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Evan Almighty

Daniel and I met for lunch at McAllister's and then spent several hours at Lowe's going over our planned purchases for the master bathroom renovation. We have a 10% off coupon for Lowe's that expires soon and there are some great sales this weekend for Labor Day so we were planning our shopping trip. It looks like we will probably spend a big chunk of money which is overwhelming... but it is in the name of progress...

After Lowe's we stopped by the dollar theater and decided to catch the matinee of Evan Almighty. It was a cute movie. Mostly it brought to life many of my personal thoughts about Noah. I cannot begin to fathom how I would react if God requested that I do something that seemed nonsensical to me.

In Evan Almighty, Evan tried to fight God. He tried to be sneaky and do what he thought would please both God and man, but God did not give him a choice. How hard would that be to keep doing what God said even when people were laughing at you and then…

Daniel's Birthday and some random stuff...

Yesterday was Daniel's 27th birthday. I was going to surprise him with a trip to Inner Peaks, the local indoor rock climbing gym. However his neck has been bothering him since he let my 4 youngest girl cousins spend hours tackling him in the swimming pool all of last weekend. So instead we are going rock climbing tomorrow when he gets home from work at noon.

To celebrate last night, we went to one of his favorite restaurants, 131 Main. We celebrated with some fresh seafood that was fantastic. Afterwards we swung by REI to pick up an order he had placed and he also ended up purchasing a down sleeping bag... so happy birthday to Daniel! After REI we went to Barnes&Noble where we split a dessert and coffee at the Starbucks and then spent time reading. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable evening (minus the fact taht I had a killer headache)...

Today we discovered that a house in our neighborhood burned down early this morning. Luckily there was no one in the house when …

Life is a funny thing...

Life is a funny thing. It doesn't always turn out the way that you expect. People and things disappoint you. Things that you think should work out, don't. But there is always a silver lining. God always has something lined up for you. Right now I am not sure what that something is, but I am learning to trust more fully in God. Some days it is harder than others. But I keep praying and trusting that everything will work out.

If you haven't heard, I didn't get the job with Sporting News. I am somewhat disappointed, but I know that it will be okay. It was a chance at a job here in Charlotte and the odds were stacked against me: 350 applicants... 20 phone interviews... 7 face-to-face interviews... 1 job. Kind of felt like the odds of making it onto American Idol and I was one of the 7 finalists...

Growing up I never really cared about being #1 but now I am learning that the difference between being first and second has a greater consequence... like the differe…

Another Tree Fell In Our Back Yard/Family Reunion Recap

This is so bizarre... Daniel and I had just got back into town from my family reunion in Kentucky. As we pulled into the neighborhood, I made an offhand comment about how I hoped we didn't have any trees fall while we were away. I should have knocked on wood b/c as soon as we pulled into the driveway we noticed some branches in the back yard. When we went to investigate, we discovered that a tree from our neighbor's yard had fallen and is laying across our back yard. We have probably spent a month of weekend's in the last year cutting up fallen trees. Hopefully our neighbors will do the right thing and take care of this one. I am still incredulous.

We had a wonderful time with my family. There were 34 out of 36 of my extended family all together in Kentucky for Friday - Monday. We can from North Bay, Ontario; Manitoulin Island, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; Port Colborne, Ontario; Welland, Ontario; Auburn Hills, Michigan; Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Ten…

We Made It To Kentucky

Daniel and I made it to Somerset, KY about 15 minutes ago and are waiting for Mark, Angela & Robert to show up. They called about an hour ago to say they had really bad traffic in Memphis and have another 2 hours of driving.

We lucked out with a nice hotel, at an excellent rate and my brother even gets a rollaway cot and does not have to sleep on the floor! I brought a trusty Thermorest and a sleeping bag for him just in case. Since he is the baby of the fam and does not have to pay for the room he doesnt get a "real" bed, but since he is in college he is cool with that.

Tomorrow we will all head over to the cabins to check in and wait for the rest of the fam to roll in. Angela and I will go take care of the grocery shopping for the weekend - meals for 36 people for 3 days... thank goodness for organization and my trusty shopping list! I hope that I didn't forget anything...

Family Reunion Weekend

I am really excited about this weekend. It is the Lock Family Reunion, which means I get to see a lot of my extended family that I do not see on a regular basis. I am also excited because almost the entire crew will be there and I haven't seen some of my cousins in a really long time.

This year's reunion is in Burnside, Kentucky. It is relatively central to where everyone lives. We have people coming from as far north as North Bay, Ontario Canada and as far south as Searcy, Arkansas. I suppose Daniel and I coming the farthest from the east from Charlotte, North Carolina but we definitely do not have the longest drive.

I am tying up some last minute things and then I will be off to pick up Daniel from work and we plan to head out around 3:00. I am excited that I will get to see Mark, Angela & Robert tonight and then everybody else will roll in sometime tomorrow. I am sad that my parents won't be able to get in until late tomorrow night, but I am thankful tha…

Another One Bites The Dust

I just heard from an old co-worker that another person has quit the marketing department at Allen Tate. I know that everyone has different experiences and opportunities that arise but (if you include me) this is the 5th person to leave the department since last fall... out of a staff of about 15 seems pretty significant.

What's That Burning Smell?

Today Daniel was working on some finishing touches to drywall in our guest bedroom. At one point he yelled asking me what had fallen and I said nothing and that I had not heard any noise. So he continued working.

About an hour later, he stopped and we ate lunch and he took a break to read outside. When he came back in he asked me, "What is that burning smell?" Up until that point I had not noticed anything so I said that I wasn't sure. He went back to the guest bedroom and didn't notice anything amiss and turned off our air purifier machine since that was the only thing on in the room - thinking that there must be something wrong with the motor.

He had finished the drywall sanding, so I went in to vacuum up all of the dust. As I worked around the room, I noticed that the burning smell was still strong. I had to move a lamp that was in my way and when I moved it I noticed a piece of wood had fallen into the top of the lamp and was burning - not a fire (ye…

my saturday

we have had 25 days in a row of heat with no relief. the grass is dead - which means we don't have to mow the lawn, but rain would be nice.

i have been waiting all week to hear about some job possibilities and the waiting is killing me.

last sunday i lifted something and bruised my right thumb. since then i have been experiencing pain throughout my right hand. i have been trying to avoid straining it further, but it is difficult to function without using your right hand.

i haven't had the best week (to say the least). i don't know what possessed me, but i decided i should go swim suit shopping today. on an already not so great day, swim suit shopping was a bad idea - i didnt find anything that i was satisfied with.

then while i was out, daniel called and asked me to make a stop at lowe's and walmart. both of these super stores should be avoided on a saturday afternoon!

at lowe's a worker stopped and asked me if i needed any help. i said no and he persist…

Recent Movies

We recently saw Spider Man 3, The Bourne Ultimatum and last night we saw Ocean's Thirteen. All were excellent movies.

We are on the cheap side, so we waited to see Spidey and Ocean's at the dollar theater. Bourne we decided to see last weekend at a matinee - then we were shocked to find out that matinee prices in CLT are now $7 which reinforces why we do not go to the real movies. It was nice to be in a nice, clean theater with good AC and comfy chairs and people that didn't talk as much.
I really liked Ocean's 13. I have to say that I was disappointed with 12, but 13 really came through. I really liked the cinematography, the story line and the chemistry between the characters.
I was also impressed with the Bourne Ultimatum - I think this was my favorite of the three... which is hard to say b/c the first 2 were really good. I saw somewhere that they filmed everything live on location and the actors did their own stunts. It was a great spy movie with non sto…

Raccoon cont.

Daniel just found this post on someone's blog that is pretty funny about a raccoon living in someone's chimney. It could be bad if the raccoon we heard last night is using our chimney as a home...

We saw him on the roof by the chimney a couple of weeks ago and then last week I was mowing the yard in the evening b/c of the heat and I saw the darned thing scampering through our fence row...

Raccoon Stuck In Our Chimney

Daniel just called me down into the basement b/c he thinks there is a raccoon stuck in our chimney. Thankfully the flume is shut, but there is definitely something in the chimney. I have no idea how it is going to get out. There is no way that we can let it loose in our basement - that would be an absolute disaster!

Does anybody have any suggestions as to how you can safely remove a raccoon from your chimney???

Bid on Hatch Prints

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine found out that a college friend of hers had passed away a few hours after giving birth to her first son. (It was unexpected, and very, very rare these days!) She left behind a healthy little boy and her husband of 3 years. They are doing remarkably well considering the circumstances, but still have a life ahead of them.

Some friends of the family put this site together to help raise some money for a scholarship for the baby and for a Pam Lippert memorial fund. They are selling some really cool posters from a letterpress print shop in Nashville, Tennessee called Hatch Show Print.

Check out the prints at the site below.

Site to bid and more info:

Hatch Show Print site:

Surprise Date Night

Daniel called me from work today and said that I didn't have to cook tonight as he had made plans for us for dinner.


Well thanks to a previous client giving me a gift certificate to Mickey and Mooch we had a really nice meal. Daniel had Filet Mignon and I tried the Fresh Lobster Tails Tempura. Both were delicious. This was my first experience ordering lobster and it was fantastic!

After our late dinner, we walked down to the pet store to look at the puppies. We keep dreaming about getting a dog, but it never seems to be quite the right time. We can continue dreaming for now.

Fried Chicken Fiasco (Sort Of)

When my parents were here, my mom showed me how to make her fried chicken. We walked through all of the steps. Easy enough, right? Apparently not. I am a pretty good cook and in almost 5 years of marriage there are only a handful of meals that I have really botched and last night was one of those times.

Last night I attempted to make fried chicken. I think I got distracted and wasn't paying attention and the next thing I knew, the outside of the chicken was burnt! I finished cooking it and in the end we were able to eat it by pulling the charred skin off. The meat tasted good, it was just the fried part on the outside that was terrible. AND since I had burned the outside I really didn't want to use the grease to make gravy so we had to eat mashed potatoes minus the gravy.

I guess that I will just have to keep trying with the chicken. I know that the more I practice I will eventually get it right! Our house still has the burned smell in it this morning! Lesson lear…

If The Shoe Fits

And it finally does. After much searching, I have found a shoe for my wide little foot. I think that I have ordered and tried 8 different shoes from Zappos - all except the one that fits have been returned. I have also tried on countless pairs of shoes in shoe stores.

The first running shoe store was a disappointment with a young, college-age guy informing me that no one made shoes that would fit my abnormal foot.

After a round of pairs of shoes from Zappos - all of which didn't fit in various ways, I went into a New Balance store where a young, college-age girl was extremely helpful. I was very forthright in discussing my wide feet and she had me try on several pairs. She never once told me that I was the problem. She actually found me my perfect shoe, but unfortunately they did not have the right size in stock so I went home and ordered online from Zappos. I tried 2 different sizes of this shoe, just in case.

So the winner that fits my feet is the size 7, widt…


I was just looking back through photos of our renovations and I am amazed at how far we have come. It has been a long journey and even though it is not over, we are definitely seeing the fruit of our labor. We have a few major projects left and then we are down to detail work. Knowing the end is in sight is such an amazing feeling. I have no idea what we will do with our time when the renovating is over. Oh wait, we will probably have a life again!


Dusting is my least favorite chore to do. I normally just pretend that dust doesn't exist, but sometimes you can't ignore the dust.

If you know anything about installing drywall, you know that dust is part of the project. Dad did a lot of drywall work for us while he was here and now I have a lot of dust to clean up. Drywall dust gets everywhere - the floors have a fine coating of white that gets tracked EVERYWHERE, the furniture does as well. Clothes and sheets must be washed. But I suppose that is the price I have to pay for progress on the house. I am extremely thankful that Dad was able to help us, that makes less work for Daniel and I in the long run.

We are hoping to have the master bathroom completely finished in 5 weeks in time for a visit from Daniel's mom & grandmother...

Home Improvement

A lot has been accomplished on the house over the last 4 days, thanks to Daniel and my Dad. This is the first time I have had virtually no involvement in the work and I have to say it has been kind of nice. Poor Daniel has put in 14 hours a day for the last 2 days and Dad is right up there with him. It is Sunday afternoon and they are still going strong.

House Progress: 
Dad has dry-walled the closets. Daniel and Dad did the final demolition of the bathroom. Daniel took a stab at moving the plumbing - did an excellent job, Dad was very helpful with offering advice. They took out the toilet (it is in the front yard - needs to go to the trash), they also removed the ceiling and relocated the vent.

Once we complete the master bathroom all that is really left is the hall bath, the basement and some detail work. We are definitely getting to be close to count-down mode. I will be sure to post some photos of this weekend's progress.

On the other hand, Mom and I have had a real…