Monday, September 29, 2008

Wasting time in front of the TV

The original movie version of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is hysterical. Old time special effects, gratuitous shirts-coming-off, stereotypical characters, and a goofy duck named Gertrude who steals the show until its untimely death.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Time for an Overhaul

A kick in the pants.

That's what I need.

My house needs an overhaul. My ministry goals and organization needs an overhaul. I need more sleep. I need more time actually connecting with my family. I need to eat better, and get my body moving.

So what's it going to take?

I've found myself really getting into the area youth group I've started, the National Youth Gathering group of kids, confirmation, and going to ball games. The youth have given me energy and enjoyment in what I do, which has made me think about all the other areas that have fallen into apathy or exhaustion.

To-do lists take you only so far. So what's the answer? Besides prayer? And chocolate?

Monday, September 22, 2008

It's All in the Attitude

"And just why aren't you petting me, and lavishing me with the loving attention I deserve?!"
This is our neighbor's cat, Oreo.
I love the expression!
Since we don't (can't?) have any pets, Lil' Princess and I get our animal fix wherever we can. Oreo obliged, to a point.

Friday, September 19, 2008

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five

I haven't done one of these for a while, so thought this would be a good one to jump back in with.

"It's that time of year, at least north of the equator. The windows are still open, but the darned furnace comes on early in the morning. My husband went out for a walk after an early supper and came home in full darkness. And yes, where we live, leaves are beginning to turn. As this vivid season begins, tell us five favorite things about fall:"

1) A fragrance
Hmmm...I don't quite know how to explain this, but fall just smells different. Each season has its own scent, and I always welcome the scent of fall, which is one of my favorite times of the year.

2) A color
There is a hill on the edge of my hometown that looks like a beautiful patch-work quilt in the fall when the leaves change - yellows, oranges, reds and browns of many hues. It would take my breath away every year. The bright reds on the maple trees in particular are my favorites.

3) An item of clothing
I love that fall gives me the good excuse to put on one of my snuggly warm sweaters. I love wearing a cardigan sweater, especially a super soft black one I have that feels like being wrapped in a blanket.

4) An activity
Raking up a big pile of leaves and jumping in it with my daughter of course! Is there any other???

5) A special day
The first day of school. Even though I'm no longer in school, there's something about that ingrained rhythm in our lives. The anticipation of the first day, all the great supplies you had to go shopping for, the chance to learn something new. I still love it, and I'm glad that Lil' Princess gets to be a part of it now.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another Full Week

Conclusions Drawn from This Week:

1. If you get the chance to read a story to a kindergarten class, go for it. Their pure joy and involvement in it is good for your soul.

2. There truly is a good reason why the rites and ceremonies of secret societies of organizations like the Masons are not allowed in the church according to my denomination. Just say no! Really!

3. No matter how squirrelly or annoying they may be, take time to really listen to the youths in your life. They're dealing with alot, and need to know you're there for them.

4. Never EVER get into a political discussion with your peers unless you have a graceful way to excuse yourself from the conversation.

5. At least once a week, make someone laugh. It's a good gift to give, and it's good for you too!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


A family of dear friends of ours have come through a tramatic time, and it looks like all will be well. The eldest daughter was in an accident on the way home from work, but she and her 11-week old fetus are OK. She'll have to do PT for a while, and will have pain for a good long while, but she's OK, for which we are so supremely grateful!!!!

This is one of those times I miss being near my friends. I just want to hug them all! I do hope that when they have a baby shower for her, that I can go. I confirmed this sweet girl (I think of her and her sister as my girls), and did her marriage ceremony, and I want in on this baby too!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Royalty Among Us

Peter, KING of the Bunnies!
There are a slew of rabbits around town, but this guy is partial to our back yard. We see him regularly, nibbling on the weeds (the only things that will grow out there anymore) and scampering around the bird feeder area.
Lil' Princess was very concerned about him all last winter, and insisted that we leave food out for him. It was she who named him, and declared that he was the great majesty of bunnyhood. Our neighbors with gardens are less impressed, I'm sure!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Manic Wednesday into a Quiet Thursday

Yesterday was a obnoxiously intense day, so today I'm in recovery. Really. I had four meetings, each of which were at least an hour and a half long and pretty intense at times. Plus I had confirmation. And my hubby came home very upset and angry, so some time was spent talking with him.

So today, I'm exhausted, I have a medium migraine, nausea, and the runs (you really wanted to know that last part!) I have a meeting at 4:30, and Chuck's aunt and uncle are showing up around 4pm. So I'm resting for as long as I can.

The fall schedule has me running crazy. I feel like I don't have time to even think. So much for part time!

Well, enough navel gazing. Time to get back to reruns of Project Runway as I try to convince my body and mind to relax!

Monday, September 01, 2008

How Time Flies

I have been terribly lax about blogging lately. This is because, well, I've actually had interesting things to do and places to go recently! Here's the short summary until I get more time:

We bought a new car in MN this weekend - a Pontiac Vibe. It is awesome!

Lil' Princess is sick with a mystery respiratory illness, and her sleep schedule is all messed up.

Got to hang out with my parents (and my oldest bro!) longer than I had planned, since Lil' P got sick(er) during the trip. Which meant I didn't get to see some friends I'd hoped to see, but it was more relaxing, and so nice to just hang out with family.

I feel about the best I have in about a year, emotionally. I think it's a combination of talking some things out, having the fall schedule get under way, and getting to travel a bit this summer.

RevDad is exhausted from a busy weekend, but grateful that we're home. He and our girl are playing Barbies in the basement, and re-bonding.

So there ya' are. We're home. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Gotta get ready for hosting text study, which means I should bake something yummy, and read the texts before tomorrow morning!

How do muffins sound?