Monday, August 30, 2010

It Was a Bowling Weekend

Due to two free game coupons G and I hightailed it to a bowling alley Friday after school. We played one game because we were also invited to a bowling birthday party on Saturday. G loves to bowl. On Friday we were able to find a 5 or 6 lb ball. On Saturday we could only find a 7 lb ball.

Yes she does look thrilled that I stopped her progress to snap a photo.

She used the one child helper thing once but preferred the drop roll method to bowl.
We saw my best friend and her kids and my great aunt (last sibling of my dad's mom). All in all other than not getting a Sunday nap (whole 'nuther story) it was a good weekend.

Butterflies Are Very Active

Even before breaking out of the chrysalis.
We should have butterflies soon. I thought it was going to be yesterday due to the very active chrysalis but alas, no butterfly yet. It is both weird and fascinating at once watching the movement.
That is G in the background just being G.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

G Stands for Giver

G has started GAs (Girls in Action) at my parents church. I took her last night though usually my parents take her. Right now the GAs are celebrating Christmas in August to collect and send needed things to specific missionaries around the world. So G was given some lip balm to give to the cause.

After church was over G was asking me what she was going to give. I told her that she already gave something but for some reason she doesn't register that fact. She said that they had discussed (and she had made a card with what to donate) what needed to be given next Wed.

So I said, "What exactly do you wish to give?" She came up with toothpaste. She wants to give 4 packages of toothpaste. I told her that with her $5 we could go to Dollar Tree and buy that much toothpaste for her to give. I think because she was given something to put under the tree she didn't feel that it was truly from her. If, however, she spends her own money, then it will truly be from her. So that is exactly what we will do.

G's School and Soccer Update

School is going okay great. We have had two very bad nights trying to get to sleep, though, and one rage this morning, ugh. We have had sleep issues from the very beginning. The fears are still there which means we are still co-sleeping and I have no privacy.

G has discovered the lunchable flavor nachos; pizza was so last year. So when the lunchables go on sale for $1 or less I stock up for her lunch. I have had lunch with her 2 days which has been nice for us both.

She knows the first and last names of the kids at her table grouping and she quizzes me on them often. There are over 20 kids in her class. She knew several kids in her class before school started.

No problems with getting on the bus or off other than my inability to know exactly when to meet her (I am always 10 to 15 mins early). As the weather is cooling her bus experience will be much cooler as will my waiting on the corner for her.

She made a friend on the school bus but can't remember her name and this friend showed her where someone put out a cigarette on the friend's arm. Should I be worried? I am very much hoping this was an accident but if these kinds of comments continue to happen I will have to do something.

She has seen the majority of her kindergarten class and other kids we know which is good. She will not acknowledge the presence of her Kindergarten teacher though when she sees her in the hall.

Soccer practice started Monday night. The cleats we had been given didn't fit so we ended up buying a new pair. We added a new pair of shin guards that go under the socks and fit much better than the already in the sock pair. I have to figure out how to switch her socks that came with the uniform because they are way too big.

We also had to buy a new pair of tennis shoes because G's shoes are very uncomfortable despite the fact that her foot has grown a total of none. She is still a size 12 same as at the beginning of Kindergarten. Is that weird?

Anyway the problem is actually in her little pinkie toe that she says is squished into the side of the shoe. No, she doesn't have wide feet but we got a pair of New Balance because traditionally they have wider toe boxes.

Another problem with one pair of leather shoes is the tongue is rubbing the bend at her foot and shin. She seems to be a hoarder and refused to let me give that same pair of shoes away and decided that she would wear them to church only, not school.

Oh and I am borrowing my parents computer as mine is still down. Other observations, Why is Jerry Springer still on?!?!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Love This

I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care scam.
I do not like these dirty crooks,
or how they lie and cook the books.
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals
I do not like this Speaker, Nan.
I do not like this "YES WE CAN."
I do not like this spending spree.
I'm smart, I know that nothing's free.
I do not like this kind of hope.
I do not like it, Nope, nope, nope!
I do not like your smug replies
when I complain about your lies.
So for the future make a note:
"I do intend to vote, vote, VOTE!"

I recieved this in the form of an e-mail from It is printed on the back of a t-shirt. I don't know who wrote it but I love it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

home from school

Waiting and waiting on the bus (literally 44 mins.) then I see it.

G getting off the bus on our street. The bus will pick her up in the a.m. in front of our house. She and one other little girl are the only kids on our street that go to her elementary school so that makes it easy.
Tomorrow off early in the a.m. for a look at a food give away organization that is bigger and serves more folks than we do. Trying to get some ideas. So no sleeping late for us.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Day of School

I am still on a borrowed computer, so I can post pictures of the first day of school. G was not happy to get up because she was so tired. Thankfully, we don't have to get up as early as last year and the next two years will be not as early as this year.

Also, found out that a bus stops right on our street, YIPPEE! I have to find out what time to meet the bus in the a.m. and then we may not have to be up as early as today!

Did you see that smile? Much much different than last year and I forgot to get a picture with the teacher. I will have to do that Monday when I volunteer to help with lunches.

She wasn't really excited or not excited about first grade. But she is very cute!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bryton Pick Floss in Seconds

From the website

"BrytonPick - FLOSS In Seconds is the latest in oral care.

"It is a new stylish and discreet interdental cleaner that improves oral hygiene, overall health and saves time on a daily basis.

"Designed for people on-the-go, for people that are unable to floss or simply when there is no time or place to floss."

I agreed to try this product and review it. I received two of these Bryton Picks. NOT IMPRESSED.

First, there was a warning to not touch your lips with it because it is stainless steel and will cut you. Anytime you get a warning to not touch your lips with something, better be ware.

Second, although it may be as thin as floss, where floss gives a bit to get between your teeth; stainless steel doesn't. I have extremely tight teeth and was afraid to force this between them because again, it is stainless steel and will cut you.

Actually, now looking at the e-mail I am not sure I was supposed to review it. But I did and there it is and I hate the stuff. If you would like to try it, be my guest. I have one I haven't used I can send to you. They are good for 30 days.

Meet the Teacher and Other Ramblings

Was last night. G and I took all of her supplies and I met the very young new 1st grade teacher. I like her so far. I discovered that the bus will pick up and drop off on our street. YEA! That will save me in gas since I was driving everyday to pick her up. G wasn't supposed to go but I had no babysitter, can't afford one and parents weren't available. She wasn't the only kid there but she was one of a few. I warned her not to embarrass me and listed things that would. When she would start to do something I leaned into her ear and said, "You are embarrassing me" or "That embarrasses me." I needed to make sure she was very very quiet and not really noticed since she wasn't supposed to be there.

Anyway she has her own desk but the desks are set in groups of 5 that look more like a work table. She knows 3 of the other kids at her group and one next to her group so I think she will have enough friends in class with her.

Soccer starts Monday for practice and ends in October. Short season but that will work fine. Games will be every Saturday. Thankfully it should be cooling down. I am thankful early hoping that will make it cool down some, heh.

Food give away last Friday had 366 people pick up out of 425 signed up. So surprising that people who want and need food can't remember to come pick up free food. Seriously, has it become that routine?

Using my mom's computer to get the last two reviews done and then probably won't be around that much. We will have to just see. I still need to find a job though. I guess I will be hanging out at the library while G is in school. Keep praying for a job because somethings have been said about me by someone I don't really know very well that have hurt my chances at several positions. Unbelievable meanness actually for no reason, like I said, we don't know each other very well.

Book Review

I enjoyed this book and will keep it for future reference or a re-read. One point that was made in this book that caused me to pause was the fact that Christianity has its beginnings in the East which means it is an eastern religion. Point being we should not be afraid to treat it as such and go places in prayer that the western mind has trouble doing or reasoning. Ken Wilson says that prayer is as much a place or at least will take you to a physical place and that our minds are already wired to go.

It makes a great case for prayer and meditation being a part of our religious experience and worship. I find it very difficult to pray during stressful times which is the exact opposite of what should happen. If however I made prayer a part of my day at exactly the same time, even the same space, then I would go there no matter what was going on in my life. Ken Wilson does an excellent job of pointing to the reason for the need of a prayer habit in our lives. He also makes the case of praying prayers of other people specifically, the contemplative prayers, which by the way lead me to another book by a 13th or 14th century contemplative.
This book really will take you deeper into your prayer life if you give it the proper attention and read it for all it is worth.

I review for BookSneeze I received a copy of this book for this review but the opinions are all mine and mine alone.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Computer Died

My laptop's hard drive crashed. I can't get it fixed. Today I turned in the internet equipment. I have two review posts to do and will do so soon but after that visiting and blogging will be extremely sparse. I can't check e-mail really either until I find a working computer. I am borrowing the H.H. (volunteer job) computer and can't stay on it for long.

So later, Gator.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Wow, Again Wise Words For Abstinance

I love reading Fr Dwight Longenecker's blog. He is not afraid of coming out on the side of right morally, with scripture, on the tough PC topics of our land.

Even here he takes on the gay marriage debate. If you define marriage as all inclusive then marriage as a definition ceases to be; therefore, if marriage can be defined as anything based only on love then it becomes meaningless. Once the definition is changed it will not stop at just two people because that would infringe on the rights of those who wish it to be more.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Blows the Mind, Really

Watch this and confront the meaning of racism. I am so glad there are men out there willing to stand up for what is right and true. We need more to do so. Eye opening video to say the least.

"Calvin Coolidge, in a speech on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence warned of us the true direction of progressive ideology; “If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers”." Quote found here

And here is a little info about Social Security and how it has been changed from its original intent:

Since nearly everyone in the United States now has a number, it became convenient to use it anyway and the NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION message was removed.

Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program. His promises are in black, with updates in red.

1.) That participation in the Program would be Completely voluntary [No longer voluntary],

2.) That the participants would only have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of their annual Incomes into the Program [Now 7.65% on the first $90,000, and 15% on the first $90,000 if you're self-employed],

3.) That the money the participants elected to put into the Program would be deductible from their income for tax purposes each year [No longer tax deductible],

4.) That the money the participants put into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather than into the general operating fund, and therefore, would only be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program, and no other Government program [Under Johnson the money was moved to the General Fund and Spent], and

5.) That the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income [Under Clinton & Gore up to 85% of your Social Security can be Taxed].

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month — and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of
the money we paid to the Federal government to ‘put away’ — you may be interested in the following:

Q: Which Political Party took Social Security from the independent ‘Trust Fund’ and put it into the general fund so that Congress could spend it?

A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the democratically controlled House and Senate.

Q: Which Political Party eliminated the income tax deduction for Social Security (FICA) withholding?

A: The Democratic Party.

Q: Which Political Party started taxing Social Security annuities?

A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote as President of the Senate, while he was Vice President of the US


Q: Which Political Party decided to start giving annuity payments to immigrants?

A: That’s right! Jimmy Carter and the Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into this country, and at age 65, began to receive Social Security payments! The Democratic Party gave these payments to them, even though they never paid a dime into it!

Now, after violating the original contract (FICA), the Democrats turn around and tell you that the Republicans want to take your Social Security away!

And the worst part about it is uninformed citizens believe it! If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe changes will
evolve. Maybe not, though. Some Democrats are awfully sure of what isn’t so — but it’s worth a try. How many people can YOU send this to?

For more go here where I found this originally.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Updated for First Grade Copied from Love and a Little Craziness

One hundred things to do before you start kindergarten. (added new answers for first grade)

1. Go to the zoo. Yes-quite a bit.

2. Visit a farm. No not yet.

3. Go on a hike. only with her grandad.

4. Play with kittens or puppies. oh Yea.

5. Catch a frog— Yes.

6. Make a gigantic mess— Yes but does keep up with her stuff very very well.

7. Help clean up a gigantic mess— yes sometimes

8. Master the monkey-bars— yes, G learned in Kindergarten

9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves— yes very high.

10. Try ice-skating - no.

11. Go sledding—yes with grandad.

12. Make a snow-man—Yes.

13. Blow bubbles— Still a favorite thing to do. G can even blow gum bubbles.

14. Plant seeds and watch them grow— Yes would like to grow an apple tree too.

15. Have a pillow fight—Yes.

16. Jump on a big bed—Yes and that is a big no-no.

17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house—Yes.

18. Hang out in a tent— yes but not this year and not camping.

19. Spend days at the beach— only on a lake two years ago. After finding a closer/cleaner pool we don't go to the lake anymore.

20. Build sandcastles— tried failed.

21. Go fishing—G loves to do so with her grandad.

22. Go out on a boat— not yet.

23. Play with blocks and puzzles—Yes still loves them.

24. Read the classic picture books—yes

25. Read a classic chapter book—started one but became too distracted. Not sure she is ready to be still that long.

26. Check out library books with their own library card—yes, mostly Junie B Jones.

27. Get a passport— not yet.

28. Carve a pumpkin— yes and loved it.

29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they’ve grown) -no, don't know anyone pregnant.

30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal— still has her original from China bunny and two blankets.

31. Bake cookies and cakes—Yes and cupcakes for her birthday

32. Help plan their own birthday party— yes and planned her sleepover out for months prior to the bday every detail down to what if guest is afraid.

33. Go to the circus— no, not yet.

34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday—Yes.

35. Play hide-and-seek— Yes

36. Play a board game— yes and card games as well. Learned the Chinese game go at culture camp this year.

37. Do nothing whatsoever all day— not often would like to do so more.

38. Try a sport— Soccer and basketball, loved them both.

39. Watch a sporting event—yes, Redbirds baseball.

40. Learn to swim—like a fish.

41. Be tickled in hysterics— yes.

42. Paint and draw as much as desired— yes G is very artistic and loves to paint.

43. Have the use of scissors and glue— oh yea and only one small hair cutting incident that required no intervention thankfully.

44. Display artworks and other creations around the house— yes all over.

45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!)—yes hers and mine.

46. Play with clay—Yes.

47. Pick flowers— Yes.

48. Climb a tree— Yes.

49. Gaze at the moon and stars— Yes and the clouds.

50. Toast marshmallows— yes but not crazy about them.

51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone - not sure

52. Watch a sunset—not intentionally

53. Learn to write their own names—yes and in cursive

54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers— Yes but still has trouble with our long street name.

55. Learn their parents’ full names—Yes

56. Set the table—Yes

57. Clear the table—Yes

58. Help wash the dishes—Yes.

59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes—Yes but is not very willing to do so.

60. Watch fireworks—Yes and for the first time ever she loved them.

61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show—movie theater only.

62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home—no ballet or dance hates to be the center of attention but she did do a stick puppet show for me once. She actually loved the making of it.

63. Face paint— yes like a princess but refused to be called such.

64. Dress up in costumes at will— not anymore only before she had an opinion was I able to dress her up in costumes.

65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart—Yes.

66. Have a dance party— no not yet.

67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park—yes

68. Invite friends over to play—Yes. but not recently

69. Get to know grandparents—Yes.spends quite a lot of time with them when she can.

70. Play with cousins—Yes but not often

71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter— was not as attached to Kindergarten teacher.

72. Learn the name of our president— yes and that mama is not pleased with him at all.

73. Know the name of their town, state and country— Yes. yes but she gets confused about states, counties and countries.

74. Be familiar with a map of the world— Yes it is her shower curtain

75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres—Yes but has her favorites

76. Hear and learn words from a different language— yes

77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling—nah only the brainwashing type of stuff in school.

78. Grow their own vegetables— with her grandad but she won't eat them.

79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!)—yes but not without training wheels.

80. Take a road trip—Yes with friends to KY

81. Draw a self-portrait—Yes and I loved it.

82. Slurp alphabet soup— not really.

83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork— yes

84. Pick apples— no not an orchard near by I don't think.

85. Star in a home movie—well not really just what I film of her

86. Learn a magic trick— yes and thinks she is a brilliant "musician"

87. Try different hair-dos— no not at all.

88. Practice writing letters— Yes and in cursive

89. Practice counting to 100— yes and learned to do so in Chinese, yea!

90. Make up stories— not really

91. Send a letter— yes in cards and to friends and cousins.

92. Receive a letter—Yes. loves to get mail of any kind.

93. Ride on a merry-go-round— loves to do so haven't in a while.

94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children—can't seem to get her to let go of her stuff.

95. Learn the value of coins and bills—We are working on that

96. Keep a piggy bank— Yes and loves to remind me that she is richer than me.

97. Try a musical instrument— yes several but not with a lot of success, seems not to be too interested.

98. Have a heartfelt wish granted— I hope so.

99. Have a heartfelt wish denied—I am sure of that.

100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parent and grandparent and other known adults whom she allows that close, heh.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Do You Know the Cost of Turning 40?

$23 and change. Not the whole hopey/changey thing either. I just received notice from the insurance company that I am now moving into a new acturarial bracket and therefore the insurance needs to increase my rate $23 and change. Yea me.

So anyone wanna come party like it is 1999 over Labor Day? hmmm, yea me neither.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Napping

Does this look like the face of a biter?

G fell asleep when I got up from mine. See the little mark caused by the dog this a.m.? She just wouldn't stop messing with her so G received a warning nip. G's look of shock was pretty funny, I must say. Thankfully. the dog only nipped because she could have made a much worse place if she had wanted to.

From the Homily of Fr Dwight Longenecker

This touched my heart when I read it today. I am not Catholic, very protestant, but I have found this priest who really blesses me from time to time. I pray this will also bless you. Here is the link.

"I spoke about the cross being made up of the vertical beam and the horizontal. The vertical represents our worship of God and fulfills the first commandment to Love God. Therefore the first priority of the church is not social work or pastoral concern or political change or being nice people or even education or catechesis, but worship, devotions, prayer and the sacramental life. Therefore the parish priest's first job is to lead the people to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, bow down before him his praises proclaim." Part of that job at OLR is going to be to build a new church. Plans are well underway and you can follow the progress of that exciting project here.

"The second beam of the cross is the horizontal. This fulfills the second of the greatest commandments, to love our neighbor as our self. This horizontal relationship is not possible without the vertical. You can't have the horizontal beam on the cross unless the vertical is established first. There's nowhere to hang the horizontal if the vertical isn't in place. There are two sides to the horizontal: pastoral care--which involves fellowship, looking after the sick and the poor and the housebound and the elderly; looking after the children, the needy, the prisoners, the bereaved; helping the poor both in our parish, our community and the wider world. The other side of the horizontal beam is evangelism and education. Sharing the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church. We plan to be pro-active in evangelism at OLR, using the new media, using the old media and using personal contacts and witness to share the faith.

"Finally, we consider who is on the cross. It is Christ the King. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord, Strong and Mighty. It is through the cross that we encounter Christ. It is, as we bear the cross that we encounter Christ. This is why Catholics insist that the crucifix is front and center. We preach Christ, and him crucified. This cross of Christ is where we meet the King of Kings. It is where we encounter him, and it is in this crossing place of the vertical and horizontal--loving God and loving neighbor that Christ is experienced and passed on."

Take Me Out to the Baaaaa-lllll Game,

We enjoyed the game from a box through a friend's work. It was HOT! Thankfully the box was airconditioned. Outside seats though weren't and we were pretty sweaty.

Self portrait of G and me.

First time for G to see fireworks. The first time she actually attended a fireworks show she fell asleep at the first boom. This time, not so much. She loved them.

I was able to get a lot of firework shots.