Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Relo to NC


Or…at least as complete as its going to be for awhile…our boxes arrived and are safely packed in the garage…so…I guess that means we are here.

Job hunt commences…I’ve gotten two recruiter interviews under my belt and a phone interview tomorrow. Its exciting and dreadful all at the same time…

Anyone got a guaranteed way to win Powerball? I would certainly love to not have to work and just enjoy this whole new experience…sigh…not gonna happen! Ha!

Photograph by Nickelback is totally on my heart right now…don’t know why, but it speaks to me.

Look at this photograph
Everytime I do it makes me laugh
How did our eyes get so red
And what the hell is on Joey's head

And this is where I grew up
I think the present owner fixed it up
I never knew we'd ever went without
The second floor is hard for sneaking out

And this is where I went to school
Most of the time had better things to do
Criminal record says I've broke in twice
I must have done it half a dozen times

I wonder if it's too late
Should I go back and try to graduate
Life's better now than it was back then
If I was them I wouldn't let me in

Remember the old arcade
Blew every dollar that we ever made
The cops hated us hanging out
They say somebody went and burned it down

We used to listen to the radio
And sing along with every song we know
We said someday we'd find out how it feels
To sing to more than just the steering wheel

Kim's the first girl I kissed
I was so nervous that I nearly missed
She's had a couple of kids since then
I haven't seen her since God knows when

I miss that town
I miss the faces
You can't erase
You can't replace it
I miss it now
I can't believe it
So hard to stay
Too hard to leave it

If I could relive those days
I know the one thing that would never change

Every memory of looking out the back door
I have the photo album spread out on my bedroom floor
It's hard to say it, time to say it

Every memory of walking out the front door
I found the photo of the friend that I was looking for
It's hard to say it, time to say it

Look at this photograph
Everytime I do it makes me laugh
Everytime I do it makes me

Speaking of photographs and front doors…this is the view from Bob and Trudy’s front door…

Front Door copy

And this is their beautiful home…our current temporary dwelling…its beautiful…and last night a herd…yes, a HERD…of deer wandered through the yard…livestock rush hour, I guess…HA! Scott was thrilled...Much as he tries, he is a city boy. (we aren't telling him that around THESE parts, they EAT those things! lol)

House copy

Peace, everyone.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Nearly a Decade…


9 ½ years

5 positions

6 titles

7 bosses

Countless friends

My best friends

Dozens of partners in “crime”

100's of “Telephone” friends

Inumberable Sleepless nights

30 straight days of working
(More than once!)

3 episodes of yelling in the halls

1 Lake Alice Trading Company

5 or 6 Scandalous escapades

1 amazing education

25 cents per bet “how long will this last?

3rd street Rabbit Warren

5 Company picnics

1 free microwave

2 trips to California Speedway

1 Mary Kay Window

3 Make up artists in the Mary Kay Window

Hundreds of Green Screens

Hundreds of phone calls

“the corporate uniform”

Outrageous customers

Bonus check “stunts”


1 No-holds barred mentor

$3000 bar tab for the group

Tales to tell for years to come

The “Fleetwood Way”

One big family

Worth every second.

Good-bye to you!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Things I know I will miss about So Cal.

1. Palm trees waving in the hot Santa Ana wind – I’ll miss the palm trees, I’ll miss the blue skies that a Santa Ana makes, I’ll miss the fact that a Santa Ana can make the temperature soar to the high 80’s in NOVEMBER!

2. Thanksgiving in short sleeves and/or shorts and all the window thrown open because its such a beautiful day.

3. Rock Church and all of my amazing brothers and sisters in Christ who are doing God’s work there.

4. Kathy, Teri, Debbi and Miss D.

5. Stell’s coffee in Redlands.

6. Sip’s coffee in Riverside.

7. Ancho’s Mexican food in Riverside – well…real Mexican food period. I’m going to really miss Carne Asada…mmmmm…

8. Sig Alerts and high speed chases – yes…I will miss the excitement they create…sad, I know!

9. Del Taco…HA! I discovered this for the first time when I moved to California to go to college…now, sadly, I will miss the 24 hour drive up…Thick crinkle fries with lots of salt and a deluxe taco with extra cheese…yum!

10. Green grass in December.

11. The windmills on the way to Palm Springs.

12. DRY summers.

13. Stater Brothers grocery store

14. The views…you can literally see from the San Bernardino mountains all the way to Catalina on a clear day…its really amazing – like 70 miles or something…maybe not…but something like that…

15. Having a phone number in “the 909” – which is defined as follows by

“The area code in Southern California for Riverside and San Bernardino
County; usually associated with white trash.”

I’m sure there will be more to come when we get there…I’ll update accordingly!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I never anticipated....

First of all…WHY didn’t somebody TELL me what happens at the end of The Half Blood Prince?

Second of all…I’m not entirely sure he’s dead…I think that the whole speech to Draco about how no one would come after him if they thought he was dead is a CLUE.

Third of all…as wretched as Snape is, I’m holding out for him…I’m hoping he’s not really bad, but continues to be a double agent… that the whole thing was some sort of ruse so that Dubledore could go underground…

I’m probably totally wrong, but its my earnest hope...


And lastly but not least, aren’t these super cute Disney pictures??? They should be in the Disney ads they are so super cute!!! (I did not take them…so, don’t think I’m honking my own horn!)

H at DL

R at DL

Friday, November 11, 2005

Thank you Dad…

And all who have served.

There are not enough thanks in the world for your sacrifices.


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Today I vow...

to edit myself less.

I'm filled with juicy bits...little things that I wanna shout out...and because of who MIGHT be reading, I'm editing myself...not at all the point of this blog. And God did not fill me with juicy bits so I could edit them out...

Back to being wide-open, 100% felecia...

Ya'll might want to step back from your screen...its sure to bulge.

Went shopping three suits for $50 each (yea, I rock at shopping! I do not rock as much as Kellie...she is the queen of great shopping...and I'm not as good at shoes as D...but I still rock!). Got three cute T's to go underneath for $12 each and a really cute 4th T that is total shabby-chic-ness with NO shame that I fully plan to wear under one of those suits...its my new thing...a printed T under a business suit. My way of saying" I don't need no stinkin' dress code!" syntax is off...imagine it with the appropriate accent! A printed T and some chunky very Channel of me...HA!

I had fun shopping...its been awhile since I just went for it and bought exactly what I wanted and didn't put something back. Course, its not like I went and bought a Tiffany necklace or was sensible suiting speparates...but I still rock anyway...cuz I just do.

Bought some Teri shoes...if you don't know what that means its means closed back clogs....Teri shoes...Teri is so proud.

Teri and I had a moment today where we realized we are TRUE friends...Kat and I had that moment a few years ago...Kat and I had a somebody-ripped-the-butt-TOTALLY-out-of-her-pants-but-wandered-around-all-night-with-her-chonies-showing evening and realized...only true friends can hang around with the butt ripped out of their pants and not have the evening spoiled. Today, Teri and I shared such a moment...only it was one of those the-phone-should-not-be-part-of-this moments...ah...friendship! HA!

Got a bunch of history crawling up out of the woodwork...its the move...its because people sense the significant shift on its way...I'm mending some bridges now that I have the beautiful chance...I'm letting some others continue to fall into disarray. Somethings are just not worth repairing, you know?

That makes me think of a song (doesn't everything???)

Don't try to call
There are some bridges that burn
Beyond recognition
Beyond repair
Don't say you've changed
There are some forces that turn
Beyond recollection
Beyond my stare
When I feel the cold in the dark
I know you're there.

mmmmmmm...that would be the nail on the head, right there...

10 points for anyone who can tell me who wrote it...

Peace, everyone!

Monday, November 07, 2005

My new favorite band:

Day of Fire

These guys JUST ROCK!

Its never been a secret that I love music that rocks, harder than you might imagine from my sweet little face. HA!! Its been tough for me as a Christian to find music that is both inspiring and as rockin’ as I like…but this band is just doing it for me…I cannot get it out of my head, off my computer, out of my cd player.

I love it.

Their story is amazing – a testimony that is almost unbelievable – the very kind of testimony that can inspire and change lives radically when taken to the masses.

Perhaps one of the coolest things is that a bunch of musicians who are known for their accomplishments in secular music came together to make a really amazing Christian record. I’ve heard often, its not the human being presenting the message that is powerful, it is the Sender of the message and the message itself…this totally proves itself out!

This project is very powerful…you will want to turn it up and rock out! I guarantee it!

I love the quote they put on their website from lead singer Josh Brown – it speaks to these times, these days, the population and the ways of our world. He says its aggressive music for an aggressive generation – it speaks the language…

Speaks the language…mmmmm…how Christ-like – to reach the people where they are…Its just so tasty!

My favorite song of theirs right now is Cornerstone:

All other ground is sinking sand
A dying maze of desert land
Where darkness rules the heart of man
Till the Son shines light on him

The building swaying in the wind
The towers crumble down again
This certainly will be the end
If they're not built on Him

Lord of all, show you're strong
On our knees we fall

You, You are the Builder of my heart
You held me together from the start

Be a Cornerstone, be a Cornerstone
Be the Rock higher than high
Be my Fortress wall
Be a Foundation for all
My Cornerstone

Peace, everyone!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Thought for the day:

I give myself permission…

…to panic about the move to Charlotte.

…to find peace in God over anything I’m choosing to panic about.

…to enjoy the process of editing the junk out of my life (while packing, of course!)

…to be hurt that my peers and boss don’t see the value in keeping me as a contractor.

…to walk off my frustration.

…to enjoy some really good coffee.

…to endeavor something creative today…even if its just to open up my thoughts to myself.

…to be open and honest about everything that comes to my head or heart.

…to start a style file, even though it means another creative mess in my office.

…to go without makeup and not feel bad about my failure to be the best.

…to listen to music in my headphones so that I can concentrate.

…to neglect some things in order to feel sane.

…to have a judgement-free artistic experience.

…to buy yet another scrapbooking magazine or reference.

…to daydream about a new house.

…to find an outfit that BLENDS rather than MATCHES.

…to define my own style…and then change it if I want to.

…to look forward to Christmas even though its not even Thanksgiving yet.

…to make plans to go to school.

…to waste a few minutes here and there just to breathe.

…to continue adding to the list of things I give myself permission to do.

What do you give yourself permission to do today?