Tuesday, June 30, 2009
So, I'd like to share my take on No-Spend Month. Here, it's going to to be a stash-busting month. I want to see just how many projects I can crank out this month on VERY little cash. Any money spent will need to come from the change-bowl in the dining room. Which currently totals less than $10. You can bet that everytime I clean a room, I'm adding the 17 cents I find.
I have a list of projects that I have the supplies for, and I'm really looking forward to sharing the results. I should have something to share on Friday!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Craft Hope is an amazing site. I'm knitting up some baby booties for project #3, which will be sent over to India. As crafters, sometimes we end up with more of whatever it is we make than we need or want to have around. If you've got some crafting energy, and are looking for a little karma, I'd suggest checking them out. Currently, they're looking for blankets, pillowcases, hankercheifs, beanies, and booties for the children in India. The deadline is July 25th.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Let me not beg for the stilling of pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
Let me not look for allies on life's battelfield, but to my own strength.
Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved, but hope for the paitence to win my freedom.
Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone, but let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Today, WBH enters his last year beginning with a 2. So, I'd like to share with you 29 reasons I'm in love with him. If you'd like to avoid a sweetness-induced coma, or nauseating lovey-dovey-ness please read no further.
1. He has these lips. They're great for kissing, but it was the smile that got me, from day one. Babe, you got a purdy mouth.
2. I refer to him as WBH on here, but he could just as easily be called WBD- World's Best Dad. I try harder to be a better mom because of him.
3. His work ethic blows me away. He does so much for our family, and so that I can stay home with Stinky. He inspires me.
4. He takes the couch when I snore too loud, and doesn't kick me out of bed.
5. There's always fun to be had with my husband. He doesn't mind making a fool of himself.
6. Jewelry skillz.
7. He tries really hard not to laugh at me when I'm upset and ridiculous. Which I am a lot.
8. His word is true. Honesty rocks.
9. He is my biggest supporter. Sometimes even when I want to quit, he's the one who reminds me why I won't.
10. His judgement is sound -he's usually right (HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I put it in writing, but I may never admit it again, honey.)
11. His hugs are the best. His hugs were very popular once, but now I can claim to be the sole recipient of his signature style.
12. Watching his as a teacher really impresses me. Those 280+ kids a year are so darn lucky.
13. The Butt. Seriously, the butt.
14. The silliness. He can always make me laugh.
15. If he's going to do something, he's going to do it wholeheartedly, and he's going to do it right. Teaching, animals, creating, all of it. He goes big and doesn't go home.
16. His willingness to serve others- just today he busted his butt mowing a lawn for someone he knows only marginally. This same willingness is so much greater for those he loves. He gives and gives.
17. He's got a huge capacity for empathy.
18. The guys got a way with words. When I was practicing pageant interviews, he was an awesome coach- he crafts words so well, especially when he's mad or passionate about something.
19. Even in hard times, he hangs in and sticks it out. He is my rock, my tear soaked-shoulder.
20. The creativity he exhibits as we look into future projects- home renovating, halloween costumes, you name it- gets me as excited about them as he is.
21. The things we share- faith, 16 years of knowing eachother, Stinky- make our lives richer.
22. He makes one heckova sexy pirate.
23. He is willing things he doesn't like, like going to pageants and wear dresses, because he knows I do.
24. Pumpkin carving skillz. Who else gets Dwight Shrute on a pumpkin?
25. He uses his skills to create for others. Love that about him.
26. He can read me quite easily. It's very convenient, but it also shows that he' s a pretty sensitive guy. But not in a girly-man sort of way.
27. Thank heaven he's a fix-it man. I love that he's handy. Heck, I even love the plumber crack when he's working on something (though it's rare).
28. Brown Chicken Brown Cow.
29. He lives up to his pseudonym every single day. WBH really is just that. The Worlds Best Husband, and I am the luckiest lady in the world to be married to him.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
So this week, I lost 2.4 pounds. There were two days I didn't track at all, so I could have done better, honestly. I said to myself that I wanted those three pounds gone by today. I didn't quite make it, but I will gladly take 2.4 lost pounds.
I have a little over 3 weeks until my brother's wedding. I would really love to reach a certain number by then (stop bring nosey, I won't tell you), but it's 6.8 pounds away. I think I can do that. That's only 5 ounces a day or so, or two and a quarter pounds each week- a healthy and reasonable goal. It would also mean I'd lost almost 14 pounds, and that is something I'd be proud to say.
- I will track, track, trackety-track every little thing.
- I will earn 20 activity points (this may sound like a lot, but I just calculated that one practice conservatively estimated at 90 minutes could earn me 11 points)
- I will drink the reccommended amounts of water each day and limit the Diet Dr. Peppers to 1-2. Yes, it's been more than that, lately.
It's going to be a good week, and next Thursday, I'm going to hit 5% lost.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Monday, June 8, 2009
1lb fresh asparagus, broken into 2 inch pieces
6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
6 day-old dinner rolls, coarsely cubed
3 egg whites
4 cups milk
1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
salt, pepper, herbs of your choice
The original recipe calls for boiling the asparagus for 3 minutes. It's a good idea, BUT if you layer the asparagus on the bottom, it will cook enough as you bake it if you want to skip that step. I reccomend this if your home is hot and you don't want to deal with boiling water.
Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Layer asparagus, then rolls, then bacon in the dish. Mix eggs, egg whites, and milk in a bowl with salt, pepper and herbs- I used oregano and it was delish. Dill would probably by very yummy too. Pour egg mixture evenly over the layered dish. Drop tablespoons full of ricotta cheese on to the mix until it looks right to you, then layer with shredded cheese. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until bubbly.
It's great for breakfast or dinner, and is a great way to use the asparagus that's abundant at farmer's markets right now.
Friday, June 5, 2009
What's on your summer to-do list?
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A week and a half ago, I quit my job after nearly four years there, on the spot and gave no notice. I worked at a company with a four-lettered name (which is funny, now that I think about it), that inspired a disco song that remains popular to this day. It is a wonderful place to be as a member, but it's hard to be an employee there.
I'd been unhappy with it for probably the last year. I was being paid less than employess I had more knowledge and experience than. The workload was increasing while benefits and compensation remained the same. I found myself singing the line from Schoolhouse Rock's "The Shot Heard 'round the World "That's called taxation without representation! And it isn't fair! It's WRONG!"
I didn't want to be rash, or have a bad attitude, so I carefully asked one of the few employees in my department who'd been there longer than I had if it had become harder to work there than it used it be. She confirmed that she felt the same way. Since having Aidan, I'd cut down to extremely part-time, and they were the unhappiest hours of my week. The night before a work day, I'd be angry for a reason I couldn't name. I resented missing Saturdays with WBH and Stinky.
Two Saturdays ago, there was an ugly situation. There's really no point in going into the details, but when I called WBH to rant about the idiocy of the situation and how it was being handled, he said "This has gotten ridiculous, and it's not worth the money you make, no offense, for you to be treated this way." So I sat down and wrote my letter of resignation. Just before I sent it, I took a step back. Breathing in, I prayed for a moment that if this was me being irrational, I'd know. I waited for a while and went back to work. I still felt at peace with my decision, and I clicked send.
What's happened since has confirmed coming home was the best decision. My mother provided free Grandma Daycare on the weekdays that I worked (heaven bless her!). She's now in a situation where the time that freed up is really important. I was extended a calling at church that I was told will be 'time consuming.' More than anything, though, I've been more cheerful with Stinky and WBH. I've been happier in general, no more 'mystery anger' or resentment.
Yesterday, I learned that since I left, they've laid off some of the most competent administrators and other staff are in jeopardy as well- good employees who have worked there for ten years or more.
I worried so much about this choice, but am so glad I did it, and so grateful for WBH's support in the decision. Coming home feels so good.