Wednesday, August 30, 2006

For no other reason

than I feel like it... I want to say "I Love You Adam - You are so awesome!"

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Small update... more to come

For everyone that has been praying... THANK YOU! I (we) really appreciate it.

There has been a resolution and really it is the best possible outcome... I don't really have time to elaborate right now... I promise I will post later.

I just have to say that when things like this occur and the outcome is good everyone says "great! God really came through for you on this one!" or "thank the Lord that He answered your prayers" but I would like to say that I don't think that is what happened... I think what happened is all the praying I (we) did and the praying for done for me (us) helped keep me calm and focused on God, thereby letting his will (whatever that may be) be done... Instead of previous times of trial where I freaked out because I relied on my own knowledge. In his will and trusting it is a MUCH better place to be!

Anyway, I felt that needed to be said!

Oh and for anyone that isn't aware... today is my birthday! Happy Birthday me! If you get a moment, might I suggest checking out a very cool birthday greeting that was left by none other than the Townley's... It may not be AS funny to you as it was to me but it is a good read and so very sweet! Thanks Townley's!

Monday, August 28, 2006

And here we go again...

Without giving up too much right now, before anything is decided, I will just say that Adam and I's future is up in the air again. Things aren't what we hoped they would be at this law firm... the firm is great, the work is precisely what Adam enjoys but the boss is making life unbearable. I can't even explain how defeated Adam looks some days... this guy is killing his spirit and making him hate work. Hate work! Can you imagine... anyone that knows Adam knows that this is his life... his calling... God wired him to think like a lawyer and he gave him the compassion to be a good one. And this guy is killing it.

We haven't really decided what to do yet... we are relying on God's direction... we even had a prayer circle last night with our roomie Danielle, Adam and I. We are just trying to listen and figure out what is best for our little family (and growing that family in the future, near future if I can help it!)

I guess what I am asking for here out in cyber space is prayer... anyone that believes in the power or prayer... please pray for us.

Thanks everyone ;~)


I just ate an entire 7 oz. bag of good and plenty… I am not proud of this.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

It happened!!!

I have a stereo in my Jeep and I love it!!! The new speakers sound wonderful and the new headunit is great... I just have to figure out how to work it!

Let me interject before I get to the pictures... I fancy myself a good friend... a really good friend. I will sacrifice time and energy to help a friend of mine out... sometimes to my own detriment. And I enjoy that, that is just who I am. So when a friend does the same back, it gives me a warm fuzzy. It makes all the sacrifice I feel that I do, worth it because someone is doing the same for me... a pay it forward type effect. That being said, I would like to thank Paco for taking his last little bit of vacation time before heading back to work and using it to sit in my parking spot in my heap of a Jeep and install the headunit and 4 speakers... going well past available light and using those headlamps (Craig and Adam looked like miners ;~). I would also like to thank Ali for 1. allowing him to be sacrificing for me, 2. keeping me company and 3. helping me get dinner ready!

Good friends are hard to come by... I am not letting these 2 go!

Also, I would like to thank my husband for taking care of a problem that I couldn't even hope to do. A cute cuddly bunny met its demise 2 nights ago and unfortunately it was under our Jeep... no we didn't run it over... the neighborhood cat is apparently the Crofton version of Biff (family reference)... suffice it to say, the cat was hungry and bunny was the main course. Not a pretty sight and I will spare you the details. My loving husband put the bunny in a box and disposed of him and sprayed down our parking spot... again, sparing details here but please know, it wasn't nearly as easy as it sounds... there was a lot more to it and Adam took care of it. So thanks honey... I could have never handled bunny detail.

On to the pictures...

Craig dismantling my Jeep...

Adam doing something with wires...

Craig flashing me a big smile

Ali and I chillin in the parking lot... we weren't much help (surprise surprise!)

Breakfast for dinner night! Yummy!

Craig and Ali enjoying dinner! Sorry Ali... caught you with your mouth full... you still look cute though!!

Thanks again guys!

Monday, August 21, 2006

So, it's true... I am awesome

The reason for my extreme self importance... I installed our new door knob all by myself! To anyone that feels compelled to tell me that it is simple and a monkey could do it... don't. I am so very proud of myself. I am keenly aware that it doesn't take a Masters degree in hardware to install it... what I am proud of is that I didn't give up. There was a moment when I opened the package and thought 'Adam is really better suited to do this... I should just wait for him to get home'. But, I shoved that thought aside and made myself keep going. And I totally did it! Yeah, I rock.

Honestly, it is just nice to remind myself that I am not completely helpless when it comes to that type of stuff. I hope that nothing ever happens to Adam (we have a pack that he isn't allowed to die before me until he is 80... then all bets are off) but if God had other plans, it is nice to know that I could do it... That being said... I will probably let Adam do a good portion of the hardware type things, I only need to remind myself every so often... maybe once every 2 years?? Yeah, that seems like a good timeframe. Heck, it will take 2 years for me to stop congratulating myself on a job well done. Yeah, I am awesome.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Stereo Stuff

I got this picture in an email from Paco...

All new headunit, new speakers, ipod adapter and install kits... for much less then you can imagine. Paco... totally my stereo hero! Can't wait to see you Tuesday... waffles galore!

Monday, August 14, 2006

Good Weekend

So Adam's parents got him a waffle maker for his birthday! It is so very cool... professional grade, yummy fluffy Belgian waffles. We set it up Saturday morning (well technically Sat afternoon but we had just woken up ;~) and made waffles all around. It is so quick and easy and just about the best breakfast ever!

This is how we know we are getting older... a waffle maker and we are in love with it! Actually a few years back Adam's parents bought us a Washer (as in clothes) for his birthday and we were ecstatic about it.... that is growing up!

Adam also got some ties, socks, a griddle and iLife '06 which he has been talking about for at least a good year or so. He was a very happy boy.

The rest of the weekend was good... very relaxing. I got to spend a good bit of time on a project for a friend... I can't say more because she reads this blog... but suffice it to say, I needed a few good hours to work and I got them! I love it when a project comes together.

The weekend was tempered with a heavy feeling that I couldn't shake. It is never a pleasant feeling having something unsettled between friends... I hope it gets resolved soon.

As always Monday morning is upon us and I would rather be home but alas, I am plugging away at work. Time to get back to being despised... oh I love my job (please sense the sarcasm ;~)

Oh and a grand thanks to Paco who is helping me purchase/install a new stereo and speakers for the jeep... I am so very excited!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Jaime's Wedding

Last weekend was so great, tiring but great. I love the feeling of watching someone you love be so incredibly happy. I can't even begin to tell you how content and peaceful Jaime is when she is around Craig. I just love those 2 together.

The day, of course, started very early with all the girls getting ready... I must mention the boys were playing video games and relaxing while we were running between hair and makeup! Typical ~

The wedding was so beautiful... I teared up when Jaime walked down the aisle. I mean I saw her in her dress before but wow, when she was coming down the aisle... pure beauty!

The wedding went off without a hitch... and soon enough we were off to the reception. What a great time that was. Talking a chatting with everyone and then out to the dance floor... seriously, I don't remember dancing like that (well except for Jaime's bachelorette party ;~)

Now for a few pictures... I will try to keep it at a minimum ;~)

Such a beautitful couple ;~)

This is probably one of my favorite pictures of the evening. Such genuine smiles on each of their faces.

The Choy Sisters (aka Kara, Kelly and Kristen), Jaime and I

I just love this shot.... thanks to the hubby for getting on the floor and making it happen ;~)

Shout out the next couple to walk down the aisle... a mere 3 months away!!!

And my other favorite shot of the evening... Kelly you are so awesome and I am so glad to be friends with you!!!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Michele (Jaime's sister) read this at dinner the night of Jaime's bachelorette party... I was very struck and moved by this poem so I thought I would share... I hope you enjoy.

The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon...
I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life's betrayals
or have beshriveledelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn't interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn't interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

Not in a great mood...

My Jeep was broken into last night. The faceplate of my stereo was taken, not the entire stereo... just the, completely useless without the rest of it, faceplate. Which renders my half of the stereo completely ineffective so some petty criminal and I have something in common. We both have part of MY stereo and each part is now a waste of space.

A couple of CD's were taken too... and probably some other stuff that I will only notice when I go to find it and remember, oh yeah, it used to be in my car.

Oddly enough, the $70 ipod to stereo converter (device which allows my ipod to play through my car stereo) was still there... which makes me believe that the aforementioned petty criminal is too young to drive... any youth that can drive and worth his salt would know what a gaccessoryesory that is. Don't get me wrong, I am not complaining that I still have it... just annoyed that some little punk wasn't smart enough to take something that would have made him money but instead takes something that will cost me a ton of money...

Before anyone asks, no I didn't lock the Jeep last night. I was so excited to get home before Adam... It was his birthday and we had a fun celebration planned (Adam, Danielle and I) and I wanted to clean up a little, get the groceries in and the cheese/crackers and dip set up... I ran in, chatting on the phone with Danielle about getting Sparkling Cider, and forgot all about the Jeep... yeah, that's what I get for having a good attitude.

Just when I think things are looking up, something comes along and knocks me over.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's that day...

Happy Birthday ADAM !!!

My hubby turns 27 today!!!

Seriously, how could you not love this guy...

For those of you waiting (patiently) for me to post about Jaime's wedding... it is coming... I promise. Adam and I took many, many pictures so sorting through and getting them ready to send out and blog about is taking a while. Not to mention, I had to off load a couple thousand pictures to our external hard drive because my computer was full... shocker, I know! Sit tight... blogging and pictures are forthcoming!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Busy weekend...

My head is spinning when I think of all that is going on this weekend!

Tonight I am going straight to Annapolis from work to pick up my bridesmaids dress. I was having it altered and the wedding is Saturday so can everyone say a quick prayer that everything is fine with it ;~) Then I go straight from Annapolis to Cheverly for sign language class. After that, come home and pay all the bills because they are due within the next few days.

Then Friday... work half day, stop at Ann Taylor to see if I can find a dress for the rehearsal dinner. Go home, take care of the dog, get ready and head off to the rehearsal and rehearsl dinner for Jaime's wedding!!!

Then Saturday starts off with a mani/pedi (treating myself so I feel pretty ;~) and then getting my hair done with the rest of the girls. From hair we go back to Jaime's apartment and finish getting ready... then off to the church. I think the ceremony is at 4:30 so I am guessing that the reception goes until 9-10 ~ Don't get me wrong... I am so super excited to see Jaime get married... wild horses couldn't keep me from this event! I am just getting winded thinking about the business of it!!

Sunday is my day to work on the apartment... it's a slight bit out of control right now and I have dedicated Sunday as my day to catch up.

Anyway, that's my weekend... so if I don't post for awhile, you know why.

Oh and awesome shot of Jaime being 'arrested' at her Bachelorette Party last weekend... you couldn't have asked for a more awesome cop!!!

And a group shot... from left: me, Kara, Michele, Becky, Jaime (the bride to be!!), Denise, Kelly, Heather and Kristen... what a GREAT group of girls. Easily one of the best nights out in Baltimore ever!