kimana517: (family : mandy / puppy dog eyes)
+ I've decided there are two problems with making your own sushi: 1) it's so good you eat way too much of it and spend the rest of the night feeling bleh... but still contemplating another piece; and 2) it's so good you want to make it every day! I haven't stopped thinking about it since Tuesday night. I think we'll try to make some this coming week as well, if I can find a good price on some fresh fish or shellfish.

+ Poor Lijah had to get three shots today. He's still catching up on vaccinations, and today was his yearly check-up. He officially grew six inches in a year. Dang. And he's only gained three pounds! The doctor said as long as he eats well, she's not worried, and he definitely does eat well. But I still wonder if we should make him eat more fatty (but healthy) things. I don't know. He seems quite healthy to me though - very normal for a 3-year-old, just tall. In other words, he takes after me.  ;o)

+ I'm nervous about our immigration approval for the second adoption. It expires on the 19th and we still don't have our home study ready to send in to update it. Now, we should have it Monday - I hope - but I'm probably going to overnight it just for piece of mind. I hope they go by the postmark date and not by when they actually look at it. Once we have the home study though, we're almost to the point of submitting our dossier to Holt, which means we're almost on the waiting list for a kiddo! I'm going to say that won't happen till October though because there are still a few hoops to jump through with paperwork. And of course it all hinges on our immigration being renewed in time. Otherwise we don't get on the waiting list till we go through that whole process again, which usually takes 2-3 months.  =oÞ

+ I did not get enough sleep last night. I couldn't fall asleep till around 2am, and then woke up at 7 because Isaac forgot to turn off his alarm when he got up before it. I couldn't go back to sleep because I knew we had to get to the doctor's office relatively early. Oy. I took a good 2-hour nap this afternoon, but Lijah didn't sleep as long as I did so he woke me up. I probably could've slept straight through to morning.

+ I'm sure there's more to say, but I don't remember. So, have a good weekend, everyone!
kimana517: (misc : cappuccino)
+ I love Publix not just for the deals they give me, but for their commitment to correct grammar and punctuation. They are the only grocery store I've ever seen that has a "Ten items or fewer" lane instead of "Ten items or less". I also love them for their restaurant, Crispers, who has a salad with fruit in it year-round (hear that, Panera?) and the best chowdah (slightly spicy crab & corn) I've ever had. *hugs Publix*

+ Anybody else in denial that we're already more than a week into 2010? Seriously. I feel like it should maybe be September 2009 right now.

+ We went to see my grandma at the hospital today. She officially has two good knees now! Woo-hoo! I can't WAIT for her to be totally recuperated, because she will be SO happy. She had horrible knees for a very long time. I expect to see her literally leaping for joy in a month or two.  ;o)  Tomorrow she moves to a rehab center. Pray for a quick recovery. I'm sure this one will be better because she already has a strong knee now.

+ Ange and I were planning to meet at the hospital way on the eastside and I was waiting for her to call me, so I killed time at The Thrift Store. There was one thing I really needed - a brown jacket, preferably long - and I found one! Its really nice, dark brown, double-breasted, slightly longer than mid-thigh, it has pockets, and it was only $6! Yay!  I'm wearing it already, without washing it, which probably grosses some people out, but when I said I needed it, I meant it. Hehe.

+ Yesterday got better when Isaac got home. He has that effect on me. =o) Plus, then we went across town for the mystery shop, which was great, as expected. When we returned home, I deleted at least 10GB of pictures off my camera's memory card. Normally I don't let it pile up like that, but I had barely deleted anything since the El Salvador trip in July. *sheepish grin*

+ Nala hasn't thrown up since before I wrote that entry yesterday, so I think she's feeling better. *cheers* We've had her for 3 months now, can you believe that? She's such a sweetie. I entered her in a contest, too. Go vote for her!
MVP Pet Photo Contest sponsored by BISSELL, maker of pet vacuum cleaners
kimana517: (misc : adoption is love)
+ My trip to Jekyll Island was great. ) Pics are here.

+ Last week I went to a Goodwill that, the only time I went there before, I didn't find anything. This time I found a few things, but the best was this absolutely gorgeous burgundy Ann Taylor dress. It was too big for me so I bought it for my mom, hoping a) that it would fit and b) that she would like it. Well, I gave it to her and it fits perfectly and she loves it! That makes me so happy.

+ Oh! Our home study visit went great! Thanks so much for praying. Now could you switch your prayers to finances? You can see my most recent entry on the adoption blog for why. Now we just have to finish gathering everything and getting it apostilled (my new word for the week). I got an email from Holt that every family that was finished with their home studies in June or before has received a referral already! They also said they are now doing referrals upon completion of the home study, not just the dossier. *wide-eyed* That means if we can get this all finished up we could get a referral within a few months. Whoa. Tonight we went out to dinner for Aaron's birthday and I saw a white mom with the cutest black little girl and thought, "Wow. Next year that could be ME." And instead of feeling strange like it used to, this time it just made me smile.

+ Over the week I kept thinking, "I ought to write about this and that," but I didn't, and now I've forgotten all that stuff! Oh well. If I think of it tomorrow I'll write it.
kimana517: (places : the beach)
+ Finding the little discrepancy that has halted my financial reports is very fulfilling... even though it is my fault the discrepancy was there in the first place.

+ My haircut looks SO GOOD. I keep thinking, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" and then I remember the whole long-enough-to-donate thing.

+ I adore so many of the songs we're singing in church this Sunday. I wish I had mp3s of all of them so I could make a playlist.

+ Speaking of singing in church this Sunday: I will be the loudest person singing the melody. This could be interesting.

+ Necesito para ir a la playa. Pronto. I have not been there nearly enough this summer.

+ Today was one of those days that just needed iced coffee. God rocks for putting us in a house a block from a McDonald's.

+ Rock Band party tonight! I plan to rock the mic, yo.

+ You know how some movies just need to be watched with certain friends? I can't tell you how strongly I'm considering driving all the way to Tampa to watch Julie & Julia with [livejournal.com profile] modmerseygirl. What do you think, Kim?

+ The Europe trip was just a dream. I know it. Who really gets to take three weeks off work to travel around Europe? Didn't I dream the cold, rainy, scarf weather in London and the history of kings and queens of England? the Parisian dinners of fresh baked baguette, cheese, and cider after seeing priceless history? gelato every day and sites of amazing ancient importance in Italy? seeing sites so ancient they were before the birth of Jesus after breakfasts on our balcony overlooking so many flowers and the ocean and mountains visible in the distance in Greece? sharing it all, 24/7, with my lover and best friend? Yes. It was all a dream. The best dream. I would like to dream it again, please.
kimana517: (isaac&me : laughing / forever)
Things that made me smile today:
+ Getting done with work extra quickly for no apparent reason
+ Finding out that my modeling agent only accepts 5-10 adults each year... and I was one of them
+ Having good friends over for dinner
+ Their comments on how great the living/dining rooms look
+ Their shocked reactions when told Mandy is 13 years old
+ Isaac being the grillmaster and making some rockin' pork loin wrapped in bacon
+ Showing them all our Europe pics and telling all our stories
+ Giving them some Starbucks ice cream to take home
+ Doing the dishes as soon as they leave so they're not waiting for me in the morning, while singing and dancing along with a great CD, with a hard cider in reach.
+ A husband who loves me, waiting in bed for me

This is my life. I am grateful.
kimana517: (misc : girl in ocean)
+ Yep - we made it! We got home around 9:15 or so Wednesday night. Even though it was actually 4:15am Greece time, we managed to stay awake on the drive from the airport and tell Mom a little about our trip. It was SO GOOD to sleep in our own super-comfy bed that night! We had no trouble falling asleep (although I did stay up to watch an episode of Law & Order that I hadn't seen, which meant I had been up for over 24 hours by the time I fell asleep!), but we've been unable to sleep in since we got back, giving us less than 8 hours both nights so far. Considering we were up for so long the day we came home... yeah. Coffee has been our friend since we've been home.

+ So... life at home is great, especially since we're still on vacation. Yesterday we made a big breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and grilled bagels with cream cheese. That was the first "real" breakfast we'd had in a month, and it was SO good. Lunch was at Chick-Fil-A - YUM - and then we went to church because the girl who's filling in for me had some questions. We also had to say hi to Ken, of course, and tell him all about our trip.

Then we went to see Up, which, until I saw that several of you absolutely adored it, I didn't have much desire to see. Well, we loved it too! What a great story. We had intended to go to Steak 'n' Shake after, but ended up sitting in front of some friends from church at the movie, and they invited us to join them for dinner at Olive Garden. They asked us all about our trip and then even bought our dinner! Rock on! Though honestly the coolest part was seeing all the pics on the walls there, of Tuscany, of the Roman Pantheon, etc., and saying to each other, "WE'VE BEEN THERE!" =oD Italy has been at the top of my list of places I want to go for a VERY long time, and now I'VE BEEN THERE. And I'd love to go back someday.

After dinner we went back to the theater to watch Star Trek. I think that was the only time in my life I've been to see two movies in the theater in one day, but since it wasn't the weekend movies were half price, so we didn't feel too guilty about it. We both quite liked Star Trek, but only if we didn't actually think of it as Star Trek, since they basically annihilated everything that is already in the ST canon. As a stand-alone movie, it was good. The guy who played McCoy was fantastic. The guy who played Kirk was hard to take seriously because he reminded me so much of DiNozzo on NCIS. Zachary Quinto looked a lot like Spock, but I couldn't take him seriously because apparently he will always be Sylar to me.

+ Oh, one other thing that happened yesterday is that my car wouldn't start. Yeah. I'm honestly not surprised since it wasn't started for over 3 weeks and had been having some minor issues before we left, but it was still frustrating. Isaac replaced the spark plugs and the distributor cap and then it started working. Whew! You know, he really is an amazing man, that husband of mine.

+ I know there was more to tell you, but I've forgotten it all. Oh well. Next time. =o)
kimana517: (places : backpacking)
This is not how I intended my last night in Europe to be. I woke up at 5:30am having to pee, and then could not fall back to sleep. We didn't have to wake up till 8:00! GRR. Well, hopefully this will just help me sleep more on our first flight, which is 12 hours long. (What's crazy is that I've been on a plane for twice that long four different times in my life.) Isaac said he just thinks it will make me more irritable. He's probably right. Poor him. But hey, at least we had our own room last night! We were in the same room we've been in in Athens, but with no roommates!

I hardly bought any real souvenirs from anywhere, but I have managed to pick up 2 pairs of earrings here in Athens. One pair is rectangular, made of chips from a beautiful blue opal, and the other is mother-of-pearl with silver viney-looking things. Those + my two scarves (one from England because I was freezing, and one from France because it was so pretty and I was tired of wearing the one from England) + the requisite postcards/Christmas ornaments/keychains are all we got. Well, those things and who knows how many photos I've taken. My grandma gave us some money for the trip and I decided we'll say that the amazing Tuscany tour we took was using that money. I'm going to get some pics from that printed out and mail them to her with a thank you note.

Last night we had dinner at a place recommended by some dude on the internet, and it was really good. The server stormed out halfway through the meal though, yelling something in Greek. I am a nosy person, so I must say I'm still curious as to what on earth was going on, since prior to that she was very sweet and calm. I ordered grilled mackerel, and it came in the whole fish body. Isaac tried to get me to gross out by making it talk to me and say things like, "Why did you eat me?" I told him I am not his mother (once when we were in CT his mom realized the chocolate chunks were in the shape of bunnies and then she couldn't eat the rest of her ice cream. LOL!) or his sister, and that sort of thing doesn't work on me. Didn't stop him from trying though. In fact, we made our own version of the "Llamas in Hats" video. It makes us laugh and laugh and laugh...

I hope there's a Starbucks in the airport. I could use a gigantic cup of coffee right now. None of those little European shot glasses of coffee, no sirree.

I think we're going to be under budget for the trip. Go us! I guess there are perks to being anal and OCD about being cheap. Because of this, we're going to continue our vacation at home. It worked out that we'd save hundreds of dollars to a) fly home on a Wednesday, and thus b) have 3 nights we could've been in Europe at home instead. Now we get to recover from jet lag at home. We're going to go to the 4 or 5 restaurants we've been craving, as well as to the beach at least once. I'm hoping to have a painting party on Saturday though, to finally get rid of the nasty walls of the guest room. And then Sunday is church! I'm so excited about church. =oD

Well, that's all I have to tell you for now. My goal is to get pics uploaded and recaps written sometime next week, although I make no promises. Talk to y'all soon - from the USA!

P.S. Soon I will have CLOTHES! Lots and lots of CLOTHES! Clothes of every color and style... clothes that are not the same 4 shirts and 2 pairs of pants and 1 skirt! Different underwear! JEANS! *chorus of angels*
kimana517: (places : backpacking)
I'm writing this from our hostel in Athens. It's definitely hostel-y, especially after the other places we've stayed at in Greece. The first night we were here was the night in a very nice hotel, thanks to Isaac's boss. It was GORGEOUS - possibly the nicest hotel I've ever stayed in, and I've stayed in some good ones. Then we drove to Tolo, a little beach town on the Pelopponese peninsula, where we stayed in a cute little hotel with a big room w/ a kitchen. So to be back to a hostel? Well, it's getting us ready to be happy to go home. :-) Although i'm already almost to that point. I adore traveling, and this trip has been AWESOME, but I love my house and my town and my church and my clothes (I an going to reenact the scene from Gilmore Girls when They get home from Europe and Rory goes up to her rock drawer and says, "Hello, boys." LOL.) and my family and Mandy and eating food other than bread and fruit and many, many other things. We have a list of several restaurants we're going to go to too. Ah... Real food. :-)

Anyway. I want to tell you about our trip, but that will wait till I get home and can show you pics to in with. We're hoping to throw a Europe party a few weeks after we get home. We'll eat bread, cheese, fruit, cider, and the girls can year scarves like every woman in England and France. I'll have to get the pics organized and the video edited by them though. We'll see about that.

I found out that the only people going to El Salvador from my church this summer are me, my friend Codie, Ken, and another friend John. That's it! I have no idea why so few are going, but it makes me sad. (Isaac was going to go, but then one of his coworkers quit, so he really shouldn't.) Codie and I will have a blast though... And not just cause she's fluent in Spanish!

Today was amazing. We went to ancient Corinth and walked where the apostle Paul walked! We read Acts 18 while staring at the Bema seat he was brought before. SO COOL.

IDK if I'll write again before we get home or not. Bye!
kimana517: (places : backpacking)
So. Having a phone with wifi is great. Finding out that major European cities such as Paris and Rome have virtually no free wifi hotspots if you don't have a password is not. That's why I haven't been around. We found a grand total of ONE place in Paris where we could get online - on the steps of the Pantheon, which was not only several subway stops from ours, it was a good hike (up hill) after that. In Rome we found none, so we ended up paying at an internet place, but all my time was used up doing necessary things + Facebook status update. But we are in Florence, Italy now, in the best hostel we have stayed in (thanks for the rec, Suzy!), that not only has free wifi (since I have the password), but also a computer w/ internet in the room. Hello, world!

We have done and seen far too much to tell you right now, because we have to wake up a little early to get a bit of last minute sightseeing in here in Florence before taking the slow train (hey, it's 40 Euro cheaper!) back to Rome tomorrow to then fly to Athens, Greece in the evening. I just wanted to let y'all know we're alive and well. Let me think of a few things to mention though for now...

I've liked every place more than I thought I would. Our first day in Paris was not so great, but the following 3 were excellent. Caen, France was definitely a highlight. Part of that is due to the city and its surroundings, but much of it is also do to having friends there. I met [livejournal.com profile] dramaticsuzy and 2 of her friends, and we stayed with some people who previously were strangers (I found them on couchsurfing.com) and became friends. My other favorite place is probably here in Florence, specifically today, as we took a tour of the Tuscan countryside and 3 towns (Siena, San Gimignago, and Pisa) and had an amazing lunch at an organic farm. Every single thing we ate was made there, except for the cheese. We're talking pasta, ham, wine, olive oil, bread, salami, beef, tomatoes, salad, etc. It was amazing. If only that part of Tuscany had an ocean beach, I would move there.

I had a great birthday in Rome. We went to the Vatican, and the Pope threw me a parade! Well, it didn't have my name on the banner, but I know that's what it was for. Then we went to see the Colosseum at night, and there was a free concert by a band we'd never heard of (Monte Carlo Fire), but really liked. The signs claimed it was for the Champions Festival (apparently a huge deal to the futbol crowd, so I guess we're honored to have been there), but I know it was actually to celebrate my birthday. We celebrated by getting dinner at a restaurant, and by my getting the biggest waffle cone of gelato that the gelateria had. It was great. I have to say though, I'm one of those people who loves my own birthday, and having all the attention, so to be away from all my family and friends except Isaac was kinda sad and lonely. I did get many sweet Facebook greetings though, and of course an email from my mom. I'm crossing my fingers for cards and/or gifts at home, but trying not to get my hopes up because it is very unlikely.

Oh, I have so many things I want to tell you about! I guess it will have to wait till we return, unless by some miracle our hotel in Greece has internet. I have tons of pictures to share too, of course. These include the following series: "Isaac & Bethany Eating Gelato", "Isaac & Bethany's Heads Blocking Famous Monuments", and "Pictures Taken at Angles that Will Make Hanging Them Difficult but They Look AWESOME". And, uh, I am not joking about any of those. (Although I will consider shortening the last one to PTaAtWMHTDbTLA. Hehehehe.)

We have also recorded several videos that we would have put on YouTube if we could ever find free wifi. I guess I will just have to upload them when we get home and you can watch them if you wish, although watching them all in one sitting will be much more difficult than one at a time as we take them. *sigh*

Anyway. I need to go to bed. But I miss you all, and I can't wait to see Greece!

Miscellaneous

Monday, 2 March 2009 16:46
kimana517: (isaac&me : laughing / forever)
+ Today I have done a lot of things I needed to do. I have more to do, though, but am thinking of shelving the rest and going out to enjoy the late afternoon sunshine with a book.

+ Florida's weather in the winter is crazy. Up and down, up and down. Saturday it was almost 80º, and then today it's 50º. We're expecting freezing temps tonight and tomorrow, but then back up to 80º on Saturday. Warm weekends and cool weekdays is better than the opposite, but I just find the yo-yo temperatures amusing.

+ This cold just will not let go of me. I don't have as much of the painful symptoms as I did when it started 2 weeks ago, but I can't get rid of my cough or runny nose. I did get paid to take some other cold medicine from Walgreen's the other day, so I might try it out to see if it helps.

+ Yesterday I wore makeup for the first time in 2 weeks. I got out of the habit when I was sick. Today I'm not wearing any. Wednesday I have to wear a lot because of the runway go-see, which, BTW, is definitely going to be made easier by those heels with straps that I bought last week. It's so nice to have heels that stay on my feet! Wow. What a difference. I can even take long strides! I wore them around as I did some dishes and made dinner, and felt very Stepford. LOL.

+ I've been eating so badly lately. Yesterday for lunch was Mexican food, and dinner was a whole bag of Crazy Bread and a few bites of cheesecake. Hehe. Saturday we had burgers, onion rings, and more cheesecake for lunch, and lasagna for dinner. And I had lasagna leftovers for lunch today too. I should probably just eat carrots for dinner. LOL.

+ Listening to music in Spanish is fun because I only know a few words, and the rest I just hear incorrectly, so then I spend a few minutes pondering the idea of writing a song about cheese, or whatever word I thought I heard them say.

+ This isn't the deepest entry ever, is it. Ha. Oh well.
kimana517: (isaac&me : wedding / looking away)
+ This afternoon I made a tea of garlic, apple cider vinegar, and water. It was totally disgusting, but it did what people claimed it would: it soothed my extremely sore throat and helped my congestion. If I have another terrible coughing fit today, I might have to choke some more down.

+ Half the time when I watch The Office I think, "Andy is such a dork." The other half, I think, "I am so much like Andy." It's scary. Actually, I think Isaac and I are very Jim-and-Pam-like. They're also very silly and laidback.

+ I keep forgetting to tell about Valentine's Day. We had lunch at McDonald's for tradition's sake and then had a nice dinner at home. Isaac grilled up some mahi mahi fillets that one of his clients had given him from a fish he caught while deep-sea fishing. It was really good! Isaac also got me some roses. They may be cliche, but they are totally my favorite flower, so you'll never hear me complaining!

+ We had a fantastic storm last night. It woke me up long enough to snuggle with mi esposo, and then kept us asleep with its wonderfulness. And now, today, it's sunny and warm, with a breeze. Perfect.

+ I could really go for some sushi. What a bizarre thing to crave while sick.

+ I just now realized who the pilot on last night's Lost was. I kept thinking he was familiar, but couldn't figure out why. I kind of wish that show was ending already just so a lot of questions would be answered. Remember when they kept creepy Ben in a little room and tortured him? Those were the days.

+ I miss my CT family. In May it will have been a year since we went up there, and we likely will not be able to go up till at least this fall, if even then. =o(
kimana517: (politics : obama / change)
+ Well, it's official. Obama is now my president. It's a sad, sad day, no matter what the reporters who pee themselves whenever they speak his name tell you. I have already been praying for Obama, but I have decided to pray that that he lives up to his promises of change, and changes his own mind on all his policies. It can happen - look at Mitt Romney, who, years ago, was a liberal, and is now a staunch Republican. Obama has already talked of changing his timeline for withdrawal from Iraq so it's basically identical to Bush's. That's good. One thing down (assuming he sticks with that idea), a zillion to go. But God can change anyone. If He doesn't, it's okay. Just gives me cause for lots of sarcasm in the future.

+ I signed up for a Spanish class at the local community college. It starts tonight. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, eh? I had been waiting because Mom had said she wanted to take it too, but just told me yesterday that she decided she'd better not add anything else to her already overloaded schedule. So it'll be just me, attending my first college class in 5 years. (Holy cow. Has it really been that long?!) It's actually a non-credit class, which makes it only $95. I can deal with that! And it has a great schedule - 5:00-7:00pm on just Tuesday nights until March 17th. I'll get home just half an hour after Isaac does. So yay! I hope it's good. I hope we progress through the basics pretty quickly since I already know those. And I really hope I make a friend or two!

+ So, those skinny jeans it took me years to buy? The ones I vowed never to wear? I got them Thursday, so it's been 5 days... and I've worn them 3 of those 5 days. They are without a doubt the comfiest pair of jeans I own. It has nothing to do with being the skinny style, of course, but dang, they are awesomely comfy! I love when I can be comfy and stylish without even trying. Hehe. Next time I go back to the outlet I plan to buy another pair or two for use in the future.

+ Here are two random product endorsements for ya:
1)
Benefiber Drink Mix. I thought it was going to be nasty, but I got some for free from CVS. Turns out they taste awesome - like really good Kool-Aid, or Tropicana Twister, or something - and they only have 15 calories, and 3g of fiber! They have gone in my regular rotation of Things that Make Water Taste Good - right next to my old standby, Propel.
2)
Smart Balance Fat-Free Milk. The commercials claim it tastes like 2%, but of course it doesn't. Right? Wrong. My MIL got some when they were here in December and didn't finish it before they left. Our "real" milk expired, so all we had was the Smart Balance. To my surprise, it actually tastes like 2%! And it's fat-free and has all these Omega-3s and tons of other good stuff for you in it. I was seriously shocked to find out that it was good. Isaac has even used it to make Ovaltine, which means he approves. Anyway, supposedly right now you can just get it in the southeast, but be on the lookout for it at your grocery store, because it rocks, and Smart Balance often puts out $1 off coupons for it.
These two things are really helping me to stop drinking so many calories. I only have pop and juice a few times a week now, and I'm no longer drinking fatty milk.

+ Chloe just called me to tell me she went poop in the potty. LOL! Angela said she told her she could call anyone she wanted to, because Ange wants her to get praised like crazy so that using the toilet will be a regular occurrence. (Chloe is 2½, but has not shown any desire to be toilet-trained. That's unusual for a girl, isn't it?) When Chloe was finished talking to me, AJ grabbed the phone. I asked him if he went poop in the potty too, and he cracked up. Hehehe. I love my niece and nephews.

+ So far in January I've done 4 CVS transactions. I've spent only $1.41 total, and have already saved $137.65! That's a savings of almost 99%. You can tell I'm a lot better at this now than when I started. Hehe. It also helps that I have 70 ECBs to play with. The other day I got 3 hair gels, 2 3 oz. hand lotions, 5 Revlon lip glosses, and a pack of gum for 77¢. I gotta say, Revlon's Super Lustrous Lip Gloss is my favorite of any I've ever tried - and I've tried a LOT of lip gloss!

+ The best thing about making lasagna is having leftovers the next day. Yum.
kimana517: (movies : peanuts : woodstock / dear LJ..)
+ We just did devotions together for the first time in ages. It helps that I finally found my Quiet Time that went missing in September. It was under the couch... where Isaac and I had both checked more than once. Isaac prayed for our child who may already be out there somewhere and of course I started crying. There is nothing guaranteed to make me cry other than adoption. I wasn't this bad till we went to the orphanage in El Salvador. It's just so REAL now. I really, really understand why God placed it in our hearts to do this, and I feel much less defective for not having always daydreamed about being pregnant and having kids that look like me.

+ We finally took our Christmas stuff down today. The dining room looks so big without the tree in there! It's kinda sad to have it gone for another 11 months.

+ 4 more Swagbucks and I can get $25 in Amazon gift certificates! And Isaac's account has enough for $5 for Amazon or Starbucks. I'm planning a trip to Knoxville to get together with some friends (woo-hoo!), which I will need airfare for, so I may hold onto mine and keep saving for the $50 Southwest gift card. It's hard though. There are lots of things I could buy from Amazon with $25. If you'd like to earn things just for searching as you would with Google, sign up here! Then when you win, I win. And when the friends you refer win, you win!

+ I had a really unhealthy day today. I ate leftover shrimp and fettuccine alfredo for lunch and then thick crust white pizza for dinner. Good thing I went for a 5-mile bike ride yesterday and a 3-mile walk today! I really love walking to work. I don't know why I waited so long to try it.

+ Did I ever post on here that I figured out the savings from my CVSing? My Aug. 30-Dec. 31 CVSing total out of pocket cost was $50.51 and I saved $863.32! I would've spent over $77 on stuff like milk, gum, tissues, etc. anyway, and that's not even counting the makeup, tons of toothpaste, medicine, etc. that I have gotten that we'll use eventually. I've also made $10 of my out of pocket cost back from Ebay auctions and will be getting $27 back from rebates - so it's like I've only spent $13.51. And I have two nice blood glucose meters to sell on Ebay which will probably fetch another $10 each, so I'll come out getting all that stuff and having spent nothing. Freaking awesome.

+ Isaac came to work with me for 5 hours Tuesday night. We are in the process of switching the church's financials from Quicken to Quickbooks. I can already tell that it's far more user friendly, and I hardly know what I'm doing yet! We also began a bit of the year end stuff which has been stressing me out. I think it will actually be okay though, with his help. I'm so grateful for him. I could never have taken the treasurer position without him being an accountant and being kind enough to help me.

+ Seth has declared me the coolest sister ever. Not only did I buy him a case of Cheerwine in NC, but I also gave him a set of headphones for his phone (well, actually I traded for a 2GB micro SD card) and made him some ringtones. So basically? I'm the bomb. Hehe.

+ GO GATORS!!!

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Thursday, 1 January 2009 21:20
kimana517: (travel : backpacking)
+ I am in North Carolina. We decided to leave today so we would have as much time here as we'll spend driving. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've actually been to NC to be in NC, rather than driving through or having a layover in Charlotte. So far, so good. It's cold out though. No snow, which is a definite bummer. I hope it snows for the wedding on Saturday, because that would make for beautiful pictures. Plus, I want to hit Isaac with a few snowballs. Hehe.

The drive up was LONG. We left at 10:30 and got here at a little after 6, but we stopped for lunch and because my stomach is a jerk. All day I've just been feeling like trash, and the best way to make a long drive even worse is to feel like trash. Bleh. Now that we're in colder air, my sinuses are misbehaving too. I really hope I don't spend this whole trip miserable. I want to dance at the wedding reception!  =o)

+ Sickness aside, today started out well. We met up with Sarah & Andrew for a goodbye breakfast. I've really had a blast hanging out with them again. Stupid living all the way across the country. Now I have to miss them again.

+ We did nothing for New Year's Eve. We never really do. We went to Walmart to get some stuff for the trip, and grabbed some Mike's Hard Pomegranate Lemonade, then drank one of those as we did our usual nightly routine of computering and cuddling. We ended up somehow staying up till 2! I don't know how we did that, but we regretted it this morning. Hehe. [livejournal.com profile] lilia2000 always throws a big NYE party, apparently, and I think next year I may try to go up there. I guess it depends on if we have a kid by then or not.

+ Pics from Christmas and our anniversary are here. There are some cute Mandy pics in there. Just so you know.

+ I had completely forgotten about Cheerwine! We went to a grocery store tonight to get some pop and I saw it and was quite thrilled. I'm going to stock up before we go home.

*the next morning*

+ Wow, the view from our window is beautiful. (We got here last night in the dark.) The lake, then the mountains. Although these mountains seem small compared to the Adirondacks and the Rockys. Plus, since there's no snow but we're up north, everything is so BROWN. That's what I remember about winters up north sans snow - although even snow turns brown in populated areas after a while. Bleh. Yeah, I think I'll take FL over NC, at least in the winter.

+ I had also forgotten about how dry my skin gets when it's cold outside and not as humid. It's ridiculous. I would like to take a bath in a vat of lotion. Hehe. And I think my sinuses do better in FL too - that would make sense, since my mom's do, and she has chronic sinusitis - because I've been really dried out since we got up here. I guess there are some perks to humidity. We'll have to see how flat my hair is here. Hehe.

+ I think [livejournal.com profile] craneke  is going to be the only friend I can get together with while I'm here. I'm thrilled to finally see Kelly again, but it really stinks that I don't get to see anyone else. I was really hoping to meet [livejournal.com profile] daughterofziyon and see [livejournal.com profile] completeinhim  again. I knew this would happen when we decided to take our friend's car rather than ours. Now he has the right to drive it wherever he wants, and we're stuck. *sigh*

+ Oh yeah, and how funny is this - the hotel gave Isaac and me two single beds! Ha! So last night we did the whole Lucy & Ricky thing. Although Isaac came over and cuddled a few times through the night. That was nice. Tonight we'll have a different room with one bed. LOL.

+ Sorry if it sounds like I'm complaining a lot. I don't mean to. My stomach feels much better this morning, and it really is pretty here. I guess it's just reaffirming my love for Florida. Hehe.

+ Well, I'm gonna go. We have to pack up to move rooms. Happy weekend!

kimana517: (movies : narnia / lamppost)
+ It's 80º today! Yes, this is why I daydreamed about living in Florida when I lived in Illinois. Heaven... I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so I can hardly speak. =o)

+ Life has been crazy. I got back from Charleston Saturday afternoon, spent 15 minutes at home, went to work to finish the bulletin, swung by the house (and didn't even turn the car off) to pick Isaac up to go to 20s/30s Fellowship Group at AAAC's, stayed there till 11, then hit Walmart for something I had to get that night, and then finally got home around 11:30. Whew! Sunday morning was insanity. I only made it into Sunday School for the last 10 minutes, because I had to help the kids' Sunday School practice the song they're singing in church for Christmas, and then was asked to get the November financials done ASAP for a deacon meeting Monday night to determine if we get Christmas bonuses this year (I still haven't heard what the consensus is), and then had a few other things come up too. Once SS was over, I had to enter a song into the PowerPoint that was added last minute, and it was really confusing and I couldn't type for some reason so there were typos even after I proofread it. *headdesk* Then we had plans to go out with our dinner group, which was actually relaxing, but still took up time. Olympians that night was crazy, too. I swear all the kids were on speed. They were insane and louder than ever for no apparent reason. I would say they lost at least 10 minutes of game time simply because they would not listen. We were also down two leaders because after doing the lesson my dad was tossing a football with one of the teens who helps out and badly dislocated his pinky finger! So Ange had to drive Dad to the ER so they could put it back in place. (Apparently it would not budge, either. Ange said she had to leave the room because it was so gross how they had to keep pulling. *shudder*) And did I mention that Mom was not there because she was still driving back from Charleston? (Grams and I left a day earlier.) I have decided Mom is no longer allowed to miss Olympians, because last time she did a kid threw up and this time Dad got hurt and the kids were crazed. Anyway, Dad is okay but he has two fingers splinted together and his hand is bandaged so he can't really move his wrist much. Yeah. Sunday was not a good day, except that Ken's final 2 Corinthians sermon was very good.

+ So. Charleston. )

+ My Charleston pictures are here. A lot of what I talked about is pictured there.  =o)

+ What else? Oh - I have the best husband ever! While I was gone, he changed my car's oil, changed its tag light (something we had been meaning to do since September...), and cleaned the garage! Dude. I was not expecting any of that, but I am very grateful! Also, he is sexy. *nods*

+ Most of my Ebay purchases sold! I actually ended up selling the boots to [livejournal.com profile] t_jay  - how great is that? I still have some shoes left though (the black ones and white ones), so if any of you wear a size 10 and want some shoes for cheap, let me know. Also, if you want to try a Cover Girl Outlast All Day Lipcolor, I have that brand new in Blushed Mauve. It retails for $9.99, but I'd sell it for $4 shipped. Better deal than you'll get anywhere else!

+ I have most of my Christmas shopping done. I just have Aaron, Dad, and my niece and nephews left - that's if I even bother to get Aaron and Dad anything. They are extremely difficult to buy for and probably couldn't care less if they get anything.

+ I have a surprise for you guys for my anniversary, but you'll have to wait till then to find out what it is. Well, except two of you, who will know in a few days. Don't give it away!

+ My MIL and SIL Hope are arriving tomorrow. They're going to hang out here for a few days and then we're heading down to see BIL Jesse in the WOL GP show Isaac and I used to work for, and bring him back to Jax for them to fly out Monday. I was going to skip WOL to go to the Jags vs. Packers game this Sunday, but the tickets fell through.  =o(  Oh well - I want to see Jesse in SSC too. He's playing Joseph - as in Mary and!

+ Time to figure out some lunch. Kudos to anyone who read all of this.

kimana517: (seasons : autumn / walk with me)
+ The copier is making a strange noise. I've never heard it make this particular noise before. Pleeease don't be a bad sign. *hopes*

+ I walked to work today. Well, actually, I walked to Chick-Fil-A, which is 1.5 miles from my house, and then to church, which is .4 miles from that. This morning we walked 1.5 miles to the mechanic to pick up Isaac's no-longer-a-death-trap car. Walking is not high impact, but it is cardio. The days have been so gorgeous lately, too - perfect walking weather. I like to think I'm saving on gas money too, but with gas at $1.79/gallon, I'm really not saving much. (But I am NOT complaining about gas being cheap again!) Still, it will hopefully help shrink my hips. (Chick-Fil-A, however, will not. LOL. Though I did barely manage to resist their new Peppermint Chocolate Milkshake...) I've walked about 7 miles in 3 days. Not bad.

+ How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was fantastic. Seriously - one of the best in many years. We woke up early (sad), and decided we wanted cinnamon rolls (happy). So, we walked to Winn-Dixie and got some Pillsbury ones. Seth's friend Justin is staying with us, and Seth spent the night that night, so we shared with them. *glares* Hehe. We went to AAAC's around noon for Thanksgiving dinner. This was the first time Ange has hosted it (and the first time they've had a house to do it in) and the girl seriously outdid herself. It was amazing. Absolutely fantastic. My whole family was there except NN&J (who live in Indiana), and so were Ange's half-sister, and her brother, his girlfriend, and their two kids. In all the years I've known Ange, I had not met her brother until yesterday.

After lunch we watched the Lions game till we couldn't take it anymore (for the non-football-inclined, the Lions are having the worst season ever. They have not won one game, and it looks like they will not be winning any at all. And who did they play yesterday? The team who's only lost one game! Oh, it was so sad. BUT - I thought they were only going to score 3 points, but instead they scored 10. The score was 47-10. That's not even as bad as a Gators game, so I didn't have to cry. LOL.), we went for a walk around a nearby reservoir, where we saw an alligator! I had never seen one in Jax before. There are lots of them in the lake at WOL FL, but I hadn't seen one since we moved from there. This was a little one - 4 feet at the most - but it was so cool!

After that we played a bit of Rock Band, and then Ange and I wanted to hit CVS for their amazing free stuff. Ashley and Tanya were curious how we get so much free stuff, so they came with us. CVSing with other people is so much fun! I had always done it alone. Though with 4 people, 2 of whom were n00bs, it took forever. They were so lost at first but quickly got it down. We had amazing cashiers, too, who were bored till we got there, and then they had 4 cute girls to entertain them. LOL. Ashley and Tanya were totally floored at how much they got for hardly more than their initial buy-in of $5.98 + tax. I got a ton of stuff, too. I had to pay $3.68 because I only had 27 ECBs, but I got 47 ECBs back, plus all my stuff, so it was worth it! What a great time!

When we finally finished cleaning up at CVS, we went back to AAAC's. We ate leftovers for dinner, played a few rounds of Pass the Pigs, and then Isaac and I went home to join Seth and Justin for a viewing of Hancock. I liked it, but I'm kinda glad now that we were never able to go see it in the theater. I tell ya though, there was a twist I totally did not see coming. Tonight we're going to watch Kung Fu Panda! It's nice having 3 Redboxes within a block away. Heh.

+ This morning we woke up early to go out for breakfast at a restaurant near our house (yep - we walked to that too) with most of Ange's family, and Mom and Grams. Then we hit the thrift store, where everyone found multiple things. Yes, we all did our Black Friday shopping at the thrift store. LOL. There was no one camped out there. Go figure. ;o)

+ Seth said he wants to see Twilight, so yay - maybe I won't have to see it alone after all! We may go tomorrow. I think it's hilarious that Seth - a teenage college guy - is willing to go see it with me, and Isaac - a long-married man - is not. Hehe.

+ Wow - apparently the days of Long Bethany Posts have returned. Oh, the memories. =o)
kimana517: (fashion : jeans)
+ Someone please tell me it's not actually less than two weeks until Thanksgiving. I like denial. Denial is happy. It's not that I don't love Thanksgiving - rather, I love it - it's just Thanksgiving comes right before Christmas, which comes right before the end of the year. In my mind, it can't possibly be later in 2008 than July. Seriously, now.

+ I loooooove my outfit today. Yep - loooooove. I'm wearing that cream silk wrap shirt with ruffles and a pair of dark jeans that I got from the thrift store the other day, and it is awesome.

+ DUDE. It's only 3:15 and Ken has already given me the sermon notes! I might be able to get out of here by 6:00!

+ According to SuperCook.com, I can make over 1,000 recipes with the ingredients in my kitchen. In case those of you who have cooked in my kitchen and found yourself appalled at the lack of ingredients (and small appliances) are wondering, I did not make that up. Of course, the basil and oregano are still the bottles [livejournal.com profile] abideinchrist bought me when she came to visit and couldn't believe I didn't own either one. Hehe. Unfortunately, SuperCook doesn't let you search for just healthy recipes. I'd really like for us to eat better, especially since we won't be rejoining the gym. I also need to figure out how to convince Isaac that a meal doesn't always have to include meat.

+ And according to this article, the worst hot coffee drink anywhere is Starbuck's hot White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha - otherwise known as my favorite coffee drink. Heh. A venti-sized glass has 660 calories, 22 g fat (14 g saturated), and 95 g sugar. I mean, I knew it was bad for me, but I didn't know it was that bad.  I certainly didn't think it would have twice the calories of a single with cheese from Steak 'n Shake!

+ I've started watching Buffy, the Vampire Slayer again. Such a funny show. I just finished season 1. I forgot that that person died so early in the series. That means we get Faith soon, right? I was also thinking, as I watched Buffy fighting the Master yesterday, how funny it is that my dad let us watch that show the first few seasons it was on (then I went to college), but dislikes Harry Potter. People are not often logical. But I love him anyway. And I'm glad he let us watch Buffy. Hehe.

+ So, I heard a big crash earlier. I went and looked in every room in the direction of the sound except the bathrooms, and found nothing. I just thought I was hearing things. Then just a minute ago I went to use the bathroom and found the cause: there's a leak somewhere which warped the bathroom wall so much that the hook holding up a big mirror came out, and the mirror crashed onto the floor.  O.o  There's broken glass everywhere, and a bubble of water in the wall. ¡No es bueno! That really stinks. (But at least I'm not crazy...)

E.T.A.: + So, today I made a Newsboys station on Pandora. The first song it played was "Breakfast", which I hadn't heard in who knows how long. Now I'm listening to Air1, and guess which song they're playing? Yep - "Breakfast". Weeeiiird.

+ Well, time to water the plants and finish the bulletin. Happy weekend!

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Thursday, 6 November 2008 18:56
kimana517: (tv : supernatural : up to no good)
Yay for a normal post!

+ Our Halloween night was fun, but felt nothing like Halloween. We had fun though.

+ Saturday morning we woke up early to go with Isaac's coworkers to the Florida Baptist Children's Home. We cooked a meal on the grill and then served it. Sadly, we didn't get to interact with the kids (some orphans, some temporarily there till a parent gets their act together) much. This was my first visit to an American orphanage. I felt bad for the kids there, of course, but it just reaffirmed my desire to adopt kids from other countries. To the orphans in El Salvador, the FBCH would be like heaven. The kids don't go hungry, and they have house parents so they get attention and affection, and they're taught the Truth, not the cult of Mary.

Saturday afternoon I slept for 4 hours on the couch! That was not expected, but much-needed. We watched Ghostbusters, which I hadn't seen since I was a teenager. That night Isaac went to play football with some friends, and I watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which I hadn't seen since it was in theaters last year. It is amazing that that movie is 2 hours long and there is SO MUCH left out of it.

+ Sunday was pretty much engulfed by our Olympian Fun Fall Festival. After lunch we set up for it, which took so long we only had about an hour and a half between it and the actual festival. We had 13 kids come, though, and 6 of them don't attend church anywhere; their only exposure to God is through our club. We had a ton of candy left over again, so that was great. Hehe. I did face painting, and tried a few new things this year that went over big.

+ Monday's activities have slipped my mind, save for watching SNL's Presidential Bash that evening. Very entertaining.

+ Tuesday I voted in the morning and did not have to wait in line at all. Bwaha. I then went out to lunch at Olive Garden with Grams, Ange, and the kids. It'd been ages since I'd been there. I do love their Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, breadsticks, and raspberry lemonade. *licks lips* As mentioned the other day, we went to AAAC's house that night for a small election party, which was a total blast and an excuse to use the chocolate fountain again. =oD I was up way too late that night though, and I've paid for it since.

+ Yesterday I spent the day cocooned in the house. I felt like crap for staying up so late without being able to sleep in, and I was still royally ticked about the election results, so I did not want to see any news or newspapers. I was able to take a bit of a nap in the late afternoon, and I convinced Isaac to join me. We skipped the gym in favor of something more fun, and then finally went to see Fireproof. (We've been saying we were going to see it ever since it came out.) We were both pleasantly surprised by it. I had no idea it was funny, and I was expecting nearly all the actors to be bad, like in Facing the Giants. Instead, only a few of them were really wooden, and the rest, while not likely to win an Academy Award, were quite good. It was well-made too - as good as any indie film I've seen. And of course I bawled my eyes out. Hehe. I also had fun spotting people who were in Facing the Giants. We went to the movie at 7, and still hadn't had dinner, but thankfully it was free small popcorn day for people in their Movie Watcher club, so we snacked on that and then went to Steak 'n Shake. We hadn't been there in months, and they have 4 meals under $4 now - and they're good ones - so that was awesome. It was a great little impromptu date night. =o)

Oh yeah, and when we were on the highway heading down to the theater, we kept seeing all these cops go by very quickly, some with lights on, some without. We got around the bend and saw the cops (now all with lights on) blocking the entire highway. We were right behind them. We still don't know what was going on, but we saw them arrest 3 girls in their late teens/20s who looked stoned. We're guessing they were driving recklessly and, to have so many policemen there, probably refusing to pull over at first. Isaac was pretty freaked out, because the cops had their guns drawn and we were so close to them, but I figured any bullets would've had to go through 3 cop cars to get to us. Anyway, it made us late for the movie, but it was pretty exciting.

+ Someone in Greece bought one of my Supernatural shirts! That is so cool. What will be even cooler is if when we're there in June, I see her wearing it. Yeah, yeah, Greece is a decent-sized country, blah, blah, blah. It would still be cool.

+ Off to watch Survivor and then Supernatural. Happy almost-Friday!

"

Friday, 31 October 2008 18:09
kimana517: (family : oh brothers)
+ If you have any love for things Jane Austen and you have a sense of humor, you simply must go read [livejournal.com profile] katharhino's 'Tis the Eve of All Hallows, a short story of murder and hilarity, starring the characters from Emma.

+ We're going to some friends' house tonight to hand out candy and watch a movie. Rumors were that costumes were a possibility, but no one seemed all that interested. Still, I would've gone as a newsie if I had been able to find a newsboy cap and adequate vest at a thrift store. No such luck.

+ Somehow lately we've been getting USA Network on what used to be the Catholic channel. I have to say, I'll trade televised mass for NCIS and House reruns, and new episodes of L&O: Criminal Intent any day. I keep praying that the mistake isn't noticed until after L&O:CI's new season is finished... which isn't till March or April, I think. Yeah, I know - it's a long shot.

+ I've seen a lot of mi familia this week. Well, except for Mom, who has been stuck in North Dakota, of all places, and then Orlando, all for work. We had Grams, Dad, and AAAC over for an awesome lasagna dinner Monday night. Ange made apple crisp out of some apples they picked off a friend's tree on their trip to IL, so we had warm, fresh apple crisp for dessert. YUM. Last night they reciprocated and had Grams, Dad, and us over to their house for the absolute best chicken parmesan I have ever had, and peanut butter fudge for dessert. I *love* having family nearby! LOL! We also of course played a bit of Rock Band at AAAC's house. Grams had never seen it before, and thought it very creative. We had the most fun watching AJ's face when he played guitar, and singing along to "I am 16, Going On 17" and other Sound of Music songs (playing in the other room, because Chloe was watching her favorite movie EVAH) as the PS2 kept freezing. Hehe.

+ Our pumpkins died already! How sad is that?! I'm wondering if we did something wrong, because aren't they supposed to last at least a week? Anyway, mine rotted so much it fell over on its face (actually, I think Isaac's evil pumpkin pushed it...) so we had to throw them away already. So sad!

+ So you know those caramel apples I made? There were five of them. And I ate four. Ha! Poor Isaac only got one. But he was only supposed to have two anyway (the maker gets the majority. Bwaha!), and he said I could have his last one. Man, were they good. I must make more.

+ BMG finally has Kutless's new CD! Of course I bought it, along with Sanctus Real's latest and the Robbie Seay Band CD I don't have yet. Anyway, I had a code for 3 free CDs (J8E4 for those who are members) so I got all 3 of 'em for under $8.37!

+ I have more to say, but I need to go since we're due at our friends' house in half an hour. Have a great weekend, all!

(no subject)

Monday, 27 October 2008 10:51
kimana517: (misc : scarf)
+ Hehe. LJ's "Undead Journal" header made me giggle.

+ Our heater is on for the first time since March or April. Last night's low was 40-something. I shiver to think how cold it would've been in here if I had forgotten - which I almost did - to turn it on. Tomorrow the high is 60º, and while I distinctly remember putting on shorts anytime the temperature hit 60º when I was a kid/teen in WI/IL, now I will put on a sweater and possibly also a jacket. 60º is a lot warmer in Wisconsin than it is in Florida. I wonder if I can get away with wearing a scarf? Me gusto scarves.

+ I've decided it's a lot more fun to clean with a husband than on my own. Saturday Isaac and I pretty much cleaned the house top to bottom, and it took less than two hours. And this was with stopping to goofy-dance several times to the music we were blasting. Actually, we had to agree to stop dancing and kissing anytime we walked by each other, because we knew we'd never finish the cleaning in time if we didn't. 'Tis a good life.

+ Fellowship group was fun! This is the first time we've hosted. Only two other couples came, since AAAC were out of town and some others were sick, but they are two of our favorite couples (despite political differences, LOL). We made taco salad or burritos, and I don't know why, but that was the best taco salad I have ever had. It was amazing. Isaac gave a cool little devo while I got the chocolate fountain ready. Then we gorged on chocolate-dipped pretzels and fruit while playing Pictaphone, which they seemed to quite enjoy.

+ Yesterday on the way home from lunch, we pulled up next to a car at a traffic light. We had the windows down, so we heard the little old lady driving it keep trying to start it, but it wouldn't turn over. Realizing that she was alone, we knew she'd never be able to get it out of the road by herself, so we turned around and parked at a nearby gas station, and then pushed her car to a nearby parking lot. (Pushing it the opposite way traffic was going in that lane was quite interesting.) We quickly realized we couldn't fix whatever it was, but thankfully she had AAA. Poor thing was stuck waiting at the gas station for over an hour though. Anyway, that was our Sunday afternoon adventure. Hehe.

+ Last night at Olympians all our "older" leaders were gone, so it was just Isaac, Angela, our friend Sarah, and me. The lesson was mostly a skit, but I did the opening and closing bits too. That was the first time I ever did an Olympian lesson! It went well though, I thought. Well, until one little boy who's only been there twice threw up in one of the Sunday School rooms. Oy. Next week is our famous Olympian Fun Fall Festival. I'm excited about that. Oh! Last week my mom put it (O.F.F.F.) up on the board as a reminder, then asked the kids what other words beginning with F we could add to it. We came up with fabulous, fantastic, etc. Well, last night I wrote just O.F.F.F. on there because I couldn't remember how many other Fs we had added last week. One little boy said, "What about the other f-words?" I succeeded at not cracking up, but I looked at Isaac and we smirked at each other.

+ I have been really wanting to go to The Thrift Store lately. Should I go? No. Do I want to go? YES. I haven't been there since Isaac's family was here, way back at the beginning of September. It seems I go there about every 2 or 3 months. I don't want to go alone though. Anyone want to join me? ;o)

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