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5 Icons to Use When Taking Notes (WFMW)

I take a lot of notes between seminary classes and church. I have developed a few shorthand icons that you might like to use.

I draw the following pictures in the margin of my notes. . . .

  1. Outline a book – I use this anytime a book is mentioned. I also write the name of the book and underline the name.
  2. Smiley face – I use this whenever a person’s name is mentioned.
  3. Lightbulb – I use this whenever I want to think more about a certain concept.
  4. Tear drop – I use this whenever I am emotionally moved and need to come back to think about why.
  5. Hand outline – I use this to denote a prayer item.

Do you have any shorthand icons that you use? Please share.

Go to Works-For-Me-Wednesday to read tips on all sorts of topics. So far there are 295 submissions!

Edited to add: AI – This means Action Item. Whenever I think of something I need to do, I write the something on the top of the page with AI next to it. The AI might or might not relate to the class.

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Spring Recipes – Educate Me

Do you serve different food in the Spring than in the Winter, Fall or Summer? What meals do you indulge in only during that season?

The one obvious change I make is the availability of fresh fruit and/or veggies. If pears are cheaper, I eat those. If asparagus is a good deal, that’s on my plate. However, I don’t tend to make things with the produce. I like it plain. Maybe because I don’t get it very often.

Although, CatLady makes a great pear salad. I don’t remember what’s in it. But I do remember my tongue being very impressed.

Like here is a great sounding recipe for a Strawberry Cream Dessert. It calls for 3 cups of fresh strawberries – that you mash up and mix with the other ingredients. I would rather EAT those fresh strawberries plain – with a dollop of whipped cream.

But I don’t have menus or recipes that reflect a season. Since it is Spring, I suppose salads are more popular. I’m not much of a salad eater, nor do I have many salad recipes. I have one for potato salad (killer recipe with a secret ingredient), macaroni salad and green stuff (cottage cheese, pineapple, pistachio pudding concoction).

For a mixed green salad, I just throw in stuff from my fridge – which doesn’t normally harbour many things from the veg department. Currently I am partial to adding orange segments and cooked walnuts. If you haven’t tried this, you MUST.

One website recommends that you eat these 20 foods because it’s Spring and these foods are good for you.

I googled recipes+spring thinking not much was out there. Boy am I wrong! 940,000 times wrong.

Family Fun has a whole page of ideas. From desserts, drinks, snacks, salads to grilling. Hey, I don’t just BBQ in the Spring/Summer. I grill year round – even in the rain or snow.

Gastronomical Three has Three Simple Dinners That Look Ahead to Spring. The pics make you wish you were invited to sample.

Click here to find the top 10 Spring recipes. This Chicken Focaccia Sandwich is a must on my list. You make the bread with refrigerated bread dough. Even I could do that. This Fruit & Cheese Salad looks good too. I’d like to give this Pear Bread a try.

Recipe Zaar has 4,9,29 Spring recipes. Click here to start on this Spring tour. What do you know! One of their top featured recipes is green stuff. My recipe is a little different, but this one looks yummy too. has a page with 10 low fat recipes for Spring. Besides the obligatory fish recipes, there is even a low fat version of creme brulee.

Simply Recipes is a great source of ideas and inspiration. She lists 17 Spring recipes. Look at this Crab Mango Salad.  This Ham & Asparagus recipe comes with step-by-step pictures.

YumSugar has compiled a slide show (with links) of 10 recipes that announce Spring. I’d like to try this Spring Minestrone Pasta. And try this Seared Fish With Spring Vegetables because I am trying to like fish and beets better.

 I could go on. There are still about 940,000 pages to visit. Spare me this time-consuming journey and share.

What are your Spring recipes?  Spring meals? Educate me; so I, too, can join in the Spring fun – this Spring.

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51 Things Minus 18 Habits = 32 Things

Now that I’ve taken the habits out of my 51 Things List, I have 32 things left. Below is that list . . .


  1. Complete 1/4th consecration requirements
  2. Vote intelligently
  3. Read 2 books for funClick here for the review of one book.)
  4. Figure out what’s wrong with my camera
  5. Learn to do one thing on my blog
  6. Finish courses for masters (I’ve printed out what’s left. By taking 2-3 classes each quarter, I’ll be done by next June!)


  1. Make a will
  2. Know my FICO score
  3. Fund a ROTH IRA
  4. Pay off 1/4th of my student loans


  1. Sort out stuff in my bedroom
  2. Catalog books
  3. Create handbook
  4. Put together mother’s day book


  1. Go on Cruise to Alaska or Hot Air Balloon (My family is taking me to Napa Valley for a Hot Air Balloon Ride April 19th!!!!)
  2. Go camping 1x
  3. Attend a “show” in SF with kiddos
  4. Go on a bus tour of SF
  5. Spend the day at the beach 2 x’s
  6. Go to Crocker Art Museum
  7. Go ice-blocking: take pictures


  1. Do 1 thing out of my comfort zone
  2. Learn and tell well 4 jokes
  3. Clean out trunk of car
  4. Go to the dentist
  5. Get a pedicure (before retreat)
  6. Plan my funeral (I’ve composed a poem and directions for the Pastor. I now need to talk to my kiddos about cremation vs. burial.)
  7. Install a clothesline – use 2x’s mo


  1. Read thru Bible in 90 days w/ sm
  2. Go on a missions trip
  3. Study Genesis w/ lv

And One To Grow On . . .

  1. Study prayer (I am currently going through How To Pray: The Best of John Wesley on Prayer. And I am embarking on 40 days of prayer regarding ministry. 2 other women are doing this (from school) which will help hold me accountable.)

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World Health Day Goes Green: Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption

Today, April 7, 2008, is World Health Day. This year’s theme is Protect Health from Climate Change. Now whether you think there is global warming and resulting disastrous changes going on or not, we can do things that will make a positive impact on our environment and wallet.

The World Health Association has put out an A-Z list of ways we can help. Most of the ideas revolve around going green – reducing our energy consumption and being smarter about waste disposal/recycling. Below are some of the suggestions.

  • Calculate your personal carbon footprint. Then reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Go to to get your number.
  • Half your emissions by setting the thermostat at a lower number in the Winter (65 degrees) and higher number in the Summer (70 degrees). Keep the filters clean. Evidently almost half of the energy we use in our homes goes to cooling. (I didn’t know that.) I am guilty about checking the filters.  😦
  • Off! Turn off appliances when not in use – TV’s, Computers, Coffee Makers, Toasters, Stereos, Lights, VCR/DVD Players and Photocopiers. My TV, Stereo and VCR/DVD Player are all connected to the same power cord. It is easy to turn them all off at the same time. It is not so easy to remember to turn them off.
  • Quit plastic bags. Bring your own bags when going shopping. Did you know that Seattle is considering charging customers 20 cents for each disposable bag? Paper and plastic! Click here for the full post on this.

Click here for directions on making your own shopping bags.

Click here for directions on making a canvas bag.

YouTube has directions for those wanting a video (7 minutes), instead of just words, for making a canvas shopping bag.

  • Read green blogs. (My idea) Here are a few to check out: Things That Make You Go Green, Tree Hugger, and Tree Hugging Family. Please share the green blogs that you read. Also share your favorite post.
  • Use less energy and conserve more of it. Think when using water – turn it off when not needed – like when brushing your teeth, washing hands, soaping clothes or dishes.

When we lived in England, we didn’t have a lot of hot water available for the shower. So once we got wet, the water was turned off while soaping the body and shampooing the hair. Then the water was turned back on for a quick rinse. I still do that – for the most part.  🙂

Another way I am going to use less energy, is by installing and using a clothesline. I’ve never used a clothesline before.

Click here to read how I use an electric blanket to save energy & money.

Check out the whole A-Z list by clicking here.

What are your green ideas?

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18 Habits to Instill This 50th Year

When I made up my 51 Things List, I was crazy.  I mixed habits with one-time events. But since these are all things I want to accomplish this year, I’ll stick with my original list.

Of course this list is not comprehensive of ALL the habits I want in my life.  Just ones I’ll concentrate on this 50th year of my life.

Educational Habits

  • Practice Typing (6 times a month)
  • Listen to/Do Spanish (6 times a month)

Finance Habits

  • Participate in an investing group

Others Habits

  • Write letters (8 of them this year)
  • Do Random Acts of Kindness (8 of them this year)
  • Special time with each niece (3 times this year)
  • Special time with each of my children (3 times this year)
  • Take a walk with Chip (5 times each week)

Personal Habits

  • Go to bed by 10 pm (4 nights per week)
  • Sabbath rest (2 Sundays a month)
  • Do one crafty thing each month
  • Find a sport I like (do 3 times a week)
  • Invite someone to my house (6 times this year)
  • Join an accountability group
  • Get my nails done (every 6 weeks)
  • Pick up trash ( 1 time every week)

Spiritual Habits

  • Tithe to BtN and Missions (6 times each)
  • Reflect on day (3 times each week)

These are my proposed habits. What are yours?

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April’s New Habit is a Sleeper (SMART Habit Saturday)

I looked over my 51 Things List to see which habit I’ll instil next. 18 if the 51 items are habits.  Unfortunately most are not daily, but weekly or monthlyish habits. That will be harder to accomplish.  😦

In trying to decide which habit to do next, I considered which one would have the most impact. That would be my sleep habit. If I stay up past 10, I get a second wind that doesn’t shut down until 1 a.m. Since I get up around 6 a.m., that makes for a very tired girl. Staying up late is a consitent pattern with me. Not only am I tired, but I am also peckish. Most of my “poor” eating happens during these hours.

So April’s SMART habit is getting to bed by 10 a.m. 4 nights a week.

Last month’s habit was “getting my church clothes/shoes/purse ready on Saturday. The first thing Saturday morning. Before I do anything else.”  I’ve been mostly successful in that. Let me tell you, my mornings are noticably more peaceful when I do that. Especially because I always wait until the last minute to get ready to go anywhere!

A group of women are participating in SMART Habit Saurday. Click here to see who’s doing what. Lara at The Lazy Organizer is creator and host of these themed Saturday postings.

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OKay, I’ve just heard about SmartyPig for the 3rd time today. And it’s only 8:07 a.m.

What makes this online savings account so cool?

Yikes, it IS 8:07 a.m.! I need to get going to school. Today’s all day class is “Building a Relational Ministry to Women.” It has been informative and has been making me think. I’ll share my notes later.  🙂

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