Want vs Need

Things that need to be done soon:

  • business/personal taxes
  • plan for baby’s FIRST birthday party
  • plan for our Florida trip (to include: St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach, Disney, Sea World, Holy Land Experience, etc…)

They should probably be done in this order…but Disney is so much more fun than taxes. I have heard though that Uncle Sam isn’t as forgiving as Mickey.

Things I’d love to be drinking:

  • coke
  • sweet tea
  • more coke

Water should be at top (it should have even made the list!), but it is so bland…especially compared with the nice fizziness of coke. I’m addicted and trying to do better for my heart. Which leads to:

Things I really should be doing:

  • exercising
  • making my kids exercise
  • eating healthy

Who wants to do any of that though? I am not getting out in that cold to exercise and wouldn’t do that to my poor children either. Du keeps telling me the family room at the base gym is worth visiting, but I’m trying to see how long I can go without actually stepping foot in it.

They say that only two things are certain in life though:

death and taxes

So, hello Uncle Sam. Would you like some water while we eat asparagus and run on the treadmill?


Bowling by numbers

4 — lane number

2.48 — speed (in miles per hour) of Reagan’s ball

0 — gutter balls (this would be awesome, except for the fact that we were bowling with gutter guards…they saved us all)

9 — Reagan’s shoe size (the smallest they carry…and she used the lightest ball they offer. How cute)

1 — loud cheerleader named Ashlyn who sat in the highchair eating baby food, cottage cheese and french fries making loud noises when any of us went up to throw the ball.

3 — splits in a row. Thank you very much. That was very hard to accomplish, but unfortunately they don’t have a name for consecutive splits, other than untalented.

TMTC (too many to count) — splits throughout the two games.

2 — almost turkeys — don’t those count? Du and I both made two strikes in a row but couldn’t pull those third ones out of anywhere.

20 — years we were taken back by the hair rock that was playing over the music system.

1 — Bud Light sticker Ashlyn managed to find while strapped in her highchair. Hmmm, it is a bowling alley I guess.

78, 68 — Reagan’s scores

107, 114 — Vicki’s scores (actually better than I thought I’d do)

90/116 — Du’s scores (he was bowling left-handed since his right shoulder is hurt)

.01 — amount per pin we were paying to play.

Suspect in a murder

Last night Du took me out for our 12th anniversary dinner and I ended up being a suspect in a murder. Mind you we were on a train in 1918 riding from Springfield to Kansas City in a blizzard. My name was Flora Clovis and I was a granddaughter to a very wealthy man in Kansas City.Everyone had eyes for his money and the will. My cousin was murdered on the train, and of course every family member on the train had motive and oportunity to do it.

It was one of the funnest (most fun just sounds so inappropriate here) nights I’ve had in such a long time. Actually it was a great day all around. I was surprised with a massage appointment in the morning. Then we relaxed all day and went to Union Station in Kansas City for our Mystery Train dinner, entitled “The Christmas Stalking.” There were four actors and they chose four of us from the dinner guests to play the other roles. Of course, we still couldn’t figure out who did it or why, even though I might have had some advantage. The whole thing was put on very well and dinner was fabulous. My compensation for playing Miss Flora was a gift certificate for another dinner. So, maybe we’ll get to go back.

Happy 12 years to us!!

Political Matchmaking

So you think you know who you want to vote for? Or are you clueless as to who’s still in the running? Thanks to the heads up from Heather I found out that Mike Huckabee (my favorite right now) is not the closest political match for me.

Go to Glassbooth and take their quiz to find out who your political match is. You’ll rate several hot political topics as to how important they are to you. Then you’ll answer questions about those topics. After submitting you’ll find out which candidates match your beliefs most closely. The site offers information on each candidate and why they match you. i.e. their position on the topic and their voting record for that topic. One tip: give at least one point to each hot political topic. If you don’t give a topic at least one point you won’t be asked about it during the quiz portion.

Here’s how the candidates racked and stacked for me:

Duncan Hunter: 87%

Mike Huckabee: 76%

Mitt Romney: 75%

Fred Thompson: 74%

Rudy Giuliani: 65%

And for the also rans (is anyone that knows me surprised?):

Barack Obama: 39%

John Edwards: 38%

Hillary Clinton: 38%

Obviously a small quiz can’t cover every topic completely with all it’s complexities. But this should give you some informative insight as to who’s your best political match. And the information you can get from the links to Wikipedia is pretty cool.

Have fun, but don’t get burned out. We’ve got 10 months of this to go. Is that a good thing?

Lucky’s Not So Lucky

Does anyone else wonder what’s going through the minds of the Lucky Magazine editors when they’re putting together their magazine? Are Mary Kate and Ashley managing this publication? I buy one every once in a while hoping they’ve smartened up, but I get burned every time. What’s the saying?

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

SHAME ON ME!! I wish I could find the last issue that I bought. Everything was straight out of the 80s (Lucky editors, it’s ’08 not ’80). Now, when I look back at pictures of me (and anyone else for that matter) in the 80s I cringe. Why would I want to go through that again?

The editors of Lucky should have their fashions critiqued by the Project Runway judges. I’d PAY to be there for that one. Michael Kors (in that snotty tone he has, although I love it): “What were you thinking? It looks like you rummaged through a small town flea market and pulled together the first five things you found.” Nina Garcia (with that blase attitude and accent): “I don’t understand it. We did this twenty years ago at Elle. It’s so old, nothing new about it.” Heidi (in another awesome accent): yeah, you bored us. You’re Out. Auf Wiedersehen.”

Or is it that I’m really getting that old? Is this kind of fashion appealing to the younger crowd? Big baggy clothes that don’t match? I swear they told one model to get dressed in the dark. Poor model. Poor editors. They will all look back in the not so distant future and wince at what they were trying to pass off as fashionable. The day I see Gwyneth Paltrow wearing any of that crap clothing I’ll call it stylish. No, on second thought, I’ll wonder what drug she’s on. Below is the pic I’m talking about (I finally found my magazine).

Fashion no-no 01They title the outfit: “Modern Preppy.” She’s got on a blue and white striped turtleneck. Then they decided to add a blue sheer frilly blouse. Then they decided to add a preppy jacket/blazer with a crest on it. AND SHE’S  WEARING TIGHT, ANKLE-LENGTH STONEWAHSED JEANS!!!  What!?!?!? As if that’s not enough she’s got patterned tights with brown shoes.Can she even move in all that?

Next up for your commiseration:

Fashion no-no 02SLEEK???? She looks like Laura Ingalls Wilder with piles of clothes on. And the boots chop her legs in half with the skirt being so long. This blue blouse is the same one they layered on preppy girl above. I do see the Olsen twins wearing this though.

Ok, I just can’t stop. Now that I actually have the mag to search through.

Fashion no-no 03Notice the title of this one: The Next BIG Things. A WHITE SHORTS JUMPSUIT?!?!  Ladies, this NASCAR chic outfit will set you back $380. I wish they would have shown us what shoes they decided to pair this gem with.

And last, but certainly not least:

Fashion no-no 04Not to be outdone by NASCAR chic is Anorexic chic. The goal here ladies is to make things as baggy as possible so people don’t know how skinny you are. Who does that actually work for other than girls in the fashion industry? Notice what they called this: “Fit Clinic” “This loose and slouchy piece has an effortless cool–as long as it hits you in the right spots.” Please tell me in what spots this dress is hitting this girl. And ladies, for this you will set yourself back $328. No groceries for a couple of weeks, but you still get the brown bag!

Maybe the next time I go shopping in New York, wearing normal clothes from the present decade, I’ll get stopped by Stacy and Clinton and be given $5000 to do some serious shopping. Stacy, Clinton, I’m your woman apparently.

Here’s another saying that’s apropos for the editors:

Styles change, style doesn’t.

A Homeschooler’s 23rd Psalm

Following the theme of yesterday’s post I’ve found another reworked Bible passage:

A Homeschooler’s 23rd Psalm

Taken from Alpha Omega’s Homeschool View

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He maketh me to live on less sleep;
He leadeth me through the noise of many voices.
He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me to teach
The right lessons each day, for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of undone
Laundry and kitchen messes, I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me, my teacher’s guides and
Answer keys, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence
Of threatening school officials and critical family members.
Thou anointest my head with heavenly wisdom, my cup runneth over.

Surely educated and godly children shall follow after me
All the days of my life and I will dwell again one day
In a clean house with the Lord forevermore.

Fortunately I have not dealt with the worst of the problems above.                                                        

  • I have gotten less sleep, not really because of homeschooling though.                                             
  • Undone laundry and kitchen messes have gotten the best of me on many days.                         
  • Teacher’s guides are my best friends during the school year…I’m no where near creative enough to come up with 180 lesson plans.
  • I haven’t had to deal with threatening school officials, and hopefully never will. If so I’ll have the HSLDA on my side. And all critical family members have been won over from the dark side to the side of enlightenment.
  • My head has been filled with wisdom on occasion. How else would I be able to impart any kind of understandable knowledge on a young child.
  • Ahh, to have a clean house again that stays that way…one day…