Sunday, October 29, 2006

just got home

from a Halloween party for Thrive, my singles group. Had a great time. Tons of people showed up and only 3 or 4 did not wear costumes. I forgot my camera so I couldn't take pictures but I sure hope some of the folks who did have cameras share the photos. I especially want to show off my "artwork" all over my arms and face. I'll go in to more detail later in a separate post, but right now I need to go see how easily this paint washes off. LOL I may be using that extra hour (Fall back!) I should have for sleeping to wash it all off.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

newspaper comics

I was a big Sunday comics person when I was little but got out of the habit after the ones I liked started disappearing. Well one comic that I DID miss reading was For Better or For Worse. I hadn't read it in years and then about a year ago, I realized Yahoo had it available as one of the comics you could put on your My Yahoo page. So I added it. I have a couple others on the page too but FBOFW is the only one I have to read EVERY single day. And if I miss one, I have to go back through the archives to read them.
I missed SOOO much over the years I didn't read it. Unlike most comic characters, these characters actually grew up and the kids have started having kids of their own. And it's so interesting becasue they are so real, experiencing life like we do. So I've now beomce a FBOFW junkie again. LOL I had to get my daily dose today and it's a kind of sad story going on right now. Ellie's (the mother of the family) father Jim just had a stroke so now her whole family is dealing with how it affects them. And Iris, his second wife (Ellie's stepmom) is really the strongest character right now. I was reading today's and Jim is frustrated that he can't do everything himself anymore and Iris just wants to help him. Well, one part actually made me teary-eyed today! She's telling Jim that even if he did have a stroke, he can still do anything he wants to do. Then you see his little thought balloon that all he's thinking about is how he wishes he could hug his wife. The next picture she reaches out to give him a big hug, like she read his mind. You can even see the little smile on Jim's face. I couldn't help it, I teared up because it was so touching.
Isn't it funny how something like a comic strip can affect us?

Friday, October 13, 2006

Make your own pizza party

I went to one of those tonight. Never had attended that particular kind of party before. My table in Thrive decided to have one last activity together since all the tables will be switching up probably this week.

So we all went to Heather's for dinner. Everyone was supposed to bring whatever toppings they wanted but the basics were going to be there. Heather asked me if I'd mind bringing a salad so that was my contribution. Now when I'm on "salad duty" for dinners and such,I don't like to do the usual that everyone has all the time kind of salad. I have a kick-ass spinach salad recipe (not the usual spinach salad either) I've made several times that people always rave about. Well of course that was out this time because of the spinach recall so I had to find something new. Since we were having pizza, I wanted something that would go well with it..

Out came the recipe collections and cookbooks this afternoon. I found another good one but it required a bagged salad greens mix and since there was a recall just this week on some of those, I didn't want to do that either. I went through all my collections and cookbooks and settled on a tomato/mozzarella marinated salad. I figured that would be a good fir for our dinner tonight. It called for plum tomatoes and the ones at the grocery store were not even close to ripe so I substituted regular slicing tomatoes. I even made the marinade/dressing from scratch. Everyone LOVED it! Even though I sliced up the fresh basil that was supposed to go on it, but forgot the container. So I'll bet that would have made it even better if I'd have remembered it. Fortunately, lots of leftovers so I'll have lots of basil on it when I eat the left overs.

Six people showed up for dinner at Heather's and everyone brought different stuff. One person made a ground meat pizza, another made a BBQ chicken pizza, and the rest of us went more traditional. The dough was made from scratch and split up in to slightly larger than personal pan pizza size. I had lots of sauce, just a tiny bit of cheese (just the way I love it), mushrooms, onions, red and green peppers on mine. I knew we were doing this tonight so I made sure to eat minimal all day today so I'd have plenty of room for dinner. Pizza turned out great, I even had a couple extra slices to bring home. Salad turned out good, and we had a lot of fun just hanging out cooking together ad talking.

After dinner we all pitched in to help clean up then one of the people had to go home. The rest of us stayed to play some Trivial Pursuit until Heather had to go to bed (she has to be at work way early tomorrow, 5:30 I think she said). A few pictures were taken too so if I get some of those I'll have to post them too.

Heather's cats even came out to visit for a while. The one is just like Sheba when it comes to wanting attention. Her other cat is just like Aker who runs and hides when anyone besides me is around.

And thus began my busy weekend schedule. LOL At least I got some cleaning done today. Brunch tomorrow morning, State Fair tomorrow night. Sunday I'm going to my friend Marie's for a dog biscuit baking party. But that's story will be for another post... after we actually have the party.

Kinda funny when you think about it. Totally undomestic me making salad and cooking pizzas tonight, and cooking dog biscuits Sunday. Two days of kitchen excitement. LOL

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

what a weekend

I had quite the busy weekend this past week. It started with a group of my friends heading out to Cowboys Arlington to go dancing Friday night. I had a long week last week, with many late nights and I knew the weekend would be a killer on top of that. So, since it was a holiday weekend and hardly anyone was around at work, I left about 1:00. had a bunch of errands to run and I knew I had to take a nap or I'd never make it through the weekend. So I got home from my running around about 3:30, laid down about 4;00, and slept for 3 1/2 hours. This gave me just enough energy to make it through a night of dancing.
Headed down to the club and got there about 10:00. Several folks were already there so I was happy to see I was not going to be sitting there alone for awhile waiting for everyone else to show up. Had a great night and we had about 10-12 people show up before the night was through. I got several dances in, got to partner up for the first time for a couple songs with some of the guys who come with us when we go dancing. I left about 1:00 when my energy from my nap wore off. but of course as most people have experienced themselves, dancing actually energizes many of us, so I couldn't sleep when I got home. Went to bed about 3:00 AM.
I slept till about 10:30 Saturday morning, and mostly lazed around the house for a while. I did get some laundry done, and some web site work, and a little cleaning, but mostly I watched TV (all the shows I had taped the previous week). I took it easy mainly because Saturday night was the big night out!
Thrive, my singles' group had an event planned for Saturday evening - get this - an 80s prom! And YES, I have pictures! I need to download them from my camera but I'll be sure to post some of them once I do that.
Some of the girls dressed up in old prom dresses they bought at the thrift stores, some of the guys found some 80s style clothing at the thrift stores and dressed up as Don Johnson from Miami Vice or just in 80s fashion. I refused to spend even only a couple bucks on an old prom dress (we have a Halloween party coming up and I wanted to put my money towards a costume for that) so I raided the closet for whatever I could find even remotely looking like 80s garb. My wardrobe for the evening consisted of pegged jeans, folded down socks, keds sneakers. I wanted a shirt that was bright colored, reminiscent of the fluorescent colors we wore back then. Best I could do was come up with a tank top in a bright aqua blue color. I also found in my closet a lace shirt that I wore over the tank top. Which worked out quite well since lace was a big fashion thing back in the 80s too. I also went through my makeup o find the brightest, cotton-candy-ish colors I could find. Score! I had some blue and purple eye shadows that while not as bright as back then, I applied significantly extra to make it look brighter. then to finish the ensemble, I pulled my hair up into a side pony tail. (Who would have ever thought it was so darn HARD to do a side ponytail?!? Took me almost an hour to get that to work right.)
Anyhow, attired as much as I could in 80s-like style, I headed off to the church, praying all the while none of my neighbors would be out in the parking lot to see me and wonder why the heck I looked like that! LOL We didn't have near as many people show up as we'd have liked, but there was a good number of folks there. The Commons room we were using was all decked out in balloons and streamers, and here was even a back drop off to one side, with balloons, for the obligatory "prom pictures." Of course it was all 80s music all night long and for a while it even reminded us of those junior high dances. All the girls were sitting together lined up in some chairs, looking as if we were just waiting for that cute boy we liked to ask us to dance. LOL
Also in keeping with the prom theme, we had a prom king and queen. Guess who was prom queen? Yep. me!!! LOL I pretended to get all emotional like some of the girls did when I was in school over King and Queen selection. This is the only time in my life I'd ever actually be chosen for prom queen or the like. LOL So anyhow, our king and queen were selected and we had to do the obligatory "King/Queen Spotlight" dance. After that, the prom itself was pretty much over, but the evening was only beginning...
Not only did we have the prom, but we had an after prom party too! Yes we really did! One of the guys from our singles' group threw a party at his house afterwards. Most of the prom goers went to his place afterwards, and several others showed up throughout the night as well. He had quite the crowd there. Several of us rode over together to make it easier since most of us didn't know where he lived. After we got in or driver's car she told us "by the way, no party-poopers here. We're pulling an all-nighter." So I just told her to wake me up when it was time to leave since I didn't know if I could do that anymore. I said I'd probably be curled up on a couch somewhere. well as it turned out, SHE fell asleep and the rest of us made it all night long. well all but one anyhow.. she hitched a ride home with someone else earlier in the night.
There were only about 7 of us who lasted all night, including the person whose house we were at. But he had promised to make pancakes for whoever lasted through the night so we had to stay for that! And they were really good too! He had chocolate chips and a couple kinds of nuts in them, and he made bacon to go with them. We all called it a night (or morning which is the more appropriate term) about 5:00 AM. I got home about 5:30 and went to bed at 6:00. And I didn't get up until 12:30. I can't remember the last time I stayed out that late or slept in that late the next morning.
Sunday I did not much of anything, a little more laundry and lots of TV. (Finished my Supernatural Season 1 DVDs). SOOO glad I was off work yesterday for the holiday. I was able to sleep in a little bit, got up about 10:00. I was a little more productive yesterday though. Scrubbed both bathrooms top to bottom, even took the tilex and sponge to the bad case of mildew in my bathroom. Still not clear of all of the unsightly stuff, but it's almost perfect. Cleanest I've been able to get the tiles in quite a while. And yes, more laundry. I'm in fall cleaning mode now so spent the day packing up summer clothes, taking down curtains to wash, floor mats in the bathroom, etc etc. And I have a three day next weekend too so I hope to finish my fall cleaning then.
And THAT ladies and gentlemen, was my rather eventful weekend.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.

When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.

This is beautiful! Try not to cry.

She jumped up as soon as she saw the surgeon come out of the operating room.

She said: "How is my little boy? Is he going to be all right? When can I see him ?"

The surgeon said, "I'm sorry. We did all we could, but your boy didn't make it."

Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care any more ? Where were you, God, when my son needed you ?"

The surgeon asked, "Would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university."

Sally asked the nurse to stay with her while she said good bye to son. She ran her fingers lovingly through his thick red curly hair. "Would you like a lock of his hair ?" the nurse asked.

Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of the boy's hair, put it in a plastic bag and handed it to Sally.

The mother said, "It was Jimmy's idea to donate his body to the University for Study. He said it might help somebody else. "I said no at first, but Jimmy said, 'Mom, I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy spend one more day with his Mom." She went on, "My Jimmy had a heart of gold. Always thinking of someone else. Always wanting to help others if he could."

Sally walked out of Children's Mercy Hospital for the last time, after spending most of the last six months there. She put the bag with Jimmy's belongings on the seat beside her in the car. The drive home was difficult. It was even harder to enter the empty house. She carried Jimmy's belongings, and the plastic bag with the lock of his hair to her son's room. She started placing the model cars and other personal things back in his room exactly where he had always kept them. She laid down across his bed and, hugging his pillow, cried herself to sleep.

It was around midnight when Sally awoke. Laying beside her on the be was a folded letter. The letter said:

"Dear Mom, I know you're going to miss me; but don't think that I will ever forget you, or stop loving you, just 'cause I'm not around to say "I Love You". I will always love you, Mom, even more with each day.

Someday we will see each other again. Until then, if you want to adopt alittle boy so you won't be so lonely, that's okay with me. He can have my room and old stuff to play with. But, if you decide to get a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things us boys do. You'll have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like, you know.

Don't be sad thinking about me. This really is a neat place. Grandma and Grandpa met me as soon as I got here and showed me around some, but it will take a long time to see everything. The angels are so cool. I love to watch them fly.

And, you know what? Jesus doesn't look like any of his pictures. Yet, when I saw Him, I knew it was Him. Jesus himself took me to see GOD! And guess what, Mom ? I got to sit on God's knee and talk to Him, like I was somebody important. That's when I told Him that I wanted to write you a letter, to tell you good bye and everything. But I already knew that wasn't allowed.

Well, you know what Mom ? God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel who is going to drop this letter off to you. God said for me to give you the answer to one of the questions you asked Him 'Where was He when I needed him ?' "God said He was in the same place with me, as when His son Jesus was on the cross. He was right there, as He always is with all His children.

Oh, by the way, Mom, no one else can see what I've written except you. To everyone else this is just a blank piece of paper. Isn't that cool?
I have to give God His pen back now. He needs it to write some more names in the Book of Life.

Tonight I get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. I don't hurt anymore. The cancer is all gone. I'm glad because I couldn't stand that pain anymore and God couldn't stand to see me hurt so much, either. That's when He sent The Angel of Mercy to come get me. The Angel said I was a Special Delivery! How about that ?

Signed with Love from God, Jesus & Me.

Let's see Satan stop this one.) Take 60 seconds and repost this, within the hour, you will have caused a multitude of believers to pray to God for each other. Then sit back and feel the Holy Spirit work in your life for doing what you know God loves "When you're down to nothing, Godis up to something."