Monday, February 27, 2006

It Was All Mellow

Last night I went with Cat to the World's Largest Gathering of Gap Clothing Purchasers, otherwise known as a Coldplay concert. The concert was fantastic, they sang all of the radio hits, including my absolute favs, The Scientist and Yellow. I was beaming with delight as he sang those while playing the piano. And thanks to hubby's super strong binoculars, he was up close and personal even from the heights of the AAC.

It was a very unique concert experience, as it was so relaxed and mellow. Everyone just sitting back in their chairs and sincerely enjoying the musical experience. Sure they jammed occassionally. The drummer was fantastic, but what we really love about Coldplay is their melancholy sound.

With lyrics like these, it's no wonder women swoon over musicians (and no, there was no Gwyneth appearance). And no, this is not a song about jaundice.

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And everything you do
Yeah they were all yellow

I came alone
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
It was called yellow

So then I took my turn
Oh what a thing to have done
And it was all yellow

Your skin
Oh yeah your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
And you know
You know I love you so
You know I love you so

I swam across
I jumped across for you
Oh what a thing to do
Cause you were all yellow

I drew a line, I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
It was all yellow

Your skin
Oh your skin and bones
Turn into something beautiful
And you know
For you I'd bleed myself dry
For you I'd bleed myself dry

Look at the stars
Look how they shine for you
And all the things that you do

My only concert complaints - that Fiona Apple opened. Like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears was the angst of her voice and wild thrashing on the stage. Also that the concert didn't begin until 9:30, resulting in me getting to bed at 1 am and "sleeping in" until 5:30 am. ugh. I'm TIRED.

But it was most enjoyable going to the concert with my sis. I will never forget it.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 9:22 AM | 14 comments

Thursday, February 23, 2006


As I was watching various speedskating events last night (my favorite Winter Olympics sport, btw), I noticed that the female speedskaters have the most muscled legs I've ever seen on a human being. I read yesterday that little 95 pound Sasha Cohen can do leg presses of 500 lbs. Can you imagine what the speedskaters can do with thighs like that???

And how come the male speedskaters don't have the same girth on their thighs? I mean, they're doing the exact same sport, and their legs look very slim and trim.


posted by Amstaff Mom | 5:23 AM | 7 comments

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

I Need Wisdom and Prayer

I am in a quandry when it comes to my job path/career. I have an interview today at 2:30, for which I covet your prayers. I have some decisions to make, job-wise, and I'm just not sure which path is the best way to go. If you would pray for me, that I would have the wisdom to make the right decision, and also that I wouldn't be nervous during my interview, I'd appreciate it.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was great having yesterday off. I met Brian when he got off work and we went furniture shopping. We decided on two couches that will be delivered next week. I'm both excited and apprehensive as to how they'll look. It's hard for me to pictures stuff like that, but I think they'll look o.k. They sure are comfy. :)

I'm still working on my ASL and my little lap quilt. Both are coming along semi-decently if I do say so myself.

Life is Good. God is Good.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 6:55 AM | 13 comments

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Don't Forget

To pray for our troops. I received an email today referring me to a website. It's actually a blog that contains emails from Chaplains serving in Iraq. It was a powerful reminder to pray for our troops and the chaplains that minister to them. The blog is if you want to check it out.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 11:15 AM | 11 comments

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Success!! Victory!! Elation!!

A grand total of 8 hours of my life was spent staring at the screen in attempts to remove one of the worst trojans ever (not my words, but the echoes of many). But it is gone. Finished. No more. I have killed the giant. Slain the beast. Broken the chains that bind. After numerous scans, countless downloads, and too many reboots to recall, it's gone.

I am so very relieved and overjoyed. You have NO idea.

I hope everyone has a great day. It is a good day for me.


posted by Amstaff Mom | 5:13 AM | 7 comments

Monday, February 13, 2006

PC Woes

I've been having PC woes lately. Somehow, someway, we got Resident Evil on our computer. It's name is Winfixer and it is my arch-enemy. Me, being the non-tech savvy person that I am, spent from 10pm - 3am on Fri/Sat attempting to rid our home of this evil incarnate, to no avail. It is resistant to Norton, McAfee, and any other program. Ad-aware finds it, and then the evil reigns supreme once again, causing the computer to shut down. EVIL I tell you.

I found some other ways to attempt to exorcise the demons and will work on it tonight.

Blasted pop-ups. Not only is it annoying to no end, they are, shall we say, less than modest?

Have I mentioned how much I hate this program? Good will triumph over evil though.

It will. It must.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 1:37 PM | 12 comments

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Grammy Schmammy

Am I getting old? Am I just out of touch with pop culture these days? I looked at the list of Grammy nominees on the website yesterday and I knew like 3 of the songs. I guess I'm just not listening to the "right" radio stations or maybe I do, but I change the station when one of "my" songs isn't on the radio. Guess I'm living in the past or something. Or I need to get back to my $4.00 People magazines with the good crosswords in them.

Anybody else not familiar with the songs/artists besides me?

posted by Amstaff Mom | 7:44 AM | 16 comments

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

10 Years Ago on Sunday

I met this guy. His name was "Brian". I had heard about Brian through my sister, who was best friends with Brian's little brother. I had even seen pictures of Brian, in a tux no less, after my parents photographed his twin's wedding. My interest was piqued, but there was one large problem. I was in a four-year relationship with someone else.

On February 11, 1996, I saw him in church, sitting on the other side of the sanctuary. I even prayed during the service that if it was God's will, that I would get to meet him after church. But then he took off, and I didn't know if I would see him again. I was behind him as he walked down the hill to his truck. He had a brand-new midnight blue Chevrolet Z-71 that was was parked next to my little Olds.

As we walked down the hill I was quite a bit behind him but in my wee little voice I yelled, "Are you Brian?". He turned and I introduced myself. It was a very quick greeting and then he got in his truck and drove off. I thought "that didn't go well at all". When I got home I told Cat that I had finally met Brian, but that I didn't think he thought anything of it and that I bet that he wouldn't even mention it to his brother.

A few nights later, when Cat was talking to his brother on the phone as usual, Brian got on the extention and started teasing them as he would from time to time. But this time Cat asked me to pick up the extension on our phone. So the four of us talked for a little while and then what do you know, our siblings dropped off the phone, leaving just the two of us to talk. And we did, for several hours. I enjoyed the conversation immensely and was still excited about it when I went to work the next day. We talked again the next night and then I had the brilliant idea that Cat and I would bake the brothers a cake for Valentine's Day.

The cake was a disaster. It didn't take well to the trip up to the church since Valentine's was on a Wed. that year and his brother would be at church where we would deliver it. Crumbs were in the car, they were on their mom's desk at the church. It wasn't a pretty sight. But that night when we talked on the phone, they were gobbling it up.

The next day, I made a decision. It was a very difficult one for me but it was the right one to make. I called my best friend/boyfriend and broke up. It was very, very hard. But in my heart I knew that it was right. I loved him, but I wasn't in love with him anymore. And I had feelings for Brian that I hadn't ever felt before.

Brian and I dated for four months. During that time it was wonderful being with him, but with our parents disapproving of our relationship and with complications with my ex-boyfriend, we decided it was best to take a break. Of at least 6 months. We were both crushed, but it was needed. I look back at those 6 months of pain and hard times, and see just how much I grew then.

We began dating again in October of 1996, right about the time that I had given up on us ever being together again. August of 1998 we were engaged and we have been married for 6 1/2 years.

I love you Brian, with all of my heart.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 5:47 AM | 14 comments

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


I feel like I'm finally using my brain these days. No jabs, no teasing now. Seriously though, I think the majority of my time I just kinda coast through life. Sure, I enjoy reading, but I don't spend much time actually LEARNING. It seems that lately, I've been working my brain muscle more than normal (which isn't much). This morning I'm working on my memory verses for tonight's Bible study. I have to be able to say 8 of them, complete with topic and reference. Phew! This is hard work. Alot harder than when I was a kiddo.

Combine this with my efforts to learn sign language and I'm probably going to end up half speaking, half signing my verses. An interesting combo, I'm sure. It feels good though, to dust off the cobwebs and absorb knowledge, and hopefully, in the verses case, wisdom. I know we're never supposed to stop learning, and as I approach 30 (gasp) I'm not about to stop learning now.

I think I just need to lay down.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 7:52 AM | 10 comments

Monday, February 06, 2006

I'm back

I haven't posted in awhile, as you well know. Just haven't had much to say I guess. If anyone is interested, here is a recap of my weekend.

Friday - Went dress shopping with K-T. I was the only one that ended up finding something. No formal dress, but a fun top from Banana Republic that cost me $4.99. Regular price: $68.00. Go me. I was super excited. Just ask K-T. We had fun combing the racks of $400+ dresses, and then seeing on the clearance racks dresses that looked more like something Elvis or Sgt. Pepper would have worn. Hideous, indeed. We went to Gloria's for dinner and enjoyed our Salvadoran dishes. Mmmmm, tamales. Barnes & Noble and Starbucks closed the evening. I am now hooked on Toffee Nut Lattes, having consumed two this weekend. No whip, non-fat, decaf please.

Saturday - Lazed around, did laundry, worked on cutting a million, no, make that two million pieces for my rag quilt. Went to mom and dads for a spaghetti dinner and a game of wahoo.

Sunday - Went to church, where I watched the lady sign in ASL. Good gracious her fingers were flying. I know how to fingerspell now and I couldn't even follow what she was signing. Maybe if I practice long enough and hard enough, someday, SOMEDAY, I'll be half that fast. I hope.

I seriously need some sewing machine lessons. I had my quilt pieces all cut out, and laid on my living room floor, so I decided to get out the sewing machine and start putting it all together. That's as far as I got. I had a sample piece that I kept trying to sew and the machine would make a horrible noise, the cloth would get stuck, and I'd have to cut the thread. I know there's something wrong with how I did the bobbin, yet for the life of me I can't figure out what's wrong.
I was so excited about starting on my quilt and now I can't even sew it. GRRRR.

That's what I get for attending a private school that didn't offer home economics, I guess.

That's my latest and greatest. Hope everyone has a good day.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 9:10 AM | 12 comments

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Season 12

Survivor starts tonight. Need I say more?

posted by Amstaff Mom | 7:59 AM | 18 comments

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Summary of January 2006

I found this on Tracey's site and you can do one if you go to . Just copy it as a picture, don't click finished or you may end up ordering a shirt! It's does a random selection of words in your current blog, but doesn't scan through archives. So here's the CliffsNotes version of last month's blog.

posted by Amstaff Mom | 4:54 AM | 6 comments