Friday, May 21, 2010
I'm feeling feisty, ornery, restless today. I will definitely be working out! Need to get some of this excess energy OUT!
PET PEEVES AND/OR IDIOSYNCRASIES:
I must eat applesauce either really cold or really warm. Never room temp. YUCK!
I hate garden fresh tomatoes. I do love fresh-made Salsa, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, chili with chucks of tomato, etc. But NOT a "fresh off the vine-bite into it like an apple" tomato!
The toilet paper should have the paper pulling/hanging from the front-Not the back!
I HATE when people do not use turn signals!
I hate that kids today do not know to walk AGAINST traffic and bike WITH it.
I miss Saturday morning, regular tv, cartoons and after school specials. (anyone else remember those).
I really HATE that I can not get low-sodium food at restaurants.
It bothers me when people won't have a deep, meaningful conversation with me. Superficial doesn't cut it for me--Boring!
I hate that people who smoke have no real idea how bad their breath is. YUCK!
I hate when people/kids touch me with their bare feet.
I also hate "sticky" hands.
STUFF I LOVE THAT IS WEIRD:
I love the smell of leather, unlit/unsmoked cigarettes (it's the smell of fig newtons, I swear!), and coconut.
I will stop people and ask if I can feel their shirt/pants/coat, if it's an interesting texture--especially velvet!
I love to feel just buzzed heads! Summer-doos on boys!!!
I love hugs that stick. Are full arms around me and linger.
I am giddy over little girls with "sprouts" in their hair. (you know, the short pigtails that fountain off the tops of their heads)
I cry over commercials/movie/tv shows that have people doing favors for others. (good deed doers, or people who have transformations to do good. I'm a sucker!)
The sound of my DD talking in her sleep. It makes me smile every time!
When I call my BF and he answers with "Hello Beautiful".
My neighbors rose bush smells exactly how I picture Heaven smelling.
When someone compliments my DD--I am forever their friend.
I love eating things from the outside in; in a circular pattern. (like I'll eat around the outside of a hamburger, Reese's PB Cup, and then eat the inside. I realized I do this with my plate of salad too. I am so weird!)
I love to sing along with the radio--even when there are people in the car with me. It's like I can't help myself. And if people join me--all the better!
Have a sing-along kinda of day!!! (and be a bit forgiving to all those who are weird--you KNOW you are too!)
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Sometimes, nay, most of the time, I feel guilty for doing nothing. But ya know what? I deserve some nothing-time. I worked hard last week. I did good stuff! I can knock-off for a week and not feel guilty.
I'm still eating smart and moving more. I'm doing all that work.
I'm just taking a break from all the other stuff this week. I don't have to be Super Woman EVERY stinkin' day! I'm on a break from productivity! (and guilt)
I've got a study plan. I can do anything for 10-20 minutes a day, right? And, as we've all learned 10 minutes turns into 30 minutes and beyond in no time at all.
I'll start next week.
This week is all about doing NOTHING and LOVING it!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Volunteering to lead in a large-scale effort is not my natural inclination. I had been a helper in this massive effort for the previous 4 years; but this year was different, I stepped up to lead a project. I signed up for either painting or artistic painting. I sort-of ended up with neither.
My first duty was to contact the head of the organization I would be working with and ask lots of questions about what they do. The guy I talked to was difficult to track down and always seemed to be busy. Yet, we talked. He runs foster homes for kids who are in the foster system but who are not placed in a family home. His heart is for children who are older (10 years and up). The home my project was in is for boys 16 to 21. His heart is also for allowing these kids time to get jobs, places to live, further education, and an overall ability to really take care of themselves.
The first time I went out to see the sight first hand, I was overwhelmed. I thought I was doing a mural in one room. I was actually doing a mural in two rooms! And then, just to verify my insanity, I asked "Is there anything else you need done around here?" So I added a landscaping/gardening project to do as well. (I had to get approval, but figured it would work out, and it did).
I recruited a friend to help with the outdoor stuff. She was my outdoor go-to person the day of the project. And, bless her heart, she picked up the plants and tools necessary to complete the job the day before. (I wish I'd gotten a picture of her 4 door Seabring stuffed with plants, shovels, hoes and a wheelbarrow!
The actual day of the event we had over 400 projects going. Over 40 churches involved in the effort. And approximately 7000 (5300 from my church-yes, it's one of those mega churches) people dispersed throughout the city of Cincinnati, helping non-prophets. We take "run to those in need" very seriously!
^THIS IS A BEFORE SHOT OF THE HOUSE^
^HERE IS AN AFTER SHOT WITH THE OUTDOOR CREW^
They did weeding (including poisonous stuff), mulching, planting, & trimming on all four sides of the house. It's really had to tell from the pics what they accomplished--but they did make a difference!
We ended up using graphic stickers that I got to order off the internet. We choose a sports theme. I chose black and gray stickers due to the color of the walls (I could not change them) and due the fact that this is for 16 to 21 year old boys. I did not want the rooms to look too cutsie.
The graphic's company I ordered the "art" from sent us extra so we were able to do 3 rooms. (God is great!)
We also painted quotes in the stairwell:
^^^HERE'S ONE OF THEM^^^
^INDOOR CREW^ (I am in the red shirt, my daughter is on the far right)
And, because she'd kill me for not including what she worked on, so here's what my daughter did:
And if you haven't had enough-here's some more pictures:the first is indoor shots and second is outdoor.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
It's TWO days until my GO! Cincinnati Project. There is so much to do . Yet I am foiled at every step. I wanted to e-mail the people on my crew, but the link to their e-mail addresses won't work for me. The e-mail sent to them listed my 13 year old daughter as their Team Captain. How did that happen??? I have to run to church for project pick-ups tonight and tomorrow night. I have to figure out how to print maps without printer ink! I have a gazillion phone calls to make. I have to PRAY for no rain!
I also have school stuff to get done and I have to do some follow up on my kids summer camp plans. Then there is the feeling neglected boyfriend and daughter.
Okay, now that I have my list all organized in this crazy blog-I'm gonna get right on the stuff I do have control over. Have a great day. Have a great weekend. Please understand if you do not hear from me again for a few days.
Everything will be better next week!
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