Discovering Donna


How neat is this?

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 13, 2008
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I was scrolling through my reads this morning over on the side and there are some really neat things going on that I want to share.

First, Finn has some awesome pictures up on her site and she’s offering to help answer our photography questions if we have any and she can answer them. She’s always has some neat and thought provoking things to say, so if you ever get a chance stop by.

Lori and Eric as always have some great pictures of my nephew Corban. He’s such a cutie.

And then that brings me to Rach. She posted that I inspired her (huh? Oh wait that was Hopper! LOL) which I’m honored by the way Rach! to start Project 365.

Day Zero is the site for the 101 things in 1001 days. Can I just say it’s always interesting. If you are looking to do something fun and worthwhile, check it out. You can also see what everyone else is doing on their lists too.

Free Rice is a program that not only helps you expand your vocabulary, but your math skills, art knowledge, Spanish, a few other languages and chemistry and math, all the while donating rice to the UN’s Free Rice program. Check it out sometime if you haven’t.

I think that’s all that’s going on today.

Until Later,

Photo Blog

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 11, 2008
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Well, I’m starting to try to do the photo 365 again. I’ve got a photo blog started. The link is on the right side with my links I think it’s called My Photoblog. Or you can just go to http://www.photoblog.com/pinkmagnolia Wish me luck and let’s see if I can’t get this thing finished. I think I was up to day 60 last time.

Getting down on his level

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 11, 2008
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Hopper sleeping

Well here I am

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 7, 2008
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We got here on Monday and I have felt so out of sorts. Until today. Today is different for me on so many levels. Maybe it started yesterday. We did something normal and fun. Ryan is out of school until Tuesday and he wanted to do something fun on his day off since he was leaving for camp today. So we picked out a movie and went to lunch at the mall and saw Eagle Eye. Now if you want a review on this movie, don’t ask me. I’m still undecided about it. But it was something normal for me. It wasn’t staying in the apartment trying to get organized and unpacked or looking for a job.

Today Dirk is working with his dad and Davee (pronounced Da Vee) outside. It’s just me and Hopper up here. I have to pick up a few items of clothing, make the bed and then wash the morning dishes but it’s a routine. I’m going to go to the store later and pick up a bundt pan and some storage containers that we are missing. Tonight I’m cooking supper and I’m going to bake too. I think that it’s a routine that I crave right now. Something to make me feel more at home in my surroundings.

I love this place. It’s a novel concept for me to not worry about locking my doors when I get out of my car. The house is left unlocked at night and during the day. There are no stop lights in this town that I’ve seen. Maybe one and that’s at the border of Pasadena and here. It’s a nice place.

My living space wow. Just how many times do you get the opportunity to live in a three story vicorian house and have basically a whole floor to yourself? I’m going to try to take pictures today so look on my photo album site tonight and maybe they’ll be up. There is still more work to be done up here, they are going to knock out a partician and put up a wall so that we can put our bed under the sky lights. I have a ton of ideas running around in my head on stuff that I want to do. It’s just a matter of getting job to support that.

Suddenly instead of wishing for Shreveport, I still miss it and everyone terribly, don’t get me wrong, but I’m becoming a tad more comfortable with where I live. Besides, how many of you can go to your dinning room and look over the Los Angeles area which at night is an awesome view. I wish I had a better camera to photograph it at night. Maybe I’ll get one soon. Who knows.

Until later I’m sure…

Love you!!!

Thought for the Day

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 5, 2008

Simply because I’m trying to get some ground under my feet and trying to get used to my surroundings, I leave this thought for the day

~Not all those who wander are lost.~   J.R.R. Tolkien

#18 Go on a road trip

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on November 4, 2008

Well, this one is done!  I think moving from Louisiana to California constitues a road trip!  LOL  We left on Saturday morning, arriving yesterday afternoon!  I’ve definatley moved out of my comfort zone that is for sure.

Hopefully in a couple more days, I’ll have my bearings and will be able to post some pictures and a longer post!  Until then, we’re here!!!!

Love everyone!

and Fortune Cookie Say…..

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on October 31, 2008
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Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory

I need a title for this blog

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on October 15, 2008

I need a title for my blog!!!! I’ve been so unhappy with the title. Why is it I can help others name the ones they have but when it comes to mine it’s sort of impossible?

What do you think? Any Suggestions?

A Picture is Worth a Million Words

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on October 6, 2008

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on September 25, 2008

I finished this book last night. It was very heart warming and sad at the same time. I cried I don’t know how many times reading this book. I haven’t read the lecture itself, but I want to. I would encourage anyone to read this. I could go on and on about it but I’m just going to share two passages from the book. How telling they are about this man.

Page 79-“Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

Page 193-“I’m aware that Chloe may have no memory of me at all. She’s too young. But I want her to grow up knowing that I was the first man ever to fall in love with her. I’d always thought the father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, it’s real. Sometimes she looks at me and I just become a puddle.”

There are so many more that I’d love to share. The times he spent with his nephew and niece when they were young, before he married and had children of his own. How he hopes that his niece and nephew will do the same with his kids that he did with them. How he hopes that his lecture and this book will be a legacy for his children. You get a real sense how just how much that this man loved his life, his family, friends and his job.

Pick up a copy and read it. Better yet, buy one. If you ever only buy one book in your life…This is the one you need to get!

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