Matt: (growling) MEGAN!! I DONT look like TOAST!
Meg: Noooo- I said I have 11 toes.
Both: ha ha ha ha
-I live a weird life.
Matt: (growling) MEGAN!! I DONT look like TOAST!
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MEG: where did you get that? ME: #Walmart MEG: you can get EVERYTHING at Walmart. Except dolphins. MATT: and Spaceships. (Yup. pretty much.)
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stay tuned for a post about our fun private chocolatier tour and chocolate tasting we had tonight....
Thought I'd catch y'all up on what's going on....
The Sound of Music show was a hit and even though I had a really hard time with the whole Aaron kissing another woman right in front of me every night as Captain Von Trapp, I'm reeeeally glad we did it. I noticed that Aaron has been a million times happier since we did it, which is WONDERFUL.
So now that I know how to help my husband to be happy and fulfilled, I am gung-ho. I wrote up his acting resume and sent his headshot and resume around... I got him an audition for Fred in a Christmas Carol at Hale Centre Theater yesterday, which he nailed (yet to hear). I got him an audition for a Fulton Homes commercial tomorrow, and he's going to audition for Sound of Music at the Broadway Palm Dinner theater later this month. We are also going to be Dickens Caroling with Copperstar Repertory Company (the company that put on Sound of Music) next month to earn a little extra cash. woot! busy busy.
Megan and Matthew did well in their poetry contests despite the fact that I didn't practice it with them at all except for the time I taught it to them. Matt had a harder time remembering it (cause really, I wrote it and I didn't even remember it...booo bad busy mom.) and they had to prompt him. He got an honorable mention :) Megan pretty much remembered hers because she's got an amazing brain. seriously. She usually remembers a poem or verse after hearing it once. kuh razy head. She got third place in the 2nd grade division.
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But do you know why I love Christmas the best?
So he can stay all fat and pudgy
It’s cause he eats chocolate that’s fudgy
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Textiles? Physical Fitness?
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Meet tomorrow (Saturday, August 21) at 5:00am at the Peralta Trailhead. We'll start hiking right at 5:15am. Please comment or call if you're planning on coming. ..or if you're gonna be late or need clarification 480-216-4327
Below is the hike description from my favorite hike forum, http://www.hikearizona.com/ :
This hike offers a lot of bang for the buck! Normally it is necessary to substantially penetrate the Wilderness for descent returns. At only about four miles round trip, this is a rare example of close in quality. I would consider it almost on par with the Cave Trail (always a favorite) but less strenuous and much easier to follow. It is so nice in fact, I wondered if it was wise to post it. Then, if it is hiked responsibly, I really would like to see other hikers enjoying this beautiful little canyon.
Starting from the Peralta trailhead, take the Bluff Spring trail up Cardiac Hill, past the Cave Trail intersection to the top, and then down the other side to the bottom where it first crosses the creek bed. Here you depart the trail and head south through the bottom of the wash following it several miles till you intersect the Dutchman Trail in Barkley Basin which then takes you back to the trailhead.
Directions to Peralta Trailhead: 7.6 miles east of the junction Idaho Rd / US-60. Turn Left on to FS77 which is Peralta Road. Follow FS77 5.6 miles to a left and up turnoff. Continue 1.9 miles to Peralta Trailhead.
The trailhead has restrooms minus running water. The parking lot is huge. It does fill up in season on weekends. 0.5 miles before reaching the trailhead is an overflow lot which is also suited for horse trailer parking.
Hike:This is the simple part. From the point just over a mile in, where Bluff Spring trail crosses the wash at the bottom of Barks Canyon it is simply a matter of following the creek bed all the way south to the Dutchman trail. I saw no cairns or footprints through the numerous sandy areas testifying to the unexpected solitude of this of this seldom used canyon. The wash is easy to follow with only minor rock hopping and only one small spot of thick bush. Route finding is a cinch as the canyon presents only a singular route. However, with various paths to choose from through the bottom, I suggest varying from side to side to follow the more interesting terrain features as you go along. The sides are alternately lined with small cliffs and numerous smooth rock areas seeming to grow more and more interesting as you proceed. Despite the extremely dry conditions present at the time, there were numerous large pools of water along the way.
As you approach the 2.5mi point where the basin starts coming into view, look ahead for reddish colored mine tailings spilling forth about 100 yards up the slope on your left. It cannot be seen from directly beneath so you need to spot it as you are approaching from up stream. This tunnel is shown on Tom Kollenborn's map in Helen Corbin's book The Curse of the Dutchman's Gold as being Charles Crawford's camp. No date is given and I don’t know if this was a producing mine or merely a prospect. It does go back for a long distance into the mountain possibly indicating a mine, on the other hand, it is in a very straight line, and that would indicate a prospect. It does however finally fork at point where the bats were getting thick and I lost the courage to proceed. This may indicate the start of a “drift”, or the point at which they possibly began to follow a vein of whatever ore they were seeking. It never ceases to amaze me the amount back breaking work that must have been involved in those hellish conditions to move that much solid rock by hand.
Soon after passing the mine, the canyon begins to open up into the Barkley Basin. Continue to follow the widening wash a short distance to the well-worn and easily spotted crossing of the Dutchman trail. From there it is a short one mile cruise back to the trailhead.
An option for the diehard who may want a bit more strenuous hike would be to add what I’ll call the “Mid Barks” section. To do this, initially remain on Bluff Spring trail going north until you reach the Terrapin trail intersection. It is here that you now follow the same creek bed south but add on about 1.5 miles extra total distance and a bit more rugged terrain.
The best part is shortly downstream of the intersection where you will encounter a lengthy and steep series of cascading pools carved into the smooth rock beneath sheer walls. You then enter a beautiful, but dense thicket of trees at the bottom that requires a bit of determination to penetrate. From here you basically parallel Bluff Spring trail and eventually merge onto it as you approach the previously described starting point.
As I mentioned at the outset, I sometimes agonize over whether to publicly post some material given the virgin or delicate nature of a certain area. I realize there are good arguments both ways. I have listened to many and Im still listening. Enjoy the hike~
Heya bloggers! I was given this idea by my friend, Brittney- Thanks Brit, you smarty pants! I'm going to give you all the opportunity to join in on Haiku Wedensdays :) Every Wednesday I'll write a haiku and do a link up so you all can write one and link back here. Now everyone can try their hand (or brain) at haiku-ing :) what fun!
My name is Stephanie Shumway and I am a sugar addict.
I can't just eat one cookie. Once I have one, I have to eat them until they're gone. ESPECIALLY if there is milk involved. In the last couple weeks I have eaten a whole batch of snicker doodles, a whole 1/2 gallon of Reeses icecream, 2 pieces of Tiramisu Cake (this is my favorite food and 2 pieces is REALLY good for me.. I used to eat a whole sheet cake in a week) various untracked candy snacks like tootsie rolls and a candy bar and a half... oh yeah, and brownies. oh and creampuffs, oh and Brittney's Trifle and dang delectable peanut butter bars. hum-uh-nuh hum-uh-nuh.....
Needless to say, I gained a little weight. It's a good thing I exercise to combat the weight gain cause, seriously, I would've doubled in size, and it's a good thing I have access to insulin to combat the sugar cause I think I would've gone into a coma had I not. Do I have an addiction?
Here is what Catherine Morgan has to say about it:
Webster Dictionary defines addiction as…
a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.
Thankfully, I’ve never been addicted to alcohol, drugs, or even cigarettes…But I do have symptoms of withdraw when I try to stop eating sugar, and when I am eating sugar I crave more and more of it (even when I know it is contributing to weight gain, and negative affects on my health). So I guess it does feel like an actual addiction.
Ahem. this being said......
I AM GIVING UP SUGAR!
Today I detox. No more refined simple sugar for me. I will still be eating breads and the like, but hope to limit those very extensively. I will still be eating naturally occuring complex sugars, but I won't be drinking juices and I've already given up soda pop-even diet.
Yay WATER! I'll be starting David Kirsch's nutrition plan on Monday and plan to track everything with a food journal.
Do you have a food addiction or just need to get healthy and in shape? Join in!
-Pick a food to eliminate out of your diet (Soda pop is a good start) and remove it from your house!
-Even if you don't have a nutrition plan, at least make healthy choices- here are some healthy recipes
-Amp up the exercise! You can always join me for a good workout at 5am at ASU East Campus and/or go hiking with us on Saturdays. You can't argue with FREEEEEEE! (but you CAN argue with sore- I died at Yoga Friday today! Awesome)
-Get a buddy! Things like this are always easier if someone is doing it with you. Especially your spouse!
-Tell people about it! The more you tell people, the more accountable you are for your decision.
Here is what other bloggers are saying about sugar addictions:
Falling off the Clean Eating Wagon…
Over the weekend, I was at the Newport Jazz Festival where I was inspired by the fabulous music and gorgeous weather…and tempted by the notion of being away and carefree. And that clean eating I pride myself on was well, semi-clean at best (don’t ask me about the greasy breakfast sandwich, ice cream and strawberry shortcake — you get the idea).
From That’s Fit – Slash Sugar to Drop Weight…
The American Heart Association is now urging everyone to cut back on sugar intake. Easier said than done, since sugar is present in many food items, like commercially packaged bread. Still, you should try, because Americans are consuming an average of 22 teaspoons a day.
From Body Acumen – Teaching Kids To Eat Healthy…
This may seem obvious, but somehow we stubborn Americans often don’t understand that if we don’t want our children to do something, we shouldn’t facilitate it. (I know you’ve seen that episode of Geraldo, Oprah, Dr. Phil, whoever, where the parent comes with her toddler and states, “she dresses like a whore.” Hello, who bought her those clothes?!?!) If you don’t want your child to eat twinkies, don’t buy them, even if you like to secretly eat them yourself.
From Girl Get Strong – How to Cut the Sugar and Sweets From Your Diet…
The American Heart Association recently released recommendations for added sugars – and they say “slash slash slash” it way down. According to their position paper, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons per day (355 calories per day) in 2001-2004. American Heart Association would like to see American women consume no more than 100 calories per day and men no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars. Why? Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients.
From My Year Without Sugar – American Heart Association Recommends Less Sugar…
As we enter into the “Age of Transparency” cutting down on sugar should become easier. As we, the consumer, demand more nutritious foods and less sugary junk food, the food producers will scramble to satisfy our demand. This is not going to happen overnight, but I have high hopes that the pendulum will swing in favor of health food.
Here's a little sugar-free treat- if you read this whole post look back up at the candy picture and click on it- it's a Magic Eye Picture :)
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|Just fold it in half and cut right up the middle (only cut the front or you'll have two halves of a shirt and you're on your own. LOL)|
This is the shirt I decided to use for the ruffles I was going to add.. I really liked it, but it started to fit differently and I didn't like it. Also, it seemed like the right kind of thin material I needed for the ruffles.
Now go ahead and cut it into 2" jersey yarn. If you don't know how to do this, just cut strips in your shirt but stop 2 inches before the end....DONT cut all the way across!
Now put your arm inside and open the shirt up
now lay it out so that the intact side seem is in the middle
Now cut just the top layer from one incision to the previous one on the other side in a diagonal line... like this:
It should look like this when it's spread out a little
Now wha -la! you have one long continuous piece of jersey yarn. I only ended up using half of this yarn for this project, just so you know (you would cut it thinner than this if you were using it to crochet or knit, though. It more closely represents yarn when you stretch it- it rolls up).
however, do not stretch your yarn! you want it to lay flat so you can sew it! I just took the strip and stitched on the longest straight stitch available on my machine. I did two running stitches down the middle of the strip seperated by a sewing foot's width
you can choose to trim it now, or after it's gathered. if you trim after it's gathered you'll have to snip touch up later cause it doesn't cut exactly straight. but it's not a big deal. I cut mine after and it looks great.
Gathering...... it's up to you how gathered you'd like it- I ended up doing a minimal gather and it still looks really gathered and it was easier to sew since there wasn't as much material to get through. I also should let you know that I gather the two sides at the same time. I just held both threads. If you have never gathered anything, see this tutorial by Ashley at Make it and Love it
trimming........ Now measure how long you need it and cut. Pin it to the front of your shirt- make sure that the edge of the shirt lays between the edge of the ruffle and the first ruffle seam. I just made sure that first the seam was on top of the shirt material so when I sewed over it, it would actually attach to the shirt :)
Pinned... now just fold the ends under the bottom and sew along the gathering stitches again but with a shorter stitch this time, back stitching at the beginning and end to secure it. Dont worry about folding the beginning of the strip over the neck part- it's going to be covered by the neck ruffle. you can leave it raw.
yay! repeat with the other side and the neck.... When pinning the neck, be sure to fold the edges over the side..
sorry so blurry! Now is the time if anyone wants to give me a better camera so I can deliver better tutes.... just sayin! Free advertising... I may have to look into this theory that advertising gets you free stuff.....
Oooh much better.... Ok, now I just cut two 1" x 12" strips for ties at the front. I put it on Meg to see where we wanted the ties and pinned them on.
These, you may stretch.. see it starts out like this:
And streeeeeeettttch..... ala kazam. yarn. sweet.
Now just hand sew these babies on making sure to only go through the shirt and not the ruffle....
Cute Cute Cute!
and see how cute it is on her?!
still a tiny bit small... hee hee
She did NOT want to get her picture taken- it's was bright outside! well, what do you expect in AZ?
Granted it is still a very small shirt, but it'll last at least a few more months until the next growth spurt. She's had it since she was 4! Lawl! Oh man we are so ghetto. I love it. What we mothers do to avoid breaking our daughters' hearts....
side by side:
yay! now I need to go sew some ruffles on something for myself!
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