Archive for August, 2009

sleepless nights

I couldn’t go to sleep until after 3 AM last night. The night before that was almost as bad! I am having lots of trouble sleeping lately.

The yard sale was a success. We had lots of low priced items, so I think making $135 was pretty great when you consider most everything was between a quarter and a dollar. The best part is that we donated everything left to a charity, so all that stuff is out of our house! We’re going to get back to work on spiffing up the basement now that some items are out of it.

Brian and I took his mom to Longhorn last night for a late dinner, and it was so yummy, but that wasn’t a surprise. Today, church was pretty good. I was just so tired that I had trouble paying attention. Sunday School and church touched on lots of the same stuff, and that is always neat when it happens.

I cannot tell you how excited I am that this week at work will be better than last week. There is no way it could be worse, honestly. Well, it could, but I am not sure I could handle it if it was. Tuesday night is our first official Circle meeting since we took the summer off, and Wednesday is the first night of the Bible study I’m doing this year. I hope it’s good! I think it will be awesome.

I have started 2 new books, but that doesn’t make sense since I never finished the others I was reading. They just weren’t interesting enough to keep me reading, but I will finish them one day. So far, one of the 2 is pretty good, but the other one is just so-so. I will get back to it to see if it gets any better, though.

I am still debating whether or not to try and do the Bible in 90 days along with Contact/Dave. Is anyone else doing it? It seems like something I’d start but not finish or come anywhere close. I did take a bookmark with the daily readings on it, thought, so maybe I can make myself at least try.

I’m running on not much sleep, so my thoughts are pretty scattered right now.

I’m trying to get up enough energy to take the dog for a walk/jog and enjoy the cooler weather. I probably need to get going on that before it gets dark.

GOOD THING: made some money Saturday
BAD THING: still have to plan for some stuff this week, and I’m running out of time


Do you know how awesome Coke tastes after eating apples? It’s awesome! I love Chick-fil-A Coke to start with, and it’s even better while eating a CFA fruit cup. YUM!

Brian said he found lots of clothes and stuff at his parents’ house to sell at the yard sale. That’s great! We have to go through it all tonight to see how we need to set up our area. I hope we make some money! It seems hard to imagine making any money at all when yard sale prices are so low, but I guess it could happen. I just hope we make more than $20. That would be sad to make hardly anything after waking up so early on a Saturday and putting so much time into gathering junk.

Work is still crazy! I think it will be better starting tomorrow, which makes perfect sense since Thursdays are so awesome.

For all of you that I usually chat with online throughout the day, I’m sorry! I should be back online very soon. It’s probably a nice break for you haha.

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Choxie typed you a message!

GOOD THING: free lunch today including birthday cake!
BAD THING: migraine all day, but it’s gone thanks to hydrocodone!

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Today was SO BUSY at work! It was probably my least favorite day of the year so far. 😦 I really hope tomorrow is better. I stayed an extra 40 minutes or so today just so tomorrow morning won’t feel so overwhelming. Let’s hope it works!

This past weekend was pretty awesome. Brian and I went to the lake by ourselves Friday at lunch time because he took off work for his birthday that was Wednesday. They let him choose whatever day he wants. We went to Pizza Hut in Clanton for dinner and had pizza for lunch the next day. It was really yummy. PH wins the pizza contest. We lad lots of fun at dinner laughing about stuff. When we got home, we chatted with his sister on the phone for a long time, and that was funny, too. Brian got to wakeboard for a little while Friday evening right in front of the house because the water was so calm. It was really awesome and fun to drive him with perfect water and no other boats. It started lightning, so we had to quit lest we get struck down. The next day, we woke up late, then took the boat out again. I got to wakeboard then, and I wakeboarded for a realllly long time until my arms hurt too bad to hang on. The water was pretty rough, so that sucked my energy up faster. We had a good time either way. Choxie played in the water some more, too! She likes it. Brian’s dad came down about the time we were thinking about leaving, so we took him for a long boat ride complete with the dog after he had time to mow the yard. Choxie was too cold on that ride, and she got restless. That resulted in her peeing in the boat. A lot. She’s never done that before, so I’m blaming it on the really rough water over an extended amount of time.

Sunday was the day that Dr. Sleeth came to speak at our church! I was so excited for him to be there. The only things that went wrong Sunday were these things: I decided to wake up early to go hear what he had to say BEFORE the Q&A time, but I heard his talk at the later service was awesome and different than at the early service. Oh well. Also, he announced that he would sign books after the second service, which I wasn’t going to. Thank goodness someone volunteered to get my book signed! I know it’s not a big deal, but it is to me. I am really glad I got to go up and meet Dr. Sleeth before the church service that morning to thank him for coming and tell him how excited we were for him to be there. He’s a really nice guy, and I think he’s funny, too. I’m looking forward to his next book coming out.

Sunday afternoon, I went to the bookstore and bought 2 new books and a planner. I’m pretty excited about my books, but I will wait and talk about them later when I have real comments on them.

GOOD THING: today is OVER!
BAD THING: still haven’t planned September’s Circle meeting – oops!

quite regular

I’m on a roll with these posts!

Below are some pictures from our lake weekend even though you’ve probably already seen them on Facebook.

Matt & Elise

Lexie & Choxie

Brian with Happy, the one-eyed little doggy


Brian driving our boat

the big dogs playing in the water

me in the boat

Matt catching some air

even me in the air

awwww I’m up on my tiptoes trying to get close to his face


our family!


That was probably more than you wanted to see. We had fun! I wish we could hang out with all of them more often. Maybe we will try to have a reunion soon. Wait – we will see them all in October at Mountain Day at Berry. Yes!

GOOD THING: 15 minutes until I go home from work
BAD THING: still stuffed from lunch


Happy birthday, Brian!!!! You’re awesome.

happy critters

I would like to tell you all that the Barnharts’ sea monkeys are back in the hands of their owners. Angela even sent word to me that they must have loved it in my office because they’re swimming all over the places and in circles and seem energetic and happy now. I told you!

That leads me to believe there is definitely some mystical sun power in my office window. I’ve mentioned it before, but that confirms it. Every plant that sits in that window grows like crazy, and even the sea monkeys had lots of babies in that window and now swim in happy circles. Ha!

GOOD THING: back is much better after the chiropractor visit yesterday
BAD THING: nothing


My back hurts worse than it has maybe ever since after my car wreck. I am definitely going to the chiropractor today ASAP. 😦

lake times

This weekend was a weekend at the lake! We had not been in a few weeks, but it felt like it’d been longer. We invited 2 other couples that we don’t see very often. Both husbands were college roommates of Brian’s. We had tons of fun wakeboarding, watching TV, playing Rock Band, swimming, playing with our dogs (every couple had one there), eating and talking. I’m sure something else took place, but those were the main things. I think everyone had a good time. We will probably see them all again in October when we got to Mountain Day at Berry. I didn’t take the first picture, so I will only post some after Adam puts some up on Facebook probably.

Choxie was really good and got in the water more than ever! She even got in the water two times on her own without us even coaxing her! She almost did it a third time this afternoon, but we called her back because we were getting ready to leave.

Oh, I need to back up. Friday was my shopping afternoon with Sheena! We had fun of course. We started with a super yummy lunch of O’Carrs fruit (for both of us) and chicken salad (for me). Then, we went to several stores to try on jeans for me (finally found some). We also got free 5 (or 15) minute massages while we were out! Yay for nice customers of Sheena’s.

And even FURTHER back, we had a fun TV night Thursday! We laughed and talked a lot, and I finally met Casey’s parents. They’re very nice, of course.

I am sunburned and really worn out from this weekend, so I’m hoping to go to bed really early. I highly doubt that will happen, but it sure would be nice. I really do think that any bedtime in my own bed would guarantee a much better night’s sleep than my last 2 nights in the bed at the lake, so I’ll be happy no matter what.

GOOD THING: Everyone had fun at the lake, and no one got hurt!
BAD THING: sunburned

work excitement

This morning when I got to work, I had NO voice mails and NO emails! I don’t know if that has ever happened before. It was awesome.

GOOD THING: I actually believe I can get all my work done today by the deadlines.
BAD THING: barely slept last night, but at least it was because Brian & I were chatting – at least we talk to each other!

family knowledge

I am very thankful that I have a sister in law that is so intelligent on political matters. I say that because she has been in grad school specifically studying politics/international relations for a lot of years, and she will have her PhD in that area by this fall. She is now a professor at a college in Missouri in the political science department. She has spent many years researching theories, statistics, trends, systems, etc. and is very good at explaining things. When I need help learning about something or just selfishly want ammo to combat morons who talk politics, I call her. That’s what I did this afternoon! She tells me so much that I can’t retain it all, but at least I can grab on to some of it at a time. Yay, Ann! If only she could speak to everyone about these matters. If you ever want to have a conversation or need information on stuff like this, I’m sure she’d love to help you out. I will give you her phone number!

Here is one if my favorite pictures of her:



GOOD THING: dinner tonight with the Mezzells
BAD THING: Choxie bit some of our blinds off, but who cares since she’d already broken them I guess