Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hello All!

So much to get to today! First a shout out to Morty who gave me a thumbs up on my musical selection last week. I though it was awesome too. :D On that note I have another list you might be interested in. Since one of my favorite people in the world was born in 1980 (hello Shasta!) here are the
Top Ten Songs from 1980. Almost thirty years.... yes, it has been that long. I can't argue with number one song though...

So, Friday was fun. We went to watch Andi play N. Crowley, in Ft.Worth on that night. We determined there must have been a police convention there because we had never seen so many cop cars in one place. There were a lot of people there too. We joked that we would have to leave early just so we could get back to the truck before they closed up. Well we did end up leaving early but it really had nothing to do with where we were parked.

As you know bleachers are not known for comfort or room, but everyone tries to make allowances for that and be more curtious to each other. Not so on Friday. The place was packed on our side, which is really kind of unusual for an away game, but none the less we found a bench where the seating was Lora, Mom, Me, and Dad at the end.

Well this woman came and sat down behind us and decided her knee fit nicely between Mom and myself. So, Mom scooted closer to Lora and I scooted closer to Dad. Turns out that this was not enough space either for the woman as she continued to poke us with different body parts, and then swung her blanket around hitting us in the head. Never apologizing once! Then, thankfully not to me, but to poor Mom, decided that she was ready to get into the spirit of the football game and yell as loud as she could in my mother's ear. (It was for our team, but her timing was off and ended up being yelled when the other team took the field.)

So, we watched the half time show, where Andi did well AND caught her rifle, but left once the 4th quarter started. (Turns out it was a good thing the cops were there as someone got arrested in the parking lot when we were trying to leave.)

The weekend was nice as well especially because Grandpa W. and Arlene were able to come join us on Sunday and then took us out to lunch. Yum!

Now, yesterday I went to my first protest. We were protesting protesters actually. You can read the article
here. You can even see video, and I looked, thankfully you can't see me either. (I was on the for prayer side.) I have been living with fear since I've come back, and it has nearly crippled me emotionally. I can't really explain it but I second guess everything and I'm terrified to do anything. As most of you know I'm usually a very forthright, honest, bold, and face fear kind of person, but I haven't been that way for nearly two months now.

I know God did not give me a spirit of fear, and I pray about it to Him because I can't seem to get past it. Yesterday was a prime example of that fear. I wanted to go, knew I should, but I was afraid to go and be alone. So as the minutes were ticking by I prayed and asked God to help me with that fear. So I stood up and went to talk to my dad. He said well why don't you go, see if you can see anyone, and if you don't come back. That put me at ease so I did just that.

I saw Mrs. Pat H. and stayed. There was also a few others that I talked with. It was fun. There were far mor of us than the other side. Plus it progressed like I think any good Christian get together does: There was some praying, singing, and people in groups chit chating, all while holding signs and having fun. The only thing not present was the food, but that's okay.

All in all it was a good experience and I'm slowly coming back to my old self again. Now, for someone who's boldness still inspires me I thought this article on
Kirk Cameron was really good.

Meanwhile I have much more talk about, but I don't want to make this any longer. So I'll go but visit my blog and I promise more goodies. Well, stuff I like anyway.

I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Just a, What Were They Thinking moment

(credit: me)

In case you haven't read the news or care, either is certainly possible. It seems that my beloved, Law & Order: Criminal Intent is under going some changes. Mainly that my favorite characters, Goren and Eames, are to be phased out, which means the actors that play them are gone. Now, there is just no one like Vincent D'Onofrio. And Kathryn Erbe has played Alex Eames beautifully. I hate to be a 'jump the shark' kind of person, but I don't watch the episodes that those two aren't in. And I will certainly not be watching now that they are gone.

Here's the full story:

If you are sadden by that news like I was go here, she'll treat you right.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Good Are Out There

You may have thought my story on Kaleb Eulls was just a one trick pony. And for a while I did too, but I am happy to report that as of today it is not just the only good news out there. While Thamail Morgan's story may not be as life threatening as Kaleb's was, but it is no less heroic.

There is something that seems to resonate in all of us when someone takes the second chance offered and runs with it. It reminds us that we all need a second chance (and some of us more than two), and how people really can learn from their mistakes and go on to bigger and better things slightly wiser than when they started. You can read what I'm waxing poetic about
here. The best part is, he's a football player. I'm not sure if that excites me because I follow football more than any other sport or because I'm from Texas and you know how we love our football. I'll let you speculate.

Meanwhile, I celebrated my own milestone today. My beautiful car (even though slightly dented thanks to someone who thought the Stop sign was just a suggestion) hit 90,000 miles today. At ten years of age she is still a great machine and when I do move onto another vehicle I will miss this car.

Also tonight I have a jewelry party and I'm setting my sights on not buying anything. After all I really don't have the money, but if they have a tricked out ring that engulfs two fingers I may be tempted. If such a ring exists and I buy it I'll post photos.

So enjoy watching The Office and Project Runway tonight. I know I'll be looking at them online tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

So Excited!

The truth is I'm very excited. It is fall and it is wonderful! Sure the rain put a damper on my speed-demon ways, but it is well worth it to have such cooler weather and to be able to experience such a wonderful fall. I've missed this.

I want you to know that I have many things to share with you this week. Starting with what I believe is one of the coolest (pun intended) links. This link take you to the
Top 10 Halloween Songs. Now, before grumbling commences these are not your predictable song choices. I happen to love them all, but that shouldn't be a surprise. In fact I'm listening to "Monster Mash" as we speak, okay so it is "Dragula" by Rob Zombie (which is an awesome song if your truthful with yourself), but I listened to the other one today.

If you are more into the romantic side of things then I also have something for you too. Now most of you know my love of all things I Love Lucy, and in the very last episode of The Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour Edie Adams sang, "That's All". Now this is very bitter sweet for those who know that this duo divorced shortly there after. However, I was searching through YouTube the other day, and found this video:

Or click

On more intimate details I went to my 10 Year High School Reunion on Saturday. Now I don't like to speak bad of people, but this was seriously, well... The planners were over ten minutes late. It was held outside in a gazebo, which for those not in the area at the moment, is filled with mosquitos thanks to our latest bout of rain. It was humid and it was high school all over again because people hung out with who they knew. Plus it started at six, but they didn't serve food until 7:45 pm. However, it turned into a great night because Shasta, her husband Joe, Victoria, her boyfriend, James, and I all went to Mercardo Juarez and had a lot of fun. And that is all I have to say about that.

Meanwhile on Friday (the day before said reunion) we all went and saw Haltom play. Sure they lost, and my parents and I stayed after to watch Andi perform, but it was a great night. I ended up in the section where many jocks from my class were sitting, but it really was a great night. I just don't think you can get better than football games in Texas on a Friday night. Something about them. Of course the numbing of my behind from sitting on those... bottom killers... may not have been the most comfortable, but it was still worth it.

Also, I'm slowly getting back to myself. I have been so lost since I came home from Mexico, but yesterday I actually cleaned my room. I cared. My confidence in my life is slowly being restored and I'm getting back to the old Kelli that didn't waste time (okay near as much time I've been doing lately). So thanks to those who have been praying for me. And if you could continue to I would appreciate it.
On my last note I just want to encourage you to tell the people you care about that you love them. In this crazy, overwhelming world, I know I forget to say it to those people at times. If you know Christ you know what love is and why not spread that around just a little bit more? Who knows maybe the Beatles did have it right, "All You Need is Love".

I think this may be a precursor to my Valentine submission.

Love to you all and may you have a great week!

Monday, September 14, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Fall

To celebrate the Seventh Season Premiere of One Tree Hill I thought I would post a song that has just made me.. well... very happy.

This is Forever More by Katie Herzberg from the album Apple Tree. You can buy it from Amazon here.

And while many of my friends, family, and co-workers have been complaining about the rain that has been in most of down pour since Thursday I couldn't be happier! It's beginning to feel a lot like Fall.... since I can, I thought I would list the things I am most looking forward to this season (in hoping that it does not get above 90 degrees here).

  1. One Tree Hill Season Premiere -- That's Today!

  2. Listening to Chasing Pavements by Adele and Hero by Regina Spektor (because for reasons unknown to anyone they sound better in fall to me).
  3. The weather. I love cooler weather!
  4. Football Games. My baby sister, Andi, is in color guard.
  5. CSI: New York Season Premiere -- Wednesday, September 23rd
  6. Possibly going to another concert at Granbury Live with Tammy.
  7. Halloween. This is from One Tree Hill, but this is my current wallpaper.
  8. Watching Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp/Tim Burton). Makes it seem that much better.
  9. New Bible Study (I'm a nerd, what can I say?)
  10. Getting to drink hot chocolate because it is cooler!

Those are just a few things I'm looking forward to. I hope the rest of you are excited. :D Until then, enjoy the music.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Feeling A Few Drops on this Sunny Day

What a day! It's been some what of a roller coaster and I don't know if it is even over yet! So, what has happened you may ask? Well this morning I woke up to see a Facebook message from a friend who says their company is hiring! Yay! So I applied online, but you know how it is in our instant society. I haven't heard anything yet....

Here at my volunteer job our mini fridge went out! I have Miracle Whip in there!! The problem is the replacement is $125, which is money we really don't have to spare... So I have no idea what we're going to be doing. It really kinda stinks.

However, I got a call from a person in my church who has invited me with a bunch of other "old people" as he put it to go to a concert. I'm excited about it. Sure it cost $22 AND we will be having lunch, but it should be a good time. These people are awesome!

The only other issue I'm having is I haven't had a pedicure in two months and my toes are...
well lets just say I really need one. I have the one toe in which I'm not sure how you would classify the toenail as whatever grew back after I had it removed is not normal. So the polish looks great on it, but the others are either gone, chipped, or you wonder if I know my toes look like that.

However, after searching on the web today I know I need to recreate these Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Cookie Bars. I'm excited that Lawrence Beamen on America's Got Talent has made it through to the final. I did not vote 10 times for him not to make it.

And does anyone else think that Bryan Voltaggio on Top Chef: Las Vegas resemble Jason Dohring from such fine shows as Veronica Mars? Or is that just me. Every time I watch him I just see Logan... I can't help it. Not to mention is sibling rivalry with brother Mike. Oh so fun to watch!

Tonight of course is Project Runway and when prime time finally starts up again I can get back to watching the Office. Jim and Pam for the win... or Dwangela. I still hold out for that happy ending.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Beginnings

Hello Everyone!

I'm finally back to a schedule where I'm actually doing something, which as we all know is exactly where I like it. Thursday was Ladies Fellowship, which was wonderful. We had it at Nicki's. I'll give a thumbs up to the manicotti, of which I ate the whole thing. I was hungry and that stuff was good!

Friday I hung out with good friends at On the Border, where William, tried to share his dinner with me. It was a really sweet gesture and had I not been dressed up I probably would've taken it easier. However, all was fine and Shasta got used to me sitting in her lap. Plus William is too cute not to be a little flattered when he tries to share. He really is adorable.

Then Saturday I stayed in my pajamas. All day. And forced some to watch The Love Saga, which starts with Love Comes Softly. However, that is not where we started watching them. They started with Love's Abiding Joy, which is the fourth movie in the series. Oh well. And yes, Lora made fun of me, and I think my dad left for parts unknown, but I had a good time.

Then Sunday was a very nice day. I finally saw the movies, Valley Girl, go Nicolas Cage, and then Yes Man with Jim Carrey. Both were great and for reasons all their own. I enjoyed it greatly. Both fed into my 80s music fix.

Now if I could stop this pressing need to have a Coke Float every night that would be great. I'm sure I'll be sick of it soon, but you know how cravings are. Meanwhile yesterday I thought I would scare those around me when I went to Panara (a promise to Andi) and they had Creamy Tomato.... yum.... bread bowl.... sorry I had a Homer Simpson moment there.

Lora, Andi, and I went and saw (500) Days of Summer. For those old enough I loved it. Quirky, bittersweet, and very funny. Be sure to be there for the opening so you can read the author's notes. They set the tone for the movie. I also found out that based on the quiz, Which Dead Rocker Are You, that I was Jerry Garcia. I laughed, but hey, its cool. :D

Well I hope for all you that this week brings many great surprises (I know I'm crossing my fingers). Have a blessed week and please keep me in your prayers. I have some big decisions on my plate and although none of them are very urgent, I still need to know which direction to go in.

PS: Anyone else excited about the DIVAS concert on VH1 or that Kelly Clarkson and Adele are going to be doing a duet together? No? Just me?... Well you should be excited because that is awesome news!

Oh, and if you need a little pick me up as far as news go this should really warm your heart, no really, a very sweet story of
Kaleb Eulls
Much Blessings,

~ Kelli

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bad news? Where?

Any more I think the world feels more like this Talking Head's song than anything else. With news coming at you everywhere about how bad it is getting it makes me want to bury my head in the sand. And I watch O'Reilly nightly! I live for politics and world news and okay a little controversy, but even I'm getting my fill.

However, today as I was lamenting my own frustrations with my life I read this and I teared up. Sure Hallmark cards make me cry, but with the news of the past year I thought I had hardened a little bit, turns out all it took was the right story and my humanity was back in full force. This story of Kaleb Eulls are one of those great stories that make you set up and walk a little prouder for being part of the human race. His selfless act and heroism certainly makes this blogger realize that all is not lost yet.

So to Kaleb Eulls, who for me helps keep my favorite quote at the forefront, "The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be common, nor the common heroic." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet (1803-1882). Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Brushes, Bags, and Blogs


It is September 1st. I even got to work at 8:30 like I've been trying to do for the past week. I know you're thinking that sounds lazy, and it is, but to be fair I have not been myself since I got back. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things and it is tough. Much harder than I thought possible.

I've had several people tell me that they miss my emails and after I came down from the cloud of euphoria after such sweet comments I decided I'll start writing them again. This is where Blog comes in. Yes, I haven't quite got my blog to where I want it to be, but I've decided to at least make every Tuesday my 'email' day. And just because I'm not in Mexico doesn't mean those strange tales don't still happen to me. I think the ironic thing is that irony seems to define my life and I find it quite funny.

I've been gone a while so there is much to tell, but alas I'm going to keep it within the week because otherwise you'd stop reading half way through... I realized that Mexico had a profound effect on me this past Saturday when I went to a barbeque. Oh, the food was delicious (and not served in big metal barrels either), but there were mosquitos. After I realized that I had been bitten several times (because I didn't put bug spray on... so maybe not that profound), I didn't panic because I had something in my purse. That is right I had anti-itch cream, thank-you Mexico.

As for the title of my email well you know me. I like things that are related and begin with the same letter. This shouldn't surprise you though... so brushes? Oh yeah, this past Friday my brush broke in half! Let the hair jokes commense. Then on the same day, several hours later I was about to put my computer bag into my car when the strap snapped falling to the ground and giving me a cut on my thumb that throbbed like no one's business. I couldn't figure out why it hurt so bad until I saw the blood...

Fred is okay. I know I checked. The CD Rom was open, but I figured that was Fred just sticking his tongue out at me for dropping him in the first place.

On a cool note front those of you who are big Wizard of Oz fans it will be playing on the big screen Sept. 23rd at 7:00 pm for the 70th Anniversary! You can get tickets online by click here.

Well until next week when I have my stuff together... hopefully. If you were to receive a thank-you card or vanilla from me, it is coming. Did I mention getting back into the swing of things is tough?

Okay, bye for now!