Thursday, February 21, 2008

lunar eclipse

Here is a pic I took of the lunar eclipse last night -- pretty cool, huh?

part three!

Soooooo.....we started dating!

And we dated....and dated....and dated.....and I shall not bore you with all the miniscule details of our many months of dating. There's probably a lot I don't even remember. :)

We saw each other all the time at school obviously, so the summers and Christmas vacations and such were definitely hard. During the summer, James had to make the very hard decision to drop out of school after one more semester (due to some family problems at home that needed to be dealt with ASAP). We had one last semester together, and then he went home, and I stayed at school to finish my degree.

Now let me just say I am NOT a fan of long-distance relationships. And I definitely don't recommend them, unless there is nothing you can do about it. As was the case here. They definitely require a lot more work! In retrospect, James being gone allowed me to focus more on my studies (the REAL reason I was even at college in the first place) and make better grades than I had the previous year. Still, it was hard. There were a few visits here and there, but mostly phone calls and letters. Being apart tested our relationship, but it made me even more sure that I wanted to be with him.

And so it went. We talked about marriage and the very real possibility of that being in the near future. (By the way, for clarification -- we started dating with the intent of marriage. We both were fully confident in the idea that we would one day marry.) James talked to my dad about it, although I didn't really know at the time. We even casually looked at rings. We grew more in love as the days went by. I was amazed that I had found the man I was going to marry, and I was only 19 years old. Well, 20 by this time, I guess. :)

My sister got married on June 12, 2004. I was the maid of honor in her wedding, and James drove down to PA for the occasion. I was so glad he came, of course, but in keeping with all the events and craziness of the wedding, I barely saw him (as he was not involved). After the reception was over, we went home to change out of our fancy clothes and were then going to head back to the church to clean up. My dad took his truck, and James told my parents that he was going to take me to Rita's (yummy!) and then pick up a car part at the auto store, and after that, we would meet them at the church. I thought nothing about these arrangements, I had already known that he needed to get this car part, so I thought it was just a stop along the way. Who knows what's going to come next? ;)

here we are at my sister's wedding :) (I wonder if this was before or after I had cried all my eye makeup off? LOL)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

PhotoBucket meme

I found this on someone else's blog (duh no kidding) and thought I'd give it a try. And it was actually pretty fun. Try it -- you're tagged!


Here's how:
1. Go to photobucket.com .
2. Type in your answer for each question into the PhotoBucket search bar.
3. Only use the first two pages. Choose your favorite photo to represent your answer.
4. Copy the html and paste it here.
5. You can only answer in picture form.
6. Tag two more people to do it!



1. What is your name?
My Name
2. When is your birthday?
July
3. What kind of car do you want?
Chrysler 300
4. Where do you go to school? (well, I used to....)
PCC
5. What's your favorite season?
summer
6. What's your favorite type of shoe?

7. What's your status?
happily married
8. What's your favorite movie? (if you've seen it, you'll know what I mean!)
the notebook
9. What's your favorite song? (today anyways)
drops of jupiter
10. Favorite Disney Character?
Timon and Pumbaa
11.Favorite clothing line? (not a certain line necessarily, mainly just hoodies!)
my american eagle hoodie
12.Favorite vacation destination? (now that I don't live there, I miss PA so much!)
pennsylvania
13.Favorite dessert?
water ice
14.Favorite letter?
letter j
15.What are you most afraid of? (losing my mama to awful cancer)
breast cancer awareness
16. Favorite TV show?
I love gilmore girls
17. What annoys you most?
bad breath
18. What's your job?
NURSE
19. What's your favorite animal?
penguin

part two (finally)

Well, I kinda didn't get around to posting the second part of the story, for those who are sitting on the edge of their seats (and I know there are a LOT of you lol). :) Anyways, here we go.

After a few weeks of spending most all our time together, my mom and sister came to visit for Thanksgiving. While I was happy to see them, I didn't want to stop spending time with James, and therefore, I think I ignored them a little (OK, a lot!). Sorry, Mom and Jeanette! My mom asked me when we had started dating, and I said (probably a little too forcefully) "we are NOT dating!" :) Mothers know everything, don't they?

Shortly after Thanksgiving, I got really sick -- so sick that I had to go to the hospital for a little bit. After recovering from that, it was time for final exams, and since I had neglected my schoolwork most of the semester to spend time with a certain someone, I really needed to study! I still saw James every now and then, but the phone calls became less and less, and it appeared things were winding down. I didn't think anything about it honestly -- we were just friends, after all. After finals, it was time to go home for Christmas break. Before I left, I saw James and gave him a Christmas card and told him to email me and said I would see him when we got back in January. He told me later that he thought he would never see me again! This is a good lesson in how guys' and girls' minds work sooooo differently.

When I got home, I missed him soooo much. I realized he had become my best friend, the person I would tell everything to, and now that I was at home, I couldn't do that anymore. So we started emailing every day -- long, newsy emails about what was going on at home and what was happening in our families and at work. Then, when that wasn't enough, we started talking on the phone every now and then and just talked talked talked as we got to know each other better. We were becoming even closer friends, and I think (just maybe) I was starting to like him too. :) Time moved along, and I went on a trip to South Korea with my mom. I said I would email him when I got back, but when I got back, there was an email from him that said he had gone back to school early and I would have to call him there. So I did -- every day -- probably for 3 hours a day -- enough to make my mother flip out about phone bills! -- until I went back to school too a couple weeks later.

When I look back at this now, I have no idea how he could have thought that this relationship wasn't going anywhere or I didn't like him or whatever. I certainly wouldn't have spent my time emailing or talking on the phone for hours with someone I didn't care about. I looked him up as soon as I got back, and we fell back into our old groove of hanging out all the time, sometimes with our other friends. I was okay with this as a general rule -- this is what best friends do! I guess in the back of my head, I thought it seemed like we were dating -- I'm sure everyone else thought we were, and all our friends were certain we were!

So, fast forward a couple weeks to Valentine's Day 2003! We decided to eat breakfast together, even though I didn't have a class until 11am. I wore pink and red as per tradition and brought along a card I was going to give him. A funny-I'm-so-glad-you're-my-FRIEND card. Hehe, so I was a little surprised when I received a much more romantic card from James, more along the lines of girlfriend card. Surprised, but pleased nonetheless. He had written about how much he liked me and thought he was falling in love with me and could we please start dating officiallly? I was quiet for a minute (an eternity for James) and I think he thought I was going to say no. But how could I say no? I'm sure I was falling for him too, and he was my best friend. Of course I would love to date my best friend -- I have always wanted to be friends first before beginning anything romantic. So I said YES YES YES! He had to go to class, and I was supposed to go to the library to do some work. When I got to the library, all I did for two hours was read and reread and reread the card over and over and over again and blubbered and cried over the sweetness of it all. :) I had a boyfriend!

And for the very first time, I could see this going somewhere.....

Part three to follow....

Thursday, February 14, 2008

who has your heart?

Take my heart and help me feel
Take my faith and make it real
Take my eyes and help me see
All the love surrounding me.

Take my loss and take my gain,
Take my trials and take my pain,
Take my life and let it be
All that You would have for me.

Don't let me go --
Hold me close to where You are;
Don't let me go --
Take my heart, take ALL OF ME.

----Mark Lee

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

holidays

Well, I was going to write another chapter in the saga of our love story, but since the next part takes place on Valentine's Day, I think I'll wait until Thursday to write it.

This year, for our fifth Valentine's Day, I decided to get James a super-secret, super-cool, super-expensive gift! It is something I know he really wants, but I don't think he expects it at all b/c he probably doesn't think I would spend that much money on just one present. So I really hope it will be a surprise. And I'm too superstitious to say what it is on here -- just my luck, it would happen to be the week he decides to take a look at my blog (although I don't think he ever does).

Speaking of holidays, the Canadian government has decided to institute another statutory holiday -- as if we really needed another one. I don't mind another day when I get paid extra, but in Canada (land of weirdness), this means that everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, is closed. Grocery stores, a lot of gas stations, Walmart, malls, most restaurants, even convenience stores shut down. Maybe this is a good thing, this turning away from commericialism as a way to celebrate something (not sure what). But for now, I'm too steeped in convenience to recognize the virtues....

The new holiday is called Family Day, which I'm guessing means it's supposed to be a day that families spend together. Although since I can't find any information that confirms this, it might just be a cute name. It just happens to fall on the third Monday in February -- I'm sure it's just a COINCIDENCE that it falls on the same day as President's Day, a long-established US holiday that actually has a meaning (I think?). So I don't know what we will do to celebrate this illustrious holiday, although I have a feeling it might involve shoveling snow, our new daily chore. I'm pretty sure it has snowed every day in February so far, with no signs of letting up in the future. I don't know WHY I ever complained about living in Florida.....

Stay tuned later this week for installment two of our story......

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Valentine's is on the way...

Valentine's Day is one of the most special days of the year for me. Not b/c it's oooey gooey love day and I usually get flowers and chocolate -- although those things are nice. It is an anniversary of sorts for me, and this year will mark five years that my husband Jamie and I have been together as a couple. I can hardly believe that it's been that long/short, depending on what day you ask me! I do know that I am extremely thankful every day for the wonderful man God brought into my life more than five years ago. So I thought I would write a post telling a little about how we met and got together, for those who don't know (or can't remember :). And that photo above is a pic of us soon after we started dating, I think? We look like such kids....

Anyways, I first met James at Pensacola Christian College in the first semester of my sophomore year. Exactly the day and place I do not know. I hung out with a group of friends, and he started hanging out with us too, until I didn't remember the group without him -- hence the confusion about when he actually became part of our little circle. I was NOT looking for a relationship of any sort, isn't that the way it always works? :)

The first thing I remember about him was that he was always teasing me. He will tell you he remembers the exact moment that he first saw me, right down to what I was wearing. He may be making that up, but ah, it's still sweet. :) He seemed really easy to talk to, and I was having difficulty in a lot of my classes, so he became the person I unloaded on. Eventually, we started getting together more and more, sometimes still with our group and sometimes on our own. In October, all of us were talking about going to Fine Arts together -- fancy schmancy productions that the college put on and required us to attend, all while dressed extremely uncomfortably formally. I just assumed we would all go as an entourage, and my girlish heart was happy that James would be coming along too. He and I were talking about it one day, and then he asked me if maybe we could just go, him and me. I guess that was our first official date, the first of many formal events we attended together. Did I enjoy the events? Not overly, but I enjoyed the company I had very much, and soon the two of us were inseparable.

Although at the time, I saw us as merely becoming very good friends. James had other ideas, but I was either naive or chose to remain oblivious to the growing attraction between the two of us.

.....to be continued......

evening classes for men

Every once in a while, I'll get a forward in my inbox that is actually funny. Maybe even hilarious. This just happens to be one of them....

NEW EVENING CLASSES FOR MEN
ALL ARE WELCOME -- OPEN TO MEN ONLY

Note: due to the complexity and level of difficulty, each course will accept a maximum of eight participants. The course covers two days, and topics covered include:

DAY ONE

HOW TO FILL ICE CUBE TRAYS
Step by step guide with slide presentation

TOILET ROLLS -- DO THEY GROW ON THE HOLDERS?
Roundtable discussion

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAUNDRY BASKET AND FLOOR
Practicing with hamper (picture and graphics)

DISHES & SILVERWARE: DO THEY LEVITATE/FLY TO THE SINK OR DISHWASHER BY THEMSELVES?
Debate among a panel of experts

LEARNING HOW TO FIND THINGS
Starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming -- open forum

DAY TWO

EMPTY MILK CARTONS -- DO THEY BELONG IN THE FRIDGE OR IN THE BIN?
Group discussion and role play

HEALTHWATCH -- BRINGING HER FLOWERS IS NOT HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH
PowerPoint presentation

REAL MEN ASK FOR DIRECTIONS WHEN LOST
Real life testimonial from the one man who did

IS IT GENETICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO SIT QUIETLY WHILE SHE PARALLEL PARKS?
Driving simulation

LIVING WITH ADULTS -- BASIC DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR WIFE
Online class and role playing

HOW TO BE THE IDEAL SHOPPING COMPANION
Relaxation exercises, meditation and breathing techniques

REMEMBERING IMPORTANT DATES AND CALLING WHEN YOU WILL BE LATE
Bring your calendar or PDA to class

GETTING OVER IT -- LEARNING HOW TO LIVE WITH BEING WRONG ALL THE TIME
Individual counselors available

Sunday, February 3, 2008

I forgot....

....that I entered this contest and promised to post a link!!!!

So, if you want to join in and perhaps win a cute little package of V-Day stuff, CLICK HERE to find out how. :) :)

on new cars and piles of snow

We finally got a new car!! Well, I guess I should say new(er) car, but it is new to us, and I actually like it pretty well. :) Our old Saturn is still running, and it has about 6 months before it will be determined if it will die or keep going for another year or two. Many have made fun of the Saturn b/c it's really not a pretty car by any stretch of the imagination and it's kinda old. That being said, it has served us so well over the past four years -- survived quite a few Canadian winters and countless trips into the States. So, ugly or not, we are thankful for it!

About the new car -- it's a 2003 Volkswagen Golf GLS -- don't ask what GLS means, cuz I really don't know. :) I think it means it costs more money. Anyways, it's black and even a little bit cute. If you've ever thought the Golf is a tiny car, you should get in one. It's seriously roomy. And it doesn't hurt that it's loaded with pretty much every option in the book, my favorite being the butt-warming seats. :) That spoils me to no end, and I actually find myself being disappointed when I'm in someone else's car and my seat isn't getting warm. Ah, the luxuries of life.....

January has been quite the crazy month in terms of weather. The changes in temperature have been ridiculous at times, and I am amazed that I haven't gotten any colds from the drasticness of it all. And today is Groundhog Day, and I believe I heard that almost all the groundhogs predicted early spring. EXCEPT for THE groundhog Punxutawney Phil, whom I have come to believe in as Scripture -- he has said 6 more weeks of winter, and this saddens me. Although it does beg the question -- how could PP miss his shadow, it's only the size of Australia?!? :-D Joking aside, I think we definitely have a few more weeks of nasty wintery weather to contend with. I'm NOT enjoying the freezing temps, I'm NOT enjoying the snow that has been lying around for weeks, I'm NOT enjoying winter, darn it!

I love you, spring.....please come soon......