Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Times

Well, it's 4:30 AM. Maybe I should say 4-stinking-30 AM, because I want to be asleep. The heater running in the winter always makes my nose stopped up and I don't sleep well. Some would say (my husband, perhaps) that maybe I should just lay in bed until I go back to sleep. Therein lies the weirdness of me... I woke up at 3:50. This is too early to get up so I lay there in bed with my stuffy nose until 4:30, which is not too early to get up. Why is 4:30 not too early to get up? Because it is close to 5:00, which is an acceptable morning time to get out of bed. So I'm up. It's the same with lunchtime. 10:00 is too early to eat lunch, but 10:30 is okay to prepare lunch because it is close to 11:00, which is (of course) an acceptable time to eat lunch. Don't even talk to me about dinner. Breakfast and lunchtimes are precise (6:00AM and 11:00AM) but dinnertime doesn't matter because I don't like to eat after a certain time (6:00PM). I will eat after that time if there is a special function or I'm going out to dinner, but I prefer not to. I will eat supper at as early as 3:30 in the afternoon (I actually prefer to do that), or skip it altogether if I deem it "too late to eat". Now, if we are with other people I do eat, not because I'm overly hungry (I've been doing this so long now that I'm actually not ever very hungry in the evening), but because I do not want to explain that "6:00 PM is too late to eat dinner" when most people I know do not actually eat dinner until 6:00 PM. 6:00 PM is an acceptable time to eat dinner. So is 5:00. 3:30 is not an acceptable time to eat dinner, but somehow I don't care, even though I care very much about breakfast and lunchtimes. Let's talk about the word "acceptable". I keep using that word. I usually eat breakfast and lunch by myself or with my kids. Who cares about the time we eat? Who are these times acceptable to? I do not know why I do that the way I do.

Enough of the crazy.

Thanks to everybody for the encouragement to me in our beloved Christmas season. Quinn has been a great encouragement to me; just reminding me of the gospel and showing me different stuff about Advent. My mom had some great activities for crafts and I'm thinking next Tuesday is craft day at my house. Takers? We've been talking about Matisse in school lately and he did a lot of interesting things. He was one of the "Fauve" artists which means "wild beasts". The art critics called them that because they would paint a picture using bright colors (paints the sky red instead of blue) to describe the way they felt. Critics didn't like that. Anyhoo, Matisse also did Decoupage with different color tissue to create some of his art and I would like to do that with the kids. Maybe even something Christmasy. Let me know. Or make Christmas ornaments.

My sister is leaving tomorrow. I'm sad because we've had a great time together, even though there have been mass amounts of children in the house. Actually, that hasn't been too bad. The laundry has been insane. But I am a little weird about laundry (imagine that). The kids have gotten along very well and have thoroughly enjoyed each other. I'm sad to see them go. My brother-in-law arrived yesterday and we all (minus the kids) went out to PF Changs and Cheesecake Factory last night. Emma and Katrina kept the kids. It was a blast. I like being friends with my sister.

So this is a broad post. A little crazy, followed by a little Christmas, followed by a little sentimentality...

Now it's 5:20. I'm hungry but I can't eat until 6:00. Maybe I'll make coffee. There are no mental times on coffee.
Let's talk about mental for a minute...

10 comments:

Melissa said...

This was an excellant post, I laughed, I cried, I ate a meal at a weird time...I do that a lot too. My schedule is as follows: 10am I have breakfast, 2pm lunch, and by dinnertime which is 5:30 here, there's no telling what I'll eat or not eat. So not everyone has dinner at 6! Brandon cannot wait that long, anyway. I'm sorry your sister will be leaving. I'm very glad you got to have some good quality time together. Sisterhood is such an important relationship. Matisse, o how I LOVE Matisse. The color, the boldness, the graphic nature of his work! I could go on for days. He is one of my faves for sure. A huge inspiration to the Graphic Design Community! Great subject matter for kids too, because there are no rules to his work. Why should he paint a sky blue if he feels it should be red? Such a rebel! I look forward to that craft lesson, it will be interesting to see what the kiddies come up with. Imagine that, me actually liking a craft. I love you, Miss Kim! Hope you get a nap!

Brenda said...

You should have called me - I too was awake at 3:00 (Florida time)it must be genetic (of is it hereditary?) - we probably could have had a conference call to both Grandma Ruby and Cheryl.

Dad and I wished we could have been there with ALL of you. We love to watch the children as they laugh, play, disagree and love one another. Connor and Felix hugging just fills by heart to bursting. It is such joy to watch the children as they pedal or skate past with such happy smiles upon their faces. Yes, we love to sit back and watch Nick and Quinn as they watch a football game and you and Kris as you mother your children. I know what it means when the Bible says "But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."

I am wondering when are you going to choose some Christmas songs for your website - some cool jazz, Michael Buble, Diane Krall - some old favs - Bing, and please inlude "Dominic, the Italian Donkey" just for me.

Love you sooooooo much - mom

michelle said...

I love you. You are interesting...which sounds more acceptable than mental. You are NOT crazy...unless of course you mean "crazy, sexy, cool". ha ha.

heather said...

Kim Hill wants to craft!!! I am so proud of you and Tuesday would be great me and Missy do have a few ideas and I love the tissue paper idea maybe onto an ornament. I am so glad you got to be with your sister I always wanted that you are a lucky girl.

Kim said...

eat when you are hungry, and don't eat unless you ARE hungry! there are no laws about this. don't try to enforce a standard that God hasn't created.

i'm glad that you have had a good time with your sister. that bond is so important. crissy made a brilliantly deep observation a while back: no one else on the planet came from the same place and family, so one else can understand you in the same way. cool, huh? my sister is so smart!

kim p

Missy said...

I don't know were to begin...
HMMMM...Yes, Heather and I have some craft stuff all ready to go.
We were thinking of the Yak for space sake. Can that be arranged?

Sad for you that sister is leaving. Glad for you that a good time was had by all.

Can't ever imagine being up and bloggin at 4:30 am. If that ever happens know that it is the day of my death!

MattD said...

I prefer Adam Davis and his scribbling personally...his drastic changes in dark bkue and red crayons are brilliant. Way ahead of his time!....and the way he just seems to cpature the irony of the moment on a Superman coloring book...I'm at a loss!!

Sorry had to....:-)

MattD said...

If I could spell it would have been much funnier

Texas Aggie in Florida said...

Thank you for making me CRY!

I want a sister!!!!! And I left my BFF back in Texas, which was the closest thing ever to a sister!

I'm glad my girls have each other!

Abbey said...

You should post more often in the middle of the night. That was fun and good.
Tree up yet??