Saturday, December 26, 2009

Newspaper Poetry

When you're snowed in, you have to find creative ways to entertain yourself. Today, we wrote newspaper poetry. The rules are simple. Pick a news story and find words to build your poem. The only hitch is that the words you use have to go in the same order they appear in the article. Just black out the words you don't want to use - and you have your newspaper poem.

Here are my poems, made from stories from the Dec. 24 edition of The Daily Oklahoman. Enjoy!

"The hall closet filled with gifts"
From "With a bit of delicacy, regifting can be OK" by Jennifer Palmer.

Christmas gifts waiting to be wrapped,
Waiting for a new home,
Perfect for so-and-so.
A tasteless fruitcake or ugly sweater,
Edible items such as wine, chocolate, coffee or nuts,
Scented candles or body lotions,
Or a book on a topic you're not interested in,
A toy my son received for his birthday -
It would be a shame to keep a perfectly good toy in a closet,
Instead of in the hands of a toddler.

"A memorable present"

From "A memorable present from Senate Democrats"

One whale of a Christmas present, delighted to report
$132 billion that will only cost $871 billion - something to brag about.
No biggie - details be dammed!
He is forced to claim the mandate of 'history' because he can't claim the mandate of voters.
Tragedy, the culmination of 20th-century liberalism.
Reckless bureaucracy trumps innovation,
Change nobody believes in.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas

I'm sitting in my in-laws office, enjoying the sounds of family in all the other rooms and the bright white light shinning through the windows as the sun reflects off the foot of snow covering the ground. What a wonderful way to spend Christmas. I am so thankful to have a wonderful family that I enjoy spending the holidays with.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day

Happy Belated Mother's Day, all! While I am not a mom yet, I do have my precious pups who are filling my maternal needs for now. Little Brooklyn is a whole 4 months now and Jackson is almost 2 1/2. Brooklyn experienced house guests for the first time this weekend. My parents and grandparents came for quick visit - he was not so sure about the new people in our house. Jackson, on the other hand, was excited to have some new friends to play with. Here are a few pictures of our guys - we love them!

This is Jackson, our as we call him, the "Pootz". Sweetest guy you'll ever meet. And check out his beard. That is definitely Nathan's doing...

This is Brooklyn - we actually got him to stand still for a second to snap a picture. He's a scrappy fella'.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I'm a bad blogger

It's true. I work for an interactive company that is developing quite a name for itself in the social media world, which I find exciting and extremely interesting. And yet, I am a terrible participant. I'd like to say I am going to change, but I know that as more things get added to my plate, my poor blog will once again go by the way-side. So sad because I really do enjoy writing.

So while I have your rapt attention, I will give a brief overview of what is new in the Pyles household.

  1. We got a second sweet pup named Brooklyn. He is a 16-week old little morkie. I would post a picture, but I find Blogger's picture tools extremely annoying so you will just have to look on Facebook to see his precious face. He's great.
  2. I am still working on-site at Walmart and learning a ton. I even got the opportunity to eat dinner with Bob Greenberg, founder of R/GA, this past Monday in New York City. It was such an experience to just get to absorb the conversation. I miss my team back at RFI but am glad I have had this experience. I've learned more about business in the past 6 months than I did during my 2 years in my MBA program!
  3. I cut my hair short and got bangs...and I hate it. Nathan, on the other hand, shaved his head and loves it (I like it too). I wish I could do the same. Hair is such a pain.
  4. Nathan sold his motorcycle as well as his beater car in exchange for something a bit more safe and practical, a 99 Toyota 4Runner. We're officially grown ups.

I think that's all the news-worthy happenings at the Pyles house as of late. Until next time...

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Triumph Bonneville for Sale!

Garage Kept 2006 Triumph Bonneville Black 790cc
  • Low Miles: 3193
  • Bella Corse pipes
  • M style handlebars
  • Napoleon bar end mirrors
  • Headlight visor
  • Retro tank emblem
Email if interested or for more pictures.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Another year down

In 2008...
  • I graduated with my MBA from John Brown University.
  • Nathan and I both started new jobs - Nathan at ThinkPen Design in January and me at Rockfish Interactive in May.
  • We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary in May.
  • We spent the spring landscaping our side yard, experimenting with different plans (killing many of them) and learning all about the joys of home ownership.
  • Nathan upgraded his Vespa to a 2006 Triumph Bonneville (his new love.)
  • We attended 5 weddings - the Pruitts, Wheelers, Geppelts, Hackers, and Dukes.
  • We traveled a ton, including trips to Boston, Kansas City, Orlando, Tampa, Denver, Dallas, Branson, Savannah, and most recently, an amazing Christmas cruise with my family to Jamaica and Grand Cayman.
It's been a good year and we're looking forward to everything that God has for us in 2009. Cheers!