Share Your World 10/23/17

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

I never really thought of it as either, so this is an interesting question.  I was intrinsically driven to do well so I never had to *force* myself to go to class or study.  In that sense school was easy on me, since I know it’s like pulling teeth every day for some kids.  I was not blessed with a photographic memory or other genius tendencies so my academics were typical – some things came easier to me than others.  The social dynamics of school were a constant: shifting, confusing, and as unpredictable as a tornado’s path.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

Dogs!  (dogs-dogs-dogs)  Giraffes, elephants, birds (large, small, and everything in between), lions, gorillas, cheetahs, sea lions, seals, bears, and antelope.  I can stare at any of these for hours on end.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

San Diego.  The weather was positively gorgeous and the people seemed to have usually sunny dispositions.

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. 

“Always remember, wherever you are, whether near or far, you had a mother who really, really loved you.  The original mother.  Once you’ve found your true inner guru you can never again be divided.  Perfect union with the divine, through the grace of your real teacher, transcends time, space, death and all worldly limitations.  Your real teacher is the original mother – regardless in which manifest or non-manifest form, or gender, she appears.  The one who nurtures you and the one who also, out of wisdom and compassion, corrects you if you are misguided.”

–  Zeena Schreck

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Share Your World 10/2/17

If you were given the opportunity to ride in a helicopter would you go?

Nope.  To be fair, I’ve done this so I already know the nausea inducing motion involved.  Bonus answer:  I wouldn’t jump out of a plane either.

What are some of your favorite type of proteins to eat? (meat, seafood, eggs, soy, cheese, nuts)

I’m messing around with my diet right now so almost anything’s fair game.  Over the years I’ve eaten a lot of red meat but I’m trying to cut that back.  I’d say I get most of my protein from eggs, chicken, and nuts.

What would be your preference, awake before dawn, at dawn, or awake before noon?

Definitely awake before noon.  People keep talking about how beautiful the sunrise is…it’s not that I think they’re lying, it’s just that in my experience my exhaustion and typically freezing fingers make the entire thing an unpleasant outing.

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. 

“Of course you have passions and talents.  Of course you have some purpose in the world.  Your emotions are guiding you towards it.  Each time you discover something that you like or something that you hate, you discover yourself.  Everyone can do this.  If you didn’t like some things more than others, you’d be living in a sewer eating grass.  More often than not, it’s those things you think are too weird, too personal, or too imperfect that you must share.  The world does not await your perfection.  It awaits your courage and your honesty.  Let yourself be seen.”  Vironika Tugaleva

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odds and ends 9/14/17

1.  Every time I see a map I still think of the West Wing episode with cartographers telling C.J. that the globe is wrong.  That relative size and even the location of certain countries is inaccurately represented on the world map we currently use. 

2.  My favorite part is when they demonstrate the need to flip northern and southern hemispheres.  C.J.: “But you can’t do that.”  Cartograher: “Why?”  C.J.: “Because it’s freaking me out!”  (Seriously.  Watch the clip here and tell me your mind isn’t blown.  You’ll never look at a globe the same way again.  Plus you’ll giggle.  Win/win.)


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why. what. how. and more why.

Why do people throw cigarette butts out their car window?  Is it laziness?  That they just don’t want to clean out their ashtrays?  Even if it is laziness…why are the damn things still burning when they’re tossed?  This completely freaked out the kids when they were younger; it took forever to convince them a burning butt wouldn’t blow up our car.

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20 apparently inexplicable facts I cannot clear up for my kids

I like to consider myself an intelligent person.  I mean, we’re not talking genius level aficionado, but an adult who is reasonably well-rounded and able to function in the world?  Sure, I’d like to think I’m that.

Even so, try as I might it turns out there are certain things I simply cannot seem to explain to my kids.  At least not so I’m convinced they truly understand.

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Share Your World 9/4/17

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Gray.  That sounds gloomy, I know, but when I scan my closet there are a lot of gray tanks and t-shirts.  I guess I’m drawn to them because it’s an easy neutral for whether I’m feeling up or down.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I love labradors.  Gracie (our golden retriever) is beautiful and loving and sweetness personified, but still…there’s something about labradors.  They’re smart, loyal, and remarkably kind hearted animals.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

I’ll preface with I’m not a gardener or even particularly attuned to landscaping but there are certain aesthetics I’m drawn to, and those would be:  Sunflowers.  Lily pads.  Daffodils.  Daisies.  Wildflowers.

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

“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”  Khalil Gibran

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odds and ends 8/31/17

1.  No one will make sure I have ten minutes of peace in the shower except me.

2.  Doors have locks for a reason.

2a. Especially when the thought of my son walking in on me naked is horrifying.

2b.  Not that Bear’s intrusion would be a treat.

3.  Toenails with most of the polish chipped off are pretty sad.

4.  Also sad: someone who can’t spare twenty minutes to paint said toenails.

5.  Then again, it’s bad for my blood pressure to take those twenty minutes and paint my nails only to have the dog step on them before they’re dry.

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marijuana, white water rafting, & air bound bison

This season has been all about the learning for me.  Summer months filled with sights, sounds, and experiences to file away…bits of knowledge that may or may not be useful at some future point.  You know…stuff.

Like our recycling program.  They pick up our bins every other week, but it’s run by the same company that handles trash disposal.  Now I can’t help wondering if the whole thing is BS & everything ends up in the landfill after all.

And Roombas, those automated pods that toodle around vacuuming your floor?  They’re designed to pick up debris and programmed to change directions, but in a huge design oversight they don’t immediately come to a halt if they run over, say, cat feces.  (True story.)

Now, for your reading pleasure, some of the random bits and pieces I’ve tucked away this summer.

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