Monday, November 07, 2005

God is good.

God is good, all the time. :) I just finished reading the annual girls letter ... ladies, I miss you and love you all! Every year, our beloved Debbers gathers information from the girl gang and sends it out. I can't tell you how much I look forward to the letter each year. This year there are two new babies and THREE more on the way! Wow! And, of all things, Debbie is due the same day I was this past year with Katrina. I hope she has a girl so we can send her some of Katrina's stuff.

God is moving in the children of our church and in me, too. One little girl who visits with her grandma had a very special prayer time during children's church today. I am so blessed by these kids, even the ones who are a little hyper. :) And I've been able to attend Sunday School the last two Sundays! I think this is the first time in ... probaby seven or so years. Ype. That's what happens when you like kids. You end up teaching Sunday School. :) Anyway, Kurt has been walking his class through Proverbs and it's been good. I'll write more soon. It's midnight!

Sunday, October 30, 2005

*cough, cough*

I'm sick. So is Katrina. And Cayden. And Reagan. And Laura. We like to pass around our germs.

In other news, not much is new. That's good, though! Here is the ever-so-exciting rundown of the last few days:

- had a Children's Talent Night at church tonight. It was cute and went okay. Not too many kids participated. Karaoke was a flop. Stupid me for thinking it would work - most of the kids can't read (they are too young)!
- we took pictures of Katrina yesterday and posted them in our gallery. Her first Halloween costume and Cayden's birthday at the pumpkin patch for your visual enjoyment. Isn't she a cutie? The picture above is my favorite. (I had a link, but then I figured out from Leah's how to add pictures. Yay for Leah!)
- I took Friday off work and got sick with this stupid cold.
- Thursday we delivered a HUGE proposal for work. Praise the Lord it's done. Now we wait until February to hear anything. Stupid government. (Nothing like getting lost in D.C., by the way.)
- Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday are all a blur because I worked late to get the proposal done. I vaguely remember snapping at my boss once. Or maybe twice.

We found a kitten on our steps this morning! It's tiny, too ... maybe seven or eight weeks old. I'm trying to convice Laura and Simon to take it. They have a mouse that pooped in their pumpkin. So they need a kitty.

Speaking of poop, please remember to pray for Seth Garrett! He is doing well, but still needs some help/healing. Leah and Mark recently learned how to prevent scar tissue from building up at Seth's surgery site. I tell you, those two are some of the greatest parents I know. And great ministers, too. (No offense Pastor Paul and Danette, et al.) Seriously, those two have been an amazing example of faith these last weeks and months since Seth was born and needed surgery.

And please pray for another friend of mine, whom I'll call Amanda. She went into the hospital just about two weeks ago because her water broke ten weeks early. She is to stay in the hospital on strict bedrest for at least three more weeks until her baby is at 35 weeks gestation. I talked to her last week but not this week, so I'll update again when I know more. Specifically pray for the baby's lungs. Because all of this happened so early, his lungs are underdeveloped.

Okay, that's all. I'm off to finish a library book and wait for Ryan to call. (He had to travel up to PA tonight for work.) Good night!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A-Zs of Me

A ~ Age you got your first kiss - Second grade. Travis Gash. (His brother Greg just died!)

B ~ Band listening to right now - some song on Key 103.1. I don't know who it is.

C ~ Crush - John Travolta

D ~ Dad's name - Steve

E ~ Easiest person to talk to - My April came to mind first. She and I can pick up where we left off like no time has passed.

F ~ Favorite TV show - Wheel of Fortune

G ~ Gummy worms or bears - neither, thanks. I like chocolate. Dark chocolate.

H ~ Happiest memory - When Ryan held Katrina in the hospital.

I ~ Instrument - I used to play the flute. I doubt I still can.

J ~ Jr. High Crush - I think Ron Reinagle (sp?), but that might have been freshman year. Brendan Hurrle was high school, too.

K ~ Katrina

L ~ Longest car ride ever - Heading to Illinois last year for Christmas when it took nine extra hours because of snow.

M ~ Mom's name - Sheila

N ~ Nicknames - Lexer, Dax

O ~ One animal you like - kitties

P ~ Phobias - Mimes

Q ~ Quirks - I don't think there is enough room to list them all. :)

R ~ Reason to smile - daisies, kids' laughter, smiling babies

S ~ Song you sang last - I sing 'Happy Birthday' when I wash my hands.

T ~ Time you woke up today - 5:00 a.m. I had to be in Fairfax, VA by 8:00 a.m.

U ~ Unknown fact about me - If I tell you, then it wouldn't be unknown, would it?

V ~ Vegetable you hate - The green stuff my mom thinks I like. It's leafy ... not spinach ... kind of sour.

W ~ Worst habits - no motivation in the morning. I'm late to everything!

X ~ X-rays you've had - Do sonograms count? I had a bunch of those. And teeth. And my cheekbone when Andy Foster punched me in teh face.

Y ~ Yummy food - Pepsi.

Z ~ Zodiac sign - Leo

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Okay, another new look. I got one negative and one neutral vote on the orange Herbert look. Ah, well. :) Check out Vangie and Mabel!

Good news on Baby Seth! He just got out of surgery and it went well. God is so good!

Friday, September 23, 2005

Friday, September 16, 2005

New pictures!

We finally updated the gallery.

And for those of you (Trish!) who don't know, Jennifer Wilbanks. (It's the wide-eyed look.)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I have to say ...

... I think I definitely prefer anything to 'something moist.' (See below.)

the Prankster
(33% dark, 34% spontaneous, 21% vulgar)
your humor style:

Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You're not
pretentious, but you're not into what some would call 'low humor'
either. You'll laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer
something clever to something moist.

probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it's highly
likely you've tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways,
yours is the most entertaining type of humor because it's smart without
being mean-spirited.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Conan O'Brian - Ashton Kutcher

The 3-Variable Funny Test!

- it rules -

If you're interested, try my latest:
The Terrorism Test

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 9% on darkness
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 18% on spontaneity
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 12% on vulgarity
Link: The 3 Variable Funny Test written by jason_bateman on Ok Cupid

Sunday, August 28, 2005


Our baby is about to outgrow her baby car seat. You know, the carrier kind with the hand. It goes up to 20 lbs. (which she is nowhere close) and 26". She is just under 25". They grow so fast!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Saturday, August 06, 2005

At least the band name is funny ...

Lexa Shelton Herbert's Aliases

Your movie star name: Pepsi Lloyd

Your fashion designer name is Lexa France

Your socialite name is Sexy Lexy New Orleans

Your fly girl / guy name is L Her

Your detective name is Cat Tri-Point

Your barfly name is Chocolate Chip Cookie None

Your soap opera name is Shelton 3300 E Road

Your rock star name is Peach Jaguar

Your star wars name is Lexdav Herjoh

Your punk rock band name is The Sleepy Rhinoceros

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Davis the hero kitty

Davis is a hero kitty, I've decided. She jumped in Katrina's Pack-n-Play earlier today (I was holding the baby) and that made me suspicious. You see, one of our cats peed in that very place a week ago; we thought it was Avery, but seeing Davis get in there made me think perhaps it was her. (Yes, we cleaned the Pack-n-Play.) Anyway, I looked to see what she was doing and a HUGE black spider ran across the playpen. I quickly smashed it with my sandal and threw it away with a tissue. I would have put the baby in her playpen with a big scary spider if it were not for Davis and her obsession with bugs/spiders/etc.! She's my hero. :)

Ryan's my hero, too. He's a good daddy! I was super-tired Friday night and wanted to go to bed early, so he changed Katrina into her nightgown and put her down for the night. Of course, then I stayed awake for another two hours, but that was really his fault. He made me sign up for Jungle. Yes, old Olivetians, Jungle still exists, and it's new and improved! Same great taste, new look! Er, wait, that's my peanut butter. Check it out (Jungle, not the peanut butter at I'm lexerdax, any surprise there? :)

VBS was the 11th - 15th and it was great! We did "Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari" by Gospel Light this year - I highly recommend it. We averaged 20 children each night, which is great when we usually have 5 - 7 kids in our Sunday morning program. One little boy Lucas is an outright evangelist! His mom told me that he called every child in his preschool class and invited them to VBS, then followed up with a visit to some friends' houses! Must be because his mom is an Olivetian ... or maybe because the child who brought the most friends won a Toys 'R' Us gift card. :)

Hmm. I'm having some issues with Blogger. I hope this post works.

In other news, Marte and Erika are both alive!!! I'll restrain from publicly chastising them for not posting and making me worry. :)

I uses smiley faces a lot, don't I? Trish uses a lot of parentheses. It's contagious.

Please pray for me! I am preaching on August 7th ... what I call 'preaching upstairs' ... to the whole congregation. I give children's sermons regularly but this is, well, different. I'm preaching on the beatitude "blessed are the pure in heart." Any suggestions?

And finally (yes, I know this is a long post, hang on!), Sara Taylor got me with this:

I am supposed to take the five blogs listed on her page, move everyone up a notch, and put myself at the bottom.

1. Ringmaster Lily
2. Bored housewife
3. Sara
4. *sara*
5. Lexerdax

Ok, Now I am supposed to pick 5 people to do the same. (Do I even know five people who read this blog??!)

Ummm ...
Erika (now that you are alive again!)
Trisha Rae
Alicia Marie (are you still reading, dear one?)
Gina Marie
... and ...
Leah (now you have a reason to start a blog!)

Now I (and everyone I tagged if they choose to participate) am supposed to write 5 things I enjoyed about being a kid.

Heh. This is tougher than I thought. It's hard to come up with five good things when you lived with alcoholic parents.

1. The climbing tree. We had this cool tree near my grandparents' house that we called the climbing tree. It was wide and open and fairly low to the ground. I loved to climb up there and read. Which leads me to my second thought ...

2. Reading. I loved to read as a kid and still do! It was an escape for me, really. We had a little room under the stairs that I would go in and read or I would read upstairs in my room.

3. Watching cartoons after school with my dad. Even into high school. It was 'our thing.'

4. Visiting my grandpa at the retirement home. My Grandma Peterson passed away when I was in fourth grade and my Grandpa Peterson moved to Pontiac the next year. I loved visiting him every day in the summer (except for the time he made me eat liver and onions!). It was there I first felt the tug of God on my heart, I think. I remember helping with daily devotions over on the nursing side and hearing the elderly women sing "In the Garden" and I felt the still small voice of God calling me to Him. It was several years later before I was saved, but I remember those days well. Ask Marte, I still love "In the Garden" and always request it at hymn sings!

5. Hrm. Number five. What I enjoyed about being a kid. I can think of a number of things I didn't like as a kid (glasses, funny teeth, etc.). How about I revisit this one in my next post? Maybe I'll think of something by then.

Until then, thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Must ... have ... caffeine ...

The coffee pot is empty here at the office. And I have 36 cents in my wallet. (Sodas cost 60 cents in the machine.) I need caffeine and I don't know if I can wait for a new pot of coffee.

Monday, July 04, 2005

Seven-plus weeks of little sleep

Yawn. We're a bit sleepy at our house. The baby does well at waking up at regular times, leading one to think we should be sleeping fairly well. Instead we've been staying up reading (me) and watching t.v. (Ryan). I woke up with a horrendous headache, sore throat and earache yesterday - Sunday - morning. We stayed home from church and I basically spent the whole day in bed. Ryan stayed home with the baby while I worked today and he "caught" my headache, so he spent the day resting on the futon. Or as much resting as one can do when home with a newborn. I'm very proud of him! He survived his first full day home alone with the baby.

Um, other than that, not much is new here. Happy 4th o' July! If my Grandpa Peterson were still living, he would have turned 100 yesterday. And my Grandma Peterson would be 98 this year. Ype. My mom's parents were much older when they had her.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

A time for mourning

Please continue to pray for Sheila and Jeff. Their precious newborn is with Jesus. She didn't make it through the night Friday.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Ryan and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ... and other news

My poor husband has had a rough couple of weeks now. He's been super-tired since the baby arrived, plus we've had family visiting for the last three weeks. The bad "day" started when his parents were here. Er, not because they were here, but because he ran into a curb and damaged one of our cars. That set us back about $1200. Then this past Monday he hit the neighbor's mailbox and fence on his way to work and shattered his windshield. That only cost a $50 deductible, but still. And he's worked 10 - 12 hours a day the last three days. He has to go up to Pennsylvania tonight for work, making for two more long days. I told him he should go to the hotel early tonight and get a good night's sleep. :)

Please pray for our friends Sheila and Jeff! Sheila was due with their first baby on September 11, but Naomi Joy arrived June 14, weighing only 1 lb. 4 oz. She is a miracle baby! Already nine days old ... God is good. You can read more about Naomi at

Our little peanut is doing great. I think Katrina laughed for the first time the other day. She had been sleeping in her Pack 'n' Play in the living room for a few nights while we painted her room, and she got very excited when I put her back in her crib for the first time. Her crib bumper is barnyard animals (made by her Grandma Herbert) and she looked at them, smiled, and laughed! I told Ryan it was like she found her long-lost friends. She's a good baby. :)

I'm heading back to work next week. Not sure if I'm ready for it. These past few weeks have passed too quickly!

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

She's here!!

Okay, so my due date was actually pretty close ... I was due on Thursday the 12th and little Katrina Pala Herbert arrived Friday morning, May 13th. :) I'm not sure how to post pictures here but I do have a link to our gallery. Not too many pictures yet - late nights and early mornings make for sleepy mommies and daddies. We'll add more soon, I promise. Until then:

Oh, yeah, the details! Her name is Katrina Pala. The middle name is a Hebrew word meaning "wonderful" - it's from Psalm 139:14 that says, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." She arrived at 11:13 on May 13th, weighing 6 lbs, 10.5 ounces and 20.5" long. She is such a good baby! We're all doing well, except for lack of sleep, but I think that is to be expected.

Time for me to go take a shower while she's still sleeping. More later!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Due date.

Well, today is the day. My due date. Like I told our families in an e-mail today, nothing is happening (yet). I worked a full day today and I feel fine...good/great, even. Let's hope that's a good sign that the baby is coming soon. :)

Funny thing happened in the restroom today. We had this big teaming agreement meeting with tons of people, and I ran into a woman from the meeting in the restroom. She had asked earlier when I was due and was quite surprised when I responded, "Today." Anyway, as we were washing hands she asked, "You're having a boy, right?" I said no, that the ultrasounds have said the baby is a girl. She exclaimed, "No way! I thought for sure you were carrying a boy from the way you look." Uhhhh.......

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Yay for daisies!

I got flowers at work today! :) That makes me happy. Today is the day our company embarks on a three-day Disney Cruise and I can't go. Not too much of a big deal, since there are many others who aren't going, but I did a lot of the planning of the trip. I don't mind, really - it has been similar to planning conferences and not taking part in them.

Anyway, the flowers are from Kurt and Hal (company presidents) and fellow cruisers. And they are daisies! My husband is good at keeping secrets/surprises. I had no idea!

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Ahh, pregnancy.

I remember when 9:15 at night was early. That seems so long ago now.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


I keep thinking about celery this morning. I bought some at the grocery store last night for a recipe. And I want some. Now.

I wonder if 7-11 sells celery.

Monday, March 21, 2005


These past few weeks have been full of exciting news for us. Here we go (in no specific order) :

1. Ultrasound on Wednesday revealed we are definitely having a girl! She's a beauty. We'll try to scan the pics and post them in the gallery soon.

2. I now hold a local license - one of the first steps on the path to ordination in the Church of the Nazarene! I'll be working toward ordination as a children's pastor over the next two - three years.

3. Our church held a baby shower for us on Saturday. It was so much fun! Thanks to all of you who came and/or sent gifts. We are so blessed!! (And no, we didn't get naked or wet. Two children of friends asked their parents if they had to get naked or wet when their moms told them they were going to a shower for us.)

4. We're moving! We are staying in the Frederick area (moving from zip code 21701 to 21703) but selling our townhouse and going to a single family home. I'll put the link here but with a disclaimer: that's not how much we paid (or are paying) for it!
(Sara - it's not the scary Burkitsville house - that one had a contract w/ contingency on it and the contingency was lifted.) The contract became official last night and hopefully closing will be on Friday, April 08.

Ummmm....what else? I have a new haircut and I found my first stretch mark on Saturday. We picked out some fabric for the nursery (finally) at JoAnn Fabrics yesterday. That's about all I can think of now. I'll keep you posted as new news happens!

Monday, March 07, 2005

There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.

--Jim Croce, "Time in a Bottle"

Anybody else feel this way?

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Rolls, Roles, and the McDonald's Drive-Thru

I've been obsessing at work lately about the fact that people don't know the difference between rolls and roles. One resume I read stated "[employee] holds many leadership rolls," while another coworker jotted me a note asking me to get two roles of stamps. I'm sure it's just absentmindedness, but I'm still obsessing. And lead and led. That's another word pair that some people just can't grasp.

Guess who I saw in the McDonalds drive-thr(o)u(gh) tonight??! My friend Heather!! She is so fun. I didn't get a chance to eat before our childbirth ed class tonight (more about that another time - it's late and I'm tired, but it was good!) so I stopped by McDs on the way home. As I pulled around to the order box thingy, I noticed the car in front of me looked like hers. The Operation Christmas Child and West Virginia University stickers in the back window confirmed my suspicions. She is such a doll. :)

Please pray for Heather's father-in-law, Joe. He is in what is most likely the final stages of cancer. Heather shared at Bible study on Tuesday that the cancer has spread throughout his body to other organs. Mr. Throckmorton does not want treatments and simply wants to go home. John (Heather's husband) is taking it well, Heather says. The elder Throckmortons live in Morgantown, WV, as do Heather's parents; Morgantown is about 3.0 hours from here (it's where Ryan was taken after his accident) and so it is do-able for trips to see them, but I'm sure that has to be a lot for Heather. She works more than full-time as the director of programs and a zillion other things at Trinity (where I taught) and so please pray for the Throckmortons, Joe's health, peace for the family, and strength for Heather.

Our Bible study is Believing God by Beth Moore and it is SO good. This past week we discussed that we are who God says we are. Joshua 1:5-9 has stuck in my mind the last few days, maybe because I'm such a chicken. Here is what Scripture says:

"No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Heather shared some verses that a friend of her mom treasured when the friend was diagnosed with cancer. I know I have read these verses before, but they struck me in a new way this week. It's 2 Corinthians 5:1-10:

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

I especially love verse 5: "Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." That is so awesome! I love the deposit idea - like a deposit on an apartment or something. A wonderful deposit for something even more wonderful to come. I love it. :)

Okay. Bedtime.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Brown vs. black

Ryan sent me this quote today:

"I realize that there are certain hardships that only females must endure, such as childbirth, waiting in lines for public-restroom stalls, and a crippling, psychotic obsession with shoe color." -- Dave Barry

Yesterday I accidently wore brown shoes to church with grey pants and obsessed about it all through Sunday School and the worship service. I didn't want to stand up and greet anyone for fear they would notice my shoe color.


Friday, February 04, 2005

I'm leavin' on a jet plane ...

... but I do know when I'll be back again. :) (I'm listening to my Peter, Paul and Mary cd as I write this!) I'm leaving today for Kansas City for the International Network of Children's Ministry's Children's Pastors' Conference, also known as INCM's CPC. Whew! Try to say that a few times fast! I'm very excited. Children's ministry at church is getting tiring and frustrating; I'm ready to connect with other ministry leaders and get new ideas.

I'm leaving the office around 11:00 a.m. today and my flight leaves BWI at 1:00-something. I'll be in good ole KC by 3:30. The conference officially begins on Sunday, but tomorrow is the pre-con seminar day, and the entire conference runs through Tuesday. I'll be back Tuesday night. Check it out here.

Say a prayer for Gina, please - she and her husband Nate lost everything in a house fire. For those of you who know her/them, I'm thinking of sending them Wal-Mart/Target/Home Depot/restaurant gift cards to help them get through this time and begin again. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Okay, this is too funny.

So I took the book quiz first and was thoroughly perplexed by it. Then I took the state quiz. This is rather appropriate, don't you think? :)

You're Maryland!

You enjoy contemplating your navel so much that you want to build a whole
school devoted to said purpose. You like Chevy Chase a ton as well, maybe even more than
Cal Ripken since he started doing those Century 21 commercials. Mostly, though, you want
to kick back, watch the ballgame, and eat crabcakes. Brick is by far your favorite
building material. You might even call yourself a brick house.

Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.


You're The Guns of August!

by Barbara Tuchman

Though you're interested in war, what you really want to know is what
causes war. You're out to expose imperialism, militarism, and nationalism for what they
really are. Nevertheless, you're always living in the past and have a hard time dealing
with what's going on today. You're also far more focused on Europe than anywhere else in
the world. A fitting motto for you might be "Guns do kill, but so can

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Sunday, January 30, 2005


Just because I happen to casually mention at the grocery store that I do not really like pink lemonade does not give you permission to drink out of the bottle!!

Monday, January 24, 2005

Most depressing day of the year?

Ha! I found this link in Gina's blog. Rather interesting after the way I felt today. I was chalking it up to pregnancy hormones, but now I'm not sure...

I had a maternity leave chat with our HR person today. She's a great gal and I like her a lot, but I was frustrated. I sent her a spreadsheet with vacation/paid-time-off (PTO) hours I expect to earn prior to and after maternity leave (company policy says I will not earn any PTO hours while on short-term-disability). The spreadsheet also had five questions, one being [paraphrase] "Since I won't have worked for the company 12 months by the time I go on maternity leave, I understand I am ineligble for the one week PTO Sycamore gives mothers for maternity leave. Can I take that week as unpaid leave or will it count against my future accrual of PTO?" Obviously HR Beth did not read the document. She brought a folder of documents for me to fill out for the paid week off; when I told her my anniversary falls 20 days after the baby is due, she said, "Oh! Well, you're not eligible for this then. Never mind!" Bah.

(By the way, I sent the spreadsheet to her nearly two weeks ago. She's rescheduled our meeting twice. We're a company of 87 people; could she not prepare for the meeting by at least glancing over my questions or checking to see when my anniversary date is???)

So then I realized, after the meeting was over, not only am I not eligible for the one week PTO for maternity, I also do not qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act job protection clause. The FMLA says companies of more than 50 employees must guarantee employees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain situations (maternity leave being one; falling down a waterfall is another) AND guarantee an equivalent job and pay upon the employees return. This means a woman can't go on maternity leave and return to find she's been demoted to a janitor or something like that. I don't think that Sycamore is about to fire me, by any stretch of the imagination. Okay, so my imagination was running wild today and yes, I was thinking Sycamore wants to fire me. I've worked for the company since June and I am not listed in the employee directory, yet a woman who has been with the company since Nov. 1-ish and is through a temp agency IS listed in the directory, as well as several employees who started in the last few weeks. What the crap is that?!

I got myself so worked up today that I was near tears. Ryan was in meetings and I was about to lose it; thank the Lord for Trish. :) She coached me through it over IM - told me to eat some chocolate and yell at my boss. It's all good now. (I did neither. But I feel better. Sort of.)

What else is new? We had snow on Saturday. Not much (6"-ish) and not as bad as predicted (no high winds), but enough that church was canceled for Sunday. Ryan and I slept in, then headed to Target to work on the baby registry. Disclaimer: All Coca-Cola items and Kill Bill dvds are thanks to my husband. We're also registered for a diaper bag and some baby clothes at It's mostly a catalog/online chain, with a few stores in CA, but I've heard they have good quality stuff. And the clothes are adorable! After lunch at TGI Fridays, I went to the Hagerstown outlets with Laura Reynolds and Ryan watched the football game with Simon. Stupid Patriots. I hate them. Not that I like the Steelers, either. I'd rather the Colts have won last week.

I'm heading to Kansas City a week from Friday for a children's pastors' conference. I'm very excited; it's at just the right time. (Translation: I'm approaching burnout.) I've been stuck in the 'woe is me/nobody loves me' valley for awhile now - at work (see above), at church (Pastor said I 'help' with the children - I freaking plan everything!!), and even at home (I cried on Saturday because Ryan didn't tell me 'good job' for finding a cheap airfare). Bah. I don't know how much is pregnancy-related and how much is what I was struggling with prior to pregnancy. My old OB/GYN is coming back to the Frederick practice where I go and my next appointment is with her ... I look forward to talking over some of this with her and getting her input. (She was WONDERFUL back in July when I finally asked for help. I hate the highs and lows of PMS but I felt almost guilty for having issues at 25. She reminded that I have been menstruating for 13+ years and it's okay to have issues. She was the one who started me on Lexapro. I stopped taking it as soon as we suspected I was pregnant, but it really did help for the time I took it. It helped lessen the extremes of the highs and lows and I eventually noticed things that would have bothered me in the past did not bother me as much.)

Okay, enough rambling. I hope all are doing well. I'm beginning to suspect that the same three people who regularly comment on my blog are the only ones who read it. If you read this, comment so I know you are alive!! :)

Monday, January 17, 2005


So I'm not one for the "here, do this" in blogging, but I found this in Cousin Timothy's blog and it seems fun. Leave me an anonymous comment with:

One secret.

One compliment.

One love note.

Lyrics to a song.

How old you are.

How long we've been friends.

And a hint to who you are.

Heh. I just thought of something. I hope you can post anonymously in my blog.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

It's a BOY!!

As some of you know, we've been expecting at our cozy home here in Frederick. Avery joined up a little earlier than expected - he joined us yesterday - Wednesday. I was afraid to post anything until now because he wasn't doing well ... he had the shakes, and he wouldn't eat or drink or go to the bathroom. Tonight is a different story, though! After a bit of quality time in Mom and Dad's room (with the door firmly shut to keep Davis out), he relaxed and even played with a drinking straw he found under the bed. I have to confess, I dropped him in the bathroom a little while ago. But it must have jarred his little bladder because he crawled into the litter box and finally used it, then hopped out and ate some dry food. Yes, folks, Avery is a boy kitty! We finally got a kitten from one of our coworkers. He (the kitten, not the coworker) is about 10 weeks old. I'm fairly certain he has worms, unfortunately. We'll find out for sure when he goes to the vet on Tuesday. If he hadn't perked up tonight like he did, I was planning on taking him to the animal hospital in the morning. We've been worried about our little guy! But he's doing better.

Davis is another story. :) She growls at him through closed doors and she's even more irritable toward us after we've been with the kitten. We're being careful to wash our hands well and keep them apart until we can get him tested for feline leukemia.

We'll keep you posted on our growing family. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I do eat vegetables, darn it!

I do eat vegetables! A cow-orker was just teasing me that I like Taco Bell (true), McDonalds (not true), Roy Rogers (DEFINITELY not true), and other greasy places more than vegetables. I told her that's not true, that I really don't like greasy foods (look up the effects of greasy foods on an irritable bowel and you'll know why!) and that I do like vegetables. All she said was, "Mmm hmmm." I know she's just teasing, but I want to say "Don't mess with me, lady!"

Ask my mom. I like veggies. It's hard to keep fresh vegetables in the house because Ryan doesn't eat them and they go bad before I finish them. Besides, coworker person, I don't see you bringing vegetables for snacks everyday, so there!

(It all started with her describing collard greens and pouring the 'juice' over corn bread. I nearly gagged - pregnancy, I think - and she said the above statements about fast food. Grr!)