Friday, December 22, 2006

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? I like wrapping paper better but I'm all about the gift bags
2. Real tree or artificial? REAL!
3. When do you put up the tree? Depends, usally the weekend after thanksgiving
4. When do you take the tree down? After New Years.
5. Do you like eggnog? Gross.
6. Favorite gift received as a child? My giant barbie house that I could sleep in!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? No
8. Hardest person to buy for? Um, I do pretty good picking out gifts. Probably my dad
9. Easiest person to buy for? People who give me specific lists!
10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Hubcaps and a dashboard duster
11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Who doesn’t love mail
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Elf
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? As soon as I can
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? probably
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Christmas cut outs (julies of course)
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? I love christmas lights!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Christmas eve and christmas morning we are at home, we do travel some though
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? Yes yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Angel, I think ( I havent decorated our tree in forever)
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning, always!
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Our society trying to be so politically correct. It's Christmas - we are celebrating Jesus birth! Ditto to what jane said
23. What I love most about Christmas? Everything!! Its my favorite!!!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

LEROY

Little Leroy came into the kitchen where his mother was making dinner.His birthday was coming up and he thought this was a good time to tellhis mother what he wanted. "Mom, I want a bike for my birthday."Little Leroy was a bit of a troublemaker. He had gotten into trouble atschool and at home. Leroy's mother asked him if he thought he deservedto get a bike for his birthday. Little Leroy, of course, thought he did.Leroy's mother, being a Christian woman, wanted him to reflect on hisbehavior over the last year, and write a letter to God and tell him whyhe deserved a bike for his birthday.Little Leroy stomped up the steps to his room and sat down to write Goda letter.

LETTER 1:Dear God:I have been a very good boy this year and I would like a bike for mybirthday. I want a red one.Your friend,Leroy

Leroy knew this wasn't true. He had not been a very good boy this year,so he tore up the letter and started over.

LETTER 2:Dear God:This is your friend Leroy. I have been a pretty good boy this year, andI would like a red bike for my birthday.Thank you,Leroy

Leroy knew this wasn't true either. He tore up the letter and startedagain.

LETTER 3:Dear God:I know I haven't been a good boy this year. I am very sorry. I will bea good boy if you just send me a red bike for my birthday.Thank you,Leroy

Leroy knew, even if it was true, this letter was not going to get him abike. By now, Leroy was very upset.He went downstairs and told his mother he wanted to go to church.Leroy's mother thought her plan had worked because Leroy looked verysad. Just be home in time for dinner," his mother said.Leroy walked down the street to the church and up to the altar.He looked around to see if anyone was there. He picked up a statue ofthe Virgin Mary, slipped it under his shirt and ran out of the church,down the street, into his house, and up to his room. He shut the door tohis room and sat, down with a piece of paper and a pen, and wrote hisletter to God.

LETTER 4:I GOT YOUR MAMA.IF YOU WANT TO SEE HER AGAIN, SEND THE BIKE.
Signed,YOU KNOW WHO

Sunday, December 10, 2006



Europe Part 2......

Saturday, September 16, 2006: Jet lag is not a fun thing when you're trying to see everything you possibly can and enjoy it at the same time. Good thing for me that I'm still young and don't require much sleep. The day started out with a fine breakfast and we made a game plan for the day. Us, along with the De Haas family headed out to Camp Westerbork, which was a Jewish prisoner holding camp. It was really interesting to walk through the camp and imagine. Frankly, I couldn't even imagine what went on there but my heart goes out to them. Anne Frank and her family were held in this camp before they were shipped off to the various concentration camps. You could just feel the history when you walked through the gates. After touring the camp, we headed in to Groningen where Mirjam lives. She took us to the Futbol (soccer) stadium where she works and showed us around. It was a lively place with people everywhere, and there was even a soccer match going on so that was neat!

After lunch, Mirjam showed us where she lived and we parted ways with her family. We took a little walk around the city, climbed the Martini tower which over looked the city, stopped for some ice cream, and as always, laughed about stories from high school. We were all feeling a bit tired so decided to catch the next train back to Zuidhorn. Once we got back to her parents house, we got this nifty idea to go ride bicycles. Mirjam thought we were crazy. In Europe, they ride bikes as a form of transportation and where as in the US, it is mainly for leisure. So we headed out on the bikes and I totally felt like I was in the Sound of Music riding through the streets of Zuidhorn (even though the Sound of Music is in Austria). We even spotted the golden egg while on our little bike riding excursion. (The golden egg is the term Theresa used to describe Mirjam's brother's car and truthfully, thats about what it looked like!)

After a wonderful dinner, great conversation, and me praying that the Iowa Hawkeyes beat ISU that day, we decided to call it a night. For some reason, Cindy and I could not stop laughing that night. You know when you just start laughing and you just can't stop? Well, thats exactly what happened so we didnt get to sleep as early as we would have liked. Oh well, perhaps we could sleep on the train?!

Quotes of the Day
"I screamed like a girl!" Marco, Mirjams brother, telling us a story about a giant spider on his pillow.

Mirjam explaining how when she was younger, she used to have a hamster and she used to carry it around in her shirt pocket. Then going on to explain how it tried to commit suicide by running off the kitchen counter. Then, even better, Marco trying to resuscitate it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

1941 : Pearl Harbor bombed
At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.
With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel had been given passes to attend religious services off base. At 7:02 a.m., two radio operators spotted large groups of aircraft in flight toward the island from the north, but, with a flight of B-17s expected from the United States at the time, they were told to sound no alarm. Thus, the Japanese air assault came as a devastating surprise to the naval base.
Much of the Pacific fleet was rendered useless: Five of eight battleships, three destroyers, and seven other ships were sunk or severely damaged, and more than 200 aircraft were destroyed. A total of 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,200 were wounded, many while valiantly attempting to repulse the attack. Japan's losses were some 30 planes, five midget submarines, and fewer than 100 men. Fortunately for the United States, all three Pacific fleet carriers were out at sea on training maneuvers. These giant aircraft carriers would have their revenge against Japan six months later at the Battle of Midway, reversing the tide against the previously invincible Japanese navy in a spectacular victory.
The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941--a date which will live in infamy--the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." After a brief and forceful speech, he asked Congress to approve a resolution recognizing the state of war between the United States and Japan. The Senate voted for war against Japan by 82 to 0, and the House of Representatives approved the resolution by a vote of 388 to 1. The sole dissenter was Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana, a devout pacifist who had also cast a dissenting vote against the U.S. entrance into World War I. Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the United States, and the U.S. government responded in kind.
The American contribution to the successful Allied war effort spanned four long years and cost more than 400,000 American lives.

courtesy of Hayley Nixon and wherever she got it from!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Hayleys having a baby....

And I couldn't be more excited! It's hard to believe that we're old enough to be parents. Me personally, am not ready for kids but I'm so excited that very soon we're going to have a little baby Nixon around these parts. It's so fun to see one of your best friends prepare for the next stage of her life. Decorating the babies room, buying all kinds of fun clothes and supplies, and having baby showers. It's all so much fun. I can't wait for the day when its my turn. But until then, I'm going to enjoy being the babysitter and watching two of my favorite people become parents for the first time. I was helping Michael paint the baby's room and I asked him if he was ready for all of this and if he was scared. Michael replied with what I think a lot of new dads feel: "I have no idea what I'm doing." But that's the great thing about it, the experience of growing and learning with your first child. Whether he believes it or not, he already knows how to be a father. He can model after his own father and pray that the Lord will provide and show him how to be a good parent. I know that Michael is going to be a great dad! So as the time draws near for that baby to arrive, I'm going to be anxiously awaiting a new friend to join us in this world and bless the Nixons. What a cute family they are going to be!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Europe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I've thought long and hard about my blog about my trip to Europe and I've really had a hard time coming up with words to describe it. Pretty much every emotion one has, I felt while on that trip. It was a trip of a lifetime and on the plane ride home, (i had 9 hours to think) I was planning my next visit to Europe. The only way I could really explain the trip would be to just provide you with a timeline. Mind you, the inside jokes and stories you would never understand unless you were there so I'll spare you with the awkward stories where I'm laughing about them as I type and you're thinking, What?! So with that, I begin my journey....

Thursday, September 14, 2006: The day began in Des Moines and as crazy as this sounds, I went to work! I needed something to do and work just seemed like something mindless I could do for a little while to pass the day. I only worked half a day because I wanted to make sure I had everything packed and ready to go. Heaven forbid I get in a foreign country and not have something that I just couldn't live without for 10 days. After I left work and was all packed I went and picked up Theresa who suprisingly was not completely packed. So while she finished, I bummed around and made small talk (only because I was so anxious to get to Europe). When she finished, we headed back to my house to pick up Cindy and then head to the Harrisons so Molly could take us to the airport.

While in the Des Moines airport, you can imagine the long lines, cramped seating, and annoying people surrounding us. J/k, there were about 20 people there. Go figure. After about the 1st hour (Cindy wanted to be there early), we decided to take some pre trip pictures to pass the time. Lets just say, well, we were really bored. Our flight left at 5:10 pm and we were off to Memphis. We arrived in Memphis and boarded the plane for Amsterdam right away. Finally we were off!

Friday, September 15, 2006: We arrived in Amsterdam at about 11:00 am that next morning. (Didn't sleep much on the plane but who really can!) Went through customs, found our luggage, and the search for Mirjam was on. We hadn't seen her in about 5 years so we were hoping she hadn't changed much. After about 45 minutes we decided we would try our luck with the phones. Once we figured out that we didn't have to dial the country code (the phone already knew we were in Holland) we called Mirjams cell phone but had no luck. Eventually, we all found eachother and the reunion was complete!

We jumped on a train to Zuidhorn, Holland to go stay with Mirjams parents. Thank the Lord Mirjam was there because I did not understand a word that the ticket man said, after all, I am not fluent in Dutch. I was so excited to finally be there I think I forgot about the time change and how I was supposed to be sleeping at that time. When we arrived in Zuidhorn, Mirjams parents welcomed us with open arms. Her house was so cute and her family is so great. The town in which they live is unbelievable. Everything is just so dutch. (No kidding!) We went for a walk around her town, ate some dinner, and then just relaxed. We were all pretty tired from traveling and wanted to be refreshed and ready to go for the next day. My first day in Europe and I couldn't stop smiling!

Quotes from the day:
"The phone already knows it's in Holland." (A friendly Dutch man trying to help us with the phone in the train station)

"Mirian, its like party on" (Theresa's explanation of how to pronounce Mirjam's mothers name)

Mirjam: "She's taken a picture of our asses."
Cindy: "Where's the S?" (while looking towards the sky)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dyn-O-Mite! Greatest TV catchphrases named
The TV Land cable network has compiled a list of the 100 greatest catchphrases in TV, from the serious Walter Cronkite's nightly signoff "And that's the way it is" to the silly: "We are two wild and crazy guys!"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15924256/from/ET/


courtesy of MSNBC.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

provided to me by Hayley Slater... I dont know where she got it from, just a little history lesson for you!

1963 : John F. Kennedy assassinated

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.

First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, for a 10-mile motorcade through the streets of downtown Dallas on November 22. Sitting in a Lincoln convertible, the Kennedys and Connallys waved at the large and enthusiastic crowds gathered along the parade route. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building at 12:30 p.m., Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy and seriously injuring Governor Connally. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Dallas' Parkland Hospital. He was 46.

Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who was three cars behind President Kennedy in the motorcade, was sworn in as the 36th president of the United States at 2:39 p.m. He took the presidential oath of office aboard Air Force One as it sat on the runway at Dallas Love Field airport. The swearing in was witnessed by some 30 people, including Jacqueline Kennedy, who was still wearing clothes stained with her husband's blood. Seven minutes later, the presidential jet took off for Washington.

The next day, November 23, President Johnson issued his first proclamation, declaring November 25 to be a day of national mourning for the slain president. On that Monday, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to watch a horse-drawn caisson bear Kennedy's body from the Capitol Rotunda to St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral for a requiem Mass. The solemn procession then continued on to Arlington National Cemetery, where leaders of 99 nations gathered for the state funeral. Kennedy was buried with full military honors on a slope below Arlington House, where an eternal flame was lit by his widow to forever mark the grave.

Lee Harvey Oswald, born in New Orleans in 1939, joined the U.S. Marines in 1956. He was discharged in 1959 and nine days later left for the Soviet Union, where he tried unsuccessfully to become a citizen. He worked in Minsk and married a Soviet woman and in 1962 was allowed to return to the United States with his wife and infant daughter. In early 1963, he bought a .38 revolver and rifle with a telescopic sight by mail order, and on April 10 in Dallas he allegedly shot at and missed former U.S. Army general Edwin Walker, a figure known for his extreme right-wing views. Later that month, Oswald went to New Orleans and founded a branch of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a pro-Castro organization. In September 1963, he went to Mexico City, where investigators allege that he attempted to secure a visa to travel to Cuba or return to the USSR. In October, he returned to Dallas and took a job at the Texas School Book Depository Building.

Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street near his rooming house in Dallas. Thirty minutes later, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater by police responding to reports of a suspect. He was formally arraigned on November 23 for the murders of President Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit.

On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver. Ruby, who was immediately detained, claimed that rage at Kennedy's murder was the motive for his action. Some called him a hero, but he was nonetheless charged with first-degree murder.

Jack Ruby, originally known as Jacob Rubenstein, operated strip joints and dance halls in Dallas and had minor connections to organized crime. He features prominently in Kennedy-assassination theories, and many believe he killed Oswald to keep him from revealing a larger conspiracy. In his trial, Ruby denied the allegation and pleaded innocent on the grounds that his great grief over Kennedy's murder had caused him to suffer "psychomotor epilepsy" and shoot Oswald unconsciously. The jury found Ruby guilty of "murder with malice" and sentenced him to die.

In October 1966, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the decision on the grounds of improper admission of testimony and the fact that Ruby could not have received a fair trial in Dallas at the time. In January 1967, while awaiting a new trial, to be held in Wichita Falls, Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital.

The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate President Kennedy. Despite its seemingly firm conclusions, the report failed to silence conspiracy theories surrounding the event, and in 1978 the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded in a preliminary report that Kennedy was "probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" that may have involved multiple shooters and organized crime. The committee's findings, as with those of the Warren Commission, continue to be widely disputed.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Who's excited for Christmas Music?? ME! Thats who! Oh the snow and the lights and the presents and food and the fun. I just can't wait. Tonight T-Bone and I are going to go down to the East Village and walk around all the little shops. There will be caroling, cocoa, cookies, and christmas cheer. YES!

I'll tell you this though, I'll take the Christmas fun without the cold weather this year! Theres nothing like a white christmas, except when its 40 degrees below zero and you can't even go outside to enjoy the snow. (Did I just have enjoy and snow in the same sentence).
Anyways, I just got excited all of a sudden for Christmas music and its not even Thanksgiving yet. Oh well. Enjoy the Holidays everyone. And remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Here's the story...of the dying TV theme song Shows such as 'Lost,' 'Grey's Anatomy' are cutting straight to the plot http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15320031/from/ET/


I still get that familiar feeling when I hear the theme song to Laguna Beach start up, or the infamous beginning to the OC. Theres so much tied to music that its almost as important as the tv show itself.
I can remember back to my freshman year of college when I lived in the dorms. My roommate would always play Enya in the middle of the afternoon when she was getting ready to take a nap. To this day, when I hear "Only Time" my eyes start to feel heavy and that sense of "sleepiness" comes over me. Is it because I'm tired? Probably not. I became so accustomed to associating Enya with sleep that in the middle of the day, her music makes me drowsy.
To all those producers and executives who think plot lines and characters are the most important part of the television show, I tell you to take a look at the most successful tv shows of the 80s and 90s and think of their theme song. Granted, the shows were popular so the theme song caught on, but it works hand in hand. I say, go back to those catching theme songs. To think that the generation after mine won't have a theme song like "Saved by the Bell" or "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" to sing along to. Well, that’s just frightening and wrong! :)


ps happy birthday michael ( i know it was yesterday!)

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Checkout Line Joke:
A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she selected:

A half-gallon of 2% milk,
A carton of eggs,
A quart of orange juice,
A head of romaine lettuce,
2 lb. can of coffee,
And a 1 lb. package of bacon.

As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly stated, "You must be single."

The woman was a bit Startled by this proclamation, but she was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single. She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her marital status. Curiosity getting the better of her, she said "Well, you know what, you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"


The drunk replied, "Cause you're ugly."

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Remember to Vote!!!

"But select capable men from all the people-- men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain -- and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens." Exodus 18:21

Find out where the candidates stand at http://www.iowachristian.com/voterguides.htm

Friday, November 03, 2006

Some more things I think you should know.

What makes me laugh? I really just love laughing so hard that you forget what you're laughing about. And people tripping or running into things really makes me laugh

What's my favorite possession? hmmm, i really do love taking pictures so probably my photo album

What superhuman power would I most want to have? who doesnt want to fly

What did I want to be when I was little? I wanted to be lots of things. A teacher, Miss America, a shoe saleman

What is my motto? "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:10-13

What would you do with $1,000 in spare cash? Vacation!!!!

What's your simplest pleasure? a long walk on a cool summer night

What would your "I'd rather be..." bumper sticker say? at the beach

What's the craziest fashion trend you've ever followed? everything from the 80's was pretty crazy. Maybe stretch pants, yup, definitely strep pants

The big decision I'm currently wrestling with is...? long term goals, mostly career wise

Would you rather be a little smarter or a little sexier? how about a little bit of both

ps. thanks Real Simple for the questions.

Monday, October 30, 2006

I like to treat myself to a piece of chocolate everyday because that’s what makes me happy. Its amazing how much I look forward to that little morsel. It not only tastes good but it brightens up my workday. And then to top it off, Dove provides you with a promise message which I just get a kick out of. Some are a bit quirky and some I really feel you should apply to life. So, if you haven't already today, go have a piece a chocolate. (and if you have, enjoy another). I prefer Dark Chocolate.

Heres some of the Promise Messages I've come across.

Lose yourself in a moment
You know what? You look good in red
Do what feels right
Follow your instincts
Get your feet massaged
Learn Something from everyone you meet
Flirting is mandatory
Hey, why not?
Its definitely a bubble-bath day.
Make "someday" today (personal favorite)
Go to your special place
Be fearless
Don't think about it so much
Sometimes one smile means more than a dozen roses
Send a love letter this week
Wink at someone driving past today
Write a real letter, not just an email.
Go against the grain
Live your Dreams (another personal favorite)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Just in case you were wondering what the best TV high schools are, MSNBC provided us with a list of the top 5!


NBC
Bayside High, "Saved By The Bell": Sure, your school probably had its charms. Your school may not have had a buffoon like Mr. Belding for a principal, and it might have had more than one hallway. But in all likelihood, it never struck oil out in the football field, leading to environmental disaster and enlightenment for everyone. Bayside was a place where students came and went as they pleased from the principal's office, teachers were about as aware of their surroundings as fish in a tank are of theirs, and the world of wacky schemes could be your oyster. What's not to like?
Kevin, Paul and Winnie from
ABC
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. High, "The Wonder Years": Kevin Arnold and friends didn't have many extravagances in school, but they had the one thing any school needs the most: an incredibly awkward gym teacher who also taught sex education. In the second episode ever, Kevin and Paul received a lecture from Coach Cutlip (the hilarious Robert Picardo) in which he illustrated female anatomy in a manner that calls to mind, as one of the students points out, the head of a cow. Add the fact that Ben Stein put in recurring appearances as another of Kevin's teachers, and it's clear that the education available to Kevin could save the world, if only more students could be exposed to it.
The
FOX
West Beverly High, "Beverly Hills, 90210": Start with the campus radio station. Don't forget to throw in the privileged, "well"-dressed student body, the apparent abundance of free time, and the constant outbreaks of scandal and intrigue. You may think your high-school experience was dramatic because a few breakups happened at the prom, but five minutes at West Beverly would convince you that your complement of madness was woefully inadequate. Why do you think Andrea Zuckerman faked up her residency so she could go there? Would your peers have thrown a "[Your Name] Graduates!" protest if your status was in jeopardy, as they did for Donna Martin? We thought not.
The Fame cast
NBC
New York City High School For The Performing Arts, "Fame": Is there even a question about this? They danced on the cafeteria tables. They danced in the hallways, they sang in the street � OK, it actually sounds pretty annoying, but at least everyone was working together. Besides, how great would it be if your friends included hot dancers, great singers, drama-laden actresses, and a comedian? Okay, that also sounds annoying. But the shows! They put on productions practically every week, so your parents would be able to come and watch you, and they'd bring the video camera and your grandparents and � OK, maybe this one isn't that great after all.
Hesseman holds court on
ABC
Millard Fillmore High School, "Head Of The Class": This school had an advantage that few others can claim, which is an almost pathological fear of its own nerds. It knew that really smart kids only need two things: isolation and monotony. They need to be put in a single classroom, where they will spend all day talking only to each other, sit in the same seats, have only one teacher, and rarely interact with anyone. Sure, teacher Charlie Moore (Howard Hesseman) tried to get them to take on a few activities, but for the most part, they kept to themselves. Smart kids off in their own society, just the way it should be.


heres some more to choose from as well:
Which TV school is your favorite?
Bayside High ("Saved By The Bell")Robert F. Kennedy Jr. High ("The Wonder Years")West Beverly High ("Beverly Hills, 90210")
High School For The Performing Arts ("Fame")Millard Fillmore High School ("Head Of The Class")Sunnydale High School ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Buchanan High School ("Welcome Back Kotter")Springfield Elementary ("The Simpsons")Neptune High School ("Veronica Mars")
Degrassi Junior HighHarbor High School ("The O.C.")Eastland Academy for Girls ("Facts of Life")
McKinley High ("Freaks and Geeks")Winslow High ("Boston Public")Fillmore Junior High ("The Brady Bunch")
Westdale High School ("The Brady Bunch")Carver High ("The White Shadow")Walnut Grove's schoolhouse ("Little House on the Prairie")
None of these top my list

Monday, October 09, 2006

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk: Four Steps Every Woman Can Take For women age 35-54, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death -- it will affect 1 out of every 8 women in America. Here are four important things every woman can do to lower their risk and improve their overall health:
1) Self and Clinical Breast Exams: Starting at age 20, all women should perform monthly self-exams. For more helpful information about exams, symptoms and exam trackers, visit Breast Health Condition Center in your WebMD Personal Health Manager.
2) Good Nutrition: Healthy eating also may reduce your risk for breast cancer. Experts recommend at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
3) Exercise: While exercise won't eliminate your risk for breast cancer, it may lower it. All you need is moderate (to the point of breaking a sweat) physical activity on a regular basis - for example, a brisk 30-minute walk.
4) Limit Alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages is linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. Women who consume 2 to 5 alcoholic beverages a day, have about 1.5 times the risk of women who drink no alcohol.
Overall, the good news is that breast cancer can be overcome. Treatment options are improving and survival rates are nearing 90% when detected early

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fall is right around the corner...

As I was driving to work yesterday morning, the moon was right at eyes level with the freeway. As I merged on to the road, I couldn't help but stare at the moon. The bright orange glow that seemed to dominate the sky was overwhelming. I almost felt as if I should pull off to the side of the road and take a picture. But then I would be late for work and try explaining that to your boss, "well you see, I pulled off the road to stare at the moon." Yeah right.
But as I drove further, the moon seemed to grow bigger and bigger and it almost felt as if my car was going to be swallowed up by the moon.
Its mornings like that when I really feel the Lords presence in His creation. Even though the moon is so far away, it felt so near because it was so huge and so present. You couldn't help but notice it, even if you weren't looking for it.
Fall is just around the corner and I actually think I'm excited for it. Mostly because of college football but I actually am awaiting the change of seasons. The leaves have already begun to change colors and have started to fall. The collection of fallen leaves on the ground can be seen in almost every yard and soon the smell of bonfires will overwhelm the neighborhood.
With the new season ahead, I challenge you to really stand back and take a look at everything and really enjoy it and it's Creator.

"A fallen leaf is like a summer's wave goodbye."
--ps. Go Hawkeyes!!! Beat Purdue!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ferentz riding wave of popularity in Iowa
Ask the College Football Expert: If Iowa upsets No. 1-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, it could make well-paid Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz the most popular person in the stat e of Iowa.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15007529/from/ET/

It's College Game Day!!!!!

No. 13 Iowa seeks upset of No. 1 Ohio St.
The last time Ohio State ventured into Iowa City, it suffered its most lopsided defeat under coach Jim Tressel. That contest was also the last time Troy Smith wasn't the Buckeyes' starting quarterback. Smith looks to continue strengthening his case for the Heisman Trophy and help top-ranked Ohio State complete an unbeaten September on Saturday night against No. 13 Iowa.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15046774/from/ET/

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Justin Timberlake really is bringing SexyBack
Ex-'N Syncer rocks your body on lust-filled second album
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14734014/from/ET/


Sidenote: Check out John Mayers new cd as well. Great stuff! I'm off to Europe tomorrow and I'm so glad I've got some new music to listen to to get me through the LONG plane ride! Hoorahh!!!!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

41 Things You Never Think to Ask


1. Have you ever been searched by the cops? oh gosh no

2. Do you close your eyes on roller coasters? no no! I love rollercoasters

3. When's the last time you've been sledding? this past winter

4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone? nobody likes to be alone

5. Do you believe in ghosts? the holy ghost

6. Do you consider yourself creative? depends, dance moves I'm as creative as they come

7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife? Who doesn't!

8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? Team Aniston!

9. Do you stay friends with your ex's? i'm friends with everyone

10. Do you know how to play poker? Yup

11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? probably when I was younger and I thought it was cool to do that

12. What's your favorite commercial? any random one thats hilarious. I cant think of any right now

13. What are you allergic to? sulfa

14. If you're driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around do you run red lights? nope

15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you? probably

16. Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees? how about the Mets! yeah david wright

17. Have you ever been Ice Skating? yup

18. How often do you remember your dreams? Most of the time

19. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? um, 220 E. 9th reunion in the hotel room

20. Can you name 5 songs by The Beatles? yup, do you want me to name them....

21. What's the one thing on your mind now? saved by the bell reruns are great!

22. Do you believe in love at first sight? um, probably not love, maybe lust

23. Do you know who Ghetto-ass barbie is? i know barbies and I dont know who that is

24. Do you always wear your seat belt? YES

25 what cell service do you use? Verizon

26. Do you like Sushi? not particularly. i have issues

27. Have you ever narrowly avoided a fatal accident? probably

28. What do you wear to bed? tank and shorts

29. Been caught stealing? yes, my mom caught me when I was like 7, horrible horrible experience!

30. what shoe size do you have? 8

31. Do you truly hate anyone? no

32. Classic Rock or Rap? Classic Rock!! Firehouse yeah!!

33. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be? Mr. Justin Like I love you Timberlake

34. Regis and Kelly or Ellen? hmmm. Ellen is pretty stinkin hilarious

35. Have you ever sang in front of the mirror? of course

36. What food do you find disgusting? green beans

37. Do you sing in the shower? yes

38. Did you ever play, "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours"? No

39. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back? sadly yes. and I get it in return too.

40. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? Yes

41. Have you ever been punched in the face? no, thankfully

Monday, September 11, 2006

We Shall Never Forget

Saturday, September 09, 2006

SENIOR year
Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers are


1. Who was your best friend?
Cindy and Ami

2.What sports did you play?
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Track

3. What kind of car did you drive?
Oldsie!

4. Friday night where were you at? Some sort of sporting event, usually Football or basketball games

5. Were you a party animal? not really

6. Were you considered a flirt? I was friends with everyone

7. Ever skip school?
only with a valid excuse

8. Were you a nerd?
i was in band for a while! haha

10. Did you get suspended/expelled?
nope

11. Can you sing the fight song?
i know the Nashua fight song but i'm not sure about the nashua-plainfield.

12. Who was your favorite teacher?
Mrs. Munson

13. Favorite class?
Speech or Health 2 w/ Mrs. D

14. What was your school's full name?
Nashua-Plainfield High School

15. School mascot?
Huskies

16. Did you go to Prom?
of course! had a blast too!

17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
um, for the sports aspect sure. for the drama, heck no!

18. What do you remember most about graduation?
Laura and I gave the graduation speech! plus, the whole day was a lot of fun.

19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?
Um, Spring break to Florida and senior basketball were definite favorites

20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? yup

21. Did you have a job your senior year? nope, didnt have time to work

22. Where did you go most often for lunch?
the cafeteria

23. Have you gained weight since then?
haha, YES

24. What did you do after graduation?
my graduation party

25. When did you graduate?
2001

26. Where are most of your classmates?
nashua and the surrounding area

27. Are you going to your ten year reunion?
i think so, thats a long ways from now.

28. Who was your home room teacher?
Mr Griffith (or big care as I like to call him)

29. Final thoughts about high school?
was a great time and I wouldnt change it for the world.

Friday, September 08, 2006

In Defense of Facebook

Let’s admit what the site really is: a great way to stalk our friends.


Web-Exclusive Commentary
By Andrew Romano
Newsweek
Updated: 58 minutes ago

Sept. 7, 2006 - You know those freakish siblings who are also the best of friends? Who talk regularly? Who hug on occasion? Who act like they "care" about each other? Well, my sister and I, not so much. Don't get me wrong. I love her and all—but this might be the first she's heard of it. Which is why when I logged on to Facebook.com late last night—like millions of bored teenagers and twentysomethings in bedrooms, dorm rooms and rented apartments everywhere—the words came as something of a surprise: "Laura Romano is in a relationship. 11:32pm." I'm 24. An older, warmer brother might have preferred to learn of his sister's budding romance in person. But I wouldn't have had it any other way.
That's not a popular view right now among many of my fellow Facebook members—to say the least. Laura’s time-stamped announcement is part of a new feature called "News Feed" that automatically posts bulletins whenever a buddy updates his or her personal profile. Think of it as Google News for your circle of friends: when I log in, each tiny tweak—Deona added "doughy breadd" [sic] to her interests (12:40 p.m.); Jeremy removed "muttering" from his favorite activities (11:41 a.m.)—registers on a single list that scrolls down the middle of my homepage. News Feed launched Monday, and the backlash was swift and savage. Benjamin Parr, a Northwestern University junior, immediately formed a group called "Students Against Facebook News Feed (Official Petition to Facebook)," which calls on members to boycott by refusing to update their profiles. "You went a bit too far this time, facebook [sic]," he wrote. "We want to feel just a LITTLE bit of privacy, even if it is facebook. News Feed is just too creepy, too stalker-esque, and a feature that has to go." By Thursday, the group had amassed 600,000 members.

All due respect to the swelling ranks of distraught Facebookers—10 of my "friends" have joined Parr's protest, and several others have opted into similar groups, including "News Feed—You Suck" and "Facebook needs to chill the f**k out"—but Facebook has always been "stalker-esque." Stalking—in its most benign, least “John Hinckley” form—is Facebook's raison d'etre. Why do we log on a dozen times a day? (Assuming, that is, that I'm not the only one.) To keep track of who's friends with whom. To lament that our exes' new boyfriends look rather muscular. And to wonder why Michelle has left the group "Jews Who Booze." By aggregating everyone's updates, News Feed makes this mildly voyeuristic process easier and more enjoyable for all. It simply collects old information in a new place—and Facebook remains as private as before. I’m all for convenience.

Why the outrage, then? The problem here is that while most of us like tuning into reality television shows, only nutcases actually want to appear on them. Watching is fun; being watched is not. At first, it was unsettling to realize that Facebook was broadcasting my every move to the 207 people I’d chosen to “befriend.” Some of these bulletins were profoundly dull (“Andrew Romano added ‘Newsweek’ to his company info. 4:23pm”). But others—namely, the bitsy profile alterations that Facebook addicts obsess over, often at odd hours—can feel embarrassing when exposed on News Feed. (The other day, I added “burritos” to my list of interests—at 3:23 in the morning. I was hungry.) Nothing is as uncool as trying to be cool. And News Feed allows each and every one of your friends to watch, in real time, as you hone your public persona.For me, that was a painful proposition. But it was also wake-up call. How necessary is it, I thought, to obsessively recalibrate my roster of favorite movies and music? Not very. In fact, it’s kind of immature. Weaned on a sugary self-esteem diet, we’ve grown into a vain generation with an insatiable appetite for self-expression—and plenty of places (Facebook, MySpace, blogs, AIM, etc.) to express ourselves. But it’s important to realize that People Are Watching (luckily, Facebook is limited to friends; other online outlets aren’t nearly as private). That’s what social networking is all about. My new rule of thumb: don’t do stuff online that you don’t want your friends to know about. If you’re embarrassed when a particular update appears on News Feed, it was probably gratuitous to begin with.

Hopefully, my peers will agree—and the News Feed protests will peter out. As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote Tuesday, “Being able to know what’s going on in your friends’ lives is [cool]. This is information people used to dig for on a daily basis, nicely reorganized and summarized so people can learn about the people they care about. You don’t miss the photo album about your friend’s trip to Nepal. Maybe if your friends are all going to a party, you want to know so you can go too.” If it survives, News Feed will, I hope, earn a place of honor as a quirky, convenient chronicle of each user’s community: who’s dating, who’s hanging out, who’s obsessed with "Laguna Beach." The lesson: let's take responsibility for our online behavior and exercise a little discretion. Then we can get back to enjoying Facebook for what it is—a great way to stalk our friends.


Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:
1. Ohio St. (39) 1-0 1,568 1
2. Texas (7) 1-0 1,453 3
3. Southern Cal (3) 1-0 1,410 6
4. Notre Dame (8) 1-0 1,408 2
4. Auburn (3) 1-0 1,408 4
6. West Virginia (5) 1-0 1,356 5
7. Florida 1-0 1,191 7
8. LSU 1-0 1,185 8
9. Florida St. 1-0 1,130 11
10. Michigan 1-0 841 14
11. Tennessee 1-0 839 23
12. Georgia 1-0 836 15
13. Louisville 1-0 820 13
14. Iowa 1-0 800 16
15. Oklahoma 1-0 725 10
16. Virginia Tech 1-0 673 17
17. Miami 0-1 624 12
18. Clemson 1-0 564 18
19. Penn St. 1-0 467 19
20. Oregon 1-0 436 21
21. Nebraska 1-0 358 20
22. California 0-1 212 9
23. TCU 1-0 198 22
24. Texas Tech 1-0 196 25
25. Arizona St. 1-0 134 24
Others receiving votes: Alabama 96, Wisconsin 35, UCLA 29, Georgia Tech 27, Boise St. 25, South Carolina 13, Boston College 11, Texas A&M 11, Pittsburgh 9, Purdue 9, Rutgers 7, Tulsa 7, Arizona 6, Fresno St. 3, Missouri 3, UTEP 2.


courtesy of msnbc.com

Thursday, August 31, 2006

15. IOWA

2005 record:
7-5, 5-3 (3rd-tie in Big Ten)
2005 bowl:
Lost to Florida 31-24 in Outback
2005 final AP/coaches' ranking: Not ranked
Coach: Kirk Ferentz (49-36, 7 years; 61-57 overall, 10 years)
Offensive coordinator: Ken O'Keefe (8th year)
Defensive coordinator: Norm Parker (8th year)
Offensive scheme: Multiple
Defensive scheme: 4-3
Returning offensive starters: 7
Returning defensive starters: 7
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Stadium: Kinnick (grass, 70,585)
Last league title:
2004 (tie)
2006 schedule: [view]
2005 statistics: [view]

Offense: With quarterback Drew Tate returning for his senior season, the Hawkeyes have the leadership and skill necessary to become an offensive force. Tate didn’t deliver as expected in last season’s big games, but his strong arm and pocket presence should be a decisive factor. Overall, Tate’s numbers (62.2 percent completions, 22 touchdowns against just seven interceptions) were eye-opening. The return of junior running back Albert Young (1,334 yards, eight touchdowns) gives the Hawkeyes more options. Young is more steady than spectacular. The go-to receiver must emerge, and leading candidates are senior Calvin Davis or junior Herb Grigsby. Senior tight end Scott Chandler is a reliable, massive target. Iowa might have one of the Big Ten’s best offensive lines, particularly with senior right tackle Marshal Yanda ad senior left guard Mike Jones.

Defense: The loss of All-American linebackers Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, plus four-year starting cornerbacks Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson, would seem a fatal blow, but the Hawkeyes have plenty of remaining quality. The defensive line matured greatly and returns all four starters, led by junior ends Bryan Mattison and Kenny Iwebema. Senior Edmond Miles has experience at each linebacker position. The secondary is paced by senior free safety Marcus Paschal and senior strong safety Miguel Merrick.

Specialists: Excellent. Placekicker Kyle Schlicher is 38-for-47 on field-goal attempts in his career. Punter Andy Fenstermaker had 21 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. The Hawkeyes need someone to step up as the primary kickoff and punt returner.

Coaching: Kirk Ferentz is annually rumored to be jumping to the NFL, but in truth, he has built one of the most secure situations in college football. He’s a hero in the state (beginning his 17th year as assistant or head coach) and has put the Hawkeyes on firm footing. He has had the same offensive coordinator (Ken O’Keefe) and defensive coordinator (Norm Parker) since accepting the job. Ferentz’s approach might not be sexy, but Iowa is coming off the best four-season run in the program’s history.

Heisman Hopefuls: Tate is on the Heisman B-list at the moment, but could make a leap if the Hawkeyes make a run at the Big Ten title.

Overview: The Hawkeyes won’t be picked by anyone to win the Big Ten title — not with the presence of Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State — but they are the team no one wants to face. With Tate and Young leading the offense, plus a defense that improved greatly last season, Iowa should be good enough for a January bowl game. And along the way, it will make the other Big Ten teams nervous

courtesy of msnbc.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2006



Kmarts wedding...continued....

SUNDAY - the big day! After a fun night out at 8.0, we all woke up ready to go for the big day. I'm pretty sure I can speak for all of us when I say that we were excited. Kmart, obviously, a little more than the rest of us. But nonetheless, girls love weddings, they love their friends, and they love to look cute and get dressed up. At least my friends do anyways, so today was going to be a pretty exciting day. All of the bridal party and a few guests were invited to a bridal brunch/luncheon. Very tasty! From there, Teeda, Beth, Lindsey, and I ran some last minute errands before heading back to Kmarts house while the rest of the girls went and got ready. We got lucky and snagged some free matches from the nice fellas at the Grill store so our errands were complete. Then, we waited, and waited, and waited some more. Finally, it was time to get ready. Because Teeda, Beth and I were readers, we figured we better get to the church earlier than most. Afterall, Beth was starting the ceremony. So we all got ready and we were off, looking mighty beautiful I might add. We got to the church and spotted Kmart looking absolutely radiant. A few tears were shed!


The Wedding - Beth started us out with "A Poem for my Daughter." (Great job Beth). The ceremony was lovely, the music was fabulous (props to Adam and Kevin) and Teeda and my readings went well also. Now that the ceremony was over, it was time to party! We all headed upstairs for the reception. Kkountry folks had a little reunion during dinner, which was so great. And then came time for the dancing. If you know me at all, you know where I was during this time! Between Teeda's hypoglycemia, Beths crazy dance moves, and my catching the bouquet!! (yes its true, I'm next) the reception was so much fun. I laughed a ton and couldn’t stop smiling. Before I knew it, it was time to send the bride and groom off! It was a military send off with swords and everything! (I have to get myself one of those swords!)

After party - After kmart and brandon left, we hung out outside for a bit. Teeda, Beth and I went upstairs to get our stuff and Teeda decided that she was not able to walk down the stairs. To this, I started laughing and tackled Beth! (I know, I don’t get it either) Hilarious! But anyways, I took our stuff back down to the car and told Adam that he would have to go help Teeda. We all sat down on the curb and were having a nice little chat when a Fort Worth local came over to us. He decided to preach to us and even threw in a little song. At one point he was staring Jason down, which we all thought was pretty funny. Then he commented on my flowers (see above: me catching the bouquet, yes, I was still carrying it around!) so I offered them to him and told him to take it home to his wife. Who knows if the guy even has a wife but he has my flowers. Hopefully they made his night. After we got all packed up, we headed back to Kmarts house (thanks to Adam). What a crazy car ride that was. And when we got back to Kmarts house, we realized we were missing a few people which got Beth a little worried. Not long after, more people started to show up at Kmarts house and things got a little rowdy. Oh fun times. Teeda was "sleeping" on the air mattress so she missed all the excitement, but the entire wedding party and all their guests were at the house just laughing and hanging out. IT was great. Nice way to unwind after the wedding. All good things must come to an end, especially if you have to drive 900 miles the next day right Adam! But I was sad to see the night end.

MONDAY was time to go home. We woke up, cleaned as best as we could, and packed up Jason's car. He graciously was taking us all to the airport. We stopped for breakfast and then went on our way. We all said our goodbyes and then it was time to leave. I'm going to throw it out there and say that even though I was the third person to leave, I was the first to get home! Yeah for quick flights! All in all, the weekend was one that I will never forget. Theres nothing I love more than just seeing my friends, if only for a short while, and seeing them happy makes it that much better. Until the next wedding…..

Saturday, August 26, 2006

1. WHAT MADE YOU SMILE YESTERDAY? lots of things: Andy in scheels, meeting new friends, Moose, and the drive home from Miss Kitty's in Bryans car

2. WHAT WERE YOU DOING AT 8 THIS MORNING? sleeping

3. WHAT WERE YOU DOING 15 MINUTES AGO? laundry

4. SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED TO YOU IN 1995? 1995, hmm, i was probably jamming out to New Kids singing as loud as I could in my room. That was an every day occurance

5. LAST THING YOU SAID ALOUD? i told Jenise to call me later

6. HOW MANY DIFFERENT THINGS DID YOU DRINK TODAY? water and milk

7. WHERE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND RIGHT NOW? i've got best friends all over

8. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOOTHBRUSH? white and purple

9. WHAT IS OUT YOUR BACK DOOR? the backyard

10. LAST THING YOU BOUGHT? a backpack for Europe. yippee

11. LAST GIFT YOU RECEIVED FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? clothes

12. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR FRONT DOOR? green

13. WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR CHANGE? wallet

14. WHATS THE WEATHER LIKE TODAY? humidity is a killer

15. BEST ICE CREAM FLAVOR? mint m&m's

16. SOMETHING YOU'RE EXCITED ABOUT? the future, Europe, new friends!!

17. LAST RAINBOW YOU SAW? not in a long while

18. WHAT SIZE SHOE DO YOU WEAR? 8

19. DO YOU HAVE ANY SISTERS? nope, who needs sisters

20. ARE YOU VERY RANDOM? i'm the most random person i think.

21. DO YOU WANT TO CUT YOUR HAIR? nope, i want it long!

22. ARE YOU OVER THE AGE OF 22? yup

23. DO YOU TALK A LOT? YES

24. DO YOU WATCH THE OC? yup, but i'm rethinking that show

25. WHAT DAY DOES YOUR SCHOOL END THIS YEAR? i'm done with school

26. DOES YOUR SCREEN NAME HAVE AN '' X '' IN IT? nope

27. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE CALLED STEVE? my uncle

28. DO YOU MAKE UP YOUR OWN WORDS? haha, of course! and the sign language that goes along with it

29. ARE YOU TICKLISH? YES

30. ARE YOU TYPICALLY A JEALOUS PERSON? thou shall not covet thy neighbors house.

Monday, August 21, 2006



Iowa State Fair
(... this blog is dedicated to Michael Nixon, the biggest fan of the Iowa State Fair I know)

First things first, the Iowa State fair brings out Iowas finest. People from all walks of life come to the fair and its quite amusing to sit and just watch people. People watching is probably one of the most interesting things to do at the fair. You know the Iowa State Fair is great when you look to your left and there's a cowboy, to your right is a grandma and gramps, behind you is a group of farm boys, and right in front of you is the most amazing mullet you've ever seen.

Another thing that is so great about the Iowa State Fair is that you can get almost anything to eat, on a stick! Every year it continues to amaze me the fair delights that come on a stick. Does the stick really make things that much better? It sure must because food on a stick is a staple at the fair. My personal favorites are the corn dogs! Yum. Today I also had a carmeled apple, of course, on a stick. And if you find something to eat thats not on a stick, chances are, its probably deep fried! We've got deep fried oreos, twinkies, candy bars, cheese curds, bloomin onions, and for those health concsious people, deep fried vegetables. Its a wonder how outside of the fair, all of that food would really gross me out but when I'm at the fair, somehow, its okay!

And then comes the shows. There's talent competitions, horse and cattle shows, singers and musicians, contests, any kind of show. And theres buildings and buildings filled with exhibits and booths from every industry in the state of Iowa (or so it seems). And lets not forget the Midway. Oh the midway and its lovely workers. Sure the rides may be a ton of fun but something about the people running the rides freaks me out. But thats what makes the fair, the fair. Theres just so much to do and see at the fair, theres endless possiblities. So I suggest that if you havent been to the Iowa State Fair, you go, because I guarentee you'll have a good time and find yourself saying "Only at the Fair."

Friday, August 18, 2006

Yeah for KMarts Wedding!!



It seems like the day would never get here and now as I sit and write, the time has come and gone. What a joyous event it was, and an event is a great term used to describe the whole weekend.

Thursday I arrived in DFW and as I was walking through the terminal towards baggage claim, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of dejavu from the last trip to Texas. I just prayed right there that things would go smoothly and the weekend would be filled with nothing but fun and laughter. As I came through the glass doors, there stood 3 of the greatest friends a girl could ask for. I havent seen these girls for such a long time, and I know its cliché to say, but really, it felt like we had never been apart. (Imagine giant group hug here). Teeda and all her glory; Beth with her huge smile; and Kmart, the bride, glowing! I just had to stop for a minute and take it all in. We were all back in Texas, again.

Thankfully the airport wasn’t crowded and my luggage came quickly. Back to Fort Worth we would go. We stopped and picked up Sarah Lundeen, who I couldn’t have been more excited to see b/c well, I just love the Lundeens. After a quick bite to eat we were off to Kmarts house.

THURSDAY night was the Bachelorette party and like any other bachelorette party, anything goes. We all got ready and then had a lingerie party. Kmart got some really cute stuff and that just got us in the mood to go out. Dinner was at P.F. Changs, which was oh so tasty. Teeda, Sarah, Beth, and I ordered 4 different things and shared it all. That’s what I love about girls, we share our food! Haha. From dinner we headed to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. About this time my long day started catching up to me. Teeda and I were running on very little sleep an it was at this point that we both were like, "wow, are we going to get any sleep tonight?" Anyways, Pete's was interesting. Besides the plaid shorts guy, the awkward song dedicated to Kmart, and the fact that it was freezing in there, we all had a great time but were ready to move on once we accomplished our goal (hint hint, lets just say some guy went home that night probably in debt) From Petes we went down to Stone Canyon, a dance club in the Stockyards. To say I felt out of place would be an understatement. It was an 18+ dance club but I would bet a lot of money that there were 13 year olds there. And I think a few people would agree with me! But, being that it was a dance club, I just got out there and showed them all why I was a member of Adagio! (shout out to adagio members). At about 1:30 am I realized that in about 4 hours, that would mean I had been up for 24 hours straight. The ole bear jumped on my back and I had to sit down. Back to Kmarts house we went and that was the end of Thursday.

FRIDAY morning we woke up late and kind of bummed around. Teeda, Beth, Sarah, and I went out for breakfast and then decided to make a quick stop to Target. From Target we decided to go shopping, but only for a little while. We picked up a few things and then headed back to the house. We figured we better go check on Kmart to make sure she was doing okay! Lindsey, kmarts roommate, was so precious. Bless her little heart we just kind of took over her room and laid there for a few hours. We called Jason to wish him a happy birthday and talked to Brett as well. Yeah for kamp friends. Sarah and I had a little girl talk session while the rest took naps. Soon it was time to get ready for the night activities: Barbeque and Bowling. We all looked so cute and stylish until we found out we were eatting outside! And barbeque nonetheless. What I forgot to mention was that the temperature was about 106 that day, and even by about 8 or so, it hadnt cooled off much. After dinner, we headed to the bowling alley for some cosmic bowling! Fun times. Beth won, congrats. The most exciting thing at the bowling alley was discovering these giant gumballs, or what we thought were gumballs. Sarah, Beth and I shoved these giant things into our mouths only to realize they were candy and not gum. So, we took a picture! After bowling was the Shamrock. Local pub in Fort Worth which was pretty laid back. Teeda and I watched the 50 greatest sports moments in history. Let me tell you, they were pretty great. So another night out past 2 am. Joyous day, its like I'm in college again. I was never more excited to see that little air mattress (teeda, are you with me?)

SATURDAY morning was the rehearsal. We basically woke up and had to be there right away. Thank goodness for it being low key and casual b/c we all sure looked the part. From the rehearsal we went to run some more errands and basically, just bum around. Adam came, which we were excited about because we love kamp friends. We just sat around and talked for a while before we had to start getting ready for the rehearsal dinner. The dinner was at 8.0 downtown which was so fun. We all looked absolutely beautiful might I add. After dinner, they cleared some tables and a dj started playing some music. Being the fun girls that we are, we decided to start dancing. Before you know it, the floor was packed with people. And when I mean packed, I mean, you were shoulder to shoulder with people dancing. Teeda came over to me and was like "we totally started this party!" It was such a blast I spent the majority of the night on the dance floor! And when Sexyback came on, wow, in the words of Britney spears, I was "in the zone." It still amazes me that Harrison new that they were going to play that song. He must be a musical genius or something. Well the night ended and we all headed back to kmarts house to get some sleep before the big day. The anticipation, the excitement, oh, we couldn’t wait, it kept us awake for a while. But in Beths case, the nerves from having to read in front of the church kept her brain churning all night! :)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Hands

A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A baseball in my hands is worth about $6.

A baseball in Mark McGuire's hands is worth $19 million.

It depends on whose hands it's in.

A tennis racket is useless;in my hands.

A tennis racket in Venus Williams' hands is a championship winning.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A rod in my hands will keep away a wild animal.

A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.

It depends whose hands it's in.

A sling shot in my hands is a kid's toy.

A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.

It depends whose hands it's in.

Two fish & 5 loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.

Two fish & 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.

It depends whose hands it's in.

Nails in my hands might produce a birdhouse.

Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation for the entire world.

It depends whose hands it's in.

As you see now it depends whose hands it's in.

So put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams,
your families and your relationships in God's hands because..

It depends whose hands it's in.


Sunday, August 13, 2006


Tell me this, how do you tear yourself away from the television when there's a Laguna Beach marathon on for two days straight?

My answer: You don't!