Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Do you collect MyCokeRewards points?

I used this a few weeks ago, and they were working then. These codes are promotional codes that are good for EVERYONE!

Free Blockbuster Movie Rental - 100084616172235
3 Points - 100082021821624
5 Points - 100082157763657
10 Points - 100084226454945
10 Points - 100082622438433
10 Points - 100082211832616
25 Points - 100084148441474
25 Points - 100084056688357

Some people have had trouble using them, so I can't guarantee that they will work for everyone, but you should be able to use them if you haven't already.

Also, if you go to PapaJohns.com, you can play a game there once each day for points and other prizes - I've actually won 250 points!

Modesty Rant

On Sunday, I swung by the nearby Walmart to get a Sunday paper. I wouldn't bother with Walmart except for the fact that they have the Sunday paper for 99 cents rather than the $1.50 that it costs everywhere else. I decided to look around for a few minutes, pick up something for dinner, etc. While wandering around, I saw a girl and her mom shopping together, and my eyes nearly popped out. This girl, who was probably no more than 7 years old (maybe a tiny 8) was walking around - IN PUBLIC - in her swimsuit. Not a one piece bathing suit, oh no. This was a two piece - a tank/halter type top and a standard, panty-style bottom. NO COVER-UP. Just walking around in her swim clothes. And the bottom was riding up a little bit, oh joy.

I admit, I do not believe in even going to the pool or the beach in swim clothes, but even I know that people do that and you're not going to stop folks anytime soon. But in what reality do these people live that they think it's even remotely okay for a girl to be walking around in her swimsuit out in the general public?! Y'all, a swimsuit is nothing more than walking around in your underwear, especially when it's a two-piece. Would this mother ever dream of allowing her daughter to go out in a tank top and her Barbie panties? I think not. Would Mom go out in her bikini like that? I think not.

I just do not understand the current culture of "I can do whatever I want, but don't you dare look at me in a provocative manner" that so pervades America today. Where is the sense of pride of self that prevents you from being so brazen? Where is the sense of even general modesty that people used to have even if they weren't religious?

I can just see this mom a few years from now, worrying over the possibility that her "little girl" might come home pregnant one day because she knows how provocatively she allows her to dress. Just think how much smaller that worry would be if she taught her daughter starting now that some things just aren't done, and that a lady covers up!

Sigh. I feel so badly for the young women of America today. All I can do is do my part, raising my children right. But some days, that just doesn't feel like enough

Repurposed Potatoes

On Saturday, I cooked a roast, complete with potatoes in the pot. I had 6 half potatoes left over, which I had saved. Last night, we were having pork chops, and I wanted to do something with those potatoes.

First, I microwaved 2 smallish extra potatoes to make sure we had enough. After that, I warmed up the other potatoes. I dumped all of the cooked potatoes into a big bowl, added about a 1/2 stick of butter, and some milk, and started mashing. I took the skins off the microwaved potatoes, but left on the skins from the previously cooked ones.

I had to microwave a little more after doing some of the mashing, then, I had to break out the hand mixer instead of the masher, so as to break up the skins more, and create a finer mash. I also had to add more milk at one point.

Don't forget to taste test! Since the half potatoes had a lot of flavor and seasoning after cooking with the roast, the mashed potatoes didn't need much. A little salt, some pepper, and I also threw in some parsley. Come to think of it, I should have added some garlic - that would have been yummy!

These never did get totally smooth - it wasn't just the skin pieces left in, but also some lumps that just would not work out - so these were "rough" mashed, I guess. But they were SO, SO, SO yummy and good!

Monday, July 30, 2007

Last week's giveaway was so much fun...

...I'm going to do it again!

I have a code for one free movie ticket from Fandango.com. I *hope* that I can give it away to someone, but if it doesn't work, I apologize in advance. I won it from Winster.com, but it's only one ticket, and I'm not going to use it for various reasons.

If you would like a chance at winning this ticket, just do two things:

1. Please leave me a comment in the comments section on this post.
2. Please tell other people about the giveaway by linking back to this post on your own blog.

That's all you have to do! I will draw for the winner around 4:00 Central Time on Friday, the 3rd.


Harry Potter and the Parents Who Took Responsibility

Yes, we read Harry Potter. We're Christians, and we read Harry Potter. There, I said it.

All four members of my family love the stories and the movies. But do we the parents allow the children unlimited access to all of it?

No, because we're the parents and we take our job seriously.

I have to admit to some disenchantment with J. K. Rowling after the 6th book. It was full of drinking references (we're tee-totalers), bad language and general ickiness like the Inferi toward the end. I decried this loudly on a message board where I hang out a lot - what about the younger kids who are just now starting to read Harry Potter and decide that they want to read the next one, and the next one and so on? It's all well and good for the kids who were young when Harry first came out and have grown up alongside the characters.

I should have realized that I already knew the answer, because we were using it in our family already. It's called "parental responsibility" and exercise of said authority.

Our son is almost-12. He has been allowed to read the first 5 books on his own. Our daughter is almost-9, and has read the first 3 books on her own, and should be old enough for #4 soon. However, I have read all of the first 6 books aloud, and we are currently working our way through "Deathly Hallows".

It's a perfect solution. They get to find out what happens in the books that they're not allowed to read on their own yet, but I verbally edit where appropriate while reading. I can gloss over the icky parts when they show up (which thankfully aren't too many - tension is more Ms. Rowling's forte than outright horror) and change that glass of wine to just a glass. We read books together every night anyway, so it's not like I'm forcing them to sit still for reading time that they're not used to, just so they can hear the latest Potter story.

We also exercise caution with the movies. We weren't even Potter fans when the first movie came out, but we couldn't have gone to go see it even if we were - our son was only 6, and had only recently developed the fear of monsters that's more common to 3 year olds. There was no way we could have taken him to go see the first movie on screen. However, when it came out on video, he was a little older, and was able to handle it on the small screen at home. At that point, we got hooked on the books and began reading them.

When "Chamber of Secrets" came out, he was 7, but his sister was 4. I knew there was no way that we were going to take them to go see that giant snake on the big screen, so we skipped it, waiting for the video - a good call on our part.

We went to see "Prisoner of Azkaban" at the theater, and the kids really enjoyed it. When "Goblet of Fire" came out, though, I never could get a straight answer from my online friends with kids about how much language was in it, and just how scary the last part of the movie was - so once again, we skipped the theater experience.

This time around, we will go see the 5th movie as soon as my free tickets can be used. The kids are older, and they should be fine. We never go to the theater to see something more than once, so it's not like we're pounding it into them.

As far as ownership of the videos goes, we own 1 and 2, and that's it. We have occasionally rented 3 and 4, but not very often. I don't want to own those two movies until the kids are a good bit older, because then I don't have to fight over how long it's been since the last time they watched it. While we don't mind seeing them every once in a blue moon, we do realize that watching them over and over is not good for our children. We exercise proper caution and authority, and that's what parenting is all about, people. We don't give in to a future event just because the past events were fairly harmless. We know what's appropriate for their maturity level, and we hold them to their boundaries.

I realize that parents can't always screen every last thing that their child is exposed to. But when you do have the opportunity, take it! And if you know that something will not be appropriate for your child, grow up, take a stand, and forbid it. You're not going to cause them harm, and may just save them from problems. Be the parent, not the friend, and do the job that God gave to you. They will thank you some day.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Woo-hoo, let's win a TV, people!

Pssst... wanna win a TV? A really, really, REALLY nice TV? How about a 37" Flat Panel LCD HDTV from Best Buy?

All you've got to do is go over to 5 Minutes For Mom, follow the instructions, and you're entered. Easy as pie.

Mmmmm.... pie.....

Saturday, July 28, 2007

If I'm sobbin' into the spaghetti, honey, just turn off the radio

I grew up on country on the radio. I loved music, loved to sing. 70's country is, if you'll pardon the obvious bias, the best out there. I was a bit naive, though, as I clearly remember my mom and I singing loudly along to the "Jose Cuervo" song many a time - we had no idea it was tequila!

I can't remember now if I was naive when it came to tearjerker songs. I just can't recall any that I thought were particularly sad. Maybe they didn't infiltrate my brain, or maybe I didn't have life experience to recognize them for what they were.

I moved away from country when I was in high school because I was tired of being the odd one out - NOBODY else listened to country! I've pretty well stayed with pop/rock since then, when I bothered to even turn on the radio, which wasn't often after getting married and having kids. I also love to listen to Broadway musicals, so those have often been what's on instead of the actual radio.

But, you know how it is when you start getting ol.... er, slightly more advanced in years. You begin waxing nostalgic for the things of your youth. So, I decided to hunt down a country station here. What fun! I found a great station that has a good mix of old and new, so I get the fun, new stuff while not feeling completely lost because I don't know any of the songs at all. Hearing those old favorites brings me right back to my childhood.

But then. ACK. That very first day, I'm listening along, trying to decide what I like, when this song came on. Wife is in the hospital, husband apparently travels a lot and has been caught out away from home when she goes in the hospital, tries desperately to get home in time, but misses her and is left with just a loving note. THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT, PEOPLE?! I was a sobbing wreck by the time this was over!

There's something you should know about me. I'm very emotional, but I HATE, HATE, HATE to cry in front of people. Anyone. Not that I don't like to have a good session of wailing and gnashing of teeth, but only if there's nobody around, and they won't be for a good 6-8 hours. I go all Rudolph, and my eyes get that puffy undereye thing going on that betrays me. It's not pretty, folks.

It's not that I think crying is a weakness, in general. I have never looked down on anyone who cries, anywhere. (Excepting the two drama majors who live in my house and are currently less than 5 feet tall.) It's just something I don't like to do, myself. It's just one of my quirks.

So imagine my surprise when a couple of days later yet another one comes on the radio. This song at least isn't crushingly depressing, but it's something that makes a parent's heart just break into a hundred pieces, because let's face it - it's going to happen someday. And we all know that's exactly how we're going to feel. Truly, we "Loved Her First", and giving away our daughter in marriage is going to be one of the happiest and saddest days of our life, all wrapped into one.

Despite the fact that I hate to cry in front of people, I'm distressingly emotional, especially after becoming a parent. Kodak commercials? Pass the tissues, please. Those Campbell's Soup foster children commercials that were on a few years ago? I had to leave the room. And we won't discuss just how bad reading the last Harry Potter book has affected this currently PMS'ing woman this last week. (Let's just say that my tear glands are wondering if they get vacation benefits, and leave it at that.)

Since most of my radio listening happens in the kitchen while I'm either washing dishes or cooking dinner, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if my husband manages to come home a little earlier than I expected one day and catch me boo-hooing into the macaroni. And boy, am I going to feel really silly when I have to explain that, no, everything's fine, I was just listening to the radio. Yeah. Just turn off the radio, honey, and pass me a Prozac. I'll be fine once Jose Cuervo comes back on.

Lovely quote

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

Ambrose Redmoon


That's "Very Important Public Service Announcement".

When pouring boiling hot water from a tea kettle, make sure that the stupid lid is actually SNAPPED ON, not just lying casually atop the opening!

Don't ask me how I know just how freakin' important this is.

Friday, July 27, 2007

And the winner is.....


Amber, I left a comment on your Amber Scraps blog since I didn't see an email on your profile. I hope you find it!

The new Star Trek movie: Young Spock is played by **WHO**???

CNN story here

Nimoy was joined by the newly named young Spock, "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nimoy.

Um, WHAT?! Maybe with a lot of makeup, eyebrow reconstruction and tape-tucking. And who is this guy? He's SYLAR from the show "Heroes". SYLAR, people. The one who was whacking people left and right, then chopping into their brains so as to steal their superpowers. YUCK. If I even go see the movie, I'm going to see Spock butchering peoples' brains. SHUDDER.

Leonard Nimoy is one of my all-time favorite actors, and Spock is one of my all-time favorite characters. I can't believe they're doing this. This Quinto guy better be one of the best actors in the world in order to overcome his current perception and really become our beloved Spock.

Frugal Friday: Walgreen's

I haven't shopped at Walgreen's much lately, but I'm starting to get back into it. When I first learned about good couponing skills, I went to CVS, RiteAid and Walgreen's, all three, every week, to get the rebate deals. With two homeschooled children and other things to do, I realized pretty quickly that wasn't going to work. Walgreen's got dropped because their rebate program is more involved than RiteAid's.

However, I've recently found out that Walgreen's has started a new program called Register Rewards. If an item has a dollar amount that is called "Register Rewards" in the sale flyer, that means that when you buy that item, the register automatically prints out a coupon for that amount of money, that is good on ANYTHING in the store. It's very, very similar to CVS's "Extra Bucks" program, except that you don't have to have a card to get the deal.

Just like the Extra Bucks, you can then turn around and buy another of the same item if you like, again getting the Register Rewards money. You can also use coupons and still get the reward coupon. I recently racked up several 6-packs of Boost nutritional drink for almost nothing, plus a few extra "filler" items - there were $2 coupons for the drink in one of the in-store free magazines, so I could get the Boost plus a filler, get the reward, turn around and do it all over again.

Don't forget to check out Crystal's blog for more frugal goodness!

Also don't forget that you've got until 4:00 Central today to comment on THIS POST and have a chance at a $5 GC to Barnes and Noble!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

You've got less than 1 day left...

To sign up for my bloggy giveaway! I'll close the contest around 4:00 my time tomorrow, and pick a random number some way or another. Then you'll know!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I am milk chocolate, TYVM!

You are Milk Chocolate

A total dreamer, you spend most of your time with your head in the clouds.
You often think of the future, and you are always working toward your ideal life.
Also nostalgic, you rarely forget a meaningful moment... even those from long ago.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Apparently, Westley and I have still "got it"

Westley calls me every day when he leaves work, as right now he works 50 miles away. The other day we chatted for a few minutes while he was getting out to the car, talking and laughing about various things. When I got back to the living room, Harry grinned at me and said that his sister told him, "Mama sounds like she's got a new boyfriend or something. She's all GIGGLY! They sound like they're not even married!!"

Kids. Gotta tolerate love 'em

Monday, July 23, 2007

I didn't wanna do it, I didn't wanna do it....

Just got back from giving blood today. I'm O+, so the vampires blood donor people love to see me. They called this time and asked me to come in - I've been going in on my own from time to time as I remembered, but the last time I gave blood, they blew the vein and I ended up with a small hematoma and some sort of weird reaction to the adhesive on the bandaid. The hematoma went away in a day or so, but the raised skin reaction around the puncture site lasted for two weeks. Understandably, giving blood on my own hasn't crossed my mind for a while now! But when the Red Cross called, I went ahead and made an appointment. I know they need lots of O, especially during the summer, so I went on.

I'm kind of tired now, but I know it was worth it. It's summer - go give blood yourself!

If a dozen book characters are dead....

... then why am I the one who's dragging?

Oh yeah.

That would be because I stayed up until 3:36 **AM** finishing my book.

Got about 2/3 of the way through it, tried to go to bed, couldn't do it, had to gulp down the rest.

FABULOUS. Parts could have been better, there could have been a tad more "oomph" in the final battle, but I'm satisfied, for the most part. I loved it. :-)

It's a Very Bloggy Giveaway!

UPDATE: You have until 4:00 Central Time to put your name in the hat!

All right, I'll give something simple, but that most people should be drooling over. How about a $5 Barnes and Noble gift card? You can use it in-store, or at bn.com. Since it's small, I'll be happy to pay for international shipping if someone wants it, and happens to win it.

Just put your name in the comment section, and later this week we'll draw for a number! One comment per person, please.

Don't forget to go visit Shannon's blog for all of the rest of the giveaways - you have to go to each one!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

It's 4:00 my time....

...and still no book!!!! >SOB<


It came about 10 minutes later. I managed to squeeze in a chapter and a half before I had to go start dinner. And then, would you believe, my husband had the audacity to STEAL it and start reading it! Well!

CNN is mocking me this morning...

"Potter Ending Gives Fitting Closure"

Or so claims CNN. I'm waiting on UPS to get here with my copy; meanwhile, the intarwebs mock me by yakking about it behind my back.

I'm going to go pout by cleaning my living room. Where I can see out the front window. Every 30 seconds.

Friday, July 20, 2007

It's almost here....

My book is in town! Yippee!

I'm not going anywhere tomorrow if I can help it, LOL.


Overheard while the kids played with friends and Lego bricks today:

"Wardrobe malfunction! Wardrobe malfunction! Push the smoothie button!"

Okay, then.

UPDATE: I found out where it came from. The kids love watching the videos available from "Will It Blend". This one is one of their Super Bowl episodes:

Frugal Friday

I love to shop at Target. Their stores are clean and bright, well-stocked, and have very friendly employees, unlike some other places I could name.

I also love coupons. So imagine the flutter of my heart a while back when I found out that Target actually puts out their own store coupons online! About every other week, they put out a new set. You can find them on the Target home page, a link down at the bottom. And even though they say "Super Target", they're actually good at any Target, assuming your store has the product in question. (Sometimes the coupons are for meats or produce that is not carried at the regular Targets - you're out of luck, then!)

But, when the new ones come up, the old ones come down, even though they are still good. You can always just make a copy and keep it on your own computer (right-click, save image as) but what if you forget, or don't get a copy of something and discover later that there actually is a good deal on that item? Luckily, there are two websites to the rescue:

Target printable coupons generator at 50webs

Target printable coupons generator at A Full Cup

Both of these places keep a copy of all known, current Target printable coupons, and the best thing is, they have them set up so that you can print multiple copies at one time without having to do it one at a time! I like to check both of these places because the one from A Full Cup sometimes has ones that the first generator doesn't have.

One more great frugal thing about these coupons is the fact that you can use them WITH a manufacturer's coupon! So if you love, say, Pantene, you can use your regular manufacturer coupon and STILL use the Target coupon for extra savings! I have gotten a lot of stuff ultra cheap, free, and sometimes even been PAID to take things home.

Be sure to visit Crystal's blog for more Frugal Friday goodness!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Why do some animal mothers eat their young?

So they can get an UNINTERRUPTED NAP.

I'm just sayin'.

Something I pray I don't do...

Okay, the video doesn't really make sense, but the song is powerful. I strive every not to let my kids be able to say this 50 years from now.

Waiting impatiently....

Win $300 worth of Horizon milk!

Wowza! With the price of milk these days, I would dearly love to win this one!

5 Minutes For Mom is running a contest to give away 60 gift certificates worth about $300 worth of Horizon brand organic milk. Check it out!

Interested in Horizon milk? Here they are....


Until recently, I thought that a parent's worst fear was that of something happening to their child. Then I discovered that there is one more level that should be included, that is exponentially worse than the general fear of something happening to your child.

The fear that something happens to your child, and you're the one who did it.

A couple of years ago, Hermione fell, hit her head, and suffered a concussion. All in all, it wasn't so bad, the effects only lasted about half a day and she was right as rain afterwards. However, it was extremely scary while we were going through this. She is a vivacious child, and very bright, and it scared me to death to think that all that might be taken away from her in the blink of an eye. I managed to stay pretty calm through the whole ordeal, because I needed to be calm for her sake as she was scared enough on her own. It was all over in a few hours, and I was so relieved that I never really suffered any backlash of fear and worry later.

This last week, however, was the most scared I've ever been, and I'm still not truly over it.

We were out running errands, shopping for an upcoming wedding, and were in the parking lot of one store, about to head to another. I THOUGHT both children were safely buckled and ready to go, and I began backing from my parking space. Harry spoke up and told me firmly - but not loudly - "Whoa" and I immediately stopped, somewhat annoyed. A lot of times, they protest if I start moving the car even an inch before they've fully buckled, but I thought I'd cured them of that. (I insist that they are buckled within a reasonable amount of time, but I don't insist that they're buckled before I start moving. In the yard or in a few feet of parking lot isn't going to matter.) I assumed it was his sister who was the miscreant, and I turned around to see what was going on, only to get more annoyed - her door was still open! They know that they are supposed to close their doors first thing and then get settled. Annoyance quickly turned to outright horror as I looked down further, and all I could see was Hermione's back on the ground, right next to the car.

Turns out that she had dropped a coin out of the car, and - WITHOUT ONE WORD - had hopped out to retrieve it. Only it had rolled UNDER THE CAR. And she was stretched out on her hands and knees, reaching way under the car to try and get it. And I almost backed OVER HER.

Needless to say, I lost it. I started screaming and sobbing and just generally became an absolute basketcase. She sat quietly in the car, not letting out a peep, because she knew she was in for it. Harry quietly patted my shoulder while I had my 5 minutes of insanity. I was shaking like a leaf, and was so paralyzed that even when I finally thought to put the car in park, it took forever to convince myself to let my foot off the brake pedal.

I cried off and on the rest of the day and stayed up way too late in the evening because I dreaded sleep, afraid of nightmares. I still can't quite shake the image of her lying there beside the car when I turned to look, but I'm not paralyzed anymore, just relieved through my shakiness.

We try and try, but sometimes there is just no overcoming circumstances or childish thoughtlessness. Harm will come to our children unless we keep them in a bubble their entire lives, but usually it comes from themselves or from outside sources. To think of harming our children, even by accident, is one of the most bloodcurdling things out there. Thankfully, nothing happened this time. But I now certainly have even more empathy than ever for parents who accidentally hurt their children. It should never happen in a perfect world, but unfortunately, this isn't a perfect world.

Go hug your kids today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday

I actually read this tip as a WFMW idea a few months ago, but I liked it so much that I have to repeat it for everyone!

Want a good scraper for that stuck-on food that just won't come off your pans and pots? Save those fake credit cards that come in the mail. They are absolutely, hands-down, the best thing for getting off that awful stuck-on goop. They are thin enough to get under the goop and flexible enough to take on any corner or shape.

Credit card companies are the ones that send them out the most, but sometimes you can get them from magazine offers, and sometimes from groups like AARP or AAA. They're free - the best price of all! - and since they come along from time to time, you can dispose of them when one wears out and just grab another one.

You could also use old drivers licenses and old credit card, just remember to cut those up when throwing them away, don't toss them like the fakes.

Go visit Rocks In My Dryer for more great WFMW tips!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Very Bloggy Giveaway!

Shannon over at Rocks In My Dryer has come up with a brilliant plan! We're all going to give stuff away to each other - doesn't that sound like fun?! Details over here:

A Very Bloggy Giveaway

Hmmmm, what shall I throw in.......?

Labor Day is free at Homeschool eStore!

This week's freebie at Homeschool eStore is a 76 page study about Labor Day from "In The Hands Of A Child". Very cool!

Homeschool eStore



My poor car only had a busted upper radiator hose, and it was easily fixed. An hour and a half of my time, $63, and I'm on my way again!


Sigh... stupid cars!

We love 'em when they work and hate 'em when they don't... My stupid car is acting up. The AC was acting funny this last weekend, and yesterday it overheated. I'm lucky I got it home. Now I've got to go see what's wrong with it - I hope it's nothing to serious!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Crafting with heart

Some dear friends of mine are running a fabulous new charity:

Marine Corps Kids

Here's what they do:

700,000 children in this country have a parent at war. When babies are born to deployed troops, it's doubly hard for both mom and dad. The dad must wait weeks or months to meet his newest child. The mom has responsibilities of both parents, juggling the exhausting care of a newborn while meeting the needs of other children without the help of her husband. It's a sacrifice, and one that military families make every single day.

Operation Marine Corps Kids is a new effort designed to support the quiet heroines of this war and the littlest heroes - the kids that miss their daddy but know that he is away helping to protect them.

Operation Marine Corps Kids will send care packages to the families of deployed troops when babies are born. The packages might include a hand-crafted baby afghan, cap or bonnet, booties or toy. With sufficient resources, we'll also be able to include a handmade toy for other kids in the family. It's a small, but significant, gesture of love and support for those who keep the home fires burning alone.

Won't you go visit today and help them out?

Things To Do

Things to do this week:

Work on the mortgage application
Do dishes and laundry
Keep my kids from killing each other

Will and Zora, sittin' in a tree....

In our family, my husband seems to be the matchmaker.

In college, he introduced his brother to the lady he eventually married. A couple of months ago, he introduced a longtime friend to a former co-worker, and now they're married!

Will is a college friend of my husband's, and manages the car washes for a local chain of gas stations. Poor guy was desperate for a responsible, reliable morning opener for the car wash and asked Westley if he knew of anyone. Zora is a former co-worker who was in need of a second job to help pay off a hospital bill. So, all innocence abounding, he hooked them up.

Next thing we knew, Will comes in and tells Westley, "I'm mad at you. It's all your fault!" Because, you know, you always get mad at the guy who introduced you to the woman you are now madly in love with. LOL

And now, just a few short weeks later, they are husband and wife. They had a sweet little ceremony at her preacher's home and they are officially hitched.

Not that the ceremony didn't go off without a hitch. I get the feeling that the preacher is one of those "smiles and light" people hiding a very domineering personality. He decided where they would stand and who would do what - he had them standing on the wrong side of each other, y'all! I am by no means a Ms. Society Pages, but I was just dyin' inside.

Ultimately, though, it doesn't really matter, does it? They are well and truly married, and madly in love. A new life has begun, and it doesn't really matter if boo-boos were made in the ceremony.

Mazel Tov, Will and Zora!


Sunday, July 15, 2007


First test post.