Monday, August 31, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I thought I'd get caught up today but my house is a mess. How it gets so messy with only three of us here I don't know. I'm the only one here ALL DAY!!!
I tell ya... it is so easy to waste time.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm also annoyed. Mr. Macchiato and I've been working out. He has never ever dieted and has never been interested in watching what he eats. I, on the other hand, am a professional gainer and loser. I know it all. My problem is that I am an all or nothing person and I am either extremely self disciplined or... not. Since my SD diagnosis in December of 2005... pretty much, not. On the weight issue anyway. I love to eat and when I am depressed things like pumpkin bread and chai tea lattes... or caramel macchiatos... or countless other yummy things... make me temporarily happy.
So, Mr. Macchiato has dropped 15 lbs. He stopped drinking soda and has been more mindful about what he eats but isn't really on a diet. I'm not really on a diet either but I certainly am more mindful than he is. The elliptical machines at our gym tell us how many calories we've burned and how far we've gone. I'm always looking over at his. I can't keep up with him! I don't understand how he burns 150-200 more calories than I do during the same amount of time! Yes, he's going faster and has the resistance set higher longer than I do... Ugh. And I feel like I'm dying while I'm on there! D Y I N G.
And to make things worse... he actually has the gal to tell me about calories and carbs. HELLO!!! Are you kidding me?!?!? I seriously want to hurt him. S E R I O U S L Y.
I'm a bit excited though. Mr. Macchiato has always been my biggest saboteur. I could write out a list here of offenses against me that have made it difficult for me over the years but I don't want to make him look bad. No wait. Yes, I do.
One time he brought a friend home from church with him and had me make them ice cream malts because he couldn't make them as good as I do. I was being super disciplined and it about killed me. It was like having an alcoholic fix mixed drinks.
Another time he went to the store and brought home 5 large Reese's Peanut Butter cups and ate them all in front of me. He did recognize that that was rude so after that he would just eat candy on the way home from work and then kiss me with his peanut M&M breath. That, he's done for years... and years.
And yet another time... I spent a lot of time fixing a fabulous meal. It was vegetarian and it was after several nights of vegetarian meals... but, they were good meals! He got upset with me because there was no meat and drove to Mc Donalds and got himself a big bag of heart attack and brought it home and ate it... not only in front of me... but in front of our children!
T H E I N J U S T I C E!!!
But... maybe this time will be different. Maybe if Mr. Macchiato is on board then I can end this cycle I have. It would just be nice if he could not do this so easily. Oh my Lord does that ever annoy me. Every morning he tells me what he weighs and I tell him he is a Rat Bastard. Because I'm a nice supportive Christian wife like that.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Hi to all my friends and family,
I felt compelled to spread this story about son's best friend, Sam who is 8 (on the left in the photo above). He is in MAJOR need of Prayer. The following story is what his mother Cindy (we are in MOPS together) wrote today.
Our son Sam is a wonderful young man who is 8 years old. He will be 9 in January. He is going into the 3rd grade in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Sam had been having some pain in his right knee most of this summer (2009). As the pain increased we realized that something might be wrong and we made an appointment for him to see an Orthopedist on 8/10/09. At this doctors appointment an X-ray was done of Sam's leg/knee and it showed that there was a mass that the doctor believed to be cancerous. Samuel went into the hospital just a few days later for a series of tests. He received a cat scan, MRI, and also a full body scan. Our family met with the pediatric oncologist the following day and Samuel was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Osteosarcoma (stage 4). The cancer is in his right knee and it has also spread to both of his lungs. This is an agressive type of cancer and it will be treated with agressive forms of chemo. We are asking everyone to please lift up our litle boy Samuel Gordon Bish in prayer. We pray for healing!! We serve a mighty God and we know that HE can heal Sam if that is his will for Sam's life. Please be prayer warriors along with our family as Sam starts this very difficult journey in his young life.
Today's date is August 16th, 2009 and all this has happened in 6 days. His first appointment was on Monday the 10th and by Friday the 14th he was in the hospital getting his Chemo-port put in his chest and a biopsy done.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here's Booper catching a show... He is one weird dog! He finds the little people on TLC fascinating. It is hilarious!
Can you believe it? The summer is over! I don't think we had more than a handful of days where the temps got above 90 here in Colorado Springs. There's usually 3-5 weeks where it is too hot for my taste and we never got there this summer. In fact, the last couple nights have been chilly enough to where I had to close my windows. Do you know what this means?
Fall is beginning!!! My very favorite season!!! Apples, pumpkins, beautiful blue skies and brilliantlly colored leaves! Crisp Friday night football games... hot apple cider... fires in the fireplace... I AM SO EXCITED!!!
Can you believe I haven't even had any coffee yet? Not one drop. I just love Mondays and first days of school. I felt that way when I was homeschooling the kids too. All the new supplies... new books... LOVE IT!!!
This is my Managers of Their Homes Scheduling Kit. You take your lists and put everything you want to do on little squares and rectangles of paper and then sticky tac them onto the bigger sheets. You do this so you can move them around. You can see I still have the kids and my last work up on there from our last year of homeschooling. I am not this far into it. I needed to wait for that last football schedule after all the tweaking. I need to buy a new planner today and get all of our committments down in it before I get to this step. I do have all of my other lists done.
There go the boys following them. They had to come back on Saturday because Double Shot had a team meeting, equipment draw, practice and his friend had to work later that night. They were able to hike up Mount Democrat with their Dads on Friday which is over 14,000 ft in elevation.
I had a bunch of friends over on Friday night and we had a blast! We did allow one little man to come. Will you look at those legs?!?!? Oh my Lord is this baby adorable! And squishy. And happy. And... he made all our hearts go pitty pat and we passed him around and squeezed him and smelled him and squeezed him some more!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I hope y'all are having a great week! School starts Monday so I'll be getting back to the whole scheduling/organizing thing then.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I just couldn't help myself. Mr. Macchiato worked late and came home to a messy house and a crummy dinner. He might leave me.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Many of those clear plastic tubs are actually empty. I need to go through the stuff from our storage unit and will be moving some of that stuff into the tubs.
This is Frappy's old room. I'll be surprised if she ever lives at home again. She's got her plan! Next summer she'll be in Spain taking classes at a University. She'll graduate in 20011 and then go on to three years of medical school for physical therapy. Now it is the guest/project room. I set those tables up because I thought I could work on photos on one and sewing on the other. By not having to put everything away I am hoping to make some real progress in both of those areas.
I have to wonder at myself sometimes. I know what I need to do and how to do it. I know and have helped others that really do not know how to get organized. Why do I step away from it and allow things to get out of control?
I know part of the problem is that I'm an all or nothing perfectionist. If I can't have things exactly how I want them I will ignore them. That is why all my pictures and photo albums are such a mess. I just throw them all into a closet and shut the doors.
And the filing. Oh Good Lord. We have everything from the past 20 years. The last time I went through and filed everything was probably three years ago. We have gathered these piles that I have just placed into boxes as is. When we have to find something it is a nightmare.
I think of those things as my dirty little secrets. I recently moved all the pictures into Frappy's old bedroom. I set up two 6 ft. tables so that I could start organizing them. It is such a mess that I had to shut the door. Do you ever look at something and get so overwhelmed that you end up on the couch with a cup of coffee staring out of the window? I hate that feeling of being vapor locked.
My camera just quit yesterday when I was hiking. I have no idea what happened to it and it quit with the lens open. Interestingly, I was cleaning out a closet the other week and found the digital camera my mother-in-law gave us back in 2003. Mr. Macchiato was handing it to me at Chai Tea's Sweet 16 Party while it was still attached to his wrist and when he pulled his hand back it was yanked out of my hand and fell on the floor open. The lens would not open and close properly after that. I decided to play around with it a bit... and guess what? It works now. All that to say that I'm going to post some pictures in my next post.
Last year I posted this on my then dirty little secret, the storage area of the basement. Then there was this update on that project. I scrolled through my Drudgery posts and did not see where I posted a picture of when I was done. Maybe I never finished it completely??? It did get out of hand again and I recently cleaned it out to get it ready for the stuff we were taking out of storage. The stuff that is still sitting in my garage. Oy!
So, tell me, those of you who are joining in, where are you at in this process?
Monday, August 3, 2009
I spend a lot of time on the computer, often too much time...
I go through this questioning of whether I should be blogging or not a lot. One of the books that has had a real impact on my life is, A Woman After God's Own Heart, by Elizabeth George. I first read it back in 1998. In it she asks the question about how you spend your time and pointed out that you can fill your time with good things... but is there something better and beyond that is there something that is best? It has stuck in my mind as good, better or best.
What I usually do when I am struggling with blogging is step away from it. I'm not going to do that this time. Over the next couple of days I am going to lay it all out for myself and re-set my priorities and goals. If you feel you are needing to strike a balance in your life too... maybe we can do this together!
Back in our homeschooling days I bought a scheduling kit called, Managers of Their Homes, by Steven and Teri Maxwell. This was an invaluable tool for me. I found that scheduling the kids school time by subject did not work well for us but that when we followed the schedule in other areas it made homeschooling much less stressful. Over the last ten years I have pulled this kit out every time I've needed to get back on track. This is the first time I'll be pulling it out just for me.
The first step is to start a list of chores categorized by whether they need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and infrequently. It is best to take a couple days to complete the list because you won't think of everything in one sitting. I've rushed this step before and ended up having to re-do my chart.
The second step is to prioritize. What are your short term and long term goals? What needs to be done each day and how long does it take? Include sleeping on the list. I've added up the hours doing this step before to find that I would need more than 24 hours to do it all. It will help you to be more realistic.
I do not complete the first step before moving on to the second because they both require some thought and they will change as you remember to add things.
Tomorrow I'll share the beginnings of my lists.
Make your Monday MaRvELoUs!!!