Thursday, March 30, 2006

New Company Buzz Words

I found these buzz words and thought some of them FOR SURE apply to the business world, some more than others....

Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible. Why is it that we have to have a blame before we can move on?

Body Nazis: Hard-core exercise and weight-lifting fanatics who look down on anyone who doesn't work out obsessively. Yeah, this is definately NOT me, but I do know a few.

Seagull Manager: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, and then leaves. Mostly, I should just leave my comments to myself. You know who you are. :)

Cube Farm: An office filled with cubicles. We don't have cubicles but I thought this was funny.

Idea Hamsters: People who always seem to have their idea generators running. And the opposite would be the idea sloth?

Mouse Potato: The online, wired generation's answer to the couch potato. I know my kids are becoming these for sure!

Prairie Dogging: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on. At least it isn't what I thought it was!!

SITCOMs: What yuppies turn into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids. Stands for Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. Three children, twelve children, twenty children...

Stress Puppy: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny. Everyone knows one of these.

Tourists: People who take training classes just to get a vacation from their jobs. "We had three serious students in class; the rest were just tourists."Been there done that. Shera - you just did that last week didn't ya? Did you learn anything while on tour? :)

Xerox Subsidy: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one's workplace.what? who would do that? never! I don't think so....

Alpha Geek: The most knowledgeable, technically proficient person in an office or work group. "Ask Larry, he's the Alpha Geek around here. or Shawn

Flight Risk: Used to describe employees who are suspected of planning to leave a company or department soon. We hired one last month... he's gone already.

Irritainment: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying, but you find yourself unable to stop watching them. The O.J. trials were a prime example.

Percussive Maintenance: The fine art of attacking an electronic device to get it to work again. and that would be my adding machine.

Vulcan Nerve Pinch: The taxing hand positions required to reach all the appropriate keys for commands. For instance, the warm re-boot for a Mac II computer involves simultaneously pressing the Control Key, the Command key, the Return key and the Power On key.

Have a great day!

Our New Girl

We have made the decision to get a new girl! Apparently four aren't enough. So, this fall (August) we will have one more 16 year old living with us. She is from Germany. Her name is Julia and we are very excited to have her!

A few weeks ago, we were approached by an organization and told that we were recommended by a family that we have known for years to have a foreign exchange student. Our first reaction was that we didn't think we should because we are building a house and currently live in a TINY house. We were sure we wouldn't have room in our current home, and we don't know when our new home will be done!

But instead of immediately saying no to them, we agreed to pray....

We prayed about it, we discussed it with our family, and our girls were begging to do it. We were still somewhat reluctant. So, we gave it some more time and met with the agency.

To make a long story longer, we looked at several of the girls that were applicants and found several that we were intriqued about. We asked more questions and more questions and more questions. We eliminated some right away, and weeded out from what was left.

Finally, on the day we were to give an answer, we found Julia form among the paperwork. Julia is a blond haired 16 year old sweetie. Her papers told us nothing special, no great hobbies or hangups. Just a normal everyday teenager who began to feel like our daughter from the moment we said yes. She is from Germany, which is even better because she can help me with my German while I help her with her English.

We have begun to make plans for the fall, and email her back and forth several times already. We started to pray for her and her family immediately and we already know that God will cause us to fall in love with her just as we have our own children.

I was listening to Dr. Laura on the radio the other night. A caller called in and asked if Dr. Laura thought a couple could love an adopted child just as much as they do their own. Dr. Laura said OF COURSE. People do it all the time. The man was amazed as he was unsure that it would work.

Even though it is only a year, I am convinced it will work for us. We will most likely not want her to go home in the summer of 2007.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


I have a few confessions to make today. I thought I'd share.

1. I confess that I hide candy bars in a secret place from my family. I know you are reading my blog. You will NEVER Find them!! Trust me.. NEVER.

2. I confess that I don't know what a podcast is. My hubby keeps talking about it and I have no clue.

3. I confess I don't always listen. I pretend to and I nod and comment even saying thing like "you're kidding? that's so funny." But, I have no idea what you just said.

4. I confess that I have an addiction to pens. I love them, I have a real problem with them, and I daily resist the urge to get more.

Friday, March 24, 2006

My Space

Thought it might be interesting to see where it all happens. Oooooh.. you know, cuz “IT” is so important, so engaging, so absorbing, so fascinating, so…. Irrelevant.

When I’m at work, which is basically from 9am – 3pm Mon-Fri, this is it. (Note: I’m not IN the photo, because, uh… I’m taking it!)

Note: The candle burning is lemon chiffon - very yummy. The coffee cup is filled with the daily favorite - Cinnabon Flavored with vanilla carmel creamer! Wow... I didn't realize there were that many wires under there!

Okay... this is the view out my window. Pretty blah today!

I’d actually like to see your space too. Blog about it. Post a photo!


I subscribe to Money Magazine. I love to read it and glean advice and information, though I seldom heed the advice. I really ought to...

Anyway, found an interesting article on blogs about money in the last edition. It was great. I checked out the blogs and they are all very interesting. You should read the article here.

If you don't care too much about reading it, then you should AT THE VERY LEAST check out this blog. It IS STRANGELY ADDICTING...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

If the Day Stood Still for Me

There are so many things on my heart today…

I wish I had more time in the day to just sit and think and talk to God about the things that are weighing me down.  Instead of examining them with God, I start to speak to Him and then the busyness of the moment pressures me to move on with the tasks at hand.  So I find myself often offering up abbreviated 30 second prayers.  Although I intend them to be a simple flash, a wink to Him, I wonder if He considers me hasty or sharp instead?

Can God do for me what He did for the Israelites when they were fighting their enemies?  Cause the sun to stand still, for the day to be delayed? My day might not be as imperative to an entire nation doing God’s work. But what would it be like to have such a holy day with the Creator of the Universe?  Just me and God.

I just wonder what it would be like…

Monday, March 20, 2006


1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18 and find line 4.
"Men also long for adventure

"2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, what do you find?
My husbands survey to complete on "Waterfowl hunting" in this state.

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
The High School Musical rerun!

4. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
A pencil rustling as Abbers studies her history behind me.

5. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Went to INSTE.

6. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Charlotte's Blog - she was new to my site! I copied this from her! :)

7. What are you wearing?
Jeans and a HOT HOT HOT sweater.

8. Did you dream last night?
Doubt it.

9. When did you last laugh?
at Joe in INSTE

10. What is on the walls of the room you are in?

11. Seen anything weird lately?
not really

12. What do you think of this quiz?

13. What is the last film you saw?
can't remember. wow - that's sad.

14. If you turned a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
My mom a new house

15. Tell me something about you that I don’t know.
I have lived in 5 different states

16. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt and politics, what would you do?
why limit it to just ONE?

17. Do you like to dance?

18. George Bush.
4 more years! :)

19. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
uh... haleigh. that's her name - not hard to imagine.

20. Imagine your first child is a boy, what would you call him?
Barth - its a long story

21. Would you ever consider living abroad?
with my family - sure it'd be fun.

22. What would you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?"
"Well done my good and faithful servant

23. 4 people who must also do this theme in their journal.
whoever. wants. to. doit.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

accouterment for the april affair

We are back!

We did some shopping, we did some talking...

Two days... one night... 7.25 hours of shopping... 72 attempts at trying on the right dress... one perfect amazing dress... too expensive... one almost perfect still amazing and more affordable dress.

Great conversation... life discussions... 6 women... 6 mentors.

and Prom, here she comes!

Friday, March 17, 2006

going away

17 years and two weeks ago, I held in my arms a beautiful baby girl. Just over 7 lbs. It was March 3, 1989. We lived a few miles away in a nearby city, and had driven to Shawn's parents house when I thought I was in labor due to an impending snow storm. It snowed all right! Piles and Piles of Snow. We snuck away sometime early in the morning, to go to the hospital. That was when we met her.

She was beautiful.... I remember being completely amazed that I could have a second daughter that looked so different from my first. I remember how quiet she was. How content. Her personality began to show itself to us from the first moment. Long fingers, beautiful skin, perfect in every way. Sweet little Lindsey.

Over the years she has been known by many names-- "Linjitzu" --- "Jitz" ---"Lindso". Always a good sport to accept whatever nickname we chose for the moment. Whatever was easiest or most fun to say at the time.

Tonight, she and I are leaving for a trip to an "unknown" destination, never to be mentioned again. "What happens in _________ stays in _________".

I did this with my oldest daughter as well, and will do it with each and every one. On their seventeenth birthday, we go on a trip. Nobody knows where, and nobody knows why.

But, when we return, we will begin a 6 month training adventure for her! She will have chosen 6 women, women she looks up to, women she admires and desires to learn from. She'll approach those women and ask them to invest some time into her life... to meet with her, and impart to her all they know about a specific topic. A woman and her God, a woman and her spouse, a woman and her friendships, a woman and her family, a woman and her work, a woman and her ministry. She will commit to them, to learn from them, by shadowing them, praying for them, hanging around them, doing studies with them, whatever they choose...

At the end of that time, she will have long-lasting friendships and mentor relationships that she can turn to for any advice in her lifetime that she needs... for those times she doesn't feel comfortable coming to mom....

I cherish this time in my girls lives. I so appreciate the relationships they will share with Godly women. And they too, will cherish these relationships.

And tonight, we're gonna have fun!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

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Olny srmat poelpe can.

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the last snow

5 days ago.... 64 degress and sunny!



Wednesday, March 15, 2006

a plan

I admit that the tax thing has a hold on me right now. So, I decided it was time to get a plan. As of today, it is one month - 31 days - until t-day. But, because I'm a working mom, and at work, my fiscal year ends March 31, I decided I'd better not tackle TWO tax deadlines at once. So, my new plan is to have my own done before March 31. Filed at least. Hopefully paid too. But, let's take one thing at a time. I may need the extra two weeks to pay. So, there you have it. My new deadline.

I feel better already. Something about just having a plan makes life so much easier. I know, it's a simple thing. But, then, I have a simple mind.

If I could see into my future, I'm afraid how boring it might be. not really. I often dream of those days when I can have a plan every. single. day. and stick to it. You know, get up in the morning, start the coffee, put two slices of toast in the toaster, read my Bible, butter the toast, make an egg, eat, pour the coffee into a carafe, take a shower, sit in my robe for 12.3 minutes... dreaming.... I hear about those moms who do that... they have a routine and a plan every day and they just swoop their kids into their plan and make it all work nicely. sigh.

Unfortunately, my days are filled with "Wait a minute, I can't get up, I have a good dream goin'..." or "I don't want cereal, I want eggs..." or "I want to do my OWN hair"... As the girls get older though, I begin to see that a plan eventually MIGHT come. (what? and ruin the spontanaiety of life???)

I got to work this morning and this was the devotion that was emailed to my computer:

Did you know that God is a "planner?" Many people think they don't need clearly defined plans in order to be successful. They want to "fly through life by the seat of their pants."
But I'm here to tell you that God uses planning and so should you.
All through the Bible, we see God laying out a specific plan and then working to bring it to pass. In the account of creation, God says, "Let us make man in our image." He established the goal of creating a being that would be in His image and then He set about achieving that goal. It's a pattern we see repeated over and over in the Bible. Follow God's example, set some clear goals, write them down and then go to work.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Happy Birthday!

Today is Shera's birthday!

I was thinking about you this morning, Shera.
I was 16 years old when I met your brother. You were 6. I pictured sweet little Em right now at the age of 7 and I can't believe that I knew you when you were that young! It seems nearly impossible.

I remember babysitting you when your folks would go on trips. I remember helping you (uh... you helping me is more like it) with your piano lessons. --- by the way, I still know how to play the Swan song! Thanks! Was that the year I attempted to help your mom make that piano cake for your birthday? My cake baking skills were so unrefined back then!

I remember the times we went to the movie together, watching cartoons (Go SMURFS!) together...

I remember your junior high variety show.

I loved watching you grow from hating the smell of my perfume and makeup to teaching ME about perfume and makeup. And watching you go through the "clothing" stages I now see my kids go through... you know, the big sloppy baggy junior high years... until you finally find your style.

And now, years later (I won't say how many), you are a beautiful young women, engaged to be married to a great man, and I can still remember your bright blonde hair and big precious eyes when you were six and seven and eight and nine and ten....

I am so glad to have been a part of your life, to have known you so much of mine. You are not a typical sister-in-law. You are a sister and a friend.

I love you Shera, Happy Birthday!

tax update

I had a conversation with my accountant yesterday. It went sort of like this...

Me: "hey! how's it going?"
She: "Great. How about you?"
Me: "good. Are you pulling your hair out this tax season?"
She: "It's getting a little better, after the 15th of March, it's way better"

I was thinking... oh, I get it. There are only a few people in this world who wait until the month between March 15 and April 15 to get their taxes done. That would be me.

Me: "Yeah I really need to get mine done"
She: "hey, anytime"
Me: "So, how will you feel if I drop them off to you on April 14th?"

You know, just testing the waters... to, uh.... see how dedicated she is to me.

She: "I'd get it done for ya... no problem! For YOU, I'd get it done"

So, now I sit here, early in the morning, with nothing to do for an hour. I bet I could get it done. I could just shock the heck out of her and take it all in today, not even 24 hours after our conversation. But that would mean I would have to give up my morning coffee, and my only opportunity to bake that coffee cake I've been craving, and I'd have to sacrifice the only morning in a month I've been able to get up before 7am.

The decision is made. It will wait. As if I needed another excuse.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

What Tina needs

Here is what google says Tina needs:
(Why is this so fun? It’s so stupid!)
Tina needs a slower pace
Tina needs to see this
Tina needs a response
Tina needs a lesson in blogger ethics
Tina needs to make a choice
Tina needs us.


March 12 : I have officially got 34 days to get my taxes done. For me, it's as simple as gathering all the "stuff" and hauling it to the accountant. How lame is that! I don't actually even have to DO them myself!

Every year, I have great intentions of getting it all together and depositing it to the accountant no later than February 1st. every. single. year.

It never happens. Why??? Here are my reasons:

1. I secretly am afraid that I might OWE and I don't want to know about it quite yet.
2. I'm busy.
3. I'm absent minded
4. I fall into the bad habits of "do the urgent first" and ignore the rest of the papers on my desk.
5. The kindergarten papers are burying my taxes
6. I don't want to do it!

So, my goal this week is (guess?)...

Saturday, March 11, 2006

she's there!

Haleigh made it to Chicago in 5 1/2 hours. Whew! She didn't get lost, she had good directions....

oh, and she had a mom to talk to all the way there. :)

Yes, I admit, I called her as soon as I finished my last post. I just wanted to check in... but .... she wanted me to keep talking. She was bored out of her mind and needed someone to talk to. So... I talked to her. But, believe me... it was BORING! :) I'd rather be bored with her on the phone than have her fall asleep at the wheel.

So, I let Lindsey talk to her for a while, then Shawn for a while. She had called Hannah twice, Megan once... she was cracking me up. She was in great spirits and having a wonderful time... even though it was boring.

Spring Break here we come! I know windy Chicago isn't the ideal spring break location, in a dorm room downtown Chicago. BUT... it's what this midwestern budget could handle.

And here --- it's supposed to be 64 degrees outside today! Spring is on the way!!! Enjoy your weekend bloggers.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Chicago - that's my kind of town!

Holding my breath until midnight tonight...

Haleigh is off to Chicago to visit Hannah. Six hours of driving all by herself, to a new and uncharted road! I don't think I would have done that when I was 19! Heck! I wouldn't do that when I was 35! I'm proud of her for going, and hope she has a SUPER GREAT TIME!

Of course, the mom in me is praying without ceasing... that she will not get lost, that she won't make a wrong turn, that she won't get a speeding ticket, that she won't break down, run out of gas, run into bad weather, have any kind of accident at all, stop and get gas or food and then get back on the interstate going in the wrong direction.... and I keep thinking of all the horrible things that could happen, then I tell myself that if I've thought of it, then it won't happen. So, I proceed to think of more!

Before she left I had one of those moments of taking a deep breath and pausing in my own little corner so I didn't lock the car door and hide the keys to keep her from going. She's an adult. She's an adult. She's an adult. She's an adult. Maybe if I keep saying it enough times, it'll sink in.

I've picked up the phone three times only to look at the clock and realize it's too early to "casually check in on her... " By the time she reads this blog, she'll most likely be back, and we'll both have a good laugh at my antics!

The truth is: I'm proud of her. She's a wonderful adult. I'm proud and honored that God would have given me the privilege of being called "mom" by Haleigh. I'm sure she can handle any situation -- even on a trip to a big city in another state by herself!!

There is one thing that got us past the first 19 years, and I've decided ..... I'm still goin to pray... :)

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Thursday, March 09, 2006


Like the laundry family, we've had a couple ailin offspring in our house for a few days. The snuggling and hugging and loving is so sweet. Abbs had it first, cough, sore throat, fever... and then it spread to her roommate, Em.... same symptoms.... only worse... higher fever, worse cough, sore throat.

I'm hoping it will just now stop there and not spread to anyone else. I had taken the day off today from work. Was thinkin I'd take the kids to school, then go with my sister to Waterloo, out for coffee, shopping, out for lunch.... have a good ole' sister time.

Didn't happen. As a matter of fact, we haven't seen much of each other at all. The last few scheduled nights out, she's been sick, now my kids are sick. Before we know it, our two weeks will be over and it will have been spent on sickness and being grounded to the house. ......sigh.....

Em is so cute when she's not feeling well. I asked her if she wanted some chicken noodle soup. She perked up and said "YEAH!" so I grabbed a can. She said "oh wait is it a can?" I said "yeah, I have a can of it." .... "Oh" she said. "I only like the real stuff".

So, I made homemade chicken noodle soup for supper tonight.
Of which she ate none.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Little Red M

What's your favorite food?
"Macaroni... wait... foot size hot dogs"
But, we've never had foot sized hot dogs.
"Yeah we have -- at school"
What's your favorite treat?
"licorice" --- eating it now.
What's your favorite color?
"red pink white blue and green"
Why so many?
"because I do"
What's your favorite thing to do?
"practice hand standing" --- doing it now
What's your favorite day of the week?
"Wednesday because I get to share that day"
What's your favorite tv show?
"That's so Raven"
What's your favorite website?

What is a record?
"record? i don't know"
What is a cd?
"well, it is um a little thing that you put in a cd player and it plays when you push play"
What is a tape recorder?
"About the same thing as cd player but it plays tapes"
What is a mouse?
"A mouse? An animal that has big ears and a cute little head. You can draw one with two little circles and one big one and then two cute little eyes and then a big smile then a line on the smile and a little dot on top of the line for the mouth"
What is your favorite holiday?
What do you like to do in the summer?
"ride my bike"
What's your favorite song?
"Are you talking like classy or funny?"
Whichever is your favorite.
"Well, Jeremiah was a bullfrog and it's funny"
Do you know the words to that?
What are they?

Jeremiah was a bullfrog
He was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink his wine.
Singing joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me.

What does that mean "I helped him drink his wine"?
"It means he just grabbed his wine and helped him drink it by putting it up to his mouth and drinking it."
What is your favorite church song?
"Every breath I take I breathe in you oh waves of mercy waves of grace everywhere I look I see your face your love has captured me oh my God this love how can it be?"

Monday, March 06, 2006


I'm not much of a breakfast eater during the work week. It's usually all I can do to get myself and the kids ready and off to work and school on time. Shawn helps with the breakfast dept for the kids. But, truthfully, I'm not much of an "egg" person. It all stems from a time when I was little and I had a very vivid imagination (bet you could have never guessed that).

One time my mom had made me eggs - over easy - and they were a little too underdone. I imagined she was an alien who took over my mom and was trying to poison me. I just couldn't eat them.

It took a long time to be able to eat eggs. I can eat them now, as an adult. I sometimes even like them, but often, just can't do it at all....

So, since that is what Shawn usually makes in the AM, I don't usually eat.

Then, I get hungry at about - oh 10am at work! every. single. day.

You would think I'd just eat breakfast.

So --- I said all that to say this:

I ate a salisbury steak banquet tv dinner in the microwave at work today for breakfast at 10am.


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

my sister

My sister is coming for a visit today!
I haven't seen her for over two years. She lives in Washington, and both of our lives are busy and filled. So, we don't take the time to visit each other. The last time we saw each other was at a wedding in Arizona (my half-sister's) two years ago in April ---- or was that three years ago???? omg I can't remember.

At any rate, it's been too long! I'm hoping to get the chance to take a day or two off work and do some fun stuff. I'm not really sure what that means around here.... uh... Wal-mart? I had been looking at going to a tea room or something (not really my thing normally, but hey, she might like it), do a little mall shopping, etc...

It'll just be fun to hang out and drink coffee together!

Tammy and I used to be really close. We are 4 years apart and we played all the time when we were little.... then, of course, when we were a little older, we fought like crazy. She got married when she was 17 so she moved out of the house when I was 13. Life has taken us in so many directions.

I love my sister dearly. I can't wait to see her.


palliate - 1. to make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate. 2. To make less severe or intense; mitigate.

synonyms of palliate: extenuate, gloss, gloze, whitewash -

Bliggity says he is making a work of art, but in reality he is attempting to palliate his lack of producing a prize for the contest I won.