Thursday, February 26, 2004

I think I like this once a week blogging marathon Sorry you all for not writing more regularly. My life is stuck in fast forward!

Friday Five! (Or Thursday Five if you're late like me!)

When was the last time you...

1. ...went to the doctor?
Thursday, February 12

2. ...went to the dentist?
somewhere between 1986-1989 (I had a horrible experience and have yet to conquer my fear to return--I'm a wimp)

3. ...filled your gas tank?I filled it on Sunday (Feb. 22) when we got home from visiting Josh's parents

4. enough sleep?
Ugh..probably about 3 weeks. I have not been sleeping well

5. ...backed up your computer?
Me personally? Umm..I don't think I've ever done it. Ouch. I think Josh might have done it before? My wonderful friend, Brian, has on a couple of occasions been able to retrieve numerous files when my computer locked up :)

Survivor All Stars!

Rob C bit the dust. And I personally think it was a very wise move of Boston Rob. Not that I'm happy Rob C is gone, I liked him and all, but he definitely was a very real threat to Boston Rob and definitely cannot be trusted. It will be interesting to see what happens this week.

BY the way, I saw a preview of tomorrow night's show and they said something to the effect of "the losing team of the immunity challenge will be dissolved" Hmm. They could totally get rid of a team or they could take that team and divide it up on the other teams.?. So I guess I'll have to wait and see.

Oh and an update on Jenna M that came from Anna:
" just read an interview by Jenna M - she explained that her mother had been battling cancer for like, 8 or 9 years, that it had just become a part of life for her and her family. I wish I could remember where I read it from.. but anyway, since I can't remember the exact phrasing, basically, she was living her life and not sitting around for a whole decade waiting on her mom to die. I'm glad she was able to be there with her at the end."
Thanks for filling me in!


I started The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis over the weekend. My brother-in-law got the series for Christmas and let me borrow the first one. It's ok. I'm not a big fantasy fan, but was curious. It's not too bad. Anna recommended "She's Undone" by Wally Lamb, which I picked up at the library this afternoon!

My Weekend

We went to Josh's parents for the weekend, which is in Alton, IL (about an hour away from St. Louis). It is always fun to go visit and relax. They are such laidback people and it is nice to just hang out and share life with them. This weekend they got us tickets to a hogroast dinner and a concert with a band (country-yee rah)that is pretty popular in the area. We agreed to go so we could spend some time with them, not because we enjoy that type of thing really.

Anyway, so we went and as I sat there I came up with a 4 step plan for our Easter service at The Crossover. We've been struggling with how to get new people (specifically unchurched) to attend our services. This night gave me lots of great ideas! Here's the plan:

1. Get a fiddler! While in the restroom I heard several people talk about how awesome the fiddler was and that you can't beat a band with a great fiddler. (By the way, the fiddler was really good--and I'm not a big fiddler fan!)

2. Bring on the Jell-O shots! I'm telling you this is a definite moneymaker! We can pull in people PLUS increase our offering. Can't beat that! These things went like hotcakes!

3. Add a really good dancer! They had this young kid that was a pretty good country dancer and he had the crowd up and clapping and laughing and having a great time.

4. And last but not least, end the service with a rousing rendition of "I Got Friends in Low Places" or some other song where everyone can sing along. After the jell-O shots, everyone seemed a lot freer to dance and sing loud.

Needless to say, I am a sheltered person who is unaccustomed to bar behavior. It was fascinating to watch. I just don't get it and I can't say that I'm sad that I don't get it. It would be interesting to learn these people's stories. I'm becoming more and more fascinated with people's stories. I think that's why (in general) people are so intrigued by reality TV. It's learning people's stories!

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Outsmarting Dial-up

In the hopes of not losing everything I type, I'm am going to take Anna's advice and I typed this up as an email and copied and pasted it. Thanks for the heads up Anna!

Survivor All-Stars

BRIAN--if you haven't watched the one from Feb. 12 yet, skip this section!

OH my gosh! Jenna M. (previous winner of Survivor Amazon) walks! Ok, now for the full story. Jenna's mother is a cancer survivor, but from the way they made it sound, she was in a cancer center, so she must have gotten worse. ANYWAY...Jenna went ahead and came to the game anyway. Well she felt terrible almost immediately for doing so and hesitated on whether she should stay. Finally she voiced her concerns to her tribe and said that she really thought she needed to leave because if anything happened to her mom and she was out here playing a game she would never forgive herself (well-duh!). So anyway, she tells Jeff at the next immunity challenge that she wants to go home and they take her off by boat and at the end of the show there is a little written update thingy that says 8 days after Jenna got home her mother passed away! How awful! I'm so glad she did go. But there is part of me that can't believe she came in the first place, but I've done some pretty stupid stuff, so who am I to talk?

The show really wasn't that interesting last week, beyond Richard's (the gay guy who won the first Survivor) shark wrestling match that ended up with a shark bite for Richard and a Richard bite and becoming dinner for the shark! It was hilarious, Colby (from Survivor Outback) says, "Can you call a gay guy a stud? Richard, you're a stud." lol. That was pretty funny.

All in all, Rupert is doing poorly..he made a mess of the reward challenge in my opinion, Ethan's future looks much brighter. Richard is by far the best player and has a great chance of winning if he can dodge Tribal Council for awhile until he gets some friends. He is so smart about people, but he himself is such a jerk (or appears to I really know him!)! Colby is doing well with Richard on his team, it gives him a chance to not stand out. The girls, with the exception of Kathy & Jerri, aren't doing so well in my opinion. Amber has a chance if she can keep her wits about her and keep her hormones under control.

Well anyway, enough of that until after the next episode!

Friday Five!

1. Are you superstitious?
Nope. But I do feel a bit funny about walking under a ladder?? Go figure. And I didn't let my hubby see me until I walked down the aisle at our wedding.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?I haven't.

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?I love the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride on their wedding day until she walks down the aisle. I just think it is so romantic.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?Luck? I guess not, I mean I don't have anything special that I hang onto.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not? I don't. Why? The honest answer is because I was brought up not to. That it was of the devil and evil etc. I have never looked into it to actually see what I believe. I don't think God set things up so that we could tell the future by the stars etc and that as the moons and stuff change that that affects us in our lives. But do I know for sure? Of course not, but He's never led me to look into all of that so I don't think that is how He set it up.


Have you ever tie-dyed anything? Oh my gosh, last night my girl scout troop tie-dyed t-shirts and it was SO MUCH FUN! They look so cool and everyone's looks different even though we used the same colors and similar ways of banding the shirts. I highly recommend this as project to do with your kids on a rainy day. It is relatively cheap. I bought 2 kits from Wal-Mart for $9.97 a piece and we did 11 girl shirts and 1 adult shirt and I still have plenty of dye leftover.

Pajama Day!

The kids and I had Pajama Day on Monday since there was no school and it was so much fun. We had breakfast and lounged around and then did some puzzles and read some books. After lunch Jumanji was on, so we watched the rest of that and then the kids played Nintendo and I read and book. It was a wonderful LAZY day!


I finished up The Act of Marriage, which was pretty good but outdated..I think the copyright is 1970 something. I also finished my Mary Higgins Clark book which was ok. I like some of her stuff, but she is a bit descriptive and that gets on my nerves. I'm not sure what I'm gonna read next. I'm looking at Waking the Dead by John Eldredge as my non-fiction and maybe The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis as my fiction. But haven't decided yet.. Suggestions are welcome!

Saturday, February 14, 2004

I HATE dial-up!

Have I mentioned lately that I HATE DIAL-UP! It is SO frustrating! I wrote out this big long post and then I went to post and publish and the stupid thing wouldn't work because my dial-up had disconnected (FOR WHAT REASON- I DO NOT KNOW!) and so I lost my whole post. MAN that's irritating.

SO this is it for now, because I'm too frustrated to retype everything.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

My Apologies!

Life has definitely sped up the last couple of weeks! So I haven't been able to make time to get here and I haven't been able to make time to participate in Blogger Idol either :( Unfortunately I don't see how I can possibly continue that takes SO MUCH time! I can't believe how long it takes to read all the blogs etc. It's an awesome idea though!

Survivor All-Stars

I have made time to watch my most favorite TV show though! This season is off to a good start :) The most difficult thing this time around is that the survivors were not given matches or anything else to help them start a fire. The first tribe to go to tribal council was not allowed to take fire back either! The main problem with the lack of fire is then there is also NO drinkable WATER! Yikes! Anyway at the first tribal council Tina (winner of Survivor Outback) was voted off and in the second tribal council Rudy was voted off. The same tribe went to both tribal councils--ouch for Saboga! SO we'll see what comes next this Thursday!

Friday Five!

Just playing a little catch up today! Thanks for reading :)

1. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Daring thing? Hmm.. I am not daring. I once drove around a curve at 55mph when it said to take it at 25mph and the people with me about had a coronary, which was funny, but that really isn't daring, it's just stupid. (I was 16 at the time)

2. What one thing would you like to try that your mother/friend/significant other would never approve of?
Mother? Skydiving..she'd have a fit!

3. On a scale of 1-10, what's your risk factor? (1=never take risks, 10=it's a lifestyle)
I would say probably a 4. I'm not a risk taker. And I tend to take less risks the older I get. If I'm in the right mood, I might be really silly, but I usually don't do anything considered "risky".

4. What's the best thing that's ever happened to you as a result of being bold/risky?
I got to travel to Brazil South America when I was 17 to visit missionaries our church supported. I went all by myself and I had never even been on an airplane before that visit! Of course this had more to do with God than me being risky, but it still was pretty bold/risky.

5. ... and what's the worst?
I'm not sure...because most things that have seemed "bad" because of my boldness have actually been valuable learning experiences that ended up being very good for me! I'm sure there is something, but it's not coming to mind immediately.