October 31, 2008

why texas is the greatest state on earth.

Only in Texas will you see a longhorn in your residence hall. I love this!

October 29, 2008

mas photos.

I'll get a hair picture up here sometime. It's not that drastic, really. I doubt you'd even be able to see the redness. But I do like it.

I decided to take some more pictures. Why? Because I worked out today...for the third day in a row...and that somehow makes me deserve it. And also because I finished my photo story and I felt like I could use some time outside, away from all the technology. Ya dig?

But first...
This is set on macro-zoom. It's so zoomy that you can see a bit of lint (or something) that my diamond snagged. Now that's zoom, people. (I wished I had cleaned these beforehand, but this was just a spur-of-the-moment type photo). Sorry they look gross.

It's fall.
On the Color Swap setting.
I like zoom...and berries.
Acorn. Dead.
I miss Texas. And back-porch sittin'.


Sorry I've been so obscure. To answer your questions...

I got the clothes at Belk in Little Rock. I typically think of Belk as an "old lady" store, but not so! I got a BCBG dress (originally $108) for $9.98! Insane! 

And about the camera -- I did not use a photo-imaging program to alter the colors. The camera does that all by itself with the proper settings! Cool, huh?? 

I am typing this from our crappy Mac laptop because my nice computer (desktop) has crapped out! Well, the monitor has. I am headed to Wal-Mart to buy the cheapest monitor man can make. We are going cheap because we're saving to buy a real computer (e.g., a MAC desktop). So exciting! 

More to come later. 

October 28, 2008

what's awesome?

Getting $668.99 worth of clothes at a high-end department store for only $72.84. 

That's what. 

October 27, 2008

fun with digital.

I am working on a story for a publication in Little Rock about how to take good holiday photos.

Feeling inspired, I finally dug out the manual for the new digital camera I got for my birthday (3 months ago)!! I began toying with the camera (a Canon PowerShot S5IS) and holy smokes! I had no idea it could do all these fascinating things!

Keep in mind my subjects are quite dull tonight, as I am home folding laundry and watching Aaron study for his check ride.

I give you: Cool Effects Photos Gallery Number One

I call this "Study Break"
Black and White and Read All Over
No Witty Title for This One
Hyper Zoom
That's all for now. More to come soon, as now all I want to do is take pictures like a mad woman.

October 26, 2008

a beautiful tribute.

I just saw this on KATV's website. Dale Nicholson's tribute to Anne is one I know I'll remember for a very, very long time.

I saw the following written on Anne's facebook page earlier: "Enjoy your mansion."

In spite of the circumstance, that made me smile.

October 25, 2008


Anne passed away this evening.

We lost a beautiful woman, but Heaven has gained an angel.

Go here to see a video of some of her experiences at KATV.

Please pray for her family and her friends...and that police find and bring to justice the person responsible for such a horrible thing that leaves me breathless and shaken.

October 23, 2008

country roads, take me home...

I drove to Jonesboro today to do some research at ASU's library. It was such a pleasant drive! It didn't take as long as I thought and I had a brand-new mix CD to listen to all the way. That always helps, doesn't it? I'm pretty sure I looked psychotic during my rendition of Katie Melua's "Nine Million Bicycles." Ah, well.

The drive to Jonesboro (at least from the direction from which I came) takes you on some back, country roads. Oh, how it made me homesick. For a very brief moment, I thought I was back in Texas, driving somewhere between San Angelo and Del Rio. Then I realized I was, indeed, in Arkansas because I saw...trees.

It did make me long for home. Home...where the skies are not cloudy all day.

In other news, I am still patiently waiting and praying for life to stop sounding like a Sarah McLachlan song. I love Sarah McLachlan, don't get me wrong, but a swift shuffle fast forward to some KC & the Sunshine Band (or even Lil Wayne) would be happily welcomed on the soundtrack of my life.

Continue to pray for my friends.

October 21, 2008

update on anne.

Please continue to pray for Anne Pressly. My fervent prayer is that she will pull through and then also be able to tell authorities who the monster was that did this to her. This video is the first I've found that addresses what I've believed since I first heard the news. The media in Little Rock is hell-bent on believing this was a random act of robbery. I, however, agree with the video.

Even though it seems that Anne is going to be "ok," please continue to pray. Pray that her brain will be strong enough and healthy enough to remember the events of two nights ago.

She is merely an acquaintance of mine, but she is very close friends with one of my friends...the same one who was attacked in the movie theatre parking lot over a year ago. I saw and talked to Anne at this friend's Bachelorette Party and then again and this friend's wedding only a few weeks ago. She is incredibly witty, hilarious, and fun to be around. Oh, and did I mention 5'10", blond, and gorgeous??

Pray on your knees for Anne.

October 20, 2008

why i clean.

In a world where...
  • Babies are born too early and need to be on ventilators
  • A couple loses their first child 2 weeks before his due date
  • Research projects come to an abrupt halt because a minor mistake was made months ago
  • A news reporter and friend is brutally beaten in her home (see post below)
Cleaning is the only thing it seems I can control.

First the kitchen, then the laundry, then the living room, then whatever else needs/could be straightened. The house is my dominion and I can make it look however I want it to look. I can control the outcome. I guess that's why I find tidying up so therapeutic. I notice I only do it (heavily) when I'm stressed, sad, or worried.

I've had a heavy heart for the past two weeks. I've cleaned the house 3 times.

And now, I clean it again.

pray for anne.

I know this woman. This makes me very sad.

memphis and marcelo.

We went to Memphis this weekend so Aaron could partake in a jiu-jitsu seminar. His motivation for going to the seminar was so he could meet Marcelo Garcia, the world jiu-jitsu champion. Yes, you are supposed to be impressed.

We headed up there (I love Memphis, by the way) on Saturday and while he was at the seminar, I was shopping! We did this on Sunday, too. It was great!

Unfortunately, I didn't buy as much as I thought I would - not too many sales going on. Ya know, with our struggling econony and whatnot (ha)!

It was a nice get-away for two days. But alas, we are once again, back to reality.

Aaron with his guru.

October 16, 2008

hair did.

I'm off to get a haircut. And some red highlights. I've never had red before - this should be interesting. Oh, and I'm also dying it darker, too. Wanna know why?

To cover my gray.

How sad!

So, yeah. Black and red. I'm kinda scared. Ah, well...here goes.

Fill out silly survey down below.

moody's mood for love.

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it sounds.

"Kiss the rain." lol

"Pour some sugar on me." Nice.

"Damn." lol.

"S*** Towne" -- thanks!

"I walk the line."

"Don't stop believin'!"

"Come home." Ain't that the truth!?

"True Love's Kiss." Ok, that's kind of weird.

"Becoming the Bull." hahahaha!

" I Alone."

"Falling or Flying." Hmm...

"I'll be Alright Without You." LOL.

"Meant to Live." Whatever.

"In the End." How appropriate!

"A Message." Ooh, that's interesting.

"Smooth Criminal." hehe.

"Ain't No Time." -- to clean!

"Moody's Mood for Love."

October 15, 2008

out-patriot this.

John McCain lies in a hospital bed in Hanoi, North Vietnam, after being taken prisoner of war.
(Francois Chalais)

McCain is greeted by President Nixon upon his return home from Vietnam.

McCain as a young Navy pilot. Not gonna lie - he's kind of a hottie.

genesis 2:24 - so much more than sex.

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

These words were spoken recently at Will and Janae's wedding. I had heard this verse before. Many times. But it really was brought to life for me (for perhaps the first time in my marriage) a few nights ago.

I always tell people that I look at Aaron as an extension of myself; he is no longer his own entity. He is a part of me. I see my soul reflected. I always knew this on some deep, cosmic, internal level. But a few nights ago, it was tangible. We are one flesh.

He and I had gone to bed (I promise this is PG) and he fell asleep with his hand on my chest - second base, if you will. But for some reason, it felt different. Almost holy. I looked over at him sleeping and I was overcome: He is the one made for me. Sometimes that thought consumes me. I feel so small when I think about how huge of a part of my life he is. We were once two people, fumbling through this life, making mistakes, giving our hearts away to the wrong people. Now, we are together. And his hand on my chest feels like it was always meant to be there...because we are one flesh.

I suppose I always knew that in the back of my mind, but now I know what it is to feel that way. What a gift.

October 14, 2008

it's useful. it's beautiful. it's one of the best commercials, ever.

I laughed so hard this morning when I saw this for the first time. I think Aaron got a little jealous when I rewound this...twice. Ironically, I was folding the laundry while he was laying on the couch. After the commercial I said something to the effects of making himself useful, since he's already beautiful. It didn't work.

In a perfect world...

took it upon myself.

No one chose me, so I just stole it from Tyly! What can I say? I don't want to go to bed yet!

1. Clothes Shop

I have a pretty eccentric taste in clothes (although you wouldn't know it from the pics I have posted on here). I get them from all over. My faves are vintage clothes that come from vintage shops - you know, things that are different, unusual, set apart from what everyone else wears. Unfortunately, that look only goes so far when you're *ahem* not as skinny as you used to be. Yes, I am talking about myself. I have a penchant for good fabrics. I can't afford what I really want, so I settle, but I could make clothes-shopping my living.

2. Furniture Shop

Our house is a hodge-podge. It's mostly my furniture from when I graduated college, but we purchased a lovely dining room set about two years ago from Ashley's. We still love it! And we paid with cash!

3. Sweets

Oh geez. Fudge brownies will always win. Always.

4. City

San Angelo will always be up there (I agree, Tyly). I will always love my hometown, Del Rio. I love NYC, I love London. I love Atlanta. I love San Antonio. I like west Little Rock.

5. Drink

An ice-cold Coca Cola can't be beat!

6. Music

Anything that pops up when you play the Katie Melua Radio Station on pandora.com

7. TV Series

The Hills, Biggest Loser, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, UFC Ultimate Fighter, and Will & Grace.

8. Film

Yeah, there's too many of those. We just saw "Body of Lies" and loved it.

9. Workout

Dancing! It's the only thing that doesn't feel like a workout to me.

10. Pastries

Not a huge fan of the pastries...but I'd have to say donuts from none other than the DD!

11. Coffee

My life-source. The nectar of the gods. Amazing. Can't live without it.

I "tag" Shaunna, Nicole A., and Meredith.

October 13, 2008

home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

This post is not coherent, as I'm kind of in a hurry. So, forgive me.

The vacation was wonderful, but I am soooo happy to be home.

Our beautiful friends got married in a beautiful wedding. Note: The only wedding I've ever been to where the word "mammogram" was spoken by the preacher in reference to letting God be your spiritual provider. Yeah, don't ask.

Will and Janae were amazing and the reception was amazing and everything was perfect. They are such a genuine couple with a real love for one another. Refreshing.

We are home and life is good. Time to work on that paper!! But first, some pictures:

My handsome husband and brother-in-law
The family-in-law at Navarre Beach
Faux engagement pic - the sun was in our eyes
More sun in our eyes
I like him. A lot.
The bungalow (?) at the pre-wedding bbq
So, this wasn't the condo we were at for the bbq, but it was right next door, so whatever.
Hubs and me at bbq
My peeps
The next day, on our way to the wedding. You guessed it, more sun in our eyes.
My best man and me
My best girl :)
The boys singing "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" to Will and Janae. The boys in the flight suits had just landed (fulfilled a mission) and walked in wearing their "work clothes." Don't think they make a habit of attending weddings in flight suits. They all walked in a single line...and I do believe "Rock You Like a Hurricane" was playing in the background...and that wind was blowing in their hair. Freakin' hereos!
There are more pictures, but no time.

P.S. You praying people: Pray for my friend, Lauren and her sweet baby girl in her belly. Thanks.

October 9, 2008


So I'm on my mother in law's computer in Florida. It's a shnazzy, new Windows Vista. And I'm saddened to see that my blog does not indeed do what it's supposed to do. There are no widgets!!

It looks fine on my computer at home -- which does not run on Windows Vista. I wonder if that's the problem?

Is it still messed up? Are the people experiencing the same problems also on Windows Vista?

Boo :(

October 7, 2008

headed east.

Hubby and I will be heading to Florida for Janae and Will's wedding! We are so excited for two reasons: 1) It's a wedding of two wonderful people and who doesn't love weddings? 2) We get to stay with Aaron's parents while we're there! I can't wait to see them! It's a two-for-one deal!

I'll be sure to take pictures. Thank Heaven for mini-vacations!

October 6, 2008

no longer private.

The private-ness was stressing me out. I hated it. So, no more, I say!

I did delete some posts, seeing as how I obviously have some "fans" out there. I'd hate to cause more problems...now they can read this blog in all its wonder and wrestle with the thought of knowing that there, indeed, were some scathing things written (that everyone else read), but they couldn't.

I chose to keep the old posts that caused all the drama. Why? Because I don't have the patience to delete them all and they've already been read, so what's the point of taking them down?

So, here I am. No longer hush-hush and classified.

I'm sure my "fans" will get a huge kick out of reading about painting pumpkins, baking, and comprehensive projects (riiiiiight). If they're waiting with bated breath for any more cutting remarks I may make about the school district for which I was previously employed, they will be waiting a long time...as that whole mess is now a distant memory and no longer worth the effort it takes to type the words "this sucks."

P.S. Check out the update on Old Love Letters. That blog needs comments. :)

eleven pages.

I am officially eleven pages into my Thesis - technically, it's called a Comprehensive Project, but whatever.

Eleven pages and I am not yet finished with the FIRST section (there are four).

I'm calling it a night. My fingers have never hurt from typing. I actually didn't think that was possible.

It is.


October 5, 2008

what's wrong with my blog?

I have no idea.

It all looks normal on my end - nothing looks different than it normally does.

Not sure what to fix since I can't see anything wrong.

Will it let you comment on this post??

October 4, 2008

the veteran story.

Here's what I came up with after sitting down for 2 hours with some of the coolest 80-somethings, ever:

J.C. James was only 17 when he left the familiarity and comfort of his home in Desha, Ark. and headed to San Diego, Calif. in 1943 to fulfill his duties as one of the newest members of the United States Navy.

James, who now lives in Jacksonville, enlisted in the Navy to help with the World War II effort in the Pacific. But getting his parents' approval wasn't easy. James had to convince his father, a veteran of the first World War, that working on a ship would be much easier than spending nights in the Argonne Forest. Reluctantly, James' father signed the papers that allowed his son to enlist and almost overnight, J.C. James was transformed from a small-town, Arkansan teenager to a signalman for the USS Alhena.

Five battle stars and 65 years later, James and other crew members of the USS Alhena continue to meet annually to re-hash stories of their experiences abroad.

"These stories are still interesting to us," James said.

Normally, the reunions are organized by fellow crew member, Clyde Meyers, of Denham Springs, La. This year, however, James' daughter, Lisa Hickinbotham, also of Jacksonville, decided she wanted to host the event. Hickinbotham arranged a full weekend for the veterans that included a visit to Hot Springs, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and the Jacksonville Military History Museum.

James believes that what makes these reunions to meaningful is loyalty. "When you spend so much time with each other on a ship that's only 800 feet long, a closeness develops," he said. "Everything we saw made us stronger; we helped each other," he added.

When James and his wife hosted the first reunion in Buffalo, N.Y., over 100 crew members were present. Since then, the number of those in attendance has dwindled. Within the last year, eight crew members of the USS Alhena have passed away. "We thought this one might be the last reunion, but now that everyone's here, we're already talking about next year's," James said.

Seeing everyone brings back a flood of memories for James, but perhaps his most vivid memory was the day the ammunition ship, the USS Mount Hood, exploded nearby while both ships were docked at Manus Island. "I was on the top deck and the explosion knocked me," James said. "I couldn't move; I thought I needed to abandon ship. I realized that my head was bleeding."

Amid exploding ships and torpedo assaults by Japanese submarines, James indicated what kept him focused during all the chaos: "Girls," he said. The occasional beach party, cold beer and game of basketball helped, too. "When we were docked, we had a normal life," James said. "We were able to forget everything."

When James and his comrades reflect on their contribution to the war effort, they know they were a big part of the U.S. victory. "We did everything with confidence," James said. "We knew we were going to win. We knew we had a fast ship and we always carried priority loads." This, according to James, makes him the most proud.

Eighteen months on a ship and five different invasions caused meaningful relationships to form automatically. "There was hardly anyone you didn't like," James said. "We were all in the same situation; you know things are going to be hard. It's not every many for him self," he said. "It's every man for one another."

After a brief meeting with only a few of the crew members of the USS Alhena, it was apparent that war, despite its ability to wreak havoc and produce casualties, is still capable of creating fortified bonds that can last longer than a lifetime.

The End

Point of Interest: I googled "USS Alhena" and found this photo. Clyde Meyers was celebrating his 20th birthday. Amazing.

October 3, 2008

he makes me lazy.

Things don't get done when husband is at home. Like today.

It's 11:02 and the coffee is just now being brewed. He's in the kitchen making eggs. It's freakin' lunch time, people!

I had full intentions of waking up early and writing my story on the Vets (who were fabulous, by the way). But it's now 11:03 and the writing has yet to begin.

I also had plans to work on that thesis/Comps Project. I started a bit of it yesterday - put in a good three hours or so - and now that I have the ball rolling, I just want to get it done.

But...he's here.

And working when he's here is just so hard. My mind wanders and thinks, "It'd be nice to sit on the front porch and drink coffee with him instead of sitting at the computer pretending to write a feature story."


I think I need to go now.

He makes me so lazy!! :)

October 1, 2008

i'm doing it.

I am buying pumpkins and paint today.

Nevermind that I spent two hours last night looking up "pumpkin painting patterns," printing them out, and then cutting them while watching Law & Order.

I have gone to the dark side.
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