ABC’s Of ME!

A – Age: 28 ( for a few more weeks)

B – Bed size: King

C – Chore you hate: cleaning bathrooms

D – Dad’s Name: Robert

E – Essential start your day item: Coffee, LOTS of Coffee

F – Favorite actor(s): Eric Dane and Patrick Dempsey

G – Gold or Silver: both

H – Height: 5-5 ish

I – Instruments you play(ed): clarinet, but trust me you are thankful I stopped

J – Job title: Mommy, wife,  teacher

K – Kid(s):Mark

L – Living arrangements: our house is Johnson County

M – Mom’s name: Cindi

N – Nicknames: “boss”(from my daddy) ” Trouble” (my grandpa

O – Overnight hospital stay other than birth- pregnancy bed rest, scarlet fever and for monitoring in 7th grade

P – Pet Peeve: Wining

Q – Quotes you like:” Please don’t ask me to relax, my tension is all that is hold me together”

R – Right or left handed: Right

S – Siblings: Mike

T – Time you wake up: way to early

V – Vegetable you dislike: mushrooms

w- why run late- KIDS!!!

X – X-rays you’ve had: teeth, sinuses, knees, ankles, nose, chest, head, hands, fingers, hips,… um you name it!

Y – Yummy food you make: Crispy Confections!
Z – Zodiac: Pieces!

The best Valentine’s day gift Ever!

My dear husband bought me the best Valentine’s Day gift, he bought me my name! Well, my blog name atleast. Over the next couple of days educateempowerenjoy.wordpress.com will become www.educateempowerenjoy.com. I will let you know when the actual site is up and running! Untill then…..

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Finally!

1668_picture_of_a_perplexed_boy_sticking_a_pencil_in_his_ear_as_he_tries_to_thinkI am a visual learner. I get charts and graphs. Alli over at the Worthington Wire posted this article where the economic bailout is explained in pictures!

Finally I get it!!!

Meal Planning Monday – Going Gluten Free

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Happy Monday! I have been having some weird stomach and allergy issues, so after much reading and advice from my Twitter friends, I am going to go gluten free. I am really amazed most of the things we eat everyday are gluten free, I just may need to buy a different brand. I am excited to give these recipes a try:  

 

2/16     M-      Rice and Bean Burritos

2/17     T-       Vegetable Beef Soup (my grandma’s recipe)

2/18     W-       Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

2/19     TH-      Lasagna

2/20     F-        Pizza Night (Were going out!)

2/21     S-        Small group meal at church

2/22     SU-      Stuffed Green Peppers

 

Of course Mark will still have his waffles and cereal for breakfast and Dale will still be eating his omelets, and snacks will be our usual fresh fruits and veggies (or if you are Mark strawberries and carrots)

 

I am a little concerned that eating GF will destroy my budget, but I have heard so many people share how it has improved many aspects of their life; I can’t help but give it a try. Now if you will excuse me I need to take my benedryl and take a bath in cortisone cream

The Bucket List– Another Facebook Survey!

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Ok, so I am apparently a Facebook Junkie! I keep getting tagged in these things, and I can’t help but post them

The Bucket List.

Place an X   by all the things you’ve done and remove the X from the ones you have not, then send it to your friends (including me).

Things you have done during your lifetime:
( ) Gone on a blind date
(X ) Skipped school
() Watched someone die
( x) Been to Canada
( x) Been to Mexico
( X ) Been to Florida
(X ) Been to Hawaii
( X ) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
( X ) Been lost
( ) Been to the Four Corners
( x) Gone to Washington, DC
( X ) Swam in the ocean
( X ) Cried yourself to sleep
( X ) Played cops and robbers
(X ) Recently colored with crayons
( X ) Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch – irrational fear of elevators
( X ) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
( ) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
( X ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
( X ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( X ) Danced in the rain
( X ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( X ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
( X ) Watched the sunrise with someone
( X ) Blown bubbles
( X ) Gone ice-skating
( X ) Gone to the movies
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon–nope – I am not the risk taker of the family
( ) Been sky diving –
( ) Been parasailing
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
( X ) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
( X ) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(x ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Seen the Northern Lights –
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
( X) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle- My dad would have killed me
( X) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(x) Been to Disneyland
(x ) Been to Disney World
( ) Been in a rain forest
( x) Seen whales in the ocean
( x) Been to Niagara Falls
(X ) Ridden on an elephant
(X ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier calf – I don’t even know what that is///
( X) Been water-skiing
( ) Been snow-skiing
( X) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( X ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( x) Been to a National Football League game

A little about my Valentine…

Husband Tag

More and more of these silly things are going around. Being that it is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a little about my Valentine….

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1. He’s sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen?

2. You’re out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Blue Cheese or Ranch

3. What’s one food he doesn’t like? Broccoli and after our most recent round of the stomach flu, cream chees.

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Boulevard Wheat with a lemon.

5. Where did he go to high school? Shawnee Mission South

6. What size shoe does he wear? 10 to 10 ½

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Historic Baseball items

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Depends on the day, and time of year

9. What would he eat every day if he could? Anything but Chinese Food

10. What is his favorite cereal?  Coco Puffs, but since he is training for his marathon is it Honey Nut Cherrios

11. What would he never wear? Top Siders (sorry Mike)
12. What is his favorite sports team? Football- 49ers, Baseball- Giants, FI- McClaren, Indy Car- either Rahal Letterman or AGR, College- Jayhawks

13. Who did he vote for? Obama

14. Who is his best friend? Me


15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn’t do? Hummm, I am perfect so nothing! ( OK I can’t even type that without cracking up) He wishes I wouldn’t get so overwhelmed

16. How many states has he lived in? Three, North Carolina, California, and Kansas

17. What is his heritage? German and French

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what would it be? Better than Sex Cake

19. Did he play sports in high school? Track; other than that he was a Geek academic type

20. What could he spend hours doing? Running, watching King of the Hill or Sports, playing with our Son.

21. What’s something cool about him? He is an amazing husband and dad. I am so thankful God choose me to be his wife.

What about you? I would LOVE to know more about your Valentine

How Smart are YOU?

You can’t turn on a TV or your computer without hearing something with a financial overtone. From our Nation’s Capital to the tiny towns here is Kansas, we have to face serious financial decisions. “Back in the day,” as my grandmother says, it was considered rude for women to discuss finances, thus leading to men doing all the family’s fiscal planning. Not today.  Modern women are now going it alone and are even encouraged to have money aside from their spouses.

I consider myself to be an educated modern woman (as my student loans will tell you), yet evening news uses financial jargon conversationally and I have no clue what they mean. I realized while I may be smart (just ask my husband), my financial IQ is very low. Not wanting to be in the dark any more, I set out on a quest to raise my IQ. Here are some things that have helped me:

Find out what you should know: I took an online quiz and scored 8 %. Depressing, yes, but I did get ideas of things I should educate myself on such as IRA’s, 401K’s, payout ratios, etc.

Educate yourself: Many community colleges offer financial classes geared towards women. Banks are also usually willing to sit down and discuss your questions with you. Consider reading a book on certain financial matters which interest or concern you.

Listen and make mental notes: while listening to radio shows, watching TV, or talking with friends, listen to their suggestions and make mental notes of new ideas. Use these ideas as springboards for your financial knowledge, but always check them out with a legitimate financial guru.

Think beyond the short term: I am a teacher in a private school with hopes of becoming a stay-at-home mom is the near future, so retirement is not something I think of often. However, if something were to happen to my husband, I would have to go back to work. Learning about key financial components now may help you in the long run.

As with stocks, it is important to diversify yourself. (I just learned that about stocks).  Take in information from a variety of sources and apply what works for you. In the arena of finance, you can never have too much information.  While I doubt I will ever qualify for the Financial Mensa division, knowing how to educate myself and raise my level of active knowledge definitely makes me more of a modern woman.