Saturday, August 23, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Above rant brought on by a 4th grade math textbook :P
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Disclaimer: I have an unusual name myself, yes. But if you realize that my given name is Cheryl, the spelling of Cherie isn't all that strange ;)
Friday, August 01, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Hope Bob has a good trip home on his motorcycle!
Friday, June 06, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair. On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth. On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap. The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Ooops, what was I saying? Oh yeah, other things keep cropping up. Facebook is a big one, I have a great group of friends over there and I just love to hang out and play scrabulous, scramble, word twist, etc., plus trying to keep up a little with what they're all up to, it's a big part of my computer time. And my moms, they are my computer priority numero uno. If you're one of them, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you are totally confused and have no clue who I mean, I must tell you that I sure hope you have a group of friends in your life that love you and support you no. matter. what. And they really do mean that, it's through thick and thin and thicker too ;) I also have to keep in touch with people on messenger and email...my family is far away from me now and I can't pick up the phone and chat with my mom about any and everything for an hour at a time. I miss that. So we send each other silly forwards and funny jokes and do our best to stay connected.
Ack, I am so bad at staying on track! The point I was going to make when I started this post was that I really really am going to try to blog more often, starting now. I won't promise it will be an every day thing because then the first time that I don't make it I will feel so guilty that I will stay away for a month and that's just not helpful when I'm trying to blog more, now is it? So I will just say that I'm going to try to do better. Feel free to email me if I seem to be falling away again, or contact me in whatever other way you have access to. Verizon calls are free minutes, ya know ;)
Friday, May 16, 2008
First you had trouble getting out of bed
You had a stiff neck
You washed your hair and couldn't do a thing with it
You felt like you had a hangover and you weren't even drinking last night
Your new diet really doesn't seem to be working out
You pulled a muscle when you tried to exercise
Your new hat looked better on you at the store
You keep losing things
The boss chewed you out at work
You got caught in the rain at lunchtime
Then the lunch you had didn't seem to agree with you
You feel trapped
Uninvited guests showed up at dinnertime
On top of that you think you're coming down with the flu
And finally, you're alone in the house at night when you think you hear a noise in the basement
Friday, May 09, 2008
What I was doing ten years ago: Ten years ago, early May of 1998, let's see...I was still a newlywed I guess, Matt and I had been married eight months and he'd been away for four months at this point. We've had rather an odd marriage ;) So I was single momming it with James who was 7 and Maya who was 4.
Five things on my To-Do list today:
The day is almost over but five things I was supposed to do - three loads of laundry (all washed and dried, just have to fold the last load and put it all away), grocery shopping (done), gas up the car (done), put the filter in the pump and the pump in the pond (not done, maybe tomorrow) and do the dishes (not done yet but will be).
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Pay immigration for all the ridiculous fees they keep throwing at us, buy a house, buy a car or two, pay for college for James and the girls, and go see my parents often.
Three of my bad habits/qualities:
I drink too much coke and then get irritated that I'm not losing those last pounds (duh), I get irritated with my kids too easily and I am not a very good housekeeper.
Five places I’ve lived:
Backwards from now - Sparks NV, Courtenay BC, Cumberland BC, Coal Harbour BC and Fanny Bay BC.
Five Jobs that I have had:
Backwards from now - mom, retail sales in a clothing store, cashier in a convenience store, cleaning houses and chambermaid.
Five books I’ve recently read (or partially read):
The first three books in Tim LaHaye's Babylon Rising series, the first two books in Tim LaHaye's The Jesus Chronicles.
Anyone else want to do this meme? Just let me know if you do so I can come and read your answers!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Get your minds out of the gutter, people! Yeah, I worded it that way just because I thought it was funny but tremors really are on people's minds right now in the Reno area. Seems we've had over a hundred seismic episodes over the past few weeks. The biggest was 4.7 on Friday night and I think I read right that it was the biggest to strike since 1953.
Now, I did feel it but honestly, it wasn't all that big of a deal to me. True, we're about 15 miles from the epicenter. My sister in law who's about four miles away from it was much more shaken up by it than we were. Haha, I made a funny. Sorry, got to take them where I can get them.
We're due for a bigger one, according to about half of the so called experts. The other half say the small ones are releasing the pressure and that's all we'll get.
We'll see. I'll keep y'all posted!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
This thing is huge and is right inside the door, the door that I always use. Yeah, it's been there all along but lalala I just walk right by and never pay attention. Ugh. I feel so silly!
Friday, April 18, 2008
Christa doesn't like chocolate kisses anymore. They don't taste good. Yeah right.
Christa doesn't like mini hot dogs. Her comment after eating two of them, "Thank goodness that's the end of those!"
5 year old taste buds. It's always a new adventure.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Just thought you might like to know a little about my friend.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn't.
2. I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
3. Some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them.
4. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
5. Don' t take life too seriously; no one gets out alive.
6. You're just jealous because the voices only talk to me.
7. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
8. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
9. I'm not a complete idiot -- some parts are just missing.
10. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
11. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
12. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
13. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
14. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
15. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
16. Being 'over the hill' is much better than being under it!
17. Wrinkled was not one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up.
18. Procrastinate now!
19. I have a degree in Liberal Arts; do you want fries with that?
20. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
21. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance.
22. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
23. They call it PMS because Mad Cow Disease was already taken.
24. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless DEAD.
25. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
26. Ham and eggs...a day's work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
27. The trouble with life is there's no background music.
28. The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson.
29. I smile because I don't know what the heck is going on.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
We have had so much fun having Flat Dexter visit us here in Nevada! Sparks is located in the northern part of the state, very close to the California border. The terrain here is called high desert which means that, though it is still very dry, we do get a fair amount of snow in the winter. We even got a little snow while Flat Dexter was here but it melted so quickly that we didn’t have time for pictures. Here is our house on a spring day.
And here is part of our back yard. We have many trees, more than most around here.
Here’s Becca and Flat Dexter outside our church, we spent a lot of time there recently with Palm Sunday and Easter weekend.
In the background of this picture you can see the Sierra Nevada mountain range which includes Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park as well as Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the contiguous United States (that means the 48 states that are joined together, not Hawaii or Alaska).
Becca is in third grade and Christa is in kindergarten. They are not in school right now as it’s an “off track” time for their year round school.
The playground at their school looks funny with so few people in it. Flat Dexter is already over on the play structure with Becca, he couldn’t wait for the time it took for me to take a picture!
Flat Dexter seemed to like this slide.
Sparks is a twin city to Reno. They are so close together that the line between them doesn’t really matter anymore. We took Flat Dexter into downtown Reno and took some pictures with him on a sunny but windy day recently. Here is one outside the Silver Legacy Resort.
This one has the famous sign behind Becca, Christa and Flat Dexter. “Reno: The Biggest Little City in the World”
Flat Dexter wanted to get a little closer to the sign!
Flat Dexter is waiting to see a show inside Circus Circus with Christa, Becca and Maya.
It was hard to take pictures during the show, those acrobats move too quickly! The Chinese yoyo that they were using is called a diabolo. It was really cool!!
Here is the outside of Circus Circus, that sign is really really tall. Can you see Christa, Becca, Maya and Flat Dexter?
This fountain is one of several inside the Eldorado Resort.
Here is Flat Dexter riding in the glass elevator to the parking garage at the Eldorado.
After a day of sightseeing, nothing hits the spot like Dairy Queen ice cream!
We are very glad that Flat Dexter came to visit us and hope that you learned a little about our area of the country!
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
And Happy Groundhog Day. Anyone know any good Groundhog Day games?
Friday, February 01, 2008
There were other good things this month, including Becca's baptism. Click to embiggen so you can see how cute she is!
Nothing can follow that :D
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I am short but that doesn't mean that I am going to laugh when I hear "how's the weather down there" for the thousandth time.
I am Christian but that doesn't mean that I feel I must spank my children to parent them properly.
I am a SAHM but that doesn't mean that I am lazy or don't have "a real job" to do.
I am female but that doesn't mean that I am less skilled as a driver than any male on the road.
I am a wife and a mom but that doesn't mean that I am defined by those people who mean so much to me, they are part of me but not all of me.
Monday, January 07, 2008
So, it's January. There's James's birthday this month, his trip to LA to see Hairspray on stage, Becca's bingo night, Matt's on worship team one weekend and I need to figure out how to motivate Maya to stay up on her homework for a change. Funny, she gets exceeding expectations marks in four out of five classes and can't seem to get passing marks in English :P A post for another day I guess. The positive aspect of January is that it's already the 7th so we're almost a quarter of the way through it. Spring will be coming some day, I know it :D
Thursday, January 03, 2008
By request! Edited to add the recipe for Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie :) I used an extra lemon because the zest stuck a lot in my grater and I wasn't sure I could squeeze enough juice out of two lemons. Plus I added a pinch of cream of tartar to my meringue. Another important thing the recipe doesn't say is to put the meringue on while the filling is still hot, it helps to cook the meringue and keeps it fluffy.
1 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups water
2 lemons, juiced and zested
2 tablespoons butter
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
4 egg whites
6 tablespoons white sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
To Make Lemon Filling: In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in a small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of hot sugar mixture. Whisk egg yolk mixture back into remaining sugar mixture. Bring to a boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat. Pour filling into baked pastry shell.
To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy. Add sugar gradually, and continue to whip until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pie, sealing the edges at the crust.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until meringue is golden brown.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
We have a turkey cooking right now, it will be accompanied by mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, broccoli, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. Yummm!
We still have butter tarts and I've also made peanut butter tarts and lemon meringue tarts. We're going with a tart theme ;) For those not of the pastry persuasion, there is of course ice cream.
This is all for just the six of us, everyone else that we invited has someone sick in their family or had other plans already. Could be a while before we get through all the food!
I might need to make an Epiphany resolution ;)