Saturday, January 30, 2010
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Friday, January 29, 2010
If I had time I'd tell you that Landon got his wisdom teeth out on Wednesday. And that they were the biggest wisdom teeth the doctor had ever seen (seriously huge). And that he got them out with only a local which caused him "blinding pain" because he's tough like that. And that he's now a chipmunk who's living on a diet of yogurt and smoothies. If I had time I'd tell you all of that and more, but I don't have time.
I've given myself a deadline and now I spend every waking moment (when I'm not doing mom stuff) writing, writing and writing. Yesterday every waking moment meant until 3 in the morning because that's how long I was awake. And now I feel like a train has run over my head but I don't care because writing energizes me, which is a good thing because I'll probably have many more late nights trying to reach my goal.
Lets hear it for deadlines
Posted by Jeanette at 6:12 AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Last night I was able to do a little blog hopping, something I haven't had time to do for quite awhile, and I happened upon a lovely blog (check it out here) with a lovely recipe that works pretty well with my whole p90x thing-a-maroo. It isn't a cooking blog it's actually a very cute decorating and craftyish blog that I think my sister Larisa would like (go check it out Larisa) but there amongst the cuteness was this happy p90x-ish recipe BONUS.
Because so many of my peeps are also doing p90x I decided to go ahead and share the recipe on this here blog-o-mine. They're called faux pancakes, but don't really think of them as pancakes because they're definitely not (a little eggy), but I made them this morning and I'd have to say that they were pretty good.
Mine don't look as pretty as they do on the other blog (without thinking I tried to cook them on the griddle. Don't do that people. Think crepes and cook them in a ROUND pan. Duh.) They can be eaten with syrup, but I opted for berries (yum).
And with that, I give you the recipe:
2 EGG WHITES + 1 WHOLE EGG
1/4 TEASPOON VANILLA
1 TEASPOON RAW SUGAR OR OTHER SWEETENER (I used cinnamon sugar)
FRESH FRUIT & NUTS
SMALL BIT OF PURE MAPLE SYRUP
Whisk together the egg whites, whole egg, vanilla, & sweetener in a bowl, pour mixture into a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. when batter is firm on one side, flip it over. Once fully cooked, place on plate, top with fruit and syrup.
Go ahead try it. I think you'll like it. Especially with a side of turkey bacon (only my bacon's not turkey it's bonafide pig fat it is. Shh, don't tell anyone).
And while we are on the subject of p90x...
Paula Deen has a good peanut butter cookie recipe that's low in carbs, but still has a lot of sugar. So today I thought to myself, "Hey self, why don't you try to find a way to make these cookies with less sugar." So I did just that. The original recipe is
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
mix all together, place in balls on cookie sheet (do the smash with fork little criss cross thing) and bake at 350 for 10-12 min.
Simple enough, but in place of the one cup sugar I put two scoops full of the vanilla whey protein powder into a measuring cup, which ended up being about 3/4 of a cup then added 1/4 cup of sugar to complete it.
And guess what, they're good and a great little protein snack too.
But don't do like I did and then try to see what they'd taste like with only protein powder and no sugar (I added dry fruit instead of sugar to see if that would make them sweet enough) because they are very much not yummy when made that way. No not yummy at all.
And so ends our p90x moment. I know I promised to post about the program, and I will, but not today because I'm tired and I'm supposed to be working on my manuscript. I've given myself a deadline to finish editing it (thank you Tara) and I really must stick to it. Yes, I really must.
Posted by Jeanette at 6:12 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
Remember this quote from my C.S. Lewis and friends journal:
"I know that good is coming to me--that good is always coming, though few have at all times the simplicity and courage to believe it."
~George MacDonald, the last page of PHANTASTES.
Well it's true. I know it's true because my heart's all a flutter and I've even had some interesting dreams about it.
I love dreams. Someday I think I will do a post on why I love dreams because I really do love them. They can be very powerful and life changing sometimes. Love it.
But for now I will tell you that I'm very excited about the good that I know is coming to my life.I even put my motivational poster back up in my room (I had taken it down when I redecorated) and I love looking at it. It just feels me with all kinds of warm and fuzzy energy.
I recently wrote these words in my journal:
I don't want to spend my life rowing in the wrong direction. I no longer want to guess which way to go, exhausting myself to get there, only to find that my path was wrong. I want to live my life in a manner that I might be worthy of and in tune to the directions of the Spirit. I want to go where He would have me go. I will row to get there, wearing out my arms in His service if needs be, but I pray--please don't let me waste my life here. Please show me the way.
And wouldn't you know, He is showing me the way. He is showing me the way and I am so excited to follow.
Good is coming. It is always coming.
It's coming for you too
if you will only have the simplicity and courage to believe it.
Posted by Jeanette at 8:42 AM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Writer's Workshop Prompt:
According to Wikipedia an Elevator Pitch is “an overview of an idea for a product, service, or project. The name reflects the fact that an elevator pitch can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride. Create an Elevator Pitch describing what your blog is about.
And while considering this I started thinking that maybe I would start another blog as well (because when you barely have time to keep up with one blog what's the best thing to do? Well start a second one of course).
All fortune is good--whether be it harsh or be it pleasing... yet I know not who would dare to say so to foolish men, for no fool could believe it.
~Charles Williams, quoting Boethius in THE DESCENT OF THE DOVE
I would share quotes like that and then I would tell you why it makes my spine all tingly and happy when I read it and why I know it's true and how it has changed my life. This is what my new blog would be about and I would try to post daily (because it would benefit me greatly to post of such things daily).
In having a new blog, those who want to read my deep thoughts and ponderings can, and those who don't can stay here and read about why it is that my kids insist on peeling the paint off of the walls.
But of course this is only an idea that I'm playing with. I might just decide to stay right here to post my deep thoughts and ponderings when I feel so inclined (sorry to those who don't like deep thoughts and ponderings, but then again if you don't you probably left me a long time ago). I don't know what I'll do for sure, but I can't really ask my amazing blog designer Mary to set up another blog for me for FREE again. And I ain't gots no money. Can you relate? I bets you can. So we'll just have to wait and see. Yes we will.
How's that for an elevator pitch, "Read my blog because I have no idea what I'm doing."
Posted by Jeanette at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Posted by Jeanette at 9:00 AM
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Welcome to the most shocking rose ceremony in writing prompt history. Please award roses to the ten people (or items) in your life that you’d like to continue pursuing a relationship with.
As with all rose ceremonies, it is hard to have to narrow this list down to only 10. There are so many other people and things that I could add to this list if I had more roses (or if 5000 word blog post weren't universally frowned upon) but as it is I will only pick these few today.
Posted by Jeanette at 7:28 AM
Monday, January 11, 2010
Posted by Jeanette at 7:56 AM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
WRITERS WORKSHOP PROMPT:
Describe what you would change about yourself if you could.
It was a beautiful day and we felt very blessed.
So when Jamie told me this morning that Santa had not visited the home of one of her school friends it knocked the breath right out of me. And when she said that her friend had explained, "Well my little brother was kind of bad this year." My heart crumbled, falling down into my gut where sharp pieces of it have been stabbing me all day.
Growing up, I would cuddle my one cherished baby doll and wonder just what my wealthy friends had done to deserve the overflowing bounty from the big man in red. Never once did it cross my mind that perhaps I had been bad only that they must have been EXTRA good. So to think of those sweet innocent children coming to the conclusion that they must have somehow ended up on the naughty list is too painful to bear. And to think of their poor single mom left alone on Christmas with no one to turn to... ouch.
Every Christmas we (and so many others) try to reach out to those in need, but knowing that there are still those who fall between the cracks makes me want to do more. And that's the one thing I would change about myself if I could. I would do more.
I'd be more aware, more alert, more in tune to what's going on around me. I would seek more spiritual guidance to be a better servant in the Lord's hands and I'd pray more to know how I could help those in need.
Yes that's what I would change if I could.
And good news...
(Don't forget to visit Mama's Losin' It to read more. Or write your own post and join in the fun)
Posted by Jeanette at 8:27 AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
My nose hurts. It won't stop running. It just runs and runs, forcing me to blow it to a red, flaky, owie mess. I'm not pleased. And I'm not well either. So last night after a hard day of Christmas clean-up-- me, my owie nose, and burning right foot retired early. We went to bed we did, but because we couldn't sleep we decided to watch some mindless television. We decided to watch mindless television on the very night that the most mindless show of all was starting a new season. That's right, "The Bachelor".
I haven't watched The Bachelor since season one (I also watched the Trista and Ryan Bachelorette, but who's counting) and when I woke up this morning I felt as if I could use some therapy or a support group or maybe just a shower to cleanse my mind of that sloppy, cat claw, male fantasy, nightmare of a show. Yikes I say. Yikes.
As I sat pondering about where I could find such a support group I remembered that back when I used to watch Regis and Kelly, Ms. Kelly Rippa herself admittedly watched those desperate bachelor babes, so I tuned in. I tuned in to see just what she had to say about the whole mess. And like me, she didn't like it. She didn't like it one bit. She said that it went against nature for women to fight over a man. She said that it is the men who are supposed to fight over the women and she wondered just what had happened to make this change.
Well I'll tell you what happened Ms. Kelly Rippa. The women started giving the milk away for free that's what. Men like the milk. Yes they do. Men will fight for the milk. Yes they will. And now that they don't have to fight for it anymore, the power has shifted. The men get what they want WAY TOO EASILY and the women are left to run around like blubbering idiots in fancy ball gowns. Barf, barf and more barf.
Knock it off women. You gots the milk which means you gots the power. START ACTING LIKE IT. Please.
P.S. Do you think they pay extra to those who keep the crazy person on the show? I'm thinking they must.
Hey guess what...
I found my support group.
There's a Bachelor link party over at
Mama's Losin' It
Go check it out.
Posted by Jeanette at 5:38 PM
Monday, January 4, 2010
My house is so quiet
Waylon's still sleeping
The others are back to school
It's strange I tell you
Guess I'd best get busy...
Posted by Jeanette at 7:20 AM