Wednesday, August 22, 2007
For IV's birthday I made a key-lime coconut cake- and the cake was the best- ever!
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 cup coconut milk (unsweet)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2.5 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 egg whites
1 tablespoon freshly grated lime peel
1/3 cup key lime juice (I got it from a bottle)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
8 oz cream cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 3 cake pans.
Cream the butter and sugar until ight and fluffy. In another bowl mix coconut milk and vanilla- add half the mixture and blend. In another bowl sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Add sifted mixture then milk mixture and blend.
Using a mixer with clean, dry, grease free beaters and bowl beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the beaten whites into the batter until no white remains. Pour into pans and bake until tip of knife inserted in center comes out clean. About 25 minutes. Cool on a rack.
While the cake is baking make the key lime filling. In the saucepan whisk together the lime peel, juice, sugar, and eggs. On medium heat cook the mixture whisking constantly until it thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in the butter a little at a time. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.
When the cake has cooled spread about half of the filling between both layers. Mix the remaining key lime filling with the 8 oz of cream cheese, add powdered sugar as needed to thicken the icing. Ice the top and sides of the cake with the cream cheese and filling mixture.
This recipe was inspired by the coconut lemon layer cake in Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I am having a nagging feeling of missing something.
What am I missing? I think it's the feeling of a fresh start.
That pleasant/scary feeling you get at the beginning of a new year? Or when you move to a new town? Or start a new job?
I kind of miss it.... I find myself looking with longing at university ads- remembering moving into the dorms.
Sigh... it's fall but I don't have anything new to start or anything to end- not anything big, anyway.
I guess that's all part of being an adult... life is one line instead of a series of more exciting bumps in the road.
Friday, August 17, 2007
I hope to be building something great in my son, and in my family. Something that will go beyond me and into the future I cannot see.
Today, I got a really great e-mail that talks about the similarity between raising a child and building a cathedral (one of the great ones, in Europe that took generations to complete.)
The workers knew they wouldn't see the end result of their labors.
Here are four truths about cathedrals:
No one can say who built the great cathedrals-- we have no record of their names.I like this story too:
These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.
A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it." And the workman replied, "Because God sees."Those small sacrifices we make every day for our children- our family- they are building something great.
We won't see the finished product, but as moms we know that the path is a worthy one.
I think this is something to think about as I am occupied with one more diaper to change, toys to pick up, laundry, all the things that take up my day.
I am building something greater than myself, and God sees.
Small things matter.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It is called the "Mushroom House."
You can see more pictures here.
If we ever move to Cincinnati I am going to buy this house! It would certainly be an experience to live there!
Now IV will never want to move.....
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Somehow, I decided I wasn't busy enough- where this idea came from I'm still wondering- but I have taken on several new projects.
Next week, I start teaching an 8th grade CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine,) it's Catholic Sunday school and this year is especially important because my students are also being prepared for Confirmation.
I've already started preparing- and there's lots more to do. Fortunately, IV is helping me- in fact, he is listed as the co-teacher. However, DV will be in class too, so there probably won't be a lot of co-teaching going on- more like taking turns.
I applied for an adjunct position at the university where IV is a professor- I'll either be teaching a lab or a lecture, probably starting the week after next.... maybe not starting until Spring (I am not sure which to hope for.)
Not to mention all of my other activities- running my jewelry business, secretary and board member of my neighborhood association, and of course most importantly being a wife and mother.
So, I am VERY busy. I probably don't even have time to be writing this....
Friday, August 10, 2007
Here are some pictures from IV's birthday!
You can see DV LOVED the "airplane museum" SO much!
IV was nice enough to let DV help him blow out the candles on his cake.
I think 2 year olds believe every birthday belongs to them.
DV did say happy birthday Daddy quite a bit!
We had a very fun day! Even if I did end up driving about 4 hours... and IV drove some too!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Happy birthday Baby!
I am SO glad we are married!
Today we are going to the National Museum of Naval Aviation and then out to lunch at the beach.
IV has taken the day off! And, DV has been looking forward to going to the "airplane museum" all week.
Actually, he's been looking forward to going there again since IV took him one Saturday when I was working at home.
This is a picture from one of IV's birthdays before we got married.... isn't he handsome!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
It's great- a 600 square foot cabin in the middle of the Pisgah National Forest.
There are a few complications staying in such small quarters with 3 of us, 2 dogs, 2 birds, and my folks but I do love it.
And, we have a DSL connection here- no TV but since we don't have cable at home I don't miss it too much.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Men are just environmentally conscious! Why didn't I think of that???
Next time I almost fall into the toilet in the middle of the night I'll be sure to think about doing my part for the environment....
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I found this pretty cute sorting test, courtesy of Jennifer (thanks!) (click on the link above if you want to be cool too.)
So what does it mean??? Well, I guess loyal, dependable and hardworking are complimentary... but a little boring? I always wanted to be more like Harry!
Your in-depth results are:Hufflepuff - 19
Ravenclaw - 14
Gryffindor - 8
Slytherin - 6
Guess I would never get sorted in with Harry- ah well.... maybe if I had more time to read the books.....
(And, DV isn't even in school yet!!!)
1. IV just gave his final!!!
2. Vacation in North Carolina coming up
3. Uniform sales everywhere
4. Teachers crying (I understand, I used to be one!)
5. Teachers working 80 hour days
6. Kids trying to cram the last 1-2 weeks of summer with all the things they didn't do yet
7. The heat is starting to break (OK, this might be wishful thinking)
8. Preparations for Fall CCD classes have begun (oh yeah, now I am busy with that)
9. Sales on cheap, trendy decorating stuff (dorm life, anyone?)
10. Sales on school supplies, calendars, computers and printers (I am a sale shopper!)
11. IV is getting anxious for the start of that game... what's it called? with the little pointed brown ball....
12. Moms with school age kids have this look... like the finish line is near
13. Kindermusic will be starting again!!!
It's weird- even though I work from home and DV isn't in school yet I feel a little sad as summer ends. I think it's leftover from being a kid- or a teacher- or maybe it's our collective unconscious....
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I stole this post from WhyMommy over at Toddler Planet- and it is REALLY important so please read! Direct any comments to WhyMommy.
We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?
I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.
Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.
Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.
There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.
Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.
You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.
P.S. Feel free to steal this post too. I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked. Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care. But I want the word to get out. I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis? Is it a rash? Am I overreacting? This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.
Clifton StrengthsFinder measures the 34 themes of talent determined by The Gallup Organization as those that most consistently predict outstanding performance. The greater the presence of a theme of talent within a person, the more likely that person is to spontaneously exhibit those talents in day-to-day behaviors.I think focusing on strengths instead of weaknesses is a great idea!
Focusing on natural talents helps people build them into strengths and enjoy personal, academic, and career success through consistent, near-perfect performance.
My 5 themes of talent are:
DeveloperAs you can see, I thought this test was very interesting- I only wish it told me what to do with my life!!!
You see the potential in others. Very often, in fact, potential is all you see. In your view no individual is fully formed. On the contrary, each individual is a work in progress, alive with possibilities. And you are drawn toward people for this very reason. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You look for ways to challenge them. You devise interesting experiences that can stretch them and help them grow. And all the while you are on the lookout for the signs of growth—a new behavior learned or modified, a slight improvement in a skill, a glimpse of excellence or of “flow” where previously there were only halting steps. For you these small increments—invisible to some—are clear signs of potential being realized. These signs of growth in others are your fuel. They bring you strength and satisfaction. Over time many will seek you out for help and encouragement because on some level they know that your helpfulness is both genuine and fulfilling to you.
You are inquisitive. You collect things. You might collect information—words, facts, books, and quotations—or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls, or sepia photographs. Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you. And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting. The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity. If you read a great deal, it is not necessarily to refine your theories but, rather, to add more information to your archives. If you like to travel, it is because each new location offers novel artifacts and facts. These can be acquired and then stored away. Why are they worth storing? At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful? With all those possible uses in mind, you really don’t feel comfortable throwing anything away. So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away. It’s interesting. It keeps your mind fresh. And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable.
You love to learn. The subject matter that interests you most will be determined by your other themes and experiences, but whatever the subject, you will always be drawn to the process of learning. The process, more than the content or the result, is especially exciting for you. You are energized by the steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence. The thrill of the first few facts, the early efforts to recite or practice what you have learned, the growing confidence of a skill mastered—this is the process that entices you. Your excitement leads you to engage in adult learning experiences—yoga or piano lessons or graduate classes. It enables you to thrive in dynamic work environments where you are asked to take on short project assignments and are expected to learn a lot about the new subject matter in a short period of time and then move on to the next one. This Learner theme does not necessarily mean that you seek to become the subject matter expert, or that you are striving for the respect that accompanies a professional or academic credential. The outcome of the learning is less significant than the “getting there.”
The Strategic theme enables you to sort through the clutter and find the best route. It is not a skill that can be taught. It is a distinct way of thinking, a special perspective on the world at large. This perspective allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity. Mindful of these patterns, you play out alternative scenarios, always asking, “What if this happened? Okay, well what if this happened?” This recurring question helps you see around the next corner. There you can evaluate accurately the potential obstacles. Guided by where you see each path leading, you start to make selections. You discard the paths that lead nowhere. You discard the paths that lead straight into resistance. You discard the paths that lead into a fog of confusion. You cull and make selections until you arrive at the chosen path—your strategy. Armed with your strategy, you strike forward. This is your Strategic theme at work: “What if?” Select. Strike.
If you possess a strong Belief theme, you have certain core values that are enduring. These values vary from one person to another, but ordinarily your Belief theme causes you to be family-oriented, altruistic, even spiritual, and to value responsibility and high ethics—both in yourself and others. These core values affect your behavior in many ways. They give your life meaning and satisfaction; in your view, success is more than money and prestige. They provide you with direction, guiding you through the temptations and distractions of life toward a consistent set of priorities. This consistency is the foundation for all your relationships. Your friends call you dependable. “I know where you stand,” they say. Your Belief makes you easy to trust. It also demands that you find work that meshes with your values. Your work must be meaningful; it must matter to you. And guided by your Belief theme it will matter only if it gives you a chance to live out your values.
What should I be when I "grow up"?
I guess no test can tell us that...
If you're interested in your talents check out sf2.strengthsfinder.com. I don't know how much they charge, though, since it was a gift.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The flavor is ketchup!!!
He won't eat his chicken? Ketchup! He won't eat his broccoli? Ketchup!
Ketchup is also the perfect accompaniment to burgers, meatballs, hot dogs, fried shrimp, fish, pretty much anything at all that we eat.
In fact, yesterday DV requested some ketchup on his chocolate brownie but IV and I aren't quite ready to go that far...
Is this a 2 year old thing? Will he always love the "red sauce" this much???
Thursday, July 19, 2007
If we are ever blessed to have a daughter here are 13 names I love!
4. Hope and Faith
We would love to have another child- and I would love to have a daughter. DV is wonderful so I'd be happy with another son too.
We are not planning to conceive again- but hopefully one day we will adopt and this list will come in handy!!!
I have been thinking a lot lately of how nice it would be to have a daughter to share all my womanly knowledge with :)
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The amazing thing about this is she carried them FULL TERM (past 37 weeks) and both were well over 6 pounds!!!
The MORE AMAZING thing is they were born at home.
The MOST AMAZING thing is it was an unassisted birth (meaning Erin and family only) and took place in Thailand! Erin and her family are missionaries. They also have 2 children already. Erin is also training to be a midwife.
Erin and Dayton are some of the most faithful people I know and they deserve all the blessings God can send their way.
Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see some pictures!!!!
If you want to read Erin's post here it is! The babies are named Shira Faith and Miriam Joy (isn't that beautiful?)
Now, if only I could figure out how to send some baby gifts to Thailand....
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Thanks Toni! I love reading your blog every day- and when I miss a post (due to me being too busy to turn on the computer.... or you being too busy) I am always so excited the next day!
I would like to share the love with:
Jennifer at Playgroups are No Place for Children
Heather at The Queen of Shake-Shake
Aldara at Catholic Mommyhood
Sara at Suburban Oblivion
These lovely ladies (almost all of whom I have met in person) inspired me to begin my blog and meet lots of new friends along the way.
I also think that Amanda of Play Clothes and Megan of Velveteen Mind NEED this award as I read their blogs daily and we frequently share conversations online. Amanda and her lovely children play with us too.
By the way, Amanda and Aldara I miss your formerly daily posts! Moms always understand about the kids using up all of your time, though.
Here are some pictures taken before and after DV's birthday.
DV and I opening his presents the day after, before going to Church!
The "Dead Worm" cake, as requested by DV. Photographed before the party- crumbs were left later!
We all had SO much fun!!!! Happy 2nd birthday DV!!!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Our anniversary Tuesday, DV's birthday Thursday, a business party Friday evening, DV's party Saturday... and, oh yeah, my in-laws were in town too. From Texas, which was actually a big help because DV was distracted.
I haven't been posting, I haven't been reading, I haven't been on the computer... but I'm BACK!!!
See ya'll soon!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
But, I did have the opportunity to make IV my first "from scratch crust" cherry pie EVER. Actually, the crust came out quite well!
I used a recipe that is all butter (trying to avoid those trans-fats) and the food processor.
IV was so happy (or he acted well) that I made it for him (pie is his favorite) that I think I will do it again!
IV also gave me a LOVELY card and my china and we went out to dinner (with DV) at The Original Oyster House and DID NOT have a cocktail sauce in the lap experience!
Overall, it was a lovely day! But, someday I'd like to celebrate with just IV again....
Saturday, July 7, 2007
IV and I are about to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary, five years from our first date, seven years that we've known each other. Our wedding anniversary falls on July 10th and DV's birthday is July 12. July 12 is also the anniversary of our first date.
I was in the hospital for our first anniversary due to IV's impending and early arrival.
For our second anniversary, we went to the Antiques Roadshow and IV bought me a fancy purse that I had been coveting for a whole year.
This year IV really won a lot of points!!!! I have been wanting the Butterfly Meadow pattern of china ever since some friends of ours registered for it- right when we started dating.
IV bought me some!!!!! A six place setting set which includes 6 dinner plats, 6 accent plates and 6 mugs. This morning I have been rearranging our cabinets in order to store it.
The only problem is, now I want everything you see in the photo above.... and even if we could afford it we don't have anywhere to keep it!!!
Thanks for being such a great friend, husband, and everything else IV! I love you!
Friday, July 6, 2007
I'll post about that later when I have my head around it more.
Today I went to buy her a sympathy card. In Hallmark.
There were THREE cards to choose from about losing a child. There were over 20 to choose from about losing a cat/dog/pet.
WHAT IS THAT??????
I am so mad I am about to call Hallmark. What kind of society do we have when there are more cards mourning the death of pets than children?
I wish it meant that parents never lost a child.
I think it's more of a comment about us- not knowing what to say. I don't know either, that's why I was trying to buy a card.
My Church group in makig a gift basket- for the parents and the siblings. I am thinking of giving some craft items for the children- and maybe a gift certificate.
But I really have no idea what to say.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
That's the theme of DV's birthday BBQ.
We went to visit my grandfather in Florida recently, and DV was captivated by the dead worms on the sidewalk.
You see, in Florida (at least where I grew up) the worms come out in heavy rain and then the sun comes out and bakes them.
I think it's pretty gross, but DV was captivated. He still talks about his dead worms. Every day.
So I guess that's how we came up with the theme- I asked him and he answered.
He remembers too.
At least I have an idea for cute cupcakes... I've already bought the gummy worms and Oreos!
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
We often hear this term: Freedom isn't Free. But, what does that really mean and if Freedom isn't Free, then what is the cost and who pays it?Please think on this father's words as you celebrate your freedom this July 4th.
The cost is watching someone you love go away for a long period of time where there is little contact as they endure the rigors and hardships of training.
The cost is watching someone you love serve for pay that doesn't always cover what it takes to live a standard of living most civilians enjoy and suffering a financial impact that can negatively alter a military family's prosperity for a lifetime.
The cost is deployment to combat and the hardships of a soldier far from home while in a hostile place.
The cost is a loved one leaving whole but coming home less than whole, physically, mentally or both.
The cost is a a loved one who never returns from a mission and is never found.
The cost is having to take another's life, even if they are the enemy, and living with that the rest of your life.
The cost is watching a close friend die, maybe even holding them in your arms, help less to save them and living a life of remembering that moment and feeling guilty that it wasn't you who died instead of the close friend.
The cost is a family waiting and watching 24 / 7, hoping and praying as they watch daily newscasts about our military personnel dying.
The cost is a knock at the door no family wants but is a special privilege of sacrifice and if not borne by some, then who would bear it?
The cost is family trees altered for all time to come.
The cost is a lifetime of love.
Freedom isn't Free and the cost is high.
The Fourth of July is a special time to celebrate the freedoms we have, hard fought and won at a great cost. Well we all should enjoy this day, and every day we have to live free, for to do less would be to waste the high price paid that we might.
proudly remembering my son, SGT Mike Stokely
KIA 16 Aug 05 near Yusufiyah in the Triangle of Death south of Baghdad
US Army E Troop 108 CAV 48th BCT GAARNG
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
One grandfather was a proud member of the Navy for 30 years. He worked on aircraft carriers and flew in the planes. He has a whole case full of medals- and after retirement he went on to get his PhD and have a second career.
One grandfather was drafted into the Army and served his required time with honor. He went on to be successful in many business endeavors. He retired early and enjoyed his golden years in sunny Florida.
On July 4th, I am reminded how proud I am to be American.
I am reminded how grateful I am to the members of the armed services who fought for our freedom.
I am reminded that I am grateful for the members of the military defending us today.
Sunday, July 1, 2007
Thanks Toni for the idea!
Four great things in the past week:
1) My first open house for the DITY Beads business was a smashing success! (I even got a congratulatory e-mail from one of the big bosses!)
2) My parents are here visiting and watching out for DV. (I love to have time to catch up with them!)
3) IV and I have had more time to hang out and catch up due to #2. (I love my husband!)
4) I have had more time to blog- watch movies- read- and generally veg out due to #2 and the forced rest imposed by my tooth removal. (But, that'll all be over soon!)
Thanks Mom and Dad and thanks IV for all of your support!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
WHYMOMMY has just been diagnosed with breast cancer- and she has to quit breastfeeding her baby to get treatment. Plus, all that other hard stuff that goes along.
She is looking for POSITIVE comments and prayers.
WHYMOMMY I am sending you both- and I am hoping my readers will hop on over there and do the same.
Today my mom made me a "soup of love."
I think we moms do this a lot- make something for our children which tangibly demonstrates our love for them. I know I try to do it for DV.
Here's the recipe: (I didn't actually watch so I'll have to have Mom check it out)
1 can chicken soup (Mom recommends organic, MSG free)
1 clove garlic, chopped
fresh chives, chopped
Brown the garlic in olive oil and add with ginger to soup. Bring to a boil. Add eggs in strings to soup. Cook until eggs are not transparent. Remove from heat. Add chives and salt to taste.
How did it taste? Perfect!!!!
Don't forget the LOVE!!!
Friday, June 29, 2007
See all my previous posts below- I was taking quizzes and finding that image of my favorite Dali painting.
Definitely more fun than TV!
|You Are Best Described By...|
Landscape With Butterflies
By Salvador Dali
I lived in Tampa while I was an undergrad. and I spent a lot of time in St. Petersburg at the Dali museum.
I love Dali! He has a lot of wonderful art beyond the famous melting clocks... in fact I have a copy of one of his paintings of the Last Supper here next to my computer.
It's called The Sacrament of the Last Supper and I saw the actual painting (twice!) in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
|Your Psyche is Violet|
You are spiritual, intuitive, and serene.
People trust you to rescue them from bad situations, and you usually come through.
While you are quite enlightened, you find that your path can be very lonely.
When you are too violet: you can't connect to ordinary life or ordinary people
When you don't have enough violet: you lack wisdom and can't learn from the past
|You've Experienced 84% of Life|
You have an amazing amount of life experience. In fact, you've seen and done more than most people.
So congratulate yourself on what you've done so far. The future is only going to be more of the same!
I'd like to think there is more than 16% of life left to experience- because I sure do have a list of things I'd still like to do!
I guess as compared to Megan or Heather my blog is just plain boring.... but I could let my 2 year old read it!
Is that really an advantage?
PS- Heather, I checked yours and you're doing well maintaining that R!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
To top it off, I only had Novocaine for the actual surgery and now I have Tylenol and ice! (I have A LOT of allergies.) I don't even get the good stuff! Unfair!
I'll probably have a purple face tomorrow.... at least my parents are here to watch out for DV while IV works- I think if I had to chase him I would just about fall over.... Thanks Mom and Dad!
Plus, since I am packing gauze in my lip I look to be chewing something attractive....
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I spent all morning cleaning the house and getting everything ready- THANK YOU IV, IV took DV out for the whole day from about 8 am to 5pm!!!
Then, at 1:45 my first guest arrived- she stayed for 3 hours and designed quite a bit of jewelry- and my other customers/guests came in at different times (the last one at 4:45) but everyone had a great time and all but one purchased something!
It was a great success, I wanted to get the word out about my business and this is a great start!!!
Thank you all my blog buddies for your support- and Toni I wish I could have sent you some champagne and chocolate!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
On the first day he really didn't appreciate it (he was in a FOUL mood anyway) so I carried him with me for half the morning. But, yesterday I left him there all morning.
I think he enjoys the teenage volunteers- I have peeked in to see them carrying him around the room on their hips. Yep, this is what he likes at home too. Plus, he is quite fond of girls anyway....
I am having a lot of fun doing something adult (even though it involves working with 100s of kids) while I know DV is well cared for.
Just yesterday the director asked me to consider religious education in the fall- how about 8th grade confirmation??
You know, I think I just might do it!!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I found this quote, "How can it be a career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone?"
And also, "A women's function is laborius; but because it is gigantic not because it is minute."
I really loved both of these quotes because they help me to remember how important my first job is.
There's only one person in the world who I get to mother- and I am the center of his universe right now. That doesn't last long.
I am reminded to appreciate the time with DV when he is small and value myself for what I am doing with him.
Mothers I appreciate you!!! Don't forget to appreciate yourselves!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
See the picture of DV and I to the left <-
Isn't he cute? He doesn't know the difference between wearing the little smocked long legged bubble and wearing.... well, anything with little dogs on it.
He's too young to have many style opinions (and I know it won't be long...)
So for now, I get to dress DV to MY taste. And, I want my little boy to have a bit of a kinder, gentler little boy life before reality comes crashing in.
Plus, I love the workmanship on those outfits and I don't have any girls.
By the way, we save them for special occasions and Church...
I say- with regards to this debate- embrace your taste when dressing your boys!!! You won't have long when your opinion counts...
Thursday, June 14, 2007
I have been working on starting a home based business (ever wonder why I haven't been blogging as much lately?)
So, here's my Thursday 13!
13 Excellent Reasons to Start a Home-Based Business
1. You need extra cash (So true, but what I have produced so far is extra expenses....)
2. Ability to predict finances (I project we should be profitable in 2 months max!)
3. Extra time on your hands (hmmmm.... ok so I didn't have any, but see reason 1)
4. You would like to take-over a room of your small house (my office is now an office/store room)
5. It's summer time so I won't be too busy (why did I think that?????)
OK, out with the sarcasm....
6. I love meeting new people.
7. I love designing jewelry.
8. I was getting just a little bored with the whole house cleaning thing.
9. Parties!!!! Fun!
10. Extra income so I can continue to stay-at-home with IV.
11. Jewelry counts as a business expense!
12. New clothes are required to show off jewelry!
13. Shopping at Sams Club in the business hours (how did I ever stand it before?)
Overall, I am already so happy with being a self-employed gal! But I don't have any time for TV, or novel reading, or well, anything other than being a mommy and work. I am trying to make time for IV- we had to schedule a date this week!
If you'd like to know more about my new business venture see my website: www.ditybeads.com/jennie
Have a lovely Thursday!
PS- Local gals I am having an open house (read free food and alcohol) on Saturday, June 23 from 2-5pm
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
DV has taken up farting as a hobby. IV encourages it too.
Typical conversation (between IV and DV with DV on IV's lap)- IV, "Wow! That was a great one!" .... "Wow! That was a REALLY good one!" .... "WOW!!!! Practice that! You'll need it around the campfire when you're a boyscout!"
And then.... IV, "Are you pooping?" DV, "Grunt...grunt...smile"...
IV, "Honey! I think DV just pooped!"
Me.... sigh.... "Honey, I am working! Can you change him???"
IV, "Do I have to?????"
Usually, I do it because I am totally disrupted by this time anyway and what is another poopy butt to me???
Ah well, the joys of motherhood!
Friday, June 8, 2007
The good thing is- I have lost 20 lbs! Which is great, because I never thought I would wear the size I wore in HIGH SCHOOL again!
The bad thing about that is- I have NO CLOTHES THAT FIT!!! I am not talking my clothes fit poorly... they actually fall off- I guess that's what happens when you go from a 14/16 to a 8/9... I finally had to go out and buy a pair of pants and shorts because I needed to make a professional contact.
It's not so bad when your shirts are loose- but pants rolled at the waist or super-low riders (crotch at the knees, anyone?) do not make the best first impression.
Our budget does not allow for new clothing purchases- and I got rid of the clothes I wore in high school a long time ago- so I guess I will be making it with a very limited wardrobe... I see lots of laundry in my future.
Oh, and my diet? I got diagnosed with diabetes/pre-diabetes 2 months ago and decided to be very aggressive about it. (My dad has been diabetic for ~20 years so I know the complications first hand.) I got the book Diabetes Solution and have been following Dr. Bernstein's recommendations religiously, plus I started on Avandamet which I think has been helping a lot.
And, I've been working out a lot- for the first month anyway- but I hurt my knee so I have been taking it easier lately and I have still been losing weight.
Now I am worried that I may gain the weight back.... and waste any smaller clothes that I buy...
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Sigh.... I bet you can guess what happened. I backed into a tree! And, not only did I bust the brake/tail light I also made a (small) dent in the side of our car.
The tree wasn't in my driveway, at least...
I had just taken DV to his kindergym class and had to run home for a picture for the local newspaper (my neighborhood association) so I parked in a neighbor's driveway. I think I should have observed the tree (actually just a little in the drive, a thin pine) while I was going into the long drive forward- but I was in a hurry.
Then, it took a long time for the photo to be taken- actually, I left before the interviewer did- and I was hurrying out to pick up IV at work. Well, the neighbor's driveway is long and sloped down but without a place to turn the car around.
I had my foot on the brake backing down and I was turned around- but obviously I missed something because all of a sudden.... CRUNCH!!!! I didn't even stop to take a look at the car but just glanced at the tree and continued on my merry way. Yes, it was that kind of day.
I get to IV's work to pick him up and go out to check the car- hoping that the crunch was all in my imagination- and I find a broken out light AND a dent... and bark.....
Sigh....... if only Explorers were made for people who are only ~5'3" (can I blame it on the car??)
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
At least, I have a lot to write about saved up.... more than one day's worth!
The trip to California to visit my great-grandmother went very well- excluding flying with an almost 2 year old and changing planes (with a car seat!) And, also excluding staying in an ~700 square foot cabin with 5 people- and sharing a bed with my mom... and a room with DV... and a bed with DV in the middle of every night... and the associated bruises!
The stay in Florida with my parents was great, although MUCH too busy. I got to spend some quality time with my best friend (since 9th grade!) who has a 3 month old and I remembered how much fun she can be.
All in all, it was a great time but I would do something different about plane travel.... UGH!!!
Anyone have any wisdom???
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Tomorrow morning IV is driving us to Florida, where my parents live, and then we are leaving for California on Wednesday morning. I believe we have to leave my parents' house at the ridiculous time of 2:30 am!!
We are going to visit my grandmother and aunt who live near Santa Cruz, California. We'll be there about a week and then we are staying in Florida for another week.
So it will be an adventure! It's the longest time DV and I have been away from IV since DV was in the NICU in Arizona and IV had to start work here in Alabama.
I'll try to do an occasional update... but expect me to be back to ~daily blogging after June 3!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Thirteen Needed Home Improvements
A List I hope IV reads, although I promise to do a lot of the work!
1. Screen in breeze way (to protect me from the evil summer mosquitoes and so maybe we can have a cat- a place to put the litter box!)
2. Replace rotting board over breeze way (yes, I think the roof may eventually fall down if we don't)
3. Paint unfinished wood on back porch (hmmm, it may not like the rain being unfinished after 1 year)
4. Power wash green crud growing on shady sides of the house
5. Replace DV's door (someday we might want to close it)
6. Paint baseboards, door frames in our room to match the rest of the room (not that anyone but family sees them.... but still beige and grey-navy are not such a good combo)
7. Replace light fixture in kitchen (ours hangs too low... how about a small fan?)
8. Paint kitchen in a lighter color- I am tired of the grey-navy
9. Cover evil tile in kitchen with linoleum (ugh, the grout is cracking and the tiles too!!!)
10. Do something about the guest bath (yes, we will probably have to hire someone for this! peeling old paint, peeling old fixture coating)
11. Paint dining room (I am still hoping for mint green!)
12. Plant a fruit tree (OK, we have to wait for the right season)
13. Put insulation on the exposed pipes (so we won't have to run water next winter, maybe)
Yes, we have an older home (built in 1952) and we just moved in about a year ago so there are lots of things we still haven't done! I am hoping the summer will give us more time to work on some projects- but IV still has to work so maybe not.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Let me tell you, I was so pleased! There were SO many classes taking field trips and having a ball it made me all sunny inside!
Formerly, I taught high school chemistry. The experience gave me an appreciation for what is lacking in early science education. No one teaches the kids that science is fun!!
Chemistry is SO cool (can be anyway)! I couldn't even get some kids interested in explosions or other really exciting demonstrations- shockingly some student even found making and eating homemade ice cream (to demonstrate the freeze-lowering properties of salt) boring.
It was an uphill battle all year to get my students to realize that science can be fun. However, I think the main problem lies with early science education or lack thereof. Most elementary teachers that I knew didn't have enough time/background to do much with science. And, what they did do came from handouts.
No wonder students think science is a chore!
So- I think science education, especially for elementary students should be like going to the science museum. Lots of variety- cool demonstrations- relevant concepts!!!!
OK- I'm off my soap box now.
I hope DV has good science teachers...
Monday, May 14, 2007
Here's the deal:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth full sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.Don't search around looking for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.
I guess this is a good way to find out where in the house the computer is located.... or the interests of a fellow blogger!
So, I found The Out-of-Sync Child and on page 161 the fifth sentence is, "He can recognize a hammer, an "R," and a trapezoid, whether it is right side up or upside down."
What does that say about me? As a former educator I am always interested in educational topics- and DV was very sensitive to sensory stimuli when he was younger so the book was very helpful.
Hopefully, tomorrow I will feel more inspired!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
We started the day at 5am with waking up- then quick breakfast and open my GIFT from Little Jules (I'll work on posting a digital picture, it doesn't look like anything they have online, it's better!) a sterling silver necklace! I love it! And a card from both DV and IV, so I feel very special.
Then we drove to New Orleans- not bad at 6am on a Sunday- and we arrived in time to go to Cafe Du Monde for beignets (for DV and IV anyway) and lovely black coffee for me- I had to buy some to bring home too.
After a our breakfast we went to the Vatican Mosaic exhibit- and it was SO WONDERFUL!!! In fact, I'll have to do a post just about that, when I am running out of ideas. We let DV run around the gardens of the convent/museum at the end to get some energy out.
Then we walked around the French Quarter for about an hour- and settled on the Gumbo Shop for lunch- it wasn't crowded- yet- at 11:30 and mmmm.... I had catfish florentine it was SO great!!! DV enjoyed a grilled cheese and IV had the full meal (DV helped him with the ice cream at the end.)
After such a wonderful lunch DV fell fast asleep in his stroller- allowing IV and I to wander the Quarter and talk. Now that was a Mother's Day gift! We ended our time in New Orleans by playing in another park.... all in all we were there 6 hours and it was perfect! DV had such a great time he talked all the way home!
Of course, by the time we got home DV was so tired he slipped while running in the hall and busted his lip.... poor baby!
What a great Mother's Day! The only thing that could have improved it would have been sharing it with my Mom in far away Florida.
Now I am even more inspired to deserve such an awesome day next year!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Poor IV- it is so hard on him that I really can't talk and if I do I sound very funny. He is always thinking I'm mad, which I'm not, but arrgh! Talking hurts so I don't want to do it very much- and if I am I hope you're listening. He's being pretty sweet and really hoping my voice will be back to normal tomorrow.
DV on the other hand has not been impacted my my voice at all. He wants me to talk just as much and read to him and name things and explain things.... Finally, I had to say, "Mommy can't!" when he kept bringing me books to read so now he has been bringing me a book and saying, "can't."
Ah well, tomorrow we're taking a day trip to New Orleans to see the Vatican Mosaic Exhibit so I shouldn't have to talk too much. IV is very happy listening to the radio in the car and DV too. Happy Mother's day all!
Friday, May 11, 2007
DV and I have music class tomorrow morning... so I guess I won't be singing (ha, ha.)
Unfortunately, since I was doing nothing I can't think of much interesting to post about.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Some of you locals may recognize- The Original Oyster House- mmmm- I just love it. It's fun even though there's almost always a wait (mainly because it has a great playground with a small preschool section for DV.) And, their seafood it SO fresh!
I always order the steamed shrimp (OK you have to remove the heads-ick- but they are SO good!) And the salad bar is really great too.
So we get our food- and the waitress comes back to check on us- and she seed DV reaching for the melted butter in a little cup (he has a LONG reach) she tries to grab it and it ends up in my lap. Staining my new pants... sigh butter never comes out... but she is really sweet about it. She brings us some soda water to dab it with and apologizes 10 times. Really, it's no big deal, my fault for wearing my nice pants around DV because he probably would have done the same thing anyway.
The funniest thing though is DV. He was watching IV eat his fried shrimp dipped in cocktail sauce and wanted some for himself. So I told IV to let him have some (assuming of course that a 22 month old wouldn't actually eat it!) But, he loved it! He proceeded to dip his popcorn shrimp in cocktail sauce himself and eat them- getting covered in red along the way (good thing he was wearing an old shirt.)
So we had a lot of fun- even though my nice new pants are probably destined for wear around the house rags... ok I'm sad about that- it's not too often that I can afford a nice pair of pants. But it was worth it! Good thing DV was so cute or I might be mad.
Monday, May 7, 2007
What do I mean by good fiction? A plot that really grabs you and brings you into the lives of the characters. A book that makes you laugh and cry. Something that seems like it could/should be real.
I found all this and more in the book The Girls by Lori Lansens. I don't want to spoil the story for any of you- so I'll just say it's about 2 conjoined sisters- and who they are- not their handicap. At points you totally forget that they are conjoined twins.
I got to the end of the book and turned the pages for more. It was that good. One twin is a writer and one is a history buff and they're as different as sisters can be.
Go read it already!!!!
It's a great book! It made me think!
Sunday, May 6, 2007
I'll try to write.... 10 Little Known Facts About Jennie! and I'll tag 10 of my blogging buddies (hopefully I can think of 10 people who will respond) no tag backs!
1. I have been going to bed at 9pm to get up at 5am and go to the gym
2. I have had 10 different paying jobs in my life (just filled out a resume)
3. I don't know how old my sweet doggie is (I adopted her as an adult)
4. I love anything craft related (especially jewelry making, sewing, french beaded flowers, cake decorating)
5. I am a big fan of new fiction
6. Mosquitoes love me more than anyone else (even mid-day)
7. I use cloth diapers on DV
8. I cut my hair once a year
9. I've never worn contacts (only glasses)
10. I started out as a nursing major and became a chemist
Now, who will I tag? I think I'll decide later... it's my bedtime!
I hope everyone has had a nice weekend!
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Last week I came across an article in the newspaper about a work-at-home direct selling type of opportunity. It involves teaching people how to make jewelry in their homes at parties. I am thinking that this would be the perfect work for me!
I have always wanted to start a business (well, since my second year of graduate school when I learned to make beaded jewelry and realized I enjoyed it too much to afford it as a hobby.) I have been talking about starting an online store to market my beaded jewelry since that time.
Now, with this opportunity to teach people how to make jewelry AND make money I am dreaming again. (The best part is there is very little actual selling- mostly teaching AND the jewelery is actually a great value, I would buy it and I know about all the cheap internet sources!)
Now I am putting together a business plan where I would be teaching at jewelry parties and also making custom jewelry to sell on the internet. I will love it! Best of all, I would still be at home with DV and we would have a little more discretionary income.
So here's hoping it all comes together like I am planning... Beaded Dreaming!!!!
Friday, May 4, 2007
Since DV was born 3 months prematurely he was quite developmentally delayed and totally sensory reactive. Meaning, he acted like a newborn for a LONG time and he was totally sensitive to any sensory stimuli- light, sound, touch, etc. This translated into a baby who didn’t sleep during the day except in small spurts while being held and if we were very lucky slept 3 hours in a split interval in his bassinet at night. Mostly he slept badly on my or IV’s chest in the recliner.
Because of his sensitivity and the fact that he spent 9 weeks in the NICU he has always loved a predictable schedule. And, I have always been a fan of a bit of scheduling myself- although not as rigidly as he required. So, we had a really tight schedule until he was about 10 months old.
DV started crawling when he was 10 months old so I tried to relax the schedule- but because of his sensory sensitivity crawling was really hard on him and he had to go back to occupational therapy and a strict schedule.
DV is now pretty much caught up developmentally (he doesn’t have any 25% delays anyway so he’s no longer in Early Intervention) and he’s ahead in his language development. We still pretty much stick to our schedule, though. He just seems happy with it and now that I am used to the scheduling it’s easier for me too.
Of course, some days the schedule just goes out the window. And who is that hardest for? Me!
Yesterday was one of those days, DV got up extra early and we went to Lowe’s because IV was home from work in the morning- then we went to the fruit stand- then DV and I arrived LATE (ok, I totally hate being late- if I am it just bugs me) to play at the park with some of our friends. Then DV and I went to the library which should have taken 5 minutes and took more like 45 minutes because the library misplaced the book I had on hold.
So we were very late eating lunch- and DV took his nap late…. And then instead of resting/internet surfing/blogging/sometimes even cleaning I decided I just HAD to go out and run errands since IV was still at home working and could listen for DV. Then we went out for dinner and DV went to bed.
Whoooo! Was I tired last night! I even fell asleep numerous times during Grey’s Anatomy, one of my two favorite shows.
I need my schedule!!!! Waaaaaa!
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
It seems like a real accomplishment to me- there were these 3 boxes just hanging around in the garage- all my stuff- and I attempted to unpack them several times. But, for whatever reason I just COULD NOT get myself motivated. Pure laziness???
They were large boxes, by the way- as tall as my waist. And, why was I finally motivated? I wish I could say it was because I am such a neat and organized person (that would not be true.) I have been on this icky diet (more on that in another post) and I have lost ~10 lbs so all of my pants have been falling off. Usually I'm not too particular about how my clothes fit... if you know me you will probably have noticed this (ha, ha.) But, I draw the line at having to pull up my pants all the time in public or risk exposure of my ugly underwear.
So, why did I finally unpack? I wanted some clothes to wear and I was hoping I had saved some too small clothes wishing that one day they would fit. I did find some so at least my hunt was successful. I also found the mate to my leopard house slipper which I have been searching for all winter. It's probably too late in the season to wear it now, but I can keep it for next winter.
About that award? I give it to myself!!! I deserve to go out and buy a new outfit since I so thriftily found all my old clothes and don't have to buy a whole new wardrobe.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I found the above quote in an excellent book I am reading titled The Girls by Lori Lansens. (I will post about the novel when I finish it.)
The quote above started me thinking... I have always thought of myself as a make-your-own-trail sort of a girl. But am I really? I totally imitate other people that I think have good idea or great success. (Starting this blog is one great example- thanks playgroup buddies.)
Where's the line? I mean, do you have to be so totally different to make your own trail? Or just combine qualities you admire in others in your own unique way? Plus, of course, add your own spice to the mix. Maybe I am not quite so individual as I have always imagined.
And maybe that's a good thing- I mean a little conformity can go a long way to improving relations with other human beings. It's good to relate well to others and for that you have to be at least a little similar....
Hmmmm, I am just wondering maybe there's something to following a path and taking little side trips???
Monday, April 30, 2007
For some reason I decided to listen to his advice (uncommon.) So I signed up at a gym that offers $10 a month plus no contract. That was the major attraction for me.
So now I get up at 5 am 3 days a week and go to the gym to do cardio for 45 minutes and then lift weights for about 30 minutes. Sometimes I think this is great- as we don't have cable and the gym does so I can watch HGTV or USA there....
But, the real question is do I have to do this forever? I mean, how long can I sustain getting up at 5 am? And sweating??? And, where am I going with this?
Time for reflection- on the meaning of exercise!
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I have noticed that recently DV has been very fussy in his oh so convenient umbrella stroller. I just took a good look at the thing and realized that he is really at the upper end of its usefulness. It's one of those cheapos (we actually got it for free!)
So, I have been really wanting to purchase another umbrella stroller- but one with a seat as large and comfortable as his jogging stroller. I found one that met all my qualifications and decided to see if I could find a 2006 (since they just came out with the 2007) at a bargain price.
Well, I started on the internet- I did find a good deal on a 2006 in lime green ($93) but I was really looking for $60-70 range. So I went to Babys R Us and tried out the 2007 (great!). I actually think it's worth the price.
But, I kept looking. And, I found.... a floor model 2006!!! Which was marked $79.90, then I got 20% off because it was a floor model. It was only $63.92, under $70 WITH TAX!!!!
So I am feeling totally victorious, although it is missing its carry strap.
Hooray for the great mommy hunter!!!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Well, the call of money is finally heard by me! I actually filled out the whole application today- now all that I need to do is send for some transcripts and letters. Hopefully, I will actually get a position for the fall.