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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Week in review – Earthquake then Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Irene

Okay let me just say that last week was one hell of a week. 

Earthquake: The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit at 1:51 p.m. and the epicenter was northwest of Richmond, Va.

What I learned:
1.       I always thought that I worked well under pressure.  Well now I will say that I work well under pressure “only if it is NOT an act of God.”   
a.       As I was standing outside after my office building had been evacuated, I was frantically trying to remember all my family members and friends on the east coast that I needed to check on and make sure they were okay. Completely forgot about calling daycare to check on my daughter until some asked me if I had heard from daycare! Oops! LOL! Guess I just knew that she was okay at daycare (which she was).
2.       There are older rocks beneath New Jersey and they are long and solid. On the West Coast where they are frequent quakes the underlying rocks are broken. So, due to the rock make up of East Coast vs. the West Coast it makes the transfer of energy easier and therefore stretched across several states.
3.       Proper Earthquake protocol: Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” During earthquakes, drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly.
a.       Well being on the East Coast that didn’t work out to well for us.  As soon as most of us realized what was going on… we all ran out of the building.
4.       The West Coast got quite the laugh at our reactions to this “minor earthquake.”
a.       I am cool with that. Let’s see how you guys handle snow!! 

Hurricane Irene:    Was eventually downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it made it way through New York City, Connecticut and up through  Massachusetts.  Leaving behind, many damaged homes, and business, and millions without power.

What I learned:
1.       Irene was the first hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Ike struck Texas in September 2008.
2.       Flooding records were broken in 26 rivers - New Jersey (eight), New York (14) and Vermont (four)
3.       About 3.5 million customers were without power; that’s about 9 million people.
a.       I was very thankful that I never lost power. I did however; have enough batteries for any portable toy that my daughter had. Leapster, portable DVD player, V-Reader. If we did lose power she was NOT going to drive me crazy being her sole source of entertainment!
4.       Irene was the first storm to threaten the New York City area since Hurricane Gloria in September 1985.
a.       I was five at the time and all I remember was mom yelling at me to get away from the window. I thought it was the best thing ever at that curious age.
b.      26 years later I found myself in the same spot as my mother. At home, trying to entertain a 4 year old. Funny how life works that way.
5.       I need to add Hurricane Insurance to my Homeowners policy
a.       I called my insurance company just to check on coverage and deductible information, etc, prior to the storm. What I was told that for some “reason” I didn’t have hurricane coverage, just wind and water damage. At the time there was a moratorium on all insurance policies, so I couldn’t add or delete any coverages.  I told her “that is fine, and I understand, not worried about it because I can assure you that there will be lots of wind and rain so I should be covered just fine.”
b.      Will be adding Hurricane coverage as soon as the moratorium is over. We are coming up on the height of hurricane season. I was blessed this time around, but there could always be a next time.

Looking back on last week, when Monday rolled around, I was actually thankful t to be going to work. My daughter was ready to get out and run off all her stored up energy from being in the house all weekend and we both needed a “time out” from each other. Cabin fever on Monday was real!

After seeing the various news reports and recaps of the storm, it was a reality check in terms of I could have been a lot worse off. I realized that I was blessed that no large trees in my backyard came down. I was freaking out about the 110ft pine tree in the back that would take out my house if it ever came down.  
 Thankfully just small branches here and there and no major damage, at my house or in my immediate neighborhood.

For all those that lost homes, business, and still without power, I am continuing to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers!

P.S. – Just heard that Hurricane Katia is forming over the Gulf. It is too soon to tell if it will threaten landfall. Guess we just have to wait and see!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Seasons: What Season are you in? Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to throw away;
A time to tear, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate,
A time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
In life we all go through Season Good times and bad time. Some positive and some negative. Happy times and sad. Some seasons are a result of things we can control and other times they are not within our control. People may enter our lives and stay and then there are other people that will eventually leave.

My Season:  "A time to keep, and a time to throw away" There are parts of my past that I am ready to throw away and let go of. I am ready to move forward and let those things go. There are parts of my past that I have learned from and realize that I need to hold on those experiences as they will prevent me from making the same mistake twice. I want to enjoy the life that I currently have, as it is the most content that I have been in a very long time. In order keep this contentment in my life I need to let go of all the bad things and hold on to good things. 

No matter what the Season we are in…there is a reason. God has a plan for each and everyone one of us. Through are experiences and Seasons, come wisdom, knowledge and understanding for our lives and the lives that we will have. 

So what Season are you in?


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


I Came across this a few weeks ago and felt it was worth sharing.
As parents I don’t think that we always take time to a look at how our children view the world in general, or think about their perceptions on our parenting skills. All parents can use help from time to time to improve our communication style. All parents needs tools that will help build self-confidence and self-esteem in our children that are necessary to succeed in life.
As I always say “raising children is a hard job, but someone has to do it!”


1. My hands are small; please do not expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; do not restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there; I am little only for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; do not nag me all day long (you would not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; treasure me as God intended you to do -- holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and discipline me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragement (but not your empty praise) to grow. Go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I will be prepared to make the decisions life will require of me.

8. Do not do things for me; that makes me feel that my efforts did not measure up to your expectations. I know its hard, but don't compare me with my brother or sister.

9. Do not be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, and parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is something special.

10. Take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Lessons Learned as a Parent

 Lessons Learned as a Parent

My daughter is only 4 years old…but going on 21. There is no manual for child rearing. We are throw into the fire and it is sink or swim. Learning to maneuver the parenting world is challenging but rewarding at the same time. It really is trial and error. Learning from other parents about what works and what doesn’t work. It is challenging but someone has to do it!  Here are a few lessons learned along the way.  Hopefully you will share your “lessons learned”  as well.

My daughter is only 4 years old…but going on 21. There is no manual for child rearing. We are throw into the fire and it is sink or swim. Learning to maneuver the parenting world is challenging but rewarding at the same time. It really is trial and error. Learning from other parents about what works and what doesn’t work. It is challenging but someone has to do it!  Here are a few lessons learned along the way.  Hopefully you will share your “lessons learned”  as well.

1.       Pick your battles! Something are worth arguing about and other things…just let it go.
a.      Sometimes you just have to walk away from the situation.. I've learned that sometimes I should just step back take a minute and calm down. Then I go back and address the situation. Nobody wins if we're just yelling at each other. Remember: kids will always push our buttons and sometimes we need to know when to “tap out” and regroup in order to regain control of the situation.
b.      If you child is independent, then let them be independent. Yes, this will cause for a delay from time to time, when they think they can “tie their shoes by themselves, or get dressed by themselves” but in the end they will come to you for help.  Smile inside and realize that they are still learning and still need you.
2.       Never say Never… in other words NEVER say “my kid would never…”
a.      …. my kid will never eat candy  or  my kid will never eat fast food, or my kids will never curse or my kid would never be disrespectful . As children grow up and begin to experience life and the world outside of our homes, they will begin to pick up habits and interests that we never thought would be possible. Some good and some bad. Remember: it is our job as parents to continue to institute right and wrong in our children and instill the values and morals that we want them to have.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Recipe: Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw

Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw

In step 1, the salted, rinsed, and dried cabbage can be refrigerated in a zipper-lock bag for up to 24 hours. To prep the apples, cut the cored apples into ¼-inch-thick planks, then stack the planks and cut them into thin matchsticks.

Serves 6 to 8.  
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