Saturday, February 28, 2009


I have to give a huge T-Mobile shout out in this post. On Wednesday of this week, I called T-Mobile because the phone they sent me to replace the defective one I had in December began to freeze. I'd slide it open to answer a call, and nothing. It was just running super slow and I pay them too much to tolerate that. When I called, I explained my situation. I was then transferred to the "loyalty" department, and spoke to a woman who simply asked me, "What phone do you want?". I told her I wanted one that was free, since I'd gone to the trouble of calling them and having to deal with 2 defunct phones. She then told me to pick whichever phone I wanted. Really!! So, I am now the proud owner of a new Blackberry 8220 (flip). Not only did they ship it out in 2 days, but they also included 6 months of free internet service on the phone for my trouble! Moral of the story- always call and ask if you have a question or concern...and T-Mobile is amazing! Oh yeah, the blackberry isn't bad, either! :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


this site made my boyfriend laugh like a little girl!

I am not personally commenting on the above picture or website (I really enjoyed the movie!), but Keith has been hysterically laughing at it since he loaded the page about 15 minutes ago. Perhaps we're a little sleep deprived. Visit the site and see for yourself! He seriously is writhing in laughter as I type!
We both enjoyed her personal reaction to the website. Very informative.
see also:

Living in 2009...

I had to get a picture of one of my student's shirts...can you imagine having access to texting when you were in HS? No wonder none of my students can focus for more than 15 minutes. They are always itching for their cellphones!

unintended hiatus!

And, we're back!

Don't really know why i haven't been in a bloggy mood as of late. Nothing super new to report, I guess.

I have lost 8.8 pounds since Feb. 2! I hope by March 1st to make that a full 10 pounds! YAY! I have a long way to go (see ticker above) but slow and steady wins the race.

Ellie and Camron came into town this past weekend and we were able to eat with them @ Margarita Grill. They are getting married in October, so I got to do a little catching up with them about that. Check out her wedding page here!

I am helping with our school's musical production, "Meet me in St. Louis". Two nights a week I will be vocal coaching main cast and teaching the chorus numbers, too. Should be lots of fun! Has anyone ever seen that musical? I'm familiar with lots of the songs (Skip to my Lou) but have never actually seen the movie.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pre-Valentines Thought

I really like this picture. Circa 1985-86.
Sure, I'm chubby (some things never change), wearing red pantyhose (haven't done this since the 80s), and keeping an eye on my cabbage patch doll, but the best part of this picture is my dad. He is not much older than I am today, here (maybe 2 years or so). I know when we think of Valentine's Day we think of our significant others, and yes, Keith will get a post of his own too, but my Daddy taught me all about unconditional love years before I finally met the man of my dreams. He sacrificed a lot for my mom and me (and later, my sister), and to this day is my example of what a Godly man should be like. Also, he makes a mean omlette and gives the best hugs of anyone I know.
So, thanks, Dad for being my first valentine. I love you!

Another installation

of Random Thursday Thoughts is upon us...while it's still Thursday, anyway!

I recently signed up for Twitter. From what I can see, it's like updating your facebook status, without the other facebook stuff. No picture albums, MyChristmasTree apps, etc. Anyway, I think it's kind of neat. I'm almost one to give up the ol' facebook in favor of Blog and Twitter. Who knows. I love that Dwight Schrute and Kelly Kapoor from the office have them. What can I say, I'm a sucker. You can check it out here:

My parents will be in town this weekend and I am really looking forward to seeing them. I wish they lived lots closer. You know you are officially old when you wish to have your parents close enough to visit when you want to. Also, I wish they went to my church! Nothing against OBC, but most people know what I mean, here.

I love to play Scrabble. and Boggle. Do people play those games in reality (not online) anymore?? I don't think i've ever asked Keith to play. Looks like he'll be having a board game valentines day! Shhh, don't tell.

Does anyone know a good website for cheap airline tickets? I'm not talking the normal ones, like Orbitz and Expedia, but perhaps some sort of gem that isn't publicized and has awesome rates. I'm probably dreaming.

I feel like this blog is now just a bunch of "tweets" (the twitter phrase for entries). It's all perspective!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Random Thursday Thoughts

I got a bit nostalgic today thinking about childhood toys. The kids I teach now grew up with cell phones as a reality, Barney as a staple and don't remember not having the internet or a home computer (some don't remember before iPods..) I thought i'd share with you some of the things I LOVED (and hated) as a child!

Little Golden books! Who didn't love these? I am so glad I learned to love reading when I was young. I remember having a vhs about the poky little puppy, but I sure had LOTS of golden books, too. The best of both worlds meet below!

A true child of the 80's, one of the best days of my childhood life involved recieving the big, grey box that was the original nintendo. I was lucky enough to have a cool mom who liked to play too! I was never very good, but I really enjoyed playing :)

POPPLES! Who didn't love popples? I got an orange one when I had the chicken pox (I believe I was around 4 at the time.) I think any stuffed animal you can fold is worth it's weight in gold. Also- it was really soft!!

Connect 4 was AWFUL. I'm sorry if you like this game, but I absolutely LOATHED it. I do not like strategy games at all, hence my life long disdain for checkers, chess, battleship, etc.

I loved my brown Fisher Price Record Player!!! I listened to records on this thing over and over and over (I remember a lot of Sesame Street!)

This wasn't a "toy" per se, but I did like watching PBS (don't hate!) and especially Square One TV. Little did I know it was math disguised as fun. Too bad I didn't pay close attention. I am not a math person. I do remember being traumatized by an episode where someone was wearing a fake, plastic face that they ripped off in a courtroom after their true identity was exposed.

YES! This was the best tape player in existence.

I could listen to those awesome read-a-long tapes and read the books all day long! I especially remember the Mary Poppins one. When you hear the chime, turn the page!

I think when I have kids, I will be scouring eBay for some goodies for MY kids from MY childhood. Just for nostalgia's sake! Maybe they'll get the Teddy Ruxpin I was denied for my entire childhood! :) I'm kidding. Kind of. I do always remember wanting a TR, but then again- I knew how to read pretty early....but still- Teddy was always high on that list.


OH! how can I forget...I remember watching this game show on TV. It was one of the few times before Lorilyn was born that I can remember wanting a sibling. I had it pretty good- but I loved watching "I'm Telling". Anyone else remember? It was like "The Newlywed Game", but for pre-teen siblings. It probably got cancelled due to that creepy factor alone. However, I remember that "mountain of prizes" and how awesome it looked. I am kinda suprised I remember it- I looked it up and it only ran for about a year, 1987-88, then re-runs til 89. Have a look :)

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today begins the journey (again?)

I'm sharing.

Today, I begin. numbers aren't important, but since being in Birmingham i've gained about 40 pounds. Yikes! on this 5'5" frame, it ain't pretty.

In looking at the pictures from my friend Cassi's BEAUTIFUL wedding, it is hard for me to ignore the fact that I look like I should have been wearing a jersey and hitting the field for linebacker practice. I don't think that was David Bridal's intent when they offered the dress in my size. All joking aside, I'm not healthy. I could list the various "whiney" reasons I have for being overweight (it's not like I eat all the time, i eat less than lots of skinny people i know, i have the metabolism of a decesased person, etc), but it doesn't do any good.

There are a lot of fantastic reasons to lose weight - to be healthy, to increase energy, etc. The items listed below aren’t my main reasons, but I like to think of them as potential fringe benefits.

1) The ability to become less self concious. I constantly check people's expressions for the "uh oh, here comes the fat girl" look or the "Should she really be sitting on that precariously unstable chair" look or how about the "What is that girl doing with HIM!" look. As a big girl, I know them all. I'm ready to not be constantly scanning for "the look" from people I don't even know! I realize this is mostly a me issue, but all the same...

2) It would be nice if my clothes from a year ago would fit. Ya know, just sayin.

3) Finances. Plus size clothing costs considerably more money than its smaller-sized cousins. Those dollars should be enough to finance a whole tablecloth’s-worth of extra material, I’m smaller than the average dining room furniture and seem to get short-changed when it comes to value per inch of textile.

4) To look my age. I feel like I am in a weird "fat person limbo" age area. Am I 18? 35? who knows!!

Anyway, I'm not sure how much i'll share about this in the coming weeks and months, but for those of you who share my plight, whether it be needing to lost 15 pounds or 100, just keep me in your prayers.

On an unrelated note: I really think Tuesdays should be outlawed. They are yucky.