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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Be safe while running, walking, bike riding

Quite sometime ago I saw an advertisement in a magazine for a product called Road ID. I thought it would be a good gift for friends and family who walk, run or even ride their bikes on a regular basis.

It the event of an accident, if you can't speak for yourself, Road ID will speak for you. The company offers different products like the Wrist ID Sport (pictured here) and the Shoe Pouch.

Although I put a link to it in my left sidebar, I hadn't gotten around to telling you about it. Consider getting one for your loved one to keep them safe on the road and avoid the hassle of caring identification or medical information.

Road ID is convenient, stylish and it gives you peace of mind.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Critter city

If you've been by a few times you may be aware of quite a few creatures and critters that hang out around my home. I was talking about this the other day with a friend of mine and realized it's really more than I remember.

Let's take a glimpse into what I've seen.

These "lovely" little spiders reside in my backyard. I usually try to kill them when I see them because they get quite large. I read that they aren't poisonous, but I don't want that thing hanging around.

One day I turned around (I was sitting at my desk) and saw this lovely little centipede thingy. Needless to say I wasn't happy seeing it hanging out in the office, but I got him on a piece of paper and took him outside. Seemed kind of gross to kill, ya know?

Yea, I know, everyone has ants. I just really like this picture that I captured of the poor ant trapped inside my kids' bug thingy. I don't think he was able to escape.

This snake, which blends nicely with the dirt, was under a trashcan that I moved. I'm not even sure why I moved it, but I wasn't happy with what I found underneath. Let's just say he didn't survive. He kept trying to go under the deck and he was very aggressive so he had to go. I got into some trouble for having my 4-year-old daughter pick it up using a plastic bag, but that's an entirely different story. No, she wasn't scared.

This green moth is the biggest, weirdest moth I've ever seen in person. When he landed I just had to catch a picture of him.

The brown snake above is the third one I've seen in my yard. The one below is the second. I came out of the house to find my children with their faces to the ground looking at the snake. Needless to say they didn't hear the happy mommy voice. I had to let them know that they aren't familiar enough with snakes to be putting their faces next to them.

Oh, the first snake was quite some years ago and I encountered him at night (actually my soon-to-be ex and I). We had just pulled the van up when I saw a big, long, black snack slither off the stoop. It was quite large. The husband tried to track it down and give it a little lesson in trespassing, but it disappeared. I was nervous for at least a month.

This beaut was actually on the antenna of my van when I picked up my youngest daughter at the daycare provider's house. It's not in my yard - or even in my neighborhood - but I thought it was cool. When I tried to get a little closer it moved away and as soon as I was inside the van it came back and perched in the same spot.

I think most of the other critters I've encountered have been fairly normal. Well, I really can't stand when the slugs get into the house or those giant water bugs that attack. Now you see why I call my home critter city.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Deals on ink

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Secret thoughts

I'm sure you don't think that I'll be revealing thoughts that I've labeled secret, but - since I can't resist - I have to write something to get my thoughts outta my head. I have a few people I can talk to... well, one or two, but I'm sure they don't want to keep hearing about the same thing over and over.

Normally I work in relative silence (when the kids aren't here), but today I've been listening to one of my favorite artists. Unfortunately, I can't tell you who because then you may become hip to some of my thoughts. An-t-way, the point is that my thoughts are rolling and the music is intensifying the thoughts. It's true what they say about music being influential to a person. It "gets in your spirit."

The thoughts are kind of haunting me, fueling me, causing more yearning than is already there. I want to scream to the world, tell everyone I know. Share. But I guess timing is everything. Time. SIGH... I don't have time. I want time to speed forward and slow down.

What? I know, I'm talking in circles.

Secrets, betrayal & lust

On the Woman's Bookshelf

"Hey, Poppy! Have you heard the news?" cried perky Cookie Lee, waving from behind the counter of her popular, upscale coffee shop. Rainbow's on Fifth - known simply as Rainbow's by the affluent year-rounders - was the caffeine hub of downtown Naples.

"What news?" Poppy asked, cocking her head brightly.

"Your old boyfriend - that movie start, Heston Demming - the one you dated in high school, remember? He's moved back to town! Can you believe it?..."

The news that Poppy Talbot hears about her old high school flame leaves her head spinning in the premiere novel, "A Chance to Say Yes" by Tina Murray. It tells the story of Heston Demming, an international celebrity who is stalked by the paparazzi, loved by men and women and who is fighting for emotional survival. What he doesn't know is that the only woman who has truly loved him, one sweet Poppy, has been keeping a secret from him for about 20 years.

"A Chance to Say Yes" is the perfect book for those who love celebrity gossip and for those who want a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous. In addition to the romance, sexual tension, scandals, betrayal and secrecy, there are a few other twists and turns that will keep you engaged until the very end.

Personally, I found the book to be a good break from reality and couldn't wait to find out how it ended. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

Missed my last review? It's about the book "Real Church: Does it exist? Can I find it?" The author, Larry Crabb, says, "Church as I know it usually leaves deep parts of me dormant, unawakened, and untouched... I don't much like going to church." The issues Crabb points out give comfort to those who have the same questions and, to me, provides answers to many questions.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Just tired...

My health & weight loss journal

Although today was a fairly productive day (lunch meeting, doctor's appointment, submitted some paperwork to government agency), I really haven't gotten any real work accomplished today. The problem is mostly that I am just exhausted.

For the past few days or so (since Saturday actually) I have been going to sleep between 1 and 2:30 a.m. The reason is quite long, but needless to say it hasn't done my body any good. It's finally giving up on me so I'm going to quit while I'm ahead before I end up suffering with a bad fibro attack.

It's one thing I have to remind myself of. It's "funny" because I can remember being younger and healthier with strength and stamina to burn the midnight oil for at least a month before I crashed. Now I can't even go a week. I'm not going to complain because it definitely could be worse.

This evening I just realized that my brain is being affected by my late nights:
  • I forgot to look at the work portion of my to-do list including forgetting to do an assignment. Luckily it's not due today.
  • I didn't remember why someone was calling me back.
  • I forgot to put dinner in the oven.
I hope there isn't anything else I'm forgetting...{CHUCKLE} Of course, if there were I wouldn't remember.

What makes this whole thing so pitiful is that the phone rang or something and I started closing FireFox browser windows and came across the post that I was writing. What post you ask? This one that you're reading. I had forgotten I was writing it. I started it an hour ago. SIGH...

Yup, it's time to go to bed.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday's Muse: Forced changes

One of the things that can really upset me is when someone else's decisions or actions change or disrupt my plans. Over the past couple of years I have had my best laid plans and decisions turned around, mixed up and ignored because of other people. Today, when I was thinking about my most recent disruption, I realized that I don't really like change.

I was somewhat surprised by this revelation. You see, I think of myself as a pretty laid back person. I know I can be hyper and passionate, but I thought I was a go-with-the-flow chick. Now, I'm not so sure.

Then another thought dawned on me. It's the suddenness of changes that I don't like... I like to be able to somewhat plan and prepare. But then I noticed how the change fueled me into action. I've been running, ripping, talking, filling out papers, clicking and flowing for the past two days.

And that's not to say it's been easy. Just the opposite because my brain is busy in turmoil and my body is aching from stress. But if I can just get through the transition to the end then maybe it'll all be okay.

As you can guess: This week change is inspiring and fueling me. Hopefully it'll spark some creativity too.

Blogging friends mean so much

As a member of the blogging world I've met quite a few wonderful women out there. There are some that I've connected with and some that I chat with in passing, but all of them are creative, sweet, thoughtful and generous.

One of those lovely women is Stace (at All Stace, All the Time). Today she passed on a friends award and I really appreciate it. Thanks for passing on the love, Stace!

Now I am going to pass it on. Here are the rules:

* This award is bestowed on blogs that are exceedingly charming.

* These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.

* They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.

* Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.

* Please give more attention to these writers.

* Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

* I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming...

Here are the friends that I choose:

Lin at Duck and Wheel with String
Tammy at Mom Knows Everything
Shaunalynn at The Art and Science of Parenting
Jo at Life's Perfect Pictures
Valerie at Frugal Family Fun Blog
Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting

There are many others that are worthy of this recognition so don't feel left out if I didn't mention you. I still love you just as much. :)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mama love

My children, the three youngest, have really been working my little nerves today. It's been rainy, dark and cloudy all day so they've been relegated to the indoors. I didn't plan for the day so they've been randomly playing, consistently getting in trouble, watching movies and doing everything that kids their ages do.

They just finished eating dinner (green beans, spaghetti, bread...) and it began to storm. The sound of thunder caused the toddler to get quiet and look at her 4-year-old sister. "I'm scared," Anna said.

"Me too," Amareah agreed.

They were lined up in front of me drinking their juice. I bent down on Anna's level and looked her in the eye. "It's not scary. It's okay... it's just the thunder, right?"

She came back, climbed into my lap when the thunder
scared her again and wouldn't let go of my tank top.

She looked at me with her big bright eyes and, as is normally the case, I was overwhelmed for love for this petite thunderstorm in her own right. I love all of my children with all of my heart and beyond, but there's something about this last one that causes me to pause.

She's a sweet little dare devil, only 22 pounds and more than 2 years old. She's defiant, spoiled and bossy. But oftentimes she radiates love and sweetness.

Most of my irritation melted away as I grabbed her around her little waist and pulled her to me. She handed me her cup, "I done..." and she raced off to catch her siblings. I sat down to share this and less than two seconds later the moment passed... The indoor thunderstorm, tornado and hurricane rushed into the office causing the feeling to dissipate.

I'm a little irritated again, but at least I stopped for a moment to bask in some love.
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