Saturday, February 24, 2007

re: What the heck have I been doing?

Well, in the last year Andy and I have moved across the country, started new jobs, and begun renovating a new home we bought from the 1890's. Found a great site that I like to refer to for this renovation project--

This guy refers to brownstoner and other renovation sites, but I am always interested to see what ew endeavors he has. Makes me not feel like I am the only person on the planet spending my weekends renovating my house. This house is practice for other ideas I have. We are starting small.

We have also been involved in a TV series on Good Morning America featuring our struggle through the renovation process, called from "Dump to Dreamhouse". You can view the episodes so far on (television link). I guess I've been really busy. I'll check in later.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

re: A picture says a thousand words...

The Tao of Carter

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Tribute to my husband on Valentine's Day

I am using this post to talk about my husband and all the things I love about him. This is my Valentine's Day gift to you because I can't be there in person to tell you how much "I Love You". I always felt akward when I worked with people that complained about their husbands because I couldn't relate. It is all the little things he does that makes him special: He always makes sure I have gas in my car (because he knows how much I hate to get gas), let's me watch shows that I know he could care less about, goes with me to Lowe's so I can look at all the new stuff for the home we don't have, let's our dog be the center of the universe, makes me laugh all the time, makes me use my brain and is OK with me using it, supports all my crazy ideas, moves the furniture around on a regular basis (to accomodate the inspiration I get from all my decorating magazines), teases me about all the home decorating magazines I have (still packs them in the car because he knows how important they are to me--on my way to Maryland), folds the laundry, does the dishes, (cleans a lot), makes me feel like a "princess", and the list goes on and on...So in short, I appreciate him and realize how lucky I am to have a man in my life who cares enough about me to make sure he does all these little things that add up to a whole lot of happiness in my life. Happy Valentine's Day to my best friend. May we have many many many more days on the Earth together. (I hope this makes up for the fact that I forgot my vows and never made any promises on our wedding day.)

davisjm1 at 10:33 AM


Monday, January 23, 2006

Guess what?--The Grass is Greener!

Finally made it to Maryland after driving over 40 hours from Phoenix---The Bronx---Boston--and then to MD. I have been quite spoiled since I arrived--Carter has even staked his claim on one corner of the couch. He must feel comfortable, as do I. The only downside is I'm sick and my husband isn't here. Both downers are temporary, so I'll keep plugging along. I had the joy of sitting on my ass for the entire day yesterday and watching Buffy for many hours. The only excuse I have about not getting into the series was the fact that I was out of the country. Very clever--Joss is quite a man. I was considering doing the same thing all week, but then I wouldn't be much of a conversationalist when friends and family began asking me what I've been up to. I guess a limited circle of friends wouldn't be so bad?
Got a bit side-tracked with Weight Watchers, but I did manage not to gain any weight, so I shouldn't complain. Also researched a gym nearby my work, so I can go directly there instead of sitting in traffic on the way home. Not such a bad use of time I might say. I was even researching places to take martial arts classes, since it has been some time since I've done anything in that arena. I always wanted to do more weapons training--mine has been limited to Swords and after visiting some interesting places with Stacy in Baltimore it may come in handy some day.
Off to studying--Reality, sometimes it just sucks!

davisjm1 at 12:49 PM


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

re: blog on the way...

Stay tuned for more information!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cultural Wasteland

Goal #2 (besides milking a cow)-- I decided I need to save every penny I earn to get that house on the Eastern Shore. For those of you who may not know this, Andy and I have been promised first dibs on a home near his parent's house from a friend of theirs. I guess she plans on moving in 1-2 years, which will give me plenty of time to get cracking! Andy and I were thinking of turning it into a commune for only interesting people--or at least a place for people who have thought of moving to Canada because they are so pissed off about this country and the fools running it. I still am not sure if I plan to run to the northern border or have hope that there will be a huge cultural renaissance in this country real soon. The whole thing is way too depressing to think about. I really have a hard time talking about this. The only analogy I can think to describe this mode of thinking of is when I was lving in Taiwan and one of my friend's wanted his sundae on a cone. The person behind the counter told him there was no button for that, so it wasn't an option. Sometimes it just can't be explained or understood--sometimes people are just coming from totally different places and they won't ever understand the other. That is how I feel about my place in America--I'm the one wanting the can guess the rest. I used to be so involved in political campaigns, protests and the like, but I have a bit too much anger to find purpose in this type of action today. Our cultural values in as a whole in the cuontry have become so skewed. I wonder if we can ever turn back. I don't ever plan to join "them" either. Maybe I'll become the next Maya Angelou and write poetry as a cathartic exercise. I don't think I'll feel like this forever because I care too much, but this is how I feel for now.

davisjm1 at 8:41 PM


Sunday, December 18, 2005

Insanity is Many Steps....

Well, the time is drawing near for Andy and I to be moving along here. Although I am moving to the East Coast, it still isn't New England but awfully darn close. Finding new places will be great--ethnic restaurants, shops, antique/ flea markets, and new tea shops! (Check out! I've been to all of the Tea Shops in Arizona except for one. I plan to do the same in Maryland...

I don't have much to share today---will come back to this another day.

davisjm1 at 12:11 PM