Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Reflections


What a year! I started off my year rather broke, and looking for some help. I ended it with me having a job with insurance, a new car, and paying my bills. It was what I had been hoping for this time last year.

So, I thought I would reflect on the big events for this year (mostly personal).

May - I got a new job. Scary, but good. I've enjoyed it so far, but it has certainly made me want to be corporate not work for corporate.

June - I turned 30. 30!

August - Shas gave birth to Baylor. Isn't he a cutie?

September - Lora left for Michigan.



November - Bought a new car! Very scary and exciting.




Of course my biggest challenge will be tonight as I struggle to stay awake until midnight.  Then again if it does become a family affair and we play Classic Rock Trivial prusuit it could become a blood bath. And one does not simply fall asleep during a blood bath.

I would like to say I'm kidding about the intesity at which my family plays a trivia game involving music, but I am not. You're welcome to come, but you're on your own and if you don't know, don't speak.

Okay, now that I've revealed that...

Have a happy and safe new year everyone!

Much Love,
Kelli


Friday, December 30, 2011

Melissa

A few months ago I posted about my sister, Lora, and now it is Melissa's turn. Melissa is my second  sister, and from the moment she was born I was in love with her.  She was so patient and very smart as I had to teach her everything I learned while in school.

(This is Melissa and Grandpa W.)


She left us after she graduated high school to the rocky mountains, and has stayed there since. Still as smart as ever. I still remember when I helped her move into her dorm room.  In Kansas we saw a dirt tornado that I have never seen duplicated.  Good memories.



Her love and passion for music is certainly something I share, but perhaps not our taste.  However, there are a few we do agree on: Placebo and Mumford and Sons. There might be more, but Melissa's a dancer and I have two left feet.


Her ability to calmly argue with anyone on anything is remarkable. She is always funny, and has a unique outlook on the world and the way it works.  But like her Twitter describes her, she is a slow driver, but her commentary while driving makes up for it.  You should hear it sometime.



Always an original, and following her path with Christ Melissa is unlike anyone I have ever met or known. I'm blessed to have her as my sister and I pray that her burdens be light.

So for a song she introduced me to:



The New Sound
by: The Capricorns

Much Love to Melissa,
From Kelli


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Did you have a wonderful Christmas? I did. I feel overwhelmingly blessed by it. My dad and I drove to Kansas on Christmas morning and then drove back on Monday getting back at about 8:00, as I had to work this week. However, hearing my grandpa say it was one of the best Christmas he has ever had was certainly worth it.

Which leads me to:

  1. 3 Day Weekends. Aren't they wonderful? I start my new work schedule next week: Tuesday through Saturday, so I won't have many of them for the next few months, but I will so enjoy this one.
  2. Family. Because they understand. In Kansas I got to see some cousins I haven't seen in years. We ended up discussing Grandma's food and all of us mentioned her Waldorf salad. (She always took the celery out for me.) And her friend chicken. It was so nice to talk with them and know they knew how awesome she was.
  3. Presents. I love giving and receiving them, and I especially love when I get some extra cash that I can actually use to go shopping. Which I will be doing Saturday. Hopefully. Can't wait!
Oh, I'm also on Pinterest, if you want to find me: kelli_restored.

I so enjoy this song. My favorite line is "I've been 'Yes' and I've been 'Oh Hell No'" Cause I have:



Save Me San Francisco
by: Train

Much Love,
Kelli

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Goodness I forgot what working retail was like during the holiday season.  I think everyone who had an attitude decided to show up at my place of work yesterday.  Thankfully today I got to take the afternoon off, and stand in line with those people...  which makes me thankful for the following:

  1. Christmas Season - It is my favorite time of year. Sure rude people, nasty drivers, large crowds, and crazy people do not deter my love of this season. They put a damper on it for the moment, but it is still a great time of  year.  Yes, I am that woman that sings Christmas tunes while shopping. Ducking down now.
  2. Casual Day - Tomorrow I get to wear jeans. That makes everything better.
  3. My Dog.  He's just so darn cute.


 


Tongue Tied
by Grouplove

Much Love,
Kelli

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday


I think this week has moved a little slow only because I've been anticipating breakfast and shopping with my mother on Saturday. However, since I love the Christmas season, and I have had such a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit lately I think it is good it is moving slow. I can enjoy it longer.

With that said....
  1. Rain. It has rained this week. If you are not in Texas I'm sure you've heard of the drought we've been experiencing and the water restrictions. I'm very thankful for it. A nice slow, gentle rain, which will certainly help.
  2. Christmas Parties. I love party food. It is that simple.
  3. Style. According my sister Lora, I acquired some while she was gone. I resent that, as I've always had style, but if people think I'm looking good I'll take it.


A capture of the way I'm feeling:



We Need A Little Christmas
by: Johnny Mathis

Much Love,
Kelli

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Relieved!


Yesterday I had been accused of being in a bad mood. I don't know that I was in a bad mood as much as I was in a quiet mood, but I was outnumbered in that assessment. (I really wasn't though!)

As timing would have it as I was driving home last night I heard Creed's "My Own Prison", which is one of the few songs of theirs I truly enjoy and still listen to.  I started singing the song out loud, thankfully alone. I still have some lingering cold and I sound more like a moose looking for a mate than a singer. Poor God. He had to hear that.

The lyrics to "My Own Prison" have always had an effect on me, and last night was no different. I was imagining the scene of someone who knew that their time was up and no amount of regret was going to change the situation. For a split second my heart was in my throat as I felt the fear of that day.

However, I know I will not have to ever bear witness to that scene, my peace came flooding back. Just then though my heart broke as I thought of those who have denied their Creator. I have several loved ones who don't accept Christ as their savior, and to know they face that...

And it isn't so much death either as knowing what they are missing out on now. Constant access to peace, love, strength, joy, compassion, healing, relief, hope, wisdom, and so much more.  While I was in my prayer time last night I had to take a moment and thank God for being God.

Where would I be without Jesus?  When I was in high school would I have taken my life because of the bullying?  Would I have gone into a tail spin when my beloved grandmother died and I was already feeling so lost? My answer would be I hope not, but I can tell you with all certainty that had it not been for Christ and His love for me I would be in a very different place than I am right now.

His overwhelming love for me, and his constant patience with me as a sinner is incomparable and unwavering. I pray for my loved ones to feel this, to know this for themselves. And I pray it for all of you.

The best part? It doesn't matter what religion you are, where you are, what you do, what you've done, or your political beliefs (that's a joke, but seriously...), all you have to do is accept Christ as your personal savior.

How easy is that? It is for everyone in the world, no matter of background. And you don't have to belong to organized religion at all.

Truly, praise Jesus!



My Own Prison
by Creed

*Feel free to discuss any of what I said with me in the comments.

Much Love,
Kelli

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

A little late today, but I'm here.
Does anyone else watch Sons of Anarchy? Was that finale not phenomenal? My goodness!! Season 3's finale is still my favorite, but Season 4 just blew me away.
Okay, back to what I'm thankful for:
  1. My ears. I've been sick this week, and have had a tough time breathing, and nothing makes appreciate the norm like not having it. However, when I got a little spastic about my car not recognizing the new song on my USB I realized  how thankful I am for my ears. And the Broadway channel on XM.
  2. My parents. Awe... I know. Honestly though I really do have amazing parents. Still married, in love, driving each other nuts and giggling about it, loving me and my sisters beyond reason, and going out of their way to ensure a good life for us. I am more than blessed with these two.

    (Back Row R-L: Lora, Me, Dad, Mom  Front Row R-L: Melissa, Andi)
  3. Jesus. Sometimes I get carried away with life. Sometimes I get caught up with the have nots, and hard pathway, and then I remember the joy that comes from knowing Christ. The peace, the love, the joy, the compassion, the grace, the healing, the help, the favor... and I remember why this man changed my life. And why I've dedicated my life to following him.
So what song was I having a cow about? It is a cover of "House of the Rising Sun", but the lyrics have been changed for Tara/Jax on Sons of Anarchy and done from Tara's point of view.  Just phenomenal, and I hope you take a listen:



House of the Rising Sun
by: The White Buffalo & The Forest Rangers

Much Love,
Kelli

    Monday, December 5, 2011

    We Interrupt This Posting....

    So from Thursday to today (Monday) I have had no less than five major technological issues.
    1. My phone on Wednesday night gave me the white screen of death. Dead it was. Sad, so very sad.
    2. My laptop decided it didn't need to have a bright screen.
    3. My camera hooked into my computer. My computer recognized my camera. However, it would not let me take any of my photos (which is why I still haven't posted any new hair pictures).
    4. My new car doesn't recognize my new phone.
    5. When I logged onto my computer at work today my mainframe was... something. Technical support had to un-install and then reinstall to get it to come back.
    Perhaps #4 isn't a major one, but after everything it is a pain in the butt.

    However, the following happened:
    1. AT&T replaced my phone with a new one, same model.
    2. Thanks to Google and Boards to get my screen back all I had to do was press the fn button and the arrow up button - to brighten. Much better.
    3. I haven't tried the camera and computer together. One issue at a time.
    4. My car still doesn't recognize my phone. Will probably have to employ the Google/Board combo again.
    5. After 30 minutes this morning my computer is back to good.
    So while there should be a nice post here of my long hair before and short hair after there isn't.  And due to those issues no pictures of the Pineapple Upside Down Mini Bundt Cakes. Oh well. Hopefully I'll get to bake some cookies this week.

    Oh, new song I like:



    Start A Fire
    by Ryan Star

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    Thankful Thursday

    Thankful people are happier people, or so I am told.  The Bible certainly backs up this thought, so why not dedicate a day to being thankful. We could call it something like Thanksgiving...have it in November when the cold wind makes you hungry...

    Perhaps that already is a national holiday, but being thankful at least once a week is not.  So, I am going to try every Thursday to post three things I am thankful for.
    1. My new car. - The engine was about to drop out of my beloved mustang. Plus, I don't have much credit, so the fact I was able to get the exact vehicle I wanted is nothing short of God's grace and favor on me. I am most grateful.
    2. My sister being home. - Lora surprised us on Thanksgiving by coming home. I've missed her.  I know there are opportunities for her to leave again, but I am thankful for the time she is home.
    3. Not having to work this Friday. - I got to take the day off and still get paid for it. I don't think you can get much better than that in the working world.  So I plan to get my hair cut off (donating to locks of love), and making pineapple upside mini bundt cakes for my bff, Shas, for her birthday.
    I will be posting pictures of both my new hair and recipe after Friday.  Until then I hope you find three things you are grateful for, and I hope it brings a smile to your face.


    Good Life
    by OneRepublic

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    Sour Cream Cherry Streusel Pie

    (Tastes & Looks Better than the picture!)

    I changed a few things for convenience... and with it being a day before Thanksgiving some ingredients had already been taken from the shelves. However, it turned out beautifully and tasted wonderfully.  I made this for the office, but I will make it again soon, and this time I will use white chocolate chips as my family are not big chocolate fans.

    Ingredients:

    Pie:
    1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling
    1/2 Cup of Sour Cream
    1 Pie Crust - you can make your own or buy it.

    Streusel:
    3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
    1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
    6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces

    Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.

    Combine the cherry filling and sour cream. Should look neon pink. I really wish I had a picture of it.
    Place pie crust into baking dish (if you actually made yours, well there are instructions for that).
    Then pour the filling into the uncooked crust.

    I baked mine for 15 minutes without the streusel because my oven is wacky and would have burned the streusel before even getting to the pie. (So in real oven terms you're looking at 20-25 minutes).

    While the filling is baking put all of the streusel ingredients together. I ended up just cutting my butter with a knife into the topping and then with my hands combining it all together.

    When the filling had baked I took it out and covered it in the streusel.  Then I put it all back into the oven and baked it for another 15 minutes (again, if you're oven is normal 20-25 minutes).

    It really was delicious. I can't wait to make it again.

    As for the song... I just couldn't resist:



    Cherry Pie
    by Warrant

    Much Love,
    Kelli


    Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Busy Body

    As some might have noticed I've been a little MIA lately.  I took an unannounced break from blogging while I focused on different perusals, like Pinterest. Ha! Except I have been on pinterest a little too much for saying I'm a casual visitor.

    Blessings have been abounding in my life. I read posts from myself this time last year and to say that God has more than abundantly blessed me would be an understatement.  Just keep leaning on him if your season right now isn't exactly what you had hoped for.

    To make this easy I've compiled a list of things that have changed:


    1. I got a new car:
    It was exactly what I wanted.

    They even ended up having to give me a great amount on the trade-in of my much beloved yellow mustang.  The best part was I did it all by myself. No parents.

    I really am starting my thirties out much more differently than I did my twenties, which I am more than grateful for. I know this is going to be a great decade for me. I can't wait to see what else happens.

    As for other things... no... that might be about it actually... not to worry though I have lots of stuff coming up.  I've been baking up a storm, and on Friday I'm chopping off all my hair and donating it to Locks of Love.



    In the meantime I have this gem:



    Love & Memories
    by: OAR

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Sunday, October 9, 2011

    Two Things

    So this weekend was wonderfully doused with rain. I couldn't praise God enough for that.  And in this weekend two things have captured my attention.

    1. Buster Keaton

    A silent screen comedian/actor/director/writer.  I didn't know much about him until today when I was watching TCM and they had his movies on screen. I love classic movies, but I don't really watch many silent films.  For Buster, though, I believe I will have to make an exception.  Truly funny, and his effects astound me.


    2. String Quartet Music

    I started listening to this genre of popular songs being re-done in string quartets since I discovered, "Black Hole Sun" by The Section Quartet.  Beautifully done to say the least.  So, Friday night when I was watching the Greatest Songs of the 2000's they played "Pocket Full of Sunshine" by Natasha Bedingfield. I like that song, and went to see how much it would cost me to download. (A $1.29 by the way.)  However, they had a string quartet version of it, and I was intrigued.

    I've been enraptured by this movement all weekend.  If you haven't heard it before may I be the one to introduce it to you.


    Pocket Full of Sunshine
    by Vitamin String Quartet

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    Courageous


    I went and saw this movie today with my dad and church family.  It was a wonderful movie, and I highly recommend it to anyone.  I have to say my favorite part though was the reaction from the audience.  In one scene a father is telling his fifteen year old girl that if the boy she likes doesn't respect her parents then he won't respect her.  There was a chorus of women going, "Mmmhmmm." and you could practically feel the head move that came with that.

    This was a fabulous Christian-based film.  See it and support it if you get the chance.

    And I can't wait until this movie comes out:



    A Joyful Noise!

    When I saw it had Dolly Parton AND Queen Latifa I was sold. I love both of those women.  There are some good movies coming out and I can't wait to see them!

    And on a personal note, I'm starting a new blog. I don't know if I'll keep this one or not, but I feel the need to start a new one.  You can view it here: Defending Awkward (Since 1981)

    Much Love,
    Kelli.

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

    The Ponytail

    I have a deep desire to wear the perfect ponytail.  I didn't always have this obsession, until the premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  It's true.  At the end of the season Buffy wore a leather jacket, and my quest for the perfect ponytail began.

    See:

    The picture may be a little blurry but you get the idea.  I've tried for years to duplicate it, but it has still remained elusive.

    And then I saw Brenda Lee Johnson's ponytail from The Closer.  And again I set off on a new ideal, something else to try...



    This one I know requires a curling iron, which I don't have time for during the work week, but still... it just never quites get there.

    And finally there is this one. From Haley James Scott in Season 4 of One Tree Hill....


    And yet no...

    Maybe I just need someone to show me how. Or get a stylist to do it.  However, I don't think my quest for the perfect ponytail will stop any time soon.

    My question to you is, what beauty trick eludes you?  Or have you been able to conquer it, and please share with me!!



    Cooler Than Me
    by: Mike Posner

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    To Keep Moving

    I did something today that hurt. It still hurts.  I had to tell my co-pastor that I had to step down as a Sunday school teacher.  The look on his face made it nearly impossible to keep the tears at bay because this isn't something I want to do, but it is something I need to do.  I love my church family. I'm not leaving, leaving, but I will no longer be there on Sunday mornings.

    My church doesn't have a big singles group, in fact I am the only single girl there (at my age).  And even in my own social circle I am the only single girl.  I need people in my life who are where I am, and I can't find that in my current circumstances.  I would like to meet someone special, but if I don't that's okay too. I do, however, want to meet other singles who are my age.  More importantly other Christian singles.

    My church family is like my real family. I love them dearly.  I will still be there for Wednesday night Bible Study, and our Ninevite Outreach Program, but the time has come to go on. It isn't an easy decision, and not one I would make on my own.  However, I had three separate sources who said the exact same thing to me, and not one of them speaks to the other.

    I guess I'm posting this to not only help with the pain of it, but to also encourage you. If there is a comfort zone you are being asked to move away from I'm there with you.  You can do it, and you should.  I'm here for you and you can take comfort in the fact someone else understands.

    Believe it or not I take great comfort in a song by REO Speedwagon, which to me just sounds like God speaking to me:

    "As soon as you are able
    Woman, I am willing
    To make a break
    that we are on the brink of

    My cup is on the table
    My love is spilling
    Waiting for you to take
    and drink of

    So if you're tired of
    the same old story
    Turn some pages
    I'll be here when you are ready
    to roll with the changes"

    And I feel like the second set of verses are my response to Him.  A little weird perhaps, but that's how God works with me.



    Roll with the Changes
    by REO Speedwagon

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Dreamed a Dream

    No really... I have been having some bizarre dreams lately.  Just a run down:
    • I waved at an angel. I couldn't see the face or the bottom legs, but I waved, it came back and waved at me. It was also snowing, and the large tree in front of my window? Gone.
    • I dreamt of the secret to my blog's success. Unfortunately I don't remember it now.
    • I had a secret council meeting with my second mom (hi Debbie!) and with Greg from work. (hi Greg!).
    • My second family printed resumes and went looking for jobs, first up, Disney Store. I went with them for moral support. Do not wish to change jobs at this time.
    I guess my big question to you is, what sort of weird dreams have you been having or had? Or what was your weirdest dream?

    Mine include:
    • Killing a group of quasi-Nazi soldiers (they were putting me and other people into a concentration camp). I couldn't let that happen so I lead a group of rebels. I woke up with the feeling of the small-person soldier grasping my ankle as I tried to crush his throat with my boot.
    • Being forced to watch airplanes crash if I didn't divulge national secrets.
    • Picking up my car ala Fred Flinstone style to out run the cops because I had several criminals stuffed in various places of the car (and this was a compact, not SUV).
    • Saving my baby sister from being kidnapped in Mexico, not sure what to do, and then seeing my pastor there.
    • Sitting in a huge lake, surrounded by Mountains (looked English/Irish) and a dragon was under the water about to come up.
    So please don't feel shy in sharing!



    Dream Police
    by: Cheap Trick

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Lora


    This beautiful girl/woman is my sister, Lora. She was my first sister. When my parents told me we were adding to our family I wanted a girl. I remember at five being excited when she could roll over and sit up on her own. I thought that was awesome.


    We did not always get along. And her ability to sell ice to Eskimos allowed her to convince our younger sister, Melissa, that I was, in fact, the Boogieman. We have quite the past the two of us, but it has been great to be her sister and friend.


    Lora is amazing because of her ability to rescue you at moments you didn’t know you needed to be rescued. She has been there for me more than I can possibly put in this post, but I’m certainly glad she is my sister. Plus, she is ridiculously funny. I’ve never known one person who thought Lora was anything but.


    She has recently moved out of the state to start a new adventure.  She is very much missed here, but we are so excited for her.  We hope that she has the best time while she is out there.


    (Dad says her room might or might not be available when she comes back, but I'm sure that's just teasing... right Dad?)



    Meanwhile I'll just call her after Sons of Anarchy and we can discuss what we just saw. If she isn't too busy.

    Much love to my sister!
    I'm so very proud of her!
    Love her awesome music taste!

    This will always remind me of her (and there were many to choose from)


    Me & Bobby McGee
    by Janis Joplin

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    Remembering

    I don't believe that there is one of us who was alive and aware on that day who doesn't remember how they found out, where they were, or the ultimate impact it had on them.  I was in Spanish class, and we were laughing with our teacher over one of her first blunders speaking the language. She had needed soap for her shower, but said sopa, which is soup in Spanish. The lady looked at her weird, but brought her soup.  Then her cell phone rang and she was startled as it never went off.  She shrugged and said it was her daughter and would call her later.

    Then her phone rang again.  By that time class was ready for dismissal, and as I stepped out into the hall to get to Algebra everyone was buzzing over something.  When I finally sat down in class the story was the twin towers were down, the pentagon was gone, and another plane was heading somewhere. Frankly I was terrified because the information wasn't all in it sounded like the whole country was under siege.  It wasn't until I was in my car on my way to work after Algebra that I was able to hear what happened.

    On Wednesday the next day our church decided not to have our individual classes, but come together as a group. The community, as always, was invited to join us. That day they did.  I've never seen our church more packed then I did on that day. It breaks my heart to think that as much as we may remember, we don't. Tomorrow is the beginning of our Sunday school year. I teach grades second through fifth. Most of them were born after 2001 and the couple that weren't were born in that year. They will never have a memory of a time when it wasn't like it is now.

    I've missed some big days as well. Such as December 7, 1941 or November 22, 1963, but like my parents and grandparents, and great grandparents I will never forget the events of September 11th, 2001, and I have no doubt neither will you.  My deepest condolences to those families who lost loved ones. My deepest gratitude to those who died trying to save people. My prayers to those who still need solace.



    Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning
    by Alan Jackson

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Dog Tired

    This is my dog, whom I am affectionately calling Love Bug right now. However, in his near fourteen years of life he seems to have forgotten which side of the bed he sleeps on.

    Example A:

    and Example B:


    Don't let that face fool  you, it is a ploy to let him sleep there. After all I woke up this morning and he was on that side (I had scooted over in my sleep), and he stole the covers.

    I think I may change his affectionate name to Sleepus Interruptus.

    (this song has nothing to do with a dog being tired, but since I'm getting ready for work its nice.)

    9 to 5
    by Dolly Parton

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Monday, September 5, 2011

    Falling Into Sweetness

    It has been a few weeks I know. I hope you all are doing well.  My best friend, Shas, gave birth to her baby boy  last week.  We are so excited to have him with us, and I can't wait to share some pictures. So technically I'm a new aunt!

    The temperatures have changed here and now we are actually experiencing the beginning of some fall weather. Which for Texas means below triple-digit heat. 

    Okay, the real reason I haven't posted in a while is because I've been writing. A story. A book really... that takes time.  And thanks to my new job I've also had the funds to do more than just stay home. I've been to Women of Faith (which was phenomenal and I recommend it to everyone!). I've started to sponsor a girl, Happiness, which I certainly hope my contribution can bring her some.

    But I have much to say still here. Thoughts and feelings that I can't seem to express except on paper.  Thank you for the respite. Much love to all of you out there.

    I hope you enjoy your labor day and I'll see you back here soon.


    Sweet Disposition
    by: The Temper Trap

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, August 11, 2011

    Thursday Morning Reflection

    Don't you wish sometimes you could just stop sinning?  Especially the sins you struggle with the most. I feel awful after I've done it, and sometimes I feel worse doing it, but yet I still do it....

    When I reflect on what it is I've done, and how much it must hurt God, it breaks my heart. And I know there is no other way to stop except to pray. Praise be to God that not only are we forgiven, but that this sin is taken away. Peace is restored because I know I bare it no more.

    Thank you Jesus.

    (as you can tell two posts down I do have a problem with language, but that is only one of the many sins I do... unfortunately.)



    Roll Away Your Stone
    by Mumford & Sons

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011

    90 Days


    Celebrating 90 Days!

    I am celebrating 90 days at my job today! I'm off the standard probation and I get to start my benefits today. Very exciting. 


    Celebration
    by Kool & the Gang

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Monday, August 8, 2011

    Slid in Shit

    The Boomtown Rats have a hit called, "I Don't Like Mondays" and the repeated statement in this gem of a song is, "Tell me why I don't like Mondays".  I could tell you why today I don't like Mondays.  It started with me sliding through shit. (My apologies to the offended on my use of language today.)

    I let my dog outside. I got my sister's dog and took her out as well.  I knew she might try something when she didn't use the outside facilities.  So when I saw her heading for under the coffee table I took after her picking her up, not seeing that while I was in a desperate flee to get her back outside she had already dropped her weapon. And I slid in it.

    The day proceeded with me paying four cents more for gas so I could use the car wash because some birds had stomach problems and had shit all over my car.  Do you see a theme?  And the worst part is I'm not making any of it up!  However, the car wash was out, so I had to drive down the road and pay six bucks to get it cleaned off.  I wouldn't know until I got to work that it didn't get it all off, but after the morning I had it really didn't surprise me.

    While on my trek to work I had not eaten breakfast so I stopped by McDonald's to get breakfast knowing that when I got to work if one person commented on my large coke and sausage biscuit with cheese there would be a disgruntled response.  Thankfully for everyone involved no one said anything.  To make up for my 32 oz of Coke I drank water the rest of the day.

    However, my food in take is not the center of this story.  No, the beginning of my day was just it warning me as to what I was going to face.  I knew it was coming and yet I just wasn't prepared for what would happen. Do you read the comic strip, Dilbert?  I do. I find it funny.  But NEVER have I ever had a first hand experience like the one Dilbert so brilliantly exposes week after week. Until today.

    So I will leave it there. I don't need this post to come back and bite me in the butt on some other un-suspecting day.  So it was only proper I finished it while watching Blazing Saddles and listening to...



    I Don't Like Mondays
    by Boomtown Rats

    Much Love,
    with Shit,

    Kelli

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Show Me

    One of my favorite songs of all time is "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2.  The last of the lyrics sum it up best for me:

    I believe in the kingdom come
    When all the colors bleed into one
    Bleed into One,
    Well Yes I'm still running
    But I still Haven't Found
    What I'm Looking For

    You broke the bonds
    and you loosened the chains
    carried the cross of my shame
    of my shame
    You know I believe it
    But I still haven't found
    What I'm looking for



    I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
    by U2

    Do you ever feel that way?  Like you still haven't found what you are looking for?  This has been quite a year for me. I went from me being flat broke to having a job and being able to save for a new car. I don't make enough yet to move out, but I'm on my way.  At the same time this wasn't the job I saw myself doing. I still have aspirations of having my own business because being under the authority and structure I'm currently under is very chaffing.

    However, I am content at the moment. Ever ambitious to do more and see more because that is who I am, but content in the path and the knowledge I'll get there. Still, I can't help but feel there is something else out there. And my big fear is that I will fill it with the wrong thing.  And so I pray.

    I have loved "Show Me What I'm Looking For" by Carolina Liar for a long time.  And I never really paid attention to the lyrics before (which is odd for me), but I finally did and realized it was the answer to U2's song I had sung for so long.  I don't really have an answer for the question what I'm looking for, but I do have to say I believe I am on my way.



    Show Me What I'm Looking For
    by Carolina Liar

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    You Watch That?

    I realized after I started to write this that I have had several posts lately talking about movies, but they are a pleasure for me.  But what started this post for me was a movie I actually own, but haven't watched in years, and was surprised to see being played on television.

    A Smile Like Yours.  A cute film starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly.  It is about a couple, the wife, who want children, but have a hard time conceiving.  It is cute and sweet.  And yet I really enjoy it.  So it got me thinking about all the other movies I find cute and sweet.  Which then made me want to put it in a blog because that is what I do.

    I would love for you to tell me what your favorite little movie is.  No need to be embarrassed. After you read mine you'll feel good about yours. I promise.

    These are in no particular order: (Just kidding - they're in alphabetical order)


    Bed of Roses (Christian Slater, Mary Stuart Masterson)
    Because I Said So (Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht - hot)
    Confessions of a Shopaholic (Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy) - I just pretend this movie has nothing to do with the fabulous books.  If you want to see movies that live up to the book check out this post.
    Connie and Carla (Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette) - This is just fabulous. If you love Broadway or Glee you need to watch this movie. How it wasn't a hit I'll never know.
    Love Comes Softly (Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff) This is a great series, but my favorite are the first three.
    The Magic of Ordinary Days (Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich)  A sweeter movie you will not find.

    Penelope (Christina Ricci, James McAvoy) If you haven't seen this run now and watch it.  I remember waiting for the release of it in the theater, it didn't happen, and then buying it the minute I knew the DVD would be out.  So worth watching.
    Pitcher and the Pin Up (Drew Johnson, Corinna Harney) This movie has several titles, The Road Home, Pitcher and the Playmate, etc. However, it is not what you think, or at least it wasn't what I thought. It is an extremely sweet film and I recommend it to anyone. (I put the picture on here so you could have an idea of what it looked like.)
    Tortilla Soup (Hector Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Tamara Mello) Is about chef dad and his three beautiful and very independent daughters. I watch this movie any time I'm feeling down and it always picks me back up.  A great must see.

    So there you have it. Some of my favorite cute and sweet and fun movies.  What are yours?



    A Smile Like Yours
    by Natalie Cole

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Friday, August 5, 2011

    Crazy, Stupid, Love Indeed


    Once again I went to the movies with my sisters. We didn't go to the late movie we went to the 7:00 show (I had some work to finish), but it was a pure joy. For one I actually bought popcorn and a drink, which I never do, but I was hungry. Andi's friend joined us. Lora brought cherries as her snack. And during the big reveal the screen went blank thanks to the rolling blackouts.  Still, the movie came back, and we went on laughing.

    The movie is a little long, but the content and acting, plus Ryan Gosling's ever hot body, made the movie. I could gush and gush about this movie, but it really boiled down to how sweetness and honesty are what restores your soul.  Really amazing movie.

    Of course afterward when we went to Chilis also helped make the night.  The defining moment of the conversation being when Andi couldn't think of an analogy for being a fast drinker and went with this gem, "Quick like a sloth."  Even the waiter wants to use that line.

    However, the best part is and will remain the time I got to spend with my sisters. There is nothing like that crazy, stupid, love.

    Speaking of... stellar soundtrack.



    Just One Look
    by Doris Troy

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Hello Giggles


    I'm sure many of you have heard of HelloGiggles, the site started by the ever cool Zooey Deschanel.  It has been one of my favorite places to visit as it has a wealth of wonderful articles by many different people. Almost like a super blog, but much cooler.


    If you haven't had the chance I suggest going to read it.


    In the mean time I'll go get ready for work!





    Centerfield
    by John Fogerty


    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Sunday, July 31, 2011

    Books vs Movies: The Great Matchup

    Most people will tell you the book is always better than the movie. I certainly agree with that statement. I still refuse to forgive the making of Michael Crichton’s book, Timeline, into a movie.

    To say it was a joke is an understatement. If you haven’t read the book please do so it has everything: mystery, romance, science fiction, action, history, and drama. It doesn’t leave a genre out except maybe western, but there are posses and horses.

    However, there are three movies that compete with my affections for the book:

    The first one is Rebecca.

    The book captured my attention my junior year in high school. Beautifully written with a mystery unlike any other, and it seems nearly impossible, but it isn’t until you’ve read the entire book you realize you never know the main character, the narrator’s name. 

    As a young girl I felt the fears and hesitations of the second Mrs. deWinter, and with time have come to understand and appreciate so much more of what Daphne DuMaurie did in this brilliant novel.

    So, when I found out there was a movie version of the book I was slightly skeptical, but it was done by the ever cool Alfred Hitchcock. And so I rented the movie from JJ’s Video where I worked:

    Alfred Hitchcock’s version of this movie is beyond beautiful. The look and feel of Manderly, the emotions from the actors, and the overall story were wonderfully rendered in this black and white film. Laurence Olivier plays a wonderfully handsome, warm, ever cool if not slightly scary Maxim deWinter. Joan Fontaine is perfect as the ever awkward and unsure 2nd Mrs. deWinter.

    Plus my crush on George Sanders still holds up even though he plays Rebecca’s cousin.

    The movie very much veers from the book in the manner of the death of Rebecca deWinter, and the ending. However, the slight innocence in this movie was refreshing and gave the story a more hopeful outlook versus the book.

    Although if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, read the book first! I don’t think you can truly appreciate all that Alfred Hitchcock brings to life without having read the book first.


     The second movie and book combo is The Princess Bride.

    Inconceivable, I know. I was always a fan of the movie, not knowing that it was based on the book. Then in my freshman year of high school I had read through Animal Farm faster than the other students (mostly out of sheer will to finish it. I hated that book!) and my teacher said I could read something a little more fun to counter balance what we were reading. I had a hard time reading it in class I was laughing so hard.

    The movie has nothing on the book in terms of laughter and that is saying something. The movie does a great job with Prince Humperdink, Princess Buttercup, and of course the amazing Wesley (played by the crush worthy Carey Elwes).

    And while the movie brings out the wonderful romance of Wesley and Buttercup I can’t help but think of the description set out in the book. And this is where the movie and the book do battle in my mind. Quite frankly they are both stellar and no matter what order you go in movie or book first both should delight in the most endearing of ways.


    The final movie and book combo is Pride & Prejudice

    I'll be honest when I was younger I had a hard time reading this book.  However, soon I got into the rhythm of the language and I, like so many others, fell in love with the book.

    When I was younger I didn't understand Mr. Darcy that well, but the older I got the more it made sense.  Although I always identified more with Jane than Elizabeth, I always admired and longed-for Elizabeth's boldness.

    (On a personal note I always thought Jane should do better because Mr. Bingley seemed like such a push over and I was never sure he would continually take care of her.)....

    There have been several versions of this amazing book, but none of them come close to the 1995 A&E version of the book.  Colin Firth was the PERFECT Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle did wonderful as his match, Elizabeth Bennett.

    The movie does last five hours, but it brings to life the book.  If you aren't into Pride & Prejudice and want to shortcut watch this movie.  I quite enjoyed the version with Keira Knightly, but this one will always remain the closest and first movie that fully and wonderfully matched the book.


    So what movie do you think did the book justice?

    Speaking of movie magic... don't forget the music!  This is one of my favorite musical pieces of all time:



    Jurassic Park Theme Song
    by: John Williams

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Sunday, July 24, 2011

    A Stellar Weekend

    I must say that a few months ago I was praying for today. I prayed of a time when I could splurge on myself, have dinner with friends, have an eventful weekend, and at the end smile because it was all good.  I don't write this because I was to throw it in some one's face, but I want to tell those who are struggling that there is hope out there.  That dream you keep seeing, the vision that helps you go on when it isn't at all as you pictured, you will have that day.

    Such a blessing this weekend was.

    We went to dinner at RJ Gators on Friday night, and since I arrived early I was able to shop at the mall.  This proved to be fatal to my wallet. I found not one, but two beautiful purses.  I called my mom to ask what I should do. Her advice was to splurge on myself and enjoy some of my hard earned cash.  I had dreamed about it for months, why not take the time to do so.  Well, if Mom says it's okay who am I to argue?


    On Saturday I started the day off early, but to spend time with Shas, helping her get ready for her baby shower? That I'm willing to do any time.  Besides spending time with your best friend is never a chore.  As soon as I know how big Baylor will be when Halloween rolls around this is the outfit he is getting. Shas loves Elvis and it is too cute to pass up.

    Plus I got to spend the afternoon with my second family, Shas' mom and sister at the shower.  Afterward my mom and I went to the book store where I picked up this gem I've been waiting for:

    Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts.  If you haven't read Erik Larson before, might I suggest, RUN and get any book of his.  My introduction to this fabulous author was his book, Devil in the White City, about the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago and America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes.  All non-fiction, but reads like a fantastic fiction book.  If you want an even easier read try his Isaac's Storm, about the hurricane that leveled Galveston in 1901. It is told from Isaac Hayes, the meteorologist of Galveston and the hurricane itself. With fabulous stories and a great read you can not go wrong reading anything Erik Larson writes!


    Then today I got to visit with my favorite missionary family, The Johnson's, who were in town for the summer. If you'll remember I stayed with them when I lived in Mexico.  It was so good to see everyone and I even got to visit with D's mother, whom I enjoy so immensely.  Afterward I talked my dad into seeing:

    Captain America.  Wonderful movie. It had humor, romance, no curse words, and a very handsome Chris Evans.  Plus Tommy Lee Jones was hilarious, my admiration for all things Stanley Tucci still stands, and it was really a fun ride.  I encourage anyone to see it.  Of course now I feel the need to see Thor...

    Finally, I ended the day with some swimming, Jerseylicious, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  Truly a blessed day. I hope and pray this kind of weekend for all of you.  I just feel so blessed, and it feels so surreal.  I also feel slightly paranoid that it might not last, but I'm very, very grateful!


    So Far Away
    by Staind

    Much Love,
    Kelli!

    Monday, July 18, 2011

    Packing Reunion Style

    Going to family reunions always seems to be a mixed bag of blessings for me.  The blessing, of course, is to see family I don’t get to see but once a year, and a chance to visit and spend time with others that I don’t know as well.  On the other hand it means hot weather, motel rooms, driving, and having limited options.  The only thing I would really complain about is the weather.  It has simply been atrocious both here in Texas, and even worse in Oklahoma.  However, after doing this for a while I have packing down pat.  Of course I always learn something new each trip, but here are the basics that never go away:

    1. Make a List! – It doesn’t really matter how you do this one. I usually write mine down, but if you like it on the computer then go for it.

      a. Start with what you use every day. I start writing down what I use from the moment I get up. Example: I’d write pillow (I only bring my pillow if I’m driving, otherwise, it takes up too much room if I fly.). Then I’d write PJs, rubber band, bobby pin (I hate having bangs at night), etc. Once I’ve written everything down. Then I would put it into categories. Feel free to not be that organized, but I do it because then I don’t have a cluttered list. I’m both lazy and anal retentive that way.

      b. Once I have the everyday needs written down, then I decide my wardrobe. On a side note for your underwear I always suggest adding two extra just in case. Because you just never know. Even if you are regular, on birth control pills, etc. there is something about vacation that can make your body do weird things, so just throw in a couple of products for the just in case time.

      c. PS: This should include electronics and chargers. DON’T FORGET THE CHARGER!
    2. Be a Walking Pharmacy – You will always be the hero if you keep the following things: aspirin, band-aids, Imodium AD, Pepto, Charcoal pills (these are the best if you are going to a foreign country or have a sensitive stomach), and Benadryl (or your favorite allergy / sinus medication).
    3. Bring Entertainment – I hardly ever have a chance to actually watch a movie, read a book, or skim through a magazine at my family reunions, but having them there helps ease any thoughts of boredom. Magazines and movies are great for the younger people around you, who might not enjoy sitting for long periods of time listening to current ailments of older family members.
    4. Ziploc Bags – I picked this tip up when I was a junior in high school on a bus to Disneyworld. Believe it or not things spill, bags don’t open correctly, and still some people don’t know how to close a bag properly. Ziploc bags fix all of this. I always bring a couple in the gallon size, and maybe some in the snack size. You’ll thank yourself repeatedly for having this. Repeatedly. And you can also thank me.

    5. Finally don’t forget to get some cash. I usually do $20 per person in my party, it doesn’t matter if they’re a kid or an adult who is just riding with me. It usually ensures I have a enough, but cash is a judgment call.



    American Boy
    by: Estelle ft. Kanye West

    * Lyrics Warning

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Inspiration Board

    I don't know about you, but I've been inspired lately.  I've been working on stories and after viewing some of Bethany Joy Galeotti's blog I felt I needed to make my own inspiration board.  I encourage you to make one as well.  Mine has some short term and long term desires in it.  You can view it here:


    And so to keep in theme with this blog I felt the need to play this song as it always inspires me. 



    Go the Distance
    by Michael Bolton

    Laugh if you will, but to me it is awesome!

    Thursday, July 7, 2011

    Plans

    Hello all!

    I've been working on several things, but nothing really to show today.  I hate to sound like a broken record, but two jobs are kicking my butt.  I'm enjoying my opportunities, make no mistake, but sometimes when I get home I look at the computer and then run away.

    Meanwhile I've been trying to curb my road rage, or more to the point, my frustration with drivers that go slow during rush hour. Rush is in the title for a reason.  I have a second job to get to and those drivers going slow does not help.

    And then I heard this song, and I thought... my goodness my life is like a country song.  So there you go.



    I'm in a Hurry
    by: Alabama

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Monday, July 4, 2011

    Happy 4th!

    My deepest gratitude to those who have allowed me the freedoms I so enjoy.  And to my Savior, who has given the greatest freedom.

    Much Love,
    Kelli



    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Don't Want to Move

    Today was not a good day to be Kelli. It wasn't the worst day to be me, but it certainly wasn't the best.  On top of everything that happened today I lost a follower.  It hurts.

    I also believe that for whatever reason people are having a hard time posting on here.  I know this because I had several tell me they tried to post and it wouldn't let them. :(  If that is you, you can email me at restoredsunshine at gmail dot com.

    I'm tired, these two jobs are kicking my butt, but I'm happy, just tired.  I feel the need to not do anything.  So before I give this post up I wanted to post the new song I'm into is:



    The Feel Good Drag
    by: Anberlin

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Friday, June 17, 2011

    An Original Story

    So I've had this story in my mind for several months now, so I thought I would write it here for you.
    ** This story is an original of Kelli Wait, no copying or use of this story is allowed without express permission by me.

    A Prevailing Theory

    I had only been working here for nine months when it happened. I didn't know the whole story, but I knew that she had left him. There were many theories, but no one had the real scoop. The prevailing theory was that she had an affair and left him, but I don't know that I believe that one. Something certainly happened though.

    Everyone tells me I should have been here a few months before, so I could understand how much better it was, but I have no complaints. My boss is great, and while he might have moods, he's never yelled at me, and he certainly has respect for everyone who works under him. After my long career history I have nothing to complain about.

    I just wish he weren't so sad. I've seen just a couple of pictures of her, and she is beautiful. I always wondered if she is as sad as he is. Today I found out. I knew something was causing a stir, but all I saw was a woman walking confidently toward me. She had on a black skirt, a bright pink blouse, black trench coat, and a black and white Kate Spade bag. I didn't know all the clients by face, and while she looked familiar it took me a moment to place her. By then she was looking at me with an expression that might have been a smile, but wasn't, but still a pleasant expression.

    "Is he with a customer?" Her voice was soft, but still commanded attention.

    "No." I said mimicking her tone and unsure of what else to say.

    "I'll be a few minutes." and then she left.

    I went to pick up the phone and tell him that she was here, but I hesitated and it was too late.

    "Hi." she said. I couldn't see into the office, but I could certainly imagine the scene. I saw her looking up from under her lashes as she said it and he would look up at her unsure if he was seeing right...

    "What are you doing here?" there was anger in his voice, but it wasn't the only emotion.

    "I need to discuss something with you." Again her voice was calm and smooth, and I could only imagine the tension between the two of them.

    "I thought we were through talking three months ago." Sarcasm raced through the sentence and I knew he was still sitting down, neither party had really moved yet.

    I heard a small rustling and knew she had taken a step, "If that were true you wouldn't have left that way."

    I didn't know what that meant, but the silence that followed indicated it was a charge against him.

    When he spoke there was still venom in his tone, "I had thought you would have wanted it that way."

    I wanted to see in, but I imagine that once again the barb didn't disturb her, and when she spoke it was much softer and harder to hear, "Is that what you think now? That I'm just a one night stand?"
    I felt that sting and her hurt. I heard him stand up and I feared for a moment he would see I was still listening in, but he moved from his desk. "I've never thought that." he reassured her and as he did so I could tell the fight had left him, "But what are you doing here?" his imploring had me on the edge.

    "I'm coming home. I realize I've made some big mistakes, and we need to work through them, and I needed to be home for that." Her voice was still soft, stronger this time, and I wondered if she had her head up looking into his eyes waiting for his answer.

    "Why now?" He asked her, his voice somewhat neutral.

    "I was always planning on coming home at the end of the year, but something has happened that forced me to speed it up." She hesitated and once again I could imagine her looking at him, gauging his reaction, and deciding to push through.

    There was another rustling and I didn't know what it was but I heard a small gasp. And with brief certainty I knew she was pregnant. It all started to click into place for me, but I was still glued to the phone as I listened intently for any sign of anything.

    I was prepared for any question, but the one he asked with awe still in his voice was, "Why...Why?"

    I didn't see her shake her head, but that is what I envisioned, "I-I wanted to tell you, but after everything..." she paused for a moment, "I didn't even realize it until I was nearly eight weeks along, and then I was just holding my breath.."

    Something struck me then, that perhaps their story had nothing to do with other people as much as the loss of something else. My heart went out to them at that moment, and while I still felt like an intruder I couldn't stop. I wanted to hear, my heart wanted to hear the completion that it felt must happen.

    "Would you have told me if..." he too trailed off

    "Of course, I just.. with everything up in the air I panicked for a couple of weeks. Then I got my stuff together and set up everything to come home. I didn't want to tell you over the phone."

    "When did you get back to town?"

    "Yesterday. I'm staying with my parents at the moment."

    "Do they know?" Somehow he seemed like he would be hurt if the answer was yes.

    "Not because I told them. You know how my mother is."

    There was a small chuckle, "I do."

    There was silence for a few minutes and I felt then was a good time to quit listening. It wasn't because I didn't want more details, but I knew I would find out soon enough. Based on the months I had been here I had a good feeling of which path the couple would choose.

    The End.

    I hope you enjoyed it!



    I Told You So
    by Carrie Underwood & Randy Travis

    Much Love,
    Kelli

    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Oh, I'm 30?

    My beloved computer, Fred, hasn't been available to me for a couple of days.  He has been having FrontPage loaded on to him for my benefit.  I cut my web design teeth on FrontPage, so I like to have it for basic needs.  I also got to see Pirates 4 on Tuesday night with the family.  A great week, but it doesn't allow for much posting.  Oh well.  Onward and upward I say.

    My birthday was Sunday, June 12th. (Go Mavs!)  I don't know that I'm prepared for thirty, but as I'm told (and certainly believe) it is better than the alternative.  Having said that though I thought I would share with you what I've learned in these thirty years.  Feel free to leave a comment on what you have learned.

    What I know:

    1. Honor your father and mother. To me, there is nothing worse than when you realize you've disrespected one of them.

    2. ALWAYS put moisturizer on after you wash your face.

    3. When you play Tetris (no matter how short the time) you will start dreaming about it.

    4. Going to a late movie in the middle of the week is cathartic and good for the soul! -- See above Pirates comment!

    5. There is a profound difference between the north and south and men and women.

    6. If you put foundation on your eyelids and do your eyes first it makes for better make up application.

    7. Spend time with your family and friends whenever you get the chance.  I like to have time to myself, but you can't replace people, and a great memory is always to be found!

    8. A good dessert is always worth it.

    9. There is nothing like the love of a dog.  Even when they're old, cranky, and think they own 3/4 of the bed.

    10. The most important relationship you will ever have is with Christ Jesus.

    We'll see what I learn in the next thirty.

    And I refuse to play that Tim McGraw song.  REFUSE!
    So I thought I would play the song that I remember as my first favorite song.  I was three years old, but I so did love this song:





    Jump
    by Van Halen


    Much Love,
    Kelli