Monday, October 31, 2005

Wow! It's been a while!

It has been a wild two weeks! First, my mom and dad came into Georgia on the 21st, and we went to stay with them at a cabin for the weekend. That was so much fun! My mom picked the place because it allowed pets and she could bring my new "little sister," Isabelle the dachshund. There were a couple of waterfalls there at the camp, so we did a little mild hiking and we saw the local sites--mostly antique malls. Good shopping and great company! They came to church with us on Sunday and met some of our new friends. A cold snap hit while there were in town and completely devastated my mother who hardly ever has to think about a coat, being from Louisiana. It'll be Christmas there and everybody's still in shorts! I shared some warmer stuff with here and we managed to pull through ok. The best think about the weeked was that our cabin didn't have a TV, so the days seemed really long. We did rent a movie and watch it--but it was a special thing rather than more of the same! Next time you go on a vacation, I highly recommend unplugging the TV altogether. (Sports fans will have a harder time with this, I know.) It makes the time you have together much more special.

After they left, I immediatly began preparations for Halloween weekend. This past Saturday night I hosted my first dinner party--it was a Murder Mystery Dinner Party. We all dressed up in 1920's and 1930's costumes and came as particular characters in an Agatha Christy (sp?) type murder mystery story. It was all very "Clue." I must say, cooking and organizing a sit down dinner with that many people is crazy hard. I was absolutely exhausted! Plus, Terrel and I had just gone to help with a middle school lock-in the night before! So, with hardly any sleep, the day was a very long one! But the party seemed to be a success. I had my doubts at first, but a lot of the people there have told me how much fun they had, so I guess it all went well. I really was too nervous to really be able to tell what people were thinking! I think next time, I'll go a little more laid back, that way I can relax and enjoy our guests rather than freaking out the whole time. But, I wouldn't take it back--I wanted to do something for all of the wonderful people who have done so much to make us feel welcome. Really, God has placed some wonderful people in our lives!

Sunday was a long day as well. I've taken over the 3rd grade children's choir and yesterday we sang in the morning service with the 4th and 5th graders--my debut as a children's choir leader. I was so nervous. It wasn't just because of the music, though. The other choir director and I had agreed that it might be fun to go on a field trip after church: McD's and Put Put. I offered to organize the outing and almost immediately realized that I had volunteered for a tough job. You have to think of all kinds of different things when you're organizing a trip for children! And, she being a seasoned school teacher and children's choir director, I was worried that she might label me incompetent. When we got together to practice before the morning service, I was bombarded with questions about the service and about the trip. Then, I realized that I hadn't spoken with the bus driver since earlier in the week! Where was he going to meet us? Would he be there directly after the service, or would he wait untill 1:00, when I'd said I wanted us to be on the bus and gone by? What would we do if we didn't have a bus driver--I knew that there was no way I could drive one of our little minibuses! I drive a Nissan Sentra--one of the smallest cars there is outside of a mini. That's lightyears away from driving a fifteen passenger van or a minibus! But, in the end, Jack was totally reliable and I felt very ashamed for having doubted him. The bus was in front of the church just at the time we were ready to leave, and all went off very well not only after the service, but during the service as well.

So, now I've begun the process of recovery. I'm still trying to get all of the dishes clean--I was hardly home at all yesterday. Laundry needs to be done and groceries need to be bought. Bills need to be paid, checkbooks balanced, litterboxes changed--so much to do! As you can see, I've been very busy. But I've missed you all, blogger friends, and I hope you've been doing well. God bless you all!

Friday, October 21, 2005

The Skinny on Wheat Pasta

Ok, all you South Beachers know that whole wheat anything is better for your heart than the highly processed white alternatives. However, if you're a health concious person who has decided to try whole wheat pasta, please allow me to give you a little advice. DO NOT make your first fiber-filled meal with whole wheat pasta you bought from the dollar store for 50 cents! It is sure to be an experience that will turn you off to wheat pasta forever! Go ahead and shell out the other $2.50 for the name brand at Kroger--it will make a world of difference!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Celebrity Gossip

I have a guilty pleasure: celebrity gossip. I just can't get enough of it. Us Weekly always grabs my attention in the check-out line. Oh, I know I could go upscale and look at People. At least it might seem like I'm really interested in the human interest stories. But, really, those who wait for their People to arrive in the mail before they find things out are about ten minutes behind. There's a heirarchy of celebrity gossip, ya know. There's a way that you weigh the rumors in order to ascertain whether or not they are noteworthy. Here's my theory:


If you read it in In Touch, you kind of raise your eyebrow and go, "huh." You log the information, but you are careful about discussing it with anyone. It could be totally dubious. In Touch is only slightly better than tabloid information.



If you read it in Us Weekly, its pretty much a done deal. Us readers knew about Brad and Jennifer's break-up months before everybody else. These are the people who follow celebrities around and analyze their photos to see what their body language says. They take magnifying glasses to them to discover whether the rings are on or off. This is stuff that can be substantiated, but has not necessarily been released in a public statement.
If you read it in people it is officially news (or at least as much as celebrity gossip can be called news). This means its for real. Statements have been made to the press, papers have been filed, it's official. Of course, if you've been reading In Touch or Us, you're prepared because you knew two months ago.








So, there it is. Sad, but true. I love celebrity gossip. I love the best and worst dressed issues the best! I want to know who's dating who, and what went wrong with which relationship! I can't help it! It's like a drug! The funny thing is that my sister-in-law and sit down and talk about these people like we know them, like they grew up down the street. We call them by their first names and dish about their lifestyles. (That's only when I'm in B-ham.) We laugh and laugh at ourselves! I've definitely got to get a job!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Attention: Fashionistas and Glamazons

Ok, if you know me, you know I love fashion. Clothes are my thing, and old world glamour owns me. I will always go for anything vintage! It thrills me to death to see flapper inspired lines, Victorian inspired brooches, lace and all things feminine featured in the trends for fall. So, I've decided to make this post all about my favorite looks for this fall, complete with sites and stores for all you gals out there who might have similar tastes in fashion. I really have more fun doing the look-for-less thing. Take me to Ross and let me bargain shop all day! So here it is, the first edition of Sarah's Fashion Favorites! ; )



















I love the waistband on these pants...and I kind of like the pants too.






















Love, love, Love these blouses! I have a polka dotted top like the little purple one! Gotta get the Victorian inspired cream blouse on the right! (All of the above are from wetseal.com, if you're interested!)












I'm all about this jacquard skirt! (oldnavy.com)



















I'm all about peacocks! Their feathers are distinct and add a touch of 1920's chic to any piece. (wetseal.com)













Lace is in big time this season. I love how feminine it looks! (newport-news.com)

















Inspiring words are popping up in fashion. What an empowering statement! And what a way to pick yourself up when you're down!

















I love the new embroidered, painted, and beaded embellishments on denim. Express has an absolutely beautiful pair called the "bird of paradise" jeans. If I had $175 layin' around, I'd buy a pair.











These two flapper inspired dresses are so cute! I love how airy they are. Definitely cute and flirty! (newport-news.com)









This one has a hint of Marylin in it! (newport-news.com)











Faux furs add the look of luxury to coats and shawls this fall. The faux fur caplet is a definite throwback! I tried the coat on in green and it really is very cute. This picture doesn't do justice to it's classic cut and flattering lines. (wetseal.com)






















And these are my favorite outfits! (all old navy!)

Ok, I'm glad I got that out. It was almost like shopping....but not quite. I've definitely got to get a job because I'm going through some major withdrawals!

Saturday, October 15, 2005

The Most Gorgeous Dress I've EVER Seen!

Alyson Hannigan looks absolutely gorgeous in this dress. If I had anywhere important to go, I would most definitely do my best to find something that looked even remotely like this beautifully crafted gown! Its old world glamour with a twist. The Eastern inspired bead-work is absolutely breathtaking! Alyson definietly gets an "upgrade" from this girl.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Finally! Football makes sense!!!


Ok, here's the joke of the day:

A young man placed his hand on the back of an attractive young lady and led here through the turnstile into a croweded football arena. After handing over their tickets to be torn, they followed the signs and arrows to their seats on the 50 yard line. The young man was very excited about his girlfriend's interest in the game and made sure they were at the center of the action, very close to the field so that he could explain the rules and answer her questions.

Over the course of the evening, the young lady was very attentitve, watching the players closely, asking questions, and taking a sincere interest in the game. When it was all over, her boyfriend looked at her with excitement and asked, "Well, what do you think of football!?"
She immediately replied, "Oh, it's great! But,...." A puzzled look crossed over her face.
The young man asked, "What's wrong?"
"It just seems like a lot of trouble over just 25 cents," she replied.
"What do you mean?" the young man asked, trying to follow her train of thought.
"Well, at the beginning of the game those two captains came out and they flipped a coin to see who got to keep it. Then the two teams spent the rest of the game trying to win it back. I mean, the whole time everybody was yelling 'Get the quarter back!"

Thursday, October 13, 2005

One for the ADHD kids!

I glanced at this article today and it made me feel better about myself. I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was a child and, though I've grown out of most of the typical behaviors that characterize such children, I still have some problems concentrating, especially when I'm tired. But, just because a child has problems focusing or staying still, it does not mean that he or she is less intelligent than others (Are We Labeling Our Kids Instead of Understanding Them? ) I was glad to see this article affirming the strenghts that might accompany ADD. In fact, it made me think that maybe these children aren't behind, they're just gifted in other areas. So, this one's for the ADD kids--they've got plenty to offer!

The Gift of ADHD
by Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D. for iVillage (excerpted from The Gift of ADHD)


Studies suggest that many of the traits kids with ADHD exhibit can be expressions of deeper gifts: powerful imagination, searching insight and unusual intuition. Find out how to transform your child's problems into strengths.

Studies suggest that many of the traits kids with ADHD exhibit can be expressions of deeper gifts: powerful imagination, searching insight and unusual intuition. Find out how to transform your child's problems into strengths.

Seeing the big picture
Children with ADHD are excellent at getting the big picture, in and out of the classroom. Students with ADHD may miss the little details, but they are masters at understanding the importance and meaning of material. For example, children with ADHD may be struck with wonder and awe at the miraculous workings of nature as they learn about photosynthesis and how plants take in sunlight to grow. They may wonder what happens in cloud-covered regions of the world and start to generate ideas for how to get sunlight to plants on cloudy days. As this example illustrates, children with ADHD are often deeply engaged in material in creative and novel ways. They may not remember any of the details about the roles of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the process of photosynthesis, but they are very curious and interested and typically try to create solutions to problems in creative ways.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Clinical Pastoral Education

I think I may have finally found the next step: Clinical Patoral Education. In other words, I think I'm going to train to become a chaplain at a children's hospital. Most of you who have known me for a while know that I was in an accident when I was 14 years old that caused severe damage to my face, and eyes (the hood of a truck hit me in the face and broke my nose, the ridge of my brow, and the lining of my brain, for those of you who don't know). I've always wanted to incorporate my experiences into my mininstry some how. Dreaming big, it would be awesome to start a ministry especially for families of children with cases like mine where they could find moral support and possibly financial aide. Well, Monday I sat down with the children's minister at our church and she suggested that CPE and the chaplaincy would be a great place to start. I never considered it that way before!

I am truly excited about finding that direction that I've been praying for. Yesterday I called and requested a packet so that I can read a little more and find out when I could start! So, all you seminary pals, fret no more. I might be right back at square one by February.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Little Pick-me-ups! (For Gals Only!)


It seems like a lot of my girl friends have been feeling blue for various reasons. Come to think of it, so have I. So, I'm delcaring it a national get-out-of-your-funk day (because I have the power to do so and all). Here are some things that I shared with a friend (plus a few more that I remembered since then) that always make me feel better. Let's face it--for the most part, feeling good is a frame of mind. I find that I can change my mood if I'll just act my way into a more positive way of thinking!

  • Go out and make some new memories! Do something zany!
  • Challenge yourself. Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new!
  • Listen to the witness of the flowers! (Don't worry--God takes care of them, he'll take care of you!)
  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone.
  • Put pictures of your loved ones all around you!
  • Give yourself an unorthodox pedicure–think unusual colors and glitter!
  • Write in a color other than black or blue all day long!
  • Watch a move like Legally Blonde or GI Jane and soak up the girl power!
  • Wear bright colors!
  • Buy yourself flowers!
  • Send someone a card to encourage them! You will find that your spirits are lifted too!
  • Have a cup of tea in your bathrobe! Schedule some you time!
  • Take a bubble bath and read a trashy magazine, like Us Weekly!
  • Buy the biggest J-lo engagement ring knock off you can find and wear it around all day. A little sparkle never hurt any girl!
  • Read a good book!
  • Revamp your style–go for a make-over!
  • Jot some lines down that express how you feel in a journal. Write a song or a poem, or just let your stream of consciousness go!
  • Try a new recipe!
  • Call an old friend out of the blue!
  • Get all dressed up today...let them wonder what the special occasion is.
  • Get out some girl power music and sing the songs at the top of your lungs while jumping up and down on your bed!
  • Go for a walk and talk to God about it.
  • Get crafty--try something creative!
  • Write inspirational quotes to yourself on the bathroom mirror with dry-erase markers.
  • Everytime you come in contact with a friend today, pay them a compliment or tell them how much they mean to you!

Feeling down? Life seeming to be a little mundane? Going through a break-up or dealing with a broken heart? Lookin' in the mirror and feeling a little crummy? Bad hair day? What are the things that you do to make yourself feel better? Add to the list!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Creepy Creatures

Bugs are gross! And here in our little cove we have plenty of them. Now, I lived in the outskirts of Baton Rouge where there was plenty of nature, but I'm a city girl at heart. And there are just some things out here that make my skin crawl. In fact, there are several things out here that make my skin crawl. Here are some samples of the creepy menagerie of uninvited guests that have taken up residence just outside our doors...and some have been so rude as to invite themselves in from time to time.



This is Mrs. Spider, a huge brown beast of a mama who's built her web so that it encompasses our entire balcony. I'm sure she's up there laying a bunch of eggs that will grow up to be just like her.

This is the one I refer to as the "leaf monster." He got inside once and nearly scared me to death!

This one is the ugliest bug I have ever seen in my life. I could not get a clear picture of him. I think he's a stink bug. If not, I'll just call him the ugly bug.


And here is a stick bug, not to be confused with the stink bug.

And, finally, here is the largest moth I've ever seen in my life. I should have put something in the picuter to provide some source of scale so that you could understand how HUGE this thing was! I think it would easily have stretched the length of my palm.

So, there they are, all of our newly acquired friends. Out here, one has to sit and marvel at God's creation. The soul and the mind truly have space to expand and breathe. I love to just sit and take it all in. However, I would like to think that nature and I have stuck a little bargain--I will not disturb it if it does not disturb me. I don't think these guys got the message, because they're getting just a little too close for comfort!!!

Friday, October 07, 2005

Identity Crisis

Life here in Georgia is sometimes a little slow for me. I haven't really found my niche yet. Holly and Glen Warren are a blessing, taking us under their wing and keeping us company on the weekends. But during the day, everybody is at work and I am at home. Right now I'm concentrateing on unpacking the house, which is truly a full time job in and of itself. Being at home also affords me the time I need to start writing...but it does get a little quiet from time to time. Soon, I hope God will lead me to a place where I can minister vocationally, or to a job that will at least get me out of the house and help me to meet people.

Seminary life was the busy life. Always something to do, always somewhere to be, always a test or a paper to write. I'm not saying that it wasn't lonely at times, but it's not like I really had time to notice it all that much. There was a sense of being part of something there, a sense of purpose, a goal to reach for that provided drive and motivation for me. After graduation I was elated at the thought of never having to write another paper, or read a book that was assigned to me, or go to class ever again. But now that I'm out, I miss school. It's been my entire purpose for the last 22 years of my life.

Graduation opens the door to so many exciting oportunities, but it also can open the door to a little bit of an identity crisis. I don't know what's next. What's the goal here? Make money? I feel a lot of pressure (self imposed) to go to work and save up big time so that I can stay home with my kids (when we have them). Have kids? Is that's what's next for me? Or do I establish myself in ministry and gain some experience while I have the freedom to? Open a fru-fru shop with a tea room in the back. Forget it! I don't have that kind of money. Work in a fru-fru shop to learn the business?

I have to say this for school, and for SWBTS because I feel that I've been hard on her at times: at least I knew what the goals were (in 99.9% of my classes). At least I knew where to get all the answers; I worked in the library! At least I knew where other people my age could be found; in the classroom. I'm not complaining. Just processing my thoughts and trying to figure it all out.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Torn

I've been pretty torked with Kanye ever since he made a bunch of accusations concerning race surrounding the response to Katrina, but I just can't help it!? That Gold Digger song rocks my world!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Give me a break!

Ever since I started this blog, I've found that more and more of my friends are prefacing any thing that they tell me with phrases like, "Now, I don't want this to appear in your blog tomorrow..." or "Don't write about this in your blog or anything, but...." Give me little credit, people! I know the difference between blog-able material and those things said in confidence! Besides, this blog isn't about you!? It's about ME! So, here it is!? Here's everthing you've ever told me NOT being posted in my blog!!! ;)