Sunday, January 31, 2010


Friend and super-cool chick, Carol, from Around our House has tagged me. Here's how it goes~

I have to answer five questions with five answers each, then tag five more people to play along.

Question 1: Where were you five years ago?
a) Living in our new house that we had purchased only 18 mos before.
b) Having lots of fun with my 7 yr old son.
c) Married to the love of my life for 8 years.
d)Realizing that things change.
e) In my 5th year of working at UNT.

Question 2: What is on your to do list today?
a) church
b) write grocery list
c) buy groceries
d) read chapter three in my text book
e) make shredded pork tacos and rice for supper

Question 3: What five snacks do you enjoy?
c)skinny cows
d)string cheese
e)triscuits and laughing cow cheese

Question 4: What five places have you lived?
a) a farm out side Gainesville, TX
b) Lubbock, TX
c) Fishing Bridge, WY
d) Gainesville, TX
e) Collinsville, TX

Question 5: What five things would you do if you were a Billionaire?
a)give to church, certain charities, family and friends
b)travel, a lot!
c)buy my hubs and son a large set of acreage for hunting
d)build a home in the country with plenty of room and lots of recreational potential
e)Open my own business

Here are the five folks I'm picking:

Becky C
Kristen C
Mary B

A cool giveaway at Jenny's site

Hi - Please go visit to win a super cool vintage look chartreuse clock.

Actually, I'm gonna win...but you can try!! ;) Amy

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Recent thrift store finds

I've hit a few thrift stores this month and want to share just a couple of my finds. I'll post more later. First is this vintage tablecloth. It's too small for my table, but I don't care! I got it for $2 and I think it looks wonderful. It would look better ironed, but I'm not doing that!!

Then there's this bit of happy lovliness. I smile everytime I look at it. Hello gorgeous! What shall you serve me today? I got the set for $6. I think that is a steal!

Friday, January 29, 2010

My band boy!

Stephen has been asked to join the High School band! He was planning to try out next year as a 7th grader, but is so excited for this opportunity to begin a little bit early. Virgil and I are happy for him because he so enjoys band. And I'm looking forward to watching my boy at half-time of the high school football games too. Starting in late August, my Thursday nights will be filled with watching Stephen play football and on Friday nights watching him in band. I CAN'T WAIT!! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

B is for Biological Clock

Oh the ticking! Can you hear it? [And BTW, if my husband is reading my blog he has already broken a sweat!]

The confounding thing about the biological clock is that in my brain - I do not want to have another baby. I am a perfectly logical (most of the time) gal. I have a 12 year old - kind, wonderful, healthy, smart, only child - son. TWELVE. In 6 years he will be out of high school and heading to college. If I had another baby now, he or she would be starting kindergarten when my boy is graduating. Also, I have a craft room. A baby would make that disappear in a snap. And, I sleep ALL.NIGHT.LONG! And,though I have to deal with stinky dog breath and a farting 12 year old, there are no nasty diapers to really stink up the house. Potty training! Every living thing in this house has that down!

So, why is it that...

everytime I see a sweet little babe I want to cuddle it and kiss on it and sniff its little chubby neck...and slip it into my bag and take it home with me?? Yesterday I even daydreamed about getting woken in the middle of the night and playing with a toothless, grinning bundle of lusciousness. sigh

Virgil, go dab the sweat. It will be out of my system soon. I hope.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Native American names

If you have dogs and if you travel with your dogs, you will totally get why, in a fit of giggles, on our trip this weekend we decided to give our dogs Native American names.

Rainer a.k.a. - Stinks in the Butt

Patch a.k.a. - Breathes with a Fart

{please forgive me}

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Three Virgils and a weekend get-a-way

This weekend Virgil, his parents, Stephen and I stayed in a cabin at Tenkiller State Park near Vian, OK. We were there specifically for an American Bald Eagle and Loon tour.

We did not see any bald eagles.

We did not see any loons.

Er, wait! There were these three loons:

The three Virgils: Virgil Glenn, Virgil Benjamin, and Virgil Stephen

We saw cormarants and Canadian geese:


Even an armadillo -

{we also saw a opossum and deer, but I didn't get any pictures!)

And the [not so] wildlife that came along for the ride:

Friday, January 22, 2010

That's what vanity will getcha

Today was a followup eye exam. I've been out of contacts for a year and a half because, basically, my poor ol eyes were starving for oxygen being trapped under these plastic (? I guess they're plastic, I dunno) discs.

So today, after wearing glasses for 18 mos and developing a tick that causes me to push on the center of my nose between my eyes every two minutes whether my glasses are on or not, I went to my final fitting for my new "breathable" contacts.

{Sidenote: the receptionist and I discovered we used to play basketball against each other in high school. She's still thin. I don't like her.}

So, I go back with the assistant something or other and she waits for me to put in my new contacts, takes me to an exam room and I climb into an ancient exam chair and she checks my vision. Then she asks me to wait for the DR to come in and make sure the lenses are fitting right and all that.

So, I'm waiting and waiting and I start to wonder how I'm looking without my glasses for a change. I didn't get a good look when I was putting them in. I check out the office, but the only mirror is the one high up on the wall that reflects the letters you have to read during the eye exam. I'm too short to see into that mirror if I stand on the ground.

BUT, vanity has taken hold of me. Do my eyes look bigger with out my glasses - do they look more brown?

I'm a woman. There's one mirror in the room. I will find a way to get a glance of myself.

So I stand. I stand on the foot rest of the exam chair. The ANCIENT exam chair. It tilts forward. Throwing me off balance. Just as the DR opens the exam room door.

That's what vanity will getcha' ...... bruised pride.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A is for Aaarrgghhhhhhh! or for Attitude, Bad

Do you ever have Aaarrgghhhhhhh days? Boy, am I having one today!

Running late for work.....Aaarrgghhhhhhh
Low on gasoline...even later to work.....Aaarrgghhhhhh
Coffee mug tipped over......Aaarrgghhhhhh
Boring job......Aaarrgghhhhhhh
Cold in the office......Aaarrgghhhhhh
Drop-in client.....Aaarrgghhhhhh
Cold toilet seat...AAARRGGHHHHHH
Read my friend Jenny's blog...Aaarrggh...wait....Awwwwww!!! This sounds fun!

A is for Awwwww! or Attitude, Improving!

I am linked to

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I hEaRt Fig Newtons!

I love Fig Newtons. Maybe its because my Papa Wooten always had Fig Newtons when I was a little girl and was always ready to share with me when I visited. (We also took several walks down to the little store on the square for moon pies and RC cola!)

Or maybe I love them because my dear husband told me that wasps lay their eggs in Figs and so that when I eat figs or Fig Newtons that I'm eating wasp eggs. Why would this entice me to love? I dunno, but its a little creepy, right? And it doesn't gross me out at all. And, amazingly, it doesn't gross my hubby out either and he can't even pull hair out of drain without gagging. (tehehe) But, I digress!

The point of this post is that I found these this weekend:

{nope not a 12 pak...I swiped this photo from Amazon}
These are awesome! And eating two of them on a drag-butt morning at work is an awesome pick me up. And they're 100% whole grain...that's got to be better for you than the original! Right?

Monday, January 18, 2010

We had a Wedding!

Two and a half years ago my SIL, Julie, met Tobias. Online. On a dare from my other SIL, Melissa.

Tobias is from Nigeria. He lived in Spain when they "met." Julie visited him in Spain for the first time in November 2007. And about a year ago they became engaged.

On Monday, December 28, 2009, Tobias came to the United States.

And on Friday, January 15, 2010 - Julie and Tobias were married at First Christian Church with a small gathering of family and friends.

[The Lovely Bride]

[The bride and her big brother (my handsome HUBS)]

[The Groom]

Wishing you an Eternity of Love.
I need some more nieces and nephews.

Friday, January 15, 2010


If there is one thing about myself that I despise, it is my lack of organizational and time management skills. Seriously, I'd give my teeth to have a natural knack for organization. From my spice rack to my closet to my craft room ~ everything is in disarray and some of it is just downright cluttered. Part of the problem is that I want an immediate fix! Wish I could channel some genie powers. I'd be twitching my nose all over the place! But, alas, I'm just the regular garden variety gal without nose twitching abilities - SO.... I've come up with another plan.


I'm scouring the internet, the library and picking the brains of my friends for organizational tips. I'm hoping if I get the organization down that time management will just fall into place.

So, if you happen to read this blog entry, please leave a comment with an organizational tip for me. Nothing is too me....

Friday, January 8, 2010

Puppy Love

Most of the time Rainer doesn't want Patch too close. And he lets him know with a little growl or a scuffle across the living room. But sometimes Rainer lets his guard down, relaxes and cuddles in with his friend. And those moments are PRICELESS!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Look Who's 4!

Our nephew, Sam, turned the B-I-G 4 on December 28, 2009. We celebrated on Jan. 1 with lunch at Red Lobster, cupcakes and presents!
Look at those eyes! You just want to squeeze him don't you? And lucky me...I get to!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!!

We rang in the New Year with my Virgil's {famous} steak sandwiches, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Wii Sports, Sparkling Cider and confetti poppers!
[As far as resolutions go, I'm not so great at keeping them when I get specific. However, these two things are on my heart: 1)Serve Others and 2) Be a better me!]

May you each be blessed in the New Year!