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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hanging out with Charles Dickens


Every year in December, Dickens on the Strand takes place in Galveston, which is about 70 miles from where I live. It's a big weekend festival with characters dressed up in Dickens'-era costumes. There are events, food, and vendors on the Strand, a lovely old street in Galveston.

Ever since I moved here in 2002, I kept telling myself I was going to go to it. Well this year, I'm finally doing it!

My husband and I will be heading down there Friday night to meet up with some friends. We'll attend the Handbell Concert, grab something to eat and go back to our hotel for the evening. The next morning we'll hit the shops on the Strand and walk on the beach.

I'm really looking forward to going. It's always nice to break out of the everyday routine AND do something I've told myself I was going to do for years.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


I am so tired. So very, very tired. I haven't slept well for the last week. I don't know why. It started with being unable to get comfortable one night. I was tossing and turning. It continued going downhill from there.

So, I've switched up my schedule so I can get as much sleep as possible. Instead of going to the gym early in the morning, I now do it over my lunch hour. I can take two hours for lunch if I like so I usually do that and get in a full workout, go home to shower and eat, and then return to work. I will probably go back to morning workouts at some point, but for right now this works.

Anyway, this sleep deprivation thing got me thinking about how I need to slow down. This past month in particular has been nothing but go, go, go. I've had something to do every single weekend in November. Even though many of those things were enjoyable and fun, it still takes its toll to be on the go so often.

Additionally, things have been crazy at work. November and December are supposed to be slow months in the family law business, the theory being that no one wants to get divorced around the holidays or fight the custody battle. It's turned out just the opposite in my practice though. It's crazier than it's ever been.

SO...I'm now building restful periods into my life to help me cope with the constant on the go-ness. Rather than plan things for the weekday evenings, I make sure I come home and eat a good dinner then relax by playing on the internet or watching a favorite TV show. I do a few chores here and there, nothing big, just things I can easily do while watching TV. I make sure to play with the dogs and at least twice a week, I take a hot bubble bath with candles. I also read a few pages of a novel before I go to bed.

It's the little things that start to matter when I'm running myself ragged. I made sure to relax tonight and I think I'll sleep well because of it.

May you all catch some zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz tonight!

Monday, November 27, 2006

Um...

I received this in an e-mail from a friend and I thought it worth sharing. I'm embarrassed to say that I've done a few of these myself.

9 Things I Hate About Everyone

1. People who point at their wrist while asking for the time.... I know where my watch is pal, where the heck is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

2. People who are willing to get off their butt to search the entire room for the T.V. remote because they refuse to walk to the T.V. and change thechannel manually.

3. When people say "Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too". Darn right! What good is cake if you can't eat it?

4. When people say "it's always the last place you look". Of course it is. Why the heck would you keep looking after you've found it?

5. When people say while watching a film "did you see that?". No, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the friggity fruitsnack floor.

6. People who ask "Can I ask you a question?".... Didn't really give me a choice there, did ya sunshine?

7. When something is 'new and improved!'. Which is it? If it's new, then there has never been anything before it. If it's an improvement, then there must have been something before it, couldn't be new.

8. When people say "life is short". What the heck?? Life is the longest flipping thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that's longer?

9. When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks "Has the bus come yet?" If the bus came would I be standing here?

Friday, November 24, 2006

Got 'er Done...Mostly

I got almost all the items done from yesterday's list. The only ones I didn't accomplish were:

1. Wash master bedroom comforter and re-make bed.
2. Answer at least four of the eight e-mails currently waiting in my in-box.

I got most of the list done when I woke up this morning. Then I went to the gym. I was tired when I got back so I laid down while my husband swept and mopped the floors. I slept for two hours!Didn't realize it was going to be such a long nap. So the e-mail and the comforter washing will have to wait. I can live with that.

Ok, off to pack for San Antonio.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Get 'er Done

Ok so...I'm leaving tomorrow for San Antonio and I will not be back until Sunday. I have some things I want to do before I leave tomorrow at noon. I often find that sharing goals can be helpful in that when other people know you're trying to do something, you have some built-in accountability.

So my dear blogger readers, here are the things I wish to complete before I leave at noon tomorrow:

1. Clean kitchen counters.
2. Unload dishwasher.
3. Get in an hour of cardio at the gym.
4. Sweep and mop kitchen, dining room, and hallway.
5. Wash master bedroom comforter and re-make bed.
6. Empty all garbage throughout the house into big kitchen garbage can and then take big kitchen garbage can outside.
7. Dust living room coffee table.
8. Scrub master bath.
9. Clean master bath counter and toilet.
10. Answer at least four of the eight e-mails currently waiting in my in-box.

Hmmm...that's very ambitious, but luckily my wonderful husband will help with the household chores part. He will empty the garbage, sweep and mop while I'm at the gym, we'll make the bed together, and he can dust while I scrub the tub. I think it's all doable. I'll get back to you and let you know if it really was.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Huh?

So by now we've all heard about Michael Richards' (of Seinfeld fame) racist tirade at his recent Laugh Factory appearance. If you haven't seen it, you can view it by clicking here. I warn you it's difficult to watch.

He apologized three days later on The Late Show with David Letterman.

I have to wonder...what makes people act like this? In this day and age, it's just astounding to see such vile language and racism displayed. Sadly, this is nothing new to me as I am surrounded by racists in my daily life. It's extremely depressing to me to hear someone utter the "n" word as if it's acceptable in normal conversation or anywhere for that matter.

What racist people don't understand is that they look SO very ignorant when they judge people by their skin color or where they come from. There are jerks of every race, creed, and color out there and there are wonderful people of every race, creed, and color. It's so very sad that some people just don't get that.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Game Playing

Oh. My. God. It seems that the Playstation 3 aka PS3 is so popular that people camped out overnight and in some cases for multiple nights just to be in line to get one.

The husband of a friend of a friend of mine (you might have to read that a couple of times to figure out who I'm talking about) actually paid someone $150 to stand in line to buy one. The "line stander" paid about $600 or so for the machine and then the owner (the husband of the friend of the friend) sold it on eBay. His whole purpose in buying it was to sell it for profit. And he succeeded...last I heard, the bid was up to $4,000. Yes, you read that right: $4,000 as in 4,000 one dollar bills. One bid I saw was up to $6,000.

Ok seriously. This begs the question of how sick and/or twisted you must be to pay literally thousands of dollars for a machine that retails for $600 and will be outdated in five years and that's if you're lucky...it will probably be more like two years. I'd say that's a true addiction and should be placed in the DSM-IV.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Surprise!




This has been a crazy month for me. I can't believe it's already Nov. 11. I started the month with a wonderful trip to Oregon to surprise my mother for her 60th birthday. I flew from Houston to San Francisco to Crescent City, California, where I rented a car and drove the 30 miles to Brookings, Oregon, my hometown on the coast.

I stopped at my favorite florist and got a half dozen roses, three red and three yellow and a big balloon. It was a drizzly day and I ran to the car with the flowers. I drove the two miles or so to my mom's work and went to the door hiding my face behind the balloon. When she answered the door, I lifted the balloon and started singing Happy Birthday. She was shocked and thrilled and started crying and hugging me. It was so wonderful, a great surprise.

I've missed my mom terribly and hadn't gotten to see her since July 2005 when I got married. We had so much fun. We had dinner at all the great Brookings restaurants and I got to meet all her friends from her church, where she also works. We had some great talks. My mother is always full of good advice and gives me things to think about whenever I have a problem.

I went to Oregon to surprise my mom, but it ended up being a great thing for me too. I needed to reconnect with my mother and also with my hometown. Getting away and going back to the place where the foundation for your life was laid gives new perspective.