It’s not easy being green

Meet Stubs. He was a normal frog when he first came to the house. However, he quickly became Lefty due to a tragic accident involving a cat and a couch.

Lefty he remained for a year, then he disappeared from view. It’s easy to understand why. He lost track of his other appendage. How do you explain that? Was it the cat again?

Once we brought him back out into the light he slowly adjusted to life as Stubs.

Then, Blu-Ray moved in. As he was exploring the house and learning the territory he came across Stubs. Now, Stubs most definitely smelled of Bluetooth, the competition. That just couldn’t be tolerated. We found poor Stubs face down in the water dish.

Note: as of this morning Stubs apparently belongs to Blu-Ray now. I’m not sure Bluetooth has accepted this change yet.

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Wordless Wednesday – new cat in the house

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Beach photo

This would be perfect for wordless Wednesday but I didn’t see it until today (thanks Krista!!). This was as we were leaving the “group home”.

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Antsy, the Master of Time

Tonight I read Antsy Does Time by Neal Shusterman. I was interested after reading the review in Orson Scott Card’s column. My review of Everlost turned into an OSC plug, I’ll try not to do that again here. But if you haven’t read Ender’s Game or Empire or many other wonderful novels by OSC then you should fix that asap!

I have been trying to read Antsy between homework and waiting for nephews. Tonight I had some time after homework and work were over while Anthony and Connor were grocery shopping so I picked it up. It is a very interesting book looking at how different people react differently to knowing when they will die. Some become reassured, nothing else can hurt them until then so they are careless and carefree. Others live with it as constant knowledge that causes them to make choices carefully. Antsy isn’t dying, but he sees this and starts to pay more attention to how he spends his own time. But that’s a subject for another blog entry.

It also gets into family relationships and friendships. How do they work, what happens when they don’t work, what do we do to try to get them to work – the basis for many a dysfunctional family.

I laughed out loud at many parts of this book, and had tears streaming down my face when I read the paragraph about Antsy being a black-clad cavity in a school play back in the third grade. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend you give it a try. Middle-school boys might find it funny as well. I intend to test that on my nephew tomorrow.

I shall leave you with a quote from Antsy does time.

“A family is a collection of strangers trapped in a web of DNA and forced to cope.” Maria von Trapp*

*Not really

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I don’t do enough

This EMBA seemed like a good idea at the time but I’m itching to be done and have time to do other things again. And I know many of us struggle with sitting at a desk job day after day when we see the needs out there. One thing I can do better is pray – more often, for more people, and with more urgency. And when school is over I will attempt to take some of that suddenly “free” time and do more with it.

For now, two things to pray about.

This from WorldMag Blog – the post describes the specific prayer need well. The related prayer need is for me and my church to find ways to teach the soft skills as well.

Then this from Ministry So Fabulous. This is a blog about the life of a 24 year old who has a roommate that has just become a single mom this week. (The blog has been following the pregnancy all along). Her blog entry that I have linked to is a very convicting message that more pastors and christians need to hear and take to heart.

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I was at the beach!

Here’s the proof.

The setup: A rental house right on the beach in Cherry Grove (North Myrtle Beach)

Participants: 21 women ages 25 to 85

Schedule: relax, eat, work jigsaw puzzles, eat, play games, eat, laugh, have devotion, eat, laugh some more, walk on the beach, sleep (reluctantly), repeat

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Christmas Gift Idea – books of course!

I’m easily convinced, most of my gifts each year are books.

Here is a great place to find encouragement and suggestions for books.

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What I’ve done

I found this at Lori’s blog and decided I’d play along.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (but I have held a baby tiger)
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (but I have bought my fair share)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

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End 08 Great, New Habit November

This fits in well with other things that have been coming across my space lately. I found a link to Productivity501 and their Habit List. Then the Habit List course talked about putting Negative Items on your Habit List.

This weekend at the beach I read Anticancer by David Servan-Schreiber and mainly what I got from there is that I need to follow my original plan and get rid of all white-flour and white-sugar and salt. We originally got this idea from Energy Up! and Anthony really lost weight when we did it. High Voltage even called us at home after Anthony wrote to her talking about his success.

This fits in with last month’s plan as well. I WILL create meal plans and shopping lists which move us away from the flour and sugar. This will be better for Connor, too!

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Getting to know you

I got this from a friend today and decided to put it on the blog instead of another email.

1. What is your occupation right now? Business Analyst
2. What color are your socks right now? White
3. What are you listening to right now? Weird Al (Connor has it playing)
4. What was the last thing that you ate? Pringles
5. Can you drive a stick shift? Of Course
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Ellen, the coworker I’m replacing in 1 week
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? oh yeah!
8. How old are you today? 39
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? pool/billiards
10. What is your favorite drink? water
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? no, my mom dyed hers bright orange, I like to learn from other people’s mistakes
12. Favorite food? grilled cheese sandwich
13. What is the last movie you watched? IronMan (in Blu-Ray)
14. Favorite day of the year? Christmas
15. How do you vent anger? mutter and bang things and cry
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? a doll as big as I was
17. What is your favorite season? Spring
18. Cherries or Blueberries? do I have to choose?
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back? If they are so inclined
20. Who is the most likely to respond? ?
21. Who is least likely to respond? ?
22. Living arrangements? In our house, with my spouse of 15 (almost 16) years and my 14 yr old nephew
23. When was the last time you cried? today writing the blog entry about my dream about my Dad
24. What is on the floor of your closet? nothing (except some cat pee residue)
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending to?
26. What did you do last night Went to bed early
27. What are you most afraid of car accidents
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? CheeseBurger
29. Favorite dog breed? Great Dane (of course)
30. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
31. How many states have you lived in? 3
32. Diamonds or pearls? Pearls
33. What is your favorite flower? not too picky
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