The Neighbor.. Again

I am considering making Dillan a regular on my blog. That kid is a hoot. Like a really funny owl. He knocked on my door when the kids and I were gone, and only The Man was home. Remember when Dillan is nine?The Man: Hey Dillan; what's up?Dillan: Hey. Can Eli play?The Man: No, sorry. He isn't home right now.Dillan (pauses): Are you guys moving to Washington?The Man: Well, it's a possibility.Dillan (with the straightest face EVER): Like, how much? What's the percentage?The Man (stifles giggle in the face of the most serious 9yo in the world): Uhm, I can't...

The Things You Learn

Through all of this lay off crapola (yes, it is a word. Look it up. If it isn't there, get a new dictionary.) I have realized a few things about myself:I do not like to exercise or keep to my schedule (hence my load of laundry, my list of books read, and my once again chubby belly. BAH)Also, I am an emotional eater (hence, my chubby belly and the ever growing pile o junk food)Finally, I use hence more often. hence.To stick to my plan of yelling (in my mind) SUCK IT SATAN as often as possible, I am going...

BAH

I do not sleep well when my husband is out of town. My mind goes a gazillion miles per hour and no longer coincide with my body schedule the second The Man leaves the city. Yesterday, he and some other boys drove to Nampa, Idaho to test for their fire department. I made my kids tuck me in for a change of pace and read Water for Elephants until my eyes were bleary. About three hours into the middle of the night, I awoke and couldn't go back to sleep. I turned my side table lamp on and finished reading....

Neighbors

Sometimes you hear horror stories about neighbors. We certainly have our fair share of weirdos on our street, the least of which is one neighbor with an uncanny resemblance to Kirk from Gilmore Girls. But, this week, I was reminded why neighbors can be awesome. The following conversation took place between me and the 9 year-old-oh-so-innocent boy next door. I love him, and I will cry if we have to move away from him.Me: Hey, Dillan, come on in. Eli is almost done with his school work. You can go upstairs to his room and play, or you can work...

Nuhm-bers

2 The number of m's on Taco Bell's "Coming Soon" sign. Sigh. It's as if they hate me.3 The number of Gilmore Girls episodes I watched in bed yesterday1 the number of papers I wrote this week (all in all not many)2 the number of newsletters I am supposed to write and publish this week10 the number of random things that keep bouncing through my brain at 6:30 am because I keep forgetting to do them2 the number of needles my sewing machine ate as if to say "in your face loser."10 the number of cold piggies attached to the...

Sam

Scene: the dinner table mid-dinner somewhere between threat and punishment number 11 all geared toward Samuel (4 years old).Me: Sam! Sit UP, son. Have manners or leave my table.Sam: (in a super sweet voice, just quiet enough to blend in with the other three conversations happening at my table) you are stupid.Me: (eyes narrow, teeth clench, spanking hand revs up!)WHAT did you just say to me?Sam: (in an even sweeter OH-how-I-love-you-voice)You are pretty. (followed by the smile of innocent)Me: I do NOT think you just said that. I THINK you said a bad word, and if you do NOT stop...

Don’t Ask if You Don’t Want to Know

I often tell my children not to ask questions if they don't want to know the answers. Do I look cute? Well, I would change....Do these jeans make my butt look fat? A little.Do you think I am rude? Sometimes.DON'T ASK if you don't want to know. This is a motto that could never be said enough. So, when the douche bags at Bank of America asked me what I thought of my last customer service experience, I told them:Over a decade ago, Bank of America "shined" when money was taken out of my account by mistake (YOUR mistake, not...

Frugal MaGoo

That's my code name.My friend Jessica Locke introduced me to the world of couponing on a whole new level. She invited me over for a one on one tutorial of how to work the neighborhood Walgreens for the best deals. There is some planning involved, but these crazy ladies make it a lot easier. Check out these websites for some smokin' deals:Totally TargetWild for WagsDiscount QueensFrugal Coupon LivingThese are my favorite. There are some repeat deals, but worth looking into. Now that The Man is nearing the receipt of his final paycheck, I am trying to do whatever I can...

Keep the Sabbath

Keeping the Sabbath is vital to my well-being. It's vital to yours as well or the Bible wouldn't tell you to be a part of it. Actually, it says to remember it. So, each Sunday, I relax, rest, remember, reflect, and usually I read. Today I am sort of doing all of those. Yesterday, my shuggah-mamma, Erin H. agreed to peruse the book store with me. Then, she bought me books and a desk-top Office quote of the day calendar. One of the books is by a favorite author, Rob Bell. This one is called Drops Like Stars. I started...

Psalm 127

For anyone who doubts that reading your Bible is not worth the time, I have to disagree. Now, I know what you are thinking, "Of course reading the Bible is worth my time." But tomorrow morning you follow that up with, "UGH, I just don't have time to read my Bible." Sort of two different sentences, but sort of not.We all have the same amount of time, really. It's what we put as our greatest priority that gets our resources, time, focus, and energy. I say all of this not to point fingers (although mocking IS one of my gifts),...

Doubt

OH THE DOUBT.Where do you stuff it when it is too big to fit anywhere inconspicuously?So, suckiness is happening. My first reaction is a desperate need to have an answer to the questions.Then, I said, "Lord help me not to need answers."This is the toughest spot I have ever found myself in. God has equipped me to be a problem solver, a leader, a go-getter, a warrior, a take-no-crap-from-nobody girl. He has also created me just as he created everyone else: in need of Him alone.So as I look around me, I am scrambling to find that sweet spot in...

Meloncholy- My Man Got Laid Off Today. Big Sigh.

So many times when you go through tough times you hear people say really great encouraging words. You may even think them yourself. You may do a good job at keeping perspective. You may have great faith and confidence in what God has for you. And still, you can feel melancholy through it all.It's good to remember that having strong faith in God's plans for you doesn't mean you have to be an annoying cheer leader or super bubbly all of the time. You don't have to have an incessant fake smile on your face.You can be sad. You can...

Storm by Lifehouse

how long have i been in this stormso overwhelmed by the ocean's shapeless formwaters getting harder to treadwith these waves crashing over my headif i could just see youeverything would be alrightif i could see youthis darkness would turn into lightand i will walk on waterand you will catch me if i falland i will get lost into your eyesI know everything will be alrightI know everything is alrighti know you didn't bring me out here to drownso why am i ten feet under and upside downbarely surviving has become my purposecause i'm so used to living underneath the surfaceif...