Friday, November 28, 2008

Template boo-boos and Christmas movies

OK, I tried to change my template yesterday. Bad idea! It turned out I deleted all the extras I had, so I'm in the process of trying to get things back to the way I like them. I am trying some new stuff, but I'm not sure I'll keep 'em. Thanks to my friends, Dean and Tony, for helping me get my page. I can always count on those guys to help me with technical difficulties. THANKS GUYS!

So, now that Thanksgiving is behind us, Christmas is on the mind. Of course the retail stores were pushing BEFORE Thanksgiving to get Christmas on the mind, but I resisted with every fiber in my being. OK, maybe I didn't really. I'm almost done with the Christmas shopping. While I was hanging out at another friend's blog (Brenda Beside the Sea) I started sharing with her some of my favorite Christmas movies. I thought I would go ahead and spark that conversation here, too. Some of my (our) favorite Christmas movies are:

A Christmas Story used to be one of my favorites until I started watching it with my kids one year and realized how much foul language is in it (one foul word is in the clip, so be warned)! Funny how we don't notice stuff like that until we're surrounded by innocence, huh? What are some of your favorite Christmas movies?

Monday, November 24, 2008

In Between

Since I'm in between group Bible studies, I've struggled with what I should be reading in the Bible on my own. I know that probably sounds a bit silly, but it's true. It's saddening to me to realize how trivial, daily things come between God and me if I'm not involved in a structured group study. In the past I've tried to read a Psalm and a Proverb each day, and that helps most of the time. However, this time I've just been getting splices of the Word here and there, you know? I recently received a copy of My Utmost for His Highest, or is it My Highest for His Utmost? I don't even remember and I'm too lazy to go get the book from my bedroom. Well, it's a nice devotional book, however, the Scripture given for each day is extremely minimal, so I don't really feel fed after using the book. Well, this morning I decided to ask God what I should read - imagine that! I believe He told me to read James, so James it is. I've done a precept study on James before, so I'm very familiar with the book, but that was years ago. God's Word is so amazing in that a person can do a deep word-by-word study, and yet STILL learn something new every time it's read! I love that about God and His word! So today, after reading James chapter 1, I'm asking God to help me keep a tight reign on my tongue (verse 26) I know that is one of my many faults. So, what are you working on these days?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

what the?

Anyone know why there's now a 'snippets' thingie on my blog? Where'd it come from and how do I get rid of it? I looked through the "Help" stuff, but didn't see this one addressed. I googled it, but am still confused. I look forward to any advice, but I dread it at the same time because I seriously doubt I'll understand any of it. I don't like my blog being invaded! Has this happened to you before?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fun with Word Verification

Have you noticed on some blogs people are making up definitions based on their word verifications? There are a lot of clever and funny people out there. Let this post be a challenge to you to use your word verification (WF) today. Here's an example of one I did earlier.

WF barbagge.
What happens when your Barbie doll is too old to enjoy. "The girl could no longer enjoy playing with her aged Barbie. Therefore, she threw it in the barbagge.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I wanted to discuss what most people may consider to be a touchy subject - re-gifting. I, for one, think that it is perfectly acceptable to re-gift. I mean, if you receive something that makes you think of someone else, then why not pass that gift along? Isn't it better to give than to receive? I think so, and evidently I'm not alone; read this article. So, with all this being said, let it be a gentle reminder to you that if I give you something that looks familiar, just smile and say, "Why, thank you!". I'm kidding, of course. Yeah, that's the ticket - I'm kidding!

Footnote: According to my research, the term "re-gifting" was made popular by a Seinfeld episode titled "The Label Maker". Why am I not surprised?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Just so you'll know... are a few things you should know about me.

  • I'm not a morning person. I've tried and tried to change, but it just ain't gonna happen.

  • It might take a while for me to consider you a friend, but once I do, there's no changing it (unless, of course, you're a complete and total jerk, which if you were, you wouldn't be my friend anyway, so the point is moot).

  • I'm not very trusting, so if you tell me something I will probably google it later when you don't know about it. Why I trust google is beyond me.

  • I'm an avid reader, a book to me is great therapy.

  • I love, love, love to sing. It makes my soul skip like a little girl.

  • My children keep me humble. They call me out on things I don't think people notice.

  • I feel like the luckiest woman in the world every time I realize who I married.

  • Coffee and chocolate are two of THE most wonderful things in God's creation. I just know He was thinking of me when He created these heavenly treats.

  • My greatest weakness is sticking to a budget. Just thinking about it makes me want to go on a spending spree and buy DVD's and purses.

  • I still cry during some scenes of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, "Titantic" and "Passion of the Christ".

  • Large crowds unnerve me.

  • I have a short-term memory problem.

  • The piano is my favorite musical instrument.

  • Josh Groban music puts me in a trance.

That's probably enough for one spell. Actually, it's probably more than enough. I would enjoy hearing some things about you, too, so feel free to share in your comments.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Very important post!

I'm having a slight dilemma. I need more checks - but what design should I choose? I know, it's a tough one, isn't it? Well, here's my thought process on my choices: Wonder Woman - I really want the WW checks, but I'm afraid people will think I'm a total dork for having a comic book heroine on my checks (especially if I were to opt for the matching checkbook cover, which looks really cool, BTW). Natural scenery - not quite as exciting and fun as WW, but quite peaceful to look at, which might be good when I'm paying out the wazoo for utilities and groceries. Gone With the Wind - now, this is my favorite movie of all time, so it should be a given, especially since there are 8 different scenes compared to 4 for WW and the nature scenes. I just don't know, too many choices. I didn't even mention the cute Bambi checks or the ever so holy-looking checks with the crosses, or the Thomas Kincade designs! What if I chose the Thomas Kincade designs WITH the Scripture verses?! I'd really look all righteous then wouldn't I?

Monday, November 10, 2008

taking off

We are going camping for one last time this year. Yeah, it's cold, but not as cold as it will be soon. I will not be posting for several days. I know, what WILL you do? Don't despair. Feel free to browse through my older posts... or not. ;0) I will catch up with you all when we return, Lord willing. I hope we can enjoy our last outing. The kids both have colds, so it might not be the greatest. ta ta for now!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

What If Starbucks Marketed Like the Church?

I still can't figure out how to show a video here, but I think this link will take you to the video I wanted you to see. It's very clever, I think and I think you'll really like it. Well, maybe not like it, but appreciate it. Anyway, let me know. I should give out a shout out to my friend who showed it to me via facebook. Thanks, friend! ;0)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What have I done now?

Well, I did something today that I swore I would never do again. I offered to teach a class. Yep, I did. Starting next semester I will be teaching 7th-10th grade kids American Sign Language (ASL) for beginners. What possessed me to do such a thing? I have really, really been enjoying having Fridays all to myself from 9-3. Now I've obligated myself to teach in the afternoon. No more "me time", well at least not as much "me time". I have to admit that the reason I decided to do this is because every now and then the crazy idea would come to me, and so today I figured it must be God telling me to do this. Not so much for the kids, necessarily, but for me. Does that sound selfish? I think God wants me to do this so that I can brush up on my ASL and not be so fearful when I plunge back into the Deaf community, which BTW God has been telling me to do again for quite some time now, but I am conviently busy so I haven't done it yet (again with the run-on sentences!). So anyway, there you go.

On a different subject, my husband told me the good news today that 24 will again be on TV November 23rd!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Frugal Frustration

OK, so there are many people who swear by coupons and such. I hear stories of people who use so many coupons that the store owes THEM money at the end of check-out. How in the world? I can't tell you how many times I have tried to clip coupons and save money, only to save maybe a buck fifty, which really I didn't save anything since the Sunday paper cost me that much! So what am I doing wrong? Today I searched several sites recommended to me by a friend. These sites are dedicate to the coupon seekers, the freebie finders and the rebate queens. I even went to the sites they had linked, but ended up so frustrated. The site where you sign up for freebies was a waking nightmare. I had to accept or decline a slew of "offers" and I don't even think I ever got to the end, so I don't suppose I'll get any freebies. It reminded me of when I tried to win all four or five seasons of 24, but never finished the mountain of offers, and I somehow ended up being a member of a dumb DVD club that obligated me to buy a certain number of DVD's at a "discount" and I still didn't get 24 because I never got to the end of the survey or whatever you wanna call it (whew! how's that for a run-on sentence?). Another freebie site wanted me to give them the names and e-mails of four friends. I didn't want to do that, because I wouldn't want someone giving out my information that would lead to extra junk e-mail in my inbox. Alas, no freebies there either. Another thing, I always find the store brand even cheaper than the name brand item with the coupon. Also, most of the items that have coupons, we don't use. I guess it's hopeless in my case. The only way I'll be able to save money is when it's gardening time again. I already miss the fresh vegetables.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Revelation Update

I didn't want to leave you hanging, so I thought I'd fill you in on what the kids and I have learned about the last two churches mentioned in the book of Revelation. Isn't that thoughtful of me? ;0) Philadelphia is a faithful church. They received no reproof from Jesus Christ! How cool would that be, huh? The believers of the church in Philadelphia kept His word and did not deny His name. Jesus promised them that He would make those of the synogogue of Satan bow down to them and know that He loves believers! Jesus tells the Philadephians that He has put before them an open door that no one can shut, so they need to take every opportunity He gives them to serve, tell others about Him. Then the last church discussed, and this one always gets me, is the church of Laodicea. This church, sadly, did not receive any PRAISE from Jesus. Instead He told them that because they were neither hot nor cold, He wanted to vomit them out of His mouth! He told them that they weren't even aware that they were wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. This church really made on impression on the kids (like it has me all these years). Just thinking about making God want to vomit you out of His mouth is a huge wake-up call. At least it should be. Jesus again promised the overcomers that they will sit down with Him on His throne, just as He sat down on His Father's throne. It's amazing how merciful our Saviour is. No matter how far we stumble, He still gives us the chance to turn back to Him. Praise You, Jesus! All of the Scripture I've referred to so far is in Revelation 1-3. As a fun activity, the kids made a model of one of the seven churches. They both chose Smyrna because Jesus had only praise for them. I can see why they chose Smyrna. Next the kids and I will study on what it means to be an overcomer. Good stuff! Well, that's your Revelation recap for the day. Have a blessed one!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Answer me this...

Should someone's belief be challenged even if you already know their answer?