Tuesday, March 28, 2006


I just wanted to apologize in advance for giving to many details. My posts are always sooo long and I don't intend for them to be. So, I'm sorry for excessive information.

...2 days in a row...

I don't normally post 2 days in a row, but I feel that today it is worth while.

Today was quite a day. It started with creating a new home in my "office system" (note: we're not allowed to call them what they are, cubicles). I did absolutely no "work" today. Today was completely devoted to unpacking boxes, getting organized and putting as many ladybugs in my new space as possible. It was surprisingly satisfying to set up everything just as I wanted it. Sadly enough it took me all day to get everything set just the way I wanted it. But now I think I'm good and set to go for a productive day tomorrow.

I got ready to leave right at 4:30 because Rebecca and I were having a little dinner party at my apartment for our friend, Abby's, birthday (it was yesterday). Well I got Rebecca and we went to go get the dessert for our party out of the freezer in the kitchen. Only to discover that the freezer was locked and our dessert that Rebecca had slaved over was not accessible. So I went on to my apartment while Rebecca tried to see if there was a way to get into the freezer. Long story short, poor Rebecca ended up coming up with a plan B dessert (which was still de-lish), but she had to go to the grocery and still make it. We ended up getting everything done and having everything ready by the time everyone got there (thankfully they were all a few mins late).

So we ate, drank (non-alcoholic beverages, of course) and were merry. It really was a fun time. We all sat cozily around my little table (6 of us, 2 being on wobbly stools).

Side note: One of the funniest comments all night was when I sat down on the stool, which was a little high and made it awkward to sit at the table. I had been sitting a while, when Rebecca looked over at me and said she was about to ask me why I didn't sit down, because it looked like I was still standing. Okay, maybe you had to be there, but it was really funny.

Then we played cards and watched the Amazing Race. I forgot how much fun it is to watch a show with other people. Adding comments makes it so much more interesting and funny. As always, we had a fab evening. Everyone headed home around 10:20.

So nice to have a good group of friends like that, it's taken a while, but I'm finally beginning to feel like Houston and Tallowood is home. Not that the past year+ hasn't been great, but moving to a new place it always take time before you "fit".

So, today was a jam packed, stressful, productive, fun and relaxing day all wrapped up together.

Super Duper: an absolutely FREE weekend!!!
Super Pooper: um, still the month of April, work and school are going to be the death of me.

Monday, March 27, 2006

...I know, I'm in trouble...

Yes, I'm the one that made the rule that if you are going to have a blog you must at least blog once a week. Well, I have surpassed my week. In stead of justifying and making excuses to you, I'll just do my best to fill you in.

This past weekend was da bomb.com. My lovely friend Liesal flew all the way out here from California just to see me!!! I know, quite amazing!!! To be honest with you, this may sound cheesy, but it didn't matter what we did while she was here, it was just having her here that was so great.

Kelley had picked up Liesal from the airport at noon on Thursday, so that night I went over to Kelley and Jason's (the Severance's) for tacos. I was cool with this, except that Kelley and Jason's friends, Katy and Bobbie (engaged) were joining us. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about inviting other people, the more the merrier, but what I need to tell you is that Bobbie dated my sister, Kelly (note the difference from Kelley, who's apt I was at) 3 or 4 years ago. I have seen Bobbie a few times since then and we usually ignore each other because things didn't end so well with them. So, no, I wasn't looking forward to a night with just 6 people in one apartment, and one of those people being Bobbie. But it ended up being all right. Slightly awkward, but still fun. We ate, played a game, and watched the NCAA tournament.

Friday Liesal and I just lounged around all morning. It was soooooooo nice. Then we met Kelley for lunch and then I took the girls to Harwin!!! We probably all spent too much money, but it was super fun!!! Then we got stuff at the grocery because a few of my favorite Houston girls were coming over for a girls nite!! We ate, Liesal did her Arbonne presentation, then we all tried out some of the products and watched more basketball (on mute). I have to admit, I wasn't sure how it was going to work to pull together this random group of people, but it went really well. Everyone had a fabulous time.

Then Saturday Liesal and I slept in and were bums again all morning. I was glad we took time just to chill and catch up. It took me back to our roommate days :) Then Liesal and I ran back to Harwin super quick to pick up a few more things. After that we ran to Michael's (the craft store), but then decided to go paint pottery. This may have been my favorite thing we did!!! I think it turned out really cute. I can't wait to see it after it's been fired!! Then that night we went back over to Kelley and Jason's just to hang out.

I was sad to have to take Liesal back to the airport. We had had such a super weekend!! It's especially hard to say good-bye when you don't know the exact next time that you'll see someone. All I know is that there's a plane ticket with my name on it out to Cali in my future!!

Super Duper: Got to see Beauty & The Beast off Broadway last night!! And for free!!!
Super Pooper: April, yup, the whole month of April is my pooper!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

...my wonderful fam...

Most of you are aware that I left town on Thursday afternoon and headed to Temple for the weekend. Thursday night was good, Friday we shopped (which is always hectic with all my sisters and niece and nephews, but fun), then Saturday we lounged and got ready for Brady's party which was at 3. It was a bowling party and Brady loved it. You may think I'm biased, but I really do have the most precious niece and nephews (I'll post a pic from the party when I get a chance). So last night after the party we hung out at the house and got some dinner and I decided that in stead of driving late at night, that I'd wake up around 6:00 and get on the road today, Sunday, in time to make it to church by 9:00.

This is where the excitement comes in. I got on the road aound 6:45. It was raining and the roads were slick so I was being careful. I love my cruise control, but somebody told me you're not supposed to use cruise control in the rain, so I didn't even try it. I had been on the road for about 45 mins and we veering off at a fork in the road and my car hydroplained and kept going straight in stead of following the road. Of course I tried to over compensate, but nothing would make my car turn. I had no control. At that point my car jumped the curb and came to a jolting stop. Thank goodness I was fine, but very shaken up. I had no clue what kind of damage had been done to my car. I immediately called my mom. We decided I would get out of my car and see what the damage was and if I thought I could move it. So I did. PRAISE THE LORD, there was no exterior damage that I could see. So I got back in my car and slowly tried to see if I could move it. NOPERS! She as good and stuck, straddling the curb. Drivers side was in the mud and grass, passengers side on the road. So with tears running down my face I walked to a very nearby Shell station. Oh, did I mention that I was practically in the middle of no where and this just happened to happen 50 yards from a gas station!! Again, praise the Lord! Also, if my car had kept going it would have landed in a low ditch and possibly hit a light pole that was only about 10 ft away, again, Praise the Lord for His protection!!

I know this is getting long, but hang with me.

So, I get to the shell station and the lady was very nice. She even said she would call the tow truck people for me. So as she is on the phone with the people, 2 men (one in his 60s the other in his 30s) and a 12 yr old boy overhear what is happening and say, "Is that your car down the road?" I said yes, that it was stuck on the curb. They said, "Oh, you'll never get a town truck out here this early on a Sunday morning, we got a tractor, we can get you out." Again, Praise the Lord. He sent these men to help me at just the right time.

So off we go. They get their tractor and some chains and pull my car a little bit. Then decide that the broken up concrete was going to hurt the underneath of my car, so they start chunking these massive pieces of curb into the ditch. Then before you know it, they were able to drive my car right back onto the road!! NO APPARENT DAMAGE DONE!!! So I drive it around to a near by parking lot, they look underneath it and say just to be careful of anything leaking out from under, like the oil or something.

In the mean time, my sister Kristy had driven down from Waco to Temple to go take care of the kiddos so that Katy and my mom could drive to come meet me. About an hour later Katy and my mom got to where I was. My mom drove me in my car the rest of the way back to Houston and right now my dad is on his way to Houston to pick up my mom. Is that confusing enough for you? Basically the only person in my family that didn't do something involved with this fiasco was Kelly, and that's cause she was in Dallas! What a day! Again, I'm fine and my car appears to be fine, PRAISE THE LORD! I'm just so thankful for those men!! See, there are good hearted people out there!

Super Duper: A family that pulls together to take care of me!
Super Pooper: Have to turn in a paper tomorrow that is nowhere what it needs to be...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

...no one asked me if I wanted to grow up...

Because if they had, I would have said "no." Lately the responsibility and stress of being an adult has really got me down. Sometimes I think I can't handle it anymore. Its all too much. I don't like being in charge, I don't like taking care of taxes, paying bills, having to take vacation days just to spend some time away, living on a budget. I don't like being expected to always do the "right" thing. I don't like having to think ahead and be prepared, to handle situations. I don't like worrying about getting my oil changed and how much money is in my checking account. I don't like stress and I don't like being a grown up. I don't like juggling work and school and life in general.

Okay, maybe that was a little dramatic, but I had to get it out. Lately it seems like it's overwhelming. Right now its just feels like its coming at me from every direction and I can't keep my head above water.

Some people say that the Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle. I strongly disagree with that. I think the Lord gives us more than we can handle on our own, but He NEVER gives us more than we can handle WITH Him. So, may I only rely on Him through the stress and know that He is my Rock.

Super Duper: Going to Temple tomorrow for a few short days with the fam and Brady's b-day party! :)
Super Pooper: Major paper due Monday, not sure when its going to get done.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

...apparently I'm "it"...

Far be it from me to be the one to not play along, so for what it's worth to ya, here's my part in this blogging game called tag.

Four Jobs I've Had:
Preschool Associate
Waitress at Tony Roma's
Student Worker in the FCS Dept (yea, shout out to my girls in FCS!!!)
Assistant Director of Preschool at Glorieta

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over:
Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Watcher In the Woods (haven't watched it in a long time, but loved it as a kid!)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Four TV Shows I Love to Watch:
Amazing Race
The Bachelor(ette)
Survivor (yeah, I know, noone watches it anymore, but I do!!!)

Four Places I've Been on Vacation: (this is really lame, I'm not much of a traveler)
Vacation, really, my family isn't the vacation type. We just meet where someone lives and shop.
I guess when I was a kid we did go to DisneyWorld. That's about it.
Now that I'm working I take "vacation" days to go home or to my sisters...lame, I know.
But NY is #1 on my destination list right now!

Four Favorite Dishes:
Parmessean Chicken
Fajitas (Jeff's in particular)
Digorno's pizza

Four Websites I Visit Daily:

Four Places I'd Rather Be:
With Friends
On Vacation
In bed
Last semester of college...by far the best

Four Others I'd Like to Tag:

Mary Beth

Super Duper: It was a BEAUTIFUL day today!!!
Super Pooper: do I have to pick just one?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

...random rant...

I don't mean for this to come across in a self pitting way, or to make you think that I have self esteem problems, really I don't. I'm perfectly content, but I just needed to say that I get sick of hearing how beautiful my sister is. I love her. I know she's beautiful. I know she's tiny and that guys find her attractive. But it gets old hearing, "wow, your sister's really pretty." I mean, you would think they would be smart enough to follow it up with, "ya'll look a lot alike." but no, it ends just with the fact that they think she's pretty. Okay, that's it, I just needed to get that off my chest. Thanks for listening.

Super Pooper: Have to work instead of going to school :(

Thursday, March 09, 2006


As promised, here is my official chronicle of the events of my first Houston Rodeo experience. Let me just say, we had a GREAT time. Seriously, one of my favorite times since I've moved to Houston! I'll do my best to not make this too long, we all know how long winded I tend to get.
I think a photo recall of the night will best do the job.

So we headed to the Rodeo around 5:00. Here's a fun pic we took on the way:

We decided to ride any rides we wanted to before eating (yes, I know, we're old). Any how, we had a fahbulous time on the big swings, you know the ones. Here's a fun pic from the swings:

So after that, it was time to chow down!! Man, there's nothin' like Rodeo food!!!

(Yes, I'm aware I look rediculous in this pic!)

Between sausage on a stick, a funnel cake and fried oreos, we got the full Rodeo experience!!!

After eating we wandered over to where the animals were. Oh, they were cute (but smelley).





On the way to the stadium Rebecca and I decided to purchase a hat!!!

Once we found our seats we watched bulls buck off cowboys, and 4H kids chase down and fight over calves. It was great!! I don't think I had ever seen anything like it!

And here we are in the stadium.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention. We were there to hear Toby Keith in concert. Let me just say, if you ever have the chance to go hear him, DON'T!!! It was majorly dissappointing! He's nothing but a drunk 35 yr old man who wants to have a lot of sex! Yeah, we didn't stay long once he got on stage. But that's okay, we had already had plenty of fun for the night. Next year we'll be more picky about what concert we're going to! All in all it was a splendiferous evening! Yay for fun times and fun friends!

Super Duper: My sister, Kelly, is coming tomorrow!!

Super Pooper: Take-home-test due tomorrow. Yuck!

Monday, March 06, 2006

...and the Academy Award goes to...

Last night I attended, for the first time, an official Oscars party. What made this party so unique was that we were to dress as one of the characters from a movie that had been nominated for an Oscar. At first I wasn't sure about this (since I had only seen 4 of the movies nominated), but ended up being really fun. Rebecca and I helped each other decide who we should each be. I decided to be a Geisha, obviously from "Memoirs of A Geisha", and she was the dead sexy blonde from King Kong. We both looked fahbulous. The only unfortunate thing about my costume was that there were 3 other Geishas there. And 2 of them had authentic Geisha costumes from Japan. All of a sudden my simple Oriental robe didn't look very convincing. Anyhow, it was a great and memorable evening. Here are some pics to give you an idea of some of the other "characters" that showed up.

Rebecca as the girl in King Kong and me as a Geisha!! Yeah, we're HOTTT!!!

Dressed like they were in "Hustle and Flow" In a word: Hilarious. Just think of the song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp"!!! hahahaha

My dear friend, Rebecca, and I. Sorry she's upside down. Yeah, we're the sprinkles!

Super Duper: I'm going to the Rodeo on Wednesday, expect a report!

Super Pooper: I have a take home test due on Friday, yuck, who has time for this?

Saturday, March 04, 2006

...an unexpected evening...

Last night I had made plans with my lovely friend Mandy to meet for dinner. She and Daniel were coming to pick me up at 6:30. Then Annetta called and said that there was a group that was going ice skating around 7:30-8:00. So I said I would call Rebecca and we'd probably meet up with them.

Well, with traffic and running late and all Mandy, Daniel and Rebecca and I didn't get to PF Changs till about 8:00. So we ate, and then decided to meet up with Annetta, Will, Jeremy, Heather and Liz to ice skate. So then Mandy and I realized that we didn't bring socks. So we run by Target first and pick out some socks. By the time that we get to the rink it was 9:40 and skating was over at 10:00. So we decided that it wasn't worth paying for. But the others who were already there did a fabulous job entertaining us. They would skate by us and do silly things or pretend to fall. It really was quite entertaining. And I had never hung out with Jeremy, Heather or Liz, so it was good to meet new people. Well like I said, skating ended at 10:00, so they got off the ice and Annetta invited us all back to her place for coffee.

I gave Mandy and Daniel and easy out, realizing that they may or may not want to go. So they opted out and Rebecca and I just caught a ride with Will to Annetta's place. Now what else makes this story interesting is that Annetta just moved into her place yesterday! And it looked quite nice already. So anyways, we get there, take a tour, look around, get settled, everyone gets coffee, Jeremy eats some PF Chang leftovers, we're all just hanging out, having good conversation and all.

Well somewhere along the way I think it was Rebecca who said we should pray over Annetta's new apartment. Everyone thought it was a good idea, but we all kind of just kept talking. Annetta had her guitar out, and kept asking Jeremy (who is a worship leader) to lead us in a few songs. He was resistant, but instead just strummed some nice chords for us as background music.

Anyways, to make a long story even longer, Annetta all of a sudden said, "I know" and ran upstairs. She came back down with Bible in hand and read a scripture to us that she had really been enjoying lately. That's when it all started. Jeremy was strumming and we were worshipping. We all took time to pray and and lift up her house and those who would enter it. It was so cool. We would intermittently sing and then someone else would pray. It was the sweetest impromptu time of worship! We had talked about doing it, but noone ever officially said, "okay, let's pray", we just did it. I don't even know how long we worshipped, but before we all knew it it was after 12:30. Oh, it was amazing.

I'm so grateful to have people in my life who will enter into worship like that together on a random, unplanned, Friday night. Sometimes that's the best way!

Super Duper: Its beautiful today!!
Super Pooper: My throat started hurting yesterday and now I'm kind of stopped up!!! Not cool!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

...get your crunk on...

That's right. I said it. Get your crunk on.

For those of you who are wondering what I'm talking about (which I'm sure is 99.9% of you) allow me to explain.

Last night I went to a "Family Force 5" concert. My assumption is that none of you have heard of this group. Well neither had I. Let's just say last night was a once in a lifetime experience, not necessarily because I will never be offered to experience something like that again, but moreso because I may never choose to subject myself to something like that again.

Now don't get me wrong, overall I had fun. It was definately a memorable experience, but not one that I'm sure I'm dying to repeat.

Allow me to sum up the evening.

I knew this was sketchy when we didn't even meet to go to the concert till 8:00. So we get to the Engine Room (a bar in Downtown Houston) around 9 and there were maybe 50 people there, parking wasn't even a problem. Sign #2 that this was I was in for a "treat". So about 20 mins later a band comes on stage and starts rocking, hard core. For those of you who know me well, do you really see me at a hard rock concert? It was crazy loud and I couldn't understand a word the guy was saying. And to make matters worse, at one point he through out the double birds (you know, the finger). It was so not my style, that I couldn't help but crack up. I sat there laughing the entire time they were on stage, wondering what I was doing there.

So next up was this other hard, but not quite as loud group. I found myself enjoying them more, and suddenly realized, they were singing Christian lyrics. I was so impressed. I had to wonder if the other people in the bar realized, or if they just jammed along, not even thinking about the lyrics. Anyhow, I was impressed. I mean, I knew the "Family Force 5" were Christian guys, but this was just the little band before them. And after a few songs, the lead guy even said, "We all just want you to know that the only reason we are here is for our Jesus Christ." Man, I was impressed. In the end, they had won me over, I like them.

So, finally, around 11:15 "Family Force 5" gets on stage. Again, they were hard and loud, but by this point I had kind of warmed up to it. They were good, more so hilarious. They acted absolutly rediculous on stage. Dancing all crazy and shameless, singing silly songs about Drama Queens and other crazy things. And of course these guys all had "the look". It was interesting. Rebecca and I danced around a little, the lamo other people we were with just sat there, but in the end it was a good time.

I so desperately wanted to hear no other music the whole way home, but the guy that was driving played some soft tunes. Even that was tooo much for me, my ears needed a break!!!

Anyhow, I survived, made a memory, and never really intend to repeat the events of last night.

Oh yeah, and the "Family Force 5" is all about getting your crunk on!

Super Duper: LIESAL'S COMING TO VISIT!!! I haven't been this excited about something in a really long time!!! :)

Super Pooper: A headache that won't go away. Literally and figuratively.