06 December, 2009
30 November, 2009
Right now mine is on my Mom's hope chest at the top of our stairs, but eventually, when I have my own house, I would like to put it on top of the cupboards in the kitchen.
26 November, 2009
Happy 21st Birthday Mike!
I am so happy to be able to celebrate this special day with you. I thank God every day for blessing me with such an amazing Christian man. You always put a smile on my face and I'm thankful God saw fit to put us in those same classes last year...He is the perfect match-maker. You mean the world to me and I hope you have a wonderful day. I love you!
24 November, 2009
20 November, 2009
30 October, 2009
The kids have all been challenged to build their own "farm". In order to do this, they are asking for donation from people to purchase animals for their farm. The money will be sent to Gospel for Asia and animals will be purchased in India for the Dalits, or untouchables. If you go to my church and you haven't been asked by a student to make a donation, and you would like to, please let me know. I think you might be interested in learning more about the animals that can be purchased:
Chickens: The eggs provide protein and other nutrients for malnourished families. As the chickens reproduce, they can eat the meat, or sell them for extra income. You can purchase one for $11.
Rabbits: Rabbits provide nutritious meat for families. They also reproduce quickly providing more food and additional income. They cost only $11 each.
Goats: Goats produce milk which provides nutrients and can be sold for money. The goats also reproduce and the offspring can be sold for additional money. One can be purchased for $60.
Pigs: Pigs can provide meat and offspring to provide extra income. They have a lifetime of up to 15 years! They are $55.
Cows: Cows provide milk which contains calcium, Vitamin D, and protein. Not only do they provide milk, but the milk can make cheese, yogurt, and butter as well. One cow costs $375, but we are asking for donations for shares of the cow at $75.
Water Buffalo: These animals provide transportation, a plough animal, cart hauler, milk giver, and a very sturdy creature to join a Dalit family. They cost $460, but you can purchase a share for $92.
The kids are very excited about the weekend. We plan to do a variety of farm themed activities such as line dancing, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, cow tipping obstacle course, and a bonfire. On Saturday we will be touring an AIDS exhibit at a nearby church. If you are interested in learning more about this weekend, please let me know or talk to a middle schooler (I can send you to one of the girls in my group).
28 October, 2009
26 October, 2009
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21 October, 2009
19 October, 2009
This isn't just your average lip color either! First you apply the colored coat. You have to let it dry, it only takes about 30 seconds. When that coat is dry, you apply the clear glossy coat. This adds shine, plus it plumps your lips! I couldn't tell a noticable plumpness to my lips, but I don't really have thin lips, so maybe that's why. I did experience a neat tingly feeling when I put the gloss on!
The best part is, this lip color really is long lasting! I put it on about 8 or so in the morning and when I get home from work in the afternoon, the color is still visible. (The gloss doesn't last too long, but that's fine with me. I don't need super shiny lips all day, but if you wanted shine, you can apply when you want). The other day Heather said she could still see the color at that was at 6:30 at night! This lip color definitely has my vote!
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17 October, 2009
The phone rings. Who will it be? Chances are pretty good that it would be Mike calling me. He does a really good job of calling just to see how my day is going!
When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart? Yes- it drives me crazy when people just leave their carts all over the parking lot, I don't want to be one of those people!
In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener? It really depends on who I'm with, but it's usually split pretty equally.
Do you take compliments well? No, not really. I always have to come up with an explanation rather than just accepting the compliment.
Do you play Sudoku? Yes, I love doing Sudokus!
If abandoned alone in the wilderness, would you survive? For a few days at least. I have a pretty good sense of direction, so I think I would be able to attempt to find my way out.
Did you ever go to camp as a kid? Yes, once in 3rd grade to Brook Cherith and once, I think it was 5th grade, to Camp Geneva.
What was your favorite game as a kid? Ghost in the graveyard.
Could you date someone with different religious beliefs than you? No, my faith is such an important part of me, that it would never work to be with someone who didn't agree with that. (I stole Mari's answer, I couldn't have said it any better!)
Do you like to pursue or be pursued? I'm old fashioned, let the guy do the pursuing!
Do any songs make you cry? Nope, not much makes me cry.
Are you continuing your education? No, I just graduated, so it will be a while before I consider that!
Have you ever taken pictures in a photo booth? Yes, in Chicago.
How often do you read books? Quite often! I read at work while I'm waiting for laundry to wash or dry. I also read a bit at home, but not as much as I use to. I'm a fast reader so I can get through many books in a short time. I just read the 4 Twilight books in 2 weeks!
Do you think more about the past, present or future? The future.
What is your favorite children’s book? Every Monday in the Mailbox. I think I checked it out from the church every other week when I was younger!
What color are your eyes? Blue
Where is your dream house located? On a lake.
If your house was on fire, what would be the first thing you grabbed? My computer! It has everything on it...all my pictures and important things.
When was the last time you were at Olive Garden? A couple weeks ago.
Where was the furthest place you traveled today? About 2 miles to work so far.
Do you like mustard? No, unless it's in a recipe and it's not so distinct.
Do you look like your mom or dad? People say I look like my mom.
How long does it take you in the shower? About 10 minutes.
Can you do the splits? Ha ha ha! NO!
What movie do you want to see right now? Couple's Retreat.
What did you do for New Year's? Last year Mike and I went to a Griffin's game and then back home to watch the ball drop on Time's Square.
Do you think The Grudge was scary? I never watched it.
Do you own a camera phone? Yes, I just got the EN V3
What’s the last letter of your middle name? E.
How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Usually about 8 or 9.
What do you buy at the movies? Nothing, Mike usually pays for our tickets. Sometimes we'll splurge on popcorn and pop or candy though!
Do you know how to play poker? I learned once, but I don't remember.
Do you wear your seat belt? Always.
How many meals do you eat a day? I skip lunch occasionally, but usually eat three.
Do you like funny or serious people better? Funny.
Ever been to L.A.? I have never been to California.
Did you eat a cookie today? No, but one sounds yummy!
Do you hate chocolate? No way! I love chocolate!
Are you a gullible person? Yes - I believe the best of people until I learn otherwise.
Are you easy to get along with? Most of the time.
09 October, 2009
07 October, 2009
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04 October, 2009
02 October, 2009
23 September, 2009
I have been working at West Shore on my own for about a month now. I really really like what I do. I think I have a pretty good handle on my responsiblities, and each time the other office lady comes in, I have fewer questions for her and she has fewer things for me to fix! So that is a good thing. The office is very busy so I never have nothing to do. If I finish all my work, there is always filing to be done and things to be organized. The counselors are a lot of fun to be around too. They invited me to go out for lunch with them this afternoon and we had a good time. It was fun getting to know them in a non-work setting!
The Nursing Home is same as usual. Laundry isn't too exciting, but I like the people that I work with. We are going through some changes around our facility now, to increase our security measures, so that is definitely keeping us on our toes! It is laundry, housekeeping, and maintainance appreciation this week, so there was a luncheon on Tuesday. Unfortunately I couldn't make it, because I was working my other job.
Avon is going well also. It's challenging for me to get out of my comfort zone and gain new customers. I have ideas on how to do it, but usually I chicken out before I follow through. I need to learn to get out of my box and approach people, because that is the only way I will become successful at this!
It's sometimes challenging to have three jobs, but for me it's a good thing. I work about 40 hours a week doing all three, so it's basically like working a full time job, but better. I say better because it's always something different, and I never get bored. (Always a good thing). But I really like my jobs, and for me, that's what's important!
16 September, 2009
09 September, 2009
05 September, 2009
02 September, 2009
We went on a lot of rides. We rode Millennium Force which was a lot more fun than I remembered from last year. We discovered that I tend to psych myself up too much and I get all scared for a ride and then after we go on it, it ends up that it wasn't near as bad as I had made it out to be. We also went on the Skyhawk, which was scary because you end up parallel to the ground and it feels like you're going straight into the ground and then suddenly it swings you back up. We really liked Magnum XL-200 but we weren't thrilled about Maverick. It was really rough and jerky and most of us had headaches after the ride. Wicked Twister used to be my favorite ride and it's still quite high on my list, but I think Top Trill Dragster has won the top spot now! Saturday afternoon, Mike and I and Jen and Tyler also went to the water park, Soak City, and we rode all of the tube rides. Our favorite was Zoom Flume because all 4 of us could go in together.
We went to the Snoopy's Big Bow Wow on ice. It was really neat to watch. The skaters were amazing!
This was the highlight of Mike's day. I didn't know that I would be riding in the front car so soon after Wicked Twister, but we went straight to Top Thrill Dragster. We had an hour wait (which was our longest wait the whole time at the park) and even that is not too long for a ride. Mike asked me to ride in the front car with him, and only because I love him so much, I agreed. It ended up being absolutely amazing, and we both agreed that the front car is the best way to enjoy Top Thrill!
21 August, 2009
17 August, 2009
I am sure you have all seen or heard of a product and thought, "that's too good to be true". I had that when I saw this product for the first time in our Avon preview catalog. This Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Hair Minimizing Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant (long name, huh?) claims that its "Unique deodorant formula helps minimize the appearance of hair in just 2 weeks!" Since it costs just over a dollar, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it out.
Now, I'm not a person who hates shaving or anything, I figure it's a fact of life and beauty, but if this would help minimize the appearance of underarm stubble, especially in tank-top-wearing season, I thought it definitely deserved a shot. I started using it about a week and a half ago, and I can honestly say I can tell a difference! I put it when I get out of the shower and then I do put on my regular deoderant. I think my hair is growing back less noticibly, and it looks like less hair than normal is growing. I will probably continue to shave every day, but this deoderant has definitely helped as I don't notice as much growth by the end of the day. It's a keeper!!!
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07 August, 2009
28 July, 2009
21 July, 2009
I am officially half-way through my 30 day work-out! A few weeks ago, I started Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred work-out video. I have been working out 5 days a week (I take the weekends off, as you're allowed 2 days to rest each week). And today marks my half-way point! I feel really good, as it's been a while since I've worked out like this. Usually I do my work-out first thing in the morning. I like that because I feel like I have so much energy to get through the rest of the day! I have found that this work-out is quite challenging but I do enjoy doing it! There are 3 levels of the workout, each one getting progressively harder. I made it my goal to do each workout for 10 days, and then move to the next level. So right now, I'm on level 2. I am starting to see results of the work-out. I can feel that my legs and abs are more defined, and I have lost about 1/2 an inch from my thighs, hips, and stomach. My ultimate goal is to lose about 10 pounds from this work-out, and I haven't weighed myself yet, so I don't know how close I am. It has been quite a challenge for me to stick with this program and do it each day, but so far I am doing well and feeling good about myself!
14 July, 2009
There's a brand new candy store not too far from Mike's house. I had mentioned to him that I read an article in the Advance about the new store and I thought it would be interesting to see what types of candies they have there. The other day, he got out of work a bit early and decided to pop in the store before we hung out. The first (well, after giving me a hug) thing he did was hand me this huge piece of chocolate. "What is it?" I asked. "Try it and find out" he replied grinning. I got to admit, I was a little hesitant, seeing as how he was grinning and refused to tell me what I was about to eat. So, I took a bite and ooo yummy! The inside just melted in my mouth. So, did you figure out what it is yet? Chocolate covered sea foam!!! This is definitely high on my list of favorite "gourmet" candies. He also bought a bunch of malted milk balls and some Sour Warheads so we could relive our childhood!