Archive for November, 2007

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I would just post a few things I am thankful for.  Here they are in no particular order.

I am thankful for my family and all of the joy, love and support that they give to me.

I am thankful for the Gospel and the peace it brings to my life.

I am thankful for this country and the freedoms I enjoy.

I am thankful for the brave men and women who displayed public virtue that allowed me to have the freedoms I enjoy today.

I am thankful for homeschooling and the time it allows me to spend with my children.

I am thankful for my health and the ability to do those things that I care about.

I am grateful for air conditioning in the summer and central heat in the winter.

I am grateful for books and knowledge which broadens my mind and enriches my life.

I am grateful for wonderful friends who are like family to me.

I am thankful for music and the way it fills me with awe and wonder (depending on the music, of course, lol).

I am grateful for nature and the beauty that God shares with us through it.

I am grateful for chocolate.  ‘Nuff said.

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New Fridge

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I forgot to update on our fridge situation.  We had someone come out and look at our fridge.  He told us it was dead.  It would cost as much to fix it as it would to buy a new fridge.  So Sione and I went down to the RC Willey outlet store to look at scratch and dent stuff.  We got a nice LG fridge with the freezer on the bottom and ice and water in the door for less than half the original price.  We also got a 5 year warranty on it.  I really like this fridge.  It dings at us if the door has been open for more than a minute.  The ice and water locks (big plus with T-Bone’s tendencies), and the light automatically comes on when you are getting ice or water.   I also like that Alena has a hard time opening the doors which means that T-Bone and Losahina won’t be able to open them at all.  :)  I am SO glad to have a fridge again!

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Thursday, November 15th, 2007

By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Conditioner Mess

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Tevita and Losahina decided that they wanted a second bath today.  Their record is three in one day, so hopefully they won’t try to break it.  I found them in my bathroom with conditioner poured on their heads, on the floor, and in the tub.  I stripped them down and started the bath while I cleaned it up.  Tevita still slipped and hit his head.  Not too badly, thank goodness, but he did have a good scream session.  I got them cleaned up, and decided to let them play for a little while as I wrote in my journal.  Apparently I missed the fact that there was a tube of toothpaste on one of the shelves in the shower, and T-bone decided to decorate Losahina with it.  Thankfully they were still in the tub, so easy to wash off.  Then as I got them out, dried, diapered and dressed they had a screaming competition.  Tevita thought it was just a game to see who could scream louder, I’m not so sure Losahina was doing it for fun.  I think she was trying to tell him off.  She has got quite the set of lungs, though thankfully she doesn’t use them that often in this manner….yet.  :) 

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The Age of the Ice Box

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Our fridge decided to die on us.  It was rather unexpected.  It is young as far as fridges go, in my opinion.  Only 4 years old.  We have scheduled to have someone come repair it Monday.  It started Thursday Night.  Tarina showed Sione that the sherbet from the freezer was melted.  I just thought someone had left the door open.  I didn’t go check it then, because I was busy and it was out of my mind rather quickly.  Early afternoon Friday we found that everything in the freezer was thawed.  I thought that someone had filled a shelf too full and the door hadn’t been closing properly.  We invited some friends over and made a big dinner.  I put the steaks into the fridge to eat this week.  This morning when I went to get out the milk to go with my breakfast everything was warm.  That is when it dawned on me that this was not an open door problem.  We started trying to figure out if it was something we could fix.  I went to the store and purchased a bunch of ice blocks for the meantime.  We can’t figure out what is wrong, so right now our fridge is just an ice box.  It has brought to my mind questions about what the original ice boxes looked like.  How did they work it so the melting ice didn’t make everything slushy or cause big puddles on their kitchen floor?  I decided to look it up on Wikipedia.  Here is what it said. 

“Commonly iceboxes were made of wood, most probably for ease of construction, insulation, and aesthetics: many were handsome pieces of furniture.

“Iceboxes had hollow walls that were lined with tin or zinc and packed with various insulating materials such as cork, sawdust, straw or seaweed. A large block of ice was held in a tray or compartment near the top of the box. Cold air circulated down and around storage compartments in the lower section. Some finer models had spigots for draining ice water from a catch pan or holding tank. In cheaper models a drip pan was placed under the box and had to be emptied at least daily.”

Hmmm.  Interesting.  I am grateful for refridgeration.  I am looking forward to when we can enjoy the luxury of it again.  Until then we have turned our fridge into a large ice box.  :)

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Mmmmm Chili!

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

The other night Sione and I watched Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network.  I love watching the Food Network.  I try to keep it under control, though.  So, back to Bobby Flay.  This particular episode was a chili competition.  Each side lists most, if not all, of the ingredients they are using in their recipe.  They don’t say how much, and sometimes they admit to keeping something secret which I completely understand.  When they said it was a chili throwdown I grabbed a pad of paper and a pen to take notes of what ingredients they used.  This was Tuesday night.  Yesterday I decided to make chili for dinner.  Now I have made chili from scratch before, and I have to say I think it isn’t half bad.  The chili I made yesterday, though?  Wow!  Now the recipes they used were chili cookoff rules, so no fillers like beans.  It was simply meat, peppers and sauce.  So I added the fillers.  I cubed a roast instead of using ground beef as I usually do.  I browned that in a pan with a diced onion and green pepper and some minced garlic.  Then I added that into my crock pot with some canned corn, canned chili beans, canned diced tomato, tomato sauce, chili powder, ceyenne pepper, cumin, and brown sugar.  Then I let it cook on high for a few hours.  Yum!  Now, the chili beans kind of threw me.  When I bought these at the case lot sale at Macey’s I just thought they meant pinto beans.  When I opened them they have already been spiced for chili.  The only thing missing from a can of chili was the ground beef.  I adjusted what I was going to add because of that.  I want to try this recipe again using regular beans.  I want to have a delicious chili recipe that is really my own creation.  I’m pretty excited about it, too.

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Monday, November 5th, 2007

Thursday I ended up having to help judge the speaking competition at Statesmanship Club.  This was the competition to determine who would speak at the Focus on the Founders event which is coming up on December 1st.  We had a gentleman who is a professional speaker from Toastmasters sceduled to come and do the judging.  He had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, and that left the judging to Diann and myself.  Diann has had a lot more experience with public speaking than I have, and I felt unequal in experience to the task.  I knew that I didn’t have a choice, though, so I didn’t say anything.  One of the speakers was Diann’s daughter, so for her Diann determined that she would not judge and that my score would count double.  There were 5 categories worth 2 points each with a total possible of 10 points.  The categories were Opening, Presentation (stance, hand motions, etc.), Vocal, Content, Closing.  They were all pretty good.  I had a hard time judging.  I had three ties for second out of 5 speakers.  Diann had 4 ties for first, and that was out of 4 for her since she wasn’t judging her daughter.  Which meant that the judging really came down to me, and I have been just one point harder on everyone except my first place pick than she had.  Which meant that her daughter got less than the others because I scored harder.  I felt so badly.  I know that only 3 could go on from the group, and that meant that 2 couldn’t go, but I felt inadequate to be the judge of who did and who didn’t.  Especially since it all came down to my judging.  I could tell that the 2 who didn’t make it were very dissappointed.  They had worked hard on their speeches.  I am excited to get to know these youth better.  Listening to them as they talked about Thomas Jefferson and how they were inspired by him was amazing.  What an amazing group of young adults.  I am glad I have this opportunity to work with them.  I hope they try again next year.

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