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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Plans For Today


  • Comfort my kids who ended a four year undefeated streak last night at their swim meet. It hurts all of us to have that one black mark on an otherwise perfect record. The other team was celebrating, talking about how they were making history and were going to break out the champagne while our kids filed out of their pool with heavy hearts. Seriously people. Did you have to say that in front of them? I realize you were happy but geesh!
  • Pray for Jon and Kate. Am I the only one who doesn't feel like we should give up here?
  • Ponder why nearly 40 year old women can still get acne.
  • Go to the grocery store, put gas in the car, and get some more tomatoes at the produce stand. I had a bacon and tomato sandwich for lunch yesterday (my first of this year, always an occasion to celebrate) and it was as good as I remember.
  • Make a peach crisp, serve it with ice cream tonight. Find something to serve the people in my house who don't eat peaches but will surely complain if they don't get something. Perhaps this? Naaah, I'll just make the rice krispy treats my son has been begging me for ever since I made some for our local theater to sell. But I will make that chocolate cobbler very soon!
  • Listen to a cd on writing a fiction synopsis that I bought back in mid May. As in over a month ago. I still need to make myself sit down and take notes on it so I can learn how to do this.
  • Workout for 40 minutes. I have upped my time and my speed recently. It's a little game I play with myself. You know. For kicks. (This is so I can eat peach crisp and not feel as guilty.)
  • Actually read aloud some of the books I brought home for my kids from the library.
  • Sit with my children while they whine and moan and complain their way through the measly two pages of summer school I ask them to do each day.
  • Take my daughter to driver's ed, then pick her back up again.
  • Deal with the laundry-- or make the kids deal with it. Enforce the various chores the kids like to pretend they don't have to do because it's summer and we are way off routine.
  • Choose a winner for the dvd giveaway. Yes, that was supposed to be announced Friday. I know.
  • Make breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast: whole wheat toast, cantaloupe, milk Lunch: Fried bologna sandwiches (don't knock it til you've tried it), wheat thins, popsicles for dessert Dinner: chicken over salad, rolls, peach crisp or Rice Krispy Treats for dessert. Clean it all back up again.
  • Take kids to swim practice. Even though they will surely complain that they shouldn't have to go now that they just had their last meet. Remind them that All-Stars is coming up and they just might get chosen to swim in that. Encourage them that they can get revenge on that team that beat us last night at the All-Star meet. But I'm not bitter. Nor do I get overly invested in trivial things like summer swim league records.

Last night some of the moms and I were talking about to-do lists at the swim meet. (It was better than talking about how we were getting beat.) One of the moms said, "Well at least you have the list. I just have the to-do's that never seem to make it on the list."

I live by my to-do list. The satisfaction of crossing things off provides me a little too much happiness. Plus, with all these things swimming around in my brain, having a place to put them just makes sense. Think about it once and write it down. That's my motto-- one I learned years ago. When I get that famous question, "How do you do it?" Well, my to-do list is a big way. When I can see what I have coming up on any given day it makes me feel more capable, more in charge.

Yeah, I know it's an illusion. Just let me dream...

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13 comments:

Karin Katherine said...

I am praying for them but I really think that Kate in particular is too attached to the fame, free stuff and trappings of being a reality TV "star". I don't see how this marriage can be saved w/o walking away from the show and it's obvious she has NO DESIRE to do that.

Alyce said...

I don't know anything about jon and kate, we don't get that channel. I just hear various things..but have no idea what happened last night.
I love fried bologna!! BUT, its one of the worst things we can put into our bodies..oh well..
give me some workout motivation that you have...ahh..how i need it!

Debra said...

Jon and Kate are on my heart too. I agree that they need to give up that show.
MB-looking forward to meeting you at she speaks this year, i hope that will happen.
Debra Z.

Dawn Massey said...

i loved reading what you were doing today! just as i was finally getting off the computer - your post popped up on my google reader and had to read it! i love reading about how other people are obsessed with their to do lists, just like me!!!

Patricia said...

... over here pondering why someone who is almost 45 still gets acne ...

... love how you write ... thanks for sharing yourself so openly and honestly ...

blessings,
patricia

Arlene said...

Yep, I too am a 45 year old acne prone mom who loves her to-do list and prays for Jon and Kate, whose son complains about reviewing multiplication tables and 1 hour of reading daily (half hour in morning and half hour in afternoon). A mom whose routine has gone haywire now that school is on hiatus and loves looking for inexpensive ways to keep him busy. Isn't it amazing how much alike moms are? Have a blessed week, and may the Lord help you cross off more on your to-do list than you can add on.

Amy Bayliss said...

Girl, I am with you about Jon and Kate. It doesn't have to be over for them. God knows what it will take and if they just submit to Him then He can guide them to it. I'm in agreement with you.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the swim meet. This was on our fridge for many years:

WIN with MODESTY, LOSE with DIGNITY

(Sorry I don't know the original author).

Angel77 said...

I love hearing what is on your heart and in your day! I am getting better with my to do lists. If I dont creat one the day before, I can spend hours on the computer and waste the day. I hate it when I do that.

I am praying for Jon and Kate too. I don't follow their show - my house is full of screaming kids every day and I cannot take watching a show like it. However, I pray that they will find a way to make their commitment to each other work. They are Christians in the public eye.

I love the fact that Blogspot just corrected me because I didn't capilolize Christian!

Be blessed today!!!
Angel

JottinMama said...

Ohhhh - I would be LOST without my to-do list :)

And that peach crisp you mentioned sounds amazing :) Yum.

Have a wonderful week!

-Kate :)

Oh Dear said...

I love crossing stuff off my list! If I do not get much else done that day, I make a list of what I did do-also very rewarding! Lucky for me, today it included take the kids to the free movie and get a treat (for me too!)

Terri said...

Love To Do lists!!! Gotta have everything written down! Love crossing things off. I have found that for me, it works great to have my lists in a spiral. I can go back and see all I have accomplished, and that, even if it is weeks, or months later, I can check most everything off.

It is sad about John & Kate... but seeing re-runs... more love and respect would definitely make a difference. I am praying for them.

blessings!

Anonymous said...

Your "Perhaps This" (Chocolate Cobbler) recipe is a recipe that I have that we call "Brownie Pudding." My recipe is a little different than this one but it is ohhh sooo good!! Below is my recipe.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
AKA: Brownie Pudding

1 ¼ cups sugar, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Cocoa, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 ¼ cups hot water

Preheat oven to 350° F. (325° F if using a glass or dark coated pan)

In medium mixing bowl, combine ¾ cup sugar, flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Blend in milk, melted butter and vanilla; beat with spoon until smooth. Pour batter into square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inches. In small bowl combine remaining ½ cup sugar, brown sugar and remaining 4 tablespoons cocoa; sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Slowly pour hot water over top; do not stir. Bake 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Let stand 15 minutes; spoon into dessert dishes, spooning sauce from bottom of pan over top. Garnish as desired. Makes 8-10 small servings.

Suggestions:
-Follow all directions. Any slight changes will alter the recipe.
-Dessert taste best when very warm.
-Do not double recipe. Make 2 separate batches.
-Garnish with ice cream – very, very rich.
-Serves about 6-8.

ENJOY!!
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