Thursday, October 30, 2008

We Are the Champions!

Oh. my. word.

It really happened.

The Phillies won.




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

i just can't get enough

i could listen to this over and over and over and still...want more.

In Sickness and Health

Here is something i don't understand about Men (there are many things but this is a biggie).

They treat their job as their marriage. For instance, when a Man marries, He promises Himself in sickness and health to His lovely bride. That means that He will stick it out with her even when she is sick..and won't leave her in a lurch.

For some reason, something goes off in a Man's brain when He takes those vows and He immediately begins to think that those vows also apply to His job. His job, that beloved place that gives Him His identity, becomes His new blushing bride.

And in sickness, as in health, He refuses to abandon her. Problem is that He lovingly brings His germs to His place of employment and spreads them far and wide, creating an infirmary-like environment.

And then people, well let's just use me for an example, fall victim to those germs as they infest our sweet-not-so-committed-to-this-job-that-we'll-risk-life-and-limb-to-be-there bodies and we become ill.

Dude? Seriously? Stay the heck home and don't come back until you are well. That's why God created sick days.

And now i'm going to go sneeze and cough for a while.
Yay me.


Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday, Monday

Well...the weekend proved to be a sober yet fun weekend (Maude was NOT allowed anywhere near any kind of vodka! That Maude!).

Although i got very little sleep, today is a very happy day - i'm slightly incoherent and am not sure i'm able to make complete sentences but...

You see...

Phillies are 3-1 in the World Series. I was um...young ...when they won in 1980 yet i remember it well. i was in love with the Phillies then - and so this is a very sweet run for us all. So i've watched each game - sitting beside my brother (who is 16 and has CP) and my Father and phoning my other brother who lives in Florida but is an avid Philadelphia fan. We cheer and boo and might even cry if all goes well tonight. Yes, we are THOSE kinds of fans.

But also - Penn State beat Ohio State, Flyers won, Eagles won..Phillies...

So much winning that my head is spinning (or perhaps that's just lack of sleep!)



And i've already told my Boss that if the Phillies do indeed win the World Series - i'll be taking a vacation day for the Parade.

Yup...we are just those kinds of fans.

::Doing the Happy Dance::

Friday, October 24, 2008


Ever have one of those really, really bad weeks when you're more than glad that it's over?

Yeah, me too - and i hope that this weekend proves to be lighter and a bit less stressful.

Course i could always drink the stress away but i don't think there's enough vodka in the world for that!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

It's a Martha Stewart Thing

As soon as the weather turns cold, something switches on in my brain and it's as if a whole new person emerges.

i bake.

And bake.

And bake some more. i love baking - cookies, cakes, breads, muffins, biscuits, all kinds of things. i experiment with baking, i dream of hundreds of cookies and tarts and..

The thing is that i don't keep any of it-i give it away or take it to work or send it to church.

Perhaps it's the 'hunkering down for winter' instinct that is in my genetic makeup. Maybe my Mom used to bake more in the autumn (i'm sure of it now that i've given it some thought) and so i just assume that's what i need to do.

In any case, my co-workers are going to gain some nice winter weight and my house will be warm and cozy and smell like a million bucks while i am content to play Martha Stewart for one more night.

Tonight i'm making Cranberry Tassies.

Can't wait.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Oh dear Heavens

This new blog is positively ugly -i'm not sure what to do...will probably take me a while to get all the kinks worked out.

But welcome anyway.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stick with me....

i've learned that aol is shutting down the journal/blog part of their company so i'm probably going to transfer this to Blogger.

Stick with me and i'll post the address here in a few short days.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rememberance, Grieving, Forgiveness, Healing

Two years ago, today, a horrific crime was commited in my local area against some Amish school girls.

As i came to work this morning, a local radion station had a local Mennonite Pastor pray over the air waves and then played some related, soothing music.  Then the two morning DJ's came on the air and talked a little bit about the incident and related how they were still healing from that tradegy.  i cried a bit because it had been such a horrid time - trying to come to grips with once again innocent lives being cut short. 

One of the DJ's mentioned how the Amish community is still offering forgiveness and actually extended hands of kindness and words of healing to the shooter's family. 

That doesn't often happen, does it?  Usually we hold the grudge or resent the entire family of someone and in some cultures, a life of someone (or many) of the shooter's family would be taken in vengenance.  Lashing out, returning the hurt makes us 'feel better' and many people choose that path in hurtful situations.

However, the Amish community, as a whole, stood and said...we aren't doing that..we WILL look for the blessings in this situation, we WILL choose to forgive...we WILL not become bitter and hateful.

And though that is sometimes hard to understand, i believe it is the better way.  A better way to live, a better way to conduct yourself and a better way of finding healing in hurtful and horrid situations.  Easy?  Not at all.  But far better.

So today, i feel a bit quiet -remembering the horror of that day but yet learning from a group of people who most would see as backwards and odd. 

Live each day as if it's your the fullest..keeping hate and bitterness at bay, loving deeply... forgiving quickly. 

i'm thankful for today.  Because it means i have another day to live with wild abandon.