miscellaneous ramblings


1. home. You've probably already noticed, but I'm back from our whirlwind impromptu trip down to Texas - we got back yesterday afternoon. The funeral was hard. Very hard. I have a big bump on the inside of my lip - the flesh that I kept on biting trying to hold back tears. At first it worked, but in between the funeral and the reception I lost it and started sobbing. Thankfully only for about 30 seconds...I feel sorry for our old neighbor, who was talking to me at the time.

The photo above is of our friend's land, which was one of the most important things in his life. I snapped it at the reception, which was at his neighbor's house. It may not look like much, but this picture is precious to me.

2. i hate picasa web albums. I really do. Assuming you use Blogger, every single picture you upload gets automatically transfered to Picasa Web Albums. The catch is, you only have a certain amount of storage. And when you exceed that limit, you can no longer upload photos on your blog, unless you delete some. That's what happened to me today. I had to delete some pictures (which were also deleted from my blog) so I could upload more. Sigh.

3. rosie. Rosie is my friend's yellow lab. When I went to her house a few days ago, this is how Rosie was lying at one point. When Andi grabbed my camera to take a picture, Rosie started wagging her tail - but remained in the exact same position. Cracked me up. 

4. sweet boy. Today I had to babysit for a family whose kids I regularly watch. When one of the little boys saw me come in the door, he yelled, "Carlotta!" and jumped on me with a huge hug. I mean jumped. I ended up hold him. Sweetest. thing. ever.

5. piano. I'm starting my first teaching job on Monday...I will be teaching a little girl from our church piano. She's already taken one year of piano, so I hope she'll learn as much from me as from her previous teacher...wish me luck! ;)

6. ice cream sandwiches. A few years ago, we got some ice cream sandwich makers, similar to these (we got them from Williams-Sonoma, but I don't think they're sold anymore). Tonight we decided to make some of these delicious treats - mine was a pig. Is it not the cutest thing?! I can't get over the little snout.

7. lilly. She just cracks me up. She found a picture of Justin Bieber in the newspaper (Note: I'm definitely not a fan, but she adores him. For whatever reason.), cut it out, and kissed it. Twice. Then she said she wished he was her dad. Umm...
She also said that she had a dream about Jeremiah, and in the dream, he was her husband. But they weren't married, Lilly insisted. He was just her husband. Snort.



  1. Tell your sister that I think she has very good taste in guys (Justin Bieber) and that he can be her dad as long as I am his wife hahah! haha just kidding. And there are plenty of reasons to like him :).
    I'm still sorry about your friend! That's rough. That land is beautiful! And those ice cream sandwhiches are TOO friggin cutee!

  2. Ha ha! Lilly is very cute!!

  3. Cutest ice cream sandwich ever!! I love it! :) And my dogs lay the same way at that lab.. it's so funny. Have a good Sunday!

  4. Cute dog! :)

    BTW, about Picasa: I just use Imgur (http://imgur.com) to upload photos since there's no limit and there's an Album option, too. Totally free, no account needed, and it gives you a URL for the images. Does that help . . . ?

  5. I was going to suggest Flickr - it's what I use because I felt myself running into the same problem you've run into. I don't want to have to delete my photos and I wanted to retain the quality of my photos. I haven't heard of imgur.com, but that sounds like a great option too!

  6. Hahahaha that is too cute about Lily! Lovely dog, very cute. Blogger can really be a pain with it's whole photo mess, drives me nuts. :)


  7. Sorry about your loss, that's still gotta be hard. And there are so many reasons to like Justin Bieber I think it would exceed the space provided for comments :) you don't think he's just a little bit cute?????????

  8. The ice cream looks so good

  9. Golden Eagle - Thank you, thank you, thank you! That's what I'll be using from now on.

    Ashley - I would love to use Flickr, but you need a Yahoo account and I have a Gmail. I know I could sign up for a Yahoo, but I don't really want to deal with two email addresses...

    Jodie - Thanks...yeah it is hard. And Justin Bieber...well, I like him a bit more now than when I did a few months ago. But sorry...I don't really find him that attractive ;)

  10. Hey,
    thanks for commenting on my blog! Your blog is adorable!

    You take some amazing pictures!
    I absolutely love the one of you on your "about me" page!

    And I'm sorry about your loss. I hate funerals...

    Soli Deo Gloria

  11. That has to be the most awesome ice-cream sandwich EVER

  12. LOL, your sister sounds so cute.. I love Justin Bieber;) All my friends bag him out though, so I don't talk about him too much:P
    Love your blog, btw, I'm following!:D

  13. Hi Carlotta, I'm Brian from the Picasa team. Thanks for sharing your honest feedback about our storage limits, and I really like your photos you've been posting. Please keep it up! I also have an ongoing Project 365, but with my schedule it's turning out more like a Project 265.

    We're currently re-evaluating our storage limits, and I've shared your feedback with the rest of our team. In the meantime, there are a couple options I wanted to highlight for your photos going forward: If you're currently uploading photos at 1600 pixels, you could upload them directly to Picasa Web at a lower resolution (like 1024 or 800 pixels) to save space without sacrificing too much quality. Also, as you may already know, we do offer 20GB of paid storage for less than 50 cents per month. For more info, check out https://www.google.com/accounts/b/0/PurchaseStorage?hl=en_US

  14. Anonymous8/02/2010

    haha oh rosie...<33

  15. You could upload your photos to a Photobucket, flickr or sites like that, so you don't take up space on Picasea. Or however you spell that. :)


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