Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fun, but busy, week!

Well, the week began with me fighting a chest cold. again. This is the story of my life - literally. I managed to go to work on Tuesday (mainly because Melissa is on vacation and I felt too guilty to stay home in bed). I thought I was feeling a big better on Wednesday, but still awfully congested. Luckily, I had my yearly check up scheduled for the afternoon. That isn't my typical feeling regarding my annual checkup, but it did, indeed, turn out to be lucky for me. The dr. found I have pneumonia in the lower lobe of my left lung (say that 3 times fast). So, she prescribed antibiotics - and a chest x-ray if they don't work - and praised me on my weight loss (25 lbs. this summer) - and sent me on my merry way.

Today I am still in my jammies. I should be helping to decorate for my niece's wedding this morning, but I don't know if I'm going to make it. Of course, if I had showered and dressed instead of updating my blog, I would have a better shot at making it over there, huh?!?! Anyway, decorating this morning. Then rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight. Then I've got to get Brendan a navy tie and a hair cut by tomorrow at 2 pm when the wedding begins.

Saturday, I get to go to a fun crop in Ft. Collins. Some of the Denver gals are coming up, several Ft. Collins gals are coming, and a few of us Cheyenne girls are going. It should be a really fun day. I am planning on going 10 am - midnight. Hopefully my health is improved enough for me to accomplish this ;oD .

Tom and the kidlets are going to Ft. Collins with me. They will hang with Uncle Don all day, then we'll stay the night with him and come home on Sunday. Sunday afternoon is my final weigh-in for the summer Biggest Loser competition. I know I didn't win - but I am so thrilled with what I managed to lose this summer anyway. I will continue my workouts and am praying that by next summer, I am back to my old self again.

Well, that's all from here. I'm going to try to take a shower and see if I can manage to go help decorate. If not, at least I won't smell like mentholatum so my husband will hug me again. LOL Have a blessed day!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Herding Cats...

First, this was my birthday gift from Sean. He ordered me a gorgeous pink arrangement, which included a half-dozen pink roses. He is the golden child this week. Heck, maybe even for the next year. The best part of my day? He was actually on the phone with me when the flowers arrived, and thus heard me burst out crying (a very rare occurrence) when I read the card.

Tom and I were asked to help out with Katie's class during the ballet recital on Saturday night. It. was. hell. Fortunately, she has a small class so we didn't have to wrestle with too many kids, but it was truly like herding little fluffy cats for 4 hours.

This is how they started the night - the opening number. Curled up into little balls of tulle. Oh, how I wish they could've stayed like this for the entire evening. Unfortunately, reality hit soon after.

They were playing just fine for a few minutes. There were blocks and coloring books and stickers...

And don't they look oh-so-cute walking hand-in-hand to the stage? This didn't last either. We spent the following 3 hours trying to placate 5 little girls. There are 8 in her class. One girl didn't want to dance so her parents didn't bring her. One girl left after their first number. And one girl went to the audience with her parents until the finale. We had one mother who came into the green room during intermission. We thought she wanted to come and help. We were wrong. She wanted to lounge about on the sofa and talk to all of her friends on her cell phone for an hour. Whilst her son and daughter ran around the room. This same mother showed up immediately before the girls were supposed to prepare for the finale - and set out an entire 3 course meal from Taco John's. In front of 199 other kids who were also tired and hungry. The mother explained that her daughter needed to eat. Tom politely told her that most parents (most SMART parents) fed their children before the recital. Her reply was that her daughter refused to eat before the show. I am personally going to nominate this particular mother to herd the fluffy kittens during next year's recital. I'm done. We did our time. We're now retired from this sort of thing.

Although, the sight of this little face made it all worth it. She received her first "dozen" roses from her parents. She was so happy. Plus, we have the entire show on DVD so we can actually watch the dance numbers. . . and we have footage to use for the purpose of embarrassing her when she is older. Hehe.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

41 Things I've Learned in the Past 41 Years...

Yep, today is my birthday. Last year, when I turned 40, I made a list of "40 Good Things About Being 40". This year, I'm going to list 41 things I've learned in my life. Since I sometimes lack the "smart gene", I don't always follow these like I should, but I try.
1. Time zips by more quickly with each passing year. Cliche, I know - but so true. Cherish it.
2. The above-mentioned "time-passing speed" is tripled for your children's lives. Boy, it seems like Marc was a baby last week and now he is 24...and a half!
3. At this point in my life, I may not be where I THOUGHT I would be, but I am exactly where God wants me to be.
4. Getting lost in a good book can cure almost any ill.
5. Since we can't choose our family, God has given us friends to fill the gaps. I feel so very blessed and humbled by the people He has chosen to place in my life.
6. The voice of a 3-year-old child can carry further than you ever imagined. Particularly when said girl was blessed with my MIL's "stage whisper". And especially when she is referring to something you would prefer to keep quiet - like the size of my bottom - or the hair in her Dad's nose. Yes, she is a keeper, isn't she?
7. Success in the world will never, ever make up for failure in my home.
8. Ironing is "instant gratification". You KNEW I'd have to throw in something about my iron!
9. Cherish your parents. No matter how crazy they make you, you will miss them when they are gone.
10. Wear sunscreen (I am terrible at this one).
11. Exercise - especially as you get older. I am actually doing quite well with this right now and I feel so much better than I did.
12. Clean your kitchen before you go to bed. Your morning will be so much more pleasant.
13. No matter how bad your childhood, you are still responsible for your behavior as an adult. Suck it up. Move on. Get over it. And enjoy your life.
14. Failure in your past doesn't automatically mean failure in your future. You CAN change and learn to make better decisions. Do it!
15. A wonderful smelling shower gel and lotion can create instant happiness.
16. Smile and be pleasant to those waiting on you in stores, banks, etc. They deal with cranky people all day long and your smile may be the only one they receive that day. You literally have the power to make their bad day turn around. Truly.
17. If you know it, call the above-mentioned people by their names. They usually wear nametags and the sound of one's name is music to his/her ears.
18. Rudeness gets you nowhere. ever.
19. Take time each day to be grateful. We have been given so very much in life. Appreciate it.
20. If your hobbies cause you stress, they aren't hobbies. Have something that you do just for the enjoyment of it - and for no other reason.
21. Marry your best friend.
22. Everybody needs a little time away.... (Yes, the song says it best).
23. Focus on your spouse as much as (if not more than) you do your children. When the children are all grown up and move out, it'll just be the two of you left at home together.
24. Pedicures can change your life.
25. The best bonding experiences in life are those that take place while travelling.
26. Your children aren't perfect, don't expect them to be.
27. Your children will NOT learn from your mistakes. They need to make their own. And they will.
28. If you catch someone lying to others, they are probably lying to you as well.
29. The same can be said of gossip.
30. Green-Tea Frappuccinos can cure almost any problem.
31. Tell your family and friends that you love them. When they are gone, you will wish you had done this far more often.
32. If someone is dying, let him/her know what is happening. This person may have something important to say and may not realize they won't have time to do so later. This is difficult, but if you fail to do this, you will always feel that there were things that were left unsaid.
33. Don't blame your problems on others. Take responsibility for your own "junk".
34. Recycle.
35. Life isn't about "things", it is about relationships.
36. Take the time to nurture your friendships.
37. Try to help others in need. You will get far more out of it than they do, believe me.
38. Make it a point to laugh - really laugh - often. Listen to your children, they do this well.
39. Compliment others. We all need to hear that we are doing a good job.
40. Try to be understanding of other people's faults. You aren't perfect. Neither are they. Just accept people as they are.
41. If you guard your heart in order to avoid pain, you will also miss out on the joy. True happiness comes from allowing yourself to truly love and be loved.

Have a blessed day.