Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hobbies? What are those?

Okay, so really, my main hobby is blogging and reading others' blogs. I do that a lot. I like it, its fun, and I can read without having to remember a lot from day to day. I used to read books...fiction, non-fiction, biographies (a personal fave) and even how-to and self-help (ha!). But then I changed careers. And now I'm a mom (with bad eyes) and blog reading is more my speed. I know there are others out there who are just like me.

I'm also a twitterer, but I go in streaks (I'm on subconscious strike right now). But recently, I followed the lead of my older brother and his beautiful wife, and started "following" ForYourMarriage on Twitter. Every day, right to my phone, I get a tip on how to strengthen my marriage. And, let's face it, there's not a single married couple who doesn't need help now and again! And if your hubby travels like mine, well, sometimes we just get disconnected. I'm at home tending to the kids, he's off to ? flying ? around. We don't get to talk and see each other as often as we'd like. But we're using technology to our advantage. We're using it to reconnect.

Sunday night we had "Family Game Nite" for the first time in a while. And while only 3 of the 4 family members were actually in the house, the 4th attended via iSight. Yeah, we're nerds, but it was fun and we made a good memory. And, being the scrapbooker I am, I did take a picture of the girls with the computer between them. Yep, nerds!

Anyway, I digress. Back to hobbies and technology (which do tend to go hand in hand these days). A couple weeks back our marriage tip suggested that we discuss our hobbies. What are mine? What are his? Do we both view the others hobbies the same? So here's how we did it...I sent the following email to my hubby:
List your three favorite hobbies (sports, games, crafts, anything you do outside your job and parenting). What do you think your spouse's are? Did you guess correctly?

This evening at whatever time you designate, we can send each other an email. First list my 3 favorite hobbies, and then list your 3 favorite. We'll see if we're right. Just let me know what time you can do it. I'll set an alarm to send you the email.


The time: 9 p.m. We each sent the other an email. We were close, both pretty similar. But the email itself opened some discussion. I grew up watching sports with my dad. And playing sports. DH has never really been into watching sports live or on t.v. (*unless his girls are playing, in which case he is a devoted spectator!). Well, we agreed that we could do that together a little more often. And we also agreed that someday we *WILL* own a boat. And that even sooner than that, we need to find DH a fishing hole to frequent. We *NEED* to find time for our hobbies.

When DH gets home from a 6 day trip, I just need him to be here. For support on all levels. But we also need to make sure we have hobby time. We're working on it. :o)

So, are you curious? Do you want to know our hobbies? Here they are:

I said mine are: computer, scrapbooking, reading
He said mine are: Scrapbooking, Watching Sports (live or on TV), Socializing ... Girls night out type.

He said his are: Running, Computer, Cooking with you and relaxing at home.( I dont know if that qualifies as a hobby, but I like it)
I said his are: running, games on computer, reading, (fishing should be top, but hasn't been in ages)

What are your hobbies? Do you make time for them?

Monday, October 20, 2008

Organization in the Midst of Chaos

Lately, I've been reconnecting with my long lost cousin (Hi, cuz! And I'm the groovy one!). She said she was surprised that I'm into organizing and menu planning, etc. I just laughed. Mainly because I don't have a choice! Considering that I'm a "single mom" at least 60% of the month, I do it to survive!!! Monday is my cleaning/organizing/menu planning day. I also keep a "food blog" to keep track of my menus and favorite recipes. My updating is sporadic at best, but I'm getting there. :D

Every once in a while I'll post something on here related to organizing my family/home/life. It might not be the most interesting, but maybe some of you will post your ideas as comments. We can help each other out!

As I said earlier, I post my menu on my food blog on Mondays. Then I write it on a dry erase board that hangs on my fridge. It also lists our evening activities and any field trips or activities the kids have that week. Sometimes my sweet hubby and I even have activities to list...but not often! On the right side of the board I tally my water intake. I've been losing weight and have really increased my water intake. I can tell a huge difference in a lot of ways, too! I encourage you to try the same thing. You might surprise yourself. Spend a few days tallying your intake and see where it is. If its low, then step it up!!! I'd bet you'll feel better, too!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Always another mess!

I usually blame Thing1 & Thing2 for the messes in our house. And DH. Not me (hehe). But lately we've been blaming Houdini for a lot. And he deserves it. Check out this mess:

How did I get in here?

Who? Me? Whaaaaa?

After DH tossed the balls back in the basket, he realized Houdini was, in fact, stuck and twisted up in the basket handles. Oops!

Well, for making the mess he still had to put his nose in the corner...

Not really, he was actually after a bug.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Houdini's switchblades contained...

Houdini has been using my dining room chairs as claw sharpeners. Grrr!!! He has multiple objects purchase specifically for this task, but chooses my furniture instead. I have covered the chair tops with aluminum foil, per my mom's suggestion, to keep him from recovering them with his fur. Now to get him to stop shredding the sides (note, he has yet to hurt the chair, but I'm afraid its just a matter of time...).

Every inside cat I've ever had to this point (well, that includes one of my own and a couple of my mom's) has been declawed. Before we adopted Houdini from the SPCA, DH and I agreed that he would not be declawed. We also agreed that he would not be allowed to ruin furniture. So we bought Soft Paws claw covers. We got the Halloween pack (hey, we're all about having fun) and DH applied them, as the directions stated, last week. Uh, Houdini did NOT like them and made all but 2 disappear.

So, what do you think? At first he had every claw covered. Then they started coming off, with the help of Houdini and his masterful teeth. Then he had about 10 on. Then we started finding little orange claw covers around the house. Now he has one on his front right pinky claw, and one on his back left paw. How can we keep them on? The pack came with super glue. I just don't know what else to use. Suggestions? Ideas? Maybe we can staple some heavy duty socks onto his feet??