Friday, December 28, 2007

whenever i add someone new to the blogroll, i like to make a post, so people who read here regularly (both of you) can check them out.

so say hello to The Book Lady! she was on my blogroll, and randomly disappeared from the internets.

check her out when you get a chance!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas.

I hope your day has been and will be a joyful one, surrounded by loved ones.

I appreciate you reading, and am glad to have the chance to get to know you. :)

Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 21, 2007
Footwear Friday!

Welcome to Footwear Friday! the pre-Christmas edition.

this week, we have a pair of (gasp!) closed-toe shoes! these are rare in my closet. i love to show off my toes.

i love the square toe; could live without the buckle. and you can see in the below shot that they hit the widest part of my foot funny; but really, they are the best brown pumps i've got. and in the winter -- that's important. you just can't traipse around with open-toed shoes in the snow. and we've got lots of it right now, folks.
and finally, the side angle:

that's all i've got for today, my friends. i'll see you again soon!

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a quote for today:

"You know, sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left." -- Itzhak Perlman.

if you're intersted in reading the story behind this quote, go here.

i'm thinking a lot lately about how much i can do with what i have left -- the person i am and the capabilities i have with these migraines. how does this quote apply to you?

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Thursday, December 20, 2007
CD review

I think I read about this on Shannon's site. I could be wrong. There was an opportunity to receive and review a Michael W. Smith Christmas CD. My blog had the required number of visitors.

So I emailed the record company, but I figured I had been too late. Because they only had 150 CDs to give away. So how surprised was I when I opened a large envelope in the mail a few days later?!

This is my first review; my husband says I've hit the big time now, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case. I'll let you know if I ever do hit the big time. You all will be the first to know.

So the CD is by Michael W. Smith, and it's his new Christmas CD, called 'It's a Wonderful Christmas' (not to be confused w/the movie....It's a Wonderful Life.)

I should tell you that I am not a big Christian music listener. I have heard Michael W. Smith before, but don't own any of his other CDs. This CD appealed to me a great deal -- the tracks alternate between instrumental and tracks w/vocals. I love that, but it could be disappointing to someone who adored Smith's voice and bought the CD for his singing. I hope not; the instrumental tracks are really well done, and give some down time to process the lyrics. There are some arrangements of old standard Christmas carols, and there are even more new songs written about the birth of our Savior and God's love for us.

After a few listens, I can see that some of the tracks emerge as favorites, and I can see myself listening to this CD throughout the year. I will most definitely enjoy listening to it many Christmases to come. This would be a great hostess present, or gift for someone you attend church with. The songs are well-written, and I find myself humming the tunes and thinking of the words.

My favorite track would have to be 'Christmas Day' featuring Mandisa. to check out a few of the tracks on this CD, click on the square button ------> over there. Let me know what you think!

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Friday, December 14, 2007
Footwear Friday....on Tuesday!

Well, i am certainly not the best person to (try and) do a weekly series. i can't remember what i ate for breakfast people. but i do love talking about shoes, so we go onward and upward. :)

here we have a pair of shoes i bought at an outlet mall (or possibly DSW) in maine, the summer i was a camp counselor and lifeguard there -- 2001.

one thing i DON'T like about these shoes is that since they're covered by fabric, they scuff easily and my feet leave a mark where they've been. kind of yucky.

but as far as platform shoes go, i love these; they were made by Nine West, and they are super comfy.

and here's the top view:
and on to the side view: (as an aside, have you ever considered the contortions you'd have to do in order to take a picture of the side of your foot, including the shoe? it's strange)

so here you can see that it's about an inch platform at the base, going up to maybe 3 inches. comfortable.

spencer and i had dinner with a college friend of mine (from OU) -- it was great to see him again and meet his wife. and spencer was glad to meet an old friend of mine who wasn't an ex-boyfriend. everyone wins! we had mexican food downtown.

ONE WEEK till Christmas everybody! hope your shopping is nearly finished!

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

a great list of gift ideas for the chronically ill can be found here: lots of good thoughts! check it out!

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Saturday, December 08, 2007
an update on me and a question for you

i'm ripping off a question from my friend Kimberlie: what one beauty product can you not live without? could be makeup, could be hair product......lotion, even.

i'm dying to know.

for me, it's a tie. i wear makeup nearly everyday, but almost always just eye makeup. so i can't live without my lash curler and mascara.

now on to other business.

let me tell you about my latest homeopathic .....diagnosis.

first, let me praise sugar and flour and milk, because i am OFF THE DIET!!! hooray for eating (almost) anything i want!! no reading labels, no passing up on delicious looking desserts. hooray for being able to eat candy for christmas!!

so that obviously didn't help, which is why it's over. i went to see a homeopathic chiropractor, recommended by my homeopathic doctor for his diagnostic capabilities. and i have to was interesting. i'm still not sure i really *believe* that his methods work, or are ...real. HOWEVER, i am withholding judgment until the treatments have a chance to work. if they're going to help, it will be within the next 2 weeks.

if you're interested in the diagnostic methods he used, read this - obviously a skeptic, and then this, from the International College of Applied Kinesiology. i'm not going to go into it anymore than that.

but anywho, after spending an hour with me, we did a few chiropractic adjustments, and he developed 3 diagnoses that he says are contributing to my migraines.

1 - mercury poisoning. from my fillings. and i later thought of the fact that i did get 8 or 10 (i know) fillings the summer my migraines started getting more and more frequent.... i didn't tell him that though.
2 - virus in my brain stem. would not have been detected in the spinal tap.
3 - my body doesn't make enough neurotransmitters.

and so there are homeopathic pills and capsules and such for these things, which we went ahead with buying -- i don't plan to invest any more $$ in this area if this doesn't help.

i *am* still looking for a recommendation for an acupuncturist. i think that area has some possibilities.

that's my update, folks! don't forget, tell me about your favorite beauty product in comments!

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

the second and last (?) edition of 5 and 6 year old photos. these were taken by my nephew E and niece T on thanksgiving.

first, let's start with one of grandma's plants. african violets. :)

and then, grandpa's piano. a pretty decent picture.

here we go, can't go wrong with a picture of your aunt's socks.

the main reason this picture is hilarious to me is because i didn't realize they had taken it.

i've looked at this for quite a while, and cannot for the life of me figure out what it is. they had to stay in the room w/me while they were taking pictures (b/c it was my camera), but i can't think of anything in there that looks at all like this. edge? muum?

and now for this picture. there were actually a whole slew of them, because while E was taking pictures, T (on the left-hand side of the frame here) dropped leaves from above the camera. she'd say 1-2-3 --- go! take the picture! somehow, they never got it right. once, E actually jumped up while taking the picture, trying to get! it! right!

so funny.

and lastly, a picture of my honey, a little hairier than we usually see him.

that wraps it up :)

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Sunday, December 02, 2007
in other news...

spencer says that picture of me looks weird. so, in case you thought it was.... a LIKEness of me, don't be deceived. apparently it does not.

and now, onto the main event! pictures! taken by my niece and nephew E and T!!

an unfortunate number look like this:
or this:
and seriously, i can't hate. i've taken (quite) a few in my day that look like that, and i'm old enough to do better. supposedly.

and now, a self-portrait.
i know it looks like he's in pain, but there are only two explanations i can think of for that:
1 - the flash is going off in his face. or
2 - he is actually squishing his face against the lens.

the world may never know.

of course there are a lot of pictures like this, with one or two heads cut off --

and before anyone asks about the red thing on my neck, let me just say that it is not a hickey - i actually have weirdly sensitive skin on my neck and chest, and for some reason after you touch it, it turns bright pink. but cute shirt, right?

and here we have a picture OF a picture. the mind boggles.
and here it looks like he's gotten the hang of the picture taking; the whole head in the photo. bravo!

spoke too soon.
and just for good measure, shouldn't we have one more self-portrait? i think so.
and for this picture, i have no words.
takin' a picture of mom's boots.

and we'll end with this one.

besides the red cast, it's really a pretty good picture, don't you think? i actually have no idea how she got it to look like this.
well friends, more soon.

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I'm 25 - married, and recently graduated from Brigham Young University, studying music; I play piano. My husband is just starting his PhD program at the University of Utah in computer architecture.



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