Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
But...I did learn one useful thing. Windshield wipers are not sold in pairs. When the fellow says they are $28, he means each. So our van now has the most luxurious set of blades it will ever own.
And to get even more random, about six months ago someone sent me an email with the word chuffed in it. It seemed like a positive word in the context that it was used, but I had no idea what it meant. A quick click over to the online dictionary gave me this:
informal - pleased or delighted: I suppose you're feeling pretty chuffed [origin unknown]
Now I see that word everywhere! It's always English people using it (as in from England). I feel like an insider now when I see it and know what it means. Language is so funny.
I'm pretty chuffed to know this word.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
1 medium yam, cubed
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The movie "The City of Ember" was based on a book of the same name by Jeanne Duprau. My son and I loved this book and the sequels as well. So we were looking forward to the movie. And the movie is exciting. But if you've read the book be prepared that there are differences. Nevertheless, a great DVD to knit by - I'd forgotten how relaxing it is to knit dishcloths and watch TV.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I told my kids to remember this time because they will always look back and say what they were doing on the momentous day when a black man became President. We have read so many books over the years on the struggle for freedom. I feel privileged to have witnessed this step. This video looks at it in a unique light.
Unfortunately this particular man has views totally opposed to the sanctity of life before birth, so my heart is torn.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
John 3:16-18 (The Message)
This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I give this book a three-star rating.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In the midst of a totally hectic day spent running around, I had the opportunity to halt everything and immerse myself in the beauty of Mozart's classical music. Performed by a top-class orchestra, no less. Even though we were surrounded by a theatre full of wiggly children, the excellence of the musicians and the exquisiteness of the timeless pieces managed to transport me for a short time beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The Secret Wish of Nannerl Mozart by Barbara Nickel is an interesting take on Mozart's life, told from the perspective of his sister. This is a book for older elementary children, but I enjoyed reading it myself. Three stars.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Tuesday's tidbit comes from Joe Tye's daily email.
DDQ doesn't not mean delicious Dairy Queen, although most everything at Dairy Queen is delicious. DDQ is a copywrited term of Joe Tye's which stands for Direction Deflection Question*. You ask yourself this question to assure that whatever action you are about to do or words you are about to say will get you one step further to being the best that you can be. If you have to answer no, then it's time to assess the situation to see what you could do instead. Do you need to be going in a different direction?
Let's not live by default; let's not drift along; let's live intentionally.
*did you even know you could copywrite a term?!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Resolution #5 was simplify the family meals. Today pea soup was on the meal plan - made in the crockpot. Perfect for a no-mess kind of meal. I came home late at 6:00 expecting the welcoming aroma of soup to hit my tired body. But no; the crockpot hadn't been plugged in so cold soup was all there was. Go to plan B - another no-mess meal. Canned baked beans. Fortunately for all, it is a family favorite. Along with the wonderful pepper cheese bread I had purchased to go with the soup it was a hearty, quick meal after all. The soup is now cooking properly and will be for tomorrow's dinner. So far, so good. As long as you're flexible it works.
Now that I have numbered my resolutions I see that I have 9. Nine. Nine does not sit well with my obsessive nature. I must make that 10 to make it even. Stayed tuned for belated New Year's Resolution #10.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
On the surface it appears that outliers - those who rise to the top of their chosen field - may have gotten there by way of their sweat and hard work. And to a certain extent this is shown to be true. But in fact, it is also a mixture of lucky breaks, timing, advantages, and circumstances particular to that person that combine together with his or her hard work, strength and presence of mind to seize opportunities that make that person successful.
I definitely give this book a thumbs up and would recommend it. The value in a book, though, beyond it's pleasure factor - the enjoyment of reading the book - lies in the questions: Has it made a difference in my life? Am I a better person for having read the book? Will I now approach life differently?
I give Outliers a three star rating (see sidebar for explanation).
- look for opportunities that can be a jumping point to future success
- work hard!
- nix summer vacation for students
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Oh, to have more hours in the day! I just counted my book wish lists. Amazon.ca - 104. Chapters.ca - 65. Internet sites - 87. That comes to a grand total of 256 books that I don't own right now, but would like to read. My personal library has at least that many that I either haven't read or would like to re-read (can you imagine having the time to re-read a book?!!)
One book that I must read ASAP and finally got the motivation to do it is The Shack by William P. Young. I actually have this book in audio form on my ipod and today I purpose to start listening the next time I'm doing an hour on the treadmill. Which will be soon, I hope. So many people have recommended I perservere deeper into this book than I've been able to so far. So that's my short term goal - maybe next weeks book of the 52 week challenge?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The quote from the book that I just had to write down today I wish I could send to all my children. But that would be nagging. Or interfering. Or at least perceived as that. So it will remain with me, but if it can ever naturally come up in conversation with any of them, you can be sure I'll be ready.
Outliers page 148 "When Borgenicht came home at night to his children, he may have been tired and poor and overwhelmed, but he was alive. He was his own boss. He was responsible for his own decisions and direction. His work was complex: it engaged his mind and imagination. And in his work, there was a relationship between effort and reward: the longer he and Regina stayed up at night sewing aprons, the more money they made the next day on the streets. These three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It's whether our work fulfills us."
This quote is so true. What I like most about it is that it takes success in life out of the "it's how much money you make" mindset. This is the impression I had been getting from the book and indeed, that may be what his premise is. But this quote elevates the definition to a higher level than merely material possessions and hopefully the rest of the book will continue in this vein.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Starting with my blog roll.
I collect blog addresses like I collect recipes. Click, click, click. Save, save, save. But then I rarely have time to check them all. So that has been the first mountain to climb on this organizing journey.
I've managed to about half the number by removing those no longer relevant, useful or interesting. Much more manageable.
One that will remain is ffoz.org. And now they have a video teaching segment that promises to add much to my spiritual diet.
Check it out.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
- reread "The GI Diet" book by Rick Gallop. My low glycemic eating habits have begun to slide; they need a jump start
- knit one charity hat per month.
- knit one Christmas gift per month till my list is done. Of course, that will involve making the list.
- listen to the entire Bible. Here I have a head start because I finished early last year and am already at the end of Numbers.
- simplify our family meals and make more bulk meals. Kitchen cleanup is becoming soooo boring and tedious. Over and over and over we clean up from cooking supper. I have better things to do with my time. So menu plan and meals-in-the-freezer, here I come!
- be more organized with my knitting projects by keeping better notes on when I started, yarn used etc. A friend is putting the ball band in hers and I think that is a great idea. Also, a sample of the yarn used.
- learn one new knitting skill per month. I plan to order Lucy Neatby's Essential 1 and 2 DVD's to help out here.
- try one new alpaca yarn per month and become an expert on alpaca. Why? I have no idea. It's just a passion right now.
- make good use of my 4 month gym membership by going 2-3 times per week.
OK, that's a good beginning. I'm going to print this out with space at the bottom to add things in as they occur to me.
What I like best about the resolutions I have come up with so far is that they are measurable. At a glance I can see if I'm following through or not. That's important - or so the "experts" say.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
- There are a lot of great looking hats out there that I would like to make.
- There's an interesting looking fair isle workshop taking place in April at Sun Peaks that is much too pricey for me to go to. I can buy a lot of yarn for 300+ dollars. I do plan to learn fair isle this year, though.
- you can press the "more" button on the forum list to see even more posts!
- I can't get enough reading about knitting to satisfy me. I'll even go without sleep for it :) Is that called an obsession?