Monthly Archives: December 2010

Up in the Air

I’m a movie fanatic. In times of stress I turn to mindless entertainment and sometimes I find quotes that speak to what I am feeling. I love “Up in the Air” if you have not seen it it’s worth a spot on your Netflix Queue.

 

Natalie : I thought I’d be engaged by now. I thought by 23, I’d be married, maybe have a kid, corner office by day, entertaining at night. I was supposed to be driving a Grand Cherokee by now.

Alex : Well, life can underwhelm you that way.

Natalie : Where did you think you’d be by now?

Alex : It doesn’t work that way. At a certain point, you stop with the deadlines. It can be a little counter-productive.

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one day at a time

“Faith is noticing the mess, hurt, and emptiness of many days and walking with it until light returns”

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old people quotes

Working in retail is an adventure and a nightmare at the same time. This week I have been bitter because I’ve been scheduled twice for shifts well past my 10:00 bedtime. It is amazing how a few kind customers can change your tune. I helped a set of grandparents pick out pajama sets for their 6 grandchildren. They were very confused about the sizing and needed help finding things that matched.  Here are some of the funny things they said. I don’t know their names so I will make them up.

June: What do you think of this combination Barry?

Barry: Well June I think that is lovely, I think this outfit would really help her sense of self worth. She would feel beautiful in those pajamas.

June: Well she is in that awkward stage between being a child and a teenager.

Barry: I’ve been in that awkward phase my whole life.I keep hoping I will grow out of it.

June: You see men have no appreciation for all the work and effort that goes into Christmas shopping and they wonder why we want to leave them at home.

Barry: What do you mean? This is about as much fun as buying paint in a paint store.



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wilson

My parent’s dog (and still my dog) is getting old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even in the past month he has started to show his age. Whenever anyone would walk in he would bark, jump off the couch and greet them. Now when I come in he stays at his perch and looks at me if only to say “oh it’s just you” .  Last weekend we welcomed our first snow and who knew snow could have such an affect on a dog. You would have thought  old Wilson was a puppy again. He was taking laps around the deck, eating snow off the ground and trying to catch snowflakes as they fell from the sky. All the running an jumping must have got to him because after 15 minutes he puked in the snow, looked at me to say “Did you see that? Who cares, now I feel better” and started running again. What a dog.

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storms

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Louisa May Alcott

I love Louisa May Alcott and I love Little Women (perhaps I will watch the Winnona Rider adaptation tonight). I wish I lived into this quote for real. I fear life’s storms, when they happen I think …

quick quick let’s fix it and move on everything is great, nothing to see here.No I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s pretend it never happened.

Maybe the key is not trying to rush through the storm and “get it over with” maybe I need to learn to ride it out. There is a lesson to learn in the storms and lessons to learn during the clear skies. Am I the only one who does not want to admit when things are rough? I bet not.

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Blog #50

Whoa 50 entries. Is that a lot? Probably not considering I started in July of 2009. But a milestone none the less. Let’s catch up shall we? Perhaps a list of notable things is appropriate.

1. I have continued to winterize my apartment, sealing my windows and mostly piling on the layers at night.

2. I ate deer. Ryan and I made dirty rice (one of our fav meals) except this time we used deer instead of ground beef.  Ryan got it from his parents who got it from a family friend who hunts on their land. It was not bad, not as flavorful but not bad.

3. This past weekend we celebrated my dear father’s birthday. Happy birthday Dad!

4. Future hubby and I have become entranced with The Big Bang Theory. On impulse he bought the first season and I must say it is hi-lar-ious! New TV on DVD love.

5. I’m still trying to decide how I want to decorate the apt for the holidays. I am thinking of going the simple route mostly because it’s cheaper and I still have gifts to buy 🙂

6.  A news-worthy tid-bit. 18 families in our town have had their outdoor Christmas decorations stolen. When I say stolen I mean everything timers, extension cords, lights — everything! Talk about a Grinch!

7. I finished The Girl Who Played with Fire and I am chomping at the bit to buy the next book. I am trying to wait until it a. comes out in paperback or b. becomes available at the library.On that note I really want to join a book club or start a book club. Something to think about in the new year.

8. I went to my first roller derby match and let me say it won’t be my last. These women are incredible they push and shove and get all sorts of agressive all on roller skates. If you don’t know what I am talking about rent Whip It, if you do know what I’m talking about and want some grade-A entertainment look up the Naptown Roller Girls’ Schedule.

9. I continue to torture myself by looking at Pet Finder’s website. I so desperately want a dog. But I also want to be a responsible pet owner and recognize that this is not the right time for us. We have agreed that by next Christmas there will be a dog in our home.

10. Does anyone else find it hard not to buy things for yourself this time of year? I mean there are so many great deals out there, I’m struggling. I am trying to combat this by make detailed notes to hand ideas off to future hubby and my darling mother.

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