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25 Random Things

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 25 Randoms about Emjayandthem:

  1. Old people make me smile. I enjoy it when an old fella stops me in the grocery store to tell me a joke .. I know that this moment was his one moment of the day to tell someone his little story. His wife is sick of hearing the same joke over and over so he makes up a reason to go to the store and find someone to tell his story to … people just want to be heard, and I love it when they choose me.
  2. Our boys make my heart sing; seeing them fill the doorway, leaving me voice messages that say “love ya mom” and being warmly embraced by either one of them (who both tower over me by about 20 feet) just make my heart melt.
  3. I’m patriotic. “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” make me cry. Every time. “O Canada” (except for the French parts which I’ve forgotten) does as well. I landed in the U.S. with $178 and a guitar and I’m so grateful for what I’ve been able to learn, who I’ve met, and the life we’ve created. Being a dual citizen, how cool is that?
  4. Black licorice is my favorite childhood candy.
  5. The hubbs makes me laugh. There’s something extremely sexy about a man who can laugh with you and at you. He’s also a very good listener. We don’t always agree, and sometimes he can be a bonehead (so can I) but he’s perfect for me. He challenges me and doesn’t put up with any gibberish b.s. from anyone, even me! I like that. He’s also strong, smart, brave, loyal, thoughtful, sentimental, and tender-hearted. He’s the kind of man your mother would wish on you … and mine did.
  6. I like the wind and the feel of it on my face:  it reminds me of my childhood home on the prairies. I could never live in the woods as I get claustrophobic if I can’t see the horizon. Continue reading
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C’mon Get Happy!

Hello world there’s a song that I’m singing .. c’mon get HAPPY!!!

I know what you’re thinking and no, I’m not on anything. 

I’m just happy to be here. Seriously.

It’s a choice .. a choice I try to make every day: to embrace my life and all who are in it.

Before you think oh-my-God-she’s-one-of-those-perky-annoying-Polyanna-types-that-needs-a-big-fat-can-of-“Shut-the-hell-up!”  let me assure you that I am not.  I can be just as much of a naysayer as anyone. I just try not to be. And most of the time, I succeed at it.

This shift occurred 25 years ago; I was 22 years old and 8 months pregnant with my first baby.. off to the OB Doc for a check-up (by myself, but I digress) when I was hit from the side by another driver.  Totaled the car and nearly totaled me: fractured my spine and left me with partial Continue reading

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What getting sick taught me

I picked up a juicy little flu bug the day after Christmas and it’s systematically kicked my tail for 2 weeks – 2-whole-weeks.  Geez.

I’m on the mend (thank you GOD for antibiotics) and there now exist blocks of time where I’m no longer coughing up frogs.  Yay for that.

10 things I learned from being sick: Continue reading

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On Resolutions …

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It’s New Year’s Eve and my resolution this year?  I’m not making any!

Too much pressure with too few results, in my experience.

It’s far more productive for me to simply say “no” to what I don’t want to do, what’s not good for me, or what’s taking me away from what really counts.

Saying no takes effort, especially for me, a people pleaser, organizer of the fun and keeper of the peace.

Saying “no” has allowed more yes-es in my life.  Stopping myself from doing what I’ve always done allows room for unexpected and unplanned delights.

Saying no feels foreign, but I’m getting better at it.   Here’s the rub:  it doesn’t even need to be spoken.  It can be our little secret.

    I know that this can’t apply to every category in life, it’s not practical.

But .. rather than beat myself up about failing at an unrealistic goal, I’m quietly continuing the personal progress made this year and carrying it forward into next.

I’ve cleared out the clutter in my life so I can succeed at what is important to me.

I’ve stopped maintaining relationships that aren’t healthy.  Doing so has made more room for those who are.

I’ve gone to bed earlier, and felt better,  than the results any diet ever delivered.

I’ve faced fears, spoken up and taken classes; these efforts have energized me more than any new skin care product possibly could.

I’ve stopped trying to do it all, be it all, fix it all for everyone else. I’ve started doing what matters… to me.

     Happy New Year all!  

And please share… are you making resolutions this year? Or skipping them all-together? 

Categories: Attitude, Confidence at any age, Determination, Faith, Friendship, Gratitude, Holidays, Humor, Love, Men, Opinion, Personal, Random, Rants, Relationships, Romance, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Useful Information, Wisdom, Women | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I need some Brain Lysol

Lounging in my jammies yesterday I found myself watching a TV show featuring celebrity news stories of the year.

I consider myself a bit of a news hound.  I read all the time. Books, blogs, newspapers, online news, you name it.

So it came as a surprise to me that some of the “news” stories of the year .. I hadn’t even heard of. 

Kim Kardashian?  Most googled person? Seriously?  Why?

Yes she’s pretty and curvaceous and I get that … but I can’t handle that whiny-constipated way of talking. 

I realized that, while watching, my brain was way ahead of me, it was already computing my list of people and products I don’t care about.

Then I realized I actually have a visceral reaction to each one.

So I do care.

I care that I am supposed to care about them.

Stop!  No more living rent-free in my head!

One of many stupid ED commercials. Image via accessrx.com

 

Here’s my list of people and products I am wiping clean from my brain’s memory drive:

  1. “Jersey Shore” and the band of lost misfits inhabiting it. It shames me that I even know who “Snooki” and “DJ Pauly D” are. Ugh.  Do stores carry Lysol for the brain cause I think I need a case of it.
  2. Kate Gosselin. With or without kids. Short hair or long. Don’t care.
  3. Oprah’s final season. Over it.
  4. Kim Kardashian and the rest of them. And what the hell happened to Bruce Jenner’s face?
  5. Erectile Dysfunction and “special moments.”  Um, the first two words don’t go with the last three unless you’re … Gene Simmons.
  6. Marie Osmond’s weight loss. Her hair is now bigger than her entire body and she oddly resembles the dolls she hawks on QVC. Weird.
  7. Tiger Woods had to spend Christmas without his kids.  Hmmm … perhaps when you cheat on your wife with 8 million women, a little time alone to wallow is what you should get.  Knob.
  8. Dancing with the washed up-0nce were-remotely famous-stars. Yawn.
  9. Lindsay who?
  10. Justin whats-his-face-with-the–really-stupid-hair.
  11. The Kimaro Body Shaper.   How do people get into it?  And why?
  12. Extreme anything. Extreme fitness. Extreme weight loss. Extreme-ly annoying. Whatever – shut up.

How about you?

What “news” story isn’t news? 

Which celebrity is famous for no reason at all, in your opinion?  I know I’m not alone here …

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On Gifting

We’ve all received them.  Bad gifts.  Poorly thought out ideas that make the recipient think, “did you do your shopping at the gas station?”

It’s a busy time of year, money’s tight and I get that but please know it is far better to show up empty handed than to give a bad gift.

You can trust me because I have years of experience in this department.

Here’s my top 10 list of the worst gifts we’ve ever received.

#10.  A cheetah print plastic toilet seat. With a crack in it. Pretty sure it was .. used.

#9.   Big Mouth Billy Bass (the singing fish). (pictured above). 

#8.  A ceramic dog that lit up and barked rabidly when anyone neared it.

#7.  For me: neck-to-toe flannel footie pajamas accompanied by a similarly dressed teddy bear; I was already a mother of 2 when I received it.

#6. A donation in my name to an organization I don’t support. And am now on their mailing list. Fantastic! Thanks for that!

#5.  A half eaten box of Valentines chocolates. 

#4.  A crib toy for our youngest, who, at the time, was 5.

#3. A shattered Christmas candle opened on .. you guessed it – Christmas day.  

 #2. A used baseball hat complete with head-sweat ring.

You can’t make this sh*t up!

And the #1 worst Christmas gift ever?

#1 A broken glass gravy bowl that had been glued back together.  I don’t know about you but at my house…Gravy’s served HOT.  

   Do tell: what’s the worst Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

 

  

Categories: Family, Holidays, Home, Humor, Life, Opinion, Personal, Random, Rants, Seasons, Traditions, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 9 Comments

Thank you for being a friend

 
 
 

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A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~ Lois Wyse.

I am fortunate to have several close girlfriends who bring me a great deal of joy.  My very best and most treasured girlfriend, however,  is my cousin, Debra F.  I’m 3 months older, she’s 6″ taller. She’s got Breck girl hair, mine? Not so much.  We’re vastly different and inherently similar.

We all want someone in our corner; Deb’s the friend who arrives in gladiator attire  whilst commandeering a sequined chariot.    She’s a brilliant flash of color, a soul whose presence fills a room, whose personality I get.  We finish each other’s sentences,  share a familial past and a ardent love of heels.  Together, we carry forward the traditions that mean the most to both of us.

We grew up together, literally and figuratively.  We spent our days riding our ponies, lazing at the lake, plotting school adventures, singing along to records, acting out fashion and talent shows and playing, growing, laughing, living.  We’ve cried together and laughed together and always, we’ve been the very best of friends.

There were a few years when our lives got in the way and we lost touch.  We took our friendship for granted. But then, we got older and re-connected.  Now, even though we live miles and miles apart, when we get on the phone, we lose all track of time.  We laugh till our faces hurt, we call each other out, we hold grudges against any individual who dared hurt the other, we cheer victories and we soothe heartaches.  We remind each other of past pronouncements (I’ll never do ____ again. Oh ya? Well you just did, dork!).   We are each other’s tie to the past, of cookie-filled adventures with our Dads, who were more than just brothers, and our moms, who are both campy, hilarious and wise.   Together, we’re campy, playful and comfortable. There’s only one problem. In our minds’ eye, we have imagined ourselves as the Golden Girls one day, and we both think we’re Blanche, that sexy southern scamp of a gal with the fabulous wardrobe and a line of men vying for her attention.    And that’s ok, because while we might never retire to Miami sporting seafoam and peach, in our lifetime we have been exactly what the other needed.  The very best of friends.

Thank you for being a friend, friend.

Categories: Attitude, Fashion, Friendship, Gratitude, Holidays, Humor, Life, Love, Mom, Personal, Random, Relationships, Self Discovery, Traditions, Wisdom, Women | Tags: , | 10 Comments

Exterior Illumination

Disclaimer: The video below is NOT my house.

(How’d you like to be HIS neighbor?)  C’mon you know that’s got neighborhood rivalry written all over it!

While I don’t want the power bill that accompanies such a display, my hat’s off to the creativity behind it.

Our yard, on the other hand, is bare when it comes to decorations this year.  We yanked out all bushes this fall (they were ugly) and we’re not bothering to replant till Spring.

Our front yard looks like a barren artic slope.  Nothing lives there.

It’s bad.

Really bad. 

Like abandoned-house bad.

The hubbs, God love him, is about as as interested in exterior illumination as he is in … brussel sprouts.

I handle decorations on the inside; in about 6 minutes, he takes care of the outside.

If I’m lucky, we’ll get something resembling this … (see below for last year’s 4 minute surprise!).   Happy Decorating !  🙂

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Walking a thin line

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“There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So … what the hell, leap!”  ~Cynthia Heimel

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Don’t be a Travel Turkey

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 Flying today? 

Below are my tried & true travel tips for simpler, stress-free travel:

  • Pack a snack – fruit, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, etc. Anything that takes the edge off if you’re delayed .. and starving
  • Wear comfy clothes that you’re ok sitting or standing in. Ditto on the shoes.  

  • Ladies – Skip the purse and instead take a small backpack (you can fit your reading materials, snack, mp3 player and jacket in it)

  • Get to the airport early!

  • Bring or buy magazines & leave them for other travelers when you’re finished (and you don’t have to carry them both ways)

  • Most importantly – pack your sense of humor. Smile  – be patient – help others if you can.  

  • BE THE PERSON YOU’D WANT TO BE STUCK NEXT TO 🙂

Happy Travels!

 

 

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Live with Intention

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Live with intention.

Walk to the edge.

Listen. Hard.

Practice wellness.

Play with abandon.

Laugh.

Choose with no regret.

Continue to learn.

Appreciate your friends.

Do what you love.

Live. As. If. This. Is. All. There. Is.

-mary anne radmacher

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Whooo?

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We have an owl living in the woods behind our house; sometimes, he hangs out on our rooftop, as it provides an excellent lookout point to what scurries beneath the street light.  Not only are they beautiful animals, but I find their “whoo whoo” sounds to be very comforting.

Some time ago, I had a session with a local reader who is Native American. Much of her wisdom comes to her in the form of “totems” or symbols of character traits.

She told me my Totem was the Owl.  I found this summary particularly interesting:

Totem of the Owl: messenger, deception, clairvoyance, insight (the night eagle)  Owls come in all sizes, from a tiny miniature that actually lives inside the cactus in the desert, to the great horned owl, which is the only bird that can out fly the golden eagle. A fully grown great horned is an awe-inspiring creature. Its talons are furry, and closely resemble the paws of a baby mountain lion with claws extended. It is meat eater, which means it can be a fierce warrior if challenged, or if something dear to it is threatened. It is often referred to as the Night Eagle. The owl is at home in the night. It has great awareness of all that is around it at all times. It has predator vision, which means it sees clearly what it looks at. It has great intuition: it is the totem of psychics and clairvoyants. It has the courage to follow its instincts. Owl’s ability includes seeing behind masks, silent and swift movement, keen sight, messenger of secrets and omens, shape-shifting, link between the dark, unseen world and the world of light, comfort with shadow self, moon power, freedom.

Owl people can see into the darkness of others souls. Most owl people are clairvoyant because of this. This can be scary at times. Learn to trust your instincts about people as an owl totem gives you the power to extract secrets. Listen to its voice inside of you. You will hear not what is being said by others, but what is hidden.   You can detect subtleties of voice that others cannot. People cannot deceive a person who has an owl totem.

Funny, one of the things I’ve preached to our boys over the years is to “Listen to your instincts; go with your gut. If something rubs you the wrong way, run. Pay attention and never ignore it.” I’ve told this because the only times I’ve gotten in trouble was when I ignored that voice.

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