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Thursday, December 30, 2004
  Our Netflix Movies 2004
I stole this idea from Stephanie because I thought it was interesting. I hope she doesn't mind!

Some of these we liked, some of these were awful, but these are DVDs we watched in 2004...
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Christopher Walken (2004)
Smoke (1995)
Simpsons Gone Wild (2004)
Intermission (2004)
Saved! (2004)
Anything Else (2003)
Futurama: Vol. 2: Disc 1 (1999)
Good Bye, Lenin (2003)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Touch of Satan (1993)
The Verdict (1982)
The Girl Next Door (2004)
Monk: Season 1: Disc 2 (2002)
Saturday Night Live: Halloween (1998)
Network (1976)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2003)
The Ladykillers (2004)
Frasier: Season 2: Disc 2 (1994)
Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Frasier: Season 2: Disc 1 (1994)
Ghost World (2001)
The School of Rock (2003)
MTV: Jackass: Vol. 3 (2001)
The Office: Series 2 (2002)
Frasier: Season 1: Disc 4 (1993)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Romeo is Bleeding (1994)
Duplex (Widescreen) (2003)
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
MTV: Jackass: Vol. 2 (2001)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Finding Nemo (Widescreen) (2003)
The Office: Series 1 (2001)
Stuck on You (2003)
Diner (1982)
50 First Dates (2004)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Calendar Girls (2003)
21 Grams (2003)
The Sting (1973)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Chappelle's Show: Season 1: Disc 2 (2003)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Chappelle's Show: Season 1: Disc 1 (2003)
Murder by Death (1976)
True Stories: Talking Heads (1986)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley (2000)
Wag the Dog (1997)
The Recruit (2003)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Wisconsin Death Trip (2001)
Party Girl (1995)
...And Justice for All (1979)
There's Something About Mary: Special Edition (1998)
Ran: Masterworks Edition (1985)
Serpico (1973)
Invisibles (1999)
All the President's Men (1976)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Tootsie (1982)
Romancing the Stone (1984)
The Italian Job (2003)
Comedian (2002)
October Sky (1999)
Salem's Lot (1979)
Naked Lunch (1991)
In & Out (1997)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Jackie Brown: Collector's Series (1997)
Best of The Muppet Show: Peter Sellers / John Cleese / Dudley Moore (1978)

And, yes, I'm aware that we watch too many movies.

  A New Year, New Resolutions
Okay, and maybe some of the same resolutions I make every year. First of all, happy early birthday to Rebecca, who was born on New Year's Eve in 1980. Even though she was born in 1980, it was more like 1981 since it was the last day of 1980. Anyway, I love you, sis and hope you have a great day tomorrow!

And now, my New Year's Resolutions for 2005:

1. Lose Weight - excersize more, eat less!
2. Cook more - I know that if I cooked healthy meals number 1 would be easier!
3. Work faster - If I could work faster, I could get so much more accomplished.
4. Read more, and brush up on Art History.
5. Visit my grandparents more often.
6. Less TV (this will be hard - I realize that I'm obsessed).
7. Stay more organized and work on getting rid of some of the clutter around here.
8. Spend less, save more! (Austin and I both need to work on this)
9. Date more. (Austin and I need to enjoy the time we have alone together before we have kids)
10. Learn how to say no. I really need to only accept things that I know I can accomplish. When you take on too much, you can't do the quality of work that you might want to do.

I hope these goals aren't too unrealistic. I'm going to try to work on these things in the coming year.

  Life Aquatic and Spanglish
Okay. Let's start with Life Aquatic. It wasn't as good as Wes Anderson's other films. Royal Tennenbaums is still one of my very favorite movies. Anyway, it was still very interesting and very funny in a subtle way, but it was a little slow at times. But, it still had the quirky charm that Wes Anderson does so brilliantly. For anyone who likes David Bowie it is worth seeing just to hear a lot of Bowie songs on acoustic guitar and translated into Portugeuse.

And Spanglish kind of sucked. It was pretty sappy like I thought it would be. I thought Adam Sandler wasn't terrible, but Tea Leone stressed me out. Her character was so horrible and mean and frantic. It made me feel like I was having a panic attack just watching her. Parts of the movie were cute, but as a whole it was just kind of frustrating.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004
  BRRRRR!!!! I'm Frrrrreeeeezzzinnnngg!!!
It is soooooo cold in here. Our heat quit working last night. It was 57 degrees when we woke up this morning. Austin got some advice to change the batteries in our thermostat. I did that and the readings switched to celsius. I tried turning on the heat again and left it going for a little while to see if it would warm up. It just blew out cold air. So, now it is REALLY cold. Although I have no idea what 15 degrees celsius is in farenheight. Luckily the heat downstairs works. I'm about to go down there to work.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
  Behind the Photos
I know that's a dumb name for a post but oh well. I just wanted to mention how thankful I am to everyone for all of the great presents! Some BEAUTIFUL jewelry, a watch, books, about a ton of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff, the rest of "Friends" on DVD that have been released so far, a really nice Dutch Oven, and the ever-useful gift of money were among my presents. And of course, my mom gave me her corner china cabinet and Austin's parents are having it cleaned up for me. Anyway, I'm extremely grateful. And I'm so glad everyone seemed to like our gifts too. You know you are getting older when you are just as excited to see the people you love enjoy their gifts as you are to open your own gifts.

  Pictures from Christmas 2004
These are not in any reasonable order and some are from Christmas Eve with Austin's family. The pictures of my side of the family were actually taken by Austin. I had left my camera in the car.


Monday, December 27, 2004
  Merry Christmas!
We had a wonderful Christmas. I hope to have some pictures to show by the end of the day. We all did pretty well. Ethan, being the only child in the Campbell/Monroe/Smith/Jones family, did VERY well. He got more toys than he probably should've and Jake was talking about having to add another wing onto the house just for Ethan's toys, but it was all worth it when they were putting him in the car and he said, "this has been the best day." That's why people have children.

Thursday, December 23, 2004
  I wonder what she's dreaming about...
Last night, Holly was sound asleep on her bed on the couch. I glanced over at her and her tail was wagging like crazy. I told Austin to look at her and we both started laughing. Anyway, I'd like to think she is dreaming about us, but it's probably more likely that she is dreaming about chasing cats, sniffing the next door neighbor's dog's butt, or finding some new leaves to eat outside.

Okay, last minute shopping/errand/work time. Today is going to be hectic! But, it will all be worth it tomorrow and Saturday. Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays!!! I promise pictures sometime soon, but most likely not until Sunday or Monday.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
  To the person who was referred to my website when looking for "pictures of fried hair" –

Monday, December 20, 2004
  5 More Days...
It is cold outside. This is probably our biggest chance in a long time for snow on Christmas, but in 27 Christmases in Georgia, I haven't seen snow on Christmas yet. I do remember flurries on Halloween once, which was REALLY bizarre. Anyway, most of our presents are under the tree now so it really feels like Christmas now. And I've sent out 95 Christmas cards, so I think I'm finished with them now. Except, I'm sending my business Christmas cards out today or first thing tomorrow. Town Values, the advertising magazine that I do the graphics for needs to be ready for print by Wednesday, plus I've got some other jobs to get done. Hopefully my work stuff will be out of the way by Thursday so I can concentrate on the holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2004
  Feelin' bad
I feel stuffed up and tired. This has been a long week.

Thursday, December 16, 2004
  Why does Christmas have to be so stressful?
Well, I have sent out about 75% of our Christmas cards. I still have quite a few to go though. Lots of presents to wrap, most shopping is done. A couple of homemade presents to create. And so much work to do I can't think... Ughhh!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004
  Happy Trucksgiving and Merry Truckmas!
Loganville is an interesting place. I've never lived in a place where there are so many strange people that just wander around town. Or a place where they have an event called "A Walk in the Pork" or even a place where a person sells Santa's sleigh that is used every year in the Christmas parade, so Santa has to ride through the parade on top of a fire truck. I remember when I first met Austin's dad (he was the mayor at the time). He gave me a "key to the city" which also serves as a bottle opener.

Despite all of these charming quirks that come with living in a small Georgia town, Loganville, is and probably will always be known for the commercials that are made by a certain car salesman named Maxie Price. The first commercials that I remember him doing were ones where he would shout, in a very southern accent, "Where's Loganville?" but of course, with the accent it sounded more like "Whars Logunvulle?" Next came the "Maxie Swing" series - probably the worst jingle I've ever heard. The most recent embarrasment has come in the past couple of months, starting with "Happy Trucksgiving" which included Maxie running from a giant turkey or something. And next came the current "Merry Truckmas" commercial. How sacrilegious is that, to replace the word "Christ" with the word "truck"? Anyway, I guess the advertising works. They just expanded their dealership.

  It's freakin' cold outside!
Luckily I got my coat back today! Umm... sorry guys, not much to say today.

Monday, December 13, 2004
  The stupid things I do...
Who falls down the stairs? Most of the time it is old people or children. Not a 27 year old. Actually I didn't really fall down the stairs. I fell down the stair. I thought I was on the last stair, stepping onto solid ground. But no, I had one more stair to go and lost my footing and fell. Of course, I was carrying a printer, my purse, a box of envelopes and talking on my cell phone at the same time. Brilliant! Now my back is killing me and I scraped my arm. Blah!

And the other dumb thing I did was leave my coat in my parents' car. This was after I had met them in Snellville to get my cell phone which I had left at their house the night before.

Anyway, I'm not stupid and if I hear any blonde jokes I might have to shoot someone. I blame it all on my developing sinus infection. When your head is full of sick it's hard to think straight.

Saturday, December 11, 2004
  Austin fixed my cell phone.
He "crunched" it.

Friday, December 10, 2004
  Why are there so many songs about rainbows? And what's on the other side?
That's from The Rainbow Connection for those of you who aren't familiar with Kermit the Frog. I kept thinking of that song when I was taking these pictures.


  Watch Dogs


  Our Christmas Tree is up... finally
Look at these pictures of Holly. The first one is her, sneaking around the back to eat the tree. The second one is when she has been caught. It is as if she's saying, "I wasn't back there eating that tree."


  How to Annoy Austin
Sing "the Twelve Days of Christmas" all the way through. He also hates that "Holly and the Ivy" song. I hate the Christmas Shoes song, which you can read about in the comments from the previous post if you are not familiar with it.

Thursday, December 09, 2004
  Tuna... not such a good idea
Ughh. I feel like I'm going to vomit. That tuna melt for dinner seemed like a good idea at the time. And the Christmas music on the way home seemed like a good idea too... until the Christmas Shoes song came on. About ten seconds of it played until I realized what it was and, stomach churning, I flipped the radio station faster than... uh, something really fast - okay, I'm not so good at analogies. Anyway, I'm sitting down now. I really don't want to throw up because tuna would not taste good on the way up... I can only imagine! I hope I didn't gross anybody out. Especially Rebecca (being pregnant and all), but hey, at least I'm not cooking meatloaf at 9:00 in the morning.

  My very romantic husband sent me this link today:

  Characters on Soap Operas can't drive
I find it funny that whenever there is a snowstorm or rainstorm on a soap opera at least 2 or three of the storylines includes someone having some kind of car accident. But I guess with all of the drama that is always going on, it is hard to concentrate on the road.

  I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to non-Macintosh programs
I use Entourage (which is a lot like Outlook) for my email and I was just wondering if anyone knew how to block a specific address from coming into my mailbox. I keep getting 2 or 3 emails a day from the same address. It now shows up in my inbox as junk email, but I don't want to see it again. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, December 08, 2004
  So how bad is it
for a dog to eat a Christmas tree?

Is it normal for your cell phone to rattle when you shake it?

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
  Conversation from the back seat on the way home from Stone Mountain Park on Sunday
(Keep in mind that Rebecca had bought a cookie that she had in a bag in the back seat and Austin was eating a tootsie roll as he was driving)

Ethan: One bite for me, Austin, pleeeeeeease!
Becca: I'll share this cookie with you when we get home.
Ethan: Bite, please.
Jake: He certainly doesn't need any of that tootsie roll. In fact, I don't think we should mention that C-O-O-K-I-E again.
Ethan: I want chocolate.
Becca: There's chocolate in this COOKIE!
Jake: Did you not even hear a word I just said?

  Stone Mountain Park
It was cold and wet Sunday night at Stone Mountain, but we had fun. And, most importantly, Ethan had fun. And it wasn't very crowded.


Sunday, December 05, 2004
  Loganville Christmas Parade 2004


When I was taking Christmas photos, I decided to buy a stuffed Santa dog toy because I thought it might be cute in some of the pictures. I don't think he made it into one picture, but Holly did enjoy ripping the stuffing out of him, turning his body inside out and eating his eyes, tearing his hat off, etc. This is right before we decided it was time to throw poor old Santa away.

And these really creepy images make me think that Holly may have seen The Ring.


  The floors!
Okay, here are some pictures from Thursday when they were just finishing up with the floors and moving furniture back into my parents' house. In my dad's office, he had taped up the wires to connect everything to his computer. My mom said it was modern art - wire tree with blue leaves


  Stuff at my parents' house
On Wednesday, we moved a lot of stuff so that the new carpet could be installed in my parents' house. This 3-tiered server is very pretty, but I thought the stuff that my parents had put on it was really odd. Notice the bulldog, the Peter Pan pencil, the rocks and the Ant Killer... you just can't make up stuff like this.


Friday, December 03, 2004
Sorry I haven't posted in a few days. I spent this week working nonstop. When I was doing design work, I was helping my parents move everything off of their floors for their new carpet and kitchen floor. My brain needs a rest. Thank goodness Christmas is coming. And it would have been fun to have a Christmas party, but I am so glad we decided against it. It will be nice to rest a little this weekend.


My name is Elizabeth Jones (formerly Elizabeth Campbell). I graduated from Shiloh High School in 1996 and with a graphic design degree from the University of Georgia in 2001. I married Austin Jones in May 2003 and we have been living in Loganville, Georgia. I have my own graphic design business called Liz C. Jones Design. We had a baby boy, Owen, in March of 2006. We also have a Lhasa Apso named Holly that was born in December 2003 (we got her in August of 2004).

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