Thursday, November 13, 2008

On my mind

On my mind this morning...

We're still adjusting to life in Kyle. Thank heavens the gas prices have gone down. For awhile there we were paying $60.00-$65.00 per tank of gas and having to fill up 2-3 times a week. That's quite a chunck out of our monthly budget. $30.00 per tank is a little more managable.

We still do not get enough sleep. The nights that Sarah works we don't get home until 11:00 or so. Getting to bed at 11:30 and getting up at 5:15 makes for a very short sleep!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away, and Christmas is right behind that. I'm so looking forward to winter break! It's a long one this year. The last day of work is on the 19th and we don't come back to work until January 5th! 16 whole days!!!

I've started knitting! I took one class on October 13th and am having a blast! I finished a scarf (kinda short, but pretty) and I'm working on a couple more scarves and a dishcloth. I'm really enjoying it. I put some pictures up of a few projects I've started.

I'll check back in later!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Fresh Start

Well, I haven't posted anything here in almost a year! It doesn't seem like it's been that long but that's what it says. We've been busy this past year! Most recently, we've been busy moving.

On March 7th we closed on a new (to us) home in Kyle, TX and started the lengthy process of moving into it. Here we are over a week later and we're still moving, actually, the moving is mostly done but the clean up of the old house and all the junk we accumulated in 10 years of living there and the accumulation of 23 years of marriage continues!!!!

I love our new home, I love that it's out of Austin and it's quiet where we are now, I love that it's fresh and new and everything works there and the backyard is wide and open. I don't exactly love commuting into Austin for work and school at 6am every morning.

We're all trying to adjust to the alarm clock going off earlier. Poor Sarah has really had a difficult adjustment, not only does she have to get up an hour earlier, she has to ride into school with her Dad and I and get dropped off at school 40 minutes early. No more catching the city bus right down the street. I wish there was some other way to work things right now, but I haven't figured that out yet.

Speaking of adjustments, you should have seen the cats when we first brought them to the new house! To say they were a little freaked out is the understatement of the year! They were hissing and snarling at each other and us. They've calmed down a bit, but they're still pretty skittish. They do enjoy chasing the occasional grasshopper that wanders into the house now.

On to other recent news, dear son Cody and his dear girlfriend, Michelle have gotten officially engaged! Michelle is wearing a beautiful diamond engagement ring and Cody is wearing an engagement band. They are looking at 2010 as a good year for getting married. I've been pretty nostalgic for the "good ol' days" when the kids were young and all their "problems" and heartaches could be solved by a hug from Mom. I miss them being babies and toddlers and little kids. But then I see them and the wonderful, caring, responsible young adults they're becoming and I'm so proud of what they're growing into.

Well, I've rattled on long enough. If anyone is reading, let me say thanks and I'll try not to wait so long between posts again!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


ARCHAEOLOGY: the study of material remains

Q. What's the oldest article of clothing you still wear?
A. A tee-shirt I've had for about 13 years. It's great for painting or dirty jobs. It's my "work" shirt.

Q. What's the oldest article of clothing you won't get rid of?
A. A baby dress and shoes that were mine. They're packed away in a cedar chest.

Q. When was the house/building you live in built?
A. 1980ish.

Q. What in your fridge needs to be thrown out?
A. Leftovers from last week.

BIBLIOLOGY: the study of publication

Q. What are you reading?
A. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Q. Do you have a favorite quote?
A. Whatsoever things are true,
Whatsoever things are honest,
Whatsoever things are just,
Whatsoever things are pure,
Whatsoever things are lovely,
If there be any virtue, If there be any praise,
Think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Q. What's the most recent music you purchased?
A. Some Norah Jones tunes from i-tunes.

Q. What book could you read again without being bored?
A. Gone With the Wind.

CARDIOLOGY: the study of the heart

Q. How old were you the first time you fell in love?
A. 10th grade. Had a crush on Alan Wartes, alas my love was unrequited.

Q. What charities do you have a heart for?
A. American Diabetic Association, my Dad has diabetes and I have developed Type II diabetes. That makes it a charity near and dear to my heart.

Q. What's the best way someone can show their love for you?
A. My "love languages" are gifts of service & gifts of time.

Q. Name five things you "love":A. a clean kitchen, a good long book, a great movie that makes me laugh and cry (i.e Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, Hope Floats, etc...)

PHYSIOLOGY: the study of physical function

Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
A. right

Q. Do you like your smile?
A. Meh, it's not my best feature. My teeth could use some whitening and when I smile really big, my eyes squinch up.

Q. What's your best feature?
A. My eyes.

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
A. my two kiddos by c-section, my gall bladder, a couple of moles, lol...

Q. Which of your five senses do you think is keenest?
A. hearing, definitely. I hear noises that no one else does! Hmmm, maybe I'm just schizophrenic, LOL.

OMNOLOGY: the study of everything

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
A. I always get compliments when I wear red.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
A. Besides gum when I was a kid, nothing else I can think of.

Q. What's your favorite flavor of gum?
A. Original Dentyne

Q. Where's the first place you went today?
A. Work.

Q. Do you stand or sit in the shower?
A. Stand. No other option in my shower.

AXIOLOGY: the study of the nature of values and value judgments

Q. Would you walk naked for a half mile down a public street for $100,000?
A. uh, no.

Q. Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
A. Probably, just ask Alice!

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
A. no

Q. What value is of utmost importance to you in a friend?
A. Loyalty.

Q. Would you accept an indecent proposal for $1,000,000?
A. never.

TECHNOLOGY: usage and knowledge of tools and crafts

Q. What's the last movie you saw?
A. Shrek the Third

Q. What's the first website you visit when you log on?
A. Scrapshare usually

Q. What's your ring tone?
A. For the general population an old fashioned sounding phone ring, for my dh "I Think I Love You" by David Cassady

Q. Would you quit blogging for $25,000?
A. I don't blog that much now, so probably yes.

Q. What piece of equipment do you wish you owned?
A. A wide screen HDTV with cable to go with it.

GENEALOGY: the study of relationships within families

Q: Is there a specific family member you're really missing right now?
A: My Mom, she's been gone for 5 1/2 years and I still miss her every day.

Q. Who is your oldest living relative?
A. Close relative, Maybe Aunt Virginia? She's in her mid 70's. I think I have some distant relative that are in their 90's up in Mystic, Connecticut.

Q. Are you named after anyone?
A. Not that I know of.

Q. Is there anyone really famous in your family tree?
A. On my Mom's side we are decendents of the first mayor of Boston, MA. Don't know if that counts as really famous?

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thank You

For the last 10 summers my children have been involved with a program called Sunrise Neighborhood Youth Program in Austin, TX. They started in the summer day camp program as campers and, as soon as they got into 6th grade, they became Jr. Counselors. Last summer Cody was 18 and was one of the paid staff at SNYP. This summer Sarah is filling in for the church secretary in the office and is being paid for that.

Last Sunday, Sunrise Community Church had a program celebrating the kids who have worked in the daycamp for the past 1o years and gave out the President's Volunteer Service Awards to kids who have given volunteer hours each year to the camp.

Read more about the awards here:

As I sat and watched the kids receive their awards and thought about the last 10 years, I was overcome with emotion. This church and their neighborhood youth program has been such a big part of my kids lives. They have run this daycamp for years at no profit, just charging enough to pay expenses. There were summers we were short on cash that my kids were sponsored to attend the daycamp as Jr. Counselors. That allowed them to stay connected with the friends they had made in past years and to stay involved.

I so appreciate all the leaders that have given freely of their time and effort to make this program a success and I appreciate the leadership of this church that saw a need for their neighborhood and stepped up to meet the need.

Thank you Sunrise!

Friday, February 16, 2007

I got this list from a fellow blogger

1. Is your second toe longer than your first?
Yep. I once heard that means I'm a leader.

2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?
I always have a favorite pen but the type changes from time to time. Currently I am using the Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Ball Extra Fine Point (in green). I usually go back to a fine point black bic pen

3. Look at your planner for March 14, what are you doing?
Nothing special planned. That week is spring break here in Austin

4. What color are your toenails usually?
No usual color, whatever my mood dictates when I get them painted . Currently 8 of them are a dark dark purple (OPI After Dark in Lincoln Park) on the other two the color has chipped off ;-p

5. What was the last thing you highlighted?
A room number on a blueprint of a building we are rekeying at work!

6. What color are your bedroom curtains?
White sheers

7. What color are the seats in your car?
Dark Gray

8. Have you ever had a black and white cat?
For a little while we had a cat we called Moses who was black and white. He was a crazy cat.

9. What is the last thing you put a stamp on?
A post card I was mailing to a Scrapshare friends daughter.

10. Do you know anyone who lives in Wyoming?
No I don’t think so.

11. Why did you withdraw cash from the ATM the last time?
To give some money to DS so he could go to the movies with his GF

12. Who is the last baby that you held?
I honestly can’t remember the last time I held a baby. It’s been way too long.

13. Do you know of any twins with rhyming names?
nope. Can't think of any that rhyme. Can’t really think of any twins I know right now.

14. Do you like Cinnamon toothpaste?
Not especially

15. What kind of car were you driving 2 years ago?
The same one I’m driving today, a Dodge Durango

16. Pick one: Miami Hurricanes or Florida Gators.
They both sound pretty destructive, I can't choose.

17. Last time you went to Six Flags
Unless you count Fiesta Texas, I’ve never been to Six Flags.

18. Do you have any wallpaper in your house?
Yep, my bathroom has a blue floral wallpaper

19. Closest thing to you that is yellow:
A little pad of post it notes

20. Last person to give you a business card?
The dentist

21. Who is the last person you wrote a check to?
My gynecologist :-(

22. Closest framed picture to you?
A sketch of the Service Building at UT circa 1920.

23. Last time you had someone cook for you?
Valentines dinner, I had the chef at Olive Garden whip up something special. :-)

24. Have you ever applied for welfare?
Not welfare per se, but did receive WIC benefits when the kids were small and I was a SAHM

25. How many emails do you have?
email addresses? Four. my work one, my SBC one that I use primarily, my gmail one that I use for stuff I figure will generate spam and junk mail, and another UT one that I need to cancel.

26. Last time you received flowers?
Valentines day, Sarah brought me two little carnation buds.

27. Do you think the sanctity of marriage is meant for only a man & woman?
I think God intended for marriage to be between a man and woman, but I don't think government has any business mandating that.

28. What are you listening to right now?
Yahoo music, greatest country hits, streaming through my computer

29. Do you play air guitar?
No, I hold an air microphone!

30. Do you take anything in your coffee?
Definitely! Preferably Half & Half and Splenda.

31. Do you have any Willow Tree figurines?
One, a plaque Sarah gave me for mothers day a few years ago

32. What is your high school mascot's rival?
That would have been the Holmes Huskies in San Antonio

33. Last person you spoke to from high school?
I ran into a friend from high school about 20 years ago at a gift shop in San Antonio, I think her name was Laurie.

34. Last time you used hand sanitizer?
A couple of weeks ago, when the flu was going around at work.

35. Would you like to learn to play the drums?
Nah, this dog is too old to learn new tricks.

36. What color are the blinds in your living room?
no blinds. I have red curtains.

37. What is in your inbox at work?
Lots of returned keys that need to be processed (that’s what I’m avoiding by doing this!)

38. Last thing you read in the newspaper?
An article about the Guardesil vaccine that Governor Perry is trying to mandate for all Texas girls.

39. What was the last pageant you attended?
Never been to a pageant

40. What is the last place you bought pizza from?
Cee Cee’s

41. Have you ever worn a crown?
No, I don’t think I ever have. I’m sure I’d remember that.

42. What is the last thing you stapled?
An access card to the request form

43. Did you ever drink clear Pepsi?
Again, I don't think I ever have.

44. Are you ticklish?
sometimes. :)

45. Last time you saw fireworks?
New Years Eve.

47. Who is the last person that left you a message & you actually returned their call?

48. Last time you parked under a carport?
I guess at the Bishop/Brown house

49. Do you have a black dog?

50. Do you have any pickles in your fridge?
I’m sure there are some in there somewhere.

51. Do you find Dan French irresistible?
No. Don’t really know who he is

52. Who has the prettiest eyes that you know of?
Sarah, my brown eyed girl

53. Last time you saw a semi truck?
Probably the last time I was on IH-35

54. Do you remember Ugly Kid Joe?

55. Do you have a little black dress?
No, I have lots of black in my wardrobe but nothing I could call a little black dress.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

A Day Without Consequences

A day without consequences. This is the topic I was given in a challenge to blog about.

I suppose I would start off at 12:01 am because I wouldn't want to waste any time on sleeping on this extraordinary day. I would get a Vente Breve Vanilla Latte from Starbucks (this is different from by usual Vente Breve 2 Splenda Latte because it has SUGAR in it!) This will start the the day that I can eat anything and not worry that it is affecting my blood glucose level or my cholesterol or my weight! Next, I would pile my husband, James, our children, Sarah and Cody, and Sarah's boyfriend Sam and Cody's girlfriend Michelle all in our rented Ford Excursion with all the amenities for a great road trip. We'd head to Padre Island for a day of relaxation. Since we're leaving around 1:00 am we'd get there around 4:00 am. Check into a hotel room on the beach and rest while we watch the sunrise over the ocean. We'd spend the day at the coast walking on the beach, dining on great seafood and collecting sea shells. We'd head home around 9:00 pm just in time to get back to Austin at midnight. Because this was a day without consequences we would get up the next morning fully rested and ready to face the day with lots of fun memories from the day before, a day without consequences.