Posted in 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes Friday


1. I tried to HTML thingy and it did NOT work for me. It just stayed in the HTML version; it didn’t become a pretty form or anything. Oh well! I guess I’m stuck with my old regular way!

2. Good intentions….road to hell paved with. It’s 3:06 in the afternoon and I have not gotten to the gym. I have, however, practiced lifting tubs of winter clothes from and then summer clothes to the closet, and then lifting mattresses with new sheets and blankets on them. So I worked out my biceps, right?

I did want to go on record as saying that when I weighed myself this morning, instead of 165 I saw 163.8. I’m not excited, because that falls within the normal parameters of my up and down weight. My body is very comfortable with between 163 and 165. Once I hit, say, 159, THEN I’ll start to get a little excited.

3. There is much commotion in our neighborhood right now. Yesterday, today and Monday they are dredging one of the roads and repaving it. It’s somewhat amusing to watch the school buses try to navigate around all the construction vehicles. I’m somewhat waiting for a collision–is that wrong?

4. I’m going on record as saying I HATE THE NEW FACEBOOK. I’ve given it more than a week. I’ve changed settings. I’ve subscribed and unsubscribed and jumped through hoops. I’ve listened to earnest friends try to convince me that it’s just so much better and I should really love it. And I still hate it. Stupid Mark Zuckerberg.

5. T minus one week and counting!! I’m so excited about our weekend away! And so very, very thankful that Jim’s mom is available to watch the kids. No way could we afford a babysitter for two full days! is predicting cool but sunny for the whole time, so it’s looking to be a good weekend! I’ll definitely give details once we’re back.

6. Jim’s been working at the office this week. Consequently, I got a lot done. I don’t know what it is about him working from home…it’s not even like his office is in the house! He has a little one set up in the garage! But for some reason, he stays home and my brain says LET’S DO NOTHING! I’m sure he’s not impressed!

7. I’m making my first “Fallish” meal this weekend: Beef Stew in the Crockpot. Mmmmmm! I love fall cooking so much more than any other season. Are you making anything special this week?

Posted in Health

First Day at Snap Fitness

I’m currently on rubber band legs. At least, though, I’m not feeling woowoo anymore.


First day there! I had fun. I worked hard for my first day on a treadmill in about 13 years (or so). I walked for 20 minutes (plus about a minute of cool down), equaling 1.12 miles. Then I sat on one of those gimundo balls and stretched back (owner showed me how) and stretched my thighs and calves. It felt GOOD.

Then I headed over to the ab coaster. No, that is not me in the picture. I am a girl. However, I would like those muscles someday!

It felt a little too easy until the trainer showed me how to do it. Then my face started pouring sweat. I did about 5 or so on it. Then he had me try out their pullup assist machine. (WordPress is currently freaking out, so I can’t post a picture of it. But here’s the link:

Trust me when I tell you I would be completely unable to pull up 165 lbs. No WAY. But their machine is clever. It TAKES AWAY WEIGHT, so you only pull up what you can handle. I first tried 60 lbs off. Too hard. Then he did 100 lbs. Too easy. I did four pullups on 70 lbs and was REALLY puffing. (meaning, I pulled up 95 lbs)

All in all, a terrific first day. I’m definitely going back tomorrow.

Posted in Health

Wellness Update

So I’ve talked about the fact that I joined a gym. I signed the paperwork and yesterday picked up my card thingy to unlock the door. I was ready to jump out of bed this morning and hit the treadmills.


Last night I stayed up til 11 reading. No biggie. I’ve done that many times.


4am. I woke up. WIDE AWAKE. Two hours early. I laid there. I pet my cat (who moved from my feet to my head so I could reach better). I rolled over. Repeatedly. I jumped (the cat did too) at the books that fell off the bookcase for no discernible reason. I laid there some more. I prayed. Finally, around 5:30 or so I think I fell back asleep. For my 6am alarm.

(insert geometry triangle dot thing that means therefore) I’m not going to SnapFitness this morning.

So there.

However, I will go on record with what I’m beginning with. I don’t know as I have the courage right now for a picture, but words work as well.

I am 5′ 1.5″ tall. I weigh 165 lbs. My BMI is 31.2. According to WebMD, “a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese.” I don’t think I LOOK obese, but I’m definitely rounded and fluffy in places that I’d rather be slim and curvy instead. I wear a size 12 pants and a Large top. I’d like to make those at least an 8 and a medium.

So there you have it. The beginning of my journey to a smaller more healthier me. It’s going to be a fun ride!

Posted in Cleaning, Health, To Do List

Taking a Quick Break

I’m in the middle of rearranging the furniture in the office. That would be my desk and two filing cabinets. And assorted items on my desk. Instead of my back facing the door, now my side will. This makes turning my head to see what devilment my little not-angels are up to so much easier. Plus they don’t have to look at my back all the time.


Oh, and I wanted to go on record as saying that I signed the paperwork at SnapFitness this morning. I am officially a member of a gym. Whoa. The undersides of arms are getting a little scared. They like all the flapping. I hate the flapping. HATE IT.

Posted in Funny, Me

I Think I Hit Middle Age

Yesterday our church had an “old fashioned Sunday School picnic”. Food, sack races, tug’o’war, peanut something or other (search? find?), pin the shoe on Pastor Nate (his picture, actually)…a good time was had by all. Jim and I led worship and got all our equipment set up and taken down.

We came home and took naps. Seriously. We walked in the door, I made sure the perishable stuff was dealt  with, I used the bathroom and wham–I fell asleep on the couch. And still slept fine last night.

The average female lifespan in America is (according to google) 78.7. At almost 43, I’m definitely past the half-way mark if one is being specific. (although I can definitely handle 86 if I’m healthy and of sound mind and still have Jim). So middle age, yeah. I think I’m there.

Posted in 7 Quick Takes, Christian, Health, Vacation

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. Wow. THAT week flew by! Did everyone notice more posts from me, didja, huh, didja? I am trying to do what I said I’d do!!

2. We went to bed in summer and woke up firmly in fall. I LOVE IT. It was 40 when I got up. It’s supposed to go up to 65 today. This summer wasn’t HORRIBLE, but Fall is just way better. Plus, we only had ONE DAY of rain this week. That, after all we’ve had, is a miracle!

3. One of my favorite authors, Gayle Roper, just put out a new book. I LOVE when that happens! Shadows on the Sand is a good read, well written and worth it. If you are broke, just head to your local library!

4. T minus 3 weeks and counting for our anniversary getaway. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. This is what we’ll be doing on Saturday. Doesn’t it look FUN?! Yeah, I know, I need to get out more.

5. I had the honor and privilege of delivering food to a family that had none this week. N. O. N. E. The father of five opened his fridge and showed me two shelf-stable cartons of milk. That was it. Our organization, the Parkesburg Churches Community Outreach, is getting more and more requests. The economy is really hitting so many people hard! Having been close to that this year, I’m very grateful for Jim’s job!

6. I just started reading a new book, The PCOS Diet Plan. I’ve known I had PCOS for more than 11 years now. When I was diagnosed with prediabetes, I made some immediate changes in my diet to started medication to treat it and am now no longer considered prediabetic. However, part of PCOS is having insulin resistance. And a lot of those changes I made those many years ago have ceased. I’ve already said I need to lose weight. I also need to take better care of myself, nutritionally. I’m hoping this book is a good place to start.

7. I’m going in, folks. Today is the day that I delve into the bins of children’s clothes and figure out what they have and what they need. This is, hands down, one of my least favorite things to do. If you don’t hear from me by tomorrow, send in a search part!

8. Oh, and I’m adding this quick “awkward parent conversation” as an extra. Backstory: Laura was too vigorous with the soap between her legs and ended up with some major irritation in her urethra. Water, Tylenol, bath with baking soda…all fine. While I was trying to describe where her urethra was, she asks “what’s the thing in the middle?”

I’m really hoping it’s just her vagina, but I asked “you mean the thing that sticks out?”

“Yes.” oh joy. Boys are so much easier!

“That’s your clitoris”

“What’s it do?”

Jim’s in the living room (we’re in the kitchen) and starts laughing. The jerk.

“Um….it’s for when you’re married. It’s for sex.”

“Oh.” Thank goodness no more questions!

Posted in Cleaning, Clutter, To Do List

The Second Week of Freedom

Ok, that’s a little over the top, I’ll admit it.

But still…peace and quiet during the day cannot be overrated!!

Last week I didn’t do a whole lot but sit on my butt, relax and enjoy the peace. My reward to myself for surviving the end of the summer and the incessant “MOMOMOMOMOMOM” that I heard.

This week is a bit different. 🙂 I’m setting that timer for 15 minutes and getting things done, bit by bit. Going through things. Throwing things out. Cleaning that darn playroom. Just because I can’t stand it one more second. And hey, I found a book that Ethan has been missing and therefore crying over. THAT made it worth it!

I don’t know what it is about family being home that renders me incapable of getting things done, but I’m oh, so grateful that I make up for it when they aren’t around.

Posted in Menu Planning Monday

Menu Planning Monday

Whew! I haven’t done one of these in a LONG time!

Mon: Popcorn Shrimp, bread, carrots/salad

Tues: Pork Roast (prob on grill), rice, green beans

Wed: Meatloaf, potatoes, honey carrots

Thur: Hot dogs, mac’n’cheese, carrots sticks (Karate)

Fri: Ham, noodles, carrots sticks (yes, again!)

Sat: DiGiorno (2–one with breadsticks and one with COOKIES!)

Sun: Church Picnic. If anyone is still hungry, we’ll do sweet and sour pork stir fry with the leftovers.

Posted in 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. If I could, I would send the rain we are getting to Texas. The rain has been non-stop. Before Irene, we had the most rain ever recorded in one month. We were saturated. Then Hurricane Irene. Then some unseasonable wet weather. Then the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee. People, we are WET. Thankfully, our home (and most of the neighborhood) is on high ground. We haven’t had any problems personally other than losing power from Irene. And that was more of a nuisance than anything. But hey, God, if you want to take the rain to Texas, please do so. We won’t mind a bit!

2. My friend, Julie, posted this on Facebook this morning. I’m in love.

The lyrics are here if you want.

3. I’m reading Colossians this week. Huh. Spell check doesn’t like that word! Well, PPPBBBTTT to spell check! Rabbit Hole! So, I’m reading Colossians this week, and reading a college NT bible course textbook with it. I love reading the bible (when I make myself actually SIT and READ), but I also love all the background stuff that it doesn’t tell you–which is why I’m loving this textbook. It’s almost like a sermon without the “here’s how you should change your life” part. It gives the background of the time, the people, the archeology involved. Its’ GREAT. If you want to do something similar, here it is. You can get it on Amazon and probably CBD as well.

4. We had back to school night at the local elementary. I poked Jim a few minutes into it and said “Do you realize this is our 6th one?” Kindergarten seems eons ago. Bennett and Laura are both “kindergarten helpers” even. The years are flying by, People. FLYING BY.

5.Pursuant to #4, I have really enjoyed my first week at home. I always try to get at least a few days to myself once they hit school. Jim’s been home some, and my brother visited (more on that next), but it’s been, by and large, a nice and quiet week. BLISS.

6. Ok, so my brother….he called Tuesday afternoon and says he wants to visit before going back to Florida (he’s a snow bird–summers in Rehoboth Beach, De and everything else West Palm, FL). He’s leaving next Tuesday. He can’t do the weekends. When can he come? Thursday, as I said, was back to school night and Friday is karate, so only Wednesday would work. So he left, turned around to get fudge and candy from the boardwalk for us (nice!), and came up 95. Trying to get off at 202, there was  a big accident. He was stopped completely. Finally got past that. Got to the 30 bypass and whoops! TONS of rain (See #1). They were going 15 mph. Normally 55-70. He finally got off at our exit and drove the 2 miles to our neighborhood. Which he couldn’t get into because of a creek flooding onto the highway (See #1) and it was completely closed off. Jim had him turn around, go back down the road to the previous exit off the highway, pass our exit and then do a U-Turn. He finally got here more than 3 hours after he originally left! Thankfully, he viewed it as an “adventure” and was fine. 🙂

7. We’re leaving for our anniversary getaway in four weeks. Jim’s mom is going to watch the kids Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. I cannot WAIT!

Posted in School, To Do List

It’s the Best Day Ever….

The title is a song from Phinneas and Ferb, if you didn’t know.

I’M ALONE. I’ve talked to my mom, I’ve checked email and Facebook and I’m even blogging!

I’ve got a huge to-do list, but I’m not in any massive hurry to start. It’s pouring outside, so going to the bank and the library are a little less appealing!

I think I’ll go and spend some time with God. That would be a good way to start my alone time, doncha think? 🙂