Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009 Word of the Year and Intentions

It's time to choose my 2009 word of the year...and this year I choose.....


I have so many things that I want to accomplish this year. Usually we call these things "Resolutions" but I have always had issues with that word. Instead, I am going to borrow from a fellow scrapbook blogger, Jill Conyers, and use the word "Intentions."

Here are my 2009 Intentions:

1. Exercise 3 times per week, 30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes strength training each time.
2. Eat a more healthy diet.
3. Follow the caloric advice of Myfitnesspal.com in order to lose 2 pounds per week.
4. Spend $10 or less per month on scrapbook supplies, except in May when I will be attending CKU and the Donna Downey Inspired Event.
5. Get two paleontology papers out for publishing.
6. Read 12 books (one per month).
7. Attend church regularly.
8. Take more road trips to explore Tennessee and the surrounding area.

I've stuck with 8 intentions as that is my lucky number. I'd love to hear what some of your intentions/resolutions are. I'll be updating the look of my blog to be able to add these intentions on the side and keep a list of the books I have read. I just ordered "Last Lecture" from the library. I can't wait to read it.

On a scrapbook note: finished my 52 card deck yesterday. It came out lovely. Finished my December Daily album the day before. I'm enjoying looking through that. I have a couple of projects I'm working on today as well.

Have a safe and happy New Year!
And to Roxanne's friend in India that reads my blog.... नया साल मुबारक हो
Namaste

Monday, December 29, 2008

A Return to Normal...

Christmas was great but there was not enough time with the boys. I wish it would have been longer...a lot longer. I miss them far too much.

Our family tradition for Christmas Eve is to eat fish tacos for dinner and play a game. This year it was Monopoly.

Then came Christmas morning and the opening of the presents. What I didn't post before today (so as not to spoil the surprise) was that I have booked William and Richard onto my summer Alaska cruise! I made two of those Snapfish books for the boys that went through this story of all the crazy things we'd done, complete with pictures. When the boys got to the end of the book I said that I missed traveling with them so I'd booked them on the cruise with me. The pictures below are the boys reading the books.


Needless to say they were blown away. They both hugged me so hard and it meant so much. Today we sit at 219 days until we cruise!

William got me an amazing present and I tell you about it here because I want you to know that you can do something totally meaningful without spending a dime. He did a couple of things:

1. Went to Ventura Pier, bought a bottle of water from Ericssons on the Pier and filled it with ocean water and sand. Ventura beach was where I spent most of my lunches when I worked in Ventura.

2. Cut out the Superman "S" off of his old hoodie that I think he wore for 10+ years...we got it at Magic Mountain. It's for my scrapbook.

3. William has recently taken up the drums. He gave me his first broken drumstick.

4. Put together a CD with pictures of him and his motorcycle, pictures of Ventura Beach and the pier, pictures of some of the Nits crew (the group of kids he has been hanging out with since high school), and pictures of our Oxnard and Camarillo houses.

I think I am going to buy a shadow-box frame and put these items in there. This is one of my most favorite Christmas gifts....ever.

I hope you had a lovely holiday. I'll be posting my 2009 word along with some other creative information later this week. Must get some writing done before them.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

I'll be gone for the next couple of days. If truth be told, from tonight at 5pm until Friday at 10pm will be the happiest time I have been this year as I will be with both of the boys. Being with them is magical for me and it's something I long for. As they were growing up I wished for them to grow up and gain their independence. Now I wish for them to be young again so that I can really savor that time the way it should be. I'll post pictures of the three of us when I get back.

Merry Christmas my friends. Enjoy your family and the peace this season brings....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

New Words


The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,subtracting or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners. Read them carefully. Each is an artificial word with only one letter altered from a real word. Some are terrifically innovative:

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people, that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The Bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

5. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

6. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

7. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

8. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

9. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

10. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

11. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

12. Glibido: All talk and no action

13. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

14. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web

15. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

16. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

And, the pick of the lot...

17. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole. (Seriously, I know this guy!)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Do they know it's Christmas Time?

Hearing this song always makes me get into the holiday spirit. I'm certain you will enjoy the big 80's hair....this video was filmed back in 1984 (24 years ago...*GASP*). Sting (hubba hubba), Bono, Boy George, George Michael, Phil Collins.....just to name a few....

Everyone...join hands and sing along with me...you know the words...