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Wednesday, December 31, 2008


So, after much some thought, I have decided on my new resolutions.

~ say what I mean and do what I say
~ focus on the attributes I like about people
~ listen more and take longer to pipe in
~ embrace imperfection
~ keep my internal body clean
~ know God better

I do these things because I like:
~ feeling good about myself
~ having friends
~ understanding what people are saying and meaning
~ feeling relaxed and confident
~ feeling healthy
~ receiving heavenly guidance

What are you resolved about from this day forward?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Family Christmas Photo

Adhis: Ok, I've got the timer ready. Hold the baby. We've gotta have the dog; he's family.


David: Hey! I wasn't looking!
Adhis: I wasn't ready either. I'll grab the dog quicker this time.


Adhis: She keeps looking at the dog. One more.


Adhis: Hm.
David: Forget the dog.
Adhis: OK.


Adhis: She's still looking at the dog.
David: What's with the hook thing in your hair?
Adhis: I'll get her to look at the camera. BabyDhis, look! (snap, snap)


Adhis: That's not working. How about we just hold the camera up close?
David: OK.

David: Uh, that's too close.
Adhis: Oops, I had it zoomed in. Wipe her face.


David: I'm barely squeezing into the photo. We've gotta leave for church soon.
Adhis: OK, one more.
David: OK.


Adhis: (sigh) Good enough?
David: Good enough.

Ciao, everyone!
May your Christmas be good enough!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Baby Haikus

Sits in her walker
hoping for poop to come out.
Grunts. Only a toot.

Little runny eyes,
slight fever, feeling crappy.
Manage feeble smile.

My big yellow friend:
feathers tickle, beak kisses,
always by my side.

I am filled with joy
sitting in a swing; I reach
for the sky with Mom.

Monday, December 15, 2008

50% Decorated

I dread putting the tree and its lights up every year. That is my least favorite thing about Christmas in the history of all Christmases. Our tree is one we got for free, so it's not an easy 3-piece one. Ours has 300 pieces like Heidi's. This year, David said he'd help me, and then, he ACTUALLY HELPED ME. It was a superbly magical event! Angels sang, branches got fluffed, spouses still loved each other afterward.

I almost left the tree bare for another day or three in my procrastination of putting on the lights, but I decided to bite the bullet rather than gnaw on the electrical cord any longer. Fortunately, this year I had 2 boxes of garland lights and that made the lighting go much faster. I just had to fill in the bare spots with regular lights. (Poo, lights! You're just regular strands. I spit on you!) I didn't bother with creating any tinkling twinkling effects. Everything is just on. Once I got past the crappy stuff, the ornaments and ribbon went on fairly quick.

OK. I know that all of you come to my blog for home decorating ideas, so here is another installment for your crafting pleasure. (/sarcasm)

I don't like paying full price for stuff unless it's something I'm going to use regularly. Christmas decor does not fall into the "regularly" category.

7.5ft tree= free (on
Bows= $1, day after Christmas
Garland lights= $5, day after Christmas
Tree skirt= $10, day after Christmas
Glass ornaments= $2.50-3.50, day after Christmas
Ceramic ornaments= free (on
100yds wired holiday Ribbon= $2, day after Christmas

16" wreath= $1.50, day after Christmas
Brass and crystal Hurricane= $5, day after Christmas
Small glass ornaments= price forgotten (bought 7+ years ago)
Candle= 25¢ at D.I. thrift store

Bows and glass ornaments= leftover from tree
Plastic Glittered Snowflakes= $1, day after Christmas

Pure-bred yappy Cairn Terrier= free (on
Dog costume= $3.50, day after Christmas
Annoying the dog= PRICELESS

You may have noticed a pattern in my spending. Avoid the mistake I made the first year I shopped the day after the holy celebration; I came home with a couple hundred dollars worth of "50% off" Christmas stuff and completely fried my husband's "trying to understand women" circuit board. I ended up returning more than half my stash a few hours later. No sale saves you money if you're buying things you don't need or really really want.

Be warned: Shopping the day after Christmas bears a little resemblance to Black Friday, the main difference being that the crowds are comprised mostly of estrogen. Don't let the excuse-me's, pardon's, and oh-you-first's throw you into a false sense of safety. They may be smiling as they jam their carts up and down aisles, but the desperate crazed look in those women's eyes clearly flash "don't even THINK about grabbing that last lighted holly garland!" The whole thing feels like a polite, yet manic, Enrichment night.

Last year, I stepped away from my cart and when I turned back to it, I realized someone had taken the last of a particular wired ribbon out of my cart. Gone. Along with that person's integrity. You bet I'll be back this year though, perhaps, with Sarah's pitbull in tow.

See you in the seasonal aisles on the 26th! And keep your hands off my cart!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Me in a Fishbowl

Ok, so I was trying to stay all calm and nonchalant, but Harmony blew my cover in the last post, and I've received a couple emails about this, so I might as well twirl and glee with it.

Remember this?
This week, Sue at Navel Gazing posted the list of writers whose writings made it into the book.

Lookie! Lookie!

It's me! I'm blog famous!
(Sort of.)
And it has happened in perfect timing of my decision to cut back on online time. Yey- hooray- hiphip!

The book will be available for purchase soon and proceeds go to the Nie Recovery Fund.

Sue has over 700 subscribers. Some of them are peeping in on me right now. (You, the one breathing down my neck, please step back a little.) (And ... here's a Tic-Tac.)

Ahhhh! the pressure! The ever crushing pressure!
Just act normal... just act normal...

TEEEheee heeee bwaHA! [/nervous laugh]


[Posted song: "Trendy" by Reel Big Fish]

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Easy Meals

I love my local hometownish grocery store. They often have sales revolving around themes and often address the interests of the community.

Here, they offer suggestions for easy meals during the rush-rush of the holiday season.

Seems helpful enou-- wait a minute--

Pizza? Check.

Lasagna? Check.

Bread? Uh... not a meal, but ok, you can make sandwiches. Semi-check.

Cereal? Well, sure... why not. Check.

Shampoo? Conditioner?

Ok, it may be easy to prepare, but will it leave my stomach shiny and touchably soft?

I guess in tough economic times, we all gotta make tough economic choices.

Here is a FOR-REAL easy meal, high on flavor, low on suds.

Mexican Rice and Veggie Skillet
(from Pillsbury's Easy Vegetarian Meals)

1 (15oz.) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5oz) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (10oz.) can mild enchilada sauce (or whatever degree of heat you prefer)
1 cup water
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1½ cups uncooked instant brown rice

a) In large nonstick skillet, combine all ingredients except rice; mix well. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 18-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, stirring occasionally. (Oops. Just realized I've never stirred it.)

b) Remove skillet from heat. Fluff mixture with fork. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste. (I don't think it needs salt and pepper.)

Yields: 4 (1½-cup) servings

I serve this with warm flour or wheat tortillas and shredded cheddar.
Enjoy sorbet for dessert.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bouncing Baby Girl

If you haven't heard already or seen my tired face...

At 6-months old, I decided it was time for Baby Dhis to start her 'stunt baby' training. Yesterday, I was walking down the stairs carrying BabyDhis in my left arm and her car seat in my right hand. Then, I tripped.

I used my left hand to reach for the banister to catch myself. The next thing I found myself thinking was "Is that a doll?" as I watched a little body bounce off the steps.

I watched her fall, bounce off a step, flip upside-down, bounce onto the top of her head, twist sideways, bounce off another step, roll off the bottom step and land on her back with a thud. She then emitted a WHATTHEFETCHWASTHAT! scream.

I was incredulous at first, but as I absorbed what had happened, I began imagining what the damage might be. Not a good thing.

I cried and screamed, "I'm sorry! I'm so sorry!" as I ran down the stairs and tears flooded my face. I dropped the car seat and scooped the screaming baby. It took me a minute or two to realize I was the one screaming the loudest. I tried calling David on the phone, but my hand was shaking. The dog was worked up and was jumping up and down snapping at my arm with the baby. It was a House of Hysterics.

I got a hold of a nurse at the pediatrician's office and brought BabyDhis in. She was checked out and there was no serious injury detected. I was given instructions on what to look for (scream of pain when moved, unable to be woken up, swelling) and what not to do (no Tylenol or pain medicine; they want to know how much pain she's in). Additionally, I was given instruction to wake up twice in the middle of the night and check on her to make sure she was still breathing (assuming I was going to be able to sleep).

Dhis ended up being fine but cranky and sore all day. I was physically and emotionally drained and in need of sleep for the rest of the day.

On top of the times I checked on her last night, Baby Dhis woke me up twice, but I wasn't annoyed at all. I was just glad she was breathing and alive.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Quadrant II

If you're wondering where I've been... I've been here... looking at the bar on the side of my blog that states I posted 23 entries in November. That's just not right.

It now seems pretty obvious why I haven't had "enough time" in the day to live my life.

Marriage Business Family Health Rest Play Church Friends Finances Home Maintenance
have all been getting scraps of me.
And the poor dog has been getting the shaft. Poor, poor doggie.

blogs email news web-surfing to-do lists
have been getting the best of me.

Yeah- something's outtawhack.

Stephen Covey Sr. created a chart to show the relationship between the urgency and the importance of a task. Everything we do falls into one of those four categories. (

"Urgent" means it demands your attention right this minute.

QI: Important and urgent
Recommended reaction: Do it now.

QII: Important, not urgent
Recommended reaction: Decide when to do it.

QIII: Urgent, not important
Recommended reaction: Delegate it.

QIV: Not urgent, not important
Recommended reaction: Dump it.

"Dr. Covey’s advice is to spend as much time as possible working on things which are important, but not urgent (Quadrant II). This will take the pressure off in the future, as the 'not urgent' things are completed and do not have a chance to become 'urgent'." (excerpt from

I was reminded about this easy way to prioritize when I read an article by Martha Beck the other day. I followed her advice to take 20-30 slips of paper and write on each everything that I could, should, want to, plan to, and dream to do. (I actually ended up filling out 40 slips.) Then, I divided each of those slips of paper into different categories, per her instructions, and ended up with 4 piles that corresponded with the 4 quadrants above. Imagine my chagrin when I went through the Quadrant 4 pile and found that most of the things in there were things I did EVERY SINGLE DAY for MOST OF THE DAY. Boy, that was an eye-opener! I felt a little sick to my stomach as I suddenly realized how many parts of my life have been slowly wilting.

Beck pointed out that while we all have to spend time in Quadrant I, we feel the most fulfilled when we spend our time in Quadrant II. Those tasks bring us the most satisfaction and fill most of our needs and desires.

In the vein of living a more enriching life, I'm gonna slow it down a bit in the blogging department. Don't cry for me. You'll like me much better this way.

[Posted song: "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by The Byrds]
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an off hand way
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but its sinking
And racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in the relative way, but youre older
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the english way
The time is gone, the song is over, thought Id something more to say

Home, home again
I like to be here when I can
And when I come home cold and tired
Its good to warm my bones beside the fire
Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells.

"Time" by Pink Floyd

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cutting It

Baby Dhis has been sleeping through the night, which should mean I've been getting more sleep, but I've been a bad girl by staying up way too late. I recently recommitted myself to taking care of my health by getting enough rest at night.

Last night, Baby Dhis started teething.

is over.