Tuesday, May 27, 2008

If I Were DeAnna - Part Two



Okay, I'm a little late...but I have a few good reasons.

#1 - Watched the show Tuesday instead of Monday due to family get-away.

#2 - Having huge computer crisis at the moment, it will be a miracle if this blog actually posts. So - if you're reading this take a moment to PTL! ;)

Alright, on to the good stuff: DeAnna and her men.

First, I want to say that I'm sort of disappointed in the quality of guys she has to pick from. This group seems to be full of men with bad hair, skinny bodies, dumb senses of humor and messed-up pasts. I'm just sayin'...





Here's what I think: DeAnna has a major "thing" for Graham. Graham thinks she's cute. DeAnna is super scared that he's not really that into her and just wants to have fun. She's a little gun-shy about what happened last time (and we ALL know what happened last time) and wont let it happen again. I'm not sure about him either...What I do know: he's cute and a five o'clock shadow looks good on him.

Jeremy is cute cute cute. I mean, those dimples and the freckles...D. just can't resist. Could you?
One thing I'm a little worried about with this one is she may be into him because he lost both of his parents and she wants to be a comfort to him. Kind of that co-dependant thing. I'm not sure...but it's possible. Did you see her melt when he told her about his parents dying? She was all over that.
I think he's getting a bad rap from all the other guys because they're scared of him. He was just joking about the "my house" thing. Whatever, they're just scared.


I still really like "single-dad." I can't remember his name. That doesn't bode well for him, huh? We'll see how she reacts to his revelation about his 3 year old son...




And Brian...Brian W. from Texas. Brian W. the football coach from Texas. I have a crush. He's sweet. He reminds me of Mr. B. Big, handsome, confident, quiet, unassuming and trustworthy. (At least that's what dream I've conjured up in my head for Brian.) His only flaw: He's not workin' it! Have you noticed that he is in the back of the crowd every time? He's never pushing to sit next to D. or trying to get her attention. Maybe that's part of what's so great about him, but she'll never notice him if he doesn't step up!
I am sooo glad she booted the Grecian dude that had nothing to talk about but Greece (I know, he was in my top picks last week, I've seen the error of my ways).
Why, oh, why did she keep this strange Twilley character? He was just giving me a case of the willies...remember when he said she doesn't have a case of the "Twillies?" Ew!!!
And the strange kung fu karate dude with the hair. Oh my, I thought he'd be long gone.
The chef? Don't like him either.
The virgin: he's nice and all but I don't think he's the one for her. His rubber-looking face is annoying.
Okay, that's all. What do you think?

Oh! And I'd just like to say "Yay" for Matt and Monkey from last season. They're still together and so cute!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Type A

What can make a busy mom with type A tendencies clap with glee and dance around the kitchen?

Why, the FedEx man arriving with her brand new, unblemished 2008-09 Family Organizer, of course!

Guess what I'll be doing while the kids nap? Filling in birth dates, play dates, school holidays and vacations...Yippee!

This Weekend...

We're going camping.

Remember how I feel about camping? Here's a reminder.






Ahhh. Camping season again...Hummm...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

If I Were DeAnna - Part One


A new season of The Bachelorette began last night. I'm hooked. A goner. Finished. Addicted. Love. This. Show.

It is so funny because I ask people if they watch the show (so I can dish and gossip about it all) and if they don't they say, "No! What a stupid show!" and if they do they usually say, "Aw...yeah, sometimes. It's my guilty pleasure." With a blush and a bow of the head.

Shame? For watching The Bachelor(ette)?! Huh? I have no shame here, folks. I adore this show.

So, here begins my trip down She's-A-Big-Fat-Dreamer Lane. A weekly installment in my riveting, read-by-millions blog (ha!) called "If I Were DeAnna." Here we will discuss what we would have done if we were DeAnna - I say "we" because this requires reader participation. You leave me a comment about what bachelor tickles your fancy and we'll have a rip roaring time with this season of The Bachelorette. Unless, of course, you don't watch the show. In which case you are absolutely out of luck and deprived. ;)


First and foremost, Brian W. had me at hello with his tall, soft-spoken self. When D. chose him last I was about having a fit...I mean come on, his frosty tips are a bit outdated but we can fix that, D.! We can take it down a notch, it just takes a night at home with the Clairol.
My next favorite was Richard, the Science teacher. Ahem...if I had a science teacher like him in high school I would have been much more interested in Chemistry. 'Nuff said.
And then I really liked Eric. He was the one from Greece and he went all out saying things to her in Greek in a romantic, brooding way. Yeah, we need to keep him around for awhile.
I really liked Jason too. He was the one from Washington and they did the little bit on him at home with his sweet little son. Single dad. Cute smile. Committed to family. Keeper.
So that's it. Those are my favorites so far.
I kinda liked the Clam Farmer until he opened his mouth and acted like a complete girl. He had no confidence and just was not equipped to handle the pressure of the show or the fiery DeAnna. Out he went.
I was kinda surprised that she kept Jesse, the snowboarder. I wasn't sure he had any lips. I mean, if a guy has no lips where do you kiss him? His under-nose? His chin? And what about the greasy hair and the terrible outfit? But...he was funny and a good personality can really make up for no lips and terrible style.
Also I was really glad to see that tool with the tribal tattoos (I hate tribal tattoos) that was howling at the moon go. And the blonde guy that was obsessed with his hair? Blech.
Okay, so that was fun. What did you think of the guys? Favorites? Guys you hate? Have you lost all respect for me now that you know I watch this show (unabashedly) and take it seriously enough to write a terribly long blog about it?
'Til next week!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Things I Forgot About...

The ridiculous cost of text books.

The hours spent on the phone waiting for the registrar, the advisor, the accountant, financial aid...

The frustration of trying to find the perfect class schedule.

One word: Prerequisites.

The fun of shopping for brand, spankin' new schools supplies.

Algebraic equations.

Stress that does not have to do with teething, screaming toddlers or stinky diapers.

So begins my journey...

Sunday, May 18, 2008

What Happens In Vegas

Shoulda stayed in Vegas!


Yeesh! What a stupid movie...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Nursey Nursey

I have this dream. I want to be a Nurse. Labor and Delivery.



In college I changed my major after my freshman year from music to nursing. Then I got married to my dream man and then I had a dream baby and then another and slowly, but surely, my nurse-dream got thrust to the bottom the pile.



Funny, I was rummaging through and upsetting the pile of priorities and guess what resurfaced? Nursing.





I'm going back to school this Summer and I'm going to pursue this dream.


I'm energized and excited and confident that this is the direction my life is supposed to be going. Child-care is going to be a fight, money will be stretched and my time is going to be eaten by studies...I'm pretty sure it will not be easy but a lot of times God calls us to things that aren't easy but something in our hearts tugs us in that direction anyway.


I am cramming in some prerequisites like a crazy person this year and then applying for a pretty competitive accelerated nursing program to begin in May of 2009. If all goes well I should graduate with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the Fall of 2010.


Life just gets a little bit crazy when you leave it up to God to steer you through. I'm just the pedaler!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Spring Sweetness

"Arteest"

Saturday morning Sesame Street. Proof it is going to be a good Weekend.


Evie-Bug.


Dooney Dooney Bug-A-Roonie


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Family: New and Newer

Jamie is part of my new family - one of my favorite parts, by the way! She is a fantastic friend and I'm just so lucky to have her as my sister-in-law as well. We became family almost five years ago...five fantastic years.

Lance is her man. I have never met him but he's about to become part of my family as well. In less than two weeks we'll be in-laws. He makes her so happy. He romances her and respects her and surprises her. That's good. She's been waiting for that.


Jamie and Lance crazy in love.

I'm going to see them today. They're coming for a short over-night and I am fabulously excited.

I'd be more excited if my house were clean and I had a meal plan for the weekend; but its not and I don't. So there is a shadow over my excited-ness. But I'll get on that To-Do List and activate the recruits. We'll get it done and then we'll meet Lance and witness Jamie's undeniable in-love glow and all will be well.

Side Note: They're getting married at the Bridges of Madison County. How completely romantic and perfect is that?! I have to read that book...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Dogs Smile Too

Dogs can smile. I swear...they can.

Sasha - our loving yellow lab - was literally grinning at me this morning after she returned home from her morning adventure. She was so happy, her tongue lolling and dripping, her tail swishing, her feet dancing. And, smiling...with dimples.

What morning adventure? You ask.

Oh, just the morning adventure she has recently been taking every morning for the past week where she climbs the fence out of our back yard and wanders the neighborhood. She meets the kids at the bus stop and greets them in a purely friendly fashion. She prances to each house where her doggy buddies live to say, "hey." She sniffs the hydrant - but doesn't pee there because she's a lady dog. And then she's picked up by a neighbor and brought, smiling, back to our front door where we gasp and scold her. Again.

After such adventures she looks a lot like this:
Except with dimples. I'm not kidding people, she's got dimples.

I have a dog that climbs chain link fences and has dimples.

Monday, May 5, 2008

London Calling

The Bachelor.

Are you watching this season?

I'm loving it. Just so much...

What do you think?

The Future's So Bright...

I may need some shades!
Remember that saying? Or something like it?
Photo from edenpics.com

You want to know what I am having so much fun with? Planning. Planning my future. The future of my family and figuring out the way God is working in our lives.

There are some big thoughts whirling around in my little brain as of late and I don't quite feel ready to share specifics yet because I'm still in prayer mode about it all. But I'm also in JOY MODE about it all and I just feel like I need to let a bit leak out or I might just bust with the fullness of it.


Saturday, May 3, 2008

Just Pedal

Beautiful photo by Henry Krauzyk of Henry Krauzyk Photography

"...I recognized God it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was in back helping me pedal.
I do not know just when it was that He suggested we switch places, but life has not been the same since. Life without my God, that is. God makes life exciting!
When I had control I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, through rocky places, and at breakneck speeds! It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!"
I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer. I started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into adventure. And when I'd say, "I'm scared," He'd lean back and touch my hand.
He took me to people with gifts that I needed - the gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey - our journey, God's and mine. And we were off again. He said, "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light...
He knows bike secrets. He knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages...
And when I am sure I just can't do any more, He smiles and says, 'Pedal.'"
-Author Unknown

Friday, May 2, 2008

Frivolous Friday

I have this new love. It is sort of shameful because it is all about popping it in the microwave and popping out a (fantastic) meal 4 minutes later...but, shamefulness aside, I think you will adore me for telling you about this. And if you already know about it, you're smart and fabulous!

A Taste of Thai Peanut Noodles are my love. Nope, I'm not being paid to push the product, I just like it...lots.

I found their website today and it is also a grand little gem. There are Thai recipes and such, you must visit.

Look at this Pad Thai...Mmmm.