Sunday, February 24, 2013

Our lives in bullet points...

  • We now have two employed teenagers in the house... Savannah got hired at Safeway (like her brother) and is working her first shift as I type. I had to laugh as Asia drove her away this morning - she will definitely be the prettiest courtesy clerk on the floor today - she was up at 5:00 straightening her hair and putting her makeup on...
  • I am moved at God's provision when I realize how hard it is to get a job these days for the under 20 set... and no one is flipping burgers!
  • Speaking of jobs, Asia is working one and a half jobs right now as he builds his private practice. He has had clients steadily since he started and currently works Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. He's a little frazzled. But he's enjoying his new office and getting to know his clients. I am so proud of him.
  • He got his first totally-out-of-the-blue-off-his-web-page clients last week. It felt good, I think, for someone to pick him without already knowing him. It's sort of the old 'if you build it, they will come' adage in play. Who knew?
  • Lent: for me this year it means no processed foods. No sugar. No leavened bread. No white flour. No ingredients I can't pronounce. Lots of fruits and veggies. Oatmeal with a banana and dates every morning. It's been a great way to simplify - and I feel great. That said, I really like bread.
  • Here's the thing about getting a brand new car six months after already getting a brand new car: In my case, the first brand new car was exactly what I wanted. Right color, right features, right price, right fit. And the second brand new car is... mehh. I just don't care about it. I don't care for the color. (It was all they had.) The extra features (again, all they had) are silly and unnecessary. Panoramic sunroof? Why does everyone in the car need to be able to see the sky? I'm completely ambivalent about Sorento #2. It gets me from point A to point B. But I don't love it like I loved Sorento #1. Weird.
  • My sweet Gracie girl made it through a horrible week... she had a stiff neck for a couple of days, which requires putting her dishes on a stool so she doesn't have to bend down to eat or drink. Wednesday night she accidentally knocked her water dish over which really spooked her. She spun out, did a spread eagle on the kitchen floor and really hurt herself. She spent that whole night shaking and whimpering... I was wondering if we were going to have to put her down the next day. It was so sad. But thankfully, after a couple of good night's sleep and lots of pampering, she seems to be better. Poor ol' girl. We love her so much.
  • I am in the laborious process of cleaning out my 'scrapbooking room.' For years I needed a room for all my supplies and room to work... but truth be told, I haven't scrapbooked in about four years and it seemed silly to have all that wasted space... so I am slowly going through everything and transferring it to other areas of the house. I plan to have a HUGE sale - I have SO many supplies I will NEVER use. We're planning to make it into a media room with a couch and a tv and the Wii U. I'd love to put a glass panel door on it so we can see what's going on in there but not have to listen to it. It's a ridiculous undertaking... I plug away at it an hour here and an hour there... I think I'm about 60% done... if you don't count the closet! Sheesh, I bought a lot of paper over the years.
  • Super happy that the days are getting longer. I really, really love spring. I will never get used to it's late arrival in Spokane... there is still snow on the ground and more in the forecast...
Have a blessed Sunday, friends. Smooches!


  1. Finally had to read your blog. Everyone kept telling me of things on it that I hadn't heard SO I finally sat down and got it read....
    Thanks for doing your blog. I love to read it. Things have just been going so fast around here, I just kept forgetting to read it.
    Not necessarily exciting new things - just life
    Don't know how it goes so fast. Anyway I love reading your thoughts - love you ! Mom

  2. Interesting thing -- I found your blog and started following you because of scrapbooking. Now, you say you haven't scrapped in years, and I have not as well! I am currently upcycling some old shelves and things to "rehab" my room into more of an office /reading room and plan to be ruthless with that stays and goes. I am still making cards occasionally, and the occasional altered project or decorative gift there will be a small area for friends get upset when I turn down crop invites, insisting there must be "something wrong", but honestly, I don't really miss the scrapping, feel very stressed when I sit down to attempt it. If I was pining for the activity I would find a way to fit it into my day, but for now reading and knitting work for me!
    So glad the kids are both working. As you said, it is hard right now. My daughter has spent six months finding an "ok" job that she has to come home every weekend to get to,but for now it is a paycheck and we are making the best of it. We believe she needs to be responsible for some of her own expenses. My son is turning 16 next week, and no one wants to hire under 18 around here. It is frustrating.


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