Sunday, November 24, 2013

ABCs of Thanksgiving - Letter D

Today I am thankful for my beautiful daughter-in-law, Kellie.  She is a wonderful young woman and she is so in love with my son.  My son loves her very much.  They are such a cute couple and are good for each other.  She is such a blessing.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

ABCs of Thanksgiving - Letter C

Today I am thankful for the cross.  Jesus died so that we may be saved.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

ABCs of Thanksgiving - Letter B

I am thankful for my Bible.  There are so many places on this planet where having a Bible is illegal.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chromecast Unboxing

It has arrived! 

I bought this in lieu of another Roku.  It was only $35. ($41 with shipping from the Google Play Store).  Roku comparable to the one I have in the living room is $60.

Here's what's in the box:

Put it all together

I don't have a tv with a hdmi port upstairs but I do have a 27" monitor I'll be using to chromecast.

It's simple to connect.  I had to use the extension cable because of the placement of the hdmi port.  Then plug the micro usb to power adapter plugged into an electrical outlet since my monitor doesn't have a powered USB port
I downloaded the Chromecast app onto my tablet and smartphone.  Here it is working on my Nexus 7
and on my monitor

Casting Star Trek: Voyager
At the moment Chromecast works with YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play content and some content from Chrome web pages.  I use it primarily for Netflix and it works great!

Monday, November 18, 2013

ABCs of Thanksgiving

On Sunday a challenge was issued to the congregation.  It's a 26 day challenge of thankfulness.  It's supposed to be more than just listing things I'm thankful for.  At the end of 26 days my attitude should be remarkably different.  So I'm up to the challenge.  So here it goes.
 I am thankful that Jesus is our advocate.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. I John 2:1

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Job Hunt

"You're in'll find something in no time" is what several people have told me since my layoff in November 2012.  I know they mean well but I think they don't understand how large a field IT is.  I think they are sure that all of us IT types have the same skills and probably know each other.  I wouldn't be surprised if  people think we find all our jobs through word of mouth.  After all, we're all linked together on the Internet aren't we?

I'm convinced that I'm missing some job link or resource that everyone else knows about.  Daily I check the sites that I do know about for new job listings.  Don't get me wrong there are plenty of listing but many are for skills I don't posses or they are for way less money than I need.  Now I have considered learning one of those skills and I could learn a new skill but it would be a new skill which would put me into an entry level position.  An entry level position, for the most part won't get me the salary that I need.  Ugh.

I listen to people say that there are no jobs out there but if you go on Monster, Dice, or other sites there are tons of jobs's just a matter of finding the right job for the right salary in the right location.  Wish me luck.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Other Half

Since I lost my job back in November, I've gotten a chance to see how the other half lives.  The half that work and don't have employee benefits that is.  I'm grateful to have my contract position but this position comes with zero benefits.  No vacation, no sick days, no health insurance...and to add insult to injury, I'm paying for my own parking.  So certain circumstances have come up since I started this position that before I never gave a second thought to because I had sick days and vacation.  My husband is retired Navy so hooray we have health insurance.  Anyway....
My son got sick and couldn't go to school.  I had to go to work.  No work. No pay.  Staying home just wasn't an option.  I suppose I could have, but that would have been a day's wages gone so I'm blessed that an elderly neighbor was able to care for him that day.   So next, I was sick.  I have back problems which are disconcerting to me since I think I'm too young to have back problems but I do. I was in lots of pain.  The kind of pain that makes you want to take some narcotics and sleep kind of pain but work. No pay. So I loaded up on the recommended maximum of ibuprofen and stuffed a heating pad in my bag and off I went.
This summer although hot and muggy has been what I would call perfect beach weather and with zero vacation days I haven't made it to the beach once....about now someone is thinking.  "What are you doing with your weekend?"  The answer is cleaning.  I have a one hour commute each way so I'm out of the house at 7:30 and I'm not  back in the house until 6:30 pm.  After dinner, bath for the kiddo and the required snuggle time for the boy.  I'm not thinking about anything but bare necessities during the week.  Weekends are for cleaning and laundry.
What got me thinking and wanting to write about this is that during my walk today I got all weepy and emotional because I haven't had time to do anything fun with my boy this summer.  We've seen a couple of movies but that's it....he hasn't complained but then again just because I'm not having a great summer doesn't mean he isn't.  I'm blessed that his best friend's family have sort of adopted him.  They have taken him on overnight trips with them and he was able to go to summer camp with the help of a campership this year so my boy is not missing out, but I miss him and it's got me weepy today.

So when I get another position with benefits I won't forget this period in my life when I had to do without and I'll remember that there are lots of people out there working without them and understand exactly what they are going through because to be honest I didn't have a clue before.

Saturday, April 27, 2013


In 1992 I was pregnant with my first baby.  Early in my pregnancy my son's father came home with an idea for a boy's name.  When I heard it I fell in love with it.  Once the ultrasound confirmed we were having a son, I was so excited.  People would ask if we had chosen a name and I would tell them what we had chosen.  More than once I'd get a strange look and then they would ask if I'd ever seen "Children of the Corn."

My son is named Malachai and I love the name.  It's Hebrew and means messenger.  I'm aware that in the Bible it is spelled Malachi but when I filled out the birth certificate I was sleep deprived .  I also just thought it looked better spelled that way. The worst part about the misspelling is that his name is often mispronounced "Ma-lah-chi".

I still haven't seen any of the "Children of the Corn" movies but I am aware of what the movies are about, so I understand why people would ask. I can't remember the last time I ran across a Jezebel, Salome or Judas.  These characters are notorious and have a negative image. No one wants a name with a negative image.

When I was pregnant with my second baby, my husband and I started with a list which we narrowed down systematically. Eventually, we came up with our choice.  We did debate with family members about a middle name and in the form of compromise ended up saddling my second born with two middle names.  It's done quite a bit but honestly, when was the last time you saw a form with space for two middle names!

A name is a very important intimate thing. Our parents take great thought and care when choosing one.  Our name belongs to us and is intimate. I'm Stacey Terrial by the way!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Macaroni and Cheese (Blackaroni)

This recipe is passed down from my Granny to my mother and then down to me.  It’s my go-to dish for potlucks.  It doubles easily and is very easy to make.  The secret ingredient that gives it that little tang is yellow mustard.
1 – 1lb box of elbow macaroni
8 oz – Sharp cheddar cheese
2 eggs
2 – 14oz cans evaporated milk
4 tbsp butter or margarine
1/4 tsp yellow mustard

Cook elbows according to package directions so that they are al dente
Shred cheddar cheese while the elbows cook.
Drain elbows and mix with the butter to keep them from sticking.
In casserole dish mix together noodles, cans of evaporated milk, eggs, salt, pepper, cheese, and yellow mustard.  Add salt and pepper to taste. You can add bread crumbs on top if you prefer but I just sprinkle a little paprika sometimes.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes until set in the center.
Bonus- this is also pretty much the same recipe I use for my squash casserole with the following changes
Replace elbows with yellow squash
Add one sweet onion - diced
Boil squash and onion together until squash is soft.
Mix all incredients together in a casserole and bake at 350 degrees until set.

-Oops! I forgot the eggs.  I've edited the post to add them.

It's Not About Me

Our church has several worship bands and I have a favorite, who wouldn't, and one that is my least favorite.
When my favorite band is up front, I can't wait to start singing.  I find myself thinking, "I hope they sing (insert my favorite song).  However,  my least favorite band brings a frown to my face.  The instant I arrive in the sanctuary and see them on stage I'm disheartened.  My least favorite band plays a style of music I'm not too fond of.  They do play quite a few songs I like but because of the style of music, the songs aren't as familiar, it's either faster or slower than I'm used to.
The last time my least favorite band was up front and I actually found myself pouting.  After standing and listening to one song I next found myself having this little conversation in my head about how I just can't sing to THIS music..then the had to be the Spirit whispered "It's not about you idiot"..Ok I added the idiot part.
I closed my eyes and asked God to forgive me for my surly attitude and began to sing..I sang to God.  In my out of tune voice I sang and praised and thanked God for the privilege to praise him.  Afterall, so manay of my brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries don't have the same privilege.


Do you remember "Home Improvement" starring Tim Allen?  That show had quite a bit of physical comedy...not like the tripping over a hassock like Dick Van Dyke but still some.  Tim seemed to always hit his head on something whenever he bent to pick something up.  Well last night, I went downstairs and my eyes hadn't quite adjusted to the dark.  I'm not sure why I didn't turn on the light but for some reason I didn't.  I bent over to touch the baseboard heater to see if the heat was on. On the way down I hit my nose on a dining room chair.  In my defense, my dining room configuration has changed for the holiday season so I wasn't expecting the chair to be where it was.  I smacked it hard but I don't think it's broken.  I do have a small red bump on the bridge of my nose and the worst thing about that is I wear glasses so it rubs that bump, but some Tylenol helps with that.  I've got to be more careful!
In other news the new year has begun so it's time to begin job hunting in earnest.  I do need to revamp the resume and I'm working toward a certification that I keep seeing as a requirement in a lot of job postings.