Monday, December 31, 2007

See you next year!

My most recent purchase is on the left. That darn Barbie is a paleontologist, just like me! I've wanted her for a while now and she was the perfect price right after Christmas.

So, as of December 15th I am now officially a paleontologist. Graduation went lovely and I had a very busy time in Wilmington. I was there for 10 days and hardly saw anyone as I was looking at shells for an upcoming paper I hope to co-author with my masters advisor.

Since I've been home I've been trying to get some things done in my house. I'd been wanting to remove the ugly "fruits and vegetables" wallpaper in my kitchen and I finally got it done on Christmas eve. Then I painted the living room and kitchen a really nice brown color called "Dust Bunny." Hopefully they call it that because the dust bunnies in my house will blend in and you won't be able to see them when I don't have a chance to clean...haha. I'll post some pictures later.

School starts back on January 9th and I haven't done a thing this break to study....except for my stuff in Wilmington. I guess I should do that sometime soon....

Hope all your wishes and dreams are fulfilled in the New Year. See you in 2008

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Random thoughts...


Today was my geochemistry final. Although I'm sure I didn't do well on the exam, I think I did well enough to pass the class...especially as I have done all of the homework, all of the extra credit, and made a good mark on the first exam. Anyway...we'll see. Classes are now officially over for me for this semester...YAY!!

Isn't she adorable?

I went to Hobby Lobby this afternoon after my exam and saw this gorgeous girl sitting on a very high shelf begging to be brought home....and home she is. I think she is way, way too cute! Now, before you get any, I don't collect cows and I don't want to collect cows. She just made me smile!

My mother is an enabler!

Sunday morning I'm sitting around in my jammies working and my mom calls. She tells me the chairs I've been stalking are at Target on sale. So what did I do? You're darn right! I got dressed as quick as can be and flew to Target and bought myself two of these lovely chairs. I am so excited!! Getting the huge couch out of the living room into the garage was quite a feat but did manage to accomplish it even if I did say a few curse words along the way.


On Tuesday I'll be leaving Knoxville and heading back to Wilmington. On Saturday I will officially graduate with my Master's Degree in Geology!! Can you believe it?!?! It seems like ages ago when I started school and I never thought I'd be this far....but look at me now...working on my PhD! I'm looking forward to graduation. Richard will be there but William wasn't able to come into town. I'm selling him on ebay and listing him as "Bad Son"....haha (bidding starts at 99 cents). to eat my tortilla soup and not worry about homework I haven't done. Oh...and do a little scrapbooking baby!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

One week!!

That's right week until geochemistry is over. Do the "Happy Happy Joy Joy" dance with me!! Of course that also means my geochemistry final is in one week....EEP!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


I am so very thankful for the UNCW Paleogirls! We made such an awesome team!!

Michelle is standing next to me. She and I went to Iceland together with Dr. Patricia H. Kelley, immediatly to the right. Michelle and I worked on our Master's theses at the same time and will graduate together in December. She is a wonderful person and I feel so lucky to count her as my friend.

Tricia Kelley was my advisor through both my Bachelors and Masters degrees. She is the person who really got me hooked on paleontology. I've never met someone who is so "pro-student." I am truly blessed to have had her as such an important part of my life.

On the far right is Patti Mason. Patti is an amazing person! She came to UNCW during the second semester of my Bachelors degree and fit right into our group. Yes, she was a part of the "Fab Five" group. Patti is not just smart - this woman is brilliant! I pale in comparison. Plus, she generally loves everyone and would do anything to help you. Such a spectacular person.

Sadly, my friend Christy Visaggi is not in this picture. She is a PhD student at UNCW working with Tricia. Although I've only been friends with Christy for a little over a year, I feel so lucky to have her as my friend and she was a lovely addition to the Paleogirls.

So there you have it - the UNCW Paleogirls! Tricia once told me that "we Paleogirls need to stick together!" I can't imagine that our paths will venture too far apart. We have shared too much and come too far together to allow that to happen.

How lucky am I to have all of these amazing people in my life!?!?

Sunday, November 25, 2007


I am thankful for a hobby that I love....Scrapbooking!! Through this hobby I have made some great friends and kept myself out of trouble...well, relatively speaking....

Two Peas in a Bucket (great online source)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thankful for a Good Sense of Humor!!!!


And check out THIS

The boys are sooooo gonna kill me!!!

Didn't get to post yesterday....

Because it was black friday and I was out shopping.

I am thankful for my education. An education is one thing that can never be taken away from you....even if everything else is....
This picture was taken immediately after receiving my Bachelor's Degree. My sister took this of the television monitor that enabled everyone to see what was going on....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thank you for...



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thankful for...

I am thankful for my friends who have stuck with me through the years - even though they've seen how truly flawed I am - and yet somehow love me anyway....

My best friend in the whole, wide world...Queen Casey....who has cried with me and laughed with me and carried a 10 pound stromatolite up the wet, slippery hill in field course for me while I cried like a baby the whole addition to many other things...

My peeps from Wilmigton...Deborah, Sandee, Rhonda, Miranda, and Carol

Janet and Miranda

Corey and Diane

Each of these amazing people bring such delight to my. I cannot believe how incredibly lucky I am!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thankful for my family...

My sister Danielle and her daugher Haley
My sister Roxanne, her husband Randy, and Haley

My grandmother, Goody

My parents

Monday, November 19, 2007

Giving Thanks...

This week I am going to focus on things I am thankful for. First and foremost, I am so very, very, VERY thankful for my boys. They are absolutely the lights in my life and I shudder when I think about how horrible my world would be without them. They have overcome many obstacles that could drive others to the brink of disaster; they have done this with grace and style. They are true gentlemen - they never cease to amaze me - they are my heroes!

The first thing I am going to thank God for when I get to heaven is my boys....

Sunday, November 18, 2007

What I'm Reading...

This is what I'm reading in that spare 37 seconds I have every day. This book was recommended to me by Casey and is entitled "Smart Women Finish Rich: 7 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams." It's a fact, the price of oil is going through the roof. We all see this as we fill up our gas tank. But I am worried about how it's going to affect other the price of food (it has to be shipped around the country) and the price of other consumer goods (that also have to be shipped...and let's not forget the plastic that we all love so much is petroleum based).

This book puts steps into place for you and defines some of the more technical aspects of things like 401k's and money market accounts. Some of the book is also pretty basic stuff like "stop spending money." It's an interesting read...

So my goal is to try to save some money for that proverbial rainy day. Also, I want to be able to take at least one big trip per year because I love to travel so much. In order to accomplish this I'm going to be tightening my purse strings a bit and saving some money.

While some are dreaming of a white Christmas, I'm dreaming of Hawaii....Alaska....Europe....Galapagos.....

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Last night I had the opportunity to hear the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra perform. One of the professors in the geography department had two tickets and couldn't go so my friend, Jorene, grabbed the tickets and called me. They were $40 seats!! I felt like such a lucky girl!! It was a night filled with Beethoven and it was great. I love spontaneous opportunities like this!!

I got my new MP3 player yesterday and loaded it up with music for my workouts. After the good news from the doctor I am determined to work out more and maintain my good health...and hopefully lose a couple of pounds in the process.

Today is homework day. I have a couple of geochemistry problems to complete for this week.

Hope you have a lovely day....

Friday, November 16, 2007

Oh Happy Day!!

This morning I got the results of the blood tests from yesterday. The results were really quite excellent and I am such a happy camper!! My cholesterol was 137 (needs to be below 200), my LDL (bad triglicerides) was 73 (below 100 is optimal), and my blood sugar was great. She noted that my blood count was a little low and I should try to remember to take my multivitamin a bit more regularly (you know I'm blonde and never remember to take the darn thing). She also said my thyroid was a bit borderline and has asked that I return in about 3 months to have it checked again....but that my thyroid horomone levels were okay. So...all in all probably more info than you needed to know but it makes today a very happy day for me!

I hope you have a happy day today as well....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Who are these crazy people???

This morning I'm headed into school at the crack of dark. I'm on my way to have some blood drawn as I've been feeling a bit tired lately and wanted to have some tests run. Needless to say the tests must be done while you have been "fasting" so they can get accurate reads on blood sugar, etc. This means that I have not had any of my most favorite thing in the world before leaving the house. Yes, you know what it morning coffee!! I was half comatose driving in. But that's not the best part!

So, I'm driving along and come to a stoplight and there is this subaru in front of me. I see the two people in front turn around and wave. They then start to make goofy faces at me and I'm thinking to myself "who the hell are these people and why are they messing with this caffeine deprived woman????" I truly thought God must be testing my patience. And then I thought that maybe I really looked so bad since I hadn't had any coffee that these folks were trying to tell me "you look like crap, lady!" I blew them off. And then...about 10 seconds before the light turns green it suddenly dawns on's my advisor and his wife! HAHAHAHA Boy did I feel like a fool! I'm blaming it on caffeine deprivation. I have since had a cup of coffee...minus the sugar because there wasn't any when I went to get the coffee. Who doesn't have sugar where they have coffee???

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ijams Nature Walk

This past Sunday I went hiking with a friend at the Ijams Nature Park here in Knoxville. It was a beautiful day as you can clearly see in the picture to the right. Behind me is the Tennessee River. The trails in this nature park are numerous and all equally as lovely as the next. We walked, and talked, for about an hour....meandering through the fall-colored trees. It was simply wonderful.

Hope you can share a bit of wonderful with someone today as well.

Lastly, for my friend Casey who has been a bit blue the past couple of are NOT a loser!!! Love you girl!!! *mwah...big kiss*

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I go here...

No...the title isn't bad english, it's a quote from one of my favorite movies...Legally Blonde....

Warner Huntington III: Excuse me, I'm sorry... are you here to see me?
Elle: No, silly. I go here!
Warner Huntington III: You go where?
Elle: I go here...Harvard Law School
Warner Huntington III: You got into Harvard Law?
Elle: What? Like, it's hard?

Well...this is where I go. This is the main entrance for the Earth and Planetary Sciences building. I love the old brick buildings...but not the hill I climb every morning to get here. I need to take a picture of that hill to show you what it looks like. It's crazy!!

I'm sitting at my desk right now. I just realized I didn't update my jump drive with my last thesis revision so can't make the final changes and change to pdf....jinkies! Far too many jump drives (3 in all) to worry about lately. Life should be easier than this....

Monday, November 12, 2007

Congratulations and a Recipe!

[ Michelle ]

A huge CONGRATULATIONS goes out to my friend Michelle who successfully defended her masters thesis today at UNCW. I knew she'd do exceptionally well. She is such a bright young woman. I am so very happy for her!!

[ Zuppa Toscana ]

Made this for dinner last is delicious! Not sure where I got the recipe though.

1lb spicy italian sausage, casing removed
2 russett potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise then cut into 1/8 inch slices
1/2 cup real bacon bits (like Hormel)
1 onion, chopped
2 cans chicken broth
4 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups kale, chopped (I removed the tough stems as well)

Combine the chicken broth, water, garlic, potatoes, and onions in a large pot. Cook over medium heat until the potatoes are done. Meanwhile, brown the sausage. Drain, place on a plate with paper towels to continue draining, and set aside. When the potatoes are done, add the sausage and bacon bits, salt and pepper to taste (be careful as the bacon and sausage add a lot of salt), and continue cooking for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to low. Add the cream and chopped kale. Heat through and serve.

Off to eat some zuppa....mmmmm

Sunday, November 11, 2007

6 1/2 Hours

I know! I know! It's been a long time since my last post. It's not that I haven't wanted to post but school has really been a bear. This geochemistry class is kicking my arse and I am truly looking forward to December when the class ends. One homework problem took me and a friend 6 1/2 hours to do...that's right....6 1/2 hours for one homework problem and we had 15 problems to complete. Something is just simply wrong with that kind of homework...especially since the "rocks" we're calculating stuff for will never contain fossils so it's meaningless to me.

I have tried to do a few small things for myself. For instance, last weekend I went to the Smoky's for a day of hiking. The fall colors were beautiful and I snapped the pictures below. I'm trying to save some money to buy myself a new camera. Even though this one takes pretty good shots I want one that is more like a SLR. I'd really like a Canon Rebel....*wishin' and hopin'*

Today I am going hiking again at a local hiking spot. It's a beautiful sunny day here and I need to be outside. After my hike I'll be heading to AC Moore and Michaels. Both have things on sale that I feel I need...haha. Then it's off to the Walmart for some groceries. I'm in a soup mood now that it feels like fall and I think it's just the ticket for dinner!

Dryer just buzzed...must go....

Thursday, October 04, 2007

My new ride!!

I've been so busy lately and have been on the road a lot here in town. Someone took a picture of me and I'm posting it above. hahaha

School has been awesome lately. Don't get me wrong - geochemistry is still kicking my butt - but other things about academia just make me so darn happy!! First off, let me say that my advisor is just wonderful. He really seems to be looking out for my best interest. Tricia did the same in Wilmington. So often you hear about bad advisors and how they lead their students astray. I have been blessed...truly. Today Colin (my UT advisor) and I were talking about the GSA meeting in Denver that I'm going to at the end of the month. He has planned to send everyone and anyone over to my poster presentation to "show me off." In this business it's all about who you know and how well you can work with them.

I have some amazing projects in the works. I have a couple of labs I am writing up into papers for a middle school journal. I am eager to get these published. They are a by-product of my time in the GK-12 program. I have initiated a project with core samples taken from the Ocean Drilling Program. I'll be putting together slides with microfossils and making a lab out of this as well. A couple of us will be working on this and hope to be able to get it published in a GeoScience Journal. Sally, my GK-12 advisor, is very pleased with my work and Colin says she is very interested in keeping me on for a second year. That is excellent news. And let's not forget that all of this means "excellent letters of recommendation" YAY!!

I am near completion on the writing of my thesis and should get the final stuff to UNCW within the next couple of weeks. Then I need to narrow it down a bit and get it published as well in a paleontology journal called PALAIOS.

I'll be heading down to my parent's home this weekend. My mom, sister, and I are going to a scrapbook crop. It will be fun to let my hair down a bit and work on some fun stuff. My weekends are overly booked for the next couple of weeks. Have I also mentioned I'm volunteering at a Gem & Mineral show AND a local geology museum?? Busy, busy, busy...

I just want to also say that even though the color is orange....coming to UT was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I was aprehensive at first but it really has worked out beautifully for me....

Oh...and I bought a new car too in addition to my ride pictured above...a Jeep Liberty....she's beautiful!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Been busy....

First off....yes, I passed my thesis defense. Now I must do some revisions to my thesis and then submit another copy to my committee. Once the final draft is done I'll have copies made, get signatures, and bind copies into books. YAY!! I am currently working on getting my poster done for the annual GSA meeting in Denver. I will be there for Halloween. I'm going to have to see if I can find a ghost tour or something fun.

Class is now in session at UT and geochemistry is going to kick my hiney! Other than that I have some pretty awesome classes. Of course, my favorite is with Colin. We are doing an independent study looking at edrioasteroids and trying to narrow down my Ph.D. dissertation. I'm hoping to concentrate on paleoecology. I know I'll be looking at the prospect of movement in these extinct echinoderms. I am excited!!

Two days ago Richard told me that a couple of hummingbirds came by the front of the house and kept tapping at the red beads in the wind chime that Casey gave me. Yesterday I went out and bought a hummingbird feeder. Today I sat on the front porch and watched as the hummingbirds fed. Here's a picture....isn't it awesome?!?!

Sunday, August 19, 2007


D-Day is tomorrow...August 20th. Been running like a mad woman here trying to get my presentation done. Lost it off my jump drive once....14 hours of work down the tubes...can you say "Backup on every computer you can find!"?

Check back in Tuesday....oh, and if you're partial to praying please say a prayer for me on Monday from 2:00-5:00 EST.


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Will she pass???

Will René pass her thesis defense? Will she pull all of her hair out before she even gets there? Will she have to hide some bodies??

Tune in next Tuesday (August 21st) on the same chipmunk channel, same chipmunk time...


Deep down inside she knew....

My friend Michelle must have felt the vibe...must have known deep down inside that I'm a bit stressed while finishing up this thesis stuff. I've been writing 6-10 hours a day. I know that seems like a lot but technical writing is very difficult for me. I like to embellish, tell a story, much like my scrapbooks. But, when writing for scientific journals you can't really say how "cute" the ophiuroids are. Thanks Michelle for my Happiness Fairy!!

I'm leaving in the morning for Wilmington. I'll be gone for over a week. Not sure if I'll get to post anything from Wilmington because I think it's going to be crazy as can be...(don't tell anyone but I haven't got my presentation put together yet...eek!)

Hmmmm....that Happiness Fairly looks like me this morning, complete with purple slippers....interesting....haha!!

Friday, August 10, 2007

I've been Simpsonized!!

And you can be too!! Just go to the following web address:

Be sure to give yourself a few minutes to do this though...and have a picture of yourself to upload...

Have fun!!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Back from CK and Workin' Like a Dawg!

Let me start off by saying that the CK Convention in Charlotte was wonderful! I took some really awesome classes (11 in all) and learned many new techniques. My "Bee Happy Mini-Book" is pictured at the top of the page.

There was one class though that was as crappy as heck and I will never take another class by this company as this is the 2nd time I've been burned by them (Little Black Dress Designs). The class, in my opinion, was pointless. Their product is the same crap they've been using for the past 4 years...they've made no progress. Additionally, the companies that sponsor the classes give out door prizes, sometimes TONS of them, to the attendees in the class. The company mentioned above "doesn't do prizes." Instead, they give you a 30% off coupon to order their items online through their company. Oh yea, you're giving me 30% off of a crappy, already over-priced product that was exciting 4 years ago but now has become stale AND I have to pay shipping and handling on top of it? Gee...thanks a bunch! Like I said, never again....readers, be warned!!

Upon returning home I have set to task on getting this thesis completed. One of my committee members really disliked my thesis saying it has "no purpose or direction" and that my data does not support my conclusions. He then proceeded to give me heck in an email when I asked for clarification of comments telling me that he hopes I treat my Ph.D. committee better by not springing items on them at the last minute and not consulting along the way. It's funny though, every person I've spoken to says that they only meet with the committee members once a year and that their thesis draft was handed over once the committee chair deemed it ready for committee, just as I did. So, chalk it up to my being lost again without a map.

So basically I have a ton, and I do mean a TON of revisions to go on this thesis. I'm going to be heading back to Wilmington on Sunday to spend the next full week there. I will defend my thesis on August 20th. I'm a bit intimidated at this point and that's why I want to spend the full week with my advisor prior to defending. I also need to get my powerpoint presentation ready. I thought my MSN horoscope was most befitting today....

"Your world may seem quite tight and rigid this morning, dear Virgo, but the good news is that difficulties are apt to melt away as the sun mounts to the high heavens. Don't assume that opinions, once stated, are fixed in stone. Things can change on a dime. Even if they seem one way at one point, more than likely, they are going to manifest themselves completely differently at the next."

Let's hope these rewrites do the trick....

Monday, July 30, 2007

The things I do to avoid work...

In my neverending quest to avoid working on my thesis revisions I decided to decorate the spare bathroom AKA Richard's bathroom. I used a brown on the walls that made it very rich looking - almost like suede. I added dark brown towels (that Richard is NOT allowed to use), a medium brown shower curtain, and the coolest rug. It actually has all the colors in it plus a touch of pale turquoise. LOVE IT!! And it's as soft as can be.
One of my favorite things about the room though is the artwork. These pictures of dinosaurs were done by my niece, Haley. I framed them and hung them in the bathroom. They are way too cute!! My favorite is the one on the left, the brontosaurus AKA apatosaurus.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Random Thoughts

Today was my first day at UT for the GK-12 program. It is going to be a blast!! I was assigned to a school close to the house so I'm very happy. I'll be teaching about 130 8th graders all about earth science. Pray for me...haha.

On the way to UT this morning I kept thinking about all the ORANGE around here and I thought to myself "you are just going to have to take pictures of all the wacky stuff people do around here that is ORANGE. So, here is installment #1 of THEY DO LOVE ORANGE IN KNOXVILLE.
From the ladies bathroom we have fake ORANGE tulips...

Ah, a bear dressed up in an ORANGE bumblebee outfit hanging on the side of a pillar....

A lovely ORANGE building on my way to and from school...

Trust me, as the days pass, there will be more....

I didn't get to scrapbook last night. I wasn't going to go to Denver in October to present at GSA but Tricia thought I really should. So, I had 48 hours to write an abstract about my research. Tricia edited and we've got that part done. Now it is coming up with a title. So...YAY ME!! I'm going to be in Denver for Halloween!! Has anyone has seen the latest issue of Simple Scrapbooks? I am going to make that travel log/diary that Donna Downey has in that issue. I'll call it "Where in the World do Paleontologists Go?" or something....

Mom: I had forgotten that HP was 12 in the first book. In the movie he seemed younger. Daniel will be so old when they finish filming the last HP movie though. I hope he's able to keep some youthful looks. By the way...can't WAIT for HP to come out!!

Deborah: You are so right!! No matter where I go or who I meet in the scrapbooking world there will be no group as special to me as my peeps in Wilmington. Lordy how I miss you all so much!!

Miranda: Can't WAIT to see you all at CK! As Deb would say "I need me some peep time"

Roxanne: I'm glad you like the scrapbook area. Now if I could only find time to scrapbook...haha. Wish you were going to CK in August with us. You'd love the classes.

Okay, must go work on my you all!!!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Creative Urge...

Yesterday I took the opportunity to finally go to my local scrapbook store. They were having a special event where samples of all of the new classes were on display. Most of the things I found to be elementary as they seem to cater to the new scrapbooker. One artist really stood out though. Her name is Lynn Justice and she taught this chipboard purse last month...

This next month she will be teaching a book that fits inside this purse box. It was really beautiful. In addition, Lynn was there and I got to talk to her - such a pleasant person! I signed up for the book class and Lynn was kind enough to agree to bring me a class kit for the purse when I'm there for the class. I can't wait to work on this project!! The class is the day after my birthday so it will be a nice gift for myself.

To all my scrapbooking peeps out there - where do you buy heavy duty chipboard? This stuff that she used actually clicked when you tapped the pages together - it's really hard! It's much thicker and heavier than regular chipboard.

It was nice to be back in a scrapbook store. This particular store is quite well stocked but I also have many great opportunities in the area to buy supplies. There are 2 Hobby Lobby's, a Michaels, and an AC Moore. Also, let's not forget that a mere 30 miles away I have the two HUGE stores in Sevierville. I don't think I've ever seen as much stuff as there.

I also bought a new issue of Simple Scrapbooks yesterday and read it cover-to-cover last night. Needless to say, my creative juices are flowing and I am dying to get to creating again. I really need to find a crop group to hang out with. I think I may sign up for a crop at the scrapbook store just to be able to talk to people and get a feel for the scrapbook vibe in this area.

After all, all school and no scrapbooking makes René very irritable....

Friday, July 06, 2007

Harry Potter...

As most of you know, I am a fan of Harry Potter. The new book is coming out on the 21st and I have my copy reserved. I was looking at the Daniel Radcliff interview on the Today Show earlier today. He was asked about the final book: With the final book coming out, do you ever get a sense of impending doom? Do you think you will survive "The Deathly Hallows"?

Daniel: I think I might die in it, but that’s just my prediction. I think so, but I’ve no idea at all; I have no inside hints.

Personally, I don't think HP is going to die, or die alone. I picture it as HP and Voldemort with both wands raised, magic shooting out of both, one falls to the ground, but we don't know which one.

Another thing that I don't like about the movies. Daniel has grown so much during the years they've been filming. Why couldn't they have filmed back to back like LOTR did? Instead, I think Daniel looks far too old to be HP in his 5th year of school for this movie...and he's no longer got his cuteness.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

July 4th

Hope everyone had a safe July 4th. I love my new neighborhood...folks on all sides of my house were lighting off was CRAZY! I just sat out on the front porch and watched. Didn't this picture come out kind of cool? It almost looks like a wonky sea urchin.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Congratulations go out to my son, William, as he has passed his EMT National Registry exam!! What is especially impressive is that he did it on his first time out. More than 60% of those who take this exam fail it on the first try. He was also tops in his classes in the college and passed all of those exams with flying colors. Now he has the opportunity to work with a fire department as an EMT. After 6 months of on-the-job training he will be eligible to take the paramedics class.

William - I am so very, VERY proud of you!!
LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I wish...

I wish I could go outside to play today but I have been lazy and not working on my thesis as much as I should have. So today I am looking at things like this....EEK!!

Monday, July 02, 2007


Everyone who is in love with the new song that Coleman is using for their commercials please raise their hand...
Yes, I am totally addicted to this song. I think it is FAB-U-LOUS!! It's done by a group out of San Diego called "The Stereotypes". Here is the url for their webpage: is a link from their website for the song:

And, last but not least, so you can sing along, here are the lyrics:


it's too hot in here, let's go outside
get a breath of fresh air, let's go outside
where i can kiss you on the lips
underneath the night-time sky
let's go outside

and i told you so

you may be surprised, but i know this is right
i'm recovering tonight, with you at my side
where i can hold you 'round the waist
underneath the night-time sky
and i told you so

cause, baby i know

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Diana

Probably the most recognizable face in the world, today would have been Princess Diana's 46th birthday. She left this world far too early. Tonight there is a concert from Wembley Stadium in London. Her sons, William and Harry, are hosting this in her honor. She was beautiful and proper, but she also had a fun side.

Happy birthday Diana.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Scrapbook Area

**Note...if you click on the picture it will give you a larger version, if you need to see something in detail**

This is my new scrapbook area. I purchased the bookshelf from IKEA (the greatest store in the world, besides scrapbooking stores of course). The storage containers were purchased at Michaels. The larger storage containers (rows 1 & 3) hold things like my stamps, paints, embellishments, blank books, etc. Light blue tags (to match the paint color of the room) hang from each to tell me what is included in that storage container. The smaller containers (row 2) hold my papers. I have separated them out to cool and warm colors and patterned papers. Additionally, things such as kits and unfinished projects are included in those bins. The bottom 2 rows hold my scrapbooks (yes, I really do have 25 done with 2 in progress...Book of Me and 42 Things). On top are some of my cool my gymnastics trophy, SanBuenaventura Mission, 42 Things Lunchbox, etc. The roller-cart to the left holds my paper scraps and is divided by color.

This is located to the left of the bookshelf. I hung two towel rods and put 3 hanging buckets on them. I painted the buckets black and white to match the room. I've got my pens in one of the buckets and will add more later. Almost feels French, doesn't it? Also, two frames that I purchased in Wilmington now hold pictures of the boys and I.

That's just a quick look at my stuff. Now if I could only get my thesis done so that I can scrapbook again!!