Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Indecisive Twins

In the spirit of the holidays, my brother is spending the week with us in our new house. My husband has REEEEEEAAAALLY enjoyed having a video game buddy.

Today, Nathan got off work a little early, so they have spent the entire evening (minus a half hour for The Office) enjoying their HD video games on our new 46inch LCD screen.

The following should be a script for the next Kevin Smith film:

Kevin: What game should we play?
Nathan: I don't care man.
Kevin: Well we've got the ones I brought, but we can play one of your's because they'll probably work better on your system.
Nathan: Dude, just pick one.
Kevin: Well, we could play soccer, or Call of Duty, or Medal of Honor, or we could play football.
Nathan: Let's play one of the war games.
Kevin: Which one?
Nathan: Dude, I don't care. Just pick one.

Kacey: (mildly agitated) Seriously "dude", just pick one.

(five minutes later)

Kevin: I really don't care though.
Nathan: Kevin, really I get to play these all the time, so pick whichever one you want.
Kevin: Fine, let's play Medal of Honor.

(after several minutes of game intro and flashy HD coolness...)

Kevin: Oh man, my guy isn't saved on your machine.
Nathan: Well, just make a default one.
Kevin: (said as if it were the end of oxygen as we know it) BUUUU...Oh okay.

(commence game play...)

Nathan: Are we one the same team?
Kevin: No...that's why I'm shooting you.
Nathan: Oh, right. Billy always shoots me, even when we're on the same team, so I just thought I'd check.
Kevin: DIE PUNK REBEL!!!!!
Nathan: WHERE IN THE HECK DID YOU GO????
Kevin: (evil laugh) muwahahahahahahaha you'll never find me!!!!
Nathan: Um...I just killed you.
Kevin: Shoot.

(next round)

Nathan: Okay, we ARE on the same team this time, so DON'T shoot me.
Kevin: But that takes all the fun out of the game!
(Kevin then shoots Nathan in the back)
Nathan: DUDE!!!!!!
Kevin: muwahahahahahahahahaha

(next round)

Kacey: Nathan, why is your name "Saucy"
Kevin: Because he IS Saucy!
Nathan: IT WAS THE DEFAULT NAME!
Kacey: Uhuh...sure.

(next round)

Kacey: Are you guys on the same team again?
Nathan: I think so, but I can't tell because Kevin keeps shooting me in the back.
(Kevin emits an evil laugh)

(game over)

Kevin: NEW GAME!!!!
Nathan: What should we play?
Kacey: Oh seriously...don't do this again.
Kevin: Do what?
Kacey: Ugh.
Nathan: Go upstairs and look in the closet. There are three more boxes of games in there!
Kacey: That will take ALL day! Just FREAKING PICK A GAME!!
(Kevin goes upstairs. A few minutes later, he comes down with a LARGE stack of games and tells Nathan to pick. Are you sensing a trend? My boys are the most indecisive people in the world.)
Kevin: Nathan, pick from these.
Nathan: Dude, I don't care.
Kacey: JUST PICK!!!
Kevin: Fine, we'll play football.
Kacey: Praise the Lord, they've made a decision.

(new game)

Kevin: Dude, you're gonna dominate me.
Nathan: Yeah, probably.
Kevin: FUMBLE???? WHAT THE HECK, I DIDN'T FUMBLE!
Nathan: Sorry, my controller won't let me replay.
Kevin: Well if the score is one point off, we'll call it a tie.
Nathan: Fine. WHAT JUST HAPPENED????????
Kevin: I don't know.
Nathan: We need to replay.
Kevin: I thought your controller wouldn't let you replay.
Nathan: Shoot.
Kevin: muwahahahahahahahahahaha so much for your world domination!!
Nathan: Yeah well...
(Kacey snickers to herself in the background and tries to aggravate Kevin so he'll miss a play)
Kevin: KACEY QUIT IT!
Nathan: (evil laugh) muwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!
Kevin: DIE PUNK REBEL!!!!

(game over)

Kacey: Are we gonna watch TV now?
Kevin: I wanna play another shooting game!
(Nathan makes cute puppy dog face...Kacey goes back to her computer.)
Kevin: Which one do you wanna play dude?
Kacey: NO. NOT AGAIN. PICK NOW OR GO TO BED.
Nathan: Dude, Let's play the same one we were playing earlier. It was fun.
Kevin: Okay. Sounds cool dude.

(new game)

Nathan: I JUST BLEW UP A BUS!
Kevin: DUDE! YOU CAN DO THAT?
Nathan: (terribly evil laugh) yeaaaaaaahhhhhahahahahahahhahahahahahaha

(new round)

Kevin: How do you switch your gun?
Nathan: Press the green button.
Kevin: I tried that.
Nathan: Well press it again.
Kevin: DUDE. I DID.
Nathan: Dude. It's the green button.
Kevin: (pushes the button again, but this time actually looks at the controller) Oh. I was pushing the red button.

(new round)

Kevin: I like being a sniper.
Nathan: Yeah me too. WHAT THE?!?!?!?!?!
Kevin: Oops.
Nathan: You sniped ME.
Kevin: Yeah, hence the "oops".

(new round)

Kevin: (singing) "I got a feelin', tonight's gonna be a bad bad ni-i-ight. I got a feelin', I'm gonna get shot a lot toni-i-ight. OOOOO OOOOO."

(new round)


Nathan: Why was I doing that???
Kevin: Doing what?
Nathan: Don't ask.
Kevin: Don't ask what??
Nathan: What I was doing!
Kevin: Ugh.
(Kacey laughs hysterically.)

(new round)


Nathan: Where is that guy?
Kevin: He's coming right at you!
Nathan: I don't see him!
Kevin: Well look at my screen!
Nathan: That's CHEATING!
Kevin: It's NOT CHEATING WHEN WE'RE ON THE SAME TEAM!!!!
Nathan: Oh, good point.
Kevin: (sees the enemy shooter) DIE PUNK REBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maggie: (rolling over with a sleepy look on her face) Ugh. Mommy please tell them to hush.


Needless to say...they are still playing. If I hear the word "dude" one more time, I'm gonna start pulling out their nose hairs.

Monday, November 23, 2009

A Flip-Flop Christmas

I've been thinking recently about all of the many reasons I love Christmas....

For those of you who don't know, my blood runs red, not because that's normal, but because it's Christmas blood. I'm pretty sure there are white candy cane stripes in there too.

So what is it that I love so much?

It's not the presents (although the game systems and new clothes are cool).

It's NOT the shopping (although I'm getting faster at it every year).

I think it's the pretty. It's the exact reason I hate Halloween -- it's ugly.

Christmas is SO pretty. The lights, the decorations, the (I'm only gonna say this once, and understand that I'm only mentioning it for it's beautyish properties) snow, and even the people.

Christmas is the only time of year people quit thinking about themselves. It's the only time of year you don't mind somebody hassling you outside of the grocery for money, the only time of year you make lists for other people and not just yourself, the only time of year you think about the existence of your mailperson. It brings the beauty out in everything, not just the trees and the houses, but the people too.

Churches that typically focus inwardly are drawn outward to their communities. People who spend the whole year wrapped up in their jobs, stop to focus on their families. Children, well....let's face it, kids are just in it for the presents ;) But it's exciting for those of us who give the gifts to watch them get all excited.

The only thing I find ironic is that Christmas comes after Thanksgiving. I know we didn't exactly pick the order of the holidays, but I feel like they should be the other way around. Rather than stopping to give thanks and then rushing off to get wrapped up in the Christmas craziness, I think we should give and give and give and then stop to give thanks for what we have left. When we give thanks first, I think we are capable of quickly forgetting how blessed we are, and getting wrapped up in the not-so-pretty side of Christmas.

I vote we move Thanksgiving to January. So after we're exhausted from the rush of the holidays and the spending of the money and the giving of the gifts, that's when we stop to say thank you; not just for what we have, but for another year of what we have left to give. I think a post-Christmas Thanksgiving would make the holidays even prettier :o)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Exploring a New Side of Dora

Has anyone else noticed that Dora the Explorer has gone from "little girl cute" to "pre-teen sexy"?

I found this rather disturbing and thought I'd get the group opinion on this issue.

Seriously, if you haven't noticed....flip the channel to a kid station for ten minutes and you'll see a commercial. It's weird.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I can't sleep because this is running through my head...

Jesus loves the outcasts. He loves the ones the world just loves to hate.





That's all.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Connection

We will have our own internet connection on MONDAY!!!!

And we'll also have the MLB Network, so we get to watch as much baseball as we'd like :o)

This makes us both very very happy campers.

That is all. Just felt I should share our sports related excitement.

(In case you're wondering where I'm getting my current internet connection, I'm sitting in my friend's basement. I'm lonely.)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tony and Misc...

For those of you who have read my blog for a while, you probably remember my mom and I asking you to pray for Tony a few months ago. He had a brain tumor that had to be surgically removed, but ever since then, things have looked very good.

This morning, they found out that his tumor is back. It's growing rapidly, and it is more deeply imbedded into his brain. They will definitely have to operate again.

Just say a prayer for him, please. He's exhausted, and so is his family. I know God will get them through this, just pray for a smooth journey there.


On a much different note, we are moved into our house. Now when I say "moved", I do NOT mean "unpacked".

There are boxes everywhere. There's packing paper strewn across the floor. There's clean laundry piled in corners because we don't have all of our dressers in tact. The important part, we have the tv and dvd player hooked up so we can spend our evenings together in front of a good movie (we still don't have cable or internet).

Okie dokie...time to go home and unpack a few more boxes :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Things that should have been Facebook "status updates", but I'd feel like a nerd for posting that many times.

Tomorrow, I get to see my mommy :)

I have brown paint caked under my fingernails. It looks like I've been playing in the dirt.

This is the only time I have EVER been excited about moving.

I got rid of three boxes worth of junk. There's still more to be cleaned out.

Yesterday, I learned how to spackle. The back of the nifty "spackle spray-can" taught me. I figure if I can eat my cheese out of a spray can, I can spackle my bathroom out of a spray can.

I'm done working two jobs in a few more days. As soon as we can get Internet at the new house, I'll be a full time woman again.

For the first time in my life, all appliances in my kitchen (including the microwave) match!

Lindsay is my hero. She's a trim painting maestro.

I'm contemplating just going and buying new stove cover things. That way, I don't have to clean the current ones :)

Nathan thinks I use too much tape when packing. I like the zippy sound the roller makes.

That's all for now...I'll post some pictures when we get all moved in.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Convictions of the serious sort...

I've come to one conclusion: Nobody knows anything significant.

I mean that in the kindest of ways, and I'm not picking on anyone in particular. I simply say this to ask a question: how can we "represent" the universe's greatest peacemaker, and still be okay with thinking our own opinions should be everyone else's gospel?

I really have no political affiliation, but I do have convictions which I believe are based on God's truth. However, you probably believe something totally different...and I'm okay with that. I'm not pushing for societal tolerance here. I don't believe that when Jesus said "blessed are the peacemakers" did he mean "blessed are those who stand back and simply accept everything for what it is". I DO believe that he called us to support one another...not bash one another's beliefs.

When you poke fun at or slander one political party or another (and don't say we haven't all done this at some point), have you ever stopped to think about whose core beliefs you could be trampling on?

Now, mostly I'm speaking politically here. Whether a Bush or Obama supporter, we're still called to represent Christ, and we shouldn't rely on the party in power to regulate our morality. Just because your particular party isn't in office, that doesn't give you the right to speak like there is no God. My plea is that you quit bashing them. They are people to, and God DID call us to bless and not to curse, to love and not to hate, to help and not to hurt. God didn't create human institutions...shoot, He didn't even want Israel to have a king. Do you really think He's happy with the "balance" of power we've set up for ourselves? We've taken all of the focus off of God in this "Christian" country, and we've placed it on control, power, money, greed, domination, and this lovely little thing we like to call "freedom".

I guess I'm focusing more on the "freedom of speech" aspect of it. Yeah, it's great that we get to talk about whatever the heck we want, but Jesus never granted Christians freedom of speech. Freedom to love, yes. Freedom to help, yes. Freedom to tell our brothers and sisters when they are living in sin, yes. Freedom to cherish our brothers and sisters for the beautiful people we all are, yes. Freedom to make peace, not to stir up violence and anger. Freedom to discuss and share, not to thrust our beliefs on everyone around us because we "know" we are right.

How many times have people in history "known" they were right, and how many subsequential times have they been wrong? Why are we any different than all those people who have been wrong in the past? I'm not even sure God wants us to get it all "right". I think maybe we should just quit worrying about our temporary homes so stinking much and focus a little bit more on our eternal home.

Just think about that the next time you want to hit "send" on a political email, or before you make a snide remark about a political official. Whose feelings might you hurt? Whose core beliefs might you trample on? And are you really right, or are you just repeating what your mom and dad told you? Is what you're about to say or send something that God would be okay with, or does it make fun of one of His children (something He pretty much told us to never do)?

Just think about it. Please.

Again, I don't believe tolerance is the right approach for our society, but when it comes to the feelings of your friends and family and the non-christians who listen to your rhetoric every day, I think sensitivity is totally acceptable.


"I dunno nothing that I haven't been taught,
I dunno why I was born into the family I’ve got,
I dunno if I ever had an original thought,
maybe not, maybe so, maybe later, I dunno
I dunno how I can end a prayer, then turn on a friend,
I dunno what I was thinking when I just pressed send,
I dunno why I still criticize the things I dunno
I dunno, I dunno, I dunno, but this one thing I know

YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’m just a broken machine
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, it’s all a mindless routine
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’m in another free fall
YOUR LOVE IS BETTER THAN LIFE
Without your love, I’ve got nothing at all"
- Newsboys

Monday, July 20, 2009

This day in history...

Buzz and Neil landed on the moon 40 years ago and broadcast their success to over 4,000,000 Americans. Buzz Aldren also took the first communion that qualified as "out of this world", with a travel pack of grape juice and bread. I can't imagine that his freeze dried astronaut communion tasted any better than those little styrofoam travel sets we have now...


Today in Kacey's history...

I got a surprise visit from a cop. I was sitting at the office by myself today, just making some calls, and apparently when I dialed 9 to get out of the building one time, I accidently hit a wrong number in there somewhere...

Apparently I called 911 and didn't even realize it! Needless to say, I was a little flustered when a cop showed up to check on me and I had no idea what he was talking about! I'm still wondering if maybe it wasn't the girl next door or something....but who knows? All I know is, if I ever need to call 911 from the office, apparently I don't have to dial 9-911. Just one 9 is sufficient. Good to know :/

In other news, Nathan's job is calming down a LITTLE bit. He called me at 12:30 Saturday night (In the height of the Indiana Black Expo) to let me know that there had been a shooting right in front of his hotel. Thanks babe, cause I slept so great that night :/ (sarcasm -- immense sarcasm) Hopefully he will have no more near death experiences.

We played a softball double-header yesterday. Nathan hit a homer and I scored two runs! We were pretty proud of ourselves. However, I'm now sporting a couple of good batting blisters, and a nice pair of pulled quad muscles. Nathan's fine of course, except for a scratched spot on his shin. Apparently he's good at narrowly escaping injury.

This week, we hope to (1) See Harry Potter (well, I hope to do that...Nathan just hopes to take me so I'll quit whining about it.) (2) Talk to our mortgage lender (3) Depending on how said "talk" goes, make an offer on a house. If all goes well, We could be moved in a month or two (the benefit of potentially buying a house that no one is currently living in).

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I'll write more as soon as I know more :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hold On To Your Chairs...It's Gonna Be A Bumpy Ride.

I know I know....I say I'm gonna blog, and then I don't.

But seriously, NO TIME!

I have just been offered a full time position with the marketing company I've been contract writing for. They've told me that I can take my time if I'm not ready to quit my other part time job yet, and that...well basically that they love me and they'll take me whenever they can have me. I told them I'd probably go full time with them in Sept/Oct. It'll be weird having my first salary position. No more hourly pay??? What to do with myself...

My husband officially started his new job today at the Westin (same company, just a different hotel -- in case you hadn't heard this story yet from our parents). He already had three people call off of their shifts. I told him it seemed like an unfortunately ominous beginning. He agreed.

The hubby and I are contemplating purchasing some living quarters. The search has been interesting, and fun, and quite informative...and we think we may have found a winner. I'll keep you updated ;) I know you are all sitting on the very precarious edges of your seats...

In the mean time, we have decided that our savings account is more important than our stomachs, and have resigned ourselves to ramen noodles and Totinos frozen pizzas for the next few weeks. It's like college all over again......only without the crazy roomates. :o)

There. I updated. That's what is fascinating in the lives of Nathan and Kacey. I'll try to give you more insights, on a later day, into the wonderous world of the almost-not-newlywed lives that we lead.

:o)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Nazis, Rays and Hampsters

First of all,

My husband blogged. So if you haven't read it yet, you should.


The other night I dreamed that the nazis had taken over the U.S. again (because apparently they have done this before), and we had to move in with not just one side of our family, but the mean nazis stuck all of the Anderson family and all of the Reynolds family in one house together.

I'm pretty sure I let out a little yelp of anxiety when I woke up. I don't think any of us would live very long in that situation ;)


The other day I was trying to make plans for our first anniversary. We don't want to spend a whole lot of money, but we'd also like to get out of town for a long weekend and just spend some time together. So after coming up with several good options, I sent my husband a joking text message that said "hey, I found a package deal where we could go to Tampa and see a Rays game!!"

He replied with: "Well I guess I won't be trying to do that for your birthday present!"

He's really planning to take me to Florida. I love my husband.


The other day I was sitting at a stop light, waiting to turn left. There were three cars sitting opposite of me, also waiting to turn left. I clicked on my radio and then realized that all three of their blinkers were blinking in time with one another, and that they also matched the beat on the radio. I felt like those little hampsters on the Kia Soul commercial (if you haven't seen it, youtube it cause it's awesome), or else it was something out of the twilight zone.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Comfy Chairs, Enlightenment, and a big fat "HUH?"

I have two new jobs. Two new wonderful jobs, might I add...

The first, not as exciting, but still interesting (at least to me -- one of the few things I inherited from my father is my interest in financial planning and "figuring" as he puts it). I'm working as an administrative assistant for Horace Mann Companies. Today I got a two hour lesson in stocks and bonds and mutual funds and 401k's and 403b's and Roth IRA's vs. traditional IRA's. I was truly fascinated. Yes. Call me a dork...but I have a really cool desk and a nice big comfy chair :)

I feel much more enlightened now on the finanacial side of the world now.

My second job is really cool. I'm a content writer for EverEffect Marketing - an SEO company (insert "HUH?" here)

SEO means Search Engine Optimization. Basically, we provide internet marketing for companies that don't have time to do it all themselves. We create blogs/websites, etc for larger companies who want to expand into smaller markets, and try to generate as many "hits" or "links" to their websites as we can. So this week, I wrote articles for ADT Security, and Direct TV, and then wrote a bunch of web content for a Hazmat equipment company (DQE). If that sounds like a bunch of mumble jumble, don't worry...I'm still not sure what it all means...but I'm having fun learning!!!!!!!

The pluses about both of these jobs is that I will be at home a LOT more (Horace Mann will only be Mon-Thurs. 9-1ish, and EverEffect is homebased except for monthly meetings), and I'll be making more money (so all that life insurance and mutual fund stuff I learned about is something we can look into soon).

If you can't tell...I'm excited, and Nathan is very excited for me. I'll keep you updated on how things are going, and once my stuff starts making it onto the web, maybe I'll post some links so you guys can check it out!

Sorry I don't have any funny dream stories like my mother, but there was a chick on some reality show this week that spelled her name exactly like mine. Too bad I don't have a cd...
but I did write a song :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

I can't believe I'm telling you this...

What you are about to read...


Is completely socially inappropriate.

Please don't feel obligated to continue. However, my husband and I got a really good chuckle out of our absent-mindedness. Perhaps you will too...



So Friday I had a really, really good day. Nathan had a pretty good day himself. So when he was on his way home from work, I was getting all dolled up to take him out to dinner (a little "Kacey has an awesome new job that she's really excited about" celebration).

Before we left, I called the apartment office because our air conditioning was not working. Seeing how it was a Friday night, on a holiday weekend nonetheless, we assumed our message would not even be heard until sometime on Tuesday.

We went to dinner. Buca Di Beppo...amazing as always. Prosciutto stuffed chicken. Wonderful.

Then we came home.

Now...seeing as we are still in the *ahem* technical newlywed category, and we were both in a celebratory mood...I'll let you take a wild guess as to what happened when we got home. However, there's one detail that cannot be left out for the sake of the story.

We were not very choosy about where all of our articles of clothing landed. For example (I can't believe I'm blogging about this): jeans in the foyer, bra in the hallway...you get the picture.

(My cheeks are officially red.)

The next morning, we both had to get up early for work, so we blew off the mess until we got home. When we arrived back at the apartment, in addition to the strewn clothing articles, there was a note.

Our air was fixed. The note said "Freeon added. I hope it was okay that I closed the windows."

Now...we KNOW that he closed the windows so the apartment would cool down. BUT...

My husband's first words were, "wow, he must have thought we needed more privacy."

Now, you may not be laughing as hard as I am. But you have to feel sorry for the poor maintenance man. Oh the things he must see...

We just felt this was slightly too humorous not to share. So with my husband's full blessing, you are now filled in on what we feel was the highlight of our weekend.

I'm thinking of writing an apology letter to the poor man...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ups and Downs

Yesterday was wonderful. Today not so much. I can't decide whether I'm happy or sad at any given moment.

I got an awesome new job yesterday. I'll be doing contract writing for an online marketing company...I'm very excited.

Michael Thomas called me today and told me that our Saba trip is cancelled...I'm very not-excited. I'm whatever the opposite of excited is. Not depressed, just very mellow and sad. I was already making packing lists...


Guess I'll just have to wait one more year...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Accidents Happen

Yesterday...

Chris comes over to me and says "I pulled a Kacey."

In my innocence, I state "what in the world does that mean???"

She showed me the pieces of her fingernail and proceeded to tell me the story of how she sliced it in half with the big kitchen knife.

Apparently I'm accident prone.

Who knew?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Vampire Lady

So I had my blood drawn yesterday. I cried like a little wuss.

The nurse that drew it just jabbed that needle into my arm without any warning, and then proceeded to suck SIX viles out of my arm. SIX. One of them got stuck and she had to yank it, which in turn yanked the needle and caused my arm to swell up like a potato. Then after she drew my blood, she made me sign the paperwork for my co-pay. Couldn't I have done that before my arm was throbbing and swollen at the elbow, thus preventing me from bending my arm...so I had to stand an arms length away from the desk while I signed...it was awkward.

Oh well. I have a Disney princess bandaid now making me feel better. The Arby's beef and cheddar didn't hurt things either. Plus, the hubby took off work early so he could drive me :) He's such a sweetie!

OH...and the cool story for the day: I've partnered up with a church that sponsors sunflower houses in Thailand (shelters for women resuced from trafficking). They make jewelery to sell (basically to pay their rent in the homes) and I think I'm gonna start selling some of that jewelery. Not as a year round thing, just for a few weeks to raise some money for them, and also to help fund the Saba trip. So if anybody's interested, let me know :)

LOVE YOU GUYS!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Happiness Again

I'm back. Things are more settled now.

I have a new job which I am starting on June 1st, and I'm thrilled about it!

It's really not the most exciting job in the world, but I'm going to be doing some administrative work for an insurance agency. The fun part is, it's fewer hours with more pay :) SO...I've started doing some freelance work for some online marketing companies, and I'm getting paid for my writing. It's pretty darn cool.

It's a nice feeling to feel needed. It's a nice feeling to feel well placed.

Thanks for your prayers! Check back often now, because I plan to start writing on here again....oh, and if you want to pay me for blogging, that'd be cool too!

Friday, April 17, 2009

When Things Are Not As They Seem...

I've been trying to figure out how to formulate this blog without telling a very lengthy story, and I've decided rather than words, silence is more appropriate.

Suffice it to say, the next time I blog, I hope many things will have changed and I will have a happy story to tell you.

In the mean time, prayers for a new situation would be greatly appreciated. If you feel you need more details, I'll tell you with a phone call or you can ask my mother.

Love and peace.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Baseball Goodness...

My Rays kicked some Red Sox butt last night, and that makes me extremely happy :)

Tomorrow, Nathan and I are taking our trek to St. Louis to watch his Cardinals play. I've gotten mom's 35mm zoom lens camera so I can take some close ups of Albert for my husband. Needless to say, he's like a little kid right now, except that his shoulder still hurts...another story...

Sunday we were over at our friend's house and my husband suddenly decided to slide tackle me in their brand new basement. Why he did this, I will never know, but since I'm a Reynolds by nature, I put the boy in a headlock. However, not fully aware of our surroundings, my feet slipped out from under me on their brand new, extremely slick flooring. So my full body weight came down on his neck. I'm only telling this on myself because it was an accident, and since he was the instigator, I don't feel I will be judged too harshly. Anyway, pray for his very speedy recovery because we believe he's pinched a nerve and it's been making him nauseous for a few days now, and he'd really like to watch Albert swing the bat without feeling sick. :) Thanks!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Happy Weekend

Nathan's birthday was Sunday, and since he never blogs...ever...

Saturday we went to see Bolt at the dollar theater (awesome), and then went to eat at Famous Dave's (which was our favorite place in Nashville, and we just got one up here).

Sunday we went to our friend's house and had steak and cake. I'm pretty sure that was the most wonderful steak I've ever eaten.

Since the celebrations ended, Nathan has just enjoyed playing his new baseball videogame while sitting in his new videogame chair, and wearing his Cardinals tshirt underneath one of his two new hoodies and pausing to watch his DVD set of the Cardinals 2006 world series...after reading the stats from all the players on the team from the year he was born on the back of his baseball card set. He tells me that he had a really good birthday.

On a much sweeter note, my wonderful hubby helped me do the dishes last night (his idea, not mine) and went grocery shopping with me tonight (his idea, not mine). I love him.

Yes, Lindsay, we are still pathetically cute, but we're enjoying it until it wears out ;)

I have a day off tomorrow! That's the first scheduled day off I've had in three weeks, and probably the only one I will have for another three weeks, so I'm gonna get lots of things done, and maybe even watch some cartoons! :o)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I Got Duped...

Who knew that Nicolas Cage does scary movies.

"Knowing" is very M. Night Shamylan-esque...only scarier.

And it's almost amusing to me how I just said I wasn't going to watch any scary movies....and then I went to see one that I didn't know was scary. Needless to say, the dreams were not pleasant last night, and I woke up very creeped out this morning and had to open the store in the dark :/ Not cool.


Semi-Spoiler alert:

I won't give away the entire movie, but just to give you a sense of what you're getting yourself into...

This is an Ezekiel Productions film, and hence, is based around the vision of God in Ezekiel 1...only, it's pushed into an intensely grotesque and creepy interpretation of the end of the world.

The four headed beast in Ezekiel is represented by four stalker-like figures who "guard" the main characters through the film...only you don't know they're guardians until the end, because they stalk, chase, scare, and kidnap children.

These guardians "whisper" to people --make them go crazy-- by giving them messages about what's going to happen in the future. There are people who can predict all of the upcoming disasters (although I wouldn't call this a disaster movie), and Nicolas Cage stumbles upon a paper with all of these events written on it. The rest of the movie, he and his son chase these events down, getting in the middle of the danger and watching all of these horrific things happen to people.

I won't tell you the rest because the ending is....overbearing? Can I say that about a movie? I left feeling overwhelmed and very confused...not confused in a "what just happened" sort of way, but a "how did they manage to get that interpretation??" way. Either way, I think director Alex Proyas has a very sick and twisted view of how God will bring the world to an end. Not to say that the fire wasn't correct...but I don't think God will drive people insane, or bring random destruction and havoc on people before the end of time.

That being said...I don't know it's all gonna go down, but I trust God to be a little more loving and gracious than what this movie depicted.

Friday, March 20, 2009

I Have A Dream...

I have nightmares. Always have.

I'm not talking like somebody breaking into my house and stealing my cd collection...I'm talking bloody, graphic, horrifying, gut-wrenching, terrible, awful nightmares. I won't go into detail about all of them...but just so you have somewhat of an idea...

After Kevin was born,(I was 6) I started dreaming that our house caught on fire. I never could save Kevin...no matter how hard I tried. I'd always wake up crying and go check to make sure he was okay.

As I got older, they've gotten worse. The least terrible are the ones where somebody drowns me, and Nathan has to shake me awake because I stop breathing. They only get worse...

It's gotten to the point that I started getting scared to sleep alone. Through college, I usually had roomates, or at least people in the same suite that I was in. If Nathan has to work nights now, I have trouble sleeping, mostly because I know it's going to be terrifying. People wonder why I hate scary movies...they only make the dreams worse. I know that they aren't real, but they seem so real sometimes that it's hard to not let them carry over into real life.

Now, I have generally always prayed before I go to sleep, but it's just never occurred to me before to pray FOR my sleep. I began to wonder if my sleep isn't the perfect outlet for Satan to get into my head. He knows that he can scare me, and that's an easy way for him to get to me, and for me to have nothing to say about it. So, for the past few nights I've been praying that God would protect my dreams, that He would keep Satan out of my head while I sleep, and that I would only dream about things I could wake up and laugh about.

So far, it's worked.

While some of them may have still been awkwardly morbid, they've been hilarious at the same time. I dreamed I saw Jordan Sparks, but when I got out of my car to meet her, it was a dude in a wig. I had to get gas, but the wig-man ripped the nozzle out of my car and showed me that I was paying $99.00 for gas. Then when I got back in my car...it was Jordan Sparks again.

I dreamed that Kevin and Nathan and I were trying to cross this big river thing. I was scared of the water so Nathan was helping me across. I realized I didn't know where Kevin had gone. We looked down and saw this red thing under the water, so we swam down and pulled him out. When we pulled him up, he was coughing up water. I said "why did you try to swim across this without help?" and he responded "KACEY, I'm not drowning! I'm only coughing because we were driving behind a diesel truck with the top down on our car. duh!"

I dreamed I went scuba diving and actually liked it.

I dreamed we had a spaghetti eating contest at church.

I'll take weird anyday over terrifying.

No, this does NOT mean I'm going to start watching scary movies. I don't want to push my luck.

Monday, February 23, 2009

This time last year...

I was getting engaged :o)

Actually...I was freaking out because mom and I were shopping, trying to find me a new sweater to wear that night, and we couldn't find anything decent! (We ended up deciding on a sweater that I already had, only in a different color).

I know you've all heard the story, so I won't tell the details of it again...needless to say, I do thoroughly enjoy telling it to people who have never heard it before. Especially the part with the evil policeman and the broken screen door.




We've almost been married for as long as we dated...weird, huh?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Loud Ones...

As you already know, I hate comcast. Not only because they are just frustrating to deal with, but because they've started a new trend. I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about...

It doesn't matter what I'm doing...whether taking a nap or making dinner in the other room...the new fad of loud commercials scares the socks off of me every time. The advertising scheme is quite brilliant really: make your commercial twice as loud as all the others so that people will always hear it and have to pay attention to it...but it's obnoxious.

The sudden exclamations of:
"Let's do it again Bill!"
and
"I have unlimited HD!"
or
"Only $1200 bucks a month for your soul"

Really annoying.

Just thought I'd get that frustration out there.

Comcast: stop scaring me. I wouldn't even use you if my apartment didn't say that I had to. Go away. :) Thanks.


Oh, and Vonage...same goes for you. HUSH!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Mystery Splinters

I have had two splinters in my right hand this week. I got one out yesterday after it had been in there for about a week. Last night, I noticed another one.

I have no idea how either one of them got there.

I am extremely puzzled. If I get another one, I think I'll start keeping a splinter journal and see if I can trace their origins (much like the dream I had the other night about canoeing through a flooded mall in a giant tupperware...?).

I'll keep you updated :). Right now, I'm trying to get some stray mascara out of my left eye. It's been there for about an hour now.

Monday, February 02, 2009

I Miss My Mommy

I know that FEMA can't even get to her, but I really wish AT&T would get their stinking tower back up :)

If you have power and can read this, give her a hug for me and tell her to get her booty up here and visit me :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Normalcy

It's wonderful. It has resumed, hopefully permanently, but at least for the next two days :)

After that...we'll see.

All I know is, my husband is glad to have the real me back for a little while...and so am I.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tony 2

Tony just got out of surgery. Apparently they were able to remove all of the tumor that they could see. It will take a couple of days to get the biopsy back, and until then, Tony will be in the ICU.

So keep praying.

Thanks guys :)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tony

I just found out tonight that one of my childhood friends has a brain tumor.

Tony is Neal and Sherri's oldest kid (if you read my mom's blog, you know they are Alaska friends). Our families grew up vacationing together every year in Oklahoma, and Tony and I were always really close...we even share a birthday. We've managed to keep in touch pretty well over the past few years with some infrequent phone calls and much more frequent facebook chats, but I talked to him less than a week ago, and everything was fine.

It's weird how things can change so quickly.

I think my family is going down to Arkansas tomorrow to be with Tony and his family (he's in school in Arkansas, and that's where he's hospitalized currently). So pray for everything. Safety for my family, health for Tony, and hope for his family.

Thanks.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Touch Screen.

So I have an iPhone. It is quite possibly the coolest toy ever invented.

But all the great things have their downsides.

You know...
Light bulbs caused global warming.
The printing press made your fingers all inky.
The telephone...well,

The touch screen is miraculous. I love it. Part of it's miracle is that it only responds to a combination of skin touch and heat. You can't touch it with your shirt sleeve, because it just doesn't work! It's pretty incredible honestly...unless your hands are cold.

Seeing as how the temperature has recently been in the negatives, my hands have been in a constant state of frigid for the last few days.

So the other day, I was getting a phone call while I was walking to my car. I tried to slide the little touch bar to answer my phone, and it wasn't recognizing my heat-absent fingers. So I had to test my other options. I tried rubbing it on my face in the desperate hopes that my cheeck would hit the magic spot and the phone would be answered.

To no avail.

So I tried my chin. Almost, but no cigar. Still to0 cold. So after 18 seconds of sheer frustration, I resorted to the only warm thing left on my body, and I licked my phone screen. I then proceeded to have a conversation with a wet phone on my face.

As I went outside, a little ice accumulated on my cheek and I had to scrape off not only my car winshield, but also my phone screen.

The beauty of technology...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Movie Monday (Except it's Wednesday...?)

So I have decided to put my blog to a more practical use (but only occassionally). I think that I'm going to review all the new movies I watch, basically because I think that would be the coolest job in the world, and it will give me something with which to fill the voids between funny stories. :)

Just to give you an idea of whether or not we have a similar taste in movie choices, you should go to my profile and read my list of favorites. Once you've determined for yourself that I love every movie ever made, note that my top three favorites are The Lion King, Love Actually and Batman Begins. I avoid scary movies at all costs because they make me have nightmares. I'm not a huge chick flick lover, unless it's really good, and I really only list a movie as a favorite on about one out of every hundred that I watch. So maybe I can help you choose the next time you go to rent a movie (my reviews will be mostly on current rentals rather than box office hits, since we're young and broke ;)

The only two movies we've gone out to see recently are Yes Man and Seven Pounds.

Yes Man was absolutely hysterical...but only if you're a Jim Carrey fan. His over the top, dramatic flair for every syllable he utters leaves you wanting a nap after you've watched the movie, but all in all it was a cute flick. While it was extremely predictable (as all romantic comedies usually are) there were moments of surprise, along with one moment of sheer terror. Literally, one part in the movie made me shudder so hard that I'm pretty sure my shoulders were a little blue afterwards. Needless to say, this one moment took this movie completely out of the child appropriate range, but besides the 30 seconds of horror, the rest of the movie was very enjoyable. But really, you should only see it if Jim Carrey has never been one to get on your nerves.

Seven Pounds...well, it's interesting. I don't believe I've ever left a movie with such mixed feelings before. While the movie leaves you with a slightly renewed faith in humanity, it also left me feeling complacent with the sin that's occurred...not a feeling I'm okay with. Overall, the acting was incredible, the story was brilliant, and it left me bawling like a baby at the end (which has only happened in two movies. Ever)...but I can't get past the fact that the unselfishness in the movie was all based around one man's selfishness. His drive to make things right and even out the world stemmed from his own mistakes, but they were fueled by a selfish desire to be at peace with himself (which I fear never happened). It definitely leaves you with a greater appreciation for the good things in your life, but I was so mixed up by complacency and decency that I still can't decide if I truly liked it or not. I would vote to see this one, but go into it with your good judgement goggles on :)

Swing Vote: We rented this one the other night and it was almost exactly what I expected. Cute, heartwarming, and more predictable than a turn by turn gps. Kevin Costner cussed like a sailor through the whole movie, but that's part of the "point" of the story. My favorite part was when his daughter told him to quit using Jesus as a swear word, because He's a billion peoples' savior...so the point was well made. All in all, it was enjoyable, but I'll bet you that anybody who hadn't seen the movie could have told me how it ended before I watched it. But if you're in a very "redeeming quality" kind of mood, this would be an excellent choice.

Current rentals: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and Mamma Mia. I'll let you know how they were :)

Oh, and please feel free to argue, debate or better, yet agree.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Roast Beef Incident...

So because of a certain medication I was forced to start taking (due to um...marital bliss, and the un-want of children), I am an emotional wreck.

I cry at the drop of a hat.

I don't sleep normally anymore.

I feel like the world is collapsing in around me.

And then I laugh. Uncontrollably. I'm losing my mind.

The back and forth roller coaster of my emotions has made my husband nearly lose his mind (although he's been an angel while dealing with me), and has even led to some pretty funny incidents at work...

Now, Chris and I have become good friends, so we know pretty much everything that's going on with each other (hence, she is aware of my rollercoaster). The other night, we were swamped. There was a concert going on, we were lined up with customers, and we ran out of roast beef. Chris came and showed me the container and said "we're out of roast beef because somebody forgot to pull more out of the freezer." I thought she was blaming me. Turns out, she was meaning "somebody" as herself, because she thought she'd checked and stocked everything earlier in the day. Anyway, I cried. She asked me what was wrong, and I don't think I ever would have told her if she hadn't figured it out because I felt like such an idiot.

Needless to say, she felt like a jerk...although I assured her it was not her fault.

Afterwards, we laughed for about an hour, and are still making jokes about it and referencing it as "the roast beef incident of 2009".

This has been one of many sad sob stories. I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday...thank goodness. Maybe I'll regain my sanity :)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Prayers

Sorry it has taken me so long to post this. This week has been crazy and I haven't had a lot of time on the computer.

Chris found out that Angela is terminal. They intended to replace er esophagas, but couldn't even do that becase the cancer had spread so far into her trechea.

If you guys would keep Angela and her husband, and also Chris and Jason in your prayers, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks! Love y'all!

Friday, January 02, 2009

We're One.

Last year at this time: ...

Nathan was in Minnesota. I was going crazy. We spent the entire time texting and ran his phone bill up to an ungodly price.

Last January 2nd was a Wednesday, and I was eagerly anticipating the return of my (I was convinced) soon to be sweetheart. I went to church and sulked down to the big classroom, knowing that Nathan was still an hour away.

Glen came in and sat on me.

He asked me if I knew Nathan was coming to church that night. I said "no, I hadn't heard. I wonder where he is." So, I continued to text.

After class was over, I knew that Nathan was in the building...so I went on my manhunt (only to be tackled by Michael Ellen.)

When I finally made it to Nathan, he gave me the best hug I'd ever had, told his mom that we were going out, and we left the building with his arm around my shoulder. It was true love :)

Later I found out that his mom was mad that he wasn't coming home to spend time with them. She later repented when she heard there was to be a wedding in August...

We went to Wendy's, where he remembered to call Billy and tell him he'd made it home. Billy asked him if we were on a date. Nathan said no, but I knew differently ;)

After that, we went to see Charlie Wilson's War. He had already seen it, but knew I wanted to see it, so he took me anyway. After about five minutes of playful tickling and flirting, I couldn't stand it anymore, so I held his hand.

He says that he didn't see the entire rest of the movie. He was too busy grinning like a fool and staring at me (his words, not mine).

On the way home, we decided that this had to be considered our first date, even though he was in the dark about it for the first half of it. He took me home and walked me to the door, and I kissed him on the cheek. (Continue Nathan grinning like a fool :)

So today we celebrate January 2nd, our first birthday. I call this a birthday, because I feel that anniversary has to be reserved for our wedding or engagement...something a little more prominent...and I don't want this day to be forgotten. That was the day I knew where I'd be for the rest of my life...just a first date, but oh so much more.

Plus, it gives us an excuse to go out on a date :)