Some Random Musings . . .
I was sitting in the bathtub a few minutes ago and my mind began to randomly meander among some of the lessons I've learned in the past year (all of my good ideas . . . for real . . . come while I'm in the bathtub; I read once that the ions in water feed creativity, but personally I think it's because that is one part of my daily routine that involves some quiet, alone time). Anyway, just some random thoughts on things I've learned about me, you, and life.
. . . Get out the good china, light some candles, and pull out the stemware. There's no time like the present, so I made sure this year that I used the "good stuff." Any of you that have been here regularly for awhile know that I have an addiction to stemware. So, even though I appreciate a good martini, I've learned to drink my Diet Dr. Pepper out of a really cool martini glass too (pudding and cool whip also work well in them). They're much better in my hand than in the china cabinet (and DDP tastes much better in them than in a plastic tumbler).
. . . I love March Madness and any good Cinderella sports story.
. . . It is possible for me to get hooked on a television show. I thought that I was totally resigned to watching only shows on Disney Channel, or sports shows or games, or late-night reruns of "Seinfeld" or "CSI" (after the kids were in bed), but I know now that if I like a show well enough I will dedicate myself to an hour a week for it! Case in point? (well, two cases) "Lost" and "Heroes." I'm SO addicted!
. . . God really doesn't care about the outcome of a football game. I actually sent a few prayers heavenward for my Crimson Tide this past year, but we still ended up 6-7. So, I've gone back to only praying about more serious concerns--i.e, the wellfare of family and friends and forgiveness for my wrongdoings.
. . . If you want interesting conversation, come live with my 2 1/2-year old. Lest you think that you can't have real talk with a child under 3, I learned very differently with my Scout. That child is a ham to the 9th degree and can argue with you about anything. Tonight's conversation is an excellent example. "I want to go to da beech." "We can't right now, Sydney. It takes a while to drive there and, besides, it's wintertime so it's cold." "But I want to go. I like da beech." "Me too, Sydney, there's nothing better I'd like than to go there right now. But it's too cold today." "I can wear my jacket." "But do you you like to go into the water at the beach? You can't wear a jacket in the ocean." "Sure, you can. I wear my jacket over my babing soup." "It would get wet, Sydney." "No it wuddint. I still wear my babing soup." "Well, Sydney, I tell you what. We'll go to the beach as soon as we can." "Okay, Momma. Lets go right now. I ready." Oh my goodness . . . (Of course, McKenna has told me that I don't actually have to explain everything to Sydney like she's 20-years-old. Ha!)
. . . Blog friends are the coolest--primarily because none of you know what I look like without makeup on.
. . . Date nights with the hubby are very important--as is the tradition of going away for the weekend every year on your anniversary.
. . . Even the "best" teenager will do typical teenage things to get into big trouble. I brag on McKenna all the time because she is truly one of the "good" teenagers in the world today (gets great grades, is a leader at her school, doesn't run with any wild kids, reads her Bible everyday), but she can also be the typical teenager getting in typical teen trouble. This year? it was running up a $130 text message bill on a cell phone when we'd told her repeatedly to not text message. So, even today (like 9 months after the fact) she can only use her phone for calling me or her dad or her pop when it's time for her to picked up from somewhere. She still has to raise that money to get it back. Sheesh!
. . . Music by Barlow Girl, Rascal Flatts, Toby Mac, Carrie Underwood all make me happy.
. . . I found some new foods that I really like. I discovered how much I love Salt n Pepper potato chips, french fries and ranch dip, nutella, Starbucks frappucinos, chocolate Paydays, pistachio baklava, feta cheese, and Mocha Moolates from Diary Queen. And a whole lot more! (it would take me a very long post to list them all!)
. . . Given the choice of spending $10 on snapshots instead of, well, pretty much anything else--I'm choosing the photos any day of the week. In my scrapbooks, in frames, anywhere--photos of my family and friends and good times are my favorite!
. . . God will provide. I just can't sweat the small stuff.
. . . I will wear something trendy if I feel like it. I know that I'm not 20 anymore and I'm not stupid enough to wear most of the clothes that involve belly baring (NO ONE wants to see that!), but if I want to wear leggings or a really cool Stones shirt that my daughter wanted first to buy (but I talked her out of it) or a some really cool big-beaded bracelets . .. darn it, I'm gonna do it!
. . . Any books by Joan Hess, Sue Monk Kidd, Maeve Binchy, or Laura Childs makes me happy (ditto for scrapbook or travel magazines).
. . . I still don't like to clean.
. . . Eat dessert first, jump in the mud puddle, do the wave, laugh loudly in public, and ride the mechanical bull!