Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Reunions

My high school class is the only one in our school's history that has not had a reunion. Every year, our town has a big parade that reunion folks participate in. We have never done that. We have had ample opportunity - 5, 10, 15 year markers, but we didn't. Why? Because, besides our small individual friend groups, we DID NOT like each other. There I said it. I can't imagine we will ever have a reunion. Even if someone decided to throw caution to the wind and organize it, I doubt anyone besides the organizer's friends would show up. Sounds very....high schoolish. It is. Yet, I didn't have a horrible high school experience. Nothing beyond the typical angst high schoolers tend to have. I actually enjoyed quite a lot of it and had some great friends. But, I have NO DESIRE to go to a reunion and see the 188 other people I did not get along with. Obviously, I am not alone in this thought.

Why this post? Well this weekend, I am hosting a little get together of a few of the people I did like, but lost contact with. Thanks to the powers of Facebook we have reconnected and discovered we all randomly landed in the St. Louis area. At first, I wasn't so hip to the plan. I really don't like rehashing events. The past is over and let it be! is more my motto. As the day draws nearer, though, I am starting to look forward to it. I am around my husband's high school friends all the time, so it will be weird to hang out with people who share a similar background to me. I am not used to that at all. It will be interesting and I am actually getting excited about it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

National Turnoff Week - Recap

We made it! One whole week without television. It was actually pretty painless. I probably had the hardest time - many of my favorite shows were premiering ;-) I asked my middle son how he felt about the experience. To quote "No big deal". I would have to agree. It was nice to have quiet evenings. I am in two book clubs, and I actually got most of the reading done - ON TIME. The kids are really into Calvin & Hobbes comics and spent most of their time reading them or building their Lego "Secret Agent" models. It was a good experience for us all. We will definitely be doing this again in April (the next National Turnoff Week), but I feel like we are already on the path to less TV.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Generation Gap

Overheard at the Quilt Show:

Elderly Lady 1: I am just so busy that they will have to use some of that "frozen food"

Elderly Lady 2: You use the frozen food?!

Elderly Lady1: Well, sometimes it is ok to use.


PS: I obviously survived the night, despite the cough's best efforts, and managed to become officially certified to take the GS camping. One class down, several to go!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Girl Scout Saga - Part I

Sometimes I feel like all the Girl Scout Troop leaders should get together and write a book. Oh, the stories that would come out. I imagine it is because I have been sick for almost two weeks and spent most of last night coughing up a lung, that I am extra cranky with them today. The GS are all about classes and prerequisites that leaders need to take before you can move an inch (maybe a little exaggeration-but not much). One of my big goals this year is to take my Junior troop, 4th & 5th graders, on a camping trip to one of the GS campsites. Now to do this, I have to take a camping procedures class. I am actually ok with this since I am not at all a camper. Always good to be prepared, right? I think that is our motto... Anyway, before I take the class, I have to fill out a worksheet/quiz. So, through my hacking, I start filling out the worksheet. It quickly becomes clear that, I will not be camping, but cleaning. There are more rules about how to clean the campsite then there is anything else. It is crazy. Step by step procedures on how to clean the dutch oven. I could go into details but, OM Gosh, I have been doing dishes for decades and think I can manage with my OWN pot. Plus, there are details on numerous dos and don'ts on cleaning the toilet. I asked my husband if they have to clean the toilets at the Boy Scout camp and he looked at me like I was crazy. I feel like I will be camping at the most sanitary camp ground ever. Thus, is it really camping? I always thought one of the fun parts of camping was getting dirty and not caring! Now I feel like I am just moving my house outside, but expected to keep it just as clean.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

National Turnoff Week

Tomorrow starts national Turnoff week. They have now expanded the program from a week in April to also include a week in September (20-26). We have never participated in this before, but we are all on board now to give it a try. (Just pretend I didn't actually promise a sundae if we could make it to Sunday). As a family, we don't actually watch that much TV. The kids are busy at school most of the day and then have various evening activities. Saturday morning and certain days after school will be the hardest for them. I rarely watch daytime TV, but, admittedly do have several favorite evening shows. I love 9.00 when the kids are in bed and I can just sit back and veg with a mystery/drama. Husband will have the hardest time missing late night TV. We can do this, though! Despite being sick with a cold and cranky, I am going to try my hardest to make it to Sunday. I encourage you all you to give it a try. What can it hurt? Let me know how it works for you and I will update you all next Sunday.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Friendships

I am feeling a loss of a friendship, and I am not exactly sure what happened. We seem to have drifted apart, and despite my efforts in reconnecting, the other person doesn't appear interested. Why? Did I do something? I must have, but I don't know what it is. I would love to discuss what happened and make amends (if necessary), but am not being given that opportunity. It is very frustrating and hurtful. I put a lot of value in this relationship and feel like I have been dumped. I have been "broken-up" with via avoidance. I thought our friendship would have at least merited some sort of closure or reasoning. I can't stand avoidance, it is such a passive-aggressive move. If I have offended, let me know. If you just don't like me, I can handle it, tell me. Just don't leave me trying to figure out what went wrong.

Has this happened to you? How do you let it go? I have been trying, but it really has struck hard. Have you had to let a friendship go? Did you do it on mutual agreement or let it fade away? I feel the loss and am saddened by it.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Mary?

Following is a clip from one of my favorite singers - Langhorne Slim. Every time I hear this song, I start pondering about Mary. My apologies that I couldn't find a better clip, but the first two verses are: Mary - are you the mother of my God?, Mary - are you sweeter then corn on the cob...


Something about this song just reminds me of the normalcy that Mary once possessed. While I don't profess to believe in the special divinity of Jesus, I do often wonder about her life. If you are a follower of her story, I can't imagine being fourteen(ish), living your life and, then, suddenly, having a "spirit" tell you that you would soon be giving birth to God. Not only that, your husband must somehow also believe that you are, indeed, immaculately impregnated and not by some other guy in the neighborhood. This seems to be a lot of responsibility put on someone so young. Can you imagine being newly married and dealing with all this? Marriage is hard enough without a divine presence thrown in.

I also can't imagine the pressure she must have been under to make sure he grew up with the right "moral values". Did God choose her because she already was an upstanding character? Why her? What did her parents think of all this? Were they flattered? appalled? nervous? From what I understand of the Old Testament, God could be pretty temperamental. I know if my daughter started claiming she was carrying the son of God, I might really start worrying about her sanity and future. Yet, it appears that she handled all of this with grace. Of course we will never really know. I believe that the bible is a great source of revisionist history. I can't imagine any of the writer's would make Mary seem any less then a wonderful mother. But, as almost all mother's know, we have our moments. I can't believe Mary didn't have hers. I like to think of her as someone who, although did not ask for any of this, rose to the occasion. She was under extreme hardship and given an almost impossible task. She also lost a child. I don't care if he was a God, he was still her child and what parent ever wants to see their son go through something like that. I wish we knew more about her. She is someone I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with. I can't imagine the stories she would have to tell!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Force

You know you have watched too much Star Wars when describing telekinesis to your daughter, she declares, "no mom, that is called the Force."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Landscaping

To get the kids to school, I have to take pretty busy road with a lot of random businesses and restaurants. As there are a lot of stop lights, I have plenty of opportunity to look around and take stock of the neighborhood. I must say, I am continually impressed by the Ponderosa. They obviously have someone dedicated to landscaping. Their restaurant is beautifully adorned with so many flowers. It is quite impressive and gives me a little joy everyday. Second to them is Longhorn Steakhouse. Today I noticed they had pulled their summer flowers and now I am looking forward to what they will do for the fall. I am beginning to wonder if there is some sort of link between steakhouses and landscaping. Whatever it is, I am appreciative of their efforts.