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Ash Wednesday

is tomorrow.. the beginning of the Lenten season. Are you making any sacrifices?

I’ve decided to give up sugar.

All about Lent
The Season of Lent

alone

Usually I do not feel lonely. A combination of staying busy, work, and the kids keep feelings like that at bay most of the time.

Today with all the dentist & military base mess, rushing back & forth to work to take care of those appointments so I only had to take 4 hours off work, I felt very alone. I was surrounded by people.. even had a child with me at each appointment (or near appointment). But I was alone.

Sometimes I think it would be really nice to be in a relationship. At other times, I think I’d be horrible in a relationship b/c I am so used to it just being me & the kids.

Lucky for me, I don’t have to make any decisions on the “relationship front” at this time… since nothing is looming on the horizon.

This morning, I took the youngest to the dentist. Four cavities. Between the teeth. On baby teeth, thankfully. But cavities, nonetheless. Obviously, I should not have believed her innocent looking doe-eyed professions of, “Yes, I flossed my teeth yesterday. Really, I did!”

Later on today, while taking oldest for her yearly asthma/allergy check up at the air force base, I hit a snag. I had no idea that visitors to the base now require a pass (since 01 January 2006, I learned)… always before I’ve been able to go on base with a valid drivers license & military ID.

Today, I got to sit for 2 hours in a little building just outside the gate with my license, insurance, registration and daughter’s military id… daughter had to accompany me, as she is the card holder and younger brother & sister were in school (she was thrilled, don’t you know).

By the time we got the visitor’s pass, we missed the appointment. Actually, we missed it within the first 30 minutes of waiting. It’s now rescheduled for next Tuesday at 7:20am. Yep. Crack of dawn 7:20.

Luckily, the pass is good until 01 July 2006.. the date the kids’ military ID cards expire. Yippee. I won’t have to sit in the 2 hour line again until June.

Audible.com

Do you listen to audio books? I recently signed up for an account with this service. Today I am downloading my first book from the site. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Utilities

I’ve begun a quest to lower my utility bills. The amount of my bill, for the small amount of time that we’re actually home (since I am at work & the kiddos are at school all day) is ridiculous. I know this place is not insulated well and it’s drafty around windows & doors. Since I don’t own this place, I cannot make major permanent changes. I can, however, make a few small changes to make it more energy efficient. I can also change a few things that I have been doing to see if it makes a difference.

I’m not paying this much for electricity any more.

Suburban Turmoil

Suburban Turmoil

Just read this post called “oogle my google” & it is hysterically funny…. I laughed so hard that I snorted. 🙂

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about Titanium

1. Backpacking thru Europe for a few months is a dream of mine.
2. The Louvre Museum is a place I think I could spend days on end.
3. The Paris Opera House is a place I’d like to see (after reading Phantom of the Opera.. and then seeing a performance).. I want to see the floor raised & lowered by the water level beneath.
4. 2006 is the 250th celebration of the birth of Mozart in Austria
5. In Finland, I’d go visit the girl who was an exchange student with my family when I was in college. She’s married with 2 sons now.
6. Valletta, Malta‘s Fortress City looks beautiful
7. Latvia, another beautiful country to see
8. Do you think I’d see Victor Krum in Bulgaria?
9. Trogir, Croatia is described as a town-museum.. sounds great!
10. I’d visit my friend/penpal in Istanbul, Turkey
11. Would definitely want to see the castles and manors of Slovakia
12. The Cyprus Archaelogical Museum would be on my “must see” list.
13. Italy by Bike… looks like an awesome tour. I wonder if I’d need to bring my own bigger bike seat.. a skinny seat would not help create a “pleasant tour of Italy” experience for me.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Nicole
2. mentalexcraments
3. Chickadee
4. Killired
5. Kelly
6. Kontan
7. Jackie
8. Of Sound Mind?!?

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

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Miracles in your home

My sister sent me this today. This is a good place for safekeeping. It’s something I need to read often, I believe. I tend to get caught up in the every day routines.. school, homework, chores, errands, work, dinner, bathtime, bedtime, rush, rush.. and forget to really look at my children, friends and family & realize what a gift they are.

Psalm 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

You know that God is a miracle-working God. You believe it. You are in awe at how God stretched forth His mighty right arm to deliver the Israelites from the clutches of Egypt and how He brought them through the Red Sea on dry land. Yet, do you sometimes wonder why God doesn’t do any personal miracles for you?

You don’t have to wonder any longer! You already have miracles in your home. You are looking at them all day long! You are a miracle. Your husband is a miracle. Each one of your precious children are miracles, created by God’s miracle working power.

David was certainly writing under the inspiration of God when he wrote that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He did not have access to ultra sound to see the intricate workings of the baby being formed in the secret place of the womb, but God wrote though him. The word translated “wonderfully” is the Hebrew word palah. It means “to distinguish.” In other places in the Bible it is translated, “put a difference”, “separated”, and “set apart”.

God reveals to us in this Scripture how He makes every new person in the world different, a special unique person that has never lived before or will ever live again! Each one is distinguished from everyone else. Each one is set apart to be someone special and to fulfill a destiny that no one else can fulfill. Now that’s amazing! That’s awesome!

Look at each one of your children now. They are a special, only one of its kind miracle! Start thanking God for the all the miracles in your home! Look upon them as miracles. Each one is irreplaceable. Each one has different gifts and callings and a different personality from you! That’s why some children don’t seem to “fit” the family strain. God created them differently! Allow them to be the unique miracle that God created them to be. That’s why you can’t be a stereotype parent. You need to call upon God for wisdom for each child individual child.

Of course you will still see family traits coming through. That’s another miracle in itself. My daughter Pearl is not like me. She looks like my mother and has a very similar personality to her–and yet she is uniquely Pearl. Pearl’s daughter, Meadow has strong traits of my personality, and yet she is distinctively Meadow! I am amazed at the different giftings in our children. They are continually being and doing things that are different to the bent that Colin or I have. This keeps life from getting boring! It enlarges our thinking and our coasts! It makes us give honor to God that He is the Creator!

What about your husband? God created him exactly in the mold He planned for him! Can you stop trying to make him like you want him to be? Can you, instead, start looking at him as a God-planned miracle too?

Charles Spurgeon says, “We need not go to the ends of the earth for marvels, nor even across our own threshold; they abound in our own bodies.” He also writes, “If we are marvelously wrought upon even before we are born, what shall we say of the Lord’s dealings with us after we leave his secret workshop and He directs our pathways through the pilgrimage of life?”

It is interesting to note that David did not talk about his parents when he wrote of His creation. He ascribed it all to God. No matter whom the parents, every new baby is a new miracle, created by God Himself. Even if a child is born of incest or prostitution, it does not change the fact that they are a special miracle, masterminded and fashioned by God for His glory and praise. They are a separate entity from their birth parents. As S. D. Gordon says, “The new-born babe is a fresh act of God. He is the latest revelation of God’s creative handiwork.”

Surely we must exclaim again with the Psalmist, “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.” (Psalm 100:3)

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My favorite is MESSY BEDROOMS. 🙂

Imaging

MRA

MRI

CT scan

PET Imaging

Today at work, I read reports & entered charges for these types of scans.

Dragon Fire Gum

This is the best gum ever. After discovering it a couple of years ago, I have become addicted. Have you tried it?

It’s time…

about a week ago, they arrived… GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!

My favorite is the thin mint.

Which is your favorite?

It’s time…

about a week ago, they arrived… GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!

My favorite is the thin mint.

Which is your favorite?

Fat Tuesday

is February 28 this year.

When the ex and I lived in Louisiana, I experienced the wonders of Mardi Gras for the first time. Never before had I seen parades for a month, celebrations with bright colors, beads, masks, feathers, candy, and music. The kids even had parades in the grade schools. It was a blast. Each year, it was such fun to have that to look forward to in the midst of the dull, cold winter.

I miss the parades & festivities.

Now, we have King Cake and I give the kids beads of gold, green and purple each year on Fat Tuesday… but it’s not quite the same.

Here’s an easier recipe for King Cake that has a photo.

Mardi Gras

HISTORY OF MARDI GRAS

Mardi Gras started a long, long time ago, and at different times in different places. Early Christians only performed baptisms on Easter Sunday. So people would fast and pray before being baptized, and that tradition became Lent. Mardi Gras Day is on Tuesday because it is the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

Human nature being what it is, people are inclined to go on a bender immediately before a period of deprivation, prayer, and fasting. Hence: Fat Tuesday. Christianity spread, and Lent spread along with it. My guess is that the next year after the first Lent, they wised-up and began celebrating Fat Tuesday also.

Timeline of Mardi Gras History

Early French history – For some reason, the French are famous for celebrating Fat Tuesday over the centuries. It must have something to do with their mix of wine, Catholicism, amorous French tendencies, the massive popularity of masking and satire during the French Renaissance.

1699 – Pierre Le Moyne settles in the Mississippi Delta and names his camp “Pointe du Mardi Gras”

1710 – Boeuf Graf Society forms in Mobile, the capital of the French territory of Louisianne.

1711 – First Mardi Gras parade is held in Mobile.

1719 – First two shiploads of slaves arrive from Africa.

1720s – Black slaves escape and co-mingle with local Native American tribes, notably the Houma and Natchez. The tradition of Mardi Gras Indians dates back to this common struggle against European colonists.

1723 – Nouvelle Orle’ans becomes capital of Louisianne territory.

1741 – Marquis de Vaudreuil, governor of Louisianne, establishes elegant society balls in the springtime, when the New Orleans weather is best.

1746 – First references to feathery Mardi Gras Indian costumes

1764 – First Acadians arrive in Louisianne. Over time, their name is mispronounced and eventually becomes “Cajun.”

1783 – First black Mardi Gras group formed, called the Perserverence Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association

1803 –President Thomas Jefferson purchases the Louisiana Territory for the U.S.

1823 – Ban on Creole balls is lifted. The ban had been imposed in 1781 to quell the threat of slave uprisings.

1835 – 1837 – The first Mardi Gras float wheels through town, initiated by the Cowbellion Society from Mobile. They also organize a masked street procession, with some maskers in carriages or on horseback.

1840 – Antoine’s Restaurant opens, the oldest continuously operating restaurant in New Orleans.

1856 – Thirteen locals and six men of Mobile decide to make the first parade of floats. Their ball has over 3,000 guests.

1861-1864 – Civil War halts Mardi Gras parades.

1867 – First krewe is established to organize a parade: The Krewe of Comus.

1871 – First recorded “throws” during a parade. A second krewe is established (The Twelfth Night Revelers), and they choose their Queen by drawing a golden bean out of a King Cake. The tradition of a King Cake is established.

1872 – The King Rex chooses the colors purple, green, and gold for their Mardi Gras parade. Those are still the official colors of Mardi Gras. The Russian Grand Duke Alexis is in town to see the first Rex parade.

1875 – Mardi Gras is declared a legal holiday in Louisiana.

1889 – Electricity lights marchers for the first time

1892 – The King Rex gives the colors meaning: gold for power, green for faith, purple for justice.

1899 – Temperatures dip to 7 degrees during the coldest Mardi Gras on record.

1918-1920 – Mardi Gras cancelled during World War I

1933 – Rain and the height of the Depression cause the first and only rain-out for the Rex parade

1938 – Krewe of Hermes introduces the first neon lights on floats

1941 – First all-female parade rolls, organized by the Krewe of Venus

1942-1945 – Mardi Gras cancelled during World War II

1948 – Blaine Kern develops his first float for the Krewe of Alla. His family’s creations will create floats for generations and eventually become the feature attraction at Mardi Gras World in the Westbank

1949 – Zulu has the first celebrity king: Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong

1950 – The Duke and Duchess of Windsor visit Mardi Gras and make international news by bowing to the King of the Rex parade

1960 – Alvin Sharpe throws the first Mardi Gras doubloons in the Rex parade. The decorated aluminum coins become a traditional throw.

1970 –Krewe of Bacchus holds the first ball that is open to the public

1977 – Arthur Hardy makes his debut as Mr. Mardi Gras.

1988 – The “Coconut Bill” is passed by the state legislature, which bans Zulu from throwing their trademark coconuts from the float. Zulu begins to gently hand the coconuts to the crowds.

1996 – NewOrleans.com publishes this Mardi Gras site.

1998 – A better coconut: Willie Clark, a local telecom worker, invents a new, decorated coconut, which becomes is adopted by Zulu the next year.

Mardi Gras is famous for making memories hazy. The information in this timeline is as accurate as possible. If you have more information or corrections, please email us and we will do our best to keep the site as accurate as we can.