Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fiction Scavenger Hunt

Ever been on a scavenger hunt? Our Christian Campus Center in college did a couple and they were so fun. (I was not the one that got to kiss the fireman, by the way.)

I'm so sure that I am ineligible for the prize in so many ways (such as promoting a book by the host of the first stop and others I am sure), but I think this sounds like great fun and am going try to find my way through the scavenger hunt.

The prize is 23 autographed new Christian fiction releases!

It starts here at Lisa Bergren's blog (I'll be posting about her new book Glamorous Illusions tomorrow).

Here's more info:

Welcome to the first ever Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! IT BEGINS AT NOON MST 5/31! Make the loop to discover 23 new or upcoming novels, and write down the clue at each stop. When you know what the clues say, return to my site to fill out the Rafflecopter form by June 4, 2012 (midnight EST), and you could be in the running for the grand prize of 23 new, autographed books (if you live in the USA; unsigned if international). Note: if you’re the winner, you must email the complete statement within 24 hours of notification in order to claim the Grand Prize…so don’t miss a stop! Be ready with your answer if you’re the lucky winner! No need to email it unless you receive the good word on June 5, 2012.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The next vacation countdown

I'm ready to start a vacation countdown. That can be dangerous, but I'm more than ready. Rakia and I started making our non-plans tonight. We're going to try to fly by the seat of our pants which may be pretty literal.

The first thing taken care of was the passport. Yea, I have it!

Now, I have graciously received some flight passes. Hurray! We'll be flying stand-by and will likely have to make some stops, but we have passes. As Rakia says, that's going to be part of the adventure. Of course, that means we may end up in Florida instead of Seattle, but hey, we're going somewhere!

The only thing plan to plan is going to see the Rangers play the Mariners at Safeco Field. This could change. At this very moment, the Rangers are being slaughtered 21-8 by the Mariners in Arlington. This could get me on a rant of what the heck happened to the Rangers pitching. The month of May has been brutal, but that is beside the point. (Tonight I turned on the TV when the score was 8-0 and turned it off unable to handle the truth. The next time I checked, it was 16-0.)

We know we want to go to the original Starbucks and to Voodoo Donuts. Rakia would like to see the University of Washington campus to say she has. I can accept that because it's not a cemetery, and I can be accommodating. As I have proven before, I've been stranger places. And for goodness sake, I drove all around Norman, OK trying to find the OU football stadium so that she and Courtney could spit on it.

In other news, my dad has started his, "you need to start thinking about somewhere to go in October. Can you go in October? We aren't going to go really go anywhere if you aren't going though."

This frightens me greatly. You realize this, right?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jenny's slug and my almost heart attack

Jenny has a slug. No, that's not code for another boyfriend. At least I don't think so. Her text message said, "I have a nasty slug living in my water heater closet."

Of course, I could be naive. Nah. I don't think so. At least not about that.

In our text conversation, she told me she had a slug. I told her I needed to blog. She told me to mention her slug. So, there. Jenny, this blog is dedicated to you.

Goodness knows I don't know what else I planned to blog about. I'm kind of in a funk to tell you the truth.

Sudden change in subject. As I was typing this blog, I looked over at my phone and it was showing a new number on the Caller ID. I hit it to see who it was. What I see is **** ***** = the Timmy the Fly residence. I freaked out.

I call "Rebekah" in utter panic. She assures me that it was his mom calling to ask people to bring snacks to a church gathering and that Timmy the Fly would have called from his cell.

Good to know. I was greatly concerned there for a minute. I thought he forgot that I was not his type. Either that or he was going to ask me why "Rebekah" won't answer his texts and if he did something wrong.

Oh, he doesn't want to do that because I would give him a frightfully honest answer.

In other news, I HAVE to give this blog a face lift. If not tonight, soon. I clicked on the Facebook feed of someone I know. His blog has the same background and the same font. Yet, he's never visited Seriously?. (GASP!) If he decided to read tonight, he certainly is missing a good post.

Just because I now feel the blog lacks any originality, I'm going to make a change. I was trying to upload a new photo for a background over the weekend, but my file was too big. I'll just try it again. So, hopefully the next time you visit, you won't recognize us.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Memorial Day I remember

Other than the really big holidays, I don't normally do a lot, in case you haven't noticed. However, one Memorial Day that will always stand out from the others was in 2006 when I was in Washington DC.

The day itself, we spent at Mt. Vernon and a trip to the National Zoo that is worth it's own somewhat lame  blog entry. However, we arrived Saturday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend and were able to witness the Rolling Thunder. I've never witnessed such a gathering of motorcycles. In honor of that weekend/trip, here are some of my favorite photos.

Happy Memorial Day!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Why I hate negotiating around this town

All residents of Corsicana are ready for 7th Avenue to be finished. It's the main road through town on which 75% of the restaurants in town are on and it's a pain when all lanes are open.

People on the north side of town are also ready for Forest Lane to be open. It's been one way for months, and it's the wrong way in my opinion. It makes it very difficult - a big pain - to get over to my parents and because I don't want to mess with it, I just don't go over to their house.

Today, once I finally got out of their neighborhood, I had an experience with one of the other pains of this town. The trains. There are three different sets of tracks that go through town, and some turn and change direction so you can avoid a train once, drive through town and get caught by it elsewhere.

When I went to school out at Mildred in high school, if I went down Beaton, instead of out Hardy Avenue, I would have to sit through the train trying to get out of town, and then wait on the same train when I got almost to the school. That was before they built the bridge over the tracks.

That particular track is the one that runs through "my backyard". I live smack on the tracks that run through the residential area of town.

If all the streets between my parents' house and my house are open and going both ways, it would take me 3 minutes tops to get there or back to my house. Today, it took me 25.

The street that is the easiest way to get back home from my parents' was closed again since they are getting closer to having that part paved. I had to take the shortest long way to one-way street to get home. I get around the curve, and there is a train stopped at Dobbins. People are turning around in front of me. And turning around. Finally, after a few minutes, I decide to turn around. I'm debating whether I should try to go around to the crossing closest to my house, or the one further down that might be clear. 

I decide to go for the one closest to my house at Beaton. I cut through a neighborhood, get onto Beaton and discover I should have turned around sooner because as I approach the crossing, and a train from the other direction starts coming through and it too stops. 

Realize this: If it weren't for the train, i could see the back of my house from this crossing. 

I turn around again, as I pull up a little bit to turn around, I can see cars are getting through the next crossing at Navarro/Commerce. The stopped train is so close though, I am surprised arms aren't down. 

Then, I miss the gravel road cut off that goes through the mini warehouses that would have saved time from going long way. I go all the way up to 1st Avenue, come back up Beaton the other way behind a truck that seems to be taking it's sweet time since he sees he has to wait for a train. 

Now that the train is moving again, I need the truck out of my way so that I can turn left at once of Corsicana's top 3 squirreliest intersections (the 13th/Beaton split) so that I can get onto Northwood before the train passes, arms go up, and I never get across when all the cars start going. 

Thankfully I get through, but I don't think the arms went up because once that train got past (it wasn't very long), the first train that was stopped starts back up. I can see this as I pull up to my house to park. And it takes forever to go by because I can hear it and see it through one of my windows. 

If I weren't ready for my Sunday nap before, I was by the time I got home 25 minutes after I left. 

I know everyone in this town has had one of these ridiculous train adventures. This blog is mainly for them because they understand this exact frustration. 

Random fact of the day to close the blog tonight. On the track that runs parallel to Northwood, most all of the trains on the track travel from the Northwest to the Southeast. Only like once a day do the trains go in the opposite direction. And a lot of trains come through a day. In 9 years, I've never counted how many a day. And yes, I sleep thru most all of them except in the winter when they seem even louder.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Happy Saturday Surprise!

I just assumed since all the other finales had come and gone that the last episode of The Firm had already aired as well. Audra's doing the happy dance because there are two episodes tonight!

There are 6 episodes left with the finale not airing until June 23. Then there's a chance of it getting picked up by another network. Why am I blogging? I need to be watching TV!

(Yes, I know I'm getting overly excited about this, but my day consisted of going to Walmart and the Corsicana outlet mall. Give me a break!)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Some people should not get married

A couple of days ago, I saw two things online regarding people getting married that left me shaking my head. People never cease to amaze me.

The first of the two bumfuzzling instances regarded a Facebook friend who is actually an acquaintance. A contact I have worked with in the past. I've actually met this person, and she is quite the character. I won't go into all the details as to why she is such a character. All of that is really beside the point.

Anyway, her post that caught my eye was, "I'm going to be a June bride!" Curious, I clicked on her profile, and she is marrying a partner in her ministry who I've also met. I thought, "Alrighty then. Makes sense. Opposite personalities from what I've seen. I bet he sits there and says, 'yes, dear' to whatever she says." Another one of her comments was something like, "In June, I'll be changing my name for the last time." This leads me to believe this is not her first marriage which is not surprising as I would put the two of them in the 55-65 age category.

I went on to click on their wedding website which had a line that would send Miss Manners, Emily Post, Dear Abby and Ann Landers into a conniption fit. "Make sure to visit the registry. ******* and I will be starting our new life in a new home, so we are not taking any previously owned items with us."

Wow! As in SERIOUSLY? Is that literal?

If I were to get married tomorrow, I wouldn't really want nor need a bridal shower or to register because I have all the household necessities. I would imagine the guy I would marry would have a few things himself, even if he was living in a sparse bachelor pad (perhaps like the Yankee who has not afghan or a couch to put it on). Back in the day, showers and registries were intended for people who were setting up their first household, who needed those items.

Sure, I need some new pillows that aren't so flat (in fact, I may have to invest in some tomorrow). I could use some new towels that aren't so worn out. However, I have a hard time even coming up with things for my family to buy me for my birthday and Christmas because I have what I need. If my toaster went out tomorrow, I'd go buy a new toaster. I'm an adult and can go do that.

I may never have a set of silverware that's not stainless steel to replace the full set that was my Grandmother's at one time (it wasn't a sentimental set) that I got when I went off to college. (Wait - not a good example because I do have my great-grandmother's set that I've not had an occasion special enough to use it.) And I may break down and buy the plum Fiesta set that I want, but that's ok.

Going back, if I were getting married tomorrow, most people would not frown upon me registering for gifts even though my fiance and I would not be a "young couple". (I'm quite aware of people who register for second marriages, but I just find that ridiculous and greedy.) Even if I did, I wouldn't expect a lot of gifts, especially in this economy, much less expect gifts to completely furnish a home. And especially if it weren't my first rodeo!

Not any previously owned items? Is that really necessary in order to start a new life with a spouse?

The same day I saw this, I saw that Anderson Cooper was going to have a woman on his show that married herself. Really? Why?

I saw this on Twitter, and went to the show site where they had this description:

"Would you marry yourself? In a daytime exclusive, meet Nadine, a woman making headlines because she said goodbye to romantic relationships with others and instead said "I do" and married herself.

"Find out why Nadine threw a commitment ceremony for herself and why she goes on "date nights" alone. Is this an expression of healthy self-love, or a cry for help? Plus, no matter your relationship status, learn top ways to find happiness for yourself!"

She must have watched that stupid Lifetime produced movie that I've seen where the woman decided to marry herself to prove that she didn't need a man, then found a man about that time and married him. Except this woman hasn't found a man.

I live with myself, work with myself, argue with myself, talk to myself, and make myself crazy. Maybe I'm in a committed relationship with myself, but I don't need to marry myself. Maybe that just sounded like some guy afraid of commitment who says he doesn't need a piece of paper... But really? I honestly don't like myself enough to marry me. I deserve better!

I didn't record and watch the show, so I don't know how far this goes other than this preview below.

What I want to know is did she register when she married herself so that she can get some new pillows and towels? If that is indeed the case, maybe I should reconsider and plan a date. I don't need much preparation, so I too could be a June bride.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope

An interview with Julie Ziglar Norman, author of Growing Up Ziglar
Julie Ziglar Norman often says her dad is the king of “doing life right” and she is the poster child for “doing life wrong.” In Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope, Norman shares how for 25 years she lived every day with regret, shame, guilt, and depression while trying to keep up the positive outer appearance that was expected of her as the daughter of popular motivational author and speaker Zig Ziglar.

Q: What was it like growing up as Zig Ziglar’s daughter?

My dad was not famous most of the years I spent growing up.  He was a salesman working on straight commission so he traveled a lot.  Dad was (and still is) a good father.  He always gave it his best effort.  He taught me to obey the law, tell the truth and work hard, but he didn’t become a Christian until I was a few weeks shy of being seventeen years old. Until then, Dad couldn’t have known everything he needed to be teaching me.
When I talk about what it was like growing up with Mr. Positive Attitude himself, I enjoy teasing about waking up to an “opportunity clock” instead of an alarm clock.  I point out that most families look forward to the weekend; not the Ziglar family, we looked forward to the “strong end.”  When we got the sniffles we had a “warm,” not a cold.  Daddy was always positive and looked on the bright side and he brought lots of joy and laughter into our home.  He was a fun and loving father who always had a good story and lots of hugs and kisses for his children.

Q: Growing Up Ziglar actually focuses more on the struggles that started as a teen and young adult than stories of growing up. You battled depression and alcohol among other things. What do you think led you down the road of negativity, when you grew up in a background that expressed positivity?

I made bad choices that led to negative consequences.  My choices were based on my immature, thirteen-year-old desire to “belong and fit-in” when our family moved from Columbia, South Carolina to Dallas, Texas.  The process was complicated by a jealous classmate who started a rumor about me that was so bad that I ultimately earned a bad reputation that I had wrongly been given.  I wasn’t actually a rebellious child, at least not openly.  I was a people pleaser of the worst sort and that, I believe, caused the majority of my problems. 

Q: What are some of the things that you struggled with most?

I struggled with being too independent.  I would not ask for help when I needed it and I never let anyone know when I was hurting or when my life was getting out of control.  Learning to be Inter-dependent involved letting go of the fear of judgment, letting go of being prideful, and facing the knowledge that I’d feel rejected if I asked for help and didn’t receive any.  Being transparent makes you vulnerable and when your opinion of yourself is low to start with it makes one resistant to risk taking. 

I also struggled with totally surrendering my life to Christ.  I was so afraid of what He’d require of me. 

I struggled with using alcohol, food, and men to change the way I felt.  I used to think that changing where I lived would change my life.  That makes me laugh at myself now but I believe many things to be true that simply were not true.     

I also struggled with not understanding God’s grace and His total forgiveness.  Because of that misperception I lived outside of His will for two decades longer than I had to.  

Q: The primary message of your book is that there is hope in Christ. What encouragement would you offer to someone who believes that they’ve made so many mistakes that their situation is hopeless?

I would share with them the promises of God and tell them I, too, felt hopeless but the truth set me wildly free.  Then I would share how the following verse has shown me that all my junk, the messes of my life, are used by God to comfort others…even them and that God will comfort them and use them for His glory, if they will only let Him.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” NKJV 

Q: You now lead the Ziglar Women’s conference.  What is the primary objective of your conference?

The Ziglar Women include my mother Jean Ziglar, my oldest daughter DeDe Galindo, my youngest daughter Amey Fair and me.  The objective or mission of The Ziglar Women is to challenge tentative Christianity, inspire God’s people to intensify their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to become a light in the darkness for those who seek God.

We teach women about shredding the veil of false pretense and learning how to live comfortably in their own skin because Jesus loves them right where they are.  We call women to get real, and thus get right with God and the people they share their lives with.  The conference is about real life in the trenches, coming to terms with unspeakable sins, and the sickness that engulfs those who live with secrets.  

For the Christian who has cleaned up her life but shamefully hides her past, we want her to know that she lives in bondage still.  Our point is that if women hide their wrongs they are not free to help other women who are in the midst of their wrongs find a way out.  There is no counsel like the counsel of one who has walked your path.

Christian women more than any other group I am familiar with hide the truth of what God has so graciously forgiven them because of shame they shouldn't even have in their lives anymore.  Our conference is about gut-wrenching repentance, getting past shame, guilt, remorse and regret and using your hellish past, or if you're the more positive type, using your experience, strength and hope, to glorify God and comfort others. 

(Guideposts/May 1, 2012/ISBN 978-0-8249-4531-2/$14.99)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Finales and cancellations

I want the networks to tell me why, realistically, truly why half of the shows can't air January-June and the other half July-December. In my mind, then more shows would make it. Starting this week, and next week for sure, there's going to be nothing on TV but the Rangers, and they are going to have to get their act together if that's it.

Other than people wanting to hear my take on Grey's Anatomy, I received no other requests for my takes on finales.

The runner-up to the most terrible ending, in my opinion was NCIS. I firmly believe that Ducky died.

I was backed up three episodes on the DVR, and started each one about three different times whether in the morning while getting ready, at lunch, or at night. The three episodes kind of ran together, so I can't tell you which of the last three episodes it was that Ducky went to Gibbs asking him to be executor of his estate. I'm telling you, that wasn't to have us think Ducky was dead. Ducky is dead.

As a child, did you ever play "Inky Dinky Donkey"? It's sort of like Eenie, meanie, miney, moe... Anyway, much like the end of that. Ducky died, Audra cried, Inky Dinky Ducky.

Another disappointment to me is that they can somehow call 7 episodes of Scandal a season. That sure is cheap! And I want to know who Quinn is!

I know it's a Shonda Rhimes thing and she likes her certain actors, but does it slightly annoy anyone except for me that Thatcher Grey is the right hand man (Cyrus) that has a heck of a lot more spine than Thatcher. And Ellis Grey is now the Vice President, and a really wainchy Bible thumper that would make anyone not like Christians? That gets me too. I hate her accent on top of it all. (Where will dead Lexie Grey end up?)

Speaking of the Shonda Rhimes family of programs, I don't care who Addison picks on Private Practice, but I sure think the Amelia's brainless baby line was said. And uncalled for. I know she was on Oxy, not crack, but having a "crack baby" storyline would have made a whole lot more sense.

And now onto the cancelled shows...

Missing has already come and gone. I kind of wondered where they were going to go with that show. Was the ex-CIA agent's sun going to be missing for seasons on end? No. Once they find him, she goes missing. Everyone else must have thought the same thing since it only made it 10 episodes.

I actually like Harry's Law even though critics talked about it being an old folks show. I'm going to have to catch the finale if they ever re-air it. I had too many things going on at the same time that night. Survivor finale, Sister Wives premiere... If I hadn't had the party, I would have recorded Survivor and Harry's Law. Sister Wives came on goodness knows how many times after that, as did Army Wives. I ended up having to watch the Desperate Housewives finale online. All the wives shows came on at the same time!

But my biggest, saddest thing is that The Firm was cancelled. I really liked that show. It was amped up law drama. Even though, I must say... this right here was my big reason to tune in to the show to begin with. See why I'm so upset?

(Photo snatched from a wallpaper someone posted. I did not make the love note myself.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nolan Ryan has a sense of humor - who knew?

In general, I've not never really thought Nolan Ryan had a sense of humor. Nor did I think he would be much of an "actor." Well, he still might be an actor, but I was very amused by this commercial. Each take has a different ending.

It's late, it was softball night, so Nolan Ryan commercials are the best I'm going to be able to pull off tonight. You can actually get the punch lines by seeing the image frozen on each. That kind of takes the fun out of it, but... I wonder how this one with Josh Hamilton is going to turn out.

Monday, May 21, 2012


I escaped my 85 degree stuffy house for the 91 degrees direct sun at the softball fields. So much more comfortable. Poor Peyton took one to the face.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

My much awaited take on the Grey's Anatomy finale

Sorry it's late and I promised this post would happen over the weekend. It's Sunday night, the night I am most likely to entertain as we once again tried to figure out the reasons why anyone would want Sister Wives.

First of all, when I heard that someone was dying and started seeing some of the hints, I called who was dying. I may not have called it to all of you, but I did tell my mom.

From all the posts I saw on Facebook, lots of people missed why all of the doctors were all together and going somewhere. They gave the reason why the week before. It wasn't talked about in a real memorable way.

The team of doctors was going to Idaho to separate conjoined twins. I think that twins usually go to where the doctors are, but who knows. The way I have it figured, with the combination of people, they had to have Derek for all the nerve stuff. Mark for any reconstructive needs. Christina was the only cardio person that was going to be involved (Teddy made a point of this the week before - a way to woo her into staying). Arizona was there because a member of the AZ/Callie relationship had to be there and as a pediatric surgeon, it made more sense than an ortho doc. Meredith had to be on the plane because it is GREY's Anatomy, and Lexie had to go because she was going to die in the plane crash.

What bugged me the absolute most is that even though Owen told his assistant no calls that day, do you really think the hospital in Idaho would just keep leaving messages and not demand to talk to someone? That the doctor wouldn't demand to talk to someone to see what was going on?

And when Owen did start listening to his messages, he paid ZERO attention to what the message was saying because he was having the ridiculously dramatic interaction with Teddy, firing her so she can go on to bigger and better things. (Seems like to me, she could have died in a plane crash if she was going to leave, but... Never was a big fan of her anyway.)

Oh, and let me just throw in that I had been trying to finish something up so started watching it late and ate just before watching. BIG MISTAKE. I was very queasy with all the bloodiness. Seriously.

Most of the time, when a plane crashes like that, everyone dies. Of course, it's just a TV show, but they all still might die because they are going to bleed to death. Surgeons or no surgeons. At the very least, Meredith would be hobbling when she pulled the hunk of metal out of her leg, and she was getting along pretty well.

Arizona is hacking up blood, but no biggie. Derek's hand is going to be mangled for life since he couldn't give himself a nerve operation on himself with the dental floss someone packed for a day trip.

Christina had the whole dislocated shoulder moment like Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3 and 4. Really? That's all that's wrong with her. Really? However, she did have the best lines, including the one about being in a plane crash after a shooting and all this other - she was getting out of there as fast as she could. Oh, and "I have PTSD, I'm really not the best person to answer that question" or something like that.

And Mark... Maybe if he hadn't tried to lift half of an airplane off of Lexie, he might have been alright. Surely that must have hurt before he went unconscious. I guess his grief kept him from being aware of his own injuries.

Lexie dying so early in the episode was rather anti-climatic, don't you think? And do they really have to kill all of Meredith's relatives? How on earth is Meredith going to be able to deal with Thatcher? And did they really have to kill her? I know she was a year behind and not moving on like everyone else, but it was so "ah, she's dead" that it just seemed like something they checked off the list.

Are they seriously not going to find out what happened to the plane in how many hours? A helicopter is going to fly over more than once if there was a beacon. And if the beacon wasn't working, if they were simply searching for them, if there were a lot of trees, they'd make a few more passes. You know they had to file flight plans and knew the plane left Seattle. They aren't going to figure out something is wrong in Idaho?

How long were they really out there anyway? Separating conjoined twins could last longer than anticipated, not that I really know anything about that. They actually had a time they were going to be back? I find it hard to believe they were on a private plane and had a set arrival time back from a surgery that required at least 6 surgeons.

I really don't get how they're going to resolve all the residents no longer being residents and dispersing. That's the real thing that happens (the only real thing about the show), and they've spent all this time talking about where everyone is going. However, the core cast is remaining. You know they aren't going to have the show continue at 6 different hospitals.

I just hope the season premiere is in September rather than October like it has been in the past.

Well, now it's really late (later than the post time says), so I'll have to talk about NCIS and Scandal tomorrow. And anything else I might have watched that you want me to rant about.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Trust me... opposites don't attract

I'm not going to start a series of posts on the number of reasons why I am, and barring a miracle, will always be single. There's no point in discussing why I am like citronella to mosquitoes when it comes to guys. I know this. I accept this. 

Still, I do have a profile on two singles sites. I've always been at the free level on one of them, and on the other, I've had a paid membership a few times. What this currently means is that I cannot communicate back with anyone who emails me (or read the emails for that matter). However, I can view the people that look at my profile. 

Previously, the only guys who emailed me were either mentally not all there, mentally not all there with a booger hanging out of their nose when they took their own picture because I told them I wasn't talking to them until they at least put some info and pic up on their profile (fair is fair), or a foreign national living in another country (think along the lines of my sick aunt Tulu needs an operation). On one of the sites, creepy old guys like to look at my profile. 

Call me picky, but if a guy were to show any interest, I would hope he would be stateside, able to hold a semi-intelligent conversation and within my age range. 

By some strange coincidence, within 48 hours, I received two emails from men on the site I've never paid a membership on. And I'm not willing to shell out money for that site because it's fairly expensive and based on who has looked at my profile, I don't hold out much hope of anything changing if I did. 

Here's information from the profile of the first one that emailed me with the subject line "WOW". And do know that I am taking one for the team in posting this because now the guy is going to think I'm interested because I've looked at HIS profile again.

His introduction:

Someone who can presew the christion life and the grate comision with me

Q: What I'd like to do on a first date...
A: Maby take my jet skis to the lake I got 4 of em halfto use them sometime
Q: My past relationships have taught me...
A: To truly appreciate time together
Q: To me, being a Christian means...
A: Following God 
Living the best you can through the holy spirit that resides I'n all of us and fofiling the grate commission
Q: I've been a Christian for ...
A: Well honestly we have all had our wilderness experiences mine are long gone and I am no longer having the milk but the meat of the word 
I am the guy ya see I'n front of wal mart handing out tracts and praying with ppl
Q: In five years, I see myself
A: Having a congregation of whatever God let's me preach to
Q: My favorite Bible passage is...
A: Wow
That's a hard one there are so many
Q: One final thing I'd like to mention...
A: I maneg a m mil co so God has raveald to me I am to keep my job until
Question of the Week
Q:What was the last book you read? Would you recommend it?
A:The bibleI would recommend it to everyoneI don't wast my time on other books currently

I understand many people cannot spell or write these days because of an education system that focuses on phonics when the English language is not all about phonics. However, I work within the publishing industry and work with authors and writers all day long. I write, edit, and proof. I cannot handle this. It makes my skin crawl.

I commend him for his passion for sharing the Gospel. That's great. I should do better of fulfilling the Great Commission. I just can't really folil the grate one. And whatever could the congregation be of if not human?

Personally, I consider going out to Walmart against my religion, but in all seriousness, bless him for it.

Oh. I didn't think he had a picture posted because a profile picture doesn't show up, but while clicking through his profile for content, I just found a picture of him and his little boy (once you reach a certain point, they've all been married and have children or there's some OFF reasons why they haven't been - pun intended). Not exactly what I expected. He's presentable. 

The other person who sent me an email this week is a 59 year old retired man. I didn't click further to find anything else out. By his picture, I see he is of another race. That's really all I know other than he rides motorcycles according to the one line you can read without clicking. I just don't want a man that much older, so I refuse to click further. 

Now, my real problem is, whatever should I do with The Firm not being renewed. This means I don't get to pine over Josh Lucas anymore on Saturday nights.

That shall be part of tomorrow's blog.

Oh, and I finally caught up on NCIS. I'm quite irked there too. :(

Friday, May 18, 2012

So not a match and Grey's Anatomy angst

Tonight is a softball night, and I'd probably forget to blog when I got home if I don't make a quick post now. The teaser to tomorrow's blog is "The kind of guy that I attract."

I have you hooked, don't I?

This weekend, I will also be blogging about the number of things wrong with the Grey's Anatomy season finale.

So, if you have any comments about bad matches (fix-ups, online profile matches or blind dates), post them here because I want to hear them.

Also, post your gripes about season finales that just made you made when they ended. I'm open to talk about more than just Grey's Anatomy. Or what show isn't coming back that you are going to miss?

I promise to talk about it all this weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How do you explain "Brotherly Love"?

Teaching the 5th grade Bible class at church is an adventure all it's own.

I'm sure this doesn't do anything for the rowdy problem we have most Sunday's in class, but I've instituted rules much like Gibbs on NCIS.

They go a little something like this:
  1. No one can talk to CB, and CB can talk to no one.
  2. Get a Bible as soon as you get in the room if you didn't bring one.
  3. TS cannot try to be funny.
  4. CH cannot say the word "cousin" or talk about any of her cousins.
  5. ER cannot tell any more stories about the funeral home Christmas parties, and no updates on who they "picked up" over the past week.
  6. PJ cannot play with my clothes or kick me under the table. 
  7. KO cannot randomly interrupt to point out that I'm not wearing purple. 
  8. PP cannot draw Cowboys in other people's workbooks.
  9. Give me your iPod Touch because I think you're on You Tube, not You Version.
  10. Put all four of your chair legs, plus your own two on the floor. 
Rules like that. I'm sure I'm missing a few. Obviously, these rules are directed towards certain people. Like I said, this probably doesn't help with crowd control. 

I also have to admit that sometimes I really wonder where the material is trying to go. This makes it difficult because TS is the king of asking questions. Usually, I can pull off a satisfactory answer. Otherwise, I say, "ask Sam." This was proven by the questions he stuck in the Question & Answer box for the preacher's quarterly Q&A night. Yes, I'm that Sunday School teacher that encouraged the box stuffing in case you were wondering. 

This quarter, I've also had explain that hell and damnation are Biblical words. Well, of course they are. The kids saw them in the Bible, pointed them out, and were freaked out that they were in there. (It also doesn't help when the material we use had included "the jawbone of an ass" in the first grade material, but I digress. I always skip that part.) I've had to explain when using hell is acceptable when used in the correct way as in, "if you don't go to heaven, you would go to hell. You don't want anyone to go to hell."

The topic last week was the Christian attitude and brotherly love. I ask, "can anyone tell me what brotherly love means?"

CB says something like, "well, my brother has been ok lately, but usually..."

I interrupt, "OK, well, maybe we should look at this differently because we all probably have issues with our brothers." (My own brotherly love is a little dysfunctional at times.)

As we struggled through the lesson without breaking the above rules, some very pointed comments were directed towards people during the lesson. This resulted in trying to illustrate brotherly love. "While I admit, that was funny ____, it is not in the spirit of Brotherly Love." 

In fact, I said that more than once. 

"Rebekah" visited our class on Sunday morning. I think they all scared her off after the quarter we co-taught. My next illustration of brotherly love left her covering her face with a song book. I bet I know what she was thinking.

"This all comes down to us loving everyone, even the people we don't like."

If I were a betting girl, I bet she was thinking of Timmy the Fly.

Yep, the epitome of loving your enemy. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Would you be interested?

I'm not sure what I think about how my latest project is progressing. It ended up with a bigger variety of colors than I originally intended. The lighting is terrible, and you can't tell the real colors.

At this point, I'm making just because I can and planning to sell to any interested parties. How big this one ends up is based on if anyone is interested, and how big they are looking for. (Then how big determines the price.)

What do you think about it? I kind of think it's uglier than the ugly blanket.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

An interview with Beth Vogt - and an iPad giveaway!

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An interview with Beth K. Vogt, Author of 
Wish You Were Here

When Allison Denman kisses her fiancĂ©’s brother just days before her wedding, she’s not sure which is the mistake—the kiss or the wedding. It won’t be easy, but Allison is determined to find out. In her debut novel Wish You Were Here, Beth K. Vogt provides readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace.

Vogt has had experience with her plans and God’s plans not lining up as expected. She is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction, but God had other plans for her. She decided to begin writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.

Q: You said you would never write a novel. What changed your mind?

I hit a season of burnout as a nonfiction writer and editor. I told my husband I was not going to write – ever, ever, ever again. He came home to find me at my computer and asked, “What are you doing?” When I confessed I was writing, he asked what happened to my never-going-to-write-again vow. I told him that I was having fun writing fiction and, that since no one would ever see what I was writing, this didn’t count. That “just for fun” story became Wish You Were Here, my debut novel.

Q: How did the story come to you?

The catalyst for Wish You Were Here was a fiction assignment from the Christian Writers Guild Apprentice course. I took Jerry B. Jenkins’ Guild course to scrape all the rust off my writing ability when I was trying to get back on the writing road after motherhood detoured me for a few years. For the assignment I had to write one scene from three different points of view (POVs.) I’d written a wedding scene from the view of the bride, the best man, and the wedding photographer.  The story is the answer to the questions: How did the bride get here and what happens next?

Q: In the story Allison’s father considered her to be a mistake. In what way?

Ah… that’s all part of the story. Did Allison’s father really think she was a mistake? Or did he think he’d made a mistake? Sometimes our perceptions of a situation can be mistaken.

Q: How do things that others say about us, especially our parents, impact us in a way that affects us the rest of our lives.

Scripture tells us that words can either kill or give life (Proverbs 18:21.) Parents represent a person’s first idea of “home” or “safety” – and it’s from our family we first develop an idea of who we are. So the words our parents speak to us are so, so crucial to our development. As parents, we have the powerful ability to speak a blessing over our child – and yet, sometimes we tragically miss that opportunity.

Q: No one is perfect, but do you believe there is such thing as someone “perfect for me”?
The greater challenge is: Am I willing to learn how to love someone in such a way that I become perfect for them – despite my imperfections? My husband and I have been married over 30 years. We are not the same people we were when we said “I do.”  But the changes we’ve made – the way we’ve submitted to one another and forgiven one another, the way my husband has loved me sacrificially, the way I’ve tried to respect and love him no matter what – all this has made us perfect for one another. 

For more information on Beth Vogt’s writing and speaking, visit

Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt
Howard Books ~ May 1, 2012 ~ ISBN: 978-1451659863 ~ $14.99

Monday, May 14, 2012

Judy Baer talks about her Forever Hilltop Series

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 An interview with Judy Baer, Author of Forever Hilltop

Life is more than just a series of experiences. It is the people we meet along the way that make life more interesting and teach us the most important lessons. City dweller turned country pastor Alex Armstrong learns this first hand in Judy Baer’s Forever Hilltop.

Forever Hilltop is a 2-in-1 book that includes Baer’s An Unlikely Blessing along with the previously unreleased sequel Surprising Grace. The charming and often hilarious Forever Hilltop series follows the adventures of protagonist Alex Armstrong as he settles into his role as a pastor of a Scandinavian community in rural North Dakota much like the one in which Baer grew up. While Alex is sometimes baffled by his parishioners and their colorful ways, he comes to appreciate their simple wisdom. It may be a small town, but life in Hilltop Township is never dull!

Q: Is there a “moral of the story” that you would like readers to walk away with? If so, what is it?

There are many small messages and teachings, but not just a single big statement or moral that encompasses the entire book.  I find life to be like that—the lessons learned over the years like the benefits of kindness, respect, sound judgment, faith, loyalty or honesty—come in bits and pieces.  A little lesson here, a realization there, and eventually you have a big awareness about something.  The Forever Hilltop books are gentle, but teach enduring lessons about how people should treat each other and live their lives.

Q: What makes this series different than previous books and/or series?

Surprising Grace and the Forever Hilltop series are very different from my previous books.  I’ve written romances, young adult books, non-fiction and woman’s fiction.  These new books encompass an entire community and the interactions of many characters.  I wouldn’t define it as a saga, but it is a story that chronicles the lives of many people and their deep interrelationships. 

Q: Would you say that God makes us uncomfortable or puts us in new circumstances to help us grow?

God often allows us to be in new circumstances or relationships that stretch us and make us grow.  He wants us to be more Christ-like in our everyday lives and often the people we meet or the situations in which we land are great tools for that.  That’s what happens for the protagonist Alex Armstrong as he finds himself a fish out of water in Hilltop Township, a spot in the road in rural North Dakota.  As died-in-the-wool city boy from Chicago, he’s stretched and forced to grow on a daily basis as he learns to love rural life and the people that inhabit it.

Q: Was there a certain event in your life that you drew from in writing Alex’s story?

I have a particular fondness for rural North Dakota since that’s where I grew up.  What’s interesting, though, is that after people from many stations in life read the first book in the Hilltop series, An Unlikely Blessing, they, almost without fail said, “I grew up in a place like that,” or “I know those people, I lived with them!”  I think the books hit chords that resonate with a lot of people—it’s about good but quirky people who are trying to do their best, often with surprising, and occasionally dismaying, results.  One can learn lessons through fun and joy as well as trauma and sadness.  All of this is incorporated in Surprising Grace.

Learn more about the author and her books at

Forever Hilltop by Judy Baer
Guideposts ~ May 1, 2012 ~ ISBN: 978-0824945299 ~ $16.99

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sister Wives did not live up to the new season hype

Happy Mother's Day all! I was the good daughter who went with my mother to my grandmother's. For all of you who may have forgotten, I can't post any Grandmother stories here. Not that there were really any to tell from today. At least funny ones, but...

Anyway, so four friends and I sat around watching the Sister Wives premiere tonight. Did NOT live up to any ounce of hype. They're so boring now. They try to make everything dramatic. Nothing was dramatic. Something has got to give.

We all concede the whole lot of adults are crazy and stupid. The kids are going to be screwed up for life. We can't figure out what kind of marriage counselor you can find and go to that will be supportive of a polygamist marriage. Of course, all the women want their own house/space. What do these people do to earn money? Does Kody ever work? Why do they need a special house to celebrate Christmas in?

They celebrated Hanukkah. Why? I really don't know. I did point out in a private joke moment to Jenny that the Mormons could give her a lesson in Hanukkah. Christine taught us NOTHING.

I did a mini lesson in crocheting (as promised) afterwards, talked to one of my guests for a while, and now need to watch three hours of Survivor. I'm hoping in the background at some point I can catch Harry's Law and the grand finale of Desperate Housewives online in the next few days.

I have a feeling Monday is going to be a Monday tomorrow. I've dismissed my Monday morning frappachino to start the week off right because I've gotten hung up on what a strange place the coffee shop with the slot machines is. I think I'm going to just bite the bullet and do it tomorrow. I have reason to believe Monday will be a Monday.

Note to self: stop checking your Blackberry first thing when you wake up, especially on Sundays.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Reading just makes me want to go on vacation

I planned to sit around and read today. Instead, I sat around and did other things like watch the Rangers game, crochet and take a nap.


Besides, reading just makes me want to go on a trip somewhere right now. Somewhere different. My last trip was to that forsaken place, you know, last October - my last week off.

I did have part of a day of site seeing when I went on a business trip last July to Atlanta, but I'd seen that part of the sites before too. Goodness knows that was an "all work and no play" trip.

For some reason, coincidence I guess, I'm learning about Mackinac Island. I've been reading Cara Putman's A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Then this week, I wrote a press kit for another book coming out in a couple of months - Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan by Melanie Dobson. I read through her info on the island as I worked on the press kit.

While I know it must be beautiful, I'm not sure that I really want to visit Michigan right now. Though it has me geared up to vacation.

In other news, my Seattle travel guide came in the mail today. I haven't really gone through it and the Vancouver one sitting on my coffee table yet. Maybe I'm scared that if I start planning, I'll get obsessed like my dad when he plans vacations and drive myself nuts for two months.

On the other hand, maybe a little planning wouldn't hurt.

My friend and I are planning on going to a game at Safeco Field. The Rangers will be in town. I'm planning on taking a Rangers shirt and my friend is going to have to plan to buy one before we go.

Nah! Planning is overrated, right? As long as I have my passport...

Friday, May 11, 2012

C'mon over and catch the freak show

In case you haven't heard, the new season of Sister Wives is starting Sunday night. As was expected of me, I'm having people over for a watching party. If you're interested in watching what amounts to a freak show, come on over! 

Since it's Mother's Day, and plans are in the air for some people (meaning I don't know who all to expect), just pick up something to eat on your way over. Yeah, bad hostessing on my part.

The Brown family also has a new book out. I'm really that curious enough that I really kind of want to read it. What's stopping me is the stacks of books all over my house that have not been read yet. Why buy another when I have piles?

I've read the reviews of Becoming Sister Wives on Amazon, and they point to the book being terrible and not saying much that we didn't already know. Despite how happy they say they are, early readers say they are all depressed. 

The thought crossed my mind to track down the publicist at Gallery Books for a copy. Goodness knows I'd comment on it enough to get attention for the book. But I hate how I'm sometimes bloggers personal "Do you have this book?" I know you all expect me to end up with it since I somehow seem to be the Sister Wives expert. (Who knows why?!)