Saturday, July 31, 2010

Day 13 - A "guilty" pleasure

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope everyone's having a lovely day.  I am, sorta, cause I don't have to go to work today!  Woooohooo!!!!  Haha!  However, my phone still won't work (bummer) and I didn't have any luck at the flea market this morning.  I got there too late and all spaces were gone.  I'm gonna try again next week, though.  I'm hoping to be able to call during the week (even if I have to use the free phone in the break room at work) and book a space for Saturday.

Anyways, today's challenge is to post about a "guilty" pleasure.  I don't much like the term, but I'd have to say mine is ice cream.  I love love love LOVE ice cream.  Probably a little too much.  I have to pace myself whenever I buy ice cream so I don't finish off a half a gallon in two days.  With it being so hot lately I feel like I'm craving ice cream all the time, and even during the winter I sometimes crave ice cream.

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!"  When I was a little girl I would whisper part of that quote into my mom's ear as my way of asking if I could have some ice cream, heh!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Day 12 - A song that I want played at my wedding

Good morning!  'Tis a beautiful day!  Tomorrow I'll be going over to the flea market to try and sell some of my JUNK and get some extra money for my car....hopefully, haha.  I also have tomorrow off so that'll be lovely.  Too bad it's supposed to rain tomorrow - sure hope it doesn't rain at the flea market....

Anyway, today's challenge - A song that I want played at my wedding.  Not that I'm engaged or anything, (cause I'm definitely not), but I always thought Norah Jones' version of Elvis Prestley's "Love Me Tender" (which was in the movie was just beautiful, and would love to have that played at my wedding one day.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Day 11 - A photo taken of me recently

Hello world.  Yesterday was a rotten day, bah humbug.  You know, the "when it rains it pours" kind of day.  But I'm moving on cause God's in control no matter what.  Agreed?  Good. 

This morning at the soup kitchen I was working on the grill and burned myself...ouch.  I was trying to balance the box of patties I was grilling on the stack of cardboard boxes and accidentally touched the side of the grill with my arm.  I've burned myself so much lately while cooking that I've grown a greater tolerance for it, haha.  Although it burned the whole time I was standing there by the grill I stuck it out.  And man was it HOT in that corner of the kitchen.  Whew.  Doesn't help either that it's 91 degrees outside, either.  The vehicle I'm driving has NO AC, so I'm just now starting to cool off.  Ice cream, here I come!

Well ... moving onto today's challenge.  It's supposed to be a photo taken of me recently but the most recent is one I took after I got my hair cut...so...that'll just have to do, haha.


Sorry, but that's all I got...The most recent photo of me taken by someone else was last October, I think, when I went up to Maryland to go to one of Bryan Davis' book signings and visit with his family for a bit.  Also in the photo is Legossi, one of Bryan Davis' daughters, and Mrs. Davis:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Day 10 - A photo taken of me over 10 years ago

Good morning friends!  No rain today ... yet.  Hoping to air out the truck.  Going to work last night I put a towel on the seat and it helped - not sure if I'll have to do that tonight, but we'll see.  I've got the windows open a crack (there's a bit of a lip over the windows so if it does rain the water shouldn't get inside) so I'm hoping the air will circulate some.

Anyways, today I'm supposed to post a photo taken of me over 10 years ago, so here's a photo that was taken I think about 14 years ago.  I was 14 in the photo and this was taken when my grandfather (Papa) came to visit us for a day, about a year before he passed away.

Even after all these years I still miss him dearly.  He was a great grandfather :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

7-Day Challenge at *Faith WITH Actions*

Hey all!  Just wanted to give you all a shoutout about this cool 7-Day Challenge that a friend of mine is doing over on her blog, *Faith WITH Actions*.  She needs more followers to make the challenge a reality, so please go visit her blog and follow her!  Here's the info about the 7-Day Challenge:

7-Day Challenge

The 7-Day Challenge is being held August 9-16, and consists of 7 "themed" days in which you are challenged to do something for your health, your church, your online community, your family, and more. Each day, one participant will be selected to win a prize. At the end of the week, one person who participated in at least five days will win the GRAND PRIZE!!!

Here is how the week will play out:

Monday the 9th: Do something for God. Prize: Devo Book

Tuesday the 10th: Do something for your family. Prize: Hand-crocheted scarf from http://www.paischaroscreations.net/p/my-store.html

Wednesday the 11th: Do something for your friends. Prize: One bracelet for you, and another for a friend. (We may give you more if you have several best friends- we'll see!)

Thursday the 12th: Do something for your online network. Prize: Do Something stickers and Thumb Socks.

Friday the 13th: Do something for your health. Prize: A book from Book Week.

Saturday the 14th: Do something for your church. Prize: TBA

Sunday the 15th: Do something for your community... or the WORLD! Prize: Blog design from http://chickenscratchdesigns.farmgirlwrites.com/




End of Week: Someone who demonstrated excellence in at least five days will receive a fabulous prize package! The contents of this prize have yet to be determined, but it will be worth it! (We do know that part of the package includes something from Chicken Scratch Designs.) The grand prize winner will also be featured in an interview here on Faith WITH Actions.


How it works: Each day there will be a post on faithwithactions.blogspot.com about the theme, ending with an issue of the daily challenge. There will be a few suggestions on how you can accomplish the daily challenge, but we want you to be as creative as you can be! Once you've done something, come back to the blog and leave a comment about what you did. One winner will be selected each day to receive the daily prize. At the end of the week, judging will begin to decide who wins the grand prize. This will be based 50% on a reader poll and 50% on judge's discretion. The winner of that will receive the grand prize.

Cost: FREE!

Can I Donate a Prize?: YES PLEASE! You can donate a prize by leaving a comment on any of the posts or by e-mailing lightbulbmag@yahoo.com. Every day above that has the letters "TBA" after "Prize:" is still in need of a prize! We are also looking for people to donate to the grand prize. In return for your donation, we are willing to put up an ad of your products/service on fWa AND we will mention you in the contest donors. (Of course, if you DON'T want us to do this, we won't!)

What Can I Do To Get Ready?: In order to be eligible for the challenge, read the following:

1. You must "Follow" Faith WITH Actions. If you do not have an account to "follow" us with, it's easy and free to make one. You can even delete your account after the 7-Day Challenge if you want.

2. If you only want to enter one or two days, that's fine. However, if you want to win the grand prize, you must participate in at least five days!

3. Please announce the 7-Day Challenge on your blog, your Facebook friends, the church bulletin board, etc. In order for this to be a success, we need LOTS of people involved! (To participate AND to donate prizes!)

We hope to see you soon for Faith WITH Action's 7-Day Challenge!

Day 9 - A photo I took

Well I hope everyone's having a great day on this rainy Tuesday.  Stupid me left BOTH windows open in the truck when I came home last night, and the inside is now drenched.  Lovely.  That will definitely make things interesting today.  *sigh*

Anyway, onto today's blog challenge.  Not much of a challenge, just post a photo I took.  So I posted two.  These are two of my faves that I took last July when my friend Tracy came to visit me.  We went driving up by the James River and stopped on the side of the road where you get some GREAT views and photo ops, and these are what came out of that.  The photo of the clouds came out much better than I'd hoped, I was quite pleased with it.




Monday, July 26, 2010

Modesty Blog

Hello lovely people!  I made my decision about the modesty blog.  Instead of creating a brand new blog for modesty in purity, I figured it would make more sense and be less confusing to do all that on Pais Charos Creations, along with my posts about sewing and craft projects.  I've posted my first modest outfit blog post, so please go check it out and follow! 

Thanks!

PC :)

Day 8 - A thank you letter to someone who has changed my life

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for changing my life and making me whole.  You suffered, bled, and died so that I could live a holy life, and have the hope of one day spending the rest of my life in Heaven with you. 

Help me to be a light to the world, so that others can know your love and experience your life-changing power.

Love,
Connie

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Day 7 - Five things I can't live without

Late post, I know, haha.  For some reason I thought today was something else and was trying to think of something to post, then I looked at the list on Marie Loves and was like, "Oh...well...that's easy enough."  Haha.

Disclaimer: Anything I list here is purely for fun and although they are things that I enjoy on a daily basis, they all pale in comparison to Jesus Christ, who I truly could not live without :)

Anyway, here's a list of five things I can't live without:

#1 - Chapstick!

I know this is the same for many people, but I gotta have my chapstick, and my favorite is Blistex Medicated Lip Balm.  It's not greasy, is kindof a minty flavor, and it just feels wonderful on my lips.

I don't like the lipsticks that come in different wacky flavors like chocolate, wild raspberry, bubblegum, or anything like that.  When it comes to my dry, chapped lips, just keep it simple.

#2 - BOOKS!

I love to read!  As you see I've got quite a few things on my shelfari bookshelf in my sidebar (which I need to update), as well as quite a few books in the photo.

See all the books on the floor?  Yeah...I need a second bookcase for all of them.  Haha.

But yes, I always need to be reading something, even if it's a brand new book that I've just discovered, or something that I've read a hundred times already.  I gotta have my books ^_^

#3 - Music

I can't go a day without listening to some form of music, be it something off of a Doctor Who soundtrack or a Praise song, I just love music.  I've been a singer all my life and like to hum along to anything I'm listening to.  If I'm not listening to something I'll most likely be singing anyway, haha. 

#4 - Internet

Yes yes yes, I don't know WHAT I would do without Internet.  Some of my closest friends are all in different parts of the world (yes I said world, not country), and without the World Wide Web to connect with them I'd be SO incredibly lonely.  I've got to be able to talk with one or all via chatroom, facebook, message forum, blog, IM, or email.

And not just that, the Internet can be such a wealth of information, from the phone number to a business to learning more about history - there seems to be no end!  That said, you still have to be careful of finding false information, so when you do research on the Internet be scrupulous, anyone can come up with something weird and label it as "fact."  Just like anything with the Internet, you have to be careful.

#5 - My Sewing Machine

I inherited my sewing machine from my mom when she passed away, and I just love it.  I don't get to use it as often as I would like, but I love to sew on it.  It's so familiar since my mom used it, and it's like I have a piece of her with me when I use it.  Not much more to say about that, I'm afraid.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post!  See y'all!

PC :)

Modest Swimwear Giveaway!

Hey everyone!  Wanted to give everyone a shoutout about this awesome giveaway going on for HydroChic's Modest Swimwear.  Go to AmandaBeth's blog to checkout the details on how to enter to win some CUTE modest swimwear!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 6 - A moment I would like to relive

Oh my.  Hmm.  This is a tough one. 

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Oooh, got one!  Huzzah!

The moment I wish I could relive was the moment my dad said "Yes" to leasing Mac (in pic above) when I was 16.  This photo was taken when we went to the farm to sign the lease with the owner, who at the time was my riding instructor.

I had fallen in love with Mac the first time I rode him.  He was an Appaloosa and had been a rescue, and had just been started in lessons the day I started riding him.  I came to the barn for my lesson and Mrs. Sharon hadn't yet chosen who I would ride that day, so when I asked, she gestured toward Mac, who was on his way back into the barn, and told me to "ride that Appaloosa over there."  I don't know what it was about that horse, but we clicked instantly.  A few months later Mrs. Sharon began talking about selling him, and I was terrified of losing him.  I knew my dad would say no to buying him, so a friend and I started talking about possibly sharing him (as she loved him, too).  Mrs. Sharon proposed the idea of leasing and I went to my dad (in tears, mind you) begging him to agree.  When he agreed and we went to sign the lease were some of the best moments of my life. 

Sadly, my dear Mac, who was the love of my life, died a few short years later.  We had moved from Maryland to Northern VA in 2000.  I stopped leasing him that Fall.  I had stayed in Maryland for a few months to finish out my semester at the community college, then made my move to Northern VA in December of 2000.  The following Spring I made my first trip back to Maryland and went to visit the farm, only to learn that he had had to be euthanized.  THAT was one of the worst moments of my life, but I'll always remember how much he loved me.  I guess it's not so much the one moment (dad saying "yes") or the day we went to sign the lease that I wish I could relive.  I think it's more that I wish I could relive the whole time I had with Mac.  I would love to go back and do it over again, even knowing how it would end.  Garth Brooks' song "The Dance" always, without a doubt, reminds me of Mac.

And now that all my readers are probably crying (I was) I bid thee farewell.

PC :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

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Day 5 - A favorite quote

Again, coming up with just one favorite quote is impossible, so here's a few:

Favorite Bible quotes:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:12

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no on comes to the Father but through Me." ~ John 14:6

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. ~ Psalm 27:13-14

Doctor Who quotes:

"Nah, nothing here. Well, nothing dangerous. Well, not that dangerous. Yell you what, I'll just have a quick scan ... in case there's anything dangerous." - The Doctor, "The Girl in the Fireplace." 

Mickey: What's a horse doing on a space ship?
Doctor: Mickey, what's pre-revolutionary France doing on a spaceship? Get a little perspective!
(The Girl in the Fireplace)

Dalek: Identify him!
Rose: All right, if you really wanna know. That's the Doctor.
*Dalek backs away*
Rose: Five million Cybermen: easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared.
(Doomsday)

Tony: You're not making any sense.
Doctor: Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.
(Hungry Earth)

Amy: We're in the future ... like hundreds of years in the future. I've been dead for centuries.
Doctor: Oh, lovely. You're a cheery one.
(The Beast Below)

BBC's Merlin:

Gaius: Merlin, you are a riddle wrapped up in a mystery.
Merlin: That's me!

Uther: Do you suffer from some mental affliction?
Merlin: Probably.
Gaius: I'm looking into it sire.

Arthur: What kind of meat is this? It has a very strange texture.
Merlin: It's pork.
Arthur: No, this isn't pork. It's far too stringy.... What is it it's, um... *pauses and glares at Merlin* It's rat, isn't it?
Merlin: *nods* Try not to think about it.
Arthur: Look at me. I'm being rude. Here I am, stuffing my face with this delicious stew, and you're hungry too. *stands up* Come on, take a seat. Eat.
Merlin: *sits and tentatively takes a bite*
Arthur: Mmmmmm *forces spoon into Merlin's mouth*
Merlin: *grimaces* Mmm *nods* Yeah, it's actually pretty tasty.
Arthur: Well, glad you like it. Cause... *picks up pot full of rat stew and puts it on the table in front of Merlin, lifting the lid* There's plenty more
Merlin: *stares at the pot, hand over his mouth and swallows*
*someone knocks on the door*
Arthur: Enter.
Morgana: *peeks her head in*
Arthur: Morgana!
Morgana: I hate to ask, but I was wondering if you had anything to eat.
Arthur: *turns, sees rat stew, then looks back at Morgana*
Merlin: *smirks*

Miscellanious:

"I'll leave the microphone on .. in case you hear barking .. or ...well ... not my barking ... just to ... clarify." ~ a friend on Skype

"Our paths crossing is not a mistake..." GaWaNi Pony Boy

"He's riding a cat to look for an owl so that he can fight a snake? What sort of place does this warrior mouse come from?" ~ Guosim shrew in "Redwall: The Movie"
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I'm forcing myself to stop here, cause if I don't, I'll post too many quotes and bore you all to death.  See ya for tomorrow's challenge!! :)


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 4 - Favorite television program

This is an EASY one!

Ready for it?

Are you sure?

I think you are.

Here goes:

DOCTOR WHO!!!


For those who don’t know, I would like to make a brief introduction of Doctor Who. Doctor Who is a British sci-fi TV show created by the BBC and is the longest running TV show in history, dating all the way back to 1963 with the first incarnation of the Doctor. The reign of the 10th Doctor has recently ended and the 11th has taken his place at center stage.

But who
is the Doctor, you ask? The Doctor is a 906-year-old Time Lord, a race of beings who have the ability to travel to a different time, planet, or galaxy as fast as it takes us to walk to a different room. They can also regenerate and heal their bodies of fatal wounds, giving them a supremely long life-span. The Doctor is the last of his kind following The Great Time War, the worst of all Time Wars, in which his planet and people were utterly destroyed – as well as many others.

Now the Doctor travels all around the world in his TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), restless and without a home, helping other races and civilizations when he can.


Here's a clip from an episode in season 3 when the Doctor (the 10th, David Tennant) tells his companion, Martha, about his planet, Gallifrey.





I could show you more clips but I'd be here all day posting clip after clip after clip!  You're just gonna have to go and watch it for yourself!  I suggest beginning with the 2005 season, starting with the episode "Rose."  It'll take forever if you start with some of the ones before then :P  I still haven't finished watching all the old ones...haha.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 3 - A favorite book

Hahaha, I'm supposed to just pick "A" favorite book?!  Not likely.  Connie likes to read.  A lot.  But I'd be here all day if I listed all of my favorite books, so I'll just give you my favorite book series.  Hah!

Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire

Dragons in our Midst is a four-book series about two teenagers who are half human, half dragon, and they both have certain dragon traits.  The series follows their adventures as they run from the dragon slayer.  Along the way they learn more about themselves and about God, and how to use their abilities to defeat the enemy.  The books are chock full of scriptural truths and and real heroes.  You'll never regret picking these books up.


Oracles of Fire is another four-book series that follows Dragons in our Midst.  The first book, "Eye of the Oracle", is a prequel to DioM, and the next book, "Enoch's Ghost", picks up where they both leave off.  Meet new and old characters that will become like best friends to you (except for the bad guys, of course). 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 2 - A favorite movie

The Neverending Story


The Neverending Story has been my #1 favorite movie of ALL TIME ever since I was a little girl.  The movie came out in the early 80s, and I was born in 81, so it's only just a few years younger than I am.  I grew up watching it on BetaMax, but since have watched it on VHS, DVD, and now Netflix Watch Instantly.

When I was 16 years old I had the opportunity to travel to Germany and was able to visit the Bavarian Film Studios, where the movie had been filmed.  And while I was there a dream came true - I got to ride Falkor!

(That's me in the front)

(Ain't he cute? *huggles Falkor*)

I never get tired of watching this movie, and still manage to cry at all the same places, even after 20ish years of watching it.  It's just such a magical movie with great actors, great (even if outdated) special effects.  Even though a lot of aspects differ greatly from the book written by Michael Ende, it will always hold it's place as my #1 favorite movie :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Weeeeeeellllll....

.......I did it.  I chopped it off.  12 inches, my friends.  12 inches gone.  You can see it in the picture on the right there.  My hair isn't really that dark, the photo just came out darker than I'd expected.  But yep.  There it is.

I'll probably send it off this coming weekend.  Haven't decided if it'll be Locks of Love or some other organization that takes hair donations.  We'll see.  I'll have to do some research.

I suppose you want to see a picture of the new haircut, eh?  Well, tough.

... Oh okay, fine.  If you insist :P

There, happy?  I like it.  It's gonna take some getting used to, though.  But I'm looking forward to the next three years when it grows long again, haha.

Day 1 - A favorite song

Okay, the challenge is to post just ONE favorite song....but I have many, so I'll post a few :)

Favorite song #1 - You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone



Ever since I was a kid this has been one of my absolute favorite songs.  Originally sung by Debbie Boone, then later by LeAnn Rimes, it's a beautiful song about someone finally finding the love of their life.  I like to think that this song could also be sung as a love song to God, too.  Either way, it's on the top of my list of favorite songs.

Favorite song #2 -  The Victor by Keith Green



Keith Green is my favorite Christian singer of all time, and it's hard picking just one song....so the next song will be one of his, too.  Haha.  This song was one of the few not written by him, it was written by Jamie Owens Collins.  But ... I prefer the way Keith Green performs it, with that passion that only he possesses.  The Victor is a great song about Christ being the Victor over Satan.  Part of the chorus goes, "He is risen! He has done it! Life conquered death!  Jesus Christ has won it!"  Yes, Jesus Christ beat the devil and won our souls!  Praise the Lord!

Favorite song #3 - Prodigal Son Suite by Keith Green




The classic story of the Prodigal Son, masterfully put into song by Keith Green.  There's not much to say, you just have to listen to it.  The song is over 12 minutes long, which is why youtubers have it in two parts.  Enjoy!

Someone made a video with some acting that looks really cool. Only part 1 is up on youtube, to watch the rest you have to buy the DVD, but the first part is neat to watch anyway.



Favorite song #4 - Somewhere by Within Temptation



I know, not a song you'd expect me to like, given the name of the band, haha.  But I love this song.  I came across it in a Doctor Who youtube video and fell in love with the song since it relates to the show so much.  I don't get tired of listening to this song over and over again, oh no.

And that's it for today!  Stay tuned for more 30-Day Challenge posts!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Long Hair/Modesty/30-Day Challenge

Helloooooooo!!!  Wow, a second post.  And there's many more to come, I promise!

First thing's first: LONG HAIR.  I have it.  Lots of it.  Honestly, this is the longest my hair has ever been as an adult and I'm loving it.  It's about 20-ish inches long from tip to tip (I pulled a hair out and measured it).  (Sorry, I don't have a picture).

So, I've been thinking - I could possibly donate my hair now, which is what I've been wanting to do, and still have enough left over (minimum is 10 inches for most places).  OR I could try to sell it, donate part of what I get for it and put the rest into my car fund.  I'm still debating over this in my head, so any thoughts or suggestions would be great (Yes, that means you have to comment!!).

Modesty: In reference to my previous post, I'm leaning more towards creating a new blog that would be for modesty and purity issues, and use that to post modest outfits on and such.  I was also thinking I could use that blog to have "guest bloggers" blogging about different modesty and purity things, cause I certainly don't know it all.  IF I do start this new blog and you would like to participate as a guest blogger, please comment and let me know!  The more interest I have the more likely I'll start the blog :)

And last but not least, a neat 30-Day Challenge I came across on Marie Loves blog.  Basically the 30-day challenge is to post about a different topic each day.  There's a list on her blog that gives the topic for each day.  Not sure if I'll use all of them, or if I'll combine some of then, but it should be fun nonetheless!  Skip on over to her blog to check it out!

PC :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Modest Fashion and More!

So I haven't posted in a while....like...a very long while.  Haha.  Since I've sorta got my sewing and crafts blog going (Pais Charos Creations), I thought it was about time I updated this one.

So a few brief updates: I've started a business as a Pampered Chef Consultant recently and then my truck died.  O_O  I've been on the hunt for a new vehicle and though I've found one, I still need the money for it.  The car's $1000 and I have approx....$125 *cough*.  But I'm working on saving up the money, just hope I can save it all up by the end of August.

Anywho, onto other things.  I recently came across some blogs about Modest Fashion, and thought they were really cool.  Basically these girls will post random outfits they're wearing that are MODEST (WHEE!!!!), showing other girls that it is possible to be modest and fashionable at the same time.  I like the idea, and since reading these blogs I've been hunting through my drawers and closets, looking for cute outfits that I could post about as well.  Haha.  And will plan on doing a lot of flea market/Goodwill shopping - it's amazing what you can find at these places without haven't to spend a fortune.

A couple of hangups I'm having is one, I live alone so don't have anyone to take photos for me, and currently lack a tripod for my camera.  I've tried setting the camera on a bookshelf, or something, but I can only take horizontal pictures and it cuts off my feet, so I can't get a picture of the whole outfit.  Anyone have suggestions on what I can do?

The other hangup (kinda minor), is I don't know which blot to do modest fashion posts on...  Should I use this blog, my sewing and craft blog (probably won't do it there, though) or create a brand new blog for that purpose?  I would love to hear some feedback about this.  Thanks!

If you're interested, the blogs I can across this weekend that inspired me are:

What I Wear, What I Do and Why I Did It
A Certain Slant of Light
Faith With Actions
Modesty Is Pretty

Be sure to check them out!