I never cease to be amazed at how important it is to have dedicated planning time each week. Every Sunday evening I take an hour go through the following routine:
- Go through my desk inbox, open mail, look at the “add to to-do list” file that I keep on my computer, etc.
- Look at my Google Calendar, transfer that week’s events to my awesome paper day planner.
- Create a to-do list for the week, print it out.
- Plan the week’s meals, update my display template, print it out.
- Take my day planner and the printouts of my to-do list and weekly menu and put them on the kitchen counter. (It helps me resist temptation to waste time on the computer to have everything I need on paper.)
Since we were traveling last weekend I didn’t get any of that done, and this week was chaos. I was reminded the hard way that some people can fly by the seat of their pants and stay on top of things; I’m not one of them.
Anna Mitchell and I had another fun discussion about Christian themes in classic children’s books on the SonRise Morning show this week, this time talking about The Giving Tree. Here’s the audio if you’d like to take a listen:
All the comments to my recent post about the Rosary were so great. I wanted to highlight one in particular since it came in late and many people may have missed it. Suzanne said that someone offered her the following suggestion:
Think of it as sitting down with Mary and she is showing you her scrapbook of events in the life of her son. That totally blew my mind, because I am an avid scrapbooker and have scrapbooked every single event of my two now-20-something boys. So I GOT that! When I pray, I meditate on the “photo album” that she is showing me and “listen” to her tell me the story behind each “photo.” Totally MADE the rosary for me!
I loved that “Rosary as looking through Mary’s scrapbook” analogy and just had to share!
Every time we hang out with my grandfather I always wish I had some great questions to ask him that would really mine the depth of his life experience and wisdom. He’s almost 96 years old and is still doing very well (he regularly cooks us gourmet meals like the ones I shared in #6 here!) We’ve had some fascinating discussions about what it was like for him to see a plane for the first time, how exotic other parts of the U.S. seemed before modern transportation, what life is like without electricity, etc. and I always wish I could think of more cool stuff to ask him along those lines.
Anyone have any suggestions for cool questions I could ask my grandfather? A brief bio: he was born in 1914, grew up in Texas, but lived most of his adult life in Mexico and Colombia. If you could meet him, what would you ask him?
I’m part of this great ministry at our parish where we take turns cooking dinners for the priests. My grandfather usually does the cooking for me, and he looks forward to it for weeks ahead of time. He spends days sketching out possible food combinations that he could concoct for “the padres” (as he calls them, since his main experience with priests and Catholicism is from when he lived in Mexico). It makes him feel so good to have a way to contribute.
The priests actually have so many people offering to cook for them that we’re having to cut down on portion sizes so that they don’t waste food. There are a lot of people out there who, like my grandfather, love to have the opportunity to be able to help someone else by sharing the gift of homemade food. I really love the way that ministry brings people together.
I keep thinking about Bearing’s recent posts about co-schooling (scroll down to see them all). It sounds like it might eventually turn into a full-fledged homeschooling co-op, but I like the way she’s started small and let it grow organically. I’m going to keep that in mind as an option as we venture into homeschooling in the Fall.
(I have to mention: Bearing also has a great series about rethinking her relationship with food. Her posts are everything that you would expect from an engineer: detailed, thorough and wonderfully analytical. The annotated index of all her posts on eating, weight loss, food and spirituality, etc. is here.)
I’m going to have to ask God for an extension on April. I just looked at my calendar to see that May starts at the end of next week. Where did this month go?
Have a great weekend, everyone!
I look forward to reading your posts!