Monday, July 30, 2007


Ten things on my mind this morning, in no particular order:

1. Will I ever get out of debt?

2. Will I ever be able to lose weight?

3. How come I feel so miserable?

4. My son told me yesterday that God provides for our needs...not our wants. I need to think about that some more and get my priorities straight based on that statement, which I know is true, but I am still in denial.

5. I don't want to be like a mule - stubborn, unteachable, always bucking.

6. I want to be like a tamed stallion - powerful, strong, beautiful, yet under control. There is something to be said for being under the control of your Master...quiet strength...

7. I want to get out of debt. We are not in trouble, but there isn't much extra $, that's for sure.

8. I'm fixating on $ right now, especially with school starting in a month. I have three children to clothe and buy supplies for. Thank God that my oldest son's dad agreed, and has already purchased, the special uniforms and shoes that are required by the vocational high school.

9. God provides for my needs.

10. I need to stop worrying because God provides for me. Always has. In the most amazing ways, sometimes.

I sure do love HIM!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Monday Madness (Yes, I know it's Thursday)

Since I also am creatively challenged, I lifted this meme from Loop de Loops blog, which she in turn lifted from Monday Madness.

This one is about food:

1. Are there any weird "food rules" you have? Feel free to list as many as you like.

Well, after a lifetime of dieting (mostly unsuccessfully) I am sure I have lots of food rules that don't seem like food rules to me but really are. For instance, I used to love fettucine alfredo. I cannot bring myself to eat it now because I know how incredibly fattening and bad for your heart it is. I don't eat chocolate, but I love chocolate. I always analyze food in my head before I eat it. Often, said analysis will cause me to pass it by. It amazes me that with all my food rules and issues, I'm still overweight. But that's a different post altogether.

2. When you were growing up, what ONE thing did your parents always remind you of, when it came to meal time (or cooking)?

That I should eat everything on my plate because there were starving children in Africa. Looking back, I see that that argument makes absolutely no sense? How would my eating everything on my plate help starving children in Africa? Shouldn't I send them food instead?

3. Is there anyone you know whose food you won't eat (for one reason or another)?

I don't think so.

4. Is there anything you "specialize" in cooking, that people actually ask for?

Well, I make a great lemon raspberry pie, and a gingerbread trifle that is awesome, if I say so myself. Do people actually request it? No, not really. They do however, always ask for my husband's potato salad.

5. When you were growing up, what one meal do you remember as being your favorite?

New England Boiled Dinner - inevitably, though, even time my mom made it, I got sick BEFORE eating it, so I never got to enjoy it right away. I always got the leftovers.

6. Today, what is your IDEAL meal?

Grilled salmon, rice pilaf, and roasted veggies if I'm being "good."
If I choose to indulge, then I'll have Thanksgiving dinner, with all the fixings.

This meme comes from Monday Madness

Ethical Question

These sorts of things happen to me all the time...well, I've never actually found $100 just lying around, but I am often faced with ethical dilemnas. So, the question of the day is:

If you found a $100 bill on the sidewalk, what would you do?

a/put it in my wallet, hello new shoes!

b/Pass it by, gross, germs!

c/Give the money to charity.

d/Add it to my savings.

I would definitely pick it up and give the money to charity. I would feel incredibly guilty using or saving the money for myself, knowing that it didn't belong to me. The ideal option would be to find the person who lost it, but if it's just lying on the sidewalk, chances are good the person would be long gone.

I was recently faced with this question, only the amount of money in question was $5. Yep, just $5. I was at the self check-out lane at our local grocery store. I paid for my purchase in cash. As I counted by change, I noticed that the machine had counted out $5 too much. The $5 bills were crisp and new, so I imagine they just stuck together.

After a momentary lapse in judgment wherein I thought about just stuffing the cash in my wallet, I realized it was wrong. Did I want to sin (steal) $5? Was it really worth the guilt for $5? Would I honor God by making excuses for keeping it? The answer to all those question is NO.

So, once I got my head on straight again, I located the supervisor and handed her the $5, explaining that the machine had given me too much change. She just looked at me with the most interesting look on her face. Something like "You're crazy, lady, for telling me you got $5 too much."

I am quite certain that the moment I turned my back, the supervisor pocketed the cash, all the while thinking I was crazy for even mentioning it.

Well, she may think I'm crazy, but I feel that I did the right thing, honored God by it, and took another tiny step toward holiness by showing integrity.

So, what would you do if you found $100? $5? a quarter?

"But my God shall supply all your needs, according to HIS riches in glory."

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

This is what makes me obsessive-compulsive

Today's blogger challenge on 2Peas was to write about 5 things you do EVERY DAY without fail. Since I love lists, I'm all for this challenge.

Every day I....

1. Take my thyroid med

2. Go to the bathroom LOL

3. Check my e-mail and surf the Web

4. Pray

5. Get dressed

All of these things are done by 7:30 a.m. on a typical morning.

Actually, the more I think about things I do every day, the more I realize how methodical I can be. I like routine for the most part, but always leave some room for spontenaiety. I like surprises every now and again, but true to my OCD-ness, I like to have some semblence of control over surprises and spontaneous happenings. Makes sense to me.

I've been tagged - SEVEN

I've been tagged by Loop de loops, so here goes:

List 7 random things about myself. This isn't going to be easy, you know. I don't really like self-examination.

1. I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies. It's true. Ask anybody.

2. I cannot think if my surroundings are chaotic. I thrive on orderliness. Unfortuntately, the only place that is orderly in my life is at work, go figure.

3. I have struggled with my weight for more than 2/3 of my life. Being I'm not that old, that's a LONG time.

4. I am a loyal friend.

5. I need a manicure and pedicure. It's been way too long since I've had either. Nice visual, eh?

6. I want to go back to school in the worst way.

7. I enjoy a challenge, especially if it is something that makes me use my left brain.

There you have it. Seven random things about me. Fascinating, huh?

I am now supposed to tag other bloggers. Since I don't think that anyone that hasn't already been tagged actually reads my blog, I have no idea whom to tag. But, here goes, maybe I'll get lucky:

1. The Edge of Reason
2. Greg
3. Jen Shunk
4. Little Women
5. A Beautiful Mess
6. Ali Edwards
7. Becky Higgins

Each blogger should list 7 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to then report this on their own blog with their 7 random facts as well as these rules. They then need to tag 7 others and list their names on their blog. They are also asked to leave a comment for each of the tagged, letting them know they have been tagged and to read the blog.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Blast from the past

Huh? Can you repeat that?

Your Linguistic Profile:

45% General American English

40% Yankee

10% Upper Midwestern

0% Dixie

0% Midwestern