Archive for October, 2008

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Obama Rally

October 31, 2008

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama came to MO last night and spoke on the MU campus, right in the heart of my old stomping grounds.  Over 40,000 people attended, most after having waited in line for hours.  I got in line around 6:45 and the line was already close to 1.5 miles long, 5 – 10 people wide.  I finally made it into the venue around 9:10, only 10 minutes before he started to speak.

The atmosphere was electric – the energy was just amazing!  I was too far back to see the stage, but did watch the whole thing from a great screen (if I stood on my tiptoes, I could see the stage, but just barely.)  I could gush on and on about what he said and how he said it, but many of you saw it on CNN or watched it online or have heard about it or don’t care, so I won’t go there, but I do want to say that it will forever be etched in my memory. I will never forget and am so glad that I was there.  It’s history in the making, regardless of who wins, and I am thrilled to have been a part of it.






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Jacking up some pumpkins

October 30, 2008

Yesterday was a gorgeous day, so we decided to play in the yard and carve some pumpkins.  The kids took some of the pictures, but I love them all.

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Please

October 29, 2008
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Abundance is everywhere

October 28, 2008

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting
for our wits to grow sharper.”

– Eden Phillpotts

Times are hard.  Our economy is in the toilet.  The only thing that is seemingly affordable anymore is gas – but gas does little good if you cannot afford to do anything once you get where you’re going.  Food prices are outrageous.  Health care options are being slashed and burned.  It’s turning cold and the cost of heating a home is rising and rising and rising.  It’s so easy to get mired down in the muck, oh so easy to focus on what I don’t have, what I should have, what I want to have – The list is long.

Making that list, however, doesn’t really do anything postive, does it?  It just feeds energy into a mindset that is stuck on “lack” when I want my mindset to be stuck on “lush.”  NO, not the boozy kind of lush, the lush of fragrant gardens, the lush of succulent flowers, soft silk, rich velvet, smooth chocolate, fluffy bathrobes.  I could be grieving, but I choose to be grateful.  I have so much for which to be grateful.

I make gratitude lists often. When I feel like life is in the dumps and I have nothing to be happy about, I sit and make a list.  Within minutes I see that I have everything I need.  All of my needs and wants are being provided for every day.  I am blessed beyond measure.  When I focus on what I have and what I’m grateful for, suddenly the things I’m lacking or scared of or worried about disappear or get resolved or heal up or whatever.  This works … without fail.

I’ve been really stressed out about a dental issue I’ve been having.  It’s caused me extreme pain, angst, worry, fear, shame, stress, and even guilt.  I lost sleep and sanity over this issue.  Eventually I realized that I was cementing myself in a black place of negativity and blocking my own path to abundance.  I prayed to my universe about it. I turned it over and let go.  And I started having fun.  I started living and loving and laughing and trusting and believing and attracting.  All weekend I believed that the money would be there.  I believed that the dentist would be gracious. I believed that I would be healed.  I believed it would happen swiftly and peacefully and I believed that it would be taken care of. I believed in abundance. My beliefs paid off.  Yesterday we got an economic boost and the assurance that it will continue to be a boost – it will be there as long as we want it.  I went to my dental appointment and the tooth that has been causing me drama and trauma for weeks and weeks was removed painlessly and at a vastly reduced cost.  The dentist was, as always, caring, compassionate, respectful, empowering. I have a seriously intense hole in my mouth where the tooth once was, but I slept last night for the first night in weeks.  This morning I feel on top of the world, in so much less pain than I have been for a long time.  I am accutly aware of the abundance that surrounds me – and I am so grateful to be so blessed.

When we want to throw in the towel, to bury our heads, to give up, the universe seems to give up on us.  It simply doesn’t work that way, though.  The universe is nothing but abundance, waiting for us to realize it, to accept that, to appreciate that.  When we are grateful for the things we have, suddenly we realize how much more there is to be grateful for – we are blessed beyond measure and we see that it is enough, we have enough, we are enough.






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The same thing we do every night, Pinky, try to take over the world

October 25, 2008

Obama Pictures and McCain Pictures
see Sarah Palin pictures

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A Hundred Highways

October 24, 2008

Music is a huge part of my life.  It has been from the moment I came into this world and will most likely continue to be as essential to me as air until the day I draw my last breath.  For every memory I have, there is an accompanying soundtrack.  For every experience, every emotion, every passage, every moment, there is a song.  Sometimes I hear something that is so profound it changes me, it alters my DNA, and I will never be the same.  I had one of those experiences today.

I have loads of Johnny Cash in my collection.  Over 200 songs in my iTunes library alone and at least 6 albums I haven’t imported yet.  I love Johnny Cash.  I felt like I was visited by his ghost today as I listened for the first time to American V: A Hundred Highways I held my breath as I heard him sing songs I had heard before with my ears, but never with my soul.  Origingal songs and covers, this album nearly brought me to my knees.  Click on the link above and listen to samples.  Read the review.  Get the album.  Get moving.

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Mother’s Little Helper

October 20, 2008

I don’t know if it’s the economy or the changes in myself, but I find myself longing for the simpler times (before I was born, LOL) where women ran around in aprons and popped little yellow pills.   So I’m really into old, retro aprons (in vintage fabric when possible) and love making them. This one is reversible, but the ruffle doesn’t come out quite as cute in the picture as it is in real life.  Stealth took the pics, so you know, take ’em with a grain of salt.

I like to make dinner in a cute little apron listening to the Sex Pistols full blast.  😉

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Clip clip clip

October 16, 2008

I went grocery shopping this morning and had a new experience.  Now, we normally do one huge grocery shopping trip per month and then a trip once a week for perishables and the like. Today was the huge trip.  We’ve been trying to find a way to save money anyway we can without necessarily compromising our food habits (whole grain, organic, free range, etc.) Lately it’s been getting harder and harder.

B’s place of employment gets the daily papers from all the major distributors of the state (KC Star, StL Post, etc.)  No one ever ever ever takes the Sunday coupons, so he’s started bringing them home. I spent about 15 minutes this morning clipping out coupons. I realized that, to use the coupons, I would have to be buying things that I don’t normally buy, but was willing to give it a shot and see how it turned out. I planned ahead for extra time to compare prices and see if it would really add up to a big savings to buy things other than I usually do, etc.  Kids  well warned and bribed with the promise of candy, I went shopping.

I used the coupons and bought different things than I normally do (read: brand names instead of store names) and I bought in multiples if required, but when it was all said and done, I saved more than 12% and I didn’t even try hard! If I worked hard and went to a store that did double coupons (I dunno if there are any around here,) I could have saved even more, but hell, 12% is enough to convert me! Everything that I normally get was covered, but in different brands. I even got a mascara that I have wanted to try because I had a coupon for $5 off!!  An even bigger bonus?  We’ve been in a food rut.  Same ol’ same ol.’  Not this week.  This week we have new options!  It’s absurdly exciting to have a new cereal to look forward to or a new marinade to try.

And I saved money!!  So I guess this is a PSA for coupon use.  It really pays to clip ’em up.

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The King and I

October 12, 2008

It’s Sunday evening and I’m sitting in my office drinking a beer and listening to B.B, King and Eric Clapton.  It’s been a good day, so I’m just going to ride with the king.

Ya’ll know that I’m a naturalist for the most part.  I did cloth diapers (although admittedly not exclusively,) I prefer to make as opposed to buy, I don’t like to consume things or slather myself with things I cannot pronouce.  As much as I am a naturalist, however, I am foremost a mosquito hater.  Loather.  Plotter.  Oh man, I cannot tell you how much I hate those little fuckers.  We are planning on putting up several purple martin houses next year, but until then, we are screwed.  It’s been so bad that we hate to even send the kids out to play in our yard and the weather has been just glorious lately.  This afternoon, however, B went to the store and came back with Off! Smooth and Dry.  I almost fell over when I tried it.  It completely lives up to it’s claims.  It keeps the bugs off.  It dries in an instant to a true powder dry finish, and it smells … well, it smells an awful lot like my hair care products.  If you are getting eaten up, give it a try.

B and I took the kids and Hank out for a hike today.  We went to Rocky Fork and had a blast.  There were a zillion and twelve little butterflies flying everywhere in all sorts of different colors.  Lots of wildflowers and birds still making things all purty.  Duck lead the group, as always, and I think we probably hiked around 3 or 4 miles.  B caught a very nice bass in one of the little lakes and Hank cut his tongue eating some new wild grass or something.  He’s currently pooped out, laying at my feet.  That’s 2 or 3 weeks in a row now that I’ve gone hiking on Sunday afternoon – Love it.  I was thinking about how, when B and I first got together 9.5 years ago, we used to go to this same place.  Back then, I would get winded and worn out and ready for a break by the time we were 15m inutes into the hike.  This time, however, we hiked for close to 2 hours and I never even broke a sweat, never felt my heart rate rise, never ever needed a break.  I’m so much healthier now than I was then and that, my friends, is an amazing thing to realize.  Call me Pinot, only getting better with age.

My Mom gave us an early Zenmas present last week: a Wii Fit.  She recently got herself a Wii and, when she got herself the FIT, got us one, too.  Now, let me tell you, this is the most amazing little gadget in the world.  Seriously, there are so many gaming systems out there, but none of them compare to the Wii.  So, back to the Fit.  I just cannot tell you how much I love this thing.  It does yoga.  It does aerobics. It does balance training.   It does strength training, and it even provides you with a trainer.  My kids love it.  Hell, my husband loves it!  And it’s not for pansies, let me tell you.  Nintendo, you rock!

I’m working on this gauntlets right now that remind me so much of Breakfast at Tiffany’s I can barely stand it.  What girl hasn’t wanted to be Audrey Hepburn at some point in her life?  To freaking bad they aren’t for me.  Will I ever knit for myself again?

I heart Facebook.

My affirmation for today was “Abundance is my natural state.”  I had to laugh — that fits on soooooooooo many levels.

JFL is all braggin about eating brownies.  Remind me to put some arsenic in his pancakes.

I had a dream the other night that I was covered in tattoos.  I had this full length Japanese style tattoo down my spine and my arms were covered in black inkwork. I woke and, since I sleep with a sleep mask, I didn’t really see anything.  I said aloud, “Oh please please please let it be true.” When I took the mask off and saw that, in fact, it had only been a dream, I actually shed a tear of disappointment.  Sweet Holy Moses on Toast, I love tattoos.  So, we start phase two of the tattoo shrug soon – designing the next big piece.  It will be about the same size as the one on my right arm and will be in the same style and same placement on my left arm.  I know what the focal point will be.  I just need to get B drawing.  I’m thinking I’ll have it done in February.  Eventually, both arms will be sleeved and then there will be one gigantic piece across my shoulders in the back connecting it all.  I get all tingly just thinking about it!

That’s it for tonight, ya’ll.  Have a blessed week!

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Busy Hands

October 10, 2008

It’s that time of year again.  Brisk mornings and cool evenings cry out for a hand knitted goodie or two. And it’s going to be easier for you all to get some real soon.  I’ve been asked to sell gauntlets and a few other items at a local boutique.  Currently I’m finishing up a hat that is going to Wisconsin, but then I’ll be working on the collection for the boutique.  I’ll be sure to let you know when things get out there.

Now, to learn how to knit in the round with 2 circulars instead of 5 DPNS….