Jan
28
2009

Old Photos of Random Stuff

bya Gabrielle at 11:37 PM

I was going through the pictures on my computer and decided to post a few that have never made it on this little blog of mine before.  As you can tell by the dates on the pictures, they are all rather old.  I need to go through all of my China pictures and see if there are any interesting ones I forgot to post.  I’m sure there has to be a few.  Phil and I took something like 5,000 pictures.  And if there aren’t any more photos, I’m sure there are still a few blog worthy videos.  I’ll try to find some this weekend.

I’m anxious for spring to roll around again.

I love taking pictures of flowers for some strange reason.

I am pretty sure that this was taken at Swan Lake in Sumter.

Maybe I will go again this year – get their when more flowers are in bloom.

RIP Dopple

Dopple was my favorite orange cat ever.  He totally could have been a real life Garfield.

RIP Morgan Rose Ireland Yvette DeWitter

She was the best kitty ever!

RIP Thames

Thames talked with every step he took.  He was one strange kitty, but I still loved him.

I found this grasshopper behind One Eared Cow Glass several years ago.

He stayed on that stick just long enough for me to snap a picture of him.

I don’t even know what this is, but it’s scary!!

Anyone have any idea what this critter is called?

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Jan
26
2009

Phil Attempts to Bake a Cake

bya Gabrielle at 5:43 PM

Phil called me up last weekend and exclaimed that he had just made the world’s ugliest birthday cake and was glad to know that his mother’s love would over look it.  I was curious what the cake looked like, so I made him take a short video of it.   In my mind, I had expected it to look a lot worse.    I think Phil is right, though, he should definitely stick to computers because cakes sure aren’t his thing – even if they taste really good.

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Jan
23
2009

Snow in the Midlands

bya Gabrielle at 11:23 AM

Snow crystals are so pretty. I wish I had been able to get a better picture of them.

Snow crystals are so pretty. I wish I had been able to get a better picture of them.

Snow is such a rare thing in South Carolina, that when those wonderful white flakes do fall out of the sky, the entire state shuts down.  No lie.  For instance, the amount of snow seen in the video below is about all we had – a dusting.  Even before the snow began to fall, many schools decided to close for the day and many others had delayed openings.  I’m hoping they closed in fear of the snow being worse than it was because it really wasn’t anything to worry about in Columbia.  The roads were wet, but they weren’t any worse than a rainy day.  Of course, no one in Columbia can drive when it rains, so I can’t imagine they could drive any better with pretty white flakes distracting them.  I’m waiting for the blizzard of 1973 to rear its ugly head again, so that I can experience 16+ inches of snow in person.  I wonder how many days of work and school were missed then.  That may have been the year my brother prayed for snow.  Boy, were his prayers answered!

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We still have February to get through, so maybe we’ll get some more snow.  I want to peg Phil with at least one snow ball.  :)  Just one.

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Jan
21
2009

The Go! Team

bya Phil at 8:00 PM

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Why would I post this?  Because I can! Go!!!! Go! Team

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Jan
16
2009

Biggest Chicken Chick-fil-a Sandwich Ever

bya Gabrielle at 7:00 AM

When Phil and I were in Atlanta some years back, we stopped by a Chick-fil-a to have lunch before going to an Atlanta Braves Game. The sandwich Phil got has to be the largest Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich I have ever seen.

Do you agree?

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Jan
15
2009

Awesomest Cupcake EVER!!1!

bya Gabrielle at 5:16 PM

For those of you who don’t know me too well, I absolutely love Cookie Monster.  And it is not because we share a birthday or anything.  I didn’t even know we did until I wrote a paper on him in high school.  Yes, I wrote a paper on Cookie Monster.  The teacher said I could write about anyone famous.  She didn’t say the famous person had to be of the flesh!

Several years ago, my mom got me a Cookie Monster cookie cake for my birthday.  It was so pretty, I had a hard time eating it.  Well, that and the icing was super sweet. I think it was the most awesome cake I have ever had.  I’ve got a picture of it on my other computer.  I’ll try to post a picture of it later.

If anyone wants to make my year though, just send me a dozen of these cupcakes on November 2nd.  It would be the sweetest birthday present ever!  I’ll be waiting patiently for your delivery.  :)

The Noms say it all.

The Noms say it all.

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Jan
09
2009

Purple Because

bya Gabrielle at 12:36 AM

I may have been tired a lot of the time I was in China and used that as an excuse not to blog, but at least I had stories to tell had I made my lazy butt type. So far, in 2009, nothing interesting has happened to me to be deemed blog worthy.

Besides putting our table project on hold until we have more time and good weather, the only thing Phil and i have been doing is house hunting. We’ve been looking rather seriously for nearly 2 months now. We haven’t had a lot of luck. It’s supposed to be a buyer’s market right now, so you would think it would be a little easier to find what we are looking for. So far, every thing we have found and been really interested in has either had a major flaw or been sold by the time we found it. Tomorrow we are taking a second look at a downtown property that seems to have some potential. Hopefully, we won’t find anything really wrong with it. If the viewing goes well, then we have to jump the hurdle called a “short sale”. It could be a risky buy, so Phil is going to have to do some serious thinking before he signs any paper work. I’ll let you know how it goes.

And since I have absolutely nothing else to talk about, I am going to post a picture of a purple flower that I took back in 2005. I was in to purple way before it became the cool color.

I don't even remember where I took this.  I just know I took it's picture cause it was purple.

I don't know where I was when I took this picture. I just know I took the picture because it was purple.

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Jan
05
2009

Kissing My Vacation Goodbye

bya Gabrielle at 6:49 PM

The crack of dawn arrived too early.  No part of my soul wanted to roll out of bed this morning.  12 days of vacationing bliss will do that to you.  It’s gonna hurt tomorrow, too.  I can feel it already.

And just to let you know, for those of you who are curious, the table is not finished.  In fact, it is still sitting in pieces on the floor. I have a strange feeling that I will never eat at that table again.

In case you were wondering, this is how I really feel.

In case you were wondering, this is how I felt this morning at 6:20.

I love Lolcats.  They get me through the day.

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Jan
01
2009

2009 New Year’ Resolution: Finish This Table

bya Gabrielle at 12:27 PM

Phil and I decided that it would be a good idea to finish his old dinning room table over our twleve day vacation.  On the first day of our vacation, we got the top of the table done and just the easy to reach areas on the legs.  A week later, we finally finished the rest of legs.  We were going to start staining yesterday, but it was too freaking windy.  Today being New Year’s Day, we are too tired to do anything and we have to go eat a traditional meal at his parents at 3:00.  Tomorrow we have to go look at some more houses with our real estate agent.  That leaves us with Sunday, our last vacation day, to get anything done.  If Sunday is a good day weather wise, I expect we will only be able to tackle a few legs.  We’ll probably be working on this table for the next several weeks.  I’ll be happy that is just gets done – sometime this year.

Here is a partial before and after picture.  We plan to stain the top of the table light and the legs of the table dark.  When we buy some new chairs, we will do the same to them.

Here is what she looked like before.

Here is what she looked like before.

Here is what she looked like after day one.

Here is what she looked like after day one.

Happy New Year’s guys.  Hope you all have a great 2009.  Remember 2012 is only 3 years away.  :)

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