Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Link to Make You Laugh

A lot of times when I'm reading the comments section of an article or a blog post I quickly realize that I've made a mistake and leave the site soon.   But not only is the following blog post hilarious, the comments are just as funny!

If I Were An Advertiser by Jen Hatmaker

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Motivational Posters

These posters I saw today in the school computer lab

Made me think of this scene from The Middle:

Did you ever find motivational posters motivational?  Do you remember any of the ones from school?  And apparently Garfield and Odie must be particularly motivational because they do certainly have found their way onto lots of posters.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Entitlement = Ingratitude

"The things you feel entitled to are the things you will not feel grateful for."
Or something like that.  I heard this on the radio yesterday morning on the way to church.  I can't remember the name of the person who said it.  Someone from the group Casting Crowns I think.  But who knows?  He may have been quoting someone else.  I do know that I didn't come up with it but it speaks wisdom.

So I wrote some things down on my list of thanks.  Because I haven't done that in a while and know I should really keep it up as a habit.

#1154.  Change in the right direction
1155. the success my kids enjoy
1156. menu planning done
1157. apple pie
1158. youth activities at church
1159. getting to hold a new baby
1160. beautiful sunshine
1161. rain instead of snow
1162. taking a walk with a friend
1163. a front yard free of snow
1164. the opportunity to host NWC Symphonic Band and reminisce
1165. being outside without a coat
1166. working a whole week with my favorite colleague

Monday, March 24, 2014

It Was So Monday Today

Today was Monday and it was very Monday-like.  My day started with my son coming into my room, plopping down on my husband's vacated side of the bed and saying that he felt awful.  Achy.  No energy.

"Take some ibuprofen" I say.  "But that's not going to help with my energy" he says.

My diagnosis?  He was tired.  He'd been at a lock-in on Friday night, went skiing with church on Saturday afternoon into the night, and spent the day busy on Sunday.  He was sore and tired.  But because he doesn't ask stay home from school sick often, I gave him the choice.  Later he told me that he ended up sleeping for about 4 hours of the day.

My daughter didn't much like that he was getting to stay home.  "Sometimes I'm achy but you make me go to school" she says.  "I'm not saying this just because I want to stay home, but I'm feeling a little achy too" she says.  I gave her some ibuprofen and sent her to school.  And I went to work....where it continued to be Monday.

A little after lunch time I get a phone call from my daughter's school.  It's the nurse who says Emma is feeling nauseous and says her tummy hurts.  "Do you want to talk to her?"  "Sure" I say.  Emma begs for me to come get her.  But we've been through this before and I tell her she needs to stick it out, but that I'll come pick her up after school so she doesn't have to ride the bus.

We come home and do normal Monday stuff with the added hot lavender bath for Emma and an earlier bedtime.  These are just those days that become one of those days.   Not a bad day, but one with a few situations to deal with.  A day where I'm so glad for my comfortable bed and time to spend unwinding.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's spring!  Yay!  As I sit here I can see water dripping off the roof.  There is mud.  There is grass growing and the temperature is above freezing more and more of the time.  Though I'll admit that there is a lot about spring that makes it not my favorite season.  I like it only because summer comes next.  I love it when it gets warm enough to open some windows and hang clothes out on the line. And when I can start planting some flowers without fear of frost.  I like it that the sky is starting to be bluer instead of gray.  But right now the wind is blowing and there is still snow in the forecast.

Two steps forward, one step back.  But the March snow will turn into April showers which will turn into May flowers.  At least that's the plan.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rain, Mud, Coffee

Today I stopped to get coffee to bring in to work for my co-workers, and a hot chocolate for me since I don't like coffee.  On my way out I saw this awesome Coca-Cola and truck and had to take a picture of it.  It reminded me of my nephew who has always liked Coke stuff and so I sent it to him on facebook.  Then I felt a little silly because it's not like I'm in contact with him all the time and then I just randomly send him a picture of a Coca-Cola truck.
I thought it was pretty cool that it's raining.  If you live in Minnesota you'll understand why we are sort of excited by the fact that it's raining.  That means that it's warm enough to be rain and not snow which a huge improvement.

All the melting is starting to result in mud.  I was not anticipating the squishiness of the mud this morning or the depth of it and was just going to sort of pick my way through a muddy patch between my car and the school door.  But instead of just picking through it I sunk right down and got my new shoes and my feet pretty muddy.  After I was done washing that off, I went to take a drink of hot chocolate and grabbed a coffee by mistake.  No big deal but I dripped coffee on my white sweater.  Then once all the cups were sorted out and I had attempted to clean the coffee drip, the power went out.  Thankfully only for a couple of seconds but long enough that I was unable to clock in the normal way.  It was an interesting morning.  One of those days I guess.