Thursday, December 21, 2006

Pictures of Spazmanian Devil (Spaz for short)

Isn't he SWEET!!! Now here's one of him in all his glory.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kitten's new name

Well, our little girl kitten who turned out to be our little boy kitten has finally had a name change. Originally named Kharisse (Greek for grace) he has been renamed to Spazmanian Devil or Spaz for short.

This name comes after much deliberation and many possibilities. One name which was in contention was Chewy. Such a name was a very proper description of his horrible habit of chewing on things. (Shoes, couches, people...etc.) However, it was determined that due to the fact he is still only a few months old and we believe he will grow out of this habit, the name would not make much sense.

Spaz was originally determined by my brother Michael (Chewy was David's preference) but the full name of Spazmanian Devil was discovered by Suzanne, a wonderfully creative young woman who was staying with us for the weekend.

This proclamation is to officially name "Little Boy Cat" to "Spazmanian Devil."


Friday, November 17, 2006

You know you are the talk of the medical community when...

I have, what appears to be, your average ordinary head cold. Normally I could handle the weary, congested, light-headedness of it all but here is why its getting to me so hard...

Approximately 3 weeks ago I went to the doctor. I wasn't feeling particularly bad, except for the fact that the entire right side of my face was swollen! My eye had been swollen shut every morning for at least a week before I went to see the doctor. Following is the conversation which transpired:

After feeling around my ear and eye, "Your lymph nodes are swollen, have you ever had the mumps?"

"No, I had the shot when I was little though"

"What about Mononucleosis?"

"I had that when I was 12 years old, really bad case too. I missed the whole summer because of it."

After referring to his textbooks for a couple of minutes. "Any fever or vomiting?"

"Uh, no. I feel fine except for the fact that my head is swollen and I can't see straight"

"We could test you for Mono could have reactivated it somehow."



"Fine, test me for Mono. That still doesn't explain the swollen eye though does it?"

"They could be entirely unrelated. You could just have pink eye."

"Dude. Are you telling me that I could have contracted 'reactivated Mono' and 'pink eye' at the same time?"

Chuckling, "It is entirely possible. It still doesn't add up though. Have you changed anything in the last month or so? New laundry detergent, soap, diet?"

"Nope. Pretty consistent with all that stuff."


"We did get a cat about 6 weeks ago but I'm not allergic to cats."

Eyes as big as teacup saucers, "Reeeeaaaalllyy. How old is the cat?"

"Maybe three months old. Why?"


"Excuse me?"

"Your cat, is it frisky? Scratch and bite and all that?"

"Of course, basically looked like a Med school drop out was practicing stitch techniques on my arm."

"Your right arm?"

"Yeah, pretty much only my right arm, that's the one I use to play with the cat."

*Deep chuckle, pulling out his prescription notepad* "Ok, we'll test you for Mono but I'm 98% sure you have Cat Scratch Disease." *Chuckle Chuckle*

"WHAT???!!! Like the song?"

*Chuckle Chuckle*

"You're saying I have Cat Scratch Disease, Conjunctivitis, and possibly 'reactivated' Mono?"

*Chuckle Chuckle* "Yep, you're a regular smogasborg of interesting diagnostics" (no doubt referring to my x-ray noted in my ABC Meme)

So I left the Doctor's office with a prescription for some strong antibiotics, a new found distate for my innocent little kitten, and a Ted Nugent song circling around and around my head.

Two weeks later they called to tell me that I do indeed have "reactivated" Mono and that I should avoid any situations where I would be punched in my stomach. I guess I won't be taking those cannonball gut shots I was so looking forward to.


They should just put me in the hospital to research how many diagnoses one human being can actually have in one month. Sheesh

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ABC Meme

Emma from Diary of a Young Wife posted an ABC Meme a long time ago. I was reading her archives and I thought it looked fun. So, "drum roll please" here is my first ever Meme.

Accent: I was a military brat growing up so I wasn't in any one place long enough to pick up an accent! Then DH and I moved to the Pittsburgh area. Now I guess I have a little Pittsburghese going on.

Bible book I like best: The Epistles: Romans through Thessalonians. They really lay out the heart and desire for God's people in this day and time.

Chore I Don't Care For: Dishes. Thankfully, DH likes to take care of them. He likes them because they are a quick chore (we have a dishwasher). I just don't like them, I don't know why.

Dog or Cat: Cat. Kharisse (Greek for Grace). At least that was "her" name until we found out that "she" was a "he." Now we have to figure out a new name for "him."

Essential Electronics: Laptop and Cell Phone. I simply don't know what I would do without my cell phone, didn't I always have one? LOL

Favorite Cologne(s): Omni by Bulova. Although I can't wear it because my DH has such bad allergies to cologne. We haven't found any cologne that he can tolerate.

Gold or Silver: Gold, the color of my wedding band and the predominant color in my favorite time of year...Autumn.

Handbag I carry most often: Vera Bradley - Petal Pink - Betsy Bag. It matches absolutely NOTHING and therefore it matches absolutely EVERYTHING!! I probably need to find a nice Autumn/Winter purse but I just can't imagine puting my Vera Bradley away. Maybe a new Vera in a different color...I will have to see.

Insomnia: It depends on whether I had caffine after 1 P.M. If I did, then I absolutely have insomnia. If not then no I don't.

Job Title: Legal Secretary - Awesome bosses but I would much rather be a full-time homemaker. However, I tried that and I was a horrible failure at it...This is the current enigma in my life, is the grass actually greener on the other side or do I just imagine it is. Am I cut out for being a stay-at-home wife? I just don't know.

Kids: No, we are believing for them. Until then, we are just enjoying each other and our recently adopted kitten.

Living arrangements: A sweet little (at least by outward appearances) Cape Cod style home with 4 bedrooms (2 of which are HUGE); 2 Bathrooms; Livingroom; Diningroom; Kitchen; Screened in porch; Full basement, 1/2 finished and a decent little postage stamp yard in the "Burbs." Recently purchased (about a year and a half ago) and in the process of redecorating/refinishing. Thus the desire to be a stay-at-home wife...there is A LOT to do.

Most admirable trait: I am a good listener. I have been told I have a very patient and loving attitude.

Naughtiest childhood behaviour: Lying. I was a horrible liar. It is not something I am proud of, but it is true. I still struggle with lying, its the little things that get me sometimes.

Overnight hospital stays: None other then when I was born.

Phobias: None really. I don't like being alone. Not to the extent of a "phobia" though.

Quote: "This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important, because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it." Robert E. Eberly (1918-2004)

Religion: Non-denominational Christian.

Siblings: 3 brothers (Mike, 16; Timothy, 12; and David, 9)

Time I wake up: 6:45 or 7:45, depending on how tired I am (usually dependant on what time I went to bed!)

Unusual talent or skill: I can cross one of my eyes without crossing the other (all of my brothers can do this but neither of my parents can).

Vegetable I refuse to eat: Asparagus. We have a love-hate relationship. I know its really good for me, and I try it everytime it is served (not by me!), but I can't handle the texture.

Worst habit: Not finishing what I start. For example. I own a high quality banjo and took lessons for almost a is now residing in my coat closet. I took a book binding class and really enjoyed it. I have all the supplies to make my own books but have not made a single one! I took a beginning sewing class. I loved the class and could see myself sewing a skirt for myself to wear...I have not touched my sewing machine since the class. I have probably 25 journals of different sizes and colors...I have not written in any of them. And so on and so forth.

X-rays: Many. My most memorable was the one I had when they thought I had something seriously wrong with my digestive tract. Then the x-ray showed I was just "backed up"! LOL, my Dr. got a kick out of that one, so did my DH. I was just thankful it wasn't something more serious. At least now I can laugh about least a little bit.

Yummy stuff I cook: Lemon Rosemary Salmon (that's my favorite), Shephards pie (that's DH's favorite), Baklava (I cooked it once while learning it from DH's Aunt, it was excellent...another "unfinished" project), Choco-nut dainties (a tradition in my family for holiday cookies)

Zoo animal I like most: Pygmy Hippopotomus. It is such a oxymoron of a name. Plus on the first date with my DH, we went to the zoo and had a lot of fun putting voices to the animals. One of my favorites was when we say the Pygmy and there was a beautiful storklike bird on the rail near the hippo. He kept switching legs and DH kept saying "look what I can do...I'm way more interesting than that ol' hippo, it's not even a REAL hippo..." I guess you had to be there, but that is why.

And now you know more than you ever wanted to, I'm sure!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Femininity Challenge

Emma at Charming the Birds from the Trees Posted a Femininity Challenge on her blog on Sunday. I thought it would be fun to see what I can come up with to be more feminine.

Today I wore a skirt and a soft sweater. I will braid my hair (when it dries a little more...VERY thick hair) and then I will take a picture to post here on the blog. That is my feminine effort today. This should be fun.

EDITED TO ADD: Ok, DH wasn't home to take my picture and I don't have a full-length mirror to do a self-portrait, so you will just have to believe me when I say...I looked mahvolus.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I've been thinking...

I realized today that I check other people's blogs multiple times a day and yet I don't update mine regularly. I think this is the same situation I have with watching Home & Garden television and my home & garden are in disarray. I am always looking at what other people are up to and not focused on myself.

This concerns me!!

I have a lot to offer in this life and I seem to be focused on others instead of my own life. It reminds me of Rise & Expansion in the book of Acts. When there was RISE in people's lives, there as EXPANSION for the movement of the Word. What am I doing to RISE in my own life?

Starting today I am going to comment on the books I read, the Word I have studied, and the movies I have enjoyed. There is a lot going on in my life not anything CRAZY, but still, I am busy doing something and I can write that stuff down here. That way I can check my OWN blog multiple times a day and see my own life from a different point of view!

Sounds like a plan.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

My Vacation

Ok, I thought of something else I could Blog about. DH and I went on a cruise in May. It was AWESOME. We went to Costa Maya, Mexico; Grand Cayman Island; and Jamaica. We were "unplugged" for 7 days. That was so nice! I think Grand Cayman Island was my favorite for the beaches.

Yes that is me in the distance, very tropical nes' pa? Not a very good "beach" but this was the original docking station for the pirates and the water is beautiful! When we were at the actual beach we were to much in the water and not taking pictures!!

Jamaica was my favorite for the enviroment.

Mexico was my least favorite but it was still great for...TEQUILA!!!
Yes that is a whole store dedicated to different kinds of Tequila. We might have bought one of everything! (not really)

Ok, so there are some highlights from the ports of call. The ship will have to be a totally different entry...I'll just say, AMAZING!


Long Time No Blog

Rean's Hope Chest

Well, I suppose since this is my own personal blog I shouldn't feel guilty, but I do...kinda.

Life has been hectic around here. DH is working very hard and some long hours (12-14 hours/day). My job is very busy too. It seems there are a lot of people who need legal help! It makes me need MENTAL help!! LOL

It is nice to have summer here after such a weird winter. At least summer is predictable (hot, hot, hot). Unfortunately our plans to work on the outside of our new home have not come into fruition. Our "landscaping" is pitiful. I trimmed our buses out front and that has helped but weeding should be a priority.

I want to learn more about plants and the like, I just haven't taken the time to try anything. We bought some hanging plants for our screened in back porch but I wasn't faithful to water them and they are dead. No, dead isn't the right word...they are dust!

In my previous post on My Morning Focus I talked about getting up earlier in the morning. Well, I did pretty good for about a month and then fell back into old habits. I have started getting up in the morning now when DH gets up (around 6AM or so) and then I go do Yoga.

Holy smokes, I forgot how painful that can be! I have to do a lot of modified poses because of my weight but at least I am doing it. I have done it for 3 days now (Thursday, Friday, and Monday). I had to skip this morning because DH didn't get up until 7:15 because he had a breakfast meeting in town and I stayed in bed with him. My Yoga takes an hour and I wouldn't have time to shower and get ready for work at that point. I still got up when he did though! :)

Well, I guess that's all I have to say for now. We just got DSL service at work so I don't feel bad using the Internet on my breaks. I might post more often now, but who knows, I might not! LOL

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Interesting Quiz

You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.





Modern Liberal


Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan




Reformed Evangelical


Neo orthodox


Classical Liberal


Roman Catholic


What's your theological worldview?
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It says what I thought it would. I am pretty much even keeled. Of course, just taking a quiz won't put me strictly in one catagory or another. It was interesting to see that my results were all pretty close. I guess I am an accepting individual!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

New Furniture

Rean's Hope Chest

I am sitting, this very moment, in a nice big comfy chair, feet on an ottoman, typing on my laptop in my living room. This is a wonderful day because: 1) we were sitting on a futon which was rather awkward (we had to prop pillows up behind us just to not be laying down!) and 2) we did it without going into debt! We saved for a while for furniture and were almost there when we found out we were getting some big $$ back on our taxes (I guess that's what you get when you buy a house on 20% down). I am so syked!

I will have to take a picture and post it here.

We also have a dining room table (we were eating off of a fiberglass folding table covered by a picnic table tablecloth), 6 chairs and a buffet with lots of storage for linens and candles and such! We got these from our wonderful fellowship coordinators. They were moving their office into the room they had been using as a dining room. They decided they eat all their meals at the kitchen table anyway so they are going to convert that area into an office. They offered the furniture to us for FREE!!! Isn't God great!! We are so thankful to them for their generosity. I have so much to learn from them.

My DH's job has settled down a bit and life is easing back from its breakneck speed to a more reasonable pace.

Before I go into a long dissertation on work I should tell you I am a legal secretary in an office with two attorneys. Ok, now this will make more sense.

Work is better. One of my bosses took an Assistant District Attorney job a few months ago and ever since then it has been hectic, manic, craziness!! Well, he went and resigned today stating the "part-time" job was requiring full-time hours and he wasn't willing to give up his private practice for a low paying county job.

I am so proud of him. He really loved that job but they were totally abusing him. He had no time for his clients which meant yours truly had to field all the calls and questions. Boy, I am glad he will be in the office more often. I have to admit the quiet times I had the place all alone were great but now maybe I can get some work done on his files.

Well, I gues that about does it for today. I am enjoying my early morning workouts and cleaning sessions but I am still thinking about asking for part-time hours at work. Even just one day or a couple of afternoons off would help me immensly (I think).

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Excuses and My Morning Focus

Life as usual has been busy. I will have to make time to blog a little more. I am working hard and trying to stay on top of our home. DH has been really focused on his job because they have been keeping him REALLY busy. It is times like this that I just want to be at home taking care of my DH and our home.

Sometimes I just want to walk away from the office and never go back. Not because the office is a horrible place to work, as a matter of fact this is the most wonderful desk job I have had. My bosses are so patient and kind but they still push me to be my best.

I guess that is part of the reason I haven't blogged in a while. I started this blog while I was at work and I just made a committment to spend less time online and more time focused on my work. Then, when I get home, there are so many things to catch up on that I am exhausted by the time 10 P.M. rolls around.

I have started getting up with my DH when he leaves for work (around 6:30 or so). When I was Way Disciple I had a lot of problems getting up at 6 A.M. and studying the Word. I always considered myself a night person.

Recently I have been looking at the Proverbs 31 woman and trying to emulate her focus and drive. That is when I had an "Ah Ha" moment. In the Word God makes many many references to rising while it is yet night and rising early to pray and get focused on the spiritual needs of the day before the physical needs overwhelm it. I have decided that even though I consider myself a "night person" I am going to push my believing and rise up while it is still early.

So far, three days in a row!!! Yeah me.

The mornings have become more productive as the week goes on. On Monday I only made the bed and put clothes away, on Tuesday I got distracted by a book I have been wanting to finish and only made the bed (and finished the book) :). This morning, however, I got up and made the bed, ate breakfast and walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I am so proud of me.

I want to improve my body and my mind but I am going to have to make it a point to read the Word in the morning. Maybe I could put my bible right by my bed and then I could read it while I was fully waking up. (I won't be doing any major studying, just reading for enjoyment.)

Thanks to SJ, Elizabeth, and Kristen for encouraging me to continue blogging. The little bit that I do has really helped me get focused on what I want for my life.

Until next time...

Friday, January 06, 2006

Photo Test

This is just a post to test my ability to post pictures to my blog.



What a wonderful year 2005 was for me. I am so thankful for all that I was able to accomplish and all that I have learned about myself. It has been a rough year as well but how encouraging to know that all of the problems from last year don't have to follow me into this one!! I am looking forward to a new year and new attitudes.

At bible fellowship last night my fellowship coordinator shared about planning and goal setting. He feels the same way I do, I HATE resolutions. They are short lived and unattainable without a plan. I can set reasonable goals and set up activities to help me accomplish them that way they are not unattainable but something I can strive towards. I will be working on my goals and I think I will post them here as well.

I also found this web site (we'll see if I can post a hyperlink *my first ever*) 43 Things. It is very cool. I am still exploring and only found it yesterday but so far I have a couple of things. I only get 43 so I have to pick carefully.

Ok, so I have to post this to see if the hyperlink worked and then I am going to work on my goals. I am really excited about using this blog as a way to track my goals and the progress I can make on them. This truly will become my Hope Chest!!

See ya!

Rean's Hope Chest