Saturday, January 12, 2019

Shut Your Trap and Listen

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Me:  9-1-1.  What's your emergency?

Him: I might need to go to the hospital.  I feel like I want to hurt myself.

Me:  Are you suicidal?

Him:  Yes.  I haven't done anything yet, but feel like I want to.

Me:  What's going on that you want to harm yourself?

Him:  I just have a lot going on in my life.  Anytime I try to talk to someone, they tell me it will all be okay.  They don't care.  I just want someone to listen.

*This is a condensed version of a 9-1-1 call I took early last year.

Having been a 9-1-1 Dispatcher for 14 years, there's not a lot of calls that really stick out.  They tend to run together, one and the same.  That particular call, though, was one of the few that etched in my memory.  Thankfully, the male received help.  But his words have stuck with me.

We are so caught up in ourselves that we don't pay attention to others.  REALLY PAY ATTENTION.  When someone is telling you a story, do you focus on what they're saying or are you chomping at the bit to tell about something similar that's happened to you?  Do you brush someone off when they're trying to talk because you are feeling rushed?  Are you quick to offer advice, but slow to lend an ear?

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

Hypocrite #1 here would like to advise you to take the time to listen, really listen, to a person.  Ask the person if they want to vent and let out their feelings or if they want advice.  Don't be quick to dole out how you'd handle things if that's not what the person is actually looking for.

If someone tells you about their trip to see a Cardinals Game, don't try to one-up them by immediately interjecting how you got tickets behind the home plate with inclusive food and drinks.  It's not that your story doesn't matter.  But let their story matter too.

In a nutshell, shut your mouth and open your ears once in a while!

God Bless You & Good Night Touch and Feel - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Book Overview:

*Ages 0-4

*God Bless You and Good Night is now available as a touch-and-feel book! This beloved bedtime classic has touched more than 500,000 families, and this touch-and-feel edition offers even more fun as little ones prepare for bed..  

*Bedtime can be a precious time of connection for you and your little one. Enjoy those snuggly moments together as you read this classic bedtime book while exploring all the fun touch-and-feel elements, from the polar bear's soft fur to the elephant's leathery skin to the silky grass of the African grasslands.

My Review:

A book that originally released in 2013, God Bless You & Good Night continues to be a favorite for bedtime stories.  This book, God Bless You & Good Night Touch and Feel,  is similar to the original except it has a few different animal illustrations and there are areas within the pages that children can touch and feel.  For instance, there's the white fur of a polar bear and the coarse feel of a hedgehog.

Perfect for toddlers, this short storybook is written in rhythmic form.  It features cute illustrations of animals.  There's giraffes, polar bears, penguins, and more.  The story starts with seeing the moon so bright, goes to taking a bedtime bath, and ends with getting tucked in bed.  This book is just the right length for a bedtime story and children are given a reminder of how much they are loved.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Power of Prayer Thursdays - Week 155

I believe in a God that hears prayers and answers them. I've witnessed the miraculous gift of answered prayer. And, I want to pray for you. I've started weekly Power of Prayer post every Thursday. We are now on week 155.  If you are needing prayer in an area of your life, please leave a comment and I'll commit to pray for your need or request. You can be as general or as specific as you like. Whether it be for healing, salvation, finances, emotions, or another area of life, I'd like to lift it up in prayer.

Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
–Hebrews 13:2

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Random Tuesday Thoughts - Awards and Musicals

It's been a few weeks since I've participated in Random Tuesday Thoughts, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.  But I'm back in the game!

Elf happens to be a movie that we watch over and over during the holiday season.  I got the pleasure of watching ELF: The Musical at our local theater for a company's private viewing.  It was spectacular!  The musical had 12 sold-out shows, so I presume I wasn't the only one who thought it was great.
Me, Shelby and George went to the theater and watched Second Act, starring Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini.  Jennifer plays a gal who gets a job based on a false resume.  Along with that plot is a story line of adoption.  It was a good enough movie to watch once.

Most Improved Runner award

I have to brag on Logan for a minute.  He received an award for Most Improved Runner at the Cross Country Banquet through the university he attends.  He also received a medal for finishing first in his age group at the annual Turkey Run.  He placed 3rd overall, beating out  hundreds of other runners.
It's Dookie!

It's always hit and miss depending on how much we like each other at the time, but this year we had a Secret Santa exchange at work.  The person who drew my name purchased me Dookie the Unicorn, the mascot for Squatty Potty.  If you pull a string out of Dookie's butt, rainbow swirled ice cream plops out.  Is it sad that I'm 42 years old and was excited over a pooping plush unicorn?!

The next morning, after we got off work, I went out for breakfast with co-workers Sidney and Alexis.  We chatted over food, mimosas and Bloody Mary's.

me with Sidney and Alexis

My Uncle Curt came to visit the day after Christmas.  He brought his acoustic guitar and played some tunes.  I could have sat and listened to him for hours.  Any time I get to hear my uncles play an instrument I am at a moment of peace and calm.

Uncle Curt

me and Ashley

I got my niece to join the beanie bandwagon.  I purchased her a C.C. beanie and she's hooked.  Since Christmas,  I've either purchased or been gifted five more beanies.  I love being able to throw one on and not do my hair.  Now I need to find a solution for the summer months.

me and Allyson

Allyson's 24th birthday is tomorrow!  She'll be the same age as Shelby for three months.

Allyson is one of the kindest, most passionate people I know.  She's wise beyond her years and enjoys all of life, from the mundane to the spectacular.  I keep telling her that Life Coach is her calling.
New Year's Eve was pretty low-key for me.  Me and Jason went to a friend's house and spent the night.  We talked a lot and played Cards Against Humanity.  At least we made it up past midnight.
What's your randomness for the week?

Montana Mex - Sauces and Spices Review and Giveaway

I won't purchase merchandise or food based mainly on its packaging.  But, I admit, I'm more drawn to something if its packaging is eye-catching or bold.  Montana Mex is a company that uses catchy phrases and gutsy colors for marketing value.  I must admit, it lured me in.  The real question is, do their sauces and spices live up to the same hype?  After trying them out, I'll answer with a resounding yes.

Montana Mex currently sells seven products.  There are some stores that carry the company's products but none are local to me.  If that's the case for you as well, you can purchase Montana Mex online through their website.  There's the option to purchase items individually or go bold and order the All The Goodies Box that contains one each of every item.  Side note: If you go that route, be sure to keep the box and read what's printed.  There's lots of fun information and tidbits.

Here's a short description of all the food items offered by Montana Mex:

THE KETCHUP - you've seen it all before right? but just like dating, when it really gets down to it, what matters is on the inside... once you pop the top off our ketchup you will find a toe tapping, foot stomping kind of deliciousness...

THE BBQ -  our BBQ sauce is tall, dark and handsome, too good to be true? well today's your lucky day... so give us one chance - think of a familiar smokey BBQ base but take it somewhere new with a pineapple chipotle combo and just enough kick to make a punching bag jealous... it'll be your co-pilot to delicious town - fallen for it yet?

THE HABAÑERO - relax and pat yourself on the back, good job, you've found your go to sweet and spicy sauce - it's the beast that will keep you smiling through breakfast, lunch and dinner! use it just as you would a ketchup on EVERYTHING that touches those lovely lips...

AVOCADO OIL - a high heat extra virgin Avocado Oil that is perfect for all of your cooking needs!

MILD CHILE SEASONING - a delicious all-purpose seasoning made from pure sea salt and a thoughtful mix of four smokey sweet red chiles.

SWEET SEASONING - a delicately balanced salty sweet super seasoning that can be used whenever your food needs a little sweetness!

JALAPEÑO SEASONING - add a serious heat and flavor pop to all your culinary creations with this spicy yet flavorful jalapeño seasoning!

All products are made in the USA and are USDA Organic Certified, Verified Non-GMO Project, Vegan-Friendly, Kosher, and Gluten Free.

Spices, seasonings and sauces are used quite often when Jason and I cook.  We like food with flavor.  Montana Mex doesn't disappoint.  The BBQ has been used on grilled chicken legs and meatloaf.  The Avocado Oil is used in lieu of Canola Oil and the Ketchup is delicious on fries or burgers.  The seasoning blends add distinct and savory flavors to the foods.  

The Seasoning Blends have to be opened while dancing.  At least that's what it says on the containers.  I'm always up for that kind of challenge!

If, for whatever reason, you're not sure how to use the sauces and spices, Montana Mex has several recipes on their site.  Chef and co-founder Eduardo Garcia is the guy who creates all of the flavors in the condiments line.  He is also the man behind all of the Montana Mex recipes.

Now that I've been introduced to Montana Mex, I definitely recommend the company as a go-to for anyone wanting to add great taste to their cuisine.

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