Saturday, February 21, 2009
As Holly and I were browsing in Cato's, she decided to check Alexander's diaper. Imagine her surprise to discover he wasn't wearing one! When I asked him where his diaper was, he grinned and said "Mommy's house". Then he proceeded to pee all over himself. Yeah, this is not one of the things I miss about having small children. Though I'm pretty sure my kids never did anything like this. They weren't real big on the getting undressed in public thing.
To add more embarrassment to this situation, Holly had no extra diapers or clothes for Alexander. Poor kid had to wait till we could run to a nearby Walmart and get something for him to put on.
This is even funnier--because I'm the grandma!! I doubt if I could have seen the humor if I was the mom.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
One Tough Mother is very funny, but also quite insightful. It's one of those books I wish I'd had when my kids were little. One I truly wish one of my daughters (who doesn't read this blog) would read and take to heart. But again, I digress.
Not long ago, I read another of Julie Ann's books entitled She's Gonna Blow. Again, very helpful, though not as funny as the first. Now I am reading Motherhood: The Guilt That Keeps on Giving. Every mother I've talked to admits to guilt in one form or another about something. This book focuses more on what we as mothers are doing RIGHT and what we're NOT guilty about.
Which leads me to ask you a question Julie Ann asks in the book. What do YOU not feel guilty about as a mother?
I found that as I pondered on this question, I could think of several things, but I always seemed to add a disclaimer or qualifier to the end of my sentence. Such as, I don't feel guilty for providing my children with a clean home, but I wish I'd spent more time playing with or doing things with the kids. One of my favorite sayings is: 'No' is a complete sentence. I think when thinking of things I'm not feeling guilt over, I need to remember to end the sentence before I can add a 'but'.
So, answer my question. Or rather Julie Ann's question. What do you not feel guilty about as a mother?
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My First Award!!! Why do I feel like Sally Field all of a sudden??
Thanks, Dawn of Bee and Rose (listed on the sidebar). She is hysterical and has a lovely daughter you all need to meet.
Here's the scoop...
1.Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design
2. Show the 7 winners' names and links on your blog, and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with "Honest Scrap", the nifty icon they can display proudly on their blog.
3. List at least 10 honest things about yourself.
Ok...here's my scrap1. I hate confrontation. Both before and after I can think of all kinds of snarky things to say, but in the moment I'm usually fighting back tears and trying to breathe normally, so I can't say anything.
2. Every tooth in my head is a sweet tooth. I can (and do) buy a package of cookies and eat the whole thing on the way home from the store. Then I have to stop somewhere to dispose of the 'evidence'.
3. I was never faithful to any boyfriend till I met the man who is now my husband.
4. I am very competitive, but hate playing games. Don't like cards and I think board games should be spelled bored games.
5. The house we lived in in NC was haunted by a little blonde girl about 7 years old. I saw her on many occasions and Darrell thought I was nuts till he saw her, too. I've seen and felt spirits around me all my life. These are not the same as the voices I hear in my head.
6. I used to shoplift as a young teenager. Almost got caught once and that cured me.
7. My favorite movies are from the 30s and 40s. The movies today have nothing on those classics. The clothes, the sets, the men.... Hang on while I fan myself.
8. My idea of the perfect kitchen is a microwave sitting on top of an apartment fridge. I would eat out every meal if it was prudent.
9. I tend to mentally rearrange other people's furniture when I visit their homes. Sometimes my palms even itch to just move that one thing....
10. Okay, here's the biggie--no pun intended. I stuffed my bra in jr high and high school. It was a survival thing, you know. In 7th grade a boy called me a pirate's dream (a sunken chest). How about a carpenter's fantasy (flat as a board)? Where was Victoria's Secret when I needed her?
Guess this all goes under the heading be careful what you wish for. You just might get more than you bargained for!
Next, I'm supposed to choose 7 blogs to pass the torch to. Here ya go. Enjoy and remember--be honest!
Okay, there you have it. Get busy letting us all in on your juicy secrets. (Rubbing palms together eagerly!) Can't wait to read 'em all!!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wow! How exciting is this? Here's the skinny: in April 2006 Darrell and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Savannah, GA. A beautiful city. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and went on a walking tour. This is one of the pictures Darrell took. His father, my father, and Darrell are all masons and he was oddly thrilled to find this building.
I'm supposed to tag others to do this. I'll choose Nicole, Marlena (if she ever gets on the computer!), Lauren, and Erika.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
*This is a list of 100 activities–some I have experienced (RED), some I have not (regular). See how your list matches up to mine.
- Started your own blog
- Slept under the stars
- Played in a band
- Visited Hawaii
- Watched a meteor shower
- Bathed in a river
- Been to the Taj Mahal
- Walked on a glacier in Alaska
- Caught and held a snake
- Spoke in front of a big crowd
- Bungee jumped
- Had a whirlwind love affair that broke your heart
- Found an arrowhead or fossil
- Taught yourself an art from scratch
- Rescued an animal
- Ate sweet breads, glands or tripe
- Seen Mount Rushmore in person
- Grown your own vegetables
- Seen the Mona Lisa in France
- Slept on an overnight train
- Had a pillow fight
- Hiked to base camp on Mt. Everest
- Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
- Built a snow fort
- Watched an animal being born
- Gone skinny dipping
- Learned a foreign language
- Ridden in a gondola in Venice
- Seen a total eclipse
- Stayed up for more than 24 hours
- Trained a dog to do cool tricks
- Been on a cruise
- Seen Niagara Falls in person
- Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
- Seen an Amish community
- Can drive a stick shift car
- Won over $1000 in a raffle or lottery
- Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
- Gone rock climbing
- Seen Michelangelo’s David
- Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
- Been serenaded
- Visited Africa
- Walked on a beach by moonlight
- Broken a bone
- Started your own business
- Quit a job because you were totally unhappy
- Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
- Been to the Eiffel Tower
- Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
- Kissed in the rain passionately
- Played in the mud
- Gone to a drive-in
- Been in a movie
- Visited the Great Wall of China
- Joined a prayer group
- Taken a martial arts class
- Visited Russia
- Served at a soup kitchen
- Gone whale watching
- Received flowers for no reason
- Donated blood, platelets or plasma
- Gone sky diving
- Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
- Bounced a check
- Flown in a helicopter
- Saved a favorite childhood toy
- Visited the Lincoln Memorial
- Eaten caviar
- Pieced a quilt
- Stood in Times Square
- Toured the Everglades
- Been fired from a job
- Seen the changing of the guards in London
- Broken something extremely expensive
- Been on a speeding motorcycle
- Seen the Grand Canyon in person
- Published a book
- Visited the Vatican
- Got a tattoo
- Been to a coffee shop in Amsterdam
- Seen the aurora borealis in person
- Read the entire Bible
- Visited the White House
- Killed and prepared an animal for eating
- Had chickenpox
- Saved someone’s life
- Sat on a jury
- Met someone famous
- Joined a book club
- Lost a loved one
- Toured the UN
- Hiked to Machu Picchu
- Swam in the Indian Ocean
- Conversed with someone when neither of you spoke each others language
- Dirty danced
- Been stung by a bee
- Acted in a play
- Had more than 5 surgeries
- Threw a surprise party for someone
Okay, a couple of these I fudged a bit on. While I can't really drive a stick shift, I have attempted to learn. I'm just not very good at it. I haven't actually ridden in a gondola, but have been in a water taxi. Not quite as romantic.
I guess 47 isn't bad. Some of these things I never want to do--no matter what! Others I was intrigued by and would like to attempt. How's your list compare? Oh, and thanks, Tamara, for the idea!
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 med onion, sliced
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
12 oz low sodium tomato juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1 can tomatoes and green chiles
1 tsp Ms Dash Onion & Herb
Brown turkey and drain fat. Combine remaining ingredients and heat till hot and desired thickness. Serve on whole wheat buns.
Monday, February 2, 2009
At the end of the book, is a wonderful little poem that I'm going to assume was written by the author since she doesn't attribute it to anyone else. I might get in trouble, but I'm going to copy it here.
Soft and tender,
Pockets of soil moist with innocence,
Laden with surprises,
With one blast of anger,
One word unkindly spoken,
One glare of intolerance,
I can cause these tiny hearts to....
I want to plant within their souls seeds of....
Yet, thorny briers of...
I have heedlessly allowed to grow.
Able to call back?
Oh yes, more than I deserve.
Lord, I don't want to fail again.
May I be found faithful to these created by You.
Praise for A-B-Cs perfected,
"Thank you," for windows cleansed with Pledge.
There are no second chances.
I cannot undo the past.
Sear my heart with love and devotion.
May I be a sower of seeds,
A shelter amidst the storm.
May I hear,
"Well done, good and faithful mother."
May I be found true.