Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Help! I'm a toe!

This reminded me of the infamous "Help, I'm a bug!" I think it's funny. You can click on the image to make it bigger.
Those guys are kinda "amelia bedelia-ish". But they make a point. I think the original intent was to make a point about abbreviated bibles, but I think the point they make about how much sin consumes us is more important.

Who Said So? You're not my mother!

Okay, for some reason Blogger would not let me sign in under "Old Blogger". Just a few moments before I'd signed Jordan in to check her comments (ya'll need to comment on hers by the way) and it worked just fine. But when I go to sign mine in it tells me I have to sign up to switch all my stuff over to some google related blog system or whatever. I'm mad. I tried to find my way around it but it simply would not let me log in. So I had no choice. I had to. I did not want to change it. Agh. Now I have to learn how this stupid thing works. And to make matters worse I now have to type in my email address to log in, which is even longer than my original login name! Grrrrr! Curse you Blogger system!

On another note, I am now officially employed with the State of Louisiana. I'm going to be working in the Dept. of Revenue doing "batching".. In other words, sorting tax forms and putting them into the right place to be processed. There are over 100 different types of tax forms. I have to know them all. Not right away but.. I don't like not knowing what I'm doing. It's somewhat of a confidence zapper. But that's okay. I'll get the hang of it pretty quick I'm sure. I'm excited to have a job where I wanted one.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Can I Live?

Okay, I'd never even heard of Nick Cannon before ((sheltered)). Which, to all you youth blog-readers out there (Hannah that means you!), means that you should not go looking him up on the internet thinking he's this great anti-abortion Christian rapper. He's not. This is just a random good song he did. I found it on www.TheRebelution.com on the blog. It's run by Josh Harris' younger twin brothers and they've got some pretty good stuff to say. They were doing a series on pro-life stuff or something.

Here's the lyrics to the song for those of you who have a hard time understanding the language of this generation.

Can I Live?

I’m talking, mom, I know the situation is personal
But it’s something that has to be told
As I was making this beat
You was all I could think about
You heard my voice

Just think, just think…
What if you could just, just blink yourself away?
Just, just wait, just pause for a second
Let me plead my case

It’s the late seventies, you seventeen
And having me, that will ruin everything
It’s a lot of angels waiting on their wings
You see me in your sleep, so you can’t kill your dreams

Three hundred dollars, that’s the price of living?
Mommy, I don’t like this clinic
Hopefully you’ll make the right decision
And don’t go though with the knife decision

But it’s hard to make the right move when you in high school
Now you gotta work all day and take night school
Hopping on the bus and the rain is pouring
What you want, morning sickness or the sickness of mourning?
Can I live?

I’ll always be a part of you
Trust your soul, know it’s always true
If I could talk I’d say to you
Can I live?
Can I live?

I’ll always be a part of you
Trust your soul, know it’s always true
If I could talk I’d say to you
Can I live?
Can I live?

I’m a child of the King, ain’t no need to go fear me
And I see the flowing tears, so I know that you hear me
When I move in your womb that’s me being scary
‘Cuz who knows what my future holds?

The truth be told you ain’t told a soul
You ain’t even showing, I’m just two months old
Through your clothes try to hide me, deny me
Went up three sizes

Your pride got you lying, saying ain’t nothing but a migraine
It ain’t surprising you not trying to be in WIC food lines
Your friends look at you funny, but look at you mommy
That’s a life inside, take a look at your tummy

What is becoming, Ma? I’m Oprah bound
You can tell he’s a star from the ultrasound
Our spirits connected, doors open now,
Nothing but love and respect, thanks for holding it down
She let me live

I’ll always be a part of you
Trust your soul, know it’s always true
If I could talk I’d say to you
Can I live?
Can I live?

I’ll always be a part of you
Trust your soul, know it’s always true
If I could talk I’d say to you
Can I live?
Can I live?

It’s uplifing for real, y’all
I ain’t passing no judgement
Ain’t making no decisions
I’m just telling y’all my story

I love life, I love my mother for giving me life
We all need to appreciate life
And a strong woman who had to make a sacrifice

Thanks for listening…
Thanks for listening…
Momma, thanks for listening

Friday, January 26, 2007

Taking Care of the Ladies

Taking Care of the Ladies

YES!! Are you guys paying attention? Take a good lesson from this 4 year old. I love this kid!! My dad needs to see this. He still isn't convinced that taking out the trash is a guys' job. Along with mowing the lawn. I'm glad to say that I know how to do it and that I'm not helpless but I still like to have a guy around to do that kinda stuff.

I love the "shoot the bad animals".. like big ferocious teddy bears!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Geez Louize!

I just thought I would tell you all that Jordan is very believably the most ticklish person in the world. And it's such a delight to tickle her because she laughs so hard! She asked me to put shea butter on her feet for her a few minutes ago. This would be something that most people would relax and enjoy. Not Jordan. The second I put my hands on her foot she started to laugh uncontrollably. When I went to do her toes she said "NO! Not between my toes! I think I might die!!" It's rather amusing.

She used to have tickle fights with my dad until she was literally hanging off the edge of their very high bed, trying not to fall too hard, and screaming hysterically for someone to rescue her. When they try this in the back of the car.. is when they go too far!

Culinary Success... Finally!

After many discouraging attempts at meals that please every member of my family, I have finally done it! I love it when I can get this much done. I got the house cleaned, my chores finished.. my room is still a wreck but that gives me something to do tomorrow. I made a Cheesy Chicken and Rice casserole - mexican style, with brown rice at Poppies insistence. It actually turned out really well. You couldn't even tell it was brown rice(It didn't look as good as the picture, but it tasted as good as that looks!). Then I seared wedges of cabbage in onion powder and butter - something I saw in Better Homes and Gardens. That was the favorite. I'm really happy that something I did actually came out okay on the first try! Right now I'm waiting for the Cherry Pie to set so we can cut it and top it with fresh whipped cream. I've been looking at it in the freezer for a while now needing an excuse to bake it.

Every now and again I need a little bolster like this to make me keep trying. I want to learn to cook so bad! My parents have perfected about 20 different things and they generally don't go beyond that stuff. If we get something different it usually comes out of a box. I get so tired of the same old stuff over and over. I need variety and I like to experiment.

So the adventure continues..

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A. Available or Single? Single.

B. Best friend? Jesus.

C. Cake or pie? Pie. My moms' 3 story pie. I think I might make some for Sunday.

D. Drink of choice? Ginger Ale - very, very dry. Like $6 per 12oz bottle.. mmmmm..

E. Essential item? My bible. If I have that, then lip gloss.

F. Favorite color? okay, okay.. I relent! Red. Officially.

G. Gummi bears or worms? Definately sour gummi worms, fresh from the factory so that you can stretch them out over a foot long.

H. Hometown? Good ol' Baker!

I. Indulgence? Ella Fitzgerald

J. January or February? February. It's not too cold, but you still get frost on the ground every now and again.

K. Kids and names? If the Wards have anything but girls we'll break records. I forgot my most recent favorite name. It was Scottish and it started with A.

L. Life incomplete without? The Lord, and fellowship in the light.

M. Marriage date? Far away.

N. Number of Siblings? Does this count in-laws? If not, 5. If so, 8.

O. Oranges or Apples? Oranges all the way. Apples have too much potential of being mealy. Oranges always taste good.

P. Phobias/fears? Failure, or being viewed that way.

Q. Favorite Quotation? Anything from Nemo.

R. Reason to smile? I've got the best family in the world (I mean that in an all encompassing manner)

S. Season? Fall (especially in other states, Alabama, Tennessee, and others) I love how the world becomes so colorful.

T. Tag three people: The people who would fill this out either have already done it, or are at Beta Convention. But I wouldn't mind if Bob or Sharon left a comment with it filled out.

U. Unknown fact about me: I'm vain about my lips.

V. Vegetable you hate: Tomatoes. If only because you add "es" instead of just "s". It makes no sense gramatically.

W. Worst habit? chewing on my nails if not chewing them off.

X. X-rays I’ve had: x-ray when I twisted my foot, Eco cardiogram/ultrasound when I've have tummy problems, Cat scan, and tooth x-rays.

Y. Your favorite food? potatoes

Z. Zodiac? sggitarius... I think. I don't care.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

The West

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The West

Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta.

The Midland
North Central
The South
The Northeast
The Inland North
What American accent do you have?
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Cake out my ears!!

Aaahh.. It feels so good to sit down. I have to warn you, the only person who may be interested in reading this post is Holly.

I'm up to my elbows in cake and icing. But I love it! I never got to get creative like this at Baums. I'm constructing a wedding cake (I haven't even tasted it yet - the idea of anything sweet disgusts me right now) and I'm helping my mom with the grooms' cake. This is for my moms' best friend who just got remarried. She's having a reception here, after having her wedding in Minnesota. Ack, I just realized I still have to do a quick, 2 minute long power point tonight! I shouldn't be doing this. Oh well..

The groom has worked with trains or on trains all of his career, so we're doing a train shaped cake. We're modeling the engine after the kind of engine he works on (Big orange things!) and we're putting pictures of him and her waving outside the windows. The caboose is gonna say "Just Married" on the end of it. It'll be cute.

I have some leftover filling (strawberry cream cheese with buttercream icing) and a few leftover cake layers so if ya'll want to have cake for Sunday I can throw something together.

What are we having Sunday?? One thing we haven't done yet is any sort of seafood. Is anything in season right now? I want some fish.

The oven is beeping at me - gotta go!

Friday, January 12, 2007

These are a few of my favorite things!

My Top 15 Favorite Places to Go
From start to finish

1. The State Capitol Parks. When we were little we used to go there all the time. We'd take our bikes and zoom down the hills. We'd ruin our favorite shirts rolling down them and attempting to use the steep ones as slides. That place holds some of my fondest memories. I like to take kids there and roll down the hills again. When I need to think, there's nothing better than sitting on the hill next to the Arsenal and looking out over the lake. I love it.

2. The Paperclips and surrounding fountains. Also known as the levee. Again these were my childhood stomping grounds. I learned to skip rocks on the banks of the Mississippi. We used to spit into the wind and watch it land in the river. There are countless memories there.

3. LASM. It used to be "LASC". We had a membership there when I was little. We would go every first Sunday of the month, when it was free. We'd get lunch at Capital Grocery, and Poppie would tell us stories of when he used to live downtown. It's changed so much now, but I still love going there.

4. My Gramma's house. I'm so relieved she decided not to move out after Grampa died. That house has the best memories. I think the thing that I love most about it though is the familiar way it smells.

5. My closet when I'm upset. I used to hide there every time I was upset and I didn't want anybody to hear me. I had it all set up in the very back where I could hide behind my sunday dresses on a toy box covered with spare blankets. When we moved that was one of the things I missed the most. I couldn't really hide in my new closet. I did figure out how to close myself in there though.

6. Bob and Sharons' I love ya'lls house. But more for the people in it than the surroundings themselves.

7. My sisters' house in Mobile. She's got the coolest upstairs apartment. But again I love it more for the company than the house itself. Wherever she lives her house always has a distinct "Joy" smell that's comforting.

8. The Ditch. Really it's a canal.. The deep one at the end of the neighborhood.. I'm not even going to bother explaining this one.

9. Port Hudson. We would go a lot when I was little and throw paper airplanes off the fire towers. They would land on the ground nose down and stick straight into the ground. I wanna go again. Anyone wanna go with me?

10. Tunica Hills. We go every year. Again there are many memories there.

11. St. Charles St Trolley at Christmas. We used to go every year and look at Christmas lights on all the old homes. We'll go back next year.

12. To Chili's with all my friends. You all know why. We need another Chili's excursion.. and that's exactly what it is with all you guys!

13. Anywhere that there's a group of us playing games.

14. A library. It doesn't really matter which one. I love the smell of the books. It's good to just go and read in a library every now and then.

15. The Baker Little league pond. We used to go all the time as kids to feed the ducks and play in the fountain.

And the topic is..

You're 15 favorite places to go. Jordan picked it but I'm posting it because she's rather miserable. I gave her my bug. Isn't sharing nice?

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The "Cake"

For now it remains a mystery to Breigh as to what it will be. She may have a clue.. but not really! We shall see.. we shall see..

I will update you as it comes along.

I will post the pictures when they are emailed to me.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Cinema Wonders

All I have heard Jordan say for the past 15 minutes are the words "Could you please direct me to electronics?...... Hi, do you have any Nintendo Wii?.. Okay, thanks.... (Dialing on her phone here).. Could you direct me to electronics?..." You get the idea. And she's saying it all in a voice a few octaves higher than her own. It's rather funny. She's desperate to find one!

Fifteen of my Favorite MoviesIn no particular order

1. Pride and Prejudice We "found God" in it, remember? But I really did.. but most of you don't know that did you? And isn't it funny that the best part of the film was never in the book?

2. Anne of Green Gables All of them, really all of them! "Criticize? Why that's not Christian! It's simply not Christian!", "To Despair is to turn your back on God.", "I don't want diamond sunbursts or marble halls.. I just want you." Carrots, and Anne with an "e".

3. Narnia It still amazes me how real everything looked. I can't wait for the next one! Jordan just reminded me that at one point I said I could marry Peter.

4. Little Women This movie has recently made its' way back into my heart after a lenthy absence. I think I spent many of my adolescent years imagining that I could be Jo. Though I now look on it with a new light and I think that the characters are slightly liberal, even in todays standards.

5. Dances with Wolves I watched this movie for the first time the other day and REALLY enjoyed it. I love the narration. Not to mention the dude's really cute once he loses the mustache.

6. Rigoletto It's like a real life Beauty and the Beast, but it has the best music ever! daaa-da-da-da-da-da, daaaa-da-da-da-da..

7. Peter Pan Not the animated one and not Hook. With the really really cute 14 year old that I swear to this day I would marry... If he weren't so much younger than me. Jordan says that I have a thing for guys named Peter. First the Narnia guy, now this one.

8. Anything with Jimmy Stewart Most notably "The Philadelphia Story" but also "Shop Around the Corner"(the original inspiration for "You've Got Mail"), There are many others but I can't remember their names right now.

9. Original Disney Animation: The Little Mermaid would have to be number one, with Cinderella second, Beauty and the Beast third, 101 Dalmations was pretty good too though.

10. Finding Nemo This movie should get an award for being the most quotable. So many great moments - the squishy, the little light at the depths, the sea turtles, the drop off, the "escape"! We need to watch it again.

11. Luther Ya'll may not have seen it but this is still one of my favorite "religious" movies.

12. One Night with the King I love it. I waited FOREVER for it to come out and had the release date marked on my calander for months! I read the book and literally fell in love. The only reason the movie was so good was because I'd read the book and could fill in where they left stuff out.

13. BBC Jane Eyre Great book, equally as wonderful movie.

14. Sister Act 1 and 2 Great music, and great story lines.

15. Pirates of the Carribean Kiera Knightly rocks. And Johnny Depp isn't bad either.

I'm sorry if you're dissapointed by the utter girliness of this list. I do like some action/adventure movies.. they're just not really in my TOP 15.