Monday, May 31, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

How Long Has That Been There?

Well, it's Wordless Wednesday. Guess I'm not supposed to "talk", but, hey, get a post when you can, people.

I go through life day after day on autopilot (but I never realized how serious it was), it seems. Always asking my self the same question - How long has that been there? I was reminded of this today when I walked into the lobby of my office as I have done sleepily every weekday morning since last July. I went to flip the thermostat (which I'm not allowed to do according to building management, by the way), and noticed a rather large, spiky, potted plant below. How long has that plant been there, I asked myself. See photo of plant and thermostat above. Look how large that plant is, people! I have to practically fall over it to get to the thermostat! I think I am in serious trouble.

Why, just yesterday as I was exiting from our parking garage through the same exit gate I have used since November, I saw a sign with a happy face on it, attached to the gate, right in front of my car. It said "Have a nice day!" How long has that sign been there, I asked myself.

After the incident this morning (wow, two incidents two days in a row), I started to question my sanity, which I know J has questioned over and over again since we got back together. Even last night she made the remark, "You are so weird." I said, "Well, you love me, don't you?" She said, "Yeah, but you're still weird." Well, I think it's weird to love someone who is weird, so there.

At work I tend to be a pretty detailed person, or at least I thought so anyway. Everything on the tables have to be just so; same with my desk, same with the kitchen. My bosses tend to move things around; I notice and move them right back. On the other hand, there is an ugly painting on the wall behind me, usually left askew by the cleaning people every night. I NEVER notice this, but my boss always does. It simply doesn't bother me, but it's behind me. I don't have to look at it all the time. But the plant, the LARGE, spiky, potted one, there is no excuse for not seeing it. I look out over the lobby towards it. It is directly in my line of vision eight solid hours plus each day.

I used to think it was depression that made me this way. People could ask me, "How's the weather today?" and I absolutely could not tell them, even after having come in from outside. Sometimes I wonder how I drive a car to Tomball and back twice a week and not manage to drive off the road unintentonally. J would also question my driving abilities. No wonder I get lost everywhere I go, even to places I have been before. How do I function every day and keep a job with this kind of zoning out? Is this a medical condition? A mental disorder? A personality disorder? What?
You know that old saying,"You need to stop and smell the roses"? Well, I have never been a flower sniffer, but I think it's time I become one even though one rose smells the same as all the others to me. A few thorns on the nose will be worth practicing to become normal like the rest of you.

So, J, change something, move something, do something to test me and see if I notice. That is your assignment. And then, Babe, give me a hint, please!

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, May 24, 2010

14 Ways to Show Your Wife You Love Her

1. Wake her up on a Sunday morning with hugs and kisses.
2. Encourage her to play hookey.
3. Make love with her all morning and hold her while she sleeps afterwards.
4. Go to the grocery store for her.
5. Bring back comfort foods (roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob) that are definitely not on her diet.
6. Wash the dishes after lunch.
7. Cuddle on the couch and then present her with two chocolate covered glazed donuts; again, not on her diet but you don’t care if she gains a few pounds.
8. Take an afternoon nap with her, again, holding her in your arms.
9. Give her a hickey on her neck, making her feel like a giddy high school student.
10. Make her a pizza for dinner, again, not on her diet. You can see her belly literally growing right in front of you now, but it just means there’s more for you to jiggle with your hand.
11. Present her with a cold piece of chocolate cake with chocolate icing (no need to repeat the diet thing) while she watches the finale of the Celebrity Apprentice.
12. Wash the dinner dishes.
13. Tell her you think the book she is writing is worth working on.
14. Hold her in your arms, talking in her ear about how the two of you met, how you fell in love with her at first sight, and how you adore her, until she falls into a blissful sleep.
Thank you, J, for a wonderful Sunday I will NEVER forget! I felt like a queen! I love you!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Totally Out

I thought I'd mentioned it, but looking back, I didn't! I FINALLY came out to my maternal grandmother! She was the last to "know", even though - as I suspected - she knew. She says she doesn't understand it but still loves me.

Abandoned Memories

I found photos of the old and abandoned Castle Golf & Games aka Malibu Grand Prix. First Aquarena Springs, now this. What's next? This place holds special memories for me. It was one of the few places J and I used to go on what I would have called a "date." We would play Caterpillar, Frogger, and Starcastle. Later, we would play a round of putt-putt golf. I'm pretty sure J sneaked a kiss or two from me in that very gazebo. These pictures sadden me. I wish the places of our youth and early years together would just STAY THE SAME! Oh, well, time to make some new memories, I guess!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

K16 in Cinderella

She danced soooo beautifully last night as a courtier. Wish I had one of her dancing with the prince. It was awesome!

Thou Shalt Not Love - Part 4

I am so sad that I taught my kids that the Bible is to be taken literally. It was written in a different time and place. The laws had to be different thousands of years ago. Just think how many of our laws in this country have changed in 200 + years? It goes without saying that we should be kind to our fellow man, help those who CANNOT help themselves, be honest, don't steal, don't hurt others. However, it's okay to steal if you're hungry, okay to take out an eye for an eye, okay to lie if it is for the greater good. Here are some more quotes from Thou Shalt Not Love.

Regarding the Bible being taken literally: fact, the Southern Baptist church split from the American Baptists because the Southern Baptists asserted that slavery was indeed biblical and within God's will.

... The assumption that biblical truths are universally applicable ignore the variations and values of other cultures.

... The kosher food laws of Leviticus and Deuteronomy, for example, are meaningless in New Guinea or the Amazonian jungle, where many of the animals and foods mentioned do not exist.

What I want to know is where are the laws in the Bible that protect the manatee, the bald eagle? Where are the laws in the Bible that say you must have citizenship papers to cross over another country's border? Where are the laws against online bullies and computer hackers? Where are the laws against littering (one man's junk is another man's treasure) and making a right-hand turn at a no-turn on red light corner? Simple. These laws were not even needed back then. If the Bible is to be taken literally, then it must be more specific and not so general, not just some blanket statement of how things should be that covers everything yet not everything according to one's own interpretation. You interpret the Bible your way, and I'll interpret it mine. We might not get along fine, but it's our right and we should not be criticized or persecuted for it.