Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Sunday, March 23, 2008

All Things New

New car shopping basically sucks. It's anxiety driven and worrisome. You're afraid that if you make a deal with one guy you'll be missing out on something better somewhere else. It goes with that old saying that "the grass is greener on the other side." Somethings always going to look better from where you'll be standing. The only thing you can do is close your eyes, take a deep breath and pray that you're doing the right thing. We've decided on the Nissan Versa. At this point it doesn't matter what the dealership gives us as a trade-in on Beatrice - we just want this whole thing over and done with. So, we are now just waiting on the $$ which we will hopefully get Monday or Tuesday. Then we can do the deal that evening or first thing Saturday morning. Basically I want to be able to drive the car off the lot that day. I'm afraid I'll have to settle for silver as a color. I would love magnetic gray or cobalt blue but this dealership only has the silver one with the options we are looking for. Ah, well.

Speaking of $$, we got some really good news yesterday when we filed our taxes! We are getting a decent refund - YAY!!! Finally, something that seems to be going right for us. Things aren't quite as tight as they have been and now we'll be getting a little something back from the Fed and ST.

Work has been relatively quiet. We've been having fun, though! The past three nights have been pretty busy so I've kept myself busy. I've learned a few new positions and seem to have excelled at them. I guess when I "run" for drive-thru, there are fewer errors. Go figure, how hard is it to pack a sack of food correctly? I don't know why these kids screw up so much. I can't understand how they can not pay attention to what they are doing when they look like they are paying attention. What gets me is when some 17 yr old who isn't even in management (!?) feels like he can dictate my job when he's standing in one spot doing nothing and I'm running my proverbial butt off doing both front counter and running for drive-thru. I feel like telling him to get off his duff and do it himself. Instead I just vented to my manager only to find out this kid does this all the time. He simply needs to relax. I certainly don't get paid enough to put up with any crap from someone young enough to be my son. I tend to pull more than my fair share of work there and the mgrs will back me up every time. Like I said, I don't get paid enough to let this bother me!!!

On to other items: I've been slowing making my way through yet another dishcloth. This one is in rainbow colors and is almost finished. I haven't been able to concentrate on doing anything more complex. I finally found a pattern for a tunic sweater that I would like to knit for myself. It's really nice and I'd like to spend a little bit more for some nice yarn to knit it up with. Maybe a silk/cotton combination. Something definitely lightweight. Here is the pattern. I still have my tote bag to do, too. So maybe I'll tackle the tote bag (I can't wait to work with the yarn) and then I'll start the sweater. I'm going to make a run into Dover, NH to Spinning Yarns - they have wonderful, luxurious yarns and the owner is really knowledgeable. I'm hoping she can help me find out how much yarn I need for the sweater and what kind of yarn I can use. I also bought some Debbie Mumm yarn from Jo-Anne Fabrics and I'm not quite sure what to make with it. I bought all they had in the blue colorway and I need to find some more in the same lot. Maybe I'll make a simple cardigan out of it and try cabling.

We went to church this morning with LD and had a nice time. Church was packed as it always is this time of year. Then we drove around the local dealerships to see what they offered. Nothing any different than what we've already decided on. We'll be heading out to dinner with Dad in a little while - as no one knew what we wanted to do, thus no ham in the fridge!

I'm going to sign off and spend some time with the fam!

Happy Easter and God Bless!

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Books on Tap for 2011

  • Knit Together - Debbie Macomber
  • Captured by Grace - Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Murder Most Foul - A Collection of Great Crime Stories
  • Fireproof - Eric Wilson
  • There's Something About Christmas - Debbie Macomber
  • Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
  • Murder Uncorked - Michele Scott
  • A Sacred Sorrow - Michael Card
  • Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? - Philip Yancey
  • Get Out of That Pit - Beth Moore

Books Read in 2011

  • What a Sista Should Do - Tiffany L. Warren
  • 90 Minutes in Heaven - Don Piper
  • Forgotten God - Francis Chan
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren
  • Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
  • Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Chill Factor - Sandra Brown
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Wednesday Sisters - Meg Waite Clayton
  • Stealing Home - Sherryl Woods
  • Bound for Murder - Laura Childs
  • Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Faefever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  • Under Her Skin - Susan Mallery
  • The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
  • No Wonder They Call Him Saviour - Max Lucado
  • I Still Dream About You - Fannie Flagg
  • I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore
  • The Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
  • Spider Bones - Kathy Reichs
  • A Thread So Thin - Marie Bostwick
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
  • The Search - Nora Roberts
  • The Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
  • Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich
  • The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
  • Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
  • The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
  • Photo Finished - Larua Childs
  • Keepsake Crimes - Laura Childs
  • Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich
  • The Icing on the Cupcake - Jennifer Ross
  • Fleece Navidad - Maggie Sefton
  • Dyer Consequences - Maggie Sefton
  • The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree - Susan Wittig Albert
  • Heaven Has a Blue Carpet - Sharon Niedzinski
  • Dreamfever - Karen Marie Moning

Books Read in 2010

  • The Yada Yado Prayer Group - Netta Jackson
  • Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
  • The Hole in Our Gospel - Richard Stearns
  • A Winter Marriage - Kerry Hardie
  • So Long, Insecurity - Beth Moore
  • Knit the Season - Kate Jacobs
  • Dead and Berried - Karen MacInerney
  • Murder on the Rocks - Karen MacInerney
  • where do i go - Netta Jackson
  • be sweet - diane hunt
  • The Lost Symbol - Dan Brown
  • Raven - Allison Van Deipen
  • Push (Precious) - sapphire
  • Faces of the Gone - Brad Parks
  • The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry
  • Burning Lamp - Amanda Quick
  • Fired Up - Jayne Ann Krentz
  • The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
  • Matters Arising - Sarah Harrison
  • The Sheen on the Silk - Anne Perry
  • I Saw the Lord - Anne Graham Lotz
  • The Dangerous Protector - Janet Chapman
  • The Seduction of His Wife - Janet Chapman
  • Re-reading all the Tintin graphic novels - Herge
  • The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
  • the last time i saw you - Elizabeth Berg
  • Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer
  • Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
  • The Girl Who Chased the Moon - Sarah Addison Allen
  • Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
  • Crawl Space - Sarah Graves
  • The Honey Thief - Elizabeth Graver
  • The Otherworldlies - Jennifer Anne Kogler
  • Saving CeeCee Honeycutt - Beth Hoffman
  • A Face at the Window - Sarah Graves
  • Draycott Eternal - Christina Skye
  • Shelter Mountain - Robin Carr
  • Virgin River - Robyn Carr
  • Death by Cashmere - Sally Goldenbaum
  • An Ice Cold Grave - Charlaine Harris
  • Grave Surprise - Charlaine Harris
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