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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Huh?

Tonight, I am going to take some time to wonder/rant about things that I just don't understand. Let's get right to it.

What is with people who feel the need to point out the obvious to you? I have several nasty sores on my right arm because mosquitoes love me. They believe I am running a free blood bank and they partake generously. They itch terribly and then I break the skin open by scratching it and it becomes a sore. I also tend to have a horrible habit of mindlessly picking at the scab. I don't even think about it most of the time, I'm concentrating on something else and I find myself picking at my skin. So yeah, it looks bad.

I can't tell you the number of people who have called my attention to these horrible marks on my skin. Usually, it's in the form of "Wow, you have a lot of scabs on your arm." Really? Well, would you look at that? I had no idea until you so sweetly pointed that out. Thanks for calling my attention to it as well as the attention of everyone within a 10-foot radius and forcing me to explain. Also, thank you for offering all kinds of suggestions about what I can do to deal with it. I had no idea you became a dermatologist since I started talking to you two minutes ago.

Now, let me be clear here. I understand curiosity. I often have it myself when someone has a bandage or a terrible looking wound. But I'm trying to curb asking about it because you just never know what really happened and maybe the person is embarrassed by it.

On a different, and yet just as annoying, note - what is with those people who make everything in the world about them? I have an acquaintance who is horrible about this. You can mention anything to her and she will turn it back toward herself. If you were in a horrible accident and broke a leg and all your ribs, she would tell you about how she stubbed her toe that morning or how she broke her arm as a kid and so on and so on and so on. It's really annoying. Is it so freaking hard to give your attention to another person for two seconds? Must everything come back to you, your experiences, your issues? When someone else tells you something and you find yourself using the words "me" "mine" "I" then stop yourself, slap yourself, and return your attention to the person who really needs it. And just to be clear, that person isn't you!

That concludes my rant for this evening.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Clearing Out

I've moved out of Funkytown. I was about to apply for permanent residence there, but then decided it just wasn't the right place for me. It's all about location people! So anyway, I've moved on to Relatively Happyville. It's so much better. Much less gray sky and general dull feelings.

Life in the past week or so has been pretty good. I spent the weekend with my dad in San Antonio. We had a blast! It was so much fun just hanging out, eating out, and watching movies. We also took the river boat tour on the San Antonio Riverwalk. We had done that a couple of years back, but it is always fun.

Here at home, I've been continuing on the quest of Spring Cleaning. I'm doing a little bit here and there. I bought a 6-Pocket closet organizer to store my tote bags, small purses, and fanny packs. I love buying various bags from places I visit. I have some from Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, as well as places I've visited in the U.S. I actually do use several of the bags, but they are just piled on a shelf and I want something more organized.

I've also been going through my paperwork and getting rid of things I don't need. That is part of my plan of moving my office area from my dining room table into the room that is currently my scrapbooking room. The space can be shared between my office and scrapbooking. I'm looking forward to having a clear dining room table.

The next project after that is cleaning out the guest room and getting it painted. I want a nice light blue in there. Right now, it's a gross pea green. It will be nice to have it be lighter and brighter in there.

It's a lot to do, but I can't wait to see the end results. Our house will be much more organized and streamlined. It's an ongoing process and is never really done of course, but it's great to get big projects out of the way and enjoy the clean and clear space.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Funkytown

The entire last week has been one big trip to Funkytown. In other words, I have been in a funk as have many of my friends. I seriously wish I could afford to go hang out by the water in Cozumel for a few months. Barring that, I guess I'll just have to make sure no sharp objects are nearby. Just kidding people, I'm not suicidal, just depressed.

What is it that is making me depressed you ask? Well, my mom is having trouble at her job as is another friend of mine (I count my mother among my friends). Another friend is having relationship troubles. I talked to everyone involved this week about their issues. They called me to cry on my shoulder, which was fine, but it does weigh one down when there are so many in a short time period.

Also, I'm up and down on my healthy eating plan. I exercised three times last week so I felt good about that, but my dietary choices were less than stellar. Exercise is the easy part, it's the diet that gets me. I am determined to be better this week.

So really, it's a bunch of little things that have weighed me down and resulted in an extended stay in Funkytown. Next week, I'm planning to move to the The White Cliffs of Dover, which is way better than Hotel California.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

VOTE!

Short entry (longer one to follow tonight):

I submitted a picture of my adorable dog Peanut to the Snapfish Baby Pets contest. I'd like to ask my blog readers if you would please vote for her. Click this link to vote: http://tinyurl.com/5ays6e

Please click on the last star so she gets all five stars for your vote. The contest ends tomorrow (April 13) at 11:59 p.m. so please vote before then.

THANK YOU!!

Here's the picture I submitted:

Sunday, April 6, 2008

It's raining babies

So I was once again overtaken by the spring cleaning bug on Friday. I looked around my kitchen and I realized that there was so much junk just sitting around the counters that I wasn't using and would never use. I got rid of a ton of things and the counters are now clean and functional. I love having the things I really need and use there. It makes it so much easier to get things done.

In the past, when I've started organizing and decluttering, I felt like I needed to do it all. I would see everything and just want to get it all done at one time. Now, I realize that doing it in pieces is the only way, otherwise it's just too overwhelming. So in the past month, I've organized the kitchen pantry and the kitchen counters. My next project will be the guest bedroom. It really needs a lot of help.

Besides organizing, I've been busy lately with babies and children. No, not mine, those of my friends. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, I've been helping my friend, A, with her adorable daughter, C. A is pregnant with her second child and needed some help bathing C since it's tough to bend over the tub and such at 32 weeks pregnant. I jumped at the chance to help because I just adore C. She is such a special, precious little child. I can't explain it, but I feel a connection to her as if she were family. In many ways, she is. A is the wife of Dear Husband's best friend, J, and we get along great. Dear Husband has been friends with J since high school so in many ways, I think we are all a family. I joined the group in 2004 when I met Dear Husband and I was welcomed with open arms.

Besides A, I have another pregnant friend, N. N is about 34 weeks along now with her first, a girl. I went to her baby shower about a month ago and then one of our mutual friends planned a surprise shower for N today. Interesting story about how I met N: In one of my law school classes, I sat behind this guy who had a photo on his computer desktop of himself and his fiancee. I didn't know the guy that well, but the photo was amazing. His fiancee was just beautiful. I was planning my own wedding at the time and I got on a wedding planning message board and I saw that same, exact picture in N's signature block on the site. I was like "OMG, I know you!" Of course, I only "knew" her from the picture on her husband's laptop in some random law school class. Anyway, N is a sweetheart and she's going to make a wonderful mother.

It was so much fun surprising her and as a bonus, I got to see L, who recently became a mommy to her first child, who is an adorable little girl. L was a year ahead of me in law school and is such a fun person, it was great to see her.

I came home from the shower to a long nap. I'm still tired so I'm off to bed soon.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Those damn ninjas!

So the healthy lifestyle is in full swing. There have been some difficulties, but basically it's going well. I went to the gym at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday and did 30 minutes of interval training on the treadmill. I ended up with HUGE blisters on the back of my heels. This is no surprise since the same thing happened the last time I started getting into shape. It's ironic that when you start getting healthier, your body freaks out on you. It's almost like it wants to make sure you are really serious about getting healthy so it tests you on your dedication by making you feel like crap the first couple of weeks. I'm sticking with it though - I've done this before so I know it gets better. It's just an uphill climb for the first couple of weeks.

On another note, when I was in Half Price Books this last weekend, I saw something that made me laugh. There was a book on tape called "Make Peace With Anyone: Breakthrough Strategies to Quickly End Any Conflict, Feud, or Estrangement." It was marked "Clearance $3.00." Apparently, no one cares to make peace with anyone even at a price of $3.00.

Another thing that made me laugh: I was talking with my mother and she told me about a homeless guy she had seen over the weekend. The guy held a sign that said "Family killed by ninjas. Need money for martial arts lessons." I told my mother she should have given him a few dollars just for his creativity.