Comfort and Laughs, please!

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“When we face the most difficult and painful situations, when it seems that God does not hear, we must not be afraid to entrust the whole weight of our overburdened hearts to him, we must not fear to cry out to him in our suffering, we must be convinced that God is close, even if he seems silent.” -Pope Benedict XVI

Today has been one of those days.  Oh Debbie Downer, how beautiful you are!  I have been really trying to pick myself up after beating myself up.  Not my fault but no one else is taking responsibility and explaining to people what is up so might as well.  Here is some humor for you.

Today while out picking up some work supplies, I decided that I had enough with the birds using my car for target practice.  I stopped by the car wash.  I was very leery of this as I have been having issues rolling my drivers side window up.  I roll it down (Good), paid the man for the small ride thru (as I press my window-up button and was pushing up the side of the window to ensure it was up all of the way–OK GREAT! CHECK!) and started on in….the gentleman started knocking “Ma’am your window is down!”  DARNIT!  Yes my passenger’s side window was cracked as suds started flowing into my car.  THANKS MAN!  You saved the inside from getting washed too!

The cheerleader was defeated today.  I am so very frustrated.  Work, family, etc…everything just seems to be piling up!  It is frustrating to feel that my hands are tied.  I am burned out.  I hate when this happens.  This transition that I am in right now is a very difficult one at that.  I am starting school this fall again.  I have always wanted to do Cosmetology.  This is something that has been with me since I was a child.  I love the idea of being able to help people look pretty even when they are having a rough day.  It is healing to me to sit and talk thru other people’s stuff as it gives me greater insight into my own life.  I shouldn’t really be complaining, but emotionally I am just over so much right now.

I miss my Granny Grunt dearly right now.  She died when I was in college.  I feel her so strong right now.  I watched a special on the Queen of England and just felt so connected in many ways.  Maybe it was because my Granny Grunt’s Mom was from England.  Or maybe it is because I am destined to marry Prince Harry…who knows!  Yorkshire, that is where my Great Grandma Nellie was born .  Does anyone know what is there?  Maybe Granny is trying to tell me something?  Who knows.  

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http://www.eclectique916.com/2008/11/26/family-ties-part-2-thanksgiving-celebrate-castigate-or-just-do-it/      Don’t you sometimes just feel like she does???? Dressed up stupidly and not able to speak up for yourself…..sigh…..

 

Even though today was hard….it will not be my hardest day ever so therefore I simply rejoice and give all my burdens back up to the God that gave them to me.  I pray not for a lighten load and not to complain with what I was given, but to ask for help and broadened shoulders and strength along the way.  That is the best for keeping things in perspective.  I must keep today in perspective.  I know God hears me.  I know He grants me comfort and laughs too.  I just want a little more comfort and laughs please!  🙂

 

What is your favorite scent?

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So today I am amidst Lilac Blooms.  What a beautiful scent of summer!!  Also some fresh scent of lemon as I have just cleaned!  You ever notice the way the “lemon-fresh scent” energizes you to clean quicker?  I think the citrus puts me in a great mood!  Anyways, I am so ready for another great weekend!

Last weekend, I went to visit Nomad and it was glorious.  We had no planned agenda except to eat, sleep and yeah sounded enough of a plan to me!  We ended up cooking….going to the driving range (where I sucked it up quite nicely), the batting cages (where after 13 years I still kind of got it!!) and Church where there were smells of the city.    We drove until the wee hours of the morning thru the country and got lost.  It rained later that night as well so the smell of sweet rain fell upon us.  We fed the ducks.  He lives off a pond set up so the smell of water was pure.  I just wish it was a lake to go swim in!  He even tried teaching me how to chip a ball using a club.  We drank a little wine and it was so relaxing.  We walked a little after dinner too.  Someone clipped the grass and it made my nose itch.  It was just over all really nice!  I just cherish that time.  Frankly, I dread saying good-bye to him.

Do you ever find that you are just flooded with the smells of comfort?  This weekend I hope to be surrounded by fried chicken, apple pie, lake water, some citrus in there and other smells of summer!

So what are some of your favorite scents to be surrounded by?  What tickles your fancy?   Happy 4th of July!

Feel like a circus animal?

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Some days I feel like a circus animal.  No not one of the cool ones like a lion…OR the elephant…or EVEN the bear!  Sometimes I feel like all I do is juggle.  I get to be the caged juggler.  How uncool is that??   I feel strapped down, locked away…like a damsel in distress…..swoon!  But all in all, I feel trapped in my office and to my desk.

Yesterday I got my quilt back.  I had a really awesome thought of taking all of my t-shirts from high school, finding someone else to do this for me of course, and then making a quilt!  My idea of making a quilt would include the magic Genie where all I would have to do is rub the lamp and up she comes!  TAH-DAH!  Here it is!  Well it sort of happened that way…I think.  Essentially, we have a client named Keepsake Threads (www.keepsakethreads.com) whom I had received an announcement that their new website was up and kickin’!  That’s when it hit me….I had to call and see what they could do for me.  They were easy to work with, very friendly and overall just a peach of a company!  Essentially, what they do is take articles of clothing from whatever (whether it be a deceased grandmother’s decorative hanky’s or your uncle’s funky ties OR in my case high school memories thru t-shirts!) and create it into some other form like a bear, scarf, quilt…or whatever you could think of!   I personally wanted a quilt.

Meeting was a breeze.  I literally had three full bags of t-shirts from cheerleading, gymnastics, track and some random ones from Saint’s Alive (my high school’s biggest fundraising event).  I talked briefly to the designer and gave her free reigns.  She is the designer, this is her job, and I felt like she had connected with me enough to provide a quality quilt.  Boy, did she ever!

 

Beautiful swirled gold backing with navy and white polka dotted fringing.

 

Here is an example of what the back of my quilt looks like.  Because Red was a predominant color she used that on the front and complimented it with the Navy and Gold (my high school colors).

 

Vanna White and Mix Master Mike (my little sister and brother)

 

I wish these pictures were bigger but, the detail work, the time and effort involved was such a pleasure to see.  They really did a great job at capturing my memories into a tangible item for me to use and keep.  What a completely amazing piece of art and comfort.

I was very pleased.  Currently, I am trying to juggle about 6 different projects, report to 10 different bosses, all a while keeping my sanity!  YES wishful thinking…I only pray that cheer practice this evening goes smoothly, sushi is not tainted, and the roads remain clear! (fingers crossed!)

LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENT:  Freaked myself out with my own shadow last night (I saw it in the moon light–as you can tell I am a big chicken…)

 

This would be THIS GIRL!! (pointing to myself!)

 

 

CYNICAL MOMENT:  Facebook stalking last night…someone I was talking to changed their status to single?  Does this mean they want to date the CatMan?  Or use her for her beautiful body?  Does he want a relationship?  AHHH the suspense is killing me!

BEAUTIFUL MOMENT:  Receiving a birthday cake from a friend and getting to blow out my b-day candles a whole 3 days sooner!  YAY!

 

TOTALLY made my day! Happy b-day to meeee!

 

 

LAZY MOMENT: right now……….3…..2……..1………..OK I am done now.

POSITIVE MOMENTUM MOMENT:  Telling three more people about my fundraising endeavors for our Special Olympics Polar Plunge 2011!  I am so excited!  Anyone want to come visit and plunge with me??

 

Today has been slow but sure.  But isn’t it the slow and steady that win the race?  I am keeping with that philosophy.  Being patient will pay off and prevent me from looking like a dumb butt.  I am convinced.

I am going to leave you all and go eat my cake!  Have a beautiful Thursday!!

CatMan

PS: Remember to smile!  You never know when a warm happy smile might make the difference for a friend, fellow co-worker, or random stranger!  Give Love.  Receive Love.

 

awww see now you are all warm and fuzzy inside!