Friday, April 30, 2010

Tollipop's Hypothetical Friday

I've shared my admiration of Kristen and her Tollipop blog. Lately she has blogged about hypothetical questions that she shares with her daughters. She shared some with us today and they were so much fun that I had to answer. Her words are in italics.

1. Would you rather have a fantasy art studio stocked with every supply (in colors and mediums never before conceived!), lots of space, natural light, big tables, cozy chairs, and windows that look out on a beautiful scene, or would you rather have a fantasy atelier, with a magical sewing machine that could help you create every fashion you've ever wanted, in a fit that is perfect for you (or others, if you are sewing for someone else). The atelier comes stocked with wondrous fabrics, is also bright and spacious, with windows looking out on something that captures your imagination.
both - I maintain that a fantasy art studio with every supply would have to include fabrics and skill. And if it came with a clock that made time stand still... ahhh

2. Would you rather have a teacup rabbit or a tiny white owl?
a tiny white owl

3. Would you rather have the ability to summon an amazing bedtime story whenever you wanted to hear one, or would you rather summon a walk on a beautiful, secret path (with the weather and season of your choice) that always leaves you feeling better when you reach your destination?
I'd choose the walk. My first would be on a tropical beach. I'd have a flower in my hair.

4. If you could wish for something lovely to happen to someone this weekend, who would the lucky recipient be?
very hard to choose...
Tobi, because she's leaving the country soon,
Any of the moms of the 2009 crop of babies, because that first year is hard,
Surferman, because he rocks,
Erika, because she's Erika.
I pray lovely things for each and every one of them.

5. Would you rather be a crazy fast runner or a crazy fast swimmer?
crazy fast runner - I don't run.

6. Would you like the ability to have a wonderful, restful sleep each night, or would you like to have an Olympic hopeful metabolism that does a spectacular job of keeping up with all the yummy things there are to eat?
you have to ask? the metabolism of course. I'd eat chocolate and cheese puffs and steak and... everyday.

Wishing you a lovely weekend filled with good things to eat, people who love you, and that you see the moon hanging like a pearl from the sky...

I told you they were a fun bunch of questions.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Random Dozen - 4/28/10

1. Have you ever been so lost that you were really afraid?
When I was in college I went to New Orleans with some friends for a conference. We walked from the French Quarter back to our hotel and got lost. I was unproportionately (think I just made up that word) scared. It was because of too much alcohol and one of the first reasons I stopped drinking.

2. Have you ever been to an island?
Yep... Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Catalina, Mykonos, Patmos, a few in Washington state and I know I'm forgetting some.

3. Are you more of a thinker or feeler?
Thinker. Compassion is something I pray the Lord would develop more in me.

4. Do you tend to see issues or situations in life as black and white or shades of gray?
I think I'm a pretty black and white kinda gal, but somethings are shades of gray. HA!

5. If you were stuck on an island, what book would you hope to have with you (Let's pretend the Bible is already there, so you can't say that.)
How about "1001 ways to use a coconut" or "Boat building made easy"? Or a good novel like "Pride and Prejudice".

6. What are you most afraid of?
That I'd "mess up" my son. Debilitating illness.

7. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
My memory isn't very good. I enjoy the moment more than the past. I'd pick making new ones.

8. Pretend I'm looking at a scrapbook page about you. There are three spaces for you to drop in individual pictures. What are those pictures of, and why did you select them?
How about some optimism? How about a "before" and "after" photo with my weight loss? The third picture could be a great shot of my family.

9. If you were re-doing your wedding, what would you do differently? (If you're single, tell me one thing you would do if you were planning a wedding OR huge party.)
Nothing. I really enjoyed our wedding. Now our marriage... I wish we hadn't lived together before we got married.

10. Tell me one thing you know/believe about forgiveness.
"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

11. You're waiting in a doctor's office. What is your favorite way to pass that time?
Playing with my iPhone or going over my to do list.

12. If there were a clone of you in a parallel universe what is one way you hope she/he would be the same as you and one way you hope she/he would be better?
My clone would be healthy, trim and fit and more outgoing.

How's that for a whole lot of random? Did you catch a bit of LOST inspiration running through the questions? Go see how others answered or jump in with your own answers.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

What's for Dinner - April 26, 2010


~Marvelous Monday~
Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken
garlic bread

~T-Ball Practice~
Chicken with Lemon & Artichoke

~Everybody Pitch-In 4 Dinner~
~Kids Club / Bible Study~
Chicken & Dumplings

~T-Ball Practice - Picture Day~
BBQ Shrimp
green beans

~Dream Dinners Session~
~Care Team Meeting~
Refrigerator Buffet
-the leftovers go-

~Birthday Party~

~Birthday Party~
~Birthday Party~
take fruit
~Family Dinner~
my parents cook

Need some ideas for dinner? Check out all the menus posted at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

By the way... want a $50 gift card? Krista is giving a CSN card away this week. That the group of stores that sponsored my recent giveaway. They have lots of great stuff. Go sign up. If I don't win, I hope you do.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Random Dozen - 4/21/10

1. Ever had any run-ins with the "library police?"
Once I left a bag full of library books outside overnight. Of course, it rained. Fortunately, I had great favor with the librarians. They "discarded" most of them and they others I had to buy, they let me pick up used online. I saved a bunch of money and I hope I learned a lesson. I haven't done it since, so maybe I did.

2. Do you have a special organizational plan and place for wrapping paper, gift bags, etc., or do you just purchase whatever you need as you give gifts?
It's probably one of the dumbest purchases I've ever made... I bought an Elfa wrapping paper cart. It was stinking expensive and it has just allowed us to keep a bunch of junky wrapping stuff. Now I'd get a roll of craft paper, a roll of white paper and a box of cool ribbons. I might buy a roll of kid paper when Grom is selling it for school.

3. Have you ever been in (first-hand witness) a natural disaster?
I was in a 6.5 quake in 2003. I was at church and we had a lot of shaking. Lots of mess, but no huge damage.

4. What's your favorite Barry Manilow song?
Copacabana, for sure.

5. What's the best costume you've ever worn?
I was Kermit the Frog in 7th grade. I wore a kelly green sweatsuit with a lime green collar made of triangles, green face paint and ping pong ball eyeballs. I won the costume contest at school.

6. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?
Probably dictionary - online. Can't tell you the last time I looked up a word in a book.

7. What's your favorite breakfast food?
I love breakfast so this is a really hard question. Simply I'd say, sourdough toast.

8. Have you ever purchased anything from an infomercial?
I hate to admit that I have. I bought Turbie Twists. I can also be a sucker for QVC. Everytime I find something I "have to have" I feel like an old loser lady.

9. Have you ever crawled through a window?
I'm sure I have, but I can't think of any funny stories that would be attached to such activity.

10. Do you believe in love at first sight?
I believe that God sets aside a man and a woman for marriage. Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes it takes awhile.

11. How many pairs of jeans do you own?
I'm not sure. I think I have 5 pairs that fit right now.

12. If someone were going to bake a cake to honor/represent you, what would it be? (Think creatively, like Duff and Crew on "Ace of Cakes.")
It would have a tropical Hawaiian theme with flowers and surfers and lots of orange.

How is that for random? Thanks to Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee for creating these fun lists of questions each week.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Daybook April 20, 2010

FOR TODAY - Tuesday April 20, 2010

Outside my window... it's dark. We traveled home from Southern California. We went down to see our Pastor and his family off at the airport. They are were leaving for London today. The volcano has affected their plans. Pray for peace for them in the meantime and wisdom in the decisions they are going to have to make.

I am thinking... about dinner tomorrow night. No plan... yikes!

I am thankful for... a friend and my folks who took care of Grom while we were out of town. And Grom's gratefulness. We brought him a Camelback water bottle as his gift. I saw a flash of disappointment on his face when he recognized that it wasn't a toy. He recovered so quickly that I don't think anyone else noticed and figured out that he got his first "adult" water bottle.

From the learning rooms... I missed Monday and Tuesday. My parents have been watching Grom. I don't really know what's going on with school. It's a weird feeling. We do have some stuff to do for Kids Club tomorrow.

From the kitchen... nothing. We've been eating out a lot. I'm ready to detox from food.

I am wearing...beige tee shirt and blue pajama pants - yep, I'm ready for bed.

I am creating... decorating and design plans for our new bedroom and bathroom. I have the counter top chosen and think I like the tiles we are thinking for the shower. Past that... still need carpet, plumbing hardware and more.

I am going... to keep on... everything. I'm not done. I'm never done.

I am reading... I gave up on Green. Started the next Yada Yada book and thanks to a lot of time in the car the past few days I'm about half done and really want to finish. There are also some audio books to listen to - Seth Godin and a Sue Grafton mystery.

I am hoping... to finish this quick and get to bed.

I am hearing... the t.v. All I can say... LOST... wow. I don't think I'm getting it all, but who cares.

Around the house... I'll let you know tomorrow. I don't really know. I'm kinda out of it.

One of my favorite things... brushing my teeth in the shower. I get started as the water is warming up. One of the best parts of my shower.

Vocabulary word of the week:
scapegrace (n.): a reckless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless; a rascal; a scoundrel.
synonyms: caitiff, miscreant, rapscallion, reprobate, rogue, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, trickster, varlet, villain (what a fun list of words that describe bad behaving people)
used in a sentence: It's wonderful when a scapegrace gives his life to the Lord.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Surferman has an appointment with an ENT. We are getting to the bottom of his hearing problem. Other stuff too I'm sure. I'll figure it out tomorrow.

Here is picture I am sharing...
This is the bed we're thinking about. It's an investment. It has 6 drawers under it. It says you can use a box spring with it, but it seems like it might raise it up too much. Thoughts? Anybody not use a box spring?

How you can be praying for me and mine...more and more grace and patience to be poured over our home as our remodeling project continues. for communication. for my discipline and dedication to continue my weight loss. a desire to exercise. for Grom's obedience and listening. for consistency in discipline.

Have a great week. Check out other daybooks at The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Random Dozen - 4/14/10

1. How do you feel about "Gladiator" sandals, also called "Roman" or "Jesus" sandals? A fashion yea or nay?
I think I have to say NAY. #8 are a little cute.

2. What is your favorite pizza?
If it's regular old pizza, honestly my favorite is plain cheese. I do like the froo froo pizza like CPK. Apple and blue cheese and walnut - stuff like that.

3. There are plans in the works to sell roughly 1,000 items from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. This means you could buy Picard's chair for your family room. If not a Star Trek item, what prop, background, set, etc. from what TV or movie would you buy if you could?
[Ex: Hurley's "I Love my Shih tzu" shirt from LOST, the plantation home "Tara" from Gone With the Wind, or Tracy's tambourine from the Partridge Family.]
I'd want the moose from Northern Exposure. Not really, but it was the funniest thing I could think of.

4. Name a local food or restaurant that your area is famous for.
Hmmm... maybe The Madonna Inn? Not really sure.

5. What is your current favorite snack?
dill pickles - specifically Clausens

6. Hypothetical: You are required to be a reality show contestant. Which show would you choose based on your probability of success? (You cannot choose "none.")

A. Dancing with the Stars
B. Biggest Loser (duh)
C. Survivor

7. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being uninhabitable and 10 being cleanliness that meets the standards of OCD, how clean is your vehicle's interior?
Maybe a 6 or 7. It needs a good detail. I'm also trying to train Grom not to be so messy and to take his stuff with him. He's about 5 crumbs from losing the ability to eat in my van.

8. It doesn't feel like Spring until _________.
the wildflowers start blooming and my allergies kick up

9. Something that made you laugh really hard recently is ____.
An exercise ball chair. It's actually pretty comfortable and makes you sit up straight or your back hurts. Don't know yet if it'll do anything for my core.

10. Tell me about a goal you're working toward.
Have you seen my list of 101 Things to Do? That and lose weight and be healthier.

11. Share a thought-provoking or inspiring quote this week.
"The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running." from my blogging friend Shelly.

12. Name one thing that you do as a parent that you absolutely know will make your kids happy. If you're not a parent, feel free to substitute "friend" or nomenclature that works for you.
buy Barbara's Cheese Puff Bakes White Cheddar

There's a lot of randomness going on at 2nd Cup of Coffee. Join the fun.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daybook April 13, 2010

FOR TODAY - Tuesday April 13, 2010

Outside my window... it's dark. Today was a busy day. I almost didn't blog.

I am thinking... that I don't like Surferman without hair. It was time for him to have a haircut. Grom and I clipped him. Surferman kept saying shorter. Next thing I know, I'm shaving his head with a razor. I know I'm not used to it. I'm not sure I want to get used to it. I don't think he'll keep it up anyway.

I am thankful for... conditioner. My hair gets super tangly whitout it.

From the learning rooms... It's Z week. We've come to the end of the alphabet. I'm not sure what to expect next week. We are still reading through our books and I got a new one from to share with Grom. It looks like a good one. Watch for the review.

From the kitchen... nothing exciting or interesting. I'm managing with a makeshift kitchen. It doesn't allow for much creativity.

I am wearing... orange tee shirt and lavendar polka dot pajama pants - yep, I'm ready for bed (and I clash).

I am creating... colorful calendars full of events and books full of to do lists. My creative outlet has been cruising font sites for freebies.

I am going... well... where am I not going? I started listing my plans for the week. I got to Thursday and was feeling overwhelmed so I quit. It's all good.

I am reading... Green by Ted Dekker. I don't think I'm going to make it through. It's not my kind of book. And I have a couple that I really want to read ready and waiting. There are also some audio books to listen to - Seth Godin and a Sue Grafton mystery.

I am hoping... to finish this quick and get to bed.

I am hearing... the t.v. I'm not really watching. I'm mostly just noise.

Around the house... dust, more dust and shredded newspaper insulation. It's quite a mess. We're hoping that we're at the end of the messy phase. They are starting to build. I picked our bathroom vanity and counter top today.

One of my favorite things... venti cups of ice water from Starbucks - they're free.

Vocabulary word of the week:
timorous (adj.): full of apprehensiveness; timid; fearful
synonyms: apprehensive, faint, fainthearted, fearful, hesitant, meek, shrinking, shuddering, shy, tentative, timid, tremulous, unassertive
used in a sentence: I hope Grom isn't timourous as he starts T-ball this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week: in no order... hosting my quilt group, T-ball, lab work, errands in SLO, Kids Club, send off bbq for my pastor - organizing and cleaning.

Here is picture I am sharing... I haven't taken any pictures lately.

How you can be praying for me and mine...continued grace and patience to be poured over our home as our remodeling project continues. for rest. for communication. for my discipline and dedication to continue my weight loss. a desire to exercise. for Grom's obedience and listening.

Have a great week. Check out other daybooks at The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What's for Dinner - April 12, 2010


~Marvelous Monday~
~Tobi's Care Team Meeting~
Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches
green salad

~PTA Meeting~
Chicken Mirabella

~Everybody Pitch-In 4 Dinner~
~Bible Study~
~Kid's Club~
shredded chicken tacos
cheese & salsa

Meatball Sandos
green salad

pancakes and eggs

~Pastor Send Off~
take Grilled Asparagus

to SoCal

Do you plan meals? Share yours at Menu Plan Monday hosted by Organizing Junkie.

Friday, April 09, 2010

DONE #71. Get a facial

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I had my spa day today. It was wonderful. I felt pampered while I was there and besides a slight headache that I have now (probably need to drink some more water to flush the toxins released from all that massage), I'm relaxed.

I've never had a facial before. The lotions, potions, cleansers and scrubbing felt incredible. Everything was warmed and the application process felt so good. I think she used soft brushes to paint the products on my face. And she placed warm heavy things on my eyes. I dozed off a few times.

She says I have great skin and that I'll age well. It's encouragement to be more diligent with my sunscreen. She also told me that she could tell that I often grasp my chin like I'm thinking(probably because I'm such a deep thinker). I hope I can break that habit; my face won't break out as much.

#71 DONE! 3 down. 98 to go.

Friday Fave Five

1. Easter. He is risen. He is risen indeed.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3
My church saw 1000 people come and celebrate Jesus' victory over the grave. It was a nice day for our huge production. It all went smoothly - from the Sunrise Service, to our main service, to the fun for kids, the bbq and baptism. Fantastic.
2. It's strawberry season. Grom loves them. They are a treat I'm happy to give him. Now is the best time to get 'em. Big, sweet, flavorful and packed with vitamin C.
3. My favorite shirt. You can barely see it in the picture. It's blue stripes and has a neckband that's a lovely shade of orange. I haven't been able to wear it for a long time, but I wore it today! The picture is from when Grom was about a year old. It's fun to pull "new" clothes out and finding they fit.
Similarly, when we were packing and moving our stuff for the remodel, I found a pair of jeans in a box. I'm sure I had put them away as my "fat jeans" - you know... that pair that I'd put on when I've lost all my weight to show how huge I used to be. Scarily, I got even heavier and now I have a bigger pair of "fat jeans". Here comes the good news... those jeans I found... they are too big!
4 and 5. My spa day... especially the facial and the massage with hot rocks. I'm relaxed and ready for anything. I'm thinking everyone should get a spa day after E-week. I'm going to start saving some money for next year.

It's great to look back on the week and think about my favorite things. Big thanks to Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for encouraging me and others to do it through Friday's Fave 5.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

still at it

struggling a bit
the wind has left my sail

i'm stuck in the doldrums

.2 pounds lost this week - 66 pounds total
but any loss is loss

blow some encouraging thoughts my way

ya'll can be the wind beneath my wings (sheesh)

Serious Demolition

Grom took his demolition job very seriously. Look at that face.

He did not want to be distracted from his work for silly photos.

He's a hard worker. When offered a lunch break at McDonald's with Surferman he turned it down in favor of a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich. He wanted to get right back at it.

His workday came to an abrupt end however when his hammer missed the wall and connected with his fingers instead. Please don't turn us into OSHA.

I'm sure he'll be back on the job site tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Daybook April 6, 2010

FOR TODAY - Tuesday April 6, 2010

Outside my window... the sun has set. I'm enjoying a beautiful subtle sunset - orange, pink and purple. God is a magnificent artist.

I am thinking... about why I'm gritting my teeth. Do you ever find yourself doing something like that? Suddenly I realize I'm biting the inside of my lip, or gritting my teeth or... I guess I need to r.e.l.a.x.

I am thankful for... Pastor Tonye and his wife Suzanne. My husband and I found their church back in 1997. Under his pastoring, I came back to the Lord, my husband accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and our family was changed. I have learned so much about God through Pastor T's teaching and about Jesus from the people in our fellowship. It was the first time I encountered people who truly just wanted to be more like Jesus. I consider his wife one of my best friends even though the busyness of life doesn't allow us as much time together as I would like. After 17 years of leading our church, they are off to England to plant a new church in the Camden area of London. I am going to miss them more than I realize, but am also excited to see how the Lord is going to use them to preach to, teach and reach the people of London.

From the learning rooms... Spring Break. Grom is enjoying his second week off. We are waiting on math pages for a mathathon at school and we are in the process of reading through a couple of bags of books to see if they are any good.

From the kitchen... I baked a beautiful and tasty looking calzone for dinner tonight. Our kitchen is torn up, so we are making do with a makeshift kitchen. I'll be keeping it simple.

I am wearing... old tee shirt, old blue sweater, blue exercise capris and orange felted slippers. Yikes! I should really blog before I change my clothes for the day. For what it's worth, I am very comfortable.

I am creating... between Easter and preparing for our building project, I haven't had much time to be creative. I've been making lists and have a bunch of projects to get to.

I am going... to have my spa day on Friday. I'm escaping all afternoon. I'm thinking I need to find someone to do my hair and then it will be like a super makeover.

I am reading... Apples of Gold by Lisa Samson. I just picked up Green by Ted Dekker and have some audio books to listen to.

I am hoping... our building project goes smoothly and quickly and that I'm happy with finish choices that I'm having to make.

I am hearing... Surferman and Grom knocking holes in the wall. They are doing a little demolition before bedtime (and when the contractor isn't here)

Around the house... kitchen cupboards without doors, bathrooms without fixtures, walls that once were there and aren't any more, plaster chunks and dust everywhere.

One of my favorite things... my orange felted slippers. My mom made them for me. They are warm, cozy and comfy.

Vocabulary word of the week:
impecunious (adj.): not having money; habitually without money; poor.
synonyms: beggared, broke, cleaned out, destitute, dirt poor, homeless, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, necessitous, needy, penniless, penurious, poor, strapped, unprosperous
used in a sentence: I hope we will not be impecunious when our kitchen is finished.

A few plans for the rest of the week: kicking butt on my to do list, a fun meeting, maybe some Irish Music, that spa day, tons and tons of garage sales, choosing tile, carpet, paint and more

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...This is the creamer counter at the little coffee place between Grom's school and my work. More often that anyone knows (except now you all know), I stop there for a cup of decaf on my way. The counter has a glass top and there is this lovely random piece of art (click to see it larger). I'd really like to make my own someday. Maybe I'll do one with the names of God.

How you can be praying for me and mine... for grace and patience to be poured over our home as we go through this remodeling project together. for rest. for communication. for my discipline and dedication to continue my weight loss. I'd like to get to 100 pounds lost by summer. I can do it if I'm persistent.

Have a great week. Check out other daybooks at The Simple Woman's Daybook.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Random Dozen - 4/7/10

Every week Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee dishes up a heaping serving of randomness. Here are the questions for this week...

1. Define a great relationship.
"Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken". Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV

Like mindedness, laughter and mutual respect. Love.

2. Why is it called a "drive-through" if you have to stop? (Real question: What was the last food/drink you purchased at a drive-through?)
I was running late getting to church the other morning. I can't believe I'm going to admit this... I stopped by Burger King for a cup of coffee. I didn't have time to stand in line at my usual Starbucks. And here's another confession... I was actually very good.

3. As I type this, the Butler Bulldogs are getting ready to play in the NCAA championship game. Every Hoosier is hysterical about this except me. So in honor of the Bulldogs ... what is your favorite breed of dog? (I tried.)
I don't know. There are so many each with it's own positives and negatives.
I have romantic ideas of Labs and surf trips.
Beagles are cute and seem smart (but that's probably subliminal persuasion from movies).
My family has always had a fondness for Cocker Spaniels.
Surferman wants an English Mastif. (You really need to click over and see a picture. They really are that BIG.)

4. If you had to move to a state besides the one you currently live in, where would you move?
Hawaii. Maui specifically.

5. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
There would've been less focus on my weight. I've always wondered if my weight would be different if I hadn't started dieting in 3rd grade.

6. Who's the funniest person you know?
My kid cracks me up. Again and Again.

7. Did you get enough sleep last night?
not really. I'm bad about going to bed when I should.

8. What's the first thing you thought about this morning?
Turning on the coffee pot.

9. Grilled or Fried? --HONESTLY
Grilled. Fried doesn't agree with me.

10. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not usually. I actually like it sometimes. It's peaceful. Showering in the dark is very relaxing for me.

11.When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Neurosurgeon.

12. If you had one word to describe yourself , what would you choose?
How about "random"?

You could answer these fun random questions. Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee posts them every week. Join us?

What's for Dinner - April 5, 2010


Mediterranean Pasta with Chicken
garlic bread
green salad

grilled ham and cheese sandos
green salad

~Irish Music~
dinner out

~day trip Santa Barbara~
dinner out
Macaroni & Cheese
with LO ham

(clean out refrigerator dinner)

~Family Dinner~
my folks cook

It's Monday, so I'm planing our meals for the week. So are 500 other bloggers. Check out what everyone is eating at Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Friday Fave Five

1. Palm Sunday - And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives— the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" (Luke 19:36-38 ESV)

2. Flatbread - My church celebrates Passover with a 1st century style feast. This year, I gathered with some wonderful women and we were a flatbread factory. We made over 300 pieces. It's really easy and tasty. We had a lot of trouble with blowing electrical circuits, but once we got started... we were done before we know it. I'll post the recipe soon. I was so blessed by Dorothy, Stacey, Kristina, Lauren, Jenny and Trish.

3. We've been moving stuff all around our house. Grom has a new bedroom with his own bathroom. His new room doesn't have a closet. We are working on getting him a closet system, but until then we are making do with an armoire that we have. Grom thought it would be a good place to sleep. He had us close the doors and would've slept there all night. We moved him to his bed when we went to bed. There just something not right about your kid sleeping in a closet.

4. Dog is gone. Dog was a great Westy. At one point in our lives, Surferman was buying VW Vanagons so often that we were getting them confused. We couldn't identify them by color because we had 2 blue ones at the same time. We started an alphabetic naming scheme. Amazingly we didn't get past "D". Dog, the only surviving camper van, left our home last week. It was just time. The hardest part of selling it was letting go of all our romantic dreams of camping and traveling and surf trips and...

He's shopping for a
Sprinter van now. So don't feel too bad for the man.

5. Gladiolus or Gladiola or if you have just one - Gladioli. Another of my favorite flowers. I have a big tall vase that is perfect for keeping these tall beauties from tipping over. What I love about them is that you buy them closed and they slowly open all the way up the stem. They will last two weeks; as the lower blossoms fade and wilt the upper blossoms continue to pop open. Beautiful.

I'm a little late with this week's favorites. It was a busy week, E-week (the week before Easter) always is when you work at a church. It was a great week. I pray you have a blessed week full of favorite things.

Friday, April 02, 2010

DONE #65. 65 subscribers to My pursuit of...

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Can't explain why this made my list. Well... that's not true. It's totally vanity and that need to feel important or popular or something. I've been blogging a while, don't get a lot of comments, but I admit to not commenting on blogs very often myself. Watching my subscriber numbers gives me an idea that somebody is actually reading.
It's really silly. But thank you dear readers for helping me cross this one off my list.

#65 DONE! 2 down. 99 to go.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Spa Day here I come!

I lost 2 pounds this week, reaching my spa day reward from my mom. 65.8 pounds total.

Just have to make an appointment and find some time to disappear.