Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Yes, Ma'am

"I will obey every law, or submit to the penalty."
--Chief Joseph

My Mo got her finger closed in her closet door last night. It looks pretty scary. It doesn't seem to hurt her much, but she still borrowed a metal shield from her granddad. It gets her a little extra attention and makes it all better.

Tonight at bedtime, she looked at me, eyes big, with her covers pulled up to her chin. 

"Mom, be a dear and go get my metal finger."

So I did.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Vacation Observations

"The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company."
--Pope John XXIII

I hesitated to write this post from on location at the beach, what with all the crazies who scan online media to see whose homes they can break into, but I decided that I would take the risk. Just know, if you are considering breaking into my home, my parents are coming by the house every day and we have a menagerie of wild animals (you know, lions, tigers, bears . . . that kind of thing) roaming the house in our absence. Good luck to you.


It's been a while since I've added to my list of things I'm thankful for, and it only took a trip to the beach to remind me of some of the items I should add to the list.

1. I'm thankful that I am finally getting somewhat of a tan. Granted, my skin is bordering on extra-crispy at the moment, but I'm hopeful that it will even out into a Malibu-Barbie shade of brown.

2. I am thankful for this man. He keeps me grounded, loves me when I'm pretty unbearable and keeps me laughing the whole time. I love him!

3. I'm thankful for my kids. I love coming to the beach with Stephen's family and watching them interact with my kiddos. They are cool kids, and I'm thankful they are mine.

4. I am thankful for these socks. They have this special moisturizing stuff inside, and they keep my tootsies toasty warm in the house that Stephen's uncle like to keep at a bone-chilling temperature.

5. I'm thankful that I am not as important as I sometimes think I am. It only takes a glimpse at the ocean to realize what a blip you really are. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by my problems and feel like all of my decisions are life-altering, but here at the beach, under a giant sky, with miles of ocean in front of me, I am reminded how small I am . . . and it is fabulously reassuring.

(P.S. I'm also thankful for my friend X for giving me the kick in the pants I needed today to write a new blog post. I was not feeling motivated. Thanks, X!)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I'm No Yoga Master . . . or Artist

 "Blessed are the flexible,  for they shall not be bent out of shape."
--Author Unknown

I'm heading to the beach in a couple of weeks and am trying to tone up a bit before hitting the sand and surf. For me, that always means yoga. I've found it firms up problem areas faster than anything else I've tried. And since we go to the beach with Stephen's young, model-esque cousins, firming up is a must.

The first day is always the worst.

Instead of videotaping my yoga session to share (because nobody needs to see that), I decided to provide an artist's rendering of the event. (You can see how loose I am with the term "artist.")

From downward dog . . .

Raise your left leg.

As your leg reaches its maximum extension, bend at the knee and rotate your upper body to the left.
The asterisk in the pic indicates the blinding pain in my hip. I am not pointing to my girly parts, as my daughter thought when she saw the pic.
The end.

So, no, I am not quite bikini-ready, but I will get there . . . if I can get through these first couple of days.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

"Like many women my age, I am 28 years old."
--Mary Schmich

So today is my birthday. It was a lovely day--nothing spectacular or extravagant--just the way I like it.

And tonight I was surrounded by family at my parents' house enjoying my annual birthday dinner: BBQ ribs grilled by my dad, baked beans prepared by my mom and lemon meringue pie ('cause I'm not really a cake person). Thanks, Mom and Dad! It was deeee-lish!

And the diet starts . . . NOW!!