Monday, October 31, 2005

no tricks, just treats.

OK so I've posted a lot in orange lately, but I've got to today!

While all of this reminiscing is happening about Halloween days of old, I too have many fond memories of costumes and tricks and treats.

First and foremost, the all-time best costume ever was my shiny silver Hershey's Kiss costume that my Grandma Shirlye and my mom made together. I think I wore this in second grade. And then again in third grade. I loved it that much. This was not your typical store-bought Hershey's Kiss costume. No, no, my friends, it was much better than that. It was made of shiny silver material and gave my little 7 year old body quite the Hershey's Kiss shape. And to top it all off, I had the matching headpiece, like a mini-kiss with the paper tassel to boot. I still cry tears of sadness for the fact that my mom sold it to some lady in Streator for her granddaughter to wear. I was deeply saddened, despite the fact that I couldn't fit into it any longer, but I couldn't keep it for my child to wear someday. I guess I'll have to break out the old pattern and sewing machine someday. (as if I'd know how to use it!)

Second, there was always this lady who lived on Elm Street, near our old house on Shabbona in Streator, who never failed to decorate her house and yard beyond even the craziest imagination. There was a wire fence all around the yard, and you had to enter through the main gate. Following your entrance many real people dressed in costume would play their role of Freddy, a witch, a person being hanged, etc. Once there was even a man on the roof pushing dirt off the side and a Freddy scratching his long nails against the siding. I was tormented by this yard, but it was my goal to make it to the front door where Kay, the mastermind of all of this, would nicely give me a small white bag of candy. Was it really worth it? I think I made it to the door maybe twice. Maybe. I know we had a few drive-by's where I thought I'd get out of the car, but one of the yard actors ended up chasing us down the sidewalk so we drove off.

Thirdly, of course there were a million good treats. There were always those ladies who made the popcorn balls every year. You knew exactly which house to go to for a popcorn ball, and sometimes which house to go to for the good candy. Does anyone make popcorn balls for anything other than Halloween? Just wondering.

And on that note, I must say that my niece, dressed as Blue from Blue's Clues, was quite cute last night. I wish I had a picture of her to post, but I forgot to take one!

And I'm off to visit high schools for the rest of the week...have a lovely first week of November!

Monday, October 24, 2005

oh, Christian radio. you silly people.

I can't get enough of talking about how funny it can be to listen to Christian radio sometimes. Heidi and Alli and I talked about it for quite some time the other night.

I can't listen to it for more than 30 seconds without bursting into laughter for hearing an on-air prayer, the "newest hits" like Steven Curtis Chapman's "The Great Adventure", or hearing some cheesy advertisement or commercial "drama" between two girls debating about whether or not to go to a party. I haven't even gotten into the whole ApologetiX scene of covering "Love Shack" with "Shad-rach, baby Meshach"!

And then, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, the other day I heard the lady on Shine 89.7 FM (which is a SOMEWHAT decent station out of Olivet Nazarene Univ. in Kankakee) talking about Mr. Tomlin (Chris). She began to introduce his involvement with the Passion network and partnership with Louis Giglio. However, her pronunciation of Giglio sounded somewhat French--like the failure of a movie, Gigli, starring Bennifer? Yeah, just like that. Gigli-o. Are you kidding me?

These people have no idea what's going on in the world.

Friday, October 21, 2005

i'm still alive!

OK so it's been awhile since I've blogged. How do I know? I've officially been moved down on Lindy's link list. That's when you know you haven't updated enough!

It has been a wild past few fairs every night this week, a concert, more college fairs, some more travel, etc. But I have to be honest: I love it. I love being busy and I love traveling. I can't say that enough. Even if it is just around Illinois. I think there's a bit of explorer in me that likes to figure out the maps and know which way it is to wherever.

Lately a little bit of me has been wanting to move to Chicago. Why? Maybe because there's lots there to explore? I'm not sure.

I'd like to welcome my long-time friend Amanda Cole to the blogger world. I'm so happy she's jumped on the bandwagon!

As for my own blog, I have sucked at it lately. I apologize. I realize you taking the time to read this has actually been a large waste of time...and that's why I promise to write a post of substance soon.

I promise.

I just don't have time right now.

I do have the time to inform you of my exciting plans for the evening, however:
Because my roommate and I have not had a DVD player (yeah, I know, we're ghetto) until last week when she bought one, we've been unable to rent anything other than VHS. Well, in Movie Gallery a few weeks ago we found my favorite TV movie ever made called Lucky 7. It's from ABC Family and it's starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Patrick Dempsey. It might be on my fave movie list, but shhhh..... anyway they have it on DVD, which highly inspired us to buy a DVD player finally. So, tonight's events involve ordering pizza, making popcorn, and watching Lucky 7. If anyone wants to join us, come on over! I know, it's a tempting Friday night, huh? We live the crazy life. La Vida Loca.

okay. you're bored out of your minds. i'm done.


Tuesday, October 11, 2005


So, about this whole word verification thing.

Anyone else have trouble reading what the heck they are sometimes?

I find it hilarious that it's called "word" verification, considering that they're far...very far... from being real words.

That's all.

Friday, October 07, 2005

it's a cold one

This font matches my shirt today. But if you knew me, you'd know that I always do that (match my fonts to something I'm wearing or a mood I'm in).

so let's play ketchup:
  • I get around. (not like that ya'll!) I've been in several cities and states in the past week. Yes, states. Went to California (Sacramento) for the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention. I did some airport time in LAX and in Phoenix, and I spent a couple of days in Chi-town and the burbs for college fairs and high schools as well.
  • It's really cold outside now. And last night I chose to embrace it by wearing my comfy clothes, burning 3 fall-ish/winter-ish candles, and drinking hot chocolate.
  • NICK WON!!!!! Woo-hoo! If you never watched So You Think You Can Dance, you missed out big time. I had to catch up last night on the recorded versions of the past two weeks, so now I know the ending! I knew it was going to happen, and I would've been ticked if Nick didn't take the cake! He is amazing. I think I could watch him do hip-hop every day for the rest of my life. Could someone arrange that?
  • I'm listening to Tyler James right now, trying to prep for the concert w/ Denison in a couple weeks. I really like him. Very fall-ish feeling, again.
  • Does anyone want to have a bonfire soon? I do.
  • I might want to go to Columbia in Chicago someday...decision based solely on their amazingly brilliant marketing & publicity tactics. they have the coolest viewbook i've ever seen in my life.
  • Best comment I received from driving the Scion this past week (other than the many stares I get while driving down the highway and while waiting in traffic): (note: this comment coming from 2 admissions counselor guys from 2 secular schools) "It looks like you're selling beer out of the back of that thing!" Yep. That's exactly what we, LCC, are going for. Great.
  • I'm really looking forward to seeing In Her Shoes this weekend, hopefully w/ my sister.
  • I'm thinking it may be a movie and popcorn night tonight. It's definitely a stay-inside night and I'm definitely meant to live somewhere south of here. It's way too cold already.

Denison Witmer @ LCC - 10/17

Alright ya'll. I'm back and I'm puttin' in a plug for this:

Denison Witmer in concert @ Lincoln Christian College

Monday, October 17th

Concert starts @ 8:30,
doors open @ 7:30

Tyler James is opening

$8 for non-LCC students

so check check check it out yo.