Sunday, December 31, 2006

Where has the time gone???

Well, I thought I would take a moment to post one last post before we say good-bye to 2006. It has been one crazy year. Of course, isn't life one crazy year after another. To send the year off properly I am going to re-cap (in my delilah sort of way) our 2006. Here are some of the things that happened...

  • We helped Justiene move away from the Evil Ted. She is doing okay now. She still has her issues with him because of the kids (his kids she was raising, remember). She has had a little streak of bad luck lately so everyone say a prayer for her and send good luck her way.
  • Jake changed jobs. He didn't want to be a custodian anymore. Too much DRAMA. Seriously, those custodians are always fighting with each other. Well, the hours were horrible anyhow... He got a new job thanks to a friend. He loves it and loves his boss.
  • I retired from teaching abstinence to take on a new career, selling insurance. I have since "retired" from selling insurance. I was actually laid off from my job but when I signed up for unemployment he decided to fire me. He still hasn't given me any kind of official notice that my employment has been terminated (except through the unemployment office). I've only ever been "fired" from a job once in my life and that was for not showing up or calling off, back in college. My boss told my husband "because we are friends, I thought she would understand...." Where do I find these people? I have been HORRIBLY upset and distraught over the situation. And it keeps getting worse. Now my boss's brother is telling people the business will go under if he has to pay my unemployment (he is responsible for 6%) and I only talked on the phone when I was there. It infuriates me. I was NEVER reprimanded even ONE TIME for not performing my job duties. In fact I did more than I was hired to do.......I could go on and on.
  • We left the church we had been attending for 4 years. We tried to leave gracefully....but people's feeling get hurt and yada yada. I am not sure what we could have done differently. We have found a new church that we feel is our home for the time being. There are a handful of people from the old church that we still talk to and love very much. There are some others who will probably never talk to us again. Once again, I am sad but slowly getting over it.
  • We moved in June to the Pink house. We are comfortable and like living there. We will probably stay until 2008, when we can buy our dream house in Peninsula (subject to change).
  • We did some traveling in 2006. We went to West Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina (the Outer Banks).
  • After our Outer Banks trip, Jake and I hit a little bump in the marriage path. No we weren't getting a divorce or anything. It was just one of those fights you don't get over in one night - every marriage has them. Some marriages end...some endure. I guess ours will endure because before I was completely over it...I found out I was pregnant. Not the best news when you are angry but it puts things in perspective. We have two beautiful children already and we'll be adding to the mix. We were both happy about it (Jake was initially happier than I was....jumping around the house like a crazy man). I am scared. How will I handle three????? Yikes. We had been talking about getting pregnant but I had been stalling... I guess it all happens in God's timing- which isn't always when I want things to happen. In the end, no problem is bigger than our marriage and the commitment we made to each other. Jake is a good man and I love him in spite of his flaws and he loves me even though I don't have any and it makes him look bad. ha ha ha haha. Well, you all know I am joking about that part. Pregnancy is taking it's toll on me though. I have been puking my guts out and sleeping like a champ. I have to snap out of this is awful. Anyone who knows me knows that I like to multitask and I don't sleep that much, normally - so this is out of character for me.
  • Oh, and don't forget that Jake was sick back in the Spring and was in the hospital forever. That was nuts.
So, that is a slice of the Miller's past year. I know there will undoubtedly be someone who complains about "too much" personal stuff. I just want to be real.

Please have a fabulous New Year. We will be traveling tomorrow and I may write some when I get home. I want to make some "resolutions" for the new year. I don't usually do that but what the heck, right?

Friday, December 29, 2006

Thursday Thirteen....Happy Anniversary Hubby!

Today is our 5th Anniversary. In one way I can't believe it has been 5 years and the other...I can't remember what life was like without him. So, here is a list of 13 things you might not know about my husband (Jake).

1. He is 4 years younger than me. Is he ever going to be 30???? Once we were talking about dating age differences. I told him when I was 27 I dated a 23 year old. He sounded shocked and said who? Ha ha ha. It was him. Silly.

2. He did an internship as a Youth Pastor and also has worked in youth ministry for 10 years or so. He is quiet but when he is with the kids he opens up.

3. He used to go backpacking every year. I don't know where all he has been but I know he has hiked in Alaska, Colorado & Canada. Before we had actually went out but after I decided I would date him (long story) he went to Alaska. I didn't have to wonder how it was going because I watched it all on the news. Someday he will tell you about this trip. I've been waiting.....

4. He writes with his right hand but bats with his left hand. He also bowls with his left hand.

5. He has a very BIG tattoo on his arm of a cross.

6. He owns a guitar but I think he can only play one least that is all I've ever heard him play. It is a nice song though.

7. He likes to sleep in the middle of the bed.

8. He does the dishes most of the time.

9. Once I laid a roast out to thaw. He saw it and wanted to be nice and prepare dinner for me. When I got home from work I found him grilling the roast on an electric grill we got as a wedding gift. Ha ha ha. I never let him forget it. It was very tough to chew.

10. One of his favorite bands is the Flaming Lips.

11. We met at work. He asked me out but had also been hanging out with this other girl from work. He actually asked me to go to an Indians game with him after she had turned him down. I did not know about this until we were already married. If I had known before I would have dumped him so fast - I was very FICKLE and I would have NEVER been okay with being his second choice...although he says they were just "friends". By the way....I had hired that girl as a volunteer and she almost stole my man away (oh wait... I think I stole him away). Can you believe my quiet husband was a player???

12. When we were dating he would write me letters and leave them on my desk every day.

13. Last year he bought me a poster sized picture of myself with the kids, in the woods, with a baseball hat on, no make up and a double chin. He picked it out because he thought I looked beautiful. It is hanging at the bottom of our stairs.

Happy Anniversary Jake! I love you.

If you want to read last year's post about the wedding...I highly recommend it. Go HERE.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Writers Block.....

I can't believe it is Friday. I barely wrote anything this week. I haven't been feeling well and honestly, I don't really have anything that nice to say. Better not to say anything at all, right? It would be a lot more interesting if I just let it rip and said all the bad things I want to say but alas..... Well you know how it is. Maybe I will post later today.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #6 - Dinner Party

This Friday, I am having a dinner party of sorts....well, I don't even know if I'd call it that...I am having a few friends & family over. I want to have people over for dinner more often but I am just not that good at planning. I might add it to my new years resolution list. For now, I am "setting up" my imaginary dinner party and inviting guests (dead or alive) to come on over and enjoy something yummy to eat. I borrowed this idea from another Thursday Thirteener...sorry I don't remember who but Thank You!

Thirteen Dinner Guests (Yes, all at the same time....)

1. Tori Amos - She could play a little pre dinner music on the baby grand piano I would have tucked in a random corner of my large dining room (to accommodate all the guests). I've always been a Tori fan and I think she would be a lot of fun.

2. Natalie Grant - Yes another musician...I don't think I will only invite music people don't worry. I saw Natalie in concert twice this year and I think she is just so sweet and real. She could sing a song or two as well.

3. Slyvia Plath - As depressing as she might be, I think she would be a very interesting addition to the dinner party. I think she & Tori would probably get along really well.

4. Judy Blume - When I was a kid I LOVED her books. I read everything she wrote...even Forever, which was not a kid book at all. I still remember the stud in the book was named Michael Wagner. Judy is a creative writer & was a part of my pre-teen years. I'd love to have her over.

5. Hmmmm...only women so far. I better invite a guy. Matthew McConaughey. He is very good looking and down to earth. I heard he doesn't use deodorant and really walks to the beat of his own drummer. He would be nice to look at and quite entertaining as well. Don't you think he would be quite the charmer? I think he'd be complimenting all the ladies and flirting just enough to boost everyone's egos. Do you think it would be rude if I asked him to come shirtless? ha ha.

6. Lebron James - I don't really care anything about sports and I am not really a Lebron fan (not that I am anti-Lebron) but I would invite him for my friend who is a huge fan. So, that is my generous invite...not for me but for my friend.

7. Abbie Hoffman - Political Activist. I think he would be sooo interesting. Oh and the controversy....I love it!

8. Jesus Christ, of course, a given...a radical himself. I love the wave makers.

9. The Wiggles - Weird, I know. But I really like these guys. Wouldn't you like to know what they are like in real life?

10. The last 4 Presidents. Bush Jr., Clinton, Bush Sr., Reagan. And their spouses. Just to sit back and watch them interact with each other and with all the crazies at this party....waahoooo. That would be fun.

11. Rachael Ray & Martha Stewart. They would have to balance each other out. Plus, my mom said that she "heard" Martha can't stand Rachael because she isn't a trained chef. I am not sure how or why my mom knows that but she does and now you do. Although...I don't know if it is true.

12. Johnny Depp. I've been a fan since 21 Jump Street. I had a poster of him on my wall when I was 15. It is about time we finally met in person.

13. Paula, Simon, Randy & Ryan. C' know them. If they aren't all available I would definitely choose Simon first, Ryan second. I think they could really add to the atmosphere.

And I would invite all of you.

If I don't see you until next week, Have a Merry Christmas.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

We Wish You A Merry Christmas....

Welcome to our home. I am glad you decided to stop by today. I actually forgot you were coming until I rolled out of bed and stopped by Stephanie's blog for a visit and saw that she had invited you over today! So, I quickly got things together to share my humble abode with you.

We live in Northeast Ohio. There are many jokes around the area that involve the weather. People always say, "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute and it will be different." So last week when I read there was going to be a Christmas Tour of Homes I took advantage of the wintery weather and snapped a photo of our front door. BTW...we rent this house so please excuse the "good & plenty" pink. We didn't put too many decorations outside because they all seemed to clash with the house. Ha ha.
Here is our Christmas Tree...what would a Christmas tour be without seeing the tree right? If you want to take a little detour and get a laugh at my expense, stop by my hubby's blog and look at our Christmas Tree Drama pics.... I also added some pics of a couple ornaments. One that I just think is pretty and the other to entertain my loyal readers with my son's little obsession.

This is a little difficult to see but it is our front window. My parents went to an auction and bought hundreds of this window clings for $2. My kids are having so much fun with them. They don't just put them on once, they "redecorate" all day long. Endless fun.

We are celebrating Christmas with my family today! My parents live out of town and this was the only time we could all get together. So, here are the gifts I have to load up to take to my sister's house today!

My hutch and this giant candle and wreath holder thing I made a long time ago.

This is the archway between the living room and the dining room. I am trying to fill it with Christmas cards. I am still waiting for yours....
I don't have my house all that decorated so I was looking for signs of Christmas to show you... Wrapping paper in my kitchen...hmmm....definately a sign of Christmas.

I started making Sand Art Brownies but I ran out of brown sugar so I had to put the project on hold. I did go get some but I haven't had the time or energy to finish them. If you look closely you can see that I didn't have a lid for the wide mouth jar in the back either so I had to use a paper towel. So typical....
Last but not least.....probably the biggest sign that Christmas is around the corner in the Miller household. My creative area (card making/scrapbooking) is a disaster area. I have been working hard on several projects.... Are you wondering if I made something for you??? I guess you will have to wait and see. In the mean time I think I should use this photo for a Tackle it Tuesday project. ha ha.

Well, thank you so much for stopping by. If I don't see you before the big day...I hope you and your family have a VERY Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #5 - "If I had a Million Dollars"

Haven't we all dreamed about what it would be like to come into a windfall of money. My husband and I are not much for gambling but we have played the lottery a handful of times since we married, when the prize is over 100 million dollars. One dollar is pretty cheap for the amount of sheer entertainment we got from know, dreaming the dream. What would you do if you won (or were given) millions of dollars? Well, here is my list of thirteen things I would do if I won millions of dollars...

1. I would (obviously) pay off the debt. Student loans, credit cards, car notes...begone! We would never pay anything late again...because we wouldn't have anything to pay. Ahhhh...I feel freer just talking about it.

2. I would pay off debt for friends & family. I've always had this dream of anonymously paying off peoples bills. So, they go to pay their house payment but their balance is a big fat 0. How cool would that be? I guess it would be difficult to do without account numbers and all that but I would try.

3. Buy a House. A big but modest house...if that makes sense. An old farm house or something with character. It wouldn't have to be all Martha Stewart and fancy. I would just like to have space, storage and enough room to have lots of company. Oh, and the yard would have to be big. If you remember from my Christmas list I would like to have an art studio & a big garden...maybe even an alpaca. Who knows.

4. Buy the Millers (in-laws) new cars. These people (Applehead family included) drive thier cars until they are on their last leg (hundreds of thousands of miles). I think they all deserve shiny new cars...afterall it would last them for years to come.

5. Send my parents on a nice vacation. They went out west a few years ago and would like to go back. I'd put them up in the best hotels & they'd only eat at 5 star restraunts.

6. Build the coolest tree house you have ever seen for the kids (wink wink). So the yard would have to have a very big tree.

7. Leave outrageous tips for unsuspecting servers when I go out to eat. I was a waitress for 10+ years. I worked my rear off for every penny I earned (and then some).

8. I would give my tythe to the church.

9. Build a house for a family once a year.'ve all watched that show Extreme Makeover, where Ty goes out and builds a house for a family in need. Imagine what it would be like if more people and churches did that type of thing for people. You could build a modest house for $100,000 (at least in Northeast Ohio). Now, that is a lot of money to me but on a larger scale that is just a drop in the bucket. I realize it is a very liberal idea but I firmly believe it is our job to help others.

10. I would have a housekeeper. Enough said.

11. I would have fun. Seriously without debt hanging over my head, worrying about making money and keeping the house clean (I use the term lightly) - I could just have so much fun...focus on the good things in life.

12. I'd like to be one of those people who goes around passing out 100 dollar bills to strangers. That would be great.

13. Travel...everywhere from the hills of West Virginia to Barbados.

Isn't it fun to dream? What would you do with all that money?

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What Color Purple Are You????

You Are Grape

You are bold and a true individual. You are very different and very okay with that.
People know you as a straight shooter. You're very honest, even when the truth hurts.
You are also very grounded and practical. No one is going to sneak anything by you.
People enjoy your fresh approach to life. And it's this honesty that makes you a very innovative person.

Wordless Wednesday....Elise Blue Mouth

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

So, here is the deal....

I guess I am not done hibernating. I can't seem to stay off the couch. I will try to post more later. I seriously don't remember being this tired. I am such a whiner and I have SOOOOO much to do before Friday, when I have Christmas with my family. I haven't wrapped one gift. Oh wait....I haven't even bought gifts. I am in big trouble.

So, I went to the doctor today and although my according to official dates I am only 6 weeks & 2 days, she believes (from her examination) I am further along...maybe 8-10 weeks. That sounds better to me but we won't know until next Tuesday.

Okay, see you later.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Out of Hibernation....(for now)

I don't remember being this tired for the last two pregnancies. Seriously, I slept half the day yesterday and went back to sleep around 9 P.M. I am normally a 6-7 hours of sleep kind of girl so this really stinks for me. I have a lot of stuff to get done. Hopefully I am all caught up on sleep now. I have Christmas presents to work on and I haven't wrapped a single thing yet. I am making a few things this year. Not like last year, where I made most everything. To be honest, I don't think it was that much cheaper so...I went back to buying what I can and making what I can...balance is always the answer.

Other than sleeping too much the week-end was good. I went to this ladies thing at the new church. I guess they get together once a month and do some crafty thing and have a speaker. It was fun. We made one of those layered cookie jar gift things. There was a ton of food there....which I didn't expect. I had eaten a piece of pizza for breakfast that wasn't sitting too well with me so I only ate some grapes. The speaker was great. She talked about the Proverbs 31 woman...seems like everyone is talking about that lady these days....and how she handled her money. It was very good. It was nice to be with a group of Christian women for 2 1/2 hours and not hear one person gossiping about another person or talking about someone else's problems. Often times those women's events turn into things like sessions about their husbands or gossip fests about the women that aren't there. I guess that is where the old term "knitting circle" comes from...women get together to knit but chat it up while knitting...whew more gossip than the National Enquirer. Oh...I could go on & on about this gossip stuff. It is something I have struggled with for...well, my whole life, I guess. So, anyways, I'm happy that it doesn't appear these women are like'll help keep me on the straight and narrow. ha ha ha.

Remember a few months ago I started telling you what I was making for dinner because I wasn't going to go to the grocery store? Well, I really slacked on that didn't I? I wanted to give you an update. My "experiment" went well. I did use every last thing in my freezer before I went to buy any more meat. I did however go to the grocery store several times to get stuff to go with the food I already had. I used up a lot of stuff. My cupboards were starting to look bare. It was nice. I think I am saving money on groceries. We keep track of our spending but we have been traveling a lot lately so we will have to average things out over a few months. I did do most of my shopping at Aldi's last month and Jake got the deer so that helped a lot. Jake only gets paid once a month (uhg). You'd think I'd be used to it by now but I am not because I was getting a check on his off week so it was like we were getting paid every other week. Unfortunately, I won't be getting a pay check anymore. I did get a very small one this month. I have no idea where the money went (so quickly I might add). I've already made up my grocery list & menu for the next month. I am going to get almost everything at Aldi's. There are a few things I may have to get at a bigger store (sweet potatoes). And I am planning on having my sisters family over for a big pot of seafood stew (yummy) so that will skew the stats a little but I am trying to keep the budget tight. If I remember I will try to let you know what we are eating every now and then. Tonight we are having deer steaks, baked potatoes & glazed carrots. Other things on the menu this week include: Navy beans & ham w. cornbread, Chicken Delish & rice, pumpkin pancakes (they are soooo good) and I don't remember what else because the menu is upstairs. How much do you estimate you spend on groceries each month?

Okay, have a great day!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Real Reality....

A few weeks ago I told you about my sister. Wasn't that a funny post? I got a lot of comments on my blog and in person. I thought I would tell you a little more about Heather because I have a HYSTERICAL story to tell you. Heather is a few years younger than me. She went to West Liberty College in West Virginia to learn to be a Dental Hygienist (insert joke here). While she was away at school she met Ivan (I think I have you a little history about that in the birthday post). She and Ivan dated for a couple of years and got married when Heather was only 21. They didn't want to have children right away so she went on the pill to prevent it. After a couple of years they decided they wanted to try (oh wait, I think she decided but I will let her tell you that story in the comments if she is also interesting). After trying for like a year she finally got pregnant! Everyone was so happy. Unfortunately it wasn't her time to have a baby & she had a painful (physically & emotionally) miscarriage. She kept her baby hopes up. They tried for another year and had no luck. She was actually considering fertility treatments when a nurse pulled her aside and told her she had known couples that went through the expensive & emotionally draining treatments with a disappointing outcome. She said she knew of this herbalist lady that maybe could help before they took any extreme measures. During all this time, I was planning for a wedding. Jake & I got married at the end of December. Heather and I talked about when our periods were going to start. Sorry for Too Much Information but girls do talk about that kind of stuff, ya know. We both made it through the wedding but started a day or two later. That month she & her husband went to the herbalist. She was pregnant by the end of February. Now, at this point she had been married for like 5 years and I had been married for 2 months. When she told me she was pregnant I realized my period was late.....and that is where Jude came from. We were due 3 days apart and actually had our children 6 days apart. She went first & I watched. I almost passed out. Not something you want to watch when you are 9 months pregnant. Okay...I know this is a long story. So we were having fun having kids the same age. When Jude was around 22 months old I got pregnant with Elise. Ivan called Jake and said Well, it is a loosing battle now. Heather was pregnant 6 weeks later. How fun. Pregnant with my sister again. This time she had the boy & I had the girl so we traded clothes. Didn't that work out great? Now I am pregnant. You expect me to tell you my sister is pregnant, right? As far as I know she isn't and she definitely doesn't plan on it. In fact I have all her maternity clothes...she says she is done. I've been teasing her. It would make for a great story ending. Hey, I wasn't planning for a baby that first time. This could be her unplanned (hee hee). for the funny story. On Saturday mornings Heather is home with the kids by herself. Ivan is at work. So, often times she just takes a bath with the kids. It gets them clean and keeps them busy while she gets clean. Plus the kids think it is fun. Last week, Heather was taking a bath with her kids and the water started getting too cold so she moved them to the back of the tub and moved herself by the faucet so she could add hot water and they wouldn't get burned. Her son likes to wash her hair. He always tries to put shampoo in it and stuff. He was doing that last week. All of a sudden she noticed some hair floating in the water. He had gotten a hold of her razor and wasn't putting shampoo in her hair but was running that razor down her very LONG hair! OMG!!!! She said there was hair everywhere. So, needless to say, Heather had to go get a haircut last Saturday. I guess it is just layered now. She is lucky. Ha ha ha. Don't you think she should have another kid?

Have a fabulous week-end. It is really snowy here.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Two Posts....One Day

Okay, so this is my second post of the day. I wanted to do the Thursday Thirteen thing but I did the Wordless Wednesday yesterday and posted pics the day before....I feel like I haven't really talked to you. So, here I am.

First I would like to thank everyone for your baby blessings. I will be going to the doctor on Tuesday. She will probably do an ultrasound to get an official due date. We are thinking somewhere between the end of June & early August. Since I will have a C-section the baby will be born a week before the actual due date. As for being pregnant (not my favorite thing BTW), I am fine. I haven't felt sick or anything. Just a little tired & terrible headaches. I had them with Jude too. Does that mean it's a boy??? I guess we won't know until I have the "big" ultrasound. We do find out. I like to know in advance. Maybe we will find out but not tell anyone. ha ha ha ha. That would be mean.

Elise was sick this week. Well, for like one day. She had a fever and threw up a few times. She seems to be feeling better. That is good news.

Yesterday I finished my last pottery piece that I can give as a gift. I didn't really get much pottery done. Next year I need to start early. I had two really beautiful pieces (if I don't say so myself) but I already gave them away (birthday & house warming gift). Other stuff either warped or the glaze sucks or I just don't like the piece. I have high hopes for my latest cool thing. I am still learning and getting better so I am happy.

Some of you may have seen that Kristen left me a comment apologizing for an earlier comment she posted. I wanted to say thank you to her. We finally talked and everything is okay. I feel really relieved because I was super stressed about the whole situation. As women, many times we try to avoid talking about uncomfortable things (like when someone has upset you or when you are mad about something) and really we make it worse on ourselves. Most of the time when you talk about it you find out the problem either didn't really exist or it wasn't so bad or you find out that you can forgive and move on. I try to be upfront with people but even I mull over stuff too much. And you never know how the other person will react is a little bit of a risk. I guess we have to do what we feel is right and then move on. I don't know. Currently I have two other situations that have been bothering me. In both cases I have sent emails and haven't gotten a response. hmmmmm.... Either way, I did want to acknowledge that K left that nice comment and say everything is cool. Cool?

Well have a great day!

Thursday Thirteen #4 - Dream Jobs....

I was laid off from my job this week. I am sad about the lost wages but happy to have a little extra time with my children each day. I was contemplating embarking on yet another new career and thought I would dedicate this Thursday Thirteen to my internal (haven't sent out any resumes yet) search. Feel free to tell me your own dream job...maybe I will be inspired.

1. A Writer - well, I already am a writer but I would like to get paid for writing. I have thought about this often. I think I would need to take an English class because I rarely paid attention during grammar lessons in school. I use....those dots too much and I end sentences with unnecessary prepositions. I'd like to write a book...I have a few great stories inside me. With all the drama my blog has caused, imagine what a book could do.

2. Radio Talk Show Host - I talked about this last week.

3. College Professor - I'd like to teach something in the Social Science field or Human Sexuality. I think I could make a difference.

4. Youth Advocate - You get paid to hang out with troubled kids/teens and take them to do activities like bowling or shopping. How fun.

5. A Photographer - I love taking pictures. I have thousands of them. I particularly like spontaneous face shots...not portraits so much.

6. A Potter - I would LOVE to have my own studio & just create stuff all day long. I would make mostly functional stuff. I am not one for art that is just for looking.

7. Professional Scrapbooker - Do you ever read any of those scrapbooking magazines? There are actually women who get paid to design scrapbook pages. That is what they do. How cool.

8. TV Cooking Show Host - I would make my cooking show realistic. The studio would be set up like my kitchen at home & my kids would be on the show. If I was distracted and something didn't turn out (like it often does not) I would still air it. It would probably be more of a comedy/cooking show spoof. I would be like Rachel Ray - except nothing would be pre-washed or pre-chopped.

9. Rock Star - enough said.

10. Coffee Shop Owner - I always wanted to open a coffee shop.

11. Florist - over the years I have threatened to leave the Social Service field & become a florist. I think I'd really enjoy arranging flowers & smelling roses all day.

12. Activist - ooooooooo...this one should have been higher on the list. I have a flare for the dramatic & feel very passionate about the things I believe in. Uh, I also like a little controversy here & there.

13. Stay at home mom. I guess dreams do come true....

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Boys....Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Christmas Pictures (out takes)

Yesterday I decided I would clean the kids up and dress them in their Christmas outfits. I wasn't planning on leaving the house but I thought I would snaz them up and take their picture in front of the Christmas tree, like I did last year, and use it for my Christmas cards. Everything went great until I tried to actually take the pics. You try to get an eighteen month old to cooperate and get the four year old to be patient. I did get one okay picture of them together but I have a lot of pics that won't make it in the Christmas card. So, I thought I would share them with you.

Monday, December 04, 2006

This Storm....

Yesterday at church the Pastor's wife sang a song called, "Praise you in this storm". It is such a beautiful song. I seriously almost started crying while she was singing. The words talk about how God doesn't always step in and take our pain away but He is always there to walk with us and help us get through it. We've all read the poem "Footprints". It is similar. As she sang I just sat there and thought about some of the stuff I have gone through. I think everyone in the room was doing the same thing. Then I started thinking about other people and the stuff they go through. My problems seemed small. Isn't it amazing how perspective can do that for you? It puts you right in your place. Either way, here is the song.....

Praise You in This Storm

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again,
I say “Amen,” and it’s still raining
As the thunder rolls
I barely hear
You whisper through the rain
“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain“I’m with you”
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth
I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

So, to tell you about some of my own stormy weather....

  • Friday I was officially laid off from my job. It is complicated. I'll leave it at that for now.
  • I still have people making bloggity drama out of my blog. Some people need a hobby.
  • My Christmas cards are still not in the mail.
  • I am looking for new baby names.....I'll need a good one by July!!!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

A quickie...

Okay, so I don't have time to post today but I am going to anyhoo....just a short one. My kids are so weird. Jude has a new favorite hobby. He recently learned how to use scissors and loves cutting stuff. Yesterday he asked me if he could cut his & Elise's hair. yikes. I told him if he ever did that he would be banned from the scissors indefinitely. He doesn't know what that means but it scared him enough that I don't think he will be cutting any hair. Later he found my pipe cleaners and decided to cut the fuzz off them. He has been doing it all morning. He is so strange.

Have a great week-end.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Happy Thursday Thirteen!!! (#3)

Thirteen things I would like for Christmas - in no particular order of course.

1. To sleep in past 7 A.M.

2. A few extra hours each day.

3. A vacation. Somewhere warm & sunny - tropical. With no kids. Not that I don't love my kids but I we all need a little alone time with our spouses, while sipping fruity drinks & laying on the beach. Right?

4. Unlimited gift card for the grocery store. I would love to just go & buy what I want, when I want & not have to worry about the cost. I would eat lobster & filet at least once a week. And I would invite people over for dinner every other day.

5. A huge gourmet kitchen - one with all the latest gadgets. I LOVE kitchen gadgets.

6. A big flower garden. I would pick flowers & give them to all my friends.

7. A new job. One that pays a lot but doesn't require much work. It would have to be very flexible & be meaningful in some sort of way. I guess I don't mind the work but I want to make a difference somehow. Ooooo....maybe I could be president. I think that would be a great job for me.

8. Did I mention kitchen gadgets? Here is a list of the ones I need: Bread machine, small pressure cooker, a cast iron grill pan, etc.....

9. My own radio talk show. If Howie Chizek ever retires I am after his job! think I tick people off with my blog, imagine a talk show. Can you imagine my EGO?

10. Fruit. Not the kind you eat but Fruits of the Spirit (according to Galatians 5:22): love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control.

11. Good health for all my friends & family. No cancer. No colds. No zits. And no barfing kids.

12. Snow. But not the normal snow. I would like it to snow those big, white, fluffy snowflakes but without it being cold. I think it should snow for the winter months & still pile up like always but never get below 50. Then in the spring it all just melts away. No winter slush.

13. One of those cars you see on the commercials every year around Christmas with a big red bow on it. I want it for free. No taxes or any of that garbage. And I would like free gas for it. I don't ask for much do I????

If you would like to read more Thursday Thirteen's or would like to participate, which I highly recommend, go HERE.

Have a fabulous day!


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So, Where Was I???

I kinda pooped out yesterday at the end of my post because I had so many other things I knew I should be doing. I seriously have the longest to-do list. I am going to have to give up T.V. to get it all done. I am still working on the Christmas cards. I've decided to make 50 because they are so labor intensive. I haven't even really looked at my Christmas card list this year so I don't know if that is enough. I doubt it but I can always whip up a few more if needed or just buy a nice box of cards for the extras. That seems a little mean, though.

So, back to my Thanksgiving stories... The truth is nothing really shocking or overly funny happened over the week-end. The Miller's were a little boring this time. I don't think we talked about any of our favorite topics: poop, sex, Shelter Care or insurance (well we discussed our current coverages briefly but I don't think that should count.) Since none of us has worked at SC for over a year we rarely talk about that anymore. We do have a couple of new topics: church & blogs. What a combo, right?

Tim did end up getting a deer on Friday. I think he felt a little relieved not to endure the harassment anymore. You can check out his blog for upcoming details on the kill and all that.

Linda, Gail, Stephanie & I went shopping on Friday. We got up and left early (6 A.M.) but it really wasn't that bad. We went to A.C. Moore (craft store) first. It was my idea to go there but I think I may have spent less than the other three! Gail bought 7-8 new Christmas ornaments. Later after we got home, Jeff was saying how she was just complaining that she has too many ornaments but she keeps buying them. We laughed & laughed. I think she has an ornament addiction. I hear it is the same with cookie cutters - which she also bought a few of those too. After the craft store we headed over to Target. I bought Polar Express for $6. Not bad. They did have some really good deals on electronics. Linda wanted to buy a camera but they were out of the one she wanted so they let her have another camera for the same percentage off. That is nice. Target is a good store. Afterwords we went to Walmart. Of course - who could go shopping on black Friday without going to Walmart. I didn't buy anything special - a pair of shoes for Elise and an apple. Apparently the hot dog I ate for breakfast at Target wasn't enough. Overall I think we found some good prices. I didn't buy much but some of the others loaded up with fantastic deals. It was fun. I didn't wait in one line & we were home by noon. I did, however, take a nap that afternoon, which I took some abuse over. Gail was relentless. She said she never took naps when she was young...not until she was 40 and that was only because she was bored. Ha ha. Linda had to go to work until midnight so I think she was pretty much beat.

We came home Saturday because we wanted to go to get our Christmas tree on Sunday after church, which we did. It was perfect weather (60's) & also a lot of fun. I will post pics later.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Let's All Give Thanks....

I woke up this morning at 6:30 A.M. so I could get started on my "writing". I can't believe I just got to sit down. Jude also got up and of course wanted to watch T.V. & eat breakfast. Then he wanted the Christmas lights on and something to drink. Next he wanted to watch a different channel. Blah blah blah. Next thing I know it is 8 A.M. Where does the time go?

So, let me tell you about our trip to West Virginia. Tuesday afternoon Linda called to find out when we would be down. We had planned to leave early (around 6ish) Wednesday morning. That would give us a pretty big chunk of the day to hang out/ help with preparations/ etc... Well, when she asked me I decided we should leave when Jake got off work. I am not sure why I got the crazy notion but I called Jake at work & he said that was fine. I rushed around for the next few hours cleaning, finishing laundry, packing (yes, I even packed Jake's stuff - a first), shampooing the carpet (one of the reasons I talked myself into leaving early...I could shampoo & leave - so it could dry without being walked on - I am a little carpet obsessive) & I had to finish the dishes. I was tired by time Jake got home. He quickly packed up the van and we were off. Oh, except I forgot my book. So, I ran back inside to get it and the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and recognized it so I thought I would find out what was up and then if need be call back from my cell. Well, my friend had called to tell me about the comment someone had left on my blog (something about me being negative). I had already shut off my computer so I couldn't look at it. Bummer. So, I get back in the car & tell Jake. At that point we are both a little baffled because I (as most of you know) had requested that people who don't like my blog quit reading and I had also said if you didn't like something I wrote & you think it is inappropriate you should hold me accountable by letting me know. I guess I should have specified not to do it publicly or anonymously. But oh well. I was upset at first but after reading it again I think it is just a reflection of the person who wrote it and the insecurities she harbors. Just a guess. Either way it provided cheap entertainment for Jake & I for the trip down - since I never found my book, grrrr... Okay...I digress... When we finally got down to WV around 10 P.M. Cool...we don't have to get up early. Yeah right. We ended up awake at 6:15 A.M. Now last year when we visited for Thanksgiving there was only one "Mobile Home", the double wide, where we all stayed. This year Paul & Linda have their own home but we were still a little crammed. Here were the sleeping arrangements: Paul & Linda have their room, Jake & I get Eric's room, along with Elise in the Pack-n-Play, at the end of the bed, Jude in Ashley's room/office/sewing room and that leaves Eric on the couch. It isn't so bad, right? Well, Eric has a full size bed. We are used to a Queen. It wasn't so bad until Jude woke up and got into bed with us. He actually kicked me in the face. Ughhh... So we were up at the crack of dawn, along with the entire family- except Eric who can sleep through anything because he is deaf. Paul whipped up some of his famous pancakes for Breakfast. It was good. Afterwords we all kinda went our own way and did our own thing. Linda was cooking, Paul was working, Jake was hunting, Kids were playing & I was checking out my blog. Ha. The day was kinda a blur. I know we went to this little craft store that ended up being closed & I felt very sick from the curvy roads. I thought I was going to have another puking story for you - but alas, I don't. Wednesday night Jake came running up to the house to say he got a deer (you can read his blog for ALL the details). He was so funny. So proud. Well, he didn't find the deer that night but let me tell you... Tim (aka Applehead) really took some heat because he hasn't got a deer yet. It didn't get real bad until Jake found his deer the next morning. So, Thanksgiving A.M. I went out with the guys and watched as they gutted the thing. It was gross. And smelled bad. Either way, they spent a good part of the day working on the deer. I headed back over to the Applehead house where the guests were arriving. Applehead's parents were there: Jeff & Gail. Gail is very funny. Almost immediately she started talking about my blog. Ha. I knew I liked her for a reason. She let me know right away that she wanted to be in my blog....and not just a little one liner, either. She did request that I not call her Applehead's mom...which is exactly what I would have called her if she didn't make that request. How did she know? Well, her name is Gail. All week-end she was giving me tips on what to add to my blog. I should have been taking notes. Seriously. Then the other guests got there. The one person told me she was nervous about meeting me because she was afraid she would end up in my blog. What???? Am I that bad? So, in one day I had Gail saying she would be offended if she didn't make the blog & the other person saying...don't you dare. ego. We talked about the blogitty drama with the comment that was left. Everyone seemed to think it was a pleasant post & couldn't figure it out either. Anyhow....the day ended up being a lot of fun. We ate so much. I was stuffed. After dinner we all went to the barn. It is about 3/4 of a mile away from the houses but Gail wanted to walk. Later she admitted she is horribly afraid of the driveway & didn't want to drive it again. We ended up driving anyways. She was fine. We fed the animals & a horse bit Jake. I think that ended his horse whispering days. We went back to the house, ate dessert and we played Euchre. Jake & I kicked serious butt. Oh, and the one couple (no names please) left when I ran over to the other house to get something. I didn't get to say good-bye (sorry). During the game Tim really endured serious ridicule for his lack of deer hunting skills. Jake also got some because his deer was so small (pocket sized?). Paul said the only reason Jake got a deer was because the deer thought he was Tim & felt safe. Ha ha. Poor Applehead.

Okay this is getting long. I will write more about the trip tomorrow.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Check It Out!!!!

As many long time readers & fellow bloggers know...I have a Sitemeter on my page. It tells me how many people check out my blog each day and keeps a grand total. It is great for my ego (ha ha) and I can see who is reading when....well, it kinda does that. It shows me the ISP address & sometimes gives me a location. It also says how many pages were viewed, how they got to my blog, etc... You may recall me saying people are always searching for this or that...right? Well, last week Sitemeter failed me. I am not sure what happened but it deleted all my stats from last week. It may have done this before and I didn't notice but I have been keeping tabs for a couple of reasons... In the mean time I started to check out some new cool counters. I have installed a new one called Statcounter. It is really good - not because it counts the number of hits but because it gives me a lot of detail. It says what pages have been viewed, a complete ISP address & how long the person has been on my blog. An ISP address is pretty much pointless to me unless the people looking are at work. For example when Jake looks at my blog at work (ahem...rarely....since he is hard at work) his company name shows up. It works for others too. And the city is also a tip off. For most of my long time readers I know your ISP address. When I do those game things I end up with hits from all over the place. It is so interesting to watch the patterns. I hope this is all making sense. If you have a blog I highly suggest Statcounter (it is free). I do have to warn you- ignorance is bliss sometimes- the stats my upset might see that your ex is reading your blog or you may find out who that "anonymous" person really is (which can be shocking & hurtful) or that someone spends hours on your blog reading all your archives (a little strange when that happens)....or you might realize no one reads your blog.

Oh, this is useful information for any web-site you visit. They all know you have been there....big brother is watching!

I am going to work on Christmas cards now.....I will try to post later.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Home from the Hundred Acre Woods....

We are home again. Doesn't it seem like I have been saying that a lot lately? Well, we left on Tuesday evening & came home last night. We are going to pick out our Christmas tree today. How fun. Jude remembers going last year so he is excited. We are going with our friends for the second year....I think it is a tradition now.

I plan to write about our holiday in WV. If you are a new reader or just want an old laugh go back & read about last years Thanksgiving in the Woods. It is a three part series. You may need that background info for everything I tell you this year. Oh...and I will be adding some new "characters."

Here is my suggested reading list...Warning it is A LOT of reading.
1. A Miller Dream....Setting the Stage
2. A Miller Dream....West Virginia, Almost Heaven
3. A Miller Dream....Thanksgiving in the Woods
4. Pics of the "woods". Here, here & here.

Have fun & stay tuned for the next installment.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year at this time I wrote a post and listed all the things for which I am Thankful. I read the list and I think, overall, it is a pretty good, solid list. So, if you want to know what I am thankful for go back and read it. I've decided to participate in the Thursday Thirteen game again only I am not going to list 13 thankful things. I figured it would be a popular one today. Instead I am going to give you thirteen foods I LOVE to eat on Thanksgiving - some I may or may not get to eat today. Since I am in West Virgina with the Millers, we plan to eat the Thanksgiving meal in the late afternoon/early evening. I tried to talk them into eating the desserts for lunch. We wouldn't be over stuffed and we could enjoy them by themselves. The idea wasn't accepted. Imagine that. is my list (in no particular order).

If you want to read more Thursday Thirteens or to participate go to HERE.

1. Sweet Potatoes. I am not that found of the whole marshmallow topping but is hasn't ever stopped me from eating them.

2. Broccoli Casserole. It is made with Velveeta cheese & Ritz crackers. Yummy.

3. Pumpkin rolls, pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies.....I love pumpkin.

4. Dressing. I have experimented with different types & I think I like them all. Bread & Sage...mmmmmmmm. Delish.

5. Cranberries. My mom makes this awesome cranberry salad. It had apples, jello, whole cranberries, nuts..... It is so good. A couple of years ago I made my own cranberry sauce. The recipe called for a little cherry brandy. It was so easy & much better than the canned type.

6. Bread. I know that my sister-in-law is making homemade rolls today. I can't wait.

7. Date Pudding. I didn't even know this stuff existed until I married Jake. It is different yet amazing. I might try to sneak some for lunch. Ha.

8. Green Bean Casserole. Also YUM.

9. Pecan Pie.

10. Turkey. I prefer the dark meat. I find it to be more tender & juicy. Everyone else always grabs for the white meat and I take the dark. I think the white is healthier though.

11. Ham. I made a ham once for Easter. It was my first Ham cooking experience. I left the wrapper thing on it. Not the plastic but there is this other papery wrap on some hams. I left it was a mess.

12. Lima beans. Not many people make lima beans for Thanksgiving but my Granny always did and I love them. I tried to make some myself and they turned out gross. If everyone ate my Granny's lima beans they might be a popular side dish.

13. Mashed Potatoes with Turkey gravy. It makes you kinda hungry doesn't it????

So, there is my list. Tell me your favorites.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Hopefully you are surrounded by people you love and are thankful for today!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


If you keep up with the family blogs - I wanted to tell you Papaw Miller did post again. I took him off my blogroll a while ago because he quit posting. I guess when I have time I will have to re-add him. Until then click HERE and you can read his post.

Also, Correction G recently updated. He is always funny.

See you.

I am a Lone Stamper.....

Now that I finished the Thanksgiving cards for work and sent them on their merry way, I am ready to start my Christmas cards. I made my Christmas cards last year and found it to be quite rewarding so I am doing it again this year. I went to a Stampin' Up party back in September and ordered this nice snowflake set of stamps. I wasn't sure what I would do with them but I thought they were really pretty and even reminded me of my wedding a little. If you recall, Jake & I got married on Dec. 29th & our decorations included snowflakes. Our leaning cake even had snowflakes on it. So, I've had these stamps for a couple of months now but I haven't really done anything with them. It is funny because for the last two years I have had Stampin' Up parties in the fall & people have ordered their Christmas stamps. Both years we talk about getting together to make cards. never seems to happen. Last night I was in my basement designing away & I was thinking about last year when I sent out my cards. My one friend called & told me I was in trouble because another friend had received my card and was upset I made my own without her. Oops. I felt bad and called her to apologize and promise her "next year....". Well, here we are and I am stamping away - by myself. It is not that I am a bad friend. I just have to get things done when I have the opportunity. Last year that meant coloring all those little trucks red while we were driving to West Virginia for Thanksgiving. Last night, I cut & punched while watching T.V. I didn't have to get my stuff together and lug it anywhere. I feel the same about scrapbooking - which I've only done 4 pages since last Christmas. People like to go to "crops". I kinda like to go to but I just like to socialize & get other people's ideas. I never really get anything done at those.

If you are on my Christmas card list...lucky you (ha ha). This years card is so beautiful. Yesterday I showed my friend (~) a prototype - it was awful compared to the final draft. She said she even liked it...wait until she sees the real thing.... I told Jake I couldn't stop staring at the card because it is so pretty. I know - I am a weirdo.

So, there it is: I am lone stamper.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Monday, Again????

I am not complaining about Monday. Monday isn't really ever that bad to me...especially since I don't have to go to work. I do need to clean my house and finish the laundry. We are leaving to go back to West Virginia for Thanksgiving on Wednesday A.M. or maybe even Tuesday evening...although that may be pushing it.

The week-end went by too quickly (as always). Friday night we had the ladies Melt Down. I am glad it is over. Jake & I have made a decision to leave that church. It hasn't been an easy one...although, looking back it should have been. We enjoyed the church and made a few friends there but in the end we feel like it is time to move on. The Bible does not say you have to go to one church your entire life. I am saddened by some of the fall-out of our decision but I feel good about the change. We found a new church. It is small but growing. It has only been a church for 2 years. The Pastor is actually leaving....he joined the Army to be a Chaplin. It seems to be really healthy. I am trying not to compare the two churches and I am fully aware "every church has their problems". I can deal with that. Part of me is is nice to just go to church and phone emails. It is safe that way, you know. But the other part of me is like....I can't wait to jump in. We do plan to still attend our small group from the old church. We haven't been for a while but do plan to go again.

So there is the big news. I know some of you from the "old" church and I do hope you all keep in touch. I am not a bad person. And if you are concerned about why I am leaving just call me...we'll go have a cup of coffee. I'd prefer you do that rather than talk about me and get a second hand story (which at that point makes it gossip). Have a great day.....

Friday, November 17, 2006

Busy, Busy, Busy.......

That is my life today. I am helping out with this women's thing tonight at the church. It should be fun. I am a little stressed out about it because I have to wear P.J.'s. I don't really have anything that is worthy of public display. Don't jammies aren't risque - I mostly wear sweat pants or work out clothes that never make it to the gym. I went to The Village Thrift store yesterday and I saw this cool fleece gown thingy I should have gotten it. I might still run by there today and pick it up. I'd have to go early so I have time to wash it. Hmmmm. I don't know if I can squeeze that one in. The event is called "Women's Wind Down". It should be fun. There will be someone doing massages, facials, nails....with good food & a coffee bar. I am in charge of the door prizes. A perfect job for me since I am a good little beggar. I spent an hour on the phone and ended up with 12-15 door prizes. How wonderful, right? I love to see people being generous.

As far as time...arghhhhh. I don't have enough. I am trying to work on my crafty Christmas stuff, make those Thanksgiving cards for work (they need to be mailed Saturday A.M.), do this ladies thing, go to pottery, work, keep the house clean, do laundry, cook dinner.......oh my list. Jake gets annoyed when I am so "distracted". I guess I don't blame him. I think I am going to have to give up something. I think it should be TV. I don't watch much but I usually do sit down and watch it at night (9-11). I don't watch anything during the day. And although I love getting a few good laughs...I can definitely live without it.

Okay, instead of complaining about time - I need to get working. Have a good one.......

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Thirteen #2 - Life's To Do List.....

I had originally planned to post 13 pictures from my vacation but I messed that up didn't I (see yesterday's post)? So, today I am giving you my list of things I would like to do before I die. Of course, I have many more than 13 things I'd like to do before my ultimate demise but for the purposes of the game.....I give you THIRTEEN.

1. Learn to play the guitar. I have been saying I am going to do this for years. I just haven't made the time. I don't plan to be a rock star or anything and seriously, I can't sing at all but I would still like to learn.

2. Finish my family history research and make it into a book. I did start and I've done a lot of research. I've learned so much. I want to know more and I know the information is out there. I just need to collect & organize.

3. Travel to Alaska. Jake and his family has been twice. They (some of them) backpacked. Maybe someday Jake or his dad will blog about those trips. It would be a good story. In fact, if they don't I might have to give my account (based on what I watched on the news). Ha. Either way, I would like to go. I've see the photos and it looks amazing.

4. Own a house. We almost bought a house last year but that didn't end up working out. In hindsight, I am so glad it didn't. We would have been unhappy there. If we are staying in Ohio, which it appears that way....I'd like to live in Peninsula. I love it there. I want to have a big yard and a garden. Maybe even a small greenhouse so we can have stuff year round.

5. Get out of debt. Enough said.

6. Open a youth center. Well, this is a borrowed goal. Jake really wants to do this. He has been talking about it since I met him. My friend Melanie, also would like to start one. So, someday I think we will.

7. See my children grow into productive & healthy adults who love life, God & their family. That is my job, right?

8. Make peace with my mother. I'm a little nervous about even writing please let me explain. I am not estranged from my mother or anything. We actually talk several times a week and she (well, I know my dad does) reads my blog. I love my mom. She has been a wonderful mother. She is one of those types that cooks everything perfectly and kept the house in a neat & tidy fashion. She took care of both of her parents, when they were dying and could have justifiably been put in a nursing home. She is always taking care of someone else. But we are always clashing. It seems like everything she does bugs me and everything I do hurts her. Trust me....this started when I was three. I am so aware that life is short and she won't be here forever. I don't want to have this kind of relationship with my mom. So there...that's a serious one.

9. Finish a quilt. I started one, like 4 years ago. It is complicated. I haven't finished it. And I started another but I think I only did like 3 blocks. And I have a huge bin of material just waiting but be created into something magnificent.

10. Get in shape. I have the gym pass. I still have my youth (ha is all relative, isn't it). I just need to do it.

11. Read the entire Bible. I truly believe the Bible has all the answers. I am always amazed by how something that was written so long ago can be so relevant today. So, I want to read the whole thing.

12. Reconcile with my old friend, Tiffany. She used to be my best friend. It was a crazy friendship and probably not that healthy. But we have a lot of history. We have only talked once in almost 5 years. I am sure we are a lot different now but I still miss her.

13. Save "my" world. My whole life people have been telling me, "you know, you can't save the world". Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. But that doesn't mean I won't die trying. Sometimes I get distracted from this goal but every now & then it resurfaces. I realize the whole world is a little much but "my world" - the people around that is a different story.

If you want to see more Thursday Thirteens go here. Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006