Monday, February 27, 2006

Quilt #3

Yay! I've finally decided to start quilt #3. (The first went to Hubby, and the second to Julie.) This one is for my dad--the fabric was bought in Williamsburg, VA when we were there for a family reunion. I plan using a really pretty star pattern for this quilt, with the light colors in the background and the dark colors as the stars. (I still need a wee bit more light fabric.) In 6 months I hope to have it done. So check back . . . I'll keep updating on my progress! (Not that you all really care, but humor me :-).)

One day this fabric will be a beautiful quilt!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Family update

It's really weird how much and how quickly things are changing with my family, and it's even weirder for me since I feel so far removed from them. Here's a quick update on how the gang is doing . . .

Last week my brother Tom flooded the house. (I'm only exaggerating a little.) He was doing laundry, and set the water level dial on an in-between spot, so I guess the sensor couldn't read the correct level. It just wouldn't stop. So the downstairs of my parents house was flooded halfway (my mom saw it before it got everywhere), so they had to have all the carpets ripped up and the padding removed. My mom said that they had huge fans to dry the carpet, and it sounded like an airport terminal. Poor Mom!

My sister Julie has decided to move up to Muncie to be near her friends. She hasn't yet decided if she wants to go back to Ball State or not, and she is currently thinking about becoming a nurse. Her boyfriend, Tyler, is going to move up there with her.

My other sister, Lauren, is obsessed with American Idol just like me! (We seem to always have more and more in common!) She's still in high school, and she wants to go to Covenant when she graduates.

My parents love the new house they bought--my sister was telling me that my dad is already ready to move in. They'll wait 'til Lauren finishes high school, but it's funny to me all the same. My dad's been wanting to move near the Square for quite some time now!

Well, I guess that's all the news. I miss them all so much and I wish I was there with them. I keep begging them for pictures (of the house, themselves, etc), so when I get them I'll probably post them! :-)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

My current addiction

So Hubby has stolen my beloved TV. He's watching some shoot 'em up movie that I could care less about. Well, at least I was able to get all the way through American Idol before being kicked off. I think I need to be put away for awhile. I just sat through 2 hours of really bad singing, (for the most part), and I can't wait to do it again tomorrow!

See, I know it's probably pretty irrational to be glued to every second of the show, especially since I'm not a teenager anymore and am well past that teenybopper phase. (Although I have my moments!) What's weird is that I rationally know that the show is fluff that will probably rot my brain, but I don't think there is any stopping me until the next American Idol is crowned. Then I can go on with my normal life. (Still praying for that day!)

Don't even think about asking me about who I think will win--you'd be asking for trouble! :-)

To my sister on her birthday

Happy Birthday Julie! I hope your 21st is a happy one!

Monday, February 20, 2006

Happy Day

Last Friday my department had its semi-annual meeting. It was the first for me, since the last one was in August before I was hired. It's mainly boring stuff, although lunch was catered Mexican food (Yummy!).

They hand out performance awards, and I got one! I was really surprised. You have to be nominated by someone else in the department for teamwork and for doing a good job. I was so happy! I've never gotten an award like that before. It made my day!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Back to Dallas for the weekend

Hubby and I are headed up to Dallas this weekend for his mom's birthday. So it might be a few days before I blog again.

There is a chance of snow in Dallas. (Which is weird since the high yesterday was 80 and we had to put on the AC.) I hope it does!

I know you all will miss me!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Wooooh! Post #50!

I can't believe I'm already at 50 posts. Who knew that I had so much to say?

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I hate the gym!

I really need to find a great way to get in shape. I dread going to the gym. Should I say that? It's just so mundane. I get bored doing the same thing over and over.

I'm the kind of person that needs to have an exercise program that is fun. I don't really like sports, but I like to run around, and I love to walk! I could walk everywhere. I need to think of something that's fun and that I don't feel like I'm working out. Maybe I should join a workout class or something.

Bleh. I must do the dishes now. Maybe that counts as exercise!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sunday excursion

Hubby and I spent the afternoon today walking around Hermann Park, which is near our apartment. It's a beautiful park with a reflecting pond, a lake, and an outdoor amphitheater. It's a great place to unwind before the ratrace begins again tomorrow!

The lake is absolutely beautiful, and there are ducks everywhere. The building in the background is Memorial Hermann Hospital, which is the main hospital in the Medical Center. There are many other hospitals, including St. Lukes and M.D. Anderson, as well as Hubby's medical school. You just can't see the other buildings!

There are several small gardens within Hermann Park--here is one of them. This is the Japanese garden--it's so tranquil. I love the style and all the greenery.

And lastly, me doing my model pose. Hubby loves taking artsy-fartsy pictures. Unfortunately we got none of us together. Maybe next time!

Bring on the work week!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Picture time!

Here are pictures of me in my really cute sweater set from the 40s! I got it in the mail the other day. It's hard to tell, but the fabric is a knit with lavendar and ivory swirled together. Our apartment looks kinda dark, so hopefully you can see the detailing on the sweater okay.

This is the shirt by itself. I have to pull it down a bit since it falls at my natural waist. I have no skirts or pants that come that high! (no one wants to see my stomach)

Here is the sweater. You can kinda see the zigzag pattern woven into the fabric. I think it's really interesting that the sweater has the pattern, but the shirt doesn't. It looks unique.

A closer shot--

and of course my hair looks like crap. I've been working all day and I didn't want to bother fixing it!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Conquering stage fright

This will be short, since I always have so much trouble putting into words all the frustration I feel. Sometimes I just get stuck in my head when I'm around people. Like I'm tripping up or something. I get so scared to approach someone, that I worry and worry and worry and I don't end up talking to that person like I should.

The other day, I was approached by one of the nurses concerning my patient consenting. She told me I had to talk to the doctor about when the best time for me to talk to patients would be. (I guess they don't like me going at the beginning of the patient's appointment).

To be honest, I'm scared of the doctors. Like they'll look at me and say, "Leave me alone, my time is much more valuable than yours." I don't want to approach them and annoy them. I've been thinking about this for three days and it won't get out of my head! I still need to talk to the doctor. Maybe next week . . .

Monday, February 06, 2006

Hmm, guess I should rethink that ebay posting

I am worth $2,128,840 on

Thanks for the fun quiz Ariel!

Valentine's Day ideas

I really want to get Hubby an awesome Valentine's day gift, but I have no idea what to get the guy. There is nothing in the world he wants. That's good for couples on a budget, but not for Valentine's gift giving. I've thought about computer games and books, but nothing comes to mind as something he'd really like. He's only so-so about clothes and food. Any suggestions?

Saturday, February 04, 2006

My parents bought a house

I just talked to my brother a few minutes ago. I wanted to talk to my mom, but apparently she's out shopping to buy tile for, as Tom would put it, his house.

That's right. My parents bought a house a couple of weeks ago. My brother and Julie plan on moving in once it's renovated. My parents plan on moving there once Lauren finishes with high school (in about 3 years.) It's really exciting. I can't wait to see it. I have no idea what it looks like, but it's an older home that's a few blocks from the Marietta Square. My parents tell me that it has several bedrooms and a great room for entertaining. They said they plan on putting a pool table in there. There are two huge old pecan trees on the property--my dad said the land was originally a pecan orchard.

Anyway, I hope Julie and Tom have fun. Who knows what 2 college-aged kids can do when left to there own devices without parental control. Hopefully they don't destroy the place! ;-)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I won!

So I made a bid on ebay for this adorable sweater set from the 40s. I didn't think I would win, but I did! I'm very excited. I had to bid a couple of times in order to get it, but I think it was a good price. The set is a lavendar/purple knit. There's a shirt with cap sleeves and an adorable cardigan that doesn't have buttons. When I get it in the mail, I'll post pictures!

This is actually the second thing I've won from ebay--the first being a CD I wanted back in 2002. I was mad that the release date was pushed back a month, so I bought it from somebody in Australia. No regrets from that purchase! I still listen to the CD.

Well, I hope to have the set next week. I can't wait!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Funny story

I saw this lady at work today wearing the funniest outfit. She had on a nice, professional black suit. Her pantyhose were also black, but when she walked, the light reflected on thousands of pieces of glitter imbedded in the stockings. Her legs looked so sparkly! Not only that, but she had on these superglittery silver shoes. It looked so funny!

I guess you'd have to see it . . . :-)