Sunday, January 25, 2009

Want to join a book club??

Have you always wanted to join a book club, but don't have time to attend meetings in person? Maybe all the friends you'd like to be in a club with, live far, far away from you. Well today I have your solution!! Come join a new ONLINE book club!!

We're brand new - just got set up last night, and we are looking for new members!

Come check us out!!

We're taking book suggestions right now in our List thread.

Also, even if you don't have time to read, please consider joining anyways. You're more then welcome to be a "lurker" and just read our discussions, or relax a bit with our on-site chat box. Everyone needs a place for some "adult" conversation - believe me, my brain's been screaming for some!

If you decide to join, let me know in the comments and I'll look for you when I'm on too. Know anyone else who'd be interested? Please pass on the link! Thanks so much! I hope to see some of you there.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Rant of the week!

**This is personal, not nanny related, just FYI**

So today started off good. I had a doctor's appointment at my Alternative Health Doctor, and everything checked out great. We're sticking with once a month rechecks, unless something gets out of balance, and I have a good supply of supplements that shouldn't change. So then, since I didn't have to work today, I had time to go to the bank. Well, I decided to go to a branch of my bank that's close to my doctor's, but I've never been there before. So the parking lot is really weird, and as I'm navigating it to pull into the drive up ATM, this curb comes out of no where!! (OK so I know the curb doesn't move, but seriously, I did not see it!!) I hit it pretty bad, and felt like a complete novice driver, but then, guess what . . . it busted up my tire!! Yep, tore it and it was completely flat.

PTL I had just gotten new tires within the last year, so I had a new, full-size tire in the trunk. So I pull into a parking spot, and get out, pissed off, frustrated, and so not wanting to change a tire in the middle of the bank parking lot! LOL But I pull out all the stuff and get started. Now I'm very proud of the fact that I can change a tire, and not have to call AAA (and wait 2+ hours) or try and find some random guy to change it for me. But can I tell you that in the 20 or so mins that it took me to change the tire NO ONE STOPPED TO ASK ME IF I NEEDED HELP!! And to make it worse, two, yes I repeat TWO men walked right by me in the parking lot and said nothing.

*pauses for appropriate gasps*

I know, right?! I mean I freaking live in the south - supposedly the land of gentlemen who help damsels in distress!! Ok, so I wasn't exactly a damsel in distress, but I was covered in black junk from the tires/bolts/jack and that was not making me happy at all! I mean come on people!! Help a girl out why don't ya?!

So, for any parents reading this blog, I have two requests:

  1. Please teach your boys to grow into helpful, courteous men that will at least offer to help a girl change her tire, even if it looks like she's got everything under control. She may decline the help, but she'll still appreciate the offer.
  2. Please make sure your daughters know how to change a tire before you let them get their driver's license. I learned, because the summer before my senior year of high school, I was at Summer Honors (Lee University - holla'!!), and on a trip into Chattanooga, one of the cars got a flat. Out of about nine girls, only one knew how to change the tire, and no one stopped to help us. So, I watched and I learned how to change a tire, and I'm so glad I did.

So, that's my rant for now. I just had to get it out there. I mean I know that it's very rare to find a gentleman these days, and I'm still impressed when the door is held open for me by a random guy, but in an (for lack of a better word) extreme situation, I would hope they would rise to the occasion.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

WWWAT: Goals, Change, etc.

Yay it's time for the first WWWAT for 2009! And I totally remembered! So our theme this time is change, goals, new beginnings, etc. You know, all the things having to do with the new year and resolutions. So, I thought the first picture should be a self-portrait of me now, because I hope to change myself this year. Not just physically, but also behaviors, etc. I feel very work focused right now, and I hope to change that to become more people focused. My New Year's resolution is so be able to make that time for friends and family, that seems to be taken over by work (because I can't say no). So here I am, flaws and all.

My next resolution is typical, yet not. Yes I want to lose weight, get healthy, etc., but I also don't want to be ruled by this thing we call "the scale" (said in a deep voice with a hint of doom to the tone). I don't want my mood, emotions, or the way I feel about myself on any given day to be dictated by a few numbers on a scale.

Then comes the big one. To be more financially responsible. At this point I don't really have a choice, I'm being thrown into it head first. My mother is going on a four month mission trip, and I'm left to take care of myself and the house by myself. Of course I've lived on my own, so this is nothing horrifically new, but this feels different.

And last, but not least, my goal this year is to put myself out there. To be open to love, and see what God's plan for my relationship status is. I believe God has put desires in my heart that cannot be fulfilled by sitting on the couch. So I'm stepping out in faith.

I also want to start blogging more consistently. Not only about the hard things, but the really great things. I figure you're looking at my blog now, so I don't need a picture for that. Please come back and visit, and see if I accomplish this goal. I don't promise it'll be interesting, but I'm going to try.
Now head on over to Rachel's blog to check out the rest of the WWWAT participants.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

*Giggle fit*

Cullen Boys Pictures, Images and Photos