Archive for November, 2009

A few truths…

…that I learned today:

1. Getting the oil changed in my car is, without a doubt, my least favorite errand.  Please, just change my oil and stop trying to sell me additional services.  Brighty is telling me she’s thirsty, that’s the only reason I”m here!

2. I love love love finding steals…this I already knew.  99 cents for something I’ve been searching to find for months?  Hell yes!

3. Bath and Body Works is not a good place to shop for someone whose taste you know little about.  Too many decisions, too many ways to go wrong!

4. I’ve worked seasonal retail.  I know the challenges.  But, when I’m the only person in the store, don’t tell me you can’t print me a gift receipt.  Firstly, you’re lying.  Secondly, sheer laziness is unbecoming.

5. I LOVE those little cards I get in the mail from Victoria’s Secret for a free panty.  I have an entire drawer full of nice panties that didn’t cost me a cent.

6. I could do all my Christmas shopping at the bookstore…I love that place!

7. I discovered a new favorite store today, a consignment furniture store.  Too cool!

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I planned to spend this evening in the kitchen, cooking and baking yumminess to take with us as we make the holiday rounds for the next several days.  Then I remembered how annoying it is to have my every move anticipated by Border Bitch and Polar Bear Butt.  So, I pulled out a seldom used tool: my little friend Comfort Time.  The bottle promise to “promote relaxation and calm”.  Oh heck yeah.

Thus, instead of spending my evening with two of these:

I got to enjoy the quiet company of these:

It was LOVELY!

The kitty got a little, too, since he was jealous that the dogs were getting “treats”.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have the same effect on him.  He spent the entire evening getting “cozy” with one of his kitty toys.

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Concentration Camp


A midnight sphere.


veiled in mud.



A Ghost.

Followed by 2,000




One need,

one plea–

where there could be

a million…



I stand,






I too,

am a ghost.

I too,

yearn for one thing:



But I am no longer inside,

looking out,

but outside,

looking in.


I am free,

a spirit with wings.

I am the butterfly

on the outside

of the fence.


~Alverna Hess, sophomore

Our Hands, 1998-1999 Federal Hocking High School Literary Magazine

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Taking Action

Lately, I’ve fallen into an old (and slightly destructive) habit at work.  I over-analyze relationships with my coworkers and bring home mental baggage to think about into the wee hours.

I need to take a little advice from Emerson:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Unfortunately, my over-analyzing is based upon very real, very present conflict.  This conflict has been going on for a few weeks.  However, I’m not the root cause: it involves me in that I’m caught in the middle between two other parties and it stems from a lack of consistency. 

Have I mentioned that I loathe inconsistency?

This conflict is also based 90% on office politics.

I’m also very anti political posturing.

But, I love my coworkers.  And I like my job pretty well, too.  And so, it was time to do something.

So…I met with my supervisor and discussed the situation with her.  And met with another co-worker who was involved to clear the air.

And now, while the political aspect is never going to go away, and the inconsistency has yet to be resolved, the tension among personnel has been almost completely eliminated.  Time will tell if this is a long-term solution, but I am much happier for the time being. 

I have to admit, I’m sort of proud of myself for making the first move to take action, braving that old foe–conflict, and moving forward instead of continuing to let the situation fester.

Quote to live by:

From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.”

~Anais Nin

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Einstein and such

I had planned to write a post venting about my day.  See, there were a lot of reasons for me to hate today. 

First off, it was Monday, which automatically gives it negative points. 

Second, I had to work.  See, I normally have Monday’s off…which I love, by the way.  However, I had to work today so that I could have the day after Thanksgiving off. 

Third, I began this Monday at work by unintentionally providing my arm as a doggie chew toy.  Said doggie had big teeth and he knew how to use them. 

Oh, and the list goes on.  But…I’m not venting, remember?

I decided to try to make this a positive post.

Or, at least a thoughtful one.  Mr. Albert Einstein’s going to assist me with that one.

This is the quote I’ve been reflecting on this evening:

I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”

~Albert Einstein

See, I want very much to be “smart”.  Most of the time I don’t feel intelligent though.  I’m constantly thinking of all the things I don’t know.  Or the things I used to know, but have since forgotten.  (Periodic Table, whhaat!?)  I know I’ll never be an Einstein (the man was the living definition of genius-ness), but knowing that HE didn’t know everything there is to know makes me feel a tiny bit better about my (far greater) intellectual shortcomings.

What brought this line of thought on, you ask?

Grad school.

Honestly, it scares the beejeebees out of me, but I’m becoming increasingly more game the longer I ponder the possibilities.

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I’m not even sure it’s possible, but I’m hoping that November is even more productive than October!

To-do for this month:

1. Write Christmas lists.

2. Read 3 books, possibly including:

  1. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
  2. Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
  3. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger or My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

3. Winterize my garden, front flower bed, and both side beds. 

4. Find & purchase a soap dish.  (This may sound way easy, but it’s really not.)

5. Make mulled wine.

6. Complete my barely started knitting project. 

7. Get a group together to go see “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”.

8. Try a new type of wine.

9. Make dish(es)–pie(s), mashed potatoes, etc.–for Thanksgiving dinner!

10. Buy at least two Christmas presents. 

11. Pick up manure in arena & haul at least 10 loads of sand into the arena. 

12. Ride my horse at least 3 times per week.

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I’m not really sure why, but October was a bit of a crazy month for me.  Goals were a good thing, even if they didn’t all get completed!  And I already started my list for November!

Here’s the post-month report:

1. Find & purchase at least one bookcase.  No – I located one on Craigslist, but then got the flu and it was gone by the time I was up to trying to go get it.

2. Look for a new dining room table.  Yes – I looked.  Didn’t find anything though. 

3. Find & purchase a photo album for our wedding photos.  Yes, love it!  Also ordered the first 100 pictures & they’re ready for their new home. 

4. Winterize my garden, front flower bed, and both side beds.  No. 

5. Place a ”for sale” ad for my horse.  Yes. 

6. Update boarding ad(s).  Yes. 

7. Complete my barely started knitting project.  No.

8. Mail care package.  Yes.

9. Buy at least one Christmas present.  No. 

10. Figure out our holiday plans.  Partially – hubby’s family knows what they’re doing, but my family likes to procrastinate 😦 

11. Pick up manure in arena & haul at least 10 loads of sand into the arena.  Partially – I’ve hauled 3 wheelbarrows full of poop out, but have a LONG way to go. 

12. Take hubby to Columbus for his now belated birthday weekend.  Yes – and it was awesome.  See pics here

13. Meet up with some old friends at the Circleville Pumpkin Show October 21-24.  No – it rained all day…and have I mentioned that I’m a fair-weather-only kinda person?  I was very bummed we didn’t make it though.

14. Donate to a charity.  Yes – I donated to Robyn’s Nest, a non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization.

15. Read at least 3 books.  Yes – 4, actually.

16. Request absentee ballot for Nov. 3 election.  Yes – voted AND convinced hubby to vote, too!

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Gone to the Dogs by Emily Carmichael

Chic lit, way girly, only finished it ’cause the main character is a Corgi and I’m a sucker for stubby, fox-faced canines.  Nothing wrong with the book, it’s just not my style.

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Best Sookie Stackhouse book yet.  Loved it!  Sookie’s character has never been boring, but I find it difficult to identify with her.  (Blond, busty,  promiscuous, and usually ditzy–not too much in common.)  In Dead and Gone, she jumped off the page a bit more for me.  Now I really can’t wait for book #10 (due out May ’10).

Dancing with Werewolves by Carole Nelson Douglas

Urban fantasy filled with buku amounts of old-timey/classic film and lit references.  This book was littered with crassness which–in my opinion–was unnecessary and didn’t add to the story.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a problem with vulgarity when well placed, but I felt the book was cheapened rather than enhanced by the language.  Very unique writing style–which I admire–but ultimately the book wasn’t my favorite.

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Another urban fantasy novel, this one featuring Kate Daniels, who by the way just might be my new favorite heroine.  Kate is a mercenary whose specialty is killing supernatural monsters.  She’s kick ass, has a big mouth, and pretty much takes care of herself.  She also has a proper appreciation for good horse, which makes her just about perfect in my book.  In Kate’s world, there’s been a magical apocalypse leaving a conflict between magic and tech (technology).  Sometimes electricity, cars, and such work, but, during magic influxes, the world changes drastically.  I’ll definitely read Andrews’ next Kate Daniels book, Magic Burns.

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