Five things I learned last week while cleaning:
- Don’t bite off more than you can chew. I chose one room each day to clean. And when I say clean, I mean move the furniture and rediscover your baseboards kind of cleaning. So while one room a day sounds wimpy, believe me when I say it was plenty to tackle.
- Don’t use Swiffer Wet Jet or Orange Glo or any of those other advertised hardwood floor cleaners. You will be sorry you ever did! I am. At first I loved the shine on my floors and the way my house smelled after using them, but over time I noticed a scummy, build up on my floors that only hands and knees and scrubbing like Cinderella would get rid of. Only water and vinegar on my hardwoods from now on!
- Don’t forget to take breaks and pamper yourself during large cleaning projects. Ok, so I didn’t do such a great job with this one myself, but I did take time out to watch a few movies with the boys and I ate a few bowls of ice cream. And popcorn. And Little Debbies. In fact, if I stayed home all the time I think I would instantly gain 15 lbs. from all the available snackage around the house. Good thing I went back to work this past Monday, huh?
- Don’t be too hasty to put the winter clothes away just because it’s Spring Break! We had a little cold snap and actually had some sleet and snow last week. I know it’s crazy, but this is Georgia and like they say, “If you don’t like the weather, stick around because tomorrow it will change.” Ba dum bump! Thank you, folks. I’m here all week.
- Don’t get distracted while you are cleaning and start rearranging furniture. Why is it that when I’m cleaning it suddenly becomes a good idea to start moving furniture, pictures, lamps and accessories around? I don’t know! It just does. Maybe it’s the adult version of ADD. One minute you’re dusting and polishing the next thing you know two hours have gone by, and you’re still working in the same room, but all the furniture is in the middle of the room and you’re thinking the couch might look really good along that other wall. Not that this has ever happened to me or anything.
Someday maybe I’ll listen to my own advice.
5 Things I’ve learned this week:
What have you learned this week?
More than anything, my 9 year old still wants his mommy to tuck him in at night.
More than anything, women like bright, shiny objects. Only in my case it happens to be a new set of stainless steel pots and pans.
More than anything, I love the way my husband knows exactly how I like my coffee.
More than anything, I want to be able to take away the pain, failures, and disappointments that my children experience. And knowing they have to go through these situations to grow as men doesn’t make it any easier.
More than anything, it’s comforting to know that when someone you know leaves this world that they are safe in the arms of the Savior.
I was looking for 5 interesting news stories for this Friday, but we all know the press was only interested in one this week, so I thought I would turn off the TV and turn on my MP3 player. Except I didn’t turn off the TV. I recorded my favorite shows and fast forwarded through all the commercials. Life is so good!
But I do spend a lot of time listening to music. I listen while on the treadmill. I listen in the car. I listen at work. There is usually a song of some sort drifting in and out of my head (or mouth) most of the day.
I love music. And most types of music. I’ll listen to everything from blues to bluegrass, Southern rock to Southern gospel. I like jazz, rock ‘n roll, swing, country, and you can throw in a little funk every once in a while because I still like to shake my groove thing around the kitchen while I’m cooking.
I know – not the mental image you wanted to carry around with you today. You should see the look on my kids’ faces when I do it. They’re always telling me to stop and not ever do it again. Just like when I try to use “cool” teenage slang words. Somehow it doesn’t come out all cool and hip. Just like my dance moves!
Anyhoo. As I thought about what I was listening to this week and trying to come up with a “5 Things Friday” post I figured I would mesh the two together. So here are the 5 songs that have received the most play time in my ears this week.
And you will be relieved to know that there hasn’t been much groove thing shaking going on in the kitchen. Just sayin’.
Going Home – Sara Groves
Faithful One – Brian Doerksen and Kathryn Scott
Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
I Belong – Kathryn Scott
Angel Doves – Mindy Smith
Leave me a comment and tell me what you’ve been listening to lately. I’m always looking for new tunes. Have super weekend.
I thought I would try something new this year, and because I’m not a fan of resolutions, it’s not a resolution, or a promise to be consistent. Although I will try. It’s more of a goal and to give me something to write about. At least one day a week. Because I know my faithful readers have come to expect sporadic postings and I’m looking to shake things up a bit.
I know. You’re thinking just get on with it already, but I like to build things up. Create a little anticipation. So you will be totally let down. And possibly disappointed.
Each Friday I’m going to (try to) pick 5 random things to talk about. It may be 5 things that are connected somehow or 5 things that have absolutely nothing at all to do with each other. It may be 5 of my favorite (fill in the blank) or it may be 5 things that I think you can’t live without or 5 pieces of useless trivia. You never know, so check back each Friday to see what the 5 things are.
Riveting, I know!
This week I’m going to share 5 movies with you that I keep in my TiVo library, so I can watch them anytime I want. And I often do. If there is one (or more) that you have never seen, then rent it immediately. You cannot be living a fulfilled life if you haven’t seen all these movies.
- Rebecca: Probably my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie. It’s based on a Daphne Du Maurier book that I read when I was in 7th or 8th grade. One of the things I find interesting is that you never find out the leading character’s first name. She’s just known as (the second) Mrs. De Winter. And Mrs. Danvers is a wonderfully, creepy character! Just what you would expect from Hitchcock. Some extra trivia – Daphne Du Maurier also wrote a short story called “The Birds” which should also sound familiar to all you Hitchcock fans.
- Tombstone: Oh my goodness, Kurt Russell AND Val Kilmer? It doesn’t get any better than that! I love westerns and this is one I can watch over and over again. There are lots of great quotes in this movie AND the good guys win in the end. “I’m your huckleberry…”
- The Last of the Mohicans: Some of my favorite movies are those that have story lines intertwined with history. This movie, based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, uses the French and Indian War as the backdrop for the love story between Hawkeye (and I’m not talking M.A.S.H. here people) and Cora Munro, the daughter of a British general. Hawkeye is played to perfection by the dashing Daniel Day-Lewis. Parts of this movie were filmed in the mountains of NC near where I was born and the scenery is breathtaking. Even more breathtaking is the line in the movie when Hawkeye tells Cora, “I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.” Be still my heart!
- To Kill A Mockingbird: Best. Movie. Ever! I love me some Scout and Jem. This is another movie based on a book. I read this one sometime around middle school as well. Another bit of extra trivia: Robert Duvall made his acting debut in this movie as Boo Radley. His character always kind of creeped me out as a kid, but as an adult and a parent I have a whole new respect for Boo. And Mr. Duvall is one of my all time favorite actors! I’ve seen this movie many times and each time I watch it I love it more.
- Ok. I know you are probably saying to yourself how glad you are we finally made it to number 5. Well, it was worth the wait….drum roll, please. Keep in mind these movies are in no particular order. It’s a totally random list. Ok. Ok. Number 5 is…”I feel the need; the need for speed!” Top Gun. Bet you didn’t see that one coming. If you know anything about me, you know that I am totally a girl of the 80’s and this movie was HOT in 1986! I’ve never been a big fan of Tom Cruise and even less so these days, but speaking of hot we have the “Iceman” Val Kilmer (again) and who didn’t think Anthony Edwards was just adorable as Mother Goose. Probably the last time you could call Anthony Edwards adorable, because it was just a few short years later that he lost his hair. And his chin. Too bad. But that beach volleyball scene has held up well over the years. Just sayin’.
So there you have it. Five of my favorite movies in my TiVo library and the first installment of “5 Things Friday.”
If this list list didn’t bore you to tears, come back next Friday and I’ll try to do a better job. Of boring you. To tears.
Tell me your favorite movie or give me a movie recommendation in the comments. I’m always looking for some good entertainment!
Have a great weekend!