Friday, August 29, 2008

Our kitties are famous....

Check out the following youtube link featuring our little kitties, Rosie & Tigerlilly

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to School Time

I love this time of year. It seriously makes me wish I were back in school. Not as a youngster, though, mind you. I have no desire to return to my childhood and relive my school years. I am, however, a lifelong student, and if I had the time and resources, I'd probably be in college forever, just learning. I love to learn.

I loved being at BU earlier this year. As hard as it was, and as much work as it entailed, I loved every minute of it. Yes, even the dreaded Corporate Law module. I didn't understand much of it, but I was determined to get through it, and get through it well!

I also love back to school time because it gives me an excuse to buy school supplies. I love school supplies - the paper, the pencils, the pens (I'm forever on a quest for the perfect pen!), notebooks (oh, yeah, I'm always on a quest for those too - not just anyone will do), the folders. All of it. I just love that stuff. Ask my family. They'll tell you.

And don't even get me started on Book Sox. Are those not the coolest thing ever in the world of school supplies? Granted, I'm a purist and given the option, I would choose to cover my books in a brown grocery bag so I could decorate it myself. Alas, paper grocery bags have been replaced by the icky plastic shopping bags, which are not conducive to good book covering. Given this horrible state of affairs, Book Sox are the next best thing. And, it only takes a few seconds to cover a book, and dare I say even the youngest child can do it.

Yep, going back to school is very, very cool.

So, in honor of the season, I took a quiz. You knew I would.

What Your Back to School Personality Says About You

You are a lively, ambitious, and passionate person. You are driven to do well in life and aspire to great things.

You are most likely to succeed if you follow a proven path to success. You don't mind putting in long hours to achieve your goal.

Your greatest skill is your verbal prowess. You have no problem finding words to express yourself, make your point, or win an argument.

Your biggest stumbling block in life is worrying about what other people think of you. Their opinions matter even less than you think.

You're so thankful for everything in your life. It's hard for you to pick just one thing.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Just catching up....

I haven't posted in a while...did anyone notice? No matter, I'll post an update anyway.

School is going to start soon, so I have been doing the back-to-school-shopping-even-though-the-kids-don't-need-anything thing. I haven't done too badly, however....I caught an awesome sale at Aeropostale and the stuffsave event at Old Navy, so financial damage has been minimal. Praise God for that...August has been an expensive month!

I am gearing up to finish our summer Bible study on the names of God. The plan is to finish the Lord our Shepard and wrap up with a study on Jehovah Shammah "The Lord is There." My initial studies on this particular name have been extremely fascinating. We'll see where the Lord leads on it for presentation to the ladies.

Our fall study will be No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. I loosely participated in this study over the summer with the Siestas on Beth Moore's blog, but the summer being what it was (busy) I didn't really give it my full effort or attention. So, I'll be revisiting it while the women go through it for the first time.

I am also keeping my eyes open for paralegal positions. While I certainly don't plan on leaving where I'm at any time soon, the fact of the matter is that my boss is nearing retirement age and inevitably I will need to find somewhere new. I just want to see what's out there and what law firms are looking for. Seems like corporate law and intellectual property law are the hot spots right now, neither of which I have ANY experience in. It figures. Twenty years in the profession and I am still a newbie LOL

I am getting back into scrapbooking after a several month hiatus, and am starting to feel the mojo again. I worked on our vacation album last night...ok, well, I just did the title page but still, it's something, right?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Well, I got my answer

and while it was not necessarily the answer I wanted from God, it was the RIGHT answer for me.

Over the weekend, I listened to some teaching on the tabernacle study I am doing, and it was like God was speaking just to me. A great majority of the lesson helped cement the answer I was seeking, so for now, I am just going to be like Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hannah and wait on God...and NO I AM NOT WANTING TO BE PREGNANT. I am using them as an example of how God answers prayer in HIS time, not mine. Their heart's desire was received, but they had to wait on God for it. God knows my heart's desire and I am believing Him for it.

Thanks to those who were praying for me. It worked!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I got the Blues

Feeling really down today...lots on my mind, wrestling with some things that I need answers to. Even though I'm praying about it, I still don't have an answer and it's kind of bringing me down. Of course, what I need answered is not an earth-shattering issue by any stretch of the imagination and is purely personal, but nonetheless, it's consuming my thoughts.

Prayers on my behalf gladly accepted.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Quirky....who me?

Kay at tagged me with this meme, so here goes.

Six quirky things about me. Lots of people tell me I'm quirky, but it is sure hard to think of specific examples!

The rules:

1) Link to the person who tagged me.
2) Mention the rules.
3) Tell six quirky yet boring, unspectacular details about myself.
4) Tag six other blogger´s by linking to them.
5) Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged.

1. I think I could live on cereal. In fact, I like to mix different kinds together, like honey nut cheerios and cocoa krispies, for example.

2. I CANNOT cook in a dirty kitchen. If there are dishes in the sink and stuff on the counters and it's time to cook, first I clean it all up. I know, I'm just going to messy it up again, but it's just how it is. My family has learned to deal with it.

3. I CANNOT function with clutter around me or in my general vicinity. I have to clear it out first. I HAVE to. It makes me nutty if I don't.

4. I don't know how to sit still and just chill. Ask my hubby. My hands have to busy all the time, even if it's just with a "fidget." I can't sit still. Can't do it. I've tried.

5. I can't stand for anyone to touch my eyes. Eye doctor included. It's a trip at my annual eye exam, believe me. Don't even get me started about the makeup counter.

6. I cannot miss any episodes of "Who's Going to be the Next Food Network Star." Can't do it. I have stayed up way past my bedtime in order to watch every episode. I even watched it on vacation. Yep. And I made everyone else there watch it too. They said they liked it.

Now, I am to tag 6 people.

I tag:


It's Still True....

This here test said so, and, after reading my test results, I have to say it's spot on. Good thing is, it says I'm "balanced." oooh, ahhh...

Take the test for yourself and let me know what it says about you!

I tried to set up a direct link, but blogger wouldn't let me. Sorry 'bout that.

Here are my results for your reading pleasure.

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 50%
Visual : 50%
Left : 47%
Right : 52%

Betty, you are one of those rare individuals who are perfectly "balanced" in both your hemispheric tendencies and your sensory learning preferences. However, there is both good news and bad news.

A problem with hemispheric balance is that you will tend to feel more conflict than someone who has a clearly established dominance. At times the conflict will be between what you feel and what you think but will also involve how you attack problems and how you perceive information. Details which will seem important to the right hemis- phere will be discounted by the left and vice versa, which can present a hindrance to learning efficiently.

In the same vein, you may have a problem with organization. You might organize your time and/or space only to feel the need to reorganize five to ten weeks later.

On the positive side, you bring resources to problem-solving that others may not have. You can perceive the "big picture" and the essential details simultaneously and maintain the cognitive perspective required. You possess sufficient verbal skills to translate your intuition into a form which can be understood by others while still being able to access ideas and concepts which do not lend themselves to language.

Your balanced nature might lead you to second-guess yourself in artistic endeavors, losing some of the fluidity, spontaneity and creativity that otherwise would be yours.

With your balanced sensory styles, you process data alternately, at times visually and other times auditorially. This usage of separate memories may cause you to require more time to integrate information or re-access it. When presented with situations which force purely visual or purely auditory learning, increased anxiety is likely and your learning efficiency will decrease.

Your greatest benefit is that you can succeed in multiple fields due to the great plasticity and flexibility you possess.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


I was tagged by Irish Eyes with the following MEME...sorry it's taken me so long to respond. What can I say?

The Five Kind Things Meme works like this:

List five kind things you do for yourself.

1. Take time each morning (or most mornings) to pray and study God's Word.
2. Buy myself a Mocha Madness before work to sip on all morning. Decaf.
3. Get manicures.
4. Keep up with regular haircuts and color.
5. Use the Internet for shopping. I dislike going to the mall immensely. I have to be in the mood for that.

List five kind things you do for your closest friend, partner or child.

1. Listen
2. Do their laundry, even when THEY'RE supposed to be doing it. You know who you are.
3. Babysit.
4. Fix their favorite meals.
5. Be a taxi driver.

List five kind things you have done for a stranger.

1. Cut me in line at the checkout at the grocery store.
2. Hold doors open.
3. Pick up whatever they dropped (particularly with elderly people).
4. Listen (this often happens with new clients at the office - they need to vent)
5. Bring a meal over (like for a new neighbor or someone from church that is sick, etc. Sometimes I don't know them!)

List five kind things you do for fun.

1. Hang out with my BFF Rach.
2. Hang out with my sister (scrapbooking, usually. Shopping occasionally).
3. Hang out with my kids playing board games or going mini golfing or the movies.
4. Go out with my dh for a "date."
5. Surf the Internet.

List five people you are tagging with this meme.

1. Enzo
2. Loop de loops
3. Amy
4. Jenny
5. Danah