Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Moving?

I've threatened this before and never gone through with it, but I think I'm moving to Wordpress. I'll keep ya updated...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekly Update

1. Hannah decided she wanted to go without the pull-up last night. I spoke positively, but had my doubts. She did it though! Totally dry. I am so excited about this. I thought this day would never come. Now that I've done a tough one, all others will be easy, right? :)

2. I got a job! I'm going to be helping improve and promote allthingsformom.com. (I'll put a real link up here soon.) Hopefully will be 10-15 hours/week. This will take a lot of the squeeze off us financially. Thank you, God... Found it on hiremymom.com. I have probably applied for 10 or 15 jobs there, or more, that I was totally qualified for. Just so you know what's involved before you go pay the $30 fee.

3. We have a Maeve (have you seen the new site?) consultation tonight. We have yet to not have one of these turn into a client, so that's good news! Lots of new gowns will be on the website in the next few months! Maybe we'll even make some money at it this year. ;)

4. I have to say, I love the book we're reading for our small group. Of course, we picked it out, so... :) It just is the way I want to parent...with the understanding of how much God loves me and how I am unconditionally loved, reflecting that to our children, without backing down on important stuff. I'm way ahead in the reading, I must confess.

5. My library books are late again. Why can I not ever get them back on time? It's silly. Does anyone else have this problem?

6. I decided that I would schedule a time and just start playing worship at the prayer center at church. I set it up as a small group so I (and anyone who wants to come...ahem!) can use the free childcare. The only time they had that worked for me was Thursday mornings, so Thursday mornings it is! 11am... I'm reeeeally rusty, but I'd love if you'd come worship when you're free. Or if you want to just bring your kids and worship with them I totally don't mind! My kids would love to roam around in there and check things out... It feels terrific to just sit at the piano and sing in that room. I have great memories of that...

This has taken faaaaarrr too long this morning. Gotta run! How was your week?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

35 Random Things

Oh, alright, you twisted my arm...

34 RANDOM THINGS:

1. Do you like bleu cheese? The flavor? Yes. The fact that it does, in fact, contain gluten? No.

2. Have you ever smoked? Nope

3. Do you own a gun? Nope

4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? Ew.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? Eat them regularly - all natural beef or even bison ones...yum...

7. Favorite Christmas movie? I can stomach Elf. Or the first Santa Clause.

8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? waaa-terrrr

9. Can you do push ups? a few

10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? Whatever's new.

11. Favorite hobby? Music

12. Do you have A. D. D.? No

13. Do you wear glasses/contacts? No.

14. Middle name? Kay. It's also my mom's middle name and my daughter's middle name.

15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: I really should quit doing this and take a shower. Audrey is carrying around a sausage while she plays. I like the sunshine today.

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink: Water. Tea. Izze.

17. Current worry? Determined not to.

18. Current hate right now? Not having enough storage in my house...or too many things, one of the two. ;)

19. Favorite place to be? The beach in 80 degree weather sounds pretty good right now.

20. how did you ring in the new year? At my parents' house with the whole fam.

21. Where would you like to go? Pretty much anywhere sounds nice.

22. Name three people who will complete this: Jo, Bek, maybe Christina?

23. Do you own slippers? Yep, wearing them now

24 What color shirt are you wearing? My NewLifeWorship Enter shirt. I slept in it.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I dunno. Get me some, I'll try it.

26. Can you whistle? Yes

27. Where are you now? Kitchen

28. Would you be a pirate? Oh yes, Arrrr....

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Don't sing. Too busy relaxing.

30. Favorite Girl’s Name? Hannah and Audrey. I'm not telling my others! :)

31. Favorite boy’s name? See #30.

32. What is in your pocket right now? Nothing

33. What's the last thing that made you laugh? I'm sure it was something one of the girls said.

34. What vehicle do you drive? White VW Jetta, usually. Or the turquoise Jeep Cherokee. :)

35. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Last time I had a seizure, fell and hit my chin and cheekbone. My face and tongue were pretty beat up.

Ew. On that note...

Random

Have you ever seen the movie Milo and Otis? My favorite part is when the baby chick says,

"Mommy! Mommy! Chicken Mommy!"

Makes me laugh every time...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekly Update

1. Maeve is in full swing, making the two gowns we have for weddings in April. We try to keep all our appointments to one day/night a week, but you that have kids know that can be a lot. We have a second fitting Saturday.

2. For the past couple of months we have really been needing a vacuum cleaner. We are determined not to go further into debt, so putting one on a credit card isn't an option, and we certainly didn't have the cash to go buy one. I just prayed about it. I prayed when I got frustrated with the dog hair that our ailing vacuum didn't pick up. I prayed while I vacuumed the whole house twice and still it didn't look different. I trusted that God would meet our need, though several times I got very discouraged. A few times I borrowed my parents' Kirby, to keep up with the mess. Then one day when we went to borrow my parents vacuum, my mom mentioned they had another vacuum they weren't using. She wasn't sure it was better than ours, but we could take it. On Saturday we went to pick it up, and yesterday I bought bags for it. At least on our carpet, it works like a dream! I vacuumed the whole house, and even did all the edges with the attachment. I was so excited that I kept going and cleaned the entire house last night. It looks better than it has in a loooong time. Yay God!

3. Tomorrow night we're hiring a line dancing instructor and our small group is going to line dance together. They're all rolling their eyes about it, but really, they're excited. ;) Right, guys?

4. Been applying for jobs on hiremymom.com. So far, nothing. I did get one response from a woman who is an image consultant in San Fran, who wants someone to do advertising on social networking, and blogging for her. I could totally do that, but she's probably got 10 people that could do it. We'll see... Sounds really fun to me. I'm finding this process to be harder than I expected. I have always thought of myself as having excellent skills, but when everyone under the sun is looking for a job, that's a LOT of competition. I'm working on a profile at Elance.com. They have these skills tests that are....humbling. I remember the Office Team days when I could get 90+ on a typing test, and 95% on a Microsoft Word test...not so long ago...

5. I'm doing a new website for Maeve, using showitfast.com. I'm pretty impressed with this program. It's highly flexible, and relatively cheap. We'll finally be able to display the pictures of the gowns in a better way. It should launch in the next couple of days.

6. Go to youdata.com, sign up, and look at and click on their ads. You can literally make $1.50 in a couple of minutes, and they send it right to your paypal account within a few days. Pretty nifty. I could be wrong, but in my experience they don't even send spam.

Better go dress my kiddos and get ready to teach. Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I've Heard of People Like This...

OK, I gotta tell you guys this story:

Nick and I had our Valentine's date last night, and we headed down to the cheap theater that is at the other end of town. We decided to see Quantum of Solace, the James Bond movie. Got our tickets and headed into the theater. It was about 1/3 full and we got seats in the middle of the 6th row or so. So far so good. We had just sat down when a middle-aged man walked down the row and leaned right up into my face.

"You have the best seats in the place, good for you. But, I'm passionate about Bond, so...."

He then plopped himself down in the seat right next to me, draping his arm in his huge down coat across the armrest and halfway across my shoulder.

I turned to Nick and said, "Scoot down a couple seats." Then I decided that wasn't far enough from this character, and moved on the other side of Nick. I was now one seat from the end of the row. The guy, when he saw all of this, said, "COOL!!" And moved down two more seats to be right in the middle of the theater. There was one seat between him and Nick.

When the movie started, the guy proceeded to offer a complete running commentary of the movie, at times pointing at the screen, with an extended arm, to his date. Whenever someone was asked what they'd like to drink, he recited it from memory. When one of the good guys dies in the arms of Bond, he audibly wept. At the end of fight scenes, he offered, "Ow!"

I've heard of people like this, but never experienced it. So my question is, how do people get like that? Is he all there? Does he have some sort of mental disorder? Does he just not care anything about movie etiquette? Is he just oblivious and has no idea he's rude? At the very least he kept his voice down (mostly), but I'm willing to bet the only reason somebody didn't complain was we were at the $1.50 theater...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Um, ew.

Could resist passing on this little gem of an invention. Who comes up with this stuff?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hospitality

I'm a member of this group on Facebook and really enjoying the emails she sends. The latest one was about hospitality, and it was soooo good. Since it's not posted on the site anywhere, I'll post it here. It is written by Tammy Maltby. May we all be able to see hospitality this way...

A Simple Start:
A Few Thoughts to Jump Start Your Perspective Change on Hospitality.

1. Embrace hospitality as a message you give people about their value. My friend Phyllis Stanley coined that phrase and I just love it. It is not about impressing people. It’s quite the opposite. It is about wrapping your guests with comfort and care. Giving someone a message about their value means letting them know you’ve prepared for them, that they’ve been on your mind and heart, that you truly want to serve them. It’s being other centered rather than self-centered. That attitude takes practice, but it is well worth the investment. Not only will your guests’ lives be enriched. I promise you—yours will be too.

2. Let go of perfection. This is a point I’ll preach on again and again in this book because perfectionism it’s such a common hospitality killer—it will paralyze you every time. If you struggle with everything being perfect before you begin…you never will. Perfection is bondage—it will hold you back.

3. Convince yourself that comparison is the enemy. If your friend is amazing at entertaining, her house looks like a layout of Home and Garden, everything she touches turns to fun and beauty, and people flock to her gatherings…rejoice! She’s your friend and you can learn from her—but you are not her. I love what Emily Post had to say back in 1922: “To be a great hostess, don’t pretend to be other than what you are.” To effectively practice real hospitality, you must embrace who you are and find your own style.

4. Commit to try. Sometimes you will succeed splendidly, and other times a heartfelt laugh will be needed. It’s okay. You have no idea how many of those “attempts” I have lived through. Remember you will gain confidence with each endeavor. Nothing is ever a failure if you try and learn from it.

5. Most important, enjoy the ride. Promise yourself not to get so caught up in the business of living or even the details of hospitality that you miss the wonder of what is happening right under your nose. In all your efforts at hospitality, remember why you are doing what you are doing. You’re making memories, touching lives, doing the business of the gospel. You’re also connecting with the person you have always desired to be. You’re living with a perspective change—cherish the miracle!

Monday Update

Here I am. I've had no desire whatsoever to blog lately, but I'm easing back into it.

SO:

1. Nick and I had a wonderful overnight date this weekend while my parents watched the kids. Some wonderful friends had rented a condo in Breckenridge, and had an extra bedroom so they let us tag along. There were bunk beds in our room, and the hot tub was on our deck. We did not mind either of these too much at all. :) It was romantic and relaxing.

2. When we got home we put the kids down for naps and I slept from 3:15pm to 7pm. It felt wonderful, but I can't really recommend it seeing as how I was wide awake until about 3am this morning.

3. You can get a lot done between 10pm and 3am. I'm just sayin'.

4. I fed the girls the last two breakfast sausages this morning. Trying to decide what protein to eat for breakfast. Hot dogs? Bleck!

5. Have another first fitting Wednesday night. The last one we did, the bride took her own measurements to save her a trip here and they were about 6 inches off. Frustrating for her and us! But we got it fixed...

6. I am trying hiremymom.com. I'll let ya know how it goes. I also created another email address and started signing up to do online surveys, to see if I could actually make any money doing that. It's very dumb - many of them require you to spend money in order to make it. But I did get $3.50 in my paypal account the other day. Better than a stick in the eye, I suppose. I'll take it!

Alrighty. Gotta to get ready to teach!