Monday, February 22, 2010

Still A Little Icky. A Few Questions and Answers

Since I’m still not feeling the greatest (my sore throat from last week is now accompanied by a low grade fever and a strong desire to lie on the bed and groan pitifully) I shall use today’s post to just answer a few questions/comments that have come in. That way, my brain won’t have to work quite as hard at thinking up original thoughts. At this point in my day, original (or even coherent) thoughts are in short supply! (Doesn’t that just make you want to read further?)
Before going any further however, I would like to say thanks to those of you so graciously responded to my “Icky Day” post from Saturday. After I posted I told Sarah, “Well, I probably need to prepare myself for someone to write in and give me a stern reprimand for whining when there are so many people who have it so much worse than I do.”
But there was nary a reprimand to be seen, stern or otherwise! Instead, I got sweet, compassionate comments like the one below:
Dear Becky,
Thanks for sharing your day, as it is. It's post like these that really make your blog so genuine and comforting to read. For those of us also having icky days, it validates that indeed it is okay to have one. There's not something wrong with us, our spouses, our children, our lives etc. Icky days are normal. They happen. Life happens.
Thank you for your honesty. Wishing you a less icky day tomorrow. :)

- -Rhea

On that same note, after I had hit the “publish” button on that post, I went downstairs to work—in a decidedly desultory fashion--on dinner. Sarah came into the kitchen a few minutes later and said, “Mom, I just read your post. I didn’t know you were having such a hard day!”
And then we looked at each other and just burst out laughing at the absurdity of Sarah finding out her mom was having a bad day by reading her blog! Gotta love technology!
If you’ll remember, in that particular post, I referred to my strong urge to consume dozens of brownies in an attempt to assuage my ickiness. Well, since I’m always working on trying to find different ways to serve dessert to guests in an attractive manner, I experimented with a few “presentation ideas” using my own brownie plate as the guinea pig. (If a plate can, indeed, be a guinea pig.) Don’t these pictures make you want to just drop everything you’re doing and dig in?
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And since we’re on the subject of kitchens, here is a little note Sarah left for me after she had done the dishes. It was stuck to a casserole dish that seemed to have attained a permanent residue of baked on-ness. I just love how Sarah’s propensity for using big words shines here--she had no idea if “interminably” was even the correct choice for this note, but it sure made me smile!
And speaking of Sarah, she is going to whip up dinner for me tonight since I don’t feel well (have I mentioned the general feeling of ickiness?). AND I also have to get geared up to to join our worship team at the Methodist Church in two hours to provide the music for their revival meeting. So having my own live-in cook is lovely!

And now a few questions, answers and comments . . .

Alicia said, “Becky, I LOVE that lamp in Steve's office that looks like a candle. Can you tell me where you found it?” ( A couple other people also mentioned that candle.)
Alicia, it looks like a candle, because it IS a candle! (smile) We got it at a store called Big Lots; it’s kind of an overstock, bargain, clearance kind of place. I think they have locations all over the country and let me tell you, it’s such a great place to shop. (The red chairs in Steve’s office came from Big Lots, too.)

Buff said, “I’m curious to know if you are having the lumps on your thyroid biopsied.”
I had wondered about that too, but my doctor hasn’t mentioned it. I did some research on “Dr. Google” and discovered that very rarely are those sorts of lumps cancerous. Now I suppose if my blood work comes back this week with all sorts of odd results, things might change but for now at least, there’s been no talk of a biopsy.

“A Mom's Serious Blunder” said, “I just wanted to let you know we took Tucker to his first dog obedience class—and you were the inspiration for taking him!”
Go, Tucker!! Snowy will be so proud to know that his college-going example is having such a good influence on his web buddies!
And while we’re on that subject, here’s a little message Snowy asked me to share with our Smithellaneous friends. We saw this bumper sticker in the store that sponsors his obedience lessons and got a great laugh out of it.

And finally--
Lisa said, Thank you for your posts - I am a faithful reader and you have such a love of our Heavenly Father and such a way with words! I am asking for a request - will you please pray for my 15 year old son, Michael. He is battling spiritually and I know the only thing we can do is call out to Jesus for him. Thank you.”
Lisa, I prayed for Michael this morning and I know that other people who read this blog will pray too. Thanks for sharing your request.

6 Had Something To Say (Just click here!):

Anonymous said...

Becky I am one of those who normally email you instead of commenting on the blog. It's a "comfort" issue; but I am going to work on my postaphobia.

I am so sorry you are feeling so miserably, BECKY! And that it has been going on for a few days or more. I have heard that, "A brownie (or three) a day, keeps the MD away (no promises about the dentist)!" However, it seems that you may need to have the MD take a look at things; brownies or NO brownies (perhaps you can bring her some when she checks your throat at your appointment in the next few weeks)! LOL!

It makes me sad that you feel like you need to apologize or justify the fact that you are not feeling your very best.
You ARE allowed to not feel well, talk about it, complain/moan/groan about it! Anything you want, Becky.

If you always wrote about sugar and spice and everything nice we would not get to know the "real" Becky. And isn't that the most important detail of all? Knowing the real, raw; Becky? That is surely the one I want to know.

I am thinking this post doesn't make any sense and for that I am sorry and will do everyone a favor and end it sooner rather than later; it is the reason I dislike posting directly to a BLOG.

So, I am sorry this comment is so "out there!"

Just know we all love the many moods of Becky.



PS. Is this young man interested in "our" Sarah (LOL) a member of your Church?

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to go to a Big Lots store. Now after seeing what you were able to discover, the urge is growing.
Last week we traveled to Rochester, MN and was able to go to a Tuesday Morning (it's been forever since I've been to one). Next time I'm in Illinois I will look up a Big Lots.
By the way, have you ever shopped at Trader Joes? Google it if you haven't...a truly wonderful place to shop. The closest one to me is 2 hours away... :(

Kathie mayo

Sue G said...

Sometimes I think you like to feel icky so you can use words like desultory when you write. So now that you done that...get better!!

The brownie looks delicious...but you lost me at whipped cream. You know me with white, creamy gooey stuff.

And I find it funny that in a post in which you answers questions about other posts, you didn't specify what liquid you placed on the plate around the brownie? It looks like pancake syrup. It can't be pancake syrup. Caramel sauce????

Whatever it is, it is pretty. Very French restaurant.

Sue G said...

Ahem, that would be "now that you've done that" instead of "you done that."

I don't think I've ever said or written "you don that."

Until now.

Anonymous said...

Okay, too early in my morning to look at ooey-gooey desserts! I'll look again at lunch! I love the word "icky"! It covers all the days I can't put a finger on what's up with me! For Lisa with struggling 15 y/o son, I will pray. I have my 20 y/o who has struggled in several areas since 15(I will become a Nona next month) and my heart breaks so often and sometimes I forget that God isn't surprised by what's happening and then I feel so despairing. Then I check in on Becky and am always reminded of who IS in charge and that God has THE plan for my son. Thank you, Becky for so much encouragement.

Love, Guerrina

Anonymous said...

Thank you, again, Becky for your excellent time-management advice in your February 16 post.

And for sharing your sensible system for managing e-mail and facebook accounts, and keeping up with multiple blogs in this, your February 22 post.

For ready reference, I copied and pasted my questions and your answers into a single e-mail to myself titled "Becky Smith's Time Management Tips."

Anytime you share your wisdom, I'm all "eyes."

--Lori (Christoffersen) Johnson of Washington state (formerly of Wisconsin)