Archive | May, 2011

Five Star Challenge: Day 5

9 May

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Today: Five People (or Pets) I Love

  1. My Husband: Jeremy is intelligent and loving with a great sense of humor. He is good at keeping things in perspective and knows how to enjoy life. Being his wife has been a great joy and I look forward to continuing to go through life with him by my side.
  2. My Mother: My mom did a great job raising my brother and I , and has always been there for me. Her love and support are a constant that is invaluable in my life. She is also very intelligent and beautiful. Some women fear turning into their mothers as they get older – I would consider it a great achievement if I do!
  3. My Brother: We don’t always see eye to eye and end up bickering a bit, but that’s fairly common with siblings. My brother is one of the most compassionate people I know and has a great respect for justice. He is very talented, intelligent, and kind and I am proud to have him as a brother.
  4. Our Cats, Jayne and Vera: It’s lovely to be alpha-cat in my house. Jayne and Vera often follow me around the house and relocate to chill in the same room as me. It’s nice to feel that kind of love. They can be a little pushy sometimes, but they’re always available to comfort me when I’m feeling low or just to relax near me as I unwind after work. Also, they each have a very distinct personality and are just a joy to watch as they play or interact with objects and people around the house.
  5. My Friend, Bren:  Although I don’t get to see her as often as I like, I always enjoy being around her. Bren is one of the happiest, most upbeat people I know. That said, she is also very intelligent and down to earth, often getting fired up about the same things I do. The best thing about her, though, is that she is always my biggest cheerleader. She is always so interested in and excited about things that are happening in my life, and that kind of love is just infectious.

Well, that wraps up my Five Star Challenge. I hope everyone enjoyed this little glimpse into my mind! It was fun to really think about these lists and read some of the lists posted by my friends.

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Five Star Challenge: Day 4

8 May

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Today: Five Things That Make Me Happy I’m Alive

  1. Reading on the couch + Cat on lap or cuddled up close by + rain softly drumming on the windowpane = Bliss.
  2. Butter. In a creamy cheese sauce, on an english muffin, on popcorn. Butter is a wonderful, wonderful thing.
  3. Relaxing with my husband. Whether it be playing video games, watching TV or movies, taking road trips, or cuddled up in bed, he is my favorite person and I enjoy every moment with him.
  4. Singing.
  5. Live Theater – especially musicals.

Happy Mother’s Day

8 May

This post is a gift to my mom, but the rest of the interwebs can enjoy as well.

Who doesn’t love adorable animals? Who doesn’t love pictures of loving mama animals with their cute baby animal offspring? (If you don’t, there is something seriously wrong with you, and I suggest seeking medical attention.)

I do – and I know my mom does.

So, as a virtual Mother’s Day gift, I have rounded up a plethora of adorable mamas and their cubs/pups/kids. I only limited myself to pictures of one mama with two children in the pictures as I am one of two children my mother lovingly raised.

Enjoy – I love you, Mom!

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Five Star Challenge: Day 3

7 May

Well, now that the hard parts are over, moving onto the next day of the challenge with:

Five Things I Am Grateful For:

  1. Technology: This seems almost too obvious. Technology plays such a major role in my life: social networking sites, e-mail, blogs and blogging, medical advances, video games, information technology and the internet. It’s so amazing to be able to answer random questions quickly, search and purchase almost anything online, and to stay in touch with my friends across the world.
  2. My Husband: Aside from his just being a generally awesome person, he also provides a lot of economic support in our relationship and has always been supportive of me trying to find my way. It is a blessing to have the flexibility to not work 9-5 if needed. (Incidentally, he doesn’t keep a normal 9-5 schedule either, so when I *am* doing a 9-5 job, it can be somewhat stressful when our schedules don’t align).
  3. Friends and Family: I am happy to have such a wide variety of friends who are interested in so many different things. Keeping up with them keeps my life diverse and interesting. It is also such a wonderful thing to have friends and family that are so supportive of me and always offer a soft spot to land when the going gets tough.
  4. Ayn Rand/Objectivism/ARI/etc: My life has been so enriched by learning more about the philosophy of Objectivism. My approach to daily problems and events has become more positive, I have met many wonderful people who share my views of the world (and some that don’t, but that’s ok!). It helps me to think about issues more clearly and bolsters my ability to see the world as a benevolent, knowable place. I look forward to OCON every summer – without it, I probably would not have met my wonderful husband, not to mention many other friends I am privileged to know.
  5. My home: I’m not so much talking about the physical location that is my current home, but the pieces that make it “a home”. It’s a joy to come home to a comfortable, safe place with a loving husband and two doting cats. I enjoy the feeling of peace and contentment that our little slice of the planet helps to create. It is a culmination of the people, pets, furniture, artwork, and other material and non-material trappings located within it. It is a great thing to have helped to create this place for my husband and myself, and I consider myself fortunate to always have a peaceful place in which to retreat from the world – or to invite my world into.

Five Star Challenge: Day 2

6 May

(For the set up for this challenge, go here.)

This one is going to be difficult for me. I often feel like I am at fighting with my body as my immune system declared war on my thyroid several years ago and staying ahead of the damage can be difficult and frustrating. I often need to reorient myself to accepting and appreciating the things my body can do in order to keep from getting too frustrated when it isn’t doing other things I would like it to do.

Five Things My Body Can Do

  1. My body makes my husband and I happy. I think you all get my drift. ‘nuff said.
  2. I can roller-skate. This is a silly one on the surface, but I really enjoy roller-skating and wish I did it more often. (I don’t go as often as I’d like as the music during “adult nights” is kinda crappy, and I don’t really have any skating buddies to share in the fun.) I own my own skates so that I can go when the mood strikes and enjoy the wind on my face and that feeling of flying.
  3. My body can create and enjoy glorious food. I am not a chef extraordinaire, but I know my way around a kitchen and have quite a few mastered recipes under my belt. I have a number of go-to dishes to impress, and I have a long list of quick, yummy meals I can make after coming home from work. I really enjoy food and the feeling of being satiated. Enjoying good meals is a great pleasure in life, and I am always happy to indulge!
  4. My body can make beautiful music. My voice is especially adept at singing and covers a wide range as well. It can be strong, powerful, and loud – or soft and sweeter. It is incredibly agile. My hands can play piano well enough to offer some sort of accompaniment to the singing. It’s lovely to always have music wherever you go.
  5. My body can create worlds. When I see a finished set I have designed and helped to build and paint, it truly feels like you have created your own small little world for these characters to live in and audiences to be transported to. That is a truly awesome power.

Five Star Challenge

5 May

A few blogs I read (note: those are 4 separate links) have been participating in the 5 Star Challenge. I have decided to jump on the bandwagon as well as I’ve been a little down lately. (I believe due to my thyroid getting cranky again.)
For this challenge, the rules are to write 5 posts on the following:

  • Five things you love about yourself.
  • Five things your body can do.
  • Five things you’re grateful for.
  • Five things that make you happy you’re alive.
  • Five people (or pets) who you love.

So, I will start today with

Five Things I Love About Myself

Incidentally, I think today and tomorrow will be the hardest list for me to populate. Already, I’m getting stuck for 4 and 5…

  1. I am a good singer. I love singing – even if it is only karaoke. I have a good voice, but I really enjoy interpreting songs and focusing on communicating the story or theme. The interpretation is what separates the greats from the everyday singers.
  2. I feel things very deeply. I am a rational person and don’t enjoy a lot of drama in my life, but I do appreciate that I experience life very passionately. Of course, while this means I enjoy strong waves of happiness and love, I also get very bothered  by some things I probably shouldn’t allow to upset me. All in all, however, I would rather be able to experience my emotions this way than to be stoic.
  3. I am smart. This is one I don’t know if I’ll ever believe in my bones, but I know it is true. I am not sure why I can’t seem to accept this, but I am working on it. I am very good at creative and critical thinking and can break down problems into conquerable pieces. I can keep up with politics and current events, and I yell at news articles which make absurd claims based on seriously flawed studies more often than I care to admit. I enjoy analyzing– especially in the realms of films and books. I seem to pick up new processes and skills quickly and am often sought after by friends to collaborate in various activities. In an overall sense, I enjoy thinking and having an active mind, which I think is a great virtue.
  4. I am a Renaissance Woman. I have a wide variety of skills and a broad base of knowledge. While this doesn’t always translate to excelling in all of those skills or being the most knowledgeable, it allows me to do many things without getting too burnt out in one area and I can converse well with many different types of people. Some of my skills/interests: singing, piano, set design, scenic art, light construction, directing for the stage, project management, cross stitching, origami, drawing and painting, sewing, writing, teaching, computer skills, video games, psychology, philosophy, politics, theater (especially music theater), movies, books, puzzles, art, knitting, crochet, chainmail and other jewelry, cooking, baking, and so on.
  5. I make pretty things. This somewhat piggybacks on the last one, but it’s a little more specific. I have a variety of hobbies that are centered around making pretty things. I enjoy making new cross stitch patterns and sewing bags, clothing, and home décor items. I also enjoy baking (though I do it sparingly) – especially when I can make cute things such as Cake Pops. Embellishing is also a good skill – I made my kindle case prettier and more individualized by sewing on a piece of blue dupioni silk. I have made an elaborate pirate costume with a lush velvet coat as well as 3 corsets. I enjoy having the ability to make something unique and pretty at a moment’s notice.

Stay tuned tomorrow for: Five Things My Body Can Do. (rawr!)