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For Today

FOR TODAY November 28, 2011

Outside my window…Unseasonably warm and sunny.

I am thinking…about scheduling Laura’s MRI

I am thankful… that I haven’t caught the virus. Yet.

In the kitchen…tonight is a rotisserie chicken per my husband’s request. Also a LOT of leftover turkey. TOO MUCH.

I am wearing… black shirt with Braille on it, great jeans and black clogs.

I am creating… a menu for the week and a grocery list.

I am going… to the grocery store and then Ethan’s dentist appointment.

I am wondering… when Intuit is going to fix the bugs in their system when it talks to my bank. It’s been almost 2 months and I’m getting annoyed.

I am reading… At Home In Mitford by Jan Karon. Re-reading, actually, for about the dozenth time.

I am hoping… that my husband gets over this virus soon. And that the MRI finds out what’s wrong with Laura.

I am looking forward to… the Christmas season and all the fun it has.

I am hearing…the Mickey Mouse club in the Playroom. Ethan’s home today and listening to it. Otherwise it’s been all Christmas music all the time.

Around the house… my desk is, yet again, a complete disaster zone!

I am pondering… what time I’ll actually sit down and work on my bible study that we’re doing tomorrow.

One of my favorite things… the sunshine streaming through the front door.

A few plans for the rest of the week… women’s Bible study tomorrow, hopefully an MRI for Laura (although it might be next week instead), putting up the tree and decorating the house, Christmas shopping online.


Thanks, Jen, for this idea!

Posted in 7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes Friday

1. 4 1/2 weeks until Christmas. I’ve started shopping, I admit it. Just a few things, but it feels good to be at least started.

2. I hosted Thanksgiving yesterday. Even though I bought the darn thing last Friday, our 21 lb turkey was still not thoroughly thawed when I started cooking it and therefore was not quite finished (ok, 45 mins to an hour late!) when we tried to carve it. Sigh. Thank goodness for my BIL, who took over and dealt with the re-roasting and carving and all those wonderful things. I love my BIL!

3. Pursuant to #1, we succumbed to the Wii. WalMart was having a very good sale and we finally agreed that we would spend some of that holiday money on it. Five of us will forgo some of our regular present money for the privilege, Ethan being the loan hold out. Wii’s tend to be someone visual in nature, so I’m thinking he won’t be playing with it much! 😀

4. One of the things I love about the Thanksgiving holiday is Friday. It feels like Saturday right now, but it’s NOT! We get an extra day to sleep in and relax!

5. Laura has been having some physical problems of late. We saw the pediatrician. Twice. She referred us to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Although I’ve been to their satellite office, I’ve never driven into the city. YIKES. I got lost (thank goodness for Jim’s TomTom!), but we finally got there and met the surgeon, Dr. No-Bedside-Manner. He didn’t say hello and certainly didn’t apologize for being an HOUR late to our appointment. He thought her problem was on the surface and prescribed some cream. I thought he was wrong, but was willing to go along with it. 1 1/2 weeks later, no improvement. So now we will be scheduling an MRI, which is very scary for Laura. She even started to lie about feeling better because she was so scared about it. I called her on it and she confessed. I’m very glad I know my kids very well! I’m currently waiting on a call back from the scheduling nurse. I’m hoping the MRI helps diagnose what in the world is going on!

6. My kids are addicted to the DS game Mario Kart. They go “head to head” between themselves and with friends. I’ve never seen a more popular game in this house. If you are looking for suggestions for DS, I highly recommend it.

7. Instead of fighting the incredibly early Christmas music (at the store and on the radio), I have embraced it this year and have actually enjoyed it! Jim and I are both already ready to decorate and get into the holiday spirit. I should have done this years ago!

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7 Quick Takes Friday

1. Well Hello everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I last posted, and I’m real sorry about that. It’s balancing wanting to post with having not a whole lot to say and not wanting to bore you, my faithful readers!

2. Just a little over 7 weeks until Christmas. This makes me feel somewhat twitchy, as I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet. By now I usually have some idea of what I’m going to buy and I haven’t even started that process yet. We have a large family and a LOT of people on our list, so it’s a fairly involved process. We’re talking about getting the kids (ok, and us too!) a Wii. That would, however, greatly reduce the amount of presents under the tree, because a Wii ain’t cheap. Thoughts?

3. Speaking of Christmas, the youngest child is still holding FIRMLY to the idea of Santa. We never–literally never–encouraged this, but the schools did. They even sent home “reindeer food” for heaven’s sake! She’ll be nine in March, so I’m of the opinion that this has GOT TO STOP. But even when she asked last year if he existed and I told her the truth, she refused to believe me. What does one do with that?

4. Our women’s bible study at church is studying the book of Colossians. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, as our pastor’s wife, Summer, graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and actually WROTE the study. The book is very challenging to understand and I’m really loving digging into it.

5. Daylight Savings ends on Sunday. Thusly, it will be easier to get my children up in the morning. I really wish we would just do away with the whole practice. I think it made sense when we were an agrarian, candle-lit society. Not now. However, I don’t think the United States Government really cares what I think.

6. Ironic moment: YEARS ago, my left next-door neighbor’s daughter told me that my right next-door neighbor’s daughter was talking about being a lesbian. I called my right next-door neighbor’s ex-wife (long story), who was a Christian and I thought deserved to know what she was saying. She was happy I called, because she wanted to know, and talked about how her daughter was most likely going through a teenage stage. Fast forward to today, when that woman posted on Facebook that she was attending her daughter’s wedding to her girlfriend. Hmmmm.

7. This week may or may not include my first time on jury duty. I’ve been “called” for November 9 and 10, but I have to call the night before both days to see if they need me. I cannot serve on a long-term trial because of not having anyone to take care of the kids, but I could do a day or two. In a moment of “Really?”, it appears my father has also been called for the same two days.

8. We survived the crazy snowstorm last weekend. I ended up not getting together with a group of our friends, but almost had an accident in the morning and was feeling nervous about it. All in all, we got about 4 inches or so. In October. With green grass and leaves still on the trees. It was very, very weird.

Happy Friday everyone!