Thursday, January 29, 2009

Random post

I don't know exactly what to post about but I am going to post anyway so we will just comes up.

This week has been weird. We went to school on Monday, were off on Tuesday for the ice storm that never made it this far south, was sure that we'd be off or at least late on Wednesday but wound up trying to get there on time, and had school as usual today. I say as usual, my PE class got bumped for chapel, which we didin't have yesterday because of all the late arrivals. I am not kidding when I say I had half of my class tardy yesterday. Tomorrow I should be able to finish catching my class up from missing Tuesday.

I have started two completely new paragraphs and deleted them both. I just am at a loss at what to say. I keep making these resolutions to blog and then I don't. I sit here and nothing comes to me. I keep hoping for these profound thoughts to strike me, yet nothing is coming. So I sit here and prattle on about my day and family etc. I guess I am looking for a purpose for my blog(s) Yes I do have two, they are usually carbon copies of each other. I keep my Xanga because there are several Xanga friends that don't go else where. I keep my Blogspot because there are readers over there that don't do Xanga. They are both linked so if you are at one you can click to the other one. lol! There is a typepad one as well but I just didn't like typepad's set up like I thought I would so I don't use it.

I bought me a Webkinz the other day. I bought it because it was a red cardinal - to remind me of my grandmother. She loved cardnials. I will probably never activate the account. I just wanted the cardnial. It has been five years since she passed away and not a day goes by that I don't think of her an miss her just a little. I can not believe that it has been that long. She has never seen my youngest son that bears her maiden name as his middle name and is the spitting image of her son, my daddy. She has never seen my neice who bears her name and is the spitting image of her mother, my sister. I haven't been called Angel since Thanksgiving 2003, the last time I saw her. I can't see an iris or a cardinal without thinking of her. Those two items will be forever linked with her.

Okay I can't write about that any more. I will, however, one day get her stacks of scrapbooks and with my sister's help preserve the pictures and her writing in books that will not distroy them. She was a scrapbooker before her time. And her work needs to be showcased. That my friends is one of my next projects. Besides getting my own scrapbooks up to date. I need a scrapping corner in my house. Off to think on that one a bit. See what typing this random blog entry has done for me.

Off to copy and paste!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Prayer Request

God revealed to me this morning that I have a working relationship in a ministry position that bears careful scrutiny - First of all let me state the is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING INAPPROPRIATE  at all about this relationship.  And that is the way I want it to stay - I couldn't imagine the other party thinking anything different either.  However, God revealed to me that all apperances must be kept above board because even the appearance of wrong doing or a rumor from such appearance rather founded or not - would damage both our ministries badly. 

Please pray that we all are conscious of this fact and continue to represent ourselves correctly. 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

shamelessly stolen from Kathy

~ You've ever ended a sentance with the word "Psych!"

~ You know the profound meaning of "Wax On - Wax Off".

~ You've ever watched the "Pound Puppies".

~ You can sing the rap to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and can do the Carlton.

~ Girls wore bike shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.

~ After you saw "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" you kept saying "I know you are, but what am I?"
~ You yearned to be a member of the Babysitter's Club and tried to start a club of your own.

~ You remember boom boxes and walking around with them on your shoulders like you were all that.

~ You owned those Strawberry Shortcake dolls that were scented.

~ You wore about EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high-top Reeboks.

~ You know that "Whoa!!" comes from Joey on Blossom.

~ You wanted to be a Goonie.

~ You used to (and probably still do) say "What you talking bout Willis?"

~ You still get the urge to say "Not!" after every sentence.

~ Two words...Hammer Pants.

~ You even wore flourescent clothing...sometimes head-to-toe.

~ You have ever watched Fraggle Rock.

~ You had plastic streamers on your handle bars...and spokey-dokes or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect.

~ You thought He-Man and She-ra should hook up.
~ It was actually worth it to get up on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons.

~ You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose started falling off and his cheek bones shifted.

~ You wore a ponytail on the side of your head.

~ You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen and still remember their names.
~ You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class in school.

~ You took lunch boxes to school...metal ones.
~ You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.

~ You ever wondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
~ You played the game MASH (mansion, apartment, shack, house).

~ You remember the CRAZE, then the banning of Slap Bracelets.
~ You wore stonewashed Jordache jeans and were proud of it.

~ You ever wore a pair of jelly shoes.
~ You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets and pins.

~ L.A. Gear...need I say more?
~ You remember "I've fallen and I can't get up!!"

~ You remember "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and all the Ramona books.
~ You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.

~ You have ever played with a Skip-It.
~ You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.

~ You knew all the characters and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell" - the original class.
~ You know all the words to Bon Jovi's "Shot Through The Heart".

~ You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
~ Don't happy.

~ You remember New Kids On The Block when they were cool.
~ You thought Doogie Howser or Samantha Macelli was hot.

~ You remember Alf, the furry brown alien from Melmac.
~ You remember when mullets were cool...and probably had one yourself.

~ You still sing "We Are The World".
~ You tight rolled your jeans.

~ You owned a banana clip.
~ You had big hair...and you knew how to use it.

~ You remember "Where's the beef?".

~ You're still singing "Shot Through The Heart", aren't you.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Routines are still happening!

Bible reading -- yeah - I have been up every morning this week and reading. I am about to settle into a routine with it. I am actually ahead in the reading! Right now I am rereading stories I have read before - but that familiarity is comforting and is helping me as I get used to this early morning stuff.

Writing -- I haven't written EVERY day - but I have been doing more of it. Again once I settle into writing more, it won't be this mundane boring day to day stuff. It won't be as good as Dana's - in fact it will probably still be boring and mundane - just not my day to day happenings.

Reading -- I don't know that I will finish a book this week but I will update the book blog this weekend with what I am reading.

Crocheting - I haven't crocheted at all but hey it is still a goal.

Kitchen -- The kitchen has been cleaned every night except last night when we ate out. A has been wonderful helping out and getting into it.

Organizing -- the entertainment center is up for this weekend!

School -- so far so good. I may have to bring grading home this weekend because I have been busy getting report cards ready to go out tomorrow but for the most part I have done well.

Course Work - I started ahead, class was granted an extension for the first week, and so I quit. I need to pick that up tomorrow.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Mourning Routine

Today was very good.  We were out of the house early without any fussing, whining or yelling.  And none from the kids either.  It took a little to get out of bed but, once I did. It was great.  I will work on getting up a little earlier each day or so until I am at my target time of 5 am.  I am also showering at night now. That will alieviate some of the morning stress I am sure.

I also have some great stuff to look up from Dana on a question that has plagued both of us for awhile.  She has been the active one in looking up the answers though.  I am going to use her direction and work from there.

But for now - I have a date with a book

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Part of my theme "Prepare" is going to be streamlining and decluttering my life.  I am working hard on routines right now.  Four days into the new year I have done really well with the nightly kitchen routine.  Kiddos are in on the act as well.  A even made the comment tonight that the kitchen looks better now that we have been Swiffering the floor every night.  Score!!  The boys are helping by learning to clean up their places after meals.  No more dishes left on the table ~ and I am not the one cleaning the table off either! Score!!

One routine I must change is my morning routine.  I there is absolutely no way I can stay in bed and actually get my Bible reading done.  So I am going to come to the kitchen and do so.  My Grandmother's Bible stayed on her kitchen table or on the counter because that is where she read in the mornings.  I am thinking I may do the same thing.  Now I don't drink coffee but I am thinking hot cider or hot tea would be nice too in the mornings.  So I am going to try that as well.  I may even be able to jot notes down as I am reading for my accountability partner. 

I will start with the new morning routine in the morning.  Now it is off to bed so that I can GET UP in the morning!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Scrapbook Day

Pics of the layouts I did for my album of the trip my high school band took to Washington DC.

The cover of the album

flags of the nations      
page one

mt vernon
page two

dinner cruise lft side
left side  
dinner cruise rt side
right side of  two page spread of the Dinner Cruise Layout

museum day lft side
left side
museum day rt side

right side of the two page spread of Museum Day layout

washington monument lft side  
left side

washington monument rt side
right side of the two page spread of the Washington Monument layout
I am not real happy with this one.  I may redo it next time.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Goal check

I am going to get help on my Bible Reading Goal!! Dana and I have the same Bible. She got hers this year and I got mine 2 years ago. But we are going to read them together and hold each other accountable. (Heather if you are game you can join us too. Maybe with 3 we can actually get it done)

I also forgot to put one of my goals down last night. That one is to scrapbook once a month. Which I also get to do tomorrow. I found my pictures from my trip to Washington DC 17 1/2 years ago. My high school band marched in the national Independence Day parade in 1991. So I got an 8x8 album and some patriotic and band/music stickers and paper. That is my project for tomorrow. To work on that album.

Along with my scrapbooking goal, I have mandated that I have to do it with the paper I already have. The ONLY exception to that rule would be if I have a special project to do ( I also want to tackle my wedding album sometime this year ) such as the one above. But I will have to go through what I already have before I can shop and I will only shop at 1/2 price sales at Hobby Lobby (or Michael's). I made this mandate after working on my organizing goal for this week. When I organized my scrapbook stuff and realized I had SO MUCH PAPER! Did you know Dollar Tree has paper packs with coordinated patterend paper for only $1? I bet I have 50 or so of those packs with only a few duplicates (many of those duplicates were purchased for a purpose too).

So lets see tallying up:

I have help on my Bible Reading Goal.
I have organized something this week.
I will scrapbook tomorrow.
I am writing right now.
I started on my Book Blog last night

That is a good start!

Oh yeah! Kitchen is cleaned as well! That is six!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Goals for 2009

*  Read Bible daily - I have never been good on the daily part but will set aside time for that.

* Write  for personal reasons every day, blog entry, journal, or something else.  This does not include educational writing.  Will get to that in a minute.

* Read one book a week. - note that on my book blog as I am reading.  Possibly to include a Sunday Evening post per week on what is in progress and what I have finished etc.

* Crochet some everyday - again it may not be much but I have things I want to do -

* Clean kitchen nightly - I started last year with this and did well to begin with but it didn't continue so well.  I will also get kiddos on board with this one.

*Organize one space a week - This will include purging unwanted, unneeded, unused items.  The Thrift Store will love me this year!

*Keep school at school - grading and lesson planning done at school when I am working After Care or durning break times

*Work and stay ahead in course work for grad school, have essays ready before the weekend they are due.