Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hey you, I love your soul

It's almost here!! I'm a Christmas Freak, I admit it! I'm still a little kid on the inside. I'm trying to think of all the exciting things that have happened in the past few days and I feel as though I'm coming up short.

Oooh I hung out with my Heather!! She's home for Christmas break ( see, there are a ton of reasons I love this time of year) and it's the first time I've seen her in over a year. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

I'm a novelaholic. I have two weeks off of work and I think I'm having an allergic reaction to all this time off. I mean..I cleaned out our laundry room/storage. Yeah. I have also been reading like a crazy person. Since the beginning of my time off.... today being day 4.. I've read 3 books, part way through the fourth.

When we were on our honeymoon I packed two or three books, under the assumption that I would read a little while we were on the beach. I didn't take into consideration that we would be there for two weeks. By the end of the first week I was without any books. So I discovered the activities center, and their meager library. This also lead me to the discovery of a new author. J.D. Robb. I later discovered that this was simply an alter ego of an already popular author, one whose writing I couldn't stand. I'm glad she discovered her alter ego. I don't enjoy the style of writing she uses in her popular books, but this other series is fantastic. It is set in the future about fifty years. The main character is this cop married to a billionaire.

I've also started reading "Wicked" based on a recommendation from a friend. I started reading it at the same time as of of the J.D. Robb ones, so it has been on the back burner for a bit. As soon as I run out of the others I'll get back to it.

I finished the new Dean Koontz one a couple weeks ago, "The Darkest Evening of the Year". Sooo Good! For those of you who don't know, I'm obsessed with Dean Koontz. I've read everything of his in reach. Some of the older stuff has been difficult to get my hands on, but I'm always working on it. In any case, the new one is great. A little disturbing, as usual, but amazing.

Yesterday I read the new Jeffrey Deaver one, "The Sleeping Doll". It's a 'spin-off' of another series I enjoy. Also, very good. After reading the first few chapters, I was skeptical. It seemed like the author had written himself into a corner. But No! It went in a direction I didn't expect. And it had one of those endings that, well, didn't. Every time you thought it was over, something else came up. A few things were predictable, but for the most part I couldn't put it down..... which it why I read it all in one day :P

You know who I have always loved? Margaret Atwood. Read "Moral Disorder" recently. Not one of my favorites. "Handmaids Tale", I think that's my favorite of hers. See, I don't love every book I read. I am capable of criticism.

I need another bookshelf desperately. All my books are double stacked. It makes me sad not to be able to spread them out in all their glory. So, pretty much I wrote all about books today. Sorry for all of you interested in the things really going on in my life. I wanted to talk about books.

Three Things:

1. Z Family Christmas on Monday
2. Walks with Layla
3. I get to see my family on Tuesday!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

12 Days of Christmas

I'm a good wife. I'm just putting that out there.

There wasn't one specific thing I wanted to get my hubby for Christmas this year. I had a whole bunch of ideas for smaller things, but no big ticket item. Instead, I decided to do the 12 days of Christmas for him. The presents get a little bigger and a little better each day. We have something like 4 family Christmas events this year, so it turns out to be more that 12 presents....but that's what wives are for :) I have had so much fun shopping for him this year! The last package arrived today, the Christmas morning gift, and I'm so excited! It is exactly what I thought it would be!

By the way, I'm sick again! The second time in less than a month. Unless this is some sort of flashback to the original sickness....but it doesn't feel like it.

OOoo, more good news! I found cute Christmas tins for all my baking! I've been keeping them in rubbermaids up until now. But now is the time to start giving away all the yummies! So I have something like 8 tins in a bunch of different sizes to give to people.

That is all.

3 Things:
1. I am just about done my Christmas Shopping!
2. I have a great job, with great people
3. I'm reading a really good book :)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Time

I realize this is the second post in an hour, but I remember a picture that I have been wanting to put up, and dang it, I'm going to!

I've said how much I like Christmas right? And how I love Christmas Baking? Good. So then you won't be surprised when I tell you that I have already tried 5 different recipes this season. All new too. I have been bringing them to work and testing them out on the Sr. High pastor. So far so good!
Also, we have decorated the tree, aaaand wrapped ALL our presents! I was a little nervous about putting up the tree, fearing that Layla would have it down within minutes. It has been up for almost two weeks now, and she has shown almost no interest in it. Then I was afraid to put the present underneath, she loves to chew on all thing cardboard, or anything with corners. Again, she has barely even noticed! I realize that as I post this, she will likely discover an interest in all things Christmas.

In any case, she's got the Christmas spirit, See?

Yet Another Rant

I like Starbucks, I can admit it. What I don't like are incompetent staff.

I pass by 2 Starbucks on my way to work in the morning, they are two blocks apart. The first one I pass has a very awkward parking lot, but it has a Kayla. The second one is more accessible, however the staff are as ridiculous as they come. They do, however, have a drive through, points for them. I sent Kayla a message so that I would know when she works, that way I would dare the treacherous terrain in hopes of a pleasant indoor experience. This morning I went to the first Starbucks thinking that today was one of Kayla's shifts. That was my first mistake. The parking lot was deceptively empty and gave me a false sense of confidence in making this a quick journey. That was shattered the moment I stepped inside and realized that not only was Kayla not working, but there was not chance of retreat now that the enemy had closed in behind me.

I made my way up to the counter, after having been scolded along with a number of other customers for not lining up close to the coolers...which was the obvious place to stand? The moment I reached the counter, the lovely staff member walked away, obviously remembering she had something much more important to do. After a few moments another gentleman approached the till, only to ask the equally impatient woman behind me what he could get started for her. She ordered, apologized to me, insincerely of course, and off he went to make her beverage. A moment or two later, he looked at me, possibly wondering why I was still standing at the counter, and asked if I had ordered. No, I hadn't. At that moment, little miss I-have-more-important-things-to-do returned to the till and took my order, charging me for my own beverage, and that of ms. insincere apology. No problem, nothing that can't be fixed. I then ordered the "spinach and egg breakfast sandwich" only to be corrected; "do you mean the Egg Florentine breakfast sandwich?" In my head (I didn't want to be rude) I responded with a little " is there another breakfast sandwich with spinach in it? No? Then yes, I'll have the Egg Florentine." Instead I just said yes.

Beverage and slightly warmed sandwich in hand, I ventured back out to the once deserted parking lot to find that it was no longer so. Ah Ha! I thought to myself as I made the required 13 point turn to get out of my parking spot. Nearly nudging the 4 or 5 cars that had boxed me in since my arrival 15 minutes ago, I was now on my way. Kayla works tomorrow morning, mental note.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

ok, for really now.

Hello all.

So I feel as though I have a million things to say, and then the moment I sit down to let it all out.... nothing. Very much like my time in pre-school. I went to playschool at a church by my parents house, even though my family does not "do" church. I had the very best teacher, Mrs. Janzen. Each Friday our class would go to the sanctuary for a prayer time. The student of the week was allowed to be the one who got to pray out loud. Every week I wished it were my time to pray, having so many things on my little mind. Finally at the end of the year, or what felt like the end of the year anyway, I was student of the week! I thought all week of things I could pray for come Friday chapel time. The day finally arrived and we made our way to the special place, singe file of course. We would all line the steps of the stage on our knees and the student of the week would pray. I knelt there and said nothing. It was my turn.. finally... and I had nothing to say. Needless to say that even ended with a great deal of tears and reassurance from my beloved Mrs. Janzen. I think I've been scarred for life. Even now as a youth pastor, praying out loud still gives me that sinking feeling in my stomach.

Now that we've all had a little look into my psyche, let's move on.

We're having night games at the church tonight and I'm excited. A large wrench was thrown into the plans at the last minute, but I'm adapting. Our church is having some guy I've never heard of do some concert on Saturday night. Apparently he's popular, because it sold out very quickly. He then decided to add another show.... cause he's awesome. Which wasn't too big of a deal. Until he decided that he was going to need, get this, every single class room in the entire church for the people who were helping him. I don't know if you have the right picture. This is a very big church we are talking about. So now, I am restricted to the gym, youth room, and womens ministry center.... Oh, and we have to be quiet. I don't think he's met man Middle Schoolers.

It's not that bad, I maaay be making it out to be worse than in really is because I have had to spend my entire day re-planning my entire event. It's a good thing I don't hold grudges... or know the guy.

Three Things
1. I am no longer that sick blob lying on the couch watching episode after episode of Gilmore Girls.... Although my husband is now... nope, not taking out the Gilmore Girls part.
2. Tonight is going to be awesome!
3. I haven't gone into debt getting ready for Christmas this year!

I'm on a roll

Is it weird that a part of me misses being in school? It is a very small part of me, but it's there none the less. I've been in school for 80% of my life. To stop now seems wrong. Sigh. Duncan, you and Kelsey were right, I will be the forever student.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

It's December!

I love this time of year. Christmas makes me happy. You know why? I love to shop for other people. Shopping for myself is fun, but I know exactly how much joy I will get out of each item. I can accurately predict the level of excitement that will go along with each purchase. When you shop for others there are no preconceived expectations. I am currently resisting the temptation to share all the unbelievable gifts I have found this year. Out of all the people I bought things blog-worthy for, I know at least two of them check in here every so often. Post-Christmas I promise I will share with all my many finds with you. P.S. I'm almost done all my shopping!

Also, Christmas means I get to bake, which I am sure we have already discussed, is a talent of mine. That's right, so you'd better get your requests in now, or there will be no treats with your name on them! I like to take recipes from cookbooks and then change them to suite people in my life. Like my husband looove mint things, especially candy canes. Last year, after successfully hiding the candy canes for a few days, I made crushed candy cane cookies. Sooooo good! Yup, I've already started a list of all the out-of-the-ordinary things I need to but this year. I have the 18th of December until the 2nd of January off this year, so there will be much baking.

In other news, it snowed and I loved it. I have been hoping for snow this year so that I could see how Layla would react. It was fantastic. We let her out when it got to be about ankle hight, human ankles that is. She kept running out a few feet into the yard, and then racing back in the house. When I finally caved in and played with her she started to enjoy it a little more. She would trot a few steps, and then realize her feet had left imprints in the snow and attack them. The prints on the walkway pooled water, so they were allowed to stay, purely for drinking purposes. We got a few pictures of her, one of them is super cute.

I better have children one day, I'm not to be one of those women who grows old with no children and refers to her dogs as her babies. Not going to happen.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This thing that Jane did

I'm only following orders. Jane's blog said that if I had a blog I had to do it. Shoot, now everyone knows I've been lurking. Aaaanyways. It's a Christmas get to know you thing. Since Christmas is only 27 days away, I think it's ok.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bag?
Wrapping wrapping wrapping!!! Gifts bags are for the un-creative! Wrapping with sharp corners and lots of ribbon, and sometimes pretty bows. But always wrapping.

2. Real tree or artificial?
When I have my own house it will be real. At this point it is not, and I am temporarily sad.

3. When do you put up your tree?
The first weekend in December! And luck for me, it's the 1st this weekend! ( I have a rule: No Christmas till Dec. 1st)

4. When do you take down your tree?
Mmm usually the first weekend in Jan.

5. Do you like eggnog?
GAG! so, no.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My bike. My sister and I both got bikes one Christmas, it was probably the best ever. They were big-girl-bikes, so they were special. Also meant we couldn't ride around the living room, although we tries and were stopped after only a few decorative casualties.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, I have very few decorations outside of the overdone tree.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Auntie Barb. Hands down.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Shannon. I'm having to stop myself from buying anything else.

10. Worst Christmas gift you've ever received?
Every year my family does this really fun gift exchange. Everyone buys a generic gift values at approx. $50 and then we play a game to see who get which one. There is one person who always cheaps out, and another who has her own sense of style. Every year I get one of their gifts. The stained glass candle holders that looked like water pitchers. Or the matching salad tongs and picture frame..... just in case you want your picture frame to go with your salad.....

11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail! I like to put up all the cards and look at them :)

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
The Santa Clause. Number 1. ooh and the old cartoons, they are awesome too.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Um, well a while ago already. Actually I'm almost done and it's still a month away.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
I would never.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Mmmm Grandma Whitey's Un-Bake Chocolate cake. It reminds me of Christmas.

16. White or coloured lights?
I've converted to all white this year. Something is wrong with me. But I have all new tree decorations and they are brightly colored so I didn't want to bombard everyone with color. Oh, whatever, I think it's pretty when all the lights inside and out are white.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

18. Travel for Christmas or stay home?
HOME! Traveling for Christmas is just wrong! What about family?? Hello!

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers?

20. Angel or Star on top of tree?
I have nothing yet this year. At home we had this thing that I think was supposed to be a star. But it looked like one of those things they try to sell to kids at the Icecapades. So yeah, I'll stick with star for now.

21. Open presents Christmas Eve or Morning?
Christmas Morning. We tried every year to get our parents to let us open just one on Christmas go.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The bustle. It's so busy, it's hard to enjoy the good stuff.

23. What I love most about Christmas?
The family stuff. I know, weird hey. I actually like my family though. And exchanging gifts with my sister, we're fun.

It's all ridiculous

I have been trying for the past two weeks to blog, however blogger has decided that I don't exist, except for when I do. Make sense? No, not to me either, which is the very reason for the rant!

In other news, I'm sick. Not the sniffles and tea kind. More like the throat replacement, nose disownment, lie in bed and moan all day kind. My poor husband. Actually, all I did yesterday was lie on the couch and watch season three of Gilmore Girls. I don't think we've discussed my TV watching habits yet, so now seems as good a time as any.

I seldom watch series while they are running. I just don't see the logic in racing home after youth only to realize that I have missed the first ten minutes of Grey's Anatomy, which will always be when they reveal the issue the entire episode will revolve around and will not mention again, however allude to constantly throughout the entire episode leaving me in a state of panic and confusion.

No, I don't follow series during the season. I prefer to wait until the end of the season and catch them on DVD. The only problem with that is the stupid cliffhanger endings! They make me want to rush home after youth to catch the season premier just so that I know who goes home with McDreamy.

So, even better than seasons on DVD......Series on DVD. I have found that patience (in some areas) pays off. I caught a few episodes of Gilmore Girls many years ago and it was instant infatuation. I knew, however, that it was not meant to be ( not having a TV of my own at the time really solidified that observation). Now, the series is over ( tear ) and I have seasons one through 5 in my filthy little hands. This way I will know who takes Rory to prom as soon as I want, or which college she goes to, or if Lorelei ever actually follows through with a man. See, no waiting. Sigh, what a wonderful feeling.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Consider No News, Good News

Just thought I'd update my adoring fans as to the recent adventures I've had. Except.... I don't know if there are any.

I come into some very bad habits. Like the "come home from work, drop everything in the hallway and read all my favorite blogs" one. And I am not even considerate enough to keep my own up to date.

OK then. Here's the low down ( people still said that when I was cool).

The new job- amazing. I'm having a great time, Loooooving the staff I work with. The Student and Family ministries department is just fantastic. My next door neighbour Jon, is just like me. We spend half the day bursting into each others office with some random information or cool story. Today he called me ( even though I can hear him talking through the office wall) and invited me to a showing of Dr. Seuss' "the Sneeches" in his office. Obviously I accepted the invitation!

In other news, I GOT MY CAR! It's super fantastic aaand FIJI blue. I hope you weren't worried friends, I got what I wanted. She's a dream. I've even taken her on the freeway TWICE now. And nothing fell off!! I know.. Amazing.

I've saved the sad things until last. I'm debating including them even as I type. I was able to spend time with one of my very favorite people this week. I just wish it had been under better circumstances. Tragedy has just hit their family. I'm sure any of you with a TV have heard or seen the event. Her Dad is Ed Schellenberg, the innocent man involved in the tragedy in Surrey. It's hard to show someone how much you love them when something like this has effected them. It just never seems like enough. She is doing very well, it seems to be everyone else that's having a hard time. No one knows how to make it better for her, and everyone seems to think they should. It's because she's not only my favorite, but just about everyone else she meets' as well. She's just like her Dad in that respect. She makes a lasting impression everywhere she goes. She is loved more that I'm sure even she knows.

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Surprise staff meeting tomorrow ( no idea what we're doing!! soooo fun!)
2. An Awesome sister in law who loves to shop with me
3. A good God

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Guilt Ridden

I am so very sorry! It's not my fault, I've been ridiculously busy ...with..... MY NEW JOB!! That's right folks, I am officially the Pastor of Middle school and KIDstuf.

Monday was the longest day ever! I made sure to sleep in as late as possible to make the day go by faster. The only reason I did wake up in the morning hours at all was because Brandon came and got me...he was lonely. Watching TV occupied me for a little while, then the internet, but I couldn't sit still. I cleaned till there was nothing left to clean. I did laundry, folded it, and put it away. Finally I put my energy to good use and made some fantastic chocolate chip cookies.

The meeting went well, seemingly too well. I spoke for less than two minutes and then the floor was open to anyone to ask questions. The first person simply wanted to know how I'd heard about the position and what the process was like. simple. The second and final question was basically a statement. "I have three children and they all hate this youth group because it's too big and loud." all I could think to say was ..."and then?" but I held back and let her finish, and by finish I mean she said " so what are you going to do about that?" I, of course, went on to explain my philosophy of ministry which seemed to appease her.

After we left they were given the chance to ask any questions they wanted to without me being there. I was told there were none. The same process was followed for the two other people being voted on.

In the meantime, Brandon and I went to Timmy's to distract me with coffee and soup. It didn't last long. An hour later I could sit still no longer so we went to wander Future Shop and distract ourselves with expensive shiny things. FINALLY I got the call, and all he said was " So, you know there's a dress code right?" ha ha funny.

The next morning, I was hard at work frying my brain with new names a policies all across the map :)

Oh, and Duncan. :P to you spelling man

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I'm a Genius!

I'm pretty impressed with myslef right now, and not just because I was able to spell genius. I really like to create edible works of art. Not necessarily of the visually stimulating variety, more the makes-your-mouth-water-from-a-mile-away kind. Yesterday I had fun making dinner. At my cousins wedding a few weeks back they had these potatoes that still make my stomache grumble in anticipation. Brandon is also a potato monger. Therefore I took it upon myself to re-create the wondrous potatoes. They were like mashed potatoes rolled into little potatoey balls, seasoned and then baked to a crispy perfection. So that's what I did. Except I added a little cheese to the mashy part. Needless to say, they were amazing.

Today I made rice krispy squares with chocolate chips. Mmmmmm. I'm pretty sure all the females in my family have this weird gene. My mom is always calling me with new things she's created and the I just HAVE to try. So I usually do, and they are always amazing. And my sister is a pastry chef...need I say more? Check back in a few years, my husband will be fat as a testament to my culinary mastery.

On another note, the vote is less than a week away :S Everyone at the church is overwhelmingly confident that I have the job, which is good I guess cause they will be the ones voting. My manager at rogers just found out that I will probably be leaving. She has known for a long time that it's coming so it's not a surprise, I guess she just thought she'd have more time to find a replacement. I almost feel bad, she's going to have a really rough time keeping things going when I go. I'm pretty sure she still has no idea how much I actually do, since I've been doing it before she even started. When Jax quit i picked up most of the slack, but who's going to do it when I go? Well, I guess it won't be my problem... sigh

Three things:
1. Puppy training tonight!
2. No more trips ever!! He's my husband full time now :)
3. 5 DAYS!!!

Saturday, September 22, 2007


I don't know what to think. You know when something happens to a good friend and you just don't know what to say to them. It dosen't matter if it's a good or bad thing, just that it leaves you utterly speechless, and thoughtless for that matter.

Something monumental happened yesterday. I cleaned my house. Not just tidied, but really cleaned. Washed floors, scrubbed toilets, the whole shebang. I was proud. Now my goal is to see how long I can keep it looking this way. The goal is to keeo it clean at least until Brandon can see it. Yeah, I know he comes home tomorrow :)

There are too many half-thoughts in my head and none of them are making their way all the way out. My apologies.
Maybe if someone commented at least once I'd feel compelled to continue writing. Yes, this is a guilt trip.

Three Things:
1. 9 Days!
2. I'll have a hubby tomorrow!
3. My Short Buddy

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

And then?

I've been looking at buying a new car for a few months now. We're just waiting till it is financially wise to do so. We may have waited too long :( The car I want is the Civic Sedan, in FIJI BLUE. You know what? The 2008 model does not come in FIJI BLUE! So either I pray that a 2007 model in FIJI BLUE is still available, or i sacrifice my desire for an attractive vehicle. I might as well get a yaris or an echo! My heart is breaking...

On another note, the vote has been a day. Apparently the moderator is unavailable as are some other very important people. I think I can handle it..... I hope I can. So far everyting has been very encouraging. The staff are fantastic, and the people I met on Sunday are great. I just hope they feel the same way about me.

Layla is staring at me from accross the room begging me to let her into the bedroom so she can go to bed. I want to sleep in tomorrow, just a little, so I'm keeping her up a little longer. This isn't cruelty is it? I have to go to day 3 of puppy training with out my hubby tomorrow and I am not looking forward to it. There is this woman who brings her St. Bernard puppy, well that's what she tells us anyways, I'm pretty sure it's a baby bear or something. In any case, this woman makes no effort to control her dog. The dog is big, granted, but you are bigger lady!! This dog, tiny ( I know, i rolled my eyes too) has taken an interest in Layla. He likes to put her head in his mouth. Yup, the whole thing. So I'm trying to wrestle playfull "tiny" off of my 10 pound pug and she pretends to look the other way. I'm looking at her like "HELLO??? this is your drool machine here!! Deal with it please!" I finally manage to pluck my dogs head from his enormous jaws and he promptly steals Layla's toy. Likley because his owner brought nothing for him. She looks at me and says "It's okay, he can have it." I'm sorry, but I'm not really worried about your dogs welfare at this point. Layla and I made a fantastic team thought. She pranced infront of him long enough to get his attention while I quickly grabbed the newly forgotten toy...dripping with foreign dog drool. I am moving to the other side of the room this week.

As is common in many brave women, I am terrified of spiders. My husband finds this unfortunatly comical. He will come and kill the spider, providing that it "causes a direct threat", I believe that was the phrase he used. Fine, in the mean time I have my own spider killer....or eater anyways, for the ones that simply bother me by their very existence. She's had her head enveloped by a St. Bernard, I've gained confidence in her spider hunting skills. There is one less spider in my office tonight :)

three things:
1. My Spider Hunter
2. 5 more days till my love returns from NY
3. 13 DAYS!!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Sometimes I think I've read words in books or heard them used by a friend with an abnormally large vocabluary, but really I've just made them up. I'm okay with that.

So this weekend was the weekend. Well the first of three that will discern my future. I had to share about myself in all three services. The first was comical purely becuase I had to work at Rogers all evening. Ten minutes before it was my turn to speak, I was supposed to take my break and book it over there. I got there, jumped on stage and shared my life story in under five minutes, and did my best to speak at a speed that would make it audible to those in the congregation. Success!

And then there was this morning. I woke up at 8 an hour before I was supposed to be there, 9am. Debated wearing the same thing as the evening before ( I did... it was nice). Fed the puppy and headed out. We pulled into the parking lot and I turned to Brandon and asked "why aren't there any people getting out of there cars?" In fact there weren't any people in the parking lot at all. I stole a glance at the church sign and saw SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES 8:30 and 11. 8:30!!!! We parked the car and rushed into the church. The Sr. pastor was speaking which meant I had missed my window. I could feel my phone vibrating in my purse and thought ' who would be calling me right now?' Yeah, it was the church basically going WHERE ARE YOU??

We did get things sorted out and I was able to speak, although everyone in there knew I missed the original time. Sigh. Oh well, lets just hope they loved me anyway. By the third time around I was all good. That worked out nicely, mostly because there were more people in that service than the other two combined.

Three things:
1. pooping on the paper
2. an afternoon off
3. 14 DAYS!!

Friday, September 14, 2007


Cute right? And she's all mine.

I made a stoup tonight. My sister would be so disappionted in me :( I love Rachel Ray...mostly cause she's a little ridiculous and just a bit that she makes really easy dinners. Like the Stoup. Except that her recipe said 4 Servings. If we were bears maybe. We're gonna be eating this thing for weeks! Was it any good? Well that's why I said weeks and not days...... It was okay, but I'm not ready to dive back in just yet. But I still love her!

Today was the big scary meet the core leadership team day. I was probably the most aprehensive about the fact that it was ay 7:30 am....yup AM. However I had two cups of coffee and I was good to go......for days I'm sure. Just wind me up and watch me go. One of the members of the team compared me to a jack in the box....somebody tell me that's a good thing.... I can't help that I'm energetic. hahah It sort of explodes from within ;)

Aaaanyways. The point of all that was to share the update. Apparently they have signed off on my candidacy, and I will be speaking to the ENTIRE CHURCH during ALL THREE services this weekend :s I'm really glad public speaking doesn't terrify me. Cause this would be a good time for that to come out. In any case, things are going well so far :) The giddiness even stretched on for at least half of my Rogers shift.
P.S. I've started counting the days... there's 16 of them. Then I will know!!!

Three things:
1. I had just enough time to myself today and it felt good:)
2. My husband just reached over to touch me so that I would "know you were me"
3. 16 Days!!!!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

My First Comment

Thank you Christine :)

So today is day two of puppy training. We signed up for an eight week puppy training course through petsmart. So far it's great. The first class the trainer did a lot of talking and all 4 dogs got a little restless, but by the end of the class we had little Layla trained to "look" whenever we wanted. Food is an amazing motivator. I can't wait to get to all the good stuff, like "sit" "roll over" " shut-up" and any other jems they've got. She seems to like it too, she's the only girl in the class and it's funny how all the other dogs seem to be distracted by her very presence.

I'm meeting with the core leadership team ( slash elders) on Friday morning so that they can give the go ahead on the candidating process. They also have me taking a personallity profile... I love doing those things! (But don't tell, I don't want to look like a total nerd, I am trying to get the job...) The entire staff has taken them so they want me to have mine done already if I get to join the team :) They've set a date for the vote now, September 30th. I'll try and remember to let my public ( that's you ) know how it goes asap, I know you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting to find out. I'm pretty much going to go crazy by then. I'm invited to a few events between now and then so that the congregation can get to know me bofore deciding my fate. It will also give me the opportunity to check them out a little bit. In any case, things are moving along just swell.

Three things:
1. Puppy Training
2. Home made hamburgers
3. Brandon's trip has been shortened to 6 days!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Anger and Frustration!!

My mom would understand what that meant.

When I'm finished work on Saturday night, I want to fild my uniform, detatch the plethora of keys from my keychain and leave them on the counter. And never come back. Not even to rent movies. I'd go to the sumas store where some of the staff are competent and the selection is greater.

I'm pretty sure dogs have some sort of sixth sense. A feeling one. They always know just when to attack you with puppy kisses. Sure, you might be a little wetter, and a little stickier, but you'll also be a little smilier.

Three things I'm thankful for:

1. A husband that goes out of his way to make me smile

2. Puppy kisses

3. September 30th

Friday, September 7, 2007

Three things I'm thankful for:

1. Getting enough sleep
2. Puppy Training at PetSmart
3. That my Hubby will only be going on one more trip EVER ( he got the job!! )

My eyes are tired

So, still waiting on the job at the church. I went to a staff meeting earlier this week and they were fantastic! Everyone had a very playful spirit, and made me feel super welcome. I'm scared to hope for this, but I really want it!

On another note, I am spoiled....rotten.... It was my birthday a week ago, and everyone i know just spoiled me. My Husband ( the most wonderful man in the world) showered me with gifts, one of which was of the expensive diamond variety :) My parents paid for everything we did last weekend. My dad even came along to a chick flick cause my mom and I wanted to see it. Both him and Brandon casually leaned over during the previews and made similar comments to the effect of "wake me up if I snore too loud". But that did not break our spirits. Mom and I were determined to enjoy that movie if it killed us. Speaking of which, it almost did. The Nanny Diaries, yeah, not so cute and funny. The key ingredients to a chick flick, cute and funny with a romantic something-or-other. All those things were there, but it was like someone forgot to turn up the heat on it. In any case, we gushed about the cute little boy and crazy mom until we were alone in the car later that evening and could divulge our true feelings without the fear of ridicule from our respective husbands.

Brandon's not a huge reader, which gives me far too much freedom to disclose the intimate details of our relationship. But really, who wants to hear that we spent almost our entire day off together playing Two Worlds on the 360. (not what you were expecting?) Although this is not an embarrassment for him, I was a little ashamed of myself. There were things to be done! Like shopping with my birthday money. Oh, and cleaning etc. etc.

P.S. I had another blog and wrote for a little while before realizing that I had typed the title too quickly and missed a letter. So if you are in the market for a little back tracking it is

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Makin changes

I've been avioding changing my blog over to it's proper place, i almost liked my llittle oops. It was quirky, cute, and something I would do. However it was not what i wanted. i like to be coherent, contrary to popular belief, and missing the T was not helping matters.

I'm pretty sure the only person to ever read this is me, so i'm going to continue to write whatever i feel like.... I guess I'd probably do that anyways, no matter who was reading.

I think my puppy has forgotten her legs. When she is distracted by something in front of her, she often flattens out on her belly and squirms toward it with no help what so ever from a limb of any kind. It's entertaining, so i'm not going to do anything about it. Unless she starts doing it outside, in which case she would get all dirty.

I started reading the new Stephen King book..... and I'm pretty sure no one proof read it for him. Maybe when you get to a certain level of authordom they let you publish blindly. Well, someone should have read this one. It's not even the spelling or gramar that carry the issues. It's the fact that there is no story line, no fluid thought, no seperation of character. It's an incoherent stream of thought... or non-thought. Maybe if i keep reading it will get better, but without the promise that it will i don't think I can :P

Okay, so here's something new. Brandon wants to buy a house. *squeals in a mixture of terror and delight* Don't get me wrong, this is exciting! But whoah is it ever a whole lot of responsibility! He's thinking maybe a year from now, I think it's going to take a whole lot longer the find a down payment. unless we both end up with the new jobs we're going for. In which case we'll still have to wait to build credibility with whatever bank we want to bless us ;P with a mortgage. wow, these are big girl thoughts, I might be a little out of my league.

So, job situation for me: I've given my notice at church number one. All that's left is cleaning out my office *tear* Sherry told me the first thing she's going to do is re-paint it :( That windowless box was the coolest little room in that church! The paint contributed to at least a third of the cool factor. Oh well, moving on...

Job 2 has checked references, and now they have to meet again to discuss them. Sigh. Getting a job at a church is a loooong process. If they decide to continue with me, I'll still have to go through the entire congregation. i know it's a good process, but I'm excited and I want to start! providing i do eventually get hired.....