Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Madly in Love

Diva at rehearsal

We had a lovely Holy Week.

Our church choir in conjunction with another local church choir, sang Faure's "Requiem" and Diva was the soloist on Maundy Thursday.

Even though she was a little nervous, she did a great job.

What a wonderful experience for our twelve year old.
What a sweet experience for those in the audience.
What a blessed experience for this Momma.

Not only is Faure's "Requiem" one of my favorite pieces to sing and listen to, Diva's solo, the "Pie Jesu," was sung at our wedding.

Once again bringing life full circle.

1-4-3 DM!  We are so proud of you!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Winter Hats 2013-2014

No winter hat collection is complete without at least one Santa hat right?

This winter I have been seen wearing:

I got this at an estate sale and loved the vibrant emerald and shape of it.  Neither of which you can tell from this photograph.

I bought this little black corduroy flat cap in England many years ago.  

Another estate sale find.  It sits very high on the head...but not as high as that green one pictured above.  :)

This one is very striking.  It was in a box with several other hats for a whopping $5.

My sweet friend Cricket (who, you may remember, started this whole voyeuristic wave of seeing what hats I've been wearing) gave me this fabulous little periwinkle number.  I love it!

My parents gave me this one for Christmas this year.  Yep, you guessed it, an estate sale find.

I found this one at a this n' that type shop in Oklahoma City and fell in love with it.  It looks very Hepburn to me.

This one was a gift from Pine Cove after speaking at one of their staff development lunch and learns.  It is gorgeous.  Thank you again Pine Cove!

And for Diva:

Santa hat number 1

Santa hat number 2

Time for a new Easter bonnet!  :)  This is part of WIWW.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Perfectly Practical #201 - Join a Gym

There are more frugal ways to exercise than to join a gym; although, I'm not sure there are better ways to making you commit to exercising more than joining a gym.

You could walk, jog, or run.  You could lift canned goods instead of weights (I did this for years before getting a small weight set.)  You could follow along with free videos on YouTube.

But here's why I think joining a gym is a perfectly practical option:
  • Feel the burn.  You will feel the burn in your muscles and in your wallet.  When you pay for something, it hurts a little if it goes to waste so you are more likely to stick with an exercise routine.
  • Personalized program.  Many gyms upon joining, will offer a few free sessions with their in house trainers to get you started and on your way.  That way you can have exercises that are tailored to the way you want to shape up.
  • Accountability.  You begin to see regulars at the gym and when you haven't been in a while, they'll ask about you.
  • Family Time.  We have chosen to go as a family to work out since Diva is old enough to participate at the gym with adult supervision (read: within our line of sight.)  Diva is quite happy read on the treadmill (how does she do that?) for an hour or so while Engineer and I circuit train.  It models a healthy lifestyle and one we hope she will continue to enjoy as she gets older. 
  • More options.  In our gym, all of the classes, equipment, and swimming is included in the membership.  It is far less expensive for me to pay a gym membership than to maintain a pool and buy (and house) several substantial exercise machines.
  • Discounts.  Most gyms have discounts for families or senior citizens or city workers, etc.  Ask about any offers that they may have.  Call around and see if you can get a better price at a different facility.  
  • Advice.  There will be professional trainers and often even rehabilitation therapists around from whom you could receive advice...about your work-out...advice about your work-out.  They probably won't give you advice on your love life, financial woes, etc.
Also, make sure to find out any other amenities available at your local gym.  Our gym has free coffee and free childcare until 8pm - which makes a lot of people feel like there is definitely gain in their pain.

This is part of WFMW.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Madly in Love

Engineer and I attended the Entreleadership conference in Dallas several weekends ago.

One of the areas talked about was that of personality types; specifically how the various attributes affected the way you communicated information and ideas with people in your business.

The premise was that people basically fall into four categories (dominance, influencing, stable, or compliant) where their main focus is either what, who, why, or how.  To effectively get across information, one needed to know of which type the person they are talking to is.

Chris Hogan, the speaker on this subject, was fantastic and possibly my favorite of the weekend.

He gave an example of how he and his wife differ in their communication styles:

Chris' story was that he and his wife had some friends who were having a baby.  He took the call and spoke with the new father.  Chris thought he was doing the right thing by relaying the information he deemed important to his wife.  He got the gender of the baby, the name, and that everyone was okay.  When he began telling his wife the news, she wanted details like length, weight, what time it was born, if she had it naturally or by C-Section, how long will they be in the hospital, etc.  His wife is a details oriented (why) person whereas he is a just get the facts (what) person.

With that in mind...

We sat down over a lovely dinner that evening, Engineer looked deep into my eyes, swirled the contents of his wine glass, and said, "I am completely in love with you."
>My eyes fluttered.<
"I adore you."
>My cheeks blushed.<
"It doesn't matter how long we are together, I will always..."
>Swoon.  Yes, yes, go on...<
"...forget to ask a new father all those details."

Um, that took an unexpected turn...

I smiled and said, "That's okay because I don't need all of the details just..."

As I was about to finish my sentence, he interrupted, "If mom & baby are okay, when are they coming home, how is hubby holding up, did they need anything, was there a food rotation set up for them...."

We laughed.
He was exactly right.

1-4-3 EM for knowing this "who" person so well.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Menu Plan

Last week Engineer and I lead the second of the second series of Generation Change lessons for our youth group.  Each of the three series are made up of three lessons which is great for teenagers.  They can get a dose of financial wisdom and before they can get bored, the series is over.  :)  Actually, our youth group has really enjoyed the lessons and we have enjoyed the discussions.

Diva finished helping a friend with her daughters' library organization.

I had lunch one day with my girlfriends.  On Friday I helped prepare breakfast and lunch at our church for the members of a Synod meeting.

Engineer was away on a business trip to Cincinnati for a couple of days.

Diva's school had a fundraiser whereby the participants were not asked to give money, but instead were asked to test drive a new Lincoln.  Now that was my kind of fundraiser!

Our dogs were groomed and instead of looking all cute and fluffy, they look fairly severe and heavily shorn.  Our Schnauzer looks particularly funny with a closely shaven head.

Happy Easter week to you!

This week we will be having:

Sunday - Sandwiches & Chips
Monday - Turkey Vindaloo over Rice w/Naan Bread & Salad
Tuesday - Poached Egg Over Polenta with Olive-Herb Pesto w/Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Wednesday - Pork Loin, Green Bean Casserole, & Corn
Thursday - Roasted Pumpkin & Spinach Pasta Bake & Succotash
Friday - Chili Dogs, Baked Beans, and Chips & Hotsauce
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.
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