Friday, March 31, 2006

i don't know why i bought the ipod shuffle. i must be dumber than the average american teenager because i can't seem to figure this thing out to save my life. last night i took it over to finu's house and she uploaded/downloaded (i can never remember which word means what) some of her favorite latest and greatest hindi hits along with some of my requests...but somehow, i managed to delete all of those as well. =/ i need some H-E-L-P!

meanwhile, Les didn't get the job at the Buckle. Apparently they're needing day time help. Although she was a bit bummed, she at least experienced her first interview process and she won't be so nervous the next time around.

in other news, i got the maternal unit to agree to watching mousse for an entire week while i vacation in florida in may. i am ever-so-fearful that she will renig on this decision, therefore i booked my tickets TODAY...and she can't change her mind now. thanks to southwest airlines amazing internet only discounts...I'm flying to florida for a much needed break at an awesome discount. i am very aware that most likely the plane will be so small that my knees will be in my face...but i'll bear the pain.

bear. is it bare or bear? bear and bare and waste and waist get me every time!

To my cousins who have been calling me about the Dallas job and the inquiring minds who just wanna know...STILL NO WORD. =/

lastly...i leave you all with out mentioning the "MP" today...therefore, you can devote the weekend to testing out the theory for yourselves. I look forward to hearing about the data you will collect!! Have a great weekend all....

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Yep, Julie...monkey links count. It's ANYTHING monkey related. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who has been having run-ins with monkeys! I opened my desk drawer earlier today and happened to notice the mini-monkey-memo-pad laying there. Funny, I never really noticed it before until I heard about this whole crazy Monkey Phenomenon.
Since Mattie seems to think I've been smokin' on a crack pipe a little bit too long when it comes to the monkey phenomenon, I wanted to prove that it is indeed true and not something I'm imagining in my little head. I was shopping at Walmart last night for some cereal. Lo and behold...a monkey! Now, who would imagine seeing a monkey in the cereal isle...not I. So,'s proof positive that I'm not imagining things.

Among my purchases last night at Walmart was my new Ipod Shuffle. After Ashley's uploading/downloading fiasco I swore off modern technology all together. But then I saw the sign on the wall at the gym. "NO HEADPHONES. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN." Are you kidding me? I was irate. I have the world's cheapest, stingiest gym. First they charge me 46$/month (pretty much robbery), then they make me pay 5$ for the dumb microscopic, plastic id tag that I lost (and later found in my car!), and now no headphones? I was so tired of watching their tvs and trying to read the captions...that I knew I had to break down and do something. I considered a walkman...but A. our radio stations suck and B. I didn't want to lug around cds. So, I bought the shuffle. I asked *BJ* for tutorial help, and he assured me he'd be at my service if needed. But, he suggested I get a nano for just a $100 more. I declined...I don't want to be so up to date with technology...I'm not a technology savvy person...and therefore, the basics are just fine with me!

In other news...who watched lost? JJ Abrams is my hero...He's absolutely brilliant I tell you....BRILLIANT!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Yesterday was an absolutely flawless day in Okc. Of course today it's cloudy and a bit chilly. It would be too much to ask to have two consistent weather days in a row in the month of March. I have come to grips with the fact that I'm totally solar powered. Sunshine = happy, good mood. Clouds, Rain = tired, bleh. I took advantage of the beautiful day yesterday and went to the lake with Finz and Mousse. I thought Mousse would act like a total maniac, jumping on every man and beast in sight. But, she was surprisingly good, only irritating me by eating the occiasional crap she saw along the way.

I made the most awesome chicken pot pie for dinner last night. It was the quickest and easiest recipe ever...and it turned out "d-to-the-licious"

In job news, the lady I'm stalking to in Dallas (and no, that wasn't a typo), assured me that there have not yet been any interview calls. They are STILL reviewing resumes, so I guess I'll just take a chill pill and keep my eyes open for other opportunities as well.

In weight news, I have really started to buckle down again and have hit the gym religiously to run. I stepped on the scale today and noticed I gained 2 pounds. I'll have to check again this afternoon on a more reliable scale. I am trying not to freak out. Surely that's just my muscles holding on to some water. I really want to knock the rest of my poundage off so badly this it's time to really get working. I know that once the sun shows it's lovely face to me again on a consistent basis I will feel more motivated, so I'm trying not to stress.

In TV news, I'm totally loving the new show, Miracle Worker. I was boohooing like a baby when that little boy from this week's episode was too scared to open his eyes. I think this show will remind me every week exactly how blessed i am. And last but not least...LOST tonight !! oooooooh it's gonna be good!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Well, it's almost official...Billy and Val are expecting a baby boy! Let's hope the baby takes on his mother's personality and is sweet and calm instead of crazy and rowdy like his dad. ;) We're all anxious to meet baby boy "Landon" when he arrives!! ;)

In other news
Siby read your suggestion and put some clips of his music up on his site!! Be sure to check it out...NOW

also I tested the Monkey Phenomenon this weekend...
Saturday: I watched Madagascar, which had monkeys in it...lots of em!
Sunday: My nephew made mention of Curious George
and yesterday...I saw Marcel on Friends!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Good luck, lil' one!

Geez...3 posts in one day...I need to slow my roll! ;) I just had to wish my cousin Les lots of luck as she heads out for her very first job interview in an exactly an hour and a half. I took her to the mall yesterday to pick up a few applications, and she was able to get an interview for the first application she filled out! (I wish I had the kid's luck!) I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be 16, but was quickly reminded when I had to give her pep talks before she went into each store to ask for apps:

Les: I look too young to get a job....they're not going to hire me.
Me: But, you're're 16!
Les: But you just said I looked 12.
Me: That's because you just got braces and I'm not used to it.
Les: Ok, what do I say again?
Me: Can I have an application, please?
Les: What if they say no?
Me: They won't!!!
Les: (hesitantly) Ok...but don't watch me!

It was all rather cute...I'm sure it wasn't for her, but def'ly was for me. Anyway, please join me in sending positive vibes her way!! We did a few practice interview questions yesterday on the way home, but after most of the questions she exclaimed "WAIT!"...and then started laughing hysterically!! =/ The picture above was taken Saturday night after church...I took the 3 lil' girls in my life (Marissa, Ash, and Les) out for ice cream. Les's ability to eat and not get fat never ceases to amaze me. ( Note the snazzy necklace she's sporting...bought for her by yours truly in Chinatown on my last visit to NYC!)

Gotta help promote a fellow Varghese!...

Siby just released his first cd this Friday, so you guys should definitely check his website to get more details about how you can pick up this cd. He's a highly talented singer/musician who has devoted his life to the work of the Lord. He's such an inspiration to me because he is using his God-given talent to glorify the Lord and bring souls to Christ! This kind of dedication is rare and hard to find among people his age...It's so obvious to me that Siby has been called to be set apart from the rest!

Remember this name, guys...Siby Varghese. I've got no doubt that this star is going to SHINE!

Happy Birthday, cousins!

Happy 20th Birthday to my cousins Jason...aka "I guess." He was given his nickname by his elementary tutor, Sheryl, who noticed that his response to every question was "I guess." Aaah..I have many stories about Jason...some of which would embarass him way too I'll stick with one of the less embarassing ones. When he was 2, his sister Ashley was 1. Needless to say, I don't think he ever really saw the need for her existence in his life. One day, Ashley was missing for a while...her mom searched the entire house. Jason was sitting on the sofa snackin on cheerios and watching Sesame Street...and when asked where Ashley was he shrugged. My Aunt panicked...but then she heard whimpering...and followed the whimpering to a suitcase. She opened it up, and there was Ashley!...she was stuffed inside of it by her brother! He's grown to tolerate his sister a bit more now...=) Happy Birthday, "I guess!"

The birthday girl today is none other than Neesha K! She's been in the family for a year now...and has been such a blessing to all of us! I always say this story...but I'll say it again...I remember the first time I met her...I instantly thought that she is someone who I wanted to be in our family and I hoped one of my two bozo boy cousins would get smart and realize the same! I'm glad Bobby agreed! Happy Birthday, Neesha!...I hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed year!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Book Review ~ Exodus

I decided a while ago that I would do my best to attempt reading the entire Bible this year. I finished Genesis a while ago, and hesitated before starting Exodus. I just wondered what I could possibly get out of the book of Exodus? I’d heard the story of Moses and the Israelites a thousand times before in Sunday School classes when I was growing up…so the thought of reading about it all again seemed like a total bore.

But, I finally broke down and started reading, and I realized that it was way more than just a redundant story I heard as a kid. The book of Exodus is a story about the journey of life. As I was reading it, I found myself getting highly annoyed and agitated with the Israelites. How could God’s chosen ones be such a whiney lot? I mean seriously, I found myself wanting to scream, “ you want some cheese with that whine??” I mean, God so graciously freed them from their captors, parted the Red Sea, AND on top of all that, He provided them with manna when there was no other food and STILL they griped, complained, and doubted. I was so irritated with them that I was thinking “sheesh…the nerve of these whiners!” But then, I realized that they reminded me of someone. They reminded me of someone I knew well…someone I see every day….MEEEEEEE!

This is when I began to understand that the Exodus from Egypt is much like the journey of life. God has provided for me all along the way, yet I still grumble, whine, and doubt because I fear the unknown and doubt His promises. I saw in the Israelites what God sees in me, and I was completely ashamed and embarrassed.

One of my favorite portions of the book is when the Israelites had to battle the Amelikites, and Moses had to raise his hands towards heaven in order for the Israelites to win the battle. The minute he lowered his hands, his people were losing. So Aaron and Hur helped Moses raise his hands, and Joshua and the Israelites were able to win. This was really encouraging because it reminded me that despite the hardships and battles in life, I should always lift my hands towards heaven in praise in order to overcome. Like Moses, I’m fortunate to have people in my life that help remind me to keep praying, keep focusing on God, and keep believing that I too will win my battle.

As you can see, I learned a lot from the Book of Exodus, and I’m looking forward to the next book!

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Monkey Phenomenon...

I was listening to the radio this morning...I try to start the day off listening to Christian puts me in a positive zone for the rest of the day. But, somewhere along my 20 minute commute I switch the station to my friends on 97.9. I say "friends" because I've been listening to these folks for years, and I'm often known to say things like "Joey and Heather said such and such..." as if I really know who they are. Anyway, today on the show, they were discussing the monkey phenomenon. According to Kevin, one of the newest members of the show, someone once pointed out to him that you can't go through a 24 hour span with out seeing a monkey, hearing a monkey sound, or hearing the word monkey...I thought this was insane at first, until I really started to think about it. I know I see a monkey nearly every day when I sign on to my my space account, because Billy's profile has his self portrait (a picture of a gorilla)...but, now I'm curious to see if I see/hear a monkey on days I don't sign on myspace. to join the monkey phenomenon study with me? I'm most curious about this now!

In other news...It's Friday! It's been the absolute longest week ever! I was hoping I'd be in Dallas this weekend...but no dice. I have yet to hear from the potential job...perhaps no news is good news...maybe I just need to be patient. I've been dying to go to lunch with someone all week. Sitting in my car and napping is just getting old. I never had this problem when BF lived here. We used to go to lunch together every day. We even car-pooled to work...I've forgotten what it feels like to always have your friend around wherever you go. Billy and I just figured out that we work about 10 minutes away from each other, so we've scheduled lunch together on Monday (since the sucker gets every Friday off) at my favorite place...SUBWAY! I'm not so sure why it took us a year to figure this out...I think we're both just directionally challenged!

Anyway, I have nothing on tap for this weekend...hopefully warmer days, so I can get in some dog-walking and some very essential car cleaning!! Hope you all have a marvelous weekend!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

This morning's view of the world from my cracked winshield!...

The amusing email from Billy that was waiting in my inbox this morning:
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening. A
beautiful sight, We're happy tonight, Walking in a winter wonderland.
Good morning CHopSocky, thought I would regale you with an climatically
appropriate song!!!!!!

And last but not favorite thing...a get to know you survey...courtesy Billy!
Female Friend: Sonia
Male Friend: Billy/Mattie/John
Food: pizza
Drink: water
Time of Day: 4:45

Thing you ate: cheerios
Thing you drank: milk
Person you said I love you to: Sonia
Person you saw: apachen @ work
Time you showered: this morning when I woke up

Time you got up: 6:45
Wearing: pink pants, black shirt
Planning to do/done/doing: get the heezy outta work, make tilapia, and go work
Person you wanted to see: one in particular
Thing you wanted: to hear from the job i applied for

Planning to do: work and hit they gym
Planning to wear: whatever's warm and fits
Planning to see: an email from my possible job opportunity
Planning to go: to Panera Bread for a Project Nineveh meeting
What day will it be: Friday, March 24th

Color: pink!
Band: u2 and cold play
Movie: my best friends wedding
TV Show: Friends
Store: Ann Taylor in Florida

Love: my new white-n-pink wristlet!
Hate: my mind-numbing job
Need: to lose 30 poundssssssssss
Want: to get the new job
Worry: about losing weight and getting a new job

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Thank you, BF!

I have the best BF ever! I got this snazzy Coach wristlet in the mail today, and I absolutely adore it! It's very summery, and it's my favorite color...PINK!

Thank you BF! I'm really not used to getting purses from YOU. Usually I buy a purse for me, you covet it, and I end up giving it to you...or you end up "borrowing" it for an undefined period of time. =) So thank totally made my day! By the way, the black bag that we both used for way too long...Julie's coveting it...STILL. So, if it still has straps left, you might consider letting her "borrow" it next. =)

I love you and miss you much!
Last night the Illustrious Finuji and I took Sunu out for her birthday. She didn't want a large I suggested a small dinner with no frills and she agreed. We went to Yamato, which is a Japanese Steakhouse right by us. We've been talking about trying this place out forever, and I'm so glad we did. It was so much fun! Our chef was hilarious...and he was a total dead ringer for my BF's brother-in-law, Shines...totaly Japanese version of him! I think that's what made him all the more amusing!!

The birthday girl and Fins!

The night wouldn't be complete with out the birthday upshot!!

The chef made a bday cake outta onions and did a special bday song to Sunu...I never heard "Hey Shorty ish yo birthday" performed with a Japanese accent! ;)

The 3 of us after eating way too much...and laughing way too much...;)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Character Profile~ Birthday Edition

Name: Sunu

Age: 23 and holding ;)

Nicknames: Sunuji and Sunchech (for those who respect her), Jenthu & Thendi (for those with no respect)and Chithra (for those who try to be funny)

Known for: her ability to speak and sing Malayalam fluently, the hair flip, and her occasionally lip swelling

Best qualities: resilience, friendliness, inability to be mean
Worst qualities: she takes foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr to get ready!

My Bday wish for her: Sunu, I hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed year!...I hope that 06 will be THE year that God really works through you and reveals His plans for you! Thanks for being such a good friend to me...all these years! Love you!

Monday, March 20, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET NIECE, MARISSA!! Where has 8 years gone? I still remember hearing the pitter patter of her little feet scampering down the hall when we used to live in the same house. She was such a little diva when she was a baby...she loved to wear my mom's shirt as a dress and high heels...and prance around. i remember her mom gave her these fake plastic high heels for her 2nd christmas and the kid was in total hog heaven. as soon as she learned to speak, she was giving me tips on what to wear. She has the same little adorable face, beautiful eyes, and heart of gold...

With some just worry about how they'll be when they grow up. But, I have no worries about Missa...she's creative, smart, beautiful,helpful, and kind...she's definitely my angel!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Book Review...

I just finished reading Max Lucado’s “Come Thirsty.” I recommend it highly to anyone who might feel blue, tired, fearful, and doubtful, etc. etc. This book really helped me understand exactly who and what the Holy Spirit is. Growing up in Baptist churches, I never heard about the Holy Spirit until I moved to Oklahoma and my parents started us in the Pentecostal Church. Then I heard about the Holy Spirit all the time. It was stressed that we all be filled with the Holy Spirit. I opted out on this because I was made to think that being filled with the Holy Spirit meant I would have to clap uncontrollably to a song and speak in tongues. Later I realized those are just gifts of the Spirit and evidence of the Spirit, but that’s not solely what the Holy Spirit is.

The Holy Spirit is part of the trinity…the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I’m not a biblical scholar, so I’m not even about to begin to try to explain this. But basically, before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He promised us that the Holy Spirit would be here with us to comfort and guide us. When reading Lucado’s book…he asked some very personal questions. Are you depressed? Angry? Fearful? He explained that these are all symptoms of emotional dehydration and the cure for it is to let the Holy Spirit in to give you living water and hydrate all the dry, shriveled areas of your heart…And the way to receive the Spirit and be quenched with this water is to ASK.

I like to explain my thoughts using analogies, and Lucado is very much the same way. He uses basic analogies to help people understand the depth of God’s love. One of my favorite parts of the book was when he touched on how God is in control of everything. Even before Satan throws something your way…it has to be passed through God. (much like how Satan tested Job). So it makes you wonder…why does God let something bad happen? Well, Lucado explains this in a very simple way. God has a different definition of bad than we do. Just like parents and children have different definitions of bad…For example, a kid might come home from school saying, “I had a bad day, I had a pop quiz.” To the parent who just got laid off of work that day…a pop quiz doesn’t sound so bad. And why is financial stress, death of a loved one, illness, etc… not bad to God? Well, it’s like going to watch a movie that you’ve already seen or read the book to…when the rest of the audience gasps in terror…it doesn’t seem so bad to you because you already know it’s going to happen and what will happen next. I thought that was a fantastic analogy and a great way to remember that God is always in control and even though we feel things in our lives our difficult, we are limiting the power of God to make “all things work together for good for them that love him.”

Friday, March 17, 2006

Angie has got to be the cutest Yankees fan ever!...I know for sure she's the cutest on this side of the Mississippi!


Chapter 1:

Initials: SAV
Middle name:Abraham (don't ask)
Date of birth: 10/6
Current location: Okc (unfortunately)
Height: 5'2
Hair length: frocked
Eye color: brown
Piercings: ears

Chapter 2:

Do you live with your parents: unfortunately
Do you get along with your parents: rarely
Are your parents married/separated/divorced: widowed
Any siblings: 2
What pets do you have: 1 mousse

Chapter 3: Favorites

Ice cream flavor: Cake batter...but it's been taken off the market! =(
Season: Spring
Clothing brand: Ann Taylor
Shampoo/conditioner: Pantene
Color: Pink

Chapter 4: Do You ...

Sing in the shower: never
Call people back: typically
Believe in love: yep
Sleep on a certain side of the bed: nope
Wear glasses or contacts:yes
Have any weird habits: not that i'm aware, seriously i've thought about it.

Chapter 5: Have You Ever...

Gone skinny dipping: no NO
Worn braces: yes, YES
Broken a bone: no, NO
Had stitches: no, YES
Punched someone in the face: yes, NO
Taken painkillers: yes
Gone scuba diving: no
Been stung by a bee: no
Thrown up in a restaurant: no
Been to overnight camp: no
Written a letter to Santa Clause: no
Had detention: no
Been called a SLUT/WHORE: uhh NO!!

Chaper 6: Who/What was the last..

Person to IM you: don't IM, SUNU K
Person to call you: Valene, SUNU a
Person you hugged: Valene, VALERIE
Thing you touched: . duh, keyboard, DITTO
Thing you ate: Lean Pocket, PUDDING
Drank: Diet Pepsi, WATER
Thing you said: BREAK YO'SELF SUCKADUCKS!!!!!!!, "OK"

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY, ALL! I forgot to wear my green today. In fact, I forgot about the holiday until I drove up to work and saw some lady in a bright green vest...I wondered to myself why anyone would wear a vest like that...and then it dawned on me.

Rain is in the forecast for OKC this weekend, so I have no great plans for this weekend. As much as I hate rainy weather, I guess it would be a welcomed thing right about now since the entire state seems to be going into flames. Last Sunday I went out to let the dog out, and it smelled like my backyard was on fire. I thought it was strange...then went to the garage for something and the smell was even stronger...finally i went to the front yard and the air was so smoky that my eyes began to burn. I went in and turned the TV on and apparently there was a fire in El Reno, which is a good 30 minutes away, and the smoke was sweeping into the metro area. Craziness...All this to say, rain is very much needed.

bleh...i'm tired energy to have a good weekend!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

If you assume you make an ASS out of U and ME

If you guys haven't read Paul's have to! he's hysterical...and although he's a Varghese, I promise he's not related...and that's NOT why I'm giving him a plug right now...I just think he's a funny man...and his posts crack me up!

Anyway, I had a rather eye opening experience last night. I had an opportunity to learn something new about a rather interesting group of girls. I guess the lesson I learned is never to judge a book by it's cover...I don't feel that I'm the judgemental fact I spend a lot of time convincing people who do judge others that they shouldn't because you just never know what's going on in a person's heart or mind.

But, I guess there are certain things you just assume about people when you know them only on a surface level. Before the flogmeet up in October 05, I stressed to Sibil that I'm actually quite shy. She mentioned that was hard to believe because I came off as a talkative/friendly person in my flogs. So, needless to say, I think many people were quite surprised by my quiet nature. The truth is, I am totally shy when I don't know someone or have to meet someone for the first time...but after you get to know me, I'm quite the motor mouth. THIS is why my flogs and blogs portray me this way...because I'm writing for those who know me.

My friend Billy says it's just a part of human nature to judge/assume...I guess he's right to some extent...because we do it all the time whether we intend to or not. If you see a beautiful girl, you assume she's very self-confident...but most beautiful girls I know have very low self-esteem. If you see a fat person, you think they are lazy with little one ever stops to think that maybe they have a health condition that might cause them to be overweight. My doctor told me that most people with my condition weigh about 300 plus pounds...and it's not because they over eat but because their bodies is just way out of whack.

I guess last night made me realize that I should make an effort to try and not assume things about people that I don't really know...because I definitely don't want people to assume things about me.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Show me the Money!!

March 15th is always a highly anticipated day here at the work front because it's BONUS PAY OUT DAY! Every year there is the impending fear that bonus will not be reached, but I've been around 7 years and have never experienced not receiving a bonus check. It's not some astronomical amount, but it's enough to make us's always fun to hear what people are going to do with their checks. I for one, will not be doing anything exciting...paying off bills and possibly a new set of tires. woohoo!

I promised myself that I wouldn't invest anymore money into my car since I'm going to purchase a new one sometime this year. But, I might possibly be making a trip to Dallas next week, so I can't do that with out new tires, oil change, and all that other fun stuff...bleh! I got a call back from a resume I sent out two weeks ago. In the past four years, this is my third resume response...and the first one from out-of-state. That's a pretty sad ratio there!

The job is promising and requires a lot of WRITING, so I think it's my cup of tea. Let's just hope the company thinks so as well. I had a phone screening and next week I find out if they want to meet me face to please say a prayer for me. This definitely stirs up a lot of emotions...It's hard not to think about the "what ifs"...If I get the job, it means moving out of Oklahoma City.

This is the one thing I have wanted to do ever since I moved to Oklahoma City...but now that it might actually be a possibility and not just a dream...I realize exactly what I might be leaving behind. But, I guess freedom has its' price. I've never lived outside of my home...not even for college. I always felt a pang of guilt when the desire arose because I didn't want to leave the MU all alone. But, there comes a time when kids are adults and they have to be free to be their own person and do their own thing. I reached that time about 10 years ago. =/

So please say a prayer for me...I have fears...lots of them. But, it's also really exciting to think about the possibilities..but most of all I just want to be where God places me...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

A day in the tropics...

Staicy's shower was last Saturday...Her cousins and friends threw her a tropical theme party in honor of her upcoming honeymoon to Hawaii. Unfortunately, I had to miss the festivities, but BF sent me some blogworthy pictures. I realized that Staic's shower was the only "cousins' shower" I missed...and it made me sad. Although, these girls aren't my cousins...they're my BF's cousins...but I love them as if they were my very own!

The tropical princess herself...I still remember the first time I met Staic...she was probably 11 or 12...she was this beautiful little girl with naturally hazel eyes and the sweetest smile....nothing has changed with time. ;)

The girls made me proud! The decorations looked awesome!

All my sweetpeas...and Sheryl. ahahah...(kidding Karth Vader) It's the entire "S" crew...Selia, Sonia, Staicy, Sunu, and Sheryl.

Leave it to my BF to take upshots in my absence. This is my #1 blog fan, Selia and her dashing hubby Johnson. Selia reminds me of several beautiful people wrapped up in one...Currently everytime I see Eva Mendes I think of Sel. ;)

I can't post Sel and Johnson with out posting their baby, Cooper. I've been hearing reports that Cooper is the best dog ever...Sure enough, Sunu verified these reports after falling in love with the little guy this weekend. I can't imagine Mousse sitting still for a picture like this. I find myself waiting for her to be around 10 years old and too tired to do all the annoying things she currently does...but i got a longgggggggggggg wait! Selia, any chance that you might wanna trade??

Monday, March 13, 2006

Weekend in review...

It was a beautiful weekend in Okc. I didn't have much to do since some of my buddies went out to Philly this weekend. My little cousins stayed with me on Friday night and we spent 48 hours trying to figure out how to download and erase music off of Ashley's apple ipod nano. I guess I'm just not tech savvy...or maybe I'm just an idiot, but it was definitely enough hassle to make me not want one anymore. I much rather invest in a sony walkman and do things the old school way. After 24 hours, Les and I just gave up...she invited a friend (jostlyn-she's the one who did that amazing drawing of Joey Tribiani that I posted on my flog a while back) over and this is what I found on my camera phone once everyone left!

After the girls left, I had a splitting headache due to sleep deprivation, but the weather was phenomenal, so I wanted to take old blue thunder out for a spin. I didn't get too far cuz her tires were flat as pancakes. I did ride down the street and back though...just for kicks!

Sunday was gorgeous weather as well, but sooooooo windy. I took Mousse out for a walk, but she could hardly control her tongue or her ears!!

I spent Sunday afternoon with Andrew at the park. He's just too cute for me to handle sometimes. I think the black and white of us is pretty cute...although it cut off most of his definately captured his best feature!

Sunday evening was spent with my buddy JohnD and his furry sidekick Arthur. We left him outside of Starbucks tied to a chair while we chit-chatted inside. It's amazing how much attention this dog gets!! Seriously, I think every guy in America should invest in a Yorkie...they are definitely chick magnets!

And that was my weekend a wrap up!

Friday, March 10, 2006

I'll keep you my dirty little secret...

I ran with my pup last night, and I slowed my pace down really slow (or slower than usual) to take this picture with my camera phone. I do love having a camera phone...I find that I don't have to lug my camera around everywhere I go anymore. I actually might have to dust it off this weekend and see if I can find some blogworthy material to take pictures of.

It's Fridayyyyyyy...Thanks to Slazzo calling me laaaate last night, I didn't get much sleep. However, I'm eternally grateful for the wealth of information he shared with me! May the Lord's traveling mercies be with you, Slazzy as you embark on your many travels and stressful work weeks ahead!

Speaking of travel...most of my girls are in Philly this weekend for Staicy's shower...So A. I have to find ways to amuse myself with out them this weekend and B. I'm missing out on all the shower fun. But,I'm sure my email inbox will be innondated with pictures of the festive event come Monday morning. (I hope!)

I have a great "never say never" story to share with you folks. A 58 year old lady at work just showed me a tattoo on her foot. It's of a itty bitty spider...She's totally not the tattoo type, however, her sister-in-law is really, really sick with cancer...their last name is webb and her sister-in-law's nickname is "spiderweb"...thus the tattoo of the spider. Apparently her nieces and daughter came up with the idea of the tattoo...thinking it would be a way to remember their mom/aunt forever. I just thought it was totally cool because she said she would have never thought that she would have gotten a tattoo in her life, but 58...she threw caution to the wind...and got one to remember someone she loves. So my shoutout goes to PW on this funky, fresh Friday...for livin' a little! ;)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I stepped outside this morning and there was a slight chill in the air. I could see the sun trying to fight its way through the clouds, and the ground was wet from rain that fell throughout the night. My memory was triggered, and it took me back to my elementary school days. This was exactly what the weather was like on field trip mornings...there always seemed to be dark clouds that left us with an impending fear of a rained out field trip, which meant it would me be a movie day with indoor recess. It's funny how the slightest things like the weather, a scent, or sound can trigger your memory and take you back to another time and place.

I'm so tired today. I can't seem to fight the yawns. I hardly ever drink coffee, but the thought of it seems appealing to me today. I need something to keep my eyelids from drooping.

I think i might potentially have a stalker on my hands. I'd like to tell you that it is some guy who is obsessed with my obvious charm and wit (HA!) but it's some girl...kinda like the Kathy Bates character in "Misery." She was introduced to me by a mutual friend...she was actually just touring the office of the BC, and I was just doing my best to appear friendly. The mutual friend then told her I was from India. The girl was like super excited about that. Apparently she just read an article about Kerala and how beautiful it was. She kept saying how she wants to go to was almost as if she was waiting for me to suggest that I'd take her there. It was kinda eerie. Then the mutual friend told her I wrote a book. That was enough to kick the stalkerism into high gear. Wouldn't you know it...SHE'S writing a book as well. Lovely. I gave her some which she seemed eternally grateful. Literally I think she woulda stayed up here and talked forever if not for the mutual friend who had to go. When she left, I felt like a tornado had just passed, and I was left wiping the sweat from my forehead.

A few hours later, there was a fire drill, and I was making my way down the stairwell I head, "hey" and felt a tug on my shirt. Guess who? Yep the stalker. She talked to me about my book the entire way down 7 flights of stairs. Then began discussing her writing process...which was interesting to say the least. She begins with prayer...not to Jesus...cuz she's not Christian...but to this mystical source of peace...because the writing process wears her out. Hmmm...kinda like she wears me out?? She went on to say it's so stressful to write cuz the story is so "twisted." Stupidly, I asked what the story's about..."my life," she replied. (Sue's coocoo alert sounds in her head) I was left wiping the sweat from my forehead once again.

After telling CCL this story...she asked why I was sweating. I told her it was because this girl talks a mile a minute and literally wears me out...she asked me if was really because of THAT or because she makes me nervous. hmmmmmmmmmm.

so today i get an email from her...and what does she ask me? "what's the meaning of life?" yep, guys...I got a doozie on my hands!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


I knew I shouldn't have been too overjoyed when Travis picked Sarah. I mean, after all it's a reality TV show...the likely hood of it lasting forever was slim. I guess the good news is...Travis is still single. Hmm...I always did like Nashville!

Thanks for the info, Staic!

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Monday, March 06, 2006

Don't get me wrong, I'm elated that my cousin-in-law has been offered a phenomenal new job. I'm thrilled that he will be able to put his engineering degree and his MBA to good use and feel fulfilled in doing so. BUT...I'm quite sad that all this good news requires relocation. It's not like I made drives to Dallas every weekend, but I did make them a few times a year. And Dallas served as my pit stop on my grueling drives to Houston, which is now where Lisa and Alex will be moving. So where will I stop when I go visit them? Sure, I have other cousins in Dallas and a few friends as well, but it's just not the same. Lisa and Dallas, Fort Worth are synonomous. I can't imagine going there and her not being there. Who's going to make the best EVER chocolate chip cookies and down home country breakfasts for me? Who's closet will I go in to and complain about the overabundance of cacky pants? Who's going to call me at the exact moment needed to remind me what direction I need to go when I-35 splits into East and West?

I guess I should be more concerned about the adjustment Lisa will have to make when moving to a city she hates....but I'm more concerned about MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. *wahhhhhhh* I guess the distant cousins are going to be even more distant now. correction..i guess I'll be mroe distant since the Texas crew will all be in neighboring cities and the black sheep (ME) will be all by her lonesome here in OKC.

I shall always cherish my memories of my visits to DFW that stem from my early childhood. The countless summers we spent together, who makes the best fruit salad contests (that i always won), bobby and lisa joining forces to torture me in cruel and unusual ways, going to the wrong house with my luggage in hand, plotting to make mikey jealous with faux-cousins christmas shots, and so many more!!!

*Sigh*...I'm bummed.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Update on the DC's and other Friday Randomness

I had to share this picture of this ball of cuteness with everyone. This is my cousins Mikey and Jessy's new puppy, Napolean. He's a German Shepherd. Isn't he dynamite? ehehe..ok, I won't try to be punny again...okok, I'll stop...I swear. Anyway, Mikey has been naming his dogs historical names since he was a kid...Actually, I think his dad started it with their first dog, which was a Cocker Spaniel named Ceasar. When Ceasar died they got a Chow and named her Cleo...short for Cleopatra...and now, little Napolean.

Anyway, it's Friday...and I must say it's been an interesting day. This morning I was crazy late to work...I noticed this girl, who I can't stand because she seems to be very predjuidice rolled up next to me in the parking lot. I noticed she wasn't getting out of her car, which was odd cuz we were already late. When I looked over at her car, I noticed she was busy working on a suduko (sp?), and obviosly wasn't as concerned about tardiness as I was. Is that strange game THAT interesting??

We had colleague appreciation week this week. So, as a part of it, colleagues bought leis for their friends/coworkers/ part of some comradery BS. Surprisingly I got one...but here's the odd part...I have no idea who from. The attached note says "thanks for being a friend"...the handwriting doesn't even look familiar. Sthrange!

I've been really concerend about CCL and SUETEE this week...mainly because I think Sue's officially boarded the coocoo train where Lisa is head railroad engineer!! (eheheh) but also because Sue's mom is moving in with her on Sunday!!! I don't know if I'm more concerned for Sue or her mom. Either's gonna be detrimental to someone's health...hopefully not JP's. Although, according to Aunty, who heard from a very reliable source...another aunty...babies can get hernia's from crying too much!! Sue starts her new job next week, and therefore the new live-in Nanny's on her way. (I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of vent emails/phonecalls) Meanwhile, CCL is facing her own dilemma...she might be potentially moving to Houston. Although this is her hubby's hometown, they both hate the city...(can't say that i blame them)...Poor baby Lauren's soft curls have the potential to turn into certifiable frizz when exposed to that humidity!! This sucks cow dung for me too because CCL and ALex were the only DC's I saw on occasion since Fort Worth is only 3.5 hours away!!...Now, the next time I'll see them is probably Ethan's wedding day!! *sigh*

And Nina...this is for you!
Do I look like Meg? Didn't think so!!!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

My friend Ruby, aka Rubix told me about Edy's Slow-Churned Ice Cream with Samoas Girl Scout Cookies in them. It's apparently this limited time only ice cream. Edy's slow-churned is ½ the fat of regular icecream...I absolutely love Samoas. My CCL made up this great story about how they named those cookies samoas...because once you eat one, you want some moa. =) get it? That's CCL for you...corny jokes. Anyway, needless to say, I can't think about much else since Rubix told me about them. As soon as I get off from work, I'm headed to the grocery store to buy it. I have set aside 200 calories...all for my Edy's ice cream. (I am aware of the fact that I'm a very sick individual with strong emotional ties to food!!)

Other than all that...Lost last night was amazing. Things on that island seem to be getting more strange by the episode. I used to have conference calls with my cousins to try to figure out the mystery of the island. But we all pretty much ceased doing that. I think it's bigger than what our wee lil' minds can comprehend!! But, i love the show...and I'm so glad I didn't offer up quitting TV as my Lent sacrifice...cuz I wouldn't have survived a day! But, SunuA did invite me to lunch at one of our favorite spots...Furrs Cafeteria. Yah, I know...who goes to Furrs anymore? We do...we love it. But, I had to tell her no.

I'm rambling on like this so as to avoid the update on my haircut last night. it's horrible....the worst one i've ever had. it's even worse than when sheryl cut it and it was lopsided!! i'm really quite embarrassed of how it turned out, and seriously contemplating buying some prenatal vitamins (that supposedly make your hair grow) in order to make these horrid short layers grow out quicker. For now, they neatly tucked back with barettes and bobby pins. =( I'm quite sad though...I was excited about a cute new do...unfortunately, i wasted 40$ on this crap instead!!!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

My Two Lives ~ Jhumpa Lahiri
The hairstyle dilemma continues. I appreciate your feedback, however, I'm still confused. I started off liking look #2, but then overnight, I started swaying towards look #1. #2 is pretty much what I normally do for my spring look, and I really want to be different. And #1 is quite different...however, i wonder if it's appropriate for my round face. eeeeeeeek...decisions, decisions.

Last night I was forced to think about some ugly things. Mainly, the inability that people have to keep it real. My friend Sybil moved to OKC from New York, and she said people there are more upfront about their feelings. She found that hard to deal with here in Oklahoma because we play nice all the time. There's nothing wrong with that if you genuinely mean it, but if you don't, you're not doing anyone any favors by "acting" nice.

I once told her that there's a fine line between being honest and being brash. I don't think you should always be up in someone's face and tell them what you think of them. But, honest correction (if you feel they're doing wrong) and honest about your feelings towards them makes you a respectable person. Talking trash behind someone's back and then approaching that very same person with smiles, flowery words, and ingenuine loves is just plain shady.

I think it's a really difficult thing to do because then you are putting yourself "out there" to be the one who's unliked. And no one wants to be unliked. But, as my friend Sybil said to me once...what kind of friend would I be if I wasn't honest with my friend? The answer is...not a very good one.