kimana517: (isaac&me : laughing / forever)
+ I finally got my hair trimmed today! Unfortunately, it's not as short as I wanted. I'm so bad at telling hair lengths when my hair is wet. I may well try to find a time to go back and have the stylist shorten it a bit, but her hours are basically only weekday mornings, so I'd have to have Mom watch Elijah again. At least it's much better than it was before I went in.

+ After my haircut we went to Target where I got another of these hampers. I got one a few months ago and love it as much as a person could love a laundry hamper. It holds about two loads' worth, takes up very little floor space, is easy to carry, it's sturdy and strong, and you can fold it away if you're not using it. Taking up less floor space will be very useful for Elijah's tiny closet. Anyway, I love it so much I convinced my mom to buy one and then finally went on the Target website and wrote a rave review. Also - Target has a lot of really cute boots in stores. I need to go back and try some on. The one pair of boots I own that actually fit my nonexistent calves is from Target.

+ On the way home we went to Dunkin' Donuts for lunch. Hehe. Elijah had his first donut - can you believe it's taken this long with me as his mother? - and he loved it. It was chocolate frosted with rainbow sprinkles, and he ate the chocolate part first by putting his nose in the hole. He had rainbow sprinkles all over his face because of it. LOL!

+ Isaac's 30th birthday is on October 2nd and I really want to do something fun for it, but he's too busy to really think about it. I suggested an '80s costume party, since you can buy '80s stuff at thrift stores AND regular stores right now, but he was meh on the idea. Too bad, 'cause I think he and I could be a cute Maverick & Charlie from Top Gun.  ;o)  Any other suggestions for ways to celebrate?

+ Speaking of costumes, Isaac and I separately came up with the idea of dressing like the A-Team for Halloween. We had repeatedly joked about dressing 'Lijah up as Mr. T, and somehow that spurred us both into thinking of doing a whole A-Team thing. He would be Hannibal because he's old (my reasoning) and definitely has a mastermind thing going on (his reasoning). I would be Face because, well, my love for Face has gone on since I was a kid. When my brothers and I played A-Team, I was always Face. And we think Seth would be a great Murdock. So we'll see. I'm sure dressing E. as B.A. would stir the pot less than my other costume idea: dressing him like George W. Bush. *evil grin*

+ In other amusing bad parenting news, someone at church gave Elijah a stuffed camel and I promptly named it Joe. It amuses us greatly even though we're totally anti-smoking. And 'Lijah is scared to death of my slingshot monkey. I may just use it the next time he throws a doozy of a tantrum...  ;o)
kimana517: (christian : crosses / this is love)
+ It's been a while since I confessed my love for Jimmy Needham. That's probably because I haven't really listened to his CDs for a while. I've been listening to them today as I work, and wow. Boy is good. He rocks a few different styles, and his lyrics are often quite convicting. I was reading the bio on his site and this sentence stuck out to me: "I’ve learned how easy it is to cry ‘hypocrite’ to people who are struggling with things you aren’t struggling with." Whoa. Twist the knife a little, will ya? Even though I was raised in a family that many of you would consider not very conservative (we were definitely conservative, but not hyper-conservative), I still have to consciously stop myself judging others for things they struggle with that I don't, while giving my sins a pass. But I don't wanna be a Pharisee, 'cause they're not fair, you see! (Ah, Esther, I miss you.) 

+ It's hard to believe that it's been a week now since I was with the girls in TN for the first day of our trip. I miss you all so much! Seriously. I was pretty close to some of you even before last weekend, but now I miss you even more! Maybe that trip wasn't a good idea after all. Or maybe I ought to actually test my phone's ability to make outgoing calls one of these days. *sheepish*

+ Angela and AJ weren't feeling so hot this morning, so they canceled going to Chuck E. Cheese's.
I was/am so disappointed! I should probably be very embarrassed about that, but I'm not. And now I'm still craving their pizza and Cherry Coke + Coke Zero. *pouts*

+ We went to a friend's birthday party last night. The guests were basically just our 20s/30s fellowship group, so it was a lot of fun. We played Pictaphone (apparently Forrest & Shannon are in love with that game since we taught it to them on Halloween) and had some absolutely hilarious results. One sentence started as, "I love shopping for gourmet foods, like cheese, olives and wine." It didn't even make it to the second sentence without being hilariously messed up. The person between sentences communicated pretty well with their drawing, except for the olives. The second sentence was, "I love to eat cheese, eyeballs and wine." LOL!

+ We watched Inkheart yesterday. At first we had trouble getting into it, but I'm glad we stuck with it. I liked it a lot. It's sort of like Stardust, at least in my mind. I love Andy Serkis. I had to IMDB the guy who played the author, and it turns out he was the Professor on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. That certainly explains why I couldn't place him, seeing as he looked like Mrs. Doubtfire in this movie. Hehe.

+ Those of you who are girls when it comes to shoes should head to for their Kenneth Cole shoe clearance. There are several styles for just $14.95 (+ $6.95 s&h. Still a great deal for Kenneth Cole shoes!). I got the very last pair of these in my size. They're kinda boring, but they're classic, and I may have need for a brown pump someday (especially with potential future modeling jobs *crosses fingers*). I don't actually have any brown nice dress shoes! And if you need some jeans, check out Amazon's Friday sale on Seven7 jeans, where several pairs are $9.99 or $14.99. (NOT 7 For All Mankind. We can only dream!) After some searching, it seems their inseams are usually 33" or 34", so perfect for me in flats and you normal girls in heels. And they have a lot of dark washes left. I'm thinking of grabbing some of the boot cut ones and using some of my Amazon GCs earned from searching on Swagbucks...
kimana517: (fashion : shopping)
+ I think I'm allergic to winter. Okay, not really, but during winter I get frequent inexplicable sinus headaches that come and go as they please, and are usually without any other symptoms. Just another reason to be glad for resuming normal high temperatures tomorrow. We set a record low last night. I'm glad to be done with that for a while.

+ The 1940s photo shoot has been scheduled for this Tuesday! (Apparently in my world photo shoots only take place on Tuesdays.) I'm going to have to wake up EARLY. I have to be in St. Augustine by 7:30am, and it's an hour drive! Plus I have to do my makeup and stuff. Oy. I love modeling, I love modeling, I love modeling... At least I can probably go back to sleep between that and work - although I won't want to mess up my '40s hairdo! Hehe. I'm excited about that. I'm hopefully going to borrow some curlers from a friend at church.

+ I was bad today and gave into a craving for my favorite thrift store. *sheepish grin* I'm glad I went, though, 'cause I hit the cashmere jackpot! I got two 100% cashmere sweaters, one from Ann Taylor ($5) and one from Banana Republic ($6). The A.T. one is identical to this one, except it's pink. I was thrilled to find another of those, because it's the softest cashmere I've ever felt. I found another cashmere sweater that was a turtleneck that wouldn't fit over my head, so I left it for someone else. I also got 2 totally cute skirts (Ann Taylor & Express), an adorable white BCBG sundress, and several tops (including one from American Eagle with the tags still on!). I had a budget I stuck to, which was sad because it meant a lot of great stuff had to go back on the racks. Ah, well. I can hardly complain.

+ I heard "The Motions" by Matthew West on the radio the other day and just loved it. Halfway into the chorus I realized why: it could be a Backstreet Boys song. I can absolutely hear them singing that song - only, if they did it, it would be better because there would be beautiful 5-part harmony woven through it. Ah, how I miss the glory days of boy bands, back when hit songs weren't all about sex.

+ Oh! TLC has finally announced an air date for the Duggars' trip to El Salvador on 17 Kids and Counting. For those of you who don't know, my church takes a small team to El Salvador twice a year to minister in villages, schools, and orphanages near the place we stay. My husband and I have been there twice. 11 of the Duggars were there in December (when 3 people from my church were there), and their camera crew came with them. We who've been there are so thrilled about this, because now people will get a better taste of how we minister down there. (I've already been thinking of E.S. a lot lately. I miss it. This will only make it worse, I think.) Anyway - it will air February 17 from 9:00-10:00pm (Eastern). You should watch it!

+ We're going to some friends' house for dinner tonight. It's been ages since we hung out, just them and us, so I'm excited. I guess I ought to go water the plants so I can head home.
kimana517: (misc : scarf)
+ Yeah, I know - not nearly as cold as where you live. I ain't complainin'. The other night there was a very slim chance of "ocean-effect snow" flurries at the beaches. I do believe that is the first time in my 6½ years of living in Florida that there has been even a chance of any snow in Jacksonville. Global warming, my butt. (Pretty please? LOL.)

+ I feel rather chic and stylish today. On my way back from St. Augustine yesterday I stopped at the outlets to make myself a liar and buy a pair of skinny jeans. Sarah and I tried them on when we were there a few weeks ago, both left without them, and both regretted it later. Hehe. I'm wearing them today (they're a dark wash, and the only skinny jeans I have ever tried that actually look good) tucked into my comfy black mid-calf boots, with a teal shirt, the black satin blazer I just got from The Thrift Store, and some intricate and rather large black earrings. The skinny pants tucked into riding boots + ponytail + blazer make me feel a bit like I should be riding horses in the English countryside. (*wistful sigh*)

+ This morning I did two workout videos that I got from the library. One was a strength training one by that guy with the long, blond, curly hair and way-too-big-for-his-body muscles. I already knew all the moves, but it was still a good workout. The other was a cardio salsa DVD. I swear I have some sort of disorder where my brain gets way too confused by even simple dance moves so it can't get my body to do them like the examples. I have, like, physical dyslexia, or something like that which doesn't exist. Hehe. Finally I modified two moves and ended up doing okay and getting a good workout. And then I went to McDonald's for lunch. *smirk*

+ Oh! The other day while hunting for solid-colored dress shirts at Goodwill I found what is now my best thrift store find ever! Yes, my $5 Joe's Jeans and $7 7 For All Mankind jeans have been surpassed by a $260 cream leather Banana Republic tote for (drum roll, please) $4! I got it because it was nice and figured it retailed for, oh, $80 originally. Then I got online to check and they don't have one large leather tote under $260! I will probably try to sell it because I can't see myself ever needing a tote that large, except when I'm a mom, at which time I won't be wanting to carry diapers and Cheerios in a very expensive one in a light color. Hehe.

+ Isn't it weird to think of me as a mom? Well, it is to me anyway. But I've thought that a lot lately - "When I'm a mom..." I guess psyching yourself into wanting kids in the near future really does work, 'cause I have done it. I still feel too young to have kids though. Maybe that's something I need to keep working on myself for... or maybe we should just keep waiting. I don't know.

+ I have been very good lately about keeping the dishes done. Now that my dishwasher is out of commission, I really need to keep up on it so I don't have to spend half an hour hunching over the sink to eliminate the pile of dishes that will inevitably appear if I slack off. But so far, so good.

+ I adore this song. I listened to it probably 10 times yesterday, and 3 more today. So pretty. I just wish it was longer!
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 [ 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 : shopping)
You guys are probably sick of me today, but I just wanted to let you know about a good deal.

Walmart has a lot of nice clothes on clearance right now, starting at $1! If you need tank tops, shorts, t-shirts, nice tops, and even hats, scarves, and gloves, you should check it out. If you choose the Site-to-Store shipping option (where you will pick it up at your local store), shipping is free.

Last night I got:
Faded Glory Women's Stripe Rib Tank - $1.00 - I've been watching these since they were $6 in stores. I was too cheap then, but for $1, I'll take it!
White Stag Women's Studded Jersey Shell - $2.00 - This is really cute.
Faded Glory Cable Gloves - $2.00 - I don't have any gloves, and I often wish I did, for bike riding, and gripping my very cold steering wheel.
Faded Glory Women's Print Empire Tank - $4.00 - I love the blue ocean one, or whatever the one I got is called. So pretty.
Something for Isaac - $3.00
Total: $12.84 incl. tax, shipped to store. I really, really like the studded jersey shell. I may also get a cable-knit hat to match the gloves, too.

Shop through Ebates and get 2% cash back, or go through Swagbucks and get 1 Swagbuck for every $5 you spend!

(Men's, Juniors', Kids', and Babies' clothes clearance also has some good deals.)

Have fun!

kimana517: (isaac : wonderful thing)
+ Happy birthday to Isaac! He is now only 12 years away from 40. Hehe. And he is the best husband ever!

+ I feel like I live at Home Depot and Walmart. I've been to each of them at least 4 times this week.

+ I'm trying to laugh at the fact that the first night this week that I finally got enough sleep preceded the one day I really could've used an extra few hours of awake time.

+ Ghirardelli chocolate chips being the same price as Walmart brand makes me very happy.

+ Apparently I've been lusting after cashmere sweaters all these years, when I could've just bought them; there are tons of them for great prices on Ebay! Oh, this is a bad, bad discovery for my budget.

+ 30% cash back on Ebay Buy It Now purchases is love.

+ Can any of you convince me that the quality of photos taken by a DSLR is worth it despite its heft when compared to a good digicam that has all manual options but an attached lens? I love the quality of DSLRs, but I also like having a camera that fits in my purse and doesn't weigh 3 lbs because of the lenses. So, yeah - convince me.

+ Hanging pictures is a lot easier than I thought it was. Therefore, I hate myself for waiting 3 years to do so.

+ I have an unhealthy obsession with soft blankets. And Cherry Coke.

+ 18 people have RSVPed for the party tonight. That is workable, assuming they don't all stay for the debate and want to sit in the living room. (Our dining room is basically just an extension of our living room though, so it'll be fine.)

+ I don't actually believe that it's October. Everyone is lying to me.
kimana517: (movies : enchanted / what's not to like?)
• This icon makes me laugh every time I see it. Did I mention yet how much I love that movie (Enchanted)? If my subject line got that song in your head, you might as well listen to the whole thing. ;oD

• I'm singing in the worship team again this week (two in a row! Go me! Er, actually, go usual singers who are sick or gone. Hehe.), and we are singing some great songs this week. I mean, we always do, but there's an abundance of 'em this week. Even though practice went long, it put me in such a good mood. "Oh, it's amazing what praising can do..." Wow, that brings me way back into my childhood.

• I'm watching an episode of Doctor Who, and once again the bad guys are the Daleks. It's like on Star Trek: Voyager, how you could pretty much trace everything back to the Borg. It's a bit boring when there's a default big bad. (And, yes, I think I just removed the last ounce of coolness in y'all's eyes, right? I hope I have at least endeared myself to my in-laws, and/or [ profile] lilia2000's dad. LOL.)

• I went to Ross yesterday and bought only workout shorts and underwear. So sad. At least it's cute underwear. Ross is great for that.

This site has the most awesome t-shirts ever. I got Isaac this one. He said he can't wait to wear it to the gym. Hehe. (P.S. If you find a shirt you like, be sure to buy it through the first link I put, 'cause that'll get you 20% off.)

• Dude. I just found out that one of the Shanes in Shane & Shane married Bethany Dillon. It's always weird to me when famous people marry other famous people - not sure why, since non-famous people marring non-famous people doesn't faze me at all.

• Speaking of famous people, I just looked up who got booted from American Idol last night. I'm SHOCKED! And bummed. But I think this person will still have a successful career if they pursue it.

• Well, wasn't this just a pointless little entry?


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