Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

TIme for a Change, I Guess

The church I've been a member of for 21 years is planning to change it's name. Personally, I think it is a good but odd idea. The name of the church is perplexing to those who are new to the area and don't know our history or the reason for the name. It is the name of the street we were originally located on but have since built on another site on another street. Hence, there is sometimes confusion about where the church actually is and people get lost and frustrated. That's why the odd idea of changing the name of the 28 year old congregation came about. I like the new name better, some people do not. They don't like the idea of changing it, and they don't like the new choice of names. Hum. It isn't official yet, there's a "vote" soon. We'll see how that goes....interesting. Life is full of surprises.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Popcorn's Prayin'

The carolers are still serenading us on the piano

My little Christmas village is still out

This nativity is still keeping us company in the entry

The patriotic tree is still standing proudly by the Constitution in the music room

We had a faculty meeting today about the possibility of no school in the morning. YIPPEE. I have got to get some more of the Christmas decorations down, sorted, and put away! It's embarassing that the whole project is in such a state of flux. But, (may I whine?) Popdaughter is still here and won't leave until Sunday and I just cannot spend my time obsessively sorting, packing, storing, and cleaning. So would I use tomorrow to complete the task? Maybe for a little while in the a.m. while she sleeps. Nevertheless, an unexpected free day is always a treat.

Nutcrackers are still standing guard on the little china cabinet in the dining room

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Popcorn's Ponderings

Have you ever just wanted to be home? Home sweet home. On the couch. You're tired, you're cold, and you're hassled and you just want to hibernate. But the next thing you know you find yourself standing in line at the DPS office with your son because his license expired on his birthday~ in October. Or you find yourself behind a shopping cart at Kroger at 9:00 p.m because the fridge has no milk? I know there's worse things, like Tsunami's and such. I just wondered if anyone else just wants to be home but life often dictates otherwise. : )

Monday, January 4, 2010

Guilt RIdden But Warm

I'm sitting here by the fire feeling so bad. My daughter wanted so badly for all of us to go see Avatar~ and I bailed. I just could not go sit in a movie theater for three hours and watch so not my genre Avatar in 3D tonight. I didn't have it in me, not the night before I go back to school. Bad timing. Bad Popcorn. So here I sit guilt ridden but warm. First guilt of the New Year. Oy.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sunday Reflections

It is really cold outside. And gray. This is what I imagine it looks like in cities in the northeast much of the time in winter. Not here though, gray days are really kind of rare. But honestly it is sort of calming because it absolutely subtracts some activities from the realm of possibility and I can sit in peace. So sit I will, and think. One is shopping, one is sleeping, and one is throwing the football with a friend. The weather hasn't kept the boy inside, surprise! Hubby is across the room watching football. The fire is keeping us all cozy and warm. I am going to slowly undeck the halls and have actually started. One tree is down and the Spode is back in its home in the red china cabinet. The deer and the outside lights are back in the garage despite protests from the boy. He loves those deer. He wanted to leave them out the rest of the year. I told him that while that is a lovely thought, there are deed restrictions for that sort of thing. What he doesn't know is that it makes my heart sing to have a 17 year old son that wants Christmas deer in the yard all year long. When we tossed the tree out the front door, I texted all three of them and gave a little heads up so they wouldn't drive up and just see it out there, undecorated and all sad by the curb. The decorations around the house served as a beautiful backdrop to a season of joy for our family. I guess that's why we all hate to see them fade away. It's back to school this week for us and back to our regular routine. I hope you have a great week, I plan to.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Popcorn's Promises: New Year's Resolutions

Here are my New Year's resolutions for 2010:

1. Take better care of my husband.

2. Live simply.

3. Hold my tongue!

4. Spend more time with my mom.

5. Walk my dogs more.

6. Cook more.

7. Plan ahead.

I like to make these promises to myself because it forces me to think about what I need to change in my life. My last birthday, which will remain numberless, really caused me to take a hard look at how I conduct life. If I don't make some really important tweeks in some areas, I'm going to look up and, well, let's just say I need to go ahead and craft my life into what I know God wants it to be. There's no time like the present.