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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Asian hottie in the house

Yesterday I was made known about this web phenomenon called www.myheritage.com. They have a free demo of what they actually do, which is face recognition software. The free demo however, lets you upload a photo of yourself, then they give you photos of celebrities you look like. If you look closely enough, you eventually can see some resemblance to yourself. The idea is that if you do several photos of yourself, you see who look like by whose picture keeps coming up in your group of celebrity results. It made for a pretty fun day.

The interesting thing for me yesterday was discovering that over and over again, picture after different picture, I look like these pretty Asian women (If I dropped tons of poundage and wore make- up and you know, was actually Asian.). I thought that was kinda cool since I'm not at all Asian, not even close. I think it's because when I smile, my eyes get all scrunchy. Anyway, I'll take it.

Husband kept getting told he looks like Asian dictators and Chad Michael Murray. We couldn't figure out that last one.

Try it out for yourself! I'd love to know who you most resemble. Cameron Diaz? Ben Stiller? Tim McGraw?

Friday, July 21, 2006

Good vs. Bad

Flowers Against The Sky

The Bad:

*I probably need a root canal. I am currently drugged up until Monday morning, when I will find out exactly how bad off this tooth is.

The Good:

*Husband called to tell me about crushed tomatoes! We are very excited! I am very proud of you, CC!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

1... 2... 3.... Pull!

Dentures. I want dentures. I've said it many times before, and I'll keep saying it until the dentist finally listens to me. It seems to me they would be so much easier to deal with than what's currently residing in my mouth.

I've had tremendous amounts of mouth pain for the last week now, getting worse every day, to the point where I've now lost two nights of sleep. I went back to a substitute dentist the other day, since Dr. Tim is out on tour this week, who told me there's nothing wrong and my TMJ was just aggravated. Take some Advil for 4-5 days and use a heating pad when it hurts, and I should be okay. Well, I've tried Advil, Sensodyne, Anbesol, heating pads both wet and dry, and considering nothing's officially wrong, I'm about to revert to the 1800s and rip the suckers right out of my head! Suffice it to say, I think I'm losing weight since I can't eat very much. I guess that's one positive I can take away from this experience.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Adios

Lots of little things going on with us lately... I think things are simmering and God is about to explode with big blessings soon, but in the meantime it seems like He's setting things up and we're in that waiting stage while He's preparing us.

While I was waiting between appointments yesterday, I went to my used-to-be-my-favorite Mexican restaurant for a late lunch. I hadn't been there in a while, especially lately what with all the yummy (and authentic) Mexican places to eat in my new town. My old fave had been going downhill fast in my eyes, and I wanted to give them another shot, so yesterday was a perfect time to go. I had a book, a lot of time to kill, and I was hungry.

I am very sad to report that the place definitely did not have the same charm it did seven or eight years ago when I was first introduced to it. Yesterday it was dirty, hot, not that outstanding in the tasty department, and the service was only so- so. While they did let me stay and read for a while, I must say that I am sad and disappointed in my Mexican restaurant. They have definitely lost out to the cleaner, yummier, more authentic Mexican places that are definitely closer to my house-- with more variety on their menus I might also add.

So alas, I feel I must bid adios....

Friday, July 14, 2006

Going along swimmingly

First Tomato

We've been in our new and first home now for almost two months. Except for all the boxes hidden in the attic, we're all unpacked and the house looks great! My tomatoes are finally growing and turning red; big and beautiful enough to eat in a delicious salad-- next comes guacamole and salsa! Things are going well for us now and the Lord is to be praised for it all.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Trans- fat Avenger

Last night Husband and I had a lovely evening discovering new places to go in our town that we love, shopping and eating yummy food. One place we went was to the warehouse store to buy these yummy tortilla chips that we like. As we were walking out to the car, I was reading the recipes on the back of the bag. Husband and I were enjoying each other and the moment, laughing and truly having a great time until.... a lady who was passing us by pointed at me and the bag and says, "Those have trans- fats in them." I of course am in shock that someone has dared to intrude upon our lovely time with such a nosy comment, while Husband is upset that the lady has been rude and inappropriate. In a fit of pique, he replies back to her, "Mmmmmm! My favorite kind of fat!" Fortunately, we made it to the car without further incident. We did however, laugh about our run- in with the Trans- fat Avenger the rest of the evening.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A great weekend

This weekend has been fantabulous-- so very restful and full of fun! Some highlights include:

*Going to explore the indoor shopping mall two different times with friends (I LOVE my new town!)
*Painting pottery and hoping it comes out the way I imagined it
*Lasagna and garlic bread-- both homemade
*A great sermon about rest and relationships
*New curtains
*Yummy restaurants
*Taco dip-- also homemade-- along with movies galore all weekend long

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Yay!

Two extra good things to share today:

*Jan's coming home today, lala lala! Jan's coming home today, oh ladida! My buddy has been on vacation (forever, it seems!) and is finally coming home today! Woohoo! I can't wait! She missed our housewarming party through no fault of her own, and even since then a few other (minor, but still important) changes have been made to the house. All of this to say I can't wait for her to see it all!

*Last night, we finally met some of our neighbors! Woohoo! Yay! We met Dean next door and his family, who seem very awesome, and we met Frank and Lee and little Frankie, who are equally awesome! For those of you wondering, Chris was happy to meet Frank because Frank is the neighbor we dubbed the Tool Guy because he's always working on something in his driveway. When we first saw him before we even closed on the house, we decided we needed to get to know him real quick! They were all extremely friendly and welcoming, and I'm very happy and relieved now to know that. And in regards to the fireworks for next year, July 3 not July 4, we can see colored smoke from our street apparently. (No actual fireworks due to the tree line separating us from the high school, but colored smoke is apparently good enough for us! Yay!)

Monday, July 03, 2006

Two years' of thoughts

In realizing that my blog will celebrate it's two- year- old birthday next month, I decided to reread all the entries since August 2004. Well, it was certainly entertaining to go back and remember everything that had happened on certain dates and how I was feeling about certain things in my life at the time, compared to how I feel about them now.

A few highlights:

*I'd forgotten that Meredith broke her toe right before John's birthday at PF Chang's.
*I hadn't realized how much I've grown spiritually in the past two years. It was very cool to read that progress.
*I enjoyed reliving the funny stories and moments with friends (The Great Grill Spill of '05, anyone?).
*I really am obsessed with Fall and the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons!

I say all this because as you may recall, Husband has declared 2006 to be a year of surprises for us and our friends and family. The Lord is proving Husband to be correct about this, and I'm very interested to see what the other half of this year brings us.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Watch your mouth!

The sermon today was very convicting for me to hear. I've been praying for a while now that God would help control my words because I want to get back to the sweeter, gentler girl I was a few years ago.

So with that said, here is my prayer for myself for the next while until it happens for me: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29, NIV)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

The B word

The B word. It's such a dirty and bad word, for Christians especially, but I feel the need to set the record straight, especially today on someone's birthday.

Boundaries are not bad or scary or unbiblical. God created boundaries to help us have healthy relationships with one another. They're very difficult to set and enforce, but they are desperately needed. Remember, we are in the world, but not of it, and therefore called to a higher standard. Boundaries either call us to repentance by helping us see and hear the truth in love, or we refuse to repent and do not accept the boundaries or the grace and mercy extended to us. That is when the boundary- setter experiences the most difficulty, like we have today.

Someone's birthday was today, and for the first time ever, absolutely no acknowledgement was able to be made from us to them. Even last year, we were able to send a card. It's been a very sad day for me because of this, and due to the boundaries we've had to set, and the refusal to repent and apologize, a very heartbreaking and prayerful day for me.