Month: January 2008

Things I didn’t know about myself…

What Karen Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life. (true)
You are also a keeper of knowledge – meaning you don’t spill secrets or spread gossip. (also true)
People sometimes think you’re snobby or aloof, but you’re just too deep in thought to pay attention to them. (sadly, often too true)

You are usually the best at everything … you strive for perfection. (I don’t know about this…)
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive. (check)
You have the classic “Type A” personality. (really, do I? I do like to be in control)

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You’re always up to something. ( I disagree with the rebel part – but everything else? check)
You have a ton of energy, and most people can’t handle you. You’re very intense. (um, are you talking about me? I don’t think so…)
You definitely are a handful, and you’re likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun. (now I know you’re not talking about me)

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone. (ah…that’s more like it)
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together. (totally, dude)
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together. (oh my gosh…how did you know this about me!?!?)

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people. (sniff…that’s moi)
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts. (yes, that’s why I actually believed my own lie in 7th grade that I had a Lipizan stallion back in Texas)
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. (where did you get this information?)
You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals. (It’s a conspiracy against all people named Karen)

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WFMW – Christian Movie Reviews

I have always been fairly selective about what movies my kids are allowed to watch, whether it be in our home or at a friend’s. If there was ever a question about a movie, the answer would always be “no” until my husband and I had rented it and watched it, which in turn, left our kids understandingly frustrated.

But no more. We discovered that Focus on the Family has a website called “Plugged In Online” that does movies, dvds, television and music reviews from a Christian standpoint. They are honest assessments highlighting positive elements, spiritual content, sexual content, violent content, crude or profane language, drug or alcohol content, and other negative elements. Each review is concluded with the reviewers final thoughts kind of summarizing what has been said and giving you points to ponder before making your decision. Here’s an excerpt from the review for the new Veggie Tales movie, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything:

So, setting aside any expectation of a between-the-eyes Sunday school lesson, what kind of kids’ movie is Pirates? Maybe I should answer that question with a recitation of places it doesn’t go that so many other animated flicks do:

It refuses to reference the “f-word” as a joke line the way Open Season does. It sticks to clean veggie humor, not crass “nut” humor like Over the Hedge. It stays far, far away from the New Agey worldviews expressed in Brother Bear. It doesn’t feature Regis Philbin and Larry King as the voices of drag-queen “sisters” like the Shrek movies do. It avoids what we called Happy Feet’s “oddly unpleasant interjections of spiritualism and Footloose-style loosen-up-you-old-fuddy-duddy ‘moralizing.'” And it doesn’t indulge in mean-spirited name-calling (“booger breath,” “moron,” “idiot,” etc.) the way pretty much every movie from Meet the Robinsons to Garfield does.

This has been a tremendously helpful tool for our family, as we’ve even been able to use our phone look up a movie while standing in line at the movie theatre when our first choice was sold out! If you haven’t checked it out, I encourage you to do so. We even discovered that some of the movies we were most afraid of were pretty mild compared to what we had envisioned (i.e. – Evan Almighty — which we would never have watched had it not been for Unplugged Online). So go forth and watch movies with confidence! (and check out Rocks in My Dryer for more WFMW tips)

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The New ‘Do — with a photo…or two

First of all, let me just tell you all how much I HATE having my photo taken, so I resisted until the last minute. And, since I resisted until the last minute, my hair had already had about 11 hours to lose its new shape and go sort of…well, flat. Plus, it’s kind of hard to photograph your own hair, so tomorrow — I’ll try again after shower and makeup and get K to do it for me. But, since I told you I’d post it “later today”…I’ve gotta do it. Part of that integrity issue.

Please be so kind as to only look at my hair and not the mole on my face that has grown to the size of a small town and will soon be requiring its own zip code. Nor should you look at my dry, cracked lips or my second and third chin. I’m telling you because I know you’re going to look at those things anyway and I just wanted you to know that I know. ‘Cause I’m vain like that. That’s why I couldn’t muster a smile.

The side:

The back:

Of course, if you look at my profile photo, you’re probably thinking, “That’s the same haircut!” I assure you, it’s not. My hair is much longer in that photo – no real layers to speak of, and I hated it (while my husband loved it). Now my hair has layers and is just at my nape — which I totally love. What do ya think? Honestly?

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My husband hates it and I love it…

Sound familiar? I could be talking about a myriad of things, since we are polar opposites. He’s a lover of all things science and the closest I come to liking anything with the word “science” is “sci-fi”, and it’s only loosely based on science, right? He loves history and geography and I can’t remember what happened yesterday, much less 300 years ago. Plus, I’m what you might consider a bit of a geographically challenged kind of gal…ahem. Tell me you’re from Buffalo and I might think it’s somewhere in Oklahoma on the prairie.

So I’m sure I’m not the only woman out there who experiences issues with her hair and her husband, right? Please tell me I’m not. He likes it long, I like it short. He likes it gray, I like it colored. I like to look young! fresh! vibrant! We’re just different that way. I walked in today from my hair appointment and even though I knew better than to ask, I was so excited that after 3 years of searching for someone who understood my hair needs, and having finally found her (praise the Lord!) I had a momentary lapse of judgment and asked him, “So, what do you think?”

Y’all, I should not have asked. As he was searching for least offensive words to use to let me know he didn’t quite care for it was okay with it, his face betrayed his emotions and the moment was comical to say the least. He tried to be positive, he really did. So I couldn’t hold it against him.

But I love my new haircut. I’ll have him take a photo later and post it so you can all see. Because I’m generous like that. And because I love it that much. Really. I do.

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I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in the spin cycle – just turning round and round and never really accomplishing very much but getting the ever-living daylights drained out of you? That pretty much sums up my week. Except I actually enjoyed it…so does that make me insane?

AJ had a Dr’s appt this past week and we learned he is mildly asthmatic, in addition to having ezcema (which we discovered at last week’s appt). So we left the Dr’s office armed with 3 new prescriptions. He received an inhaler, which has been an interesting experience. Have you ever tried getting a 5 year old to do anything slowly? Especially inhale? It is about as easy as trying to herd a bunch of cats into a bathtub full of water.

K is playing basketball in the Upward program this year and may I just say her participation in the program should be called “OhMyWord.” Now, don’t misunderstand me – she has athletic ability. She is, after all, my child. But she has never, ever played organized basketball and it’s painful, albeit humorous to watch her learn. Never one to quit, she has determination and the desire to win inside of her. Still. Sometimes that is just not enough, folks. Her team played their first game this weekend and my girl didn’t know the difference between offense and defense, bless her heart. She was playing defense at both baskets and there was one moment in the game where she actually got the ball and forgot if she was offense or defense and ended up throwing it in a teammate’s face just to rid herself of the pressure and possibly the impending embarrassment of making a basket at the wrong post. Sigh. Much of the rest of the weekend was spent going over the rules of the game with her. Something her coaches apparently overlooked, since all the other girls on her team are returning players.

And our new computer is wonderful. I have never had anything as nice as this – I can run more than one program at a time and it doesn’t freeze up. Miracle of miracles, I tell you. God is so good. He has even answered my prayers for patience. He has given me many opportunities this week to exercise my willingness to trust Him and remain calm while transferring files and programs from the old computer to the new one. Like when the old computer’s screen kept shutting off mid-transfer and wouldn’t come back on, no matter what I did and I had to power the tower down to reboot the screen — I remained calm and said to myself, “Self…remain calm.” See how easy that was? I just love it when God answers prayers. And I didn’t even pull out one hair, although I’m pretty sure a few gave up and turned loose and a few others turned grey in the process. (And do you spell grey “grey” or “gray”? It was always my understand both were acceptable, but everytime I spell it “grey”, spellcheck says it’s spelled incorrectly…go figure)

I did think about shedding a few tears when I realized I had inadvertently deleted a 30 page mini-book I had written in college for creative writing. It was some of my best work ever about growing up on a farm and country life. I was reformatting a disk and thought I had saved it to the desktop on the old computer (I even checked the folder where it was supposed to be stored) and just as I hit the “delete” key to remove it from the disk, I noticed the folder was gone. After a mild panic attack and trying to cancel the delete (which didn’t work), I gave up and just decided that I would rewrite it in the days to come. It was peppered with country witticisms my Aunt Sister (her real name was Leola Daniels, but she was called “Sister” because, well, she was the oldest sister of 4 boys and 5 girls on my dad’s side) and Uncle Steve used to say – things like “He’s so poor he’d have to borrow money to buy water to cry with” or “She’s so dull she couldn’t cut hot butter with a knife.” Thing is, the mini-book was written 15 years ago, before I had three children and when my brain still remembered things that happened longer than 5 minutes ago. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to write that well again. I had honestly forgotten about it until I saw it and my mind exploded with the bloggy possibilities. “Oooh…I could pull a Pioneer Woman and post it in chapters” was but one of many that came to mind. Oh..okay, it was the only one that came to mind because really? my mind can only process one thought at a time, people. Especially when I’m working on the whole patience thing.

I still have not completed my new banner for 2008. A little behind the ’08 ball, yes I am. (get it? I crack myself up) I do have some ideas, one of which I borrowed from some scrapbooking paper I have – I freehanded a little birdy from it and I will probably use it somehow in the design. I am finding that if I come up with a graphic first, it’s easier for me to do the rest of the design. Here’s the sample I drew: What are your thoughts on using this bird? Is it too cartoonish?

And might I just add that I EL-OH-VE-EEE (as Rachel would say)having my Adobe on the same computer I use for the internet? No longer do I have to use one computer for the graphics and one for blogging because neither one would do both. Now I have one computer that I can do everything on. It’s tempting to stay here all day, but that would be insanity, right? (I might enjoy that, too!)

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