The World According to Tiff Sniff

Meandering ponderings and wonderings on the state of things.

Of Bunco and cheerleaders

So it's only 2:00 on Saturday afternoon, but it's been a pretty eventful weekend already.

Last night I attended the inaugural Blogger Bunco night at Mothership BBQ in Berry Hill. There were 12 local female bloggers of assorted types, and we had a blast. I won a prize for having the most losses. That's my kind of prize. I'll post pictures as soon as I can get my pics uploaded onto my home computer, and then get my computer somewhere with internet access so I can load them here. It seems way more complicated than it ought to be.

Then today, I attended my 10-year high school reunion picnic. Wow. I'm seriously not old enough for this. Almost everyone there was married with at least one offspring, and one couple has four already. Again, I'm not ready to handle this.

It was a lot of fun, in the end. In the words of a coworker, it was great to go and feel "normal" with these people. I still felt a little prickly toward some of the girls I didn't get along with back then, but I wasn't there to get along with them. I was there to see my friends' babies, to get caught up on the gossip, and to make myself feel better by going in there with the confidence and self-esteem that I have developed over the last decade.

There were several people there whom I hadn't seen since graduation that I was very happy to see. There were a handful that I was disappointed I didn't have more time to talk with.

That doesn't mean I'll shell out $50 for the dinner tonight.

All in all, though, I survived, and I'm glad I went. Tonight promises poker and margaritas with people I am very close to, and I'm glad for that.

Here are the promised Bunco pics:


Mothership Bunco III

My First Bunco!

More on my flickr site (see banner to the right). Enjoy!

Things I Dreamed Last Night

First of all, let me say that I slept very badly last night, and my dreams are much more vivid and memorable (or at least I just remember them better) when I sleep poorly. So, in no particular order, interesting things I remember about my walk through the shades last night:

1. Watching MTV, they played the new single from Shawn Colvin, followed by the new one by Mary Chapin Carpenter. It was a beautiful song, and she looked great. I was just a little upset that I didn't even know that her album was that far along yet.

2. I was smoking again. Cigarettes. To the point that I thought, "Well, I guess that now, when people ask, I'll have to say that I'm a smoker. Even though I never smoke more than one in a day." Can someone tell me why I dream about smoking? I've never actually smoked anything in my life. But this is a recurring thing in my dreams. Weird.

3. I dreamed about him again. The one who got away. Don't know where that came from, but it always throws me for a loop when he shows up. Nothing too special - he was just back here in Nashville, in my world again.

So - fun things to blackmail me with down the line. I'll see some of you tonight at the Nashville is Talking blogger thing, some at the Will Hoge show. The rest of you, have a great weekend!

Rainy days and Mondays

Okay, so today isn't either. But I'm down.


If you're the praying type, I am asking your assistance. This morning I had an email from a friend from college. This isn't someone I have kept in touch with, but we recently reconnected through a mutual friend.

Anyway, James and his wife, Katie, recently found out they are pregnant, after trying for quite a while. They are now at 13 weeks. She's been having some abdominal pain, and her OB thought she might have gallstones, so she went in yesterday for some tests.

They found a tumor on her pancreas, and some lesions on her liver. They aren't sure if the liver lesions are cancerous or not, but since she survived a bout with skin cancer 3 years ago, things don't look good.

The kicker is that, if the liver is cancerous, there is no way to treat Katie that won't be fatal to the baby. And they can't wait until the baby is born to start treating her, because of her medical history.

So please. please be praying for them. If her liver is not cancerous, they will try some treatments that won't be as harmful to the baby. So first and foremost, we are pleading that those results will come back negative.

But regardless, this is going to be a really tough time for James and Katie. Pray for their strength, and that this time will work to bring them closer to each other and to God, and won't tear them down.

Thanks, y'all.

This Strange Life

Hey - better late than never, right?

Anyway, I cannot believe it's been 3 months since I've done anything on here. It's hard, though, because I no longer have internet access at home, and I'm not supposed to do this kind of thing during work hours.

So other than the occasional Saturday that I'm in the office (ahem), I don't know how much I'll be able to do with my blog. But I like having it, so I don't intend to just quit.

Onto the real stuff.

First of all, a quick update:

I still love my job. I can't believe I've been here 8 months. 8 months today, actually. It's great, other than having to work the occasional Saturday. I had a review and got a raise, so that was nice. I also had a conversation with the partner I'm under and let her know that I'm willing to move to London to help open that office when the time comes. Probably in the next 2-3 years.

In the meantime, I'm going back to England next month, to repeat the mission trip I did last year. I'm leading again this year, this time, by myself. My co-leader is starting school and so is going on a trip that fits her school schedule better. We have a good group - we're taking 10, plus a friend is coming down from Scotland for the week. Instead of London this year, one of our team members has planned our free travel in secret. We don't know where we're going. I have my theories, though. My money is on Paris.

My brother, Ted, is home from China. My sister, Tara, is back in Texas. I'm still in Nashville.

My prom date (and friend)'s album came out this week, and he has a top-5 single on the Christian charts. It's weird, but I'm so proud of him. He's affecting a lot of people in a really positive way.

Second, I got tagged by JT a few weeks ago, and haven't had a chance to participate yet. So here goes:

(I want to preface this by saying that I'm following JT's rule that the Bible isn't included in this. No "God" answers here.)

1. One book that changed your life: Jurassic Park. An unexpected choice, I know. But I read it at 12, and it was the first "adult" book I read. It also created in me an unchangeable appetite for entertaining, fun fiction that challenges me intellectually. Hard to find, but Michael Crichton is great at it. Plus, it has dinosaurs, and I wanted to be a paleontologist for much of my young life. I thought it was cool that adults would write and read a book about what is traditionally either a kid's book or textbook subject.

2. One book that you've read more than once: Just one? This is hard. I've probably read Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy more times than any other single book. Since Hop on Pop, anyway.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It's completely engrossing, escapist without being unintelligent, and long enough that by the time I finished I'd be ready to start again.

4. One book that made you laugh: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers, the guy who started mcsweeney' It's his memoirs about the deaths of his parents within a month of each other, and how he and his siblings got their lives going again.

5. One book that made you cry: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (I liked that one a lot. Can you tell?)

6. One book you wish had been written: The World According to Tiff Sniff: The Life and Times of America's Favorite Fluff Novelist. One of these days I'll get around to writing for real.

7. One book you wish had never been written: The Prayer of Jabez. It's full of Americanized Christianity and other crap. A lot of people think this is what the Bible is all about, whereas I found it to be pretty much the opposite of everything Jesus stood for.

8. One book you're currently reading: A Breath of Snow and Ashes (it's the 6th book in the Outlander series.)

9. One book you've been meaning to read: Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner, who's coming to the Zoe conference, which I think I will be unable to attend, sadly.

10. Tag others: Does anyone even check here anymore? My guess is, probably not. But we'll see. I'll tag E-co, Angie, Katie, and Big Orange Michael, of they haven't been already.

Alright, well, the big scary tornado-y storms are getting closer, and since our power always gets iffy during a storm, and I really don't want to have to wait out the rain at work, I'm going to take off.

Thanks, my few faithful readers, and I hope to see you here again real soon!

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