the secret lives of prothros.

April 28, 2010

delayed gratification

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:03 am

Apparently, the ability to delay gratification is a sign of both emotional and social maturity.

I think my elementary school went a tad overboard trying to mature me.

At the end of my second grade year at Post Elementary School in Jersey Village, all the kids gathered in the auditorium for an end of the year party. We ran around the gym wild and free, anticipating a summer full of days spent having tea parties at the bottom of the community pool. Those long days filled with glorious nothing-ness were almost upon us.

So we celebrated.

I still remember the moment it happened. The moment I won the biggest door prize at the party.

I had been walking the circle of numbered papers on the floor, hoping my number would be called as the winner of the cake walk and dreaming about which sweet treat I would choose if luck smiled my way.

And then, luck smiled big. My mom ran over to tell me that my name had been announced as the grand prize winner. I was stunned. I ran from the cake walk to the stage to claim my prize, leaving those sweet treats in the dust. I could hardly breathe I was so excited. I was literally dizzy.

They announced my prize: a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

I couldn’t believe it. $50! That was an entire year’s worth of allowance to a 2nd grader. I could not believe my good fortune. From that point on, anytime our recess-chatter turned to finances I was sure to mention that I had over $50 to my name. I felt so rich.

Apparently, I did need a big dose of maturity.

Little did I know how little my savings bond was actually worth at that moment. It was kind of a foreign concept to an 8 year old that the little piece of paper had to accrue value through interest over time. My mom told me that it had to mature before it would be worth the full $50.

There is a theme here.

My savings bond is still immature. It won’t reach its potential until 2022. I will be 38 years old. And at that point I will officially consider myself a mature person. I’d hoped to reach the milestone of maturity a bit sooner than that but hey, this is how long my elementary school thought it should take. And who am I to argue, they’re professionals.

I pulled out the bond recently and though back to how reach it had made me feel in my younger days. Now I know the sad truth of just how little it will be worth with inflation by 2022. It’s kind of depressing.

That was the moment I decided that upon my bond’s maturity in 2022, I’m going to spend it on the things I would have spent it on back in 2nd grade.

Ice cream, candy cigarettes, and a slip and slide.

I don’t know if it is the most mature choice to waste the money on childhood fancies but I figure- that poor 2nd grader has been patient enough, and it’s time she got to spend her prize.

Or at least it will be time, 12 years from now.

April 22, 2010

keep guessing….

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 7:11 pm

Nope. Not a basil plant, though I’m slightly relieved I’m not the only one who was taken by surprise by our new mystery plant. Here is a hint: our new plant rates significantly higher than basil on the Scoville scale.

Oh, and we do also have a basil plant too:

April 21, 2010

green thumbs.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 2:07 pm

So we’ve been gardening lately. Can guess what we planted on Saturday? I had no idea this plant would look this way. Just trying to figure out if I’m the only clueless one. Here is a hint:

April 19, 2010

what’s for dinner?

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 8:35 am

MONDAY: Steaks, Baked Potatoes, Salad, and Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream (Geoff and Erin are coming over!)

TUESDAY: Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Marinara

WEDNESDAY: Pizza (Until CORE is over every Wednesday is frozen pizza Wednesday, dinner at 5:30 is just too early and dinner at 9:00 is just too late)

THURSDAY: Broiled Tilapia Parmesan with Broccoli and Roasted New Potatoes

FRIDAY: Off to Dallas for Kyle and Jana’s Wedding

SATURDAY: In Dallas

SUNDAY: In Dallas (If we’re home by dinner, we’ll have some Black Bean Burritos. yum)

By the way, the Cooking Light dinners were surprisingly good. They passed the hungry boy test. The sausage ziti pasta bake was devoured. And I mean devoured when Brad was here. All in all, I’m a big fan. Although word to the wise, keep the list that tells you which pages/edition of the magazine you’re cooking from because I had to sift through three magazines before dinner every night. Live and learn.

April 15, 2010

easter eggs.

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 2:57 pm

Anyone else still love decorating Easter eggs?

Anyone else still have Easter egg hunts?

um, me.

April 13, 2010

a confession…

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 4:00 pm

So I know I’ve been neglectful of my sweet little home on the internet lately and I thought I’d make it up to the world wide web by sharing a little confession.

So here it is, are you ready?

I have a stress whisker.

Yep. It’s white and wiry and grows out of my chin whenever life gets tumultuous.

The majority of the year I have a smooth, stress-free chin. Then those days of stress fall into life and before I know it, there is my whisker.

Luckily, it’s white.

And luckily it hangs pretty close to my face.

I usually don’t even notice it. That is, until I think to myself “Man, life has been stressful lately. Oh! I bet my whisker is back!” Then sure enough, as I slowly feel my way across my chin, rubbing my finger back and forth in search of my whisker, I find it, waiting for me.

You’d think I’d find it disgusting. In some ways I guess I do. Mostly, though, I feel like it is an affirmation–that the internal stress and craziness of my life is real. It has a tangible, physical expression and existence.

As soon as I find it, I run to the bathroom to pluck it. I hold it in the tweezers to see how long it returned. I like to think there is some correlation between stress level and whisker size. Hopefully, some conclusive research will follow.

Once it’s gone, I have no idea when it will return again. Usually months.  Though once during a very crazy season of life, it returned fully-grown after just four days.

My stress whisker most definitely visited me a few weeks ago.

It was good to see ol’ whitey. To know that my chin had noticed just how crazy life was, that I wasn’t making it up in my head.

Oh stress whisker! Stress whisker!
Hide in my face.
When life gets crazy
I’ll find you in your place

Yep, just wrote an impromptu poem to my stress whisker. I should have been ashamed enough of this post already. Maybe I should have stayed away from the internet just a little bit longer….

April 9, 2010

news!

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 12:00 pm

I know that you have been neglected dear, sweet internet. I need you to know that I haven’t forgotten you. Life has just been a little crazy.

And life has also been really blessed.

This week is the official release of the new photography business Jessica and I started and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Thrilled to do what I love.

With a partner who compliments me perfectly.

Who happens to be one of my best friends in the world.

I’ll have much more to write about our company in the future, about how it all came together, about how God has provided and about what He’s doing in our lives through it.

But for now, I’ll just leave it at this (click the logo to go happy places):