Thursday, March 31, 2005

back back. . .smack smack. . .I'm in this picture three times! lol Posted by Hello

Take a Look Around

Ohhh, today was prom dress shopping. Not for me, of course, although I have joked around about going as someone's date and pretending to be a high school student. But no, this afternoon/evening of shopping was for Miss Shannon. Jane and I went with her, and boy, was it a fun time!! There's a picture of the three of us above.

Several of the stores we went to had me so shocked at the prices of clothes. Now yes, I have been to expensive stores like this before, but every time I'm there I'm annoyed by how much they charge for a simple skirt that one could just as easily find at Target (at least a close rendition of) for TONS cheaper. But whatever. It makes me sad that people spend so much on clothes. . .look at what else is happening in this world, people! Take a look around. The $200 you spend for that tank top could feed some hungry children.

On a different note. . .another weekend of social engagements awaits me: I have two parties (count that, two) that I'm expected to at least show up for part of tomorrow night. . .then on Saturday afternoon is John and Marcy's wedding shower. On Sunday, Jason from TLU is heading to our church to be a storyteller, and he invited me to lunch with him after church. And Em's coming on Sunday night to spend the night--she and I, along with Dana, Becky, and Audrey are going out on the town Sunday night after youth group. So I'm a busy girl! What can I say, it ain't easy being so dang cool. ;) Although as much fun as it is, many of you know that I'm a huge fan of my down time, so I hope I get some this weekend!

Goodnight, all.

It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.
~Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Only We Know

Oh my gosh, my sister's latest blog entry made me cry. (Access the link from my blogroll--Call It In The Air is hers.) She writes about how she's beginning to realize the things she'll miss about home and I'm sad for her. I remember thinking the same things--for me, I knew I'd miss dinner every night with the whole family around the table. . .I probably ate thousands (okay, maybe hundreds? I have no idea) of dinners with my family and yet I never once realized how it would feel to NOT eat with them and talk about normal everyday stuff. I never once really took into account the fact that someday I would leave not only the house, but the dinner table, too. And now I've been gone from that dinner table for 5+ years and it brings tears to my eyes. We grew up around that dinner table, we laughed at stupid things, fought with each other, made our parents angry as ever. . .it's crazy that we don't think about these things until they're gone. *sigh* It just goes along with the whole growing up thing. It's dumb. I don't think I'm a fan of it. I will never be 7 years old again, listening to my sister tell me I should give my first-grade boyfriend a dinner roll as a gift. lol, that still makes me giggle. I will never be 12 again, sitting on the bleachers at my brother's baseball games with nothing more important to do than make friendship bracelets with my friends. I will never be 15 again, making movies with Em at Dad's house while he and my siblings do silly stuff in the background. (As annoying as my family's antics were to me and Em, I will always treasure those videos.) I will never be 18 again, taking my last family vacations.

This is life and it flies by. Someday I will have kids in the car on family vacations--it's a cycle that never ends on this earth.

On a different note, I had a great conversation with Sam tonight (our seminarian at church--we refer to him with the original title of "Sam the Seminarian") about seminary/the candidacy process/etc. He's very wise. Glad I got to chat with him.

This could be the end of everything
So why don't we go
Somewhere only we know?

Jesus is hip.

Yay, my blogroll works now! Thanks, Becky, for pointing that out to me. ha ha

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Ain't Nothin' To It

I just went to the Mean-Eyed Cat for Audrey's 23rd birthday. It's a pretty cool hole-in-the-wall type of place. And since I knew I wouldn't know anyone else there, I invited Becky to come along, which was so very fun! We were like, "Now why don't we hang out more often?" Our new plan is to work on that. :)

Alycia gave me a sweet cross today. . .it's hanging in my office and it's way cool. I love fun random presents! She said she saw it and thought of me. Awesome. I should buy more random gifts for people. We all should, guys. Just little things. Enough to show someone that we were thinking of him or her, you know? A way to say, "I think you're cool and I'm glad we're friends." Hmmm. . .I think I've made a new goal for myself.

Ooooh, my eye was just twitching.

Okay, so I've decided that I really don't mind beer that much. I've never been a beer girl. . .in fact, I've never been able to finish one. But the bar I was at tonight only serves beer, so I had a Dos Equis and it wasn't half bad. Becky was proud of me for drinking (almost) all of it. :) I still don't think I'll drink more than one, but at least I know I can get beers now--it's cheaper, anyway.

I tried to put a blogroll on this thing, but I can't figure out where to paste the html code in my template. . .can anyone help me? I tried putting it in the sidebar section and some other places, but it never worked. I'm dumb when it comes to the internet!

Random philosophical musing
I ran across this quote and I think it's really cool: Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soulmate is the one you are actually married to. ~J.R.R. Tolkien

My friend Martha is getting married soon and she's nervous and excited and feeling all sorts of emotions. . .I thought that quote was good.

Have a good one, friends! I'm out.

You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at.
~W.H. Auden, English poet

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Roll the Stone Away

"Hoppy" Easter! :)

I spent pretty much the entire day @ Scott's parent's house in NB. They have a beautiful place in the country and it made me really want someplace like that someday. Miriam and I were out on the back porch the whole afternoon sipping wine, drinking coffee, talking about anything and everything. Thank You for wonderful friends.

I had a great weekend. Thanks guys.

Everything's changing so fast. . .
~N O F

Friday, March 25, 2005

Good Friday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

For All to See

I'm obsessed with Mexico! Funny how going on a trip like that stays with you. . .and the pictures are a constant reminder of who and what you miss. If you're interested in looking at more of my pictures (and have time to look at 200+ photos), then by all means, go right ahead!

Goodnight all!

Monday, March 21, 2005


I bought the OC Mix 2 today. Yep, I'm a nerd. But it's got GREAT music. I've become an indie junkie. . .and I used to be so confused about what the word "indie" actually meant. But Leah had James confirm it: it means anything not mainstream, or anything that's not on the radio. That's a pretty broad span of music, huh? I have more bands to rave about: The Album Leaf, The Perishers, dias malos, and Patrick Park. I know I'm probably way behind in the whole "indie" scene. . .but I like the pace I'm going. New music, I've discovered, makes me so happy. It's probably one of my prime joys on this earth. I've often wondered how heaven will be music-wise. Will we hear whatever we want, whenever we want? Or will we have no need to hear music? I would think that music takes place there. . .I mean, the angels sing hymns all the time, right? Should be interesting.

I found out tonight @ BSF that a guy I used to know in junior high died in a car accident last week. This girl in my discussion group grew up in Arlington and went to church with him. It's weird, too, because Em and I used to think it was so weird that this particular guy (Jarrod) and his girlfriend were together all throughout junior high and high school!! And then got married. And they just had a baby boy 8 days before Jarrod died. It's so sad. You never know how many days you have on this earth. . .

Tonight I was thinking about another reason I'm excited for Leah to live with me--we can share our music tastes all the time! Whenever I go home, I always end up liking another band she's listening to in her room. So when she's here, both of us will always have fun music playing. Yay!

Janie and I sorted through our mission trip pictures today. She and I always have a full sheet of jokes from each trip we take. It's so hilarious and I'm so thankful for her! I honestly don't know how the trip would've been for me if she hadn't been along for the crazy ride.

Mom's birthday is coming up and I'm in the process of making her a fun present. Hopefully it turns out well.

Miriam and Scott invited me to Scott's parents' house for Easter! How sweet. It was Scott's idea, too. I love my friends.

Oh, I think I've officially spoiled my cat. Barrett had to buy some more food this week while I was out of town, and Simon didn't even touch what he bought. Of course, on the advice of the vet last summer, I've been feeding Simon the expensive brand of kitten food. Barrett bought Friskies. Good, but not the best. So today I had to buy some Purina One to satisfy Simon's needs. Is this an indication of the type of parent I will be someday? Hmmm. Of course, I've read that cats are finicky about their food and don't like change, so it's probably not the fact that Simon will only eat expensive food--just the fact that he's used to what he's been eating. Right? :)

Okay, time to make some cookies, write some thank-you notes, sort my CDs, and work on Mom's present. Peace!

I know what I should do but I just can't walk away.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Mexico Mission Trip Pictures!

Here is a sample of pictures from Mexico. If you'd like to see more, just ask! :) Our group built a house from the ground up for the family of Ms. Veronica Lopez Briseno in Juarez, Mexico. Along with building the house, we met some really fun people. God taught us a lot and your prayers were definitely felt while we were there. Thank you for that!

pouring the concrete Posted by Hello

the roof! Posted by Hello

dedication service Posted by Hello

Leah & Lauren (with Marcy smiling in the middle--do you see her?) Posted by Hello

Oscar! Posted by Hello

Leah and Lauren. . .and no, we didn't actually share a sleeping bag, but it was fun to pretend that we did.  Posted by Hello

SOTH mission trip group outside our finished home. . . plus a million random Mexican children and a puppy. ;) Posted by Hello

me, Drew, and Janie--sheetrock is HARD work! Posted by Hello

our new friends from Templo Cristiano Posted by Hello

Daniela--precious girl. And yes, I took this picture myself--I'm so happy with the way it turned out! Posted by Hello

It's Happening

Hey hey hey!

It's gonna be weird getting back into the swing of things this week. Well, I'm off tomorrow, but still. I haven't done my BSF lesson for the week and I need to before tomorrow night. And being off work tomorrow is gonna be hard on my Lenten decision to avoid unnecessary shopping. However, I think this past week in Mexico has again given me an appreciation for simplicity. It's so silly how I think of new articles of clothing that I want, etc. Ugh! It's a phenomenon I just can't seem to explain or justify.

A crazy mix of Mexican dust/drywall/insulation has made a home in my lungs. . .my sinuses are all messed up. I keep coughing and sneezing. Yuck!

I just dropped off 200 digital pictures @ Walgreen's to get printed. Wow. That's gonna be like $60. I'm so excited, though. I can't wait to put the bulletin board together for the mission trip.

Dad and Byron came down today to pick up Leah. We ate at Chuy's, which was fun. I also had a nice long nap today after church. I had several weird dreams--one in which Miriam was pregnant. HA HA

This week will be fun--I'm looking forward to spending time with my friends. Carmack's coming into town! Yay! :) I think one time Trey and I joked about that phrase being a title or an announcement: Carmack Comes to Town or something. lol

Have a good one, kids.

I’ve got the sun at my back
The world in my sights
So strike up the band
~Tom McRae

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Oh my gosh, in Garden State, Natalie Portman says, "Sometimes I just say things and as I'm saying it, I think, 'Wow, that wasn't even remotely true.'" ha ha, that sounds just like me. Why do I do that??

Can't Forget

Aaaaah, mission trip was AWESOME. My kids totally rock--they worked really hard and were changed by it. They have huge hearts and I'm continually amazed by them. It was SO FUN to have Lee-lee with us, too. Thanks, sissy, for holding things together for me. My youth group loved Leah and it was cool to watch. They can't wait for her to come live in Austin. . .I can't, either!

Simon's being sweet. Ha, Leah actually likes him now.

Hey you, you know you're addicted to reading blogs now! ;)

Every time I go to Mexico for mission trips, I pray that I don't forget what I'm leaving behind. As I go through my daily routine, I want to remember what and who I saw, who I talked to (in broken Spanish), and that these people don't just disappear when I leave. I want to hold onto them in my heart.

Okay, I'm out. I'm tired. Time to watch Garden State with the sis.

I won't forget the times we had
So please don't be a part of my past.
~Daphne Loves Derby

Saturday, March 12, 2005

One More Mile

Wow, don't ever let yourself think that old friends are only memories. I had so much fun with Em & Marissa when they spent the night, and then we had lunch with Liz the next day in Ft. Worth. It was just like old times--except the conversation was a bit different and we're a bit older. But it's so special to be able to have slumber parties, drive around at night with the windows down blaring Outkast (yay for Rosa Parks and lots of memories), watch movies, eat brownies, . . . . .be ourselves!. . .with friends who knew you 6 years ago and still know you. It's so very cool to still have those friendships.

Overall, my visit to Arlington was one of my best yet. I had so many wonderful conversations with Mom, Dad, Em, and Leah. It was just really uplifting. I knew it would be a good idea to get away before the big trip to Mexico. It definitely was worth it. Oh, and Lee-lee did my laundry for me--thanks, sista! ;) She's awesome.

Today's the day of "last minute prep" for the mission trip. Hope it goes well! I feel a lot better about it than I did before I went to Arlington. . .maybe the break gave me the confidence I need. I'm SO GLAD Lee-lee's coming, too. Something about having her around is super comforting.

Watching Raising Helen. . .ah, I love that movie!!!

Have a fun & safe Spring Break, peeps. Please pray for our trip if you get the chance. :)

And I will still be here
When the dust has cleared
~Tom McRae

P.S. Lizzie introduced me to Tom McRae and Snow Patrol. . .check 'em out, they're awesome. And Leah told me about Daphne Loves Derby--also awesome!

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Brace Yourself


Man, it's always so nice to be home with my family. I think I'm going to watch a movie tonight. . .seems to be a pattern in my life lately. :)

I feel like a big life decision is under way for me. . .right under the surface. More details later. . .if I feel like it. ;)

Rest your head and sigh
The end is the beginning
~Howie Day

Monday, March 07, 2005

Swimming in Thoughts

Hmmmm. . .

Thought-provoking day.

I was so restless during BSF--and I felt like the message was really disGRACEful, if you know what I mean. . .low on GRACE, high on "requirements" to be in the kingdom, etc. Ugh. :(

My sister and I were laughing today about our dad. . .it's so funny that he reads our blogs. And the fact that he makes fun of us for taking time to write our lives down--not to mention, posting it on the world wide web for all to see--and yet still finds the time to read what we write . . .evidence of this can be seen by the random comments he leaves. ;) See, Padre? I told you it was addicting! ha ha

5 days til Mexico! 1 day til I see my family @ home!

Aaah, my head is swimming with thoughts and questions and frustrations and confusions and wonder. . .

All that's in my head is in Your hands. ~Switchfoot

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Same Old Scenario

It was a rainy weekend, but it was actually kinda nice to just sit and chill inside for a few days. I went to SA last night and watched movies with Scott & Mium.

Super Sunday tonight--Captive Free gave a concert, which was cool. Peter loved doing the motions to the songs (right, Peeeetah?). . .and yes, that was my dear Shannon carrying a baby duckling along. ;) I love the randomness of SOTH kids.

I'm still mad. . .but coffee tomorrow should be on schedule.


Nothing unusual, nothing strange
Close to nothing at all
The same old scenario, the same old rain
And there's no explosions here
~Damien Rice

Friday, March 04, 2005

Don't Say Anything

Today was nice. I woke up at like 11:30 and stayed in my pajamas all day driving around town looking @ houses to rent. Woo-hoo! I'm pumped. Except I've noticed that I'm really picky about houses. . .must've gotten that from my dad. Some of them are just plain crappy. And yes, I know I'm a young renter and can't expect much based on what I'm willing to pay per month. . .however, I'm not in college anymore, I have a good job, and I want a nice home to live in. And I'm glad I drove around today because I crossed some off my list. Of course, then there's the whole money thing. Makes sense that the houses I really love are out of my price range. Oh, well. . .at least I have a jumpstart on house hunting and know what the market looks like. Driving thru neighborhoods makes me so excited about living in a house! The simple things in life.

I went to the WHS orch. concert last night and saw some of my kids. It was great! And I went to lunch @ WHS yesterday and was laughed at when a tennis ball came flying at my face. Peter of course laughed harder than all of the other kids I didn't know. ha ha It was funny. Thanks, Peeetah.

Tonight I heard the Valpo choir sing @ St. Martin's. Paige came up and we went together. It was so pretty. I of course cried during a few pieces.

And now. . .back in my pj's. . .oh yeah, and I spent a good part of last night and today attempting to unravel a horrendous knot in the yarn I'm using to knit a hat! I ended up just cutting it off after like 3 hours of working on it. How annoying!! I watched all of Lost in Translation while working on that dang knot. . .and didn't even realize when the movie was over and I was STILL untangling. Stupid, stupid yarn. By the way, Lost in Translation is boring. Just my opinion. :)

Later, dudes.

Where everyone is searching,
I'm just a face in the crowd.
~Number One Fan

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Nate Lenz is my Buddy!

I just talked to Nate for a long time and he is so super cool. :) I'm sad he's not in Texas anymore, but I'm looking forward to going up to visit him in Wisconsin!! Shout-out to my great new friend: you're awesome and I'm thankful for your friendship. Stay strong, buddy.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

'Cause I Had No Idea

Well, I think my sermon for tomorrow night (!!) is coming together, which is nice. It's really hard to write a sermon. Store that piece of advice for whenever you may need it. ;) I have a lot of admiration for pastors who preach every week. It's hard to be creative after a while! Oh, wait, God inspires sermon-writers. . .isn't that what's supposed to happen? :) I'm being silly, though I really have found that to be true. I was praying yesterday about it and today it just kinda took shape as I was typing. So it's true, kids--God is active and answers our prayers. That's your next lesson for the day.

Now, on to more exciting things: my life. ha ha, just kidding. Actually, I don't have much to share. I did happen to catch up with an old friend last night. . .and that was way fun considering that a few months ago I wasn't quite sure about the future of our friendship. There's just a great sense of peace when you can put the past behind you and enjoy a friend again.

My last stress reduction class was held tonight. . .and I'm such a dork, I was near tears when it was coming to an end. It's just a bunch of really neat people who met together every week and ended up sharing a lot of our lives with each other. So you can bond fairly quickly and it's hard to know that we will never meet as a group again. :( But I'm just sentimental about that kind of stuff.

Mission trip coming up soon!! Aaaaaahhhh. Please say prayers that our group is safe, healthy, strong, and faithful throughout the trip. Thanks.

Oh, and I talked to Byron on the phone today and he's doing a lot better. Thanks be to God! Pretty crazy stuff.

I'm out. Have a good one, ladies and gentlemen.

But if I can't break the spell who could?
~Number One Fan