I'm celebrating a birthday this week so a question relating to aging feels appropriate. Douglas MacArthur is quoted as saying, "You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair." Would you agree? If not, why not?
Doubt, fear and despair weigh you down. Those emotions suck so much energy and make you feel so tired and old! Faith, self-confidence, and hope lift you up and make you feel light and young, like you can conquer anything.
What remarkable feat, interesting piece of trivia, or historical event, occurred on your birth day and month? Not necessarily in your birth year, just the same date/same month.
It was a musical day on August 1, 1960 .... Aretha Franklin had her first recording session and Chubby Checker released "The Twist". (But let's be clear ... I was not born in 1960! In fact, my mother was only 9 years old on that date!)
Describe a time or circumstance where you wanted to 'have your cake and eat it too'.
After law school I was working full time, married, and trying to be a mother to Kyndal and Dawson. I wanted the professional life and the family life. The problem was I just couldn't pull it off. I was miserable. I was miserable in my professional life and miserable in my marriage. I wanted to be home with my kids full time but have the financial security of working full time. And it was my income that gave us a secure lifestyle. I was stuck. There might be women who can do it all, but I was not one of those women.
What's something you do to make you feel young? Something that makes you feel old?
Being a mom does both to me. And it varies from day to day, sometimes from minute to minute. They keep me moving and shaking and feeling like I need to take a nap, all at the same time.
When did you last do something that was a 'piece of cake'?
Is anything a piece of cake these days? I will say that ever since we moved to Missouri and began small town living things sure seem easier. There aren't a lot of life's complications. Day-to-day living is just a piece of cake.
Beef, wine, and cheese all improve with age. What's something else you'd add to that list? (not necessarily food or beverage)
A good pair of shoes. You know the ones ... we all have them. They are the shoes that you cherish and take care of and that have been worn in perfectly and fit like a glove. They are the ones that you just feel at home in when your feet slip into them. They are the ones you plan whole outfits around.
If I were to have a giveaway when we hit Volume 200, what should I give away? By my calculations we'll hit Volume 200 on November 26th, the day before Thanksgiving, which means whoever wins would have whatever it is in time for Christmas.
How about a $200 Amazon gift card? (not asking for too much, huh?) I already have Christmas gifts sitting in my cart!
Insert your own random thought here.
I am back to binge watching Revenge on Netflix. Kyndal and I started it last winter during some snow days and I haven't watched any more since then. I am on Episode 15 of Season 2. I officially have to watch 30 more episodes before Season 4's premiere on September 26th. You will know where to find me over the next two weeks.
Okay, I have been eating ketogenic for five days now. I have gotten through the carb detox headaches and have settled into a macro plan of 5% carbs (no grains), 20% protein, 75% fat.
The upside is that I like the idea of limiting my body of all of the glucose which will help my minor health conditions.
But there are definitely downsides!
The first is that I am having a hard time getting in enough fats under the strictures of the diet. Who knew it would be hard to eat fats? The real problem is that the fats I want to eat then include a consumption of protein and/or carbs and then throws off my percentages. Still working on that one.
The bigger issue is that for the past couple of nights I have had trouble sleeping, and I have had restless legs.
Sleeping is one of those things that I do well. I go to bed at the same time every night (for the most part) and get up at the same time each morning. I can fit in a 15-30 minute power nap in the afternoon and have no trouble going to sleep at n…
This past summer, when I planned our lessons for this year, I was enthralled with how much information was in Episode 3 ~ Westward. It couldn't be done in just three weeks, as I had intended for each unit. So, I broke Westward up into two separate units: Westward 1 and Westward 2. This week I will provide the lesson plans for Westward 1. We spent three weeks on this part of the unit.
We readThe Captain's Dog by Roland Smith. We read an equal number of pages each day to cover the three-week unit (Suprisingly, Dawson did not enjoy this book as much as I thought he would. With him being such a dog-lover, I thought he would appreciate it more. But it just didn't have enough action for him. You'll find that he's hard to please when it comes to literature. I actually really enjoyed The Captain's Dog and thought it was a great piece of historical fiction.)
We watched the entire Episode 3, did the discussion questions/video quiz for the episode and the vocabulary words…