Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Truth Be Told

I am a complete fall person. I love the smell of burning leaves. I love the fire-y colors, and the crisp air. I also enjoy the not too hot, not too cold, t-shirts during the day and sweatshirt at night options. I would not mind if fall took care of 9 months of the year. However, I am also delusional. I live in Northern Illinois.

Truth be told, I usually feel like Summers are humid. Falls are way too short. Winter is like... well, think of something really bad then multiple it by 1 million times, worse. And, when Spring comes, although beautiful, it arrives too late. That being said, I do also enjoy each season. And, if there was a guarantee that winter would only last EXACTLY three months, I might not dislike it at all.

This year, I feel like we have had the pleasure of enjoying each season. Spring was amazing, and the Summer of 2010 offered plenty of opportunities for swimming and Six Flags. And, then came the glorious fall. And, it's still here. Now, Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the days of burning leaves are coming to a close. My pathetic, yes, pathetic Christmas tree is up (I still love it, even though I am in serious need of a Christmas Tree intervention.), presents are already arriving and are wrapped up underneath my tree. Yet, it hasn't felt like Christmas, and I haven't quite felt ready for its arrival.

Until today.

When I saw my first flurries, and a snowflake hit me in the eyeball.

Now, I'm ready.

But, why can't it be possible for it to snow and still be 50 degrees outside, and cover everything but the roads?

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Finishing out the week....

...of Thanksgiving.

Although, I have had a good run of blogging this month, I have missed a few days. However, I feel pretty good that I am back in the blogging world. That's my plan anyways!

There is of course, much to be thankful for this year, like any other year.
I'm closing this post out early.

More later.
Love to all,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

John and I went to the circus

Saturday night, we went and saw the Greatest show on Earth.

It was a lot of fun. On our way in to the United Center, in honor of my brother, we broke into a song. (If you've not heard it, call me, I'll sing it to you.)

This is for you John.

"John and I went down to the circus,
John got hit with a bowling pin.
We'll get even with the circus,
We'll buy tickets but we won't go in..."

I am thankful today for:
  • A good job
  • My couch =D
  • My teeth

Monday, November 22, 2010

Giving Thanks

I love this time of year, and having a built in opportunity to remember the things I have that I should be thankful for. This week is going to be a busy one, (at least the first half) as I prepare to go home for Thanksgiving.

However, I want to be sure that I post something each day this week (although, yes, I missed the last few days). I am going to post at least one thing I am thankful for each day this week.

Although these may seem generic, they are true.
I have much to be thankful for!
  1. God's grace
  2. Friends
  3. Family
  4. A place to live
  5. A good job

What are you thankful for?

Friday, November 19, 2010

On November 19th...

In 1954: The first automatic toll collection machine is used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.

In 1963: The 100 year celebration of the famous Gettysburg Address delivered by President Lincoln's given during the consecration of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

In 2006: Nintendo releases its newest video game console the Wii in North America.

In 1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for his presidential library at Hyde Park, NY.

In 1962: Actress, Jodie Foster was born.

In 2010: Had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and rice krispie treats, made by my aunt.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Circus is in Town!

This weekend, the CIRCUS is in town!
My Aunt Ellen, already arrived, and my mom, Aunt Janet, and brother are arriving tomorrow.....


I didn't phrase that correctly. Let's give it another go.

This weekend, my family is coming (aside from my dad who is with his quiz team in Pennsylvania). My Aunt Ellen is in town from North Carolina, and is going to be staying in the area (well, between my place and Indiana/home) for a few weeks.

Saturday we will be going to the Greatest Show on Earth!
Sunday they'll head home, and a few days later I'll be heading there myself for some good ole Turkey.

I love the Holidays.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Snowy Days

Not quite a holiday, but definitely a memory.

I'm linking up to Jenilee's Walk Down Memory Lane by posting a previous post regarding a holiday memory. You can check out Jenilee's blog here.

College was, of course, an amazing time. Amazing, stressful, fun, crazy, stressful, exciting, stressful. Add to the mix some ice, cafeteria trays, and a big hill....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ice Trucker Anyone?

I am on my way to sleep, however, I needed to accomplish a note of some sort. In order to keep me awake, I flipped to the history channel and immediately became engaged, in the Deadliest Roads.

These people are either really brave, really nuts, or a little of both. I'm pretty sure I know several people who would be able to successfully handle driving on the world's dangerous roads. I'm also pretty sure, I'm not one of them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Miscellaneous Monday

Mondays are always a little unexpected. Yes, I know they come around every seven days. I know they have their rightful place between Sundays and Tuesdays, but you just never know what Mondays could bring. Will you wake up late or early? Will there be traffic or will others decide to call in for a three day weekend? More importantly, will I get done on my list what I want to get done on my list? That's the real question the world should be asking.

Truth be told, I'm still not sure if I will cross off everything on my list.

This particular Monday started off well. I woke up on time, and arrived to work early (even after stopping at the grocery store for breakfast fruit for work). I managed to live through the day (which is another triumph all together- remember, it's a Monday) without any trials. I can cross off the grocery store because I made it there too!

I am now home. I changed into my comfy clothes within two minutes of arriving. Meanwhile, all my groceries are sitting right in front of my door. I should probably put them away. I should also do my laundry.

Then again, maybe I'll just sit on my couch and watch an episode of Matlock?

Until tomorrow,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Sunday

Well, I had was well on my way to blogging daily throughout the month of November, and then Friday happened. And, I forgot. Then Saturday came, and.... I forgot again! Hah!

The positive thing is, I can always start again. So, here's to the beginning of a new week, and a new day.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thoughts to Think On

Today, I don't have a lot to say. I'm wondering again why I decided to sign up to post a blog a day. But, I'm always up for a challenge. I'm 11 days in now, and 19 to go.

I have decided that today will be a few of my favorite quotes.
If you have any other quotes that you would like to share, please do so!

"Be slow to speak, and quick to listen." James 1:19

"It's a dream, a frightful dream, life is..." Commodus

"Stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment." John 7:24

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
Henry David Thoreau

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes."
Charles R. Swindoll

"Laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live."

"Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back."

"What we do in life echoes in eternity." Maximus

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday's Walk- Christmas Time

Hi All!

I am hopefully going to continue this for a while. I am joining my good friend Jenilee, on her blog on Wednesdays, for Wednesday's Walk!

See info below:

Wednesday's Walk will be getting lazy! No extra posts or pictures to scan or memories to write...
November 17th through December 29th we will be having a lazy walk down memory lane!
Each Wednesday through the holiday season, link up an old post instead of writing a new post! Join in with a past holiday post or a favorite post from your first blogging days!
Link up any post right here at The Goodwin Family blog and enjoy blogging the lazy way!

So fun, right?

I know I have old posts that would be fun to link up!

This is going to be so lazy that you don't even have to go in and add a button to your old post or worry about editing it at all. Just link it up as is!

We did make a button for our lazy blogging Holiday Wednesday's Walk. You can add this button to your blog just to let everyone know that you are participating! We would love to have anyone join in! Even if you don't normally link up, you can walk down memory lane with us the lazy way! Dig back in your blog, find a favorite post and link it up with us on Wednesdays.
So going back to December 2008, imagine it's Christmas Eve.....

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Random facts and figures (no figures, but it seemed to go with facts)

Update to Germania:
She is doing even better today!

Update to time change:
42 days until December 22, when the days start becoming longer. At this point, I'm turning on lights, music, TV, whatever, until the sun stops setting at noon. (That's only a slight exaggeration.)
To create your own countdown go here: www.timeanddate.com

Update to school:
Homework, homework, homework. The end.

Update to Texas Reunion:
The story is not done. More to come. As soon as I finish writing it.

Update to cooking:
I've done more recipes. More experimenting. Mostly really good. And, a lot of chicken.

That's all for now!
Enjoy the beautiful weather. Did I say beautiful?! It is amazing. I love it.

Love always,

Monday, November 08, 2010

Plant Love

I have mentioned my first plant child (a ficus), Blanche, on multiple occasions. A few months ago, I bought a second plant child. This plant is a Pothos. Her name is Germania. She is green and beautiful. And, while Blanche has the privilege of being my first plant, Germania is growing in my heart.

This morning, when I arrived at work, my beautiful plant was drooping. Apparently the weekend, lack of sun (I forgot to open the blinds) and the need for water had overwhelmed her. So, as any plant parent would do, I took action. I watered her, rubbed a few of her leaves, and said a few soothing words.

A few hours later, I looked at Germania and noticed that her drooping leaves had already started to revive and lift up. A little water went a long way.

Sometimes, I realize I am a little droopy. My heart is sad, my attitude is worse and laying on my couch is the only place I want to be. It's during those times that I need more than a little drink of water.

Those times, are times that I must remember to turn to the Keeper of my heart, and the Lifter of my head. He is better than a little drink of water.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Giving Thanks

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~Gilbert K. Cherston

Are you thankful today?

Much love,

Friday, November 05, 2010

13 months and counting

The past 2 years have been a new experience for me as well as for all my friends and family (So sorry for all the drama)! I've started to work toward my graduate's degree in Elementary Education. At this point, I'm on track to graduate in January 2012. I am very excited. I also really enjoy learning and going to school, however...There are days when I am not sure that I am cut out to be a full time student. I am not quite sure how I managed to do it the first time around, let alone doing it now as a full time employee! I have persevered, however, due to a lot of encouragement and support.

10 Ten Things that I Will Not Forget: (after two years back in school)
1. I have always been a late night person. I still am. I was never an early morning person. I'm still not. Staying up late + getting up early = Cranky.
2. Worrying incessantly about whether or not you passed a test is not a good way for a person to spend the weekend. Plus, I'm pretty sure worrying can cause ulcers. It also can cause violence. I have been threatened that the next time I say I failed a test I will be beaten. So this next time around I will do my best to not say anything about failing. I cannot guarantee that I won't think it. But, I won't say it. That's a start right?
3. Encouraging words actually helped me make it through. There were moments when I thought I might not.
4. As a young college student, I could live without pizza. I still can.
5. The Geometric Proof. I finally can figure out a proof. I still don't know why I need to know how to prove a triangle is an isosceles, but if I need to, I'm all over it.
6. The Nez Perce tribe are from the Pacific Northwest. I will not forget this.
7. The three paintings, Battle of the Amazons, Heart of the Andes and the Volga Boatmen are very similar.
8. Eunice Kennedy Shiver helped to found and create the Special Olympics.
9. Staying up until midnight- bad idea at 20. Definitely a bad idea now.
10. Every child, is valuable. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Got Stress?

*I received this in an email and that it was excellent email.

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 2 oz to half a pound.

The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier
it becomes."

He continued,
"And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
as the burden becomes increasingly heavy,
we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water,
you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.
Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow."

"Whatever burdens you're carrying now,
let them down for a moment if you can.
So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while."

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
and some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.

* Always wear stuff that will make you look good
if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
"recalled" by their maker.

* If you can't be kind,
at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.

* When everything's coming your way,
you're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and
some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but
they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Day of the Reunion

Back to the Lone Star State.
Saturday, we woke up ready to roll. The day started off hot and humid, but the sky was clear and beautiful.

Of course, first things first. We had to go by Sonic for refreshing beverages.

New Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Walking in
My Bubba
That's all I have time for today. More to come later.

In other news:
  • I've broken out the humidifier.
  • I still haven't turned on my heat. I generally have a rule that until it gets down into the 30s/40s I will not turn it on. We've hit that mark, but I'm still holding out for 50s/60s. I realize that we really have had a beautiful fall. I'm not quite ready for it to be over.
  • Despite my new furniture, I have a habit of sitting on the floor. A lot. A lot, as in I'm sitting on the floor right now, leaning on my couch.
  • Chipotle has a way of making a rough day, better. For that matter, so does ice cream.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Thousand Words are Worth a Picture

Note: Not enough comments on the previous post to remove the picture of my mum. If there are more, I'll take it down!

Back to Texas.

We drove on Thursday and Friday. On our way, we stopped at a gas station and my mum walked out with BLUE BELL ice cream. People, if you have never experienced Blue Bell ice cream, stop what you are doing, and go get some. Nothing like it. We also drove through Jefferson, Texas, where I snapped a few pictures, and drove by my mom's old house. More Jefferson stories to come.

Who wouldn't love a town that has this displayed???

Late Friday afternoon landed us in Carthage. I was crabby. I have always been a people person. I consider myself an introverted extrovert. I love being with people, visiting, hanging with friends. Love it. However, after living on my own for so long, I've grown particular and I like things my own way. I also need some quiet to myself every day, or yes, I'm a little testy. This day was no exception. My family, however, is very forgiving! (Fortunately for me!) We unloaded, got settled in to the hotel room, and headed out to visit my Aunt and Uncle.

At this point, the story tellings and memory making began. I would love to wrap the weekend up in a picture. But, the stories and laughter and events of the weekend cannot be compressed into a picture. But a thousand words, might just do it.

(Just wait til you hear about the goat man. Yes, he's real.)

Monday, November 01, 2010

"Rockin' Down the Highway"

As I mentioned previously, I traveled to Texas to a family reunion in June. My life has been full of trips and vacations to Texas. I remember when I was eight, piling into the van and making what I thought at the time, a quick 30 minute drive and pulling up to my Grandma's house. (Granted I was eight. The age when going an hour feels like 20, and apparently going 23 hours feels like 1!) This trip was different for multiple reasons.

To begin with, we were going to a family reunion that I had never been to. In fact, my mom hadn't been to it, in a LONG time (maybe 20 years - I don't remember). Follow that up with the fact that my dad wasn't going to go, and I have only been to Texas one other time without him. Aside from that my aunt and cousin were also going, we were taking two cars, and caravan-ing. We had plenty of snacks, a map, my camera, and a destination.

I believe in documenting all of life's adventures with pictures. I am sure that this does not make me popular with many people, however, it is good fun for me!

Packed up and ready to roll

I am fairly certain that at this particular moment my mom was threatening my life if I posted this. So, mum, here's my deal. You get 10 people to write a comment on my blog, I'll remove this picture! (And, it'll probably save my life.)

The first two days were filled with lots of road time. There was singing, sleeping, and yes, taking pictures.

More to come,