Texas Really Is the Bible Belt!

During our time here in Texas, we have seen many funny church names, including (but definitely not limited to!), “Empowering Life Church“, “INFUSION Church”, “Victorious Living Church”, “Successful Life Church” (notice a theme here?) and one of my personal favorites, ” John Calvin Presbyterian Church” (now THAT’S just calling it was it is!).

But this one that we saw today on our way back from Corsicana takes the cake. At least for a while, until we find something worse.

church sign

Just imagine the conversation:

“Hi! Where do you go to church?”

“I go to That Church.”

“What Church?”

“THAT Church”.

“Where? I don’t see any church!”

“You know, THAT Church!”

Good grief.

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Decoration Inspiration

Over the past few years, I have had a lot of people say that I am “really good at decorating”. I would submit that I just find good pictures and use them as inspiration. I also realized that I have a TON of saved pictures on my computer that I have collected from blogs and websites all over throughout the years.

So, since I am practically brain-dead from reading one Shakespeare play a night for my class, I decided to post a few of them for you to look at. If they are your style, go ahead and save them! I’m eclectic enough that I figure there has to be at least one picture that is to your fancy πŸ™‚

Notice the similarities:

My apartment

My apartment

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Inspiration Picture #1

Inspiration Picture #2

Inspiration Picture #2

My apartment

My apartment

Inspiration Picture

Inspiration Picture

Someday I'd like a kitchen backsplash like this!

Someday I'd like a kitchen backsplash like this!

LOVE this bathroom mirror!

LOVE this bathroom mirror!

The color red is so great in this room...

The color red is so great in this room...

This is what I'm hoping our dining room view will look like in our new place...

This is what I'm hoping our dining room view will look like in our new place...maybe a little too optimistic, but a girl can dream!

Love the funky table and mirror...

Love the funky-ness...it works for me πŸ™‚

Courtney, This One’s For You :)

Recently, I found white house-trained piggies for sale on Craigslist and sent the link to Courtney. You see, she has this infatuation with pigs and all that relates to them. Unfortunately, Michael said no.

So Courtney, this is just a little something I found on Etsy today. And get this- the pig is ROLLING. Rolling!

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rolling pig

Look on the top left! The pig is just lying there, all tired out! πŸ™‚

Floorplan

I’m just too excited not to post this. It’s much cuter in person, but you can kind of get the idea. My favorite parts: The wood burning fireplace, the 2 sink huge master bathroom, all the bar space at the kitchen counter, the GIANT closet in the spare bedroom (it’s ginormous, 10×7!!) and the little window over the stairwell. The garage also has extra space for a workshop. I think we are going to make it into a beer-brewing factory for Jesse??? We’ll see πŸ™‚

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And We’re Moving…!

Okay. So I know it seems like we just moved. But we are moving again, only, not very far. 2 buildings away, in fact. There were many reasons that spawned this, but the biggest is one that you already know about if you’ve been reading along. We are paying a lot more for our unit than we need to be. In fact, the apt./townhome that we will be moving to is 125 sq. ft bigger (1311 total) with an attached garage. And a beautiful, and I mean BEAUTIFUL view. Jesse and I happen to like trees.

Oh, and it’s $150 cheaper/month.

So, we signed the paperwork yesterday and voila! We will be moving to our new place at the end of July! I hope we never leave- seriously, I don’t know where we’d find something this nice with so much space, all for less than $1000/mo. Yay for home sweet home for a long time!!

Here are some pictures so you can see- granted, they were taken with my camera phone, but hopefully they give the idea.

This is the front. From here you can see our garage and our front door. What a fun walkway for guests!

This is the front. From here you can see our garage and our front door. What a fun walkway for guests! Off to the side is a pretty lawn for barbecuing!

A closer view of our new front door

A closer view of our new front door

That's my new office window- in this floorplan, the office is set apart in its own little room/nook. It's like having 2 bedrooms with an office!

That's my new office window- in this floorplan, the office is set apart in its own little room/nook. It's like having 2 bedrooms with an office!

The view from our back porch!

The view from our back porch!

Our side yard next to the front door- perfect for BBQs!

Our side yard next to the front door.

New Coffee Table!

Today, as I was taking out the trash, I noticed a coffee table that someone had set near the dumpster.

I couldn’t believe it. How could someone be throwing THIS out? It works so well with our decor! Plus, we were getting kinda tired of balancing two plates and two glasses on our small “mirror cube”. As you can see in the picture, Jesse was using it as a laptop desk tonight.

This is probably my best deal ever, right next to my $15 table/chairs set.

I love the brackets on the side! Plus, you get a bonus shot of Jesse's leg :)

I love the brackets on the side! Plus, you get a bonus shot of Jesse's leg πŸ™‚

My Church

taken by Rod Dreher, May 24, 2009

taken by Rod Dreher, May 24, 2009

Why It’s Hard To Concentrate…

This is the view from the window of my 3rd floor Braniff classroom. Sometimes the sun would set during my evening class this last semester, and it was impossible to concentrate.

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Beautiful view of Las Colinas, Irving (suburb of Dallas)

Not Your Grandma’s Coupons!

The $6 dress that I found at Target today inspired me to post a link to this site that alerts you to good deals/sales going on at stores around town. Check it out!

My $6 Dress!

My $6 Dress!

Just in case you needed proof!

Just in case you needed proof!

Put This in Your Pipe and Smoke It, Lacan!

On Tuesday I started my 3 week Mayterm class at UD. The title? Shakespeare’s Later Plays.

Yesterday’s class was okay. We discussed Act 1 of Othello and cautiously felt out each other’s personalities, stopping only for a 15 minute coffee break and a reading of the syllabus (6 shorter papers plus the 15 page final one! BOY do I have my work cut out for me!). The best part of the day, however, was when I ran into my professor from Medieval Lit, who said that she’d just gotten done with my paper from this last semester. Her critique: she disagreed with my thesis, but thought the paper was excellently written.

Okay, I can live with that! I’d hate to be bad at writing papers, you know, since that’s what I TEACH. It’s nice to shake off the “OMG this is my first grad school paper!!” jitters. Plus I researched and wrote it in a week.

But today’s class…….oh man. It was awesome. I was riveted for all 3 hours. It was like Torrey all over again, only better. To clarify, this class was not better than all Torrey sessions. But it was better than all of my Torrey sessions on Shakespeare. Come to think of it, it was also better than all of my English classes on Shakespeare. The reason, I believe, is that it was a class full of grad students who were English majors AND had read of UD’s core curriculum as Undergrads. They have a thorough knowledge of all the Great Works of Literature that we read in Torrey (one girl even said that she re-translated the first 6 books of the Metamorphoses for a paper she just wrote) which helps when you’re pretty sure Shakespeare was influenced by most of them.

So for 3 hours we discussed, with the professor offering very little interference. In fact, when he wasn’t acting as the moderator he was just as excited as the rest of us to be reading and discovering themes in Othello. Sure, we bounced around a little bit too much for my liking. But it’s our second day, and I could already hear that we were listening to and building upon each other’s viewpoints. Everyone was excited. In fact, I talked Jesse’s ear off for an hour when I got home. Suddenly $700 for this class seems like a bargain!

And guess what. Not once did we discuss Racism. Or Feminist Empowerment. Or Queer Theory. Despite the fact that’s OTHELLO.

It was as if we were all saying, “MODERN LITERARY CRITICISM BE DAMNED!!!WE’RE CLASSICISTS!!!”

There. Now I am going to go read King Lear. I can’t wait for tomorrow.