State Insurance Licensing exam

•January 12, 2011 • 10 Comments

ExamI will be taking the State Insurance Licensing exam on Friday, January 14, 2011. I really need to pass the test in order to start earning a living for my family please pray for me.  It’s all about the down and distance, people!

I will get there by any means necessary.

Pray for me, people!

Wedding Photos (3)

•July 3, 2010 • 10 Comments

Okay, another set of photos for you! Here’s a pretty romantic shot of us. Aww…! It was our wedding day. Gotta have the romance!

Here’s a picture of me. SMILING WITH MY EYES! Thank-you Tyra! Actually, now that I’m looking at the photo, its less smiling with my eyes, and more like purring with my eyes. Ha ha ha!

This was a test shot I was taking for setting up the tripod and getting the light just right for our shots. I took it and Terry danced around. I ended up loving the shot because it really shows what Terry’s personality is like. Silly!

I consider myself an artist so I got a little creative near the end of the photoshoot. Here’s a photo of Terry after the main photos were taken. It was along day and at this point it was pretty late at night. He’s tired, but happy. Relieved that we’re finally married.

Another artistic photo of Terry…I actually LOVE the way this one turned out. Love, love, love!

A pensive groom, different way I placed his hands, less “agressive” I suppose. Still love the shot. What do you think?

Terry decided to take a photo of me sitting in the chair, here it is. I refused to let him mark my fingers with a sharpie.

I entitled this shot “aftermath” since it’s our outfits after we took them off. I love it that it’s blurry, too. Happy accident.

More photos to come! 🙂 Including…(this is a teaser)…Wedding PUG photos for your enjoyment!!!

Wedding Photos (2)

•June 28, 2010 • 5 Comments

Okay, here are a few more photos from our special day. Today’s theme are the photos from the cake-cutting. Again, you can click on the photos to see larger versions if you wish. First photo of us preparing to cut into cake…

Photo of us actually cutting into the beauitful cake…

Me feeding Terry a peice of the cake. Terry hungry! Just wanted to add at this point that I LOVE THE LIGHTS in the kitchen. It is all twinkly and pretty and I just love the lighting! And I loooove the “Just Married” banner I made. Sorry, just had to interject that. Baahaha!

And sadly the photo of Terry feeding me cake is a little blurry. Its okay though. Makes it look a little old and antique or something. Well, or something.

And here’s a shot of the cake. YUM! Red Velvet! It’s a bit gorey looking but so delicious.

More to come!

Wedding photos (1)

•June 23, 2010 • 13 Comments

Here are a few pics from our wedding that I love, love, love! I’ll try and keep posting new pictures every day.

Photo of my totally beautiful bouquet! I am totally in love with it. It is still in the fridge because I cannot bear to part w/it. It has hydrangias, cybidiuom orchids, and rosemary. It smells amazing! Also I had the florist tuck one blue butterfly in it to be my “something blue”…

Close up of me, the Bride. Gee, what was Terry looking at when he took this shot? Baahahaha! I don’t care, I still love this shot because my face looks great!

A shot of my wedding cake. I am SO pleased w/ how it came out. It is a replica of a cake that was on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings last year. It’s a two layer Red Velvet cake w/ cream cheese icing…its super delicious…in fact, we’re still eating a peice every night! Ha!

I had to get one of those ubiquious shots of our hands on the bouquet. How did this tradition get started? Nevertheless, here are our wedding rings and my GORGEOUS bouquet again.

I love this shot because you can see how we decorated the kitchen for the wedding. Terry hung christmas lights up around windows and all along ceiling to look like twinkling stars. And I used my fab “scrapbook” skills to make a banner that says “Just Married” in background. Also front & center is my wicked cool cake I made.

And the last shot for today is a shot of us, married. Happy.

Just a tease…

•June 22, 2010 • 3 Comments

Once More into the Breach

•May 23, 2010 • 11 Comments

Hey everyone! I’m sorry that I haven’t been updating the site much. The temp job I have has these crazy hours and when I am home, I’m either asleep, vegging out on couch or doing more vegging out. I’ve also been on a lot of job interviews, had some dissapointments. There was this one really great job that I wanted…never heard back. Its hard. It bruises the ego, its disappointing and it makes you feel like a failure. Doesn’t help that I have to get up every day and go a job where I’m treated basically like a drone and I have no freedom. When you have to raise your hand to go pee, you know you’ve got a bad job. When your mistakes are pointed out in front of everyone in a staff meeting, you know you’ve got a bad job. When you are written up for taking a day off, you know you’ve got a bad job. But it pays the bills and right now that is the most important thing.

Life goes on. We’re finally getting married. I’m so excited about that. It feels like we’ve been engaged forever, but its finally happening. We both agree that spending $10k on a few hours is absolutly ridiculous. That even spending $5k is ridiculous. We have a house and bills and lives and that money could go towards such better things…heck, I’d rather spend the money on the honeymoon! So, we’re just doing the courthouse thing. And then we’re going to have some photographs taken in front of some beautiful waterfalls. We’re still dressing up and everything. I think it’s going to be beautiful and meaningful. I’ll post tons of pics, trust me! I’ll be taking a bunch then we'[ll have the professional ones from the waterfall. We’re going to save up for a honeymoon to be taken later as we cannot afford one right now.

Everything with us is great. The pugs are great although they need their flea medicine and I haven’t been able to afford it being out of work and all. Terry got tenure at work (he’s a teacher) and thats a huge deal. I’m SO PROUD of him! He’s an amazing teacher and the school district is so lucky to have him. My mom is doing great, she is moving out here…hopefully coming soon. She has been procrasting! (It must be a genetic trait) because I have it in spades. My Dad is doing good, he just got back from a vacation to Maine.

And here are some random photos that I’ve taken over the past month or two. Enjoy!

Terry & I bowling:

Terry is VERY serious about winning. And he always wins.

Terry at 4H Camp canoeing. I have NO idea what that expression is on his face. This was either before or after he dropped my camera (which he borrowed) into the lake. YES, dear readers, he dropped my camera into the lake. Somehow it survived although the flash no longer works. I am trying to get a new camera out of the deal though. It is two years old and now the flash is broken.

Delicious hot wings I made using Alton Brown’s recipe.

The pugs begging to come back in. And I need to wash that window!

Me with my new haircolor. I like it but I think I’m going to dye it back brunette for the wedding. I want my traditional hair color for those pictures, you know?

Terry climbing a rock wall at 4H camp. I thought this was a really cool photo. Love the angle!

Everyone have a wonderful May and remember me on the 25th because it’s my BIRTHDAY! 😉

Workin’ 9-to-5

•April 8, 2010 • 10 Comments

…although technically I’m working 11am-8pm. And let me tell you something…2nd shift SUCKS! I never get to see my family! I miss them so much!

Well, enough complaining. At least I have a job. So how is everyone doing? I know it’s been a little while since I posted but times have been so busy…! I’m now working a temp job in the meantime but still looking for the “perfect” job for me.

Here are some cupcakes that I made the other day for our Wrestlemania party:

And here is how they made us feel. Okay, honestly, Popo didn’t have any chocolate cupcakes but he always makes that face. Silly bear.

I love that photo. It’s like pure happiness.

Snow Day 2010

•February 21, 2010 • 11 Comments

Hey it snowed on Friday, February12th and I took some photos. I’ve been a little lax in posting them but here you go. Terry even had the day off as a “Snow Day”…which as you can understand, is pretty darn rare here in Alabama. We spent the day relaxing and watching movies. What a fun day! Here are some photos we took a little after it started snowing. All in all we got about 5-6 inches. Sadly it melted all by the next afternoon because it got around 60 degrees that next day.

Here are Terry and I in the backyard.

Terry having a snowball fight with Napoleon. Somehow Baby girl won. I’m not sure how that happened.

Here the losers are doing their loser anti-victory dance.

Popo was talking smack so Terry had to make him eat his works.

Popo was dutifully put into his place. Awww. OMG, how adorable is he?

Here is Baby Girl…the champion, not looking particularly pleased. Look at that attitude. Gotta love her.

Here they are running around having a blast. In years past they seemed to really hate the snow but this year they actually seemed to enjoy themselves.

This was right after the snow had started so you can see that the snow isn’t that deep. They are even eating it! Ha!

One of the lights along the path into the front of the house. So pretty all covered in winter.

Terry was writing in the snow on the roof of the car. I love the view of the neighborhood behind him. It’s just so wintery!

Our house in the snow!

Terry says, “Snow Day to Everyone!”

Happy Valentines Day

•February 14, 2010 • 11 Comments

To write, perchance to dream…

•February 11, 2010 • 11 Comments

Hello dear readers! It’s almost Valentines Day, can you believe that? I think this year is tripping along so quickly. Of course being out of work might be increasing that feeling, because if I were working I might feel the passage of days more accutely. Right now things blur into a mix of job searching, housework, cooking, housework, writing, job searching, painting, job searching, writing, housework, reading, housework, sleeping on couch, writing, housework, watching tv, job searching, etc. I think you get the idea.

In cases you couldn’t tell I’m also writing now. I’ve always wanted to be a writer; since I was seven years old. I distinctly remember telling my parents that I wanted to be a writer and they bought me the most awesome typewriter for christmas that year. I wish I still had that typewriter. I remember using it up through college, mostly for writing poetry, as I had a personal computer by middle school and it wasn’t practical to write essays on it a typewriter, but it was a grand thing, that typewriter.

I rembember the first book I ever wrote was called “The Secret Doors” and I was in 2nd grade. My teacher thought it was so impressive she entered it into a contest and I came in second place. That was what got me hooked on writing, I think. When I child, my mom described me as someone who could invent a world and amuse herself for hours with nothing more than a peice of string and a paper clip. Now this might sound like an insult, but its not. What she means is that I have a vivid imagination and I’m able to use my mind to come up with whole worlds out of the ether of my imagination. My second novel I wrote when I was 16 and it was a total ripoff of “The Watchers” by Dean Koontz and “Jurassic Park” byMichael Crichton. I loved them both and they completely influenced my writing at that age.

Of course, life took over and I needed to make money. Writers do not not make money right away…if ever. In fact I’m pretty sure the success rate is very low and even if you actually complete your masterpeice, there is absolutly no guarentee that it will sell. I could write the next Harry Potter and no one may ever buy it. I started working full time at twenty and didn’t even get my college degree until years later when I was able to get it at night while working a boring office job during the daytime. The degree made it capable for me to get a better boring office job but it was a lot more stress and when I got home from work I was too exhausted to even think about getting on computer and being creative. Thus my life went on for over a decade. Although I did manage to write a screenplay during that time.

But now I’m currently out of work. Sure, yes, I’m actively seeking out employment (I do have bills to pay!) but while I’ve got this time off, I’m using it to sit down and write one of the novels thats been tossing around in my head for years. And in case you’re wondering, I’m writing a Historical Romance novel. And no, I’m not embarassed or ashamed at that. I know that a lot of people want to write the next “Catcher in the Rye” or “Of Mice and Men” or something terribly literary like that but not me. Some of my favorite books are by the authors Julia Quinn, Karen Marie Moning and Elizabeth Hoyt. I also love Jim Butcher, Laruel K. Hamilton and JK Rowling.

Anyways, I’m at about 12,000 words so far for the novel, so around 1/4 to 1/5 of the way through the novel. Things are going good. I’ve been keeping to my plan to write at least 10 pages a day. Sometimes more. Ideas flowing like wine. Hopefully it isn’t complete drivel. Terry read the first paragraph and he wrinkled his nose and stated, “its a romance novel.” I smacked him. I told him that it was supposed to be one. And he suggested I toss in some ninjas or transforming robots. Ugh. Men!

Anyways, thats what I’ve been up to. Sorry no photos in this post. Also if you are feeling charitable, you’re welcome to go to my Etsy shop and buy something. As I’ve said, I’ve got bills to pay! Support your local artists! 🙂