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Saturday, December 25th, 2010
8:58 pm
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
It's snowing!

Of course, it waited until after it got dark to really start falling hard so it's hard to watch it fall, which is the fun part. But the ground is already covered and church is already cancelled. Now I just hope the roads are clear by Monday because I have to be at work.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and I'll throw in a Happy New Year for good measure (since I probably won't post again before that.)

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
9:09 pm
Still alive and kicking
Haven't posted in a while --although I have been poked by Donna, Sabs and now Liss :). But yes, I am alive and well.

Life is pretty much work and church stuff (and my new hobby), but it's going well.

I spent my last birthday at my favorite place on earth--Disney World. It was just me and Kitty, no kids, if you don't count the two of us. We ate lunch at The Crystal Palace and they decorated the table for my bday and I had my pic taken with Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore. Yes, I was 42 not 4 but I had a ball. Kitty made me wear a birthday button and I was told "Happy birthday" by lots and lots of people. That was cool. Took lots of pictures which I'm using for my new hobby (scrapbooking)

Christmas was great. We had lots of family time and we put our newly remodeled kitchen to good use.

Last fall I decided to organize my pictures which led to deciding to make some scrapbooks for gifts which led to my new obsession. I can't wait to scrap all my Disney trips. I pulled out the pics from two trips already, 75 for one and 90 for the other and that's only a fraction of the number I have taken.

I am now broke because Hobby Lobby and Michaels have all my money. Scrapbooking isn't cheap. :D

Hopefully the winter storm heading our way won't be too bad for the roads because my mountain born boss thinks you should drive in a blizzard.

(11 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
9:16 am
Once more with feeling
Ah, springtime. Beautiful flowers, sunny blue sky, lovely warm temps, icky yellow pollen. How can it be my favorite time and least favorite time of the year?

Easter was good. Kids party at church was fun. We had 23 so that was a precious plenty. I spent yesterday at my friend Lynn's family's "farm". Out in the boonies. Woods. Pollen. And it was cold. But we had a good time anyway.

I have once again decided it is time to DIE-T.

Five weeks ago I gave up all sugar. Three weeks ago I gave up Sundrop.

I'm not sure exactly how much I weighed when I started but I have lost approximately 13 pounds or so.

I reached that first little hurdle so it makes me want to keep being good. I've got a long way to go but maybe for the first time I think I might make it.

(14 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Monday, December 25th, 2006
11:46 am
Merry Christmas to all!

My fondest wish is that everyone would come to understand the true meaning of the season.


(3 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Thursday, December 14th, 2006
4:51 pm
It's beginning to look a lot like....
How can it feel like Christmas when it's supposed to be in the low 70s for the next week?

I finally got all my Christmas presents wrapped. I did a power wrapping session on Tuesday night and got it all done, except for about three things (two of which I have now bought and my bosses which I have no clue what to buy). Go me! Of course I just about couldn't get out of the floor when I was finally finished.

I haven't done my Christmas cards yet (except for Liss' which I mailed today so it will probably be a New Year's card). Hopefully, I can work on them tonight. I was hoping to write them out at work, but I've actually had to work. Go figure.

Last night was the kid's party at church. They made gingerbread houses and they ate as much candy and icing as they put on their houses. But some of them were quite creative. Stupid me forgot my camera though. And the sugar high that came after was fun to see. I'm glad I could send them home with their parents.

Why is it that I brought a candy dish full of candy to work two days ago and it is over half empty and all the chocolate has been eaten out of it but the hard candy is all still there?

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Monday, November 13th, 2006
2:45 pm
Is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?
The birthday was a very lovely affair (if you don't count the getting a year older part). The girls at the office took me out to lunch. Got me lots of cool pressies. (They know I like Tinker Bell). The best present from the office came from my boss...very nice gift certificate from Kohl's but it was in a card in which he had written how much he appreciated me. Gift certificate to Kohl's... $50. Appreciation for the job you do to the best of your ability...priceless. (especially after they drove me crazy at the office last week)

Then I got a call from the ever lovely smilie117 Friday night. I love catching up with her. *hugs*

Kitty invited me over Saturday night for some yummy barbeque chicken. Kelsey drew me a picture for my birthday which now graces the frig.

I actually started Christmas shopping this weekend. I had some stuff already bought up, mostly kid's stuff I found on sale throughout the year. I need to make a list of people I need to buy for, somehow the list seems to get longer every year.

I hope I can catch the Christmas spirit this year. It seems to have been lacking in recent years. I'm listening to Christmas music to try to put me in the mood.

(6 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Monday, August 7th, 2006
1:10 pm
One of the agents just came in to the office. She had been to the beach for a week and brought me a slab of fudge for helping her customers while she was gone.


On a Monday.

On a hormonal Monday at that.

I am is *such* trouble.

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Monday, July 31st, 2006
4:22 pm
6 years ago today
I've written the date all day long today, but it just hit me what the date signified.

Daddy died 6 years ago today.

There are times now when I still think of him, mostly when I see or hear something that reminds me of him. But it does get easier.

But days like today are always hard.

It helps that I know that he is in heaven. I can't imagine what it would be like to think death is the end and I would never see him again. But I know so many people who go through life believing life ends here, that this existence is all we have. To me, that would be the saddest thing of all.

Hope is a beautiful word, so is faith.

(17 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Friday, July 21st, 2006
8:38 pm
Ever have one of those days?
Yeah, today was one of those days.

I am a secretary, not a slave. It is not my job to do anything the agents ask because they are too lazy or too trifling to do it themselves. But sometimes it's easier to do it yourself than listen to them whine because you didn't.

So anyway...

Life has been busy lately. The last two weekends have been taken up with church stuff. We had a community picnic two Saturdays ago. It was our first time having it but we still ended up with about 200 people there. We had singing, food, games for the kids and bingo for the adults. We did pretty good for our first go at it. But boy was I tired by the time I went home. Last weekend we had Vacation Bible School. I taught K-4. I had a really good group. Smart kids and well behaved for the most part. I got lucky. But having it from Thursday to Sunday night, I was very tired by the end of it.

I am looking forward to having a weekend off where I don't have some big project I'm committed to. I have tentative plans with a few girls from the office to go out to dinner and a movie tomorrow night. We want to see The Lake House if it's still on.

We called an interim preacher and I really like him a lot. He's older but he's a great speaker and very personable too. Our committee is starting to look for a full time pastor so I'm hopeful God will send the person we need to move our church forward.

Not much else going on with me. Hope y'all are well and staying cool. I will be so glad to see summer end. I hate hot weather.

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
5:34 pm
I got the loveliest post card from quidditchgrrl, just to say hi and to see how I was doing. Thanks, Donna, that was so sweet. I'll try to post more often. But be ready for boring life details.

My week of babysitting went well and I didn't kill either kid before their parents came home so I think it was a very successful endeavor. They were actually very good. I'm very proud of them. I thought that week might be God's way of showing me I really didn't want to be a mommy, but instead it just showed me how much I wish I had been blessed with children of my own.

This weekend was incredibly busy. Saturday I had to run around picking up stuff for the pastor's leaving reception that was Sunday night, as well as stuff for a baby shower I helped give Sunday afternoon. By Sunday night, my feet hurt very badly.

The baby shower was nice. This will be her 4th boy. (She's 24) God love her.

Sunday morning worship was a very hard thing to get through. The pastor's wife was a member of the praise team so the music was very emotional. When Larry got up to preach his sermon, he used the blessing text in Deut. "The Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face shine down upon you..." He couldn't get through the whole passage. Needless to say, I found my eyes more than a bit misty then as well as during the rest of the service.

We had a really good turn out for his reception which I was happy for but the actual saying goodbye to Larry and Donna was extremely hard. I couldn't do much more than hug them and tell them I loved them and would miss them without getting too emotional. I had written them a card anyway telling them what they have meant to me.

Now I just pray our church can hold it together until we can find a new pastor.

Work has been a whole lot like work lately. But I still like it and the people I work with (most of the time) so I'm not complaining about it at all.

I've never been a fan of American Idol before this season but I seem to be hooked on it now. I suppose I am rooting for Taylor to win because he is the best entertainer but he still doesn't strike me as an American "idol".

I bought the new Pride and Prejudice movie today at Target (haven't seen it yet) because it was only $10 but I can't imagine that it is better than the BBC Colin Firth version. I'm going to go buy Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at Walmart on my way home. Yes, I will go out of my way to save $2. Plus I need Sundrop. The movie is not great but it's good fun and besides it has Tom Welling in it so I sort of have to buy it. :D

Hope everyone is doing well. :)

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
8:21 am
Adventures in babysitting
I'm babysitting Kitty's kids all week while she and Dwight are in Florida (at Disney World--my favorite place on Earth *sniff*). I have had the kids since Sunday morning. They have actually been pretty good and I haven't thought of murder once. Of course it's only Tuesday and they are here until Friday night so that could change. But so far I haven't even had to threaten time out.

I've always known the mommy gig was a hard job, but my already high respect is increasing even more. Cooking, laundry, dishes, bathtime, homework (why is it that 1st grade homework can make a college educated woman feel stupid?) And getting them to go to bed. Is it Friday yet?

Kelsey (7) did provide a smile and a laugh this morning. I have a framed signed photo of Tom Welling and Erica Durance (Clark and Lois on Smallville) on a shelf in my room. While I am combing her hair, she looks at it and says "He's the prettiest one in the movie." Yep, training the child up right. And then she says "She's the prettiest girl." :D Going to make a Clois shipper out of that child yet.

I think I missed wishing Ash a happy birthday last week. Bad me. I hope it was very happy, sweetie.

(2 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
10:07 pm
It's amazing what you find when you finally clean up (and out).

I went through a couple of boxes this weekend, mostly old paid bills, receipts, crap, cards (I never throw one away) and other memory stuff like ticket stubs and the like. I am probably the world's biggest pack rat. I did manage to throw away a trash bag full of stuff but I felt like I just rearranged the rest of the crap, though you can see my carpet now. :D

I did find cards and letters from some of you on my flist that brought a smile to my face. But the best thing I found was a story I had printed out and kept entitled Small Potatos. Ring a bell with any one?

It was an HP/X Files crossover that was written for my birthday a couple of years back by some of you. It was as good today as it was then. I have talented friends. Go figure.

There are a lot of similarities between Mulder and Scully and Harry and Hermione. I can see some of the same things between my current ship of Lois and Clark, though I've been a Clois fan forever. Just goes to prove that fandoms can change but the reason you love the characters stays true throughout.

(5 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
4:34 pm
Happy Chocolate Day!
Thank you to the anon person who sent me a box of virtual chocolates. That was very sweet. Those are much better for me than the eight candy bars Stephen sent me. We're talking full sized good kind of chocolate here. It's sitting on my printer mocking me as I type.

Also thanks for the lovely icon from valentinesecret. Very pretty!

Happy birthday to eletryxx! I hope your day has been as sweet as a box of chocolates.

Not much up with me. Just work and all that jazz. I finally finished my dental appts and now have a lovely partial that I am not having fun getting used to.

I finally joined the modern age and bought myself an Ipod Shuffle. After a weekend of trying to figure out why it wouldn't work, I went to Best Buy and the guy sold me a cord and a dock and lo and behold it works now. Ain't technology great? I'm really having fun playing with it. I'm loading all my Smallville music on it. Now if I could just motivate myself to use it and go for a daily walk.

Happy V Day to all.

(9 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
3:41 pm
Taking a break
Work has been really a whole lot like work lately. Too much to do, not enough time, agents complaining. Whee. I'm pretending like I don't have an escrow checkbook to balance at the moment.

I know I am horrible and should have replied individually to everyine who commented on my friend's son's death. I do thank you all for your prayers and good thoughts. Your comments meant a lot. The funeral was very hard, as you might imagine. Terri has her good days and her bad ones.

So far this year hasn't started off on the right foot for me. Works sucks. Real life sucks. Fandom sucks.

Bright ray of sunshine I am. I think I'm just hormonal because every emotion is closer to the surface today.

The point of this cheery post? Oh yeah, to say thanks for the good wishes. Teri and family appreciated them. Better late than never.

Oh yeah, pretty icon was made by the lovely tragicllyhip. Thanks, babe.

(5 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Saturday, December 24th, 2005
12:25 pm
Prayers and good thoughts needed
I feel so sick to my stomach right now. I came out of Walmart to find two voice mails waiting on my cell. One from my friend Stephen and the other from Stacy, a co-worker. Stephen is Terri's son. Terri is one of my agents at work. I'm very close to her family. In fact I had Thanksgiving at her house.

I called Stacy because I knew something was tragically wrong. They found Terri's youngest son, Jay, dead at his home this morning. They don't know what happened. He was thirtyish. They've told Terri but I don't know how she is yet. Of course how could you be finding out your child is dead?

I think I am still numb, but I feel the tears lurking under the surface. I'll probably try to go to Terri's later this afternoon, but I don't know what I'll say.

Terri was looking so forward to this Christmas. Her daughter had a little girl this year and it's her first Christmas. Now Christmas will never be the same.

If you believe in prayer, please send up some for Terri, Stephen, Nikki and family. Or good thoughts never go astray either.

I think I'm off to have a good cry now.

(14 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Thursday, December 15th, 2005
10:42 am
I'd rather have Frosty
Been a busy little beaver since Thanksgiving. Don't know what I've been busy doing though since I still don't have all my Christmas presents bought and not one wrapped with the exception of those that I mailed out yesterday. I did a few Christmas cards yesterday too. I need to do a couple more but I'm not doing nearly as many as I usually do.

I just don't think I'm in the Christmas spirit this year. I had to make myself go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I usually like to do that but after my Jeep got in a fight with a tree Thanksgiving night (my Jeep lost), it just put me out of the mood. And then I've had a bad cold for the last two weeks so that has sapped my energy too.

Bah humbug.

Then we got an ice storm here overnight. The roads aren't really that bad, just very wet since it is still raining cats and dogs. I came into work because we lost power at home at about 8am and it was cold and dark and I couldn't see to wrap presents anyway.

The drive in to work wasn't bad with the exception of one incident.There was an intersection where the lights were completely out so I stopped like a good girl and then proceeded into the intersection. A truck came flying down the road from the left and didn't stop, didn't pass go, didn't collect two hundred dollars and proceeded into the intersection too. If I had been there mere seconds sooner or hadn't been able to put on brakes, he would have creamed me in my driver's side door and as fast as he was going I probably wouldn't be around to type this.


That's why I hate to drive in weather like this, not because I won't be careful, but fools like that guy are out on the road too.

Aren't I just a Little Mary Sunshine this morning?

One good thing happened this morning though. I broke the block that had been plaguing me with my next chapter of Darkness (and managed to write a whole page--thank goodness for laptop batteries). It's a good feeling when you finally figure out where the story needs to go and how you can get there when you have been stuck.

I think I'll put on some happy Christmas music and turn it up loud since I am the only one in the office and the phones are not ringing. Maybe that will chase away the rainy, cold day blahs.

How's your Christmas season going?

(6 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Thursday, November 24th, 2005
2:55 pm
Happy Turkey Day
Last night we did our family Thanksgiving dinner at my cousin's house. We had steak and chicken. A very traditional family we are. But it was good and I got to play with my baby cousin who is 8 months old. He was born two months early and had lots of problems so we are very thankful he is here and healthy and happy.

Today I had lunch at my "other" mother's house (my godchildren's grandmother) Mmmm. Best dressing in town. My godson is home for the holiday and wants me to take him to see HP, so we are going Saturday. It's pretty cool that an 18 year old still wants to hang out with his 40 yr old godmother.

Tonight, I am going to Terri's (one of my agents) for supper and I get to play with her new grandbaby, 3 months old. I am beginning to sense a kids theme.

Children are one of the things I am most thankful for. I haven't been blessed with any of my own, but God has still given me some wonderful kids to love. So I guess I am lucky there.

Some other things I am thankful for are my family, my church, my job (which I like *most* of the time) and my friends.

I have some wonderful real life friends but I also have some special people that I feel just as close to that I have met online. If not for my love of The X Files, Harry Potter and now Smallville, I would have never met some of the people who mean the most to me.

I know I am horrible about keeping my LJ up (yes, smilie117 I am going to try to do better about that). Sabs called me last night on her way home and I was reminded of one of my most special blessings and that is the blessing of friendship.

Some friends I have fallen out of or lost touch with over the years but a friendship once made is never forgotten. So I just wanted to let you know that when I count my blessings, I count you in them too.

Now I am off to hit the sale at Kmart. I'm still trying to decide if I want to get up early tomorrow and battle the crowds for the BIG sales. That used to be a given. I always did. In fact, I would usually work but go shopping before I went in at 9. Several places have laptops on sale--cheap. I don't need a new one but I wouldn't mind having a newer one.

I must Christmas shop though. Making a list would be a good thing to do. *makes note to make list*

Happy Thanksgiving all!

(4 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Friday, November 18th, 2005
3:35 pm
My love for Smallville knows no end. This season keeps getting better and better. There hasn't been a "bad" episode yet.

But it would seem that my love for Harry Potter is still alive and very well. I have tickets for the 7pm show and I cannot wait!

I purchased The Chronicles of Narnia yesterday. I hope to get it read before the movie comes out. I cannot believe I have never read it before.

Tomorrow I am shopping at Concord Mills with Sherry and Kitty. We are going out to eat lunch for my late birthday celebration. Bet I have to pay for my own lunch. I did last year when they "took" me out for supper for my birthday.

Sunday we have the Thanksgiving service at church and a reception afterwards that yours truly has to put together.

Oh so many things to do this weekend. And not enough time to see GoF twice. Woe is me.

Speaking of birthdays, Happy Birthday to quidditchgrrl. Hope you have a wonderful day.

(4 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Thursday, November 10th, 2005
5:35 pm
To say I haven't been looking forward to this "milestone" birthday is putting it mildly. I turned the big "40" today.

As birthdays go, this one has been pretty good. Mom gave me money. Kitty gave me a warm fuzzy Disney Princess throw. (Yes, I turned 40 not 4) The agents in the office showered me with lots of presents(many things with cats on them. Do they know me or what?) and took me out to Applebees for lunch. Mmmm. Tonight my brother and his crew are coming for supper. Is it too rude to push them out of the door by 8 so I can watch Smallville?

Mom made a Hershey Bar Cake, and though I am on a diet and not eating sweets, I will have a piece of cake. If I have to turn 40, I at least deserve a piece of yummy chocolate cake. The trick will be eating no more after tonight.

Turning 30 didn't bother me. Maybe I thought there was still time for "things" but now that seems a lot less likely. But I have my health, my family and friends so I'm not complaining.

It's finally looking like fall here. The leaves have changed so much later than usual but they are finally getting those beautiful fall colors. I love this time of year. And of course I've already heard my first Christmas song on the radio the other day. I remember when I never heard a Christmas song on the radio until after Thanksgiving. Oh goodness, I must be old now if I'm saying "I remember when". I seriously need to Christmas shop. I usually have it all about done by now. *goes to make list*

(23 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

Monday, October 31st, 2005
1:22 pm
Survived oral surgery
I had the first of my dental procedures today. I had oral surgery to extract a tooth.

I was very nervous, especially about the being put to sleep part. But the needle wasn't too bad, just a little pinch. And I was out shortly after he put the meds in. Then I woke up and it was over and they moved me to recovery. But I wasn't too woozy. The worst part was that I had to wait an hour and a half in the waiting room before they took me back. But after they did, I was on my way home in 45 minutes after that.

The best part was getting a milkshake on the way home. Mmmmm. Since I have had sugar only twice since I started my diet, it was a nice treat, especially since I hadn't eaten in 14 hours.

And I fit right in for Halloween with the blood and drool. Yuck.

I'm only allowed soft foods for about a week or so. Maybe I'll lose a few extra pounds.

I did get on the scale today and since I started my diet I have lost 10 pounds. I still have a long way to go but it's a good start and I am happy about it.

I am seriously getting excited to see GoF. Only 18 days now!

Off to put an ice pack on my face so I don't look like Alvin, Simon or Theodore.

(22 Meows - Here kitty kitty)

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