On the eve of the New Year

December 31, 2009 at 5:21 pm (Uncategorized)

just a quick post as take a break from some errands….. last year was a life changing, stressful year. my goal in 2010 is to cut the stress and drama from my life and to live fully and consciously in every moment. choosing my friends wisely and letting go of things that just don’t matter in the long run. working to live, but not living to work.

my job search continues; if ever its the ‘right’ time to take a job strictly for the low-stress, steady paycheck…then i think 2010 is it. sorry for a healthy dose of realism, but it is not always possible to live your dream. there. i said it out loud. sometimes you try to live your dream, fail in some respects, and then pick yourself up and live a DIFFERENT dream. i guess it puts things more in perspective for me. my family and security is more important than so many other things.

ok…enough…this was just a quick note…more later!

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christmas traditions

December 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm (Uncategorized)

well this year i blew all my notions about christmas traditions right out the door. being sick really puts it all into perspective. i wasn’t able to put in my usual hours and hours of baking and cooking. christmas as an adult has mostly been about food and family. once you have a child its more about them experiencing the holiday ‘traditions’ while balancing the crazy commercialism of the modern season.

i’ve always resisted the notion of being ‘away’ at christmas; eating dinner in a restaurant, sleeping in a hotel bed, never been my idea of a good time. but this year, down with a vicious head cold, i was unable to do many of the things that i thought of as ‘traditional’ christmas stuff. i didn’t *gasp* make my own coordinated wrapping paper, gift tags & cards. i didn’t make fudge. i didn’t decorate the tree until a week before. i didn’t put up my usual holiday decor. i didn’t even put up the christmas stockings {truthfully, i couldn’t find them}.

and you know what? the world did not fall apart! i remembered hearing about some countries putting their shoes out for st. nick to fill…so a simple google search…and viola…i told my son we were following the traditions of romania and putting our boots out for said gifts! i did manage to bake some sugar cookies, letting my son decorate with colored frosting. we did meet up with my in-laws on christmas eve; i managed to make it thru a delicious {so i’m told…i couldn’t taste anything} soup dinner with an impressive dessert buffet. but by the time we left i was fading fast, so we decided to forgo stopping at friend. i was able to preserve one bit of tradition by staying up long enough to read ‘the night before christmas’.

christmas morning we were able to open presents, eat a little breakfast and take a nap. after cooking the ham & potatoes, we nibbled over the kitchen sink then it was time for movies and to try out the new ‘rock band’ santa had brought for our son.

 i realized that i would not mind spending next christmas in mexico…on the beach…eating shrimp tacos…drinking margaritas – as long as the people i love are with me! travelocity here i come…is it too soon to book tickets now?

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where to start!?

December 10, 2009 at 11:55 pm (Uncategorized)

i’m feeling a little overwhelmed today! with only 2 days til we get the moving truck for the big things…i still have sooo much stuff to pack. i will admit to being very direction-less today; not quite sure where to start as so many things need to be done…yesterday!  thanks to my good friends that kept riley last night and most of the day, i didn’t have to battle my own organizational nightmare while at the same time keeping him occupied.

of course it doesn’t help that the weather decided to turn nasty. with abut 15″ of snow….yes, more than a foot….and the temps in the very low single digits {before the wind chill factor}…moving has never seemed so daunting. i’ve been trying  to get through the mountain of laundry in the next couple of days, so that at least we will have clean clothes and bedding. i made the executive decision that we will be eating take out the next few days or easy things like cereal & frozen waffles!

i guess i just needed to whine and vent a little! back to the packing.

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painting

December 1, 2009 at 1:54 am (Uncategorized)

well, i’ve decided that it would be easier to paint a couple of rooms at the new place before actually moving in! so today i went to the local ace true value hardware store to check out the paint selection. {i really am trying to buy more small local than big box} i had this idea that i would buy the low v.o.c. paint; but i admit to not being at all versed on the matter. according to a few sites its better for your indoor enviornment, lets off less toxic fumes, etc.

http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_paints.htm#1d

then i got the sticker shock. almost twice as much per gallon over a national premium paint. really? you would think that because it doesn’t have a bunch of stuff in there it would actually be less! why is it so hard to do the right thing? the moral part is easy…i’m already there…on so many ‘healthy’ or ‘organic’ ideas. but then they get you with the price. i just wanted to paint a few rooms, not take out a small loan!

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