Monday, June 30, 2008

Day 92 of 100 Days of Blogging

A friend sent me this e-mail and I thought it was too good not to share.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone, everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

.... and last but certainly not least ....

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Day 91 of 100 Days of Blogging

Found this article yesterday:
Utah County Jail to Charge Inmates for Their Stay; Discounts Available
Saturday, June 28, 2008
HURRICANE, Utah — Inmates at Washington County's jail will soon be picking up some of the tab for staying there.

The Purgatory Jail is starting a pay-to-stay program, charging inmates $45 for each day they are held there.

Jail officials say it's a way to offset costs and an incentive for inmates to avoid coming back.

Inmates can cut their tab through several discounts. There's a 10 percent discount if they aren't disciplined during their stay. Inmates who go through educational programs get another 10 percent cut and a discount up to 50 percent for those who pay their tab in full when they're released.

The fee begins July 15.

So, what do you think of this? There have been complaints for as long as I can remember about the costs of housing, feeding, providing health care, etc. for prisoners. $45 a day is not all that much if you consider how much it costs a normal person for housing and food. However, in the long run, it will offset the costs of caring for prisoners quite a bit. My question is how they are going to enforce this? If the prisoner cannot pay, will they be sued for non-payment? Will it go on their credit record? I think that the concept for this program is great, but I'm wondering how it's all going to play out. What do yall think?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Day 90 of 100 Days of Blogging

So, my hubby Russ has started to blog. Pop on over and welcome him back to the blogging world.

His blog entry from yesterday had this quiz in it, so thought I'd take it to see if Russ & I come up with similar results.

What's your theological worldview?
created with
You scored as Emergent/Postmodern
You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan
Reformed Evangelical
Neo orthodox
Classical Liberal
Modern Liberal
Roman Catholic

Well, so, we have our top one in common. It was really interesting for me to sit here and discuss the questions with Russ. I felt like alot of the questions were "trick questions", so it helped to be able to talk through them with Russ.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Day 89 of 100 Days of Blogging

A new episode in the series of LOST preparation for Season 5 videos:
LOST: In Preparation for Season 5. Episode 2: REDEMPTION

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Day 88 of 100 Days of Blogging

So, it seems that getting a tattoo and then blogging about it brings lots of people to my blog. LOL! I had my most visits yesterday with 204 people viewing my tattoo post plus 13 comments which is also a record for the most comments in one day.

There were a couple of questions about yesterday, so thought I'd answer those today:
Amanda said:

YAY!! I love it!

I’m planning on getting Caedmon and Presley’s footprints on the inside of my wrist.

So, lay it out for me, how painful was it? I mean…I’ve given birth to a 10lbs baby and I’ve had my tongue pierced, so I figure I can handle it…I just need to know how bad it’s going to be! LOL

Now, Amanda has known me for a LONG!!!!! time and knows what a low pain tolerance I have. With that being said, it wasn't pleasant, but it was bearable for me. The r and the a were the worst because the skin is so thin there. The g, c, & e have some muscle under them so that helped. But after birthing a 10lb baby & getting your tongue pierced, Amanda, you'll have no problem at all!!! LOL!

Russ said:
So…now what are we going to do when the kid wants a tattoo? And yes, I do think it is beautiful.

Well, we'll tell her she has to be at least 30 like her Momma was of course! LOL!

Thanks to everyone else that came by to comment. Have an awesome day yall!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Day 87 of 100 Days of Blogging

I've been saying for forever that I wanted to get a tattoo. I debated for a long time about what I wanted to get and finally narrowed it down to either the word grace or faith on the inside of my right wrist. Yall voted on it and I decided on the word grace. I just haven't had the courage to get it done. Well, yesterday morning, I took the initiative and e-mailed an artist at the tattoo shop. He e-mailed me back and said I didn't need an appointment and to come in any time. I guess when you're getting something as small as I wanted, no appointment is necessary. LOL!

So, we got out of class yesterday afternoon a little bit early. I told Russ that if I was going to get this done, I was going to have to do like I did when I got my nose pierced and just go right now before I lost my nerve. So, I headed to the tattoo shop. When I got there, the artist was finishing up another tattoo and said he had an appointment for a large piece scheduled in a little bit, but that he didn't think the appointment was going to show up. So I wandered down to another shop I love to visit and browsed for a bit and then went back to the tattoo shop. The appointment had not shown up, but the artist needed a bit longer to finish up the tattoo he had been working on. So we decided on a time about 45 minutes later than I would come back. I ran to another shop a friend had told me about to buy some hairbows for baby Lola (my niece who is due in October). Got back to the shop and it was my turn.

The guy could tell I was a nervous wreck. I had fingernail indents in the palms of my hands. He drew up the design and talked some small talk trying to get me to calm down. I hate needles and did not know what to expect at all. For the most part, the pain wasn't too bad. There were a couple of spots where I was ready to scream but I practiced some deep breathing (I knew that yoga would come in handy!) and made it through. Got the aftercare instructions and headed home anxious to see what Russ and Damaris would think.

Damaris was at the door waiting for me and instantly pronounced my new tattoo as beautiful! LOL!! Russ didn't use the word beautiful, but did say that he liked it.

So, now, without further ado, here is what yall have been waiting for - PICS OF MY NEW TATTOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Day 86 of 100 Days of Blogging

Yesterday's question was a lead in to today's blog entry.
~Did you know a mere $13 can feed a child for a month? That is less than it costs for a family of 2 to go out for a fast food dinner one time a month!
~Did you know a mere $78 can feed a family of six for one month? That is less than most people spend on groceries for a week!
~Did you know $520 can feed 40 children for a month? That is less than one month's rent for almost any family!
~Did you know $3,250 can feed 250 children for a month?

The World Food Programme calls the global food crisis a phenomenon, a "silent tsunami," that is affecting families in every nation on every continent. Food prices for popular menu items like rice, wheat and beans have doubled in the last year. Though increases in food prices have hit all budgets, it's the poor who bear the brunt of price inflation. The higher prices are forcing people who survive on just $1 a day to spend upwards of 80 percent of their budgets just on food. As a result, many people, including millions of children, are going hungry. The longer food prices rise, the more people will be plunged into hunger and poverty.

Since 2005, food prices have risen a whopping 80 percent because of...
• rising fuel costs
• rising food demand from populous nations like India and China
• natural disasters destroying crop yields all over the world, including the United States
• growth of biofuels

The global food crisis is forcing poor families to spend more of their household budgets on food, leaving little for anything else. In Bangladesh, 95% of the 11,782 children Compassion serves there are affected. Many children are eating only at the church-based center (also known as a Compassion project). In Haiti, inflation rates have risen 40%, pushing up food prices. All 60,000 children served by Compassion in Haiti have been affected by the food crisis there.

Experts predict the combination of a weakening dollar, soaring oil prices, and reduction in food production will not dissipate. They are predicting this long-term crisis will tighten its grip on poor countries, causing more children and families to suffer.

Compassion International has launched the Global Food Crisis Fund to bring aid to those most adversely affected by rising food costs. More information is available and donations can be made at

Donations to the fund will provide:
• food vouchers to children and families needing immediate relief.
• seeds and agricultural tools so that families can grow their own food as well as earn extra income.
• supplemental nutrition services offered at Compassion-assisted centers around the world.

Compassion International has set aside June 25 as a day of fasting and prayer to honor the victims of the global food crisis and pray for them.

You can help these families in need. Consider donating to the Global Food Crisis Fund, joining in the day of fasting and prayer on June 25th (that's tomorrow), and/or sponsoring a child. You can make a difference!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Day 85 of 100 Days of Blogging

Just a simple question today:

How much do you spend on fast food over the course of a month?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Day 84 of 100 Days of Blogging

A breath-taking video about LOST connections. This is the first in a series of videos entitled "LOST: In Preparation for Season 5." ENJOY!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Day 83 of 100 Days of Blogging

From her.

How to make a mosaic:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

The Questions (and my answers):
1. What is your first name? C.C.
2. What is your favorite food? Mexican food
3. What high school did you go to? Carlsbad High School
4. What is your favorite color? Pink
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Harrison Ford
6. Favorite drink? coffee
7. Dream vacation? Prince Edward Island
8. Favorite dessert? strawberry pie
9. What you want to be when you grow up? hospital chaplain
10. What do you love most in life? Family
11. One Word to describe you. Christ follower
12. Your flickr name. thealmonfamily


Photo Credits:
1. C&C 2. Best Mexican Food in Arizona 3. Carlsbad, New Mexico 4. My Pastel Pink Heart 5. Harrison Ford 6. I love coffee, especially Monday morning 7. Prince Edward Island 8. Fresh strawberry pie 9. chaplain's office 10. snowmen family in texas 11. a follower 12. a little bit of yesterday lives on

Friday, June 20, 2008

Day 82 of 100 Days of Blogging

It's eerily quiet here at my house right now. Russ is at work until 5pm. Damaris is gone with Friendship House to swim at Rose Park. I had planned to go with her today, but my back is hurting so much that I just couldn't do it.

Thanks to everyone who has been praying about my back and/or given suggestions. I'm trying everything I can possibly do to get it to stop hurting. Russ & I have decided that it must be muscular in nature because using muscle rub on it helps for a bit. We had thought it was a pinched nerve, but I don't know that the muscle rub would help if it was a nerve issue.

It's kinda lonely here right now. I'm used to having someone around and I'm here alone right now. I have the tv on watching reruns of Star Trek: Voyager and I'm knitting on Baby Lola's blanket. I'm ready for my Bubba & my Princess to come home. I miss them!

P.S. - What do yall think of the new layout?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Day 81 of 100 Days of Blogging

If you are my one and only sister and you are reading this, read no further!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For everyone else, my sister Carrie is pregnant and is due October 7th. She & her husband J.R. are having a baby girl who will be named Lola Callaway. I'm fixing to start a baby blanket for baby Lola. I'm using a pattern called Color Block Baby Blanket but I'll be using the colors of spring green, pale yellow, shocking pink, and white to match Lola's nursery.

I think these colors will look great together. The pattern is knit in 5 strips and then sewn together. I can't wait to see how it looks. A special blanket for Baby Lola from her Auntie C.C.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Day 80 of 100 Days of Blogging

Thought I'd give a shout out today to the studio where I've been going for yoga classes. Here's the website: Here's the blog: I go to the yoga basics class on Monday & Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30. If you're in the Abilene area, I highly recommend My Physique. It's very affordable and Penny is a great teacher.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Day 79 of 100 Days of Blogging

Thank you for the comments yesterday. I appreciate the support and encouragement. I agree that probably alot of what I'm feeling is because I'm in so much pain. I went to yoga last night and that helped for a couple of hours before the pain was back. I slept with one of those heating pad wraps on last night and I slept a little better than I have been sleeping. I'm just so tired of hurting. Being in class sitting from 8:30 to 4:30 today isn't helping matters any either. Sigh...

On a more positive note, I'm pretty sure most everyone who reads my blog is on Facebook and that we're friends there. If not, here's my link, add me - So my question for today is:
What is your favorite application on Facebook?

I really like the Lil' Green Patch because I feel like I'm doing a little something to help the environment. My favorite game type application is Roll the Brim to Win. It's a fun game where you can win actual gift cards to your favorite coffee shop.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Day 78 of 100 Days of Blogging

OK, with only 22 days left of this 100 days of blogging, I'm running out of things to talk about. Yes, I know that shocks those of you who know me IRL, but I'm struggling with ideas of what to blog. Maybe it's because I'm in such a bad mood. I've been having severe lower back pain for almost 2 weeks now with no idea of the cause of it. I got in a disagreement with some people over an issue which I feel like I'm making the best decision I can on and I have to stand up for that even if others disagree with me. I'm burned out on school. I've literally started a countdown on my iGoogle page which tells me that I have over 400 days to go until I'm through with school. I'm struggling with feelings of jealousy rather than contentment. I hate that I see myself as so angry and that I let that anger explode oftentimes on those I love the most. I don't know what to do. I feel like I just need a vacation from life. So, I guess it could be any of those things that is making me struggle with what to blog about. It's hard to be happy and post interesting things when it feels like a lie because I'm not happy and I can't think of anything interesting right now.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Day 77 of 100 Days of Blogging

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there reading this (and even to those not reading this!!). I'm so thankful that God gave me Russ who is not only a wonderful husband, but also a phenomenal father!

I got this from Amy and ended up with the same result as her. I don't think it's very accurate in my case.

Your Personality is the Rarest (INFJ)

Your personality type is introspective, principled, self critical, and sensitive.

Only about 2% of all people have your personality - including 3% of all women and around 1% of all men.
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Day 76 of 100 Days of Blogging

Borrowed this meme from her

A is for age:

B is for burger of choice:
Sonic Bacon Cheeseburger Toaster

C is for what kind of car you drive:
Hyundai Santa Fe

D is for your dog's name:
don't have one, don't want one!

E is for essential item you use everyday:
my laptop Sookie

F is for favorite TV show at the moment:
Lost & Gilmore Girls!!! (yes that's two, deal with it!)

G is for favorite game:

H is for HomeState:
New Texican (half New Mexican/half Texan)

I is for instruments you play:

J is for favorite juice:
Cranberry Strawberry

K is for whose butt you'd like to kick:
none come to mind at the moment

L is for last restaurant you ate at?
Little Panda (actually it was take-out)

M is for your favorite Muppet:

N is for Number of Piercings:

O is for overnight hospital stays:
too many to count after 7 surgeries

P is for people you were with today:
Russ and Damaris

Q is for what you do with your quiet time:

R is for biggest regret:
bad job choices

S is for status:
happily married and blessed mom

T is for time you woke up today:

U is for what you consider unique:
the beauty of God's world

V is for vegetable you love:
umm, vegetables are yucky!! I'll go with avocado.

W is for worst habit:

X is for x-rays you've had:
see O and you'll see that I have no clue as there's been so many, when you own your own pair of crutches, that means something!

Y is for yummy food you ate today:
Sugar Free Fudge Covered Graham Crackers

Z is for zodiac sign:
Libra, but I don't follow my horoscope

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Day 73 of 100 Days of Blogging

So, anyone know what might be causing my lower back pain? It's been hurting on and off for a week now. Hurts worse when I sit or lay for any length of time. The pain is sharp. Russ has had to physically help me get up from sitting or laying a few times in the last week because I've been in such pain and just couldn't get up.

On a happier note, we've done alot of swimming this summer including going quite often with my friend Jodi and her boys Wyatt and Everett. Wyatt and Everett always want to play with Damaris' snorkel and goggles when we go swimming. Damaris' snorkel had about had it, so I've been looking for a new one for her. I found a set tonight that included shark goggles and a snorkel with a shark fin on it. I bought Damaris a pink set and Wyatt and Everett each an orange set. I dropped by their house, but they weren't home, so I left it for them and called Jodi to tell her that I had left the boys a present that I just knew they would love. She e-mailed me a bit later to say that the boys loved them and they had ran off to draw me a thank you note. She included these adorable pics and then I also took a pic of Damaris wearing hers.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Day 72 of 100 Days of Blogging

I don't know if yall have been following the student loan issues of late. Here's a news article with some info on it. What it comes down too is that several student loan lenders are no longer providing student loans.

We had completed our financial aid paperwork for May-term, Summer 1 & 2, and Fall a few months ago. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by the financial aid office at the university to let us know that there had been some changes with our lender and we needed to reclaim our loans. We did so immediately and thought it was all taken care of.

That is, until today! Today was the day we were supposed to be able to sign the paperwork so our excess money could be given to us (we utilize some of our financial aid money for living expenses while we're in school). Went in to sign the paperwork and we were shocked to be told that we owed money. The business office said our loans had not come in. So off we went to the financial aid office where we spoke with one lady. She couldn't find any reason our loans hadn't come in, so she said we'd need to meet with the Loan Coordinator who was out of the office at lunch. We had to get back to class, so we agreed to come back once class got out.

We went back in and were shocked to find out that our loan lender just did not send our loan money to the school. In talking with him, this lender apparently has done this repeatedly in the past year. From what we can determine, our old lender (that we've used since undergrad days) was bought out by a big banking institution and since then, this big banking institution (who I so want to name, but am choosing not to at this point) has been screwing people over.

So, what is the solution????? We talked for quite a while to the very helpful loan coordinator and he is going to cancel all our loans with this lender and we will be working with a new lender. However, this means at least a week before we can get our excess money. Not too swell to find this out when we had been counting on receiving the money in the next day or so (once we request it, it takes around 24 hours to receive it). So, we have to redo all our paperwork. What a mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And all this so we can be under even more debt that we already are. It sucks that getting the education we need costs so much so that we can then get jobs that don't pay very much and we'll be paying off student loans until we're 100!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
student loan debt

Monday, June 9, 2008

Day 71 of 100 Days of Blogging

Because Lori asked about it, I'll tell yall that we made over $300 at the yard sale on Saturday. Woo-Hoo! It's enough to pay for my registration fee & 30 classes of yoga plus replace Russ' bike that was stolen with alot left over!

jon kate plus 8So, after finishing my paper last night, I crawled into bed and couldn't sleep. I channel surfed and came upon an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 that I hadn't seen. I was sobbing by the end of it. Kate talked alot about how quickly the kids are growing up. She mentioned that a friend told her that after her kids were grown, the things they remembered were the silly little things like being able to have ice cream for dinner once every summer. Do you have any traditions like that that you implement with your family or that you remember from when you were a child?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Day 70 of 100 Days of Blogging

To the creators of this:

The Horrifically Sun-Burned C.C.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Day 67 of 100 Days of Blogging

yard saleSo, we're hosting a yard sale here at our house on Saturday and 4 other families are coming to borrow our yard. I had told them that I didn't have much to sell, but I was more than happy to let them use my yard and I would just put out my few items. So, I got Russ & Damaris to help me get everything together today and holy crap! We have a ton of stuff! I didn't realize how much we had that we want to get rid of. I'm hoping for enough to pay my registration fee & 30 classes of yoga for me and enough left to replace Russ' bike that got stolen.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Day 65 of 100 Days of Blogging

100 Things to Do Before December 31, 2008
71 DOWN ~~~~~ 16 IN PROGRESS ~~~~~ 13 TO GO

DONE 1. Go back to school to work on my M.Div.
DONE 2. Reach my goal weight.
DONE 3. Run a 5K race.
DONE 4. Be able to run 5 miles.
IN PROGRESS - 5. Work towards having a date night with Russ at least once every two weeks.
DONE 6. Be able to run 8 miles.
IN PROGRESS - 7. Get accepted into a CPE residency program.
IN PROGRESS - 8. Knit stockings to replace those for my parent's house that were destroyed.
DONE 9. Make a new friend.
DONE 10. Read a good book.
DONE 11. Go on a date with my husband.
DONE 12. Go to a conference that I'm interested in.
13. Go to a marriage conference with my husband.
DONE 14. Finish making this list.
DONE 15. Finish 2007 Christmas shopping by the end of October, 2007.
16. Finish 2008 Christmas shopping by the end of October, 2008.
DONE 17. Buy a new digital camera.
DONE 18. Grow my hair out longer than I've been wearing it.
DONE 19. Find a hair stylist than can thin my hair out so that I can wear it longer.
DONE 20. Send a snail mail card to someone for no special reason.
DONE 21. Buy a new couch and loveseat or recliner.
22. Find a church who will allow me to preach a sermon in front of a congregation (versus preaching only for my hubby & daughter or classmates).
23. Write my husband a love letter.
DONE 24. Join the local runners club.
DONE 25. Open a savings account for Damaris.
DONE 26. Get Damaris a laptop computer for her school curriculum (she's using a computer based curriculum now).
DONE 27. Run the mile in less than ten minutes.
DONE 28. Update our website.
DONE 29. Get my eyes checked and get new glasses.
DONE 30. Do something outrageous (got my nose pierced).
IN PROGRESS - 31. Maintain my goal weight until year-end.
IN PROGRESS - 32. Work towards paying off last credit card.
IN PROGRESS - 33. Maintain important friendships.
IN PROGRESS - 34. Learn how to take a compliment.
35. Write at least 2 more chapters to the novel I started several years ago.
DONE 36. Sing a great song in front of an audience.
IN PROGRESS - 37. Forgive someone who hurt me very deeply as a child.
DONE 38. Fly a kite.
DONE 39. Meet someone I met on the internet in real life.
DONE 40. Learn to be content - "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." Phil 4:11
DONE 41. Say "I'm sorry" and mean it.
DONE 42. Sing in the rain.
DONE 43. Meet someone else with my first name or nickname.
DONE 44. Sell something on eBay or Craigslist.
DONE 45. Say the words "I love you" to someone and mean it.
DONE 46. Knit something I can wear.
DONE 47. Watch a sunrise.
DONE 48. Watch a sunset.
DONE 49. See a rainbow.
DONE 50. Look good in a swimsuit.
DONE 51. Stand in two places at the same time.
DONE 52. Learn to play a game I don't currently know how to play.
DONE 53. Run a 5K in under 35 minutes.
IN PROGRESS - 54. Exercise at least 4 hours per week.
DONE 55. Go on a hike.
DONE 56. Look into my child's eyes, see myself, and smile.
DONE 57. Scale down my dozens of boxes of Christmas decorations.
DONE 58. Organize my file drawer of "important paperwork" to see if it's all still important.
DONE 59. Cut sodas out of my diet.
DONE 60. Find an accountability partner.
IN PROGRESS - 61. Love the unloveable people in my life.
IN PROGRESS - 62. Spend more time in prayer.
63. Take Damaris on a Mom/Daughter trip.
DONE 64. Get a library card.
IN PROGRESS - 65. Become a better listener.
IN PROGRESS - 66. Learn to be patient.
IN PROGRESS - 67. Don't be so quick to criticize.
IN PROGRESS - 68. Let others see Jesus in me.
69. Go on a trip for Russ and my 11th anniversary.
DONE 70. Volunteer at least once for a charity or charitable organization.
DONE 71. Have new family pictures taken.
DONE 72. Learn how to cook something new.
73. Go to the drive-in to watch a movie.
74. Go to a sporting event with Russ.
75. Donate blood at least once.
DONE 76. Do a good deed for a stranger.
DONE 77. Get an A on a paper.
DONE 78. Get an A on a test.
DONE 79. Take a bubble bath.
DONE 80. Do something kind for someone without expecting anything in return.
DONE 81. Get new bedding for Russ & I.
82. Go on a picnic.
DONE 83. Watch a movie with Damaris.
DONE 84. Watch a movie with Russ.
85. Get the oil changed in our SUV.
DONE 86. Write a real Christmas letter this year.
DONE 87. Mail out the Christmas letters/pictures by mid-December.
88. Visit Grace Museum.
DONE 89. Subscribe to a running magazine.
DONE 90. Buy a new Christmas tree.
DONE 91. Find a friend(s) to knit with or teach a friend how to knit.
DONE 92. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
DONE 93. Run the Phedippidations Kick the Couch 5K.
DONE 94. Run the Turkey Trot 5K.
DONE 95. Finish the 6/20 running program.
DONE 96. Tell someone "thank you".
DONE 97. Take Damaris to Carlsbad Caverns.
IN PROGRESS - 98. Teach Damaris to ride a bike.
DONE 99. Make a decision about the rings Russ has for me to chose from about which one I want.
DONE 100. Dye my hair a crazy color, even if it's just temporary.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Day 64 of 100 Days of Blogging

I made a killing yesterday at CVS with 6 separate transactions:

#1 -
1 Chex Mix @1.00
3 Charmin 9-packs @4.99 each
~0.25 coupon for charmin
~1.00 coupon for charmin
~1.00 coupon for Chex Mix
~$3 off $15
~$10 in ECB
Paid $0.78
Received $0 ECB

#2 -
2 Chex Mix @1.00 each
1 Gilette Fusion @9.99
1 CVS Cotton Swabs @3.99
~1.00 coupon for Chex Mix
~1.00 coupon for Chex Mix
~4.00 coupon for Gilette Fusion
~$3 off $15
~$5 in ECB
Paid $2.14
Received $2ECB for Cotton Swabs
Received $4ECB for Gilette Fusion
Total ECB Received = $6

#3 -
5 Dawn Dish Soap @1.00 each
2 CVS Bandaids @1.99 each
1 Dentyne Gum @0.30
1 Mega-T Hoodia 30ct @5.99
~$3 off $15
~$2 in ECB
~$8.97 in ECB
Paid $1.30
Received $2ECB for Dawn
Received $3.98ECB for Bandaids
Received $3ECB for Mega-T
Total ECB Received = $8.98

#4 -
1 Duracell AAA 4pk @2.99
2 Listerine Smart Rinse @3.49 each
1 OralB Twin Pack @6.99
~1.00 coupon for Listerine
~1.00 coupon for Listerine
~$3 off $15
~$3.98 in ECB
~$7.98 in ECB
Paid $0
Received $6.98ECB for Listerine
Received $6.99ECB for OralB
Total ECB Received = $13.97

#5 -
2 Chex Mix @1.00 each
1 Duracell AAA 4pk @2.99
1 OralB Twin Pack @6.99
1 CVS Cotton Swabs @3.99
~1.00 coupon for Chex Mix
~1.00 coupon for Chex Mix
~$3 off $15
~$3.98 in ECB
~$6.99 in ECB
Paid $0
Received $10ECB for Charmin/Duracell
Received $6.99ECB for OralB
Received $2ECB for Cotton Swabs
Total ECB Received = $18.99

#6 -
3 Dawn Dish Soap @1.00 each
1 Dentyne gum @0.30
3 CVS Cotton Swabs @3.99 each
~0.25 coupon for Dawn
~$3 off $15
~$2 in ECB
~$10 in ECB
Paid $0.02
Received $2ECB for Dawn
Received $6ECB for Cotton Swabs
Total ECB Received = $8

Total Spent for the Day = $4.24
Total ECB Received for the Day = $55.94

Monday, June 2, 2008

Day 63 of 100 Days of Blogging

So, Damaris is participating in a summer reading program that officially started yesterday. She has to read at least one book from six different categories (faith builders, adventures, mysteries, Christian biographies, classics, & fictions) and the total pages has to be 2500. That averages out to about 28 pages per day. I've been worrying about her reading recently as she seems to zoom through a book in no time flat, but I don't think she's retaining what she reads. So Russ & I had a talk with her last night and she is going to read all 2500 pages this summer out loud (either to herself or to Russ & I). We got some confirmation of our suspicions when she couldn't pronounce a few of the words and thus didn't know what they meant. She's reading a three different books right now -
for Faith Builders ~ No Boys Allowed - Devotions for Girls (there are 90 total devotions, so she'll read one of these daily through the summer)
for Adventures ~ Stranger in the Chat Room
for Fiction ~ Mandie & the Mysterious Fisherman (she reads a chapter daily out of the Mandie books - there are 40 total - for school and then writes a summary of the chapter and blogs it at her blog)

So that's our big summer plans. What do yall have going this summer?

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Day 62 of 100 Days of Blogging

"I'm trying to drink more water. I find it helps to heat it and filter it through coffee grounds."

cup of coffee