Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
What do you think about movies? What is your favorite movie and why?
I think movies, generally, are a nice "escape" from reality. I don't like thinking too deeply about any of the movies I watch because generally, I'm not going to get any REAL answers to any of the questions that might pop up. I like movies you can go watch, enjoy, walk out of with a pleasant feeling and never have to be bothered by it again. Garden State is my favorite movie. In direct violation to all my movie going attitudes, this one made me think, cry, wonder. I think Zach Braff is a genius.
What was the first piece of furniture that you bought?
I believe that would be ... the stereo set I bought with my babysitting/news paper delivery money when I was 14. It was the same cost as a Scooter, which I had also been considering buying. However, when I weighed out the pros and cons ... the stereo which I could use year round and not just two months a year, won.
What was your favorite place to go with your family when you were young?
There were two places. My first love was grandma and grandpa Bowlby's (adopted family) ranch. Their house, for the longest time had the stacked together log cabin appearance. Something about coming up over the hill and catching my first glimpse of the house always flooded me with warm welcoming love. Like I knew when I was there, I was loved. The few times I have made it back there in the last 10 years I still get that sensation. There was always a bowl of ice cream - a heaping bowl of ice cream to be had there. Grandpa never skimped on his scoops. At family functions there was always cousins crammed into every room, crawling out of every nook and cranny. You want privacy? Ha! Not likely. We'd take the cushions off the downstairs couch and go whipping down the carpeted stairs, usually ending up with more bumps and bruises because of how many of us there was bustling up and down. The pool table was a source of bruised fingers (who knew those long sticks were to hit the balls with?), laughing matches and fierce competitions. Grandma had a closet full of toys that I have yet to find anywhere else, probably because all the toys were so old. The other favorite place was Fairmont Hot Springs, BC where my parents had a timeshare. There was so much to do there! Swimming, beach volleyball, basketball, walleyball, squash, golf, hiking, air hockey, pool, board games, biking, horseback riding, a beach, the Recreation Center ... You were never bored! It's probably the biggest reason I am gunning for us to own something like that of our own. I'd like my kids to have memories like that when they grow up.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Yesterday as I was making the kids their lunches of PB and honey sandwiches and pears (not altogether ... the pears were on the side) I was having to shake the last bit of honey out of the bear. As it came slithering out the spout the last little bit stuck and I squeezed a bit harder. It came out ... accompanied by the sound air makes as is squeaks out a tight spot. Ms. R and B-Man looked up and exclaimed, "Excuse you mom!" A little disgruntled I responded, "That was the honey bottle guys, not me". Ms. R looked at me rather skeptically then started to laugh and giggled out, "Honey Farts!" To which B-Man of course responded and they started dancing around singing, "The honey farts ... the honey farts" I really should have stopped the silliness, but it just made me laugh out loud.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Do you have a dishwasher? Who, in this day and age doesn't? Who ever they are ... gluttons for punishment!
Is your living room carpeted or does it have hardwood floors? For now, carpet. Yuck. But Cherry Wood floors are in the works.
Do you keep your kitchen knives on the counter or in a drawer? I keep them in a variety of places. Drawers and pantry. It turns out I need more kitchen space.
House, apartment, duplex or trailer? House
How many bedrooms is it? 3 bedroom, fourth was turned into an office
Gas stove or electric? Electric. When a new one is bought, it will be gas.
Do you have a yard? Yes, a HUGE yard. We live on almost an acre. In a city.
Are your plates in the same cupboard as your cups? Yeah, till I renovate.
Is there a coffee maker sitting on your kitchen counter? Nope. One in the cupboard for when Rod comes though.
What color is your home painted?? Interior? Exterior? Which room? Outside is all brick. Indoors ... Variety.
What room is your computer in? Right now I am sitting at the dining room table while B-Man and Ms. R do puzzles.
Are there pictures hanging in your living room?? Only in a couple rooms. I am punishing myself for not finishing painting the WHOLE house. Hoping not letting myself decorate till that job is done will be a big enough push. Hasn't been thus far.
Are there any themes found in your home?? Chaos? Ha, ha. Kidding. I guess in the kitchen and kids bath it's Americana (thanks Heather!) but it will change sometime. When there is money to invest in such things.
Do you have any curtains in your home?? No, though I love the idea of them.
Is your house clean?? At this very moment? No.
What room is the most neglected?? The room I put off cleaning the longest is the master bath.
Are the dishes in your sink/dishwasher clean or dirty?? Dirty. Why would they be in the sink/dishwasher if they were clean?
How long have you lived in your home? 6 years, 4 months, 25 days.
Where did you live before?? L. Don Dodson in Bedford, TX
Do you have one of those fluffy toilet lid covers on your toilet?? LOL ... yes. At least in my bathroom. I like how quiet it makes the shutting of the lid. I'm such a granny ... I know!
Do you have a scale anywhere in your home?? Yeah, out in the garage. It weighs the grout ... don't ask.
How many mirrors are in your house?? 3 in use.
Look up. What do you see? The dining room light fixture that needs to be replaced.
Do you have a garage?? Yes. Not that I can PARK in it.
Are you planning on moving anytime soon?? Not likely. Maybe in the next three years. We'll see.
So I sliced up part of a green pepper, onion and some left over smoked ham (if there had been mushroom on hand, I'd have thrown that in too). Tossed that in a pan, grilled it till it was tender then added the egg whites. On another pan I warmed up a tortilla with a bit of mild salsa dabbed down the middle. When it was all ready I wrapped it together and had a DELICIOUS wrap. Yummy! You may want to try it out.
You would possibly think I am just a slacker mom, relying on the teacher to do the work of teaching her what she needs to know for grade one. Not so, as I am afraid if she doesn't know her sight words by the end of the year she will be forced to redo the year. It wouldn't KILL her, but I know it would bruise her little heart. So I have been following through on suggested ways to help her learn her words: Hopscotch with words instead of #'s, Magnet letters to make up the words, Flash cards (ones she know on left, the ones we're still working with on the right), Concentration using sight words instead of pictures, I read at least 20 minutes to her every day letting her say the words that are on the list ... It's like she has no interest in words and when I press her into giving me the time to learn them she usually ends up in tears, frustrated because McKenna, Stephen, Tai, Peyton, blah blah blah can read and SHE can't. I gently point out to her that she has to keep on trying to learn these words before she can read. That just makes her angry, like all of it should just COME to her. Like osmosis. Maybe I'll put a book under her head as she sleeps tonight and see if it works.
Jerry and I have been contemplating using bribery for this one too. He promised her a television when she knew her alphabet (which she now displays proudly to one and all in her room). Maybe bribery would help her overcome her lack of ambition towards learning words. You know I'm desperate when I'm considering bribery.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Have you ever had the feeling, something deep in your being seems to be whispering to you ... that a change is coming. That something really good is just around the corner if you just wait a little while longer you'll get your just rewards. I've been had that niggling feeling for the last couple weeks. I have yet to see that premonition come to fruition, but that doesn't mean it's not coming. Patience. Must use patience. I am REALLY crumby at patience.
My mom sent me a Nu Wave Oven for Christmas ... or maybe it wasn't so much for Christmas as just with my Christmas presents; as she'd used it a few times previously and didn't really love it. When I'd mentioned to her on the phone this product I'd seen on TV but wasn't sure I felt comfortable buying it without seeing it in action she immediately said she had one she'd love to give me. I have seriously used it EVERY day since I got home from Florida. Everything is thrown in the Nu Wave, pork chops, roasts, potatoes, pizza, egg rolls, egg muffin sandwiches... I LOVE IT! The only thing I have used our oven for since receiving it is cupcakes and cookies. There are so many benefits! The money you save on energy, the healthier way you're cooking, being able to toss in FROZEN meats and have them come out 20 minutes later tender and juicy as fresh meat, how light and fresh all your foods taste... I could go on and on. I won't though, don't want mom to regret the choice she made in sending it to me ;) I guess it helps that because of B-Mans diets all we really eat are fruits, vegetables and meats. I'm not sure how casseroles, pastas, ect would cook in there, as I haven't tried it out.
Yesterday I also had the opportunity to once again appreciate how good my kids are. All three of us were sitting together, all snuggled up with a blanket, watching some sort of show and I fell asleep. Two and a half hours later, I wake up. Yeah, really. Two and a half hours. Do I wake up to food strewn everywhere? A mess of toys? Kids colored all over? Walls climbed on? No. Ms. R is sitting at the table singing one of her silly songs she loves to make up and as she does some sort of craft. B-Man is in the front room playing with his train set, also singing. I'm sure this isn't what they did the whole time I was sleeping. But as I walked around the house to evaluate the damage ... there was none. Sure, toys in the bedrooms, a movie on in Ms. R's room, crackers sitting on the table, paper clippings all around the table ... but overall, no damage.