Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ugh. I just returned home from a visit to the dentist, and quickly sought some comfort in a cup of coffee. I soon discovered that doing one of my favorite things has become quite a bit more challenging! You try drinking a hot beverage from a large cup with a numb and useless front lip! After a few tries, I learned that it can be done, if I use a straw and place it...just...so.... Ahhhh, yes. Definitely worth the trouble.
While I was gone, The Mister (my dear husband) "forgot" to load the dishwasher. I can almost believe this. But he also forgot to feed Master Munchkin breakfast. That, I don't understand. Master Munchkin claims he dislikes to request food from The Mister, because of what he gets served. According to him, he only gets (insert dramatic pause) bread and water. AND he has to eat the crusts.
We've recently started listening to one of my favorite childhood books on CD in the car, How to Eat Fried Worms. Master Munchkin is quite amused! I've heard that this book has been banned in some schools, but I can't imagine why. We have found it a delightful way to pass the time while driving to and from town.
These are a few of the treasures from Flickr. I constantly gain inspiration and ideas from the talented photographers I find there.
1. Enveloping Darkness, 2. Untitled, 3. Untitled, 4. Footsteps in the field, 5. babyscapes., 6. Trees, 7. Dude, these are SOOO not the 'droids we're looking for., 8. bliss, 9. Taking Flight, 10. flying low., 11. Untitled, 12. what?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Gracia Burnham shared her story at Miss Munchkin's school this week. She made the point of how the Real You appears when you are stripped of all your comforts. For over a year, Gracia was without all of the things that Americans come to expect and depend on, including the very basic elements of regular meals, hygiene and medical care. Things like entertainment and fashion quickly became ghosts of the past. She lived in constant danger for her very life. She desperately missed her children and ultimately lost her husband. Yet God sustained her and gave her the strength to get though each day, one at a time. She eventually came to care for her captors and has since returned to minister to them.
A story like this really puts things in perspective. I feel deprived when the Internet is down for the day or I'm out of my favorite coffee creamer. What do I depend on? In Whom do I put my trust? What really matters? These are things worth contemplation.
Please take 2 minutes from your "busy" day to see her story.
Friday, April 25, 2008
I fear that my kitchen counter currently looks similar to the state of my brain - cluttered and
art room - back corner, foam core - all the white ones
Atlas 25 yr Weathermaster ST
breakfast teachers OJ & bagels & CC
English walnuts, brocolli, bandaids
Just a few minutes ago, I heard a strange sound in the morning silence.
pad swish swish!
Our prissy kitty just walked by with a bright orange sticky note stuck to her back leg. She was trying very hard to look nonchalant, but every few steps she would violently shake her leg, trying to dislodge the persistent hitchhiker. She eventually limped/swished into the laundry room and emerged noteless. I'd better go track it down - it probably has something important on it. I hope it's not in the litter box.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Master Munchkin has almost mastered the Motorbike. During this last week, he's figured out how to get around pretty well. He's had the inevitable wipe-outs though. He is now sporting enough bandaids that he is starting to get sympathetic looks from strangers so we've banned him from the bike - at least until some of his skin grows back. ;)
Out of desperation, I think, MM picked up his old fashioned 2 wheeler and taught himself to ride. It's not nearly as fast or dangerous, but it seems to meet his need for mobile independence and will do until we let him back on the motorbike.
Note to self: buy more bandaids.
Monday, April 21, 2008
There have been 1000 visits to my blog! I am so happy to have you stop by. If we haven't yet "met", please take a moment to introduce yourself. I am always pleased to make a new acquaintance. :)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Master Munchkin learned how to ride his sister's small, electric dirtbike this week.
He's already zooming about the yard, faster than I would like.
"You're crazy," I told him.
"More mad than crazy," he corrected me.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Yesterday, I caught Master Munchkin climbing down from the shelves in the pantry. "Here," he said, showing me a lighter. "You should keep this on top of the refrigerator, so I can't reach it. Want me to put it up there for you?"
He just turned 7 and already Master Munchkin is doing some big boy things. He found a pack of mousetraps in the garage and figured out how to set them. I managed to snap my thumb in one while he somehow remained unscathed.
When I came home from class last night, I was met by a Munchkin on a motorbike. But it wasn't Miss Munchkin, it was the Master. Driving. By himself. He zoomed all over the front yard, turning quickly and going very fast. But he could stop and start and balance. I couldn't believe it! This child can't even ride a 2 wheel bicycle yet.
My husband came to kickboxing with me last night. He does not exercise at all and so it was pretty hard for him. He had to stop partway though the class because he thought he was going to get sick. Poor guy! I don't know if he will come back. Or if he can feel his arms today.
Miss Munchkin is home from school today. Apparently someone broke into the school last night and burglarized it. I haven't heard the damage report yet, but it can't be good.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Boxing is becoming a popular way to get and stay fit. This recent news article explores this new trend:
Regardless of whether you actually get in the ring, all the fancy footwork, punching and blocking add up to a good all-around workout, burning 350 to 500 calories an hour for the average person. Boxing also promotes coordination and balance, teaches self-defense skills and offers a good outlet for aggression.
Wish me luck: I've
Sunday, April 13, 2008
It is a serious thing to...remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship... It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all our friendships, all loves, all plays, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But is is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Overheard in Miss Munchkin's classroom:
Teacher: "We know that sinful man only does what's best for him."
Boy: "Sinful man can only do what sinful man can do....
Just like Spider Pig can only do what Spider Pig can do!"
All boys: (singing) "Spider Pig, Spider Pig..."
Thursday, April 10, 2008
My husband and I are fairly new fans of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC. Some of the terminology they throw around can be a bit confusing so let's look at the Weight Classes.
The UFC currently uses five weight classes:
* Lightweight: 146 to 155 lb
* Welterweight: 156 to 170 lb
* Middleweight: 171 to 185 lb
* Light Heavyweight: 186 to 205 lb
* Heavyweight: 206 to 265 lb
In addition, there are four other weight classes specified in the Unified Rules which the UFC does not currently utilize: Flyweight (under 125 lb), Bantamweight (126 to 135 lb), Featherweight (136 to 145 lb), and Super Heavyweight ( above 265 lb).
To bring things down to a more personal level, I am a Welterweight. I started as a Middleweight and am currently trying to get into the Lightweight division. Ultimately, I'd like to be a Featherweight. That has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Maybe, when I'm a Featherweight, I won't have to get on the scale at the doctor's office anymore. I'll just tell them, "Oh, I'm a Featherweight," and they will nod knowingly and wave me by, jotting down a note in my chart. Y'think?
By the way, even though Miss Munchkin is a Flyweight, she can front kick me across the room! I'm so proud. :)
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
I had no idea that there were so many ways to use medicine balls at the gym! So far, here are some exercises that my martial arts teachers have
made strongly encouraged us do:
Perform push-ups with one hand propped up on a small medicine ball
Sit in a tight circle, balancing on our bottoms with our feet held up, and pass the ball around
Roll and toss the ball to a partner while standing in a wide squat
Perform squats, holding the ball at arm's length, while balancing on the balls of your feet
Sit back to back and pass the ball around with your partner
Do "ax chops" holding a medicine ball (swing it from up high on one side to down low on the opposite)
And, my favorite, stand over your partner and drop a medicine ball on to their stomach! (If you tense your abs, it actually doesn't hurt and makes you feel very tough) :)
Sunday, April 06, 2008
There was jumping.
There was punching.
There was cake.
His favorite part was getting to break a wooden board and cut the cake with a real samurai sword!
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
My Favorite Sister had an authentic taste of Peruvian culture today, when she experienced her first earthquake. Measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, the earthquake caused more alarm than damage. No casualties were reported. Rene said she was sitting in class and the doors started rattling and all of the students got up abruptly and left the room. She was left not knowing what was going on. Being from the Midwest, it didn't occur to her that that it was an earthquake!
Glad you're OK Rene. Feel free to check in here anytime. Like now. :)