Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Giving In

I have held out as long as I could. I was inches away last year from buying a Kindle, but I resisted bought an iPad instead.

Which has a Kindle app.

This is all happening concurrently with a challenge I've issued myself to finish all the book series-es I'm in the middle of. The list is quite staggering, but since most of it is "nerd fiction" I'll resist the urge to share with you.

What brought me to purchase my first e-book last night for use on my iPad's Kindle all was that I needed to read the next book of an unidentified series.

My local library had it, but it was due weeks ago and I'm third in line to get it, if and when it's ever returned. I began scouring my various book-buying websites ( and realized that with what was available, factoring in shipping & handling, purchasing an e-book was going to save me 40 cents. Other perks: I could get it immediately and wouldn't have to pack it up someday if and whenever we move.

My kingdom for 40 cents!

So I gave in. I haven't started reading it yet, but I don't know how I feel about not having the physical copy of a book. As a life long bibliophile I feel like last night an almost imperceivable shift occurred in the atmosphere of our tiny bedroom. Could I be spending my night glued to my iPad instead of a library book?

Could it be both?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

What a Difference

What a difference a year makes, am I right?

Don't answer that: of course I am!

While I don't always notice myself changing year to year, I am constantly seeing it in my niece. I guess that happens when you're two.

I dug around the archives for some pictures from last year, and I was blown away by the changes I see in her!

She is still all about baskets, eggs, and candy, except this year she can actually tell you (demand from you) what she wants!

(Easter 2010)

(Easter 2011)

I am all about little girls with big hair accessories! However, Gabby's fashion sense is starting to take on a life of its own, and if there's one thing I love more than over-sized flowers it's the perfectly matched mis-match of a little girl accessorizing herself!

 (Easter, 2010)

(Easter 2011, with a mouthful of candy)

I have no caption or little intro for these next two pictures; I just love how much older she looks yet still maintaining her, umm... Gabby-ness!

(Easter 2010)

(Easter 2011)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Senior Flair is in the Air

Last weekend I got to spend some time with my sister-in-law Aubri. Mainly, I had a camera stuck in her face the whole time and she was managing all types of terrain in super pointy heels but we did get some wonderful photos!

Here's a sneak peek:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I am so tired I cannot even think of a title for this post.

Titles annoy me anyway.

It has been one of those weeks that was so busy I didn't even know I was busy. Then I looked back and thought, "What in the world have I been doing all week?"

My Google Reader is up to 1000+ posts.
I have photos that need editing stat.
I'm leading not one but two bible studies this week, both of which need significant amounts of preparation.
I haven't cooked in I-don't-know-how-long.
I've been reading the same book for almost a month  now.
My face is breaking out, I have unseemly dark circles under my eyes.
I haven't been eating right, I haven't been sleeping right, I have been exercising right.

And really, I hate being busy. Well, this kind of busy. This sneaky kind of busy that comes disguised as the month of April.

Huh, I just thought of a title for this post:

Monday, April 4, 2011

Today I Am...


sitting on my bed, not in it.

listening to the storm drone on and on and on and...

editing my sis-in-law's senior pictures.

thinking about the future, about what I thought was far a week ago may indeed be drawing near.

enjoying my new favorite music playing site, Grooveshark.

thanking the Lord for Dusty because he's not only an all around wonderful guy, but he does laundry, too!

making plans for our trip out West in May: water Zumba, Royals games, Charming Charlie, family, friends... it's shaping up to be a perfect time.

positively glowing from being able to sit in with a new friend during her ultrasound--what a great way to kick off my week!

thinking about what to wear to Cincinnati this weekend for our Welcome Tour of Spring.

semi-stressing about our youth group's D-Now happening next weekend-- how did that sneak up so quickly?

Not bad for a Monday, huh?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Even The Bad Ones

I love the first answer: "You love all your children, even the bad ones."

Thanks, Lord.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Let's Get Rich

This song is flawless and is my solo soundtrack for the day: