Archive for July, 2008

random thoughts

Here are some random things for you to read while you are wasting time!

My head hurts a little, but I don’t care, because I get off work in 30 minutes, and I am headed to the beach! I will be there until Sunday. I will try and post some pictures if I remember to take any there!

Two different people asked me to speak to a group today. I turned them both down because I get so very nervous in front of people. One request was to speak to the church about Bible studies, and another was to do a green/environmental program for a garden club. I really don’t think I’m qualified for that, but I couldn’t do it anyway because of my silly nerves. I do wonder what these people see that would make them even think I would be good at that. It’s kind of nice!

My hot pink mystery office plant is doing exceptionally well. I really hope Jeanne remembers to water it Friday! I secretly told the plant I loved it as I watered it today. ūüôā

My mom will be here in about 3 hours! I am excited I can spend some good time with her. It will be the first time in years, probably. It’s been at least a couple of years since I’ve seen her for more than 48 hours at a time.

I am excited to go to Stokin’ the Fire this year because 1. I love BBQ, and 2. Manchester Orchestra will be there…hey hey heyyyy!

Congrats to Robert & Lizzie for having their baby girl! Her name is Egan. I heard she has enough hair for every baby in the hospital at the moment. I wanted to go visit, but we don’t have time to go before our trip.

I am terribly scared of sharks, and I heard jellyfish are everywhere right now. Wish me luck! Since it’s Discovery’s Shark Week, I have tried hard to avoid those shows! I’ve seen them all before anyway. Do they not ever get new shark shows?

August has tons of birthdays, including Brian’s, my mom’s, and Sheena’s! I am proud of myself because I already have one thing for Brian, and Sheena’s gift is taken care of. Booyah. If only I could get started on Christmas gifts! I don’t even wanna think about it.

We have an oddly large number of doctors/med students in our Sunday School class. Weird.

I am not sure I believe people when they say their eyes change colors with different moods.

However, I am sure I believe in ghosts now. That does not mean I want to experience one. Please stay away!

I have worked 30 hours a week for almost 3 years. I really don’t know if I can handle going back to 40 if I ever do so! I would love to come up with my own money-making venture on the side and just work a real job part-time forever (or stop, depending on my own thing).

It’s almost time to get off work, so I will leave it at that.

GOOD THING: my mom will be here soon!
BAD THING: long time in the car tomorrow, and I pee a lot!

holding on to the 90s

Sometimes, I flip through my CDs and grab something from high school or earlier and love it all over again. Some of the ones I do this with are Silverchair’s Frogstomp, RHCP’s Bloodsugarsexmagik, Third Eye Blind’s Third Eye Blind (I hate when bands name their CD the band name), Sarah McLaughlin’s Surfacing, Our Lady Peace’s Clumsy & Happiness…Is Not a Fish That You Can Catch. Weezer’s blue CD, & I can’t think of any others right now, but there are more. What do you bring out and still love? Maybe I will wanna listen to those, too.

GOOD THING: 2 day work week!
BAD THING: meeting Monday night AND I need to clean and start packing then

interesting morning

As you already know, I tried to get my vessel license from the DMV this past Friday with no luck. I decided to get up early (so hard for me) and get there when the doors opened today so I could get everything done and get to work by 9. Well, I actually did get up early and got ready, and I made it to the DMV no later than 8! But, guess what? There was a huge line at the door that trailed the whole length of the building. I thought “surely not all these people will get in the same line as me, so really, I’m probably only behind like¬†a 1/3 of these people at the most.” That part was true. The other part that was unsaid was the part about how they wouldn’t even call ANY number for a good 20 minutes. By the time a few had been called, it was almost 9, so¬†I decided to call in to work and tell them where I was because I wanted to stay and make my waiting worthwhile.

While waiting, I tried to chat a little with the girl next to me. I found out she was there for her driving test, but she was older than 16 and said she just hadn’t done it yet. We basically just talked about how awesome it was every time someone in line in front of us gave up and left. I heard the guy next to me (around my age) and the man in front of me (parent age in army uniform) talking about being from out of state and just getting an AL license, so I piped up and told them that when I did that, you just went through the regular line and didn’t have to see an examiner, so they must have changed things. Army Man asked where I worked (somehow related), and he started talking about why he doesn’t agree with Methodism after being Methodist for over 20 years. Oh, and he was Lutheran as a child, but stopped going to church¬†after he took communion once and realized he didn’t mean it at all, so¬†he figured that was not a good thing to do and quit going.¬†He became Methodist when he started dating a Methodist girl that he could only see at church, and she was a descendant of John Wesley. Apparently, he doesn’t get the whole trinity thing and says it’s not in the Bible, which means it was made up, so he doesn’t want to follow something that’s not even in the Bible blah blah. Young Guy next to me told him the Bible DOES say there is one God since Army Man said it’s not in the Bible, and blah blah. They didn’t get in an argument at all…just discussion, but I never joined back in because what do you say to all that? I did tell him it was going to be hard to find another church that doesn’t use the trinity symbol. From the way the man talked, it sounded like he has doubts about everything all together, which is totally fine. It’s at least nice to see someone actually contemplating and studying what they’re worshipping instead of blindly following along. If someone is still asking questions, they haven’t given up on God yet, so that’s cool.

Anyway, they finally called me and Young Guy in the examiner’s office. Oh yeah – he’s from South Carolina and moved here because his wife just graduated from dental school, and she wanted to move away from home since she never had before. He just started working for the Hope House, which is a shelter for runaway teens. He’s also kind of consulting the Youth Minister at All Saints’ Episcopal across the street from my church/work since the YM is new, and Young Guy has been a Youth Minister before. Whatev.

Yeah – they finally called me back there, but then a new guy came in and sat beside me to wait, and he was a talker, so he started chatting with me. He’s in high school and just took his test for the first time. He actually asked me if I was in school around here, and I said, “I am 26 – I’m way past school” and laughed, so he said I looked really young in a good way whatever that means. So then he asked where I went to college and stuff, so we kept chatting, and then the woman at the desk got on to us! We totally got in trouble for talking in the office at the DMV. So, there you go. I just got reminded how I’m way over school, but five seconds later, I get in trouble for talking. Some things never change!

None of that was relevant, but I got my new license! I was only 1 hour late to work.

GOOD THING: I found out I don’t have to do all the stuff I thought I did for my meeting next Monday.
BAD THING: probably need to make up an hour at work next week


This is my new favorite drink. I’m so over Lipton’s Diet Green Tea.

Might I add…YUM. I have to admit, I don’t feel invigorated after drinking it, but dang does it taste good. I love the citrus flavor, and I would like to try the strawberry, but I know I’ll still love the citrus more. It’s super good while playing tennis or after working out (this makes it sound like I do those often…don’t be fooled). I would recommend it over Gatorade or something like that. It’s much more thirst quenching because it’s basically flavored water. The only downside is that it has some caffeine, and I’m pretty much caffeine free as far as drinks go (except at restaurants), but it’s nothing near a soda or even a glass of sweet tea.

 PS РI just realized I did 3 posts in one day. lame.

GOOD THING: finally started working on Social Justice Committee stuff
BAD THING: not sure what all I need to DO for SJC stuff

The First 48

This is a TV show that I love watching. The premise: homicide detectives (real ones)¬†are filmed as they try to solve murder cases within the first 48 hours of notification because, if a homicide case isn’t solved within the first 48 hours, statistics show the chances of it ever being solved drop 50%.

Brian informed me that Birmingham is on its way to being on the show! That could be good and bad, but it’ll be interesting for me, anyway. I can’t wait to watch it!


I am glad Jay Leno’s longtime stint is almost over! He is my least favorite late night host (except for people like Carson Daly).

Conan O’Brien is so funny. Now, I won’t have to decide between Conan and Craig Ferguson! I also thing Craig F. is pretty darn funny. Did anyone see his moustache days last week? ha!

GOOD THING: finally got a haircut! vacation is 1 week from tomorrow!
BAD THING: still haven’t made it to the chiropractor, all hope of a ponytail is gone for several weeks at least, even though I said “I want to let it grow out”

Criss Angel, plain ol’ freak

Criss Angel is such a tool.

This blog about him cracked me up. I found it while looking for an extra gay photo of him just so we could all laugh. Watch the video!

Look! His official website has a spot for pics of “Loyals”…and a special section for photos of Loyals with Criss Angel body art!

The Loyal Body Art


that’s right

I finally passed the boat license test online, and the state mailed me the certificate way faster than they predicted. That’s the good part.

On the other hand, I tried to take it to the DMV Friday after work so I could get a vessel certification added to my driver’s license, and that place was HOPPIN’. I waited in line (the wrong line) for 20 minutes before I realized it was 12:30, and I hadn’t had lunch yet. I also finally found someone working there to ask if I was in the correct line, to which the officer responded rudely that I wasn’t, and made it sound like my certificate didn’t count for anything; I would have to see the examiner. I left to go get some Captain D’s (yum), which I found out later was a good thing. I decided to call the DMV later that day to see what exactly I should do to get things done, and the lady who answered told me I did NOT have to take a test, but I¬†did need¬†to go to a different part of the place and take a number with the kids trying to get their first driver’s license. She also informed me they had already handed out all their numbers for the day, so I am glad I didn’t wait around when I was there. I will just go back some other day earlier in the morning before all the 16 year olds take my number.

I was waiting to do this post until I got my new license so¬†I could post both pictures, but now you know why I couldn’t do that.

By the way, I completely don’t understand inserting photos on here. Sometimes it’s so easy, and other times, I feel like punching the monitor. I totally cropped this photo, but it’s not even showing it like it’s supposed to be. Sorry!

GOOD THING: got some sweet Jim n Nick’s tonight
BAD THING: it’s almost 1 AM, and I have to get up early for church


is there ever a good commercial on TV anymore. Brian and I like this one:


mug shot

Boys and girls, this is one scary picture of Andy Dick:

In this photo released by Riverside County Calif., Sheriff's Department,  Andy Dick is shown after being arrested for suspicion of drug possession and  sexual battery on Wednesday.

But, what do you expect?

He was just arrested at a Buffalo Wild Wings in LA – sexual battery, drugs, all that regular stuff he’s usually arrested for. Buffalo Wild Wings? And he was even peeing outside, just as he’s done in years past during public bouts of intoxication.

People are so weird.

GOOD THING: This week’s work load has lessened a bit, and I just have 1 more full day of work this week.
BAD THING: I need to go to the chiropractor, but I would rather drive straight home.