Monday, September 28, 2009

ADHD and Something I Found Funny

I took a quiz that was supposed to determine if a person has ADHD/how much that person has ADHD the other day. I was told that I have moderate ADHD... something I kind of figured about myself... but the thing is, since I took the quiz I feel like my ADHD is even stronger - am I just imagining this?

Tonight while eating supper (yes, I call it supper not dinner) my dad was talking to my younger brother about the earth's crust and how the inside is filled with lava (or something like that, haha, I don't know). He said that if you compare an apple to the earth, the peel is only how thick the crust on the earth is (ya know, cause of the size difference). My older brother (a witty twenty some) was like "I'm movin' " - I thought that was pretty funny, but you probably had to be there to get it.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mr. Manners and Dr. No-Manners

Do you call people by their first names? Even when they are older than you? Even when they are respected more than you? Even when they have a higher education than you do? I do. After all, aren't "all men created equal"? I don't address anyone as Mr or Mrs, and I don't expect anyone to address me as Miss or Ms. I think that we have first names for a reason. :)

I have a short story to tell on this subject. As kids my brothers and sisters and I would always call our neighbors - who were married to each other - Jim (name changed, haha) and Mrs. Jones (name changed, haha), I don't why or when we started calling them that, but the really strange thing was... my sister had called the wife Mrs. Jones to her face once and she had told her "you can call me" Laura (again, name changed) - so why in the world do we - to this day - call her Mrs. 'Jones'?!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Interacting With and Loving All Types of Life

I've written that I am from a large family - and haven't really explained how large. I've written about some of the relationships that I have with my immediate family - and haven't nearly covered all the relationships that I have with my other relatives. Now I am going to cover - somewhat - how diverse my family (and other relatives) really is. Here she goes...

My youngest relative is my little unborn niece or nephew who has been (for lack of a better word) "created" for under two months. My love for this little one is already strong and I think about him or her every day, yet I haven't even had the chance to "meet" them yet - and won't until springtime.

My oldest relative is my (older of the two) Grandma, she has been on this earth for over 86 years and is still going strong - despite a scare that she gave us last week. I've loved my Grandma my whole life and I get to visit with her quite often.

In between these two there are children who have just celebrated their first and second birthdays, children who have just become (or will soon) teens, and children in between those two groups. There are aunts and uncles who are fast approaching 40, and there are those who have already passed 60.

My relatives include engaged couples, married couples (my family alone includes 3 of these), divorced couples, remarried couples, living together (but unmarried) couples, a homosexual adult, and single adults. My relatives are many and diverse.

While I am not close to a lot of my relatives, I love each and every one of them.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Does Anyone Else?

Does anyone else... get stress headaches (and get them often)? Isn't stress bad enough, but it just adds to the misery when I get a headache to go along with it. I am a relatively calm person (on the outside at least), but I do tend to get stressed out pretty easily (on the inside). Stress headaches are a large part of the headaches that I get (I have headaches a couple of times a week) and they are becoming rather annoying.

I think that this "Does Anyone Else" is becoming a place for me to complain, sorry. ;)

Friday, September 18, 2009


I've just heard some very exciting news! Never would have guessed that I would find out what I did today! My older sister and her husband stopped by to pick up my younger brother to take him on a trip that they are going on - and they had something to tell us! Yea! They are expecting my first niece or nephew!!! :D (Or maybe even both - they haven't had an ultrasound yet!) I'm excited, but I feel like this news hasn't really sunk in for me yet - maybe when my sister "has a belly" for the first time, haha. Yea, yea, yea!

Yet, while I am excited for my older sister and her husband and for my whole family I am also hurting for my older brother and his wife. Whereas my sister and her husband have only been married 3 months this month (and hadn't really seemed to care if they got pregnant or not), my brother and his wife have been trying to get pregnant since they got married about a year ago (I know that isn't very long, but I also know that for them it has felt long).

Please pray for my older brother and sister-in-law as they receive this news, and please pray for my teeny tiny niece or nephew! :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm Home!

Flying there... was good. Security was so simple and easy. The take off and the landing and everything in between was smooth - it reminded me of riding in a bus (or kind of a boat, tipping a little from side to side once in awhile).

We spent the night sitting around in the airport waiting for it to get light enough out for us to go have a look around. We played a few games of tic tac toe, read some magazines, watched some people sleep on the airport floor, etc.. In the morning we headed out walking just to see how far we could get, and ended up walking all of the way across the water and to the Lincoln Memorial, on to the Washington Monument and to the Tea Party/march.

The protest... was great! There were so many people there! At first I was worried that things might get a little out of hand - and how I wouldn't want that! I just wanted a simple, peaceful, protest - and that is pretty much what I got. I didn't agree with every sign that was there, or with the attitudes of everyone there, but I was definitely proud to be joining with so many people (estimates are over a million) standing up for our rights and for our country. It was an experience unlike any that I will ever get the chance to be involved in again.

After the march (which went from where we had gathered - Freedom Plaza? - to the Capital) my brother and I decided we might as well walk back, since we had walked there and "knew" we could do it again. After a quick trip out of the way to see the White House, we headed back. I grew pretty tired (and my shoes were really hurting my feet) as we walked - I believe that we walked close to ten miles if not more that day. I was a bit of a wimp, but my brother was very patient with me. We walked through the Arlington National Cemetery on the way back, but didn't have a lot of time to really pay a lot of attention to it, but I did realize that a lot of people are buried there - many who had given up (at least part of) their lives for our freedom.

Flying back... was fine. I was a little nervous boarding the plane, because I had heard of people who had a great first flight and a not so good second, but it went good. We got back to our home state and my other brother's home town and took a bus to that brother's apartment.

Spending time with my brothers... Sunday, my brother and I were able to go to my other brother's church for the first time. And then we spent about five hours hanging out with that brother and doing a little shopping.

I am home! (And this post is way too long, so I am going to stop!)

Thanks for all the advice, and prayers, and support. :)



Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Some Things That I Am Looking Forward To In The Coming Days

First, my brother and mine's trip to Washington DC - though I am dreading my first trip through security, etc, I am still looking forward to this trip. A. I will get to spend a lot of time with this brother. B. I will get to see our capital. C. I will get to "speak up" for what I believe. D. I will get to experience what it is to fly.

Second, my brother and I are flying out of (and in to) one of my other brother's home town (city) and we are spending the night at that brother's apartment Saturday night and will get to hang out with him on Sunday.

Third, Wheel of Fortune is starting a new season on Monday, and my younger brother and sister and I are planning on "getting into" it again - we stopped watching when they started playing replays in the beginning of the summer. We're weird, we know, but we love Wheel of Fortune.

Beyond those three... whatever the future holds. :)



BTW, sometimes I just say "my brother" or "my sister", that does not mean that I only have one of each or anything, actually quite the contrary. :) It's just simpler that way.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Why I'm Going to DC

Freedom... that is why I am going to Washington DC (well, that, and taxes). My brother and I are flying to Washington DC on Friday so that we can participate in the Tea Party and March that is happening at our Nation's capital. This will be the third "Tea" Party that I have attended and I am excited to be going to one so large and so important.

What is a "Tea" Party? Tea stands for Taxed Enough Already - and of course, the name is also drawn from the name of the great Boston Tea Party. "Tea" Parties are protests against higher taxes and less representation.

What else are we protesting? A biggie is Obamacare (President Obama's big national healthcare plan). Another is tax payer coverage of abortions. And also, of course, the big bail outs our country has been giving.

Why do I care about these issues? My main reason is because I want to be free! I want future generations to be free. I want immigrants to have a chance at freedom here in America. And freedom is not going to come from the government having more control of our money (and of our lives).

Wow, that was a long lecture I just gave, haha. In ending, here are some quotes I've found that speak of freedom and taxes:

The best things in life are free, but sooner or later the government will find a way to tax them. ~Author Unknown

We must care for each other more, and tax each other less. ~Bill Archer

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. ~Laurence J. Peter

Freedom is never free. ~Author Unknown

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. ~Abraham Lincoln



Oh, by the way, not only is Friday my first time flying, but if you didn't notice it's also September 11th and I am flying to Washington DC . . .

Monday, September 7, 2009

Flying and Fall

I will be flying to Washington DC on Friday. I have never flown before! I don't really know what to expect - and I always want to know what to expect before jumping into things. I'm not worried about the flying itself, but more the security and check in process (am I going to have to take off my shoes? empty my pockets? empty my carry on bag myself?) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. :) I am quite nervous, but also pretty excited.

I dislike (dare I say hate?) fall! Does anyone else? It is such a sad time of year, summer coming to an end, winter starting soon. Fall is such an ending, while spring is such a fresh beginning.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

6 Month "Anniversary" Of. . .

Today I am "celebrating" 6 months of no 'poo (shampoo that is). Six months ago I happened upon some blogs about people who had stopped using shampoo for various reasons - I thought "what the heck", and decided to give it a try for myself. I didn't really have a big reason for giving it up, just thought it would be interesting to try. Here is my "journal" from the first two days:

Day one of no 'poo: (march 4th)
I showered about an hour ago, and it is really nice because so far my head feels the same as if I had shampooed – it is not itchy, and itchiness is something I really have had a problem with if I ever tried to shampooing before. My hair is still wet, so I don't know if it is oily or clean.

Six hours after shampooing, my hair feels the same as it normally would – if not a touch drier than normal. No dramatic change.

Day two of no 'poo:
I awoke with nice clean hair. After showering my hair is clean and dry. The same if not cleaner and drier than normal – I am really surprised that my hair is not oily.

I started out by using baking soda (mixed with a little water) to clean my hair and vinegar to condition it - that worked pretty good, but I started getting lazy with it, and now I just use water... using baking soda only if I feel like it. (And no, the vinegar did not leave any scent in my hair.)

I've been enjoying my clean, pure, chemical-free hair. One of the things that I love about my hair now is that it has no scent of it's own - sometimes after spending a day outdoors I will find that my hair smells amazingly fresh air like.



Praying and Kmart Couponing and How Random Are Those - and a "Anniversary" Coming Up

I like to pray as I mow lawn - it's my "main" prayer time. I will pray for a different family member each time around the section that I am mowing... it makes the mowing go faster and it is really great to have that (uninterrupted) time to pray. I used to have a prayer list that I would go through at night, but found that to be too repetitious, as I was starting to have it memorized... I have a journal which I write out as a prayer, but have found that I sometimes don't really "feel" like I am praying what I write... and so I'm looking for other ideas for praying more - other than my lawn mower trick.

I've been loving the double coupon events that Kmart has been having off and on for the last year or so - my family and I have been able to get so many free (and almost free) items. But now, I've heard, that the double coupon event that is on right now is (supposedly) the last one of the year - and maybe even the last one ever. So sad. :(

If you haven't noticed, I love randomness - and the act of being random. :) That's why my blog jumps from subject to subject - just whatever I feel like writing (or sharing) at that moment.

Friday is my 6 month "Anniversary" of something - any guesses as to what?