Monday, December 31, 2007

Quick End of Year Recap Etc.

This past year definitely had its ups & downs for me. My husband, who left in Sept 06, said he'd be filing for divorce in the spring and still hasn't; there's been no word from him at all since February. My relationship with Jacqueline and the kids has grown stronger and happier, despite some bumps along the way. Jacqueline & I did 40 things for Jacqueline's 40th, swam in the lake as often as we possibly could, and chose a name for our home (Faerie Gardens). In July we threw a drunken birthday bash for me, which ended badly the next morning. I got my first job substitute teaching, and have been plagued with escalating car trouble as the year went on. We have been offered a way to finally buy this property, but I am not sure if it's a viable option anymore. I have been diagnosed as diabetic, but have lost about 30 pounds since last January, and am doing even more to get healthy.

For 2008, I have all kinds of hopes! Of course, I hope my husband files for that divorce, but if he doesn't, I hope it doesn't screw up my taxes. I hope my relationship with Jacqueline grows closer and stronger, and that we can get to have more quality time together. I hope to bond more closely to the kids and to have lots of fun family adventures! I hope to work every day I possibly can and get a good permanent job for September. I hope to swim even more often and lose even more weight and hopefully reverse the diabetes. I hope to get the car fixed and/or maybe get a smaller, more fuel efficient car for running to & from work and errands. I hope to scrap more and write more and draw more too and I hope to put a down payment on the property!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Season's Greetings!

Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, and gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are extended without regard to the race, creed, age, physical ability, religious faith or lack thereof, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee(s).

Monday, December 17, 2007

A Scrapper's Favorite Things

Ribbons in glass jars
And fibers in baskets,
Bright pattern papers,
In wire mesh boxes,

Bold solid cardstock,
Stored without dings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored laces,
An' crisp fabric flowers,
Stickers and die cuts
An’ punches with power,
Colorful inks that make pages sing,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Stored so neatly,
In their places,
Where they can be found.
I simply store all of my favorite things
And then I design just fine!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

10, 9, 8, 7...

1. drove to Savannah NY and right into Montezuma Swamp
2. put air in the tire a bazillion times
3. played with a parachute, and other games, in the snow
4. saw several gold finches, mourning doves, blue jays, chickadees, geese...
5. felt the fur of a skunk, beaver, woodchuck, ermine (winter & summer), snowshoe hare, and coyote
6. learned the word piloerection
7. ate lunch in a small café in a tiny town
8. slept late
9. had pizza and wings and Golden Grahams (not all at once)
10. posted this! LOL!

9 things on my agenda this week:
1. take Saten to the vet on Tuesday
2. go to the diabetes training on Tuesday & Friday
3. work Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning
4. clean off desk again
5. make & mail ornaments to 3 friends
6. sign & send out holiday cards
7. drop off paperwork to the Fulton personnel office
8. deposit paycheck
9. go grocery shopping

8 shows I've watched last week:
1. CSI
2. really that's all
3. we don't have cable
4. I did watch a few movies though:
5. You've Got Mail
6. Educating Peter
7. Hello Kitty & Friends Holiday DVD
8. Underworld: Revolution

7 things I cooked last week:
1. um...
2. I think
3. I might have made
4. a tuna casserole
5. one day this past week
6. but I can't remember
7. Jacqueline usually does all the cooking

6 things I read this week
1. Lizard Music
2. 3/4 of The Book of Fred
3. my LJ f'list
4. my email
5. many road signs
6. several maps

5 Reasons to be happy today
1. The car still runs
2. I have got many paychecks coming
3. we have electric heaters and electricity
4. we have food in the house and a roof over our heads
5. we all love each other!

4 things I need to buy:
1. ink for the printer(s)
2. Vitamin E
3. a new tire
4. more teacher clothes

3 people I saw this weekend:
1. nearly 30 new people at the Below Zero workshop
2. Jacqueline
3. the kids

2 things I am thankful right now:
1. see the "5 reasons to be happy" list
2. Jacqueline

One Final Thought:
1. "To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight." ~e.e.cummings

Now I tag anyone who wants to do it!