Saturday, June 01, 2013

true stories

- I'm terrible at doing potluck. I just can't seem to find the motivation to consistently (our church has a monthly potluck) bring something that needs to sit until ready.  I like to serve my food right away.

- When I have sick plants in my garden, it makes me want to cry and run away from home.

- In the hotter days of summer, I wash my feet throughout the day and every night before bed.  I hate sweaty feet.

- It has been one year since I stopped using our dysfunctional dishwasher.  I haven't missed it, except maybe that one night when I was tired and wanted to go to bed instead.  I don't miss bending over to load and unload it.  I like my cherry red dishdrainer.  I like washing dishes in hot soapy water and rinsing them clean.

- I have over 1200 books entered on my LibraryThing account and I still have whole shelves waiting to be cataloged.  This does not include our theology books which take up three full bookshelves in our bedroom. This also does not include the books I have been ordering and shipping to my parents.  This sounds like I'm bragging. I'm not. I'm confessing.

- I have started giving away our baby gear and what started out as a self-induced guilt trip has turned pleasantly into contentment with the babies we have had and the babies we hope to enjoy in the future as grandchildren.  In the meantime, I am aiming to claim a larger share of baby snuggling time from all my friends and family who have babies now and those to come. It involves less gear and more sleep at nights.  I can handle that.

- If I don't read before I go to sleep, it takes me forever to fall asleep.  But I don't read to make me fall asleep.  I read so I have something to think about before I fall asleep.  Or I just read until I realize I've fallen asleep, then I turn out the light and really sleep. Who knew sleep was so complicated?

- I figured out something very important about Latin a few weeks ago that has helped me so much in deciphering this subject, but I can't really tell anyone how excited I am because it is so nerdy to study Latin and like it.  So I have to learn something more cool so I can share that instead, like this geography game I get sucked into playing when I could be studying Latin instead: GeoGuessr.  I tried it a few weeks ago and was blown away by how hard it was initially, yet with a few clues I could make some pretty close educated guesses.  Yeah, still kinda nerdy.  I tried.

- For years, I have been so close to starting a Facebook page for this blog, so I can quickly post things that interest me and anyone else.  But I just can't bring myself to do it for several reasons, two of which are: 1)I like to have creative and exclusive control over my content and Facebook does not let me have that and 2) I would spend even more time on Facebook, monitoring that page.  And #3, some of my most faithful friends and readers are not on Facebook.  So my latest solution is to do a better job of curating similar content here and hope someone actually reads it and enjoys it as much as me.  I would call it more microblogging, quick posts that shove a few links in your face and with little commentary of my own.

- Neutrogena has discontinued my favorite hand/body lotion and I have to find something different to buy, since the current price on Amazon for one bottle is now up to $50.  Why do companies always seem to stop selling the stuff that I buy? It makes me want to go buy an empty warehouse and fill it up with cherry Chapstick.

- I have to stop writing this list, because I have to go read before I fall asleep.  I also have to figure out if I have weaned myself off Nyquil yet.  Last night was the first night in at least a week that I did not take it.  It took me forever to get to sleep with this lingering cough and sore throat. And I did not sleep well at all.  But, I also did not read before I turned out the light.  See the dilemma?  Be glad you're not me...for many, many reasons...some of which can be found above.


  1. I love this post.

    -potlucks are challenging for me, too. I try to use the crockpot as much as I can.

    -I love washing dishes. We tried to eliminate it and did them all by hand for a month or so... but then got behind and I was thankful again for our dishwasher. :) But I have a dish drainer (not cute cherry red, though!) next to our sink and faithfully wash all glasses, most dishes, and all pots and pans.

    -I'm the same about reading before sleep.

    -I can't give our baby gear away. I'm still hoping we'll have need to use it someday again.

    -LATIN. Hard. I got partway through Year One with the kids and when we hit the declensions (sp?) I was LOST. Completely. It totally confused me. So now I don't know what to do about it.

    -I am SO clicking over to your GeoGuessr link in a minute.

    -I don't recommend the Facebook page. It's just one more thing to check. I prefer blogs. I took an 8-month hiatus from FB and am recently back but most days I wonder why I didn't just stay off.

    Loved your list!


    1. Stacy,
      I fixed the settings on my comments to be like yours, which I didn't realize Blogger could do until I checked yours. :)

      Thanks for your comments, its always fun to read them.

      Here are two Latin links that have helped me:
      Brandy at Afterthoughts started some Latin tutorials which have helped me a lot. Here's a link to her first one and the rest in the series are listed at the end of the post.
      And this is the Latin tutorial I have been working through on my own.

      Hope you like GeoGuessr!

    2. Heather-
      Thanks for the Latin links. I've noticed Brandy doing that on her blog but I think she's way ahead of me so I feel more confused so I went from skimming those posts to skipping them. :(
      The other link I plan to work through- it seems more beginner-ish.

      GeoGuessr was fun! I did a few rounds and then showed Mark and he did many more rounds and fared much better in the scoring department. He figured out how to navigate it and was able to see so much more (more clues!) than I was.

  2. Anonymous4:51 PM

    I enjoyed this post, Heather! Cute perspectives and great honesty!

    1. Thanks, Amy! Glad you liked it and said so! xo

  3. Anonymous8:09 PM

    - This is why I love you.

    - I also must read before bed.

    - I am definitely interested in things you like and share around facebook, but would be just as happy to read them here :)

    - Too bad about Neutrogena cream, but I'm sure there would be riots if Cherry Chapstick were discontinued. No need to worry.

    - My problem in the summer is dirty feet, not sweaty feet. I pretty much live barefoot inside and out and it is for that reason my floors don't like me. Especially when I'm washing dishes and splash all over. . .I think you can see where this is going (very badly, very fast).

    xx Vanessa

    1. Vanessa,
      Your comment about riots made me laugh. Chapstick is key to my survival each day. :)
      And your dirty feet, dirty floors comment was genius!
      Love you too!

  4. Kathleen5:10 PM

    - I kiss my dishwasher before I go to bed. I whisper sweet nothings into my box of clorox automatic dishwasher soap. I love it almost as much as cherry Chapstick.

    - I wash my feet incessantly, all year round, and wear socks with my sandals to attempt to keep them sort of clean....but I wash them anyway before bed....just in case.

    - I am also hoping to squeeze and kiss all the little dumplings in our church in the hopes of satiating my baby yearnings.

    - Love you Heather. Let's picket the Neutrogena HQ. That is not acceptable.

    love - k

    1. Kathleen,
      You guys are cracking me up. I think we should take this show on the road.
      I also wear socks with my shoes to keep my feet clean and wash as well. One of neighbors teased me last summer everytime she saw me walking outside with my socks and sandals on, it was only then that I realized how strange it is.
      We'll have to schedule baby snuggling time so we are not fighting over the babies. Or I take the girls and you get the boys, every other Sunday we switch unless one of us is away, then we get our pick. :) Isn't it fun to be ridiculous for a few moments?!
      I'm pretty sure the HQ is in Norway so that sounds like a European get-away. Sign me up. Thanks for show of solidarity.
      Love you muchly,


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