Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Disney's new program, "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day," officially begins January 1, 2010. With this program, Disney hopes to inspire families to volunteer in their communities by "rewarding" volunteer service with admission for a day to a Disney theme park. To enable people to sign up for an eligible volunteer project, Disney is working with HandsOn Network, the nation’s largest volunteer network. Starting January 1, you can go to www.DisneyParks.com for the United States and Puerto Rico or www.DisneyParks.ca for Canada to search for volunteer opportunities available in those areas through HandsOn Network and sign up for a day of volunteer service. Many of the opportunities will be for projects that entire families with children age 6 or older can participate in together.
As part of this program, Disney's Honorary VoluntEARS Cavalcade will start January 8. Each afternoon just before the daily parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom (and at Disneyland Park in California), Muppets characters and parade dancers will join special floats and vehicles celebrating volunteerism and presenting Honorary VoluntEARS serving as Grand Marshals of the parades. Kermit, Miss Piggy and Sweetums will be part of the merriment, while the dancers will be donning outfits that celebrate the work of volunteers.
Monday, December 21, 2009
How to tie a tie
How to kiss
How to get pregnant
How stuff works
How did brittany murphy died (oh, grammar)
How to solve a rubix cube
I won't even go into the options that popped up for "Why", but go have yourself some fun.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
"Christian Group Launches New Attack on Christmas Commercialism"
I cannot say for sure what point of view the journalist is taking, but if it makes people read up on the mission or convinces some people to soend their shopping money on clean water for others, then I say it is a Christmas miracle indeed.
Be part of the miracle:
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This is mine and Brad's first Christmas in our new house, and only our second as a family, so we do not have a long list of traditions for the holidays. That is something I would like to develop over the years. Often, when people tell me their holiday traditions, they involve their children, so I imagine more will come with time. So far, here is what we have, either individually or as a couple.
**For the past few years (and upon Lauren's suggestion), I have read Lessons For Life, a Christmas-themed Harry Potter fan-fiction.
**I try to watch "The Holiday" and "Love, Actually" every Christmas. Now Brad gets to watch them, too! (Lucky Brad...)
**Morning relaxation. On Thanksgiving, we enjoyed a leisurely morning of coffee and snuggling, interspersed with Macy's Day Parade. We look forward to repeating this for Christmas, and for years to come.
We have been slowly acquiring decorations for the season, as our 600 sq ft apartment didnt require much. It is amazing how big this house feels when I'm trying to fill empty walls! I cannot say that, as of yet, putting up decorations is a tradition, but I do hope to follow in the idea that putting up the tree is a day-after-Thanksgiving classic.
Oh, I almost forgot the best one! Every year we find one ornament that represents that year on our tree. Sure, we often get more than one new one a year, but each year must have a representative. I was worried sick last week, as I could not find our sentimental Christmas stuff (embroidered stockings, yearly ornaments, etc). I was SO relievfed to find and empty that box! So far our yearly ornaments consist of:
2007: a white snowflake that says "Our first Christmas", even though we got married four days later.
2008: a gold "Just Married" ornament we bought in Walt Disney World on our fix-it honeymoon.
2009: a red front door that says "First Home" on it.
We are so thankful for friends with good taste, too, as my friend Susan bought us two of those three! We havent been able to find another "First House" ornament, so I am especially thankful for Susan's gift!
I am really looking forward to forming a lifetime of traditions with my family. What things do you treasure year after year?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wicked Cool: Idina Menzel Is in Talks to Join Glee
Go read and enjoy!
"Hey," I thought, "I like love stories." So I clicked, and I read, and I shrieked.
Punch-Drunk Love?!? PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE?!?!? Seriously?!?
I don't remember anything about that movie except a) that dreadful song "he needs me, he needs me, he needs me, he needs me, he needs me" over and over and over again, and b) HATING IT! Truly, I remember wanting to stab everyone in my general reaching radius.
And today they put up a list of the Best Movie Villains of the Decade, and they had Mr. Glass form Unbreakable on there. I saw that movie in the theater, and raging boredom led to sleep.
When I come across these instances, I have to ask myself, "Did I miss something?" Sure, if I fell asleep during a movie, I could assume it means the movie bored me. Or, I might have been really freaking tired. People, I feel asleep during Iron Man. From what I have heard, it was not boring. In fact, most people who loved it swear it was packed full of action. I just remember lots of quiet talks and dry quips and zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I have decided that perhaps I should compile a list of movies that I have seen and didn't like, but just might deserve another chance. I don't have much on it yet, but here is the start:
I might ahve to add the original Star Trek movies,because I havent seen them since wee childhood, and hopefully would better appreciate them now, as my nerdness blossoms. And I almost want to say the sixth Harry Potter film, because I was so sorely disappointed, but I didn't hate the story, just the representation.
In turn, there are also those movies you love and swear by and gradually idolize as a favorite, and then when you watch them a second time, months later, you wonder, "What on Earth was I thinking?" Boondocks Saints, I'm looking at you! Although, I still love it for it's campy quality and fun accents.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
And maybe don't breathe my air; I think I have a sinus infection. I'm drippy, sneezy, itchy and several other irritable dwarves. And now I am developing a pounding headache. YUCK!
Come on, weekend, be my friend.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This calendar by Barrie Brewer is made up of photos of "the World". They are are so bright and energetic and stunning. Not only that, bu tthe proceeds from the calendar sales go to sponsor Deb Wills in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Do you need a better cause? You have to buy new calendars every year, people, either for yourself or for others. This is the perfect one.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The last stages of building:
And some of the finishing touches inside:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
We had such an amazing blessing on Sunday through our Pantry Pounding. So many friends and family stopped by and took the tour of our new home. It certainly doesn't look finished, but for living in it for two weeks, I would say it looks pretty good! We got bags upon bags of goodies, including several interesting products I would never buy myself (more later). It reminded me of a mixed CD: I always loved having others mix me a CD, because you get a sense of their taste, as well as their opinion of your taste.
Some people brought basics (peanut butter, jelly, salt, pepper, etc) while others brought eccentricities (California lemon peel, Mediterranean basil leaves, injectable Cajun butter with syringe). We even received five different kinds of rice! In case you (like me two days ago) cannot come up with five different kinds of rice, let me help you:
Texmati rice (apparently basmati rice grown in TX)
Saffron rice (squee!)
Hungry yet? I am. Now I just need to go buy some curry powder and get the recipe from Heather.
Between the gift cards, groceries and good company, we were overwhelmingly blessed this weekend. Thank you to all who contributed, and to those who sent well wishes and prayers!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
After three days of absence.
When I left on Thursday, I had 12 unread emails in my inbox. And now... (drumroll while my computer sitautes itself)...
72?!? What?!? That is TWICE as many as Ruth!
Hmm, there must be something wonky going on. But either way, that should show you what my day will look like.......... better get started...
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I will be humming that song from Les Miserables all day now...
That's right, friends, tomorrow is the day. Tomorrow we get keys. Tomorrow we start planting our stuff. Tomorrow we find ourselves officially stacked with responsibility like we have never known.
Thank you, all, for your prayers. We couldn't have gotten here without God's blessings.
I promise I will upload pictures, as soon as their are pictures worth showing off. I have several of random empty rooms, but that is no fun. Once things are arranged, unpacked, decorated and DIYed within an inch of their non-lives, I will share. Wish us luck!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sidebar: I HATE the way I look on video in basically every scenario ever. Either I'm simply not photogenic, or I have a completely unrealistic view of myself in real life.
Here we continue our nerd-journey:
I know, I know, I'm a huge nerd. But you're my friends, so what does that make you?
Only four more days until we have the keys to our very own home. And not a moment too soon. I am ready to have personal space again! And a proper tub; the folks tub is not exactly the kind you look forward to soaking in. But the beautiful bathtub in our master bath is perfect. One of my first 'decorating tasks' will be turning that into my personal oasis. Just you wait, 'Enry 'Iggins. Pictures will follow.
Oh yes, pictures will follow...
Friday, October 23, 2009
And this is why I adore watching Glee.
When you combine a show like this with a person like me, you will often get... unnecessary reactions. Like tears. Now, stop your judgemental smirk; I am just easily moved by the emotions of others. And great singers know how to speak directly to their audience, member by member. So I have now listened to "Keep Holding On" for the third time in a row, and I have been misty eyed every time. Which, by the way, I hate because it is an Avril Lavigne song, and therefore should not affect me on an emotional level. But with this amazing crew of singers, and with the oh-so-visible emotions of the central girl, Quinn (that I cannot help but picture when I hear this), I feel deeply shifted with every play.
I know, I'm a sappy sad-sack. But it gives me such an unshaking feeling of glee (I can't help it), that I don't even care. I won't wipe this smile off for a while.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I will post some pictures once we have them, but I probably won't post anything until we are unpacked and things have been decorated. Which will be the most wonderful-stressful task!
Please pray for us as we gear up to start a new life in our own house!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I had to leave to get to work, but I haven't been able to get that picture out of my head. I whispered "Good luck" as I past it, and I went on my way.
I feel like I react that way to far too many problems. I see, I'm moved, I "send happy thoughts", and then I go on about my day. Am I ever going to escape this chrysalis of indifference? When am I going to act? I don't know; the whole thing just left me feeling... insufficient. Which, I suppose, can be a good thing. No matter how much we do, there is always more to be done, so we should never feel like "good deeds" can be scratched off of the To-Do list. It has to always be there, which means in some measure, always feeling like our gifts are insufficient.
I know that seems morbid; the whole post seems morbid this morning. But I actually mean it to be somewhat encouraging... even if I could not eloquently express that...
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'm sitting at my desk with my yummy cider, and Im trying to make my brain go three different directions. This, unfortunately, is very much like every other morning. I am trying to focus on work, to accomplish the urgent tasks set forth by the foreign overlords. I am also obsessing (as per usual) over our budget; when to pay which bills, how much to save, what events have we got planned, etc. Thirdly, I am plotting, in every imaginable detail, our new home.
Brad and I are buying a house. We are so excited, and often terrified, and I have trouble focusing on much else for long periods of time. I am decorating the living room, or I am shopping for furniture, or I am making a drying rack, or I am arranging closets - all of this in my head. In real life, all I can do is obsess over paper work and schedule, and plan ahead to rental trucks and utilities. Not as much fun, but just as exciting. For me, anyways.
This weekend, weather and wallet permitting, I intend to start on the drying rack. It is a handy little DIY I picked up from Centsational Girl, my fave new blog to follow. I am falling in lurve with so many blogs as of late, mostly involving home decor or event planning (Hostess with the Mostess is like party planning on crack... in a good way...) After the drying rack, I intend to tackle my hideous dining room chairs. Lacy said she would recover them as our wedding present, so I may drag her in to help if she is in town.
All in all, it has been a productive week and an exciting month. We are on pins and needles a bit, thanks to the closing date being pushed to October 30th, but the anitci.............pation is fun as well as frustrating. Wish us all the best, and keep our safety and sanity in your prayers as we move.
For those of you in the Cypress or Copperfield area (or Houston, and willign to drive a bit), the Studio Movie Grill in Copperfield (and possibly other locations) are having $5 movies all day, Monday through Thursday!
We are seeing RENT tongiht (go, Crystyl!), but tomorrow night we may treat ourselves to Zombieland, or maybe The Invention of Lying.
Have a lovely day!
Monday, October 12, 2009
It is the chemical equivalent of cuddling!! How. Freakin. CUTE!?!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
The main reason I am mentioning her today is because her blog is having a giveaway from Price Pfister, which means you could win a GORGEOUS new faucet for your kitchen or bathroom. All you have to do to qualify is specificy which one you want (Hanover pull down, please!!), and leave a comment explaining where you would put it. So simple! Go on over and check it out:
Best of luck!!
Friday, September 18, 2009
And NOW it is going to have to wait until next week, which will put our billing back by a month because today is end of quarter. So somewhere down the line, this will probably cost someone money, and that someone will probably want to blame me. And if they do, I swear on the sand in the sea that I will SMITE THEM!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
They make jewelry and accesories out of molecular symbols. How. Precious. Is. That? And in the month of September, a percentage of the proceeds go to Marin Organic, "which promotes sustainable farming practices and local eating."
Check them out, and maybe even find a super-cute necklace with the symbol for caffeine or chocolate!
Monday, August 24, 2009
"Look At What You Did" - Cage
"Running Up That Hill" - Placebo
"American Cowboy" - Jada
"I Only Have Eyes For You" - Jamie Cullum
"Fireflies" - Owl City
"Not The Same" - Ben Folds
"Don't Wake Me" - Love and Theft
"Got To Be More Careful" - Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
"Castles and Factories" - Raining Jane
"Spread Your Love" - Vibrolux
"Zak and Sara" - Ben Folds
This is just a sampling of my bizarre taste in music...
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Here are the dates I am super excited about (feel free to judge me by my taste in television. Im sure I am guilty of that):
House (S6): September 21st
Greek (S4): August 31st
So You Think You Can Dance (S6): September 9th
Project Runway: August 20th (or at least that week... Lifetime site won't load)
Glee (S1): September 9th
If only LOST weren't still FIVE MONTHS AWAY!?!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
She had been having some trouble lately with her heart; palpitations, enhanced feelings of anxiety, etc. She already has trouble with anxiety, but lately it has escalated. It had gotten to the point, by now, that she could not catch a proper breath.
I sat next to her on the floor and grabbed her hand, so that she could squeeze it. A few of us tried to get her to breathe deeply, but she either couldn't or wouldn't. We stayed that way, on the cube floor, for roughly 7-8 minutes while we waited on the medics. I actually managed to make her laugh once, which I can only hope helped. Once the medics arrived, there were really too many cooks in the kitchen, so I went back to work. They ended up taking her to the hospital.
It looked to me like a panic attack. I'm sure it started as a heart palpitation or some chest pain that was alarming, and it sent her into an attack. She kept winding herself up more, worrying aloud how she was going to pay for the medics, because she has no insurance and she can't afford prescriptions. I think she was making it worse, and so I hope the medics didn't need much to relieve the problem.
That was an interesting morning in my office. I hope she is doing better now, and that she figures out how to pay for the expenses.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you some of the cast of the newest Harry Potter film. A few notes: Emma Watson is so classy, and that dress - WANT! And Matthew Lewis is not the pudgy, awkward child we met in The Sorceror's Stone...
Also, Miss Jessie Cave... no ma'am... just, shame on you...
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
(917): I just ate an adderall and jelly sandwich in front of my mom. Homework time!
For some reason, it made me happy. Now, to be fair, when I took Adderall, it was a necessary prescription (please, dear God, let me back on!), and I get the impression this person may not have a legal script for said "homework helpers". But either way, I'm diggin' it.
For old times' sake, here is one of my favorites:
(818): I can only speak casual parseltoungue, im not bad though. just the general, "wheres the bathroom?" "open the chamber of secrets" that type of stuff
Oh, and by the way, 20 DAYS UNTIL HP: HBP!!!
Friday, June 19, 2009
I fall into an interesting demographic (in my opinion), because I am an educated woman in my mid-twenties who enjoyed reading the Twilight series. I am certainly not alone, but we are an admittedly outnumbered group. Mind you, I did not say they were good books, and I think it is a bit snotty to refer to them as 'literature', even though I suppose they are in fact.
I consider myself to be a Harry Potter fangirl, so I can appreciate the nickname, but the craziness that is often attached is beyond me. Especially the craziness over Robert Pattinson. OK, so he has moments of charm, and is very occasionally handsome, but there really is nothing special about him. Mostly it goes over my head because the character of Edward, to which RobPatt owes his following, is in no way appealing to me.
So it is with a slightly shameful smirk that I report that he was clipped by a taxi in Manhattan while running to escape from tween fangirls! The good, Christian woman I aim to be is shaking her head at my glee, but it made me laugh at the sheer ridiculousness of our society and their priorities!
At least if he had to go to the hospital, they might bathe him...
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
According to the handouts, the blueberries are what help with memory and other cognitive function, so in addition to the juice, Im noshing on berries right now. Although, I am contemplating coffee and a donut... oh well, I can't become a crazy health-nut overnight!
The biggest downside (well, really the only downside as of yet) is that the juice tastes pretty heinous. It's very... cloudy, even after a thorough shaking. We shall see. Maybe by the end of the week, I will love the stuff. We shall see...
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
This book follows a demon (Crowley) and an angel (Aziraphale) through Eden to Apocolypse-to-be. Along the way we are introduced to countless characters, all of which play into the story poetically. From Satanic nuns to the Four Horsemen, these characters weave the story together.
"God does not play dice with the universe: He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time."
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
This was a mistake.
You see, I am now listening to it for the third time this morning. My calves are a'bouncing under my desk, and Im working harder on not humming than on focusing on my job.
Sometimes it takes cheesy art to remind me of why I am an artist, why God calls me to music. I don't know how to say this, other than shameful admission: this song almost makes me cry. There is a passion and an adrenaline screaming through my arms that makes it hard to type. This sounds like the most fun, and it makes me wish for a group of my own. (Just restarted the song... again)
I know there will be little groups popping up everywhere because of this show (huzzah for that), and I secretly and desperately hope I am in one of them. So if anyone hears of one popping up in Houston that has potential, let me know. Hell, if I could think of a few other starters, I would form one myself!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
"What? Wait, Adam died? When"
"Oh, you hadn't heard? I just assumed you knew. It was a few weeks ago."
And I just started crying. That may seem silly, since I don't personally know the Cook family by any strecth, but I was so emotional in that moment.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to pray for the Cook family; for all of their struggles and heartache. Also, to send up praise, not only for the peace they have through God, but for David's career, which surely helped eliminate massive debt accrued from medical costs. I know that sounds shallow, but I love to see the way God works, and I think that little piece of the puzzle should not be ignored.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
While some of these qualities are still a constant battle, I have trained my brain to be freakishly organized about a few things. I keep an extremely detailed budget on file (really, it is a combonation of balancing a checkbook and planning ahead for major and/or consistent costs). Spreadsheets have become a bit of a crutch for me, but I just LOVE them!
Every week I get an email newsletter from AllEarsNet.com - they are a website essentiallly designed to help you plan vacations to Disney World (WDW), with some additional tips for DisneyLand and the cruises. The bulk of the newsletter is an article; sometimes these are completely boring or irrelevant to me, other times they are fun bits of history or trivia. This week, the article is all about a mom whose WDW vacay plans are always meticulously planned out on spreadsheets. Let me tell you, reading her article was so cathartic and validating! I have never been more proud of my own neurosis. As she discussed her specific design and her plan strategy, I got the itch to go look at mine from our last vacation. Mine may not have been quite so set-in-stone as hers, because I knew we would need spontaneity for Brad's first trip, but the idea and the feeling were the same.
Now I cannot wait to start planning our next trip, but I can't get much progress done any time soon. We are hoping to visit again next November; it would essentially be a birthday trip for me, which is why we would hop over to Universal to see The Wizarding World fo Harry Potter theme park, which is slated to open around that time! I have never been to WDW outside of summer, so this will be a whole new perspective ("A whole new world!") for me, and the WWoHP will be immeasurably wonderful.
Anyway, my point is that I cannot plan too extensively yet, as the park prices are not set for Nov 2010, and it would be pretty hard to set times/dates/prices for flights then, as well. But I can dream, and oh-so-slowly accumulate plans and tips.
Spreadsheet, here I come!
Don't stop believing, hold on to that feeling!
UPDATE: I can hardly breathe - I can't believe I didnt recognize her! I was just reading Dan Carlson's review of Glee, and he was naming cast members. Apparently, Rachel (the lead diva in the showchoir) is played by Lea Michelle, who played the original Wendla in Spring Awakening!!! Hello, Allison, how did you not recognize those cheekbones?!?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Beyonce's music, while I enjoy it, is fluff and far below her talent, as was seen in Dreamgirls. Watch this trailer, and then ask yourself what you think of Fergie:
Not exactly "G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S yeah", is it?
Friday, May 8, 2009
There is an online petition going (I have linked to the US petition) for us to express our desire for American distribution! Sure, sure, we could wait for the DVD, but that is less fun. So please, sign away, and be sure to put an eloquent comment, if you make one; please nothing like "OMG RUPERT IS HOTT THNX BYE!"... not that any of my friends would do that...
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Prisco set forth the race to read 100 books. They must all be be over 200 pages; no graphic novels; and short story collections must contain at least six stories.
The fun, and more time-consuming part I imagine, is that they wrote a short review of each book. I have read a few new books this year, so I may cheat and go back to review those as my first five or so. Who knows. In the event that I'm alone in this race, the rules are bendable.
I would love to hear (legitimate) recommendations, but I make no promise to embark on them. After reading the HP series, plus all of my Neil Gaiman and Chuck Palahniuk books over and OVER again, I feel like my brain could use a new read. But speaking of that, next Tuesday (May 5th) Chuck's newest book comes out, Pygmy. I never read Snuff, though it doesn't sound like I missed much. I didn't ever get around to Rant either, which seems like a grave mistake by most Palahniukians. So those two are at the top of my list. Though not back to back; too much Chuck P can make your bile attack your brain.
While on the topic, let me recommend some of my favorite reads to you:
*Lullaby, by Chuck Palahniuk
*Survivor, by Chuck P
*Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
*Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
*The Giver, by Lois Lowry. I know the reading level is set young, but the concept and view of humanity is beautiful and should be oft revisited.
*Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley.
*Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by JK Rowling. Obviously I love them all, but this one is of highest recommendation.