Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Since the house is older, the windows are drafty. So, to fix it I got this plastic stuff. IT has a sticky strip that you stick to the window frame and then this plastic stuff that goes on top. So then you take the hairdryer (yes!!) and the plastic stuff shrink-wraps, so you have a nice, tight seal. SO I was working away last night and all of a sudden the hairdryer stopped working and the light went out. Yeah. I blew a fuse. Nice! But no worries....I fixed it and got the windows sealed. My bedroom isn't drafty anymore, and the living room is much cozier, too. Yay!!!
In other news, I'm still having fights with the fireplace. I'm still not very good at starting fires, but I'm getting better at it. The one I started this morning was much faster than some of the other ones I've done. Yay!!! But that firewood....it goes much faster than I was hoping. Plus, I loose a lot of heat up the chimney. ...it's better than not having any heat, though.
And speaking of which, I finally got the guaranteer form for the gas in the mail today....so now the people just have to mail it in and then I'll get gas. Yay!!! Who knew I'd be so happy to have gas???
I also got a couple of boxes this week. My friend Silvia made me a BEAUTIFUL picture to go on my wall. You can check out her blog, and the pics, HERE. And my friend Kathy sent a HUGE box of Christmas decorations....all kinds of stuff. I put some of it on the tree an I acutally made a wreath with some of it....turned out really pretty!!
As soon as I find my batteries, I am going to take some pictures to put up. Maybe I will work on that tonight.
Friday, December 19, 2008
But in other news, the house is coming together quite nicely. We put up the Christmas tree this week, and it's really pretty. My bedroom still looks like the moving truck threw up in there, but I plan to rectify that this weekend. :o)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
When the previous tenants moved out, they didn't really clean anything. And the landlord didn't really have a chance to do any cleaning yet....so it's up to me. I'm ok with that, though, because he's not making me pay the deposit. So, Thursday night I went in and cleaned the carpets. Friday, Elena (my roomie for about 6 months or so) and I moved our stuff in and slept there. Now there was a small-ish problem with this. There was a bathroom adventure. Yeah -- the toilet wouldn't flush right. I have a plunger, but it was in storage at the moment. So I made an emergency trip to Wal-Mart and got one. Fortunately, now the toilet works. The gas heat hasn't been turned on yet.....so there was no heat in the house. There is a fireplace, but we didn't have any wood yet. Elena had a space heater, so she was fine. Melinda was NOT fine. Melinda was freeeeezing cold! Yeah. I had on two pairs of flannel pants, a flannel shirt, hoodie (I slept with the hood up b/c you know heat escapes mostly through your head), four fleece blankets, flannel sheets, big fuzzy socks, my comfortor and I put a heating pad at my feet. And I put the covers over my head. Brrrr.....It was ccc-oooo-llll-ddd in my room that night!! What an adventure!! But I survived.
Saturday morning, my church people helped me get stuff moved in. I bribed them with donuts. LOL There were about 5 guys -- and all comedians. We were packing the stuff up and Stacey (he's the main dude at my church) was like "ok this truck is full. Let's fill the empty spaces up with incidentals." I was like "Seriously none of these things are INCIDENTAL. I need them all to live. I love my stuff. I even visited them a couple of times (note: my junk was living in the basement of some people from church's house) ." So then Stacey said "Let's fill up these holes with some of the valuable things Melinda has". It was realy quite amusing. Anyways, the comedians got my stuff loaded up in the trucks and we carovaned it over to the new place and unloaded everything. Then, they were rewarded with the afore-mentioned donut bribe. Unfortuantely, all of my furniture wouldn't fit in the living room. I was going to put the table in the kitchen, but it's too big....and Elena and I wanted the table in the living room anyways, since the kitchen is kinda small-ish with the table there too. So I made an executive decision and had the guys haul one of the couches (I had two...both hand-me-downs, but one was pretty delapidated) out to the road so someone could come and take it away.
So, I spent all of Saturday morning and most of the afternoon (until about 4pm or so) cleaning the kitchen and bathroom and generally trying to get things arranged. SO I had a CD playing and all of a sudden I hear this noise. And I looked out the back door and Andrew (someone from church, who sells firewood) and his brother (who I don't remember the name of, but it might be Peter or something) were there with --you guessed it-- my firewood. Yesss!! So they dumped it all of and I started my very-first-ever fire in my fireplace. That was kinda fun. And if you were wondering, I am loving the fireplace so far. I took a lunch break about 1pm and went to Sonic (yessss!!). While I was there, Will and Sara (a couple from church, and they have THE CUTEST little boy who is about 10 months old, Liam) called me and asked if they could come help. So they got there maybe around 3 or so. Will and I stacked the firewood on the porch and Sara washed some pots and pans that had been packed up.
Elena got home around 4:30 or so and we went out on a shopping excursion. First, we stopped at the Parsons and picked up the Christmas tree we are borrowing from them, and a few things that I had to leave there overnight. Then we went to Aldi, Sam's Club, the Dollar Store, Target and Wal-Mart. Holy Shopping Trip, Batman!! -- we had the car PACKED FULL of stuff! When I brought the groceries in (yeah it was close to 10 before we got home!!) the stuff almost covered the kitchen floor. I took pictures. I got some Christmas decorations at Target, and they are sooo pretty!! My colors are silver, bronze, green, red, fuschia (kind of), and turquoise/teal. The garland is white and I got white twinkle lights. And there is tinsle, of course. OH- and we got stockings for our fireplace. They are red with some embossed Christmas trees and fuzzy white tops with silver cording on it. Very pretty, and hey -- they were only $1 each!! SO we got everything unpacked and the groceries put away and went to bed. Saturday was a long, busy day!!!
Sunday morning was an adventure. There are people who live in the basement apartment, and one of them took a REEEEALY LONG shower. Elena didn't have any hot water for her shower. And when she got done, the bathtub wouldn't drain. Eeek! I tried plunging it, but to no avail. Hmm...maybe I should have tried the OTHER plunger. LOL Anyways, I was kickin' it old style and took a bird bath and washed my hair in the sink. Fun stuff. After lunch (I went with everyone to BJU and had yummy Sunday chicken!!) I went home and vacuumed. Talked to the landlord - he ended up coming over and trying a pipe snake, but the bathtub still won't drain. So he said we can shower at his house (he lives right up the hill...takes about 1 minute to get there). After night church, I went home and got my stuff out of the front porch. I was gonna leave it there because I didn't want a big mess in the house, but I think it's supposed to rain today. The porch is screened in and there is a big overhang on it, but still..... Anyways, that is why my bedroom looks like a moving truck threw up in it, but it was actually the front porch and not a truck that threw up in my bedrom. LOL
When Elena got home, she brought Gregory (her man-friend) with her and they invited Greg (a friend of theirs whom I had never met before) too. I made a yummy salad and some crescent rolls for supper. Elena and I got a spring green salad mix at Sam's Club. I put chicken, mandrin oranges, Feta cheese, and pecans with it. Tastyfull!! The guys helped us put up the Christmas tree, but it was late when we got done with that so it didn't get decorated last night....but soon...probably tonight we will do it. Yay!!!
And so this morning, I got up and went to the landlord's house to shower. LOL -- kinda funny. Hopefully the plumber will come today. I made eggs in a basket for breakfast, since I got up INSANELY early -- I wasn't sure how long it would take me to go "next door" and shower.
SO there you have it. I'm at work now....I had to come to WORK to get some rest. But I still have about a million things to do at home. Oh well....c'est la vie.......
Thursday, December 11, 2008
And then there's the hair. If you have curly hair it needs to be straightened. If you have strait hair you get a perm. And no one should EVER have hairy legs. And who invented pantyhose anyways? Personally, I think all of these things were concocted by men. And they complain about ties. SHEESH!!
But then I was also thinking (yes I was a busy girl this morning....I got up earlier than normal) that our beauty rituals are much better than some others. I'm glad, for example, that I'm not Japanese and have to bind my feet so the bones break and I can't walk. Or there's that South Asian tribe where the women put rings around their necks and can't support their heads b/c they have no bone structure. I think the worst one I've seen is this remote African tribe that puts facial tattoos on their women. Yeah...they take a thorn or needle or something and stab their faces over and over and create these TOTALLY elaborate patterns. And they repeat it every day for like a week or something. With no type of pain relievers or anything. The article I saw on it said that it is excruciatingly painful and life-threatening.
So after all that, I guess waxing eyebrows isn't so bad. Can someone please pass the tweezers? I missed a spot!!
He sent me this e-mail, and I think it's worth passing along. Some of it is realy cute.
What Love means to a 4-8 year old....
'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'
Rebecca- age 8
'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4
'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5
'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6
'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'
Terri - age 4
'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 7
'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'
Emily - age 8
'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)
'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'
Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle - age 7
'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'
Tommy - age 6
'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'
Cindy - age 8
'My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6
'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.'
Chris - age 7
'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'
Mary Ann - age 4
'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'
Lauren - age 4
'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)
Karen - age 7
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.'
Mark - age 6
'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'
Jessica - age 8
And the final one the winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry'
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
**Update....some friends are helping me out by linking my account with theirs, so I don't have to pay anything to get it turnd on. Yay!!
So there you have it. I'm happy to have a place to live. I'm excited about some of the stuff, and not so excited about some, but overall I think it'll be a good deal. And the rent reasonable. Mostly, I am thankful that the Lord provided me a place to stay. I knew that He would and He did. Yay!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
SO I called him and left a message that said that's not acceptable. Either they need to be out so I can move in by Friday or else he can put me up in a motel room until the apartment is ready.
But here's the deal -- I was supposed to move into the apartment on October 1. It's been first one thing and then another with the people who are living there now....and NOW THIS!! The landlord assured me that I would be in the apartment by the 15th. And there was a small miscommunication with the people I'm staying with now. They thought I said that I need to be out by the 12th, but I told them the 15th (that's payday....can't move without money, right?).
Something will work out....it always does, but I appreciate your prayers that I have wisdom to know what that something is. Ugh!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sweet Potatoe Casserole
Ho Ho Cake
Two Pie Crusts
Pat peeled the apples.
Yeah. And washed the dishes like 5 times!!! All between about 8:15 and 10:00. I was a busy girl!!!
OH...and in other news -- I was really sick this fall and in the ER 4 times overnight in the hospital one night. After a 40% discount they gave me, I still owed the hospital $13,000. I found out today that they wrote off my entire bill. What a blessing!!!
I'll start with John, since he is my best guy friend here. (No, I'm not interested in dating John. Yes, I used to think I was....back in the summer. But I'm not now. For the record.)
John is from New Hampshire. He graduated from BJU in 2004 (pretty sure....the same year Mark did) with a degree in Interpretative Speech. Let me tell you, he is VERY GOOD at all things speechy. He can hear a comedy skit and repeat it almost word-for-word, and usually funnier. LOL John eat, sleeps and breathes football.....even on the off season he's keeping up with stats and watching past games. He makes the Packers fans look like wimps. LOL
Pretty much, John has been like my brother, especially during the past month or so. The day after Josh and I broke up, John and I went to lunch. Oh -- we work together and used to have the same schedule (until about two weeks ago) so on payday, we used to go to lunch....fun-ness! So I was trying HARD not to cry, and John was TOTALLY sweet and let me hold his arm on the way back from lunch. It was really nice!! Saturday night when I had to leave my car in the WM parking lot, he came and rescued me (this is probably the third time he has rescued me......once or twice when my battery died, too) Then, when I was all upset that night (we were at Ben and Tiff's watching a movie) he gave me a hug and said it was going to be ok and stuff like that. And on Monday when I went to take my car to the shop, John came and picked me up. After the car got all fixed again, he was like "See. You wasted a perfectly good emotional break-down for nothing." LOL Anyways, the past few weeks have been pretty traumatic, with the move and the break-up and all that. John has just really been a great friend....always there when I needed him, and willing to listen to me whine about my life. Last night, he told me that he's always there to talk, and one of his shoulders is mostly dry if I needed to cry on it. LOL What a great guy!!! And ladies, he's single...LMK if you want his number. LOL
Maybe next time I will blog about Tiffany. She's like my sister.....everyone loves Tiff. And we cook together and stuff.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So anyways, I'm just working on getting packed up and cleaned up a little at a time. I'm hoping to get Friday off work, but we'll have to see what happens with that one. It's up in the air right now.
I will be realy glad to get into my new place. I went and looked at it again yesterday. It will be SO NICE to have a diswasher and washer/dryer there (as soon as I buy a set....) too. Plus I'm gonna have a roommie for a while...maybe until June or so, and I'm looking forward to that, too. Well, mostly looking forward. I really prefer to live alone, but my friend Elena was looking for a place....and she was kind of in the same situation I was when I moved here.....so I offered. It will be nice to have some help with the bills. Plus that way, I can get some bedroom furniture and better living room furniture. And I can pay off the doctor bills from when I was sick a few months ago. Ugh!! I'm looking at about $1500 worth. Crazyness. I was sick in September and my insurance started in October. C'est la vie, I guess.....
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The guest artists were The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. I have to tell you, they did a FABULOUS JOB!!! The choreograph was great, and some of the things they did was soooo funny!! My favorite in the second half. The pirates were singing and they ended up all doing a kick line. Then, for the last chorus of the song, they got some glittery top hats and added that to the act. And the Major General came out at one point with a night cap, nightgown, and doggie slippers on his feet. That was too funny, also!! There are some great pictures ((here)) if you want to see them.
And in other news, I went to WM and got some really pretty yarn for the next two babies coming to our family. The yarn for Molly is white with blue and sea foam green and ballet blue (for those stampers reading this....for anyone else, kind of a medium shade of blue). I've started on that one, and it's trurning out realy pretty. The yarn for Baby McMillen (or Bobby Jo as he/she is being called right now) is light green with some blue flecks. It's a realy soft, fuzzy kind of bulky yarn. I can't wait to work with it.
Anyways, I'm gonna go work on my baby blanket. Have a happy day!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Today was equally nice. Tiffany and I went to Gaffney, SC, and went to the outlet mall. I have been needing some new fall-ish shirts and pants. I got three really cute shirts, but unfortunately the pants I found just didn't fit right. But, I got some really good deals so it's all good. Tiffany and I actually got shirts alike. But don't worry, we're not going to probably wear them on the same day. LOL Oh -- we also went to Aldi. Holy sticker shock, Batman!! I spent $103!!! BUT It's been a while since I've really had my kitchen stocked the way it should be. Plus, I was getting some stuff for Thanksgiving dinner, like pecans and such-like that are a little on the pricey side. UGH!! Money has been a little tight, but things are starting to get better. Mostly, I've been subsisting on cheap food...which isn't always good-for-you-food.
Anyways, I really like hanging out with Tiffany....it's like having a sister here.
Oh -- and while I was at the mall, I got a text from Mark. It's a picture of Krystina wearing a shirt that says "bun in the oven". LOL Yeah -- Mark and Krystina are going to have a baby!! She is due around July 13 or so. Yay for another niece/nephew. I really love being an Aunt. I am so excited about this!! It made me cry. Mark said that I shouldn't cry, but I assured him that it was ok to cry because I was so happy.
I got some other good news today, too. Things with my apartment situation are a little precarious. I have to be out of my current place by December 1 but I found out today that I may not be able to get into my new place by then. So, I was talking to Mrs. Parsons (a good family friend who has known me since I was like 2 -- she's like my mom here) and she said that I could stay with them if I needed to. And some people in my church have already offered to let me keep my stuff in their basement, so I'm all set for a place to go if I need it. AND I'm not sure if I will be able to go home for Christmas. I'm not sure about the money thing, and I don't even know if I'll be able to get the time off work. But Mrs. Parsons said I am welcome to come to their house for Christmas. So I really am all set for stuff like that. YAY!!!
Well, Tiffany and Ben and I are watching The Wizard of Oz, so I'm off. Have a good night!!
Monday, November 10, 2008
1. My brother, David, will always stick up for me.
2. Tiffany is willing to put up with my always-over-the-top over-reacting to things (e.i. - no one will ever love me again...what's wrong with me that no one wants me....yadda yadda yada.....booo hoo and blubber). It's as good as having my sister here.
3. Mom is usually almost always 99.9% of the time right (Now this I already knew....I was just reminded).
4. Doing the right thing isn't always easy, but we just need to do it anyways. God promised us that He will carry us through the difficult times. Like my favorite song "He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, and covers me where with His hand."
5. I have the mostest awesomest group of family/friends that anyone could ever have. Thanks for putting up with me, y'all!!
6. Going to chapel really isn't that bad after all. LOL Funny....it took me almost 8 years to learn that lesson. Oh - and when I went to chapel, Bob III preached. He is one of my favorite preachers. Lucky me!!
Oh...and yes, I'm doing ok. I've been keeping busy with my friends. I made yummy veggie soup for supper on Sunday night. The only real tragedy is that my toe hurts. Yeah, so Tiff and I were on campus Saturday for lunch. We stopped by the music library and my foot was hurting, so i took off my shoe and looked. Low and behold, I am missing a whole layer of skin on my baby toe. OUCHIE-WOW-WOW!! I taped it back in place (no Band-Aides at the music library) and then Ben rescued me when we got back to his work (Bellis Copy Center). The toe still hurts, but we are recovering...although at one point, I thought we might have to amputate. I'm glad we didn't though. I'm powerful attached to that toe!!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
On the up side, I went to see Tiffany at work yesterday. She works at the Child Development Center at BJU. She has THE CUTEST class of two year olds!! They were about to go for a nature walk yesterday, so I joined them. Kid therapy is just as good as fur therapy if you know what I mean.
Other than that, I've just been trying to keep busy, and my friends have been helping me. Tiff is teaching me how to make jewelry. it's really fun. So far, I've made two necklaces. I will take pictures soon and show them to you. I want to try earrings next.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
In other news I (in case you haven't heard it through the grapevine or other places) Josh and I broke up on Thursday night. It was a really hard thing to do, but it had to be done. We have been talking a lot about where to go to church and what kind of church we should go to. Unfortunately, we just couldn't come to an agreement. So, we decided it's best if we not date anymore. The past three days have been really hard, but I know that the Lord will honor our decision.
I appreciate your prayers during the next couple of weeks. It's going to be really hard, but God is good. He will help me.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It was so great to see my family again. I really miss them so much. AND Cynthia is soooo cute!!! She is getting to be SUCH a big girl now.
Cynthia got lots of presents, and she enjoyed eating her birthday cake, too. See??
My Great Aunt Ava came to the party, too. Here is a picture with four generations of our family. Pretty neat, huh?
On Saturday night, my neighbor Tiffany's family came over and had dinner with us. It was really fun to see them again (I met them in July). I think my family liked them, too, and Paul (Tiff's brother) just fell in love with Cynthia.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
I'll be gone October 10 -12 (Friday through Sunday). I won't be going all the way to Wisconsin, but I will be in the Chicago area, where Josh and Shannon live. OH yeah -- and it's Cynthia's one year old birthday party then. That's why I'm going. And let me tell you -- I can't wait to see my family again!! I miss them so much!! I'm hoping that my Josh will be able to go, too, but I'm not sure we can afford the ticket for him.
OH -- and speaking of my sister, she is going to have another baby. Woot-dee-woot!! Here's her blog post if you want to check it out -----> Smithling #2
And so I'm off to work....picking up a couple hours of OT today. Not looking forward to the long day, but I can really use the extra money BIG TIME!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Thanks in advance!!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Well, something pretty amazing happened tonight. Someone did something unexpected for me, and it was a huge reminder of how the Lord will supply our needs. And not only will He give us what we ask for, He usually gives us much more. And a lot of times, it is from an unlikely source.
Oh -- and to the two of you who met my need in such an extraordinary way (and over and above what I asked) , thank you so much. I love you both.
Other than that, there isn't a lot going on. I was supposed to be moving into my new apartment on October 1, but it has been bumped back now to November 1. I guess the people who are living there now are building a house and things were delayed significantly.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
In other news, I had a whim to make cheesecake brownies today....Thursday is also my baking day if I want to bake something. Well, I had a hard time coming up with a recipe that didn't use a brownie mix or a cake mix, but I finally found something I was able to improvise on, and let me tell you -- they turned out SOOOO yummy!! I just posted the recipe on my recipe blog. You definately have to try them!!
Josh -- if you are reading this....I LOVE YOU!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
And do you know what else? When he kisses me, the room starts spinning. I thought that was something that only happened in books or movies or poems....but no. It really does. And it doesn't even have to be the mushy mush kind of kissing. Just a regular ole peck-on-the-lips kinda kiss will do the trick. SIGH!! I do love that man to distraction.
(ok....you can stop gagging now....I'm done)
In other news, I am really REALLY excited about moving in to my new apartment. BUT I am looking for a few things. If anyone knows where I can find these for REALLY cheap, please LMK, ok??? They are technically things that I can do without for a while, so I'm not too concerned about it.....but you never know who knows someone who knows someone who's inlaws are having a yardsale. LOL
Anyways, here's the list:
- Washer and Dryer
- Kitchen Table and Chairs (oblong NOT round....I hate round tables.....)
- 2-3 End Tables
- 1-2 Floor lamps (for the living room)
- Couch and chair (preferrably some that match)
- Microwave Cart
Sunday, August 24, 2008
See? What a great guy!!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
So to tell you a little about the place -- it's 1101 square feet. As you walk into the place, the stairs are right in front, and the living room is off to the left. It is really HUGE, probably about twice the size as the one I have now. There is a little closet underneath the stairs. You walk through the living room to get to the kitchen and dining room. It's all an open space, and a little bigger than the living room -- probably two times the space I have now for cooking and entertaining. The dining room and washer/dryer closet are on the left and the kitchen downstairs/half bath are on the right. There is lots of counter space and an extra pantry.
When you go upstairs, there is a fairly big landing where you could put a computer desk or little end table thing. The bathroom is straight ahead, and the bedrooms are on the left. Both bedrooms are HUGE, but one is a little bigger than the other. There is a full wall of closets in both of the bedrooms, as well as a linen closet upstairs. The bathroom is a little on the small size, but still bigger than the one I have now.
Oh -- and one of the things that really made me fal in love with the apartment is the living room walls. They are paneling, but not the dark kind -- it is a really light off-white kind of color. It's kind of like the nursery at Park City, if you remember that.
So there you have it. When I get moved, I hope lots of people will come to see my new place. Josh and I really like it -- it will be a great place for me to live until the big day. :o)
Have a happy weekend!!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
We also went to the nursing home to see Josh's grandpa. They call him Poppa. He seemed like a really nice man, too.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Well, here are some pictures that Dad took. I hope you enjoy them.....
Today, Mom, Cynthia, Marilyn and I went to the Potomac Mills Mall. That was fun, too. We met my friend Silvia and her kids David, Mela and Bella there. So we did lots of shopping and had lunch together and did more shopping. I got some really cute stuff for Cynthia. There is a onesie that says "I love my Auntie"....I've been looking for something like that for her since before she was born....they are hard to come by, and I would have settled for even a bib. I also got two shirts and a pair of capris at Lane Bryant...love that store!!
Then, Mom and Dad and I left and drove down to Hampton. Here I sit now at Mark and Krystina's. That's the end of my day.
Well anwyays, it's late and I need to get going here....my poor little brain is fried. I stayed up way too late talking on the phone last night. LOL!!!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tonight, John and I to see Wall-E and then the fireworks.
Well, I'm off to pack for my vacation. Ciao!!!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
And here are some pictures of her:
Thursday, June 26, 2008
SO my walls have been nekked since I've moved here, and my friends have been "complaining" about it. So tonight, Tiffany and I were at Old Time Pottery and I decided to see if I could find anything. I ended up getting a really cool mirror thing and another wall sconce. They are sooo awesome!! I still need more stuff, but these are definately a good start!
ALSO I made an afghan for my friend - and adopted sister - for her college graduation. It's really cool.
Here are some pictures.....
Monday, June 9, 2008
On Thursday, I had a huge tailgate party to kick off the first game of the playoffs. It was SWEET!!! I grilled chicken and burgers and hotdogs. Tiffany made pasta salad, too. There were a whole bunch of people there, and we had such a good time!! One of my co-workers, Alan, and his wife, Michelle, came and brought their two little boys...but I can't remember their names right now for some reason, but they were SOOOO cute!!!
So what else has been going on? Well I've been keeping pretty busy. John and Ben and Tiffany and I hang out a lot. We went to see Iron Man a couple of weeks ago, and that was really fun.
Work is going ok. It's not the best job in the world, but it's better than not having a job at all, and besides that it's where the Lord wants me to be right now....so I'm working on contentment.
Well, it's time for me to get to work. Have a great day. I'll try and to better about getting things updated here.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
So...I thought I'd just recap what's been going on....
September/October - Move to Virginia
October - Cynthia was born;
November - Thanksgiving...time at Marilyn and Karl's and time with Krystina's Family
December - Job layoff; Dad's Heart Attack; Mark and Krystina's wedding; Dad's Heart Surgery
January - Dad's recovery; Return to VA and move to SC
February - Settling into SC, job hunt; Joined Morningside Baptist Church...love it!!
March - Stephanie and Hugh's wedding; GOT A JOB!!!
April - Nothing yet....it's only April 1 right now :o)
Wow -- that's a pretty full six months(ish), huh??
It's been neat to see how the Lord has worked things out for me. Things were so tough for a while, when I was in Virginia. The Lord taught me SOOO much about depending on Him and trusting Him to meet my needs...emotionally and spiritually, mostly.
Jer. 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." As I was looking up this verse online to get the exact verbiage, I came across a devotional that was talking about the context of this verse, and how it's in the middle of the Lord proclaiming judgement. It is SOO comforting to know that we serve a loving Heavenly Father who knows exactly what He wants for us and how to go about accomplishing His perfect will for our lives, even though it's hard and it hurts sometimes. I think that is what the Lord has really been teaching me the past six months or so. Growing pains are a "necessary evil" so to speak. When the Lord stretches our faith, it hurts. BUT we know that He is always there for us, and we know that we can trust Him...even though what is happening doesn't make any sense to us whatsoever.
I am REALLY loving it here in Greenville....I've actually been wanting to move back here since I graduated college. Church is going really well, and I've made some GREAT new friends!! Ben and Tiffany are my neighbors, and then there is their friend John and his brother Pat and another guy named Jeremy. The group of us have started having Sunday dinners together....it's a blast!! That is one thing that I have missed. Sunday dinners are a big part of family life at home. It's so nice to have such fun neighbors!
My apartment is still really great....I'm getting even more settled in here. I'm definitely putting down roots, and I'm not planning to move any time soon.
Well...that's about it for the update. My brain is pretty fried....it's bedtime. Ya'll have a great night!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I haven't gotten home until really late every night. Well, not EVERY. I got home on Monday and tonight about 9:00pm, and I got home around 7:30 on Tuesday. It's Bible Conference week at BJU, so I was hoping to be able to get to more of the services, but so far I've only been able to make it to Monday's. I'm planning to go tomorrow night, though. It's the Alumni Association annual meeting and reception.
ANYWAYS....the bus kids TOTALLY wore me out, so I'm exhausted...pretty sure it's bedtime. Thanks for all your prayer and support. I appreciate it!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
I also had a Stampin' Up! workshop last night. It went really well, and even though there were only 3 guests, the hostess got some nice stuff. Here are the projects we made:
This is just a cute little spiral notebook....the kind you get at Wal-Mart 4/$1, but they are so fun to alter, and I really love the way it turned out!!
The best way to make these is to unwind the spiral and take the notebook apart. Then, after you finish your design, use a small circle punch (we used 1/8") to punch the holese for the spiral to go back in and re-wind the spiral.
Stamps - A Beautiful Thing
Cardstock - Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink - Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Groovy Guava Double-Stitched Ribbon, Brads
Punches - Circle Scallop, 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 Circle, Round Tab
The other project we made is this card. Isn't it fun?? I fell in love with this stamp set when the new catty came out, so I'm really happy to have it now. ACTUALLY, I traded for this set...so I didn't even spend any money to get it.
Stamps - The Free and the Brave
Cardstock - Soft Sky, Purley Pomegranate, Blue Bayou
Ink - Blue Bayou
Embelishments - Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon
This project is what I gave the hostess of the workshop as a thank you. It is a 4x4 magnet that came with my phone book. I think there was a roto-rooter ad or something on it. Doesn't it look MUCH better with pretty ribbon and sparkes??
Stamps - Bugs and Kisses
Cardstock - Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate
Ink - Purely Pomegranate
Embelishments - Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon, Dazzeling Diamonds (glitter)
And here are some other projects that I've made. You can find details for these cards on my Splitcoast Stampers gallery HERE.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Them: What are you up to tomorrow?
Me: I don't know yet. What are you up to tomorrow?
Them : Working
Me: That's nice.
I'd go to work...but I don't have a job.
I might do some stamping.
....it is very likely that I will do some stamping.
I'm almost 100% sure I will stamp some cards tomorrow.
Them: That's cool.
(insert cheesy grin here)
It amused me greatly, so I thought I would share.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
So, it sounds like a great job. They are going to be letting me know within the next 2 days they said, but hopefully by Monday. I appreciate your prayers that the Lord would give wisdom and direction.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Monday, March 3, 2008
I am willing to sell or trade everything listed. I don't have any set prices in mind, so make me an offer.
Wish List:Current SU! sets, accessories, ribbon, DP....pretty much any current SU! item.Thanks for looking!!
Furnished with Love
And Everything Nice
All Wrapped up w/Accessories
All I have Seen
Trim the Tree
Happy Birthday Greetings (BG Stamp)
Just Jeans (BG Stamp)
Wash Day (Jumbo Wheel)
Hollyhock (Jumbo Wheel)
Thursday, February 28, 2008
I made this guest book for my friend Stephanie, who is getting married on Saturday. She is having a small wedding and didn't want to spend a whole bunch of money on her guest book. She got this book for like $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and I altred it.
The paper I used is from a large pack of assorted DP that I got from Mike's. The back of the book is covered with the same paper.
Since their wedding colors are Red, White and Blue, I used varying shades of blue for the flower. I stamped the flower three times and then cut out the layers. I distressed them just a little. After I put the flower together, I highlighted the tips of each petal with Diamonds Stickles. The center is Yellow Stickles.
Here is another card I made. I used CC129 and SC 135 (Splitcoast Stampers) for these cards. The one on the left is the actual sketch, but I wasn't sure how I liked it, so I flipped the sketch and this is what I came up with. Either way, I REALLY like these colors together!!!