Saturday, April 26, 2008

Front yard flowers

Check out these cool flowers which just popped up in the flower bed right outside my front porch. When I first moved into the apartment in July there was a single lily, which seemed rather odd all alone (see here). Well, now there are about 10 lilies and a ton of buds which are just waiting to bloom. They sure add some character to my apartment.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Called to Account

Well, today I was called to give an account, and I failed. My friend Amie asked me how the sit-ups are going - she's added them to her routine and wanted to hear about my progress. I am ashamed to admit that once softball started and I started experiencing such awful pain in my legs, I abandoned the sit-up commitment pretty quickly. I haven't done my nightly sit-ups since Easter. Well, thanks Amie for asking about it. I have determined to renew my commitment to 50 sit-ups nightly. Which means that, after tonight's softball game and 50 situps, I'm probably going to be SORE tomorrow! Don't expect me to move much. Genny, you might have to direct the kids on Sunday. But at least I won't be bailing on my commitments anymore!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Main Street Arts Festival

Tonight I joined the Holmes family at the Main Streets Arts Festival in downtown Fort Worth. It was a lot of fun - amazing (and some rather odd) art, lots of junk food, great company, lovely views, and fabulous weather. Who could ask for more? Well, I could have asked for a bit more money so I could actually purchase some of the (very expensive) art, but that's okay. We all ate way too much "fair food" and enjoyed wandering around, people watching and observing the photography, paintings, sculptures, etc. I also had fun photographing some of my favorite aspects of downtown Ft. Worth. I just love the atmosphere down there, with all the white lights and fancy buildings, especially Bass Hall. I don't go downtown often enough.

And Genny, please note that THE picture is not to be found on this blog... I kept my word. =)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bluebonnet Excursion

Today Paige and I decided the weather was too beautiful to stay inside, so we ventured down to Ennis to scout out the bluebonnets (for you non-Texans, that's the state flower of Texas). It kind of reminded me of my weekend photography and sight-seeing excursions in Scotland.

After a few mishaps with missed roads and wrong turns (because we decided to take the "scenic" route and avoid the highways), we finally made it to Ennis. We took a picnic with us, and enjoyed our lunch by the lake with full fields of bluebonnets in view. Most of the fields around Ennis weren't all in full bloom yet, but this particular area was beautiful. Tons of bluebonnets, with the occasional Indian Paintbrush and Buttercups mixed in. With a nearly cloudless sky, brilliant sunshine, and a lovely breeze, we couldn't have asked for a better way to spend the day.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tomatoes and Daisies

Thanks to Genny's assistance, I now have tomato plants and flowers planted! I've been wanting to plant some flowers for a while now, but being a city girl I didn't know how. So I asked Genny if she would help me (or as Abigail said, to be my "babysitter to plant flowers"). So last night we planted red gerbera daisies, white alyssum, a tiny blue flower that I don't know the name of, and a spiky plant in a big planter on my front porch. Did you catch that? Red, white, and blue flowers... They don't look all that great right now, because they need to grow into the pot, but hopefully pretty soon they'll be full and beautiful.
I'm also a fanatic for a nice, juicy, homegrown tomato, so I decided to try planting a couple of tomato plants too. They're out by my back door. And in 65-70 days I should be able to enjoy a scrumptuous tomato sandwich. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Now I just have to remember to water the plants...

Monday, April 7, 2008

i got tagged

Well, my friend Amie tagged me, and since I'm obviously wasting time, I figured I'd answer this one too. Here goes:

What are your top 3 favorite foods? french fries, pickles, chicken schnitzel

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it? The Will of Wisteria by Denise Hultgren. It was good, and I would recommend it to those of you who enjoy Christian fiction. Not the highest quality of writing, but a different storyline, for sure.

What are your top 3 favorite places? London, lounging by my parents' pool, and the beach, especially Hilton Head

What was the last lie you told? Apparently it was telling Amie I'd fill out this survey on Thursday. Sorry, Amie!

What are your favorite 3 sports (to watch or participate in)? to watch: Alabama football (and SEC college football in general), Atlanta Braves baseball, and the Olympics (especially gymnastics, diving, and figure skating); to play: softball

What was the last movie you watched and would you recommend it? I watched the last part of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone the other night. Since it's one of my favorites, I'd definitely recommend it. The last movie I watched in full was Enchanted, and yes, I'd recommend it too. So cute!

List 3 things you can see outside of the nearest window. Since there's a big tree blocking most of my view out my office window, pretty much all I can see is the big tree and the fire escape.

Where was the last place you went? besides work this morning, church last night

What are your top 3 favorite "good causes" or charities? The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, St. Jude, and "Wild Worship Peru Pals" (my children's choir collecting to provide clothing for children in Peru)

What was the last thing you did for someone else? offered to stay with Abigail one week this summer if needed

Name 3 places you have never been that you want to visit. Egypt, Australia, and Italy (though I agree with Amie, it's hard to narrow it down!)

What was the last thing you threw in the garbage/recycling? my empty Diet Coke with Lime can

Name 3 things on your bedside table. alarm clock, sleep mask, and a book

Describe or name the last piece of art you looked at. The two portraits of Jesus that The Jesus Painter painted during our Good Friday service

What are the top 3 things that your job requires you to think about? The schedule for Biblical Studies classes, how to protect Dr. Wolfe from as many distractions as possible, and advising students

What was the last musical or theatrical event that you attended? Christmas in Reverse, presented by Wild Worship; followed by Point of Grace's Winter Wonderland concert the following weekend (both in December, obviously)

What are the first 3 things you would do if you won the lottery? pay off my student loan for my semester in Aberdeen; move to an apartment that has a washer/dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and allows pets (that's not too much to ask, is it?), and spend a couple of weeks travelling in Germany with my family

Describe or name the last serious injury or illness you had? probably my sprained ankle last June (stepped in a rabbit hole on the cliffs in Scotland)

What are the top 3 things that you wish you could do? travelling, photography, and writing

What was the last thing that someone said to you that you will remember forever? Probably Rebecca's comment about waiting to get married (not said directly to me, but I was there) - "I'm going to be picky like Miss Barb" (if only she knew, there's just not much to pick from!) =)

Wasting Time at Work

After reading Genny's (and Katherine's, and Paige's and Sharon's) visual survey, I decided it would be fun to do one myself. And since I'm bored at work this morning, what better time is there to do it? So here's my go (I copied the questions from Paige's blog, since she added some questions to the survey).

Instructions:
Read the question.
Type the first answer that comes to your mind into Google's image search.
Post the first (family friendly) picture that comes up in your blog and write your answer.

My Survey:
1. Age you will be on your next birthday: 32 (don't really like the sound of that!)
2. Favorite food: french fries, without a doubt


3. Favorite color: turquoise
4. A place I would like to visit: Australia

5. Where I live: Fort Worth, Texas

6. Name of a pet, past or present: Champagne (technically Monsieur Champagne de Bubbles, but we called him Champ)

7. One of my favorite places: Hilton Head, SC

8. Favorite Holiday: Christmas (I mean, I do start listening to Christmas music at Labor Day!)

9. Bad Habit: biting my finger nails

10. Favorite animal: elephants (Roll Tide)

11. Favorite cartoon from childhood: Smurfs

12. Name: Barbara Ann (I'm appalled at the images that came up when I searched for Barb or Barbara, so I thought Barbara Ann would be a bit safer. At least the first image wasn't bad!)

13. Favorite Extravagance: Pedicures

14. A phrase I overuse: No problem

15. Name of the car you drive (not make, just model): Liberty

16. Favorite hobby: a tie between scrapbooking and photography