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This Is No Picnic in the Park

One thing I’ve learned about parenting is… the teen-years are hard! I miss the sleepless nights of toddlers. Sleepless nights of teens is harder than I expected.

When my children were young I used to discard all the stories that circulated about how the teen years would be the crisis time in my child rearing experiences. After all, I was doing it all by the book. It was easy to believe then that I would be able to draw strength from the fact that I had once been a teen myself, and could use this experience to ensure that my children would journey through teenage years without causing me to so much as raise an eyebrow. I knew all their tricks. I had learned by my experiences and by my observations all there was to know about parenting.

LOL. Boy was I certifiable! Raising teens is the hardest thing I have ever done — it makes pregnancy and childbirth look like a picnic in the park!

I sit here today, drowning in four teenage year's experiences I am currently “NAGivating” that, at t…

Snow Day

Yesterday, Mother Nature decided to fill the backyard up with all that winter wonderfulness that kids dream of... well at least for a few hours in the morning.
Our usual winter weather is rain. Snowflakes are a welcome change. Snowflakes also bring a new vibe to the house… especially the 7 year old. She was charged with energy while the snow lasted. It was nearly like Christmas morning when she woke up to an inch of snow and ice on the ground and snowflakes falling from the sky the size of snowballs.

The kids just played while the snow lasted. The little girls went inside and outside all morning. I know I should have focused more on home school lessons, but you only live once. Yesterday was our only chance for a snow day this year.

I have to laugh that our area public schools take a snow day for 1 inch of snow. I guess I could admit that the area is not prepared for icy conditions because they are once-in-a-year kind of event.

Back in the day, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I wen…

Embracing my behind

Lately I feel unendingly behind… in everything.

Behind on my blogging.

Behind on my workouts… hmm… what’s a workout?

Behind on my housework… it looks like a bomb was set off in here!

Behind on my weight loss… for about a year now.

Behind… behind… behind… Seriously, let's not even discuss my inbox… or the laundry… or the dishes… or the holiday décor.

With all of the things on my plate it seems like there are so many days I'm doing good to just tread water. (at least treading water burns calories). I feel like I'm in a constant state of trying to catch up. Here's the thing though: in always tending to look forward to the day when I'll be 'caught up'...

Yes, there are a lot of things on my plate right now (the play is over, but the wedding is in full force now!), Everything I do is carefully chosen by me. I am mindful to not be busy just for the sake of busy. I try to watch my priorities and say no when I need to say no. So, why do I feel so overwhelmed lat…

Taking the Keys Back

My day had a slow start. NO school. No seminary. President’s Day.

Sad that the celebration of two of the finest men and the ideals they stood for have been reduced to one day. When I was a kid we celebrate each day separately. Sadly, we Americans are moving further and further from our founding Father’s principles. We are a changed nation.

I decided to give them the honor they deserve by celebrating the principles they fought and died for.

One of the provisions that many students learn in high school government or civics classes is the right of all Americans to petition the government under the First Amendment.

The key is to get involved with the political world. It may not be so easy. Getting a cause noticed or raising awareness does not always have to involve picket signs, bull horns, and public demonstrations. It takes time. It takes a voice. It takes putting my actions where my mouth is… or something like that.

This month the President visited my fine state. The president boast…

Carpe Diem - a Pep Talk

Dear me,

Look. The play is over and you only have 4 weeks to look fabulous for your daughter’s wedding. I totally understand that you have been busy doing what you love in the past few weeks, but it’s time to move forward…. And I mean MOVE. I recognize that you have been busy. It’s been stressful, but a good kind of stressful. (smile)

Hit the restart button. Without passing Go… or collecting $200.

Here is where it can all get better. It’s not too late! Not only did you eat well, including a delicious veggie filled salad, but tomorrow you get the chance to exercise again and undo some of the damage of avoiding the treadmill for the past month.

You CAN turn this around and make this the first of many improving weeks to come. You do not have to let your attitude about exercise beat you. You’re stronger and smarter than that, and you are worth working for it.

Tomorrow? Yoga and treadmill. If you lesson cancels in the morning you could even try Zumba up at the church. Then you can spend t…

Taking down A.L.I.S.O.N.S.M.I.T.H.


It’s been a great week. The show opened. It is so good! The director has done a fabulous job teaching these kids the art of Shakespeare. Her vision and teaching skill amaze and impress me. The kids have worked hard. They have learned so much and look like real actors. It is an honor to be part of such a great show. It is sad that tomorrow night is the last time this show will come to life on this stage. It is sad because, for me, theater is like a 2 hour vacation.

Sad to see it fade…

It has been hard to find time to blog every day because I’m busy doing what brings me joy. But I haven’t given up on doing simple things to make life enjoyable. I haven’t stopped my goal to eat a salad every day.

On the down side – my house looks like a bomb went off. Cleaning house is not what I “live” to do. I just can’t find the motivation to care. I also fail when it comes to creating “cutesy” house décor. I read other bloggers that do amazing creative things to decorate their house and entertain…

I spin you round round baby round round

I know it appears that I’ve been “a-wall”. An old and nasty friend came back last week. For the last few days, I’ve been experiencing vertigo, dizziness, lightheadedness, and severe nausea. Blahk!

It’s like this: you're sitting in your couch, chatting with a friend and eating a little lunch. Suddenly you sense that you're moving. You grab the sides of the couch, worried you are experiences an earthquake, only to discover, with a mild sense of embarrassment, that you weren't moving at all. Whoops! At the moment this incident occurred, your inner ear and your peripheral vision sent information to your brain which was interpreted as movement. The information was correct. There was just happened to be the kids running around you, not your own movement. The information was valid, but the conclusion as interpreted by the brain was not correct. The incorrect feeling you initially had of movement...that you were moving when you were not is: vertigo.

Then you lose yo…

Chicken Soup

I’ve been fighting with this cold all day and I’m determined to gain the upper hand. To make matters more trying, I’ve been fighting with the wedding mailing list and my computer most of the day as well.

At least I had a relaxing moment with 40 minutes of yoga in the morning… and my super smart hubby saved me from frustration as I tried to merge files and regain lost files… thanks honey!

By the end of the day I was too tired and had lost my voice. I tried to cancel my last lesson and made Chicken Soup. I started throwing stuff in the pot. I wanted something to burn this illness right out of me.

Here is what I wound up with:


• About 2 pounds of chicken breast

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 3 Tb. Chopped garlic

• 1 T. minced ginger

• 4 stalks celery – diced (reserve one stalk)

• 1 can of chopped green chilies

• 2 medium sized onions – diced

• 3 large carrots – diced (reserve one carrot)

• 2 sweet potatoes, chopped

• 2+ teaspoons salt

• 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper

I Feel a Cold Coming On

Wear a scarf. Stay out of the cold. Take this. Swallow that. There's so much (mis)information out there about what does and does not cause or help the common cold.

The thing is colds are not deadly, but they are just so completely inconvenient and quite frankly ridiculous--it seems we should have engineered colds out of our lives long ago. What the heck! We have a vaccine for everything else under the sun. But they remain part of our life here on the planet.

Today I feel a cold coming on…. Tired… a little achy… heaviness in the chest… phlegm in the throat…

You know what increases your chances of getting sick (aside from touching a surface and then rubbing your eyes or nose)? Stress. I guess I should admit that I have a little stress about… wedding in 5 weeks and plans running late… teen girl snagging her first boyfriend and to make matters worse his religious values are not the same as our family… teen boy who insists on trying my patience with is never ending bad choices… my re…

M&M Confessions and the M&M Diet Plan

Okay...true confession time....I'm an M&M nut! I love M&Ms; they are just such a fun; yummy treat! It is true… they melt in your mouth not in your hands. They are too yummy to stay in your hands too long! They trouble is, M&Ms like my waist too much… such a waste. There has got to be a way to put a positive spin on enjoying these tasty morsel of mayhem.

I saw a funny link this morning about a new weight loss plan...the M&M's diet. *smiles* It made me smile a lot. Finally! A diet plan that will melt in my heart… and my hand. Those chocolate M&M's are always so tempting and yummy. I could so easily go on one of those kinds of diets. lol. Yum!! It doesn't matter what kind...peanut and almond and chocolate...they are all so good! I can never just have one...I have to usually have a whole bag.

Here is just a sample of the M&M Diet Plan:

“One of the reasons that many of these diets have failed for many people is that they feel that they are losing …

Turning the Food Pyramid Upside Down

Every waking minute of every day we are bombarded with mixed messages about what to eat and what not to eat. It is hard to wade through the myriad of “knowledge” that can be found in the big wide world. Fast food, comfort/reward food, snack food, convenience food, fad diet plans with their very own packaged food, junk food with bogus health claims on the package, sugary sodas that will add sparkle to your life, artificial sweeteners to make you thin and happy, even that “all natural” high fructose corn syrup is healthy because it comes from corn.

Up until recently, I believed our own government who had provided us with a food pyramid that urges people to eat as many as 11 servings of bread and cereal every day. That is completely contrary to all my allergies. No wonder I am having such a hard time knowing where to start. I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I’d like to improve my health and shed some excess fat in the process.

I’ve done some reading on the philosophies of D…