The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004. Talking about essential oils, geometry, and active shooters.

essential oils

I slept really well last night. It was the first night in many where I thought, wow, that was a good sleep. The last few nights I’ve been trying out this magic potion that Money Saving Mom talked about. When I interrogated her, Crystal said she didn’t have a recipe, so I found this stress away blend for mama to try. I didn’t have any grapefruit oil, so I just skipped it.

I can’t say that it was miraculous or anything, but I do like the smell, and last night I slept really well. Not sure there’s a connection since I’ve been using it for several days and not slept well other days. I’ll take what I can get.

Anyway, it’s my first topical foray into this essential oil thing. My sister sells doTerra so she’s my supplier Sorry, no solitors. 😉 I’m a late adopter because all the solicitations have been a major turnoff. Some folks do a great job on the soft sell. Others, ahem, do not. Regardless, I’m trying to keep an open mind.

That said, as soon as I was fully roused, I realized I had an earache and sore throat on one side of my head, so I’m not doing as well as I thought I was. I’m at 75% sick mode right now, so it should prove to be a wild and crazy weekend.

I’m sure there’s an oil for that.

christmas tree lot

In other news, we got our tree. Did some baking. Read Christmas stories. Tried to get the house back in shape. And otherwise tried to downshift activity and expectations for the month. I want to savor the Christmas cookies, carols, and lights, and not be distracted by things like this:

(x-7)² + (y+8)² = 81

What the heck?! FishBoy18 survived Geometry on his own, but it’s causing FishBoy15 to stumble. So guess who gets to learn geometry again? Gag.

In other other news, I’ve been contemplating safety precautions in the strange times in which we live. I saw a weird guy at the train station the other day patting himself down around the waist repeatedly and fiddling with something under his shirt. Of course, it’s a suicide belt, right? Or not.

I really had no idea what to do in that situation. My son thought I was bordering on paranoid. My husband said I was careful. My cop brother said I need to put the local PD number in my phone so that I can talk to someone when I see something suspicious.

The shooting in San Bernadino could have been easily here. Politicians don’t want to call it what it is: terrorism. Yet, terrorism is a part of the age we live in.

I’ve been thinking and praying about it, did a little research on terrorism preparedness, and then lo and behold! my friend Cathy shared this post in her Facebook feed. If you haven’t read What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation from the Art of Manliness, I highly encourage you to do so. It is pragmatic without being alarmist.

Stop, drop, and roll if you get caught on fire. Go to the basement when a tornado approaches. Run, hide, fight in a shooting scenario. We don’t need to make this freaky for our kids. We just need to prepare them.

I plan to fight back with knowledge, and yes, I may sound like a broken record for a few weeks or months. We need to be praying for our world as well as educating ourselves on how to keep our people safe. I’m not going to cower in a corner. But, I also don’t want to be caught unawares.

(Also, I’m not making this conversation political; in fact, I’ll probably delete comments that get into the gun debate/elections/etc.)

The truth is that bad guys will always be present, and we need to know what to do if we ever cross paths with them.

too ambitious

On a different note, this little analysis made me laugh. I have no idea how they compute this just by looking at your Facebook profile and comments, but it’s kinda weirdly true. I can be bold (let’s have six kids and homeschool them), spontaneous (I get my best ideas at the very last minute), and encouraging (you can do it!).

But, I can also be “too ambitious”. I know this because of the number of undone things I dream up for my to-do list or the hassle I put myself through to tackle that big to-do list. Crazy to see that a computer can find my flaws.

Anywho, that’s been on my mind.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

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  • Cranberry Christmas Cookies – my new favorites!
  • Building a Christmas Ornament Collection
  • Exercise and Video Games
  • Freezer Cooking Days – check your newsletter for a new cooking plan and join the Facebook chat on Tuesday night at 5pm PST

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  1. It’s a circle! Centered @ (7,-8) with a radius of 9! I love math. :). Good luck with all of it. I tutor a handful of local homeschoolers when they (and their parents) get in over their heads and I love every second of it. 🙂 My 2 cents, It is worth it to have some help for both you and your student if you have too much on your plate.

  2. Math is just another way of describing the world. And if that doesn’t help, Dr. Callahan’s math course with Jacob’s Geometry was breeze for this former homeschool mom.

    That said, I do think that those of us who are in areas that might be at risk such universities, transit systems, etc. at least need to think about what would we would do. We plan for all other things: what do if someone is carsick, what to do if an elderly relative has a bad fall, etc. I think it’s just reasonable to have plan like you said.

  3. Kathy in Illinois says:

    Those are the 2 cutest gingerbread girls I have ever seen!
    God bless, Kathy

  4. I read through the article you shared on an active shooter, spent the day reading other links from that very intensive piece. Thank you! I see now how i can plan an exit strategy for our sunday school class, should we hear shots fired.
    I tell my kids to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” I think this kind of knowledge is apart of that!
    My daughter is rehearsing for Nutcracker in a high school tonight while im home with my boys. Prayer is my go to response!

  5. I shared your link about what to do in case of active shooter on my Facebook. I thought it was great article. I am struck at how people (me, probably as well) freeze or try to act like nothing is happening. About the oils, I was given two recently by a friend in a little pregnancy care package she made me 🙂 I’m 3 months into my 5th pregnancy and have been feeling yucky. Well I finally had to ask her about 3 weeks later how to use them. I truly didn’t know if I should sniff them, eat them, wear them like perfume 🙂 I had been “hearing” so much about them on the internet, I didn’t feel looking into them in the past!

    • “I truly didn’t know if I should sniff them, eat them, wear them like perfume” — So true! I’m trying to do research without spending a fortune or getting fanatical. I do love some of the scents, that’s for sure.

  6. I haven’t tried essential oils. I do like the idea of something natural, but just haven’t tried to figure it all out. One natural health thing I did start doing was drinking the juice of 1/2 lemon or lime and 1 teaspoon of honey in hot water every morning. It seemed like something easy and natural that at least couldn’t hurt me. I do think that it has helped. When I was in Congo, I had natural honey- completely unprocessed, I had to drain the bees, etc out myself. It did really help my allergies, and I feel like it’s helped my overall health. That’s hard to know definitively.

    I can feel your pain with math. I hit the wall with 7th grade math. 🙂 I was teaching out of a book, and the 7th grade version only had the problems and answers. No teachers guide. It was a frustrating year. We switched to Teaching Textbooks the next year, which has worked really well. I have to watch the lectures with the kids or I can’t really help when they get stuck. And I’m always so proud of myself when they are stuck and I can help. It’s a pretty big accomplishment.

    Terrorism is scary. It seems like the whole world has gone crazy at times. It makes me so much more aware of our need for the PEACE and JOY that advent celebrates.

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