Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 – The year of the Learning Curve

It's a brand new year! Wow the possibilities! There will be change & it will indeed require a learning curve.

Theme verse for 2009:
"Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.
"Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert."
Isaiah 43:18-19

Theme Picture for 2009:


The not so serious but serious Goals for 2009:

  1. Read more books!
    a. These are the books I read (cover to cover) in 2008.
    i. Atonement, Ian McEwan
    ii. Treasuring God in Our Traditions, Noel Piper
    iii. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert E. Coleman
    iv. East of Eden, John Steinbeck ("HOLY MOTHER" is all I have to say about this one!)
    v. Reedeming Love, Francine Rivers
  2. Finish what I started in 2008. :o)
    a. The rag quilt I started midsummer was put away and I pulled it back out Christmas week.
    b. The sewing desk…the part that was just about finished is still just about finished. I WILL FINISH it in 2009.
    c. I got my wisdom teeth pulled so I can get my teeth straightened, among other reasons – so that project continues.
  3. Be ticket free
    a. I got TWO tickets in 2008. UGH!
  4. Lose weight – OF COURSE IT HAS TO BE ON THE LIST
    a. I have INICIATIVE that goes way into the year! That always helps!
    b. I also have a goal and timeline, but really why would I share that here? That's BORING!
  5. Make a quilt (not a rag quilt but a REAL quilt)
    a. I have a pattern picked out. Just got to give it a go (after I finish the sewing desk).

So there you have it folks. Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Good Scare and Great Music

So, I got my wisdom teeth pulled out and gave everyone a good scare when I got home. I did it on purpose - to see if everyone really loves me. HA! Just kidding. It was truly a misery and I'm glad to be home. Ready to celebrate Christmas.

My diet consists of Raman Noodles, Home Made Soups, Ice cream and lots of water.

I also wanted to share with you my current obsession - Griffin House. Here's a video.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

OLD MAN WINTER!

Just in case you missed the memo:


IT'S SNOWING IN HOUSTON!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Put a Little P.E.P. in your Step!

http://www.pep.org/

There a quotation from a Russian Poet, Boris Pasternak, that I read earlier this week and got me on a roll to finally writing this post.
“It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to new and better days,
but someone’s soul inspired and ablaze.”

I would never have imagined that I would in a million years that I'd go through a “tunnel of love” and do the chicken dance with a room full of prisoners. I would have never in a million years believed that these tough guys would be willing to be a little vulnerable…but have no doubt that it is TRUE!

First, let me begin with a little background info:
Catherine Rohr was about my age when she was rollin’ in the dough on a street called WALL aka Wall Street. Well, she always thought of prisoners as beasts of the human population that deserved to be there and shouldn’t get back into society. UNTIL, she came to this Texas prison and realized that there is an untapped potential with these guys. These men are already entrepreneurs and amazing leaders. She saw what no one else saw and ran with it – These men need for someone to believe in them…that they are intelligent, gentlemen, and capable of making a positive impact in their communities. So…one small step of obedience after another…She left Wall Street, cleared out her bank account and 401K with penalties, moved to Texas, and started what is now (and has been for about 4 years) the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Talk about an inspired soul!! Want to read more about her? Go here.

So why did I go?
Well, for one, I’ve always wanted to get involved with Prisons (not as a prisoner)…but I was always too young. And then I was too busy. And then I heard about P.E.P. and I thought it’s now or never! (I use that phrase a lot…not in this post…but in my life. The light bulb just went off.)

And two – there’s a LADIES’ NIGHT at the prison! Ha! I think they’ve renamed it to Etiquette night.

Now the STORY:
After going through the normal security check at the entrance of the prison, I walked with 5 other women (eventually 37 of us there) to the P.E.P room (which is inviting and not what you would expect in prison). Little did we know that the P.E.P students were anxiously waiting for us with a human tunnel for us to walk through…YES…a human tunnel called the TUNNEL OF LOVE! We chit chatted a bit…they introduced themselves in a way that it’s only fair you go and see…and then we got to business. We did the chicken dance. Yes. The chicken dance.

The purpose of the visit was to help these guys with their etiquette. So we made our way to a cafeteria type room where we had dinner. They had to work on helping the ladies’ with their seats, shaking hands in a courteous manner, setting their place correctly, using the right hands for cutting into the meat, cutting enough for one bite, explain what they’d do if they had to leave their seat….you get the picture. They got points for whatever they got right. Some of these guys were visibly nervous. Not so much by the dinner, but by the company. The guy who got the most points got a prize….so cute. They really were trying to WIN this...Title of: Mr. Etiquette, a folder and a pencil with a grip for his P.E.P. homework. It was A LOT OF FUN! I learned a lot more than I already knew.

You know…they are the most dedicated individuals I’ve seen in a long time – okay, okay – I’m not saying you’re not…but imagine these guys. They are basically taking an MBA course in a 4 month period! Can you imagine!? If they show any kind of disrespect, too good for his own britches-ness (aka: pride), and kind of squirmyness or laziness they are out of there! Not everyone who gets in stays…

Class X - Tiny Tender Ten Graduate tomorrow. I've convinced a friend to come with me...I think I'll have to call more people when I'm on the high of just coming out of Prison! It's truly amazing...it causes a ripple effect!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving!


So here are some of my favorite recipe's!
(of course they are sweets. I leave all the "serious grown up" stuff to others! I'll pick that up when I HAVE to...and I don't HAVE to yet!)

PUMPKIN ICE CREAM!
½ gallon of Blue Bell’s homemade VANILLA icecream
1 30 oz can of pumpkin pie mix
1 big box of ginger snaps
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Whip Cream
25 9oz plastic tumblers

So what you do is let the ice cream soften. In a big bowl mix the icecream and the pumpkin mix. Once you think it's perfectly mixed, pour into serving cups about 1/2 full and then freeze for atleast 4 hours (Or overnight).

While it freezes you can, crumble the ginger snaps. The next morning, melt the butter and brown sugar. Then mix in the ginger snaps. Pour that over already frozen ice cream. And freeze again for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Then you’re ready to serve once you’ve topped it with Whip cream.
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Jello Salad
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
2 pkg. (4 -serving size each) or 1pkg (8- serving size) Jello Rasberry Flavor
1 can (16 oz.) Whole berry cranberry sauce
1 medium apple (I like to use granny smith's for this one), chopped
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Drain pineapple, reserving liquid in 1-qt. liquid measuring cup. Remove 1 Tbsp. of the crushed pineapple; set aside for garnish. Add enough cold water to reserved liquid to measure 3 cups; pour into large saucepan. Bring to boil; remove from heat. Add gelatin; stir at least 2 min. until completely dissolved. Add cranberry sauce; stir. (Gelatin mixture should be thick). Pour into large bowl. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).

Stir in remaining pineapple, apples and walnuts; stir gently. Pour into medium serving bowl.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Top with reserved crushed pineapple just before serving. Store leftover gelatin in refrigerator. Makes 14 servings, 1/2 cup each.

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Yum! Seriously - these are really great recipies. If you don't believe me you should try it yourself. And when you write back to say, "You were right" - I'll respond, "I TOLD YOU SO!"

You know what they say: You are what you eat!
That makes us a bunch of TURKEYS!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

P.S. I have to tell you about Prison! I loved it! It takes time to put it into words...I'll have it up by Saturday night...That's plenty of time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Throw Back!


So we went to the Long Point Fall Festival dressed as 80's High School Chicks. One of us looked more dorky or cooler than the other. HA!


Holler!

And here is cute little Sophie and her parents looking in admiration.

If you want to check out more pictures go here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

CHANGE - er something

I voted today (EARLY this morning). I didn't get a sticker, so I got one of my old 41 cent US Flag stamps and added "I voted" and stuck it on my shirt.

I hope you voted too.

If not, "I forgive you."

HA - Name that movie!

Monday, November 3, 2008

ROCK-tober

October has been like the elevator business. It’s had its ups and its downs.

Oct. 3-4, Mosaic Fall Retreat. My Sunday School Class had a "retreat." It was a NICE dinner and AMAZING dessert prepared by our Martha Stewart - Jeannie. We carved pumpkins. Played some Sharades. Stayed up until I couldn't handle it anymore (11:30pm for me). And the next morning, we had breakfast, bible study, etc. It was really nice. See Pictures Here.

Oct. 5-9, I was in DC. I got to do fun things like:
  1. Spend more than enough time at Union Station.
  2. Stopped By St. Matthews Cathedral where JFK’s funeral services were held.
  3. Took the over-rated Double Decker Tour. It was good for my grandmother otherwise money not wisely spent. I say – get a map, comfortable shoes an start walkin!
  4. Went to the Holocaust Museum (Not sure this qualifies as “fun” per se).
  5. Evening walk around the National Mall – I am still and forever will be amazed by my grandmothers endurance! We chilled at the Washington Monument for a bit. Sang silly songs and laughed at each other…or was it with each other…I can’t remember.
  6. A visit to Mount Vernon! THIS WAS MY FAVORITE…I felt like I could be Elizabeth Bennet walking through the hilly landscape to visit Mr. Darcy – or something.
  7. A walk through the Arlington National Cemetery. Saw the changing of the guards and a really HOT guy in uniform. Thought it would show extreme disrespect if I slipped him my number.
  8. After Arlington Cemetery, we walked to Iwo Jima. Kind of funny that the President of Slovakia was there. Secret service told to me stay on the grass. I barely even touched the pavement…

I went back to work on the Friday the 10th.

Oct. 16, Without asking for my permission my brother Tim turned 17 years old. I gave him a cool wallet for his birthday. I still owe him Korean food. MMmmmm, can’t wait.

Oct. 18, Annual Pumpkin Carving Party. While I was in college I carved my first pumpkin and LOVED IT! Every year my friends would get together to carve pumpkins. When I came home I thought – UH HELLO! This would be fun with the FAMILY! This tradition started in 2007 and will continue till kingdom come! It’s my favorite party to host for the family. Talk about TONS OF FUN! The pumpkins are amazing…and some of us still face pumpkin carving challenges, but I won’t single anyone out (one of my cousins ended up cutting their pumpkin in Half!!). Oh - and I totally have to share with you a Pumpkin Ice Cream Recipe! It's SOOOOO delicious!

Oct. 20-25, Crazy week at work. Parties, Seminars, Board Meetings, lots of food. I did sneak in some fun with friends! (snort, snort) And Saturday the 25, was my Sunday Schools second Flag Football game. I and another friend decided to be team “moms” since we weren’t playing. Fun stuff – and AMAZING PLAYS!

Oct. 31, Dressed up as an 80’s girl. And went to Long Point’s Fall Festival.

Nov. 1, HoeDown. My church has an annual hoedown for the singles ministry. It was A TON of F-U-N!

I'll post pictures...It's amazing I even got this post out.

Monday, October 27, 2008

One Hundred

One
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Skip a Few
Ninety-nine
One Hundred
It's the hundredth post y'all.
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A Rock-tober wrap up is coming...eventually. So is Wednesday Word. And, I also want to write about the books I've read for 2008. Only the ones I finished cover to cover count.
Life only gets faster 0r perhaps too crazy to write about, but I'll come around.
I'll come around.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Who Approved This??

My little brother is seventeen today!

Unbelievable...I never said this was okay. But I guess I'll celebrate anyway...


Happy Birthday, Tim!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

My version of Mr. Ike

Hi friends.

So here’s my IKE story:

I freaked out before the storm came – I think you witnessed that in a previous blog. I bought out aisles and aisles of HEB’s snack and nonperishable foods (enough to feed a tribe). I looked online every so often to check the progress and see if the Hurricane Center said anything different (I was practically glued to it, okay). I was hoping that the local news people were hyping it up. THEY WEREN’T!

Friday was a tad bit boring and it seemed as though the storm wasn’t coming. I was telling my parent’s that I wanted to go out into the street and yell, “Come already! HIT ME WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT! HIT ME!” (ha – I would’ve never survived it if it actually hit me). That evening my family and I sat around in the back yard admiring the spectacular skies and the wind that was picking up a bit. I called it a night about 11 pm when the storm was there (not yet in full force) and not too long after I was up again. I was woken up by the trees snapping in half and howling winds. It sounded like a train or worse. My little cousin (3 yrs) describes it like this, “Mimi, there were monsters all in the wind.” Yeah – like I said, it was scary.

In all honesty, I was more composed than I thought I would be considering I freaked out so bad prior to the storm. My gramma was with us – and that helped me keep my cool. I’m not saying I wasn’t scared because I was! I think it would’ve been much worse for me if I didn’t feel like I was responsible for someone else’s well being. Does that make sense?

My grandmother handled it very well. My mother was absolutely HILARIOUS! If there only had been a constant video recording of her. She’s so funny! My dad slept through the whole thing! Aser would have been outside the entire time if we had allowed him to. I tried sleeping but was unsuccessful. Instead, I had Caedmon’s Call’s -
There’s Only One looping in my head. Tim laughed at the rest of us.

After the storm, everyone walked out of their homes as if they had been in bomb shelters. It was the weirdest thing ever! Once everyone saw that everyone else was okay, everyone got to work. This was the most neighborly kindness I have ever experienced in my life. All I have to say is that I love my neighbors! They are amazing! Everyone was helping each other – raking, cleaning, sawing fallen trees to pieces, sharing water & food, etc. It was beautiful! One of my neighbors went to a neighboring town and bought pizza for ALL of us! WHOA!

So the mess – there are still fallen trees everywhere. We lost two of them. There was no damage to my house. My parent’s house is also okay. It almost seemed like there was a bubble protecting the house. There are two trees that hover over it and the big honkin’ branches that should have fallen on the house, fell away from it. It was amazing. My grandmother’s house is also JUST FINE! There was no flooding even after the rain we got after the storm.

Things are not yet back to normal. Gas is hard to come by. Electricity is also out in a lot of places – thankfully not at my house (my parents are still staying with Aser & me). I dare not step into a grocery store where I imagine it’s crazy. I’ve heard that people have been fighting over LOAVES OF BREAD! Now why would you go into something like that knowing that people are at their wits end?

One of my friends is my HERO! I’m honestly impressed by her. Her house is near the coast and suffered serious damage. When I spoke to her last night she said, “It’s sad, but it could be worse. This loss is only materialistic and I could have nothing right now.” She is in good spirits and thankful that everyBODY is okay.

Something that I keep wondering is – You can prepare physically, but how in the world do you prepare emotionally and mentally? Is it possible?

Through all of this, I’m reminded that GOD is and forever will be good. He’s so good to us. Read
Psalm 29.

The Lord will give strength to His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Beautiful

Okay, one last thing before I disconnect for a while...
Isn't it beautiful? Like Seriously - it's gorgeous!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Feeling Better Already

Yay! We got my gramma's house in order!
And we've done what we can at my mom's.

The other girls backed down and they'll brave it in their own homes. Gramma's still coming with us. I'm baking stuff and have stuff to do until the storm is over.

It feels so good to know that everything is in place...

Now the actual storm. :o)

Preparation and Anticipation

Since the hurricane season started, I've been pretty "indifferent" about it. But this time the stress is building and I'm trying to remain calm. I am praying for God's protection and I'm preparing the best that I can.

Have you seen the size of this thing? No matter where it hits Houston is on the dirty side! My grandmothers house floods and we've planned to get her out of there TOMORROW!! Do you know how stressful I find that? Why not TODAY? LEt's get prepared TODAY!!!!

Last night, I went to the grocery store and bought a good balance of healthy and junky. On my way home is when things started to sink in! The city had a police lead caravan of charter buses headed south to help people evacuate. And they were also VISIBLY preparing for contraflow. When you can SEE the preparation that's going into it and then you see the size of this thing...It's a little scary. Just a little.

I know we'll be okay! I know that we will. I'm going to have a house full and I'm going to make it a party!! If things go as planned, My aunt, my grandmother, My cousin Amy and her dog, my cousin Rosy and her girls, and my family (there's five of us and 4 dogs) will all be staying at my house.

Here is what is stressing me out:
  1. I want to get my gramma's house ready TODAY and get her ready to come to my house (or wherever she chooses to stay) tomorrow morning.
  2. Being at work unable to get my house ready for guests.
  3. Having enough food for everyone.
  4. The traffic coming home tonight! Talk about Post Traumatic Stress from Rita.

Really, it's just the anticipation that kills. I think we're going to be fine in my heart of hearts.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

en·cour·age·ment [en-kur-ij-muhnt, -kuhr-] –noun
1. the act of encouraging.
2. the state of being encouraged.
3. something that encourages: Praise is the greatest encouragement.

My bestie did a cheer for me over GChat. I am addicted to COKE (as in Coca-Cola) and I'm having great withdrawals. And it makes me really sad that I can't and shouldn't have something that tastes so GOOD because it's SOOOO BAD for me. I wanted to share it with you because it makes me laugh and honestly provides encouragement without being preachy.

So - here it is.


GIVE ME A "W"
GIVE ME A "A"
GIVE ME A "T"
GIVE ME A "E"
GIVE ME A "R"
WHAT DOES THAT SPELL?
WATER!
WATER! He's our man. If he can't do it, NO ONE CAN!
WATER!
YEAH GET SOME TODAY
GET SOME it's FREE!
Great for your wallet
Great for your skin
Great for your butt
Great for your C-H-O-L-E-S-T-E-R-O-L

Oh man, was that the "C" word? Yes, that's right. That's the OTHER problem that I'm addressing. It sucks.

oh and my 9.5 stress level. I'm working on that too!

:o(

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

re·demp·tion [ri-demp-shuhn] –noun

1. an act of redeeming or the state of being redeemed.
2. deliverance; rescue.
3. Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
4. atonement for guilt.
5. repurchase, as of something sold.
6. paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.
7. recovery by payment, as of something pledged.

I mentioned having gone to a leadership conference a couple weeks ago. I can’t tell you what a deep impact it’s had in my life. I think the only way to explain it is basically to get of my bum and do something that REALLY matters. I’ve set some goals and have a sense of urgency that the time is NOW or NEVER.

Okay, so I would like to introduce you to Catherine Rohr. She is the Founder and CEO of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). She was one of the speakers at this conference and I can’t seem to stop talking about this AMAZING program she started. Seriously – it’s redemptions story at its best. Catherine Rohr’s story has given, for me, a new meaning to 1 Peter 2:9. It says:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

He (God) didn’t just pull us out of darkness for the sake of taking us out of darkness but to bring others with us! She proclaims the excellencies of Jesus – and it’s evident in these men that she’s shared with them LIGHT!!

Enough talking from me. Please, Please, Please watch the videos!



Monday, August 18, 2008

It's official!

UGH! I'm sooooo FRUSTATED WITH THE GYMNASTICS SCORING!!!

IT'S CRAP!!! That's official!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

And I'm just now finding this out?

Last weekend, we got the family together from near and far to celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday. We had a little "program" which means one of my aunts put together some history and had people give speeches. The History is what intrigues me most and really I'm SHOCKED that I've been oblivious to my grandparent's story.


My grandparents met when they were really young and very good-looking. (If I had some scanned images I'd share. Perhaps I'll update the post with pictures. ) They sent letters to each other naively through my grandfather's brother, Tio Pepe, rather than using the Post Office. Tio Pepe of course took advantage of the opportunity and read every single one of the letters he got his hands on. I have no doubt he teased them half to death because he would!!

When my grandmother was 19 years old, my grandfather asked her father for her hand in marriage. Her father adamantly said NO! There was no way that his sweet daughter would benefit from this marriage and so the answer was no and would remain NO! They continued dating – I guess that wasn't prohibited. My grandmother has always been "put together" and still will not leave the house until she feels she's reached near perfection. My grampa knowing that about her showed his love for her by spending a LOT of money to give her the most expensive powder and lipstick on the Mexican Market. One day, they were given permission to go to the movie theatre with her sisters as chaperones. They purposefully sat 2 rows behind my grandmother's sisters and guess what they did!? They sneaked out in the middle of it and ELOPED!

Plans were made way before the movie theatre outing and they took their merry little selves to Saltillo and stayed for who knows how long. They eventually came back – married!!! To date, she has no idea what movie they went to see!

I still don't know how growing up I never knew this story. I'm intrigued to know more. If you would like to see pictures of the party click on the picture below.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Superb week

Talk about an inspiring week. For the longest time I've waited for the invitation to a leadership conference in Chicago, IL. Little did I know that there are satellite locations in Houston! I was finally invited and I went happily (Thurs. & Fri.) and came out blessed beyond measure. Now my question is what to do with what I've learned. I'm curiously praying!

Then after the conference I came home to watch the most SPECTACULAR olympics ceremony! Amazing!!! Did you guys watch?

Tonight we celebrate my grandmother's 80th birthday. It is going to be a PARTY! I'm so excited about it.

There was some sad news in the middle of it. My great uncle, Pepe, died Wednesday morning. He had been sick. Tio Pepe was my grandfathers brother and was probably the funniest man I have ever met. After his death, we talked about the crazy stories he told and I came to the conclusion that the Valdez are amazingly engaging story tellers! He will be missed.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The Art of Communication

Speak Properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood.

William Penn

Many of us can learn from this, no?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

This is true!

There are things that I am still learning about myself but this I know is true:


  1. I love my family. Isn’t it true that they know you so well - they know where all the buttons are and also where all the tickles are too.
  2. I love Jesus. Before you go on and roll your eyes saying, she’s another one of those crazy Christians hold on just one second! I grew up in church and have been a bit jaded by it, but ONE thing remains true - Jesus loves me so much! And you too. (Read John 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 3:9) There is grace and hope in Him.
  3. I love laughing. It doesn’t happen all day everyday but I do laugh more than just once a day. And not just a hold it in laugh…A good hearty laugh. I love those laughs!

  4. I’m really good at what I know. I’ve been told that I’m a little cocky about my creativity but that is what I KNOW and I like to share it with others – not in a rub it in kind of way, but I’d like for them to excited with me! And notice I don’t post it on my blog. I don’t know why, but what I’m best at I keep a bit personal. One day, I’ll grow out of that. But secretly (not so secret now) I have the perfect job title: Creative Genius.
  5. I’m really careful with what I don’t know. If I don’t know something I become really hesitant. I’ll ask questions and think about how it works before I take the plunge. Sometimes time isn’t on my side, but I do what I can. I don’t mind being corrected, but I also can’t stand when it’s assumed that I know something. We all know what assuming does!! ;o)
  6. I love writing – even though I don’t consider it a strength. Once in a blue moon – there is a poem. More frequently there are notes to friends, family, and a few potential friends. Tragically, I’m not the best at putting those things in the mail. I have 3 sitting on my desk at home right now!
  7. I love the mountains and I love lakes too and trees and flowers and and... There is something about God’s creation that even in pictures it takes my breath away.
  8. I don’t like big crowds. Funny that I’m in them all the stinken’ time, but I’ve learned to work with crowds and recharge my batteries alone in a quiet places. I like smaller groups where you can learn people’s names and things about them. Getting lost in the shuffle is not fun. Nor is it fun to be pushed or squeezed trying to get from point A to point B.
  9. JEANS – when I find the perfect pair they are my best friend! If I could choose what to wear on the daily it would be JEANS…dress ‘em up, dress ‘em down. Regardless they are my favorite.
  10. There is more to me than this list.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Love, Love, Love

Happy 29th Anniversary to my lovely parents!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

sa·lu·bri·ous (sə-lōō'brē-əs) adj.
Conducive or favorable to health or well-being.

Have I mentioned how much I love salubrious laughter. I've had a lot of it lately and for that I'm thankful.

Here is one conversation via AIM that had me laughing pretty hard. The conversation started with a blurb I had to cut in half (yes, work related).

Me: If you're interested in reading the final butchering you can come read it
Intern: I'm coming. I love gore and blood!
Me: LOL
Me: I just read this. GORE and BLOOD. HA.
Me: are you talking about Braveheart?
Intern: more Gladiator. I don't know why, but I actually hated Braveheart.
Me: WHAT
Me: I can't stand the actor for the Gladiator!!! WHACK!
Intern: WHAT!!! "My name is Maximus Decimus Brulius, commander of the armies of the North, General of the Felix legion, loyal servant to the true emperor Marcus Aurelius, father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife, and I will seek my vengence in this life or the next."
Me: Okay, I never said that I didn't like the movie...but if HE could be replaced by another actor I'd like it Much much better
Me: But then again, he played the role well. So, I can't think of a suitable replacement
Me: Schwartznager* was prob governer* by then and he'd make it too cheesy! :o)
Intern: No kidding! Hasta la vista, Commodus!
Intern: actually, it would be commode
Me: HA HA HA

*Excellent spelling, I know!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

From The Horses Mouth

Voss Road Store Update
Dear Mimi,

Plans are already underway to rebuild our Voss Road store, but in the meantime, come visit us at 1755 FM 1960 West and 1200 N. Dairy Ashford. You will find the same high level of service and quality, plus you will see the familiar faces of many employees from Voss Road.

We regret the inconvenience caused by the Sunday morning fire, which destroyed our Cornelius store on Voss Road, but appreciate your loyalty. We will keep you posted on the progress of rebuilding that nursery.

Please join us at our store on Dairy Ashford or FM 1960 this Friday from 5-7 pm for Happy Hour and enjoy an additional 20% off your entire purchase. We are still here to serve your gardening needs!

Thank you for your continued support.
Your Cornelius Team

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sad, Sad Day...

There are VERY few stores that I L-O-V-E going to and when I saw it burned down Sunday afternoon, I nearly cried. Listen - this place was amazing! Granted there are other locations, but this ONE particular location is dear to my heart. You can see it if you do a google map search and enter 2233 S. Voss, Houston, TX.

It was the Cornelius Nursery on Voss, next to the Texas Art Supply (another store high on the list). Cornelius is the Saturday or Sunday afternoon CHILL store. This is where I go when I need big TEXAS Hair ribbon or inspiration for decoration or gifts. I love going especially for Christmas!! Here, they knew me by name and they'd give me a friendly pat on the back to say hello. I paid for EXCELLENT customer service! It was like CHEERS, only no beer.

And now it's gone!

Rumor has it they will rebuild. As a creature of habit, it worries me that "my people" won't be there when it is rebuilt, that their stuff will be different, and that it just won't have that same hominess this ONE place had.

I will live.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

rac·on·teur [rak-uhn-tur; Fr. ra-kawn-tɶr]
–noun, plural -teurs

a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.

Origin: 1820–30; <>re- + aconter to tell, account) + -eur -eur]

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When I grow up, I’d like to be like my Tia Kika. She’s one of the strongest women I’ve ever met and she has THE BEST stories on the face of the earth. Why I’ve never considered having a recorder of some type with me when she’s telling stories is beyond me. She uses words in Spanish that I never knew existed and to this day can’t think of what they are but WOW – She’s the perfect person to have around if you want a good heart exercise.

She is my late-grandfather’s oldest sister. She’s become really good friends with my grandmother (her sister-in-law). Since she lives in Mexico, I don’t get to see her often, but when I do I LOVE LOVE LOVE the off the wall stories she tells.

Here’s one that I remember. (Keep in mind that I am not the raconteur, my aunt is. Me telling the story gives it NO justice!)

One afternoon, Tia Kika notices that the water heater went out. She calls the water heater guy to come replace it. He does, but he just hooked it up without turning it on or anything. As she’s working on her stuff, she notices the hot water isn’t working and thinks it’s crazy because she just got the water heater replaced. She goes to check out the water heater and diagnose the problem – the problem being that the SOB didn’t light the water heater! Being the resourceful woman that she is, she gets a rag and dips it in diesel lights it to light up the water heater. When she puts the match to the rag there’s an “explosion” singeing the hair off of her arms and face. Yes – She even singed her EYEBROWS and her bangs!!!
That is one story of a million! I love her so much! And if I can be like her when I grow up (minus dipping rags in diesel and singeing my arm hair and eyebrows) I will be one lucky woman!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

question

How do you fix the time on these things? I sure did not write the last post at 4 pm!!! Nor did I write this at 8.50ish.

A Wednesday Word: making wenesday worthwhile

dis·gust [dis-guhst, di-skuhst]
–verb (used with object)
1. to cause loathing or nausea in.
2. to offend the good taste, moral sense, etc., of; cause extreme dislike or revulsion in: Your vulgar remarks disgust me.
Spanish: asquear, repugnar
–noun
3. a strong distaste; nausea; loathing.
4. repugnance caused by something offensive; strong aversion: He left the room in disgust.
Spanish: asquear, repugnar


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I feel disgusted when I can’t keep up with a fun feature for my blog!
I chose the word because the definition is so freakin descriptive. It reminds me of when someone looks at me when they are upset with me. (I know ridiculous!)
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So, Uhm, yeah. What a week!

Last week, I took some time off to help my dad’s church with Vacation Bible School. I did the decorations, helped my mom with crafts, and had 14-17 year olds in my class. It was fun, busy, and a nice time to take a break from work – you know, change of scenery.

So that schedule has messed me up so much, and maybe it’s not the schedule. Instead, it may be that I got just a tad bit worked up about coming back to work knowing there’s a load to do to meet deadlines. Regardless, starting Saturday night there have been three nights in a row that I’ve been unable to get REAL sleep. I’ll admit that ONE night was my fault! It was totally my fault. But one night I was WIDE AWAKE like….laying there with my eyes WIDE OPEN until 3 am, ladies and gentlemen. 3 am. Three hours of sleep on a full schedule is not cool. The previous nights I had maybe 4 hours, but wow. I'm a DISASTER when I don’t sleep.

All that to say: THANK GOD I SLEPT LIKE A ROCK LAST NIGHT!!!

Today started like this.

Mom: Mimi, look at this. I cannot take the pain anymore. (she’s crying)
Mimi: What’s going on with your eye?
Mom: I don’t know but I’ve scheduled an appointment for 10 this morning to see the eye doctor. Can you take me?
Mimi: OF COURSE! Let me call work.
Okay, so my mom’s eye was EXTREMELY red and swollen. SCARY!! It turns out that she has a paper cut like “scratch” in her eye. She was working in the yard and had a plant whack her in the face. Okay, so THEN, after the doctor’s appointment, we’re headed out to the car, ready to go home and my brother Tim is escorting my mother who is wearing a patch over her eye and who is SO uncomfortable, and, yeah, I have a flat! Had this been yesterday, I would have cried.

Instead, I was reasonable and started to work on getting the tire changed, thankful that my mom is inside and not outside in the heat. I don't think I really knew what I was doing - regarding the tire changing business, but I had a PRETTY good idea. So, I get the jack out and start clicking it up…or however you call that (jacking it up?) and this guy comes out of nowhere, says, “I can take care of this ma’am!” He takes out my puny jack and uses his amazing jack (I need to invest in one like his) and changes my tire, and leaves before I could give him an exuberant thank you and offer him any money. (WOW is all I have to say about that! That was really nice.)

Really, it was amazing that I got to work at 1 pm this afternoon and that I met my “deadlines.” There’s still a lot to do, because it doesn’t ever end, but Wow. I’m so incredibly thankful I got rest last night because I wouldn’t have made it.
And OMG! Yesterday, I met up with some people at a baseball game, but I rode up there by myself. LIKE BY MYSELF...can you imagine if I was on my way home from the game in DOWNTOWN HOUSTON by MYSELF and had a flat then?

Like I was told once: Life is timing!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Flowers!

I love Flowers! Can a nice boy bring by some flowers just for me? That would be nice. Until then...I have a picture of Ranunculus flowers that made me gasp because of their beauty. I'll share them with you.

Oh and SPEAKING OF FLOWERS!!! My mother has the greenest thumb I've ever met. I love to spend time looking at the flowers in her garden. It's BEE-UTIFUL!!! Okay, so take a look at my mom's orchids! Aren't they amazing?

Front View
Back View

There are about 25 flowers on this baby! Isn't that amazing. It's beautiful...really it is!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Vacation Bible School, 2008

This week I have some "vacation" time. I spend my mornings preparing for the day and then we have the VBS in the evenings. I wanted to show you guys the sanctuary where we all get together before splitting up into our classes.This is the full view from the main entrance.
This is a close-up of the "beach"


And here are tiki torches with the motto of this years VBS.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Global Heart Warming – yes.

A while ago, I saw a little blurb on TV about Young at Heart. This musician decided he’d go to the older generation to sing modern music (Rock n' ROLL) and I tell you what, I LOVE IT!! There is something so special about this group. Older people have so much to teach us and they have stories we know not of...They’d tell us if we’d stop to listen. These guys don’t know if their friends are going to make it to the next concert. “It’s a part of life,” they say.

Watch this video – This is one where they practiced with the lead singer. The lead singer didn’t make it so they invited another YOUNG at Heart to sing Coldplay's, FIX YOU. The oxygen tank – you can hear it. It gave me chills, and, of course, I had to reach for the Kleenex. I can't wait to see the movie.



And friends - I want to give you HUGE hugs!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Followthrough #1 - The Table

Okay, I made a promise. And I'm keeping it. Here's Promise #1: The Craft Room Table.

View A: When you walk in, you see the full effect of the table when in use. Look at Zaccheus trying to steal the show. (yeah, still no flooring. don't hate.)


View B: The Birdseye view. Ooohhh, look at how nice it is!!!!
View C: Looking up. This is the signature of authenticity. It was hand made. Yeah. Impressive, right?

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So, I'm totally excited because I have a finalized vision for this room. Those curtains are going BYE BYE! I'm in search of the perfect BLACK curtains.
The room will consist of these colors:
  • BLACK
  • White (and variations of...)
  • Silver (accents)
  • Brown (wood - the chairs, table, and old school desk)
These colors don't seem like the likely combination, but ooooh JUST you wait. I can't!!!
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Just cause, I want to show you the old school desk - or the reading corner.
On the chair, I have a blanket that I crocheted and a little blankie my grandmother made for me. To the side of the chair I have a basket full of my favorite magazines EVER! And I want to get rid of the thing beside the basket, but I haven't decided I'm ready to let go yet.


Thursday, June 5, 2008

Home. REALLY SWEET SWEET HOME!

I'm finally home. It's a reason to celebrate. My schedule will now be SANE! I went to DC this past week. It was as I imagined...busy with little sleep. It was good though - really good. I know...Perhaps I should elaborate.
  1. We were SUPER prepared. It seemed as though, no - more like we WERE really behind! And then, we ended up ahead of schedule. We didn't have to come in for Memorial Day weekend if we didn't want to (no that's not exactly true), but I went ahead to get one of my least favorite tasks out of the way.
  2. We had a great turn out at the meeting and have had great results to our ASK on the Hill.
  3. We were pretty much packed up the day before we were scheduled to pack...which made it an even breezier packing day in DC.
  4. I slept well...except for 2 nights. I know I just said little sleep...but sleeping well is different from the amount of time you get...make sense?
  5. Three of us went for a walk to the Jefferson Memorial the day of our departure early one morning.
  6. The WEATHER was amazing...except for on our closing dinner cruise down the patomac...and when Jennifer had to go on a Staples Run (then it was not so great).
  7. (edit**adding number 7) Okay - So I have a new favorite restaurant. OMG! Seriously amazing!!! Go to Ceiba! You won't regret it.
Why home is so sweet:
  1. Zaccheus. OMG. So adorable. I ♥ him!
  2. Hugs from people I love from the bottom of my heart...and they love me too.
  3. My pillow and my bed.
  4. No pressure...sanctuary.
  5. Church - I miss it.
  6. OMG I could go through the list of my possessions. My theory is what you have should be your favorite {fill in the blank} . And I have lots and lots of favorites...and I get all giddy and happy when I get to see these favorite things!
You know what's sad...my basil didn't make it. I was away for a week and my basil is DEAD! This is try number 2. What haunts me is that STUPID STUPID movie: 28 days. In that movie someone says that if you can't keep a pet or a plant alive then you aren't ready for a relationship. Pretty sure that if my family wasn't able to help me care for Zaccheus that poor dog would be a bone.

Enough...This is so random and it has no structure really...I'm just happy to be home.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Not on the Test

Wow. Have you guys seen/heard this? Wow.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Good Fortune, er somthin'

So, my fortune cookie says:

I'm wondering when this will be. My social calendar has been invaded. 2 more weeks of endurance. Two more weeks. What's two weeks? AHHH!!! It's better not think about it right now...it kind of freaks me out a little bit.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Benvenuto

Let's give a warm welcome to Mia Lauren Anderson!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Diversion #2

Have I ever told you how much I love my Zaccheus? I think I've only mentioned him that time when I first got him. He's grown quite a bit. I like him best when he's got big hair. BIG TEXAS HAIR. Going on a walk with him is hilarious. He's a scardy cat. He'll walk out of the door all happy and a stranger walks past and he'll hide behind my legs.
Here's a picture my brother sent to me. I wonder if he knew I was missing him today - him being ZACCHEUS of course!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

I realize it's Thursday, but I can't help posting a word.

The word for the MONTH is:

di·ver·sion: [di-vur-zhuhn, -shuhn, dahy-] –noun
1. the act of diverting or turning aside, as from a course or purpose: a diversion of industry into the war effort.
2. a channel made to divert the flow of water from one course to another or to direct the flow of water draining from a piece of ground.
3. British. a detour on a highway or road.

4. distraction from business, care, etc.; recreation; amusement; a pastime: Movies are his favorite diversion.
5. Military. a feint intended to draw off attention from the point of main attack.

Number 4 is the reason for posting this word. At work, we're down to the wire for our Annual Meeting. I'll take whatever DIVERSION I can get. At this point, I have to be pretty selective or I'll wear myself out and be useless for either work or play. Read this entry - under the dotted line. That's what happens when I pack it in full.

So, in my selectivity, I chose to go to one of the most awesome concerts last night! Like OMG, SO FREAKIN' COOL! Watch this trailer for the show. They are touring in the states and I'm so stinkin' glad I got to see them. When the show was over I kept hollering "ENCORE ENCORE!!!" I didn't want to go home. I left wanting even more!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A Delightful Surprise INDEED!!!

So, I'm really bad at taking pictures and posting them.

There are things that I want to show you, so writing it is like a commitment thing where I have no choice but to follow through. So here we go with the list:

  1. Craft Room Table. It is FREAKING awesome! Like the best, most perfect workspace.
  2. Sewing Desk. It's a desk that I bought for 15 dollars at a garage sale. It's super cute. I stripped it and painted it and bought glass knobs for it! (it's not exactly finished, but it will be VERY SOON!)
  3. Bias maker. I don't know if that's really what it is called, but OMG it's the best tool I have ever spent money on (other than my scissors) and it was less than FIVE dollars! LIKE OMG! Seriously, I saved so much time with that thing and it makes me so happy!!! And it makes my sewing look so much neater!
  4. Serger. CAN I JUST SAY - this is the DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE OF THE DAY!!!! So, I have my very own serger. And I've wanted one forEVER. Honestly - because it looks soooooooooooo cool! I have no idea how to use it. I will though, I will. It's the machine you use to keep your fabric from unraveling. I really wish that it was the super cool green one my grandfather had in his shop, but it's not. It's a white regular looking one, but cool nonetheless.
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Last weekend, I lost my voice completely. I thought that I'd be able to work on projects and get better while I worked, but I was WRONG! I had no energy whatsoever. I watched movies, crocheted, read, slept UNTIL I REALLY COULD NOT TAKE IT ANY MORE! I am the worst sick person ever! It's pathetic. I whine because I don't feel good and also because I'm so completely bored!!!!! I know it's not supposed to be the happenin' thing...but I REALLY need to learn to sit still - or to be still...How they say in spanish: Tener Sosiego.

The one thing that I was happy I didn't miss while I was sick was the opening of the
Family Time Capsule! It was almost eleven years ago, Thanksgiving of 1997, that we made a time capsule. I was fifteen. There were lots and lots of letters from everyone. Some HILARIOUS and other really sad. It's strange to think that my grandfather was around. He had a letter in there too. The letter I wrote was mainly about how much I love my brothers and the description of my parents house. It also mentioned my crush from back then! That was hilarious. I'm certain that the time capsule idea will continue as a tradition. I'm excited about what the future holds and it will be nice to reminisce. Life is good - no one said it would be easy.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

Phileos: Greek for brotherly love. (there's a chance I misspelled it.)

I'm a lucky girl. I have pretty awesome brothers. I mean, seriously.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Birthday Pictures

Going down the hill on a skateboard was F - U - N!
I think I'll do that again.


My version of climbing trees always requires help.


My family.
We had a blast!

Mom's Advice


My mother knows me well. And every time I came (come) home with some sort or of complaint she'd let (lets) me talk. BUT she always comes back with this - It's a matter of changing your attitude. When I saw this it brought a smile to my face. I've gotta say that this is probably the best advice I've ever had.

What about you? What advice do you hold dear to your heart?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Buon Compleanno!

Thank you family and friends for making me feel so special on my 26th birthday (April 19)! I have to say that this is probably my FAVORITE birthday yet!!

The festivities started at work on Friday with a nice lunch, cheesecake, a cupcake with a lone candle, and a hilarious card that probably tells the truth on me needing to “get out more.”
I was surprised by the Sunday school crew with a chocolate cake and a nice card on a little shin dig we had on Friday.

So – contrary to popular belief, I’m not big into HUGE parties for me. So the way my birthday was celebrated this year was right on the money. My family treated me to a picnic by the Bayou down Allen Parkway. There we ate, played catch, took silly pictures, and laughed a whole lot. There were these teen boys walking by with skateboards and I asked one to let me borrow his skateboard. His friends gave him the okay to talk to a stranger and he agreed. I took that skateboard to the top of the hill and rolled my happy self down a couple of times!

After the picnic my dad, my brothers and I went to an Astros game. That was a fun game! The only crappy part is that an out was called when it WASN’t a fair out. The really cool part was that I got to see Manager Cooper get in the Umps face about it and get kicked out. I got your back COOP! I got’ch’yer back!

I also got nice cards in the mail, lots of texts and several renditions of the Happy Birthday song!

So, that was my birthday. It was nice!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pain...

IT JUST GOT WORSE!!




Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

trust (trŭst) n.
Firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing.

I've been reading the book of Acts. And in Acts there's an amazing, jaw-dropping, UNREAL - almost unbelievable conversion. Saul becomes Paul! Saul was a murder. He was an enemy. He was passionate about his cause - though it was wrong. One day, he's blinded and when he regains his sight, he gains his SIGHT! I mean, there is a complete 180! He becomes one of those he persecuted. And for a bit, followers of Jesus weren't sure that he could be trusted. Until of course, he shared his passion about the gospel.

CAN YOU REALLY TRUST PEOPLE!?

There is a reason why the scriptures are flooded with words like (and this is just from the psalms, but seriously it's all over):
Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.
Psalm 146:3
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.
Psalm 118:8
We have the tendancy to put our hearts out there - I mean, not even romantically speaking - you put your heart out there only to find out that this person was not what you thought. And your world is messed up for a bit, because you can't find which way is up. When all along we're told - it's better to trust in God, than man.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Back in Time

Have you guys ever done a time capsule? My family (Valdez-Rogriguez clan) put one together 10 years ago. It was on Thanksgiving that we were supposed to open it. But of course, every time we throw a party we forget that we even have it. So, there's a couple of us who are DYING to see what's in it! I was fifteen - a bit nerdy and reserved...with a little silly in the mix. I'm really curious to see what I wrote or put in that thing. Oooooh I can't wait.

Speaking of back in time, a while ago I spent a weekend organizing my bookshelf by genre and author (okay so I'm still a little nerdy) and I found this little book that I made when I was in first grade (or was it second grade). Regardless of what grade it was, I remember feeling disappointed that I didn't have enough time to finish it, but also being so impressed by my work. It's super cute and I still think it's pretty genius. (ha ha ha! I'll take a humility pill in a second.)

Our teacher showed us this book and then put us to work. I made little lady bug prints all over my page and then in the middle wrote a little poem that goes like this:

I can hug my mother
I can hug my dad
but I can't hug a
(thumbprint art here)
ladybug.
Okay, laugh if you want, but I think I'm going to get it framed I've decided.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

au·dit [aw-dit] –noun
1. an official examination and verification of accounts and records, esp. of financial accounts.
2. a report or statement reflecting an audit; a final statement of account.
3. the inspection or examination of a building or other facility to evaluate or improve its appropriateness, safety, efficiency, or the like: An energy audit can suggest ways to reduce home fuel bills.
4. Archaic. a judicial hearing.
5. Obsolete. an audience. –verb (used with object)
6. to make an audit of; examine (accounts, records, etc.) for purposes of verification: The accountants audited the company's books at the end of the fiscal year.
7. to attend (classes, lectures, etc.) as an auditor.
8. to make an audit of (a building or other facility) to evaluate or improve its safety, efficiency, or the like. –verb (used without object)
9. to examine and verify an account or accounts by reference to vouchers.

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The organization I work for is going through an audit. And let me tell you something! Do you see the definition above? Yeah, that's not NEAR as long as the TO-DO List!

I don't think I'm sinking yet...

yet...

wait...my desk is accumulating a large amount of paper work...so I may look like 'him' soon.

So maybe I AM sinking and I'm in denial. muah ha ha ha ha.





Tuesday, March 25, 2008

BROKE

This is my piggy bank before buying diesel...


And this is after filling up...


Sad day in this neighborhood. Talk about pinching pennies. I mean, seriously! IT IS FOUR, CUATRO, 4 DOLLARS A GALLON!

Pretty soon I'm going to stop eating just to get to work...well, there are other options and I like to eat. :o)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

bal·ly·hoo (bāl'ē-hōō') Pronunciation Key
n. pl. bal·ly·hoos

  1. Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity.
  2. Noisy shouting or uproar.
Recently, advertising conversations have been frequent in my world (I'm taking a break from politics, ha ha).

Edit: Go here if the links don't work.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Certainty

I like to paint. I've tried oils, acrylics and watercolors. Of the three, I've decided I like watercolors the most. I like it because it provides perfect imperfections and the most beautiful colors when you mix them and it's really one of most freeing activities - EVER. I've painted nothing worth posting. I just wanted to tell you that I'm certain that I like painting with water colors the most.

Friday, March 14, 2008

A slice of Pi!

Today is Pi day! (3/14) I hope you celebrate it with a slice of pie! I bought a pecan pie from the best pecan pie place I know.

So here’s a quotation in honor of Pi:
Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important. -Lisa Hoffman
This is from Wikipedia:

Pi or π is one of the most important mathematical constants, approximately equal
to 3.14159. It represents the ratio of any circle's circumference to its
diameter in Euclidean geometry, which is the same as the ratio of a circle's
area to the square of its radius. Many formulas from mathematics, science, and
engineering include π.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

Today, I will be using a Thesaurus!! I should rename today's Wednesday Word post to Wednesday Adventure!! It was a fun one...not anything extravagant per se, but SUPERB.

Main Entry: ace
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: expert
Synonyms: brilliant, champion, distinguished, excellent, expert, first-rate, great, master, outstanding, superb, virtuoso


Recently, we had a big thunderstorm here in Houston and it messed up our color printer here at work. I knew in the pit of my stomach that if they gave me the project of fixing it - it would work. Seriously the angels were singing and everything!!

So, my boss was working on it. That is just fine if I may say so. He worked on it all afternoon yesterday with a tech and was unsuccessful.

Today, my boss started working on it again and had to leave to an off site meeting and guess who got to take over? ME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited! Seriously I got to play with the coolest screwdriver and pull apart this color printer and put pieces back together and all that stuff with the instruction of non other than a CANADIAN! As he was giving instructions he would say out, about, and other words that I made a mental note to remember, but nonetheless they have escaped me. I spent all afternoon working on it and now…uh-hum (clear my throat) it is working! It's printing!!! I'm so excited!!!

My boss is a bit jealous. Because I'm a girl and I, the girl who shouldn't be playing with tools and such, fixed it! YEAH!!! GO HANDY WOW-man!

P.S. I mention Canadian, because I have a Canadian friend. The accent was fun to listen to.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

re·pose [ri-pohz] verb, -posed, -pos·ing.
–verb (used without object)
  • to lie or be at rest, as from work, activity, etc.
  • to be peacefully calm and quiet: The sea reposed under the tropical sun.
  • to lie or rest on something.
  • Archaic. to depend or reply on a person or thing.

Here is a promise: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

mmmm....

Sunday, February 24, 2008

OMG, OMG!!!

So, I didn't get to watch all the Oscar show, but I AM SO GLAD I didn't miss Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová winning the award for best original music! Seriously, it's such a BIG deal! I mean - HUGE! These guys made a low budget film and never EVER dreamed of getting and OSCAR and THEY DID!!!! And the music is GOOD! I'm SO PUMPED! Talk about underdogs!!

Did you guys watch it? I mean, the Oscar's? What were your favorite wins?


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CRISIS ALERT!!!

I'm officially OLD!



So I think that I'm having issues about becoming 26 (birthday's not till April). I mean what is special about being 26? I think the next recognizable/MILESTONE birthday isn't until I'm 30!

Then to top it off my cousin Amy calls me to tell me that 80's music is OFFICIALLY considered oldies! I mean, I even called KTRK (the news she watches) to verify she wasn't making this up.

IT'S TRUE!!!!!!!!!
I'm old!
p.s. no one is crying. pretty much laughing my head off about this!

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

shlumpadinka • \shlum-puh-DINK-uh\ • noun
: a woman who dresses like she has completely given up on herself and it shows : a dowdy and unstylish woman

Example Sentence: There you are running out to get the paper looking like a shlumpadinka. —Oprah Winfrey (April 27, 2007)

Did you know?"I have to practice not looking like a shlumpadinka on the air," said Oprah Winfrey on her eponymous show, broadcast April 15, 1997. Oprah has occasionally separated shlumpa and dinka, the constituent parts of the word, for emphasis: "You are watching right now in your sweats...the same sweats you had on yesterday and the day before...you are a shlumpa and a dinka and you know it!" Oprah has also used the word shlumpadink to refer to a masculine subject, although this form is somewhat less frequently heard. Oprah has often used shlumpadinka attributively to modify another noun, as in "It's my shlumpadinka shoes!" or "You're watching me right now in your shlumpadinka pajamas." Merriam-Webster's editors believe that the word is influenced by schlump, a word of Yiddish origin meaning "a sloppy or dowdy person."
Submitted by: Oprah.com Feb. 19, 2008 4:14 pm

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Okay - I cheated! I stole this from HERE!! No, actually SHE told me to do it!!

Hope you're not looking like a shlumpadinka! :o)

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Fun, FUN!

  1. Made a load of progress on my craft room! It's been since before the Christmas holidays that I've messed with it. SO SO SO excited about it!
  2. Since buying the house, I've not had a light fixture in my bedroom. The one it had was u-g-l-y! So, I took it down without replacing it. I looked and looked and LOOKED! Nothing was stealing my heart! (Don't you think that when you're spending money on something that is almost permanent - it has to be your new favorite BLANK! Sursly...that's my strategy.) All that to say that there's a restaurant by the office that I pass by and they have the best lamps ever! They are outdoor lamps. Well, guess what? A similar outdoor lamp is now hanging off the ceiling in my bedroom. The glass has some texture to it so it creates these prism shadows...I don't know what else to call it, but I think it's MAGICAL! I love it!
  3. I received the March issue of Country Living magazine and one of the ladies whose blog I frequent made it IN! So fun! It's exciting...and I don't even know this lady. Look she makes fun totes for her friends:
  4. One more thing: check out these business cards!!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Birthday!


Aser is 27!
Happy birthday!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Reason Why, Langston Hughes

Just because I loves you -
that's de reason why
Ma soul is full of color
Like de wings of a butterfly.
Just because I loves you
That's de reason why
Ma heart's a fluttering aspen leaf
when you pass by.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Wednesday Word: making wednesday worthwhile

pas·sive [pas-iv]
–adjective
1. not reacting visibly to something that might be expected to produce manifestations of an emotion or feeling.
2. not participating readily or actively; inactive: a passive member of a committee.
3. not involving visible reaction or active participation: to play a passive role.
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I've noticed that there is a lot of advice on how to be a good parent, how to have a good relationship, how to be a good friend, etc. More than that though, I've noticed that specific advice often transcends what it addresses - it is universal. I read this last fall and it has stuck with me. Sometimes it may seem like common sense. But when this sort of advice resonates in your being, it is more than common sense - it is TRUTH!

No enemy is more subtle than passivity. When parents are passive,
they may eventually discipline, but by then the delayed reaction is often
carried out in anger. Passivity waits and waits until finally, when it can wait
no longer, it comes down with both feet! When that happens, children are not
disciplined, they are brutalized. Passivity not only blinds us to
the here and now, it makes us inconsistent.

by Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives,
italics added by Mimi Marquez

I think at one time or another we have all encountered passivity and the dreaded "explosion." Wow, how passivity doesn't do us any good!! It causes more damage than we are willing to admit.