Thursday, January 05, 2012

Lists. And Anniversaries

Books recently read or going to read:

Deconstructing Penguins by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone (such a good book! Highly recommended for teachers and parents)
A Schoolteacher in Old Alaska: The Story of Hannah Breece edited by Jane Jacobs
Fat Tony: Tech Support Wizard by Andrew Cannon
The People Code (formerly the Color Code) by Dr. Taylor Hartman (I'm a Blue. Completely!)
Birthing From Within by Pam England and Rob Horowitz (highly, highly recommended for ANYONE giving birth --whether it's in a hospital or at home, hypnobirthing or lamaze, first or last kid).

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Recent Pet peeves:

*Internet trolls who don't have the guts to use their real names and leave bitterness, judgement, and harsh criticism in their wake. It hasn't happened to me lately, but it did to a blogging friend and it was really awful.
*Having all five children need socks, underwear, and new shoes at pretty much the exact same time. I wonder how I can start staggering the need...hmmm...
*Late winters. And seeing how this one hasn't even started, yet (it's January and still NO SNOW!), I'm guessing it will be winter until August. GRRR!
*Republican Nominees who are forgetting the point that we need a candidate that IS a moderate who can GET Democratic voters, who spends more time explaining how they will BEAT Obama and less time criticizing the other Rep. nominees. Wanna guess who's actually doing that? Yes. And I'm hoping I get the chance to vote for the man come November!

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What I am loving lately:

*My very round belly and baby moving inside. Even when he kicks my ribs, or jams his head into my pelvis, I love feeling him move.
*White Collar on Netflix
*Daiya cheese!
*Starting The Book of Mormon in 100 Days. I'm trying to get each assignment finished each day (the point, eh?) but I've given myself permission to do it all in 200 days. In fact, I've read every day because of it --even if I don't finish the entire assignment in one day (and do it in two), at least I'm doing it, eh? And it's great! I'm excited to read the next one because it's on The Tree of Life --I'm teaching about it in Sunday School in a few weeks.
*Sunshine. Even though I know it won't last. I just need to go stand in it and soak in all that vitamin D!
*Fresh broccoli, blanched and seasoned, crisp tender and soooo delicious!
*Naps. For me.

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My parents celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Conversation with my dad on Monday:
"Wow! 34 years, dad! THIRTY FOUR."
"You know what that means, right?"
"That I'm going to be 33 soon?"
"Yep! Haha!"

Yes, I came a little over a year after they married. I will be 33 next month. It feels like such a young age, still, and yet --I don't know. All I know is that I'm grateful my parents are still together. Brandon and I have seen and experienced the pain of divorce of several family members through the years, and it's tough. It's not easy to see it happen (even when it needs to happen). Divorce is never easy. So, I guess I'm not just grateful my parents are still together, but I'm also grateful they actually LOVE each other! They are happy together. That is such a precious gift for them and their family.

Speaking of which, Brandon and I have an anniversary coming up (January 16th). It will be our 13th. Thirteen years doesn't seem very long, does it? Especially when compared to 34 (or 63, like my grandparents!), but when I think about it, I was married at 19 years old. That means I have been married to him longer than I was "single" and dating. In fact, in 6 years, I will have been married to him just as long as I existed before I met him. It's kind of cool to think about! But I'll write more about us and our marriage when the anniversary comes.

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What are your recent lists? i.e. books you've read/are going to read, pet peeves, thing you love? When is your wedding anniversary? How long have you been married?

4 comments:

sariqd said...

Trolls. Pah! Thanks for your support on my blog. Once I realized I was giving him/her power to be hurtful to me & those reading my blog by responding, I decided that there is beauty in the 'delete' button. Good grief.

Love the lists - and am so excited for the baby!

Loved reading this post!

Julie P said...

I'm reading the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks right now and loving it. In two months we'll have our 9 year anniversary. Which kind of screws with the idea that I've only been out of high school or college for 5ish years (i was 27 when we married). Interesting how that works...

Cheryl said...

We have been married 15 years, my parents have been married 56!

Mother of the Wild Boys said...

Oh, I love that you're loving the BOM in 100! :)