Saturday, December 30, 2006

Poverty or excess

Lately I have been constantly reminded of how much "stuff" I have and this country has. As I made 15 different things for Christmas I couldn't help but think of people who don't even have Christmas dinner or are only preparing one thing for dinner. I had so many different battling thoughts running through my head while cooking like, well it is Christmas, this is what we do, but then I would feel bad that we got to enjoy all of this wonderful food and then had leftovers for days when I am aware that others have nothing.

As someone who enjoys going on short term mission trips I like to be aware of what is going on in other places and be reminded of how extremely blessed I am to have what I do. What I am struggling with is finding how to deal with these thoughts.

An example:

I dream of the day where I can design my own kitchen with 2 ovens and a great stove, and a warming drawer... As I think of that I begin to feel guilty because there have been families that I have served (in other countries) that don't even have an oven, a sink, or a bed....I want to help others, but at the same time I don't think I need to feel guilty for being able to have things.

P.S. I would really like to go on a short mission trip this summer, anyone know of any?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas!

I am so sad that the Christmas season is going by so fast again! And where is the snow?

I hope that you all have a wonderful time celebrating this season with your family and friends.


Thursday, December 21, 2006

If you like chocolate...

You must try the new Hershey kisses that are out. (I am not a huge fan of the milk chocolate kisses, because I think there is better chocolate out there.) BUT, Hershey's holiday flavors rock! The two that I really enjoy are mint flavored and peppermint. The mint is a chocolate kiss with a mint flavoring. Peppermint consists of white chocolate with bits of candy cane dispersed through out. Yummy.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

New Hobby?

I don't think so. Today was my mother's birthday. I decided a few months back to do something extra special for her birthday gift. I came up with idea of doing a scrapbook of our Disney trip this past summer. I haven't done one of these books in about 13 years.

I totally forgot what a BIG job this was. The time and energy that went into it was amazing.

As I would go to stores and work on the book, I was amazed at the beautiful pages people would make and just the whole creative aspect was fun.

Despite all the work, the book came out great and my mother was so appreciative of it!!! This made it all worth while.

Do you ever do something and think no one will understand or see what you do or how much time you put into something to make that work? Well this was the feeling I had with this book, but I was wrong. My mom recognized the time, energy, money... and that made me so happy and the fact that she couldn't get over it made me even more excited.

But, it will probably be another 13 years before I do another one. :)

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

G's thoughts on the Bears

I love that there were SO many Bears fans in St. Louis!

Hester is a maniac.

Why is Charles Tillman called Peanut?

I am so sick and tired of all the talk about Rex Grossman. The poor guy! I know he needs to step it up, but that is all that is talked about, oh and the 3 or 4 pro-bowlers who weren't able to play tonight. My gosh, give Grossman some encouragement, tips, ideas...You could see the fear all over him tonight. And now all I have to say is we got our "Rexy Back"!!!!

Crazy upsets this week in football, wow!

Look out playoffs here come the Bears.

And how great that part of Christmas Eve will be celebrated with football. Oh yeah!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

"The Holiday"

So I LOVED this movie!!! I will not give anything away, but I will say that I think I liked it so much was because I could relate to a few of the parts. I want to see it again and I do have to say Jack Black actually pulled off a serious role. Wow!

A motto (in reference to men) that I have learned at times, I take from the Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

So ridiculous!

I watch the food network from time to time. It helps me keep up on my culinary skills, get ideas, and get excited about cooking. Every once in a while I would watch Rachel Ray, but I was usually annoyed by her. She now has a talk show on and I have seen it a handful of times. I can't quite figure it out. Sometimes it intrigues me and other times I just turn it off. One of the things I get annoyed by is her always saying "EVOO", which stands for extra virgin olive oil. She says it over and over and over. Today on her talk show, it was announced that "EVOO" is now going in the Oxford Dictionary. What? Can I start making up words and abbreviations and get them in there too? Ugh!

Da Bulls

I attended my first Bulls game this year with Amy. When we walked into the United Center, the crowd was already extremely pumped and really ready to go. It made me even that more excited to be there and ready to cheer on the Bulls. This subtle observation reminded me of how much our attitudes can affect other people.

In case you missed the game, the Bulls were on fire! Nocioni and Gordon were scoring machines! I really enjoyed their warm up mix, how can I get that?!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas in the city!

Despite how nice and warm the weather has been, I am kind of excited about the possibility of our first snow that supposedly will be coming tomorrow night! The cold, crisp air along with the snowy yards and streets remind me that Christmas is near.

Tonight I sat and wrapped Christmas gifts with the fire going and watched the New York lighting ceremony with some wonderful artists singing some great carols. This really put me in the mood. Something that I also really enjoy during this season is to take time and walk around the city visiting the Macy holiday windows, walking around Chicago's huge tree, and going to the little village to visit all of the different countries Christmas items.

Today there was big news and controversy in regards to Christmas in Chicago. In the area where the tree and festivities are there is a big manger scene that is set up. Of course, that is what Christmas is all about, right? Well some stuff was stirred up because the movie "The Nativity" wanted to help sponsor some of the activities that were going on and were denied that publicity.

At first this didn't bother me and the more I think about it, the more I realize how sad this really is. The argument is that people of different religions would be offended by a Christian display. Wait a minute, who else celebrates Christmas? I know that many do the whole gift giving thing, but Christmas is centered around what us Christians believe, the birth of Christ. Every store you go into that sells or displays Christmas decorations you see mangers. So now are people going to get offended by that? This movie is allowed to air commercials and put up billboards without running into problems, so why was this such a big deal for the city of Chicago?

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Bears

What a game the Bears had against the Patriots! To be honest, I was really surprised that the stats were so similar! We could have won.

And who determines a booth review? Whoever does, I would like to kiss their feet!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Good times

Black Friday was a success! After a long, hard hunt the Nintendo Wii was purchased. We will have some happy campers at Christmas.

And that brings me to my next point....CHRISTMAS! I am so excited for this season. We put all of our decorations up today while listening to some great Christmas tunes. Our tree is gorgeous and this evening we sat and enjoyed our newly decorated peaceful apartment. It was divine!!!!

Now onto wrapping some gifts!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Turkey Time

I hope that everyone has a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I am excited for the break and looking forward to some good food! Also, happy black Friday to all who venture out!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Nintendo Wii

What is the deal with Nintendo Wii? I get all the interactive games, that seems pretty cool! But why would a company only make a certain amount around the holidays? Some people I know stood in line at the crack of dawn to get one and now all the stores are sold out. Of course, no one knows when they will get more in. I also get supply and demand, but something like this should be readily available, a store shouldn't only have 150 for its premier.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Yeah, I know

Ok, so it has been a long time since I have posted. I realize that, sorry. I just have not felt very inspired to write anything. I am hoping to improve, although with my break nothing good has creeped into my mind on what I should write about. We will see what happens.

Oh and to those of you who have given me a hard time about not writing, it would be nice to have some more interaction from you i.e. comments...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Cupcake Time!

So Christmas is right around the corner...can you believe it? That brings me to coming up with a new holiday flavor for Christmas.

I would love any and and all cupcake suggestions! Please just leave them in the comment part.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Can I get your digits?

I will save you with the drama of the day, but my cell phone decided to stop working today and therefore I lost my entire phone book. Many numbers I do not have written down anywhere, so if you are a friend or family member who I chat with, would you be so kind to e-mail me your phone number????


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Marie Antoinette

Today I began to chisel away at the list of movies that I posted yesterday. In case you are unaware, AMC does this great deal where before noon on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every movie is $5. Back to the movie.

I went into the movie thinking it would be a chick flick and really I was looking for some brainless entertainment. I do admit that I do not know a whole lot about history and I am wondering if that would have helped me to understand this movie.

Questions I left with:

1. What was the point of this movie?

2. Why didn't Marie Antoinette stand up for herself?

3. Why was her mother SO involved?

4. What was the point of the first part of the movie having not a whole lot of dialogue? There was no climatic point building, all I wanted was some interactive chatting.

So instead of having this happy feeling when I was left, I was more or less a bit annoyed and confused.

Friday, October 27, 2006


I know I have written a post before about shoes (crocs), but this time it is about Uggs. I do not think they are that bad looking, actually they look pretty comfy and warm. (I wish I could show you a picture, but I don't know how to do that) In fact, my sister who is quite fashionable for her young age, just purchased a pair this past weekend. I was totally shocked by the price and cannot figure out why they are so expensive. I mean, back 10 years ago I was way into Dr. Martin's and those cost easily $100. Uggs are more expensive. Wow! What is the attraction to them???? I have to admit, one of the babies I watch had a pair of Uggs on today, and he looked SO cute!!!!

Way side note, there are a TON of movies that I want to see. I need to catch up in the movie department. Here is my list of movies that I am looking forward to seeing, let alone the ones that look great that haven't come out: "The Last Kiss", "The Departed", "The Illusionist", "Marie Antoinette", "Running with Scissors", "The Guardian", "The Prestige", "Facing the Giants", and "The Lake House". Just a few!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


I think that pizza is one of my favorite foods and I could eat it at least 5 out of 7 days of the week. Man it is so yummy!!!!

My favorite place to order pizza is Giordano's. (There is no way I could eat this every day, I would be the size of a house.) Their stuffed pizza is just oozing with great cheese and all the flavors combined make my mouth and stomach so happy.

This is definitely the place to stop at if you have out of town guests who want some Chicago style pizza.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Girls and Sports

My dad loves sports! I remember growing up with my family having the T.V. tuned to the Bulls, Bears, Sox...(those were the dominant teams we cheered on and still do). As a young girl I jumped on the band wagon and didn't think anything of it. I can recall being in junior high rooting on the Bulls to all of their championships and celebrating their victory by the entire family jumping in our swimming pool.

It became apparent to me in highschool and college that girls were not really into following sports as I was (at least none of the ones I hung around). I saw that girls would use "watching sports" to win the favor of some guys and so I in turn would keep it quiet around them. Because for one, I was not trying to impress them because I just honestly liked football, basketball, and baseball. Also, I found out that if I talked with guys about sports they wouldn't take me seriously (not that I know a ton about it, but I do know a bit).

In the past few years my love for my favorite sports has increased. By this I mean I have dedicated more time to watching them and going to the games. For example, this past Monday the Bears were on Monday night football. What a big night, I was pumped ALL day long, I felt like I was jumping up and down on a regular basis because I was so excited. I couldn't wait until the 7:30 kick off. As I watched the pregame show the talk was about the 85 Bears and all their remarkable players. The Bears and Arizona game was fun with it being Monday night and all, but what a terrible and frustrating game to watch.

Recently I talked with some friends of mine and I was telling them about this great football pool I am in (atothegizzo rocks!!!), they were surprised. They had no idea I was so into football. That conversation made me collect my thoughts about this topic and hence write this blog.

So the bottom line is: I don't care that I am a girl and I love to watch sports and I will talk about it!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Like I've said before I enjoy trying new restaurants and this week I did just that. I was excited to go to Texas Roadhouse. I don't know about you but the server we had there was horrible. She was so unpleasant, impatient, and kind of rude. I felt like she put a damper on the entire experience and I couldn't fully enjoy my time there. I know everyone has a bad day, but as a server you want to help your guests to enjoy their evening out, not ruin it. Just because of this I do not know if I will try that restaurant again.

I can't believe I am rooting for the Detroit Tigers, what is happening to me?

With my job, I work at multiple families houses during the week. I do not stay at the same house watching the same kids for the entire week, which I love the change! When I arrived at one family's house this week I was pleasantly surprised that when they told me that their cat was dead. Call me mean, cruel...whatever, but I can't stand cats, especially that one. This thing drove me crazy, it scared me, it was viloently ill one time when I was there, and would never leave me alone. So when I was told the news, that it was dead, I was leaping up and down for job inside.

New season of the Duel (Real World/Road Rules Challenge) starts tonight! Do you think it will be like all the other seasons?

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

First time...

I love trying new things like: activities, restaurants, vacation spots....

I have been to Great America a bunch of times but I have never gone during Fright Fest. This theme park becomes completely decorated with spiders, tanks, ghosts, goblins, and creepy characters.

It was the perfect day to go, the weather rocked and it wasn't too crowded. I even ran into a fellow student who I taught my first year. The only thing that was a bummer was that the park wasn't open in the evening so I didn't experience the entire feeling of Fright Fest.

I love being able to have the schedule where I can enjoy these things that tickle my heart because a year ago life wasn't this way.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

You've gotta try it

Two years ago I went with my Dad, sister, and little brother to an apple orchard and then went through a corn maze. The maze was huge, we divided up on teams (boys against girls). Each team had a map of the maze and there were clues on there which we had to find and once we found it our map would get hole punched. The maze took us about an hour to get through. It was a blast! The girls of course won!!!!!

Well last night I attended that corn maze again with my friends. They change the design each year, check it out. Which I can't figure out how they do it. Since we went at night, half of the corn maze was normal where we could again find our clues, but the second half was haunted. I do not like haunted things, being with a group of people made it easier and there really wasn't too many scary things. It was fun and made us laugh to see younger kids get scared. Oh, we weren't allowed to bring in flashlights-only glow in the dark attire or light up pens. So each of us had a glow in the dark necklace (which we wore on our heads) and bracelet and later we could be called "The halos" by one family.

We had an absolute blast and laughed a lot! A must do!

Thursday, October 05, 2006


GO OAKLAND! I hope the Minnesota Twins continue to get their asses whooped!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Have you ever heard of this?

I have heard of compose piles, my grandma would save scraps of fruits, vegetables, egg shells, anything that would break down over time in the garden and once broken down would create really healthy soil.

Tonight I was introduced to a worm box. People keep a box of worms in their house and feed the worms all the left over food and scraps, just like a compose pile. The worms eat it and poop, their poop is dirt (I never knew this). Then some people put this dirt in their garden.

I think this is weird!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Summer Lovin'

So today 2 things happened that made me think of:

1. I was watching a show on MTV called True Life. It was about twins and how there are twin functions that bring twins together from all around. On the show I saw a set of twins that I saw in Disney World. It was funny, we ran into them everywhere. They were easy to remember because they had really long hair and would put these crazy ribbons in them.

2. Then today the boys and I took a trip to the mall, one of them wanted to go to the Disney store, which I haven't been to in years. Going in I was just flooded with all kinds of great memories and stories from the family vacation to the land of Mickey Mouse.

I am ready for another vacation...where to next?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Me happy

The weather today totally rocks! I LOVE FALL!!! The leaves are beginning to change, the days are warm and the nights are cool. I don't even mind a rainy day here or there.

I hope the weather stays like this for the rest of the week. A little FYI, I will not be blogging for the rest of the week because I am watching some kids while the parents go to Cabo. So I want to go to the zoo and do other stuff outside with my little guys. If you want to come party with us in Oak Brook come on over.

Till next time...

Monday Night Football

I am amazed at the chaos that is happening in the Saints and Falcons game. Wow...shocking.

The real question-how did Green Day and U2 get paired up togehter for the opening introduction to the game?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Bitter Sweet

Ok, the Sox are really struggling. This is so sad. They have the potential, they just need to bring it all together.


Girls rule!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Things that made me smile this weekend

-being back at Moody's campus and having my mind become flooded with great memories

-the Bears victory

-God using prayer in amazing ways

-singing my lungs out to "Move Along" by All American Rejects

-spending the afternoon in Chicago with a good friend, Jon, from college

-eating chinese food

-spending time with my little brother and sister

-exciting opportunities with cupcakes

-the Amazing Race starting up again

Just when I think things are bad, there are usually good things happening at the same time that are easily ignored. Why is it that the negative is more of the focus than the positive?

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Sorry that there have been no blog entries this week. It has been a long, frustrating, and draining week!!!! Hopefully I can get back on track here and start a typin'!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Football Means...

Consumption of more pizza than I usually do

Fall is upon us

Cold, stormy, and snowy weather is on it's way

The holidays are coming soon

Sundays are spent on the couch

Saturday, September 09, 2006


I don't like!

It is hard to do!

How do you bring things up in a nice way?

You don't want to be mean or hurt the other parties feelings, but you might.

But in the end, confrontation is beneficial and necessary. It makes me a stronger person and able to stick up and care for myself.

Friday, September 08, 2006


I cannot believe I am typing this. I joined MySpace!!! What has happened to me?

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Music generations

Please remind me to NEVER work a double when I need to leave my house at 5:45 ******* a.m. especially when I get home at midnight.

I heard a few oldies today. I can really get into oldies music if I am in the right mood. There are some great classics. As I heard "Build me up buttercup" today I thought about some legends like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Barry White, and some others. And then I recalled last nights VMA amwards (sad, sad, sad).

I thought about what our kids or our grandkids would consider "oldies" music when they get to be our age. The sad realization was that they are going to have a lot of crap and inappropriate lyrics to sing too. I mean what will they be jammin' too...50 cent or Panic at the Disco (what the hell with that band) or Shakira (YUCK!!!!)???? Don't get me wrong, there is some decent stuff, but I can only think of a few that I might want these up and coming kids to listen to: Cold Play, Jack Johnson, Norah Jones...

I mean really how much worse could some of these lyrics get and the slutty (to put it nicely) videos...AHHHH

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I almost wet myself twice today

What a day leaving for work at 7 a.m. to get home home FROM WORK at 1:15 a.m.!

Incident 1:
So I leave straight from subbing today (which was great, can't wait to have my own class) to nannying. After dinner I take this guy on a little walk. I needed to return a few calls that I missed during the day and what better time than on a walk. So I am pushing this little tyke in his car that is kind of noisy and I have my ear piece in the other ear. I am done talking on the phone just enjoying the walk when all of the sudden I hear screeching noises along with skid marks. I turn around to see this boy (about 8 yrs. old) on his bike trying to stop so he wouldn't run into me. Hello....could he not say excuse me or go around on the grass. I couldn't believe I almost got ran over by a 8 yr. old on his bike! That would have been a great story to tell.

Incident 2:
I have picked up the toys, done the dishes, and am trying to relax on the couch and get some rest while I am still working. This family has a black cat and she is on the kitchen table. Ok, this repulses me so I attempt to shoe (how do you spell this word in this context?) her off. Bad idea...she starts hissing and then all of the sudden she puts her back up and starts galavanting around the kitchen. Now I am scared shitless. I do not want this psycho animal coming after me. She continues to do her thing and now I am curled up in a chair with a big pillow to protect me. Then the idiotic animal decides to come near, I am sweating and I just keep talking nicely to it like that is going to do something. After a good 30 minutes, she calms down and I am able to leave the chair. I then succesfully get her out of the room and put up the baby gates so that she cannot come near me for the remainder of the night. But yet I still worry because I wonder if she has the ability to jump over them. So much for a relaxing evening. I didn't really like cats before and this incident increased my hatred for them.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Can't Sleep

I am so excited because I get to substitute teach tomorrow for 2nd grade. This would have been my class if I was still teaching. I won't be able to sub at all except for just a few days since I am nannying full time now, so I am soaking up every opportunity. I wonder why I am so excited. I have my outfit all picked out and I am ready to go. If you know me I like to get rested up for the kids so to still be wide awake and my mind going 100 miles an hours is a bit bizarre.

Ready or not kids here I come!!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Weekend Event: Saturday

Amy and I in Chicago

Amy's husband was out of town this past weekend, so Friday night we stayed up to the wee hours of the morning. Then we were woke up by drilling and hammering. They were lovely sounds to wake up to. We figured since we were up why not get going on our day of fun.

First stop: AMC theatre to see "Step Up". I loved it! A top movie of mine is "Save the Last Dance" and this was very similiar to story line, plot...I was suprised that I still liked it so much despite how alike they were. I am ready to sign up to a hip hop class (seriously!!!!).

Second stop: Baja Fresh for some yummy mexican food and some good talks.

Third stop: A very short nap

Fourth stop: The White Sox game. The game was one of the most thrilling, nerve racking, nail biting game I have been too. The sold out venue was out of control exciting. The Sox came back from losing to tie it in the ninth inning and unfortunately lost in extra innings. There was even some excitement with some unruly Twins fans getting ejected. The night ended with a fireworks show.

What a great day Amy and I had together!!! The time went so fast, it was great to create more great memories, laugh, and dig into each others lives. I look forward to having more weekends like this one.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Weekend Event: Friday

Ok, so I have had one of the most fun weekends I have had in a long time. Here is the skinny.

Part A:
I was going to spend the day with my sister Ashley and my brother Matthew. School was going to start and I wanted to party the day away with them. The plan was to go North Avenue Beach. Due to the weather forecast we had to change plans so we ended up doing a lot of different yet fun things: the mall, Portillos, Brunswick Zone, ice cream, and then swimming at my pool. It was great and I was so glad I could spend that time with Ashley and Matthew.

Part B:
For the first time in a while I felt like I was a "young professional" this evening. I really don't like that phrase but it captures my age, job (if I had one), and feelings. The plan was to go to a piano bar and celebrate a few summer birthdays. We ate dinner in the restaurant and then headed over to the piano bar part. There was a guy planning the piano (go figure), a girl singing, and another guy playing the drums. They were great, they played a wide variety of music and were so talented. Needless to say most of us were out on their small dance floor having the time of our lives. There was such an excitement and energy. It was great to partake in something other than a movie, "just hanging out"...

Cheers to Amaretto Stone Sours!!!!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Stupid things

#1 Who the hell would pay $10 to go see "Beer Fest". I need some clarification as to why anyone would desire to see that? Is it because there are going to be hot chicks in there or what?

#2 What is so great about crocs? They are some of the tackiest and ugliest shoes I have ever seen? How and why did they get so popular? And why all the crazy colors? Why couldn't I have thought of such a stupid idea and made tons of money off of it?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Somethin' I'm learning

Since I was in junior high until now, I have always worked with kids. That would includ: babysitting, being a junior high youth leader, teaching, tutoring...Kids teach me many things, make me laugh, and remind me of who I am.

Recently I have learned a lot about being a mother. Being a mom is such a huge job. There are times when I have left a babysitting job or weekend and am completely exhausted. These women (who are home all day with their kids) do not get a break! Children (especially young ones) require so much attnetion. I have no idea how you can keep the house picked up, do laundry (wash it, fold it, and put it away), make meals, stay on top of the dishes, do errands, shower, get ready, return phone calls...The list just goes on and on.

I can remember being in stores with kids running around and the parents not having a care in the world, they were just down right out of control. It would and still does drive me crazy. I have realized why parents will "let things slip" or "ignore" their child's bad beharvior. Why? Because discipline is a constant, never ending affair, and sometimes you just can't take it anymore and pretend like nothing bad is happening.

Being a mom is an amazing job, a lot of work, but hopefully very rewarding. I know being with young kids on a daily basis excites me to see what they are learning, how they have changed, and to see them become their own person. I am so thankful for my mom. So if you ever see a mom or even your mom needing a helping hand please offer yourself. Help make their job just a little easier.

P.S. I know that some dads stay at home with their kids. So way to go dads!!!

Friday, August 18, 2006


I was just getting ready to head out to work out tonight after I got off from nannying. There was a funny knock at the door, I thought it was our good friend who lives across the way. As I opened the door, there were two guys standing there who were about 20 years old, obviously not my friend Erin. The guys of course were selling something...which I hate soliciters. One of them was talking so fast I don't even remember why he was selling magazines.

I think the thing that made me mad was that the guy who did most of the speaking was trying to use every line in the book on me. (Here is some background info: he had asked me what I do for work so I told him I was a teacher, a chef, and now a nanny). Now for some of his lines: 1. So what are you cooking us for dinner tonight? 2. What do I have to do to get signed up for you to teach me? 3. Are those natural highlights? 4. Can I guess that you are like 19 or 20 years old?

The funny part was that I called this guy out on all his shit. I am not going to put up with that crap or his attempt to schmooze me into buying a magazine.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

funny and innocent

I heard this little story of something that happened at church yesterday. There was a 2 1/2 year old girl who was in her class for church. There was a child who was not sharing with her. So this little girl walked up to this child (attitude and all) and told him "You are not sharing and I am telling God, you also will not be allowed to come back to this class anymore."

This little chick is on her toes...her words are not true, but made me laugh.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I know

that my blogs have been just random thoughts of mine or things that I am doing and I haven't been that consistent with them lately. I am hoping that will change. In a very soon post I will be sharing some of my thoughts about what I have been learning...a little more deeper of a blog.

What is it about MTV that I enjoy so much? It seems as though if I have time to watch TV the channel of choice is usually not the game show network or even the food network. Maybe it is because a few of the shows that I watch you can skip an episode and not be lost. The shows that I like are: Real World, Fresh Meat, Laguna Beach, the car one (I forget the name) and then occasionally Room Raiders, Why can't I be you, and Runs House, I'll even watch Next. They are just entertaining, mindless at times, and make me laugh.

Today I went with my little brother to the White Sox game. To be honest it has been a rough couple of weeks cheering on the Sox in the midst of losing quite a few, but never give up. It was exciting to be at the game where the Sox swept the Tigers!!! I loved spending time with Matthew too. One of the highlights was just hearing his love for Chicago and how he thinks he knows his way around the city. We went to his favorite place for lunch and after the game there is a really yummy ice cream place called Scoops that he wanted to go to. I love getting to spend "quality time" with my siblings.

I am so thankful for my church. I was visiting another church today since the church I attend would not get out earlier enough for us to go to the White Sox game. They had a missionary speak which I really enjoyed, but man I really missed the worship and fellowship at my church.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I loved sitting around this evening with my roommates as we laughed about watching "The Ringer" and quoted some of their funny lines. I love laughing!

I am so excited for football season to start! Go Bears, Go Illini!!!!!!

Two movies that I have recently seen: "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Scoop". "The Devil Wears Prada" was alright, nothing great, in my opinion it is a renter. Going in to see "Scoop" I was a little apprehensive about it considering that I am not a big Woody Allen fan. The movie impressed me, it made me laugh, and kept me going. I would recommend it.

A past student of mine e-mailed me today. It was a great surprise. I couldn't help but think that I really did make an impression on kids, she still remembers me. Wow! It was sweet because she wanted advice for the new grade she was going into. I look forward to being used to shape, love, and tell kids about the Truth.

This past week a very sad and tragic event happened to one of my roommates and her family. I was so impressed by how the body of Christ came together to encourage, support, and hold up my friend. This was encouraging to me.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Not quite

What a weekend!

I babysat for a family that was out of town at a wedding this weekend. It went well, but was exhausting. So I thought I was wrapping up the babysitting gig and petsitting all in the same day. Until I got the phone call that the family I am petsitting for has decided to stay another week. That means I will have watched these 5 critters for over 3 weeks.

Can I just tell you how much I despise taking care of these things. It is not difficult, but cleaning their cages and litter box is horrific. YUCK!!! YUCK!!! YUCK!!! I can't take the animal smell either. When I am there I open all the windows, put the fan on, and spray air freshner all over, hoping that the animals do not get sick from it. I just can't handle it.

Something I am looking forward to is a movie that is coming out this Friday, Step Up. I am a huge fan of "Save the Last Dance", so we will see how this one turns out.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Not so forgetful

So I sit here typing to the sounds of the pitter patter of the rain and some David Crowder.

Today I was thinking about how sad it is that I am not using my culinary skills. I have learned so much and am nervous that I am going to forget how to do things properly since I am not using them on a daily basis.

Where I worked, The Herrington, the dishes were very elaborate. I do not cook like that for myself. For me, we are talking tacos, frozen pizzas, sandwiches...nothing fancy. It is too expensive to whip up one of those nice meals.

When I quit my job, 8 months ago, I made a list of all the recipes that I needed to type up so that I wouldn't forget some of the great dishes or basics that I learned like how to saute food or cut/clean huge sides of beef or make sauces. Well I haven't really done anything with them since then, so tonight I decided to attempt to rack my brain. It made me so excited that I was able to recall many of the recipes despite not using any of them! I couldn't believe it. Maybe doing some of those same things day in and day out and were left imprinted on my brain.

I do look forward to being able to cook like this again, maybe just in my home and not the restaurant business. I do not want to see my time and my degree in culinary arts go to waste. I hate that, I worked way to hard to get where I was at in that field. I can't wait to see how this will play a role in my future.

Monday, July 31, 2006


Why can no company make a deodorant that does not leave white residue on shirts (especially black ones) so that everyone can see it? I have tried a few different brands, they all claim that they leave "no white residue" but they lie!

Why can it be easier to be friends with NON Christian guys than Christian ones?

Saturday, July 29, 2006


Well it is official...I will be teaching 1st grade.

I was asked to fill a maternity leave for this upcoming winter. After lots of prayer, contemplating, and attempting to figure out my future I decided that it would be beneficial for me to fill this role. I am excited to get reconnected to families, impact kids, and keep up with my teaching skills. Part of me is fearful because I like to have things planned and after I teach for those few months I do not know what the future holds (basically how I will make money).

I know that God will provide and take care of me as He has this entire year, I just have to continue to trust Him.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Weeks Events

So this is Jess and I. (Blogger won't move the picture to where I want it but this refers to my Wednesday adventure.)

This week has been full of the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is easy to become occupied with the negatives that come our way, so instead I will focus on the fun stuff this week.

Believe me, I have had a fun week! (This is what I am talking about when I have the freedom of not working as a line cook!)

Sunday I went to the Sox game. They has been a tough two weeks. GO SOX!

Monday I spent the day in the city with my mom, sister, and brother. We took the train down and then ventured on the trollies to take us all around. We hit up Navy Pier for some mini golf and other activities and then headed to Millenium Park. It was so great to frolic in the water by the bean and get refreshed after playing in the heat all day.

Tuesday was fun because we celebrated my friends 25th birthday. It was a pool party which was so refreshing. When I was younger I was on winter and summer swim teams and loved it. I never really got into diving, but I conquered a fear of mine at the pool party. I jumped off the 5 METER platform. It was great! I don't know how those Olympic divers do it!

Wednesday, my roommate Jess and I headed to Great America. It was a celebration that she completed microbiology this summer and an early birthday extravaganza. We got on all the rides that we wanted too. We rode in the front seat of DeJaVu. That ride is my favorite, it scares the **** out of me, but then riding in the front was even more of a rush. Another great part of going to six flags was enjoying the water park- from the wave pool to the body slides to mat races to the lazy river...It all was great! And then to top off the night by eating a McDonalds cheeseburger, I couldn't be happier (it is the little things in life). Oh and closing down Gurnee Mills and getting some GREAT bargains was fantastic too.

I don't want the fun to stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 24, 2006

2 movies

Somethings Gotta Give- What a great movie!!!!! I remember seeing this movie in the theatre with my friend who just broke off a very serious relationship. It was a Monday in January and it was the perfect movie to see after some long draining nights, the movie was so funny and of course romantic. I watched it this weekend and fell in love with it all over again. I am a girl who usually does not watch movies over and over but this is one in which I think I could.

Something New- This was an interesting movie that made me think a bit this weekend! The lead actress decides to date outside of her "list" of what she would like in her potential boyfriend. It depics the struggles and joys that she has. Made me wonder about a few things.

Friday, July 21, 2006


The past few nights I have attended MERGE which is an event that Sonlife ministries puts on for highschool youth groups that is held at Wheaton College. Some of my friends help lead it so it was fun to see what it was all about and hang out with them.

Yesterday when we were eating dinner in the cafeteria of Wheaton College, I ran in to a cook that I use to work with. It was so wonderful to see his familiar face. I really do miss my friends and the friendships that I made when working at the restaurant, it is sad to me that those connections aren't as strong as they use to be.

Well that was a little off the path...back to what I was saying.

What struck me when I saw my friend was that I am REALLY thankful that I made the decision to quit working those crazy food service hours. I didn't have a life at all. I started to think about all the things I missed out on last year and was so excited that the cycle would not repeat.

One of those things I won't miss out on is Amy's birthday. As Amy and I talked yesterday we started planning our birthdays, they are a little ways away but it doesn't hurt to start brainstorming. Right? It was sad to think that last year I couldn't spend it with her because I was working. My time is SO valuable to me and I am so grateful that now I have the freedom to do the things I want to do.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


I watch these amazing almost one year old identical twin boys.

They are so much fun and they change every time I see them. Today I was able to meet one of their grandfathers. This man made an impression on me!!!

His love for his grandsons was so extremely evident that I was blown away. It just oozed out of this man from every bone in his body. He smiled from ear to ear when he spent time with them. He loved every little detail about them. He was so excited about these little guys that he just kept sharing all these things about them, here are a few: how amazing it was that they are taking more and more steps by themselves each day, that they are happy, they know how to identify their toes and head, say certain words....He just kept going and going and going. What struck me was that this grandfather really did notice every detail. He calls them "blessings".

I don't think I have ever heard a grandparent so caught up and awed by their grandkids.

We need more grandparents like this gentleman.

Monday, July 17, 2006

I am finally back!!!

For the past 9 days (which seemed like an eternity at times) I was dog sitting. I had no internet access there which made things difficult (hence the reason for not many blogs this past week). I am not online a ton, but it is very inconvienent when you want to be on and you can't. The other interesting thing was that I was staying in this house all by myself. Now, I love to have my own space and time away from people, but this was too much. I think I would become depressed if I lived on my own. I realized that I would definitely prefer to be in the company of others, so I was very happy to come home to my two roommates!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Here are some long over due pictures of our family vacation to Disney World.

Monday, July 10, 2006

On Friday I had the grossest experience ever when nannying!!!! was everywhere. I will leave it at that.

This is very important: Yesterday I swung by American Eagle, a store I occasionally shop at, and found out some very good news. If you go in THIS WEEK and try on a pair of jeans, you will receive a FREE AMC movie theatre ticket. Watch out here I come (who can name that song????)!!!!!!!!!

All Star Game-----go A.J.

This week I am dog/house sitting! This little pooch is so cute, but sometimes requires more attention than I'd like to give her. She cracks me up as she tries to catch birds who are on the fence or flying above her, quite a site to see.

All I have to say is: "Party on party people" (who can name this song????)!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Sometimes I am amazed that I actually get paid to go to the pool. I can't stand just laying out and getting all hot, so with the kids it is fun because we are swimming around or going down some water slides! So refreshing.

Why are so many bats breaking at professional baseball games? It seems to happen at least every other inning!

Two songs that I am going to download in the next day or so are:
1. Promiscuous by Nelly Fortado
2. Dani California by The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Today I woke up and wanted to go snow skiing. I guess that won't be happening for a little while.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Glimpse of my day!

Well tonight I headed to Chicago (for the 2nd time) to the airport to pick up my friends car. Thank goodness my roommate and I got there right before it got dark so we could attempt to drive around random parking lots looking for her car. It was quite the adventure.

The 4th of July was great. The church that I attend passes out free bottled water at the Wheaton parade. It was so fun, always is! We successfully passed out 8,000 bottles of water in 40 minutes.

Went to the Taste of Chicago today with Amy. Sampled some yummy food like: garlic cheese bread, Sweet Baby Rays pulled pork, fried dough, and a turtle. So good!!!! There was some fun music too!

Why is it that people in their late 20's find it so pleasurable to get drunk on a regular basis? Explain it to me! I just don't get it!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Weird...but funny

Ok, so a while back we joked about bizarre cupcake flavors such as soup flavored and even meat flavored ones.

I found this site a few months ago and forgot to share it with you. Before you glance at it, make sure that you scroll down past the recipe. There a bunch of pictures. So take a look at this.

So can you believe that they used them for a birthday cake? They even frosted each cupcake with cheese and then garnished with bacon. I think it is hilarious and then at the same time just thinking about it makes me want to vomit.

Monday, July 03, 2006

The View

I am not a huge fan of "The View". I watch it every once in a while to see what they discuss in their hot topic segment or get some tips on new trends or even get a few laughs. But at times these ladies can drive me nuts.

I was not informed of Star Jones leaving "The View" until a few days after it had happened. When I was at dinner last night with some friends, we discussed what happened and were thinking of people who could replace her.

Today I some something that listed a few stars to fill the new position:
Dolly Parton
Miss Piggy

Interesting, huh!!! Any other ideas?

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Just what I needed!

I am so thankful for a nice long, hot bath after a full day of manual labor!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Can't stand it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just hate living month to month! I wish that money would not be an issue, but it is. At times I dream about what it would be like to not have to live like this. I think many people say they live month to month but really don't. I think they have it comfortable but say that because it may feel like that to them. But when I say that I live month to month I mean I have just enough to pay the bills and if there is left over then I can splurge and go out to eat or get a coffee.

I am not complaining, although it may sound like it. I am so greatful for the jobs and money that God has provided. I just am curious to know what it would be like to have the chance to splurge and live for one month how I dream of it.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Some highlights!

I have had a really good week, it was what I needed!

I forgot how beneficial and fulfilling church retreats could be. I see the fruit of the time I spent away last weekend playing out into my life. It was a jump start that I needed to get back on track with my quality time with God.

Check THIS out! My little brother, Matthew, and I along with my dad went to an extremely exciting White Sox game today! A come back from behind. A day in Chicago is always a good time!

This week my enthusiasm for cupcakes has just been bursting from my seams. I am excited to see what the future holds for this business!!!!

My final highlight was that God has provided some jobs for July. I was a bit skeptical and nervous as to how I would survive next month, but I feel like I was really blessed yesterday with a few different calls for jobs in the upcoming weeks.

I love weeks like this! It was long overdue!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Can you say....


The White Sox have just swept the St. Louis Cardinals. Yes, the Cardinals are a first place team, but they are not very good.

This series was so fun to watch. The first game we scored TWENTY runs. It was so exciting to watch. And then tonight we shut them out. Freddy Garcia rocked the pitching mound.

I look forward to seeing these smokin' hot players on Saturday! GO SOX!!!!!

Thursday, June 22, 2006


As I continue to nanny I am amazed at the kind of baby food that I have fed my little kiddies.

Here are 2 interesting (actually disgusting) ones:
-Beef and chicken sticks that are soaked in water
-Veal (pureed, the smell was awful)

What other nasty flavors will they come up with? Chicken Parmigana? Tacos?

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Oh, you can't go to heaven...

No we did not sing that familiar camp fire song at our all church retreat this past weekend. Thank goodness!!!!

It was so fun to get away and hang out with so many people. It is great to be able to get away and leave so many distractions behind and just have quality time with my church.

I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at camp and realize that the theme was The Amazing Race. I was so excited! I really enjoy watching the show and wondered what it would be like to be a part of that race. Our church was divided into teams and different tasks at hand to do. Not only would you receive a flag for coming in first there were also flags hid around this HUGE camp. It was a lot of fun and a great activity to get to know other families and it built unity. Our team was in second place and came back from behind to win! It was awesome!!!!!

Something I did realize is that I DO NOT LIKE camping. I link camping with staying in cabins. The cabin I was in was SO nasty. From cobwebs hanging everywhere to dead bugs in the shower to a slanted matress that not only made me not sleep but messed my back up even more. When I was younger sleeping in cabins didn't bother me but now it is a different story. Times have changed!!!

Bring on another race...let's go!

Saturday, June 17, 2006


My church is going on a all church retreat/camp this weekend. I am so excited! I loved going to camp with my highschool youth group. All those great memories are flooding my mind...bonfires with smores, swimming in the lake, great conversations, yummy camp food, wars against the guys...Should be fun!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A New TV Show

Did anyone watch this new TV premier tonight?

Who do you relate to?
Do you think this is really going to work?
Would you wonder what it would be like if you were on the show?
Do you now want to move to San Fransisco?
I am curious to know what the rest of the episodes are going to talk about, how are they going to fill the rest of the show with this informative material?

Curious for some feedback.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I'm Back

It was an enjoyable week in Disney World. Surprisingly, the week didn't just whiz by as any vacation usually does. My family and I went to all four Disney parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM studios, and Animal Kingdom. We even spent a day at Universal Studios.

Top Highlights from each park...

Magic Kingdom-
-Splash Mountain
-Space Mountain

-I've grown to appreciate the countries part of Epcot. In China there was a pulled sugar demonstration that was fascinating to watch.
-You must check out the new ride called Soarin, it is very cool!

MGM Studios-
-Car Stunt Show (this was a show that has these stunt drivers driving these cars at insanely fast speeds spinning out, smoking tires, driving on 2 wheels...all to show you how an action scene in a movie is filmed.)
-Tower of Terror (a great lose your stomach ride)
-Who Wants to be a Millionaire (a very fun and interactive game that everyone in the show participated in, you can even win prizes.)
-Rock N Roll Rollercoaster (wow...this ride is fast!!!!)

Animal Kingdom
-Mt. Everest (a new roller coaster)

Universal Studios-
Loved this place but my very favorites coasters were:
-Revenge of the Mummy
-Spider Man
-The Dualing Dragons

We had a great time that included lots of fun at City Walk at Universal. This was a great place for amazing restaurants, entertainment, and music. Another exciting part was driving up to Tampa for the day and renting a boat to knee board and tube. The ocean was so warm and we even saw some dolphins that were 10 feet away from us.

This was a vacation well needed...ready for my next trip.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Well it is true...the time has come for me to head to Florida! Yipeee. Check back for a Disney update.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Kids totally crack me up!

Once again I laughed my ass off when I watched my four boys today.

Two of the boys were having a hard time getting along. We started discussing qualities on how to treat other people. The boys said things like being kind and nice because it says that in the Bible. I agreed with them and added that we are suppose to love people especially our siblings.

One of them looked at me and said, "love is a sexy word. When you love someone you snuggle with them, moms and dads snuggle." And then he proceeded to show me how to snuggle...and you know what he showed to hump the ground.

I sat there in amazement as this 5 year old showed me this, I was laughing at times because I thought it was pretty funny but then was appauled because this little guy knows way too much at such a young little age.

Let me tell you it was a VERY interesting day.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Count Down

It is now less than a week until we leave for Florida! I am ready for a vacation!!!!

I've heard this song, "where'd you go" by Fort Minor (and it features a female artist, but I don't know who it is) on the radio and I crank it. It's not totally my usual style but I am diggin' it, A LOT!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

"Flay va"

Also known as flavor.

So here at Crazy Delicious Gourmet Cupcakes, we are always looking for new creative cupcake inventions. Here is what we have so far:

Lemon Drop
White Chocolate Raspberry
Mint Chocolate Chip
Orange Dream
Double Chocolate
Chocolate Strawberry
Samoa (The Girl Scout Cookie)
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Carrot Cake
I am currently working on a turtle cupcake.

Anything you would like to see as a cupcake flavor? I am willing to try different (not crazy) ideas. I would love any input!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Best Friends Split

Amy and I went to an amazingly exciting Cubs/Sox game yesterday. She has grown up in a Cubs family and I have grown up in a Sox family. The day was gorgeous and everyone who attended the game was decked out in some paraphenalia supporting their team.

The game was nuts. The fight was crazy, both Amy and I were shocked and couldn't believe what was happening. The rivalry between these two teams is intense but the cheap shot from Barrett was unnecessary and A.J. (for once) was completely in the right when he plowed over Barrett. This scene got the fans going wild. Then to cap it off, Iguhchi hits a grand slam. This sealed the Cubs fate.

Needless to say, Chicago is now not only just a Cubs city but the Sox are making a comeback. The Cubs are really sad to watch, why should a pitching manager have to come out to the mound in the 1st AND 2nd inninng? Sad, sad, sad (they have lost 17 of their last 21 games)!!!! I hope they can make some changes and improve for next year because no one likes to be on a losing team.

The game was great and so was the company! I wouldn't have chosen anyone better than to spend the day at the game with Amy! Love to you girl!!!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006


So last night I was driving home from Carpentersville. I was getting tired and just wasn't all that excited to be driving. Thank goodness I had some good tunes with the ipod. Then it all began...

I was turning onto a street and a guy driving a black mustang was in front of me going WAY TOO SLOW. So I passed him, I did not race pass him, but just passed him in a nonchalant way. As I continue to watch him in my rear view mirror, I see him get into my lane but he stayed pretty far back.

I ended up catching a red light and sat there (listening to some Missy Elliot) when all of the sudden this mustang comes flying up on me, I start out in first gear, he switches to the other lane and guess what...I smoked him out of the water. It was fun! I was proud of my little baby. Needless to say, I was wide awake and ready for the rest of the drive home.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Well thanks for the overwhelming response to yesterdays entry. You guys are so helpful!!!!!

Kanye and Chris Martin (from Coldplay) are recording a song for Kanye's new album. Can't wait to hear it.

A girl who I use to work would say, "Hotty Scotty" hit his 1st homerun of the year today. He cracked it out of there, in that crazy and bizarre Minnesota ball park.

So yesterday, Mothers Day, is a time that I am beginning to not look forward to when it comes to church. The focus is married women or women that have kids and that does not categorize me in there at all. I think why should I go? I just want to stand up for all the single ladies and say "shut the **** up". I know not very nice.

Well I went to church with my mom yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised, because I walked away being spoken too. The lady who spoke was very funny, entertaining, and knowledgeable. She talked about something that we all have heard before but for me it was something that I needed to hear or be reminded of. She talked about how we all go through seasons in our life and we need those changes to form and grow us. There will be times that may feel like the summer, fall, and winter when you feel in the desert or totally overwhelmed but then you remember that spring is around the corner and you see the growth.

It is like a baby tree planted. It will get a bunch of sun in the summer. In the fall leaves will be shed and you wonder if it will endur the harsh winter. Then surprisingly in the spring there are buds and it has gotten bigger. I was thankful for these reminders as I go through life.

Monday, May 15, 2006

MGM vs Universal

In a short while I will be headed off to the lovely land of Disney World. I am totally stoked about a vacation, a well needed break away from here. As my family and I plan the trip we are trying to work some things out. We thoroughly enjoy MGM, the great rides and entertainment. We have never been to Universal Studios and are considering going there, I'm wondering is it fun? Do you think you could spend more than one day there? What are the best things to do there?

What is your favorite thing to do while in Disney World (restaurants, activities, events...)? I am open for suggestions, so if you have any I would love to hear them.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Top 3 jams I've listened to this week:

"You Wreck Me Baby" by Tom Petty

"Shake That" by Eminem

"It's Alright" by Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Seriously, what would I ever do without music?!?

Friday, May 12, 2006


Let me just forwarn you that these are just thoughts that I am working out in my head and trying to make sense of, so they might not be totally clear.

The path that I am on right now has me involved in many children's lives, whether this is through babysitting or substituting. I want to make an impact on these youngsters. They teach me so much like: enjoy the little things in life, not take myself so seriously, simple faith can be strong, and to ask questions and grapple with God and life.

As I subbed today I was reminded about how much I love to influence and teach kids in so many fun and unique ways. The weird thing was that while teaching today I still had no desire to jump back into the teaching world.

I am just trying to figure out how I can still have an impact on kids when I do not see them on a consistent basis. As a teacher I had them for 8 hours, 5 days a week. I see how beneficial building relationships and trust was because a few years later I still have that with the kids. Now I don't feel that I have that with me jumping around from family to family while babysitting.

How do I have an impact when I only spend a few hours a week with some kids? I guess this is the same way with a Sunday School Ministry. You only get to impact these kids for an hour or so. But are relationships built? Will they come to you with questions because they know you love them and can be trusted?

Maybe I am looking at this all wrong. I am speaking from my experience and I guess that I respond better to people who I trust, admire, and know deeply. Maybe kids aren't like that.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Meet 2 of my friends

So here are two near and dear little creatures to my heart (and my roommates). This is Zeus (the crazy fighting fish) and Lily (the yellow snail). These two kids were so entertaining to watch. Lily was a freakin' cruiser. She escaped several times out of her bowl. I was so mezmorized by her. Zeus loved Lily too. They would rest on each other and follow each other around.

When I came home the other night from a fun filled day of baseball and a bbq with Amy and Kelly I soon discovered that Lily was out of her shell and was dead. NO!

Mondays are my day to feed our pets so when I went to feed Zeus I realized that he had passed away as well. He just couldn't continue without her. So sad, we lost our 2 pets in 2 days.

Monday, May 08, 2006

I am always full of questions. I guess I am a bit inquisitive!!!

So let's start off with just one question.

Why can it be easier to talk to non - Christian guys than Christian ones?

Is it because there is no pressure to see if you are going to possibly click? Or is it because you can completely be yourself since there is no need to feel like you have to impress? What is it?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

New Name

So the decision has been made. The name of my little cupcake business will be called (drum roll please.....) CRAZY DELICIOUS!!!!!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Weeks Events

My little sister turned 13! I love this little girl to death, but man time is flying! She is way too grown up.

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. to babysit.

Ate at Mongolian BBQ. Great food, but I still prefer Flat Tops in Chicago (yummy)!

I injured my lower back when working out. It's uncomfortable to stand or sit for a long period of time. AHHHH!

Had some funny stories with the kids I babysit, but I can't share them. Let's just say it revolved around "milkshakes".

Saw "Mission Impossible 3"! Very entertaining, the time flew, I can't believe how much Tom Cruise's girlfriend in the movie looks like Katie Holmes. I still like some of the on the edge scenes in MI 1 better.

I love amaretto stone sours, had one tonight but it was not nearly as good as the little hole in the wall bar we'd go to after work called River Lane.

I watched a Michael Jordan movie this week when babysitting, it might have been the best of or something like that. It was SO refreshing to watch! He was an incredible basketball player. No wonder why I don't find watching basketball nearly as entertaining as before.

A thought that has struck me all week is from a song called "Wholly Yours" by David Crowder. The line that penetrates my soul is "from broken earth, flowers come up, pushing through the dirt". We are broken, hurt, and sometimes a mess, but God chooses to still use us in many ways and make great things happen in our lives.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006


The Cubs/Sox series is coming up here in a few weeks. Yeah!

I went to one of these games last year and the Sox lost. That was a bummer. But I do have the opportunity to go see these two Chicago teams battle it out again this year. Trouble is...who do I take with me?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

To those of you who did not see tonights 24 episode you won't fully understand this.

I love Chloe! In tonights episode of 24, this chick cracked me up. You know as soon as she walked into the bar of the hotel, the guy at the bar was going to be a problem. And he she just zapped him. It was great!!!!

How many of you single women out there have been bothered by some sleezey guy that you wish would just leave you the heck alone? I wish we could carry and use one of those zappers. Problem solved.

Monday, May 01, 2006

People Pleasing

These are my thoughts recently...I am not sure why I am thinking these things, but I am.

So I leave/"take a break" from teaching to go to culinary school. Culinary school was hard work and yet fun at the same time. Not knowing anything about cooking I was trying to soak in everything I could and I probably asked about a million questions. I was just curious and really wanted to learn.

For 2 out of my 3 cooking classes I had this amazing chef as my instructor!! He had a tremendous passion for the field and was incredibly talented. This chef really took me under his wing and taught me so many things. Like: Telling me to stop moving my ass when I mixed something together in a bowl, "Gina, it is all in the wrist, not in the whole body". One day I really wanted to learn how to flip things in a pan and so he started explaining and the way I flipped it was completely backwards which he had never seen anyone do before. He knew that I was a piece of work and needed a lot of instruction!!!!! Yet he was well aware that I was so eager to gain knowledge he didn't give up on me. He knew that I really respected him as well.

I remember some of my friends and I going to the restaurant that he was an executive chef at (he only taught part time), having dessert, and being amazed at how classy this place was. He gave all of us a tour, it was fun. I even came back and helped him at the restaurant one time at Christmas because he was swamped. He always was so willing to help me and see me succeed and I really appreciated that.

Towards the end of one of my last classes with him he pulled me aside and we chatted about the future. He shared all these great things about me and my work ethic and proceeded to tell me that he would love if I would come work for him. I was jumping for joy, it was like a dream come true. I would be working under this talented chef at a four diamond restaurant. I was so excited!!!! (and really nervous too, I was an amateur, I didn't know what I was doing, but he said he would teach me)

So I began to work for him. It was great. I learned so much more in the first month or so than I did in my first year of culinary school. I started at the bottom of the kitchen staff and within a few months I worked my way up to what we call lead line cook. There were three chefs above me, but basically I was in charge of the kitchen and what was going on. I could not believe the progress that I had made and just the knowledge that I had gained and felt like I still had a long way to go.

After being there 9 months, I felt like I was having fun but the restaurant world was just not a good fit for me. Since leaving, 4 months ago, I do not know where to go. I feel no calling and sense no direction in anyway. So I am just content waiting and in the mean time I am babysitting, subbing, cupcaking...yah know whatever I need to do to make it. The stumping question that I am struggling with is, what would my chef think of what I am doing now?

The thoughts running through my head, "so you went to culinary school to babysit"...? I keep going back and forth, because yes, I know it doesn't matter what he thinks, but I feel like he spent so much time on me and "took a chance" that I feel like he'd be disappointed in what I am doing. But then again who cares, but yet I do. It is a frustrating cycle.

Friday, April 28, 2006

I've known that my top two love languages are quality time and words of affirmation. So for those of you who are unaware of what this book/author is trying to portray is that I feel most loved when I get to hang out with the people that I care about and care about me. Whether we do an activity, have a great conversation, or do absolutely nothing, just being with them makes me feel filled up.

Then I've examined what introvert and extrovert mean. I am considered an introvert because I get most of my energy when I am by myself. Like when I get home from being gone all day, I need some time just to myself so that I can relax and think before I am able to go jump into a coversation or hang out with people.

These seem like polar opposites to me. How can I feel loved by being with people, yet need time away from people to get my energy?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Eric and Kathy

I was so looking forward to today because when I get the chance, I love to go down to Chi town to get my hair done (it's way cheap). With a wedding to go to in May, I wanna look good. And I felt ultra cool when I saw in the newspaper that the salon I've gone to for years on Oak Street is the same one that cut Joe Crede and A.J. Pierzynski's hair last week (A.J. is on the right).

So I set out on my journey bright and early at 7:15 a.m., you never can predict how long it will take you in rush hour. As soon as I got on the highway it was nothing but traffic. Traffic annoys me to no end. I hate it. I don't get it, especially if there isn't an accident. AHHHH!!!!! While I sat and sat I was listening to Eric and Kathy on the Mix. Back in the day when I taught I would tune into them and remember getting a few chuckles from them.

Let me tell you, Eric and Kathy made my morning. Considering that the drive took a little over an hour and a half, it felt only like a few minutes. They made me laugh out loud, one guy looked over at me and gave me a weird look. That made me laugh even more.

As I recall what they talked about on the the air, nothing seemed totally funny. Eric and Kathy discussed: their trip to Puerto Rico and this guy named Jungle Jefferson who also attended the trip and got a brazilian wax (OUCH!!); Melissa, a cohost, who can sleep anywhere and through anything; an actress on the show "Lost" who was pulled over for driving under the influence and is choosing jail time over 240 hours of community service. As you can read, not super funny but both radio hosts have a way with words and telling stories that captured my attenion. I am going to attempt to tune in more often!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


As a more recent, consistent watcher of the TV Show "24" I have to say that I am continually impressed by it. The writing and producing is remarkable. I am amazed that each episode I watch I am continually on the edge of my seat, nervous, and surprised at the twists and turns.

Major props go to the whole "24" crew.

Oh, and how does Jack never: run out of bullets, get shot, or cell phone die from low batteries? (I am surprised that this unrealistic part, doesn't bother me)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Could I ask for anything more?

Ok, so what a great weekend! Two days spent in Chicago. Two White Sox Games. Two wins.

The weather was picture perfect, high 60s with a slight breeze and the sun shining down. On Saturday, I went to the White Sox game with my oldest brother Mark, and on Sunday I went with my dad. Before the games we got really cheap food from this "hole in the wall" street vendor and ate our to go meal in a park that faced US Cellular Field. What a great site, kids playing in the park, dogs running around crazily, families picnicing.

As we walked into the stadium it was great to see so many fans in Sox gear and everyones enthusiasm was contagious!

When the White Sox players were introduced, ACDC was playing in the background and then you hear these amazing words "And these are your 2005 World Series Champions". Chills just run right through you. What a moment!!!!!!!

Both games were so exciting to watch! Highlight #1 was when Dye hit a 3 run homer in the 1st inning, great way to start off! Highlight #2 were the homers by Uribe (he had 2) and Anderson. I like to see the less publicized players and underdogs get some attention.

Also, the great smell of grilled onions and ballpark food was an added bonus. Oh and being able to see Lake Michigan from our seats was awesome too!

Can't wait to go again!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Thanks for the info on the cupcakes!!!!

It has been a GREAT week for cupcake ordering! I hope this continues.

I saw 2 movies this week "She's the Man" and "Lucky Number Slevin". "She's the Man" was suprisingly laugh out loud for me. "Lucky Number Slevin" was interesting, unique, and I am still trying to sort it all out.

Favorite song of the week: "Kick Drum" by G Love and the Special Sauce

Back to Easter, "The Epic (it is found under sermons)" (I am one of the narrators) that I was involved in was amazing. I was a bit skeptical, but with the music building and the drama getting more intense there were a few times that chills went through my body. So powerful!

I can't wait to go to my first Sox game of this year tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


The more and more I talk to people about marriage the more I am fearful. It amazed me when I heard years ago that the divorce rate was 50%, but as I've gotten older I understand how easily that can happen. Marriage is a LOT of work. It seems like it is an ongoing work in progress. The sad thing is, many couples put on a happy face in the midst of horrible circumstances. Why is marriage portrayed as some glorious, everything will be wonderful when you tie the knot, when that might not be true. Don't get me wrong, I do want to get married, but I think I am more aware that this union is a lot of work and requires a lot of honesty, trust, good communication, and patience.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


First, to all my St. Patrick's Day people, are we going to reunite to use those free appetizer coupons?

Secondly, I am trying to figure out a name for my cupcake business. A list has been started but nothing has caught my attention...YET! So I am asking all you creative genuises to help me come up with a name for this new business.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Bizarre Easter

1. My friend Erin started working at Starbucks recently. Just the other day she was manning the drive thru orders. She took a customers order and then told her to just "hop around to the window for the total." When the woman pulled up she said to Erin, "how did you know that I only have one leg? I actually do hop around the house at times." (Whoops)

2. This is just down right cheezy. Another Starbucks customer said to Erin, "I hope this drink resurrects you." What the hell was the guy talking about? Just because it is Easter doesn't mean that you need to incorporate the word resurrect into everything.

3. For Easter Sunday, I am involved in a dramatic narrative. I am really excited to see how it goes, I think it could be very powerful and I just pray that people realize the amazing truth of this event and find hope in the midst of their circumstances.

4. Tomorrow is finally when my little brother (Matthew) and sister (Ashley) will find out that our family is taking a trip to Disney World. We have had this planned for over a month and it has been hard to keep it from them. We are going to hide easter eggs, which have clues in them. Once they are all found, Ashley and Matthew will have to unscramble the clues to discover that we will be heading out to "the magical land".

Saturday, April 15, 2006


I absolutely love the city of Chicago. Having lived there for 4 years there are definite days that I miss being down there, like today. The weather was amazing and to just hang out down there and do nothing would have been great and of course I would have to get some people watching in. (There are other times that I do not miss the city: the chaos, sirens, and the hustle and bustle.)

This spring/summer I am SO EXCITED to be able to spend time in Chicago. Last year I missed out since working and being in school full time. Here are some of the things that I cannot wait to do:

-hang out at Navy Pier and listen to bands play
-walk around and shop
-go to some White Sox games
-rent a quadracyle (one of those bikes with people in the front pedaling and a bench in the back with a canopy overhead)
-Taste of Chicago
-watch a free movie in Grant Park
-see a fireworks show

Oh there is so much to do and see, this is only the beginnning. I can't wait!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 14, 2006


Why are there always more single girls than guys in the church or in fact in any arena? It must be nice to be a guy!

Ok, so at least 2 days a week I watch 4 awesome boys. I love these little guys to pieces!!! We have such a fun time together, whether we just hang out and play games (even though one day I played Candy Land 12 times), chase each other around the house, go to the park, or just hang out at the mall. There are 2 funny stories that made me laugh so hard.

So these amazing boys are Jordan (age 10), Taylor (age 6), Dylan (age 5), and Kode (6 months). One day I walked into their house and Dylan was running around in his whitie tighties. He loves to be naked. So as I am talking to him and his father, his dad says "Dylan, you have a hole in your underwear, you need to go change them." Dylan's response was, "Dad, that is because Taylor wears these and he scratches his butt."

Story #2: There is something about little boys talking about and touching their private parts. I don't get it but whatever. So Taylor and Dylan were goofing around and Taylor punched Dylan where it counts. Dylan comes to me and says "Ms. Gina, Taylor touched my privacy." It took me a few times to get what he was saying. I guess your private parts are your privacy.

I know reading these stories is so different than experiencing them, but I hope you at least got a chuckle out of them as I did!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Movie Interests

Here are 5 movies that I am very excited to go see. They are in no particular order. Links provided.

1. The Sentinel

2. Lucky Number Slevin

3. The Break Up

4. Mission Impossible 3

5. Thank You for Smoking

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Finally sun and warmth

Could the weather get any better than today! I think this is my absolute favorite temperature (60s/70s). This afternoon I was able to lay on the couch with our patio door open, the sun beating down on me, the birds chirping away, and a breeze blowing in. I loved every second that I laid there.

The other great thing that I get so excited for with this weather is being able to drive my new car, a silver Scion TC (pics will come later). This is the first time that I have ever had a new car, even though I got it last summer, I still feel like it is very new. I want to just fly in it with the windows down, the moonroof open, and music blasting.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Well today was a big cousin's wedding shower. In our immediate family we have not had many weddings so getting together and seeing some family members was going to be a trip. As I talk to my friends about their family, most of them were really close with their cousins and what not, but not us. It seems at times there is a family "frustration" (not feud).

Sometimes I would like to just smack my cousins upside the head and knock some sense into them. We usually only see each other at Christmas, but I feel that I always have to be the bigger person to say hello and start a conversation with any of them. Why? I would have thought that since they are in college now, they would gain some social interaction skills, but apparently not.

There were over 50 people at this shower (70 were invited). What? Are we talking a shower or a small wedding? It was held at a relatives house, which there was not enough room for everyone to be in one room. They rented chairs and I felt like I was in a church all lined up in rows watching the "bride to be" open her gifts. I swear that with all those people and gifts, all she got were kitchen items. It was hilarious, no sheets for the bed, no towels for the bathroom...just more and more spatulas and muffin pans.

And then, my cousins dad and2 brothers were there. I can understand if the "groom to be" was there but what was up with the other dudes? Also this family has 3 dogs. So while people were chatting and gifts were being opened, there were 2 dogs hanging out upstairs and they were trying to escape and one dog stuck in the basement scratching at the door to get out and once he did get free. I felt like I was at a zoo, oh yeah I was because they also have 2 cats and a bird.

It was just a unique shower and not one that I have ever experienced. Not to be too rude, but it felt a little white trashy.

I guess I didn't realize how annoyed by the shower I really was until writing this. Am I just being a bitch for liking things done classy?

Sunday, April 09, 2006


If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent, what would it be?

If you could have chosen your own first name, other than your current one, what would it be?

Saturday, April 08, 2006


I just came back from a concert and I am not sure what I think. A friend of mine asked a few of us to go check out this band. Why not, I am always open to new epxeriences. She informed me that they definitely are different...and that they were.

Before the show we all cooked and ate dinner together and listened to some of their songs. They had a tribal and earthy tone. I was very skeptical from what I heard.

Usually when I first hear new music I need to listen to it a few times to see if it's my style. That is the great things about it, is that you judge on what you hear not on what you see.

So we show up to the concert and here is what I see:
-8 band members
-a huge black school bus (which I find out all of them live on it)
-they look like hippies (clothes and smell)
-they had war paint on their faces
-very talented artists-some played 3-5 instruments
-a wide variety of instruments

The music in a weird way was political. Some I thought was fine some I just didn't care for. Some of the songs I didn't have a clue what they were about-eventhough they had the words on teh screen. I saw people worshipping God in all sorts of ways, but I just wasn't feeling it. Then again like I said before it takes me a bit of time to adjust and understand music.

One thing I really did like is their emphasis on the urgency and need to worship God. And...I think that they are better in concert than just listening to their CD.

Check them and their music out...the psalters.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Librarian for a day!?!

Before I begin, I heard tonight on Leno that Tori Spelling has a wardrobe designer for her dog.
Are you kidding me?

Moving on...
So 6:45 a.m. my phone rings this morning. The school I previously taught at was calling because they needed me to sub. If I can, I usually jump at this opportunity because I love seeing the kids that I taught. There is something about seeing their smiling faces and receiving their hugs that just warms my soul.

Then I found out I wasn't teaching, but I would be the librarian. If you know me you are aware that I am not a fan of the library. It is way too quiet and I unfortunately do not enjoy to read (that doesn't mean I don't). So I stay away from libraries. There are times I need total silence, but usually I prefer interaction with people or music playing in the background.

The day in the life of a school librarian was really fun-yes I said fun. The best part was that I was able to interact and catch up with not just one class of students but an entire school of them. I am a very organized person and like to plan things so to check books in and out was no big deal and I felt like I was accomplishing something. The reshelving part was the pain!

Who knew I'd enjoy being a librarian for a day?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Let me just give you a little backgroud. When growing up (starting in 7th grade) I had to purchase everything for myself from clothes, to gas for the car, to going to the movies...So from a young age I have been very self sufficient and cautious with my money since I have worked hard for it.

Then there is my family and how they received monetary gifts. Well they would receive them, but then felt like they would have to repay that person in someway (there were ridden with guilt it seemed) whether it was by giving the gift back or giving it away or doing something in return for the person who gave them the gift.

Has there been a time where you have found the perfect gift for one of your friends or your spouse or a family member? Weren't you just so excited about the gift and couldn't wait to give it to him/her? Did you ever think about getting anything in return? Usually when I have done this I can't wait to give the gift so that I can see their expression and excitement.

Well as some of you know I quit my job at the end of December and I am on the hunt to find the next step in life for me. So in the mean time I am just doing odd jobs to get by, like babysitting, starting up a cupcake business, and doing some catering.

I find it funny that God is working on this area in my life (money) right now because 2 things happened within the last week in regards to this. First, a family whose child I taught called me and said they had a gift for me. I was absolutely blown away by the amount. Shocked. Mouth to the floor. Then today I had to pick up something from a family who I had made cupcakes for. I donated these cupcakes for this event to get my name out there and was just so excited for the opportunity. Well this lady decided to give me a gift card because she was so appreciative. Again, I was overwhelmed. All I could say was thank you and she said, that she just wanted to do that.

I am learning that when people give you a gift it is because they want too, not because they have too and all I need to do is say "Thank You"!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Today was just an ordinary day, no specific agenda. As I reflect upon the day, it was a really great day. Here is a little glimpse:

-the fresh smell of clean crisp sheets I put on my bed

-spending most of the day with one of my dearest friends, Erin

-getting down and dirty with Erin and just sharing what is really going on in our lives, there is nothing better than honesty and support from your friends!

-having McDonalds for lunch

-getting a few phone calls to line up babysitting jobs for this week (good news since I am jobless)

-finding great deals at Crate and Barrel Outlet

-purchasing an espresso machine from Starbucks for my family (I find this funny because no one in my family drinks coffee except for my sister-in-law)

-babysitting these four amazing boys; the younger ones (five and six years old) love playing poker, but tonight we added a twist. if you won the bet you had to come up with a dance. there was a ton of laughter, it was great!

-watching the NCAA game with my dad and brothers

-laughing my ass off watching Christopher on "The Tonight Show". he is an 8 yr. old inventor, he was a nut!!

I wonder what tomorrow will hold!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Working Out

First off, GO WHITE SOX!!!!

Moving on...

Ok, so for the past 6 weeks I have begun the ever dreaded movement of the body...working out. Who really enjoys doing this? I find it humorous when people say "yeah, I'm at the gym like 6 days a week and it's great". Are they being arrogant or just psycho about their body...and how can they think it is great?

Well I do have to say that up until about a week ago, I did not look forward to exercising. I mean I would go, but not willingly. Now I can actually say that I enjoy walking on the treadmill (and seeing my speed increase) and lifting some weights. I do feel better too!

While at the gym there is a must have for me. I either have to watch something very entertaining on TV so that I am distracted or listen to some great music. There is something about music that just gets me totally pumped, the blood rushing, and the adrenaline kicking in. It helps me to endure a little longer.

I can recall working out in college and the song that motivated me the most was "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba. At this point in my life I don't think I'd mind hearing that song maybe once a year, but I can't even begin to imagine listening to that on a weekly basis to motivate me. Oh how times change.

One night one of my roommates and I were driving home and decided to go through the IPOD and listen to songs that "pump" us up while working out. Not only do they get us going while exercising but there was a bunch of dancing going on in the car that night! Here are some of the ones we were listening to:

"Air Force Ones" by Nelly
"Young'n" by Fabolous
"My Humps" by BlackEyed Peas"
"Outta' Control" by 50 Cent
"Feel Good Inc" by Gorillaz
"Raise Up" by Petey Pablo
"Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money
"Walkie Talkie Man" by Steriogram
"Bust a Move" by Young MC

What has you moving to a different beat?


There is nothing better in life than to laugh. It is such a good feeling to have a sore stomach and cheeks that hurt. Laughter is refreshing for the soul! Here are some of my recent things that I have found funny:

1. The new Ashton Kutcher commercial which is promoting "Punk'd"

2. Jay Leno's headlines

3. Cupcake flavors that my friends have come up with for me to make (this goes out to my homies that hung out with me tonight)

4. Ellen's dancing at the beginning of her show.

5. Jay Leno's 99cent buys

6. People saying that I look like Dora the Explorer (do I really? I can say "hola" and "arriba", but other than that I think those our only similarities)