Monday, July 30, 2007

What Is In The Water??

** Let me preface this post by stating that I know many couples who are trying to conceive. I am praying for you. I don't want you to read this blog and become upset. It is simply what I am thinking. Please know that I am praying for your success.

After seeing some old friends this weekend, I have come to a conclusion. There is something in the water in Northeast Indiana. Off the top of my head I can think of close to 10 couples who are pregnant.

I have been experiencing more morning sickness the past two weeks. I am lucky that mine doesn't last all day. Mine actually starts at about 7pm and lasts until 9:30. I have been lucky. I have only actually gotten ill twice.

We have our first appointment with the nurse mid-wife on Friday. I am excited. We will be able to hear the heart beat. I can't wait to find out just how far along we are. There are reasons to believe that I am further than what they think I could be. Hopefully after talking with her and possibly and ultrasound we'll have a due date. I'm so excited.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Another Forwarded Email

This email came from my sister. I guess we both found it hysterical considering our English degree background.

NEW WORDS FOR 2008:Essential vocabulary additions for the workplace (and elsewhere)!!!

1. BLAMESTORMING Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

2. SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

3. ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard

4.SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

5. CUBE FARM : An office filled with cubicles.

6.PRAIRIE DOGGING : When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

7. MOUSE POTATO : The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

8. SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

9. STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

10. SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

11. XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.

12. IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are Annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.

13. PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it to work again.

14. ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

15. 404: Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error Message "404 Not Found," meaning that the requested site could not be located.

16. GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

17. OHNO SECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an email by mistake).

18. WOOFS: Well-Off Older Folks.

19. CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

Forwarded Email

This is from an email that was forwarded to me. For some reason it struck me hard this morning. Maybe it's the mood I'm in, who knows.

Thought for the Week:Monday, July 23, 2007

Alexander Graham Bell once said, "When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us."

Sometimes we just have to let go. Sometimes we just have to trust that something better is coming down the road, no matter how much we loved what we just lost. We have all experienced our share of loss, and it hurts.

However, I have found that when we let go of that which is gone, something better always shows up, and we can only enjoy it fully when we let go of the past.

Often we focus so much on what has been lost in our lives, the missed opportunities, the failed relationships and the negative experiences, that we do not leave ourselves open to receive the abundance that is waiting for us. When we're looking back, we can't see the opportunities ahead.

This week, think about those things you have lost, those closed doors. Remember the fond memories and be thankful for what you had, enjoyed and learned. Now, let them go and think about all the new wonders in your life and begin to embrace and enjoy them!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

You Know You Are From Indiana When

I "borrowed" this from a facebook group. It's hysterical and unfortunatly, true. My comments are in light blue.

1.You drive for three hours and the scenery outside doesn't change. Haha, so true.
2.There's three feet of snow on the ground and school is still in session. And you complain the whole day since "the rival school closed)
3.You only go to the mall once a year 'cause it takes too long to get there. Or people consider Ft. Wayne's Mall HUGE.
4.While driving all you see is corn. Just wait, all of us Indiana folks are thinking it.
5.People still have Christmas decorations up at Easter. My mother in law
6.You start saying to yourself "More than corn in Indiana my butt."
7.Anyone with a cell phone looks out of place. Not true now
8.Walking through Wal-Mart with two carts full of kids is normal.
9.Anyone with a tan is rich.
10.The hip hang-out place is McDonald's. Curb Turding in a parking lot
11.There really is more than corn in Indiana. There’s soybeans, too. We all thought it, and they finally wrote it.
12.When you plan an orgy and a Euchre game breaks out. Not sure about this one.
13.A restaurant has an invisible wall in the non-smoking section and you believe it works. Slowly changing.
14.Speeding consists of 2 miles over the speed limit.
15.You think you don't have to use a turn signal on your car because you don't use it on your tractor.
16.You build your dream house on a cornfield, and you considered it posh.
17.You warsh your clothes and you think George Warshington was the first president. This one bugs me.
18.You're proud to be called a Hoosier, even if you don't know what one is.
19.You have no problem spelling or pronouncing "Terre Haute"
20.Detassling was your first job. Bailing hay, your second.
21.You can stack hay, swim in the pond to clean off, and then have the strength to play a couple of games of hoops all in the same day.
22.You say things like "catty-wumpus" and "kitty-corner". I say katty-corner.
23.You own a dirtbike or a ATV.
24.You live in a city ... and there's a cornfield in your backyard.
25.High school basketball game draws a bigger crowd on the weekend nights than movie theaters.
26.You can see at least 2 basketball hoops from your yard.
27.You can name every one of Bob Knight's "exploits" over the last few years. the chair, the chair.
28.You shop at Marsh. Do they have those up here?
29.Damon Bailey was your childhood hero. And you send your kids to his basketball camp just so you can see him when you pick them up.
30.The biggest question of your youth was "IU or Purdue?" Little bit of both for me.
31.Indianapolis is the "big city".
32."Getting caught by a train" is a legitimate excuse for being late to school. I tried this once. It didn't work. Mr. Flemming realized I was late coming from the cafeteria and he knew I lived in town.
33.People at your high school chewed tobacco.
34.Everyone knows who the town cop is, where he lives, and whether he is at home or on duty. 35.You actually know what the CART vs IRL debate is about and have taken a side. ???
36.To you, a raccoon is simply a "coon".
37.The vehicle of choice in your area is not a car, but a pickup.
38.Someone you know is BIG John Mellencamp fan.
39.You've been to the Covered Bridge Festival. Or been dumb enough to walk to it from the fire department.
40.To you, a tenderloin is not an expensive cut of beef, but a big, salty, breaded piece of pork served on a bun with pickles. Most of the time you can't even see the bottom bun.
41.You call a green bell pepper a "mango". Huh?
42.Sometimes, you call the toilet the "commode" or the "stool".
43.In the fall, one of your favorite pranks was corning cars.
44.You know what FFA and 4H stand for.
45.You know what chip-and-seal is, and your high school was located on just such a road.
46.You go the county fair every night of it's week-long duration.
47.You can say "French Lick" without laughing out loud.
48.There's actually a college near you named "Ball State."
49.The last "g" is silent in any word ending in "ing."
50.You think the state Bird is Larry.
51. If your high school had a hard core marching band and was proud of it. "Tonights marching band show will be preceeded by the rest of the football game"
52. You milk the cow in the barn when playing Euchre and you know what that means.
53. when farting contests are just something to laugh at or just something to do.
54. when driving down a back road road kill is ALL OVER the road, and it doesn't phase you.
55. when You use the same utensil for as much as you can, and it doesn't matter if your food touches, it's all going to the same place. Not sure about this one.
56. when your neighbors are amish, and it's not big deal.
57. If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead. Or at his sock line.
58. Vacation means going north or south on I 65 for the weekend.
59. You often switch from heat to AC in the same day and back again.
60. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once
61. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching
62. You see people wearing camoflage at social events (including weddings)
63. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."
64. You measure distance in minutes.
65. You see a car running the parking lot at the store with no one in it no matter what time of year.
66. You drink "pop".
67. You know what "cow tipping" is. What about snipe hunting?
68. Your school classes were canceled because of cold.
9. You see people wearing bib overalls to funerals.
70. All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, or grain.
71. You know exactly where to go when the party is at "the lake or in the field."
72. You consider strangers people who use your front door.
73. You deny the Colts were ever in Baltimore.
74. When you hang out on a 3ft. hill in the center of town
75. When a girl breaks her leg and everyone still talks about it a year later
76. you see "lost cow" signs I've never seen this, but maybe it's because I live in the city.
77. you consider jeans and a nice shirt formal attire.
78. If you have ever been to the Twelve Mile 500 or raced in it for that matter.... (aka racing a lawn mower)
79. you understand this saying " a lep is a ball" I'm lost? Someone explain.
80. Someone brings Green Bean Casserole to every social function.
81. People ask you "PU" or "IU" and you know what they are refering to.
82. you hear somebody says Santa Claus and you say, I've been there
83. your local 4th of July parade consists of 1 marching band, 1 float, 20 horses, 50 firetrucks and 200 tractors!
84 your a sophisticated hillbilly.....

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Ok, so I don't have a myspace page. I do have a Virb page, and I now have a facebook account. I caved. I don't know why I did, I just did. Partly out of boredom at work one day. It is cool though. I'll admit that. I have been able to reconnect with several people from my past. It is a great way to stay current in each other's lives.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Freaky Friday (to say the least)

Friday sucked. I took the day off to rest and relax. I cleaned the house and then got a very interesting phone call around 3:30. It was Ayron. He just kept repeating, "Stay calm. Don't stress. Stay calm. Don't stress." I screamed, "Why and I supposed to stay calm? What happened!" His response, "I have a hole in my leg."

I thought he got shot. I yelled, "How do you get shot at Taylor Rental?" He then told me what happened. Here is the reader's digest version of what happened.

They were trying to hook a piece of equipment called the pulverizer to the tractor for a cranky customer who came in early. Ayron, in a rush, hooked the hooks in the wrong order. As he was holding the hook they should have hooked first, something happened, and the pulverizer let loose, and one of the many teeth on the equipment pierced his leg and pinned him against the tractor tire. Thank God for Jarrod, Jason, and Alex. They were able to keep their cool, get Ayron unpinned, and Jarrod rushed him to the ER.

The closest ER to Taylor Rental in K'ville is Parkview Noble. I do not recommend this place. The doctors are extremely rude, do not answer questions, and gag at the sight of blood. I'm not kidding you. He gagged when he looked at Ayron's leg. Yes, I know it was not exactly pleasant to look at, but a doctor gagging does not help calm the patient or the pregnant wife. They did xrays, gave him a tetnis shot, and finally a pain shot. They admitted they didn't know what to do, so they wrapped his leg and told us to take him to Ft. Wayne. They didn't even clean the wound out.

The staff at Lutheran were much more helpful. To make a long story short, they cleaned him out, pumped him full of antibiotics, stitched him up, gave us crutches and sent us home. He is now at home with his leg up in the air. My mom changed his bandage this morning and it looks really well considering the gaping hole it once was. He will have a cool "J" shaped scar. We go back to FWO on Thursday.

It sounds sick to say, but if it had been Jason's leg that got hit, it would have gotten him right in the knee cap. If it had been Alex or Jarrod, it would have snapped their leg. We did find out that he was only a centimeter away from slicing a key nerve. Most of the time that nerve cannot be repaired and they amputate. All I have to say is THANK YOU TO JARROD, JASON, and ALEX!!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Guess What?!

I am hesitant to mention this, but I am going to anyways. The reason I am mentioning it is because I believe in the power of prayer. I know that several people had been praying for me and I firmly believe that is why we were successful.

Ayron and I are five weeks along. We are expecting a little Reeves in March. It is a very exciting time and I am grateful for everyone's prayers (you know who you are). I would like to also ask for your prayers during the next nine months. Please keep us in your thoughts. Thanks.

Advice? Anyone? Please?

I found out this morning that I will have to "let go" of one of my staff tomorrow. I am not sad to see this person go. I have been waiting to replace this person. This person doesn't do their job. I finally have a replacement, and for that I am truly grateful. It means that I don't have to worry any more. I do have to let the person know that I no longer need their services. I am calling the person tomorrow. Is it wrong of me to hope that I get their voicemail? I'm chicken. I don't know how to tell this person. This is what I rehearsed all night (I was so worked up I couldn't sleep).

"(Insert person's name here) I was calling to inform you that we will not be needing your services anymore. Several reports were filed with the probation office as well as my boss about your performance and the board has decided to terminate you. Please return your key in the mailbox outside the house. Thank You."

I don't want to sound mean. I am glad that this person will be gone, but I don't know how to do it tactfully and not seem like a you know what. Someone please offer me some advice.

It's now Thursday late morning. I called up the person I needed to let go to see if he could come in so we could talk. He said that he was unable to both today and tomorrow. I told him that I didn't want to do it over the phone, but since his schedule was so full.........Needless to say, he was not happy. He called my boss and told him to not be surprised when everyone else quits. There is only one other person who could quit. This person's girlfriend. To be honest, it wouldn't hurt my feelings one bit. Sure, I'd have to find someone to replace her, but that wouldn't be hard. I have a file full of perfectly good candidates who would love to have a job to work with these kids. It is a great resume booster. I think the reason he didn't care is because his degree doesn't have to do with this field. I have one employee in particular that loves this job, she is using it as a resume booster. She told me so, and I was happy. If I were an employer looking at a resume for someone in the juvenile justice field, I would be impressed if this was on their resume.

I guess it's good to have the whole thing over with. I don't like being yelled at, it's not my thing. I was shaking so bad after I hung up with him. He called my phone several times while I was talking with my boss and I kept ignoring his calls. I was in a meeting. I'm sitting here waiting for the phone to ring again. Why am I so nervous? I am in the right here. He did things to warrant his release, so why am I chicken. I think it's time for prayer.

"Dear Lord,

Please grant me the strength I need to deal with this situation. Allow me to handle the whole situation with grace and a steady head. Give me the wisdom and confidence to say the right things. Please allow my co-workers and employees to stand behind my decision and see that it is for the better. Please allow me to stay calm and not to get stressed.


Monday, July 09, 2007

Vacation Part II

We did so much on vacation that I don't really feel like typing it all. Let's just say that we shopped till we dropped. It was great to get away and turns out that was just what we needed to keep our sanity.

I am now back to work and trying to get everything done quickly so I can go back home and enjoy time with Ayron. He took today as a vacation day as well so I am going to go home so we can clean the house.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Vacation Day One

It's actually 7am here on Friday morning. Why am I up so freaking early on vacation? I'm used to being up early. Plus, the pillows at our hotel suck. One is not enough, two is way to many. I think I finally fell asleep around 2 this morning and woke up at 6. Crazy, I know. I am relaxed though, and no agenda means that as soon as I am done here, I can crawl back into bed.

We got here (Portage Indiana) earlier than we had planned. We ended up going to dinner at the restaurant that is inside the big new Bass Pro Shop here. We then drove to the dunes. It was cool to sit and watch the sun set on Chicago across the lake. We did take our Nerf football and play catch. I think we are planning on going back tonight, but a little more prepared. I am going to take a blanket, appropriate attire, and sand castle building supplies.

It's now 8:10 MY TIME, which means it's only 7:10 here, and since Ayron was nice enough to go get my old pillow out of the car, I'm going to attempt to take a very early morning nap.

Thursday, July 05, 2007


Ayron and I haven't had a vacation in two years. We went to Grand Rapids twice, but one of those was for a conference. We both took today through Monday off. Ayron did go to work this morning though, only to realize that he didn't need to. He is going to stick around for a couple of hours and then we are out of here!

We finally decided yesterday that we are going to the Chesterton area. We have a friend that lives up there and we are always listening to the cool places she goes, so now we are going there. I even managed to snag a sweet hotel room at the government rate of only $60 a night! The hotel doesn't have a pool though, which is fine by me, but Ayron is a bit disappointed. I don't plan on staying in the hotel long enough to swim. We are only five minutes from the dunes water park so we might do that tomorrow.

I normally like to have everything planned out to the "T" so it's hard for me to not have things planned. I was frantically calling hotels this morning and was so happy to find one that would take my government status. I better go home and finish the laundry so we have clothes to wear!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

40 Things

This is a post I stole from my other blog.

40 Things I Did This (actually, in June) Month.

1. Made three new friends.

2. Was happy.

3. Was sad.

4. Faked enthusiasm for someone who received what I have been praying for.

5. Discovered my genuine enthusiasm for that same person, its just took awhile.

6. Discovered Diet Pepsi Max, and became a fan.

7. Was told not to worry.

8. Worried anyways.

9. Missed my grandparents.

10. Discovered the beauty in downtown Auburn.

11. Discovered a leak in a water line.

12. Became addicted to puzzles.

13. Completed several puzzles.

14. Started some projects I've been putting off.

15. Clean up my own mess at work.

16. Admitted that I made that mess at work.

17. Fell in love all over again.

18. Decided to make an effort to eat better.

19. Took time for me.

20. Dyed my hair darker for a change of pace.

21. Learned not to eat hot dogs.

22. Read a ton of books on every topic possible.

23. Prayed for firefighters.

24. Thanked my brother in law for all he does (see previous #)

25. Started walking more and on a consistent basis.

26. Became less jealous.

27. Connected with two people who are the same boat as me. Its nice to know I'm not rowing the boat alone.

28. Wondered about old friends.

29. Wondered if I've changed as much as they have.

30. Tried several new recipes. My favorite so far is cake batter cookies.

31. Swam.

32. Was weighed at the drs office and didn't freak out when I accidentally looked at the scale.

33. Saw two movies in the theater.

34. Saw several more at home.

35. Reconnected with my mother.

36. Had a car break down, then a truck.

37. Stopped being so dependant on my cell phone and watch.

38. Had a jumpy party.

39. Changed my spending habits.

40. Blogged, several times.

Monday, July 02, 2007

I've Been Tagged

So. I have been tagged. I am supposed to write the five things I like most about Jesus, and then “tag” five others. I don't normally do the whole "chain letter" thing so I won't "tag" anyone, but here is my list of five.

Joy: Deuteronomy 16:15

Extreme: He did extreme things every day. We should all be so lucky.

Social outcast lover: Jesus loves His enemies, forgives prostitutes, touches lepers, feeds the hungry

Unconditional love : Romans 5:8,

Sacrificial discipleship: came to us in human form and made the ultimate sacrifice--He died for us.

Happy Anniversary To Us!!

Today marks our second wedding anniversary. We went out to celebrate last night. We are not big "to doers" so we kept it low key. We went to Olive Garden and then walked around the mall. Ayron got me a cookie press, which I have always wanted. I got Ayron some Tanqueray Gin. Our friends introduced him to Gin and Tonics and he fell in love. Now, don't get thinking we are drinkers. We are far from it. We do enjoy a drink now and again though. I currently don't drink (doesn't go well with the whole trying to get pregnant thing) but Ayron occasionally will. He told me that is what he wanted, so that is what he got. We also got ourselves an air popper so we can make good popcorn, not that microwave stuff. Why not use the WhirleyPop you ask? Ayron tends to catch those on fire!

We had a low key day, but that's the way I like it. I was putting pictures into a big collage frame we got as a wedding present (Yes Kianne, I started putting in pictures of people I know) and most of the pictures are from the wedding. It was funny to think that it has been two years. It doesn't seem like it. We've been through so much in our 6 1/2 years together (2 years of marriage) and its exciting to think of what HE has in store for us.