Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Posts have been few and far between here. Ive been on no rant or found much of anything relevant to comment on or bring to anyone's attention. My job and the kids are taking a lot of my time, I know. I'm feeling pretty boring and am in the process of "brightening" myself up so I can troll for suitors again. It's been a few years and I think a change of scenery would help me feel lively again. Time is fleeting...

This incessant rain has my spirits down, too. Is this how Seattlites feel?!

Marching season is done for the kids. I have yet to post any pics of them but I will. The last competition they were to perform in was canceled because of- YOU GUESSED IT! rain. Have you ever seen football on a muddy field? Marching on a muddy field is crazy looking and the uniform cleaning bill is ridiculous.

Figuring on having the girls over for our Halloween get-together. Our normal hostess who is a nut for Halloween and goes all out with decorations and food is living out of town until her house is built. We have to have it here close by so we can wobble home easily after festivities. I am the obvious candidate. I've got some decorating to do.

Work is calling. Ciao!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A post from last year but really helpful ideas and reminders for me. Ive done well with #2 and #3. Im really hard on myself when it comes to knowing if I've managed to do #4 adequately. #1- meh, not too good with that. I am honest and don't gossip very often but the part about saying what I mean is troublesome. I do have a habit of working to only say good or constructive things.

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
-I think of the people who I admire and when they speak, its after a pause to reflect what it is they want to say. That old adage of "think before you speak".

2. Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
-Ok, really useful if I'd understood that concept a long time ago. And I try to help the kids with this as well, reminding them when someone is hateful directly to them, no telling what else is are has gone on in their lives to cause them to lash out. Understanding some can take some of the sting out of the meaness.

3. Don't Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life
. -Simple and oh, so helpful to have learned this years ago. There was much more to this agreement than just the communication encouragement.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
-When I read this agreement in the book, I thought "how stupid! How can we expect to do our best when we many times don't have it in us?" But it manages to take the pressure off by the next few sentences and then it does make sense.

Anyway, as they say, these are guiding principals we can use on a daily basis if it helps flesh out existing principals we live with. I'm pretty much a "do unto others" kinda gal but but I need more.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The kids are competing today in a field marching competition. J was asked to join h. s. band along with 9 other above average 8th graders, to help flesh out the band. It's been successful for him allowing him to join up with E and her crowd and his own little harem of friends in a positive way. The music for the show is from Spam-A-Lot, which, as you all know is from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", one of the family's favorite. J gets to start the show in character as the Rude Frenchman. I think he as a future in theater.

Other news is sparse. You'll have to come round another day for more.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009


It's my berfday. Sing to me.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Someone once related a story to me about moving to a town in the Yukon Territory. He was driving along through this amazing scenery (that phrase is dull compared to what he was seeing) when he topped a peak and lay eyes on a scene so achingly beautiful, he cried.
I understood exactly what he felt because when I am in the woods or even driving through the woods or hills here in my own state, I am gripped with feelings just shy of that. It's a response Ive had since my earliest recollections. My family was always taking off on a Sunday to picnic somewhere woodsy. Once I even told my family I wanted to live in the woods and asked what would I do there to which I replied "I would just dwell". They laughed uproariously which strangely didn't bother me.
The PBS special "National Parks" has outlined the political as well as the human side of the formation of our national parks and I appreciate knowing the work and effort put into protecting them and the reasons these awesome lands were chosen for preservation- "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People". It made me want to pack a bag right now and take off to see each and every one of the parks.
One of the men they profiled during the show was Horace Kephart who settled in the Appalachian mountains and wrote accounts of the people who inhabited the region. I hope to find some of his books to read because the excepts from his books that were read on the special made me feel like he had written exactly what was in my heart when I am in the woods.

Time to wake the chillen.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My Luck

I had my eye on a very creative, musically-inclined, fairly handsome, whiskered gentleman. I found out tonight he won't be interested. Word is, he likes men.