Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ask me a question...

I'll tell you no lies.

Yeah! Someone actually asked me some questions!
What is your favorite recipe to make?
You know, I don't know if I have a favorite to make. I do have a bunch that I know off the top of my head though. Like the corn casserole recipe. And Boboli pizza (which I just realized I don't have posted!). And easy peanut butter cookies. I would say that I enjoy baking more than I do cooking though.

What is your favorite recipe that one of your friends makes?
Oh. Ew. Ah. Eek! I have great friends that are wonderful at making things in the kitchen. Nothing at the present 11:36pm hour is sticking out in my head. But very rarely is there a time that a friend makes something that I don't like.

Although, there was that time that Mitch made chili with venison, he just didn't share that tidbit until after people were done. I thought it tasted a Not bad though.

Tell us a fun story from when you were in high school? College?
Let me say this. I had the absolute best college roommate. We lived together 3 of the 4 years, and even during the 4 she'd stay at the house frequently. We laughed all-the-time! During our freshman year Melissa was a big...wild. And, well, I was not. But I always told her that if she ever needed a ride no matter the hour to call me and I'd pick her up. This one time she took me up on that offer by the time we got back to the dorm parking lot my near spot was taken and we had to park far far away. At 2am. With an intoxicated Melissa. Now keep in mind that Cal Poly's campus is quite hilly, and our dorm was up hill (both ways in the snow barefoot). Every couple feet Melissa had to stop, squat, laugh, and make a comment about how far we still had to go. They weren't just your typical "man we've got a long way to go," comments, they were "whoa nelly! we're so far away." comments. It took us about 30 minutes. It should have only take us 5. It's totally a "you had to be there" moment. We still laugh about it, and many other memories from college.
And so concludes the first episode of "ask Courtney questions, trying to stump or make a fool of her". Just kidding. If there is anything you want to know about me just shoot me a question. I'll bank them up and someday in the next 3 years have episode 2.

Any question at all. Sky's the limit.

Picture of the Day 120

April 30th: Acts 13:26-52; Joshua 20-21; Job 30

"The beauty of fragrance is that it speaks to your hear...and hopefully someone else's."
-Elizabeth Taylor

Days of May



May Day

Mother Goose Day

School Principal's Day


No Pants Day


National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

National Homebrew Day


Join Hands Day

Respect for Chickens Day


Cinco de Mayo

Totally Chipotle Day


National Teacher Day

No Homeword Day


Great American Grump Out


No Socks Day


Astronomy Day

Windmill Day


Eat What You Want Day


Limerick Day

National Nutty Fudge Day


National Night Shift Workers Day

Receptionist's Day


International Day of Families

National Chocolate Chip Day


Biographer's Day

National Bike to Work Day

National Pizza Party Day


Visit Your Relatives Day


Eliza Doolittle Day


True Beauty Inside Out Day

I Need a Patch For That Day

National Wait Staff Day


National Taffy Day


International Jazz Day

Tiara Day

Brother's Day


National Tap Dance Day

Neighbor Day


Hug Your Cat Day


World No-Tobacco Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Picture of the Day 119

April 29th: Acts 13:1-25; Joshua 18-19; Job 29

"There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Picture of the Day 118

April 28th: Acts 12; Joshua 15-17; Job 28

"We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have."
-Publilius Syrus

Top 10

I got tagged for a top 5 - top 10s thingy. So here it is!

Top foods
1. Mexican
2. Italian
3. Macaroni and Cheese with hot dogs
4. any and all desserts/sweets
5. reese's peanut butter cups
6. pineapple
7. egg salad sandwich
8. beef tenderloin
9. wine (comes from a grape therefore it = food)
10. Firestone's side salad

Top movies
1. Little Rascals
2. Lion King
3. Jerry McGuire
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
5. Dirty Dancing
6. Step Up
7. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
8. Enchanted
9. Maverick
10. Oceans 11

Top people
1. Jesus
2. Mom
3. Dad
4. Chris
5. Paige
6. Kaitlin
7. Rylen
8. Aunt Boo
9. Aunt Kate
10. (reserved for future special someone. he's in my top too, I just don't know who "he" is.)

Top gadgets
1. hair straightener
2. french press
3. iphone!
4. alarm clock
5. little rolly garlic chopper/mincer thingy
6. my camera - never leave home without it
7. the dishwasher
8. foot/space heaters
9. computers, most so the internet
10. non-stick baking dishes, pots, pans, etc.

Top of my style
1. denim jeans!
2. my rocket dog shoes
3. large purse
4. cute tops (generally solid colors)
5. hair pulled back (towards the end of the day)
6. comfy tops
7. pj pants
8. flip flops
9. casual, comfortable
10. "slightly" preppy

Ok. Your turn!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Picture of the Day 117

April 27th: Acts 11:19-30; Joshua 13-14; Job 27

"Confusion is the welcome mat at the door of creativity."
-Michael Gelb

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Picture of the Day 116

April 26th: Acts 11:1-18; Joshua 11-12; Job 26

"The glory of the day was in her face, the beauty of the night was in her eyes."
-Lewis Carroll

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Picture of the Day 115

April 25th: Acts 10:34-48; Joshua 9-10; Job 25

"That which chiefly causes the failure of a dinner party is the runny short-not of meat, or yet of drink, but of conversation."
-Lewis Carroll

With a quick trip to the beach

Aunt Kate

The Guys

Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm ready!

Well, mostly ready that is.

For what you ask? Well, tomorrow I'm going to Santa Margarita for a wine tasting festival, a fundraiser for Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program as well as the Vines to Wines club.

I'm all about helping out Cal Poly.

And drinking wine.

I'm uber excited to go down to my ol' stompin' ground. As well as make a stop at the ranch, and visit my Aunt and family, and hopefully eat at a yummy restaurant in San Luis Obispo before heading home.

Oh, and did I mention I was going with 3 guys? Yea, I'm going with 3 guys. It's 3 guys and me. Although, one guy is married, his wifey is busy and can't join us.

Throughout the day, I'll send my bloggy site pictures to keep you informed of what's going on. Then later (you know, 3 1/2 weeks from now) I'll give you the full run down and share "real" pictures. How does that sound?

Gosh I'm so excited! I don't know if I'll be able to sleep tonight!

Picture of the Day 114

I love this bush, and these flowers. But alas, it only blooms once a year around Easter time. And for 2009, it is no more...
April 24th: Acts 10:1-33; Joshua 7-8; Job 24

"The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness."
-Friedrich Nietzsche

If pot is legalized, I expect increases in tax revenue

So here's the thing, despite marijuana being illegal there are a lot of people out there that use it. They're using it illegally. That's a fact. We all know it.

Sure, maybe there are some medical benefits to the drug. I really don't know though, I haven't done the research to find out how "good" it really is; and I haven't been faced with cancer or a condition that would give me the reason to try it.

But I don't smoke anyways. So I have no intention of ever using the junk.

Ok, well, only second hand once or twice while I was in college. But not by choice.

Our country is in a recession. We all know that. And if you don't, then get out of your box. Watch the news, read the paper, talk to people. Our country is hurting economically. People are being laid off, business/corporations are closing, the value of things are decreasing, the stock market is crashing, 401ks are gone. Those that have and/or are making money aren't necessarily spending it like they used to. I admit I'm one of them, I'm preparing for what may come later down the road.

So why not make marijuana legal?

It's a fact that people use it, buy it, sell it, grow it, etc. So here's the thing, if it's legalized the government can then earn tax from it. Maybe not have it available to purchase at every grocery store like cigarettes, but at tobacco shops. Give it a higher tax like cigarettes. Decrease the number of "busts" by the police, therefore decreasing the costs associated with them.

So maybe you ask, "how will we regulate those that are growing it at home?" Well, my dad makes beer at home. No one is regulating that. He goes to a brewery store to purchase his supplies (starter, yeast, caps, etc.). So it's gonna happen, people are going to grow it at home. BUT, if it's not illegal maybe there will be a reduction in the REASON to grow it illegally at home.

But what about drugs and work? Same as alcohol and work. Show up intoxicated and you're done.

Sure, maybe the snack industry may boom too. That would be another boost to the economy.

I really haven't thought about this much. I'm just following the plinky prompt. This is kinda a good topic. Very thought provoking.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What I Should be Doing

The night is still young. It's only 11:20. I can think of a million and ten things I could/should be doing right now. But I'm not. Instead I'm in bed.

So tomorrow I'll have a million and twelve things to do not including my ever growing list at work.

But that's ok. Because today I went to the (blasted) DMV where I took care of two things. I got my oil changed and car washed. And I purchased a couple options for tops to weston Saturday.

None of which i'm 100% sold on.

Tomorrow i'm leaving work early to get a massage. I'm so excited. But with that comes the " how clean do I want to be before hand?" question. You know I'll come out all slicked up and greasey.

It's worth it though.

I'll fill you in more on what's going on Saturday layer. Maybe after it happens. I'm ├╝ber excited though.


This one is for you though. I'm giving you the opportunity to ask me questions, whatever you want, and I'll answer them, however I want. Later next week I'll post the questions and my answers. Even if it's only one question. It'll be fun!

So ask away!

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Love to my Homies!Or maybe he's blowing grass on me...

April 23rd: Acts 9:26-43; Joshua 5:2-6:27; Job 23

"The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color."
-Hans Hofmann

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Picture of the Day 112

April 22nd: Acts 9:1-25; Joshua 3:1-5:1; Job 22

"Submit to Go and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you..."
-Job 22:21

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Picture of the Day 111

April 21st: Acts 8:26-40; Joshua 1-2; Job 21

"Work hard to improve your mind and body. Nourish your spirit. Do the things you fear."
-Robin S. Sharma

Slumdog Millionaire

A few weeks ago, Easter weekend to be exact, I rented (Red Boxed) Slumdog Millionaire. I had heard from numerous sources that it is a must see. Plus it walked away with a ton of Oscars.

Literally, the amount of awards the movie won probably weighed about a ton.

So I rented it. From a Red Box. I love the Red Box.

And let me tell you, it was a GOOD movie. Kaitlin and I watched it together, and we were both highly impressed with the movie.

I don't want to give it away if you haven't seen it yet, but plan on it. But I highly recommend it.

And you know what, I'm also highly impressed that the movie powers that be started trust accounds for the kids that are in the movie because the really are slumdogs.

So go rent it. Or red box it. Or iTune download it. Whatever your method is, watch the movie.

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Aw nuts!
Ahahahaha! I crack myself up sometimes! Get it? Crack. You crack a nut open...

April 20th: Acts 8:1-25; Deuteronomy 33-34; Job 20
"Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame."
-Alexander Pope


March 29th was the Rock and Worship Roadshow in Fresno. What a phenomenal concert series! Let me tell you how it went, what all happened. You know, the details.

First off. Tickets were not pre-sold. It was a come-stand-in-line-doors-open-at-4:30 situation. Tickets at the door were only $10. $10 to see Addison Road (one of my favorite groups), Tenth Avenue North, Hawk Nelson, Jeremy Camp, and MercyMe.

Mom, Kaitlin and I took of and made it to Fresno in time to go to church with Paige and Coleman at The Well, the church they attend in Fresno. I very much enjoy The Well.

So here's the Save Mart Center. There were lines forming at every door around the building. We were very fortunate to get there early enough to be fairly close to the front of one line.
We got in, got our seats, and watched the rest of the seats fill in. Paige was playing peek-a-boo behind Kaitlin.
Addison Road was on first. And they were on early. You see, the lead singer is/was extremely pregnant. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of them.

But this group here is Tenth Avenue North. They are another new favorite group. I would recommend to everyone out there in Bloggyland to go out and get their CD.
Then Hawk Nelson was on. Honestly, they're not my type of music. So I took the opportunity to get up and go buy some CDs. And a pretzel. :)My buddies from way back when, Danae and Treva, met up with us. It was good to have them sitting with us too.
Sister picture. Thanks for the bunny ears mom!
Jeremy Camp was on second to last. He was good. Really good. I've like Jeremy Camp for many a year now, so it was a treat to finally get to see him in concert.
Last but not least MercyMe was on. They did a great job, and put on a great show.
The concerts were amazing. I feel truly blessed that I was able to attend. There were over 13,000 in attendance that night, filling seats that they hadn't expected to fill. God was at work in that auditorium. I pray that the vision of the performers will continue to grow and spread to all the unreached in our country.

And I'm now the proud parent of a sponsored child. Well, Mom and I are co-sponsoring. She's a little girl from Columbia. Speaking of, I need to write her a letter!


The Law of the Garbage Truck

This was sent to me. Ok, it was forwarded to me. Tomato, tomaato. Puts things in perspective a little. Enjoy...

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital! This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. So...Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

"Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!"

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Things I Learned Today...

Chelsie and Bryan can't make it to church on time for the life of 'em!
Splitting a quesadilla at Mundo's was just perfect for lunch. Combined with about 3 LARGE glasses of water. I was full.
Chris spills things. George moves seats when Chris spills things.
Katie has poopy work hours!
We're going to be "sophisticated" friends and have a cheese and wine party. I'm excited! It's going to be excellent fun!
Stacey sleeps late. I did already know that though. I technically did not learn that today.
A car with a broken AC unit is NOT fun in 94 degree weather. I don't like AC460. Time to make an appointment to get that fixed. My car lately = money pit.
It is better to sun burn on top of a sun burn. This way recovery is shorter. Opposed to getting a sun burn. It heals. Then getting another sun burn.
I went golfing with 2 great guys (both attractive and both single...). It was great fun!
Of the 2 guys, one is patient and the other will throw his club when frustrated.
I'm a "consistent" golfer.
Did you know that if you layer 2 tank tops (both white and wife beater type) that you will burn THROUGH them and end up with a BRA tan line? Yea, I didn't either.
Red wine chilled really isn't all that bad. Agreed though that it has more complex flavors when room temperature.
The early admission to the Cal Poly Wine Festival only had a limited number of tickets. I didn't know this. They are sold out.
I love my new path!
2 days of being in the sun = a sleepy me. The wine probably isn't helping either. Time to start settling down and going to bed.
Blow drying your hair against a burnt back = extra burning.

Picture of the Day 109

April 19th: Acts 7:23-8:1; Deuteronomy 31-32; Job 19

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
-Deuteronomy 31:8

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Picture of the Day 108

April 18th: Acts 7:1-22; Deuteronomy 29-30; Job 18

"To become a father is not hard. To be a father is, however."
Wilhelm Busch


As a once again single gal, I'm always looking for and reading "advice". Sometimes it doesn't take much looking, it's right there on when I open the internet at work.

So I read it.

Cause I'm lame.

And I need help. Obviously I can't figure finding a guy or dating out on my own.

So yesterday had a pretty good article...

"8 Ways to Get Him to Notice You in 10 Days"

  1. Stop playing hard to get.
    I honestly don't think I'm playing hard to get. Really, am I playing a game at all?
  2. Be attentive.
    I am attentive. I've very attentive. How much more attentive do I need to be?
  3. Try something new.
    Ummm... Help a Sista out. I don't know what to try. HELP!
  4. Let your guard down.
    This one is a little hard. After being burned so many times you start to build a wall. I need someone to march around my little Jericho walls to knock them down. Someone that won't burn me after I let my guard down. I have a huge fear of rejection. Wonder why...
  5. Stop texting and no one gets hurt.
    I know when to leave my phone alone.
  6. Know the power of your outfit.
    Here's another help area. I need a personal shopper. Someone who knows what kind of clothes go good with my body type and skin tone and eye color. I just don't have a bajillion dollars to pay for a personal shopper person. Help!
  7. TMI is never a good thing.
    I'm reserved. Until my guard is down (see #4), I reveal very little about myself. At least very little of my heart and feelings. Sure, I can talk about the weather and the latest news til the cows come home. And I'll listen like no other at what he's saying, feeling, dreaming. But give me some time.
  8. Keep him wanting more.
    I first have to figure out how to get him to want anything (or me) at all. Then I'll work on the keeping him wanting more.
Obviously there's more to it then the 8 points, so visit the article.

This is hard stuff to figure out.

Seriously it is.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Picture of the Day 107

April 17th: Acts 6; Deuteronomy 28; Job 17

"It's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then..."
-Lucy Maud Montgomery

Go Thunder!

Awhile back, some weeks ago. Gosh, you know, I can't remember when. More than a week ago, less than 2 months ago.

Point is, I went to a hockey game. There! Phew, finally got it out. My friend Krista ended up with some extra tickets from work. So I got to join her, as well as Kaitlin and Stacey.
We watched the Stockton Thunder vs., well, I can't remember who they played.
You know what my favorite part of any hockey game is? When they fight. Or try to fight.
You see, the rule is that once the helmets and gloves come off the refs can't break up the fight. So punches are thrown.
Teeth are knocked out. Ok, I made that one up. But is it a coincidence that many a hockey players are missing teeth...?Eyes are bruised. I made that one up too. But I'm sure black eyes are a result of the fights too.
Oh no! They hit the ground. The refs can now officially break up the fight.

Pretty cool rule, huh? Or should I say eh? It's Canadian, like hockey, eh.
On with the game! The other team was winning. Then we scored. Then we scored another time. But so did the other team.
Hey, it's time to capture the fans! Hi Kait and Krista!
Woo Hoo! Here's one of our goals!
Who are those hotties?!? Hey good lookin' single guys out there, we're both single too! For a good time call... Just kidding.

I'm not going to post our phone numbers here. Just leave me a comment. Check out the creepy guy in the background! Ok, creepy guy actually works with Krista. Poor thing, he's a little awkward. Friendly, but awkward.

And back to the game. Stockton's colors are black and yellow. The other team, whom ever the are, were, ah, red and gold. I'm guessing really. And squinting at the picture trying to remember.
I tell you what. My family, my parents primarily but my siblings and I have inherited it, can know just about anyone where ever we go. Case in point, see the guy in blue on the end and the gal in the middle of that cluster of 4? I know them. They're from Hilmar. And I grew up going to the same church as them.

They were afraid we were going to tell on them. Although, we agreed that what happens at the hockey game stays at the hockey game.
Go Thunder! Another goal!I'm an saddened to inform you that Stockton Thunder lost to the other team in overtime. But boy did they play hard.

Especially that Huxley. Right, Kaitlin?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Picture of the Day 106

April 16th: Acts 5:17-42; Deuteronomy 25-27; Job 16

"Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it."
-Soren Kierkegaard


My car just recently turned 90,000 miles old.
And it's still kickin'.

Or drivin'.


*Disclaimer: I was on the freeway, hence the speed. But there weren't many other cars on the road, hence the quick picture. And it was 66 degrees that late afternoon while driving to Costco.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Picture of the Day 105

April 15th: Acts 5:1-16; Deuteronomy 23-24; Job 15

"If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father."
Beulah Louise Henry


Sunny with a chance of WINDINESS!

Spring is here. Trees have budded and bloomed. *sneeze* Flowers have bloomed. *sneeze* Flowers have died off. *rejoice I can breath again* Then, just when you think its safe to decrease the amount of times you take a 24 hour zyrtec in a day, the winds kick up and stir all that pollen around again.

I was finally sleeping through the night again and not waking up at 3am, 5am, and then again at 5:30am to blow my nose, sneeze, shove kleenex up my nose to stop the running, drink water because my throat has dried out due to not being able to breath through my nose. But it's back. No more peaceful sleep. This darn wind is blowing everything around.

My dog has got me figured out. She knows "that sound" when you start to catch your breath before sneezing. When she hears me start up she bolts from the bed and retreats to her dog bed. In the other room.

See, the dog isn't sleeping well this season either!

I look forward to the day that I don't have to take an allergy pill before I go to bed to last through the night. I look forward to the day that my sneezes are rated at work. I look forward to the day when I don't wake up with a stuffed, dripping nose and leaky eyes. I look forward to the day when allergies are no more, even if just for a season.

Like winter. I'll take winter back.

Minus the fog and cold.

Or just give me a nice rain storm to knock all the pollen out of the air.

'Scuse me while I go blow my nose.

*honk, honk* *pppppphhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmppppppppp*

(FYI, I don't claim I can speak German. So I have no idea if "kazunheint" is spelt correctly.)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Picture of the Day 104

Grow dwarf peach nectarine tree, grow.
April 14th: Acts 4:23-37; Deuteronomy 21-22; Job 14

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings."
-Hodding Carter

Monday, April 13, 2009

Picture of the Day 103

Can you guess what this is?
April 13th: Acts 4:1-22; Deuterony 19-20; Job 13

"Happiness is a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry under a shade tree."
-Astrid Alauda

My money's on the gorilla

Who would win in a fight between a gorilla and a pack of hyenas?

My instinct says the hyenas. Hello? Have you ever seen Lion King? But then King Kong was a gorilla. So, the big guy. He could totally flick away the little hyenas.

I really don't know. I don't know if I'd really like to witness that fight either...

Monday Mumblings

I'm so stinkin' sore!!! But hey, I have half a path from my driveway to my front porch and the pile of bricks in the backyard had decreased. Only took 5 1/2 hours, but I had help and got to it!
Debbie can't fit me in!!! I wanna cry. I was really hoping I could get a massage today. Boo! :(
Friday's dinner was almost better as leftovers today then it was as dinner Friday night... Hummm... Odd. Still good though. And healthly! Bonus!
Need to remember to charge camera battery tonight before going to Phil Wickham concert tomorrow. Note to self...
I'm REALLY excited about having an egg salad sandwich for dinner tonight. I'm so excited you don't even KNOW my excitement. I love egg salad sandwiches. And this is about the only time of the year that I eat them.
I skipped Weight Watchers today. Why? Because I can. And because I ate a lot over the weekend. And because I don't want to face a gain this week...again. So I'm committing to being good. Forever.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Picture of the Day 102

April 12th: Acts 3; Deuteronomy 17-18; Job 12

"He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need."
William Shakespeare

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Picture of the Day 101

April 11th: Acts 2:14-47; Deuteronomy 15-16; Job 11

To be happy, it first takes being comfortable in your own shoes. The rest can work up from there.
Sophia Bush

Friday, April 10, 2009

Picture of the Day 100

I heart rosemary...April 10th: Acts 2:1-13; Deuteronomy 13-14; Job 10
"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."
-A.A. Milne

Good Friday?

I receive a weekly e-mail from Got Questions is a Christian site where you can ask any question on Christianity and/or the Bible and it will spit out about 101 answers. Today's e-mailed question and answer are below, which I thought were fitting given what today is...

Question: "What is Good Friday?"
Answer: Good Friday is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday. It is celebrated traditionally as the day on which Jesus was crucified. Assuming that Jesus was crucified and died on a Friday, should Christians remember Jesus' death by celebrating Good Friday?

The Bible does not instruct Christians to remember Christ’s death by honoring a certain day. The Bible does give us freedom in these matters, however. Romans 14:5 tells us, “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Rather than remembering Christ's death on a certain day, once a year, the Bible instructs us to remember Christ’s death by observing the Lord’s Supper. First Corinthians 11:24-26 declares, “ this in remembrance of me...for whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.”

Why is Good Friday referred to as “good”? What the Jewish authorities and Romans did to Jesus was definitely not good (see Matthew chapters 26-27). However, the results of Christ’s death are very good! Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” First Peter 3:18 tells us, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

Many Christian churches celebrate Good Friday with a subdued service, usually in the evening, in which Christ’s death is remembered with solemn hymns, prayers of thanksgiving, a message centered on Christ suffering for our sakes, and observance of the Lord's Supper. Whether or not Christians choose to “celebrate” Good Friday, the events of that day should be ever on our minds because the death of Christ on the cross is the paramount event of the Christian faith.

I'm in the corn casserole Hall of Fame

Not that I'm famous, but it's my "claim to fame"...

My claim to fame... Although it's not really my recipes everyone seems to like to give me credit for it. I have a recipe that I got from an Aunt of mine called Fiesta Corn Casserole. I've made it countless times for different dinners with friends. Now, don't go thinking that I'm boring and can't make anything else, that I always have to rely to the recipe that I can recite in my sleep. Cause that's not true, the boring part that is. I can recite it the recipe in my sleep, scary I know! So everytime (well, not everytime) I'm invited to a dinner and I offer to bring something (like every good guest should), I'm asked to bring "Courtney's Corn Casserole".

I even made a boo boo once while making it, but now it's the favorite. I grabbed the wrong can at the grocery store, and instead of diced green chilis we ended up with diced jalapenos. Let me tell you, spicy but delish! Now I generally put a can of each to make it more of a mild spicy (when I say a can of each it's because I'm doubling the recipe.)

You want the recipe?

Of course you do!

Go here!

Ok, so I can't make it a hyperlink yet, but I will. I promise.

Mental note, add link when I get home.

Someone remind me around 5pm please...