Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The sun was shining when I woke up (one nice thing about waking up later!)and Dave suggested we go for a bike ride. One part of me thought that sounded like an awesome idea. The other part of me, the lazy part that was experiencing an overdose of inertia, needed convincing.
Dave and the less-lazy part of me finally prevailed and we eventually found ourselves on a lovely bike trail along the Weber River.
I'm so glad Dave nudged me to get up and get outside. It was total bliss, a perfect combination of pleasant temp, beautiful scenery, lots of sunshine and physical exercise.
After the bike ride we got a quick sushi snack, did some shopping and went to see Life As We Know It (cute). A very good day after all! Thanks, Dave. I love you.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Today is my birthday.
I am 52!
You may be tempted to feel sorry for me in my old age. Heaven knows I have! But as I've wrestled with this whole aging thing I have discovered some hidden benefits. I want to share a few with you today, as my birthday gift to you.
1. I am much more comfortable in my own skin. Getting older has given me the freedom to be ME. I still like to present myself as best I can, but I have come to terms with who I am and that I don’t need others approval – at least to the degree I did when I was younger.
2. I think I have mellowed out with age. While others may challenge this, I am very aware of a shift in many of my attitudes. (This will be the topic of a future blog post.)
3. Finally, most people over 40 need reading glasses to see things up close. While this can be a hassle, I have discovered an upside - the worse my eyes get, the less wrinkles I seem to have! It’s all in how you look at things!
I want to discover more joy in this phase of the journey. If you have some to share, please feel free to leave a comment.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I am going to be D.E.A.D tomorrow.
Hopefully not literally, but if you never hear from me again, check the obituaries and know that you were among the first to know.
But I am going to be D.E.A.D. tomorrow. So dead sore I won't be able to move tomorrow.
I neglected reserving a spot for my Pilates class this afternoon and since no one was signed up this morning the teacher made other plans.
I even went to work today, instead of staying home in bed (which at 6:00am seemed like the best thing to do to try and get better) so I could go to my Pilates class.
You know it’s that whole responsible thing I seem to have a problem with.
Anyway I decided that if I couldn’t do Pilates I would simply go to the next class that was offered.
(Did I mention I was going to be D.E.A.D tomorrow?!)
BodyPump. Sounded fun and good for me. I was even early, anxious to be a part of a new class. I mean, how hard could it be? A little weight-lifting? No problem!
I knew I was in trouble when, after finishing a series of killer lunges, the teacher had us kneel down on one knee for a grand finale and when I tried to stand up I collapsed in a heap. The girl next me asked if I was okay. “Yes,” I replied, crawling to the corner to try and pull myself up, only to discover that my arms had been transformed into wet spaghetti noodles too.
The sad thing is that several of the women who had been in my class felt pumped up enough to stay for the next class – BodyAttack. It was all I could do to drag myself into the locker room!
You can leave your condolences, or if you would rather, donations to my bank account would also be appreciated!
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
I slept in until 10:00 am.
I am in a real funk.
I'm not depressed, just a little empty. It's kind of like when you make brownies. You have this bowl of rich, creamy chocolate. After you've filled the pan with batter and it's tucked away in the oven, you still have the bowl (and spoon) with chocolate brownie batter on it (because no one ever puts all the brownie batter into the oven, right?!) So, what do you do? Wash it out? No! You lick that bowl and spoon until they are almost clean. And it's always kind of sad when there's no more brownie batter to lick clean! So, there you have it - I feel like a used up bowl of brownie batter! Nice. See what I mean... there's just nothing left!! I need to refill that bowl! But, how?!
Lest you think my weekend was dreary, fear not!
My bowl is actually quite full, isn't it?!
How do you fill your "bowl"?
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saturday I gave one of my college-aged daughters my prized haircut/color appointment I had scheduled for me six weeks ago. I even paid for it.
I either really love my daughters, or I'm beginning to resort to desperate measures to get these girls hooked up with some handsome men!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
We ended up here and did some shopping.
We had a yummy lunch on the patio at Applebee's.
There were rain clouds threatening, but they didn't bother us much. We were enjoying the afternoon too much to be bothered by a little rain.
When we left it didn't look like stormy weather over our house. But as we continued our drive south and saw storm clouds gathering over the mountains, I became a little worried that I had neglected to give Sophie her sedatives which sort of help her during thunderstorms and fireworks.
Surely she would do fine until Dave got home a couple of hours later. Right?
Our fun afternoon was brought to a screeching halt by a simple text message from Dave which included a picture of what he found when he returned home.
Apparently, the storms were a little more severe over our home less than 15 minutes north of where we spent the afternoon shopping!.
Needless to say, the picture kind of dampened my spirits! We finished up where we were at and ran through the rain to the parking garage. Looking back I think we should have stayed at the mall, but all I could think of when I saw the picture was how much it was going to cost to fix, and shopping is not a good thing to do when a huge unexpected expense is looming.
Sure, the carpet is old and needs to be replaced, but other changes will be made when we change the flooring and we are not in a position to make those changes right now.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
While I was out on the patio I cleaned it up a bit. Working full-time, I tend to push aside tasks that aren't "urgent" here at home. Getting those things done was a re-charge, too.
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Monday, May 31, 2010
I dreamed about having a simple bike like that ever since. I did not want to hunch over handlebars anymore. I did not want to have to figure out what gear I was in. I just wanted a bike to ride for the fun of it. However, we live in the foothills and a single speed bike is very impractical, since the only place I really could ride it would be in my driveway! Thoughts about My Bike increased in direct proportion to the thermometer outside - as the days became warmer, my desire for a bike got stronger. We went looking "in earnest" on Saturday. I even took some on test rides. I came home and researched more. And today, after careful consideration, I went and bought My Bike!
Friday, May 28, 2010
is a terrific tool...
It says Do Unto Others as You Would Have Others Do to You.
I remember teaching my kids this song when they were little. I learned this principle in church and home. Wasn't everyone taught this at some point in their lifetime?
I am beginning to wonder if it is a principle that's being thrown out that proverbial window.
Do we really believe and live the Golden Rule? Or do we merely pay lip service to it?
Do we really treat other people how we really would like to be treated?
Do we extend to others the same mercy we would like to have extended to us on any given day? Or are we quick to judge, not taking the time to try and understand?
Do we recognize that most of the time, most people really are putting forth their best efforts and take the opportunity to acknowledge that? Or are we impatient and unfair in our demands?
Do we truly accept people for who they are and what they can contribute, regardless of their personality, appearance or income level? Or, do we quickly judge someone through our limited frame-of-reference and assume we are right because, well... we are?
Most of us are not guilty of being outright rude or hurtful to people. Some of us may even be so good as to never gossip openly about others.
But, what happens when we are given one of these?
Can we maintain the same standards of mercy, kindness, fairness and compassion that we might if people knew it was us who was making the judgements? Is it easier to be unkind when no one knows it's us?
Anonymous surveys can be dangerous things. When completed fairly and carefully they can be valuable tools to help an organization make improvements. However, they can also become an easy way for people to let off some steam. Just go to any news site on the internet and read the comments people make to see how stupid some people can become when masked with a shield of anonymity.
So, the next time you are given a survey to respond to, take a minute, take a breath and think about that Golden Rule.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
at my work do not "wind down" with the end of the school year. In fact, they get busier and busier the closer we get to that beloved last ring of the dismissal bell.