Last Saturday, I decided to play with my camera and some objects I had in the house. This is some of what came of it all.
I now have some Strobist flash gels to play with now, so we will see what comes of that!
The second boom came just a few minutes later, followed by screaming, sirens and another boom. I looked out the window and couldn’t see anything because of all the smoke.
Naturally, I grabbed my camera, went out the door, went back inside, put pants, shoes and a coat on, then went back outside and took pictures.
This is for my friend Phoebe!
Last night before we started the fireworks, I tried to explain to her the concept of “stop, drop and roll.” Phoebe looked at me blankly, as she grew up in the Philippines and had no idea what I was talking about. Good ol’ Youtube! I found it!
Things I learned today, or maybe just recently or some time ago, in no particular order:
1. A lady with the last name of Church once lived in my apartment. I’m still getting her mail. Ms. Church, if you’re out there, some advertising peeps are desperate to get in touch with you.
2. I ran out of bath soap. Yes, me who has one of everything in reserve, ran out of soap.
3. My brain filter really can hold back more than I ever thought it could, even though it probably looked like I was having a seizure at the time.
4. Blondes really do have more fun but the reasons vary from blonde to blonde.
5. Sassy is as Sassy does and Sassy is free from what Sassy was. (Can I get an amen?)
6. There is so much more to me than meets the eye. Ok… so I didn’t really learn that today, but I really do think someone else learned that today so I thought it was worth mentioning.
7. I balanced my checkbook and found I shouldn’t subtract without a calculator after midnight in the dark. The good news is, it worked out well in my favor!
8. What I don’t know could fill an ocean, but I like the view from my island and scuba diving has taken on a whole new meaning.
9. “Sweet in the Morning,” by Bobby McFerrin is actually a good way to end a day.
10. Men carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Women carry it on their hips.
11. “No More Drama,” by Mary J. Blige is a great song… but it gets me all riled up and makes me want to run all over town kicking drama’s sorry butt in whatever form it takes. Just knowing I could will have to be enough for now because I’m all about solving issues non-violently…but sing on Mary J. Sing on.
12. I can be so busy I can hardly see straight and be completely bored simultaneously. It’s an interesting sensation, and a frustrating one, too.
13. I relearn this lesson often: I can’t change anyone else. The only person I can change is me, and only with God’s help.
14. There are reasons, too numerous to mention, of why I’m not in charge. Of anything.
15. I can. Sometimes I just don’t.
16. I am simultaneously my own best friend and my worst enemy.
16. Stubbornness can get me into trouble, but it can also get me through.
17. That “do unto others” and “love your neighbor” thing can sometimes be extremely difficult or danged near impossible.
18. No matter how many times I take in the waist of these jeans, they still find a way to slide down my hips and come to the precarious point of “not going to fall off,” but “get ready to trip!”
19. I’m addicted to popcorn. I blame Orville Redenbacher and that summer I worked on a popcorn seed farm – also the place where I learned to misuse words like, “stalking.”
20. I am richly blessed with friends that I love more than I can put into words.
21. I stay up too late… but I’m not kidding when I say I’m not tired right now.
22. I will one day adequately define, “Ditto-ocity.” I’ll let you try to figure out what that is for now.
23. I really like me. I really, really do.
24. Slowing down is different than not being in a hurry.
25. Laughter is the only medicine on which I am incapable of overdosing.
Sweet in the morning…
OR… something like that. Here goes:
1.What was the last thing you ate?
mac and cheese with spinach…and while I’ve been typing this, yogurt covered raisins.
2.Where was your profile picture taken?
My grandparent’s house (for blog)
My bathroom (for Facebook). Like my cool shower curtain?
3.Can you play Guitar Hero?
I have not tried. I have issues with hand-eye coordination and the thought of a machine keeping track of all my mistakes and booing and scoring…would frustrate me and that’s not the point of games.
4.Name someone who made you laugh today?
My whole department cracks me up. The Roach Incident provided a very laughter-filled morning. Score: Sassy 1, Roach… 3 or 4 pieces. It’s his fault he came across my desk and flipped me off. It was so ON after that.
5.How late did you stay up last night and why?
about 12:30 AM… When I have a lot on my mind, I have trouble sleeping.
6.If you could move somewhere else, would you?
Yes. I’d love to live in a foreign country. I’d prefer England, but I have a long list of places I’d love to live.
7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?
8. Which of your friends lives closest to you?
Michelle and Garrett
9. Do you believe ex’s can be friends?
Yes, if they are both adults about it.
10. How do you feel about Dr Pepper?
I love it when I can drink it.
11. When was the last time you cried really hard?
12. Who took your profile picture?
Me (for Facebook)
My mother (for blog).
13. Who was the last person you took a picture of?
A bunch of Ultimate Frisbee freaks on Sunday.
14. Was yesterday better than today?
No… thank goodness today was better.
15. Can you live a day without TV?
I have and didn’t kill me.
16. Are you upset about anything?
Frustrated and confused, spent, but not upset.
17. Do you think relationships are ever really worth it?
Yes. It took me a long, long time to say that.
18. Are you a bad influence?
(takes break for hearty laughter) … not really.
19. Night out or night in?
depends… I like nights out as long as I get a break every now and then to veg out by myself.
20. What items could you not go without during the day?
music and pen and paper
21. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?
my friend Dana’s mom
22. What does the last text message in your inbox say?
“Precisely.” from my friend Sharon
23. How do you feel about your life right now?
I’m in a pretty good place, but I could be better.
24. Do you hate anyone?
No. If you only knew how long it took me to get here…
25. If we were to look in your facebook inbox, what would we find?
good friends and family
26. Say you were given a drug test right now, would you pass?
Yes, unless yogurt covered raisins are a drug. Then I’d have to go to YCR rehab because I am ADDICTED.
27. Has anyone ever called you perfect before?
One person…unfortunately I proved him wrong. I know I’m not perfect and what I cherish about my friends is how real we are with each other.
28. What song is stuck in your head?
“How He Loves,” from the new David Crowder CD and “Swim,” by Jack’s Mannequin. Yes, I can get stuck on more than one song at a time.
29. Someone knocks on your window at 2:00 a.m., who do you want it to be?
If I’m honest, I’m busted, so I’ll be honest and mute.
30.Wanna have grandkids before you’re 5O?
I did… but now I’d like to have kids before I’m 50.
31. Name something you have to do tomorrow:
Fall asleep before then.
32. Do you think too much or too little?
I think too much about inconsequential things, and not enough about things that really matter, but I’m working on it.
33. Do you smile a lot?
Yes. Even when I feel like crying… because I’d rather choose smiling than get sucked into crying.
Just because I’m feeling random and I want to give y’all a dose of TMI (too much information).
1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:12 am
2. How do you like your steak? Medium
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Transformers
4. What is your favorite TV show? at the moment…Torchwood
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? somewhere by a beautiful body of water.
6. What did you have for breakfast? a protein bar and some coffee
7. What is your favorite cuisine? TexMex
8. What foods do you dislike? Liver and onions…
9. Favorite Place to Eat? Chuy’s and Guadalajara
10. Favorite dressing? Raspberry vinegrette
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 1993 Buick Century (she’s a classic, like me)
12. What are your favorite clothes? jeans… (cotton is love…ha)
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Australia, Japan
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Overflowing!
15. Where would you want to retire? by the ocean
16. Favorite time of day? when the stars come out
17. Where were you born? Huntington, IN
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Football
19. Who do you think will not tag you back? n/a
20. Person you expect to tag you back first? Not a clue
21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Everyone
22. Bird watcher? No
23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night…late, late
24. Do you have any pets? No.
25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? I’m going to see Coldplay tomorrow night!
26. What did you want to be when you were little? an astronaut or an astronomer.
27. What is your best childhood memory? When my Grandpa showed me the ocean for the first time.
28. Are you a cat or dog person? dog
29. Are you married? No
30. Always wear your seat belt? Always! In fact, the only time I didn’t, I was in an accident
31. Been in a car accident? Yes…not my fault. I drive an invisible car.
32. Any pet peeves? chain emails that promise if I don’t pass them on, I will have bad luck, or that I don’t love Jesus… or America… or soldiers… or…
33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Canadian bacon and pineapple
34. Favorite Flower? Gerber daisy
35. Favorite ice cream? caramel dulce de leche (Haagen Daas)
36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Arby’s
37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? I aced it the first time
38. From whom did you get your last email? Ditto
39. At which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Ikea, Best Buy, Borders or Barnes & Noble
40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Yes.
41. Like your job? Yes. 🙂
42. Broccoli? If prepared correctly…and with cheese.
43. What was your favorite vacation? When I visited California and hung out with my friend Sharon and Meg and my CA family
44. Last person you went out to lunch or dinner with? my office peeps
45. What are you listening to right now? Torchwood in the background
46. What is your favorite color(s)? Cobalt Blue and Lime Green
47. How many tattoos do you have? 1
48. How many are you tagging for this quiz? nada
49. What time did you finish this quiz? 7:03 PM.
50. Coffee Drinker? oh yes!
Yes, I’m still alive and kicking. With the internet troubles I’ve had, it just hasn’t been worth trying to blog, but I’m going to brave it now for MEG who called me out on Facebook for not blogging.
I still have plenty to say…still working… but it seems I’m playing a lot more, which has been a big blessing in many ways. From this I am learning things like…you’re as old as you make up your mind to be, and I’ve made up my mind to be young…in mind and heart and soul.
I’ve been taking many photos, and when my internet gets better, I’ll post some pics.
I’ve been writing some. It’s sporadic, as usual, but I have many ideas. I’m actually remembering to write some down. The poetry flows.
And tonight? Tonight I’m sitting here cross-legged on the floor of my apartment pondering many things this evening… such as (this is written just as it pops into my head):
– When am I going to get furniture to sit on?
– Where did the lead singer of Kings of Leon get that voice?
– Is it bad to like not having furniture?
– Can a person really drink too much water or is he just going through denial of going through Dr. Pepper withdrawal?
– After all I’ve done this week to strain my brain, why am I not tired?
– What do you call the music mix of the evening that includes Incubus, Anita Baker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Kings of Leon, Michael Jackson, Keith Urban and Jill Scott?
– I should really stop wearing the jeans to work that I can pull up and down without unbuttoning them because they are going to fall down in the hallway at work one of these days, I just know it. Thing is, I just bought them not that long ago. Ugh.
– I’m really starting to like Taylor Swift. Taylor, you have a 40 year old fan. There. I said it.
– Is the ground really that dry in Houston that we must run to the windows when we see a singular cloud dance by the window to see if, by chance, there might be a drop of moisture in it? YES, WE MUST. And we must photograph actual rainfall since there’s been so little since our last RAIN EVENT (i.e. the day it flooded at the end of April).
– More cowbell.
– YRKM means, “You are killing me.”
– Why am I so random tonight?
– A friend told me that sometimes coming in second is more worthwhile in the long run than being first all the time. I’m still pondering this.
– Apparently, at work, I’m Shirley and Laverne is my yang in California. We both Haiku and it gets a little crazy sometimes…hence the phrase, “Haiku War.”
– I am surrounded by smart people and smartass people…and people who make me laugh until my stomach hurts.
– That’s what I had said, Bon Qui Qui.
– I can be a real bitch sometimes.
– I can be a real friend sometimes, too.
– I could do this all night. OMG it’s 11:30.
– I confess that Michael Jackson’s Thriller cassette was one of a few that I sneaked (snuck?) into church camp. For those of you unfamiliar with cassettes, ask your mother.
– Singing makes me very, very happy and brings me to a place of peace unlike any other.
– I am so blessed by each of my Bro Onions. More than they know.
– Nicole Kidman is a lucky, lucky, blessed woman.
– Did I eat dinner? Yes… I ate dinner.
– New fave song of the moment: “You Bring Me Joy” – Anita Baker. Hey, it was in that mix you read about some random thoughts ago.
– Song I have sung at least four times tonight: “Run to You,” by Lady Antebellum.
– Most random song of the evening, “A Friend,” by the Winans.
– Song I am listening to right now: “I’ll Still be Loving You,” by Restless Heart.
– Song I am going to listen to before I go to bed: “Come Awake,” by David Crowder and then probably “Need You Now,” by Chris Tomlin.
– Bed… sounds like a great idea… since there is that whole work thing tomorrow… so, it is now 11:45 and I will sign off this post with this verse from a new favorite hymn, O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go:
O Joy that seeks me through pain,
I cannot close my heart to thee;
I trace the rainbow thru the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain,
that morn shall tearless be.
Until next time…
I have been tagged by Nancy to tell you more about me than you probably wanted or needed to know… but here we go!
8 TV Shows I Watch
Sarah Connor Chronicles
Will and Grace
8 Favorite Restaurants
Aka (yes, I eat sushi now)
Mambo’s (es Mambonifico!)
Steak N Ale (too bad they closed)
8 Things That Happened to Me Today
I coughed…a lot
Wrote on Facebook
Went grocery shopping
Wrote a check
Talked to Marji
Had very cold toes
God renewed my hope
8 Things I Look Forward To
A good night’s sleep
Coffee with friends
Reading a good book
No more coughing
Down time/Creative time
Those perfect 75 degree low humidity days
8 Things I Wish For
To live out of my creative well
An adventurous life
To see God more clearly
8 People I Tag
Today, as I was looking around my apartment mentally planning my Christmas decor, I realized that I was without an Advent wreath, a Christmas tree skirt, and misc decorations. In a flashback to a time when Jene’ had to make us an Advent wreath in the buckle of the Bible belt, I knew I would have to start from scratch or spend time driving all over town trying to find a place with pre-made Advent wreaths.
Since my friend Amy mentioned the word, “crafty” (in the arts & craft sense) earlier today, I thought I would try to make my own wreath. I went to Michael’s and bought a wreath and some decorations for it. I could not, however, find any taper candle holders (all gone), advent candles or any comparable candles that wouldn’t choke me to death.
Fortunately, I often shop at Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite stores. I figured if I could find Advent candles nearby, it would be there.
Success! I found Advent candles, and candle holders, AND all ornaments were 50% off. Hobby Lobby is having crazy sales every week this season, and I encourage you to shop there. Every week a different set of seasonal items are marked down. I love their ornaments and bought a couple and got some garland for over the door and some Buffalo snow rather than material to make a Christmas tree skirt.
I have too much Christmas stuff… BUT I have an extra room, which will become the Christmas Staging Area (or CSA) and I will once again sort and pare down what I have and I can get stuff out and not clutter up any other space in the apartment. I have already started decorating (Ok… I made the Advent wreath and a tiny tree for either my room or to take to work) and hope to get in the Christmas swing soon.
In other news… I am behind on my word count for NANOWRIMO, but hope to catch up over the next couple of days… and now I can’t use the Advent Wreath Emergency for a distraction.
I’ve been back at work since Friday and it’s weird, after two weeks off, to try and pick up where I left off. When I walked in Friday morning the first thing I noticed was that my computer was connected to a long, heavy duty extension cord. I could tell things had been moved, but it probably took me twenty minutes to realize that of all the desks in the room, mine had taken on some water during the hurricane.
The outlet in the wall got wet, the filing cabinet had been wet on the bottom, and everything on top of the filing cabinet and my wall calendar had been soaked. I know it could have been much worse and I am so grateful to whoever took all the wet files off my desk and spread them out so they could dry while I was gone.
The saddest file was the one full of papers printed on an inkjet. I’ve been able to make copies from nearly everything from the wet files (love those laser printers) to send out with the invoices to customers, but this one contains a report that is now all crinkly with ink that runs the full length of the page, totally unreadable, yet very pretty in an I’m a survivor sort of way. I am waiting for the engineer who wrote it to get back from wherever he is in the world to print me out another one.
I managed to cram 12 days of work into four. Not sure how, but I managed. I am already up to my eyeballs in October work. I am grateful to be busy and have a good job in today’s economy!
Most of my friends have power now, even though some can’t plug in two major appliances at a time. I saw some pictures from a friend who had a tree uproot in the driveway, pushing concrete up under her truck and then landed on her roof. So many stories, so many lives affected. Most people I know are back at work or school, and as the traffic lights start to work as they should, life feels a bit more normal.
I have seen tree trimmer trucks from New York (they have put their hometowns in black tape on the back of their trucks), New Jersey, and Michigan and electric company trucks from Oklahoma and San Antonio. I’m sure many states and towns are represented. They gather as an army in vast parking lots and drive off into the neighborhoods to clean and light up homes and yards. I wish I could thank them all individually. I guess I’ll just have to keep waving at them like a crazy woman when I drive by.