Monday, August 30, 2010

Be Nice To Me - I Gave Blood Today

That's what my sticker says! :)

But these things generally don't go smoothly for me. Seriously, they don't! Case in point, last time I went to give blood was a few weeks ago, and they tried sending me to a different location. Partway there, I chickened out. :)

But today - ah, today. I got to the place I volunteer, and saw that the church next door was doing a blood drive. PERFECT! I can donate blood while I'm here, still have plenty of time to do Bible study with the ladies, and just have a fantastic evening. No sweat.

So, I go to donate blood. I sit. I wait. I answer questions. I wait some more. I get poked for the hemoglobin test. I answer more questions. I wait some more.

Then the meanest, terriblest nurse comes to ask me the last few questions. Seriously, she was the stereotypical old, mean, sourpuss nurse. Then I realized she was also going to be the one to take my blood! Yikes!

So, eventually we go over to the blood sucking section. She puts stuff on my arms, gives me the thing to squeeze so she can see my vein, puts the needle in my arm and tells me to make sure not to move it. Then she leaves. I think to myself "Wow, she might be mean, but she is GOOD! The needle going in didn't hurt at all!" After about 5 minutes, I get concerned that she's not coming back and the bags are still next to me. Where's all my blood going? I was following all her instructions. So I move enough to look down at my arm - there was no needle. The pressure I felt? (This is embarrassing.....) Was her marking with a marker where my vein was. So, there was no pain because IT WAS A MARKER NOT A NEEDLE!

Eventually (like 10 minutes total), Nurse Meanie comes back and says "Well, you moved your arm but I guess I left you too long. So we'll start over I suppose." (I know she told me not to move it, but it was hurting from leaving it there in one position like that!" So eventually, we start and the blood starts flowing (yuck....). But I'm tough. I can handle this.

About two minutes later, Nurse Meanie says "Time for my break, so she'll watch you. Bye." Now, it's been so long since I've given blood that I don't know how long things are supposed to take. So I didn't get concerned by how long tehy were leaving me alone. Then all the sudden, the other nurse looked over at me, gasped, and rushed over. But after her initial gasp, she totally tried covering it (which was wise, as I would have freaked out if she had freaked out). I think my blood was overflowing or starting to, because there was a little mess. And when she took the thing out of my arm, it was bleeding profusely enough that she tried to not let me see it as it bled through TWO of the gauze pads they put on it. Then she said "Oh, you're seeing the iodine. Let me get you a clean one." But I could tell she was lying by a) her tone of voice and b) the fact that I could clearly see where the brownish iodine ended and where the bright red fresh blood was smeared all over the place.

So, three gauze pads later, she was able to stop the bleeding enough to bandage me up and take me to the cot so I could lay down if I felt I needed to. The juice people gave me juice, and after a few minutes, I was allowed to go to the official juice and cookies table instead. Then I was shaking because it was so cold, though it's 90 degrees and the AC isn't working, so maybe it wasn't really just that I was cold. :) Maybe it was a blood thing too.

After a few minutes, my poor, bruised arm and I came back to the house. This may sound strange, and maybe I just need more to drink (you have to drink extra when you give blood - I do drink a lot of water, but seeing as I also drink a lot of coffee, they may cancel out) but I'm still a little dizzy. And I have a headache. I think I might need another early bedtime! (Hopefully, this one will include sleep.)

These blood-giving excursions just never seem to turn out normal for me. :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Five Question Friday - August 27,2010

1. How many pets do you have?
I don't have any. The closest I've ever come is one of those Tamogotchi things when I was younger. :)

2. If you could switch places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
Hmmm..... that is a good question. Probably the President. It's a very powerful position, so it would be a really stressful day, but maybe I could do some good. And I think it would do him some good to live the life of an "ordinary" person for even a day instead of his wealthy, privileged life.

3. What is your favorite money saving tip?
Don't buy what you can't afford! But that kind of goes without saying. So, I'll say "Avoid websites that are overly tempting for you." For me, this would be mainly Amazon and

4. What do you want your kids to be when they grow up?
I have no kids. But if I ever do, I'll want them to be happy and healthy. :) And productive, upright members of society.

5. What is your favorite quote?
"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened." If we let ourselves look back crying over things we wish we could go back and relive, thinking of people we miss, etc, we're not taking the time to enjoy the here and now and those currently around us!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 8/26/2010

This time, instead of just stealing the "13 on Thursday" idea from Rachel, I stole her actual questions! But, she's wonderful and won't mind, so sue me. I'm tired and have had no time to work blog this week, so copying someone else's idea seemed great to me!

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?
Depends what I'm in the mood for. Overall, probably Andiamo's.

2. How many televisions are in your house?

3. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right handed

4. What's the last movie you saw?
Killers. Which is actually a romantic comedy. There is violence, but it's of the totally over the top, non-gruesome, silly way.... which is the only reason I was able to watch. :)

5. What are your plans tonight?
I'm about to leave for The Gathering - it's a service in the area for people my age. There's worship and a message plus great fellowship.

6. Have you ever had a pet fish?

7. Do you have any saved texts?
I don't delete them often, so they're all just kinda there. Then I'll start deleting, but never finish the whole thing. It's bad.

8. Have you ever been in a car accident?
5 - but none of them my fault! I mean that! Literally, I have been 100% not at fault for all of them. One of them I was a passenger, one a 91 year old lady pulled out directly in front of me, 2 were rear endings at red lights (including once by a drunk driver) and 1 was a hit and run, also from behind. There are long stories with each of them, but it's a touchy subject and I don't want to go into them right now. :)

9. It's four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it?
I hate that..... the most recent time it happened, it was my friend Jordan, and it was only 3 a.m. Linda also has been known to forget that not everyone works midnights. :)

10. Do you have any tattoos/piercings?
My ears are pierced. One hole in each ear, so nothing creative there. :)

11. Does anyone love you?

Yes..... what kind of question is this?!?!

12. Who was the last person you took a picture of?
Hmmm.... I take a lot of pictures, so I'm going to have to say "No idea." I took a picture with my friend Amy Sunday, and OH! I remember! It was of Julia and Kendall racing! So both of them. :)

13. Do you like pulpy orange juice?
Not really. I actually don't drink much juice in general.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Really? Are you kidding me?

I read a couple articles today that REALLY annoyed me. Now, I don't take it too seriously, because it's just the opinions of one celebrity. But the thought that anyone could be this dumb irritated me today.

Brad Pitt said that he never has supported the death penalty, but he would be willing to consider it in the case of the BP oil execs who cut corners and led to the disaster.

Um, really?

No, really?

I get being FURIOUS with them. I even get criminal charges.

But the death penalty?

Especially when there is nothing else you support the death penalty for?

So, being negligent and cutting corners to save money (and again, not defending BP. What they did was terrible) is worse than:

-Child molestation and murder
-Kidnapping and murder of children
-Terrorists who were the mastermind of the September 11th attacks

Really? The death penalty is far too extreme in the case of a friend of mine whose fiance' was assaulted, murdered, and set on fire in their home two months before the wedding. Yet it's the right response to corporate negligence.

Some tried saying maybe he wasn't serious, but there was nothing to indicate this in his demeanor or follow-up statements.

I'm not trying to make light of the plights of the many who were affected by the oil spill - financially, socially, or especially the families of the 11 workers who died when the rig exploded.

But worse than the 9-11 terrorists? Really?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Five Question Friday - August 20, 2010

Thanks, Mama, for another great week of Five Question Friday.

1. Do you have any nicknames and if so how did it come about?

Nothing really fun or special, but just shortened forms of my name. The one that has the best story is "D-lady." As I've mentioned, I work with kids at two churches. The children's pastor who I work with at the one church is Dyanna. So, as you can imagine, we both get called both names. One of the girls one time told her sister after I did small groups with her "And then I went with my group and.... and.... and ONE OF THE D-LADIES!!!!!" She had no idea which one she was with but was so excited. So, when her sister told us, we started using it a lot on each other. :)

2. What is your birth order amongst your siblings?
I have one older brother. We're exactly 17 months apart. To the day, almost to the hour, we're 17 months apart.

3. In a movie of your life, who would play your significant other?

Hmm..... do I get to pick just who I like or am I supposed to make some sort of informed choice based on movie roles and type? I don't know, so I'm going to go with the first one. (It's my blog, so I can choose who I want, right?) I'm going to say a young, Remington-Steele-era Pierce Brosnan. Good-looking, nice accent - great choice! :) (Yes, I'm aware that means the movie of my life is being filmed in the past, but again, let's just roll with it.)

4. What is currently your favorite song?

"I Need You" by Eddie James. I mean, really. I love this song. Love the whole CD, but this song is just way too good for words. It's almost ridiculous how good this song is.

5. Are you saving your money for anything right now? Big or small purchase?

I'm constantly trying to save money so I'm prepared for anything that comes ahead. And, my car is getting up there mileage wise, and I like to pay for my cars in cash, so I am always setting aside money for that. I also probably will need to replace my furnace soon, so I'm saving for that. AND, I might be going on a missions trip to Haiti, so that would require funding as well. So I'm definitely being a little more cautious lately.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 8/19/2010

For today's Thursday Thirteen, I'm going to list 13 things that make me happy, in no particular order.

1) Coffee. Coffee makes me very happy. Right now, I'm drinking an iced french vanilla coffee and yum!

2) My new pink shoes. You can never have too much pink or too many shoes. Thus, the combination is a winner!

3) Good music..... I love listening to upbeat songs that are uplifting. Music that helps me focus on what is truly important.

4) Books, books, books. I love to read. Books that you can't put down, either because they're suspenseful, make you think, or are just that interesting.

5) Flowers - whether outside or in a vase inside, I love flowers. Different colors, different kinds.

6) Pictures - I love taking pictures to remember different occasions and fun times by. Pictures with friends, pictures of landmarks, lots of pictures.

7) Skype. Skype makes it easy for me to talk to my overseas family for free. Need I say more?

8) Facebook. Facebook is frustrating and annoying at times. But again, it's worth it for its benefits of staying in contact with those I love and/or like. :)

9) Ice cream - Not healthy. Not good for me. But a great occasional treat. :)

10) Greeting cards - sending them or receiving them, I love greeting cards. Funny ones, touching ones, etc. Seriously love them.

11) My computer! The ability to go to a coffeehouse with my computer and solitude is fantastic. :)

12) My Gilmore Girls DVDs. Seasons 1-5.... love them!

13) Shopping Malls..... um, I'll leave that one alone for now. :)

Though I love all these things and they make me happy, none of them make me happier than the "whos" of my life. :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordful Wednesday

It has been quite the week. Crazy. Beautiful. Stressful. Wonderful. Sad. Incredible. All rolled into one.....

So much going on, so much to think about. Here's a summary of some of the many things that have happened this week, some happy and some sad and some in between.

-Work has been insane. One person is on vacation, and it's while we're already super busy. As of August 1st, I was promoted to a new position. With that comes a lot of responsibility. I think it's going well; but at the moment, it's somewhat crazy. I've worked long hours every day this week. Not only that, but it's been busy enough to severely cut into my "read and write blogs while on hold" time.

-Lots going on with the family. My mom's youngest sister is VERY sick. My uncle's mother died this morning. Last Saturday, I visited my grandma. Also, last week my beloved aunt moved with my babies Gage and Cole! :( Just soooo much going on!

-I went to my very first "gender reveal" party. Pretty much, my friend Ashley and her husband Nathan had a party to announce their ultrasound results. It's a boy! :)

-A lot going on at my new church. Unsure of a lot of stuff about that. That could be a whole separate blog post. :)

After all the stuff going on, I'm pretty tired emotionally and physically. So I decided to..... stay home tonight! I ate dinner at home and everything! (This is a rarity.... you really have no idea. Even rarer is it was not cereal!) I'm becoming more of a homebody I guess. You see, usually it's about 2 1/2 weeks between my evenings at home where this time it was only a week and a half.

Hope everyone has a great night!

Friday, August 13, 2010

5 Question Friday - August 13, 2010

Mama has brought us 5 Question Friday once again! And I submitted one of the questions, so I'm extra happy to do them this week. :) Hehe.

1. Have you ever visited another country?
Oh my yes. First off, living 30 minutes from the border, I've been to Canada MANY times. We even drive through Canada to visit relatives in New York as it's faster than driving through the states. So, that's not all that exciting. Other than that, when I was 8, we went on a trip to Africa. On the way there, we had a day long layover in Belguim. While in Africa, we went to South Africa, Botswana, and Bophutaswana. I posted a story from the trip here, if you're interested.
Then, in 2004, I went on a trip to Europe. We only got as far as Heathrow in England, but got to spend a few hours in the airport. That doesn't count so much, but as far as the travelling part, we went to Germany, Switzerland, and France. There were 43 of us, I believe. It was a fantastic trip. From the castles of Germany to the Eiffel Tower to endless card games on the bus, I would love to relive that trip! Or go again.
And then, due to my wonderful brother living all over Asia, I've been to Singapore 3 times - for his wedding to my beautiful sister-in-law, 2 weeks after Caleb was born, and about 6 weeks after Evan was born. Going again next year! All those trips included stops in Japan both ways, but never left the airport. So I can't tell you much about the lovely country of Japan other than the food in their gift shops is weird. And I have some yen at home from buying stuff there. :)

2. Where is the strangest place you have ever been?
Hehe.... okay, nobody get offended if you're reading this, but I have to say Hamilton, Alabama. Yes, the one I wrote about in this post. It's just so small. They don't have restaurants. They don't have Starbucks, Caribou, or Panera. When you ask someone "Well, where do you get coffee around here?" they direct you to a gas station!!! I mean, really?

I guess it's not that different than where I visit some of my mom's family as far as size, so maybe it's just that I wasn't expecting it the first time I went there where I grew up visiting Wheatfield, Indiana.

But let's just say, I love visiting Hamilton because of my friends and the Ramp, but I prefer places where "going out" doesn't mean Walmart. I mean.....

3. What is your favorite season?

I don't know for sure. Definitely not winter. But there are things I love about the other 3! But if I had to pick one, probably spring. It's such a relief after the frigid winter to be able to go out without a coat, wear open toed shoes, and just not drive in the snow. Though, here in Michigan, we usually have at least one "spring" snow storm in April. But I love watching the flowers bloom, going to high school graduations and parties, and just in general the feeling of spring.

4. What one song will always cheer you up?
Hmm..... this is a good question..... I think probably the song "Lean on Me." The cheese factor is just right to always make me laugh. And, when I was younger, my youth group and I went to this youth conference where this was sung A LOT with silly motions. For months afterwards, we would randomly break out in these weird motions and laugh. So, it brings back silly memories as well.

5. What Disney character do you resemble most?
Hmm.... personality wise, probably Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I love to read and like to think I would do things for my family like she did. She's a lot braver than I am, but I have a lot of the same keep-to-herself tendencies that I did. But at the same time, very opinionated.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Thirteen

I saw this on another blog, and the general idea is making a list of 13 somethings every Thursday. So for today, my first Thursday Thirteen, I'm going to write about 13 things I like about blogging.

1. I like writing. My blog is a way to do that.

2. I love following blogs - blogs of people I love, blogs of people I don't know. When I find a blog and I like the writing style and get interested in it, I can follow it along. I follow all different kinds of blogs!

3. I can vent on my blog a little without everyone reading it. I mean, I have 10 blog followers and over 1000 facebook friends. Therefore, I say stuff on my blog that I wouldn't say on facebook.

4. It's fun to go back and see what I wrote at different times. I can go back and reflect on things to see how my perspective changed being farther from the situation.

5. I've made some blog "friends" and gotten closer to some people I know in real life through reading about experiences on blogs.

6. Oh.... this is getting harder...... um, I like choosing blog designs. My current one is through I like to think that it makes my blog non-shabby, but whatever.

7. I like convincing my friends to blog and then reading theirs. So far, this has only happened with one friend, but I still read hers on the rare occasions she posts.

8. I LOVE getting comments on my blog. I get all excited. It's weird.

9. I LOVE getting followers as much as I love getting comments. Maybe even more. :)

10. I have learned a lot about a lot of subjects from reading blogs.

11. I like participating in things like 5 Question Friday, 30 Day Challenge, etc. because I like the writing prompts.

12. Um..... I like that I only have to come up with one more thing for this difficult list. :)

13. I like pictures on blogs especially. Bonus points if they're of cute children!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tuesday Tidbits

Today will be a happier post - a random collection of thoughts and facts and small stories (too short for a real post) that are swirling through my mind and amusing me and/or making me smile today.

-Last night, my friend Lisa and I went to dinner and saw the movie "Killers." Which is not a movie that sounds like anything I would like, but it was good. Predictable, like most romcoms, but cute. Violent, but in a funny-not-gruesome-I-only-covered-my-eyes-4-times sort of way.

-So, I slept last night! After only sleeping 1.5 hours the night before, sleeping 6 hours last night was a huge improvement!

-This morning upon waking up from that glorious sleep, within about a minute, I had the following thought "Lauren is probably having the baby today. I should pray for her and Caroline." (Caroline is her soon-to-be-born baby.) About 3 hours later, guess who headed to the hospital to give birth? Go, Lauren! Don't know how I knew this. :)

-My co-worker and I were talking about the movie I saw last night. I said "You'd like it. Besides, Ashton Kutcher was shirtless a lot in it." (See this post if you think that's a weird statement for me to make to my male co-worker.) His response was not anything about not being into guys or anything about not only watching movies to see Ashton Kutcher without a shirt, but rather "He's not that ripped. He's more the lanky type." So I had to explain that he had obviously buffed up for the role than. But he just amuses me.

-Other co-worker (also mentioned in this post) and I had a similar conversation. Only he said "Ashton's okay, but he's no Josh Duhamel!" Hehe. At least he can laugh at himself.

-That same co-worker said my beautiful new raspberry Steve Madden heels make me look like Gene Simmons from KISS (I guess he used to wear platform heels?). I told that same co-worker that he was just mad because my new shoes made me taller than him. (We've had similar conversations, only without the Gene Simmons reference before) My boss overheard this conversation and laughed. Hard.

-Tonight for dinner, I'm eating Thai food with a good friend.

That's all for now. But it's a smiley type of day!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Deanna and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

What to do when you had a super bad day and can't sleep? Complain on your blog, of course!!!! (And for anyone thinking my blog title is overly dramatic, it's the name of a children's book, only "Alexander" and not "Deanna.")

Cue the whining now......

Okay, seriously people..... today (well, now yesterday) was a terrible, miserable, emotional day. Not any one thing, and it wasn't all bad. But it was overall yucky.

I just started going into details, but realized I don't want certain people to get the long version of what happened, but I also don't want to take my blog link off facebook. So, instead I erased a paragraph of writing and will whine in bullet points instead:

-Seriously, if you claim to run on/desperately need volunteers, treat them well. Or if not well, at least don't treat them like unimportant, unappreciated afterthoughts who are of zero value to you. Just a thought.

-Going to my one church where I feel truly loved makes it all the more jarring/difficult to go to my other church. I think I'm supposed to be learning something through this, but especially days like today, I don't know what. Like, if I were hit by a bus, I think in my one church people would truly be sad. In the other church, the response would be "Who's going to buy the cookies for afterburn?!?!" "Does that mean I have to watch the kids tonight?"

-People who say one thing and show another thing by their actions DRIVE ME CRAZY!!! (See previous two examples.)

-After a certain point, I'm not going to care if you notice that I'm extremely not happy with you. Really, I'll still be polite, but there will be no fakeness. For tonight anyway.

-Seeing my Taylor (10 month old beauty belonging to my friend Lisa) is an instant mood-lifter. However, it fades quickly once I'm not with her.

-People who can't comprehend simple concepts (aka don't care to remember simple requests) after many reminders aren't really that stupid, just inconsiderate.

Okay, time to try the whole sleep thing again. :)

Friday, August 6, 2010

5 Question Friday - 8/6/2010

Mamma at Five Crooked Halos has once again brought us 5 Question Friday! I will take a stab at answering them.

1. Are you a neat sleeper or a messy sleeper?

Relatively neat. I don't move around the bed a whole lot. Also, once I'm asleep, I don't tend to move a whole lot. If it gets really hot I'll find my covers kicked off at times, but that's not often. Usually I'm awake enough to kind of fold them over.

2. Fill in the blank. I wish I was more ________________.
Kind. Now, before you start thinking I'm a total jerk, I really don't think I am. I do try to do nice things for others. I do try to help people when I can. But often, I'm just a little too selfish. I have to remind myself to treat others the way I want to be treated. When someone needs something on a Saturday morning, I have to make myself do it. I often do it, but I wish my first inclination was toward kindness and not toward selfishness.

3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about?
Hmmm..... there is nothing major, because anything that I could have been warned about to be better prepared would probably also have resulted in extra anxiety and nervousness before doing anything. For example, had I been warned when starting college that the Michigan economy was going to tank, taking thousands of residents (with children) out of the state killing the demand for teachers, would it have really made a difference to me in college knowing finding a job was going to be difficult? No, I don't think it would. I couldn't really have worked harder than I did, and all it would have done is stress me out. Sometimes, not being warned is for the best.

However, in minor things, yes, please warn me. For example, if you see me put something really spicy on my plate, please warn me it's spicy. I like some spice, but I can't handle super-spicy foods. Or a few weeks ago, I ate something with onions and got dreadfully sick (I have an onion allergy). It reminded me of a time a few years ago when something similar happened and a "friend" (more of an acquaintance.... maybe frenemy) was like "Oh, sorry. Thought you knew it had onions." Um, why would I be putting it in my mouth and eating it if I knew it had onions? Really?

4. What was the best thing you ever found at a garage sale/flea market?
I don't shop garage sales/flea markets often. Actually, I don't think I've ever been to a flea market. But a few months ago, I stopped at several garage sales and got a lot of books really cheaply! (And I only bought them when they appeared to be very clean and in good condition.) For example, I got a book "What to Expect the First Year" for a pregnant friend for like $.50. It's a HUGE book and looked to be practically new! Score!

That same day, I got two playdough sets (like the things to cut the playdough and form it into different shapes) that my nephews loved playing with while they were here. So that might have been the best.

5. If you could have any meal brought to you right now, what would it be?
It's breakfast time, so..... probably a yummy plate of French Toast and bacon. Not healthy, but it sounds really good. :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 30 — A Motto or Philosophy

Well, here we are. Day 30 of the 30 Day Blog Challenge. I have 7 minutes to post it before it is technically tomorrow, meaning I skipped another day. So I better hurry.

A motto I try to live by is short and simple "Love God, Love People." I heard it and it's quite profound in it's simplicity. Love God and show His love to those around me. Treat others the way I would want to be treated in their shoes. Don't be selfish. Go out of my way to show people I care.

Farewell, 30 Day Blog Challenge! You've been fun, frustrating, interesting, boring, and much more.

Evening with the Boys

Last night, I took my "nephews" to dinner and the movies. They are moving soon, so the purpose of our little "date night" was two-fold. 1) It gave my aunt a chance to get some packing done and 2) it gave me a chance to spend some more time with them before they leave me. (They're only going to be 3 hours away. I'll be fine. I think.)

We went to Kerby's Coney Island and to see Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (with a brief side trip to buy some Silly Bandz!).

Seriously, the boys were in fine form last night. They were hilarious. They could be stand-up comedians when they're acting like they were then. Of course, it was 99% unintentional (which makes it even funnier). Keep in mind, Gage is 7 and Cole is 5. Below are some conversation excerpts:

While we were driving to the mall where our adventure would occur, they were describing their plan to have a live action chess game at their new house. This involves painting the lawn white and black, getting 32 players plus 2 directors to direct the players, and costumes so everyone would know what parts were what. Cole says to Gage "Where are we going to get all the costumes?" Gage replies "Cole, don't you know where plastic comes from?" Cole "No." Gage "Oh. Neither do I. But we'll get some."

Then when we were in the restaurant, Gage decided to pretend he was going to eat the whole container of mustard. I made the mistake of, in discussing the reasons why he shouldn't, including the word "vomit." They had never heard this word before, and I had to explain it was one of the ways to say "throw up." Well, again, they're young boys. So you can guess what word quickly became the favorite word of the evening..... for a few minutes until I put a stop to it. But they kept forgetting it, and it was "vomig," "bomb it," "boma," etc.

Then later at dinner, I said something Cole didn't like and he threatened me. His big threat? "I'm going to start smoking."
Me: "No, Cole, you're not going to start smoking."
Cole: "Yes, I am."
Me: "No, you're not."
Cole: "Yes, and that's not all."
Me: "Oh really?"
Cole: "Yes. I'm going to smoke using other people's cigarettes. So not only will I be smoking, but I'll be getting germs too!!!!!"
At that point, I had to stop the conversation before I started laughing. Their mother and I both are telling them often "Don't, that has germs" etc. I guess it's stuck with him!

There were many, many other examples throughout the evening (to the point I wish I had a tape recorder with me) but those were some of the highlights/ones I can remember right now.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Day 29 — Hopes, Dreams and Plans for the Next 365 Days

Oohhh..... this should be interesting. :)

We'll start with plans. Those are probably the easiest.
1) A trip to Singapore! Okay, this is kinda still in the "hope" stage. But, since I have the frequent flier miles for it, it's moving into the "plan" stage. My babies are calling to me. :)

2) A trip to Washington/Idaho. This will probably happen this September. I will be visiting my wonderful, incredible friend Lisa (she follows the blog, so I have to say good things about her), her husband, and her ADORABLE kids. The plan is to be there for Taylor's (her daughter) first birthday. She lives in Idaho, but I'd be flying into Washington, so I'm counting it as part of the trip.

3) Take classes at RMTI again this fall and winter.

4) Get my house better organized. It's driving me crazy lately. Things seem to be in disarray and crowded. I'm slowly getting rid of stuff, so that should help, but since I'm selling stuff and listing on ebay, in some ways it seems to make it worse. Because the stuff is out while the auction is going, etc. But part of this will get easier if my first hope comes to pass.....

So, on to Hopes:
1) Be roommate free - I like living alone. The house is too crowded with the second bedroom in use. There are other reasons too. You can check out other posts if you really want to know the dirt. But, it would be great to be alone.

2) Calm the schedule down - be home at least 1 night a week. That just sounds so relaxing.

3) Spend more time doing the things I love because I love doing them.

hmmm..... meet and fall in love with the wonderful man of my dreams. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 28 — A Scar

Well, I already told both my scar stories in this post for 5QF less than a month ago. So rather than rehash, I shall direct you there.

Instead, today, I will tell about a scar I think is forming.

On my trip to the Ramp, which I'm still mid-post about, I had a slight mishap.....

There are times when it has been implied (okay, fine, said) that I am slightly (okay, fine, very) klutzy. I don't know if this is true, but stories like I am about to share add to the perception. :)

It was Saturday, late afternoon. It had been a long day before the last service of a long conference. Ashley and I had gone back to the hotel room and I had changed. One of the things I had changed into were a pair of slingbacks that I like, but the strap in the back is a little loose. Occasionally, it will just sort of come off my heel with no notice.

Due to overflow at the conference, we had a tent in the parking lot. I left the building just to go check on how things were going at the tent, check on the water and lemonade, etc. And just to look around. I'm walking back to the building when the PARKING LOT JUMPED UP AND ATTACKED ME!!!!! However, the parking lot chose to do this at the exact time that my shoe started to slip and I hit a piece of gravel. This made some observers think that they saw me fall, when clearly it was really the parking lot jumping up and attacking. But try telling them that.

I ended up with skinned knees (which healed quickly), sore and scraped hands (from blocking my face from hitting the asphalt - good trade off, in my opinion), and a really badly scraped elbow. Today, a week and a half later, I'm pretty sure the elbow is going to scar. Too much skin was lost on that hot, Alabama parking lot. Even two nights ago, I scratched it in my sleep and woke up to gushing blood! (I know, it's disgusting!)

In addition to these possibly scarring injuries, my sense of dignity also took quite the hit as people gathered around me to help me up, see if I was okay, etc. Ms. Cindy and Ms. Vicki (two of my favorite people in the whole state of Alabama!) insisted on "mommying" me by bandaging my wounds and making sure I was okay. About an hour later, when I had almost forgotten the incident due to some other stressful stuff going on (more on that later) a police officer came up to me and said "Are you okay?" I thought he was referring to the general craziness of the event, but then he quickly followed up with "Because I saw that fall you took earlier and wow!" He had been directing traffic across the street at the time! So it was quite a fall for him to see from over there!!!!

And by "quite a fall," I clearly mean "quite a vicious attack by the parking lot."

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day 27 — A Physical Feature You Love

I didn't post yesterday. :( I'm sure you're all very sad to hear that the challenge got skipped for a day.

In my defense, I fully intended on posting after church last night, but didn't get home until 12:30 a.m. At which point I figured I had already missed the day, so I might as well just sleep! You see, yesterday at church we had special guest ministers, and as the one who does most of the church admin stuff, this meant I was at church for 10 hours yesterday.... for one service. And in the morning, I was doing the shopping of the things we needed for the evening, so there wasn't much time at all!

On to a physical feature that I love - I love people's eyes and how expressive they can be. Often, it's eyes that tell you if someone is really smiling or just being polite. They are also colorful and lively.

And I think this is a dumb topic, so that's all I have to say!