Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
"Yes, after all these years, I know what God looks like."
"... and? You gonna tell me?"
"He looks like an old black woman with long gray hair."
"Y'ou see, there I was in traffic and I look over and saw a car, and on the front licence plate, it said, 'God is My Co-Pilot' and, well, there he was sitting in the passenger seat."
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Wanna know how I know? Because I'm feeling a major need to spring clean. But really, I'm after more than just spring cleaning ... I need to do more of a "deep cleaning", a "take-everything-out-of-the-house-and-only-put-back-what-we-need" kind of cleaning.
Sis and I were supposed to de-clutter a room or two of the house while she was here, but we just slap ran out of time. (Despite the fact that two of three nights we stayed up til 3 a.m.) But, fear not, dear friends. It will get done. I feel it coming on strong, much like a 10 month pregnant woman with a nesting instinct.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
My sister has agreed to barter her time helping me de-clutter if I teach her how to sew. She will be here Thursday, so I got an early start on the process by cleaning out the guest room. I wish (now) that I had taken "before" pictures. This room contained the entire contents of #1's Irish Dance studio, which is in the process of changing locations. Thing is, the dance instructor has been in where-to-rent-induced-limbo and the boxes have been in there since July 5th. (Quick math tip: that's over 6 months!)
Last week a contract for a new studio was signed, which got me fired up. All the boxes are out of the guest room and packed to the top of our Yukon XL waiting to be handed over tomorrow. (Did you just hear my big sigh of relief?)
So, here's the big reveal.... (ten hours and the whole family pitching in)
Friday, January 15, 2010
I got to thinking (you know me... always some mental cud-chewing going on), my one really really big accomplishment was not something I did when youth was on my side. It is something I am in the midst of: being called "mom".
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
"It sure was quiet today in all our classes," she stated.
"Oh, really? Why?" I wondered.
"All of the boys were gone. They had that retreat."
"So, do you think you'd like an all-girls school?" I asked her.
After giving the question a bit of thought, she decided that while there would probably not be as much girl drama as there is in a co-ed school, she'd rather have the dull roar of boys around.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Once home, while they were eating their snack, they were sharing each of the tidbits that they had learned from their friends that day. My favorite was "if you put your pj's on inside out and sleep with a spoon under your pillow it will snow".
"At Mass today, Fr. Mark told us that if we were going to pray for snow, to pray for a bunch," said number 3.
They hurried through their homework, ate their dinner, and nearly fell going upstairs to get their jammies on wrong. They laughed in surprise when even King came downstairs with inside-out pajamas. After we prayed and they said goodnight, taking their spoons with them, I remembered being that excited about snow. Getting to be out of school, even an hour or two delay, was so thrilling.
That child-like, magical wishing... something that just may come true.... the excitement is simply palpable.
When we awoke the next morning, each of us wanted to open the curtains and see a beautiful white blanket of snow on everything in the yard, our seams, spoons, and prayers defying the weatherman's percentages. Sadly, it did not snow, this time.
But then again, I forgot to turn my pj's inside out.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I was impressed by Brit Hume, who announced his prediction that Tiger Woods would return to golf after his "drama" dies down. He went on further to say (paraphrasing here) that he thought Tiger to be a Buddhist and encouraged him to convert to Christianity where he could find healing and forgiveness.
I figured he would ruffle a few feathers. I hear through the grapevine that he has indeed!
Go, Brit, go!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Today was good. I am thankful for
- hard boiled eggs
- toasted almonds
- liquid stevia
Easy Peasey = big pack of chicken breasts on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with curry, cut and use in salad as needed during week
Almost as easy = 1 lb ground chuck mixed with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 2 eggs made into meatballs and baked until done.... served with creamed spinach. YUM
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I was so scared. I kept asking Number 2 to check the WARNING LABELS for a weight limit. But, after all was said and done, I had actually worked enough nerve up to allow my feet (yes, both of them) to come up off the surface to the point that you could say I was airborne.
Let there be no doubt that it is a good workout. King says he read somewhere that it is a better workout than jogging. So, I'm thinking about adding it to my workout routine.
Besides, my neighbors need to remodel their kitchen.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Number 4 came up to me this morning and said, "Oh, Mommy, I want to tell you about the dream I had about My Angel!"