Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy New Year to you all! I don't know about you, but it's with great anticipation that I'm celebrating tonight. Not sure what I'm anticipating exactly, but I have a pretty good feeling about '09.
Here's just ONE example of some email traffic:
From: XXXX Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 10:01 AMSubject: RE:
Please stop these emails also. I would appreciate it. Thank you.
From: XXXX Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 9:49 AMSubject: RE:
I would like for emails to stop also.
From: XX Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:23 PMSubject: RE:
Can you please stop these emails...I will really appreciate it.
From: XXXXX Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 4:07 PMSubject: RE:
What is going on with these emails? and why am I getting them?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I had one of the loveliest Christmases ever, I think. I don't know why it felt that way, but it did - despite the fact that we opened gifts on Christmas Eve (which was actually a great idea) and my grandma spent the week in the hospital (so sad).
The oddest part about my trip to Nebraska was that it didn't feel as much like home. I still love it to pieces and miss my family and friends, but I know it's not where I belong right now.
I belong in my crazy expensive apartment, eating my lazy pb&j three times a week, taking the metro to a job that pushes me out of my comfort zone every day, and investing in friendships I've gained over the past 2 1/2 years.
I can't wait to see what 2009 will bring!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
But we'll all be together, enjoying one another and celebrating JESUS. Things change, but He never does.
I am so thankful that God revealed Himself to us through His Son - my Savior, my Lord, my Best Friend, the Healer of my heart, my Provider, my Protector, my Comforter, my Everything.
Monday, December 22, 2008
What’s out of control?
The haiku-writing, but I
Just can’t help myself
I am daydreaming
Of flying home in three hours
Can’t focus on work
My parents’ living room in
My mind, fun daydream
Keep the deep blue chairs
But lose the outdated couch
That would be Step 1
I’ve always had an interest
Just like my Grandma
Poor Gram is sick now
I can’t wait to give her hugs
And say I love you
Please Midwest Airlines
Be on time for once this year
And give me cookies!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Just a few more gifts for kids
My niece and nephew
I just ate my weight
In fresh Tex-Mex tortillas
Still no gym for me
Thinking of Monday
How will I focus at work?
Flying home at night
Too tired to pack now
Christmas shopping wore me out
*Sigh* but here I go
High of 1 back home
Pack your warmest, they all say
Some long underwear
Nebraska, you suck
When it comes to the weather
But I still can't wait
Saturday, December 20, 2008
More Christmas shopping
Let's be honest, I have not
Gotten much done yet
Overwhelmed I am,
Trying to find that perfect
Gift for so many
The mall at Christmas
Is the one place that I hate
To be, yes it's true
I would much rather
Be baking cookies at home
Or watching movies
Speaking of cookies,
I ate at least five of them
With ice cream last night
I need to do more
Than just go shopping, the gym
Needs to be hit too
Much to do today
And I am wasting my time
Writing these haikus
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The part I dread most about traveling: carry-ons. Because mine are never few, and I’m incapable of traveling light. This Christmas it’s about to get worse. Not only do I need my big purse, which gets stuffed in my tote (full of iPod, books and magazines), I carry the MacBook in my computer case . . and now I have the big camera. And a winter coat. So annoying!
Please, tell me . . what do you carry on? Is there some way I could/should lighten my load?!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'm off to see The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center! I'm hoping my friend realizes this is not a date! I am merely accompanying him to do something he's been wanting to do all season. It just so happens he bought my ticket, even though I told him not to. I'll be sure to do everything I can to make it clear that we're buddies. Just call a guy "buddy" and he'll know.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I am thankful that I know perfect peace because of my Lord, the One who saves me.
"I search for You God of strength
I bow to You in my brokenness
And no other King could have so humbly come
To save my soul and heal my heart
I have nothing more than all You offer me
There is nothing else that’s of worth to me
And I love You Lord
You rescued me
You are all that I want
You’re all that I need
I pray to You God of peace
I rest in You my cares released
I have nothing more than all You offer me
There is nothing else that’s of worth to me
In Your freedom I will live
I offer devotion"
I'm free, and I'm so excited for what's in store.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
So off we went, walking many, many blocks in 30 degree temps with no mittens, and all we got were these pictures, because my fingers hurt so bad I wanted to cry. I think I really did whimper right there in front of the tree, as I was fiddling with the different settings, and I finally decided to head home.
(If you click on this picture, you can see one of many little train sets at the forefront and the children singing off in the distance.)Nebraska's tree (every state and territory has one) was covered in dream catcher ornaments. Seriously?! I would've gone with ears of corn and footballs.
Tomorrow night is my old firm's holiday party. I'm so excited to see the New.seum and eat all the yummy food . . and see all my old co-workers, of course! It will also be fun to wear my new dress:
The question is: black peep toes or red pumps?
Sunday, December 07, 2008
I was happy to see Tim Tebow lead the Gators to an SEC Championship win last night. Normally I don't root for UF, but they really were the better team this year. As for the Big XII, I think the Sooners deserve to play in the BCS game, as well. I can't wait to watch!
I took the telephoto lens to the Lakers game on Friday, and the pictures aren't amazing, but it was still neat to be able to zoom and capture Kobe mid-air.
I feel as though I should make a disclaimer that any photos I post from now on will not be posted because I think they are amazing. I'm on a big learning curve with this camera, and hopefully over time, I'll improve.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
The ladies' church brunch is tomorrow morning, and I'm determined to go. Too often I opt out of events where I could meet more like-minded women and be encouraged and challenged by time together. Instead of always asking myself what I plan to do every weekend, I should be asking the Lord what He thinks. How would He have me prioritize my life? I don't think He'd tell me to skip the brunch and hit the gym. I'm not saying that's never ok to do, I'm . . . you know what I'm saying. It's good to look at the way I'm spending my time and money and ask myself if I'm really investing in eternal things. It can be a tough question to ask.
I hit the downtown holiday market tonight, and it was exactly what I imagined it would be. Pretty lights and tents with handmade goodies, like jewelry and Peruvian scarves and photographs and hand-painted ornaments and toasted almonds. I didn't have much time to wander around, so I hope to go back soon.
KC (my best D.C. friend) and I stopped at little carryout place for delicious sandwiches, mine being thickly-sliced roast beef on a Kaiser roll (and dipped in ketchup). It's places like that, where you can duck in and grab a great bite to eat, that make me love it here so much.
The basketball game was fun, although I can't understand why some people pay $100/ticket. Fortunately I got a half-price deal from a guy whose wife was thinking the same thing I was (Who spends that much??!!) and made him get rid of them. I took my new Nikon D60 along with the zoom lens and got a few mid-air shots of Kobe. I also enjoyed a waffle twist cone at half time. It's nice to have friends who are always up for the same things you are. :)
Thursday, December 04, 2008
- browsing the downtown holiday market
- great seats at a Lakers game
- a Christmas party "The Tree Isn't the Only Thing Getting Lit This Christmas" (although I will definitely not be "getting lit", you have to admit, it's funny :)
- a Christmas brunch with the ladies from church
- SEC and Big XII bowl games (Go Gators and Sooners!)
- bowling with friends
- a doubles tennis match
- Handel's Messiah at National Pres
Monday, December 01, 2008
I didn't even leave town for the holiday! (I stayed here in D.C. with Cousin J, his wife and kids. His brother (my other cousin-obvi), and his wife and kids flew up from Houston.)
I've been dog/house-sitting for the past week, and I'm about to go organize my room with a $20 bookcase from IKEA. Score!
I just bought a Nikon D60 that I'm in love with. The buyer's remorse only lasted for a few hours.
Then I took some pictures and got over it.
What a pretty Thanksgiving table, no?
Waldo, the turkey, was delicious! More delicious than Hermie II was last year down in Houston. Green beans, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, a salad with dijon/lemon juice dressing (made by me), and garlic mashed potatoes. So basically, I ate the same things you did. And I was really disappointed when no one went back for seconds! Which obviously meant that I couldn't, so instead I just sat there finishing my red wine with only a mostly full, not completely stuffed, tummy. I should've put more on my plate to begin with! We had pumpkin and pecan pies from Dean and DeLuca, but they can't touch Texas pecan pie. As my cousin says "In Texas, that's what they do." I think I need to go back next year.
And we ended the evening with football. Food, family, and football. Does life get better?