Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Thriving in the Quietness!

OK... I haven't read a book in weeks... What is up with that?! I mean, I am still working on the stack of classic poets I got last month, but to not sit down and read an entire book in a day or two - for more than a couple of weeks tells me that something is wrong?! LOL!? Our library just started letting us RENEW our books for an additional month, and I suspect knowing in the back of my mind that I have more time - well - it may have added to my lack of urgency to read through the current stack! (Spring Break is NEVER a great time for me to get into a book though - so that was an entire week that doesn't really count?!) I am however relishing this week in the QUIETNESS of my house!

I am LOVING the empty house during the day... have I accomplished much?! No, not really?! I haven't even napped or anything really great like that - but I am just somehow more aware of the blessing of being able to stay home and not have such a strict schedule! It is not always this way - and I keep thinking that I am appreciating it because it is quite possible that a busy season is just around the corner?! Part of me thinks I SHOULD take a week and just read... but I press on! I have a few new smaller custom card orders that I am looking forward to starting on tomorrow! Plus - there is that ever-present outline for my book that I am supposed to have ready to discuss on Monday!? I haven't pulled it out for over a month... I need to find an illustrator as much of the story will be told in the pictures but I really am at a loss... it's not necessarily my job, but I keep going back to that and it is holding me back from moving forward! So - having said that now, I need to just push through and work out some details of the book...

Anyway - so Kaye had tennis Tues/Fri and she loved it... picked it right back up and we are just so thankful for her coach! Thursday afternoon I went and 'played' tennis again with my sister, and then in the evening, I had Bunko (and won!) and Dave started a college Jazz Guitar class... At Bunko, I had to overcome the Garlic Bread talking to me and the Chocolate Cheesecake singing love songs to me! But - I overcame and stuck within my calorie numbers... a huge success given the fact that Cheesecake, and pasta w/Garlic bread would have to be my biggest temptations?!

Friday, instead of my usual workout with Millie (my lovely treadmill!) I headed out with my sister and my Dad to go 'hike' a short 2 ro 3 mile trail down Cowiche Canyon. It was a gorgeous day and I had never done it... so it was great! I didn't even get that winded or anything... THEN, I had a baby shower to go to... at El Porton!?! El Porton is my FAVORITE Mexican Restaurant in town... I have purposely veered far away from that area of town... I am in LOVE with their salsa and warm homemade chips... however I tend to black out when munching on them and I was tormented on how I was going to handle it. Well, God is pretty funny - let me just say - I was somehow seated next to the only two kids at the shower and they were - well, being kids with those chips and I will just say I was no longer tempted! LOL! Whew?!!! I made it home safe that night too!

On Saturday I worked on Mother's Day cards all afternoon, as well as working on a few Challenges - doing Digi's because they are #1) faster and easier with no clean up, and #2) I am out of photo's to scrap in real life?! LOL!? I actually had some printed today so I will have something to scrap at my Crop on Thursday night! (So yes - you will eventually see the same photo's but it's not like I am Bucket or anything... I scrapped 'em digitally, and I will scrap 'em in real life and then I will be done with them... most likely?! LOL?!) Anyway, here are a few samples:

We are still going to the Laugh Your Way marriage Sunday school class at church and loving it! Last week was all about sex... yeah... it was all good - but the guy did surprise by some of the things he said - I was glad the lights were all off! LOL! Just a little shock lingo to get his point across... hopefully it was effective!? He said a lot of very interesting things... of course, mostly it was geared at the guys putting in the work... it takes a lot more for us (in general terms) to be 'in the mood' - for them, we just gotta show up most of the time! (the times we don't need to show up are the times he was talking the shock lingo about! LOL!) But he talked about the sad misconception of porn ... how many therapists actually prescribe it to 'improve your marriage and sex life' when in fact, it is scientifically and physically proven to have the opposite end result! He also talked about how we need to tell our kids this stuff... they have to know that our sex-obsessed culture is lying to them about the 'benefits' of porn and multiple partners, etc. He said something I thought was very intriguing! He said that there is a hormone or chemical (I can't remember what it is - one of you probably know?!) that a female body releases that creates a bond... it is the same thing that happens when we breast feed - but this also happens when we have a sexual experience. (God is so stinkin' smart?!) However, if a woman has multiple partners, it tends to release less and less, and you do not have that bonding emotion happen. Isn't that something?! Anyway - he said other stuff too that was really amazing... the funniest part unfortunately was the couple behind us! LOL! The husband (when the speaker FINALLY got to the little section where he was talking about the woman's role and what she needs to do - which keep in mind - it was like 1 hour, 25 minutes focused on the husband, and 5 minutes on the wife!) ...anyway, the husband was uh-huhing and amening several times and the wife finally said "Shut UP!" LOL! Too funny! The service was great too and then we had lunch over at Dave's parents' house with his family. That was nice and relaxing, and way less tempting to black out?!

Monday was my Mom's b'day and my sister and I and our roommate Raini took her out for lunch to celebrate! We let her pick the place and ended up at Red Lobster. Great... !? It helped to have my sister Kim with me because we are doing this together... we ended up ordering the Waldorf Salad with chicken, no bleu cheese, no croutons, and no walnuts (good for you but high in cals and I don't really like them, so it was fine with me to skip 'em!) We still had room to have ONE Cheddar Bay Biscuit! Yum!!! I managed to get my workout in with Millie in the afternoon and THEN, LOL!? we were invited to Dave's sisters' house for dinner that evening. They were gonna make a roast... super! I can have that and choose my sides carefully and I should be fine! However, we got there and they decided to get pizza instead?! Yikes?! I ended up being fine - I had two small slices (and it was super yummy!) and lots of salad and enjoyed a small cup of coffee afterwards... I didn't go over my numbers by the end of the night which surprised me?! LOL!? I was SUPER CLOSE to going over... but not over!

Today I had my prayer meeting which was good... however I came home and was famished... I realized after eating lunch and still being hungry that I was really not so much hungry as I was feeling tricked!? LOL!? Some sort of attack of the enemy or something! I know that now... and it is after dinner - and despite surviving Bunko, and my fav Mexican restaurant, AND a birthday celebration, AND pizza, ...TONIGHT - after being home most of the day, I am over my numbers?! And it is only 7:30pm!?! sigh... well- it is only about 3 over, and only in one category (fat grams)... but I haven't gone over at all in months... and weigh-in is Thursday!? But, that's okay! It is... we all have our days and I refuse to give in or give up... it is a wall I have hit before, and in the past, I would have turned around and given up. However, I will press through, breakthrough, or climb over this wall if I have to!

So - I am off to maybe read a bit! That sounds like a great idea and it will occupy my mind for awhile (until AI is on, anyway?!) I need to preplan my pages for the Crop and pack up a bit, as well as plan out the newest Custom orders!

Scrap On!

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