Tuesday, July 31, 2007

To Sanford I go!

Well, after some talk with the guys I work with and some deep consideration....
I decided to just take the test like I originally planned. I have time to study and get ready so I am going to just TAKE IT!

so, now that that is decided and in the mail I am pretty much locked in. The test is the end of
September so I will be getting geared up for it in the next month or so and then heading to Sanford (right outside of Orlando) to take the test. The other good thing is that 3 or 4 of the people I took the workshop with this weekend will be there as well so I wont be alone. We will probably get in touch and try to stay in the same hotel or something so we can agonize over the test together. I found out this weekend that there is a lot of comfort in knowing other people are going through the same thing.

Anywhoo- enough on that-

In other news......2 more days till the 24 year mile marker! Ugh...do I feel old....
My Mom even acted like 24 might as well be 52! Good grief! Where is my youth!

hee hee! Love ya'all! Can't wait to see all in August!!


Monday, July 30, 2007

The BIG Debate: The Test: TO take or NOT to take?

Well, friends.....after a delightful weekend of design and then more design I am feeling totally refreshed in my career choice and completely terrified about my licensing exam in September. The workshop this weekend was amazing and sooo helpful, but it did bring about a lot of worry as far as whether or not I am ready to take it or not. So I have to decide in the next few days what I am going to do. Yesterday I was going to defer until April but, today I am thinking I might just study like crazy the next 2 months and then take it all and prepare to cringe for the results.

Who knows....I could totally miserably fail or I could pass with flying colors! Who knows what will happen- I just need to decide what to do. There is no shame in failing....just expense. I went to this workshop with several people who had taken it 2, 3 or even 4 times! It is a gigantic undertaking and basically the thing you have to achieve to go further in this profession/ just like an architect we designers need that certified license that says we know what we are doing.

I'm not quite sure if I do. YIKES!

Otherwise, I really enjoyed the workshop and I have some big decisions to make so please please put me in your prayers!

Lots of love and a happy happy Monday afternoon to all!

-A Defunktified Leslie

Friday, July 27, 2007

Funky Friday

Hey kids! Well, I am off to my test workshop this afternoon -
And I shall be doing that until Sunday night-
So, have a fabulous weekend!


A little quote I just heard....

"I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart. I am never without it. Anywhere I go, you go, my dear. And whatever is done by only me... is your doing, my darling. I fear no fate... for you are my fate, my sweet. I want no world, for, beautiful... you are my world, my true. Here is the deepest secret no one knows. Here is the root of the root... and the bud of the bud... and the sky of the sky of a tree called life... which grows higher than the soul can hope... or mind can hide. It is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart. I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart. "

-"In Her Shoes"

Monday, July 23, 2007

It's just another Manic Monday...I wish it was Sunday...

Monday again. After a pretty successful weekend I still did not manage to welcome Monday with open arms. I crawled from my bed like a bear who had been hibernating for the winter- and I looked the part too. Grrrrr...morning is no friend of mine.

And somehow I got to work in my partially functioning car (yes, car trouble again), grabbed my starbucks on the way and tackled my recent project - a bank - where we have officially decided to go with my original design for the floor plan. Wahoo! I pat on the back is a decent Monday phenomenon so my day has been brightened.

Yesterday was a beachy day. After church, a gang of us headed to Anna Maria to catch some rays and veg out on the sand. We were successful. It was a good day that ended in only a minor sunburn on my back..darn the boogie boarding. Kyle was somewhat worse off and I was to blame as I had applied his sunscreen on his back and I missed a few spots on his sholder....oops!

I worked Saturday so not much can be said for the days events except that Kyle and James fixed Kyles truck which had been on the fritz and then we three went to Crazy Buffet in Tampa which is the really different buffet that serves 50 different kinds of sushi. I don't know how many of you enjoy sushi and I bet you are shocked that I would at all since I do not eat fish or seafood - but it was very good and always an exciting experience as I am still a newbie at the whole sushi scene. Not everyone will like it but I urge you to give it a whirl. In each sushi experience I have had there is always something new that I try and then have to remember not to dwell on what it was but only on whether it tasted good or not. Such as eel or tuna - these are generally good. Softshell crab - not so good. Anything in a cream cheese roll - Mmmm yummy.
It was fun to go and try some new things and afterwards we went back to James and Amanda's and watched a movie - Norbit - which I do not recommend.

Friday night we went to Gameworks in Ybor with J & A and quite a good time. Gameworks is an giant arcade that is strictly for adults. They have a lot of games that you can play with a quite a few people + a lot of games you dont find anywhere else. However, there was Skeeball so I was satisfied with my old timey favorite. Our prizes included a rubber chicken keychain and a mini basketball hoop that Kyle is taking to work to put on his desk. As you can see..it was clearly a successful night (hee hee). Goodtimes....

(notice how I am working in reverse through the weekend)

That reminds me! I havent let everyone know about our new fish! We added a few new fish to our tank last week and we are very excited. We added 3 tiger barbs, a frog, and two red glowy looking fish whose name eludes me. We named them but..my memory has left on some vacation and I cannot remember.

Well, my lunch hour is almost over so I must wrap this up-

A big congrats to my friend Katie who got engaged this weekend!! Yay!!! Another bride!! There must be something in the air....

Happy Monday!

-Somewhat less funky that last time

Friday, July 20, 2007

In a funk...

That's me. In a funk. My friend Kim asked me the other day if I was in a "funk" b/c i looked a little gloomy. And I thought to myself, "Yes! That is exactly what I am in, a funk." Normally, I think of funk as funky, meaning kinda cooky or different but in a more positive light. My present funk is more on the dark and disturbed side. That's me folks..A ball of dark disturbed funk.


What to do..What to do...
Not quite sure, but here are some things I am trying:
1. Start eating healthier - no snacking!
2. Exercise with Kyle after work
3. Reduce time spent worrying
4. Study for test one hour each night
5. Start a new book.

Here are some things that are not helping that I advise against should you find yourself in a "funk":
1. Start new diet, start period, start looking in the mirror thinking "you, chubby thing you!" all in the same week.
2. Realize that you are so wrapped up in the wedding that you have no desire to further your career by taking a test.
3. Watch the movie "Catch and Release" when you are planning to get married any time soon. And do not watch twice before taking it back to Blockbuster or chosen movie rental agency.
4. Do not get mild food poisoning.
5. Do not listen when someone says, "Now, you know that everything isnt going to be perfect on your wedding day right?"
6. Do not obsess over #5 until you are convinced that that person knows something you dont know such as the hurricane schedule for November or that your dress came back pink or did not come back..etc. etc. etc. you can imagine.
7. Do not dream about your cake being bigger than you are and having a stuffed cougar on top instead of roses. I will not go any further on that...
8. Do not fight with fiance' in the car for no good reason..arguing in the car is bad news...it only escalates because you are trapped.
9. Do not change your breakfast eating routine. This can lead to #4.
10. Avoid fast food.
11. Do not try to control everything.
12. Know when you need to just be alone.

Are you in a "funk"? I don't even know exactly what it is-
Define FUNK:
pronounciation {fuhngk}


1.cowering fear; state of great fright or terror.
2.a dejected mood: "He's been in a funk ever since he lost his job. "

1.music having a funky quality.
2.the state or quality of being funky.
3.a strong smell; stench.

–verb (used with object)

3.to be afraid of.
4.to frighten.
5.to shrink from; try to shirk.

–verb (used without object)

6.to shrink or quail in fear.

1.An earthy quality appreciated in music such as jazz or soul.
A type of popular music combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul and characterized by syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line.

1.An unsophisticated quality or atmosphere of a region or locality: "The setting is country funk" (Nina Martin).

A Polish-born American biochemist whose research of deficiency diseases led to his discovery of vitamins, which he named in 1912.

That is a variety of interpretations of the word Funk. I wish I was an "earthy quality appreciated in music such as jazz or soul". I do not smell ( I hope) and I am not a biochemist. Actually, I think I am in more of "a dejected mood".

Happy Weekend.

-Funky in Florida

Monday, July 16, 2007

Worrying Well

This was the title of our sermon at church on Sunday. I must say sometimes you sit in church and are completely positive that it was all written especially for you to hear. Sitting here at lunch I am thinking about an email i wrote a month or so ago about worrying. I am a great worrier. I let everything worry me. I worry when Kyle goes off to the golf course. I worry about my job. I worry about getting married, the divorce rate in our country, having children, getting cancer, breaking my neck on the stairs outside my apartment. I worry sooo much. Our pastor, Tom read us some statistics about worry in America. Something like 20 or 30 percent of all people have an anxiety disorder of some kind. And 20 billion dollars a year is spent on anxiety related medications. Wow. Know I know all about anxiety - I mean, I have ulcers..that I gave to myself from being over stressed. They almost never flare up anymore but I still know when they are flaring up. I have learned how to control stress so much better than I used to. Maybe it is this coastal island beachy way of life that has taught me to just......RELAX.

Whatever..I am still the world's best worry wart. Here are the highlights from our notes from the Sermon.

Matthew 6:25-34

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown in the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, sawing,'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Here are our notes:

Life is too important (to worry)
Worry does not help
We can't handle worry
Give it away, put it down, let it go

Trust God's control.
Understand God's love.
Pursue God's agenda.

other scripture references: 1 Peter 3:14 and Philipians 4:6

Then we made a list of the top 4 things we worry about and then next to each thing we wrote which guideline did that fall under. Mine were:
1. Wedding & marriage - Trusting God's Control
2. Licensing Test - Trusting God's Control
3. Weight - Understanding God's Love
4. Family - Pursue God's Agenda

The girl's in my lifegroup have decided to take these four things and share them each with each other so we can be praying for each other. We are also going to be memorizing some scripture to help us keep up a daily reminder that we need to give it all to God.

Yes, it's true that we women are the greatest worriers, but what good has ever come from worrying? It is so easy to turn to God for all the giant earth shaking problems in our lives, it is harder however for us to give him our daily worries, its strange when you think about it. If he can handle the huge stuff, the small stuff should be no problem...and he wants us to give it all to him.

Just something I was thinking about....
Love you all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Crazy insane woman with no control

Ummm..so yeah. That is me. I am soooo outta control. I was doing sooo good and then I hit this week - the most dreaded of all weeks in any woman's world. I had lost 7 lbs which was 3 shy of my goal to lose before July 4. My next goal is my birthday and that goal hit a major road block last night and today and I blame it on....um, the fast food industry? My lack of self control? The Bright shiny lights of the neigborhood Taco Bell that flash and wave me in?
I am in such a rut - but I can't seem to stop. I love food. This is awful. I hoped that if I typed it and I saw it in print for all the world to read then maybe it would click somewhere in my mind...

I wrote this and then I read my Aunt Tracy's blog about her new outlook on health and diet and I am encouraged -

I have layed aside our book club book CHINA STUDY..maybe I will have to pick it up again and fix this crazy french fried way of thinking -

O' Cheeseburger!!! (Anyone know the veggietales Cheesburger tune?)
Just me?

I am a bottomless pit! I am never full! I am going to be a huge blob in my wedding dress if I do not get on track!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oooo! Dessert!


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal." - Pamela Vaull Starr

Of course the person who said that would have the last name Star..how dreamy. Well, as we get older it seems harder to "Dream Big" like we used to in high school and in college. But I have found that sometimes you have to look back to those dreams and remember that they only happen by continuing towards them everyday. What do I mean? Well, in my case I have dreamed of being many things and one is an Interior Designer which is my current career. Well, in the hustle bustle of daily work I sometimes wonder if I will ever be doing exactly what it is that I want. Meaning that I would be doing my own projects and have my own clients. I wonder many days whether or not they realize that I dont have a mentor and sometimes I am swimming in this sea of architecture junk wondering why no one cares about what it looks like inside the building. I wonder if they even understand my degree. Do they get it or am I just a computer junky who picks out finishes? (trumpet music)
And then..I got an answer. I had requested a yearly review from the partners and yesterday I had it. Wow, do I have a lot of things to praise God for.... I am blessed (although often frustrated) to be where I am with the kind of ownership this firm has and the amazing wealth of experience I get to learn from. I got a lot from the review and I really feel like it was God telling me that I need to just sit tight and stop worrying about Kyle and I's next move careerwise. As much as I want to move back closer to OK...something down here fits. Anyways, like we always say at church, "Yay God!" b/c he truly is behind every blessing, act of grace, and good thing that comes are way. It is all him.

So that is why I am dreaming again. I realized I was acting like I had no future in my career when actually I am just at the beginning and I need to be patient and soak up the knowledge around me. Apply myself and not be afraid of what comes next.

And I got a design project that I am starting myself....

Lots of love-


Saturday, July 07, 2007

TV Marathons

Okay- So I am addicted to the television marathons! I have watched a season of TOP MODEL in the last day and a half! (That was a very pathetic confession folks)

Anywhoo- This week was kind of blah-esque but the good news is that I got accepted to take my exam in September! Now I GET to study for it. Yikes! Other than that the week just flew by and I am trying to recover from my extreme mosquito bites (thank you so much nightime firework displays) itchy itchy-

So now what?

More marathons? I guess so. Lack of sleep and this restless attitude I have has made me a bit cranky. Dinner and a movie is on the agenda for tonight so hopefully that will help tear me away from the mold my booty has made in this chair today-

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Well, I am off work on a day in the middle of the week but I am not sleeping in - no sir, I am awake at 7 am for no reason. I dont know what is wrong with me, this week I am felt so restless all day like I can get my mind occupied for any length of time. And I have been having nightmares until last night when I didnt sleep at all. Blah on that. I am sooooo the girl who could lay in bed till noonm being awake at 5 on a holiday seems like a crime. But, since I am awake I figured that I would blog about my past weekend and share with you a few wedding events.

On Saturday we had two meetings, our officiant and our cake tasting. We met our officiant for the first time at his island home on Anna Maria and we both really liked him and are extremely happy we chose him to do our ceremony. He is a Methodist pastor but he performs many of the weddings on the island and came highly recommended by everyone else we are working with. He is a dear older man and we had a good time talking to him and thinking about the ceremony. And get this - his wife is from Tulsa, OK. Small world, eh?

Next was the cake testing. We had a blast picking our the flavors and fillings for each layer and then designing the cake with the baker. She is this great lady and we are so excited we found her. We ended up saving a lot of money and getting exactly what we wanted and a little more.

I have wrapped up the last of the wedding details for the time being so for now I am locked down to studying for my exams and getting ready for that. I actually got my acceptance notification yesterday that I get to take the test so that was really exciting! I also found out on Friday that my letter to the ASID pres did not go unnoticed as they have finally planned a test workshop here in Tampa. I am sooooo glad. It will be a practice exam and I am hoping it will really help me to know what areas I need to work on the most. Keep me in your prayers on this one guys - this test is totally intimidating me.

I am sure that everyone has fun Holidays plans today (of course I bet you Okies would just appreciate some good ole sunshine!) and we are no different. We are having a pool party at our friends James and Amandas house and then we are going to cookout and then go watch some fireworks and shoot some off as well. All of us girls have bought the Old Navy classic fourth of July shirts which should be cute for some group pictures, so we should have a fun day ahead of us. Hope the same is true for all of you! Have a happy and safe day!!

Happy Fourth~