Awarded "Over The Top!" - Aw, Yay!

So - A while ago my best gal pal Al at Remember the Moments hit me up for this award - which just makes me feel like little butterflies are flying around in my tummy and gives me the biggest grin on my face - something I'm sure she experiences because she has her own "butterfly" in her tummy [due May!] And it was quite the nicest surprise because I really have been slack on my blog - so here's to a new start! Yay!

Here are the Rules:

Use only one word answer the questions, pass along to six favorite bloggers, and tell 'em you did so.

1. Where is your cell phone? Table

2. Your hair? Long!

3. Your mother? Loves

4. Your father? Tough

5. Your favorite food? Indian

6. Your dream last night? Lost

7. Your favorite drink? Juice

8. Your dream/goal? Serve

9. What room are you in? Office

10. Your hobby? Learning

11. Your fear? Heights

12. Where do you want to be in six years? Mummying-it-up

13. Where were you last night? Party

14. Something that you aren't? Married

15. Muffins? Now!

16. Wish list item? Guitar

17. Where did you grow up? [all over] South Australia

18. Last thing you did? Toilet

19. What are you wearing? PJ's

20. Your TV? Singing

21. Your pets? Mystery

22. Friends? Truckloads

23. Your life? Expanding

24. Your mood? Waking-up

25. Missing someone? Many

26. Vehicle? Rodeo

27. Something you're not wearing? Pants

28. Your favorite store? Ahm...

29. Your favorite color? Greens

30. When was the last time you laughed? Last Night

31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

32. Your best friend(s)? Many!

33. One place that I could go over and over? Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia

34. One person who emails you regularly? Cara B

35. Favorite place to eat? Indian Places

Now, I am not blessed with an abundance of people who comment on my blog - so I will just tag YOU! Whoever you are reading this - wherever you are in life - have this as a wee break from the norm of your blog and hit me back with a comment and I'll come right over and check it out!

Or - you don't have to do that at all! But, I found it ridiculously hard to write just 1 word for my answers! Is that saying something about my abilities to use more words when writing and speaking than necessary? Ha!

Bless ya's!

Within the Willows of the Way I Want to Wish you Well...

... Okay, butt is clicking into gear now... finally.

I want to revamp this site and give it a fresh new feel for a fresh new era... so hang tight. I've got plenty of time now and I will make this happen in the next 2 days...


WOW... [and whoops - totally forgot to upload this 2 weeks ago!]

I am TERRIBLE at keeping this updated. Excuse over. Note to self - I should stop using this as my starting phrase...

Honey, I am home. It's the weirdest thing.

I've been home 2 days. 2 days!?! In so many ways, I feel like I've never left. Perhaps it was because being with my friends here felt like there had never been time between.

We didn't have the awkward "They have jokes and I have jokes and the crossover of jokes requires explanation because we weren't present - you know, when someone fell over at your home church and it was funny, but you weren't there so just give a polite laugh.

We didn't have the "Things Carola wasn't present at" or the "things the home family weren't present at" finger pointing - you know, when someone says "Oh, you missed so-n-so's party - it was AWESOME!!"

It was like - we just kept going from the day I left. It was really the best welcome back to my group of closer friends that I could've imagined. Thankfully, I went into seeing my friends with ZERO expectations. I know from the first time coming back from the ship that if you expect anything - even the smallest things - you will highly likely be disappointed. People love you but the care factor isn't there. They want to know - don't get me wrong - but they don't understand. The excitement you have for things are like aliens from another planet to people at home - they just don't get it. Not because they are daft, they just weren't there. Like, you weren't at home to see the things they did.

But - I'm also expecting to have my feelings change... because at some point people will. And I will. I changed while I was away - will I change again when I