Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So here's what happened...

First I was shopping at walmart. When my daughter and I came out of the store, my husband,son and daughter in law were jamming to some really loud music. Michelle,my daughter in law, was preparing for college classes and needed some supplies. I told her that I was going to take her shopping for them. She didn't want to take advantage of me but I insisted that she needed them so we were going to buy them. We sent the guys fishing.
The next day we attended a charity event. Part of it was a flower arrangement contest with lots of different categories. You paid to enter and the prizes were different donated prizes. Sam, my firefighter son, won 3 categories! Before he went on stage to accept his award he changed from his station t-shirt into one of those shirts you see the men on the front of a cheap romance novel wearing. It had very detailed embroidery in all shades of pink. As he walked through the doors he turned to me and said " Too bad there isn't time to grow out my hair!" He went through the doors with both arms spread wide like an acrobat who had just performed an amazing stunt.
The next day we were shopping at the mall. My husband kept complaining about a very simple problem that would took very little effort to correct. Finally I had had enough and told him to quit whining and solve the problem. If he wasn't willing to do that, I didn't want to hear another word! He then went and bought me pretzel bites at Aunt Anne's pretzels!
So are you buying any of this yet? Actually these are the dreams I have been having the past few days. It seems that I am only creative in my dreams these days. I will try to do better.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

weird little things

I don't know if the "feeling bad" my nephew warned me about when I asked for hints about being a vegetarian is just now hitting or if I am coming down with something but I am a bit tired and muddle-headed. I was thinking about some of my quirks and thought it might be entertaining. So here you go.
1. If we have a hint of severe weather in our area I do not wear my usual nightgown to bed. I wear shorts/sweats and a t-shirt/tank depending on the season. I have this fear of the neighbors tree falling on our house causing the need for me and my family to be rescued. I do not want to be on the front page of the paper or on the evening news with my nightgown flying around!
2. I don't believe I could ever be a hardcore vegan because I love dairy! A diagnosis of lactose intolerance might just send me into a deep depression!
3. I am completely addicted to diet coke. 10 years ago my husband and I made a deal that if he would quit smoking I would quit drinking diet coke. yeah so he hasn't smoked in 10 years. I have made numerous attempts but not succeeded. Usually because hubby brings me diet coke. Apparently I am a bit grumpy without it.
4.  I am obsessed with writing utensils and notepads/journals. I cannot, however, write on paper that is wrinkled or water stained etc. Drives me completely nuts. 
5. Along those same lines, If I mess something up, smear the ink or duplicate an item on a shopping list I have to start all over. Just can't do it!
6.I am obsessed with purses and or tote bags. Not expensive ones. I just have a very clear idea of what I do and do not want. I want them either very large or very small.
7. I love going to the Madison Regatta with my husband  and kids. I like watching the boats but I am not quite so involved in it as my husband. We go very early to get good shady spots so I read a lot and sometimes nap. I think it aggravates Gregg because he knows all this technical stuff about the boats and everything and wants to share it with me. 
8.I was going to stop at 7 but I really like even numbers.
9. Open cabinet doors drive me bonkers. My husband will intentionally leave the bathroom cabinet open just to tease me. It is also the main reason we don't have doors on our overhead kitchen cabinets. One of the doors wouldn't shut all the way no matter what we did. I just couldn't handle it!
10. I love to create things. I like to use unexpected objects and make them into something interesting and beautiful. I like to work in everything- wood, paint, plants, words, fabric-whatever. Everything has some beauty in it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I ate shrimp last night...

I am bad I suppose. The strange thing was that it didn't even taste very good. I love grilled shrimp but they just didn't do it last night.
I did have a disagreement with someone the other day about whether or not fish was meat or not. I was telling how embarrassed my daughter was to order me a Big Mac without meat. This person insisted I could have ordered a fish sandwhich.
This is the same person who,when I told her I would bring a veggie burger for the cookout, told me she had a turkey burger in the freezer so I guess I should have guessed.
I really have been surprised at how easy this has actually been. I was warned that I would feel bad and all kinds of other stuff but I haven't at all.
After our trip to the aquarium Saturday we went to Golden Corral. If I was going to have trouble anywhere I was certain it would be there. My brothers steak and ribs smelled good but I wasn't dying to eat them. I ate a big salad with egg and cheese and a baked potato and dessert and was quite satisfied.
I have lost 2 pounds so far and I am probably eating too many carbs and too much dairy. Something to work on I guess.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A day at the aquarium

Today we celebrated my neice Makayla's 10th birthday with a trip to the Newport Aquarium. Apparently it was "rude person day" because they were all there!
My brother and sister in law need scooters to get around large places. My brother because he was permanently disabled is a car accident when makayla was a little more than a year old and my sister in law because she suffers from complications of diabetes such as neuropathy and skin ulcers. They,like everyone else, wanted to see all they could. Being a rainy Saturday in early summer, it was packed. All of us headed down the halls like cattle stoping when the rest of the herd did.
The problem was that when Roy and Becky would stop people would go around them then stop right in front of them. There were also several instances where people would literally step in between them and whatever exhibit they were looking at.
I found myself feeling a bit agoraphobic-at least if that word means a little panicked about 5 million bajillion people squished around you in a dimly lit building like I think it does.
I can handle crowds outside. Don't particularly like them but I can handle them.
In an enclosed space it makes me crazy.
I couldn't help thinking about the Jewish people who spent months and even years in cramped spaces never seeing the sun while in hiding.
And those crammed into trIn cars on their say to concentration camps. I knew that in a matter of hours my torment would be over. They had no such assurance. For many of them the torment ended only with death.
Cheery little blog I have here isn't it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Someone SAVE ME!!!

I need need need non boring recipes If I am going to make it the next 5 and a half weeks! It is only day 4 and I am bored with my choices and sick of beans and legumes! It has cut down on my fast food consumption because vegetarian options are more expensive than dollar burgers.
Its not that I miss the meat so much, its that I miss the variety. and just the thought of the texture of beans kinda makes me gag a little.And when I was stressed like I was this afternoon I wanted to eat a big mac,
In other news, my tahoe has been declared a total loss by the insurance company which kind of makes me sad. I love my tahoe! but I think we can buy it back and fix the tailight and bend the bumper back and have some money to get a little bit ahead. I will find out more tomorrow. I was a bit worried about getting screwed but I talked to the owner of the body shop and he said that the insurance company we are dealing with is very fair. So that calmed me down a bit.
I have nothing really exciting to say today.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 1 as a Vegetarian

Actually it wasn't too bad. My nephew warned me that I would feel lightheaded and kinda bad the first few weeks but I didn't experience any of that.
My menu for the day was as follows
Breakfast- Egg McMuffin and Iced Coffee from McDonalds
Morning Snack-Yeast Roll and Cream Cheese
Lunch-piece of totinos pizza, 27 ounces of spinach with butter,yeast roll with cream cheese, Potato w/cheese
Supper-Salad with carrots,onions,mushrooms, lettuce, green peppers and cheese, foccocia bread pizza with onions,peppers, and broccoli. yummy!
I went to the grocery store today to buy what we needed. It was weird not going to look at the meat! I bought some "fake meat" crumbles and two different varieties of  veggie burgers to try. Didn't want to load up on them only to find that we didn't like them. I also got a large assortment of canned beans and whole wheat/high fiber pasta as well as some fresh veggie. We have a bunch of frozen vegetables so I didn't worry about those.
I think the biggest challenge is going to be variety. I like a lot of variety and I may go bonkers if I have to eat beans every single solitary day! I am working on finding recipes I think we will enjoy.
When I told my family about this 6 week challenge I told them that I was going to do this but I did not expect them to follow suit. Surprisingly, the menfolk in my family jumped on the bandwagon before I even finished telling them my reasons but my daughter didn't. Of the 3 , I thought she would be most enthusiastic. I am fine that shes not but it surprised me.
Well that's all for now since I just finished eating dinner at 9:15 and have a bunch a stuff to do before I go to bed.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Another day another dance recital

My daughter loves to dance. She takes dance classes and is a teachers helper to help pay for them. There are 2 recitals a year. Winter and spring.
With last minute rehearsals,hair and makeup then the actual show, they are day long affairs. Nerves get testy,kids get cranky,parents get crankier.
Today I did 2 other girls hair besides Carrie Beth's.
I am so glad I did Carrie Beth's before we left the house this morning because as usual,rehearsal ran late. I finished one girl with 5 minutes to show time.
We are looking forward to the break. To celebrate, we are dying Carrie Beth's hair a lighter blonde with bright pink stripes. The stripes are for breast cancer awareness.
Time to color!

Friday, June 10, 2011

perfectly bad ending to a perfectly bad day.

I am trying to keep it in perspective. There are worse things that could have happened. But it was kind of a very stinky day.
I had wired cranky kids. The youngest didn't get his nap out. We got locked out of the house.Since I hadn't planned to be gone long, I hadn't taken a diaper bag so of course we had a big stinky poopy diaper. Sonic didn't have 32 ounce or 44 ounce cups so I could only have a medium cherry lime-aid.
Then, to top it off, when I was finally starting to relax, we heard a big crash directly in front of the house. Where my Tahoe was parked. A guy driving a little S10 swerved to miss a dog and plowed into the back of my car. Based on the fact that he moved the Tahoe 4 to 6 feet he had to have been moving. His vehicle got the worst end of it. The right side of his truck is very smashed. Mine doesn't look too bad but the tail light is busted, the bumper is a wreck and you can't open the back doors.
I really love my car.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

First pool visit of the summer

Took 3 guys to the pool today. For a change, I didn't even get burned! We only stayed a little over 2 hours. The 8 and 10 year old are of course pretty self sufficient,jumping off the diving board,going down the slide and dunking each other. I had forgotten,though, what it's like to take a one and a half year old the pool!
He was hesitant at first but soon acclimated himself. The pool we visited has a graduated entrance so you can walk in like a beach. For awhile I sat with water up to my chest while he stood waist deep splashing. He wanted to go farther so he tugged my hand and said "uppy!!!" I hauled myself off the bottom and held his hand until the water reached his neck and he again said "uppy!" in a rather frantic tone. I picked him up and continued to the deeper water.
At first his arms and legs clung so tightly to my neck and waist I could barely move.
But then he realized that I was not going to drop hi
And he began to relax. He let me turn him to face where we were going. He laid his head against my shoulder with his little cheek against mine and let his legs float. At my urging he started kicking his feet to splash the older boys.
For some reason, this particular pool doesn't have a concession stand operating this year so we were glad we packed a few snacks. But since they couldn't spend their money at the pool we went to dairy queen for mini blizzards.
All in all a good day, but I am whooped!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Things that make my day

One of my favorite little guys came around a corner,saw me and broke into a huge grin,ran full throttle to me, launched himself into my arms and said "I you!"( his version of I love you) How can you not smile at that? What made it even more satisfying was that I had been there for several hours,taking care of him,changing his diaper etc. We had played all morning and yet in that particular moment, he was overjoyed that I was there and wanted to show me. A few minutes later when I wouldn't let him dive off the back of the couch he definitely wasn't feeling the love!
Because I am me I couldn't help but think about the comparison between little guy and his reaction to me and myself and my reaction to God. There are times when the joy wells up in me and I beam with it. Then there are times I am diving off the couch and God is hanging onto my shirttail saying "This is not what you need to do." Just like little guy I scream and kick and crying and throwing an awful fit. And just like little guy, I do it over and over and God still hangs onto my shirttail.
The other thing that made my day was little guys older brothers. We were watching cartoons and a commercial for Holiday World came on. I said "I haven't been there since I was about 8." the oldest one said "In the 90's?" I had 3 children by the mid nineties!
Made me feel young anyway!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Never thought of myself as the vegetarian type

I mean I grew up a farm girl! We had chickens, pigs and my grandparents were dairy farmers. Of course some of those cattle ended up in our freezer! However, I am going to be vegetarian for the next six weeks beginning Monday.Not because I feel sorry for the animals. I believe that God created animals for us to eat. Thats why we have meat eating teeth instead of grass eating teeth like cows. However, at the suggestion of my doctor I am going to try this.
 I was originally going to start tomorrow but realized that since I went grocery shopping yesterday that I wasn't really prepared. Besides, it will give me time to figure out how to go about this in the first place.
How does one go from being a hardcore meat loving farm girl to a vegetarian? And what is the difference between vegetarian and vegan and ovo something or other anyway? I don't mean to offend, really I don't. I am just seriously ignorant of all things vegetarian. Not something we learned down on the farm.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What a bad little blogger I have turned out to be!

I have actually been a little busy in the real world! Imagine that, life outside the computer! Friday I went to Lowe's and bought 48 dollars worth of flowers and soil. Saturday I got up at 5 and started cleaning out the area I was working in about 6:30. Started planting around 7.
I had to stop in the middle of the day to get my daughter ready for her Dance pictures then drop her off at a friends. Got back to it and finished it all at 3:30. I still have one area I want to do something with but that will have to wait for another day.
After that I went to my moms to visit and we made pillows and a little throw for the metal bench on my porch. All in all a very good day.
However, I woke up in the middle of the night with a very painful right foot. During singing at church, my foot swelled up and was a bluish purple. My husband insisted on going home right after church so I could put my foot up and ice it. That meant no graduation parties and no cake!
And before anyone gets worked up about my foot, I have a doctors appointment tomorrow. I already had it made and since I don't have insurance I didn't want to go to the ER. It has done it a couple of times since Sunday morning but returns to normal if I put my foot up.Like I have time for that.
I will attempt to me more interesting in the coming days.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

4 girls + 8 tap shoes+ "Jump" by Van Halen = mama with a migraine

My daughters dance class is preparing for recital. They are doing pointe, tap and jazz and a number with all the classes. Today I went to dance as I usually do.I had a slight headache and feeling of being "off" before I even got there.
After 45 minutes of tap and Van Halen it has blossomed into a full blown migraine. Mind you,I am very fond of tap and Van Halen, however, combining them with a headache are not suggested.
Ice pack and a dark room are in store for the evening.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Why NOT me?

I admit it- this is not something I just wrote today or even yesterday. I wrote it about a year ago but found it again today. Obviously this is a lesson I need to learn every single solitary day.

                                        Why NOT me?

I was talking to someone the other day about how my husband and I have always wanted to be foster parents, especially special needs children. “But” I said “our house would never pass the inspection because it is so old and broken down.” A few days later I was telling someone about my desire to go on a foreign missions trip. “But” I said “ I don’t know how I could ever afford that.” In the middle of my sentence I realized the hypocrisy of my words.
I tell my students and my sons and daughters on a daily basis that God can do anything, use them for anything, if they will only trust Him, be open to His leading and obey Him. We read stories of people who God has used for His glory whom men deemed “unfit” for one reason or another. Time and again we read how God has done great and mighty things through these unfit vessels.
Yet on almost this same daily basis I catch myself negating the power of Christ by saying or thinking “ I could never do that.” I say things like “I could never do that because ………….”I am too poor” “My health is not very good” “I am not smart enough.” “ I am too old” On and on it goes. I am the Queen of bad excuses.
 The reality is that I am believing that God works through everyone EXCEPT me.
John 15:16 says “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
Clearly if He has called me, if He has placed these desires in me He will go before me to clear my path.
As Romans 10:10-11 says 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
There is more to it than just believing. Missionary Gladys Alyward  didn’t just sit waiting for a boat to China. Even after being turned down for service she worked hard to achieve the goal she set for herself.  I believe God instructs us in His word to do the same.
1 Corinthians 15:57-58 says
“57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 
58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Sure doesn’t sound like we are to be sitting around waiting for the boat to me.
And what about this:
2 Corinthians 8:10-12 (New International Version)
10. And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. 11. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. 12. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
I know that I too often forget this. If I truly believe what I tell the children in my life day in and day out, I need to start by taking steps towards the desires I believe God has put in my heart.