...i am a princess on the way to my throne...



Hmm. This morning I'm feeling odd, slightly displaced. It's kind of a Frodo-ish "gee-I-can-see-everyone-around-me-but-they-are-surrounded-by-swirly-smoky-things-and-someone-keeps-saying-"I SEE YOU-and-what-are-these-weird-looking-dudes-in-white-looking-at-me" kind of displaced.

Well. Moral of the story: never watch Fellowship of the Ring right before bed.

In more normal news, I spent the better part of yesterday cleaning my bathroom and bedroom like a crazed Molly Maid. I even tackled laundry and made out my master grocery list, which lists everything I want to keep in the house. I made divisions for Fridge/Dairy, Pantry, Produce, Pharmacy, Kid's Bathroom, Our Bathroom, Cleaning Supplies, Meats, Freezer and Miscelleneous. Once I got that finished, I went back and took off those things I have in the house, and -voila!- instant shopping list. Unfortunately, it's one whopper of a list, for I'm shopping for my Body-for-Life. *Lotsa* protein to buy, not to mention Myoplex shakes which are not cheap but great for weight-training. On a side note, I think I'm the only one this side of the Northern Hemisphere that actually likes the taste of these things, so I'm looking forward to getting them. Robert's not crazy about them, and complains that they leave a weird film in plastic cups, even after a thorough washing. He's right, they do, but I promised him I will use my own special Shake Cup just for those occassions.

Ah, compromise...it's a wonderful thing, yes?

This morning I was delighted to find that I can indeed still purchase V'tae's Lemon Rose, a scent they discontinued and replaced it with Cucumber Rose. Ew. I discovered the Lemon Rose a couple of years back, and instantly fell in love with it. The rose note in the fragrance keeps the lemon from smelling too sour, and the lemon keeps the rose from smelling too sweet. It's a wonderful everyday scent, and since we all know what a scent junkie I am I was very happy to find it on Amazon.com. I ordered the perfume and the body lotion at insanely cheap prices, and now I don't have to hoard my very last few drops of lotion I still have left. I'm nearly at the bottom of the bottle, and I have not been looking forward to the day when it's all gone. And now I don't have to! Yay me!

I worked a bit on my purple faery last night. I've been telling myself for ages that I would draw a blonde faery in purple in honor of Fudgey, who loves faeries but is a bit distressed that so many of them seem to be brunettes. She's turning out kind of cute; nothing dramatic, just a simple pose, velvety clothing, and bold pink-and-purple wings. Pretty much my staples, I suppose. I should be done with her in a few days and I'll upload her to my deviantART gallery once she's finished.

Tonight: knitting and stitching! And maybe some more LOTR...

Daily Chore List:
1) Declutter desk

2) Bills

3) help David Timothy with homework

4) find new doctor for Robert

5) Laundry: wash/fold/put away

6) List blogs alphabetically


A Whilrwind of a Weekend 

Whew! What a weekend!

This weekend saw me at a 2 year old's birthday party, Praising Hands puppet team rehearsal, playing with a new dyrer (gently used, but new to me), rehersal rehersal rehersal for my solo Sunday morning, performing said solo at church Sunday morning, and an International Day dinner that Sunday evening. Needless to say, my house is a wreak because it was so neglected, but I'm taking my own sweet time today cleaning it up. After I pick David up from school I'm ordering us pizza for lunch, and then I'll kick it into high gear!

The song I did Sunday morning for our International Day was "Go Light Your World" by Kathy Troccoli. I had to sing it in a higher key, for there was no way my soprano was going to make it through that alto song. I tried to sing it in the original key, for I think that is where the song sounds its best, but after the first try my throat was starting to hurt and I was resisting the urge to cough up a lung. So, the higher key it was. I had the idea of having a power point presentation presented as I sang, so I found a ton of pictures from all over the internet and gave them to a friend of mine, who compiled the whole thing into an absolutely fabulous presentation. She put the pictures together in a way that would reflect the lyrics of the song, and included the lyrics in the power point so people could 'see' what I was singing. She did a marvelous job, and I was honored to be part of it. If you have never heard the song, you can find a sample of it here. It's truly heartwarming.

After service, my pastor asked me again if I had talked to Marvin (our associate pastor who has a street music ministry, as well as his own home recording studio) about recording an album. I said I had not yet, but I would. It's always been a dream of mine of make a Christmas CD as well as a CD of traditional hymns, but I just feel funny about talking to someone about it. After all, it would be taking their time and their efforts to make it happen, and I just don't have the confidence to go forth and persue it. I'll do it, but I'm still getting up the nerve.

It's funny, but I'm the same way with my artwork. It's awesome to share it with others, and even try to make a little money selling prints, but I'm oddly unforthcoming about it in the art community. I have my deviantART gallery, and my one-day-to-be-released web site, but right now I'm happy with that. Maybe later I'll get bossy about it, but right now I'm content with things to be as they are.

And now...a meme! Tagged by Mary!

What were you doing 10 years ago?
Starting a new job at Tattersall's bookstore.

What were you doing 1 year ago?
I began painting again.

Five snacks you enjoy (in no particular order, as all snacks are created equal):
1. white Mexican cheese dip
2. Outback's cheese fries
3. fat-free hot chocolate
4. Myoplex protein shakes
5. Taco Bell's bean burrito, with extra cheese, sour cream, and no onions!

Five songs to which you KNOW all the lyrics:
1. Aloha Oe'
2. Any song by ABBA
3. Into the West by Annie Lenox
4. Go Light Your World by Kathy Troccoli (duh!)
5. Only A Whisper by Yanni (the lyric version, obviously)

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. give a whopping offering to my church (I already tithe, so that is an assumption)
2. move into a house with a fireplace and finished basement
3. buy another minivan
4. set up a college fund for my children
5. set up a retirement fund for us

Five bad habits:
1. worry too much
2. undisciplined
3. spend too much money
4. insecure
5. moody

Five things you like doing:
1. cross stitching
2. reading
3. knitting
4. artwork
5. designing

Five things you would never wear, buy, or get again:
1. tight-fitting hoochie clothes
2. colored contacts (thank goodness I survived *that* phase!)
3. mumus
4. universal remote control
5. a tattoo

Five favorite toys:
1. computer
2. my AIWA stereo
3. needle threader
4. Thread Heaven!
5. Prismacolor markers

I spy with my little eye:


TAG! You're it!


Food For Thought 

I'm sitting here after stuffing my face with Krispy Kreme donoughts (I'll get back to Body-For-Life on Monday, I swear) and thinking deep thoughts, such as:

1) Does anybody else think Tilda Swinton (the White Witch in Narnia) looks like Galadriel's super-freaky evil twin sister? It didn't ruin the movie for me because she was so fantastically good, but I would have prefered her to at least been a brunette; it might have diluted the "evil elf-twin" thing.

2) Why on earth Wolverine didn't dump the bland Jean Gray and run off with the incredibly exotic Storm never ceases to amaze me (although I thought Iman would have made a faaaaaaaaaaaaaaar better Storm than Halle Berry).

3) Coffee...where in the name of all that is holy and good did I put my coffee???

Ah, such deepness in the early hours of the day; scary.


Memememy meme memememy meme... 

Seems for me it's the week of memes! I must admit, I'm enjoying them tremendously. I find that I can delve more into someone's personality after reading memes than I can after a month of blog reading. Some memes are very revealing.

I've been delightfully tagged by Mary to disclose Five Weird Things About Myself. Hmmm, let's see...

1) Despite my outgoing personality, I'm painfully shy.

2) I think pale pink and black accented with heather gray is the perfect color combonation.

3) I leave twinkle lights up all year round.

4) I love the scent of lemon and spearmint together.

5) Sometimes working on my art hurts; not the physical process, but the inner.

Well, not all of that is necessarily weird, but some of it's pretty soul-bearing.

Here's another meme that's been circulating the blog scene, and since I'm the last blogger on the face of the earth to finally get around to it, I figure I might as well give it a whirl.

Four movies you would watch over and over:
LOTR Trilogy
Bride and Prejudice (nope, that's not a typo!)
Finding Nemo
Toy Story

Four places you have lived:
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Kingston-Upon-Thames, England
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Aurora, Colorado

Four TV shows you love to watch:
I Love Lucy (my all-time favorite)
The Brady Bunch

Four places you have been on vacation:

Four websites you visit daily: (or as much as I can. List is subject to change on a daily basis)
Heaven and Earth Designs BB
The Wagon BB
Blatanly We
The Blogosphere!

Four of your favorite foods:
Mexican white cheese dip (sans jalepenos)
Almond Joy
Steak and potatoes!

Four places you would rather be right now:
Hawaii (did I mention Hawaii?)

If you haven't done this meme and you want to, feel free to be tagged!:)


Coffee and Cute Memes 

I am about to get the biggest mug of coffee this side of the Mississippi. I will not only drink it, I will inhale it, the fastest way I can. By osmosis, if possible. The only other person I know who even might begin to appreciate this is Rosemary, who seems to be as insanely obsessive towards La Java as myself. More power to you, Rose; this mug's for you.

Yesterday? Blech. Moving on...

I just had a blast commenting on Kirsten's meme, and since she claims everyone who participated has been tagged, here is a direct quote of what we taggies are meant to do:

"If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often (or ever, for that matter), please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL MEMORY OF YOU AND ME.

It can be anything you want--good or bad--BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

And now you can consider yourself tagged, so go post this meme on your blog

So, what are you waiting for? Fire away!

BTW, if someone can send me a link to the current Stitching Question I would appreciate it. I don't know if it's really difficult to find or if I'm just easily confused, but I can't find it. :x


Just For Fun 

Saw this quiz on a night owl's blog and decided to give it a whirl. The results:

Your Japanese name should be


which means


You can be compared

with autumn, the way the autumn weather

changes, is how your feelings change. You

have these mood swings you can't control; one

moment you're happy, the next you're feeling

almost depressed. You're probably sensitive

and creative.

Which Japanese name fits you best? [females, 9 results + absolutely stunning ANIME pictures!]
brought to you by Quizilla

Hm, I'm autumn...whose surprised here?


Requiem for Appliances 

I now give a pause of silence in memory of my computer.


There. It's done. We are now a one computer household, with mine finally biting the bullet yesterday. It had been behaving weirdly for the past month or so, and we thought it was one issue when it turned out to be something else. Either way, it's gone buh-bye and now I'm flying co-pilot with my hubby, so computer time will be seriously limited to the daytime.

Along with the death of one computer, we've also had a toilet replaced and a dryer go out on us. My Dad put in a new toilet (the old one was leaking underneath the floorboard and rotting the floor out. Fun) and last night the dryer, while still working, decided not to heat, so the clothes were still wet. This morning my tiny laundry area looks like an Amish backyard, with wet clothes hanging to dry. I don't have a line outside to hang them on, but I think I'm going to have Robert rig one until we can (A) afford a new dryer, or (B) figure out how to replace the heating coil (or whatever it's called). Hey, Val, ever fixed a dryer? If you have, your expertise is now sorely needed!

Normally something as dismal as appliances dying all around me would have me feeling depressed and tired, but aside from the tired part I'm feeling pretty good about things. David and Jessi have been a bit of a handful lately, and I'm doing the best I can. I think the weather is playing a keen part in their restlesness. Being Georgia, the weather can't decide to be Spring or Winter, so it can be warm one day and freezing the next. The past few days have been nothing short of drizzly and yuck, so aside from a little mud-tracking they have had to stay indoors.

Saturday was one of the best days I've had this month. Cindy hosted a Get Together, and my mother (who stitches too) and I went. Needless to say, there was more eating and gabbing going on than stitching, and it was a blast. Those who attended were Cindy (our hostess), Valerie, Cris, Ginny (Val, don't forget to send my the link to Ginny's blog!), Angela, Becky, Erin, and Pat. Val presented me with a gift she and Cris got at last year's CATS, and Cindy graced me with a stunning scissors fob of aqua and turqouise beads complete with a mermaid and dolphin charm (for those new readers, I am simply *crazed* over dolphins). Val even introduced me to Prinncess the pink dolphin, an adorable stuffed dolphin belonging to and named for me by her son Phoenix. Unfortunately Mom and I had to leave before Ginny's beautiful fobs arrived, or I would have left with at least three new fobs in my stash. It was a lot of fun, and I miss them already. And Kirsten, who was not able to attend as she thought, was *sorely* missed. We all missed you, honey! Know you are loved!:)

Stitching-wise, I'm revamping a couple of projects. I'm still working on Frost Bearer, and I'm restarting Fantasy Triptych. I was stitching it on 28 ct evenweave, but truthfully I didn't realize how big this piece really is so I'm restarting it on 32 ct evenweave. I'm using Amsterdam blue, which is working wonderfully with the bold autumn colors of the floss (I'm doing a Rivendell conversion). I've even found ways to add sparklies to the trees, so I think it's going to look really gorgeous when I'm finished.

Last week I started Body-for-Life again. South Beach Diet got me up to Christmas, when I crashed and burned through New Year's. Now I'm back on what worked for me before, but I'm taking things a bit more sensibly this time. I'm excercising and eating right, but I'm not in a "hurry" to lose the weight. It will happens when my body allows it to happen. I've lost 5 pounds, but while I know it's probably water weight already my shirts feel not-so-tight in the tummy. Of course, when you have 80 pounds to lose any little bit helps. Pray for me!:)

Well, I'm off to look at making an Eowyn Challenge bulletin board. I may not get it finished today, but I'll let you all know when it's done.


She's Alive!! 

I'm still here, going strong...just really really busy.

I've been working on some designs for Jo, as well as enjoying my family over the holidays. I've been stitching a little as well, and having a good time. In truth, I've been enjoying life. I've had a couple of clunkers happen (one being a little bout of sickness I had to deal with), but some of the things actually turned out to be for my benefit. I've also been working on a few New Year's resolutions that I made in the middle of December, and while not perfect I'm making marked improvements in those areas.

So...I'm going to get through the next week to finish up some loose ends, and then I'll be back to blogging and posting on Les Boards as normal. I'm even hoping to get some new art pieces flushed out on paper; I've come across some wonderful ideas that would work great for my Women of the Bible series. Nope, I haven't given up on that dream!).

Have a wonderful day!

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