Monday, January 28, 2008
I do endeavour to get dressed soon, but I figured if I let my body chill for the morning it might manage to find some energy to do fun things this afternoon!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I love to eat: Chocolate, blest's pumpkin muffins, curry, lots of other yummy stuff...
I hate to eat: Fish. It doesn't agree with my stomach, so we have an agreement not to eat it.
I love to go: To El Paso to see blest; to Houston & Waco to see Boo, Brandi and Bird; home to London; to Jubilee Church...
I hate to go: Home. Yes I know that's a contradiction, but I just don't want to leave blest and her boys (I include Danny as one of the boys!). Anyway, that's all I'm going to say about that.
I love it when: I get a hug from one of my friends or family.
I hate it when: I have to do things like ring up my insurance company (actually, those sorts of things are generally ok when you do them, I think it's more the anticipation that I don't like).
I love to see: The sky from an aeroplane - particularly when you're just above the clouds and the sun reflects on them. I may have only flown 4 times now, but I have a feeling I may be addicted now!
I hate to see: People suffering, especially children.
I love to hear: Joshua's giggle (Joshua is blest's youngest son)
I hate to hear: The sound of my alarm clock. It goes... well actually I can't figure out how to represent the sound it makes with letters, but it's really not a good noise.
I tag: HP and Barney. (After all, I did tell you on the phone today that you really need to blog more!)
Also, a big Happy Birthday to HP. However did you get to be 21, I mean, you're my little sister. What's that about?!
Joshua, especially, was disappointed that he didn't get to come up the stairs and further in to the airport (only people with boarding passes could continue to go through all the security checks). Blest managed to get them all to leave eventually, and I'm assuming she managed to make it home ok (she was in pain and had to go home to take some more of 'the good drugs'!) I headed upstairs and went through security scans and then found my gate. I had a while to wait, but just sat and read my book, after all I'd much rather have plenty of time than be rushing and concerned I might not make my flight.
As I said in my last post, I got to sit next to the window on the plane. I loved looking out, especially as we ascended out of El Paso. Once again I was reminded of the fact that I'm living in a desert - the land is so flat, and plain that it's really hard to gain a proper perspective of how high up you are. Like, you might see what is probably actually a big bush, but because it's hard to judge the distance you brain just sees it as a little clump or grass or something. At some points it was almost scary, because I'd think 'surely we shouldn't be flying this low', until you saw a building or a road with cars on, which put the distance back into perspective.
When I arrived in Houston I was more concerned about the fact I had checked my suitcase, which was one I'd borrowed from blest, than the fact that I had never met Boo before. (Let me clarify that, I wasn't so much concerned that I'd checked my suitcase in the 'I might not get it back' sort of way, as the 'it's a medium sized black case and I didn't spend enough time looking at it to notice any particular features that might stand out, so I will just have to look at all the medium black suitcases that come along') As it happened, Boo not only recognised me before I even saw her, but she also spotted my suitcase first (the tag the airport people put on it had my name on, which she noticed, and then I got to go chase after it on the carousel!)
We headed out to Boo's car (He's very nice and is called Earl), left the car park (there was an incident with the car-park ticket, but we don't need to talk about that!) and headed for a Mexican restaurant. We were very good there and stuck to our diet (we're both doing South Beach) which involved ignoring the tortilla chips and salsa on the table, and for me (since I don't know any Spanish) trusting that Boo was ordering what I wanted her to! After dinner we drove home to Boo's house and I got to meet her lovely Mum and Dad, and then we finally went to bed around midnight. (Well, Boo had to pack for the weekend, and we had to check stuff online and, of course, just chat and enjoy spending time together!)
* I can't remember what I said in previous posts, but in case of confusion I will explain that Boo's real name is Debbie. I've been calling her Boo in this post because it's shorter to type than Debbie, and also because it's confusing calling someone else Debbie! Boo is also a member of 'One Weigh or Another', and her blog can be found by following a link on the OWOA sidebar. I will be adding her to my sidebar too, but I can't promise I'll get around to doing that right away!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
It doesn't really come across in the photo actually, but I liked the picture anyway!)
Monday, January 21, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
My favourite question was when one little girl asked me what language we speak in England!
Ok, gotta go cos it's the end of school and once all the kids are gone we are going back to Debbie's house and then driving to Waco. More about that and pictures (hopefully) on Monday.
Tomorrow I'll get to visit Debbie's school and then in the evening we'll drive to Waco.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
However (one more mention to make the post flow), I do have some great stuff planned for those three weeks. Tomorrow I am flying to Houston to meet Debbie. I will stay with her overnight, and then hopefully on Friday I will have the chance to go into school with her (she is a teacher) for a short while, to see what her school is like. Then Friday evening we will drive to Waco (I think it's a 3 hour drive, which is apparently a short one. One day I might get my head around the American sense of distance!) to go to this. It's a Missions Conference called 'World Mandate' and is run by Antioch Community Church. From what I've heard from Debbie and seen on the website it looks like it'll be a fantastic weekend. And, that's not even all... I'll be staying Friday and Saturday at Bird and Brandi's house. Bird is Debbie's brother and Brandi is his wife. All three are also members of One Weigh or Another (the weight loss blog I'm a part of) and that's really how I got to know them. I can't wait :-)
Blest and I have a road trip in the works, but I shan't blog about that until all the details are confirmed...
Monday, January 14, 2008
"I almost hate to bring this up" (I don't know where this one comes from, but a book or movie most likely. It's said by Andrew or Benjamin at the most randon of moments, and usually don't have any relevance to the conversation)
"If you don't mind my sayin' so, It wouldn't have hurt you To find out what the gentleman wanted. " (This is a favourite of Benjamins, and he'll launch into it at any time, any where. It's a line from 'Music Man')
"I've never worked this hard in all my life" (Another quote from a book or movie. Usually to be heard from Andrew, Benny or Joshua while they're clearing up at the end of the day)
"I sure hope" (Benjamin's response if you ask him if he would like a cheese slice\to go outside\to watch Barrage...)
"Oh snap" (Most likely to be heard from Daniel or Andrew, this is an 'oh shoot' type phrase, and would be ok if they didn't say it twenty times in a row!)
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
When they got inside they found that the mesh is still in place, and that there was no new hernia. It looks like what you can feel/see is actually peritoneal fat (which is a layer between the muscle wall and the skin). Anyway, you can ask her more about it once she’s back home, cos that’s about as far as my knowledge of it goes!
They are keeping her in overnight, but she’ll be home again tomorrow, and could be up and about again as soon as Monday, with a lot less pain than last time
I’ll let you know news as and when I know it, but in the meantime please pray for her - for peace while she waits, for the doctors, that the surgery is successful…. etc, and for me as I look after the boys (and hope that the lego castle continues to be as exciting to them as it was yesterday!)
11am: Danny just called to say they've taken her into surgery.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Daniel and Andrew looked at my plate and said 'baked beans? Eeewww. You should be eating pancakes, waffles, oatmeal or biscuits', to which I replied that pancakes shouldn't be eaten for breakfast, but for dessert after dinner, and that biscuits were what they called cookies.
The conversation got a little confused at that point, until I reassured Andrew that I wasn't telling him that he was wrong, just trying to explain that there were differences in what people call food over here and back in England.
I also explained to Daniel how English people traditionally eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, which is the day before the period of Lent starts (the 40 days before Easter). I told him some of the things you can eat on pancakes, and how they can be savoury or sweet. When I said some people like cheese and ham on pancakes I about thought he would throw up!
Here are a few translations for you
American \ English
Chips \ Crisps
Fries \ Chips
Oatmeal \ Porridge
Jelly \ Jam
Jello \ Jelly
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I remember now that I must have talked about her a little bit because I posted the photo of the big bag of presents she gave me for Christmas.
We've talked on the phone a couple of times and they were going to be picking me up yesterday at 1pm and then we'd have been going to Las Cruces, which is actually in New Mexico, so I was excited about the chance to visit another state, even if it was only an hours drive away. Unfortunately she rang yesterday morning around 9am to say that she'd come down with a nasty cold, and it didn't seem a good idea for me to go to stay with them, especially since blest is having surgery next week, and we didn't really want either me or her coming down with anything with that coming up.
The German lady is off to California for a couple of weeks, but once she's back she'll get in touch and see if we can manage to fit anything in to my last couple of weeks here. Talking of time, I can't believe how quickly it's gone. In one months time I'll be on a plane heading home. Part of me can't wait to see my family and friends there, but I also know I'll be heartbroken to leave this new part of my family here behind. But I don't want to think about that at the moment!
So, anyway, there I was left with no plans for the day, and no chance to visit New Mexico, when blest suggested that I could come with her to Las Cruces. Yep, by strange coincidence she would be spending the day there with a friend of hers who had to clear stuff out of her mother's house (her mother passed away a little while before I got here).
At this point I also have to tell you that as we tried to leave drum lessons on Friday the van wouldn't start. This is at least the third time something like this has happened. The van is back at the garage, hopefully having whatever they thought was already fixed, re-fixed, and we're back to only having one vehicle in action.
The plan had been that I would watch the boys in the morning while Danny dropped blest off at the church, which was the rendezvous point with her friend. However, blest persuaded Danny that instead we would take the truck and that he would stay at home all day with the boys. (He'd have been at home with the boys anyway, but in the original plan he'd have had the truck to go out and about if he'd wanted to).
We set off and met blest's friend at the church, and after waiting for a while for someone else to arrive we set off for Las Cruces. I would have taken photos as we drove, but somehow forgot, but at some point I will put up some 'look, we're driving through desert' pictures! We arrived and spent several hours packing up obscene amounts of china and books in a former smoker's house. It wasn't the best place I've ever been, but that's all I have to say about that.
Once we were finished and had packed much of the china into the van (we left the truck at the church and all went together in the friend's van) we headed back to her house for a chance of clothes, and then went back to church. There is a Saturday evening service with the praise band leading the worship time. Blest's friend often sings for it, and blest was hoping that she'd be able to sing too, as her operation will put her out of action for several weeks.
However when we arrived the parking lot seemed remarkably empty, and that's when they realised that this week the youth are running all of the services, including the Saturday evening one, so neither blest or friend would be singing on the stage. At which point we decided to head to Starbucks for a coffee (I had a 'grande non-fat steamer with sugar-free cinnamon dolce' which is the alternative we've figured out, considering I don't like coffee or tea) and then went into Goodwill for a wander. We spent probably an hour or more in there (it's a lot bigger than the charity shops back home, and blest tried on lots of stuff!). And then we were hungry so we went to Chilli's for dinner. YUM!
Today I am staying home and the rest of the family have gone to church. Yes, I know that's the same thing as happened last Sunday, but there were a number of considerations and factors which were considered before that decision was made. So here I am, blogging, running the dishwasher and washing the clothes we wore yesterday, because what with the dust and smoke there was no way we'd be wearing them again before washing them. Not to mention trying to catch up on emails and blog reading, and having the chance to sleep in a bit longer.
Friday, January 04, 2008
We've had some good games, with several 'bingos' (where you get out all your letters and get 50 bonus points) and some pretty closely matched play. I haven't beaten her again yet, but it's been touch and go a few times!
There's been lots going on.
Some of this: (working out on the treadmill, lifting weights, and posing for photos for the challenge that's going on right now over at One Weigh or Another) Lots of Honey love, and a little bit of Honey being at the vet. (She wasn't pregnant, surprisingly, and it's now been made sure that she won't be!) And, with a lovely blurry picture. some of this:
The new dance praise dance mat, to which we have discovered you can add the veggie tales 'dance dance dance' mat, so that 2 people can dance at the same time. And then of course you can dance without the mat too (which is what I'm doing here, even if it doesn't look like it!)
If we get the kids to bed early enough this evening, or if I disappoint blest and don't play scrabble, then maybe, just maybe I might manage to blog a bit more this evening. But not promises.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
So good night all, and a happy new year to you as and when it happens!