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2018 Y/E Full Moon…Um, I Kinda Feel Like Cindafreakingrella

I gotta admit, I have worked very hard for all that has been going down in my personal life in the last few days.

I kinda feel like Cindafreakingrella.

I have been “scrubbing floors” for a very long time since starting over in the Fall of 2010.

And just like Cinderella, I am so grateful for every single thing going right, and every beautiful, almost magical, gift I have been given.

I have been dreaming, planning and working towards this for so long.

Here is December 23, 2018’s beautiful and healing full moon.

I love a full moon.

I have so much more to share, but for now…Holy Wow, Thank You.

And…it was so worth it!

Never. Give. Up.


Where is the Damn Reset Button?!

I have a bit of anger going on right now.

Most would not associate me with anger.  At least I hope not.

Not unless you have been in close proximity and seen or experienced it firsthand.  But let’s be honest, it doesn’t happen all that often, but I will admit, when it does, it can take a little while to get over it.  hahaha

If you dig deeper, anger is only the top layer, and for me, it is covering up stress, fear and frustration.

And I cannot wait for a reset.

I have so much tension in my body that I am seriously considering adding a punching bag to my home gym.

I don’t like feeling anger/angry either.  Talk about not being a nice person, nor does it feel good.  Not really my cup of tea.

But sometimes it happens and sometimes it gets stuck.

So I need some time away to reset me, my mood, my thoughts and my world.

Luckily, I am only one and a half days away from such a wonderful retreat/reset.  Time off for the holiday season.

I am going to exercise.

I am going to deep clean and deep declutter my home.  And although most would not consider my home to be cluttered, I want to get my home down to things that I honest to goodness use.  If I don’t use it, and I haven’t in a long while = donate it and let someone else enjoy it.

I am going to see some movies too!

I haven’t seen a movie in the theater in such a looooong time and I looooove going to the movies.

I want to see these two films…

SECOND ACT – Jennifer Lopez

Movie Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPzrK5yLIoM

A STAR IS BORN – Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

Movie Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo_efYhYU2A

I do have some comic relief in most of my days which helps.

That’s the gift my co-worker and I give each other.

I don’t know that a day has gone by in a very long time that we haven’t laughed together.

To be honest, that is probably the only reason we are friends! hahahaha

Just kidding.  He takes care of my motorcycle and that’s a BIG plus!  A gal has to keep her priorities straight.  hahahaha

But I help him too.  By his own admission, he is not a very good gift giver.  So, I helped him buy his gift for our office holiday luncheon on Friday, along with two other co-workers I helped separately, so now I know 4 of the 12 gifts being presented.  Surprise! hahahaha

I also helped him buy gifts for his wife, and then I even stayed late after work last night to help him wrap them.  This is their second Christmas together, and this year he’s better prepared and really wanted to make her happy by having presents under the tree for her to gaze upon until the big unwrapping several presents day.

Recently we were taking a walk and I was talking about a problem I was trying to resolve and said, “You know, I can be like a bulldog and I am not going to let go until it is resolved.”

He said, “You are SO right!  You ARE like a bulldog.”

I said, “Shut up Chihuahua.”

And we both laughed so hard because he can be quite skittish, and I scare him often, half the time without trying.

I sent him the following pic….Subject line read: SUPER Chihuahua!

And his nickname from me has since become – Chihuahua!

Personally, I just love saying the word. hahaha

A couple of nights ago we were leaving the office at the same time.

This happens at times, but we rarely leave the parking garage at the same time.

Um.  That is because I have scared him on a couple of occasions so he tries to avoid it at all costs.

He drives like a granny.  He’ll tell you so himself.

I don’t.  And he will tell you that as well.

So there were, um, a couple of times he has been tooling along down the road oblivious to everything and I have either pulled up beside him or behind him without him knowing, and then I slipped my gear shift into neutral and REVVED my engine!

I wish I had a video of his reaction.  I can’t even explain it….something along the lines of…eyes wide open as saucers, physically bracing one’s self for impact, utter surprise and fear and then the realization that it is only me.

Thinking about it now makes me laugh.  I am so going to hell for this one. hahaha  The few times I have done it, I laugh all the way home, crying and unable to breathe.  Yep.  I am going to hell.

But this is really, really mean, so I only do it once every blue moon as to not give him a complex.  Plus I don’t know how many strikes I have left for doing this before I really do go to hell or karma comes knocking on my door.

So for the reasons mentioned above, this is why he very much prefers I leave first, and why it was unusual that I found myself right behind him the other night as we both pulled out of the parking garage at the same time.

Since I have been in a foul mood, I gave him his space and in no way tried to intimidate him.

We drove to the end of the lane and entered the traffic circle, me far behind him….and then he proceeded to make a second loop in the traffic circle and to his utter surprise, I followed suit.

And then we were both laughing so hard and driving around in circles until he finally exited onto the ramp and I followed, far, far behind him because this day I was giving him his space.

When it is free and clear I do pass him eventually, because I can not drive that slow.  By I do so by being many lanes over and not right next to him.

It is silly things like this that help end a rough day on the right note, and why I should be right as rain on the other side of my retreat/reset long weekend.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday, and I am happy to report I will not be a Grinch and rain on anyone’s parade! hahaha

 

 

 

 

 


A Very Happy Thanksgiving Indeed

I unexpectedly had a very Happy Thanksgiving, unexpected because I was unable to be with any of my family this year.

I was very touched that my coworker and his wife invited me to have Thanksgiving with them.

To be honest, I was surprised.

They are very social and always have plans or people over.

Never in a million years did I think I’d be dinning with them for Thanksgiving.

Even more mind-blowing, I was invited by proxy to spend Thanksgiving with his parents should my co-worker and his wife accept their invite.

But they declined to keep it less formal and more chill for the three of us to enjoy.

They are Persian.

He has celebrated Thanksgiving maybe twice or three times in his life.

His wife, never, this was her very first time.

Originally, I was on tap to bring a healthy version of green bean casserole, an appetizer, some sort of bread and corn on the cob.

Um.  I kinda got carried away and brought all if this…

 

My house has never smelled so great!

Between her and me, we had enough appetizers, main course, side dishes, and desserts to feed at least 15 people!

Really, probably more.

I only took 1% of the leftovers home.

They can deal with the other 99% of the leftovers.

Give it away, freeze it, or eat it for a week until you need to wait another year before even thinking about eating Thanksgiving dinner again….I don’t care. hahaha

My co-worker’s wife has never experienced Thanksgiving.

Now she has.

I wanted to make it a complete experience.

This was our table…

Persian and traditional Thanksgiving dishes side by side.

Seriously, there almost wasn’t enough room for us to sit at the table to eat properly due to the massive food layout.

But it was awesome.

And I loved every minute of it!

Next year, I would like to be with my family.

And now I have a Persian dish or two up my sleeve to share.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

I really do hope today was gratifying and fulfilling for you and yours, and that you found things to be grateful for.

I was not with my family, but I am so grateful for my family and my friends and this crazy thing we call life.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Life is worthwhile, and I am so grateful that I and my family are still here to enjoy the ride.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 


BLACK FRIDAY 2018!!!

Just kidding.

I have honestly never participated in a black Friday anything ever.

And for the record, I haven’t participated in a cyber Monday anything ever either.

Obviously I am single, without sig other and/or children. hahaha

And I am not poo pooping those who do celebrate.

I know many who wait for these days all year-long, and I hope they all “cash in” and then some!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and yours enjoy love, health, wealth AND all whole lot of happy and harmonious togetherness.

Wish me luck….this year I am having a Friends Thanksgiving.

I am unable to be with my family due to several reasons and several locations.

BUT I am having T Day with friends.

I am on tap to prepare a healthy version of the ole green bean casserole, and an appetizer (not healthy at all!), bread, corn on the cob…..AND this is going to be WAY TOO much food for 3 people, 2 cats and a dog – just sayin’)….

I’ve got this!

I think.

Whatever.  I never claimed to be a good cook.

The jury will be out until COB tomorrow night.

I am very saddened to be separated from my family on this day.

But I am thankful for the day with friends and hope to spend next Thanksgiving with my family, and perhaps I will even have a new green bean casserole dish under my sleeve….which by then will already have been tested and proved true…or scrapped completely due to this year’s experience.

We shall see.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I Am Trading in Facebook For…

Ted Talks.

And audio books.

And newsletters.

And podcasts.

And music.

And books.

And exercise.

And journaling.

And classes.

And cooking.

And painting.

And writing.

And volunteering.

I am trading in Facebook to explore and to grow and to move beyond where I am now.

I deleted my Facebook account.

After October 2nd it will be finalized.

#IRLL (In Real Life Living)


Chapter 10: More Than Good Intensions. How to Adapt to New & Difficult Situations

I really cannot express how much of a positive impact this book has made on my life as of late….

Willpower Doesn’t Work.  Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy.

I found out about his book as a bi-product of listening to and studying two other sources.

His book and thoughts have flipped most previously self-help resources I have studied on their head.

It is real. It is practical. And it is logical.

The most telling result – I cannot sit still while or after listening to any part of his book.

That really hasn’t ever happened, EVERY SINGLE TIME after listening to any book or reading anything.

I have his book as an audio book on both on my iPhone and iPod.

I only have to hear the man speak for 5 minutes and I am up and being extremely productive, taking care of things I have been procrastinating about completing for so long!

Chapter 10….How to adapt to any environment no matter how difficult…become an adaptive learner.

  1. Have faith (not religious, a personal conviction) that you can adapt and change…aka…have The Growth Mindset, become a flexible learner.
  2. Commit 100% to the change you seek, be willing to change who you are to uphold/achieve your goals.
  3. Learn to develop tolerance to the things you fears most.
  4. Learn how to tolerate and embrace unpleasant emotions…directly expose yourself to your fears and resistance.

And that is just the beginning of Chapter 10.

“Control your environment rather than allowing it to control you.”

“Lessons will repeat themselves until they are learned.”

If you want to go to the next level, be willing to start over and over and over again until you learn what you need to learn to advance to the next level.

A personal mantra I have gleamed from Benjamin Hardy’s book ~ Make my mind adaptable to any circumstance.

Many people knock self-help resources.

But as long as I am here – I want to be growing, changing, evolving, and experiencing all that life holds for me.

Yes even the this totally sucks stuff (I’ve got some of that going on right now).

Why?

Because, all of life – the good, bad and ugly is what makes me, me and what makes you, you.

For better or worse, everything, all of it, really does make life worth living and something to be appreciated.

It also creates the desire to strive and create something better for you and yours.


Dear Google

Dear Google,

How do you delete songs from your iPhone?

What is the difference between a blender and a Nutribullet?

Can you wash bed pillows in the washer machine?

What color is healthy poop?

What house plants are safe for cats?

How can you tell if you are adequately hydrated?

What time does Home Depot open on Saturdays?

Where the hell does a city girl buy hay?  (Side note, a DIY suggestion, to remove harmful paint fumes & the new paint smell…place a pan of damp hay in the room and re-wet as needed).

How much should I weigh for my height?

Which is it…..gray or grey?

How long does it take to learn how to play a guitar?

What does it take to become a CPA?

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie pop?

Why do ac units leak and how do you fix it?

How many weeks are in a year?

What is an American Wave perm?

Do vitamins really work?

What is the most lucrative part-time work?

How do you remove a hard drive from a laptop?

When does menopause finally start?

Does recycling glass and plastic really work, or do these items really go to the dump too?

How long does plastic surgery last?

How much rent can I get for my condo?

What should the air pressure be in the tires of my Harley?

What is the appropriate and acceptable age difference of an older woman dating a younger man?

Where were you when I was in school and could have used help writing term papers?

How do I reinvent myself?  I am ready for something….else, new, different.  I am ready to grow.

Thanks for your help,

Lisa

 


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