Friday, November 30, 2007


So, I've decided to workout by walking every morning for 15 minutes. Maybe I'll add in some weights. I've had a migraine every day this week. All day, every day. I am hoping that exercise will help them by relieving some tension/stress. This morning I clipped on my IPOD and started listening to a sermon. I got so involved in the sermon (on the character of God ... my fav subject!) that I didn't realize I had my eyes closed and was holding onto the treamill in front of me. I looked like something from an episode of Little House on the Prairie. I was being pulled along the treadmill like a ox pulls a plow. I realized, "whoops. I think I'm having an episode." When I let go of the treadmill, I thought I was going to fly off backwards ... I was moving so slowly and the treadmill was still going strong!

King helped me to the couch and I had an untold number of paralysis episodes. Here I sit at my desk, trying to work and I have only a portion of a brain. I have taken orders and helped customers from 12 different countries. The good news is that I can type slowly on the internet while doing customer service and no one knows I have a migraine or that I just had a 30 minute paralysis episode. :) The internet is such a good tool!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I'm "It"

I have been tagged by Katy, who also tagged her husband Cash. Evidently there is a rousing game of online tag going on and I didn't even know about it! As participation in this game, I must tell you 7 random things about myself. At first I could not think of one and then once I got going, I couldnt' stop. So. You will get 7 random things and 3 bonus facts. You must swear not to use these against me in the future. Ready? 'K. Here we go...
1. I have a neurosis about germs. I'm not technically obssessive/compulsive, but I'm definitely not normal when it comes to being freaked out by the cooties of the world. Before I put my hands on a shopping cart, I think, "Who touched this last and had they just wiped their nose? Maybe a guy that didn't wash his hands after potty time? " I could go on, but I will leave it at that. I have a very active imagination!!

2. I love fast cars and speed in general. My personality is really not one of a risk taker in general, but I have always liked to drive really fast. How many tickets have I gotten?? One. I've deserved far, far more. One day I will rent a Lotus, like this one, and we will have a fun, speedy weekend!
3. I love expensive stuff. If you leave me in a room with no price tags and lotsa stuff, I can pick out the most expensive items every time. Poor King. I don't aspire for expensive things and I could not care less about other people's financial position. Growing up, things were so lean for my family that we stood in line for government issued cheese. I ate "free" lunches at school and I can distinctly remember the day I got my first store bought clothes! I was in elementary school. My mom made almost all of my clothes. And I don't aspire for wealth, but for crying out loud, I seem to always choose pricey things when I pick something out. Even picking out Christmas trees this year, I seemed to always go for the ones that were hundreds of dollars and then roll my eyes when I saw the price tag. Chalk another one up to sin nature. :)

4. I am a one-on-one person. I can enjoy big parties, but my ideal setting is a small gathering of people where I can have a 1-1 conversation with everyone before the evening is over.

5. I am not a hypochondriac. I have been called this in my early life and I never quite understood it. You know, the idea of being a hypochondriac. Why would anyone want attention for a weakness or sickness? I like attention for "kudos", for working hard, for perseverance, for having a "no quitting" attitude. So, when I was called this as a youngster, I was always puzzled. Now that I'm older, I realize that my dramatic nature probably was the culprit. I can turn anything boring into drama in no time. :) However, I have pushed myself so hard to prove that I'm not a hypochondriac that I have done physical harm to myself. For instance, one day when I had been paralzed off and on all day, I was determined to make it to the restroom. I was too weak to walk, so I crawled. I was too weak to crawl and I dislocated my hip. But, by golly, I was not faking being weak and I was going to do my traveling by myself. Dumb. Stupid, in fact. Oh, the things we learn in life!
6. Spring is my favorite season. Romans 1:20 says, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
I think each season is a representation of Christ's life. Summer is like his 30 years of growing and maturing. Autumn/Fall is like His torture, being betrayed and crucifixtion. Winter is His death and time in the tomb. Spring is his resurrection and 40 days on earth post-resurrection. As I watch God paint in His creation, I marvel at the way "even the rocks cry out" about Who Jesus is and how every season proclaims that he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

7. I have a poodle. I never, ever thought I'd be a little dog owner. I've always had big, slobbery dogs. Not that I like the slobber, but the big dogs are so cool!! My favorite is a Great Dane. I had a Great Pyranees while in High School. My friend had a Rottweiler that was the sweetest thing! Now, I have a poodle. Her name is Dixie and she has truly won my heart! Here she is in the middle of Princess' slumber party. I always thought poodles were nervous, snappy little dogs. Actually, poodles are very social, love everyone and never meet a stranger. I love my little poodle!!

And for 3 additional random facts about me:

1. I sneeze like a lumberjack.
2. I dream of being one of those delightfully witty people like my SIL J.
3. I can burp big enough to rattle the windows.

There. 10 things you never thought to ask me. Now, it is my great honor to tag J, my niece and Jamie! Have fun!


I don't know how my blogging friends have time to blog every day. I intend to, but somehow it gets pushed aside. Since my last post, we have celebrated Princess' birthday, her slumber party, Thanksgiving and now have decorated for Christmas. Work is busy, Princess is still doing make up work from her sickness and King is trying to meet programming deadlines.
Tonight is date night. I love date night. I wonder what we will do tonight.... Any suggestions?
In my next post, I will have to participate in the online game of "Tag". I have been tagged by my sweet friend and I have not taken the time to be "it". Hopefully soon...

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sick and Tired

This is not the way we envisioned starting a birthday week. Alas. Her strep test came back negative, but the good doc is running a 48 hour culture to be sure it's not strep. I have never had strep and neither has Princess, nor King. I did not know strep could make you so sick! She's had vomiting, neck pain, headache, sore throat, fever and chills. Blech.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Shuttle Launch Slideshow

I wish I knew how to overlay the sound of the shuttle launching over the pictures. I haven't labeled all of the pics. Enjoy!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Happy Birthday to me!

Celebrating my birthday Saturday with my family was fun. My in-laws came through on their way to a meeting in a nearby city. We ate Mexican food and chocolate cake. Yum!

Shuttle Launch

I promised a slideshow of the

shuttle launch, but I haven't found the time. This is my favorite picture that I took with my new Nikon. For my friends who have a new camera on their wish list for Christmas, this is the Nikon d40 with the 80-200mm lens. Ok, so back to the shuttle, notice the green image to the left of the shuttle. This is some sort of inverted reflection of the flame. Isn't it cool? It moves around on the pictures right here at liftoff and then disappears. I think the other reason that I like this picture is that the sound hit us right about this spot in launch. It was so powerful that it felt like it was going to knock us backward. Everyone should experience a shuttle launch. Way fun!