Musings

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People with Y-chromosomes, don't read this one

A couple weeks ago, after weaning the littlest Frugalgirl, I decided it was time for a new, let's say "foundation undergarment" (I told you men, quit reading. This post is about BRAS.) I had seen the site Breakout Bras recommended before on a parenting message board so I found it, measured myself according to their instructions, and ordered what I believed to be the right size. The bra was on sale, and the shipping was free, so I didn't have much to lose. I am so amazed at how it fits and that I have been wearing the WRONG bra size for almost all of my life. I have heard that most women do wear the wrong size, and I believe it, especially because my size isn't commonly available at big-box stores. If you wonder if you're wearing the right size, go measure yourself with their method. It is accurate! You will be so glad!

Zen and the art of homemaking

Lately I am finding myself struggling to get it all done. I've been a loyal Kerflop reader for years, and while it makes me sound like some crazed Internet stalker, I enjoy getting a glimpse into her life because in some ways we are similar. Jessica's post earlier last week hit close to home for me because I also try to do everything. Most things I try, I do well. Unfortunately, as my family has gotten larger, the menagerie of pets has grown, and our home life has gotten a little crazy, I have come to the sad realization that I can't do everything. I can't make all our meals from scratch off of a month-long preplanned menu, sew all the kids pajamas and the majority of their clothes, knit all of our socks, hats, and scarves, keep a picture-perfect spotlessly clean home, stay skinny, be a blogging rock star, study my scriptures daily and actually learn something, and get a good nights' sleep. I just can't do it all.

I usually figure that the main reason I can't get it all done is I don't have my priorities right yet. When I was a teenager, I was very consistent in my scripture reading. Getting married through a wrench in my consistency, but it was having kids that really sent me over the edge. All of a sudden, I was very sleep deprived, and rising early in the morning to read was not an option for me. Staying up late to read wasn't an option either, since often I will fall asleep if I sit still for any amount of time.

I know that by giving the Lord a few minutes each day in scripture study I'll be blessed with patience, motivation, and the ability to get more things done. But taking that first step is so hard! It's the proverbial "sand in my shoes."

One of the ladies in Relief Society mentioned a few months ago that she didn't read anything until she had read her scriptures that day. I like to read a magazine while I eat lunch, so I decided that I can read my scriptures instead. Oh my word, the opposition is great. I am interrupted so many times every time I sit to read, though I try to get the little girls everything they need before I sit down. I'm only getting a chapter read each day, but something is better than nothing, and it alleviates a little of my guilt.

Technical issues

You don't realize how dependent you are on the internet until it's gone! Over the weekend one of our wireless access points fried itself so I'm currently without internet access at home until next week.

In the meantime, I have plenty to do around the house and will secretly be glad my biggest time-suck will be gone!

Are you my neighbor?

Chemo hat for the next door neighbor

Back in December, I learned through the neighborhood grapevine that the 21 year-old son of our next-door neighbors had been diagnosed with cancer. Once I had that knowledge, I started noticing that I wasn't seeing the regular things that I usually saw in the winter. The acres of leaves hadn't been raked yet. The house was often dark in the evenings. The car that was usually in the driveway was often gone. I wasn't seeing my neighbor using the lawn tractor to transport wood from the woodpile at the back of the property to the house.  read more »


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