Thursday, March 29, 2007

My, How Times Have Changed...

copyright Mark Tatulli 2007

There is a lot of truth in this comic. It seems that in our society there is a pill for every problem, but in my opinion there is usually a better, drug-free alternative that should at least be tried first. Note: exceptions would be serious illnesses, like cancer or serious depression. If you need it, take it. My question is, how many drugs could be replaced with simply taking care of ourselves?

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A kitty picture and some exciting news.

My dad called me today with some great news: I got a new car!! When my brother and I were in high school, we agreed that we would buy our own cars then, and when we graduated from college, mom and dad would buy us a car. Well, I'm graduating, so we've been looking at cars and had narrowed it down to three: the Pontiac G6, the Volvo S-80, or the Malibu Maxx. My dad went to a car auction today with his neighbor, who just happens to be a car dealer, and got a great deal on a 2007 gold Malibu Maxx, which is the hatchback version of the regular Malibu. It's gold and that's about all I know at this point. More details when I have more, but I'm really excited to be getting a new car, and this experience has reminded me how blessed I really am. I have such great parents, who have supported me throughout my marriage and so much more; we're getting a house soon...God is so good!

Saturn continues to improve. He's settled into a schedule of making an appearance when I get up and about an hour before we go to bed at night. I hope this kitty gets a good home, whoever it is will enjoy watching him continue to come out of his shell.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

A finish to share!!

A sippy cup for my friend Hollie's baby, who is set to make his appearance in May. This is just a side project, buy my big project is still a secret...

Friday, March 23, 2007

And now for something different...

I can't believe I've never posted this before, this video is hilarious! Watch it all the way to the end, you won't be sorry!

I scored as Emergent/Postmodern. I am Emergent/Postmodern in my theology. I feel alienated from older forms of church, I don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.



Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan




Roman Catholic


Neo orthodox


Reformed Evangelical




Modern Liberal


Classical Liberal


What's your theological worldview?
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This quiz was pretty accurate. I do think that evangelism should take place primarily in relationships. The only thing I'm not sure about is the bit about older churches. There ARE some exceptions, although as a whole I think the American church needs some serious overhaulin'.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Continuing Saga of Brooklyn vs. Aaron

For background on Brooklyn and Aaron's relationship, go here.

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, ... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child or a garden patch ... to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is success."

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Mike and I got back this afternoon from a visit to my parents in Clermont. We went house hunting and Mike worked with my dad a little. I know you're dying to know, so I'll go ahead and tell you that we found a house we're really interested in. I'm trying not to get too attached, but this house is awesome! I'll save more details for later, but this looks promising. One more tantilizing tidbit: the floors...ohmydang the FLOORS!

Saturn the cat is slowly doing better. Before we left on Wednesday he let me take him out and pet him for a few minutes, then darted back under the bed. While we were gone I had the kids I babysit for come over to check on the cats and they didn't see him. I saw a pair of eyes under the part of the bed I can't get to, and I'm waiting for him to get hungry and come out. Here is another picture I managed to get of him and Brooke cavorting. You can kinda see him tail; it looks as if it got partly taken off and kinked in the process. I hate to think of this poor kitty's past!

Mike and I are finishing Spring Break, and although it wasn't much of a break, it was productive and it was nice to not have to worry about class. I substituted at Baby Gator two days, and I enjoyed it and learned a lot. Volunteering there has been immensely good for me, I've learned so much about teaching that I can take with me wherever I end up. It's also given me the confidence that I can actually do this someday! The thought of me against 20 or more kids kinda scared me, even though I did it when I was a camp counselor. That was different - parents were entrusting me to keep the kids from killing themselves, not trusting me with their kid's scholastic future!!

We're gearing up for the final stretch of school! We're ready, too. We know the future will have its problems, but we're glad to be together. We'll be even more glad when we have a house we can be together in!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

And now for your daily dose of ridiculous news...

Judy Sugden, a cat breeder in Southern California, has developed a domestic breed of cat made to resemble a tiger. It's name? The Toyger. As if there aren't enough cats in this country who need homes. This is almost as bad as those designer dogs, like the Labradoodle, the schnoodle, a pek-a-poo. Sheesh. I can't believe people pay money for this stuff! I must admit, though, a very pretty kitty.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Random pictures, a video, and an introduction.

There are a lot of pictures that have been living in my camera that I've been meaning to share with you. First, we have pictures from our trip to Silver Springs. For Valentine's Day we bought season passes, and a few weeks later we went to a Clint Black concert there.

In the middle of a cool palm tree right on the Silver River.

Feeding a giraffe. He was so cute! His tongue was tickly.

This goat was determined to eat my camera!

This wasn't from Silver Springs, but this horse was very willing to pose for me, and I got this classic shot. This is from a horse farm in Ocala that we stopped at on the way to visit my parents in Clermont so Mike could do some work-related stuff.

Next up, we got a new foster kitty! Saturn is a very shy black cat who needs some love to bring him out of his shell. We have no idea what his past is like, but he is very timid. This is the only picture I've gotten of him so far.

And finally, I got a video of our good friend Aaron with our cat. They have a very, er, unique friendship, meaning that Brooklyn HATES Aaron! We've never been able to figure out exactly why, but every time he comes over, she assumes the "Halloween Cat" pose and will either hiss at him incessantly or hide until he leaves. Here he is, trying to make friends, but Brooke's not having any of it.

Friday, March 09, 2007

I just finished my paper, and now I can celebrate the official start of Spring Break. Let me show you approximately how I'm feeling:

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Check out this awesome video of Lady Gator Melanie Sinclair getting a perfect 10 on the uneven bars at last Friday's meet against NC State. GOOOO Gators!!
House hunting, a bad back, and even worse neighbors

Mike and I have continued in our house search, and we think we've found a house that we want. My parents went and looked at it yesterday to look for any problems with the house, and hopefully the next step will be putting in an offer. I'm trying not to get too excited, because anything could happen, but I can really see us living in this house. It's in a great neighborhood on a limited-access canal with lots of tall oak trees and a big, fenced-in yard. It has TWO bathrooms, which is a big plus. One of them has a sink, toilet, and tub that are bright blue - not a nice blue, but more like an obnoxious blue. So Mike and I decided that if we get his house, we're going to turn that bathroom into a Gator bathroom until we can afford to remodel it! (my dad's suggestion) I look forward to shopping for an orange toilet seat and bathroom rug.

In other news, I've been having back problems. I've been going to see a physical therapist, but this weekend has NOT been good for me. To me, there is nothing more frustrating than doing nothing, especially when I have a paper due and a test this week. I'm one of those people that always has to be doing something; even while waiting in line, I find myself planning dinner in my head or making a phone call. I can't just watch TV, I have to sew or at least flip through a magazine. If you're like me, you know how frustrating sickness and injury can be. My doing this blog entry is a direct result of having to do something, although I can't vouch for the absence of typographical errors, as I am doing this on my back.

To make this weekend even more fun, it rained in our bathroom...AGAIN!! I never thought I'd have to write about this topic once, much less twice. The first time, our upstairs neighbor was, er, smokin' a little sumthin' sumthin', when he decided to dye his hair, but not in his tub...on his bathroom floor. So there was three inches on water on his bathroom floor, which had nowhere to go but...our bathroom floor. Since then, we've gotten new upstairs neighbors, and this time, I went upstairs and knocked on their door to ask them to stop doing whatever it was they were doing. So I knocked, and I hear a man's voice angrily say, "WHO IS IT!?!" to which I reply, "your downstairs neighbor." He then says, "Is there a problem?" and I said, "uh...yeah." His reply? "Come back later!" At this point Mike has joined me, and he banged on the door Dog the Bounty Hunter-style while I went back downstairs, figuring I didn't need to be there for this confrontation. The girl neighbor flings open the door, ready to fling a venomous retort at who she thought was me. When she saw that it was my 6-foot-five husband, that shut her up real quick! She told Mike that they were "both in the bathtub and might have been splashing"- UGH! WAY too much information! It's bad enough that we have to HEAR them all the time, now we have to get firsthand reports about it! These are the same neighbors who bought a new bed a few weeks ago, and instead of bringing their old bed down the stairs, they decided to just throw it over their balcony...onto my plants. Lemme tell ya, I am so DONE with apartment life!!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

A little something to brighten my day...

I got a surprise in the mail: a hand-knitted dishrag from my friend Dee over at the Daily Stitch! I was so surprised and flattered that she would take the time to make something for me! The paw print is so cute! I love the orange color, too. Orange or blue are always a good bet when in doubt. Thank you, Dee!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Book Review: Marley and Me, By John Grogan

I actually finished this book over Christmas, but I enjoyed it so much that I had to share it with you. A tale about the "world's worst dog," Marley and Me was the best book I have read in a long time. It's HILARIOUS; I had to stop reading it in bed because I kept waking Mike up from laughing. Anyone who's ever owned a dog will love this book. Even though it's full of laughs, it also contains one of the most poignant portrayels of losing a dog that I have ever read. I lost my Golden Retriever six years ago, but when I read Grogan's account of losing Marley, I cried. Grogan has an extraordinary talent of describing events so you feel like you're there. Can you tell I really like this book? You've GOT to read this book!
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the string we have,and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes"

-Charles Swindoll