Thursday, January 26, 2006

So I took another one of the quizzes on the net....

...and my husband is going to like the result:)

I'm a Porsche Boxster!



You're stylish, nimble, and good-looking. When it comes to having fun, there are few who can surpass you. And yet, you suffer from a lingering inferiority complex. Maybe it's because you have an older relative who is always in thelimelight?


Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.


Thirteen Things Sherri Needs



1. Starbucks, a couple of times a week - at least (did I mention, on Tuesday they gave me a free one, just cause?!:)

2. Lots of affection...nuff said:)

3. Chocolate...just a little bit every now and then!

4. A good book...lately I'm loving the writings of Brennan Manning again...I'm in the midst of reading Ruthless Trust.

5. Music...whether or not I have the stereo on or not there's always a song playing in my mind, and if I don't watch it, I find myself singing without knowing it!

6. A good cup of tea, in a beautiful teacup! To me there is just something about teapots and teacups:)

7. A long conversation with a good friend every few days:)

8. To learn how to turn work off when I'm not there! (Haven't got this one yet!)

9. Things to look forward to... I always like to have plans to look forward to whether it be my next date with my husband or the next time we're having friends over for dinner...I love to have something to look forward to!

10. Worshipful experiences. My heart loves to worship and this is when I feel closest to God:)

11. The sweet cards and notes my daughter leaves for me at unexpected times in unexpected places (I'm spoiled by them!)

12. Down-time (funny thing is that I have a hard time taking/making down-time).

13. My dashing and witty husband!


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Wendy, Chickadee, Joan, Uisce, Nancy, Ardice



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Sunday, January 22, 2006

All I Ever Have to Be
Amy Grant

When the weight of all my dreams
Is resting heavy on my head,
And the thoughtful words of health and hope
Have all been nicely said.

But I’m still hurting,
Wondering if I’ll ever be
The one I think I am.

I think I am.

Then you gently re-remind me
That you’ve made me from the first,
And the more I try to be the best
The more I get the worst.

And I realize the good in me,
Is only there because of who you are.

Who you are...

And all I ever have to be
Is what you’ve made me.
Any more or less would be a step
Out of your plan.

As you daily recreate me,
Help me always keep in mind
That I only have to do
What I can find.

And all I ever have to be
All I have to be
All I ever have to be
Is what you’ve made me.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Election

With the election fast approaching, like many of you I've been following the news...and this story just makes me ill!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Thirteen Things: SHERRI'S CHILDHOOD DREAM JOBS

1…. Ballerina
When I was 4 or 5 or so I would twirl around and say, "I think I'll be a ballerina!" I never got to have ballet classes as a child, but a few year's ago I enrolled as an adult. I wasn't sure I could do it, but it was wonderful! ...and I even ended the year with a named part in a local ballet:)
2... Singer
Oh how I would croon away into my hairbrush or highlighter pen as a girl right on up through my teenage years too!! Too bad for nerves though...I get nervous when I know somebody else is listening:(
3... Teacher
This dream is still close to my heart...and in some ways I have actually been a teacher. But right now I'm remembering getting a paper bag (that the groceries used to get packed in when I was a little girl) and using it as a make-shift chalk board as I taught my class of dolls and bears:)
4... Child Psychologist
In grade six I wrote a paper about this. I said I was going to be a child psychologist when I grew up "so no child would ever be as misunderstood as me!"
5... Wife
Like most little girls I dreamed of 'someday my prince will come' and 'happily ever after'. When I played Barbies...my Barbie always got married around age 16...alas, it took me a few years longer though!
6... Mother
I wanted it all, still do:) I was always playing 'house' with my dolls:)
7... Interior Designer
I always have liked decorating things. I don't think cleaning my room was ever a problem...I liked things to look nice and it was a good opportunity to move things around.
8... Crafts-person
I was into all sorts of crafts at different points in my childhood from colouring and drawing to macrame, making flowers, crochet, fabric painting, folk art...I dabbled a lot...still do a bit (my latest fav - scrapbooking!) I still think having a craft store something like Willow Wisp would be fun!
9... Music Teacher
I took organ lessons from age 7 until about 15 or 16. I actually wanted piano lessons, but we had an organ...ce la vive! And I loved my first music teacher. She had this great music room with a baby grand piano even. I would often pretend to be a music teacher when I was practicing on my own during the week:)
10... Sales Clerk
When I was a child the thought of working in a women's clothing store seemed so glamourous. But I have to say that I tried this one out when I was a teenager and it wasn't all I had hoped.
11... Figure Skater
I loved watching figure skating, still do...but a figure skater I'm not...as an adult I'm just beginning to learn to skate, and I'll say it's a whole lot more glamourous on TV than on that hard, cold ice!
12... Author
I used to write stories and poetry gallore! I still think I'd like to write a book someday though my thoughts shift constantly between things I might write about.
13... Actress
What little girl didn't dream of being her favourite actress?! I had a huge imagination and played in quite a world of make-believe as a child:)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
Ardice, Wendy, Running2K, Snickerdooles, Marie, Joan, Uisce, Kelly, Karen, Janne, Colleen, Daisy
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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

'Walk The Line' Scores Big At Golden Globes

Apparently the movie and it's two stars all won big last night - well deserved in my opinion!
Quote from an old Franciscan:

If you feel the call of the spirit, then be holy with all your soul, with all your heart, and with all your strength. If, however, because of human weakness, you cannot be holy, then be perfect with all your soul, with all your heart, and with all your strength.

But if you cannot be perfect because of the vanity of your life, then be good with all your soul.... Yet, if you cannot be good because of the trickery of the Evil One, then be wise with all your soul....

If, in the end, you can neither be holy, nor perfect, nor good, nor wise because of the weight of your sins, then carry this weight before God and surrender your life to his divine mercy.

If you do this, without bitterness, with all humility, and with a joyous spirit due to the tenderness of a God who loves the sinful and ungrateful, then you will begin to feel what it is to be wise, you will learn what it is to be good, you will slowly aspire to be perfect, and finally you will long to be holy.

Quoted in Peter van Breeman, Let All God's Glory Through

Monday, January 16, 2006

My Heritage

A couple of the blogs I visit have talked about myheritage.com. You upload a picture of yourself on their website and they tell you what celebrity you look like. So I tried it...I think most of the responses they give you have to do with the angle of your face in the picture and its similarity to a celebrity's in a picture. The first scan I did was of me in our family picture from this fall. My Heritage thought I looked like Hilary Duff (Amanda would be so proud!), Audrey Hepburn, Sharon Stone and Kirsten Dunst. Interesting, but I doubt I look like any of these people...and if I'm not mistaken, I don't think they look much like each other either. So I tried it again, this time with a recent picture of me alone. My Heritage thought I looked like Nicole Kidman, Janet Leigh, Shania Twain and Keira Knightly...bizarre?! So I tried one last time using a wedding photo...this time it said Isabella Roselini, Sharon Stone, Janet Leigh, Keira Knightly and Shania Twain?!

So the names that came up most often were: Sharon Stone, Keira Knightly (she did portray Elizabeth Bennett in P&P this fall, so in that one way I identify with her:), Janet Leigh and Shania Twain (actually, someone in my small group once said I looked like her if you can imagine?!) In reality, I look like me...and that's ok, but the My Heritage site was a fun diversion:) Who do YOU look like?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006



Thirteen Things about YOUR NAME



1... Sherri-Lynn is my full first name.

2... That's 11 characters long and in grade one it sometimes took me 3 lines to put my name on the upper right hand corner of the picture I'd just coloured!

3... Friends have shortened my name to Sherri since back in highschool.

4... My mother has never liked this.

5... In grade one when the teacher shortened my name, I didn't realize she was talking to me, so I didn't respond (my mother is still proud of this...and tells the story whenever she can...!)

6... My maternal grandmother didn't want me to just be named Sherry because it could be associated with alcohol?!

7... While friends mostly call me Sherri to my face, they often refer to me as Sherri-Lynn when they are talking about me.

8... In elementary school some kids would tease me by calling me Miss Lynn when the teacher would have me help her with something.

9... My mother had thought about naming me Scarlet....thankfully she didn't! (Shannon-Louise was another runner up too! ...I'll stick Sherri, thank-you-very-much!)

10.. Cheri in french means 'sweetheart', 'darling' and 'dear'.

11.. Sherri (according to babynames.com) means 'beloved'.

12.. Lynn (again via babynames.com) means 'pretty one'.

13.. My middle name is Marie (...when I was a child I wanted THAT to be my first name).

Links to other Thursday Thirteens! (leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Ardice, Wendy, Running2K, Leanne, Marie, Joan, Uisce, Kelly, Karen, Janne, Colleen



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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Starbucks

I'm going to have to admit it, I love Starbucks! I was once one of those people who scoffed at paying $4 for a coffee, and now I find myself in the line of people who pay that a couple of times a week...(and even more often on occasion).

It started off innocently enough... As we walked the chilly streets of Edmonton shuffling between venues for Breakforth last year, we ducked into Starbucks for something to warm us up for our walk. It was then that Les bought me my first caramel macchiato. Deep inside it was a guilty pleasure for me as I was sure that it couldn't be good for me. So, in the beginning, it was something we reserved for once in a while as a treat. But then a few months later in Saskatoon, I found myself in the Starbucks drive-thru craving another treat. This time before I ordered I asked for the nutrition information, and found out that, for the most part, it was actually good for me. Then later at home, I even logged on to their website where I learned the freedom of ordering things 'my way' - and that in doing so I could make 'my drink' even better for me (I now order it 'no fat and no sugar' please).

This fall, a weekly trip to Starbucks became a bit of an oasis for me on Thursdays when Amanda went to dancing. I would sit and sip instead of rush and run for a whole hour on Thursdays. If Les wasn't working, we have some 'us' time, and if he was, well, I'd take a book or a magazine along and have some 'me' time.

Starbucks has also come to be a stress releasor for me when I'm having a tough day at work. There have been a few too many of those in the last few months, and so that brings me today...the second day of the week...and the second lunchtime Starbucks run for the week as well. At this rate I think I'm might end up over my limit this week... (shhhh, no one needs to know, right?!)

10 Things I love about Starbucks:
1. Caramel macchiato's (no fat and no sugar please)
2. The friendly people who serve me actually seem to like their job and are happy.
3. Biscotti (they're actually pretty low carb-wise!...who knew?!)
4. Free treats from time to time:)
5. I've gotten to know many of the staff, and several of them actually start making 'my drink' when I walk in (before I've even ordered).
6. That pink cup and saucer they have on display for Valentine's (there is even a heart indentation in the saucer that craddles the cup perfectly...oh how it taunts me!)
7. Stress relief! (Somehow drinking a Starbucks helps me remember Matt7 in a way)
8. They sell all the ingredients too - so I can make Les and I treats at home! (and they are very generous about sharing their recipes!!)
9. There is something just SO right about how they DO Christmas there!
10. It's more than coffee, it's an experience~!

Today as I drove there and back, here's the song I had blaring in the cd player...

Takes a Little Time

It takes a little time sometimes
To get your feet back on the ground
It takes a little time sometimes
To get the Titanic turned back around
It takes a little time sometimes
But baby you're not going down
It takes more than you've got right now
Give it, give it time

What's this walking through my door
I know I've seen the look before
Sometimes on faces in the street
And sometimes in the mirror looking back at me
You can't fix this pain with money
You can't rush a weary soul
You can't sweep it under the rug now honey
But it don't take a lot to know

[Chorus]

Well it may not be over by morning
But Rome wasn't built in a day
You can name that thing a thousand times
And It won't make it go away
Let me put my arms around you
And hold you while you weep
We've been talking and you know what, I'm sick of this talk
And it's nothing that won't keep


[Chorus]

You can't fix this pain with money
You can't rush a weary soul
You can't sweep it under the rug now honey
But it don't take a lot to know

[Chorus]

Monday, January 09, 2006

Walk the Line

This was one of the best movies I've ever seen!! Les took me to it for New Year's, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it! Even now, days later, we still find ourselves discussing it. The acting was superb, and I saw so much redemption and grace in the story...I'd highly recommend seeing it if you haven't:)

Here's a link to a review that closely matches what I thought.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

My Tween!

My daughter is definitely a 'tween' these days.

Exhibit #1
I never thought I'd see the day when she would sleep past 8 a.m. on a weekend, but pretty much this whole Christmas vacation she's been sleeping until between 9 and 10 (much to my delight:) Anyway on Monday evening when I was reminding her that she had an eye appointment on Tuesday at 9:30 she looked at me shocked and said, "In the MORNING?!! HOW early do I HAVE to get up for that?!"

Exhibit #2
After Amanda's eye appointment yesterday we popped into Walmart since it was close by. As we were finishing getting what we had came for Amanda asked if she could look at clothes. I said that we could LOOK. She showed me outfit after outfit, looking up at me OVER her glasses saying "Ooh, isn't this nice?!" about each one. My response was usually something like, "Yes that's very nice." "OOH!" she'd say, "It's even on SALE!" To which I responded that we weren't getting one. "But WHY?" she'd demand. "Because you just got a whole bunch of clothes for Christmas and on Boxing day, and you don't have a spare hanger in your closet." She'd then give me the sad eyes begging look. "Oh, but what about this one," she said showing me a very trendy shirt on sale for all of $7. To which I said, "Amanda, you know Daddy would kill me if I brought another new shirt home for you today. He said 'no more' for a while."

Then as we walked away together, Amanda looked up OVER her glasses at me one last time and said "Well SURELY you wouldn't DIE!"