Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hey Look, A Squirrel: The Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Today:  Sunday, February 22, 2015

Outside my window … Woke up this morning to the sound of the birds chirping in springtime.  The rest of the day has been rainy, but not cold.

I am thinking... about whether it is counterproductive at best, or arrogant at worst for me to read books on leadership.  I know that the basic definition of leadership is "influence."  However, since I'm not actively leading or mentoring anyone, should I bother reading any of this stuff?  The books are great, but dreaming of being a leader and being one are not synonymous.  BTW--when I say leader, I'm not talking about being a "boss."  There's a big difference.

I've been commanded by bosses and mentored by leaders; leaders get the best work from me.

I am thankful... I got my score and new lesson from the Bible Correspondence Course.  I got 100.

In the kitchen...  Cooking ahead seemed to work very well.  I'll try the same thing this week.  On that note, does anyone know how to make brown rice with some flavor?  I tried cooking my brown rice in low sodium chicken broth, yet the rice still had no real taste.  Surely, there's a way to get tasty rice without adding a ton of salt.
I am creating... A better environment and comfortable spaces.  When I first moved here, I just stuffed things where they would fit.  Now, I'm going through and getting rid of what I don't need (Really?  Can you believe I have anything left to pear down?) and making spaces more inviting.  In just moving my bed and bookshelf, I've got a more comfortable and brighter place to sit and read.

I am going...  to work on getting the rest of my miles in for February.  To keep pace with MAD x 2 (mile a day x 2), I needed 63 miles this month.  So far, I have 40.
I am wondering... What my fellow Anniston Runners Club members mean when they talk about "foam rolling."
I am reading... I'm nearly finished with The Daniel Plan.  Yes, I know I said I would finish it this week, but one section really bogged me down.  I should finish it this week and start a new book.  When I'm doing housework, I'm listening to The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  This book makes this brief harsh cold snap we've had here in Alabama seem like child's play; they had seven months of blizzards and nearly starved.
I am hoping... to have a good week, to get in all my miles, to get the office and pantry organized.

I am looking forward to... The community band concert on March 5th.  Then, Mr. Alpha Male can have it.  I'm also looking forward to my first 5k race for the year--the Parker Memorial Pancake Run.  I'm sending off my entry form tomorrow.
I am learning
…  I actually learned something new and useful about marriage at church today.  Out of all the sermons I've heard about marriage, I've never heard anyone say that marriage is supposed to be a representation to the world of the love Christ has for the church.  It's never been given any spiritual significance, only presented as the only usefulness for a female.  In the book Fight Like a Girl, Lisa Bevere says that the purpose of a woman is to "complement men."  Need I say more about why the marriage message has been so warped?
Around the house...  Hopefully finishing up the organization.
I am pondering...  A quote by Dave Ramsey, "Children do what feels good. Adults devise a plan and follow it."  He is speaking specifically about finances and I've heard him say it many times, but it hit me this week this quote could refer to how I view eating and food.  Do I want to be a grown up and plan ahead for more success, or just grab what feels good like a baby does?  Baby eating = baby rolls, which are cute only on a BABY.

OK, not every baby.  BTW--that's me at 6 months old
(before you think I'm being mean to someone's kid).
A favorite quote for today... 

"Other than wrong notes and bad intonation it wasn't too bad." - Dr. David L. Walters, retired band director, Jacksonville State University.

"Never let the sense of failure corrupt your new action." - Oswald Chambers

"Oh, I'd have got a PhD!" - Greg Burgess on if his college had offered Fermentation Science as a degree.

One of my favorite things... Cold Cream.  When the Dollar Tree gets theirs in again, I'm buying several jars of it. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:   More organizing, more reading, more planning.

A peek into my day...  

I don't know what was going on with me today, but I swear I ate Stupid for breakfast.  I forgot stuff, was fidgety, had ADD moments during worship (squirrel!), dropped stuff, and couldn't concentrate.  I don't think I got enough sleep this week, or something.


  1. Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog. I had the exact same question about rice. And then I found the answer when a personal chef came to our house (I blogged about it last week.) I'll post his recipe ASAP because I want to keep it for reference. It's delish. You're an inspiration to me with your exercise goals. You can do it!

    1. Thanks, Zoanna. How do I get that personal chef to come to the house? :) Have a great week.

  2. I posted the recipe yesterday. It's the next best thing to having him make it.:)

  3. Congratulations on such a good grade! Great job! I have to know what Cold Cream is though.

    1. Cold cream is a facial cleanser and makeup remover cream.