Wednesday, January 31, 2007

From up North

Ten Commandments, Minnesota Stlye:

1. Der's only one God, ya' know
2. Don't make that fish on yer mantle an idol.
3. Cussin' ain't Minnesota Nice!
4. Go to church even when yer up nort.
5. Honor yer folks
6. Don't kill. Catch and release
7. There is only one Lena for every Ole. No cheatin'
8. If it ain't yer lutefisk, don't take it!
9. Don't be braggin' about how much snow ya' shoveled.
10. Keep yer mind off yer neighbor's hotdish!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tag from SN - part dos

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times. When Harry Met Sally or Princess Bride or Moulin Rouge or . . .
2. Name a movie that you’ve seen multiple times in the theater. Another one that's a bit embarassing to admit to but Titanic.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie. hmmm?
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie. Ben Stiller
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from. When Harry Met Sally or Princess Bride
6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs. too many from which to choose
7. Name a movie that have been known to sing along with. You mean you aren't supposed to sing a long with all of them?
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see. have to think on this one
9. Name a movie that you own. A Christmas Story - "you'll shoot your eye out, kid"
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops. Marky Mark
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? yes.
12. Ever made out in a movie? during at home yes, in the theatre, doubtful.
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it. Babel
14. Ever walked out of a movie? yes, just walked into a different one
15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater. all the sad ones
16. Popcorn? for the movies, if someone else buys, but I prefer milk duds - the perfect movie food
17. How often do go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)? Not often now. 2-5 times a year, not enough
18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater? I think it was the Devil Wears Prada?
19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie? comedy or drama
20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? Annie or Savannah Smiles

Tag from SN - part one

I, too, will divy up the fun into two posts.

1. What ended your last relationship? friend - ugliness; dating - demands
2. When was the last time you shaved your legs? Christmas? It's winter, good grief, I need all the warmth that I can get
3. What were you doing this morning at 8am? getting ready for work
4. First thought after waking up this morning?My back still doesn't hurt much!
5. Are you any good at math? eh, survivable
6. Your prom night? good times, ending at Denny's
7. Do you have any famous ancestors? more likely infamous
8. Have you ever taken out a loan to pay for school? for both degrees and not at all disappointed that I did
9. Do you know the words to the song on your myspace profile? I would hope, but Rubes usually changes everything. I think it's the Love Medley right now, but not certain
10. Last thing received in the mail? Sterling Bulletin, the weekley paper from the last place I lived.
11. How many different beverages have you drank today? 3 chocolate almond cookie hot tea, water, chai
12. Do you ever leave messages on people's answering machines? why wouldn't you?
13.Who did you lose your CONCERT virginity to? umm, bit embarassed - Billy Ray Cyrus, I think
14. Do you draw your name in the sand when you go to the beach? beach? I grew up in Kansas - no water, no beach
15. What's the most painful dental procedure you've had?All my wisdom teeth removed at the same time. The last tooth I could feel before he added more pain killer
16. What is out your back door? I live in an apartment - no back door.
17. Do you have any plans for tonight? yup, make up and my photo for the church directory
18. Do you like the ocean? eh.
19. Have you ever received one of those big tins of 3 different popcorn? yup, don't like them though, if I'm going to recieve popcorn, I prefer it to be kettle or cinnamon - yummy!
20. Have you ever been to a planetarium? If so, it didn't make an impression where I remember it.

21. Let's take a deep breath before we continue.

22. Something you are excited about? SCRAPBOOKING!
23. What is your favorite flavor of JELLO? strawberry.
24. Are any of your great-grandparents still alive? Sadly, no, I only remember one.
25. Describe your keys:I have 5 keys - key chains include a pickle from Sechler's Pickles, an orage one from Fleet Farm, an I "heart" NY that Chris gave me upon her return from vaca and I really have no idea what else is on there. That's only the main chain, I have several others.
26. Where do you keep your change? tossed into my purse, maybe my coin purse or the change spot on top of the book shelf in my bedroom for Stuey or the quarter dish in the living room for laundry.
27. When was the last time you spoke in front of a large group of people?Sunday at church
28. What kind of winter coat do you have? a tan peacoat sorta thing and a giant black down monster of a thing.
29. What was the weather like on your graduation? nice, well, it rained the morning of grad school grad, but was nice that evening when I graduate, which really doesn't matter since it was all inside.
30. Do you sleep with the door to your room open or closed? open or it gets cold, that and my apt. is ghost-free.


I've thought about posting a couple of times recently but just haven't made it here.

So applied for a job yesterday (and several last week) and interviewed today on the phone. Not close to enough money, less than I make now but still in the Cities. Not going to work.

I'm not super excited about any of these positions but keep applying hoping they will lead to something.

Africa has me frustrated. The orientation I wanted to attend starts tomorrow and my boss wouldn't give me the time off at all. Then, the gal I've been working with in MI didn't get any of my 3 messages saying that I wasn't coming and left me a message today to see when I was coming home and telling me what hotel I was staying at for the weekend. ARGH! Communication with her is a trial to say the least. I'm very frustrated on that front.

I have to get my photo taken for the church directory tongiht. Another frustration. I don't want my photo taken. OK, I don't want my photo taken by myself. There has got to be a better way to do singles in a directory. Besides. I don't need a free 8x10 of me. I guess I'll send mine down to my folks. The directions tell us to dress according to who we are you know casual or formal and that we can bring props. I wanted to wear a feather boa but was told that was inappropriate by Rubes and Lynnae (who is getting her photo tomorrow and doesn't appear bothered by the whole ordeal). So what if I look a bit hookerish (I wouldn't, I would look fun and festive). Jesus loved and hung out with hookers.

Plus, got my hairs cut last night and think I have to get someone new. Really. There's just such a difference after having it done at home at Christmas and then with the new gal. Bit of a bummer, I'd say. Argh.

We have a 5 year old girl for a patient right now and she loves her call light. I've been watching a movie with her (Mary Poppins). She's calling again, I'm off!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

My famous dad

This past summer there was apparently a steam engine traveling the country and it stopped in my hometown for about 30 minutes. My dad happened to be driving by and pulled over to take this photo, making sure to get the town name on the building just above the engine.

He then entered it into a contest and won! This photo will be the photo given to each Chamber of Commerce member for the new year. He's autographed it and it will be haning in businesses all over town. How fun is that! He also got $100.

My dad retired last summer and is finding many ways to fill his time. Today he's driving to Amarillo TX to have an engine fixed and pick up a door and a shower for my cousin. Wish I could just do that sort of thing. Oh, yea, we're in very different seasons of life.

Pretty cool though, huh.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Are you there, Steve?

God's Many NamesOne day my four-year-old son asked me about God's name. I explained God had many names including Father, Lord, and Jehovah. After listening to my long explanation, my son asked, "Can I just call him Steve?"—Vicki Crooks, Klamath Falls, Oregon. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom."

this was too cute not to share

Thursday, January 11, 2007

little crazy

OK, so that's a lot of photos. I have a few more ready to go but thought I would give you a break and post them tomorrow. Enjoy!

NW Kansas

Mom and I thought this was hilarious, Rubes wasn't quite as amused but thought it pretty funny, too. This is on the hearth at my folks house.

Goodland is where Rubes lives and a giant painting is their claim to fame.

Gma & Gmpa

We all got to feed little Stuey and then hope he didn't spit it all back up on us. Dad's belly was a great place for a nap, Stuey loves his Grampa!
The dogs weren't really sure what to do with this little creature. They were afraid and yet wanted to be a part of things. They behaved though and didn't jump or lick.

Mom has been waiting for this moment for a long time and is ready to spoil at every turn. Stuey loves his Gramma Butzie!


Kara and Steve are the youngest on this side of the fam, from my mom's younger brother. Kara's 16 and Stevie is at KU getting a double major in journalism and something maybe? I'm sure that Rubes will correct me. They're good buds and typically siblings, as you can see.


Aunt Janet owns a quilt shop and this is her holding the baby on Christmas.

Gran only wants gifts that she can eat or wear so I took her out to eat a little burger joint the 26th. That is she and I there after we ate and before I got sick with the flu. fun.

Since Angie is a daddy's girl, Stuey will be a gpma's boy, I'm sure. But how freakin' CUTE is this picture!

Nothing like fam at the holidays

Steve is a sushi lover so we gave him a sushi making kit that included this swell headband. Too bad I can't remember/read what it says. I think it's "bonsai" or "komikazi?"
Kara was our little on until Adam came along, now at 16 she's not a little girl anymore!
Gran and her fabo furry scarf thingy.

The BEST Christmas present

We all agree, Stuey is the best present this year hands down (although I really do like my luggage with wheels).

Merry Christmas from L-town

UB and Rubes after church Christmas eve.
Kara and Steve with Stuey.
I just ordered a pillowcase from with this picture on it. How fun is that! I had a gift certificate and had to see how it would turn out. I'm so excited!
Robby-Rob came over to see Stuey. We know that everyone only came over to see the baby, not us. We're OK with that, that's why we all went home, too.

Christmas is tiring!

Steve and Gran took a nap amidst the Christmas mess. Later, Ang, Stuey, Kara and I all fell asleep on the folks bed. How can you not enjoy a good nap with the fam?

More fam.

This is UWub and the first great grand (his grandkid). What about that stach!?
Mom and Rubes
UWub and the Pimp Queen

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Dad's side of the fam

Three generations, dang it,wish Dad had been in this one! Ahhh, nothing says Christmas like the traditional Christmas pimp hat!

My Dad grew up in small town America and we always go over there for one day over the Christmas holiday. This year, we celebrated at my Uncle's new bar the Lazy T. We had a good time. My dad is the oldest of 3 and they were all there with 4 of 6 kids. Of those kids all of their kids (2) were there minus one husband. Not huge, but good size. This was the first time anyone there had seen Adam, we had a grand time.

We stopped by Aunt Freda's (like Freida, not Fred - ah) to show off.

My dad's side has celebrated Christmas with pizza for years, at least since I was in jr. high or high school. It started with Grandmother's brother and sister-in-law gave our family gift certificates to the pizza place in town for Christmas each year. yea for pizza! We used to also always have an angel food cake with a candle and sing "happy birthday" to Jesus. This is the first year that we didn't read the Christmas Story from the Bible before we opened presents. We were out of our element and it threw us off, I think.


Now that I've got the photo thing working, I'm getting busy here.

I haven't even started with any of the good family (aka BABY) pictures, but I'll leave those for tomorrow. I know, you're all waiting with baited breath.

Have a glorious evening, dear friends! I'm off to celebrate a birthday with a classmate!


This was just a super fun photo from a farewell last year.

This was just after Thanksgiving. Ang, Chris and I went to the Ordway to see White Christmas, which was, of course wonderful. It was actually on Angie's birthday (this is not my sister, incase you are confused) we decided to dress up. What says Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday like feathers, glitter and plunging bright red dresses? Too bad you can't see the fabulous shoes I was wearing!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Sterling Christmas

I love to go visit my friends in Sterling whenever I get to Kansas if it's possible. I was able visit campus, the bookstore (bought some treats for me and others), and get some serious visiting done to get the real scoop of what's going on these days. Then I was able to dine at Paddy's. Ahhh, Paddy's. It's under new ownership, which is sad and they don't have any idea how to make Paddy Cakes, but the company more than made up for it all. When I lived there they had breakfast night every Thursday and many of us would go so it was a mini-reunion. After supper, Joe2 and I went to Debbie and Andy's (aka Joe4) and then on to Hutch for drinks. It was so good to be back with part of the FABO VACA bunch. Dang we had fun back in the day.


How fun are we!?! I know, this makes you all jealous and wish you could hang out with us. Regardless of how cold it is outside - we're awfully warm-hearted.

I know, gag.

I'm back and in rare form, don't you think?


This is a bunch of us from church. Unfortunately the photographer didn't mention that we were blocking the tree!

While Paul sorta looks like an alien, those are battery packs for his light-up snowmen. OK! OK! So I admit it! All of this festive headgear is mine!

These antlers light up too, don't you just love it! I know that you wish you were here.

My birthday

Yup, these are from last month at my birthday. We met downtown and had a grand ol' time, as you can see.
Also important to note.
I was NOT the oldest one there.


These are pictures from the World's Largest Gingerbread House at the Mall of America. Aren't you jealous? I admit, I think that light is FABO!
That's my friend, Jeff, at the back door.
Those bricks are all gingerbread!

Kansas jobs

not moving there anytime soon.

I just spoke with the guy hiring for the position in western Kansas. I did not get that position. I talked with him for a bit about why I did not get either position. He said that while my qualifications were very good, others were better - the recent hire had been in a similar position elsewhere. He assured me that I had not screwed up any interviews and was capable of the positions, others just were more capable (my words not his).

So there ya have it. I believe that I will be flying to Grand Rapids the end of the month for volunteer training with CRWRC looking at volunteering for an extended time to Africa. This trip should also tell me where it is in Africa I would be headed and what I might be doing once there.

Thank you all for the encouraging words and prayers. Only God knows. I just wish he would share some of the information.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Word to Big Bird

Whilst cruisin' through my old blog entries (some of which are truly inspired and hilarious) I came across this word which I think is worth reminding everyone of so that you too can use it everyday.

woopknacker - n. an agressive, loud-mouthed person

Use it now! Hurry, use it (without referring to me) and let me know how it goes.

What a great word. I wonder if I can slip this into my Bible study on Evangelism tonight? SURE! I'll keep you posted.

Woopnacker. love that word.


Shocking. Job.

I still don't have a new one but am bound and determined to have a new one this year. I'm in limbo with two possibilities, both of which I do believe that I have mentioned. One in western KS and one in western Africa. We shall see.

I knew you were all waiting with baited breath so I thought I'd let you know. Hope to get ahold of some folks tomorrow and see where we go from there.

Also, I admit, the thought of going back to school has occured to me. Quick. Somebody slap me!

photo journal

OK, so I cannot get any photos to upload and I know that you are all terribly disappointed. I will try again tomorrow at work perhaps. It'd be great to do it at lunch if only the computers in teh back worked, but mine at the front does so I multi-task.

So imagine and wait, it will be worth it. THere are, of course, baby pictures (Stuey's not mine). Pictures of the World's Largest Gingerbread House; newly engaged friends, Christmas parties and naps and festive fotos of the fam.

You won't want to miss it!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

It is good

It is good to be back. I'm sitting at one of the public libraries. I've checked my emails. I've looked up about half a dozen or so websites I wrote down from the 3-4 magazines I read yesterday, have downloaded some great scrapbooking themes and have moved on to the pleasusre of my blog.

It's been awhile. Sometimes I still have no idea what to say, but it's good to be back.

I had an awesome time home in Kansas for Christmas. I flew straight into Wichita so did not have to mess with the snow in Denver, praise the Lord! I can't say the same for my poor sister (you can see pictures of her place over on her blog). I was able to see all the fam except for one cuz who had to stay in Oklahoma to work (soooo sorry you had to stay there of all places!) and it was good to see everyone.

I made my annual pilgrimage to my Alma Mater and saw most of the folks that I know that still work there, of course, got my brows waxed and my hairs cut by my alltime fav hairdresser! Ate at Paddy's, which has been sold and isn't quite the same, and spent the night with a friend who, are you ready for this? While I am prone to exaggeration, I am not kidding you when I say that these friends have 30 outdoor cats that they are aware of at this point, 1 indoor bunny, 2 indoor dogs (big ones) and SIX indoor cats. Yup, hooray for the allergy queen! It was fun, but I admit having trouble breathing and seeing. I do believe that this was actually the beginning of my flu season, not just allergies. What a trip!

Anyway, it was great fun to get to hang out at the Lazy T. My Uncle Wayne and his wife, Susie, bought the bar in town and are having fun with that. We closed it down the Sat. afternoon before Christmas for the family celebration. It was fun and there was lots of room.

OK, can't stand it. I have to upload my photos. I hope to write more this afternoon for your reading and viewing pleasure.

Friday, January 05, 2007

I'm back

Let's try this.

I tried several times prior to Christmas to post and the computer at work would not allow it.

Had the flu over the holiday.

Now I'm back and raring to go!

Miss me?!