Thursday, February 28, 2008

Still in a fog

I think this extreme lethargy has to do with the fact that I really am not sleeping well. I mean I haven't slept well in six years, but this week it has been extreme. I can remember being conscious about 6 times each night. It's just not working for me anymore. I am walking around like a zombie, and it's not good for my attitude and it's not good for my driving certainly. It's started to really affect my memory.

So, my dear reader, please give me your best sleep aid ideas. No drugs allowed.

And honestly if it has exercise in it I don't know where I'd fit that either.

So please, any ideas, cures, support, etc. I already have one thing I've started thinking about today.

Monday, February 25, 2008

In which I am in a fog

Do you ever have one of those days that is not exactly a "bad" day, but rather a weird, kinda off day?

Today is one of those days.
All of my plans just seem to be a little off. Just not quite going correctly.

I could blame it on all the white flour I've eaten in the last two days, but that seems like a bit of a cop-out.

Let's just call it dumb.

The wastewater people just chopped off about half my rosemary because it is too near the fire hydrant. If I had any idea it would get that big I would not have planted it there. And the plant on the other side is nowhere near as big as it will get, so I should move that one too.

I got to the park with Denali just in time to leave again, due to plans with my sitter.

Blah.

Friday, February 22, 2008

In which I am completely alone at my house

First I have to say I love this article about helping kids learn to clean their rooms. It breaks the steps up, and explains at what age kids can do certain things.

Secondly I have the next 19 hours all to myself. Joel will be here for some of it, but the kids are with my wonderful fabulous sister and her fiance tonight. I had originally intended to not spend any money today, but found an awesome toy store and couldn't help myself. I also got vegan oatscreme (like ice cream) and a yummy cookie.

I halfway finished a painting of a live oak tree.

I am going to watch the season finale of Monk.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Littlest Pet Shop

Grandma Linda bought Emlyn her first Littlest Pet Shop playground for Christmas, and Emlyn has been saving up to buy more pets (it only came with 2) since then. She finally saved up $20 and we bought a mega-pack of like 10 pets with a carry case.

Unfortunately the mail system decided it didn't like us, but finally after two tries the package arrived today and Emlyn and Denali are having a great time playing with all the little pets.

My favorite is the seahorse.

I got to vacuum this morning after some robots decided to mash their goldfish into the carpet. Unfortunately goldfish aren't brown so I had to vacuum. The house does look very peaceful though!

Tonight we are probably going to go climbing at a gym with the kids. Last time we had a great time because I didn't have to belay Emlyn and so she could go up three feet and back down over and over. That sort of thing drives me crazy.

Denali is too little to actually climb, but he's cool with running around and occasionally climbing up two holds. In a couple weeks Amy and then my father-in-law are going to watch the kids while I am Joel's dedicated belayer at a climbing contest. That should be fun. We're going to go out the night before and camp.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

In Which I Nearly Faint at Costco

Yesterday started out very lazy but got busy fast. At 11 am we went to the park with some old friends. This park just happens to be near a blood donation center, and so after the park I decided to run in and see if I could donate. The last time I was able to was about two years ago or more, and after that I kept failing because of my hematocrit (really not sure about that word) count. Anyway since then I have lost 45 pounds and started eating healthfully, so I thought that maybe they would let me donate.

I was right. The kids were angels, full of questions about donating blood but overall very good. I got up from the couch table thing and went into the snack room to get my snacks. The kind old lady asked me what drink I would like (they have about 20 sugary choices). Going on instinct from the last year of my lifestyle change, I said "Can I just have water?"

BAD IDEA.

Anyway she agreed and I ate two packages of cookies and drove off to Costco to meet Chinell. We wandered around for a bit. Both of us had coupons and a short list so we were in line fairly quickly. As we stood and chatted in line, though, I started to feel pretty bad. She looked at me and asked if I was okay. Evidently I was starting to get really pale. We realized that my blood sugar was really low, so she started handing me sippy cups with juice and fruit leathers to eat. I ate all she had and still hadn't made it through the line or paid.

Things got more and more fuzzy. We had four little kids who were not really listening (although doing pretty well as far as little kids are concerned), a 6 mos pregnant lady, and a mommy about to faint. But of course (I said to myself) I had to get through the line. I couldn't faint yet! I hadn't paid for my stuff. So finally it was my turn. The guy asked me "How are you doing today?" I said "really not well. I think I'm going to faint." He really didn't know how to respond to that. So I handed him my card and coupons and sat on the floor.

Chinell kept talking to the guy, and helping the kids not go crazy, and watching me. After he rang me up I stood up just long enough to slide my card and enter my pin, and then I was back on the floor. Sitting, not fainting, but just barely. I sat there while Chinell bought her stuff, and then we made our way over to the food court. I sat at the table with a cart and four kids, and she went to get me a soda. After the soda I started to feel a little better. We stayed there until I felt well enough to get home. The poor kids by this time were into nap time behavior and just having meltdowns. I am sorry for Chinell because hers got the brunt of her anxiety about me.

Everyone got home safely and I hope I've learned my lesson.

So the moral? If you make the mistake of not taking the sugary drink they offer after giving blood, you should be at Costco with Chinell cause she'll take care of you.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Valentine's Day

My friend at Raindrops and Rainbows posted about her husband and their first Valentine's Day. It made me want to reminisce about Joel and I and our first Valentine's Day, which was the same one as my friend's.

We were both freshmen at ACU and decided that after the disaster that was dating in the fall (not with each other but other people) that we would just enjoy being single and host a V-Day party for those without valentines. So we made origami and bought candy and watched a Veggietales marathon (10 years ago that was actually manageable). As we did all of these things we realized that we were having a lot of fun. Joel had already invited me to SingSong which is a week after Valentine's Day, so I was starting to think that there might be a spark or two there.

Over the next few weeks we continued climbing trees, going on walks, and hanging out. We soon realized that this dating thing was going well. I don't recall when we officially became a couple, but there would be no going back once we did.

The summer was hard because Joel stayed in Abilene and I went home to CA to work for the youth minister and see my family. Joel and I wrote real letters every day and I stole his flannel shirt so I could smell him. For the 4th of July he flew out to visit me and it was as though we hadn't been apart for 2 mos. We went and did obligatory touristy things in San Francisco and hung out with my family and made out a little bit :)

In the fall when we came back to school we pretty much knew we were going to get married. Joel later told me that when we visited on the 4th of July he knew that he was going to marry me. On our birthday in September we were doing our Bible study and one of us said something about "when we're married..." The other came back and said "I guess we ought to get engaged then, right?" Joel asked me what kind of ring I wanted and I let him know it would have to be silver and sapphire. Joel said it would probably be a while before it could be official because he'd have to go find a ring. So I settled down for a long wait. Little did I know that exactly a week later we would climb a tree and become officially betrothed...

A Trip!

In April my brother's graduating from college, and due to logistics I will be going all by myself (with my sister) for an entire weekend. There will be no children or husbands. I love my children and husband, but I'm pretty excited about this. We're leaving early on Friday and will be back very late on Sunday.

Oh and we'll be going to LA/ Malibu. That is a cool thing.

I'm very proud of my brother. He's a smart guy.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Manicotti


Here's what you would get to eat if you came to small group tonight.

Yummy manicotti.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Potty "Training"

How is it that even though my son is not even remotely potty trained, when he does go sit on the potty he "actually does not need my help"?

Friday, February 08, 2008

Milestones

This week Emlyn has successfully conquered two milestones. She has learned to tie her shoes!

She's also hopefully reached the point where we will be reading lots of books all the time. She read 13 last night. Most of them were really short but I am encouraged. I know that soon she will be unstoppable as far as reading is concerned. I'm proud of her.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

New Book Review at My Other Blog

I read a new book last night and actually reviewed it on my other blog.
The Road.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Cleaning, In General

Sometimes when my house is a mess and I'm cleaning it all I can do is complain about the other inhabitants of the house who have made this awful mess.

Other days, like today, as I'm cleaning up, I realize that I am a contributor to the mess as well. Maybe even a big one. I don't put things back where they belong immediately. I don't throw my trash away instantly. Weird.

Guess I need to take the log out of my eye.

Monday, February 04, 2008

The THIN Institute- Sorry!

I have to apologize for the original post by this name. My friends have informed me that perhaps this type of humor is not universally hilarious. I thought it was funny but if you didn't I'll still be your friend, and please accept my apologies if you were offended.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Clean house

Denali sporting some cool shades


Tucking away the yummy food on Christmas

Uncle Rob and Aunt Sandra eating ham


The remains of our Christmas-sea feast a couple days before Christmas. I know it doesn't look like much but the food was SO GOOD.

Well today's soup was delicious but since I knew my family wouldn't appreciate it I gave the rest to Joe and Kim since they just had their new baby. Who is so cute! His name is Ryan and he and his parents still have that serene peaceful look. It's so nice. They're doing a great job as parents.

Then we came home and Emlyn and Denali helped me so much. We cleaned the house for about 2 hours and they did a whole lot. They really earned their allowance today.

Joel's home from climbing. We're going to watch Monk.

Experimentation

So I'm still getting organic veggies and fruits delivered to my door every other week. On the weeks when I get the "all-local" box I am always surprised at what can be grown even in winter. A lot of the time there are things that I wouldn't normally buy.

This week I was impressed by the results of my experiments. I made a turkey pot pie and instead of peas and carrots that the recipe called for I used celery, carrot, baby turnips, and collard greens. They were delicious and added just a bit of spice to a normal recipe.

Today I'm making turkey and wild rice soup and I put more of those baby turnips in there with the celery and carrots. I also am using baby kale instead of parsley. I haven't eaten it yet but I bet it will be yummy.