Monday, September 24, 2007

I'm here to scare you STRAAAAAIGHT!!

This Thursday, September 27, is a day I've been looking forward to for months now. What happens this Thursday? The Season 4 priemere of "The Office". If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE The Office and think it's the best TV show on tv and certainly one of the top TV series of all time. If you know me at all, you know that I also love "Friends". Well, I love The Office more. And finally, if you know me at all, you also know that I watch at least one episode of The Office daily.

So, in anticipation of, and preparation for this Thursday, I am going to recap some of my very favorite Season 3 moments (in no particular order):

- Jim returning to Scranton
- Grief counseling-- and the bird funeral
- Andy. In the opening weeks of the season, I HATED Andy. But now, I just can't get enough
- Andy saying, "beer me", in order to get his bottle of water. I now use this ridiculous phrase in every day conversation-- it always cracks me up.
- A Benihana Christmas. Pam & Karen joining forces. Michael "marking" his new girl.
- Traveling Salesmen-- Jim & Dwight together
- Yeppers.
- Business School-- "Ryan doesn't know anything, and neither do you..."
- Jim dressing as Dwight
- Jim trying to convince Dwight that he's turning into a vampire
- Safety training-- the ENTIRE episode. Hilarious. Especially, "I, Braveheart." and the watermelon being thrown off the roof and landing on Stanley's car. I also really liked to hear Kelly explaining how NetFlix works.
- The Job-- Jim asking Pam out on a date, and Pam giving him a "medal" from The Office Olympics
- Dwight standing in the center of the room with the "Liar" sign in "The Coup" and he and Michael "hugging it out"
- Dwight & Oscar's return to the office, and the Mexican lemonade
- In "The Return", Jim admitting to Karen that he still had feelings for Pam
- Beardy
- Andy-- "always thinking one step ahead- like a carpenter who builds...stairs."
- Dwight in a bra
- Movie Monday "the only cure I know for the Monday Blues is Varsity Blues"
- Fashion Show, Fashion Show, Fashion Show at lunch!
- Two words: PRISON MIKE

... and the long list of things I couldn't think of when I was making this list!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Deep In the Heart of... well, you know.

Together with my friend Brian, I head up the Asbury Texas Fellowship group. What that basically means is that once each semester, Brian and I organize an event/party for all of the students, faculty, and staff at here at Asbury Seminary that are from Texas, or have some connection to the Lone Star State. There's more of us than you might think. We get together, hang out, eat, and generally enjoy one another's company. Somehow, being with other folks from our great home state, makes us miss home a little bit less. We have a good time.

Tomorrow is our Fall 2007 Texas Fellowship Party. We're getting together out at Icthus Farm in Wilmore, for a disc golf tournament and pot luck dinner. Everyone has been asked to bring their favorite Texas dish to share. I was going to make my famous enchiladas. But then I thought, "Those aren't really transportable. I have to show up early to set up, and how will I keep them hot?"

And then I thought of a wedding gift I received 3 and a half years ago. A gift that has only been used once, and a gift that Billy has threatened to throw away several times, due to the infrequency of it's use. My cake decorating kit!

What you also need to know is that today I received in the mail, from my friend Katy (the former Asbury Texas Fellowship Coordinator), a box of Texas goodies for use at our Texas parties. Included in that box was a cake pan in the shape of Texas! Oh, this was meant to be.

I'm no Martha Stewart, so don't laugh. But this is what I made instead. I'm pretty proud:

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The finished product

In progress:

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Now, as awesome as this cake is, I have to admit that I'm a little nervous about eating all of that icing. I mean, I may as well drill the cavities directly in to my teeth now and skip the cake altogether. Oh well, I'm sure it will be well worth it.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Post-Surgery Riley

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Well, Riley had her surgery today. Surgery to repair a torn ACL. Yes, that really happens in dogs. Especially dogs like Riley who loves to run and jump and wrestle and play.

My experiences today with Riley's surgery have officially confirmed the fact that when I am a mother to an actual human child someday, I'll be as neurotic as they come.

Today, I took my sweet, unsuspecting Riley-dog to see our FABULOUS vet, Dr. Eckert. They weighed her and checked her in, I signed her paperwork, and then I had to leave her behind. I am not kidding when I tell you that I got in the car and cried. Call me crazy, but I'm telling you... it was heart-wrenching to see her sad little face as I left the vet's office, and couldn't take her with me.

Then I went to work and busied myself organizing and catching up on all of the work things I've neglected since the start of school last week. A friend stopped by and said, "You look really distracted. Are you okay?" I confessed that I was wondering about sweet Riley-girl and wondering how she was doing in surgery.

Finally, at 5:00, it was time to pick up Riley. She had been in recovery for about 4 hours, and was a little groggy from the anesthetics. She hobbled in to the waiting room, saw me, immediately put her head on my lap, and sighed. It was pitifully sweet. I couldn't help but get teary-eyed.

And then came time to pay the bill. I LOVE our vet. He's great with Riley and very capable. He also goes to our church and knows mine & Billy's financial situation, and knows that we are on a very tight budget with me being in school and only working part-time. So I went to pay the bill, and the woman behind the counter said, "Wow!! I think you got a great deal on this surgery!" The surgery that Riley had done is ordinarily a $700-$900 surgery. My bill was a fraction of that cost. I cried again. How blessed are we? Very. I really was overwhelmed in that moment by God's goodness and faithfulness and provision in our day-to-day lives, through something as simple as a little dog's surgery.

Riley is doing well. She doesn't quite know what to do with her bandaged leg, and I can tell she has some pain. But she's a champ-- she does really well at taking her medications, which makes life much easier for Billy & myself. We don't have to hide it in her treats or in her food. So even though she doesn't feel much like eating right now, she still has taken her medication, and that's a good thing.

The recovery time will be about 6 weeks, but at the end of that time, she should have about a 95% recovery of usage of her injured knee! No more hobbles! These first 10 days are the most critical, and we have to be VERY careful with what movement we allow, so that she doesn't undo the repair that was made today.

I'll leave you with another photo of Riley, taken earlier this evening.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

A Good Old Fashioned Update...

The past few days have been pretty busy, and I don't really have anything major to report, so here's a regular ol' update on the life of the Lawsons.

- I'm back in school!! Yea! I started school this past Tuesday and am pretty excited about my classes. I'm taking a Christian Leadership class called Recruiting & Equipping the Laity, the first semester of Comprehensive Greek, Exegesis of Joshua, and a speech class. I'm quite certain I'm already behind in my reading!

- Tonight, for Team Lawson Date Night, we saw Shane & Shane, Bebo Norman, and Monk & Neagle in a sort of "Worship Concert"... it was great. Much less a concert, and more of a night of great worship. It was a good date night.

- My dog is having surgery on Monday. Sad. She doesn't know what's about to hit her, and I have a feeling she's going to HATE that cone around her head.

- Billy & I have recently discovered (Thanks, Barnes!) that "Arrested Development" is/was a fabulously creative and funny television show. We borrowed the DVDs of the show from some friends of ours, and we just can't get enough. Sad that it's no longer on the air. Had I given it a shot when it was actually on TV, I'm pretty sure I would have told everyone I know how much I love it, and maybe that could have saved the show from its unfortunate fate. Eh, maybe not. But I would have been a faithful viewer.

- The Office Season 3 was released on Tuesday. I've already almost watched the entire season. The Office is another brilliant TV show, and definitely my favorite out of all TV shows.

- Yesterday I updated my calendar (through Outlook) and did some fancy color-coding. Green is "Personal", Blue is "Work", Orange is "Class", Turquoise is "Non-Class or Work Commitments & Meetings", and Purple is "School-Related Study Groups". I printed the calendar out and looked at it. My schedule is a nightmare and completely imbalanced between personal time & everything else. Some things are going to have to be rearranged. I actually like my husband and would like to see him every once in awhile. The schedule as it is doesn't allow for much of that.

- I'm tired. So I'm going to bed now.