Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
It really was a lot of fun. A lot of music, a lot of dancing, and a lot of eating. Not to mention all the people walking around in hats with feathers, and "lederhosen." (see picture below)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Cindy Sheehan asked President Bush, "Why did my son have to die in Iraq?"
Another mother asked President Kennedy, "Why did my son have to die in Viet Nam?"
Another mother asked President Truman, "Why did my son have to die in Korea?"
Another mother asked President F.D. Roosevelt, "Why did my son have to die at Iwo Jima?"
Another mother asked President W. Wilson, "Why did my son have to die on the battlefield of France?"
Yet another mother asked President Lincoln, "Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg?"
And yet another mother asked President G. Washington, "Why did my son have to die near Valley Forge?"
Long, long ago, a mother asked, "Heavenly Father, why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem?"
The answers to all these are similar -- "So that others may have life and dwell in peace, happiness, and freedom."
This was emailed to me with no author and I thought the magnitude and the simplicity were awesome.
IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM!!!
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier - one died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
there is to know. Just name someone, anyone and I know them."
Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "Okay, Bubba, how about Tom Cruise?"
"Sure, yes, Tom and I are old friends and I can prove it."
So, Bubba and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock on Tom Cruise's door and sure
enough, Tom Cruise, shouts, "Bubba ! Great to see You! You and your friend come right in
and join me for lunch!"
Although impressed, Bubba's boss is still skeptical. After they leave Cruise's house, he
tells Bubba that he thinks Bubba's knowing Cruise was just lucky.
"No, no, just name anyone else," Bubba says.
"President Bush," his Boss quickly retorts.
"Yep", Bubba says, "I know him, let's fly out to Washington ."
So, off they go. At the White House, Bush spots Bubba on the tour and motions him and his
boss over, saying, "Bubba, what a surprise. I was just on my way to a meeting, but you
and your friend come on in and let's have a cup of coffee first and catch up."
Well, the boss is very shaken by now, but still not totally convinced. After they leave
the White House grounds, he expresses his doubts to Bubba, who again implores him to name
"The new Pope," his boss replies.
"Sure!" says Bubba. "I've known the Pope a long time."
So, off they fly to Rome .
Bubba and his boss are assembled with the masses in Vatican Square when Bubba says, this
will never work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these people. Tell you what, I
know all the guards, so let me just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with the
He disappears into the crowd headed toward St. Peter's.
Sure enough, half an hour later, Bubba emerges with the Pope on the balcony. But by the
time Bubba returns, he finds that his Boss has had a heart attack and is surrounded by
Working his way to his boss' side, Bubba asks him, "What happened"?
His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until you and The Pope came out on the
balcony and the Japanese tourist next to me asked, "Who's that on the balcony with
Monday, April 23, 2007
One day at kindergarten a Teacher said to the class of
5-year-olds, "I'll give $10 to the child who can tell me who was the most famous man who ever lived." A little Irish boy put his hand up and said, "It was
St.Patrick." The Teacher said, "Sorry Sean, that's not correct." Then a little Scottish boy put his hand up and said, "It was St. Andrew." The Teacher replied, "I'm sorry, Hamish, that's not right either."
Finally, a little Jewish boy raised his hand and said, "It was Jesus Christ." The teacher said, "That's absolutely right, Marvin. Come up here and I'll give you the $10."
As the Teacher was giving Marvin his money, she said, "You know, Marvin, since you're Jewish, I was very surprised you said 'Jesus Christ'."
Marvin replied, "Yeah. In my heart, I knew it was Moses, but " business is business".
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I went into the attic at church!
It was very scary- mock me if you like, but it was a terrifying experience. (I was moving all of the Easter Eggs into the church attic for storage). The entire time I continually said to myself, "I climbed a mountain, I can be in the attic."
Strange how our mind plays tricks on us. The entire time I was paranoid that I would come crashing through the floor. Every step I took I tried to make sure that I was holding onto something. I am also petrified of the hole where the ladder comes up. That is probably the weirdest fear of all. It's as though I'm afraid no matter where I am in the attic I will some how fall, and manage to catapult down the attic ladder to the hard floor below.
Needless to say, I thought about posting more pictures of how the attic looked inside, BUT I didn't want to have to go back INTO the attic. I had enough of facing fears for one night.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Monday, April 09, 2007
Once my room is finished (it should be soon, I'll add those out here. I'm in need of a little bit more decorations, but that will happen eventually. .
On Saturday we had the Easter Egg hunt- It was snowing! I have never hunted for eggs in the snow before, but it was fun. We almost had 200 people come out for eggs, puppets, hot dogs and lemonade!
Other news -best described with pictures:
On the Beach-Sand angels (no those feet aren't mine)
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Here's a quick update on my life (prepare to be amazed).
This past weekend I moved back to the "VVA" as my friend and I call it. There is a pool- and a great place to walk. That causes me to be very excited. My room is now pretty much in place, except for some additional books that I need to bring up from my downstairs living area- which is NOT in place at all. Hopefully I'll get that tackled by the weekend. (I'll get pictures once it's decent)
Saturday is my church's annual Easter Egg Hunt. I am very excited about it. There are over 10,000 eggs, hot dogs and lemonade. So, it should be fun.
Next week (6 days and counting) I'm going to see my friends in Nebraska--YAY! That will be so fun!
I also have our Junior Bible Quiz State competition a week after that. For those of you that really know me, you should know that once a Bible Quiz geek, always a Bible Quiz geek. I can't seem to get away from it. It's been fun hanging out with the kids and getting to know them.
After that, hopefully things should return to normal for me. (I don't really know what normal is---I suppose it'll be more of me being my homebody self that I am).
Other than that, and getting over this cold, nothin' much else going on.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Toothpicks...pick the good qualities in everyone-including yourself.
Hugs...give hugs and praise daily.
Rubberband...be more flexible.
Paper clip...hold things together.
Caramel..."Chew the Fat"- talk, listen and act positively.
Bandaids...take care of each others hurt.
Candle...celebrate! Every day things happen for which we can be thankful!
Mint...realize you are worth your mint.
Button...know when to BUTTON YOUR LIP. Don't let anyone push your button.
Erase...understand that everyone makes mistakes; that's okay---we learn from our mistakes.
Nuts...There's got to be some in every group!
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Agree or disagree?
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
So, I took a deep breath and faced the music. It was very exciting. You pull up a gate outside a white building. A ticket pops out (like when you are going to a parking garage). You have to then follow the yellow lines and pull up to the cone. An attendant waves you forward, asks for ticket, and sternly instructs you to sit in park and not move. Then you drive forward, and again are told to go into park. This time, however, you have to get out of the car and stand to the side while they hook up a gadget to your car. Next, you get inside the car and have to pull forward to another cone.
Fortunately, the tunnel of "doom" really wasn't all that dreadful. The VETG (Vehicle Emissions Test Guy) came out and stated almost gleefully that I passed. He started to walk away, but I hollered after him, "What do I do now? I'm new." He told me very nicely that I save the paper in my glove box, and throw away the "invitation" that I had received in the mail. I was then free to drive away.
The Point of the Story:
Don't be afraid of the VET.
Monday, March 05, 2007
Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their
collections of actual analogies & metaphors found in high school
Here are last year's winners.....
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides
gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making & breaking alliances like
underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
4. She grew on him like she was a colony of E Coli & he was room-
temperature Canadian beef.
5. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog
makes just before it throws up.
6. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7. He was as tall as a six-foot, three-inch tree.
8. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated
because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a
surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM machine.
9. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a
bowling ball wouldn't.
10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag
filled with vegetable soup.
11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an
eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city
& Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when
you fry them in hot grease.
14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced
across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains,
one having left Cleveland at 6:36 PM. traveling at 55 mph, the other
from Topeka at 4:19 PM at a speed of 35 mph.
15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences
that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16. John & Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who
had also never met.
17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant & she was the
18. Even in his last years, Granddad had a mind like a steel trap,
only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike
Phil, this plan just might work.
21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not
eating for awhile.
22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either,
but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land
mine or something.
23. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe & extended one slender
leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around
with power tools.
25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells,
as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This week, a heat wave has taken over, (double digits- 15 degrees) but it's snowing. I realize that other parts of the country are covered in feet rather than inches, but I'm ready for spring.
There is something incredible about the snow. Especially late at night, when I stare out my window with all the lights off, it's like I'm living in a snow globe with magic falling all around. If time could stand still for a few moments, I could live in that world. (That would be the world where I would not be driving to work the next morning.)
Anyways, enough of my rambling.
Be safe everyone!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
I went to Chilis! Okay, so that really in and of itself is not an opportunity of a lifetime considering it's my favorite restaurant (I love their chips and ranch).
It was about two weeks ago, and it was a Sunday night. I went spur of the moment with my friend Karen. We arrived to the favorite hangout where there was no wait. Unfortunately after we sat down we were forgotten for about seven minutes. Score for us, however, because when they finally remembered that we were there they offered us FREE chips and salsa. By that time we were ready to order. The waitress kindly took down our choices. Suddenly, there was this flash of light outside the restaurant, and then everything went black. The emergency lights kicked in, and there we were- sitting in Chili's, with no lights. No only was Chili's out of power- the entire strip was without power, along with hundreds of residential homes. My imagination, of course, kicked in at that point, and I began to think of all the possible scenarios. (I am a fan of 24.)
In reality- a transformer blew, causing a section of the area to lose electricity for about 2 hours.
Karen and I sat in the darkness and were some of the last people to leave. We sat talking, munching on chips and salsa and drinking our water, and had ourselves a good ole time!