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Well we've been open for a while now & already had our first Art Show. It was a great success & I can't wait to have more! We've got more cleaning up in the back half of the bottom floor that we should be finished with soon & then we can start on the top floor, again. Our goal is to remodel the small bathroom that is already upstairs, so that we can go ahead and move in! So in about 6 months, we should be living Downtown!!

The Loft
Before & After
Our Wedding



Blood and Tears

Wow.... two posts in one day. Well when you have to lay around for a while...there’s not much else to do :)

First tears...As you all know the last installment of Harry Potter came out on Saturday. I had pre-ordered it about 3 months ago on Amazon.com so it was delivered to the house at around 3:00...so that’s what I have been doing since after the Tour that keep me from making a post for so long ;) I finished it at about 2 this morning. I just wasn't tired enough to stop reading and I didn’t want to stop reading when I did start to get a little tired (I only had 3 chapters left). So after some tears, I get really emotionally even just reading books, I finished the series. Its sad now...knowing there wont be another book. But oh well...I'll just have to find something else to read.....

Now the blood.........About a month ago they started planning a blood drive at the chamber, and to be honest I've been dreading it since I first heard the words, just cause i knew this involved needles. I HATE needles! I wouldn't say I have phobia but I just don’t care for them at all. So I knew I would sound so pitiful telling my coworkers that I was a coward and couldn’t do it. I just hadn’t said anything about it until it was mentioned last week and I told them...no thanks...don’t do needles. Not much else was said but I was still dreading it...I just knew I would feel like an idiot with all those people going in and out giving blood and my coworkers doing the same. So today finally came...I pulled up and saw the blood drive vans and my stomach dropped. Judy and Rachel had been turned down (not enough iron) and in a moment I would have been relived they were both kinda upset. So I kinda dwelled on it all day. Then I started thinking about "the glass door incident," surely I lost enough blood that day to have to receive blood. I called Mom and Dad did confirm that I received a good bit of blood that day. Blood that had been donated in the same way these people were doing today. So I went home for lunch and decided to head back to the chamber and go for it. So about half way through it....I started getting light headed and almost passed out. One second I was fine...the next there were five people over me giving me ice packs. I laid down for like 15 or 20 minutes, tried to get up...and had to go through it all again. I never actually passed out but Joe had to come pick me up. Total, I probably laid there for about 45 minutes or so. So now I'm just laying here for a while..........

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Tour de Paris

Well I'm starting to get emails asking bout the bike ride so I thought it was about time I let everyone know how it went!! :)
It started early for me and other volunteers, we had to be at the high school at 5:30 that morning, because riders would start coming in to register at 6:00. We ended up having 759 riders this year! At about 10 till 8:00 I headed out of the cafeteria to meet up with Mike, Crystal, Connor, and Brendan. And finally at 8:00 we took off. Mike and Connor took off a head of us and Crystal and I rode along with Brendan. It was nowhere near as hot as it was last year so that helped out a lot!! Once we got to the first rest stop I knew we weren’t going to turn back, it didn’t seem like he had gone near as far as we had last year, but it was in the exact same spot. We had a lot of fun! The countryside is actually kind of pretty out that way! Kind of smells from the cows every now and again but not to bad :) We stopped at every rest stop along our way to fill up on water and cookies! Brendan did ever better this year than last year! He never actually complained...only asked "how much longer till a rest stop?" It really was a great ride this year and I hope some of you will join us next year!! I can’t wait!! Just someone please remind me about that stupid stuff called sunscreen!!! ☹ I don’t have any pictures yet but if I get some I’ll post them later.



Can she make it??

We'll its that time of the year. Tour de Paris is this weekend and this year Brendan wants to try the 24 mile route this year! So since the ride is this weekend I figured I better go check out my bike and make sure its still in good working order. So I went out to the garage and....both of my tires were flat and there were cobwebs all over it (of course there was a lot more wrong with it than just the tires) !!! So Joe decided we could just go buy me a new bike. So today we took off at 7:15 this morning and headed on over to Richardson Bike Mart. I tried two Electra Townies but they just werent comfortable. Then I tried some Treks that were much more comfortable. I finally settled on a Trek Navigator. So now I'm good to go Saturday. Joe and I took it out on the bike trail down the road and went for about 7 miles....and thats where the title comes from....Not sure if I can make it....:) But of course after Saturday it wont just sit in the garage like my other did. Once we get moved downtown Joe and I will go back down to one car and my bike will be my transportation since I work so close. :) It even came with a little silver bell on it!


Paris' Has Talent

We've had Duane Allen (the Oak Ridge Boys) Raymond Berry (Football) Samuel Maxey (Confederate General) Gene Stallings (Dallas Football Coach) Vanilla Ice (Singer) Denver Pyle had a home here....Charles Taylor (Treasure Hunters) and now we've got Cas Haley! Cas went to North Lamar here in Paris and was in a few bands through out high school (including one with Brian...I think they were Staind). We were all shocked and blown away (as I'm sure the rest of America was) at Cas' performance! I personally had never heard Sting's version of the song put after downloading and listening to it...hands down Cas' was better!!

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi    

Plastic Bags Consumed This Year

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