Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Full Weekend

Ever wonder what it would be like to have 7 12th grade girls sleeping in your living room? Well, here are some pictures to help you imagine.

Mike and I hosted the 12th grade girls for the d-now weekend our church was doing. We had a blast but I'm convinced that at the end of the weekend, we were more tired than they were. Both of us enjoyed a long nap on Sunday. I picked this age group because I knew they would be easy and fun. For some reason I didn't expect the massive amounts of hair straighteners that ended up in the bathroom (even after me repeatedly telling them there was much more room in my bathroom).

No, they all wanted to be together and use their own straightner. I don't have that many plugs in there so I guess it was 2 at a time until everyone had perfectly straight hair... only to head to downtown ft. worth to hand out hamburgers in a homeless area.
They were so nice, so polite, and even put all my furniture back before they left. I couldn't have asked for better house guests. I'm so excited for what God is doing in our youth department. Just hearing them talk I realized they are faced with things I never had to deal with. Also, I grew up in a small town with only one high school. All my good friends were in the youth department at church and I saw them every day at school. Here, there are so many high schools these girls are lucky if they see each other once a week. A lot of the time was spent with them really getting to know each other and growing closer in their relationships. As much as we enjoyed it, i hope it's at least a year before we do this again. I need that much time to recover :-)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

1 new thing at a time...

I love getting new things for the house. Unfortunately, I can't afford new things all at once so I settle for one at a time. This time, I have a new rug for the entry hall. It's actually carpet squares from Interface. It's commercial carpet so it should withstand anything and be stain resistant and all that. I love the look, and the color, and everything. It's so much fun. I also love that the paisley can be modern... or at least I think it can. I have a great design for mirror tiles and wood trim on the ceiling to make the room really sparkle but until one of my friends (who will remain nameless) helps me with the construction- I will have to wait.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Party Perfect

I'm the unofficial party planner for my office at work... well, after 3 years of parties, I guess it's probably official by now. Anyways, I just got finished with the Holiday party and it was so much fun, I wanted to share some of the details. I'll start with how I got ready for the party and when i get the pictures in I'll post those and tell about the actual event. At 3:00 mom and I went to set up the room and didn't get home until 5:00 then had to be back up there at 6:00- that's not a lot of time to get ready. I had put on makup earlier that day so that cut out some time. I had also put my hair in rollers that morning. I thought the longer I kept the rollers in the curl would stay. I thought i would try a new rolling technique- when i watch the style shows on TV, they curl with the curling iron and put it at the root then twirl the hair around to the tip- and it always looks fabulous. So.... I put the roller in at the root and twirled it to the tip and left it in for about 3 hours of uncomfortableness. When i pulled them out and wadded my hair in a bun to hopefully hold the curl in. Okay, back to getting ready for a big party in 30 minutes. I ran in at 5, took my hair down to reveal very flat curls. i was hoping to wear it down and curly but that was not going to happen so i grabbed it at the shoulder to form a low side ponytail. i guess the 2008 version of the high side ponytail popular in the 80's. it looked something like this:
Yeah, i looked exactly like that. Another trick i had was Sally Hansen airbrush legs. Thanks to a tip from Connie, i found this helpful item at my local CVS. you spray it on your hand and rub it on your legs. it is basically concealer for your lets- it smooths them out and covers blemishes and gives you the look of hose without the hassle. I think the color i used was a bit too dark so I probably look like i fake tanned but given the correct color, i can see where it would be a total help. I just wish they could airbrush them skinny.

The side ponytail and spray painted legs all complimented the beautiful dress i borrowed from my sister. She found an amazing BCBG dress that was marked at $400 and she got it for less than $100. I don't know how you pay $400 for a dress, my furniture doesn't even cost that much. Whatever, it was perfect. okay, i'm tired so more later- hopefully i'll get the photos back soon!

Random Thought...

Do you ever feel like life is a series of loading and unloading the dishwasher? There are always either dishes to go in the dishwasher or a clean load ready to be unloaded. Even at work, you can't walk in the kitchen without seeing that darn dishwasher. I find myself driving home from work or church or whatever and thinking "I wonder if I need to unload the dishwasher?" or waking up thinking "I wonder how many dishes are on the counter waiting to be put in the dishwasher... after being scrubbed because they have just sat overnight in their filth because there was something else more important to do." Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's a real thing. I did a report on it in the 10th grade. That's what I think I have, it's my self diagnosis. Here's the description: Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as winter depression, is an affective, or mood, disorder. Most SAD sufferers experience normal mental health throughout most of the year, but experience depressive symptoms in the winter or summer. The condition in the summer is often referred to as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder. I don't think I have this because I teared up during Grays Anatomy- that happens most every week. And I don't think I have this because I freaked out over our $530 electricity bill (I thought last months $230 bill was high). No, I just seem to have the winter blahs. The treatment for this is light therapy. That means, you sit under a big light for a few hours a day. I don't think the horrible fluorescent lights in my office count. I need real sunlight. The next time I'm going to see real sun is on my cruise next month. I realize now that I say that you have ceased to feel sorry for me... but this is serious. I wonder if my doctor can prescribe the cruise and file it on insurance.
Really, I think it is partly all this talk of recession. I don't know why it bothers me so much but it really does. Every time i hear about it, I get upset. I really don't know much about it at all so I have no reason to be upset. I'm guessing that it's because during the last recession after 9/11, I was graduating from college and looking for a job when there were none to be found. I really don't have many fond memories from then. This time I'm a lot more tied to the economy and I have a lot more to loose. Again, I have no idea why i'm worried, I don't even know what exactly to worry about, which makes the worrying thing really pointless. I'm going to blame it on the S.A.D. A cruise is defiantly in order. I'm pretty sure that's the only thing that can cure me :-)

Grad School...

I just got an email from Interiors and Sources with this article:

SCAD Ranked America’s Best Interior Design Graduate Program1/8/2008

SAVANNAH, GA - The Savannah College of Art and Design's industrial design and interior design programs are among the top five programs in the nation, as ranked by DesignIntelligence in the 2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools."
The SCAD interior design graduate program was ranked No. 1 in the nation. The program was also ranked No. 1 for quality of graphic presentations and presentation skills from recent graduates.
SCAD's industrial design graduate and undergraduate programs were ranked third and fourth in the nation, respectively. Both programs were ranked No. 1 in the South and among the top 10 in the East. The undergraduate program was also ranked No. 2 in the Midwest.
DesignIntelligence's annual survey provides students, parents, counselors and corporations with the necessary tools to evaluate the nation's best architecture and design schools.
The nation's leading industrial design firms and those in the corporate sector were surveyed to evaluate which schools produced industrial design graduates prepared for real-world practice.
The 2008 edition of "America's Best Architecture and Design Schools" can be ordered online at
About the CollegeNamed one of Kaplan's "25 cutting-edge schools with an eye toward the future," the Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with locations in Atlanta and Savannah, GA, and in Lacoste, France. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs also are offered online through SCAD-eLearning. The college offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Urban Design degrees. For more information about the college, visit

I have to brag a bit becasue this is where I went for Interior Design grad school. It wasn't the easiest year of my life so I was happy to see that in the least, I got a great education. Sorry for my bragging but I didn't know who to share this with. This really affects my life in no way since I already have a good job but maybe gives some comfort as I write those huge student loan checks- it was worth the money.... I think.

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Little Perspective

I love it when God helps to put things in perspective for you. Lately, I've been feeling down. Probably a great combination of things but it's mainly been work. I'm frustrated because the project I'm working on it's as challenging as I'd like. It's a cool project, but it's moving a little slow and I'm not in a leadership role that I was on my last project. I should be happy that I get a break from the fast pace that we usually move at but it's hard. I'm so tired of being frustrated but this morning, I was reading the daily devotional in the book "Streams in the Desert" and here's what it said: I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Phil. 4:11. Paul wrote that from prison. Wow, I'm pretty sure it would be hard to be content there... why am I complaining? It went on to tell a story and here is the conclusion.
Others may do a greater work,
But you have your part to do;
And no one in all God's family
Can do it as well as you.
People who are God's without reservation "have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." His will becomes their will, and they desire to do for Him whatever He desired them to do. They strip themselves of everything, and in their nakedness find everything restored a hundredfold.

I just loved reading this this morning. I know it's Gods will for me to be in this job and I think part of me growing involves me learning to slow down and be content even when the circumstances aren't what I want them to be. So, Praise God for still speaking to us today through His word!

My House Looks Like Santas Workshop

I'm working on my company holiday party and my home has turned into the workspace. The red presents are the prizes people can win if they answer the riddles correctly. The black and white packages are actually empty boxes, they are to put the answers to the riddles in. I'm using all of these as a dual purpose for decorations so I tried to make them look decent. I constantly feel like I clean up one mess and make another one. All these boxes are sitting in the spot where the Christmas decorations were. I fully realize I do it to myself, but I can't seem to do anything about it. I even have a craft room, but it's too full of other crafts to do work crafts in. A vicious cycle. Someone help me.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

and down they come.

There's something bittersweet about taking down the Christmas decorations. I hate taking down what I spent time to put up, and what's made my house nice and glittery for a month. Now the spaces where the trees were feel bare. It's nice to get my house back in order. As Christmas got busy, cleaning got less frequent and recently i haven't cleaned because I felt like I should just wait until I got all the decorations down, I would have to clean then anyways. Well, now everything is put away and the house is still a mess...but there is always tomorrow. Goodnight.
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