Friday, September 30, 2011

Applying for Jobs

Honey is burned out on school. He's taking a Statistics I class that is kicking his backside big time. What's worse is that he needs Statistics II afterward. What's even worse is that he has no desire to use statistics in any job that seems attractive to him, so he's not even motivated to learn it for practical purposes. He has never been a desk-job kind of guy, even since he's retired from the Army. (Many soldiers seem to look forward to getting off their feet and doing a slower-paced desk job once they hang up their uniforms.) Not Honey, sitting at a desk even at college is driving him crazy!

He is ready to be done with college and get onto a second career. He talked to his academic advisor yesterday, and he is eligible to graduate at the end of this semester with an A.A. in General Studies. So he officially changed his major and applied to graduate.

He has applied for a couple of local railroad jobs. He would really like to work for any railroad, and there are a couple of different railroads that are in our area so we wouldn't have to relocate at least until our daughter graduates from high school. After she graduates next May, we're willing to relocate just about anywhere, including Canada.

Please pray that the Lord will give my Honey the patience to finish out this semester without frustration, that Honey would start to "get" statistics, and that the Lord would either open up a railroad job or close the door of opportunity, so that Honey knows it's either definitely God's will or not.

If he doesn't hear from the railroad, he'll plan to continue working toward his BBA degree. (And try to muddle through Statistics II.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

"White Girl" Tandoori-Style Chicken

First off, this is NOT a traditional, authentic tandoori chicken. Not that I've ever eaten "real" tandoori chicken, but I've seen enough cooking shows to know that this is not what is served in India.

BUT... it's still very tasty, and one of my family's favorite dishes.

Rachel at Tramplingrose recently posted that she needed some ideas for using up some cilantro. This recipe, as well as my Black Bean and Corn Salsa are two of my favorite ways to use cilantro.

2 lbs. chicken, skinned (you can use chicken parts or boneless, skinless breasts)
1 tsp. salt
1 lemon, juiced
1 and 1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup finely minced onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. curry powder
1 Tbsp. cilantro (fresh or dried, it doesn't matter)

Mix all the ingredients except the chicken in a shallow dish. (Taste to correct the seasonings if you desire.) Score or poke the chicken, then add to the yogurt mixture and coat completely. Marinate in the frige for 6 to 24 hours (the longer the better). Grill chicken. (I use a cast-iron skillet with grilling ridges.)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

God Made Light!

My 2 1/2 year old boy just finished his very first ever AWANA Puggles session. I almost cried dropping him off to a non-nursery function at church. I stayed and watched him participate in the opening exercises of the pledge to the American flag and AWANA clubs, and the opening prayer. But then I had to leave, and it was like I had dropped him off for his first day of kindergarten, it was that emotional for me.

Of course he had a great time with Mrs. Karen and Mrs. Kristi, his teachers. He learned that God Made Light today, and he got a flashlight to bring home for keeps! He is in the hallway right now playing with the flashlight and his little brother.  He has yelled out a few times, "I like AWANAs!" He also has mentioned to me several times that "God Made Light!"

I ordered him a Puggles shirt, which should be here next week. I'll take some pictures when he's wearing it. He already asked if he could go again to AWANAs next week, so he's looking forward to going back for more! It's going to be a great year for him.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Seriously. I. LOVE. Rodeos.

A rodeo came to a nearby town last night. I'd never been to one, and I thought it would be a beer-fest, redneck party. Boy was I ever wrong! (And that's a good thing.)

The admission prices gave an "active duty" military discout. My Honey decided to show his retiree ID card, which the ticket booth honored anyway, for both Honey and me! The boys got in free.

A big sign at the entrance stated, "This is an alcohol-free event." Another thumbs-up in my opinion, and we hadn't even entered the midway yet!

There were lots of activities for kids, but they were mostly for older kids, so our two boys just ran around like crazy hoodlums, but nobody seemed bothered by them. In fact, some people actually smiled and videotaped them. The weather was cool and clear, which felt so refreshing for the boys, I'm sure. (I know I really enjoyed it!)

When the rodeo started, the emcee got the crowd's enthusiasm going, then they held a tribute to all the armed forces. I couldn't get a picture of the Army flag coming into the arena, because my camera was soooo not cooperating. I did manage to get a photo of the Marine flag though:


Then the American flag came by, which was beautiful as always:


(I know it's a lousy picture, but really, my camera was NOT cooperating.)


Then the part that sealed the deal in my opinion, that rodeos are a great place to go: the emcee prayed an invocation and thanked the Lord for sending Jesus Christ to be our Savior, and he prayed in Jesus' name. Yep, that's pretty cool.

These are contestants in the steer wrestling competition:



Someone has a new girlfriend!


We only watched the bucking broncos, the steer wrestling, and the girs' barrel races. (They were itty bitty girls, too. One was 5 years old!!) By then, it was 10 PM, and the boys were getting cranky. We went back the van, changed them into jammies, then drove home. It was a fun night! We hope to do it again next year.


Here are some pictures of the boys looking at the steers:





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Growing Up, Sniff Sniff!

All of my babies are now officially graduated out of cribs. My 15-month old has been getting in and out of his twin sized bed so well that Honey and I decided to let him sleep a few nights in it on a trial basis. He was great! Yesterday at nap time he sneaked out of his bed and got into bed with his big brother, but that doesn't bother me. They'll be complaining about sharing a room soon enough--may as well let them be close as long as possible.

Yesterday, the crib was dismantled and put outside in anticipation of today's garbage pick-up. It was one of the so-called wickedly evil death-trap dropside cribs that are now banned, so we can't sell it.

A big plus is that the boys' room seems much bigger with the crib gone. More room for toys and playtime! They're really enjoying the open space.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Toby Goes to College, or the Darwin-Proof Cat!

Toby's used up at least three of his proverbial nine lives so far. The first life was merely his survival to find a home.

A few weeks ago, our dog treed him in the back yard. We had to use a ladder to get him down.

Yesterday, I couldn't find him all morning. I remember seeing him in the bathroom when I was showering, but not at all afterward. That's weird, because he's usually underfoot most of the day.

I was starting to get worried, because he had a vet appointment in the afternoon to get his booster shots. I joked to myself that he was hiding on purpose! I went outside and called him, and he's usually right at the back door wanting to come in the house. (He's hates going outside, that weirdo kitty!)

When Honey got home from school at 12:30, I asked if he'd seen Toby. He answered, "No, not since I put him outside this morning." Neither of us had let him inside, so at least we now knew he wasn't in the house. We both went outside and called to him, but nothing. I wondered if the dog had treed him again.

Several minutes later, I went outside again and called him again. I heard a tiny "meow", then I spotted him coming to the door from the driveway where Honey parks his truck. He was hot and panting vigorously, and he was COVERED in black dirt. He looked scared out of his mind!

Honey and I have a suspicion that he took a ride in the truck engine to college and back. Toby LOVES to hide under Honey's truck. In fact, we've had to open the hood sometimes and get him out of there. But yesterday morning, without thinking about it, Honey went to school, which is a drive through the neighborhood, a bit of freeway, then an interchange to another freeway for about five miles, then another neighborhood to the college parking lot.  He was probably so scared from the trauma of riding that way, he was scared stiff. At least he stayed in the truck for the ride back home! Dumb cat...

And then, to top it all off, I still took him to the vet for his shots. (But this time he rode in a kitty carrier.)

I really need to get him neutered. He's about six months old now, which is the time male cats start to spray. I've just been putting it off, because I didn't want to spend the money to have the surgery done, only to have him do something really stupid later and not survive the ordeal.

Maybe he'd be better off staying home to wrestle Eeyore:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I Found It!

I misplaced the USB cord to my camera a while ago (220+ pictures on my camera waiting to be uploaded!). It finally turned up, in a drawer where I would have never put it (I always put it behind my computer monitor, so I think a certain little toddler found it and "put it away" for Mommy!)

So here's what our family has been up to recently:

All the kiddoes goofing off:


A recent trip to the botanical gardens:





Martha bought my boys bubble guns, which they LOVE!:



First Day of Senior Year:


Fun with a laundry basket:



Fun with duct tape. Honey made a top hat:




Normally he'll eat peas without a problem. Today, however...a different story:



The weather was nice enough that we could leave the door open and let in some fresh air:


Some rye loaves I made that turned out "pretty":


The dog is furniture!:



This cat "found" us. Very skinny, dirty, and wet from a downpour of rain. We ran to the pet store to get some food, which got DEVOURED!!  We originally named her "Jasmine," but a few weeks later, discovered she needed to be named
"Toby" instead. (oops!)




Wrestling is fun!:




And the goofy finale. My daughter and her friend being silly after a cross country meet: