Thursday, November 27, 2008

merci

i like the basic idea of thanksgiving. not the pilgrims so much, but saying thank you. it shouldn't be a once a year day. but then again, most days shouldn't be a once a year day (talk like a pirate day!)

the bombings in mumbai have impacted this day for me. how much americans take for granted. there are so many people in this world that look upon EVERY day thankful that they are alive. just ALIVE.

gluttony isn't just about eating. i learned a new word the other day. hedonism. yeah yeah, i didn't know it before. but i'm sure there are many people who don't know the true meaning of that word. that don't realize how much more we have than what we NEED. need. that's a loaded term.

a simple life. i can dream it, but really i have no idea what simple is.


i'm thankful for:
my wonderful family. all happy and healthy.
my amazing friends. i am surrounded by beautiful and inspiring people.
my home. it's small and warm and perfect for us.
my health. i worked out today!
electricity, plumbing and the like.
a VERY full belly. too full.
knitting
rain, with the promise of snow.
my family again.
and again.

i'm so blessed.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

short and sweet

i hate this time of year.
people are not thankful. people are not in the christmas spirit. people turn into ogres.

which turns me into a total bitch too.

i'm staying home as much as i can until january. maybe even longer.

something to cheer you up: ask to her ngaio say quesadilla. that makes my day.

is that how you spell it? who cares. it's still really cute when she says it. kay suh DAY uh. sounds almost texan. yawza.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

saturday in november.

sad news first...
my mom's little puppy, Toby, died today. Apparently his little liver was bad and even if they had known in time, doing surgery on a 2lb. dog isn't the best option. so sad. he was really cute and sweet.
not sad news...
things at work changed. i am the only babysitter now. the other one was essentially lied to and told that we weren't doing babysitting anymore. the real reason was because she was late everyday, dirty, and didn't watch the kids at all. i could go on and on and on about her inadequacies, but i don't think it would be nice for my karma.

i found a new 'diet' book today. don't have it on me and too lazy to look it up but it's that bob greene guy. it's pretty nice so far.
i've given up on feeling sorry for myself because i haven't lost many pounds. instead of focusing on what hasn't happened, i'll share what has.

i now work out 5 times a week. this is a total miracle. i used to be so lazy and now i actually look forward to 'doing something'.
i eat much better. not perfectly, but i make wiser choices more often.
i've lost a ton of inches and my body fat has gone down.

no worries. if it all came off quickly it would all come right back on, right? hooray for positive lifestyle changes.


knitting... just trying to finish up christmas presents. i would like to get a sweater going for myself. something ambitious. hmmm. i'm thinking something by kate gilbert.

ok. i'm off. while i'm gone, try to find something nice that you have done lately for YOURSELF and leave it in the comments. share the love.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

asl soapbox

random thoughts from a random mind.

i got the ok from our public library to teach babysigning sometime probably in january. it may not seem like much to some, but signing has really made parenting almost easy for us.
there are so many skeptics out there regarding signing with babies, and i really can't imagine why a parent wouldn't go the distance to give their child a way to communicate and understand their world at an early age.
some say their children didn't speak as soon as they should have. how do you prove that? every child has their own timetable and you can't compare one kid to the next. plus, speech is only ONE way to communicate. how narrow minded can you be to not realize that YOUR way, the ESTABLISHED way is not the ONLY way. research shows signing DOESN'T impair speech. the key to this is TALKING with your child as you sign.
ngaio's speech was about a month behind (insignificant to me) but she could sign at 7 months (milk and more) and that's only counting what she could sign, not everything she understood. when she started speaking her vocabulary was HUGE and her pronunciation is very advanced. she uses language very creatively and now signs and speaks hundreds of words. i also noticed that she would tell 'stories' much earlier than expected too. signing gave her tools to understand what was going on and to interpret it and share it.

oh my god. i could go on and on. i'm just pissed because someone said something bad about using sign with kids. i'll get off my soap box. really.


ANYWAY! what else is new? nothing i guess. i have a ton of knitting to do. i actually don't have a whole lot that is imperative, so i'll rephrase. i have a ton of projects that i would like to do. thanks a lot, LIBRARY, for getting new knitting books finally.

this was a meaningless post. i should really just shut up and knit.
i should always do that anyway!

dinner ideas? anyone?