Important Life Lessons

1. If your computer says "Inconceivable!" (a la Princess Bride) every time you get an email, it's probably not a good idea to leave the computer in the bedroom with you, unmuted, when your husband is not at home to protect you. Hearts can stop you know.

2. Just because the bank ATM says you can withdraw 1,000 euro daily(to give to the landlord because he forgot to tell you there was an EXTRA 425 euro charge coming out this month so the bank bounced the rent charge and threw his finances into huge disarray and it's BOTH his fault (because he didn't TELL me) and my fault because I forgot about what he didn't tell me, uh huh, doesn't mean you actually can. You can only take out 600. What was I thinking?

3. For the eleventy-billionth time, PREVIEW movies (even children's movies like The New Adventures of Heidi) because sad endings will reduce my daughter to a puddle of tears.

4. I TOTALLY cleaned the office today, re-arranged and organized my part of the space (I did not however, do my filing) and it looks amazing and I can see the top of my desk now. But the rest of my house doesn't look as good, sad to say!

5. 6-year-old boys do not like to spend much time browsing in the euro store. They're happy to spend 2.80 of the 3 euro you gave them on a notepad of paper to draw pictures and a plastic dinosaur, but once he has them picked out "Can we go now Mom?" Hunting and conquering indeed.

6. If you want a different color text in your blog post, choose the color BEFORE you type anything, or before you spell-check because you will end up with one big run-on paragraph. And WHY does blogger spell-check still say BLOG is a mistake????


A mega post

I often write blog posts in my head. So often and so completely that sometimes I am surprised when I don't find them on my blog! Go figure.

Anyway, it has been a busy week, it's barely 10 pm on Friday and I am fading quickly. The dog is already snoring beside me on the couch. I'm going to buzz through the blog posts I have written this week in my head.


Oh how I love it! There are still mornings when I have to drag my butt out the door, but once I am on my way it's great. It's hard and some days it kills me, but it's GREAT. After a month I have lost at least 1 cm all over (2 in my bust, the one place I might like to keep a couple of cms!) except for my now bulging muscular thigh muscles where I have gained a cm :) I feel healthy, so much more energetic and strong. I have a poem in my head about this, but it's not quite formed enough to come out yet.

I haven't been lonely at all this week. Being part of Oasis Madrid is like having the softest imaginable fleece blanket to snuggle in.

We have this boy in our church, who is honestly, the kind of boy I hope Meaghan will find one day. He is almost too good to be true. On Wednesday night he came to babysit for me because I had to teach and lead my group at Cross Currents. He arrived right on time, and during dinner gave Meg one of his pieces of French toast because apparently 2 is not enough. When I got home, he had emptied the dishwasher and cleaned up the kitchen. The dog whined, and he took her out for me. He refused payment of any kind. I mean, really, where did this kid come from?

So yesterday I was thrilled to hang out with Victoria, because she is a very busy student and I just don't get to see her enough. We are the queens of buses, and we rode 2 buses from downtown back to my house, where we hung out on the couches (my day off). She walked to school with me to pick up the kids, which they were thrilled about. Later on I took the dog out again, and when I came in she was cleaning up dishes. I told her she didn't have to do that and she said "I'm trying to make Jonathan look less perfect!"

Yeah, so does anyone else want to come over and join this little competition?


So I am pretty sure there were a couple more blog posts I wrote in my head. But guess what, it takes a lot more effort to write them here than it does to write them in my head. Since I started this I have had 2 chat conversations on skype with friends far away, and now it's 10:34. My eyes are closing involuntarily, so I think it's time to roll the dog off the couch, check on my babies and crawl into my cold, bed-heaterless bed.


Even the dog is dejected

Troy left early this morning to help lead an Oasis Madrid ministry team to Morocco. He won't be back until late Monday night. Nothing is quite right in our house when he's not here.

Meg woke early, at 6:30. I think she had set her mind that she would wake up before Daddy left. But he was already gone, and she sadly crawled into bed with me.

I forgot I was only making one cup of coffee and almost boiled my milk to death.

The dog hasn't even eaten her breakfast; she is cuddled up under a blanket next to me.

Nothing is quite the same without Daddy in the house.


Life is Revving Up

It's a cold rainy Sunday morning. Life is gearing up for busyness, I can feel it. Sunday is always like that a bit because of getting ready for Monday morning. In our house that means making sure the school uniforms are clean, that there is something for snacks, etc.

This week we have added craziness because I have to give the teaching for the Cross Currents course on Monday and Wednesday both. And on Wednesday morning, Troy is taking our Morocco ministry team down to Morocco. He gets back next Monday. So I'm on deck. Meg has a dentist appointment on Friday, we have a service day for "our" homeless on Sunday...and so it goes.

Today the kids and I are driving out to the "country" :) to see our friends Sarah, Ivan and Sam. We were hoping to go for a ramble but I think it's going to be too wet.

I think the dog needs a play-date too! When we were trying to train Lexi, we read a book called
Surviving Your Dog's Adolescence (we did survive, barely). In it, the author talks about the play-times she has with her dog, as well as play-dates. I think Lexi would totally love that :) This morning I was walking her and we met a frisky year-old Cocker Spaniel (which was off the leash and still obeying its owner; something we were promised in several books we would never be able to do since we bought a Beagle!) and Lexi had a riot running around playing with it for a bit. Sorry Lexi, I don't see any arranged play-time in your future any time soon!

I certainly haven't been writing anything too deep lately, but oh well!