Archive for December, 2006

Half Staff

The flags in augusta are being flown at half staff.  But don’t get confused.  This is not in memory of President Ford.  This is in memory of the Godfather of Soul.  The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.  King of Augusta.  Days before his death he gave away toys to children in downtown augusta.  I wish I could go to his funeral on saturday – but I’m going to be in the ATL for the Peach Bowl.  I guess the flags will have to be at half mast for President Ford next week.

This is the memorial at his statute in downtown Augusta –


Here is James with Coach Dooley – this looks like a recent picture –


Damn he could dance –

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Merry Christmas!

I should have posted this earlier – since at this point it seems like Christmas is already over, but it really isn’t.  These are my two favorite Christmas Bible Verses.  They make me very happy.  I’ve posted them before – but they are still my favorite so I’ll post them again. 

I wish each and every one of you a very merry happy Christmas.  I’m going to sit by the fire in the back yard and drink champagne with people I love.  I hope you all have an equally blessed holiday. 

Luke 2 (NIV)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree
that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.(This was the
first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up
from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went
there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and
was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the
baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She
wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels 
And there were shepherds living out in the fields
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord
appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they
were terrified. But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great
joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a
Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a
sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the
shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this
thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph,
and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they
spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her
heart.** The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all
the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been

John 1 (The Message)
The Life-Light

The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.

Everything was created through him;
nothing–not one thing!-
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;

the darkness couldn’t put it out.

(emphasis added)

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The free download of the week is That was the Worst Christmas Ever! on the Sufjan Stevens Christmas Album.  And I was just telling y’all the other day that it was awesome. 

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Work it, Work it

I LOVE the skirt I have on today.  And the boots.  Love, Love, Love.  Can’t even tell you how much having on clothes I feel great about affects my mood. 

I want to wear this skirt every day.  I wore it to a party last weekend.  I might wear it to every other party I go to from here on out. 

It is festive – red felt and it swishes when I walk.  I look GOOOD.  And I can’t even start with my boots.  They are heaven. 

Of course I ran my hose (that I opened this morning) before I even made it to work.  Oh well. 

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Christmas Carols

Kat tagged me in the Christmas Song Game, and I love games.  I love Christmas music – but I don’t LOVE christmas music.  Like – it makes me really happy, but not on the radio before thanksgiving.  And it irritates me when certain radio stations go completely christmas for six weeks.  Please.  There is no need for that.

Following directions has never been my strong point – so I am going to tell you about a christmas album, a christmas DVD, and a few songs. 

If you are looking for a good, different christmas album – you should download the Sufjan Stevens Christmas album on itunes or buy it on amazon.  I downloaded a lot of the songs last christmas when they were free – but I think I am going to buy the whole album because it has so many songs and I can honestly say this is the first christmas album I’ve ever listened to that I really and truly loved every song.  I looked at the site where I downloaded the songs but the link is broken, so I guess you will have to pay for it.  GO GET IT.  My favorite songs are – That Was the Worst Christmas Ever and Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance!

My dad loves watching concerts on DVD.  I apologize to anyone who has been forced to watch a concert on DVD with my dad.  I kind of enjoy it, as long as I have a glass of wine or my laptop to distract me.  Well, A Gala Christmas in Vienna is a favorite in the Paine household.  It really does have some amazing music.  The only creepy thing about it is that you can see through Sarah Brightman’s dress most of the DVD.  There is also Our Favorite Things – Christmas in Vienna which gets it’s fair share of screen time. 

I love Carol of the Bells, in any language, version, whatever.  I love the words, I love the rhythm, it is just one of my very favorite songs.  It is also very popular so I get to hear it all the time on the radio. 

O Holy Night is probably my favorite hymn, but there is something about Joy to the World – with all it’s verses that makes me happy.  It is like while you are singing Joy to the World – Christmas will never be over. 

Y’all know how I feel about Dolly – so Hard Candy Christmas will also have to be on my list.  Actually a very depressing song, but what ev.  I love Dolly. 

That’s all I’ve got.  I guess I have to tag some people.  Hmmmm…..who will participate?

Faris, Pete, Betsy, TSC Girl, and Jeremy.

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It’s the Law

Update:  I want to make sure that everyone notices the words scratched into the paint on the left side of georgia – from about Atlanta to Columbus.  This is the part that makes the picture so awesome.  I don’t think it is as obvious as I originally thought.  Okay – now comment on that. 

I walk past this sign every day.  I think it is really funny, especially due to it’s proximity to the courthouse. I know my sense of humor has deteriorated since I went to law school, so I apologize.  Meg knows what I’m talking about. Dsc00917

Obviously I would never say such a thing, but I won’t claim that the  sentiment hasn’t ever  crossed my mind.   If you can’t read it, you should just be glad I haven’t been able to pollute your mind this morning. 

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This is who Libby had drinks with Saturday night.  It was a big night for both of them, although a bit of a letdown for Brady.  The body guard to the left of Libby really adds to the photo, since Brady is at least twice as big as the guard.  He looks really pretty, don’t you think?  Also, strangely enough, Brady doesn’t have a badge around his neck like Libby.   Ridiculous.



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Best Cold Weather STory Ever

spack: its 22 degrees. feel like 5 degrees per the weather channel
ckp: it was 23 here when I woke up this morning
ckp: yay!
spack: this guy I work with, who puts gel in his hair… his hair froze and cracked off
ckp: hahahahahahahaha
ckp: funniest thing I’ve ever hear

spack: that will teach you a lesson 

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Hot Trash

It really grosses me out when I push open a trashcan to throw something away and heat radiates from the inside.  Now, I’m well aware that the source of the heat is simply someone’s hot coffee which has been recently discarded. 

Regardless – it grosses me out.  A LOT.  Like where I want to go sanitize my hand immediately.   I make a mental note to not throw away hot coffee in public trash. 


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The Dilbert Blog is amazing.  Read here about how music should be considered a drug.  Love it. 

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