Monday, August 28, 2006

You Gotta Try This!

I found this on my friend Fletcher's blog. Of course, the only picture I had that would work was the one from Halloween a few years ago when I was Snow White. I don't make a habit of running around with big red bows in my hair...I promise!

I had to make this smaller to keep it from messing up my title bar on my blog, so if you want to see a clearer version, go here.

Friday, August 25, 2006

You Got to Love My Mom

Ever since I moved into my house, I have wanted to get some sort of bed for my spare room. I wanted to get a futon so that it wouldn’t take up a lot of space, but haven’t had the money to purchase a good one as of yet. So recently, my mom has been talking about getting rid of one of the many twin beds she has in her house to make room for a full or queen size bed. I of course offered to take one off her hands.

Well, with some friends’ wedding quickly approaching which will also bring much anticipated house guests, I decided I needed to find a way to get the bed from there to here pretty soon. I priced renting a pick-up truck online and found out that I can rent one for a day for around $45. So I tell my mom my plan and that I’m going to try to come get it soon.

Well, my mom didn’t want me to spend the money to rent a truck and said she would just put it in her car and bring it down to me this weekend. My mom drives a Ford Focus. But she was insistent that if she laid the seats down, it would fit. We actually got in an argument over it one night because I kept telling her it wouldn’t fit and she said she knew what she was talking about. She even called me to say that she measured it and there was plenty of room. I still kept telling her it might be long enough, but they wouldn’t fit in her car at the angle they would have to go in. Still she was insistent, so I dropped it and told her that if she could get it to fit, great. Otherwise, I would rent a vehicle and come get it.

The plan was that my brother would come over last night and load it in her car for her (even though he also didn’t think it would fit). She called me last night after Brad left. It didn’t fit (surprise, surprise). But hey, she tried and I guess that’s all that counts.

Anyway, looks like I’ll be making a quick trip to Kansas in the next week or so. I think it’s going to have to be next Saturday to get the cheap rate. Road trip anyone?

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thoughts for the Day…

Thought #1
Did you know that Pluto has been down-graded and is no longer considered a planet? I’m serious, you can read all about it here. I feel really bad for Pluto. Though then again, maybe that’s how Grant felt about losing his status, so I guess my feeling bad is kind of hypocritical. Anyway, Pluto no longer meets the qualifications and is now considered a “dwarf planet”. Is that politically correct? I’m actually quite disturbed about this because I always liked Pluto. Maybe because it was the smallest which made it the underdog. Anyway, I ‘m bummed about it. Poor Pluto!

Thought #2
I did a very dangerous thing today and didn’t even realize it. I decided to try someone new to cut my hair. Actually, I had gone to her once before, but it was a long time ago and it was only once. This finding a new hair stylist has been difficult. I liked the girl I’ve gone to the last few times, but she’s so far away. Anyway, back to the dangerous part. I walk in today and she asks what I wanted done. I told her it needed trimmed, but that I really hated my hair. She and another stylist got all excited and started making suggestions. They suggested an inverted bob – but I didn’t really want to do that. I kind of wanted to keep the current length, but hated the shape. So I told the perfect stranger that she could do whatever she wanted to do to my hair, just don’t razor it and don’t take too much length off. End result – well I think it’s okay. I think I like the way she cut it, I just don’t like the way she styled it. So the jury is still out on the hair.

I did find this funny…while I was in there this other stylist (Heather) told another customer that she has been asking people if she and Lisa weren’t hair stylists, what they looked like they might be. So she asks me. I hate being put on the spot like that. First she asked about Lisa (the girl cutting my hair) and the first thing that popped into my head was Kindergarten teacher. I have no idea why, that’s just want popped into my head. Then she asked what I thought she looked like she could be. I had to go with my second thought – receptionist, because I didn’t think telling her she looked like a stripper would go over too well. Do not ask me random questions if you don’t want a random answer!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Thirty Years Ago Today...

My life turned upside down when this creature, a.k.a my little brother Brad, came into this world.

Boy, were my parents shocked to find out Brenda Renaye turned out to be a Bradley Allen. I was personally offended that he was sleeping when they took me to the hospital to see him. How DARE he! It didn't take me long to figure out that a sleeping Brad is a good thing.

My mom and I were laughing last night about some of the things he's done growing up like washing his toy 3-wheeler and then putting the bath power I got for my birthday all over it. Or riding his Hotwheels down the street and telling the neighbors he couldn't step foot on his block without his permission. Or the time he was jumping on the bed trying to make it collapse on me (I was under it) and the bed did collapse, but I got out first and he ended up with stitches (not the first or last time he got those). Then there was the time my parents were trying to teach him manners and after being warned several times to be quiet and go to sleep, he spared me a spanking when he looked at my dad and said "ladies first." Or the time he was trying to make cinnamon toast and used smoke salt instead (he just grabbed the red lid, didn't read the label.) And no one in our family will ever forget when he decided to remove my mom's broom closet with a sledge hammer in the middle of July. Mom wasn't happy.

So happy birthday, Brad. You made it to 30 and NONE of us ever thought you would!

Official Notification of Status Change

Move over Grant Johnston, you have been replaced by Superman! Read Lindsy's blog and it will help explain why. Sorry to bump you, but I'll still watch your weather reports and remember the fond times. =o)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I'm Grace Kelly

I received this from a co-worker. Don't cheat! Sorry Guys, you might want to pass on this one.

Ever wonder which movie star you are most like? Don't read ahead please! Well, a team of researchers got together and analyzed the personalities of movie stars. The gathered info has been incorporated into this quiz.

There are only 10 questions so it doesn't take long.
Number your paper from 1 to 10, then 'Answer' each question with the choice that most describes you at this point in your life, and then add up the points that correspond with your answers.
Don't look ahead or you will ruin the fun!

1 Which describes your perfect date?
a) Candlelight dinner for two
b) Amusement Park
c) Rollerblading in the park
d) Rock Concert
e) Have dinner & see a movie
f) Dinner at home with a loved one

2. What is your favorite type of music?
a) Rock and Roll
b) Alternative
c) Soft Rock
d) Classical
e) Christian
f) Jazz

3. What is your favorite type of movie?
a) Comedy
b) Horror
c) Musical
d) Romance
e) Documentary
f) Mystery

4. Which of the following jobs would you choose if you were given only these choices?
a) Waiter/Waitress
b) Sports Player
c) Teacher
d) Policeman
e) Bartender
f) Business person

5. Which would you rather do if you had an hour to waste?
a) Work out
b) Make out (Wow! This is an option!?!)
c) Watch TV
d) Listen to the radio
e) Sleep
f) Read

6. Of the following colors, which do you like best?
a) Yellow
b) White
c) Sky blue
d) Teal
e) Gold
f) Red

7. Which one of the following would you like to eat right now?
a) Ice cream
b) Pizza
c) Sushi
d) Pasta
e) Salad
f) Lobster Tail

8. Which is your favorite holiday?
a) Halloween
b) Christmas
c) New Year's
d) Valentine's Day
e) Thanksgiving
f) Fourth of July

9. If you could go to any of the following places, which would it be?
a) Reno
b) Spain
c) Las Vegas
d) Hawaii
e) Hollywood
f) British Columbia

10. Of the following, who would you rather spend time with?
a) Someone who is smart
b) Someone with good looks
c) Someone who is a party animal
d) Someone who has fun all the time
e) Someone who is very emotional
f) Someone who is fun to be with

Now total up your points on each question:
1. a-4 b-2 c-5 d-1 e-3 f-6
2. a-2 b-1 c-4 d-5 e-3 f-6
3. a-2 b-1 c-3 d-4 e-5 f-6
4. a-4 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-1 f-6
5. a-5 b-4 c-2 d-1 e-3 f-6
6. a-1 b-5 c-3 d-2 e-4 f-6
7. a-3 b-2 c-1 d-4 e-5 f-6
8. a-1 b-3 c-2 d-4 e-5 f-6
9. a-4 b-5 c-1 d-4 e-3 f-6
10. a-5 b-2 c-1 d-3 e-4 f-6

NOW, take your total and find out which Movie Star you are:

(10-17 points) You are MADONNA: You are wild and crazy and you know it. You know how to have fun, but you may take it to extremes. You know what you are doing though, and are much in control of your own life. People don't always see things your way, but that doesn't mean that you should do away with your beliefs. Try to remember that your wild spirit can lead to hurting yourself and others.

(18-26 points) You are DORIS DAY: You are fun, friendly, and popular! You are a real crowd pleaser. You have probably been out on the town your share of times, yet you come home with the values that your mother taught you. Marriage and children are very important to you, but only after you have fun. Don't let the people you please influence you to stray.

(27-34 points) You are DEBBIE REYNOLDS: You are cute, and everyone loves you. You are a best friend that no one takes the chance of losing. You never hurt feelings and seldom have your own feelings hurt. Life is a breeze. You are witty, and calm most of the time. Just keep clear of backstabbers, and you are worry-free.

(35-42 points) You are GRACE KELLY: You are a lover. Romance, flowers, and wine are all you need to enjoy yourself. You are serious about all commitments and are a family person. You call your Mom every Sunday, and never forget a Birthday. Don't let your passion for romance get confused with the real thing.

(43-50 points) You are KATHERINE HEPBURN:You are smart, a real thinker. Every situation is approached with a plan. You are very healthy in mind and body. You don't take crap from anyone. You have only a couple of individuals that you consider "real friends".You teach strong family values. Keep your feet planted in them, but don't overlook a bad situation when it does happen.

(51-60 points) You are ELIZABETH TAYLOR: Everyone is in awe of you. You know what you want and how to get it. You have more friends than you know what to do with. Your word is your bond. Everyone knows when you say something it is money in the bank. You attract the opposite sex. Your intelligence overwhelms most. Your memory is the next thing to photographic. Everyone admires you because you are so considerate and lovable. You know how to enjoy life and treat people right. Now put your Movie Star in the subject line, then forward and share with your friends.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Not for the Faint of Heart

Last night I stayed at my BK meeting WAAAAY too long. Especially considering I needed to bring the leftover sandwiches up to the church and put them in the fridge to be picked up the next morning for Capitol Hill (my fridge wasn't wide enough for the tray or I would have just taken them home).

It was after 10:00 p.m. when I got to the church, which meant that the building was locked up and everyone had left for the night. Our building is kind of scary when no one is around. Normally when I'm up there after hours by myself (which isn't often), I have 911 dialed on my cell phone just in case, but this time, I didn't have a free hand.

Though my trip was without incident, it was just really creepy to be in the building - dark (didn't want to mess with Turning on additional lights), all by yourself. I could not get out of there fast enough.

Oh, and Suzy, if I've never apologized for the "RUN!!!" incident, I'm VERY sorry now. ;o)

Stacey vs. Air Filter

Well, I finally did it. I changed my air filter! It took Rachel standing at the top of the stairs with me on Thursday night for me to get brave enough to open the door to the unit, but once I discovered it was varmint free, I broke down and went and bought air filters. For everyone that kept telling me it was really easy, I beg to differ! Getting it out wasn’t to bad, but not as easy as one would assume. Putting the new one in was another story. When I went to Wal-Mart Friday night, they didn’t have the size I needed, so I had to wait and go to Lowe’s Saturday morning. I didn’t want to make a lot of racket, so I had to wait till I heard my roommate up and around (because it’s right outside her bedroom).

Here is the play by play:

- Open closet door and manage to get the cover off the unit. Meanwhile, door to closet keeps closing on me causing much frustration.

-Pull old air filter out (which took some maneuvering).

-Open new air filter and proceed to put back in place. Not as easy as I thought it would be because it kept slipping out of the guides.

-In addition to the guide problem, something kept catching hold of the air filter and making it even harder to keep on the guides.

-Frustration begins. A faint “ugh” was verbally expressed.

-Pull air filter out. Try again. Still keeps slipping out of the guide and catching on something in the closet. Door to closet begins closing on me again. Louder “ugh” expressed.

-Something jams in between my finger and fingernail (it HURT). Air filter still won’t stay on the guides and something is still catching it. Air filer is now starting to come apart. Louder “ugh” is expressed.

-After several more attempts at this, the air filter is in serious shape. I’m not VERY hacked that I might have to go buy another air filter. This is when the “dabnabits” started. Verbal frustrations getting louder. (Note: no cussing ever took place, but it was tempting!)

-Now REALLY irritated, I get up and go looking for tape. I think I hit the door to my room when I tried to open it.

-Proceed to tape the air filter back together and making mental note to purchase heaviest dutiest air filter on the market next time around.

-After 10-15 more attempts (and several verbal outbursts of frustration) air filter is finally in place. Dreading the need to replace again in three months.

“Changing Air Filter” has officially become “man’s work” in my book. My definition of “man’s work” is anything that I could do if I tried, but have no desire to do.

And, by the way, I didn't just change one air filter, I changed three. I was advised by a fellow female homeowner that there were too other locations that I should also have air filters. One of the locations was a peice of cake to change. The other one, well - it was in my ceiling and it's a good thing I'm tall because I had to hold the grate in place with my head while I tried to put the screws back into the ceiling. It took some serious talent on my part.

Friday, August 11, 2006

How Rude!

This started out as a comment on Suzy's blog, but then just decided to post it. Yesterday, I went to buy more shampoo and the lady at Ulta ask me if I used their salon services and when I said no, she said "I thought you might need one of these" and stuck a flier in my bag. I didn't think my hair looked that bad. I'm sorry, sleeping yesterday took priority over having perfect hair. And who was she to talk? Her makeup was HIDEOUS! Teal and Purple eye shadow. Plleeeaaassseee!

Did You Know?

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Detroit: Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Amazon: The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Brazil: Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada: Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.

Ohio: There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

Antarctica: Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. However, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice, Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert. (Actually I did know this b/c I paid attention in class a few Wednesday nights ago.)

Damascus, Syria: Damascus was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Rome, Italy: The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Los Angeles: Los Angeles's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula - and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A. (Can you imagine trying to write that entire name out when you're writing your address?)

Siberia: Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

Sahara Desert: In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Spain: Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

United States: The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one-mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


I was informed this morning that I am neglecting my duties as a plant parent. If you could see my office right now, the plant isn't the only thing being neglected. I guess I better water it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Thought of the Day

Better to be a nobody and yet have a servant than pretend to be somebody and have no food. – Proverbs 12:9


So, I finally met the man of my dreams. He’s kind, treats me like I’m the most important person in the world to him, very open about what’s on his mind, and makes me laugh. Oh, and did I mention he wasn’t bad looking either. Just a very genuinely nice guy. Only problem is (seriously, this is my life, you know there had to be a hitch) – he literally was the “man of my dreams.” I don’t know who in the world this man was, but I would LOVE to meet him. We had a really great time last night talking and hanging out. Now I’m kind of sad to be awake. Oh well, maybe if he makes an appearance every night, things won’t be so bad. We could make the relationship work. =o)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Thoughts for the Day

Undo Button
I wish I had an undo button on things other than my computer. Example, today I had to run a quick errand for work, so I got in my car and rolled my windows back up (I had them cracked so that my car wouldn’t get too hot) and immediately wished I hadn’t because I didn’t want to have to get them back into the ideal position when I got back. I seriously found myself wanting to hit the undo button till I realized my car doesn’t have one.

I – amongst other things – design billboards for my place of employment. Recently I did one for a women’s bible study that begins every fall. We had several pictures to choose from, but finally decided on a particular layout. We actually thought was one of the best ones we’ve had in a long time because it really stands out. Come to find out, it stands out in more ways than one. Everyone seems to think the open books look like something other than an open book. Well, it’s too late now. People just need to get their minds out of the gutter.

School Supply Hunters
Bad combination: School Supply Hunters + 102 degree temperatures + traffic do not = a leisurely afternoon running errands. Normally, I like these breaks; it gets me out of the office. Today, I would have rather stayed at work.

I think all perfume that people wear to our office must be approved by an official office scent committee. There are at least two women who come into our office on a regular basis that wear perfumes that will turn your stomach. When we have pregnant secretaries, they have to leave the office till the scent dissipates. Just a note: if it can be smelled 10 feet away and the scent lingers for 20-30 minutes after you leave, you’re wearing too much. I have an easily triggered gag reflex when it comes to strong scents. You don’t even want to know the affect sour kraut has on me. Same applies to using the office microwave.

This weekend I went through my closet and made a sack of all the shoes that I haven’t not worn in over two years, but held on to because they were still in good condition, so that I can take them to the clothing room or Good Will. Shoes in good condition would be better served by someone who would wear them than they are sitting in my closet.

Speaking of Closets
The only thing I really do not like about my house is the closet in my bedroom. It’s just laid out weird. It’s long and narrow and difficult to organize and I have to go in the closet and close the door to get to my shoes, dresses or belts. I’ve been thinking about what I could do to make it better. I don’t think a different layout would work (actually don’t think it would be possible), but I’m wondering if I could install a sliding door that goes into the wall instead of a door on hinges. Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t install this myself, but have one installed.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Remember that song from Sesame Street?

Oh, who are the people in your neighborhood?
In your neighborhood?
In your neighborhood?
Say, who are the people in your neighborhood?
The people that you meet each day.

Some of you familiar with blogging know that there is a little feature you can add to your blog that allows you to see at least what service provider your readers are using. Sometimes this comes in handy when you get responses from random people and you’re trying to figure out how they ended up reading your blog. I don’t check it very often, but as some have noticed, I have had a lot of anonymous posts lately and it’s driving Suzy crazy not knowing who it is (of course I’m curious, but oh well – as long as “anonymous” isn’t stalking me – it’s all good.) I have two theories on who this MIGHT be -- based off of the location of their server, but not really sure. But like I said, if they’re not stalking me, I don’t care.

Anyway, as I was looking at the tracker today, I found it really interesting to see all the different “viewers” I have. Some are regulars and end up on my blog through other friends’ blogs. Some are just hitting the “next blog” feature, and some are searching Google and probably didn’t find what they were looking for (unless I’m being “Googled” by an old boyfriend, but there are very few of those and none of them were computer literate).

Sometimes I’m curious who the “regular visitors” that I can’t figure out are, yet also thankful that at least someone finds what I’m blogging about entertaining enough to come back more than once (well, that’s at least what I like to tell myself.) ;o)

On a side note (totally unrelated of course): My new flip flops are the WORST! I bought cheap ones for camp because I needed shower shoes (the ones I use to use disintegrated). This morning I was getting ready for work and couldn’t find my black flip flops and I was running late, so I grabbed the browns ones I bought for camp. I have tripped at least 10 times today!!! Never wearing these anywhere but in the yard and in the shower at camp ever again!!!!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

It’s Just a Matter of Perspective

We have a new worship minister on staff as of Monday. Yesterday afternoon, he stopped by my office and asked if I lived here because every time he’s ever been in the office, I’ve been here. I told him it feels like it.

This morning our “still without title” minister (a.k.a. Kent) was in my office and Scott stuck his head in again and commented that he is now convinced that I live here. We were all laughing about it when Kent said “If she’d find herself a man, she wouldn’t be up here all the time.”

My response was “If I didn’t have to be up here all the time, maybe I could find me a man.”

See, it’s all in how you look at things.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dude, It’s HOT!!!

That’s all I have to say about Oklahoma weather lately. At first, it was a novelty. You could laugh about it “man it’s hot here lately, ha ha ha.” It’s not funny anymore. It’s down right annoying. I have no appetite – it’s too hot to eat. And as for Mr. Matt Lauer who said on the Today Show this morning, “stay inside today, it’s going to be in the 90’s”. All I have to say to that is “you wuss!”

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

One Step Closer to “Coolness”

Last night was a monumental moment in the life of Me. I finally watch Return of the Jedi. For those unfamiliar with the history behind this monumental moment, I seem to have had a deprived childhood. I never watched the Star Wars movies as a child. Does this null and void my membership into the Child of the 80’s Club? Probably. Anywho, when the Episodes 1-3 started hitting the theaters, I decided to watch them in that order instead of the order they were released. I finally watched Episodes 1 & 2 before Episode 3 was released, but because I had to watch them with subtitles to understand what was going on, I waited and watched Episode 3 on video too.

A friend had been telling me when I was ready to watch the Star Wars Trilogy, he had the DVDs and I could borrow them. But by time I was watch them, he’d decided that instead of loaning them to me, he was going to bring them over and watch them with me. In all honesty, I thought he was all talk and didn’t think he’d do it. But much to my surprise I finally was able to begin my home stretch to becoming a full-fledged child of the 80’s. Of course, he kept making me wait weeks in between viewing because he had to wait years and just didn’t think it was fair for me not to have to wait some amount of time. The process began in April and 3 months later, I have seen them all.

So what did I think? Well, honestly, I think I’m going to have to watch them again by myself before I can say for sure. He kept giving me commentary on what was going on and I kept asking questions, so I missed quite a bit of dialogue. I guess it does take some of the shock value away when you already know that Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (sp?) were brother and sister – though still disturbing when you see them kiss!

I am told next on the agenda are the Indiana Jones movies, Spaceballs and Muppets in Space (I have seen the last two, but I'm told they'll make more sense to me now).

On the home front, I spent the weekend looking at flooring. I think I have found something I really like, but the 3 year, no interest special ended last night at midnight and they didn’t know it was ending till yesterday. I know some of you are surprised that I’m planning on installing it myself, but my “construction” friends have every bit of confidence in me and keep telling me I can do it. I guess we’ll see how it goes. The only thing that makes me nervous is cutting it. I really wanted everything to work out so I could start on that phase this weekend. They said to check back this weekend because they haven’t heard yet what their new financing special will be. I’m sure my roommate is ready for it to be done. All the furniture is kind of in the middle of the living room right now because I didn’t want to move it back till I got the chair rail up.