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so long

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged, but Brian and I have been out of town without internet access. I promise I will blog soon! I will tell you about Choxie’s latest ordeals, how our vacation went, about my college visit I’m taking someone on tomorrow, and our weekend coming up! I know you can’t wait.

GOOD THING: found some free snacks this afternoon
BAD THING: have to wake up really early tomorrow morning

balloons and tacos

So the infamous balloon boy finally spilled the beans that the whole drift away balloon ordeal was a hoax. They planned it! Any family that would agree to be on Wife Swap is kind of crazy, and now this? That family is attention hungry, and now we’re giving it to them like crazy. Stop putting them on television! (I know I am mentioning them in my blog, which is attention, but I highly doubt they’ll know about this, and no one reads this anyway, so I don’t think that this really adds to the problem.)

I saw the new Taco Bell commercial for the first time last night, and I HAVE to get one of those tacos. Pepperjack sauce? Yes, please! Black shell? Awesome! A friend in Georgia said it wasn’t that great, but I have to find out for myself.

I get my hair cut today after work! I’m so excited. I hope it finally looks better after today. I’m halfway planning on just cutting it off again, but I don’t want to give up just yet. I’m mostly planning on telling her I’m desperate for some layers and that I can’t do this one length thing anymore. That just doesn’t work well for people with thick hair, especially if it has curl and wave. Ick. We’ll see what happens! If it’s bad, I’ll just keep wearing ponytails.

GOOD THING: getting colder!
BAD THING: My gas light is on in the car, but I don’t have any time to spare between work and my haircut.

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Another update? I’m crazy!

It looks like WordPress has finally figured out that when we hit Enter, we don’t want to double space. Nice going! It only took you forever. I don’t like how they took the little corner expander thing away from the bottom right corner of the text box, though. I like to see more of what I’m typing.

Today is alright. I got 2 new books in the mail – one for a collection and one to hopefully improve my quality of life and introduce new ideas for projects around the house. The book’s called The Urban Homestead, and it teaches you how to do a lot of stuff on your own at home instead of buying it, paying someone to do it, or whatever. You get the idea. We’ll see how it goes! Dave said it was a great resource, so I figured I’d believe him.

I just have one more day of work this week! I get to get my hair cut tomorrow right after work! My cousin is coming to visit us while she’s in town for a tennis tournament Friday, too. I seriously need to clean my house before she gets here, but I seriously don’t have any free time before then to do it. We’ll see what happens! How can one house produce so many dust bunnies and hair balls in like 3 days? I sweep pretty often, yet I immediately find new dust bunnies as soon as I finish sweeping. That’s what happens when you don’t have carpet, but it’s still worth it. My allergies agree more with hardwood. I’m used to it now anyway since the condo didn’t have much carpet, either.

We ate lots of leftover goodise at lunch today that were still here from yesterday’s delicious tea. Sheena can back that statement up, too, since she swung by at just the right time to sample the goods yesterday.

It is so dark outside and gloomy. I’m so over this rain.

I just called the vet and lost my train of thought, so this post is over!

GOOD THING: almost the weekend
BAD THING: rain!

rules to live by

I retyped this today for work, and I just found it intersting. Read it for yourself! This is by no means all the guidelines we have, but this is one document. I’m not sure if it’s official or just a compilation taken from the Book of Discipline, but either way, it’s rules we’re to go by.

General Rules of Methodist Societies
It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that they should continue to evidence their desires of salvation,

First: By doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind, especially that which is most generally practiced, such as:
• The taking of the name of God in vain.
• The profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordinary work therein or by buying or selling.
• Drunkenness: buying or selling spirituous liquors, or drinking them, unless in cases of extreme necessity.
• Slaveholding: buying or selling slaves.
• Fighting, quarreling, brawling, brother going to law with brother, returning evil for evil, or railing for railing, the using many words in buying or selling.
• The buying or selling goods that have not paid the duty.
• The giving or taking things on usury – i.e., unlawful interest.
• Uncharitable or unprofitable conversation, particularly speaking evil of magistrates or of ministers.
• Doing to others what we know is not for the glory of God, as:
• The putting on of gold and costly apparel.
• The taking such diversions as cannot be used in the name of the Lord Jesus.
• The singing those songs, or reading those books, which do not tend to the knowledge or love of God.
• Softness and needless self-indulgence.
• Laying up treasure upon earth.
• Borrowing without a probability of paying, or taking up goods without a probability of paying for them.

Secondly: By doing good; by being in every kind merciful after their power; as they have opportunity, doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all men:
• To their bodies, of the ability which God giveth, by giving food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by visiting or helping them that are sick or in prison.
• To their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting all we have any intercourse with; trampling under foot that enthusiastic doctrine that we are not to do good unless our hearts be free to it.
• By doing good, especially to them that are of the household of faith or groaning so to be; employing them preferably with others; buying one of another, helping each other in business, and so much toe more because the world will love its own and them only.
• By all possible diligence and frugality, that the gospel be not blamed.
• By running with patience the race which is set before them, denying themselves, and taking up their cross that men should say all manner of evil of them falsely, for the Lord’s sake.
• It is expected of all who desire to continue in these societies that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation,

Thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God; such are:
• The public worship of God.
• The ministry of the Word, either read or expounded.
• The Supper of the Lord.
• Family and private prayer.
• Searching the Scriptures.
• Fasting or abstinence.


Today is rainy again, and I’m so tired of it! It’d be not AS bad if I didn’t have to be at work and could sleep all day, but then again, NOTHING would be as bad if i could sleep all day instead of work haha. I’m just over the rain, and I’m ready for it to either get sunny and fall-perfect or just get cold already. Plus, my dad bought me a new coat this weekend, so I want to be able to use it! It’s a sweet Carhartt one for doing things outside when it’s really cold outside, and I love it.

I am going to try and pull out the ol’ bicycle sometime this week and get back into riding it around. It doesn’t take long to work up some stamina (because riding a bike is so much harder for me than walking or jogging), so I am not too intimated. I just know how sick I felt every time I rode it to work last spring, so I am going to try and work on that to get to where I can easily have enough energy to do it comfortably. I wouldn’t mind walking at all, but since I already walk the dog pretty often, I don’t want to burn myself out on walking. I feel like I’d never want to walk the dog if I’d already walked to work and back that day. We’ll see how it goes! I usually have lots of good ideas, but I never get around to them.

This weekend was pretty good in Georgia. We sucessfully went to 2 apple houses, ate some desserts there, almost got in a wreck on the highway because of a girl and her cell phone, ate lots of food, visited a dam that my grandfather worked on decades ago, drove through some beautiful mountain areas, tried out my dad’s inversion chair, played with the dog, heard some funny stories, heard some bad jokes, and some other stuff. Oh, and I closed my own finger up in a the car window, which hurt REALLY bad. It also took us over 4 hours to get there, and it should’ve been less than 3 hours. It seemed like eternity in the car.

I’m afraid Choxie is sick, so Brian is going to help me decide this afternoon whether or not we should take her to the vet. I’m all for preventing and being cautious, so she will probably go. She hasn’t eaten much since Friday and has slept extra compared to normal, so if something’s wrong, it’s been wrong for several days, and I don’t want to push it too far. We might see how she eats tonight and take her tomorrow. I really hope she’s okay! It makes me worry more since I know I am supposed to take her back to the vet in a couple of weeks anyway to re-check some liver enzymes because they were really high last time. She’s pretty tough, so I think she’ll be alright eventually.

I got my new wallet in the mail! I could’ve gotten it Friday, but we went out of town, and I didn’t know that Zappos was going to ship it overnight until Friday morning after it had been shipped. If I would’ve known, I would’ve shipped it to my parents’ house instead of to my work so I could get it sooner. It doesn’t matter either way because it’s just a card carrier instead of a full out wallet, so I won’t be using it unless I just want to carry one tiny thing with me when I go somewhere instead of a purse.

I cannot wait to get my hair cut this Friday!

I’m also excited to take Margaret Anne on her college visit in a couple of weeks to Berry. I know she’ll love it, but we’ll see if they can work something out with the major she wants since they don’t really have it. Either way, we’re going to have fun that day because I will be off work, and she doesn’t have to go to school. Score!

GOOD THING: less than 1.5 hours left of work until I can go check on my puppy
BAD THING: seems like 7 PM outside


Choxie was so snuggly last night. I loved it! We had to give her a dose of medicine yesterday morning, and every time we put it on her, she gets really mopey and looks sad for a day or two. It makes me feel sad for her because she just droops around and makes these sad faces. The good part is that her energy gets zapped, so she’s just plain old sweet! Last night, it was more than ever. She just followed me all around the house, and every time I sat down, she would come and lay in my lap and just sleep and sleep. She was right there with me all night long, and it was great. She knows who her mom is! Brian got a little sad because she wouldn’t lay with him, but I don’t think it’s anything personal.
She is going to have so much fun running around outside at my parents’ house!


Yesterday was our 3 year anniversary! Toot toot. Brian is so super awesome – I’m lucky! We both decided to do what we’d planned on doing last night, which included me going to Bible study, and he worked late last night taking pictures at work. We didn’t even see each other until after 8, but that is completely fine. We exchanged cards, Brian brought me flowers home, and he made me brownies! We’re going to eat together tonight instead, but I can’t decide on what we should eat. Hmmmm…..

After dinner, we’re going to watch our normal Thursday night TV shows! Jim and Pam are getting married! We’ll have a fun weekend with my parents, so we don’t need to do anything else. Oh – Brian told me I could order a wallet thing that I’ve looked at online since the 3 year anniversary gift is traditionally leather. I ordered it today! We always look at those and see if there’s something we can do that follow the tradition. He said leather was boring and didn’t want anything.

Choxie has been really funny lately, and she’s been more snuggly, too. We know she can get up in our tallest kitchen window, and she also can apparently get on top of our stove. Yeah, like all the way up on it. She sleeps with me in the mornings curled up in my legs after Brian leaves but before I get up for work. I love it.

Oh! Last night was so fun at church dinner because I fed dinner to Jeanne’s little boy, Baker. He’s so funny and fun to be around. I want to feed him every week!

GOOD THING: hanging with Brian tonight to celebrate how awesome we are together 🙂
BAD THING: headache, but I took half a hydrocodone, so we should be fine soon.

daily awesomeness

I don’t usually have anything to blog about that often, so if I can remember, I am going to randomly blog on some days about what has been the best stuff of that day.

So far, today’s awesomeness consists of:
double sided tape
Led Zeppelin from Dave’s office
surprise dessert = caramel cake from Julie’s mom
cute new shirt and earrings

And the day’s not over!

What’s awesome about your day so far?


Warning: this one is long, but maybe it will at least be a decent read. Maybe not.

Brian and I traveled to Berry College this past weekend to go to Mountain Day, which can be best described to someone who didn’t go there as an alumni weekend/homecoming/annual celebration. It’s to ceelbrate the founder’s birthday, and the students who want to can participate in the “Grand March” on the big hill. Parents, friends, alumni and professors can watch them participate while eating a BBQ picnic lunch. People bring their dogs and children and catch up with people they haven’t seen in a while. That is, if you like to do that sort of thing. We obviously do not really enjoy stuff like that very much, so every time we go, we wonder why we decided to go haha. We knew a few friends would be there, so we wanted to hang with them, but those friends are people who we’ve seen during the past few months. I didn’t really catch up with many other people except for a few hellos, but it was still good. I still enjoy seeing those people in person versus on Facebook even if we didn’t have a full out conversation. I would love to have conversations with everyone, but it just never happens. Mostly, I really wish more people would’ve been there, but that is how it always goes.

We killed some time at Kaitlin’s house trying to stay awake by goofing off before the big reunion event that night. We dreaded going because of the whole forced social awkwardness, but when we got there, it really got better. I chatted with a few more people, there was a band, candy was thrown all over our table, and we got free drink tickets! Kaitlin and I got some white wine and armed ourself with buzzes after we ate our dinner, so everything was funny after that. We decided we would go back and use our second free drink ticket, but they’d run out of alcohol and shut the tent down! What the?! That was kind of sad. I did get to bring home a pot of flowers for my front porch that was used as table decoration there, and our class tent won 3rd place in the tent decorating contest. Thanks, planning team!

We went back to Kaitlin’s aftewards for about an hour and goofed off until we decided to drive back home, and that was fun. I got some yummy gas station French Vanilla coffee on the way home. Brian and I listened to lots of music, and I danced to lots of songs in the car. We love Owl City! We knew that already, but Brian’s work friend Emily made him an actual CD, so we had it for the listening. The songs are so cute and fun even if they’re kind of cheesy sometimes. It was just happy music for the car all about regular things and animals and nature and love and stuff.

Sunday, we were so sleepy but got up for church anyway because we love Jesus. After church, we ate Mexican food for lunch. The best part is that we went home and ended up napping after that! Even Choxie napped with me in the living room after she listened to me play my guitar while Brian slept on the bed. We both eventually conked out, too. Brian had to go be a photographer for work that evening, so I left to go buy some beads to make some necklaces. I decided to try and sell some online. After I make a few more, I’ll list my measly inventory and see what happens. If someone actually buys one or two, I’ll go buy more stuff to add to my page, but I’m not wasting my time or money until that happens.

This coming weekend, we’re going to visit my parents and go get apples! It should be a fun day. That trip is fun enough just with my parents, but my mom told me that my aunt and uncle, my two cousins and a friend & boyfriend are coming along. We’ll see what happens! I can’t wait!

GOOD THING: less work to do this month than I thought
BAD THING: the cold, dark weather makes me very tired!