Sunday, September 30, 2012

Home Sweet Home

Today marks one year that I have been in the little yellow apartment by the beach. October 1st, 2011 was the bad move out. Oct 1st, 2011 was the good move in.

It's weird, that I still refer to here as "my new place." I've been here a year. It's not new anymore.

When I moved in, I had this idea that it would be a place of healing. And it was. It's just that healing takes a long time. And it's not always a linear process. It's more of a two steps forward, one step back process. With a few complete meltdowns thrown in for good measure.

But overall, I'm in a much better place than I was a year ago. Both in my home and in my head.

I was walking by the recently closed pool today, thinking about how good this place has been for me. How I wish I just had a few more weekends by the pool here. I don't think I will be here next year when the pool opens.

 I have a couple of possible plans for 2012...plan A and plan B...depending on how things pan out in the last three months of 2012. Whichever scenario plays out, it will mean some big changes, in my job, my home base, and my life pattern. It will mean some big changes in my blog presence, as well.

It'll be fun to determine if A or B makes more sense and then to start crack-a-lackin' on the game plan.

But for now, it's nice to call this place home.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Happy Fall, Everyone!

Yes, autumn officially began last weekend and right on cue, the weather turned a little cooler with a snap in the air. I always forget how much I like fall, because I'm usually too busy lamenting the passing of summer. But the warm days and crisp, cool nights are actally quite okay with me.

Fall always makes me want to go school shopping; get nice new accessories and supplies for a brand new year of learning. I no longer go to school, of course, so there is no need to go out and get supplies, but I think there is always a need to learn more.

I've been learning a lot about myself lately.

I've been more or less absent from blog posting for a while, just throwing out a random nugget every now and then, because I've spent quite a bit of time over the last year soul searching. Somewhere along the way, my dreams, like my need for school supplies, just disappeared. It's a bit deflating when your dreams disappear.

The best remedy that is to dream.

So I've been hanging out in my little yellow apartment daydreaming, but not posting. Daydreams are delicate. They often disintegrate, unable to survive the posting process. Better not to post at all.

But tonight, on this crisp autumn night, I decided that a post was in order.

I just thought that I would share that I'm in the market for some new accessories and supplies for a life of learning.

Life is good.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Paralympic Coverage

With all the political hoopla going on, the idea that America does everything better is getting thrown around a lot. And while I do think that there are some things we do better here, there are others for which we miss the mark. Quite a bit.

We do movies very well. Food, not so much. We have wonderful national parks. And the most obese population of any developed country. You get the point.

One thing we don't do well is our broadcasting of the Paralympics (or the Olympics, for that matter. What was with NBC's coverage? But that's a whole other topic) Every other nation in the world gets to see the competitions of our disabled athletes, but for some reason, US networks don't think the American public would be interested in watching.

But this year, for the first time, a small portion of the Paralympics will be broadcast on an NBC affiliate. I urge everyone to check out the Paralympic games this week on TV or on UTube.


Monday, September 3, 2012


Happy Labor Day!! After Labor Day, I always feel like I should be going back to school somehow. (Of course, it would be easier if I had a summer vacation, but those are long gone) Starting a big project, reading new books, changing the daily routine. Something.

September has always seemed to me the start of the new year, a much better time fo resolutions than January 1st. I've been on a self improvement kick this summer (though I fully admit that August I kind of fell off the bandwagon in lieu of a little beach and pool time!) which I wish to continue into the fall. I'm thinking of September as fall semester of the school of life!


1) Restarting the Clean Eating Challenge (which I totally flopped in August) Barbeques, you know!

2) Exercise: I'm starting P90X.

3) Continuing journaling and meditating daily.

4) 4 more books from the bookshelf (IN the grand goal of downsizing, the books have proven to be the hardest and slowest to get rid of)

5) Complete the Spartan Beast without dying! (12 miles of hills and obstacles)

6) Girl's nite at Jason Mraz concert!

7) Camping, kayaking, running, biking, and fishing....all in one weekend (The Wounded Warrior Weekend)

8) Solidify weekend in October to hang with Isabella

9) Suck up as much beach time as possible before the cold weather sets in!

10) Get on the bike and train for the October century ride.

(maybe getting some Ben Gay and scheduling a massage session should be on this list!)