A Warm Welcome, and the rest of the Award!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I want to welcome and introduce my dear forum cousin, Ella - also known as Janny and Froggy (on the forum) - who's lovely blog A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings is already a favorite! :) Don't you just love her title? I believe it is a Jane Austen quote. So please pop over for a visit and welcome her to the blogsphere! *hugs Ella*

And now to continue last post's award recipients -

Judi - One of my newest friends, but already very dear, she's been amazing at pushing me to update, so she's a huge part in making sure the Spare Oom is filled with new things!

Delaney - Another forum cousin who is so kind and sweet; her words are always lovely and just what I need!

Dear, dearest Jo who has been like a aunt, a wonderful sweet aunt, and always warms my heart with her words.

Leigha - From Wordpress and a awesome blogger and commenter. Fact - she taught her little sister to swoon at the sight of Mr. Darcy.

Victoria! A very sweet girl who always pops by for a visit, leaving warm cheery words behind!

And of course, Ella! The newly nineteen year old! *cheers* Happy Birthday, darling! Lol..sorry it's a tad late. Her birthday was...ahem..Thursday. *hides shameful face*

Some news - and it's quite big, people: EDGE IS ALIVE AND OKAY!!!!! YYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY!!! SHE ALSO CHANGED HER BLOG TEMPLETE! WHEE! *hugs Edge tightly*

And oh, my... goodness. BRISINGER IS OUT AND SITTING ON MY DINNING ROOM TABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

*screams and runs around the room**having fainted and brought back by Mr Darcy and consequently smelling salts* Leigha, I know your opinions on Eragon, Eldest and Christopher Paolini, but I am seriously SO stoked right now, I can't even remember why you don't like it, although I'm sure you'll remind me.

How very odd, that just like Twilight I should not realize how HUGE of a fan I was until I started screaming. Haha. Anyhoo, I came home from dance class and walked in to my bedroom to grab Murder, She Wrote, wicked older mystery series with the ever-excellent Angela Lansbury, and turned to my little sister Faith when she called me. She held what I thought was one of my Lord of the Rings books. Until, I saw the golden dragon on the black cover. My eyes got bigger and bigger.

Me: "Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Ok, ok, ok -" trying to calm myself. "I'll be right back. Let me go put this down and then I'll come hug you." I had grabbed the book, while balancing oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and a glass of water in my hands. After carefully laying everything down I whirled around the room with her, hugging her for joy! :D I keep eyeing the book from the computer as I type. Hehe.

That is it for now, as my mother's waiting to get on. Much love to you all! I've become not-the-best-person at replying comments, but I really do keep getting dragged off. All of your comments mean so much to me, and any time I neclect your blogs, feel absolutely free to leave me a comment bugging me to come visit. :)

I nearly died of laughter Friday.... and I got a Award!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hey y'all! I know it has been nearly two weeks since I've updated...gah.

Here's a post I started the Friday, before last.

'So... Friday I worked. And nearly collapsed twice because of it. I had mentioned to one of my co-workers the day before (Thursday), I was going to make scones. On Friday she came up to me.

Her: "I never got to try your snow cones."

Me: "....What?"

Her: "Your snow cones!"

Me: (the light dawns) "Oh, you mean my scones!"

I couldn't stop laughing. She had never had one or heard of one - she doesn't care for coffee shops - so she was eager to taste them.

The second thing, that was much more eventful and side-splitting, was:

I usually work in the front at Chick-fil-A, as a cashier or bagger. I was taking a lady's order, handed her drink to her and then noticed the guy behind in line behind her. He looked like he was in his late twenties/29 and he looked like James Mardans as Corny Collins in Hairspray, only with lighter blue eyes. His hair was even slicked back like Corny's!


We had been giving three free chicken strips away to every customer - a sort of Hurricane Relief thing-y, so he came up and told me he wanted the free three strips. I took his order, suggestively selling, ect. I think I amused him, because I'm so short and well...young. He paid with a ten and then gave me three dollars and said, "That's for you."

I started blushing, thanking him profusely. I wasn't sure whether to take it or not because I did want it, but I didn't want to seem greedy by immediately accepting money.

He grinned in disbelief when I handed him his change. "You're not going to take it?" I giggled nervously, going, "Weeell..." when Jessie's sister Gayla, who also works for us, marched over and nearly exploded. "You're saying NO?! Girl, take the tip!" She grabbed it and stuffed it in my pocket.

The guy was having a good time watching, as he dug through his bag, checking his food. He said something about having two jobs and Gayla laughed, "Hey, you can give us all a tip!" One of the other girls up front, Kristen, giggled and said, "Yeah, I'll take a tip!"

The guy handed two dollars over, earnestly saying, "Here you go." Kristen was flabbergasted and refused, saying, "No! She served you," nodding to me. So I ended up with two more dollars.


My face was beet red after he left, and the girls were teasing me about it. So, yeah. Friday was a good day. ;)

Darling Aussie Liz has given me a award, and I'm almost too delighted and giddy for words! This is my first award so it's definitely a event! She gave it to me a week ago, but we were evacuating from Gustav so I had to hold on to it. I'm estactic to receive the SuperCommenter Award from her. Now, according to the rules I have to pick 7 other bloggers to receive the award. Here goes!

Lady of the Rose - My Mamma! She's the first person I grew close to over the web sphere, and is one of the sweetest, wonderful girl; a true Rose in every way.

Escritora - Sweet, funny Edge, who is sadly without electricity in Houston as a result of hurricane Ike; please keep her in your prayers!

Ahh, must fly! I'll be back soon with the other five; chores and bed call!

A side note - just got back from the library with a arm and loadful of books and music. Oh joy!

Hurricane Update: Then: Safe in Texas and watching from afar. Now: Safely Home

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hello everyone! I'm back, and safe thanks to your prayers. Thank you so much!

This first part was typed up on Sunday, after we evacuated safely to Texas. My grandfather's laptop wouldn't show the comment box, so all I could do was publish comments, and reply on your blogs, but I was forced to get off several times. Also, we left Tuesday morning, spent the night in Houston and arrived home in the afternoon today.

Part One: Safe in the Rio Grande Valley, in my grandparent's house, I type this on my grandfather's laptop.

Yesterday (Saturday) began with my previous post, and then rushing off to the mall to work. We were giving away a free entree (I didn't realise entrees were, say, a sandwich, nuggets or strips - I thought they were sides, like fries or fruit!) per person. I had taken maybe six orders at the most when mall security came rushing up and asked us to stop taking orders. They were closing the mall immediately.

In the back our workers were cooking as much food as they could as fast they could. Last time with Rita, my dad came back and found all the food rotted and yucky, so this time we tried to cook and give away as much as we could. A lady from Women and Children's (a local hospital) came up to the counter and asked us if we would donate any food. We gave about two big bags of food and were going to give her another one, but she had already left.

More food was given to one of the mall workers, who was overseeing men boarding up the mall, so they got hot food. :) It was a proud feeling giving food to these people, and one that felt good. Charity never bruises but rather lifts the spirit.

We came in at noon, and the mall probably closed around 12:20. We didn't leave until four o'clock at least. We had to count everything: sauces, lids, bags, for inventory which is done at the end of each month and would have been done yesterday but for the hurricane. We also had to prepare for the hurricane. I covered all the registers with trash bags to protect them if rain should come in through the ceiling.

We cleaned everything as much as we could, cramming our fresh produce (lettuce, vegetables) in to ice chests with bags of ice to keep them cold. We lugged everything we could to our storeroom into our big refrigerators. Our salads, cheesecakes, brownies, carrot-and-raisin salad, coleslaw, fruit cups, lemon pie slices and cool wraps were pulled out and put into bags.

We let our employees take food home with them so they had something to eat later.Everyone stayed as long as they could, and helped us close. The last two to leave was one of our teamleaders, Jessie and our manager, Tony. Both are quite young, in their twenties, and are just really awesome. :)

The Great American Cookie Company is right next to us and they were giving away cookies, so we had two boxes and two bags of cookies in the store. Then, Jessie told us her sister wanted to give us cookies at the other cookie company, down at the other side of the mall.

She walked my little sister, Fey and I down there. Her sister Denise is really nice, and let us take whatever we wanted, because as she said, "I have to get rid of it all and I'd rather give it away then throw it away!"

When we first walked up, Denise looked up and grinned. "You have food, I have cookies and Mama has Piccadilly's!" Jessie had fruit and soup from the store, and their mother works at Piccadilly's so she got to take home food from there. So they had a variety to munch on in the car. ;)

Fey and I went back to the store, Tony left and we followed half a hour later. At home we packed, ran around pulling at our hair, and well...tried to figure out what to do. Around ten, the football game my dad had been keeping a eye on, between weather reports, was paused for a important message. We were told the latest of the storm, and that the Mayor of New Orleans was getting everybody out, so we were advised to bump up evacuating by a few hours as the roads would be packed/jammed in a little while.

We left at 11:30 p.m., with mini mattresses on the floor and our car crammed. I had stuffed as many of our 'good' books into a closet in the middle of the house away from windows, taken down all the pictures in my room, moved stuff away from the windows and put what I wasn't taking on my closet shelves.

Arrived at the Valley early Sunday afternoon, relaxed, visited with family and kept a close eye on the tv. Monday was lots of fun. My mom and I made dinner for all our cousins, aunts and uncles. My mom made homemade gumbo and cooked a whole red fish for my grandpa who's vegetarian. I made fish cakes, smashed potatoes, (pictures soon!) and homemade rolls. It was a great dinner and everyone was so nice and complimented me afterwards.

Part Two: Early Tuesday morning we left, and stayed the night at a fellow operator's house with his lovely family. I had hoped to meet fellow blogger and Texan, Edge (!!!) in Houston, as she goes to college there, but my dad ended up making up his mind to leave early so he could get back to the store.

So... no Edge. *tear* I really wanted to meet her, but I know we'll go to Houston again in the near future. There's a homeschool store my mom gets a bunch of our school stuff from. Plus we just miss Texan food so. ;)

We got back home at 10:00 (a.m.), having left Houston at 5:30 in the morning. Came home to check the house. It was exactly as we had left it. It was almost impossible to believe a hurricane had been so near a few days ago for today was hot and sunny. I went to work, therefore, further cut off from the computer and you dear friends.

But I'm home and safe, so thank you, thank you for all of your prayers. I know it was your prayers that kept us safe and our home and town unscathed. :)

And now I must bid you all a quick adieu, for Mommy is calling, and I must go if I hope to be back tomorrow.

Hurricane Update: Then: Safe in Texas and watching from afar. Now: Safely Home

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hello everyone! I'm back, and safe thanks to your prayers. Thank you so much!

This first part was typed up on Sunday, after we evacuated safely to Texas. My grandfather's laptop wouldn't show the comment box, so all I could do was publish comments, and reply on your blogs, but I was forced to get off several times. Also, we left Tuesday morning, spent the night in Houston and arrived home in the afternoon today.

Part One: Safe in the Rio Grande Valley, in my grandparent's house, I type this on my grandfather's laptop.

Yesterday (Saturday) began with my previous post, and then rushing off to the mall to work. We were giving away a free entree (I didn't realise entrees were, say, a sandwich, nuggets or strips - I thought they were sides, like fries or fruit!) per person. I had taken maybe six orders at the most when mall security came rushing up and asked us to stop taking orders. They were closing the mall immediately.

In the back our workers were cooking as much food as they could as fast they could. Last time with Rita, my dad came back and found all the food rotted and yucky, so this time we tried to cook and give away as much as we could. A lady from Women and Children's (a local hospital) came up to the counter and asked us if we would donate any food. We gave about two big bags of food and were going to give her another one, but she had already left.

More food was given to one of the mall workers, who was overseeing men boarding up the mall, so they got hot food. :) It was a proud feeling giving food to these people, and one that felt good. Charity never bruises but rather lifts the spirit.

We came in at noon, and the mall probably closed around 12:20. We didn't leave until four o'clock at least. We had to count everything: sauces, lids, bags, for inventory which is done at the end of each month and would have been done yesterday but for the hurricane. We also had to prepare for the hurricane. I covered all the registers with trash bags to protect them if rain should come in through the ceiling.

We cleaned everything as much as we could, cramming our fresh produce (lettuce, vegetables) in to ice chests with bags of ice to keep them cold. We lugged everything we could to our storeroom into our big refrigerators. Our salads, cheesecakes, brownies, carrot-and-raisin salad, coleslaw, fruit cups, lemon pie slices and cool wraps were pulled out and put into bags. We let our employees take food home with them so they had something to eat later.

Everyone stayed as long as they could, and helped us close. The last two to leave was one of our teamleaders, Jessie and our manager, Tony. Both are quite young, in their twenties, and are just really awesome. :)

The Great American Cookie Company is right next to us and they were giving away cookies, so we had two boxes and two bags of cookies in the store. Then, Jessie told us her sister wanted to give us cookies at the other cookie company, down at the other side of the mall.

She walked my little sister, Fey and I down there. Her sister Denise is really nice, and let us take whatever we wanted, because as she said, "I have to get rid of it all and I'd rather give it away then throw it away!"

When we first walked up, Denise looked up and grinned. "You have food, I have cookies and Mama has Piccadilly's!" Jessie had fruit and soup from the store, and their mother works at Piccadilly's so she got to take home food from there. So they had a variety to munch on in the car. ;)

Fey and I went back to the store, Tony left and we followed half a hour later. At home we packed, ran around pulling at our hair, and well...tried to figure out what to do. Around ten, the football game my dad had been keeping a eye on, between weather reports, was paused for a important message. We were told the latest of the storm, and that the Mayor of New Orleans was getting everybody out, so we were advised to bump up evacuating by a few hours as the roads would be packed/jammed in a little while.

We left at 11:30 p.m., with mini mattresses on the floor and our car crammed. I had stuffed as many of our 'good' books into a closet in the middle of the house away from windows, taken down all the pictures in my room, moved stuff away from the windows and put what I wasn't taking on my closet shelves.

Arrived at the Valley early Sunday afternoon, relaxed, visited with family and kept a close eye on the tv. Monday was lots of fun. My mom and I made dinner for all our cousins, aunts and uncles. My mom made homemade gumbo and cooked a whole red fish for my grandpa who's vegetarian. I made fish cakes, smashed potatoes, (pictures soon!) and homemade rolls. It was a great dinner and everyone was so nice and complimented me afterwards.

Part Two: Early Tuesday morning we left, and stayed the night at a fellow operator's house with his lovely family. I had hoped to meet fellow blogger and Texan, Edge (!!!) in Houston, as she goes to college there, but my dad ended up making up his mind to leave early so he could get back to the store.

So... no Edge. *tear* I really wanted to meet her, but I know we'll go to Houston again in the near future. There's a homeschool store my mom gets a bunch of our school stuff from. Plus we just miss Texan food so. ;)

We got back home at 10:00 (a.m.), having left Houston at 5:30 in the morning. Came home to check the house. It was exactly as we had left it. It was almost impossible to believe a hurricane had been so near a few days ago for today was hot and sunny. I went to work, therefore, further cut off from the computer and you dear friends.

But I'm home and safe, so thank you, thank you for all of your prayers. I know it was your prayers that kept us safe and our home and town unscathed. :)

And now I must bid you all a quick adieu, for Mommy is calling, and I must go if I hope to be back tomorrow.