Thursday, December 27, 2007


FutureMe has come in handy once again. I had to renew my driver's license today, and I was uber nervous about passing the signs test. And wouldn't ya know it, they didn't have any material to study by!! I ended up passing, barely, and now I have written myself a note to prepare myself for the next renewal. I've sent an email to my future self, to be delivered on December 1, 2015, about 28 days before I need to renew my license. It explains exactly what happened today and reminded me of the signs I got incorrect.

Those emails can really come in handy. Should we do one for the day after our 1001 days are up? I don't know, we already have our lists to go by...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Hyped Up

I came in to work a little bit this morning, and the problem is that I don't know how to make coffee for less than 8 people. So I made the normal amount of coffee and Walt and I drank it all. That means I've had two cups of coffee this morning when I usually have that much caffeine in like 3 weeks time! I am really antsy at this point. I was trying to find funny Christmas pictures to post on here, cause I like to have a laugh, but it turns out most Christmas cartoons aren't funny, they're just crude or don't make sense or what have you. So, you just get one. Merry Christmas everyone!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

So very, very slow. And very, very random.

It is reaaaaally quiet and slow at work today. No one is buying flooring, they are buying Christmas presents!! Like toys! Jenn suggested I blog, so I'm going to attempt to find something to blog about.

Congratulations to Stephen!! Yesterday he won a radio trivia contest (where do poinsettas come from? Mexico!) and got us four "tickets" to Golden Corral!! He loves it, because he's a yeast roll whore. We used to go to Ryan's for lunch in Charleston (same thing as Golden Corral), and he wouldn't even order a buffet. He'd just get the yeast rolls baskets nonstop. That's one reason why making fluffy, edible yeast rolls are a goal of mine!

Last night we had our Christmas party with Gail and Jeff. I will have to post pictures later. It was fun and very delicious!! Mmm, so much food. We got some cute pictures of all the couples, so I'll have to make sure to get them up here.

I just ran across this old test I took about 5 years ago. This is what I scored on the old test:

Disorder Rating
Paranoid: Low
Schizoid: Low
Schizotypal: Moderate
Antisocial: Moderate
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: Moderate
Narcissistic: Moderate
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Low
Obsessive-Compulsive: Low

And this is what I scored about 45 seconds ago:
Disorder Rating
Paranoid: Low
Schizoid: Low
Schizotypal: Low
Antisocial: Low
Borderline: Low
Histrionic: Moderate
Narcissistic: Low
Avoidant: Low
Dependent: Low
Obsessive-Compulsive: Low

URL of the test:

Seems that I've mellowed in my old age.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I love Jack Handey, from old SNL. These are some of his one-liners, that I just think are hilarious.

  • I wish outer-space guys would conquer Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little basket-beds with my name on it.
  • One thing a computer can do that most humans can't is be sealed up in a cardboard box and sit in a warehouse.
  • I think it should be a law that if you ever get sucked up into a tornado, whatever you can grab with your hands while you're swirling around up there, you get to keep.
  • When I went for my first job interview, I guess I was pretty confident, because I told the guy who was interviewing me he was fired. I didn't get the job, but that isn't what bothered me. What bothered me was I found out a few months later that that guy was still working there. Hey, man, I fired you!
  • Probably the saddest thing you'll ever see is a mosquito sucking on a mummy. Forget it, little friend.
  • I think there probably should be a rule that if you're talking about how many loaves of bread a bullet will go through, it's understood that you mean lengthwise loaves. Otherwise it makes no sense.
  • If you're a cowboy, and you're dragging a guy behind your horse, I bet it would really make you mad if you looked back and the guy was reading a magazine.
  • The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
  • The big, huge meteor headed toward the Earth. Could nothing stop it? Maybe Bob could. He was suddenly on top of the meteor-through some kind of space warp or something. "Go, Bob, go!" yelled one of the generals. "Give me that!" said the big-guy general as he took the microphone away. "Listen, Bob," he said. "You've got to steer that meteor away from Earth." "Yes, but how?" thought Bob. Then he got an idea. Right next to him there was a steering wheel sticking out of the meteor.

Thanks, Jenn, that did help.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Have a laugh

In a small southern town there was a "Nativity Scene" that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature bothered me. The three wise men were wearing fireman's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, I left. At a "Quik Stop" on the edge of town, I asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage, yelling at me, "You stupid Yankees never do read the Bible!" I assured her that I did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in my face she said "See, it says right here, 'The three wise man came from afar.'"

Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Old times

Jenn is probably the only person who knows how many online journals I have had (and left behind in the dust). Well, besides Mary and Keely. I was looking through some of them today to see what I was up to years ago. My first journal was started in 2002.

In December of 2002, Mary, Keely and I were living in Frank. We received a Christmas tree from our friend Daniel, and thus named it our Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I have a picture of this on my home computer, I will absolutely have to post it. We decorated it with a lay, necklaces, rings, and anything else we could find in our dorm room. For our star we put a stale marshmallow on top with the word STAR written on it.

In December of 2002, I had just gotten engaged to Stephen.

In December of 2002, I went hunting for the first time.

In December of 2004, mine and Stephen's dog Riley was killed by a wreckless driver. That driver being his aunt. She was killed on Christmas Eve, of all days.

In December of 2005, Stephen and I had been married for 4 months.

In December of 2005, I was working in insurance.

In December of 2005, I found out I am mildly allergic to dogs.

In December of 2006, I locked my keys in the car for the first time.

I guess there were a lot more interesting things that happened in those Decembers that I could post about, but then we wouldn't have any secrets between us, now would we?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Pictures, pictures everywhere

I'm playing catch up with some pictures. The following pictures are from decorating the Christmas tree at mom and dad's, and from our Christmas party at our house last night.

Decorating the tree at mom and dad's:

Christmas party at our house:

Don't dare Jenn to do things; she'll do anything for 20 bucks!!

This is what happens when you get to Free Bird on Guitar Hero (I beat the game on Medium today):

And this is Stephen and I about to go out with Granny and Granddaddy Friday night:

Saturday, December 15, 2007

#3 - Buy lamps; #7 - Get an exercise machine

Well, I was able to knock off two more things today from my list. We got new lamps for our living room spontaneously when we were at Lowe's killing time this morning:

And thanks to Jenn and Matt, we got an exercise machine for the upstairs! (Yes, I helped bring it upstairs. Yes, I am freakishly strong. Just kidding.)

Last night, we went on a double date with Granny and Granddaddy to eat out in Fayetteville and then go see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Cape Fear Regional Theater. It was so good!! We had a really really awesome time. They are so much fun, and the play was hilarious. We remembered reading the book when we were younger. Tonight is a Christmas party with Joy and our family, so I'm sure I'll have some pictures to put up from that later!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

#95: Bring my violin and clarinet to my house.

They're home.. safe and sound. A bit dusty (ahem, I suppose I haven't used them like I should have been) but still quite useful!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


That's right, we had a Guitarty last night! Or for you guys in laymen's terms, a Guitar Hero party. I rawked the house of course. Nate came over with his guitar so we could play co-op. That meant someone played the guitar and someone played the bass. The whole point of him coming over (in my opinion) was to help me beat the game on Hard. I had to pass all 10 minutes of Free Bird, which was NOT pleasant.

Here are Stephen and Nate playing nice together:

Here's me and Nate rockin' out together:

This is what happens when you beat the game:

Some pretty sweet videos of me and Nate playing. Note his cool dance moves in the first video, and our rockin fingers flyin' in the second video!

Rock on!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

80 Things I Learned from Pop-Up Videos.

If you grew up in the '90's, you watched Pop-Up Videos. Period. No questions asked. This is a list of things I've learned from all those times of mindless entertainment.

1. It takes police a minimum of 2 minutes to trace a stolen motorcycle.
2. 15% of people meet their future mates while at work.
3. The Vikings terrorized Norway until 1000 A.D.
4. Tetanus shots are recommended every 10 years.
5. There were 240 pedestrian fatalities in NYC in 1994.
6. It's against NYFD regulations for firefighters to wear blue jeans.
7. The NYC sanitation department picks up 13,000 tons of trash a day.
8. The average women's boxing match lasts 3 rounds.
9. 1% of defendants act as their own lawyer at trial.
10. Most lawyers have attended 4 years of college and 3 years of law school.
11. 40% of weddings take place at a courthouse.
12. 65% of New Yorkers are single.
13. A messy room can be a warning sign of deep depression.
14. In 1992, a psychologist argued that happiness is a psychiatric disorder, and claimed that happy people "have a defect that prevents a true understanding" of life.
15. 55% of motorcycle accidents happen on weekends.
16. Excessive hairbrushing can cause premature baldness.
17. 9% of people report having been in the presence of a ghost.
18. Boys cry as much as girls until the age of 12 - by age 18 girls cry 4 times as much.
19. Chameleon lizards can turn red, gold and green.
20. Gambling was illegal in 1870 in Mississippi.
21. Odds of getting a straight flush are 649,739 to 1.
22. Corn Flakes was Kellogg's first product in 1906.
23. The first answering machine weighed 10 pounds and required earphones.
24. Pong first appeared in arcades in 1972.
25. Excessive exposure to sunlight can lighten hair.
26. Cryogenics labs will freeze a body for $50,000. Just a head costs $30,000.
27. The first cellular phone network was installed in 1979.
28. Seasickness is caused by rhythmic movements of the head.
29. Seasickness can be prevented by eating ginger.
30. Rio de Janeiro is one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.
31. 31% of all Americans who travel overseas travel alone.
32. The flush toilet dates back to 2000 B.C.
33. Toilet paper wasn't invented until 1857.
34. The first stall is the least often occupied by bathroom users.
35. 54% of Americans prefer to "fold" their toilet paper rather than "wad" it.
36. The largest item ever found in an LA sewer is a motorcycle.
37. American buffalo have never been on the endangered species list.
38. It's legal for men to ride motorcycles topless in Indiana.
39. 7am is the most popular time for a wakeup call.
40. 48% of Americans snoop in medicine cabinets.
41. Lassie was a "laddie" but was used for his thicker coat.
42. "Brandy" is the most common name for a female dog. (In the '90's, anyway.)
43. Visitors with knee and wrist injuries are advised not to climb the Statue of Liberty.
44. Russian law prohibits objects fabricated before 1945 from leaving the country.
45. Rain in Los Angeles has high concentrations of sulfuric and nitric acids.
46. Scientists have found that male gnats will swarm a tuning fork vibrating at a pitch of high C.
47. High C is the note that a female gnat plays when she rubs her wings together.
48. San Diego Sea World's Shamu weighs over 8000 pounds.
49. Sumo wrestling started about 23 B.C. in Japan.
50. The first Mr. America contest was held in 1939.
51. The "Ken" doll was introduced in 1961.
52. On average, female models are paid 50% more than male models.
53. Women were banned from the Japanese stage from 1629 to 1899.
54. Repeatedly shaking one's head can be a sign that a person is severly autistic.
55. Tonsurphobia is the fear of haircuts.
56. The number of twins has increased more than 30% in the past 30 years.
57. Average miles a person walks in their lifetime: 275,000
58. Average miles a person flies in their lifetime: 175,000
59. 1 in 5 Americans is functionally illiterate.
60. 60% of holiday gifts are baked.
61. Women receive on average 3 more gifts than men at Christmas.
62. And return two of them.
63. An ant can carry 10 times its weight.
64. Copernicus was the first to say that the whole world revolves around a star.
65. The average American has 8 friends.
66. 2.5 million Americans say they have no friends.
67. 1 in 3 friends think their friends can be too demanding.
68. Steven Seagal is a Buddhist who claims to be a reincarnated llama.
69. An open hydrant wastes 1000 gallons of water per minute.
70. "Ungrammatical" is a word.
71. Twisters kill 73 people in the US each year.
72. The Jaguar XJ220 is the fastest car in mass production - its top speed is 217 mph.
73. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons age 5-27.
74. 2 out of 5 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related car crash during their lives.
75. An average of 115 people die in a motor vehicle accident every day.
76. A Blow Pop is 2/3 pop and 1/3 blow.
77. It takes 11 hours to drive from Cleveland to Boston.
78. The fastest car could get you from Cleveland to Boston in one hour.
79. Scalped front row tickets to a U2 concert can cost over $1000.
80. Michelle Pfieffer was Miss Orange County in 1977.

I could probably get 100 things but that's just silly. I love this show and I wish they would bring it back!!

Monday, December 10, 2007


Okay, I feel like if I don't do this now, I'm never going to do it! I'm finally posting pictures from our youth group lock in on November 30.

So, our lock in was from 7pm to 8am. What did we do that whole time, you ask?

First of all, we played LOTS of basketball. My arms hurt for days after this lock in!!

We sat around playing the guitar and singing songs. (And no, we did not sing Kumbaya)

We had chair races:

We played "Sliders", or "Cliffhanger" with a guitar pick. This was 5:30 in the morning, and took LOTS of concentration!

But I did it!

Some kids got delirious:

Some were dragged down the hall while they were sleeping:

We played Bible Jeopardy:

Unfortunately, girls lost.

And, of course, we played tons of Dance Dance!!

People passed out wherever possible (she's right underneath the basketball goal)

I got to see the beautiful sunrise:

These are our boys:

Okay, these videos are probably pretty lame and embarrassing, but trust me... at about hour 20 of no sleep, it was hilarious!!!