Monday, April 8, 2013

Fahrenheit 451

Okay... so, this book scared the shit out of me.  I loved it, but it scared the shit out of me!!

Hats off to you, Mr. Bradbury.  You nailed it.  IPods, earbuds, 3D TV, reality shows...

Work it, make it, do it, makes us, HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER... 

It made me think.  And that's good.  It made me put my phone on the charger and read. It makes me think twice when I reach for it out of habit.  And we talked about the book.  My teenager will be reading it soon, before the end of the year in English.

We are now actively teaching our 5 year old to read. He has an endless appetite for books.  We have read to him since he was a baby. It's time for us to pass the torch to him.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

The Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn!

I am about to change jobs after 4 years.  I am just transferring to a different department, but it is a change.

I think this is good.  I think that it's something that will lead to more. 

If I stay where I am am not going anywhere, stuck, stressful, not what I signed up for...  Three job description changes in 4 years.  (not that I'm not thankful for the opportunities I have in this current position)

Turn, turn, turn...

I just have to hope that this was meant to be.

I'll miss my co-workers, but I'll still see them.

I also think I get itchy feet.  I never seem to stay at one job for than 5 years.

Turn, turn , turn...

I just have to trust my instincts that I made the right decision.  I interviewed for a different job a while back in a different facility.  I didn't get that position. That's why I think that this is the one that's meant to be.

Trust my instincts...  that's the ticket.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

My new favorite bedtime story...

I love this book!!  This is fairly frequently read at bedtime at our house.  Both boys really enjoy the story, being that they both do enjoy their video game time.  The 15 year old comes in a listens to it every time I read it to the 5 year old.

It's a story of a little boy who loves to play video games all the time, until a storm knocks the power out.  He panics and doesn't know what to do!!!  He fusses and frets and tries to steal the batteries out of his baby sister's doll and makes her cry...

He then realizes that he made a bad choice and makes up with his sister by playing hide and go seek, her favorite game.  One thing leads to another and they have played all day without electronic toys, just using their imagination.

When the power finally comes back on he is happy, but thinks that he might just play make believe with his sister again, too.

We really try to limit the technology time at our house.  We adults are guilty of it, too, with Facebook and such. We don't watch a lot of TV and the boys are limited to two shows on week nights. There is also no gaming during the week only on weekends.  Hopefully this helps some, but it is a battle at times.

Anyway...  the point of the post being, what a cute book, with a very good message!!

(and it rhymes, too)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How do you teach generosity and graciousness?

As we approach pass Thanksgiving and enter the winter holiday season I was really struck by how lucky I am and we are as a family to be where we are.  We don't have as much this years as some, but we have plenty.

I have a great job (it has its challenges, but that is another story), that allows us to be comfortable and also allows my husband to go to school full time to finish his PhD.  It also allows me to continue my education towards completion of my BSN once and for all.  It is time to move past my good old ADN and finished my degree once and for all.  So, this rambling background story leads to where I am really headed with this story...

I know I do not take time to appreciate and be thankful and grateful for all that we have.  I in turn need to take the time to teach the kids about thankfulness and to not take it for granted that we are comfortable.

I am trying to focus on how we can share our good fortune this season and I am also using this as a learning opportunity for the kids to share and absorb the fact that we have plenty and it is a duty to share with those that are not as fortunate.

I will digress again for a moment.  I just completed a nursing class dealing with public health and care of vulnerable populations ex: the elderly, those without health care, migrate workers, people below the poverty level etc.  I focused my research for this class on the town and county that I live in.  A particularly affluent area in North Texas and was shocked at what I discovered.  There are so many services that are lacking and people living without the daily necessities that live on my back porch.  Shocking! (I suppose I probably knew this deep down, but didn't really think about it)

So, this season we have taken some of what we have an shared it with those less fortunate.  It started with my oldest, who is 15, who on his own used his own money to contribute to a charity project in his English class involving a less fortunate child and furnishing the child's wish list.  He did this on his own with his own money from his birthday.  Mail ordered a specific, odd request from the kid and delivered to the gift basket at school.

This then led me to contacting our local community outreach and participating in their Angel program and taking the youngest, who is 4 to buy the gifts on the list.  As we were shopping we talked about generosity and sharing.  And also about the fact that this little Angel Boy would not get gifts without our help.  My son was very concerned that our Angel Boy, as he named him, asked for a coat.  He couldn't understand why Angel Boy didn't have a coat when it is so cold out.  He told me, "I have lots of coats, I'll give him one of mine!"  So again, teaching moment I hope, I reminded him how fortunate he was that he had lots of coats and that many people young and old do not.

I also shared with the family about how instead of a gift exchange at my work, it was decided as an office to each donate $20 to the local food bank.

I hope this makes an impact on them.  I also explained that because I spent money on gifts for our Angel Boy, that meant I had less in the Xmas budget to spend on them.  They were okay with this.  I know it makes me feel good to do it. I hope it was a learning experience for them and that I taught them something by example. 

Pay it forward...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

P18X - In the home stretch...

Almost finished!  Home stretch! Bottom of the ninth! The final count down! Last lap!

Holy crap... this is monumental, but I am ready to move on to something else.  90 days of the same thing over and over is a long time.  I have been recently grumbling to myself about the hour it takes, but that is stupid.  It take a lot longer to go to the gym.  this is done at home in the living room any time.  I need to remember that part.

On a completely different note.  My resistance band snapped the other day which has forced me to move on to doing pull ups with the pull up bar.  I can do it!  I didn't thnk I could, so I never tried before.


Not sure where we are going next. 

We have 18 days to think about it.