Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Quick Shot of Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love all the cooking, all the eating, and all the football. I love to be home, surrounded by my close family, and spend the day in happy buy-ness. I always decorate and this year, I have my decorations up a bit early to enhance my sister's visit.

We bought a couple last minutes items for the front door and coffee table. I rushed over to Big Lots this morning and was very happy to find a couple displays still up full of Harvest type decorations. I got the pumpkin candle I wanted, too! The mantle, which is my favorite decorating spot, looks beautiful.

My awesome DH dragged the stored decorations out of the garage, and even hunted down the twinkle lights I wanted. He gets big points for that!

Friday, October 30, 2009

My Day Today

Plans for today include 2 drop-off play dates, errands, turn in bookmarks at the library for the design contest, clean the house some more, and type a bunch of reports. I am not going to drink any coffee today because I have a physical feeling that I have been drinking too much. Yes, it happens.

Last night I should have done a lot more reports, but DH and I watched a movie, "2 Weeks", which was listed as a "poignant comedy". It's about 4 adult children going to tend their mother during her last 2 weeks of life. She is dying of cancer. Not much comedy, a whole lot of poignancy. DH continually accused me of tricking him into watching that movie since I didn't read the synopsis to him before I put it on. He is a very sensitive guy, but doesn't show it. His family always says not to talk about death or dying, because then it might happen. Riiight. So, the movie put him in the mind frame of his own mother and stepfather dying. He said he didn't want to think about those things and I told him that it's GOOD for us to think about those things. He thought the movie was good, just different than what he was expecting. I swear I didn't know it would be such a tearjerker! I give it 2 thumbs up.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

So Tired

but I have to keep going. I have 6 reports to edit and 10 to type. It's going to be a long night.

Tomorrow is a full day of cleaning the house. My sister and her family arrives soon adn I must have my Thanksgiving decorations up! I'll post some pics tomorrow. I should have taken before and after pics of my kitchen. That was more impressive. It looks so good I couldn't possibly make dinner tonight!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shadows and Art Projects

I love to scrapbook. I have tons of paper, lots of tools, and many ideas. It is a relaxing way for me to spend some time. Thus, when my children are gluing pictures to paper, making mattes, and adding text, it is EXTREMELY difficult to be hands-off!

We just did a project where the kids took pictures of shadows and then the object making the shadow. I though Princess O would be the most interested, but actually she had a hard time getting going. Professor X really surprised me with his artistic eye and enthusiasm. I got the prints developed and then the kids glued them onto paper with a flap over the object making the shadow so you have to guess what it is. Tana Hoban inspired, for sure! The paper was not evenly aligned, way too much glue or not enough was used, and the handwriting is sub-par. BUT, the kids are absolutely thrilled with them and had a great time. I'm glad we did it. I think I learned more than they did.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Facebook Rant

One problem with Facebook (hereafter referred to as FB) is that the semi-anonymity gives people a boldness to say what they normally would not say to your face. For instance, contradicting advice or making a comment about your comment. Then there is all the random information given out. I really don't care if you're eating at a restaurant or if there is a cat on your lap! I know it's my own fault for getting involved there, and spending so much time, but I have come to realize FB is a bad influence.

So there.

Husband Awakening

We have family members coming this weekend to visit us and they are staying for a couple weeks. I am totally excited because it's my sister and her wonderful family whom we last saw in June when we went to visit them. There is a great time of coffee, conversation, and late nights about to start. But, in the meantime...

I have a unit of transcription reports to finish. I have two more medical terminology quizzes to take. I have homeschool lessons to plan, no matter that they will be light, some schooling must take place. I have a house to clean. Something has to give! I told my husband that I was relinquishing dinner duty to him for the next week. He knows how to cook well and actually he did all the cooking the first year we were married. This is not an unreasonable request. He gets home in the late afternoon and has time to make dinner.I told him that as soon as he got home every day that I would retire to the bedroom for hours of studying and typing. He said, okay. I know he understands, even if he is not excited about it.

Well, ever since he has been on dinner duty, his domestic skills have gone into overdrive! He has begun cleaning, making the kids clean, and generally taking care of things so I do not emerge to a messy house every night. He vacuumed! He has an area of our room that is stuffed with papers and odds and ends that only he can go through, since I will just dump it all in the trash or a plastic tub in the garage. He is motivated beyond what I asked. It is a very pleasant observation.

To make things even more interesting, my friend who was going to come over and clean for me was exposed to swine flu and now is quarantined. (She has my Avon order, too, but that's another post altogether.) I bewailed this to my husband and his response was, "Don't worry. I'll do it then." Bah? He is really stepping up to the plate. This is a man who wakes up very early and puts in a full day of work, usually coming home and lapsing into a semi-coma with snoring until dinner is ready. He then zones out in front of the television for the next few hours until he puts the kids to bed. In the midst of his inactivity, I am a whirling dervish of cleaning, disciplining, planning, and studying. But not this week.

He has awakened from his slumber and unfolded his hands. I wonder what the motivation is? Maybe his domestic skills and desires have lain dormant because I was doing it all, no matter how bitterly. Does he see with new eyes the energy and effort it takes to keep going after dinner? Making dinner every night is a challenge! Is he determined to not disappoint me? I don't know and I don't want to ask. I don't want to break the spell.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My Day Today

I think that using a curriculum for homeschool this year has been stressing me out. The last month I have been much more relaxed, skipping things we just can't do, or don't want to do. I did make the professor finish our unit book, Sarah, Plain and Tall because I thought it was a meaningful story. He hated it. Princess O enjoyed the read aloud sessions a lot more than he did. I don't want him to hate reading. I need to make a move out of this curriculum and into something he enjoys.

Today was a school-out-of-home day. We did some nature drawing at the park with magnifying lenses and colored pencils. We took pictures of shadows for our new photography project. I played catch with the professor and the princess. Mr. M made a friend and had a great time playing in the sand. No shoes, of course.

We made a quick venture into the library where the kids found books they need for our research projects this week. I should have stuck to our foundation of unit studies. Dinosaurs and hippos were the topics of choice. I also found a lot of graphic novels, books about drawing, and a fantastic nugget buried between two huge books about making flip books. I think we will have a load of fun with these, especially because I am planning to participate myself with my own drawings and comics. Hopefully they will get as excited as I am!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

My Newest Obsession

I have been an avid reader my whole life, yet I never entered the realm of comics. I always associated that genre with boys, and my one attempt at reading a comic was purely to be able to strike up a conversation with a boy I liked in 8th grade. It was a TMNT and I didn't care for it much.

This week, my hubby and I watched the movie "Watchmen". I have heard so many conflicting opinions about this movie that I wanted to see it for myself. I am a huge fan of superhero movies and Batman is my ultimate favorite. I loved this movie "Watchmen". There were some very explicit scenes that we skipped, but on the whole, the movie was very interesting. I have always expressed my opinion of a true hero is one who makes the choice to be a hero, who has to override their own selfish desires to act. For example, the true hero of the "Star Wars" movies was note Luke Skywalker, but Han Solo. Han consistently put aside his own agenda to help and eventually ended up frozen on Jabba's wall for all his efforts. Luke was destined to become the Jedi knight. He simply had to live and follow the path marked out for him. My point is, the heroes of Watchmen were very realistically portrayed. For once, I have decided to read the book AFTER watching the movie.

I was amazed at the popularity of graphic novels, and even more so at my own ignorance of them. I am excited to begin reading Watchmen and have already discovered a list of must-reads. This is going to be my new reading list. Hmm. Maybe I can find one of War and Peace.

An Observation

I find myself having a daily habit of checking Facebook whenever I have my laptop out, but that is not all bad. Since I am staying off FB more, I end up posting here more. I can post personal things here that would never go over well on FB.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Day Today

I have a really great blog entry written about my new interest in graphic novels, but I cannot seem to be able to paste it on here. Hhmmm. Have to work on that.

This morning I had to get up achingly early to drive my mother to the airport. She is visiting my sister and her family in the Pacific Northwest for several weeks. Her flight departed around 8am, but she wanted to be at the airport by 6:30 am. No unreasonable I suppose, except the airport is extremely small and I did not want her to be waiting so long alone in the terminal. I was overruled. So i got up at at the indecent hour of 5:30am, and off we went. Did I mention the airport is 10 minutes from my house? It is. Then I went back home and discovered my littlest son had taken my spot in bed next to my husband. I contemplated sleeping in my son's bed, but was not sure if the toddler mattress and bed frame would support me comfortably. Instead, I curled up on the footstool and leaned back on a pile of fresh clothes, and promptly fell asleep.

My husband found me there, mouth open and snoring, a couple hours later, and we all got ready and rushed Professor X off to chess class. We stopped for breakfast t McDonald's on the way because we have been collecting Monopoly pieces and are sure we will hit it big on one of those hashbrowns soon.

Quick trip to the library after chess snagged us some fresh books and videos for tonight. DH is at a show and I have a bunch of reports to type, so the kids must be enticed by something in order to be quiet. I also received a new library card to replace my old one that had a scratched barcode. Wouldn't you know, those smart librarians, I got a small card that I can put on my keychain! Love that since I switch purses a lot and tend to forget to transfer everything each time.

Now, I am on the verge of working all night, DH is off at this show, and the lovely redheads are having their turns on the DS and Mac. Should be a great night.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Few Scarves - Finally

Here are some pictures of the latest group of scarves I knitted. I had knit one for my niece and one for my sister, so of course my nephews wanted their own. What kind of scarf can a boy wear? Camouflage! Thankfully there was a variety of camo yarn so everyone will be able to tell which one is their own. My boys had to have their own knitted, too. I am still working on Mr. M's in a yarn called Earth which is not exactly camo, but I am hoping he won't notice.

I have also knitted a couple for friends and for myself. This next picture was my first attempt at knitting a second color into an established piece. It went well, for a first time, and the yarn is very soft and woolly, so I love to wear it. I have another extremely long black scarf that I knitted with my big fat bamboo needles. That scarf is soft and stretchy and goes with anything. I love it. I love yarn. I love to knit!

My Day Today

My DH is on forced furlough today. The bad part is that he loses money, but the good part is that he is home with us all day.

Today we are heading out to the park again so we can do PE with the kids for our homeschool program. I am really looking forward to stretching my legs and having a good workout early in the day. Fresh air and vitamin D. Love it. My legs are sore from yesterday's walk/run. I ran one side of the track and walked one. I don't think I can do that today!

Later I am going to edit some reports and hopefully finish my unit. DH has plans to watch Gammera with the kids. Good times! No movie for tonight for us grown-ups. Hmm. Maybe we should plan a library run to get something.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today I needed to get out and walk. While my husband does physical education with the kids, I walk on the nearby track. Whenever my life seems to be getting filled with drama or things I "have to do" and my shoulders start inching up to my ears, I know it's time to walk.

I put my iPod on and just circle the track, not thinking about anything in particular, except who can I pass and why can't I get that thin again? My music consists of fast beats and inspiring lyrics. A little Mary J. and some LL, throw in some Cyndi Lauper and Beyonce, and I am sweating out my stress. Walking is good.

Currently Reading

Yesterday I ordered the graphic novel Watchmen from Amazon. We are totally tight financially right now, so I am sure my husband raised his eyebrows when he saw the charge online. Hee hee. I have taken an interest in this novel due to the fact I enjoy comics and superheroes and I love to read. Plus there has been a lot of buzz about this book and I have the movie from Netflix, so I just want to soak this one in all the way. Do you ever get the itch like that?

I have yet to start War and Peace. I am waiting for my mother to give the green light since we are reading it together. We want to meet once month for coffee and talk about it. I love to analyze literature, so hopefully this will be a good project for us.

Other tidbits about my mother and me. Our Avon order should be in soon and we are collaborating on Christmas scarves to make and sell. Good times. I want to post my scarf pics today. I will. I WILL!
So this will be my day today since I stayed up late with my hubby listening to old tunes instead of doing some medical transcription like I had planned.

I give the kids an assignment they can work on without me and I rush to the computer to type a report. They come in and interrupt me with questions they should already know the answers to. They leave and then finish the work much faster than I had anticipated so then I have to get up and give them something else to do.

It's going to be a long day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I started a medical transcription training program in April. I have one year to complete the program and be certified. I am so close to the end and somehow I have lost steam. The training is now simply typing reports from the audio files. It's not hard and I actually enjoy it when I get in the groove, but it's the before-groove time that I find myself wishing I could be doing anything else.

So, now I am off to type my reports. I was good and did my blog first. Yay for me!
The thing about writing is that so often I feel I have nothing worthwhile to say. I lead a small life. My world can get extremely small if I don't make the effort to get and see people and mix with society.

I have a medical terminology class right now. I love all the big words and serious explanations for diseases. I find myself repeating after my teacher, under my breath, all the long complicated pathology terms and body parts. Words have a definite pull on me. I enjoy being studious and making flashcards every week. I think in words. I think in full sentences with punctuation. I don't know if all people do this, if it's normal. But it's me.

I recently acquired a brand-spanking new book, War and Peace. No, not War, What is it Good for? The actual big, fat War and Peace. It's sitting on the shelf next to my bed and I can't wait to start reading it. I need a big mug of fresh, hot coffee, my special blanket, and a long, lazy afternoon. I'll get there.