Thursday, September 27, 2007

my starbucks pro/con list

Hi, my name is Missy, and I'm a Starbucks addict. :) Our tiny town has finally gotten a dose of reality and brought a Starbucks to town......no more Timmy's for me! So, going through the drive-thru today, I was thinking of this funny list......

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: I have to drive all the way across town to get it.

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: This can clean out the bank account fairly quickly!

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: I have to suffer with whipped cream on it, even though every time, I specifically tell them not to put it on -- brings to mind my mom's infamous lie......

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: Frappuccinos aren't exactly low in fat and calories.

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: Sometimes their card swiper isn't working and I have to go withdraw cash to feed my addiction.

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: Idling in the drive-thru is bad for the environment.

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: Sometimes the nerdy teenage boy who works there (and insists on putting whipped cream on my frap) will flirt with me.

PRO: I get to have a frappuccino whenever I want!
CON: I'm out of them......

I say the PRO's beat the CON's any day of the week!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

thought for the day

What is love all about?

"It's hanging on when your heart has had enough,
it's giving more when you feel like giving up."

I think that is a pretty accurate description.

Thanks, Martina.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

cooking questions

I found these questions to answer on Susan's blog, so I thought I would post my answers in case anyone is curious about my cooking abilities, or lack thereof. :) I would just like to note, for the record, that I have only really been cooking for a little over two years......I started right after we got married. I like to think that I have gotten better, though!

So what kind of cook are you? Meat-and-potatoes? Gourmet? Or somewhere in between?
wellllll, I don't know that I am any one type......my husband likes to have meat at every meal (I would cook vegetarian if I could!).......I guess I will say I am a fan of simple but very tasty cooking.

What's your favorite cookbook/cooking magazine?
I love Taste of Home, of course, and I also like the Company's Coming series of cookbooks

What is usually in your pantry, your staple ingredients that you can't do without?
tomato sauce, some sort of flour, rice, lots of pasta, and there are always fresh mushrooms in the fridge -- we put them in everything!

What is your favorite type of dish to cook: main dish, sides, breads, desserts?
definitely desserts -- I love baking way more than cooking!

Do you have a signature recipe, one that everyone knows you for?
haha, well, here in Canada, people think all my PA recipes are original, like pickled eggs.....lol. No, really, everyone loves my chocolate chip cookies and people at church are constantly asking for them. So I guess that would be it.

What's your favorite appliance or gadget that you couldn't get along without?
my smoothie maker!!!!

And finally, what is your husband's favorite recipe that you fix? You know, the one that says "I love you - this is especially for you!"
well, it's always a good night for him when I make lasagna, but his recent favorite is Chicken Bruschetta Bake. And I love it a lot, b/c it's way easier and less time-consuming than lasagna.

So there you have it! The confessions of an amateur cook!

Monday, September 24, 2007

update on sadness

I just wanted to post this in case anyone was wondering what was going on with these two situations. It is good news in one instance, and not so great in the other.

The good news is that Joe has officially woken up from his coma and is in a rehabilitation facility. He is making amazing progress every day, more than anyone would have ever thought. Again, this brings to mind the question, why are we surprised when God answers our prayers? Just a thought. Anyways, he has started to respond to others, started to talk again, and started to follow more commands. He is re-learning a lot of daily activities, such as getting dressed, tying shoes, brushing teeth, etc. The stroke was on the left side of his brain, so the right side of his body is affected. Although the right side is not completely immobile, he is having a lot of trouble doing anything with that side. Obviously, his journey through this is far from over, and prayers are still needed and appreciated. But it is so great to hear all the encouraging news!

On the other side of things, Violet is not doing nearly as well. After being in the hospital for the better part of a month, the doctors finally delivered the news that no one wanted to hear. Violet went through colon cancer years ago, and now apparently it is back, and has spread to her lungs. Because of her age, the doctors will not operate, and chemo is not really an option. All this to say that they believe she only has a few weeks or months to live. This is a hard burden to bear......for me, yes, but so much more so for her caring family. I realize that she is elderly and older people die and that is how life goes, but it is never an easy thing to accept when you are told such a thing about YOUR mother. I am praying for opportunities for me to be a testimony, to be a strong support in this difficult time. Violet is at home now, where she will live out the remainder of her days, so I will be taking care of her to the end. We cannot always understand the whys in life, but I believe that something good can come of this. If you think of it, please pray for me as I try to be encouraging and show her family the power of God's love.

and now, go Pack!

yep, I'm a cheesehead!! Granted, a disappointed cheesehead in the last 8 years or so. :) But this year, the Pack is back!! 3-0, and best-quarterback-ever Brett Favre is breaking all the records.

So, yeah, I am always proud to be a cheesehead, but this year, I can actually say it in public. :-D

Thursday, September 20, 2007

go Yanks

Suddenly, with 10 games left to play, the Yankees find themselves within a game and a half of the coveted American League East title. Can they really do it again, after playing most of the season so far behind?

Me thinks nothing is out of the question when talking about the New York Yankees. At the very least, they should get the wild card and hopefully play well into October.

Go Yanks, make this fan proud!!!!

i'm boring

well, there is nothing new to report -- I had a very lazy type of day, but maybe it was needed/well-deserved after the frenetic pace of the last couple of days. I slept in, and then got up and did nothing. I wasn't feeling so well --had a major headache and nausea, so I went back to sleep in the afternoon. All this to say that it is now 2:07am and I am wide awake. I can't win.

I don't like myself when I am this lazy. I miss my Jamie and need him to come home.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

busy busy

I have had a very long 26 hours. ;) Let's just say I'm thankful I'll be paid for 17.5 of those hours!

I went to work at 9pm last night, worked (well, babysat overnight, which we all know isn't really working) til 7am the next morning. Skedaddled from there to my next job, where I started at 7:30am. Worked there until 3:30pm, and yes, this job really IS work. :) And for those who are wondering, yes, my hair was looking rather pathetic by this point.......lol.

Hmmmm, one would think that as soon as the clock hit 3:30, I'd be out the door and home in the 4 and a half minutes it takes to drive there, and in bed sound asleep by oh, say, 3:44 or so. But such is not the case when one has a shopping date with one of her (many) sisters-in-law!!!! I'd say the prospect of an evening out shopping does much to rejuvenate the spirits!!

So I showered, and we left around 4:30......ran around Brampton looking for good deals......didn't find too too many. Well, I did get two skirts for a grand total of seven dollars and something, so that was ok. But we talked and talked and talked and managed to squeeze in dinner, which was amusing in its own way. :-D

It is now 11pm and I need to go to bed. Badly. But apparently not badly enough that I couldn't take the time to tell the world about it on my blog first........lol.

Tiredness......is.......setting......in........

Sunday, September 16, 2007

thankful

I just wanted to do a little post and say what a blessing my church and the people in it are to me. Yes, I go to a small church, and yes, sometimes I wish it were bigger, but overall, I am blessed beyond measure.

My husband started going to our church about a year before we were married, and we have gone there faithfully ever since. Despite normal ups and downs, we are excited about the work there and excited about all the growth and activities. It is often hard to start in a new church, but I have honestly felt accepted from day one.

I am thankful to have a pastor, who, along with being an amazing and dynamic speaker, is a genuine live-it-every-day-of-his-life Christian. I am thankful to have a pastor's wife who never fails to make us feel welcome in her home. I am thankful that the both of them have taken it upon themselves to help us out whenever and wherever they can. I am thankful to be the pianist in a church where no apology is made for good solid Christian music. I am thankful to be able to go every Sunday and hear a message preached from the heart of God's Word. I am thankful for church members who are ever friendly, ever loving, ever hospitable. I am thankful to have found a place that has beliefs that are almost identical to mine/ours. I am thankful for this season of our lives while we attend Brampton International Baptist Church. Although I know, undoubtedly, someday we will be called elsewhere when we have to move, for now this is our church, this is our home, and we are extremely grateful for it.

an amazing promise

My absolute favorite verse in the whole Bible -- I guess some would consider it my life verse -- is Psalm 84:11.

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."

It is ever amazing to me that God wants to give us things, wants to love us, wants to see us happy. And this verse promises us that He WILL NOT withhold good from us if we are walking with Him and following His will. If that isn't motivation, I don't know what is!!! Although we shouldn't really need motivation if we really and truly love the Lord our God.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

fear of the elderly?

I can't say that I have ALWAYS liked working with and/or being around elderly people, but I don't think I was ever afraid of them or put off by them. So why is it that I run into so many people today who immediately cringe when they find out where I work? Or can't find enough in common with an older person to have even a three-minute conversation with them? In all honesty, it really saddens me.

My first real exposure to older people was obviously my grandparents, although since they were not as old as some, that may not have counted. I do remember visiting my great-grandmother regularly in the nursing home where she lived. And I loved it. We would take her outside, read to her, sing to her, etc. I loved talking to all the other residents there, too. I don't remember ever being scared of them or being disgusted that I was there. (And I wasn't a little kid, so my memories of this ARE intact!) She passed away when I was 14, and I remember thinking that was the saddest I had ever felt. I do know that was the most I had ever cried. Looking back, I am glad I did not allow that experience of loss to keep me from getting close to other elderly people in the future.

All of my grandparents passed away in seemingly quick succession when I was between the ages of 16 and 18. I struggled a lot at that point in my life. I was very close to at least two of them, and had a relationship with all four. Very soon after my first grandfather died, I took a job in the kitchen of a retirement home on the recommendation of my school principal. I was unwilling at first, but soon grew to love the senior citizens I served meals to. This was the first time I noticed it, but it still rings true today -- older/elderly people thrive on the attention of younger people.

Eventually I had to leave that job and pursue other things. After graduating from high school, I was still a little disillusioned as to what I really wanted to do with my life. My dad was not excited about this indecisiveness......in his eyes, I was brilliant and needed to further my education. One night, he came in my room and handed me a college catalog and told me to pick a major. At first I said no, and then I looked through it and found an excuse as to why I hated every major. I finally said, well, maybe I could do nursing, but I don't really like science. My dad said, great, it's settled, you're going to go to school for nursing!

And go to school for nursing I did! Even graduated four years later with a bachelor's degree! During the summer breaks from school, I continued to discover my love for working with the elderly by working as an aide in a local nursing home. The third summer, I was able to expand by working on the Alzheimers' floor and discovering a new dimension of elder care. There was no one I could really talk to about my job. Most people thought it was disgusting, and all my classmates just couldn't understand my wanting to work with older people when the fast-paced intensive care units at the hospital were so much more exciting. When we graduated from nursing school, all of us had to write and read an essay about why we wanted to be a nurse. I wrote in my essay that I was pretty sure it had all started in a nursing home, whether it was with my great-grandmother, singing with school groups, or working there.

I graduated two years ago. Today, I am working more hours with elderly people than I ever have in the past. I work three or four days a week taking care of an 83-year-old lady in her home. I work two or more days a week at a nursing home, providing full resident care. I volunteer with my church in the nursing home ministry, and also volunteer at a local retirement home on occasion. There is so much to be learned from these people, so much respect they deserve, so much love you can show.

I hope no one thinks this post is me trying to pat myself on the back for my community service, b/c that is not what I intended at all. I am nowhere near as caring as I could or should be. Do I always go to work for the right reasons? NO. Do I ever get frustrated? That's a big YES. Do I like everything about nursing homes. That's definitely a resounding NO. I am beyond frustrated with the politics of most nursing homes. the administrations making rules that are just that, with no room for compassion. Have I ever gotten disgusted doing my job? OF COURSE. (not with the people, with the situation)

But, on the other hand, I can't understand you if you're put off by the sight of an elderly person. I can't understand you if you choose not to visit your family member in a nursing home, b/c it's too weird or it makes you uncomfortable. I don't understand how putting a smile on an older person's face couldn't make your day (but maybe that's just me). Is it sometimes hard? YES, it is, but I think it is worth it. In the end, it is never about you in the first place -- it is about them. I may not like all aspects of nursing homes, but rules and administration and politics do not a nursing home make. It is the people who reside there. In the same capacity that I would feel honored to care for either of my parents or any of my family members really, I feel honored to do for these people what they can no longer do for themselves.

Psalm 71:9 -- "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth."

Monday, September 10, 2007

my baby nephew

Here is a pic of my only nephew, David. Isn't he a cutie?

Friday, September 7, 2007

more meaningful lyrics

I love this song!!! I find singing makes my day go faster and better and happier -- therefore I am always singing some song or another while I'm at work. Some of the people I work with can't understand how I could be singing all the time, how I could be happy at work. Thanks to Jesus my Saviour, I can have a song in my heart 24/7!

Why do we do the things we do?
How can we sing when there seems no reason to?
How do we smile when there's not much to smile about?
When the world is down, who are we to stand and shout?
They wonder why we do the things we do.

It's all because of this,
It's all because of this,
We've tasted love, tasted hope, tasted holiness,

And they wonder why, do we do the things we do.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

commercial stuck in my head all the time

This commercial is so great, and the song is soooooo addicting and singable. There's a strawberry one too, I'm gonna have to get the words for that one.



My little story takes place at a tropical villa,


I fell in love with a flavor, yes, it was vanilla.


Mini........wheats, wheats, wheats, I wanted vanilla for so long,


Mini wheats, wheats, wheats,


It's high in fiber, you can't go wrong.


Vanilla flavor mixed with wheat,


Put it together, it can't be beat,


Vanilla flavor mixed with wheat,


Tastes so good, what a treat!


New vanilla mini wheats cereal tastes so good, good, good.
(image courtesy of joeymoggie.wordpress.com)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

quick news bit

I'm an aunt!!!! For the eighth time! :-D

Violet Charity was born at 12:07 pm today, weighing in at 8 pounds and 10 ounces.

I don't live anywhere near them (so what else is new?), so I have not had a chance to view her cuteness (I'm sure she is cute, as all Vasels are). :-D But I will post a pic or two in the coming days as soon as I receive them!!!