Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cupcakes!

As everyone knows, gourmet cupcakes are all the rage these days.  I love cooking and baking in general but I don't do it very often.  So, when I found this yummy recipe in an article about one of our shows coming to OKC (SHREK THE MUSICAL), I thought it was about time I go ahead and see how my cupcake-baking skills were.   Here's the results and yes, they were very yummy!

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Nov 9-14, 2010
Civic Center Music Hall
Oklahoma City

Calli
Listening to
A Rush Of Blood To The Head
by Coldplay


Monday, October 18, 2010

I Heart The Office

Found this gem while on my lunch break this afternoon.  January can't come quick enough...
Thinking about possibly having a big unraveling party the first day of January back in the office....

Calli

Listening to:
Hard to Handle
by The Black Crowes

Friday, October 8, 2010

Double Dose of Good Music

So excited for tonight!  Co-worker and I are going to see Muse and Passion Pit in concert at the Ford Center!!!  Check out there music today on this wonderful Friday (A double portion of Favorite Artist Friday)!!!

So, how did I find these awesome bands?
Muse

Muse: Introduced to them on the Twilight Soundtrack.  They are Stephenie Meyer's “muse” and favorite band so they have been included on all the Twilight Saga Soundtracks thus far.
Passion Pit
Passion Pit: Included in the free music I downloaded from the Urban Outfitters Blog.  Some of the songs are a little out there (in my opinion) but I’ve found some real gems like Half Asleep by School of Seven Bells. 

P.S. Check out Sleep Sweepers choreographed by Phillip Chbeeb and crew to Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead (a personal fav of mine).

We're hoping to hit up Cuppies & Joe on our way out for some delicious cupcakes...fingers crossed we get there before they close!  I can already taste the Boom Boom Pow right now...
(Boom Boom Pow~vanilla bean cake w/chocolate buttercream, caramel, and sea salt)

I’ll try and post some pictures of the concerts later….

Enjoy and Happy Friday!

Calli

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friendships in the work place…



In this picture are two of my favorite girls to ever work with.  We were on a company trip to NYC this past May and we had a BLAST together!

I believe being able to connect with your coworkers is a very important aspect of a j-o-b.  Now, I’m not saying you should be best friends and do everything with them or tell them your deepest darkest secrets.  I mean, you can pick who work for, in a sense, but you can’t pick who you work with so make the best of it.  What I’m talking about is being able to hold a decent conversation and joke around with them…you know, have a good laugh every now and then.  (This also has to do with the fact that I love to laugh and try not to take life too seriously, although I admit I struggle with the latter at times.)  I feel very blessed to work with the people I do.  They are fun and some of the girls implement “tacky Friday” which always has us rolling…

So, this week I definitely had two instances where I was almost in the floor of my cube I was laughing so hard:

Numero Uno – One of the girls I work with, AK, is a year younger than me and we’re always quoting movies over the wall of our cubes since we are right next to each other.  On Thursday, we received a DVD of a TV spot so Libby and I were checking it to make sure it was ok.  It wouldn’t play on Libby’s computer and it wouldn’t play on mine.  So we went back to “The Cave” which is our production room (and has these huge high-tech Macs, definitely overwhelming) and popped in the DVD to see if it would play on the Mac back there.  Well, we tried everything, we clicked on everything and we tried clicking on individual files.  Still nothing.  Well, it wound up being a faulty DVD that the file hadn’t been fully burned onto the disk.  So, I was relaying this story to AK and I said “It was almost as if we were having a Zoolander moment, ‘It’s IN the computer????’ but we were saying ‘It’s ON the DVD???’”  She died laughing then I died laughing and we laughed. A lot.

Numero Dos
Branda – Calli, do you smoke a pipe?  Every time I walk by your cube I smell pipe smoke.
Calli – No, is it my lotion?
Branda – Maybe…(she walks off)
Calli – AK, does my lotion smell smoky?
AK – (takes a whiff) No…
Calli – I think it smells like cotton candy, but more of a grown-up smell…like an adult cotton candy
AK – (takes another whiff) Oh yeah! It does smell like cotton candy. 
(enters Randy…his ears must have perked up at this point…)
Randy – Adult cotton candy?  That sounds like a drink.  Could you imagine ordering that at a circus? “I’d like a small child’s cotton candy and a large adult cotton candy…oh wait, make that a double.”
(AK & Calli erupt in laughter)

Now, I know these are probably “should’ve been there” stories but we have fun.  We work hard but we usually don’t let a funny moment pass with out grabbing hold of it.  So if you’re working at a job and your not really clicking with everyone, my advice would be lighten up a bit and open up to some of your coworkers.  Now, like I said earlier, not your deepest darkest secrets but you may just start off with “Hey guess what I did this weekend” and then also inquire of how their weekend went.  It may take a while but keep at it and you’ll have funny, “should’ve been there” stories to tell too.

Love and peaches,
Calli
Listening to:
Dave Barnes
Chasing Mississippi


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

So maybe I'm not as good as I was hoping I would be with blogging.  I really like sharing thoughts and writing them down more for my benefit of organizing what is in my head (getting into my head, scary, I know).  I guess I kind of put pressure on myself to have semi meaningful blog posts and fun pictures and fonts to go along with it... and that is probably the reason why I haven't posted in like a month or two.  


Last week I went to week 3 of Super Summer as a Team Leader in Green School (each grade is assigned a color.  Green was juniors going to be seniors).  It was absolutely wonderful to get away and be around more people that are my age and are seeking after the Lord.  During the week, I was really encouraged through our school time (we had a great Exec staff - hilarious but totally grounded in what the Lord wanted to do in our school) and also through my kiddos for the week.  It amazes me every year I go to Super Summer as a Team Leader the kids who come and have been through situations that will absolutely break your heart but their fire and desire for the Lord will knock you over and it is very humbling.  


Even though the week is all about the kids and pouring into them, I feel like the Lord really spoke to me during the week and I left feeling very heavy-hearted and convicted about how I've been very selfish with my time.  I get so afraid of doing too much and getting worn out that I think I don't do "enough."  The last verse of "Desert Song" by Hillsong says:
This is my prayer in the harvest,
when favor and providence flow.
I know I'm filled to be emptied again.
This seed I've received I will sow.  
I feel like sometimes I've lost sight and perspective of pouring out completely.  I guess I get so afraid that I won't be filled up again that I'm afraid to pour out all I have been given.  That just shows how much I don't fully trust the Lord which I'm ashamed to admit.  

Calli
Listening to:
Green River Ordinance
Out Of My Hands

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Numero Dos

Hey Theta Pond...you sparkle! 


I’ve been a very busy girl the last two weeks which means this will be a long post (woot):
  • First of all and most importantly: I bought a really cute purse for summertime AND for when I go to NYC at the end of this month (happy dance!!!)
  • (Kate Landry “Dottie” Cross-Body Bag)
  • Shout-out to Erik, Sergey, Nadir, & Victor: my new friends that are in CIRQUE DREAMS ILLUMINATION. They were here for the “Run Away With Cirque” auditions and I was around them most of last weekend. Sergey, Nadir & Victor are from Uzbekistan & Russia (respectively) and they went to their first baseball game! I stole the pic from Nadir, but here they are at the game.  
  • Victor, Erik, Nadir, Sergey
  • The show will be in OKC at the Civic Center Music Hall Tuesday, May 4th – Sunday,  May 9th and then they are road tripping-it up to Tulsa to the Tulsa PAC Tuesday, May 11th – Sunday, May 14th. You should come! I’m super excited about this show.
  • Today, I finished N.D. Wilson’s Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl. It’s a poetic view of this world and the Author and Creator of it. The imagery in it is overwhelming and beautiful.

  • Now I’m reading Don Miller’s Blue Like Jazz. I’ve heard great thing about it for forever and it was $5 at Mardel’s so I said ok, I’ll buy it and read it. Let you know how it goes.

Today was a lazy but productive day. I was going to go to Stillwater this weekend but decided that rest was more important. It’s been 3 weeks since surgery, but I should probably still take it semi-easy…I mean, I know I’m super-woman and all…uh, yeah. I definitely slept in and rolled out of bed around 10:30 am because I realized that I needed to get my oil changed in my car before they closed at noon or else my car may blow-up or something horrific and traumatizing may happen for me and the car. Later, I showered (victory!) and made my way to Cappuccino Corner for a little ready-read time. It is one of two coffee shops here and the only locally owned. (Buy locally!!) [Stepping onto soap box. Both coffee shops close at 9 pm every night (no Sundays). I think that’s redonk because Claremore has a fast-growing 4-year University. STAY OPEN LATER!! Stepping off soap box.] Abby in all her shortness (love you and your shortyness!) stopped by and we had a chatty-chat about life, love and the pursuit of summer-time functions. Bring it on summer.


It rained today and I loved it. With my books and yummy White Chocolate Mocha, I watched the rain fall from the safety of the coffee shop. It was sporadic but calm which was very soothing and mesmerizing to me. As I drove home and the rain delicately fell on my windshield, I had this overwhelming awareness of the Lord and His presence in my life. He is wooing me and I’m falling more madly in love with Him and that excites me. There have been several things and people in my life the last 5 months that helped build to this moment in time, but I’ll save that for a rainy day…another one at least ;)


If you’re still reading, you’re a trooper and deserve a gold star or a cookie, your choice. XOXO hugs and kisses! Tee-hee! Just kidding.


I love looking at my relationship with the Lord as the Great Romance. It’s not like my collection of chick-flicks or 80’s movies, like Sixteen Candles, that end with the anticipated yet predictable kiss over the birthday cake while sitting on the kitchen table (I haven’t watched it a thousand times…uh yeah…) – it is never-ending. The Lord longs to show us His love and give us another glimpse of His goodness and grace. He whispers words of sweet-somethings through His creation: the gentle rainfall, the long-awaited green of the trees and grass after a bitter winter, through conversation with a friend, a song written as a love-song to our Creator, the list goes on but we have to listen and be still and know that He is God (Ps 46:10). I can’t accurately describe how I felt as I drove but this song by Mainstay was playing along and it comes pretty close to how I felt:
       All of me longs for You,
      Light of the world
      Coming soon, breaking through all this pain
      Falling down, calling out,
      Your love surrounding me
      For You I wait, In you I wait
      I will look to the day when you're coming again
      To heal the hearts of men - when you come down
      Let us look to the sky with redemption in our eyes
      Watch the world come alive - when you come down
      Broken hearts will finally see
      Light of the world
      Every tear wiped away from our eyes.
      Every sin that held us down
      They all will disappear.
      And so I wait. For You I wait.
      All of me longs for You,
      Light of the world
Calli
Listening to:
Mainstay
Become Who You Are
http://www.myspace.com/mainstay

Sunday, April 18, 2010

In the "Waiting Room"


If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Today was the first day in our new Sunday School room for our College & Career (18-30ish years old) Group which we have dubbed "Fusion." This will only be a temporary room until the renovations are completed on the recently purchased old Junior High (a.k.a. "The Roach Motel" as we lovingly referred to it in the 7th grade) hopefully by the end of summer...maybe.

The lesson this morning revolved around the question, "What questions are you waiting on in your life for God to answer?" James, our fearless leader and quoter of Rocky movies, asked us to write down three questions we had. In a room full of mostly post-high school and post-college girls, you can only imagine the number one question that was on their list. I think it was the most obvious one, so those of us (more like all of the girls) didn't really bring it up. Some of the "questions" or things we were "waiting" on included:
  • When am I going to know what to do with my life?
  • I'm so ready for school to be over with!
  • What am I going to do after school is over?
  • Hawaii!!!!
  • Sixty-two more days till till I (Brynn) get married!
  • How do I better live and love everyday?
With some of those, I've been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and the bumper sticker. Others, I'm either totally there now or not yet at all.

The three things that I've been mulling over in my mind I think are what a lot of post-grad single girls my age are thinking about. (Side note: the alliteration was completely unintentional.) So here ya go:
  1. Move: I live in a town about 30-35 minutes [depending on the amount of construction, the number of drivers out and the direction of the wind (just kidding)] outside of Tulsa where I work. I have unashamedly lived with my parents the last two years and am not sure if it's time to move to Tulsa or if its even the right thing to do now. There are so many variables in this equation that pull me in both directions.
  2. Ministry: What is my ministry? How does the Lord want to use me? Where am I supposed to be serving? I haven't quite yet felt like I've found my niche. Basically, I'm not quite sure what the Lord wants to do with my life - how he plans on using me.
  3. Marriage: Surprised? Didn't think so. I'm very content where I'm at but it is that question that lingers in the back of my mind. When? Where? Who? How?
At times, I am very frustrated that I don't have an answer to those questions but then I'm reminded as Micah, one of our token boys, brought up the verse Isaiah 40:31:

Those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

So, be encouraged as I am by that verse and the fact that you are not the only one with that "lingering" or "never-answered" question. Place your hope in the Lord and know that we are all in the "Waiting Room" about one thing or another and we're here to help and to love.

Calli

Listening To
Matt Wertz
twenty-three places
http://www.myspace.com/mattwertz
 
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