Friday, August 15, 2008

It's my BIRTHDAY!!!

I have to say this- I have never felt so loved on a birthday in all my life! I woke up this morning to Michael calling me to wish me a Happy Birthday (he works REALLY early on Fridays). Then my mom called to wish me a good one, and since then I've heard from my family and friends- some really funny singing messages, some funny regular messages, and some really sweet messages- all have been GREAT!

When I got to work this morning, Cindy had brought in these FANTASTIC cinnamon rolls, which I immediately ate one. I got back to my desk where Polly had already put flowers on my desk.
Then, after taking some funny conference t-shirt pictures, Polly, Cindy, and Bob sang Happy Birthday to me as they presented me with my fun mini-cake! It's the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Then, while I was on the phone with Michael, a delivery guy came in with some really gorgeous flowers that he had sent! Talk about perfect timing!

Then, while I was finishing up some work, I heard my name, so I walked up to the front of the office, only to see this!

The company that I work with on fundraising, Grizzard, sent me an edible arrangement! Thanks Todd, Claudia, and Bianca!!!! I tell you, I'm on cloud 9 right now. Michael's parents are coming tonight to take me out to dinner, and then my mom is coming to spend the day tomorrow.
This has been the best birthday! I couldn't have asked for anything more!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Gullible's Travels, Part 2

So, I don't have any pictures to go along with this one, but I just got back from yet another trip. This one was not as eventful as Gullible's Travels Part 1, but nonetheless, I thought you should know.
The trip to DC was one really long delay. Not eventful though.
The trip back was eventful.
I hitched a ride with Todd and Claudia back to the airport, and was glad that Claudia was flying US Air like me! However, when we got to the ticket counter to print our boarding passes, mine was having trouble (imagine that). I asked the guy behind the counter why it wouldn't print, and he said, "Oh that's because you're flying United."
Now, correct me if I'm wrong here, but if you make your flight arrangements through US Air, shouldn't you be safe to assume that US Air would give you your ticket? The reason I ask is because the line of people at the United counter made me want to scream. But I didn't. (Read Gullible's Travels part 1 and note the people's response to me)
After waiting in line for 40 minutes, I printed out my pass and headed to the security line to wait for another 20 minutes.
I got to my gate at the time that we were supposed to board, and the sign said that our flight was delayed an hour. So, I thought, "Great, I'll go grab some dinner." So, I went to Wendy's, waited in line FOREVER and then took my food back to the gate to eat. When I got back to the gate, they were just finishing up boarding my flight. I made it onto the plane, but thought about all of the other people who, like me, thought they had more time.
So, the lady I sat next to was nice. She talked alot though. But it was ok.
All of a sudden, cool breeze walked onto the plane, sat his bag down in the seat in front of me, started rummaging through his bag, and then looked at me and said, "Of course, out of all the people on this plane, YOU would be the one to have Wendy's."
I'm wondering if this is a fat joke, but thought I'd give him the benefit of the doubt here.
I looked around and said, "Um, I'm pretty sure there are some other people on this plane with Wendy's."
He sat down across the aisle from me, and made some comment about how I should share my Wendy's with the rest of the plane. I laughed and thought to myself, "If you say one more word, I'm gonna show you my dinner, you butt head."
But I didn't say anything, just continued to eat my fries. Then, I started on my nuggets, and thought, "You know, I'm not really going to finish these fries, so I guess cool breeze may get his wish after all."
So, I leaned over and said, "Hey, I'm not going to finish these fries, you want em?"
As God is my witness, he looked at me and said, "My dog wouldn't even eat those, you think I'm going to?" I was about to grab his arm and say, "Look here Dorkus McDorkson, you're gonna give me grief about sharing my Wendy's with the whole plane, and then act like it's beneath you when I actually offer you some?"
But I didn't.
Instead, I continued to eat my nuggets and forget about Marky Mark sitting across the aisle.
Then, he had the audacity to ask me for a piece of gum. I said, "Sure," and handed him the pack. Then he proceeded to offer MY GUM to everyone else on the plane. After that I was done. I put in my ipod and turned on ignore.
So, that was the beginning. Then, I realized that someone near me had SEVERE B-O! And the air vent was just circulating it. So, I put my head down, tried to forget about the nausea, and finally the plane landed.
I sat in the Philadelphia airport for quite a while as my connecting flight was ALSO delayed. So, I got home around 12:30-1:00 in the morning...but hey, I had shoes intact, my suitcase didn't explode and I made it home safely. What more could a girl ask for?

Friday, August 1, 2008

A Time to Read

If you know me at all, or if you have had a recent conversation with me, you will know about my love for the works of Francine Rivers! I think that she is absolutely amazing, and I had the privaledge of meeting her in person last year at our conference. She is such an amazing author, and her books are giving me a greater love for the Word!
So, this is my first so-called "book review," except that it is a "series review."
The series is called the Mark of the Lion Series, and it consists of three books, "A Voice in the Wind," "An Echo in the Darkness," and "As Sure as the Dawn." Following the story of Haddassah throughout her journey was the highpoint of my day. Michael is now reading the series, and I'm trying so hard not to reveal anything to him. He asks me very pointed questions, and I just have to tell him that he will have to wait and see.
Definitely a must read...all three! Of course, you won't be able to stop after the first book! My #1 favorite book of all time is "Redeeming Love," also by Francine. And I'm currently starting on her series called, "Lineage of Grace." I can't wait to see how these turn out!