Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Points To Ponder

A co-worker emailed this to me. I thought it was surely worth sharing.

This should be posted in every school! Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn't care about yourself-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up,it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Christmas List

Umm yeah, a random listing...read it and weep...out of sheer boredom

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Gift bags…except for Christmas gifts, anything under the tree…wrapped…with pretty bows and ribbon.

2. Real tree or Artificial?


3. When do you put up the tree?

The weekend after thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down?

Theoretically, the weekend after New Years, but it has taken me as long as March to get it all put away.

5. Do you like eggnog?

Not really, but I humor my family every year with one sip of it for a toast on Christmas Eve. Hubs, on the other hand drinks gallons of it every Fall/Winter.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?

My very first electric Keyboard. I had it for MANY years until it finally blew up. The following Christmas, Santa brought me a new one that was HUGE and I still have it to this day. Mini Me plays it when it isn’t a good time for her to be tinkering on the piano in the Living Room.

7. Hardest person to buy for?

My Father. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of things I KNOW he would like. The trick is that they either cost a buck or two or a couple hundred dollars. (This year, he asked for a mug) For crying out loud dad, I am a grown woman; give me something I can work with!

8. Easiest person to buy for?

Mini Me

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

No, I almost bought one this year, but we are pushed for storage and display space in our tiny abode.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?

Christmas cards….I buy them every year, sign them, stuff them but never get around to mailing them. Sorry everyone.
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?

I can’t think of one.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?

A Claymation Christmas

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Usually around December first, BUT—this year I braved Black Friday. It really paid off, but I will probably never do that again. I am still emotionally scarred and sleep deprived. I couldn’t sleep the night before, so I gathered up the others (my sisters) and we left for the Wally World around 3am with coffee in hand.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

No, but I have recycled the neat canisters and tins I receive with goodies in them. Sorry if you have ever gotten your own back.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Anything that isn’t nailed down.

16. Lights on the tree? Is there an option?

The more color, the better. Our star even has tiny colored bulbs on it. Picture something from the seventies.

17. Favorite Christmas song?

Nicole C. Mullen’s Emmanuel
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Anything on Josh Groban’s Noel CD
Anything a child sings. I love hearing children sing Christmas songs, don’t you?

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?

There’s no place like home!

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Yes, but not without singing the intro to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?

Star. (See number 16 for details)

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?

We go to my grandmother’s home on Christmas Eve and open up gifts from her. Then Mini Me picks out ONE gift from under the tree at home to open before she goes to bed.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?

The lack of consideration and patience in people. Stop fighting over parking spots. Start showing some kindness and humility.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?

I love homemade stuff. Even before I had a child I still loved crafty stuff. My favorite ornament is a really old one that is on my parent’s tree. As a child I wasn’t allowed to touch it or any of the really old ones. Every year I try to find one similar for my tree.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

Anything that isn’t nailed down!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?

A cat, but that is out of the question. Hubs is allergic to cats.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

The holidays are here in full swing. This is my favorite time of year. I am fortunate to be able to spend some extra time with my family, do some really fun crafty things (ask Mini Me about her fun with food) and bake/cook some victuals that I rarely have throughout the year. Before I know it, 2008 will be coming to a close and 2009 will bring some new adventures. I hope to be able to take the time a bit later, to list some of the memorable moments of 2008.
Until then, here is a little Thanksgiving humor…..


T’was the night of Thanksgiving, I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned - the dark meat and white,
But I fought the temptation with all of my might.
Tossing and turning with anticipation
The thought of a snack became infatuation!
So I raced to the kitchen, flung open the door
And gazed at the fridge, full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey and buttered potatoes
Pickles and carrots, beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling so plump and so round,‘
Til all of a sudden I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling, floating into the sky
With a mouthful of pudding and a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell as I soared past the trees…
Happy eating to all - Pass the cranberries please.
May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious, May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Next Four Years

The next four years will not be spent being negative about who our president is. Instead, I will pray for him and our Congress. After all, it can't be easy being in charge of millions of people.

The next four years will not be wished away. I will use this time wisely to teach my daughter about politics, government, and most of all right and wrong. She is a future voter, and if I spend this time trashing our government, what is she going to learn from that?

The next four years will be a time of change. I am a creature of habit, but I am learning to embrace change. After all, if I did not, what kind of wife, mother and friend would I really be?

The next four years will be spent enjoying life. I have high hopes for the next four years, regardless of the state of our Union. I will see Hubs celebrate his 30th, Mini Me hit the double digits and start middle school (YIKES!), and spend countless hours playing Mancala, doing arts and crafts, taking road trips, cooking meals for us to enjoy together, and growing in our relationship with God.

The next four years will be what I make of them. Where do you see yourself four years from now?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

A man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween night, when behind him he hears:BUMP...BUMP...BUMP...Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him.BUMP...BUMP...BUMP...Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him.FASTER...FASTER...BUMP...BUMP...BUMP....He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping.clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP...on his heels, as the terrified man runs.Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.With a loud CRASH the casket breaks down the door.Bumping and clapping toward him.The man screams and reaches for something, anything, but all he can find is a bottle of cough syrup! Desperate, he throws the cough syrup at the casket...and,

The coffin stops.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

Scenario: You're buried at work and buried at home. There is so much to be done, but there just aren't enough hours in a day to complete every task on your "to-do" list. The stress is getting to you. Your focus is suffering, your work is suffering, your family is suffering. You have the opportunity to take a day off, with pay (Thank the Lord for personal days). What do you do with that day?

a. Get away from it all. You need time for you. You haven't spent any time on yourself in a looong time. Look at your hair! It hasn't been cut in weeks/months/years! When was the last time you relaxed and read a good book or saw a movie, or treated yourself to a cup of tea at the downtown cafe...ALONE!?!?! Slept in?!?! Watched the Price is Right?!!

b. The night before your day off, you go to bed early and rise early. Get up, put on your crushing music, your comfy sneakers, hat and apron. You are determined to conquer the umteen billion loads of dirty AND clean laundry that have invaded your bedroom. You are going to cull through the mountain of papers and locate the wahtchamajig that you've been looking for since the 2004 Summer Olympics! You're going to suck up every dustbunny, locate every missing gamepiece, wash, and detail your car, take the clothes to the dry cleaners, dispose of the mystery leftover containers sitting in your fridge, create a monthly meal planner and menus for a century! You might even decide to unpack the 25 boxes that have been sitting there since you moved in a month ago!

c. Don't even think about saying "Go half and half on the day", because there is no way that would work. "Survey Says! XXX!!!!"

d. Why in the world would you take a day off now? You're drowning at the office, and taking a day off would just put you farther behind.

So...what would you do?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Anniversary Top Ten

In honor of our 9 year wedding anniversary...

Top Ten Reasons Why I Love My Hubs

1. You can make just about anyone laugh. Even when I didn’t think your jokes were “that” funny when we were dating, I would end up smiling and laughing because you were making everyone else around you contagiously happy.

2. You are the poster child for Patience. You put up with my crazy moods, you persevere when times are rough, you stick to your guns instead of fold when it comes to raising our daughter, and you never doubt God’s plan

3. You are a wonderful Son and Son-In-Law. You have a great relationship with your parents as well as mine. It is good to know that they are “in-rents” and not “out-laws”. I always say that my parents liked me better once I married you.

4. You are always striving to better yourself. After being away from text books for nearly 10 years, you got right back into the swing of things and went back to school to become a CNA and you’re not stopping there. You’re looking forward and I admire that.

5. You are my “Barnabas”- You encourage me even when I am determined to sit and mope. This comes natural for you.

6. You can manage stress exponentially. Not only can you handle your own stress, you are always there to take the load off of me when it is possible.

7. You are everyone’s friend and their “go to guy”. If someone needs something, you’re ready to serve.

8. You are the best listener I have ever met. It makes me feel good that not only can I depend on you to listen to what is on my mind; you do that for all of your friends. You know when to give advice, when to withhold opinions and how to show perspective.

9. You are brilliant, especially when it comes to your Biblical knowledge. – You were given the nickname of “Moses” as a kid. Now I understand why. You are so amazing at rightly dividing the Word. I would always pick you first to be on my team in a Bible Bowl. :)

10. You are one of the strongest Christian men I have ever met. There are days when I wonder why God pitched a tent in my cluttered and worn heart; and then you come to my rescue like a knight in shining armor and remind me why it is, that God made me and put me on this Earth. You’re the type of Christian that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, all of Satan’s angels shout, “RUN!! He’s AWAKE!!!”

I was going to do just 9 reasons, but I figured I would do 10 since we're starting our 10th year together as hubs and wifey.

Also, I wish I had a photo to upload onto this bloggy thing, now that I know how to do it. Unfortunatley, I don't have any "digital" photos of hubs. Perhaps it is time to retire my old 35mm and purchase one of them there filmless electronic picture takers. :)