October 31, 2007
But my favorite scenario happened about 5:30, just before the store was closing. I got a phone call and promptly answered it. "Hello," said Mrs. B from Lousiana, "I was in your store recently, but I can't make it back anytime soon. I saw some things that I just have to have for my Christmas dining table. My colors are copper, gold, and green. I want those colors mixed, not separate, does that make sense? I just saw the most gorgeous Christmas trees that last time I was there..." As I was doing the Devil-Wears-Prada, writing notes 90 mph, I pieced together what she was saying. "So, given your color scheme, you're wanting me to design your Christmas dining room table and ship everything to you?" I asked tentatively.
"YES! That's exactly what I'm saying!" she exclaimed happily. "However, I will be leaving for New York soon and won't be back til after Thanksgiving, and my Christmas Decorator [yes, she was serious] is decorating my house on November 11. So I need these things shipped fairly soon."
I knew the answer was obvious, but I asked anyway: "So do you have a specific budget in mind or are you flexible?" (I thought that was a tactful way to put it.)
"Oh, I'm very flexible," she chirpped. "I'll email you pictures of my dining table and we'll talk on Friday."
"That sounds great, Mrs. D. I'll have your table ready."
Welcome to the world of Annelle Primos and Associates. Day one.
October 30, 2007
October 29, 2007
Take this survey
Aside from Driver's Ed, who really taught you how to drive?
What's the one thing you love/miss about your Grandma's cooking?
It's just so yummy
If you had money to burn, what 3 charities would you donate to?
Susan G. Komen, Make a Wish Foundation and anything pro-life
What "Late Night Radio" song would you request to your man/woman?
I hardly think I would ever phone a radio station.
What was the last high school/college project you did?
I designed a public restroom space that was ADA compliant.
As a kid, who was the first -famous death- you remember hearing about?
Princess Diana was the first one that I got really upset about
What kind of music did your parent's listen to while u were growing up?
Contemporary Christian and 70s was my dad, Disney and Christmas was my mom. You see where I get it from.
Name 2 historic events that have happened in your lifetime:
Katrina and 9/11
Who taught you to tie your shoes?
I actually think I figured it out myself
Where did you go on your first official date?
When you cruised the strip... who were you usually with?
I never cruised a strip...the closest was probably Old Canton
Who was like your second Mom or second Dad?
Who is your Strangest Relative and why?
pleading the 5th
What's your typical ice cream order at Dairy Queen?
I dont go to Dairy Queen
Animal House or Caddyshack?
Caddyshack, but that's not my kind of humor
Dorito's or Frito Lays?
Straight-Man or Comic Relief?
Survivor Man or Man vs. Wild?
Casablanca or An Affair To Remember?
An Affair to Remember, definitely
Princess Grace or Princess Diana?
That is such an unfair question. Princess Grace is my idol, but Princess Diana was just a legend....and I have a HUGE crush on her son
Books, Movies or TV?
All of them. I love to read, I appreciate movies, and TV is good entertainment
Marilyn Monroe or Anna Nicole Smith?
Marilyn Monroe. Both of them needed the Lord, though.
Playboy or Hustler?
Haha...well I was featured in....JUST KIDDING
Disneyland, Disneyworld, or Universal Studios?
This is so obvious--DISNEYWORLD
Halloween or Christmas?
Leading or Following?
I am good at leading but also a compliant follower
Planes or Trains?
planes...but I'd like to try a train
Yesterday or Tomorrow?
Tomorrow. Yesterday only for memories of my childhood.
All the beautiful originals I saw in London
Thing to do when you're sitting home alone and the power goes out?
Light candles, playing the piano (it increases your skill in the dark), and sleeping
Pet name for your significant other?
Nickname for your best friend?
Dont really have one
Song to sing in the shower?
Whatever comes to my mind.
Bill that you have to pay?
My magazine subscriptions :)
I have my moments
Era to read about or watch a movie in?
40s-50s. 60s only for the Disney musicals that were made then.
Villain in a movie?
White Witch in Narnia
Topic to gab with your family about?
We literally talk about everything
And Finally...If you could be invisible for one day, what would you do?
Oh I would absolutely love that. And I'm not telling.
If you could know everything that one person was thinking, who would it be?
I can instantly name someone, but I'm not telling.
If you could have coffee with 3 people, living or dead, who would they be?
Grace Kelly, Prince William, and..this is odd, I know....Sarah Jessica Parker or Kristin Davis. I've fallen in love with them after Sex and the City.
October 28, 2007
October 27, 2007
So now it's 10:19 and I will be headed to bed. We are going to the Lucas' Lifegroup tomorrow...it's our first married Sunday School experience....I feel kind of nervous, and I dont know why. Maybe it's because of our age difference--I'm 22 and Kurt is 27, and we don't fit in anywhere. Most 22 year olds aren't married yet and are still in singles, and Kurt's age group are well into the baby stage. We are married, with an age difference, with no kids. So it's a challenge. Also---and I'm being very transparent---as the pastor's daughter, I am judged by a totally different set of standards than everyone else. I am NOT putting myself on a pedestal or being self-righteous. That's just the way things are. I guess my whole life, it's just been me and my family. We've just always been "loners" in the Lifegroup sense, because Daddy couldn't go to a class, so it would be kind of weird for Mom to go alone...so she has always taught preschool (and that's where her heart is, anyway). As for us kids, we were always in the children's or youth ministries by default. This is the first time that I am kind of taking an adult step at church. I'm married, and so I'm separate from my family in this sense. So I guess it's kind of intimidating.
An example of being held to a different standard: My mom AND the church secretary got a call from a woman about a wedding gift that she gave me. She said she was "just calling to make sure that I got the gift okay," when she knew good and well I had. It's not like she sent it in the mail. She said she never got a thank-you note, and she was bothered because she talked to her friend who had gotten one "right away." SERIOUSLY?! I have written about 400 thank-you notes. But I know FOR A FACT that I sent this woman a thank-you note. But I will be writing her a new one because otherwise she will have more to talk about with her friends. That's just one of many examples. All that to say, sometimes I just feel like I, and Kurt now, are looked at a little differently. Bless his heart...Kurt got pulled into the glass house :) But you know what? It's MY glass house, and I adore the people (my family) that I live in it with. We have been talked about falsely, told things straight to our faces, and criticized, but we have also watched ministries change people's lives, people come to know Christ, and laughed together more than most families I know. So I will take on the challenge of entering a new Lifegroup class. And on my nametag, I just might write: "Ashley Lancaster, Daugher of the Pastor. Unsolicited comments welcome." Why not just go ahead and give people permission? :)
October 26, 2007
October 25, 2007
The show is open Oct 13 through Oct 28 and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Hours are 2-7 Wed- Fri, 10 to 6 on Sat, 1-6 on Sundays.
Admission is $6.00
The subdivision is on Galleria Parkway, which is the same road that Walmart and the Malco Theatre are on, but on the other side of 463. At the traffic light where you would turn to go to Walmart, the street sign points in the direction of Galleria Parkway. Follow that road all the way around, and you'll see Fontanelle subdivision on your right. Just park, and it's self-explanatory! If these directions are weird, call me and I'll talk you through it. Ro--I'm going on Saturday, so if you and/or Rivs wants to come with or just meet up, let me know!
Off to school to take an English test---wish me luck!
October 24, 2007
October 23, 2007
October 22, 2007
Right on cue, the Hallelujah chorus started playing. Actually it didnt, but I heard it in my head, I promise. So I immediately went to my To-Do list, which is a notebook page long, and marked through my textiles test on Wednesday and re-adjusted my study schedule. It's amazing how much of a difference one test being cancelled can make. Now, I'll have to put in time over the weekend, but that's 3 whole extra days! So, feeling like celebrating, I went to Kroger to do some grocery shopping (do you sense my sarcasm?). Actually, I love Kroger. I really will start going there more often. They play the most soothing music, it's less crowded, and honestly, I think the people are just nicer there. AND...you freak out when you see your total on the screen, and then they swipe that lovely little card and you get to WATCH the total go down to a much more reasonable amount. As an artsy person (read: a visual person), I LOVE watching my bill go down right before my eyes. It's the little things.
It's now 1:30 and I get to pick up my DVD at 2:30! This week is starting out so much better than I hoped. Knock on wood. Oh, and I think I might be decorating a mantle for the women's ministry Holiday Spectacular (it's not actually called that, but I think it should be just for kicks). So more info on that to come. I'm sure I will ramble more later! Happy day to all.
October 20, 2007
I just talked to Kurt and he literally hasn't stopped at the hospital since 7 am. He is in the middle of a surgery...when I talked to him I could hear the heart monitor beeping in the background. I thanked him for working so hard. It felt like such an inadequate thing to say. Here I am, listening to Chicago and typing just for the heck of it, and he's keeping someone alive while a surgeon operates on the other side of the curtain. However, he has told me before that what I do is just as stressful...in a different way. It helped to hear that. Sometimes I feel guilty complaining about my stress level or how tired I am...and here he is with the worst hours imaginable. But he is so good about giving value to my feelings. That's a trait that a lot of guys have trouble with. Bless him.
It's been fun looking at my wedding pictures. I'm still waiting on my DVD...hopefully I will get it soon so I can actually watch my wedding. That would be nice. It was such a blur. However, I do remember specifically trying to memorize certain moments. I think I did my best under the circumstances.
A song that I recommend listening to: "Grow Old Along With Me," originally sung by John Lennon, but redone by Mary Chapin Carpenter (I prefer this version). It's romantic and melancholy and just soothing. I love songs like that. One of these days I'm going to write out some of my favorite songs and movies. I would like to know other people's recommendations also.
I am currently reading "Trophy Wives Club" by Kristin Billerbeck. If you have not read any of her books, go immediately to Lifeway and buy "What a Girl Wants." It's a 3-part series, and I think the funniest of all of her books. If you've ever spent time in a SINGLES ministry at any point in your life, you will cry you'll laugh so hard. The book that I'm currently reading is about a girl who lives in L.A. and her husband just left her. It's kind of about healing..I just love her books. So, with that said, I'm off to read a chapter or two. And take the shower that I haven't taken all day :)
October 19, 2007
Monday: Presentation of the bathroom project. My teacher cancelled on us last wednesday when it was due, so I will present the stupid bathroom and be done with it. Also an "estimations" quiz (weighted like a test). These are math problems. Please cue the "JAWS" theme. Bright spot: Bachelor comes on.
Tuesday: Nothing due today, but I recently found out (like, tonight) that I'll have overnight company in the house tonight and tomorrow (Wednesday) night. So I will be cleaning the house and planning meals. Also, HUGE Textiles test tomorrow.
Wednesday: Textiles test that will be incredibly difficult (Sample question: 'Which fiber is stronger? Cotton or flax?' AGGGHHHH!). Overnight company still here. Study for enormous English test tomorrow.
Thursday: BIG World Masterpieces test. 10 multiple choice/short answer, and one big, honking ESSAY. What's worse is that I made a perfect score on the last test (thank you, thank you), so I don't want to bomb this one and make the last one look like an accident. Did that make sense? Anyway, it's a big test over lots of material. Dante's "Inferno," anyone? Bright spot: I will get to celebrate by watching "The Office" tonight. Ahhh. Big sigh of relief. So glad Jim and Pam are finally dating.
Friday: Unless I'm terribly mistaken, this is my day of freedom. Since I dont have class on Fridays, I dont think I could have any responsibilies on this day. So Friday will be the best day of my life in a long time.
There, now that I've tediously typed out my schedule, you all can pray for me :) Please do so. I've been having a rough few days. Sometimes I feel like school really does affect how I act in my marriage, with my attitude, etc. I need to ask for extra help from the Lord about that. I'm trying my best...I just think I'm a perfectionist, and I create unrealistic expectations of myself. Even Kurt has said that. So I will try to take a day at a time, and keep my chin up. Other people have life a lot worse. So here I go, off to conquer the world. Well, homework at least.
October 17, 2007
- On a serious note: I covet your prayers for an extended family member of mine. No details are necessary, just please pray for healing. I hope that at least a few people who read this are prayer warriors and will do this for me.
- I am currently finishing off a bag of candy corn pumpkins. Granted, I know they're not corn-shaped, so I can't technically call them candy CORN pumpkins, but they taste just like that, only better. Bottom line: they're my favorite fall candy, and I'm eating WAY too many of them.
- I had a not-so-great babysitting experience tonight. I just felt underpaid. I'm not usually THAT babysitter who expects a certain thing, but....anyway. I'll get over it. I'll consider it "ministry," like my mom has always said. Do you sometimes feel like everything you do is MINISTRY? Not that that's a bad thing...ok, I just need to stop.
- I decorated my house for fall the other day. I made my own arrangements, and I'm rather proud of them. I'll post pictures as soon as I get my camera back from my brother. He's using it to sell things on eBay. Oooo boy.
- I'm starting to figure out what Kurt and I will do for Christmas cards this year! This is kind of embarrassing, but this is one of the things that has made me feel the most married. Picking out a Christmas card and realizing it will say, "Love, Ashley and Kurt Lancaster." As weird as that is, it's so awesome :)
- I was in Chapel the other day (which is mandatory, I might add), and for once it was actually good. I love odd days like that, when Required Chapel is actually meaningful and makes you think.
- Confession: When I'm sitting in interior design classes, and we're learning about technical codes and the fibers of a certain fabric, I'm usually thinking to myself: "All I want to do is go into people's homes, pick out furniture, fabrics, and accessories for them, and leave it at that." I know I vented in one post about it being a hard major, and it is, but not all of us want to restructure buildings and call people out on violating codes. And, I'll put it out there: I'm called to be a wife and mom, not to work. I dont desire that, and so I'm basically being held in School Hostage by my father until I get a degree.
- The best thing about being married, to me, is falling asleep in the same place. I've just gotten really used to it, and in 50 years, I will still need that in my life :)
- My Bachelor thoughts: I dont want Jenny to get it. She's got a really over the top smile and laugh, and I think she's playing it. I love Bettina, the divorcee, but I think Brad may be a little skeptical of someone who's divorced. I think he should give her a chance. She's beautiful and has kept her mouth shut. Well, most of the time. I strongly dislike DeAnna, and I was GLAD to see McCarten go. I think Sheena, the timid little blonde, is the dark horse. She could take it. More to come on my observations.
Well, that concludes my list for the evening. That was probably the most boring thing people have ever read. But oh well :) It's me.
October 16, 2007
2. I'm extremely close to my family.
3. I'm currently hormonal.
SO...that conversation was soon over and I hugged Kurt, still wiping away my tears, and I went on with things. Then I got started on my to-do list, which included paying for a bridesmaid's dress and calling the Grand Floridian hotel in Orlando to try and book my grandparents' room. (Note: they book up very early and our plans have changed so often it's hard to get anything done early for this trip.) I was talking to a lady that I believe was of Indian descent. Nice as she was, I couldnt understand some of what she was saying. So while writing down a bunch of information about hotels that I was not interested in, Doris, the Annoying-as-CRAP cat, threw her claws into my hand. I mean...we're talking BLOOD. I kept from screaming my head off and threw her off of me. I got off the phone, and Dr. Kurt applied alcohol and a bandaid. Well, as I was bending down to throw the wrapper to the bandaid away, I came up and banged my head on the open cabinet door. So I proceeded to burst into tears for like a third time today, ran into the office, and shut the door.
The next thing I know, I hear dishwasher starting, and the vacuum cleaner going. And there, in his scrubs, was my wonderful husband, cleaning for me. And this was 30 minutes before he had to be at work. Now, I usually wont brag and brag on Kurt because that gets annoying to anyone who's reading, but I was just overwhelmed by that little act of kindness. It's like he immediately knew how to help me. Sometimes I just forget to say thank you to the Lord for the gift of a wonderful friend and husband. So, after that long, rambling post, my bottom line: Thank you, God, for my wonderful Kurt. :)
October 15, 2007
October 14, 2007
I'm gearing up to start another week. My bathroom project is almost complete...it's due Wednesday. I've decided that I have to only take a few days at a time or I will literally collapse from being anxious and overwhelmed. I can handle a few days at a time. Well, God can, and I'll just depend on Him. It's hard to believe that it will soon be Thanksgiving, which kicks off the holiday season. I'm so excited :) And when the cooler weather gets here to stay, my mood really does stay happy. Well, most of the time.
I wish that more of my friends had blogs. I really do enjoy reading about people, and sometimes facebook or myspace just doesnt give you details :) I found some friends from a long time ago on facebook recently and it brought back so many memories. So maybe the blogging thing will catch on with more people. I like it. Well, I also prefer to type rather than hand-write in a journal, so I guess that has something to do with it.
I guess I need to head to bed...it's 11:00 and I have a 9:00 class. Oh, the joys of college. And commuting. And being married all at the same time. Life really is good :)
October 11, 2007
I am in complete disagreement with abortion and complete support of the death penalty. And yes, as Christians, I believe this should be our stance. Here's why. When an unborn child is in a mother's womb, they have not yet entered the world. Yet, some people feel like it is their place to take the life of this child for numerous reasons, the most popular being "inconvenience." What choice did this child have? They are murdered as innocent human beings.
On the other hand, when an adult, who has lived in the world for usually some time, chooses to murder someone, or something else that merits a death sentence, it was THEIR choice to kill. It was their choice to commit a crime and follow through with it. How on earth can we compare an innocent unborn child and a willing murderer? It simply does not make sense. We, as Christians, are defending the sanctity of other people's lives by supporting the death penalty of those who have committed such crimes.
Another point that the writer made was about how we tend to forget about the "sanctity of life" in a time of war. There is a difference between murder and killing to maintain justice and make sure that justice is being carried out elsewhere. It is a ridiculously passive stance, and rather bold, to say that we should never enter a war because it interferes with the sanctity of human life. In these cases, it is necessary. Is it sad and terrible that lives have to be lost? Yes. But how would Europe have been freed from Hitler's tyranny had we not stepped in? That's just one example, but think about it.
Finally, here's why I believe this is Biblically supported, as shown in Romans 13:1-7:
"Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
6 Pay your taxes, too, for these same reasons. For government workers need to be paid. They are serving God in what they do. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.""...all who take the sword will perish by the sword." (Matt. 26:52)
I normally do not write about political issues or get into debates about things. But sometimes I want to defend another side of things, and find out what I believe the Bible says about it. We are all entitled to our opinions, but sometimes the other side needs to be put out there. I am really getting tired of people who are lukewarm in their convictions. Sometimes Conservatives are portrayed as being inconsistent and having "double standards." Well, in this particular case, I do have two different opinions , because the Bible addresses it separately. Unborn , innocent children and convicted murderers are completely and totally separate.
October 9, 2007
October 7, 2007
-Greece (specifically Santorini)
-Amish country in Pennsylvania
-"Falling Water", Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece
Here are the places that I've been to and WILL return:
-New York City
-New Mexico (it was really cool in a different sort of way)
I've got a lot of traveling to do :)
October 6, 2007
October 5, 2007
October 4, 2007
Some of you might know that Kurt and I are the new owners of a 7 week old kitten, Doris Day. She is a HANDFUL! She is constantly running, jumping, and playing, and we are trying to train her to be held. She just won't be still. Of all the kind of kittens in the world, I picked the A.D.D. one. As I speak, she is sitting on the back of my computer chair, batting at my hair. She is good company for me when Kurt has his long hours, and I figured it was better to have a kitten than a child, so here she is. She is black with little tiny bits of white, complete with a pink rhinestone collar. :) I love my Doris!
Last night Kurt and I finished The Office Season 3. I had already gotten caught up on the first episode of Season 4, so I'm ready to watch tonight! Also, I'm excited about Grey's. Now that the musical is over, I can watch a bit more TV. Not that it's very much! I hope that more people that I know start writing...it's interesting to read about what other people are up to. On a different note, I'm trying to figure out a job situation, and if I even have time for one. I was a nanny for awhile last spring, but the girl cancelled on me when I asked her about this fall. Oh well. We'll see!
October 3, 2007
Kurt is on his way home from work...we've been getting used to his schedule. He's been getting to work around 6:30 in the morning and coming home around 5:30. It makes for really long days. Now that the show is over, I'm able to be home when he is, so that's helped a lot. Our next outing will be to Oxford for the Ole Miss game on October 13. It's funny...I always swore that I would never marry someone that had gone to Ole Miss because I had really bad connotations. And guess who finished his undergrad at The University of Mississippi? My husband. God has a sense of humor! I doubt anyone will read this, but it's kind of therapeutic just to type. I'm off to cook grilled salmon :)