Amy . . .

What would you like to know? I am fun, but crazy. I have a most perfect husband, and 2 cats named Samson and Delilah. We are presently working on adopting a little girl from China and have a separate blog for that. I am a Christian and am working on a better relationship with him. I live in the Atlanta area and love sharing stories with people. I am also a pediatric nurse and I love it! I love to talk and meet new people and I love Disney Cruising

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

its Halloween

The trick or treaters should be arriving in a few hours and I want to guess the popular costumes for the evening. The radio stations have said that superheroes and pirates were going to be number one, but apparently several people dressed up as steve irwin this weekend including the insensitive can you be?

I am hoping there are no Wiggles this evening, but I am not sure I will be so lucky. I didnt get Lucy a costume which means she will dressing up for Christmas..Poor Lucy the bassett hound. We shall see.

I have tomorrow off and then Thursday we are working on adoption things like meeting with the social worked and getting our police clearance. All is well.
Uhm, thanks for reading this..

People, please go to and vote on baby names. I put margaret on there because I know MIchael likes it..It can not win. Please help. As much as I would like to cheat and vote myself, I will be brave and strong and will not do that.
On another note,someone (aka Steven) placed a comment that he liked the name Ari. Whats odd is that my friend Yancey will be having a Greek baby Ari on Christmas day!!!! It is a pretty name..

So, if you dont like the name, give us another idea. We have a long wait ahead of us!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Life goes on

Well, the work week started again. Its been a good night and I am looking forward to the trick or treaters. MIchael and I have a good time doing that and we cant wait to take our kids their in a few years.
There is not much going on here except work, keeping the house clean or getting the house clean and adoption paperwork. Lucy came back today and she has been pretty good. We are happy we had her trained and will be going back for our training reinforcements soon.
Whats next? Saving money, getting organized and staying happy.

We really enjoyed our weekend for old and new friends and one day I will be happy to move. I am thinking Nashville would be nice. I would love to work at Vanderbuilt. Tn just seems nice. I do not plan on moving, but if it came about I would be happy. Where would you like to move to?

On another note, we can not move until we get our referral. Check out the the adoption blog at for updates on that and to vote on a name!

Monday Memories

Well, I posted the memory of this weekends wedding and I have already given my review of the Williamsburg vacation. So I think that really covers it..Im still learning all of these daily memes and such.

Michael likes this one. I was babysitting sweet little niece Janie Rilynn about 5 years ago. I decided to bathe her in the sink because she likes it.. Janie was, how should I say this, uhm, chubby. I filled the sink with warm water and placed her in it. My sisters kitcheb got totally wet everywhere as I filled the sink way tooo high..Thats all I am going to say about this!

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Weddings, Road trips, and Jackson TN

Well everyone else has blogged about this weekend so I guess I will as well. Let me just say it was perfect, all of it.

Okay, so the plan was to attend the wedding of the year, the Howell/Rushing wedding near Memphis. The bride is Val and the groom is Jeff. I went to a small Christian college which I will call Union Univ. At Union, I had many roommates including Jenny and Leeanne and several more. Upstairs lived a girl named Val (the bride). Next door lived Jenny R who married Steven R (who was Jeffs best friend). Note: didn't know Steven or Jeff in college). Moved to Atlanta, meet Jeff. He quickly becomes a good friend and trivia team member roughly about 8 months ago. I say 8 months, because our first meeting was 5 days before his first date with Val. Needless to say, it was wonderful for hubby and I to have a new friend in Atlanta, plus we had college in common.

Friday, we left after my Certified Pediatric Nurse review course and went to Sara house in Jackson. To confuse you more, Sara was Vals roommie in college. Anyway, we ate pizza and watched tv and then we crashed. Saturday was crazy, slept late, had to finish the wedding gift (will explain after bride and groom get back) and get a new shirt. Michael and I headed to Millington to have lunch with Jenny, Leeanne and children. It was so nice to sit and talk to them and share memories and such. Jennys hubby took a pic so I will share when it gets back. The other issue of the weekend was to collect pics for the adoption dossier. We need lots of pics with other people in the back and worked on this as well. So we had lunch and then Michael and I and Kevin and Jenny went to the wedding and reception.

Guys, this was the most beautiful, loving ceremony ever..Everyone says this but Jeff and Val and so meant for each other and so in love. I have been exchanging emails and blog posts with various members of Jeffs family and it was great to see all of them. To be a part of this was amazing and there were memories I will remember forever. Ceremony was short and totally to the point..Walk over to the reception and see Steven who once again, I really didn't know in college. Went on a spring break missions trip once, but thats it..Awesome guy and I do remember what a great sense of humor he has. I find him and I am like where is your wife? Jenny has always been special to me. She was a roommate of mine one summer. Supersweet and just a beautiful person. She is also a pediatric nurse and we had lots to talk about. I really thought I was still in college. Then I see Tracy, one of Vals best friends? Guess what? She was also a roomie. Jenny, Tracy and I all started Union together.

Well, eventually, the new hubby and wife had to leave. It appeared the limo was following us after they left, but I am sure thats not what happened. Truly a good time was had by all.

Got back to Jackson and had dinner with Sara, shani, saras cousin at O'Charleys. A fave of mine in college. We then got a few happy drinks and watched some movies. We watched Last Holiday with Queen Latifah (actually very good) and That thing you do which I had never seen. Went to bed late, which means woke up late..I am glad Jeff and Val got married the day they did as they got to sleep in an extra hour.

Sara has 2 dogs now..Pepsi (a large rat) and Bernard (a homeless puppy who looks like a St. Bernard). I will try to post a pic..More stories and pics to come later.


Friday, October 27, 2006

Todays the day. We leave in about 8 hours to embark on our journey to TN where Jeff R and the lovely Val will take their vows and move to atlanta..Yippeee..So, no posts for a few days as we will be visiting friends.

Have a happy, safe, rainy weekend, at least if you live in the Atlanta area.
Blog of the day returning Monday


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Friday Feast (early)

Friday, October 27, 2006
Feast One Hundred & Seventeen
Create a new candle scent.

hmmmm..something that smells tropical like "Caribbean Air" it would remind me of a cruise

Name one way you show affection to others.
I send encouraging email or cards. I speak highly of those I love

What is your favorite writing instrument?
very sharpened pencil or brand new pens

Main Course
If you were given $25 to spend anywhere online, from which site would you buy? can get anything or I would buy a baby gift for someone but that would be amazon as well

Are you dressing up for Halloween? If so, what are you going to be?
I wanted to dress up Lucy the basset hound as a pilgrim but that didnt work out. I would hubby to dress up because I think he would be fun..Me? heck now..not creative at all

This was a great Feast.
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

early Thursday 13

Thirteen Childhood memories

1. My sister falling out of the 2 story window. Rumor is that I pushed her but I was 6. I sat on the window seal and then got up and opened it. Then Kelly decided to try it…Anyway, she landed about 6 inches from the air conditioner vent and we are lucky we have her today. I screamed at mom, Kelly fell out the window! Mom ran up, looked out, Kelly was not there. We ran downstairs; Kelly walked up the deck and collapsed. Mild concussion. That would be the important part but I remember she got 2 big coloring books and 2 fish named Laverne and Shirley and she didn’t share...Thats the part I remember

2. Driving to Oklahoma. I remember it was all 5 of us in a 2 door Datsun with no air conditioner and a dog. It was a long trip. I remember every time we traveled, we packed a picnic to save money. I always thought it was fun.

3. Going to the lake after church one Sunday and having life jackets on. Kelly started floating away and I knew she wasn’t coming back. She did

4. Every Sunday, Kelly and would pray we would get to go out to lunch afterwards because back then, it was a BIG deal to go out to eat.

5. It appears a lot of my memories include my siblings. I guess that’s good.HAHA! We went to Godfathers Pizza when the dram queen at age 9 started screaming, Mom, why did they poison me? Why would they want to kill me? My sister had poured some hot pepper on her pizza

6. When we lived in Va, we could take our bikes on a trail to go get ice cream. That neighborhood also had 5 pools and we thought that was cool.

7. Making snowmen in SC. On the deck, we made a huge snowman in the rocking chair and had lifesavers as eyes.

8. The day my moms dad died, I was only 6 or 7 but we were staying at Josh Early’s house (he was a classmate) and I remember being on the phone asking mom if he died. I remember being very sad… That same night, we saw our first naked boy besides my brother as Josh decided to run around naked. we were traumatized

9. Ice Cream eating contest. Back when I was little, I was skinny but whatever. Kelly and I ate strawberry ice cream as fast as we could until I barfed in dads green blanket. Kelly won the bike

10. Christmas in Oklahoma. We stayed up all night and swore we heard the reindeer. On that note, every Christmas has a memory. All 3 of us would camp out in my room and stay up as long as we could and then we would get up at 5 to explore.OH the joys of childhood.

11. In 2nd grade, I did a book report but I guess I didn’t know what it meant so I just rewrote the book and changed some words around.

12. Kelly and I both one a newspaper contest by asking questions. I asked what was Jai Lai and Kelly wanted to know what the heart of the south was. We won 10 dollars and a Webster’s dictionary

13. Church. We were very active in Pioneer Girls, which is like the church Girl Scouts. I loved getting my badges and I loved my leaders.

The last one is soda. Dad would take us to his office and tell us if we were good, we would get our own whole coke. Yippee.
On another note, Saturdays were memorable as we were awoken at 730 and had to clean the house before we watched cartoons. You would think I would have a neater house

As you can tell, I can go on and on about my childhood memories. As mad as I got at my parents (and that was rare) they gave me the best childhood I could have asked. We were not rich, and I loved the fact that we were resourceful.

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new video

New videos and updates over at the Christopher blog

YES!!! and blog of the day

I finally made the THursday blogroll. HOw cool is that? More details tonight or tomorrow on that. I have today off and then tomorrow and friday a review class to become a certified pediatric nurse and then off to the state of TN for the wedding of the year! How wonderful it will be to celebrate with the new couple and to see friends I have not seen in years and years. I am glad hubby will get to make it!

Well, in regards to blog of the day! I only have one rule..

1) You can not ask to be the blog of the day..HaHa! That ruins the surprise..Sorry Steven, that eliminates you for the day!!

SO, today will be my husband or as the blog world recognizes him..Valtool
Head on over to and say hello.. Apparently he may be travelling again soon..I will have to talk to him about this..
Not much going on...
Will post later

Monday, October 23, 2006

Im just saying

Okay, if your kid is sick and your bring them to the hospital, and is admitted, there is probably a reason for that. Please dont refuse treatment or vital signs or tell the nurse to come back after breakfast...Even if the nurse is me..

Im just saying

Sunday, October 22, 2006

etc and the blog of the day is..............

4/5 nights in a row..Only 1 to go..SO far so good. I was able to love on a newborn and do some feeding which was nice.I am working with many new people to the hospital, which has also been helpful.

With that being said. I have chosen the blog of the day..I dont plan on doing this 7 days a week but come by and visit and see if you have been chosen. Please stop by the blog of the day and say hello to them!!!!

The blog of the day is Thoughts of a Mama. She has been chosen because
a)she posts on my blog
b) she is totally cool and has an adorable baby and another one the way and
c)Her blog is pretty neat!!!

So look for more blogs to be posted and if you want a chance to be blog of the day, post away!!!

P.S If you dont want to be chosen or if you want me to take your link down, just let me know!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Hubbys blog

He did it! He did it! HE was cow and he still had time to update his blog

Rock on hubby..Check him out here!
or go to

Friday Feast

sday, October 19, 2006

Friday, October 20, 2006
Feast One Hundred & Sixteen
These are leftovers from the 10/15/2004 Feast. The Chef is busy and tired. Thanks for playing!

What is your favorite beverage?

I love coke zero..alcoholic? anything on a cruise HAHAHA!!

Name 3 things that are on your computer desk at home or work.
At home, cordless phone, empty coke cans, adoption paperwork

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how honest do you think you are?
at times 11..i am way to honest.other times. i am a negative 4. SOmetimes i am afraid to be honest

Main Course
If you could change the name of one city in the world, what would you rename it and why?
There are many cities with funny names and some with names that sounds like dirty words..I will have to come up with something else for this one

What stresses you out? What calms you down?
sometimes people suffering from road rage stresses me out. change that I have no control over stresses me out. Music calms me down and I often have to say to myself that I cant be that bad and just get over it

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thursday Thirteen edition number 7

Thirteen Websites I think you should check out today. These are just ones that I read daily and why. I cant come up with anything else..sorry

1…. This is my hubbys blog and is a pretty new blogger and he updated it today. WAHOO. Make him feel welcome and say hello to him. He is a funny funny dude.I must say that I have had a few comments today that MIchacel doesnt have anything new up. I am sure that will change knowing he has visitors. If more people read, he would blog more..I am telling you, he has some funny stories and I cant wait to read more. He has participated the number 3 site on this list..So, say hi to Michael who works for the best fast food place in the world, Chik Fil A.
2. This is my first blog and I am still working on it. Actually not many people know of this blog because I am trying to work on it and become creative. I am pretty much failing at the creativity thing
3. This is our adoption blog. We are working on adopting a little girl from China and we have recently started the paperchasing
4. Okay. you know what this is but had to use it as I check the entertainment section all of the time
5. This is my work. I am a Registered Nurse at Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta..I love it and there is so much to find
6. There are a lot of adoption blogs here
7. This is the Christian radio station I listened to in Florida and I love the information it has on it..You can even listen to it on the web
8. Okay, I had to place this one as I cant come up with any more
9. If you watch Days of Our Lives, check this one out.
10. This is the website of the church we last attended. Its an awesome church and I totally recommend you checking it out.
11. This is a funny site
12. There are some funny videos here..Better than utube..Dont get addicted
13. Okay, I try to find Rachel Ray episodes here all the time

So there you have it. I am having so much fun I think I am going to start posting a blog of the day to the most interesting blog I can find.

Todays blog shall be Short Version..Dude I went to college with..Did not know him until about 6 months ago. He is now engaged and marrying Val in 11 days. I did, in fact, know Val in college. Went to Union University in college

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Me: A to Z
A writing prompt based on the alphabet. 26 things about you. Write as much or as little as you like.

A If you were an ANIMAL, what would you be? something incredibally insane although I hope I would a sweet and loving animal. At this poing, probably a basset hound

B BOOKS: What's on your reading list? I am still working on the Bible plus the latest sisterchik book? Dont know what I sisterchik is? just ask

C COMPULSIVE about anything?holy cow yes! Where do I even start? I like to do things in my order. I have to check the alarm 4 times before I can even relax to go to sleep

D DREAMS - Do you ... dream in color? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal?
I dream in color. I remember all of them and perhaps my next post will be about the crazy ones...They are not insane...the 2 this week include being in the middle of a field with planes driving all over the place and last night I was responsible for a horrible disaster..not too pleasant I tell you

E EATING - what's your usual snack? favorite is ice cream or kelly dip

F A Few of your FAVORITE Things. my michael,blogs, my dog

G GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh?my michael makes me laugh as well as a few girls from work. Do you have a good sense of humor? i have a twisted sense of humor but i think i am fun

H major HOT Button: kids in the car without seat belts or car seats, kids playing in the road without supervision...see where this is going

I I am __loved and blessed____________

K Also KNOWN As... Aliases? Screen names? A non de plume perhaps? ganurse (thats like georgia nurse and not gay nurse like my friend andy calls me), amester, and pentz while I was in college

L I LOVE husband, my family, my Lucy the basset hound, my future child, my job, my family

M How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1? if you can guarantee me they are not nice or not snotty I am all for it. I am a people person until you make me feel stupid

N What's the story of your NAME? were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases? my parents named me amy. I was going to be amy monique. I was going to be a boy so my gpa still calls me amy george

O OBSERVANT - What's around you right now? What do you see? i see crap. I mean clutter. Sorry. Its one of the rooms we have to clean before the home study

P Who are the special PEOPLE in your life? michael, my sister, my parents, my friend rebekah

Q Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself:not enough time..There are certain words I dont like. the people at work know this list. I dont know why. They remind me of different words whick gross me out. it wouldnt be nice to list examples

R What do you like to do for RECREATION? walk the dog, read, blog, movies with michael

S Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends? only in the car or in front of the computer

T What's at the Top of your TO DO list?: to get our adoption dossier together and to get the house clean before the home study starts

U Any UNUSUAL Experiences: i have odd stories. i was at work when a spanish speaking only parent came up saying MICROWAVE? MICROWAVE? I took her to the lounge and showed it where it was ..she nooooooo.She took me to the patients room and showed me the dinner that was locked in the security box

V VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok... How far have you traveled? What's your favorite City? I have been to LOndon and Quito Ecuador. SO far, I love disney cruises and colonial williamsburg

W WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall... What's your favorite season? What makes it sspecial?I love fall because its cuddle weather and it means Christmas times a coming

X EXes - Things You Don't Do Anymore (but did, once (would you, again?))
I gave up chick fil a lemondad and baked potatoes for 2006

Y Any secret/deep YEARNINGS?

Z ZERO to ZENITH - Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along? I am getting there. I am learning daily. This could be a detailed question

2nd Day Without hubby

I am going to have a surpise visitor for dinner tomorrow.My mom and dad! Yippee! They are stopping by on the way to NC! It will be nice..The house wont be perfectly clean but thats okay. The kitchen is almost perfect. All of the counters are clear and very shiney.We are missing our tiles to our new bakers rack.If they were all here, I would be all set. Yesteday I told you about the sunrise I saw on my out from work. Thats one of those times I wish I had my camera..It would been prettier from outside.

Lucy and I are having a rainy day. She let me me clean the kitchen with no hassle and she has had no problems going outside in the rain to go peepee. Before Mans Best Friend it was a total problem. They are awesome..Expensive, but at least we know that everytime we board her there, she will continue the training and plus with our discount, its not much more than leaving her at the vet...She is "sitting" and doing the "heel" thing much easier. mom hasnt seen her since january and dad hasnt seen her..Hopefully it will be a great visit..

Whats going on with you today?

Monday, October 16, 2006

NO day like today

Well, my husband left me..Left me to go help open a Chik Fil A out of town. I think I will be okay. I am getting a surprise visit from my parents later this week. That will be nice. My husband rocks. YOu can read about him at

Work this weekend was pretty good..No complaints there and I was able to spend a great deal of time with a favorite patient and family.

There are updates on the adoption site at www.thechristopherfamily.blogspot. In case you did not know, my husband and I are applying to adopt a little girl from China!!!!

I messed up my lost blog so bad, I am hesitant to add links or anything eles for fear of really messing it up..SO thanks for being patient with me.

I hope all of you are having a great day. I left work a bit late this morning. As I was leaving, I looked out the window and the sky was pink, sooo pink..I had to turn around and tell someone because you just cant miss a sunrise like that.I am glad I did that.

This will be the first evening I have to myself. Its going to be odd. I work nightshift so this is really odd. Pehaps me and Lucy the bassett hound will watch a Chick FLick together.

Well, if you are reading this thanks..Hope this blog gets more creative

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The beginnging of the week

Not much going on today. I am working and have met many people this weekend that are experienced in the adoption process. Its been nice to hear new ideas and hear about peoples experience. I have been reading the comments from my Thursday Thirteen and have enjoyed reading peoples blogs. I am still working and learning how to make my blog more creative.

I have the next 3 days off and I hope to productive. Any tips will be great.

Dont forget to check out the family blog at

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Thursday Thirteen edition 6

Thirteen Things I am looking forward to

1. I am so looking forward to the fall season. I want to buy pumpkins and hay and a scarecrow. Is is bad that I do not have kids yet?
2. I found out I am not working Thanksgiving which means I can prepare Thanksgiving dinner for Michael and I and watch the parade. Can you tell I am just a bit excited? Also, I am totally excited that I get to go shopping early early on Friday. Anyone want to come?
3. We were approved for adoption. Michael and I are adopting a little girl from China and are just getting started on the process. We have orientation on Saturday and I am so happy. We have met so many people through this decision
4. Christmas is coming. I know its early, but I am a Christmas fanatic. Seriously, wait for upcoming Thursday 13s. Its pretty bad but I have so much fun thinking about it.
5. I am off Thursday and Friday nights this week which means more time with my lovable husband.
6. My friends Jeff and Val are getting married in 2 weeks which means a roadtrip to Tn, which means seeing college friends I have not seen in a decade.
7. I am looking forward to my positive attitude staying. I think my Williamsburg vacation really helped me. I am so relaxed and have had a great week at work.
8. I look forward to cleaning my house. I am not a good cleaner but we have to have our house in decent shape before the social worker visits.
9. I am looking forward to meeting our social worker. She called and left a message today which means the process is really happening.
10. I look forward to talking to my husband about baby names. I have been thinking about names since I started working at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. I have a list of names and once I take care of a certain number of names, that name gets marked off my list.
11. I look forward to improving my relationship with my husband. There is nothing wrong, but we are getting along so well and I am loving it.
12. I am looking forward to getting our pictures from our anniversary trip last week to Colonial Williamsburg. The trip journal is at
13. I cant believe I have to stop at 13. I am looking forward to actually starting a family and learning more about the process and meeting new people. Can you tell I am excited!!!!!!


On that note, please visit my favorite websites This is our adoption journal This is my wonderful husbands blog. He is new to this. Add him to your list and please stop by and say hello.
This is my first blog and it has a some pics on it from the trip..You can tell I am not that creative

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Thanks so much guys and gals for your encouragement on the blogger situation.Im glad I am not such a failure and I hope you guys are having a great day. I am heading out to work in a few minutes and hope to have a TT up by now, although I am sure it will not be creative.
If anyone can tell me where to put the blogroller of TT on my template so its not in the upper right corner, I would really appreciate it.


my first post on my new blog

Okay, so I am a blogger failure. I am not sure why but my other blog is so confusing that I thought I would just start fresh and have a new template. If you have read my thoughts over at, you will know that I am a big crazy. I think I will keep this simple and not try to decorate it for a while. If you have read over the weeks about the Williamsburg trip, head over to or for a detailed report. I guess this means I have to start a new on Thursday 13 so I wont make the blogroll for quite a while. This is oh so upsetting..

Anyway, thats my introductory post....

Peace Out!