Thursday, January 29, 2009

Meet Kaden

My family recently spent the afternoon making a snowman. The family was very proud of the snowman, and we named him Kaden. (It was a Liza pick). Although he was not with us long, we enjoyed his presence while it lasted.

Please Don't Call DCFS

So, my family has aclimated well to having a dog. Liza especially...

Spying on the Neighbors

Ya know...I am having a deal with people of late. I try very hard to do what I believe is right in this world. I may not view the world in the same way that everyone else does...and I have the right not to. I absolutely respect that other people may not think the way that I do, however, I deserve the same respect.

Lately there has been a lot of gossip about me and my family. It is really starting to be annoying. The people who are involved have no idea what the actual situation is, and have not had the decency to just to come out and ask me what is going on. I have a sneaking suspicion that they are not just coming to me and asking me what is going on because they may just learn that there is nothing to gossip about, and then I have taken their fun away.

I taught a class on "Beauty and the Beast" to a bunch of High School students over the summer. We had a discussion about the "boxes" that people are unfairly put into. Everyone has them, and everyone feels unfairly judged when they are put into them. I wish that people would weight the impact that stupid gossip has on a person against the fun that it is to tell a story that they do not fully understand. My husband always says, "Seek first to understand, then to be understood". No one wakes up in the morning and says, "You know what I am gonna do today? Suck!" Everyone does what they think is best. Everyone makes decisions that they believe are right. Just because you might make a different decision, does not make other's decisions wrong.

Sorry about my has been a rough couple of weeks.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

25 Random Things About Me...

1. I am the "Black Sheep" of my family.
2. I feel badly when I have to throw a plant away, because it is a living thing, and I want to respect that life, but I don't flinch when I have to squish a spider.
3. I ADORE my husband!! He is SUPER-HOT, and amazing to me and my children!
4. I have a very low tolerance for pain medication. (You would laugh...I am funny).
5. I saw Mt. St. Helens erupt from my bedroom window as a child
6. I have never been outside of the country.
7. I fence. (Like, with foils and such).
8. I used to compose music...not so much anymore.
9. I once colored my hair a really dark burgandy. (Not such a good look for me.)
10. I am "mortified" for people who don't know what that word actually means.
11. I consider myself to be an intelligent person...but play dumb as a defense mechinism.
12. I LOVE to study...but I was a terrible student.
13. I was that friend in High School who convinced you to ditch class.
14. I am the only person that my husband has kissed...the same does not hold true for me.
15. I feel badly for stray things (cats, dogs, bands), and invite them to come into my life and be a part of my family. (In fact, I have one of each of these.) Bry is very tolerant of this...He is the best!!
16. I broke both of my arms at the same time when I was six years old.
17. I hate blueberries. They are the worst food in the history of food!
18. I am addicted to buying books. If it is worth reading, it is worth owning...and thus we have over 1000 books in the house.
19. I am a compulsive "ironer". I iron everything, including jeans, sweatshirts, and sometimes blankets and dishtowels. I know, I need to be medicated.
20. My girlfriends call me "Gandalf". (It has to do with a Halloween Costume from years ago.)
21. Speaking of Halloween Costumes...I have not dressed up as a girl for Halloween since I was in fourth grade.
22. I can't sleep unless my feet are freezing cold.
23. I like to go against the grain. Sometimes I do it just to shock people.
24. I am not afraid of monsters, ghosts, or chainsaw murderers in movies. The thing that scares me the most is people bending the wrong way, or moving in-humanly.
25. I used to have a clinical phobia of needles, and then something possessed me to become an MA...and now I am not afraid of needles.