Minutes – May 13

::faithful

Praying for

  • friends – as they navigate the uncertainty of unemployment, for the blessing of work
  • my children – that they all embrace learning, especially DirtBike.  That he, with the help of the teachers and education specialists, learns new ways to stay focused and organized and that he truly learns to appreciate and enjoy school
  • my parents – as they discern their life path heading into retirement
  • my sister – for backbone and integrity, that she find the gumption to finish school, and the proper attitude to search for gainful employment that will support herself and her sons
Grateful for
  • a new job
  • my husband, kids, friends and extended family, all who have bolstered my spirits and held me up in prayer during the past six weeks of heartache and change
  • A few weeks off until my new job begins, time to pray, regroup, get my house in order and enjoy my blessings

::healthy

Stress works as an effective diet tool, but it’s NOT a very healthy one. I’ve lost a considerable about of weight over the past six weeks from pure worry, and I’m feeling it.  My vain inner brat Olivia is turning cartwheels, but my rational grown up self knows that I have lost muscle tone, endurance and strength along with these pounds.  I’m focusing on eating well and getting plenty of rest for the next few weeks, as well as getting back to some regular exercise.

::pondering

Thinking about pride and humility.

::creative

Knitting like a crazed woman.  It’s been soothing to my anxious mind.  I’ve finished a blanket, two baby sweaters, and half of a summer sweater.  I’m going to teach Princess Pea how to knit this week.  She needs it, too.

Gardening.  Our yard and gardens have suffered mightily from the ongoing drought and extreme temperatures over the past many years.  It’s time to regroup, rethink and replace the 15-year old drip irrigation system. Lots of digging in my immediate future.  Can digging be creative?

FINALLY selecting the paint color for the house trim.  I hereby announce to the world that I WILL slap those sample colors onto garage panels and pick one before this week is over.  Please hold me accountable if I don’t announce a selection by next Monday.

::delicious

  • Polynesian Chicken, Strawberry Shortcake
  • Burgers with Mushrooms, Southwest Chopped Salad
  • Asian Chicken Salad
  • Fish Tacos, Black Beans
  • Mufalettas
  • Pizza Night!
  • Beef Kabobs, Grilled Corn, Berries

::fun

It’s been conspicuously absent for what feels like forever, but Fun IS coming back to the Pea Home!  Fun this week includes a movie date with Cherry Ames and Princess Pea, roasting marshmallows after dinner, studying for finals.  Yes, studying for finals.  I’ve been telling The Architect and Dirtbike for years that studying is fun.  They still don’t buy it, silly boys.

::captured

The Architect and Friends

Cardboard Boat Regata

Yes, that is my oldest son.  He made a boat out of cardboard, rowed it in a race and won for rowing the fastest and for having a beautiful boat. Amazing. I am a very proud Mama, and I’m also glad that our garage no longer smells like a chemical factory.  Have you ever tried to waterproof cardboard?  It takes several weeks of hauling the boat to and from school, conferring with the engineering and physics teachers, many hours researching and the application of multiple coats of multiple types of sealants. And lots of glue, paper tape and red spray paint.

Princess PeaPrincess Pea, captured by The Architect.  My children know and use my camera better than I do!

::looking ahead

New beginnings. Hope.

Oil changes for all vehicles, taking The Architect to get his driver’s license,  new glasses with a stronger bifocal, a haircut, enjoying having the daughters home for a little while before summer classes start,

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Minutes – November 27

::faithful

Praying for

  • friends who are struggling – depression, their spouse’s illness, cancer, job loss, upheaval – that they all find peace
  • family, that we truly appreciate and love each other
  • aging parents, that we make the right decisions with the utmost compassion
Grateful for
  • Thanksgiving with my family
  • sunshine
  • winter blue skies

::healthy

Pumpkin pie happened, but so did a lot of cycling, walking, dancing and cartwheels.  I’m afraid to step on the scale.

::creative

Christmas decorating. The boys pulled down the boxes this weekend and we’re decking the halls.  Er, make that the rooms.  Our house doesn’t have any hallways.  I hope that Mr. Pea decides to put the outside lights up this weekend when it’s supposed to be EIGHTY degrees.  Much nicer to hang fake icicle lights in the heat than climbing up on a ladder when it’s freezing cold with a 30 mph breeze blowing.

::delicious

  • Turkey Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chicken quesadillas and Black Beans
  • Baked Ziti with Zucchini and Italian (chicken) Sausage
  • Pizza Night for the boys…Mr. Pea and I have a Grown Up Party!!
  • Meatloaf with Roasted Tomatoes, Smashed Taters and Peas

::fun

Ridiculously blurry snapshot of The Architect and Princess Pea dancing Gagnam Style in the hotel hallway.  There are pictures of me doing cartwheels in the same hallway on the SDCard, but I’m not posting them here!

Ridiculously curly hair and caffeinated smile in my Mom’s Kitchen. I was teaching The Architect how to make gravy.

::looking ahead

Back to School for the boys!  Time to start tutoring and reviewing with Chris for his mid-terms.  It’s a long, drawn out process with him.  Company Christmas Party this weekend:  it’s going to be a mystery dinner theater sort of event.  Fun!  A few hours trail building with the boys, The Architect has a workshop to prepare for a Robotics Competition in January, Mr. Pea is working and the girls are both back at school studying for finals.  My current lot of Senior Project students are making their project presentation to the Advisory Board.  Their final technical presentation is the next week.

Remember the teaching job?  It got pulled.  The Dean decided he wanted to teach the class himself. On the bright side, he already has me scheduled as a guest lecturer for the lessons on presentation skills, resume writing and professional development!

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