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Friday, March 20, 2009

the 2009 edition of getting to know your friends

Welcome to the 2009 edition of getting to know your friends.

Press 'FORWARD' then change all the answers so they apply to you, and then send this to your friends including the person who sent it to you.
The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

1. What time did you get up this morning?

2. Diamonds or pearls?!
neither .. like colored stones!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
so long ago that I can't remember

4. What is your favorite TV show?
love House and Hell's Kitchen -- like the bad boys still!

5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
been really getting into drinking Orange Juice

6. What is your middle name?

7. What food do you dislike?
shell fish and mushrooms, they are too chewy... makes me gag

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment?

9. What kind of car do you drive?
dodge stratus

10. Favorite sandwich?
fresh tomato in the summer... hot pastrami in the winter

11. What characteristic do you despise?

12. Favorite item of clothing?
tank tops

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Ireland and Scotland

14. Favorite brand of clothing?

5. Where would you retire to?
i don't know... oregon coast??

16. What was your most recent memorable birthday?

17. Favorite sport to watch?
none really, lol... tennis maybe...

18. Farthermost place you are sending this?
east coast

19. Person you expect to send it back first?

20. When is your birthday ?
Dec 3

21. Are you a morning person or a night person?

22. What is your shoe size?
23. Pets?
my 22 lb Kitty, Jules

24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?
started going to Jazzercise this week!

25. What did you want to be when you were little?
a lawyer

26. How are you today?
happy it is friday

27. What is your favorite candy?
dark chocolate 70%yummm.

28. What is your favorite flower?

29. What day on the calendar are you looking forward to?
April 17 -- Annual Meeting at Asilomar!!!

30. What is your full name?
Michelle Lynn (Kirkman) Nichol

31. What are you listening to right now?
people at work talking

2. What was the last thing you ate?
jimmy dean sausage, egg and cheese croissant for breakfast

33. Do you wish on stars?

34. If you were a crayon, what color1 would you be?
orange red

35. How is the weather right now?
beautiful, wish i was outside rather than stuck at work

36. The first person you spoke to on the phone today?
customer who was ANGRY

37. Favorite soft drink?
Diet PEPSI or Diet Dr. Pepper

38. Favorite restaurant?
no real fav ... i just like eating out, a LOT, anywhere

39. Real hair color?
dark brown.. now heading into grey (since I was 19!).. but love to dye it!

40. What was your favorite toy as a child?
can't remember one, loved books and still do

41. Summer or winter?
neither... prefer spring/fall

42. Hugs or kisses?
yes please

43. Chocolate or Vanilla?
grandma got me hooked on mint chocolate chip.. but of the 2 choices I would have to agree with Mel .. vanilla with choc syrup!

44. Coffee or tea?

45. Do you want your friends to email you back?
of course!

46. When was the last time you cried?
reading my book couple nights ago...

47. What is under your bed?
the mirror to my dresser and prob a lot of cat hair

48. What did you do last night?
busy night... came home and ate, went to choir, took someone home, watched Hell's Kitchen, then put on dvd of Heroes season 1...

49. What are you afraid of ?
painful death

50. Salty or sweet?

51. How many keys on your key ring?
gonna have to look!... 7, and not sure what 3 are for! yikes

52. How many years at your current job?

53. Favorite day of the week?

54. How many towns have you lived in?

55. Do you make friends easily?

56. How many people will you send this to?
a few

57. How many will respond?
not sure


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Jazz Baby

I signed up for and took a Jazzercise class yesterday. Monday I sat in, watched the other people there and decided “if they can do it, so can I.” One lady in particular inspired me. She is probably in her 70s and can barely move. “If she can do this, so can I.” I then found out she has been Jazzercising for 18 years!!! “If she can do it…”

Friday, March 13, 2009

great quote

"If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in
the dark with a mosquito."

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NO Sleep again

I have been having trouble sleeping this week. The cat keeps waking me up, well before the alarm would go off. Or, as on Monday, right when it should have gone off, but didn’t because I had turned the volume off. Monday it was welcome. Tuesday night and last night it was NOT welcome.

Tuesday I was able to go back to sleep, but last night I lay there. The cat clawed the bed at 3:45 am. I shooed him off and then could not go back to sleep. Around 4:30 I gave up and got my book and read until the alarm went off.

I am now dog-tired, at work. Wondering if I should take the afternoon off, wasting more of my vacation time. I need to find something to energize me and help me sleep. I am wondering if stopping the anti-depressants is hindering my sleep.

One thing that I have noticed since stopping the pills is that my restless leg syndrome seems to have pretty much stopped. Wonder if that is a side-effect of the meds? I am really glad about it. Nothing like twitchy legs all evening and night.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

sometimes i just want to quit

sometimes i just want to quit my job...
i hate it when customers yell at me for doing my job.
we are required to asked questions of the customer for authorization purposes... customer id, last four of social security, billed amount or last paid... something to let us know we are talking with an authorized party.
i just had a customer yell at me for asking the questions that i need to, in order to help him.
granted he keeps calling in, each call requires this information.
he yelled at me and asked for a supervisor.
then the supervisor seemed to act like "why could you not handle the customer"..
well... because he yelled at me to "GET A SUPERVISOR RIGHT NOW!"
i am not going to sit there and argue with the customer

so.. i am going to go home early, use more of my flex/vacation time... just can't handle it right now... so going to go home and sleep it off...

Grace: 13 of 365

Today paying homage to some of my fav stores:

  1. Trader Joe's
  2. Michael's
  3. IKEA
  4. Smart and Final
  5. Big Lots

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Dad on TV

My Dad was on the news yesterday because of the flooding possibility for his home again.

Here is the link:

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

This is SO TRUE!!!!!

Like the Pilgrims Used to Do with the Indians
Ditzy girl #1: It's so weird. You can actually have arguments on Facebook.
Ditzy girl #2: Yeah! You can follow people's arguments on wall-to-wall.
Ditzy girl #3: That's so stupid. Why go to all that trouble when you can just pick up your phone and send them a text?

--Downtown F Train

Overheard by: sam
via Overheard in New York, Mar 1, 2009

Grace: 12 of 365

  1. lazy mornings
  2. rain (I know I have mentioned rain about 5 times now, but we REALLY need more)
  3. orange juice
  4. sweet tea from Mickey D's (love the stuff)
  5. prayer

Monday, March 02, 2009

Grace: 11 of 365

  1. new bible study class
  2. praise for a job well done
  3. I didn't faint in front of the church!
  4. new hair styles (see picture!)
  5. flat irons that make the new hair style possible

Yesterday I was Worship Leader at church....

Here are the parts that I got to do:

Call to Worship:

Leader: In this season, we bear in mind the trials and suffering of Jesus Christ.

People: Lent is a time of reflection; it is a time of tears.

Leader: But out of tears, hope is born anew, and life can be restored.

All: We worship the Lord, giver of life, who comes to us day by day and restores our souls.

Opening Prayer:

Spirit God, May your light guide us in new directions. May your spirit breathe new life into us. May we have strength and energy to understand Your plan for us. We seek to be reborn, restored, and renewed by You, so that we can be used by You to transform the world through your son, Jesus the Christ. Amen.


Today’s scripture can be found in the pew bibles page 492, and large print page 502

Psalm 25: 1-25

I am reading from the New International Version.

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.

No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,
but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths;
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.


Stewardship Thought:

In Ephesians 4:11-12 it says: Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong.

So, has Christ chosen YOU yet? Are you doing what you can to serve God? Here in this building? Here in this community? Here in this world? Do you even know what your gifts are?

Among us I know of singers, musicians, child care providers, greeters, diaconate, elders, storytellers, preachers, teachers and sound board operators. Many of you serve God through nursing, mentoring, knitting and crocheting and sewing layettes, building homes for Habitat, working at museums and libraries, coaching little league or soccer… Any time you help at the food bank, or write a check for Week of Compassion, Heifer International, or the Red Cross … Any time you give blood, send a card to a friend who is feeling low, give a hug or offer your hand; when you listen in love and kindness, even when you hold a door for someone else …. YOU ARE SERVING GOD.

This church is truly blessed with abundance. Many of us share our gifts in more than one way. Wouldn’t life be boring if we held fast to our gifts and didn’t share them with others?

The diaconate will now Serve God and take your offerings.

Offertory Prayer:

God of abundance, you have blessed us not only with the opportunity to give, but with the gifts that we are to bring. Might our gifts we bring this day represent the fullness of our belief in You as our Creator, our Provider, and our Sustainer. Find us faithful in our sharing.

In the name of Jesus, we bring our gifts and seek your blessing. Amen.