Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stairs, a whole lot of them

This Sunday my sisters and I are doing the American Lung Association Climb in honor of my mom who passed away on Dec. 1st from COPD.  We're climbing up 41 floors (that's a whole lot of stairs.)

I would absolutely love it if you would consider giving $1, $5, $10, or $20 towards my fundraising goal of $100.  You can give online here.    

My guess as with any other Sloss Sister thing this event will be highly photographed which will lead to a sweet blog post.  So stay tuned.   Maybe we'll even be wearing matching shirts like that one time....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Used Books and Hot Tubs



Friends....
-they don't forget your sadness
-they plan weekend aways to show that they love you
-they make you smile
-they are predictable and bring question books
-they'll pack a ridiculous amount of food because that is how they love
-they'll drive through inches of snow falling to get away
-they'll laugh with tears in their eyes when half of the luggage falls out of the back of the car after we unloaded and loaded the car again because we went to the wrong hotel
-they know a perfect weekend involves a hot tub
-they can go from tears of heartache to tears of joy in a matter of minutes
-they'll let you watch 16 and pregnant
-they'll let you ramble about how you miss your mom
-they know a perfect weekend involves a used bookstore
-they're up for googling a random church and going and falling in love with that said church, knowing God brought each of us there for a different reason
-they'll let you take a nap on the drive back to des moines





oh how i am blessed...

Dear Mr. Caribou Man (part XXV)

Dear Mr. Caribou Man,

Today you were back!  I was so excited to see you.  You were sporting the jeans and sweatshirt look with your hat you got from Christmas.  Unfortunately there were no chairs open by me and you sat across the room, so I didn't get to talk to you today.


Today was a bustling day at Caribou.  So many of our friend were there.  There was Mr. Embittered man who was meeting with Mr. Pastor Man.  There was Mr. Math man who was doing his usual tutoring thing.  There was the Puzzler sitting beside me, reading his newspaper before completing the daily New York Times crossword.


Suave man was there.  There is no way to describe him; hopefully I'll get a picture soon.  There was the Cribbage Trio, playing their weekly Wed. morning games of cribbage.  And then of course there was Joe Biden man.  He was waiting for his appt., trying to look cool by playing with his iphone.


I'm glad you're back Mr. Caribou Man along with all of our other friends.  Have an awesome Wed. and hopefully I'll get to see you tomorrow morning too!

Until then,
kaci

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Dear Mr. Caribou Man (part XXIV)

Dear Mr. Caribou Man,
Again today you failed to show.  If I don't see you soon, I will have to sadly replace you.  Today I may have met  the newest candidate for your replacement.  His name is Dwayne.  That's a pretty great name.  (Which makes me think about how I still don't know your name.)  Dwayne has been retired for 7 years.  He was a pastor for a 1st Baptist Church in Johnston.  He has his MSW and is very interested in Social Work.  He's on the board for the Salvation Army and for a ranch in Arizona that works with mentally challenged adults.  He also sold me on an author.  I've already purchased the guys book, so I'll have to tell you about it once I read it.

Mr. Caribou Man you should beware.  Dwayne seems like some pretty stiff competition.

Hopefully I will see you tomorrow,
kaci

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dear Mr. Caribou Man (part XXIII)

Dear Mr. Caribou Man,

I'm sad.  Yesterday I was at Caribou.  Today I was at Caribou.  Yesterday you weren't at Caribou.  Today you weren't at Caribou.

Hopefully tomorrow,
kaci


p.s.  Mr. Joe Biden Man was at Caribou both days but he is not nearly as entertaining or fascinating as you.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dear Mr. Caribou Man (part XXII)

Dear Mr. Caribou Man,
It has been oh so long since I have seen you face.  My life has been a bit out of whack recently and I've only been going to Caribou like two days a week.  And every time I go, you sadly aren't there.

But today I pledge to change.  Tomorrow morning I will get up with plenty of time to spare.  Oh how I will hope with everything I am that you will be there too.

Until tomorrow,
Kaci

Sunday, February 14, 2010

last week in pictures


I'll show the game I won, rather than the two I lost :)


Arizona was a blast.  I would love to have mountains in my backyard to climb everyday.  (look at those calves)


Ryan agrees.  


Seriously beautiful and so much fun, I'll also disregard the fact that we almost died climbing down the mountain several times.




I got to see Kassie two weeks earlier than expected. 


And I got to feed precious Mallari. I love me some babies.



Seriously I love my sisters.  



My uncle Tim from Vegas and my aunt Melinda.





ps.  I think my family is probably the only family in the world that make funerals a picture taking opportunity.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Random

I have sitemeter on my blog, just to kind of see where people come from and how they get here.  I have the free version, so it is pretty limited.  But I saw that yesterday someone came to my blog by googling "Deb Sloss Perry."  It makes me wonder who is out there googling my mom's name.

Today was my grandpa's funeral.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  I think that was because it has only been a couple of months since my mom died, and I'm really sad for my dad since he lost another best friend.

I went to Arizona this past weekend, more on that in a later post.  The weather was amazing.  When I stepped off the plane in Iowa, it felt like I had been slapped in the face.  Jealousy ran over me a bit, but then as I was driving later, God was like 'why are you jealous Kaci?  Winter is a blessing.'  I then saw a car that was stuck half in her driveway and half way out on Hickman.  I got the privilege to pull over and help the girl push her car out of her driveway.  I then remembered how when we got over the foot of snow, I met more of my neighbors those couple of days then I had all summer.  We were able to help each other shovel sidewalks and driveways, snow blow, and push cars out of the snow.  These horrible driving conditions gives each of us such an easier way to serve and love those around us and I love that.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

LOST Flight 815 cake


I was in charge of snacks for the LOST: Season 6 premier. I brought pineapple (because it was on-sale every tropical island produces this fruit), peanuts and pretzels (airplane snacks), fried chicken with a Mr. Cluck's label, and finally I made a replica of Flight 815 when it exploded....So enjoy my LOST cake....




I bakes two loaf pans and then one 9x13 sheet cake. I ended up only needing the sheet cake for the two little wings in the back of the airplane.


Frosted white...most people probably already know this but my roommate taught me this at the beginning of the year, if you freeze your cake, it makes it a whole lot easier to cut, shape, and frost. Luckily it was 10 degrees outside, so it was no biggie that our freezer was full.



Decorated, I used fruit roll-ups for the stripes...(which is also LOST related, Hurley had one to eat when he got out of jail and got into the cab with Jacob.)




And then the smoke to show that is was exploding. After asking all of my coworkers how I should represent the smoke, I settled on Cool Whip and dyed it gray.



The final product and it's amateur artist.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

No Junk Food Jan.

No Junk Food Jan. is officially over!

Overall I did pretty good.  I did fail a couple of times. I had chips at a mexican restaurant, had pizza when our electricity went out at work and I couldn't heat up my lunch, and had a cinnamon roll.  I would say overall that it was a success.

I never really thought I ate that much junk food, but now I know how much I really do consume.  It was hard, but I'm glad I did it.  It makes me much more aware of the junk I am putting into my body.

Now here is the question....Do I stop drinking soda all together?  Since July I haven't had any caffeine, but since NJFJ I haven't had any soda...Should I continue this soda free life or go back to only diet caffeine free soda?  Now these are the big questions in life.

Comforting without Talking...

A thought for you from Relevant...

"Where does this leave us, then, who will all undoubtedly one day be in a position where someone we know is suffering? Words are not universally unwarranted, but they should be used with the utmost care. If you have an encouraging story of survival, share it with someone while being careful not to belittle a friend’s situation. Be genuine. Be sensitive. Pray with someone instead of saying you’ll pray for him or her later. Ask what you canspecifically do to help with practical needs, rather than telling someone you’re available if they ask. Listen. Don’t ask how someone feels unless you’re prepared to hear the answer in a loving way. Don’t feel the need to immediately offer advice or instruction. Don’t make promises you have no way of fulfilling for us. If you feel uncomfortable or don’t know what to say, try to say nothing. Often, the best thing to do is be quietly present."

You can read the whole article here