Friday, October 12, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Inspiration and penning it down.

I was inspired to write some over the last couple of days. Optimizing my phone options, I voice recorded some dialogue for a scree play and then I came home and typed it up in Celtix writing software. It is ok. I don't know where and why I am writing what I am writing, but I am told it doesn't matter, just write. So, for now, I just write whether it is good, bad, indifferent, or whatever. I just keep putting it down and hopefully as Neil Simon says, I will come away with the best writing of all time. I don't know if that truly is my hope, I just hope that my life touches at least one person and that in some small way I will touch them through one artistic thing that I do. We shall see.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

What is happening?

That question mark is for David Hitt.

Great improv shows this weekend. I hope many more to come. We had some great stuff come from the weekend character wise. I had rehearsal again tonight for another gig that is coming up for a marriage conference this weekend. Also, I hope some movie work is coming my way soon. There are plenty of improv opps headed this way. It is amazing how you commit your way to Lord and he has your back. In all that you do, you just commit. I am still trying to really wrap my head around the book I have been reading by Tony Dungy. There is so much depth in the pages that he wrote. I had several moment there were I teared up. It is as I posted very much worth reading.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

A great book

I started reading Quiet Tony Dungy's memoirs. I almost finished it in one day. Great inspirational book. I recommend it for sure. He is the real deal. Amazing.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

New Phone

I got a Motorola Rizr yesterday. To complicated for me. No being up to iphone status is probably a good thing. I would be i crazy. I am glad I have E in his Eness to help this techno challenged preppy out. The picture below is from my camereal. I have to experiment some more to see if I can get clearer images.

Pug in paridise

This is how I found my pug when I returned from my morning workout.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


My meeting with the personal trainer at the gym was quite torturous. I have never in my whole life been as sore as I am at this moment. I missed acting class tonight that indicates the pain level for me. I don't miss class much. I felt I should stay home and rest the weary legs. It is even hard to drive. lol. I am not an old woman yet, but today I feel my age for sure.

letting go

I am at a time in my life where I feel like things are spinning and spinning. I have not been very peaceful. My brain has been out of control.

I am faced with

Do I work or do I stay home?
Do I take my teaching test or Do I just wait?
Do I keep trying to have an acting career or Do I just give up on that dream?
Do I try to be content being a mom and and wife or do I try for more things?

I seek God everyday on this. I am a Christian and really want to live like one. I want to put things down in front of him and let them go and allow him to direct and figure out things for me. I just want to sit back and say ok God I can't wait to see what you are going to do. It is hard not to want nice things. We chose long ago that I would stay at home with our kids and not work. I have loved every minute of being here. Even though they are in school just being able to get things done around the house for all of our family and go to school and eat lunch with Heidi it is cool. But all of this cost us something. I know that it has been the right thing to do. I feel that it was the best decision that we could have made. I don't know what direction God will take me, but I am dedicated to be found faithful to him and when he does seek me, I want to be found holy and acceptable in his sight. When he had the tabernacle built in the Old testament, he started with a dwelling place for himself. Just as he started with himself years ago, he started ,with himself in me. I stand in the gap for many of you that read this blog. I know many times you may not no this, but I pray for you that God will work in your life and that you will allow him to do so. May God bless anyone who reads this and May he rest in your heart and soul forever.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Jesus loves me

This I know for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him be long they are weak, but he is strong. Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me the Bible tells me so. It just doesn't get any simpler than that.

Happy Birthday to.....

my husbands grandmother. She is 87 today. We are going to spend the day with her today. We don't see her much and this will be a good day to be able to spend some time with her. Eric's sister was supposed to come into town this weekend, but her flight got all messed up. It will encourage both her and my mother in law for us to come and spend the day.

Friday, September 28, 2007

I haven't posted in how long?

I can't belive first of all that has been so long since i posted. Now I can't believe that I am writing about how long it has been since I posted. lol. You can tell that I have had an uneventful week.

Funny Phrases!

Some friends were talking with me last night about funny phrases we hear only hear in the south. Some examples are

Isn't he pitiful.
Bless her heart.
I am going to carry her to the store.

I found it very amusing to hear of there first encounters with southerners saying these phrases. If these phrases don't seem to be odd to you, you are definitely a southerner. lol.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ode to the E!!!

I met Eric about 15 years ago. The first time I talked with him, I realized that I could spend the rest of my life with him. He was passionate and on the same path as I was. I was so taken back by him. Not just by the way he looked, but by his attitude of no fear. I believed that he was the most wonderful man in the whole wide world. I still do today. If there is one thing that I have learned during this journey with him, it is that I love him and seeing him happy is worth anything that I posses. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than to see him fulfilled. His passion for things still is a turn on for for me. He is a great father to our two girls. He has surpassed any home of dad that I had for him. What do you say about someone you have known for as long as I have him. I love you E and I will always love you. There are several songs that come to mind when I think of him and one of them is on the clip of the week. Here are the lyrics to another one that reminds me of Eric. But in truthfulness, there are no words that could truly express how I feel for him. He in is Eness. I love you Eric. Forever.

Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power yeah
Some people live just to play the game
Some people think that the physical things
Define what's within
I've been there before
But that life's a bore
So full of the superficial
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you
Some people search for a fountain
Promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love them
And in a world on a silver platter
And wondering what it means
No one to share, no one who truly cares for me
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you
Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby
If I ain't got you baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you
If I ain't got you with me baby
Nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
If I ain't got you with me baby

In honor of anniversary's and romance

This was a unique way to pop the question.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


Roll Tide Anyway. I thought the game dragged a little and this did not look like the same team that played Arkansas. With Mastin and Hall injured, It is sad to say they weren't the same team. DJ Hall is not the Alabama Savior or anything, but he sure makes a good addition. It is hard to re coop 185 yards out of 1 other player. But this is a young team and will be good for a long time. There will be time for championships. This loss to Georgia in the SEC conference will make a miracle be the only way to win that title. (interpretation beating LSU). All things are possible though.

In other news, the Colts won. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Journeying together

Journey group was great tonight. I feel that we discussed some great issues we as Christians struggle with. It is always nice to know that there are other people in the trenches with you.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Alabama vs. Georgia

The game this week will be a true test of the team I think. I hope they pull off a win. My dad and I who are both die hard Alabama fans have a wager going on. He wants AL to win, but doesn't think they will. He was truly amazed last week when they pulled off the win. So, It will be exciting Saturday evening to be here at home watching the game. Roll Tide.

Acting it up!

I have been acting up this week. Class went great last night. It was fun to watch everyone do a wonderful job. I am doing a monologue from The Star Spangled Girl by Neil Simon. It is truly a perfect fit for me. Doing Meisner is so amazing. The transformation of my craft just continues to blossom as I cultivate it. Being Truthful moment to moment. I do struggle somewhat peeling layers off of myself.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Improv and Short Form

We have been working our way toward short form in the improv troupe in which I am involved. It was pretty cool last night to watch what developed. I don't know where that stuff came from. It was insane really. I had a hard time holding on to the accent, but I was some what distracted by the kids yesterday. Tonight I have my other class. I hope that want repeat itself. I hope to give a great performance tonight.


I am truly amazed how much God loves me. I was listening to my ipod this morning as I walked on the greenway. The lyrics of one of the songs still rings in my ear. He knows the depths of my heart and he still loves me the same. (Chris Tomlin). Amazing how God can know our deepest thoughts and still love us.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Roll Tide and Invincible

Last night we watched the Bama game. It was awesome. I sat thinking wow it would be awesome to be there. I found out 4 of my friends went to the game. What can I say, but they are so the people. lol. Great game. A lot to work on, but a great game. After the game, I flipped to find another game. I found Invincible instead. The Mark Walberg movie that is about football. Great flick. The girls were able to watch with me because it was a pretty clean movie. It had only one curse word and no sex, but a good story. I totally reccomend that movie.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Time Lapse

Wow, it has been a long time since I watch the Big Labowski. I think tonight is the night. That movie cracks me up. Also, I am going to watch the Score with Deniro and Ed Norton. It will be a most bodacious adventure. For sure.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Camp Mcdowell

Man it is in the boon docks. Wow. The middle of no where. I went there with a friend to deliver her son a birthday cake today. What more can you ask for than cake and great conversation. That is exactly what we had. It was a good time. I could not help but ponder over childhood memories as I was reminded of them due to the scenery of junk in yards everywhere.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I am a regular Julia Child

Lately, I have been tyring a lot of new recipes out. I guess maybe I have more time to do that kind of stuff now that both kids are in school. This week I made pumpkin muffins, banana bread, and Frappuccinos. It has been fun. And all the recipes passed the families inspection and have been approved for repeats. Tonight, we will be having Spaghetti and meatballs with some Garlic bread. All though I have been baking, I still am watching the intake. I know that eating at home is saving money and calories. I guess It is false to say that I am a regular Julia Child. Maybe I just should say I am a wannabe

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


has effected my brain I think. Helping Heidi with Science has about fried my brain. She is only in 5th Grade. I never did well in Science in school, especially college. My theory is that gravity is taking over my brain and it has fell to my feet. ARGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Movie reminder.

I exposed my kids to Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure today. They rated it most excellent. They thought it was great.

Check it out.

I had a busy day. I headed over after church and lunch to check out a friend of ours production truck. Major cool stuff there. C stands, mayfers, c47 aka clothespins, combo stands, gels, scrims, cutters or meat axe, stingers or extension cords, cardillines clamps, baby plates, pancakes, apple boxex, gaff tape, cribbing, wedges, and lots of lights 250 watts and up. I leaned how to skin a frame and set up a c stand with a scrim. Amazing stuff today props to Charlie and Cindy. Thanks guys.

Saturday, September 08, 2007


I have an imaginary cat named Senor Bill. He is very pretty. I pet him all of the time. He is a Persian. He loves mice. He talks. He says meow. Pretty smart cat huh.


The definition of honor according to is

High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate.
Good name; reputation.
A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession.
Glory or recognition; distinction.
A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction: the place of honor at the table.
A military decoration.
A title conferred for achievement.
High rank.

I was reminded to today that If I give Honor to God and do things for him and to him, that It will work out. If I do things his way, not my own. That He is faithful to take care of me. Sometimes, I feel like a big jack ass or a dumb sheep. I forget how many times that he is taken care of me. I forget so soon how Wonderful He really is.


A Butterfly is amazing. I often see them when I walk on the greenway. There beautiful. I began to think of how we are like butterflies emotionally.

Egg - A butterfly starts its life as an egg.
Larva - The larva (caterpillar) hatches from an egg and eats leaves or flowers almost constantly. The caterpillar molts (loses its old skin) many times as it grows.
Pupa - It turns into a pupa (chrysalis); this is a resting stage.
Adult - A beautiful, flying adult emerges. There is no growth during this stage. This adult will continue the cycle and reproduce.

Butterflies live on a cycle. As humans, we often live the same cycle, only repetitively.

I can only speak for myself, but there are times in my life that I feed my soul through many outlets. Then there are times that I rest and then there are times that I fly and soar and become beautiful. I was reminded of this as I was struggling to make a decision. As I prayed to ask God to give me direction and peace, He spoke to me through his creation.

I began to realize that in this area, that I am in the larva stage and I must allow myself to go through this cycle of growth and I must realize that the day will come that I will soar.

Friday, September 07, 2007

It feels good....

to have a great show with a great audience. That is exactly what we had this evening at our improv show. It was a blast to work with everyone. I was nervous because we have not played a lot of games in rehearsal, but we have been doing some short form. It really help add more depth to the work I think as our leader Gene stated. The great thing is that I get to do this again tomorrow night. Yeah me. 7:00 at Ars Nova South Huntsville. hoo hoo.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Blah blahs!

I hate days like to day. I am from now on and forevermore going to refer to it as the Blah Blahs. Just feel pretty much yucky, crappy, and really nothing is wrong. These are the days you get up and do what you have to, but all along you want to go to stay in bed and sleep all day. Tomorrow will come and all will be well, but for now all I can say is Blah!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Improv Friday and Saturday!!!!

Hey hey I will be in Friday and Saturday shows with my improv troupe this weekend @ 7:00 in Decatur on Friday and Huntsville on Saturday. Both shows are at 7:00. Yeah. That will be a blast. yep yep. I just hope football season doesn't ruin the crowd for us. I am thinking positive. Sending goood vibes and there will be a packed

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tonight was awesome!

I had acting class tonight. I worked hard on my monologue all week and I enjoyed doing the monologue in class tonight. I love when I feel good about my work. I can't wait to do more more this weekend. I hope to get to be in at least 1 show. That will be a blast. I can't wait. I hope we have a good turn out. It has been down since we moved to South Huntsville.


I have been thinking a lot lately about the direction of where I want to go with my career as an actor as a teacher. I still don't have the answer yet, but many things have come to mind. There are so many things that I would like to do with the Acting and I just have to keep pressing on. I just love the production side of film as well. I love editing, gripping, filming, directing, and producing. I wouldn't mind one day owning my on theater or film studio. I have a lot to learn before that come about. I think that I could get a good bit of funding from several folks. So finances may not be much of an issue, but I just got to stay committed to learning the fundamentals of this business. I am on the right track, I just got to keep the train moving. Choo Choo.

So what that means for me is doing a lot of research and reading and working with media software. Watching a ton of movies and reading a ton of plays. It is obtainable that is for sure. A quote from the movie Goal! living the dream sums it all up really.

"The only one who can tell me I'm not good enough is you. And even then I may not agree with you." Santiago Munez

Back to the Greenway

That is where I was this morning. It was a split walk for me. I walked 2 miles with one friend and 2 dogs, one mile with another friend and one mile by myself. It was interesting needless to say. It took a little more time, but I wasn't walking alone. This is the important thing.

Monday, September 03, 2007

"The Holiday"

I had a chance to catch this movie this weekend at the lake. It was so girly, but so good. If you like looking at Jude Law and you love the acting of Kate Winslet as I do, then you should watch this movie. It was good story to. Jack Black and Cameron Diaz were good in it as well. Cute film. I give it 5 cutesies up.

Neil Simon

I have been reading several of Neil Simon"s plays. So I went to the Library and found vol 2 of the Collected Plays of Neil Simon. The introduction was written by him. It was amazing. It really ties in to where I am on my journey. He tells a story about going to opening night of one of his plays. A little old lady came up to him and said shame on you Mr. Simon, Shame on you. He began to realize that he had to be happy with his work and everyone else did not. There were several parts in this introduction of only 9 pages that just made me say wow. So now I am about to read the second selection from the book called the Gingerbread Lady. I am going to try to read as many of his plays as possible, then it is on to Woody Allen next I think. We shall see.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

In honor of Labor day!!

My clip of the week is honoring all those labors out there. (men at work) sorry ladies that is just the name for it. I know you work hard to. so we could change the title to women/men at work. Any other suggestions.

It has been how long?

I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted. I have been pretty busy this week, but I really want to do better at this. I hate clicking on blogs with no updates. ARGGGHHH!!!! That was to myself. Now I feel better.

I have been trying to up my walking to 4 miles a day. After Saturday, that will be 24 miles this week. I am stoked about this. I am right over one hour for this distance. I am happy about that.

I have had several days of acting stuff going on and hanging out with some friends.

I also am trying to learn Nero movie software. I am trying to learn how to edit audio and video. I am playing with it. I haven't gotten very far, but intend to work on it more over the next several months.

This weekend will be nice Family is off for 3 day weekend. Not sure what we will do, but hopefully, I know it will be a good time whether we are at the lake or in Nashville. Just being with the fam, will be a good time.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Wow what a night!!!

That is an under statement after I was sleeping last night and boom and kapowee. The noisiest storm that I have heard in along time. Looks like I get to hear another tonight. I am headed off to bed and I know that as soon as I am asleep, boom. It will be hitting like a crazed teenagers at a new kids on the block concert. Now that is scarier. In honor of the storms, I have added new kids on the block videos for my clips of the week for your viewing pleasure. View if you dare.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Anyone can pst.

A friend of mine told me yesterday that not everyone was able to post on my blog. I was amazed. It seems that if you don't have a blogger id that you can't post unless the feature is enabled. So It is now enabled. The millions that read my blog now can post comments. So with that said. leave a comment.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A little under the weather!!!

I have another sinus cold. Ughhh. How often are we thankful that we can breathe. I know I am never thankful until I get a cold and can't do it well.

Prayers out to my uncle today who had surgery to remove a tumor yesterday. And prayers out Bob who had surgery on his shoulder.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Just a thought.....

I attended my friends wake or viewing as some call it. It was sad, but amazing to see how many lives this family has touched. There were probably around 1000 people at this tonight. I just wonder how many lives have I touched. How many people would say that because I lived they are different?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Another heated day in paradise!!!

I still cannot get over how hot it has been here in bama. I don't remember many summer like this one. We were around 100 here again today. With the dry humidity here it makes it worse. You can barely stand to breathe here.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

In Memory of....

This post is in the memory of a very dear friend that died of cancer this evening. I posting to honor him. His name is Bob O'Gormon. He was a good father, good husband and good son. Bob you will be missed.

You know it is hot when.....

You walk to the curb to get your garbage can and take it around back. After this, you have to call 911 to help you get back to the house.


My heart is full of random feelings at the moment. I feel pain and happiness at the same time. I have so much going on in my life and in my friends lives that I am overwhelmed. I have one friend that has cancer and it doesn't look good. I have an uncle that has cancer and it doesn't look good either. I have another friend who has cancer and she is doing well. It is all so crazy really. I have all of my acting and improv which make me mucho happio. I have my wonderful husband and beautiful intelligent daughters. And I have more friends than you can imagine. How blessed I am. I have my health. How do we get so consumed about stuff, possessions. I would rather have nothing and have friends and family and their love. Stuff will burn up and be destroyed eventually. Money gets you more stuff, but what does it all mean? status and power. Who wants that? That just adds more pressure. I can't lie and say at times I get distracted and look at what people do and have and I say that would be nice, but I really truly don't want it. After reading the Alchemist yesterday, I am reminded

Don't get distracted.
Don't let anyone or thing stop you from your personal journal.
Those that love you will support you.
Follow your dreams.
There will be suffering and sacrifice.
Life is not about a destination, but a journey.
Don't look for riches.
Listen to your heart.
Don't have fear of failure
You are better off trying than to die not knowing.
And last, but not least, There are people in this life helping you realize your dreams.

you should be a person that helps other realize there dreams and surround yourself with others who help you on your journey as well.

press on.

No dice mice:(

I recieved this email this morning.


show details
12:04 am (6 hours ago)
Just so you know, we hate to send this e-mail.

Thank you for your interest in "MANDIE and the SECRET TUNNEL." We met a lot of very talented people during the casting process for this movie and appreciate the time and energy that everyone dedicated to auditions.

Casting is now complete and we do not have a part for you at this time. However, as the MANDIE films are a planned series, we will certainly keep your head shot on file for future casting needs.

MANDIE Casting
Charley Gap Films, LLC

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Reading the Alchemist!!!

After my morning drop off kids routine and exercise. I and my stinky self headed over to Barnes and Noble to do a Little reading. I am not much into purchasing many books for myself, so I general save a tree and borrow books from the library or go and read them at the coffee shop. Sounds sensible to me. I am saving the environment one book at at a time and my family the book buyers are timing me by 3.

I started reading this book and I read till about noon. I stopped a couple of times to talk to friends that came in and to take a couple of calls.

Now to the reason I am posting. This is a good book. I am so excited to go back and finish it. It is one that really makes you think about your everyday choices. I don't' know what kind of feeling I will have when I am through, I could go either way. Meaning I could change my current track or I could stay the course and follow my dream. I choose the later personally because I have compromised my dream for reality to many times.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

How do you not know your leg is missing?

Japanese biker fails to notice missing leg

TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- A Japanese biker failed to notice his leg had been severed below the knee when he hit a safety barrier, and rode on for 2 km (1.2 miles), leaving a friend to pick up the missing limb.
The 54-year-old office worker was out on his motorcycle with a group of friends in the city of Hamamatsu, west of Tokyo, on Monday, when he was unable to negotiate a curve in the road and bumped into the central barrier, the Mainichi Shimbun said.
He felt excruciating pain, but did not notice that his right leg was missing until he stopped at the next junction, the paper quoted local police as saying.
The man and his leg were taken to hospital, but the limb had been crushed in the collision, the paper said.

Copyright 2007 Reuters. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
All About Japan

Exercise , Exercise, Read!

That has been my day today. I got up the past 2 morning and began with Denise Austin workout at 6:00 Am then I did the everyday workout following that. Today, I decided that after dropping the girls off that it was cool enough to walk the greenway. So I knocked out 2 miles and then headed to the Library.

There I checked out some books on cd about the civil war. I guess I will continue to prepare for the praxis that I will probably take in November or January. I have yet to decide. Hopefully, I can pull out a passing score this time. We shall see.

All of this before 10:00 in the morning. Now housework chore of the day calls my name.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Great Rehearsals are Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!

We had Improv rehearsal tonight. It was amazing. There was some great stuff coming out of everyone in the troupe. Craziness everywhere. I work with some great people. I am so fortunate.

Off to bed so I can get up early and torture myself with yoga, areobics and pilates.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

In celebration of High School Musical 2

Oh look new colors on the blog. High School Musical 2 comes out and I wanted to celebrate the movie. I have add the trailer to the clips of the day so anyone not familiar with the Disney Channel phenomenon can check it out. I compare it to a kid friendly grease of today.

GO WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just some thoughts!

It is no wonder that other countries view us as they do. Just go to the local shopping mall, walmart anywhere and you will see the selfishness, arrogance and pride. You will see the way we really act. Indulging ourselves in food, clothing and entertainment. Craziness. What would happen if a few people changed by saying hello or excuse me even. Held the door for others and smiled instead of looking ticked off that someone got their parking lot or got checked out quicker etc.... I really am going to try to do better in this area.

Still exhausted and now a little sad!

Well, driving like we did yesterday really took it out of all of us. We were just bums today pretty much. I was ill all day and now I am feeling a little bad about it. I can blame it on the medicine that thank God I finished today, the fact that we drove so many hours, but the fact remains is that I should still treat others with respect.

I am getting sad now because I have to send the kids to school again tomorrow. Gosh, I miss them tremendously. Of course I don't tell them that. I am trying to be the strong one here, since one of my kids is miserable with school. The school has been wonderful to us. The counselor and the teachers have been absolutely the greatest. They have been very supportive in all that we are trying to do. It is just hard to let go for me. I start tomorrow with a schedule that I have made up and hopefully, that will help the time go by faster. It is tough for sure, but I know that it will all work out. It really makes you question what is important that is for sure. Time with your kids when they are in public school is precious. Spend as much as you can with them. all day is still not enough. I am weird I know, but I love them.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

To Atlanta and back again.

We drove 4 hours or little less to Atlanta. I changed. I went in for about 5 minutes and then we hit the mall and had lunch. Then we drove back. Crazy huh. I guess you will do anything for the one or thing you love. In this case both.

Eric and the kids love me= driving to Atlanta for the day.

I love acting = rode to Atlanta for a 5 min. shot.

Will hear in a couple of weeks.

It will be fun to work on if I get the role.

I was proud of myself and I learned a lot about auditioning and character preparation.

I read the book the movie script was based on.
I watched a little of little house on the prairie to get some character ideas.
I did some Internet research to look at hair and costume and history background for the character.

A comb over the script and made myself very familiar with the lines.

This all for 5 minutes or the love of acting.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Here I come Hotlanta

No joke any where could be titled Hot this time of year. The heat is unbearable for me. yuck.

I will be heading with the fam to Atlanta tomorrow for an audition for a movie. Hopefully things will Base pay plus deferments. Our previous projects have paid 100% of deferments within 18 months of release go well tomorrow. I hope to get the part I am auditioning for or at least another part. Base Pay plus 100% deferments. I really like the book the movie is based on. It will be a tween movie. Good ethics and morals taught.

Music News

Looks like a new album purchase is around the corner. I usually just let Eric buy all the music. but, there are a couple of cd's that I swing for personally. Like I bought Daughtry with some money that I got from an acting gig. I will be getting this cd as well. Mark Tremonti rocks the world.

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ALTER BRIDGE NAMES NEW ALBUM ‘BLACKBIRD’First Single “Rise Today” Hits Radio On July 30th
July 23, 2007 - New York, NY – Universal Republic recording artists Alter Bridge have announced the name of their forthcoming second album will be Blackbird.
Clocking in at almost eight minutes, the title track is clearly one of the masterpieces of the new album. "We felt like Blackbird was the perfect song to use as the title track for this record,” lead singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy commented.
“Though a majority of the album is not as dark thematically, we really hoped to draw attention to what we felt was one of the most challenging yet gratifying songs we’ve ever written. It was inspired by a friend of mine who passed away as the song was completed; it’s a story about the struggle to move on to a better place. It was my wish for him to finally find his peace."
There are many differences between One Day Remains and the band’s new album Blackbird with the most notable being the full integration of Myles Kennedy as a guitarist and songwriter. While One Day Remains was largely written before Myles came on board, this time around, it was a collaborative effort with Mark and Myles sharing the songwriting duties, while all four band members worked on the arrangements.
“It’s a natural evolution after three years of working together,” Mark Tremonti stated. “We knew Myles was an amazing singer, that’s why we hired him. What we found out when we toured the first record was that he’s also an incredibly gifted guitar player and songwriter, as well as a vocalist. It would have been a crime not to utilize all that talent. We wanted to use every weapon we had in our arsenal for this album.”
Blackbird will be the follow up to Alter Bridge’s debut album, the Gold-certified One Day Remains, which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart its week of release. That release featured three consecutive hits on rock radio: (“Open Your Eyes,” “Find The Real,” and “Broken Wings”). The first single from Blackbird “Rise Today” has already gotten substantial early airplay before the official add date of July 30th.
Comprised of Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, Brian Marshall and Myles Kennedy, three of the four members of Alter Bridge made up the 30+ million selling band Creed. The band will be hitting the road upon the release of Blackbird this fall. Touring details will be released at a later date.
Full Track Listing For Blackbird
Ties That Bind
Come To Life
Brand New Start
Buried Alive
Coming Home
Before Tomorrow Comes
Rise Today
One By One
Watch Over You
Break Me Down
White Knuckles
Wayward One

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Props to the Montgomery's

Thanks guys for the washing machine. You guys rock.


Well 3 school days have gone by and I am so lonely today. I had to call Eric to come home to lunch today. I had to have somebody to baby. I think I would feel so bad if Holly would be doing better than she is at school. She is not handling things so well. It is getting better, but no where near where I would like.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

School Days

I was reminded as my daughter shared a tough day with me about my first day of college. I hated it. Absolutely hated it. I went back to my favorite teacher in high school and cried and cried to her about how bad it was. She didn't say a word about it. She just said you will be ok. I went back to college thinking she didn't care about me anymore, but later realized she did that for my on good. She cut the cord. Obviously, I can't do that with my daughter, but I can teach her about life and God and teach her that God will take care of her and even though we have to go through tough things like going to school for the very first time, God is still God. Even though we have to let go of our kids a little, God is still God, Even though we have to go to a job that is tough, God is still God. I act like sometimes like God doesn't know what is about to happen. He doesn't know that I am hurting or in need. He knows and He is Still God.

Wow, what a moment!

As I dropped my oldest off for school this morning, I was calm and supportive. Once I got a little bit down the road, I began to think about what I just did. I left my kid all day in the hands of someone else. I thought of my 7th grade year in school and how backwards and crazy I felt. Then tears began to form in my eyes and I told my other daughter ,who is sick today, I crying. I miss holly. The youngest then informs me, mom, she hasn't even been gone five minutes. It was funny, but I still was a little upset.

I have home schooled my kids up until this year. So for me, this is like kindergarten drop off kind of moment.

Another milestone of many that we are facing.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Top Ten Reasons To go back to school

10. It is to hot where we live to do anything else.
9. Football happens when school starts
8. You get to see your friends and teachers.
7. You just love that homework.
6. You get to discuss books you read over the summer.
5. You get to show off your cool new clothes
4. You get to show off your cool new mustache or contacts
3. You are a senior.
2. You got spirit yes you do

Top reason to go back to school.....

1. You missed that lunchroom food!!!!!

Down with a sickness!!!

Have you ever prepared and prepared and prepared for something and not have it go in your favor? Well that is exactly what happened to our family. We have been preparing our oldest to go to public school for the very first time. She will be in 7th grade. We have home schooled up until now. We have worked hard to get her to gain courage and motivation. Now 1 day before school starts she has strep throat. My husband and I were quite upset about this, but I was reminded

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.

I don't know what God is doing in my life, but I know that he is at work every minute and second of the day. In times of trouble, happiness, trial or glory, he is there. I know he is there.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Arkansas couple welcome their 17th child

Wow, the article I read about this said this woman has been in labor 10.5 years of her life. That has to be some kind of record right. She deserves to have a place on the walk of fame for popping out that many kids. I have been pregnant for 1.8 years of my life. Not to impressive of a comparison.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bridge collapse

This is a true tragedy. I am reminded that we are not guaranteed the next minute of our life and to live life to the fullest.

God be with the people that lost love ones in this accident. Comfort them during this time.

God be with Barry and his family. He is a very giving person and an asset to the community. May you bless him beyond belief that you may be glorified.


Fire at Chick-fil-A on BeltlineWaffle-fry fryer cause of blaze; nobody injured
By Paul Huggins · 340-2395
Following the “Eat Mor Chikin” slogan will mean patronizing Zaxby’s, Roosters, Church’s and other poultry places for awhile.
A fire Wednesday afternoon shut down the Chick-fil-A restaurant on Beltline Road Southwest.
A waffle-fry fryer overheated and caught on fire, said owner Barry Keith.
All 14 to 15 employees and all the customers escaped from the flames without harm, which is the most important issue, he said.
“The building can burn to the ground, but I don’t want anybody hurt,” Keith said.
Even while the smoke continued to pour from the building, Keith was receiving encouraging calls from former employees and customers.
“It’s a good feeling to know everybody cares,” he said.
Other location closed

The restaurant has been a popular dining destination since it opened in 1998. Keith closed the Chick-fil-A inside Colonial Mall two months ago, so the fire leaves Decatur residents without a Chick-fil-A location.
It’s a sad day for the community, he said, because the restaurant has been a popular dining destination since it opened in 1998.
“But we’ll be back,” Keith said, adding that he couldn’t speculate on a time frame until he thoroughly inspects the building.
The fire started at about 3 p.m. Four fire stations sent six trucks, including two ladder trucks, to the scene.
The fire was put out in about 15 minutes, said Battalion Chief Kenneth Johnston.
“Smoke was so heavy it was hard to find the fire,” he said.
Firefighters entered through the rear door and first extinguished the kitchen area, where the fire started, and then put out a second set of flames in the drive-through area, Johnston said, noting that extreme heat caused the second flare-up.
The fire did not appear to enter the attic area, he said, but he hadn’t finished his inspection.
Copyright 2005 THE DECATUR DAILY. All rights reserved.
AP contributed to this report.
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Another year of my life gone By

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Wow, I am another year older. That is crazy. It seems my life has flown by. It is just like yesterday I was sitting in my purple bedroom on my canopy bed playing with my stuffed animals. I had a Purple gingham bedspread. I loved being a kid. I love being a adult to. I have a had a great 37 and I hope to have at least 2 more 37 birthdays. For those of you not quick in math that is 111.

I got the best birthday present already. I have received many phone calls of people wishing me a happy birthday. Thoughts from friends wow. That is all I can say. Thanks to all.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Bourne is Back!!!

Outside of Harry Potter, I have been waiting for the new Bourne movie. It will be here this week. Yes!! It may be next week before I see it, but I just love the whole series and will definitely dropping the coins to see this one.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Tax Free!!!!

Huntsville and Madison County tax free day begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, and ends at midnight Sunday, Aug. 5. Buy your stuff. It is just related on School items. Clothes do apply though as long as they are not over 100 dollars for each piece.
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1 test down, 1 to go

As many people know, 2 test are required for teacher certification. I got test results back for one test and liked 5 points passing it. So I will be retaking it. The other test results came today and I passed it. I scored Math Level 6 out of 7. I scored Reading level 6 out of 7 and I scored writing level 4 out of 5. So I passed all of those sections. 1 test stands in my way of certification. I will try to pass that again around Christmas probably. I have 5 years to pass it, hopefully it want take that long.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Flashback from the past!!!

I tried to watch some movies while I was gone. Of course the 1st two days were consumed with Harry Potter. After that was said and done, I managed to pull Short Circuit out of the movie vault. I forgot what the movies of the 80's offered. I just loved the witty short liners in this film. If you haven't seen it in awhile or at all, watch it. IT was cute. I would love to make movies like this. Simple and cute. That is it.

Harry Potter Review (don't read if you don't want hints or anything to ruin the end)

I just got back to in town from the beach. It was fun. I will post more later pics and such. Anyway. While there, I read the last Harry Potter book. It was really good. I will say to anyone that will read it, It was not my favorite book, but I did enjoy reading in spots. It seemed that it was a roller coaster ride of crazy exciting to to much lag time. Over all, I enjoyed it tremendously. As for the ending, I will not give that away, but will say that it is packed full of surprises, horror and utmost shock. I have not told this before, but my favorite supporting character dies in this book. I was saddened yet, proud of him for being so courageous. It will make for a great film.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sometimes things don't work!!!

This was going to be my clip of the day, but it will not play through youtube. So here is the link.

Objective for the trip!!!!

I am headed to beach as posted earlier. My objective is to try to clear my cluttered mind and try to focus and gain clarity of some direction. Also, I am going to try to get organized and form some kind of plan for pursuing my acting career and teaching career. I have had a small portion of the path that I am on cleared, but am not sure about what is ahead. It is a journey and my desire is to touch people and make a difference no matter what I do. I know that my first priority is to God and then my family. Then the career comes. I have to keep that in prospective as well. So, I hope that I gain clarity for this trip.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I am living in the land of confusion.

When did disturbed remake land of confusion? The video reminds me of the old 80's cartoons mixed with the war in iraq. Crazy Crazy. You can check out the video in my clip of the day. Also, you can see the original awesome video.

The Beach is calling my name

I will be headed to the beach in panama city beach that is. I am pretty excited to go, but I hate that my hubby will not be there. He changed contracts at work and not able to take off. It is a bummer. I hope that he has a good few days alone here at home. Absence makes the heart grow stronger they always say. Needless to say, I will spend the next few days trying to get ready for the trip. So we shall see what I will give to the blogging world.

Tomorrow night we have improv on the square downtown. That should be fun.

Monday, July 16, 2007


Yet another pulled muscle!!!

Ok, I get it. Don't do anything strenuous like hug a friend or hang up clothes. I feel old at this moment. Last week a friend hugged me and pinched a nerve in my neck. This week, I am hanging up clothes and get a catch in my back. I don't get it. I am about to hit only 37. Right, as you are thinking, that is not old. (If you are thinking anything else, you should stop reading my blog.) I hate taking medicine, it does a number on me. So I either take the number or take the pain. Hopefully this will not last very long.

My kids, who should both be stand up artist, think this is all quite humerus. My oldest comes to my rescue and starts laughing and call the younger one by saying. Mom is fallin and she can't get up. The younger one says, "Does she need life alert?" No sympathy from them. I can't even laugh it hurts so bad. As long as I don't' move, I am ok.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Good or Bad?

I don't know whether it is good news are bad, but I called Athens State today and had them email me my praxis scores. It seems that I made a 148, but was required to make a 153. 5 points. Wow. I am somewhat disappointed, but I am trying to get passed this and focus on the fact that everything happens for a reason. I will just have to wait and see. I have seen this lesson manifest in lives of others and have tried to be encouraging. I am trying to be strong and say hey I'll just take it again. Who knows what will happen? Maybe I will be in a major film and gross millions and then with a great french accent, I will laugh Ha. I do not need your stinking test scores, you educators. God is faithful and I know that he will guide me over the next several months to do what I need to.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tremendous thoughts beyond my own comprehension!!!

As I walked today, I thought of how wonderful God's creation is. I thought God is so amazing to save me from my sin. Past, Present and Future. He saved me from what I had done, and what I was going to do. Processing that is remarkable. If I hadn't come to Christ when I did, where would I be?

Car Talk!!!

I read this morning that the radio show Car Talk is coming to Television. That should be interesting. I hope it will be good because I just love that radio show.

Yikes, this hits close to home!!!

Officials say lettuce likely caused Alabama E.coli outbreak
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Health officials say shredded lettuce served at a Huntsville restaurant was probably the source of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that has sickened 18 people in the past week.
But they also caution that it’s still early in the investigation and tests aren’t fully complete.
Dr. Debra Williams, assistant director of the Huntsville-Madison County Health Department, said all signs point to lettuce served by Little Rosie’s Taqueria as the probable culprit.
Fourteen of the 15 people who have tested positive for E. coli ate at the restaurant June 28-29, she said. The other victim did not eat there.
Health officials are awaiting test results on three other Little Rosie’s customers who have symptoms of E. coli exposure.
“We think it was a cross-contamination handling issue” by a restaurant employee, Williams said.
Fred Grady, chief of the state health department’s epidemiology division, said it’s “a little premature” to call lettuce the source of the outbreak because his agency is still reviewing information collected from victims and the restaurant.
Alabama restaurants are required to toss out fresh produce after four days, so any tainted lettuce served by Little Rosie’s in late June is probably long gone, Grady said. “It’s safe to eat there,” he said.
Health officials considered closing the popular Mexican eatery, but Williams said the contamination was apparently just a “two-day event.”
Little Rosie’s set up a toll-free hot line Tuesday — (800) 328-7761 — for customers who have questions or concerns about the E. coli outbreak.
Pam Ritz, who helps run the restaurant’s risk management program, urged health officials not to speculate on the source of the illness until epidemiologists in Montgomery finish their work.
“We’re being a little too quick to say it’s any specific product before all those cultures are done,” Ritz said Tuesday.
Tod Craig, co-owner of Little Rosie’s, said his company is having all 80 restaurant workers tested for E. coli bacteria and to prevent cross-contamination, lettuce is being chopped by a single employee who does not handle meats. The restaurant has also taken steps to make sure different tongs are used for raw and cooked meats on the grill.
“We’re trying to be proactive on this and do even more than what the Health Department is asking us to do,” Craig said.
Health officials have said the condition of at least three of the victims was severe enough to threaten kidney damage. The youngest victim, 5-year-old Samuel Coggin of Meridianville, was being treated for kidney damage at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was to receive dialysis.
Kidney failure is the biggest danger of E. coli; other symptoms include bloody diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.
“He wants to go home, but he’s been brave,” Samuel’s mother, Dinah Rene’ Coggin, said told the paper by telephone Tuesday afternoon. “We’re hanging on prayers.”
She said doctors hope that dialysis will flush the toxic bacteria from Samuel’s system and allow his ailing kidneys to recover.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Harry will have to wait:(

I promised my oldest that I wouldn't see Harry Potter until she got back from camp. She better know that I am very tempted. I can't wait to see it. Yeah. I am almost ready to pull an all nighter, but I better be off to bed soon. I guess we will try to go either Sunday matinee or Monday matinee. We shall see.

Stevie Wonder on Sesame street singing my favorite song of his.

If you like Stevie Wonder you will love this.

God is bigger!!!

This preacher I heard talked about this topic exactly. He spoke of how God is bigger than your boss that didn't give you that promotion. God is bigger than the principals that reject me. God is bigger than the pinched nerve in my neck and God is bigger than the wrong road I took today. He is in control of everything. Just when you think you have Him all figured out, he surprises you. Even if you think, God is going to take care of me this way or that. He pulls out all the stops sometimes and shows you his grace is sufficient in the time of need. I am just glad that God still speaks to me, even though I have shook my fist at him and cried why many times. He is faithful and just to forgive us of all our unrighteousness. Truly amazing.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The greatest sport on earth!!!

I went tonight to play volleyball on Huntsville adult league. I played in the lower level. I had a blast. It was so much fun.

I was hurting before I went, due to a hug given to me by a friend that was excited to see me. You ask, How excited was she? So excited that I now have something like a pinched nerve or back disc issues.

Now add 4 games of volleyball and you have one sore body. It is a good sore from volleyball. I love the feeling of exhaustion due to athletic activity.

I had so much fun.

They are growing up!!!

Sleeping Bags, pillows, suitcases, and a whole lot of chatter. Put all of that together, and you get camp. I remember camp as a kid. There was nothing like it. Good friends, food and entertainment. This morning, the oldest of the two kids went to her first camp. I can't believe that she is 4 hours away. Granted, she is 12, but she is still my baby. My sister went as a counselor and this helped the agony. I know she will watch her like a hawk. It is still so unreal for me to realize that I have a 12 year old. They slip away to quickly. I am sure my parents feel the same way. On the other side, I am left at home with 1 child who is 10. She already misses her sister. This will be good to spend some time alone with her. She deserves it really. I hope to make it a memorable week for her as well.

Monday, July 09, 2007

1st stand up opp!

I meet 2 times a month with a group of actors. We call it TAG (the Actors Group). I was telling a couple of my friends of my new desire to write some stand up. They were like oh you should bring what you have written to class and perform it for us .I told them that it wasn't hysterical, but if they wanted to sit through it, that would be ok with me. So the 18th of this month. I need to have enough material to do at least 2 - 5 minutes. That is a good start I think. We shall see. I have some delivery objectives to work on as well. I need to sum up what I am trying to say and maybe not jump around so much story to story so that my audience doesn't get confused. So I guess I will work on some of that this afternoon.

Nice Walking today

Walking today was nice. The girls and I headed out for the madison greenway trail. It was beautiful scenery. We walked a mile in and a mile out. I felt like I could go further, but I didn't want to push the girls to much.

I was amazed how beautiful it is out there. I think that I will hike in a blanket and picnic nest time. There are plenty of places to relax there it seems.


Sunday, July 08, 2007

Thoughts about decisions

Tonight, David, our pastor, talked about being in a position where you are not comfortable. He talked about when things happen, God has a greater purpose. He knows what is best.

This was very comforting to me in light of my test scores coming in this week. I have to pass this test to teach public school.

I don't know what God is about to do, I am not doubting, it is just lack of direction for me. I am just waiting and praying that whatever path I choose, He will get the glory for my life.

I have been struggling with myself about the options that are set before me. Do I want to teach? or Do I want to act? I know where my passion lies and where I feel that I could have the most impact. I know where the money lies as well. Making an extra 30,000 a year would help out the budget tremendously. So I know that he will show me where I need to go. I just want to be the most effective to effect people. I want the decisions that I make to be the ones that give me the most potential to touch peoples lives.

That is my prayer.

My first successful writing session

Our church schedule was changed due to the fire at the brewery where we usually meet. We met at 5 this evening at a church in South Huntsville. So I spent the morning cleaning and writing. It was fun for the first time. As suggested by the book I am reading, I took a noun and developed it. I wrote 2.5 pages about. It was cool to see the idea develop and go from there. I have to write and rewrite, but over all I have learned some valuable lessons this session. Write about what you know and relate to. Apply the principals of acting to this as well. Be truthful, in the moment. If someone is going to look bad, make it be you. Use your defects to poke fun at. As I am top heavy and bottom heavy and short. Don't let people be the ones to notice, you point it out and use it. Tremendous book. The Idiots Guide to Comedy Writing. (How do you underline in this format?)

So I have decided as I exercise, meditate, every day, I will write as well. I exercise 30 minutes at least, I meditate all day mostly. Instead of spending time watching people do what I want to do, I am going to do it. This is my accountability. My statement of purpose.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Great is thy faithfulness

Eric's got his offer letter yesterday. Why am I amazed that God provides? He will be making around the same amount of money and he gets an extra week vacation. I know if he didn't get that, God would have something else in store because he takes care of us constantly.

I missed having improv class last week. I am so looking toward Monday. I can't stand it. I have some reading to do in my new book. I have to take 12 -20 nouns and write something funny about them. That is challenging. We will see how it goes.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Prayer for the brewery

Tonight, many of us gathered for prayer at Old Towne. It was a very sureal moment to actually see first hand the damage. It was quite emotional actually. I was sharing with a friend after prayer time that for the first time during trials it is nice to be at peace and realize that God is in control. Even when we think we are in control we are really not. That is what I believe anyway. Eric and I are going through contract renewals again at his work. This time, it doesn't look as well as others, but again, I am at perfect peace that God is in control and will supply our needs and He will take care of us. I am reminded of a song.

Words and Music by: Carol Cymbala

In my loneliness and fear, through every pain every tear There's a God who's been faithful to me When my strength was all gone, when my heart had no song Still my God has been faithful to me
Every word He promised is true What I thought was impossible I've seen my God do
He's been faithful, faithful to me Just looking back His love and mercy I see When in my heart I have questioned And failed to believe He's been faithful, faithful to me
When my heart looked away, the many times I could not pray Even then He's been faithful to me The days I've spent so selfishly, reaching out for what pleased me Still in love He's been faithful to me
And every time I come back to Him I see Him waiting with His open arms and I know once again
He's been faithful, faithful to meJust looking back His love and mercy I seeWhen in my heart I have questioned And failed to believeHe's been faithful, faithful to me

Update on Old Towne

Old Towne Brewing Co. owner says he'd like to rebuild
Posted by Marian Accardi July 05, 2007 11:31 AM
Old Towne Brewing Co. owner and master brewer Don Alan Hankins said this morning he wants to rebuild the microbrewery that was destroyed by fire overnight.
Hankins didn't know the extent of damage to the equipment in the building, including four large fermenters. About $5,000 worth of beer that was to be shipped today was in the walk-in cooler.
"I'd like to keep Old Towne Brewing Co. going, I just don't know where," he said.
The business at 214 Holmes Ave.. represents "a couple of million dollars" worth of investment, said Hankins, and "a lot of blood, sweat and tears."
"I'm seeing all this" destruction, Hankins said, "and all I can think about is my cat." His cat, Hops, lived at the brewing business and hadn't been found as of this morning.
City building inspectors determined Thursday morning that the building is structurally unsafe, said James Tabor, the assistant fire marshal. The city's Public Works was called on to bring in heavy equipment to remove the east wall of the building and any fallen beams, he said.
"The fire marshal's office will conduct an investigation after it's safe," Tabor said. "This is going to be an all-day process, and we may be here into the night. We're trying to save the front wall," said Tabor.
Jimmy Ivey, district chief with Huntsville Fire & Rescue, said firefighters were battling the blaze inside the building for about 30 minutes when they noticed that the air-conditioning units were sagging. Firefighters were pulled from the building, and about five minutes later, the roof collapsed.

Harry Potter

On July 11, the anticipated movie comes out. The kids and I can't wait. And then the book not long after. What an exciting time. It wont be long now. I love this series. It should be interesting how this boy's life rises to the pentacle or falls to the dust. We shall read soon enough. I think the anticipation is the fun part. My favorite characters have been the main 3 and Hagrid. There are many great characters in this film though. Brilliant writing.

Christians and there grace in time of need!!!!

The ole town brewery burnt last night here in Huntsville, AL. This is where we have church. This is where many others meet to have community together. Yes, all of this is true, but the main thing is this is a dream of a man who is very special. It is sad that it is a total loss for him. Yes, he can rebuild. Yes, he can work it out, but an unexpected event as this is hard to swallow.

Lord be with Don Alan and his brewing family. May you touch him during this time of loss.

As I shared this with several people, that are Christians, I got mixed response. Some where as I saddened. Others a lot less gracious. Well, maybe he needs to change business. This from someone who is against drinking. So cold, so bitter, so sad. To hate something because of there past so much, that they don't see other people suffer. I don't understand it because I have not walked in there shoes, and I don't' want to judge them either, but it seems to me that Christians of all people would show compassion on someone in this predicament, regardless if they were anti or pro beer drinkers.

Lord, help me not judge others and try to understand where they are coming from. Help others learn the compassion that you have toward others in need regardless of who they are.

Help all Christians in the world be more like you.

Monday, July 02, 2007

updated shot

To write or not to write...

Ok to write.

I have been talking to several people about writing lately. I think I want to try stand up comedy. Ok that felt weird coming out with it just like that. I feel real vulnerable.

Anyway, I have been thinking of different things that I find funny, and I have been thinking of who makes me laugh. I find people messing up funny because they are just like me. I mess up all the time. I find Robin Williams funny and he keeps my attention. I find kids laughing funny. There is such beauty in that. The point is that I find a lot of things funny for a lot of different reasons. So the writing world is mine.

I laugh at myself all the time. I was told by a friend of mine the other day. Wendy, you are really funny. Maybe I am, but I am not willing to admit it yet.

I got a book tonight at the bookstore about writing comedy. The first tip is Don't try to make people laugh with what you write, but write what makes you laugh and then others will follow.

Where will this lead? That is a great question. I will be staying tuned in to see.

I was a little disappointed that there was no improv tonight. Oh well I had class by myself at home. lol. Once you begin this improv bit, it consumes your everyday life. You live moment to moment.

I did walk and swim today for exercise. That was good. The diet was not so good today. I am not even going to list what I consumed, but hopefully I burned it off. I have to do better tomorrow. Well until then.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The world's worst thing to say to an improv artist

Your shows are over after doing 6 shows in a week.

Wow what an amazing week for me. I performed 6 shows within 5 days. I can hardly put it into words. I am so thankful to be involved with such a wonderful group of people. I am learning so much about this craft and about myself. I am definitely growing as a person and not just because I cheated on my diet. I mean that I am growing emotionally. I love doing improv so much. I think that I have finally found where I belong. (on a stage). I know this because I would rather do improv ...

than sleep or eat.

Wow, amazing stuff.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

diet journal

Today I ate

egg 2
2 pieces of toast 2
1/2 tsp. of jelly 0
1/2 cup strawberry's and fat free cool whip 0
ham and cheese sandwich 5
pretzels 2
pinto beans 1
baked potato 4
butter 1

I also walked 2 miles today.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Diet journal

Today was a good day. I got up and hit the walking track early. It was already 90 by 9:00 I think. It sure was hot. I walked about 40 minutes today. That is double what I usually do. The change of venue has helped push myself. I feel it in my leg muscles as well. Wow. It made me feel energized and good to workout today. I need to add some other exercises for toning purposes. I should get the walking routine down first.

The diet is ok. I still am not totally full blown health queen yet. I will get there. I just have to remind myself everytime I want to eat something to ask should I eat this.

Today I had

Cherrios milk and strawberries 3
pretzels 2
sandwich and black eyed peas 7
1 graham cracker and cool whip 1
soup 2
sandwich 4
tea 3 16 oz
water 0 48 oz

Total 22 points

Doing ok. I have to improve still on some things.


I have a couple of friends and family that are battling cancer. What an ugly disease to have. I am in a pray without ceasing mode for all of them. All you can do is pray and hope that God will heal each of them. God if you if you will heal each of them in your time. I pray for there families that you give them grace and mercy during this time. May you reveal yourself to them and allow them to feel your love, grace and strength

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Day 2

Well another day another diet.

I am really struggling with finding an option for something to drink. I tried for a couple of days to go to strictly water, but I just end up feeling blotted and very thirsty wierd huh.

Here is what I had to today.

Cherrios and 1/2 cup fat free milk 3 points
pretzels 2 points
hot dog and cheese sandwich 8 points
2 graham cracker fat free cool whip 2 points
ginger ale 2 Points
tea 2 points

I went to on a 45 minute walk and it felt great.

I have had a lot of energy today due to the walk. I am a little sore though.

All is well.

I had my first official improv show with face 2 face. It was loads a fun and that is cool. I had a great first show with great partners and great audience. Another show tomorrow and We will rock I am sure. I got flowers, candy, a card and a clean downstairs from the fam when I got home. So sweet of them. I am so glad to have a supportive loving family and friends that celebrates my success. I have not arrived, but I am getting there one step at a time.


Monday, June 25, 2007

Started the old diet again

Yep after 3 years of being skinny me, After changing jobs, houses, cities and going back to school, I have managed to put on about 20 pounds.

My weight loss journey started about 3 1/2 years ago. I decided I was tired of weighing almost 200 pounds. After 6 months, I had lost 60 pounds. I was smaller than I had been in along time. It is a daily struggle for me. I found healthier food I like to eat and learned to not eat so much. The overwhelming stress of situations can sometimes throw us off our horse and that is what happened to me. Mainly school. I did manage to stay in the 130's until I went back to school. Now I am pushing 150. I have to at least lose 12 pounds to get back where I feel good about myself and my clothes fit me comfortable. It want take long, but It is just doing it.

Today, I have eaten,

3/4 cups of cheerios and 1/2 fat free milk 3
1/2 cup of grapes 1
pretzels 2
ham and cheese sandwich 5
crackers and cheese 3
2 graham crackers 2

Total of 16 weight watchers points

I will have a sandwich and beans for dinner

That will put me over a couple of points for today.

I have been drinking only water today that is hard for me.
I have a headache now so I must drink some more.

I have only had 1 bottle of water (I must do better on this

Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The sound of laughter that is directed toward you in most cases would not be a positive thing. But for a comedian it is infectious. I did a improv show tonight. The lines were great. The audience was great. It was a good time.

On and off all day, I was getting mentally prepared to work. Just to get in the mind frame of improv. I spent an hour or so getting ready and then it was off to the show. Before the show, I was a little nervous. Once I got on stage and things got rolling, I felt a lot better. The show was on tonight. Energy was good and we rocked the world. There were a few things that I still am working through, but I am getting there. I am fighting through it. Not looking at the person I am in the scene with all of the time and realizing there is an audience out there. I am learning that preparation for me works. I am learning that if I am prepared as an improv artist, it works. And when your doing improv with people who want you to succeed that makes all of the difference. Just having a place to build trustworthy relationship with people is awesome and really there are no word beyond that to describe what you experience.

There will be more shows this weekend. I wont be preforming this weekend, but I will be there cheering my fellow improvers on.

Funny ?

I have been studying improv for about 6 months with face to face improv troop. It has been a blast. I never thought that I would be good at improv because I am not quick witted. I normally can't think at all, but thinking quickly wow what a riot. I always wanted to be one of those funny people that could drop a line and have everyone laugh till they wet there pants, but I never thought that could be possible. I always loved to tell stories or events that occurred in my life to folks, but never in a million years did I think that it would turn into a passion. I am learning at 37 (the same age Phyllis Diller started stand up) that I am funny in some weird twisted sick way. I am learning all of those people that do stand up or improv work really hard at it. Doing stand up or improv requires you to think 24 hours a day. You see people or situations and you think hmmm that would make a great character or hmmmm that seems like it would be great to add in a sketch.

The point of this rambled post is to public admit to myself that I have stumble onto a world of wonder and amazement and there are possibilities for me to be funny and other people enjoy it. There are opportunities that I never thought possible.

Some say laughter is the best medicine. I say laugh on at the funny people.

Friday, May 25, 2007

When was the last time you did something childish

I sat at the park today and made a necklace out of clover flowers. That was fun. As I sat there, I reflected on my childhood and how peaceful and beautiful it was. I always had a good time playing outside when I was young. If you haven't done anything childish lately, you should try it. I will make you smile.

I was reading readers digest in dr. office today and read these two things to Heidi as we waited on her glasses to get repaired.

Why did Mozart get rid of his chickens?

He was tired of them saying bach, bach, bach!!!!

The second thing I read was

A father had to break the news to his son that he was about to leave for Iraq.

He told his son that he was going away for awhile. And the son asked him where.
He told him to Iraq. The son asked Why? Don't you know there is a war going on over there.

That made me smile today as well.

Smile and someone will smile back :)

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Moms are worth a LOT!!!

This was on CNN web site, I did not make this up.

Survey: Moms' work would bring in $138,095 a year

POSTED: 9:47 a.m. EDT, May 3, 2007

Story Highlights• 40,000 mothers responded to survey at• Mothers explained what their job entailed, how many hours they worked• says mothers work at least 10 jobs, put in 92 hours per week• Company used median salaries for jobs, calculated work hours for each

(Reuters) -- When Tricia Himawan was a financial analyst, she worked 50 hours a week and earned about $75,000 a year. Now, she works, by her estimation, about 119 hours a week doing 11 different jobs, and, for 10 of them, she makes ... nothing.
"I work nonstop as a mother," says Himawan, of West Orange, New Jersey, as she breast-feeds her nine-month-old son Jonas and watches over 4-year-old Juliana.
If she were paid for her work as a mother, she would be earning almost $140,000 a year.
That is the conclusion of research conducted by, a firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts, that specializes in determining compensation. Himawan was one of 40,000 mothers who responded online to explaining what their job entailed and how many hours they worked. (Book urges mothers to stay in work force)
The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, the company concluded, and works at least 10 jobs. In order of hours spent on them per week, these are: housekeeper, day-care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and psychologist. By figuring out the median salaries for each position, and calculating the average number of hours worked at each, the firm came up with $138,095 -- three percent higher than last year's results. (Audio Slide Show: Evolution of motherhood)
Even mothers who work full-time jobs outside the home put in $85,939 worth of work as mothers, according to
"My work is my family right now, and my backbone is about to break," says Himawan, who now also works at home as a real-estate broker."My baby is on my hip 24 hours a day."

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Schools Out! My exception speech!

Yeah!!!! Schools out for me as of yesterday. I am so glad. I had a melt down physically and I am still recovering.

I would like to thank God for getting me through this. Wow, how amazing. He has made his presence known to me many times through out this experience.

I would like to thank my darling husband Eric. He has been so supportive through this journey. He has been sacrificial and understanding during times that I was focused on my school work alone. I love you honey.

I would like to thank my kids for being understanding as well. There were times that I just couldn't play with them, and they were great about that. I love you guys to.

I would like to thank all of my family and friends for their babysitting and support. Wow, you guys know who you are. You are amazing support system to me and I would never make it through life without you. Thanks for your prayers and continued support.

Thank you all for making this the best experience ever.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Amazing Moments

Yesterday on my way to school, I decided to pop in an old Water Deep CD just for fun. It turned out to be an amazing moment. It is one of those moments where you were there and God was there and we had an awesome time together.

As I began singing along and listening to God's spirit speak to me, I was blown away. There is this one song that really spoke to me here are the lyrics

Praise the Lord, O my soul and all my deepest parts

Give praise to the One Who pulled you out of darkness

Tender mercy You forgive me, slow to anger, quick to love (repeat 2X's)

Bridge: As high as the mountains try
Your love falls all around me
As wide as the east to west
My sins are taken from me

I began to think of how God not only pulled me out of sin, but pulled me out of a place where I condemned others for the same thing I was. I began to think how God has opened my eyes in the last 6 months to the real need for his love, mercy, grace and peace in the world. I began to think what can I do today to use what he has given me today to touch someone's life. Not so they could come to church with me, not so I could win them to Christ, not so I could say I did something, but just for the sake of loving people through Christ. So you know what happened. I did it. And yesterday rocked. I want to do that everyday of my life. I am going to attempt to, but I know the spirit is willing, but the flesh is definitely weak. God please help me to wake up and be you to them in every waking moment. Amen.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

One more Test

I took another test today. I got 23 questions out of 25 right with the Lords help. I am almost done with the school thing. It seems like yesterday that I just started planning on going to school and now I am almost done. I am stoked about it. I have another test next week and then 2 more on the 30th. Then I have to take the Praxis test and ATTP. Then I will be for real certified.

It will be cool to see what is next in my journey. I am pretty stoked to see what is in store. I used to look at the unknown with fear, but now it is pretty much like Christmas morning everyday. lol.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Anticipating ......

God and his infinite mercy are rich. I love to feel him drawing us to him. I love to know and see he is working in my life. It is amazing to know that God has something instore for you and your life, but not knowing what that is. It is like Christmas eve when you were 5. You can't wait to open up the gift God has for you. I look foward to everyday to see how God will use me now. It is a new mindset really. I anticipate him to use me. I wait for him to use me. It is not a matter of if, but when will it happen.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Easter and Friends

I think of the last hours of freedom and privacy that Jesus spent. In those finally hours. He surrounded hiself with Friends. Those people that he loved and trusted and shared with. Those people who probably knew him the best. If we were in the same place as he was? If we knew that this was our last hour. Who would we surround ourselves with? Who are those people that we love, share and who know us best.?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Acting is so cool!!!!

Started back to classes yesterday. I got my last 2 exams back and passed with a 85 and 86. God is so amazing to take someone like me and guide me through school at my age. Amazing.

I also had improv last night. Great fun. I love working with those guys. We have shows this weekend at Java Jaay's in Decatur and Kenny Mango's in Huntsville. This craft of acitng has so many sides to it. It is fun learning each one of them.

I love acting and all of my acting friends.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Enjoyed the Break

Well school starts back tomorrow. I have enjoyed spring break emmensely. I almost got to feeling normal for me again. I don't have to much longer in school so that is very exciting. The fun part of not being in school was being able to get to know people at church a little bit better by being able to attend a couple of functions. I attended a picnic and journey group which was amazing. I am learning so much about being missional. My whole life I have been involved in church, I have never expeirenced God in this way. I am more aware of his presence around me and I see him move on a daily basis. It is nice to be in a place were the grace of God abides. I see changes in my husband, kids and myself that are amazing. I know only God can do what has been done. I am reminded of a song that I sang as as a kid that sums it all up. He's still working on me to make we what I ought to be. It took him just to week to make the moon and the stars the sun and the earth and jupiter and mars how loving and patient he must be. He's still working on me.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Does anyone even use this anymore?

As I have been out of the blogging lupe for several months, I come to find that several new things have developed, my space and some other blog form. Well for now, give me blogger or give me blogger death. lol. My life has been nuts, but good. Where to begin. I guess School.

School has been crazy amazing. I have learned so much about myself, the world, and God. He is holding my hand through all of my schooling and my life as always. I have about a B average in all of my classes, which is good for me. I am close to an A in one of my classes. We will se if I can pull an A out. Regardless, things are great and God deserves the glory for showing himself to me on a daily basis.

Moving is the next thing. Eric and I decided to move to Madison, Al for several reasons. Mainly to get close to the things we love. Our new church, acting, music and life. We have almost moved completely.

Acting is still on. I am in love with that craft, gift more now than ever. I have learned so much about myself recently doing improv classes with Eugene Banks. He is an awesome amazing actor. He is a great teacher. I have done several movies and had several auditions. Fun stuff. I am in a movie on the Lot (Stephen Spielburg reality show.

Teaching is so much fun this semester. I am teaching Film and Improv. Fun times with the both classes.

God is definitely showing himself true to me and making me understand soo much about myself and others.

Monday, January 01, 2007

over the new year and overeating

Well, after tomrrow, the new year schedule will kick in and I will be back on the routine of exercise and diet. I want to lose 12 pounds by Valentines day. That will be 6 weeks away 2 pounds a week that will be 12 pounds. If all goes well. I also will be going back to school and taking 3 classess and taking 2 acting classes. So my life will be insane. I hope to maintain working out everyday. Time will tell.