Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
So there is an online/blog-version of a chain letter going around and I was tagged by Jenni.
Here's the tag:
1. Go to your sixth picture folder and find the sixth picture.
2. Pray you remember the details!
3. Post it on your blog.
This picture is Johnathan checking out the remote control at about 6.5 months old.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Paula Deen's Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
Ingredients:1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoon (1/2 stick) butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
3 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cup (about 10-ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8 ounce box isn’t quite 2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Ease of Preparation: Easy
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Getting up early the Saturday after Thanksgiving to go out for breakfast and then to pick out our tree at Dank's (sp?) Tree Farm. I loved that it was cold and I got to wear my gloves. We would search for the perfect tree then tag it to pick it up in a couple weeks. We'd go back around the second weekend of December to cut it down and enjoy some hot cider or cocoa and a little bit of Christmas Craft Shopping.
- Christmas PJ's: Every year, on Christmas eve, I was allowed to open one gift before bed. You guessed it... it was always a new pair of pajamas. I plan to carry on this tradition for Johnathan.
- Visiting Santa (even though I was always nervous and shy)
- My Advent Calendars
- Putting up Christmas lights with my dad
- Skating in the various Christmas shows
- The La Jolla Figure Skating Club Christmas parties... who else, but figure skaters, have a party before 6am?
- Waking up Christmas morning and going to get my parents
- Christmas dresses and patent leather shoes.
- The Hotel Del with Angie (see previous post)
- In Cahoots Christmas party
- LJFSC Secret Santa
- Watching the holiday decorations appear at the mall
- Looking for Santa (and listening to the Santa Watch on 760 KFMB-AM radio)
- John Ruff's Christmas party
- Christmas Mass with my family
- Later.... Midnight Mass that my friend Judy agreed to join me for.
- Day-after-Thanksgiving shopping with Judy (and breakfast, too)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Marching in the La Jolla Christmas Parade
- Christmas on the Prado
- Ice Rink at Horton Square
- See's Candies Santa Boxes
- Wrapping Presents
- Christmas Music
- San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
- The Chipmunk's Christmas Special
- Peanuts Christmas Special
- Laura's Cookie Exchange
- Christmas dinner (after Christmas) on Honeycutt.
- Watching the Hollywood Christmas Parade on TV
- Our family's New Year's Eve pajama party complete with appetizers, hats, and noise makers.
- Skating on "dead ice" on Christmas eve until the wee hours
- Christmas eve dinner with friends followed by a trip to In Cahoots
- Y2K at Bamburgh
- First Christmas with Mike
- First "married" Christmas
- Johnathan's First Christmas
- Looking forward to the first Christmas Johnathan will actually enjoy (this year)
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I was reading an article about a small boy struggling to overcome a cancer that, upon his diagnosis, had very limited treatment options. The boys parents decided to do something about the lack of funding for research of childrens cancers and founded Cookies For Kids Cancer which raised over $400,000 with its first bake sale. The article has a footnote for how to have your own cookie sale or how to order from their site to give as gifts. It got me thinking....
Every year, my husband and I say we wish we could donate more to various charities and causes that are important to us. Financially, we just can't give as much as we would like. As we are quickly approaching Christmas, and the gift-giving season is well under way, I wonder: what if we were to purchase gifts only from these charity sites? We could continue to give gifts to the family and friends on our lists while, at the same time, supporting important charities. Do you think it might work? Even a few gift would help I think.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I've been retrospective about the holidays lately. Perhaps motherhood does that to one. You begin to reminisce about all the things you did while you were growing up. More recently, I remember going to the Hotel Del with friends to see the amazing tree, have a Christmas drink and listen to some wonderful music in the lounge (this prompted my search for the attached photo). It figures that AFTER I leave San Diego that they add an ice rink to their holiday celebrations.
Stay tuned for more holiday memories....
See more: Holidays at the Hotel Del Coronado
Please help the families who are missing their babies this year to be able to find some comfort and joy during this holiday season.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
He had us (ok me) up at around 4 am. We were checked into the hospital around 7:30am and, only about 16 hours after that, he finally made his entrance into the world. Crying and pooping. Some things never change. :-)
A year full of firsts...
Monday, December 1, 2008
This year I'm determined to remember how fun it is to get ready for Christmas. Fun because you're spending time with family and friends, listening to Christmas Carols, and most important (for me) celebrating Advent in preparation for the true reason for the season. Perhaps I should take more advantage of technology and visit the cyber malls where I can shop from the cozy comfort of my home, while enjoying my family, my favorite holiday music, and maybe even a delicious cup of hot cocoa.
Side Note: How much is a bargain worth? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27955316/