August 30, 2009

August 27, 2009

as the decaf brews...

There's not much to report on my end. This has been a pretty crazy week! I am so glad tomorrow is Friday! Is is just me or is anyone else ready for the weekend!?!?

As for the long list of books, the plan I have for them is...to read them! Well, to read them and see where the journey takes me. Winnie the Pooh and A Christmas Carol arrived in the mail today from paperbackswap.com. And I am not ashamed to admit that I peeked at the last line of Dickens' book and yes, it did make me tear up a little. "God bless us, every one!"

Did I ever mention that my fabulous husband bought me the Martha Stewart Cupcake book? Well, he did! The first cupcakes we made were a disaster. Who knew there really IS a difference between all-purpose flour and cake flour!? We know now! Tomorrow I attempt cupcake #2. Ideally, I'd make a new cupcake each week...but I'm thinking that's not really good for my weight-loss plan. I'll keep you posted :)

In reference to the recent private post, I'm a nervous wreck! I got a great outfit from The Limited last night and I have been doing research on this "company" so I am prepared for my interview. Seriously, just thinking about it kind of makes me want to vomit a little. Too much information? Ok. I'll stop there. I'll save the rest of my thoughts about this for the private blog...ya know, just in case.

I'm off to watch Lifetime, sip my decaf, and...

cross-stitch.

Goodnight!

August 26, 2009

holy crap.

Click here to read the latest private post. It's a doozy. Well, at least I think so.

granny cass.

I've started a new hobby and it makes me feel really old...

Cross-stitching.

I know. I know.

I just find it so relaxing! And I love that I can watch TV and not feel like such a blob because at least I'm doing something with my hands and my eyes are focused on something other than a blinking screen. I cross-stitched for about 3 hours last night while watching a DVRd Lifetime movie and More to Love.

I don't plan on framing what I make or anything like that. I just enjoy the process.

Please arrange an intervention.

August 25, 2009

first day update.

I am ridiculously tired, so I won't make this long. Just wanted you to know I survived my first day at the coffee shop and aside from aching feet, enjoyed every moment of it. The people I work with are very nice and all the customers were SO friendly! Once I get the hang of how things operate, I think I'll truly enjoy this little job of mine.

Speaking of aching feet, what are your feelings about these shoes? I don't believe they "aid in weight loss," but I do have to wonder if they ease back/joint pain. As you know, my back is terrible and I'm worried that standing during these long shifts will only make it worse. Thoughts on good, comfy sneakers for the work place?

Goodnight!

August 24, 2009

books and books and books!

My wandering brain has me toying with the idea of doing something really ridiculous that involves a lot of books. I am compiling as many of these as I can for free and having spent all my credits (so far) on paperbackswap.com, I am now seeking the aid of my blogger buddies.

If you have ANY of the following books, would you mind kindly donating them to me? I would be happy to pay for shipping.

  1. His Dark Materials by Philip Putnam (I think this is a series)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  7. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  8. Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
  9. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  10. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  11. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
  12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  13. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  14. A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
  15. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  16. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  17. The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  19. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  20. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  21. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
  23. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  24. Dune by Frank Herbert
  25. Emma by Jane Austen
  26. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  27. The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
  28. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  29. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  30. Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  31. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  32. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
  33. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  34. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  35. The Stand by Stephen King
  36. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  37. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
  38. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  39. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  40. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  41. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  42. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  43. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  44. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  45. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
  46. Mort by Terry Pratchett
  47. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  48. The Magus by John Fowles
  49. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  50. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
  51. Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  52. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  53. Night Watch by Terry Pratchett
  54. Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding
  55. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  56. Ulysses by James Joyce
  57. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  58. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
  59. The Twits by Roald Dahl
  60. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  61. Holes by Louis Sachar
  62. Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake
  63. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  64. Vicky Angel by Jacqueline Wilson
  65. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  66. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  67. Magician by Raymond E. Feist
  68. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  69. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  70. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
  71. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  72. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  73. Katherine by Anya Seton
  74. Kane and Abel by Jeffrey Archer
  75. Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  76. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  77. Might's Children by Salman Rushdie
If you have any of these books and are willing to part with them, please let me know! :)

my "birthday gift" from fantabulously frugal!

Saturday was like Christmas in this house! Aaron got a package of software he ordered (nerdy) and I got my package from Pampered Chef AND Fantabulously Frugal. I was so happy!

As I posted a few days ago, I was randomly chosen as FF's winner of the Birthday Bash Giveaway. I had NO IDEA what she was sending me and after opening the gift, I was NOT disappointed!

She really did gift-wrap every, single item. It was so cute!



My favorite item of all is this card - how cute is that?!

What all was in that bag? Lemme tell ya!
  • 3.7 oz Lemon Zest Yankee Candle
  • The novel Something Blue by Emily Giffin
  • A gorgeous yellow Composition Book from carolinapad
  • A cute box of memo sheets
  • A matching pocket organizer (something I was planning on buying but don't have to anymore)
  • Burt's Bees lip balm
  • A Mary Kay pedicure set that includes polish, a brush, a pumice stone, a washing loofah thingie, and rosemary mint foot fizzies
  • 25 beautiful adhesive mail labels - LOVE THESE!
  • A sample set of various body balms and bath gels from H20.
  • A paisley self-stick note 2-pack
  • And an envelope full of lovely stationery items, including the bread and butter card and a wooden gift tag with a silver sparrow on it - LOVE THIS
What a great treat! Thank you, Fantabulously Frugal!!!

un-private.

I'm back! My Cup is officially back in the public arena. The posts containing the password for "my other blog" have been deleted so I hope you remembered it! :) Yay for public!!

a perfect fit.

My addictions and guilty pleasures include, but are not limited to, Lifetime television, a good book, a sweet puppy dog, my husband, and a good cup of coffee.

Soon I'll be able to work right next to one of those all day long. Oh yes, people. I got a job at a coffee shop! Surrounded day in and day out by the sweet nectar of the gods. Working just inches away from a professional-grade espresso machine. Standing mere feet from Ghirardelli White Chocolate syrup. Be still my beating heart!

And the best thing about it is that there's no commute! I start Tuesday morning!

P.S. Subbing at the CDC last Friday went off without a hitch...unless of course you would consider getting thrown up on by a very, very sick 3-year-old just not your cup of tea!

August 21, 2009

ventilation.

Click here to read my latest post.

Oh, and I'm quite disappointed no one wanted to play Name That Tune! Do you know how long it took to upload those videos?! Hahaha!

August 20, 2009

name that tune, jamaica style.

It's just occurred to me that I sort of dropped off posting about Jamaica. How rude of me! (Be sure to read post below this one, too).

Here are a few videos of a fun night we had watching a band play the steel drums! We thought it was going to be a typical concert with reggae/tropical melodies. Boy, were we wrong! See if you can "name that tune" for each of these videos. The correct guesser will win absolutely nothing at all! OK, maybe you'll win some cool points. Have fun!

Video #1


Video #2


Video #3


Video #4


And finally, a video that perfectly displays why most of the Jamaicans we saw that week had six-pack abs and 0-5% body fat. No need to guess the tune here. Just watch in awe. Talk about cardio!!

another private post.

...although not nearly as exciting as the previous one. Click here to read.

August 18, 2009

i actually won something!

I never win ANYTHING, so I felt the need to brag a little bit. Tyly, I know you entered this giveaway too...but I only won by a random number generator! It was pure luck! I promise! :(


I have no idea what she's sending me in the mail, but she's already contacted me and everything. Fantabulously Frugral is the heat!

Oh, and don't forget to read the post below.

August 17, 2009

meeting paul young, author of the shack.



"The damage you experience is unique to only you."

"Everyone has a shack on the inside, the place where you store all your addictions and secrets because you're afraid you'll lose control if you tell them."

"Shame can't distinguish between a value statement and a simple observation."

"When the facade you're keeping up crumbles apart, all you have left is the shack - all that you hate about yourself."

Those are just a few of the amazing things William Paul Young said to us last night. Aaron and I went to the high school to meet the author of The Shack.

He shared his testimony and the reasons behind writing The Shack. My goodness. There was not a dry eye in the auditorium. I had known a couple of things about Young's motivation to write the book but last night he provided way more insight than any of us were expecting. It was simply mind-blowing and all of us were shaken to the core. Gasps and sighs and head-nodding and "oh my gosh's" filled the room as he "preached" his sermon.

I think that a lot of what Young said last night really spoke to Aaron. He and Young are similar in a lot of ways. I am so glad we went and got to experience this!

After his sermon, Young signed books (I totally got mine autographed, nobigdeal) and then he did a question-and-answer session that left me in awe. I wanted to write down everything he was saying, but I was far too captivated. He told story after story of God's "mysterious ways." He answered a lot of questions - some surface level, some so deep I thought surely he wouldn't have an answer...but he did.

His book is SO NOT about a little girls' murder. The "shack" represents 11 years of Young's life, his walk through what he calls The Great Sadness. It's about a God who loves us and goes through the "bad stuff" with us. It's about redemption and understanding one's self. It's about abiding in God's love and becoming the person who were created to be.

Having heard Young's story, I have now made up my mind about my feelings toward this book. Quite simply, I love it.



Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.

August 15, 2009

a new 'do!

I took the plunge and cut my hair yesterday! So far, I LOVE IT! I have pictures up on Facebook, but here they are for my blogger peeps. You'll notice a stark difference in my face in the "before" picture and in all the "after" pics. The difference is MAKEUP! It had all worn off by the time I took the "after" pictures. So...focus on the hair. ;)

BEFORE


AFTER


My new, itty-bitty ponytail. It used to go halfway down my back!




So, there you have it! The new hair. I like it so far. I think it looks healthier and it didn't get tangled around my neck when I slept last night! That was a nice change. Haha! I think it looks a heck of a lot cuter in person, but you get the idea.

August 14, 2009

seriously?

I got an email this morning indicating that the job has already been filled. How frustrating!!!!!

It was a part-time job working in the office of a middle school. I've always wanted to do that because I think it would be fun. Not very glamourous, but whatever. I like paperwork, organizing, filing, etc. I guess I'm weird like that.

So yeah, another job bites the dust.

August 13, 2009

so, there's this job...

and I really hope I get it! The application has been filled out and sent, the boss has been emailed about my interest, and I even called up there today, but alas - no answer. I will try tomorrow!

I really hope I get this one because the hours are perfecto, the location is ideal, and it's kind of always something I've wanted to do. Wish me luck!

August 11, 2009

a weird weekend.

Our weekend was fast and furious, but awesome! In fact, it was so awesome that I think I'm still feeling its effects.

SIDE NOTE: Unfortunately, an extended family member of Aaron's passed away on August 4th and we attended his visitation on Friday night and then his funeral on Saturday morning. The ceremony was lovely and kinder words could not have been spoken about a man I barely knew. The preacher said "David was a man of perfect integrity." I looked over at Aaron and said, "That's a really nice thing to say." I can only hope someone would say something like that about me at my funeral.

So, despite the heaviness of Friday night and Saturday morning, we decided to take our trip to Memphis to kind of shake off the sadness. And that we did.

We left on Saturday afternoon and made the short drive to the land of the Delta Blues. I love Memphis so much. We checked into our hotel, The Westin, which was amazing! It's located right across the street from the FedEx Forum, two blocks away from Beale Street, and will forever be our hotel of choice whenever we go back to Memphis.

We freshened up a bit and then walked downtown to get some dinner. We ended up here, where we had some sushi and delicious edamame!


We had only walked a few blocks and my feet were already killing me (i.e. I bought new shoes and wore them that night...bad, bad idea).



We managed to flag down a taxi and he took us to the amphitheatre on the river! It was beautiful! Its nestled right on the Mississippi River. The sun was going down and WE WERE PUMPED!

Aaron bought a T-shirt and then we scouted out our seats. Turns out they were bleacher seats, general admission. SUCK! We didn't know that because a friend of Aaron's had bought them and had two friends cancel. We got the tickets from her. Does that make sense? So I was a little bummed that we had to sit all the way in the back...on bleachers. Ok, take that back - I was REALLY bummed. Aaron picked up on my grumpiness and was NOT happy about it. So, I made a conscious decision to suck it up and just enjoy myself. Three beers later, I was pretty happy :)

We had standing-room only on the bleachers and my feet were a mess, so I just took my shoes off. I regret that decision now, as the bleachers totally tore up the bottoms of my "tender feet," as Aaron has said about...a million times. Despite the aching feet, swarms of mosquitoes and the SWEAT that was dripping off of every inch of my body, I had a good time. I mean, it's Journey, for crying out loud!


All the girls' cute, styled hair ended up in a messy bun or ratty ponytail by the middle of the concert.

See? Sweaty.

After the concert, we ended up walking all the way back to our hotel. That was SO NOT THE PLAN! Had I known that, I would have never, ever wore the shoes I chose. Ugh, I thought I was going to die. I ended up taking the shoes off once again and walked the streets of downtown Memphis barefoot. Classy. Again, I regret that decision as my feet look and feel like they were stuck in a meat grinder for about 5 minutes. The 50+ mosquito bites don't help. I'm not exaggerating - I've counted at least 50.

ANYWAY...

We finally made it back to the hotel where I CHANGED MY FREAKIN' SHOES (and put on some Band-Aids). We then headed down to Beale Street. Aaron conveniently left the camera in the hotel (rolls eyes), so there are no pictures of the festivities. Boo.

We had a great time dancing and laughing and drinking at B.B. King's and then again at Club 152. It was crazy! Before we knew it, it was 3am (!!!!) and we headed back to the hotel where Aaron and I immediately fell asleep on the gigantic white cloud of a bed we had in our room. It was heavenly. The next morning? Not so much.

I'm not a big drinker and that night denotes the first night in a LONG time that I had more than just one or two adult beverages. Oy. I needed coffee and a shower immediately. After a long, luxurious shower (with dual shower heads, mind you), we went to Starbucks and enjoyed the five-dollar nectar of the gods. We did a little shopping, grabbed some lunch, and then headed back home to Arkansas!

I've been exhausted ever since! But I still puffy heart Memphis 'til the day I die!

August 10, 2009

wow.

Take 6 minutes out of your day and watch this.

August 7, 2009

book reviews.

I thought I'd share a bit of my summer reading with you. Enjoy!

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

This book was just...silly. It's a light-hearted, simple read. I found myself rolling my eyes at the superficiality of the characters, Scarlett and Jane. Ironically, this "fiction novel" documents the journey of one L.A. girl who makes it big as a reality TV star. Where Conrad got the inspiration to write such a novel is beyond me. *Sarcasm. It was a fun read, but spoiler alert: L.A. Candy is a sequel! The end leaves you totally hanging, with absolutely no closure whatsoever. This notion that Conrad is writing a sequel was confirmed when I read in People that she is "currently working on her second book." This angers me a tad. Does LC really need more of my money?

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

Eh. Sparks leaves me feeling, once again, disappointed. Long gone are the days of The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, and The Wedding. It seems that the latest slew of novels Sparks has written just don't quite pack the punch like they used to. There were no tears, no gasps, no true heart-felt moments. The beginning of the novel drags on and on. Sparks attempts a rather weak "plot twist," but I found it oddly predictable and somewhat dull. I'm starting to think Sparks should stop worrying about deadlines and focus more on what made him such a great author years ago. His novels lately seem rushed. Yeah, it's a nice story, but definitely nowhere near my favorite.

The Shack by W.M. Paul Young

Heralded as one of the most controversial books within the Christian faith, The Shack, unlike The Choice, knows how to pack a punch. This fiction novel is beautiful written. I mean, just gorgeous. One must keep an open mind when reading this book, as it challenges all of one's preconceived notions about the appearance, love, and nature of God. Remember, this book is fiction. It never claims to be Gospel.

I believe this book is a masterful work of art, despite one's religious convictions and beliefs. I say everyone should read this book to form your own opinion. Young's ability to create a God that reaches out to humans on a personal level, in just the precise way we need Him to, helps me sleep better at night. Whether Young is right or completely wrong about the love and nature of God doesn't matter to me. This book gives you a new perspective on "why bad things happen to good people" and makes you feel undoubtedly, overwhelmingly loved and understood.

Note: William Young is coming to my town on 16 Aug! He will be telling his story and signing books. I am so excited to meet a real-life author! And I can't wait to hear the inspiration behind his book!

August 6, 2009

for my 1,000th post!

How to properly peel a banana. This will change your lives. I'm serious. Who knew?!



I know this is kind of weird for my 1,000th post, but if I can help you peel bananas like a monkey, then it's worth it. I tried his technique the moment I watched this film and it works like a charm! Tell all your friends :)

Happy 1,000th!

August 5, 2009

where did today go?!

I woke up fairly early today and already the day is pretty much over -- and I'm still in pajamas! What on earth happened here??

P.S. The stomach rumbling and churning has STILL NOT stopped. It's getting annoying! I am eating plenty, so I have no idea what is going on. Maybe I have IBS??

P.P.S. The next post is my 1,000th post. I'm nervous! What on Earth am I going to write about that's worthy of being the 1,000th post??

August 4, 2009

a nice tuesday evening.

Slumdog Millionaire is seriously one of my favorite movies. Aaron hasn't seen it yet and it arrived today in the mail (I heart Netflix)! I am hoping that he'll watch it with me tonight.

I have dinner in the oven - chicken enchiladas and green peppers stuffed with Spanish rice - and husband is on the way home.

What a great night!

August 3, 2009

rumble in the jungle: updated (again)

For the last 3-4 days, my stomach has been rumbling and grumbling and churning - even when I'm NOT hungry.

So...I consulted my friend, Google, who turned out to be a funny, funny, guy when this was the first thing that popped up:

Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms

Thanks, Google. Thanks, a lot. You're just kidding, right? Right?!?!?

Update: So...maybe this rumbling and churning is actually this huge computer. LOL. I can't tell if it's the computer saving our data or if it is indeed my stomach. I think I will further test this theory in the living room, away from the iMac. How funny if it was the computer the whole time!!! Oh, I'm dying just thinking about it.

Second Update: The rumbling was definitely in my stomach. It kept me up last night for about an hour or so. Hmmm...

bulleting.

  • The gas tank for my job-search mojo is running on empty. I don't know why potential employers ask you to email them your resume, cover letter, etc. and then never get in contact with you. If I am ever an employer, I will make a point to contact everyone...even the candidates I reject.
  • I drove out to this one place of potential employment that I was interested in. With no traffic, it took me 47 minutes to get from the place to my home exit. I'm thinking that's probably not going to work out too well.
  • I am loving our new iMac. When I nudge it awake from its slumber, I almost expect it to whisper, "Well, hello beautiful." It definitely is a nice machine. I haven't really played with it yet, just done a lot of Internet surfing. Saving files and whatnot is still a bit confusing, but I think I'll manage. I cannot wait to edit pictures on this thing!
  • It would be super cool if Lifetime would buy my blog and make it into a movie...(have you seen the previews for the Julie/Julia Project)?? I have been thinking about what would make a blog interesting enough for someone to want to make it a movie. I got nothin'. It's all been done!
  • I have had deployment flashbacks all day today. Aaron went on an overnight trip so I'll be sleeping alone tonight. But I think I can hack it. What's one day compared to...140?
  • I went to the new DSW today and bought me some (more) gladiator sandals. I don't need any more gladiator sandals. I have, like, 7 pairs. I'm not joking. I was rockin' the gladiator sandal way before it was cool. Aaron would make fun of me. My "Jesus shoes" he called them. I also popped my collar in college and everyone always fussed over it, trying to put it down and whatnot. "You're collar is up." "I know, fool!" What can I say? I'm ahead of my times when it comes to fashion...hardy har har. But really, these sandals today were oh-so-cute and only $30. I had to.
  • We are going to see JOURNEY this weekend! I'm super pumped! I saw them a few years ago while Aaron was on his first deployment...or was it his second? It was pretty much the best concert ever. Since then, Aaron has been green with envy and determined to see them himself. Two tickets, a hotel reservation, and a short drive to Memphis and we've got the greatest rock experience of all time. YAY!
  • I'm gonna go watch Drop Dead Diva now.

August 2, 2009

indian food.

I am a huge fan of Chicken Tikka and onion naan...but Chicken Tikka and onion naan are not fans of me. Oh my goodness, my stomach is KILLING ME! But it was oh-so-delicious. I hope this passes soon...if you know what I mean ;)

On a separate note, I am blogging my first post on our iMac! WOW, this machine is incredible. Aaron laughed at me yesterday and said, "Of all the things this computer can do, you choose to spend the most time playing with PhotoBooth." What can I say? It's funny! 

And a very happy birthday to Tyly!!! 
 
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