Monday, March 2, 2015

February 2015 Roundup

List of what I’ve watched, read, and/or listened to in the past month
  • Phil and I took Adrian and my nephew to see Kingsman: The Secret Service.  I was a little surprised when I realized we only went to the movies once.
  •  I read Zero Hour by Will Hill and The Other Side of the Pillow by Zane.  While waiting for the release date for Zero Hour, I started reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.  I do believe it’s going to take quite a while to get through that book.  Adrian read 22 books.
  • I listened to Stephenie Meyer’s Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
  • From iTunes, I downloaded Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Ella Henderson’s Ghost, Carrie Underwood’s Something in the Water, and Hillsong Worship’s Broken Vessels.
What fun things did I do with friends and/or family?
  • Phil and I spent this last weekend with some friends in Savannah, GA which is about halfway between us and where they live in Florida.  I watched them eat oysters (yuck!) and try hookah (I still don’t get it).  We took a short drive to go shopping at Tanger Outlets and then had dinner at Garabaldi’s where I ordered the same dish I had when we went last summer.  We did more shopping around Savannah, had fried green tomatoes and pimiento cheese from B&D Burgers, again, and then headed home.  A good time was had by all.

What milestones occurred?  Any holidays or celebrations?  How about special events?

  • I don’t like going out on Valentine’s Day because my idea of romance doesn’t include waiting an hour for a table in a restaurant you made reservations for only to be rushed through dinner because another couple is waiting for your table, so we made dinner at home.  Phil actually cooked most of it.  He made his famous seafood alfredo and dessert.  I roasted some asparagus and picked up some bread from one of our favorite restaurants.  Adrian and my nephew joined us for dinner.
The everyday and routine bits of life in the past month
  • Adrian has had braces for two weeks now, and he’s doing pretty well with them.  He’s a little bummed that he can’t drink coke but is otherwise okay with the rest of the short list of restrictions.
  •  Adrian drove my car for the first time and drove alone for the first time while we were out of town.  He usually drives Phil’s car which is newer and smaller, so driving mine was an experience.  He stayed close to home, but I was a little anxious.
  • I had a parent/teacher conference with Heaven’s teacher and heard nothing but good things from her teacher who reminded me that six year olds will have some issues with behavior and following directions from time to time.  Whenever Heaven does, she gets right back on task, and that’s what matters.
  •  Heaven is reading better and better every day, and I’m loving it.  We picked up seven new books at her school book fair last week.
What good stuff happened?  What were the hard things?  Anything unusual?
  • We found out that Adrian is a few months too old to apply to two of the foreign exchange student programs we were considering which left us scrambling to find a suitable program.  Thankfully, we found a few to work with.
Progress report on goals or list of new goals I’ve set
  • I’ve started a new fitness program, which I’ll share on Wednesday, so my goal this month is to stick to it.
New recipes I tried
So, my month was awesome, how was yours?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The 5,000 Question Survey - Numbers 26 - 50

26. Who has done something today to show they care about you?
One of my co-workers brought me a chocolate treat.  I didn’t eat it, but it was nice of her to think of me.

27. Do you have a lot to learn?
Don’t we all?

28. If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?

A. Sew

B. Knit

C. Decorate cakes like Buddy Valastro

29. Which do you remember the longest: what other people say, what other people do or how other people make you feel?
How people make me feel

30. What are the key ingredients to having a good relationship?
Honesty, communication, grace and love

31. What 3 things do you want to do before you die?

A. Stay at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

B. Take an language immersion course in Saint Petersburg, Russia

C. See the Grand Canyon

32. What three things would you want to die to avoid doing?
Nothing is that serious.

33. Is there a cause you believe in more than any other cause?
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

34. What does each decade make you think of:

The 19..

20's: Flapper dresses

30's: Nothing comes to mind

40's: World War II

50's: Segregation and how my parents and grandparents lived through it

60's: The Civil Rights Movement

70's: Elvis

80's: The birth of my first child, leg warmers and Michael Jackson

90's: The birth of my other children and learning how to be a grown up

2000’s: My move from Oklahoma to South Carolina; the birth of my grandchildren; Phil’s retirement from the Navy; Charles’ high school and college graduation; receiving my first college degree; Phil’s college graduation

2010's (so far): Growth

35. Which decade do you feel the most special connection to and why?
The late 80’s and 90’s; this is when I became a mother.

36. What is your favorite oldie/classic rock song?
Kansas’ Carry on My Wayward Son

37. What country do you live in and who is the leader of that country?
United States; Barack Obama

If you could say any sentence to the current leader of your country what would it be?
I have no idea.

38. What's your favorite TV channel to watch in the middle of the night?
Discovery Health

39. What Disney villain are you the most like and why?
I don’t identify with any of the villains; I’m one of the good guys.

40. Have you ever been a girl scout/boy scout?
I remember being in something as a little girl, but I don’t think it was Girl Scouts.  I have been a Girl Scout and Boy Scouter leader, though.

41. If you were traveling to another continent would you rather fly or take a boat?
Fly.  If I’m going, I want to hurry up and get there.

42. Why is the sky blue during the day and black at night?
Because that’s the way God made it.  And whatever reason science gives.

43. What does your name mean?

44. Would you rather explore the deeps of the ocean or outer space?
I’d rather explore the deeps of the ocean.  I think there’s a better chance of me returning home.

45. Word association

What is the first word that comes to mind when you see the word:

Air: life

Meat: eww…

Different: everyone

Pink: dislike

Deserve: equality

White: Chicks

Elvis: hasleftthebuilding

Magic: happens

Heart: full

Clash: Titans

Pulp: orange

46. If you could meet any person in the world who is dead who would you want it to be?
Michael Jackson

47. What if you could meet anyone who is alive?
I’d want to chat with Julia Roberts about what she’s going to do next.

48. Is there a movie that you love so much you could watch it every day?
Purple Rain

49. You are going to be stuck alone in an elevator for a week. What do you bring to do?
Lots of books

50. Have you ever saved someone's life or had your life saved?
No, but I am certified in CPR for another few months.  Note to self: Look for upcoming recertification classes.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The 5,000 Question Survey - Numbers 1 - 25

I ran across this survey many years ago and thought I would attempt to answer the questions someday.  Well, that day is here, but it's going to take a while because I will only be answering 25 questions at a time instead of 100.  Some of the questions are silly.  Some I've answered before.  Still there are others that may help you learn a little more about me.

1. Who are you?
Hello, I’m Flora…child of God; loving, caring, doting mother, grandmother and sister; thoughtful, honest, loyal friend and girlfriend; forgiving yet temperamental daughter; dependable employee.

2. What are the 3 most important things everyone should know about you?
I. What you see is what you get; I don’t like fake, so I don’t do fake.  II. Regardless of how many times I’ve failed, I do my very best in everything.  III. I forgive easily and quickly.  You can probably get a third, fourth and fifth chance with me, but when I’m finished with you, I’m finished.

3. When you aren't filling out 5,000 question surveys like this one what are you doing?
Taking care of my family’s needs

4. List your classes in school from the ones you like the most to the ones you like the least (or if you are out of school, think of the classes you did like and didn't like at the time).
In high school I loved algebra and hated chemistry and history.  As an adult, I strongly dislike advanced math and love all things science and history.

5. What is your biggest goal for this year?
To be an all-around better person and to lose 50 pounds

6. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
Happy.  Every other necessity follows happiness.

7. What stage of life are you in right now?
A confused one.  My youngest child will be leaving soon to spend time in another country then graduating high school and going to college knowing almost exactly what he wants to do with his life.  I’m still not quite sure what I want to do with mine.

8. Are you more child-like or childish?

9. What is the last thing you said out loud?
If you remember what you wanted to ask me, you know where to find me.

10. What song comes closest to how you feel about your life right now?
Bravo by Ledisi

I’ve got a new walk and a new point of view
A new purpose with everything I do

11. Have you ever taken martial arts classes?

12. Does your life tend to get better or worse or does it just stay the same?
I have ups and downs, but I always end up back on top.

13. Does time really heal all wounds?

14. How do you handle a rainy day?
Stay inside with my work or a good book.  I don’t like being wet while fully clothed, and having water in my shoes is the worst feeling.

15. Which is worse...losing your luggage or having to sort out tangled holiday lights?
Definitely losing my luggage

16. How is your relationship with your parents?
My mother and I have strained relationship.  My father died almost 30 years ago.

Will you miss them when they are gone?
I will miss my mother when she’s gone.

17. Do you tend to be aware of what is going on around you?
Only as much as I want to be.  I prefer to stay to myself.

18. What is the truest thing that you know?
Jesus Christ died for my sins and yours.

19. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A nurse or lawyer

20. Have you ever been given a second chance?

21. Are you more of a giver or a taker?

22. Do you make your decisions with an open heart/mind?
Most of the time, but I have made hasty decisions.

23. What is the most physically painful thing that has ever happened to you?
A dislocated knee when I was 10.  That was a lot worse than being in labor four times.

24. What is the most emotionally painful thing that has ever happened to you?
Being lied to by a very special person.  It felt like a knife cutting through me v e r y slooowly.

25. Who have you hugged today?
These two

I love listening to her read.
Showing off his new braces

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Thinking Out Loud

I found myself with a little free time this evening, so I thought I'd do some thinking out loud with Amanda from Running with Spoons.

* I haven’t had time lately to blog.  If I don’t write a post over my lunch break, it doesn’t get written, and I’ve been walking during my lunch break.  Someday I’m going to jump on that “drafting posts in advance” bandwagon.

* Heaven had a stomach virus over the weekend and into the beginning of the week which royally screwed up her perfect attendance streak.

* Phil and I are going back to Savannah, GA this month, and we’re taking some friends with us.  I cannot wait!  I enjoyed our last trip so much, it’s going to be difficult not to eat at the same restaurants or see the same sites.

* Adrian is getting a mouth full of blue braces next week.

*  I'm off Monday for President's Day.  I would really like to know what it feels like to sleep in, but I'm pretty sure I'll be up, out of habit, before the sun rises.

* I was Employee of the Month for the month of January, and I had the pleasure of having lunch with Governor Nikki Haley and the Employees of the Month from other state agencies.

* I kind of want to see Fifty Shades of Grey this weekend, but I haven't even read the book which has been sitting on my shelf for almost four years.

* Why are some classics so much harder to read than others?!  I started reading Wuthering Heights a week ago, and I really want to like it.  Hopefully it will get easier to read in the next chapter or two.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 2015 Roundup

I have been dropping in on Katie the Scrapbook Lady for several years and have always wanted to do a monthly roundup, so here it is.  I'm going to try to do this every month.

List of what I've watched, read, and/or listened to in the past month
  • Phil, Adrian and I went to the theater to see Gone Girl, Unbroken and The Wedding Ringer.   We picked up The Purge: Anarchy from Redbox and watched The Interview on Netflix.
  • I read the first three books in the Department Nineteen series by Will Hill.  Adrian read nine books in January.
  • I listened to New Moon by Stephenie Meyer.  I've read the entire saga a dozen times, but I'm going through it again using audiobooks.
  • I've taken a liking to some of the music Adrian listens to, so I downloaded Taylor Swift's Blank Space, Katy Perry's Roar and Dark Horse, and Clean Bandit's Rather Be.
  • I picked up a Clean Eating magazine a couple weeks ago and immediately went online to subscribe.  The articles are nice, but the recipes alone are worth a subscription.
What fun things did I do with friends and/or family?
  • My friend Jasmine stopped through Columbia on her way back to Virginia, so we had dinner with two other friends.
What milestones occurred?  Any holidays or celebrations?  How about special events?
  • Adrian turned 17 and asked for his usual lemon cake, but, for the first time ever, he asked for vanilla buttercream frosting instead of lemon.  Another change from his usual birthday traditions was eating lunch at Olive Garden instead of going to his favorite Japanese restaurant for dinner.
  • Adrian took driver's training and got his driver's license.
  • Phil turned 45 and asked me to make three different souffles instead of a cake.  We had dinner at Copper River Grill.
Spinach and Gruyere Cheese, Sharp Cheddar and Dark Chocolate
The everyday  and routine bits of life in the past month
  • Adrian had his last primary tooth pulled.  He was excited (weird) about the laughing gas.  I don't know how his dentist didn't notice the primary tooth his last couple visits, but his permanent tooth came in next to the primary causing the permanent tooth to grow in crooked.  We met with an Orthodontist in December to discuss his options for straightening the tooth, and she said the only option is a mouth full of braces.  Ouch!
  • Heaven was excited about being able to check out two books from the school library instead of just one which they start doing the second semester of first grade.  We learned that she enjoys playing with legos.  Buying toys for her is challenging because she doesn't like dolls, and she no longer plays with cars and trucks.  She likes to build things now, though, so that's what I work with.  That and age-appropriate science stuff.
  • I'm helping Adrian learn Russian which is far easier than me learning Japanese.
What good stuff happened?  What were the hard things?  Anything unusual?
  • My family received good news about something we've been waiting over three years for.
  • My sister, Juanita, sent me a lot of clothes, and the majority of them fit perfectly.
Progress report on goals or list of new goals I've set
  • My only goals for January were to walk every day, do every Bikini Body Mommy workout and choose healthy foods, and I mostly succeeded.
  • My goals are the same for February.
New recipes I tried
That was my month, how was yours?

Friday, January 30, 2015

One Little Word - The Old and the New

My word for 2014 was live.  It was about being more present instead of just drifting along day by day.  It was about finding time to spend alone and making more time to spend with my family without feeling guilty about the things I wasn’t getting done during that time.

So, how’d I do?  Honestly, even through all the changes with Phil’s work, I did more living and letting go in 2014 than I had in a very long time, and it felt pretty damn good.  I said yes more to my family and took a little more time for myself without a lot of guilt.


My word for 2015 is Transform.


The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens. 
 ~Rainer Maria Rilke


I chose transform after thinking about what I want my life to look like at the end of 2015.  I’ve been consistently working on health and fitness, but there are other areas in my life that need attention including finances, business and spiritual.  This is similar to what I did with balance in 2013, but I want more.  I want to be better than I am, and I’m ready and willing to put in the work.


Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true. 
 ~Napoleon Hill


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weigh In Wednesday

Weigh In Wednesday

Hello, all!  This past week has been extremely busy, but I've managed to stay on track.


I'm weighing in every two weeks, so I'll have an update next week.


Thankfully my workouts didn't suffer because of my busyness.  Not totally anyway.  I was able to get in my BBM workouts, but I didn't walk every day during my lunch break.  There were days I walked or jogged in place in front of the television in order to meet my 10,000 steps per day goal.


I've rediscovered Gina's website Skinnytaste and have bookmarked tons of recipes.  I made this Turkey Meatball Spinach Tortellini Soup last night for dinner.  I'm not feeling 100% veganism right now, and neither is Phil.  It's just easier when I don't have to make a meal for myself and a separate meal for my family.  Most days my breakfasts and lunches are vegan, and I eat with my family at dinnertime.  That works for me right now.