Here are some Random Reba Ramblings. Don't say it. I know some of you are thinking, "Um, Reba, isn't that what we usually get from you?"
- Today we went to a restaurant near our church for lunch. You see, it is really hard to warm up your leftovers when you have no working microwave (story to come). So out to lunch it was. When we got out of the van, our oldest pointed to some nearby buildings and asked what they were. I responded that they were either apartments or condos. Child 2 immediately asked, "How can there be condos if we aren't by the ocean?" Yes, my little vacation child thinks condos are only near the ocean. :)
- The microwave. Well, Friday afternoon, the girls' chore was to clean the toy room so I could let my new best friend Roomba (story to come) loose in there. Child 2 sweetly came and asked if she could set the timer to race against the clock while she cleaned. I naively said, "Sure." I guess I thought if someone was asking to use the timer, they knew HOW to use it. Apparently not. A couple minutes later, I was in the living room exercising. Our oldest was in the kitchen emptying the dishwasher. And suddenly we all heard a sizzling noise. I ran into the kitchen to find the microwave blinking wildly and sizzling. Apparently instead of setting the timer, our dear daughter had turned the power (as in cooking power) on for five minutes. After two minutes of nothing to absorb the heat, the microwave parts basically burned up somewhere. All I know is that there was a minimal amount of smoke and that any attempts to use it since have resulted in the same sizzling and flashing of lights. So, it looks like we will be getting a new microwave very soon. You never know how much you use the microwave until you don't have it anymore! (Oh, and said dear daughter will not have access to it for some time!)
- The Roomba. Thursday (I apologize if I already mentioned this), I was surprised with a gift Roomba. If you have read any blog entries in the last two years, this item has been high on my wish list. So getting it was a true treat! In case you have never heard of it, it is basically a robot that vacuums the floor...on its own. Kind of like having a dog but it doesn't bark or shed. The first night we had it, we just let it go anywhere it wanted. I had so much fun watching it move around the kitchen (a true need for it), through the living room, even under our bed. I don't know if we have ever had a vacuum under that. Then Friday it cleaned up the toy room floor for me. Today, it was the dining room. Does it clean perfectly? No. But it does get a bulk of the crumbs and other messy items off the floor. My favorite part is that when it is done, it parks itself back on its base. I really wish my children's other possessions would do that!
- Thank you to my friend Libby for the name of the book about the "lasts" (Let Me Hold You Longer). I think I may treat myself to that.
- It was a dreary weekend. It was cool and wet most of the time. No hiking for us. Boo hoo.
- Our little patient seems just fine. He only had fever that one night. Since then, he has been raring to go. Sometimes a bit too much. He has been a little tired though. Maybe he is growing?
- I love that child 2 loved her basketball season. That being said, I love not having practices at night and games early Saturday morning. I will completely support her if she should choose to play again in the fall. But for now, I am enjoying the break!
- We enjoyed our night last night with a couple of friends and their sweet daughter. I won't list all of the food but I had a full stomach last night! Not sure the last weigh in is going to go my way...
- Today our sermon was about Leviticus 18. You may not know what it is off the top of your head but some time when you have a minute, just glance through it. Because of the sensitivity of the topic of conversation, the children did not come to the worship service today but rather stayed in their Sunday School class. It felt very odd (and a bit freeing) that it was just the two of us. I didn't have to tell one person to be still or be quiet. I think I could get used to this...
- Mark's mom is doing well. She is at home, recovering. Mark talked to her on the phone tonight and thought she sounded good. What a praise!
- No, it is not our spring break yet. One more week to go. I know, I know, it seems like everyone else in the world is having theirs this week. Not us. :)
- On Thursday, when I picked up our youngest after finding out about his fever, I asked him if he had had his picture taken. I had signed him up for it at his school. He looked so handsome. (Ironically it was picture day for all of us at my school too) Even burning up with fever, he looked at me with a smile, shook his head no, and told me no, he did not get his picture taken because he not want to. (his words) I told him I really wanted him to. He again informed me that he did NOT have his picture taken, he not want to. Sigh. I will never have professional pictures of that child!
- I know that a lot of people consider things like Facebook a waste of time. And if I am not careful, I can waste hours on there. But I do think it has a little bit of a sense of purpose. As a busy woman, I can "socialize" at any point with a lot of different friends no matter where they live. Also, in the last week, I have reconnected with two different students from my very early years here in Springdale, two people from elementary school, and a friend of mine from high school. Most of those people are people I never expected to "see" again in my lifetime. For that, I am grateful to have it!
- I don't remember if I mentioned that I actually lost weight this week in the "Biggest Loser" weigh in at school. I have been counting calories/fat/fiber. Oddly, I considered myself a fairly healthy eater before. Now that I am keeping up with what I eat, I realize how easy it was before to munch and brunch on food throughout the day, taking in many more calories than I am burning. So as fun as it is NOT, I will continue to write down what I have eaten and how much.
I know, very light and uninspiring tonight. For now, I must go to bed to make up for this hour of sleep lost. Night night!