Thursday, March 17, 2011

"Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not." ~Henri Frederic Amiel

Today, it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside!  There's a nice breeze, the sun is shining bright & I can feel my mood lifting from this spring teaser kind of day.  I'm sure I should be studying something, but I'm having trouble focusing today so I thought I'd jot down a few lines & see if I'm any more focused afterwards. 

I know it may come as a surprise, but my mind use to work in complete, full thoughts rather than randomness.  Unfortunately, my mind works almost continuously in fragments & randomness now. haha!

So here's a few random thoughts for this gorgeous day:

* Why is being tolerant & accepting of others & expecting others' to do the same considered being "liberal"?  I don't consider myself a liberal person.  I believe some things are wrong while others are right, but I also accept that these are MY beliefs. I try to accept others as they are. Some days I fall short. I am not saying I'm never judgmental, but I try my darnedest not to be.

* I've decided that one of the hardest things for people in our lives to come to terms with is who we become when we come to terms with ourselves. 

* I'm hoping the weather this weekend is nice. After MapQuest & Google Maps left me hanging with crappy directions the last 3 times I've needed them, I decided to order a GPS for the car today. Hopefully it will be here this weekend. I want to get out & see if I can figure out how to work it. I'm hoping we can take a trip to Little Nashville for a few hours. We haven't been up there in several months & I always enjoy browsing the shops :)

* It's hard to believe, but I'm 7 weeks away from completing my 1st year as a nursing student. I have 1 class this summer & a full load next fall, but time is moving by quickly.

* Watching video of the earthquake in Japan makes me want to hold my LiviGirl close & never let her go. I watched as some of the people ran, trying to escape the water.  The shock on their faces was evident. I can't even imagine the magnitude of this disaster & what it would be like to witness it first hand. My heart breaks for them. A good reminder to never take a single day for granted....

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Little Monsters :)

What an exciting weekend it was!  Saturday, Livi got to go see Lady Gaga in concert!  I'd say she was excited & had a fabulous time, but that would be the understatement of the year!  She's still talking about it today! 

A few months back, a circumstance arrived that allowed me to buy 1 ticket from my friend, Steph. So Livi went with her. Steph booked us a room & I stayed with her Princess while she & Livi rocked out with Gaga.

Here are a few pics from our weekend:

Livi, Sadie & Steph (in her awesome Lady Gaga costume!)

Inside KFC/YUM! Arena

Love these gals' smiles! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Most of us die having never made the mistake we spent our life making up for." ~ Robert Brault

I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged. Where does the time go? Today's blog is headed by a quote from one of my favorite "random thoughts" guys: Robert Brault. As I was catching up on some of his recent blogs, I came across the one above.  How true is this thought?  How much of our lives do we spend trying to compensate for either mistakes we think we made, are afraid we might make, or mistakes of others that were never our burden(s) to carry in the 1st place....just something to consider when deciding how to spend our days...

Now onto some random ramblings from me for today: 

* I am one final exam away from having completed my obstetrics class. To be honest, I was dreading this class. Never in a million years did I consider working in OB.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this kind of work. What was once not even on my radar has now become a very strong "hmmm...I'll have to think about this".  I truly enjoyed the work & I am very seriously considering becoming a certified lactation counselor after I become an RN. 

* The past few months have been riddled with friends getting bad news including numerous people we know or their loved ones being diagnosed with cancer. I'm not going to use a public blog to describe all these people's problems & pain, but I am going to ask that anyone who reads this say a prayer and/or send some positive thoughts out to all of those suffering right now. We often forget how full & blessed our lives are and how precious time with our loved ones is.  I try to remind myself daily that each day is a gift & tomorrow is not a guarantee.  So hug your loved ones a little tighter & don't let the important things go unsaid. 

* On a MUCH lighter note, we got a new treadmill. As of right now, it's sitting in my living room in the box waiting to be put together, but hopefully in the next few days it'll be set up in the spare room & ready to go.  At that point, I will have no valid excuses for not using it.  One of my New Year's Resolutions was that I would no longer be a slave to a scale, so I have several non-scale goals set; things like a particular clothing size I'd like to get into, having more energy, & feeling stronger. 

* I'm looking for a good strength training program that can be done at home with hand weights or maybe an exercise ball. Nothing complicated.  Any suggestions?  

* I feel like I've been in a rut in the meal planning area. I'm sick of the same ol' same ol'.  We've been eating out WAY too much.  Partly because of our screwed up schedules & mostly because I've not been in the mood to cook.  Time to get my butt in gear & get back to planning good home-cooked meals.  When we were in Madison, IN a few weeks back, I picked up my 1st 3 Gooseberry Patch cookbooks.  This morning I finally had time to look through them & I've flagged several new recipes to try. Hopefully that will help get me back in the groove of planning & preparing home-cooked meals. 

* Sheena & I hosted a Pampered Chef party & had a great time.  I've decided that I am a PC junkie, but there's worse things I could be addicted to.  Now if I can just get motivated my addiction could help fix the lack of home-cooked meals problem I mentioned above :)