like my life, this post is a hodgepodge of important and trivial snippets of info. I am just going to brain dump on all of you and call it a post, okay?
–The youngest two boys are going trick or treating for the first time ever, this week. We’ve done a few harvest parties, we’ve occasionally dressed up, but they’ve never gone door-to door. Grandma and Grandpa have a friendly, safe neighborhood for it and so this year, we choose to do that. Now my conservative family and friends will be in shock at this. What? Your family is now worshipping satan and endorsing a blatantly pagan holiday?! and my liberal family and friends will say What?! those poor children haven’t been allowed a night of innocent fun because their narrow-minded parents are such puritans?
and John says (and I agree) that if you are ticking off both groups? You are probably walking in the Spirit and living a pretty balanced life.
–I was given a Kindle. It is wonderful and makes me very, very happy. More books! Always a good thing-especially going into Winter, with lots “curling up with the cat and a cuppa tea” opportunities.
–I have lost 15 lbs. This makes me even happier than the Kindle. Can we stay strong through the holidays? That is the test! I did buy a cheap rain-proof jacket to get out and start running again…I love running/walking in the fall, the most. I cannot believe it’s been a year since the Nike Womens Half-Marathon!
–Sam wants to grow out his hair and I am letting them be teenagers and decide such things and yet now it is in a crazy, stick-up and out all over stage. Why do I always say yes to such ideas, right before it is time to take holiday photo cards?
–We love our Lifegroup at church. We are in a great group of people to laugh and share with each week-they are real and warm. There is not much we would leave our cozy home at night for, especially on Wednesdays. Do you watch Modern Family? Hilarious stuff. That, and The Office, are my favorite comedies. Thanks to the DVR we have the freedom to go to small group! because to not fellowship with other Christian families, so you can watch your favorite sitcom? that’s probably wrong.
–Have spiders moved into your house? I know it happens every Fall, but it always takes me by surprise…I really hate the little buggers. I would rather be invaded by snakes. Or better yet? little bunnies.
–I haven’t done ANYTHING on my 40 by 40 list. I guess 15 lbs off, is getting closer to the whole “healthy weight” thing but it still smacks true: if I only have 16 months left, I better get cracking. Although I am going to count the work project we do in Mexico this Spring as the “Habitat for Humanity” goal because they are really, really close. Is it weird that the first thing on that list that pops up in my mind is “I really, really want to milk a cow”?
–We have a lot of tea. Like 56 varieties. So why do I buy a new one every time I go to the store? I know it’s healthy. I do actually drink it. Yes-everyday, several cups. But I may be crossing onto compulsion here. Seriously, I could flood a harbor with it, if anyone needs to protest something…
–ooh, speaking of patriotism in its finest form: have you voted? John and I send those ballots back the next day. Where we live is in such a liberal county that almost every year I watch the results and am continually stunned:
that everyone I vote for, loses anyway?
and every measure I support gets defeated?
and every stupid wasteful law I disagree with? gets passed with a majority!
Yet, I am not dissuaded. It’s our responsibility and privilege to vote and to not do so is shameful. If you don’t vote, don’t tell me. Because you will get an ear full!!
–Found a great eye doctor (the one who helped Josiah) and had a new prescription and oh joy! Glasses that really help, that do not give me even worse headaches…bliss. It was a comfort to hear him declare how wonky my eyesight really IS, with that left eyeball all afflicted and half-blind, but the right eye all Hulkish and super-strong. When he said “Your headaches must be excruciating.” I felt so justified and relieved that I wanted to shout (and I guess, blog-wise, I am) SEE?! I AM NOT A WUSS!
–The new dining room table has inspired new placemats. cloth napkins. centerpieces that aren’t just the weeks bowl of apples. I cannot tell if John and the boys appreciate the extra touch, or are they simply humoring me? Truth is, I don’t care. I like it and think a little civility now and then is a good thing! Pizza and root beer on tv trays while watching football? They realize that will never die completely, so they aren’t too nervous. Eventually I will grow tired of ironing napkins and the placemats will get stained and life will return to normal.
–spellcheck doesn’t think placemats is a real word.