Monday, October 25, 2010

An Itch Under My Skin

Claudia Domenig
I love flamingos.

I have always been fascinated by them ever since I was little.

When I came across this photograph I was struck in awe. Part in because of the beautiful flamingo and part because this is how I feel right now. Let me explain.

I have this itch.

It's way under my's an scratchable itch.

It's an itch instigated by someone...someone who gets under my skin. And yes, in a way I let them get under my skin. They are kind of like a thorn in the flesh.

I remember when I was first studying the missionary journeys of Paul in my junior high Bible class; I was intrigued by him and all that went through. Especially when I learned of his "thorn in the flesh"--his sight.  At the time, being a naive jr. higher, I was so happy that I did not have a "thorn in my flesh". Time went by, of course as I got older, and hopefully a bit wiser; I came to learn my own "thorn in the flesh". It's not always the samething or the same person, but it's definately there, like an unscratchable itch.

It's an itch I would definately like to scratch, but because God loves me He won't let me. I've been struggling with this "thorn in the flesh" the last couple of years. This past year it has been getting increasingly worse. This weekend it struck me once again. At first I started to get upset. And then my husband reminded me to not let it ruin my weekend. And I'm ashamed to say, this is not the first time he's told me this, it's just the first time I've listened. I let out my frustrations and then I just prayed and moved on.

And as I sit her in contemplation, I think maybe if I had done this earlier, "the thorn in my flesh" might be a little less or may be nonexistent. I don't know. But I do know this, life is alot easier when you give say a little prayer and give things over to God.

Now for some fun stuff. Here a some fun links to start off your week.

Now that it's finally raining over here, I can get my soup on. First soup up is this Baked Potato Soup.

It's been cold, which means it's officially hot chocolate weather. And so it is time for a cup of this.

I wish my dad made me pancakes like this.

Do you fancy some pearsauce? I plan on making some this week.

Have a good Monday.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday:Rain, Rain Stay Awhile

Well, it's finally raining here in good ole' southern California. And so, in honor of the rain Wordless Wednesday is about the rain.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Meet Marcel the Shell...he'll put a smile on your face

I've been having a rough couple of days.

Things over here have been crazy, busy.

 I finally got my paper done and just in the knick of time...submitted it 15 minutes before it was due. For now, the rest of the term should be smooth sailing. Whew!

Here is a little video I would like to share with will surely put a smile on your face, especially when you're having a not-so-good day.

I introduce you to Marcel the Shell

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.


Friday, October 15, 2010

The mommy who lied

When I was young and I would dream about being married and having kids, one thing I vowed to myself and my unborn children was that I would not lie to them. I would always be honest, brutally honest if need be.

And then I had this cutie.

And I kept my vow unit he was about 2 years old and his fish died. I don't do with death well, and he doesn't do with change well. So, I thought the best thing for both of us would be to, quietly and quickly, replace the said fish, which I did. And for a few days, no one was the wiser. Then about a week later, Einstein asked why the fish had changed color. I was shocked that he noticed...I mean normal two year old's would notice such a thing. But then again, he's not your average, normal kid.

So, what did I do? Well, first, I just ignored him, but that didn't work for long. Then I just kept saying that I didn't notice anything different. But he still wasn't satisfied. Finally, I gave in, broke my vow of long ago, and lied. I told him that the fish had been sick, so I took it to the doctor and the doctor gave it medicine. The fish changed color because the medicine was working and that was why the fish had changed color. He looked me in the eye and said ok and walked off happily. I felt so guilty for breaking my vow and for lying to my dear boy. But I guess not guilty enough because I did the same thing 3 more times over the next couple of years.

Flash forward to the present day.

As we were getting to leave yesterday morning, Einstein called me to his room. I walked in to find him staring at Chandler, his current beta fish. He looked at me with his big brown eyes, and asked with a bit a sadness,

"I think he's dead....or he's gonna die. Look, he's staying at the bottom of the bowl."

I looked a Chandler, something definitely didn't look right. He was floating rather closely to the bottom and kind of struggling to get to the top.

"Maybe he's hungry." I said. "Why don't you feed him right now and see what happens."

So, Einstein dropped a few food pellets in the water. Chandler struggled to get to the top to eat. At that moment I knew the end was nearing. And for a split second I started strategizing a way to have him replaced before Einstein came home from school. And then I stopped. Einstein is getting older, he's gonna be eight soon and I realized, I can't always shelter him from the little tragedies of life. So, every gently I explained that Chandler was getting old, for a beta fish, we had lived for a long time. And there was a possibility that he might die. And if that happened we could always get another one. Einstein stood in silence for moment; we both stood there looking at dear little Chandler. Then Einstein looked at me and said,

"I am sad, but's ok because I don't want him to be in pain, you know. And in heaven, he won't feel pain. And we can always get another Chandler at the pet store."

And then he went downstairs. I stood there proud of myself that I didn't lie to him about the state of Chandler, but perplexed that he thought his fish would go to heaven. Well, on the brightside, at least he didn't directly ask me if Chandler would go to leave. We'll just leave that for another day.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gearing up the week.

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Right now I'm gearing for the week...a crazy, hectic week.

Here is a list of everything I must get done this week:
  1. Homework
  2. Write a 2000 word paper for my Humanities class
  3. Finish up some bookkeeping work from a client
  4. Help my client open up her store this week.
  5. Work on my journaling.
  6. Go the Getty to gather more info for my paper
  7. Clear off part of my desk so that I can actually see it.
  8. Most importantly spend time with my boys.
As you can see, I have a lot on my plate this week. And if you don't already know by now, I am kinda of a bit of procrastinator. So, I'm hoping and praying I am able to survive this week with more laughs than tears.

So, how does your week look?


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Oh my back!

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 I'm sorry for my blogging absence.

I hurt my back, and so I've been flat on my back since Saturday.

I am feeling a bit better, and so I have a new post up tomorrow.


Friday, October 1, 2010

A tumbleweed of a week

via silverlinedwinnebago's been one crazy, hectic week.

My hours were cut this week, so I had Tuesday and Wednesday off. I was in a way relieved for "the break"; however, my so called "break" didn't end up being a "break" after all. Instead it was full of busyness. Don't get me wrong I did get things done, like go to Costco, catch up on my homework, go on field trip for school, celebrate my 2 1/2 year anniversary, and most importantly catch up on some much needed sleep. But it just seemed like the time just flew. I really need to work on a daily schedule--life would probably be alot easier if I did that. So, it's something I'm gonna work on.

So, what do you have planned for the weekend?

Einstein has 2 football games on Saturday, yes 2! So, you can say my Saturday has been hijacked by football. I have to study for my midterm and start writing my 2000 word paper-yikes! It's been 8 years since I've written such a lengthy paper, pray for me. Sunday, Einstein may go with his uncle to see the Blue Angels down in San Diego. If so, that mean me and the husband can have a date day-how fun.

Well, anyways, what are you gonna do?

How about you make a love letter pillow?

Or maybe take this virtual tour of this beautiful house

If it's cold, you make some homemade hot chocolate to keep yourself warm.

Do you love apples? If so, you can make one of my favorite recipes from the latest issue of Sweet Paul.

Well, whatever you do, have fun!



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