Wednesday, February 24, 2010

monster eating people in the underground of Seattle

Gratitude: really good piano players, those I work with and those I am related to.

Me: realizing that sometimes you get what you asked for.

Da House: Huge epiphany on the re-vamping of my front yard. I found a wonderful idea for using lattice fencing to create a privacy screen as well as a place to hang flower pots. Lumber yard here I come!

The Dog: wiggly and soft

The Girls: Back at it with school and childcare. Sadie is incredibly devoted to her routine and does not like any one messing with it. I am trying to accept this as a typical four-year old "thing" without giving in to it much. I did NOT drive to Bothell last night when we realized that her blanket was left at the babysitter's house.

Reading/Watching/Listening: Reading the 3rd of the Greywalker series. This one is about a monster eating people in the underground of Seattle. Really good!

Eagerly Anticipating: A hefty tax return that may get the family to Palm Springs for Spring Break!

Projects: fence idea found now on to the lumber yard!

Thinking on: facing fears and resisting old patterns.

Work: Bad Monkey performance a week from Friday. They sound so GREAT! Had an observation that went very well today. Can't wait for Overton's visit to my classroom tomorrow to share Duke Ellington music with my kiddos. I love my job.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

We Love Ashes

Gratitude: Ash Wednesday, good coffee, creative friends.

Me: enjoying mid-winter break, which I usually don't really see a need for but will take it this year.

Da House: I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning and organizing. Will be tackling the office closet soon. I need to figure out a way of convincing my family that once things get organized they stay that way if we all put things back where they belong.

The Dog: He got his physical this week and his blood work looks good. The phenobarb that he has been taking can wreak havoc on his liver but his levels look okay. Perhaps I will work on an addition to his diet that supports good liver health.

The Girls: Isabelle is currently at an art-experience with our friend Matt Bazemore. He is a wonderful artist who was willing to spend some hours "out in the field" giving Isabelle some art pointers. The girls and I went to SAM yesterday. Sadie was not too impressed with the art but very much enjoyed the children's spaces. Isabelle, however, would have stayed longer. I must say, I enjoy my daughters so much. There perspectives on life never cease to impress me.

Reading/Watching/Listening: Reading the 2nd Remy Chandler book by Tom Snegoski. Remy is a Seraphim who has chosen to take a break from Heaven and take human form. He is a private investigator who is frequently having to deal with fallen angels creating problems on earth. Darker than you might imagine.

Eagerly Anticipating: A hefty tax return that may get the family to Palm Springs for Spring Break.

Projects: Organizing and pondering a shift in landscaping in the front yard. I'm looking for a lattice style fence on which I can mosaic something.

Thinking on: Lent. I am sacrificing dessert again this year. It's hard but so worth it.

Work: Two weeks until the first Marimba Club performance. The kids have deemed themselves "The Bad Monkeys". They are sounding great. I love my job.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The theme is laziness

Gratitude: a good mattress, new sheets, and a husband who lets me sleep in.

Me: loving the days after Christmas. Laziness and lots of down time.

Da House: relatively clean save for the little toy explosions that occur in the MIDDLE of the kitchen floor.

The Dog: is entertaining Scarlett while Miss Ruth is in Portland.

The Girls: Belle and I sang at Blessed Sacrament last night with Amy, Ruby, and Matt. It was very, very nice. Harp accompaniment. I am so proud of my daughter for so many reasons. Sadie is coming down from Christmas. It was a lot to get her head around and she pretty much lost it on Christmas night. She had a very fun afternoon with Grandpa B and Paco playing games and being the center of attention, which is never a bad thing and then slept for 11 hours last night.

Reading/Watching/Listening: Watched "The Visitor" last night. Heading to see Avatar with my DH this afternoon. Thanks to Amy and the clan for watching our girls.

Eagerly Anticipating: Lazing about.

Projects: Just remembered I have a cross to start on and I want to start on another for Lydia Anderson. Lydia is the daughter of a colleague who is battling a re-occurence of Leukemia. She's only 8 years old for heavens sake!

Thinking on: carving out some time for centered prayer. Still praying on a miracle for healing within my family.

Work: Will need to start on that project for the 4th. Maybe a little bit everyday this week and a big push on the 2nd?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Gratitude: friends. A lovely 12-year old who enjoys crafting and painting.

Me: ticking off the list of gifts and projects before the big day and doing my very best to not see the task as a "task" but as a celebration of the season.

Da House: kind of messy but I'm glad I'm home to take care of cleaning it up. I much prefer a house that I have time to clean. Doesn't mean it gets done right away but it could if I chose to do so.

The Dog: is struggling with us being home all day. We really mess up his napping schedule.

The Girls: Belle sang a very lovely Readings and Carols concert on Sunday night. I was thoroughly bathed in the Spirit. I love my church. Sadie is getting a handle on this whole Santa thing. She prefers Santa at a distance, however, no going to sit on anyone's lap this year!

Reading/Watching/Listening: Watched "Taking Chance" the other night. Based on a true story about a marine officer escorting the remains of Private Chance Phelps home to his family. Very well done and nice to see the emphasis on American's who appreciate the sacrifice of our military without having to teabag to do it.

Eagerly Anticipating: Christmas! Spending the eve and the day with lovely, lovely friends.

Projects: Safely delivered the 5 crosses that colleagues ordered last week. I will definitely be taking orders a bit earlier next year. One more cross to go, but will wait until the New Year to deliver it. Found a very cool book of paper ornaments to create at JoAnn's. The paper is pre-perforated with the folding directions included. I have yet to create any, however, as Isabelle has taken this on with venom.

Thinking on: The Season. My Advent bible study on prayer has stuck and I found myself excited to pray the other night.

Work: Have a bit of a project to complete for the 4th but will hold off on that until after Christmas.

Friday, December 11, 2009

a quiet afternoon

Gratitude: Christmas lights

Me: Taking an afternoon to get some errands run. So much more efficient without a 4 year old. Yes, she is admitting to being 4 now.

Da House: Cold and cold and cold. Very tempted to spend the 10K to get a new furnace. Oh wait, I don't have 10K. Hoping the police don't come by to ding me for burning a fire during the burn ban.

The Dog: During the cold snap he gets to stay in the house, by himself if we leave for the evening. He has been good so far, hopefully he's old enough to know to not chew up the new sofa.

The Girls: Belle had a very busy week with homework and band/choir performances. She is trying very hard to stay on top of the homework load, and is mostly successful. I am very proud of her diligence. Sadie has finally admitted to being 4 but refused to take her vitamins this morning because she doesn't want to "be big and strong". "My gracious!"

Reading/Watching/Listening: Finished book 3 of the Weather Warden's series. Finished watching "The Prisoner" which did not end well. Still don't get it. 6 hours wasted!!!

Eagerly Anticipating: Tin and Dave's ornament exchange party tonight and a work event tomorrow night.

Projects: Sold 4 crosses at the Bazaar, but no mirrors. Someone said people don't like to buy mirrors when the economy is bad. Really?? Five orders for crosses after taking my wares to work. Will be working on those this weekend!

Thinking on: Advent and the waiting. I read a blog from someone who "hates Christmas". I found that sad. Bible study this week focused on how Jesus teaches us to pray. Point to ponder: Jesus asks that we bring everything to the altar. Including our angers, resentments, and frustrations. We don't have to come to the altar "clean", the altar is where we are cleansed.

Work: The kids are getting noisy. Trying to stay consistent, but we all need a vacation. Passive/aggressive children are very difficult for me to work with so I try to remember that I am the grown up and they are less than 12.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

All Fesitve, All the Time

Gratitude: my faith, Advent, half-price books.

Me: Returned from a nice work out and some Christmas shopping. Found some festive decorations for my bathroom and completed our Advent Wreath, I know, I'm late.

Da House: Very Festive! Even the Bathroom! Mostly clean, in preparation for Sadie's not-4 Birthday party tomorrow.

The Dog: Eye is all cleared up. Thank you home remedies. Needs his nails trimmed.

Reading/Watching/Listening: Reading book 3 of the Weather Warden's series. Watching "The Prisoner" which apparently is a remake of a 1960's series. This round has Jim Caviezial (sp)? and Ian McCullum in it. It is terribly confusing as well as terribly entertaining.

Eagerly Anticipating: Sadie's not-4 birthday party. She is still refusing to turn 4 regardless of my attempts to convince her about the advantages of aging. We didn't go to Gig Harbor for the party today. Darling Husband was not comfortable with leaving Belle babysitting for so long, and dear Uncle Paco was not available. I was secretly glad, because my weekend was looking a little Caldwellian.The St. Jame Advent Bazzaaaarrrr tomorrow!!!!

Projects: A couple more things to spray with Varathane but other than that, ready to go. Hope I sell a few things at the Bazzaaaarrrr.

Thinking on: My prayer life. I was raised with the tradition that family prayer was around the dinner table and at Church nothing wrong with that, just the way it was. Today, a new tradition was born. Sean, the girls, and I blessed our Advent Wreath as a family. Isabelle and I even sang a verse of O Come Emmanuel. Thanks to the Buchholz family for the Family Blessings book.

Work: The Sister Schools supply drive started yesterday. I love that we teach our students that they can save the world, but more than that, that they feel a sense of responsibility to help those less fortunate than themselves.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two in two days!

Gratitude: A husband who will listen to me. Smart, articulate people.

Me: Back from a wonderful Advent Bible Study class at Church. Big aha moment was that Jesus prays for us too! John 17. Oh dear, one bible study and I'm quoting scripture!

Da House: Messy, due to a 12-year old that doesn't clean up after herself. She does, however, bake a fine birthday cupcake for her little sister.

The Dog: Suffering from a mild case of conjunctivitis (my diagnosis) which we are treating with my contact lens disinfecting solution. Looking a little better and not as red. Still, don't tell the vet.

Reading/Watching/Listening: Reading book 3 of the Weather Warden's series. Watching "The Prisoner" which apparently is a remake of a 1960's series. This round has Jim Caviezial (sp)? and Ian McCullum in it. It is terribly confusing as well as terribly entertaining.

Eagerly Anticipating: Sadie's FOURTH birthday tomorrow! Ensuing festivities on Sunday. Sadie has stated, in no uncertain terms, that she will NOT be turning four and will remain a three-year old until further notice. A hoity toity Christmas gathering in Gig Harbor for a client of Sean's. The St. Jame Advent Bazzaaaarrrr.

Projects: Mosaic-ing away for the Bazzaaarrrr. Grouting on three crosses done, now to find mirrors to fit the frames.

Thinking on: My prayer-life is not so seriously lacking. God, does work in those mysterious ways, even on thar Interwebz. Case in point: sister reading your blog when you forgot you friended her on Facebook back in the days when you were speaking!!

Work: Secular and Sacred Holiday music, but still can't find a good Kwannza carol.