S is for Sacrifice

sac·ri·fice [sak-ruh-fahys]
3. the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.

Sacrifice…as in sacrificing my sanity so my man can go hike the Grand Canyon. Tuesday was not a good day. Now that I think about it, we have been so busy these last several days, it’s no wonder really that no one is getting along.

Jewel had another evening performance/concert/project thing at school called Night of the Notables. The first part was a melodrama in the auditorium, put on by both 4th grade classes, followed by a “wax museum” of famous Colorado people, set up per class in their rooms. Out of the two 4th grade classes, only seven kids were chosen (based on auditions) to have acting/speaking roles in the melodrama. Jewel was thrilled to be one of them!

Everest's drawing of the stage - pretty great!
Everest’s drawing of the stage – pretty great!

For the wax museum, students were dressed up in costumes and stood “frozen” in front of project boards they had made. When we pressed a button on the table, the kids would come to life and give a speech, in character, about the person they had researched. Jewel was Mary Elitch Long.

The part at school was actually okay, though of course, it pushed bedtime WAY back. Again. I’m not sure exactly what happened from the point we left the classroom to when we got home, but it ended with me putting the kids to bed hungry. They eventually came down, one at a time, apologized, and got to have a cereal bar. But…yeah. It was a bad night, and I spent the evening watching the first part of Tin Man, then going to bed early.

Sacrifice…as in sacrificing showers and a proper dinner so I could go work out. Today, Wednesday, I decided that I am thoroughly motivated to start working out again. I’m so tired of being tired and not having clothes that fit me well. It’s really been long enough in this procrastination. So at 4:00, we headed out to the gym. The kids were pretty excited about being able to go back there for the first time in what seemed like forever.

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We finished in time to get a snack before going on to the last night of AWANA–AWARDS night! Both kids finished their books, so they got special awards. This has been a good year at AWANA. Both of them want to do it again in the fall, and I am inclined to let them. :-) (I would have gotten a better picture of Everest getting his award, but, as the group leader, I was standing with the kids by the stage.)

Sacrifice…as in sacrificing time to invest in the kids at AWANA. Despite all the trials and difficult evenings that we had to deal with on those nights, there were a lot of good times too, and I loved getting to know the other kids and encouraging them. Last week was Leader Appreciation Night, and I received so many little gifts and even a rose. One of the sweet little boys brought me a candy bar tonight.

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Sacrifice…it is almost always hard to do, but likewise, almost always the person who benefits is well worth the cost.

R is for Retribution

ret·ri·bu·tion [re-truh-byoo-shuhn]
1. requital according to merits or deserts, especially for evil.

Here’s another week gone by, and it is Monday once more. Thankfully, I wrote a little a week ago as I sat in a waiting room, so at least I can remember that.

Sunday was extremely productive. For dates, I took Jewel to Panera with me to get some work done. She had a paper to type up, and I had a bunch of stuff to get caught up on for work. It was a fruitful time, though the Jewel got bored once she was done. Heath took Everest to climb Red Mountain, which was a great success! They swung by to get Jewel while I stayed at Panera to finish up what I needed to do.


By time I got back, I was pretty well beat. I had a quick dinner, then wrote an article for GotQuestions that has been on my plate for awhile. It’s so nice to finally get caught up!

Monday was an up and down affair. I worked from home because I had to make it to a court appearance at 1:30. (Um…yes. Court.) There was no point in driving in to work and cutting into my hours with a commute when I would have to sacrifice the rest of the afternoon anyway. We had a scheduling shuffle at the last minute because Heath suddenly would not have the afternoon off. But I managed to get in touch with Angel to pick up Everest at the bus stop and Corrie would get Julie at the school after Student Council. I didn’t really feel like getting into Middle Earth for intermittent moments, so instead of reading, I opted for writing. Put down this silly little thing which smacks of an angsty coming-of-age novella.

Sitting at the courthouse, awaiting my 1:30 court time. All these people here are silent. It’s not the bored, uninterested silence though. It’s a silence that accompanies a sense of foreboding, of the unknown, of impatient yet respectful obedience. We’ve all done something wrong here. We were all given a ticket and a summons by a police officer weeks ago. We had no choice but to come today. This is where we are supposed to be, so we wait to see what happens.

I wonder how many have done this before or how many are here for the first time like me. For how many of these people is this a normal thing, not a huge deal, or just another part of the day?

I wonder if this will take longer than the one hour and fifteen minutes I could afford to put in the parking meter. How lucky would that be? A parking ticket to add insult to injury. Oh, I hope this day doesn’t cost me too much.

The silence has been broken by some newcomers now. Someone has brought a parent, surely some 17-year old who could not come alone. Another rustles papers and clears his throat. Does the silence bother him, I wonder?

The clerks at the check-in counter are smiling and cheerful. This is another day at work for them. How hard that would be for me, to everyday come to a place where people arrive in dread. I’d rather work in a place filled with hope, that even in darkness, there would be joy inside it.

Egads. How dramatic. XD

That night, Heath was kind enough to say, “Do you want to take off?” and I eagerly agreed. I went to the dollar theater, which seems to be my favorite solitary retreat these days, and actually saw two movies in a row. It was quite fun, and I even got home before midnight.

Tuesday was a pretty average day until roundabout dinnertime, I got a text from Legolas asking if I wanted to go to the movies. Um…yeah! But almost immediately afterward, I got a call from Heath saying that he had run out of gas on the interstate on the way home from Denver. All righty… Of course this had to be the evening that I got all fancy with dinner by making mashed potatoes, baked yams, and chicken stew, thus creating a ton of dishes.

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So the kids and I finished up dinner quickly, and I had them get in their jammies and brush up while I did the dishes. We picked up a gallon of gas and drove out nearly 40 minutes to meet Heath where he had gotten stranded on the side of the road. Then we turned right around and went back. Kids went to bed OK, and later that night, I went to go get Legolas so we could catch what was probably nearing my 8th or 9th viewing of Warm Bodies. (Yes, it’s got to be in my Top 5 faves of all time.)

Wednesday was fairly average in comparison to the day before. The kids were newly keen on showing kindness to each other because we made a “Kindness Chart” on Tuesday after school. The idea is that we will reward good behavior rather than only discipline the bad behavior. They have to do something kind to another person in the family, and that person will give them a sticker for being kind. After they both fill up one line, then they can go out for ice cream. Here’s hoping this works…

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Thursday evening was the Jewel’s orchestra concert. Unfortunately, Heath had to work, but Everest and I went and got to see her play a solo on her violin and get awarded a medal for receiving a “superior” rating during the district music judging thing she did a month or so ago. I am so proud of her!

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Friday, I met up with my Muse girls for a movie and a late night excursion to IHOP to celebrate Legolas’ last day at her job before she starts her new one at Panera. Super fun night as always with those girls!

Saturday, Heath took off for a week-long trip to the Grand Canyon in the morning. The kids and I did some housecleaning, then we headed out get the grocery shopping done. I was pretty thrilled that I managed to stay at budget even going to both Costco and King Soopers. The kids, still motivated to be good, were actually helpful, and Julie helped bring in practically all the groceries. Yay for small victories!

Being May the Fourth, that evening, we had Angel and Legolas over for dinner and a viewing of Star Wars: A New Hope (episode 4). I let the kids watch as well, with the express instructions that at certain parts, they would need to cover their eyes. (There weren’t that many that I thought would bother them, but there were definitely some.) They both loved the movie and went to bed pretty easily considering the excitement of the day. Angel also stayed the night since we ended so late. :-)

Sunday, we caught church service, then grabbed some coffee on the way to take Angel home. We swung by the Arc to look for a small shelf that I have been wanting to get for the top of the fridge to hold all my various appliances that have migrated up there. We were successful in finding something affordable that would work and also picked up a few books for the kids to keep in the car.

That afternoon, everyone’s tiredness began to show through and tempers got pretty short. I set up my shelf with a bit of help from the kids, but I eventually had to separate them into different parts of the house so we could all have some time alone. It was not a happy afternoon, let’s say; it was one of those days when I really can’t wait for bedtime just so I can close the door on everything. We did end up watching a movie together before bedtime, but it didn’t seem to help attitudes much. Showers and sleep were really what was needed, and those came swiftly!

Heath’s sister came over for some help with her PowerPoint presentation she has to do for school. We worked on it together for about 2-1/2 hours. The time went by pretty fast though and the PPT turned out pretty sweet! Still, since we didn’t start until around 8:30, so by time we finished, all I could do was stare off into space and watch an episode of Sherlock (BBC) until I fell asleep.

Looking now at what we were doing all during the week, it’s no wonder that everyone was grumpy and tired by Sunday night!

Monday (today), I worked from home because I needed to go register our new car as it is *ahem* a bit overdue. I had been waiting for funds to become available to pay the exorbitant fees and taxes, and God finally did provide that. Hooray! I worked very productively in the morning, knowing that I would lose the afternoon to the DMV. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the office closest to us, I found out that the wait time was 2-3 hours. Yikes. That would cut things a bit close if I needed to be home in time to meet the kids at the bus stop. I’ll try again tomorrow at a different location and time though.

We had dinner at my mom’s store tonight, and the kids discovered that they LOVE kow soy, a delicious noodle curry that she makes. They had earned their full lines of kindness stickers, so we stopped to get some frozen yogurt on the way home. Bedtime was fairly uneventful. They did have an incident of sneaking into each other’s bed, but no tears were shed at least.

I’m determined to make tonight productive as there is one project dangling out there that I could easily finish tonight. Of course, there is also laundry to fold and dishes to put away… At least I can check off blogging now. 😉

Q is for Quick

quick [kwik]
adjective, quick·er, quick·est, noun, adverb, quick·er, quick·est.
1. done, proceeding, or occurring with promptness or rapidity, as an action, process, etc.; prompt; immediate:

Well, well, well. So much for the week, eh? I try to do the daily blogging thing, and really, it doesn’t work. Time moves too quickly. Here I am on Saturday night with no blog posts since Monday! Let’s see if I can remember this whirlwind week.

Tuesday was uneventful other than having a celebratory lunch at work for three things: a birthday, a large donation to the kids site, and the launch of the teen site. We went to a place in Manitou which was all organic and delicious. I love that I love my co-workers. They are easily considered friends to me.


That evening, Heath offered to let me take off for a night off, and I jumped on the opportunity. The night led me to Starbucks to read for an hour, then I caught a dollar movie. So relaxing! Oh, and I also finally finalized one of the Inkaholics books that has been in the editing queue: Q vs. Stone Glory. That was a HUGE relief and accomplishment, let me tell you!

Wednesday, the most exciting thing that happened was that there was a seriously crazy AWANA night. Since they cancelled club last week, they combined two events into the night. I won’t go into great detail about how chaotic things were, but at least everything was more or less amusing and not frustrating.

At the end of the night, the leaders (who were willing) stood outside in a line, and names were drawn to see who would get to put a whipped cream pie into the face of the leader of their choice. Kids got their names entered into the drawing by saying verses over the last few weeks. Incredibly, both Jewel and Everest were both picked! They were thrilled, though it was funny when Julie went up because she really didn’t want to put whipped cream in anyone’s face. Such a sweetie. That’s not to say that she didn’t do it anyway. 😉

That evening, Legolas came over, and we watched The Avengers. Still a fun movie! And always very nice to hang out with my dear friend.

Thursday, we tried to just keep things chill. We were going to go for a walk, but ended up just running some errands. Everest needed a new backpack because his zipper busted. Jewel ended up with a new pretty lunchbox. (I didn’t even know Rachael Ray had a lunchbox line!) Also, my new Birkenstocks arrived (thanks, mom!). I was in serious need of a new pair after something like five years of use on the last pair. Call me silly, but I always get the same ones: Milanos. If you find something that works, why change it?

Friday, I went into the office though I usually don’t. I just had a lot to do and wanted to make sure that I stayed focused. After school, Julie had a movie night to attend that afternoon/evening, and we had to leave at 3:40. Not a lot of time in between getting home and leaving again! I drove her and M over there, so then Corrie could pick them up.

Since the Jewel was gone for the evening, Heath and I took Everest out to dinner–just the three of us. He really enjoyed that, and so did we. We don’t get to have one kid alone with both of us parents very often, so it’s a nice treat for all when it happens.

I later headed out for a double movie night with Angel. We saw Warm Bodies (yes, AGAIN–I am so buying that movie when it comes out on DVD in June) and Jack the Giant Slayer. In between shows, we went to Entertainmart to browse awhile. It was a very fun night indeed!

We both agreed that Jack the Giant Slayer, though it was “fun” and the graphics on the giants were impressive, the ending really left something to be desired. Sadly, that is a sore flaw that ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Oh well. It was still fun to hang out with Angel because…well, she’s Angel!

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Saturday (today), the Jewel had to make her appearance at the Regional Science Fair. She had to be there for three hours alone because parents were not allowed in the gym during the judging part. But she took a book and was totally fine—as expected. Sort of interesting exchange that happened before we left: I had offered her my iPod to keep her occupied, and she replied with, “There are things called books, mom, and they don’t turn your brain into mush.” Ha! Excuse me, missy!

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Heath and I took Everest to Chick-fil-A for breakfast, then came home and cleaned the house, doing our usual chores. Wow, it went so much faster with Heath helping and even the stairs got vacuumed. Funny how that works…

After the science fair judging was over, I took Everest with me for the “public viewing” of the projects and to hang out with Jewel. There were some really good projects out there! Heath met us there just before awards time. He went in with the Jewel to sit through awards, and I took Everest home. (He doesn’t do well sitting still through such “boring” things as ceremonies, but he IS only six…and a boy.) We hung out a little at home, then I set him up to play some math games on my laptop while I laid down to rest a little for a sudden weariness had fallen upon me.

When Heath and the Jewel returned, I took off for Panera to try to get caught up on my freelance projects. I am happy to report that I did! It was a very productive time for sure. I stayed until closing time, then came home to get this blog post written and will probably go read in bed.

I checked out from the library a copy of The Hobbit in ebook format because my copy was quite unwieldy at the gym. Now I can read it in bits and pieces as time allows as well. Plus my Kindle app has a good “page turn” animation. Love it! (By the way, I finished Warm Bodies within a few days! Wrote a review on GoodReads.)

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P is for Pandemonium

pan·de·mo·ni·um [pan-duh-moh-nee-uhm]
1. wild uproar or unrestrained disorder; tumult or chaos.

Well, there went the weekend (and then some)! Why do weeks have to go by so fast around here? Friday was fairly uneventful. That is, we had the usual chaos but nothing out of the ordinary. Jewel DID end up eating that Chinese curry from the night before, which made me exceedingly happy and affirmed that I really should just stick to my guns, and everything will work out all right. Most of the time anyway.

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The Muse girls came over Friday night and stayed through midnight. We mostly chatted and worked on our various artistic endeavors. Okay, two-thirds of us did. EE organized her purse, which provided another sort of entertainment altogether, which we shall not mention because this is a family-friendly blog.

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Saturday morning was an interesting one. We started out pretty well. The kids and I got a bunch of cleaning chores done with the intent of being done in time to go over to my parents’ house to see Mike and Kate and their kiddos by lunchtime. Jewel suffered an “incident” involving her newly-pierced ears. Let’s just say that many tears were shed and many cries of anguish were uttered.

In the end, I had drive to the restaurant with one happy kid and one unnaturally anti-social one. We went back to my parents’ house afterward and hung out until late. Heath returned from his various excursions that he had to attend up in Denver and took the Jewel home with him. Everest was going to spend the night.

Kate and I went out to take care of the final dealings with Jewel, then pick up dinner. It was really nice to get that one-on-one time with her. Seems like these visits go by way too quickly. When we got back, it did not take long to decide that I would just have to spend the night too for various reasons. It all worked out in the end, and it was quite nice to just get to chill.

Sunday morning, we got up late. Well, I did. Everest was up early, but I let him play on my iPad so I could sleep longer. *whistle* The house was pretty quiet for the morning, and Everest and I went home to reconnect with Heath and Jewel. Heath wasn’t feeling well, so I returned to my parents’ with just the kids.

Jewel was in a significantly better mood this time, so the cousins all got to play outside together for the majority of the time. We all had dinner together and called it a night around the kids’ usual bedtime.

Today (Monday) has been a productive day despite the fact that the kids had the day off of school. They had breakfast and played outside for a long time, then around 11:30, I let them go their separate ways to watch TV or movies or play video games. No, I wouldn’t call this a bad parenting day. They seemed to both really need the time alone to just relax and do nothing. They had a busy weekend, and they work hard at school. Sometimes even adults could benefit from a nothing-day. I know I would sure like one!

We even did a super easy dinner. I told them that they could have whatever they wanted as long as it was easy to make. Jewel chose chicken noodle soup, and Everest asked for a ham and cheese sandwich with yogurt. Ask and ye shall receive, my children. Hey, I also served strawberries. Never you mind that they were sugared…

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My evening, post-kids-bedtime, was spent doing freelance work, finalizing the Inkaholics 13 book, and hanging out with Legolas, who graciously offered to stop by with Italian Nachos from Old Chicago. Nom nom. Always lovely to see my dear friend.

Now I am unusually excited to start a new book that just came in the mail. I am probably more excited to read it than I should be. But hey–reading is good for you.

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O is for Ordinary

or·di·nar·y [awr-dn-er-ee]
adjective, noun, plural or·di·nar·ies.
1. of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.

Today has been rather unextraordinary except for two things:

1. Jewel’s teacher called to say that Jewel had won 1st place in her category of the science fair! Now she gets to go to the regional science fair where all the district elementary schools are competing. So cool!

2. Legolas came over to visit in the evening. I worked on some freelance stuff while she did worked on an Inkaholics book cover for me. Very fun!


Other than those things, I just worked from home, then made Chinese curry which the kids were skeptical about, but Everest ended up really liking it. Julie preferred to go to bed without dinner. *sigh*

N is for Nostalgic

nos·tal·gic [no-stal-jik nuh‐]
experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.

Yesterday ended up being my day off blogging because…well, I’ll get to that. I chose “nostalgia” as the word for the day because, over the last 48 hours, I’ve gotten to do a lot of things that I haven’t done in long awhile .

Tuesday was a pretty good day at work. Beth and I went out to lunch to discuss her taking over Blogos for me so I can concentrate on the teen site more. We are both very excited about the prospect of doing so as it benefits us both. We went to a wonderful place that I have driven past for years but never stopped at. It was an Italian deli-type place, and we had minestrone soup to combat the chilly weather.

Everest and I ran some errands after I picked him up and hung out for awhile until it was time to get the Jewel. The afternoon sort of got frustrating from that point on. Once Heath got home, I high-tailed it out of there and went to see a movie by myself at the dollar theater. Nothing wrong at all with going solo to the movies! I actually rather enjoy it sometimes. There’s no pressure to make conversation or wait on anyone. It can be very energizing for this introvert. I think the last time I did that was for the third Harry Potter movie.

After the movie, I went to do the grocery shopping—also alone. I put my headphones in and whizzed right through the store. Funny how quickly it goes when there are no cats kids in tow. I even stayed under budget despite purchasing two potted plants. Wahoo!

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By time I got home, Heath had the kids down to bed, and he helped me get all the groceries unloaded and put away. Then it was time to get dressed and pack to meet Legolas at the gym. YES. The gym. It’s been so long since I’ve been; it’s somewhat depressing. But it was really nice to get there. We had a good workout and a long conversation in the hot tub afterward. But here’s where my excuses come in.

I started feeling rather light-headed in the shower, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t eaten since my lunch with Beth. Soup and a veggie sandwich will only go so far. To make a long, humiliating story short, I passed out in the shower. Of course, this effectively freaked Legolas out (who was in a nearby shower), but she kept her composure completely. I came to my senses, lying on the floor. Legolas was very kind and caring about the whole thing and helped me up.

Ugh. Well, now that’s three times in my life that I’ve fainted. Lovely. Three is a nice round number.

After I’d gotten the fainting out of my system and with the addition of a protein bar from my dear friend, I actually felt much better. I was able to drive home, eat a yogurt, and stare off into the distance for awhile before going up to bed.

Wednesday morning, I had another adventure of near-bodily injury when I stepped out in the back area to get some dirt for my new plants and completely slipped off the wooden porch. Yes, it’s wood. It’s old, rough wood. But it was also coated with a thin layer of that kind of ice that ice scrapers don’t even want to tangle with. It was rather a surreal experience, which ended in me being flat on my back with a broken ceramic pot in my hand.

Everest, who was downstairs eating breakfast already, came running out when he heard me yelling as I fell. I felt quite loved by that, and he kept asking me if I was all right. Yes, yes. Everything survived except my pride. Moments later, I managed to drop a glass jar on my bare foot. Ugh. Not a good start to the day. I did make a pie to cheer myself up though.

The rest of Wednesday actually made up quite a bit for all the unpleasantness I’d been through. The workday was productive. I made it back to the bus stop on time. All of our evening obligations were cancelled on account of the weather. The kids went to bed somewhat on time. And I got some freelance work done. Quite good way to finish off the day.

No Bake “Juice” Pie

This is an absolutely fabulous, quick pie. It can be done in barely five minutes if you have a pre-made crust, and there is no baking involved–sweet.

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1 (6 oz.) can frozen juice concentrate (any kind you like, such as limeade, lemonade, orange juice, cranberry, apple, etc.)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip or whipped cream
1 graham cracker crust

Using a mixer or whisk and elbow grease, combine all ingredients (except the crust) until fluffy. Remember to leave the juice concentrate frozen–that’s important. Pour this luscious concoction into the crust. I would highly recommend buying a pre-made crust; they’re fairly affordable, considering the time saved, and they make it even quicker to throw this pie together.

Refrigerate until set. Overnight is probably best, though it will still taste fabulous if you only give it a workday’s worth of time. It just won’t hold its shape as well.

Top with more whipped cream if you desire or sprinkle with cookie crumbs or crushed graham crackers or whatever light garnish you wish to use.

M is for Mundane

mun·dane [muhn-deyn]
common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative

There was little in my average day of trivialities that stands out enough to even say anything significant. Kids went to school. Heath and I went to our respective work places. Work was fun, which I love that I can say. Everyday lately, I am finding more and more why God has been orchestrating my life in this way. He has been equipping me for many years to run this teen site for Got Questions, and for that I am super excited.

After school, the kids played outside for awhile, then we all relaxed for a bit. I threw together a quick dinner of a pasta shells and cheese baked dish. Everest loved it; Jewel was indifferent as usual. It’s always a bit disheartening to cook for children who may or may not care about what I have made for dinner. :-/

The evening was taken up by freelance work and, I am happy to say, reading more of The Hobbit. I’m very nearly finished finally.

It is worth noting for posterity that today (4/15/13) was the day of the explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Reports tonight are making it sound like it was a terrorist attack. My heart aches for those who have had to suffer and those who continue to suffer and those who will suffer for a long time still in grief and sorrow.

I could go into all the spiritual reasons why we should trust God and know that evil will not prevail in this, but I haven’t the energy tonight. This sadness has brought up memories of all those whom I have lost in life and memories of days when the nation’s grief was utterly palpable.

May God grant us all a holy peace and confidence in His sovereignty. Sometimes the world’s events make so little sense that solemn acceptance is all we can ask for.

L is for Lull

lull  [luhl]
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: pause, calm

By the sheer fact that I am finding time to write three blog posts in one evening, you can see that the word “lull” is apropos for today. Heath is back, which means that some of the parenting load has been lifted, for which I am sincerely thankful. We had some family time together this morning, which probably wasn’t as fun as it could be, but the kids were still very tired, I think. They got up a bit earlier than they should have.

We ran some errands, which included getting Everest a haircut and Heath getting new glasses. (They were already scratched up pretty badly, but a week in the sandy slot canyons of Utah did not help matters.) When we got home, the kids went out to play while Heath and I got a few things done. I wrapped up a couple freelance projects since I had plans in the evening to get together with Angel. :-)

I met her at a Middle Eastern restaurant. Never had that kind of food before, but Angel has had a lot more experience in such things than I have, so she served as my guide. We tried all sorts of delicious things, all of which I loved. I think I could eat a whole plateful of dolmas. Mmmm…

We then went to see a zombie romance at the dollar theater called Warm Bodies. I know, I know… I have to admit that, though the trailer looked interesting, I was skeptical because romance and horror is usually a bad combination–bad as in, bad content. But with Midget’s recommendation that it was not at all crass, I had total confidence. Now I must admit, Warm Bodies was AWESOME. One of the most unique zombie movies I’ve ever seen. The romance part was extremely well done–and tastefully done at that, which is rare when you’re talking about teen romances. The ending was very, very satisfying as well. Loved it.



Tonight, I’ve been writing up these blog posts while Heath and I watch another movie. I have a feeling we aren’t going to make it to the end though as he is already starting to nod off. Ah well. It’s been a long week for all, and this has been a very nice lull before the next week begins.

K is for Knuckle Down

knuckle down
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: apply oneself

My friend Angel spent the night on Friday, so on Saturday morning, we enlisted her help in cleaning the house. The buttons system worked so well last Saturday that I wanted to see if it would work again this week. It did! We made up our list in the morning, and we all got started on cleaning, straightening up, sweeping, and lots more. Angel was extremely helpful to have with us to assist!

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When all the work was done, we headed out to visit the new comic store near our house, then the Arc. The kids got a chance to spend their earnings, and we all got to hang out with Angel a little longer. We dropped her off in the late afternoon and went home. The kids were super exhausted from the day, so they watched a few shows. We got pizza for dinner, and Heath arrived back safe and sound from his trip around the time we were all ready to eat. His trip was wonderful, and I’m sure it was a great time of rest for him too. He has really needed that.

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Since he had some printing to do for class for the following week, after the kids were in bed, he decided to go ahead and go do that. I had all kinds of plans to get some freelance work done, but it all went out the window when I realized that I was utterly spent of energy. I don’t know why I was so tired except for all the housework we had done and how much of an emotionally exhausting rollercoaster the last few days had been. Hm… Well, I guess that will do it.

I put on my Sherlock Holmes audiobook (listening to A Study in Scarlet, which is a capital story!) and just did absolutely nothing whatsoever but listen on my back until I turned in early.