Remember Me?

Well, it has been so long since I posted that I forgot my username…That’s a problem. I will give you an extremely short, cliff notes version, of lately. Quit my job. Going to school for my masters in Elementary Education. School is great! Crazy busy, but great! Isaiah is still Art Directing for Think Positive in Birmingham. He is doing well and really excelling at his job. So, that’s what you missed on The Sames! (You should have read that like they do on Glee…So that’s what you missed on Glee.)

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of spending time with my mom and Bill. We drove up to Franklin on Friday night and spent the night at moms. Saturday morning, we woke up at an unpleasant time for a Saturday morning (6 am) and headed to East TN.

On our way

Upon arriving in  Sevierville, we felt the compelling urge to go shopping at the outlet malls! Apparently, so did everyone else. It was crazy busy!

…on to our next stop. "What is Zorb?" you might ask. Several months ago, Isaiah found this thing online called the Zorb. He wanted to go to New Zealand and try it out. I got nosy and went to check it out. I found out that there is also a Zorb in Sevierville. We had to try it out!

So, do you get the idea? You get in a giant ball and roll down a hill! Sounds fun, right?! It was!

After Zorbing, we continued on our way into Gatlinburg. We were going to stay the night in a hotel before beginning the true reason for the trip….A 5.5 mile hike up to Mt. LeConte. We hiked up, stayed in a lodge with no electricity, and hiked down the next day.

Sorry, there are pictures everywhere. I’m not sure what happened and I don’t really care to take any more time to figure it out. So, all in all, we hike about 11 miles. Needless to say, I can’t take a step without feeling every muscle in my legs ache!

 

Maybe, I’ll post again within the next 8 months.

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I am Woman, Hear me Roar!

For the past two months I have been on the search for the Holy Grail…of chocolate chip cookies. The ones that are just right, with a hint of crunch around the edges but a center of soft, gooey, deliciousness. For some, you might wonder ” why waste time baking home made chocolate chip cookies, the ones in the refrigerator section are so good.” For others, you might be saying, “What an incompetent woman, can’t even make chocolate chip cookies.” Well I have overcome defeat!

It all started one Saturday evening. We were having friends over for dinner and a little bit of Settlers of Catan (For all you nonnerds out there, it’s a board came). I was going to be miss Suzy Homemaker and make these cookies that I had seen on another blog. (I do believe this was my first attempt EVER at making chocolate chip cookies. But how hard can it be, really?!) So, I made the dough and put it in the fridge so we could have nice, hot cookies after dinner. I made said cookies and what a disaster. They looked like biscuits! All puffy and tasteless, pretty much a catastrophe. Luckily, in case of an emergency, I had back up cookies (the refrigerator kind) in the fridge that I threw in the oven. Phew, catastrophe diverted!

Next time, no company (lesson learned: don’t make something new when you are having company). I used the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. Foolproof, I got this in the bag (no pun intended). Again, same biscuity looking cookies! What in the world was I doing wrong?! I mixed dry ingredients together, melted butter, beat eggs…..THE EGGS!!!! I was getting too hi tech on my cookies! I guess I have never had a problem with beating the heck out of something before. Surely, this was my problem, right?!

I sought out recipes from real women, who know how to bake cookies, and was determined to get it right! So this morning, armed with 16 sticks of butter (I went to Costco) and lots of flour and chocolate chips (all this just in case I had to make 10 different batches to get it right), I set course on making The BEST undisputed chocolate chip cookies! This time, I went completely low-tech. I left the mixer in the cabinet and went all natural (I used my hands to do the mixing). I put these suckers in the oven and waited….

I DID IT!!! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!! Not only are they a little crunchy on the outside, but they are gooey on the inside and the best part of all, THEY DON’T LOOK LIKE BISCUITS!!!

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There’s a Boogie Man in My Closet

Today, I am reminded again how much the devil is out to get us. Just a little over a year ago, it seemed liked everyone my age was getting married. It was just after college and for those who had been in relationships, a perfect time to get married. Thousands of dollars went into planning this special day. Everything had to be perfect down to the last flower pedal. The day of, the brides got up early, were probably pampered by everyone, had some kind of a brunch, and slipped into the gown that they had dreamed of their whole lives. …Soon she would be Mrs. (Insert name here.)

Months later, (or even on the honeymoon) some were probably struck with the grim reality that they were stuck with this person FOREVER!!!! For some, I’m sure this is a wonderful euphoric feeling. For others, not so much.

Now speaking from a more personal standpoint, marriage is not for sissys. It sometimes takes every ounce in me not to want to say, “forget it, I’m done.” Isaiah and I had a rocky start. Adjusting to married life was not the bowl of cherries that I thought it would be at times. It was more like a bowl full of something else. There were times when I didn’t know if we would make it. Honestly, there were times when I didn’t want to make it. But then I remembered my vowels. I remembered 1 Corinthians 13, more importantly the verse that talks about love keeping no record of wrong. Isaiah and I thought that we should get some help in sorting out some of our differences and expectations of marriage. A year and some change later, we have come a LONG way from the starting line. Satan tried every angle to get into our marriage, and succeeded on many occasions. I know that he will continue to try to pry his way in over and over again. I believe now, we are better equipped to handle this intrusion.

All of  this is spurred from a realization that Isaiah and I have been making over the past several months. Seven, yes I said SEVEN, couples that we know, who have been married about the same length of time that we have, are no longer married. This is just how many I can think of right now, there are probably more. This number is staggering to me! Satan is the boogie man and he is lurking in the shadows to try to tear apart what God has brought together for his glory!

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I Need Your Help

So far, school is going quite well. I’ve made A’s on quizzes so far and things are looking up. I have a favor to ask you though…If you can answer this question, I will make you cookies or brownies or whatever you like.

“Do the less than and greater than relations possess a symmetric property similar to the symmetric property of equality?  Defend your answer.” So I know that the answer is “no,” but I’m not really sure why. My math teacher said it’s really a simple answer, but I don’t know it. If you can help me answer this, I’ll get bonus points on my test on Wednesday!

In other news, I got a job. I will be working at a daycare in the infant class. I’m not really sure why they call it a class though. When thinking of the word “class,” I think of being studious at a desk with a pencil…not spit up, bottles, and diapers. Nonetheless, this is where I will be and I am quite happy about it!

The Addy Awards are this weekend. For those of you non graphic designers/advertisers, the Addy’s are like the Grammys of advertising. I am proud to say that Isaiah’s first year in the “biz” he has won gold on one of his projects! We already know this because his company is the one hosting the event. You should go to the website and check it out! http://www.addychoicecuts.com/index3.php It’s called the Butcher Shop because many good ideas get butchered by clients who think that they know better and bosses who have no background in design or advertising. All that said, it should be a great event! Everyone congratulate Isaiah on his accomplishment on pulling off this event and his Addy Award!

Oh, and don’t forget about my math question!

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I Quit My Job

2010 has been a year a change already. The first week of January, I was voluntarily terminated (I know, I’m retarded). It was a huge leap of faith. See, Isaiah and I had been planning a trip to California to see his family and some friends for quite some time. Between the original planning and January, I decided that I wanted to go back to school. It was taking forever for all my transcript (from all six colleges that I had attended) to get to the college and there was Christmas break in the mix. Basically, it gets really complicated so I’ll spare you all the details. Long story short, I quit my job before I knew if I had gotten accepted to school because of the timing of our vacation.

The vacation was wonderful! We stayed with some friends of the Sames, Paul and Diane Millar. They live in Sonoma, CA in a beautiful house with a nice pool, hot tub, and a vineyard in the front yard. Paul told us all about the process the vines and making wine. Isaiah got to try out trimming back some of the vines. We also got to drink some of the wine from the front yard. Paul found a guy on craigslist that was looking for grapes. They worked out a trade; Paul would give him the grapes for a few cases of the wine. We got to spend some time in San Francisco on several different occasions. Isaiah had most of the pictures still on his computer, so I don’t have many to show you right now. Maybe later. We took a walk on the beach, walked the Golden Gate bridge and drove down Lombard Street, (you know the really curvy, windy, one?) and we were shown around the city by a local, which was really fun!

The day before we came home, Isaiah and I went back to San Fran to spend some time by ourselves. We accidentally walked to China town. Our intention was to take the bus, but we couldn’t find the bus stop. We were on a mission to find some dim sum, so we walked…2 miles. The dim sum was well worth the walk! The rest of the day, Isaiah’s iphone saved our feet. Thank you google maps app, which gives you walking directions, bus directions, and driving directions! I left a ton of stuff out, like our trip to Yosemite, and the wineries, but I’ll have to save those for another post! More beautiful pictures to come!

Oh yeah, I got accepted into the master’s program at Montevallo University in Elementary Education and I started last week!

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Gobble, Gobble

This will be a Thanksgiving of many firsts. Today, I had the honor of buying my first Turkey. I was not a natural at this task, as I had to call my big sister for some pointers and ask for directions in Costco as to where these rather larger festive birds were to be found. But, now I am happy to say that I can check this task off of my “I’m a grown-up now” list. The next thing that will be checked off is hosting Thanksgiving at my house. If not for my sister, I would be in freak out mode trying to get ready for this occasion. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew will be arriving on Tuesday to get the ball rolling on food preparation. My dad, step-mom and her two grown children will be coming in on Wednesday night from Colorado. Lucky for them, they just have to show up. I don’t think sweet potato casserole would travel well in the cargo hold of a 737.  Despite the stress of being the hostess, I am very exciting to be spending this holiday weekend with my familiy…and there is a little pride involved with having everyone here. (Except Mom and Bill, I will miss you dearly and look forward to spending Christmas with you soon!) So, I’ll let you know how everything goes! I have faith that everything will be just fine…and if there is a little bump or two, no worries.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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…8 months later

So apparently, I’m the worst blogger in the history of blogging. So what’s happened since my last post? Well, three seasons have come and gone and a few other things have happened. I will not bore my one reader with useless news over the last 8 months. So I will give you the highlights, with mostly pictures.

We started out summer with a few birthdays. I threw a luau party for Isaiah and we grilled out with some friends and had some yummy cocktails.

Just a few weeks later we celebrated my birthday. Mom and Bill came down to Birmingham and we went to Oak Mt. State Park for a hike and a picnic. For dinner that night we went to Stix for sushi.

For our summer vacation, we went out to Longmont, Colorado. The weather was perfect and the price was right. We were blessed enough to get buddy passes for our flights and we stayed at my dad’s house most nights. We used his house as home base and took day trips around the area.  We did an overnight over Trail Ridge Road, that was pretty amazing. I believe its the highest pass in the U.S.? Maybe I made that up. We spent a day in Longmont and went to my favorite place, the cheese store. We also went to Boulder and went skydiving one day.  Toward the end of our stay, Dad took us on a hike up to a snow melt lake. It was a beautiful and eventful hike. The goal was to end up, above the tree line, at a crystal clear blue lake filled by snow melt. I think it was somewhere around a 6 mile hike, not bad right? Well, throw a thunderstorm will hail and the whole nine yards in the mix. It made things a little more interesting.  Up at 11 thousand feet in the middle of a storm is not the safest place to be. We obviosly all made it out alive and are here to tell the story.

The last bit of news is really not news at all, just a few pictures of some recent home improvements. We got some new window treatments, an entertainment center, and we are trying to pick out a paint color for the stairs. We have finally picked one of the 6 colors that you see. You’ll have to invite yourself over to see what we went with!  I’m not making any promises but I will try to post again within the next year or so. : )

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