Friday, August 24, 2007

I Promise I'm Not Dead Yet!

What is it about a vacation that makes you want a vacation just to recover from your vacation?

That's how I have felt this week. I haven't yet had a chance to recover from being gone for two and catch up on life. Now my parents are here. I am thrilled to have them here, but I don't have any food in the house with which to feed them. That's how unprepared I was for their arrival. I just barely got the house cleaned before they pulled into the driveway. I did manage to put clean sheets on their bed and clear some space in my daughter's room for their luggage. It's so laid back when they're here that I'll go grocery shopping later. We had pancakes for breakfast--I had everything on hand for that--even the buttermilk, can you believe it?

I have been very bloggy these past few days since returning from vacay, but unfortunately for you not anything that you can see here just yet. I have a few new blogs coming soon. One is about my love affair with the written word and the other is a collaboration I am doing with a dear friend. That's all I'm going to say about either for now. My goal is to get the first new blog ready by the end of next week. (My parents will provide some much needed blog time for me.) I would imagine the collaboration will be operational very soon as well.

Soooo... I hope you will forgive me for being lax on my posts here. I do love you dearly and miss our posts together. Soon, my dear readers, soon....

Until then...

...go get something to eat!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

UPDATE: We're Baaaaaa-aaaaack!

Ok, so I know you have all been checking in on me everyday, praying that I will have posted something witty about my travels, dreams, or quirky songs that get stuck in my head.  Well, you will be relieved to know that I am back and will be bringing all of those things to you very soon.  I thought that I would have internet service the whole time I was gone, but I had barely any.  I should have had guest posters.  Now I know for sure for next time.  

I have lots to post about in the days and weeks to come, but for now, I have 54 emails to respond to, 3 books to mail, 8 books to choose, a brand new blog to design, 7 books to review, 104 pictures to clean up in photoshop, 2 toilets to clean, 3 loads of laundry, and 4 filets of tilapia to broil.

Soooo... I best be on my way for now.  

It's good to be home!

UPDATE:  Head on over to my other site... I've been posting all about General Council this afternoon.  I will eventually have it up here as well, in a paired down version.  But if you can't wait another second to find out what I've been up to, this should keep you occupied.  I'm taking a short break from it now to make dinner and get feeling back into my bum.  I will finish with days 5 and 6 later tonight after Natalie and the Music Man are in bed.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

I Am Still Here!


I have ben swimming without a life preserver on!  I've had no internet for 4 days!  :::GASP:::  But now I have some at the hotel in Indy, although, I have to use Scott's computer which leaves me without any of my pictures... so that will have to wait for a few more days.  I haven't had much time to even think about anything, but I have a few minutes now and I just had to fill you all in on what I've been doing here at General Council thus far. (As I type this, my hubby is in the Big Vote meeting.)  

[I'm sorry, but this will have to be sorta quick.]

I am so excited about everything that I don't know where to begin!  What fun!!!  I feel like a kid in a candy store!  

Ok... We got here yesterday afternoon, checked into the hotel, and headed over to register where we met up with Pastor and Linda Romine!  That was fantastic!!!  Service was awesome as was the altar time following.  We ate a late supper with the Romines.  We had such fun catching up and reminiscing about the good 'ol days.  

This morning Scott and I had breakfast together alone (can you believe it!) at au bon pain... Mmmm... We then met up with Pastor Alan and walked over to the Convention Center.  We walked around the exhibits for a while and I got to see friends from college that I haven't seen in years!  It was awesome!!!  (That's the part when I felt like a kid in the candy store!  Pictures to come... I promise... They're all on my phone...)  Then we met Pastor and Linda again and the guys all went into their business meeting.  

Linda and I walked the exhibits more.  She's my kindred sister with a missions calling on her life as well, so we got all giddy over the amazingly elaborate mission displays.  It was unbelievable.  We got our picture taken in a rickshaw---SO COOL!!  Tomorrow morning we're going to get henna tattoos and go on this thing called a Eurasian Experience.  They have a Eurasian village set up where you can taste foods from the area and all sorts of things... I'm so excited!!!  We visited the NCU booth!!!  I saw my old friend Jon and finally met his beautiful wife, Elissa. (I found out that she has finally broken him of the disgusting habit of blowing his nose in his shirts.  Thank you Jesus!)  We visited a whole bunch more booths that I want to mention by name and give links too, but Scott has my bag with all my info at his meeting, so it will have to wait till later.

Around noon, we met our guys again for lunch at Champps.  My friend Josh joined us too.  It was so great to see him again.  We went to high school together and it was because of him that my husband and I met.  (Thanks Josh!)  His wife is one of my very dearest and best friends in all the world.  (Oh, girlfriend!  I am missing you soooo very much right now!!!  I wish you were here!!!)  The guys had to go back into meeting for the Big Vote, so Linda and I did what we do best... We went shopping!  Now I am back here typing to you...

I can not tell you what a fantastic time I have been having.  I SOOOO needed this break and vacation!!!  I love my life, my family, and my friends, but I needed a change of scenery badly!  I feel like I am in the middle of a huge deep breath!!!  I have laughed, cried, made a fool of myself, laughed some more, cried some more, hugged so much, been hugged so much, smiled, talked, been giddy, cried again and laughed even more...  And I get to do it all again tomorrow!!!  Did I already say I am having so much fun!

So until later... that's what I've been up to!


Monday, August 06, 2007

A Diary of General Council 2007: Day One

We are off! We left this morning around 730 and are headed to Dayton, OH. PScott's parents live there and it is the first stop on our 2 week Midwest tour. Thank you Jesus for a van with a DVD system!

Tomorrow we meet up with Pastor Alan. He get to experience Dayton for the first time in his life. We'll take him on the Scott Ball History Tour and to the Air Force Museum. I think he is going to try Skyline Chili. He may not get to go to General Council depending on what the chili does to him. Please be praying.

Is This Really Any Better...

It's 521AM and anyone who knows me even a little bit has now fallen off their chairs in shock that I am awake and actually functioning at this house.  And I am completely functioning.  I just woke up with this in my head.  YIKES!!  I think it's worse than the other day, but it did get me right out of bed this dark morning.  

We'll be leaving in an hour and a half for 2 weeks of vacation.  (Here comes the Music Man.  Oh dear!  He's wondering what I did with his wife.)  We're going to General Council in Indianapolis this week and Dayton next week.  I thought about having a few guest posters throughout the weeks that I'm gone, but decided that since I'm not on a real vacay I can still do it myself.  I have lots of pictures from this summer that have never been blogged about and some other things like that, so I have enough to keep posting.  

But for now, I think I'll enjoy a cup of coffee... Mmmm... and watch the sun rise over my deck.  In honor of my early start today, I decided to highlight one of my favorite gadgets that I use almost daily.  It's my French press.  What is a French press, you say?  Well it's that thing the left of course...

I traded in our little 4-cup coffee maker a couple months back for this little guy because I got tired of seeing the ugly Krups on my counter.  I thought that this looked much cuter.  Since I'm the only one that drinks coffee here in the mornings this makes the perfect amount.  And when we have company, it's fun to whip it out and make coffee right at the table.  

This particular model is $89.95, but you can get them as inexpensive as $24.95.

I must go now... I do have a two weeks vacation to go to after all.  I'll keep you posted throught the weeks.  (No pun intended!)  Type to you soon.

Does the sun rise this early?  I didn't think even Jesus woke up this early.

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Best Part of Waking up

I woke up with this in my head...
Is that really the best part of waking up?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Would you believe...

Last night, as I was snuggling with the Music Man and thoroughly enjoying the way the soft hair on his chest felt on my face, (mmmm... it is my favorite place to lay my head), I had a brilliant idea for what to post today.  I don't usually plan these posts ahead of time.  I just sit down and type whatever babble come into my head, but last night was a beautiful idea.  It needed a tad bit of prep and unfortunately I fell asleep.  Hello!  How could I not!?  Snuggled in with my man, listening to his heartbeat, and getting my back tickled by my buff man... you do the same with your husband and try to stay awake to think about your blog.  I bet you couldn't do it either!

Anyway... since my fantastic idea needed a bit of prep last night and it didn't happen, you'll have to settle for this....

(But you can be sure that I will someday make good on that idea.)

I shared with you about this new-to-me website,, on Website Wednesday.  I joined earlier this week and posted my required 9 books.  Immediately one of those was requested.  Then yesterday afternoon I went to my husband's office and plundered our library there.  It's mostly our books from college.  (Which strangely enough, I found that for the most part they were in remarkable condition.  Some looked as though they had never even been opened.  Wow!  I had forgotten how meticulous I was with my books as I read every last page of each of them.)  I brought them home and posted every last one.  I think it was 18 in total.  (Hey! this is just the beginning.)  I was convinced that no one would ever want these books, but the more books I post the better chance I have at earning credits, so the more the merrier.  
Well, what do you know... I checked my email this morning to find that five, yes I said FIVE of those college books I posted had been requested!  Can you even believe it!?  I will have five more credits in which to get five more books to love.  

What fun this it!!!  You must try it!!!  Go sign up right now!  Now!  I said NOW!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

WW: PaperBack Swap

A very dear friend of mine recently introduced me to a fantastic site for those of us who love to read.  It's called Paperback Swap.  It's such a great idea and completely free to join!
Once you join, you post 9 books from your personal library that you are willing to part with.  You then receive 3 credits toward books you would like to have.  (1 credit = 1 book)  When one of your books is requested by another member, you print the provided packaging materials, put the necessary postage (which is calculated for you) on the package, and drop it in your outgoing mail.  When you request a book from another member they pay the postage to send your new book to you.  That is how it remains totally free.  
I am a devoted shopper of Amazon and regularly buy my books there, but I do believe that I will be enjoying this new-to-me site!  I just had to share it with you! 
For more info about how this process works, click here.
Oh, and if you are like me and your books become dear friends to you and you hate parting with them, you can always request you book back from someone else after you have sent it on.  Just think of it as the circle of life, or what goes around comes around, or even as recycling.
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