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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EMail Anglea Pea

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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EMail Anglea Pea

Minutes – November 19

::faithful

Praying for

  • Dad, who, in his own words is “Bored Out of My Skull”.
  • Mom, who is holding up GREAT!!
  • DirtBike, who is struggling with school and who needs more help with learning than we are able to provide
  • the right education specialist for DirtBike, that we find one!
Grateful for
  • Thanksgiving with my family
  • work that is steady, challenging and interesting, all at the same time

::healthy

It’s still good!  I’m back below my scream weight, back to normal!

::creative

Creative Cooking this week. First, I’m participating in a Chili Cookoff Tomorrow.  Last year I made vegetarian chili, and won second place.  I’m still bringing a pot of non meat chili for the vegetarians in the office to enjoy, but I’ve also found an award-winning chili master willing to share her  recipe, and I have high hopes.

Secondly, I made the Best Cranberry Sauce Ever.  E.V.E.R.  Just one small ingredient to the pan and WOW!! It’s amazing.

Finally, I tried a new recipe for Spicy Butternut Soup. I made a huge batch and it’s on the menu this week.

::delicious

  • Spicy Butternut Soup
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Chili
  • Thanksgiving Day – Brined, Roasted Turkey, Apricot Ginger Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Sautéed Green Beans with Caramelized Scallions and Mushrooms, Stuffing, Pumpkin Pie

::fun

That’s me and Kips the engineer who works for me, right after our annual company Turkey Bowl Flag Football Total World Domination Game.  We’re taking Pies in the Face for the bounty on our heads.  Yes, the bounty on our heads.  Much betting, trash talking, wagering and placing of bounties occurs around the office in the week leading up to the game.  All monies are donated to charity.  With the company match, we raised $6,000 this year!  And in case you’re wondering, no I did NOT play football.  I was the referee!! (Thanks to Tim May for the picture. I snagged it off your site, Friend!)

::looking ahead

Time off of work – Three and a half days of time with my family. Thanksgiving!  I can not wait to see my parents – and Dad is looking forward to the distraction.  His doctor says he can sit at the table for dinner!  Yeah! No school for the boys this week, and both girls will be coming home for the holiday.  We’ll go to the Parade of Lights on Friday, a long-standing family tradition. Mr. Pea and the Boys cut down four trees this past weekend and next Saturday will be spent cutting down more dead trees to prepare for Christmas bonfires.

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EMail Anglea Pea

Minutes – November 12

::faithful

Praying for

  • Dad, for an expeditious recovery from his ankle reconstruction.  I know it hurt a lot, and staying in bed and off the foot for eight weeks is going to be tiresome.
  • Mom, because, well, because Dad being bed-ridden and cranky for eight weeks is going to be tiresome!
  • Grandma Judy Darling, for stamina and healing as chemo continues
  • Michelle, as she continues her battle against the cancer that is now spreading
  • Students preparing for mid terms and finals
  • Our country, that we finds a way forward
Grateful for
  • cold!  frost!
  • friends new and old
  • opportunities to gather with family
  • yarn and needles
  • a sewing machine
  • This:

::healthy

It’s all good.  More veggies on the table (and onto the plates!), no junk food in the pantry,  and back to regular exercise.  I don’t think I’m going to make my year-end goal of being able to do ten pull-ups, however, I can now do a hundred push-ups.

::creative

Mom’s Pretty Knitted Thing is almost done!  That’s a good thing, since I intend to wrap it up and carry it north when we all head to Oklahoma for Thanksgiving.

The Last History Fair Project EVER!!!  The school our children attend(ed) has an annual History Fair, and all sixth and eighth graders are required to participate.  Projects consist of an enormous research effort, rough drafts, a multitude resources to be found, a formal paper and a gigantic exhibit. It starts in September and ends in November. The projects will hijack an entire family, as research and writing of this magnitude needs a family effort for backup and guidance.  The projects will take over every computer and flat surface in the house, seemingly right up to the moment we stuff the Thanksgiving turkey and place it in the oven.  (Up until this year, the project was always due the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. ACK!!!)  There were a few years when we had two projects going at the same time.  DirtBike’s project this year is our eighth and final project. Doesn’t DirtBike look thrilled?  He’s barely awake, as the projects have to be delivered to the Parish Hall and set up before school, 7:15 am.

::delicious

  • Beef and Vegetable Soup
  • Pork Enchiladas
  • Roasted Chicken, Green Beans
  • Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tomato Soup
  • Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Zucchini
  • Pizza and Salad
  • Clear the Freezer and Pantry in Preparation for the Holidays – a smorgashboard of leftovers, odds and ends and random frozen bits (that ONE eggroll in the freezer…)

::fun

Okay, this fun is from a few weeks ago when the girls were visiting.  We went to the Dallas Arboretum to see the Chihuly exhibit.  I am absolutely awestruck at the sheer tenacity of these enormous glass sculptures.  Yes, glass.  Outdoors. In Tornado Alley.

The yellow sculpture is about 30, maybe 40 feet tall, and just as wide. I have more pictures, and am going to try to squeeze a few moments to make a complete post.

::looking ahead

Finishing a water distribution system model that has been tying up all of my brain cells at work for the past few weeks; bike rides this weekend; pulling down more dead trees and stacking firewood.

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Minutes – November 5

::faithful

Praying for

  • Grandma Judy Darling – Chemo has begun
  • friends and family in the northeast, as they clean up the mess, pick up the pieces and carry on
  • Anthony, as he lost his mother this past weekend.
Grateful for
  • seeing Cherry Ames and Princess Pea – two weekends in a row!!
  • beautiful autumn weather
  • Mom Pea’s safety during Hurricane Sandy

::healthy

Back at it.  I hit my scream weight last week, which means it’s time to buckle down and rein it in before it gets out of control.  Constant vigilance, my friends, constant vigilance!

::creative

Mom’s Pretty Knitted Thing is right where I left it a few weeks ago, more than half way finished.  I made a fluffy, curly scarf for my niece for her birthday.  I need to start another one for her younger sister ASAP, as she was eye-balling it and threatening to steal it the moment they got home.

::delicious

  • Sliders, Tossed Salad
  • Chicken Curry over Brown Rice, Peas
  • Pizza, Tossed Salad
  • Roasted Pork, Feta Slaw, Broccoli
  • Beef and Bean Burritos
  • Potato Soup, Spinach Salad
  • Turkey Paninis, Celery and Carrot Sticks

I’m coming to the end of my stash of pre-assembled meals in the freezer, so it’s time to plan and restock.  It’s especially important to keep healthy meals on the table as we head into the germ infested craziness of late fall and winter.

::fun

Mountain Bike Trail Building!  Now this may not seem like fun to some, but for me and mine? A day of swinging tools and wielding chain saws = bliss.  Mostly because it burns off teen-boy energy in a major sort of way, which makes my day so much calmer.  That’s me, rolling up an abandoned barbed wire fence.

We did a quick ride on dirt this weekend – The Architect’s first dirt ride since the accident!  He did great and the leg appears to be recovering quite nicely.  We warned him to stick to the blue/green trails, no jumping obstacles and to keep the speed under 10 mph.

::looking ahead

History Fair Project completion, Mountain Bike club meeting, long walks at lunchtime to enjoy the spectacular weather.

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EMail Anglea Pea

Minutes – October 22

::faithful

Praying for

  • The Rotramel Family – Jen found her miracle in heaven Saturday.  Please pray for her family, for her husband Logan Ronhovde.  They are torn with grief today.
Grateful for
  • a tuition exemption for Cherry Ames for her nursing school years, a surprise blessing resulting from my military service.
  • the opportunity to teach at the college level
  • flu shots

::healthy

I’m on hiatus this week, regrouping and making a plan to move forward and lose these last seven pounds that have been lingering on my frame for a year now.  Yes, exercise will be done, and calories will be accounted for.

::creative

Mom’s Pretty Knitted Thing is coming along, more than half way finished.

The only other creative thing that happened this past week was clearing out the craft cabinet, sorting, purging, and smiling at the re-found treasures in there.

::delicious

  • Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Spinach Salad
  • Cilantro Chicken Wonton Soup
  • Pizza, Tossed Salad
  • Roasted Tilapia, Tomatoes and Cauliflower
  • Garlic Lime Chicken, Mixed Veggies, Spinach Salad
  • Two More Meals are up to the Guys, as I’ll be away on a business trip…that means they’ll be hitting up Jimmy John’s Subs and Kincaid’s Burgers!

::fun

Wrapping up research with DirtBike for History Fair project, helping The Architect build the trebuchet!

Last weekly ride with the Mayor for the season.  The Architect thinks he’ll be able to handle at least half at a slower pace.  We just can’t miss this one, as it involves dressing like a Zombie and riding with headlights.

::looking ahead

A trip to Austin for the Texas Society of Professional Engineers board meeting, followed by a quick dash over to Aggieland to see Princess Pea!!  I haven’t hugged her since August!  Pre-Construction meeting with the contractor for a street and waterline rehab, and health insurance renewal time.

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