Friday, March 30, 2012

Arizona Almanac on Hiatus

No Arizona post today.  But fear about a week, I think you will all be sick of hearing about Arizona. 

Beginning on Sunday, April 1st, I will be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. You can click on the icon to the right to find out more about it (pretty ironic that the icon has the initials of my state, don't you think? ;)

The concept is:  blogging everyday but Sunday (the 1st being the exception) and the post topics must follow the alphabet.  So, on Sunday April 1st the topic will begin with A and on Monday the 2nd it will begin with B and so on.  When I first signed up for this way back in January (seems like a week ago) I wasn't sure what I would write about.  I was going to write about being a mom of adult kids since that's kinda what my blog is supposed to be about, but who's kidding who, there just isn't enough material for 26 posts about being a mom of adult kids.  That and it just seemed overwhelming.  When I write posts like that I feel the pressure to be witty or wise or both...and at this point I just can't handle that pressure.  So, I got the bright idea that I would use this challenge to write about Arizona.  I have lots of material, I can keep the posts short and everyone would learn something.  I might still try to be witty, but don't hold your breath on that one. 

After this challenge I will re-evaluate my Arizona Almanac posts.  I may be tired of writing about Arizona, and you may be tired of hearing about it.  We'll see how that goes. 

So, wish me luck with this little endeavour, I will need it.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The War - Day 47

Just here to give a little update to my faithful readers. 

I joined Weight Watchers two and a half weeks ago.  I am doing the online version.  I'm just not up to the whole meeting thing.  Maybe one day I can go back to that, but not right now.  I've lost 10 lbs in my first two weeks so....GO ME!  I am eating so much better, not perfect, but much better.  But that is not even the most exciting news.  I have been walking every day at work on our walking path that they have set up in the basement of the hospital.  Today I was able to add an extra lap for a total of 5 laps.  I'm so proud of myself for this accomplishment.  It's not easy for a couch potato to suddenly start expending energy, but I am determined to make it happen.

So, choice by choice, I continue to move forward.  The war has just I won a significant battle.  Can't wait to conquer more obstacles along the way!

So, does everyone remember our deal?  I lose weight and you get all your health screenings...I hope you are doing that.

What good choices have you made lately?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere....Well, not EVERYWHERE

Here in the desert we are all too aware of water conservation.  We value water and hold it at a premium.  But we don't have to work to get it.  We can turn on our tap anytime and get fresh, clean water.  We can buy bottled water just about anywhere we go.  So while we are mindful that water is precious, we rarely really think about how we get it or what it takes to get it to our tap.

Today is World Water Day.  You can visit The Adventure Project, to learn more.  Meg from Whatever has written very eloquently about it on her blog.  I'm going to steal her words because she writes it better than I ever could:

so it's here.
today is World Water Day.

most of us reading this....we take our water for granted.
we can turn on the tap anytime we want.
we can use a drinking fountain just about anywhere.
we can bathe whenever we feel like CLEAN water.
we can jump in a gigantic swimming pool or soak in a hot tub to relax.
we give our dogs big bowls of clean water...we make sure they are never out.

we don't have to worry about our babies getting sick or dying from the water we have to serve them.

we don't have to walk for hours EVERY DAY to get dirty water in buckets for our family.
we can help those that do have to do that.

So today I donated to help bring clean water to people who are not as fortunate as I am.  I hope you can find it in your heart to donate something, however large or small.  Whatever you may be able to afford.

Please go HERE to donate.  Thanks for helping.

EDIT:  So, far be it from me to start fights on other people's I will bring my comments here.  A commenter on Meg's blog stated that they thought there were many charitable oranizations here in our own country and shouldn't we be donating to those instead?  You are right...whoever you are that will most likely never read this, but why can't we do both?  We all inhabit this big blue marble and we are not called to just help America.  We are called to help all of God's children, wherever they may live.  Ok, I'm done.  I just had to say that.  It needed to be said.  Thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Awards, Awards

KC of The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit was kind enough to give me this award.  Now, I'm not really sure how much of an award it is since it comes with things I have to do and people I have to tag, but I'm grateful non-the-less.  It pushes me to go outside my own little bloggy self.  So here's what I have to do:

Tell you 7 random things about me and pass this on to 15 more bloggers.  The ones who win will come get their award, tag 15 people, tell us all 7 things about themselves, tell the tagees about their win, tell them what to do.   

The problem is...not sure I can tag 15 people...especially people who know I exist.  I'm kind of a lurker.  Which means I read lots of blogs but I don't comment a lot.  I know, I'm always telling you people to comment, and then I don't do it myself.  Oops, guess I shouldn't have told you that. Part of that is my issue with blogger envy, which I have talked about here.  I read some pretty amazing blogs and they intimidate me, hence why I don't comment.  I'm trying to get better though.  Really I am.  OK, on to 7 random things about myself.  I shouldn't have a problem with this one...

1.  I have the weirdest dreams known to man.  One example:  I dreamt that I was in a town full of clowns.  Everyone was a clown.  The mailman, the store clerks, the policeman... everyone... except me.  It was rather creepy to say the least.  My family gets much enjoyment out of listening to the tales of my weird dreams.

2.  I have certain foods that I won't eat.  Not because of how they taste but because of the consistency.  Like jello...ewwww.  I just can't stand the way it feels in my mouth.  Also, cottage cheese.  There are others but that's enough.  I feel I may be driving away any readers I might have.  Who wants to follow the weird dream/food phobia lady....

3. I dislike all things that fly.  It doesn't matter how big or how little, how ugly or how pretty (yes, I dislike butterflies).  I think I know why but being as I am not a mental health care professional, I can't say for sure....but I'm pretty sure.  When I was little we had parakeets.  My mother loved them and she used to let them fly around the house.  They scared me to death.  I hated them.  Now I hate everything that flies.

4.  I'm scared of heights.  I don't even really like the fact that I work on the second floor and I'm forced to walk across an enclosed bridge to get to the parking garage.  I try as hard as I can not to look out those windows.  It makes me nervous.  I know, I'm weird.  My family tells me all the time.

So this post is kind of turning into the list of Gerri's weirdness and phobias.  I think I'll have to pick a few non-phobia random things to say about myself.  This may take a amongst yourselves....

5.  I love American history. I will watch any show on TV and read any book I can get my hands on, anything that has to do with American history.  In my next life I want to be a history teacher.

6.  I love Thomas Jefferson.  He is the person I always pick when people ask what famous person, dead or alive, you would most like to have dinner with.  TJ every time.  He fascinates me.  I want to pick his brain.  I would love to know what he thinks of his country now.  And I'm especially curious to know what Mr. Jefferson thinks of Mr. Obama.

7.  I have a rare illness.  It's called Hallmarkornamentitis.  I am obsessed with Hallmark Christmas ornaments.  I have so many I can't get them all on my trees.  Yes, I said trees, plural.  I have three Christmas trees (2 six foot and 1 seven and a half foot) and I still cannot get all the ornaments on the trees.  And, each one of my children have a large plastic container full of Hallmark ornaments that I have collected for them over their lifetimes.  I don't even put those on my trees anymore.  So yes, I have issues with ornaments.  My family thinks I'm nuts...but my Christmas trees are awesome! 

OK, that wasn't too painful.  At least not for me.  I don't know about you...if it was painful for you I apologize.  Now I have to tag some people.  Here goes:

Sarah @ Honest to Blog
Kelly @ My Voice, My View
Jenn @ The Loves of Jenn
Erin @ Sunny Side Up
Meg @ Whatever

Sarah @ Clover Lane

OK, that's it folks.  If you have time you should check out the blogs I listed.  They are all worth the read.

See you tomorrow for Arizona Almanac!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Randomy Randomness

I'm going to write a bunch of random stuff and hope to tie it all together at the end.  But I make no promises.  You may just have to be happy with unconnected randomness.

First update on the war.  Not going so well.  It's the struggle of my life, but I keep forging ahead.  I'm not going to give up, and I do plan on winning.  Saw the doctor on Friday and he scolded me about my weight, which he should have done years ago, but for some reason it just hit me really hard and I was on the verge of tears all the way home.  I recommitted myself to making good choices and getting it done.  I signed up for Weight Watchers online.  I got motivated and pumped.  I was formulating my grocery list for the upcoming week and then.....

Food poisoning hit my house hard.  Dan, Sarah and I were all stricken.  It was awful, nasty stuff that I do not wish to repeat anytime soon.  I am still feeling a bit queasy.  Needless to say, nothing got done this weekend, and especially no food shopping.  The thought of food is still kind of making me sick.  If one bright spot could come of this it would be that we are pretty certain it was ice cream that did it.  Ice biggest weakness...I now want nothing to do with.  Might be a good thing.  Guess we'll see how long it lasts.

I had another one of those "Mom" moments last night.  Beth text me about her new apartment and I could feel how excited she is.  I remember when life was bright and shiny and new and you were always excited for what was around the corner.  Like when she was little.  It was another one of those moments that put me in a melancholy mood and where I try to figure out where all the time has gone.  Maybe it's time to find something bright, shiny and new for myself.

One of my best friends lost her mother last week.  My heart breaks for her.  It brought me right back to 9 years ago when I lost my own mother.  Things like that can make the pain very fresh in an instant.  Losing a mom is never easy.  Time dulls but does not take away the pain and loss.  We all need our mom's, even when we are 53 year old mothers ourselves.

OK, no way for me to tie that all together, except to happens.  It's what we do with it that makes the difference.  Hope you all have a great week.