Our Halloween started bright and early. My costume took some extra work in the form of my husband yanking corset strings at 6 am. My daughter was up around 6:15. She got dressed in her Belle costume while I put my makeup on. Then we fixed her hair in the classic Belle bun and then put in hot rollers to achieve the nice curly hair in the back. 7 am we were all ready and on our way in the lovely pouring down rain to school and work. Below is my wonderful daughter in her Belle costume that still fits her from Disney. They were to dress as their favorite book character so this was her creative way to use the dress for school.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It was the day before Halloween and parents everywhere are rushing around, trying to prepare. Last minute costume touches, school Halloween party preparations, and life in general have us all running all different directions.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Today, October 29, 2013 is World Stroke Day. Stats say one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. If you are that one in six, you may not survive it depending on what kind it is and where you are when it happens.
Imagine your life today. You can drive, walk, communicate, do just about anything you can think of. Now imagine you are trapped inside your own body, unable to move, unable to communicate, unable to do any of those things you are used to doing? You know what you want to say, you know what you want to do but you cannot do any of those things at all. You cannot reach out and touch your loved ones or talk to them anymore because you are frozen or simply cannot remember how to do the simplest things. Can you imagine one of your loved ones in this situation? Watching them struggle, knowing it is hard. Knowing you cannot do anything but try to help and guess at what they want to say or do until they can communicate? Watching them try to move or communicate and seeing the frustration in their face and the tension as they struggle to get the simplest thing across?
Today was another typical Monday at work. It was another day where I typically really wanted to sleep another hour or so before having to get up. The day hummed right along and everything was normal until that text a little after 4 pm.
Text: Mom could we go out to eat. My pizza got burned by accident. Jonathan
Monday, October 28, 2013
For those who know me, and I mean really know me, they know I am simply not a runner. Running never has, nor will ever be a sport that I indulge in or really attempt in earnest. It is at best monotonous and I always hurt far more in so many more areas after I run than any other exercise I ever do.
When I joined the gym, I worked with a trainer. I loved it. It was motivating and I had a great time going. The scheduling eventually with family and kid stuff made it almost impossible to meet as his schedule filled up. However, there was one day that he wanted me to get my heart rate up in between exercises. His favorite go to machine was the rowing machine for increasing heart rate. Someone just happened to be on the machine. He groaned then got all happy as he decided what I was going to do instead.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
There is absolutely no way that is the alarm already. I know I just laid down and set that stupid thing before I went to bed. Oh man, it is far to chilly to get out of bed as cold as it is just reaching out to smack the alarm clock off. Can I just take five more minutes? Just 5 more minutes to work up the courage to slink out of bed and dash for the shower.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
There are so many deserving small businesses out there that are all providing necessary products and services. I think the case could be made that there is no true, solid way to pick one above any of the rest because each one is technically best at what they uniquely provide.
Look at all the technological advances and products that we have in the marketplace now. Most businesses at one time started out as a small Mom and Pop type enterprise with just a few people until they grew to become a large corporation. Some businesses, especially local ones, stay small and local and are perfectly happy to keep taking care of their local community one person and one day at a time.