Don't let the difficulties of the present moments overshadow the reality of God's promises. God's promises still stand. And God's promises are stronger than our failures.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

About Me

I am excited at the thought of a new grandbaby coming in early January. Babies are gifts God gives us which fill our hearts with joy and our noses with sweet baby scents. Well mostly sweet baby scents; there are a few that aren't so sweet but they aren't important. Babies are the epitome of hope and are worth every moment of nausea and swollen ankles we suffer. Of course, in this case I don't have to do the suffering but I would. You bet I would.

I want to see the end of hatred.

I have got to lose weight and exercise. Would someone out there in blog land kick my behind and get me started? Please!

I wish I could ride a bike. Seriously. When I was a kid I rode a bike to and from school, all around my neighborhood, even on a paper route. As an adult I cannot balance the darn thing. My husband has forbidden me to get on one again because the last time I tried I had a nasty wreck that peeled the skin off my face (yes, I had on a helmet but the helmet didn't have a face mask!) Now I have an adult tricycle. Yes, you read that right. But I still don't feel comfortable on it - I feel like any minute I'm going to keel over even though I know that's not possible. It isn't possible, right?

I hate that I can no longer multitask like I could when I was younger. I burn a lot of food because I put something on to cook and try to do a load of laundry, or make a phone call, or vacuum the carpet. I've done it enough that my husband knows exactly how to make the smoke alarm quit ringing in the shortest amount of time possible.

I fear living longer than my children. I can't imagine anything worse. And also snarling dogs.

I hear static in my left ear. Ok, someone out there should know the cure for this. I wouldn't care if it was music but all I get is static.

I search for the very important thing that I put in a safe place so I would know where it was when I wanted it.

I don't think it's fair that just as I get older and wiser I seem to be unable to remember the wise things I need to tell you. Or your name. Or where I met you. Or if I met you. But I can remember what color my bicycle was when I was in the 4th grade and what my telephone number was then.

I regret the things I didn't do that I should have done. Like wear a bikini when I was young and looked good in one.

I love finished quilts, good books, a clean house, jeans that fit, shoes that don't hurt my feet and are the envy of everyone who sees them, phone calls from friends.

I ache for hungry children.

I always cry when the wind blows in my face. Darn allergies.

I am not happy about this menopause thing. In fact I'm very angry at Eve. It's her fault - everything is her fault. Hot flashes, allergies, cellulite, weeds, snarling dogs - I lay them all at her doorstep.

I dance like The Tin Man. Stiff. Jerky. Not graceful and not pretty.

I sing beautifully when I'm alone. Off key when anyone is close.

I never plan to ride a motorcycle. Unless one of my children or grandchildren is sick and that's the only way to get to them. Then I'll ride anything.

I rarely do nothing. Rarely relax. I don't think I'm ADD but I'm always busy. I've had to put my calendar on my google site so my children and husband can keep up with me. There's something wrong with this picture.

I cry when I watch babies sleeping in their mother's arms.

I am not always patient with people who feel sorry for themselves for no good reason. There are a lot of good reasons to feel sorry for yourself - I do it quite often. In fact, I quite often have a pity party. But I once heard someone say there's 2 things wrong with pity parties - no one comes and there's no refreshments. If you're going to feel sorry for yourself that's fine but set a time limit - I'm going to feel bad till say 10:00 in the morning and then I'm done with that. But if you have a good reason I'm ok with you feeling sorry for yourself for a bit longer.

I hate that politicians are ever allowed on television.

I'm confused about why people break in line. Or get road rage. Or yell at sales clerks who have no control over the price of what's in the store.

I need Iced Tazo Chai Tea Lattes. A lot. I'm addicted. Seriously addicted. It's a sickness. Help.

I should spend more time praying and less time thinking about praying. I think God would like that.

I stole this format from Melissa at Stretch Marks who stole it from someone else so feel free to steal it from me. In fact it won't be stealing. I give it to you. Take it, please. I'd love to read about you. And if you haven't read Melissa do it right now. This woman makes me laugh out loud almost every day, except for the one time when I sobbed out loud. She is truly remarkable and even though she has not ever read my blog I'm sure and even though I only comment on hers once in a while and she has never commented on mine I will be keeping her on my reader list forever because she's that good. I took The Pioneer Woman off and kept Melissa - does that tell you anything? No offense, Pioneer Woman, because you are truly wonderful but I really, really have to do something else during the day than reading blogs. My behind is getting seriously numb sitting here and reading.


Cyndy said...

I would love to steal this format for a post, trouble is ... you're living my life! Seriously! I can relate to just about every one of these!!!! If I can be creative enough to come up with my own, I'll post, otherwise I'll just enjoy yours!


Natalie said...

You, my sweet, are hysterical. And I'm sorry if I'm the one that has caused you to become so addicted to chai tea lattes... but I'm secretly relieved that there is someone that now identifies with me. :) Love you much.

tipper said...

Very interesting to learn new things about a friend!

Heather said...

What a great post!! I didn't know you liked chai. I LOVE chai. It was so fun to read all about you!! You are such a sweet person.

Lindah said...

Wow! I have a hard time getting your comment page to load. Am I the only one?

I so wanted to thank you for your blog. I have enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I wish we were neighbors, or at least near enough to enjoy a spot of tea together. I think we have a lot in common.

I can identify...after spending 3 hours this evening preparing food and buffet, etc. for a lunch meeting tomorrow, I asked my husband WHY I can't work for 3 hours without being compeltely bushed and achy. Well, he was entirely too candid. He suggested that it is because I am "no longer a teenager."
Hmph! I think I'll go brew a cup of tea and sit at the sewing machine a while.

Blessings on you,

Lelia Chealey said...

This was fun getting to know you like this. I feel like I just interviewed you! :)
Thanks for sharing all of this. I just may have to try doing something like this on my blog.
Have a blessed week!

osagebluffquilter said...

Oh my gosh! I thought you stole my identity reading your blog. That is until I got to the the "I need", my drink of choice is Mocha Cappuccino.

Love this one. I'll have to give it a try. I need to post a blog, but first I have to work today.

Have a great week.

Lisa said...

I loved this Marlene! You may have "stolen" the idea from someone else, but the words you wrote were about you. And they were honest...and real...and beautiful. I loved it.

Lisa :)

sister sheri said...

You are too funny... I completely understand the Pioneer Woman comment!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I enjoyed your post and I got to know you better !

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You've been officially "kicked." Start walking.

I'm with you on the politicians on TV, but I did watch Rick Warren's debate between the two candidates. I don't like either one of them, but for once, the "church" didn't take it on the chin. The church survived very well and accomplished something that the media can't seem to do...

Kindness and love, despite differences. Oh that we all would learn a lesson here.

I still don't like our choice of candidates, but I can love them...I think, with a heart that beats with a Father's love for all humanity...all.


Grammy Staffy said...

Oh, my goodness, we are so much alike that it isn't funny.

On many of the points you made I thought I was reading about myself.

Congrats on your new expected grandbaby. We were expecting another in Nov. but unfortunately Marla lost it at 4 months. We all feel sad but trust in God and His plan for us.

Have a good day. Hugs, Lura

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Marlene,
So many of us can relate to what you say. Do you think some of us are cloned and don't know it.
I wish we could walk together, because I'm like you, need to lose weight, to feel better and for health.
It's so good to know more about you, grandbabies are great!!!

Rose Mary said...

Well, I am going over to read Melissa, but I really don't see how she could make me laugh more than you do, Marlene. I always look forward to reading your blog!

Poor old Eve~that woman's got a lot to answer for on judgement day~as do all of us, I know. Still, I don't think she's going to be very popular in heaven--if she's there.


Alex said...

It was fun to learn more about you. Thank you for your birthday wish yesterday. I had a good one this year, despite being so sick.


Veggie Mom said...

You are one sweet gal! We ache for hungry children, too. My daughter wants to go to law school to remedy some of the world's problems like this. She's interning at a big city soup kitchen this summer, and has some stories to tell!

Katy Lin :) said...

you are too cute! i love your blog :) i saw that on stretch marks, too! i think i'll do it this afternoon (give you some link love, too!)

Tracy P. said...

That's so funny, because I was heading over to Melissa's blog right after yours, and I came from Lizzy's who did the same thing a couple days ago. I will do it too one of these days--this is a good one for getting below the surface. I loved hearing more about what makes you tick.

And I feel the same way about Melissa.

And I actually dug out all of my quilts for a little project with my kids, so some day in the not so distant future, I'll do that post too.

jamie in rose cottage said...

I love that you have a tricycle; that would be so fun!

I think we have a lot in common, based on this little list. I also think I may have to accept your gift of this format here to do a post of my own like this!

Thanks for sharing!