Good Friday is Moving

28 05 2010

Just a quick note to let you know that I’m going to move my Good Friday posts to Mondays. As Steve found out, there is more readership on weekdays and it’s just plain easier for me to get a post up on Monday than Friday.

See you all next week!





Good Friday 5/21/10

22 05 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

So… Yeah… It’s technically Good Saturday, almost Sunday but who’s counting?

Working From Home

With The Hubby’s surgery last week he’s still not up to working full days so we’ve both been working half of the day at the office and the other half at home. I’ve discovered from this that I would have a hard time working from home full time, there’s so many more distractions at home than there are at the office. I’m really thankful that I have a supervisor that will allow me to work from home, he even let me use his laptop at home.

Crafty Thursday

Every Thursday me and two of my girlfriends get together for coffee, but lately we’ve been meeting at one of our houses and having some craft time. One of them just got married so she’s been out for a couple of weeks. This week was her second week back for our Thursday evening. We got to see a bunch of her wedding and honeymoon photos. I got a few blocks done on the two quilts I’m currently working on. I’ve also got a tough decision I need to make here real soon and I got to talk it out with them. It was good to have all three of us back together!

I’m sure there’s other stuff, but since it’s kind of late at night and I have to get up early in the morning I’m going to cut it short here. Hope everyone has a great weekend!





Good Friday – 5/14/10

14 05 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

Surgery

The Hubby found out on Monday that he needed to have surgery on Tuesday. It’s been a whirlwind couple of days! The surgery went smoothly, no complications. He is recovering well, albeit slower than he would like. I think I must be insane because I’m letting him go to a men’s retreat today and tomorrow. He promises he won’t lift anything and I’ve called his buddies that are going to be there and asked them to keep an eye on him. Hopefully they’ll keep him in line :-)

Birdies

We have a little birdie that has made a nest in a hanging basket on our back porch. The eggs have hatched in the last few days and the baby birdies have brought many squee’s out of me. They are tiny and adorable and amazing. I’ll put up some pictures this weekend, I don’t have my camera with me today. Before I get any angry emails/comments we have been very careful not to disturb the mommy bird and her babies. We haven’t touched any of them and we only go near the nest when she leaves to get food (or whatever a mommy bird does). She’s actually gotten acclimated to our presence over the past few weeks. At first she would fly off any time we opened the back door. Gradually she started staying longer and would only fly away if we got too close. Now she’ll let me get within a 5 or 6 feet of the basket before flying away. Of course now that the babies have hatched we’re very careful to not get so close that she flies away.

Birthdays

Two of my good friends, Katie and her hubby, have birthdays this week. They’re having a party this weekend and if the weather permits we’ll all bring our puppy dogs and go hang out at the lake. We all turn 27 this year… thankfully I’ll be the last to get a year older :-)

Have a great weekend everyone!





Good Friday 5/7/10

7 05 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

Oh. My. Gooses! I can’t believe it’s already May! Where did the spring go? Here in Texas we are officially into summer. The high yesterday was 93, I think.

Field Trip

My department at work is mostly field staff, it’s just me and my department head in the home office. Every now and then we all get together, usually everyone comes into town and we have meetings during the working hours and go out to dinner and sometimes go do something together after work. This time my boss decided that we didn’t need all the meetings, just the get-together! We all met up in Salado; the guys went golfing and the girls went shopping then we all met up for dinner. I had a good time, got a free meal, and got to get paid to go shopping :-)

Date Night

Date Night this week was kind of an epic adventure. We went out to Cabella’s to get The Hubby some gear for his mens retreat next week. Cabella’s is in Buda, if you’re not familiar with Central Texas, Pflugerville, where I live, is on the far north side of Austin, and Buda is on the far south side. It was about an hour drive down there. We looked around for quite a while, if you’ve never been to a Cabella’s it’s kind of cool just how much stuff they have. We then headed back home and watched The Proposal. I had already seen it and The Hubby was skeptical about watching a chick flick but by the end he admitted that it’s a very funny movie.

Baking

I’ve been baking something every Wednesday for Date Night and I’ve now decided to make it a regular thing. This week was Chocolate pomegranate Cake. I don’t have any pictures, but here’s the recipe (from BakingBites.com again). The cake is good, but it needs a little… something. It’s a bit dry by itself. The recipe calls for dusting with powdered sugar or cocoa powder, but that just doesn’t cut it. I served it with ice cream last night and that worked well. I think tonight I’ll try a simple glaze and see if I like that better. Maybe I just need to serve it with coffee?

Anywhoo, she’s absolutely correct, once you bake the cake you can’t really taste the pomegranate juice, it’s just got a hint of fruityness. If you didn’t know what was in it, I don’t think you could tell it was pomegranate juice.

Quilting Night

My girlfriend and I had another quilting night. Alas, the project I started last week (week before? not sure) has come to a halt. I got all the blocks finished and was starting to put it all together and realized that I’m missing block 7. DOH! I’m lucky I realized this right now, because Joann’s has just rolled over their Block of the Month projects. I actually can’t get block 7 anymore, but I’ve ordered a duplicate of one of the other blocks to fill the hole.

Since that project is at a standstill, I started the other BOM project that I bought at the same time. It’s up on the Crafts in Progress page now too. These BOM projects go together so very quickly I’m hoping to just knock these two out real soon and then we’ll have some homemade quilts around the house!





Good Friday 4/30/10

30 04 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

TGIF

Can I say that it being Friday is one of the good things in my Good Friday post? Well, I’m saying that it is. TGIF people!

S’mores Cake

The Hubby and I didn’t get to have date night this week, but I made my self a cake anyway. This cake is a HUGE mess, the marshmallow filling kept squishing out the sides, but it’s very tasty. I got the recipe from BakingBites.com, my new favorite blog.

New Quilt Project

I started a new project after I finished the purple quilt last week (don’t tell The Hubby, he knows how many unfinished projects I have!). It’s a block of the month from Joann’s (pictures in the Crafts in Progress page at the bottom). There’s 12 different blocks, so you could do one each month and have a finished quilt at the end of the year with a minimal amount of work each month. I decided to do them all at once, I’ve finished 11 out of the 12 blocks in just a week! They’re so fast because the fabric is all cut already. I just pull the pieces out of the bag and sew. They seem a little on the expensive side, about $125 if you buy all 12 blocks and the setting kit, but when you compare that to the cost of buying all the fabric for a quilt you design it’s about par for the course.

Hope all you guys have a great weekend!





Good Friday 4/23/10

23 04 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

Book Reviews

I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading the past few weeks and I’m finally getting around to writing some book reviews. They’ll start going up next week and I’ll post one a week until I run out! Hope you guys enjoy!

Lunch & Learn

Wednesday I went to a little seminar at my church. I almost didn’t go, but I’m really glad I did. I learned a few things that I hope will really help me to be a better Small Group leader. Besides learning some nuts and bolts about asking good questions (which was enlightening on it’s own!), I realized that I need to be much more intentional about leading my group. I can’t sit back and just let things happen.

I’ve written and deleted probably 12 sentences now, and I’m realizing that I still don’t quite know how to articulate what I’m thinking and feeling right now. I probably need to sleep on it a little more. Let it suffice to say that I think I learned something really important!

Date Night

It’s my week to pick the movie for date night, but I decided to allow The Hubby to pick. He picked up the Family Guy parody of Empire Strikes Back. It was funny, but I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as The Hubby did :-)

I was pretty tired and fell asleep on the couch almost immediately after the movie. The Hubby got me up and into bed by around 9:30 (knowing that I don’t sleep well on the couch, he takes good care of me), and I slept almost all the way through until getting up the next morning. Felt pretty good!

Cake

I had a hankerin’ (yes, I said hankerin’, I’m from Texas. Sue me) to bake something Wednesday night. Originally I had planed to make some brownies but later on I changed my mind and decided to try this recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake instead. Baking Bites is a new favorite of mine. The recipes are easy to follow and the 2 that I have tried so far have been good (the other was Irish Cream Brownies which were a big hit).

As I tweeted, I screwed up the batter a little bit. I skipped a step and forgot to add the eggs. Thankfully I realized my mistake as I was licking the spoon about to pour the batter into the pan. I added the eggs to the otherwise finished batter which probably meant that I over mixed it. The finished texture was a bit… off, the flavor of the cake was really good though. I’m fairly sure the texture issues are due to my goof and not any problem with the recipe.

Quilting Night

Most of the time 2 of my girlfriends and I get together once a week for coffee. We get some “girly time” and chat and catch up with each other. This week, however, one of them is getting married and can’t make it to coffee night. The other girlfriend (who has started a blog, by the way, Jill of Few Trades, go check it out) and I decided to have a quilting night instead. Another other friend is in town for the previously mentioned wedding and came over for quilting night too! It was really awesome to see her again and I’m really looking forward to spending some time with her this weekend.

I actually finished a project! This is a quilt I started 3…4… maybe 5 years ago and have been working on it a little bit here and there. I can finally move it from the work in progress page to the finished projects page!!

Seedlings

We have seedlings! Basil and lavender to be specific. I think we’ll be planting these in our handing baskets this weekend! It’s been really amazing to watch these little guys grow! I would have pictures for you but the batteries in my camera are dead. You’ll just have to use your imagination :-)





Good Friday 4/16/10

16 04 2010

Every Friday I write a post about the good things from the previous week in an effort to focus on the positive things in my life. You can see all my Good Friday posts here.

This is one of the more difficult Good Friday posts I’ve had to write so far. It’s been kind of a sucky week but there’s not really anything specific I can point to that made it sucky. Here goes with the non-sucky parts, because if I try to forget the sucky parts maybe they’ll  just go away!

Flowers

My roses are blooming! Need I say more? Pictures are worth 1k words!

Oops! Was that last one a puppy picture? I’m sure none of you will mind :-)

Date Night

The Hubby got to pick our movie this week. He chose a movie that he watched with his small group called Peaceful Warior. When he told me about it, my first response was “Oh, have you read the book?” At which point he got this dejected look on his face because I already knew what it was, having read the book myself. I had been meaning to watch the movie for a while now, just never got around to it. The movie has a very different feel to it than the book, and it’s more than just the conversion from prose to script. The movie has a more… supernatural feel than the book. The Hubby thought Socrates was supposed to be God and Joy maybe The Spirit. I can see how you could draw that conclusion from the movie, but from what I remember the book just didn’t lean that way. It just felt different. I think I might have to go read the books again :-)

SSBP

I tweeted about it earlier this week, I’ve started a Super Seekrit Bloggerly Project. This is not the big unveiling (sorry guys), I think I’d like the project to remain annonymous for now. I’m sure if someone was really industrious they could find it since I use the same wordpress.com account to host all my blogs :-)

Anywhoo, this project is going well so far and I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep it up for a while. I think it will do me some good!

Finance Seminar

The Hubby registered us for a finance seminar at church. I’m not really looking forward to it. It rubs me the wrong way for someone to tell me how to handle my money, but clearly my way isn’t working. I’m going to just suck it up and give someone else’s way a try. Then I’m free to ridicule it later if it doesn’t work (just kidding… mostly).

Seriously though, if this thing can get us out of debt faster or in a better way, I’m going to call it a good thing. Woah. Visions of Martha Stewart just there.

Have a great weekend everyone!








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