Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Who's the grown up here?

Here I am, up supper early, in the long shot hopes for a snow day! hahaha - Darn it, not so much as a late start. (13 more days until break.) :/

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Blog Challenge - 5 priceless nuggests of wisdom

What are 5 nuggets of wisdom that have been imparted to you by people you've cherished? How do those nuggets show up in your daily life... or do they? Have the words of wisdom shaped you? Which nuggets have you passed on to people who cherish you?

1 )With out a doubt the peice of advice that has had the most positive impact on my life would be from the Flylady - "Anything worth doing is worth doing half assed." This change in perspective has kept me from a mountain of perfectionist depression; the inertia caused by being overwhelmed. It's OK not to be perfect.

2) "That which does not kill you makes you grow stronger" - Conan the Barbarian. haha - It's true, live and learn, get stronger. Even the most hideous events can be racked up as life lessons.

3) "Ralph Liggit" - This is a Gillis family quote. Suitable for all purposes. Say a family member is having a tough day, needing some sort of encouraging words. . . The directions are to pat them on the shoulder, and say "Ralph Liggit". Apparently Ralph was a very odd fellow known to the McCrery's (?) who would just disappear for seasons at a time and who knows what else. It means. . . I'm ok your ok? People are weird? Everyone marches to the beat of their own drum? At leasts you're not crazy? I'm not sure, but I've always found it oddly comforting.

OK - I don't have any cherished people connections in there because I think you just threw that in as a nod to sappy Christmas time. (But I'll think about it, and try to come up with a few.)

Best one yet!

Every year - they just keep getting better and better! Kevin is even into it this year. Caitlin too, and well, Abi, not so much!

Nana and Papa came over. We had dinner and speculated about the fact that they never did this kind of stuff with us when we were kids. I added that my kids probably won't do it with their kids. (A generational variation on the "the grass is always greener" syndrome.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

What are you thankful for. . . and don't be vague.

That's the blog challenge of the week, and Martha, I may have to skip it - use my free week coupon. Hm, maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Thankful for everything, is probably too vague. (Am I even thankful that I have hair to die orange? I suppose I am.) Good night, happy thanksgiving eve to all. It was a great day home with the kids, Kevin just got home, and of course they are what makes my world turn. And I am thankful.

And my hair is ORANGE!

The cards predicted it! (I just had a highlight / low light intensive 2 hour run in at the hair salon to finally fix my color - and it's still orange. now it's a really pretty, highlighted orange, but it's still orange to me. See, just like the moon!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Apparently I'm the Moon!

OK, being forever a pysch. student I took this test twice, with fairly different answers (according to how my different personalities would answer them) , and both times it says I'm the moon!

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

hahaha! If I have any past mental problems! and go easy on the mind altering drugs! Nice.

These are way more fun than horoscopes. I had a friend named. . . Medina - in college, and I was a Rover, and she was a night guard, and I would stop my Roving from dorm to dorm for her to practice her readings with me. Then the cards scared her, and she wouldn't do it anymore, because apparently she was not doing it according to the book, and the cards were getting angry with her. I love memory lane. (Usually.)

Good one Dad!

Cute pictures of the Nanna - GK's courtesy of Papa. I forget when this would have been taken.

Happy Saturday

And just one more thing about that last post, I would never have said anything that sappy "before"!

I don't think I've ever been so looking forward to a weekend - hopefully that means I won't be down in my cave much, but outside riding bikes in the cul de sac! Ciao.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Rites of Passage

This is where in City Slickers, the tall goofy guy- no, wait, the short mustachio-ed guy says to Billy Crystal, "and you can't do your kids, too easy!"

OK - blog challenge of the week - (I'm summarizing as usual) tell about one of your rite's of passage, and have fun remembering it - (NOW I'm summarizing AND paraphrasing, but it's my blog, so I can do whatever I want...)
There was a self defense class in college, called "Model Mugging" and it was, I believe, my first real Oprah "Aha!" moment in life. (I'm a late bloomer.) I was emersed in Women Studies, and it was very emotional, and there were several "survivors" in the class working through their horrific issues. It was a life changing, empowering, never want to do it again event.
Then there was flying. I think the first lesson, and then my first solos, rate right up there with the most fun, proudest moments of my life.
But hands down, the split my life in two rite of passage, would be motherhood. I've made the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" analogies before, but few people new me well both before and after. . . It's like I'm a completely different person now. It caught me completely off guard. Marriage wasn't that different, so next stop having kids, big deal. . . I never knew you could be this happy!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Hump Day

Well, It was a busy busy day full of ups and downs and happy tears and sad tears, and maybe I just need to get back on that hormone therapy! A very nice veteran by the name of John Rankin came all the way out to meet the girl scouts and tell them about the flag.

We also got to our first "Caticlism" (Caitlins word) Catichism class at St. Michaels, and I felt very good about going. I sat and started to read "Rescuing the Bible from the Fundamentalists" while waiting, and I can tell I'm going to like it. I also had a really bad day at work. And that's all I have to say about that. The best thing that happened ALL day was when a student, who on a good day ignores me, on a bad day yells his version of obsenities at me - stopped, looked me over, smiled and said, "black, white. . . COW!" - ( I thought I was looking quite spiffy in my black and white stripped sweater before that.) - I left feeling that at least I still have a sense of humor.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


the wild things just needed alittle haircut
- and viola - underneath where to civilized, hair clip wearing girly girls! -
I missed the later picture where Abi has about 20 of them in her hair, because if one is pretty, 20 is super-dee-duper pretty. And maybe next year I can put something in their hair again.

Saturday, November 11, 2006


I'm being held captive by the new Beta version! It won't let me leave a message on your blog - but it assures me this feature is coming soon. I just didn't want you to think
I was


Tuesdays Wedding

I went solo to a co-worker's wedding tonight, (even without my camera). I have been to, and been in, many many weddings. This one was out of necessity small and simple - but so very sweet. It was a great lift in my - winters coming, bah humbugs coming - kind of attitude I had before I went. Best wishes to Mike and Tuesday and their little family!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Charles Cozza Benefit Dinner

Les and Gary Clark taking donations. About 250 people came! Mike (graduating), Tony (running the family business) and Kim all talked about how well Chuck is doing, and how great it was to have so much support. Posted by Picasa

Blog Challenge - what domestic task would you hire out.

Well, in a nut shell the question was if you could hire out just one thing, what would it be. House cleaner is very tempting. Errand boy. . .not as good as personal secratary. Laundry, hmm - Cooking. . .

Oh, really for me it's just a given. Cleaning. CLEANING CLEANING AND MORE CLEANING. It's all I ever do, and it would be my first middle and last choice to hire out!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Good enough to eat!

Isn't it beautiful? Almost good enough to eat. Unless your a barfer, or you only drink chocolate milk and don't eat. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 06, 2006

Troop 349 - makes it's first Brownie Ring

Yeah - and halloweens over - and Caitlin was sick today, and I hope I'm not tomorrow. You know, you have to tell kids those little details that you don't realize come with experience. (Like even though the sprite tastes really good right now, you'd better go slow. - Caitlin has that cemented in her brain now.) If you've ever tried to put a band-aid on C. you can probably guess that she's no picnic when throwing up. Posted by Picasa

Brownie Ring

Oh, it's been a long week. A long 2 weeks. I've been battling the computer and I finally won this round. I need to start a brownie blog, or maybe a website. hmmm. Which would be better?  Posted by Picasa