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Saturday, May 30, 2009

A quick recap

In the last few months so much has been taking place.  

*My photography business has been ramping up as outdoor season is upon us.  
*I got my house refinanced after 3 months of mortgage lending hell. (Yeah, we closed day before yesterday!  It's gonna save us $150 a month!)  
*My son graduated from Kindergarten and became a first grader.
*I was a chair person for an event for the last two weeks at my son's school, which lent me to two weeks off from work.
*And through all this my writing has not taken a back seat.

Family of course is first and foremost, but during times like these - it just makes me grateful that I have a part time job.  Although we're financially short, we're learning how to make it stretch out.  And right now I'm investing so much in my son, that I know it's time I'll never get back again.

My only regret is this:  BECAUSE of my budget I've given up hair cuts/color!  Aaargh!  I've never done this in my whole life.  I've never forsaken my hair through any times in life, but when you're in a recession and living on less than you've ever had to.  You find ways to cut back.

You buy grocery store bargain brands.
You buy in bulk.
You re-use aluminum foil and baggies.
You use every last bit of food and realize how wasteful you've been in past times.  Shameful but true.
You forgo going out and eating out.
You don't buy 'anything' unless it's an emergency.
AND ... when it's that tight - YOU don't get a hair cut.

OK - well I finally have a little 'me' mad money.  And I've decided to use it on my hair.  My first cut in 6 months will be this coming Friday.  At this point, I feel like one of those women you see on 'Extreme MakeOver' or 'Fashion Emergency' who hasn't had a hair cut since 1970.  

Ok, maybe my hair's not that bad ... but it feels that way.  It's frizzy, shaggy, and scraggly.  My grays are poppin out like crazy! 

So after Friday, I'm gonna feel like a million bucks!  And I've decided no matter how much I have to trim my budget - it's never worth it to NOT trim my hair.

I'm gonna post before and after pics for you guys!

Friday, May 22, 2009

An unlikely look at your life!


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Dr. George Goodman, is an exceptional writer, who is up and coming. God is doing big things with this book and through the book in many lives.

If you're needing some guidance in 'real terms' in 'real life' that is personal and pointed --- please go check this book out!

Thanks guys!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Amazing People

There are people in life who do things so amazing but never get credit. Mark Harmon is one of those people.

When the bombing happened in downtown OKC, we all felt it's blast here in Oklahoma -- literally for miles, figuratively for decades, and emotionally for eons to come. Children lost parents, parents lost children...we all lost someone. The nation lost it's heart that someone in our own country would terrorize us in such a manner.

Many people came in support in many ways. There was a celebrity softball game that came to play at the bricktown ballpark. At that point in life I was in awe that I got to meet Dean Cain, who was yet to bloom into stardom. Most fans yelled, "superman!" at him because they didn't know his real name....although I did. 

I still have a scar on my knee, from where I was shoved into a chainlink fence, where women were hording to get close to him. He signed MY softball program and walked off. I was too shy to even speak to him, as my knee bled from metal digging into it under the pressure of bodies behind me.

Mark Harmon was also at this event. Humble, quiet, and cute Mark Harmon took his time with the fans and wasn't trying to spy the spotlight. Out of all those so called celebrities, Mark, I believe, the ONLY one who has continually returned in efforts to help our city.

When he was here many years ago, he saw and fell in love with 'The Children's Center' in Bethany, OK. He started the Mark Harmon Foundation to raise money for this worthy cause and started enlisting famous counterparts, like film producer, Frank Marshall, to come back each year to support the sick children of OK. 

Frank now premiers some of his films here locally in support of this state. He brought Matt Damon with him for the last Bourne release. Again, another star who supported our community.

This year was no different, except his charity was the Ronald McDonald House. And I got to attend! It was last minute and I just happened to have my book with me. I honestly didn't plan it that way. It was in my car, for just in case. 

Last week before I knew I'd be at the even last night - God literally placed this thought in my head, "PUT YOUR BOOK IN THE CAR WITH YOU - YOU MAY NEED IT FOR SOMETHING SOON."

I believe last night was that 'something soon'. Frank and I chatted about it for a few minutes. Mark asked about the book and was genuinely interested so I signed the book and gave it to him. He put his arm on my waist and called me darlin'. I almost giggled!

Today I am still on cloud nine.

Here are pics from last night! I'm so thankful to men and women like these, who take their precious time to support a local community. What humble amazing people we have in this world. And I for one and truly humbled by their efforts and heart.

Bart and Nadia Conner are two amazing people as well. Gold medal Olympians who come back to OK to support Bart's hometown of Norman, OK. He is very active here and we all appreciate him very much!!