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Word of the Year

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Some of the blogs that I read are committing themselves to a word this year. This word is meant to improve the bloggers life over the period of a year. I have thought about this concept a lot since the first and this morning I think God showed me what my word is. As I listened to The Message, a radio station on Sirius XM, on my way home from work today, He confirmed it for me. As I was thinking about my word of the year, a new song by Rascal Flatts came on the Christian radio station. For those readers out there who do not know who Rascal Flatts is, the band is typically a country band, so it was a very unusual song for me to see on the display.

For the past year or so, I have been unhappy with my career. I had randomly applied for jobs at many companies since December 2011. I have been emotional about my job with my current employer and the amount of stress I go through on a continuous basis. I was determined to find another job. Finally, in October, I get a call from MD Anderson. They have seen my resume, and they would like to interview me. Would I prefer to interview for the evening shift or the night shift? I interview for the evening position first. Let’s just say that it went less than stellar… in fact, God made sure that I was less than stellar. But really, it was ok: I had not been on an interview in 4 years, what was I supposed to expect, perfection?

As it would happen, after the evening interview, I ran one of the 8 interviewers in the lobby, joked around with him for a minute, got directions and left. This guy was the first one to contact me about interviewing at MD Anderson, and called me back for my second interview with the night crew at the end of November. At the night interview, I got along well, made some jokes with the interviewers, and was told it would be mid-December before I knew anything. Two days later, while I am at lunch I receive a phone call, offering me the position! I was floored, but God knew what he was doing and he had been guiding my path long before I knew it.

My first day will be on Monday. The first Monday of the new year. I am nervous, excited, and hopeful. This is where God has brought me. And that is why my word of 2013 will be CHANGE. I believe this year will be about change for me, big and small. The name of the song by Rascal Flatts? Changed.

Backyard

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Travis and I have talked about adding a covered porch to the back yard since we bought the house. Our backyard has a northern exposure, which means that there is sun in our backyard almost all day during the summer. The following picture was taken from the corner of our yard on April 30, 2009 (when we first fell in love with the house). As you can see, it is a very sunny area with little to no cover. Without cover, it is hard to grill or be outside (especially in the rain) – we have done it, but it is hard.

backyard

 So with Travis’ connections, we started building our new patio on December 18, 2012. Day one work was setting the foundation for the support posts (digging the holes, leveling the posts, pouring the concrete). Day two work involved placing the headers at the top of the post for support of the roof. This picture was taken about midday on day 2, please ignore the mildew on the back of the house, it will be powerwashed by the end of the project.

Patio-Day-2

By the end of day 2, the roof supports (trusses) went up and the siding came down. You can see the blue insulation exposed on the back of the house, as well as part of  the window siding is gone. Part of the upstairs window will be covered by the trusses, unfortunately, but not alot.

patio-day-2-final

Day 3 started with a torrential downpour in the early morning hours, so T went to get a bleach spraying system to avoid any potential mold issues and the guys sprayed the affected areas – I came home to a bleachy smelling house, but definitely better than mold. Then the guys finished up the framing of the roof and added the roof decking (plywood) to prepare the roof for shingles.

Patio-Day-3

And that is where we are starting on day 4.

Happy New Year… and another cooking experiment!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

I hope that as we reflect on 2010 we can recognize the blessings that God has placed in our lives. T and I have much to be thankful for: a new healthy family member (H.R. our youngest nephew), our jobs, our health, a roof over our head, and much, much more. We have been truly blessed. We also have many friends that have new additions to their families – and we hope and pray for these new additions to grow to be strong and healthy.

Our meal last night was absolutely delish! I had intended  to make Barbecue Ribs, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Turnip Greens. The turnip greens were left by the wayside due to an unforeseen cooking experiment (which will not be pictured here today) also known as Beer Cheese Soup. Unfortunately, I needed chicken broth for the turnip greens, and I had previously used my last can of chicken broth for the Beer Cheese Soup earlier yesterday afternoon at the bequest of T. (more…)

Thanksgiving Invitations

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Due to certain “remodeling” projects that my sister-in-law has undertaken at my brother’s house, I will be hosting Thanksgiving this year. Last year, certain relatives felt that plans were up-in-the-air because there was no formal invitation issued. To stave off problems this year, I decided to go ahead and make up some invitations to Thanksgiving for all of my family.

The invitations were inspired by a sketch over at OWH Stars and Stamps blog. The background was from an All-Seasons paper pack that I picked up at HobbyLobby. I designed the lattice work in CorelDraw (it was based-off of a Martha Stewart Punch I saw online) and cut it with my Cricut and SCAL. The ribbon threader was also designed for and cut by my Cricut. The “ribbon” itself is fabric edging given to me by my grandmother who was attempting to clean out some of her craft room. Finally, the turkey sticker was originally a piece of clipart from an old ART EXPLOSION! CD. One day I will post a how-did-I-do-that on here… but not today.

The lattice is available HERE

The ribbon threader is available HERE

Thanks Mom!

Friday, May 7th, 2010

So most people in the USA know that Sunday May 9th is Mother’s Day, I hope… if not, now you do! I have once again been tinkering with the Cricut and SCAL to create a Card/Wordbook for my mom and MIL. This is as far as I have gotten; as you can see, the inside is blank. I have plans to add pictures and more “words” today or tomorrow. I hope you like it!