Another thing to share...

I also caught two fish this weekend!!! I didn't have my digital handy, but my aunt took a couple of pictures!!! I'll be sure and get them from her so that I can post those as well!!! I was just happy to catch more than my brother!!

What a weekend...

Friday was a lot of fun! We celebrated Christine's birthday - which was a lot of fun! (The rest of the pics are in my albums) Saturday morning was hard, but I managed to get up early, drive to Humble to meet my daddy and then we drove to Broaddus. We had a good weekend. There was family in and I got to see my two brothers...and my aunt and uncle's new house! I've seen all the stages, but hadn't seen it since they had moved in! In two weeks they are having an open house so I thought I would save pictures until then! Saturday evening Hailey, Steve, Mark, and I ate out on the deck, took a picture of a huge wasp nest, and then went for a late night four-wheeler ride...out by the lake then through the pasture! It was actually chilly...I soon turned over the driving to Mark so that I could use him as a blocker for the wind and try to stay warm!! I am anxious for the weather to really change!! Sunday we went to church and got to see a lot of familiar faces that I grew up with! It is always nice to see everyone, but I think they have a hard time understanding why I'm not married!! I try to explain to them about women having careers and lives outside of marriage, but once their eyes start to glaze I just revert to words they understand, "Just haven't found the right man, yet..." I tell them and then they are satisfied!! Last week mother left for Broaddus early, so daddy played the little sneak and bought a present for her...he set it up before we went to Broaddus so she found it when we came back. These two quilts that are in it are over 100 years old...and worth a lot of money. Mother had been looking at this case for a while and when daddy realized what the quilts were worth, the case made a lot more sense to him! He was going to keep it for Christmas, but like everyone else in this family, he couldn't wait till then!!! The book in the bottom of the case was published years ago and the front quilt is on the cover of the book...there is a second quilt in the case that is also featured in the book. It is a collection of hystorical quilts in Texas. I don't know if the book is on the net (I haven't found it) so I might have to scan the two pages our family quilts are featured on...and the cover of course. Mother and Grannie are quite proud of them! So...it was a good weekend. Now it is going to be a busy week!

What a wonderful morning...

Last night some friends came over to watch the NBC Premiers and we had a really great time...but after they left I started feeling a bit down. No real reason in particular...just down. And that is pretty much how I went to bed feeling. I was up and down during the night raiding the fridge for water, but when I finally fell into a good sleep I had some pretty good dreams last night. Then this morning, I woke up early, however, a bit disappointed that I didn't get to finish my dreams, but feeling better nonetheless...showered, dressed, and headed out the door to a glorious morning!!! I could actually see my breath while walking to my truck this morning!!! It was the greatest thing!!!! I am so ready for winter and while I know it isn't going to be time to put all the jackets and sweaters for many weeks...okay, okay, months...it was great to be able to see that this morning!!!!!! Mornings: 66 degrees... Afternoons: 90 degrees... Don't you just love that Houston weather!!! :)

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My pics are up...

Three of my submitted pics are up at Picture Yourself - I am 132 through 134!!!

Oww my aching head...

I was up past midnight last night doing laundry...I'm sleepy...I rushed out the door with partially wet hair to make it into an 8 o'clock meeting...and I can't seem to get my coffee strong enough this morning... AND I CAN'T GET MY ENGINEERS TO REQUEST THE AFES THAT I NEED THIS MORNING!!!!!!! Any questions???

My SugarBear...

I posted more pictures of Chinook today!!! He is so precious!!! And I finally put up a few pictures of my mess!! These are just some of the pictures from the day I moved into the new apartment! (If you look closely, you'll spy Dennon in the background!!) And one more!! Thursday some of the girls from work are come over to watch the NBC premiers: FRIENDS & Will & Grace so I will take some more pics now that everything is put together and post those, too! Oh...and I finally submitted my pics over at Christine's Picture Yourself - I just did it today, so I'm sure check back for my pictures later!!!! Blogspot has been down today...as I am sure you know if you tried to come visit earlier!! But if you were persistent and came back to say hello THANKS!!! **SMACK** I appreciate it!!!

Testing the subject line...

Just wanted to make sure that I have the coding in my template right... Thanks Mike!

I just went pro...

Well, I finally upgraded to Blogger Pro...and without advertisers! Been long enough, I figured it was time!!!
The weekend was good...Friday and Saturday was spent with friends (old and new), Sunday was spent with my parents. Friday I bought a new book and Sunday read the whole thing to mother Sunday while I was there with her! She enjoyed it and so did I! Next weekend is going to be exhausting, though...I am trying to get myself prepared. Friday is the normal group get-together, but this Friday I believe we are also going to celebrate Christine's birthday, Saturday Robert is moving so I want to help him and that afternoon I have plans to be with another friend for her birthday and also that day my entire family is going to be up in East Texas for a semi-reunion, which I am going to miss b/c of all these plans...so I am going to try to drive up Saturday night (hopefully it won't be too late or I won't be too tired) and spend Saturday night up there and most of the day on Sunday. Whew...I'm tired just thinking of it! I wish my family had informed me one week prior b/c I haven't seen most of them in a long time that are going to be up there and I hate that I am going to miss being with them...well, maybe Sunday will be a long day and they will all stay for church and lunch and I'll get to spend that time with them!! I'll have to get mother to keep me better updated!! Well, my day is continuing even though I have stopped to reflect so I have to go...
Last night I bought a new movie, which turned out to be pretty good. I had heard mixed reviews about it from friends and co-workers who had seen it, but I really enjoyed it and was happy that I bought it!! I have always really liked Drew Barrymore anyway! Before watching the movie I didn't know that it was a true story, though - which made it that much better (I like to watch true stories as well...) - so anyway, bottom line it was good and I would say watch it sometime! Before that I had dinner with a friend at Pappasitos - well, more like margaritas and appetizers, but that turned out to be dinner for me!! But it was fun - so I had a good evening!!
Via Mike I have found a blog that I think I want to start following as well...The HomeLessGuy - I don't know if more out of curiosity, though, about his life or the way that others react to him! Through comments I have been reading I have also found two other sites that are pretty appalling, to be honest: HelpMeLeaveMyHusband & SaveKaren. These links came about b/c Kevin, the author of HomeLessGuy was addressing his PayPal button on his blog and whether or not it should be considered panhandling...others commented that no it wasn't and especially when compared to the previous two links. I absolutely CANNOT BELIEVE that anyone would have the guts to put their stupidity out there for the world to see and then ask perfect strangers to help bail them out. It is shocking...on the other hand, I also would not "donate" to Kevin either through his PayPal. I would make donations to legitimate organizations that I knew could help him out, but I wouldn't send money blindly. I give at my church and donate through United Way at work...and I'll give food (not $$$) to people on the street corners...I believe these actions help out where it is needed....
Yesterday after work my nephew, who is in town this week, and I drove down to meet my niece and her husband for dinner at Rice Village. We ate at a cajun correctly called Cajun Cafe!! It was good, I had a spicy bowl of gumbo!! Afterwards, my niece and her husband headed home early - they are still newlyweds - but Brad didn't want to go home...so we walked across the street for a drink at Mi Luna. I love the food here...this is where I had originally wanted to eat, but was out-voted!! So we came in and sat at the bar...I had a glass of wine and Brad had a couple of beers and we watched the entertainment, which I didn't even know Mi Luna had!! Apparently every Thursday night this group comes and for some reason this week they switched night, which was wonderful for me b/c I really enjoyed it!!! I now have a new mission...to plan a dinner at Mi Luna's for a Thursday night to watch the Flamenco dancers!!! Takers!?!?!?
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. " - Anita Roddick, Founder of the Body Shop worldwide retail chain
Well, she has a name, Lilith Rhiannon Utz - this is my friend's baby girl that was born on my birthday!!!!! I just received this picture and hopefully (am sure there will be) more to follow! They just sent me this one with their webcam! Congratulations Nina and David!
Now, for all you die-hards out there - Melanie sent this to me today!!!! Texans do take their sports pretty seriously!!!!
Last year around my b'day my daddy sent this to me and I thought it was worth posting!! Have fun!!!!
Whew!! What a weekend!! Thanks everyone for making this weekend so much fun...I really did have a great time! There are always those b'day blues that come along every year and I am not immune, but otherwise I had a wonderful time - and got some great loot, too!!! I didn't take my camera along so as soon as everyone gets their pictures uploaded I will link to them. There were at least two cameras along on Friday and one on Saturday! Friday night I also learned something new about myself and about another friend. I learned that I am a lot sronger than I originally thought I was and that a friend isn't always who you think they are. I'm not going into details b/c it isn't important to anyone else. I also want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Nina!! She had her baby on my b'day!! She left me a comment saying that she had a good excuse for being late to wish me a happy b'day...b/c she was in labor! I think I'll have to give her that one!! This time!!! Congratulations Nina and I can't wait to meet your daughter!!

Whew!! What a weekend!!

Thanks everyone for making this weekend so much fun...I really did have a great time! There are always those b'day blues that come along every year and I am not immune, but otherwise I had a wonderful time - and got some great loot, too!!! I didn't take my camera along so as soon as everyone gets their pictures uploaded I will link to them. There were at least two cameras along on Friday and one on Saturday!

Friday night I also learned something new about myself and about another friend. I learned that I am a lot sronger than I originally thought I was and that a friend isn't always who you think they are. I'm not going into details b/c it isn't important to anyone else.

I also want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Nina!! She had her baby on my b'day!! She left me a comment saying that she had a good excuse for being late to wish me a happy b'day...b/c she was in labor! I think I'll have to give her that one!! This time!!! Congratulations Nina and I can't wait to meet your daughter!!
Thanks Elaine for the Birthday Wishes!!! A friend sent this to me a long, long time ago and I thought it would be appropriate since today is my 25th Birthday: They call it the "Quarter-life Crisis." It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are a lot of things about yourself that you didn't know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now. You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren't exactly the greatest people you have ever met and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you do not realize is that they are realizing that too and are not really cold or catty or mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you are. You look at your job. It is not even close to what you thought you would be doing or maybe you are looking for one and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and are scared. You miss the comforts of college, of groups, of socializing with the same people on a constant basis. But then you realize that maybe they weren't so great after all. You are beginning to understand yourself and what you want and do not want. Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging a bit more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and add things to your list of what is acceptable and what is not. You are insecure and then secure. You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward. You get your heartbroken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you or you lay in bed and wonder why you can't meet anyone decent enough to get to know better. You love someone but maybe love someone else too and cannot figure out why you are doing this because you are not a bad person. One night stands and random hookups start to look cheap and getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic. You go through the same emotions and questions over and over and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans and money and the future and making a life for yourself and while winning the race would be great, right now you'd just like to be a contender! What you may not realize is that everyone reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out. We are making a lot of mistakes, but helping one another learn from them and reaching out to pull one another up. We are not the shiniest group of people, but we are very much a circle. We are there for one another and will listen and grow for the rest of our lives. We will piss one another off, but we will also heal one another's hearts. We are the group who sometimes doesn't need words but will laugh at the end of a conversation that started with angry words. We are friends and in 10 years, when we have figured out where we fit in in this world, we will still be friends always and forever!
Okay, I am going to be playing with colors - for links - in the next couple of days. Just to head off any questions that might arise!! Feedback is good...and welcomed, b/c I have no idea what I a going to settle on, except that I don't think I like the blue!!
I wasn't really planning on going to any of the tributes for 9-11 last night, but on of my co-workers called me around 5:45 last night at the office and said she was going to be going to the tribute at the pavilion. So I decided to go with her at the last minute. Sunday at church I had heard the preacher mention something about this, but hadn't really given it much thought. It was called One Voice, The Woodlands Remembers - basically it was a coming together of all the churhces in The Woodlands/North Houston area for a time of singing and tribute for 9-11. The key note speaker last night was Dr. Voddie T. Baucham, Jr., who was amazing! He only spoke for about twenty minutes, but I think I could have sat and listened to him for hours! He is truly a gifted speaker!!! There was an orchestra and choirs from all the churches, including the children's choirs, solos done by various singers, dramas performed, narratives, military personnel, and so on...and of course plenty of video from 9-11. There were the tear-jerker moments, but during much of that time Jennifer and I chose to have discussions of our own about things going on in order to keep our composure. I didn't want to get overwhelmed in the moment. The music was so beautiful!! I love live music...of any kind! And this was some of the best performances I have heard...the children who sang were truly amazing...they were also so very adorable!!!!! We were starting to get tired, but the people we really wanted to hear weren't coming on until the end. Some of our co-workers attend Jennifer's church and were going to be singing so we wanted to be able to tell her we had been there for that!! So, it ended up we stayed until it was all over, which was about 9:30 - then we walked back to the office where we had parked and then headed home. I was tired, but when I got home I sat up for a while and watched VH1 b/c they were having a tribute concert, which was very upbeat and not sad or depressing at all!! So it was good to see the last thirty minutes of that...all the fire fighters and police officers and such were there along with all the stars having a great time, but also remembering their falling friends and loved ones! It was a good way to pay tribute I though!!
We will all remember...
I am so tired!!! And I shouldn't be b/c I had such a relaxing evening...maybe that's the problem. It was too relaxing!! After work I went to the gym and then Jennifer and I tried out a new sushi restaurant. It wasn't bad except that our waitress stared at us and watched us eat our entire meal. Jeez!! The food was still delicious! Afterwards we went back to her place and picked up her bathing suit and her dog b/c we had decided to try out the pool and jacuzzi and my apartment complex, which turned out to be the best idea we have had in a while! My muscles were aching from my Monday work-out so I was ready to sink into that hot water!! We came back to my apartment and made sure that our dogs would get along - later I realized that Chinook was very jealous! I picked him up once and had to literally peel him off me!!! So, we got changed, each grabbed a couple of bud lights and a towel and headed downstairs. The jacuzzi was so wonderful...and soon we had company. One of my neighbors came to join us with two of his friends and shortly a third friend. We sat outside and talked for about an hour and had a really great time!! Then Jen headed home...I took Chinook for a walk, got cleaned up and changed and sat down for about twenty minutes in front of the TV, had a few phone calls, and then I was out!!! Deeply out!! I guess that is why I came into work with wet hair this morning...slept so good I didn't get up in time to dry my hair this morning and make it to my 8 o'clock meeting!! So all the hair went up on top of my head and out the door I went!! That's the great thing about curly hair...I put the products in, twist it up a bit, then later I can take it down, shake it a bit, and it's ready to go!! Hee Hee...I have straightening products, but rarely use them. It just isn't as much fun as curly! Well, I have taken up what's little free time I had for lunch today...there is much work to be done...so I better get back to it! Ta Ta...
YAY!!! I have my new title bar up and running now!!! I am me again!! Now, with the exception of just a couple more little quirks here and there I should be completely done very soon. I didn't get a chance to work on it this weekend - but this week I'll get some more work done! Speaking of this weekend, it was a very good one!! Friday night was pool where I was finally able to meet Mandy (who is real - long story) and from there we went to Mikado for sushi and then to Brasils for coffee and conversation!! Both of which were equally strong - and interesting!! From there some went back to CJ and Susan's for a movie, but I headed back to the northside for sleep... Saturday I was grounded...waiting ALL DAY on the cable guy to show up, which he finally did around 4. After he left I decided it was time to get out of the apartment and I went across to the mall for a while and bought some jeans and a movie for my dad. Saturday night I met up with Sean and Alice and Johnny and we decided to go out to City Limits to dance...where we ran into several other friends. We had a good time there as well. Sunday was busy...I went to a new church Sunday. Since I have moved I thought I would try one close to my apartment. It was nice and I really liked it. Afterwards I went to mother's and had lunch with her and daddy and then went to my sister's house to visit for a while (she just had surgery on a broken arm) with her and her daughters and Ashley, who brought the baby over for a while. Mother and dad are taking a mini-vacation so I brought Chinook back to the apartment for a while. Then I went down to Mandy's apartment to meet her and Mike for sushi (yes, AGAIN!!!!) and then for coffee and a movie at Kevah Kanes downtown... So...I had a really great weekend!! And am looking forward to a productive week...I'm really thankful I had the time today just to get all this written!!!!!
Yeah...the title bar is still wrong, but I'm working on that. The person I received the graphics from hasn't sent the customized title bar yet...patience!!!
Well, things look a little more normal around here...but there is quite a bit of tweaking still to be done...maybe over the weekend it'll all get ironed out. The rain is starting to come in and now I'm started to think it isn't such a bad thing that I'm grounded on Saturday - cable guy is coming sometime between 9 and 6 so basically he could come at any time during the day. Yeah, thanks for making my life easy!! But, Ashley is coming to town this weekend and I might keep little Parker on Saturday and if I do that then I really don't need to be running all over Houston any way!!! :D
Okay...you're going to have to deal with this for a while...I started working on a new template while at work (first mistake) and it is a hard one (second mistake) so therefore, it is going to be in chaos for a while!!! Deal with it!!
Soon I will have the time to update about my exhausting weekend!! If you read the blogs of any of my friends you will know that I moved this weekend and thus am very tired...I am now about five minutes from work and was almost late coming in b/c I couldn't get out of bed this morning. I have before and after pics to post as well... As far as everything else goes...work is still keeping me so very busy and will continue to do so, at least until September's business closes so things will continue to be a bit sparse around here in the way of posts!!
Elaine - I really am afraid to see your percentage on this one!! Hee hee...
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