There are people who believe that friendship equals obligation. “If you’re my friend you are obligated to…” The problem with this kind of thinking is that it makes friendship conditional. That’s not friendship, That’s a business contract.
I think we need to turn back the clock to December 31, 2019 and start this year over….Only with a better outcome. This week has been especially weird. My friend’s mother passed away. Another friend of a friend went into the hospital and may not make it. Last night another friend’s grandpa died. None of these are covid related. And on top of all of that…..
Melissa Etheridge’s son died of a drug overdose
I cut my finger at work.
Stick a fork in me, I’m done….
Let’s face it….We’ve all been the new kid on the block. Whether it has been a new neighborhood, a new school, or even a new church bible study class. I’ve been there many times in my life. Recently, 2 years ago, I was the new kid, or adult kid, in a new church, in a new class. Now….I haven’t had much luck in churches, making friends and such. I am very shy and introverted. Any attention put on me is cause for panic. So I’ve had a rough time making friends and getting to know people (My whole life really). Thankfully for me this church makes it easy to make friends, which I have and I love them all to pieces.
Yesterday a new girl walked into our church. She wasn’t sure where to go or what class she should be in. Well that is really a personal choice, there are several awesome classes, the class I’m in is perfectly awesome. So I asked the confused girl if she needed help and she said she wasn’t sure where she was going. So I asked her age, close to mine, so I said “follow me” and brought her to my class and introduced her to my friends.
So many times I have needed that. Someone to step up and say “Hey you’re new come be my friend” So many times it hasn’t happened, to me or others like me. We get forgotten, we’re the nameless people in the room. (FYI, I don’t feel this way at my current church) so it really felt good to step out of my comfort zone and lend a hand 🙂
Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family. We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.
We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.
Did you have a great holiday weekend? I sure did. Though there are a few aspects of the weekend I can’t seem to understand, it was, all in all, a great weekend.
Thursday started with some fun at my moms house. Trying to make my grandma’s Norwegian pancakes turned out to be a disaster, which is odd since they have come out every other time we’ve made them. Oh well, we had regular pancakes instead. Then we watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving day Parade. When I watch parades I always get transported back in time to my high school days when we, a marching show band, played holiday parades in between competitions. What is a show band you ask…Glee for high school marching bands in California. Then came the dog show. That is always a fun thing to watch. Congrats to Best in Show winner Charlie the Skye Terrier, he was adorable.
Thanksgiving dinner was really good. Rather than spending all day cooking a meal that takes 10 minutes to eat, and since it was just 3 of us, we decided to let the casino do the cooking. The line was long but it moved fast. I took these while waiting.
They always do awesome holiday decorations.
Friday, even though I had to work, was just a quiet day for me. Sometimes a girl just needs to take a day and keep the socializing to a minimum and just be. There is nothing wrong with doing that. It has nothing to do with anyone or anything other than the person who just needs to sit back and “Be”. I did get a few blog posts done for my book blog. That was a fun thing to do.
Saturday I did some shopping 🙂 Got a few Christmas decorations. Hug out 🙂 did basically a whole lot of nothing really since I had woken up with a migraine. I just keep a low key and chilled.
That brings us to this Sunday morning…..
Have a glorious day 🙂
What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for my loving family, the good health of all I love, and a great life.
I am also thankful for some wonderful friends old and new. Friends I barely knew who have turned into dear friends. Wonderful talks, even if they did go from instagram to comparing aches and pains 😉
I am also very thankful for my church, my church family and the love of an AWESOME God.
Happy Thanksgiving all and here’s to a wonderful holiday season.
My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.
In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.
Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.
This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.
I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂
Ballroom 20 line
Inside ballroom 20
We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again
We saw the Once Upon a Time cast
We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.
and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow
The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”
We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.
I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.
The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton
In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended. My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder. In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.
In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time
My favorite cousin and I
My amazing uncle 🙂
And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.
So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.
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2012 started as uneventful as any other year. In February my niece and I started talking about going on a trip. At first we thought about going to Atlanta to see the set of The Vampire Diaries but that was going to be a little too expensive. So then we started talking about going to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Just a short 6 hour drive away. No problem. I said cool lets do it. From February on our lives were all about Road Trip 2012 and what a road trip it was.
Our first stop when we arrived in San Diego was at the convention center and of course we had to take our pictures with the sign. Who wouldn’t?
Then we drove up to hotel circle and picked up our badges a day early. These are the epic bags you get for free. I think she traded for her Hobbit bag (I can’t remember). I got VERY lucky and got a TVD bag . You don’t get to pick what bag you get. They don’t even show you the front of it when they hand it to you and there are a dozen different bags so I was lucky to get the only bag I wanted. Ok I would have settled for a Supernatural bag.
The next day started bright and early. We got in the Hall H line at 6am to see the cast of Twilight at 11am. Some people find it a little crazy to get up at the crack of dawn to sit in a line half the day but until you’ve done it and experienced it you will never understand just how much fun it actually is. We met so many cool people and lets face it we’re all a bunch of geeks there for the same reason. Not to mention the fact that if you aren’t in that line by at least 8am you won’t get into the hall.
Hall H line palls.
Here are some other pics from our trip
Saturday at SDCC was freeking AMAZING! We didn’t have badges for Saturday but I’d found out (on Twitter) that the Extra TV show was setting up a stage right near the convention center and was having celebrity panel interviews every day of the convention. It took forever to find out what day which stars would be interviewed. So we got to the Extra TV stage at 7am, we were determined to be in the front row…and we were. Although we sat there all day, it was a lot of fun. We met some really nice people. Talked to the really cool security guards and met the stars from the Extra TV show. We also watched actor Kevin Bacon’s brother Michael do sound checks with their band.
Also at the Extra TV stage
Sunday was another super early day. We were in the Hall H line at 4am. We had several panels we were going to see that day and once again met some great people.
After Comic-Con I didn’t expect much to happen for the rest of the year.
I’d been a financial supporter of ISF, Ian Somerhalder Foundation, for a while, then I got involved in supporting this amazing little company called Built Of Barnwood. Owned by Ian and his brother.
check them out http://www.builtofbarnwood.com/ http://www.facebook.com/reclaimedbythesomerhalders
I got involved in this little group called the BOBArmy. We are a small group who all work together to support and promote this little company and it’s owners. I’ve made some amazing and lifelong friends. One of my co-volunteers/best friends/sisters and I started a blog for the company which became the only official blog for the company. We’ve done a few fundraisers as well. It’s a labor of love. We love our Somerhalders and we love each other.
Other things that happened in 2012…
Weight loss. I started in February at 265lbs in a size 26/28. Now at the end of December and the end of the year I am down to 188lbs and in a size 18. 33 more to go til my goal. The only problem with losing weight is that it sucks for the pocket book, however, buying new clothes is fun.
So that’s about it. On to 2013
It seems as though I am always doing SOMETHING, never nothing. Even though I am sitting here on my laptop for hours I’m not just playing around. I’m either doing blogs for my volunteer work, I’m writing or working on my ideas for NaNoWriMo, I’m working on graphic designs for my Built of Barnwood blog. Tweeting about BOB or working on the Facebook page for BOB. busy busy busy. I talked to my dad Monday for his birthday and he said I make him tired just seeing all the things that come across Facebook. Truth is I make me tired too. It’s all a labor of love though. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. A lot of great things have come out of it all. I’ve met some amazing people.
It’s interesting how, as time goes on, social media changes. MSN groups and chat rooms started it all. Then came Myspace. I remember there was a time when Myspace was the only thing out there and everyone in the world was addicted to it. Then came Facebook and everyone slowly migrated over to it. Myself included. It took a while to get use to and I remember starting my page, not liking it and sticking with myspace. Then as more and more people I knew were moving to Facebook I soon decided to conform and join the masses. I haven’t been back to myspace since. Then came Twitter. Now I’m so addicted to Twitter it’s pathetic but Twitter is where I’ve had the most fun and met the greatest bunch of people and also where my sis Becka got me the ultimate follow. I won’t name names but I will say I’ve loved him since the 90’s and when I post pics of my guilty pleasures his will be in there..hint hint.
So while we’re talking about guilty pleasures. I’m also addicted to this little company I help promote called Built of Barnwood. I won’t say too much because I run a blog dedicated to it and it’s listed up on my blogs page. When I see an awesome “Nobody’s Perfect” cross on eBay, not only do I tweet it to promote it, I have GOT to bid on it. I’m not sure if I need an intervention or not. I’ve got 3 so far. One I purchased without bidding and 2 I won bids on. The latest was yesterday. My bank account hates me. That is if a bank account can feel such an emotion, which I’m convinced it can.
Another guilty pleasure. Television. I have shows on pretty much every day of the week. Sundays are hard because 2 come on at the same time. Now the difficulty comes by virtue of the fact (ha ha that was a quote) that 2 shows come on at the same time after I’ve gone to bed. So recording both on the DVR would lock up the TV so I’ve had to make a difficult choice. I chose TWD. There are only 2 shows I won’t, for any reason, make recording adjustments for. The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. The world could be coming to an end, hell freezing over, the sky falling, you name it..I’m watching my vampires and my boys.
Guilty pleasure #1 and ultimate Twitter follower. Could you just die.
Guilty pleasure #2. 2 of the 3 eBay Nobody’s Perfect crosses from Built of Barnwood
My vampires and my boys.