mothers breastfeed until the age of 4 1/2 - 7 years of age. I don't know any women that breastfed their child after 2 1/2 years old. Just because I didn't breastfeed (me and my mama) until I was in elementary school doesn't mean I don't have a bond with my mother or am sick and missing certain nutrients, right? What is going through someones head when their 8 year old is in their lap breastfeeding. Uh uh.

If and when I were to have children, I would want to breastfeed but NOT until my kid can tie their own shoe or get on a school bus.

What are your thoughts on this?

**Deb removing herself from the soapbox**

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Exciting Mail...

Coming home from a long day out shopping to find this in the mail...

I knew what it was right away! I hadn't been looking for it since my mind has been somewhere else these past few weeks, but looking at the writing and the name, I knew it was from Dee.

For those of you that don't know who "Dee" is, she is an incredible author in the Christian Fiction world. Her books are well written and her characters come to life off the pages. I've had the pleasure of getting to know her over the past couple of years and helping out in her chat room as a moderator. This package is sent to all three moderators as a perk for helping out. I think I have the better end of the deal for sure!

This is what was inside...

Her new book comes out in June, but she gets ARC's (Advanced Readers Copy) and sends them out and does a giveaway on her blog.

Now this will come as a shocker to all you that know how much I LOVE to read. I haven't read a fictional book since November! Gasp. Yes, November. I've been wanting to read and I have new books sitting on my shelf calling my name, but I was trying to finish a devotional book that was very deep, therefore it took a lot longer to read. I'm still not finished, but I made the "mistake" of opening and reading the first chapter of A Bride in the Bargain... and I was hooked.

I truly feel sorry for all the Dee fans that have to wait until June. I've already got a line forming for my ARC... It.Is.Good. VERY GOOD!

And one thing that just made me giggle right off the bat, there is a character that talks just like my blogging buddy, Becky's toddler son. What's even funnier... it's an elderly lady. You'll be laughing out loud!

So what did I think of the book? One of Deeanne Gist's BEST yet! And one of the BEST books I've read. GOOD STUFF!