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...Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things...

Saturday, December 31, 2005

hilight of 2005


Those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while are no doubt totally sick of hearing about this-but, the greatest thing I did this year was to pass my test for licensure in the state of Missouri. Of course, I switched jobs midstream so I can't really even use this, but, what the hell- I did it. I proved to myself that I can study and take a test and that my 50 year old brain can in fact still retain some valuable (sort of) material. And I promise, I will not bring this up again. Happy New Year! -studiofriday-
Addendum-The test that I passed will give me the designation of LCSW- That means that somewhere around the middle of March after I get done being supervised for 3000 hours (that's right folks, 3000) I will be a licensed clinical social worker. So, in the research job that I am in, it means nothing, but in another venue, I could bill for my services-like to Medicare or Medicaid or whoever would cover the services of a practitioner for an older adult.

my all-time fave~

Thursday, December 29, 2005

O Hanukkah!



We had our celebration tonight-Emily made these delicious cookies. Lotsa latkes all around. Yum!

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

here is something i made

this is a shadowbox that i made for a friend for christmas. we have been friends since i was 2 and she was 5- neighbors in the 50s burbs. this is based on a conversation that we had a few months ago- sometimes it is hell to be the oldest child. anyway, hope you like it, pat and hope you have a happy new year. love, becky

Sunday, December 25, 2005

hohoho

Thursday, December 22, 2005

family tradition



So you know that I am Jewish... the first year I had a Christmas tree, both of my grandmothers said, "Don't go in the room with the tree!" Well, I did go in the room with the tree and lived to tell about it. So, we've had real trees, there is a big fake, bushy one in the cellar, and a little cheesy, nature tree there too. One year we had icicle lights on the house. One year Jerry started to put lights around one of the windows outside and I broke out into a cold sweat and made him take them down. It's tough for us Jews at this time of year particularly when we are married to someone who is not, so to speak, of the proper persuasion... What does one do? How to honor the Jewish tradition and well, honor the traditions of ones' spouse as well. You have the menorah and the tree- it can be a real three ring circus. There has to be some balance or you can really get crazy.
Where am I going with this you may ask? Now we have settled on special needs trees. We wait until the eleventh hour and look for a lot that is still open and hunt for the saddest, loneliest, and hopefully cheapest tree we can find~the one that nobody wants and no doubt would be destined for the chipper. Kelly and I went tonight and found our tree- got the guy down (ahem) to $15 from $20 and had $$$ left over for these fab half priced lanterns and a bag of half priced choco-covered peanuts. Talk about your one stop shopping experience made in heaven. Not only that, I picked up little Bessie with one hand and threw her in the back of the car, which now smells like heavenly pine!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

silly...

my daughter says that if i could have all the $$$ that i have spent on crafting stuff, we could feed a small country. she is probably right. this little stamp caught my eye a long time ago, back when red lead was in maplewood. day after day i would come to work and look at this thing- i think it was $4.35 or $5.35. all the while, i was spending my paycheck on a million other things while this little gem just sat on the shelf. finally, sharon just said to me something like "just get it!" i think she even GAVE it to me. it was just so odd. i still love this stamp, so much so that i leave it out all year long. funny, the things we do...

holiday wishes

here are a couple of things for one of the sweetest people I know. and you know who you are...---angelica
merry christmas and a happy new year to U! love, becky xxx

Saturday, December 17, 2005

sobering

now here is a word that has two different meanings- there is the sober, you know, related of course to alcohol... and then there are those times in our lives that are just plain sobering. this is what i had the opportunity to explain to kelly this morning- the difference between the two. so, in the world, there are about 200 families who actually have the gene mutation for alzheimer's disease. they could truly go to a geneticist and find out if they are going to get it. and this morning, i got to meet one of these families. there are 6 children and their father got it at an early age. i am guessing in his early 40s. could have been earlier. so now the children have all agreed to participate in a research procedure which will benefit society-they are giving of themselves for the greater good. i was thinking about all of it while i was observing- you know- it was just plain sobering.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

a new relative

look at this little dolly- hard to believe it's a boy. and denise don't be askin' how much i paid for this... just a little bit more than a dollar.

a little humour

bye bye sickness, hello ...just anything else

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

quality time




spent the last 24 hours with the youngster at our fave place-why relax at home when you can be at children's hospital running 5 zillion tests for every scary illness under the sun? oy! still they think it's just a virus...

Sunday, December 11, 2005

posting the paper cranes


I wanted to put Linda's paper cranes up here. I had 'em on the other blog and I just want to make them part of the history of this blog. Linda is my co-worker and she made these cranes out of a tea bag envelope. Very graceful and soooo tiny.
Thanks Linda.

i'm keepin' this one.

was spending too much time fooling around with the other one. so here i am! or was...
(i had to link up to something!)

Friday, December 09, 2005

xmas atcs


wouldn't this be so cool to have a whole tree with atcs?
thanks angelica and denise! l to r

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Now I see that I just needed Firefox to make all this color, linking, yada, yada, yada happen... So here is the moral dilemma- Typepad gave me the info that I needed to understand this... So do I take the information and run like a cheezeball back to the free guys? or....

Friday, December 02, 2005

follow the yellow brick road

http://chapter2.typepad.com/

This is where the wild things are~

Inside this book by Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are." I have read this book to both of my kids more times than I can count. It is the best. I am so glad that I was prompted to go and get it out of the "baby book" box.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

sweet simplicity

so, while i was cleaning up all the glitter, ribbon, glue, xmas paper etc., i found this stuck inside of a pad of paper. have no idea why i did it or when, but i have to say it was like a cool drink of water on a hot day- i have always loved these colors-

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