Saturday, February 28, 2009

Our Kitty

I've talked about our cat, Ford (or Kitty as we call him) before. DiPaola Momma over at Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom is giving away coupons for the Pledge Fabric Sweepers to 6 people who have pets and are willing to talk about them..
Ford is a weird one. He is very needy for a cat. Always by oursides. No matter where we go.. He sheds enough hair for 10 cats that we are always sweeping up. But we love him. He always sleeps by my head, or down on our feet. He is one crazy kitty! We could defenatly use that Pledge Fabric Sweeper!

Friday, February 27, 2009

A New Look

Yea! I finally got my blog into a 3 column template! With a design I absolutly love!! All with the help of Kristen at All in a Mom's Life and Lena over at Simply Fabulous Blogger Templates.
Unfortunatly I lost all the items I had in my side bar.. All my buttons and pictures and whatnot. I don't remember everything I had in the sidebar. So if I'm missing your button please let me know!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!♥

Friday Cocktail

This week, for the Friday Cocktail, I am featuring an artist from my past, like before. Only I'm going in a different direction this time. This week I'm going to get a little more personal..

For most of my high school days (along with all elementary) I attended a Christian School. I was raised in Church and Church schools. In my teen years, I began to stray from God. What with my crazy family life and the normal teenage angst, I began to lose my faith. When I decided it was time to stop and turn things around, I planned on getting baptised again. A couple of friends of mine, who I went to church with every Sunday and had a weekly bible study with, told me I wasn't ready to be baptised again. They talked me out of it. After that I noticed little things about them. How after church on Sundays they would take me straight home, instead of going to their parents or grandparents house for lunch like we use to do. Shortly after that they stopped coming over for bible study. Can you see where this is going? Eventually they stopped taking me to church on Sundays as well. When I was at a crossroad in my life, a time of need, they abandoned me. I easily lost my faith after that. Don't get me wrong, I still believe in God. I just don't believe in Christians anymore.I find it hard to trust anyone from a church. I would like to start going back to church someday, I just don't know how. (see told you I was going to get personal..)

Moving on, here is my pick of the week for Friday Cocktail:

Shaded Red

Shaded Red was a popular Christian alternative rock band formed in 1993 by brothers Jamie Roberts (Vocals and Guitar) and Jonathan Roberts (guitars, bass, trumpet, piano). In 1997 they released their debut self-titled album. They quickly became popular and were the featured opening act for Petra's "We Need Jesus" tour in 1997. On January 11, 1998, the band was struck by tragedy when their tour bus hit a patch of black ice in route to a concert. Drummer, Chris Yeomen was killed and Jon Roberts was left with a shattered pelvis. It was at this time the band considered calling it quits but decided to press on instead. In 1999,the band released their second album entitled Red Revolution. The band has since broken up.

I got the chance to see them on the "We Need Jesus" tour when I was in high school. They signed my jeans. I didn't have a CD or anything else for them to sign, so I plopped my leg on the table and asked them to sign it(too bad I don't still have those jeans..). I'm featuring 2 songs by them today.

The first song, from the 1st album, is "Use Me", and is my favorite song by them. It really spoke to me in high school, and still does.

The second song is off their 2nd album , which admittedly, I have not listened to. It's called "When God Ran". It is a beautiful song on its own, but the young man in this video makes it even more so. He is signing the song in ASL (American Sign Language). I love when songs are signed. When I was younger, at church I would have the urge to start signing the worship songs instead of sing them.

I know the sound was a bit hard to hear on that last one so I'm including the words to the song for you all.

Shaded Red - When God Ran lyrics

Almighty God,
The Great I Am,
Immovable Rock,
Awesome Lord,
Victorious Warrior,
Commanding Kind Of Kings,
Mighty Conqueror

And the only time,
The only time I ever saw Him run
Was when He ran to me,
Took me in His arms
Held my head to his chest,
Said my son's come home again
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said son,
Do you know I still love you?
It caught me by surprise,
When God ran

The day I left home,
I knew I had broken His heart
I wondered then
If things could ever be the same

Then one night,
I remembered His love for me
And down that dusty road
Ahead I could see

It's the only time,
The only time I ever saw Him run
When He ran to me,
Took me in his arms
Held my head to his chest,
Said my son's come home again,
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in his voice,
He said son,
Do you know I still love you?
It caught me by surprise,
It brought me to my knees
When God ran

I saw Him run to me

And then I ran to Him

Holy One
Righteous Judge
He turned my way
Now I know
He's been waiting for this day

And then He ran to me,
Took me in his arms
Held my head to His chest,
Said my son's come home again,
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in his voice,
I felt His love for me again

He ran to me
Took me in His arms
Held my head to His chest,
Said my son's come home again,
Lifted my face,
Wiped the tears from my eyes,
With forgiveness in his voice,
He said son,
He said son,
My son,
Do you know I still love you
He ran to me
When God ran

In conclusion to my being all personal today, I sent an email to that said friend the other day. I actually wanted to thank him for what he did. The way I see it, he, in a way helped mold me into the person I am today. Yeah I had to go through a lot, and I mean a lot, of crap to get here, but it was worth it. Had I not gone down the wrong path, I never would have moved to Arkansas. It took 8 years of living in Arkansas and even more crap to find the wonderful man I am married to. My husband is truly the love of my life and my perfect match. He is my one and only, my soul mate. So I thanked said friend for abandoning me in a time of need so I could find my wonderful husband. I haven't gotten a response yet and I really don't expect to..

I hope you enjoyed this weeks artist, and sorry if I babbled on too much. I rarely get this personal, so deal with it!♥

Monday, February 23, 2009

To Have Bangs, or Not to Have Bangs

That, is the question.

I just recently dyed my hair. I'm including a before, and after shot. And no, the first one was not my natural color. I've been dying my hair since I was 13. I'm not sure I know my natural color any more.. It's brown, but I'm not sure if its light or dark or somewhere in between..



( I realize looking at these pictures my hair color looks very similar. It is lighter in the first picture. It was more of a light brownish read with almost blondish highlights. The second picture, my hair is much darker and has no highlights..)

This is the longest my hair has been in years! When I was 16 I cut all my hair off. I mean super boy short, cut it all off. Once it grew out of my horrible short boy cut, I had kept it between chin and shoulder length. I have always wanted to have my hair all one length. I am finally there, 10 years later.

And now I want bangs. But here's the thing. I keep my hair parted in the middle so the forehead length bangs won't work for me (it would take forever to train my bangs to not part in the middle). I kind of want the layered bangs look, anyone know what I'm talking about? Where it frames your face, and is okay to part in the middle?

But here's the other part of the debate, I don't want to cut my hair. It has taken me so long to get it this long. I have not had a hair cut in 2 1/2 years (except for a small trim a year ago).

So, here's where you, anyone reading this, come in. What do you think? Should I keep letting it grow out, or try the bangs thing?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Weekend Baking

Continuing from last weeks theme, I made some more "Valentine's" cupcakes. I had planned on making them last week, but didn't have time.

These are strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting and cream cheese frosting.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Award Goodness

Lori over at, Time of Your Life, Gave me this award. She is such a sweet and wonderful bloggy friend!! Thank you so very much Lori!!♥

Here are the rules for this award:

Put the logo on your blog or post.
Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

I would like to pass this award on to:

Michelle at Fluttering Butterflies

DiPaola Momma at Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom

Lisa at Cranberry Flats

Pat at Back Porch Musings

Sandy at For the Love of Prims

AndreaLeigh at My Chihuahua Bites!

Shauna at Trying to Stay Calm

Susie Q at Rabbit Run Cottage

Tanya at Sunday Baker

Gayla at Oatmeal and Whimsy

Enjoy Girls! You deserve this award!! And as always, if you have not check out these blogs, go forth and do so!!

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday Cocktail

This week I'm featuring another great artist from back in the day. I was in high school when this guy came around. I fell in love with his deep, sexy, bluesy voice not to mention his hotness.. Can you believe he was only 17 when this was recorded? I remember reading an article in Seventeen (I think, it was sooo long ago..) Magazine about him and how he would perform on stage barefoot. I thought he was so cool for doing that.. I'm glad to see he is still out there making music! He will be coming to our area soon, I may have to talk the hubby into taking me!!
The song I have below is from his first album (he recorded it when he was 17). I love that album to death. I wish I could of found the video to Matchbox or Still Rainin' but this will have to do. They are all great songs! There was a live version of this song I thought about playing for you all, but it was done more recently, I want you all to experiance Johnny Lang at 17.

Johnny Lang

Johnny when he was just a young lad at 17.

Johnny all grown up!! He's even hotter now!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

What do you give a sick Gorilla?

A Whopper with cheese, large fry, and a 6 pack of Guinness of course!

Today, one of the animal trainers/food givers (I'm not sure what he does exactly..) came in to pick up a call in order of a Whopper with cheese and a large fry. My supervisor asked if he wanted everything on it. He had to check with someone else, turns out the Whopper was not for him. Neither were the fries.

He then told us that the food was for one of the sick Gorilla's. The Gorilla will only take medicine if its hidden in the Whopper, and of course you have to have fries with that.. I'm not exactly sure what the beer is for, I guess to wash down the medicine Whopper and fries?

We asked if the Gorilla liked a certain kind of beer and were told he will only drink Guinness..

Crazy huh? We were assured that the food was not for nutritional value, they do have a proper diet.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekend Baking

This weekend I made up some Valentines Day cupcakes. They turned out very yummy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day!!
We celebrated out Valentines on Thursday. We had dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse. No gifts were exchanged this year, we just enjoyed each others company. This is our third Valentines day together.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday Cocktail

Sandra over at Canton Wren Cottage is hosting the Friday Cocktail block party. Which is basically where you pick a music artist and do a feature on them, posting a video to go along with it all.

I thought I would participate this week, and maybe the next few weeks too.

Any of you out there ever watch the original 90210? Remember Donna's abusive boyfriend Ray Pruitt? Well he is my featured artist this week. His real name is Jamie Walters and all through 8Th and 9Th grade, I was sooo in love with him. I had his CD and listened to it over and over. I think I may have actually burned a hole through it from playing it so much.. ha ha I was that obsessed. I watched him every week on 90210 and rooted for him and even though he was the "bad" guy I still loved him!!

Today I would like to share with you all, my favorite song from him, Hold On.

Now, hopefully, I loaded this video right, if not, then just go down to my music player at the bottom of the page. I have the song listed there.

I'm also adding a few yummy pictures of Jamie, for you all to look at..

This is from his album cover. I drooled all over this picture back in the day..

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gone Away

Early this morning my husband hopped on a plane and headed to Chi Town, or Chicago as some call it. He came home last night with the news, that he would be leaving. He should be back late Wednesday night, I hope! At least its only 2 days this time. I do hate it when he's out of town though..


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Monday, February 09, 2009

Go Stars!

I scored some sweet tickets to the Sunday night Dallas Stars game. It was awesome! I've never been to a pro sports game of any kind before, let alone hockey! Of course I took a ton of pictures to share with you all!!

We got there early enough to get good parking. We got some nacho's to start the game off with (shh..don't tell my trainer..). Later we had some warm cinnamon cashews.

Crunch! Thats gotta hurt!



A friend of ours was at the game too. She sat on the complete oposite side of the arena from us. I found her though..

Whats a hockey game without a fight?

Sadly, I did not get to see a hockey fight at my first game.. this was an almost fight that was broken up before it got too serious..


And the Stars win 4-1

It was an awesome game! I had tons of fun!!!


Here is a little taste of what will be showing up in a future post on, I'm Me. What More Do You Want?

That's all you get for now. As for me, I'm off to my first day of work!

I hope everyone is having a great Monday so far!!♥

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Weekend Baking

This weekend I made some chocolate chip cookies. They look really yummy! My husband says they are good.. I'm am being good and sticking to my diet.