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Wednesday the 12th of March 2008 ]
Last night I perused my old journal and was shocked to find out how articulate and hilarious I used to be. In honor of those entries, I am doing a "flashback" with some of my favorite quotes. Enjoy.

June 25th, 2005:
Erin: Remember that one time when you said that we should start running and I was like "no, what is this...gym class?"
Stephen: No... I remember when YOU said that we should start running but I said no because I knew the whole time you would be like "what is this...gym class?"

September 14th, 2005:
(Regarding Miller's 8th birthday party...)
He's eight today, that's right folks, eight. They grow up so fast. We didn't do anything special for him but I did buy him those birthday hats, which he loved *bold lie.* I also made Stephen wash off his back paw because he stepped in poop and I couldn't be near it for a second without dry-heaving.

October 1st, 2005:
Erin: I like the way our weekly fun consists of going to Hollywood Video.
Stephen: Yeah, we stand there for 45 minutes making fun of the videos that they have... and then we rent them!

October 9th, 2005:
Mom: Stephen can you grab my purse for me?
Stephen: What are you new? I'm a boy!

October 29th, 2005:
So I watched Human Trafficking on Lifetime this week and my new fear is being Human Trafficked.
Stephen: So I thought I was going to get Human Trafficked last night...
Erin: Why? Because you're all alone in your room now?
Stephen: No! Because I was out in the woods by myself!

November 18th, 2005:
So I think I have the bird flu, and by "I think I have the bird flu," I mean I have a sore throat.

January 30th, 2006:
Stephen: Why do you keep looking at me?
Erin: Nothin' much...
Stephen: That doesn't even make sense!!

May 11th, 2006:
I joined Hollywood Video Online so that it could give me rental suggestions for movies I already love (and have seen), which is precisely the kind of online-relationship I enjoy.

June 18th, 2006:
I've been watching a lot of the World Cup lately and trying to compare everything about it to the Mighty Ducks. Let me put it this way, I am ruining TV for Stephen. In other news, this morning I woke up with a swollen face and he has been calling me "hey you guys!" because I apparently resemble Sloth from the Goonies.

August 9th, 2006:
Today I got attacked by a rat.

November 4th, 2006:
Stephen: I am NEVER staying home alone with you ever again.

That's all for installment one. Maybe someday (most likely yes), I will go back further and post some more.
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Tuesday the 26th of February 2008 ]
For my lack of updating... I'm going to "get back in the groove" with a conversation that took place between Stephen and I.

sur steve alot: so John Cena is now dissing the Rock
erin would say:  good
sur steve alot: no not good
erin would say:  why? the Rock SUUCKS
sur steve alot: no he doesn't. Cena sucks, Cena won't be half the man the rock was.
erin would say: wait... who's been the champion the longest?
sur steve alot: the rock
erin would say:  doubtful
sur steve alot: cena went up against people like randy orton, jeff hardy, edge, and umaga. and the rock went against people like hbk, stone cold, HHH
erin would say: so? who's been the champion the longest?
erin would say: and need I say that wrestling is fake?
sur steve alot: john cena, but if the rock was still wrestling he would only have been champ for a week
erin would say: what is this, joke time?
sur steve alot: yeah and if cena didnt kiss butt all the time he would have been gone a long time ago
erin would say:  well cena can kiss my butt anytime
sur steve alot: i'm sending that to corey
erin would say: do it
sur steve alot: ok but you know im right
erin would say:  nope
sur steve alot: yep
erin would say:  his initials aren't JC for nothing
sur steve alot: yeah for joke champ
erin would say: no, for loved by Jesus Christ
sur steve alot:   so are you comparing jesus to john cena?
erin would say:  yes
sur steve alot:  you're going to hell
erin would say: because John Cena can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.
erin would say: It's in the bible...

And just for the record...
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Saturday the 9th of February 2008 ]
So I read this book called "The Woods." It's about murders, camp, and well...the woods. Since finishing the novel, I've made a vow to never again go into the woods. And just for the record, my definition of a "wood," is a grouping of two or more trees. This is going to make it difficult for me to go to camp again.

Note the two trees behind us.

It'll also make it difficult to go behind our house, in front of our house, to the park, or pretty much anywhere that's not a plain or paved. Remember playing capture the flag when we were little? What was I thinking?! Or better yet, four corners (three trees and a porch, actually) at grandma and grandpas. All a murderer/kidknapper needs is one tree to hide behind. I feel like this whole entry was pulled out of a journal that I kept when I was twelve.
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Friday the 8th of February 2008 ]
I run such an inconsistent ship around here, thankfully I am not a professional journalist or I would live on ramen.

As the world knows, my boy toys (no one really says that with a straight face... I hope) won the superbowl. I hate being a Giants fan, I now have a giant ulcer.

We had a superbowl party, I made a sweet table cloth out of artificial turf (from lowes) and white duct tape, it was a great time. Even Peyton dressed up. Which kind of brings me to my next point, shouldn't we get him a brother named Eli?

Nonetheless, here's some big and not so big news. I officially applied to two schools, Indiana Wesleyan and Arcadia. I'll be making a trip to both schools sometime soon but i'm heading to Indiana within a month. I also sold two logos and am working on a website for myself to get (hopefully) more business.

Jeepers creepers, I feel like my entries are boooooring when I don't tell a story or something. So here's a meaningful conversation I had with Amy & Tavaris.

Amy: hey, erin, remember when you broke both of your arms?
Erin: uh, yeah?
Amy: Well... how did you wipe?
Tavaris: Yeah! How did you wipe??
Erin: Like I remember that part of the ordeal.
Amy: Oh, I would remember that.
Erin: I was six, I believe I was more concerned with why I couldn't color in school.
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Saturday the 2nd of February 2008 ]
One month into this and I'm still finding it hard to sit down and write. It's even worse after I discovered Micah's blog. See, here I think I am funny and witty and then I sit down and read pure gold. I feel like the child who brings in something homemade for show and tell just to be humiliated by the kid with an actual walking, talking Optimus Prime action figure. Go figure. Micah, I am shaking my fist in your direction! Hey at least I can type without even looking at the keyboard... using ALL of my fingers. But I digress.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the best family in the entire world...ever. That "ever" is like a 1-2-3 no callbacks. So don't even try to claim that yours is better. Moving on...

Above is a picture showing seventeen of my favorite cousins. We are standing like that because we were requested to recreate this babyCollapse )for my grandmother's 80th birthday this past June. Note the "Yikes!"

I chose that particular picture because I'd like to point out Stephen and myself. This image depicts our relationship perfectly. I am the annoying, older, (wiser, smarter, prettier) sibling, I mean... sister. We were asked to recreate this picture and I tried so hard to convince him that we were actually holding hands for the original. Needless to say, he didn't believe me. But that didn't stop me from trying to do it anyway. This picture captures the exact moment when he finally decides to take a stand and yells "stop touching me!" I laughed. I laughed even harder when I saw that picture.
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Thursday the 24th of January 2008 ]
Do you know the one thing that really grinds my gears? State souvenir magnets.

Why oh why don't they make these to scale? Sure I know people from Rhode Island wouldn't appreciate having a magnet the size of a mole, but I don't really appreciate the lack of continuity. Why is Delaware larger than Florida? And I bet Vermont is larger than Texas, too (I can't confirm or deny this since I have neither Vermont nor Texas). I never realized before how annoying these magnets are until I started rearranging them on our refrigerator. They just don't line up! We've had these magnets for so long and sure, it would be cool to have "America" on my fridge. But until they make each state to scale, I am boycotting them.
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Saturday the 19th of January 2008 ]
Let's play a game called "Guess the contents of my DVR." Go ahead, I'll give you a few moments to make your guesses.


If there's one thing I hate, it's clutter. Which is why I am slightly upset that I have over eleven hours of Goosebumps episodes just taking up residence in my cable box. So why don't I delete them? I've pondered that question many times before. I know that they're never going to get watched. Stephen and I started watching them in October and after about seven episodes, we both stared at each other asking "let me guess, you're joking?" at the number of shows remaining. I'll admit, I actually started a spreadsheet (yes, a spreadsheet) recording data from each episode. I was going to tally up the results to come up with what I called "the essential goosebumps formula." I know, I'm a geek. Nonetheless, I couldn't put myself through the torture of twenty three more episodes for "science," so I abandoned it. I guess I'm just worried that after I delete them, I'll be hit with a sudden urge to watch Goosebumps.

The rest of my DVR collection includes Harry Potter 1-4 (commercials included), Home Alone 2, Drive Me Crazy staring Melissa Joan Hart, a two minute segment from the movie The Little Giants (a pitch to johnny? you can't pitch to johnny, I'm johnny!), and a one minute clip from America's Funniest Home Videos.

Did you guess correctly?
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Saturday the 12th of January 2008 ]
I'm in Tampa so i'll update more when I get back! Have a blessed mid-january, everyone!
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Wednesday the 9th of January 2008 ]
Things you can tell about me by looking at my cork board:

Erin: Brrr. I wish this blanket was electric...wooga wooga wooga woo.
Stephen: Wooga wooga wooga woo??
Erin: Yeah, you know. Like, the electric slide? You can feel it, it's electric wooga wooga wooga woo.
Stephen: Never make that reference again.
One minute and 30 seconds later...
Stephen: Erin!! Now i'm going to have that song stuck in my head all night long.
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Monday the 7th of January 2008 ]
So, I've been trying to use my graphic design "skills" on a smaller level and take a break from websites. Not that I have made many (or any) in awhile, but I still like taking on graphics jobs because it satisfies my creative trait. Thus leading to my sales "pitch." I want to create custom wedding monograms for couples who want them for invitations, place cards, thank you cards, etc... I have only made one, and actually, it was this bride-to-be who encouraged me to start a small business making them. I have four of the samples that I made her in the link below. And here is one that i've recently played around with for a friend.

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If you know of anyone who is engaged, I'd love to get in contact with them and find out if a monogram is something they want. The total cost is $25 dollars and they'll get a high-res image of the monogram for their personal use. They can pay using a credit card through paypal and I don't charge if they don't like what I've created. It's that simple. And all monograms can be customized. I don't have a website set up for this yet. I still need to make sure that enough people are interested before I invest in a domain name. I just thought that this was the perfect slot of space for my mini-introduction. =)
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Saturday the 5th of January 2008 ]
Stephen and I like to play these little games. This one is called "erin, can you find your slippers?"

So volleyball went well last night, I continue to ask myself why I still play. Probably it's because I get to "hane" out at Denny's afterward. As Andrew likes to say "it's what she looks forward to all week." And that's the truth. God has blessed me with great acquaintences. =) But really, they're awesome people.

On a completely random note, after begging for months, I finally convinced Stephen to give me his gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Even God laughed when he got it as a gift, because He knows that Stephen doesn't read. So I got to purchase "The World Without Us," which I am very excited to read. It's an account of what would happen to the world (building and land decay etc...) if every human on earth just disappeared. I've been wanting to borrow it from the library since summer but it's ALWAYS checked out. Good grief, it was worse than trying to get my hands on Harry Potter 3. Anyway, now I own it, so if you want to borrow it after me, let me know.

Erin: My feet are cold.
Stephen: Go put your slippers on.
Erin: I would, but it's the strangest thing. I haven't been able to find them for days.
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Wednesday the 2nd of January 2008 ]
Sitting here freezing, I just got back from trivia. I think the last thing I need is more random boys in my life. =)

I'm three entries in and I'm already finding it hard to record my thoughts. I want to write what people want to read. The most successful writers know their audience, I know of at least two people who read this (Hi, Pastor John and Andrea). So I think for tonight, before I make hot chocolate and play Wii with Stephen, and before I jump into my electrically heated bed (thanks mom and dad), I will just type.

I've started reading this book called The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen. It's written so poetically and is, I think, insightful as to how the cross followed Jesus around since his birth. I am also slowly making my way through the old testament again. I find it hard to concentrate on land lots and such, but I am learning a lot and that's the important thing. My main goal is to keep Christ in my life everyday, not just through prayer, but through reading and learning. It's working so far.

I am having a horribly difficult time with schools. I want to go to Philadelphia, my heart feels at peace when I think about it. I want to go to a Christian school, too. Interior Design and Christan education are so rarely matched up, that I only know of one school that offers both... but it's in Indiana. I would ultimately like to enroll for this coming term, but more realistically, I would love to be back in school by fall. I feel like, and I hate to say this, such a failure for taking a break. I don't look down upon anyone who doesn't have a college degree, but I can't help but think that people look down on me. As if i'm not intelligent or creative enough. I don't know, it's a strange emotion that I have been dealing with for a few months.

And good Lord, since i've started typing this, Stephen has been heckling me like it's his job... "where is my hot chocolate??" So as to keep my sanity...
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Monday the 31st of December 2007 ]

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Friday the 28th of December 2007 ]
I am such a twit sometimes.

I literally said this out loud:

"I thank you kindly for the kisses that you have bestowed upon my hand." What am I in Pride and Prejudice??

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Thursday the 27th of December 2007 ]
Today I sit here and try to interject myself into my father's shoes or, should I say, shirts. I cannot imagine the turmoil he must have been in this morning when he surveyed the undershirt and newly gifted under-armor that he was about to put on. "Which goes underneath?" He probably pondered as he eyed the white garments, "They both start with 'under.'" Upon seeing my dad this morning, I could see clearly that the undershirt won out. Actually, Dad, the under-armor is the first layer. It is pretty much useless as an "overshirt."  Actually,  I am quite literally surprised that you could fit another shirt underneath it. It's ok though, the four of us had a good laugh. That probably wasn't too nice of us though.

And honestly, as I sit here typing this, I overhear this conversation taking place in the next room:

Andrew: Dad, you don't wear t-shirts under under-armor.
Dad: Is that why you called me at work to tell me??
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Wednesday the 26th of December 2007 ]
Don't call it a comeback. It's a re-start. sparklexmotion documented my life for the past five years and now it's time to move on to bigger and better things. I'm older, more mature, and definitely wittier than before. =)  I am so excited to start writing again, it has been too long. I hope that this journal can be as creative as its predecessor and keep my past readers interested.

My life for the past ten months has been a whirlwind of changes, some not so good, while others have impacted my life greatly. I believe that the "changes for the better" are apparent and don't warrant being mentioned. This entry is to come clean. At times I lost sight of who I was and who I was living for. Not anymore. Christ is number one and I will do my best to keep him that way. I've missed out on seeing the best of friends, i've turned to people who have been horrible influences on me, and to sum it up: i've been sucked into an enticing black hole and spit back out.

With the light now shining on my face, I pick up my things and start to move forward. Forward looks a lot like backwards but i'll travel anywhere to erase the bad choices I have made. I move back to the times when the Bible was a book that I read daily, when simple things brought me joy, when I didn't need the attention of a certain boy to make me feel "worthy," when laughing was a regular occurrence, when friends exchanged "I love you's" more than "I miss you's," and when people liked me for my nerdiness and not how pretty I've become without my glasses. Backwards, forwards, call it what you will but I am on a path to better and I couldn't be more thrilled.
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