Monday, December 31, 2007

My Favorite Things - 2008 Edition




So, it's been 12 very short months and here I am again to write down my current favorit things.... you can go back to the one I did in January 2007 to see the similarities and differences that a year makes.... here goes:


My Favorite Book: A Bride Most Begrudging (Deeanne Gist) (same as 2007)

My Favorite DVD: I don't have one this year

My Favorite CD: Call Me Irresponsible (Michael Buble)

My Favorite "Toy": My iPod (same as 2007)

My Favorite Color: Turquoise (same as 2007)

My Favorite Skirt: Dark Jean Skirt

My Favorite Shoes: Pewter Colored Sandals

My Favorite Lunch: BLT sandwich and fries from Fantastic Cafe

My Favorite Website to browse: Blogger / Myworld / AOL

My Favorite Song: Steve Holy - "Put Your Best Dress On" and John Mayer - "Your Body is a Wonderland"

My Favorite Church Song: "To Deserve"

My Favorite Kid at Church: Madison, Madison, M A D I S O N!

My Favorite Kidz Class: No Favorites (o:

My Favorite Student: Dillon Morgan

My Favorite Teacher: Deborah (same as 2007)

My Favorite Comfort Quirk: Scratching my ears with a bobbypin (seriously it's so relaxing)(same as 2007)

My Favorite P.J.'s: Winnie-The-Pooh pants set (awww and they are now ripping... bummer)(same as 2007)

My Favorite Blanket: Leopard Fuzzy Blanket

My Favorite Cable Channel: Bravo

My Favorite Cable Show (non-food): Project Runway / What Not To Wear / Househunters

My Favorite Food Network Show: Iron Chef (same as 2007)

My Favorite TV Sitcom: Grey's Anatomy / Friday Night Lights / Prison Break / October Road / Men in Trees (yeah... i know, too much tv!)

My Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant / Derek Fisher

My Favorite Current Singer: Michael Buble (same as 2007)

My Favorite American Idol Contestant: Elliott Yamin (same as 2007)

My Favorite Candy Bar: Snickers

My Favorite Restaurant: TGIF's / Claim Jumper

My Favorite Food: Lobster Bisque (same as 2007)

My Favorite Drink: Tied between Iced Tea / Diet Coke (same as 2007)

My Favorite Starbucks Drink: Hot Chocolate / Caramel Frappuchino

My Favorite Eye Candy: Michael Buble and Wentworth Miller (same as 2007)

My Favorite Clothing: My Camis and Belted Jackets

My Favorite Screen Legend (Male): James Stewart (same as 2007)

My Favorite Screen Legend (Female): Doris Day (same as 2007)

My Favorite Current Actor: Wentworth Miller

My Favorite Current Actress: Reese Witherspoon

My Favorite Time of Day: Late Afternoon (same as 2007)

My Favorite Show to Watch at Bedtime: Friends/Gilmore Girls

My Favorite Daydream: Moving to a New House (same as 2007)

My Favorite Romantic Daydream: Meeting Michael Buble or Wentworth Miller (and having a good man fall head over heels for me, just as I am)

My Favorite Online Service: Paying my bills

My Favorite Fun Website: Tickel.com and NBA.com / MLB.com

My Favorite Blog: My sister's, The Daily Bee, and my own.


Here's new ones for 2008:


My Favorite Accessory: Belts, Headbands & Sunglasses

My Favorite Blast from the Past: Joel L. Fierro

My Favorite Friend: Brenda Nicklas

My Favorite Indulgence: European Pedicures and Gel Nails

My Favorite Scent: Pineapple Cilantro

My Favorite Body Scent: Victoria Secret's "Forbidden Fantasy"

My Favorite Scripture: II Corinthians 4:7-9

My Favorite Store: Macy's / Target



Once again, there you have it! Some things are the same, other have really changed drastically....


So we shall see in 12 months what changes are made...


The Queen

Finishing Strong




So, the phrase "Finishing Strong" is used for competitors who may not have won the Gold, but put in a decent effort. So that is how I am viewing the end of my 2007. I may not have come in first, or second, or tenth, but I can say that I finished strong in the 2007 race called life. I've had some falls (with bruises and scraps and cuts to prove it) and I've had some great leaps forward.


All in all, I loved 2007.


The good and the bad.


Humanity at its best.


And yes, as a matter of fact, I do have some New Year's Resolutions. For the first time in a long time. I've put some solid goals ahead of me.


I knew, going into 2007, that this would be an extraordinary year.


Boy, did I not even scratch the surface.... and now, I truly believe that it ended up to be the stepping stone for the new year to come.


2008 will be the greatest year of my life. 2008 will be in God's perfect will, therefore, being great, beyond logic or description.


So long 2007, it was fun while it lasted... thanks for the great times, the hard times and all the in between times .


But you are now the past, and I am a forward thinking kind of woman...


so.......


Watch out 2008, HERE I COME!


The Queen.



II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:"


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Secret Santa Christmas Party

On Saturday, December 15th, our little group of misfits got together and had a secret santa party. It was so much fun! I love everyone who was there so much ... (well mostly everyone! ha ha ha!) These are my friends, who I can be comfortable with, relax with and just have a good time.

We had a ton of food (which I love to do the displays and trays... it turned out pretty festive looking!)



We revealed our secret santa picks! (I had Sonya and I got her a year's supply of list pads and sticky notes... ha ha ha... she's a very organized person!)


We hung out and laughed and played games and just generally enjoyed each other's company...


And of course no party is complete without Maddy there!! (o:

And then of course everyone had to test out the mistletoe! Ha ha ha! We even got my parents to smooch under there! My brothers could have probably parked themselves there all night with their sweethearts! But it was Jeremiah and Jessica who showed us how it's really done!
Is it getting HOT in here?!?!?!
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We ended the night by driving to go look at christmas lights. One house had a table set up with paper and pens to write letters to santa, so I made sure and put my request in before it was too late. Hopefully I've been good enough to get what I want this year! All in all, what a fun night, and what a great group of friends I have!

Merry Christmas!
Q.Catherella

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Wish Lists

Every year, the whole family submits their Christmas wish list for gift consideration. We usually start talking about it in September, but don't actually jot them down until after Thanksgiving. It's fun to see what everyone puts on their lists, because of course, we throw in that kooky wish or two that we know will make the rest of the family giggle.

My brother David has to be scolded, yelled at and pressured every year to get his list done. There is always an excuse why he doesn't have time to do his list (this year I'm sure being his brand spankin' new girlfriend!). Finally, yesterday he finished his list. The hilarious thing was, as we read the items off his list, it sounded more and more like a prayer request list than a Christmas shopping list! A few of his wishes were for me to get married (which would definitely require a miracle), for my other brother to lose weight (another miracle needed! lol!) and for a big stack of greenbacks to finally hit his wallet (a miracle already in the making).



So, while everyone is mailing their lists to Santa this year, I propose we take David's list and mail it to the Miracle Worker. You know, the One who this season is really all about....

A Skinny Peter? Now that would make this holiday worth celebrating! LOL!

Well David, for your sake, I hope you get all your wishes from your list, especially the ones I'd benefit from!


Amen.

Q.C.

On Line Shopping

Shopping this year has taken an electronic turn.

I have made so many purchases online for my family and I love it. I can browse to get exactly what I want and I don't have worry about getting to a store and the item I'm looking for to be out of stock. I hate running around town to find the one much needed gift.

And, Hello... open 24 hours a day! I love that. No need to wait for the store to open or to miss closing by 30 minutes.

Needless to say, my family is going to have a good Christmas, thanks to this wonder called On Line Shopping!

Filling up the shopping cart as we speak.....














Happy Holidays,
Queen C

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling


Well it's Christmas time again.


I love love love the holidays.


I love feeling cozy and comfy and relaxed. Even when I'm out and about battling the crowds to buy presents, I have a sense of euphoria. Like the normal idiots that would make me cringe are somehow transformed into a riding buddy on this shopping rollercoaster.


The only hiccup in this state of happiness is that again as has been for the past few years, I don't have that special someone to share it with.


For some reason, it always hits the hardest at Christmas time. Usually I don't mind. It's nice to be on my own. But hello.... who's gonna go on a sleigh ride with me? Who's going to sample the mistletoe with me? I hate missing out on all those great romantic holiday gestures.


But alas.... I can't find anyone worthy enough to spend my time and effort on. And try as I might, I can't force myself to settle for anything less than the absolute best.


So, will this be the year that someone comes along to help me find that lovin' feeling? If they are planning on it, they've got 26 days, so they better get crackin'!


Merry Christmas to you.... whomever you are... or if you even exist.


The Queen

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

November Again

Wow, the end of the year approaches again. And what a year it has been so far. Right now, I am definitely in the holiday mood. I am so horribly irresponsible right now. I just want to play, no work. I know, so bad.

We had our harvest party and it was such a great success. Here's some fun pictures from the party.



I'm ready for another party! Bring it on baby! ha ha ha.
Royally Yours,
Queen C

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

I've been tagged by Deborah to reveal 7 random things about myself. Deborah's 7 things are definitely random, and ALL true.. ha ha ha. So here goes mine:

1. I've worn the same color of contacts (not the same contacts, just same color) for the past 18 years. My eyes are normally plain jane brown, but since I was 14 I've had hazel eyes. Longer than half my life!

2. I hate carrots with a passion, but I love carrot cake. Go figure.

3. I don't like anything rose scented.

4. I find name droppers and people who brag about money boring, irritating and pathetic.

5. My favorite feature on a man that I find attractive is his shoulders and back. And a great smile with Dimples!

7. I am a control freak. I find it very hard to delegate and trust someone else to get the job done.


So there you have it! My random 7.

Friday, October 12, 2007

A Survey

TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF - The Survey
Name:Catherine Elizabeth
Birthday:October 21, 1975
Birthplace:Pasadena, California
Current Location:The OC
Eye Color:Brown
Hair Color:Brown
Height:5'3 1/2"
Right Handed or Left Handed:Ambidextrous
Your Heritage:English/Irish/Spanish/American Indian
The Shoes You Wore Today:Black flip flops
Your Weakness:back rubs, pedicures and Michael Buble
Your Fears:being out of control
Your Perfect Pizza:thin crust, extra cheese
Goal You Would Like To Achieve This Year:have more fun
Your Most Overused Phrase On an instant messenger:hahahahahahhaha
Thoughts First Waking Up:how much more time can i sleep
Your Best Physical Feature:don't know.. it just all fits together
Your Bedtime:when i'm ready to go to bed ... could be 10 could be 3
Your Most Missed Memory:not having any gray hair
Pepsi or Coke:diet coke
MacDonalds or Burger King:yuk... plastic food
Single or Group Dates:single
Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea:lipton
Chocolate or Vanilla:chocolate
Cappuccino or Coffee:cappuccino
Do you Smoke:no
Do you Swear:no
Do you Sing:yes
Do you Shower Daily:mostly
Have you Been in Love:no
Do you want to go to College:n/a
Do you want to get Married:maybe
Do you belive in yourself:100%
Do you get Motion Sickness:not really
Do you think you are Attractive:yes
Are you a Health Freak:no
Do you get along with your Parents:yes
Do you like Thunderstorms:
Do you play an Instrument:piano
In the past month have you Drank Alcohol:no
In the past month have you Smoked:no
In the past month have you been on Drugs:advil
In the past month have you gone on a Date:not romantically
In the past month have you gone to a Mall:yes
In the past month have you eaten a box of Oreos:no
In the past month have you eaten Sushi:no
In the past month have you been on Stage:yes
In the past month have you been Dumped:no
In the past month have you gone Skinny Dipping:no
In the past month have you Stolen Anything:no
Ever been Drunk:no
Ever been called a Tease:no
Ever been Beaten up:no
Ever Shoplifted:no
How do you want to Die:in my sleep after i turn 100
What do you want to be when you Grow Up:i don't want to grow up
What country would you most like to Visit:ireland and england
In a Boy/Girl..
Favourite Eye Color:don't care
Favourite Hair Color:brown
Short or Long Hair:short
Height:tall
Weight:not to thin and not too muscular
Best Clothing Style:classic
Number of Drugs I have taken:none
Number of CDs I own:too many to count
Number of Piercings:none
Number of Tattoos:none
Number of things in my Past I Regret:many

CREATE YOUR OWN! - or - GET PAID TO TAKE SURVEYS!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hero




I saw my Grandma today.


Even though it's been 2 1/2 months since she's passed into eternity.


I was watching my pastor preach about "in spite of it all" on video and all of a sudden, there she was.


Sitting in her usual seat, wearing her navy blue suit, holding her Bible in her hands and looking amazing for 80 years old.


It took me by surprise.


It was a service in April. Who knew that a mere two months later she would be gone.


I miss her. As I looked at the video of her, I saw how beautiful she was.


I hope she knows the amazing blessings that God has given her family in the short time since she went home. I hope she knows just how much love still lives on for her and all that she was.


Today, September 11, 2007, people all over America and all over the world are remembering loss in their lives and loss in the life of our amazing country. Commemorating the significance of our fellow human beings, our family, our friends, our community, our government, our soldiers, our immigrants, our native ancestors, our poor, our rich, our heroes, our comrades and even our enemies.


Today, I pay homage to those lives loved and lost on 09/11/01. Today, I understand more than ever before the meaning of the word HERO.


Heroes die every day. That's part of being a hero. Giving all you have to what's most important to you. I lost one of my greatest heroes on June 22, 2007.


So now, the mantle is passed. Who will step up to become a hero to the next generation. Who will be the next ones that we take a day to remember their great contributions to our lives?


There will be others.


I hope I am one of them.


Thank you Grandma, giving me a chance to become a hero like you.


God bless my family


and


GOD BLESS AMERICA.



Queen Cat

Friday, September 07, 2007

Ups and Downs


It's September and I can't believe how much has happened since January. I look back at my posts at the beginning of the year and the anticipation I had for the next 12 months. I knew deep down that this year would be extraordinary.... but in my mind, the extraordinary events were very different from what has actually happened.


So far, it's been a year of ups and downs... to the greatest of extremes. I've lost love ones, I've had love ones start their journey back home, I've dealt with fear, faith, doubt, love, hate, excitement, despair. And I can honestly say, I am stronger for it all.


The most recent ups and downs include two current events in my life....


I'm so disappointmet that there are people who I thought would never ever be out of my life that have decided to go down a different path in life. Unfortunately for them, I'm not the one who is going to lose.... I will remain steadfast and I will be blessed beyond compare for it. Just watch and see.


And I am encouraged to see someone in my life make an effort to right the wrongs that they've done that have hurt themselves, and me in the process. It may be a long road, but just the fact that there is progress is something that just a few short weeks ago seemed unthinkable.


Miracles still happen.


In spite of disappointments and encouragements, life still trudges on.... and I get up every morning, wondering what the day will bring and thanking God for every day He has made... I will rejoice and be glad in it!



Lord, fill me with a fire that burns away my doubts and all my fears into a place where you are all I hear... it's the one thing I desire...


Queen Catherella

Friday, August 17, 2007

Reaching

What a whirlwind it has been the past few weeks.

What a learning experience. To look beyond myself, yet still have the greatest struggle within myself... to be committed to something greater than my small insignifigant world, yet have my small insignificant world gain significance without my hand in it..... wow.

I am in awe of the hand of God. He is always on the move. It's like He has scooped me up and is carrying me along for this fantastic journey. But not just carrying me, He is using me, like a tool in His hand for His kingdom... awesome.

We have been focused on our surrounding area and the hungry people who live amongst us. There are so many areas to work in to accomplish this great revival and I feel so privileged to work in most of these areas.

I am excited. I live perched at the edge of my chair, anticipating it to go from great to phenomenal... I can hardly believe the goodness and blessings and satisfaction that God gives. I don't deserve any of it. I am a humble vessel of clay. Jesus deserves all the glory, all the praise ... He is THE awesome God.

I love you Lord!
Queen Catherella

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sunday Kind of Love...

I want a Sunday kind of love
A love to last past Saturday night
And I’d like to know it’s more than love at first sight
And I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh Yeah Yeah
I want a love that’s on the square
Can’t seem to find somebody
Someone to care
And I’m on a lonely road that leads to no where
I need a Sunday kind of love
I do my Sunday dreaming, Oh Yeah
And all my Sunday scheming
Every minute, every hour, every day
Oh I’m hoping to discover
A certain kind of lover
Who will show me the way
And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold
Love for all my life to have and to hold
Oh and I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah
I don’t want a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday, Friday or Saturday
Oh nothing but Sunday oh Yeah
I want a Sunday Sunday
I want a Sunday kind of love
Oh Yeah
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday kind of love

Friday, July 06, 2007

Missing you.


This week in the most private moments of my daily routine, I feel such a rush of emotion that sometimes I think I won't be able to bear it.

I miss my grandma so much. Every time I look at her picture, I hear her voice. Every time I remember that I forgot that she's gone I feel the finality of it..

I've decided not to run from grief, but to embrace it and let it's process happen.

I love you Grandma... I always will.

Love, Queen C

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Cross Roads

Today, June 19, 2007, my Grandmother - Genevieve Lozano Chavarria is at a crossroads. The doctors have given her no hope to live and took her off of her medications and machines at 2:00 p.m. today. Now, she's on a journey. She may finally make it home or God may say, not yet.... whatever happens, know this - She is a woman of honor. She is and always will be a part of the foundation of my life, my family's life and the lives of people she's touched along the way. Love never dies. Hope is fresh every day. And Heaven is a real place for real people to be with a very real God.

Won't it be WONDERFUL there....

Queen C

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mom, It's Not Right!















I read online today about an article that Jamie Lee Curtis wrote, reflecting the PARIS HILTON jail saga and I was glad to see someone who is multi generation Hollywood have something solid to say.





"It was a painful episode to watch," Curtis writes. "A young woman, begging her mother, the person who should have taught her right from wrong, to help her, to teach her the rules of life. It was a little too late. And so she wept as the Universe was bringing the teaching and settling the score."





Now, we know that it is just the law of God that has found Paris as it finds us all, for what we sow, we reap.

She goes on to say:

Parents her age, she says, are more concerned with being friends with their kids than teaching them important lessons. "We were the generation who applauded every move they made. Every step they took. 'Good climbing, Brandon' was our hue and cry. We were raised by people who didn't 'understand' us and now we don't 'understand' why our children are so messed up." She concludes: "Can we take the wrenching sight of Paris asking her mother, 'why?' and ask it of ourselves? ... Wake up, Mothers, and smell the denial."

So my applause to JLC for attempting to bring to light the outrageous lack of parenting that society has stooped to.

If "lack of communicative" parents bred "friendship" parents ,who bred mixed up, moraless people, God help the children who come next in this long line of poor parenting!



THE QUEEN



*information collected from people.com

Monday, June 04, 2007

Grandma's Hands











Grandma's hands are worn, carrying the scars and calluses of 80 plus years on this earth

Grandma's hands are warm and soft, but with a firm grip, reflecting her soft character and inner strength

Grandma's hands are lean but healthy, having experienced abundance and deprivation

Grandma's hands are sturdy and skillful, caring for her family through the years with creativity and precision

Grandma's hands are love, in her own special way, she knows how to reach out and touch you, letting you know she cares

My grandma uses her hands for doctoring, scolding, cooking, cleaning, reading, sewing, praying and most of all for loving us

Oh how precious those hands are to me

I don't know what the future holds, but I know an all powerful, all knowing and all loving pair of hands that are holding my grandma's hands tightly and He will never let her go

*For Genevieve Chavarria - my wonderful grandma

Queen C

Friday, April 20, 2007

Everything...

How Do I love Thee?

Let me counts the ways....

What do you mean to me? .... EVERYTHING.

Michael Buble's new song, Everything is perfection... enjoy!

Bookmark:

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rikki Tikki Tavi

There are so many memories from Elementary school that I cherish. At Bear Street Elementary in Costa Mesa, California one of my favorite days was Friday. That was always afternoon movie day. We'd do schoolwork for half the day and after lunch, if all your work was done, you got to go watch movies. One of my favorite (besides the White Seal) was Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.

So to share this childhood memory, here it is...



Friday, March 02, 2007

Take a Ride on the Reading Railroad...




Something happens to me when I read a book.

Noise, commotion, circumstance, location... everything around me disappears.


From the time I was a baby I have loved books. My mom used to read to me every single night. My favorite book of all was Cinderella. I knew it by heart and if my mother was tired that night and tried to skip pages, I knew immediately, even though I could not read yet, and I would make her go back and re-read the skipped parts.

I loved the books like - Suzy the Mouse, The Princess Who Never Laughed, Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, and any and every Walt Disney Productions Presents book that I received from the book club. There are several that I remember loving, but can not remember the title of. Those books bring back so many warm and secure emotions. When I see a book or bookcover from my childhood, it makes me long for those days when my whole life was between those pages...

As I grew older, and I finally learned to read and comprehend on my own, I became an avid reader. Summers were spent laying across my bed consuming 2, 3 and sometimes even 4 books in one day!

One of these days when I have time, I'm going to compile a list of books that I have loved throughout my lifetime.


I still love to read. I love where books take me. It's a journey each time I turn those pages. I could be sitting in sweltering heat and be shivering cold if the story takes me to snow storms, torrential rain or a crisp clear autumn night.


A friend of mine has told me that when she finishes a book, she has to "mourn" the ending of the characters before she can start a new book. She is so right. I always want to hurry to the good parts and then I prolong the ending and read slower, because I don't want the book to end.



I feel sorry for people who never read...
They have no idea what they are missing!

Queen Catherella

Monday, February 26, 2007

Exhaustion



12 hours of church yesterday.


it's a good tired.


5:00 is finally here. time to rest.


totally worn out.


sleepy.


nodding off as we speak.



good night.




*yaaaaawwwn*

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

tomorrow

Tomorrow, the world will celebrate love.

Tomorrow, hearts will be displayed on every corner, in every store, in every home.

Tomorrow, the world will be slightly drunk on the scent of red roses and spring bouquets.

Tomorrow, lips will find their perfect fit and be joined together in long embraces.

Tomorrow, babies will start new life.

Tomorrow, the road will be paved with chocolate.

Tomorrow, wedding dates will be set.

Tomorrow, diamonds will be everyone's best friend.

Tomorrow, smiles will bloom and breakfast will be eaten in bed.





Tomorrow, I just might skip it.

Friday, February 09, 2007

A Friday Afternoon Thought...













Right now at this moment, I am thinking about March 11. That is the day we change the clocks and spring forward. I hate it when it gets dark early. I work in an office that has no windows, so the day passes and all I got from it was the 8:30 a.m. light. Sad.

I like thinking about seasons and the underlying truths it can bring to any life. But the transition of the seasons... it's a hard pill to swallow. I guess I'm not big on change. Even good change is scary.

This is taxing my tired cranium. Let's think of lighter, less deep topics.... I want to think about cotton candy, kite flying, summer breeze and Wentworth Miller....

... not in that particular order... tee hee.

happy friday.
Queen C


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Pursuit












The pursuit of "happiness" sounds so divine. I mean, if there was an actual road that led to happiness, it would be more traffic jammed than the 405 at 5 o"clock on a work day.


Now, when I say Happiness, I use that loosely. What I really mean is contentment, calm assurety and joy that comes knowing you are, at that exact moment, exactly where you need to be.


The thing that gets me, is that no one ever tells you that you have to pack light, you can only take essentials and that the saying "you can't have it all" actually has some truth to it.


I find as I pursue my goals and as I pursue contentment and God's perfect will for my life, I have to pack light. I can't take too much with me and some old habits, old relationships, old connections, well, they have to be left behind. Don't get me wrong, I work hard at trying to live life that is pleasing to God (and I fail miserably all the time), but in order to get to where I want to go, I've got to let some other things go and watch them drift off into a sea of good memories.


The pursuit of happiness is a road of sadness, a road of goodbyes and a road of change. It's also a road of excitement, of anticipation and faith .... and as you say goodbye to yesterday, your life, as you know it now, is gone with the wind.


Thank God there is another wind blowing, bringing in new opportunity, new adventure, new passions....


I am a lone traveller, walking a straight line... and knowing.... there's always more up ahead to pursue... and enjoying the journey. But can I just say that it's not always easy. In fact it's hard. I get so comfortable where I am at. It's easy to maintain what I've already built. To start over again is tough. But, I've got to do it... I've compassed this mountain long enough.


It's like Christmas, birthdays, surprises and a new relationship all rolled into one. I have no clear idea what lies ahead, except I know that it's nothing but good, because it comes from God himself. I just have to keep walking.



The Q...




Tuesday, February 06, 2007

MAD LIB LOVE











So... Good Morning...

Boy I feel great! I am posting more and loving it!
Anyhoooo... the reason I am posting is to share with you a mad lib that I made last night in our ladies revealing/Valentine's party at church.

We had a blast. I have never seen so many ladies blushing at one time. Of course there were those ladies who you knew off the bat, they would have the naughty libs and then there were the ladies who "accidently" ended up with a dirty lib. Those were the most fun of all!

So here is my lib, I thought I'd post it, because first of all, it's to my love and secondly it's just sweet and funny.

ENJOY!
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Dear MICHAEL BUBLE,

I woke up this MIDNIGHT and my HAIR blushed at the thought of you. You are not only HOT but very SPARKLING. Everytime I HUG you my HANDS become BEAUTIFUL and my EYEs begin to WINK.
I can't wait til SATURDAY night. I have a SWEET surprise for you. It is SPICY, SOFT and TOUCHES a lot. I hope you will SMILE it.
I will be wearing the RED SHOES you gave me last CHRISTMAS. I know how much you love to KISS me in it.

Hugs and Kisses
Your Favorite HEART,
CATHERINE

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sweet.
Q.Cat

Monday, February 05, 2007

LISTS

Yes, I realize this is my 3rd post today, but I was looking over my blog and I came to the realization that I love to make lists. And I was thinking of all these other lists that are in my head that I plan to put on this blog and then I started thinking about the subconscience significance of list making....

and then I realized it's already after 3 p.m.on a Monday afternoon and I'm too tired to psycho analyze myself, so I am letting you know, I am accepting my absurd need for list making and leaving it at that.

~Q~

Sing, Sing a Song..... (The Music Room Tour)



MY TOP 100 FAVORITE SONGS
These songs are in no particular order... that would be impossible. But these are songs I have enjoyed my whole life.. up to the current favorite.
I could have kept going, even tweaked the list a few times, but finally feel pretty satisfied with my choices.
ENJOY!
(believe me, there is exactly 100 songs below!)

Heaven – Brian Adams
Searching for Love (It’s Real) – Bebe & CeCe Winans
So This is Love – James Ingram
This Love – Maroon 5
Kissing a Fool – Michael Buble
When We Dance – Sting
Brand New Day – Sting
Alfie – Dionne Warwick
Jetlag – Joss Stone
A Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James
Orange Colored Sky – Natalie Cole
Almost Like Being in Love – Natalie Cole
Indescribable – Chris Tomlin
Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
Light My Fire – Will Young
Nobody Loves Me Like You Do – Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson
Whenever You Come Around – Vince Gill & Patty Loveless
Something That Christ Did – Crystal Lewis
Insensitive – Leann Rimes
Childish Things – Sweet Comfort Band
There Are Worse Things I Could Do – Stockard Channing
My Funny Friend and Me – Sting
Up On The Mountain – Steven Curtis Chapman
I Smile – Russ Lee
Hey There – Rosemary Clooney
You Make Me Feel So Young – Rosemary Clooney
When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating
My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
Have You Met Miss Jones? – Robbie Williams
Here’s To Love – Ewan McGregor & Renee Zellweger
Mayberry – Rascal Flatts
If I Never Knew You – Jon Secada
Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins
For The First Time – Kenny Loggins
This is How it Feels to be Free – Phillips, Craig & Dean
Bye Bye – Phil Vassar
Another Day in Paradise – Phil Vassar
Stand Still – Phil Vassar
True Love – Kim Boyce
Inseparable – Jasmine Trias
Held – Natalie Grant
In Christ Alone – Michael English
Try A Little Tenderness – Michael Buble
Since I Fell – Michael Bolton
I Can Only Imagine – Mercy Me
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn
Only Hope – Mandy Moore
Sunday Morning – Maroon Five
Hosanna – Kirk Franklin
Lights – Journey
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) – Journey
Change of Heart – Jon Gibson
Ordinary People – John Legend
Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
Jackson – Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon
When You Wish Upon a Star – Jiminy Cricket
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Whenever I See Your Smiling Face – James Taylor
Line ‘Em Up – James Taylor
You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
Forgiven – First Call
Imagination – Harry Connick, Jr.
Follow Through – Gavin DeGraw
I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin DeGraw
Chariot – Gavin DeGraw
To Make You Feel My Love – Garth Brooks
Lost in You – Chris Gaines
Best of Friends – The Fox and the Hound
This Kiss – Faith Hill
At Last – Etta James
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps – Doris Day
Secret Love – Doris Day
Great is Your Mercy – Donnie McClurkin
Falling in Love with Love – Bernadette Peters
Come On Over – Christina Aguilera
Inspiration – Chicago
Look Away – Chicago
Mercy Said No – CeCe Winans
For Always – CeCe Winans
The Colour of My Love – Celine Dion
Think Twice – Celine Dion
There is Only One Road – Celine Dion
I Finally Found Someone – Bryan Adams & Barbara Streisand
The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
Oh My Man I love Him So – Barbara Streisand
Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About – Bonnie Raitt
Use Me – Bob Carlisle
Rest of All Time – Bob Carlisle
Wouldn’t it be Nice – Beach Boys
Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys
Hey Mickey – Bangles
You’ve Already Won Me Over – Alanis Morrisette
Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight
If I Could - Gladys Knight
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
100. No Easy Way – Vince Gill
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HONORABLE MENTIONS
Almost Paradise - Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
I Would Walk 500 Miles – 10000 Maniacs
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Come On Eileen – Dexy Midnight Runners
Little Girls - Carol Burnett
Come What May - Ewan McGregor & Nicole Kidman
Let's Go To The Movies - Aileen Quinn
I've Had The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Dating Dos and Don'ts (from the single woman's perspective)


DO date someone who can make you laugh

DON'T date someone for their great smile


DO date someone who knows current news

DON'T date someone who has to ask who the president is


DO date someone who has a full calendar

DON'T date someone who's been unemployed for more than 20 days (after 21 days, everything becomes a habit!)


DO date someone has been to a nicer restaurant than Mimi's

DON'T date someone who's "perfect date" is McDonalds while driving up and down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1 in California)


DO date someone who remembers things you've told him about yourself

DON'T date someone who can't remember your date plans


DO date someone who has at least 1 suit in his closet

DON'T date someone who pairs a truckers hat with ever outfit


DO date someone who is your friend

DON'T date someone whom you don't know very well, but whom you think you are in love with


DO date someone who initiates the date

DON'T date someone because your brother talked him into it


DO date someone who's a gentleman

DON'T date someone who's a macho man


DO date someone who is intellectually stimulating

DON'T date someone who is only visually stimulating


DO date someone who follows the golden rule

DON'T date someone who follows the yellow brick road


DO date someone who makes you think

DON'T date someone who can't think for themselves



Lastly....


DO date someone who loves life

DON'T date someone who lives for "love"


(now it's actually finding him. or uh, letting him find you! - DO date someone who chased you, DON'T date someone you had to run down!)


Happy V Day!

The Queen

Monday, January 08, 2007

Girls in White Dresses with Blue Satin Sashes....



~My Favorite Things~






So, I've been thinking ... I should write down some of my favorite things at the beginning of the year and see what changes in 12 short months! So here goes....


My Favorite Book: A Bride Most Begrudging (Deeanne Gist)


My Favorite DVD: Caught in the Act (Michael Buble Concert)


My Favorite CD: It's Time (Michael Buble)


My Favorite "Toy": My iPod


My Favorite Color: Turquise


My Favorite Skirt: My new black suit skirt (flared bottom)


My Favorite Shoes: My Leopard Print Pony Hair Heels


My Favorite Lunch: a small red burrito with sour cream and nachos from Del Taco


My Favorite Website to browse: tied between aol.com and youtube.com


My Favorite Song: This is TOO hard. But at this exact moment I guess it's: Pray for a Better Day (Bianca Ryan)


My Favorite Church Song: Show Me Who You Are


My Favorite Kid at Church: Jade Young


My Favorite Kidz Class: The 8-9 Year Old Class


My Favorite Student: Tai Watkins


My Favorite Teacher: Deborah


My Favorite Comfort Quirk: Scratching my ears with a bobbypin (seriously it's so relaxing)


My Favorite P.J.'s: Winnie-The-Pooh pants set


My Favorite Blanket: Cinderella Blanket


My Favorite Cable Channel: TLC


My Favorite Cable Show (non-food): What Not To Wear


My Favorite Food Network Show: Iron Chef


My Favorite TV Sitcom: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip


My Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant


My Favorite Current Singer: Michael Buble


My Favorite American Idol Contestant: Elliott Yamin


My Favorite Candy Bar: Big Chunk


My Favorite Restaurant: El Torito


My Favorite Food: Lobster Bisque


My Favorite Drink: Tied between Iced Tea / Diet Coke


My Favorite Starbucks Drink: White Mocha


My Favorite Eye Candy: Michael Buble and Wentworth Miller


My Favorite Clothing: My Camis and Jean Jackets


My Favorite Screen Legend (Male): James Stewart


My Favorite Screen Legend (Female): Doris Day


My Favorite Current Actor: Matthew Perry


My Favorite Current Actress: Meryl Streep


My Favorite Time of Day: Late Afternoon


My Favorite Show to Watch at Bedtime: Friends


My Favorite Daydream: Moving to a New House


My Favorite Romantic Daydream: Meeting Michael Buble


My Favorite Online Service: Paying my bills


My Favorite Fun Website: nba.com


My Favorite Blog: Flea's Blog on Lakers.com



Alright, I guess I could go for days with this. So we shall see in 12 months what changes are made... this should be interesting....

The Queen