Friday, January 26, 2007

A Retirement, 2 Proposals and the best line EVER!!!

Warning (again): Grey's Anatomy discussion again. If you haven't watched it yet ... well, you know the drill.

Ok, I know it's been a week since my last post and that last one was about Grey's then, too, but what can I say, it was a boring week (except for when this mean lady at work said something totally rude to me and 4 of us stood there with our mouths gaping at her in disbelief and my boss TOTALLY stood up for me and told her off ... oh yeah, that was awesome). But other then that, it was boring, except for Grey's last night.

Here’s the scene: Derek yelled at Meredith for something that I think he had a little bit of a right to be upset with her about, but not enough to yell at her and then walk away. She leaves work without him and goes home. He shows up at her place and apologizes for yelling at her, to which this conversation follows:

Meredith: “You yell at me, walk away and then show up here.”
Derek: “Of course I show up here. That’s how relationships work.”
Meredith: “How am I supposed to know that?”
Derek: “Oh my goodness. You’ve never done this before.”
Meredith: “No, I’ve never done this before.”
Derek: “Well, here’s how it works. I will always show up. Even after I yell. Even after you yell. That’s how it works. I’m always going to show up.”

I’m always going to show up!!!! Is that not the best line you’ve ever heard on TV and/or in a movie? And I love that it’s a guy saying it to a girl and teaching a girl about how relationships work for once. It always seems like girls are doing the hard work and trying to “change” the guy into who they want him to be or teach him how to be in a relationship. It was sooooo great. Ok, I’m not currently in a relationship, but I can still appreciate a good line. Well done, writers.

Not sure how The Chief will stay on the show with him retiring and his wife not taking him back. I like him, though, so I hope he stays. But if he doesn't, I hope they bring in someone new to take over The Chief's position. I definitey don't want to see Burke, McSteamy or Addison to get it. I would be ok with Derek getting it, but I think it would be fun to bring in new blood.

Also, I was shocked when both Burke and George proposed. George’s was sweet, Burke’s was stupid. You just played a game of “who can keep quiet the longest” and now you want to marry her? Are you mature enough for that? I think not. I hope Callie says yes and Christina says no. Oh, and I hope George didn’t really break Callie’s Va-Jay-Jay (especially if they’re going to get married). :)

And what’s up with ER being a re-run AGAIN? I want to find out what happens to Abby with that psycho in her house. Scaaaaaaary!

Hopefully something non-boring will happen in my life next week so I don't only post about non-reality. Until then ... remember. I'm always going to show up! Sigh!

Friday, January 19, 2007

One Club I DON'T Want To Join

Warning: Grey's Anatomy discussion about to ensue (in case you've taped it but haven't watched it yet or are watching previous seasons on DVD and haven't caught up yet)

Ok, did anyone else cry like a baby last night? I was Boo Hoo'ing all over the place. Yes, I admit ... I even pulled out the ugly cry. Wow. That was hard to watch. As I'm crying I'm telling myself, "Your eyes are going to be all puffy tomorrow," but I couldn't stop ... and sure enough, puffy eyes this morning. It was hard to find where I could put my eyeliner. Just not a pretty sight. And I went to sleep with a headache and woke up with one, too. Thanks, George. I'm glad I watched that episode alone.

And what's up with Alex and Maddison? Not sure if I like those two as a possible couple. I guess once you've dated a "bad boy," it's hard to go back. :) Doesn't she seem much more mature and a bit older than him? Not that I'm not all for women dating younger men, but they don't really seem to "fit" to me. Maybe it'll grow on me. Although that kiss was pretty great.

And have you heard about the fight between the guy who plays George (T.R. Knight) and the guy who plays Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington)? Wow. Those guys really are good actors though, because when George takes his Dad's chart in to Dr. Burke, they seem like the best of friends. Did you see T.R. Knight on Ellen the other day? He confirmed that Isaiah DID call him that "bad name." I was a little surprised. I thought the media had blown that out of proportion, but he confirmed it was true. I wonder if he'll lose his job over it. It's not like he's had many lines over the last couple of episodes what with him and Christina giving each other the silent treatment. How juvenile is that? Great relationshiop tactic. Stupid.

Anyways, that's my Grey's recap. Did I miss anything?

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Light of the World

A couple of Sundays ago we had a guest speaker at church named Jeff Bucknam. He spoke on Revelation 3:14 - 20 which says:

14"To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, he faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation. 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.' But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. 20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

He talked a lot about being lukewarm and how do you act when the "cameras" aren't on you. He said that everyone has a hole inside that they need to fill and that everyone is drawn to a higher power. Evidence for that is when something bad happens to people, they automatically cry out to God to help them. It's a normal reaction. And then he talked about verse 20 and how God stands at the door and knocks. He doesn't pressure us, but lets us make our own decisions. He used an amazing illustration that totally hit me.

This is a painting entitled, The Light of the World, by Holman Hunt. He said that it's a painting of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. When he showed it to his friend, his friend said, "This painting is wrong. There's no latch on this door." Holman Hunt replied, "It's not wrong. The door Jesus stands at can only be opened from the inside."

Wow, what a great reminder that Jesus is always waiting outside our door and only we can let Him in.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Last night someone bound and gagged me and forced me to sign up for … the Sun Run!!! Ok, I wasn’t bound and gagged and I wasn't necessarily forced, but I went to the registration, asked a lot of questions and eventually got talked into it (hey, you get 2 free shirts!). There’s no turning back now. Money has exchanged hands and some of my co-workers and friends have signed up, so I’m committed. Am I crazy? I’ve never run 10 km before. When I was in better shape last year I could run 5 km, but I’ve never pushed myself to do 10 km. Thursday night is our first training session. Here’s to hoping the instructor doesn’t laugh wildly when he/she sees me and says, “Yeah, right!”

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm going to die!!! (or so I thought)

On Jan. 3, I had to fly over to Nanaimo for work. I don't know if you remember, but that week we had some pretty bad rain and wind storms, so I was a little scared to fly. Ok, maybe "a little scared" is an understatement. When they told me I had a choice of flying or taking the ferry, I had to decide if I wanted to say, "I'm going to be sick," for 2 hours on the ferry or "I'm going to die," for 20 minutes on the plane. I decided that the flight was the lesser of two evils. I said my goodbyes to my co-workers in case the flight took my oh-too-young life and made a VERY short will out. Jennie asked for my flip flops and Bren would get my U2 collection (not much else to my name). :) The morning of my flight, I woke up early and saw that it was raining. Not a good start. As I was getting ready at 5:20 am, my phone beeped letting me know that I had a text message. "Who would be text messaging me this early in the morning?" I thought. Well, obviously Jennie sensed how scared I was and her oh-so-sweet text message said, "I am praying for you and will continue throughout the day." Now that's a true friend. Ok, I found out later that she didn't get up especially to send me that text, but her daughter woke her up and she looked at the clock and remembered that I would be up early that morning and took the time to send me that text. It really did help me to know someone was praying. When I got to the terminal which was ON THE WATER (yes, that's freaky to me) right next to Canada Place, I looked around and everyone was just sitting there reading their papers and chatting like everything was normal. People! We are about to fly over the water, it's raining and windy. Does no one else see this? There was even a little girl there and she didn't look scared. What's wrong with these people? 12 people boarded the plane (the little girl said goodbye to her mom and got on by herself ... HERSELF ... and still didn't look scared). Almost as soon as we took off, it stopped raining and the skies cleared! I was soooooo happy, but I must say that the 2 bumps we had on the way over (yes, I counted them) sure do feel a lot bigger in a tiny plane than any turbulance I've encountered on the big planes. They took my bag from me on the way over, so I didn't have my camera, so these pics are from my flight back.

This is the plane ... I know, scary, hey?

Tight fit, but there were 12 of us, plus the pilot inside.

I was on the wrong side of the plane to get really good pictures of the downed trees in Stanley Park, but this is the one that I did get. Very sad.

Lion's Gate Bridge

Landing in Vancouver Harbour
It turned out to be a really great experience. If you're going over to the Island and you don't need a vehicle once you get to the other side, flying is the way to go!

Well, 4 posts in one day. I'm pretty tired, so I'm going to go home now and leave Jennie alone.

One last post about 2006

Ok, thanks for baring with me on the catch up of my blogging (and thanks to Jennie for putting up with me for a night of using her computer to do the catching up on).

One night before Christmas my girlfriends and I decided to have a little Christmas gift exchange get together. There was great food, great conversation and a great game of gift exchange (Karen, I'm not making any other comments ... aren't you proud of me?) :)

Thanks ladies for always making the time to keep up our friendships, especially in the hectic time around Christmas. You guys rock! Best wishes in the new year.

Ok, that's enough about 2006. Bring on 2007!!!

Other Christmas happenings

So, I figured I should talk about other things that happened at Christmas other than my quilt. Even though I was sick and completely lost my voice on Christmas Eve morning, I had a great time with my sister and her family.

This is a pic of the kids when they opened the Step Up DVD I got them. We all LOVE this movie! I won't tell you how many times I've seen it. :)

This is a pic of my sis with the Willow Tree Angel of Hope that I got her. Before Christmas her and I were talking on the phone about a situation that she's going through, and I said, "Don't give up hope," and she said, "Oh no. I KNOW things are going to change." That was a great lesson to me because it was one of those situations where someone could easily give up hope, but she definitely wasn't.

And this is a pic of me and my sis sitting outside her front door. I didn't know my sister too well growing up because she's 10 years older than me, but now we are great friends and I love her dearly. Thanks for hosting us, Care and Fred, and for a great Christmas. Sorry, Fred. I realized when I got home that I didn't take any pics of you. :(

U2 Video Clips

I know I'm going back in time here. I've already talked about Christmas and I'm going back to the U2 concert, but I wanted to post some videos, so here goes.


With or Without You

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World (with Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam)

Good times, good times. Ok, I think I'm done boring you with the U2 details now. BTW - these are only 3 of my 17 videos, so consider yourselves lucky! :)

Friday, January 05, 2007

My Christmas Project

I always have a hard time knowing what to buy my parents for Christmas, and on Nov. 22 the bright idea came to me to make them a quilt. My friend Lori had made a beautiful quilt for her niece, so I asked her if she'd take on the task of showing me how to make one in less than a month. She was crazy enough to accept (which I love) and off we went. I even decided to make it extra special and put pictures on it. One side had pics of my family now with the bro-in-laws and nieces and nephews and the other side had my parents wedding pic in the middle and pics of my siblings and I as little kids, as well as a pic of each of my parents with their siblings. Quite the task, you may think ... and it was. First to pick out the fabric.

Then I had a lot of cutting to do. 420 squares! Phewf! Then I sewed an X through all the squares and had to piece together the puzzle. That was actually quite fun. Lori and I looked over it and over it and made sure there were no two of the same fabric beside each other and no two colors that were similar touching one another. Let me tell you ... two sets of eyes are better than one.

I had a few snags figuring out how to get the pictures printed onto the right fabric and how to treat them so they didn't wash away. I was so worried that I'd take it out of the wash and there would be blank squares. I told Lori that if that happened, I'd be getting out a sharpie pen and drawing in stick figures of my family, but luckily that didn't happen. Then came the long hours of sewing together each square.

To make a rag quilt, you have to snip each hem/border of each square. That took a looooooong time as well. Then I sewed on the border, threw it in the washing machine and VOILA, the quilt came out ragged and was finished at 2:00 pm on Thursday, Dec. 21 (did I mention that I flew out on Friday, Dec. 22).

The quilt was a big hit with my parents. My Mom kept saying that she was, "Blown away!" My sister didn't think that I made it, but when I told her that I did, her jaw dropped to the floor and she was speachless. It was really quite funny. I have it on video. Anyways, thank you, Lori for all your help (and thanks to Marni for lending me her sewing machine). It was a fun project to do and I look forward to doing more (yes, Lori does teach "classes" on how to do it, so if you're interested, let me know).

Even though it took me 50 hours, my Mom and Dad are totally worth it. I love you very much and hope you have many more years to enjoy the quilt (but remember that it gets bequeathed to me first). :)