Wednesday, January 30, 2008


So tired, tired of waiting, tired of waiting for yooooouuuuuuuuu...

This darling little fuzz-ball is Buckeye, and next week he will be adopted by us! A week ago a friend of my sister let us borrow this six-month old puppy because they were thinking of finding a new home for him. Well, he didn't want to chomp our bird, and he fit in here right away. Yesterday Buckeye's family had a meeting and decided that he is indeed up for adoption- and he's going to move in here. We'll be gone for the weekend, but we'll be picking him up when we return.

Who? Me? I'm moving?

He's a shih-poo, and will stay pretty small. I mostly took pics of Buckeye on his own just being cute- but here is one of Jeff walking him down the street behind our house. (I love my 10x zoom!)

Now we just need to decide if he stays Buckeye or if he gets a new identity. He was named for Ohio State University. Living in Ohio, but not having any OSU ties and not sports fans... we might need to think about that. Any suggestions? ;)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Sweetest Thing...

One of the most thoughtful and amazing things happened to me at work this past week. My friend Angie told me to close my eyes and hold out my hands- and she gave me this basket.

She gave me new shoes- and really cute shoes too. They were in this basket arranged like flower petals, and they're a bit messed up in this pic since I was trying them on for size. Shoes? Yes- shoes- lots of them! It may seem like no big deal to you, but I'll tell you why it was so amazing to me.

You readers in blog-land probably don't know this about me, but I am a large lady. I am 6'2'' I have big feet- size 13 women's shoes, and I'm, how shall I put this so I don't hurt my own feelings... not slim. I was always large for my age, growing up I was the tallest girl in my class all through school. As far as feet go, I've always had whoppers. I wore a size 8 when I was 8 years old, 9 when I was 9, and wore a 10 when I was 10. I held at 10 for quite a while, but slowly went up to a 12- and in my 20s, when my size 12WW shoes were just too small, I finally found a pair of size 13 shoes that were a perfect fit- I'd probably needed them for years and my feet could finally be comfortable.

Growing up I never had the cool shoes or clothes that the other kids had, I was adult sized as a child and they just weren't available. I've been wearing men's gym shoes for years, I also have several pair of unisex birkenstocks which have served me well over the years. I have plenty of work shoes and dress shoes, but was unable to find cute, casual shoes in my size... and then I was handed this amazing gift. Shoes that are exactly what I was looking for, they're in style, they're *women's*, cute, pink- they are something I've never had in my life.

This is the amazing thing about friendship- my friend noticed something that I wished for, and couldn't find, and took the time to go and find it for me. It doesn't have to be a concrete object- friends see the confidence you're missing, the joy, the strength, the forgiveness, the peace, and share their own. My friend gave me something I've wanted since childhood, and most of all, she thinks enough of me to think about me.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Happy 2008

toothpaste for dinner

Just popping on to say that I'm busy crafting away and making some thank you cards and birthday cards to use in 2008. I'm trying to use up some scraps and make more cards that I can send during the year. I've been slacking on card sending since I went back to school- I'm not sure that I'll graduate this year or not, but I've got my fingers crossed! I hope you're having a great year so far!