Tuesday, January 31, 2012


It's almost done. I bet you're wondering what it is. It's a bunny! HaHa, I know it doesn't quite look like a bunny. But, I tried so hard!

Just kidding. It's a monster doll for my sweet "niece" Allie. She turns one in March so I made her this doll for her birthday. Her dad, my friend Richard, always calls this sweet girl, "Monster." She's no monster, actually she's soo cute that she can pull off any nickname.

This might not be the gift, but someday I would love to give a little kid their security toy: a blanket, stuffed animal, lucky t-shirt. Any of those would work, hopefully someday I'll get to give a kid that toy.

Allie, since you're not on the blogosphere quite yet, I'm not too worried about you finding out about your present early.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Lazy Day Pancakes

Today has been the break I've been needing. We didn't have to work, and we have spent the day chatting, vegging and watching some TV. My kind of day. We're actually settling in for a little more Warehouse 13, one of my new favorite shows.

To start off our day we made pancakes. Pancakes are our usual Saturday morning breakfast brunch choice. Since today was lazy day we had pancakes. These weren't normal pancakes; they were pecan cinnamon roll pancakes! I saw the idea on Pinterest, my favorite addiction. I love it when I make things from Pinterest.

These were delicious. I'm not one to really use recipes so these are more just go with it kind of instructions. I used a mix for the pancake batter and stirred in a handful of chopped pecans. In a bowl on the side, mix together melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Once your griddle is hot with water dancing across it. If you've ever made pancakes in your life, I think you know what I mean. Pour on your batter, whatever size pancakes you want, then pour the sugar mixture in a spiral onto the pancakes. Once they've cooked for a few minutes flip and finish cooking the other side. Amazing!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Words Are Telling My Story

Writing is something that I've enjoyed since my freshman year of high school. Even though I'm not really sure if I'm good at it. I love the days that words come easy. Like today, I got to work with a college student, helping him write a quote for a postcard. He's a wonderful student who I really enjoy working with. We laughed and spoke way to loud about all the things he likes about his classes. Jordan is an art major at HLG who is bright, funny and an awesome worker!

His quote turned out awesome, “At other colleges, the world is the sole focus of art, but at HLGU I get to study art through a Christian lens.” How awesome is that? He has a graphic design emphasis and is a photographer. It was an awesome play on words.

Most days, sad to say, words don't work that way for me. I stumble over them, doubt their meaning and simply get blocked. Words mean so much, I want to share more of them.

Other days it's even worse than not finding the right words. Some days I don't even have anything to say. I think I have something to say. It may be small and sometimes insignificant but it's something. It's a thought, idea, encouragement, cry, plea,'s something.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Well Hello Again

Today, I feel as though I’m in a funk. I’m not in a bad mood, and many things that happened over the weekend were really good! Yet, with the overcast weather and my thoughts still a wondering, I only want to sit in my funk. I tend to choose music that amplifies my current mood more than helping my mood get better.

I crave slow songs, some about pain or heartache, all that let me sit comfortably in my current mood. I don’t know if this is normal or what others do but maybe I should try something different. Instead of starting my daily dreaded 3:30 task of phone calls while listening to the same sad songs, I’ll try something happy and optimistic. I wonder if that will help me get over these winter blues.

Today I shared my new cookbook with a friend at work. This cookbook is full of weird and crazy ice cream flavors. While she wouldn’t even try some of them I followed her up with, “I’ll try anything once.” It’s true; I will try anything once (at least food). So how about good for me, make me smile music? I think I’ll give it a go!