Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I Know This Is Mean But...

Did anybody else laugh out loud when Miss USA fell last night at the Miss Universe pageant? I don't normally watch the pageant, but it took place in Mexico, and when I tuned in they were showing sites near where I'm going last week. Then of course I was caught up in it and had to see where USA stood in the rankings. (She ended up at 4th runner up!)
And I'm totally klutzy, and I totally would've done the same thing. But I just had to laugh because you expect them to be so perfect! Okay, I'll be nicer now!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Kids and Their Amazing Ears

When I was little, my mom always told me, "You hear what you want to hear." You know the whole, I heard her when it was good for me, ignored her when it was bad. I think it could be better said that I heard everything, I just filtered out the useless junk (read the stuff that talked about me getting into trouble.)
But amazingly, at the most opportune times, I could pull the information that she thought I'd never heard out of the recesses of my brain and quote her word for word. Unfortunately, this resulted in my being called a smart mouth. (Which I think is a total contradicting statement, by the way. I mean all your life parents pushed you to be smarter, then when you said something that showed your "smartness," they used it against you!)
Well, my niece, Raegan, has already gained this lovely ability. And I must say that her use of it will probably excel mine by far. Of course she has the normal symptoms, you know, not hearing when her mom tells her to pick up toys or to sit in timeout for 5 minutes.
But last Wednesday night she showed an amazing talent. See, there has been a Ralph Sexton revival going on here in Greensboro. For the last two weeks my church has taken our Wednesday night service to the revival.
This past Wednesday, Raegan was getting a little out of hand. So my sister did what all good Christian parents do. She pulled Raegan into her lap and told her that the preacher was trying to tell everybody about Jesus, and that if Raegan didn't calm down, nobody would be able to learn about Jesus.
Without missing a beat, my niece turned to my sister and said, "Mommy, he isn't talking about Jesus. He's talking about hell."
Apparently my niece was listening better than my sister! So, the next time you think you're little one isn't hearing you or anything going on around you. Beware, because your words can come back to haunt you in the most unexpected ways!

Friday, May 18, 2007

See NO Evil

Okay, I saw this little test at Shalee's blog and I figured since I'm getting so much grief about NOT posting, that I'll make two posts in one day.
I totally agree with these results. I even have my halo hanging up here at work on my cubicle, no seriously, I do!

How evil are you?

I suggest you all go out and take this test, just to see if you're you know, as angelic as I am or utterly evil!

8 Random Facts

Well, Dawn at Whispers of Sunshine tagged everybody who read her blog to list 8 random things about themselves, then Gibee from Kisses of Sunshine tagged me to do 7 random things so I'm gonna do a little combo of both requests here.

Here are the rules she listed: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So here's the randomness:
1. I only like pretty tissue boxes. Preferably ones with purple or pink or some pretty bright colors on them. I hate the dull looking boxes at funeral homes, and ever since I was but a youngster I wanted to color the white tissue boxes at the doctor's offices so they'd be prettier.
2. I chew straws after I am done using them. This is apparently a family habit because my dad does it, my sister does it, and my brother does it.
3. I still have a few coloring books and some crayons at my house, even though I'm 24 years old. Sometimes when I'm really bored or if I'm stressed, I'll color for something to do or get my mind off of the craziness of life.
4. Ever since I was but a youngster I've made up little songs about my pets that I sing to them. I don't know what triggered this, but eventually I started writing actual songs that made since, so apparently I've always had the writer thing in me!
5. I put hot mustard on McDonald's Sausage and Gravy biscuits. It doesn't LOOK all that appetizing, but IT. IS. DELICIOUS!
6. I believe from the bottom of my heart that a smoothie just isn't a smoothie unless it has bananas in it. My sister tells me I'm totally wrong about this. But I'll stand by my thoughts and if I order a smoothie, it will be with bananas!
7. I can pretty much quote any Judy Garland movie. Especially Summer Stock, Meet Me in St Louis, and The Harvey Girls.
8. I'm not pregnant! No, I shouldn't be for those of you who are wondering, but when I went to the doctor the other day they made me take a pregnancy test even though I told them there was NO CHANCE I was pregnant. I'm never "on schedule" but they wouldn't believe that. Just wanted me to take the test, so rather than argue with them all day, I did it just to make them happy. And guess what, I. WAS. RIGHT! DUH!

Now I have not a clue who to tag. If you haven't told about your randomness, share all!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things About My Honduras Trip
1. The camera on my phone decided to stop working while I was in the Atlanta airport last Monday morning.
2. This wouldn't have been such a bad thing, but I saw the poster child for the phrase, "It takes all types to make the world go 'round." Honestly, this man had on orange sandals; orange, yellow, and pink plaid pants; a pink, blue and purple striped shirt; an orange undershirt; glasses that had hot pink frames, one handle blue and one handle purple; and to top it all off a straw hat complete with purple flowers. So why of all days would my camera decide not to work on the day I saw that man?
3. After having a little laugh (oh, admit it, you would've laughed too!) I got on a flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I got a row of three seats to myself. So I stretched out while reading then while watching the in-flight movie, which honestly I can't remember the name of but which was really strange and I probably would never buy it for myself (If I remembered the name of it that is!)
4. After 3 1/2 hours we landed in Honduras. Talk about HOT. Especially considering it had been 40 degrees when I left Greensboro that morning. It was over 100 degrees there. And HUMID.
5. The night before we arrived there had been an unexpected drenching rain in San Pedro Sula, so we had to make our way through flooded streets. All I could think of were all those severe weather training courses I have to take here at my work and how they warn you over and over to never drive through standing water. Well, that rule was out the window!!
6. We went to the plant and worked from there, but I'm sure you don't want to hear those boring extremely exciting details. After work we checked into The Hilton Princess San Pedro Sula. Pretty nice place!!
7. That night we went to a restraunt called Pat's. It was a pretty great steakhouse, however, I started feeling a bit queasy that night (and still do) I'm blaming their salad. Why, oh why did I eat the salad? Oh well!
8. Tuesday was more work and little play. Though we did go to a great restraunt with outdoor seating that night called Don Udo's. They played 70's, 80's, and 90's American music. The guy who drove us around all week said that Hondurans LOVE American music. And why shouldn't they?
9. Wednesday was a LONG day. We worked until about 6:30 Honduras time. That was 8:30 my time. I was dead on my feet.
10. We went straight to a restraunt called the Copantl from the plant. This was an outdoor restraunt on top of a seven story hotel. The view was amazing, and I got so caught up in it that I almost forgot how tired I was. Plus I had me a virgin Pina Colada. (Yes virgin, no rum for me!) It was yummy!
11. Thursday we went to make sure that the guys at the finishing location had the program down. They did, and I was told that I communicated well in Spanish. Who'da thunk?
12. We went back to the Copantl that night because we were all too tired to think about a new place to go, and it was the best place we'd gone. We watched several brush fires breakout on the hillsides surrounding San Pedro Sula. According to driver guy there are constantly fires there because it is so dry (unless of course they have some freakish unexpected rainstorm that you know floods the streets!)
13. Friday we flew back home, or at least we tried to. The flight from Atlanta to San Pedro Sula was delayed, and we didn't take off until an hour and a half late. Then we were running low on fuel, so the pilot decided to stop in Montgomery, Alabama rather than try to make it back to Atlanta. This would have been fine except for the fact that while in Montgomery we were informed that there were MAJOR storms in Atlanta and we couldn't land there, so we had to wait out the storm in Montgomery. Again this would've been fine, but Montgomery doesn't have customs, so we couldn't leave the plane. Four hours I sat on this plane. At least I had three seats to myself again (where I had enjoyed the movie "The Road to Tarabithia" on the flight home.) Two hours into our wait we were informed that the storms were passing, but that our pilot's time had run out so we had to wait while another pilot was flown in. To make a long story short, we landed in Atlanta after midnight. The one good thing about that was that customs lines were pretty much non-existent! Then they shipped us to a hotel where we were given reduced rates. Bless their hearts! They gave me a reduced rate to a room that when I walked in had one unmade bed, towels and condom wrappers on the bathroom floor, and the stench of cigarette smoke. Unfortunately I had been given THE LAST room at the lovely Ramada Inn South Atlanta. So I piled up my clothes on the unmade bed and slept on top of them because I'm telling you, I wasn't trying to touch anything in that place!!
So to sum it all up, Honduras was great. Atlanta not so much!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

I haven't posted here in forever, so I decided to make this Thursday Thirteen
Thirteen Random Things About My Life Right Now
1. I leave for Honduras on Monday morning. And I'm thankful for the extra sleep I'm gonna get since we have a 7:20 AM flight rather than a 6:00 AM flight!
2. This is a work trip, not a pleasure trip, though I do love the fact that I get to go for free because I love to travel.
3. Since I'm going to be gone my cousin Tracy, who is my roomate, will be looking after my cat. It's her job to make sure he doesn't discover the duck.
4. Which reminds me, I haven't told you about the duck. At Easter time, Tracy brought home a duck and named it Pippin. She tried her best to convince me to buy a chick and name it Merry, so that we could do the whole "Chandler and Joey" chick and duck thing. I didn't cave!
5. Fortunately it's warm outside now, so the duck is happily splashing in his wading pool in a little fenced in area of the yard.
6. This doesn't make Tracy's dog Elly very happy! She liked having the duck in a box in the bathroom where she could go in and make sure he was still there every five minutes.
7. Speaking of Elly, she has woken me in the midst of the night a few times this week by barking loudly at the bay window. This is not her norm, and Tracy and I have yet to figure out what or who she is barking at, this is a bit unnerving because she normally sleeps all night. We're hoping there isn't a crazy stalker near our house!
8. I'm not so-so worried about it though. Basically because worrying doesn't do any good!
9. But I can't help but worry just a little bit today because my Grandpa Smith went into the hospital last night with chest pains.
10. I'm praying for him though, and I know he's in God's hands, so I'm trying not to stress it! But I would appreciate your prayers as well!
11. Other than all that stuff I've just been doing laundry (I had like an entire mountain of it!)
12. I also had to clean my bathroom and bedroom because there's gonna be a Pampered Chef party at my house tonight. Yummy food!
13. Oh yeah, and I'm dreading packing for next week's trip. I REALLY don't like packing, just travelling. I need to be rich with servants who will pack my stuff, but such is life! LOL!
What's been going on with you!