Monday, December 22, 2008
All I can say is that, somehow, I feel a glimpse of hope. I'm still not sure what the outcome of all this wish-I-was-not-living-this-drama will be, but I felt a glimmer.
And that glimmer makes me very happy.
Friday, December 5, 2008
2. I'm looking forward to meeting Hendrix within the month.
3. Egg nog is the best holiday drink ever!
4. One of my favorite old tv shows is Family Affair.
5. I'm done with bright weather.
6. The most enjoyable thing around the holidays is getting the decorating done. Not that we have anything complicated like home theater sconces to put up!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Chris coming home, tomorrow my plans include working and resting and Sunday, I want to work and rest, what else is there in my life right now?!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
This has been a constant this pregnancy. With lots and lots of ice, which is totally weird, because I normally order my drinks with minimal ice if any at all. I almost drink a gallon a day, and nothing else sounds as good. For some variety and sacrifice, I'll make myself drink a big glass of ice water before I drink any more sugary lime.
My sister makes the most amazing red beers. I have a pink plastic cup that is my "red beer" cup. Since this pregnancy, it has been reassigned as my lime kool aid cup. It helps to not feel so deprived
And as I type this, I'm eating a lime popsicle. Who cares if it is freezing outside?
Friday, November 28, 2008
I'm very happy with those little shifts as of late. Just the fact that my sore throat today is a tad better than yesterday really brings a smile to my face.
And, what more to be thankful for than all of the healthy cooking :) of Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 21, 2008
For the sake of courtesy I try to spruce up before leaving the house. No one that isn't married to me needs to see me in my ratty old blue robe wearing one of Chris' discarded shirts with no pants and a pair of chunky knit socks, maybe some headphones
Thank goodness Ivy is still too young yet to be giving me fashion advice. I know that day will come, and I'm so glad that it isn't today!
So, today my Old Navy berry colored maternity sweat suit is making me very happy. Ahhh, it fits!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
With this pregnancy, I have been a lot more involved at the center. Putting in more hours and ideas. I even added in another morning to try to better keep up with my work load. When I'm there, I realize what a gift this opportunity is. To work in such close proximity with my sister on a daily basis. To see my mom and my brother almost every work day. It wasn't until recently that I realized how much I was missing out on by not being there. I hope that I remember this more.
YAY! Snow!!!! Happiness!!!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
I'm so glad that I got to be an auntie before I got to be a mom. The timing was right and I was able to learn how to parent from my siblings who are amazing and a huge support to me with my kids. Tonight I was talking with my x sis in law and I said, "Isn't it so weird that when your own kids act up, you want to strangle them, but when your nephews or nieces act up it just doesn't seem bad at all?" She was laughing and nodding in agreement. Our own kids can be hellians but our nephews and nieces are angels in our book!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Well, tonight was the night. And it was so wonderful to smell that fire on the patio, hear the rain on the patio cover and smell the autumn in the air. Every year we want to do something like this and it never turns out. Not anymore.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
It holds true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I guess on both of our parts. We are both infamous for not answering our cell phones. But when he is gone, we talk more often. Even if it is just for a few nights, we still connect by phone. He does this with our other sister as well.
It's very nice to have a brother. It is even better to have him home.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
- I got out the state bills for daycare. Although they were a few days late, they got done.
- I got Becken to both of his soccer games.
- I found out that a friend of mine is throwing me a baby shower, which is very unexpected.
- I came up with a schedule that kind of keeps up with keeping the pelvic pain in check.
- The weather has been so refreshing and cold that I've been able to walk outside a few times.
- I put in an order for butter braids for Thanksgiving morning.
- Bec went potty in the toilet twice!
- The kids, me and Hendrix all took a bath together last night and we all fit. Barely.
- Watching Ivy being a sideline coach for Becken at soccer. That girl is relentless
- Finding .99 cent deals for sleepers for Hendrix at Goodwill.
- Having to borrow sweatshirts from my nephew because everything of mine does not fit.
- Showing up to work and having 2 new maternity shirts from my cousin as a surprise.
- Not having to worry about diet supplement pills for another couple of months.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It is easy to look back and to wish that things would have turned out very differently. Like, if he would have had mortgage life insurance. But he didn't. And we continue. Even though it is hard.
While at my office, sitting at our computer desks and talking about politics, I was delighted to learn that my Nana and my mother are voting the same way that I am in the governor's race in our state. I would have bet money that they were voting the opposite than me. In this case, I loved being wrong!
Friday, October 24, 2008
In the post she tries to dissuade her readers from eating the above concoction with a spoon. I don' t think that I'll be able to follow her suggestions though. It looks way too good and chocolate is just one of my downfalls. I'll eat it, then take a side of alli!
I got to sleep in today. I got to go for a walk in beautiful fall weather. I got to eat a lunch of veggie lasagna, with extra spinach. I got to warm up under working faucets in my shower.
And even if you don't consider that I was in tears the most part of last Friday, today has been pretty great on it's own.
Now to make some raspberry iced tea.
Monday, October 20, 2008
- books. Alot of fluff, mind you. Now is not the time for seriousness, gals! Bring on the chick lit.
- Season One of Brothers and Sisters from Blockbuster. I'm terrified to begin watching a series to only have it be cancelled after I fall in love with it. So, I just wait until all of the hype has died down and bide my time for the tried and true shows to reveal themselves.
- Netflix. For their documentaries AND classic television shows like, My So Called Life, Felicity, and Party of Five that I have been getting my fixes of. Stuck in the past? Me? No way! Just revisiting some good times.
- My kids and husband. Learning to get along while accepting orders from above bed and chair. Lots of hugs while telling me to not limp around the house anymore, because they want my crabby arse out of the way of their play and lightness.
- Modern medicine. Which will make this activity restriction temporary!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity ...
1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on
and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow
2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom.
Don't Disguise Your Voice!
3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, ask If They
Want Fries with that.
4. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once Everyone
has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to
5. In the Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write 'For
6. Finish All Your sentences with 'In Accordance With
7. Skip down the hall Rather Than Walk and see how many
looks you get.
8. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a
9. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is 'To
10. Sing Along At The Opera.
11. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area and Play
tropical Sounds All Day.
12. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't
Attend Their Party Because You have a headache.
13. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream 'I Won! I
14. When Leaving the Zoo, Start Running towards the Parking
lot, Yelling 'Run For Your Lives! They're
15. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, 'Due To The
Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.'
16. And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity:
Send This To Someone To Make Them smile.
It's Called. THERAPY
Friday, October 17, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I have had the best week. Richard has been in town since Wednesday for my birthday, and we are leaving for Portland tomorrow, and Nashville on Wednesday. I'm pretty thrilled.
I'll leave you with a little picture of the two of us. Laini took it at Spiro's when we went out to lunch on my birthday:
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Jarod and Landi and I all agree that this year has been the easiest of his birthdays so far. Still sad, but much, much better.
Bec is still being a turkey about getting his pics taken. That kid. You would think that I was asking him to apply for North Carolina health insurance the way he refuses to look happy.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
- seeing Bec's Ethiopian birth certificate with his sweet little photo
- having Chris on vacation, giving him the time to take Ivy to the Igor movie
- My sister picking up from school since Ivy was having a rough day, and I didn't have to miss work
- seeing a client that I haven't seen for a while
- not needing acne treatments during this pregnancy
- endless pasta bowl at Olive Garden
- wearing a very cute shirt that I got at goodwill and getting compliments on it. $2.99!!
- feeling Hendrix getting stronger
- getting the mail without having any bills
- the fair is in town!
Friday, September 26, 2008
I keep telling him to stay in until after Christmas, but who's to say if he actually will?
So, I'm trying to think ahead about Christmas and shopping and gifts. Thankfully we already bought our fake tree last year, so we can set that up right after Thanksgiving. To complicate things, Chris' birthday is on December 1st, so that increases the gift buying and giving chores. But this year, I have a jump on his gift. A set of personalized pens. I may have written about them before, because I ordered them with a family photo on them and he adores them. Instead of having to carry around a photo at work, he just uses the special pens. I'll be making that a tradition.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
So, after work, when I picked up Ivy, who was also in an off mood, we came home. We snuggled in and watched The Grinch. While she napped I dug out an old Christmas issue of Victoria magazine and read it from cover to cover. Immersing myself in the decorations and imagining the recipes.
By the end of the afternoon, we were both in our happy places again. Although it is September, we had a Merry Christmas kind of day.
The next day, we needed our ac compressor due to the heat. The cool was great while it lasted!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Grilled Peaches and Cream
4 peaches, halved and pitted
2 tablespoons clover honey
1 cup soft cream cheese with honey and nuts
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Preheat a grill for medium-high heat.
Brush peaches with a light coating of oil. Place pit side down onto the grill. Grill for 5 minutes, or until the surfaces have nice grill marks. Turn the peaches over, and drizzle with a bit of honey. Place a dollop of the cream cheese spread in the place where the pit was. Grill for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until the filling is warm. Serve immediately.
Monday, September 1, 2008
They both napped on the way there and when they woke up, we were in the parking lot of the restaurant. They were so excited. As soon as Bec walked in, the fingers went into the ears and he wanted out of there. I totally don't blame him! After trying to coerce him for a few games, I took him next door to the kids' consignment store that was open. I had fun shopping and he had fun playing in the little toy area.
We tried the same trip this spring, around the time when we are getting the patio furniture covers off of the patio, and they were so horrible in the car that we didn't even attempt it. What a difference a few months makes.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Although we all wear them at daycare, you won't ever see us wearing the same piece as anyone else. Then, they work out great for me because I can work at my desk job in the morning, but head on over to the spa to finish out my day without changing. And go to the grocery after, feeling totally comfortable.
I sure hope that none of my places decide to switch to company logo shirts, unless they put our logos on a scrub top. Even tees aren't as comfortable.
That may gross some people out, but I think it's neat. It reminds me of when I was little, and my Grandpa had chickens, and every morning he would make me sunny side up eggs for breakfast, and all the eggs ALWAYS had poop on them because he would gather them FRESH every morning.
I'd like to have my own chicken coop someday, poopy eggs and all.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This past weekend in town I got to spend both days outside watching short little basketball games to my heart's content. And besides the almost perfect weather, the best part was watching my nephew, my little brother and my little sister all play on their teams right on courts within a city block of each other.
In focusing on the happy part with my kids, they hung out for a total of maybe 4 games over 2 days. I was so disappointed that they didn't want to stay longer. But, I realized that last year, I barely even attempted to see 2 games. Improvement!
And although I despise popcorn, there were tons of popcorn machines along the food area. Thank goodness the smell was drowned out by grilling chicken and frying tortillas.
What a great weekend.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
It's the arrival of all of my fave fall fashion mags! That barely leave anything room for any other type of mail in the mailbox. And every year, I heft in the wonderfully wrapped blocks of ads. And then, I wait. I will not open them until September is actually here. And then, I just kick back and enjoy.
I have past years of the September Vogue saved under my dresser. I can't part with them. The rest of the year's issues about add up to that one volume, they are so precious. Now, I wish that they would offer some promotional products so I could get a taste of the Vogue life that I read about.
Monday, August 18, 2008
It's about 530 and the cloudy sky has made it almost dark. I can hear thunder far off. This is the kind of weather that makes me want to be outside. Once it cools off for good, I won't be needing any weight loss pills as I'll be outside walking again!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Another cut to bring a smile. Love you guys!
I've really been on an ABC (Another Bad Creation) fix. The last time most of us heard these songs, we were needing Proactiv acne cream, if it would have been available back then. Enjoy! After I posted this originally, Chris called me a day or so later and said that it was on the radio. Yep, I'm a trend setter in the old school manner!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The first one is all about journaling. Both [of us] will guide you in first making a 16 page (8x10) journal out of our favorite fabriano paper and then practicing the techniques you learn in class in your new journal during the 2-day event. Topics will include journal writing, collage, stamp carving, lomography, color, lettering, copic airbrush, doodling and more. We will also discuss how to open yourself to the universal creative flow so the art and writing bubbles up from deep inside. We will focus on the playful aspect of journaling through guided excercises that will allow your creativity to come spilling out. This workshop starts on a friday night at our studio when you can wander around and see what goodies we have collected over the past 25 years. We will also paint the pages of our journal firday evening so they have a chance to dry. Then saturday and sunday will be devoted to journaling up a storm as we teach you fun things that will make journaling seem like playing in a sandbox.
Chris' idea of a fun weekend would involve Titleist golf in some form, but this art stuff is the fun for me!
This year, Ivy really missed my mom. Each day it was harder and harder for her to be herself without getting her Mema fix. When she ran into my mom's arms I could see her physically relax. Like, all is ok. My life is now back to normal. I felt so good for Ivy to have so many true loves in her life.
This weekend I'm gone for 3 days. I'm doing a journaling workshop with one of my favorite artists. It's the first time I have ever left the kids with their dad for the weekend. It's about time, don't ya think? And boy, do I need it! You know, I am taking the intra uterine one with me, so he is getting a better deal than I normally do. Could you imagine if I could leave Hendrix in his belly for a few days? Now that would be very interesting.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
He is playing with her hair. So sweetly. She just turned to him and sweetly (oh so sweetly! I wish I'd been videoing this moment to share with them later!)
K:"Oh Guy I love you! That stickles a little but that's OK" yes she said stickles
J: "I love you too Katie
Be still my heart. These are the moments that reward us soooo very much aren't they?
PS: that moment is over, but together they've moved to coloring together at the table. This is the start of a good day! Here's to hoping!!! *thumbs up*
Friday, August 8, 2008
We have a covered patio that amplifies the sound of rain so much you feel like you are right inside a rain cloud. And, I really do think that we were right in the center of the storm for a good 15 minutes. The word that kept coming to my mind was glorious. Even the lightening was visible, happening right alongside the thunder. If only they could get some natural skin care products that smelled like a thunderstorm in August.
It was a beautiful morning.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Jaiya, Milo, Jack, Bec, Ivy in the front
Jaiden, Julius, Jaice in the back.
If you want more info on both pictures head over to the pc blog for their corresponding posts.
Every single person in the above photos makes me happy. More happy than books, money, art or any jewel you could imagine. I'm so lucky to have so many people to love in my life. 5 siblings, 2 kids, 5 nephews and 1 niece. I'm a lucky woman.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
from 1 Thessalonians chapter 5:16-18. It was just what I needed! (isn't God good?)
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
I just wanted to share it with you all! :)
Have a great day!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
My phone rings with Chris' assigned ringtone (I'll Cover You from RENT). When I pick up the phone he asks, "Are you hungry?" I reply, "Yes."
Chris: Do you want me to bring you something?
Me: Sure. Where are you?
Chris: Don't worry about it. I'll surprize you.
Me: Yeah! But can I get a 7up for sure?
I love it when the random reminders of love come through.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I was wondering what everyone thought of adding links to our blogs on the sidebar? It would be nice to be able to have easy access to each of your blogs because sometimes I forget the URL's....
I could do it for everyone if it is something everyone wanted... I know Karianne has a lot on her plate!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Vegetarians, avert your eyes...
Look what Lex brought to me at work the other day:
Two huge T-bone steaks straight from her freezer! We saved them for the weekend when Chris grilled them with salt and pepper only. This was the first incredible taste of red meat that I had since getting pregnant and it was heaven.
The next night we had this:
Steak salad! Which is one of my favorite meals in the universe. This time I had to avoid the crumbled cheese scattered all over the top, but it was still amazing.
Now I'm hungry.
Monday, July 14, 2008
I am so tired of death. I keep telling God that I am NOT Job. They say he will never give you more than you can handle...
Our Sumo is lonely.
We needed a shot of new life in our household.
Wish us luck.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Allow Me to Introduce
I'm putting this up on all my blogs. Enjoy. It just gets better every time you read it.
This week I have had a Jamocha shake, a scoop of nutty coconut on a sugar cone, and I have even taken bites of chocolate ice cream straight out of the carton, straight out of the freezer! And we shouldn't even start on the amount of rootbeer floats that have went down this throat. But, those kind of don't count as I like those all of the time if they are made with soft serve. I noticed that the ice cream parlor in our neighborhood is advertising a franchise for sale. I don't think that I would have even noticed the sign if I wouldn't have been pregnant. Totally is taking after it's dad, just like the other two.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
For the past month I have kept The Broker in my purse by John Grisham, who I normally like. But I figured out for stop and go reading, that book didn't work out so well. On Monday I went to the used book store and got a new to me series by Nora Roberts and have been captivated since. I think that I'm halfway through the first one! For light reading, she is the best as far as I'm concerned. She is much more interesting than readingdiet pill reviews.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
This is what my two will look like tomorrow morning. Here they are, ready to attack the day. One is on the way out the door to tennis lessons, while the other is out the door to finally reconnect with his best friend Omarion, who he hasn't seen the whole 3 day weekend. That is cause for grief since they are attached at the hip and have been since they were babies. No more home theater entertainment for these two, they are raring to go interact with society again!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Chris is off work, there is a Law and Order marathon on tv, and the kids are inside and outside, pretty much entertaining themselves.
No real plans for tonight, everything is open for a decision or we may just keep things simple for a Friday nite.
I hope that you are having a relaxing and fun day.
Monday, June 30, 2008
1 pink grapefruit
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1Cut grapefruit in half (midway between the stem-end and the dot on the opposite end).
2Sprinkle brown sugar over grapefruit sections, using more or less as desired.
Grapefruit can be eaten as is, or broiled.
To broil, put halves sugar-side up on a cookie sheet in the oven and set oven on broil for a few minutes.
The brown sugar should melt and start to get crispy.
Eat immediately by spooning out the half-sections of grapefruit.
I'm not sure if this could help you avoid a colon cleanser, but I know that it tastes like candy.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I'll need some more ram in my mind as well as in my computer if my nephew plays varsity again this year. Can't get enough of a happy situation.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I was nervous about seeing the movie as I loved the series. I had also read some blog reviews that weren't too kind. I should not have worried!
I loved it. You laugh, you cry, you repeat. What a movie roller coaster. And as long as there were beautiful clothes and outfits to drool over, it would be worth the time and money. There was no shortage of high fashion. I wasn't looking for luxury watches, just out of this world clothes.
When I'm myself and not a sniveling, walking and talking embodiment of hormones, I do not cry at movies in the theatre. It has something that has worried me in the past, like I was defective or something, but no more. I soaked through kleenexes like there was a flood.
I'm buying it when it comes out to dvd. Heck, I might go see it again. One of these days I will make it to Fashion week!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Thank you girls so much for welcoming me to your blog ring.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The two posts on her blog right now are test ones that I put up for her, but you can still have a look see and say hi. There is a picture of her daughter Layla eating a piece of the peanut butter and chocolate pie that I made a month or so back. :) LOL! It's an adorable picture of an adorable little girl.
So go over to her site and say hi! She's got a lot of things to share about new happenings in her life, but I'll save those for her to tell. :)
Monday, June 23, 2008
I read a recipe yesterday that required dried apricots. I have had apricots on the brain since. The morning was hurried and I didn't get a chance to stop at the store for my newly born apricot fix.
Ivy just asked for a pbnj. While I was constructing it, I was thinking that pb and apricot jam sounded yum. Why didn't I stop at the store!! On a lark I checked the fridge door thoroughly.
And I had a beautiful sparkling half full jar of apricot jam, sitting there, label turned to the back, waiting just for me. Happiness on a slice of bread.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Sometimes, at night or in the early morning, I take a bath in total darkness. I have to be careful to not trip or drop anything. It is one of the most peaceful experiences. All quiet and no light. All peace.
Friday, June 13, 2008
My sister gave me this card for my birthday in April and I want to post it here in honor of Ms. Krayon Kelly's birthday. Especially since I'm such a lame o friend and haven't sent her ANYTHING yet. I keep this card on my desk and whenever I come across it, it cracks me right up. I love this card more than I would have loved a gold anklet. I hope that you feel the same Kel. I love you!
Do you remember several months ago, when I was getting negative feedback from people, saying that I would probably never find a teaching job, and would mostly likely have to work as a teacher's assistant, well pooh, pooh on them because I GOT A JOB!! I received the offer this morning for a Reading Intervention Specialist, working with struggling readers in grades 6-8, and the job is only 30 minutes from my home.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I have been suffering with a cycle of either depression or physical illness for the past few months. When my emotions are under control, I either have a migraine or stomach issues (so it seems).. so my house, my laundry, my kids.. nothing seems to get the attention it needs, and I feel like a bad housewife, and an especially bad momma.
For awhile now, I've been pretty good -- stable-- with my meds for anxiety/depression. So I've been dealing with my migraines/other issues. (Blegh). But for the past two days I've been happily enjoying headache free/no bathroom issue days! And I've gotten the house cleaned, the laundry folded (who knew it was enjoyable to do those things, only when you aren't hurting and so uncomfortable??) And played outside with the kids, read books to Katie, swam, all of the things that make us feel like good mommies :)
My other little bit of happy is that we *might* be going on a little beach vacation this summer! It's all still up in the air yet but just the thought is bliss!!!!! I love the beach!!!
Happiness all around!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I HAVE A NEW NIECE!!!! YAY!
Her name is Audrey Grace and was born at 12:16pm EST.
She is 9lbs, 1oz and 21 inches long.
This is such a blessing since Mr. Connor was born premature and had health problems.
(Of course now he is active and healthy even though he doesn't eat much!)
I think Connor and Audrey will be like Brett and me.
Mom always said we made the perfect basketball team.
Brett was born skinny and long.
I was small and chubby.
Brett was the basketball player, and I was the basketball.
I still haven't seen a picture yet, but she's got a full head of dark hair!
Just like I did! And I believe I was around 9lbs too.
I'm calling her my Junebug!
What a terrific birthday gift for me--three days early!
Now if I could only hold her...
Maybe I'll get to fly out sometime in October.
We will see!!!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
But how funny that cookbook reading and food tv watching has become my new obsessions. You all are very well aware that I am not a foodie in the eating sense, but as far as an interest is concerned, you can't find a subject more interesting or passionate than food prep. I'm enthralled. Even the cooks that I had no desire to watch before are on my food watching schedule.
Nigella has always been my fave though. I just finished her Nigella Express book and I give it 5 stars. It took me a week but I read it cover to cover. If you get lost in cookbooks, this one will be a winner for you.
Chris and I drove by this past week and it will definitely be an option for consideration if they decide to sell. It is only a block or so away and off of our super busy street. Even if it doesn't happen, it is nice to know that there can always be options cropping up when you don't expect them.
Last week, I had had it! The house was driving me crazy and with all of the morning sickness I can barely even take care of myself, let alone the rest of the family. Normally my bedroom is my haven, but it is such a pit that I had been avoiding the whole house since there wasn't any clean place to relax.
I was speaking to a friend about M*rry Maids and she then told me that her beloved housekeeper was taking on new clients. No way! I called her and set up an interview on Thursday. And her price? I will get more than 4 times the visits with her than I would with the national company. I'm going to ask her if she wants to come more often than once a week until she gets the whole place whipped into shape.
I'll let you know how it goes. And, do you need a link for floor mops? I don't anymore! HA!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
For about a year now, my sister and I have wanted to go see the play, Wicked. Last night, we finally did it. Since our birthday's are coming up next month, we decided to treat ourselves to an early birthday present, and see the play. Wicked is currently playing at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago. The play, based on Gregory Maguire's novel, spins a beautifully crafted story of both the good witch, Galinda, and the 'bad' witch, Elphaba's life and legacy. If you haven't seen Wicked yet, I highly recommend it. It was simply amazing!
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
My friends, Lauren and Blake, welcomed their first child earlier this week, a baby boy named Senegal. He was born Monday night, on Memorial Day, at 11:18pm. He weighed 7 lbs, 10.5 oz, and was 22 inches long! (*Why Senegal? According to the proud parents, "It's a beautiful, strong, and unusual name, named after a country in West Africa. Blake is very into West African drumming, and Lauren speaks French, the language of Senegal." To find out more about Senegal, here is just one of many websites you can visit: http://www.senegal-tourism.com/).
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
There was some question as to whether or not she would have time to because (not sure if you know this either) she got into Dartmouth's medical school! That stinker got into an IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL! You guys, she is sooooooo smart, it kills me!
I'm so excited for her new adventure. And she is too—even though she is scared to death of the cold and snow. I don't blame her. Karianne, you'll have to give her tips on how to live in the frozen tundra. ;)
Anyway! I have so much to celebrate these days. This is going to be an amazing summer! Yippee! I can't wait to see my Sweet Charity!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Although I loathe entertaining, Ivy has really taken to having family at "her own house" and since she gets so giddy about it, how can I stand in her way and her dad's way? Obviously, I can't. In fact, I think that Chris was almost ready to not entertain today, but Ivy talked him into it! Now, that's a first!
Yesterday was spent preparing, with more prep work going on right now. I was the one that had to do the errands which thankfully, got me out of yard work. While at A*CE, not looking at basement dehumidifiers, I searched in vain for a bolt to replace the pedal of the kid's broken bike video game. No such luck. Washing the cars, and shopping for food and supplies.
Right now Chris is finishing the yard while I'm trying to get the kids to nap. And like I said, so far it's ok.
No panic attacks or stress yet. And since I can't drink or take my Xanax, that's enough to make me happy!
Last night I was craving fudge and my amazing and wonderful husband made me the most amazing peanutbutter chocolate fudge. It is to die for good. (And I never make it for myself - too tedious.)
I can fit into all my old clothes now, and they're comfortable. Rediscovering them feels like a cross between a big shopping spree and finding old friends.
When I came out of the bathroom this morning, after showering and getting dressed, my husband told me that I looked hot. He said that he loves me pregnant and I am beautiful both way, but he always forgets how beautiful of a body I have. Okay, he is so full of it, but come on, doesn't it feel good to be told something like that, even if you know it might be stretching the truth a little. :P
My baby girl is wearing a really pretty dress today and it makes me heart happy.
The boys aren't fighting.
I'm going to plant my vegetables in the ground today - I have been waiting for weeks to do this and it is finally warm enough.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Mine looks almost exactly like this, but it is that yellow/orange color. Now they will be jealous of me, since mine has FLOWERS on it!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
But, oh no, ladies! I got on Google and looked up an article on DIY about furnaces. And lo and behold, I figured it out! Took me a little while to find all of the parts and take the panels off, but I did it.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
So! I think this one is going very well. :) Maybe I'll have a secret post on my site soon to dish. ;)
Friday, May 16, 2008
2. I wore my blue scrubs that were dried in the sun yesterday afternoon. No indoor lighting or drying can compare to that efficient power of the sun. (Yes, this is Karianne writing this!)
3. Costco cheesecake. A slice for lunch. Yum.
4. Ivy and Bec getting into their car seats without too much complaining and no crying.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I was like, "What's that?" but I just hadn't had time to do any research.
So this evening, I checked my email, and a friend had sent me an email that someone had sent her regarding enzymes, and a gentleman who had cured his own pancreatic cancer using megadoses of pancreatic enzymes, yada yada yada (it's a long email, I won't post it unless you request it, and then I will only post it to the yahoo! group's email).
At the end of the email was a link to a woman's site who had used homeopathic and nutritional healing techniques to overcome breast cancer.
I clicked on the link, and the website is very interesting. It also mentions the raw diet.
So ladies, enlighten me. I can do my own research, but it would be cool to hear it from some people I know who are doing it. :)
What is the raw diet? And how does it make you feel? Do you feel better when you're on it?
I know we, as a family, need to eat less sugar, less processed foods, etc. Right now when we are so busy, it's just quicker to pull a frozen pizza out and cook it, but in the future, when things settle down, I hope to start a healthier eating regimen for us.
You don't eat raw meat, do you? Or is it more like a vegetarian/vegan diet?
Let's see some posts about your experiences!
2. Going with my gut. If I have a feeling, I can't be "talked out" of it. I'll be honest if I'm uncertain, but I'm also honest about being certain.
3. Naming my kids. Kind of goes with #2. You know, in all honesty, they kind of name themselves!
4. Being dramatic. (Had to copy this one from KB)
5. Putting my own spin on an outfit or trend. I may own items that everyone else does, but I sure don't rock them like everyone else.
6. Being nice to myself. I learned this early on in my twenties and haven't looked back. No one else is responsible for me.
7. Treating my kids like people and with respect. They don't have to prove anything to me. They just are.
8. Listening and encouraging. I love to hear where people are in their lives and how creative and unique every person is.
9. Stepping back. If I'm not sure about a certain direction, I won't decide anything until I feel ready. I can easily step back and be undecided until I'm decided.
10. Smiling. For the most part, a smile comes easily to my face.
One of my fondest childhood memories surrounding food is being the only kid in my class to bring fried chicken to school for lunch every week. We lived above our restaurant at the time and my father would wake us up every morning for school and get our lunches ready. He knew that I loved fried chicken and would make me some early in the morning while he was busy scrambling eggs and frying bacon for his 'paying' customers. At lunch time, my friends were always envious when all they had was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and there I sat, eating fried chicken for lunch.
Monday, May 12, 2008
I knew that it was a hot cereal. So, I went to the cereal aisle of our grocery store. I didn't think that anything really fit the bill, but I'm only really used to eating oatmeal, so I wasn't sure that it might be a brand of cereal or not. I called my sister and said, "Do you remember that cereal that Nana and mom used to make for us when we were little? It was hot and grainy but not oatmeal." It could have been Orovo for all that I knew. Her guesses were Cream of Rice, corn cereal and Cream of Wheat. I described it a bit more and she said that it was probably Cream of Wheat. I bought it. I tried it. It was not Cream of Wheat.
My next font of info was my mom. I called her. She then called back and said that she couldn't understand my message. We met up at my nephew's baseball tournament and I was able to describe the cereal in detail. Right off the bat, she said, "Cracked wheat." That really sounded like that was what I was dreaming about.
I made a pot of cracked wheat this morning and it was heaven! I can remember eating it on the back porch on summer mornings at Nana's house. Eating it at our dark brown laminate shiny table from wheat stenciled bowls at my mom's. All of my adult life, I had forgotten that this had ever existed! But my body and mind remembered. How cool to get this memory and this food back into my life. I might even have it for dinner.
I had an idea the other night about how we could learn more about each other and put more things on our happy list. My thought was that whenever I think of a post that I'd like to do, I'll also email the premise to our group. If you would like to contribute to that thread then you can either post over here or email back to me. The responses that are mailed back to me, I'll put up over here to share with all of us.
I'm going to put this into an email for all of us along with my first prompt that I thought of this weekend. If any of you come up with any more prompts, go ahead and do the same thing if you want to!
As always, if you have something that strikes you as happy outside of the offered question, post away!
Love to you all,
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Last week I took my car in because it was squealing when I braked. Since I hadn't replaced the brake pads in about 5 years, I figured it was time. I went to Brakes Plus, and the mechanic gave me the "bad news." Brake pads, rotors, calipers, brake flush, Cv Axles, alignment, and clean/adjust the rear brakes. It totaled almost a $1000! When I asked what was optional, he told me the latter one. That would save me 20 bucks. He expressed to me how dangerous it would be for me to continue driving on the brakes. He said something is out of alignment, and it needed to be fixed.
I stressed at work that morning. Finally I called and told the guy that I wanted to wait until the weekend to make a decision. If I'm spending $1000 on this 11 year old car, I might need to consider getting a new-to-me car.
I sent out an email to people I knew asking for prayer, wisdom, and advice. I got lots of response. Rose said she had a subscription to Consumer Reports and could loan me her user name and password. Jason gave me advice about saving money to pay in cash. Several people said the work seemed really expensive.
Then John wrote me. This is one of the guys I met online. We decided to just be friends since our political views are drastically different. We've also seen a couple of movies together. He happens to be a mechanical engineer.
He told me that they were charging me WAY TOO MUCH. He even looked up the parts on Auto Zone to let me compare. I know some of the cost was labor too, but when brake pads cost only $20 at Auto Zone and they cost $100 to get installed... that's a big difference.
John offered to look at it and at least change out the brake pads for free (in exchange for a home-cooked meal). He also knew a guy that would do the work for much cheaper.
Friday after work, I went over to his place. He took the front wheels off my car, and he had a look. He said that the guy lied to me. They took the wheel off and saw some rust, and just said the whole thing needed to be replaced. John said that the rotors and calipers were actually fine, and he said he wouldn't replace the axles if I was even somewhat serious about getting another car in the next couple of years.
So that's it. My brake pads were changed. I paid maybe $30 total in parts and lubricants. And I'm making John the best dinner in my "arsenal." Homemade lasagna, green beans, and homemade rolls. Oh, and my mom's famous peanut butter and chocolate pie!
Yep, God puts the right people in my life at the right times. This makes me happy and so does the thought that I didn't spend $1000 on unnecessary repairs or even more on a new car!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Sitting at the computer last night, my phone vibrates next to me. Focusing on the screen, here is what I read:
Kickin it 2mrw nite 4 misty's bday. Work it out
Which roughly translates to, GIRL'S NITE OUT!!
Yeah baby. Getting out my dancing shoes, clothes that borderline the boundary of if I should wear them at my age and my bail money (joking, as 2 of my bailed out friends are on probation and won't be with us tonight ) :)
And if my luck really holds out, I can find a super late sitter where hubby might be able to join us when the party really starts rockin!
Friday!!! Time to blow off some of this grrrrr ness lately! Sweat it out on the dance floor and start fresh tmrrw!!
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
And then last week, I experienced my first "I'll call you later," and then never did. That was lovely. (Although I have to say I would much rather that happen, then to have a guy break up with me after a year of dating.)
(Karianne, I promise I will bring this back round to Happiness, but you have to give me a bit of leeway.) ;)
A part of me wants to be all about some Jo Dee Messina lyrics.
Somebody's gonna give you a lesson in leavin'
Somebody's gonna give you back what you've been givin'
And I hope that I'm around
To watch 'em knock you down
It's like you to love 'em and leave 'em
Just like you loved me and left me
It's like you to do that sort of thing
Over and over again
You're a fool-hearted man
But it's not really my style. After all these were guys I loved, and I think deep down they were good guys--good guys who made stupid decisions. It's bad enough to be dumped without thinking I'm a bad judge of character on top of all of that.
Yet when my anger overtakes me, I start ranting to God. I want those boys to realize how stupid they were to have let something so good go without a fight. I want them to see that running away is not the solution and will haunt them in future relationships. I want them to beg me to come back only for me to reject THEM and kick them out.
Nice, huh? We all think it, I know. But honestly, the anger isn't healthy. It just encourages me to dwell on something that I need to move away from.
Ultimately I remind myself that God protected me and is protecting me. I desire for those guys to grow from their mistakes because even now, a part of me still loves them. Not in a boyfriend way, but in a brother-in-Christ way.
And... if my anger overtakes me...
I've decided to pray that they get a REALLY REALLY REEEEEEEEALLLY bad case of constipation. You know, the kind that has you bowed over in pain. I feel like that request is something that won't ruin their life and yet would cause them some good ole' natural pain. And perhaps it would give them some time to think about what they did. And how appropriate that they would experience that since they all would keep stuff bottled up inside them instead of talking to me about it.
I think God has the type of humor to do just that kind of thing.
Perfect justice, really. And it totally brings a smile to my face!
I'm sick of the place I've been, so I was pondering the simple pleasures that bring me joy even in the midst of general "unrest"...
1. feeling the brain fog lift after nearly a week of mostly raw food
2. 22 days of school left before summer
3. my friend at Starbucks who always has time to chat while I wait for my chai
4. a piano recital by my 6 year old boy
5. a new Japanese Maple waiting to be planted in the yard
6. the almost-completed new patio out back...
7. a fun Etsy purchase to brighten my day and my table
8. walking 7.46 miles with my sister-in-law
9. delightful co-workers who are also friends
10. thinking of my friend with her new baby and sharing in her joy!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I had to go in to work in the morning real quick and when I came home an hour later, this was on my doorstep. After rounding up the usual suspects, no one admitted to it, so I"m broadening my search!
In that cutesy little basket was tulip printed tissues, a kitchen handtowel, a pink frosted flower cookie and peony body butter. If they were all as edible as they look, I'd be needing cheap Phentermine. But the mix of products was well rounded enough to be perfect! I'm so lucky. But it is driving me crazy wondering who it was!
Hope your May Days were fun too!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
It's a tiny onesie that Chris and I found while at a winery for a fundraiser. I had to buy it for her. And then, after I got it home, I panicked a bit about their alcohol views, but Carrie reassured me that it wouldn't be offensive. Thankfully! I could not have passed it up if I tried.
Let's raise a toast to Carrie!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Honey is one of my favorite flavors and one of my favorite scents. I would like to be a connoisseur of honey like some people are with wines. Now I have that Mariah Carey song in my head. "Ju-ust, like, hu-un-ny" (did she and Nick Canon really get married? Without a prenup? Can it be?)
I go to SB often to meet friends to talk and visit over the hiss of espresso machines. I don't drink coffee, I don't really care for their hot chocolate and at times the caramel apple cider is too sweet, while their teas are too weak or strong. So, I'll get a soy steamer with caramel.
When I saw the sign for their honey lattes, I was excited! They sounded so good. I was hopeful. I took a sip. It was wonderful.
I've had them once a week for the past 3 weeks. A new fave! If it is still cold where you live, like it has been here (yay), you should try one.
Friday, May 2, 2008
I stepped on the scale and realized that I have 1 pound to go to lose an additional 18 that I'd gained over 3 months.
Let's not mention that it has taken me 19 months to do this! By my slow going, I really don't think that I have to mention that I did not use any top diet pills to achieve this amazing feat! Just call me the tortoise of weight loss.
And let's really not mention that even with this dip in pounds, I'm still 6 pounds away from my pre pregnancy weight with Ivy over 5 years ago! Hmmm. 40 weeks to put it on, 5 years and counting to take it off. Don't think that I'll be writing any diet books soon!
Top 10 Jobs that I'm Happy Are Not Mine
1. School bus driver
2. Animal shelter worker
3. Bank teller
4. City or county clerk (I had to file a motion yesterday and heardway too much information about people's lives and their troubles)
5. Anything that involved getting grimey, manual labor or sweating.
6. Police officer
7. Military or almost any job involving orders or travel
8. Any type of auditor
9. Pagaent contestant
10. CPS/APS worker
11. drug rehab counselor
OK, that's actually 11! I got on a roll!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
All you mom's with girls, watch this. This is what we need. This is what I needed when I was a teenager and lost, and not sure how to fall in love with myself. The preview gives me chills.
Karianne, it made me think of you. Maybe cause you rock so hard. ;)
When he takes photos, of his cars, he takes them from each angle. Front, side and back. What a thorough little guy.
Double fisting it with his bobos. I have a pic of his sis doing the exact same thing at this age, but I can't find it.
Yes, he is all Car-ed out! Hat, new pjs, long underwear, sandals. Holding onto Doc and Leak-Less
You gotta get the full effect!
This boy makes me laugh from my toes every single day!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Here are some pics from my birthday at Red Lobster. I included the first one so you could see my new hair. I love it! It is all short and tousled in the back, but still piecey on the ends. You can tell how exhausted I was in the last one!
I'm so sad that our birthdays are done for another year!
I am involved with MOPS www.mops.org ... I'm on the steering committee, and I just found out I can go to convention again this year!!! I'm sooooooo excited!! It's in October, and this year it's being held in Dallas. I got to go last year too, when it was in Orlando, and truly thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime event. But the elders at the church are sending us this year, so our cost is down to almost nothing! A true miracle!!
Happy news I had to share!!!!!! Hope everyone is having a happy monday!