Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
My dr appt was at 2 pm, I got to see my dr at 3. (I'm giving grace here because I definitely want her to spend time with me and I only have three medical problems! I'm thinking that internal medicine drs definitely need longer patient/dr time!) She checked out my foot and said that I either have a stress fracture or that long word that sounds really strange. I had two choices: wait a few days for a referral to come through for a civilian x-ray or go out to the base for an x-ray there. I chose the latter. HOWEVER, I didn't realize the x-ray image gets read at Travis AFB. Tomorrow is a down day for them so there's only one radiologist working! I still have to wait to get the results back. "WAIT, WAIT, WAIT".....I'm starting to hear a theme here. I probably won't get the results til Wed and then we'll see what the dr has for a plan of action. Stress fracture means a boot for six weeks AGAIN....the other problem (I'll find out what the medical term is) gets a different treatment. I'm probably going to get orthotics, too, for my shoes.
Soooooooooo, I really did end up at the base at 3:45. I was able to get two new prescriptions for the meds I haven't been taking (It was TRUE CONFESSION time at the dr office!), had my foot x-ray'ed and then I got to wander into the commissary & the BX. New earrings for me, raw hide bones for Jen's dogs (b'day present!), a few more groceries that I didn't buy at Safeway, and one Almond Snickers bar for the ride home. I got back home around 5 pm.
Church worship night was on the calendar for tonight. I went by myself because Mr. York's tummy wasn't feeling well. Before I got there, I treated myself to another Venti non fat, extra hot vanilla latte at Starbucks! The worship night was amazing! However, imagine this! I am sooooooooo sleepy that you'd never know that I've had two of these lattes today, plus a pot of Starbucks Christmas blend. But....my heart is content with knowing my tummy been blessed with Starbucks today!
Tomorrow, I'm teaching Special Education all day and then it's off to Jen's house for the weekend! I'll try to post my gratitude list, too. Have a great weekend, everyone!
I'd been puttering around the house til about 9:30 (the morning has gone by SLOWLY!) and then I decided that I DESERVED a Starbucks treat! Since I still owed a Starbucks card to my 100th post gratitude attitude winner, it was the perfect opportunity to get that, too. (It's in the mail today!!) I hadn't been to Starbucks in awhile, partly because of no extra money and partly of being so busy teaching. It was nice to go in, browse, order a few things and take the first sip of my Vanilla latte. YUMMMY!
I also took the time to go to Safeway to get a few groceries. Because I wasn't teaching out on the base today, I decided to shop in town instead of going to the commissary. I didn't need a lot and I did buy healthy. (Mr. York will be happy, though. I bought him Chocolate Chip Mint ice cream.)I'm going to make blueberry muffins in a little bit, put on a pot of soup in the crockpot and settle in for a nap.
The dr's is the next stop for today. I think I might have overdone my training for the half marathon -- cuz my right food hurts really bad! -- so I want to see if it just needs more rest or I do, in fact, have a stress fracture again. I'll be major bummed if I do. I was being careful to not add too much mileage too quickly, but I know I was doing some intervals at quick speeds and it's right in that spot I noticed the pain. After teaching all day on my feet, it really bothers me. Ho hum.
Here's my treat for the morning -- my venti non fat extra hot vanilla latte and a yummy cinnamon roll. In the bag are two mugs....one that's a clearance "12 days of Starbucks" and a fancy red one that's perfect for Valentine's Day. Mr. York will say "Great! just what we need, another mug or two!" I think we can have about 30 people over for coffee before we need to wash any mugs. And that's what's in the upstairs cupboard. I'm not sure what's hidden away downstairs. But the coffee pot is almost always ready to go so if you're in the area, stop by for a cup of coffee!
Time to let the beagle boys back in. I think Klaus is out with them, too. He got left out there earlier and he was not happy to have spent time outside in very cold temps! Sorry, kitty.
Happy Thursday, everyone! Be thinking about your gratitude list....it's coming up tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Today is our daughter Jen's 23rd birthday!! She's teaching Spanish at a high school five hours away from us so we didn't get to be with her today. We did call her, texted her, sent her flowers to her school and thought about her all day! I will be traveling down to her house on Friday to spend a girls' weekend together. She has a new craft place in the Portland area to share with me. Fun, fun!
The black and white border collie mix is Manchas (Spanish for "Spot") and Melody is the beagle puppy in Jen's arms. Melody is Dieter's and Ubu's mom and looks much like her beagle boys! The picture is a few years old but this is what a typical night at our house would look like if Jen was home. Hanging out on the couch with her dogs!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Jan 21 Whitworth University on a very cold afternoon
“You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I'm going to do what you tell me to do; don't ever walk off and leave me."
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Today's "what have you's" are:
- I made the phone call that was part of my homework from the series "One Month to Live". It was one of the hardest things ever. Especially since it was to my mother-in-law. I took alllll week to make the call. I finally picked up my cell phone when I was in the Safeway parking lot and knew I had one day left. (Did you know that I am a professional procrastinator?) I ended up just asking if we could start our relationship over again and be friends. I felt like she didn't like me and I've been part of this family for 25 years. She told me she had no hard feelings against me but never could put her finger on what caused us to be like strangers. I didn't go into exact details because there are definite reasons but this wasn't the time to share. I just wanted to take that first step. So, we've turned the page and started afresh. We'll see what happens in the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law arena next!
- Results from my 100th post giveaway: The winner of the Starbucks' card is JyLnC! Congratulations to you and send me your snail mail address so I can get it in the mail! Thanks to everyone for sharing your gratitude thoughts with me. I am thankful for you.
- I have continued to workout every day (2x each day!) at the gym. While on the treadmill, I have my MP3 player on and have the fast inspirational songs turned up LOUD while I'm running or walking. (fyi: slow songs aren't very good motivaters!) I wrote earlier that I'm at 172 lbs and not liking where I'm at. However, one of the songs by Big Daddy Weave talks about that He loves me just the way I am! He's ever patient, accepting me, committed to the process of making me more like Him. He loves me just the way I am, not just when I'm good enough, not when I clean up my act, not when I cross the line for the thousandth times. His grace is enough.
- Siestas Memory Team. I was sharing with Melissa about the verse we're memorizing for these two weeks. I'd told her that I've been writing down a daily verse, too, and it was amazing what I'm being shown each day. She posted this on my blog "The Word of God can really cut deep into our lives, can't it? After all, it is 'sharper than any two edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.' Hebrews 4:12" Thanks, Melissa, for sharing that verse with me! Exactly where I'm at....thoughts and attitudes.
- I think that's the bits and pieces of my brain today. Mr. York and I are headed to watch the Whitworth University men's basketball team take on Pacific Lutheran Univ tonight. It's Alumni Night so I'm excited to see friends and root on my favorite team! Go, Whitworth!!
Friday, January 16, 2009
It's Gratitude Friday and my 100th post! To celebrate, I'm going to give away a $5 Starbucks card to someone leaving their own gratitude comment on my blog today! I'm not sure how hi- tech the drawing will be, but I'll have Mr. York help me out. I'll draw tomorrow morning before I post my Photo Hunt picture!
My own list for today....
1. Wonderful service people who take care of my little needs! I have a broken car mirror because I hit the neighbor's garbage can with it on Wednesday (see yesterday's post for the picture!)...Lucas at Foothills Mazda is always my hero for getting my car fixed! I also took the snifferdoodles to 5 Mile Pet Clinic to get their 2nd round of shots, plus they went to Dee's Dog Grooming to have their first pedicure. Tracie at Dee's is such a caring person with our dogs and they love her lots!
2. The gym! I got on the scale yesterday and it said I weighed 172! YIKES....how'd that happen? I was this weight when I was pregnant with each of the kids. (And I'm definitely not pregnant now.) So off I've been going to the gym, truly working out with my trusty MP3 player and great music to set the pace. Last night I was there for an hour, doing weights with the exercise ball and walking on the treadmill. This morning I was there bright and early for a half hour on the eliptical. I have at least 20 pounds to lose and bunches of inches. The gym and I will become very good friends within the next six months.
3. Random people you meet. Today at the gym I met a retired school teacher on the treadmill next to me. It turns out he taught a long time ago at the school that I used to work at. Small world! It was fun to talk to him, hear about the people he worked with (some I know and they have inspired me in my teaching journey) and also share about my teaching job in Nespelem. (I shared about my love of teaching and love of missions...woohoo!) You never know who you can meet to share Jesus with!
4. A day off from work! I took today off so I could get the little things done, regroup for next week and possibly take a nap, too. Between working four full days and shaking up my body's metabolism, I'm sluggish today. Plus, it's soooo grey out today. The frost covered trees make for pretty photos but I am such a sunshine person! I'll be even more grateful when Mr. Sunshine comes out to play again.
5. Christmas cards that are still arriving in the mail! It's never too late at my house to send your Christmas cards/letters to me. :)
6. My blog friends!! What an inspiration you are to me. It means a lot to have you share your daily life with me, to know that you're praying for the things that are important in my life and that you trust me enough to ask me pray for you, too. Your comments touch my heart. I will probably be sharing even more over the next couple of months -- I'm ready to shed a few more layers of the "mask". It is an honor to call you FRIENDS!
Happy Gratitude Friday, everyone!
Good morning, girlfriends! I am headed over to Starbucks this morning to meet with my beautiful friend Polly for a venti, non-fat, extra hot vanilla latte. It's an early morning meeting because she is headed to work. (and I'm headed to the gym!) It's been awhile since we've connected and I can't wait to see her. I'm so grateful for Polly and her friendship. She's a Whitworth University 2007 graduate just like me. I absolutely could not have finished my degree without Polly and the rest of my fantastic teaching cohort! Polly and I been through a lot together and she's always an encouragement to me, even when she thinks she isn't. We're both learning to trust in Him!
Take time today to reach out to someone you haven't connected with lately...you'll be glad you did!
2 Corinthians 3-5 (The Message) says "All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too."
Thursday, January 15, 2009
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV
To learn more about the Siesta Scripture Memory Team, go to Living Proof Ministries
Join me in hiding His word in your heart!
I haven't forgotten Project 365! I've been taking pictures and getting them labeled with the date. I just haven't been diligent on posting them each day. I've been blessed with teaching every day this week and well, I've been a tad bit exhausted when I get home. Especially since the gym and I have begun to know each other.
So here's the last four days' worth of pictures! Enjoy~
Jan. 15 Inspiring words in my office!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I have been going to church on Sunday nights where they have been doing a series taken from the book "One Month to Live" and what really matters in our lives. Amazing study and definitely very thought provoking. I have some homework to do this week....just ONE phone call to someone I feel doesn't like me at all, but I need to call and take that first step. I need to give an "I" message and not attack. Would you pray with me on this matter? I don't know where to even begin....
Today I'm teaching Kindergarten, in the same classroom that I used to be the Instructional Asst. five/six years ago. I taught yesterday in 3rd/4th grade and knew that my heart was at peace as I was with those kiddos. I couldn't keep the smile off my face and stop giggling to myself ! I love knowing that teaching is my calling and I can't wait to get my own classroom again!
Time to get moving.....I've had my cup of coffee, did my meds (thank you to those who check in on me!) and now it's time to iron those khaki pants & finish the preparations for the day.
Blessings to you, everyone!
Sunday, January 11, 2009
For more of this week's photo hunt, go to tnchick's website!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
It's all about saving Grace
Friday, January 9, 2009
2. Warmer temperatures and the sunshine! The snow is melting and school is open again!
3. Great price for a gym so I can start training for my half marathon in March. I'm a walker, not a runner, though! (My first marathon was in 2004 and I finished in 6 1/2 hours!)
4. Fantastic friends that have a heart for God and as we plan for a ladies' retreat, seeing the awesome way God has brought us together just amazes me every time we meet! (even if it's through a conference call on a little green phone!)
5. True Blue Spa Foot Cream "shea it isn't so" -- I love having pretty feet/toes and this foot cream works wonders to keep my feet soft. If I'm not able to get a pampered feet treatment at the spa, thank goodness for this cream!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
By the way, the snifferdoodles love their new bed. While I'm blogging, creating or just puttering, they're content to lay on their beautifully color designed bed and probably hope I don't take another picture of them! :)
How many things have you seen and/or bought thinking this would make a wonderful background paper for scrapbooking and/or rubberstamping? There's certain color combinations I just love and after spending time today on the Unity Stamp Company's Hip Hop Thursday blogs, perhaps they were part of my inspiration to look beyond the original function of the dog bed and create something even bigger!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here's what's for dinner this week:
Monday -- Bubble Pizza, salad
Tuesday -- Tater tot casserole with green beans, salad
Wednesday --* pork loin roast, bow tie pasta in garlic/herb sauce, steamed broccoli
Thursday -- pork enchiladas, taco rice, salad
Friday -- "clean out the fridge" buffet
Saturday -- * Baked Potato Soup, whole wheat rolls, salad
Sunday -- Chicken cacciatore, salad, garlic bread
And my new favorite brownie recipe.... * Perfectly Peppermint Brownie (using York premium baking pieces! Since our last name is York, we love supporting this company!!)
Ok, off to mark off my 100 points for The Small Things. It's 10:25 pm Pacific and it's still Wednesday for another hour and a half! Hmm, to go to bed or to find something else to do in my recaptured craft/office room?
WA State and Spokane!
Where is Spokane? It's in Eastern WA, very close to the Idaho border. We're 300 miles east of Seattle!
The title is taken from NWC.com's post and you can read all about Spokane's battle with the snow/ice/slush/short tempers on their website.
A few excerpts:
- Spokane has received more than 78 inches of snow -- about the height of Michael Jordan -- since mid-December. That's far above its average of less than 50 inches for an entire winter. Normally about 16 inches would have fallen at this point.
- Treacherous roads are a major complaint. Many are covered with ice, heavily rutted and reduced to one lane by piles of plowed snow.
- One man was arrested by Spokane police after gunshots were fired Monday morning at a private snow plow operator who was clearing a parking lot. Police said the motorist apparently got upset when the plow operator honked his horn.
- But two women who work at the Chocolate Apothecary in downtown Spokane have found a coping mechanism. "We are surrounded by chocolate," said owner Susan Davis. "It's all good in here."
Wonder if I can get there from my house today? I think I'll stay in my safe home and work on my stash of chocolates here, plus enjoy my Starbucks Christmas Blend coffee. A perfect time to get caught up on rubberstamping, too!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I spotted this flower arrangement today at my church while I was there helping a friend upload pictures onto her Facebook. I just stood there and inhaled the amazing fragrance of the fresh flowers. It was heaven on earth -- I have the smell of the flowers imprinted into my memory bank, perhaps enough to last til spring!
The sad thing: I had to re-enter the snow zone....yikes! We're at about 70" accumulation of the white stuff. Good thing I snapped a shot of the flowers for Project 365. It's kept a smile on my face all day long!
I found this spring quote this evening...“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” (Anne Bradstreet) Perhaps she's right! Boy, Spring is going to be one big party at this rate.
One more quote. With the thaw starting to happen in the Great Pacific North Wet (PNW), this is kinda appropriate. I'm usually not very happy with getting wet in piles of gunky slush. But I'll have a happy heart because..."Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” (Doug Larson)
Stayed tuned for tomorrow's picture. I'm going to locate the kayaks in the garage. We might need them!