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!