Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Life as a Blonde

One of my favorite people in the world has her own blog now. Check it out...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Clean House OCD?

It has been a lifelong dream of mine to develop clean house OCD. I keep trying to get it, but it just won't develop. So the other day, I told my kids: "We are going to clean house ALL DAY." And I wasn't kidding. We cleaned house for 12 hours. I can hear the protests out there. I realize that my children worked for 12 hours. I didn't pay them, but we DID order pizza, and it was AMAZING. I'm so glad that Papa John's is back in town. Apparently, I don't know how to make my own melty garlic butter. The weird thing is, my children actually enjoyed their day. We discovered toys we had lost, cleaned out the corners, wiped down baseboards...and had a general good time. We listened to "Swing and Big Band" on the cable radio, and worked like rented mules.

My home is still clean. And I'm scared. We watched the Stepford Wives again this weekend, and I keep walking into my house and in my mind I hear the screechy-scary music that plays when we see Bette Midler's CLEAN house. I think I've developed a temporary case of clean house OCD, and I'm wondering if I'm a robot. I even put on heels with my jeans today. And coral earrings. I got up to say goodbye to my husband. The next thing you know I'm going to be putting on pearls and a pretty dress to go to the grocery store. I might start saying things like: "I don't need to work out, I work so hard to keep my house clean...I don't have time, or any extra energy." If that happens, please have an intervention. I hope this isn't my midlife crisis. That wouldn't be very exciting at all.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Balancing Truth with Fiction

Two of the children in my house are approaching their teen years. They don't lie to themselves anymore about my faults. In fact, having a pre-teen is a great window into my "true" self. If I was holding on to any false dellusions regarding my sin nature, I'm sure that I will be forcefully invited to several "come to Jesus" meetings over the next few years. I realize that it is my job to parent my growing children, but I'm forever amazed by their blatant honesty that is often a word of wisdom I needed. Frankly, with their sense of humor, we have a lot of laughs around here as we discover more about each other.

On the other hand, I have two younger children who still see me with the eye of their fancy. Last night, Little Mr. Man came to my bedside as I was reading. I was deep in the world of "Dante's Inferno" (which is by the way...SO amazing), and he knew I needed to concentrate. So he said, "Mom, I know you're busy, but there are just SO many things I want to talk to you about. When I grow up, I want to marry you SO much, but I know you have a husband already so I can't. I love you so much, it's like a volcano bursting~!"

Stuck in the middle between harsh truth and loving fancy, I don't know who I am anymore ;0).

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Things are ALWAYS perfect THIS moment.

I've had a lot of fun internally (and let's be honest blatantly in your face) laughing at the business "Creative Memories," because I can't get over the name. In my mind, it is as if we as mothers choose to be "creative" with the memories we have of our idyllic parenting and Martha Stewart home life. I realize it's more about the cute stickers and such, but don't the idealists in the world try to paint each memory and situation as "a great experience" ? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Tonight I listen to my children playing together in the background. Big Sis and Little Sis are getting along downloading iTunes, laughing and talking....missing each other after having been apart for a week. I imagine them talking and laughing together in their mid twenties. Big Bub and Lil Mr. Man are building ramps for Lil Mr. Man's new cars and getting along famously. I wonder if they will consult one another in matters of family leadership when they are men.

I hope that their memories are creative, that they choose to remember times like these of the camaraderie they shared growing up. It warms my heart to see their companionship and friendship grow...glimpses of their future relationships seem to be most visible when these children play happily together.

Today, I will be creative with my memories. I don't want to forget days like this. The temper-tantrums of yore are but a shadow in my mind. After all, we ALL want to be remembered in the best light. Our children are no different. Today, I am not a realist. I am a realistic optimist.

Monday, June 9, 2008

To My New Love: Google Reader.

Blogging Addiction Haiku:
Loads of time to spare,
Because of Google Reader-
I read books instead.

How to Haiku:
Wanting to save time?
Sign in to Google Reader.
Subscribe, cruise and read.

And finally, a commonplace from Kip Dynamite to all my bloggy readers "Oh, I love technology, but NOT as much as you, you see, but STILL I love technology (tear) always and FOREVER."

Friday, June 6, 2008

Universe #2

I often have wondered what it would be like to live beside a parallel universe. One in which we get to be the same person that we are, we get to have the same family, friends, and loved ones, but we get to try out different decisions and paths. It would probably be necessary for the other "us" to live about 10 years prior to the time frame we are actually living in. We could see if our decisions worked out or not. You know--a little twilight zone-ish.

I have an unquenchable addiction to novelty and change (haven't I mentioned this repeatedly?). As a late teen, this was seen as "fickle." I remember that in High School, there was a guy who was chasing me, and I couldn't bear the thought of going out with him, mostly because he wore "Zips" tennis-shoes. Getting "sicked out" over things like shirt colors, or what a person (boy) liked to eat was common for me. I suppose the more relevant term here is "shallow," not "fickle." But I still wonder--why do certain things make us tick while others cause us to shut down? Are "quirky" decisions wrong when they are not violating any Biblical, moral, or ethical codes of conduct? Maybe God allowed me to be an insane person, hating "Zips" tennis shoes to keep me from a path that was not the best for me. Maybe sometimes we need to let others make their minor and personal choices even if their reasons don't make sense to us.

I wish I had an "experimental Dalene" in Universe #2 right now, trying on for size some of the life decisions that I will be making over the course of the next few years. I'd like to see how they work out for her. In the meantime, I'll just step out in Faith. I suppose the lack of control is a bit of the point.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

A Game...

Well you go. This is evidence that I'm a good sport! ;o)

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read the player’s blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

What were you doing ten years ago?
On a scale of one to ten, this week was probably a negative two. It was the stuff memories are made of.

What are five things on your to-do list for today?
1.) Write Thank-You Notes
2.) Read more of Silas Marner
3.) Figure out how to transfer my video film to DVD's.
4.) I'm doing it.
5.) Run

What are some snacks you enjoy?
I don't know. Whatever.

What would you do if you were a billionaire?
Whatever I want to do.

What are three of your bad habits?
Only three? Hmm.... Well... there's...and... and... and... and oh ya, that. I can't forget THAT.

I guess it would be my love for hillbilly air conditioning, my inability to put my Christmas tree away, and my habit of eating gnats when I run.

Hey...this game isn't very fun anymore.

What are five places where you have lived?
Salina, KS
Spencer, NE
Fayetteville, AR
Wichita, KS
Bethany, OK

What are five jobs you have had?
Insurance Clerk
Mental Health Case Manager
Elementary School Social Worker
Big Brothers & Sisters Case Manager
Coffee Shop Owner

What is currently playing on your iPod?
The last thing I listened to was an "Improve Your Endurance" track. Lots of crazy hip-hop. It's probably a good thing that it gets edited ! I don't think my endurance improved.

What were the last five or six books you read?
Treasure Island
The Great Divorce
The Grapes of Wrath
The Confessions of St. Augustine (a MUST READ)
The Great Gatsby
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle
oh...(and I know I'm going over) Old Man and the Sea

Who do you want to tag?