Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Words Words Words

How long since I've been here.  Sigh.  I would like to write a poem again.  Which means I really ought to participate in Poetry Friday.  Ahem.

How about a word for this Friday?  A word like MOUSE.  One of my main supporting characters in the book I'm currently writing is a mouse whose role is much greater than his size.  And I'm enjoying this character's voice a lot.  So I've got mouse on the mind.  I think that's a good enough reason to throw it out for the Poetry Friday word.

Will you be joining in Friday?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Word

No real time for a proper blog post, but I have several in the works.  In the meantime, throwing the Poetry Friday word out here so there is some time to prep something for the week.

How about WATCH - which could be the verb to watch as in watching the world go by or people-watching, or as a noun the watcher or the watch as in he is the watcher in the window or it is time for the changing of the watch or I haven't set my watch properly.

Remember, Poetry Friday is just a prompt.  You can write poetry, stories, lists, make art, whatever your creative bent moves you, just somehow use the word of the week.  Then share share share!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Poetry Friday - Lame

Driven

We've been driving in the fast lame
getting nowhere
lining up for paper rolls
and setting our feet to roads
without fulfillment.

And then there were the stores
          of things
          that clung to us
weighed us down
filled our hearts with nothing.

We tripped thinking we had it all
         the dream
                   the life
                             the stuff of pride.

We had more than we bargained for

percentages and minimums and
things that wouldn't leave

for years to come.

This street lined with timber
and kindling.
That street ghosted out
of buildings and machines.
We whispered about
                             the other side of the tracks
then we came to them
                             we found a mirror there
we stood across from ourselves
and pointed in.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Underweight Kids

Before I start this post, I want to re-post the Poetry Friday word which is LAME.  Don't forget.

There is so much information out there for getting kids to eat healthy but not a lot for fattening up kids who are underweight.  Understandable.

As I previously mentioned, 2011 sucked for us. We went through a large upheaval and tragedy.  Our twins, now 7 years old, were diagnosed with PTSD and have been seeing a therapist.  We noticed that our son had lost a lot of weight.  A worrisome amount.  But we thought that therapy would help and so we waited.  Therapy goes well, but his weight still worries us.  He has always been a very skinny boy, on top of which he has a metabolism like his father's - highly active and in need of feeding regularly or they suffer sugar lows, to the point of vomiting.  Don't worry, we consult our doctor about these things of course.  But here's the thing, we need to encourage eating without stuffing him with empty calories to gain weight.

What to do.  It's not difficult to find healthy eating tips.  What is difficult is finding the balance between healthy eating and eating to gain weight.  Here's what we're attempting to do.

As much as my husband and I would prefer to eat a larger variety of meals, we're sticking to the kid favorites for now.  If they love the meal, they are more likely to eat it and eat seconds too.  I am adding whole milk into their diets for a while.  2% isn't going to cut it for the time being.  I bought cookbooks specifically for kids.  I am encouraging the kids to participate in the meal making.  When they are invested in the food on the table, they are more inclined to eat it.

Here are some meals we're making:  macaroni and cheese (not the kind that comes in a box - I can't stand that stuff), tacos, roast beef, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, breakfast for dinner like pancakes or french toast and eggs, pizza (strictly homemade of course - we won't break our pact), hamburgers, spaghetti.  Anything the kids love, it's going to be on the table.

I am also encouraging healthy snacking between meals.  We've always used fruit for that.  Lately I try to give them yogurt or cheese with their fruit.

I'll let you know how it goes.  Tell me if you've had this problem, what did you do?

Monday, January 09, 2012

Resolutions Are Lame

I've heard you cast down by so many.  Poor little tradition.  No one loves you anymore.  But secretly everyone, even the people who deny it, thinks about you.  So don't you worry, you lame little tradition.  We may be keeping it hidden behind closed doors, but we're keeping you close to our hearts.

We can't help it.  New Years are new beginnings and who of us faces a new beginning without assessing ourselves?  If we start a new job, we take inventory of our skills and decide to do more or learn new ones.  If we marry or start a new relationship, we think about our qualities and what the other person sees in us.  We are human and I for one am not ashamed of it.

So yeah, I made some.  Here's the thing though, at this point in my life I try to make things that are attainable and that I am ready to conquer.  Let's face it, if we're not ready to commit to something, it will fizzle in no time.  But pushing ourselves, having the gumption to say I'm going to do this thing, that's something to proud of.

First.  My husband and I re-watched Super Size Me.  We try to re-watch this from time to time to remind ourselves just how unhealthy fast food is, in spite of its convenience.  This is not a resolution.  It could be seen that way but because it is the two of us together we prefer to think of this one as a pact.  We promised each other that we would not eat any, that's right ANY fast food this year.  We can eat at restaurants with good and proper food cooked fresh.  Or we will cook our own at home.  (Yes we are allowing ourselves to eat french fries as long as we make them ourselves.)

As for my personal resolutions, I have decided to work on five things.

1.  I want to push myself to watch more movies that I am too scared to watch.  This may sound weird but I have a tendency to avoid movies if I think it will be too stressful, therefore limiting myself.  Limitations like that are for cowards and I refuse to be a coward.

2.  I want to push my fear away about my writing and finish what I've started.  I've joined a writing group and I plan to force myself to get feedback and face criticism and then put my stuff out there and get it published.

3.  I am getting in shape.  This is a fairly common one I know.  I had an operation last summer, at a time when I wasn't particularly healthy in the first place.  I was forced into a long, sedentary recovery.  But two months ago I joined a gym, paid for personal training and already have this one kick started.  I'm just saying I'm determined to see this through.

4.  I have determined that I am a lousy sport when playing board games, card games and the like.  I play not to lose, instead of allowing myself to be competitive and I seethe when I'm losing, which makes me not fun to play with.  I will learn to play to win and have fun while doing it, winning or losing.  GeekMom Rebecca Angel gave me the idea.

5.  I want to be true to myself.  I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal.  I love writing, making things, trying things and traveling.  I've left a lot of me behind to be a mother first and foremost for the past fifteen years.  Now that my youngest children are in primary school and I have the time to do it, I am resurfacing as an individual as well.  I like that.  I'm hanging on to it.

P.S. the word for Poetry Friday this week is LAME.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

January Arrived and Brought 2012 With It

2011 sucked.  We had the most trying, most tragic, most sad, most spirit withering year in 2011.  The great thing is, we survived.  We came out stronger.  I learned things about my husband I hadn't understood before and I think he did too.  We were forced to work harder on communication than ever and it has made our marriage the stronghold that got us through.  That and movie quotes.  But.  2011 is done, over, finito and I say, "Good riddance you filthy bag of rot!  Get your things and get out!"

The United Nations named 2012 The International Year of Cooperatives.  I however have my own thoughts on the matter, and have decided to name 2012 The Year of Hope.  I know of many people who had similar troubles in 2011.  So let this year be the year we begin to put those sorrows behind us.  Let this year be the year we step outside and scream "This is my year!"  Let this year be the year we achieve dreams, we fall in love, we fall in love again, we stand strong in the face of fear, we dare.  I'm asking you, do you have the guts to dare?  Dare to hope and make this year one full of memories and fun and happiness?

Are you with me?