Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Heaven in my mouth...

Hershey's NEW
Chocolate Truffle

Absolutely amazing.
Everything is right in the world
for the brief moment this
is melting in your mouth.


I miss India. A lot. Right now, as I type, there is another team from GCC most likely laying their heads down to sleep after a long, hard day of manual labor. They are helping to rebuild homes in the Tsunami zone, and it sounds like they are having an amazing time.

I have found that one of the highlights of my day is to log onto their blog site to read the stories and see the pictures of what they are accomplishing as well as who they are surrounded by. It only truly hit me 10 minutes ago how much my heart is aching for India. And it was brought on by one of the most random things – beef jerky.

When all of us were packing for India, we stocked our bags with all sorts of non-perishable food items in the case of there wasn’t much we could/want to eat, or if we were hungry while on the trip to or from, we would be all set. Ironically, the only time in India we busted out the food was on our last night – we all got back to the hotel after the restaurant had closed and we couldn’t order pizza again (the nice man wasn’t working the desk that night…) so we dined on tuna, beef jerky, peanut butter and crackers, nuts and assorted granola bars. And we thought it was great!

And I can tell the team currently in India now feels the same. They just blogged about a care package of food that was sent with them made by a woman from GCC…

Its kinda crazy how something like beef jerky could pull my heart strings and bring back all kinds memories of my time in India.

I have to go back….hopefully sooner rather than later…


Normally when you see a sign that says no shirt, no shoes, no service, a certain visual comes to mind.

Caring your shoes in with you doesn’t really match up.

And yet that is what I witnessed today. A man carrying his shoe. Now technically that does not go against a no shirt, no shoes no service policy, nor does it contradict that shoes are required at the library.

Unfortunately it seems as if even the most basic of signs may now in our society require “fine print”. Such as, items must be worn on the appropriate body part…

After formulating these thoughts and opinions in a matter of seconds, I then notice the man has a walking cast on his foot and so truly cannot have his shoe on.

Then comes the question

Does he feel he needs to carry his shoe with him in order to not violate the shirt and shoes rule? or Is he wishful thinking that if he carries his shoe with him, his foot might heal faster thus ensuing a need for a shoe at any given moment? or Is there truly no reason or method to his madness leaving me, completely disconcerted.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Blonde moment...

So a few days ago I was trying to multi-task. Most of the time I do this quite well - I think its the teacher in me... Anyway, I was chatting on the phone with a friend, LAURA!, as well as trying to get my dinner together - getting a glass of ice water, getting a plate, etc.

Well, about 10 minutes later Laura and I are still talking (surprise surprise) when the following turn of events occured..

Laura in midsentence...

Me - "Uh, Laura, I have an ice cube in my pocket"

Laura - bursts of laughter echo in the phone... "What?!"

Apparently when I filled my glass of ice a piece fell into the pocket of my hoodie, stayed there for 10 minutes, and then when I put my hands into my pockets, there it was. And sadly, it took me a few seconds to think about how I could possibly have ended up with an ice cube in my pocket.

It was one of those had to be there moments...ask Laura...it was hilarious...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Survey...yep, I'm killin time...

30 unknown facts/secrets about yourself:
1. In two words, explain what ended your last relationship.I don't even remember anymore
2. When was the last time you shaved your legs?Yesterday
3. What were you doing this morning at 8am?sleeping! WOOHOO!
4. What were you doing 15 minutes ago?Trying to fix a printer and cutting up the pads of two of my fingers
5. Are you any good at math?yup
6. Your prom night?UG - quite a story there...
7.Have you ever met anyone famous?a few
8. Have you ever taken out a loan to pay for school?yup
9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile?Most of them
10. Last thing received in the mail?probably a bill or junk mail
11. How many different beverages have you drank today?two - Diet coke and milk
12. Do you ever leave messages on people's voicemail?all the time
13. What was your very first concert?I think it was the Newsboys, but I could be wrong
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach?yup - I have a picture of it too :)
15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?An expander - its painful just to talk about
16. What is out your back door?at home - a yard
17. Any plans for Friday night?Many
18. Do you like the ocean?YES!!!
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different kinds of popcorn for Christmas?yup
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium?yup - I went to PHM schools so Planetarium visits were every year, normally twice a year
22. Something you are excited about?Can't write it on here...if you ask though, I may tell :)
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELL-O?Um...probably Raspberry
24. Are any of your great-grandparents still alive?Nope, I only have one grandparent left too
25. Describe your keychain:I have a few of them
26. Where do you keep your change?In my wallet
27. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?Last Tuesday when I taught a class, and then tonight when I teach another one
28. What kind of winter coat do you have?A super cute red and white one that is down filled to its sooo warm!
29. What was the weather like on your graduation?I have no idea
30. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed?closed

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Tara's Birthday and Hailey Bean

Here are some pictures from Tara's Birthday...yes singing and a huge hat were involved at Hacienda...Hailey had a ball wearing Mike's hat as well as Tara's Birthday hat...

Posers, Fakers and Wannabes...

As I was shelving today at work, a task I don't normally do, but needed to "mix" it up a bit, I found the book Posers, Fakers & Wannabes (Unmasking the Real You) by Brennan Manning and Jim Hancock. I have only read 4 pages - for those of you who aren't big readers, this pretty much means I have yet to make it all the way through the Introduction - and already thoughts are formulating and processing inside this crazy head of mine...since time is limited right now I leave you with the opening quote -

"to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting." - e.e. cummings

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ick...I'm sick...

A picture is worth a thousand words...and since I can't formulate thoughts very well right now, I thought I would let this picture tell you exactly how I feel...

No deep thoughts today...except for one pending question I have been asking people since I started feeling this way...

Which is worse - being stuffed up and not being able to breathe, or, having a nose that is running like a faucet? Something to think about...

Friday, October 13, 2006

WHOA moments...

Do you ever have those WHOA moments where you can't help but stop and say (guess what I'm gonna say...) WHOA?

Last night I think I heard one of the most impactful messages ever given by Dr. Bob. While it probably didnt effect others as much as it did me, in my eyes it was life changing. It became glaringly apparent to me while I was worshipping that the words I was singing I did not mean. And to be honest, that scared the bageebas outta me. I had to stop singing because I felt like a hypocrite. I would have left but I was sitting in the middle of a row. As I stood there I started evaluating my life and how I want to live. How I wanted those words in the song to be desperately true. And God let me know how to do it...I had to leave service quickly and quietly, turn off my phone, head home, go down to the basement and be with Him. No lights. No distractions. No veering away from what was most important. A part of me tried to fight him on it...arguing that I could keep my phone on silent, or that I could spend time with my friends and then spend time with God. But I knew better. I had been there before. Where the burning desire died out by the world around me. And there was no one to blame but myself.

So I God and I had one of the longest conversations we had in a long time. I cried. And honestly, I feel like God did too. By the end, it was tears of joy.

Then I knew I had to do something to keep myself on track. I now have a to-do list everyday. That I am not allowed to go to bed until I have accomplished. I have a list of questions I want to ask myself every morning and every night, so I won't forget who I want to become. And I started reading my Bible again. I picked it up, opened to Romans, and man, if you own The Message version, I highly recommend reading Romans. There is some amazing stuff in there!

Anyway...the real WHOA part...I just going through the blogs I read and came across a post from Corey Mann that has some of the same questions I have been asking myself. Head on over to his blog and read this awesome blog...

Romans 8:5 ~ Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Ephesians 5:15-16 ~ Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

My Hailey Bean

Here's is Hailey's most recent picture! Isn't she adorable?!?

And then these two just make me smile on a cold, dreary day :)

It happened...

Everyone always says weathermen are never right.

Last night - they were.

It happened.

It came.

The S word.


And not just little flakes that melt the second they hit the ground. There was actually evidence of it this cold, dark, lovely morning. The good news is that once the sun started rising the snow melted away quickly...as you can see there wasn't much snow left by the time I got to work and decided to take a picture...

Monday, October 09, 2006

Distressing News...

Look at the Thursday and Friday's forecasts.
'Nough said.

Cold Rooms and Warm Beds

Well it has officially happened.

I got out of bed late because I couldn't bear to leave my warm bed for the cold "outside" air of my bedroom awaiting me. This time of year until Spring is always the hardest to pay attention to my alarm and get moving at a decent time. Of course this year is harder - Indiana changed over to Daylight Savings Time, which I have heard good things about from people who live in other states, the only problem is that Indiana is on the Eastern time zone - and it is dark until a crazy time in the morning for it being only October.

Right there are two strikes against me in the quest to be up by 630 in the AM. While I am trying to delude myself into believing that if I just went to bed earlier it wouldn't be so hard to get up in the morning, ultimately I think it comes down to a battle of staying warm curled up in bed, or facing the morning to a rude, dark, cold awakening.

Hmmm...what I would give to be able to just stay in bed...

Friday, October 06, 2006

More Random Thoughts...

- My boss broke her elbow yesterday. She was walking outside and fell. She's going to have to have surgery on Monday morning.

- I have been walking like an old person since Wednesday when I decided to start working out again. My body aches. After my boss and now this, makes me wonder about how healthy exercising really is...

- Know in my head exercise is a wonderful thing - I will continue - doubt my boss will.

- Many intriguing questions floating around inside my head lately...some from Sunday discussions, some from church, some from who knows where...need to sort them out and start exploring answers.

- Now on my second can of Diet Coke today - still tired. I normally drink mainly water, one would think the caffeine would have kicked in today.

- Corey Mann recently published a post about being Single during the high school years. He was definitely fired up and passionate about it - its a must read! By the way, I agree...

- Got talking about India last night - I miss those people. A lot.

- My boss has a crazy stalker guy who comes in the library. We call him Denim. Yesterday he came in, combed his hair back, and headed her way. (What are we in Grease or something??) Then looks at her and says, no lie, "How you doin'?" like Joey in Friends. He even followed her to Martin's. Makes my freaky library patrons not quite so bad. None of mine have followed me - that I know of at least. Something to be said for fake engagement rings or security guards.

- I miss my nephew.

- I miss my family.

- Can't wait to see all my friends play softball tonight - I just love cheering them on!

- ND plays this weekend. So does the Bears. Its gonna be a good weekend.

- I'm not gonna lie, I love guys who wear amazing smelling cologne. BUT there is a point where there can be TOO MUCH of a good thing. Like when he walks away, but you still smell him for a good 5 minutes later. Or if you smell him minutes before you see him.

- Why do some men who are getting older try to look younger by wearing the jeans they wore in the 80s?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My heart hurts...

Last night a church in Mishawaka was struck by lightning...and from what I have heard there is not much left.

My friend is a fireman and got called in last evening to help fight the fire - it didnt sound good. While I am so extremely grateful no one was injured or killed, my heart aches for the people of the church. I can't imagine what it would feel like to stand there and watch your church, a place that becomes like another home, go up in flames.

One of my old friends from college and her family have been members there for as long as I can remember - and my heart hurts for her and for them. I saw her face on the news and I just wanted to be there and let her know I was thinking about her, praying for her and loving her even though we haven't spoken in ages.

Please pray for these people who have suffered a loss that most of us could never fully understand...

Monday, October 02, 2006

Random Thoughts Today

- I was sitting here wishing the sun would come out, then it did! YAY!

- I think a full moon is coming. Strange things are happening with the computers and half the people coming in are mean.

- Mondays should be added onto the weekends. But if they did, then I would probably be not so found of Tuesdays...

- With everyone coming in to use the lab to job search, it makes me appreciate the fact that I have a job - and one that I love most of the time.

- Dark Chocolate M&Ms are the best

- I could really use a Diet Coke from McD's right now - theirs is the best!

- I normally don't go for really tall guys but there is one in the lab right now that is just too darn cute for his own good ---and he's still over a foot taller than me even with my tall shoes on! Wonder if he's single...hmmm...

- I hate shopping for new belts - either they are too small or too big...I need a custom made one...

- My teams won this weekend...go ND and Da Bears!

- Finally bought a ND shirt this weekend

- Just found out tall cutie works with kids...gotta love that!

- While some teens drive me nuts, some of them still seem to capture my heart.

- I hate when computers do unexplainable things - like someone's printer is right now...

- Can't wait to get my eyebrows waxed on Wednesday!

- I am taking two days off this week for Jeanna Time - its gonna be great!

--gotta go fix this broken computer...