Sweet sleep

I am thankful for sleep. I am thankful for my wonderful bed and my nice soft sheets.

I am thankful for all the times that Kate did not throw up today.

I am thankful that not every month is October–a crazy travel month for my husband.

Reflections–last day! Hurrah

I am thankful that today was the last day for Reflections entries! Running this program is so much work. I am excited (and thankful!) that more students entered this year than last year. There are several projects that look good. I hope the students, or at least some of them, are getting something out of it. I think Reflections is valuable, but motivating these kids can be hard. Amelia almost didn’t enter, which was absolutely driving me crazy. The big volunteer thing I do for her school and she didn’t participate?! But then she threw three projects together at the last minute. I was relieved, because I had almost felt like she was disrespecting me (not quite the right term) before. However, I was a little disappointed because I felt she could have done a much better project if she’d spent more time on it.

It is very, very difficult for me not to be a mother who overmanages everything.

Having a husband who is great at excel is great. The only thing that would be better would be if I were really good at excel!

WFMW: Containerizing and Labeling

What one thing has made my house cleaner and more organized than anything else I’ve tried?Containerizing everything. It makes a huge difference. I guess it works because it’s part of having a place for everything and everything having a place. Anyway, although containerizing has been great, those nice big plastic rubbermaid type boxes have stumped me. They are great, but you need to label them so you know what you have and where it is. The problem is, almost nothing sticks to those plastic boxes. If you find something that sticks, the adhesive is so permanent that relabeling is difficult. (I like my boxes to look neat, that’s the whole point of containerizing!)

Fortunately, I found a labeling solution:

  1. Go to the office supply store. a) Purchase clear sleeves for business cards, the ones that have adhesive on one side. b) Purchase blank business cards . I like to use ones that I can put in my printer, but you could write your labels out by hand, if you prefer.
  2. a) Mount the adhesive side of the business card holder to your plastic box. b) Make a label out of a business card and slide it into the sleeve.

Voila! Now you can have nice, neat, beautiful labels, and you can switch them out whenever needed. Most word processing programs have a template for making business cards, so that makes it east to see what font will fit, etc. For more Works-For-Me-Wednesday posts please visit Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer.

My other Works-For-Me-Wednesday posts:

Vacationing with Young Children

Great Pasta

Fine Hair Hair Care

Teaching Independence

Cook’s Illustrated

Rx Info

Sleep Baby Sleep

Grocery Sack–Alternative Use


Today’s Gratitude:10-22-07

I am thankful that my sister was willing to come and help with Amelia’s Kool Klay project. (BTW: Koolaid does color playdough pleasingly, but the scent is not as strong as would be desirable). Her help made all the difference. It is funny to see how amazing Amelia thinks Sis is. I guess that’s related to the fact that she got all the talents I lack. Of course, as she explained to Amelia, she can sew because she took lessons. She can do origami because she works at it. She kneads well, because she has made hundreds of loaves of bread, etc. I know that I need to adopt more of a “You have the talent for it because you practice it mentality,” but I’m just not there yet. Notice that I heft 18 lb. Kate around all day. Yet, Sis, who does nothing of the sort, has unquestionably stronger arms. Practice doesn’t fix everything!

I am thankful that I am not the only person with “issues.” : ) I find it comforting to realize that my family of origin family members struggle with many of the same flaws that I do. It is comforting, because I realize that it is not just me, eccentric and alone, but somehow some of these things are just hardwired in. Now this isn’t to say that I have reason not to attempt change. Change would make me a calmer, happier person. So, I want change. But it is to realize that just as some are born as alcoholics, others are born as meddling OC control freaks (well, born, or maybe raised that way so that when they are 35, they struggle to see other ways). If I work, I can recover. ButI still I like knowing that it’s not just some weird evil awful eccentricity about me. I come by it quite naturally. Also, I find it helpful to spend time with similarly struggling family members, because it’s as though they hold up a mirror to myself and I can see better what it is I need to fix.

I hope all of this makes sense. I’m not trying to disparage family members, I’m trying to say that they make me feel that I’m not alone, and help me recognize how I still need to change.

I want to say more about how I’m thankful for Pdad and I’m thankful for being able to reason through things–we’ve been going over the voucher issue for hours–as things stand, our votes will cancel. It’s frustrating, but it’s nice too. It’s seldom the case that you get to follow out such an extended argument. I’ve enjoyed it. But I do wish I could sway him. I don’t like people I love believing things I think are wrong! I still don’t believe we’ve gotten down to the agree-to-disagree bottom of it. I still have more reasons, not just some inexplicable preference for my position.

Well, Kate is stirring, and it’s 3 a.m., so I have to go.

Zion with a side of Broccoli

Okay, don’t try to tell me that our National Parks aren’t pretty. Or that point & shoot digital cameras don’t rock. People like me who know nothing can take nice pictures! Last, but not least of all, don’t try to tell me that broccoli aren’t little trees.