Saturday, April 30, 2011

Easter Weekend

Easter weekend was so packed that I can't even remember all that I did.  I thought I would share those highlights that have photographic evidence.  :)

I went to church.  This is me and my friend Ashley before church.

We played handbells in the 2 traditional services.  I tried to put that video on here - didn't work.  Oh well.

I dressed up like a bunny.
I made an Easter egg cake.  This is what it looked like before.
And this was after the short 5 minute car trip.  Humpty dumpty anyone?

Thursday, April 28, 2011


  • I bought some tulips to plant in my yard.  There were some casualties.  They ended up (temporarily) on my kitchen table.

  • I like frozen yogurt.  The last 2 times I went to Yogurt Mountain.  Seems like an awesome name to me!  :)
  • I got a new mirror for my entry way.  I was super scared it was going to break during shipping, but it arrived safe and sound.     
  • I rearranged the stuff on my entry table.  Too bad the tulips are now dead.  I'm going to have to get something else I suppose.
  • Now you are mostly caught up on my recent happenings.  I still need to tell you about my Easter and Humpty Dumpty, but that will have to wait until next time so that I can get ready for bed!  This old lady needs her rest!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cracking up during the Tornado Warnings

So we are under severe weather warnings and watches again today.  I was trying to watch Glee and The Voice tonight, but I guess that wasn't meant to be.  All that's on is radar and live reports from storm chasers.  Oh well, better safe than sorry.  I did get my hidey-hole put together in case you were wondering.  All the batteries are in working order.  However, I am still scared to death to go in there.  Hopefully I can get it sheetrocked soon so that I can at least see the creatures that are crawling in there and about to get me.

I'm catching up on reading all of the blogs that I follow, and I saw that my friend Lyndsey updated her blog today.  I must tell you that I laughed so hard that I almost cried when I saw her newest post.  If you would like to see a picture of me looking like a drowned rat, dressed like a hooker (ok that's not what we were supposed to be, and exhausted on a long bus ride, go check out her blog here.

Well practically the whole state of Arkansas is under a torado watch until later tonight, and the whole state is under a flash flood watch until Wednesday afternoon.  Looks like I'm in for another long night of tv watching.

Monday, April 25, 2011

So Over It

So today we had another round of tornados.  I am so over this weather.  Rain and tornados every other day it seems like.   Maybe since this is the third time in the last week and a half or so, I will actually get my hidey-hole ready.  At least they were earlier in the evening today.  Hopefully we are done for tonight so I can get some sleep!  I think it is affecting everyone because my work today was like zombieland.  :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Beth Moore event

So sorry that I have been slacking on the blogging.  I have been super busy and I just started a new job today, so hopefully things will settle down soon.  Also, I used to be able to blog at work, and I don't think I can do that now, so that might make blogging a little harder.

Anyway- Friday night and Saturday morning I was at an event at Verizon Arena to see this lady:

What do you mean you can't tell who that is?  haha.  I know the quality of the picture is not that great.  It is Beth Moore.  I had a good time but I thought the price was still a little steep!

Here's a picture of the stage:

Beth said that there were people there from 22 different states.  I couldn't believe that!  I certainly would not have come to Arkansas from places as far away as Alaska for this one event!

Here is a picture of me and my friends Shannon and Beth at the event..
Also, I got to drive the church van all the way there and back twice!  All in all, it was about 40 miles.  I think the farthest I have ever driven that big old thing is like 5 miles!  Hopefully I didn't scare anybody too bad!

The topic of the event was "Fulfilling your ministry in the Wild of Community".  I did take a couple of things away from it, but honestly I just thought that sometimes I get more out of those DVDs that we watch on Sunday evenings.  That being said, if she came again, I would probably go.  The message is different at each one, so I guess it just depends on if you can relate to what she is talking about.  I thought the music was pretty great.  The only thing is that sometimes they were singing old hymns (and even some newer stuff) and just assumed that everyone knew the words so they weren't on the screen.  Maybe they were not planned songs, and so the slides were not prepared?  All I know is that 99% of the time, my radio is tuned to a Christian station and there are a few rare Sundays that my rear is not in a pew at church, and there were a couple of those songs that I just did not know.  That is one thing that I wish would have been better.

She had seven points to her "sermon."  The first was to adopt a succinct life goal.  That is the thing that I most am going to focus on from the event. 

Well, I am exhausted from a long first day at work, so I am going to go to bed and leave the rest of the weekend events for another post!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blogging Challenge Post 6


Honestly, right now I am so exhausted that I would love to change places with anyone who is sleeping.  :)

   person sleeping

If I had to pick a person, I think I would pick Paula Deen so that I could learn some of her recipes.  However, I am not sure that I would really like to be another person for a day.  I like everything my own way, not necessarily how another person would have it. haha.  :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Jury Duty

So I had jury duty again!  I never knew something could make you as tired as sitting in a court room all day.  I seriously don't know how people do that all the time.  Definitely that is not for me!  At least we got it done all in one day.  I have a lot to finish up at the office since this is my last week here.

I did realize one thing this morning- My new job has a parking lot right outside the building, instead of having to walk half a mile.  Yay!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Busy weekend

I had a pretty busy weekend.  Friday night after work I went out to dinner with my dad, stepmom, little brother and sister, and grandmother.  We went to Olive Garden, (my sister's choice) which is funny to me because that is what I always chose when I was little.

Saturday, I got up bright and early to meet my hungover friend Cherry to go wedding and bridesmaid dress shopping.  We drove to Low's again, about an hour away.  It was worth it though, because she said Yes to the Dress!  We looked quickly at bridesmaids dresses, but there was nothing spectacular there.  Here we are after she bought the dress.

Then we went to lunch at my favorite Greek place around here: Taziki's.  I had a chicken Greek salad gyro and some baklava.  I'm so glad that I finally tried baklava.   I don't like honey, but I sure do love baklava. I can't wait until the Greek Food Festival here in about a month.  That is probably going to be bad for my diet and my bank account lol.

Then on Saturday afternoon, I went to a new place to get a massage.  This place was not my favorite massage place, but luckily it didn't cost very much since I had a Groupon.  Then I went home and my dad came over to fix my ceiling fan because I broke the chain that you pull to turn on and off the light.  At least the parts only ended up being about $7. 

Sunday morning I went to church and then my sister and I went to Tropical Smoothie for lunch.  Kids eat free there on Sundays if you buy a combo.  Then we went to Party City because I am making the cupcakes for her birthday party.  She chose some alien cupcakes that have those take out plastic containers (like for a sundae or something) as their space ship.  The cupcakes are cute, and I hope when I make them they are as cute as the ones in the picture.  The alien's body is a cupcake with a marshmallow and then a donut hole on top.  So anyway- we went on a space ship hunt.  Party City didn't have any, but hopefully I can find some soon.  I don't need them before about a month, so I still have time.  Then I took her home and met up with a friend at JCPenney's.  She was looking for some shorts, and I needed some neutralizer from Sephora.  Then we met up with another friend, and hit up DSW.  I was looking for Easter shoes to go with my new dress, (because I am playing handbells and when you are standing in the front of the church, you need to look cute.  haha)  and I ended up coming away with 3 new pairs. (please forgive my unmade bed.  I hate making the bed.)
I will wear either the middle or right pair with my Easter dress.  The mustard colored ones on the left were completely unneccessary, but I couldn't just leave them there!  Then after shopping, I had Bible study and then I came home, took a shower, and crashed.  I was exhausted.

In other news, I got summoned to the jury again.  Boo.  This is not great timing since this is my last week at my current job and I have a lot of things to wrap up.  Oh well.  Hopefully I will not be chosen.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blogging Challenge Post 5


This is a picture of me and my friend Lyndsey when we were in the Razorback Marching Band.  The RMB is one of my favorite memories.  I had a lot of fun with those people.  I made some good friends in the band (who wouldn't when you spend 8 hours a week plus game days together) and I got to travel to some neat places.  The RMB gave me a scholarship, which helped with some of my college expenses.  I got some exercise in practice.  I got to wear this awesome shirt.  haha
And while we are on the subject of laughing at me, check out this farmer's tan. lol- another perk of outdoor practices.

Good times.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blogging challenge Post 4


Ok, so maybe this one is lame.  I picked Saturday as my favorite day because I usually am only doing things that I want to do on Saturdays.  It is also the only day of the week that I am able to sleep in (which sometimes happens....)

This Saturday is going to be a fun one though.  I am going with Cherry again to look for wedding/bridesmaids dresses and then I am going to get a much-needed massage.  Woo-hoo!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

30 Before 30- 6 months later

So back when I turned 25, I made a 30 before 30 list.  I'm going to do semi-annual reports on my progress, mostly for my own benefit.  And same as last time- if you want to do one of these with me, let me know!  I'll mark off the ones that I have done, and highlight the ones that I'm working on.

1. Get Married

2. Finish all the cookie recipes in my first cookie cookbook (500+ recipes)

3. Get a job I actually enjoy-   So I did get a new job.  Not sure if I will enjoy it or not.  I'll have to let you know.

4. Get to my goal weight

5. Finish the cake decorating classes that I started

6. Get a new car

7. Get a master's degree.   I graduated in December 2010 with a Master of Business Administration.  Yay!

8. Get a pet

9. Become a regular volunteer at Stone Soup.  I think I can cross this one off.  I have been attending as regularly as possible.

10. Learn how to mow the yard

11. Read the whole Bible

12. Learn to sew

13. Remember to bring my reusable bags to the grocery store on a regular basis

14. Get into the habit of flossing my teeth everyday (maybe TMI?).  lol I am working on this one.  I don't think I can cross it off just yet though.

15. Run (not walk) a 5K

16. Get a pedicure

17. Get eyebrows threaded

18. Be a bridesmaid in someone's wedding.  My bff Cherry is getting married next March and I'm going to be her maid of honor.  :)

19. Go to some sort of "pick your own" farm

20. Learn to parallel park without looking like an idiot

21. Go deep sea fishing

22. Attend my high school reunion

23. Take a picture with someone famous

24. Be truly 100% surprised

25. Ride in a helicopter

26. Visit a new state.    I did this one when my family went to stay at The Great Wolf Lodge.  I went to Kansas.

27. Visit a new country

28. Ride a horse

29. Make a good meringue

30. See Beth Moore in person.  I definitely am going not this weekend, but the next when she comes to Verizon Arena.  Yay!

So, I've done or am currently working on 6/30.  That puts me right on track.  :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blogging Challenge Day 3


Oops.  I might have neglected this blogging challenge thing.  Oh well, I guess I can still hop back on the bandwagon, right?

So yes, my favorite show is the Bachelor.  Don't judge.  I didn't really get into this show until after I graduated from college.  I watched a few episodes with my sorority sisters when I lived in the sorority house, but I wouldn't say I was a fan until maybe 3 years ago.  :) 

I do have handbells on Monday nights until 7:30 so I do miss the beginning of each episode though.  I guess maybe I like watching the drama on that show since I don't have enough of that in my own life. haha.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Catch-Up {A week's worth of words in one post}

First off, I apologize for my temporary blogging hiatus.  I just had so much going on that blogging was not on the top of my priority list.  I guess I can just continue from my 2nd to last post (since the last one really doesn't count for much).  Let's see- before I can start on what happened on Monday, I think you need a little background about my office.  There are 4 of us in my office.  One lady was on vacation for like 3 weeks or something.  So that left 3 of us to do the work.  Not a problem.  So then on Monday, one of the other ladies comes in and said that her grandmother died over the weekend and that she had to leave that day to fly back to Germany for the funeral.  She asked me to handle her patients and of course I said I would.  So now we are down by 50%.  Still do-able.  Not the end of the world.  So you may or may not be aware that I am currently on jury duty.  I actually have been since the end of January.  I have been really lucky and so far I have only had to go for orientation.  My court had not had any jury trials that I had to go for.  Well, last week, my luck ran out.  I had to report on Tuesday morning for a trial.  Now normally that wouldn't be a huge problem, but remember that we only have 2/4 people in the office.  So now, I had to break it to the one remaining lady that she would be doing the job of all four people by herself for an unknown length of time.  I was really hoping not to be chosen for the jury (can you guess what happened?) and to be back at work by Tuesday afternoon.  So I finished up as much work as possible on Monday afternoon and tried to leave everything neatly arranged so that the other lady could find whatever she needed since she was having to do some unfamiliar things.

So Tuesday comes.  I go to the court house in the morning.  Of course I was early- if you know me IRL, then that is no surprise.  I even had a hard time parking and I was still early.  I finally found a spot about 6 blocks away.  I didn't quite remember the way to my particular court room, but luckily there were a lot of people standing outside waiting for them to let us in.  I'm not sure what all was going on, but they were about 50 minutes late letting us in.  We were just stuck out in the hallway watching the lawyers go in and out a million times each.  At least there was this crazy old lady who was out there to keep me entertained.  (And no- she didn't get picked.  Maybe I should act crazy next time.)  So anyway, they start the jury selection process, and I wasn't in the first group.  Looking good.  Then they dismissed several people and of course I was the last person chosen in the next group.  Long story short- I got seated on the jury.  That whole process was really something else.  This was my first time on a jury, or even in a court room.  It was a murder trial and I was not super excited about that.  Over lunch I thought I should check my text messages and voicemails because to check and see if the one lady in the office had any problems or needed any help.  I ended up helping her find a couple of things she needed and then I checked my voicemail.  I had a message from a guy that I had interviewed with about a job.  I only had a few minutes, so I called just to tell him that I did get his message and I wasn't being disrespectful but I was in jury duty and I only had like 5 minutes.  His secretary went to find him and said that he could talk to me right then. 

Rewind- keep in mind that I applied for this job a month or two ago, and then interviewed for it maybe 2-3 weeks later.  I was supposed to receive a letter in the mail to let me know if I got the job or not by the week of March 21.  Well that week came and went and I didn't get anything.  So- the next week they call and tell me that they hadn't finished the process yet and that they would tell me something by the following week.  So everyday I was checking the mail like a crazy person, and no letter. 

OK, now fast-forward to Tuesday.  I'm standing in the jury room talking to this guy and he offers me the job and wants to know when I can start.  We didn't even talk about salary and I had to go so I asked if I could call back on Thursday (when we had been told that they trial would end) and get the rest of the information and he said not to worry about it - that I should get a letter in the mail. {If you are still reading- I'm impressed.}  So basically I just accepted a job without knowing how much I would get paid.  (However there was a range specified in the job posting, and even the lowest part of the range was an increase for me.  So- I wasn't being a complete moron.)  So the first people to know about my new job were my jury friends haha.  Then after lunch, we actually started the trial.  It took until practically 1:00 just to pick the jury.  I sure was sick of listening to those same old questions over and over!  It was a very strange experience.  I was also amazed that people brought their children into a murder trial.  That, to me, is just not acceptable.  I didn't even want to hear some of that, and those children really shouldn't have been in there.  The whole trial I was just thinking that I was in a movie or something.  It just didn't seem real.  So on Tuesday evening around 5:30, they let us go home with strict instructions to avoid the news and newspaper so that we didn't cause a mistrial.  As if we would want to listen to that after listening to it all day long.  :)  I had so much going on in my brain that I had a hard time sleeping on Tuesday night, between the trial and my new job.

So then comes Wednesday.  We all reported to the courthouse bright and early to hang out in the jury room with our new friends.  {Really I think we were all just scared to be late- haha.}  We go for half a day and then during a testimony the judge stops everything and sends the jury on a 10 minute break.  We were happy to have a break and didn't think anything of it.  We met back in the jury room, and then they didn't come and get us FOR-EVER!  We were starting to wonder what was going on when we got called back in.  The judge told us that we had a mistrial and that they appreciated our service and that the trial was over.  Basically, I think the whole thing was stupid and that what happened shouldn't have caused a mistrial, but I am sure glad that I didn't have to make a decision in that case.

So {have you noticed that I like to say "so"?} then I had to come to work and quit.  I was kind of nervous, even though they knew about the job and that I had interviewed and they were even called as references.  It still was kind of scary.  When I got to work they wanted to know about the trial, so I told them that we had a mistrial and that I was done with it.  Then I had to tell them that I was going to quit in 2 weeks.  Oh!  I forgot one thing.  On Wednesday morning, the new job called me again to ask if I could start on Monday!  I didn't feel that was the right thing to do since I wouldn't get to give much notice to my current employer.  I think he was disappointed, but he said it was ok.  I hope I didn't cause too much trouble over that.  So anyway- there was still one more person that I needed to tell that I had accepted the job, but of course he was out of the office that day.  So I went and started the "check-out" process with the HR department.  The other guy finally came back on Thursday, so I had to have that awkward conversation again with him.  So now everyone knows and I am starting to wind things down at my current job and make sure everyone knows how to do my job when I am gone.

This weekend I had to house/pet sit for one of my friends plus take care of my cousin and grandmother's dogs.  It was a crazy weekend full of driving back and forth all over town to feed different animals.  I was also responsible for bringing snacks to Bible study on Sunday evening.  One of the things I made was this grasshopper cake:

It is not quite so fluorescent green as it looks here.  It was pretty good.  I just kind of eyeballed my pantry to make sure that I had all the ingredients before I started.  I looked at the mint extract and I thought I had more than enough.  I guess I should have measured... I only had 1 teaspoon and I needed 2 teaspoons.  However, I thought that it was just minty enough.  I think it would have been too much if I would have put in double the amount of mint extract, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise. :)

I still have jury duty for the next 4 weeks.  I actually forgot to call in today to see if I had to report this week. I am supposed to call by 1, but I accidentally waited until 2:30ish.  Luckily we don't have to report.  This whole jury duty thing has me really stressed out.  haha.  Well it is almost time for me to go and run some errands before handbells tonight.  Hopefully I can get back in the swing of blogging so you don't have to read one massive post once a week.  :)