Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
i thank You God for most this amazing
by e e cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here is another favorite meal. It is easy as heck and very tasty!
COOK pasta as directed on package, adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 min. of the pasta cooking time.
MEANWHILE, spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 min. or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper; cook 1 min., stirring occasionally.
DRAIN pasta mixture; place in large bowl. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Spoon evenly into four serving bowls; sprinkle with the peanuts.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
This morning Jeremy and Shaunie had 'Dad's and Donuts' at school. It is where the dads go to school early with their kids and have donuts and then go out and play on the playground for a little while. Shaunie loves it. Jeremy seemed to enjoy himself too. He told me that it was fun and that there were a lot of dads from our ward there. No surprise there....Mormons make good dads. The only part I didn't like was that he brought home some extra donuts and I HAD to eat some. Dang it all! There goes my goal!
I have decided to get up every morning and make myself a to-do list. It is one of the ways I can combat my feelings of accomplishing very little other than dressing, feeding and caring for the kids. This feeling is getting to me and making me feel pretty boring and sad. I think there might be a little post-partum creeping in every once in a while too. Anyway, this list is helping me see what I do everyday and I am feeling better about all my responsibilities. These are the days that you just have to remember that the most important job a woman can have is to raise her family. I am working on it. I think the best thing it does is help me to review my goals that are so hard to keep. It has really helped me to remember to watch what I eat and do all those little things that I have been putting off forever. I hope I remember to keep doing this.
Monday, November 12, 2007
by Major John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tonight and last night we had a little Stop n' Shop at a friend's house. It was a lot of fun. Not too many shoppers came by but it was so nice just to get out and hang with friends and chat without having to take care of kids. I love having such good people around me. They offer a break from the monotony of life, they offer good ideas, they help you realize you are not alone. Thanks to all of you good friends, you help me be a better person just by knowing you.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
|We had this last night for dinner and it was way yummy and oh so easy. The kids enjoyed putting their own toppings in. I liked it because it was easy, healthy and delicious. |
2 Tbsp. KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
|2 cloves garlic, minced|
|2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth|
|1-1/2 cups water|
|6 frozen small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.)|
|1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce|
|4 cups tortilla chips (about 6 oz.), coarsely crushed|
|1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheese|
|1/3 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream|
|1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped|
|2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro|
|MIX dressing and garlic in large saucepan; cook on medium-high heat 1 min., stirring occasionally. Gradually add broth and water, stirring until well blended. Add chicken. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 20 min. or until chicken is cooked through (165°F). Remove chicken from broth mixture; cool slightly. Pour broth through a fine-mesh strainer; return broth to pan.|
|SHRED chicken; return to pan. Stir in tomato sauce. Cook on medium-high heat until heated through, stirring occasionally.|
|LADLE soup into eight soup bowls. Serve topped with remaining ingredients.|
Okay, I now have my computer back and it is better than ever! I am soooo excited. I replaced the motherboard, complete with a new processor and fan, and I added 1gig of memory. (Did you get that I did it?) I am so proud of myself. I learned a lot about computers and how they all fit together and I realized that it is just a pretty complicated puzzle. I like puzzles. I also added 4 new USB ports so that we can add all our peripherals on as we please. My computer runs like a dream and it is soooooooo fast. Yeah! By the way, this is what my new motherboard looks like. Cool, huh?
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Results of Sleep Deprivation...
This is soooo me!
Sleep deprived test subjects have difficulties thinking of imaginative words or ideas. Instead, they tend to choose repetitious words or clichéd phrases. Also, a sleep-deprived individual is less able to deliver a statement well. The subject may show signs of slurred speech, stuttering, speaking in a monotone voice, or speaking at a slower pace than usual. Subjects in research studies also have a more difficult time reacting well to unpredicted rapid changes. Sleep deprived people do not have the speed or creative abilities to cope with making quick but logical decisions, nor do they have the ability to implement them well. Studies have demonstrated that a lack of sleep impairs one's ability to simultaneously focus on several different related tasks, reducing the speed as well as the efficiency of one's actions.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I took the honkin' bag of candy away from Shaunie that she had been "worshiping" in her room before school. When a kid is counting, categorizing, collecting with questionable means and obsessing over candy (or anything for that matter) it is time for a little intervention. I took it away and decided to distribute it in a less obsessive manner. She was NOT happy. I put it on the fridge for later when she came home from school. Well, Sam and Leah decided that while Mom was upstairs and busy with Troy they would take on the challenge of getting the candy down all by themselves. They took their task seriously and this is what I found after they raced up the stairs to show off their prize. I realized that I have very brave (or naive) children. Is this what is meant by the faith of a little child?
Thursday, November 1, 2007
We invited our neighbors over for some chili dogs before our ward trunk-or-treat. I was excited to spend some time with them. It is amazing how fun it is to bring everyone together. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I think I will start a little tradition of having a "quick dog dinner" before trick-or-treating. I think that dinner is hard on Halloween because of the rush of getting out the door, not to mention that the kids only have one thing on their mind and it is not a healthy meal.