Laundry and the Storm


Preface to this picture:

Paul is famous for spilling stuff on his shirt when he eats and/or cooks.  Whenever he spills something he justs throws his shirt on top of the washer and I spray it with Shout (or the equivalent).  Well, today he spilled marinade/liquid smoke on his shirt while he was cooking a brisket.  He took his shirt off and sprayed it himself.  EXCEPT….he sprayed Arm and Hammer bathroom cleaner (with bleach) on his shirt, instead of Shout.  So….this is what his shirt now looks like.

the front

the back

He only sprayed the front bottom part, but it leaked through and went E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!  So, yes, all of those spots are bleach spots….

Lucky for us, it doesn’t matter what we wear to work, and, in fact, we both have several shirts that have bleach stains on them….just not quite that bad.

The Storm

We are in line for a H-U-G-E storm.  It started snowing about 1:30PM today and it’s a combination of snow/ice/sleet.  It’s not too bad…yet, but it’s supposed to get significantly worse by tomorrow/Wednesday.

This is what the NWS says,

“National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for central Illinois in effect from 6 a.m. Tuesday until noon on Wednesday. Snow accumulation is expected to be 12-18 inches with winds increasing to blizzard conditions. People should expect sustained winds of 20-30 m.p.h. with gusts to 40 m.p.h. Freezing rain is predicted from Springfield to McLean county at the outset of the storm Tuesday. Citizens should be prepared for power outages.”

Let me tell you a few things that stand out to me in that statement.

1.)  Snow accumulation 12-18 inches (That measures over a foot, in case you were wondering).

2.)  With winds increasing to blizzard conditions (remember this).   I think it’s going to be worse this time.

3.)  Citizens should be prepared for power outages.

Here’s what we have to do for ourselves to prepare:

1.)  Stock up on food (I went to the grocery store last Wednesday, so we’re totally fine on food).

2.)  Do laundry (Two reasons for that)

Reason #1:  Make sure we have our warm, wool socks available, along with my pajama pants that I wear underneath my jeans-I don’t own long underwear-

Reason #2:  If we lose power, we lose water (we run on an electric well), so I can’t do laundry

3.)  Turn the heat up

Reason #1:  If we lose power, at least we will start up warmer so it won’t get so cold, so quickly

4.)  Take a shower/bath tonight

Reason #1:  In case we lose power-we’ll have no water-at least we’ll be clean for a couple of days

And, of course, Jim, our maintenance guy, is out of town this week, so Paul is in charge of plowing!!  So, he’ll be up at 5:45AM tomorrow morning, on the plow, clearing the roads!  I’m so proud of him!  🙂

So, here’s to the storm….

Day Twenty-Nine

3 wishes:

If I had a magic lamp…

Well, naturally the given wish would be world peace (think Miss Congeniality), but I’m not going to count that one.

1.)  My family lived closer together

2.)  My “Meme” would not suffer anymore and know it’s OK to let go and go to live with Jesus

3.)  A higher metabolism or no weight gain, despite the fat and caloric intake (OK, everyone is entitled to a selfish wish)

Day Twenty-Eight

Something that stresses you out….

Well, well, well….here we go….something that stresses me out….

If you could win an Oscar for worrying, I would not only be a contender, I would win it.  However, I’d probably hide in the closet so no one could see it…that’s not exactly an award you’re proud of, huh?

I’d like to say that I have passion about certain things (so it’s why I act the way I do about certain issues), but in fact, it’s stress.  I just like to mask it and say that it’s really passion just taking over my life.

I stress over pleasing people.

I stress over doing the right thing (hence pleasing people).

I stress over Paul pleasing people.

I stress over Paul doing the right thing (hence pleasing people).

I stress when I don’t have control of a situation.

I stress when I don’t understand something (that’s relatively elementary).

I pretty much embody the word stress.

Day Twenty-Six

Picture of your family.

Well, the last time my whole family was together was Thanksgiving 2006.  Paul and I had only been married for about 6 months and we only had 11 people in our family.  Since then, we’ve added two members.

Here’s a photo of the last time we were ALL together.

Thanksgiving 2006

from left to right:

Paul, me, my dad, my BIL, Scott, my mom, my sister, Leslie, (holding Grady), Drake in the front, Marcy, my BIL, Jeff, and Kainani.  Since then, we’ve added Alika and Kainoa.

The last time we were together with ALL of Paul’s family was Thanksgiving of 2009, but no picture.  So, here’s his family, in two separate pictures.

August 2010

From left to right:

Paul, his sister, Susan, his mom, Donna, and his dad, Mike

Paul’s brother, David

Here are other pictures of my family (just cause I love them so much)!

Kainani with her love (horses)

Alika and Kainoa on an El Toro



Day Twenty-Five

Favorite vacation:

Well, if you remember Day Eight, you know that my family traveled….a lot….I loved it!  But, because we traveled so much when I was younger, I don’t remember a lot of the vacations.  If I look at pictures, I can remember some things, but just memories off of the top of my head are not always accurate.

So, in the last few years I have taken vacations that I DO remember….

1998 was my 1st summer to go to Hawaii.  My sister didn’t live there yet (she moved in 1999), but her boyfriend (at the time, now her husband), Jeff, did, so we went over there right before I started college.

I went again in 1999, 2000 (I stayed 5 weeks that summer), 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2010.

My sister, Marcy, got married in 2002, so that was a fun reason to go to Hawaii!

Bachelorette Party on the boat (Leslie, Marcy, and me)-with Diamond Head in the background

I sang in my sister's wedding

And in 2010

Paul and me (Paul's 1st time to Hawaii)

at Germaine's Luau

Jeff (my B-in-L) and me surfing

In 2005 my mom and I went to Hilton Head Island.

me parasailing

mom and me on a cruise boat

I also have gone to New York (twice).  I went in 1996 and in 2010.


1st time I met Jamie

I can’t make the picture bigger.  Sorry.  To read more about Jamie go here.


Brooklyn Bridge

seeing Jamie again

Also, Paul and I went to Colorado in 2006 (for our honeymoon) and again in 2009 (he went in 2008 without me).

Here’s 2009:

The Whitelock's (and us)

going white water rafting


So….maybe I don’t have a favorite vacation, but here’s a few that I loved!!

(Next on the wish list:  California or an Alaskan cruise)

(Next on the reality list:  Hawaii or Colorado)

Day Twenty-Four

I accidentally switched Day Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four, so now I’m going to switch Day Twenty-Four and Day Twenty-Five.  I’m working on the blog originally set for today, but I’m not sure I’m going to have it done by midnight (b/c I have to collect and scan pictures), so…

Day Twenty-Five is:

Put your iPod on shuffle and list your 1st 10 songs….

Well, I can’t do that b/c I don’t have an iPod, so….I’m going to create my own Day Twenty-Five.

Things I’d like to do, but probably never will or won’t be able to….

  • get highlights in my hair (once you start, I don’t think you can stop)
  • get a tattoo (I can’t even voluntarily give blood, pretty sure I can’t handle the needle)
  • go ride in a hot air balloon (gotta have money to do that)
  • go to Australia (maybe someday, but it’s expensive)
  • get a really, wild, crazy haircut (if you don’t like it, you’re kind of stuck with it)
  • be a runner (face it…I’m pretty L-A-Z-Y)
  • serve at the Inn at the Lake for an entire summer (doesn’t pay anything, so it won’t cover bills)
  • live in an actual subdivision with neighbors (gotta make money to afford that)
  • go repelling down the side of a mountain (do I really have the guts to do that)
  • see Niagara Falls (don’t want to spend the money just to say, “Oh, there it is.”)
  • go to Sea World (in all my years of living in Texas, I never went to Sea World in San Antonio)
  • figure out why my arm hurts all the time (I’m not a doctor, so I can’t fix it)
  • learn how to play the piano….again (I probably would never practice AND we don’t own a piano)
  • go on a cruise (this may actually happen in the next couple of years)

Food Network

We don’t have cable so we don’t get the Food Network, but when I do have access to it, I like to watch the Food Network.  Every now and then I’ll watch Rachael Ray in the afternoon on NBC.  She used to cook the entire hour, which I liked.  Now she has 30 minutes of “guests” and then only cooks for 30 minutes.  I don’t like it as much b/c I think she has lost who she is, but that is another post for another day.

Anyway, whenever I watch shows on the Food Network, they always “have it together.”  When they are cooking, they always have all their utensils ready and available.  They always have everything they need right in the front of the pantry or cabinet.   They never have to look for things.  They never have to stop and do something else while cooking.  They never have to clean up their own mess.

Well, Giada and Rachael Ray have nothing on me.  I could have my own cooking show, but it would be reality.  It would be real.  It would be filled with mistakes.  It would be filled with multi-tasking.  Here is my night.

For dinner we had:

grilled chicken breast garnished with butter, lemon juice and parsley

bacon-wrapped aspargus


Here’s how the night went….

  • pull the chicken and parsley out of the fridge, put the chicken in a pan to grill
  • go to the bathroom
  • remember there are clothes in the washer, move clothes from the washer to the dryer
  • cut up parsley, start cooking chicken (remember I need to put the asparagus in b/c it takes about 15-20 minutes to cook)
  • turn the oven on, wait about 5 minutes for the oven to actually turn on and another 10 minutes for it to heat up
  • look for olive oil in cabinet; have to take out a lot of things…still can’t find it (improvise with something else)
  • spice up the asparagus and wrap with bacon
  • empty some of the trash in the kitchen into another trashcan b/c kitchen trashcan is full and there’s no where to put it
  • step over the parsley that was spilled on the floor
  • lemon juice gets squirted all over the counter
  • butter and lemon juice sauteed on stove
  • use the last paper towel, have to replace the paper towel roll
  • flip chicken and load up asparagus and bacon on baking dish, put in oven
  • pull fork out of drawer and drawer falls out b/c the bottom piece of wood is broken.
  • take 2nd drawer out to reach piece of broken wood (it breaks frequently)
  • jam it back into place and strategically slide both drawers back into place
  • clean up spilled lemon juice
  • empty overflowing dishrack and put up all the dishes
  • flip chicken again
  • burn parsley, forgetting its on the stove, with the butter and lemon juice
  • wash dishes that are already in the sink (from meals earlier today), put in dishrack to dry
  • refill 4 water bottles to get them off of the counter b/c I’m running out of counter space
  • eat candy bar while waiting for chicken to finish
  • check TV to see what’s on the TV (State of the Union address)
  • flip chicken again
  • stop to watch a few minutes of Wheel of Fortune
  • wash pan parsley was burned in
  • tell Paul dinner is about ready (give him a little “buffer time”)
  • get salad out of fridge (leftover from lunch-so it’s already made)
  • garnish chicken with parsley mix
  • clean up parsley on the floor
  • get asparagus out of oven
  • clean off counter to plate up food (sink is full of dirty dishes, again)
  • plate up chicken and asparagus, plate up salad

Dinner is served!!

  • find the olive oil that I couldnt’ find earlier
  • put up dishes in the dishrack
  • wash dishes from dinner, put in dishrack

See, my own show….what do you think?

(all the stuff in bold is stuff they never have to deal with)….

Day Twenty-Three

Lessons Learned:

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

You never know what life has thrown at people.  Don’t be so quick to judge those who live differently than yourself.

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

“Life is all about how you handle Plan B.”

“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
Our life does not always go the way we planned.  Learn how to “roll with it.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.”

“Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from.”

Don’t ever give up.

“The unexpected is what we live for. The unexpected is what changes our lives.”

“Expect the unexpected.”

Don’t ever get too comfortable.  Only then will God “rock your world.”

“Sometimes you have to experience things for yourself in order to get through what others have been telling you all along to do.”

People can’t make decisions for you.  You must learn how to do things on your own.  Success or failure.

  • Marriage is hard.
  • Chores don’t have to be done each week.
  • Compromise and communication are vital to any marriage.
  • It’s OK for your house to look lived-in.
  • Going to bed at the same time as your spouse is important. 
  • You can still go on with your life, even if your bed is not made.
  • It’s OK to eat dessert before dinner.
  • Savor the late-night talks with your spouse.
  • It is possible to get ready for work in 15 minutes.
  • It is impossible to keep snow out of your house during the winter in Illinois.
  • Praying with your spouse everyday is a huge part of a successful relationship.

Day Twenty-Two

What’s in my make-up bag?

OK, I know you’re waiting….I know you really care….I know you can’t sleep at night until you know….

So, here it is.

  • Cover Girl loose powder
  • Cover Girl blush
  • Cover Girl eye shadow (I’m not good at putting eyeshadow on; it just never looks like I want it to look, but I wear it, nonetheless).
  • Loreal liquid black eye liner (love this stuff)!
  • Cover Girl mascara (I have to have waterproof b/c I cry so much….it’s a pain to wash off, but it’s necessary).

Nothing too exciting…I try to wear make-up most days, just so I look more “awake” and “alive,” rather than looking like I rolled out of bed 15 minutes ago (which is usually the truth on work days).

OK, you can sleep now.