Thursday, March 14, 2019

Epic Rap Battle of Snobbishness: The Simple Woman's Daybook

If you would like to join in and post your own Daybook, please head on over to visit Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today:  Thursday, March 14, 2019

Looking outside my window   March has given way to lots of snow and strong winds that will slap you naked.  We had blizzard conditions yesterday, but the weekend is looking pretty nice.

I am thinking... 

About some people's mentality about jobs.  As a kid, I dealt with being shamed over my mom being a housekeeper.  I was never ashamed of it, and blamed the kids for just being stupid as usual.  Fast forward to the present and an adult tried to shame me by calling my job being "just an admin."  Apparently, this person has never been an admin, doesn't know what we really do, and may be someone who looks over the admin at their workplace.  No, I'm not going to be a secretary for the rest of my life, but geez, we all have to start somewhere.  I can't stand that kind of ostentation.

I am thankful...   
  • ... for the coming spring.
  • ... for finally making it to church this past weekend.  I've missed two Sundays in a row because of weather.
  • ... for the sound of neighborhood kids and dogs that make me smile.  I hope to get to meet more of my neighbors when spring comes.
  • ... for employers who have your safety in mind.  Because of the hazardous conditions yesterday, we weren't required to come to work, but we weren't penalized in pay or hours.

From the Workshop... Lately, it's been baby, baby, and more baby.

My friend, Amy, had her sweet Eleanor in December and this set is for her.

My coworker, Tammie, is in the process of adopting two twin toddler girls.  These two blankets are for these two sweeties.

From Auntie's Test Kitchen:  I completed two more letters in my A-Z Challenge.  Letter H is here; letter K is here.  I also revisited and updated letter L here.

I am reading...
  • The Word in the Wilderness by Malcolm Guite
  • The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
  • Jesus:  The Open Door by Kenneth Hagin, Sr.

Books I've finished since my last Daybook:
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  The review is here.
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  The review is here
  • My Philosophy for Successful Living by Jim Rohn.  My Goodreads comments are here.
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey
  • If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg.  The review is here.

Favorite quote(s) of the week

To Rhett:  "Just turn your BS faucet off for a second." - Charles "Link" Neal III, Good Mythical More04/02/14

To Link:  "You're being stupid on purpose, right?" - Rhett McLaughlin,  Good Mythical More03/20/14

"Mercy makes transformation possible." - Pastor Robert Gelinas, Colorado Community Church.

God created you on purpose and for a purpose.  He's called you, positioned you, and equipped you.  There is a realm of influence--a group of people--that only you can inspire, encourage, and lead.  There's a plan only you can complete.  That's how valuable you are. -- Christine Caine, Unshakeable. p. 33

I've been trying to do better with my eating and my life's worse. - Rhett McLaughlin,  Good Mythical More 12/05/16

I was not valedictorian of my school.  I got honor roll for lunch. - Pastor John Gray

I am looking forward to... 
  • I just found out that Rhett and Link are going to be in concert in the Denver area in June.  While my budget and limited night driving most likely will constrain me from attending, just knowing they're coming to my new town is great.  But man, I wish I could go.
  • The Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival on March 23.  I was invited by a friend to attend.  I've always wanted to go to something like this.  It should be fun.
  • My friends over at Beyond the Trope are conducting a "Podcasting for Beginners" class at one of our local libraries this weekend. 

My Mythical Year: I earned another Mythical Merit Badge since my last Daybook.  Read about it here.

And Now For Something Totally Different:

Five Minute Friday Word of the Week:  Where?



Wednesday, March 6, 2019

K is for Kale [A-Z Blog Challenge 2015]

Experiments From Auntie's Test Kitchen

Intro  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


K is for Kale

That's pretty funny right there,
I don't care who you are.
OK, y'all, this is the most highfalutin food I've dealt with so far.  Quite honestly, I almost didn't do this one because this substance has been hyped so much.  For example this video states, "A cup of kale actually matches, and sometimes surpasses a cup of milk in terms of calcium content."  First, how does a food match or sometimes surpass another?  I didn't know Kale (or any other food) could run a race.  Second, I looked up the nutrition information for these items:

1 cup of kale = 100 mg of calcium
1 cup milk = 300 mg of calcium 

I realize that I'm no mathematician or nutritionist, but my basic math skills taught me enough to know that 300 is greater than 100, so 100 doesn't "match or sometimes surpass" 300.  Do these people really think we're that stupid?


Despite all the of hype and misinformation, I wanted to know if this veggie was worth the time and money, plus, it's hard to find foods that start with k.  I tried three different experiments:

I sautéed the Kale with olive oil and salt.  I plated it up with a steak and my failed attempt at Hash Brown Casserole.  The taste was pretty good.  The next time I try it, I'll add some onion to the mix.

I know I'm messing with a classic, but I added a bit of Kale to the "Link's Patented Peanut Butter Smoothie" in place of the spinach.  The trick is to not use as much kale as you would spinach and to add a few more frozen blueberries than the normal smoothie. It didn't taste bad, but I just didn't feel right about it.

Kale chips have been presented as a healthy alternative to potato chips.  Made simply by coating kale pieces in olive oil and salt, spreading them on a baking dish and baking them at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, turning--ok--stirring them around--midway in the cooking time.  These weren't good at all and made me nauseous.  I won't be trying this again.

So, the consensus on kale is that I will partake of it once in a while, but it's not going to be routine part of my diet.  The nausea-producing chips ruined it for me.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

2019 Book Nook Reading Challenge: 05

TitleIf You Want To Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. (Kindle Edition)

Author:  John Ortberg

Info:  Copyright 2001: Grand Rapids, MI:  Zondervan.

Rating (on a scare of 1-4 stars):  ✮✮✮

Where Acquired: Library checkout that turned into a Kindle purchase.

CategoryImpulse reading.  At work, our team is participating in a Bible study based on this book.  Though the book wasn't required, I wanted to read it. 

Synopsis:  God has called all of us to use our gifts and talents to expand His kingdom and reveal His love to those who don't yet know Him.  As he expounds on the story of Peter walking on the water in Matthew 14:25-32, Ortberg takes a point-by-point comparison of Peter's process of letting go of fear to our call to step into our calling. 

Favorite Quotes:

Matthew is not glorifying risk-taking for its own sake. Jesus is not looking for bungee jumping, hang-gliding, day-trading, tornado-chasing Pinto drivers. Water-walking is not something Peter does for recreational purposes. This is not a story about extreme sports. It’s about extreme discipleship. - Location 231

Your boat is whatever represents safety and security to you apart from God himself. Your boat is whatever you are tempted to put your trust in, especially when life gets a little stormy. Your boat is whatever keeps you so comfortable that you don’t want to give it up even if it’s keeping you from joining Jesus on the waves. Your boat is whatever pulls you away from the high adventure of extreme discipleship.  - Location 260

Knowing when to get out of the boat and take a risk does not only demand courage; it also demands the wisdom to ask the right questions, the discernment to recognize the voice of the Master, and the patience to wait for his command. - Location 953

Arthur Miller puts if like this:
It is wrong, it is sin, to accept or remain in a position that you know is a mismatch for you. Perhaps that’s a form of sin you’ve never even considered—the sin of staying in the wrong job. But God did not place you on this earth to waste away your years in labor that does not employ his design or purpose for your life, no matter how much you may be getting paid for it. - Location 1180

The answers have centered on a few themes: —Resilient people continually seek to reassert some command and control over their destiny rather than seeing themselves as passive victims. —Resilient people have a larger than usual capacity for what might be called moral courage—for refusing to betray their values. —Resilient people find purpose and meaning in their suffering. - Location 1665

I think God says “fear not” so often because fear is the number one reason human beings are tempted to avoid doing what God asks them to do. - Location 2030

The Positive:
  • I found Ortberg's take on this particular Scripture passage very creative.
  • The author's dry humor was enjoyable.
  • This volume is loaded with encouragement and practical examples.
  • Questions that guide the reader in analyzing his situation and taking definitive steps towards fulfilling his calling are included.
  • I appreciate the fact that Ortberg doesn't shame the reader into dropping everything and diving headfirst into what he believes is his calling.  He wisely advises testing the waters to make sure and gradually stepping out.

The Negative:
  • The Kindle edition doesn't have real page numbers.
  • The author doesn't do a good job of distinguishing between true fear and a healthy respect for something or someone.  Ortberg talks about the damaging affects of fear, yet says that fear is good.  He is mixing true paralyzing fear with necessary caution of danger.  This could be very confusing the reader.
  • Ortberg asserts that one's vocation and calling are mutually exclusive.  While he is careful to point out that one's calling is from God and one's career can be chosen apart from God's calling, the author assumes that this is always the case.  That is not true. Not only in my own life, but the examples presented in this volume would indicate the contrary.

This book, along with the study materials, has proven to be very valuable in this stage of my life.   Though the self-analysis was difficult, I am pleased it was an integral part of the process presented in the text.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is either searching for purpose and meaning in life, or who needs encouragement in continuing to walk in his calling.