Friday, October 31, 2008

3 Things

1. I am grateful that Mark got to take another day off and that his boss was nice enough to go up to Wyoming last night so that Mark can be home with his kids for Halloween. I really appreciate him being able to be home. And he's been on the computer today but at least he's home!

2. I love my parents. They are such good grandparents to my kids. They are coming trick or treating with the kids today.

3. I love my in-laws. They are all great and I wish they could live closer so they could be more active participants in their grandkids lives. We miss you!

Scriptures with the Kids Day 2

Today we read 1 Nephi chapter 2. I also read to them about Enos out of the Book of Mormon stories - the picture book the church has. We did pretty well with the reading until about half way through the UPS man rang the door bell and interrupted us. Then the boys didn't want to finish. I did though! :)

Word of the Day

chiropteran\kye-RAHP-tuh-run\n. 1: any of an order of night-flying mammals with forelimbs modified to form wings: bat.

Example Sentence: The vampire hunters were greeted by swarms of chiropterans as they entered Dracula's castle.

Did you know? "Chiroptera" is the name of the order of the only mammal capable of true flight, the bat. The name is influence by the hand-like wings of bats, which are formed from four elongated "fingers" covered by a cutaneous membrane. It is based on the Greek words for "hand," "cheir," and "wing," "pteron." "Cheir" also had a hand in the formation of the word "surgery," which is ultimately derived from the ancient word "cheirourgos," meaning "doing by hand." "Pteron" is widely used in technical names of flying insects. It's also the ancestor of a well-known, common word: "helicopter," which joins "pteron" with Greek "heliko," meaning "spiral."

Getting Going Day 4

I had a hard time getting going this morning. I snuggled the boys on the couch for a long time then laid in bed while the boys wrestled their Daddy.

Going to Bed Day 10

I was a really big slacker last night. I stayed up with my husband agian until about 11:30 and then I read my scriptures. I am torn with being a good wife and going to bed. What to do? And I really felt that I needed to start my scripture reading.

Personal Scriptures Day 1

Last night I read 1 Nephi chapters 1-3. Here are my thoughts and specific verses that stood out to me.

Chapter 1 verse 3: Nephi says "And I know that the record which I make is true." I feel like this is a small glimpse of his testimony of what he has written.

Chapter 1 verses 14 & 15: And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty! Thy throne is high in the heavens, and thy power, and goodness, and mercy are over all the inhabitants of the earth; and, because thou art merciful, thou wilt not suffer those who come unto thee that they shall perish!

15 And after this manner was the language of my father in the praising of his God; for his soul did rejoice, and his whole heart was filled, because of the things which he had seen, yea, which the Lord had shown unto him.

I feel that if we had any idea of what the whole plan contained we would want to give constant praise and thank God. Also, I feel it is important that there are two exclamation points in verse 14. There aren't many of those in the Book of Mormon. I think it is noteworthy that he says that God is merciful and that those who come to him will not perish!

Chapter 1 verse 20: I LOVE where it says: "But behold, I, Nehpi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." I learned in an institute class this little mathematical formula: TM/C *F=M D (you'll have to pretend it's a little D - like "squared" I don't know how to do it!) It means:
The tender mercies of the Lord are over
those who he chooses * multiplied by their faithfulness =

Make them mighty "squared" with deliverance.

Chapter 2 verse 3: And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

It doesn't say, "And it came to pass that he decided that he really didn't want to leave so he asked again, 'just to make sure.'" I think it's important for us to do something when we are told to do it. I find myself struggling with this time and time again. Just an example, there have been times when the kids will do something that's just not quite right, usually a Friday, and I'll think to myself "I'd better take the kids in to the doctor to make sure they're not getting sick" - never fails that I talk myself out of it because they are acting just fine. Also never fails that they wake up late that night, after the PM Pediatrics is closed, sick. And I get in trouble with my husband for not taking them in during the day - even though they have showed NO real symptoms of being sick. I need to listen and obey better.

Chapter 2 verse 14: And it came to pass that my father did speak unto them in the valley of Lemuel, with power, being filled with the Spirit, until their frames did shake before him. And he did confound them, that they durst not utter against him; wherefore, they did as he commanded them.

This is the first time that the power of the Lord is revealed unto Laman and Lemuel. But again by verse 18 they are murmuring.

Chapter 2 verse 16: And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.

It amazes me that there is such a difference between the brothers. Laman and Lemuel never really believe and are only good when compelled. Nephi has a doubt in his mind and takes it to the Lord. His faith is AMAZING. Also, it is good to know that it doesn't matter how old you are, you can still receive answers to prayers, which reminds me of a young boy I know of. 14 years old and wanted to know the truth so he prayed. The reason behind the restoration of the church.

Chapter 3 verse 2 & 3: And it came to pass that he spake unto me, saying: Behold I have dreamed a dream, in the which the Lord hath commanded me that thou and thy brethren shall return to Jerusalem.

3 For behold, Laban hath the record of the Jews and also a genealogy of my forefathers, and they are engraven upon plates of brass.

The scriptures are so important that they would risk their lives by going back to get them. Maybe we shouldn't take them for granted.

Chapter 3 verse 7: And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the thins which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

It seems like everyone loves this verse, I do. It's my Dad's favorite verse. I love that Nephi is so willing to do the work of the Lord and that he has no doubt that He will help him do it.

Chapter 3 verses 16 & 22: Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father's inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord.

22 And it came to pass that we went down to the land of our inheritance, and we did gather together our gold, and our silver, and our precious things.

The scriptures were of such worth to them that they were willing to give up all worldly riches. They were all that they had, which is says in verse 25 was "exceedingly great."

Chapter 3 verse 28: And it came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with my father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the words of Laman. Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us, their younger brothers, and they did smite us even with a rod.

I think that it goes to show the great character of Nephi and Sam. That they were willing to take a beating because of the importance of the scriptures. And I don't think they fought back either, even though Nephi was large in stature and probably could have defended himself.

Chapter 3 verse 29: And it came to pass as they smote us with a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord came and stood before them, and he spake unto them, saying: Why do ye smite your younger brother with a rod? Know ye not that the Lord hath chosen him to be a ruler over you, and this because of your iniquities? Behold, ye shall go up to Jerusalem again, and the Lord will deliver Laban into your hands.

This is the second time that Laman and Lemuel are shown the power of God.

Chapter 3 verse 31: And after the angel had departed, Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it possible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?

They were just told that the Lord would deliver Laban unto them and yet they are murmuring. Again. They saw an angel and they are murmuring. Again. Immediately.

Happy Halloween!

I know it's totally cheating, again, but I'm going to take the day off for the exercise portion of my goals. I am having company and so I need to cook. Plus, I think that today may be one of the last nice days of the year and I need to get my back yard cut down for the winter. Besides, I've already cheated once - I can do it again for a holiday right? I'll get all 8 miles done tomorrow, Saturday.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Word of the Day

palpable\PAL-puh-bul\adj. 1: capable of being touched or felt: tangible. 2: obvious, plain.

Example Sentence: There was a palpable excitement in the air as the actors prepared to go on stage on opening night.

Did you know? The word "palpable" has been used in English since the 14th century. It derives from the Latin word "palpare," meaning "stroke" or "caress" - the same root that gives us the word "palpitation." The Latin verb is also a linguistic ancestor of the verb "feel." "Palpable" can be used to describe things that can be felt through the skin, such as a palpable sweat, but even more frequently is used in reference to things that cannot be touched but are still so easy to perceive that it is as though they could be touched - such as a palpable tension in the air.

My use: My kids are emitting a palpable excitement for Halloween tomorrow.

3 Things

1. I am grateful that Mark got to take the day off. He's been working so hard lately. It was nice for him to get some time to relax and spend at home with the family. The boys really enjoyed walking to school and back with their Daddy.

2. I am grateful for the beautiful weather we're still enjoying. It seems that most Halloweens are either snowy or freezing cold and I think *cross your fingers* that it will be nice tomorrow.

3. I'm grateful that I could get the front yard cut down and ready for winter. Now I just need to get the back done and I'll be ready for snow. Well, I won't really be ready for snow but the yard will be anyway!

Daily Affirmations

I am strong. I can do my remaining 8 miles in ONE day. I have built lots of muscles through my exercising the last month and a half that will enable me to accomplish my goal. I will make the time necessary to walk 8 miles. My body will give me the great amount of energy and stamina I will need to do my walking to finish my 100 miles. WOW! 100 miles in 42 days.

Cleaning Day 28

I did dishes, cleaned the kitchen, picked up and did about 3 loads of laundry.

Exercise Day 41

Today I did 4 miles in 60.10 minutes. The first mile I started at 3 then 3.5 mph for the first quarter then went to a 4 for the remaining 3/4. The incline was at a 3. The second mile I did 3.5 to 5, back and forth every 1/8 mile. The incline was at 1. The third mile I walked at a 4 mph at a 3 incline for the first 1/2 and 1 for the second half. The last mile I went from 5 to 3.5, back and forth every 1/8 mile. I set the incline at a 2 for the first 1/2 and 1 for the second half.

I burned 520 calories and 162 fat calories.

4 miles down - 8 to go.

I tried to get back down to do the remaining 2 miles but I was crazy busy for the rest of the day. I'm going to have to do it tomorrow.

Scriptures with the Kids Day 1

Today I read to the boys while they ate breakfast. We started the Book of Mormon new. I read them 1 Nephi chapter 1. They didn't pay much attention unless I talked about perishing or something gruesome like that! I figure that as long as we're trying we'll get to where we need to be. I do have to say that I feel like I didn't yell as much today and we had an overall calm in the house.

Getting Going Day 3

I got right up and snuggled with my kids for a little while, read them some books, and then made breakfast.

Going to Bed Day 9

I didn't get to bed until about 11:30. I know. I know. I'm doing it to myself. It's just that my husband had to be up on the computer for work and he gets lonely. And he's been working so much lately that I jump at any chance to spend time with him. I love him! :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Weigh In Wednesday

159.6 pounds
35.3% fat
47.2% water
54.4 pounds muscle
24.2 BMI

New Goals

I'm going to start doing FHE on a weekly basis - Monday's.

I'm going to start reading my scriptures daily.

I'm going to start reading the scriptures to the boys daily.

Daily Affirmations

I love my life. I am a very lucky girl to be where I am. My love for my family is great and I have a lot of patience with them. Especially my kids. I know that they are learning and they push the limits to learn. I love teaching them. I love to take the time out of my day to feed my children's minds and souls. I want to teach them about the gospel and my love for it. I want them to have a personal relationship with their Savior and do everything I can to take advantage of learning moments. I am going to start doing Family Home Evening on a weekly basis. I will start on Monday. FHE is a great opportunity for my family to learn and grow and become closer to each other and the Lord. I will prepare for FHE on Sunday evenings. I would also like to get back to reading the scriptures, myself personally as well as with the kids, daily. I love the scriptures and feel the loss in my life when I'm not reading them. It is good for me to read them because I have a greater sense of calm when I do. I will pass this calm on to my kids.


I know it is totally cheating on my time line but I wasn't home for long enough to get my exercise done today so I'm cheating and extending it out. I'll finish by Friday - final day. I swear. I'm going to for sure do it tomorrow and Friday. :)

3 Things

1. I love all my TV shows. I watch Dancing with the Stars, CSI, CSI:Miami, CSI:NY, Criminal Minds, Medium, Two and a Half Men, My Name is Earl, Without a Trace, The Closer, In Plain Sight. Probably more but that's what I can think of. We DVR them and then watch it later so we can skip the commercials. I can't even watch TV regular time now.

2. I love the Twilight series. It is so good. Takes me out of reality. I want all 4 books for Christmas.

3. I am really grateful for Ms. Karen - Tyler's teacher. She is absolutely AMAZING and does a ton of work for the kids she teaches. She really loves what she does and it shows in how she treats the kids. Tyler loves her so much.

Cleaning Day 27

My main floor is managing to stay fairly clean. I vacuumed today and did dishes and cleaned up from making cookies. I need to try to get upstairs cleaned up tomorrow.

Getting Going Day 2

Today I got up and got straight to making cookies again then headed out for the Halloween Carnival at school. We were gone for quite a while and then I had some work to do.

Word of the Day

superficies\soo-per-FISH-eez\n. 1: a surface of a body or a region of space 2: the external aspects or appearance of a thing.

Example Sentence: Although there have been changes in the superficies of our lives, many of the human dilemmas faced by our ancestors are still quite recognizable.

Did you know? Look below the surface of "superficies" and "surface" and you'll find the very same Latin roots: "super-," meaning "on top," and "facies," meaning "face" or aspect." English speakers plucked "superficies" right from Latin - it menas "surface" in that language. Our word "surface" came to us by way of Middle French, where "sur-" (which comes from "super" and also means "on top") was combined with "face (meaning "face"; from "facies"). We added "surface" to our crop of borrowed words around 1600, and the first known use of "superficies" is from 1530. One tricky thing to keep in mind about "superficies" is that it can be singular (even though it ends in an "s"!) or plural. There is no "superficie" or "superficy."

My use: The superficies of our house has changed from when we first bought it. We re-did the yard.

Perma Soft Sugar Cookies

I totally stole this recipe from my cute cousin, Jen.

Perma Soft Sugar Cookies

1 cup sour cream
2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

6 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream together sour cream, sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla.

HINT: If you have the eggs at room temperature and then beat them for 3-5 minutes before adding the other ingredients, the cookies will come out really light and fluffy.

Slowly add the flour mixture until well blended. Chill for at least 15 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, or a little thicker. Cut out your cookie shapes. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes ~ do not let them bake any longer than 10 minutes! (check that the tops are just SLIGHTLY golden.)

Let them rest on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving them to a wire rack.

Going to Bed Day 8

I forgot until about 9 when I got Tyler to bed that I had to make cookies for school today and I needed eggs at room temperature so I got my eggs out, watched a show and then made cookies. I got to bed about 11:15.

I am happy to say that Ethan slept through the night - other than calling out once. But he didn't get up. Tyler on the other hand must have sensed that Ethan was going to let me sleep and he got up - and was up for about an hour and a half.

I'm especially feeling the tired-ness today, I think because of all the miles I've gotten under my belt. And more to do today...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Word of the Day

eldritch\EL-dritch\adj. 1: weird, eerie

Example Sentence: Christina accompanied her ghost story by playing a recording filled with creaks, howls, and other eldritch sound effects.

Did you know? "Curse," "cobweb," "witch," "ghost," and even "Halloween" - all of these potentially spooky words have roots in Old English. "Eldritch," also, comes from a time when otherworldly beings were commonly thought to inhabit the earth. The word is about 500 years old and believed to have come from Middle English "elfriche," meaning "fairyland." The two components of "elfriche" - "elf" and "riche" - come from the Old English "aelf" and "rice" (words which meant, literally, "elf kingdom"). Robert Louis Stevenson wasn't scared of "eldritch." He used the term in his novel Kidnapped: "'The curse on him and his house, byre and stable, man, guest, and master, wife, miss, or bairn - black, black be their fall!' - The woman, whose voice had risen to a kind of eldritch sing-song, turned with a skip, and was gone."

My use: I am getting excited for all the eldritch that is known as Halloween.

Daily Affirmations

Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all. Ethan is a good sleeper. Ethan sleeps through the night. Ethan doesn't wake up at night any more at all. Ethan doesn't call out in his sleep at all.

Okay, so that's more wishes than affirmations. Here's for real: I really appreciate all the energy that Ethan has. I appreciate all the sleep I do get and the nights that he sleeps all night. Even the nights he gets up I get plenty of sleep to get on with my day and do the things I need to do as a mom and a productive house wife. I love snuggling through the night with Ethan and know that snuggle time will be gone far too soon. I take care not to take this time for granted. I love it when he plays with my hair while he's sleeping. I appreciate the extra warmth from his little body in the middle of the night. I really love the bond that we have formed through the many sleepless nights. I love my Ethan.

Exercise Day 40

Today I did 6 miles in 98.35 minutes. For the first 2 miles I walked at 3.5 mph and put the incline up at 5 and worked my way down in 1/8 mile increments then up to 10 and down. For the next 2 miles I walked at 4 mph at a 1 incline. The next mile I walked at a 4 mph and did 1 to 4 then back to 1 for incline. The last mile I walked at 3.5 mph at a 1 incline and did punches. It took me a long time to get all 6 miles in but I did it. And I didn't have it in me to do any jogging so walking had to do. I burned 765 calories and 239 fat calories.

6 more down - 12 to go! I'm getting so close I can taste it!

3 Things

1. I am so thankful that I get to stay home with my kids. I'm very lucky.

2. I am glad that Jenny got to come over to play today. I'm glad that we've gotten back in touch and I've enjoyed talking to her and getting to know her and her kids. I'm also glad that my boys get along with her kids.

3. I love Mark's sexy bum.

Getting Going Day 1

I got up and straight into my exercise clothes and headed straight downstairs. Yipee!

Going to Bed Day 7

I got to bed at 11. I got to 10 and was ready for bed and remembered I'd forgotten to do something.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cleaning Day 26

Today I got the main floor cleaned up. I picked up, did dishes, cleaned the counter, swept and mopped. I still need to vacuum, finish clearing off the counter and wipe off the table.

Exercise Day 39

I started with lifting weights. For about a half an hour. I did arms and such. I didn't do abs.

I broke my treadmill into 2 parts because I had to take my kiddo to school. First half I did 3 miles in 45.30 minutes. For the first 2 miles I walked quickly at 4 mph and went up and down between 1 and 4 incline. For the last mile I did 5 mph for the first 1/2 mile then 3.5 for 1/4 mile, 4 mph for 1/8 mile, and ended with 3.5 mph for the last 1/8 mile. I burned 398 calories and 124 fat calories.

I walked my son to school - 1 mile.

The second half of my treadmill exercise I did 3 miles in 44.55 minutes. For the first mile I went back and forth between 3.5 and 5 mph in 1/8 mile increments. The second mile I went back and forth between 3.5 and 6 mph in 1/8 mile increments. The last mile I did 3.5 mph for 1/4 mile, 4 mph for 1/2 mile, and 3.5 mph for the last 1/4 mile. I burned 347 calories and 108 fat calories.

I walked down to school to pick my son up - 1 mile.

Total of 8 miles today - I'm going to count 6 towards my goal.

6 miles down - 18 to go. So close.

3 Things

1. I am grateful that my parents have us for dinner every Sunday. We love going down there and spending time with them. Time is something you can't get back. I love all the wonderful memories we're making with the kids. Playing checkers with Grandma is great!

2. I am grateful that the guy working up in Wyoming quit so now they will be able to find someone who can actually do the job and Mark will hopefully (before too long) be able to stop going up there so often and working on the computer every night until midnight.

3. I am grateful for and love my friends. They are a great support to me when I don't have any one else to communicate with because Mark works so much. I love my friends dearly and appreciate them. They have no idea how much. I need each one of them for different reasons but they are all important. I cherish the relationships I have with my girlfriends.

Daily Affirmations

I have been blessed with a big beautiful house and I love to take care of it. I will keep my house clean and honor my husband with taking care of what he has provided me with. I am blessed to be able to spoil my children and am grateful for all the toys they leave out and for my ability to clean up after them. I appreciate the opportunity I have, through them leaving their toys out, to teach my children. I love doing all I can to make my children be loving and appreciative of what they have and teaching them to take care of their things. I love the time we spend together "jamming" to music and picking up the house. I love cleaning and feel motivated to do it daily. There is no reason my house has to be dirty. I have every opportunity and ability to take care of it like I need to. I even have it broken down into manageable sized cleaning "bits". I love to show my husband how much I love him by keeping our house clean. Keeping my house clean keeps me going and makes me realize how grateful I am for my body and it's ability to do so. I appreciate any sore muscles I get from cleaning because I know that it is from being productive. I love to be productive and see results. It makes me feel good to turn a messy house into a neat, clean, beautiful house that people want to come to and feel welcomed. I feel very blessed with my house and want to be able to share my blessing with other people.

Word of the Day

manticore\MAN-tih-kor\n. 1: a legendary animal with the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a dragon or scorpion.

Example Sentence: The book, a collection of fantastic tales, has on its cover a vivid illustration of a wild-eyed manticore chasing a hunter.

Did you know? A mythical creature of ancient fables, the manticore keeps company with the better-known unicorn, dragon, and griffin. Descriptions of the manticore's features sometimes differ (some accounts mention porcupine quills or poisonous spikes, for example: others depict the tail as having a serpent's head), but the animal is by all accounts a dreadful beast. The word "manticore" came to English through Greek and Latin, and is probably ultimately of Iranian origin. Etymologists think it is related to an Old Persian word for "man-eater."

My use: I've never heard of the manticore but I'd be scared to death to meet one out in the forest.

Word of the Day

I'm going to post Friday, Saturday and Sunday's words.

Friday: exoteric ek-suh-TAIR-ik\adj. 1: suitable to be imparted to the public. 2: belonging to the outer or less initiate circle. 3: external.

Example Sentence: As a specialist writing for a broader audience, Annette faces the challenge of producing an exoteric synthesis of complex information.

Did you know? "Exoteric" derives from Latin "exotericus," which is itself from Greek "exoterikus," meaning "external," and ultimately from "exo," meaning "outside." "Exo" has a number of offspring in English, including "exotic," "exonerate," "exorbitant," and the combining form "exo-" or "ex-" (as in "exoskeleton" and "exobiology"). The antonym of "exoteric" is "esoteric," meaning "designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone"; it descends from the Greek word for "within," "eso."

My use: It seems like a lot of information is seen as exoteric these days when it should stay personal.

Saturday: wherewithal\WAIR-with-awl\n. 1: means, resources; specifically: money

Example Sentence: If I had the wherewithal, I'd buy that empty lot next door and put in a garden.

Did you know? "Wherewithal" has been with us in one form or another since the 16th century. It comes from "where" and "withal" (meaning "with"), and it has been used as a conjunction meaning "with or by means of with" and as a pronoun meaning "that with or by with." These days, however, it is almost always used as a noun referring to the means or resources one has at one's disposal - especially financial resources, that is, money.

My use: If I had the wherewithal, I'd buy the house next door and knock it down so we don't have any more crappy tenants.

Sunday: muckrake\MUCK-rayk\v. 1: to search out and publicly expose real or apparent misconduct of a prominent individual or business.

Example Sentence: Arn is an aggressive reporter, never afraid to ask difficult questions, hound evasive sources, or muckrake when things appear suspect.

Did you know? The noun "muckrake" (literally, a rake for "muck," i.e., manure) rose out of the dung heap and into the realm of literary metaphor in 1684. That's when John Bunyan used it in Pilgrim's Progress to represent man's preoccupation with earthly things. "The Man with the Muckrake," he wrote, "could look no way but downward." In a 1906 speech Teddy Roosevelt recalled Bunyan's words while railing against journalists he thought focused too much on exposing corruption in business and government. Roosevelt called them "the men with the muck-rakes" and implied that they needed to learn "when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward." Investigative reporters weren't insulted: they adopted the term "muckraker" as a badge of honor. And soon English speakers were using the verb "muckrake" for the practice of exposing misconduct.

My use: It has taken a lot of muckraking to expose some of the top officials in business as embezzlers.

Getting Up Day 13

I got up at 7 to get the little girl I babysit and then I put her to bed and I went back to sleep until about 8:30. I am really sucking at this goal. I guess it isn't so bad considering that I'm always up all night long. I think I may not do this one any more until my kids are sleeping through the night and I'll change it instead to getting going once I'm up. So, no laying on the couch or hanging out on the computer all morning. I've decided that I can only get on the computer to check my emails in the morning and then I'll do all my blogging at night. I'll just have to write things down during the day so I can remember!

I'm Back!

I will be back at it today.

Friday, October 24, 2008


I'm going to pause in posting for today and the weekend. I'll get back to it on Monday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

My Equipment

Here is my exercise stuff. This is my treadmill. My #1 exercise mainstay.

The BowFlex - for working my arms.

The Nautilus - more for the arms.

The recumbent bike - a Schwinn - for working my bum and legs.

The big old ab machine. For my belly!

Mark's old TV - sometimes I'll put on a video for the boys.

And Mark's old boom box. Yes, that's right, I said boom box. An original from the 80's! As in shoulder luggin', hip hop dancin' boom box.

Exercise Day 38

Today I did the treadmill. I went 4 miles in 58.55 minutes. I kept the incline at a 1. I did the first and last 1/8 mile at a 3. The first 2 1/4 miles I did walking and jogging. I did 1/2 mile at a 5 mph (in a row! wa-hoo!) and 3/4 miles at a 6 (1/8 mile at a time) the rest was at a 3.5 mph. The next 1.5 miles I did at a 4 and then went to 3.5 then 3 for the last 1/4 mile.

I burned 479 calories and 149 fat calories.

4 miles down - 24 to go.

I have 4 days left in my second 21 day goal - to finish my 100 miles. That means I need to do 6 miles a day the next 4 days. I can do that! Right??

Weigh In Thursday

I forgot to weigh myself yesterday.

159.6 pounds
34% fat
48.1% water
55.8 pounds muscle
24.2 BMI

I can see that the last 3 days eating some fast food and not exercising hasn't helped my weight. Ugh. Hop back to it!

3 Things

1. I am grateful for Kerissa and her positive outlook on life.

2. I love becoming more successful in everything I do. I've noticed that I have a lot of bad days but the bad days aren't as often as before I started documenting them. It's nice to see some progress!

3. I am grateful that the little girl I babysit took a nap so I could exercise without her. She hasn't been napping in the mornings lately.

Daily Affirmations

I have decided, in honor of my good friend Kerissa, to start doing daily affirmations. I'll just pick a different topic every day and say why I'm grateful for it. I am starting to believe a lot more in the law of attraction. If I believe it will come, it will. If I believe it will happen, it will.

I'm Thankful for MY Body

I am thankful for my body. I love all this new physical growth and development I've been able to achieve using my body. I've beat my body up pretty badly and still it works so hard for me. I love my body. I love all the new definition and muscle I'm gaining. I love to see my waist and bum shrinking and my clothes fitting looser. It's a great feeling. I am very grateful to my body for providing me with two healthy babies. I'm grateful for the weight I put on to support their lives while in utero. I'm excited to have been seeing so much change and in getting my body back into shape after carrying my babies. I love pushing myself to see how much further, faster or harder I can go. I am grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing me with life and my body. I love that it continues to go when I feel like stopping. My body is a temple and I love taking care of it as such. I will continue to exercise, strengthen and feed my body good things. My body will bless me by accepting all my hard work and repaying me with the body I want. I love my body.

Word of the Day

scofflaw\SKAHFF-law\n. 1: a contemptuous law violator

Example Sentence: The governor's office set up a database listing the names of scofflaws who hadn't paid their traffic fines.

Did you know? In 1924, a wealthy Massachusetts Prohibitionist named Delcevare King sponsored a contest in which he asked participants to coin an appropriate word to mean "a lawless drinker." King sought a word that would cast violators of Prohibition laws in a light of shame. Two respondents came up independently with the winning word: "scofflaw," formed by combining the verb "scoff" and the noun "law." Hanry Dale and Kate Butler, also of Massachusetts, split King's $200 prize. improbably, despite some early scoffing from language critics, "scofflaw" managed to pick up steam in English and expand to a meaning that went beyond it's Prohibition roots, referring to one who violates any law, not just laws related to drinking.

My use: They need to lock all repeat scofflaw's away and throw away the key.

2:22, 3:49, 3:50, 4:57, and 6 on...

Otherwise known as Getting Up Day 12.

Going to Bed Day 6

I didn't get to bed last night until about 11. My husband was doing some work on the computer and he likes me to stay up with him. I'm a sucker.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scandinavian Pancakes

4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
fruit jam, hazelnut spread, or powdered sugar to taste

1. Preheat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Beat the eggs and milk together until smooth. Add the dry ingredients, and stir in the butter.
2. Pour 2 tbsp of batter into the pan and turn the pan to coat the bottom evenly in a very thin layer of batter. (The pancake should be about 6 inches in diameter.) cook the pancake until slight bubbles form. Lift the pancake to see if it is delicately browned. If so, turn the pancake over and lightly brown on the other side.
3. Remove the pancake from the heat and spread it with toppings of your choice. Roll the pancake up and enjoy.

We really loved these. I wanted to take a picture of them but by the time I thought about it they were all gone. I made them - we ate them. We were eating them so fast that we had to wait for them to get done. And they don't take very long to cook!

Once again - a recipe from The Friend.

Word of the Day

lacuna\luh-KOO-nuh\n. 1: a blank space or a missing part: a gap 2: a small cavity, pit, or discontinuity in an anatomical structure

Example Sentence: The newly discovered Civil War documents filled many lacunae in the museum's archives.

Did you know? Exploring the etymology of "lacuna" involves taking a plunge into the pit - or maybe a leap into the "lacus" (that's the Latin word for "lake"). Latin speakers modified "lacus" into "lacuna," and used it to mean "pit," "cleft," or "pool." English speakers borrowed the term in the 17th century. Another English word that traces its origin to "lacuna" is "lagoon," which came to us by way of Italian and French.

My use: My kids like to hide in whatever little lacuna they can find.

Word of the Day

Yesterday's word of the day is shunpike\SHUN-pyke\n. 1: a side road used to avoid the toll on or the speed and traffic of a superhighway.

Example Sentence: When people request directions to our house, I ask them if they prefer to take the turnpike or the shunpike.

Did you know? America's love affair with the automobile and the development of a national system of superhighways (along with the occasional desire to seek out paths less-traveled) is a story belonging to the 20th century. So the word "shunpike," too, must be a 20th-century phenomenon, right? Nope. Toll roads have actually existed for centuries (the word "turnpike" has meant "tollgate" since at least 1678). In fact, toll roads were quite common in 19th-century America, and "shunpike" has been describing side roads since the middle of that century, almost half a century before the first Model T rolled out of the factory.

My use: I take the shunpike whenever possible. I like to take the road less traveled.

3 Things

1. I'm grateful for my Dad and Mom who watched my youngest while I went to school with my oldest. They had the animal outreach program come and talk about pets and such. My baby is allergic to cats so he coudn't come. My parents are great! They even picked him up!

2. I'm madly in love with my husband. I wish I could see him more often. He hasn't been home before 10 yet this week. Maybe today...

3. I am grateful that 2 of the 4 fish we got almost a year ago are still alive. And more importantly, that our kids haven't noticed the 2 missing fish and asked about them. Fishy heaven isn't something I'm ready to discuss!

Exercise Day 37

I'm running out of days! I haven't done much - just walked 1/2 a mile. I don't know if I'll get any more in today or not. Probably not but I'll post if I do.

Part 2 - I walked another mile and played with the kids at the playground.

Getting Up Day 11

I got up this morning about 8. I was actually up at 7 with my oldest child - turned the TV on for him! Then I got up at 7:45 with my youngest and tried to go back to bed. I couldn't so I got up at 8.

Oops! Missed Tuesday!

I have no idea what I actually did yesterday but it wasn't anything productive! No exercise, no cleaning, didn't get up on time, didn't go to bed on time. Oops! I guess everyone is allowed a non-productive day every now and then. Boy, my house sure suffered for it.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Using REAL Pumpkins

We made pumpkin pie on Friday. It was really fun. Here are the directions.

First of all, you have to get pie pumpkins - the little ones but not the mini ones. Remove the stem and cut it in half.
Scoop the guts out.
Place in a microwave safe dish, put in 1-2 inches water and cover. Microwave on high for 15 minutes and check. You want it to be soft. If it isn't keep microwaving in 5 minute increments until it's done.
Peel the skin off.
Mash it up.

Blend it if you like.
Make your pie crust.
Roll it out.
Fold it in quarters.

Put it in your pie pan and un-fold it. Press it all in and do the edges up nice. Poke it with a fork so the crust doesn't shrink while you're cooking it.

Make the pie filling.
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
4 large eggs
3 cups pumpkin (about 1 pumpkin)
1 1/2 cans (12 oz each) evaporated milk
Mix it all up.
Pour it in your crust. I like to line my crust with tin foil until the cooking time is almost done to prevent burnt crust.
Bake at 425 for the first 15 minutes, then turn it down to 350 and bake another 45 to 60 minutes. When it's done a clean knife inserted in the middle should come out clean. (or fairly clean)
Over all it was a really fun process and it's great to know how to do it from REAL pumpkins! I used the pie crust that I found with the instructions and I really didn't like it. I'll be looking for a different pie crust recipe for the next time around.
It was fun! Give it a try!
PS. It is VERY yummy!

Exercise Day 37

I lifted weights this morning. I counted and I do 18 different exercises on 3 different machines. All my top half. Arms and abs and such.

I walked/jogged on the treadmill too. I went 6 miles in 93.25 minutes. For the first 3 miles I went back and forth from 3.5 mph to 5 mph. I jogged 1.5 of the 3 miles. I kept the incline at a 1.

For the next 2 miles I walked quickly, pumping my arms, at a 4 mph. I went back and forth between 1 and 2 incline.

For the last mile I kicked it up to an 8 incline and came down 1 step at a time every 1/8 mile. For the first half of the mile I walked at a 3 mph then at a 3.5 mph for the last half.

I burned 748 calories and 234 fat calories.

6 miles down - 28 left to go!

Word of the Day

aggress\uh-GRESS\v. 1: to commit aggression: to act.

Example Sentence: Certain indicators, such as irritability, can indicate an animal's liklihood to agress.

Did you know? "Agress" and its more familiar relatives, "agression" and agressive," derive from the latin verb "aggredi," meaning "to approach, attack, or undertake." When "agress" was first used in English in the 16th century, it meant "to approach," but that use is now obsolete. The current meaning of the word has been with us since the early 18th century. Back then, the noun "agress" ("an attack") appeared occasionally as well, but time has relegated that use to obsolescence, too.

My use: Sometimes I agress when my children misbehave. Yes, I spank bums.

Getting Up Day 10

I did not get up at 7 this morning. I was up late and up in the night so I was tired. I slept until 8:30 and got up. I went straight in and changed into my exercise clothes. That helped me get going for the day.

Going to Bed Day 5

I went to bed late - about 11 pm. I forgot that I needed to do some laundry so my husband would have something to wear and so I had to stay up long enough to put the wet clothes into the dryer.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Word of the Day

conglobate\kahn-GLOH-bayt\v. 1: to form into a round compact mass

Example Sentence: Jack alternately conglobated and flattened the bit of clay as he talked.

Did you know? "Conglobate" descends from the Latin verb "conglobare,"which in turn comes from the prefix "con-" (meaning "with" or "together") and "globus" (meaning "globe"). "Conglobare" also means "to form into a ball," and in the 16th century it gave us the word "conglobe," of the same meaning. a century after "conglobe" first appeared in print, it's cousin "conglobate" arrived on the scene. You may be wondering if the word "glob" is a relative too. "Glob" isn't linked directly to "conglobate," but it does have a possible link to "globe." Etymologists think that "glob" might have originated as a blend of "globe" and "blob."

My use: I like to conglobate my cookie dough before placing it on the cookie sheet.

Going to Bed Day 4

Saturday night I went to bed at 9:45. It was good because the boys were up again in the night.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Going to Bed Day 3

I forgot to post earlier that I went to bed at 9:30 last night. It was good that I went to bed early so I could get a little sleep. My husband was up until 12:00 talking on the phone - it kept ringing and he wasn't exactly quiet. My youngest was up at 12:30, 1:30, 3-3:30, my oldest was up at 4:30 and I got up for the day at 6. Rough night.

Cleaning Day 25

I didn't get much of anything done today as far as cleaning. I picked up a little bit. I'll have a lot of work come Monday - as usual. Weekends trash my house.

Exercise Day 36

I'm really going to have to hop to it to finish my 100 miles by day 42. I didn't do anything today. I was gone all day.

3 Things

1. I'm grateful that my parents could babysit my babies this morning while I went to a lia sophia rally.

2. I'm grateful that my Markie could watch my boys this afternoon while I did a lia sophia party.

3. I love my job! I love my upline. I love all the new people I get to meet. I love the adult-girlie time. I love the free jewelry. I love the extra money I make.

Word of the Day

clochard\kloh-SHAR\n. 1: tramp, vagrant

Example Sentence: He lives on the Pont Neuf, the oldest and most beautiful bridge in Paris, which has become a secret home to clochards... while closed for extensive repairs.

Did you know? Why such a fancy French word for a bum? The truth of the matter is, nine times out of ten, you will find "clochard" used for not just any bum, but a French bum - even more specifically, a Parisian bum. And, sometimes, it's even a certain type of Parisian bum - a type that has been romanticized in literature and is part of the local color. Nevertheless, as "francais" as this word (which comes from the French verb "clocher," meaning "to limp") may seem, it's regular appearance in English sources since 1937 makes it an English word, too.

My use: I don't really have a good use for clochard. Other than maybe the many clochard that litter the corners of temple square.

Getting Up Day 9

I was up at 6 am this morning. I had a rally for lia sophia to go to so I HAD to be up. It actually wasn't that bad though. Once I got up and going.

Friday, October 17, 2008

3 Things

1. I am grateful for the internet. I love being able to look things up and keep in touch.

2. I am grateful for my TV time. It's my time to relax and recuperate from the day.

3. I love my jewelry.

Cleaning Day 24

I did dishes and folded about 2/3 of the laundry. Just need to hang some up.

I made home made pumpkin pie - with REAL pumpkin. I'll post it later.

Exercise Day 35

None. :(

3 Things

I just realized I didn't do my 3 things yesterday.

1. I love my son's pre-school teacher. Ms. Karen is the most wonderful lady on the face of the planet!

2. I love my kitty Allie. Unfortunately she lives with another family now. I miss her.

3. I love my family.

Word of the Day

genius\JEEN-yus\n. 1: a single strongly marked capacity or aptitude. 2: extraordinary intellectual power especially as manifested in creative activity. 3: a person endowed with transcendent mental superiority; especially: a person with a very high IQ.

Example Sentence: Those children have a genius for getting into trouble!

Did you know? The belief system of the ancient Romans included spirits that were somewhere in between gods and humans and were thought to accompany each person through life as a protector. The Latin name for this spirit was "genius," which came from the verb "gignere," meaning "to beget." This sense of "attendant spirit" was first borrowed into English in the early 16th century. Part of such a spirit's role was to protect a person's moral character, and from that idea an extended sense developed in the 16th century meaning "an identifying character." In time, that meaning was extended to cover a special ability for doing something, and eventually "genius" acquired senses referring particularly to "very great intelligence" and "people of great intelligence."

My use: My children have a genius for getting into trouble!

I'm doing everything I can to raise genius children.

My husband thinks he's a genius. (*eye roll*)

Getting Up Day 8

I've been up since 6 with the kids. I did lay on the couch for a while though. Until about 8:30.

Going to Bed Day 2

I got to bed at 10:15. Not too bad. And other than 1 time, my kids slept through the night.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Cleaning Day 23

I did dishes and picked up some. The main floor is still in pretty good shape. Not as good as yesterday but still pretty good. :) Babysitting days are hard for me to get things done.

Exercise Day 34

I walked 2 miles today pushing a stroller with 3 kids.

Word of the Day

castigate\KASS-tuh-gayt\v. 1: to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism.

Example Sentence: Before sentencing, the judge angrily castigated the two young defendants for their malicious act of vandalism.

Did you know? "Castigate" has a synonym in "chastise" - both verbs mean to punish or to censure someone. Fittingly, both words derive from the same root: the Latin "castigare," formed from the words for "pure" ("castus") and "to drive" ("agere"). ("Castus" also gave us the noun "caste," meaning "social class or rank.") Another verb derived from "castigare" is "chasten," which can also mean "to discipline by punishment" but more commonly means "to subdue or make humble" (as in "chastened by his foolish error"). "Castigate" is the youngest of the three verbs in English, dating from the early 17th century, some three centuries after "chasten" and "chastise."

Getting Up Day 7

Well, my youngest was up at about 6 this morning. I've been up since then but not functioning. I laid on the couch until about 8:30 but didn't really sleep.

Going to Bed Day 1

I was in bed by 10 pm. Problem was that my youngest was up about 8 times in the night. I actually went in and snuggled him for 4 of the times and just waited it out the other 4.

Cleaning Day 22

I managed to keep the main level clean. Did dishes and picked up all day long.

3 Things

1. I am grateful that I could go grocery shopping so I can feed my family.

2. I'm grateful that Mark made it to and back from Wyoming safe.

3. I love my boys' eyes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Weigh In Wednesday

Today I weigh:

157.6 pounds
32.4% fat
49.3% water
56.6 pounds muscle
23.8 BMI

I am 4 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight! And then I have another 20-25 on top of that and I'll be good.

Going to Bed

Because I'm having such a hard time getting up I'm going to start trying to get to bed - and ready to sleep - by 10 pm. Not one minute later!

Getting Up Day 6

Okay, so I'm really sucking at this one. I think if I actually went to bed at a reasonable time then it wouldn't be so bad getting up in the night and I could get up at 7 in the morning. And maybe even function!

Today my oldest got up at 5:40 and then the youngest shortly after. I was able to get Ethan back to sleep until about 6:30 when Tyler came upstairs wanting me and woke him up. I then let them watch TV and I slept until about 8:30. My youngest was up 3 times in the night. Any suggestions on getting him to sleep through the night?

Any suggestions on getting my oldest to stay in bed (preferably sleeping) until it gets light outside? Problem is that he usually hears his Daddy up and getting ready and he thinks he should be up too. I would love it if they slept - all night - until about 7:30 or, gulp, even 8! I put them to bed between 7 and 8. I've found that it doesn't matter if they go to bed early or late, they still get up in the night and are wide awake at the crack of dawn.

Word of the Day

palmary\PAL-muh-ree\adj. 1: outstanding, best

Example Sentence: Louis Pastiur is best known for originating pasteurization, but he also made palmary contributions in the field of immunology, including finding a vaccination for anthrax.

Did you know? English speaker have been using "palmary" since the 1600s, and its history stretches back even furtyer than that. It was the ancient Romans who first used their "palmarius" to describe someone or something extraordinary. "Palmarius" literally translates as "deserving the palm." But what does that mean exactly? Was it inspired by palms of hands coming together in applause? That would be a good guess, but the direst inspiration for "palmarius" was the palm leaf given to a victor in a sports competition. That other palm, the one on the hand, is loosely related. The Romans thought the palm tree's leaves resembled an outstretched palm of the hand; they thus used their word "palma" for both meanings, just as we do with "palm" in English.

My use: I did a palmary job cleaning my house yesterday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cleaning Day 21

Okay, so today I kicked butt. But first I had to kick my kids out of the house. It was quite a day. My baby dumped almost an entire big bottle of maple syrup on the rug in my kitchen. My boys got into my shredded cheese and it ended up all over my kitchen. I spent the first half of my day chasing from one boy to the other and back. Putting out fires.

So, I took my boys to my mom (thanks mom!) and I got to work. I managed to clean my entire main level and take the rug and 2 chairs outside and squirt them off. I did dishes, cleaned off the counter, went through my mountain of papers, picked up the house, wiped walls, wiped chairs and the table, swept and mopped, vacuumed and cleaned the bathroom. Whoo!

My mom had the boys for about 3 1/2 hours. They made cookies and put up Halloween decorations. They love it down there.

3 Things

1. I am so grateful for my mom and that she is willing to let me use and abuse her for child watching services.

2. I am grateful that my father in law is still alive. He broke his back this weekend. Ouch!

3. I am grateful for my mother in law who is taking care of my father in law and also my brother in law who just had ankle surgery today. What a woman!

Getting Up Day 5

Now, just so you know I'm not pulling your leg every day when I say how terrible my night are, I'm going to describe my night for you. I didn't get to bed until about 11:15. Son #1 was up 1 time in the night. Son #2 was up 4 times in the night. Both thought they SHOULD be up for the day at 5:45. Son #1 stayed in his bed until about 6:30 - playing - until he heard his daddy up and in the shower. Son #2 went back to sleep but would wake up every time I tried to get out of his bed until about 7. At that point I had my dear husband put son #1 - showered and dressed by this point - downstairs in front of my favorite babysitter - TV. I then slept until #2 woke up at 7:30 crying for his DADDY. Then I went downstairs and tried to sleep on the couch amidst the "Mommy, I want that!" and the boobing for milk (we're out) and the "Where's my pillow?" So, I didn't officially get up at 7 but I felt like I had a pretty good excuse. And if you think about it I've really been up since 5:45 when they first got up.

Word of the Day

facetious\fuh-SEE-shuss\adj. 1: joking or jesting often inappropriately: waggish 2: meant to be humorous or funny: not serious

Example Sentence: Gwen was being facetious when she used the word "classy" to describe Bill's brightly colored necktie. (I swear that's the example they gave in the dictionary!)

Did you know? "Facetious" came to English from the Middle French word "facetieux," which traces to the Latin word "facetia," meaning "jest." "Facetia" seems to have made only one other lasting contribution to the English language: "facetiae," meaning "witty or humorous writings or sayings." "Facetiae," which comes from the plural of "facetia" and is pronounced fuh-SEE-shee-ee or fuh-SEE-shee-eye, is a far less common word than "facetious," but it does show up occasionally. For example, in a letter to the editor published in the Seattle Times, August 26, 1995, a reader used the following words to describe a column written by the humorist Dave Barry: "Hey, it's a HUMOR column, based entirely upon facetiae."

My use: Please don't be facetious.

It seems like facetious words are generally accompanied by an eye-roll.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cleaning Day 20

Today I got the dishes half done (yes, there were that many) and I worked on going through the mountain of papers on my kitchen counter. I also attempted to pick up the house and do some laundry. The boys were especially bad with the mess today. Like a whirlwind of destrution. I could not keep up. I'll do more tomorrow.

German Pancakes

1/4 cup butter
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
6 eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Maple syrup or powdered sugar for topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a medium baking dish. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and pour the mixture into the baking dish with the butter.
2. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the pancake is puffy and golden brown. Cut it into squares and serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar. These were amazingly simple and very good. I really enjoyed them. The boys each had 2 helpings. Oh, and whatever with the maple syrup OR powdered sugar - I say use them BOTH! They have an interesting texture - definitely not like the fluffy pancakes we are all used to. But it's a good different. Oh, and I used a small casserole dish. It's only about 8X5. I will probably double it next time and just use a full size casserole dish. Especially if you're feeding more than one adult and 2 1/2 kids. We cleaned it all up!
PS. I found this recipe in "The Friend" Kitchen Krafts for this month. Go here to find it.

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Cleaning Update

I guess it shouldn't be a surprise but my house is totally trashed again. I guess it can happen pretty fast. I'm going to have to do some major cleaning to catch up. I'm going to try to focus on that for the next couple of days. And I've got tons of laundry to do too. Yuck!

Exercise PAUSE

I'm going to take a day or so off working out. I kinda over did it a little on Friday and it wouldn't be that bad except for the being sick has totally aggravated it and I'm so sore. Just achey pretty much but the sore muscles on top of it.

3 Things

1. I'm grateful for a heater in my house. I've been freezing the last 3 days. (P.S. it snowed on Saturday morning)

2. I'm grateful that I had eggs so I could try a new recipe this morning for breakfast. Yummy!

3. I'm grateful that I am, for the most part, feeling much better today. At least I feel like I can function.

Sunday's 3 Things

1. I'm grateful that Mark got home safely. He had to drive home in snow and there were a lot of accidents. If anyone's expecting anything by UPS it'll probably be late - or a no-show. He said there was a big UPS semi on it's side with the top blown out and packages all across the freeway. They had to use a snowplow to try to scoop all the packages back to the truck and out of traffic.

2. I'm grateful that my kids are pretty easily entertained. I know it sounds horrible but I didn't feel like doing anything yesterday so we watched 6 - yes you read that right 6- movies yesterday.

3. I'm grateful for a semi-clean toilet to puke in. At least it wasn't really bad.

Getting Up Day 3 & 4

Saturday night I spent the night puking my guts out so, needless to say, I did not get up at 7 am Sunday morning.

This morning I woke up at 7 to get the little girl I babysit and then laid down for about 10 minutes and then got up. I did spend some time on the couch this morning - until about 8:30. I'm still feeling a little sick. Not like Sunday though. Funny thing - when you have kids you don't really get the luxury of being sick. You still have to function. So, I'm up and moving. Slowly... but moving.

Word of the Day

koine\koy-NAY\n. 1. capitalized: the Greek language commonly spoken and written in eastern Mediterranean countries in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. 2: a dialect or language of a region that has become the common or standard language of a larger area.

Example Sentence: Koines enevitably developed in the early British colonies as different dialects converged.

Did you know? Koine, which means "common" or "shared" in Greek, was the language spoken in the eastern Mediterranean countries from the 4th century B.C. until the time of the Byzantine emperor Justinian (mid-6th century A.D.). In linguistics, the word "koine" is applied to a language developed from contact between dialects of the same language over a large region. Basically a koine adopts those grammatical and lexical elements from the dialets of the region that are easily recognized by most area speakers and dispenses with those that are not.

My use: We have evolved from speaking adult english at our house to koine toddler-ese. Words such as "strange" cheese (string cheese) and "coldee" (cold) are common words at our house.

Sunday's Word of the Day

divulge\duh-VULJ\v. 1: to make known (as a confidence or secret)

Example Sentence: Sarah promised not to divulge the news of her friend's promotion until it was official.

Did you know? It isn't vulgar to make known the roots of "divulge" - and that sentence contains two hints about the word's origin. "Divulge" was borrowed into Middle English in the 15th century from Latin "divulgare," a word that combines the prefix "dis-," which meant "apart" or "in different directions" in Latin, with "vulgare," meaning "to make known." "Vulgare," in turn, derives from the Latin noun "vulgus," meaning "mob" or "common people." As you have no doubt guessed, English "vulgar" is another word which can be traced back to "vulgus"; it came into use about a century before "divulge."

My use: I promise to all my friends that I will never divulge your secrets.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

3 Things

1. I'm grateful that my friend's little girl (well, big girl actually!) could come babysit last minute so I could go work this morning.

2. I'm grateful that I was safe driving in to work this morning - despite all the yucky snow.

3. I love my children - even when they throw fits and you come home and they've been naughty for the babysitter (once again, 1 of 2) - think poop all over the bathroom naughty.

Getting Up Day 2

The boys didn't sleep well last night. Well, at least 1 of 2 didn't - but it was bad. Plus Mark is out of town and didn't get done working until 3:30 am so I talked to him then. So, when I got up at 7 this morning I was feeling really sick. Still do actually. Anyway, I set the alarm for 8:30 and got up then.

Word of the Day

hyposorism\hye-PAH-kuh-riz-um\n. 1. a pet name 2. the use of pet names.

Example Sentence: Darren started calling Sheila by her hypocorism, "Bubbles," when they were juniors in high school.

Did you know? In Late Latin and Greek, the words "hypocorisma" and "hypokorisma" had the same meaning as "hypocorism" does in English today. They in turn evolved from the Greek verb "hypokorizesthai" ("to call by pet names"), which itself comes from "korizesthai" ("to caress"). "Hypocorism" joined the English language in the mid-19th century and was once briefly a buzzword among linguists, who used it rather broadly to mean "adult baby talk," that is, the altered speech adults use when supposedly imitating babies. Once the baby talk issue faded, "hypocorism" settled back into being just a fancy word for a pet name. Pet names can be diminutives like our "Johnny" for "John," endearing terms such as "honey-bunch," or, yes, names from baby talk, like "Nana" for "Grandma."

My use: I came up with my kids hypocorisms when they were just born. Tyler's is "lil bum-bum" and Ethan's is "lil bruiser". Or just "bum-bum" and "bruiser".

I love it when Mark uses hypocorisms when speaking to me. My favorite is sweetheart.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cleaning Day 19

Today I did dishes and scrubbed my sink. I did some laundry and picked up the house. It amazes me how FAST the kids can get stuff out and all over the place. I have plans to vacuum the main floor after the kids are in bed and, maybe if I get some motivation pumping through my veins, I'll fold laundry. Dun, dun, dun.

*UPDATE* I was too tired to get the vacuuming and laundry done. Maybe in the morning.

Exercise Day 33

I lifted weights for about a half an hour today before doing the treadmill. I worked the same old muscles I normally do. Basically my top half.

I finally got back to the treadmill today. I've kind of missed it. Part of actually getting up in the morning I suppose! I walked/jogged 5 miles in 78 minutes. I kept it at a 1 for incline for the first 4 miles. For the first 2 miles I walked at a 3.5 then jogged at a 5 - back and forth. I think I jogged a total of 1 mile. The second 2 miles I walked quickly at a 4. The last mile I moved the incline up one at a time to 4 and back down. I also did punches.

I burned 607 calories and 189 fat calories. At least that's what the treadmill says for my weight. I feel like I burn slightly more because I always try to do extra with my arms - swinging them at 3.5, pumping them at 4, and swinging at 5. I also try to do punches or different aerobic moves with my arms. Sometimes it's hard to keep walking straight when I'm doing all of the stuff with my arms. I figure it's good for my balance. Also, I always make sure to concentrate on my stomach when I walk and jog. The core muscles help you so much and I can always tell when I'm not "holding them in". It makes it easier when I do.

5 miles down - 34 to go!

PS. I only count the miles I do on my treadmill towards my 100 mile goal. I'm getting really close!

3 Things

1. I love the way my husband kisses me.

2. I love the way my sleepy kids look at me first thing in the morning and that they like to snuggle.

3. I am SO VERY grateful that my kids BOTH slept through the night last night!!! Wa-hoo!!

Getting Up Day 1

I had my alarm set for 7 am this morning. When it went off I promptly turned it off and rolled back over and tried to go back to sleep. Luckily my kids got up about 7:15 so I just got up. Wa-hoo! I do have to say that my body has this huge aversion to getting up when it's still dark outside. Yuck!

Word of the Day

Posse\PAH-see\n. 1: a large group often with a common interest 2: a body of persons summoned by a sheriff to assist in preserving the public peace usually in an emergency 3: a group of people temporarily organized to make a search (as for a lost child) 4: one's attendants or associates

Example Sentence: "On the Saturday morning we used to watch anxiously for the usual signs of activity and when we saw a large barrel of beer being escorted up the streets by a posse of small boys, we knew that all was well."

Did you know? "Posse" started out as a technical term in law, part of the term "posse comitatus," which in Medieval Latin meant "power or authority of the county." As such, it referred to a group of citizens summoned by a sheriff to preserve the public peace as allowed for by law. "Preserving the public peace" so often meant hunting down a supposed criminal that "posse" eventually came to mean any group organized to make a search or embark on a mission. In even broader use it can refer to any group, period. Sometimes nowadays that group is a gang or a rock band but it can as easily be any group - of politicians, models, architects, tourists, children, or what have you - acting in concert.

My use: With 9 kids and 3 moms, we were quite a posse at the zoo!

I like to hurry my little posse through Wal-Mart as quickly as possible.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cleaning Day 18

Today I picked up, cleaned in the kitchen, did dishes, cleaned up the dining room, swept, and wiped some walls. I didn't get to vacuuming like I wanted to. Or folding laundry.

Exercise Day 32

Today I walked 1 mile. Pushing a stroller.

3 Things

I am also going to start a new goal of looking at the positive things in my life. I'm going to list 3 things I'm grateful for or that I love.

1. I'm grateful that my husband was able to take this morning off to go to #1's school for fire safety day. It meant a lot to my son and it was much easier for me to not have to deal with 3 kids running all over acting like crazies. (I'm babysitting today.)

2. I'm grateful for my big ol' house. I'm grateful that I have a nice place to live and to raise my children. I'm grateful that I have such a big space to clean because if I didn't I wouldn't get the opportunity to learn and grow in having to push myself to do things I don't necessarily LOVE doing.

3. I'm grateful that my parents live so close so that we can see them often and that they can, and are willing, to help me out with my kids when life gets to be too much.

Super-Special Secret Stain Remover Trick

Okay, you asked for it. Here is my super-special secret stain remover trick. First, and foremost, I treat all spills and stains before washing with Shout stain treater spray. Then I wash and dry. Sometimes if the stain doesn't come out I'll try it a second time with just the Spray N Wash. Then wash and dry. If stains still don't come out I do the following:

Spray N Wash Dual Power all over the stain. Then I put a little scoop of the Oxi Clean powder on top, followed by a squirt or two of the Shout. I let it sit until my next load of laundry and wash as usual. Now, you do have to watch out because sometimes this combination can take color out of your clothes. So you may want to test in an inconspicuous area first. And always use it as your last resort. I have not ever had this NOT work. It gets set in, dried in stains out - no problem.

Getting Up

I am going to add a new goal. Getting up at 7am every day. No more sleeping in for me! And after I get up I will make my bed - to prevent myself from crawling back in. I'll also get dressed into my exercise clothes and head down stairs to get going - that will prevent me from laying on the couch sleeping while the boys watch TV. This will be a tough one for me. My 2 year old has been really bad with the sleeping lately. I spent most of the night with him last night. I'm just gonna have to suck it up and get to it though. I am tired of wasting half of my day because I'm tired. And I know that if I can just get up and get going I won't be tired.

My mom has a saying: An ounce of morning is worth a pound of afternoon.

And... Play!

I'm going to be back into it today. I'll get to posting on my exercise and cleaning efforts of the day. I really could have yesterday but didn't. I know. I'm such a slacker!

Word of the Day

Indagate\IN-duh-gayt\v. 1: to search into, investigate

Example sentance: The defense attorneys requested an adjournment so that they could fully indagate the new evidence.

Did you know? A close examination of "indagate" reveals that it's a rather uncommon word. If we delve into the past, we discover that it first appeared in an English dictionary in 1623. Probing further, we see that its synonym "investigate" was already a hundred years old at the time. Despite the fact that our search turns up the derivatives "indagation," "indagator," "indagatory," and "indagative," we see that none of these words was ever used as widely as "investigation," "investigator," "investigatory," and investigative." If we hunt for the etymology of "indagate," we sniff out the Latin verb "indagare" ("to track"), which often referred, as did Latin "investigare," specifically to tracking done by hunting dogs.

My use: I need to indagate my fridge to find the smell.

The kids have been quiet for a while. I need to iindagate.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Word of the Day

I've decided to start posting a word of the day as a way to stretch my brain and get it thinking. I'll be getting these from Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

Glom\glahm\v. 1:take, steal 2: seize, catch

Example: "She signed an affidavit of confession attesting she glommed more than $284,000, the company contends."

Did you know? It's a classic case of glomming: Americans seized on "glaum" (a term from Scots dialect that basically means "grab") and appropriated it as our own, changing it to "glom" in the process. "Glom" first meant "steal" (as in the purse-snatching, robber kind of stealing), but over time that meaning got stretched. Today, "glom" often figuratively extends that original "steal" sense. A busy professional might glom a weekend getaway, for example. "Glom" also appears frequently in the phrase "glom on to," which can mean "to appropriate for one's own use" ("glom on to another's idea"); "to grab hold of" ("glom on to the last cookie"); or "to latch on to" ("glom on to an opinion" or "glom on to an influential friend").

My use: My dear friend Jenny has totally glommed my idea for this blog. Go here to see her blog.

I must remain from baking as I tend to glom all remaining treats!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Eight Exercise Energy Zappers

The scene seems right. An up-tempo song blasts through the speakers around the room. All around you, people race on the treadmill and grunt as...


I have 2 sick kids so I've decided to take a couple days off posting on the blog. And I'm not giving myself a free ticket to do nothing either! I just don't want to feel guilty for not posting that I'm doing nothing! (Also the posting nothing makes my posts look really bad!) I'll be back to posting my progress in a few days. And I'll probably add another goal. Or maybe 2.

Weigh In Monday

I know that today isn't the day that I normally weigh in but I weighed myself this morning and I am DOWN!!!! I had to share my excitement.

158.6 pounds
33.3% fat
48.6% water
56.2 pounds muscle
24.0 BMI

WA-HOO!!!! I haven't been in 150-anythings for about 4 1/2 years. I AM SO EXCITED!!!

P.S. I weighed 153 when I got married, and got pregnant with Tyler so I've got about 5 pounds to get me to my pre-baby weight. Pre-baby body? Not a chance! :)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cleaning Day 15, 16, 17

I have managed to keep the house in a fairly picked up state. And there aren't TOO many dishes in the sink.

Exercise Day 29, 30, 31

Day 29 I walked a mile. - Haven't done a thing since. :) I've got sick kids.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I decided that since today the only really productive thing I did was laundry I'd tell how I do it.

First, I separate my clothes into colors vs. whites. I also do the kids separate. And towels separate. And sheets separate.

Then I pick the water temp according to what I'm washing.
whites = hot
towels = hot
sheets = hot
kids = warm
colors = cold

I basically figure that the more germs that need to be killed the hotter the water. With the exception of the kids clothes and that's just because I don't want to shrink all their clothes in the hot water. So warm has to cut it. And I definitely don't want to do the colors in hot because they'll for sure shrink. (I've made that mistake. Try telling your 6'4" husband why his pants and sleeves are all too short.)

I pick the load size and start the water going. I add my detergent. I prefer Tide with Bleach or Tide with Downy. I add color safe bleach to the whites, towels, sheets and kids clothes. Killing those darn germs again! I also add liquid fabric softener. Downy. I use the blue one. Not sure which smell it is. Then I load my washer. I generally load it as full as I can, stuffing included! I figure that the more I can cram in the less number of loads I have to do.

I only do laundry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

With the drying I just throw the clothes in there with a fabric softener sheet, Downy again, and turn it on. Make sure to always check your lint trap and clean it out. Fire hazard if you don't.

Cleaning my washer:
Occasionally I'll clean my washer to make sure it's doing it's best. It works hard so I don't have to. I will just run it empty with detergent, vinegar and good old fashioned chlorine bleach and hot water. I usually have to take the liquid detergent and bleach compartments apart and scrub them with a toothbrush.

Cleaning my dryer:
I just scrub my lint tray with a toothbrush under water.

I also make sure to wash the tops and under the lids with a washcloth to make sure I've cleaned up any stray detergent, lint and dust off.

Maybe some day I'll post my super-special secret stain remover trick. I can get most anything out. I'd do it now but I'd have to run upstairs to get the names of the products I use.

My Excuse

I've been reading the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I started about a week ago and I've read 2 1/2 of the 4 books so far. And each of the books is between 500 and 600 and something pages. I swear that once I'm done with this series I'll buckle down and get back to work. I may have to start my exercise 21 days over. Heck, I may have to start the cleaning 21 days over too! Soon. Soon. All too soon my books will be done and I will be left with no distractions. If anyone is looking for some good books to read I highly recommend the Twilight series. Loovveee it! Just be prepared to let everything go until you're done!

Weigh In Wednesday

I did weigh in today, and it sucked. I've lost progress. Thus the need to go back to the hot and heavy exercise!

163.2 pounds
36.4% fat
46.4% water
53.8 pounds muscle
24.7 BMI

I'll get back to it. I think this may be my motivation. And it's still not bad. Just up from where I'd gotten down to. :(

Cleaning Day 14

I managed to slack in the cleaning department today too. I did dishes, laundry and picked up the house. I didn't get the bathrooms cleaned. I really should have.

Exercise Day 28

I really need to get back to my hot and heavy exercise. I've been a total slacker lately. I did manage to walk a mile today though. Not what I need to do but better than nothing!