Monthly Archives: January 2009

Don’t forget to have a good time…

Present/Infant

lately i’ve been glaring into mirrors
picking myself apart
you’d think at my age i’d of thought
of something better to do
than making insecurity into a full-time job
making insecurity into an art

i fear my life will be over
and i will have never lived it unfettered
always glaring into mirrors
mad i don’t look better

but now here’s this tiny baby
and they say she looks just like me
and she is smiling at me
with that present/infant glee
and i would defend
to the ends of the earth
her perfect right to be

so i’m beginning to see some problems
with the ongoing work of my mind
and i’ve got myself a new mantra
it says: “don’t forget to have a good time”
don’t let the sellers of stuff
power enough
to rob you of your grace
love is all over the place
there’s nothing wrong with your face
love is all over the place

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Artsy fun

Parks and I took advantage of some FREE fun in Plano today. They had an arts festival for kids age 3-12. They had all kinds of crafts set up at tables around the room and the kids could just choose what they wanted to make to take home. He took home a hat, a painted pin, a new tattoo, and he even wanted to take his picture with the duck, which totally surprised me. He usually gets really timid, but he walked right up to him and shook “his” hand. They had hearts that the kids could put their hand print on that were labeled Love, Faith, Hope, and Friendship and he chose Friendship! Cute, right? He does indeed love his friends, and is such a little hugger at school. He’s our little loverboy………

I pledge………

Today I pledge to be a better mom, wife, and feed the hungry through gleaning……..

Have cup, will travel………

 

Coffee for the road

Reusable coffee mugs (Target special and mug made from recycled plastic)

BYOC-Bring your own cup!
So, for more then a decade, we’ve been carrying around our own coffee mugs and water bottles (before Nalgenes were “scarey”) wherever we went.  We’ve probably saved thousands and thousands of coffee cups from going in the landfill without blinking an eye. It just became a habit and I liked it better when I didn’t have to worry about putting that plastic top on my scalding hot drink and risk burning myself and wasting a good hot beverage (I have a very good memory of not applying that top so perfectly once.) Plus, it just kept my drink warmer then those paper cups with the cardboard bracelets always did. Now, we can’t leave the house without taking our cups just in case we might grab a cup of joe while we are out on the weekends. We even bought a couple of plastic mugs with an IKEA special where you could get lifetime coffee where you purchased the cup. Now that’s dedication!
Check out this coffee waste calculator and see how many pounds of waste you can save by just using a reusable cup!
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Camping Necessities (Stainless Steel water bottles, Dr. Bronner’s
 Peppermint and Sal Suds natural soaps)
Bottle Love
We’ve moved from using the bulky plastic bottles to mainly stainless steel bottles. They clean up really well and don’t seem to get as funky as the plastic ones.( Here is a link to a page on Nalgene’s website that has a good FAQ section on BPA, here. )We fill those up for traveling, to take to a workout class, and for heading to the park. Instead of stocking up on plastic water bottles for camping, we’ll fill up those large reusable water jugs with filtered water or just purchase multiple gallons at a time. We definitely have to invest in a Brita or other water filter, since we are not fans of our local tap flavor! Some good brands of stainless steel bottles to look for are Kleen Kanteen, Sigg,and a company out of California that I just stumbled upon with some beautiful designs called EarthLust.
Investing in reusable anything whether it’s water bottles, coffee mugs, or kitchen napkins  is a great idea for saving money and reducing waste. I don’t use paper napkins anymore, just some reusable cloth napkins I got on sale from Steinmart that I absolutely love. We keep paper towels in the house just in case we need them, but they don’t go to constant use in the house for cleaning or just wiping up spills.
For me, living “lighter” on the planet shouldn’t have to cost you anything, it should actually save you some cash. Even using refillable mugs might get you a “cup” discount at a local coffee shop, so it’s definitely worth a try!  I feel like every little bit helps, and If I can be conscious of what I’m throwing away, or even recycling, then I’m making steps to living simpler. It stretches my imagination when I force myself to think of ways to reuse things in a different way (without becoming a pack rat). It’s these kind of  habits I’m trying to form, like making sure we have food for the week so that we don’t eat out, and cleaning up once every day so that when Saturday comes I’m not overwhelmed by a house that looks like its been through a tornado. OK, so I think I went off on a rabbit trail there, but those are my simple living thoughts for the day. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps………….
Be faithful in small things, that is where your strength lies. Mother Theresa

More Lil’ camera man photos

I added more photos to Parks’s  Flickr collection today. He took a few at Nanna and Poppa’s house a couple of weeks ago, and there were 2 others leftover in the camera that he had taken in New Orleans. One included the carpet in our hotel that he thought looked just like a tattoo. My mom was so proud! Unfortunately I can’t blame that one on preschool.
The others are just funny ones he took at home. I’ve never thought to put my camera on the floor and take photos that way. Sure does open up some possibilities………..

You can check out his new set here.

A New Orleans Holiday

We took off to New Orleans the second weekend in December to give Parks a taste of the city. Our former high school had made the state championships, so our whole family, and the city for that matter was heading to the Superdome for the game that weekend. (Yes, we are true Southerners at heart.)

On our last visit to New Orleans, I was pregnant with Parks, so we have been itching to go back. Parks had a great time just seeing all of the crazy stuff you see in the city. Everything was decorated for the holidays, so he LOVED that! The music, the mimes, the horses, the lights, and of course those crazy acrobats that perform in front of Jackson Square are amazing! We were glad we caught those guys until we got back to the hotel and he was doing his own style of breakdancing tricks. That kid cracks us up!

My folks took their first trolley ride with us down St. Charles and we forced them to walk a bit and explore the Garden District. We walked to Tulane University to see a campus store I had read about online and just took in all of the beautiful homes and old growth in that area.

The game turned out to be a downer, they lost, but oh well, for us that was just a side note! We had our best meal ever again at The Redfish Grill and had beignets at our fave place, Cafe Beignet.

We are glad that Katrina didn’t keep these restaurants and some of our old favorites from surviving even though I am quite aware New Orleans will never be the same again. You just had to look at a couple of shops before seeing all of the new mottos: Defend New Orleans, Rebuild New Orleans, Be Nice or Leave, Make Levees Not War………….. We sure hope this city fights for its life and lives on forever. I know there is a special place in our hearts for this city that I just can’t explain. So we’ll just keep visiting and loving it, letting it be a constant presence in our lives………….

Check out the photos of our visit here.