Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanks for nothing!

The title of this post means nothing. I really am truly thankful for a whole lot. I AM thankful that I am busy enough with work and family that blogging has to come a distant third. I AM thankful that despite my great and obvious faults I DO have the greatest spouse in the known(and unknown) universe.

I do not get the opportunity to post, let alone read blogs with the frequency that I would like to. But all things considered, who cares? Not that I am blase about it or anything, there just is not any time. I seriously have written and rewritten post after post within the little brain I was blessed with. Problem is, with no time to sit at a computer it is just gets lost to the wind.

I have done some very cool family activities as of late and I so enjoy them that it caused me to take a look at what I am thankful for. It really is amazing how mush, even the least of us, have to be grateful for. How often do I feel like I am going without because the cable is out or the soda fountain at the store is out of order? Seriously!

Anyway, Since this IS thanksgiving(In America) I thought I would share a few things I am thankful for

  • My spouse, seriously, my best friend!
  • My children....I need to tell them that more...each one brings me immeasurable happiness
  • A relationship with God through church and service
  • My health........it could be better.....but it could be so much worse!
  • My Job.........duh.......the way things are everywhere.....a big one
  • A descent house....adequate for our needs
  • Reliable transportation
  • The ability to communicate my feelings and beliefs.......to a fault......I talk too much....but so much better than not being able to talk
  • Cell phones and always being able to get hold of my kids...lol!
  • Great books!
  • Good movies!
  • Music for any mood....ipods and mp3 players
  • the rest of technology that I could live without but glad I don't
  • Good Mexican food

Starting to get a little out of hand I know, but we could all make lists that could probably go on forever if we were honest with ourselves. As bad as things are or as bad as they get I think we all need to remember to treasure what we need, and be willing to part with what we don't. If we can do that, we can always be found happy, no matter the trial.

So.....anyone out there thankful for something? Spill it and help add to the good feelings of the Holidays (or at least so I can read more comments) Who knows, what you are thankful for might trigger something for someone else and so on and so on.............

Put your brave faces on and comment!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Your life's soundtrack!

So, any of you who are frequent visitors to my blog, and not just readers of my posts on google reader, will note that I have quite a variety of music. I REALLY relate to music. While I am not musically inclined in any way, I am literally obsessed with GOOD music.

What is good music? Obviously we would all give different answers to that question. Some might even say that they prefer quiet to music. Crazy I tell ya! My tastes in music are very diverse to say the least. For example: I am huge fan of hair metal, particularly that from the 80's. I also like Johnny Cash and even some Michael Jackson(just keep him from my children). If it is good, I also like pop or top 40 music. Anyway, I also just love The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack and some of the classics. So how does one classify me?

Well you can't! That's right, there is no category I fit into. I really like music. Music that is well written and somehow connects with me. I like music that is well performed and produced. Not that I do not like a 'raw' sound also.

Two things that keep me from liking an artist or a band: Good vocals and writing but horrid musicianship & Great talent with the instruments and sound and then deplorable vocals

I know it sounds so so picky, and really I am not too critical. If it sounds good I probably like it. I am usually less critical than most music critics. But critics are usually biased in some way, which is fine, I just don't listen to them. I know that I tend to listen to music depending on the mood I am in. Does that make me a moody person? Probably, but there are distinct moments in my life where I can definitely 'hear' that certain song that 'fits' my mood, feeling or what is happening.

Now don't get me wrong, I have music that I run to. I have music I like to veg out to. I have playlists for many different things. And some songs make all the lists while others may only work with one.

I find myself 'craving' NEW music to try out. I am constantly updating my itunes and Windows players with new music. It may have actually, at one time, been a really unhealthy addiction. I started this post with the intent of posting my "Life's Soundtrack", a group of songs that would cover most of the highs and lows and good and bad of my life thus far. As I started listing songs I realized that I could not make a small enough list. There IS a song(or three) for EVERY occurrence and happening in my life! I could not whittle a complete list together. To illustrate what I was combing through, I tell you that my music folders contain 32,458 songs. Told you it has been unhealthy at times!

Anyway, I thought I would list some artists who I think of as contributors to my life soundtrack:

  • Pink Floyd
  • Metallica
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Rush
  • Reba McEntire
  • The doors
  • Eric Clapton
  • Johnny Cash
  • Jon Bon Jovi
  • Beastie Boys
  • Michael Jackson
  • Audioslave
  • Charlie Daniels
  • Guns N Roses
  • Queen
  • Garth Brooks
  • UB40
  • Jimmy Hendrix
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Styx
  • The Eagles
  • 3 Doors Down
  • The Cranberries
  • Sweet
  • Willie Nelson
  • Blondie
  • Have to throw in Weird Al and all of Dr Demento's hits!
  • Almost all 80's hits, you know, what they played on the radio!

Well, that is so not even close to putting any semblance of a complete list together. I want to either add another 50 or erase them all together. But I wont, at least not right away!

So, now that I have probably bored everyone to tears and sent them off to their next post, way to go Stalker!!!! Wow, I still have one reader. Thanks for sticking with me. So, if you would, let me know if you have a soundtrack of your life. Do you relate to music depending on your moods? Any chance you are as crazy about music as I am?

Answer or don't, I realize I now have way more readers than commenter's. And that is O. K.

But if you want to put your brave face on and leave a comment, GREAT!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

So, anyone ever feel like there isnt enough hours in a day? Or maybe it's just that so few of those hours are spent doing the things you want to do.

I have to say I cannot seem to find the time to do half of the things on every days to do list.

Maybe we need to petition to have them make a mandatory 3 day work week. With 4 day weekends I could probably fit in everything I need to.

Make it happen people!

As always, Have a great day! (or at least a good one)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Two Blind Pilots

Two blind pilots both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a guide dog, and the other is tapping his way along the aisle of the plane with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin, but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway and the people sitting in the window seats realize they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport. As it begins to look as though the plane will plough in to the water, panicked screams fill the cabin. At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

In the cockpit, one of the blind pilots turns to the other and says,"ya know, Bob, one of these days, they're gonna scream too late and we're all gonna die."
So, are you one of those people who sees something terribly wrong but thinks there might be an honest explanation and so keep your mouth shut? How about when your service is just awful or the food at a restaurant is bad. Do you speak up? Or are you quietly burning inside wishing later that you HAD said something?

So often we find ourselves in situations where we are faced with the decision on how to react. For instance, when someone is overtly rude to us at work in a smarmy, cocky kind of way, we can react in any of three ways:
  • We can 'be the better person' and just let it all slide off of us. (even though we know inside that we are just pissed!)
  • We can react with righteous anger and call them out for their remarks.(and risk that they act all innocent in front of everyone as if they had not done it intentionally)
  • Or we can plan ways to get even!

So which way do you react when faced with someone like this? Do you act differently depending on who it is, and what their 'status' is? Do you ever have regrets for how you have reacted?

As always, put your brave faces on and leave me a reaction

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Roll Call

Have not done a roll call in quite a while. Lets see, do I remember how this goes? Of course I do.

Please leave me a comment and let me know:
  • Who are you and where you are from
  • What it is like in your town, city, community right now!
  • What about you that helps set you apart from others around you
  • What you fear
  • What brings you joy

And of course you can leave anything else in a comment also. Just leave a comment so I can see who has checked in. If this is your first time to my blog or your first time leaving a comment,do not be shy. I have a saying around here, "Put on your brave face and go for it!"

Like Nike and Michael Jordon said, "Just do it" and then do it again if you come back and want to add something else. We do not penalize for multiple comments, long comments, short comments, non-sensible or even dissenting from general consensus comments.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Holy Belly Barrows Batman!

Today Blogstalker is taking part in Candid Carries's Phota Phiesta! So, after you comment on my post, totally go check her out to see everyone else involved!

Todays Entry:

Wait for it.....

Wait for it........

Okay, you asked for it

This weeks Phriday Foto Phiesta entry is another spoof of McDonalds! So at what point do you realize you have a problem? Is it when you can't find a shirt to fit, or when you need a wheelbarrow to move yourself around?
It's pictures like these that keep a person motivated, no?
So, while we're at it. What motivates you? In Life? at work? Are you a motivated person at all?
Do you set goals for yourself ? What about for others? Do you expect others to perform to your standard? Above your standard?
Just wondering.....so put your brave face on and drop a line and enlighten the rest of us!
Oh, and have a great day!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hand outs?

I was so excited after the election.

I got up early and ran to my local gas station. But there was no one there to pay for my gas. I came home and opened my mail. No check to pay off my mortgage. And to top it off I still got bills for Satellite and Water services! Talk about disappointing. Well, maybe things just can't happen that fast. Maybe tomorrow!

The United States of America is certainly the greatest country in the world. Where else could you have an election that popular vote was so close the last three elections and there has never been rioting or ugly military takeover bids. Over 55 million people voted for the guy that lost.

I hope everyone from America realizes just how blessed they are and becomes even more committed to being "informed" on everything political.

Have a great day Stalkers!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A New President

In The United States of America today, November 4th, 2008, the American people have the opportunity to vote for a new President.

I urge all of you who are able to do just that and VOTE!

Voting is a privilege and a right many have died to give you. And remember that no matter the winner, The United States of America is a blessed land still full of great people who will do great things. I challenge ALL Americans to become more active in the political process so that politics in America become MORE about a government of, by and for the people.

Thant is all!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

What ?

So, Everyone have a fun Week? Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

Are you all nervous about the election in the United States? If you watch the news you would think the world might come to an end. Maybe it is.......But that is not the subject of this post. I do try and keep politics out of here....even though it creeps in from time to time.

What I really want to know is what else is going on out there in your neck of the woods. While I know the election seems to take up most of the news, I do not have a clue what else is going on. Hopefully you people are starting to gear up for the holidays. Maybe you are hung over on sugar from 'inspecting' all the candy from Halloween. Who knows?

But one thing is for sure. We all need to keep our minds active and give them a break from some of the other concerns in life. So here is the question of the day:

If you could only get one gift for Christmas, and price is not relevant;
  • What would you want to receive?
  • Who would you want it from?

You cannot ask for world peace or for enough food to feed all the hungry of the world. While these are noble thoughts, I am looking for more selfish answers. It is okay to be selfish. We are only daydreaming after all.

So think about it a moment, then leave your answer in a comment. Then if you think of something else come back and leave another comment. There are no penalties for multiple answers only that the last one given trumps all prior comments.

So.....put your brave face on and comment already!

And have a great day!

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