Quote for the Day

Sometimes you have to go around the block to get back to where you started.
But at least the walk is nice.
-E. J. H.




My Favorite Hymn

Click HERE to hear my favorite hymn in all it's glory
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
While the hope of endless glory
Fills my heart with joy and love,
Teach me ever to adore Thee;
May I still Thy goodness prove.

Here I raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it;
Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Oh, that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace!
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send Thine angels soon to carry
Me to realms of endless day.

My Favorite Truths

John 10:16 "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."

Who are these "other sheep"?

...a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God’s dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas (including the ancestors of the Mayan's, Inca's and Aztec's) and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel.

The record gives an account of two great civilizations. One came from Jerusalem in 600 B.C., and afterward separated into two nations, known as the Nephites and the Lamanites. The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. This group is known as the Jaredites. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians.


If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.

The firearm death rate in Washington DC is 80.6 per 100,000 for the same period.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the US Capitol which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: The US should pull out of Washington.

-Courtesy of Mike McLean's MySpace!


Quote for the Day

Do you love me because I am beautiful,
Or am I beautiful because you love me?
-Oscar Hammerstein II


This week has been much better. Just so ya'll know.
And today is Friday for me.
And I got a massage.
And I recommend watching "The Ultimate Gift". Very good movie!
And we're going out to lunch today.
And I'll be staying at the Marriott for the weekend.
And people make me laugh.



SweetTarts can save your life.
Today SweetTarts saved me from committing pre-meditated murder.
Thank goodness for candy.



I'm going out to SUSHI for the first time since the move. I'm so excited! I have yet to experience sushi that is more than 1 hour from the ocean, so I'll be on my guard. Review to come.


Through Another's Eyes

Today D and I went to a coworkers house in SC so D could bid out a side-job; cabinets, flooring and trim. As I wandered outside while they discussed and measured, I noticed a shiny white rock. I picked it up and found it to be a fairly pure quartz crystal. The part that was on the ground was caked with red clay, like the song "Red Dirt Road".

As I rubbed off the dirt and clay I noticed how cleanly the stone had been broken and it's relatively straight angles. I continued to play with the stone as I walked back in the house and talked with the guys. My coworker looked at the rock in my hand questioningly, but didn't ask. When I got home, I scrubbed off the last of the dirt with an old toothbrush and have been studying it ever since.

Why am I telling you about a rock? Why am I going into such detail about something so plain? Because I do not see it as a plain rock. I see it as a beautiful creation and evidence of God's miracles.

I once received a fortune from a cookie that read "You find beauty in ordinary things. Do not lose this ability." Finding beauty in ordinary things. I do truly see this as a gift, a talent given to me that I have helped to hone.

What do you see when you look at a tree, a leaf, a flower, a rock? Do you just see the tree? Does the rock catch your eye or your interest? I see the designs and patterns in the bark, the reaching of the branches towards the sun. I hear the symphony in the wind through the leaves. The pattern of veins in the leaf, giving route for water which is life. The delicacy of the petal, the perfection of the stamen waiting for nature to take it's course and bring the pollen. Life continues.

And the rock. The stone. The pebble. Where has it been? Did it start out on the mountain top? What has it's journey been like? Brought by the river, over the waterfall? Did it get pushed up from deep in the earth by heat and force? Was it carried by glaciers from far continents eons ago? What has it seen? Where will it go next?

Look at the cracks created by force and pressure. The minerals pushed inside bring color and diversity. Red is iron, white is quartz, green is copper. Water smooths the edges while heat and force sharpen lines. See the shape and feel the texture. Add it to my collection.

I wonder what other eyes would see in my shiny white rock?


Weird Fad

What is up with these freaky plastic shoes? They even sell them in Nordstrom's!

I have tried them on and they are just plastic! Wouldn't your feet sweat in them? Then you would have weird dirty sweat marks on your stinky feet. I think they were designed for people who work in hospitals. D says it's easier to wash the blood and guts off of them. I see them everywhere now. From little kids to soccer moms to Capri clad grannies speed walking in the mall.
Jelly shoes are back too! Remember Jelly shoes? They cost about a dollar and you could buy them at the grocery store. They lasted about a week, then would break and you'd get another pair on the next grocery run. I remember the dirty lines on my feet from playing on the playground in my Jelly shoes. I guess these plastic hospital gardening shoes are this era's Jelly shoes!
Fad's flabbergast me.

Fell Off the Wagon

Just Wondering...

How many tissues can I go through in one night?
What can I really get with My Coke Rewards?
What about Bob?
Does laundry ever end?
Are we gonna put those shelves up?
Do they play that same song every hour?
Am I gonna get busted for asking about that position?
Why did Harry Potter have to end?
Why can't good books last forever?
Are cute comfortable shoes an impossible dream?
What is my mom doing?
When will we get a break in this boiling weather?
Where are those rubber chickens?
If all the animals along the equator were capable of flattery, would Thanksgiving and Halloween really fall on the same day?
Will they make a Bourne Legacy?
Why did they have to kill her off?
Would it be fun to live in a romance novel?
Do we have any ice cream?
Is that a mosquito bite?
Why must he demonstrate the game for me?
Should I warm up the pizza?
Dropkick or roundhouse?
Am I going to work tomorrow?
Why did she come to me in my dream?
What is Ragdoll physics?
Should I do the Flexible Spending Account?
Can I really handle braces?
Is it time for bed?
Where is my NyQuil?

7 Days of My Life

The Lion King play was breathtaking.
I got choked up during the Circle of Life song.
The costumes and dedication left me in awe.

My sister won 2007 Paper of the Year award for the
National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists
and spent the week in Charlotte.
She got a plaque and everything!
(PS. Ricky Rudd in the Tide car is my fave Nascar driver)

We met Grandma Luge, Ann Abernathy,
6 time Olympian and the oldest Olympic athlete ever.
I got her autograph on a sportscard
and she gave me the scoop on the Virgin Islands!

It's been over 100 degrees all week.
Hot and steamy like a wet electric blanket.

I spend my days on conference calls, half-listening.

I'm sick.
My poor nose is sore and my tissues are piling up.

Hubby woke me up at 2:52am
by poking me on the forehead repeatedly
and asking if I had a contract on my head,
and was someone trying to kill me for money!?!
He was dreaming with his eyes open!
Too many video games I say!
Resume redone. Looking.
Pizza tonite cuz I'm sick and it's hot.
D was happy.

What I dream of.

(and I don't poke anyone in the forehead to get it!!!)



USS New York
It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the
World Trade Center
It is the fifth in a new class of warship -
designed for missions that include
special operations against terrorists.
It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-
ready Marines to be delivered ashore by
helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center
was melted down in a foundry in
Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section.
When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003,
"Those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,"
recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there.
"It was a spiritual moment for everybody there."
Junior Chavers, foundry operations manager,
said that when the trade center steel first arrived,
he touched it with his hand and the
"hair on my neck stood up."
"It had a big meaning to it for all of us," he said.
"They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're going to be back."
The ship's motto? "Never Forget"
Please keep this going so everyone can see what we are made of in this country!


Crystal, here’s looking at you kid.

Some Jobs I've Had:
1. Godfathers Pizza Delivery
2. AIG/SunAmerica Registered Rep
3. Allstate
4. Smith Barney

Places to go for a Weekend Getaway:
1. Outer Banks
2. Lake Wylie
3. Columbia, SC
4. Any Marriott

Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again:
1. Goonies
2. Bourne Identity
3. Clueless
4. Ocean’s 11 and 12

My Guilty Pleasures:
1. Chocolate
2. Sleeping
3. Breathplay
4. MySpace and my Blog (I know the last two have had 5, mind your own business)

Places I Have Lived:
1. Ashton, ID
2. Vista, CA
3. Escondido, CA
4. Here

Places I've Been on Vacation:
1. Vacation? What’s that?
2. Savannah, GA
3. Home
4. Yeah, that’s it.

Favorite Foods:
1. Carne Asade Burrito with Guacamole :o( easy, I'm still in mourning.
2. Reese’s Cups
3. Filet Mignon, medium
4. Potatoes (I’m from Idaho :o)

First things you thought when you saw your significant other:
1. Look how tall that guy is, I have to meet him.
2. Why is he so dressed up?
3. Hmm, he’s cute!
4. Wow, he’s really tall!

If in a jam with Spouse, what tactics do you use to get out of the doghouse?
1. Apologize
2. Yes honey, you’re right.
3. Pout
4. Cry

Websites I Visit Daily:
1. MySpace
2. Hotmail
3. Blogger
4. FoxNews

Best First Kiss Landmark:
1. Under the Bleachers
2. How can there be more than 1 first kiss? I don’t get this one.

Places I'd Rather Be Right Now:
1. In bed
2. Buying Shoes
3. Sleeping
4. Bora Bora

Now I get to tag four other blog buddies:
1. Someone who likes blue
2. The third person on the left
3. If your middle name has an “M” in it
4. The blonde one (you know you’re blonde, don’t try to get out of by saying, I’m sandy blonde or, I’m light brown, you’re only fooling yourself)