Monday, January 30, 2006

New Book!

I usually don't recommend non-fiction books. However, in this case I must make an exception! I usually read during my lunch hour and those books are usually fiction. It is just what I like and prefer. However, I recently purchased fly-lady's new book, Body Clutter. I just read one chapter today at lunch but it is so good!! It is all about the different reasons we eat, not out of hunger, and babysteps to take to overcome these fattening and emotionally painful reasons. I would recommend it to anyone who has struggled with weight-loss, or body image problems. In my struggle to lose weight, it seems as if my biggest struggle is that I want to lose fast and forever. I forget that it took a while to get like this and therefore it will take a while to lose it. I just get overwhelmed and worn out from trying and give up. Flylady helps us to implement habits, so it doesn't seem like so much work! If you haven't have heard of flylady then you can check out her website or leave me a comment :) and maybe I can be promted to write a post about that!

Friday, January 27, 2006


Sorry for the lack of creative title. I just feel very tired and drained right now and I can't think of a good one. We met with the bank today and worked out some details of our loan. Most of it is settled, we think, but we haven't officially closed on anything. Some changes have been made regarding the loan because the bank isn't very fond of our garage/apartment idea. They pretty much don't think anyone else would want it besides us! I guess that is about all that is new. I am having a massage tomorrow, which was Andrew's Christmas present to me. I can't wait!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Diet? What diet?

I tell myself, daily, that I should go back on my diet. I don't think that I eat as badly as I used to. I am definitely not losing weight but I don't eat things like potatoes/french fries now. I still feel like I need to lose weight! I now have the temptation of yummy cinnamon rolls and bread from Rosalie. Andrew had a good idea for that, just eat it once a week. I think I can stick to that. Anyway, the trouble with my diet began when I cheated back in October. Yes, that long ago. Once I cheated once I felt like, well I've messed it all up already, guess I can cheat again! Argh! It's so amazing that my mouth is so close to my eyes. You think I would see very single piece of food that goes into my mouth, because of their proximity, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Anyway, I am going to attempt to go on the diet again. I think that I need to just set a date and go for it and . . . oh yeah, get a scale. That might help my motivation a little bit. My temptation is sweet things! So when should my starting date be of no more cheating? Hmm, why would I even ask that question. Tomorrow, of course!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Sterling All Hail to You!

I just realized this weekend what a huge life change that we have both gone through lately. I haven't really noticed lately since we have been so busy. I still find it amazing that we live here. We are getting ready to close on a land/lot deal that will be the future site of our home. This are just moving so fast. That is the way it like it, however. If nothing exciting happens for a while, I tend to feel a bit bored. However, right now I am just feeling a bit bowled over by life.

On Friday night, I had a dream about Sterling. I don't even remember what it was about but I woke up with a very deep longing to be at Sterling again. It's not that I don't like living here, that many wonderful things have happened to us, and that we are daily surrounded by wonderful people but there are just somethings that I miss, and that's ok. I miss the wonderful community of Sterling and the exciting things going on there. I was reading on their website the other day about the dorm building. A terrible sadness came over me that I would be there to see it built or share in the excitement of the Admissions office as they get to show it off to prospective students. Sterling was such a wonderful and loving community.

4862 Maud Hughes Road

We made our offer on the 2 acre piece of land we found on Thursday. The man offered us back on that day. We wanted the offer to be a bit lower so we gave him a new price on Saturday. He accepted! So we aren't officially land owners yet, since we haven't closed on the deal but we are well on our way as long as everything else works out. Yeah! See the link below to view the land.


Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Ok, so I attended my first "regular" rehearsal with the May Festival Chorus last night. It was . . . long! It lasted three hours. It would have been more pleasant if the drive hadn't been so rough. It was raining and foggy on the way down and snowy on the way back. I made it. I have definitely hosted thoughts of quitting the chorus. It just feels like I have taken on too much too fast. I can't quit my job, I don't want to quit Sunday School, so the choir seems like the logical choice. Andrew has encouraged me to stick it out. Whenever I am not singing, I feel as if I am wasting my gift and the many years I have spent training. I will stick it out until May and then see if I want to re-audition! Anyone know where I can get a very comfortable pair of shoes to stand in for hours but also look pretty? I am going to look at Steinmart this weekend.

The title of my blog has to do with a word we are singing in one of the pieces in MFC. It is an old fashioned term for Mafia or someone who swindles large sums of money illegally. I just thought it was amusing. We are having a bit of a snow storm here. It's nice to have winter weather!

I need to find that delicate balance between being too busy (which, I believe is NOT God's will for us) and being productive. I believe I am pushing too busy, which I don't like. My point is that we are made for relationships! When our "busy" actions (doing all this stuff to get "ahead") take more priority than spending time cultivating our relationships (God, family, and friends), then there is something wrong. That is what I want to avoid.

Friday, January 13, 2006

American Drivers Need More Credit

Each day as I am leaving work I have to make a left turn onto a fairly busy street. It is only two lanes because this area has grown so fast and developers weren't projecting such heavy traffic flow on that road so no turning lane. On my first day here the Pastor warned me that he thought I ought to make a right turn on the road and just back track a little bit to avoid that turn. I decided that I would just try the turn one day and see if I could make it. Also, let me explain that their is another drive way next to ours as well as a stop light a few yards down the road. This makes traffic back up and causes it nearly impossible to see people coming from the right. I have been so impressed that every single day I have driven out of this parking lot someone who is waiting at the stopped light will stop before the driveway to let me out, watch the oncoming traffic and wave me on when it is safe. Yesterday I even had a lady put a stop me from going since there was a car coming. She continued to wave me on when things were safe. Even though there is a lot of road rage out there, I must say to the drivers on Socialville-Foster Road at 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday . . . thank you for always allowing me safely to exit the church parking lot! :)

Thursday, January 12, 2006


Life is so busy. I am not used to all the running around. We were busy in Sterling but I guess the difference was that we didn't have a far to travel. It only took us about a minute to get to work and we rode together. I'm busy, tired, and I have a stuffy nose that I haven't been able to rid myself of yet. Our room is a mess and the TV in our room that we were looking forward to watching movies on quit last night. Malfunction is more like it! Anyway, sorry to complain. Life is good. We are very lucky to have a nice, warm, loving home to live in with our own personal chef. Lasts nights ham loaf was so yummy! Our jobs are going very well and Andrew is working away at his Master's degree. Anyway, just a random post since I hadn't in a while. I hope to hear from all of you who may read my blog.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Curse of the High Heels!

One of the things that I enjoy in life is high heeled shoes. Before I met Andrew, I just liked them because they made me feel grown up and beautiful. After I met Andrew they were a source of making myself taller because he was so tall and I was so short. I do believe that the reign of my high heeled shoes will be put on hold for the time being.

I arrived at work today looking forward to the new week. I grabbed my purse and my bag out of the car and headed for the front door. I am usually the first one at work. As I was walking merrily on my way, my bad ankle turned (left one) and I fell flat on my face on the drive way. My bags went flying, my quiche, which I brought for lunch, went flying across the parking lot. Luckily, my body decided to collapse before any more damage could be done to my ankle. I had some very minor scraps on my hands, elbow, and knee. The only severe damage was when I realized that the high heeled shoes I was wearing were probably the cause of my fall!

Friday, January 06, 2006


So, we are settling into our routines and lives here. I am really enjoying my job and am looking forward to singing in the chorus here. . . what I do miss, is the companionship of friends. That is one thing that we really had going for us. We had a wonderful group of friends! I miss our friends! :(

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

First Day and the May Festival Chorus

So, my day has been wonderful but exhausting! I got up around 6:00 a.m. to get ready to leave for work. It was weird to drive to work in the dark! I got there a little before 8:00 a.m. and began my orientation with a member of the search committee. He was so organized (I was impressed). He had created a training schedule for me for the week. The church was so excited that I had come to work there. They gave me a welcome card and a gift (journal and stationary), which was very nice! They have also redone the office in which I work. It is fairly large and now has a nice L shaped desk for me as well as a new computer. I was also treated to lunch at an authentic Mexican restaurant with several other members of the staff.

After work I raced down I-71 to Cincinnati to try to find the Music Hall for my audition with the May Festival Chorus. I have never been to Music Hall and the directions I had were for the back of the building. I ended up getting fairly lost in the "hood" of cincinnati but my cell phone and Andrew saved the day. I ended up being about 1/2 hour late for my audition but they were very understanding when I said that I was new and had gotten lost. My audition went very well and I was asked to join the Chorus while I was in the audition! I accepted, even though the time committment is enourmous. They had practice tonight but my terrible headache and sore throat didn't warrent well for three more hours of singing so I asked if I could just start coming to the next rehearsal. That was fine with them. The first one is on Sunday! I hope I will learn my way around before then! :) The evening also ended up with me tipping a parking garage attending about $5 and I walked an extra 3 and 1/2 blocks with heels on (which I shouldn't be wearing due to my ankle but you know that style does matter in auditions). Anyway, it's been a long day so I am going to turn in! I am looking forward to a more relaxing day tomorrow. I was hoping to get to visit Grandpa Myers today and I am sad that I didn't get to so I will do that tomorrow. Please continue to pray for him! Goodnight!

Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful trip to Kansas. It was a little too quick but we enjoyed the visit anyway. We got to see lots of family because we took a little trip to Downs (where the Walter's reside). It was fun to take a trip together (and finally get to see each other again) and to visit family.

My first day of work is tomorrow. I'm not sure what to expect but I am looking forward to it. I was supposed to have my audition with the May Festival Chorus tomorrow evening but I haven't heard from them and was supposed to get a letter. I will call tomorrow and may try to reschedule even though I have prepared a song. My nose is a bit stuffy so next week would be better!

I guess the big news around here is that Andrew's grandpa is very sick. He has a blood infection called sepsis. I don't know much about it but he really needs lots of prayers. He is in the ICU right now. So, please pray for him. Well, that is about all for now. I have several blogs in my mind so hopefully more will come soon!