Sunday, October 31, 2010

Quote of the Month

There are days that I wished I had a tape record with me to capture the things people say. People say the best lines, especially kids. Most of the time I just forget the words but this month I tried to remember what was said till I could write them down. Here are some of the ones I remembered:

Little Boy age 4: I'm going to draw the One True God with a mustache because God has a mustache.

Boy gr. 2:
When we lived in our other country....
Me: Oh, what country did you use to live in?
Boy: British Columbia

Boy gr. 2: I could be a pastor. I have pastor skills.
Me: Oh really? What are these skills?
Boy: Well, the pastor reads the Bible story a lot so he knows it a little better that the kids when he tells it. And he sings the songs lots of times till he memorizes them all. That way he call tell the musicians what instruments to play.
Me: Anything else?
Boy: Nope that's everything.
A little while the same boy informed me that Pastor's know a lot but they don't always know more than kids. "Some times kids no more about stuff, like about dinosaurs. Pastors don't know everything about dinosaurs. Did you know..." I was then entertained by a detailed paleontology lesson.

Gr. 8 boy "Pastor Liz, WHAT DID you do to your hair?!?

All of the following are from my friend Joel's sermon at the Oct 17 RITV. Each statement brought me great joy:
  • "Tax collectors were so -GRRR!"
  • "Or her, girls can be scary too!"
  • "And then Jesus whacks him in the face [pause] with the truth."
  • "What if we knew we were going down that tunnel to turn into bacon?"
  • "As the worship team comes were going to sing to God. And I have to say, this song really kicks my butt"
Not really sure which takes home the prize as "quote of the month." Which one do you like or do you have a quote to add?

4hrs 43min till NaNoWriMo

The Simple Woman's Daybook 32

FOR TODAY: October 31, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...misty forest mountain

I am thinking...how much sleep can I get before midnight?

I am thankful for...my mom and dad. They'll be married 35 years tomorrow.

From the kitchen...the plans is for me to try a new recipe today, still not sure what I am going to make.

I am wearing...knee-length purple & gray stripped black skirt, black blouse, denum jacket, green scarf, no shoes...I just took the heels off.

I am creating....50, 000 or I will be in 10 hrs.

I am going...to watch a movie, then sleep, then a Halloween party but only because most are in my writing group and at midnight we're starting our NaNoNovels.

I am reading...The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, The Fellowship of the Ring, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I am hoping...to write 5000 words tomorrow.

I am hearing...the hum of the computer.

Around the house...finished the second week of the20/20 Home Cure. I'm loving the daily 20 minute challenges. I also love that I have the weekends off. I still need to cook a meal (day 9) but it should happen today. I'm ready for another set of challenges.

One of my favorite things...NaNoWriMo

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...I have two pictures for you today the first is from last night for Matt's birthday and the second is the Kidsworld "stage" area.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Slime Time and Realizations

The following is an account of my day and a few of the thoughts I had a long the way. I'm calling them "realizations" they might actually be "revelations" or just "I already knew that why am I just putting it to words now." And I admit a few are "Why am I surprised by this, it happens every time?" So here goes:

Today was my church's fifth annual "Family Fun Fall Festival," which in my biased opinion was a hit. It happened between 2-4pm. This year we used Groups' "Slime Time" theme kit. Overall it was good but I think we'll go back to planning our own themes. There was also Valley Youth Leaders Prayer and an RITV planning meeting this morning, which brings us to our first realizations:

Realization 1: You can not arrive at your destination (New Minas Baptist Church) in another town at 9:00am if you leave your location (New Hope Wesleyan Church) 9:00am. I know this...why do I never seem to remember it?

Realization 2: The things that denominational lines "divided" Christians are not as important or as big as what unites us.

Realization 3: Prayer works...this is less a realization than (ah I can't put it into words). On my craziest day with too little sleep and a long to do list ahead of me the "logical" thing to do would be to skip prayer and just work. But I went and God used it to reset my head and everything still got done and I was in a better heart-place to do it.

Realization 4: It is possible to have quick meetings. We were done in 21 minutes.

After the prayer and meeting there 3 hours and 30 minutes till Slime Time and what felt like more to do that time to do it in. There were some low moments when I doubted if everything would get done...or if any volunteers would show up. Each time my thoughts started going down the gloomy path of "this will be an utter failure" God brought someone to help. Three cheers for people who show up early willing to do anything to help and those who call to see if there is anything still needed. Slime Time would not have happened with out these people.

Realization 5: Ministry is about people and people need to be involved in the ministry especially something like this.

Realization 6: I can't do it all on my own.

Realization 7: People want to help they just need to be asked specifically and to feel it's important.

The previous three years we've done a trunk or treat. I know Halloween can be a heated debate. I really like what my friend Jon Dixion wrote about his families reasons for avoiding the experience (and it's not because the history is pure evil...read it). I love trunk or treat because it provides a safe, friendly, environment without a fear for families to collect treats and have a positive experience with our church. We had our event today instead of tomorrow because of time restraints. To do our event well, we knew there would not have been enough time after the Sunday morning service to set up, have the event, and clean up before our Celebrate Recovery group meets.

I know people were disappointed it wasn't trunk or treat. But I think today went really well maybe eve better than last year. At one point someone asked me how it was going and I looked around the room, I didn't recognize over half of the people. I think that's a good thing. I know it's not about numbers but number can help evaluate success.

My 1st goal this year was to kids from our church invite their friends. One boy invited 8 of his classmates. Another family brought three friends. We had 16 groups/families register. 10 were from our church 6 weren't, 3 of those did not have a church family. Of the ten New Hope families 4 brought friends with them (I know a few of the 6 had plans to meet up with friends at the church).

My 2nd goal this year was to have 30 children participate. I prepared for 35. The number might seem low but I knew it was a Saturday and families are very busy. Three of our core church families told me ahead of time they wouldn't be here. I also knew we wouldn't get the through traffic that Trunk or Treat brings in. People actually had to make a choice to come today. We average 28 kids on Sunday so I guessed that 35 might come. By registration forms there were 36 children (16 not from our church). But I am not sure how accurate that count is. We gave away more than 48 treat bags -one per child and only a few maybe 8 or less had to be replaced (someone always loses there treat bag).

Realization 8: God's plans are bigger than mine. I need to remember that next year when planning this.

Realization 9: Many hands makes clean up super fast. It took three days to set up. We were done clean up in under two hours.

Realization 10: Cardboard inflicted paper cuts really really hurt.

I apologize for the post length. I wouldn't have read it so if you have thank you; writing it has helped me process the day. Thank you for your patience. I am truly sorry for all typos, spelling mistakes, grammar errors and the sentences that just don't make sense. I know they're there. Even with proof reading I know I've miss a lot. Goodnight.

NaNoWriMo is just one day away!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Day 10: Half Way There!

Ten days in with only ten to go. Half way is a beautiful thing; I want to do a dance or something. Even better I did today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment, which is make a list of the top six home needs. I did a list of needs and wants for each room. Complying the list together my top six home needs are:
  1. A new bed
  2. A welcome mat and/or long rug for the entryway
  3. Hang the invisible bookshelves (I own two)
  4. A coffee table
  5. New Curtains
  6. Art work that inspires me
I found my camera this week. Here are the flowers I bought as part of Day 7's assignment:

And lastly, I have new hair. Well, same hair with a new look. This is the first time I've done this style or been this dark:


2 Days till NaNoWriMo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day 9: New Recipe

Thursdays are generally my busiest night of the week. For that reason I have decided that I am going to postpone today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment of "Find and New Recipe and Cook Tonight". I am promise I'm going to cook...just not tonight. I think Saturday would be a good alternative for this task. I'll fill you in on how it goes this weekend. Any suggestions one what I should cook?

Second, I found my camera. It was in my backpack in my car where I left it a month ago. The funny thing is I even looked there already. I guess I looked but didn't see. I'll upload pictures tomorrow.

Survivor Nicaragua: Oct 27

Yesterday was Survivor and I completely forgot. My Life Group (small group/Bible study) meets Wednesday nights so I choose to watch the episode Thursdays before youth group. Since I still don't have a clue what happened last night I'm going to make my weekly predictions.

Last week both tribes voted a member out. Espada sent outsider Yve home. While La Flor failed in there attempts flush out Marty's immunity idol or vote him out. Instead Kelly B was blindsided.

Predictions for Oct 27:
After the fact but I still don't know.
I think La Flor will win immunity. They seem to be stronger and on a winning streak. If that happens Espada will finally get rid of Danny. He must be a cat because he seems to have nine lives in this game, just when you think they're going to vote him out the tribe doesn't. So it could be someone totally different.

If I am totally wrong and La Flor ends up at tribal council I think Jill is in trouble. The only reason she is still here this week is because she had individual immuity and couldn't be voted out last week. Younger La Flor members, under Brenda's guidance, will split the vote. Half will vote for Marty so that he must use his immunity idol. The other half will vote for Jill who will lose and be sent home.

If your like me always miss Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Thankful Thursday #27

I am thankful for:

1) My Daddy, we talked on the phone yesterday
2) My Steph, we also talked on the phone yesterday
3) Selinda, I called her Saturday
4) Cora Gorman preaching at church last Sunday
5) Apartment Therapy's 20/20 Home Cure, it's really helping
6) My NaNoML T-shirt arriving yesterday
7) All the writers who showed up for my first writing event

Give thanks to the God of Heaven. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:26



3 days till NaNoWriMo begins.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day 8: The Landing Strip

Have you ever miss placed your house keys or been frustrated because there is junk mail scattered through out your home? Do you struggle getting everything together to leave the house or just hate that coats are never hung up? If any of these symptoms sound familiar today's 20/20 Home Cure challenge for you:
Today I want us all to think about the biggest weapon you can have when fighting for order in your home- The Landing Strip. Part filter, part strategy for entering your home, you can either work toward the three main elements today (coat hook, door mat, Landing Strip) or you can simply establish a Landing Strip routine for the setup that you already have. As you will see in the video, our setup is very adapted for our small space. Feel free to adapt yours as necessary.
The picture is not of my apartment, it's from 6 Components to a Landing Strip. After reading the article, I realized I have 1/4th of a landing strip. I have hooks for my keys, purse and coat. It's a nice coat tree my grandfather made me years ago. I also have a flat surface...but I don't actually use it. So maybe I only have 1/6th of a landing strip. So that's what I'm going to work on when I get home.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

30 before 30 Reset

Oh, two posts in one day, special. I really liked the first post, so if you have time please read both. Why two posts on October 26th? Well the first was to keep me accountable to the Home Cure. This one is because it's exactly six months till my 30th birthday and the end of my 30 before 30 Challenge. Making it the perfect time to evaluate my progress, better define some tasks, and reset others if necessary. More importantly it is to help kept my goals in sight. So, I guess, all of today's writings are about accountability.

30 Before 30 Reset*:
1) Read through the Bible -still going to happen, I have yet to start
2) Memorize the Book of James -slowing working on it
3) Run 5km -it was originally "run a 5km race" but I missed the only race I could have participated in till next summer and I still want to run 5km race or no race.
4) Jump out of an airplane -it will happen...maybe April
5) Learn to cook a new amazing “mouth-watering” meal -DONE!
6) Double the number of constellations I can find (I currently can locate the Big Dipper, Orion, Cassiopia, and sometimes the Little Dipper and Draco)
7) Learn to crochet -I have someone willing to teach me.
8) Finish my 2008 NaNoWriMo story -not really interested in this story at this time
9) Edit my 2009 NaNoWriMo story -I did...still needs a lot of work
10) Participate in Nanowriomo 2010 -begins in six days
11) Take a class/seminar/course -DONE!
12) Study a second language (French, Hindi, Japanese?) -totally forgot about this one. Not sure what to do
13) Sleep under the stars -Have plans to do in April
14) Make a travel scrapbook -Have yet to start
15) Read 12 non-fiction books -9/12 read
16) Explore a new city -will be when I attend the Gathering in January
17) Draw/paint 12 pictures -completely forgot about this. Not sure if it's possible any more.
18) Be thankful (52 weeks of Thankful Thursdays) -been consistently working on this one.
19) Take photo booth pictures -had three...would like a few more. It's expensive to do on a regular basis
20) Host a murder mystery -will do in the new year
21) Unpack all the boxes in my office/storage room -I don't want to anymore. It's hard :(
22) Mail 52 letters -this one had to be changed I didn't send a single letter the first six months
23) Take a whole day to hang out with my sister
24) Watch a play/musical
25) Do something I’ve been putting off: like finish redoing my kitchen chairs -totally forgot about this one. Not sure what to do
26) Use 100% natural/homemade cleaning products
27) Go rock climbing (indoor or outdoor)
28) Take a picture everyday -not sure how to finish this with my camera lost/missing.
29) Reduce as much debt as possible -I think I'm spending more...weird
30) Eat with monk like simplicity during lent

*Completed challenges are highlighted in orange
*Challenges that have been started are in green

Day 7: Flowers, Plants, and Sitting

The 20/20 Home Cure task was to buy flowers and sit for ten minutes. I'm glad Tuesdays are light days. It was a made rush to get everywhere and do everything I wanted to. It's 11:40 and I haven't been home since I left early this morning but I did manage to stop and buy flowers. I got some white tulips, half price/week old daisies (they still look like that have some life to them), and a spider plant.

I also checked out a few of the links he suggested which lead me to Easy, Low-Maintenance Plant Projects. I really loved the Plant a Terrarium, which I attempted and failed at a year or so a go but this has inspired me to try again, and the Lightblub Terrarium Planters.

What else kept me busy today? NaNoWriMo. 1st) Two of my nano-packages arrived. One had my T-shirt and pins, the other had two cool posters I'll be giving away as prizes at the end of November. 2nd) Today was my first event. It was a simple meet up but I got really worked up about it. It went well. There were a lot of new faces and tons of returning writers. If I haven't mentioned. I'm an ML (municipal liaison) for NaNo, I help connect and support local participants with each other and volunteer to run writing events over Novemeber.

6 days to the month of no sleep.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Day 6: For Monkey

Today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment is clean one room. It is not a deep clean, more the surfaces vacuum/mop floors, dust/wipe counter tops. I loved the video addresses the issue of low energy. The first week of a challenge or lifestyle change is easy. There is a freshness to adding new habits. The second week is harder it brings a drudgery feel to completing tasks. The video asks us who are we doing this for -maybe it's for a sock monkey.

Normally when I post about the daily challenge I've already completed it but today I haven't. I can't decide which room to do the surface clean in kitchen or bathroom. I'm leaning towards the kitchen. I'll let you know what I decided tomorrow.

Day 4 Follow Up:
I stumbled onto An Indian Summer while searching for room inspiration. I really would like to combine some of these elements into a room someday. And of the magazines I bought I found the 25 Beautiful Homes most helpful.

Day 5 Follow Up:
Jess, you might find The Natural Clean Home helpful. I picked it up a few months back and have used many of the recipes.

I did buy lemons for the challenge. But it got me wondering, "what eco-products ar avalible in my area". There isn't a great selection. The Sobey's had next to nothing. The Super Store had a few items, even liquid dishwasher soap by Seventh Generation (company recommended in the video). I didn't buy it because I don't have a dishwasher and that would have been silly. ESO, a local natural store, had the best variety. So today I bought EcoLogo's Bathroom Mold & Mildew spray and Ecover's cream scrub. I'll do a product review someday.

P.S. 7 days to NaNoWriMo

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 31

FOR TODAY: October 24, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...clear blue sky just before sunset

I am thinking...it's time for supper

I am thankful for...volunteers.

From the kitchen...had a really tasty sandwich this week. Some times I forget how much I like some foods. It's not practical for me to buy a loaf of bread, it always spoils before I finish so it's been awhile since I had one. But I had lunch at a friends this week and we made sandwiches. It was nice.

I am wearing...long black and white skirt (haven't been home since church this morning and its now 6pm), flip flops (only non dressy shoes I had at the church), big gray hoodie over my black blouse.

I am creating....the Christmas kid's musical with one of my the girls in my youth group.

I am going...to watch a movie...RED.

I am reading...Vintage Jesus, Simply Strategic, The Christianatheist, Crazy Love, and The Hobbit.

I am hoping...people volunteer to help with Slime Time, the churches fall festival happening Sat, Oct 30.

I am hearing...not much.

Around the house...Finished the first five Apartment Therapy's 20/20 Home Cure tasks and looking forward to another week of tasks.

One of my favorite things...naps and NaNoWriMo which is just a week away.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 5: Buy or Replenish One Eco Cleaner

Today's 20/20 Home Cure assignment was pretty easy "buy or replenish one eco cleaner". For the past year I've been slowly stocking up on eco and home remedy cleaners. This task gives me another chance to try a new product...or I might buy a lemon. I want to clean my microwave and lemons help.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day 4: I Quit

I haven't actually quit...I just wanted to when I learned what to today was challenge. I don't like giving up any of my things and that is exactly what the assignment is all about. Today the 20/20 Home Cure challenge is to remove something from your home and to set up and "OUT BOX" so that you continue to remove items over the time.

It's hard letting go of stuff. I like holding onto it...I'm like a dragon sitting on my horde of treasure (I've been re-reading the Hobbit). And I as I've already admitted I don't do well with letting go. I fought the idea all morning. At lunch I read the suggested article How To Declutter You Home. It was insightful (apart from some Feng Shui ideas I disagreed with) I found it very helpful.

So tonight when I went home I removed a book from my library and donated it to the church. I think this was a good choice for a few reasons:
  1. I buy books all the time. Books are always coming into my house but none ever leave. My library has become a large, unruly stash. They're not even on shelves. They just gather in piles and corners around my tiny apartment.
  2. I bought the book after my freshmen year of collage (longer ago than I'd like to admit) and I still haven't read it.
  3. It's at the church library so if I ever do what to read it I still have access to the book.

Thankful Thursday #26

I am thankful for:

1) Kim
2) My family: love you Mom, Dad, and Lee-Ann
3) The words of Oswald Chambers
4) New Challenges
5) Pictures that Inspire
6) Flowers
7) Air: I'm glad we can breath

Give thanks to the LORD of lords: his love endures forever.

Psalm 136:3

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 3: Find Inspirational Photos

You can find today's assignment video here. This task is tons of fun. It's all about finding and saving pictures that inspire you. They images could be from online, magazines, or a book. As the Maxwell said, "It's meant to get you thinking not about your home as it is now, but how you would LIKE it to be. This is such an important part of the process of making the perfect home because you can't set off on a journey until you know where you'd like to go."

I created an "I Like Apartment Therapy" folder on my computer and saved pictures from the Rooms for Color Challenge, Re-Nest, Bookshelf Porn (no naked bodies just impressive pictures of books), and a few decor stores I found thanks to google.

I also splurgged and bought myself three home magazines this afternoon: House Beautiful, 25 Beautiful Homes, and The English Home.

Survivor Nicaragua: Oct 20

Last Week's Recap:
I've decided not to give a play by play of last week's episode. There are enough bloggers doing that and if your really interested you could find the show online. If you do want to read a good recap I've been enjoy Jeff Probst's commentary on game and the Global TV's blog is good.

Biggest event last week was the swapping of players, teams are no longer young vs. old. The new Espada is NaOnka, Benry, Chase, Alina, Holly, Yve, Dan and Tyrone. The new La Flor Jill, Jane, Marty, Jud, Kelly B., Sash, Kelly S. and Brenda.

Espada won the first reward challenge earning themselves two chickens and a rooster. However the couldn't keep the winning streak going for the immunity challenge.

Tyrone
painted a target on his back by ruffing the new arrivals feathers with tribal protocol, objecting to the cooking of the chicken "it would be better for eggs" but then taking a larger portion of the meat. With a vote of 6 to 2 Tyrone was the fifth person voted out with 15 castaways remaining:

My Thoughts
1) NaOnka is a meanie and a wimp. I was shocked when she was seriously talking about quitting, which would be almost sad because she makes the show interesting. I really can't believe she says half of what she does.
2) So glad the "Medallion of Power"gone. Made the challenges too easy to predict.
3) The previews for tonight's episode were "Dan talks about quitting too. Marty admits his is a grandmaster of chess. Probst opens a Challenge by announcing that Individual Immunity is on the line".
4) Marty was stirring things up with his new tribe. A few talked about wanting him gone. At this point a statement like "I'm a grandmaster of chess" is as good as survivor suicide.

Predictions for Oct 20:
This all comes down to who wins the individual immunity.

From La Flor I think Marty is in danger because of his mouth but could be safe this week if he uses his hidden immunity idol. Jill is also in trouble -guilty by association. One of these two will go home.

From Espada I think, if Danny doesn't quit he'll be on the block. Yve is also it trouble because she doesn't have a strong alliance and last week she voted against the tribe.

If you want to catch up on Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 2: Buy Flowers

It's day two of Apartment Therapy's 20/20 Home Cure: 20 minutes for 20 days. For yesterday's challenge (Clean the floors and surfaces of one room) I focused on my bedroom. At the end of the day was wonderful relaxing in my freshly cleaned room without a care. The 20 minutes made a bigger difference that I expected, want to spend all my time there now and I'm super pumped to finished today's task.

In a few minutes I'll be heading home after a stop at the store and pick up flowers. And with that today's challenge will be done. Okay, there is still steam cutting, vase filling, and arranging to be done after I get home. Even with that it's a good task day and will be done in under 20 min.

So I'm off to shop. See you tomorrow.

P.S. If I could find my camera I'd take pictures of my camera, maybe it will turn up during one of these apartment tasks.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 30

FOR TODAY: October 18, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...cloudy skies

I am thinking...how crazy life can get.

I am thankful for...lunch or tea with friends

From the kitchen...hmm, that's a good question; not sure what the week will hold. I plan on at least one homemade meal but it will probably be lean cuisine microwavable dinners.

I am wearing...jeans with a black belt and purple long sleeve shirt.

I am creating....a super fun family fall festival for the church called Slime Time.

I am going...home then back to the church for a LBA meeting.

I am reading...Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Vintage Jesus, Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry, and When Nothing Matters Any More.

I am hoping...to complete today's to do list.

I am hearing...a vacuum in the distance.

Around the house...Apartment Therapy's 20/20 Home Cure starts today. It's 20 minute home challenges for the next 20 days (not including weekends). Today's task is cleaning all surfaces and floors in one room.

One of my favorite things...putting a thick line through finished items on my to do list.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...it's another week without a picture. I was hoping to have found the camera before now and I just haven't. I am a little concerned. The last time I remember having my camera was Thursday, Sept 30th. I've looked in all the regular places I put it and can't find it. I'm really at my whit's end trying to figure out where it could be.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The 20/20 Home Cure: Should I Do It?

There are only two possible choices:
"Yes, I will participate in the 20/20 Home Cure"
or
"No, I will not participate"
It should be a simple decision to make, right? Right, Only it's not. I am torn. Sorry, torn makes it sound like this is an earthy shattering decision. It's not earth-ending; I'm just indecisive. On the one hand I would like to try it out on the other am I too busy.

The Pros:
1) I want to do this. I specifically signed up for the Apartment Therapy daily emails so that I wouldn't miss their next Home Cure challenge.
2) It is short. The challenge only last 20 days.
3) It's not time consuming. Daily tasks should only take 20 minutes.
4) I hate how disorganized, clutter-filled, and unfunctional (which isn't a word but it works) my apartment is. The whole atmosphere of the place makes me not want to be there...this could help. This could make a difference.
5) If not now then when? It's easy to say "oh I'll do that later, tomorrow, or someday" but if I don't start doing stuff I want to now it might not ever happen.

The Cons:
1) It goes till November 12 therefore it overlaps with NaNoWriMo writing time.
2) My schedule is very busy and I am not home often.
3) I don't want to start another project and not complete it.

And looking at the list the cons seem more pathetic than they had in my head while the pros seem more reasonable or important. So I am going for it. Starting October 18, 2010 I'll going to participate in Apartment Therapy's 20/20 Home Cure. I feel like I should push one of Staples' red easy buttons, "That was easy."

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday #25

I am thankful for:

1) Lifegroup
2) Friends
3) Returning challenges
4) Trust
5) New projects
6) Autumn leaves
7) New chances

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:2

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Oct 13

Last Week's Recap:
At Espada, Jimmy "T" spends most of the time telling anyone who will listen how great he is. I don't think his mouth is planning for a long term game.

At La Flor, NaOnka shares the clue with Brenda, who figures it out. They find the idol together. Then NaOnka takes the credit "I figured it out." Right. She also spends time bullying Kelly B. As Alina said, "She took down a girl with one leg. How sick is that?"

At the challenge players were blindfolded and tied together with a partner. One member was the caller for the whole group. Those blindfolded had to retrieve a number of items first. The reward was immunity and the choice of a tool box, fishing gear and a tarp. La Flor used the "Medallion of Power" which gave them two items head start and ultimately the victory, sending Espada back to tribal council.

In La Flor's reward Chase finds a clue. He figures it out and shares his find with Brenda. While searching for the the "idol" Brenda shares that the "hidden" idol's been already been found by NaOnka.

Back at Espada, there is a post game meeting Jimmy "T" tells the group things would have been different if he had been given more of a chance to lead. When asked exactly what he would have done differently to ensure the win Jimmy "T" couldn't given an example. My question is do you really want to be stirring up trouble and bad feelings the day of a tribal vote? While fishing he calls Marty out for not being a "team player" sealing his fate. Marty makes rounds and convinces the tribe to side with him. At council with a vote of 5 to 3 Jimmy "T" was the fourth person voted out and 16 castaways remain:


Thoughts:
1) Best way to get your self voted off Survivor is to keep talking, as Marty said about Jimmy "T" "...just likes to hear his own voice. He is obnoxious. If I give him enough rope, he will eventually hang himself."
2) Kelly B., Jill, and Chase are still my favourites.
3) I'm strongly disliking NaOnka as a person and I don't care for her Survivor strategy either.
4) It looks like this week the teams are going to be switching. I wonder if the producers aren't happy with the young vs. old mix.

Predictions for Oct 13:
I'm not sure what to think, if the tribes are mixed up how can I make any predictions. It's going to be a new gave. If it stays the same think Espada will use the "Medallion of Power" to win the Immunity.

If La Flor goes to tribal council Alina will be going home she voted against the majority of the tribe last week and is on the outside.

If Espada goes to tribal council Danny will be going home. He was tragetted last week as a weak player and is in serious danger of going home.

If it's a "new tribe" going to council...I think NaOnka or Danny would be in trouble.

If you want to catch up on Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 29

FOR TODAY: October 11, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...blue skies with a few fluffy white clouds, rolling hills with beautiful trees at the height of changing colours.

I am thinking...about NaNoWriMo, what to call me future novel, and the church's fall festive.

I am thankful for...full turkey dinner with friends

I am wearing...jeans and navy tank with pinkish cardigan.

I am creating....characters, a magical world, and a story line in preparation for NaNoWriMo its just 20 days away.

I am going...home to clean then writing group.

I am reading...The Last Song, Prayer Works, and Vintage Jesus.

I am hoping...to find a title for the fantasy story I'm.

I am hearing...the TV (Heartland)

Around the house...slow going but organization is coming.

One of my favorite things...sunny days

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...misplaced the camera should have pictures next week.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Thankful Thursday #24

I am thankful for:

1) NyQuil
2) DayQuil
3) My bed
4) My pillow
5) My black "sick" sweater
6) Good ideas
7) Kim

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Survivor Nicaragua: Oct 6

Last Week's Recap:
I love the post council debrief every week, last week's was truly hilarious. Everyone was talking team spirit and unity...till NaOnka in her interview said it was all fake and never going to happen. I agree, while she's in the tribe there will be no unity.

At Espada, Marty shares with the tribe that he found the hidden idol, because Jill told him to. Some see this as a great act of faith and team empowering. Others think Marty is shady and just working the tribe.

At the challenge La Flor chose not to use the Medallion yet still won the reward. The prizes were immunity and a basket full of food. Kelly B saw the next hidden idol clue so helped carry it back to camp. NaOnka saw Kelly B looking at the prize and then noticed the clue. She helped carry the loot back to camp but as soon as she could she knocked Kelly off balance and fought her for the clue. Naonka told the cameras "If she gets in my way again, I will push her so hard her damn leg will fly off."

The lost for Espada meant that they were going back to tribal council. There was the usual scramble.It looked like Danny was in trouble. But Marty made a power play to get Jimmy Johnson. In the end the majority agreed with Marty, it will be interesting to see who will come out on top in the newly created leadership vacuum.

After the arguments simmered down, with a vote of 7 to 3 Jimmy Johnson was the second person voted out and 17 castaways remain:
Thoughts:
1) I discovered Jeff Probst's blog today. I didn't realize he doesn't watch the footage from the tribes camps during the filming. I love reading his thoughts on the players and agree with all of it.
2) Think it is going to be interesting to see who steps up as a leader at Espada
3) Kelly B., Jill, and Chase are still my favourites.
5) I'm disliking Sash, NaOnka, Marty, and Jimmy "T".

Predictions for Oct 6:
I think La Flor will use the "Medallion of Power" to win the Immunity.

If Espada goes to tribal council Danny will be going home. He was tragetted last week as a weak player and is in serious danger of going home. OR it will be Jimmy "T" he was very outspoken at tribal council last week, talking big about being a great leader. He might have ruffled feathers and painted a target on his back.

If La Flor goes to tribal council Alina will be going home she voted against the majority of the tribe last week and is on the outside.

If you want to catch up on Survivor you can find episodes at Globaltv.com (for Canadians) or CBS has all things Survivor for US fans.

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook 28

FOR TODAY: October 4, 2010
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...darkness

I am thinking...about characters, my to do list, TV shows, and up coming events.

I am thankful for...games night

From the kitchen...last week was eating out and this looking like it will be mostly microwavable dinners.

I am wearing...jeans with a black belt and purple long sleeve shirt.

I am creating....characters, a magical world, and a story line in preparation for National Novel Writing Month (www.nanowrimo.org) its just 27 days away.

I am going...home to bed.

I am reading...Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry.

I am hoping...to learn how to juggle.

I am hearing...the TV (Law and Order: UK)

Around the house...slow going but organization is coming.

One of my favorite things...London Fog tea

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...a picture from last week's whale watching :