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Week in review

And what a week it’s been!

Monday was pretty uneventful – school, work, dinner, TV, you know the drill. Only exception to this Monday was that I discovered E-Mealz through a friends’s Twitter feed and signed up lickety split! No more “what to make for dinner?” stress?? Hello! No-brainer!

Tuesday is usually ladies Bible study night. We’re currently doing Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs study and I am lovin’ it! That woman can take one verse of scripture and paint a masterpiece with it that brings it to life in the 21st century. But I didn’t get to go Tuesday 😦 Jon and a friend had tickets to see Stryper in concert, and Jaidin had several projects for church and school that needed finished, so instead of sending her to the babysitter, I did the responsible mom thing and stayed home to help her complete them. She and I had fun working on a mobile of the “fruits of the Spirit” and doing a book report on Justin Bieber: In His Words, but I sure did miss my ladies at Panera!

Wednesday was full of conference calls at work in preparation for an upcoming webinar with the Bad Tummy Foundation. Patient education is definitely my passion, so I was in my element. Really, really excited to see how we can impact the IBD community with this and hopefully present practical information that will help patients faced with the possibility of ostomy surgery make informed decisions and not ones based on fear.
I played hooky from church Wed. night so I could catch up on stuff around the house, work on the newsletter for the ladies ministry, and get the house cleaned in anticipation of dinner guests on Thursday, then spent the rest of the night helping Jon put together our new kitchen table and chairs. We were up until past midnight, thanks to our lack of skills with a monkey wrench. But we got it together (ok – HE got it together, I just supervised) and it looks great – and I have so much more room in my kitchen!

Thursday we were looking forward to dinner with new friends from church (well – new to me. Jon went to school with the wife), but they had to cancel. Bummer – I was all set to entertain and get to know some new friends, but alas, we had to eat the Crock-Pot lasagna all by ourselves.

Friday started with a work conference call to discuss the upcoming WOCN Society National Conference in June. It’s going to be in New Orleans, which happens to be one of my favorite cities, thanks to the time I spent there planning and executing the UOAA 2009 national conference, so I’m super happy to have a couple more days to enjoy N’awlin’s this June. I’m also really excited to introduce Ostomy Secrets to WOCN’s from across the country. I need to start priming my vocal cords and find a pair of really cute, yet ultra comfy shoes in preparation for 4 days of talking and standing in the convention center.
Friday night we had family dinner at Red Robin. I was totally craving a big, juicy burger, and since it was about 30 degrees outside and we have no propane for the grill – we HAD to go out to dinner. Too bad. I was really looking forward to cooking. NOT.

Saturday started out as a day with no real plans except grocery shopping and ended up with us attending a gun show at the Great Lakes Expo Center with friends. We’ve been discussing gun ownership for a while now, and considering all that’s going on in the world, I think it’s high time to make a purchase. Had a great time at the show and fell in love with The Bodyguard. Think I’ll ask the Easter Bunny to put one in my basket this year 😉
When we got home from the show, I made my first meal from the Emealz program and it was super easy and tasty too. Jon gobbled it up, and although all their recipes are kid-tested, Jaidin was not thrilled with the finished product. However, I doubt it had anything to do with the recipe. She’s become INCREDIBLY picky with her diet lately, and it has me frustrated. She’s pretty much refusing any type of meat – which I’d be totally fine with, if she ate veggies and fruits and some other source of protien. But she wont. And since I wont allow her to subsist on peanut butter and jelly alone, we’ve had some rough food discussions recently. One of the reasons I signed up for Emealz is that I’m on a quest to get my family eating more healthy and to introduce them to new foods. I guess it’s going to be tougher than I thought.
Mom friends out there – how do you handle situations where your kids refuse certain foods? I’m pretty sure this is more of a battle of the wills situation than an actual dislike of a certain food on her part. Should I punish her, make her a special meal (I’m REALLY opposed to this), what do I do???

Today was a great church service, complete with a bake sale to benefit the kid’s ministry. I made brownies to sell, and made a donation, but was a good girl and didn’t come home with any baked goods. Score one for healthy eating!
After drama ministry practice, we headed up to the Great Lakes Science Center to see Tornado Alley on in the OmniMax theater. I’m a hard core weather geek, so I was pretty excited to see this. I watch Storm Chasers and the film’s maker, Sean Casey, is on the show, so I had been hearing about this movie project for a while. Unfortunately, I was kind of disappointed. The film really didn’t feature any new footage that hadn’t been shown in recent seasons of Storm Chasers. I enjoyed myself and would still recommend the movie (if only for the IMAX experience), but if you’re an avid storm chaser or watcher of Storm Chasers, don’t expect to be blown out of the water by the footage.

So that brings me to tonight, and I’m sitting her blogging while Jon snoozes on the couch with the dog and Jaidin’s watching the Kid’s Choice Awards on DVR (she lost the privilege of staying up last night to watch live when she refused to eat her dinner). I love quiet, all-together evenings like this, and find myself thinking a lot about the little girl that’s going to be joining our family through adoption. I don’t know her name, have no idea what she looks like, but I know I love her and imagine ALL THE TIME what our lives are going to look like when she’s finally with us. I imagine it’ll look similar to the week I just described above, probably with a lot more chaos. But when God brings the chaos, it’s all good. Because the benefits far out-weigh the chaos.

How was your week?


A river runs through it…

Never saw that movie, but it did win an Oscar for Best Cinematography in 1992, and since the Academy Awards were last night, I guess the reference is apropo. Because I do have a river running through it – my backyard, that is.




    I’ve been blaringly absent from the blogging world the past 9 or so months. A lot has happened that frankly I’m not interested in putting on public display, so I’ve just not written anything. But I miss blogging – for me, it’s a type of journaling, and a way to chronicle important- and not so important things- that happen in my life. So I’m back. Here’s what’s going on as of late – in bullet points – because I’m just not clever enough at the moment to tie them all together with some profound theme as a skilled blogger would do 😉

    • Jaidin started kindrgarten in late August. According to her, school is “awesome”. Uh huh. I’ll ask her round about November, after she’s gotten up early every morning for 3 months and had homework 2 nights a week every week. I suspect her answer may be slightly diferent. Or maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised….
    • I’m officially a Spa Diva. In June I joined a company called BeautiControl as a consultant. I’d been to a few of their spas, and was looking for a part time job that would allow me to work a flexible  schedule, and BeautiControl kind of fell in my lap. So glad it did! I’m loving every aspect of it – and I’m making $$$. I’m not into shameless self promotion, so I’ll shut up now, but if you’re interested in having a mobile spa in the comfort of your own home, I’m your girl. Give me a call 🙂
    • Spent last weekend in the hospital, or “Big House” as I affectionately call it. Damn peristomal hernia! Always causing blockages. I see my surgeon on Monday to see when we may be able to fit surgery # 15 into my busy schedule. I’m so frustrated with my body right now. And on top of it all, I caught a friggin’ cold while in the hospital (damn nosocomial infections!), so the percocet I’m taking for abdominal pain is doubling as analgesic for my sore throat. Whoa is me…
    • I’m really sick of all the mudslinging going on with the presidential campaign. We’ve become a nation of partisanship, division and powerlessness of the present. In remembering 9/11/2001 today, I long for the day when we are no longer conservative America or liberal America, but are The United States of America.
    • Found this wonderfully awesome ostomy blogger today. Go check out her website and read her blog. She’s candid, fun, and she offers some great ostomy lifestyle tips.
    • Started reading The Shack about a week ago. This book blows so many ridiculous theological views of God out of the water – I’m loving it.  As the back cover says “In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, ‘Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?’ “. Anyone else read The Shack? What did you think?
    • I follow the blogs of  friends of a friend who are in the process of adopting two kids from Haiti.  The entire country of Haiti has been devastated by the recent tropical storms and hurricanes there, and the rescue center where these kids are staying is in dire need of help. Please go read Jamie and Aaron’s blog and search your heart as to whether you can help Real Hope for Haiti in any way.


    That’s it for now. What’s new in your world? Send me some tidbits…I’d love to hear about what’s going on.

    Careful where you hide the Santa get-up

    Momma’s little swashbuckler

    Happy Halloween!

    Brain Dump

    What’s going on. In random bulletpoints. Of absolutely no order of significance.

    • We’re back from Florida. All in all, it was a good trip. Jaidin was so excited about her first plane ride, and this is the first trip to the ocean that she’ll remember (We went to Destin when she was 15 months). It rained the first two and a half days we were there, was beautiful the next two and a half, and was a rainy the last day. We squeezed in as much pool and beach time as we could and did indoor stuff the rest of the time. I’ll post the pictures soon.
    • I read an entire book while we were in Florida, and boy, was it a good one! There’d been some buzz by some friends of friends about The Irresistible Revolution by Shane Claiborne, so picked up a copy before we left for Florida. I have so many thoughts on this book but couldn’t even begin to put them to words right now. But I will be posting more, because this book has seriously messed me up and challenged me in a good way. So for now all I have to say is, if you consider yourself a follower of Christ…not a liberal, not a conservative, not a Protestant, Catholic, Charismatic or whatever…but someone who wants to seek a better way of doing life…this book is for you. Check it out.
    • I just finished watching Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. I had to tape the finale while we were on vacation, but they just re-ran it right before they aired the reunion show, so I watched both. Not exactly quality viewing, but my goodness, what a guilty pleasure. What a train wreck of a reality tv show. Love it! And I’m SO HAPPY he chose Jess. 🙂
    • Learning Hebrew has proved to be quite the challenge, but I am undeterred. I seriously spent one whole day at the pool with my Hebrew for Dummies book, and I really only conquered a few words and one simple sentence. It’s really hard when you don’t have a native speaker to “practice” with. I’m going to take lessons at a local Jewish college, but they only offer the course a few times a year, and unfortunately, right now doesn’t coincide with either of those times of year. So for now it’s me, my book and the ‘net. Maybe I should get some of the Rosetta Stone software. Anybody know if it’s effective???
    • Bath and Body Works new scent Pumpkin Pie Paradise = A little slice of heaven. Can you say YUMMY? I bought the lotion, the bodywash/shampoo AND the home fragrance oil.
    • I read an article lately about a new online dating site that caters to people with chronic health related issues. Prescription4Love.com I suppose I understand the appeal (being upfront about health related issues prevents the “big reveal” that those of us with chronic illness deal with in relationships), but as someone who has a chronic illness (Crohn’s disease) and some extra baggage…literally (ileostomy), I never felt the need to limit myself to having relationships with only other ostomates, IBD’ers or people with another health “issues”. More thoughts on this later…
    • Cleveland sports suck. The Brown’…augh! The Indians are doing well (except for NOT sweeping the Yankees tonight). But I promise you, even if they make it all the way, I will NOT jump on the bandwagon. I’m too jaded. And another thing…I DON’T CARE IF LEBRON JAMES IS A YANKEES FAN!! OR THAT HE WORE A YANKEES HAT TO THE INDIANS GAME! He gets paid to win basketball games for Cleveland, which he does. Who he roots for in baseball is none of my concern. I can’t believe, with all that’s going on in the world, this is considered news-worthy. *rolling my eyes*

    That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

    Worth the Hype?

    I don’t get it..

    I truly couldn’t care less about the Kanye/50 Cent competition. I admit they’re both on my iPod. Honestly, though? Is this worth all the hype?

    The video sucks. The song is ok…kinda catchy even, I’ll admit.

    Still…I can’t help but think that Nietzsche must be rolling over in his grave…