Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Focus on Now

Today, I caught myself writing the date as 2015. They say take it one day at a time, but maybe I need to take it one year at a time.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Big Little Moments

I hope my godchildren always share with me when something major happens in their lives.
This morning, 2-year-old Josie called me at work to say she just went "potty in the potty" for the first time.
I shut my office door in order to properly cheer. It was great.

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Tell Someone

What we all need is someone whispering in our ear, "You are good. You are loved." Maybe we can't do this for ourselves, but we can do it for each other. The world would be a different place.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Be Cheerful, Always Cheerful

“A piece of advice I have insisted on repeatedly: be cheerful, always cheerful. Sadness is for those who do not consider themselves to be children of God.” ~ St. Josemaria Escriva

I don't remember exactly when it was, but at some point I knew I wanted to be a person of joy (verses one of sorrow).
It seems like an easy choice, and I happen to believe that most of the time it is a choice.
Lately, though, it's been harder to choose joy.
It's been harder to keep the quiet promise I made to myself to live a happy life regardless of my circumstances.
The result has not been pretty. Most of the time, I feel like a two-year-old on the verge of a tantrum.
It's an internal struggle, and I'm trying to find my way back to myself.
Today, I read the above quote from St. Josemaria Escriva. It felt like a road sign pointing in the right direction.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Spirit

I'm not a huge sports fan. But I love the every-four-year reminder of what humans can do. We really are amazing.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scheduling

I thought we were 10 minutes early. Instead, we were 50 minutes late.
This is a metaphor for my life.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Still Life

If you documented your day in photographs, would you like what you saw?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thankful

I'm not totally sure how prayer and positive thoughts and good intentions and blessings work. But I believe they do.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

No Grown Ups Allowed

Our goddaughter, Lucy, was baptized yesterday. Her parents' home was overflowing with relatives and friends. A few of us actually ended up on the front lawn.
Lucy's cousin, Katie, came outside to voice a request.
"We're going to play a game, and we need the big kids to go away from the little kids," the 4-year-old said.
"Are you a big kid or a little kid?" David asked.
Katie looked confused, like she was surprised she had to explain this to us.
She pointed her tiny finger at me, then Libby, then David.
"You're the big kids," she said.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Food Groups

My brother Jimmy was explaining the Paleo diet to my dad.
"It's mostly meat, vegetables, fruit and nuts," my brother said.
"What else is there?" my dad asked.
"Wheat," Jimmy answered.
"Wheat? That's a vegetable. It grows in the ground. Isn't that the definition of a vegetable?"
This pretty much explains my inherent resistant to low carb diets.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tiny Bites

Today I made a smoked salmon appetizer. I'm so sorry I failed to take a picture because they really did turn out beautifully. 

I used a biscuit cutter to cut out small rounds of whole wheat bread. (Right there, that is more work than I would usually put into an appetizer.) 
On top of the bread, I spread a mixture of cream cheese, goat cheese, dill and fresh chopped chives. I topped that with a slice of English cucumber and a piece of smoked salmon. 
I garnished it with a dusting of dill, and John said they tasted "Carla Lucarotti worthy," which means my mother's genes haven't been entirely lost on me.  

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Beautiful Day

I stopped believing in fairy tales in college.

Then I met John, and I changed my mind. 
Maybe happily ever afters weren't so crazy. Maybe they were for real. 
Of course, life is hard and it's constantly challenging this belief. 
But days like today are encouraging. 
Today I watched two people, who waited a long time to find each other, begin their new life together. 
It was a beautiful day. 

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Because I Heart You

In my head, I know how to respond to an emergency. In reality, I'm not totally sure. The HeartRescue Project is a great reminder of what to do if someone is having a heart attack. Please watch the video.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Unexpected

You know when you try to make things work and they don't.

Big things. Small things. Every thing. 
Yesterday I cancelled a lunch date with Josie and Josie's Mama. I had a meeting that I couldn't move. Of course, today, 15 minutes before what would have been my lunch date, the meeting was unexpectedly cancelled. 
I was so bummed that I was going to miss lunch with my dear ones for no reason whatsoever. 
Then, like a miracle, they showed up. They never got my message. They always thought lunch was on, and, as it turns out, it was because I didn't have a meeting anyway. 
I know this may seem like a small thing, but seeing my friends (and not having a meeting) made my day. Win. Win.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I Scream

Some days make me want to scream and not for ice cream.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

A Good Monday

I've mention before my trouble with the start of the week. But today I really made great attempts to compensate for the fact that it was Monday.
First of all, I tried kickboxing. (More on this later. I hope I can move tomorrow.)
Secondly, I finished, "Heaven Is Here." I honestly didn't plan on reading Stephanie Nielson's book, mostly because I was pretty sure I had already read everything there was about her story.
I was wrong. Reading her story from her point of view, and not filtered through a reporter (even a very good reporter), was definitely worth it.
I love that when I met her last year she said, "Let's hug," and I burst into tears and said, "I’m so glad you survived. I’m so glad you share your story and that you are here with us on this earth."
I'm pretty sure I would do the exact same thing all over again if I saw her tomorrow.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stolen Sleep

The weekend was a thief and stole my sleep.

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bigger in My Head

I have been ignoring a tooth on the left side of my mouth, the way it has been sensitive to cold, for at least 6 weeks. It got worse, and the thought of calling the dentist caused me to lose sleep. But this week I called, and today I went. The problem, like always, was a million times worse in my head then in reality. Which reminds me, I need to stop ignoring things I'm afraid of. It's rarely as bad as I imagine.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Mighty Macs

Sometimes you need a feel good movie with a positive message and a happy ending. Tonight we watched, "The Mighty Macs." Now, I want a coach like Cathy Rush. She gave her team buttons that said, "We will be #1," and she told them, "As you think, so shall you be." Later, she said, "Our results will not change until our habits change."

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cheers!

I'm not sure if I want to throw a cocktail party or just have a  cocktail. But while doing important research on the subject, I discovered that Martha Stewart has a lot to say about home bar basics. Thank you, Martha.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Mood

I'm trying to think up new swear words because sometimes I feel like I don't have the proper vocabulary to deal with life.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Acts of Hope

Frances: This house has three bedrooms. What if there's never anyone to sleep in them? And the kitchen, what if there's never anyone to cook for? I wake up in the night thinking, "You idiot. I mean, you're the stupidest woman in the world. You bought a house for a life you don't even have."
Martini: Why did you do it, then?
Frances: Because I'm sick of being afraid all the time and because I still want things. I want a wedding in this house, and I want a family in this house.
Martini: Signora, between Austria and Italy, there is a section of the Alps called the Semmering. It is an impossibly steep, very high part of the mountains. They built a train track over these Alps to connect Vienna and Venice. They built these tracks before there was a train in existence that could make the trip. They built it because they knew someday the train would come.
~ Under the Tuscan Sun

I kind of doubt grand acts of hope ever hurt anyone, but I've never been daring enough to make them. I don't buy houses for a life I don't have or build tracks for a train that doesn't exist, but I want to change that.

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Monday, July 9, 2012

What If ...

What if you're really a bird, but no ever told you that you have wings?
Do you think you would still learn to fly?
I'm hoping the answer is yes --- for birds and for people, too.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunkissed

The bathing suit shopping was worth it. It was worth a day at the pool to celebrate my goddaughter turning 2. It was worth playing in the water with her and watching her and her friends play with each other. It was definitely worth watching the kids show off their "kick, kick, kick" and "big breath, eyes in" (in other words, face under water). Despite the reputation of 2-year-olds being terrible, they sure know how to have fun in the sun.

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fresh Starts

I want a new chapter, but I need to be very careful about picking the right book.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Sizing Suits

You know a bathing suit is not going to fit when the incredibly tight spandex won't allow you to wiggle the tankini on past your elbows.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Today's Lesson

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." ~ Beverly Sills

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

God Bless ...

Family. Friends. Fireworks. Freedom. 
Happy Fourth of July!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Q & A

If you happen to be asking yourself, "Do I have what it takes?"
Let me assure you. The answer is, "Yes!"

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Monday, July 2, 2012

End of Day

Sometimes a day doesn't seem long enough, but honestly, I'm glad I only have to deal with 24 hours at a time.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Gift of Failure

If you are brave enough to watch the Olympic Trials, you will be reminded of this: Those who give everything for a dream often fail. The literally fall flat on their face. It's heartbreaking. But it would be even more heartbreaking if they didn't give it their all, if they didn't even try.

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