Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Belated Thankgiving

As promised and only because lil' bro remembered to snap a photo....................

Friday, November 26, 2010

Back in the Saddle

Been hiding out for a few weeks.

Not that I haven't thought about many things to post...........but somehow, when I spend 80% of every work day looking at a computer screen.........the last thing I want to do is spend the evening looking at a computer screen. 

So I write a cool post in my head, but never seem to make the time to do it when I get home.

So here's the laundry list of some of the random things floating around in my head.

  • If you watch only the national news weather forecasts...............you would assume we are buried in snow.  Those national maps show little digital snowflakes falling all over us.........The truth is, we  haven't seen snow in more than a week........we're in some sort of a weird weather inversion thing.  The Rockies actually shield us from the snow at times. Shhhhh.............don't tell folks thinking of moving here that the Front Range doesn't see that much snow.  The snow hits the "hills" and then we drink that run off next spring, and use it to water our lawns.
  • The Husband works in law enforcement...........and therefore, I am used to spending some holidays alone.  But I've learned that holidays are merely a day on the calendar.......but the "thought" can be celebrated whenever you decide.  So Thanksgiving is tomorrow around here.  Parents and the lil' bro will join us tomorrow and we'll have our turkey, etc.
  • By the calendar, Thursday was turkey day..........but I spent the day, mostly in my jammies.........watching movies.....one of my favorite things to do.  I needed the quiet.  I would have preferred The Husband was home..............but it was a good day.
  • Speaking of movies..............the best 3 Thanksgiving "ish" movies are:  Home for the Holidays, Planes Trains and Automobiles, and the oddly entertaining...........Pieces of April.  On another day, I'd be a good blogger and give you the links...........but go find them On Demand or on IMDB or Netflix.
  • I am reading "Wicked" and it's one of the weirdest books I've ever read.  More to come.
  • Our neighborhood has been strangely quiet for the last few days.........everyone must be somewhere else.  I have a feeling the quiet will not last.  I think that is a "good thing".
  • I want to take pictures of my Thanksgiving table, but I always forget.  Dad, remind me if you read this.
  • Thanksgiving was also my Dad's birthday, and tomorrow is my parents 52nd wedding anniversary.  My mom and lil bro's birthday was earlier this month.  We get them all done in November. 
  • We are busy at work.  And that is also "a good thing".  Business is up.  Good sign all around.
  • Thanksgiving came late this year.............Sunday morning, (or maybe Saturday night) will bring the beginning of Christmas decorations.............and I have a LOT to say about that.
  • I love Christmas.
Thanks to all of my loyal readers...............not just my family, but friends, in person and virtual. 

I am Thankful for all of you!!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You For Your Service


















To the Veterans I know, and to the many I don't.  Thanks for your service.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

No!! I Don't Do These............

Okay........I get these memes/questionnaires/thingies all the time............and seldom respond.  But I thought this one was more interesting than most..........and I'm happy to link you back to the Dame...........

So below is my answers to these thought provoking questions.


What fictional person, place or thing would you make real, were it in your power?

Hard to chose one here........but the first thing that popped into my head.........I would like the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia to be real.  Not just for the adventures to be had in Narnia, but because when you return to the real world..............very little time has past.  Like putting the breaks on time while you live out other lives..............magic.

What do you find comforting?

Nature. The sights, sounds, and smells of God's creation soothe me.  Every time.

What makes you almost hold your breath in excitement?

Music performed live.  Nothing better.

What offends you?

People treating others with disrespect or cruelty.

What always makes you smile?

Children.

How are you in a crisis?

Tough.  Calm.  Fall apart later.

What is your most unusual or rare quality?

My ability to see situations from every angle, every perspective.  Should have been a diplomat.

What woman has had the strongest impact on your life?

My Mother.  She survived heartbreaks, poverty, racial prejudice, amazing adversity, and physical challenges.

What fictional character did you love most or identify most closely with as a child?

No snickering..............Jan Brady.

What's the strangest job you ever had?

Substitute day care teacher at a 24 hour day care facility.  Took care of toddlers overnight for parents who worked the graveyard shift.  No............they weren't sleeping........they stayed on the same schedule as their parents..................sad, really.

What's the hardest job you ever had?

Answering the late night phone call as a youth pastor, that one of your kids attempted suicide............. However............he is now a university professor, and father of five.  He is one of the joys of my life.

If you could relive any moment in your life, which would it be?

Looking out the window of the airplane at the blue lights of  Ben-Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv as a 17 year old.

Who was your first crush on?

Bobby Sherman


What song makes your heart sing?

Impossible to pick one!  Okay if I must..................."Moondance" Van Morrison.

What book do you never tire of?

Everything by CS Lewis, but especially "The Great Divorce".

If you could live in a book, which book would it be?

Any Jane Austen novel.

What film have you watched the most times?

Dances With Wolves

What film do you quote most often?
(Actually quote, not wish you were clever enough to quote regularly and INTEND to quote. What do you ACTUALLY quote?)

Steel Magnolias. 

What film's dialog do you love most?

The Big Chill.

What poem or line of poetry resonates with you most strongly?

"Two roads...........diverged in a wood......."

What famous quote do you repeat or refer to most frequently?


See above.

If you could (or had to) freeze your physical self at one age, what would it be?

34

What view would you choose if you could have any view from your bedroom window?

The San Juans.


What one thing would you give to everyone you know if you could?

The "peace that passes all understanding."


If you could be a tremendous success at any one thing, what would it be?

Movie Director

What, if anything, do you hesitate to do for fear of looking silly or being laughed at?

Anything requiring eye hand coordination. I have none.

Who would you choose if you could talk to anyone who is no longer alive for an hour?

My Grandpa.


If you wrote your will, who would you leave your most prized possession to?

Sell it all..............give the money to charity.

What sentence did you never say to someone, but wish you had?

Too private.

What do you most like getting the opportunity to say?

Thank you for marrying me.  I say it all the time.

When have you laughed the longest or the most?

Monty Python movies.............watching my Dad laugh at Monty Python movies.

Whose face is your favorite face?

All the faces of people watching music live.............never seen such joy. (best viewed from backstage, looking out at the audience)

Where do you feel safest?

Home.

When do you feel most yourself?

Sitting on a bench in Ouray, Colorado.

What makes you nostalgic?

70's rock n roll.

What is the best lesson you have learned in life?

To be content.

FINALLY!!!!!

Yes, I am happy today.  I love the first snow..........it's possible only my Mom loves it as much as me.

Warm this morning, but mid afternoon...........it started raining, then sleeting, then as I headed home, big fluffy flakes.........lots of moisture which we needed so badly.

The first snow of the season.

Happy Colorado Girl today.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Living Blue

Maybe if we had better signs..............................

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