Monday, October 31, 2011

Little Monsters

Rapunzel, Superman, Batman, the kitty cat, monkey and owl ~ every one of the 10 little kids in our gang was super excited to hit the streets. But at the first house, I don't even think they said, "trick or treat." Not that our group was unfriendly. My godson walked right inside as soon as the woman opened the door. Small children must not realize this is a stay-on-the-neighbor's-front-porch kind of activity.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Trip Planning

When do you pack for a trip? In my family, no sooner than the last minute.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

We Will Never Forget

My mom and I saw the flowers at the park this morning. Instantly, we knew it had been 10 years.
Ten years since a young San Jose police officer was senselessly shot and killed in the line of duty.
Jeffrey Fontane was patrolling less than a mile from my parents' home when his life was cut all too short.
He was only 24.
Ten years later I still can't believe something so terrible happened so close to home.
I'm not sure it's of any comfort, but I hope his parents and family know we will never forget.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Office Space

It says a lot about a work week when even Mr. Stapler collapses across the strewn papers covering your desk.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blank

If I could post a blank screen, I would. I'm not being lazy. It would be an accurate representation of my brain.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Three Things

1. Enter quick. Erin has a fabulous Paper Culture giveaway going on at Musings of a Madwoman. Deadline is midnight Thursday. Go now.
2. In case you haven't noticed, Sheila has been writing some great stuff over here.
3. A very low-key, not much going on update is up at Tired & Stuck.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Potty Mouth

Last night I had a dream that I kept accidentally swearing in front of my friends' children. And in my dream, my friend's husband mildly scolded me for my potty mouth.
Of all the crazy, bizarre things I dream, this one seems like something that could actually happen.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Good Medicine

True friends are the cure for ugly-fat days. 

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Lineup

More Sundays, less Mondays. Who's with me?

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Clearing Out

I'm realizing my closet is the place I most closely hold on to the past. I own items I adore but haven't worn in years. This goes against my desire to be more minimalist, less clutterist. I want my closet to be home to only those items that are beautiful and useful. If I don't wear it, it shouldn't take up space in my life. (I've made an exception for my wedding dress.)

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Painting Project

The only thing I've ever painted was a second-hand desk.
The desk was huge and brown (fake wood). I wanted to make it pretty, so I painted it pink.
John and I were dating at the time, and he helped.
It was a disaster. John and I argued, and the desk was ugly.
Anyway, that was like 9 years ago and I haven't painted since.
All this to say, I see a painting project on the horizon and I'm hoping to harness some Picasso-like inspiration.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

History in the Making

I'm toying with the idea of becoming a revisionist. I plan to rewrite anything difficult in my life as, "We had a lot of fun."

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Habits

Are you ever tempted to skip brushing your teeth before bed? That's how I feel right now. I just don't want to brush my teeth, but I know I will. I know I will not let my head hit the pillow without scrubbing my pearly whites. It's one of the few things I absolutely know I will get done every day no matter how many things are on my to-do list. Now if I could just apply that same habitual dedication to a few other areas, I think I'd have the key to success.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Loose Ends

I'm living in a chaos caused by an unending list of incomplete projects.
It's a lot of fun.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Another Thing for the Bucket List

A very orange and yellow cereal commercial (the color distracted me so much I missed the brand), inspired John to declare, "I hate cheesy, campy commercials. But sometime I'd like to be in one."

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

First Sacrament

At my church, after the priest baptizes "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit," he holds the child above his head and says, "The newest member of the Catholic Church." Everyone applauds. It's my favorite part. Today, it was my goddaughter's favorite part. Whatever she saw from the best view in the house sure made her smile.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thirty Something

I wonder if the secret battle cry of every 30-something-year-old is "pull it together." Because I'm pretty sure it's not just me.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

A Game of Memory

I currently own three planners. But I haven't been using any of them for months. Instead, I've been memorizing my schedule. I would never dare do this when it comes to work, so I can't imagine why I thought I could manage my personal life from memory. As it turns out, I'm pretty good at this game. But now I can't remember the exact time of my early morning appointment and I'm really hoping it's 8:30 a.m. and not 8.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week End

The thing I love most about Thursday is how it always cuddles up next to Friday.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

You Are Extraordinary

I stole this quote from Sheila, who stole it from A Colorful Mind, who, I presume, stole it from Oscar Wilde.  It's worth repeating. It's actually worth tattooing, if you are into that sort of thing. I am not.

"Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary." ~ Oscar Wilde

And not that I want to correct Mr. Wilde, but I think this sentiment goes both ways. In other words, never treat anyone you love like they are ordinary.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pushing Forward

Last week was the first week of the next three months. This week is the second week. I kind of love first weeks and hate second weeks, which explains quite a bit about my life. But if I never get through week two, well, let's just say I'll never get to where I want to be.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Life Without Dressing Rooms

Clothes shopping is a kind of self torture, second only to trying on bathing suits. It requires endurance and determination. But I feel this task would be a lot easier if I only knew where to shop. Surely, there is a magical place where one can buy quality garments without spending a fortune.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Long View

What I'm trying to learn to do is take the long view and breathe in the sweeping landscapes of my own life, including the parts that haven't happened yet.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

About Roller Coasters

Last Saturday my friend Minal toasted our friends Kem and Bryan on their wedding day. I wasn't taking notes, so I'm paraphrasing what she said. But I think it's worth repeating:
"Many people compare marriage ~ with its ups and downs, twists and turns ~ to a roller coaster ride," Minal said. "And like a roller coaster ride, you have a choice. You can become so afraid and anxious that you make yourself sick and throw up all over each other. Or you can take a seat, buckle in, put your hands in the air and enjoy the ride. It's your choice."
Of course, Minal recommended the bride and groom choose the latter. So do I.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

It's Friday

I'm in love.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hot Chocolate

It's raining here. Hot chocolate pairs perfectly with rain. This is where you should get your next cup. Because if you are going to drink hot chocolate, it really should be made by a chef.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Everything is a Risk

Today's recurring thought: It would be better to misstep than to stand still.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

How To Win

Life is a battlefield. Best to link arms with friends and fight with love.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

That Nagging Feeling

"If you have a nagging suspicion that you're wasting your life, it's because you are." ~ Marianne Williamson

Part of me did not like reading this quote, which I spotted this morning via Twitter. But the other part of me thought it was perfect (and motivating).

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Walk This Way

My grandpa walks with a cane but not in the way most 92-year-olds walk with a cane. Instead of placing it in front of him to steady his step, he usually drags it behind him.
"Grandpa, I don't think I've ever seen anyone use a cane that way," I tease him.
"I just keep it with me so people don't think I'm a drunkard when I walk funny," he says.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Spartans Forever

With some friends, it doesn't matter if you don't talk all the time or you only see each other once a year. Part of who they are is part of who you are and neither time nor distance can change or diminish that.

Congratulations Kem and Bryan! Wishing you (and our entire Spartan Daily crew) a lifetime of happiness. 

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