I am not really Wonder Woman, but I try to be. Nor am I Mrs. Simon LeBon, but at one time, I was going to be. Nonetheless, I am a wondering (wandering?) woman whose been handed quite a life. I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be. I might not like it always, but I trust the process....
I have been so terribly busy since January. I've been taking a psychology class one night a week, but the reading alone is a part-time job because of the amount of energy I have to expend doing so.
I was blessed enough to be stopped in time to notice a few items around the house that made me stop and smile.
This basket is called "The Come & Go Basket". It's filled with borrowed books that My Eldest has read or is currently reading. The books are ones checked out from her school library, the local library, borrowed from friends or family, or borrowed from teachers at school. At any given time, I would guess that My Eldest is reading at least five books or more. She finishes most thicker books in two days or less (like the ones on the right). I'm amazed at her, and prayprayPRAY she stays this interested in reading her whole life!
Anyway, I snapped this picture because I think it captures her essence. She's introspective, knowledgeable about a lot of things, and interested in life, which is depicted in books. The basket represents how she's a catch-all for stories. Or how she is constantly filled. The basket is never empty. Never. It's a good symbol of who she is.
The borrowed book basket library of My Eldest
And then there's My Little One.... *laughing*
Look at the neatly lined-up paper umbrellas. Yes, this is her. She's playful, colorful, likes fancy things and she's even organized. I wouldn't say that she's obsessed with order by any means, but she definitely likes things her way. She knows what she wants & doesn't want. She has an appreciation for how things look. This photo, taken the same day as the Come & Go Basket photo, captures My Little One's essence, too. Playful, observant, eye for detail, has a flair about her, and even some culture for her tender age.
I guess this is a music release or band trend? Or maybe Duran2 is doing something a little different with music releases? I'm not sure which it is, if either, because I'm 40 now and that means all things trendy and/or relevant, I am not allowed to know. I'm so not a cool kid anymore.
Anyway, what I'm getting at is that in December, Duran Duran released the AYNIN CD on iTunes only, meaning, you couldn't just go to the store and buy the CD; it was available only by download. AYNIN has only nine (incredible) songs (except "Blame The Machines" - shh! don't tell anyone I dislike that one.), UNLESS you live in EUROPE, in which you get a BONUS track (From Mediterranea With Love). That song was not released here in the States on iTunes (boo! and wtf?). Anyway, tomorrow is the actual physical CD release where you can actually GO and BUY an actualy PHYSICAL compact disc of their actual new music and it has actually MORE tracks on it than what was actually release on the actual iTunes.
The song I attached to this blog is one of the BONUS PHYSICAL CD tracks.
I'm all about supporting Duran Duran, but how many times do I have to buy the same songs?! Srsly! This must be the trend in music these days, and I'm just now waking up in 2011. Hello new world!
Side note: I saw them in concert on Friday night (yeah, like just a few days ago Friday night) in Thackerville, Oklahoma, at the Winstar Casino. Concert review pending.....
Yes, she IS going to have a butterfly shaped cake with blue frosting, and three layers of cake 'neath the creamybluegoodness. The three layers will be vanilla, strawberry, chocolate -- a true neopolitan. Oh, and don't forget the glitterrrr!
My Little One told me yesterday that she had never seen yellow roses before. We had been talking about state flowers, and I told her I thought the yellow rose was Texas's, but I must've thought that erroneously (I suspect because of that song The Yellow Rose of Texas - thanks Elvis!); every place I've looked says it's the bluebonnet. I couldn't help but get her a dozen yellow roses to greet her at the breakfast table (complete with special request Orange Crush and donuts). My Eldest made her the necklace she's wearing, which is paper rolled into beeds. So special....
This day, five years ago, God blessed me with a sunshine so bright, warm and life-giving. I'm not worthy to be in her light.....
2. For some reason, all artists have self-esteem issues.
Do you have any self esteem issues? Do tell. (Since we all do.)
We ALL have self-esteem issues! Duh! It's just a matter of degree and capacity.
3. I am the American Dream. I am the epitome of what the American Dream basically said. It said, you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country. That's exactly what I've done.
Do you believe in the American Dream or has it passed through time?
Yes, I do.
4. I don't have pet peeves, I have whole kennels of irritation.
It's been asked before, probably weekly, but what's irritating you today?
Today I'm irritated by not having enough time to plan My Little One's birthday party.
5. I don't look like Halle Berry. But chances are, she's going to end up looking like me.
What do you think you'll end up looking like?
"End up" suggests....in old age? Post cosmetic surgery? After going 3 rounds with Pacquiao? While running over a bed of burning coals that's covering up a sea of thumb-tacks with the prickly sides up?
*overthinking the question*
I'll look the way I'm supposed to: perfectly me.
6. I grew up in a time when it would never have occurred to anyone to tell me there was anything I couldn't do.
Has anyone told you that you could not do something?
Sure. Of course. I've also been told "you'll never be satisfied". Good? Or bad? At the time, I felt awful. I was crushed! It was most definitely a criticism, and it wasn't from a boyfriend/husband or significant other. I'm sure there's some truth to it, and as I've grown older, I don't see that as such a bad thing. It's about finding what to accept and what's unacceptable, then progressing.
But being told I couldn't so something -- absolutely it's been said to me, and I've even said it to and about myself. There's nothing wrong with having a realistic view of oneself backed up by the checks-and-balance system of friends and family.
But to degrade someone in order to elevate oneself is downright shameless.
7. I want Carl Sagan to explain the sky to me.
Is there anybody dead that you'd like to talk to?
Thomas Jefferson. My dad.
8. If every American donated five hours a week, it would equal the labor of 20 million full-time volunteers.
Have you ever done volunteer work?
I have and still do! I love serving my community!
I've served as a volunteer for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, several church ministries, Southwest Jewish Congress, various capacities where my children attend school, Girl Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and a handful of others.
I shy away from political volunteerism.
I have notions of helping with Downs Syndrome, Hospice, and some other special passions near and dear to my heart.
I'd love to be able to write "Philanthropist" on my tax form each year.
I admire those brave souls who are empowered with serving on the global scale.
9. It's being willing to walk away that gives you strength and power - if you're willing to accept the consequences of doing what you want to do.
Have you ever walked away from a job and regretted it?
"Walking away" implies to me that I quit on the spot and impulsively left the premises. I've done this once when I was 19 and working for Pizza Hut. I don't regret it.