Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Reasons for Love

  • I love Michael b/c when we have a fight and make up he seems to be a little bit more in love with me

  • I love Michael b/c he sends me sweet text messages throughout the day

  • I love Michael b/c he shares his drink and popcorn with me every night

  • I love Michael b/c he didn't commit to another softball game this weekend b/c I wanted to go somewhere else!!!


  • Twenty Questions: Mixture

    1. What's the toiletry product you wouldn't be without? Ugh, toilet paper being the obvious and toothpaste being second!
    2. Do you take vitamins? If so which ones? Not like I should...when I do they are usually just multivitamins for women.
    3. What do you do if you can't sleep? Read or write in my journal.
    4. If you're ill, is there a 'comfort food' you like to have? I like soup...usually just broth if I am sick, though.
    5. Which childhood illnesses did you have ( e.g. measles )? Chicken pox
    6. Have you ever taken a sick day from work when you weren't ill? No...honest!
    7. Have you ever broken a bone? Yeah, three...both arms and a finger!
    8. Do you trust 'alternative' remedies? Not really, but I'll try sometimes.
    9. What career did you want to have when you were a child? Something creative...but I never said I want to be "@#^$#" when I grow up.
    10. What religion are you? I'm a Christian...and if you're talking denomination, I was raised Southern Baptist.
    11. Is there a luxury item you'd like for your house? A Jacuzzi!!
    12. What's the latest computer program you bought? I think it was a module for my PDA.
    13. What's the last book you bought? Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution.
    14. What would be your ideal day out? Driving out of town somewhere that would normally be out of the question b/c of traffic...out to the lake or something like that for a picnic!
    15. Do you vote? If so, which party? I don't vote per party...I vote depending on the candidates.
    16. How many meals do you eat a day? Three...w/ snacks!
    17. Which drink do you drink most often? Other than water and coffee I drink diet coke.
    18. What sort of cola do you prefer ( e.g. Pepsi )? Coke
    19. When were you last ill? What with? It's been a long time since I was sick, but I think the last thing I had was just a cold.
    20. Do you take any medication regularly? If so what? Only medicine for my migraines!

    Monday, April 28, 2003

    Take Comfort...

    Which is more comforting for you...

    1. Lying down on the couch, or stretching out on a recliner? Recliner
    2. Going barefoot or wearing soft slippers? Barefoot
    3. Eating ice cream, or pizza? Pizza
    4. Watching on TV...a classic movie or a reality show? Classic movie
    5. Wearing: blue jeans or sweat pants?Sweats
    6. A long, soothing bubble bath or a quick, invigorating shower? Bath
    7. Furniture: leather, or something more on the fuzzy side? Fuzzy
    8. Soft, classical music, or upbeat rock & roll? Classical (for relaxation, but I don't listen to it on a regular basis)
    9. Darkness or light? Darkness
    10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You get married, or otherwise begin cohabitating with a significant other. S/he moves into your place, but brings with them the UGLIEST chair you have ever seen! You really don't want this thing in your home, but SO says it is the most comfy chair s/he has ever sat in, and no way will they part with it. Do you: grin and bear it, or scheme to get rid of the montrosity somehow? We find a way that it can go in another room of the house other than the living room...as long as it isn't in the middle of my living room I am sure I could find a way to compromise and keep it.

    Dum Dum De Dum

    What a weekend...

    Well, the Hunyadi's are now officially one big happy family!!!! Friday evening we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Then that night the guys and gals split up to take the betrothed ones out for their last nights as single people!! No details shall be disclosed here today...move on, move on!!!

    Saturday was the big day. I had a lot of running around to do that morning...hair, nails, last minute shopping, etc! But managed to get everything done with time enough to spare that I was able to sit down for a brief moment alone and relax before making my way to the wedding festivities! You know the best part of being in a wedding is getting there so early and getting front row in the parking (well, that's not really the best part, but it's a perk!). The wedding went so smoothly...the bride was beautiful, the weather was perfect (got hot once or twice), the food and champagne was delightful...all in all it was a wonderful wedding!!

    After the wedding was over I went to my mother's for a while so visit with her and my grandmother. After my grandmother left to go back home I drove out to my friend's parents' house. It was her brother's birthday and they had been out there partying since 10 am!!! I made it home about 1:00 - completely exhausted, even though I napped briefly at my mother's house.

    Michael was there not long after...he woke me up actually. He had been playing in a softball tournament for most of the day...and they won it all!!! CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!! They got off to a slow start and lost the first two games...if they had lost another they would have been out, but ended up winning all their other games to go on and play in and win the championship game!! Needless to say they were all in good spirits!!

    Sunday was just for us. We had lunch at Black-eyed Pea and then went to the mall to walk for a while...and check out the puppies at the pet store. I don't go to the mall without walking through the pet store!! Then I got a phone call from the apartment complex I have been trying to get into telling me that they have an apartment for me!! Yay! So, we decided to take a drive out there and see which one it was. Then we just drove around the area for a while before heading back up to north. We drove out by the bed and breakfast where Sherry and EJ were married on Saturday and then headed into Old Towne Spring to wonder around a bit. Then we drove back up through the Woodlands and on into Conroe. We were going to go out to the lake, but took the wrong road (for quite a way) so we decided to just wait until next weekend and maybe spend Sunday out there! So we came back home to rest for a bit and then went to his parents' house for dinner.

    It turned out to be a great weekend!!! There was a proposal and acceptance, a marriage, time spent with friends and family, and just a good time spent with my honey!! I hope your weekend was as good!

    Friday, April 25, 2003

    Co-Worker Update

    SHE SAID YES!!! CONGRATULATIONS ADRIAN AND MELISSA!!!!

    Friday Five

    1. What was the last TV show you watched? Charmed

    2. What was the last thing you complained about and what was the problem? That it was too early in the morning to be at the office!

    3. Who was the last person you complimented and what did you say? Last night at the ballgame I told a woman what a precious baby she had...she was a cutie, too!!

    4. What was the last thing you threw away? The to-go container my eggs came in from the cafeteria downstairs!

    5. What was the last website (besides this one) that you visited? My webmail!

    All for Peanuts...

    I bought some roasted peanuts for Michael's Easter basket and decided to bring some of the extra to the office to munch on. I was eating some this morning and a few of them weren't cracking open very easily. This reminded me of a time when I was very young. I used to spend a lot of time at my grandparents' house when I was little.

    One day, when I was about five, I was eating some peanuts that Grannie had roasted for us. As I cracked open each shell I saw that my grandfather was watching me and he told me to bring him one so that he could show me the right way to crack them. He had all his teeth pulled years before and never wore his false teeth...so he couldn't enjoy the peanuts. Even though I knew this, my response was, "No, I know what you're going to do. You're going to trick me and eat my peanuts." So, I showed him that I knew how to crack open the peanuts...he didn't watch me this time, but turned his attention back to the television show that he was watching. I started to feel bad that I didn't let him show me, so I thought I would make a joke and I put two empty shells back together and said, "Okay, here...so me with this one" as I handed the empty shell to him. He didn't take it though and that is where my memory of this time with my grandfather fades. My grandfather died a couple years later. Though I know that it didn't hurt my grandfather's feelings, thinking back now some twenty years later, I always wish that I would have rushed over and sat on his lap and let him show me how to crack open the peanuts. My grandfather was such a special man. For a while after his death, my Grannie and I would have dreams about him on the same nights. My memories get more and more vague as the years go b/c I was only seven when he passed away, but I try to remember all that I can.

    Thursday, April 24, 2003

    Ah, That's Amore!!

    Tonight's the Night...for a lot!!! My co-worker is going to pop the question tonight! He talked to her parents earlier this week and got their blessing. The most important thing, though, is that they are talking again. He is spending every day with her now and they are getting along pretty well. Honestly, I think she knows what is about to happen b/c her mother slipped and asked her if she had something to tell them. Doh!! My co-worker had to tell her that he hadn't asked yet! I am so excited for them!!

    And, on a more immediate note...tonight is the rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party for our definite Bride-to-Be and her Groom!!! Yep, tomorrow is the Big Day for the two of them! It has been pretty cool to watch the evolution of their relationship...I was there the first night they met and have watched them grow into the beautiful family they are!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You're great people to know and I am so happy that you're special day has arrived!!

    Wednesday, April 23, 2003

    Rain, Rain, Go Away

    Well, it's moving in on us. Outside my window it is so dark, that my window looks more like a mirror. I can't see anything outside except for the headlights on the cars down on I-45. I can hear the thunder, though. There is a balcony-type outside my window and it seems to echo the sound of the thunder...like it is in a jar or something! I just got up and turned out overhead lights so that I could see outside a bit better. Still can't see very far, though. Man, I didn't realize this was coming this morning. Guess I should have turned the news on last night! This weather has (oh, there went the lightening) has really put the construction outside on hold for a while. They haven't been able to work all week b/c it has been too wet. Now the rain is hitting my window a little bit harder and the thunder is becoming more frequent. I used to love to watch bad weather growing up...I still do, but now I find myself either at work or busy doing something else and not able to sit and enjoy watching it as I used to.

    Well, hopefully the next two weekends we'll have great weather b/c it's Crawfish Festival time again out here! Old Town Spring is a neat place, but I haven't had many opportunities to visit. (Rains hitting harder) They have lots of antique shops and restaurants and I think they host several festivals throughout the year. (Flash - Boom) Mmm...crawfish!!

    Tuesday, April 22, 2003

    4 Triples and 2 Singles

    Michael had a great game last night!!! They won both their games, but the second was an awesome game. First time up at bat Michael hit a triple and three more followed throughout the game along with two singles!!! He fielded very well, too...but did drop the ball once! Everyone else was hitting good, too. Needless to say, he was in an awesome mood after that game! They all were. As of right now they are in first place - 4:0! I hope they keep this going!!

    GOOD JOB GUYS!

    Twenty Questions: Miscellaneous

    1. When you buy a greetings card are the words or the picture more important to you? The words...
    2. What's your favourite kind of cake? Coconut/German Chocolate...
    3. Do you ever make gifts for people, if so what, or do you buy them? Usually I buy...
    4. What's your favourite holiday - i.e. Christmas? Halloween is fun, but I think I like Thanksgiving best...
    5. Are you going on holiday this year? If so, where? For the first year since I was a senior in college I don't have an international trip planned...as a matter of fact, I don't even think I'm leaving the state this year...
    6. What was the best party you've ever been to? Hmmm...this one is hard. One particular party isn't really standing out more than another. I guess one I hosted in college that brought the police out...hee hee!!!
    7. If you are married, describe your wedding. If not, what would your ideal wedding be like? A winter wedding w/ a princess style brocade dress and candle light! (No, I'm not married yet...)
    8. What's the most romantic thing that's ever happened to you? I came home to candles and flowers once for no particular reason...
    9. What's your favourite romantic song? Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton - it's my favorite song...
    10. Which celebrity would you like a dream date with? Hugh Jackman
    11. Which female celebrity do you find beautiful? Sandra Bullock
    12. Which male celebrity do you think is attractive? Hugh Jackman
    13. If you could be a fictional character from a book who would you choose? **head-shaking** I have no clue!
    14. If you could be in a television sit-com, which would you choose? Friends...b/c I have been watching since it started and no all the details!!!
    15. Which character would you like to be? Rachel I guess...Phoebe is too goofy and Monica is too obsessive!
    16. What's your favourite girl's name? I like Victoria...but I don't know that it's my favorite
    17. What's your favourite boy's name? I like Jonah...but again, I don't know that it's my favorite
    18. What's your supermarket of choice? Why? HEB - b/c I like their produce and their prices...
    19. What is your best character trait? I am pretty easy going and don't stress about the details...
    20. What is your worst habit? I chew my lip...but not like I used to

    Drama Queens/Kings

    You know, some people, no matter what they do seem to have drama every day of their lives. I don't understand how these people function in society!! I can't stand drama! Since I was in the 6th grade I have tried to avoid it at every cost...and this includes gossiping! In the 6th grade I passed along vital 6th grade girl information and caused some friends to be angry with me. It didn't make sense then so it makes even less sense now, but for some reason they acted like I told the world they still slept in footie pajamas or something! Ever since then I don't pass along gossip and if someone tells me something about you, chances are if I'm really interested I will just come right out and ask you about it. Straight to the horse's mouth!!! Otherwise, it is stored away and more than likely I won't think about it again.

    I thank Michael every day that we don't have drama in our lives, but there are some people who seem to just thrive on it. They have to have some major issues going on that could land them on Jerry Springer or they think they'll disappear. How can they not have ulcers??? My entire diet would consist of nothing by antacid medications if I had half the drama of some people! I guess it has a lot to do with the way you're brought up, too. I can remember my father saying, "It's none of our business..." whenever something was said about someone outside our family, or "This stays within our walls..." if something happened within the family. He didn't want to know other people's drama and if we had any he didn't want it shared...and I learned a lot from that. The drama that I have had in my life is pretty minimal. I mean, everyone has their own little personal dramas, but the major stuff I have been lucky to avoid to some degree.

    And what gets me is that those who need the drama seem to create it if there isn't anything going on. They will either dig up something old and bring it to the surface again or pick at something that is pretty innocent until it becomes a catastrophe! And I am not just talking females here...there are men who are this way, too!!! People, be content with the peacefulness!!!

    Okay...thanks for playing. I feel better now!

    This or That

    What Is...

    1. Yummier: Chocolate ice cream or strawberry cheesecake? Cheesecake
    2. Better to watch on TV: Movies or sports? Movies...I prefer sports live, but I'll watch on TV.
    3. A better web browser: MSIE or Netscape (or tell us your own favorite!) MSIE
    4. A better way to travel: Automobile or bus/train? Train is cool...auto is fine as long as I don't have to drive.
    5. Your preferred camera: Digital or film? Digital is more convenient and I use it more, but I still love film!
    6. A Cooler Vehicle: Motorcycle or sports car? Motorcycle!! Preferably Harley!
    7. More fun: Video games or board games? Board games
    8. Sexier: A perfect body or an intelligent mind? Gotta have a little of both, but I'd get bored with the body in a hurry if the brain was lacking!
    9. A stinkier smell: Skunk or gasoline (petrol)? Gasoline - it burns!
    10. Thought-provoking question of the week: What is more important to you: making a ton of money and being at the top of your field, or finding your soulmate and living a comfortable but not wealthy life? Finding my soulmate and living a comfortable, but not wealthy life!!!! My job is here to make my life possible...my life is NOT here to make this job possible!!!


    Sunday, April 20, 2003

    Twenty Questions: Love/Hate/How Many

    1. Which household chore do you really hate? Putting up laundry. I don't mind the washing, but I hate to put it up!
    2. Which chore do you like doing? I don't mind polishing brass! I don't have any (that might be why I like to do it), but when I lived at home I would do it for mother a lot.
    3. What is the worst job you've ever done? RETAIL!!!! Clothing retail to be specific. I didn't mind other retail stores, but hated selling clothes to people!
    4. What would be your dream job? I would be a photographer for National Geographic!
    5. What's the worst job you can imagine? Picking up trash...
    6. What is the happiest event you've experienced? Falling in love.
    7. What is the saddest thing you've experienced? The death of my grandfather.
    8. Have you experienced true love? Yes.
    9. Is there anyone you hate? Why? No, I don't have any feelings for people that I don't like. Not even hate...that would be too much.
    10. How many countries have you visited? 7
    11. How many houses have you lived in? Two with my parents and five apartments.
    12. How many towns have you lived in? 4
    13. How many schools/colleges have you attended? 1 High School and 2 colleges
    14. How many cars have you had? Three, but I drove my dad's truck before I got the first car!
    15. How many people live in your house? Just me now...
    16. How many pets have you had? Oh dear this may take a while...let me see...11 I think, but I don't think that is all of them.
    17. How many siblings do you have? 4
    18. How many drinks make you drunk? Depends on what I'm drinking...I guess about five if they are strong.
    19. How many websites do you have? 1 main one and photolog that I don't really update - an online album and lots of sub-pages.
    20. How many hours a day are you online? Off and on throughout the work day - five minutes here and there. Then more at home, but Michael is usually on more than me at home!

    My Long Weekend...

    It was so nice to have a three day weekend - although we were running all over the place and it rained Easter Sunday, it was a really great weekend!

    Friday mother came to spend the day with me. We went out to lunch and spent the rest of the day shopping!! I don't like to go clothes shopping so about two or three times a year I'll splurge and buy several outfits...so that is what I did Friday. I bought me three or four outfits and Michael a couple things. I also bought Michael's Easter basket - it was actually a tackle box. I put the Easter Grass and presents inside! It was really pretty cute! I wish I would have taken a picture, but I didn't! That evening Michael came over and he and I took mother out to dinner! It was pretty late by then so mother went home after that!

    Saturday it was our (me and Michael) turn to run around all day. I finally got my stereo put into my jeep. (Quick history: I had a nice stereo and cd changer in my mustang and it was stolen a couple years ago. So I got a new stereo and had it installed...so when I bought my new jeep I took the stereo out of the mustang and put the factory back in...and I have waited all this time to put it into my jeep!) After we dropped off my jeep we went to the buy Michael a new cell phone and change his package. Then we had a quick lunch before going to the mall for a bit! Michael bought me a new fairy for my collection for Easter. It is really beautiful! Then we ran through Bed, Bath, and Beyond before going back to pick up my jeep.

    After all the shopping and errands were done we went to his mother's parents' house. I hadn't met them yet and since we were spending Easter Sunday with his dad's side of the family, it was nice to be able to meet them on Saturday.

    Sunday was Easter and we went to church (7:30 mass) with his parents. They didn't know we were coming so it was a nice surprise!!!! Since we had to get up so early, after service we took about a three hour nap before getting up to go to his dad's parents' house for Easter lunch. The rain woke me up from my nap - it was coming down so hard and thundering and lightening!! By the time I got into the car I was soaked!!! We drove by Michael's job and he gave me a quick tour and then onto his grandparents' house. I also got to meet his dad's brother and sister! They are all very nice and we had a good time.

    That evening we went back to Michael's house and we had nachos for dinner (we were still pretty full from all the BBQ) and watched X-Men.

    So, it was a very nice and very busy weekend!!!

    Co-worker update: Well, he didn't propose, but they did spend a lot of time together this weekend, which is great! They spent A LOT of time talking, which is also great! I really think things are going to be alright for him. He seemed happy this morning when he was telling me about their weekend escapades! Good thing is she hasn't told her parents anything about what happened. I think this is good b/c when they do get married it wouldn't make for a good relationship with the in-laws if they knew all the bad stuff, too! It's hard enough to integrate families as it is, there is no need to add to the stress! They had some fun times this weekend and there were visits from the Easter Bunny! He brought the ring to work today so I got to model the finished product! It is very beautiful! I guess the next major update will be the proposal! He is trying to figure out how to do that now!!!

    Thursday, April 17, 2003

    Reasons for Love...

    I love Michael because...

  • He always ends up waiting on me to get ready to go somewhere and he never complains


  • He invited my mother out to his softball game this week - just b/c he thought she would like to get out of the house since daddy is gone to work


  • He is so excited for me to meet his grandparents this weekend


  • He always fixes a big glass of tea so that we can share, and if he wants one all to himself he fixes me my own


  • Another restaurant

    A Dallas original is coming to The Woodlands. New developments are very common out here, but this one I have issues about. Not so much the fact that they are putting in a new restaurant, but where they are putting it. Out my window I can see I-45 and on good days the downtown skyline - in between there are tons of trees and directly in front of the building there are two ponds. Well, one is actually called Lake Robbins and leads into what is eventually going to be Houston's version of the Riverwalk in San Antonio. This "lake" is separated from the other pond by a street. This other pond is the future home of Kirby's Steakhouse!! I must admit that watching the progress of the construction is pretty cool, but I think I would rather look out at the water than another restaurant, although the lake will still be there. The rumor is that they are not going to take in the entire pond for restaurant and parking, but that they are going to have outdoor seating along the water's edge - Landry's has that here! Yeah, I like to sit outside to eat when the weather is good and sitting next to the water is nice and I am enjoying watching the progression of the construction, so I guess I really don't have any real "issues" with this restaurant coming in like I thought I did! Funny, I just talked myself into liking the idea!!!

    Wednesday, April 16, 2003

    Randomness...

    39 years ago the Ford Mustang was introduced! Sometimes I really miss my mustang. I thought I had left my youth behind or something when I decided to get rid of it and buy an SUV, but then again, Michael has one that is a lot faster than mine ever was so when I get the urge I just drive his! Er...let me rephrase that, when I get the urge and he is being especially sweet, I just drive his!!! He doesn't let anyone drive his car. He is very proud of it and rightfully so...he has done a lot of work on it!

    I am so happy that we don't have to work tomorrow. I have been anxious for another three-day weekend! My mother is coming over early in the morning and we're going to run errands and do some shopping together. She is also going to measure my dress that might need altering for EJ and Sherry's wedding next weekend!!! WooHoo!!! The day is finally here! I am so excited for you guys!

    Co-worker update: Well, he bought the ring yesterday and should be able to pick it up today or tomorrow. That means I won't get to see it all put together until Monday if he doesn't give it to her this weekend! He hasn't decided if this weekend is THE WEEKEND or not. He is pretty nervous!!!! It was fun to go ring shopping with him and help him decide on which ring to buy. I think he ultimately needed his sister's approval, but she and I are a lot alike so she like the one that I liked!!! This is such a big step, we're all excited for him and keeping our fingers crossed that she will say yes!!

    I WON'T BACK DOWN

    A co-worker/friend sent this to me today and I thought it would be something good to share. The pictures move a little fast, but it is still good. We have been audience to much more during this war than any in our history and I think that is a privilege b/c we are able to be there with them on a certain level. I would never believe that we could imagine what they are going through, but being more aware through the media, journalists, and sites such as this is something that I am thankful for.

    Tuesday, April 15, 2003

    Twenty Questions - Wednesday 16th April 2003: Allsorts!

    1. What will you be doing over the Easter weekend? - Spend the holiday with family and I will be meeting Michael's grandparents for the first time.
    2. How did you celebrate your last birthday? Hee Hee...we had a big party at Bucca di Peppo with many of my friends!!
    3. What would be the best birthday present you could receive? I dunno...I like all presents!
    4. What did you do on your best birthday ever? I have really only celebrated a few birthdays - they weren't such a big deal in our family. Last year was a great one!
    5. What picture is on your desktop wallpaper? - Webshot, they alternate pictures.
    6. What is on your mouse mat? ( apart from the mouse - LOL!!! ) It's plain...black and says CURTIS.
    7. Which colour do you wear most often? Black - dark colors.
    8. What is the view like from the window nearest your computer desk? - I am looking down I-45 towards downtown Houston.
    9. Are you artistic? In what way? - Yeah, many times when I look at things I imagine it through a camera lens!
    10. Who is your favourite artist? - I have many. Depends on the format, photography, paintings - I like Van Gogh a lot.
    11. Who is your favourite author? - Hmmm, I haven't read in a long time. The last thing I ready was Harry Potter. I really like Nicholas Sparks, though.
    12. If you won a lottery what would you spend the money on? - I would pay off all my bills, buy a house, give my parents some, buy some kennels (I have always wanted to breed dogs), share with my friends, charities, buy a new wardrobe - travel a lot!!!!
    13. What sort of car do you drive? A Jeep Grand Cherokee
    14. How do you dress? ( i.e. smart, casual, power suits, scruffy, etc. ) Casual - but a little trendy.
    15. How much jewellery do you wear? What is it? - I always have on my college ring and my trinity ring from Egypt. I always wear earrings and a necklace.
    16. Have you ever dyed your hair? What colour? - Many times in HS, usually variations of RED!!
    17. What was the last song you heard? - Always and Forever (it's on right now)
    18. What do you think about smoking? ( for, against? ) Don't care, but don't blow it in my face. I used to smoke, but don't like it now.
    19. Where would you most like to live? I don't want to leave Texas, but I would like to live somewhere with a better climate!
    20. How often do you blog? Daily

    I'm worth $2,026,430.00...

    according to this site...


    (link courtesy of Nina)

    Easter Engagement

    I'm going engagement ring shopping tomorrow!!! Sit down...no, it isn't for me! One of my co-workers is getting ready to pop the question so tomorrow we're going to look and see what we can find. He has been a couple of times already, but hasn't found just what he is looking for. Apparently the girl has described in detail the type of ring she wants and that is exactly what he is looking for. This is a delicate matter; however, b/c they aren't exactly together at the moment. He screwed up - BIG TIME - and is now trying to make things right. He didn't really realize how much he loved this girl and wanted to be with her until he lost her and now he is trying to prove his commitment to her. He is so nervous - I mean any guy getting ready to propose would be nervous, but since they aren't on a high note right now he is even more afraid of what she'll say to him. He and I went out to lunch a couple times last week to talk about it and again yesterday. He has been physically sick b/c he is afraid he might have really lost her for good. You know, I have never really seen this side of it. I have been the girl that was cheated on and seen girlfriends get cheated on, but I have never seen it from the guy's side.

    Okay, I guess this calls for some background. Around the time my friend met "the bride-to-be" (I'll call her) another girl (temptation) who he had previously had an interest in started pursuing him. I can see his side to a point. He had liked "temptation" for a long time and she didn't want anything to do with him. So, when she calls out of the blue he is curious to see where it might go and he had just begun to date "BTB" - they weren't serious at this point. She even said they were "just friends"...so that means he should be able to date and it not be cheating. This is where the complication lies...there were no clear lines drawn. "Temptation" knew about "BTB", but not vice versa. I expressed to my friend that he was going to end up hurting someone and losing both of these girls b/c "BTB" didn't know the whole truth. What made it worse was the fact that he began to have feelings for both girls!!!! Ugh, what a tangled web we weave! I told him that unless he wanted to move to Utah he had better make a decision - FAST!!! There is no worse feeling in the world than finding out the person you love and trust has cheated...that's a heart break that is hard to get over. (It's only happened to me once, but that is more than enough - turned out to be the right thing though, b/c he is with the person meant for him and I have found the person that I am meant to be with.)

    Well, it finally started to unravel on him and he lost them both. "Temptation" turned out to be a rather vindictive girl, though, and told "BTB" a lot of lies, which is only going to make it harder for my friend to win her back. (I knew in the beginning that I didn't like "Temptation" and I told my friend that - she was engaged when she first started pursuing him. He resisted her a lot at first, but he had liked her for so long he said he had to be sure.) "BTB" has every right to take this ring and throw it in his face, but I surely hope she doesn't. They really love one another...they say that even today, but her pride might keep her from giving into him. It is hard to take someone back after something like this, but I know (and they know) how happy they could be together. I don't know what else to tell him, though. His friends and family (including me) have all said to go for it and ask her - it's a big risk to take, but he says she is worth the risk. I really want to see him happy. He truly is a good guy despite the way this story reads.

    I think this weekend is going to be the big event. An Easter engagement would be nice...if she accepts that is!!!! Keep your fingers crossed!

    Monday, April 14, 2003

    This or That

    In honor of this occasion, this week's theme is *Money*. A few questions about taxes, the rest about money in general. And a little bit of silliness, too!

    1. File taxes as early as possible, or wait until the last possible minute? Pretty early, but my dad is my accountant, so when he files his is when I file mine!
    2. File electronically, or mail paper forms? Electronically!
    3. Prepare your own taxes, or have someone do it for you? My dad...
    4. Are you a saver or a spender? I am pretty reasonable...
    5. Do you prefer to carry cash, or pay with plastic (credit/debit cards), or by check? Plastic
    6. You're broke and desperately need a job, but the only places that are hiring are retail or fast food places. Which would you pick? Retail
    7. Keeping track of your money: are you more meticulous or careless about it? I am not meticulous, but I check my accounts every day.
    8. What do you do if you find yourself with a lot of change weighing down your purse/pocket/wallet? Do you try to spend it to *get rid of it*, or do you put it in a jar or a piggy bank? A tin on my dresser.
    9. Which form of fake money do you like better...Monopoly money or those chocolate coins covered with gold foil? Chocolate!
    10. Thought-provoking question of the week: You find a wallet containing $5,000 in cash, as well as several credit cards and the owner's drivers' license. Your rent is due tomorrow and you're short $200. Do you take the money (some or all of it) and mail back the wallet anonymously...or do you return the wallet with all contents intact? I couldn't do it...I would return it intact!


    Sunday, April 13, 2003

    I'm in love with the Crocodile Alligator Hunter...

    We had such a great weekend! All weekend was family weekend. Friday night we went out to dinner with Michael's two brothers. The youngest has a new girlfriend and this was the first time for me and Michael to meet her. Then it was off to East Texas. Michael hadn't been to Broaddus since February and that was only for a couple hours so I was anxious for him to spend some time up there. Saturday was spent at the pond fishing. I caught a fish on my first cast and continued to catch after that! I think I ended up catching around 10 and Michael caught about six...but his big catch was of the reptilian nature!!! A while back my nephew and his cousin caught an alligator in the creek and being the geniuses they are, they put it into the pond. Well, it has grown a bit and Michael ended up with him on the end of a hook!! He has cast over the alligator a couple of times and one time it stuck on his back! It was so strange b/c the alligator didn't fight at all. He would just leisurely try to swim to the opposite bank and Michael would pull him back, then he would try to swim again and Michael would pull him back. He got the alligator about fifteen feet from where we (Michael, my mother, and me) were on the levy watching and we could see the entire body! It was pretty cool! Finally he started to fight a bit and in time got off the hook and swam away into the cat-tails! When everyone else got back to the house we had a good story to tell them!

    Later Michael and I dropped mother off at my aunt's for a while (I had cousins in town this weekend, too) and I took Michael to see the house that I grew up in. It looks different now...it is rather strange to see other people walking around in our yard and in the house. They are nice people, though. She was outside when we drove up so we stopped for a while and caught up on what had been going on! Afterwards we drove out to the lake and fished a bit there. The best way to fish in the lake though is with a boat and since we didn't have one we headed back. My aunt and uncle have a couple of ponds on their place too and since the kids were in we went out there and fished with them a bit, too. I think we all caught one there!! Then went back to my sister's!

    We fished until the sun went down and the mosquitos came out then headed back up to the house where everyone else was. We had friends over too since we were all in town and grilled hamburgers and sat outside talking for a long time! The next morning Michael and I got up early and went down to the pond again - he definitely out-fished me on Sunday! We only fished for a couple hours and then went to get ready for church. When we came home from church my niece's husband and his brother had the guns out and were shooting so that is exactly where Michael was as well until it was time for lunch! After lunch we all got out of the house for a while...Michael and I took off on the four-wheeler and mother, my sister, and my niece all took off on the mule!! After we all rode out to the store to gas up Michael and I headed off in our own directions...checked out the deer stands around the ranch and rode down to the lake! After a couple hours we ended up back at the house ready for a long nap! And that is exactly what we did before packing up and heading back to Houston!

    Now it is back to life...just with a little bit more sun now!!!

    Friday, April 11, 2003

    Friday Five

    1. What was the first band you saw in concert? I think that would have to be Peter Frampton, 38 Special, and Lynard Skynrd. They were all together my sophomore year in college and I went with my boyfriend and his mother! Actually, it got rained out after Frampton and we had to make another trip to see the rest of the concert!

    2. Who is your favorite artist/band now? I love all types of music, but I don't think I ever change the station when Aerosmith is on!!!

    3. What's your favorite song? Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight

    4. If you could play any instrument, what would it be? The piano...I took lessons for years, but didn't practice like I should. I really wish now that I would have!

    5. If you could meet any musical icon (past or present), who would it be and why? Hmmm, these types of questions are always hard! I wouldn't mind meeting Steven Tyler, but I am sure that there are others I would enjoy to meet!!!

    Monday, April 07, 2003

    The Who Is Edition

    Who is:

    1. Sexier (female)...Pamela Anderson or Jennifer Garner? I'll answer Pamela Anderson, b/c I don't know who Jennifer Garner is!!
    2. Sexier (male)...Ben Affleck or Matt Damon? Definitely Ben!!
    3. The better piano player...Billy Joel or Elton John? Oooo...that is tough, I really like both of them a lot!
    4. Funnier...David Letterman or Craig Kilborn? Like number one, I'm going to answer Letterman b/c I don't know Kilborn!
    5. The dumber cartoon cat...Stimpy (of *Ren & Stimpy*) or Tom (of *Tom & Jerry*)? I don't like Ren & Stimpy - I think the entire cartoon is dumb!
    6. A better news anchor...Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather? Browkaw
    7. A better TV chef...Emeril Lagasse or Jacques Pepin? Emeril
    8. The trashier talk show host...Maury Povich or Jerry Springer? Springer
    9. The worse fast food burger joint...McDonald's or Burger King? McDonald's
    10. Thought-provoking question of the week: Only a handful of U.S. Presidents have been considered to be *great* Of the following two, which one do you consider to be greater...Franklin D. Roosevelt or Abraham Lincoln? Why? Hmmm, very thought provoking...I am going to go with Honest Abe, though...and b/c of the abolition of slavery. I'm not a history buff by any means, so this isn't an area that I lie awake at night thinking about, but I feel that this was one of the greatest things someone with power could do...I know there are many things that presidents have done for the people, but this was something that was done for human beings all over the world. Slavery was such an inhumane act that if this accomplishment had not come to be, I hate to think where our world would be today.


    Cliques

    In most schools, especially middle and high school there are certain cliques. At least when I was in high school 20 years ago there were!

    Jocks, Brains, Druggies, Band kids, A-Listers, Rednecks, Sluts, Virgins, Rockers, Punks, Rebels, Loners, Losers.

    Where did you fit in? Did you fall into more than one group? Did you want to be in a different clique? Did you feel comfortable in your clique with people just like you, or did you want to break out and try to conform to another one? Did it really matter to you to fit in? What about now, have you changed from the clique you were in, or are you still the same way?

    My HS was small and definitely had its cliques, but I can't say that I didn't really fit in one and did in another. I was friends with most everyone in school and can pretty much get along with everyone. I was an athlete and I was one of the smart kids...I was in Homecoming every year and in several organizations. My life now is pretty much like that, too. I have several groups of friends that aren't into similar things, but I can be happy in different situations. I enjoy going to the country, four-wheeler riding, fishing, getting dirty, but then I enjoy getting all dressed up and going out on the town to a play and having dinner at a nice restaurant. I love to travel, but can be perfectly content in my own back yard. I guess if you just get stereotyped as being one sort of person over another you would get left out of doing a lot of things that you would otherwise very much enjoy and never know it.

    Sunday, April 06, 2003

    Another Monday

    I know I haven't been doing a very good job of keeping things updated around here! I have reasons...excuses...whatever you want to call them. Work has been pretty busy lately so I haven't been getting online as much during working hours, which was when I posted most of the time. Plus the fact that they cracked down on internet usage during working hours, so I don't get online much even when work isn't that busy!! Trying to be a good little employee! Also, at night I don't get online as much b/c Michael and I are on the go a lot and if we're at his house I don't have my computer and when we're at my house, he is on more than I am!! I do miss keeping up with everyone and giving regular updates, but I have never been happier than I am these days!!

    So, how do our weeks normally go?? Mondays are usually open, so if we have dinner with my parents I try to plan it for Mondays! Tuesday nights are softball and if we're lucky and get early games we can be home before ten o'clock...sometimes, though, we don't make it home until closer to eleven! Wednesdays we're at Michael's parents' house. Before we met he would go over there every Wednesday for dinner and to visit with his family. His two brothers are still at home, so it was a time when the whole family would get together. I am now a part of that weekly family time and they are really a great family! Thursdays we try to stay home and cook dinner...we take turns. Michael, as it turns out is a pretty good cook! That is also the night that I used to always watch my shows on NBC. I don't watch them every week now, but I still try to keep up with what is going on. The weekends are always up in the air. We like to get out of the house at least one night during the weekend. This past weekend we ended up going in different directions, though. He went with his dad and youngest brother out to their deer lease. They shot squirrels and a turkey and filled their deer feeders. It sounded like they had a really good time...I haven't seen the video yet (they always make videos), but I am sure I will on Wednesday!! I had a good time in East Texas, too. I spent time with my grannie and got to see some cousins that I haven't seen in a long time. My brother and I also got to visit! I don't get to see my siblings very often, so I appreciate the times I do get to see them!

    The drive back yesterday wasn't that great, though. I had another migraine on the drive home. Luckily I had rode with mother so I didn't have to drive...and I even slept for about an hour of the trip. It came and went through the evening and I took some medicine after I arrived home last night, which eventually helped enough to allow me to fall asleep. These cloudy, overcast seem to be one of my triggers and since there isn't anything I can do about the weather I just have to deal with it.

    Friday, April 04, 2003

    Friday Five

    1. How many houses/apartments have you lived in throughout your life? 8 and I am about to move into my 9th - a new apartment!

    2. Which was your favorite and why? I don't know - there are different things I liked about all of them. I liked the location of the one in the Galleria, I like how close my current one is to work, I liked my last apartment in college b/c that was a fun time! They all had their advantages!

    3. Do you find moving house more exciting or stressful? Why? I think it is exciting, but am so thankful when the move is over!

    4. What's more important, location or price? Neither...they are both equally important!

    5. What features does your dream house have (pool, spa bath, big yard, etc.)? A huge bathroom with a big garden tub/whirlpool and a stand alone shower...I also want a big back yard for kennels (I want to breed dogs one day), and a big porch across the frong (or a wrap around)!


    Thursday, April 03, 2003

    The Weekend Has Arrived...

    and with it comes a road trip!! After I get off work today my mother and I are taking a road trip to my grandmother's. (Nina - I'm gonna plan and coming by!) The boys are off to the deer lease to fill feeders and turkey hunt and the girls are going visiting! I haven't been up to East Texas in a couple of months so I am really looking forward to it. While we're there I am going to put in a garden for my grandmother. She has mentioned several times that she is wanting one this year, so that is our Saturday project! She is going to be so thrilled...it's a surprise!

    The weather is icky again! Sticky is a more appropriate word I think! When you walk outside it feels like you're stuck in a plastic bag or something! I think we have a chance of rain, too...but I hope it doesn't spread to East Texas.

    Last night was family night. Michael's two brothers came over to watch last night's game. It was pretty good until the last quarter...and I ended up falling asleep before it was over. I was so tired. I have never seen three brothers as close as these three...over the passed couple of weeks they have been in a feud of sorts, though - one with the other two. But yesterday things got patched up the way guys do it..."Hey man, you wanna go play ball?" "I can't, I am cooking dinner for Hanna tonight (it was good too, honey), but there's a good game on tonight. You wanna come over here and watch it?" "Yeah, I'll be there." Then Michael called his other brother to join them and the entire feud was over with! (In all honesty, the night before it all came to a head, but nothing was really resolved until last night.) I was so happy that they finally got over it...AND guys get passed things so easily...girls have too much drama and have to talk about it too much afterwards! I like the simple method better!