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Friday, December 31, 2004

Anybody need a Friend?

For Christmas I got seasons 1, 2 and 8 of the Friends dvds to watch whenever I happen to be home (typically on a sick day or something like that). Well, let me just say we're wrapping up season 2 right now and does anyone know just how many seasons you can watch all in a row until you can't take any more Friends?

Let's just say I never knew I could get a 100% on a Friends quiz!

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Ugh!

So... I have been sick again, but this time much worse! I'm hoping it has been a 24-hour stomach kind of bug, but when you can't even keep your water down then you know you're sick!

I'm better now and getting better all the time. Please be praying for me though because this is getting old quick!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Ahhh...

Well I took a look at bloggie today (as I refer to this site) and realized he was desperately needing an update. So here you go...

I am on a very slow mend from my nasty cold but I was well enough for Christmas so yippee and Praise Jesus!

Christmas was awesome this year! Yes, despite being sick and despite one of my aunt's dogs (who I love- the dog and my aunt) dying, it was awesome! Husband and I decided to try doing our Christmas on Christmas Eve night so as to have more time together alone and it worked out beautifully! We weren't sure if we'd be sad if we didn't have anything for each other on the actual day, but due to all the other excitement Christmas Day, it went great!

Husband was extremely thoughtful in the things he picked to give me which of course is the whole point (the thought, not the present) and he has decided to continue his current reign of King of All Stockings! (He's very good at stockings.)

Oh and thanks to Meredith who gave me a beautiful scarf and homemade magnets for our refrigerator. I'm very excited and pleased and you're my awesome friend who I love! (You know how I am with thank-you notes so just in case...wink wink!)

So now the Christmas season is officially over but to paraphrase a famous story, keep Christmas in your heart year-round, because Jesus was born yes, but there's so much more to the story!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Achoo!

So I've been sick with a really nasty cold this past week. It's probably the worst cold I've ever had. For those of you wondering, it's not the flu, praise the Lord!

My goal has been to get well every day so far and it's not worked yet, but last night was the first night I slept all the way through without a horrific coughing fit to wake me up! Woohoo!

So all of that to say the goal is now to be well by Christmas! Yay!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Say "No Peeking!"

Husband and I had to get a new cell phone contract recently, so now I have my first ever camera phone. I know, I never understood the appeal either, but now that I have it I have one favorite thing I've been doing with it.

Did you know that you can attach a picture to a person's phone number so that when they call you their picture comes up? Oh I know, it's awesome! Unfortunately, not everyone is into letting me have an itsy bitsy fuzzy picture of themselves on my phone. Were the tables turned I would completely sympathize.

Last night Husband wrapped my Christmas presents (the ones he's gotten so far). I was lucky enough to get to be downstairs but I had to have my back to him and not peek and I couldn't even look under the tree until he was done, all his giveaway trash thrown away where I couldn't see it, and all evidence quickly wrapped or hidden again. It was fun but nervewracking! I kept telling him that if he gave me all my presents now he wouldn't have to worry with wrapping them! Unfortunately for me, he's a great wrapper and enjoys it.

Too bad I didn't think to let my camera phone peek and then I could look at the pictures. Hmm, there's an idea...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Think happy thoughts!

Please don't hate us, but we're almost done with all of our Christmas preparations. Yes, this includes our shopping. I have a few more items to buy for Husband's stocking and I think only one more actual present to buy and then I'm done. Husband wants to go buy more for me which of course I don't mind, so he's got a few more things to buy but after that he's finished as well.

I'm going to my very first cookie swap this Saturday with some friends, so that should be loads of fun! Because of this I have two dozen cookies to make so I do have that left too.

I'm sad because some of our Christmas cards have bounced back to us this year. I'm hoping I don't get any more of our cards; I already know what they look like! :-)

Friday, December 10, 2004

Happy Birthday John!

Today is our friend John's birthday! We can't wait to celebrate with him. I'd never before been to P.F. Chang's before last week and now that's where we're meeting them for dinner later. Good thing too because it was yummy last time!

Happy birthday John!

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Calcium for Strong and Healthy Bones!

My best friend broke her toe yesterday. Alas, now that's one thing we don't have in common anymore. Neither of us can whistle and we both used to be able to say we'd never broken a bone (come close, but never officially for me).

I must admit that I'm afraid one day a broken bone will happen to me as klutzy as I am. Husband as a teenager, broke both his arms at one time! He tells me sometimes how painful and just awful it can be to break a bone. I'm afraid that I will scream hysterically and go into shock when it finally happens. You see, I have an EXTREMELY low tolerance for pain. My broken friend was very brave yesterday when she called me for help and I went over. I figured tears and yelling in agony over the pain would be involved but not my brave friend. I'm very proud of her.

I hope her day today is somewhat smoother than her terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad day yesterday (as she has described it).

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

You are invited...

So the parties and things to do are adding up now that the Christmas season is in full swing. Everyone here at work came to the realization yesterday that the Christmas concerts are THIS week; we thought we had at least another week to go!

We had friends over for dinner last night and that was a lot of fun. Husband and I then finished watching "White Christmas" and the reflective interview with Rosemary Clooney. Now that was cool too because I caught so many more little things in that movie, having not seen it since I was pre-adult age. Husband finally understood that Rosemary Clooney is George Clooney's aunt. He probably thought I was crazy because I kept asking him if he saw the family resemblance there. Go figure.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Christmas is Coming!

We spent this past weekend Christmas shopping, which to most when we hear that, we groan and moan about the crowds, the prices, and going broke. What a pleasant experience it's been because you see, we had this fantabulous idea to get all the shopping done ahead of time! It's amazing how less stressful it is when you shop before Christmas Eve!

I'm extremely pleased because on top of having the shopping done, all the presents are wrapped and already under the tree! I'm telling you, this year we are on the ball. While we wrapped presents together the other night, we watched "Santa Claus is Coming To Town." This was very cool because we couldn't really remember the story but to catch you up, it's pretty much a behind-the-scenes story of what Santa Claus is all about. A lot of people make Santa Claus out to be this attention-on-Jesus stealer and this evil guy, but this movie was all about how Santa could only bring toys once a year and the day he chose was "the most holy night of the year, the night of the Christ child's birth." And when he married Mrs. Claus, they "stood before the Lord" to say their vows! It's amazing to me how different the world has become toward Christians and anything remotely associated with Christianity. I mean, this was on TV the other night! The same tv where when the news came on, the news anchor was reporting a story about discrimination because one particular church wanted people to only shop at stores that said "Merry Christmas" (thereby keeping "Christ" in "Christmas").

I think that can go a bit too far, but to call that discrimination is pretty far-fetched. Think about it. As Husband pointed out last night, if a Muslim group decided to let other Muslims know stores that were "Islam-friendly" or whatever the phrasing is, nobody would call that discrimination against other religions! (And for those of you wondering, this is in no way a Muslim- put-down. I'm just saying the analogy.)

I say forget all of the politics and the persecution of whatever religion and just enjoy Christmas for what it is: the rememberence and reverence for the Savior of the World coming as a baby because he loved you and me enough to die for our sins. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Friday, December 03, 2004

It's Friday!

Praise Jesus it's Friday! It seems like it's been a longer than normal kind of week for us. Husband got his fixed up car back after the deer hit us. Yay for that! (and insurance)

We had fun playing with friends last night and my scrapbooking business made a little money too! Yay for friends and scrapbooking!

I need to get current on my scrapbooking; if you would like to come scrapbook with me soon, let me know!

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Deck the Halls, the Walls, the Tree, Everything!

As you know if you read this blog every time it's updated, we spent the majority of our weekend decorating our home for Christmas. It's one of my favorite things to do each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I know, it doesn't seem like it's related at all to that, but it is to me because decorating my house gets me more and more excited about the upcoming party for God. How much more awesome can it get?!

Growing up, my mom was very particular about how we decorated the tree. I've since learned it's pretty much the only better way to decorate a tree is to start with the lights. Oh well, what does a ten year old care what goes on the tree first? Anyway, my point. It's much more fun to decorate a tree when you're an adult because you can do it your way. When it's your parents' tree, it's their way, when it's your tree, it's your way. That makes it loads more fun to do it.

Every year people who have fake trees try to persuade other people who love real trees to get a fake tree (They're on clearance, they don't shed, etc.). I say to them, it's tradition to have a real tree in my family, and that's one tradition I hope to keep. Again growing up, my mom always insisted that a cedar tree was the only real Christmas tree we could have simply because it was the tradition in her family. (FYI, a cedar Christmas tree is very difficult to find!) Now I prefer the frasier fir because they aren't prickly and don't shed, but I figure I can still carry on the tradition by having a real tree whether it's cedar or not, than a fake tree.

My goal is always to enjoy my decorated for Christmas home and relax while all the candles burn and smell all Christmasy. You'll see when you get here.

Monday, November 29, 2004

Pass the Appreciation, please!

Well, Thanksgiving has passed us by and with great fanfare I'll say. We cooked, we baked, we cleaned, and when it was all over with, we cleaned some more!

Helping your host/ hostess clean up after they've fed you and catered to your every whim is a simple but heartfelt gesture of appreciation.

I would like to take this space on the internet to thank the people who helped clean up this past week. You know who you are and it was much appreciated. There was almost nothing left to do after everyone was gone and we were able to decorate for Christmas because of your help.

Thanks again!

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Ho Hum

I have nothing to say today.

Oh, yesterday Ellen DeGeneres wanted to talk to a pilgrim to get Thanksgiving tips, so she called people randomly in the phone book whose last name was Pilgrim. That was pretty funny.

Monday, November 22, 2004

RSVP Anyone?

Well it's Monday morning. Husband and I had a very fun, very productive weekend playing with John and Meredith and cleaning the house for Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year that we've been married, we've invited all sides of the family over (with a few friends thrown in for good measure) and just had a big ol' dinner party basically. It's a lot of work for Husband and me, but we do always enjoy every moment of the preparations and then the actual day.

I keep forgetting though that I love to host big dinner party- like things, but I've decided that I will try to host another one in the Spring. You know there's no real holidays (where you get time off etc.) between New Years' Day and Memorial Day except for Easter, so February- March sounds like a great time for a big meal doesn't it?

Hmm, looks like you got me thinking!

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Thursday Is The New Friday

I am so glad it's Thursday! I'm glad because I have Fridays off every week so this is my last day of work this week. I am so ready to have a free day! I have a lot to do to get ready for Thanksgiving next week but I can't wait! I guess you know this, but I'm extremely excited!

The Christmas Parade is this weekend and we're going to hang out and watch that on TV with John and Meredith. That night we're going to watch "Elf." Yahoo!

I also found a very interesting recipe in one of my magazines for these cookies I want to try to make for Thanksgiving, so here's hoping they turn out well!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Somebody Tell Me Why!

Why is it that most of my job seems to be waiting for other people to get back to me? Please tell me if your job seems like this too. I'm very interested in knowing what other jobs are like this besides mine.

Don't get me wrong; I love my job, but that is the most frustrating thing about it.

Back to my waiting...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Eight Years and Counting...

Finally, the blog is truly back! Yay for smart husbands!

Today is our eight year dating anniversary and we are excited. I would like to take this moment to stand up on my soapbox (why exactly is it called a "soapbox" anyway?). I don't care when you get married or how long you've been dating, I think if you're smart enough to keep romancing your spouse after he/ she has been "caught," then you don't have to start all over counting anniversaries.

We dated five and a half years before we got married and we were engaged for a year and a half. I don't quite recommend that length of time for an engagement; when you're as ready as we were to be married, don't wait that long! :-P After five and a half years, there was no way I was starting over. So with that, I say "Happy 8th Anniversary Husband! I love you more now than ever before. XOXOXO"

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Good job America!

Unless you've been living under a rock with no TV for the last year or so, you know that yesterday was an Election day. Not just any Election Day, but THE Election Day- for the president's job!

I just wanted to say "Good Job!" because it seems like there were tons more people who took their civic duty and responsibilities seriously and voted. Even if you don't agree with me, it is still your duty to vote. I am always excited when people I know speak on how important voting is to them. It produces a warm feeling in me sometimes because there's so much of the bad in this world that it's good to have a good moment you know?

For those of you disappointed with any of the results from yesterday, God's been teaching me something lately that I think can apply to this election. When bad things happen or things we don't understand why God allows them to happen, we need to have faith and be reminded that God allows these negative or bad things to happen to ultimately give Him greater glory! WOohoO! It may never be in our time, but He is rarely early and never late!

For those of you excited with any of the results from yesterday, pray that God will equip these men and women to better lead our country in serving Him.

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

VOTE!

I forgot to tell you people to get out and vote today! Every election gets more and more critical for morals and ethical values, so be sure you vote today!

Back And Better Than Ever!

Finally, the blog is back! It's been a crazy time lately, just with the busyness. But Praise Jesus, because we've gotten SO much accomplished recently!

*God told each of us (Husband and me) separately to wait on pursuing a house right now, so that was awesome! We have such peace about that decision that it's truly been a blessing to us.

*Our yardsale was so successful that we were able to spend our day trip this past weekend getting our new dining room table (in time for Thanksgiving, I might add), SIX chairs, and we had enough money left over for a new entertainment center which we've been wanting forever! How cool is that?!

*God gave us wise counsel for another decision we weren't feeling sure about and now we know we did the right thing, so that was good.

*Husband has been a humongo blessing to me as sweet as he is. He's been putting all our new furniture together, putting our homey things first before the things he's been wanting and needing to get done. What a guy!

*Great times with friends this past weekend.

I know there's more, but honestly isn't that enough for now?

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Movin' On Up!

Husband has finally finished transferring all entries to the new blog site. This will be my last post to this particular blog site. The new blog site is http://lifeatpemberley.eternalcrew.com/. Bookmark it, link it everywhere you can, it's gonna be hot! :-) Husband is very good at this stuff and he's going to teach me tonight how to use the new site so hopefully tonight or tomorrow a new entry will be on the new blog site. So enjoy!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Woof Woof!


I took this picture at the fair and this sign just tickled me to death! So in honor of hoping to see MVR soon, and the fact that my entire family is made up of dog lovers, I salute thee!

Also, it is Monday so a funny picture is necessary to get through the day, don't you think? Happy Monday!

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Workin' Hard For The Money!

I'm so ill! I just lost this long entry I had written! Argh! THIS is why we will be switching to our own blog site. Well you'll just have to deal with the shorter version. Argh!

We were graciously given this dining room table and five chairs by my aunt when Husband and I were first married. This was not just a cool gift, but it was very helpful because we'd never lived on our own before and having married straight out of school, we needed furniture. We have used and loved this dining room set for about two and a half years now and unfortunately for us, we loved them to death.

Yesterday we had a garage sale with some friends of ours who shared their garage and driveway with us so we could sell our stuff too. At 7:00am we opened the garage door to set up all of our stuff for sale and three cars were already sitting at the curb waiting for us! It was great!

Our goal for our part of the garage sale was to raise the minimum amount of money needed to buy this new dining room table and to buy at least four chairs to go with it. We knew God would provide, so we sold our old set. Not only did God provide the minimum amount we needed, but he went above and beyond that so we can afford a couple more chairs! This is so cool because we were hoping to be able to afford this new set before our HUGE Thanksgiving family dinner next month-- and now we can!

We're very excited and now we're going to that cool store I mentioned before ("Don't Spend It All In One Place...") next weekend to get it all! I can't wait!

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Fair Days...


I went to the fair with Jennifer last Thursday and we had loads of fun! Our State Fair is all about appreciating our state's agriculture and livestock industries. We go to eat our way through the fair, but we also took in some of the animal sites, like these cows. Such personality! I mean really-- just think of the Chick-Fil-A cows! So funny!

It's been a while since I've written; I won't try to excuse it by saying I've been too busy. The excuse this time is that Husband is going to be switching my blog to our own website soon. He's begun the process already but hasn't had time to finish it yet. I'll let you know when it changes, no fear! Hopefully I won't keep you hanging for the next blog entry again.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Busy Busy...

No time to talk, busy busy busy at work. What a crazy week! Husband, who never has problems sleeping, has not been able to sleep much at all this week. We had two hours' notice to move our entire office so it could be painted Monday and yesterday, only to have him do such a fabulous job so quickly that we moved back in yesterday! I can't wait for tomorrow (my work week's "Friday") when I can play catch up at work.

Thanks for all prayers! Oh and last but never least, Happy Anniversary! shout outs to You-Know-Who-You-Are!

Friday, October 08, 2004

Low-carb Schmo-carb


Forget those low-carb, no-carb diets! I love bread! I had wanted a breadmaker for an incredibly long time and our friends gave us one for our wedding. I was so excited! I still am, but sadly I kept trying bread machine mixes which I have now learned I should NEVER use.

Everyone I've talked to to research this topic has failed with breadmaker mixes. I felt so good to know this that I attempted the "from-scratch" recipe. Can you tell how fantabulous it turned out?! It was sooo yummy that I can't wait to make more! So without further ado, thank you J & M!

Thursday, October 07, 2004

One Of Those Days...

Have you ever had a weird day? Nothing in particular, just weird. People behave differently than you're used to, situations occur that don't normally, and you're just in a funky mood?

Welcome to my day today! It's been an odd sort of day, but fortunately I get to go home early today from work. I can't wait to get home and just put the heating pad on my back (I hurt it Tuesday a little bit. No worries, MVR!) and chill out.

So with that, happy chilling!

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Happy Birthday Caleb!

It's Caleb's birthday today! More importantly, it's his first birthday in a long line of birthdays! I truly have been thinking that Husband and I are more excited than he might be. Now in all fairness, I am a huge birthday person and I know what's coming, Caleb doesn't.

His birthday party is tonight and I'm also very excited because I've never been to a first birthday party before. I suppose I was at my own and then my little brother's, but I mean in terms of remembering it, nope never.

So without further ado, I hope you all have a Happy Caleb Day!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Parade Of Homes

This is one of the homes we visited last Saturday. We only visited two because we didn't want to go crazy looking everywhere like we did last year. This was our favorite of the two we saw. It's smaller than we'd like on the inside, but whatever home we choose will be our first home not our ultimate dream home.

It's very hard to remember that for me because I want all these things in our first home. I want it to be spectacular and amazing and elegant and relaxing, all at the same time looking homey and lived in and loved. I think it can be pretty tricky to find the balance between all of these descriptions, so we're still looking.

I'm very excited that the time has come for this stage in our lives! I feel like a real grown-up at times like these!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

My Busy Busy Weekend


This weekend was one of our busiest of late, but oh, it was so much fun! Friday morning I went with Jennifer and Meredith to the Farmers' Market to buy pumpkins. That was of course such a great time-- my two favorite friends! Jennifer and I hit up the local arts and crafts store and I bought a little scarecrow (He has not yet been named; I am taking suggestions.) to welcome guests into my home. He's very cute!

Saturday we went to the Parade of Homes and I always enjoy that because I love looking at other homes to get ideas.

Today my sister-in-law is here and I get to see her for lunch! Yippee! We went to the early service at church this morning and it's so nice to have the whole rest of the day free. Yippee!

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Ah, Sweet Husband!

Oh yes, he's doing it again! He's up to his old tricks. Fortunately for me, Husband is not tricky. He's funny and smart and very good looking, but not tricky. But what's he doing? you ask. He's doing the laundry- again! What a sweet sweet husband! :-D

It's come to my attention over the years that not all women believe this type of man is truly real, and not all men believe he is sincere in his actions. I can assure all of you that Husband is very much real (he's even pinchable!) and he's very sincere. You know what the motives are? I'll tell you his motives. The first is to show Jesus Christ through his daily life, something he does extremely well. The second is to show his love for me, his very blessed wife. :-) Boy, do I know how spoiled I am! (The answer is yes for those of you wondering.)

Anyway, I apologize to those of you sick of the lovey dovey mush oozing out of my fingers onto the keyboard, but you'll just have to either get used to it or find a more entertaining website. I'd recommend one of my closest friends' blogs, but she's just as in love with her husband as I am with mine. You're just out of luck! Until next time...

Sunday, September 26, 2004

How To Fall Asleep After Having So Much Fun With Friends

So we finally found out what's been wrong with me. Yep, the whole time we thought I had Mono, I've actually had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a much more serious illness. Of course, as soon as my family found this out, I received three calls within three hours from family members asking if I was okay and hoping I was asleep, making it sound like they truly thought that all of a sudden I was at Death's door, screaming "Let me in!"

Now I don't want to make light of my family's concern, but it is pretty funny if you think about it, don't you think MVR? (wink wink- no comment necessary) Anyway, we think I must've first gotten eaten by a tick (that's how you get sick like this) at the wedding up north earlier in August, which is funny because that's not normally the place you get tick bites that make you so horribly sick (I truly am fine.). I was hanging out with Meredith last Friday and laughing because we've decided to rename the particular Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever to a new name more applicable to me: I give you my illness, Blue Ridge Mountain Non-Spotted Low- grade Fever! Isn't that a hoot? I think it's funny.

What's really funny is I always thought it was called Rocky Mountain SPIDER Fever, not Spotted Fever, and I kept explaining to the nurses and doctors that about one to two months ago I did have a spider bite on my toe. I figured doctors should know all they can to help diagnose you right? Well fortunately for me, they just looked at me in this weird, "Are you okay? You think a spider bite like the one you got is cause for this much concern?" look and continued along with their testing. Praise the Lord they caught it when they did before I got brain damage or whatever horrible "side effects" can occur with Rocky Mountain SPOTTED Fever.

To celebrate (and mostly to just have a good time), we stayed up until three in the morning last night having a board game marathon/ slumber party with John and Meredith. Sadly for us all, I started feeling bad and also got sleepy (big bummer). I was very much sad that it didn't last all night as originally planned, but what fun we did have while it lasted! I now know how to play $25,000 Pyramid, that Elm trees are so good for you that that's the tree we'll try to plant in our future yard, and that Mrs. Peacock was in the Library with the lead pipe! (She's going down, I tell ya!)

So now I should be back on the mend and back to my usual celebration of Fall and the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas season! Speaking of... two more family members RSVPed for Thanksgiving dinner today- Yippee!

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

How Time Flies!

Our best friends' adorable (cutest ever!) baby boy is about to be a whole one year old (old? ha!). I just found out he walked to both his parents for the first time today! Now, I don't have kids myself (and for those wondering, not any time soon either) but I was so excited for that family that I think I can imagine a little part of how that must feel.

Li'l C, as Husband once referred to the baby (his ghetto name, though we never call him that), is not going to be so little much longer. Disclaimer: He's perfect in every way. :-) It's fascinating to me how fast little babies grow. I remember (apparently a year ago though it feels shorter obviously) when Baby was just born! He was so tiny and cute! Now he's walking and still so cute... just me rambling crazy thoughts about how fast time goes when you're seeing time pass as a child growing up.

I don't know how time can possibly get any faster, but I've been told it will happen. I guess I better get a move on then, getting all the stuff on my to- do list done before I run out of time!

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Fall!

Yay! It's cold outside! I am so excited because Fall all the way through Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year. I realize I have said this to you before, however I felt it necessary to repeat myself now that it actually feels like Autumn outside. Granted, this won't last past 11:00 this morning, but I'm taking whatever I can get.

FYI, the first day of Fall is tomorrow! Yippee! What's really funny is my husband finally let me decorate our house for Fall this past weekend. The problem? I only had about two things that qualified as Fall decorations. The rest was all for Christmas plus about four Thanksgiving placemats. I tried to talk Husband into going Fall decorations shopping all weekend. Pretty lame aren't I?

Oh well, at least it's finally here! Now I'm in a Christmas baking mood... hmm, maybe I can find a recipe in with my Christmas decorations. "Oh Honey! Don't you think it's time to start decorating for Christmas?"

Sunday, September 19, 2004

A Real Man


I love my husband. I still haven't felt very well at all lately and right now he's doing all of the laundry for me without complaint (not that he would, but still...)! What a man! I love you.

Friday, September 17, 2004

The Good Life

I love my life. It's been bumpy and we've struggled several times about different things going on, but in general I love my life. I am married to the sweetest, kindest man on the planet, we live in a really nice neighborhood (considering we don't own our own home yet), and our best friends live less than a mile away (or exactly a mile away depending on which street you turn onto). :-)

I won't ramble on and on (as I am prone to do), but take a moment to enjoy the blessings in your life. Even if everything seems to be going wrong, just think about it-- think as long as you need to, but enjoy the good things in life that God has given you simply because He loves you.

Also, be excited for me because my uncle is coming from LA to visit for the week and I can't wait until Sunday to see him! Yippee! I haven't seen him for quite a while now, and it's gonna be fun seeing everyone "fight" for his attention! I have my boxing gloves on! Haha, just kidding!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Nothing beats a little TLC!

So, I've been feeling not so well for a while. Husband has been very supportive of my need to rest all weekend, so I've been pampered and well loved for the past few days (My weekends begin on Thursday nights-- I have Fridays off.). While I love my job, unfortunately I must return to it tomorrow.

I love the people I work with, don't get me wrong, but there's nothing that beats good old-fashioned TLC from your hubby to make you feel better and to make you feel cherished. He's been cooking and cleaning, watching movies of my choice, getting me chocolate and flowers, taking me out for dinners and buying me books. While he does this quite frequently even when I'm well, I thought he deserved a special "Thank you baby" for all his extra efforts this weekend.

I hope to be well on the way back to my good health soon... but in the meantime, thank you lovey. I love you!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Friends... Let's be friends... Part 2

I am soooo excited! Do you know why? Okay, I'll tell you. No, you can stop begging now. Our very best friends that live around the corner from us have been away for a week and they are coming home tomorrow! I know I'm crazy, but I'm still excited.

Although we usually only see them about once or twice a week, I usually talk to the wife of the couple (It's a married couple I'm talking about here.) on the phone or on IM throughout the week. Instead I've been driving mysteriously by the house every day, checking the mail... I'm sure somebody is watching through the curtains to be sure I'm not causing trouble for our friends. Won't those neighbors be shocked when I go inside tonight to turn the a/c back on before they come home! Haha, who has the last laugh now?! Okay I'm crazy again, sorry, momentary lapse.

Anyway, WELCOME HOME FRIENDS! We are very happy you are back! (tomorrow)

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Don't spend it all in one place...

I know I haven't written in a few days. We haven't been at a crazy part of life lately which is good, but ironically enough, Husband and I have been relaxing and enjoying each other's company over the long Labor Day weekend. That's why I haven't written.

We almost never go anywhere when he has a day off because with his current job, he has no sick time, vacation days, or even holidays. Basically, he doesn't get paid if he doesn't work, which is sad if the company is closed for a holiday or something. Oh well, such is life. Back to the original train of thought (got derailed for a sec)--

This weekend we went somewhere, which, in itself is amazing for us. We went to this humongous homey store. Now I know that's nothing special to some of you, but it's the first time I've ever been and I am now in love. Yes, with a store. I've never found that much homey stuff I've wanted in one place before! We took pictures and everything (I know, we're such dorks!).

Husband and I made great decisions and did not spend us out of house and home, as the saying goes, but we had bunches of fun and got lots of new little things, very affordable things.

I can't wait to go back! I can't believe I've waited this long to go. People have told me before, "Oh, it's pretty affordable.." They trail off into nothingness with their lack of enthusiasm, so I never bought it. But oh, how right they were! Woohoo for new stores you love!

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Friends... Let's be friends...

I work for the best place to work ever! I work for my church and everyone there is human. I know that's probably not what you were thinking I'd say, but it's something I feel must be mentioned up front. Just because it's a church doesn't mean everyone gets along with everyone, every event goes smoothly and everyone RSVPs by the deadline. Heck, I work here and I RSVPed late for something last week! Okay, so now that the disclaimer's done...

I just got hired permanently (instead of temporary or volunteer) and it was one of the best days I've had this year. Yep, how many of you can say that about work? I don't mean to rub it in, but I have been wanting to work here forever it seems! You must realize I worked for a bad bad company at my last job-- no, don't ask the name of it, I won't tell. So on to the rest of the story... to come here after so long wishing for it, especially after such a horrible place to work last time, it's been such a blessing.

I get to work the hours I prefer, I have Fridays off even though I'm considered full-time, and I get to work with some of my favorite people every day! And with that, it's time to go home...

Monday, August 30, 2004

Dental Woes

The dentist... Okay how many of you truly screamed in fear when you read those two little words? I know you did, you can be honest with me. Well, the dentist is not the person at the top of my invite list to any function. He's not even on my invite list. So guess who had a little party today at the dentist's office?

True it was a freak-out party and I was the only partier, but he was there nonetheless. I've had many things done to my teeth before now and this is before I've even had braces or wisdom teeth yanked out or any other hideous tormenting things they enjoy doing. I truly don't mind dentists as individual people (not that I've ever met one out of the office), but as soon as the mask goes up over his nose, I start shaking.

Okay the shaking is a direct result of the epinephrine they shoot into you, but still... bear with me here. The gag reflex, the sounds of Nascar eminating from within my mouth (vroom vroom-- I could just hear the pit crew exchanging old tires for new this morning), the smells and tastes of whatever metal they use to "fix" your teeth... the list goes on.

I went back to work today after my "party" and began singing a timeless song, "Woe is me..." Fortunately, nobody could hear my unfortunate singing.

Poor widdle teefies...

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Thanks!

I am awful about writing thank you notes. It's a curse, really. I have the greatest intentions, the best of anybody I know and still they never get written. Well okay, once in a while I do get one written. I apologize if I have ever needed to thank you in writing and it wasn't done. Husband used to try to help me not say thank you so much. Literally, I tend to say it many times over in a row because I am so afraid I'll forget to say what's on my heart- my true appreciation of you and your thoughtfulness.

My wedding thank you notes were never completed either. Oh sure, a few of you got them, but then we ran out of stamps. Some thank you notes were written and never mailed-- it's pretty sad, but we probably still have them. To you, I most heartfeltly (is that a word?) apologize. Thank you. One day I will get them written. It's a promise.

To those of you who celebrated my birthday with your thoughtfulness and generosity, I thank you. Give me a decade or two and you will probably receive your thank you note...

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

What is normal?

Life is slowly getting back to normal. This is a very good thing for anyone that knows me. August (and the end of July) has been a very stressful month for my family. We've had missions trips, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, out of town family visiting, churchwide events, 300 people parties, new jobs, old jobs, organ surgeries, mono, and now strep, plus your every day horrible cold.

Yes I tell you, it's been crazy! I am extremely glad that the crazy busy part of the year is over. I know I know, I say that and you're thinking, "um Sus? You do know we're approaching the Christmas season don't you?" Yes I am aware of that and while yes, it can be stressful, I can't wait! Woohoo! I've been sitting here in my office all day freezing to death with my goose bumps, but you know all I can think? "Yay! It's almost time for sweatshirts and bundling up!" I asked a coworker friend today if she'll play in the snow with me this winter if it snows. She kind of looked at me funny, but I am happy because she said she would. Yay for Sarah!

Time to take a little breather...

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Daddy Thoughts

My dad had an emergency operation Thursday night. It was a routine operation and of course he's now home and well on his way to recovery, but it was a very weird situation to me. Dad being in the hospital was bizarre because in all the time I've been a part of this family in some form or fashion, he's never been truly unwell. Mom and Dad said it's the third time he's ever been in a hospital! I thought that was crazy since everyone I know comes from a family with lots of health problems.

I love Dad very much; he's the only Dad I've ever truly known (he's really my dad-in-law, or as my mom-in-law puts it, "dad-in-love"). He took me in like one of his own kids before I officially was and that meant a lot to me back then. He cares for me just like one of his other kids. Hmm, that reminds me of an even cooler Daddy I know. It made me feel better during Dad's surgery to know that he was being cared for by his Daddy (GOD). Yes we were concerned about Dad, but God had it all under control the whole time. What a great feeling!

Because we all knew Dad would be alright, we were able to enjoy his drugged state of loopiness even more! He was quite hilarious with certain things he said. One of his employees got a raise out of him and he wanted gummy worms in his mouth and he was trying to rearrange a churchwide picnic and his son's life! What a character, but we all love him because he's Dad.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

A Healthy Dose of Sugar does not keep the Dentist away!

I had to go to the dentist today. The problem is that my teeth are so sensitive that he couldn't pinpoint the problem, because it felt like the problem was all over! Go figure. He did tell me to go shopping for a temporary solution to my problem-- how odd to have a licensed doctor send me shopping. You can imagine how that went over with my husband can't you? Heehee! "The doctor told me to go shopping, Baby! I just have to go!" Haha!

In other world news tonight, my computer at work has finally been raised from the dead! I dubbed it "Lazarus" today at work. Husband spent FIVE hours last night working on that stupid computer, but Husband won. Yay for Husband!

My husband is the very best husband ever, in case you don't know him and were wondering how truly amazing he is. There is plenty of time on other days for specific examples, but I will just let it summarize today's blog by saying he truly is God's gift to me and I am grateful everyday for him. I love you Husband!

Monday, August 16, 2004

Home Sweet Home


We're home! Yippee!

I cannot sit still for long periods of time and I made it home! We had such a long drive from where we were over the weekend that I was really worried that I would lose my mind on the way home. To keep this from happening, I did end up making a photojournalistic documentary of just about every daggone exit between where we were and home. Too bad the camera's battery went dead five minutes before we got home! Oh well, we're home and back to the grind now...

This picture is of course not an exit sign, but it is one of the flowers from the wedding we went to while out of town. I thought the picture itself came out beautifully and truly reflects God's creativity and His beauty.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Those Lazy Days of Summer

Well, I can honestly say that yesterday was my favorite day of the week (and yes, that is mostly due to it being my birthday). I had such a great time and I got to see so many of my favorite people! Yay!

To update you on the work status, my computer is still at war with me (The peace treaty it and I had going ended Monday morning.). I feel very unproductive for this week even though I'm ahead in hours, but that's okay because by Tuesday I am hoping and praying that my computer is defeated soundly (and gets a spankin to go with it!).

I shall return from out of town victorious, having conquered my computer! Woohoo! In the meantime, I know I said I will be packing and getting ready to go out of town for tomorrow, however, I want to take a nap. I don't normally do this, but today I feel it is a well deserved naptime. I wish I'd not taken naptime for granted in Kindergarten, but alas, I did. So today at least, I will revisit Kindergarten and not get any work done on my to do list, but just relax and enjoy my afternoon off. Zzzzzzz.....

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Happy Birthday to me!


Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!
Happy Birthday dear Susie! Happy Birthday to me!

I had such a great birthday! Friends and family, phone calls and lots of love poured out in great big heaps on top of me. Husband surprised me with a miniparty after dinner and it was perfect. Everybody I would've wanted to be there was there, and we all laughed a lot.

The cake was very yummy by the way!

Satan really tried to do a number on me today as my computer at work is even more beyond broken than anyone realized. I don't feel I've gotten any work done at all this week, but my immediate supervisor has been very supportive. She prayed and prayed and prayed for me today, and I can tell God is listening. He listens to you too in case you were wondering. What a wonderful confirmation of His love for me-- a great birthday party!

Tomorrow I'll be packing us as we travel out of town for oldest brother's wedding. I had hoped to have lost weight by now but as I am not, I am praying that Jesus would help my attitude not suffer. We plan to have lots of fun gettin' this boy married! What a happy happy occasion!

Monday, August 09, 2004

A Second Bone of Contention

Disclaimer: Another complaint follows.

It's been such a crazy day; I can tell Satan's really truly out to steal, kill and destroy, like the Bible says.

My computer broke this morning-- we think the video card died. This is so frustrating for me because I can't do any of my work without my computer. Such a frustration, let me tell ya. Because we're leaving for my brother in law's wedding Thursday, that means I have to get four days' worth of work into two and a half days. I came in this morning all set to just hit it hard and get soooo much work done! I can't tell you how irritated I was this morning, but I tried to pray about it and I believe Husband was praying too because I am trying to look at it from the standpoint of Spiritual Warfare.

Satan's truly out to get each of us and he'll win the battle if we let him. However, there's no way he's gonna win the war since he's already been defeated. Just a note of encouragement if you have been frustrated today too.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

A Bone of Contention

Disclaimer: A complaint follows.


I have had to participate this weekend in one of the most evil errands ever- Dress Shopping! Now any woman out there will know about this, and any sweet hubbys that go with their wives know about this as well. Dress shopping is the most awful errand there is, even worse than waiting and waiting for an oil change (We also did that this weekend.). No dress is cute enough, and if by some miracle, you do find a cute dress, it will of course not be cute on you. Evil incarnate! My husband always thought I was exaggerating until one day while we were dating, he went with me... Suffice it to say, he now completely agrees with me! Even worse than just your normal every day dress shopping is the fact that I had to find not one, but two, dresses! Ugh, isn't that just awful?!

Ah well, at least it's over for now.

Fallin' in love with Fall

Every day for about the past two weeks I have made mention of the fact that I absolutely cannot wait for Fall to arrive. The weather around here has dipped into slightly warm with a cool breeze blowing. It's been almost perfect! I hate hot weather with the bees and the mosquitos; I must confess without shame that I hate summer. My favorite time of each year is about to be upon us and I am so excited! Fall brings much cooler temperatures, which allows for more opportunities for snuggling with my hubby. There's nothing more comfy than putting on a slightly-bigger-than-you sweatshirt and a pair of jeans! Fall also gives me the chance to be outside where I can actually enjoy all that God has created.

It also brings the season of the year I love most- preChristmas and then all the way through Christmas. Almost everyone is in a constant state of excitement, leading up to the holidays. I have a true excuse for inviting both sides of our families to get together over lots and lots of traditional comfort foods (Thanksgiving!). Then the real fun begins!

Sigh... I can't wait!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Produce and Ponderances


The Farmers' Market was incredibly fun for me. I had such a blast with Meredith and Little C taking pictures and buying lots of yummy foods. I did get my zucchini for Husband, so that was good-- I felt very productive. I also learned how to fry okra, which Husband also likes and I've never made. I just hope it tastes yummy!

Meredith and I got lots of awesome pictures and this is one of them. I am very excited about this new camera-- it's actually making my pictures look good! I have other great pics too, but this is the one I chose to show. I hope you enjoy it!

I am enjoying the blog so far, so look for tomorrow's excerpt from Life at Pemberley!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

There's a first time for everything!

Today I have been inspired by one of my closest friends to create a blog. She has a fabulous website and I have quickly become addicted to viewing it. She is of the belief that everyone should have their own corner of the Internet in which to share. Because of this belief, I have taken the idea and run with it. We shall see how far I run.

In case you are wondering, Pemberley is the name of a residential estate from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time. Everyone should read it and if you haven't, don't let me find out!

Tomorrow the friend mentioned here and I will journey to the Farmer's Market and take pictures of the produce. I hope to buy some zucchini for my husband. We have not found any really good zucchini in the last month or so, and I know he will be thrilled if my search is a success! Wish me well!