Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday Cross-Stitch Update


I haven't done this in awhile, but I've been hard at work on the Noah's Ark piece, not including a brief encounter with tendinitis. The end is in sight!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Eye Candy...Saturday.

New Father Ken with baby Lydia

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Bedroom is Done!





Paint from Ace Hardware
-Walls: Algonquin
-Focal Wall: Neah Bay underneath, Patch of Blue on top.
-Sink Area: Parkwater
-Bathroom: Neah Bay and Patch of Blue
-Closet: Neah Bay

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Today we dressed up in our Gator gear and headed to the Leesburg Downtown Farmer's Market. Yes, we did. We're fans even when they lose. Problem is, it's hard to lose when you're so used to winning!


There were crowds of people making a mural out of green tape. I had never seen this done before, but it looked really neat.


"How's that hot dog workin' out for you, mom? Save me some?!?"


Sophie did not enjoy being that close to the water!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

Mike brought home a surprise for me from the trade show he went to last weekend: a new orchid! I believe this is a dendrobium, although hopefully Dee can supply us with more information. He did a wonderful job picking one with pretty blossoms.
Carl (on the left) was happy to get another friend in addition to his short new buddy from Dee.



I am loving my greenhouse window! I've discovered that I have to water a lot more than I thought, so my herbs are coming in well.Some parsley. At least I think it's parsley. I have no recollection of planting parsley seeds, and if I did I didn't keep the seed packet. It smells like parsley.

A tomato seedling. Almost ready to transfer!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Too funny not to share...

Quote of the day:

"Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs."

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Faster than a speeding spitball! Able to scale desks in a single bound!
It's a bird! It's a plane!
No! It's...SUPER SUBSTITUTE!


I had my first job as a substitute teacher today at Tavares Elementary School. It's a little further than I would have liked, but it was that or start doing middle and high school...and I'd much rather drive a little farther than deal with teenage angst.

I thought the day went pretty well. The class was small, but noisy. I had an intern with me, which was very helpful with the classroom procedures. My biggest problem was dealing with kids when they freaked out over the routine not being exactly the same. I was glad to get a job, because the teachers in Lake County are too darn healthy right now and there haven't been many positions available. I even got another job there for next week! Yee-haw!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

The Many Moods of Sophie


Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Closet is Done!

Well, it's been done for a few days, but I've been really pooped lately. It was an absolute pain, but I'm really pleased with the results. I'm so pleased every time I walk into my blue closet!





We did have one casualty, though: Sophie decided to take a nap on the dropcloth and came away with some blue streaks:
Morgan seems to have lost interest in painting, thankfully:
She even had a rare moment of sweetness!
Once I finish the bathroom, the bedroom will be DONE! Mike had to remove a grab bar and towel rod in the bathroom, leaving holes in the wall, which had to be patched, so needless to say it's taken a few days to fix. Next project: the living room!
Next 100 facts.

Even thought Stuart one-upped me and decided to do 201 facts, I decided to keep it to the original goal of 200 facts. Here are the last 100. Enjoy!



101. My middle name is Marie.
102. I had strep throat and tonsillitis at the same time when I was in the 6th grade.
103. The most amount of school I have ever missed (by a long shot) is one week – due to #2
104. I love college football
105. I don’t love professional football. Too much showboating and too many whiners.
106. I’m beginning to realize that basketball is an interesting sport.
107. My favorite song when I was in preschool was “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood.
108. I’m pretty cheap.
109. I love thrift stores.
110. There are no good thrift stores where I live.
111. I’ve read through the Bible in its entirety twice.
112. I’m in the process of reading it again.
113. I just finished Proverbs and enjoyed it for the first time.
114. I also really liked Psalms this time around.
115. I love to eat breakfast at any time of day.
116. I really hate getting shots. More than most people.
117. I do not enjoy the Simpsons.
118. People think it’s weird that I like Family Guy but not the Simpsons.
119. I never learned to play an instrument.
120. I wish I had listened to my mom when she said I would regret that.
121. I blog sporadically.
122. I check other people’s blogs compulsively.
123. I don’t have enough patience to watch movies with subtitles.
124. I’m not a phone talker.
125. But I don’t mind if you call me.
126. It’s just I don’t like calling other people because I’m afraid they’re too busy to talk but don’t want to say so, etc.
127. The only time I’ve ever been on crutches was when a camper fell onto my foot and used his elbow to break the fall.
128. I was a camp counselor for three summers at Warren Willis United Methodist Youth Camp for three summers.
129. I now live in the same town as the camp.
130. I never thought I would wind up living here.
131. Given the chance to live somewhere else, I don’t know what I’d decide.
132. I love the Smoky Mountains.
133. I never understood why people who live on the East Coast would travel all the way to the West Coast to see mountains until I saw the West Coast for myself.
134. Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
135. I would visit there again in a second.
136. I have been out of the USA twice: once to Canada, once to Costa Rica.
137. I want to visit all 50 states before I die.
138. I think that most of the time, Christians act in a way that Jesus would not.
139. I include myself in that last statement.
140. I pray that my actions don’t put someone else off to the faith.
141. I try to be interested in politics, but I have a hard time making myself care.
142. I HATE bureaucracy.
143. I HATE inefficiency.
144. I hate #142 because of #143.
145. I hate when restaurants don’t know how to give good service.
146. I understand the cyclical frustration surrounding this issue. Restaurants can’t afford to pay people enough to care.
147. I get overwhelmed easily.
148. I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed.
149. I was awake for the procedure.
150. I was given laughing gas and allowed to listen to my cd player.
151. I found the procedure to be very interesting.
152.I find lots of things to be interesting when I’m under the influence of laughing gas.
153. I didn’t want to get put under because you never know when something could go wrong when you’re under anesthesia, and if you’re not in a hospital, that could be really bad.
154. I gave a testimony in church two days after I got my wisdom teeth out, when I was seriously under the influence of Percocet.
155. I have no idea what I said.
156. I’m told I did a really good job.
157. I look a lot like my mom.
158. My mom used to get asked whether or not she was my mom out of the blue just because I look so much like her.
159. I like pizza. A lot.
160.I am a pizza purist.
161. If you put anything non-meat on my pizza, it will get thrown in your face.
162. The only exception to this rule is pineapple.
163. The previous exception must be paired with ham.
164. I hate it when people make white pizzas, barbecue pizzas, etc.
165. The only exception to #164 is dessert pizzas.
166. Even then, you’re on shaky ground.
167. The first concert I ever went to was dcTalk.
168. I used to be crazy about that group. A Talkie, if you will.
169. I love cream cheese.
170. I love just about any kind of cheese.
171. Except stinky ones. No thanks.
172. I don’t like tomatoes.
173. I’ve really tried to learn to like tomatoes, but unless they’re cooked down into a sauce or ketchup, I just can’t stomach them.
174.I miss all the really great restaurants we had in Gainesville.
175. I love country music from the 1990’s.
176. I think modern country has gone way too far in the direction of pop.
177. Before we got Sophie, I really wanted a schnauzer.
178. Sophie is definitely not a schnauzer.
179. But I wouldn’t trade her for the world.
180. I can’t imagine ever not having a pet.
181. I am very good at predicting whether or not a romantic relationship will work out.
182. I have a permanent retainer on my bottom teeth.
183. I have a low tolerance for pain.
184. My husband and I use movie and television quotes so much it sounds like another language.
185. I have been in physical therapy twice.
186. The first time was when I injured my back jet-skiing.
187. The second time was when I exacerbated my back playing racquetball.
188. I don’t understand why some people have such an intense fear of the dentist.
189. I genuinely want to know what’s up with Notre Dame this football season.
190. I come from a family of water-skiers.
191. I never liked to water ski.
192. We finally figured out that it was because I would get motion sickness in the boat…even on a lake!
193. I used to get sick EVERY Thanksgiving and Christmas, like clockwork.
194. My husband figured out that it was the sweet potatoes, which I only eat during those times.
195. Since then, I have never gotten sick on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
196. I get easily annoyed by immaturity.
197. When I was in elementary school, my family raised our own beef.
198. The steers were named Sir Loin, Supper, and Penny.
199. I was responsible for naming the last one.
200. I can’t believe I actually came up with 200 facts about myself! Hope you enjoyed reading them!