Tuesday, July 29, 2008

home, home on the range

i'm home. we finally got to the church about 8:30 last night. ugh. i've mostly been doing laundry today, but we did go see the dark knight. i liked it. now i'm just printing some pictures and fixin to go to bed. just some pictures, not all 444 at once. that really is how many i had on my camera when i got home...444. crazy. when i get them printed and start actually knowing what all i have pictures of, i'll post some.

Monday, July 21, 2008

el pollo

hola from mexico...gotta go...hasta luego!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

mission trip to mexico

this says it all...see ya in about 10 days!

Early this morning I jumped out of bed
You know I don't want to be late
Me and my friends, we're on a mission from God
And I know it's gonna be great
We've got lots of Bibles to give away
And plenty of bottled water
Got my Spanish to English dictionary
'Cause we're gonna go south of the border
Uno, dos, tres, quatro

Mission trip to Mexico
Mission trip to Mexico
Spreading the Word, come on, let's go
On a mission trip to Mexico

"Yo quiero Taco Bell" may not go over so well
But in Mexico the food is true
You got tacos, enchiladas, and tamales for me
And I got some good news for you
You see Jesus came to save the earth from sin
And if I may say so
This salvation is totally free
It won't even cost you a peso

Chorus 2x


It was a long trip on the bus
But the people were so happy to see us
And you should have seen the faces light up
When we told them about Jesus
Uno, dos, tres, quatro

bunch of believers (Christian ska band from the late 90's...yet another random piece of information that bounces around in my brain waiting for an opportunity like this!)

Monday, July 14, 2008

the book i read

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.


-Look at the list and bold those you have read.
-Italicize those you intend to read.
-Underline the books you LOVE or if you can't put a note at the end. (Blogger doesn't have underlining, so I'm starring these.)
-And, just for fun, change the font color of those you have seen the movie version.
-Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling*
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee*
6. The Bible*
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl*
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Sunday, July 13, 2008

ride the wind

we went the the great texas balloon race last night. i haven't been since i was a little bitty kid. don't remember it at all! they didn't actually get to race yesterday because of the wind, but we still got to see the balloon glow and hang out with some friends. there was also a concert, but i'm not really into country too much and last night confirmed why. i'm sure just like in any other genre, there are some really talented, good performers who are also good people. but last night wasn't it for country. i knew i was in for a long night when the first thing he said was that it didn't matter if everyone stayed out late, cause he knew none of us were going to be going to sunday school today anyway. true, i don't go to sunday school...but i do go to church and i just didn't like that comment. then almost every song he sang was about drinking and chasing women. or it was a slow song that he said he sang to get women. and you know when a song is titled beer, bait, and ammo...you've landed right in the middle of redneckville! i thought everyone always says country music is supposed to be family-friendly...i felt way more comfortable being around little kids when i went to see aerosmith and lynyrd skynyrd than i was last night. (not to mention he butchered sweet emotion by aerosmith...that song does not need a fiddle!) and it wasn't just me...i talked to a guy at church tonight that was at the show last night, too. he said the same thing! i'll take my blues and rock concerts anyday! but, the whole reason i went was to get pictures, so here are the best.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

in the army now

hi. my name is vanillafrog and i am an army wivesaholic. i kept hearing this show was good, but i'm not a big lifetime channel watcher, so i had never seen it. plus, sunday nights at 9 isn't convenient appointment television time. i decided to put season 1 on my ipod to watch on the way to the airport to pick up my sister a week and a half ago. i figured i'd watch one or two and save the rest for another long car trip. i've already finished all of season 1 and got the first five episodes of season 2. as soon as i saw the end of season 1, i had to get season 2 to find out what happened! i almost went crazy during the 22 minutes it took to download the first episode. but, i am making myself get my errands done first tomorrow. no more army wives until i've been to the bank, lowe's, and the grocery store. i'll let you know if it actually happens that way!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


ok, i'm back, for a little while anyway. i'm just glad i wasn't working last week. it was hard enough being supersister and superwife. i couldn't have tried to be superteacher too! didn't compete for superdaughter. when your little sister comes home for the first time since labor day AND she's pregnant with the first grandkid...there's no reason to even try! :) but, bean is back home and k-dogg is finally off the couch and back among the living. we actually got to go shopping and to the movies today. i highly recommend seeing wall-e if you haven't seen it yet. finding nemo will probably always be my favorite pixar movie, but wall-e is a very close second. still gotta see the incredibles and cars. will NOT be seeing that other one ever. we went to buy paint, i suggested we measure the room first, but was told that was not necessary and would take too long. so we came home with a color chip and the supplies, but no paint because...he decided we need to measure the room first! oh well, i ended up getting new lights for our front porch and we're going back for paint later this week, so it's fine with me. i just hope we get his office painted before i go to mexico. if not, i'll be painting it by myself when i get back and k-dogg goes back to work. k-dogg has decided he just has to get away since i get to go to mexico, so since he got new tires on his car, he's decided to take a road trip to stay with bean's ex-fiance for the weekend. all i can say is he must be really desperate to get out of town! oh, and i'm glad i'm not going. i haven't seen him in almost two years and plan to keep it that way. he even spent the night at our house about a month ago for a bachelor party and i still didn't see him! ok, it's way past my bedtime. i downloaded the first season of army wives on my ipod last week and have become slightly obsessed! almost as bad as my parents' new addiction to lost. but, just because it feels funny to post without posting a picture....big finale to the local firework show and my friend from church at the ice cream social with her boyfriend. my sister met her husband at our church's ice cream social 4 years ago...but she swears she's not at all country or anything! :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


haven't had much time to post. barely had time to recover from vbs when k-dogg came down with a very high fever and my sister arrived saturday night. between taking care of him, hanging out with her, and trying to catch up on chores, i've been busy. bad two weeks for my mom to take off from cleaning my house! i should probably be on my way to see my sister soon. since she's here, i got some new clothes courtesy of my dad's credit card! my new jeans are a size 6! i've never really worn a 6, i went from wearing juniors that were always way too big, to going back and forth between an 8 and 10. in other news...i'm going to be an aunt...i can finally tell people! i've known for over two weeks!