so thankful

November 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm (Uncategorized)

to me thanksgiving is the traditional start of the holiday season. if you celebrate christmas, thanksgiving is the beginning of the countdown. this year i will continue not spending too much money on useless/un-needed items; instead purchasing thoughtful, meaningful gifts. i’m thankful that our extended family of cousins only buy gifts for the kids. hearing about other family’s gift exchanges with adult brothers/sisters just makes me crazy. one friend’s family draws names, accompanied by a list of suggested items, and then limits the gift to $100. yes, ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, US currency! I think this is insane! to spend that much money on a gift you HAVE to give! what ever happened to buying a gift because you wanted to? because the person would love it?

but i digress….lets all be thankful for things big and small! take a moment and think about what you are most thankful about!

everyday i’m thankful for so many things, including but not limited to….my husband, my son, my family & friends. i’m thankful that my son is a thoughtful, caring boy, who takes an interest in just about everything! i’m thankful that my husband has always been supportive and caring, even in the most difficult of times (mostly).

as our family embarks on a new journey of  ‘conscious living’; i’m thankful that we have the opportunity and family to help us in our endeavors. take a moment today to hug a loved one, and don’t get caught up into the hype of the holiday season.

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productivity

November 24, 2009 at 9:50 pm (Uncategorized)

it’s not a four letter word. some days i’m not so sure! today, i actually got a ton of things done; even though i got to sleep in a little. maybe its the ny-quil talking, but after a solid 8+ hours of sleep i was ready to go! my strategy on moving seems to differ a little bit from my husbands. since we can go to our ‘new’ house anytime and unpack; i’d rather take several boxes of stuff every day and put things away in the right spots. he, on the other hand, just wants to stack everything wherever and sort thru it later. granted, he’s got a ton on his plate right now with work and a free-lance media room re-model. but, really…..can we have a little bit of organization!?

all i asked for were some shelves in the new basement, so that i could move things from one place to the other easily! you would have thought i’d asked for custom built, teakwood, in-laid shelves. i was really just thinking mdf or whatever was easy to cut! men.

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first boxes

November 22, 2009 at 3:00 am (Uncategorized)

tonight we moved the first of many boxes to our new residence. the book shelves seemed the easiest and quickest to pack and since the new house has lots of book shelves it will be a quick un-pack. took some measurements, made a list of additional shelves, etc. our good friends joined us for a tour, and then off to dinner in the new ‘hood. we had a great time! things are falling into place, despite packing and moving in just three weeks, i think its going to be a great christmas!

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mommy wars?

November 19, 2009 at 4:37 am (Uncategorized)

i could never understand the bitter rivalry between stay at home moms and moms that work.  having a stay at home mom while growing up was awesome; but motherhood is not a one size fits all. i have seen some pretty vicious attacks from both camps on the other; just as i have seen beastly children fostered in both environments.

Here is a link to a great mini-article by my good friend kelly! she asked me these questions a while ago and then fashioned them into gold! you can read her blog as well…she makes me laugh; and is a great example of mom’s balancing work/family. {thanks kelly!}

wake up, ladies… fighting among the strongest of our species will not help our cause!

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karma’s a bitch

November 18, 2009 at 4:59 pm (Uncategorized)

this is a fact i’ve known for a long time. maybe even since childhood. what goes around, comes around. the true definition of karma: 

Karma (Sanskrit: कर्म , ” “act, action, performance” ; Pali: kamma”) is the concept of “action” or “deed” in Indian religions understood as that which causes the entire cycle of cause and effect (i.e., the cycle called saṃsāra) originating in ancient India and treated in Hindu, Jain .

the cycle of cause and effect. i’m not saying that every time, in every situation i’ve made the best decsion. but i try to live my life everyday like it will come back to me. trust me, nasty & bitter will only get you so far. so when i hear about the terrible, dishonest things that people do to others (Madoff, Lay, et.al) i try to sit back and wait for karma to reveal itself. ken lay (of enron fame) died of a heart attack at age 64. trust me, bernie madoff will get his.

live your life cognizant of the fact that the things you do & say impact others. my good friend said to me “the energy you send out returns to you ten fold” . thanks professor!

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packing it in…

November 8, 2009 at 3:53 am (Uncategorized)

well…our house sold! we had prepared ourselves for the long haul, sell in the spring if we’re lucky kind of thing. but in just two short weeks we accepted a reasonable offer for our beautiful home. part of me is sad, we’ve lived here seven years, had some great times, had some tough times but through it all the house has been a source of peace (mostly). i guess its safe to say i’m not the sentimental type; this home is the longest one we’ve lived in…ever. up to moving here in 2002 we had lived in 10 different apartments/houses/condos/lofts, etc. in 13 years. we stayed in our last house for almost 4 years…that was almost an eternity!

a friend recently moved from a newer, large home to an older, smaller one. she made the comment that for now…’they were going to live like no one else so that some day they could live like no one else.’  this resonated with me on a lot of different levels.  as i try to shake the bonds of consumerism (even though i work p.t. for a certain big box store); we are starting to live as simply as we can; well beneath our means for the first time in a long time! everyday is a struggle between what i ‘want’ to buy and what i ‘need’ to buy. snow boots? yes. new sweater? no. {at least not at any retail prices…i’m seriously addicted to thrift store shopping!}

now comes the fun! packing, moving and purging! what can we live without? we are looking forward to a great christmas in our new home {my old childhood home}. my son is concerned that santa won’t be able to find him to bring his presents {the fact that my 8 year old still has a slim belief in santa is a whole other blog topic…titled ‘ keep them innocent for as long as you can} i reminded him that the ‘new’ house is actually where he spent is first christmas on the planet! {another blog titled ‘living with your parents, and going crazy’}

peace!

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what a week!

November 6, 2009 at 4:09 am (Uncategorized)

tgif…almost! it has been a crazy week, i can’t believe its november already! yikes. still on my personal quest to de-clutter and de-drama my life. we accepted an offer today on our house. this means we will be moving in about five weeks. i guess i need to de-clutter some more. i think i’m really at peace with this; downsizing and living beneath our means will be a practice in self control! i’m looking forward to the challenge. coupons are just the beginning; i’m finding it hard to ‘shop’! how amazing…!

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