Wednesday, July 22, 2009


In these hard economic times, it's imperative that we all pull together. We should sit on our front porches and enjoy the simple pleasures of life such as a glasses of fresh squeezed lemonade. We should play frizbee golf (better known as frolf), and board games (known as bored games to me--well--except for the farming game). We should pick home-grown flowers (weeds) and we should purchase gently used clothing (thrift-store finds).

Pish-posh. I'll have store bought lemonade and a good book, thank you. But girlfriend I was raised on thrift-store shopping. The beauty is that my girls have caught the bug. Let me tell you that I bought 60 items today for $125.00. The only time that I "check the label" is at a thrift store. And moreover, I only shop on HALF PRICE day, because really why would you buy used clothes for the same price as 75% off new clothes? Senseless.

So I made a spreadsheet when I got home, and we discovered that if they had been brand-spankey new (oh. some of it is), our haul would have eaten a minimum of $1,200 (conservative estimate) of our hard-earned cold hard yummy cash. We're loaded with Abercrombie, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, Gap, Harolds, Dockers, Mudd, Arrow, Bugle Boy, Hollisters, Arrow, Dickies, Charlotte Russe, Talbots, Tommy Hilfiger, and the basic Class Club, George, and Arizona brands ( I probably spelled something wrong there because in regular shopping life, I look at the price not the brand name).

I worked as a social worker for about seven years. A lot of people might not know this, but when my clients needed help paying their utility bills, we often went to the Salvation Army to get assistance. The $$ earned at many thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army is used to provide employment as well as help for community members. Win-Win if you ask me.

I guess I'm just man enough to brave it (or that might be the false bravado in me....maybe I'm just stupid enough). We've been doing laundry all night, and we're set for the school year. Don't get me wrong. We shop at regular stores, too. But we're fans of thrifting. I guess it makes me feel...I don't know...Thrifty.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How Does She Come Up with this Stuff?

What do you get when you cut an apple directly down the center, split the stem, and cut out two triangles?

Apparently, a very creative butterfly.

How does she come up with this stuff? As an ex-caterer who used to read "garnishing" books in my free time, I've never seen this done. Maybe I'm out of the loop.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

What a Week it Was!

It was my second time to Logos, but I'm afraid I might be addicted and I'll need my "Logos Fix" sometime in the future. Listening to the speakers almost brought me to tears a few times (I'm afraid that's not a joke). It might have been the fact that we stayed up until 4am the first night we were there. There's nothing like physically tired emotion combined with passion to fill my eyes!

(part of my) Commonplace Collection:

"Many Christians spend a lot of time worrying, sinning on their knees." - Wilson

"You can't always 'do the math' to understand how the Holy Spirit moves." -Wilson

"Godliness is not a way of figuring out how to lie to yourself." -Wilson

"To determine your character in a story, you need a 'plum' line to determine if you are a protagonist or an antagonist. That 'line,' or 'lens' is scripture."- Whitling

"Rise of technology is often equated with rise in culture. The opposite seems to be true." -Garfield.

"Why should we act like the world is a game and they have the only ball?"- Garfield

"Just because you might not be using negative words, it doesn't mean you're using positive words."- Wilson

"The power of the tongue is enormous. We assume the power of the tongue is ALWAYS destructive. Words are powerful CONSTRUCTIVELY!"- Wilson

"Just because it is true doesn't make it necessary. Think of 'due season'."- Wilson

Finally, I love this thought so much, I think I'll put it on my wall this year:

"Beware of verbal scribbling."- Wilson

(And ironically, I put "word scribbling on first!" LOL! Looks like I have some learnin' to do!)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Repressed 7th Grade Social Anxiety

Wouldn't it be grand if I had something witty and wonderful to write?

Alas, it is summertime, and I find myself in my usual bloggy rut. I have a kid with a broken ankle, a teenage son gone for a month working on the family ranch like a miniature man, and two daughters who are constantly in search of entertainment.

I've read, but not as much as I would have liked. Next week, I head to Logos for training. It will be the second time I've been, and I am very much looking forward to being a student instead of a teacher. However, and oddly, I find being in FRONT of the classroom much easier than being a part of the class. I always feel nervous as a student! (What if the teacher calls on me and I don't know what to say? What if I need to go to the bathroom? What if my stomach growls?) It feels like Jr. High all over again.

Oh, but all the repressed 7th Grade social anxiety in the world is worth it. (But I WILL be looking for a seat on the back row, and/or closest to the nearest exit.)

And getting away from the oppressive Oklahoma heat? Please. Just say when, and I'm there.