distracting myself

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So a while ago, I was tagged by Nichole to do this meme. In an attempt to distract myself, here it is: (did I already do this before?)

four jobs you have had in your life:
1. English tutor
2. admissions cashier at a science museum
3. graphic designer for Wycliffe
4. Gerig Hall front desk worker

four movies you could watch over and over:
1. Anne of Green Gables
2. Ice Princess
3. Moulin Rouge
4. White Christmas (but I generally only watch it at Christmas time)

four places you have lived:
1. Norman, Oklahoma
2. Waxhaw, North Carolina
3. San Jose, Costa Rica
4. Woodstock, Georgia

four TV shows you love to watch:
1. Gilmore Girls
2. M*A*S*H
3. Simpson’s
4. Close to Home

four places you have been on vacation:
1. Cusco/Machu Picchu, Peru
2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3. Massachusetts/Rhode Island (but I’ve never been to Boston in the fall)
4. Merida, Mexico

four websites you visit daily:
1. yahoo mail
2. xanga
3. cnn
4. the blogs of all my friends

four of your favorite foods:
1. beef-a-roni
2. ice cream
3. any kind of berry
4. string cheese

four places you’d rather be right now:
1. somewhere with Paul
2. Stone Mountain
3. asleep in bed
4. in Upland giving people hugs

four bloggers you are tagging:
nope not tagging anyone since I think this has already been passed around once. If you read this and say to yourself, “Oh I desperately want to do that!” then let me know and I will tag you. :-)


Why, God?

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I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm
(by Casting Crowns)

The first time I heard this song, I started crying. It came to mind again as I have been digesting the news of the death of five brothers and sisters at Taylor.

I haven’t been able to concentrate much today. It seems so trivial to be worrying about ads when there are grieving people out there. I have spent much time browsing blogs of Taylor students, looking to know WHO these people were. I wanted to hear from people who knew them individually, to hear their stories, to know their legacy. One person wrote that she was there when the boyfriend of one of the deceased found out… and how he sunk to the ground in sobs. That shakes me up. Those are the words I would never want to hear.

I told Paul today that if I wasn’t a Christian, I would feel so hopeless right now. I know that God has a plan for each of us, and He chooses the exact day that we are going to die. Whether it’s expected or unexpected, when we’re old or when we’re young. He doesn’t take anyone for the heck of it. He knows that in the grand scheme of things, His plan will be better fulfilled if this person is taken Home. How can I argue with that? It doesn’t help with the hurt, but it is somewhat comforting to know that God takes someone away from this world because He knows that better things will come out of his or her death. And I can trust that an infinitely wise God knows better than me why things should be a certain way.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7


prayer

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Four Taylor students and one Taylor employee were welcomed Home yesterday in a fatal car crash off 69. Apparently a semi driver crossed the median into the southbound lane, and had a head-on collision with a van coming from Taylor’s Ft. Wayne campus.

I am still in shock. I want to break into tears. I want to be at Taylor right now so I can give hugs. I wish somehow, everything could be okay. A lot of questions are running around my head, and I’m sure they’re feeling it even worse at Taylor. Please pray for the families of those who were killed, those who are in the hospital (four were injured, plus the semi driver), and the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Taylor.

For more info:

Article on Taylor’s website

Local TV station’s article (more details & a video)

CNN.com article

Indy Star article

Chicago Tribune article


MySpace and other things

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So I finally gave in and joined MySpace. Actually, “gave in” is the wrong word since really no one was pressuring me, except for Paul who was pressuring me not to join MySpace. But I felt left out of the world of MySpace and so I joined. :-) Paul and I had fun customizing the look and feel. Let me tell you, my initial opinion is that MySpace is clunky and hard to use. And slow. And I’m forever running into pages that don’t exist or server error or something. So I doubt I will be spending a lot of time there, although I might cross-post my blogs there… hmm…

So a list of all the things I’ve joined:

MySpace (myspace.com/twentysixcats)

Xanga (xanga.com/twentysixcats)

Facebook

Blogger (I now have a blogger profile!)

And I think that’s it… I’ll add more if I think of them.

Other things that have been on my mind:

Ann is out of town so I’ve been “cat sitting”. I enjoy being by myself (don’t have to make the bed, don’t have to close the door to get dressed), but I think I’ll be glad when she gets back. The cats really miss her, I think… She gets back on Friday so only a few more days.

This past weekend I received a book I ordered entitled “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. Excellent book. I think all women should read it. I never knew all this information about my own body, and it explains some things I’ve experienced as being perfectly normal part of your cycle. The book is pretty thick and goes into great detail; I wish she made a booklet version for people just interested in the subject of women’s cycles. Anyways, if you want to know more I would highly recommend this book.

Paul and I went on a long walk the other day. We guessed it was about four miles. I really enjoyed it. There are woods that run behind my apartment complex, and as we were walking we noticed all sorts of paths through the woods. We decided that we are going to go explore sometime when not wearing sandals and flip-flops. :-)

Work has been very stressful these days. Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest weekends for retailers, and so we are in the midst of Memorial Day ads right now. They were all due to the printer yesterday, but a lot of them are going to be late. It’s frustrating because I’ve had four jobs change from an imprint (no changes from the template) to full customs (complete changes, including product and overall themes and colors) – all in the past couple of days. I have been struggling to keep on top of things. Our bonus is directly tied to the amount of jobs we send to the printer on time (yesterday) but so many of my jobs are going to be late because the dealers keep coming back with changes (we have until Thursday to turn in files to the printer). *sigh* I just want them to approve their ads so I can get them to the printer and out of my office!

Well after that I should go since I’m at work – although I wrote the majority of this post last night. I just didn’t have a good ending – does anyone else have trouble ending their posts? Mine will sit for a couple of days just because I can’t think of a good ending. Okay I’m really stopping writing now.


cheese baked chicken

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I got ambitious this weekend and planned a menu for the entire week. My mom gave me this cookbook called “Cooking for Two” and it has complete meals – not just a recipe for an entree, but also recipes for suggested side dishes. We’ll see how this goes. :-)

Today’s menu called for Cheese Baked Chicken with potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls. The chicken was fairly simple:

2 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp. melted butter
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. melted butter

First I dipped the chicken in 1 tbsp of melted butter, then I rolled it in the Parmesan cheese. I made sure to cover it very well in cheese, so I probably used more than 1/3 cup. Then I melted 2 tbsp. of butter in a pie dish and placed the cheese-covered chicken in there. I put it in the oven at 350 and cooked for about 45 minutes.

My oven is really hot and unpredictable, so we had the fun experience with the butter getting so hot that it bubbled and popped, hitting the heating element and causing a lot of smoke (setting off the smoke detector) and successfully rendering our oven unusable until we clean it out. It was cooking at over 400 according to the thermometer in the oven. Anyways, it was quite exciting and another chapter in my Adventures in Cooking book. Despite the smoke, the meal turned out quite well and I highly recommend that recipe.

Tomorrow is supposed to be meatball stroganoff, but I doubt that’s going to happen since I’ll probably be too hungry to clean the oven, THEN prepare a meal, THEN eat – all after I get home from work. :-) I’m excited about this cooking stuff. It’s much better tasting than my meals this past year which have mostly consisted of Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. Mmm.