Month: January 2008

Purge and Binge, People!

I’ve been on a cleaning and purging binge the last few days. A new year will do that to you, you know.

No, I’m not talking about my colon, although I did order some Colonix from Dr. Natura yesterday. I’ve been feeling rather sluggish and decided what better way to jump start my new year than a total cleansing…have you seen the stuff that comes out? Be forewarned — it’s pretty gross, but what’s even grosser is the realization that that stuff might be in me, which is why I’m doing the cleanse. That, and to jump start my weight loss regime. (Since I now weigh more than I did at delivery with ANY of my children…sigh. I’ll keep you posted with how it’s going…although I’m not sure I’ll be showing you any photos of what’s happening on my, er…end. ahem.

But I digress…I was actually speaking of our home office (which, coincidentally, is also in our bedroom…gack) which is also quite the veritable mountain of paperwork. I’m terrific at giving out the organizational advice, but apparently not always so great at following it. (I’ll just blame it on the homeschooling, yes, that’s it, homeschooling).

Evidence that much filing is in order:

Actually, our old desktop (which we used for all of our business media and web design) died on us. Okay, it’s not technically, “dead”…but it’s got one foot in the grave and we had to do something before we lost all of our files. So we consulted one of our friends who got us an excellent deal on this beauty – a Dell Inspiron 531 with a 22″ high definition widescreen flat panel monitor, 2 GB of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. You found me out – I’m a techy geek after all. If I wasn’t so happy as a homeschooling sahm, I’d probably apply for a job with the Geek Squad. Their mission statement kills me “Geek Squad is an elite force of highly skilled and highly mobile Agents who provide computer support 24/7/365. Our mission is to create a world where computer problems are obsolete.” I like the little cars they get to toodle around in, too. (looks are everything in the geeky world, you know) Of course, I’d probably have to get some pocket protectors and a pair of funky black horn-rimmed glasses just to be a geeky fashionista.

Without further ado, the new computer (okay, technically, it’s only the screen, the rest of it is under the desk:

I will not have internet access to it until next week sometime – the cable service we have for our internet doesnt allow us to install a hub, so we’ll have to figure out what we are going to do about that. For now, I’m still using the laptop, which will start to travel with my husband when he goes back and forth between the office:

And further proof that my desk is clean (just in case you didn’t believe me the first time I said it):

Did you notice the book on my desktop? It’s called “No Excuse! – A New Philosophy for Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Excellence” by Jay Rifenbary. Very good book – I highly recommend it, and I haven’t even read it. My husband has and has been giving me feedback every step of the way…so I’ll read it next, because frankly? I’m totally intrigued. Ours is an older copy, so it doesn’t look like the one on the website, but it’s the same inside.

That being said, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE! for me not to blog more frequently now that I am so organized and efficient, right?

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Boomama, Me, and the Wii

Well, Boomama and I may not share the same amount of readers in one day, (it takes me a year to get the traffic she gets in one day!) but it’s nice to know that we have at least one thing in common. Our sons are both “addicted” to playing Super Mario Bros on the Wii. If you are ever in East Texas and you hear someone hollering “TRANSFOOOOORRRM!” at the top of his lungs, you might be close to my house.

Is there a 12 step program for this game?

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A baby without the labor

Just when I thought I was through with teething and potty training…

What’s that? Did I disturb your nap?

Hm…what are these? Chew toys?



What? We’re done already?

Fine. I don’t really care anyway…


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Hoping your New Year is Bright

anyone out there? hello? (phwooh, phwooh….tap..tap…echoing sound)

My sincerest apologies for the completely unscheduled bloggy break. It’s been a most joyous and festive holiday for our family, aside from the fact that my mom was in the hospital for the week of Christmas with congestive heart failure (she’s out and better now). I honestly don’t know where the time has gone…I have been faithfully reading your blogs, but have completely forgotten to update mine! How’s that for pitiful? Ah…but I am about to redeem myself, as I have GOALS! GOALS! GOALS! to share with y’all.

1. Read my Bible through this year, cover to cover.
2. Spend an hour in prayer every morning.
3. Use my daily planner to improve time management – multi-task! multi-task!

4. Update my blog more often than once in a blue moon.

That’s pretty much it — I could add countless other goals, but the first three are really the highest priority. I mean, anyone who is overweight wants to lose weight (including me), anyone who is a parent should want to be a better parent (ditto), and anyone who is married should desire to be a better spouse (double ditto)…so those are a given. I’m working on those things as well.

How am I doing so far, you ask? Smashing, dahling. Hey, it’s only the 3rd of January and I’m already updating my blog! woo hoo! Feels so good to be a winner!

But seriously. I’m utilizing my reticular activating system in order to accomplish my goals. What?!?! Okay…I’m writing my goals down daily in my planner because writing triggers the RAS, which in turn sends a signal to the cerebral cortex: ‘Wake up! Pay attention! Don’t miss this detail!’ Once you write down a goal, your brain will be working overtime to see you get it, and will alert you to the signs and signals that were there all the time.

In our business, we call it the “blue car” theory. If I tell you that I’m going to give you $1000 for every blue car you see from your house to mine, you’ll be looking, won’t you? Those blue cars were there all along, but your brain now has a reason to be looking for them, enabling you to find them. Well, that’s a Reader’s Digest condensed version of what it is, anyway. But I DO find that if I write my goals down, I think about them more, which in turn makes me more prone to getting them done.

Alrighty, then. Enough with the goals. Don’t EVEN get me started on business – I will talk nonstop…and that just doesn’t equate to bloggy goodness. 🙂
Speaking of bloggy goodness, I’ll leave you with a little something sent to me by my friend, Tonya. It’s so cute that I think I watched it two or fifteen times:

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Hi there, y’all.

My name is Karen and this is the part where I tell you a little bit about me. For starters, you should know that I believe in self-deprecating humor, always wearing clean underwear, and looking on the bright side. I’m a happily married (seven years!) Christian mom of three and I homeschool. I tend to be somewhat melodramatic and prone to over-exaggeration. Just a little, though. I live in the teensy, tiny state of Texas, but before that I lived in the teensy, tiny state of Alaska and boy do I have some tales to tell you.

The name of my blog is almost always misread, and that’s somewhat intentional. It was meant to be read as “simply…a musing blog”, but most people read it as “simply amusing” and leave out the blog entirely. Which is really sort of prophetic, don’t you think?

I started this blog back in 2006 because I wanted to have some sort of creative outlet. A place to post my day to day musings and scrapbooking pages. The only problem is that I never could find the time to do any scrapbooking pages, so it evolved rather quickly into my daily brain dump. A shelter in the time of homeschooling storm, if you will.

This blog has evolved from its original state — as I have grown in God’s Word, I feel more and more led to share my faith and experiences with others. I want to be transparent here and at the same time hopefully, encourage and inspire other women to follow the Christ of the Bible.

I recently opened up shop on a design blog called Simply Amusing Designs. You should go there sometime if you need a new blog header or design. Or even if you don’t. Because then you could recommend me to your friends. And they could recommend me to their friends. And..well, you get the idea.

Oh, and that photo up there? That’s me, all painted up and made to look much skinnier than I am in real life. That’s the power of the internet, people. Oh, and Photoshop.

So please have a look around my blog. I’ve labeled posts by category, as well as filed them away by month and year. So feel free to poke around and read whatever interests you. I’ll even let you leave comments, because I read every one of them and they make me oh-so-happy.

Thank you so much for visiting. Should you require anything during your stay, you may contact me by clicking on the little link at the top of the left column that says “email me”. That is all.

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