Sunday, September 23, 2007

Books, books, books

I have 2 huge stacks of books by my bed....one from the library and one from the used book store, mainly their $1.00 table. But some of my future and past reading include the following:



Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Really great book on eating local and just watching what you eat, from a pesticide, etc. point of view.



Snake Hips by Anne Thomas Soffee. The subtitle is "Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love". This was a reading club book at our local library which is how I found out about it. With a title like that, it has to be a fun read.



A Weekend To Change Your Life by Joan Anderson. Read her book, A Year by the Sea a couple of years ago and reread it every now and then. Great book about "turning of age" as an older woman.



Bitterwood by James Maxey. A local author I went to see in person. Science fantasy and really good read so far about dragons. They are very "human-like".

I'm one week older,


but definitely not any wiser! This was my birthday present to my self.

This is my "modified" phoenix rising from the flames. Let me tell you, if nothing else, I have a profound respect for those with numerous tattoos because it is not the most "comfortable" thing to do in life. Luckily, they didn't care how many faces I made while they did it.

It was not a sudden decision. Been on the table now for a couple of years, thinking, revising, going through the whole yes/no process. The Friday before my birthday I left work and did it. Figured if I didn't, I would regret it.

It's on my lower back, in the center, so unless I flash someone, no one will ever see it. I did it for me. It symbolizes my next 50 years and to do things that I want to do, not what is expected of me. Don't worry, tube tops and mini skirts are not in the future unless the phoenix and I get a lot smaller....which is also in the works.

On my quest to eat better/feel better, I actually stopped and took a look at just the sugar I put in my coffee every day. I have a HUGE insolated mug I generally carry to work and I put just a smidge over 1 cup of sugar in it...every day! I was appalled when I realized how much sugar just in my coffee I was drinking.

Well, I couldn't see not drinking coffee with milk/sugar and I don't like sugar substitutes, so Monday through Friday I don't drink my coffee. That's 5 cups of sugar a week I have cut out. Saturday and Sunday mornings I still have my coffee, but it's a whole lot less coffee and a whole lot less sugar total. A person can't give up everything!

But I feel a little better and surprisingly, I don't really miss the coffee that much. Although with it turning cold, I might need to give up my tea and substitute the coffee, possibly revisiting the whole sugar substitute thing. Also, I have found when I do drink my coffee on the weekends now I am putting less sugar in it. Sorry Sugar Industry. I know someone a sugar worker has lost a job because of me!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Mohawk Mom and G, H and I

Take this mohawk and picture it with yellow instead of hot pink and a letter "A" in yellow on the side. The person who received this mohawk requested another one in school colors. I even charted my own "A" I am so proud of myself. Delivered it to her at school the afternoon of the first home game. I could have sold 100 of them if I had the on hand. She is going to take orders for me, so I guess I will be "mohawking" a lot.

Most of the sewing is done for the band. Flag stripes are done, color guard uniforms are hemmed. Just waiting on some muslin to turn into large panels for the band, then all my sewing should be done for them.

Trumpet Princess survived her first football game even though she did say she almost fainted when she looked up and saw the stands for the first time.

Now it's onto painting the flats for Celtic Halloween. One primed, 5 more to go.

G is for -

Gardens and Gardening - I enjoy them, wish I did more gardening. Of course, with this drought I am glad I have not committed innocent plants to a sure death this summer.

Gourmet - wish I enjoyed food more, or rather took the time to appreciate and savor it more. All too much I fall victim to the rush, rush, rush of everyday life.

Goddess - wish I was more of one, or thought more of myself as a goddess. Also wish I thanked the Goddess more for all I do have in life

Green Man - enjoy the legend and drawings of the Green Man

H is for -

Horses - wish I had the time and money to still own one. They are so beautiful and strong and in some aspects, very reassuring.

Healthy - getting there, both mentally and physically. Walking more, eating better. Cut out coffee during the week. Not for the caffeine aspect, but the 16 tons of sugar I use in it. Hope the sugar industry can handle my cutback.

Humor - letting my sense of humor help me get and stay healthy. See humor in every day life more and honor it.

Harry Potter and Laurel Hamilton - ok, you can't get more opposite on the "paranormal" bookshelf but love them both. If I had to pick one though......bye Harry.

I is for -

Impatient - I often find myself getting impatient with others instead of accepting things to flow as they do. But getting better....lot less cussing at the stoplight.

Italy - wish I was there, backpack, wandering around, eating wonderful food, seeing wonderful sights.