Friday, March 15, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday

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Photo:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
It's with joyful gratitude that we celebrate the election of Pope Francis.  "O God, mercifully look upon Your servant, Pope Francis, whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd to preside over Your Church.  We beg You to help him edify, both by word and example, those over whom he has charge, that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him.  Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen."
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It seems that the moment I hit 40 years of age, I started falling apart.  Seriously.  Now that I'm knocking at the backdoor of  my 40s, I don't know my body anymore.  I never know how my body will respond these days.  What's going to go wrong today? 

Thanks to years of abuse from wearing heels, I have problems with my feet.  One thing in particular is bursitis in the joint of the big toe in both feet.  Have you ever had a cortisone shot between your toes??  NOT FUN!  Well, I found out I had bursitis a few years ago when I wore a nice little pair of espadrille wedges very similar to this.  In fact, I think the heel on my pair was actually a little lower.  My feet never really hurt while wearing the shoes, but when I woke up the next morning, both feet hurt, but I couldn't put any weight on my left foot.  My GP at the time referred me to a specialist for just about everything, so off to the podiatrist I went.  I left there in a walking boot which I had to wear for a little more than 8 weeks.  IN AUGUST.  IN ARKANSAS.  OMG!  I was so miserable.  At that time, podiatrist told me that I needed to quit wearing heels and wear more supportive shoes.  No heels, no flip flops, no flats, no going barefoot, etc.  Basically I should be wearing either tennis shoes or an orthopedic shoe at all times.  Okay, I don't like tennis shoes because my feet get too hot.  And orthopedic shoes?  Ummm.... NO!  Not happening!  I am sooooo not ready for this....

So, stubborn girl that I am, except for the sky-high heels, I basically wear the shoes I want to wear and as soon as I get home, the shoes are off!!  Over time I've learned the signs that I'm tempting the foot fates, so to speak.  I know when I need to go back into my tennies for a bit.  Well, over the past few weeks I've developed a new pain in my left foot, and I finally consulted my new GP fearing that I might have plantar fasciitis.  He said that I might have plantar fasciitis, but he thinks it's more Achilles tendonitis.  I left his office with stretches to do and was told I must wear supportive shoes.  If I wear flats, they must have a good arch support.  So, I'm basically back in my tennies until I can get good inserts for my flats. 

I have heard good things about Dansko Professional Clogs.  Have any of you worn them, and if so, what are your thoughts?  I've heard several people say that although they are pricey, they are well worth the money.  So, I thought I'd check in with you all too. 
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No baseball this weekend.  What on earth are we going to do?  Well, first of all I need to catch up on the household chores and my 40 bags in 40 days.  Temps are supposed to be almost 80 today and tomorrow, so I'm excited.  Maybe the males in my household will work outside, and I can stay inside and clean.  We all know that cleaning with the kids there (and let's be honest, hubby too) is like trying to herd cats.
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We heard the other night that we may not have a baseball tournament to play in next weekend.  We are a 9 year old team, and we're currently signed up to play 10 year old teams next weekend.  However, we were told that several of the teams have said that if they have to play us, they will pull out of the tournament.  Last year, as 8 year olds we were forced to play in the 9 YO division because the other 8 YO teams didn't want to play us.  It was a challenge, but we faced it head on and it made our team even better.  Now the 9s we played last year are 10s, and they don't want to play us either.  When does it stop?  I really don't understand this.  Yes, our team is good.  We work hard.  If any of you parents are reading.... Instead of running, play us!  Give your kids some credit.  Maybe they'll lose, but maybe, just maybe they'll step up to the challenge and play better than you think they will.  When you run from a challenge, you're doing your kids no favors.  Think about the message you're sending them.  There will always be someone bigger, faster, stronger and smarter.  What then?  What you should be teaching them, in my opinion, is to work hard, try your best no matter what AND always be gracious, win or lose. 

Our boys have been challenged more times than you can imagine, but these amazing boys don't whine or give up - they step up!!  That my friends, shows the heart of champions!

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I'm sorry I'm on my soap box today.  Finding out about next week's tournament and few recent  Facebook posts have really hit a nerve.  I just don't think parents nowadays are doing their kids any justice.  I know I'm going to sound like granny sitting in her rocker..... BUT so many kids now are not taught respect, or a work ethic or personal responsibility.  I see things on a daily basis that really cause concern for my kids' future.  People think their children can do no wrong. If they get a bad grade, it's the teacher's fault when in reality, their kid didn't do the work.  So and so robbed this business because he is broke and "really felt he had no other option."  I'm calling B.S.! 

Lord, help me - I'm trying my best not to judge, but this really concerns me.  As a parent, I know how it is.  I hate to see my boys struggling, hurt or upset.  BUT, we have to teach them life isn't always easy or fair.  They have to work hard for what they want.  Life has its ups and downs, and they have to learn to deal with the good and the bad.  They need to learn to make their own decisions AND deal with the consequences of those decisions.  Ben and I won't always be here to protect them.  But while we are here, our job is to pass on the knowledge and skills they will need to become decent, God-centered human beings and productive members of society.

Things would be so much easier if everyone would just fall in line with my parenting philosophy.  LOL!

Okay, I'm stepping down off my soap box now.
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Based on my rant, I suppose I have something else I need to talk about in confession.  Please pray for my priest, I may be in there a while. 
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If you're here locally, it's beautiful outside.  Go outside and enjoy!


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