Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"Guess What That Make Me Think Of?"

My family has heard it over and over from me lately.
The same question, asked with an expectant grin:

Bluegrass music in the CD player -"Guess what that makes me think of?"
Discussion about chicken salad - "Guess what that makes me think of?!"
"Pretty Woman" playing in the store - "Guess what that makes me think of?"
Quiz results declaring my similarity to Superman - "Guess what that makes me think of?"

There have been many others, too. I just can't remember them.
And my knowing family has certainly learned the answer well.
Six Flags.

When I'm shopping, I find myself setting the standard by asking, "would this be good to wear at six flags?"
I'm trying to think of a good hat design to crochet for summer wear at six flags.
Listening to my new tunes , some of them strike me as perfect for listening to with the windows rolled down on the way to six flags.
When I'm walking, I like to think that I'm getting in shape for a summer of fun at six flags.

This is what anticipating the joys of a season pass does to me, people. Scary, I know.
And it's not like I've never been.
I mean, I have different "riding techniques" for the different coasters. One summer we went so often we became familiar with certain ride operators and tram drivers.

I love it. What can I say?

And guess what?
eep!! I am so excited.
I tell you, when I get there, I hop around and clap my hands like a first grader every time. Ask my friends.

Anyways, my family has season passes, so if you ever want some company on your trip to Six Flags this summer, call me! ... Unless you had somebody better in mind. lol

Still no pictures. Maybe I'll do an etsy update soon and include photos for that. :D

What do you think about Six Flags? Let's get some feedback around here!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Life Lesson Monday

Most books would be pathetically short if people just said what they were trying to say.

It's a good thing for us readers that so many of our favorite characters can't just come right out with what they mean the first time. Imagine how little of a book would be left if you cut out all the hemming and hawing, waiting, worrying, secret meanings and sub plots. Case in point:

~Pride and Prejudice~

(The Extremely Condensed Caitlin Paraphrase)

Bennet Sisters: Hey look! Two rich guys! We have to marry them!

Bingley: Jane, please marry me.

Jane: okay!

Darcy: I don't like you. Your family's creepy, and you're not so hot yourself.

Lizzy: Well, I don't like you either, cuz you're prejudiced against people who aren't rich. Snob.

Darcy: You're spunky and captivating. Whaddya know! I do like you!! As a matter of fact, I think I - no! I LOVE YOU!

Lizzy: You stupid jerk!

Darcy: I really am a nice guy. **tosses money around** See? Plus, I guess you do have nice eyes.

Lizzy: Oh, good. I'm sorry we were both insensitive idiots. You're rich and handsome, and I like you.

Darcy: So, can we get married?

Lizzy: Absolutely.


(switching it up with the life lessons. Believe it or not, I seem to have run out of my blonde stories. lol ... and apologies to any of you who may recognize this post... it has been modified from it's original format posted in 2007. )

Monday, February 16, 2009

Life Lesson Monday

I've only written seven life lesson posts since I started doing them.
What a slacker!

Today's lesson is

Don't Eat Half a Bag of Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans Before Bed

I did that .... I guess two years ago?
I was packing for camp, and feeling a little depressed. I don't know why. Probably because it was around midnight. And I wasn't very excited. I was happy about going to camp, but I wasn't bursting with excitement. Which was disappointing. I felt like I was missing out on a lot of fun by not being uber excited. And I didn't want to pack. So I sat in the corner of the room with a five dollar bag of chocolate covered espresso beans and watched Laura pack instead.

We chatted, and I munched away on the bittersweet crunchy treats.

From what I recall, I ended up feeling rather sick to my stomach, and emotionally distressed, being hyper and dead tired simultaneously.

I also had a rather hard time falling asleep once I'd finished packing.


And I apologize again for the lack of pictures on this blog of late. I shall try to do better!
And for the lack of humor in this post. I seem to be at a loss for all the blonde Caitlinesque things I've done in the past. I know there are plenty there, they're just not coming to me!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
It has been a regular old uneventful Saturday here, but I thought I should at least write a special blog post for the occasion. And not only did I think it, but I remembered to do it!

I must say, I haven't had much cause to wish for a valentine of my own this February.
I shall tell you why.
These 8 oh-so-deceptively cute boys all brought me chocolate.
And I was practically killed with hugs and kisses out on the playground Thursday.
It had been a tough morning. I needed it.
I've been recovering by eating fudge ever since.

And that is why Miss Caitlin wasn't in Dreadful Need of a boyfriend for Valentine's Day.

All this is not to say that I don't need any guys in my life.
The little ones are great, but I'm awfully thankful for the bigger ones, too.
Firstly, I'm thankful to my Daddy for providing for me, and bringing me up "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." And to my brothers for... helping me practice being patient and kind over and over. ... I'm still working on that one. **scowl at self** But really, Nicholas and Joey and Ben do surprise me with their thoughtfulness sometimes.

And now, if you don't mind, I shall list some of the other guys to which I am grateful.
Some of you guys I don't actually talk to (ha!), and some of you I haven't known long, but I'm still thankful for you, and you shall see why:

Stu - Thanks for the ice cream. And the other fun random times.
Danny - Thanks for listening to my frustrated rants and offering help and pizza stories.
Keith -Thanks for the many emails. I never know quite what to expect from you.
Paul -Thanks for the peppermints and yahoo emoticon wars from ages ago.
John - Thanks for the Zac Efron stories and being so fun to hang out with.
Joe -Thanks for the gum-wrapper flowers and the deadly sarcasm.
Grayson - Thanks for deciding what I should eat at Taco Bell. And for being a great guy.
Matt - Thanks for the many rides, and the breakfast on Sundays that nobody eats.
Janson - Thanks for doing Youth Choir and for being encouraging.
Jeremy - Thanks for the many times you've offered to pray for us. I appreciate that.
Ryan - Thanks for being you? Some people are just fun to be around.
Zack - Thanks for the stimulating conversations.
Isaac - Thanks for the jokes about calico hair, and whatever else we talked of back then.
Daniel - Thanks for the random humor. You're kind of a celebrity around here.

And there you have it folks!
Wasn't that nice...

I watched Fireproof again last night. It reminded me that lessons about love aren't just for married people. God loved us sacrificially, and we are supposed to show His love to everyone. Even when they don't deserve it. Even when they don't notice.
And it's hard.

"I will love you like God because of God, mighted by the power of God. I will stop expecting your love, demanding your love, trading for your love, gaming for your love. I will simply love. I am giving myself to you, and tomorrow I will do it again. I suppose the clock itself will wear thin its time before I am ended at this altar of dying and dying again.

God risked Himself on me. I will risk myself on you. And together, we will learn to love, and perhaps then, and only then, understand this gravity that drew Him unto us."
-Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

What a beautiful picture of learning to love.

Speaking of Fireproof, I should like to bring your attention to a super-awesome song
from that movie. While I'm Waiting - John Waller.
For the sake of the length of this post, I'm not going to post the lyrics here. The link above has the video from the movie, plus lyrics. Click the link! It's worth it.

I purchased that song on iTunes today.
It's sort of what the theme of my life is and has been for the past two years or so.
Waiting on the Lord, and trying to live for Him as I wait.
Wait for problems to be worked out.
Wait for plans to be revealed.
Wait for people to change. (myself included)
Wait for Prince Chaaaarmiiiing....
(hey, it's Valentine's Day. Cut me some slack)
Waiting eagerly but not impatiently.

So, there's my little compilation of thoughts for the day! It was longer than I thought it would be.
Hey! I realized I still haven't listened to this week's episode of the Boundless Show! And it's bound to be great since it's about the Valentine's Day.
I think I shall leave you now.
I hope you have some chocolate to bring you solace in my absense.
Love y'all!!


Friday, February 13, 2009

The Ski Trip Post!

Soo, it's about time I finally tell y'all about that ski trip I went on!
The thing is, once you let so many days past after an event you wanted to write about, the freshness kinda wears off, and you sort of forget what exactly it was you wanted to write.
Sad, isn't it?
But I'm going to see if I can't dig those highlights back up. :D

Firstly, I would just like to say that the people in my Sunday School class are awesome, and doing anything with them is fun. We could sit in a room and stare at each other and it would be fun.
... Maybe. lol
Maybe not. We've kinda done that before, actually. That's how Sunday School starts sometimes.

The ride there was fun.
Gracie called me! We hadn't talked in a while, so that was good. 'Cep for the not being able to hear her very well part.

We stopped and had dinner at Chick Fil A. Everybody needs to go there once with Allison so you can avoid all the terrible things we inconsiderate customers do to the place! And don't order a milkshake from her. Please. Trust me on this one.

I was the last one to finish eating, as usual.
I dropped my fries in the parking lot.
I hadn't gotten to eat them because my mouf hurted.
I was sad.
John couldn't save them.
They told me not to drop my drink too.
It was too late.
But I saved it before it spilled.

I have a feeling this post is going to get long. We're not even in North Carolina yet.

You know, I actually don't remember much else except for that it was a fun trip, and the hours passed really quickly.

Once we were settled in the hotel, Anna Leigh, Andrea, and I stayed up WAY too late relaxing. There was this CD... Ohhh man. It might would have been relaxing if we could have stopped laughing! This guy talked you through all these steps to help you relax. You had to tense up all your muscles, and then let go. "Feel the tension flying away from your toes as you breaathe iinn... one... two... three... and out... one... two... three... You may feel some twitching sensations in your neck. **soothing voice** This is normal."

I pretended to have a spasm when he said that. :D I'm totally cracking up just thinking about it!
It was hilarious. Then you were supposed to feel like you were floating... and imagine gradual immersion into a relaxing, warm bath. We had a hard time getting up Friday morning after all that relaxation.

As great as the skiing was, it was just being with my friends that was the best part.
I've never seen that much snow in person before, so that made me smile. :D Skiing was like flying. And not being able to stop. Ha! I just couldn't figure out how to make the stupid "snow plow" technique to work, so I would start sliding down the hill, faster and faster, with the wind whistling in my ears and burning my eyes, unable to control my speed, whooshing up and down the fun little hills down the slope... and praying "this is COOL! ...dear God, please don't let me hit somebody!" It was awesome. Except for the falling down in the middle of the slope 3 or 4 times and taking like 10 minutes to get the stupid skis back on. Then I decided it was quittin' time.

I went in, got some cappuccino, and sat down for a chat with Allison.
It was the strangest chat I've ever had with a friend.
I like romantic movies - she hates them.
She likes southern gospel music - I hate it.
I like my coffee with sugar and cream - she scorns any such thing.
She thinks some guy is totally hot - I think he's cute. Which is completely different, btw.
I like birds - she doesn't.
She likes weird country songs - I don't.
I love skirts and dresses - she hates them.
She likes... well, I ran out of things right now, and you get the point.

So I call her my dear Polar Opposite, though I suppose that's not exactly true, because we both like the Bourne movies and Kung Fu Panda.

Anna Leigh and I wrote notes to God on the nightstand. We were surprised to come back after going out for breakfast to find our scattered notes stacked neatly with the pen beside them.
We wrote God another note to thank him for the maids.
I wonder if they read them all...

Why did they give me a weird little coffee mug at the breakfast place? Everyone else had great mugs, and mine was small and funny shaped. They obviousy had a random assortment instead of a set. I liked that. I think it's kinda homey. Allison didn't.

On the ride home, we stopped at the Tanger Outlet in Commerce.
Philip told us we had half an hour, and then we were leaving.
Girls: "let us out! which stores should we hit first?!"
Guys: "we'll just hang here... what's the point getting out?"
I snagged some good deals. :D

I didn't realize how heavy my cute little suitcase was til I got home and had to carry it myself. Methinks having nice guys around to hold doors and take your luggage is awesome. Thanks, boys!

We were all kinda zoned out on the trip home, mostly. My iPod died. I played the same game of solitaire like 8 times, trying to win it. I finally gave up and started a new game.

Some favorite memories of each person:
Laura - Your discovery of the creepy elevator! I'm sad I missed out on seeing the creepy man.
Allison - You sitting at the table with me discussing our differences. Hilarious!
Katie - You lent me your other ski bibs. I accepted reluctantly, but I ended up really liking them. Thanks doll!! And we're both beret-wearers. Yay!
Andrea - You got me back for yelling at you. I totally wasn't expecting that. LOL
Anna Leigh - You cracked up so much when I scribbled out the scary face on the window... :D I still don't understand why it was so funny, but it was a great moment!
John - You almost killed Laura before we even got done with ski school. Priceless!
Joe - Your story about how firemen can shut down the highway anytime they want was great. You were all like "and we're like "yeah? watch us."" ... ha!
Philip - You tried to help me get the hang of snowplowing, and I got worse instead. You made a valiant effort, though, and I thank you!
Scarlett - You laughing at the weird man telling stories about his janitorial experiences.

I cracked up again thinking about that last one... You had to be there...

So, I guess that wraps up this post. I hope remembered a sufficient amount of amusing things to make it worth your time to read. :D
God has blessed me with great friends, and great opportunities.
Hopefully I'll take the opportunity to blog about Valentine's Day tomorrow!


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

One of Those Days

The plan was for a long, chipper, Caitlinesque post about the ski trip and other happenings of late.
Too bad for you, becaaaauuuse ...

**suspicious violin music**

Your friend Caitlin morphed into Miss Grumpy Pants for the day!
**shriek of horror**

It's true.
Every minor inconvenience merited another plunge into the depths of despair.
Every disappointment was worthy of a childish fit, complete with stamping, and whining refrains of "that's not FAIR!" (not that I actually did that, mind you.)

Sulky. Self pitying. Irritable. Mopey. Lazy.

I know, right? Caitlin? Grumpy?
(haha! That part was so those of you who know me well may enjoy a sarcastic laugh.)

Anyways. An Apology:
We're sorry! Today's scheduled programming has been delayed on account of an unaccountable change of the author's mood. We'll be back to normal as soon as she kicks this funk off.

Thank you!

P.S. Obviously, I'm getting over myself or I wouldn't have written this. :)
Surely I'm not the only one who has those days.

Life Lesson...?

Lesson for the day:
If you want to write a weekly post called "Life Lesson Monday" you should probably get around to it on MONDAY!

It's Tuesday now. I ran out of hours yesterday.
So you know what?
Now you have to wait again to hear about the ski trip and whatever other interesting stuff I was going to tell you.

I spent money at Old Navy today. Bad me.
I love clearance.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Sorry I missed last week's Life Lesson! It totally slipped my mind. :)
However, if I can get these creative juices flowing, tomorrow's should be pretty good. I've already got some subject matter singled out.

Random news:

  • My hair is growing!! I was just looking at pics from 3 months ago, and it has grown a lot. I'm encouraged. lol
  • I have another new kid in my class! Making a total of 8 two year old boys. The director's thinking of splitting the class. Mrs. Dawn said "NO more, Nancy."
  • I painted my nails today, but I didn't get to finish them. Now I'm worried I won't get to it during the week and they'll be ruined before they're even done, and I'll have to start over.
  • I miss my aunt and uncle and cousins. **hugs**
  • I also miss the Fontenots.
  • I plan on going to the WILDS college and career retreat this March, so hellooo college aged friends, you should totally think about going, too. Just so you know.
  • I won't make my single friends dance with brooms at my wedding because they all seem to be opposed to that idea. But I had only been toying with it anyways. It's a tradition someplace. I don't remember where.
  • That was totally random.
  • Quick Trip's fake caramel macchiato is pretty good.
  • I love my yellow shoes.
  • Today's focus at church was on prayer. My FAVORITE "christian topic." And I was convicted that I really need to be working on that.
  • I think I'm gonna try to contact a bunch of my friends and start this thing where I sit down for at least an hour a week and just pray for everybody. It'll probably take an hour or two a couple times a week if I'm really gonna pray for everybody. It's a big commitment, but I think I should do it, and I'm looking forward to it.
  • I've been trying to start my day off just spending a couple minutes alone with God, and it's amazing how much better that make the day go. I did skip Bible reading on the ski trip. :( Bad me. But I talked to God, and He forgave me. But He told me he expects me to pick it back up full force tomorrow. I said ok. :)

  • I was tagged to show you the fourth picture in the fourth album on my computer. Thanks Deb! Here goes.
  • The rules say "no editing allowed." I wish I were allowed to edit it. It could be so much cooler. It also says I'm to explain the picture. That's a scarf I had just finished making, and I was trying to get some cool shots of it. And the guitar. So there you go. That's my windowsill and my fake colorful flowers that I like. I guess the rules also say something about tagging other people.

I tag... oooh, nobody. How lame is that? I promise to be less lame tomorrow!
Right now I'm going to drink a glass of water and pick up the kitchen. I was so thirsty today that I took and nap and dreamt of guzzling glass after glass of water. Then I got up and drank a coke and a yoohoo and had a latte on the way home from church. No water. Bad me.

I really am going now. :)