Saturday, December 29, 2007

Feeling blah

That just zipped by too fast, didn't it?

Our Christmas day was nice and relaxing, but everything up to and then after has seemed to be at break neck speed for me. I have so much that I feel was left undone. Especially all the fabric I bought to make little gifts and ornaments and stockings. It's all folded up and some of it is still in the bags I brought them home in. Maybe I'll get it out in September next year, instead of waiting until December to even think about that sort of thing.

My birthday is Monday, and I've been thinking about my age a lot. I know it's just a number, but I feel a LOT younger than 39. Is it possible that this is my last year in my 30's? How did that happen? I can't say I'm depressed about it, but I am feeling a little weird.

So not only am I thinking about some resolutions for the new year, I'm thinking about how I want 39 to look. There's a lot of reflection going on here, people!

I've got the usual suspects, of course... drink more water, lose more weight, get organized, but can I just say, BLECH!

I love what Ali Edwards does every year. She chooses 'one little word' and that is what she tries to cultivate for the year. Isn't that neat? My problem is choosing just one word. I think in phrases, like, Be A Grown Up, or Take a Breath, or Don't Be So Negative or Give Yourself a Break.

I think what I really need is a big do-over.

I need to start fresh with a totally clean and organized house. No piles, no excess. Why do I hang on to so much crap?

I need to go back to my wonderful eating habits and forget these 10 pounds I've packed on since Thanksgiving. (I really, really thought I had a handle on all of that, but evidently my eating monster has not been fully quieted.)

I NEED to start every day having had a full nights sleep. There's nothing worse than starting a new day feeling like the old day is still with me.

Do-over is hyphenated, so I don't think that counts. How about Fresh? Yeah, I think I like that.

Fresh can encompass my house keeping, my sleeping habits, the ability to give myself a break every now and then. Start clean, look forward, stay positive.

Off to bed for me, so I can start off tomorrow... Fresh!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Blessings, my friends

Merry Christmas. May God truly bless you during this season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How my girlies entertain themselves on long car rides

I have finally downloaded pictures from Sprite's camera from our travels this summer. There are a lot of shots just like these.

The first requirement for any long drive is bringing along every last thing you own. My little back seat dwellers have to squeeze their bodies in to their spots, but they are happy that way, so I let 'em.

Donuts! There are about fifty pictures of food signs, lots of cloud shapes and of course, hay!
They love to shout, Hey! To make me jerk upright from a light doze wondering why they need to be seperated now, but they really mean "Hay". They think it's funny.

There are also at least a dozen pictures of various rocks, up the nose shots and freckle shots. Yup, that's right. Close up of freckles, moles, beauty marks, what have you.
The End. Thank God for digital cameras.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A new hat

This is the first item I have made that has been made up out of my own head. No pattern except for what I wanted, when I wanted it. Does that make me a designer now?

I'm pretty proud of myself. The biggest compliment was when my oldest daugther asked if we could share it.

I'm still on the hunt for the perfect winter hat. I love this red one that Kristen Dunst wears in Elizabethtown. (One of my favorite movies, by the way, except for the Susan Sarandan parts, which I hate).

Mine is a little too tall, I like the rounder, flat on top look like the red one.

I will keep practicing. Unless, of course, any of you knitters out there can direct me to a ready made pattern similar to this one. I don't HAVE to design the thing, I just want one!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Still love it

I know I posted this last year, found courtesy of Sarah Louise. Just couldn't resist again!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My short day out

This morning I woke up, exercised, knitted two rows, took a shower and then had the most unbearable feeling that if I didn't get out of town, and get out quick, that I might just explode.

I told my husband I had some errands to run, but he's smarter than that, so I had to confess that I was on my way to Target, in the Big City, and that if I didn't have a Starbucks latte in the next 45 minutes that I would begin to scream and who knows when that would have ended.

He sent me off with his blessing, after he tried a couple ways to deter me. But I would not be deterred.

I left at 10:22 and by 10:59 I had a sugar free vanilla latte with whip in my hands. Explosion averted.

I had a great bit of alone time, swimming in a sea of faces that were not recognizable to me. It was quite a relief. I did run into a couple of people from my small town, but I just kept on moving after a little bit of small talk.

I headed to Old Navy, Kohl's, Aeropostal (who had the most amazing 70% off rack!), Bath and Body (better get there quick if you want any more Vanilla Bean Noel lotion, they are almost out), and then finished up at Target. I got a little something for everyone and feel like I got a good start on my Christmas list.

I could have stayed all day, but had to be back to pick up kids from school. It was good, though. Really, really good.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Seven random things about me

I'm not sure if I've ever done one of these things or not, but they are going around the blogs I read, so I think I will try to jump on the band wagon. Let's see what I get...

1) I love all types of office supplies. I can keep myself quite busy in a Staples. Sharpie pens are my favorite, but any type of organization system, paper supply, desk equipment, etc. makes me quite happy.

2) I believe that pajamas are a gift from God and that everyone should own a pair. There is nothing quite like a Sunday afternoon in flannel bottoms.

3) If big foot isn't out there now, I think that once he was there. I was raised in the Pacific Northwest so I feel that my opinion is the right one. I also believe in the Loch Ness monster. :)

4) In my non-scientific opinion, I believe that time travel is totally possible. How else do you explain deja vu? I'm working on my theory. Maybe I'll post about it sometime.

5) I was required in elementary school to cross all my 7's and Z's and close the tops of my 4's. As an adult, I have found that this bothers some people but I can't break myself of the habit.

6) I rarely buy things online/mail order because shipping costs really bother me. I have to really love something or not be able to find it in a store before I'll order it through the mail.

7) I eat a lot of taco salads. It's my 'go-to' meal when I can't think of anything else to make.

Pretty random, I guess. Now, I'm off to make dinner. Taco salads, it is!

Friday, December 07, 2007

A bad start

Have you ever noticed how bad days always start on the day before.

I had big ambitions to get the whole house clean, the bottom floor at the very least, in order to pull out all the Christmas decorations. But, life happened and I didn't get everything done. Decking the halls will be postponed for just a bit.

Yesterday was a good day, even though I didn't get my to do list finished. But, because of the unfinished list, and the decision to stay up late and watch TV, this morning was not a pleasant one.

Woke up, didn't exercise. Woke up again, 30 minutes late. Grabbed a shower, did my makeup (with the new Loreal minerals stuff, which I LOVE!!) put in the hot rollers of doom... Note to self, hot rollers in a rush only provides poofy hair. Didn't eat breakfast, didn't make my tea. Wasn't gentle on a tangled head, couldn't find a sports jersey, was guilted to death because of said jersey... now he's going to serve a detention and it's all my fault... Ugh. Late to work, dressed all wonky, hair all wonky...


I get to have Chinese food at lunch with a friend.

I did get a shower, so even though I'm not dressed right for work, at least I smell good. (Seriously, I look like how my children look when I'm not at home and my husband sends them to school. He's an awesome dad, but he doesn't care about the shoes matching the outfit and the if there are too many sparkles or if pig tails have symmetry. In other words, I'm looking a little sad today).

I have tomorrow off, so I can catch up on everything I didn't do Thursday and transform my home into a Christmas paradise this weekend.

Oh, and if I look some more I'm sure I will find multiple ways to pull myself out of this bad beginning and have a much more pleasant middle and end. Send up a little prayer for me!

Off to work. I'll put on a smile and no one will even notice the other stuff.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Another thrifty find

I took this picture in the bathroom at work. I didn't want you to think I had a baby changing table attached to my wall at home!

I got this jacket at my favorite consignment store for eight bucks. It wasn't sure about it, but I got quite a few unsolicited comments about it yesterday. It has little silver threads running through it, so I think people thought I looked festive.

I love it. I wore it to my anniversary lunch and to work. It fits great and the price was definitely right.

It's not something I would have picked out if it was new and expensive, but it's nice to try out a new look. They had a few coco channel looking numbers that I might go back and try.

Thank goodness for thrift stores to help us get out of our courdoroy and sweater ruts!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I've been married TWENTY!! years

Yesterday I got married, and then blinked.

Today I have four kids, two dogs, a cat, a mortgage and a wonderfully blessed life.

A lot can happen in the space of a blink.

I love you, honey. Thanks for the ride.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Cookie Walk

The big fund raiser for the middle school here is called the cookie walk.

Every family has to donate six dozen cookies and then the community comes out to choose a variety of their favorite cookies, which then makes it unnecessary to bake their own cookies.

It's a pretty good system and I love it, because people pay me to bake their six dozen. I don't, however, participate in the actual purchasing of other cookies. It grosses me out. I don't know what kind of kitchen those cookies came out of, or if you smoke or washed your hands or had the flu. I can't help it.

But, if you are my friend and you bake for me, I will accept your gift. I have been in your house, after all.

Cookie making is a messy business. I'm still trying to bleach out food coloring on my counter.

The left over frosting was put to good use. My daughter's went to town on all the left over cut-outs and did a pretty good job, too.

Monday, December 03, 2007


This weekend my daughter and I went to the Big-Big city, (as opposed to the big city which is only 40 minutes away) for the Iowa State Dance team championships.

Can I just say... it was totally awesome. So much fun to watch my little perform with such confidence in a great big place. They took away second in the light division and had a division rating in the pom segment. They were 4 tenths away from another division rating in the kick routine, which was great, but there were some other pretty great kickers out there.

The most fun was the all guys groups. You'd think the chippendales had walked in with the way the girls all went crazy. All the boys were total nerds, but for three minutes, they were rock stars. Look out, Soulja Boy.

Big hair is alive and well in Iowa.

We also got to go to a real mall in Des Moines. A lovely, wonderful mall with Starbucks and Pottery Barn and great big giant ornaments draping off the ceilings. It's probably a good thing that I don't have access to malls like that everyday.

I'm really proud of the girls on our squad. They acted like ladies and their sportsmanship was incredible.