Just because I'm crazy doesn't mean I'm wrong.

To Be PHAT or Fat?

Today's blog is by my friend, Angela. Angela is very different from me and she challenges my views on things in a loving way. You always know where you stand with Ang, and I LOVE that about her. She has been a good friend to me. She also served in the youth ministry for several years. She has recently gone back to school and somehow manages a 4.0 and a family. She is Superwoman. She shared with me some thoughts on confidence and I asked her if I could post this on my blog. I hope it encourages [...]

What's Your Drink?

I got a latte from Starbucks the other day. I was asked by a co-worker how much it cost. My response, "Half a days wages!" It's true you know, coffee especially from the sacred St. Arbuckles is ridiculous. It's just a beverage brewed from roasted beans, sometimes, milk, foam and perhaps lightly dusted with cinnamon. But I don't care, I would still rather get the warm comfort from the mermaid cup, than the sludge from the coffee maker. It completes my mornings, especially when I have to go into work. Don't judge me. I'm sure you have your vice. How much [...]

Two New Videos!

Time After Time is an 80's classic. I have a lot of memories of listening to Cyndi Lauper's album She's So Unusual as a kid. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0gEsl2CGTg] Also, Alicia Keys is amazing. I love this song. Love the John Mayer-esq flavor my dear Alex brought to it on guitar. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqCgnVMhYic] Thanks for watching and for your support, friends!

Fantasy Football: Girl Power

I have to admit that I am not in the least bit athletic, nor am I terribly interested in sports but in my house growing up, we were football people. More specifically, we are 49er fans. I loved hanging out with my fam, watching the game, having Super Bowl parties - all of it. I guess I am into it for the social aspect. I remember the first year my husband played Fantasy Football. We'd rush home from church to catch the game, and we'd park ourselves on the couch Monday nights. I would start to ask, "Why [...]

Crocs by Barbi

Today's post is written by my cousin, Barbi. When you read this, you will understand why we make each other laugh. Sarcasm runs deep in my family. Enjoy! I haven't any words that quite express my disgust for the abominations known as "Crocs". When I see children in them, I want to slap their mothers. When I see men in them, my soul screams, "WHY?!?!"  When I see women in them, I think to myself, "Why don't you just throw on a pair of pajamajeans and a dirty t-shirt and call it a day?" I mean, are we [...]

Garage Sale Tales

My husband and I are losing our home to foreclosure after a 2 year battle with the bank, and are downsizing. (You can read all about it here. My husband put it into words much better than I ever could have.) I decided last Thursday afternoon to have a garage sale. I swore I'd never do this in my adult life after watching my mother get haggled to death when I was a child. Exasperated, my mother yelled at a neighbor returning for a 5th time to "GO AWAY!" and "DON'T COME BACK!" I should add that this person was offering my [...]

How To Act Right In Public

THIS IS A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! There we were, date night in an empty movie theater. It doesn't get much better than that. Not because I want to try any monkey business (so get your minds out of the gutter!), but other people have a bad habit of ruining movies for me. CASE & POINT Without fail, folks entering said empty theater and plopped down RIGHT NEXT TO us. Why does this happen?! Last week, had I not had my purse occupying the seat next to me, this lady would have sat there for sure, or maybe even on my [...]

Inappropriate Laughter: Church Giggles

As I sat in church, some movement caught my eye. Someone was picking their nose. I quickly looked down, but this isn't the kind of thing you can un-see. I took a deep breath, looked up, exhaled and resumed listening to the sermon. Other people began noticing. I watched them look on in horror. My shoulders began to bounce. After a few minutes, it quickly lost its amusement and turned gross. I gagged. Then laughed at myself for gagging. I gag-laughed. I snorted. My husband encouraged me to pull myself together in the form of a hand squeezing my knee. I am ridiculously ticklish. I [...]

Mixing Friends

"Girls Night Out!", your heart exclaims when you realize you have the first open Saturday night in months. You've been promising and putting off lady dates with your besties, waiting for a free moment for some girl time. You want to maximize this all too brief window of time. Oooh. A dinner out? Thai food, you say? Yes! You feverishly whip up an evite to three lucky friends. As you click "send" you have no idea you have just detonated the bomb of your impending doom. Tick, tick. Angie and Sally are good friends. Ellen is an outsider, but EVERYONE likes Ellen! I [...]

You Call That a Hug?

People in the South sure know how to hug. In our eleven years there, I don’t think there was a single time I went to church when I wasn’t wrapped up in a big ole bear hug and squeezed tight. Heck, sometimes I even got kissed. Unfortunately, right around the time I learned to enthusiastically throw myself into gigantic hugs, my husband and I moved back to the Pacific Northwest. And boy, do people here love their personal space. Especially the church folk. Especially the male church folk. There needs to be some kind of brochure or handbook, when you [...]