Sunday, August 31, 2008
Are you ready? The household hint number one is--clean your dryer's lint trap! I don't mean just remove the lint, which is what I have always done in the past. The screen needs to be actually scrubbed twice a year. I recently mentioned that our dryer wasn't drying like it should be, and my mom told me that fabric softeners build up on the screen, and even though the screen looks clean, it's actually not. If it's clean, water should run through it. I went home and put my lint screen under running water, and lo and behold, water just pooled on the surface of a seemingly clean lint screen! Ahhh! I immediately scrubbed off the screen and water ran through just like it should. I just hope it's not too late! I hopefully haven't killed my dryer by burning up the motor--or whatever would happen. I don't want to have to go dryer shopping like she did.
So there you have it. The first and probably last entry the "Helpful Household Hints from Me" series. Go clean your lint trap!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Today's theme is black and white! I love black and white photos. I hope you enjoy some of my favorites.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wouldn't you know it? One of the few days in my life I really need the Internet, it's not working at my house! I need to print out rosters for the classes I'm teaching this afternoon, do training for the virtual classes I'm going to teach, and post cute pictures of Colter picking Ronda's name out of a Tupperware bowl! As I'm using my neighbor's Internet connection (I'm glad they don't have a firewall), I'll have to skip the pictures today. You'll just have to take my word for it. Ronda's the winner! Thanks to everyone for playing.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I feel some clarification is needed for items 14-16 from my list of 100 things about me:
14. I once was bitten by a hungry pig.
15. I HATE pigs.
16. I like B.L.T.s
All you P.E.T.A. fans out there, I’m sorry. I really am, but it’s true. Pigs are only good for eating. I can see getting upset if someone fashions a fur coat out of an adorable little otter, but trust me, pigs are not worth picketing N.R.A. meetings for.
For one thing, pigs are stinkin’ MEAN! Not to mention stinky! My parents owned pigs during my younger years, so I have lots of pig related memories. I remember how we had to keep all the momma pigs locked up in separate pens when they had babies—and this is horribly disgusting—because some sows would eat other sow’s piglets. Really! I remember when I was about eleven taking a stick and beating a big, ugly sow, my eyes filled with tears because I had just found the remains of three half-eaten piglets that had somehow gotten into the wrong pen. I’m sorry to share such a terrible memory, but I feel the world must know the truth about these evil creatures. I remember a big, ugly sow destroying a little watermelon patch I had so carefully planted in a little garden by my front porch. I remember a fat, jerk of a pig named earless (she was missing part of one ear for some reason—probably another pig bit it off) traumatizing me and chasing me into the barn. But most of all, I remember The Day of the Pig Bite.
I’m not sure when my parents got into the pig business, but I do know when the bottom dropped out of the pork market during my later elementary years and they sold the stinkin’ things, I rejoiced! Thankfully, the only pigs I’ve had any contact with since are the ones that come prepackaged. I get to bite them.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
To celebrate, I'm having my first give-away! One lucky reader will win a book and a snack. To enter leave me a comment on this post sometime between now and Monday at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. If you post a link to this contest on your blog and let me know, you'll have two entries! Somone will receive a copy of a book I recently read, The Shack by William P. Young. Everyone that doesn't win needs to go out, buy a copy, and read it! Anyone who has already read it needs to enter anyway, so she can give it to someone who hasn't read it! In The Shack, a man comes face-to-face with God. This book really presents a lot to think about and could transform your relationship with the Lord!
The winner will also win a bag of glorious chocolatey deliciousness a.k.a. Poppycock! I was introduced to Poppycock through a post on Jennifer's blog, so it's a fitting 100th post give-away item. Without blogging, I may never have known about this tasty snack. The horror!
Good luck everyone! Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win! I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, so check back!
I also have a list of 100 things about me for my 100th post. In no particular order and in typical Jenelle randomess, here they are!
1. I adore my family.
2. I have green eyes.
3. I have an extremely precious son whom I am so enamored with.
4. My husband is one of my best friends.
5. My mother is another.
6. I am right handed and right brained.
7. I like blue M&Ms best.
8. My first car was a gold, 1978 Dodge Aspen. How cool is that?
9. Sometimes I cuss in my head when I’m driving.
10. I sometimes got reprimanded in school for reading.
11. When I’m teaching, it doesn’t really bother me if kids are reading and ignoring me.
12. I spent the last year growing my hair out because I wasn’t sure what my natural color was anymore. Now that I know it’s a very uninteresting brown, I suspect I will be getting highlights soon.
13. I confess…I’m Big Foot. Not really. But I do wear a size 10.
14. I once was bit by a hungry pig.
15. I HATE pigs.
16. I like B.L.T.s
17. I love the mountains.
18. I think I might love the ocean even more, but I haven’t been there enough times to be sure.
19. I am blind as a bat. The person who invented contact lenses is my hero.
20. I sometimes think I would like to move out west…maybe Wyoming…maybe Montana…but I probably never will.
21. I don’t remember not believing in God,
22. but sometimes I ignore God. Isn’t that weird?
23. I like to be outdoors,
24. but I loathe ticks and mosquitoes.
25. Hamburger from Wal Mart sometimes makes me gag. I like the farm fresh stuff.
26. When I was little, a pitch fork went through my leg.
27. I don’t do well on less than eight hours of sleep.
28. I cried during The Lion King.
29. My fingernails are long, strong, and fast growing. Too bad I don’t keep them painted.
30. I’m a procrastinator.
31. I’m taking on two new part-time jobs soon—teaching a few classes at a local college and teaching some online classes.
32. A little part of me still believes in Santa Claus.
33. Christmas is my favorite holiday.
34. I’m a Scorpio.
35. I went home practically every weekend during college.
36. I need to shave my legs.
37. I could eat chocolate at every meal.
38. I like to garden.
39. I’m not very good at keeping up with laundry.
40. I grind my teeth when I sleep.
41. I’m the oldest of five kids.
42. Supposedly, I’m pretty bossy. Whatever.
43. I have only flown once, and it terrified me.
44. I love flowers.
45. I won a bunch of medals throwing the shot put in junior high. Then everyone else grew and I stayed the same size, so I wasn’t any good at it anymore.
46. I used to work as a waitress.
47. I stole a piece of two cent candy when I was little and had nightmares about policemen coming to get me.
48. I grew up on a farm.
49. I loved being pregnant.
50. I love being a mommy more.
51. The direction our country seems to be headed scares me.
52. I hate it when people are rude.
53. I have a love/hate relationship with my cell phone.
54. Sometimes I want a dog,
55. but most of the time I don’t.
56. I like to watch movies curled up on the couch with my husband.
57. I also like to beat him at miniature golf.
58. I sold underwear on Ebay.
59. I love Ebay.
60. I am becoming a blog addict,
61. but I haven’t taken the time to figure out exactly what I’m doing.
62. I like camping...RV camping.
63. I think it would be cool to go on a really, really long bike trip--like across the state or something.
64. I like to listen to audio books when I’m cleaning.
65. I daydream a lot.
66. I don’t like coffee,
67. but I love the smell.
68. When my brother was four, and I was eight, I had him stand on my shoulders for our circus game, and I accidentally let him fall. He had to get stitches and has a scar in the shape of an X on his forehead. Oops.
69. I love to take pictures.
70. I like to cook.
71. I don’t like to do dishes.
72. In fact, I would love to have a housekeeper. Who wouldn’t though, huh?
73. I changed my major four times.
74. I finally decided on English. Don’t judge my grammar though. Some of these blog posts get written very quickly during nap time.
75. I want to kidnap my thirteen-year-old little brother, because I miss him.
76. I like to go to historical tourist places.
77. I have copies of my photographs in five places. Paranoid?
78. I have young parents. My mom was only eighteen when she had me.
79. Sometimes I ignore my husband when he talks about fantasy baseball. I’m sorry, honey.
80. I had my ten-year high school reunion this summer. Ugh!
81. Sometimes I stay up way too late. Like now.
82. I used to have a beta fish named Barbarossa.
83. I had a roommate in college that had a séance in her room, and we think she burnt a bird as some sort of offering. It was super weird.
84. I need to lose about fifteen pounds or go buy a whole new wardrobe.
85. I like video games.
86. I really want a Wii Fit.
87. Spring is my favorite season.
88. I didn’t like math in school, and I ended up married to a math teacher.
89. I think it would be cool to meet an alien. Well, a friendly alien anyway.
90. I’ve been married for five and a half years.
91. I have two warts on my thumb. Ick.
92. I love Cadbury Crème Eggs.
93. I have seven holes in my ears. It used to be eight, but I decided the fourth row was just too much so I let them grow in. One of the holes has never sealed up though.
94. I need to learn a foreign language, so I can finish my M.A.
95. In a high school writing contest, my two entries tied for first place in the tanka poem division.
96. John and I tried to have a baby for almost three years before I finally got pregnant. We did fertility treatments for about nine months, and then as soon as we couldn’t afford it anymore and had to quit, Colter showed up!
97. I like to go on walks.
98. I am disgusted by my husband's fungus-infected little toenail.
99. I wish my girlfriends and I got together more.
100. I’ve written 100 blog posts. Hooray for me!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I have no clue when these three new teeth popped up. It could have been anytime over the past few months. What am I supposed to put in the baby book in the tooth section? Date unknown? Make up a date? Or be honest and say, "Mommy and Daddy are so unobservant that they didn't bother to notice that you grew some teeth." Bad Mommy and Daddy.
If anyone is counting (Grandma and Grandad), Colter has 11 teeth now. Chomp, chomp!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I also have some colorful zinnia pictures I took this morning. These zinnia's are from our very own garden! They add a lot of color to our backyard.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
See all those flip flops? I have every color Old Navy has ever made. Like most women, I love shoes but can't afford to have a gazillion pairs, so I make up for it with cheapo Old Navy flip flops $2.50 a pair. They're oh so very stylish (yeah, right), and Colter is obsessed with playing with them. Yes, I let my son play with dirty shoes. We tried to make him stop, but that was a battle that he won.
He has a very competitive streak and likes to beat his mommy and daddy in battles of wills. Maybe he'll be in the Olympics. Thank God he's a boy though, and I won't have to worry about him playing volleyball in his underwear like some Olympic athletes. Or run cross country practically naked like the skeleton-like women marathon runners! Or wear, like, 50 hair clips that don't even match like some gymnasts I've seen recently. What is up with that? I guess it's not my place to judge what the Olympians are wearing. After all, they're on the other side of the world competing their hearts out, and I'm at home sitting on the couch letting my son play with dirty shoes. :)
Friday, August 15, 2008
If you're not interested in a whiny woman, skip first paragraph.
I feel the need to whine. WHAT is wrong with the people at Microsoft? Do they want to make me crazy? I just upgraded to Microsoft Word 2007 and ACK! It is so different! I knew how to do most things on my Word 2003 and consider myself pretty proficient. With this new program, it took me forever to do basic things, like open a document, edit the header, and save a document! I'm sure I'll get used to it and like it just fine, but at the moment, I'm quite frustrated. I don't wanna learn a whole new program! I really think Microsoft could find a better way to get our money besides making changes to their programs, so we have to buy the upgrades. What was wrong with the old Word anyway? And what was wrong with XP? Why do we have to have Vista now? Ugh. It's all so bothersome. Okay, I'm done.
Happy Favorite Foto Friday! Today's theme is "Back to School." Colter's one. He's not going to school yet. He may not ever go to school. I may hold him hostage and home school if I can talk my husband into it. As my hubby is a teacher, he went back to school this week, but I didn't make him pose for a photo. Wouldn't be funny if I took a picture of him on the first day of school every year like people do of their kids? I could walk him to the
school bus truck and sigh, "Oh, he's growing up so fast," as I go back in the house. He'd love it. Actually I'm going back to school this year too, but there are no pictures to document it either. I'm going to teach a few classes at the local college on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Since I have to *gulp* leave my precious bundle of joy with a sitter for six hours a week, will I still be considered a stay-at-home mom? What shall my title be? Mostly-stay-at-home-Mom? Crazy-woman-with-tons-of-papers-to-grade-and-a-one-year-old-to-entertain? Hmmm...
Okay, I really am going to get to the point. I promise. Since there are no school pictures of Colter my theme is "Park Play Time!" A few weeks ago, we took advantage of a rare cool day to visit the park. Colter had lots of fun feeding the geese/ducks/swans with Daddy and playing on the swings!
Look at those dirty knees!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I’m not sure how I’m supposed to get him to eat his vegetables. He won’t eat corn. He won’t eat potatoes. He won’t eat green beans. He won’t eat peas, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, carrots, or even those good vegetables that some people say are fruits like tomatoes, zucchini and avocadoes. I guess all I can do is keep trying. If anyone has any other suggestions, let me know. In the mean time, I’ll just assume Colter can get by on fruit instead. :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Last August when school started Colter was only two months old, so obviously, he didn't really care that his Daddy whom had been around every day of his life was suddenly missing. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to John's mysterious disappearance this school year. Today, he didn't seem to really notice or care until we heard the front door open, and Colter bolted out of the bedroom to go see his daddy! It was cute.
A lot of people say the best thing about being a teacher is June, July, and August. As a teacher's wife and a former teacher myself, I would have to agree.
Friday, August 8, 2008
By the way, my 100th post is coming up soon! I think I might have my first give away to celebrate...
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Is yoga supposed to make one feel like she has been run over by a truck? And not just any truck either a big, honking Mack truck? I ask because when I got up this morning (well not just got up...I after several tries, slowly lifted my aching body from the mattress), I felt like my body had been twisted into weird positions and beaten during the night.
I, along with Denise Austin and some other ladies in the background of the exercise video that are never acknowledged, did yoga yesterday. Not the kind of yoga that according to Wikipedia, "is an Indian spiritual path aimed at achieving the union with the Supreme Consciousness." I don't believe in a "Supreme Consciousness." I also don't believe that yoga can transform one's spirit so much that one can obtain immortality. That seems silly. I did the kind of yoga that is merely a form of exercise, so don't worry. I'm not becoming Hindu--I still love Jesus.
My sister, Courtney, the slightly deranged aerobics queen, teaches a yoga class at the fitness center where she works. Lately, I've been noticing that Courtney randomly puts her body in all sorts of weird positions for no clear reason. I don't know why she'll just be standing in the middle of a room and suddenly wrap herself into a pretzel-like pose. She's just odd--anybody that has met her knows what I mean (I still love you, my sweet, odd little sister). I don't know why she does it, but I don't like the fact that my little sister can do weird things while standing on her toes that I can't do. I guess it's my competitive nature. Trying to be more flexible than Courtney was probably my motivation for buying a Denise Austin yoga DVD the other day. Or my motivation could have been the guy I saw on TV while flipping through channels the other night. He was a yoga guru who escaped from prison my folding himself up and putting himself into a box that was shipped out of the prison! Hopefully, I won't ever have to escape from prison, but he made yoga look pretty cool.
Whatever my motivation was, I found that yoga was actually fun! It's very rare that I say a form of exercise is fun, but it was! It was entertaining to try to balance in unusual positions with names like "Downward Dog" and "Fishtale." The stretching and deep breaths was surprisingly relaxing as well. Colter did some yoga moves with me and kept laughing at me, so that was amusing as well. When I was finished with the 45 minute workout, I was pleased with my $10 DVD purchase.
Even though I'm sore this morning, I am definitely going to try some more yoga. The fact that I'm sore this morning makes me feel like I actually got somewhere in the epic battle I'm having with my Jello thighs and baby belly. Either that or I twisted something wrong, and I'll soon have to be in a body brace.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Whoo hoo! Another award! Thanks so much, Amanda, for bestowing this lovely brilliant award upon me. Below are questions I have to answer and post onto my blog. Then I have to choose 7 fellow Brilliant Bloggers and pass this award along!
I. Indulgence? Sonic Mocha Java Chillers=Bliss
M. Marriage date? December 21, 2002
R. Reasons to smile? Life!
V. Vegetable? Potatoes
X X-ray or ultrasound? That's kind of a weird question. I guess an ultrasound because it's probably looking at a baby while an x-ray would be looking at something broken. That wouldn't be good.
Y. Your favorite food? At this moment, my favorite food is homegrown tomatoes from my very own garden! Tonight at 10:00 it will be some sort of dessert that probably will involve chocolate. Z. Zodiac sign? Scorpio
Now for meme number two--The Four Things Tag. Here we go!
Four jobs I’ve had
1)Waitress-which I actually really enjoyed
2) Tutor-of math strangely enough
3) Support Clerk-which was a fancy way of saying copy girl
4) English teacher
Four movies I can watch over and over
2)The Shawshank Redemption
Four TV shows I love: I wouldn't say I actually love any TV shows. I really think I could do without TV and just watch it when I'm wasting time. Since I've started blogging, TV has kinda gotten the boot. I only have so much time after all.
1) Lost-This is a love/hate relationship. It's leaning more toward hate, but I keep watching because I want to know what in the blue blazes is going on on that stinking freaky island!
2)Little House on the Prairie-I used to love this show, but since I've now seen every episode except the one where Laura has her daughter (why don't they ever show that one?), I'm kinda sick of it.
Places I’ve vacationed:
2)Waterton National Park in Canada-The first time I was there we saw three bears in three minutes-AWESOME!
3)Panama City, FL
Four of my favorite foods:
2) Mashed Potatoes
4) Coconut Shrimp
Four sites I visit daily: (Does almost daily count?)
1) Granton's blog
4) Lately Ebay to check and see if anyone's buying the underwear I'm selling. Yes, I said underwear. I bought some Victoria's Secret underwear really cheap on clearance, and people are actually buying it on Ebay! LOL
Four places I would rather be right now:
1) In my house, but clean
2) Back in June before summer was almost over
3) in the mountains where it's not over 100 degrees!
4) at a water park
Tag Four People:
I've tagged enough people lately. If you're reading and you want to play, TAG, you're it!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
The rules for this award are:
1) You must pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award, based upon creativity, design, interesting material, and that also contribute to the blogger community.
2) Each award must have the name of the author with a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Award-winners must show the award and put the name and link to the blog that awarded it.
4) Award-winners and the one who has given the prize must show the link to the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) These rules must be included in your post.
So, I am passing this award to:
and because I like Heidis...
Friday, August 1, 2008
Here's a windy day in March. What a face!
And some bath time crazy hair