Friday, October 30, 2009

Did You Know About our Visit to TCU?

Did you know about our visit to TCU?

We had a great time. The college has done a great job of making the day fun for the teens and showing them the best the school has to offer. The day started at 8am with a free breakfast (fruit and breakfast tacos) and registration. During this time, facts about the school were shown on screens. Little did we know there would be a "test" later with prizes (t shirts) for the first one with the right answer! Then we were taken on a campus tour. After this we got to choose three sessions to attend to learn more about specific things about TCU. Next was lunch (free) with student speakers. Then we were off to tour two dorms. Afterward, the students got to choose a probable major and go tour that department. Last, we were given refreshments and filled out surveys and asked any last questions. Throughout the day, we acquired little freebies-a backpack, pen, sticker. After the program was over, my son and his friend wanted to talk to the basketball coach. Practice was already underway, but they were allowed to sit and watch the end of the session. Before leaving town, we had to hit the bookstore for fan gear. What a great way to get kids (and parents) excited about college!

Did You Know My New Running Focus?

Did you know my new running focus?

I just got back from the Doctor. I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis (again) for the last 6-8 weeks. I could not get it resolved on my own, so now I am letting the doc help me out. Deep tissue massage, lots of stretching and he now told me to use a foam roller as well. As for my running he said I could run some. Run about 1/4-1/2 mile, then stretch for at least five minutes. Then I could probably run up to another mile. And of course stretch again. I have one stretch I have to do at least five times a day. As for my running focus, he said it is not distance and it is not time. It is about getting my leg stretched out. During this time I have not done a good job on changing my diet. I don't want to resort to weight loss pills! At least there is still swimming, weights, spinning and the elliptical machine to keep me going. And a new focus.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Did You Know About TCU Mondays?

Did you know about TCU Mondays?

Once a month, Texas Christian University hosts a Monday of activities for high school juniors and seniors. From 8am-3pm, students will participate in programs geared for them. They will have breakfast, special interest meetings, financial aid information, campus tours, lunch and department visits. Because of the large amount of students attending these activities, they will not be able to attend a class on these days.

I registered my son for the next TCU Monday. It should be a fun day looking at college life. Perhaps it will get him interested in really finding out what kind of college he'd like to attend.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Did You Know a Good Gift for Older Teens?

Did you know a good gift for older teens?

In continuing to peruse a shopping list, you may come across older teens you need to buy for. This seems to be a hard group to buy for, but can actually be easy, especially if they have their own car. Buying auto accessories for older teens is always a hit! I bought a bucket of auto goodies for my friend who turned 20 and he appreciated it. My husband even told our friend that if he was not going to use the stuff, to give it to him!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Did You Know What to Do With Leftovers?

Did you know what to do with leftovers?

I try to serve leftovers or eat them for lunch. However sometimes there is such a small amount left that it really won't serve for a meal. If it is meat, I'll give it to the dog. But when it's fruits or vegetables, I usually end up throwing it away. I recently read a great idea for leftover veggies. Keep a baggie in the freezer into which you put the small portions of leftover veggies like carrots, green beans, corn, etc. When you get enough, put them into a soup! Perfect! As for the leftover fruits, I now do the same. Only when I get enough, I use them to make fruit smoothies.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Did You Know a Good Gift for Active Parents?

Did you know a good gift for active parents?

Since holiday shopping will begin soon, has for some, people are looking for just the right gift, at just the right price. As I drove past a resale shop yesterday, I noticed the line of baby strollers out front. It's been a while since we had a need for a stroller, but I do remember how glad we were to have a jogging stroller. When your kids are young, it's hard to get a work out in. But having a jogging stroller allows you to go for a run or walk whenever you can.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Did You Know About the Ultimate Dog Show?

Did you know about the Ultimate Dog Show?

This is the first thing we saw at the Texas State Fair last week. It was very HOT inside the arena but the kids really enjoyed this show. It ended up being my nephew's favorite. There were several dogs who did frisbee tricks. One dog walked on his hind legs. There were dog races. But best of all was the dogs who caught frisbees while jumping over and into a pool of water. I was glad to see that the dogs seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Did You Know About Current Theater Seasons?

Did you know about current theater seasons?

It seems that many area theaters have lined up some really good seasons this year. I guess because people are being more careful how they spend their money, the shows they choose for entertainment must be worth the money spent.

Local shows include The Sound of Music, Little House on the Prairie, White Christmas, Miss Saigon, Hairspray, TAO Martial Art Drummers (these are no stainless steel drums!), Porgy and Bess, and Mary Poppins.

There are some great shows to take in, much better than the movies coming out lately!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Did You Know Abstinence is being Taught in Some Public Schools?

Did you know abstinence is being taught in some public schools?

I was actually unaware of this. I noticed in my daughter's health book, there was talk of what abstinence is and how the term is usually applied to sexual behavior but that it is appropriate when talking about any risk behavior. I agree with this. Especially when talking to teens.

Then, I got a note home from my son's school saying that they would have a week long lesson on abstinence and risk behaviors. I signed it and was interested in how they would approach it. Of course, I did not get much detail from my son, but he said they did talk about lots of different "risk behaviors" not just sex. He said they talked about all aspects and consequences of these risk behaviors. I do appreciate that. I think teens need to hear these things and know that abstinence is a choice for them and one that will allow them no consequences. Actually, I know that abstinence really does have consequences, but they are easier to live with than the consequences of participating in the risk behaviors.

Although many people do not like abstinence taught as a choice, I am glad they are including it in the lessons.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Did You Know How to Get Discount Tickets to Mary Poppins Dallas?

Did you know how to get discount tickets to Mary Poppins Dallas?

When we decided to go to the State Fair in Dallas, we started doing some searching. While looking at the fair, we learned that Mary Poppins is also playing in Fair Park. With your tickets to the show you can get into the fair free for that day. Then, when I found out how to get half price tickets to see the show, it became a no brainer. So we are heading out to go to the fair and see Mary Poppins.

If you are heading to Dallas, be sure to check their facebook page for the discount code for half price tickets . There is also a code for a family four pack of tickets for $99 .

Monday, October 5, 2009

Did You Know I Have a Blog with the Same Name as a Book?

Did you know I have a blog with the same name as a book?

As I was finishing a short biography on Corrie ten Boom last night, I read that she had written a book called Each New Day. I had not heard of this book before and was pleased that I had chosen that as the name of one of my earlier blogs ! I'd like to think that great minds think alike, but I know that I am nowhere on the same plane as Ms. ten Boom.