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Movie, No Movie May 12, 2009

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I like going to the movie theater.  I enjoy it.  Usually.  There are times when it is not as fun as it could be.  For example, there may be uncomfortable seats or rude co-viewers.  Overall, though, it is something I like to do.

This weekend, I put going to the movies on my to-do list. There are a few films out that have caught my eye.  Not all of them are family friendly however. Therefore, picking and choosing I must take into consideration more than what my “want” is.  This is not uncommon since I often live the life of a married-single-parent.  I sit through movies that I would not if I were alone.  I sit through movies that I want to see, but think the child/ren would enjoy too.  Rare is the moment where I go to a movie because I alone want to see the movie.  And when that does happen, it is usually because somehow I got away, alone, without any specific reason or prior plans.

There is a movie out that I alone wanted to see.  I think it will be okay for my children to see, too.  There may be a may be a scene or two where we all close our eyes, but overall, I from what I hear, it will be an okay movie for us.

Saturday, Daughter spent the night at a friend’s house.  Son and I went to the movies.  We both wanted to see one that I did not think would be suitable for Daughter.  Add to that, she has little to no background in the X Men series, I thought there might also be a lot of questions.  Questions are good, but not during a movie without a pause button.

Anyhow, Son and I took this opportunity to watch the movie we both wanted to see.  I had enough money (especially since we didn’t spend much at the concession stand) to see another movie.  When Son finds out which movie, he is not pleased. He did not want to see it.  I could have pushed the issue.  I could have made him.  I did not think it was worth it and let him win that one. I mean, I wanted to have a nice time. I did not want to sit next to a sulky teenager.  He said the series, when he use to watch it, became boring. Boring?!? I told him that I have heard good feedback on the movie. He still had no interest in it.

It was kind of late. I was also a bit tired. So, as I said, I let him win.  We did not watch it.

Of course, when I got home I pulled up movie trailers to see if they would spark his interest.  I think we watched 3 of them.  Still no real interest, but a maybe.

Sunday after church, times did not work out well for our schedule.  So, Daughter, Son, and I did not make it then either.  I tried though. I worked around my “need to do” in my head with the length of the movie and the times it was showing.  Nope.  It was not going to happen that Sunday.   I was disappointed.  I mean, after all, aaaaallll the other mother’s got to do what they wanted!   Okay, probably not, but what kind of pity party doesn’t serve a dish of exaggeration?

Moving on.

Monday rolls around and I try to put the movie out of my mind.  There is no day time showing and the evening showings won’t work with our schedule.

So what happens next?  Well, yesterday Son came home from school and said “Mom, I want to go see Star Trek.  I hear it’s awesome!”
WHAT?!?!  I reminded him that he was told that my friends gave it good reviews.
“Yeah, but you didn’t say it was awesome.”

Gah!!  I told him that he just likes to be contrary as I was swatting at him.  He just laughed and asked “Can we go tonight?”

*sigh*  Teenagers!

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Mealtime Temptation May 2, 2009

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I started a new diet this week.  Really, it’s not a bad thing.  I’ve probably eaten more on this “diet” than I would have had I not been on the diet.  I’m definitely eating healthier.

However, about a week ago I went to the store. I purchased some ingredients for a dinner I had in mind.  Well, I ended up not making that dinner until tonight.  THAT was hard because it is not something I ate.  I had to serve it to the children and eat my own food.  Again, not that my own food is bad, it’s not.  It’s just, well I was so looking forward to the other that it was difficult to not even take a nibble.

Anyhow, it’s all good.  Plus, Son just finished off the Ben & Jerry’s.  That means, the real temptation has been removed…

…That is, until I make supper for them tomorrow night.

Do you ever diet?
If you do, what is the biggest challenge you face when you are dieting?

Food in the Fast Lane April 30, 2009

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Yes. It is true.  After a long silence, I am returning to the blogging world.  What brings me out of hiding, you ask?  Well, to tell the truth, Mandy did.

See, I recently tweeted that after many years without a microwave, I purchased one today.   I’ll let that soak in for minute. ………….  Yes, seriously.   I have lived without a microwaves for more years that I can remember.

Mandy found this amazing.  So, I though “Hey, I should blog about this.”

Truth be told, she is not the first to find this shocking behavior.  My mother considered it some sort of twisted abuse that I dare make my family live without one.  People have asked “How you heat things up?”  “Is this some sort of cult deal you are into?” and “Is it for health reasons?”

Ok first the one that makes me laugh:  I heat things up using the stove top or oven. I make popcorn in my air popper.
Next: No, it is not some sort of cult restriction.  It is a personal choice that has nothing to do with any religious belief.
Finally: Yes and no to the health.  Microwaves are shady, in my opinion.  I mean, have you ever really thought about what they are?  There are no pacemakers or any medical restrictions causing me to live micro-wave-less.  It is just my own mind thinking too much about how the food is heated.  Oh, and seeing a microwave leak detector.  That simple.

So, now, after all this time, I have broken down and purchased one.  Why?  Well, that’s a whole other post. But it boils down to something new I am trying that requires a microwave.

See, it is all rather simple.

But now, let me ask you…
If your microwave broke today, how long do you think you could hold out before buying a new one?

super quick post February 25, 2009

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I’m posting but I’m in a rush. I just didn’t want my 5 readers to think I fell off the face of the blogaverse again.

I’m working on supper.  It’ll be done in just a few minutes.  Then there is youth tonight.  Also, Hubby is sneaking into town tonight.  He just told me. So, he’ll have to deal with the messy house.  He’s just passing through, but it’ll be nice to, uh, see him. What? It’s a child friendly blog, okay?

What else?  Oh, there is a chruch that has online services.  Okay, there are proabably several, but I’m only talking about one right now.  It’s set on Central time, and they have two Sunday services and one Wednesday.  The one on Wednesday is the same as the Sunday services.  If you want more info, lemme know. I’ll give ya the hook up.

Give ya the hook up?  Huh?

I fell asleep today at the bus stop waiting for the children.  I’ve been goofy ever since. Just ask my children.  “Mom, we can skip tonight if you want to stay home and just go to bed.” Awww.  No.

Okay, that’s all the time I have for now.   Timer should buzz any minute…

Ice Storm Chronicles III February 12, 2009

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Part 3 of 3

Part 1 Here (opens in this window)

Part 2 Here (opens in this window)

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Day 4:
Yesterday we went to Uncle’s house.  He still has power.  We charged our phones and charged my camera battery.  The camera battery did not get a full charge though.  His town is running out of water, so no shower there.

We went to Hubby’s friend’s house and showered. I washed my hair more than once and shaved.  It felt good!

Most of the ice melted off.  I won’t get a bunch of photos now.  I will, however, get photos of the branch on my house before it comes down – hopefully.

I spent too much money on food I don’t normally buy.  Chips are easy.  Canned food is expensive!  Neither require electricity.

I wonder what today will hold…

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Day 5:
Hubby was offered, or rather re-re-offered the job that he left his last one for and left yesterday.  His friend took him to the main office out of state.  He was to stay in a hotel last night.  Bet he’s cleaner than me today!

We are ready for another shower, but have no place to go.

Oddly enough, I’m even wishing I could do laundry.

I think I am through the initial net-withdrawal.  Yes, I know I say that while blogging with pen and paper.  But, really, the hardest part is over.  And it only took 5 days.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I must text someone… anyone…

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3:20 pm
We have power!!

4:10 pm
Starting a load of laundry.  If power stays on for that, next is shower.  If not, maybe the clothes will at least get washed before it goes back out.

4:40 pm
Modem is dead.  Why oh why am I taunted so?  It was protected…

Later:
Have I mentioned how nice a hot shower feels? Aahhh…

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Most people have their electricity back on.  Some just within the last couple of days.
Although we did have electricity over that weekend, many people did not.  Most local schools did not open until Tuesday,  and then they began an hour late.
This week local businesses and schools have return to “normal”.
Branches and limbs still litter road sides and lawns. Broken trees are our current skyline.  Vehicles are in need of repair as are homes.
Some people are asking what the ice storm means.  Some have moved past it and have fallen back in to their rut.  A few saw God in the beauty of light reflecting off a frozen world.  And still some may have saw it as glimpse of things to come…

Ice Storm Chronicles II February 10, 2009

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Part 2 of 3

Part 1 Here (opens in this window)

Day 2:

Still no electricity.  Bed time is dark o’clock again.  We gave some of our thawing meat away so it would not be wasted.  What is still frozen will be left in the tent over night with the window slightly open.

A branch fell on our roof.  Hubby and I went outside with our flashlights to check it out, then tried to go back to bed.  Mainly, I laid there thinking about the branch above my bed that has not fallen.  I also spent time talking to God about knowing the difference between trusting Him and testing Him.  Eventually I passed out.  I blame the Benadryl.

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Day 3:

The yogurt battle has begun.  “Who ate my last yogurt?!?”  I guess I know now the number of days before dairy becomes valuable.  Showers.  That is also a valuable thing.  We all could use one.  This may be tmi, but, well this blog is called waytmi. So… We Stink!  I think the layer of deodorant is about a 1/2 inch thick on me.  My hair is just plain nasty.  Wash, rinse, repeat, repeat, repeat next shower.

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Day 4 & 5 next post

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Part 3 Here (opens in same window)

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Ice Storm Chronicles I February 9, 2009

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(This is a 3 post series.  Below is Part 1)

I know this is a little late.  Although I have had Internet back for about a week now, I have not really been blogging.

I didn’t know how long I would be without electricity once it went out. The electric company said 2 to 6 weeks before everyone had power back. Local authorities were saying 2 weeks until electricity was restored. I ended up being out for only about 5 days, and 7 without net. At the time of typing this, people I know are still without power.

Below is taken from my “blogging notebook” (ink pen and paper), written by flashlight, candlelight or sunlight.

Ice Storm Chronicles:

Day 1:
I woke up around 9. It was nice to sleep in. However, before I was even able to make breakfast “Pop Pop Pop” and off goes the electricity.

Breakfast was a peanut butter and honey sandwich.  This kept the fridge closed.

I took a few photos of ice covered trees, tires, steps and such.  Hubby cleared off our steps and kept me company.  My camera battery is low so my photos will be limited.

A friend of mine received a text whining about my lack of electronics, I mean, electricity.  After a few exchanges I noticed my cell battery was low.

It’s almost 8:00 pm.  We’ve been in bed for almost 2 hours.  Bed time is dark. By that, I mean when darkness fell, we all went to bed.

Hubby asked if I was blogging as I reached for my pen and paper.  I said “No.”  We both laughed and he rolled over.  By flashlight I write as I listen to him snore and trees cracking.  Earlier we laid here watching flashes of light, trying to figure out what they were.  Cars?  Transformers?

There was a loud crack.  Another big branch must have fallen.

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Day 2 & 3 next post

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Part 2 Here (opens in this window)

Part 3 Here (opens in this window)

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Wintery Mix January 26, 2009

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I hear the sleet as it collides with the frozen ground.  I hear the ice as it falls against my house.  I think of the cold, the slippery roads, those who must be out on such nights.  Police men.  Emergency workers. The homeless.

My mind is taken off my thought as my son laughs.  He is happy tonight.  He is spending time with my husband.  The man he calls “Dad”.  This is his second full night home this year.  He arrived back home around 2:30 am, Sunday morning.  My son laughs some more.

The tink-tink of ice falling from the sky plays on like a symphony.   Frozen rain against an assortment of surfaces, near and distant.  Heavy then light.  Music that chills one to the bone should they dare to dawn near to the sound.

I think of my daughter, who is asleep in the other room.  She is warm under her electric blanket.  She is warm with thoughts of my husband being home, keeping her safe. She goes to sleep with a smile on her face.

There is no school tomorrow.  The roads are not safe; the children should be kept safe.  The teacher will sleep in tomorrow.  They will sleep in as the world freezes around them.  Should the sun appear through the rain, the frozen rain, the world will shine around the teacher’s home.  Around my home.

Crystals.  Frozen crystals will hang from roof tops, from car doors, from window units and bird houses.  Branches and windshields, slick with shine.  Tink. Tink. Tink.  Distant and near.

Some where, far far away, ice on the ground is but a dream.  As the heat of summer beats down on them, their world heats up.  While my world is shutting down.  Shutting down only for a moment.

The moment seems long to me.  Days.
In reality, days is but a small moment in time.

My eyes grow heavy as I type.  The laughter winds down.  Soon my son will be in bed, safe and snug.  He too will fall asleep with a smile on his face. Content with the knowledge of his dad being home.  In the morning, he will sleep in. He will sleep while the world turns white out side his window.

Soon I too will fall asleep. I will sleep to the sound of ice falling all around this house.  I will thank my sweet Jesus for the roof over my head that I so complain about.  I thank my sweet Lord for seeing to my needs as I crawl into bed and under my blankets.

And my heart goes out to those who long for such comforts.

I will sleep.
Tink. Tink. Tink.

Sleet Wintery Mix
photo taken from my front door

Cautious or Paranoid January 15, 2009

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I’ve been thinking (which might explain my headaches).  Many of the people on blogs – and twitter, facebook, myspace, Vimeo, etc – are not overly cautious.  I mean, they share pictures, movies, names, and locations.  They make themselves easy to find.  They are very open about themselves.

I use “net-names”.  I am fairly vague about where I live.  On this blog I post no family photos.  On the family blog, I have the pictures altered so that you can’t really see faces.  I’m very open about myself here, but still careful to not let (most) others know exactly who I am.

I have a loosened up a bit. I actually entered a contest – and won.  That meant I had to give my address to have something mailed to me.   I also participated in a swap/barter.  Again, that meant exchanging addresses.  There is no way I would have done this even a year ago.

Am I paranoid?  Are most people just not cautious enough?

One family that I know (okay, I read their blog so I feel like I know them, but don’t actually know them know them) opens their home up to many of their readers.  Wow!  At first I thought they were just crazy living on the edge.  Then I thought about this:  I almost went to meet a group of net friends recently.  I also may have one of my net-friends coming to my area for a visit this year.  But, that’s different.  I mean, we talk on the phone! …… Okay, so it’s the same thing.  Or is it?

If I were to send a message to the “open-house-family” saying I would be in their area, would they offer their home to me?

I heard a message recently (as in last night) and thought about them.
This isn’t my study blog so I won’t go deep into this, but part of the Scripture read was Matt 25:35
“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;”

( NKJV )

At the same time though, we do have common sense.  Where is the line?  When do you offer to let someone come into your home?  At what point will you be willing to stay at someone else’s home?  Where is the line between caution and faith?  When is it common sense and when is it paranoia?

Just because someone is open about their life and family does mean they should open their home.  Where is the line of caution when it comes to showing and telling things online?

So many young people put so much out there that not only put them in danger now, but could effect them in ways they can’t comprehend now.  And so many proud parents share so much about their lives and location, it scares me for them.

Am I just overly cautious?  Is everyone else too open?  Am I paranoid without realizing it?  Or am I just using common sense?  Internet safety?

Hmm. Something to think about…

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Where do you stand on this issue?  And why?

Soon. January 14, 2009

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It is almost time.
It is almost time to take the next step.
It is almost time to open one of the accountability blogs.
It is almost time to make public my triumphs and my failures.
It is almost time to let you know what in the world I am going on about now.

Yesterday I made a commitment.
Yesterday I made a commitment and then began to fret.
Yesterday I made a commitment that just backed up one I made to myself.
Yesterday I made a choice to follow through.
Yesterday I made a click that added more (positive) pressure to my goal.
Yesterday I committed to what was probably just an email mass mailing list.
…but what if it’s not.

A commitment is a commitment.

What am I going on about?
My health.  Some choices I made but have been inconsistent in with and without good reason… to a point.
No more excuses.  This is not a resolution.  This is not a promise.  This is… more.

I’m not real good with keeping with things.  I am a good starter.  I can finish up for others.  I am not good at doing from beginning to end without accountability.  I need accountability in certain areas.

I had set up two other blogs for that.

One for spiritual accountability.  I stop writing in that one when summer rolled around due to lack of morning quiet time at the computer.  I did not start back up once school was back in session.

The other for health.  I have issues.  Ben & Jerry’s.  Chips & Salsa.  A backside that is the shape of my desk chair.  Being almost 3 times the woman I once was.   Ouch. That hurt to confess.  I miss the old me.  The one that had energy to go to the lake or park.  The one who could buy clothes in the single digits.  It’s an area I must be very careful with though.  I need the accountability there.  I have issues that go beyond the “normal willpower/emotional eating”.  I have issues that go beyond being lazy.  But it is time. It is past time. It is way past time.

Soon, the body blog will be opened back up to the public.  It is more for myself.  To keep track of movement.  Share recipes – I often forget what I did “the last time I made this”.  And maybe to post what I ate.  I’m not sure on that one.  I don’t know if I will just keep a notebook or post.  It is the hardest blog I write in.  Because of my vanity.  Because of what I was and what I am now.  Because of who I was and what I’ve physically and materialistically become.

If you are interested in holding me accountable, or wanting to be held accountable, or if you are looking for a place to keep track of these things too but don’t want to join the many website communities out there that do that… let me know.  Maybe you can join me over there… once I open it back up to the public.

The same goes for the other blog too.  If you are wanting to hold me accountable, or looking to be held accountable in either way, let me know.  We can do it through my other blogs or through twitter… or both.

Soon.

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Do you have something that is “soon”?
When does soon start for you?