Saturday, June 28, 2008

Chinese food

I like Chinese food. I would say I love it, but I don't think about eating it 3 times a week or sometimes at all. I love Mexican food. I do enjoy Chinese - especially SzeChuan. Did I mention that my son, Michael works at SzeChaun? I didn't? Well, he is a waiter there. Sometimes he calls before he leaves to see if I want him to bring me anything.

Tonight he got through early and brought chicken and vegetables with chicken fried rice and egg rolls home for Ally, Parker and me. He brought General Tsao's chicken for him.

I am "on call" so I stay home and don't go anywhere generally - that means out to eat also. I was beginning to wonder what we were going to do for supper. Did I mention we need to go to the grocery store and that we are out of any real food? Well, we are.

Ally had already told me that we had been inside ALL DAY and that it is really BORING.

So I talked her into watching a movie that I had recorded on my DVR and actually one that she hasn't seen - Akeelah and the Bee. She really enjoyed it. She was surprised by the prejudice that she seemed to see in it. She thought the black/white thing was from a long time ago. I think that is amazing. She has a really close friend that is a black girl and her school is very mixed because she lives in Killeen and there are mostly military kids there. I guess she doesn't see or feel any prejudice there. That is great. I guess most of the prejudice I have seen seems to be in my age and above. I wish that there wasn't any at all. I know there won't be any prejudice in heaven. God loves us all - after all, He created us all... in His image. Maybe her generation will be the one that really can change the world.

But I digress...

Any way so the DVR movie and 'enter' uncle Michael with Chinese food saves the day. Yeah!!!

Well, I don't have anything else to say really. I guess I will say goodbye. I need to cut Michael's hair so he can go home shower and get back to spend the night. He will be in "babysitter" mode in case I have to go to work tonight. I am first call 11-7 and Doug is at the fire station.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


I don't seem to be very motivated. I don't mean just today, but a lot of the time.
When I am motivated to do something or go somewhere, it seems to come in spurts. And I have to get going while the motivation is with me. So therefore, everyone around me has to be motivated all of the time - so they will be ready to go when the mood strikes me.
Doug and the grand kids have been gone since Thursday to Red River. It has been a perfect opportunity for me to clean the house... o.k. that is rather vague. I mean I needed to wash my clothes, wash the bedding for all 3 rooms upstairs, wash towels, wash the dishes - and all of the duties that go along with those chores.
I had only 4 loads of my laundry to do. I have gotten 3 of those done, but none are folded and put away. They are either on the couch, hanging in the hall doorways or in the dryer - and there is still the 4th load in my bathroom floor.
I haven't washed any of the bedding or towels from upstairs.
I did get the dishes washed, but they are still in the dishwasher. The rest of the kitchen isn't necessarily dirty, but just cluttered.
I have all of these plans to do things when I get home from work, but I walk in the door and lose my motivation completely. Once I sit down, it is all over. I think I will sit for just 30 minutes and check my email or watch one show on TV. Next thing I know it is about 6pm.
Every once in a while, I manage to keep my motivation. Usually because Doug is ready to go somewhere when I come in and I don't get a chance to sit down.
I'm sure that it isn't all a motivation problem. A big part of it is I am just lazy. There, I said it. I admit that I am a lazy person. I wish that I wasn't, but I don't know how exactly to change. Sometimes I can avoid being lazy for a while - but then I slide right back into it.
When I am at work, I don't have a choice to be lazy; there is no time. I have to go, go, go. I am usually pretty energetic. Sometimes I dance a little or sing while I am getting things ready or in between cases. But by the time I get home, I have used it all up.
I don't know where I am going with all of this. I know what I need to do. Most of the time I am either too tired to do it or just plain don't want to right now.
So if you see me out doing something that looks as though I am accomplishing alot or like I am on a mission, don't stop me to talk. I may never finish whatever it is that I am doing.
Well, I better go. I need to fold those clothes and put up the dishes. Then I have to wash the sheets and towels,...

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Red River

Sunday evening in Abilene. It's been hot here all day, but it doesn't really matter because I took the world's longest nap... at home... alone.

Doug and my grand kids, Ally and Parker, are in Red River, New Mexico at the RRFE (Red River Family Encampment - see link). There it is 53 degrees right now and it will be in the low 40's in the morning when they wake up. Red River is beautiful. It smells good. It feels wonderful there, and that is not just the temperature - the whole atmosphere is relaxing and happy.

Not this year, but usually we take our 4-wheeler to ride the mountain trails just behind the condo we stay in. It is always a fun afternoon. We usually go with our friends, Ron and Teresa from Clovis, NM. When we are riding, Doug and I are ageless and free. We can talk and laugh, stop and take pictures at beautiful spots, occasionally discover a new trail, or meet a new friend on the trail. The only worry we have there is to be back in time for the evening tent service at 6pm. (We are very careful where we ride, if it looks dangerous - we don't go that way. NO LECTURES PLEASE)

In my last blog, I mentioned that I am on the "every other year" plan for ZMM (Zambia Medical Mission - see links). That also puts me on the "every other year" plan for the RRFE. This is not my year. It also may not be my year for ZMM, but that will be another post - when I am sure.

So here I sit, while they are in Red River going to tent meetings and classes, having the condo pot luck on Monday, fishing and shopping with the grand kids, seeing friends that we only see at RRFE, smelling and feeling the great openness and freedom of the mountain air, exploring new places, and being with Maui (Doug's mom) and his sisters and their families.

I wish I was there!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

blogging once again


O.K. this is try #4. I keep hitting the wrong button and erasing the post before I can finish it. (Say a little prayer - maybe I can do it this time)

After litterally hours of trying to reactivate and re-template this blogspot, and now several attempts at posting...

I first created this site almost 2 years ago, in the wee hours of the morning of my anniversary. Doug was at work and I was bored. I had been reading Amber's blogspot and thought I would try blogging for myself. I never blogged again on this site... until today.

I have blogged just a bit on my myspace page, but no one reads it except for my daughter and me. Maybe I will have better luck with this site.

I first became a blog reader of Amber's site - my good friend (who just got married!),, but have added a few more to my favorites:
my close friend, nursing school study buddy & (most important) prayer partner - Traci, my cousin - Jordan, Linda Gregersen (who I met in Zambia), and now I can keep up with ZMM on

the official site for this years Zambia Medical Mission

I am going to take a break now. All of this re-posting has worn me out, and I am starving! I will be back and get started.