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Day 20: Burned Into My Mind

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

I wish I could forget this movie. It was terrible. They took two hours to tell a story I could have told in five minutes, with more action.

I don’t mind movies that are slow, with little action, as long as I can be persuaded to care about the characters. I couldn’t. The only interesting part of the movie was the last five minutes or so. Even then, I didn’t care. At all. Mainly because the main character is a total loser. A cold-hearted, lonely, no-good, really-bad-word.

Then, there were several scenes we had to flat-out skip. Totally unnecessary, and there are images branded into my mind that I wish I could forget. Thankfully, I only had to live with the first couple of seconds.

Levi brought it home from redbox, having heard that it was pretty good. Boy, do we regret that $1.07.

We had to watch an episode of Firefly to make up for it. To wash our little brains clean of the horribleness of The American.

Anything you wish you could forget? I couldn’t choose anything from my life, really, because everything I remember is worth remembering. This movie is all I could come up with. Don’t watch it. For the love of all things good, don’t watch it! And if you do, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Day 20: Middle-Earth

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Today’s topic asks me to share where I want to travel. The answer is obvious: I want to go everywhere.

First on my list, though, would be Middle Earth, a.k.a. New Zealand. Yes, I know much was added via sets and CG in the movies, but to see the bones they built on would be worth it. The scenery alone is magnificent.

Other places I want to visit just as badly include the village in India where our sponsored son lives, Israel, the UK, Japan, and the northern Mediterranean coast. I would also love to visit dear friends I met when they were exchange students at my high school. Hong Kong, Russia, and Germany are their home countries. (Okay, Hong Kong isn’t a country, but you know what I mean.) Last, but not least, I would love to take a trip to Alaska, to finally visit the place where so many of my relatives live, work, and love – not to mention a very good friend of ours.

The most far-fetched place I’d like to visit would be the International Space Station. I don’t know why. I just think it would be cool to see Earth from there.

Alas that all this travel will likely have to wait until we are no longer supporting our children financially. Oh well, we’ll be older, more mature, and more appreciative of the experience anyway. Right?

What about you? Where do you want to go?


Day 11: I don’t hate goats.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

A picture of something I hate? Hmmm…

No, I do not hate goats. I’ve heard they are handy creatures to have around, actually.

What I hate is the act of chewing like a goat. Gross.

For the love of all that is right and good…CHEW WITH YOUR MOUTH CLOSED! Seriously.

Even if your mouth is closed, please be aware that it is still possible to chew disgustingly. Smacking lips, slurping, and all other such noises are gross. Just gross. So stop it!

Day 10: The Stews.

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Today, I am supposed to post a picture of the person(s) I do the most messed up things with. I don’t really do much that could be considered “messed up.” However, the Stews are connected with many oddball, messed up inside jokes. I will not regale you with their explanations here. They have become almost a secret code for us. However, I can relate an anecdote from very early on in our friendship that just might give you an idea of our “messedupedness.”

In our base housing in DC, we had a small, half-bath downstairs. We had all gotten together to hang out, and were probably playing the LOTR trading card game. (One stone of the foundation of our friendship is made up largely of geek stone.) Stewy got up to avail himself of the bathroom. It was just around the corner from the living room. Less than 15 feet away.

It took me only two seconds to look up from my cards, horrified, exchanging significant looks with Levi & Sabrina.

I yelled across the room, “Are you peeing with the door open?!?! SHUT THE DOOR!!!” My horror was mixed with (what I thought) was an unholy desire to laugh. Levi and Sabrina submitted immediately to the laughter.

From the bathroom, all I hear is “I’m peeing with the door open, and I like it.”

He did shut the door, but that did it. We all collapsed, laughing fit to kill. Apparently, they just felt THAT comfortable in my house. And that’s a good thing, right?

Needless to say, we are a messed up bunch of friends, and I cannot WAIT for them to get here this spring! It will be so awesome to finally have our best friends here, even if it’s only for a little while. (The Air Force has an annoying habit of moving people around on you.)

How about you? Any “messedupedness” in your group of friends? Or are we the only weirdos on the planet?


Day 8: Good Medicine.

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” ~Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

I’m supposed to post a picture that makes me laugh. I’m just glad I have a bajillion to choose from, thanks to my short people. All I had to do was pick the most recent one. This short person is not technically mine, but I love her like she is.

This is Sassafrass enjoying her first bean quesadilla. Go on, laugh. You know you want to.

Feel better? Good.

What makes you laugh? I’d love to know, and laugh with you!


Day 4: Where’s the Reset Button?

Friday, February 4th, 2011

According to my handy-dandy Topic List, this post is supposed to contain a picture of my night. However, since my day has been rather befuddled and piece-meal, this photo was taken in the late afternoon. It represents several things that were on my long list of things to do today.

1… The grocery list and menu I had to create. (Check)

2… The budget, which has been tweaked a lot today. (Check – pending approval/compromise from my other half.)

3… Laundry. (Nice try)

4… A bunch of phone calls. (Yeah right.)

5… Cleaning the office/school area. (Ha!)

6… Write a little. (Check)

7… More stuff I have certainly forgotten.

The elongated word “Fooooood” represents my state of mind. You see, though my menu & grocery list were written down, and the amount of cash we need for the month figured out, I was not able to go my merry way with the five kiddos to procure these things. Why? A confounding number of factors.

One being that Little Red has dirtied every pair of bottoms she owns – pants AND skirts – over the last few days. Another being that I spent too much time on things lower on the priority list (or not even ON the list) than I should have. (Please, don’t worry – I’m not kicking myself. I can’t change today, but I can start fresh tomorrow.)

Yet another reason was the timing of Schel’s afternoon nap. That child slept during prime time, which is normal for her. How on earth do I forget that I need to plan shopping BEFORE the nap? It’s too late in the day for me to do anything afterwards. I’ll get it down eventually. By the time she awoke, the bank was closed, and it was past time for some dinner.

So, my brain is confounded. I know there are things I have forgotten to put on the grocery list, which I will NOT remember until I’ve finished at all three stores. All I know is that we need “Fooooood.” And lots of it. We are out of everything, which isn’t good, seeing as how my children are eating like the proverbial “horses” at the moment.

The sepia tone symbolizes the overall melancholy tone my life has had this week, due to being a girl. (No, not THAT, exactly, just the week preceding THAT.) I have gone back and forth between hormonal moodiness and optimism; unreasonable crankiness and playfulness; guiltily kicking my own shins and making excuses for everything.

Where’s the reset button?

I know I left it around here somewhere. One of the kids probably destroyed it.

And you know what? This is just the tip of a very annoying iceberg of a week. Re-focusing will just have to be a must.

Please tell me your week was better than mine!? I need to know that others can function just fine, whether I do or not.


Double Post! Thankful Thursday + Photo Challenge Day 3

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

First of all, I just wanted to update everyone on my dad. He had his latest MRI yesterday, and we have some mixed news to report. Three of the four tumors they killed a couple of months ago have shrunk in size. One of them stayed the same. That fourth one will be watched carefully, and Dad is still not allowed to drive. It may be incurable, but there’s still a chance of it going into remission, as a good friend reminded me.

My hope has not died. My faith has not left. Thank you so much for praying – please don’t stop! I am so uplifted, convicted, and encouraged by your prayers. Encouraged to live in repentance, and to press in closer to my Abba Father. After all:

“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” ~Job 12:10 (NIV)

What have I to really worry about? Nothing.

Today, I am thankful that my dad’s tumors are mostly shrinking. I am thankful that there are no new ones to report. I am thankful for the prayers and support of so many people, I couldn’t begin to name them all. I am thankful for people who are willing to drop everything and just pray with me over the phone. I am thankful that God the Creator will not take his hand away from those who love him.

I’m thankful for the 30 Day Photo Challenge. It’s given me something fun to do, and easy. (Nice segway, right?) I am thankful for good entertainment, that lets me laugh and enjoy someone else’s God-given creativity:

30 Day Photo Challenge, Day 3: A Picture of the Cast From Your Favorite TV Show

Levi and I haven’t watched TV regularly since the series finale of the show which shall not be named. We were turned on to this series awhile back, by I forget who. (Was it you?)

I am thankful for Firefly. The only show in history to get canceled, then have a movie made of it! Joss Whedon created something amazing here. Kind of a western-meets-Star Wars. Only, it’s way better than Star Wars. (No offense.) It’s that good, people.

And the movie? Oh! That’s called Serenity, and it ties up all the wide-open loose ends the show wasn’t able to.

If you don’t like brilliant writing, great action, plot twists, or characters with quirky depth, then don’t bother. If you do like all those things, then pop yourself some popcorn and let yourself be amazed.


This month’s host for Thankful Thursday is Iris at Grace Alone. Link up with the other participants there.

What are you thankful for this week? What’s your favorite show?

Thanks again for all your prayers. I’m truly blessed to know you.


Time Again…

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

…for me to cheat in order to get in a post everyday. I find myself, lately, rather sapped of energy as I try to play catch-up with so many things. So, just for fun, I’m going to take a whack at a challenge that has been going around Facebook for awhile. It’s a 30-Day Photo Challenge, and I thought it might be a nice change of pace to post a photo to write about, instead of just writing. I will still do Monday School & Thankful Thursday, but the rest of the time, I’ll be posting photos. I may even incorporate the 30-Day Challenge with those memes.

I appreciate your patience as I just experiment wildly, come and go, and write as I please. Hey, it’s my blog. I can do what I want!

I’ve always thought I should post more pictures here, anyway. This ought to be fun. Here are the photo topics:

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.
Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been close with for the longest.
Day 03 – A picture of the cast from your favorite show.
Day 04 – A picture of your night.
Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory.
Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day.
Day 07 – A picture of your most treasured item.
Day 08 – A picture that makes you laugh.
Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.
Day 10 – A picture of the person you do the most messed up things with.
Day 11 – A picture of something you hate.
Day 12 – A picture of something you love.
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist.
Day 14 – A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.
Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die.
Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you.
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.
Day 18 – A picture of your biggest insecurity.
Day 19 – A picture of you when you were little.
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel.
Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget.
Day 22 – A picture of something you wish you were better at.
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book.
Day 24 – A picture of something you wish you could change.
Day 25 – A picture of your day.
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you.
Day 27 – A picture of yourself and a family member.
Day 28 – A picture of something you’re afraid of.
Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile.
Day 30 – A picture of someone you miss.

Oh! On a completely unrelated note, I was delighted to discover that a very dear friend of mine has had a blog for years, and I didn’t even know. She calls it “Wonderful Suddenlies.” Isn’t that a scrumptious name? I love saying it. And it fits her adorable, humble, sweet personality just perfectly. Go visit, and tell her that Tiff says “Hi.”

See you tomorrow! Thanks so much for sticking around through all my weirdness. Let’s just say I’m “finding my blogging self,” and call it a day, shall we? Thanks!


It’s All I’ve Got Today

Friday, January 28th, 2011

After three days with eight kids under seven, this is what I have for you:

I am glad that the three kids wearing diapers synchronized their pooping. I’d rather change many diapers all at once, than one every five minutes.

I am tired. Erica brought me chocolate.

That is all.

Topic 17: A Style All My Own, If Money Were No Object

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Since I caught my niece’s tummy bug, and woke with a migraine, I am very happy that today’s theme requires almost no writing whatsoever. As you know, I have been doing about one topic each week from my friends’ 30 More challenge. I have to admit, too, that I started working on this one weeks ago, because it’s just fun! I get to share my personal style with you.

I love window-shopping, even if I don’t have the money to buy – just getting ideas is often helpful, and I can usually find similar looks at thrift stores or discount stores like Ross. So, without further ado (and so far, no need to run for the bathroom), I bring you my favorite looks:

This first one is what I look for when I shop for clothes – the hippy look is positively me. However, it can be hard to find just what works on my figure. I am really bummed that flare-leg jeans are no longer popular, as that would be all I would wear if I could get my hands on a pair that worked on my distinctly “mother-of-four” figure. And those bell bottoms with the green insert? I about fainted when I saw them!

Everyday Hippie
Roberto Cavalli, French Connection, Soprano
I love organic, hippie-ish, flowery, feminine clothes.

If I could, I would probably wear a long, flowy dress everyday of my life. I love the feeling of fabric wooshing and swishing about my legs, and the sense of freedom pants can never seem to give. Not to mention that long dresses and skirts make me feel more fairy-like and elfin than anything else. And who wouldn’t feel pretty and graceful if they felt like that?

I Feel like a Fairy
Free People, Roberto Cavalli, Free People
I adore wearing dresses – for no good reason. Especially ones that are very girly, very flowy, and unique.

Originally, I found the following shirt in a lovely shade of green-yellow, but since I put this together, it sold out. I am far too tired to bother trying to find another in the right color, so picture this shirt style in a rich green, and you get the idea.

Green & Gold
Anthropologie, Kendra Scott, Lucky Brand, Free People
Things that sparkle, and remind me of sunshine and leaves are my favorite accessories. And – a good example of shirt styles I…

Great. Now I want to go shopping.

What is your favorite style of clothes? Why is that? Do you have an item in your closet that screams your personality more than anything else you own? What is it?

This one has been fun, but I need to go lie down again – I’m feeling distinctly woozy.