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————————————————–… December 31, 2005

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me: “oh, @#&*, i have to go blog.”

husband: “why do you have to go blog right this minute?”

me: “because i was silly and i put it out there that i would hit 150 posts before the end of the year.”

husband: “well, what are you going to write about?”

me: “i don’t even know.”

husband: “well, go rant about something, that’s what you’re good at.”

me: “but i don’t feel like ranting, i’m actually HAPPY.”

(the earth stops rotating on its axis as hell freezes over)

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happy new year, everyone. 🙂

seven swans a-swimming December 31, 2005

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do you think i ever actually made it out of my pj’s today? 🙂

congratulations to my friend ally, the only one who routinely graces me with comments. she just found out that she and her husband are expecting a second boy-child.

i just joined two new webrings. my ring neighbor in the second one sent me a very nice email welcoming me to the community, and i’m very excited. i also just noticed that our yahoo! avatars have the same hairstyle and glasses. hmmmm…

my house smells like brownies and very tomato-y shrimp creole.

i need a shower. and to cook some rice. and to do the dishes. and to get the rest of my living room painted. and to print out some of the pics in my digital camera. i don’t think i’m gonna get those last two done before 2006, though.

so, i know there are rules governing the collects and what times of the year they are used, but i was just browsing and landed on this…

Of the Incarnation

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully
restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may
share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our
humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

see, Christmas is not yet over for me, in spite of the dead trees that began appearing on my neighbors’ curbs on the 26th. amidst all the throwing away of the boxes and wrapping paper, the taking down of the holiday decorations (which i never do until after epiphany on january 6th), and the exclamations of “i’m so glad Christmas is over!” we forget that the miracle of the Incarnation is NEVER really over. GOD…who created all things and imbued all things with His spirit, became like US. if that’s not worth remembering 365 days a year (and 366 in leap years!), then i have to ask you, what is?

i’m annoyed… December 31, 2005

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…stupid blogger is freezing up every time i try to upload pictures. i took some really pretty ones last night of our christmas tree all lit up, and of the sunset, and i just wanted to share them, but nooooo…

growing up in my family, new year’s eve centered around dick clark and the times square ball drop and lots of foods we never got to eat the rest of the year. and i don’t mean black eyed peas and cabbage! i mean seafood and junk food. my mom sometimes made crab nachos or seafood enchiladas, and we ordered pizza and got take out desserts from the local tgi friday’s – they had a chocolate malt ball cake at one point that was just to die for. so, i’ve taken up the seafood tradition in my life as an adult. i have crockpot shrimp creole going, in honor of will’s louisiana heritage, and i’m about to start on the crab enchiladas. after all that’s done, i might think about getting out of my pajamas. 🙂

in case anyone is wondering… December 30, 2005

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…why the sudden flurry of posting activity, it’s because i have set a rather silly goal of hitting 150 posts before year end. this is number 147.

i’ve been re-reading divine secrets of the ya-ya sisterhood by rebecca wells, one of my very favorite “chick-lit” books ever (the 2002 movie didn’t even begin to do it justice). i am near the beginning where sidda is reminiscing about her mother vivi as a young woman at spring creek and writing about the fact that she judged people “by how well they swam and whether they made her laugh or not.” this naturally made me think, how do *i* judge people? what makes someone “ya-ya” or “ya-ya-no” in my own book? yes, i know i shouldn’t really be judging anyone at all, but i do. we all do. i judge people by their table manners, their spelling and grammar, and the condition of their teeth. how do YOU judge people? i’m curious, and any comments would be most welcome.

In the year 2006 December 30, 2005

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In the year 2006 I resolve to:
Stop checking my e-mail at 3:00 in the morning.

Get your resolution here

in other words, take my anxiety meds as prescribed so i can sleep through an entire night.

You Passed 8th Grade Science December 29, 2005

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You Passed 8th Grade Science
Congratulations, you got 8/8 correct!

Could You Pass 8th Grade Science?

a survey cross-posted from my myspace bulletins December 29, 2005

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40 QUESTIONS…ready…GO!

1. Ever been given a ring? yes
2. Longest Relationship? four and a half years now
3. Last gift you received: chili’s gift card and a car visor cd holder and some chocolate candies with liquor in ’em
4. How many times have you dropped your cell? more times than i can count, it’s why the display is all scratched up
5. Last sport you played? pool? does that count as a sport? and i do the 50-yard toddler-chase fairly regularly, too.
6. Things you spend a lot of money on? toys, eating out
7. Three things you ate last? pancakes, green beans, lemon chicken
8. First thing you notice about the opposite sex? smile
9. One favorite song: just one?! deep ocean, vast sea – peter murphy
10. Where do you live? Tornado Alley                                                                                                                                                     11. High School you Attend(ed)? it was south of here                                                                                                                            12. Cell phone service provider? trac fone, at least until i get verizon wireless paid off.
13. Favorite mall store: i like the makeup at hot topic, but overall i hate the mall, and shopping in general
14. Longest Job held? 2 years and 3 months
15. Do you own a pair of dice? if the dice are considered community property, then you have NO IDEA how many i own!
16. Do you prank call people? uhhh, no.
17. Last wedding attended? my sister’s, at which i presided.
18. First friend you’d call if you won the lottery? if i won the lottery, i’d become real picky about my friends
19. Last time you attended church: christmas eve midnight mass
20. Favorite fast food restaurant? taco cabana
21. Biggest lie you have heard? i don’t remember the exact wording, but it was something along the lines of “the only reason to live with someone is if you can’t live without them”. i dearly love the person who told me this, but that doesn’t change the fact that i think it’s a bunch of co-dependent bullshit.
22. Where do you work? in a hospital
23. Where’s your favorite place to eat with friends? anyplace, really. i love going out with friends to eat. ESPECIALLY to taco cabana!
24. Can you cook? i’m a good cook.
25. What car do you drive? suzuki aerio
26. Best kisser? mmm, husband                                                                                                                                                               27. Last time you cried? saturday morning
28. Most hated food: watery grits, the way husband cooks them. 🙂
29. Things you like most about yourself: i am intelligent and organized, have a good sense of humor, make good looking babies, and i am an organ donor. 🙂
30. Thing you hate most about yourself: i don’t hate anything about myself, but i am annoyed by my tendency to make a huge issue over really stupid things, and i wish i was better at just letting things go
31. Person you want to do in a bad way: what context is “do” being used in here?
32. Longest shift you have worked at a job? 16 hours
33. Favorite Movie? i can’t pick just one, but here are the top 3: bandits, garden state, and moulin rouge
34. Can you sing? i have a good voice for liturgical and choral music, but nothing else
35. Last concert attended? depeche mode, last month.
36. Last kiss? this morning from Boy-o when i got him up, and from husband when we left for work
37. Last movie rented? 8 mile
38. Favorite Alcoholic drink? cosmopolitans
39. Thing you never leave home without: my keys. well, not always my keys, somtimes they’re husband’s keys because i can’t find mine
40. Immediate vacation spot: 8 hours south

i’ve finally gotten over both my strep throat… December 29, 2005

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…and my supreme irritation that Christmas Eve didn’t go exactly as i planned. sometimes, i wonder what it would be like to not have this insane need to control every minute of my day, not to mention every minute of the day for all the people in my immediate orbit. i don’t think i’ll ever know what that’s like, though. i think the best i can hope for is to simply not freak out when plans don’t work out.

we had a wonderful christmas surrounded by family, and we were very blessed to receive lots of presents. there were books and restaurant gift cards and movie theater gift certificates and a pretty wall hanging for the house (see previous post about not having anything pretty and how depressing it all was) and bath and body works stuff (that and hot topic makeup are my only real concessions to being girly) and fudge (a gift you can never go wrong with) and money (a gift you can REALLY never go wrong with). Boy-o was showered with all manner of toys and clothes and of course he loved ripping the wrapping paper more than anything. hands down, my favorite gift of his was a “wiggles dancing guitar” – when you stand it on end, it dances by itself, but so far he has been SCARED TO DEATH of it! i was getting him dressed this morning, and i started the guitar going while i put his shirt on. he took off running out of the room with the shirt only half over his head! i couldn’t stop laughing. finally, he peeked back around the corner of his door, and when he saw that guitar still dancing, he gave a small smile and rocked back and forth with it. i’m feeling optimistic now that he will, in fact, bond with the dancing guitar.

we’re looking forward to a quiet new year’s eve with some of husband’s family. we’ll eat my crab and shrimp enchiladas, drink some champagne, listen to the guys play their fiddles and guitars (of the non-wiggles dancing type), and kiss each other at midnight. we’ll go out to breakfast on new year’s day and make resolutions that we probably won’t keep and overall begin 2006 on a much more optimistic note than we began 2005.

Remember us, 0 God; from age to age be our comforter. You have given us the wonder of time, blessings in days and nights, seasons and years. Bless your children at the turning of the year and fill the months ahead with the bright hope that is ours in the coming of Christ. You are our God, living and reigning, for ever and ever. Amen.

this day never goes the way i plan. December 24, 2005

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this day never goes the way i plan.

martha stewart i’m not December 21, 2005

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i love my life, but my house is decidedly lacking in pretty things. i need more pretty things. i’ll have to see what i can do about that.

and i always get this way around the holidays. it’s all the lights and the decorations that make me want to make a beautiful home that reflects ME, but the feeling wears off by january when i realize once again just how much work it would be to make a velvet comforter cover – especially considering i can’t sew. 🙂