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Apparently I really want the world to be a better place!

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My Personality Profile

Passionate

 You are in touch with your emotions, and sometimes you react before you think. The good news: you don’t tamp down your feelings. The bad news: you sometimes say or do things that you later wish you could take back. 

You do not live your life on an even keel; you do not go for long periods without experiencing some mood swings. 

 

Sympathetic

 You have a knack for knowing what’s going on in the hearts and minds of those around you, without their having to tell you explicitly. People tend to turn to you with their problems because they know you care, and that you will likely offer good advice and a helping hand.

You do not feel that people with sad stories are just looking for attention, or have brought their problems upon themselves.

 

Stressed Out

 You often feel that there’s too much on your plate, that you don’t have the strength to deal with the bad hand you’ve been dealt, or that you’re going to lose it if you have to deal with one more problem.

You don’t always bounce back quickly from adversity; sometimes when you get bad news it can hang over you for a long time.

 

Curious
You like to get to the bottom of things. You’re not content knowing what someone did; you want to know why they did it.

You don’t simply take things as they are and move on; you’re not content skimming along on the surface; you don’t feel you’re wasting time by digging for the meaning of things.

 

Warm

 You have a genuine interest in other people. You’re a natural host, and are always thinking about how you can increase the happiness of those around you. When friends have problems or are in trouble, you’re usually the first person they turn to for aid and comfort.

You don’t always say exactly what you’re thinking; you don’t like the idea of causing anyone pain because of your criticism.

Scoring high on the “warm” trait suggests that you are among those who enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

 

Understanding

 You are willing to take the time to find out what’s going on with other people, especially if they’re in distress. You’re a good listener, you don’t criticize, and you offer unbiased, respectful, honest advice when it’s requested.

You don’t feel the need to impose your standards on others or say things that, even though true, cause pain.

With a high score on the “understanding” trait, it is likely that you are enthusiastic about charitable work, helping others, and making the world a better place.

 

Tender
You are gentle with others, both physically and emotionally. You are careful not to upset people and go out of your way to find the nicest way to say something. You naturally focus on the fact that the world is full of wonderful people, places, and things.

You don’t think of yourself as tough-minded or gruff, nor do you need to be seen as some kind of objective source of truth and rationality.

More often than not, people with a high score on the “tender” trait enjoy spending time with children, love romantic movies, and are enthusiastic about making the world a better place.

 

Empathetic

 You are in touch with your own feelings, which helps put you in touch with the feelings of others.

You don’t buy the logic that your happiness comes ahead of everyone else’s because unless you’re happy you’re incapable of making anyone else happy.

 

Aesthetic

 You appreciate art, beauty, and design; you know that they are not superficial but absolutely crucial to living the good life. You have good taste, and you’re proud of it.

You don’t think it’s pretentious to be moved by art and beauty. You’re not one of those who believe it doesn’t matter what something looks like as long as it does its job.

Those with a high score on the “aesthetic” trait are often employed in literary or artistic professions, enjoy domestic activities — doing things around the house — and are enthusiastic about the arts, reading, and travel.

 

Cooperative

You enjoy teamwork, play well with others, and prefer getting along to winning.

You’re not compelled to win every contest nor to be right all the time.

Courtesy of Facebook

So, knowing me, what do you think? 😉

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The Negotiator

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Dylan was throwing a MONUMENTAL fit this morning. He was sent carried to his room for a timeout and he immediately began throwing things. I came downstairs to finish my grocery list and Jake went up to deal with Dylan. When he got there I heard “Great! There’s a HOLE IN YOUR DOOR!” and then Jake immediately came back downstairs…..too angry to speak. I went upstairs to talk to Dylan and check out this hole in the door. By the way, the hole, is so small you can’t even stick your pinky in it. Nevermind that at our old house Jake put a hole in a door with his ELBOW once. I’m pretty sure in comparison Dylans offense could be overlooked. However, I figured this was a good time to teach him about paying for things you break and helping to fix them. Here is how our conversation played out:

Me: Dylan, you are going to have to help daddy fix this you know.

Dylan: (eyes wide with excitement) OKAY!

::now at this point I am realizing that to him this sounds more like a treat than a punishment::

Me: you are also going to have to do chores around the house to earn money to help PAY to fix the hole in the door.

Dylan: but I already have money in my wallet.

Me: Oh, okay then. You can pay with the money you already have then.

Dylan: But that’s MY money!

Me: well you broke the door and now you need to help pay to fix it. Daddy and I will determine how much it will cost and we will see how much you need to pay.

Dylan: How about half of my money?

Me: I said that mommy and daddy would see, it might be half of your money, it might be more.

Dylan: I could just give you 5 then.

Me: This isn’t a negotiation Dylan.

Dylan: Then I guess I could just give you 6 then.

People, I am telling you that I deserve an Academy Award for keeping a straight face through the entire conversation. I QUICKLY found Jake and locked us in a room and quietly told him the story. We both fell over on the bed laughing hysterically. 😆

The kid cracks me up!

Cold Weather Behavior

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I got this in an email today from a friend of mine here, and OMGOSH I laughed so hard. Nothing like moving to North Dakota to give you a true perspective on what it means to be cold! 😆

Cold Weather behavior:

60 above zero: Floridians turn on the heat. North Dakotans plant gardens.

50 above zero: Californians shiver uncontrollably. People are
 sunbathing in Fargo.

40 above zero: Import cars won’t start. North Dakotans drive with the
 sunroof open.

 32 above zero: Distilled water freezes. The water in Devils Lake gets
thicker.

20 above zero: New Mexicans don long johns, parkas and wool hats &
mittens. North Dakotans throw on a flannel shirt.

 15 above zero: New York landlords finally turn on the heat. People in
 North Dakota have one last cookout before it gets cold.

Zero: People in Miami all die. North Dakotans close the windows.

 10 below zero: Californians fly away to Mexico. North Dakotans dig
 their winter coats out of storage.

25 below zero: Hollywood disintegrates. Girl Scouts in North Dakota still selling cookies door to door.

40 below zero: Washington, D.C. finally runs out of hot air. People in
North Dakota let their dogs sleep indoors.

100 below zero: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. North Dakotans
 get upset because the Mini-Van won’t start.

460 below zero: ALL atomic motion stops (absolute zero on the Kelvin
scale). People in North Dakota can be heard to say, “Cold ’nuff fer ya?”

 500 below zero: Hell freezes over. North Dakota public schools open 2
 hours late.

Alece wants to know….

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So, last week I asked for suggestions for some blog posts. Lately I’m feeling quite tapped for motivation or even ideas. I HAVE ideas, I just don’t have to ability to sit down and type it all out…. because unfortunately my thought process is INSANE and no one wants to read a post that is 3,000 words. 😆 I could blog more about our daily lives but seeeeeriously we are boring. We do the same thing over and over and over again. Seriously. This summer should be better though when we can get OUT of the house….but for now the horrible cold and snow don’t leave us with many options. 😉

So, the first post in this question/answer edition is going to be in response to Alece. Not only would she like to see all of my aprons (a post for later FOR SURE….that will be a video), she would like to know some serious stuff as well. So, here we go…..

i want to hear your greatest fear and greatest joy and greatest aspiration. My greatest fear is a hard one. I am a very fearful person, something that bothers me a great deal. So much so that it hinders a lot of what I do vs what I want to do. I terrified of dying. Terrified. And yes, I believe in heaven. I believe I will go there when I die. The problem I have is not knowing ENOUGH about it. I need pictures. And first hand accounts. 😆 And that’s never going to happen, so… I am terrified. And the part about leaving my family, I hate it. On a less serious note, I am afraid of heights and airplanes. If I ever fly again I’m fairly certain I will need a tranquilizer. The last time I flew was 2002. September 12, 2002 to be exact. We won’t talk about it. 😆

Greatest joy is EASY….. the boys. Hands down, the boys. I cannot even express with words how much this is true. To understand the kind of joy my boys bring me, would be for me to pass on a deep down in my soul feeling. Just thinking about how much joy they give me makes me catch my breath.

My greatest aspiration? Why do you ask me these things friend?! 😆 It changes as time goes on. Right now, it is to be a great mom and wife. I think those two will never change actually. Other than that I aspire to be a good friend, a good daughter, to be a better sister. Something I am actually very bad at. I will say I have let go of a lot of my aspirations because they were unhealthy…. like my desire to be perfect in all things. Can I say I aspire to aspire less perfection??? 😆 HAHA! Figure that one and let me know. 😉

i want to know what you do when—in some rare moment of divine intervention—you have the house all to yourself. Divine intervention doesn’t exist in North Dakota friend…. well, not in the way of allowing me to have the house to myself. However, right now EVERYONE is in their rooms for naps. EVERYONE. I’m not sure that they are asleep, but they’re in there! So, this is as close as it gets, and I am doing what I would do if everyone was gone….. catching up on something I’ve wanted to sit down and do unbothered. 😉

i want to know what makes you laugh the hardest. I am not sure I can give a straight answer here….. LOTS of things make me laugh. I am glad I laugh a lot because it keeps things light and less stressful for me. I laugh at the boys a lot, but not the hardest. Jake makes me laugh a great deal. Those are my favorite laughs actually. I have a best friend from 8th grade that makes me laugh VERY hard. So so much, whenever we are talking I know I will have a “pee my pants” moment. Anything funny, HILARIOUSLY funny, makes me laugh the hardest. I like funny.

i want to know what you love most about yourself. yes, i said “love”. i don’t wanna hear the dislikes; tell me what you love. Hmmm, I’m thinkin I don’t feel very loving towards you right now. 😆 KIDDING. You know I love you, I say it a million and ten times a day. What I love most about myself….. that I laugh. Truly. Really. Okay two things…. that I laugh and love easily.  Very easily.  ♥

Let Us Pray

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UPDATE 1/11/09

Baby Annie died on Saturday morning at 9:30. Thank you for your prayers. Some day I will pass this on to Jennifer if/when I see her, at the appropriate time. I trust that God healed Annie, even if it was in a way that is heartbreaking for us to understand.

 

This morning in MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) we were told about a young mother who just had a baby last week. I met her back in December and remember how excited she was to welcome her second baby girl, to be named Annie Lynn. A new baby sounds exciting huh? Problem is though…. she was 5 weeks early. I don’t have all of the details, just what we were told this morning. At some point after delivering, the babies heart stopped for 45 minutes. The doctors were able to revive her but a later test showed no brain activity. Two days later another test showed no brain activity. On Sunday (1/11/09) they will do another test to see if there is still no brain activity. At that point (7 days)she can be declared brain dead in the state of North Dakota. The parents are preparing for the worst and praying for the best. Their intention is to take her off of life support on Monday if the tests prove she is still brain dead.

PLEASE be praying for the Davis family. Kevin, Jennifer and their two daughters Abbey (2 or 3yrs) and precious Annie Lynn. Just yesterday I told someone “you have to believe in the WHEN, not in the if.” God can do miracles folks. Let’s pray for one.

♥

This Just In!!!

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Jake just called from work and told me to check my email for a forward from him:

Commanders,

I am pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Holiday Lights
Contest.  My Housing personnel will notify each winner and instruct them
to swing by the Housing Office to collect their prize(s).

1st Place:  Maj Sweetland, 91 OG.  $25 Darby Dollars and a $100 Savings
Bond donated by the Minot Chapter, Air Force Association

2nd Place:  SSgt Hawkins, 5 MUNS.  $20 Darby Dollars

3rd Place:  Capt Olson, 91 MOS.  $15 Darby Dollars

Honorable Mention:  SMSgt Kruger, 5 CS. 

YEAH!!! Next year….FIRST PLACE! 😀

I Need Your Help

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I’m in a rut. A blog rut. A writing rut. I have MANY ideas floating around in my head but I truly do no have the mental capabilities to process them right now. Why? Because they are deep people. And deep thoughts make me want to relay them in complete perfection so as not to miss a single thing about what God has been telling me. And He’s been talking a lot. To me.

So, in the meantime, tell me what you want to know. Tell me what you want to read. Do you want to know if I had braces when I was 12? Do you want to know my favorite ice cream? Do you want to know my biggest fear(s)? Anything people. And I promise, I’ll answer them ALL. 😯 However, I may regret saying that.

Let’s see….today is what? Tuesday? NO?! Monday? Yes. I’ll check back at the end of the week. Or sooner. We’ll see. 😆 Until then, I’ll be on twitter….because really….it’s just so darn addicting. 😆