Friday, October 31, 2008


So, I've been tagged by bigd. OK, I'm game.....

Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person that tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Share 6 non-important/habits/quirks about yourself
4. Tag 6 random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website
6. Let your tagger know when your entry is up

Six non-important/habits/quirks about myself

1. I am the most disorganized type A person I know. It is, of course an oxymoron to be this way, but then again, my whole life is an oxymoron.

2. Don't..ever...mess with my bike gear. Enuff said.

3. I sleep with a stuffed moose. So before you laugh, there are a few things to know. First, it is replacing the pink dog that I slept with for my first 29 years. Second, it was a present from my husband when we reached the gift shop at the top of a mountain we hiked on our honeymoon (don't all mountains have gift shops at the top?). And third, my friend Jeremy from elementary school used to call me Moosey, so i feel a sort of kinship to this stuffed friend.

4. I am a lousy domestic partner. I don't cook, I hate to clean, and still have not learned how to keep my bedroom neat. Sorry mom & dad...the message just never took. (I'll do these things if I have to...and I do...I just make it known all the while how much fun I am not having).

5. My favorite song of all times, and I mean my FAVORITE song, is Puff the Magic Dragon. It might have to do with the fact that my first dog when I was little was a merle blue collie named Puff. But it might just be that its a great song about a magical friendship in a magical land called imagination. I'm proud to say that I have successfully passed along the love for this song to my son, who sings it all day and night :) May his magical dragons never fade away.

6. I love getting insanely silly and giggling till tears roll down my face and my stomach and cheeks hurts from laughing so hard. Usually this takes place over dinner with my children and causes us all to be sent from the table till we can control ourselves ;-)

OK. I'm tagging Lina and Elandra because I don't know anyone else with blogs that haven't already been tagged...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Stranger

I heard this song this morning - a rare one for sure. Just so pretty.

(A Pigpen tune)

The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)

What are they seeing, when they look in each other's eyes?
What are they feeling, when they see each other smile?
Is it love, I don't know - or an emotion that I've outgrown?

Did I take a wrong turn on life's winding road?
Won't somebody help me find the right way to go?
My life need some correction, alteration and direction.
Won't somebody stand by me - yes, I'm lost, yes, I'm lost,
Yes, I'm lost.

What is the secret of this tie that binds?
Two souls in communion, both body and mind.
Is it special magic, or just the nature of things?
Conceived of great spirit, not for beggars but for kings.

You who have found it please help me along.
I'm a man, I'm a man, - I'm not made out of stone.
My needs they are simple, I don't want anything,
but I surely want to fly on those wings, on the run, one more time.

All I wanna do, fly up, fly home.
Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home,
I'm a stranger in your town, fly up, fly home,
Help me somebody please! Fly up, fly home.

I wake up early in the morning, fly up, fly home,
you know I never saw you babe, fly up, fly home.

I just can't seem to understand,
can't seem to understand what's wrong, fly up, fly home.

What I wanna do is take a little ride with you, on the wings of love,
woh-oh one more time, one more time.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

They Are Butterflies

I found this piece written by Elizabeth Andrew. It makes me proud to be a butterfly. Enjoy :)

They Are Butterflies

It is said that the butterfly goes wherever it pleases and pleases wherever it goes. What a tribute to pay a creature otherwise known as an insect! Why do we find butterflies so pleasing?

Aside from their obvious beauty and benefit, probably the most gratifying trait of butterflies is their modest personality. While other insects buzz ferociously or rustle leave fiercely to announce their might, butterflies quietly perform the miracle of pollination without ever making a sound and without over disturbing anything. Their contribution rises to hero proportions as they help make life possible yet ask for nothing extra in return.

Some people are like butterflies. They go through life performing miracles daily without ever boasting and without ever purposely drawing attention to themselves. They are the reason those around them find work easier or life better. Just like butterflies, their contribution rises to hero proportions as they tirelessly help others yet ask for nothing extra in return.

These tireless wonders go wherever they please and please wherever they go. They are beautiful. They are beneficial. They are modest.

Indeed...they are butterflies.

Have a beautiful day my friends.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Having Second Thoughts...

Interesting that this is the title of my blog. I'm having second thoughts about a lot of things lately, like
- what does it mean to be a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a lover, a teacher - and can I fill all those roles without losing myself in the process?
- what am I not doing right that I can't seem to keep balanced?
- is it possible to make somebody happy all the time? If so, how? If not, how do I handle it without going under?
- am I really in a better position to handle my commitments this year or will I burn out...again?
-why isn't doing my best often not good enough?
- am I really able to finish this degree - to start the dissertation over and keep plugging? How many people, including myself, will I disappoint if I can't?

I will be biking again today after school - as long as the rain holds out. That should give me time to think and center a bit. What will happen when the biking season ends...

This may be one of those posts that should I write and then delete...but to know me is to know my triumphs as well as my fears. This isn't one of my more triumphant days. There is always tomorrow.

hugs - thanks for listening.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Are you still behaving? Not at all Sis...

I've got a song stuck in my head. Not the annoying kind that that you hear on muzak in the elevator - the kind that makes you smile all day. So just so you know where my head was when I woke up this morning. You put the smile on my face :) Have a beautiful day.

"Head Over Feet"
Alanis Morrisette

I had no choice but to hear you
You stated your case time and again
I thought about it

You treat me like I'm a princess
I'm not used to liking that
You ask how my day was

You've already won me over in spite of me
And don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet
Don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are
I couldn't help it
It's all your fault

Your love is thick and it swallowed me whole
You're so much braver than I gave you credit for
That's not lip service

You've already won me over in spite of me
And don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet
Don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are
I couldn't help it
It's all your fault

You are the bearer of unconditional things
You held your breath and the door for me
Thanks for your patience

You're the best listener that I've ever met
You're my best friend
Best friend with benefits
What took me so long

I've never felt this healthy before
I've never wanted something rational
I am aware now
I am aware now

You've already won me over in spite of me
And don't be alarmed if I fall head over feet
Don't be surprised if I love you for all that you are
I couldn't help it
It's all your fault

Monday, October 6, 2008

10 Things That Make Me Happy Fall 2008

OK, bigd - I'll bite too. Great idea.

I'm not usually a fan of fall, as it tends to lead to winter. But in the spirit of finding the positive and not dwelling on the negative, I'll give it a shot.

#10 Crisp morning air (the kind that makes dragon smoke come out of your mouth when you breathe)

#9 Watching the leaves change colors

#8 A toasty fire in the fireplace

#7 Fall nature walks collecting colorful leaves and acorns

#6 New Boots (need I say more?)

#5 A colorful fall sweater and scarf.

#4 Jumping in a pile of leaves

#3 Climbing trees and apple picking

#2 Halloween and Thanksgiving

#1 Snuggling with my husband in front of the toasty fire.