Share Your World 12/11/17

Our friend Cee’s having internet issues this week (and who hasn’t experienced that?) so I get to make up my very own Share Your World questions this week.  Woo hoo!

Hope your system resolves soon, Cee.  Click on over and check out the awesome photography on her blog!

Is your second toe longer than your big toe?

Yep.  It turns out this has a name – Morton’s Toe.  Internet research (yes, I look up medical stuff on the internet, sue me) tells you about the physiology of Morton’s Toe, but I had this recent consult with someone in holistic medicine who had some interesting notes.  Among others, that people who have Morton’s Toe usually don’t remember their dreams and may have a greater tendency toward anxiety or mild depression.

What happens when the dogs dream?

Sometimes my pooches just take a little nap but occasionally they’ll drop into REM sleep.  When they’re dreaming I see everything from paws jerking, eyes rolling back so only the whites show, or whiskers and the fur around their eyes twitching.  Every so often they’ll even make noises – muted barks and even a high pitched keening once.  Bear’s convinced Phoebe’s having a seizure and wants to wake her up but come on…how pissed would you be if someone woke you every time you moved at night?

What’s on your closet floor right now?

Bwahahahahaha!!!  Can we say “everything” and leave it at that?  There are two baskets of clean (but entirely jumbled up because I keep pulling stuff out) clothes that need to be put away, dirty clothes (because the baskets are full of clean ones), slippers, boots, and random boxes full of stuff that I still haven’t reorganized into our bathroom.

Name five books on your bookshelf.

(Yes, I own real books.  Call me old fashioned.)

**  When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön.

**  Loving What Is by Byron Katie.

**  Room by Emma Donoghue.

**  Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

**  The GiverGathering BlueMessenger, and Son  series by Lois Lowry

Name something that inspired you this week.

Watching my friend baptize a baby yesterday.  I could tell what a meaningful moment it was for him to be a part of that family’s journey, and that was pretty inspirational.

’tis the season, fur ball style

Those of you following the Gracie saga know this dog is trouble with a capital T.  Adorable, precious, loyal, but definitely Trouble.  If we’d had a crystal ball in the beginning then naming this dog would have been a piece of cake.

Don’t believe me?  Check out some of her shenanigans here or here or here.

We’ve got a history.  It’s not like we aren’t aware she’ll eat anything and everything, and yet we keep getting caught off guard.  So you can imagine the situation around here now that the holiday decorations are out.  Jesus, take the wheel.

Now, the rundown on Gracie’s oopsie moments before we’re waist deep in Christmas spirit.

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lessons from a relocated Floridian

As someone who spent approximately 424 days eking out an existence in Massachusetts, this post Cracked Me Up.  Seriously, man, it is da bomb diggety.  And an invaluably informative piece for anyone considering relocation.

“I’ve recently moved out of Florida, a state I had lived in my entire life, and am sitting on the precipice of my very first winter that won’t involve sweat.  I don’t think it’s going to go well.  I am woefully unprepared for this shock to my system…So, I feel it’s my obligation as a Floridian to prepare any of my fellow Sunshine Staters should they be packing up and heading this way.  There are things I must tell you.

●  First of all, if you’re thinking about moving north or are in the process, ABORT MISSION.  You are absolutely, without a doubt, definitely going to die.  I’m not even exaggerating.  Okay, there may be some slight embellishment there, but no there isn’t, you are going to die.  It’s cold up north.  Have you heard about this?  There are other states where the average daily temperature isn’t hot as balls!  I’m serious!”

A South Floridian’s Guide To Moving North: I’m Sick and So Are You

SoCS – click. click. click.

No, it’s not the annoying sound fake nails make on the table when someone’s tapping nervously, though it does grate on the nerves just as badly.




Those damn middle school cliques.

We consider ourselves endlessly blessed that Bear hangs with a strictly no drama llama crowd.  She loves her friends, she loves her team, and overall I’d say middle school is off to a good start.  But a middle school without girl cliques only exist in another dimension and we’re stuck smack dab in this one.

This means that occasionally my no drama llama shows up hating her hair or her clothes (yes, all of them) or the fact that she doesn’t own twenty pairs of shoes.  She doesn’t look like everyone else (hello, that’s a good thing) or have those name brand labels or is rolling in dollas.

In other words, she’s normal.  And normal tends to clash with cliques.

I have this recurring dream where I get to go into the middle school and meet with girls.  No, not a brass knuckles sort of meeting…but maybe if we could just sit them in a room…small groups, facing each other without their posse to hide behind, talking honestly until we chip away at some of the walls these girls build around themselves…well, maybe we could make some progress with the cliques.

Linda’s stream of consciousness post is our Saturday fun.  This week’s prompt was to use a word with “liqu” in it.

wcw (belated) – the never-ending voyage

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers.  The mind can never break off from the journey.”

–  Pat Conroy

Utuado, Puerto Rico

dropping off the face of the earth (and liking it)

You may have picked up from yesterday’s Share Your World that I spent last week in Puerto Rico and man, do I have some stories to tell you.  Unfortunately, I’ve had a bug for the last 36 hours and can only just now look at my computer screen without wanting to vomit.  (Travel related?  Unrelated?  I don’t know and I don’t care as long as it’s gone.)

So I need some time to gather my thoughts a bit, but until I’ve got my feet under me here’s the bare bones of the matter.

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Share Your World 12/5/17

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Dusting any area stuffed with knick knacks.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

While doing work in Puerto Rico last week.  There were times I was 100% present, fully focused on the world in front of me.  I was where my feet were.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

Once.  And there was a time I never thought I’d have an answer like that!

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I’m inspired by the Puerto Ricans’ determination and spirit.  They’ve lost so much, but they know with God and each other that Puerto Rico will rise.

“There will be days that I don’t think we’ll know how to survive. But we will, because we have each other.”  – Colleen Hoover

Cee’s Share Your World welcomed me back to blogging today.

What’s happening in your world?