1/25/2010

100 Things About Me

Wow!  I'm already at my 100th post!  It would appear that along with the 100th post comes the obligation to list 100 things about me.  The  pressure is on:  Can I think of 100 things to list?  Here goes:

1.  I'm a mother to 3 handsome, happy young men.
2.  I delivered the last 2 babies (who weighed 9.1 & 10 pounds) naturally----not by choice.
3.  I'm a wife to the love of my life.
4.  We met at a fraternity house...okay, okay...the actual meeting was in a bar.
5.  I had known my husband for 8 1/2 months when we got married.
6.  I am almost 2 1/2 years older than him.
7.  We had been married for 5 years before we ever got to spend our anniversary together...courtesy of the U.S. Army.
8.  I used to be deathly afraid of thunderstorms.  That changed after husband was going to special forces school and I was forced to deal with it...alone.
9.  I had a car accident when I was 3 months pregnant with Oldest Son.  It wasn't my fault, and it totaled my car.  (Husband wasn't in town...he was at an Army school.)
10.  I have never lived by myself (not counting the times husband was at Army Schools).
11.  I am the 8th of 10 children.
12.   I am the youngest girl.
13.  I am a "Cradle Catholic".
14.  I am the 2nd person in my family to get a college degree.
15.  I am the 1st person in my family to earn a master's degree.
16.  I am the grandchild of an immigrant from what is now the Czech Republic.
17.  I played the flute in high school and college.
18.  I wanted to be in the flag corps in high school  but wasn't allowed to try out because I played an instrument.
19.  My junior year in high school I switched to the flugelhorn for marching season.
20.  I switched instruments (from flugelhorn to piccolo) on the field for one song.
21.  I played the bass flute in my college flute choir.
22.  I was on the flag corps for 4 years in college.
23.  I was a Little Sister for a fraternity in college.
24.  I was also a "brother" in the music fraternity.
25.  My first declared college major was Music.
26.  My second declared major was Spanish.
27.  My third declared major was Office Administration.
28.  My fourth (and last!) major was Communicative Disorders.  My parents were ecstatic when I finally made a decision on my career.
29. Sometimes if I hear a song that I think is beautiful, it makes me cry.
30.  My minor was Spanish.
31.  I am not fluent in Spanish, in fact, I can barely speak it.
32.  I love to read.
33.  I wrote poetry when I was in high school and college.
34.  At one time, I wanted to be a writer.
35.  At another time, I wanted to be a nurse.
36.  I am terrible with math and science (therefore, #35 wouldn't have worked out!).
37.  Misspelled words is a major pet peeve.
38.  Bad grammar is also a major pet peeve.
39.  I can't stand to hear somebody say, "Where are you at?" (My mom used to answer with:  "Between the "a" and the "t".)
40.  I have passed that answer down to my kids, as well as my husband.
41.  I'm a very loyal friend.
42.  I would do almost anything for a friend if they asked.
43.  I am a bit selfish.
44.  I often forget to ask friends  if they need my help because I have something else on my mind.
45.  I'm extremely organized at work.
46.  I'm not so organized at home.
47.  I've lived in 3 Southern States.
48.  The farthest west I've been is Arizona.
49.  The farthest north I've been (in the mid-USA) is Rochester, Mn.
50.  The farthest north I've been (in the eastern US) is New York City (for the Macy's Parade)
51.  I went to the Bahamas in high school with the band.
52.  It was my first time on an airplane.
53.  I did not enjoy being in the Bahamas with the nasty hotel.
54.  The summer of 2009 was my first time overseas.
55.  I went to Copenhagen, Denmark with my husband and Youngest Son.
56.  I had an amazing time.
57.  I could live in Denmark, if I could speak Danish.
58.  I have always wanted to visit Germany,  Switzerland, and Austria.
59.  I used to have posters of above countries on the wall in my bedroom.
60.  I have no desire to go to Central or South America.
61.  I would like to go to Canada.
62.  I also want to visit New England in the Autumn.
63.  I played tennis in high school.
64.  I played "old lady" tennis for the past 4 summers.
65.  I get "dehydration" headaches when I play tennis in the summers (which is why I'm taking this summer off).
66.  My very first car was a Dodge Omni.
67.  My very first dog was a little dog named "Gizmo", who had parvo when we got him and he passed away a few weeks after we got him.
68.  My next dog was a pit bull named "Duke" (what else would you name a pit?)
69.  After Duke came Scooter (schnauzer mix), Dixie (whose mother was 1/4 wolf and 3/4 malamut; father was a german shephard), Abby (who had been abandoned and was some kind of hound dog mix), Petey (pit/chow mix), Molly (supposedly a pit bull, but looked more like a boxer with a long snout), and finally Ally (my schnauzer) and Pepper (my Jack Russell mix).  I love my dogs.
70.  When I was little, I wanted to be the first female flutist on Lawrence Welk.
71.  My eyes were opened (as far as my talent!) when I went to college and realized I was a little fish in a big pond.
72.  When I'm cooking, sometimes I pretend I'm hosting a show for Food Network.
73.  I'm addicted to the "Real Housewives".
74.  I love Big Bang Theory
75.  I can't get enough of Mark Harmon in NCIS.
76.  I moved my family to my small  town after living away for 20 years.
77.  I live up the street from the house where I grew up, and where my parents still live.
78.  My first job was in the basketroom at the public pool.
79.  I was a guard instructor for some high schools in N. Ga. for 6 years.
80.  I have an incredible sweet tooth.
81.  I don't care for cooked vegetables.
82.  I didn't go to Kindergarten.
83.  I went to a parochial school for First Grade only...the school closed after that.
84.  The school I went to for Second Grade was a gym...the school burned down the summer before I was suppose to start there.
85.  I was in Third Grade when the school system integrated.
86.  I missed out on my Valentine's Day Party that year because of a riot at the high school.
87.  Part of my 8th Grade Year was spent at the high school because the school system started renovating the jr. high.
88.  I was voted "Most Likely to Succeed" by my graduating class.
89.  I find fireworks boring.
90. My favorite flavor of popsicle  is banana.
91.  My favorite flavor of ice cream is cookie dough.
92.  I love the beach except for all that sand.
93.  I laugh a lot.  (probably too much)
94.  I hate housework.
95.  I love autumn.
96.  I yell when I watch sports...even if I don't quite understand the game...even if it's on tv.
97.  My favorite sport to watch is football.
98.  I spend most New Year's Days by myself in front of the tv, flipping through the football games.  (Which is perfectly fine with me...at least I enjoy the company!)
99.  I try not to take things too seriously.
100.  I can't believe I came up with 100 things  to say about myself!

I hope I didn't bore you with the "obligatory post"!  Maybe you learned something about me you didn't know...or want to know!

1/07/2010

1/01/2010

Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies

1 cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar, plus some for your children to taste
3 egg whites
pinch salt, plus some for your children to taste
1 cup sugar, plus some for your children to taste

Tools: rolling pin or wooden spoon, plastic baggie with a zipper-lock, scotch tape, Douay-Rheims Bible

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. (this is important - don't wait until you are halfway done with the recipe!) Place pecans in the plastic baggie and let children beat them with a rolling pin or wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3: "And they came to him, and said: Hail, king of the Jews; and they gave him blows."

Let each child smell and taste some vinegar. Put vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30. "Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they, putting a sponge full of vinegar and hyssop, put it to his mouth. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost."

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11 "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep."

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it as you put the tsp. salt into the bowl and explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27 "And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him."

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaias 1:18, " And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool."

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add the sugar to the egg whites, and give some for your children to taste. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 33:9 (34:8 in Bibles with Masoretic numbering) and John 3:16. "O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopeth in him... ...For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting."

Then read John 3:1-3, "And there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night, and said to him: Rabbi, we know that thou art come a teacher from God; for no man can do these signs which thou dost, unless God be with him." Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet (do not use a baking stone!). Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.

Read Mathew 27:57-60 "And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered. And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth. And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way."

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.

Read Matthew 27:65-66 "Pilate saith to them: You have a guard; go, guard it as you know. And they departing, made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting guards."

GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.

Read John 16:20-22 "Amen, amen I say to you, that you shall lament and weep, but the world shall rejoice; and you shall be made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labour, hath sorrow, because her hour is come; but when she hath brought forth the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. So also you now indeed have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice; and your joy no man shall take from you."

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.

Read Matthew 28:1-9 "And in the end of the sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre. And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow. And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid. And going quickly, tell ye his disciples that he is risen: and behold he will go before you into Galilee; there you shall see him. Lo, I have foretold it to you. And they went out quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy, running to tell his disciples. And behold Jesus met them, saying: All hail. But they came up and took hold of his feet, and adored him."
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