I am thankful…

I started out this morning in a VERY bad mood.

Yesterday, I was sick.  Like REALLY sick.  Apparently, the flu bug got ahold of me pretty hard.  By the end of the evening, my youngest was sick.  By 11:30pm, my oldest couldn’t breathe and had to have a nebulizer treatment.  She was also sick.  I had to get up twice in the middle of the night to clean up my youngest (yes, use your imagination.  It’s the flu.  You know exactly what I’m talking about).  DH also got up once.  I had to get up at 7am after very little sleep (SQUIRREL – This “no sleep” thing has been going on FAR too long.  I’m not surprised at all that I got sick.  I’ve been an easy target.)  It’s been a ROUGH 24 hours.

I’m annoyed that my Thanksgiving plans have changed.  I’ve had to come up with a new plan that includes me cooking a big meal just for the four of us (it’s important to me that we try to do at least some of the traditional Thanksgiving stuff).  And I had to come up with this plan after the stores were already closed.  Grrrrrr…….

So I started my day with a cup of coffee and Facebook… like I do every day off.  This is what I saw:

It’s important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring thoughts and loving prayer right now. If I don’t see your name, I’ll understand. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly copy, paste, and share this status for one hour to give a moment of support to all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

Ahhh, PERSPECTIVE.  I needed that.  So first, I am thankful for social media (actually, my friends on there) for providing me a much needed attitude adjustment.  But also, I am very grateful that I get to be with my family today, I have a job, and I can feed my family.  Not all of my friends can say that and my heart goes out to them.  Knowing that, I’m going to do my best to make sure that we count our blessings and spend quality time together today.  I honestly believe that everything happens for a reason; this might just be a blessing in disguise.

Wishing all of you a HAPPY THANKSGIVING, FRIENDS!!!!!!  😀

Patience

I’ve been doing an experiment.

While trying to get my priorities in check, I’ve found it necessary to start practicing patience.  And now that I’m starting to get slightly proficient at it, I’m hypersensitive to it and have noticed how little patience people have.  (SQUIRREL – It’s just like when you quit smoking and then you can smell smoke like a half mile away.)

About the experiment… When I get into a situation where I find a severe lack of patience, I count.  I count the seconds that it takes for whatever the situation is to end.  It’s very interesting.  The most obvious examples are while people are driving.

EXAMPLE #1 – THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT

The school my kids go to has no bussing system so parents drop their kids off during a very chaotic 15-20 minutes every morning.  I watch adults fly through that lot like it’s a freakin’ NASCAR event (mind you, there are literally hundreds of people walking in and out of that lot during that 15 minutes… most of whom are children).  One morning I watched a car speed up to the curb, swerve near it, and let their child out.  The car behind them drove right up behind them – intentionally parking far too close to try and express their anger.  And the second driver sat there waving her arms and just fuming.  So I started to count.  8 seconds.  That lady couldn’t spare 8 seconds to allow another parent to safely let their child out of the car and tell them ‘I love you’ before they went to school.  And in today’s day and age, you never know how important that 8 seconds could be between you and your child.

EXAMPLE #2 – THE NEARBY SUBDIVISION

I live near a subdivision that has two entrance/exit streets.  So no matter which way I go when I leave my house, I have to pass by one of them. Most of the time that I drive by, someone is flying toward the stop sign and they almost never stop before pulling out onto the road I am on.  They pull out in front of me and I have to slam on the breaks to keep from hitting them.  Then I follow them to the next corner where we both stop again.  Even when I drive the speed limit (35 mph), I catch up to them by the next corner.  They’ve gained nothing.  So the last time I saw this, I counted.  This one is only 5 seconds.  Is that too much to ask to stop your car for 5 seconds until I pass so you don’t cause an accident?!?!  (Related SQUIRREL:  Heaven help those people if they ever hit my car and hurt my children.  I promise I would literally rip them apart with my bare hands.)

I could go on and on with other examples.  Home – oh yes, we have a patience problem here.  Work – are you kidding me?  I can barely name 10 people I work with who DON’T have a patience problem.  My point is this…  there’s no value and no gain by being impatient.  And while I am certainly FAR from being GREAT at being patient, I’m at least trying my hardest to be GOOD.  (Ironic disclaimer – I had to confess to my mom and brother today, while I was speeding to get to an event on time, that I am writing this blog post on PATIENCE and using driving examples.  See… I’m not great at it, but at least I noticed it and slowed the hell down.)

As we head into the holidays, I expect all of us will have multiple examples for the experiment.  Feel free to COUNT.  😀

Random Thoughts 11/26/2013

Confession – These are actually my “thoughts” from last Friday.  So this should actually be titled “Random Thoughts  11/22/2013.”  Anyway…..  to the thoughts!!!

 

1.  Paying bills makes me nauseous.

2.  My youngest is home sick today.  I haven’t had this kind of quality time to spend with her in a very long time.

3.  Related note #1:  I’m thrilled that she likes TV shows that are actually educational.  She asks for them and I don’t even have to trick her into watching them.  Win!

4.  Related note #2:  She has imaginary friends.  The two I hear most about are Dorthief (not Dorothy) and Glinda.  (SQUIRREL – Both are from The Lizard Devoz.  Don’t try to correct her.  Trust me.  The lizard’s name is Devoz.  End of story.)  Dorthief makes very bad choices and often gets in trouble.

5.  Related note #3:  Apparently we are in the stage of saying “you know” in every sentence… a lot.  So you know she says it like you know 13 or 14 times you know per sentence.

6.  I’ve done 5 loads of laundry today and I have at least 4 more to do.

7.  I’ve been in my pajamas all day long.

8.  I have amazing friends.  They know me better than I know myself.  Thanks, guys.  You’re the best.

Songs I Like to Crank with the Windows Down

Earlier this week I posted a list of songs I listen to when I’m sad.  I should have clarified that those are songs I listen to when I’m sad and I want to STAY sad.  I bet I could come up with a list of songs that I listen to when I’m sad and I want to get happy (Actually, I just did.  We’ll post that another day).  But… I am The Squirrel.  And in true squirrel fashion, I skipped right past that emotional transition this week and have jumped directly into a new list of songs.

When I’m happy and in a great mood, I like to sing at the top of my lungs with the windows down.  It’s one of my favorite things to do and I get TONS of enjoyment out of doing it.  Sooooo……………….

Here is my “Songs I Like to Crank with the Windows Down” list (list idea and title credited to my good friend, Joe):

1.  Home – Marc Broussard
2.  Imma Be – Black Eyed Peas
3.  Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
4.  Dream On – Aerosmith
5.  Rebel Yell – Billy Idol
6.  I’m the One – Mary J. Blige
7.  Epic – Faith No More
8.  More Than A Feeling – Boston
9.  Proud Mary – (Ike and) Tina Turner
10.  On The Floor – Jennifer Lopez
11.  Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey
12.  Make the World Move – Christina Aguilera  (Ain’t No Other Man is a close second though)
13.  Black Horse and the Cherry Tree – KT Tunstall
14.  Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
15.  7 – Prince
16.  Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
17.  Smooth – Santana
18.  If I Had No Loot – Tony! Toni! Tone!  (SQUIRREL – I actually sang this entire song with a stranger one day in Kohl’s while we were shopping.  It was awesome!)
19.  Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

And finally, the only song I am actually comfortable doing karaoke…
20.  Respect – Aretha Franklin

I’d love to hear your list!  Feel free to comment here or on FB.  Have a GREAT weekend!!!

P.S. – Thanks for everything, Joe!  (((HUGS)))

Songs I listen to when I’m sad

Did anyone else have a super emotional and sucky day today?  I sure did.  And I know a couple of my friends did too.  And it got me thinking about songs I listen to when I get to feeling down.  Here’s my list:

1.  Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
2.  I Can’t Make You Love Me – Bonnie Raitt
3.  Bittersweet symphony – The Verve
4.  Creep – Radiohead
5.  The Story – Brandi Carlisle (my current GO TO sad song)
6.  When I Was Your Man – Bruno Mars
7.  I Think It’s Going to Rain – Bette Midler or Norah Jones
8.  Turning Tables – Adele (or pretty much anything on “21”)
9.  I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
10.  Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
11.  Hallelujah – K. D. Lang
12.  Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
13.  Volcano – Damien Rice (although I liked the version that Phillip Phillips did better)

And a friend of mine introduced me to a new one today.  Ironically, I had never heard it until I turned on the TV this evening and it was the first thing I heard.  So the new addition to my list as of today is…….
Say Something – Great Big World

What are your sad songs?  (P.S. – Don’t worry.  We’ll do a happy song list later this week when we’re all up to it.  :))

RANDOM THOUGHTS 11/16/2013

1.  I’ve been playing a game about singing monsters most of the evening.  And I’m already obsessed and am sitting here waiting for my timers to run out and for my monster eggs to hatch so I can play more.

2.  I’m a nerd.  A BIG one.  Now that I’m in my 40s, I think that’s the coolest thing in the world.  I’ve been told I’m the life of the freakin’ party!  WOOOO!!!

3.  Related note:  Oddly, I have been feeling a lot like I did in junior high and high school lately.  And I am having the same thoughts I did back then.  Popular kids SUCK.  Nerdy is the new popular.  Mark my words.

4. (For those of you who are my Facebook friends, this is a repeat.  Apologies.)  I have been trying to be a good example for my kids with my diet and exercise.  The girls and I were doing bicep curls together tonight.  I caught them later doing it on their own and counting reps together.  WIN!

5.  (Another repeat… another apology.)  I am the undisputed champion of Wii “Just Dance” at my house.  I played two controllers at once tonight.  Don’t act like your not impressed.

6.  The chicken cacciatore I ate for dinner is the best I have ever made.

7.  Although I have performed (music) literally hundreds of times, karaoke scares the living hell out of me.  I have so much anxiety attempting to perform something I have not practiced.  To my friends from the outing last night, I was terrified to do that.  Thanks for being so supportive.

8.  Today has been the most relaxing day I’ve had in over a year.  There’s just something about spending the day in yoga pants and a sports bra with no makeup and my hair undone that makes me really happy.  Ahhhhhhhh.

Hope you are having a GREAT weekend!!!

Random Thoughts 11/14/2013

1.  It is amazing what a second cup of coffee and a pair of high-heeled boots can do to my attitude.  I was strutting around work like I owned the place today.

2.  Related note #1:  Many men will talk to you like they know you if you wear hooker boots and strut around work all day.  Are they pathetic?  Maybe.  Did it boost my self-esteem?  You betcha!!!  So THANK YOU, random dudes!

3.  Related note #2:  Great day at work usually equals very rough night at home.  Today was no exception.

4.  Related note #3:  Luckily, my house is filled with lots technology and multiple screens so everyone is focused on their own thing right now… ahhhhh quiet.

5.  My car is technically a station wagon (that’s what the insurance company calls it), but I feel like a total bad ass when I crank my tunes.  (SQUIRREL – I am still listening to MMLP2… with the bass turned way up.  I’m so gangster.)

6.  Will someone please remind me to pick up my daughter’s glasses from the optometrist tomorrow?

7.  Related note:  I’m in denial about my eyesight.  I think my arms are just far too short.

8.  I appreciate you reading this.  I owe you a great big hug.  Please come see me to cash that in at any time.  🙂

HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!