Saturday, April 21, 2007

"She's my sure thing. She can't spell 'no.'" Yet another catchy line from Entourage. Friday night there was a tapping at my door; my neighbor wanted to apologize for not being very neighborly and never having invited me over for dinner or giving me their contact information. We chatted in my doorway for a few minutes, and then he went to get the second season from Entourage and insisted I watch it. I've watched 4 episodes today while doing chores and baking, and so far, so good. I tried three new frosting recipes today--chocolate cream cheese, white chocolate, and penuche--for the cupcakes I made. The penuche icing was my favorite and is a new flavor to me; I don't even know how to pronounce it, but it reminds me of caramel icing with just a little more sugar.

Tonight my friend Laura threw a small dinner party in my honor, which is a first for me. It was quite lovely, and the weather fit my dinner request perfectly. I asked for burnt hot dogs. Classy, I know. I figured we'd have chips and hamburgers and hotdogs (and cupcakes, of course), but Laura outdid herself with a fantastic salad, asparagus, squash, terra cotta chips, and various other snacks. Laura's house is in the middle of town, yet it feels like it's out in the country. We ate outside underneath the stars and had the kind of conversation I always enjoy. And as I think about my dinner companions, it makes me so happy that they are all people I admire and respect. Up until recently, I don't remember admiring my friends for things much beyond the surface, which is probably more a reflection of a change in me than in my friends; although it is certainly both.

I hope everyone is having a most lovely weekend. I'm off to bed, so I can wake up early for church. Tomorrow's sermon is about how to overcome struggles with porn, which is particularly timely as I am hearing about more and more families and relationships being destroyed by an addiction to porn.

p.s. I'm grateful for my my sister and her family's opportunity to go to Disney World this week.
Here's a pic of one my little princesses; she's in a big posing phase right now.

16 comments:

Snake Diggity said...

Entourage is the awesome.

Porn addiction is such a problem they're having church sermons dedicated to it? I had no idea.

Accidentally Me said...

Glad you enjoyed the party:-) It's good to have friends you love...that will give you reason to go back and visit Macon:-)

Ally said...

AM: Exactly

Snake: The internet has made pornography so much more accessible, affordable, and anonymous that it's become a significant problem. Today was the third time I've heard a sermon the topic; I'm glad to see churches addressing real struggles that aren't always so comfortable to discuss.

brandy said...

It sounds like you had an awesome weekend, I love burnt hot dogs too! And the pictures you posted? So cute!

Kate said...

so adorable! i want one of those outfits. lol.

GreenLineBoy said...

Pornography is a struggle for a lot of men. In leading a men's group and counseling men I see it all the time. I don't think people realize the effect that has on the individual and their relationships. I often blog abouts a woman's expection in a relationship from what's inside her head. How do you think pornography effects a man's expectations? Not good.

Did I use 'effect' there correctly, or should it have been 'affect'? I'm bad at that one.

Princess Extraordinaire said...

I love entourage - and your little princess is adorable!

ella w. said...

When I was at Disneyland last weekend, I saw a bunch of little girls dressed like princesses and little boys dressed as pirates or Luke Skywalker. Too Cute! And I also love slightly burned hot dogs. The thought of it makes me hungry!

Ally said...

Ella: My friend sent me home with a bag of hotdogs, so I've almost met my annual quota.

Princess: I finished the whole second season this weekend--it's a very entertaining show.

GLB: Good point about porn and expectations--then throw in a women's insecurity, and there's a mess. As for effect/affect, I think you used it correctly the first time (as a noun) and the second time you should have used "affect" (as a verb). There are some instances that effect can be a verb, but this wasn't one of them. Gosh, I sound authoritative, and I don't even have the rule in front of me. That's my best guess, anyway.

Kate: Halloween maybe?

Brandy: It was an awesome weekend!

brookem said...

sounds like a great weekend! love the little one- she's adorable!
i like that your church talks about real life topics like that. how was it?

Ruby said...

That sounds like an awesome meal! And your princesses are adorable!

Ryane said...

now I want burnt hotdogs too!! what an awesome post...

e.b. said...

I have to get the most recent seasons on DVD. I have not had HBO in a while and I need to catch up

Kimberly said...

Are you moving? Sometimes I get behind in my blog reading = did I miss something?

Jordan said...

I haven't seen Entourage, but I've heard a lot about it... it's on my list. Did you watch the Bachelor lastnight? I was SO glad Stephanie from SC got the boot!!! I think he'll end up with Bevin or Tessa.
very cute poser niece!

Ally said...

Jordan: I just can't get into The Bachelor, so I only sort of watch and don't know their names. The ankle girl is annoying!

Kimberly: You didn't miss anything; I'll explain soon.

Ryane: I have one more burnt hotdog left:(

Ruby: I agree!

Brookem: The sermon was excellent. It was really on point, and I imagine some couples had some interesting conversations afterward.