Archive for July, 2008

Boring and Strange Facts About Me

My friend, Carolyn tagged me for this meme.  About two weeks ago.  I am FINALLY getting to it.  I am supposed to tell some boring or quirky things about me.  So, here goes:

1.  Although, I am married to a man with OCD, I have not one iota of OCD in me.  Not ANY!  I am sure I drive HIM crazy because, if the bed is made neatly, I am happy–he wants it to bounce a quarter–military corners, people.  I just truly do not care that much.  Some people assume that I am a little OCD but it is all just compensation to make life a little more peaceful for Tigerfan.  If left to my own devices–who knows what my house would look like!

2.  I HATE to be barefoot!  Tigerfan says I would shower in shoes if I could (of course, he also says I would shower in clothes if I could but that is another post altogether!).  I have been like this forever.  My momma could easily contain me outside by putting me on a blanket and removing my shoes because I hated the feel of grass on my feet.  Nothing has changed.  I ALWAYS have on shoes or houseshoes and always sleep in socks.  ALWAYS!

3.  I homeschool, teach 3rd grade Sunday School, teach 5th grade at Tutorial and used to teach at our Wednesday night children’s activities.  However, I discovered that I could not be nice to children on Wed. nights so I did the unthinkable and quit to join a women’s Bible Study.  It is the best decision I ever made.  It is my sanctuary, my calm in the middle of a week.  I love our leader, love the ladies from all different walks of life, love all the different studies we have done BUT I get in there and CANNOT talk or discuss things I have studied during the week because I am to dadgum shy and the thought of speaking up, even in that group makes my heart beat wildly, my palms sweat, etc.  I need help!   🙂

4.  I hate change.  We moved into our house 5 years ago, set up the furniture, and it is still there.  I order the same food at each different place we eat.  I cook the same meals despite the fact that I am obsessed with watching Food TV.

5.  I iron religiously every Monday and Wednesday night.  I am not sure why.  Refer to item number 1.  I actually kind of enjoy ironing because the kids are in bed, Tigerfan is doing his thing, the house is quiet and I can turn on the T.V. and watch anything I want.  I pick strange shows.  I love Project runway and Top Chef, but if they are not on, I love Food TV, Tru TV( used to be Court TV), HGTV, etc.  I am really such a boring person

So, there ya have it.  5 pretty boring facts about me.  I can think of boring much easier than quirky!!!  So, how about you.  If you decide to join in, leave me a comment so I can come check it out!

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Really…..I am Coming Back!

Wow, I decide to start blogging a bit again and suddenly life gets crazy busy!  We have just returned from vacation.  We drove to Hurricane Utah and managed to log in a little over 4,000 miles on our little ole gas guzzler!  We, of course waited to plan this vacation until we had a vehicle with a 30 gallon tank and gas at $4.00 a gallon!  It was well worth it, though!

We had a great time!  My daddy saw the baby in person for the first time and spoiled him rotten as any good grandpa does.  My momma had not seen him since the day he came home from the hospital, so it was fun to see them get to know him.  He is definitely the most spirited of my kids…absolutely chalked full of personality and he didn’t disappoint.  I tell ya, I love the little guy…I couldn’t have asked for a better surprise!

My younger sister and her family joined us for a few days and we visited Zions National Park, Las Vegas, watched a local group perform High School Musical and played Truth or Dare with my mom (how fun is THAT!)  After they left, we made play dough and zucchini bread with zucchini from my Mom’s garden, went to a museum full of Dino tracks, ate like pigs, and added one day to our trip because we were having so much fun!  It was amazing! 

On the way out, we stayed one night in Holbrook, AR on the old route 66.  We stayed in a motel called the Wig Wam Motel and actually slept in little TeePee’s–How fun is that…We were some rockin’ parents that night.  We found out that the Disney animators had spent a week there when they were working on Cars and that the motel was kind of the inspiration for the Cozy cones in the movie.  We also ate at Joe and Aggies which was a hangout for the Imagineers (as we now know they are called) and Joe told us all about the time they spent there and showed us all kinds of pictures…it was great!

That was the good part of the trip.  The only really bad parts were day 1.  We got up at 5 A.M. and left at six to drive to Amarillo,TX–a 12 hour trip if you never stop!  We had booked a room using Hotwire (something we have done frequently).  We rolled in about 8:00 that night, checked in, and walked into the single most disgusting hotel room I have ever seen.  Dead bugs on the floor, walls and door black from fingerprints, water in the sink that would not stop running, the door that wouldn’t close unless you threw your whole body weight against it–Ugh!  We turned around, turned the keys back in and left!  We went to supper and began calling hotels to try to get a different room.  We could not find a single room anywhere in Amarillo…not one!  We finally ended up having to drive another hour and a half to Tucumcari, NM a place that will forever represent a little slice of Heaven on earth to me now.  Tigerfan called Hotwire and rantedshared with him our lovely night and managed to get the unthinkable–a refund from Hotwire!  So, it all worked out and we ended up with a shorter drive the next day, which was good since it was after 1:00 a.m. before the kiddos finally got in bed.

We also did not enjoy Las Vegas too much.  Basically we walked along the strip for HOURS in 100+ degree heat I have now done it, do not need to do it again, thank you very much!

We managed to squeeze a three day return trip into two and got in Sunday night.  I began unpacking, etc. Monday, had to take the baby in for his 6 month checkup (yes, he is seven months—sue me!) to find out he has a little cold and is now running fever :(.  AND, Tigerfan has decided that we need to leave for Louisiana on Thursday night for our niece and nephew’s birthday parties (a six hour drive).  So, this week I am unpacking, washing clothes, taking care of a sick baby, ordering curriculum because I realized on vacation that school starts in two weeks and I have NOTHING and repacking to go again.

So, I will type again someday, I was tagged for a meme a couple of weeks ago that I have half way completed and a head full of things to talk about and I would like to visit  a few blogs as well–hopefully soon.  I am so out of touch that I did not even know until yesterday that there is a give away carnival going on…I promised myself I would participate next time…not going to happen…maybe next, next time!

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I’m Back! or Confessions of a Blogging Addict

When I left the blogging world a few weeks ago, I didn’t really know if I would be back.  I knew I really enjoyed blogging but it was sucking up so much of my time and thoughts and not giving me a whole lot in return.  So, I have spent a few weeks figuring things out.  And it really has been good for me.  I have come to understand myself so much better.  One thing I guess I knew but constantly try to ignore is that I am an approval junkie.  Not seeking the approval of the only One that matters–God, but of every person I come in contact with.  And I realized that that translated even to blogging.  I began blogging not for friendships but to keep my family in touch with what was going on in our lives.  Somewhere along the line, when they stopped reading as much, my motives slowly changed and it became more of a quest for readers and adoring fans who would tell me how wise and witty I was (I wish I was kidding).  I would spend WAY to much time hopping from blog to blog commenting everywhere hoping to get readers to my site.  Sometimes, it was effective…usually it was not.  There were days I would have a grand total of three readers and no comments and days I would have 100 readers and 2 or 3 comments.  If I wrote something that, in my estimation, was really great, I would check my email every hour to see if anyone had commented on my brilliantness and even my quiet time got pushed to the back burner.  I would get my feelings hurt so bad when no one would comment or I had no readers and would get really down on myself wondering why I wasn’t good enough, clever enough, funny enough, etc.  So, I finally realized I just needed to step back and evaluate.  And guess what…I did…finally.  I realize that the “Super bloggers” I so admired really aren’t that precious to me.  I have gone several weeks without peeking even once at those blogs that got me started to begin with.  What I have missed, what I have ached and longed for are the five or six really special “friendships” I feel I was beginning to develop.  I found myself really wanting to know what Happy Mommy or Purple Diva or The Mother Load were up to and how they were doing but I never wasted a minute’s thought on the blogs that I would read and comment on never to hear another thing from them.  Yes, they may have sent me a little traffic, but not anything that stuck or developed any further.  So, I have decided to come back but with a little different perspective. 

I WILL NOT blog before giving my time first to my God and then to my home and family.  I love blogging because of the relationships and because I have a place that I can store precious memories and moments with my family.  So, when I have a story to tell or a memory to preserve, I will be here to record it.  When I have extra time, I will be checking the blogs of those who mean something to me.  And I will try not to get consumed or get my feelings hurt when I get little or no response.  I am excited to be back and I look forward to seeing how some of ya’ll are doing and maybe I can keep my head on straight this time around.

I have a fussy baby now so I must go, but I cannot wait to tell you about my fitness activities, my surprise visit from my grandma, Dancer learning how to swim…..

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