Wednesday, February 25, 2009
My aunt is also doing some challenge with a friend to give up refined sugar. Theirs seems more like a competition where as soon as one cracks, the other can binge again. I also like that idea, but Ross won't challenge me- he knows I would win! :)
Well, I have decided to join Heidi, and give up something that Ross and I have decided to try and cut out of our diet anyway- carbonation. Really, carbonation is terrible for you! It is yummy and refreshing, but completely destructive to your body. We have cut down a lot- especially considering Ross likes soda with EVERY meal and EVERY snack. We have only had it with occasional meals, celebrations, and really bad head aches.
I wanted to cut down on carbonation partly because of the health benefits, partly for the fact that carbonation wreaks havoc on any weight-loss diet, but mostly because my mother has a condition that does not allow her to have any carbonation of any sort without terrible cramps and horrible nausea. We are fairly certain it is a gall bladder problem, but she has altered her diet in a way that makes it possile for her to avoid a surgery to remove the gall bladder. Major self-control! She is amazing! With all of the problems I have had with bladder and kidney infections, I have wondered if maybe I could have some of the same problems in a less extensive form. If that is true- I would like it to stay where it is at so that I don't have to give up my french fries and potato chips (my mom has also had to give up all fried foods)- at least not until next year's Lent. . .
I hereby vow to not drink any carbonated beverage of any sort (including slurpees) for the next 40 days. Does anybody else want to join me and give up one of their vices?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here's a fun blog game courtesy of my sister-in-law Melissa.
The first 3 people to respond to this post will get something made by me.My choice. Made especially for you.
Restrictions and Limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It will be done this year.
4. You have no clue what it's going to be, because I don't even know what it's going to be!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
You must re-post this on your blog and offer the same to the first 3 people who comment on your post and agree to do the same!
So get ready for your mystery treat but be prepared to share the love!
Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you get when you get it.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Books I Read For My Job:
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
I expected to hate this- but I did not. It was graphic and the writing was, well, a little awkward throughout. I found the plot to be a little contrived- especially Langdon's presence there. I did enjoy it, however, and found more than enough underlying themes to pop out some great lesson plans for it.
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
I love this play. It is historical and poetic and violent and symbolic. I always have a crush on Marc Antony, and I find it interesting how Shakespeare can paint him so bold and cunning in Caesar, and so weak and foolish in Cleopatra. I cry when Brutus falls on his sword every time- poor guy. What a tormented life he must have had. I am a Roman history buff- it is all so fascinating.
Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
This was a fast read, and I pumped out this lesson plan faster than any other I have written. I think it had a little something to do with the fact that I have now read that dear book about 25 times, and no, I am not overexagerating. Oh Mr. Darcy- why are you so kind to Wickham and that slutty Lydia. I always wish that he will banish them or something, but his mercy always wins out.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of the best books of all time. One of the best authors of all time. Remember how I named one of my daughters after the main character in A Little Princess? I find myself relating to Mary and getting a little crush on Dickon and his Yorkshire accent. I cry myself silly in many different places including, but not limited to, the part where Ben Weatherstaff explains his promise to Lily, the part when Colin stands, the part where Mary notices that the picture of Colin's mother has been uncovered, and of course, the last page where the master and his son are seen walking side by side together.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
This is my favorite of this series. I find that Rowling and her power of description really take flight here, especially in the graveyard scene. I love the intricasies of the plot, and the little side stories like Rita Skeeter and SPEW.
Books Read in My Special Me-Time Place (AKA- the books read in the bathroom)
Building the Leader in Yourself by some guy
Building the Leaders Around You by the same guy as the last book
Obviously, I was not too terribly impressed with those. Way too many sports analogies for me. Ross liked them though, so they must be targetd more to males.
The Caterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer
This was not nearly as entertaining as I remember it being in college. I love the narration, and the introduction for the wife of Bath. Chuacer was as witty as ever, but I wasn't as drawn to it as I was when reading it for my British Lit. class. This definitely took me the longest to read of all the books I read this month.
The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen
This was a typical Paulsen read. A survival story- only this one was set at sea on a small schooner. It was informational, and one that pre-teen boys would love. I found it well worth the dollar I paid for it in my little sister's book order.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
It was good.
There were elephants.
This picture is out of order- but I thought it was a cute one of Emma enjoying Sara's booty. As mentioned, we served baked potatoes (not enough of them. . . sorry) along with a very nice green salad provided by my lovely mother.
Unfortunately, this appointment took longer than usual, so much so that it extended past the napping time for the girls. This meant that I had to put my book down, turn on Dr. Laura/ Sean Hannity (I switch back and forth because a- they are on at the same time and b- I HATE commercials with every fiber of my being) and let the girls roam around the car and entertain themselves with whatever they can find.
Sara found my discarded shoes and my last 3 tic-tacs. This is me checking to make sure that I am still hot. Do not bother me by mentioning that I was literally within inches of 6 different mirrors. Pictures never lie- mirrors sometimes do (have you never been to the circus? Oh- me neither- but still. . .) You would probably not believe me if I told you that I have an entire file on my computer dedicated to self-portraits such as these. Some call it vanity, I call it necessary.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
We are the worst kind of sneaky muchers too. We first went to the new Denny's in AF. Just as I was getting in line the manager there was passing out 'rain check' vouchers to come back and get a free grand slam some other day. We happily took 4 of those passes, and then went to Orem and stood in the shorter line there to get our food.