Thursday, December 31, 2009

Picture of the Day 365

December 31st:  Luke 5:1-26; Ezekiel 48; Isaiah 66

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
―Hal Borland

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1 Week... the life of a Weight Watchers member.

I resemble this remark!

Day 1 (right after weigh in)
Oh boy, that piece of cake I saved is near,
Besides, no pounds will ever show,
I've got seven whole days to go.

Day 2
A day of shopping at the mall,
And a burger special - cheese, mayo and all.
I'll walk it off and get in gear,
Six days to go, no weigh-in near!

Day 3
I think I'll skip my tuna lunch.
A Reuben Sandwich is what I'll munch.
With maybe a shake and chips, you know?
Besides, I've got five days to go!

Day 4
For breakfast one egg, toast and juice.
Kids left their pancakes.  Oh! What's the use?
These days wasting food is such a sin,
And it's still four days till I weigh in.

Day 5
Boy, the weekend is really rough.
Restaurant menus are very tough.
I'll work off this steak, no problem here.
In just three days I'll be in the clear?

Day 6
Breakfast...I'll just have coffee today.
Maybe I'll lose some that way!
Supper...I'm starving - I could eat a whale.
Two more days till I step on that scale!

Day 7
Now my nerves are really a wreck.
I might as well eat.  Oh! What the heck!
I'll drink tons of water and walk all night.
One day to go - I'll be alright.

Weigh In Day
I polished off the pizza as a snack today.
But followed it with two bowls of Special K!
I gained two pounds - can you believe?
Maybe it's the Milky Way I've got up my sleeve.
Really, Weight Watchers works if you just take it slow.
I guess I didn't have seven days to go!

Picture of the Day 364

December 30th:  Luke 4:31-44; Ezekiel 46-47; Isaiah 65

“Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence.”
―David Byrne

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Picture of the Day 363

December 29th:  Luke 4:1-30; Ezekiel 44-45; Isaiah 64

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible."
-Christopher Reeve

Merry Christmas to Me!

True to my Christmas form, this year just the same as past years, I got myself a gift.  Something to splurge on.  Something that maybe I've been eyeing or wanting for awhile.  And this year, just as before, I did it.  This year, it worked out perfectly.  I've been eyeing what is called a Shootsac.  And quite honestly, I was gonna wait to get one. 

But then it happened.  Black Friday.  And Shootsacs went on sale.  Something that only happens once a year.  And by golly, I didn't want to wait another year before getting one.  I've been having...issues...with my current camera bag and have heard nothing but raves and reviews about this one.  So I did it.  I removed it from my Christmas list and ordered one. 

Let me say, there is nothing plan about any part of the product.  The detail, down to shipping, is exquisite.  Just take a look...

How pretty is that box?!?!  I saved it.  And then I used it to wrap a present for Rylen.
Everything was laid out so nicely.  Even after shipping things didn't shift.
The basic Shootsac.  Made of neoprene (like a wetsuit).
Come on!  Look at the metal pieces on the bag.  The strap is thick, thick like a seat belt material.
The basic bag.  On me.  Me standing on a chair so I can catch my reflection in the mirror on my buffet.  Hence the slight squating.
But since everything was on sale I didn't stop at just the bag.  I got a cover too.  A really pretty one.  The baroque patterned one.  I'm a sucker for baroque.  

And it's suedey on the back side (aka the side that is against the shootsac).

And here I am with the baroque cover.

I can't wait to get out there and put this to good use.  I'm excited for the ease and comfort of it too!

Now...I need to find out how to clean the cover.  You know, for future reference.  Or in case a certain brother accidentally spills red wine that gets on it... 

Monday, December 28, 2009

Picture of the Day 362

December 28th:  Luke 3:21-38; Ezekiel 42-43; Isaiah 63

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't."
-Blaise Pascal

Motivation Monday - Inspiration

Check 'em out...

The Rehfeld Family is up on the blog.

Same with Danae and Adam's wedding.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Picture of the Day 361

December 27th:  Luke 3:1-20; Ezekiel 40-41; Isaiah 62

"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose."
-Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold in "The Wonder Years"

Turlock Lights Parade

A few weeks ago, I went to the Turlock Christmas Parade with some friends.  We walked downtown from Thomas and Katie's house, watched the parade, then walked back where we munched on pizza and conversation.

Bear with the pictures.  It was dark.  I don't like to use my flash.  Therefore, things may seem...blurry.  But remember this, dark + lights = cool effects!

Yeah!  One turned out!  I think because the truck was stopped.
High school marching band.  They were decked out in lights and santa hats.
And the parade ended with our very own Thomas, Mitch, and Scott following the street sweeper waving at the crowds. 

Where were their lights and santa hats...?

Thanksgiving - 2009 Edition

Thanksgiving came and went.  I know, like a month ago.  Again, are you shocked that I'm this far behind.  Honest, I'm trying to get caught up.  But, in the meantime, how about a quick recap?

Family came from far and wide.  Food was delicious, as always.  Company was wonderful.

How's that for a recap?  Now for some pictures.

Hobie's first Thanksgiving.  He did great.  Not much begging happened from that dog. Although, the same can't be said for the others...

Breanne and Kaitlin played a riveting game of billiards.  I thought I'd get all up in their business and get some good shots of them playing.  Then I feared for my camera so I backed off.


Annual cousin pictures.  (top l-r: Me, Will, Chris; bottom l-r:  Tricia, Whitney, Breanne, Kaitlin, Paige).  All but me are in college ('cause I'm done!), and 3 out of the 7 of them are going to Cal Poly.  Woot Woot!  The others, well, Stanford, Fresno State, local jr. college, and some online graphic design program.
Aunt Boo wanted pictures of her girls to use for a Christmas card, so while Aunt Missy was taking the "real" pictures I was snapping silly ones.
Looks like a fish eye lens doesn't it?  It's not.  Kaitlin makes the weirdest faces!
And Paige.  She knitted that scarf.  I think.
Chris...pondering? contemplating? irritated? annoyed?
A few of them of the hoodlums have a finger on their nose, not up their nose on their nose.  That's their way of getting out of praying before the meal.  Goofs!
After dinner conversations...  We had 2 non-family members over for dinner.  Gary and Denise, they have one son that recently moved to Hawaii and their other son is currently serving our country in Iraq.  They had no plans, so my parents invited them over.
Turkey coma...


The End.

The Blind Side

True to my recent nature, I'm way late posting this post.  Like, I saw the movie the Saturday after Thanksgiving and put the post in draft mode on 12/3.  And it's just been sitting there waiting for me to write my review on the movie. 

Which I loved.  I loved The Blind Side.  And in all honestly, I'm gonna say it was the best movie I've seen all year.  The story (which is a true story) was amazing and the characters were perfect.  There isn't one thing I didn't like about The Blind Side. 

Ok, that's not true, I didn't like Sandra Bullock as a blonde.  But man was she spunky!

So, if you haven't, go see it.  If you have, what did you think?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Snowmen Funnies