Thursday, October 29, 2009

Go Yankees!

Watched the game with two of my favorite people...

Happy Daze

Very little is needed to make a happy life;
it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
Marcus Aurelius

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

World Series Blearies

I had tickets for Game One of the World Series, which was, according to my plans, going to be tonight at Anaheim Stadium--20 minutes from my house.
I had tickets for Game Three of the World Series, which was, according to my expectations, to be Halloween night at Dodger Stadium--about an hour from my home.
In the eternal words of Robert Burns, "The best laid plans of mice and men...oft go awry." No matter how great my plans were--well, I suppose they were more hopes and dreams than actual plans--things happened to make those plans fall apart.
Someone once told me, 'Expectations are planned disappointments.'
With baseball, as in all other areas of life, we learn to admit that our hopes and dreams often fall to the wayside. Sure, we can cry, bitch and moan about it...or we can figure out a way to accept it...and move on. With a few adjustments in attitude (albeit reluctantly,) a good sense of humor and just a little bit of curiosity...we figure out how to enjoy where life leads in spite of it all. Honestly, it's one of life's greatest rewards. (Trust me on that one.)
So, I will not be attending any of the World Series games this year. Instead, I will be meeting a friend at the local sports bar tonight to watch Game One as the Yankees host the Phillies in NYC. I actually think it's pretty cool that the Yankees are in the World Series the first year in their new park. And CC Sabathia vs. Cliff Lee?! Seriously, that is baseball at its finest!
I may even stop by the sporting goods store to pick up a Yankees shirt. Oh yeah...I'm a Yankee fan today...I want them to kick the SH*T out of those two-time heartbreaking Phillies!
Don't worry...I'll be wearing a Dodgers shirt underneath...
My plans may have changed...but my hopes and dreams remain.

Allison's back

...on line that is.
Enjoy her updated blog HERE

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Shiny happy people

10 HOURS of scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and organizing!
9 loads of laundry-sheets, blankets, towels, drapes, rugs, etc
8 bottles of assorted scrubbing bubbles/cleansers/disinfectants, etc
7 Diet Cokes
6 boxes and crates of STUFF taken to Goodwill
5 trips up the ladder to clean ceiling fans and get cobwebs
4 large shopping bags of clothes and shoes taken to Goodwill
(I know Allison, you feel sorry for anyone who would buy them!)
3 attempts to get the 100 foot hose up the garage stairs, through the living room and out to the patio...

2 Tylenol PM to help with the pain and exhaustion

1 VERY happy lady sleeping peacefully...
in a really clean house.
Can't stop smiling

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kenya hear me now?

I was so happy to be able to talk to Allison on her birthday Saturday--with the 10 hour difference, I had to call her at 10pm on the 23rd so that I could catch her at 8am on the 24th!
And, once again, she absolutely LOVES being there...LOVES it! She was THRILLED to be celebrating her second birthday in a row with the people of Kitale.
She wanted me to apologize to all of you for her lack of communication and inability to update her blog! They have been without internet for nearly two weeks now. (Seriously, and you thought the giant slugs in the cold showers were the worst part of being there!) She's super anxious to catch everyone up on what she's been doing in Kitale, Kenya.

Besides riding an ostrich, of course.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

The question isn't "what are we going to do,"
the question is "what aren't we going to do?"

Friday, October 23, 2009

To my African American Daughter!

Happy Birthday Allison!!

So...when you return...a day at Nordstrom? Starting at the Cafe! (And a pedicure...immediately!)
I love you!!