It has been troubling me, recently that there is so much divisiveness in the world. We fight over differences in religious beliefs and political ideologies; we hate and fear each other because of differences in race, class, sexual orientation, and culture; we isolate ourselves into pockets of perceived sameness.
Now, I'm not a world traveler. I have only ever been outside of the US once (and that was to Tijuana, so that doesn't even really count). But what I see in people is that we are all SOOOOOO much the same. We want to live in a safe environment, we want to be connected to our communities (however that may be defined), we want our children to live happy and productive lives, we want to eat, sleep and go about our day to day lives with a sense of health and security and meaning. Some want to have the ability (freedom) to believe and worship in our own way, and the others want to be able to not believe and not worship in peace. We don't want to live in fear.
We all need to eat. We all need to shit. We are not that all that different.
Today, a colleague and friend of mine pointed me to a short video that brilliantly illustrates this very fact. It is from the perspective of women, but it is clear that it can be applied across the genders. Please watch it and see what you think. I personally think that so many of our world's problems could be solved if we could all just get a handle on how ALIKE we all are. Maybe my being born in the summer of love (1967) gives me a propensity towards hippyness and thinking of the like.
So sue me.
There are people somewhere (everywhere) all over the world who love their children unconditionally, who desire to provide a good, safe, healthy life for their families, who enjoy dancing and eating, who love having a warm and comfortable place to sleep at night, who enjoy shopping for fresh vegetables at a market, who can't wait to have a few moments to read something of interest, who cry when a loved one passes, and who want to make the world a better place. And those people look, sound and live very differently than I do. They eat different food and dress differently. But really, they are the same as I.
They are just like you, too.
Getting ready to start another week. I'm feeling tired. Kind of grumpy. Not sure why. Here's what the week's meals look like. Very basic this week, with the exception of tonight. Just don't want to have to think to hard about eating.
Sunday - 4/22 - Caramelized Garlic Chicken and rice
Monday - 4/23 - Hot dogs and beans (Darren has a 5:30 baseball game)
Tuesday - 4/24 - Mac and Cheese Bake
Wednesday - 4/25 - Burgers and Fries (Book Club night for me)
Thursday - 4/26 - Spaghetti and Meatballs
Construction on our new deck starts tomorrow. We hope to have it done in time for our Cinco de Mayo party. We are also hoping for good weather. Next weekend I'll be doing some planting in the back yard trying to get it all pretty.
The news I've been waiting for
All of those Mai Tai's and other fruity cocktails are going to keep me from an early grave. According to a recent article in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the ethanol found in rum, vodka and tequila (among other spirits) has been found to enhance the effectiveness of the cancer and heart disease fighting antioxidant nutrients found in fruits such as strawberries and blueberries. Read more about it here.
So let the strawberry margaritas flow, baby!
There is a God.
Another week has come to a close. We had a pretty good weekend. It was rainy on Saturday, but we got in a Costco run (bought a new palm tree for the backyard) and an attempted trip to the bank (long story), then a party on Saturday night. One of our friends turned 50 (YIKES) and the shin dig was a blast. Lots of folks we knew and many we didn't.
Today was great...we got a bunch of cleaning done and then one of my friends (that I've known since high school) came over with her beautiful family. Katie and Aaron have the two most beautiful children. You can read about them here on Katie's blog. She has chronicled nearly every day of their 2 years of life.
We walked to the park and the guys went and got some sandwiches. Payton and Aaron threw the ball around and it was just a really nice afternoon in the sun with dear friends. Life is good.
Looking forward to another week. My new boss comes on board tomorrow and we have a welcome dinner for him after work. More baseball during the week, and then some of my in-laws come to town on Friday to stay for a few days. We'll get to celebrate my nephew's first birthday with him on Saturday and hosting a little shin dig for him. You know I'll be posting pics of that!
Have a great week y'all! Let's hope for a little more peace in the world...
Why God made Moms -- BRILLIANT Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.
How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He Just used bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you Your mother & not some other mom?
1. We're related
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.
What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.
What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?
Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on. (I almost peed my pants when I read this one)
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.
What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home & dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.
What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.
What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.
This meme is courtesy of Debra Roby, my sister in skinny pants...I had fun reading hers and thought I would pass it along...if you want to do it, too, please leave a comment with a link to your post! Sorry for all of the crazy font changes, not sure what happened and don't have the energy to fix them. Here goes:
1.Whats your name spelled backwards?
2. What did you do last night?
Picked my kid up from baseball practice, ate dinner (thai peanut chicken pasta), watched the Giants game and then American Idol. Read my book, set my alarm and fell asleep.
3. The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
A video of Bill Clinton accepting the TED prize.
4. Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?
What the hell?
5. Last time you swam in a pool?
At the Outrigger Waikiki last July
6. What are you wearing?
Jeans, a Washington Huskies sweatshirt and my fave tennies
7. How many cars have you owned?
I have had in my possession 8 cars. I've only actually owned one of them (the one I have now). The rest were either owned by my parents or the bank!
8. Type of music you dislike most?
9. Are you registered to vote?
Duh, of course.
10. Do you have cable?
11. What kind of computer do you use?
I have a Dell PC at home and use a Mac Powerbook G4 at work
12. Ever made a prank phone call?
Of course! Is your refrigerator running?
13. You like anyone right now?
I like a lot of people...I agree with Debra, the person who wrote these questions was 12
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
bungee, no way....sky diving...heck ya!
15. Furthest place you ever traveled?
Hawaii and Boston
16.Do you have a garden?
17. What’s your favorite comic strip?
I know...totally boring, but "For Better or For Worse"...I just love that family.
18. Do you know all the words to the national anthem?
I go to a lot of ball games, I know my National Anthem!
19. Shower, morning or night?
I prefer night, but that almost never happens anymore
20. Best movie you’ve seen in the past month?
Haven't seen any this month I don't think...but the best movie I saw recently was The Departed
21. Favorite pizza toppings?
Sausage, onions, garlic
22. Chips or popcorn?
Chips, Sweet Maui Onion please
23. What cell phone provider do you have?
24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells?
What the hell?
25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
Again, clearly a 12 year old, and um, no way!
26. Orange Juice or apple?
27. Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?
Christine, my coworker
28. Favorite chocolate bar?
Oooh, um, Cadburry with carmel? Or a Twix, does that count? Maybe a Snickers even
29. Who is your longest friend and how long?
30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
I can't even remember...isn't that sad?
31. Have you ever won a trophy?
Heck ya! Only I didn't "win" it, I EARNED it, baby. I got a trophy when I made the 13 year old Bobby Sox softball All-Star Team!
32. Favorite artist?
Oh, that changes depending on when you ask me. Right now, Paul Nzalamba, I have several of his prints
33. Favorite computer game?
Any race car game...a girl can dream
34. Ever ordered from an infomercial?
Does QVC count?
35. Sprite or 7-UP?
Neither really, but 7UP if I had to choose
36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?
I wore a uni when I worked at an ice-cream store. It was yellow, pink, brown and white. Seriously. And it was polyester.
37. Last thing you bought at the store?
French bread for dinner tonight
38. Ever thrown up in public?
Dude, I went to Chico State, are you kidding?
39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?
Already found true love and I wouldn't give it up for being a millionaire!
40. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Not really...lust yes...love takes a lot of time and work
41.Can exes just be friends?
Not so much
42. Who was the last person you visited in the hospital?
43. Did you have long hair as a young kid?
44. What message is on your voicemail machine?
Totally boring..."You have reached the voicemail of..." yadda yadda yadda
45. Where would you like to go right now?
46. What was the name of your first pet?
My first pet is one of the ones I have now...Smokey!
47. What kind of back pack do you have, and what’s in it?
Can you say...12 year old? I actually have a BlogHer/Google backpack! Great Shwag! Nothing is in it. It is sitting empty in my closet for now.
48. Last incoming/outgoing call on your phone?
Hubby telling me he is coming home from the freezing cold game and asking if he should pick something up for dinner.
49. What is one thing you are grateful for today?
My bed at the end of the day!
50. What do you think about most?
I was gently reminded tonight that it has been over a week since my last post. My head is everywhere and I just don't even know how to bring it together in a coherent way.
Baseball season is underway and the Giants are sucking. They are winning tonight (up 6-3 in the 8th), but mostly they have not been so fun to watch. Strike that, baseball is always fun for me to watch. But it is more fun when your home boys are winning.
I'm currently reading Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See for my book club. LOVE IT so far! It's kind of brutal with the telling of the foot binding process (in China in the 1800's). Very well written and I can't wait to get deeper into it.
Darren is gone for the week, spending his spring break with his grandparents in Gig Harbor, WA. I'm always so thankful when my kids spend time with their grandparents. I wish all kids could have the kind of multi-generational relationships that my kids do. I miss him...the house is really quiet without him. He'll arrive back in the house on Friday and we'll have our hurricane Darren back again.
The battery on my laptop is dying. I'm ready for bed. I was at work at 7am today and I'm done. I'll start the day tomorrow on the treadmill and hopefully find some inspiration for my writing.
There just don't seem to be any "normal" weeks anymore... so here's what we have on tap for this week...
Sunday - 4/1 - Country Breakfast (potatoes, eggs, corn, onions, bacon all mixed together)
Monday - 4/2 - Taco Casserole
Tuesday - 4/3 - Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday - 4/4 - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Soup
Thursday - ??? Fruschetta Pizza ???
Thursday Darren has a 5:30 baseball game, Dan has darts at 7:00 and I have a work dinner starting at 6:00 (which will feature really GREAT Indian food, so I'm set). That's a crazy day for sure. Monday Dan and Payton didn't eat at home because they went to watch the NCAA men's finals at a friend's house. Tonight (Tuesday), Dan has a soccer meeting (after he finished his years as the President, he has somehow ended up as the VP even though neither of our boys has played soccer in at least 3 years, don't ask why). Payton will be on spring break as of Thursday and Darren leaves for his spring break trip on Sunday. Next week will be total chaos as far as food/meals.
Payton asked me the other day if Dan and I get spring break....silly boy.
Meanwhile, I'm doing well on the weight loss...not shedding tons of pounds but my body is changing...the jeans I bought about 1 month ago? I can pull them off without undoing the button and zipper! NICE! I'm just not ready to plunk down more money for new clothes yet...too much yet to loose. A few more weeks on the treadmill and I just might take a quick trip to Ross.
The blogosphere has once again demonstrated it's kindness and usefulness to me. While I have been chronicling my recent weight loss you have all been so supportive in so many different ways. One of my Woolfcamp comrades, Debra Roby, has also shed some pounds in the recent months and has skinnied out of her size 12 jeans (pictured here).
Now, this is wonderful enough, mind you. However miss Debra has taken it one step further. SHE SENT ME HER PANTS! I arrived home from work one day last week to a wonderful package in my mailbox (don't you love when you get something other than bills and junk?). It was the traveling skinny pants.
Not only are these pants in the size that is next on my way down to a slimmer me, but they comply with my "no more Mom jeans" rule. They are a nice low-rise variety and they also have some stretch in them. PERFECT. I could feel the good karma that came with them as soon as I put them on....
So here I am (sorry the lighting isn't the best) in the skinny pants. A size 12...the size I haven't seen in about 6 years. I love them, and I will take good care of them until it is time to send them on to one of you. I hope to soon be holding out the waistband on these puppies just Debra is doing in the first photo.
In the mean time...I was on the treadmill EVERY day this week. I got my ass out of bed early and spent 30-45 minutes walking every day. It felt soooo good and I will be making this party of my daily routine...for life. I took Saturday off (however I did walk to my son's baseball game instead of driving), and today I'm going to fit in a good hour (I like to do the 5k program as a stretch day, something to push me hard).
I also hope to be posting our menu for the week later on today...so stay tuned. Busy busy day!