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Hmmm this didn't work the first time, so I'm trying again! LOL

Brandon got a new computer, so he was finally able to get these pictures off his camera - and I thought I'd share a few! :)

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So this weekend was basically rad. Brandon and I BOTH had the entire weekend off, by some miraculous event which I'm sure was the hand of God or something. I managed to even get Sunday off from my responsibilites at the church, so we had the WHOLE weekend off!! :) So, we took advantage of the weekend and headed to the coast. We took off for Newport on Friday evening after we got off work and didn't come back til yesterday evening. We got a nice place to stay in Newport, and just had a really great weekend!!! :)

We did all the fun stuff in Newport of course. Went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center, where we touched all the stuff in the tidepools and hung out with the awesome octopus. She was putting on quite a show for everyone and trying to climb out of her tank and squirting the person with water and stuff. So that was fun.

Then we went to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which if you know me is not my idea of a super fun place to go typically, as I'm scared to death of fish and aquariums. But I sucked it up and decided to go. Well I'm glad I did, cuz it was awesome!! There's totally enough other rad stuff to make up for the icky fish parts! LOL The otters were SOOOOO great - I totally fell in love with them! :) And the jellyfish were cool - and I was brave and walked through the fish and shark tunnels, although I almost had a panic attack!

We had dinner at Mo's of course - Mo's original. I don't eat clam chowder, but that's ok - I had chili, which is what I always always get at Mo's. We walked around the bayfront area for a little while and then hung out at the hotel watching the AKC Eukenuba National Championship Dog Show - and good stuff like that.

Sunday we checked out of the hotel, had brunch, went to Ripley's Believe It or Not, walked around some more on the bayfront and saw some awesome sea lions. Then headed south on 101. We stopped at Sea Lion Caves, but didn't go in. Then we walked around Old Town Florence for a little while and then headed back to Eugene. Got back here in time to eat some dinner and watch Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It was a GREAT weekend! Be sure to check out my pictures....

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twelve drummers drumming...

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
twelve drummers drumming
eleven pipers piping
ten lords a leaping (insert leaping sounds here)
nine ladies dancing
eight maids a milking
seven swans a swimming
six geese a laying
five golden riiiiiiings
four calling birds
three french hens
two turtle doves
and (everybody now) a partridge in a pear tree........

Okay I know you're all thinking I've lost my mind, and perhaps I have - but I'm not just singing random Christmas songs two weeks after Christmas. Did you know that today is the 12th day of Christmas? Also known as Epiphany. Well it is, and now you know. And we all know that knowing is half the battle. There's also a really cool story behind the history of the twelve days of Christmas, but I won't go into all that right now! :)

Happy New Year! I know I've kinda been a slacker about the whole blog thing lately, maybe that should be my new year's resolution. :) To be a better blogger! LOL Actually I don't think I'm going to do the whole resolution thing, they never work out for me - I think I'm just going to focus more on making my life better in general. Does that make sense?

So I survived the holidays, it was brutal, let me tell you. I'm not really sure how much more of this retail crap I can take. The hours and everything just about did me in this year. With any luck I will NOT be working at JCPenney next year at Christmas time. I actually applied for a job at an elementary school as a kindergarten aide, last week - so hopefully something will come of that!

Christmas was good - got some good presents, saw some family, ate lots of food - oh and I worked a lot. Not Christmas day, but Christmas eve and the day after. BLAH!

New Years was uneventful - I actually fell asleep about 10:30 - am I old or what?? Brandon woke me up at 11:50, so we could say Happy New Year at midnight, and then I promptly went back to sleep! Lame! On New Years Day, Amy Wood was in town for a few hours, so we went bowling and that was fun. Then I got my hair cut and then Brandon and I saw King Kong, which was basically rad! A little long, but rad nonetheless! :)

Now things are getting back to normal, with meetings and rehearsals and all that. We're starting up committee meetings for Light the Night again soon, I'm pretty excited about that! :)

So that's the news from here, not very exciting I know. But I live a dull life. LOL I made brownies tonight, that's kinda exciting. Oh and I did some dishes - woo! I'm telling you, I need to get out more!

Happy 2006!
Better to Light a Candle
By John Pitney (Advent 2005)

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
A stable bare, terror lurking everywhere.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

We're lighting the candle of hope
for those all around us just trying to cope.
When daily living gets extreme.
When cancer treatments tempt us not to dream.
And words people say bring us pain
and high expectations drive us insane
we light a light despite all the evidence.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
One small star, streaming out so far can stay the longest night.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
A stable bare, terror lurking everywhere.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

We're lighting the candle of peace
that killing, opression and warfare cease.
An eye for an eye and we will find
the whole wide world is going blind.
May the desert see Shalom!
May terror and violence cease to roam.
May roadside calm replace the bomb.
It's time to send all the children home.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
One small star, streaming out so far can stay the longest night.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
A stable bare, terror lurking everywhere.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

For the flood children of little means,
born of the rooftops in New Orleans,
A light of joy where there is no room
for Mary's dream in a year of doom.
For the sand children born of Darfur,
the child of Sri Lanka, the child next door,
Let us light a light. Let us hold them dear.
For each could be our Messiah here.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
One small star, streaming out so far can stay the longest night.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
A stable bare, terror lurking everywhere.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

We're lighting the candle of love
believing our God does not stay above
God transforms hate and finds the good,
in flesh and bone, born into our neighborhood.
When the way others live makes us sneer
or what they believe in brings out our fear
Light a light for them, though their way seems odd
for everyone is a child of God.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Better than curse the darkness we must light a light.
One small star, streaming out so far can stay the longest night.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Wishing you all Hope, Peace, Joy and Love this Christmas!!!
I think Santa Claus is a woman....

I hate to be the one to defy sacred myth, but I believe he's a she.

Think about it. Christmas is a big, organized, warm, fuzzy, nurturing social deal, and I have a tough time believing a guy could possibly pull it all off!

For starters, the vast majority of men don't even think about selecting gifts until Christmas Eve. It's as if they are all frozen in some kind of Ebenezerian Time Warp until 3 p.m. on Dec. 24th, when they--with amazing calm--call other errant men and plan for a last-minute shopping spree.

Once at the mall, they always seem surprised to find only Ronco products, socket wrench sets, and mood rings left on the shelves. (You might think this would send them into a fit of panic and guilt, but my husband tells me it's an enormous relief because it lessens the 11th hour decision-making burden.) On this count alone, I'm convinced Santa is a woman.

Surely, if he were a man, everyone in the universe would wake up Christmas morning to find a rotating musical Chia Pet under the tree, still in the bag.

Another problem for a he-Santa would be getting there. First of all, there would be no reindeer because they would all be dead, gutted, and strapped on to the rear bumper of the sleigh, amid wide-eyed, desperate claims that buck season had been extended. Blitzen's rack would already be on the way to the taxidermist.

Even if the male Santa DID have reindeer, he'd still have transportation problems because he would inevitably get lost up there in the snow and clouds and then refuse to stop and ask for directions.

Add to this the fact that there would be unavoidable delays in the chimney, where the Bob Vila-like Santa would stop to inspect and repoint bricks in the flue. He would also need to check for carbon monoxide fumes in every gas fireplace, and get under every Christmas tree that is crooked to straighten it to a perfectly upright 90-degree angle.

Other reasons why Santa can't possibly be a man:
~ Men can't pack a bag.
~ Men would rather be dead than caught wearing red velvet.
~ Men would feel their masculinity is threatened, having to be seen with all those elves.
~ Men don't answer their mail.
~ Men would refuse to allow their physique to be described even in jest as anything remotely resembling a "bowlful of jelly."
~ Men aren't interested in stockings unless somebody's wearing them.
~ Finally, being responsible for Christmas would require a commitment.

I can buy the fact that other mythical holiday characters are men. Father Time shows up once a year unshaven and looking ominous. Definite guy. Cupid flies around carrying weapons. Uncle Sam is a politician who likes to point fingers. Any one of these individuals could pass the testosterone screening test. But not St. Nick.

Not a chance.

God Thinks You're Wonderful

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In May I gave change to a homeless guy (19 points). Last month I caught a purse-snatcher who stole life_with_lisa's purse (30 points). Last Sunday I gave ilvjaz_ro a kidney (1000 points). In February I gave hollylouya a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). Last Monday I pulled sliveroflight's hair (-5 points).

Overall, I've been nice (1039 points). For Christmas I deserve a red Radio-Flyer wagon!

Sincerely,
buffalogal78

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Tequila and tattoos...

Okay, so that subject line sounds way more exciting than it really is, but I said I was going to blog about tequila and tattoos, so that's what I'm doing! :)

I know that it's been a LONG time since I gave a real update, so I thought I would finally do that! :) Of course, there really isn't all that much to update on, but I'll do my best!!!

So, I have been BUSY the last couple of months! Mostly with work, but with life in general as well! :) Work is insane already, and its not even December yet! This fall/winter I'm teaching the new hire training and register training for about 3/4 of the holiday hires. It's kinda crazy, and the days I'm actually AT the switchboard have gotten more hectic, because I'm only there maybe 2 days a week, and everyone leaves everything for me to work on - and I just don't have time! But I'm enjoying teaching the training classes, its nice to do something different for a change - and actually feel USEFUL at work! :) It's busy - and I'm working a lot of hours - so that is good.

Church is going well too - of course it's ALSO busy this time of year! My children's choir rocks this year - I am REALLY proud of how hard they are working. They're learning some difficult music, and are doing a GREAT job of it! They're singing in 2 parts pretty confidently now! :) YAY!!! We're keeping the pageant low-key this year, which is absolutely fine by me!! :) We've got a huge program for Choral Christmas on the 18th, so low key for the pageant, is great! :)

The big news at the church is that John, our praise choir director and praise band/worship team leader is resigning, effective January 1st. I've been asked to take over the praise band/worship team - which I'm really excited about! It's something I love, and while it'll be a big committment, I'm excited about the opportunity!

Thanksgiving was good. Went home briefly - saw the parents. Mom got a new car - she FINALLY got her PT Cruiser! :) It's nice. We went to Aunt Kate's for Turkey Dinner, like every year. It was fun of course. Drank some whiskey with the uncles. LOL Ate some turkey and smashed potatoes and lots of pie. Did the drawing of names for Christmas, I picked Rosalyn this year. Fun fun. Had to come back to Eugene that night because I had to work "Black Friday". I worked a freakin' long day - and work was INSANE the day after Thanksgiving. Our store did over $500,000 that day alone! Unbelievable!!!

The other big news is that remember that guy I mentioned in my last "real" entry? Well, we're still together. In fact that's going REALLY well! :D At that point I wasn't really ready to talk a whole lot about our relationship or anything - but it's all good now! For those who don't already know, his name is Brandon, and we work together. He's the men's department manager. We've been dating for about 2 months, and things really couldn't be better! :) He's an awesome guy, and he spoils me rotten, so what more could I ask for? :) He makes me happy. This is where the tequila and tattoos comes in as well. LOL The other night, we went to Toys R Us and got temporary tattoos, his say Jennifer and mine say Brandon! LOL And then we did tequila shots - nothing exciting - just promised I'd blog about tequila & tattoos!


I hope that everyone who reads this is doing well...it's almost time for me to send out Christmas cards, so if you want one, be sure to e-mail me with your current address and I'll send one!! :D (coopsie78@gmail.com)

Come ye thankful people come...

The things I'm thankful for this year are....

1. My rad family - immediate and extended.
2. Brandon
3. Awesome friends!
4. My job - even though I complain about it.
5. a roof over my head
6. Food to eat
7. Slippers that keep my feet warm
8. My computer
9. My church family
10. The freedom to worship and give God praise!
11. My children's choir: their craziness and boundless energy & talent!
12. My heroes: Kendrie, Bryce, Madie, Danielle, Julianna, Kody, Katia, RachelJoy, Lauren, Oliver, Dillion, Emma, Jacob and many more!
13. The angels who watch over us all: Angel Allie, Angel Jordan, Angel Maddie, Angel Cheyenne, Angel Abbey, Angel Celeste, Angel Abigail and too many others.
14. My cat Trixie
15. Lobsters and Buffalos because they are fun and make me smile.
16. Hugs
17. Kisses
18. Caringbridge
19. My health
20. My family's health
21. Dr Pepper
22. Hot cocoa
23. Pink Wish Bracelets
24. the ocean
25. wristbands
26. The rain that makes everything green
27. Camp Magruder
28. Light the Night and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
29. Life
30. sunshine
31. Music
32. Dancing
33. Flowers
34. EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! :) I PROMISE a real update is coming soon!!!!
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or moritified) about what people remember about you.