Wednesday, April 27, 2011

An orange spot in a busy week

One day, a week or so ago, I was tired and just a bit overwhelmed.

and then... an outstanding orange offering... just for me... just to bless me.

It worked. Thanks friend.

p.s. I found a new fruit, the horned melon. Surprisingly green in the middle, it's like a cucumber and a kiwi went to the movies with a slimy squid. Interesting. I'd eat one again, but I'm not sure I'd buy one.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

He's a good egg

Grom's school had it's annual Egg Drop event.

50 kids with incredible contraptions
designed to protect an egg from a two story drop.

Grom came up with his own design which was revised and refined as it was tested in our kitchen with him stand on our counter to launch.

Finally... a small snap lock container,
some bubble wrap and 6 balloons from the dollar store.

Our firemen came with their engine. They climbed up to the roof and then (kids don't try this at home) stood on top of a plastic box to get even higher.

Experiment after experiment confirmed the law of gravity.
Some landed with sad sounds that you just knew signaled bad news.
We couldn't know for sure until all the eggs flew.

Grom's egg survived.

And he already has a new plan for next year.

It's 2 am, do you know where Robin is?

Wide awake in bed.

Yesterdays venti decaf iced americano with vanilla syrup and room for half and half was not decaf.

Thanks Starbucks guy.

Monday, April 25, 2011

daybook 4.25.11

FOR TODAY - Monday April 25, 2011

Outside my window... I'm sitting in the window at one of my Starbucks. I'm invisible. No one knows I'm here. It's great. It's a beautiful day, but no one is sitting outside.

I am thinking... about how nice it is to "disappear" for a few minutes.

I am thankful for... 86 servants at our church who came out to help with our Resurrection Service yesterday. And for all the people who braved some heavy and wet drizzle to come and celebrate Jesus' victory.

From the learning rooms... today is Grom's last day of spring break. Back at it tomorrow. He has a new school briefcase. (His choice). Maybe it will motivate him to work a little more independently.

From the kitchen... tonight it's homemade Cauliflower Soup. Tomorrow it's Ling Lings (those delicious potstickers that are on sale as Costco right now). It's a potsticker gorge at our house tomorrow - with cucumber salad too.

I am wearing... see below... with denim capris and my surf fin Sanuks - which I realized today are wearing out :-(

I am creating... nothing. I think I need a personal retreat day to regroup, re-prioritize and get a new plan.

I am going... to reappear when I pick up Grom and Gogo after Grom's karate lesson.

I am reading... Circle of Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini. I still need to finish Radical. I think I'm having trouble processing it (because it necessitates change). Another reason for that retreat day.

I am hoping... Surferman has a busy work week. It's always better when he's busy.

Around the house... Grom's room has been condemned by OSHA and the Health Department. It's unsafe and dangerous to my health and sanity. TOO much stuff. AND it really needs a good cleaning (I don't remember ever saying he could eat tortilla chips in there). Surferman and I are fed up. We're going to clean sweep it and start over. Let the garage sale pile begin!

One of my favorite things... venti decaf iced americano with vanilla syrup and room for half and half.

Vocabulary word of the week:
imperturbable: marked by extreme calm, serene
I hope that when I reappear, I'm imperturbable and that it lasts.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Hoping it will be a pretty normal week and that I'll get lots done. Grom and Gogo's Excellent Adventure (with Mom). Road Trip! We're going to Santa Barbara on Friday. We're working on plans. So far... zoo.

Here is picture I am sharing... shoot... I guess I'm not invisible.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

What's for Dinner - 4.25.11

~Gogo - volleyball practice~
~Grom - karate~
Ling Lings

~Gogo - away volleyball game~
deli sandwiches

LO shredded pork
(bbq sandos or carnitas tacos - I don't remember how the pork is seasoned)

~Grom - gymnastics / karate~
BBQ at Farmers Market

~Grom and Gogo's Excellent Adventure (with Mom)~

~Grom - karate~
~ birthday party~
a friendly game of leftover & pantry roulette

~baby shower~
~fellowship dinner~

Monday, April 11, 2011

daybook 04.11.11

FOR TODAY - Monday April 11, 2011

Outside my window... it's dark. It's the end of another really long day. Sometimes my days just seem to go on and on and then I go to bed.

I am thinking... about education. Why isn't our public system better? And "the fall" is to broad of an answer.

I am thankful for... Jamba Juice. A yummy dinner on the run.

From the learning rooms... lost of reading practice... sight words, phonics, and BOB books

From the kitchen... sparkling water! We just got a soda stream. I think I'm in love.

I am wearing... my pajamas.

I am creating... all my creativity as of late has been funneled towards graphic design at church, lesson plans for Grom and the occasional blog post. My poor studio is clean and I still don't have a chance to spend any time there.

I am going... to sleep really good tonight. yawn.

I am reading... Just finished Sisterchicks Do The Hula by Robin Jones Gunn and I listened to Summer Snow by Nicole Baart. Radical should be finished this week.

I am hoping... actually wondering if I can finish this post before my laptop's battery runs out.

Around the house... Grom has a CD from They Might Be Giants from the library. I loved TMBG when I was in college. They're all grown up and writing songs for kids... funny songs for kids.

One of my favorite things... Surferman's new cologne (CK free).

Vocabulary word of the week:

crapulent - sick from eating or drinking too much
[Lots of people complain of feeling crapulent after Thanksgiving]

A few plans for the rest of the week: It will make me realize how crazy my schedule is if I list it all out. Let's just hit the highlights... prayer - volleyball - time with family.

Here is picture I am sharing...
Grom in 3D

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

What's for Dinner - 4.11.11

~Gogo - volleyball practice~
~Grom - karate~
~Grom's Open House~
~Parent Advisory Council Meeting~
~Family Dinner - my folks cook~

~Gogo - home Volleyball~
minestrone soup (mix)
~Prayer Open House~
coffee, tea & desserts

~Gogo - volleyball practice~
~Grom - karate~
~Gogo's Open House~
~kids club / Bible study~
egg salad sandwiches

~Gogo - home Volleyball~
~Grom - gymnastics / karate~
pizza (either to celebrate a win or console a loss)

~leave for Volleyball Tournament~

~Volleyball Tournament~

~return from Volleyball Tournament~
~fellowship dinner~
baked shells