Small Victories!

August 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm (Parenting)

Rose, Han Solo, and Anakin are outside playing football.  You have to be tough for this here.  The children are playing in a rock landscaped back yard (hot) fenced by slump block (hot) and it’s 90 degrees out at 6:00pm (hot) and is 49% humidity (hot).  And yet they are out there playing and having a great time.


As I sat marveling at this I watched Anakin run straight into Han Solo’s face.  Expressions changed and I froze to watch what was to become of this.  (OK, really I wanted to see if Han Solo was going to throw a right jab or left.)


Then the clouds parted.


After Han Solo recounted what happened, Anakin said,


“I’m sorry, will you please forgive me?”


He then promptly received a nod/bear hug combination from Han Solo and they continued as they were.


Desert Monsoon Heat – GROSS


Cardinals Football that has Been to Poland and Back – OVERPRICED


Boys who Seek and Offer Forgiveness Without Being Reminded  – PRICELESS!


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Blog Management Tip

August 26, 2008 at 5:40 pm (Blogging)

Do you read blogs?


Well, by default, since you are here, reading this, you read blogs.


They’re beautiful, aren’t they?  Various designs, various colors, photos and graphics, little personalized touches of this code and that.  It’s like going into that person’s home and seeing their living room – it shows you a bit of their personality – a peek at what they’re like.


The problem is, if you have several that you like to visit on a regular basis that means clicking on each link in your bookmarks and waiting for that page to load.  If that person has not updated, then there you are, having spent that time to find out there is nothing new to read.  You’ve driven across town to their home, but they are out for the day.


Enter Bloglines.  Think headlines here.  Go to Bloglines, set up an account, and ‘subscribe’ to your favorite blogs.  Then, the next time you want to read them, go to your Bloglines.  Down the left side of your screen will be a list of the blogs to which you subscribe.  Those that have been updated since you last read will be in bold type.  Click on them one at a time and their content will come up on the screen to the right.  Super easy.  No, you don’t see the beautiful graphics, but if you want that you can click on the title of the blog at the top of the page and be taken to the actual blog with all the pretty foo foo and everything.  You drive across town when you KNOW they’re home!  When you’re done back up to Bloglines and go to the next bold typed blog.


It’s also a nice way to manage the blogs you enjoy.  I know one person who thought their list was out of control at 10, and another who thought that at 50 there were finally too many to read.  Set a limit for yourself, and then every once in a while go through and revisit each one.  Have you changed?  Has the blogger?  For better or worse?  Are there other blogs you enjoy that are better worth your time?  Are you learning from this person or is it more like a talk show where you relate but nothing gets accomplished?  Delete a few; make room for a few more.  Work within your limits so you don’t end up spending way too much time that should be spent elsewhere.


Oh yeah – and it’s free!

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Olympic Confessions

August 15, 2008 at 10:32 am (This and That)

It’s a good thing the Olympics is only every two years and lasts a short duration, because I don’t think I can take this going to bed at midnight every night much longer!


What exactly is TEVO, a machine?  A monthly service?


I’m going to have to find out, because it’s 10:30am and I’m ready for a nap.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

August 11, 2008 at 11:48 am (The Simple Woman's Daybook)

For today

I’m doubling up on house keeping tasks so everything gets done despite two days away from home this week.

Outside my window

A standard Arizona August day.  Clear, hot, slight breeze.

I am thinking

That I am so glad a friend of mine is alive for one more day.

I am thankful for

A husband who absorbs the difficulties of life and makes everything ok again.

From the kitchen


I am wearing

My nightgown still!

Once I’m done cleaning, I’ll throw it in the laundry, shower and put big girl clothes on.

I am reading

Protocol Matters!  A birthday gift that I inadvertently (honest) opened upon its delivery.

I am hoping

To make a nice day for Mr Perfect’s birthday tomorrow!

I am hearing

Mossflower, a book on CD playing for the boys.

Around the house

A sparkling clean master bedroom, with clean carpet thanks to my new Dyson.

Next up is the master bath.

One of my favorite things

Friends pulling together for a common cause.

A few plans for the rest of the week


Bringing Daisy home tomorrow, a visit with my grandmother, and Mr. Perfect’s birthday tomorrow.  Errands and lessons Wednesday, then home sweet home for the rest of the week.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you


A family photo we had to shoot to accompany an upcoming magazine article.

Lando, Daisy, Q, Mr Perfect, Rose, HanSolo

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One More Time!

August 5, 2008 at 9:53 am (This and That)

Do you have an article of clothing which you use as an indicator as to the state of your figure?  You know, the one that when it gets a little snug you know it’s time to get a grip before things get out of control?


I have such an article.


But when it started getting a tad snug, my solution to the problem was to simply quit wearing it.  Not very effective!


So finally I’ve decided to be a big girl (for fear of becoming a bigger girl) and start working out.  Yesterday I relocated the laptop to the master bedroom and pulled out the half-dozen workout dvds I have and enjoy.  The morning routine was reconsidered and work-out time was found.


As I was loading up one of my favorites, I read the guarantee on the cover.


“Visible Results in Just 10 Workouts!”


Well, I’ve used this dvd 10 times and saw NOTHING.


But I wonder if 10 workouts in 18 months is perhaps not what they had in mind?

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

August 4, 2008 at 10:07 am (The Simple Woman's Daybook)

For Today…

Outside my Window

breezy and overcast, with a slight promise of rain tonight!

I am thinking

I’ve got to stick with new habits of exericise.

I am thankful for

the ability to work out.  (I can’t believe I said I was THANKFUL for that!)

From the kitchen

coffee . . . yummm . . .

I am wearing

denim skirt, pink T, gold sandals.

I am reading…

Tapestry of Grace Year 1 Unit 1

I am hoping…

the vacuum situation is easily managed.

I am hearing…

girls working through math, and boys buzzing around with blocks and trucks.

Around the house

things are pretty well managed and in good order.  Yeah!

One of my favorite things…

being the only one awake in the house . . . it’s almost as good as being alone!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…

quiet and home with the exception of crazy Wednesday.  Home – love it!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

I bought a Miele vacuum that was supposed to be this wonderful recommended for allergies high powered vacuum.  After having it for three months I tested my suspicions and vacuumed the downstairs portion of the house with it.  Then I borrowed my girlfriend’s Dyson.  This is what was pulled from the carpet.  I put the lens cap to show scale.  (Yes, I cleaned it before putting it back on the camera!)

Eewww!  Yes, the Miele is going back, and I’m getting a Dyson!

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