Saturday, February 25, 2006


Okay I sat down on the couch to eat lunch and finish my crossword puzzle in People and then I was going to do something else. Something other than sitting on the couch. But apparently my cats had other plans. As I was finishing the crossword Lady came up and started to knead on the blanket I have covering my lap. She then curled up on the small extra piece next to me. I finished the crossword and decided to check email and this is when Ty jumped up on my lap. Now Ty is in my lap (my legs are crossed and starting to tingle) and Lady is next to me. Both are sound asleep. Very asleep - Ty is even making small noises as he dreams!!! I'm stuck! Granted, I know you're thinking "hello, they are CATS. Just move them!" But the thing is, they are both warm so thats nice. And also they don't always do this - especially not both at the same time!!! I just don't have the heart to disturb their peace. So I'm writing this blog entry instead. Sharing the experience.

Oh here's another story for you. Last weekend we had a nice sleet/ice storm here and so my travelling plans were cancelled. I decided it was a good time to go ahead and get new tires because lets just say it was something that was about 2000 miles overdue. You know the trick of checking the tread by using a coin? Um yeah there almost wasn't any tread left to even put the coin into much less measure the distance between the edge and the guy's head! I had been waiting to get tires until I got my bonus but that doesn't come til March 10 and with the weather I really didn't want to risk driving on treadless tires lol. So I sat at NTB and got new tires. YAY! Then on Sunday, I was on my way to lunch after church and stopped at the intersection of I-35 and 121. When I came to the stop, I hear what sounded like something falling off my car. But then I thought maybe it wasn't anything major or i just ran over something. No big deal. The light turned green, I drove away, heard no more noises. It wasn't until after the meal that I decided to check the passenger side of the car just to be sure. Well the hubcap was gone! Yes, on the new tire! Considering it had come off while I was on 121 at a busy intersection I figured it was long gone. But I called a friend who had left before me to see if he could check anyway. He had already passed the intersection going north on 121 but said he'd turn around and see if it was still in the southbound lane. I was on my way as well, going north on I-35. As I approaced,I moved into the right lane and lo and behold guess what lay there, on the shoulder in a perfect location for me to stop the car, jump out and grab it? Seriously! I mean it wasn't even where it had come off - it was on the access road of I-35, not 121!! And it was still in good condition! So I drove on to a parking lot where Jesse met me and he helped put it back on. How cool is that? and random.

Oh and guess what, Ty just heard a dog barking outside so he woke up and jumped off my lap. I'm free!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Nick Name

Okay I've decided that I'm just one of those people who naturally attract nicknames. Among my coworkers alone I'm known as:

and the newest one: Yahn (the J pronounced as a Y with a slight accent on the "a" sound. Why you may ask? Apparently he thinks I look like a dutch girl. do they say their J's like a Y in the dutch language?)

Then of course, there is my camp name from my Pine Cove counselor days, Twister. I still answer to this. And many times in my life I've been called Jan Brady (har har har), as well as Blondie, Shorty, Sunshine.....

I'm just one of those people. Nicknames are magnets and I am the metal.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Reagan tagged me

Four Jobs I’ve Had:
Camp Counselor
Bank Teller
Leasing Agent
Sales Coordinator

Four Movies I Could Watch Over and Over:
Love Actually
The Sound of Music
Sweet Home Alabama
Steel Magnolia's

Four Books I Could Read Over and Over:
Harry Potter (any)
Coming Home, by Rosamunde Pilcher
Pride & Prejudice
Any of my books by Robin Jones Gunn

Four Places I’ve Lived:
Clifton, TX
Brownwood, TX
Oxford, England
Plano, TX

Four T.V. Shows I Watch:
Grey's Anatomy

Four Places I Have Been on Vacation:
Disney World
San Francisco
Europe (9 countries in 3 weeks)
Athens, Greece

Four Websites I Visit Daily:
Yahoo Mail
Yahoo News

Four Favorite Foods:
OTB Steak Fajitas with cheese and guacamole
Pesto Pasta Salad from La Madelaine's
Mom's pork chops and rice
Chocolate chip pancakes

Four Places I’d Rather Be Right Now:
At home in bed
On the beach in Cozumel with a pina colada in my hand
St. Aldate's cafe in Oxford England, eating a scone with strawberry jam
Skiing in The Alps

Four People I’m Tagging:
(I only have 3 friends with blogs that haven't already been tagged!)

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

my sweet boy

okay i took several pictures but being that it was with my cell phone camera this was the best i could do. i went to bed early last night because i've been really tired and my body was really sore from my tumble. its not my most attractive angle but still, isn't it sweet? He slept for awhile with his cheek pressed to mine. til i yawned and tickled his ear hahaha.

Monday, February 06, 2006


Jan + heavy trash bag + gym bag + lunch bag + purse + coffee mug + new shoes + stairs = tumble-bruise-scratch-shaky nerves. Yeah, a person so uncoordinated in the morning as myself should not live higher than ground level. This is the 3rd time I've tripped going down the stairs at my apt complex but the first time I've actually hurt myself because I couldn't stop. No wounds bad enough to actually bleed but my leg is sore, my new shoes are scuffed and I did spill some of my coffee (but not all, hoorah!)

Happy Monday everyone

Friday, February 03, 2006

I blame songwriters

For my fairytale beliefs about love and romance I blame authors, screenwriters and songwriters. Lyrics to some songs I like

Where have all the good men gone and where are all the guards
Where’s the streetwise Hercules to fight the rise in us
Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need
I need a hero
I’m holding on for a hero til the end of the night
He’s gotta be strong and he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero!
I’m holding on for a hero til the morning light
He’s gotta be sure and he’s gotta be soon
And he’s gotta be larger than life

Something's gotta give me butterflies
Something's gotta make me feel alive
Something's gotta give me dreams tonight
Something's gotta make me feel alright
I don’t know where it is

But I know something’s gotta give

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me
thats the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams
And then I saw (his) face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
a doubt in my mind
I'm in love
I'm a believer
I couldn't leave (him) if I tried

Maybe its intuition
some things you just don't question
Like, in your eyes I see my future in an instant
And there it goes, I think I found my best friend
I know that it might sound more than a little crazy
but I believe
I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life

I mean, this stuff had to come from some sort of experience right???


Okay for anyone who thinks I'm nutty I've been recently validated for two of my many "quirks" regarding housekeeping. Well sort of validated. I've come across at least 4 comments/statements in articles regarding toilet paper and how it should come off the TOP of the roll and not from underneath. Then today I read this on (see link to the right) ". . . I have come to terms with the fact that he unloads the dishwasher differently than I do, and that is okay. It’s okay that he does it wrong." I am not the only woman in the world who thinks the dishwasher should be loaded and unloaded in a certain fashion!! Yay!