Just some thoughts...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Just some thoughts...
Posted by Laura at 6:24 AM
Monday, October 29, 2007
I couldn't have said it better than this. Make sure that you read the one titled Chicken Noodle Soup!
Read and comment on Car's blog!
Posted by Laura at 11:31 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
1. my husband- he has great ideas, he cares about people- and where they are going to spend eternity, he takes great care of me, and loves me even when I know that he wants to smack me:)
2. the cooler weather- it is finally feeling like fall. I love it.
3. my friends- God truly has blessed Slim and me with some of the greatest people, in our lives.
4. my brother- today is Greg's birthday. He turns 29. He has an awesome wife with some killer kids!
5. my other brother- he flies up to North Carolina for an interview this week. I pray that if that is where God wants him to be, that God will open the doors and lay the path for Jim!
6. my parents- such cool people with great hearts!
7. my bosses- they came over for lunch today and we had a great time with them.
8. my dog- he can eat those big hard bones in 3 days. I have never seen anything like that!
9. my Lord and Savior- He has given me another year to live, I turn 27 in two weeks. It is crazy!
...and a picture for good measure. This was from when we were on our way to Alcatraz Island. Enjoy!
Posted by Laura at 4:37 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
... too many words, and not that interesting. I did find it fun that two of the top three are right here where I live.
Slim and I had a date to Sushi Thai. Our favorite.
I heart the ginger salad dressing. It makes me so happy!
I had a Mexican Roll... apparently it was still Japanese. Not sure how that works out.
Slim has been eating Masseman super Thai hot. He is crazy and I am still unsure how they make coconut milk and curry mix together to create something good. It is his favorite though.
Posted by Laura at 6:36 PM
Best Cities for Job Growth
By Mary Lorenz, CareerBuilder.com writer
Florida isn't just for vacationers and retirees anymore. It seems the Sunshine State is also a hub for employers and businesses eager to expand and hire more workers.
Forbes.com recently released its annual list of the 200 Best Places for Businesses and Careers, and, among those places, five Florida cities ranked in the top 10 for U.S. cities with the highest job growth. Cape Coral, Fla. held the top spot for cities with the highest job growth. Las Vegas, Nev. ranked second, followed by Naples, Fla. and Sarasota, Fla. McAllen, Tex. rounded out the top five.
If you need a change of scenery and are thinking about relocating in the next few years, consider one of the following 10 cities, which are projected to have the highest job growth this year, as reported by Forbes.com and based on five-year projections from Economy.com.
Cape Coral, Fla.Population: 562,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary*:Registered nurses -- $44,561Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $48,772Accountants and auditors -- $41,609
Jobs more common to Cape Coral than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Helpers/roofers -- $19,634Athletes and sports competitors -- $15,496Construction managers -- $55,752
Las Vegas, Nev.Population: 1,777,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Elementary school teachers -- $29,318Registered nurses -- $51,869Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $49,474
Jobs more common to Las Vegas than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Gaming supervisors -- $22,624Gaming change persons and booth cashiers -- $23,016Gaming service workers -- $12,879
Naples, Fla.Population: 317,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Registered nurses -- $47,015Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $52,641Accountants and auditors -- $41,363
Jobs more common to Naples than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Construction managers -- $67,005Helpers -- painters, plasterers, paperhangers and stucco masons -- $19,753Tile and marble setters -- $30,447
Sarasota, Fla.Population: 689,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Registered nurses -- $43,211Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $48,643Accountants and auditors -- $39,408
Jobs more common to Sarasota than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Fence erectors -- $24,917Financial managers -- $75,189Motorboat mechanics -- $27,961
McAllen, Tex.Population: 697,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Elementary school teachers -- $36,246Registered nurses -- $47,115Secondary school teachers -- $39,915
Jobs more common to McAllen than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Personal and home care aids -- $16,142Oil, gas and mining service unit operators -- $29,877Agricultural products graders and sorters -- $12,472
Port St. Lucie, Fla.Population: 391,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Registered nurses -- $46,074Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $39,025Accountants and auditors -- $43,736
Jobs more common to Port St. Lucie than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Helpers -- painters, paperhangers, plasterers and stucco masons -- $25,097Helpers -- roofers -- $18,240Roofers -- $24,463
Riverside, Calif.Population: 4,017,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Elementary school teachers -- $48,696Registered nurses -- $58,573Secondary school teachers -- $50,286
Jobs more common to Riverside than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Terazzo workers and finishers -- $32,930Slot key persons -- $13,343Automotive glass installers and repairers -- $42,514
Fayetteville, Ark.Population: 417,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Registered nurses -- $41,669Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,358Elementary school teachers -- $36,306
Jobs more common to Fayetteville than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Meat, poultry and fish cutters and trimmers -- $17,975Agricultural inspectors -- $27,180Purchasing managers -- $54,734
Ocala, Fla.Population: 311,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Registered nurses -- $44,557Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,782Loan officers -- $36,586
Jobs more common to Ocala than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Recreational vehicle service technicians -- $28,633Farmworkers, farm and ranch hands -- $17,963Nonfarm animal caretakers -- $17,209
Phoenix, Ariz.Population: 3,976,000
Most popular jobs and average local salary:Elementary school teachers -- $29,399Registered nurses -- $50,755Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives -- $43,028
Jobs more common to Phoenix than other U.S. cities and average local salary:Aircraft structure surfaces, rigging and systems assemblers -- $35,324Gaming and surveillance officers and gaming investigators -- $22,074Umpires, referees and other sports officials -- $50,326
*Salary information provided by CBsalary.com. Other data compiled by Forbes.com and CityTownInfo.com.
Posted by Laura at 11:44 AM
Monday, October 22, 2007
I came home early from work today because I have some kind of flu. Slim came home and brought me soup and the first season of Heroes. He has watched from the beginning, but I was many episodes behind, and so I haven't been able to watch the new season with him yet.
I have been watching all day. I am addicted. What and incredible show! I can't wait until next week now that I am caught up! I guess that being sick was a bit better because of my hero (Slim). PS I heart Hiro Nakamura
Posted by Laura at 5:13 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I have always wanted this...
...but Slim and I got this...
I am very happy with my Eureka Capture! Let's compare it to the Dyson...
• HEPA filtration and exceptional on-board cleaning tools help you get into those hard-to-reach crevices, high-ceiling areas and stairs for deep cleaning
• Telescopic self-cleaning spin-duster, turbo nozzle, power paw with riser visor and dual-powered edge cleaners make it easier than ever to reach hidden dirt
• Extension hose reaches up a flight of stairs while vacuum stays at bottom; easy-roll wheels and an ergonomic looped handle deliver comfortable, easy operation
• Powerful 12-amp motor; 30’ cord; dazzling red shell
• Absolutely perfect for pet-inhabited homes, this powerful bagless upright is proven not to lose suction using the IEC 60312 CI 2.9 test standard, and will not clog
• Best pick up across all floor types; hygienic and quick to empty; air expelled from a Dyson has up to 150 times less bacteria and mold than the air you breathe; approved for allergy suffers by the British Allergy Foundation
• Level 3 root cyclone; quick-draw telescope reach; 5-yr. warranty; no extra costs; carpet care kit keeps new carpet looking new; low reach floor tool for easier cleaning under low furniture
• Lifetime HEPA filtration for cleaner expelled air; certified asthma friendly according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
• Fingertip brush control; mini turbine head cleans pet hair from confined spaces such as upholstery, stairs and the car; 43.5Hx16.7Wx13.2D"
Ok, so the Dyson sounds a bit better, but let me just tell you that we love our Eureka. It is bagless and you can wash the filters instead of buying a new one.. the same reasons I love the Dyson..
We saved $430 for purchasing the Capture, so all in all we made the
Posted by Laura at 1:23 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Posted by Laura at 9:09 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.
2 Mix the pumpkin, melted butter, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, until just incorporated. Do not over-mix. Fold in nuts.
3 Divide mixture into a muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.
Posted by Laura at 12:44 PM
Posted by Laura at 7:27 AM
Friday, October 12, 2007
From Brandi's Blog: Link to her to find out more
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I want to introduce you to a family. Jon and Christie D. (no last name to protect identity) and their boys. Jon is our wonderful pastor and the best shepherd of a flock that I have ever seen! He and his wife, Christie, love our church and serve it faithfully and sacrificially. I could go on and on and list the ways that they serve our church body and the community that we are in. I could list the times they were called to help someone in the middle of the night. . .The number of community organizations that Jon sits on boards for. . .the number of life lessons I have learned through their faithful example. However, all you really need to know is that they are amazing, faithful people full of integrity. They also happen to be adopting. After 10 years of infertility, Jon and Christie thought adoption would be the way that God chose to expand their family. God had a surprise in store for them, 6 years ago when they found out that they were pregnant with their first son. 3 years later, surprise little boy number 2 came along! While Jon and Christie love their little boys, they still felt their family was not complete. They continued to try to get pregnant while pursuing the options in adoption. This year has brought 2 miscarriages and a renewed sense of God's call to help the orphans through adoption. They prayerfully considered many countries open for adoption and soon settled on VIETNAM! They are now pursuing an adoption of a little girl.You may be thinking, "how does this affect me?". God's Word is clear about helping others. He says over and over throughout the Bible to "share with God's people who are in need" (Romans 12:13), especially pastors ( I Tim. 5:17-18)! Please join us in helping this wonderful family answer God's call to care for a little girl halfway around the world who needs a family so desperately.
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Posted by Laura at 8:38 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
If you had asked me two weeks ago if I had ever heard of Celtic Woman, my answer would have been no, but I soon learned that we would be attending the Celtic Woman concert and sitting in the box. About a week ago, I asked Slim if the Celtic Woman sang... he of course laughed at me because now I know that the Celtic Woman is more than that... it is 5 woman plus their entourage, and I am a now a HUGE fan.
It was high security, top notch sets and lighting, and a lot more fun than I was prepared to encounter. Here is how it works. There are 4 main singing girls who wear princess dresses and sing like angels and then there is this feisty little fiffer of a woman who plays the fiddle better than anyone I have ever heard. She frolicked around the stage kicking her legs and spinning around while playing. It was incredible.
Check out their website.
Here are a few pictures of them..
Now don't be confused, the pictures are misleading. I am not sure that there was one moment when these ladies were just standing there and singing. They were always moving and it seemed that they were having so much fun.
I know the tickets are pretty pricey, but if they are coming to your town, you should check them out. The tour dates are on the website. I know that you won't be disappointed!
Posted by Laura at 5:47 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Posted by Laura at 5:52 AM
Saturday, October 6, 2007
I am falling in love with this boy, who I have only met in pictures and prayers.
Look and his sweet face and pray that God allows him to come home to us soon.
To read his orphan report, please check out www.homehopeandfuture.blogspot.com
Posted by Laura at 6:58 PM
Friday, October 5, 2007
Posted by Laura at 9:08 AM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Posted by Laura at 11:05 AM
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
A few years ago, probably 3 now, a group of 5-6 ladies got together on Thursday mornings at Einstein's Bagels to study God's Word and discuss what He was doing in their lives.
I was among these women and this was my favorite time of the week. Things happened though... Lisa moved away and got married, Kate moved away and got married, Carly got married and moved (but not away), Kendal moved away, and that left Lindsey and me... so we stopped meeting. We tried to keep it up for a while, but it just didn't work out.
Tomorrow that all changes.
Place: Panera Bread- Coconut Point
Time: 6 am (goo)
What: A woman's study
Who: Carly, Alaina, Abby, and me (if you are interested and are willing to take the 6am challenge, we will see you there!)
I will post about how great this is... wait for it!
Posted by Laura at 11:52 AM