Morning of Dismay and “POOF!” Now a Ray of Light!

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I am trying to hold myself together this morning and not to have a melt down.  So much for asking someone to do something once and it getting done.  Nothing at my house is done unless you truly do it yourself.  I need 5 minutes to myself free of people, distractions, and dismay.

Everything is seemingly annoying to me.  Click, click, click, click.  The rattling of papers, hunting and pecking of typing, the multiple voices inside my head saying eat the chocolate cake in the break room….OH the agony!  Maybe I am just being melodramatic, but you get the idea.

I seemingly saw this article this morning and it really aggravated me.  I will be the first to congratulate one for having a second chance and doing well but, this insincere “for instance” kind of just irritated me doubly. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Obama-calls-Eagles-owner-to-congraulate-him-for-?urn=nfl-300632.  The thing is this: what is this teaching our children?  It is OK for you to do something blatantly wrong (inhumane even), go to jail for a few days(someone will get you out if you are rich enough), if your good enough at what you do then someone will pick you up and life will go on as if nothing happened…..OH and you will get paid an outrageous amount for your efforts and second chance?  You will come out as the hero!  Now, I don’t have any children and I try to stay away from politics, but this is a crock of you know what!

Where is the lesson of consequence here?  Where is the lesson of cause and effect?  Just punishment?   President Obama is feeding right into this by congratulating the man at his success of winning versus his shot at a second chance and having a moral victory!  As far as observation is concerned, why wouldn’t he jump on to the “victory wagon”?               (heavy) SIGH….

I love sports but there is a lot of dirt involved.  People have not a clue.  I don’t claim to be an expert on it; however I do have a firm understanding of right and wrong.  Paying someone a huge amount to “stay” with a certain team vs. going to another, or bribing someone to go to their school over the competition, or scheming strategies to position your school to be the best school in the conference by paying people to have the “best” of everything….it’s all dirty.  I understand paying someone justly for their work.  I understand too that you need the proper training and opportunities to succeed…I just think it’s just much too much.  Is it really necessary for them to be getting millions upon millions?  Maybe it is….maybe it isn’t.

There is hope though!  There are good women and men in sports with morals and their heads on straight.  There are athletes who are just great over all examples of how to balance the life of fame and stay out of trouble.  The ones causing drama are probably between 2-5%, but it seems their boldness overshadows the meekness and genuineness seen from such athletes like Albert Pujols.  http://www.albert-pujols.net/articles.php.  This is just one example.

Lastly,  I leave you with one last tidbit.  I read this book “All the Good in Sports” when it first came out…it was truly an amazing find.  Literally spotlighting 20 athletes who are GOOD good people on top of being an amazing athlete.  They have their priorities straight!  It was inspirational and such an easy read.  It’s books like this one that keep things in perspective for me and makes me happy to have such a love for sports.

I wish that they would write positives for Hollywood Actors/Actresses, or Musicians.  That’s more of the style of reading I would like to see rather than DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA!

INFILTRATE NEGATIVE AND REPLACE WITH THE POSITIVE!

Is this not more calming? Think of spreading the light today! Be a "Ray of Light"!

❤ The CatMan

Ho, Ho, HO!

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You'll shoot your eye out kid! Merry Christmas! HO, HO, HO!

 

 

I love Christmas for the very reason, there is Church opportunities to see friends and family that you haven’t seen for years, family comes from all over to see you, and plenty of food is provided to feed a small army…and then some!

How fortunate and blessed we are to have such a great and wonderful feast.  I also must think how spoiled we are in such a nation that we can pay NFL players millions of dollars for a starter season, yet we have people who are struggling to make ends meat.  It seems a little back words to me.

This Christmas, we started off with a trip to the Redi-med to get my Anut stitches. (This is a very typical start to a Holiday!  For an instance, I cut my hand pretty badly day before Thanksgiving…so TAG Anut…YOU’RE IT!)  No stitches from a Red Ryder BB gun…She somehow managed to trip on carpet and gash her head.  6 stitches later…sigh…we could start prepping for Children’s Mass.  We ate Italian Beef for Christmas eve and then relaxed as Santa came.  My siblings told us that they were going to wait until 9:30am to wake us up for presents…they actually stuck to their bargain!!!   As a family gift we received the game “Just Dance 2” for Wii.  I must say it really brought the family together!  We played it for hours on end and everyone was laughing and carrying on to the point that we forgot poor grandma was still eating in the kitchen!  It was my two sisters and I, my littlest brother, cousins–mostly their wives though, my parents, and Anut.  (Anut is how I used to write my Aunt Cathy’s cards and notes out because she is a school principal with an english background…she used to get so irritated! I am not the best speller; however I did that one on purpose.  It stuck with her now for years and years!)

When people get over the fact that you look stupid while you’re playing the game, you tend to have a lot more fun.  No joke we were probably burning so many calories from laughing and dancing that it really wouldn’t matter what we ate!  Life is too short to count the calories anyways!

Family is an interesting dynamic.  Sometimes it is easier than others to tolerate certain members but all in all they are what they are.  “Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.”  ~Author Unknown.  (Couldn’t have said it better myself!)   You were chosen by God to be with your family and embrace that!  They are the only family you got!

How was everyone else’s Christmas?  Any funny stories to share?

Spin me right round!

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Today my friends my head is spinning and my eyes are heavy.  It has been a long day.  The funny and ironic thing is that I was just thinking of a song and it ended up playing 2 seconds on my Pandora.

Today too was a struggle to find balance and stay awake.  It was a brainstorming day to which I don’t have too much to show from it.  I did talk to a few friends whom I haven’t had a chance to talk to in a long while, so that was nice.  Still smiling mind you because that was a good highlight to the day.  🙂

It is going to be a long night.  It will be fun but, definitely a long one.  I have been yawning all day!  Not good.  But, I will just pump a little caffeine in me and continue spinning right round, like a record baby!

Kind of how I feel right now...

Hope you feel more with it than I do friends!

xoxo

CatMan

“The Douche Lord”

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Today I devote my blog entry to all of those men that make women’s life heck.  Oh you know who you are…Here’s a clue if you still don’t get it:  the Italian Stallion was definitely one of them.

 

One example of a Douche Lord

 

OK women beware.  This type of man lurks everywhere with only one motive in mind…”satisfy myself”.  How rude?  Very rude.

So first I am going to define what a Douche Lord is and then we will go from there.  A Douche Lord is a man who is usually full of himself in one way shape or form.  He think’s he cares for others but, really he is using them and OK with manipulating them to get what he wants.  His world revolves around numero uno.  (He is a victim of the Me-Me-Me syndrome)  Well this type of male is totally toxic for a woman’s self-esteem, divine nature, and just is a one man wrecking crew.

Here is a good blog I found highlighting some Douche Bags thru the ages: http://www.the-fed.org/articles/volume25/issue2/douches.html

A Douche Lord is King of the Douche Bags.  He may or may not be affiliated with a fraternal order.  More than likely he thinks he is a pretty boy, but really he just looks silly.  He tries too hard.  These men should be avoided at all cost!

 

hahahahahaha! 🙂 What goofs!

 

This weekend I realized that there is way too much of this “me” douche bag-ness in our society and culture.  Sorry men for just picking on you, but the fact is women can be Douche Lords as much as men can.  So it does go both ways.

Life isn’t really about us.  Life should be about a bigger picture.  How we as tiny humble beings are using our gifts to help serve others on their journey, how we can make someone’s day a little better, or how we can make an impact on people we come in contact with daily.  If we truly want to make a difference in this world then, we need to see what is in front of our faces and act/react accordingly.  Love starts with you.  Kindness starts with….say it…YOU.  Compassion starts with you.

Let’s all make a promise to ourselves today my followers to not be Douche Lords or Douche Bags.  Lets think of others today, not ourselves AND remember where we have been and where we are going.  This is fitting for the Christmas Season.  Be kind to all those traveling on this difficult journey called life and help a brother (or sister!) out!

Today (or everyday’s) Mantra:  “I will put aside my wants and selfish desires today and be more giving and forgiving.  I will make it a better day for my family and friends.”

Give, not to receive or ask in return.  That’s the first step to being happy loves!

Love and good blessings to you sweet friend!

 

XOXO

CatMan

Just one of those days…

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Today friends has just been one of those days.  In celebration of Christmas, I have worn my ugly Christmas sweater all day today with out anyone saying anything!  What the heck?  Do people seriously think I have this bad of taste?  Oh I sure hope not!

 

Just an example of my beauty today 🙂

 

Today is also the day we had our white elephant gift exchange at work.  I just wanted to say my gag gift of ikky wine went solid and was traded several times before I remained in the hands of Suzie-Q.  It was delightful.  I know that she appreciates it.  Unlike other people…sigh.  People can’t appreciate cheep booze…

Tomorrow is our company Christmas Party!  Followed by a B.Y.O.B (bring your own bum…duh!) Corn-hole tournament.  It will be intense I am sure!  I cannot wait to see everyone dressed up.  It is a great change of pace compared to the usual jeans and t-shirts I am used to seeing.

I wanted to also inform you that I have picked up a second job!  YAY, get excited!  I am stuffing cookies for a customer of mine.  They are good people!  If you ever want to taste the best cookies in the world (next to your mom’s of course!)…visit www.cookiecottage.com.  They are a local company that was started by a pair of sisters.  Local and family owned and operated…it’s fantastic!  Please support  🙂

I feel so unprepared for Christmas!  I have cards sent out, but I need to get my gifts in order!  YIKES!  SO MUCH TO DO SO LITTLE TIME!!!  7 days…

Merry Christmas to you all!

xoxo

CatMan

Being honest with yourself…

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Have you ever had someone who has helped your personal growth or development blossom despite all odds?  I have had a good handful of them.  Herb would be one of them and its fabulous.  He has helped teach me a few things about myself and life that I think would have taken me a lifetime to figure out!

For Herb, a giant reason he is so knowledgeable about life is because he has been around since 1914!!  December 5th, 1914….you do the math!  Well Herb is also a recovering alcoholic.  He claimed sobriety in 1960 and joined AA.  His story of how he quit was a funny and sad one.  One day he was at a pub and had been drinking all day.  He ended up drinking to the point of blacking out, jumping on a train and waking up in New York City!  He was so confused as to what happened that for him, it was his turning point.

He has been so touched by the AA 12 Step Program that he has taught me some of the lessons he learned the hard way.  What an awesome program!  The best piece of advice yet, was about being honest with yourself.  That is the start.

Being honest with yourself is a hard thing for humans.  It allows one to critically look at themselves, critique and accept their faults and failures.  Build upon where they fall short of the Glory of God.  We all fall short but, it is how we handle our short comings, what perspective we keep, and how grounded we can accept ourselves for who and what we are.  Each of us was designed differently.  Uniquely.  Special ordered with a designed mission.  If we are really being honest with ourselves, we realize what matters the most in our life–because that becomes very apparent.  We realize what can be eliminated because in the end it is only fluff.  We also may not know what mission lies ahead, but that is alright because we are secure with ourselves.

I know where I stand.  I know WHO I am.  I know what possibilities lie ahead and most of all I have complete faith in God and myself to know I place my own limitations on what I can and cannot do.  God challenges them daily.  I never thought that in certain circumstances I would be doing all of the stuff I am doing and still surviving!  Coaching, volunteering, working full time…finding time for spiritual growth and family time, social time, and rest and relaxation.  It’s an interesting dynamic.  All about balance.

 

EEPPP! Importance of balance....

 

When you finally are honest with yourself, things become very clear.  I have been so blessed to have many people helping me grow in all facets of my life.  Being grounded, being honest with yourself, and realizing your worth are the first steps to finding that balance.  Next step saying no!  🙂

Now, today is Tuesday.  I am a one woman wrecking crew.  I may be super honest with myself in saying this but I feel like I am drunk!  I am taking everything out in my path.  I slipped and almost fell on my butt walking out to start my car, dumped my drink all over my notebook and desk, Herb called at 8:30am, I was told by a friend that tonight was the only night before the new year that would work for him to get together (I have to work and his gift isn’t ready yet!), and I really wished my voice was solid.  🙂  My case of the Munday’s came a day late…about par for the course!  Today I smile at the chaos going on and thank my lucky stars I am alive!

Song of the day:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOZuxwVk7TU

Have a great day!

CatMan

Day…..4.

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Not to complain…but TODAY marks day 4 with no clear voice.  I never thought the irony would exist!  The person that talks the most has no voice!  Oh the agony….ha not really just no voice.  I feel great.

I went to a seminar on Saturday that was utterly so uplifting to my soul and spirit.  I learned a lot about myself in regards to a deeper sense.  Ever just have one of those moments where you just know that you’re supposed to be there?  That was definitely one of those!

I met a lady named J.J.  It was a lovely conversation, lovely material and really got me thinking.  After it, the light bulb went off!  I forgot to let the dog out!  Oh man, this was not good.  As I remembered halfway thru the seminar, it was all I could focus on!  Ahh was the dog going to relieve himself on my new rug?  Or would he wait?  I was terrified!  It’s not like I can call the dog to see what he is doing or HOW he was doing…sigh.  My heart rate started rising, sweat started to form on my top lip, and I was breathing quite heavy….what was I going to do?

Well, I realized at this point that there was only about an hour left so I tried to just pay attention to the speaker.  5 min later….this was my internal dialogue…..”Oh gosh, it will take me 25 minutes to get home and if I leave in the next half hour then that will leave me enough time to be there to let him out.  But what do I do if he lets lose on my new carpet…ugh..I don’t like cleaning!  Lordy, well maybe I could duck out early…but if I do, how soon is too soon without being rude?  Oh I just don’t know what to do…”  Well finally I just stopped abruptly stood up (I don’t even want to fathom what the speaker thought) and just walked out.  At this point I was a one track mind with a mission of saving my carpet from urine!

I scurried out the door looking like a mad woman.  Ran to my car, mind you it’s icy out and I was at risk of falling.  I skidded across the ice and fell flat on my butt.  Thank goodness I have padding, so I bounced back up and was soon on my way.  Thru the streets, around the corner I flew.  I wrote a song to explain the rest!

(Sung to the tune of “Jingle bells”)  http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/elf/jinglebells.htm

Maestro please!

Driving on the streets, in a Bug so nice and sweet, Oh speeding thru the lights, crying all the way (bah, ha, ha!).

Beeps and honks blare loud, as I run 3 red lights, oh this really isn’t fun, trying to beat the pee!

OHHH….I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what  a stress, if he messed my carpets up tonight, OHHH….I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what a stress, and a mess if that dog goes in the house!

Sirens from behind, sliding on the ice, almost home for sure, and still nothing to suffice!  Finally pulling in, all hell behind me, and  as I bust thru the door I see that pub all sad and I….

OHHH…I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what a stress, if he messed my carpets up tonight, OHHH….I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what a stress, and a mess if that dog goes in the house!

So I walked in the door, just in the nick of time, as that little pub dashed out, to mark it on the line!  He looked with a big sigh, as he finished up his thing, he turned around and ran inside because it’s very cold…

OHHH…I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what a stress, if he messed my carpets up tonight, OHHH….I forgot, I forgot, I forgot the dog!  Oh what a stress, and a mess if that dog goes in the house!

All in all, things were taken care of and the dog didn’t relieve himself on my rug.  🙂  So LG, life’s good!

CatMan

Don’t speak, I know just what you’re saying!

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Today, I have some bad news.  CatMan can’t talk.  I have a bad case of Laryngitis.  I have some excellent music playing and I cannot even sing!  What the heck!  Oh well.  According to the very scientific website of WebMD, I fit the description.  (http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/tc/laryngitis-topic-overview Seeeeee??  I am not making this up?!)  So I just feel like this guy….

 

WAH WAH!

 

So now I go back to work…

The CatMan

So there comes a time

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Today was and is about closure.  The past few days it’s been me running around with my head semi chopped off…

AHHHHHHH!

Yes this is exactly how I feel.  But I brought a few things to closure regarding ship dates, confirmations, and setting people’s names straight!  You see I realized literally this past weekend that I have been calling one of my customers the wrong name!  He never corrected me!  Les instead of Wes….ehh it’s close enough!

I also found out one of my mentors got promoted!  How cool is that???  So now he is becoming the VP of broadcasting for the LPGA  🙂  It was fabulous.  YAY GOOOO BC!!!

I also received ship dates for all of my open orders placed this afternoon.  DOUBLE YAY GOOOO VENDORS!!!

AND TRIPLE YAY is going to be able to help a customer out of a bind and stuff cookies this evening.  How awesome is that?

Life is completely great.  Last night, I realized what a great support unit I have.  I am so thankful for my family and friends.  They are so amazing.  Really I have it so good.  So there comes a time for appreciation and recognition!

 

Don't you just feel happy and appreciative just looking at this woman?? She looks happy...but if I was on a beach now you would better believe that I would have a huge smile on my face!

 

So today I leave you with a simply question:  What are you happy and appreciative for in your life?   🙂  Feel free to ponder and comment away!

XOXO

CatMan

 

Carry your candle…

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So, I have decided today was kind of blah.  I got a few things done (cough 2 projects!) and then I was done.  A rough Monday if you will.

This past weekend was filled with interesting happenings.  First off, I think as we all have specific energy that helps gravitate others either away or toward us.  It’s almost like seeing people of light and of dark in a sense.  For me, I tend to attract some pretty cool people but, they might not necessarily be anyones first choice.  I love them!  Those are the people who make things happen.  For an instance, on Friday night when I was getting my nails done, Nicki was the name of the woman who took care of me.  She was going thru some guy issues.  I could tell she had something on her mind, so I asked.  Sometimes, people just need you to ask!   We had an at length conversation about boyfriends, marriage…etc.  🙂  She had a dim light because of all the crap she was going thru…but I guarantee once she eliminates that–she will be in good shape!

Next, my friend Katherine and I ate dinner at a restaurant that has really good sweet tea.  We walked in, out of the cold, and had a delightful time.  I am sure people thought we might be sauced because both of us together are all giggles and politeness.  🙂  Then the manager came around to check on us and we struck up a conversation about his situation!  He was planning a wedding with his 24-year-old fiancée and so we were drilling him on that!  How great…then out of no where he asked me if I wanted a gallon of sweet tea!  UH HECK YES I DO!  My inner child was just jumping for joy!  Best part being I got it for free.

The attraction just kept coming thru the last part of our night at Karaoke.  While we were up singing, the table right in front of us participated in our singing antics.  We were energetic, and just having a blast.  AND the one that I had a connection to was named Gopher.  He was a regular.  We talked about everything.  Literally.  He probably gave me the biggest complement ever that night.  He told me that the reason why I could carry a conversation on with anyone about anything was because I was secure with in myself.  That means this stranger could see what progress I made in the last 2 years.  That is huge.  His light too burned brightly.  So did the stage lights though….

OH my did I feel like such a Rock Star up there!   “DON’T STOP BEELLLLIEEVVING…..HOLD ON TO THAT FEEELLLING!  STREET LIGHTS, PEOPPLLLE!”  (excerpt from Journey-Don’t Stop believing)  By the end of the night, we were dancing on tables and singing at the top of our lungs!  I never thought that would be possible but OH yes it was!  We ended up closing the bar down.

Well on Saturday, it was all about my Special Olympic athletes.  🙂  Totally had Bowling State!  Everyone did so well.  There were 13 athletes that competed.  We had two athletes place first and it was super awesome.  There is just something so special about them.  You could see the nervous looks on their faces as well as succeeding…it is one thing you can just never replace.  I think the coolest thing that happened though on Saturday was when an athlete from another team got a strike.  She ran and gave me a hug!  I just hugged her right back but how precious is that?

I think that if you really think about things and about how we all connect, you might be more inclined to let your light shine a little brighter.  Deal with the situations you are given, take a lesson from each and move on!  Those who understand, will always support you.

Visualize:  A dark world with little specks of light scattered around it, some brightly burning and others dark as night.  Imagine if the specks gravitated toward one another.  What a bold visual!  What if then the semi bright ones also reflected in the darkness and made them bright too?  What a beautiful bright world this would be.  Let us strive for that kind of world today!

 

Carry your candle 🙂

 

 

Peace and Love,

CatMan