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Enjoy more as an adult

October 31st, 2009 1 comment
Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

I think Halloween is a holiday I’ve grown to enjoy more now as an adult than I did as a kid.

I enjoy giving out candy… seeing what little ones dress up as. Such a mix of kids!! Witches, reapers, goblins, cops, princesses and penguins to name a few. SO CUTE!

Its so good to see families out together, as well. Some family time is rare in this day and age.

I enjoy dressing up myself… being a kid myself for a day. Or just being something I’m not. Stepping out of my comfort zone while still saying comfortable in the knowledge that its a night that doing so is expected.

I’ve grown to really like spooky things. My favorite TV shows include Ghost Whisperer, Medium, Ghost Hunters, Paranomal State, etc. I like to be spooked. It is an adrenaline rush!

Finally… there’s just something fun about the day in general. Its all it encompasses in one big Halloween package. It’s not the candy any more. Its the experience of the night/day. I like it!

Happy Halloween!!

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Time & ambitions

October 22nd, 2009 No comments

“I’ve learned…. That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”

– Andy Rooney

I know I’m only 28 — I’ll be 29 in 19 days, feel free to send me presents — but already I see life spinning by faster and faster each year. I remember the year dragging by as a kid, and today I feel like the month is ending before I’ve gotten used to it even BEING that month! Christmas is only two months away, and I still haven’t gotten used to the idea of Fall being here!

This month has been quite busy, and as a result many things I’ve been trying to keep up have once again fallen by the wayside. There’s only so many hours in a day. So many days in a week. So many weeks in a month.

I’m 10 days from NaNoWriMo. I was so jazzed for it at the end of September. Ready to start writing immediately! Now, it’s 10 days away and I can’t fathom how I’m supposed to pull it off. I’ve hardly been keeping up with my Project 365!

Its at this point in which time and ambition collide, and you have to decide which is more important. Succeeding in your goal, or conceding that maybe time just isn’t going to allow it to happen. Which takes precedence?

When in school, there was no option. It didn’t matter if you had an organizational meeting after school, then had a game to go play a couple hours later, and in one class you had to read three chapters and in another write an essay! Sleep suffered, and you got the jobs done.

Today, for me, I am my own boss in many of my projects. And I do find myself to be a pretty relenting boss at times. At others, I’m a total softy on myself and I extend my own deadlines past what I should. (I like sleep these days! What can I say?)

Good thing I’m my only employee! What mixed signals I give!

That being said, I’ve never not attempted a goal. I’ve never given up before I tried, and with that fact I am going to do my best to do NaNoWriMo. Right along side my Project 365, my blog, my jobs, my husband, our home, and everything else! I have to try — time be damned! It’s amazing what a person can do when they put their mind to it. I continue to challenge myself every day to do everything I possibly can and be the best me I can be.

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Library photos

October 20th, 2009 No comments

Life has been really busy lately, and unfortunately this blog has taken a hit due to that fact. Be glad I didn’t write yesterday, though! What a MONDAY it was! Rants galore.

Today, I bring you something I am very excited about… some of my photos of the Nashville Public Library have been used in a video for the Knight Foundation. For a short period of time, the video will be up on their site.

Any time any of my photos get the attention of others, and they ask to use them in their projects, it just makes all my time taking pictures feel more worth it. I do it because I enjoy it, but the extra validation always feels good! Here are the images they chose to use:

Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library

Thanks to the Knight Foundation for using my photos for this project!

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Show me the pink

October 3rd, 2009 1 comment

NBCAM_25yrs.Web_LOGOIf you don’t know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month you’ve either just not been paying attention or you’ve just not been paying attention. Everywhere I look these days, I see pink as, thankfully, these days Breast Cancer Awareness is at the forefront of our media.

Here in Nashville, last night the Grand Ole Opry even went pink. As I watched the news, they showed the video screen on the Opry stage as it listed survivors and those that had sadly lost their lives to breast cancer. I recognized one name.

Earlier this year, a friend — a fellow “musician’s widow” — was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she has been undergoing treatments for it.

I can’t begin to say how much I’ve admired her as she has gone through every hurdle placed in her path. She has only one more round of chemotherapy to go, thankfully. She’s been through a lot, but through it all she’s had a smile on her face, a loving husband by her side, and a million friends standing by to help her (and a million more silent admirers). She is without a doubt one of the strongest women I am blessed to know.

No one should ever have to go through all she’s been through, but, sadly, according to the American Cancer Society, over 190,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2009. That number is far too high.

I still remember when I was in high school, I was among a group of four or five girls sitting in a circle waiting for the bell to ring to change classes. Somehow the topic of breast cancer and self examination came up, and one of the girls went, “You know… statistically, one of us sitting here will get breast cancer.”

She has no idea how that statement impacted me in that moment. It really rocked me back on my heels. It was the first time I really gave breast cancer much thought.

Fast forward about five or six years to when I worked at a newspaper in Texas. I covered the town’s Relay for Life and I quickly got caught up in the excitement and passion behind the event.

“It was like a punch in the stomach. It takes your breath away,” Karen Meyer said as she spoke about her battle with cancer to a small group of men and woman who met to plan the upcoming ‘Relay for Life’, an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of American Cancer Society.   (Excerpt from another article about the event.)

original_imageMy hat’s off to the men and women of the American Cancer Society who do so much for those diagnosed with all forms of cancer, and for their families.

Today, I’m finding there is more and more appreciation, respect and attention given to breast cancer and those diagnosed with it. Tonight, when a friend, Sarcastic Mom, Twittered about Boobie-Thon, I had to investigate (and ultimately participate.)

Much like Sarcastic Mom’s Bewb Fest, I discovered a respectful celebration of “boobies” in general. Let’s face it, part of the hurt and pain of breast cancer is the removal of a woman’s breasts. We might not admit it in general, but many women get a lot of confidence and pride from their breasts. I’ll say it right here and now (just this once — haha) that I know I do!

From the Boobie-Thon site, though, I found myself linked to countless wonderful sites focusing on breast cancer awareness. Independent sites focused on bringing breast cancer to the forefront in an almost paradoxical manner of celebration. Let’s celebrate women and the breasts, but lets also be aware of how many women fight breast cancer. Money raised towards research helps to eventually eradicate it, and the lessons towards detecting it early helps to lower the mortality rate.

To end this blog, I will leave you with some of those links I found. Remember, ladies, to love your boobies. Check yourself regularly. Get yearly mammograms. Give love and support to those dealing with the challenge of breast cancer, both the women and their families… help them all get through the challenge and remember that they are FABULOUS and AMAZING.

We ALL are.

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October, please be kind…

October 2nd, 2009 No comments
Pumpkin Patch and corn maze my husband and I went to last October

Pumpkin Patch and corn maze my husband and I went to last October

I love Fall.

Fall, however, has notoriously not loved me.

I love the crispness of the Fall air. The change of leaves. Football games. Pumpkin patches. Oktoberfest. Sweaters. Birthdays. Halloween. Thanksgiving. It’s just my favorite season of the year!

However, the last two years, at the very end of September and into October, I’ve been plagued by absolutely horrendous sinus infections. Allergies go crazy, and I end up succumbing to pain and pressure. Two years ago, I actually got so bad that the entire left side of my face became swollen!

So, of course, when I woke up on October 1st with my nose all stuffed up and a general BLAH feeling, I immediately became paranoid. I refuse to get that sick again this year! Especially in the wake of the various strains of flu already going around.

Hand sanitizer is my best friend these days. That’s right along side of my Neti pot, which is one of the best purchases I have ever made in my life. I take Zyrtek daily, and I keep Sudafed and Muscinex on hand at all times. These are my items of arsenal against illness. I hope they work!

Now, don’t get me wrong. October is not an “all bad” month for me. I moved to Nashville in October 2006. We moved into our house in October 2007. My nephew was born in October, as was my sister-in-law. My parents got married in October.

October has definitely, on a whole, been a wonderful month for me in my life, and I am going to go into this October with optimism…

… and a box of Kleenex and my Neti Pot.

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