Daybook 4/2/13

Outside my window…It’s getting dark. The sky is a soft pale blue gray with clouds and the sun peeking through as it sets. It rained lightly today, so the ground is a little wet. Yesterday it was sunny and 80 degrees! It’s still warm today, but it’s cloudier. It’s warm enough for the outside pool to be open at our gym. I fell asleep outside there this weekend while I was waiting for a lap lane to open up.

I am thinking…my foot hurts. There comes a time during the day when I have to sit down. We just got back from Thomas’s Taekwondo class. He goes twice a week. Zoe is at dance for five hours tonight.

I am thankful…for life, for my husband and my kids and my relative health.

In the kitchen…dinner is almost ready. Tonight, we are having chicken, vegetable, and rice noodle soup. I roasted cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, and asparagus then put it all in the food processor. The soup is very thick and chunky with veggies. Yum!

I am wearing…light blue sweats and a black t-shirt from Painting with a Twist (that I won from the weirdest thing in your purse contest during ZTA mom’s weekend).

I am creating…this week’s fiction episode. I have the prompt and am thinking about where to go in the story with it. This week, I compiled all thirteen episodes in one document, Handle with Care, and it was over 14,000 words. I also entered a fiction contest with a $1000 prize and publication with just under 5,000 words.

I am going…to PT twice a week for my knee. I hurt it a few weeks ago. Apparently, my kneecap isn’t tracking right. It hurts to walk and to move it, so I’m focusing on it for a couple weeks to see if it will improve. I’ve learned that kneecap tracking issues can be related to quadricep insufficiency and to stretched ligaments. Although it also hurts on the back of my knee, the surgeon said there is no more meniscus left on the lateral posterior side to tear. He should know because he did the last two meniscus repairs (out of five total on the right knee).

I am wondering…how Zoe did on her STAAR writing test today. She said she thinks she completely misunderstood the prompt. But it’s not like her to be off base during testing. In fact, she generally scores in the advanced categories and sometimes has perfect scores. She said she wrote a personal narrative, and other people told her they wrote expository pieces. Not sure what to think about that.

I am reading…fiction written by other bloggers in our group, Friday Fiction Friends. There are thirteen of us now, and we all write fiction based on the same prompt. It’s interesting to see the different interpretations of the prompts and to meet all the different characters. I’ve also been reading some non-fiction about music theory. I’ve been learning about key theory and what chords go in the different major keys.

I am hoping…we are able to go to Virginia this summer. Our friend is getting married, and we would like to have beach week there attached to that trip instead of going to Destin, FL this summer. We haven’t made any plans yet, but I sure hope we are able to make the trip! It’s been five years since we’ve visited Virginia.

I am looking forward to…summer. I hate getting up early in the morning. It will be so nice to get more sleep in the summer time. I also can’t wait to spend time at the pool with the kids and lying in the sun. The kids can take swimming lessons at our gym too. They’ve done it in the past, but not every summer!

I am learning…the solo for “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC. I can get through it, but not as fast as the recording and not as good at all. I need to work on speed and techniques like vibrato. It’s hard, but I enjoy it, and I have a guitar teacher who comes over for a lesson every week.

Around the house…got caught up on the laundry today. Rescued a remote-control helicopter from the roof this morning. Refrigerator is majorly full. Sierra’s room is empty again; she went back to college yesterday after spending Easter weekend with us at home. Lots of pictures to frame and hang.

I am pondering…how to get more sleep. Took a nap today, and it was wonderful. I think I need to do that more often. Once I have coffee, I’m usually up for the day and don’t ever try to go back to sleep once everybody leaves for school and work. Bedtime is usually after ten (sometimes I crash earlier) and when the alarm goes off in the morning, I am never feeling rested. Weekends I do sleep in, but getting through the week is rough. I don’t know how some people function on less sleep. I’m just one of those people who needs more than average.

A favorite quote for today…”Seduce my mind and you can have my body. Find my soul and you can have me forever.” ~Anonymous

One of my favorite things…massages (had a sixty minute one today).

A few plans for the rest of the week: gym/pool tomorrow, PT Thursday, tutoring Wednesday through Friday.

A peek into my day…



Daybook 2/13/13

For Today: Wednesday February 13, 2013
Outside my window…it’s a sunny day. The sky is clear and my neighborhood is quiet. Not a cloud in the sky. It’s in the 60s today, nice and pleasant for this time of year. I don’t miss the frigid winters on the east coast. It rained yesterday, so the ground is still moist and the daffodils have started pushing leaves out of the ground.
I am thinking…about all the things that need doing. So far today, I’ve been catching up on chores, bills, and phone calls. Taking a break now to write since I haven’t posted a blog entry since Fiction Friday #6:Facebook Envy.
I am thankful…I have quiet time during the day to balance out the demands of family life. Thankful I have a family to make life demanding and that our kids have such fortunate lives. Thankful for another year of life, another lap around the sun (turned 45 a few days ago). Thankful for a new car. Thankful I can do what I love for a job.

In the kitchen…not much going on yet today. Breakfast was blueberries, blackberries, and walnuts. Lunch was leftover chicken, red pepper, broccoli stir fry. Not sure what is for dinner yet.

I am wearing…orange GAP sweatshirt and navy sweatpants.

I am creating…this week’s fiction post is due Friday morning at 10 CST. It’s a picture prompt this time. Still working on how I am going to weave that into my ongoing story and how to tie it to romance. I also have a few songs to practice on guitar. I’ve been learning some ACDC just to try something new.

I am going…to mom’s weekend for my daughter’s college sorority next weekend. I haven’t been out there since fall 2011 when we moved her into her freshman dorm. I’m really looking forward to seeing her, her apartment, her sorority, and meeting her friends and sisters. She said we will be having brunch and doing painting with a twist together. We haven’t had mom-daughter time alone in a long time.

I am wondering…why people give things up for lent. How exactly does that bring them closer to Jesus? It reminds me of new year’s resolutions when we all try to give up something bad just because we feel like we have to. I prefer to try to find balance day-to-day than to swing back and forth to extremes. The fact is that every day we have to make choices about vices and luxuries. We are constantly surrounded by extremes of dark and light, too much and too little. I told a friend yesterday that I’m not Christian enough to give up anything for lent, and she told me I could borrow some Jesus from her. That’s hilarious. I get celebrating traditions and holidays, but I guess if I don’t fully subscribe to the story that it just doesn’t resonate with me. I wonder how to find balance every day.

I am reading…primarily news articles and other people’s blogs. I started Catching Fire a while ago, but my progress has stalled. I spent some time this morning looking at a book my great-grandmother wrote and my mom sent to me for my birthday. It’s called Denny Genealogy part 1, and it chronicles ten generations of descendents of Frederick Denny. It dates back to the seventeenth century. I think I will write a separate post about it with pictures.

I am hoping…to keep getting some pain relief from acupuncture, meditation and exercise. I’ve exhausted my resources with western medicine and have an open mind toward eastern medicine.

I am looking forward to…celebrating Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Even though it’s a Hallmark holiday, it’s a good excuse to celebrate love and romance, two of my favorite things.

I am learning…to leave tequila alone. A friend recently told me ‘you have to make friends with tequila.’ Well, I’ve tried, but I don’t think tequila likes me. I first met tequila in college and remember liking “Prairie Fires” (tequila with a few drops of tobasco). I know, yuck right? I no longer eat tobasco because of my food allergies/intolerances, including wheat, corn, sugar, and eggs. Beer has wheat, and most liquors have wheat or corn. Tequila is made from agave and is not distilled through a grain, so it is the one shot I will take if I am at a bar or otherwise celebrating something. It doesn’t happen very often. I have a fiery personality, and I’ve been called “the furnace” because I run so hot physically. A massage therapist, an acupuncturist, and a chiropractor told me I have too much heat/inflammation (yang). Tequila is a hot and spicy drink, and I don’t think I need to add more heat. It brings out a different side of me that most of the time I shake my head about the next day.

Around the house…the dryer and refigerator are getting fixed this afternoon. The dryer keeps turning itself off, and the refrigerator has a leak in the water line. Cleaned off the patio and folded several loads of laundry. Lots of little things to do, but not lots of motivation to do them 🙂

I am pondering…the effects of social media on people. I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I do each of them for different reasons. My followers on Twitter are mostly strangers, and I only got on it to keep up with my oldest daughters. I like being able to follow celebrities, and I use it as a platform to distribute my blog posts. On the other hand, I’m on Facebook because it connects me with people from all walks of my life. There are only a handful of people I’m ‘friends’ with that I’ve never met; they are there because for some reason we have connected (usually through a mutual friend), and they inspire me. Otherwise, my Facebook friends are my real friends from my real life. I have friends all over the US and around the world in Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, South America, and England. Family, friends from grade school, middle school, high school, all three colleges I attended, my NOLS course, when I worked at Greenpeace, when I took of time from school to live in Colorado, former students and their parents, former colleagues at schools, and local friends. I am an extroverted person and enjoy debates and discussions. I like keeping up with everybody, seeing their pictures, and hearing about their lives. I like walking down memory lane. To me, it truly makes the world a smaller place. But there is a flip side. Facebook now plays a role in divorces and causes problems in relationships. Its effects are significant enough to coin the term “Facebook Envy.” It can suck up time, and people can become too obsessed with likes and comments. People can let numbers define their sense of self-worth. People can get so caught up in the virtual world that they lose sight of the real world. People also use the anonymous interface to say things to others they would never say in person. They compare their lives to the perceived better lives of others. People post what they want others to see, not a true representation of all the ups and downs of life. I see both sides. I feel strongly both ways. Instagram and Pinterest are fun, but I’m on them less often. I love pictures, and both Instagram is popular with the kids, so again I participate to keep my finger on the pulse. Pinterest is visual expression and a resource for creative ideas. I’m not on it very often, but I do find interesting ideas and funny pictures there.

A favorite quote for today…”Be careful what you set your heart upon-for it will surely be yours.” James A. Baldwin

One of my favorite things…my new car!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Valentine’s day tomorrow, guitar lesson and lunch with friends on Friday.

A peek into my day…


Daybook 10/10/12

For Today:  Wednesday October 10, 2012
Outside my window…it’s a cloudy day here in Texas.  Started off foggy too.  The neighborhood is quiet.  The sky is grey.  It’s a warm 70 something degrees outside.
I am thinking…about the quote of the day that appeared on my blog today.  It reminds me of the Buddhist idea that we are what we think.  I’m using this phrase and concept a lot these days.
I am thankful…for thirteen years of wedded bliss with my husband, Joe.  Today is our anniversary, and I’ve been spending time thinking back to that day.  Things are so different now, and I am so thankful for the road we’ve travelled together.  When we got married, he was an undergraduate student, and I was teaching full time.  In the past thirteen years together, he’s gone to law school and made partner at his law firm recently.  We’ve had two babies together, a boy and a girl, talk about a dream come true!  We found his son, Brent and established a relationship with him.  Sierra changed her name to become a Nelson last year.  We’ve built our life together step by step, and I am so thankful for everything he has brought to my life.

In the kitchen…I made some beef, veggie, rice noodle stir fry and there are chicken wings and sliced beets with olive oil and sea salt baking right now.  I cut some fresh romaine lettuce and some carrots for snacking today.

I am wearing…grey tank top and grey GAP sweatpants.

I am creating…an electric guitar solo in the key of E.

I am going…to Austin on Saturday, can’t wait!  Joe has a conference there every year at this time, and since I’m not working this year, I decided to go.  We are staying at a nice hotel and having date night on Saturday to celebrate our anniversary.  I hope to see some of my Austin friends while I’m down there!

I am wondering…whether we will get to see Brent for Christmas.  He is stationed in NY.

I am reading…so embarrased to say I’m still reading the Hunger Games. Or maybe I should say that’s what I ‘should’ be reading. I suck at pleasure reading other than news and non-fiction.

I am hoping…Sierra can come home for Thanksgiving.  She’s working this year, so I don’t know if she will get the time off.

I am looking forward to…some time alone with Joe on our long weekend.  Our lives are so busy. We hardly get to spend much time together.

I am learning…filling in the gaps on logarithms and matrices.

Around the house…there are chores to be done, but I’m facing them with a grateful attitude. I woke up this morning with that feeling of, ‘oh I get to stay home alone all day and do all the work by myself’ and then since then have been taking each task one at a time and looking for the positive in it.  I had a doctor’s appointment then got my allergy shot and a massage then went grocery shopping.  Dishes?  That means we eat enough food.  Laundry?  That means we have enough clothing to wear.  Bills?  We are lucky enough to have a home and a family to support.  Pain?  At least I am up and moving around.  Kids’ stuff everywhere? Thankfully I have kids to pick up after.   I’m so thankful I have the time to devote to myself, my kids, and my house.

I am pondering…kindness. Today there was a truck behind me that pulled right up along side of me and the driver gave me a hard stare. I thought it might be because of my Obama-Biden bumper sticker (not so popular around here).  He had a scowl on his face, so I smiled at him.  He smiled back like he didn’t know what to think.  Life is too short not to smile 🙂

A favorite quote for today…

Quote of the DayA man is what he thinks about all day long.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite things…being a stay home mom.  Having time to be available for my kids is priceless! There is so much to keep track of and so many little things that need doing. It’s awesome to have time to do everything.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  tutoring today, tomorrow, and Friday. Going to Austin on Saturday.

A peek into my day…



FOR TODAY  August 4, 2012

Outside my window…it’s the sun if finally on its way down.  No clouds today.  It’s been so hot all week with temperatures above 100 pretty much every day.  Clear blue skies, another nice day in Texas if you can survive the heat.

I am thinking…about the big kids. Sierra just started her new job today. Brent is on a short break from boot camp. It’s so nice to be able to text with them. Happy for both of them that they are out there in the world pursuing their interests.
I am thankful…for our house, for my family, for my health.

In the kitchen…chicken, potatoes, salad, chardonnay, spaghetti-o’s (Thomas had a craving).

I am wearing…blue soffe shorts and a green Pensacola beach tank top.

I am creating…just wrote a blog post about how I fell in love with math.  Going to play some more guitar tonight.  Working on a few songs including this one.

I am going…to yoga class in the morning. It’s a great way to unwind and focus on the moment.

I am wondering…

I am reading…over my high school and college transcripts.  What a long strange trip it’s been!

I am hoping…to lose weight.  Gaining, not losing…:(

I am looking forward to…seeing Sierra at the end of the month to move her into her new apartment at college.  I didn’t get out there to see her at all last year, and I’m looking forward to being part of her world at school this year.  She’s working now and will be moving into an apartment with other girls.

I am learning…to be the best mom I can be.  It’s hard sometimes because I didn’t have the greatest family growing up.  Parents divorced and my mom had it rough raising me and my brother.  Learning to be a different mom than the one I grew up with.

Around the house…a few baskets of laundry patiently wait for me.  Other than that, things are pretty under control.  Our fence outside needs fixing in a bad way and our landscaping guy won’t return our messages, frustrating!

I am pondering…if I will ever be free from pain.

A favorite quote for today…”Wasn’t it beautiful when everyone believed in you, and you believed in everything?” Taylor Swift

One of my favorite things…hugs!

A few plans for the rest of the week…family day tomorrow (probably the gym and pool) and tutoring a few kids this week.

A peek into my day…


FOR TODAY: July 25, 2012

Outside my window… Powder blue sky, a few lonely clouds, green grass, oak trees, manicured lawns and big brick houses.  It’s still hot although it’s 7pm.  I’m nestled in my comfy neighborhood back in Texas after a week in Florida. 

I am thinking…about so many things…the kids..the bills…my schedule…  I’m thinking about Brent at boot camp and wondering how he is handling all the challenges in his training.  We heard from him about a week ago, and he sounded good. He said he is learning a ton.  The Colorado theater shooting happened while we were on vacation, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot too.  The shooter…the victims…guns…going out in public etc..

I am thankful…Sierra made it safely on her first solo drive to Lubbock.  She and I are so different with highway driving.  I learned how to drive in Washington DC and have always been a confident driver.  She is scared of driving on the highways and has never made the trip by herself.  She looked up an alternate route that kept her on major highways without a lot of interchanges.  She went back to school early to get a job before rush starts and found a job waiting table right away! 
     I’m thankful Zoe and Sierra are getting along better now and have come a long way in developing their sisterly relationship.  I’ve always wanted to have a sister.  They are lucky to have each other.  They are seven years apart, so it’s been kind of rough sometimes with both of them in different stages most of the time.  I think this summer they both realized what it’s like to be in the other one’s shoes and are starting to understand how lucky they are to have sisters even though there is a big age gap.
     I’m thankful for getting to spend today with Thomas (since Sierra left for college and Zoe is sleeping over at Joe’s mom’s).  He is such a good sport when I want to drag him around for girl stuff like getting my nails done today and registering Zoe for dance classes.  We had some lunch and went to the pool.  He said, “hey mommy – win/win – you can swim laps and I can go down the waterslides!”  He joined me in the lap lane for a while and then we played in the family swim area too.  He is working on going all the way across the pool and today asked if I thought he might be able to become an Olympic swimmer one day.  I told him he can be anything he wants. It just takes work and practice.  He seems turned onto the idea of exercising today.  That’s awesome. 
     I’m thankful for Joe.  He is my rock, my soft place to land, and my person.  He is the strong husband and father in the family.  He takes care of all of us. He works really hard to support us and the lifestyle we have.  He loves me just they way I am and supports me in whatever I want to do.

I am learning… to develop my blogging habit.  I’ve been working on it off and on over the years and now that I’m home full time again, it’s fun to get back to writing down some of the many thoughts that run through my complicated mind.  It gives me a way to structure my thinking and to share my thoughts with my friends. 
     I’m still learning guitar.  I downloaded the Ultimate Guitar app on my iPhone and I love looking up songs that I hear to play.  I’m getting better, but I still have a long way to go.  I would still love to get better on my electric guitar, just need to carve out more time to practice.
     I’m also learning Trigonometry.  I need to write a blog about my love affair with math to explain my history, but suffice it to say I didn’t know I liked math or was good at it until I became a teacher.  I want to go back and keep taking classes as time allows.  I’ve downloaded the Trignometry class from Khan Academy on my iPhone too, and I watch the online lessons and do the practice problems.

In the kitchen…grass fed beef is thawing.  Thomas wants Hamburger Helper Stroganoff tonight (yuck!), so I will probably stir fry some veggies with the meat separately and then make the stroganoff with the rest of it. 

I am wearing… my bikini (we just got home from the pool), black nike shorts, and a lime green tank top that says LIVE LOVE SURF Pensacola ❤

I am creating… this blog!  Working on writing about my life and my thoughts without fear of who reads it. 

I am going… to PT tomorrow.  Still having lots of back pain, working on core stabilization and spinal strengthening. 

I am reading…can you believe I’m still on Hunger Games? I think I started it months ago. I’m almost at the end, but I hate reading fiction!  HAHA.  I like to read, but I gravitate to non-fiction.  I have to work on my fictional reading habit just like I have to work on my writing habit.  I’m so much more of a math and science person.  I read a ton of news articles and non-fictional stuff every day, but I admit reading fiction is like pulling teeth.  I saw Hunger Games, and I liked it and heard the books are better, so I’m trying.  I’m toward the end where Katniss and Peeta are still in the cave. She has the extra supplies and his leg is healing, but they are still there.  I’ve seen the movie, so I don’t really care to finish the book, but I heard the book is different, so I do still want to finish it sometime.

I am wondering… how to handle a situation with my mom.  We’ve had a long history together, and although I know she loves me, I am not able to have a relationship with her.  We haven’t spoken since Thanksgiving. She came here and got really upset and changed her ticket and left early then blamed everything on me.  It’s very complicated. I hate that we don’t have a relationship but I don’t know how to fix it.

I am hoping… to lose about ten pounds.  I will write a separate post about diet and my allergies.

I am pondering… what makes some people so into facebook and others not.  The other day, Joe and I were talking about facebook like we often do.  I’m a big fan and am an active user.  I have lived in many places and experienced many things, and I know people all over the world whom I communicate with via facebook.  I’ve always been an extrovert, so it makes sense that I love social media.  I connect with people in real life too, but seriously I have many friends who live in facebook land, and without facebook I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch, see pictures of their kids, or hear about their lives.  I frequently tell Joe about things I post and ask him if he has seen them.  His usual answer is no.  If something’s important, I’ll ask him to go and look at it and tell me what he thinks about it.  Since I’ve been blogging again recently, I decided to also create a facebook ‘fan’ page for my blog…not so much to amass fans (although that would be great) but to have one place for all my blog posts instead of having them mixed throughout my timeline obscured by other posts about what I’m doing or what I’m listening to or links to other interesting sites or pictures I’ve posted.  When you create a page, you invite people to ‘like’ it so they will get your posts in their news feeds.  I invited all my facebook friends to like my page, and I noticed my husband, my most important person in the world didn’t like it yet, so I asked him if he got the invitation or if he had read any of my recent posts.  His response was, “I never think to check facebook.”  I was speechless.  The words echoed in my head again as I struggled to understand them.  We don’t live on the same planet.  I have to try NOT to check facebook too much.  How can people never think to check facebook?  My first impulse is to explain it by saying he has both his parents and had his needs met as a child, so that must be why he doesn’t reach out to others as much as I do.  (I didn’t have both parents, I didn’t have my needs met as a child, and I’ve always reached out to friends for connection and validation to compensate).  I’ve always been a “friends” person.  These days many of my friends live in the computer, so I’m always thinking about connecting and learning things and sharing ideas and expressing myself.  If you’re reading this, you are probably like me. You’re online on facebook or have arrived at my blog through twitter or the daybook or what have you.  I truly ponder what makes people so different on a basic level like that.  Why is it so easy for Joe to never think of facebook?  His answer is that he is too busy in the real world to care about the virtual world.  He reached over, poked my leg, and said, “I like you Susanne and I like Susanne’s World.  I just like Susanne’s real world.”  That meant a lot.  It’s real, and it counted way more than getting 100 likes on facebook.  I’m sure there is a happy medium between never checking facebook and checking it all the time.

I am hearing… Alaine, “Sacrifice”  I still remember the first time I heard this song, on the way down the mountain on our last day in St. John, USVI in 2007.  I thought it was Madonna!

A favorite quote for today…”Be yourself. The world worships the original.”  Ingrid Bergman

One of my favorite things… got a mani/pedi today!  Thomas was happy to come along with me because the ladies let him sit in a massage chair. He loved it!

A few plans for the rest of the week: PT and allergy shots tomorrow, allergy shots for Thomas on Friday, a little shopping to get the kids ready for soccer camp next week. Grocery shopping at Sprouts!

A peek into my day


FOR TODAY:  November 25, 2011

Outside my window…it’s cloudy. My lawn guys are here mowing etc.

I am thinking…about how to keep everything in check.  I’m thinking about how to cover all my bases and do what I need to do.

I am thankful…for my husband and kids. Joe is my rock, my person.  My kids are so special to me.  I want their lives to be the best possible. 

In the kitchen…leftovers.  Eating is overrated.

I am wearing…black sweats and a white sports bra.

I am creating…nothing unfortunately.

I am going…back to work on Monday.  Thank God I have a good job.  I’m always trying to be the best teacher I can be.

I am wondering…how to proceed.

I am reading…The Art of Loving.

I am hoping…that I can learn to balance everything.

I am looking forward to…going to Reno for Christmas.

I am hearing…the TV.
Around the house…the house looks great.  Joe got the Christmas tree up today.  The house is clean.

I am pondering…how to help someone with mental health issues.  You can’t commit them unless they are psychotic or a harm to themselves or others. Yet you watch their lives and your relationship disintegrate in front of you.  I feel so helpless.

One of my favorite things…snuggle time with my hubby and kids.  Such a treasured moment.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  I’m going to the gym now.  Taking Sierra to the movies later.  Gotta catch up on grading papers before Monday.

Here’s a picture I thought worth sharing:  I’m SO thankful for my good friends!!


FOR TODAY: September 11, 2011

Outside my window… the sun is going down. It was in the 90s today but it’s nice and cool out right now. Enjoying not having triple digit heat!
I am thinking…about all the people who lost their lives on 9/11 and all those who continue to suffer from loss today.
I am thankful…for my family and friends.  And most of all, I am thankful for the gift of life!

From the learning rooms…not much going on this weekend.  Zoe’s been working on an art project and a social studies project (making her own continent). 
In the kitchen…shrimp stir fried with yellow, green, and red peppers with brown rice and tamari.
I am wearing…grey shorts and a purple tank top.
I am creating…not really creating much these days unfortunately.

I am going…back to work tomorrow.  It’s been such a busy weekend, I’m wishing we had an extra day.
I am wondering…about my nickel allergies and my hand eczema.  Been researching it and found out more about naturally occuring nickel in foods.  Nickel allergies are specifically tied to hand eczema, so every time it erupts, it makes me learn more about it.  The other night, I ate canned tuna and canned peaches then reacted right away. I forgot that canned food would have a high nickel content, duh!!
I am reading…just finished my book. Looking into other titles to start next. Interested in Existentialism and looking up some famour philosophers like Sartre and Nietzche.
I am hoping…that we will get to see Brent sometime soon. Haven’t seen him since Christmas!
I am looking forward to…seeing Sierra in two weeks for parents’ weekend.  I miss her so much!

I am hearing…the TV (Cowboys game:)
Around the house…working on a lot of laundry (what’s new) and some home improvements. Joe just put in a new microwave and trim kit yesterday and put up our American flag out front today.
I am pondering…why bad things happen.  My church is running a series of sermons and sunday school classes this month to explore this topic.  So far, the message is that there is no great answer for WHY and even when there is, it isn’t very comforting.  The comforting and the peace comes with the HOW of how you move on after bad things happen.  The minister gave a few textbook answers like Genesis 3 when Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent but all in all, the original sin took place because of human choice.  Then with the story of Cain and Abel when one brother killed the other because of jealousy. And then again citing Deuteronomy 30, the lesson was if you are good and follow the ways of the lord life will be good but if you turn away from the lord bad things happen. None of these ‘textbook’ answers help me.  What about when innocent people have bad things happen to them even though they have followed the ways of the lord?  Human choice seems to be the obvious answer, but I find it curious that when humans choose to hate or to kill it is called human choice, not the work of God, but when good things happen, we automatically thank God for his goodness. 
One of my favorite things…snuggling with my kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, work, work, kids have dance, baseball, and taekwondo, bunco Friday night with the girls!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing


FOR TODAY: August 4, 2011

Outside my window… it’s dark.

I am thinking…about space.

I am thankful…for my job.

From the learning rooms…Zoe is working on fractions, decimals, and basic geometry.  Thomas got away without doing homework today. 
In the kitchen…roasted turkey with sweet potatoes, brown rice, and carrots for dinner…dark chocolate and peanut butter for dessert!

I am wearing…a white t shirt and pink victoria secret pajama pants.

I am creating…working on the solo for Santeria by Sublime. 

I am going…to rest more in the coming days.  My feet hurt, and my back hurts!

I am wondering…when it is going to rain. It’s been in the triple digits all week. 

I am reading…The Art of Racing in the Rain.

I am hoping…that my ankle will be ok.

I am looking forward to…beach week next summer!  I already miss being on vacation. 

I am hearing…the dishwasher running and dogs sleeping.

Around the house…we are pretty nice and organized right now. 

I am pondering…how life will be with one less child at home in a few weeks.

One of my favorite things…swimming 🙂

A few plans for the rest of the week: relax as much as possible, register Zoe for bus pass Saturday, dinner with inlaws on Sunday.  Will try to make it to church on Sunday with the girls.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…feeling a little homesick for DC


FOR TODAY:  July 27, 2011

Outside my window… There is no window in this room. I’m at the hospital with Zoe in a generic ER room. 

I am thinking…About whether she should keep doing gymnastics. She keeps getting hurt even though she has cut back from five hours a week to one.

I am thankful…that we are here just for a foot injury and nothing life threatening. 

From the learning rooms…Zoe is working on converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.  Thomas is still working through his summer bridge workbook. Handwriting is his least favorite part! Sierra is spending the night out and took a break today. I’ve been attending PreAP math training his week and have learned many new and creative ideas. One more day then off for just two more weeks. 

In the kitchen…Who knows! I’ve barely been home today! Joe cooked a yummy dinner of chicken, peppers, and rice pasta w/cheese for dinner. 

I am wearing…White shorts and a purple linkin park concert t shirt.

I am creating…working on the solo for 21 guns by green day and the wind by cat Stevens (on my guitar)

I am going…to sleep as soon as I get home!

I am wondering…what healthy snack to take with me tomorrow. 

I am reading…The Art of Racing in the Rain.

I am hoping…Zoe’s foot isn’t hurt too badly. 

I am looking forward to…when the weather starts to cool off. 

I am hearing…The quiet whir of a computer in the room, people walking in the hallways, and various voices. 

Around the house…There is a lot of kid stuff.  Got the upstairs AC fixed today.   

I am pondering…When my foot will ever stop hurting. 

One of my favorite things…Getting a long massage. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  one more day of work, taking the kids to the pool Friday, Blaine’s 40th bday party on Saturday. 

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…


FOR TODAY:  July 18, 2011

Outside my window…partly cloudy blue sky day. Not much going on in the neighborhood. I guess it’s too hot!

I am thinking…about everyone I know who is struggling with the loss of a loved one today.  Sierra attended the funeral of a friend who died from mysterious causes this morning. Another friend lost his brother to a heart attack on Wednesday.  The mother of a friend is praying to bring his body home from S. America where he died in May.  Friends of a friend are grieving the loss of their two year old son from a recent drowning accident. My heart goes out to these people and everyone else I know who has lost a friend or family member.

I am thankful…for time off work.

From the learning rooms…Zoe is learning about exponents and metric measurement.  Thomas is practicing handwriting and addition/subtraction. Sierra is reading and preparing for moving to college next month.

In the kitchen…turkey stock is simmering.  Yesterday, I made homemade chicken veggie noodle soup for the kids (including chicken stock from scratch).

I am wearing…gray shorts and a white short sleeved hoodie.

I am creating…a nicer space in my bonus room. It’s a guest room/office.

I am going…out to get more ink for my printer.

I am wondering…how next school year will go. I’m moving from 7th grade to 6th grade math and looking forward to the change.

I am reading…The Art of Racing in the Rain.  The father’s name in the book is Denny, and that’s Thomas’s middle name (after my mom’s middle name and her mom’s last name).  The daughter in the book is Zoe, and my daughter is Zoe. Small world.

I am hoping…to get to the bottom of my eczema problem.

I am looking forward to…Joe getting home from work! The weekend went by too fast.

I am hearing…birds singing outside.

Around the house…lots of work happening today. Teaching the kids how to keep their rooms clean and to keep clothes folded.  It’s easier said than done 🙂  Decluttering and designating lots of things for giveaway/garage sale.   Bonus room is taking shape slowly but surely!

I am pondering…whether the hand eczema I’m experiencing is due to my nickel allergy more than it is due to foods.  I have a documented nickel allergy, and that is the one of the main associations with dyshidrotic eczema.  I am connecting the dots and wondering whether the gold filling in my tooth needs to be replaced!  I already don’t wear any jewelry with nickel and know better than to wear gold jewelry but haven’t thought about the gold filling in my mouth before. That is a constant source of exposure that I have overlooked. Additionally, I have overlooked the details of a nickel allergy like anything metal like doorknobs, watches, coins, zippers, and even tap water!

One of my favorite things…lazy summer days.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  visiting the allergist and guitar lesson tomorrow, taxiing kids to and from classes (taekwondo, tumbling), being productive at home.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…