"One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be."
Carol B. Hillman
My kids aren't young anymore. My youngest is 15, a full-fledged teenager, and the other two are adults. Still, I think it's important that I be the person I ask them to be. Kids can spot a hypocritical parent a mile away.
I tell my kids that I'm a morning person, but this week I've been anything but. It has been so hard getting out of bed in the morning! I was going to bed at about the same time, and I couldn't figure out what the problem was, till this morning. I actually woke up at 6:00, but it was so dark out I just rolled over and dozed off again. The mornings have been dreary, cloudy and foggy. Who wants to get out of bed on days like that? No one. At least not me. I've been dragging myself out of bed at 8:00, then wishing I'd gotten up earlier. Maybe tomorrow I'll make a bigger effort? Maybe.
It was cooler out today; 63 degrees when I got up in the morning, and it's supposed to follow that trend the next few days. Yippee! Even though it was still kind of humid, it didn't feel nearly as bad thanks to the cooler temperatures. As I went to the cupboards looking for what I was going to make for breakfast, I remembered that I have grocery shopping to do this week and I hadn't worked on the menu. I hadn't worked on the menu because I had no clue what I was going to make. I had no clue what I was going to make because I couldn't find any good sales in the circulars. Since E didn't have any live lessons to attend today, I decided he could start school in the afternoon and I'd stop by Winn-Dixie and see meats what they had. I like going to Winn-Dixie on Thursdays for meats. Since it's almost the weekend, they need to stock up the freezers. They don't want anything in there that has a sell date of that weekend, so they reduce the price of meats to about half just to get them sold. I got to the meat section just as the butcher was stamping the new prices on. I didn't want to hover around him too much (don't want to look like a stalker) so I checked around the store for some other items I needed: canned and frozen vegetables, canned beans, Gatorade, and canned tomatoes. When I came back I had a field day. I found one pound packages of ground turkey, buy one get one free. They had the same deal for chicken tenders and chicken wings, so I was set with poultry. Then I checked out the red meat. I got a nice piece of London broil which I like to make in the crock pot with potatoes and carrots, reduced from $12.99 to $7.21. There were also a couple of packages of steak, big thinly sliced steaks, at $3.95 and $4.81. The last thing I picked up was a package of boneless pork chops, 10 chops for $5.92. I spent a total of $122.33, and saved $73.28. Now I can prepare my menu! There are still staples I need to pick up at Walmart and Costco, but that'll be tomorrow's adventure. I'm very satisfied with my grocery shopping trip today!
After getting all that food, what do you think I made for lunch? Frozen pizza and breadsticks, LOL! They were on sale as well, and my kids like them. I ate, then kept repeating the food over, and over, and over again. I finally had to take a couple of Tums to try and calm my stomach because the taste of the food was not better the second time around, believe me.
After lunch I sat down with my son to go over every review class his algebra teacher posted. We took a million notes on every example she did, pages and pages of notes, so that he would be ready to take part 2 of his test. He felt ready; I felt he was ready. He took the test and got a 72%. There are still problems the teacher has to check, but I was floored. I was sure he would get a way better grade. I looked over the exam, and noticed one problem that he'd done. He'd done the math and it looked right, but it was marked wrong. I sat there and did the math myself. I got the answer E got, which the computer says is incorrect. We've had the computer mark things wrong before that were right, so we emailed the teacher. I know she probably won't answer right away, since she's grading tons of papers, but I was so upset at seeing that score because we had just spent 3 1/2 hours going over everything. I voiced my frustration, but remembered how important it is to keep my cool. After all, it's my responsibility to be a good role model (see quote above).
While we were studying, my Ulta order came in. I'd ordered some primer because mine is running low, and the Stroke of Light eye brightener, which is a concealer as well. Ulta was having some promos and I was sent some pretty nice extras. I was most curious to see the Too Faced samples I'd received. I was pleasantly surprised to see that two of the items were deluxe samples, and the third looks like a full sized lip product. They call it a melted liquified long wear lipstick (though I don't think it can legitimately be called a lipstick once it's melted, but that's just me); it comes in a tube with a sponge applicator. The color is called Peony; it's a light pink sheer color. It's very creamy, but I didn't put enough on to determine if it's really long wearing. I'm gonna test it tomorrow when I go finish my grocery shopping. The two deluxe samples are a mascara and bronzer. The mascara is called Better Than Sex; rather awkward, in my opinion. My daughter doesn't care for the name either. I will say this: it made my lashes really long and curly. What I didn't like is that it transfers to my upper lid and under eye area, which my Bare Minerals Flawless Definition mascara doesn't do. Still, I did like how my lashes curled up. I'll have to try it with eyeshadow and see how it looks. The last item, the bronzer, is called Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer and it's a light to medium shade. I feel like it's a bit light, but I have to try it out. I like the fact that it's matte, because along with my order I got a sample of the Bare Minerals matte foundation to try. It's a good sized sample, too, and while I like my Original foundation for its luminosity, I'm curious to see how I look in a matte foundation. Who knows, I might like it even better.
I'm hearing my daughter exercise. She's trying the Daily Burn app for a month to see if she likes it. I believe its $13 a month and they have all kinds of daily exercises, recipes, and other stuff that she's still looking into. Her leg is still sore at times, but she has an appointment to see a sports doctor next week to see if maybe what she has is shin splints. In the meantime she's working her abs and upper body, and it sounds like it's quite a workout. I can hear her huffin' and puffin'.
My son R got medicine for his pink eye, and already today the difference was noticeable. I am so thankful for the doctor that cared enough to tell him what he needed to do and saw him the very next day. Praise God, he is feeling much better from his cold too. He's started purchasing components to build his own computer. It's his new project, and he's really excited about it.
Well, that's been my day. I'm looking forward to the end of finals tomorrow: part 3 of algebra, and science. It's been a good semester, but I'm so glad he's got 3 days off next week. Time to get caught up on other projects - stay tuned! Good night and God bless.