Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Positive Post Tuesday

Remember that poem, about people touching our lives? Well it's true in reverse too. Other people see us and we affect them. Unknowingly we send messages about ourselves and who we are, and what's important to us. It's a matter of how we live our lives.

Yeah yeah, blah blah blah. This is true of course, but it's not often we get the opportunity to see or hear how another person has seen us. Sure, our friends like us for who we are, but what about those other people who are on the fringe of our lives? I've been blessed this past week to have an old High School acquaintance say something really nice about me. I'm tempted to post what he said about me, because it was so kind. But I'm not going too, because I don't want to toot my own horn. Ron tooted my horn and I'm just going to let those kind words glow inside me. It's great that what he saw in me, is what I want people to see in me. I have succeeded in that!

But you should go check out Ron's blog, Wings Over Wisconsin. He's taking flying lessons and has chronicled his journey.

As this blog chronicles my life journey.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Whata weekend ...
Ok, so here's my bulleted list of randomness:
  • We demolished the kitchen. Granted, it looked pretty bad before we even started (duct tape on the floor) but it's totally gutted now.
  • Before the gutting was complete, I stood on the counters trying to wash the walls. I have always grabbed the bottom edge of the counter, to help pull myself up onto the counter. Having learned how easy it is to just yank the cabinet faces off, I'm just dang lucky that I'd never accidentally pulled them off! (and those walls are YUCK!)
  • Mark paints the walls tomorrow. Alison and I went and bought some very pretty brown paint for the big wall and behind where the stove will go. We got a lighter color for the ceiling and half wall and sliding glass door wall. My FaceBook account has a photo journal of sorts. (demolition so far)
It's been a long day. I'm tired. (destruction is hard work!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Where to go and what to do ...

There's a question for you ... But who can answer it?

I've spent this morning reading blogs and the Bible and listening to a sermon or two, and talking to God. In all of this, I've come up with a list of random answers. Kinda. Sorta. Maybe not.
  1. I'm going to build myself a motivational 'vision board' as explained by Cathy. I've been inspired. I have goals, and I tend to forget about striving to achieve them. So I'm going to make this board and stick it in my face to remind me. And I'm going to work towards achieving them.

  2. I have recurring frustration in a certain area of my life. I'd already come to the decision to give it to God every time it comes up, but today I read something that reminds me that each time I give it back to Him, that I also say a prayer of forgiveness. My frustration and resentment only eats at me, and I need to forgive the source. Luke 6:28. The big kicker is that the source of my frustration has no idea they are the source. So why do I continue to carry it?

  3. On the same note as above, I re-listened to Pete Wilson's sermon on Forgiveness (in the Baggage series). And I took notes. Forgiveness is not condoning, excusing or reconciling. It simply frees my spirit by letting go of my 'right' or desire to hurt them back.

  4. I am moving on.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Positive Post Tuesday

As previously mentioned, we are in Canton Ohio this week getting to know our new coworker team mates. Jackie has a love of horses and she happens to actually OWN a horse. Ace lives at Dave and Tracy's barn, and Dave is one of our coworker team mates too. It's really awesome to get to work with these guys, and even more awesome that they've shared their love of horses with Sarah and I (Stoney is a big fat fraidy cat). Ace has been a bit stuborn for Jackie lately, tonight he did not want to walk forward. I got a couple of pictures of them together. In this first one Jackie has a little bit of a smile on her face, not sure why cause Ace had only stepped one step forward. None of the pictures I took on my phone actually show the breath teaming from our faces, or the horses faces, but it was a bit nippy out there tonight. All the same, we had a great time. I haven't been on a horse in 13 years now, not since Chuck and I rode in New Zealand. Sarah has been around horses in her live, but has never been on one. Tonight was her lucky night.

She and I both rode Matahute (remember that name from "The Rescuers Down Under?" (I don't, but Sarah did). Anywhoots, Matahute was just a sweet girl and very tolerant rusty experience and a sweetheart to ride.
Fun times. (I can tell I've been spending a lot of time with Sarah, cause that's her line)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday's Randomness

My boss, Sarah and I are in Canton Ohio for a week. We're meeting up with the rest of the crew, our families are 'melding' into one. Much enthusiasm in this trip! Here's a brief photo journal of our three legs to get here.

Rising well before dawn, our flight left Reno at 6:05. The first leg, Stoney and I sat in one row (with Sarah across the aisle cause it was a 2 x 2 small puddle jumper prop plane). This is when I took the picture of the sunrise.At LAX we had to rush to the connection. What a pain. The 2nd leg, the long flight, Stoney got stuck in the back of the plane, and Sarah and I played cards.

The short 3rd leg, Stoney was in row 4, I was in row 10 and Sarah was in row 12, which happened to be the last row on the plane. Another puddle jumper but at least it was a jet.
That's where the moon rise picture was taken. Kind of a poor quality picture that I've not been able to improve much in Photoshop. But it was really cool seeing the moon peak through the cloud cover contrast against the wing tip. Airline was NorthWest, thus the red tip.
Arriving in Akron/Canton about a quarter til 7 (4 at home) we'd been at it for 12 hours. After getting ourselves to the hotel (LOVE MY iPHONE and Google Maps!) we settled in and got some food. Now Sarah and I are chillin and catching up with all our stuff.

I have more pictures up on my Facebook, if anyone wants to go peak at them.

Friday, January 9, 2009

What I Write About

So says the Wordle. Now if someone could show me the cool plug in to make that show up on my side bar, and update appropriately, I'd be really happy!

Looking over that word cloud, it appears most of what I write about is pretty up beat and happy. I'm glad to see that cause I sure feel like a whiner recently.

    Find your center and stay there:
    it will allow you to live your life
    to its maximum. -Barbara Ann Kipfer
I am balanced.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Footprints

I think it was last week when I posted the poem
Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Others stay awhile, make footprints on our
hearts and we are never, ever the same.
When I posted it, my heart was full of joy for all the people I listed.

Today my heart weeps for those that are no longer my friends. Some friendships just drifted off in time. Some friends died. Some friends dropped me from that status, deciding for whatever reason there was no friendship. It's hurt each time. I can honestly say I've never deliberately dropped someone as a friend.
Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain.
It's not something you learn in school.
But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship,
you really haven't learned anything.
•Muhammad Ali
I know the meaning of friendship. My heart is sad. The footprints are fresh.

Time will heal.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Stats

Again, can't say if my Stats suck on Sunday cause I really don't know. But here's my list of randomness for the week:
  • Saturday I went skiing with Sheila. Met her at 8:30 and we went up to Mt. Rose and skied our fool hineys off. I'd texted Stoney on our way there, inviting him to join for the afternoon (not figuring he'd be up and ready any time soon). He arrived about11. Sheila and I had already done about six runs. The three of us did another four and Sheila left on account of her legs screaming at her. Stoney and I skied another three of four runs, my energy fading fast with each run. The final run I slid down a good way on my back, totally spent!
  • On my way home I stopped at REI and checked out the garage sale. Didn't find anything I couldn't live without (but bought a thermous bottle anyway). I rented a pair of snowshoes for Mark ...
  • A mile from home, waiting at a red light to turn left, a 14 yr old boy (TJ) got hit by a car. Right in front of me. The car that hit him was turning left, into the crosswalk where TJ had the WALK sign flashing and all. I checked.
    • I just called TJ's mom Kim (got her number from the accident scene). He's feeling much better, has two fractures and a pulled ligament in his knee. The car was very low and his knee took the brunt of the impact. They see a specialist tomorrow and may have to go in and surgically remove bone chips that are loose in his knee. Mom Kim said she (they) appreciated the prayers, and I told her I would continue to be thinking of them all.
  • Mark and I went snowshoeing and it didn't kill him. Not even a little bit. Far from the nightmare memories he has of snowshoeing as a kid. We were on a well packed trail and neither of us sank at all. It was a beautiful day, the lake was gorgeous with clouds laying low on the surface of the water. There was a Stellar Jay and possibly a Grey Jay hopping around the trees squawking at us.
  • After snowshoeing, we stopped and had lunch and played some pool. Had my hiney handed to me. My game has really gone to the dogs since we don't have a table in the office any more.
  • All in all, (except for poor TJ), it was a nice weekend.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Friday's Favorites

Since Friday is for listing my favorite things ... Facebook is my favorite social networking site ....

In the picture above we find Danny, Rick, Romy, Casey, Dawn and Kismet. I have to say, I've become addicted. Kinda slim on what to say, just go check it out. I'm Diana Keefe Adams (so all my old friends who knew me as Keefe can find me!)

While I'm at it though, here's some chili I made (the vegetarians loved it ... Mark thought it needed meat)