Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Color Results...

Wow! This is creepy. Nailed me right on! I'm where I'm supposed to be. Thanks Leelee.

Best Occupational Category



Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate

These conservative appearing, plotting-types enjoy organizing, data systems, accounting, detail, and accuracy. They often enjoy mathematics and data management activities such as accounting and investment management. Persistence and patience allows them to do detailed paperwork, operate office machines, write business reports, and make charts and graphs.

Suggested careers are Administrator, Secretary, Printer, Paralegal, Building Inspector, Bank Cashier, Private Secretary, Statistician, Operations Manager, Financial Analyst, Bookkeeper, Medical Records Technician, Developer of Business or Computer Systems, Clerical Worker, Proofreader, Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Banker, Certified Public Accountant, Credit Manager, Store Salesperson, Actuary, Dental Assistant, Business Education Teacher, Food Service Manager, IRS Agent, Budget Analyst, and Underwriter.

Your very careful, conscientious, conservative nature gives others the confidence to trust you with handling money and material possessions. Structured organizations that have well-ordered chains of command work best for you.

Suggested Organizer workplaces are large corporations, business offices, financial lending institutions, banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, and quality control and inspection departments.

2nd Best Occupational Category



Witty, Competitive, Sociable, Talkative, Ambitious, Argumentative, and Aggressive

These enterprising types sell, persuade, and lead others. Positions of leadership, power, and status are usually their ultimate goal. Persuasive people like to take financial and interpersonal risks and to participate in competitive activities. They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success.

  • Section I: You and Your Team
    This personality overview section highlights your natural workplace talents—the tasks you pursue with passion. You'll learn how your natural strengths complement those of your coworkers and how, joining forces, you can resolve on-the-job dilemmas.
  • Section II: Your Key To Success
    Here you discover your capacity for dispelling disruption and maximizing profitability. Use this proven, beyond-self-perception advice to create a more positive career path free of detours.
  • Section III: Managing Strengths and Weaknesses
    Your evaluation's highest and lowest scores result in this section's recommendations for staying on-track in your career and reversing wrong turns. In focusing on your talents and missteps, you'll re-stoke your energy and enthusiasm for managing costly mistakes.
  • Section IV: Leadership Power Moves
    This final section identifies your "street sense," those power moves that turn obstacles into insignificant details. Here suggestions based on your color-ranked evaluations will guide you towards making the most of an interview or harnessing your fast-paced workday.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


We all have them, but it simply rips my heart in two when my children have them.

Tzipi had a nightmare about a big scary monster and it affected her so deeply she was crying again while we were building her parade float. Her lip started quivering and she wouldn't make eye contact as she said she really hoped she didn't have another scary dream. How do you explain that they aren't real?

My dreams sure feel real and they affect me throughout my day. I had a dream where I was fighting with everyone at work. Just letting it all hang out and guess what, I got reamed by my manager. That's so not me, but it's telling. I went to work the next day on my best behavior.

Then you tell them to pray before they sleep and they still have nightmares. I wish nightmares would come when we get older. That way our faith doesn't waver as children. God is with us, dreams are our way of dealing with scary stuff we can't control.

Zee's nightmares are so strong that he thrashes and screams and sometimes walks around the house speaking gibberish. I'm sure this is his way of dealing with the 14 surgeries, but still as a parent you want to DO something about it. I am happy when we all sleep peacefully and wake up with a smile on our faces.

I would take all the scary dreams if I could. They don't need them. They are so innocent and precious.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Lots of Fun!

This morning, Zippy and I went to Wal-mart to get our groceries at 8:30 am. There were hundreds of birds on the ground.

My mom and I played yesterday. So much fun! My mom is the chicken lady. Some days she'd rather not be. Hobby farms are a lot of work.

A giant spoon. I'm not sure that will fit through my front door much less fit in my silverware drawer. Makes me want to sing, "the cat and the cradle and the silver spoon, the .... and the man in the moon"...

I love my butter bell and at Tuesday morning we found tiny ones for entertaining. How cute are these?! (Didn't buy them, just admired them.)

I took my kids on a rare trip to Wendy's. I even caved and let them get frostees. Zee had GI issues for two days, but sometimes it just sucks not to be like everyone else. (He's allergic to milk.)

This was her happy face, believe it or not.

If I had a tank, I would so get a spotted puffer fish. I think puffers are adorable and these mini ones at Wal-mart warrant a visit every time we buy groceries.

I accomplished my Competent Leadership with Toastmasters. Zee forced me to pose with my certificate. (I hadn't had a chance to even open it yet). I posted it because of Vanna White. :-) I was really tired... this was just before bed time.

The boys (my nephews and son) made a mud castle on Saturday. So much fun. Miss those days of playing in the mud.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A night to remember...

Last night was so fun! I spent all day primping and preening. I even got a new hair cut and style! After I showered and restyled it, my hair was so pretty! I haven't really taken the time to do much with my hair. This has been a nice change!

Back to last night. It started with a lovely meal at Pacific Rim. We talked and ate right up til the beginning of the prom. It was so nice to be away from everything normal.

Avi looked very nice and the weather was perfect for evening wear.

Now for the part that will upset my bloggy friends. I had a new evening bag for my few special needs and it also had my phone. My phone is how I take my pictures for the blog. Well, Avi didn't want me to have to worry about my clutch if we decided to dance. I should have grabbed my phone and put it in my coat. I didn't. Therefore no pictures. I'm so sorry. This is my biggest regret. I will have a professional photo as soon as they mail it to me. My glasses glared, so the photographer promised to get it fixed and mail it to me. As soon as I get it, I will scan it and post it on my blog.

The Heritage room is very pretty at the Amarillo Civic Center. Roses and hearts everywhere. Red and Black. There were women in very fancy dresses. I wouldn't really classify them as prom dresses because they were so fancy. Wedding dresses in all the colors of the rainbow. There were women that were dressed in nice simple dresses. There were a few men in jeans and button up shirts. Most of the men wore a tux or nice suits.

We started out with our prom picture. Avi bought a rose for me to hold in the picture.

The tables were large and round and the tables near the front were reserved. We sat near the middle in a table all to ourselves. Avi said that it would have been fun to sit with people we knew but I told him that I preferred it this way. We could focus on each other.

We sat down and held hands and just looked at each other. We laughed because we had talked so much at the restaurant that we didn't know what to say now that we were at the main event.

We decided to get some punch. It was in a really neat fountain. It didn't taste very good. Avi had coffee and he drank it quickly. We walked around to look at the silent auction. We bought a raffle ticket for a "never cook again" basket. It was the main prize of the evening.

We returned to our table and then listened to the meeting. I spoke about my Table Topics assignment on Thursday as our theme was Valentines day and I asked my fellow Toastmasters about the romantic things that have happened in their lives. Mr. M spoke about playing a one-on- one game of basketball so he could win tickets to a Doobie Brother's concert that his wife wanted to go to. Mr. H relived his proposal of marriage to his wife. Mrs. M said that her husband is always one step ahead of her and always has a pot of coffee waiting for her when she gets home. I mentioned when I had only been married 9 months and I had to tell Avi that his first born son would be born with a cleft palate. He replied, if that means that there will be another person as wonderful and beautiful as you on this planet, that is a very good thing. Avi is his most romantic when things are very painful and very hard. He is always very supportive and loving when I need it the most.

I guess we probably shouldn't have eaten so much, because I can't tell you anything about the hor d'oeuvres. They were catered from all over town and I'm sure they were yummy as everyone around us were munching away.

The music was organized by a DJ and since there were people from High School age to 80, they had to keep it varied. Once the music got to a slow country song, Avi took me to the dance floor. He held me in his arms and I got to dance for the first time ever on a real dance floor and to music. Avi and I hug/dance in the kitchen, but there's never any music. He is a very good dancer and I'm sure he would have enjoyed dancing to something more upbeat but he was very kind. Once the music changed to the younger crowd, we both started to get antsy. They have this music that is a cross between rapping and line dancing. Most of the room got up to dance with it. We're both fuddy duddies. We decided to call it a night.

We went home and had a lovely evening. We did something we never do, watched a movie in bed. It was a stupid movie. It would have been more enjoyable with a murder or alien or something that would make it more interesting. (Don't bother watching Couples Retreat.) I stayed up as Avi snored next to me. But all in all, we had a lovely evening. I will not forget a moment of my evening. Thank you for all of your encouragement and excitement.

Keep checking in to see the prom picture. :-)

Happy Valentine's Day 2010

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I get to go to PROM!

OK, most of my friends and family know that I was home-schooled. That is a good thing for many reasons. I didn't have the stress of peer pressure during the most hormonally challenging time of my life. I had the freedom to focus on my studies and not on the temptations that most teens face and I had many opportunities that I would not have had going to school (Flying, volunteering, traveling and spending loads of time doing the things I loved.)

However, there were a few things I didn't get to do. At the time, it's a good thing I didn't do them. Prom typically means premarital temptation and vanity. This isn't always the case, and getting dolled up, dancing with a sweet guy and having great memories of a fantastic night can be very rewarding.

Well yesterday my sweet hubby told me that he had won two tickets to the "second chance prom". He was surprised to learn I wanted to go. So thanks to my amazing sister Hester, the children have a place to stay while we go have a really fun time. I have no clue what to expect, but getting out and doing something out of the ordinary should be great. They are supposed to have Prom Photos, dancing, hor's doeuvres, punch, ballroom dance exhibition and silent/live auctions. The proceeds go to Martha's Home (a homeless shelter for women and their children).

So stay tuned as I hope the lighting is conducive to a few photos, so I can blog about our wonderful time. Pray for Avi's toes though... I can't dance and he's a great dancer! YIKES!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Snow, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

OK, so it's a pretty picture. And killing bugs.

There's a doctor in the house!

A shot!

A stethoscope.

Blood pressure cuff

Working on patient file.

prescription (with doctor scrawl)

Patient in surgery

Doctor Zee is checking my reflexes.

Nurse Zippy is giving me a shot.

Big smiles, great bed side manner.

Patient File for Mrs. J. Deckard.

Dr and Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Zippy ready for her first patient.

We went to Toys R Us and Zee got to spend his birthday money. He was very generous and bought his sister a costume for his private doctor practice. He and his nurse are very good. I went in with a stomachache and I feel 100% better.

I love bubbles!

We went to Abuelos for dinner. This is such a treat for us. We never go out to eat. Thanks to Mom and Dad, we got to take our family to a nice restaurant.

The kids were well behaved (for the most part).

This picture was taken a few nights ago. I love sneaking pictures when they are sleeping.

Zee sleeping hard.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Meeting Rick Perry

Avi and Tzipporah made a special trip to meet Governor Rick Perry at the RedWings store here in Amarillo. Avi said he may or may not get a blurb in the Globe news.

She looks a little rough around the edges but it was nap time. She was the youngest member there. Tzipi said, "John's mom didn't come". So I guess she was looking for you Tina. :-)

Happy Conservatives