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22 December 2008

Favorite Thing #6

SUNSET HILLS - LIGHTS!

There is a neighborhood in Greensboro, NC that lifts/shoots/throws balls of lights into the trees. (Apparently they use fishing rod and reels, pitchers, potato guns, and giant sling shots...) Blocks of the neighborhood participate and it's something that my friends and I look forward to every year. There is a trailer with lights where non perishables are collected for the local food banks. This year it was featured in Our State magazine, although the pictures left a lot to be desired. If you are ever in the neighborhood around Christmas you should go and see them. The neighborhood sits in between Market St. and Friendly Ave. (just down from Friendly Shopping Center going toward downtown)... Below are some pictures taken this year. This was before all of the trees were lit. Enjoy!









10 December 2008

Favorite Thing #5

My next favorite thing is: CHRISTMAS CACTUS. Although this can be disputed. In our house we call it the "holiday cactus" because you never know when it's going to bloom. This year it was at Thanksgiving.
I love Christmas cacti! They're nearly impossible to kill and when they bloom it looks like a waterfall of color. If you don't have one I recommend getting one. Looking at all of the intricate details in the center of the flower reminds me of how detail oriented God is. Rather than just creating a simple red flower He added details for both function and for our enjoyment.
ENJOY!!!



09 December 2008

Favorite Thing #4

Favorite Thing #4 is PEPPERMINT!!!

What's a tree without candy canes? Even better... little 'Christmas candy' peppermints. I saw them the other day called "reindeer pillows." Either way they are tasty!

Lucky for me... they are sold at the Farmers Market called "Peppermint Gems" :)

07 December 2008

Favorite Thing #3

CHRISTMAS MUSIC!!

I could easily listen to some Christmas music year round. I have been known to pull out the Christmas cds in July :)

This should actually be one of my top choices however I have changed the playlist for Christmas music. Obviously there aren't a lot of different songs yet but a variety of artists. Tow of my favorites:

"Joy To The World" -Aretha Franklin

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" -Barenaked Ladies w/ Sarah McLachlan

Enjoy! I'll be adding more as the days go on!

Favorite Thing #2

Luminaries!!!

Luminary lined sidewalks, Luminary lined streets.....Lastnight I arrived home to see the neighborhood across the street filled with luminaries. There were hundreds and hundreds of luminaries. This is my first Christmas year so I don't know how long the neighbors keep them out. So I went for a walk and enjoyed the beauty of the twinkling tea lights, the crunch of the leaves under my feet, and the cold air making my nose numb.


Enjoy the pictures (there may be more later..)!










I love when you reach an intersection of luminary lit streets....the possibilities seem endless. Here's hoping that your next year will be full of endless possibilities....with a path clearly lit..


05 December 2008

Favorite Thing #1

This is my absolute favorite time of the year. So I decided to post some of my favorite things. The first is TANGERINES!!!! I love tangerines! I am overloading on Vitamin C eating bags and bags of tangerines... Have I said the word enough?

My mom bought a box of clementines one year to show me how wonderfully tasty they are. Needless to say.. It backfired! They were so sour they turned our mouths inside out:) I'll stick with my tangerines!

Enjoy the pics...

29 November 2008

For Amy


Just a few of the favorite frosty friends.... Thanks for decorating the tree with me this weekend. It was a nice way to remember good times :)...although that box of ornaments is a bit like a chinese takeout lo mein..it just keeps coming and coming...

28 November 2008

Fall Beauty

I hope this post finds everyone well rested and recuperating from a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, and food.
We were blessed this year with a house full of family. My mom's family came in from High Point and food, talk, tall tales, and laughter followed. We caught up on each others' lives, got to know new additions, and reminisced about those already in Heaven.
I was able to take some pictures last week in the park. I enjoy the little pieces of nature that many people overlook. The leaves we step on, the flower that has fallen off the bush, the fly taking a rest on a petal, the pollen in the center of a wilted rose....It's fun to capture them for safe keeping...Enjoy!
Please take a few moments and be thoughtful and consider what it is you are thankful for. As for me here are some..just to name a few:


**Great parents who love me and raised me to love God and respect others

**Mama: for your peacefulness and calm reassurance, for listening, for quantity time, for the best back scratches ever, and for letting my head rest on your "almost" shoulder for a hug... I love you!

**Daddy: for the best morning hugs when we both just want to go back to bed, for eggs a la golden rod, for sharing your love of photography, and for all of your support through the struggles of the last years... I love you!

**My sister, her silly personality, beautiful smile, and randomness. Thanks for making me smile! I love you Sis!

**My brother-in-law who saves lives on a daily basis and makes my sister smile, for great cooking, for parking my car on the side of the mountain, for answering my questions, and for putting up with your sister in laws visits :) I love you Bro!

**My dog niece or niece dog...who kept me awake last night by burping in my face...

**An extended family full of love, laughter, and silliness...

**Friends: More than I can name...

**Christy: who didn't need or want more friends but let me into her heart no less...you are a daily inspiration to me.. thanks for all the "real" talk and laughter..

**Laurie: what can be said.. to my food friend with a mutual passion for big bang, chinese, and krispy kreme doughnuts. Thanks for giving me something to look forward to on Thursdays

**Traci: my quiet quaker friend..thanks for being there when you weren't expected, lending a hand even when I can't voice the need, and for loving my cat as much as I do...

**Ele and Jenna: what can be said other than.....Laughter, movies, and mexican :)

...and to all of my other friends.. you know who you are...you are Loved!

**Eileen: for all of the help with school and support over the years...

**Banning: for your lovable wierdness, the best hugs ever, for making me laugh, and trying to make me smile on days when I feel like crying...

**Kiki: for being you... for accepting me as part of the family... and for all of the times you've come to my defense

**Lucinda Lou "Lucy": my unexpected friend in a furry coat. One who loves me unconditionally.

**A future full of possibilities! (grad school, husband, children, home, dog.....)

**the Christmas season!!!!

**Salvation Army kettles and ringing bells...

**a "live dead" Christmas tree

**cooking..food..baking...yarn...beautiful weather..nature...laughter..tears..blue eyes tea..

**....too many things to name....

Happy Thanksgiving Season.........

22 November 2008

Wilted and Withered...

...is how I feel after this week.

I've been sick for the last week and a half or so and this week the schoolwork was laid on thick... It's getting near the end of the semester and so professors feel the need to pile the work on. This week it was four tests, two projects, many small assignments, doctors appointments, exam review sessions, applications ...and I had the boys overnight four days.

I'm tired. No, I'm EXHAUSTED!!!

I'm SOOOO excited about Thanksgiving. I need a time of refreshment and renewal. Our family is getting together at my parents' house.

the poor shoes



I awoke Friday morning to snow covered ground.... In my usual fashion I rushed to get ready (in hopes of taking some pictures before heading to Gateway School). I succeeded. Only to arrive at Gateway and find that there was a two hour delay.

So I decided to head to the park to take pictures. Unfortunately I was wearing my leather shoes. They weren't so happy.... I LOVED IT!

(I met two little brothers from Florida...one was rolling in the snow and the other was screaming in terror..... - It was a bit sad and yet funny at the same time...)

18 November 2008




This is a week of cool to cold temperatures, wind blowing, leaves rustling, and the smell of a fire in the fireplace. I love this time of the year. It's a time of change, of beginning and end. The leaves have changed and are now leaving the trees. The temperatures are cooling for the approach of winter.
On the school side it's the approach of Thanksgiving vacation which also means a time of tests, papers, and projects. It's coming down to the end of the semester.
In the last couple of weeks I was able to go to Women of Faith with my mom and sister, celebrate my birthday in Boone with friends, and submit two graduate school applications. It has been a busy November and it's only half over.
The upsetting part of the last couple of weeks have shown me how easy it is to push my quiet time to the side. It's too easy and something I am working on.
For anyone who has wandered away remember... He welcomes us all back with open arms. Life is hard but it is so much smoother with Him than without Him.

09 November 2008

Today is....

....Grandmama's birthday.

A day to miss her, a day to remember her, and a day to appreciate all that she did for me as well as many others.....

To everyone who has lost someone.....may your soul recover, may your heart heal, and may the tears of sadness become tears of joy....

27 October 2008

Topsail this Weekend...

Okay. So let's just say that the weekend at Topsail didn't go as planned.

I didn't get to go because I was too overwhelmed with schoolwork and applications. Amy and Mama still went down on Friday evening. When they arrived at the beach house Amy had to park near the house because there was a little water at on of the parking areas. (This is normal) Below are some pictures of the typical view around the house. The first is a view from the back of the house. It overlooks the sound. (The house is right on the sound and the beach is across the road from the front of the house) The second is a view from the front of the house.


Now that you have seen the beforCheck Spellinge pics I'll show you the after pics. They woke up with a big surprise. When my grandmother woke up my sister telling her she would be surprised she thought snow...for a second (she lives in Boone). But then she realized where she was.......

The entire area around the house is flooded. The houses you see in the distance on the second picture sit on the beach. That's how far the water came in. When walking through it the water was at the middle of Amy's thigh and both Amy and Grandmother's cars were flooded with the water. A storm had come through the night before but this kind of flooding is typically reserved for hurricanes.

Everyone made it out fine. However the cars and Amy's belongs were not so lucky.

25 October 2008

Graduate School Choices...

...So far:)



  • St. Augustine University (MOT, DPT) -St. Augustine, FL

  • Simmons College (DPT) - Boston, MA

  • Boston University (DPT) - Boston, MA

  • Belmont University (DPT) - Nashville, TN

  • MGH Institue (DPT) - Boston MA

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (DPT) - Richmond, VA

Listening to the Rain...

...as I write Graduate School Applications!

I am currently working on grad school applications while my family is enjoying the beauty of the water.... waking up the sounds of the beach, and enjoying each other's company (I hope :) ).

The goal for this weekend is catch up on schoolwork, do laundry, wash dishes, print and organize grad school apps, and unpack some boxes (Yes I am still living among tons of boxes!). Of course all of this will not be completed but at least make it through part of it....

I am missing my cousin's wedding, time at the beach, time with family, and a break from here. I BETTER get into grad school!!!

20 October 2008

Topsail Anyone?

I get to go to Topsail this weekend :) I need a break! Now...if I can only make it through the rest of this week of midterms, volunteer hours, work, and graduate school deadlines!!!



18 October 2008

Animal Gourds Anyone?


Once again...a trip to the farmers market...
Look what I found!
I asked the man if I could take pictures.
He was more than willing as long as he didn't have to be in the pic.


Squash anyone?
I think one of these could feed a family.
I myself tend toward the smaller vegetables. (more tender?)
But today I was thinking...maybe there's another reason I buy smaller items...
We all look for things that are similar to us :)

the Playlist...

...has been updated! There's a little bit of everything. Dig down to the bottom and maybe you'll find some songs you haven't heard in a while.

It's a popout. You can use it by itself anytime. Feel free to add suggestions for songs or artists..

12 October 2008

Play List...

Okay so OBVIOUSLY there is now a playlist of some of my favorite songs. I'll probably be updating it on a regular basis.

My friends pick on me about my ecclectic music library on a regular basis. The playlist is no different. There's blues, jazz, bluegrass, opera, classical, etc..... Enjoy.

I'm not sure it will stay where it is. Seems a bit distracting. I'll play with it. Feel free to pause it if it annoys you.

Wierd...

So in my abnormal psych class we discussed stories of people having to eat friends to survive. In this discussion I found out that the meat of vegetarians is apparently more tasty.. Laurie was NOT amused :) I saw this quiz and thought it would be interesting..

How many cannibals could your body feed? http://www.oneplusyou.com/q/v/cannibal_lunch

I Apologize in Advance.....


...for this post.

My goal is not to rant on this blog because it annoys me to read blogs full of people complaining and ranting about life.

However!

I found these posters online as I was hunting for nutrition calculators online. I loved both of them and thought I'd share.

I have to hear people tell me "normal girls are married by my age"...."you aren't getting any younger you need to get started on making babies"..."your sister was married at your age"...."how old was your mom when she got married?"... and then my favorite.... "It's not normal for a girl your age to still be in college."

Women who go to school for medicine are still in school at the age of twenty-eight. Plenty of women have babies after the age of twenty-nine and YES I know the statistics of special needs children born to older women. I am also acutely aware of the amount of work, stress, worry, and insomnia I'm going through now with my attempt to get into grad school. I have no social life, I can't eat, I can't sleep, and I worry about money and what I'm going to do if I don't get into grad school. I am taking more credit hours than a full load (at three different schools), volunteering at a school for children with special needs two to three times a week, working, and trying to complete graduate school applications. Please don't tell me how hard it is to be married or in the "real world." I'm looking forward to the day when I am only in school or only working.

I talked to a friend today who is about my age. She'll be starting nursing school in the spring and single as can be. We were discussing how much we've learned about ourselves in the last five years. I wouldn't trade the last five years of being single for anything. I've learned who I want to be, what kind of person I want to become, what makes me happy, what breaks my heart, what's truly important to me, and the things that I look forward to the most in the future. Those are invaluable gifts that I can give my husband one day. I need to be a "whole" person to get married. Two halves don't make a whole when it comes to marriage. Somewhere in this world is the one God has chosen for me. As God is shaping and molding me for him He's also shaping and molding him for me.

Why do we rush young people? Why do we push them to mature so early? They are surrounded by sexual images on TV, billboards, movies, and magazines. Instead of encouraging our young ones to date why don't we encourage them to dream about their future? Adults like to think that they don't have much influence on the children and young adults of this generation. It's NOT true. They may not acknowledge but they are listening. They are looking for cues on what to do. If we continue to take the easy way out future generations will be the ones to suffer. If that doesn't bother you... think about it this way. The young minds that are available for shaping now will one day be caring for US! In thinking about that- What kind of adults do you want them to become? The easy way out usually comes back to bite you in the butt. Isn't it worth fighting the battle now? The "normal" of today worries me!

I painted a table when I was in high school. (It's now in my living room) It says: "DON'T BE NORMAL..... BE HAPPY!"