Monday, March 22, 2010

The simple woman's daybook for March 22, 2010 (with a Jovi Twist)

FOR TODAY March 22, 2010

Outside my window...Dark and cloudy, it rained all day but it has been getting warm, sunny and beautiful lately.

I am thinking...I am loved by God.....I've had a lot of things going on personally and emotionally that are not pleasant to deal with, and I can just feel the Lord working in those areas of my life that I felt were overwhelming.

I am thankful for...Erin winning Bon Jovi tickets for Wednesday night!!! I had already been so excited because i bought tickets for Tuesday's (tomorrow) show when ticketmaster dropped the price for floor seats and i got 4th row. WOW. Than, when a local radio station was giving away tickets for the next night's show to the 94th caller, i had the girls help me call over and over and over and Erin won them. YaY! Now Erin will be going with me on Wednesday and I get to see two shows when i didn't even think i would even see one, and i get to share my obsession with my daughter. So, yeah, i'm thankful for that.

From the learning rooms...Still doing Roman history, earth science, math, spelling, english and so on with Rach. Will be teaching Rachel how to do a research paper soon. This is a light school week for both of us. I have just one assignment due this week and one meeting on Thursday. Plus, i am missing class on Wednesday, but....priorities and all. (Bon Jovi comes first ;)

From the kitchen...Left overs tonight. Steve made meatball subs last night, mmmm one of our favorites. The crock pot will be going full steam this week.

I am wearing...peach capri's, blue tank, white overshirt, socks. Yeah, peach and blue? I would never go out like this, but this is my pj's.

I am creating...Nothing at the moment. Soon i will be creating a history research paper, a social policy group proposal, an agenda for tua meetings and an outline for the group class i will have to lead. But, that's next week....this week has been reserved for........Jovi.

I am going...Yup, you guessed it, to two Jovi concerts, Tues and Wed. Then on Thursday i have a group meeting in the afternoon and school at night and Friday it's bible study and friend time, and Sunday is for church. Sounds like a great week to me!

I am reading...My history books for class and research, a Ted Dekker book that i don't remember the title of right now, oh and i just remembered i have GOT to read my group class book because i have a HUGE test on Thursday night, so i guess i will have to study for that.

I am hoping...That I will not get lost or nervous driving into and out of the city twice this week, and that i will study enough to do well on that test.

I am hearing...The TV is on, but no one is watching it. Other than that i only hear the keys of my laptop clicking since everybody else is sleeping.

Around the house...I cleaned up a bit this afternoon, and, as noted in a different post, i actually did take a brush to the carpet when my vacuum cleaner once again refused to work, but i am looking forward to spring cleaning very soon.

One of my favorite, having really good seats at a Bon Jovi concert :-)

A few plans for the rest of the week: other than the things already described, I have a pre-op doctors appt. tomorrow and on Friday i am going with Steve to his ENT doctor so that we can discuss getting him another sleep study, which i am sooooo excited about. I have been wanting him to get another one done for years, and now he has decided to do it. More about those doctor visits later.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...

 What other picture could it have been, lol? From the last concert i went to. I'm gonna get some great pictures this time for being so close.
Have a great week!
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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook for March 9, 2010

FOR TODAY March 9th 2010

Outside my window...Dark and quiet, but today was a beautiful day with 65 degree temps. Windows open, warm breezes!

I am thinking...I need to go to bed soon, I have a lot to do tomorrow

I am thankful for...Armingers, the place that i bought our 3rd car. They really take care of me down there. My check engine light came on and in order to find out what is wrong and fix it they needed to keep my car for a day or two, so they gave me a loaner car...just like that! I am so thankful that i have a place to buy and fix my cars that i trust to be honest and take care of me. If you live in DE and need a used car, go there!

From the learning rooms...Same old stuff. Rachel is doing earth science in Bob Jones (which we do not like, but we paid for the course, so we need to finish it out) Math is Saxon 7/6 and is her best subject, though i do need to correct her work to make sure she is on the right track. Haven't really done much for history, still talking about ancient Rome. From my learning rooms; i need to finish my Needs Assessment tomorrow and also i need to come up with a topic for a  psycho-educational group that i need to develop and run, but i don't know what to do it on.

I am creating...The written portion of my needs assessment, which should be done tomorrow. A proposal for the Needs Assessment and a Proposal for my psycho-educational group, once i come up with a good topic. Any ideas? It needs to be something i know enough about to teach a group and interesting enough to be talked about for a few minutes within the group setting and by the group members. UGH

I am going...To school tomorrow night, to pick up my car Thursday, to do a fundraiser for TUA Thursday then school Thursday night, nothing Friday since my minor surgery was rescheduled due to insurance reasons. Maybe woman's breakfast at church on Saturday and then church on Sunday, but i'm still debating that.

I am reading...My pre-civil war history textbook, group text book, social policy text book, some of the Bible here and there, some of my bible study book on prayer and a LOT of articles on teen-age depression, which is what i'm doing my needs assessment on.

I am hoping...That my car is not going to cost me anything, that the budgeting mistake that I made today will not bite me in the butt next month, that I will get used to not having any TV to help me fall asleep at night, that the weather will stay warm.

I am hearing...Steve watching something on his computer

Around the house...All is pretty quiet since it is just about everybody's bedtime. House is fairly clean, but a bit dusty, which i didn't really notice until all the doors and window shades were open to let in the warm air :-) and it needs to be vacuumed, but i have the worst luck with vacuums. I thought i fixed the one that we bought only one year ago. I changed the belt, the filter and the hepa thingy, but it still smells like it is burning and is not sucking stuff up. I will NOT buy another vacuum! If i have to, i will pick up each and every hair off the floor myself before i buy another vacuum, lol.

One of my favorite things...I found out that i can watch tv shows that i have missed for free on the internet (why were we paying 70 a month for satellite?) One of my favorite things are-- free things!!

A few plans for the rest of the week: School, home-school, homework, cleaning, cooking, laundry......

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...A picture of me, Steve, Erin and Jess, our new adopted daughter, taken at a Christmas party.

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Today I am thankful for:
1. Having a  mechanic I can trust
2. The fact that this semester is already half way over :-)
3. My mother, who is also my friend

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Of Kids, Cars, Classes and Church

Wow, it's been a while since i posted anything. My cousin called me last night and reminded me that i have not posted for a while and we don't ALL face-book (thanks for the call, Beth, and the reminder. I really enjoyed chatting with you).
Well, it's been a busy, snowy month. I finished my 16 page research paper on the analysis of the federal government vs.  California state's policy regarding the medicinal use of marijuana. Interesting, but since it had to be done in 3 weeks, it was a huge topic to tackle. I got a 95. Yay! I will say that this is my most unpleasant semester yet. I do not like my two classes that i have on campus. My on-line history class is not so bad, but it can be time-consuming. But, grade-wise i'm doing ok. I tried to resign my presidency from TUA, but my adviser would not accept it. So, i decided to stick it out until spring. It wouldn't be so bad if i had more involvement from the members, but only one or two at a time want anything to do with it. We have some things coming up that will most likely be time-consuming for me--like the induction ceremony for new members, the changing of the bylaws, and an upcoming conference that i am actually looking forward to. After this semester, i will still be involved, but NOT as an officer.
My most exciting news is that i got a new car. I am sooooooo happy. And i did it all by myself. Well, except for the signing of the paperwork, which my husband had to do because he has the job. But, i went to where we bought our other cars because he has helped us in the past and i semi trust him. I told him what i needed, how much we had to spend, and picked a car that i liked. I sat for hours while the paperwork and financing stuff got done. I test drove the car and fell in love with it. Thank God the financing came through. So, I called Steve, he came down to sign the papers the next day, and I drove away in my 2005 fire-engine red Chevy Cobalt. It only has 54000 miles on it and it drives really nice. They also fixed Erin's car, which was squealing often and loudly, and fixed her door handle so she can now open it from the outside. I felt very productive by the end of the week. And now i have the freedom to go wherever i want or need without having to check with my teen-aged daughter first. Thank you God!
The kids have all been doing well. Jessica, Erin's best friend, has been living with us for a few months. She is a very sweet girl and i have loved her like a daughter for 2 years and enjoy having her here. She is good company for both Erin and Rachel and is a pleasure to me. Erin is gearing up to graduate in the spring and is still debating college. She knows that it is in her future's best interest to go, but she really wants to be done with school. Nevertheless, we filled out her FAFSA last night and will be starting to apply to the local college soon. She is eligible for the SEED scholarship, which enables all seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA to get their associates degree for free. That is a great opportunity that I hope she takes. If not, she will very shortly be introduced to what life can be like only making minimum wage.
Matt chose not to play basketball, but decided to go out for the school play. He is a singer/dancer in the musical White Christmas and has been working hard for weeks. This week is the last week before the first performance and is appropriately called hell week because he is at practice until at least midnight and then gets up for school at 6. Add to that the fact that he also has a part time job and homework and you will see why he is not always in a jovial mood lately. I am really looking forward to watching to play on opening night (this Friday) and can't wait to see him in his costumes dancing across the stage.
Rachel is still improving with her work in school at home. I do worry that she does not have enough outside stimulation and social opportunities, but now that i have a car, we can get involved again with the home schooling network. She will remain home for one more year and then go to high school. I pray that i am doing enough to prepare her for that time, but i always feel that i am not doing enough in this area of my life. Definitely room for improvement.
Last night the town of Middletown  decided that it would be a good idea to work on the electricity from the hours of 12 and 4 in the morning. So, I went to go pick Matt up at midnight and, as i was driving home, the whole town went black! The house was dark and quiet for hours and i could not sleep because i was nervous that something would happen during the blackout while i was sleeping (like a robber or something). So, i stayed awake on the couch with a flashlight and some candles and a book and some music from my mp3 player. Steve was at work. The power finally came on close to 4 in the a.m., so i went to sleep. I got up at 10, so i am a little tired today. And i have to sit through a very boring social policy class tonight where most of the time is spent listening to the students banter back and forth about things that are not really relevant.
I have been playing with my hair lately trying to get it to look a certain way, which was a bad idea because now i have to wear a pony tail for a few weeks until it grows back out because i cut it a little wrong. Oh well, you live and you learn. I won't be doing that again.
Oh, and we had our cable turned off in order to try to save some money (that bill was like 70 dollars a month) so it has been a little more quiet around here than normal. I kind of like it because it forces some of us to get off our behinds and do something productive (mostly me, he-he).
So, that's about all the news for now, except that Bon Jovi is on tour right now and i am dying to go to the philly concerts, but the tickets are just toooo much this time around :( I hate being financially responsible sometimes. But, i could either have front row seats at one 2 1/2 hour concert or a car. I wisely chose the car, but my heart still wants those seats, lol.
Hopefully life will settle down for me and I can start getting out of the house more often and socialize more than i have been. It's been a little lonely lately, but my friend Debbie already invited me back to Bible Study and an afternoon at her house, the only drawback being that i have to get up at like 7 am (sorry mom that is early for me) But it will be worth it. I also plan on getting myself back into church, and am looking forward to working on my walk with the Lord, which also needs a little shove in the right direction. What a relief that God waits for us. I miss talking with Him and reading His word, which has nothing to do with my lack of church going, but sometimes for me the two tend to go together. Drop one, drop the other, and the next thing i know my relationship with the Lord is not was it was meant to be. Get up, brush off, try again ;) I can do that. I am at my best when I am strong in my relationship with Him.
That's about it, i will try to post more often. Have a great week.
Today i am thankful for:
1. My car
2. Sleep
3. Friends
not necessarily in that order, lol.