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NEW LOCATION. [16 Jan 2007|06:33pm]
i'm moving.
moving as in moving journal spaces.
mark and i shut down sarahandi.com not too long ago.
and many of the people that knew about sarahandi know about this.
i said i wasn't going to blog anymore.
but seriously...
how am i not supposed to blog about accidentally stepping on my eyeglasses and rebending them back to their original state?
and about watching punk drunk love and falling in love with it?
and how much i love this february's issue of domino magazine?
or about what my friend trat just journaled about and how much i loved what she had to say?

not sure what purpose my new space is meant to serve. nothing too deep, i hope. that always seems to get me in trouble. atleast when i'm letting the whole world wide web in on it. but, we'll see.

e-mail me for my new location...and, if i don't already know who you are, please tell me your name and a sentence or two about yourself. that'd be nice. :) - thenks.

i probably won't be coming back here to check this so please don't leave comments asking for information...you might not get any answers.


+/- [27 Dec 2006|08:49pm]
[ mood | blah ]

+ mark. always.
+ sudoku.
+ sourz.
+ apples to apples.
+ finding out that we no longer owe the hospital thousands of dollars in hospital fees.
+ a new year on the way.

- neck pains.
- feelings of inadequacy.

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MY BIRTHDAY, TODAY. [21 Dec 2006|03:09am]
[ mood | touched ]

make-up and hair-cuts and texas sized cinnamon rolls.
cards with bubbles.
leaves and fuzzy sweaters and jeans the right size.
pesto pasta and vanilla bean cheesecake.
strawberry ritas and lupe tortilla.
butterflies and p.j.'s and david sedaris.
birthday calls, songs, and messages.
people i love and people who love me.

best birthday ever.

i am really blessed.
more so than i let myself realize sometimes.

i praise God for another year of life.

and a husband that's amazing.

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THE POST I'VE BEEN AVOIDING. [18 Dec 2006|12:54am]
really battling with the way i look right now.

i know it could be worse in so many different ways and that i'm truly blessed with all that i have, but it's just so hard to not be frustrated when nothing in my closet fits but a few pieces of clothing. and what does fit...doesn't fit like it should. if you've noticed that the jeans i'm wearing look familiar, it's because they are. i wear them every day. they're all that fit.

this year has been oh-so-great but oh-so-hard. both combined have not been all that great to my body or my self image.

and i do know, there are more important things in life. and my husband still thinks i'm beautiful.

i'm just a girl living in a world that is telling me anything bigger than a size two can't be perfect...can't be good enough. paranoid and afraid to be treated any less than the version of me that once fit into a size zero and complained that old navy's smallest was too big.

not looking for feedback...just being honest.
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[ mood | pleasantly stuffed! ]

wal*mart has rotisserie chicken. and to think i never knew this and i've been paying two dollars more for it everywhere else. we hadn't had rotisserie chicken in awhile and were only going to get it if wal*mart had it since we were making a stop there on the way home. 'twas nummy! they have a few flavors: honey roasted, jalapeno, regular, and lemon pepper. we got lemon pepper. these are nice things to know. we ate it with steamed rice and green beans, which we made at home, so we ate dinner for less than five bucks. love that.

blockbuster has 2 for $5 rentals on favorites (non-new releases). i don't know if it's just a limited time thing, but it's a pretty good deal since, sometimes, we don't always watch movies the night we rent them...or even within the week after renting them. and since they're already five day releases and blockbuster has pretty much given you an extra week after your rental period to get your movies back, it's not a bad deal at all. it's more money than redbox but the deal is on older movies which redbox doesn't have and if you're one to take your time watching movies or are bad about returning movies back within a few days of renting them, it can be a better deal than redbox...you just mind up paying for the days you keep your movie out upfront. so, tonight, i was in a total mel gibson directing mood after watching apocolypto. i was in a mood to watch braveheart and after mark teased about watching passion of the christ too, i actually felt like watching that as well. so we rented both. the 2 for $5 thing only works if you rent two movies anyway. 'cause if you rent only one favorite, it's 4.65 so so worth the extra for 35 cents.

from rotisserie chickens to dvd rentals. i guess i'm all about the sales pitches tonight.

i'm going to get off here and wrap a couple more of the gifts we got tonight, maybe pop in a movie i'll prolly fall asleep watching, but i definitely plan on falling asleep before midnight and i think i just might be able to do it!

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[ mood | good ]

if anyone was curious as to how i did with resetting my sleep chedule...not good. i ended up falling asleep at like seven am and waking up at twelve pm. THEN, last night mark decides that he wants to reset his schedule with me (even though he doesn't need to!- he can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow!). unfortunately (well, fortunately), he had had a full night's sleep the night before, and i hadn't and was already feeling tired by around ten but i decided to give it another try...especially if mark was all over doing it with me.

so, yeah, it didn't work. even though mark ended up having more sleep than me, he totally fell asleep before me. however, i wasn't so great and ended up crashing a couple hours after he did. it's so hard for me to pull all nighters now-a-days! especially when it's not because i have to. without school and no major projects, i find myself trying to think of ways to keep me busy and it just seems to magnify the fact of how tired i am. *sigh* maybe i'm just getting too old.

on another note, ToM finally came...after being nearly two months late. i really don't know what the deal is. but, i've been craving chocolate like a crazy the past couple of days...and that seems about right. i definitely only crave chocolate like this on this time of the month. it's pretty scary how fast i've been able to put away a box of charleston chews. eeee.

on that note, does anybody recommend a local gym? particularly one that might give a discount on a couple joining? i know nothing about gyms and, to be honest, i am way too scared to go to one and talk to someone for fear of them trying to steal my soul for a membership. i've heard some pretty horrific stories about gyms. so, the fact that i actually am considering signing mark and me up for one is proof that we are just really that desperate. i'd just really like to have a heads-up before we consider going to any specific gym and talking to anybody. thanks, in advance, for any guidance!

right now, i'm waiting for mark to finish up some work so we can run out. not exactly sure what we'll be doing, but it'll be nice to get out of the house. even though i'm not really sure what's going on with our sleep schedules, mark seems really well rested and it's always good to see him that way. i, on the other hand, am feeling pretty exhausted...but it's really not too bad.

we watched a late showing of apocolypto last night. 'twas a very visual movie but really very good...as all mel gibson's films tend to be. i don't see myself watching it again anytime soon...not only because it was long, but because it was just a lot to watch. after the movie, we decided to make it a double feature night and stopped at the redbox to rent the devil wears prada. that one was all right. it was the kind of movie i probably wouldn't have paid over eight bucks to watch in a theater, but it was amusing enough for the dollar eight we paid to rent it.

i got more gifts wrapped, ribboned, and tagged for under the tree. i love gift wrapping...ESPECIALLY during this time of the year. my christmas wrapping items of choice: lots of red and green colors in wrapping paper, self-adhesive tags, and curling ribbon. all of which, i was able to buy at wal*mart for under ten bucks. i really love and appreciate thoughtful and pretty gift wrap/packaging and target has a lot of that, but we really can't afford to pay over five bucks for a roll of wrapping paper. especially not this year. maybe i can sneak in after the season and buy some rolls for a good percentage off and save them for next year. this reminds me...oh, how i would love to have a gift wrapping station...



anyway, i'll stop being so obviously nerdy. the mandyness is coming in from turkey tomorrow late afternoon for close to a whole month (!!!) and we're, ofcourse, all sorts of excited about that.

yahoot. hope everyone has a fab weekend.

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MY OVER ACTIVE MIND. [15 Dec 2006|03:22am]
[ mood | restless ]

so last night, at the last minute, i agreed to hold creative team meeting at our place. creative team, if that's what we're calling it...go figure, being a creative team we haven't come up with a better name. we were too busy thinking of other things! i'll refer to mark about this later.

anyway, back to what i was talking about. it was actually me who had the great idea to hold the meeting at our place since mark and i really don't have the money to spend eating out when we don't need to. and i also felt unnaturally and randomly comfortable with making a decision as such on the spur of the moment.

i was going to go for something simple like spaghetti and frozen fruit since it was supposed to be more than a few people and, let's face it, that's all we can afford for a bigger group of people. but mark talked me into making creme brulee. we haven't had it for awhile. i was hesitant at first because it didn't seem like it would go well with spaghetti, but really what does creme brulee NOT go well with? besides, i know no french dishes. yeah, so the creme brulee really was a hit. i always feel proud of myself when i make that. it's just so tasty, easy, and seems a lot more gourmet than it really is.

the meeting was a good one. it only ended up being four people because a couple others didn't end up making it out. it was good, though. we came up with a lot of good ideas and it was actually really nice to be able to bounce ideas off more than one person (mark and me, for mark). plus, kyle and jaimee are a funny couple...and they just so happen to be extremely nice as well so that made for a good time. so, we definitely have two extra creme brulees (i've already promised one to maryanna and i think it goes without saying that mark gets the other-- he's crazy about the stuff!) and lots of left overs that will, no doubt, be eaten tomorrow.

random fact: i hate leftover spaghetti re-warmed up. i have to eat it cold!

i do have weird tastes if you didn't already notice from the last post.

we finally got the stockings hung tonight and i got some presents wrapped and put under the tree. i know i promised pictures, but we really have been extremely busy and when we're not doing something, the last thing on our minds is uploading pictures. i think it'd be easier if the only time mark wasn't on his computer would be a time that we're not already doing something together or if my computer could handle the 600+ picture upload.

however, i guess right now would be a good time to do something like that. especially considering the fact that i am going to be pulling an all nighter. and, ofcourse, mark is sleeping. he told me to wake him up four hours after he falls asleep so that he could be with me while i try to stay up, but i really don't think i will be able to. he's just been so tired and stressed out lately. i'm sure sleep is a nice escape for him. plus, i'd feel so bad seeing him miserable and tired and trying to stay awake because of me.

my sleep schedule is out of wack. i am back to not being able to sleep easy at nights. i'll lay awake for atleast an hour before i realize that it's just not happening and i have to get up and do something. this past week, i haven't been sleeping any earlier than four am and i haven't been getting up any earlier than 11. it's like my mind doesn't want to rest until my body forces it to. i hate it...and mark does too. tonight, he said we needed to do something about it. so we did some research online on how to correct sleep cycles and the most common method was to stay awake through the night and stick it out to the next day. pretty much by the time tomorrow evening rolls around, i'll be so exhausted i'll fall asleep at a decent time and wake up at a decent time. sounds good! i really hope it works. i tried something similar a few weeks ago when i had this problem. i ended up taking a two hour nap the next day and it turned out that's all i needed because that night i couldn't sleep still. reeeeally hoping that doesn't happen again.

maybe i'll go try to figure mark's computer out and get some more pictures uploaded. then, ofcourse, i will share them.

ps: mark and i bought fruity and cocoa pebbles at h-e-b last night for .99 a box w/ an in-store coupon. envy us! unless, ofcourse, you got the deal yourself. i think the sale goes on until the 19th so it's not too late!

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SORRY, TARGET. [10 Dec 2006|09:45pm]
so, a couple weeks ago, i placed an order on target.com. and just today, i get a message saying part of my order was cancelled due to them not having the item i ordered. even though delivery estimation on the day i had ordered the items had come and gone. and even though it was part of someone's gift, that's fine...we're pretty low on money at the moment anyway and i'm sure could find something comparable. so, i go to check when the delivery estimate is for the rest of what i ordered, and it said, between dec. 23 - dec. 27. wha? on an order i placed a couple weeks ago? no way. i cancelled the whole thing. i'm just glad that it doesn't seem they charged the account until they were ready to ship it to me. however, it is sort of frustrating that i could have ordered something and not expect to receive it until a month or more later. especially when the delivery estimation they gave me when i was checking out was 5-9 days.

sure it probably has something to do with it being the holidays and there being a lot of people ordering online, but still. it shouldn't be THAT backed up that they don't have a better handle on it. i haven't heard the greatest things about target's online shopping. and their return policy kinda' sucks, too. one of the many reasons being: you can't return an item that you purchased online back to the store unless it's something they are currently carrying in the stores. ugh...seriously...is it too much to just take it and ship it back with whatever other shipments they would send back for whatever reason? target stores and target online should be one and the same. kinda' ridiculous. if it weren't for the fact that they had so many cute things for decent prices, i don't think i'd even bother with target. i think i'll just stick to buying instore/offline when it comes to target.
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THIS SEASON'S SOUNDTRACK. [09 Dec 2006|01:12pm]
[ mood | good ]

for the first time in my life, i find myself distracted from music.

i noticed this a few weeks ago when sitting in my sister's car as she jumped from artist to artist to see if i'd like any of them. i found myself forcing myself to give the artist allowances for having even the slightest of an interesting sound...and by the time i was halfway through what may have been the the third song, i realized that i wasn't even listening to the words...or music for that matter. that i was concentrating on the simple amusement of the colors of a dark night combined...black...yellow...steel...white.

i don't know if it's just hard to find good music now-a-days. or the fact that whenever you do find an artist worth listening to, it's only a matter of time before a million other artists realize it works and take their style, make it old, and just another cd worth six bucks on a rack in walmart. cliche voices...average lyrics...or even profound and distinct voices singing lyrics saying the words we wish we could say. the words we wish we came up with. and if it does happen to be just simply good music, the radio kills it. and teeny boppers that wear death cab and rilo kiley because they think it'll make them look good. nothing's sacred.

maybe i'm being cynical. three years ago i wouldn't believe i'd ever say such things.

i've just found music's become like a sick fashion. people wear artists like they wear a t-shirt and pair of jeans. people admire others for their cd collections instead of their manners...instead of what matters. so often are feelings and opinions through words already spoken through song after song after song. they're all sayin' the same thing with borrowed sounds, voices, and experiences. i'm tired of hearing it over and over. when none of them know how i feel. none of them know what i've been through. none of them can speak through me. none of them are speaking to me. they're not mine...they're not for me. and they want my money.

it's not that i'm too cool for music. it's just that i've found myself at a place where i can say and feel that my thoughts, my feelings, and my experiences have become my own music. the sound of my husband working upstairs, my cat bounding up then down the stairs, the wind blowing coldly and the leaves rustling sweet chimes against it. that branch from the magnolia tree in our neighbor's backyard that scrapes ever so gently against one of the back windows on our second floor. those are of the sweetest of sounds. my music. i can touch them...feel them. they're simple and pure. and not for sale to everyone.

maybe this is my new fashion. my new pair of jeans. maybe next year i'll look back at this post and say, "well, that was silly."

but, right now, it works for me.

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THAT'S HOT. [08 Dec 2006|08:37am]
[ mood | cold ]

i want my husband to get his eyebrow pierced.

the end.

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ON TOP OF OL' SMOKEY. [07 Dec 2006|04:35pm]
[ mood | hyper ]

i'm making spaghetti...for me...JUST ME (and extras for mark to eat later)!

this is the first time since mark and i have been married that we haven't eaten dinner together. not that we've really gone to great lengths to make sure we've always had dinner together, it's just worked out that way. kinda' neat. and we're really not heart broken over it. tonight, mark is rocking some downtown pub with his dear friend charles. i'm really glad they're both doing that as they don't get enough one on one hang out time. i'll be eating with the phoebe cates. only she'll be eating processed chicken meal and i'll be eating glorious spaghetti and garlic texas toast (i loves me some garlic texas toast!)...and then i'll be giving the house some serious attention since i haven't given it a good clean-up in over two weeks (we've been busy!). i'm actually kinda' excited to get the house clean. it's so much more comfortable when everything's clean and in order.

anyway, the meat's done defrosting. i'm starving and phoebe c. is giving me bad looks since i won't feed her until i'm ready to eat too, so i'm going to go finish dinner.

i hope everyone's had a fab. day.

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS. [01 Dec 2006|03:16am]
[ mood | satisfied ]

i can't sleep.

i played text twist for awhile, but i was really sucking. and really not in the mood. then, i thought i should do more hunting around online for christmas gifts, but i've done a lot of that the past couple of days. plus, tomorrow (or later today if it counts that it's 2:42 am) maryanna and i are going to go christmas shopping so i'd like to wait and do that before i start hunting around online again.

that leaves me with not much to do but post. and i really should post because today was a pretty great day.

i woke up this morning with a hell of a migraine on the left side of my head. mark gave me some migraine medicine and i fell back asleep and woke up to it gone. love that stuff. i had two bowls of fruity pebbles when i woke up...the second bowl contained less of what was in the first bowl if that counts for being any less gross. at around five we went to holiday in the park in bellaire. our church volunteered to man the moon walks for the event. 'twas a really great time. before leaving the house to go, i didn't think i would need a scarf and gloves but decided i'd wear them anyway just because i will really use any excuse to wear winter wear. and you really don't get enough oppurtunies to wear it in houston. and it turns out, i needed both!!! excellent. i am pretty sure it dipped down into the thirties and it was totally fabulous. i enjoyed every bit of it. i wish mark could say the same thing but he, unfortunately, didn't bring gloves and his hands were close to freezing off his arms. (interesting image.) what was even better than the cold was getting to talk with so many different people. particularly the parents/gaurdians that would bring their kids to the moon walks. and getting to see the kids all decked out in the cutest winter gear. 'twas perfect weather for the holidays. i really enjoyed it.

after holiday in the park, we had too much pizza with the sokols at firehouse pizza. we had the restuarant to ourselves and the pizza was pretty great [for new york pizza-- i'm usually not a huge fan of new york pizza]. we discussed kaleo stuff and talked about our plans for the rest of the week. i am going christmas shopping/browsing with maryanna tomorrow and saturday, we are going to old town spring with them. and then, sunday, we are going to pick out Christmas trees with them. yes. we cannot seem to get enough of each other. they're pretty great.

tomorrow, mark has a lot of work to do, but hopefully the rest of the weekend will be relaxing as i know mark could really use it. he has had quite a few projects he's either wrapping up, in the middle of, started, thinking about, or still needs to tend to. i know it hasn't been a picnic for him even though he has been a real trooper and just really great about it all despite me feeling like he's being treated unfairly. and even despite that, we are truly blessed to have the work...and we know that God will always come through and make a way for us. mark has had a heart of gold in all of this...unwavering patience and confidence. i learn so much from him every single day.

on the way home, mark decided he wanted to watch pirates of the caribbean so we rented it. when we got home we decided the weather was too perfect to not have a fire burning so i had mark light a fire. i made us some really chocolatey hot chocolate with, ofcourse, lots of marshmallows because you really can't have such a perfectly cold evening and a fire burning and no hot chocolate! and then we decided to just sleep in the sitting room, in front of the fire, since we've been too busy to deflate the air mattress angeline used when she was in town. mark fell asleep an hour into pirates and i turned it off because i didn't want to finish it without him. plus, i was half falling asleep anyway. i remembered i had to transfer some clothes from the washer into the dryer if we were going to have jeans to wear the next day and that pretty much woke me up. so, now i'm here. and now i'm thinking playing around online is doing exactly what i thought it would do.

i think i'm tired again. and that i'm going to go back down stairs and enjoy the last bit of the fire with my malluk (mah-look).

ps- i do have lots of pictures to post, but i'm too lazy to pull them off of mark's computer, plus, i know i'll have more by the end of the week. so stay tuned.

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WITH SOUP SPOONS AND ED GRIMLEY. [29 Nov 2006|01:02pm]
[ mood | cheerful/grateful/blessed ]

i like the smell of paper. i just now caught myself quickly pick up a book to my left and fan through the pages against my nose so i could smell the pages while waiting for my blog administration page to load.

weird? sort of.


but mark likes it.

this time today i thought i was going to be sad. reason: i had traffic court at 10am, i was sure i was going to be there 'til atleast now, and was sure we were going to be over six hundred dollars poorer by the time we left...or on our way to being six hundred dollars since we so wouldn't have been able to afford all that straight up and would have needed to pay in installments. HOWEVER, the cop that told me that he would dismiss my six violations so long as i took care of them really did stick to his word. he was actually even there! somehow what was six violations dwindled down to three violations (?!?!) one of which wouldn't cost us anything and the other two only costing ten bucks a piece. so, since the ticket was in my maiden name (and well, i still haven't officially changed my name-- i know :i) and my maiden name is stidham and well, stidham begins with an S, i figured i was going to be one of the last people called. however, i was like the second person called. and before ten am too since we got there early. the prosecutor calls me up there, the cop that gave me the ticket was sitting next to her and she asks me if i have twenty dollars on me. and i'm just standing there slightly confused and i'm sure looking very dumb. she must have caught on to my stupid look because she proceeded with, "twenty dollars cash, check, credit card?" and i fumbled for an eager, 'YES, yes...i do.' i couldn't believe it. so she replies, "okay then, that will dismiss your charges...hold for a moment and you'll be free to go." since i was in court, i couldn't hug her...and then proceed to hug the cop. so all i could muffle out was the most enthusiastic "great" that i could without drawing attention to myself. mark was with me because he's my lovey heart awesome man. and yes, i just said that. so, when i let him know, we were both quite relieved. about fifteen minutes later, we were out of there and on the road to get brunch by 10:35! best court experience EVER. well, except maybe for the time that we got our marriage license and that big black man with a glass eye talked to us for forever about how we shouldn't get married.


i was craving a breakfast taco and mark is always craving a breakfast taco so he took me to spanish flowers. <-- awesome! we made them turn on the music and ate messican food for breakfast...and lunch...brunch. and i got an awesome soup spoon in my table setting...and mark got just a normal one. definitely a sign that today is the most awesome day ever. and incase noone has any idea what i'm talking about with the soup spoon: i love soup spoons and wish i could eat everything with them.


i have a feeling this is turning into the dorkiest entry ever. but eh, it just adds to the collection. and it's okay because i am flooded with relief. praise the Lord! it really is good to have gotten the burden of court off of me and 97% cheaper than i thought it was going to be! i feel like doing the ed grimley dance right now.

but i won't and i'll spare you the details but i know that doesn't spare you the possible visual you may have. and i'm sorry for that.

so here's this to make it better:

yeah baby!

i have my first paid photography gig at four. not a huge deal and i don't really get to be creative since it's a company photo shoot for a christmas card, but it's a job...and hopefully will turn into one of many. i am hopeful. optimistic. it is such a relief to know that God is taking care of us. i may be able to use the money i get from this job to get business cards. and that's definitely something to be excited about.

i also have an idea what i want to get mark and my sister for christmas. believe it or not, i actually had fun "window shopping" online last night. and that is really good to know because i would totally be stressing over what to get them.

yahoots and g'days.
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NERD. [28 Nov 2006|03:53pm]
[ mood | content ]

this is addicting.

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...ONCE AGAIN. [27 Nov 2006|08:27pm]
[ mood | gloomy ]

i should have a lot to say after an unmentioned blog hiatus, but i don't.

just that, God's good. and i should stop letting inconsiderate behavior get under my skin, get used to it, get over it, and forgive it.

and i have the latter to say because it's really just fresh in my mind today.

with that said, here are a couple of pictures i have been meaning to share. highlights from the past couple weeks:

these and more on my snapfish page.

feeling sort of depressed and i'm not really sure i can pinpoint why even though there are a number of factors that could, i guess, contribute to the overall feeling. i feel like watching a movie. kicking back and getting lost in another story. another story that's not mine. that i can get lost in for a couple hours and then walk away from. maybe i can talk mark into taking me to see babel. somehow, it seems appropriate.

this week is going to be a busy week.
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LET THE MUSES RUN WILD. [16 Nov 2006|03:21pm]
[ mood | excited ]

so, i have an idea for a creative project that, get this, isn’t something i have to do and isn’t for anybody else but me [and well, mark since it’ll go in our house if all works out]! sounds a tad selfish, but really, it’s been years…over ten years actually, since i’ve designed something for the mere delight of creating something out of tangible materials…and not for an assignment, job, or gift, but for the heck of it…and for me.

i just explored the house for materials and found a few and was about to run over to michael’s craft store which is literally right down the street for more, but the ad i have for them isn’t effective until this sunday…and it includes a 40% off coupon so since saving money is always nice…i’ll be waiting a few days to make that trip. it’ll give me some time to formulate more ideas and scrounge together more materials. i’m excited!!!

i have so many ideas for different things. so many that they’re all getting meshed together. ’tis a good thing, though. i haven’t been inspired in awhile.

ps- mark just agreed to take me to goodwill in a few! scoooore.

pps- mark is totally mimicing the instrumentals in coldplay's "nothing else compares" song. classic.

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S L O WS A RrrR. [16 Nov 2006|02:04pm]
[ mood | creative ]

i'm feeling creative.

and i wish goodwill had a website so i could see what they have.


i guess i'm also feeling not too bright.

*quick change of subject*

it's less than 60 degrees in h-town right now. and i'm nervous to celebrate because i'm afraid that tomorrow it will rocket back up to 80-something. however, what would be so wrong with celebrating for right here and now?

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WIND AND FAIRY TALES. [15 Nov 2006|05:30pm]
[ mood | grateful ]

today was so windyyyy. even though it knocked out our electric for a few hours, i loved it. chilly weather, please stay [only maybe not mess with the electric-- mark and i kinda' can't live without it for long]!!!

and i guess it was kinda' nice that, inbetween it shutting off and coming back on, i got to take a little nap. yum.

also, my fairy tale: a true story came in today. totally essited about that. mark and i will prolly end up popping it in before bed because i'm, honestly, kinda' friends'ed out. (mark and i usually like to watch something before sleep because, otherwise, i have a really hard time falling asleep.) however, even as i say that, we've been enjoying it. i really laughed it up last night when we watched 'the one with the black out.' the part where palo's (sp?) cat latches onto the back of ross's neck when he's about to share his feelings with rachel-- i laughed harder each and every time he ran across the window flailing the cat around. classic. it's weird. watching it this time around, i actually like ross a lot more than i used to. i used to be all about phoebe and chandler, and maybe that's because when i started watching it, it was in one of the later seasons. *shrugs* either way, phoebe is still my favorite character. i've even considered changing phoebe cates' last name. :o but then, that might be weird for her.

mark and i started studying hebrews today. i know we were in the middle of studying first samuel and i actually was struggling with feeling like we were bouncing around, but after the first few chapters of first samuel, i was having a really hard time focusing and i figured it was because i was having a hard time applying it to where i'm currently at in my life. i felt guilty because i know every book of the Bible carries the same weight in that it's all the Word of God and points toward Christ, i just felt like maybe first samuel would be a good book to study when i'm needing to focus more on history than needing specific application. we'll see. we were on the first chapter of hebrews for so long talking about the trinity that we only finished one chapter when we usually do two. it (the trinity and it being there before all of creation) is such a huge concept...i have such a hard time wrapping my head around it. but then, not completely understanding or knowing why our God is the way He is is the beauty in knowing God is so much huger than us. sometimes, i surprise myself at how much i still try to make too much sense out of it. i really need to cling to faith in knowing that God is so much more than we could ever even fathom...and what He's done and is doing is so amazing and all for the good of His glory. i'm just lucky i get to be a part of it. i'm sooo glad i have someone like mark to patiently and lovingly guide me through it. mark's never lost patience or thrown his hands up when he doesn't have the exact answer that i am asking for. Christ really shines through him. i really am blessed.

we're leaving for photo class any minute. pretty excited even though i'm not really sure what to expect. atleast it's free (ritz camera gives 18 free photo classes with a purchase of one of their cameras) so it's all good.

hope everyone had/has a fantastic day/night.


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+/- [14 Nov 2006|11:21pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

since i haven't done this in awhile, i thought it appropriate. this time, i'll start with the negatives:

- phoebe cates' rash on her tum and legs is slowly coming back.
- getting bright green baby poop all over my current favorite pair of jeans.
- the hives on the back of my legs (still don't know what's causing them).
- stubbing my big toe and possibly losing half my toe nail. (eww!)

+ our community group.
+ our church family.
+ the nicholas girls (i really think they're good preparation for when we're ready for our own).
+ the holidays being right around the corner!
+ the fact that mark thinks he got chow yun-fat in the celebrity face recognition because he married me and i've rubbed off on him.
+ jesus.
+ jesus always providing for us...despite us fearing if He will.
+ this past sunday's sermon.
+ whataburger's bacon cheeseburgers.
+ having a way huger list of positives.

just curious...what are some of yours?

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CELEBRITY LOOK-ALIKES. [13 Nov 2006|10:20pm]
[ mood | amused ]

so, while mark is working, i decided to go to myheritage.com and do the celebrity face comparison that i've seen a few other people doing.

here were my results (click on images to maximize):

and here were mark's:

we got a good laugh off of mark's comparisons. bill clinton? chow yun fat?! he looks nothing like any of those people.

and it was interesting i didn't get any of the people that i've often been told that i look like. i, also, look nothing like any of those people.

lol. nice. 'tis amusing.
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