From Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale

People disappear when they die. Their voices, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living mempry of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continut to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humour, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.

--Diane Setterfield

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tagged by the lovely Lisa

Tagged by the lovely Lisa.
Here are the rules:
Link the person who tagged you.
Tell about 6 quirks of yours.
Tag 6 fellow bloggers to do the same.
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1. When I get really hungry, I sneeze. The bigger the sneeze, the more I am hungry. It's almost like making my appetite real. Sometimes I don't even realize that I am hungry until I sneeze then it's like "Wow, I'm REALLY HUNGRY!"

2. I'm almost ashamed to admit this one... but I've seen so many other people do it that I cannot be too ashamed... I check out my reflection in just about anything shiny. Everyone else gets to see what I look like and I am always curious. "Do I have something on my face?" "How is my posture?" "Does this slip work?!" and most importantly "Do I look fat in this dress?"

3. I like wasabi covered peas. But my all time favorite food is probably macaroni and cheese... or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

4. I am very task oriented. And I zone into the project. Some co-workers have a hard time believing that I can get work done in an office space with no walls. I'm open to the whole office, but it really does not bother me. Plus it's very hard to sneak up on me when there are no walls.

5. So far I have better balance as a pregnant person. I can relevae and hold it better and go down the stairs faster... which is to say I can now go down the stairs at a normal pace. (Usually I have to hold tight to the hand rail and walk pretty slow) and all sorts of other minute differences I can't think of now. Also, the lower back pain that is usually a given if I stand up too long has not been back to bother me since I've been pregnant. Our chiropractor said it was the weight of the baby in front countering the lordosis (swayback). So there you have it.

6. I carry around two journals in my bags everyday. I have another in my church bag. And I have a Franklin Covey Day planner that I carry around all the time. Should you find me without something to write on it just might be the end of the world... But really I just like to have the option to write. I'd usually rather write it out than type it out.

Person 1. Scott
Person 2. Rhonda
Person 3. Janika
Person 4. Allison
Person 5. Michelle
Person 6. (shot in the dark) Quinn

Monday, September 22, 2008

Building things

This weekend we splurged on some wood and build ourselves a chest. HOW COOL IS OUR HUMP BACK CHEST?! It still needs to be stained (the same color as our bed) and put the hinges on, but it's pretty cool nonetheless. We also had a set of shelves, one of which broke as we tried to move it loaded with books (pretty smart, huh?). So we kept the shelves and I was tired of looking at them so I had Scott make a baby chest for the 'nursery'. You can see in the pictures the front mess.

I have been in a mood of nesting. Which pretty much translates into "throw everything away". So the piles of crap are actually waiting a turn at Goodwill and or the dumpster. The piles of wood are waiting a turn to high-tail it to the storage shed. We had the second of the set of shelves in our closet. It was a great shoe shelf. But now it is moved to the front room to be the baby book shelves. Aww. How cute. Now I just need baby books to put on the shelf. :)

Another project we started is my rocking chair. We grabbed a old fashioned rocking chair years ago and it's been waiting for me to get pregnant so it can come inside. Now it needs to be re upholstered. We bought ladybug fabric and have padding and everything. Now I just need to see which of my TWO sewing machines works. They are in the crap pile currently... we will have to see which one makes the final cut.

The baby chest... and Scott the Driller

and more... COO!!

We went to Sweet Mesquite with Coo and Jill while we were in Sugar Land. It was fun. Good company and good mushroom burgers and conversation... and I totally got distracted with the Olympic synchronized swimmers. :P

Pictures from Houston... before the storm...

Saturday, September 13, 2008


We've pretty much settled on Jaedyn Olivia Quigley.
My backup name is Emma Hazel Quigley... I'm wishing and hoping and praying that we get two girls so I can use both names!
Oh, and a boy 'cauze I really like Nathanial Scott Quigley.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

We watched Alias for a while... and I learned about compartmentalizing. Now I recognize myself doing it a lot.

I am not so great at it as payed actors who are playacting the part of a fictional character... so it gets a little muddy. I go to work and let things from my home life affect my job performance or let office life carry over to the hours when I am home. This carryover is normal, I think. The part that is worrisome is when Church gets compartmentalized away from everything else. When that happens, I do it a little to well.

I guess the solution would be not to compartmentalize church from my home life... but, the little voice in my head says, my home life is sleeping and work life extends to Scott's work too because that's what I do... and how I can function best.

well, little voice in my head, maybe you should learn to be by yourself. Learn how to not be depressed.

ACK!It's impossible. I've tried. So there!

Ah, what's a girl with a very persuasive mind to do?!

Thursday, September 4, 2008


I wish I had a cause... I was looking at the website of one of the women I admire most. One of the families I admire most. They are just awesome!

She totally has a cause.

Then I was talking to a gal at work who has birthed a project, as she put it, and it was fun to see her enthusiasm. She has a cause.

I don't have anything I care enough about. I have many interests and hobbies, but no cause. I love to learn... but I'm not really putting any of it to use... *sigh*

I caught myself thinking that when I'm at home perhaps I'll find a cause. But honestly, I don't think I will. Gloria found a cause at work.. and if I can't find a cause in the environment that I spend the most time in.. I doubt that I will find one in an environment that I spend ALL my time in.

Perhaps I wish I had more support from Scott. I would totally be green if he didn't make fun of it/ that lifestyle.

Maybe I'm just mopey because I'm home alone.

Time to go purge / nest.

PS - We went to Wendy's the other day... I had forgotten how GOOD their fries are. I'm getting to be a fry connoisseur. I LOVE potatoes!!