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I still have not heard back from Texas. Waiting has definitely been hard, but I know that God has a plan so I will continue to wait for the right door(s) to open. "I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23).

Freelancing has picked back up which is good - my clients are mostly small business owners, so there can be some fickleness as to when they need things. Generally when projects come, they come all at once. I am just thankful for the work.

I have a couple of meetings this week and then I will be back to waiting...

Relaxing Weekend

It is finally starting to feel like fall! Daniel and I took advantage of some down time while his hand is healing. Friday we grabbed dinner and then ended up at our favorite bookstore at the mall. While there, Daniel read an article that said "The difference between a laceration and amputation is the height the table saw blade is adjusted to." Boy are we both incredibly thankful that the height of the blade was no higher and that he only had a laceration!

Saturday we slept in late and then drove up to Lake Norman where we drove through a subdivision he designed the roads for. The road was finished and they are starting work on the lots - that was neat to see, especially for Daniel to see his work in real life.

Afterwards we drove on the Lake Norman State Park where we did a 4 mile hike. We were curious to see the water levels of the lake since we have been in a drought for several months. The water was definitely down - about 6 feet. At one place we came to what …

Trip To The ER Part II

Daniel's bandaged thumb. We had our second trip to the ER today when Daniel cut his right thumb on a saw blade.

I was out running some errands and received a call from Daniel at 2:45 saying I need to get home as fast as I could. 15 minutes later, the house was locked up and we were on our way to the ER.

The ER was pretty busy - we had to wait almost an hour before we were actually called in. We spent a total of 4 hours at the hospital - a lovely October day wasted waiting on people to see us.

Daniel is doing fine - he had three stitches put in his right thumb. He is worried about how to do the following things with his left hand:

1) Shave
2) Take care of business
3) Brush his teeth
4) Use a keyboard and mouse
5) Write

Locked in the Bathroom...

Today I changed out the old door handles for all of our doors and while I was in the bathroom, I shut the door (dumb idea). The problem with this was that I had already inserted the latch part of the door, but not the handle. Thankfully I was able to use a screw driver to jimmy open the lock...

On a bright note, all of the baseboard and shoe molding in the guest bedroom is installed and the door casing around our coat closet is in as well... this means that we can start installing baseboard in the living, dining and kitchen areas soon!

Ron Mueck

Last weekend I had the opportunity to view the Ron Mueck exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in Ft. Worth, Texas. First of all, the museum itself was a beautiful space. The architecture brought light, water and concrete together in a really amazing way.

The Ron Mueck exhibit was fantastic. His over-sized and under-sized sculptures looked incredibly lifelike (except for their sizes). Looking at the sculpture "In Bed" I had the odd sensation of what Jack must have felt like, walking among giants, in the story Jack and the Beanstalk.

Another sculpture, "Two Women," made me feel as though I were the giant, walking in the land of the small. The attention to detail made me feel as though I could almost hear these two old women, standing around, gossiping at the grocery store.

All of the sculptures made you feel like they would get up at any moment and interact with you. Like in the movie, Night in the Museum, where everything comes to life at night. Any moment... they wi…

A note for my sister...

Angela, here is my daily note, since you are having withdrawals!!!

This morning I got up and was hurrying to get ready for my morning workout. Daniel had not left yet and he took one look at me and said, "Is the tag on your shorts supposed to be on the outside?"

Evidently I had my workout shorts on inside out and was about ready to run out the door like that!

Rough Air

I have never heard this phrase before, but on all of the flights I was one, the flight attendants kept saying to keep you seat belt fastened in case of "rough air." What happened to using the word "turbulence?"

My travels yesterday were mostly uneventful. I was somewhat annoyed to find that the Dallas/Ft Worth and the Atlanta airport do not have free Wi-Fi...

Anyways things were great until we landed in Atlanta. By the time we pulled in to the terminal, I only had 40 minutes to get to my connecting flight. This would have been fine had the connecting flight been in the same concourse!

But that was not the case. I flew into Concourse B and my connecting flight was in Concourse E. This meant a really long (fast) walk to the train (which I almost missed) to ride to the very last concourse. By the time I arrived at my gate, sweating and out of breath from almost running, they were calling for the final boarding of all passengers! Talk about a close call.


Last night Taryn and Troy treated me to the Reata restaurant in downtown Ft Worth. The best thing about this restaurant is that it has rooftop dining. We had a fabulous late dinner overlooking Ft Worth. If you are ever in Ft Worth, I would definitely recommend this restaurant - make sure you eat on the rooftop!

We began the meal with calamari, followed by some delicious dishes and finally some incredible desserts. I was beyond stuffed by the time we left.

While we were eating, it began raining. Thank goodness we were under a metal roof and were not really affected by the rain even though we were outside.

We made it home before the big thunderstorms started. It stormed all night long - lots of lightning, thunder and big winds. It kept me awake most of the night. The storms died down sometime after 2 a.m. and then another wave came through about 7 a.m. There is the possibility of more storms this afternoon - I hope that my flight home does not get delayed...

Spin Class & Sight Seeing

This morning I slept in and then Taryn and I decided to make it to the 10 a.m. spin class. It was a great idea, but I didn't know that I would need a picture ID to get into the club with the guest pass and I left my wallet at the house... so we ended having to go home without spinning :(

Instead we came home, showered and then headed out to Chipotle Grill for some tex mex. Afterwards we drove around to look at various neighborhoods so that I could get a feel of the Ft Worth/Arlington areas (just in case)...

We then made a stop at a local coffee house followed by a stop at the Modern Museum of Art to view the Ron Mueck exhibit which was pretty amazing. On the way home, Taryn took me by the Stock Yards - evidently they drive cattle through the streets of this historic area twice a day - that would be a cool sight to see.

So today we had a pretty full day of sight seeing. We are going to try to catch a spin class tomorrow (now I know to bring my ID). Two days until I see …

Missing Daniel

I am having a good time in Texas, but definitely missing Daniel.

Somehow I made it here without some key things: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant... I guess that is what happens when you have less than 24 hours to get ready to go somewhere.

Taryn and Troy have been great. They have showed me around some, we went to downtown Ft Worth last night and ate at PF Changs. Then today we had lunch at a little hole-in-the-wall place called Lily's that was pretty good. I had waffle fries with gorgonzola cheese on them that were incredible! After lunch Troy took me by a cool local art store called The Artful Hand. Then tonight we had a home cooked meal that was delicious - thanks to Taryn and Troy :)

Tomorrow at 3 is my interview... I am excited but it is all really in God's hands, so I will just have to wait and see how things go.

The hardest part about everything is that Daniel is home and I am here. I feel bad for him because he has a pretty bad cold and there is nothing I …


I have been on the job hunt for a few months now. Charlotte has proved to be an extremely difficult market for freelancing and for graphic design jobs in general. If you want to live in Charlotte, you pretty much need to plan on being a banker or involved in real estate (this works for Daniel because his job is land development which leads to real estate).

Anyways, I digress... A while back a friend from Ft Worth contacted me about a possible position with her company. I figured, "what the heck" and I sent in my resume/application. And then I waited. About a week and a half ago I finally had a phone interview and then I waited some more. Last night I got the call that about a face-to-face interview for Friday, so I booked tickets to Dallas.

Today, at noon, I will be flying to Dallas to stay with our good friends, Taryn and Troy, for the weekend. I am not sure what God has in store for me or if this will even pan out. I just continue to pray for God's directi…

Our Walk In The Woods

Daniel and I waited until the last minute to pack our gear Friday night - we are such procrastinators. We knew we would have to be up to leave by 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning and that we really needed to be in bed early, but we found ourselves packing until midnight... so much for good intentions.

5:30 a.m. came way too soon. My hot shower did little to wake up my senses, but for some reason I volunteered to drive the first leg to the Smoky Mountains. I was hoping to make a quick stop at Starbucks on our way out, but of course we were running behind and Starbuck's wasn't open yet.
It is strange to be awake and driving so early. There was no one on the road. The humidity was awful and I couldn't get the inside of the windshield defrosted properly. Finally the combination of windshield wipers and freezing cold air blasting seemed to help. I felt bad for Daniel, he was curled up under a blanket, freezing, while trying to sleep.

I drove for what seemed to be forever. …


Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I am sad that it really doesn't feel like autumn yet. Somehow, even though we have had almost no rain this summer, most of the trees around here are green or dead, but the leaves are not changing yet.

Also the weather has been weird. It cooled down a bit last week, but this week is humid and mid-80's - I am ready for cool, crisp weather that invites me to wear a sweater.

I am hoping for a fall-like feeling this weekend on our camping trip in the mountains. Camping is always better when it is cool - there are no bugs, a camp fire feels nice and cozy, you don't sweat in your sleeping bag, the cold air makes you feel alive when you hike... I could ramble about this for a while. Mostly I am anxious for a real change in the season. I hope it happens soon.

Boring Week

No trees have fallen in our yard lately. No major catastrophes to think of, so I guess boring doesn't necessarily equal bad!

I am looking forward to the weekend... this is our 4th weekend in a row that has been booked for us. It has been great to see so many people, but we are NEVER going to finish the house! hahaha.

This weekend we are off to go backpacking with some friends from TN. Daniel and I will be heading out Friday afternoon to camp somewhere in Pisgah and then driving on to Gatlinburg early Saturday morning to meet our friends. From there, the plan is to head to Abrams Falls for an overnight backpacking trip. I am so excited! We have only been backpacking once this year and that was back in March (or Feb???).