Monday, 3 January 2011
Sunday, 15 August 2010
the house we have been in for the past year is rather on the large side. it is an much older home, but very spacious. not to sound ungrateful, but i hate it. it's too big. there is too much to clean. it's too much to cool and in winter you can't get it warm. this summer (which has been ridiculous hot) the second floor where my big kids rooms are have been almost unusable due to the heat. we have lots of unused space in the living and dining areas, so it doesn't have a homey feel. plus, it is a huge chunk of our monthly income.
i was ready to try out rv living, something tim wasn't quite ready for. keeping simplicity and sustainability in mind (both very important to tim and i), we decided on a 2 bedroom/2 bath older home. actually, it was all that was available in the neighborhood where we currently live and wanted to stay. it is two blocks from our current location, so again we don't have far to move (our last move wasn't even off the block, we just moved from one end to the other).
i know you are gasping at putting 7 people into a two bedroom. people, it is possible. luckily, our kids value simplicity. they understand the give and take. the home has a roomy dining area that once enclosed, will bring the bedroom total to three. i'm just thankful for the two bathrooms. we have lived small in the past, but never with two bathrooms!
so, here we go again. i have every hope that we will be here for at least three years. long enough for me to finish the degree that i have been working on since 1992 and to further establish my place in the donut world.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
okay, i am the owner of a pair of sketcher shape-ups.
the above pair is very simillar to the pair i now own. if my camera had batteries i could show you my actual pair. they are a (orthopedic) beaut.
turns out the donut biz is a very physically demanding world. after my first day i was basically disabled. my legs and ankles hurt like i had used them for the first time. i am truly ashamed at how little i use my body. apparently, you need to use your muscles more vigorously than walking from the bed to the recliner and back to the computer. say what?
my mother, who is also a proud shape-ups wearer, promised me that these shoes are an absolute miracle. they would allow me to be on my feet for 8 hours on a concrete floor, stooping, bending and lifting and my legs, ankles and feet would think they had been caressed in a cloud of pink cotton candy while tiny cherubic baby angels frolic near by. i tried to resist the pressure my mom was applying. i stood my ground while i tried on 3 pairs of nikes and 1 pair of saucony's. the shape-ups were the most comfortable of the 5 pairs i tried on. i do think that having only 3 hours of sleep the night before left me weak to my mother's power. she's my kryptonite.
i don't know if i would agree that they are like walking on cotton candy, they DO make me taller tho. they claim that they improve posture. lord knows i need help in that area. i tend to be a hunchback. hooray! i wont need boniva in my future! thanks shape-ups (sorry sally field). another boast is the firming of your abdominal area. uhh, no way am i going to believe that shoes with a three inch rocking sole are going to tighten my "i birthed 6 children" abdominal area.
i don't know how this donut thing is going to work out for me. i should not be allowed to ever touch a cash register. even when every single button is clearly marked. i should also never be allowed to make change. even when the exact amount of change that i need to give back is clearly displayed about a foot from my face.
i thought i had a good memory. i don't know if it is because i am learning so many new things, but my retention lasts about 7 seconds. i am supposed to take an order, repeat the order as i am taking it and then repeat it again as i am handing it to the customer. this is not going so well for me. i take the order, repeat the order as i am taking the order and then my mind goes completely blank. i mean nothing. i haven't gotten a repeat back to the customer order correct yet. not even one time. in other words, i have gotten a customer order repeat back correct zero times.
who would have known that donuts would be the most difficult job i have ever had? gosh. oh well, if i get fired, i will still have my shape-ups.
donuts aren't the only thing rising in my life. when i came home the other day there was a for sale sign in our yard. our lease was up in july and the owner wants to sell the house, so i guess we are moving. since 2006 we have moved 5 times. i think that makes us nomads. time to invest in a yurt? seriously, the thought of finding another home and then moving to that home is really close to exceeding the bounderies of my sanity.
i think i am going to see how this thing goes before i start freaking about finding another house. we are supposed to get 24 hours notice to show the house. there is no way that 24 hours would allow me the time to get even MY room ready to show to a potential buyer. after experiencing my room, all he would have to do is open the under stairs cupboard (imagine harry potter at the dursley's) and sniff. it smells like musty farts, mushrooms and dead body. i am going to roll the dice and see just how long we can ride this thing.
i will keep you up to date on the status of my job, how my shape-ups are working and my house (not) hunting.
Friday, 23 July 2010
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
- 1 orange
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 cups of no sugar added frozen fruit blend
- lots and lots of baby spinach. like i said above, i use about half a box of the baby spinach that you can find by the bagged salad.
- filtered water
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Monday, 7 June 2010
saturday brennah, kam, kass and mara headed to round rock for our first meet up with the austin hoopers. it was a blast. bren, kam and kass all suprised me with a natural hooping talent. the instructor also gave us examples of poi. of course, the girls tried their hand at poi and when they found out that fire is often involved, they were asking for poi lessons.
we are looking forward to our next lesson!