52-56: Monday and the Broken Vase

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Sorry it has been a while.  There has been a lot going on in my world.  I am coming to know just how beautiful imperfection is.  I have been releasing the skeletons from my closet in hopes to cleanse my heart and soul of the negative and such I don’t need.  I don’t desire to be held back or down any more.

For the record:  Monday-0 and CatMan-3.  I stopped myself from a major melt down this morning over a work project that I had to redo and it was frustrating.  I also broke my power cord for my computer to which I also had good luck there spending only $9 for a piece rather than $80 for the whole cord.  And I got a message across, pissed some people off, and I didn’t stress out about it.  WHOHOO!  I win x’s 3!

I have admitted to myself a few hard harsh facts.  Those will remain in private.  My heart over all feels better.   Yet, I still keep pressing on!  Even though we might feel like a broken vase, we can be repurposed and turn out just beautiful!  Take a look at what I mean: http://fab.com/sale/17991/?navEmail=1&utm_source=Triggermail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=monday_daily_sale_list&utm_campaign=daily_sales_mailer&email_user=catie.manning%40yahoo.com

I allowed myself to feel like a broken vase until I realized “oh wait CatMan, you can pick yourself up and make yourself into something great!  Let’s get creative!”  Clearly, we are given several chances to be created into something beautiful. That is the power of forgiveness.  I am working through that right now.  So like this broken vase, I too have been put back together and I too can still feel beautiful even though I have been broken a few times.  God is the glue that keeps putting me back in such a way that is still usable to Him and presentable to society. He does this for each of us as He loves us dearly.  If He didn’t, I would still feel broken and a mess.

Love allows us to heal.  Love allows the holes to be filled in with seeds of hope and desire to be better than what we are right at this very moment.  Love makes everything beautiful possible even if we are just broken vases!

Have a great Monday!
CatMan

PS Mars and her lemon cake are expecting a baby!  Life is sweet!

42: Monday Schmunday

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Today really has been a goofy day.  I was very productive mind you then the wind started to pick up.  I mean LITERALLY pick up.  I took my lunch break to drop off a few items, drive through some place and get some food, then come back and all would be well.  HA. It was blowing so hard it blew me into my door!  How rude, right?

Well my short excursion was off to the bang and I found that couldn’t roll my window up after the drive through!  Second big bang.  That was bad and I found myself cursing at my car, calling it names, and finally out of frustration just turned my music up and drove on into the sunset.

Oh and it is a good thing I don’t care so much about my hair as it was a HOT MESS!  It looked like I had been through a tornado and back as it was all sorts of crazy!  Whooo!

Well aside from everything today, yesterday I came across a gem of a love lesson.  So today it is my reminder that love still exists even when you get thrown into your car door and your hair looks crazy.  🙂

“True love is a very beautiful thing and it will always find a way.” -Fragments of My Life, Catherine de hueck Doherty (pg 37)

Happy Monday Schmunday!

Oh Monday.

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Last night, I washed my thermos’ and I don’t think I washed them out as well as I thought.  Well here this morning after I filled it up with strong good coffee…it tasted like soap.  I thought, I am going to give my coffee the benefit of the doubt I mean (who knows!) maybe it’s my mouthwash.  Nope still tasted like soap after it wore off.  So I was drinking soapy coffee this morning.  YAY Mondays…..so much for the Detox Diet idea.  Apparently, must have thought my dirty mouth needed a cleaning.  I wish I had subconsciously realize Orbits does the same thing!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxmkiy9txBE.

Did I mention that it is 60 degrees and December 3rd in Indiana?  Wow. Mother nature is confused.  No complaint however from this peanut gallery!

If you think this is a rough start to the week, this is nothing comparatively speaking!  I could be one of these poor souls: http://www.buzzfeed.com/daves4/people-who-are-having-a-worse-day-than-you

❤ CatMan

Monday 1. CatMan 0

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I have a funny haha “oh Monday” story…this morning I was making my coffee and pouring it into my thermos and no mess there. Usually the spout spills every which way! Now I was trying to pour my half and half in and it missed the thermos completely! It nailed the counter top and then I decided “maybe it was a fluke? Might as well try again!”. NO I did it for the SECOND time too!! 🙂 Monday-1 CatMan-0

Well played Monday….but just remember karma!

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

Last night, she said….

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Friday was a girls night. Fun and much needed.  We had a dance party in the bar…this celebration continued thru the weekend…etc.

Saturday’s a rugby day!  NOT.  I wish…that would have been cool…But, I had a delightful day of football instead.  🙂   I went to one of the biggest games from my Alma Mater, Indiana University, which is called The Old Oaken Bucket Game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Oaken_Bucket.  ACTUALLY, I cannot just simply say that I had a fantastic “-day” because literally since Thursday I have really been enjoying myself.  This weekend was full of mischief, old friends, and lots of laughter!

Well back to Saturday, the game was a good game…even better company!  We totally had a blast.  I got back around 7pm and then met a few other friends out and about.  This is where more humor happened to find me.  I was very early so I was the first of my friends to arrive at this dive bar across town.  I went in scoped out the table situation and realized there was not an open seat in the house.  Then, I made friends with a table of guys that were sitting at a booth where I was standing.  5 minutes later  Mr. T shows up so, I just said my good byes to the kind gentleman and went from there.  He then handed me a card for a “Chip ‘n Dales” event!  AHHH THIS MAN WAS A STRIPPER!  I took the cards and scurried back to my friends.  Then later into the night, a friend of a friend was introduced.  Guess what?  He was a stripper too!!?!??!  Two in one night!  How lucky could a girl be???  UH NOT!

Also some other funny things happened…I got thrown over a guy’s shoulder and spun around, I had to climb over a booth table and ended up being “eye” level with everyone…I also ended up meeting a guy that had EVERY single opposite team liking as I did.  THAT was interesting.  From rival high schools to NFL, MLB teams….etc.  It was crazy funny.  I must say we were pretty cordial.  I found a bunch of Sweet and Low and sugar packets in my purse, walked into the Men’s Restroom, and then almost got asked out by this huge black man.  Literally, this could ONLY happen to a CatMan.  No….for real though!  It was such a great random, fun night.

 

OPA! Just felt like saying that for some reason...

 

 

Sunday, went to church with the family then to breakfast.  We continued to laugh our way thru it.  My brother as cruel as this sounds announced at the table that he had gone hunting the day before and shot a duck in the wing.  Unfortunately, he had to wring the duck’s neck (that’s the cruel sad part) but that they had some delightful duck meat to share.  We are hunter’s and gatherer’s over here!  Either way, it was funny how he told us.  Then the Colt’s lost….that was an incredibly horrible game….sigh.

Monday is a Monday.  Today I am listening to “The Muse” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsp3_a-PMTw and working on a bunch of hodge podge items.  I feel like I am being torn in several different directions…although I cannot say I am overwhelmed.  This is good.  My aunt is in from out of town so I think that we are going to go for lunch tomorrow.  What an excellent part of my week!

My last thought for you all today is this, if you appreciate your family and friends, please tell them often.  You never know what kind of day they are having or if they will be around to see tomorrow.  🙂

Keep smiling, keep loving and keep sharing ideas with the world my loves!

CatMan

 

BLAH BLAH BLAH!

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You will never guess how my morning started.  I got out of the house early and wouldn’t you know there was a TON of traffic.  I did however make it to work in record time though.  There was a car trying to pull a U-turn on the highway ramp this morning and actually that was pretty funny…out of no where and up over the grass and median…and the best part??  No not that they actually did a (pretty sure it’s an illegal action…) U-turn.  No it was not actually that they were from Illinois.  It was the fact that they did it in a HUGE Dodge Caravan!  Soccer mom missed her turn!  LOOK OUT!

Today has been a fabulous day aside from having to send an email that took me an hour to compose.  At 8AM mind you!!!  Then do you ever just feel so drained that you don’t want to do a thing after it?  Well I am pressing a long just fine.  I went on a date last night and that was fun.  We had a scary connection.  It was cool though.

Last night, I watched “It’s Complicated” for the first time and it was so good.  I laughed so hard.  What a great complement to such an already wonderful Monday.  Then I got a ring in the mail, from….well you might remember him from an earlier post….?  This is only something that would happen to a CatMan…THE ITALIAN PIMP!  Stupid business card…he found me.  I received this 2 Rose ring…which you know is just right up my ally  😉  I took a picture so you could see:

 

OK isn't this beautiful? What a great gift...FROM A STALKER!

 

Oh well, I took the ring out of the package and there was a note attached.  This note was probably one of the most sincerely cute/creepy thing I have ever seen in my life!   It read: “CatMan, I want you.  I want you to know that I want you and I want you to want me to want you…take this ring for now!  Fino alla prossima volta il mio dolce bella rosa!”  The Italian translates to: ‘until next time my sweet beautiful rose!’  How beautiful is that???  Well…it might have come from a guy that may or may not want to pimp me out but, flattering none the less.  It might be pretty spectacular that I got a gift and nice note but, I am sticking to my guns!

So I sit with my double rose ring on a happy camper.  🙂  Life is good!  Have a great day!

xo, CatMan

 

Cannot Stop Sneezing

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So today has been a great day!  I had Special Olympics Regional Bowling early this afternoon followed up by a baby shower for a dear friend of mine.  The weather was perfect, and everything just worked out great.  Everything just was fabulous except for the fact that I cannot stop sneezing!!!

Yes….it is a fact that I am trying to get over a sinus infection now.  Yes….also a fact that I can feel so much pressure still behind my sinuses that it makes my equilibrium a little off…almost as though I was pie-eyed (if you know what I mean!)  Yes…..I probably hold now the girl who “sneezed the most in a day” Guinness Book of World Records!   So I propose the question “why do we sneeze?”…..I consulted the best research tool ever “The Google” and this is what I found…basically we sneeze to get rid of bad particles in our nose.  It is our body’s natural reaction to clearing our system out.  Here if you actually want to read the “scientific” version: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-do-we-sneeze.

No one once said “bless you”!  Oh well.

Today has been so low key!  So many times I find these are the best days to just chill and find peace in myself.  I like to imagine what it would be like on a beach somewhere, imagine me laying out soaking up the sun!  I like the idea of it remaining summer all year here but, I like my seasons too much.

see now why can't I be this guy right now?

Well I hope that my night continues to go smoothly.  I have to pack tomorrow because I get to go to FLORIDA Monday night!  HOLLLAAA!

🙂 Peace and love ladies and gents!

Holy Socks

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Monday, Monday, Monday…holy socks.  I want to dispel a nasty rumor that is going around that Catholic’s have special socks.  On Monday, I had a holy sock on and my friend thought that we actually wore “holy” socks!  I lost it.  No, unlike the Mormons we do not wear “holy” underwear, or socks for that matter.  Mine, just so happened to have a hole in them.  sigh.  Silly people and their silly believes and thoughts.  heavier sigh.

Today, I am torn.  I am torn because I have so much laundry to do tonight and just not enough time.  I have too much things on my mind to focus clearly and my blackberry just got reformatted and updated.  Now it is running like new.  Billy Joel is getting me thru this apathetic work day and making it more bearable.  Is it bad that today I just don’t care?  I don’t care to be taking on my horrifically long to-do list from heck, or if I don’t care that I am starving and have yet to eat lunch?

A friend of mine shared with me a dream of hers…it was fabulously epic!  She dreamt that I was dressed up as Sandy from Greece, leather and curls and all!

Yep this is definitely me! HA.

Absolutely the most amazing thing.  Lets just put it this way, I can relate.  You know I go for all the bad dangerous guys!  Like my last boyfriend Mo.  He was a biker that I met at this Country Western Bar here in town.  He totally asked me to take a ride on his Harley.  It was love at first bike.  🙂  It was better than I could have ever imagined.  My long flowing hair just blew in the wind.  I must say there was no feeling like it!  Sigh…and then he broke my heart and told me that he wasn’t into girls anymore.  I cried for days then, I moved on to the next man!    I am a serial dater you know…or maybe you didn’t know…well NOW you know  😉

CatMan got her grooooove back…look out!

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Yesterday was so much needed.  I think I feel more like myself than I have ever!  I feel like this stage of my life is picking up where I was shattered and create a beautiful masterpiece that will allow me to mature and grow into an amazing woman!  Not saying that I am not amazing now, but DANG (I am trying to give up my nasty habit of cussing!) think of the possibilities!?!?

I was given a card of a single Realtor in the area thanks to my “nail lady Lily”.  I will put it this way….I was definitely not his type.  He is a regular there and I am pretty sure that he was looking for a skinny mini model-esk girl that he could swing around and take out like a Barbie.

Does this look like me? UH I DONT THINK SO!

NEWS FLASH, I am definitely NOT that girl!  🙂  Well just for the record, I do clean up nice but I would rather do my own thing versus have some lousy expectations set for me to fit a mold!  I broke the mold with my awesomeness thank you!

I received a letter from my dear friend D.Robb who is in the Army.  He is one of my best friends and always knows how to make things better.  I wrote him back a letter. D. Robb and I go way back and it was just fabulous hearing from him.  I miss that man dearly!

Sunday was spent with a Nick while I was in recovery mode.  I must say we did a whole lot of nothing and it was the best night ever!  We watched Braveheart, played “spoons”, and ate Hawaiian pizza!  I swear he is like an OLD GRANDPA!  He had a crazy night on Saturday and so he too was coming down if you will.  I feel so secure with him…there is never a care in the world when I am hanging out with him and in fact he introduced me to a new therapy for being pissed off!  My newest therapy–shooting off fireworks!  HAHA.  I felt so amazingly relieved once I lit my little Sparkler Ball (yes that is what it was ACTUALLY called!).  It was a rush because I am usually not coordinated enough to use a lighter and do two things at once but, last night I conquered it!  It was amazing the amount of liberation I felt when I tossed it across the open lawn!  🙂  10:30pm hit, and grandpa was ready for bed!  HAHA!  Between him and my friend Nick man, they make my life so much better!

Now on to my Monday, today I realized I didn’t have any jeans clean for work so, had to dress up dang it!  It kind of stunk because I know that I will be doing kind of some dirty jobs if you will.  Today has been great and very productive thus far.  I was itching my foot this morning and I realize I definitely had a hole in it.  Typical Monday!

AND I just got off the phone with good ol’ Herb to which he had the HARDEST time hearing.  HE WAS COUGHING AND CLEARING HIS THROAT LIKE MAD TODAY!   I asked him how he was feeling.  I asked ” Herb how’s your lungs feeling?”,  “meh…who?”,”YOUR LUNGS”, “what the hell are you saying?”, “your L-U-N-G-S!”  (I had to actually spell L-U-N-G-S!) “Lunges?  what are you saying?”… “NO, L-U-N-G-S!  You know what you breathe with?”…..”OH LUNGS!  Oh they are just fine!  I feel good!”…. “OK that’s all I needed to know buddy!”.  This is a very typical conversation for us…going back and forward for 5 minutes until the message finally gets across.  Oh well.

Today life is good.  I am so blessed and I don’t thank God enough for it!

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