Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)"

(by The Monkees) The Monkees - The Best of the Monkees - Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)



I have a confession to make. I watch The Bachelor & The Bachelorette almost every season. My mister thinks I'm nuts, but I watch it anyway. They got me trapped when they started bringing back favorites from the seasons before! So here I am, however many seasons later, still watching because I liked Jake on Jillian's season & want to see him find happiness! I must admit, though, that I seriously question the "reality" of it all & whether anyone is really able to find true love this way! It seems to have really only worked for Trista & Ryan, so far!

I'm on "Team Tenley", though all the gossip rags claim that Vienna is the winner. I know that Tenley seems syrupy sweet, like she fell out of a Disney movie; but I really like her! And I actually know people like her, so I believe she's legitimately nice! Though, I have to say that I literally laughed out loud when they showed the clip of Vienna saying that Tenley dreams in cartoon! That was so stinking funny to me!

So, there you have it! I don't have plans to talk about TV much on here, but I heard this song the other day & just had to post it in honor of the season finale. Look out, here comes tomorrow...




Amy

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Beautiful You"

(by Considering Lily) Considering Lily - Considering Lily - Beautiful You



One final song for NEDA week! This just so happens to be one of my all time favorites! I really do hope that you know how beautiful you are. You are more than a number on a scale. You are more than a face in the mirror. You are more than a size. You are more than an age. You are beautiful the way you are ~ the way God made you!

On somewhat of a side note, I discovered something that I found quite interesting & coincidental. It just so happens that I unknowingly got my tattoo {about Jesus setting me free from an ED} during NEDA week last year! Weird, huh? How appropriate! I kinda wish I had known that last year, because the timing would have been even more meaningful!

Amy

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"More Beautiful You"

(by Johnny Diaz) Jonny Diaz - More Beautiful You - More Beautiful You



"Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn't straight her body isn't fake
And she's always felt overweight

Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are

Chorus:
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

Little girl twenty-one the things that you've already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you've got a man but he's got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there's a man whose love is true
And he'll treat you like the jewel you are

Chorus

So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the One who's strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl

Chorus... "

I think this is a super great song for NEDA week & to go along with Operation Beautiful. If you don't know what I'm talking about, please read my previous post! {Seriously, there's a link to a free download & everything!} Anyways, I think this song has a great message, & I wish that every girl & woman believed it!

Amy

Monday, February 22, 2010

"So Beautiful"

(by Superchick) Superchick - Rock What You Got - So Beautiful



"Chorus:
We are a thousand voices strong
We are each girl who sings this song
We are a beauty that's our own
And we are, and we are
So Beautiful

We are light, we were born beautiful
We were meant to be more than these shadows of girls
They cut us down to size, afraid we'll change the world
But we'll fight for your right to be beautiful girls
If every girl could see her beauty, we would be an army

Chorus

We have dreams we were born to fulfill
We were meant to be more than just fairytale girls
We are colors so bright, each a beautiful girl
We are stars in the night, and we're changing the world
When every girl can see her beauty, we will be an army

Chorus..."

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week; & if you know me (or have read my blog long enough), you know that it's an important issue to me. If you don't know my story & care to read it, click here {but start with "Naked Heart" & work your way up to the top ~ I wish I knew how to reverse the order without making a whole new post! I'm sorry!} What's cool is the fact that when I posted Saturday's song, I didn't even realize that it was NEDA week! So, even before I knew of this special week, I gave you a little reminder of the truth: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I hope every single one of you realize that! God made you just the way you are, and you are uniquely, wonderfully & BEAUTIFULLY made!

Along with NEDA week, Superchick is offering a FREE song! One of the sisters in Superchick struggled with an eating disorder, & the song "Courage" (that I used for the second post in my story that I mentioned before) was written out of that. For Melissa's story behind the song, click here. & you can download the song by clicking here.

If you'd like to help somebody "change the way they see ~ not the way they look" today, join the Operation Beautiful movement.

Amy

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Don't You Know You're Beautiful"

(by Seabird) Seabird - Rocks Into Rivers - Don't You Know You're Beautiful





Have I mentioned before that I love Seabird? Well, it's true. If you didn't click the play button, you simply MUST. They're awesome. And if you like this song, you'll like all of them ~ so you might as well click on the iTunes button & buy the entire album. Or maybe all of them. Seriously. Every single song is great. I'm quite sad that I missed Seabird when they were in town last night; but I'm scrapbooking & eating just about the best food on the planet, so it's worth it!

I hope y'all are having as great of a weekend as I am!



Amy

Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Milk and Cereal"

(by Green Envy) Green Envy - You Should Know - Milk & Cereal




I don't believe I've told a tale of a MISplacement yet! Now, in all honesty, this happens every day. I can't even remember all of the times that I put something in the wrong place, & I won't bore you with every story I can remember! I plan to only share the most odd/surprising misplacements with y'all! I'm not sure if I've mentioned that I'm a very routine person. I think that's why these misplacements get to me so much! "A place for everything and everything in its place" is a standard I claim to live by. Yet, over the past few years, I have begun losing things. Regularly...

After preparing my breakfast one morning, I went to put the cereal box away only to find that the bag of cereal wasn't in it. It wasn't on the counter where I had poured it. I hadn't accidentally put it on the shelf without the box. I had already put the milk back in the refrigerator, but my missing cereal was not there, either. I asked the kids if they saw what I did with it, and they didn't have a clue. I checked the trash can, because I've been known to throw an item away instead of putting it back in its place...Nope, not there either.

I gave up & went back to my morning routine, assuming that I would find the cereal at some point, in some unusual place, when I least expected it. After making the kids' lunches, I started tidying up the kitchen. I put a few clean dishes in the cabinet, a few dirty dishes in the dishwasher, an oven mitt in its drawer...Wait a minute! What's that I see in the pot holder drawer? My bag of cereal! Ta da!

What about you? Have you ever misplaced something, only to find it in a very random place?



Amy

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

(by Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson) Jim Sturgess & Joe Anderson - Across the Universe (Music from the Motion Picture) [Deluxe Edition] - Strawberry Fields Forever




Now, for a short story about something I MISheard. This particular story isn't as funny as others, but it's a small example of how weird the world is inside my head...

One day at Bible study, a lady on one side of the room shouted, "Strawberries are great!" Then, a lady on the other side of the room said, "Strawberries!" I sat there for a few seconds, trying to figure out what I had missed.

Now, the first lady is the type of happy person who would think that strawberries are great, but she's not the type (like me) who would actually shout it out loud for all to hear! And for the second lady to respond (as if that were normal), I realized that I must have misunderstood something. I can usually think everything through & figure out what I misheard, but I just couldn't do it this time. As it turns out, the first lady was getting food for the second lady, and she asked, "Strawberries or grapes?" Now that made much more sense!



Amy

Sunday, February 14, 2010

"1, 2, 3, 4"

(by Plain White T's) Plain White T's - Big Bad World (Bonus Track Version) - 1, 2, 3, 4



"1, 2 (1, 2, 3, 4)
Give me more lovin' than I've ever had
Make it all better when I'm feelin' sad
Tell me that I'm special even when I know I'm not
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
Barely gettin' mad

Pre-Chorus:
I'm so glad I found you
I love bein' around you
You make it easy
As easy as 1, 2 (1, 2, 3, 4)

Chorus:
There's only one thing two do three words four you
I love you (I love you)
There's only one way two say those three words
And that's what I'll do
I love you (I love you)

Give me more lovin' from the very start
Piece me back together when I fall apart
Tell me things you never even tell your closest friends
Make me feel good when I hurt so bad
Best that I've had

Pre-Chorus
Chorus..."

This is my 14th Valentine's Day with my mister. I still wear the sweet little ring he gave me on our very first Valentine's Day! I have worn it almost every day {except for the few months that it was lost in my Caboodles case! Jana, you were there when I found it at the Break Thru retreat! Remember how excited I was?!} It's not that it's fancy or expensive. I don't even think the diamond is big enough to measure. But, it's special to me. I received it about 5 1/2 months before our wedding and the day after Christopher's mother had passed away. His parents had been married a week shy of 20 years, & their love was what I wanted for us: for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health...Sorry to get all sappy ~ but it's Valentine's Day, so give me a break! We plan to give the ring to Elizabeth one of these days, maybe when she turns 13? Not sure.


This year, instead of gifts, we get to meet our medical insurance deductible! {Whoop whoop! I can just hear the conversation later this week, "So, Amy, what did your mister get you for Valentine's Day?" My reply: a vitrectomy. Hmmm...}

I made these cute little heart-shaped treats:


& my mister and I went out for coffee:




Then, my mister made us dinner ~> heart-shaped French toast!

{Thank you, Mistopher. I'm sorry I complained about the mess! I love you, and I'm incredibly grateful that you love us enough to make us dinner!}

I hope you & your special someone have had a Happy Valentine's Day!



Amy

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Firefly"

(by Jimmy Needham) Jimmy Needham - Not Without Love - Firefly





I know I've said this about a lot of songs, but I love LOVE love this song! It actually tied with the Seabird song last week. Then, my beautiful cousin posted some of the lyrics on facebook this week, & we had a discussion about how much we love it. Since then, it has been playing over & over in my head a bunch. Plus, per Kendra (& because we're "one & the same"), her plays + my plays definitely make it the most played song this week! So, there you have it, Kenny D, it made it on my blog! {now, go get yourself a gmail account or something, so you can post a comment!}

As usual, my favorite part of the song is a quirky line: "These are just simple words of mine, & though most of what I feel is hard to rhyme, ain’t it good to know your boy gave it a try?" He also says super sweet things like, "It’d take a thousand colors just to paint your eyes" & "You move into a room like summer breeze at noon time. Baby, out of nine, I’d give you ten." Doesn't every girl want her man to say stuff like that?!

Well, our builder & his family are coming over for dinner, so I've gotta go clean the kitchen & stuff! I hope y'all have a super wonderful Valentine's Weekend! <3




Amy

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Cuts Like a Knife"

(by Bryan Adams) Bryan Adams - So Far so Good - Cuts Like a Knife




The other day, I mentioned a romantic-turned-fiasco moment, & that's the MIShap you get to read about today...

It was two weeks after our wedding. We had returned to work that week & were settling into our new life as husband and wife. I decided I was going to be a good little wife, and on our first Saturday morning after the honeymoon, I was going to surprise my mister with breakfast in bed.

While Chris lay sleeping, I went to the kitchen to start my breakfast preparations, still wearing my silky white nightgown (first mistake). I turned the coffee pot on, because I thought that was a nice gesture. We normally just drank coffee at school & work, but I thought he would like it at home, too. [It's funny how things change. Now, we drink coffee at home AND wherever else we're going later!] Then, I started making an omelet, complete with deli ham & cheese. I was doing well until I tried to open the can of biscuits...

Apparently, this particular can had just come off the truck & been stuck on the shelf the moment before I picked it up & put in my grocery basket, because it wasn't popping open like it was supposed to. I know that the instructions on the can say to use a spoon, if necessary, but I didn't want to take the time to get one out of the drawer (second mistake). So, logically, I picked up the steak knife I had used to cut the ham. I'm sure you see where this is headed...

I ended up stabbing myself right where my thumb joins the palm of my hand. It was bleeding like crazy all over the white nightie. I couldn't get it to stop, so I ran into the bedroom & hollered, "I'm bleeding! I'm bleeding!" He was thinking [he told me later], "So what?! You're always bleeding!" {As I told you in the series introduction: I'm a klutz!} When he woke up enough to realize that I sounded a little more panicked than usual, he got up & assisted me! He had me lay down on the couch with my hand above my heart. I thought he was being a little over dramatic, but it finally stopped the bleeding! He also finished making the breakfast that I had started for him!

I put a band-aid on my cut & went about my day; but a few hours later, my entire hand was throbbing. Just the slight touch of my middle finger brushing against the hem of my mister's shirt sleeve sent pain radiating up my arm! We went to help a friend's family move, and the only thing I could do was put cans in the pantry, one at a time, with my good hand! By that evening, my hand was so swollen that my wedding ring fit on my pinkie (normally 2 sizes smaller).

We decided to call our Best Man, who was in medical school. He was concerned because there was meat on the knife that I had used, so he said to watch for a red line going up my arm. That didn't happen, but I decided it was best to schedule an appointment with the doctor first thing on Monday morning. Turns out, I had cut a ligament in my thumb. I got a Tetanus shot & anti-inflammatory prescription. I still felt pain in my thumb several months later, long after the wound had healed on the outside!

And I have never attempted to make breakfast in bed for my mister again.



Amy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

“Happiness”

(by Goldfrapp) Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree - Happiness




Have you ever had one of those moments like Jim Carrey in “Yes Man” ~> where he is trying to get out of the bar where his ex-wife & boyfriend are, and he says he's “Gone-a-ria”? I've had many of those moments, but my most “famous” one happened way back in high school. We had this habit of adding “-ness” to the end of words. Like in today's song, the word “happy” would suffice, but they say “happiness” instead. Back in the day, if something was really sweet, we'd say, “Ah, sweetness!” If circumstances were a little crazy, we'd say, “Such craziness!” Instead of simply saying that a boy was cute, we would say that he was “cuteness”. & I don't know if you remember the days when a boy was fine [fine, as in the term we used for “hot” ~> not like, “How are you?” “I'm fine.”] Well, there was a special phrase reserved for my really fine neighbor. He was “bustin' out with the fineness”.

Ya...

Well, anyways, there was this guy I was crushing on. We'll call him K. K drove the same type of car as another guy in town. We'll call him C. My friend & I would be cruising through town on a Friday night & think we saw K's car coming toward us, so we'd honk. You probably know where I'm going with this ~ it would usually end up being C's. And we didn't even know him! We were sure that he thought one of us liked him. He actually started talking to us one day (after we had unintentionally waved at him as we were pulling into the same parking lot), & we didn't know how to tell him that we thought he was someone else. I mean, we were constantly honking at him in town, why would he believe that we weren't chasing after him?!

We decided we needed to figure out a way to tell the difference between the two cars. We found out where C lived, so we drove by one day & read his license plate. That would surely help us, because you can read a license plate from far away, of course! :P [ I probably shouldn't take this time to point out that we graduated 1st & 3rd in our class, huh?!] The next time we saw K's car, we looked at his license plate, too. Can you believe that they were incredibly similar?! The letters were the exact same: JJP. Only the numbers were slightly different.

So, we went over to K to tell him about how we kept embarrassing ourselves by honking at C, thinking he was K. We explained the process of scoping out the license plates. {He just had to know how brilliant we were!} And after telling him how similar the plates were to each other, I said, “Such JJP-ness!” As soon as I said it, I realized that there were a few things that you should NEVER say “-ness” after. I was absolutely mortified ! My friend actually walked away in laughter, leaving me to face K all by myself. After blurting out a male anatomy term! Fortunately for me, K knew me well enough to know that it was unintentional, & that I always said “-ness” at the end of everything. But, to this day, I sometimes get a little red-cheeked remembering my silliness!



Amy

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Purple Haze"

(by Jimi Hendrix) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced - Purple Haze



[Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape or form condoning the use of LSD (as it is associated with this song). Due to the nature of my new series, I chose this song for its commonly misheard lyric, "'Scuse me, while I kiss this guy."]

Now that I have THAT out of the way...

You've asked for it, & here it is! Awhile ago, I mentioned that I've been thinking about doing a new series. It all started when my friend Natalie wrote about a romantic-turned-fiasco moment on her blog, & I left a comment referring to a romantic-turned-fiasco moment of my own. She said she'd love to hear the story, and I thought, "Why not?!" I figure that if I can be completely transparent about everything else on this blog, then it's time that my bloggy friends come to know the real me! Thus begins what I'm calling my:


It will contain stories about:

MIShaps ~> I act rashly, though that's never my intention...I just do something before I think it through. Sometimes, it only leads to embarrassment, & other times it leads to pain. Most of these mishaps are due to impatience or the fact that I'm simply not paying attention to what I'm doing. My middle name is definitely not Grace. I run into things on a regular basis (mostly inanimate objects that have been in the same place for years, ie. cabinets & doors). I have this fear that one day someone will think I'm being abused, because of my bumps & bruises (especially when I can't even remember where the bruise came from). For the record, though, I'm just a klutz who is apparently out to embarrass (if not injure) myself.

MISspeaks ~> I speak before I think. WAY more often than I care to admit...You know that scripture about being slow to speak? I'm still working on that one, though I completely understand why it's important. I'll just think something & say it without pausing to think through how it may sound. I wouldn't say that I'm blunt. I don't speak my mind in that way. I just blurt things out that make sense in my head, and it usually comes out with a different meaning than I had intended. Sometimes, these misspeaks only serve to make me sound like an airhead, but other times have left me looking for holes to crawl into & die!

MISunderstandings ~> I hear things that just don't make sense. A LOT...In all honesty, the world is a much funnier place in my head than it is in reality! Sometimes the things I hear almost make sense, but not quite. So, there's a part of me that thinks maybe what I heard really is what the person intended to say. But, generally, what they continue to say doesn't add up; so I'll think through what I heard & try to put it all into context. Usually, I can figure out what they actually said, but there are times that I simply have to ask them to repeat themselves. So, if I look clueless while we're talking, it's probably because I misunderstood you & am trying to figure out what you actually said.

MISplacements ~> I put things in random places just about every day...The kids constantly tease me about this. In fact, it has become so commonplace that I don't actually remember many stories to tell. I don't think I've done this all my life, but who knows? I know that I'm a creature of habit, so I try to put things in the same place every time. But, lately that hasn't been the case. Occasionally, the misplaced items will end up in a logical place, and I certainly won't bore you with those stories! I'll try to only tell the more interesting ones.

I simply have mishaps, misspeaks, misunderstandings & misplacements almost daily. & for some strange reason, I've decided to share them with you. I don't know how often I'll post in this series, or how long it will last. I may tell you the few stories that come to mind right now & update you as I do silly things in the future. I don't know. I haven't got a whole lot to say these days, so I thought I could possibly entertain you somewhat with my "MIS-series" {ya, I know, I'm so creative that I couldn't even come up with a REAL name for the series!!} If you say it quickly, it sounds like "miseries" ~ which is just about right!



Amy

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"Stronger"

(by Seabird) Seabird - 'Til We See the Shore - Stronger





I hope nobody was too disappointed that I didn't post yesterday! I was scrapbooking all day & got home too late exhausted to do it! I ended up with somewhat of a "mini-retreat" for myself this weekend. My friend hosts a Friday night crop & a Monday crop once a month, so I went on Friday night & plan to go tomorrow. Plus, a new friend invited me to her house for a crop all day yesterday! I did 25 pages & hope for about 5 tomorrow. I'm well on my way to completing the goal I've set for myself! {Cody is officially 7 in his album now! I know. Sad, right?!} I'm going to Jana's parents for a scrapbook retreat soon, so that'll hopefully make a total of 75 pages for this month!! Dare I hope to actually be caught up in one of the albums then? We'll see...

My week was fairly uneventful, which is a good thing! It was just a typical SAHM (who doesn't actually stay at home too much) week. My baby boy randomly threw up in the middle of the night & stayed home from school one day. I felt real bad for him until he said that he didn't feel sick either before or afterwards! Then, I felt bad for myself, because I had to clean it up! Fortunately, it was only in the bathroom, but it was everywhere in the bathroom that it could possibly be! Since he didn't feel sick, he was just on his way to relieve himself & randomly upchucked before he got there! Weird, huh?!

Moving on to cleaner subjects...I did a little thrift store shopping this week. I didn't do as well as my bloggy friend Brooke, but I was happy enough with what I found! I needed some skinny jeans to wear with my boots, because I've been tucking boot cut jeans into them. & that's really not so cool. I found some American Eagle jeans (I pretty much only wear those & YMI ~ because I like how they fit & know what size to get without trying on the whole entire store). I also found a couple of shirts & a tank top, & I only spent $30. I've done better, but I can't complain.

Other than Bible study & my mister's follow up visit (no real change, but things look good), I didn't do too much else. Am I boring, or what?! I went to lunch with my friend Amy (Mission Burrito ~ yum!) & went to her house to watch silly tv shows. I also had coffee at a friend's house. Her son has outgrown his Tech Deck toys, so she sent them home with me for my kids. My living room is now a skate park:


As for today's song: it's Seabird. Need I say more? I love them. & I'm sad that I won't get to see them (& Switchfoot) when they're in town, because I'll be out of town. Bummer. {But I'll be scrapbooking, so at least it's a good sacrifice!} I hope y'all have a super great week! My new series is actually gonna start this week, I promise! So come back & see me! :)



Amy

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Who I Am"

(by Jessica Andrews) Jessica Andrews - Who I Am - Who I Am

Who I Am by Jessica Andrews on Grooveshark

When my husband redesigned my blog, I decided that the blogger profile didn't really fit the theme! So, as if there isn't already enough stuff about me on this blog, here's more!

I am an official mini-van driving soccer mom named Amy.


I've been married to my mister (Chris, aka Butch) for 13 years.


We have two beautiful kids ~ Elizabeth (aka Elly) is in 5th grade, & Cody is in 3rd grade.
{This picture was taken several years ago, but I love LOVE love it!}


I have a super cute, super crazy Shorkie named Pepper!


I love to sit in a rocking chair or porch swing with a hot cuppa tea.


I ♥ punk music.
{This pic was when Hawk Nelson performed at the Revolve Tour ~ I talked about it in this post.}


I love a bubble bath with a good book.


I also love scrapbooking!
{Here I am packing up my scrapbook supplies for a retreat!}


I am passionate about God and the teenage girls that He has called me to befriend.
{This is me with 2 of my girls who are now all grown up!}


I hate cancer, especially the kind that's in my husband's eye.
{For the complete story, click here or on the tab below my blog title}


I'm a pretty random person...if you'd like to read more random facts about me, go **here**.

I am also passionate about eating disorder recovery. You can read a brief synopsis of my story here. Or my entire story (along with some encouragement & hope) can be found here ~ but start at the bottom! {I don't think there's a way to reverse the order of posts! If you know of a way, please let me know!!}

If you didn't see the "through the years" tab below my blog title & would like to read our story, you can click here.



Amy

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"7 Things"

(by Miley Cyrus) Miley Cyrus - 7 Things - Single - 7 Things



I've been planning on doing an "About Me" post for the tab that my mister added when he redesigned my blog. As part of that, I thought I'd post the facebook "25 Things" note that went around awhile back. {Because it's fun, and it's time you get to know just how odd I really am. Plus, I like today's song. And though it really doesn't relate to the post, it has a number + the word "things" in it. So there. Justified.} Originally, I wrote this list about a year ago. I decided not to make a new list, because it's sorta neat to go back & see how/if things change. So, some things have changed, and I've updated those for you!

  1. I like routines & have a hard time being spontaneous.

  2. I think my husband is a WAY better person than I am. He knows who he is. He's real with everyone, and he doesn't put up a front. What you see is what you get. I would like to be more like him.

  3. I absolutely LOVE to sit down with a hot cuppa tea every afternoon after I pick the kids up from school.

  4. I type on my fingers. It could be everything that you say, or maybe just one word that you say that is fun to type. Typing words to songs on the radio can be quite the challenge. I try to keep up with the beat, but this is harder than it may seem.

  5. I love punk music.

  6. I think my kids are awesome. I know they aren't perfect, but I honestly think they are super, and I couldn't be more proud of them!

  7. I love to read books & am particularly obsessed with books by Karen Kingsbury. I'll pick one up & not want to put it down until I'm done. So, I've set rules for myself, so I can enjoy the book longer. One of them is that I'm not allowed to read during the day, unless I'm sitting in the carpool line. That way I may actually get stuff done around the house. [Now that the kids ride the bus home, I can't indulge in the carpool line anymore. It is taking me forever to read a book these days!]

  8. I joined FlyLady, because I needed motivation to get the housework done. BUT, I normally just read the emails each day & don't do the work, because I've convinced myself that I'm not as bad off as the people the emails are REALLY intended for!

  9. I enjoy reality TV shows like “The Bachelor”. I don't know why. I just do!

  10. I fix the mistakes that I make when I type on my fingers.

  11. I think I've deceived myself into thinking that my dog will actually be good one day. [I have now become somewhat addicted to "The Dog Whisperer". I've tried some stuff, & it actually works...]

  12. My favorite smell in the world is coffee beans.

  13. I'm trying to work up the nerve to get a tattoo. [Done! You can see it here ~ but start at the bottom if you want the whole story!]

  14. I love to sing & miss being on the worship team, but I have no desire to sing on the one at my church.

  15. Sometimes, I leave early for the carpool line just so I can read a book. [see note on #7]

  16. I love to scrapbook, especially with friends!

  17. I think I'm addicted to Etsy. I don't buy very often, but I LOOK a lot. I particularly love to look at bags & pottery (especially MudStuffing's shop—Chris says I have a crush on that guy). [& I finally got something of his! Remember this post?!

  18. I don't like being interrupted, but I've come to realize that I do it, too. And I hate that about me.

  19. I would like to be funny & say witty things, but I've realized that I'm just not that cool.

  20. I've recently become aware of the fact that I have this horrible habit of not really pursuing a friendship once I realize that I've allowed a friend to get to know the real me. I think it's my way of stepping out before the person realizes that they don't really like the person they have come to know. I'm sorry if I've done this to you. Please know that it wasn't intentional, & you didn't do anything wrong. I'm working on being a better friend. [I'm still working on this!]

  21. I hate cancer. [Still do. With a passion.]

  22. I'm afraid of the future, even though I know I'm not supposed to be. I know it's all in God's hands, but I'm still afraid.

  23. My favorite thing to do is take a really hot bath with a really good book.

  24. I love 80's music, especially 80's pop (all sung by bands that my husband tells me were gay).

  25. I love Sudoku, KenKen & Logic Grid puzzles. They make me happy :)