Sunday, December 30, 2007
- COLDS. I'm talking the kind of cold that has you sleeping on 10 pillows just so that MAYBE you can breathe at night, that has you coughing so annoyingly that you are actually apologizing to whoever is around you, the kind that makes your eyes feel like they might just bug out of your head. I have one of these right now.
- balancing a checkbook. Yes, we are still a little old school and actually balance the checkbook. I don't like any part of the process EXCEPT being finished and knowing you've balanced to the penny.
- rap. I've really tried to be open-minded about this, but I just can't get into it - mostly, because I have no idea what the artist is saying.
- drivers who sit in a turn or go straight lane and don't turn.
- black licorice
- intentionally rude people...even though I can be this way sometimes
- cooked spinach
- when you put on a clothing garment from your closet and it no longer fits
- some politicians (this can be a whole different post)
- dust storms
We will definitely post on our Christmas and include some pictures. Also, coming soon is a belly shot and baby update.
Friday, December 21, 2007
- As I have been pregnant, I've thought a lot about Mary this Christmas season. I'm only 19 weeks along, but I've still had some of the discomforts that come with pregnancy. Can you imagine being A LOT more pregnant, travelling on a donkey, and then going into labor and delivering in a cow pin? But, I bet the sounds of that sweet baby made it all worth it.
- I HATE the busyness the Christmas season brings. Paul and I have been going 90 to nothin' for the past several weeks trying to get presents bought, laundry done, parties attended, etc. One of things that I really like during this time is listening to Christmas music in my car or around the house...it helps me remember.
- I really like having a clean house. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
- We have begun to think about the traditions we want to have with our family since next year we will have a child. I think it is hard to take the traditions from both of our childhoods and come up with something that is unique to our little family.
- I am so so thankful for the week and a half that I get off...starting today at 2:30pm. I need a break from work.
- And, lastly, our friends Holly and Justin are having their first baby - a boy - today. YEAH! The name has been kept under wraps, and I can't wait to know what it is and see pictures.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
1. My husband. He has loved me so well these past two and a half years of being married to me. I've seem this especially during these first months of pregnancy. He will hold my hair back when I am sick or just sit with me. We have so much fun together and love being in each other's company. Thank you, Lord, for Paul!
2. My friends. I am so blessed to have some friends that love me for who I am and not for what I bring to the table. I don't think it is often in life to have these kinds of true friends.
3. My family. I have such fun and wonderful parents and siblings. I always look forward to when we I will get to be around them.
4. My health. I realized the other day that I am so thankful that my life is not constantly full of doctors and hospitals. As I have felt gross during pregnancy, I've realized that I am not grateful enough for my health.
5. Jesus. Over the past 6 months or so, I've been more and more thankful for my relationship with Christ. Particularly, I am thankful for the peace that my life can have with Jesus.
May your Thanksgiving be filled with deep gratitude.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
A mother called my office and wanted to know when her daughter would be accepted. I told the mom that her daughter's application was in review and that it can take up to 6 weeks for an answer. The mom then informed me that this was urgent! I asked the mom why. She proceeded to tell me that her daughter needed to be able to get on Facebook.
Recently, a father called me to ask if it mattered that his son was expelled from another school. I told him that we would require a transcript but that we do not do judicial checks on any of our applicants. He then decided that I should know that his son was kicked out of his current school for a DUI and having $5000 cash on his person along with marijuana, but the dad said his son WAS NOT dealing drugs.
I answered my phone one day to a woman screaming at me. She was irate. I actually imagined her being blue in the face because she was screaming and yelling so hard. She was mad because her daughter had missed our application deadline. Of course, I did not have much sympathy for this kind of behaviour. After telling her that I was sorry but that her daughter would have to reapply, the lady insisted that I give her the number to the president. I wouldn't do that but told her she could call the main campus operator and ask for his office. Later that day, my director told me she had a message to call a lady who had called the president. I think it is really funny that the president's office sent her right back to our office!
One of my favorite things is when I read an essay that a student has written as part of their application packet and it starts, "I really want to go to Texas A&M because..."
Sunday, October 14, 2007
1. Labor Day. We spent the labor day weekend in Houston visiting my (sarah) family. It was so much fun. We got to eat at one of our very favorite restaurants - Chuy's. We hung out in the pool. We had a "girls" and "boys" activity. The girls went to lunch at a unique place outside of town and then went shopping at Katy Mills. The boys played frisbee golf. We also had our very first annual family bowling tournament. We saw old friends, drank good coffee, ate really great food, and slept in. It was a wonderful holiday.
2. September. Was pretty much a blur. We helped out with a training event at our church. We did the Race for the Cure. We were really busy with life. It seemed the slowish pace of the summer quickly changed gears starting in September. One thing that was a huge blessing was that the stuff with my work finally was settled. I got a nice raise and a job reclassification. I was so glad to have all that done with! I also got a pretty nasty cold which completely took everything out of me.
3. October. Well hear we are. It is still relatively warm outside. I really want fall weather. I am ready to wear sweaters and jackets and long-sleeve tshirts. Paul had to take his first business trip to set up a bank branch near Dallas. It was crazy that that was the first time we had spent the night apart since he left staff with InterVarsity. It was quite unusual before for us to go that long before one of us went on a trip. The great thing is that I don't travel nearly as much with my job anymore. This has made life feel a little less frantic.
I'll leave you with some pictures from our Labor Day weekend.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
1. Paul never gets out of shape. He can not work out for months and months and then go out and run 10 miles.
2. Paul can at any given moment tell me or anyone else what age we would be able to retire and how much we would make at retirement. It is actually a phenomenon.
3. In elementary school, he passed a note in class about the substitute teacher in which he called the teacher "Mrs. Pruneface"...he got in trouble.
4. When Paul gets interested in something, he will dedicate a lot of energy researching that particular thing. Right now, his interest is flipping houses.
5. Paul's favorite movie is The Royal Tenenbaums.
6. He loves Asian food more than any other food genre.
7. He can bake really well...I love Paul's cookies.
8. Paul likes to eat popcorn and cheese as a dinner (usually on Sunday nights). This has become something I enjoy as well.
9. He enjoys the smell of new electronics
10. He is a really good photographer. And he is really good at photoshop.
There you have it. 10 things about the most wonderful man ever, Paul.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
- Sarah likes to watch bull riding.
- She owns a "Dusty Rose" colored Bible that a boyfriend name Thad gave to her in high school.
- She recently tore the page out in said Bible where he wrote her a (love?) letter. (I didnt make her do it... promise! I dont want that on my head when I step up to the pearly gates j/k)
- She got a new mountain bike for her birthday:
- When we go to Rudy's BBQ, she likes to get a bunch of slices of pickle to eat kind of like chips. Confession, I do this too now.
- She would like to move to Mexico some day.
- She likes to mow the lawn (sometimes).
- She likes Def Leppards "Pour Some Sugar On Me".
- When she crosses her eyes, they dont move symmetrically. One first, then the other.
- She always tries to peak a sneak about what Im posting about while Im writing it.
Well, there you have it folks.... Ten things about Sarah you probably never knew. Feel free to add any little nuggets of info or funny stories via the comments. Goodnight all!
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Living Room before...notice the border and white walls
Our bedroom. I wish you could see the drapes a little better - they are beautiful...thanks, mom!
the Guest bedroom
a.k.a. the treadmill room
YEAH for the laundry room
Special shout-out to the men in our small group for doing the really physical part of moving...loading and unloading our good junk, to our good friend, Casey, for helping clean the kitchen (it was disgusting) and unpack the kitchen...one of the most important rooms of the house, and to Sarah's mom and sister, Kelly, for taking "the Snow show" on the road - they helped paint the living room and decorate just about every room of the house. We love you and are super grateful!
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
So, I have had like 5 sinus infections since February...maybe it has been one very long sinus infection. Medicine doesn't seem to be working and my face or head hurts most days. I finally went to the doctor AGAIN on Tuesday just to be told I need to see an allergist. Yesterday was my appointment with the allergist, and I got a back full of scratches with different allergens AND 12 shots in my arm AND 2 viles of blood drawn. My arm hurt for the rest of the night. It is kind of funny to watch bumps come up after being injected with things I am potentially allergic to. It doesn't take a medical degree for anyone watching my arm to figure out that I am allergic to trees...that bump was huge (think of a VERY large mosquito bite) and it itched like crazy. I am also allergic to molds and grass and something else I can't remember right now. I think I am basically allergic to outside...yeah! But, the good news is that I am NOT allergic to dust mites, however, I was told that Lubbock doesn't even have dust mites...figures. I am glad to know why my sinuses have been going crazy. I am now on a series of medicines to help with these allergies. The doctor wants me to start allergy shots, but I am not sure about that yet. He is also going to do this scope thing up my nose next week. I guess he wants to look at my sinuses. I just got some sinus x-ray results back, and they said those looked fine, so I am going to call this allergy doctor and see if the scope thing REALLY needs to be done. Geeezzz, you have to be able to outsmart some of these members of the medical profession.
House News: we are pretty much D-O-N-E with the house! We still have to complete the front flower bed and prune the rose bushes on the side of our house. So, there will be pics up by next week. It has been such hard work, so it feels really great to be just about finished.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
So, needless to say, I am sooooo tired. I promise pictures soon. I just want the house to look good first.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Paul and I have pretty much settled into the routine with Paul's job. We have enjoyed being home in the evenings together. If we aren't home it is for social occasions, not work. We miss InterVarsity but have welcomed this new pace of life. We have been in a place of savoring the rest (except obviously what I just wrote about). Ministry is tiring. And, we have needed some time to just "be". I think the rest of the summer will be about that.
We are moving in a week! YEAH. We found a house close to our good friends, Casey and Adam. We are so excited about it. Our apartment has been a great place to live, but we are really ready for more space and a new neighborhood. We intentionally looked for a house within about one square mile of our friends. We have been praying about being able to live close enough for our lives to intersect on a regular basis...we want to "do" life with them. That means we have to live close enough to be spontaneous. So, we looked and looked and looked for a house to rent. And have prayed and prayed and prayed. Nothing was coming open in our price range. The house we ended up getting was one that I really liked the outside of but was too much money. Then, I noticed that the price dropped significantly. We moved very quickly with signing a lease. The house has a big living room (which was important to us), 3 bedrooms, a bathroom (it is only the two of us, so we can handle that), a nice sized kitchen, big backyard, garage and lots of storage space. I think we will really like it. We will be living 6 blocks from our friends...which is under half a mile. The move begins this next weekend. We have already started packing up our apartment. We are both super excited but also a little sad to be leaving our first home together. In a lot of ways, it feels like we are exiting the "newlywed" stage of our marriage and entering a "young marrieds" stage...I am not sure what you would call this new stage, but we are in a different place. We have labored through our first really big fights and come out on the other side. We are still learning how to love each other well but have more of an idea of what that looks like. We really like this phase of marriage.
Speaking of marriage...we will be celebrating our second wedding anniversary on July 9. We have been trying to figure out how to celebrate. Last year, we were in Cabo San Lucas. We want our anniversaries to be a big deal...especially in this age of treating the marriage covenant very flippantly. Since we are moving, we have decided to celebrate a week or so later than our actual anniversary. BUT, we can't decide what to do. We would love to get away for a weekend. We've thought about Santa Fe, Taos, Dallas. We don't want to spend a whole day driving, but when you live in Lubbock, it is hard not to. Any suggestions???
We will post pics of the new house soon.
Monday, June 11, 2007
- have platinum colored hair
- always look as if I had just rolled out of bed...or am actually just high
- coin really ridiculous phrases
- be BFF's with all the name brands in Hollywood and then hate them the next day
- never actually do any work but spend money like it grows on trees (I guess if you last name is Hilton, then it does)
- have an attitude like I am the goddess the world has been waiting for
- be late to my scheduled court appearance
- go to jail, decide I don't like it and get to go home!
I've just learned, however, that Miss Paris has had a change of heart. She evidently says that she is learning a lesson and has compared herself to the soldiers serving our country in Iraq. WHAT????
Monday, May 28, 2007
We have really enjoyed this long weekend together. We've spent the entire weekend hanging out together and enjoying each other's company. We celebrated my birthday on Saturday by going to the movies and eating fajitas and drinking margaritas on the patio of On The Border. We've spent a lot of time looking for a new house (you can pray about that with us...we are looking to rent, so please pray for something that we can afford that meets our space needs in the area of town we would like to live). We also go my birthday present...A NEW BIKE! I am really excited about it. You know Paul is really into biking, and I have wanted to get into as well. So, for my birthday, I got a pretty, new mountain bike.
The past month has been good and hard and sad and exciting. We are really missing our family and friends that live far away. We are excited about the new cadence our life will soon have. We are sad about leaving InterVarsity. We are ready for the summer routine.
Saturday, May 5, 2007
2)I really like things that are practical. I enjoy having things like tools, extension cords, etc. I like things that are durable and help you accomplish a goal.
3)Things I am responsible for when Sarah and I are getting ready in the morning: Grinding beans, making the coffee; Making a quick bite to eat for us (usually something we eat on the way to work like an English muffin or instant breakfast); Plugging in Sarahs straighener when Im done with the bathroom.
4)I enjoy biking, always have and I probably always will. Ever since I was a kid I've loved riding. I like mountain biking, road, and I would love to try BMX (no, its not just for kids).
5)I like to spend money on big things, not little things. Sarah has an easier time spending money on smaller purchases. I have an easier time researching a larger purchase then "pulling the trigger" on buying it. Its good, we balance each other out.
6)I often try and "figure" money computations in my head... i.e. when we were out at a coffee shop I was wondering how well they did income-wise, so I tried to estimate their traffic, income, costs, etc. Ya Im kind of a dork.
7)I have a side business selling glowsticks on the internet. No, I dont have some sort of afinity for glowing novelty items...basically its a good deal because it was a low startup cost, the markup online is huge, and it doesnt take much of my time. I don't make a TON of money off of it, but its enough to put a little fun money in my pocket.
Friday, May 4, 2007
1. I have had the same alarm clock since 5th grade. That is a pretty long time considering I will be 31 this month. It is pink and purple (what other color would a 5th grade girl have in the 1980's), and it is called the "P'Jammer". It used to have these little "earbuds" (fancy for earphones) that fit into the side of it, but those have been gone a long time. I have contemplated getting a new alarm clock for a while, but I am not sure I want to part with my P'Jammer.
2. I love really great hair. If I could, I spend A LOT of money on hair products, and I would get my hair cut every 3 weeks. It is of value to me to spend a little money on my hair cuts, so I do not like to go hair cutting chains. I also do not like to go stylists that have really bad hair. My stylists is moving to San Diego, so I will get my hair cut by her one last time in a week. Then, I must train someone new.
3. I was in a beauty pageant. You can laugh now if you want. I really was. It was my sophomore year in high school, and I was first runner-up. I got a big trophy.
4. I like things to be clean. I wouldn't so much call me a "neat freak"...mainly because I don't like that term. Cleanliness is a very high value of mine. This pertains to just about anything - my house, my office, my car, myself. I also like for things to look clean...this means no clutter. I like clean, crisp decorations that are fairly simple.
5. I have had 9 jobs in my life. secretary/do whatever I was told for a software company, sales associate at Gap Kids, student assistant in my residence hall, substitute teacher, staffworker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, high school English teacher, secretary/do whatever I was told for the Texas Tech Library, Assistant Director of the New Student Orientation program at Texas Tech, Supervisor/Coordinator over admission's processing at Texas Tech.
6. I have fantasies about living in Mexico. Specifically in a little town called Guanajuato. My other choice would be running a quaint little hotel or coffee shop in a place like Cabo San Lucas. And that brings me to luck #7...
7. I have a set path that I take when I go to Target. First, I walk through the clothes and look at everything, then I go across the big aisle to the handbags. I then walk the outer aisle of the store past electronics, toys and baby stuff to the shoes. I keep walking back toward the front of the store to housewares, kitchen stuff and decorating stuff. I stop there for a good while. Finally, I make it to the cleaning supplies and toiletries and get what I am usually there to pick up. I LOVE Target!
And for the bonus...
I have a few dreams that I would love to be realities at some point in my life...own a coffee shop, go to graduate school (I could do something about this, but I am kinda scared), have babies...not sure how many and not at one time - that scares me too, own a house that is a blank slate for decorating, run a marathon, and own a chocolate lab.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
And, this is a close-up of Gary
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sorry about the downer of a post. I'll give you a few updates on the Maney family. We are feeling pretty stretched with the job-change coming up. Paul is working about 12 hours a week for his new company while trying to finish the year on campus while trying to study for the exams he has to take to get some certifications for his new job...all of this while the normal parts of life continue to happen. Needless to say, keeping up with our blog has been hard, AND we are REALLY looking forward to the first part of June. We had Paul's mom here from Friday until this afternoon. It was a good visit, and we enjoyed having her. Last Thursday, I officially ended the "growing my hair out" phase and got my hair cut short. If you know me, then you know that I've often had short hair, and I really like having short hair. Paul likes it short too. It is kinda strange, but I feel more like myself with my new haircut. I've grown my hair out since the first year I moved back to Lubbock. At times Lubbock has felt kinda dark (figuratively). But, I think I am starting to feel like my old self, and my new haircut is part of that. Today there was a big storm and it hailed.
Again, it seems like everything I wrote was deep. I won't make it a habit :)
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
My Divorce - So, I got divorced a few days ago... Facebook divorced that is. Sarah's Facebook account got randomly erased from existance. She tried to go through technical support to have it recovered, but you can guess how responsive they were. So to make a long story short, she just created a new account. The catch is, when she tried to list me as her husband, it said that I was already in a relationship with someone (her Facebook ghost... creepy!). Anyhow, I had to end our relationship on Facebook so I could re-marry her new account. Where does one go for an online honeymoon? Do I have to pay alimony?
My Work - So, I have to apologize, this news is a little slow in making it to our blog. A couple of weeks ago a friend in Sarah's womens group heard I was looking for an IT job. She said I should get her my resume and she'd give it to her boss. I got it to her, and after a few interviews I have a job! I am still working with InterVarsity for a few more months but I have a contract to start full time as soon as I'm done with InterVarsity. Woohoo! It's so nice to have something lined up this early. I am actually working one day a week there to try and get up to speed so I can hit the ground running when I start full time. The company is called CoNetrix and my title will be "Network Engineer". We basically are the outsourced IT department for several area businesses (a lot of banks). My position will mainly consist of installing and maintaining servers and networks. My first two weeks have been great. Some of the most attractive things about this company are the company values and the way people treat each other. While it's not a Christian company most of the people there are and they do business like they are. There is just an overall value of working hard and doing what's right (by the customer and to our employees). Even though there is a steep learning curve ahead of me, I am way excited to start full time.
Iraq - I just got done reading a special issue of NEWSWEEK called "Voices of the Fallen". It is basically just letters from Iraq of soldiers who have since lost their lives to it. VERY powerful. It made me even more grateful for my country and our freedom. There is an article on the last page of the issue that contained two quotes that struck a chord in me as I read and re-read the words of fallen soldiers:
"Amid the strategy, the cost, the risk, the politics, do policy makers remember that when they start a war it is as if they dragged heavy hands across the map of the world and altered the details of daily life? Every name on the sloping black wall of the Vietnam Memorial tells a story. It is a collection of might-have-beens, a book with half the pages gone. "
"The rationale for going to war has to meet many tests, but one of them -- perhaps the most important one -- is whether the mission is strong enough to carry the weight of so many ghosts and so much misery, here and in Iraq, too."I encourage you to pick up a copy of this if at all possible. I read it cover to cover tonight. It really gave me a new perspective on the war (any war for that matter). I am not anti-war, but it makes me think, and thinking is good.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Well, its bulls and blood
Its dust and mud
Its the roar of a Sunday crowd
Its the white in his knuckles
The gold in the buckle
He'll win the next go round
Its boots and chaps
Its cowboy (and girl) hats
Its spurs and latigo
Its the ropes and the reins
The joy and the pain
And they call the thing RODEO
Sunday, March 25, 2007
1. Your car (the one you are currently in) is your fortress of solitude...they can't get you while in it. You may wish to take up the "Maney Technique" of doing a drive-by before getting out of your car to look. This way, you don't have to deal with salespeople unnecessarily.
2. Should you choose to get out of your fortress of solitude, NEVER, I mean NEVER get separated from the person with whom you are buying the car. That is their strategy...pull you away from the pack and then take their prey.
3. ALWAYS say you are not looking to buy today - that will minimize the amount of "knowledge" you have to give up. Like - do you have a trade-in, how much are looking to spend, etc.
4. Speaking of knowledge - that is one of your only lines of defense...use it wisely.
5. Don't be mean to the salesperson (after all they are trying to earn a living), but you do have the right to look around without being followed.
6. We haven't gotten to this point yet. But, when you are ready to buy, KNOW your stuff...the internet holds a wealth of information that you can and should use.
I think we have ultimately decided to buy something fairly cheap that we can pay cash for. We want to move and would rather spend money each month on a bigger place than a car. This second car will be used for the sole purpose of Paul getting to and from work.
Saturday, March 17, 2007
- White House (yes, we had a tour of the INSIDE). On the way out, we saw a secret service agent. Kristen mentioned to him that we were supposed to have breakfast with the President. The secret service guy played along and couldn't believe that George didn't honor that commitment. Then, I opened my big mouth and said that we would've taken the First Lady...you don't say things like that at the White House.
- Capitol - another tour set up by our Congressman
- Library of Congress
- Supreme Court Building
- Air & Space Museum, American Art and Portraiture Museums - part of the Smithsonian Institute
- National Holocaust Museum
- Washington Monument
- Lincoln Memorial
- Arlington Cemetery and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
- Mt. Vernon - George Washington's house and tomb
- International Spy Museum - we are well trained to spot spies among us!
- Vietnam Memorial
- Union Station
- Old Town Alexandria
- Folger's Shakespeare Museum
- Ford Theater and house where Lincoln died
We also got to eat lots of really good food...I guess the perk of being in an international city. This is something we really miss living in Lubbock!
As with any trip, there were a few antics along the way.
1) on the day that we toured the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress, we forgot the camera...we bought a disposable one. We were pretty sad not to have our camera this day!
2) on our last night, we decided to see The Mall all lit up. We had been out and walking around for the entire day and wanted to eat dinner then walk around The Mall. So, we went up this one street looking for a place to eat. The menu of this one Mexican eatery looked good and affordable, so we went in. Now, we had been outside all day, but we still didn't look disgusting. The hostess told us that their bar served their entire menu, so we could just take a seat there! I asked her how long before a table would be available, and she sat us immediately. We knew what that was about. We were pretty upset to have been treated that way...this places prices did not warrant snootiness. We went ahead and ordered, and our food came - it was bite size servings! We dropped $30 on dinner, Paul talked to the manager about the hostess, and we got pizza later that night.
3) for the last two nights of our trip, we stayed in a hotel near the Capitol. It was a little warm in our room, so Paul turned on the air. It sounded like a car that needed some work, and no cold air came out. The next morning, we told the front desk. They said they'd fix it...but of course didn't. So, we sweated as it was unseasonably warm in DC.
4) Upon returning to Lubbock, we stood at baggage claim patiently waiting for our bags that never came. Somehow through all the plane changes that we made on our way home (four total), our bags got lost. Thank goodness they showed up later that night, and Southwest delivered them to our house.
Here are a few pictures. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 3, 2007
By the way, the DVD burning worked great. Although, apparently there is a limit for the maximum length of the filepath for the files you burn to a DVD. Also, Windows doesn't have built in support for burning DVD's like it does CD's... you have to use 3rd party software.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
By the way, we made it to the coffee shop and had an enjoyable time listening to some great live jazz. If you ever come visit us, we will take you to our coffee shop...and hopefully you will not have to experience a Lubbock dust storm.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of blogging, and I've had plenty of subjects over the past several weeks that I thought about posting on, but you know how it is, it just didnt happen. So as the weeks rolled by and the comments in jest about me be being a dead-beat blogger husband began to pile up, the pressure only mounted. I thought long and hard about my first post. It had to be good. Funny, insightful, unique. But then the more I though about it, the more I realized if the first post made the heavens part and the angels sing, I'd have nowhere to go but down. So I decided to set the bar low. It's like I always say, if you set the bar low enough you're bound to trip over it sooner or later ;) Are you ready? Brace yourself. I recommend sitting down. Here it is:
I went and bought some blank DVD's today to back up all of our digital pictures. I have to admit, I've never burned a DVD before and in a weird way I'm kind of excited about it. Will it work? How long will it take to burn a whole DVD of pictures? Is it just like burning a CD? Ack!!! The suspense, the excitement! I'll let you know.
By the way, official congratulations to: Holly (your review), Seth& Kristen (your post/assignment), and Ludlows (becoming parents, & Charissa on becoming an author)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Paul and I decided not to give each other presents this year - for a few reasons:
1. we FINALLY had our engagement photo professionally framed (it is ready today and we are about to go pick it up...maybe a post later), and that wasn't cheap.
2. You can buy the same chocolates, balloons, and flowers for a fraction of the price on February 13 and 15. Don't get me wrong - I really enjoy getting flowers. But, now that it comes from the same bank account, I don't need them on Valentine's Day
3. We would honestly rather spend the money we would have spent on gifts doing something fun together.
I think it is important to celebrate those that we love and care deeply about. So, you may be thinking, "How do Paul and Sarah do that?". Well, I got up extra early to make pancakes for breakfast. We had lunch together. It has been snowing all day, therefore, we think we are going to order in some of our favorite food (and I do mean some...from several different places) and probably get some coffee. We got engaged on Valentine's day, so we like to return to the place of our engagement - Sugar Brown's Coffee. It would be fun to drink some good wine with dinner, but I don't think we want to drive out to get it...we live in a dry county.
Here's to Valentine's Day. I hope you have all been celebrated today.
Monday, February 5, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I heard from a friend at work that if you contact your congressperson, you can get tours of places like the capitol, library of congress, and the state department. So, I filled out the form. I haven't heard anything, but I sure hope my congressman come through for me. I think we will have plenty to do in DC. I am really excited about this trip. If you have any suggestions of things that are "must sees", please let us know.
Lastly, Paul and I had the opportunity to work on the Urbana.org team while at Urbana this past December. My job was to edit and write pieces that would be posted on the the Urbana.org site at later dates. I just saw that a piece I edited (our friend Pete wrote it) is up on the site...you should check it out. http://www.urbana.org/_articles.cfm?RecordId=1033
Monday, January 22, 2007
Well, we had our storm. It wasn't nearly as terrible as predicted (I could have told you that it wouldn't be). We got several inches of snow and lots of ice. We got to leave work at 1 pm on Friday...that was an excellent treat! It was a great weekend staying inside, drinking warm drinks, watching episodes of our favorite TV shows on dvd, and just hanging out. On Saturday, "stir-crazy" began to set in a bit. So, Paul and I ventured over to our park. After bundling up, we headed out to take pictures of the snow (you know you live in Texas when this kind of weather is a novelty). Here are a few of the faves...
fun with icicles
more fun with icicles
our wicked tree...look how big those icicles are
our real Lubbock snowman!