September 26, 2008

Wakie Wakie!

So, Ellis makes me laugh. A lot. All the time. But I still think that the funniest things he says are when he is still asleep. The problem is that if I laugh at the time, he wakes up a little bit and his feelings get hurt. So this morning, I worked really hard to keep it together. And as I am typing this, I am having my first chuckle over it. He is just so cute I can't stand it!

Since it is Friday, Ellis is off from work. So we both get to sleep in.... I get to sleep until about 6:45 and he gets to sleep until I turn on the Today show. Well, my alarm had gone off and I had pressed the snooze button. Ellis turned over and cuddled with me. Then he said, "It is like cartoons." Since I love talking to him when he is asleep just to see what he says back to me, I replied, "Huh?"

"Like cartoons. Bugs Bunny."

"Bugs Bunny?" I asked.

"With a cigar. Stripes like a cigar."

"Are you saying that I have marks from the sheets" (You know what I am talking about, right?)


"Guns?" Huh? What the?

"Guns, guns, guns."

In my mind I was imagining Looney Toons characters. The ones who shoot the guns and a little flag pops out.

Since I couldn't make any sense out of what he was saying, I didn't ask any more questions. Later today I will bring it up and see if he remembers anything about what he was dreaming.

Seriously, that man makes me laugh!!!


I did tell Ellis about "Guns Guns Guns!" and he just laughed. He didn't remember dreaming anything and vaguely remembered saying something to me. He thought it was funny, too!

September 23, 2008

Wedding Fun!

Ellis is on his way to becoming a professional photographer! He took pics for a wedding this weekend. These are straight out of the camera shots. Since he is already a professional graphic designer, he will end up touching these up a little to make them pop even more. Regardless, they look wonderful as is! Check them out!

September 9, 2008

Book Club!

After talking about it for a year and a half, we are finally starting our book club! Scoot on over to our new Book Club blog!

We are having our first meeting on Oct 7. At that time, I hope that we come up with a name for our club and make some simple decisions for what we want to do with it. It is going to be fun, I know that for sure! We will probably not be too serious, maybe some serious books, but I hope we mostly have fun! We are encouraging our out-of-town friends to join in, too. So others can keep up with what we are reading, too.

Our first book is Cranberry Queen by Kathleen DeMarco. Feel free to join in!

And check out my new a Follwer, too!

September 5, 2008


Our dear friend Jeremy recently came to town for a visit. He and his cousin stayed at our house for a few days. Jeremy lives in Park City, where Ellis spent the winter a year and a half ago. AKB helped to name our "Cleveland-Utah Family" who live in Park City. It was always such a special treat to spend time with Jeremy and his wife and kids.

On this trip, we met Jeremy's cousin, Stephen. He lives in ATL and is an entrepreneur. His wife runs a cupcake store in downtown Atlanta. It is called The Little Cake Bakery. He actually had some cupcakes with him so I was able to have a sample. The Red Velvet was to die for! Yum! I decided right then and there that my next trip to the ATL will HAVE to include a stop!

They have some staple flavors every day: Chocolate on Chocolate, Vanilla on Chocolate, and 14 other combinations of Chocolate and Vanilla. They have Red Velvet every day, too. But they also have some special flavors that rotate through every day: Strawberry, Pinapple Upside Down Cake, Hummingbird, Elvis, Peanut Butter, Lemon Lavendar. They all sound so good!

Check out their website and plan a trip!

September 3, 2008

Smooth Move!

I am such a klutz. No really. It is amazing that I have never had a broken bone. I trip, stumble, and sometimes even fall. There was one time I was walking up the steps into my building at work and I stepped on the hem of my long skirt. Face planted right there in front of the double glass doors. That is me. Just call me Grace.

On Saturday Ellis and I were working on our new garage. The problem with buying your parents' old house is that when your husband tells your dad, "Don't worry about cleaning out the garage. There are a lot of treasures in there that I want to sort through." Your dad literally leaves everything for you to sort through. Well, not literally. But a lot of stuff. A lot of cool things like an air filter for your 1977 Jeep that you sold in 1994, your plaque from the time you served in the Post Office Union, the painters hat you got for free when you originally painted the house in 1984.

In addition to all that "cool" stuff, we have been storing about 5 pieces of furniture in the garage. A tall narrow shelf, a buffet, bar stools, a washer, and this other cabinet thing that we used as a book shelf but also doubles as a TV stand thing. So, Ellis and I were carrying it into the house. I was wearing flip flops and going backwards most of the time. It is pretty amazing that I didn't drop the thing on myself.

We brought the book shelf into the house, maneuvered through the kitchen, then decided to take a quick break at the bottom of the stairs. As Ellis was tipping his end up, I was bending over, lowering my end. Then my back cracked. Loud and painfully. Oops. Yes, my back went out! {Insert cheesy old people jokes here.}

I kept hoping that just resting would make a difference. So I spent Sunday on the couch watching stupid movies that were on TV. Too bad I can't have that day back. On Monday (Labor Day), I read Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. On Tuesday, it was back to work. And the pain was still there. Definitely not better. Maybe worse. So I decided it was time to go see a doctor. The chiropractor worked on me for about 15 minutes. Then when she was finished, I couldn't get off the table. That is pretty bad. Who knew that those back muscles were the ones that helped you crawl or get up from a laying-on-your-stomach position?

Anyway, so that is my complaining blog. I am still in pain so it is almost all I can think about.

So, how are you? Did you have a good Labor Day weekend? I hope yours was fun and pain free!

September 2, 2008

Thoughts on Rejection

I read a blog posted by a fellow DZT gal about Rejection. And it brought to mind one of my favorite stories. So, after I replied on Jenn's page, I thought I would post here, too.

Here are my thoughts about rejection:

I had a moment of inspiration from a teacher that I worked with about 8 years ago. We were PE teachers together and were planning Field Day. One of the classroom teachers approached her and said, "Can we just give out participation ribbons to everyone? It is just not fair that some kids can never get a first place ribbon."

After thinking about it for several days, our head PE teacher had a brilliant response. "Not every child makes a 100 on a spelling test. Would it be right to go ahead and give them all a perfect score when they can't actually spell? Some children can't excel in the classroom. But they can in the gym. Those children need that recognition, too."

Hopefully, we can all find a place in our life where we can be the bright shining star. Sometimes it takes trial and error. But I hope we can all find it.

Check out to see what inspired me today.