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Last night I went out to dinner with some of the girls from my book club.  It was Ladies’ Night and I showed up with my baby boy, haha.  Oh well.  Thankfully they all understand since they pretty much all have kids and about half of them have kids Hezzy’s age.

We had dinner and drinks, talked about our lives, the book.  I’m woefully behind.  Chapter 1 actually.  Sad, huh?  I think I can still catch up though.  It’s Adam Bede by George Eliot.  So far, the first nine pages are good!  Hehe.  I guess I’ll have to do a whole lot of reading these next couple weeks.

Hezzy and me.

Isn’t it fun when you can learn more about your friends through memes?  In this one, we get to answer five questions and then ask five to someone else (should they wish to play.)  Here are my questions from Tammy:

1. How do you feel about cloth diapers? Love them? Don’t really like them? Or on the fence? :)

I think I romanticized cloth diapers before I had my son.  I thought of all the wonderful benefits that they provided and one of the best perks, in my opinion, was that I really liked going against the flow and doing something society still thinks of as kind of a burden.  Truth is, cloth diapering can be kind of a chore.  You have to remember to wash them and to have enough covers too, for blow-outs.  Someone once told me I could get by with 2 or 3 covers.  Really?  Because I need at least five.

But you know what?  I loooooooooove that I cloth diaper my son.  I love putting in a load of diapers, and folding them to be used again.  I love changing him in public places and having people look at me with curiosity and me giving them a look of “yep, it’s that easy! You can do it, too!”  Some have actually commented that it looks easier than they thought it would be.  I love it when others comment on his big-looking bum and say, “is he in cloth?” and we sort of have this unspoken connection.  I love knowing how they’ve been washed and what’s against my son’s skin.  I love that he doesn’t get diaper rashes.  There’s just so much to love about cloth, and a lot of what I thought before hasn’t disappointed me now that I am actually doing it.  Yeah, sometimes it’s a chore, but anything can be a chore with the wrong attitude.  Going out to buy diapers all the time can be a chore.  Emptying a disposable diaper pail can be a chore, too.

So, I guess the *short answer* is that I love cloth diapering.  Haha.

2. What is your favorite color?

This seems to change every few years.  Right now, my favorite is burgundy.  :)

3. Tell me about your faith journey/religious background!

Hm.  Well, I grew up in a Baptist home, as a pastor’s kid.  We went to church every Sunday and I really enjoyed practicing my faith with my family.  I was sort of “born into” my faith, but I made a confession of faith when I was 5 and was baptized at 8 or 9.  Is it awful that I don’t remember?  For a few years during my late high school- college years I was in partial rebellion to the Word, though I wouldn’t admit it, really.  After I got married, the L-rd started to bring me back and He began to show me things in His Word which I hadn’t understood before.  I still consider myself a Christian, in the sense that I believe that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah, but there are a lot of things that have changed in my views.  I believe in keeping the Torah out of obedience to the L-rd, which includes keeping a 7th day Sabbath and eating biblically-approved foods (Kosher).  For these and other reasons my husband thinks I’m now Jewish, but I’m not.  I mean, maybe (my dad’s ancestor might have been a Jew), but since I don’t know for sure I don’t wish to call myself Jewish.  I just follow the scriptures as best as I can, which Jews happen to have been doing for a long time.  And they have some good ideas in how to walk in obedience with Scripture, and so I’ve been adding those to how I choose to follow Scripture, as well.  But that doesn’t make me Jewish.  It would be a great privilege to be a member of the Chosen People, but I’ve been chosen through faith in Messiah and that’s an even greater privilege!

4. Have you been drinking any especially good teas lately? :)

No, not really.  I like drinking lemon grass tea, which my mom sends to me from her garden, and some good sleepy-time teas, but mostly I’ve been experimenting with powdered mocha drinks (partially taken from a recipe from your website and someone else’s).  I’m sure I’ll be back to drinking new teas soon though.  ;)

5. On a normal day, how do you wear your hair?

Ugh, I’m almost embarrassed to say I’ve been wearing it up in either a pony tail or a bun-like thing at the back of my head almost exclusively since my son was born.  I’ve even been recently tempted to chop it off so I have one less thing to do after I wash it, which isn’t very often anyway.  I will admit I’m pretty amazed by women who have tiny babies and still have great hair and makeup.  I admire their dedication to looking good in the morning, but I don’t have it.  My hair goes up, sometimes with a head-covering (which I admit I’d like to do more often but sometimes forget) and I pretty much ignore my face unless I’m going somewhere for a special event, for which I’ll add mascara and eyeliner.  Thankfully, my husband couldn’t care less about my hair or face.  He thinks I look good no matter what.  Makes things so much easier.  :)

If you want to play along:

1 – Leave a comment with your blog URL, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 – I will respond; I’ll ask you five questions.
3 – You’ll update your blog with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 – You’ll include this explanation.
5 – You’ll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

I got tagged for a book meme by Homemaker At Heart. This one’s kind of fun.

Here’s mine. I’m supposed to pick out the closest book to me, turn to page 56 and type out a few lines.

So here we go.

This is going to sound so cliched. I apologize in advance. It’s the only book I have with me today.

Genesis 49.1-4
1 Then Ya’akov called for his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the acharit-hayamim. 2 Assemble yourselves and listen, sons of Ya’akov; pay attention to Isra’el your father. 3 “Re’uven, you are my firstborn, my stregth, the firstfruits of my manhood. 4 Though superior in vigor and power you are unstable as water, so your superiority will end, because you climbed into your father’s bed and defiled it – he climbed onto my concubine’s couch!” -CJB

So now I’m supposed to tag someone. Hmm.

I tag:
1. Julia
2. Adi

Stolen from Mandy Mom.

Hubby Love

1. Who is your man?
Dan, Danny (only I and his mother call him that!)

2. How long have you been together?
Six years!! We’ve been married almost 3 1/2 of those years.

3. How long dated?
About a year and a half before he proposed.

4. How old is your man?
He’s 27.

6. Who said “I love you” first?
He did.

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It seems I have been tagged to disclose with all of you seven quirks and/or facts about myself.

Brace yourself.

Ready?

The Rules
A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag “whoever wants to do it”.

Part A

7. I wash my hair only every 2-4 days, depending on the season. If I were to wash it daily my hair would look like a straw broom, only curlier and frizzier.

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It seems I have been tagged to disclose with all of you seven quirks and/or facts about myself. Brace yourself. Ready?

The Rules
A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag “whoever wants to do it”.

Part A

7. I wash my hair only every 2-4 days, depending on the season. If I were to wash it daily my hair would look like a straw broom, only curlier and frizzier.

6. I rarely call my animals by their real names. They are doggus and cat-o most of the time. I realize they’re really goofy names, but that’s just the way it is.

5. I was born in South America. Not too many people can tell, though. I’m either Mexican or just a darker-skinned American to most people’s eyes. In fact, I’ve surprised more than a few people when I’ve spoken in Spanish. My husband can still hear my accent, though it’s only with a few words like “family”. He says I say “fah-mily”, which I never hear, but I guess it’s normal not to hear one’s own accent.

4. We harvest rain water (it rains a lot in the winter) and use it to flush our toilets. It’s kind of weird, but why let all that free water go to waste? It’s kind of fun refilling our buckets with fresh rain water. :)

3. I sometimes wish I lived 100-200 years ago. It seems things were SO different then that the idea of it is really romantic to me. Not in the sense of Romeo and Juliet, but in that it sounds so interesting, idyllic, peaceful, and yes, even fun. I wish I had lived it. But then I realize what an amazing time I’m living in now and am thankful for my place in this day and age.

2. I love to cook. I’m not a very good baker, but I’m working on changing that. For some reason my cookies never really come out quite like they should. They’re either cupcake-cookies or hockey pucks. I’ve only ever gotten lucky with cookies twice and I don’t really know how they didn’t mess up. Needless to say, I don’t make a lot of cookies.

1. I dream about visiting France someday. I have been in love with the French language since I saw Beauty and the Beast (yes, the Disney cartoon). I jumped on the chance to take French in junior high and continued to take it every year until my last year at college (with the exception of two years in high school during which they had no French program). My last two years in college I finally decided that’s what I wanted to major in, so I switched over my major from International Business to French. I haven’t finished my degree yet, but when I do it’ll be in French since that’s the only thing I’m truly interested in learning more about. Majoring in this will require that I live in France for some time so I know that eventually my dream will come true.

Part B
1. adirb22
2. Claire
3. Joani
4. martini-bianko
5. witherdin2ition
6. Dan
7. I don’t know who else to tag!

yankee doodle gals

Are you a Yankee or a Dixie? I took this quiz that my sis, Adi, sent me.

It appears that I’m a Yankee while my sister is a Dixie. How on earth did that happen?! Go fig.

It’s a fun little quiz that takes all of 5 minutes if you want to give it a shot. If you do, post your results in the comments section.

:) Thanks.

Instructions: For each of the following, search Google Images and post your favorite pic.

1. Where I was born:
Peru

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Here’s a meme I yanked from Real Learning.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Not a person, but I was named after Beulah Land (Isaiah 62:4)

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Yesterday, watching a commercial or something.  Doesn’t take much.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Sure.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Well, I don’t usually eat meat for lunch but if I were to eat a meat-like substance for lunch it might be grilled tempeh.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Only if the dog and cat count. Read the rest of this entry »

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I got this in an email today and almost everyone had Sponge Bob. Either my friends are all the same or this quiz was made by a Sponge Bob fan.

Everyone has a personality of a cartoon character. Have you ever asked yourself what cartoon character do you most resemble?

A group of investigators got together and analyzed the personalities of well known and modern cartoon characters. The information that was gathered was made into this test.

Answer all the questions (only 10) with what describes you best, add up all your Points (which are next to the answer that you choose) at the end and look for your results.

Do not cheat by looking at the end before you are done.  Change the subject of this message to whatever character you are.

1. Which one of the following describes the perfect date?
.a) Candlelight dinner (4 pts.)
.b) Fun/Theme Park (2 pts.)
.c) Painting in the park (5 pts)
.d) Rock concert (1 pt.)
.e) Going to the movies (3 pts.)

Cartoon-character personality quiz

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