Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Not A Lot Going On

There hasn't been a whole lot of excitement here lately, hence my lack of posts with anything but pictures in them. Since we moved in May I haven't been working, except here and there for the family business. My teacher training program doesn't start in November - provided I get in, provided UF ever sends me my transcript so I can send in my application, but that's another story. Next week I take my training course to be certified to substitute teach, then I can at least be doing something productive. That will be really nice. Last night Mike told me that the general sense of frustration that has been invading my consciousness probably comes from my wanting to do something I consider productive - which, according to him, is in my genes. He should know I guess, since he works for my dad. And he's probably right. This waiting is getting old. Waiting to start making some money so we can decorate the house. Waiting until we can afford to buy paint so we can hang things on the bare walls. Waiting on UF to put their rear in gear. Waiting for next week to get here so my life can start. And the worst part is, once all this gets put into motion, I'll miss this quiet time I have now. Ah...life!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Mike (and his dad's legs), circa 1990

If a man does not keep pace with his fellow companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
-Thoreau, "Walden"

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Morgan and her archenemies

Act I: Morgan Wolfe vs. The Laser Dot




Act II: Morgan Wolfe vs. The Straw

My cousins came to visit this weekend, and it was fun to have them over. Rachel and April are great girls - I'm glad we live closer to them now. April brought her dog, Nitro, whom she just adopted. She loves that dog! Good thing he's tolerant of being dragged into her lap, being picked up, hugged, and generally loved on in excess.


A girl and her dog- what a beautiful thing!


The girls went to church with us on Sunday, and I kept introducing them as "my little cousins"- they'll always be "littler" than me, so I guess it was technically right!

Nitro is such a a cutie. He and Sophie got a little bit of a rough start, but they ended up getting along pretty well. I got some good pictures of him:


Nitro likes to sing!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

How did this....
Turn into this?
I took Brooklyn to the vet yesterday for a physical, and she was so bad they had to sedate her! She was fine in the waiting room, just sat in the carrier, no meowing, no nothing. The tech called us in, and she sat in the carrier and looked around curiously. THEN I tried to take her out of the carrier. Not a good move on my part. I got her halfway out and all the sudden she did this whole-body twist along with a lusty yowl - and back into the carrier she went. So the tech tried, and she got scratched. Ugh. Is this really the same cat that took a nap stretched out on my chest early this morning? So we decided to take apart the carrier, and the tech got a taste of what it's like when our friend Aaron comes over. At that point I was so embarrassed that I signed the release for them to shoot her with happy gas and said, "Hey while you're at it, can you clip her nails?" Twenty minutes and an extra thirty-seven dollars later, I emerged sheepishly from the animal clinic with a loopy cat and a lighter wallet. At least we enjoyed watching the effects of the sedative wear off.
I just pray she isn't teaching my sweet Morgan any of her bad behavior!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wordless Wednesday - Fishing in NC, 2001



Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Come on, September First!!





I am finding it so hard to wait for the first Gator Game! I can't wait to see more of these colors:











And more of this guy:





Mr. Two-Bits, the legendary leader of cheers at the Swamp




AND more of this guy:



Tim Tebow, #15




And hopefully lots more reasons to celebrate!



GOOOOOOOOO GATORS!


Friday, August 10, 2007

Eye Candy Friday


For today's post, you get two videos. The first is of Brooklyn and Morgan caught in a sweet moment. The second is Sophie, well...being a dog.





It's funny how those two will be fighting so bad hair is flying one moment, then the next they're cuddling. Just like real sisters, I guess, although I wouldn't know, only having a brother. We pretty much just fought all the time.



She does this every time I clean her ears out, which she HATES!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!



The great thing about this video is, he actually fell pretty well. If you're going to fall over 40 feet, that's the way to do it. I wonder if athletes in that sport are trained in falling. It sure seemed to come in handy for this guy!

By the way, I am loving the sudden surge in comments! Welcome, new readers - you make my day!
I Rock!

My good friend Dee over at The Daily Stitch nominated me as a Rockin' Girl Blogger a while ago, and I'm just now deciding who I want to nominate myself. I probably should have done that before I put this nifty little badge in my sidebar, but I was so excited to know that I rock, I lost my head!

One reason it took me so long to decided who to nominate is this: I realized that almost all of the blogs I read are written by guys! So I may not get to five women, but I'll list a few of the guys whom I think are also pretty rockin'.

  1. My dearest mommy, Vicky over at Keepin' Up With Vicky and Steve. She just started her blog to chronicle her recent trip to Alaska with my dad, and has decided to keep it going. Maybe she'll actually start on that now that people will be going over there from here :) What can I say about my mom...she's beautiful, even though she won't admit it. She and my dad were wonderful examples to my brother and I. She stayed home with us and did things that my friend's mothers couldn't, like make our clothes and make dinner every night. She is a blessing to everyone she knows.
  2. Christine over at Fruit In Season. She has one of the most beautiful blogs I've ever seen, and her faith amazes me. She's really committed to facilitating the spiritual growth of other women through her blog, despite having a colicky baby. I've been going to her blog for a while, but have only recently started commenting. She has the cutest kids EVER!
  3. Melissa over at Grossly Unimaginative. Another new blogging friend, but I've enjoyed reading through her archives. She is quite possibly one of the funniest writers I've ever read.
  4. Dee over at the Daily Stitch. I don't know if I can nominate the person that nominated me, but I'm going to be a rebel and do just that. I first met Dee when I was in high school, and one of the first things I remember her saying to me was, "I have a son about your age...I'll be a good mother-in-law!" She'll probably be embarrassed that I told you that, but it's true. Despite the fact that I did not marry her son, Dee has gone from being "my mom's friend Dee" to "my friend Dee." We share a love for crafting, and she makes the most beautiful socks ever. I'm glad to be her friend in the blogosphere and in real life.
And that's all I got in the way of women. I think I'll save the guys for another post. Visit again soon!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sisters!!
An update of animal pictures.


No wordless Wednesday, today, because I am full of words. Our second anniversary was Monday, so I took a few days off from blogging in order to spend more time together. Mike decided to take a day off work (it's great to be the bosses' son-in-law!), so we used our annual passes and went to Silver Springs in Ocala. Boy was it HOT! We did finally get to see the alligator feeding, which Mike has been wanting to see.
Some wedding pictures for your viewing pleasure and reminiscing:

I can't believe it was really two years ago! I can't believe that was before we got Sophie, Brooklyn, or Morgan, before we bought a house, before we experienced the ups and downs of marriage. I can't believe just how little my little cousins look, how skinny I was, and how generous my parents are to have given me such a beautiful day. If it was mine to do all over again, I think I would have done some things differently. I would have made it MUCH smaller, and not allowed myself to be pushed into inviting people I didn't know or care about. I would have probably only had family in the wedding party. If there's one thing I've learned since that day, it's that friends come and go, but family is forever. I wouldn't have cared so much about all the details and allowed myself to enjoy that time. But then again, wedding are such a funny thing; you don't know exactly what you want in a wedding until after it's over! It was a beautiful day, but now I realize more than ever that it was only a celebration of something even more beautiful: the joining of two people in the eyes of God, for better AND for worse, including the days when Mike annoys me or just plain makes me mad as well as the days I don't think I have the energy to make this work. By the grace of God, those days are less common than the days when I wouldn't trade my life for anything in the world. I love you, Mike! Here's to another two great years, and hopefully many more!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Morgan got spayed on Wednesday, and she came through it fine. They told us to keep her still and quiet as long as possible...they don't know this kitten! As soon as Mike brought her through the door, she leaped out of his arms and was off like a banshee. She didn't slow down until I took this picture a few hours ago so you could see her nekked belly:

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.........
Eye Candy Friday


Since this Friday is the closest one to our anniversary, I thought I'd share a picture of our wedding with you. I can't believe it was really two years ago! This is one of the few kissing shots that I actually like - I told our photographers NO kissing photos, because really, who wants to look at that all the time? But I love how they got the fountain focused so sharply. Photo taken at the Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville, Florida, by IMJ Photography.