Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Status Report, November 2011

With nods to my friend, Lisa, who successfully completed her 21 day blogging experiment, something I can’t even conceive of attempting at the moment, here’s my status report for November: my freshly organized and sort of paper-clutter-free desk. Spent the greater part of today making it so and then worked on my little girl’s desk area. My, but it was messy over there. She is nicely organized again, though, and it feels good. Now if I will just clean the floors, again, the house will be in decent shape. Floors, bathrooms, and laundry: the never-ending cycle of “to do” items.
Waiting....for the tea kettle to whistle, because then I will be able to be....
Drinking....tea from my blue tea pot. Lady Grey today. A whole pot of it. It is that kind of afternoon.
Thankful....that middle son’s football season is over, but....
Wondering...if it makes me a horrible mother that I was sort of hoping they’d lose on Saturday, and was not too sad when they did, because the loss of the playoff game meant no practice this week and the end of the season, which, frankly felt like it was two years long. I am, however, proud of how hard he worked and how much he improved, this being his first year playing little league football, and tackle at that. In fact, during the after game final talk from the coach, his coach singled him out to mention how proud he was of how far M had come this year. Apple keyboard had an "end" key that would take me to the end of a row.  That's pretty much the only thing I miss from my old PC now that we're using the Mac. Anyone know if I'm just missing something? interesting it is that when you read a whole passage of scripture like....say....Revelation in a sitting rather than a chapter here and a chapter there, that you gain a whole new perspective on the passage. And for the record, I didn’t read the Left Behind books, didn’t watch the movie, and don’t intend to. I get a little tired of hearing from people who get their understanding of Revelation from them, too. 
Pondering....Proverbs 11:22 “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without descretion.” How often do I read that and think, “Sure am glad that’s not me!” Thing is, I’m not always as discrete with my words as I should be. In fact, I’ve been pondering this in light of my use of social media, especially Facebook. For me, there is a huge temptation to spout thoughts there that sometimes don’t need to be out there. Just because I have a thought doesn’t mean I need to share it. And who really cares what we’re having for dinner, anyway? More seriously, sometimes in the midst of a discussion, due to the weird mix of anonymity and familiarity that is social media, I sometimes wish I’d taken a little time to mull over things I’ve written before posting them. So, upon closer examination, there’s more of the pig in me at times than I’d be happy to admit. 
Reading....The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer. Took a break from the Nook and went to the library and checked out some real, paper books. Not far enough into this book to know if I like it or not. Planning to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because oldest boy wants to read the trilogy. Not too sure about it since I’ve heard it’s pretty violent. Which is why I want to read and not just hand it over to him.
Enjoying...the fact that my Christmas shopping is almost, not completely but almost, done. Trying to keep it simple this year.
Taking....this moment to say that I believe I may take a formal break from blogging for a week or two. It’s not like I’ve been blogging regularly, but I think I need to go ahead and just rest from it and take care of the busyness that is my life at the moment, make sure my priorities are in order. I volunteer at the kids’ elementary school at least one morning a week, and November is our month to teach Sunday school again, and the house doesn’t clean itself, and I realize that if I don’t get serious about writing my children’s story soon it won’t ever get written. All that to say, I don’t know if breaking will refresh my blogger’s writing block or even how long a break I need. I hope a short one. 
On that note, time to go sweep and mop the floor and enjoy my pot of Lady Grey. 
Happy Wednesday!


Mrs. H said...

As to that "end" key... hold down the "control" key and then hit the right arrow key. It'll take you to the end of the row :)

Christmas shopping... good job! I'm really thinking I'm going to order most through etsy this year. I've felt the importance of supporting the "little guys" recently and want to act on that. For example, I found a shop that's selling to fund an adoption. I need to hurry though as homemade purchasing is not meant for last minute shoppers ;)

Bill Cockrell said...

Well I read your blog yesterday and today, keep up the good work. I am not a good blogger but I hope to improve.
Love the name of your blog as it was what got my attention "Sweet tea with Lemon" I still enjoy a good glass of Sweet Tea with Lemon even in New Zealand and some folks look at me like Im crazy lol.

Rebekah said...

Thanks for the tip, Mrs. H!

Thank you for the kind words, Bill. Sweet tea is good no matter where you are. :-)

Lisa writes... said...

Christmas shopping almost done? Wow! I'm jealous, I mean impressed...

I've read The Hunger Games and, yes, they are violent. I enjoyed them though. As did my kids but that doesn't mean every kid should. You are a smart and discerning mom to be careful with what your kids read!

My youngest son lost the pee wee AFC championship game Saturday. We too are glad for a return to a simpler routine but hated the loss at the same time!