Thursday, January 28, 2010

Added new music

I added some of my favorite musical scores...I just realized I didn't add any music from Tim Burton films...maybe I'll add those later or just have 1 mixpod just for that his stuff...we shall see.

It is snowing rather hard right now. I'm surprised at how much snow...the weather people said 1 inch but I think it's going to be more like 3-4inches. Hopefully, that's it. The alley was a bit slippery to get out of but, otherwise, a calm ride.

I didn't get any art work done yesterday. I was too tired and out of it. Actually, I took a nap when the baby did...for 2 hours! It must have been the cold front coming in (dropped the temp. unexpectedly) and this made me zonk out. I have to admit, I feel A LOT better today! :)

It's almost time to go to the market...have to think of healthy things to get. I was aiming for spring rolls and a Chinese flavor as well as healthy Mexican meals. I'm thinking of spice esp. Lately, everything seems a bit boring and I want to shake things up with flavor...limes, hot sauce, plum sauce, etc. So, I think I'll be doing this when I go shopping...And I want to get some ginger and try to pickle some of that. Or better, find a jar of pickled ginger. Maybe make some Japanese beef bowls or something. Delicous!

That's one thing I look forward to when we visit California; the food!! There are SO many places to eat there and get such a variety...I hope a lot of the restuarants are still there (after the fall outs last year) and we can share these experiences with my kids. I'm so excited and nervous.

Plus, I want to try this one African restuarant that I had wanted to go to when I did live in Alhambra...but never seemed to find the time. This is one of the down things about living in a small town with a small population that doesn't seem to attract new groups of people. Of course, I shouldn't say that because there is that Indian restuarant, just opening down the street. They are looking for a servers too...hmmm, maybe I'll apply. :) :)

It must be lunch time if I'm writing about food this much. I was thinking of going out but as Harry is sleeping and there is snow falling all crazy-like, I'll just reheat the Hungarian potatoe soup I made last night. It's not too unhealthy and I'll partner it with a salad.

Well, I hope everyone had a great day. It's Thursday, btw! One more day and it's Saturday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Moving and walking and dancing

That, I think, is key to doing the getting fit thing going (besides drinking more water and limiting the sweets). I have only had 1 sweet today and plan to keep it as such. I did more walking (even with a sore ankle), up and down the steps and sweeping the 1st floor (boy, there was a lot of dust!). After I wrote this mornings post (at 5 am, no less!!), I found my old workout buddy on youtube, Paul Eugene. I haven't done this in ages and needed that extra push to get moving. I like his mentality and you learn dance moves too. :)

Well, the next thing to do is make lunch...I had a salad at 10:40 am. Is that cheating?? Breakfast at 5:30am will not tide me over till lunch.

I will be doing a 7 minute moves with Paul and then, baby time and art time! :) Have a great day!

Good early morning to you!

It's early for me, at least. 5:24 am. I had to wake up and see if it was snowing and if we'd get a 2 hour delay, etc. It is snowing, a light snow and there is no delay. Darn. Oh, well...I think I will stay up and make some coffee. I feel like having a warm mug. I think I would like to get some new mugs with hearts on them and some whimsical type imagery. I will have to see what I can find.

We had 2 days of warm-ish weather...and it's cold again. Supposed to last till next Sunday, at least. Yesterday we had so much rain the basement flooded! Not too badly, but it was crazy. Also, I fell down getting into the house on Sunday...twisted my ankle, actually. It was dark, I was carrying two bags/an umbrella and it was raining. I got distracted and slipped. Annoying and painful as I lay there in the rain. Jon came running out and fortunately, I'm much better after spending the day off my feet. Thank you, Jon for helping me!! :)

Sometimes I feel like that scene from the movie "Truly, Madly, Deeply" where Juliet Stevenson who plays Nina, says something like "Anyway, anyway, anyway..." The way she says the line in an escalating tone...that fits my mood right now with the snow. I want to say snow, snow, snow! Or rather, cold, cold, cold! Well, I don't mind the snow as long as it is snow and not ice covering snow.

Otherwise, nothing too much to report. I'm having garden dreams and warm sun thoughts. But who isn't in this part of the country? It will soon be here and I'll be sloshing around in the mud and sun. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

What's your plan?

I've decided to try and do some minor changes in the attempt to increase exercise and healthy living. I just ate a piece of cake before typing this, so, I don't know how good I'm doing right now...ahem...can it qualify as an afternoon tea type cake? I hope so.

I guess I started think it might be good to at least aim to be healthier...I usually am skeptical about all the fads/stuff to buy/etc as it's a big crazy. I walked into big name book store in January and was bombarded by yellow and black text saying to lose the fat, you fatty you. This just turns me off. If they said stuff like, be healthy while growing your own vegetable garden, I'd probably have bought that book. As it was, I ran past that section. I guess I'm a bit over senstive about that subject and don't think it needs to be broadcast as soon as you step in the door of a book store, for goodness sakes!

As it is, I do need to get fit as it will soon be hiking season and I want to be able to climb a hill and photograph the seasons. So, this is my attempt to find out what everyone finds to be successful and helpful. I hear making homemade soup is a big plus and is something I can do (since I like making soup, anyway). I plan to add more exercise by going to the YMCA and using my bike. What's your plan? Let me know as I could use the help.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weather changes...

don't suit me much. I had a big ol' migraine the other day and was out for most of Saturday. Had a few things planned too, but ended up sleeping. How annoying. I feel much better today and just annoyed that I hadn't gotten a refill for my allergy meds and this is why I blew out yesterday. Again, today is a better day and that's what matters.

We are having rain at the moment. Cold rain. Jon had mentioned it was supposed to warm up to 47 degrees. So, I didn't wear my socks or a warm coat (just my warm sweater). Still, it was too cold and never even made it up to 40 degrees let alone, 47! I guess, if this is the case, I'd rather have snow than rain as rain could easily turn to ice! Yikes!

Well, we've been watching one of our favorite movies, Pom Poko by directed Isao Takahata. It's about raccoons that want to save their land from being taken away from them for development of human land. It can be a little emotional...I guess I've seen it a few times and I'm totally crying, at last.

I didn't get to list any new artwork, let alone, finish up what I had started. So, I'll be doing that this coming week. I think I may finally start using that YMCA membership as I need to get out and do some moving.

One thing I did do was a paper project where you fold the pages of a book. In my case, I did a romance novel (I have a bunch I got from freecycle). I'm going to have my gals try it out as well.

We did make it to the art store and I got some primer...want to paint a few things and needed a good base.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Watch out for icy paths...

That should have been our first weather was slippery outside and thankfully, Norrie pointed out the patches that were terrible. She made it safely to the gate and Lydia grabbed the salt. As I held Harry in the baby sling, I sprinkled the salt all over and it was safe to trod. It's quite an adventure just getting to our car! I've gotten better at all of this, oddly enough, and don't feel too scared though I wish I had on my yak traks when all of this happened. At least I didn't slip!

We barely made it to the van drop off. A huge moving van blocked all of 11th Street and we had to take a detour up the dreaded hill from hell. It was very scary...well, if you are afraid of heights, like me, it's VERY scary. Maybe I should live in the Midwest were there are no hills and all is flat like a pancake. That would be nice in the winter!

As it is, I try to avoid various roads in case they ice over between snowplowing and salt trucks. I do think I'm adapting,however. Even if I feel like not leaving the house, I do and it's a good thing. I'm not just staying inside where it is mostly safe.

It's been sort of a calm day otherwise. I guess if you have to do something you dread, do it first thing in the morning and the rest of the day seems pretty tame.

I'm proud to say, I did 20 minutes on my stationary bike. It felt great to move a bit and not be so constricted. We need to go to the gym to go swimming. The kids want to do this.

I'm working on a new batch of art to sell on eBay. Should be finished up soon...and I'm trying to get one project finished up. Little by little, as the saying goes. I'm nearly at the packing in the box stage...pretty good! :)

Supposedly, it's going to warm up to the low 40's by Sunday. That would be great...but 70-80 degrees would be better. My sister is complaining about how it's cold and wet in CA. 60 is not cold and I checked it out, next week it's all 70's and up! Was I ever that pathetic when I lived in CA? Probably. lol!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and stays warm, if you feel chilled. Maybe I'll make some soup.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Lately, I've discovered a fun new way of listening to music from It not only lets you listen to favorite music but if there is any video that goes along w/it, they will share this. I LOVE this feature. I've been selecting some of my favorite classical pieces such as Bach and some opera favorites such as Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, etc. I'll probably be changing this at the end of the month...I have lot of favorites and can't wait to share them this way. :) I'm hoping to find some ballet pieces w/videos that I love.

Last night, I finally finished the silhouettes I did of our family. They came out bigger than I thought they 18 by 12 inches! So, This is going to be hard to frame. I might just prop them up on a little shelf...or on the fireplace mantel. I don't know. I'll have to take some pics. I used Chinese ink to fill them in. I got the idea from Nienie's blog. I so love that look...crisp white against enchanting black. Plus, it looks so traditional. I think my mom had one when she was a child...

I'm listening to my music selections as I type and Papageno just came on (the Magic Flute)...Mozart was just so wonderful at capturing love and passion in his characters/singers. Love it!

I'm baking oatmeal cookies w/raisins and chocolate chips. I think the raisins would have been enough. I made each cookie smaller than usual as this, I think is key if you use both chips/raisins. Otherwise, it's just too much.

I was looking on-line for my favorite supplier of Asian art supplies and was saddened to learn that tny favorite site, acornplanet, are out of business or something is just wrong w/ their server. Ah, well. I did find another on-line one called Oriental Art Supply (I believe). I'll see how things (ink) are with them. I liked acornplanet because it was recommended by Lynda Barry and they actually sold gorgeous ink stones. Sigh...

Last night, I did more artwork...nearly finished with some sculptural pieces I want to add to my original design. I'm planning on sending out some submissions soon.

The other thing I was doing was working on a Valentine's swap I'm doin; it is coordinated by JEK of Scrumdillydo. I'm VERY excited about this one. I hope my pieces come out good and everyone likes them. :)

I'm also going to be doing a girl scout demo and have the same/similar idea for their project. It's paper mache and I think they will like it. I'm going to precut the cardboard so little hands don't get hurt/tired out.

I must be feeling better if I'm prancing about doing all of this. We are also trying to plot out the vacation to CA. It's going to be a big event for a car full of kiddos and parents. Most likely, insanity will follow. So, if by the time I arrive back to PA and I sound a little off, you'll know why. :) We aren't leaving until the Spring, so we've a way to go.

I've got art on the brain as well. I just want to make so many things. I'm glad I'm feeling like my old scatter brained self. :) Did I mention I started to make myself a top hat? hehehe I need to finish this up and photo myself wearing it. lol! :) I made it while listening to the Lemony Snickett book on tape.

Anywho, I'm down to the last batch of oatmeal cookies and am feeling fairly productive since it's noon. We went to the post office earlier and Harrison gave everyone cute overloads while we stood in line. I love that. :) :)Hope you all have a good day full of sweetness and good music.

On a sidenote, Miss Lydia started crying about our dear Autumn who passed away a few months back. I started to too...maybe after the trip, we'll look for some new kittens. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Quote of the day

It takes courage to show your dreams to someone else.

- Erma Bombeck

Monday, January 18, 2010

busy like a bee

We had sunshine today and it was nice enough to go for a walk. So, we all did...boy, was that refreshing after being sick for a while and then having to stay in because of the weather. Tomorrow, it's supposed to snow! But not a lot, thankfully.

I was so buzzed by the sunshine, that I started really combing through the basement (there are dreaded spots in there...scary, dirty patches that I feel nervous about) and I muddled about until there was a bit of order. I need to throw out a few things but nothing too major. I admit, the basement is becoming more of a family room as well as studio. This is a very good thing as I like the idea of us having a place to hang out. I feel sore from moving junk around but it's a good soreness.

I found all these old fashioned juice jars down there...1950's style glass jars and I think I'll wash a few up and use them to store cotton balls and things like that. They have a vintage look and are cute. Plus, I needed something like that.

I think I'll mop the floor down there next and move a few more things about. Plus, I got an idea for the dining room and my old wooden storage bin I painted, years ago, with a wolf. I'll have to empty out some old journals of mine,but I think there is another spot I can put those safely.

Next, I'll have to clean out the guinea pig cage. I cleaned out Odie's cage (the cockatiel) and things feel a bit less dusty. We also dismantled the metal bookcase and put it in the girls room (they needed a bigger one) and I think this will be my next bookcases/storage unit type things. It sure does make a room look better when things are put away on shelves. :)

All in all a great Monday. I hope we get more sun/warm days as it really made me feel good. Plus, I got to talk to my mom for 3 hours!! It was fun running around the house and chatting with my mom (love talking with you!). Well, gotta get a few more things done and ready to be mailed out. :)

More artwork to come, too! Have a great week!


Just wanted to tell you I love you and I hope you had a great day filled with cake and balloons! I'm so excited to see you soon! Love you so much!! :) Emily

Saturday, January 16, 2010

collapsing shelves...

The day before, the girls bumped into the metal shelf and it totally fell apart. This after I had fixed it before and organized the whole thing. So, I was annoyed to say the least. Still, it's better they bumped into it, knocked it down then it falling on Harrison should he have rolled/crawled around it. I'm glad I was too upset about it all.

Lately, I've been listening to Lemony Snickett's a Series of Unfortunate events and honestly, it's starting to get a bit too depressing. I feel sorry for the kids and am growing tired of emotionally distant adults. I guess that's the whole point of the books but still, come on! It started creeping me out with the singing too (in the books on tape,the author actually sings various melodies he has created himself). It was odd and made me feel embarrassed for some reason.

Anyway, I'll probably check out 1 or 2 more (apparently there are 13 books out there!). But I need something lighter and with a happy ending/feel. I need something with humor.

Jon's working tonight, so I've been doing small chores here and there. Nothing too great. Started sketching a few paintings out and have some ideas on what I want to do. I've nearly gotten to the point where I'm ready to paint my new project (it has to do with models, etc). It's a bit tedious but basically, it's moving along all right.

Last night, while I talked with Jon, I made the skeleton of a top hat. I've been wanting to do this for some time and finally said, what the heck. Actually, I made a bunch of paper top hats, first and realized it was pretty similar. I just measured it around my head. Jon said he'd like one too. So, I may be making another one. I really like how it's coming out. I'll have to get some pics of this...

Being a bit of a larger person (and I'm sure anyone who fits in the either too large or too small catagory can understand), it's hard to hats that fit one's head size. Jon has always had a bigger noggin and I follow suit in the women's catagory. Jon has had to actually order a motorcycle helmet from Germany (in his motorcycle days).I guess I would too, if I ever did that (not likely). And this is one of the reasons I've wanted to make a top hat...besides the fact they are pretty exspensive to buy (something like $50+).

I have a few things I'd still like to finish up and submit to a few places. I'm going to be brave and just try it out. If I get rejected, that's all right. Now, to finish those loose ends! :)

I can hardly believe it but the snow is actually melting. All of our snowmen have nearly melted away. They look sad and lumpish...we'll probably get more snow. I feel like I'm rambling on here so, I'd better say good-night.

tore down the playdough dinosaur set

and did a Mountain freeform pile...guess what the kids liked better? Yep, the freeform pile. Peace in this house for the last 30 minutes, so far. Thank the good of all!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A multi-post day...

is that anything like multi-grain? Probably not. lol!

We just got in after having a blast outside making snowmen, snow piles and playing in the snow. My goodness was that fun! I stuck some candles around and will light them once it get's a bit dark. I think it will be fantastic. Norrie thought of adding those lights that you "crack" and they make various colors. I forgot what they're called. I'll have to pick up a few at the party store.

I wanted to make a heart shaped one but forgot in the middle of all that fun. I pulled out a pail from the garage and we made snow castles. I'm really starting to love winter...I hope most of the snow will be like this from now on (sticky and easy to make into snowmen).

My mom-in-law lent us a bunch of tinfoil (she saved some, which is perfect for our project). Once I get my energy back, I'm going to make some playdough and we'll make a dinotopia land for the evening fun. Oh, I think this will be a great activity for the kiddos. Maybe I should make some for the girlscout troop that I'm doing in February...I'll think about it. They could make mini-dinotopia type settings. That would be really cute. Just an idea. I got my idea from two places this one and this one.

It's really interesting how much more "into" kids you become when you have more time to your self. For me, this means, if I've gotten time to create/do my own thing, I'm more there for my family. This isn't the same as having a job. If you are lucky to have the just-right-for-you-job, then this goes hand in hand. For a lot of us, however, this isn't the case. But if you have time to follow your dreams a little bit each day, it makes family life a lot happier (all around). I think this is the difference between a rich life and a poor life and I'm not talking about bank accounts here. Spirtually rich with creativity makes people bloom. It's that simple and yet, a constant balance.
"The king will answer them, 'I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant [they seemed], you did for me.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)

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Today the kiddos are home as it's an in-service day at school and then Martin Luther King's day on Monday. I think we'll try to celebrate it this year...the kids already made booklets about why Martin Luther King was important but I think we'll have a show and tell as well. We might include the play that Lydia has been working on based on a book that Norrie choose from the library about global warming. The book is a bit depressing but maybe the kids play will have a better feel to it. The book is called "Loony Little" by Diane Aston. It's primary focus is telling you about the animals in the artic...but I do not like how it ends (a downer for a kids book...a critter gets eaten and there isn't a really hopeful ending). I guess I'm old fashioned in that sense and like books (esp. for children) to have a positive ending.

Anyway, got to get going as I'm surrounded by kids! lol! :) I love days off. :)


That's what I've been doing for the past few days. After hearing about the huge earthquake in Haiti, I prayed, then I donated through redcross. I'm still praying...I keep thinking, this could be Southern California. This could be anywhere in the world or even where I am right now. The thing to do is pray, help and trust that each other to help. I will not watch the news or read too much about it. Because, it is too much. I will cry and hug my family and carry on. That is the thing we need to do. If we take care of ourselves, we can send more aid and have more strength for those around us and farther away from us.

For a moment, I even thought, what if this stops the war? What if this tragedy makes us think stop destroying things and start building things and repairing. I guess I'm naive but one can hope. I guess I have this idea that they will need the troops more to help people in Haiti then, blowing up things and people in Afghanistan.

That's why I carry on and pray.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

outside the pen

outside the pen
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he was very happy to get out of the play pen and be "free"!

socks made from a scarf!!

Yes, I just made these (under 10 minutes) for my self. I had a used scarf and tried it out. They are perfect for my larger than norm feet too. :) I found the directions here:


Originally uploaded by Emilyannamarie
this is from his 1st birthday...he head smushed into his cake. Haven't we all wanted to do this at one time or another? hehehe

Inch by inch it's a cinch and carpe diem

Or day by day, the cold goes away. Emily Dimov-Gottshall (I made that one up...make sure to attribute that to me, if you use it). :)

That's how I feel, btw. I feel like I've been dragging on and on with a cold and finally, just went to the doctor. I love my doctor. She is the best and really got me feeling better w/ the right meds, etc. Thank goodness. I've also been diagnosed w/ post-nasal drip (PND) and I've got these cough drop like things that help a whole lot with this! :) I'm very pleased. Now, if my cold sore will finally go away, I'll be all better.

I slept for a 2.5 hour nap last night and it threw off my routine but I feel a lot better. Plus, I woke up right on time (early in fact) and was ready to take the kids out to the school bus stop. Thank goodness. They were mostly cheerful and ready to go.

I need to do a few things I've been planning on doing but procrastinating. Basically, it's fear. Fear of rejection, esp. This is in terms of my art stuff...why do I focus on this so much (the fear part)? I'll just pretend it's an experiment and go from there.

Jon and the kids cleaned out the guinea pig cage (boy did it need it) and did some sprucing of the house. That was very thoughtful of them (when I get sick, this is the first thing to go down Then, I get complaining because they should be helping anyway. I admit to doing this and hopefully, they will get into good habits).

Anyway, we're trying to plan out our trip to CA. I'm very excited about going as it's the first time we'll be back there in 7 yrs. I can't believe how the time has flown by. It makes me a little sad that time was not shared with various family members, but what matters is we will be there now and to seize the day!

I need to remember to do that (seize the day), more often. Even in small ways, we do this. As long as we're not laying in a puddle and are being active/alert/alive in what we like doing, it's good. I'm thinking of chores as well as stuff we like to do for fun (hobbies).

Well, since I started this blog about 10 am...and now it's 3pm, I did quite a bit in that time frame! Mostly tending to a semi-cranky baby. :) Have a good one!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

lighting bugs

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Cat Heart

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New Paintings!

Hello, everyone! I finally have some new work up on eBay! Lots of sweet guinea pigs and more; even some magical critters! :) I hope you take a look.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Second post in one day...

more of a complaint, actually. I'm complaining about the little white dog that is yapping outside. Apparently, he was inside yapping and drove his napping master crazy and was then, let out. Oh, wait...that's MY little yapping white dog. Sigh.

Don't worry, I'll let him in now that I've had my 2nd cup of coffee.


I was reading through quotes...I love doing this, esp. when I feel a little down and not so uplifted as I ought to be (I think it's all this cold after day of cold,cold and not one bit of even a 40 degree day in sight. I know, I looked it up on Anywho, I found some great quotes that struck me as gold. Here they are:

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.
Buckminster Fuller

This one makes me think of how right now, I can't see any signs of warmer days. But it's there...waiting for it's own good time. It also makes me think of our own potential to do more then we think we can.

I liked this quote as well:

If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.

Reminds me to share what I have...even if it's something small. Time to give to the Salvation Army.

And this one:
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

I feel this in my own mind...I was thinking about a project I'm working on and started to feel doubt/fear/wondering if people will think it's silly/crazy/foolish. And I need to stop that. I need to do my own thing and not worry about pleasing everyone out there. I will do my best for me and that is that. I got to the point where I didn't even think I could start, let alone finish, my project. The thing is to try it and go from there. Wish me luck! :)

I hope some of these quotes will bring you some lifting as well. Years ago, I found a book of quotes that, apparently, hospitals used to give patients (as well as bibles, I'd assume). I've kept the quote book and enjoyed many hours reading and memorizing wonderful thoughts and inspirations...I hope everyone has a little collection of quotes that help them move through the day...esp if you going through these cold winter days. :)

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

You know it's going to be one of those days...

It's one of those days when the first thing you have to do is boil water because the pipes froze/brust a few blocks from your house. So, this is what I've been doing. I'll go to the market soon, and get some bottled water...hopefully, that is. There appears to be a shortage of a few items. One of which is canned pumpkin. There was a lost of a few crops, apparently, around the various areas and this has caused pumpkins to be few and far between. The report I heard did mention there were other canned pumpkin companies that would have this sought after item. I guess, people stock piled it?? Anyway, I didn't really want to make pumpkin pie. I did want to make pumpkin soup, but I can wait.

I did finish about 20 or so paintings that I've put off for ages. Mainly, because I just didn't have the time and was overwhelmed. Now, I have finished them and can start listing things on ebay/etsy again. I feel rather proud of myself. :)

I can also share some of the things I made for the holidays that I've had to keep secret. If I can find a pic, I'll be putting it up soon. I designed several dinosaur goodies for my kids and my cousin's little girl. I used repurposed wool and have to say they came out rather sweet. I think I may make more and put some up on etsy. I love making the dinosaurs. I may make smaller ones as the Paleosaurus (identified by C and named her "Sand Momma") was a bit bigger then I thought. I am just glad it came out as good as it did. :)

The other two dino's just need their eyes stitched on (they are for little Christmas, Jannuary 6th, tomorrow, in fact).

Well, that's it from the messy studio. :) I have a few chores to do, get Harry ready for his 2nd dose of the flu shot and go to the market for bottled water. Wish me luck. :)

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Nothing makes you feel better

than having a good talk with a good friend. In my case, it's my mom. I don't think I tell her enough (and I hope you're reading this, mom), but I always feel 100% happier/better after talking to my mom. Even if we get into arguments (and they are far and few between, thankfully), it's a great feeling to talk to my mom. I have cold and ear infections but I feel like my spirit has soared having a talk with my mom.

I feel this way when I talk to my sis and my best girlfriend, Caroline too. It's amazing how talking to caring and loving people just makes you feel that much better. I hope you have someone to chat with and you give them a call or even an email.

Otherwise, we're doing all right...considering the 10 degree winds blowing outside. Plus, I got a phone call from my sis-in-law and they're going to give us their old TV for our basement area. It's not 100% finished down there but it's cozy and we do art in the studio and play with the guinea pigs down there. The lighting has helped quite a bit and now a TV would be fun.

Oh, and something that is VERY cool...we're getting an Indian restaurant in the neighborhood!! I can't believe it and it's on our side of town! I'm so excited! Plus, there is a Greek restaurant as well. I hope more keep coming...Food is such a wonderful way to start learning about different cultures. It's funny, the one Mexican restaurant in town gets a bunch of kids from school learning to speak Spanish. If I knew Spanish, I'd give lessons. Seems like a good side job, actually. Maybe I should learn Spanish and would be pretty cool to know these. I've never been very good at languages but it would be fun to try and learn. I'll have to think about this.

Well, I hope everyone is feeling all right. I'm listening to Lemony Snickett; A series of Unfortunate events on tape and it is very dark/scary. The movie seemed easier to digest for some reason. I do hope they make more movies of the books, however. :)

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone will have a blessed and Happy New Year!

"If, as Herod, we fill our lives with things ... if we consider ourselves so unimportant that we must fill every moment of our lives with action, when will we have time to make the long slow journey across the desert as did the Magi? Or sit and watch the stars as did the shepherds? Or brood over the coming of the child as did Mary? For each of us, there is a desert to travel. A star to discover. And a being within ourselves to bring to life." -Author Unknown

I'm thinking of this as the January 6th approaches...the day the Magi came and gave gifts to the baby Jesus. It is a reminder, to me, that we, in this time of doubt/reasoning vs. belief, need to set aside these concepts and focus on what is truly important: the blessing of new life and a new year. Regardless of what logic or reasoning the Wise men had, they were curious and felt something compelling them to find out what "it" was.

I hope this year brings realizations of love and happiness to all and with this peace and healing. Raise your cup and remember this is a gift we have, a new year!


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