ho-ho-homigosh it's freakin' HOT! I was driving home today and my car thermometer, which is highly accurate, read 104. 104! And it's only MAY! Hard to believe that on May 1st we had a fire in the fireplace, and now it's over 100. Evil, I tell you.

I went running today. Was motivated to actually get my lazy butt out of bed to go running because I told myself that after running and working up a really great sweat, I would dive in the pool and swim some laps. I walked out of my front door and noted that it was so humid that it was hazy out... it literally felt like a sauna. I was drooling at the thought of my reward-swim. The whole run, all I could think of was that pool. And I ran, I ran so far away, and then hightailed it over to that there pool, and wouldn't you know it? The gate was locked. And I couldn't climb the fence because there's razor wire around the top. What a bitter disappointment. Just forget the whole thing.

Maybe tomorrow I'll jump in the river.

Okay, I'm officially declaring "wackos in the Christian bookstore week" officially over. I've had it. I can't take anymore. It's bad enough that they are freaking wierdos (a couple of them are really in need of being committed), but what's even worse is that they call themselves Christians, which really chaps my hide. I AM NOT LIKE YOU! DON'T GIVE ME A BAD NAME! Ugh. Yeah. I had one that gave me a 20 minute lecture on how Bible pages and cigarette paper are made out of the same paper. Not sure what point he was trying to make. The next day, I had Black Helicopter Man come to see me, and everything, literally EVERYTHING was a conspiracy. I had to listen to him for 20-30 minutes or so. That was a fun one. And then Shane had Schizo Man...... yeah, so, here's the announcement: The full moon is over. Everyone go back to your cave. Leave me alone. Stop being wierd.

The week before it was really mean 40-50 year old women. I wanted to come across the counter and strangle some of them. I love it when customers tell me how to do my job. Love it. Can't get enough of it. Ahhhhh, I must need a lesson in patience...............

Pigs are people too.


on the road

I'm posting from Austin at a hotel... we played Borders last night and I found a business center in the hotel where I have internet access, so I thought I'd blog just because I can.

Why is it that when you stay in hotels you get that sleepy, can't drink enough coffee, stiff, dehydrated feeling? We all woke up with majorly puffy eyes and I feel like I'm about to pass out from the sleepiness!

David wanted pizza last night after the gig so we ordered pizza. That's part of the problem I'm sure.

Gig was good... got to see Hank and Sandy and Sarah D.... it was nice to see everyone. Hope we can see Sarah today again. I miss her. We played Borders north, and the only thing about it we didn't like was that for the first half of the night, the crowd was at the back of the cafe (that's just how it's set up there... it runs lengthwise and we were at one end and the tables were at the other.) Makes for a hard time trying to connect with the crowd. But the Borders folks were nice and I think Austin liked us. We need to play up here more. I need to get on the freaking ball and book some dates!

And we're supposed to hook up with Dony too..... that will be fun. Dony is our drummer from the record who is now a writer and writes killer stuff.

I love blogging. I love blogging. I love blogging.

As soon as I figure out how to audioblog, I'm there. That's fun.

Gotta go... Punky is wanting to go swimming. Then he wants to see the Capitol. ;)

Word to your mom.


Know fleas, know itch. No fleas, no itch.

Fleas all gone. Bug bombs make happy house. Thank you.

I woke up Saturday morn with a large headache in mine eye. It must have been the bug bombs. I aired out the house really well Friday night after returning home..... but maybe it was also just psycological because I hate the feeling of having pesticides all over my house. Ugh.

Oh, and then this morning I woke up and noticed right away that things looked, well, funny. I had planned on getting up extra early to go for a run (I hate to run, but I need to run, therefore I decided to run). My alarm went off at 6, and I noticed that my clock looked, well, weird. Got up and stumbled into the kitchen, and realized that I was only seeing out of one eye -- my right contact had somehow fallen out while I was sleeping (must have been some REM sleep!). The problem that immediately presented itself was where I might find said contact at this point... who knows how long it had been out of my eye, and furthermore, where it ended up after its escape. It could be anywhere: in my hair, on the floor, behind my eye.... and darn it, I'm out of extra contacts. I pulled the other contact out and put on my glasses, and then realized that my prescription in my glasses hadn't been updated, well, since college (I realized this as I pulled a bowl down from the cabinet and noticed that it looked like an oval instead of a circle). I eventually found the little bugger under my pillow all shrivelled up like a tiny potato chip, and after a good soak, it was all good. I can see again. Note to self: do not attempt to sleep in contacts that are waaaay too old to even be in my eyes.

I have literally been doing laundry since I got home at 3:30 today. It's now 9:00. I'm almost done, but it's time to go fold.

David's playing a gig with the Sinners tonight, so I'm going to watch old X-Files and eat chocolate and finish my Ted Dekker book. I have to finish it tonight; we're expecting "Red" tomorrow and I really need to be free of all fiction in order to fully appreciate all the goodness that is "Red."

Oh, and Hershey's Kisses are now available in dark chocolate, just so you know. My life is now complete.


Remind me.....

Students Bare All For Rollercoaster Record

LONDON (Reuters) - Over 80 students have thrown caution and their clothes to the wind to set a world record for the number of nudes riding on a rollercoaster.

Remind me never to ride that rollercoaster. Eeeew.....


On Sea World and Fleas

Yeah, so I'm all itchy. The wonderful cat who has moved in with us has fleas... and so I went and got him a flea collar the other day. Spent over $5 on this particular collar; I bought the best one I could find. It claims to kill fleas, their eggs, and ticks immediately. Guess what? The other day, I noticed the cat was scratching his ears (which are, ironically, just inches away from said flea collar), and I grabbed him and looked closely at his little head..... yeah. Fleas all over him, crawling around right next to the collar. Piece of crap! Now I have fleas in the house, fleas on the cat, and I'm out $5! I have to bomb the house tomorrow...... I've been putting it off for a week because you have to do all sorts of preparation for performing such an act: cover all kitchen surfaces, clean up toys so as not to get residue on them, find places for small furry creatures to go during fumigation (the guinea pig can't hang out outside all day... too hot and too many cats).......... blah blah blah. So I dunno. I just know I'm about to start sleeping with OFF! all over me.

Went to Sea World with Punky's class today. That was fun. I got to pet several dolphins. I love dolphins. I want to be a Sea World Trainer in my next life. They were so stinkin' cute! They don't have fleas, either. That's a nice touch.

We had our first official night with the new youth group tonight. They are fun kids. There are about 23 guys and 3 girls. But they are all interesting and interested... they can all actually carry on an intelligent conversation. I was totally expecting the "I'm too cool to talk" attitude that's so prevalent these days. I'm excited about the summer.

I'm gonna get my itchy self to bed and finish this Ted Dekker book I'm reading. I'm addicted to Ted Dekker.

I will not eat popcorn tonight.


Tuesday Quiz is Here!! and other stories.....

In my need for mindless stupidity, I've decided to incorporate a new feature into my already meaningless blog. Are you ready? Ladies, gentlemen, chickens of all ages, I give you........

The Tuesday Quiz!

(how juvenile)

But it's fun, so there. Think "Cosmo Quiz" but even less entertaining.

Here's the first one:

Which member of ABBA are you?

Here's my result:
You are Frida. Ever talented with a lovely voice
and presence, you are constantly overshadowed
by that darn blonde. Down with the Aryians!

Which member of ABBA are you?
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On a sad note, Sunday was our last day at Hill Country Chapel. I led worship one last time, and cried through most of it (try playing cello in front of 200 people with a runny nose... that's fun.)... but at the end the pastor called us up and had the deacons and elders come and pray over us and send us out. And then the congregation came by at the end of the service and hugged us and told us goodbye... I just bawled. It was so hard. These people have been a huge part of our lives for 6 years now. It really is like leaving a family. David and I have been so used to seeing all these people several times a week, and even the ones we weren't close to were a big part of our weekly lives. It's really wierd that we're not going to see them anymore.

David put in his notice at his job on Monday too. So we are really changing almost everything in our lives with this new job. Not only a new job, but we're totally starting over at a new church, and my heart is still tied to Hill Country Chapel. Ugh. It hurts. But we would not be doing this if we didn't know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is right. It's been confirmed over and over again......... so it's all going to be okay.



That's a SPIDER, by the way. It's called a camel spider.

I hate camels.

I ALWAYS cover my CDs in jam.......

From the Scotsman.com: Myth of CD immortality is starting to rot away: "'I remember when CDs first came out, Tomorrow's World said they were indestructible and you could cover them in jam. Now it seems that's not true. "

Gosh, I hate it when they're wrong.


LJG Engrish Lyrics of the Week


The shadow of Churchyard of the river whose England is patient as for the blue light write glance of the song which remembers the memory of the word where you almost speak long with the snow as for him who is overturned directly in former times with him as for the lesson which is not your enemy which is not your enemy it is warm as for him who is learned with the destructive love where summer of the mountain with respect to loneliness of the train of four AM rainy Moonlit song includes with him it is not your enemy which is not your enemy

Aqua Teen Hunger Force

nbc5i.com - News - Man Says Tornado Made Him Try To Kill

Now on trial for the attempted murder, Calton claims he pulled the trigger because he was deeply traumatized after a tornado destroyed his business in April 2002.



I don't understand birdwatching.

Maybe when I get to be around 108 and can't hike anymore it will become clear to me. But driving all the way out to Lost Maples just to walk 1/8 of a mile onto the trail and stand there waiting for a bird to appear doesn't appeal to me. Flo and I are all about conquering that hill. Hiking 6.5 miles. Kicking our butts. And for the fellowship... but the thought of standing around with binoculars looking for birds is silly to me and a waste of gas and energy. But that's just me.

So we hiked and i'm tired and now I'm going to a birthday party for one of Punky's friends.



Blogger is hacking me off. As you can see, my sidebar links appear and disappear at will, and I can't publish half the time.

To make matters worse, there is no working link for support, so I'm royally screwed and about to find another blog service.


space cadet

Gonna keep this short because blogger has been acting up the past few hours.

Latoya London got voted off American Idol. That's dumb. I was so expecting Jasmine to go. And Simon is just totally kissing Fantasia's big toe, and she's just a Macy Gray ripoff.

Man, I need to get a life................



went to church tonight... last Wednesday night at Hill Country Chapel. It was quite sad. We've worked with these kids for 3 years now, done activities, camp, all sorts of craziness, and have watched them grow up. Now we won't get to be with them anymore....

David is taking on a new job as a youth pastor. They were supposed to vote tonight on it... but it means that we are moving to a new church and starting a new chapter. It's weird and cool and scary and exciting, all at once. I am most concerned for Punky, who has never known any other church, and whose friends are all at Hill Country Chapel. At least we're not moving out of town... at least it's still Pipe Creek and it's just right around the corner.

So I'll be leading the music one more time on Sunday at Hill Country, and then I guess we're gone. That's a really big deal for me... I've done so much growing and healing and ministry in this church. Never thought I'd leave. Never wanted to. Never thought I'd be a pastor's wife... what is that? But I know God is in it and I am so excited about the opportunity. I know David is going to be great.

So there's the news from Lake Wobegon. Peace out........

do you like balloons?

Mexican Air Force Pilots Videotape UFOs

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican Air Force pilots filmed 11 unidentified flying objects in the skies over southern Campeche state, a Defense Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

A videotape made widely available to the news media on Tuesday shows the bright objects, some sharp points of light and others like large headlights, moving rapidly in what appears to be a late-evening sky.

The lights were filmed on March 5 by pilots using infrared equipment. They appeared to be flying at an altitude of about 3,500 meters (11,480 feet), and allegedly surrounded the Air Force jet as it conducted routine anti-drug trafficking vigilance in Campeche. Only three of the objects showed up on the plane's radar.

"Was I afraid? Yes. A little afraid because we were facing something that had never happened before," said radar operator Lt. German Marin in a taped interview made public Tuesday.

"I couldn't say what it was ... but I think they're completely real," added Lt. Mario Adrian Vazquez, the infrared equipment operator. Vazquez insisted that there was no way to alter the recorded images.

The plane's captain, Maj. Magdaleno Castanon, said the military jets chased the lights "and I believe they could feel we were pursuing them."

When the jets stopped following the objects, they disappeared, he said.

A Defense Department spokesman confirmed Tuesday that the videotape was filmed by members of the Mexican Air Force. The spokesman declined to comment further and spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

The video was first aired on national television Monday night then again at a news conference Tuesday by Jaime Maussan, a Mexican investigator who has dedicated the past 10 years to studying UFOs.

"This is historic news," Maussan told reporters. "Hundreds of videos (of UFOs) exist, but none had the backing of the armed forces of any country. ... The armed forces don't perpetuate frauds."

Maussan said Secretary of Defense Gen. Ricardo Vega Garcia gave him the video on April 22.

You can see video of the UFOs at the link above. Hooray, UFOs.

::Key X-files theme....::

So I made homemade bread last night... whole wheat this time. Dang. No Atkins dieting for us. It's such an amazing recipe (thank you C.J.!) and half of one loaf is already gone.

I have found a new toy. Krispy Kreme Coffee!!!! I was out of coffee Friday night, needing some for Saturday morning, knowing I would be miserable without it... but I didn't want to stop at the grocery store and get coffee. I hate going into Super Walmart for one item... it really bites. So David decided he wanted donuts (it was 10:30 pm, mind you), and we drove through the KK drive-thru on the way home from our Borders gig. To make things easy, I bought a pound of their Bold blend, and it is fabulous. And cheap! Mmmmmmm. I won't go into detail about the donuts. Again, we are NOT on Atkins......... I'm so glad donuts don't have meat in them. That means I can eat them. See? Justification.

Oh yeah, so we played Borders Friday night at the Quarry. Borders set up a table for us to put our CDs and other merch on, and it was very obviously a merch table. So this guy pulls up a chair at the table and plops down and begins to read a magazine. He's totally blocking our stuff from people who want to look at our CDs... and the thing is, there are several other tables that are empty nearby. He sat there for a minute, and I went over to the table, rearranged all the stuff so it would look more like an occupied table of stuff, obviously being used for something. I figured he just didn't get it and would figure it out. We start to play our gig, and he comes back, sits down at the table and hangs out. Then one of his friends comes over to talk to him, and sits down on our merch box at the table and they just have a gay old time there at our table. Of course, no one listening to us is able to go over and sign our email list or grab a CD because of these two gearboxes......... what is wrong with people? I don't remember people being so blatantly rude 10 years ago. Oooooh, I wanted to yank that ring out of his eyebrow and call him bad names. Ahem. Sorry. I have an anger problem.

Alright... gotta go to work.

Don't let the terrorists win.



Oh, this is nice! I'm digging the new look... what do you think? I had the other for 2 years. This one has archives... you can actually see what I wrote last year if you want. The other didn't.

I'm still working on getting all my links back. Work in progress.

You like?



Do you want to see what I almost stepped on this morning while walking barefoot through my kitchen in the dark? ugh! ech! gross! BLECH!!!

Omigosh, and they are poisonous. Okay. I thought I hated scorpions more than any creature on the planet, but I think this grotesque beast has to be right up there too.

Here's the lowdown on this jerk....


I love this!

A Scavenger Hunt Like No Other

This is awesome. I want to go.



Woman buys 10,656 chocolate bars

See, they report it as wierd news, but I'd buy 10,656 chocolate bars if I had the money (which reportedly cost her over $3000).

Chocolate. It's the new black.

This post is dedicated to Flo, my chocolate partner-in-crime..........



Man, I'm freaking exhausted. We had a very busy day yesterday. Actually, a very busy weekend........

Did a lot of "churching" yesterday. We led the music at Pipe Creek FBC they had a little lunch thing in the fellowship hall for us afterwards. Then we did a few tunes at Trinity Church last night, and I didn't sleep well the night before, so by the time 9:00 hit last night we were both dead on our feet. Our lives are about to get really crazy... crazy, like, "Omigosh, I can't believe this is my life" crazy. But good. I can talk more about it after the 12th. I'll give you the whole rundown then.

We got home yesterday afternoon and drove by the pool, and people were swimming! Huh? Yeah, it may be May 1, but it was only like 75 out. Brrrrrr.......... especially after the night before when it got down to 45 here. We actually had a fire in the fireplace! Such Texans, I know.

Has anyone heard Patty Griffin's new CD yet? I have been dying to get it, but alas, we are broke right now. B-R-O-K-E. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. No, no respect. Just broke. Broke and without respect. Anyway, post a comment if you've heard it. Tell me if it's "Flaming Red" or "1000 Kisses."

This post is dedicated to Sarah Dowling, who lovingly sent me her King Ranch Chicken recipe. Thank you Sarah. You are a chicken!


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