Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Won't Turn Back"

(by NEEDTOBREATHE) Needtobreathe - The Outsiders - Won't Turn Back





I love the sound of this song! My favorite line is, "So tell me why I should run for cover at the sound of the coming thunder?" The melody makes me happy, and the words are good, too. I love all of NTB's stuff! :)

This week hasn't really been too eventful. I'm sorry to bore y'all! I mostly did typical Mom stuff like laundry & grocery shopping! I had a little bit of fun, though! When I sang with Dad at my childhood church, I received a gift card to LifeWay that I spent on this cute clock:

Now, if only I could get the rest of my fireplace mantel decorated! All I have is this on the other end:

& absolutely nothing in niche in the middle! My mister has plans for it that involve iron work & stained glass (did I mention that he's wanting to learn that art?)... Maybe it'll be done in a few years!

Anyways, back to my week...My friend Laura came over for coffee & scones on Wednesday. Then on Thursday, I stayed at home with my baby girl (who had a stomach ache). On Friday, I went shopping with Amy & Kyla for goodie bags ~ for yet another ladies' retreat that I won't be able to attend! I don't mind, though, because I like the challenge of a limited budget & a bag to fill!

Elly & I went shopping this morning, so I could find a few things for my latest projects. I had this idea for a fabric-covered, framed board with fun knobs to hang my necklaces on. Because I'm cheap, though, the fun knobs have become somewhat ordinary knobs. Can you believe that a pretty knob can run $12 or more?! Oh well! I hope to work on it soon, and I'll be sure to post pictures! My other project is a fresh coat of paint on a new-to-me patio table set from my friend Amy. I was going to keep it the same shade of green that it was, with just a little freshening up. But, I happened to have some indoor/outdoor paint in an olive green, so that is what it will be. I've only just begun, though, so you'll have to wait for pictures of that, too!

This afternoon, I went to a baby shower for a first-time mom. It's so fun to look at the cute baby stuff! Then, this evening, we went to a housewarming for Bently's parents! Am I silly that I'm so proud of how well he's doing with his house training?! Dogs learn so quickly, and I'm amazed at how far he's come in such a short amount of time!

On to other random news: Coffee Crowd (the blog I "help" my mister with) hit 100 fans on facebook this week! My mister is all excited because we got a custom page name! If you like coffee (or you just want to be part of the "crowd"), you should join us! ;) I hope y'all are having a wonderful weekend!



Amy

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

"He Will State the Obvious (Captain Obvious Theme)"

(by Songs To Wear Pants To) Songs To Wear Pants To - Blue Pants - He Will State the Obvious (Captain Obvious Theme)


OK, this MISspeak is really just a silly case of stating the obvious, but I had to share...

For Thanksgiving, my family went to my brother's house. After dinner, we were carving up the turkey to send home with various family members. We took a little bit of the meat outside to feed to one of the cats. While he was feasting, one of their other cats came over and watched him (drooling a little bit & looking up at me with a very sad face, because he didn't have any turkey meat). Not wanting him to feel left out, I went in and got more turkey to feed the second cat. When I got back outside, he was patiently waiting for me to return with his meat.

When I stepped back inside the house, I said, "Cats are different from dogs!" The room got quiet, and everybody stared at me awkwardly. My dad said, "That's my girl!" {But what he probably meant by that was, "Thank you, Captain Obvious!"}

For the record, I am well aware (& always have been) that cats & dogs are quite different from each other. What I meant in this particular instance is that cats seem to be less territorial with their food, or at least my brother's cats are! I have seen dogs be quite aggressive when it comes to food & another dog, but these cats weren't that way at all! I just should have phrased my brilliant insight a little differently!

Have you ever stated something that was blatantly obvious?



Amy

Sunday, March 21, 2010

"Sometimes You Can Forget Who You Are"

(by FM Static) FM Static - Dear Diary - Sometimes You Can Forget Who You Are





Once again, I am a day late with my Saturday post. I hope to make up for that with a little thing I'd like to call Spring Break in pictures {& a few words}...

I sang with my dad at my childhood church


Pepper turned 3!


As mentioned previously, the kids & I went to Space Center Houston


We found a forever home for Dexter (who is now called Bently)


Elly & I batiked eggs


We entertained house guests for a few days


I donned my winter boots {for the first day of Spring?!}


We also hung out with my friend Amy & her son Alex one day, saw Diary of a Wimpy Kid another day, & I won't dare to mention all of the calories consumed {but feel free to ask me if I've attempted to burn any of them this week!}

As for the song, there's no particular reason that it was listened to the most, except for the fact that I love the entire album & hadn't listened to it in awhile! I love the honesty in this song. I love that he's getting away from who he used to be & closer to who God wants him to be. My favorite line is, "I'd like to make some sort of mark, so that the world knows I was here."



Amy

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Space Oddity"

(by David Bowie) David Bowie - Space Oddity - Space Oddity



It's Spring Break around here, so the kids & I met my brother and his family (& half of Houston) at the Space Center yesterday!


Everyone had a great time! (Though, maybe the kids would've enjoyed themselves more if we didn't keep making them pose in front of stuff!)


My friend Misty works for NASA & gave us a tour. We went where the tram tours go (the Space Shuttle Flight Control Room & the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility), plus the ISS Flight Control Room. It was really interesting to learn more about the day-to-day operations on the International Space Station & the roles of the flight controllers here on Earth. Here's our group at the Mockup Facility:


Our day at Johnson Space Center was out of this world!



Amy

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Head Over Heels"

(by The Go-Go's) The Go-Go's - Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's - Head Over Heels




I had to learn the hard way that being impulsive isn't always the best choice...

Back in my younger, more limber days, I loved to do cartwheels. If I saw a wide open space, I just couldn't resist! One such occurrence was on a summer afternoon when I was in high school. I walked into the fellowship hall of my church, and all of the accordion walls (that usually served as room dividers) were pushed back, leaving the entire room ready and waiting for a teenage girl to do a cartwheel. I simply couldn't help myself!

A couple of guys were sitting at the piano, and I said, "Hey y'all, watch this!" About halfway through my cartwheel, I realized that I was wearing the wrong outfit for such a thing. {Now, this was 1990, so please don't fault my style.} I had on a big t-shirt and neon biker shorts. Yes, you read that correctly. What on earth was I thinking?! Of course, when I was upside down, the shirt came up to my chin! Fortunately, I was wearing a bra, but still!!

I was so incredibly embarrassed, and those two boys never let me live it down! They started high school that year and teased me mercilessly in the hallways! They started out by saying, "Hey Amy, you wanna do a cartwheel for me?" Over time, they would simply smile, hold up two fingers (like a peace sign), then slowly wave until their fingers were upside down ~ mimicking my cartwheel! It sorta became our thing when we saw each other in the hallway. Like our secret wave or something!

How about YOU?! Any bra exposing moments??



Amy

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Ceremony"

(by New Order) New Order - Marie Antoinette (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Ceremony



No, I'm not advertising for AT&T...

We found a puppy yesterday!


He has a collar but no tags. I posted it on the neighborhood website, and they even sent out an email. Of course, the whole neighborhood isn't signed up to receive emails, so it's not a foolproof system. Nobody has called yet, and there aren't any signs about a missing puppy. We're calling him Dexter, and I keep telling the kids not to get attached!



He's a little cutie, but I have a feeling he's going to be a BIG cutie before too long! He slept with Cody last night & didn't cry at all. Cody said he woke up this morning to his toes being nibbled!


At first, Pepper wasn't too keen on the idea of having another dog in the house. I think she's getting used to him, though.


As for accidents, he didn't have any last night, so I thought he might be house-trained. Today has been a completely different story, though! Fortunately, he has only had two accidents on the carpet so far; but he has marked the tile MANY times! I'm trying to keep him confined, but the kids keep letting him out & not paying attention to where he's going. The joys of puppyhood...



Amy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Unstoppable"

(by Rascal Flatts) Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable - Unstoppable



We went to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with Cassie & Tucker tonight!


We got to see the bull that escaped the night of the Jonas Brothers concert:


One of several events that we watched was barrel racing:


It happened to be Salute to Our Troops Day, & I think my favorite part was when paratroopers rappelled from the roof of Reliant Stadium with a giant United States flag!


I thought Rascal Flatts performed a great concert!




& of course, what would this post be without a picture of my cute kids?!





Amy

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Forgiven and Loved"

(by Jimmy Needham) Jimmy Needham - Not Without Love - Forgiven and Loved





Today's song was listened to the most ~ after I excluded all of the kids' Radio Disney songs! I really like Jimmy Needham, and this song has such a great message! Don't you think?!

I realized that with my MIS-series & Beautiful/NEDA week, I feel like I haven't really mentioned anything going on in my life presently! So, I thought I'd take some time today to give a little update on things...

I realize this isn't really recent, but we had our good friends Jeremiah & Jessica over for the Super Bowl. I took some cute pictures of their kids {of course, their kids are too cute, so it's pretty much impossible to take a non-cute picture of them!}





I mentioned before that I went on a scrapbook retreat! It was really super, as usual! Not only we do get a lot of scrapbooking done, but we get totally spoiled while we're there. Jana's parents welcome us into their home, just like we're their own daughters. They cook wonderful food for us, so I usually gain some weight while I'm there! I also get very little sleep, because we completely lose track of time! [On Friday night, we thought it was about midnight, when it was actually closer to 3:00 am!] My total count for the weekend:
  • Pages completed: 45
  • Hours slept: 7
  • Pounds gained: 2

Last weekend, my step-dad threw a 50's party at Cheeburger Cheeburger to celebrate my Mom's 60th birthday! Most of Mom & G's kids made it ~ which makes for a pretty big party! Mom has two kids, and G has seven. After adding in the spouses, kids, & a couple of other guests, I think G said there were 31 people there!


Pepper got kicked out of the groomer's this week! OK, well maybe "kicked out" is a little strong, but that's how it felt! This was only her second time at the new place near our house. The first time, she only got upset with them when they trimmed her tail area. This time, she resisted being taken back with the groomer, who then tried to pick her up! After Pepper tried to bite her, the groomer kept reaching for her (which only caused Pepper to continue to try to bite). Then, she was handed her over to another groomer that was able to stroke Pepper's back a little, but then Pepper got annoyed & tried to bite her, too! If the first lady had never tried to pick her up, I really think she would have been fine. I told them that she has never been that way at the groomer, & they suggested that I take her back to the old location! Apparently some dogs just like what they are familiar with. So, I scheduled her for an appointment at her old place, & she did fine. That groomer seemed to understand dogs a little better. She waited to take Pepper back until I was gone & Pepper couldn't see me anymore. I thought that was a brilliant idea! Here's my puppy with her new hair cut:


As for my mister, he is still unable to see well out of the affected eye. He only has some peripheral vision, but can't see what he is looking at directly. He had another eye appointment on Wednesday. Dr C (the retina specialist/vitrectomy surgeon) sent him for a couple of sets of pictures (with & without dye) and detected a white spot in the center of his field of vision. As I explained before, the white spots indicate lack of circulation; and if he is unable to regain circulation, he will not regain vision in those areas. Dr C told him about a couple of options & the side effects of both. He opted for the steroid shot, with the risk of glaucoma & cataracts. Now that he has a triple threat for cataracts (radiation, virectomy & steroids), I figure we'll be dealing with that sooner rather than later. Dr C said that within a few weeks Chris should be able to tell whether he will regain his vision. His eye looks as bad as it did after surgery, but he isn't in any pain.


Amy

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

"Rodeo Songs"

(by Young Lords) Young Lords - Rodeo Songs - Rodeo Songs


I remembered this incident recently, and I felt it was worthy to be told. It is a story of MISunderstanding in the truest sense of the word....

Several years ago, my family was on the hunt for the best ice cream in the area. We heard rave reviews about a particular ice cream parlor, so I had high hopes! We drove all the way into Houston & arrived quite excited to try this place that was considered “better than the BEST.” As I was looking at the flavors, I saw one that said “Guinness” & asked the ice cream scooper what it tasted like.

She replied, “It's stout.”

I wasn't sure what kind of answer that was and looked at Chris questioningly. He simply looked at me with an odd expression on his face, so I figured he didn't know what she meant either. I asked for a sample & {with bitter beer face, I'm sure}, said, “Ewwww! It tastes like beer!”

Chris responded with, “Well, she said it was stout!”

Now, just to clarify a little bit: when I hear the word “Guinness”, I think “World Records”. And when I hear the word "stout", I think of a little teapot ("...short & stout...") I never acquired a taste for alcohol. Especially beer. My mom's boyfriend gave me a sip of his beer when I was in middle school, & I was so disgusted that I was never tempted to imbibe. Now, don't get me wrong, I love me a slice of beer bread or a big ol' greasy plate of beer batter onion rings. But I would never choose to drink a can of beer or taste it in ice cream! I truly thought this ice cream had won some type of record!! So, imagine my surprise!! Needless to say, after my little sample, I opted for a scoop of plain old chocolate!

This picture was taken that day:

{Yes, my kids are wearing "Butch" shirts. They love their dad!}

By the way ~ I'm sorry to let you down, if you thought this post had something to do with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo currently happening in my part of the world! I used this particular song today because it was in the Guinness commercial below:




Amy