Interview

Heather over at Heather’s Hodgepodge graciously gave me an excuse to blog by agreeing to interview me. Read an interview with Heather over at her site! THANK YOU HEATHER!

1) You have held a variety of jobs – which job has been your favorite, and why? What would you consider your dream job?
I have definitely held a variety of jobs! Food service (Zaxby’s-twice), secretarial (attorney’s office), receptionist (vet’s office), dental (hyg. assistant), retail (Belk and Christian bookstore), and house cleaning. My favorite by far is food service, low responsibility, and alot of interaction with people.

2) How did your love for cats come about? I got my first cat for my 5th birthday, an orange and white girl that I named Peaches. She was wrapped in a fan box- you know, one of those little oscillating fans. I got to keep her for just a short while before we moved from Oklahoma to Georgia, but I was hooked from then on. Shortly after moving to Georgia, we got two kittens from my aunt and uncle, who had more kittens and the line kept going for many a generation. At one time I had 22 outdoor cats while we lived on the farm (I was around 12)

3) Of the many books that you enjoy, what book would you most like to live in, and why? Well, it’s a toss up between being a Narnian or being a detective in a mystery novel or something of the sort.

4) Your house’s style is constantly evolving. What are your sources for inspiration when it comes to decorating? It used to come from the Perry Salvation Army before it closed about 2 years ago :(. And then I gathered a lot of ideas from HGTV. Now that I have neither of those magnificent sources and am much busier than I used to be, my inspiration so to speak has run dry for the time being, though I am excited about painting my kitchen peacock green in the near future!

5) Describe your ideal vacation. Hmm. I really enjoy camping with friends. I think my favorite vacation thus far was when about 15 of us went to High Falls (or was it Indian Springs?) a few years back. Community meals and sitting around the fire singing and roasting marshmallows with good friends is definitely my idea of a good time. I would also love to visit Greece and Italy because of all of the ancient history there.

If anyone of you would like me to interview you, please e-mail me or leave me a comment below. I’ll look over your blog and then send you 5 questions for you to answer!

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You Own My Dream Car

I am coming up on the 10th year anniversary of owning my car, and in “honor” of that occasion, I am giving you a list of the depreciation that has occurred over those 10 years. (I am really hoping that God reads my blog, and either bestows a newer car upon me free of charge, or magically spiffs up my old one. Either one’s fine with me.) If any of you are unhappy with your current mode of transportation, allow me to make you appreciate your vehicle as it should be appreciated.

My car:

-1990 Toyota Corolla (I bought it used in April of 1999 with 34k miles on it, now has 140,661)

-No air conditioning (for 3-4 years now)

-No fan to blow heat or air even if the air compressor would cool air. (for the last 2-3 years)

-Vents are all messed up, some of them won’t open all the way, some of them won’t close.

-Windshield wiper fluid bottle broke off.

-Broken drink holders.

-Driver side window wouldn’t roll up all the way, and now the handle is completely broken off.

-Passenger side window handle is broken.

-Hood prop broken off completely, have to manually prop it open now.

-The ceiling fabric has come completely unglued and is only attached around the edges.

-Interior light is now useless because the fabric falls below it and blocks all of the light.

-Cracked dashboard.

-Big dent on driver side door (in addition to numerous other scratches and dents all over).

-Brake light casing broken.

-Handle on glove box is gone.

-Passenger side black rubber detail stripe came off (just on the front door).

-Passenger side inside door handle was broken,  but Josh fixed that a while back.

Now, it still runs- but thanks only to the fact that I have replaced both the engine and the transmission within the last 5 years.

Don’t get me wrong, I really love my car. And at least I do have one! I just thought I could bring a bit of thanksgiving into your life, kinda like when you see that mangled person at Wal-mart and you remember to thank God for giving you a nice face and all of your limbs.

stuff I read/heard yesterday that brightened my day (not)

1. John Smoltz is signing a $5 million contract (with a possible $5 mil more in bonuses) with the Boston Red Sox after 20 years with the Atlanta Braves. Sad. But I sort of understand wanting to be on a pretty good team one last time.
2. Inauguration day. Is. A. School. Holiday. This. Year. What. The. Bloody. Heck.
3. The porn industry is struggling because of the “recession” too! Larry Flynt asking for a $5 billion bailout. I’m hoping this is a joke, but at least it looks like they are getting less paying business.

Miracle on 34th backstage

Well, the Macbook is home so I will be posting regularly again! Yay! Here are just a few pictures from Miracle on 34th. I will probably post more later as I get them.

Updates

I hate it when people go weeks without posting, especially when it’s me. I wanted to do a post about some things that have happened since I last wrote.

First of all, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We decided to eat at my house this year since we have more room than mom and dad (and we have a dishwasher!!), and we thought we were going to have 19 people eating this year. We actually ended up with 23 because 3 of my cousins from Atlanta and a friend of theirs decided Wednesday night that they were coming too! It went off without a hitch, the food was great as usual (thanks to mom).

Robyn, Renee, Aunt Carol (mom’s sister) and I left at 4:30am to go shopping on Black Friday. Mom and Granny usually go, but mom stayed back with Granny this year and they caught up with us at O’Charley’s for lunch and some of us stayed in WR and shopped until 4 that afternoon. Robyn and I were wrapping presents later in the evening and while we were wrapping, my granny suddenly started feeling really tired and weak. To make a long story short, she passed out at the dining room table and we called 911 (at first we thought she’d either had a stroke or died!) The ambulance took her to the hospital where they determined that she has an irregular heart beat and that’s probably what caused it. They got home around 1am and my aunt took her home to S.C. the next day. She’s seen her Dr about it and they are trying to decide what to do for her. We are SO thankful that it was not something serious!

Josh and I are in Miracle on 34th St (along with Steve and Jill) at Perry Players, which opens tonight. Until a couple days before Thanksgiving, we had a Santa that looked totally authentic, fat with a real white beard and twinkling eyes and everything… and then they discovered he has an ulcer and his doctors said the play would be too much stress on him. So we ended up with a 35 year old Santa with a fake white beard and belly padding. He really is doing an amazing job, though, especially since he only got the script right before Thanksgiving!! It’s just too bad about our original Santa, he could’ve fooled any age child! We all get to be in the Perry Christmas Parade this Saturday, I’m sure that’ll be fun.

I have been applying for several months for another part time job and Zaxby’s called me on Wednesday for an interview and hired me on the spot. I am pleased with the pay, they are allowing for the fact that I have experience (albeit that was 10 years ago!). They are going to work me day shift, 15-20 hrs a week, off Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (for Dr Sumrall’s).

The last chapter in the Elwin saga ended today, thank goodness! I took him to get his jaw wire removed and he’s home and happy and his old self again!

That’s pretty much all that’s happened of late!

I finally did it too…

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My Little Heaven

The boys (mainly Chan) have been begging me to take them to Monkey Joe’s, a kid’s blow up indoor fun park. (Chan says he wants to own one :)) Mom had taken them once or twice before a while back but I hadn’t been with them. Normally, a place where there are countless children running around, getting hurt, being loud and smelling like kids would spell p-a-n-i-c for me. I was going to just let Mom take them again on her next day off (I’m so generous), but I went on the website and found out that they have a special place for adults to sit and relax while the kids play and they also have 2 computers with free internet access and they have wifi for people with laptops (like me!) so I decided to brave it and take them yesterday since they are leaving today for 5 days. We got there and there are comfortable upholstered gliders with foot rests and since they have free wi-fi, that’s really all it takes to keep me happy for a couple of hours. The food and drinks are reasonably priced (I had a large cherry Icee for $2 and Will and Chan had a soft pretzel for $2) and it is comfortably air conditioned (not too cold!). All of the playthings are blow up and therefore very hard to get hurt on. The price is $8 per child and the stay is unlimited (they are open from 9-6 I think). So I brought our Macbook and an Agatha Christie novel and I was set for hours of relaxing. Of course, Will and Chan being 8 and 12 allows me to not have to follow them around and “play” with them, but much younger children would obviously require some help “playing”. So, to sum it up, I really had a nice relaxing afternoon not having to try to think of things to constantly keep the boys entertained and they absolulely loved it! Thanks Monkey Joe’s! I took these pictures with the Macbook: