Bringing Spam Mail to Life…

My mood today is being affected by the weather, which is rainy, cloudy, dark and dreary.  So in an attempt to lighten my mood and hopefully the moods of others who are experiencing this dreadful weather, I’ve decided to bring my spam mail to life. 

How I imagine my life if I actually accepted these bizarre offers…

Waking up in the morning and discovering I can cross off  from my to do list “plan menu” because low and behold I’ve just been given a lifetime of free lobster! 

What’s this?  In two minutes I will be $1000 richer!  Since I don’t have to grocery shop now thanks to free seafood I can go now a shopping spree!

Feeling guilty because I am still shaving my legs when apparently it just is not necessary because some doctor with a Luke Skywalker complex will remove all of the hair with some type of light saber device which will cost me $1000.  Damn.  There goes my shopping trip.

Concerned because someone somewhere is continually running a background check on me.  I’m beginning to get a bit paranoid and wondering if I should either find out who this stranger is and put a stop to it or start living a more interesting life so said stranger will have something more exciting to read. 

Oh wait a hot minute!   My shopping spree may be lost because of Dr. Skywalker but my meal dilemma has been solved!  I just received $100 worth of McDonald’s!  My daughter will be thrilled!

Mr. Mike is waiting on me to call him with my banking account information so he can send me payments immediately…whew!  Looks like that whole debacle with losing my $1000 has been resolved.  Thank God.  I was worried.

In the dating scene, it appears I’m about to get really lucky.  So many hot men just waiting on me to contact them and then apparently all my dreams of true romance will come true!  Gee, there are so many…how will I ever decide?

It’s possible I should not discuss with hot men that if I had a penis, it could be ten times it’s “normal” size making it much bigger than theirs if I took the deeply discounted, almost free little purple pills.  I’d hate to give any of them a complex.  I’d feel terrible.

See?  It helps to laugh as I imagine myself in these ridiculous situations!  Much more entertaining than watching it rain.

Have a good day folks and remember…if you need a laugh, imagine yourself at the mercy of Dr. Skywalker before you delete that spam!

A Cape Wearing Kind of Monday…

Oh yea, I’ll be kickin’ some Monday ass today!  🙂

I feel absolutely fantastic this morning, seriously.  I was in a bit of a funk yesterday and got through it with a little help from my friends…thanks friends! 

So much to do and I’m excited about every bit of it…Haunted Path magazine, just generally turning things for Ghost Walk around for the better, my job at SPSU…it seems to all be heading in such a positive direction and I’m thrilled about it.  Truly, from the depths of my soul, thrilled!

Just a quick note for the doubters in the world…

Do not let anyone ever tell you true friends can’t be made online.  It’s a lie.  I’ve met some of the most incredible people online and can say without doubt they are true friends.  It doesn’t matter that we might never meet in person, does it?  It’s possible to form a bond from long distances and that I’ve done.  These friendships are just as valuable as the ones I’ve made from those I’ve met in person and it’s to these online friends I’d like to say thank you!  You all brighten my days and give me so many reasons to smile!

About Skype…LOVE IT!  Was able to talk to Traci, Rocky, and Tom last night and we had a wonderful time.    Even got to spend the afternoon with my best friend!  Will be able to talk to friends from all over the world now and I’m stoked!

So let’s face this day on a happy and positive note, shall we?  Don that cape and get out there and FLY today!

The Circles…

Life is about understanding we’ve all got a reason for being here and we all also have the power within us to navigate our own way.  It’s about finding a balance.

My older brother and I had a conversation during our Christmas visit that has had me thinking and so I wanted to get this out.

I’ve always believed that God has our lives planned out before we were even born.  He has a plan for each of us and whatever I’m going through or whatever circumstance I find myself in, I’ve always felt He has me exactly where he wants me to be.  

My brother feels that our lives are about free will.  That God did not plan our lives but gave us free will to create our circumstances and make our own choices about our lives.

Initially I disagreed with him, and him with me, but then later on I begin to think about our difference in opinion and wondered to myself why it can’t be a bit of both?   God could have our lives planned out for us giving us situations we can’t control – they just are what they are so learn to roll with it.  He also has given us free will make things happen, to feel emotions, have reactions and behaviors therein giving us control. 

The truth is there are life moments, good or bad, that we can and can not control. 

Some examples of what I mean:

 I can go to work everyday, bring home a fat paycheck, and be able to take my daughter out on a special Mom/Daughter date night.  I had control over that.  I got up, went to work, made the money, took her out.  All me. 

I could take the gamble, go buy a lottery ticket and actually win a million dollars depsite the odds.  All God.  (I realize gambling is not condoned in most religious circles but I see nothing wrong with it).

I could get up in the morning, hit my ankle on the corner of my bedframe, rip open my flesh, bleed profusely (done this more than once).  I can control that because I know the metal part of my bedframe sticks out but I tend to rush around and forget about it.  All me. 

I could get into a fender bender because the person behind me was following too close.  All God.

As I write this it seems to become clearer to me that my brother and I are both right.  It can be both.  What is important, at least for me, is to learn to recognize what can and can not be controlled.  

For the purpose of this blog, I want to focus on the negative simply because I struggle with it and I need more balance in this area of my life.  To be honest with all of you, I can get so bogged down with negativity that I will completely shut myself down.  It needs to stop.  There is this feeling I have that this year is going to be a really great year for me and for people I care about and despite that, there will be obstacles (no doubt) but it will be unacceptable for me to shut down again.  I must face those obstacles head on and decide what to do about them.  So let me share a method I learned years ago and need to get back into the habit of doing.

When working at GSU, I saw a therapist who taught me a trick that will now become a regular part of my life…again.  When I’m feeling bogged down by stress and I’m close to the breaking point, I take a moment to sit quietly and think it all through.  This can be a writing exercise or a mental one.  Whatever works best for you.  For me, thinking it through helps the most.  In my head I imagine 3 circles:  Things I Can Control, Things I Can Not Control, Things I Can Influence but Not Control.  I then take each stressor and place it in the appropriate circle.  Those things you have placed in the Can Not Control category?  LET THEM GO.  Immediately, just let them go.  There is nothing you can do about them and you are wasting energy on them.  If you can influence something then decide how you can best do that, carry out that plan, then let those things go.  You’ve done what you could do so it’s time to move on from them.  The things you can control – that is where you use your energy. 

So give it a try and see what happens.  See if it helps you find a balance, remove some stress. 

Saturday Rant…

I am so beyond fed up with this internet/text “slang” people insist on using in everyday writing.  It is simply lazy.  I’m guilty of the “lol” or “lmao” and “brb” and definitely “wtf” when I’m on Facebook or Yahoo but to use this daily, as a regular way of communication?  It’s ridiculous.

Illiteracy IS a real problem and sadly many adults grow up not knowing how to spell even the most simple words.  Even more sad is most of those most actually graduated high school.  These are people my age or close, all adults, so given the world is only getting lazier, the “good spellers” of the world are now becoming a rare commodity.  Our schools no longer even want to take time to teach our children how to write in cursive.  It’s insanity!  Yet another reason why I home school my daughter.  One day, on the rare chance technology simply isn’t available to her and printing her name isn’t an option, I’d like her to be able to sign it, in cursive.  Doesn’t have to be pretty.  She just needs to know how to do it.  I have no idea how or why some government official decided this was not an important skill but shame on him/her/them.

A bit ago, on Facebook, I saw where someone had written “bewbs.”  What?!  If we must discuss them can we spell the word properly?  It would’ve taken the same energy to write it correctly than it took to write it incorrectly.  Does misspelling it make it funny?  Not in my opinion. 

Let’s get it together people.  Let’s get back to a place where writing (you know, with a pen or pencil) proper spelling, and good grammar mean something.  Let’s not let our kids grow up ignorant.  There are too many free resources out there for that to happen and there is no excuse for it.

Happy Friday…

Yesterday turned out to be a failure.  Franky isn’t being so pleasant and as much as I HATE admitting this, it distracts me.  I lose focus on my work which I simply can not afford to do at the risk of letting down my Ghost Walk friends, it keeps me from getting things done around the house that MUST be done, and quite honestly I didn’t even feel like eating.  It absolutely makes me crazy that I allow him to get to me this way.  It’s WRONG.  I suppose it might be human nature to react this way when someone you love is being a pain in the ass but seriously…I need to get gripped.   With two years of bizarre relationship with him under my belt you’d think I’d have adjusted by now.  It’ll get better, right?  It has to.  I’m working on ways to keep my focus and then maintain it because I hate it when my productivity gets derailed by negativity.

I need to take a moment to thank some people for inspiring me to write.  I am NOT by any means a stellar writer.  I enjoy words (way more than numbers…I can’t math) and have even on ocassion read the dictionary simply because I enjoy words, any words, all words.  Writing, whether I’m good at it or not, is important to me and for quite some time I’ve gone back and forth between blogging and not blogging.  The first of the year I decided I’m going for it.  And so to that end, let me say a special thank you to these people:

Heather…not even sure how to tell you how much you’ve inspired me.  I admire your courage, they way you open up in your own blogs and tell it like it is.  I respect your unwavering faith, love your wit and humor, and enjoy reading your blogs.  Some I’ve even read more than once because I’ve needed that extra push to keep me going!

Rocky…I love you so very much.  Thank you for your faith in me (although right now it’s a bit scary 🙂  NO PRESSURE!).  I treasure our friendship and look forward to our Ghost Walk journey in 2012 and beyond!  (That’s right – BEYOND because we WILL still be around for many years to come!)

Traci…my Butt-Crack Holler sis, you are amazing.  All that you do, all that you are, blows me away daily.  Funny, sweet, hardworking, great Mom, smart, talented…I love you and thank you for your faith in me.  You and Rocky both keep me going and continually give my life happiness, although your faith in me right now scares me a bit too.  🙂 

Denise…don’t even know what to say and you probably know what is in my head anyway.  Thank you for being my best friend and soulmate.  I love you muchly!

And last, but most importantly, my Mom…I could not survive without you.  I think even if I were the worst speller on the planet you’d still encourage me to write and for that, I thank you.  I love you!

Ok, enough with the mushy stuff.  I need to get busy.  It’s Friday and I need to kick some Friday ass!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Praying…

This morning, I was catching up on emails, and read the White Bison’s Elder Meditation for January 2nd which talks about  how we all need to be responsible for our own actions and the words we say and the thoughts we think.  These emails from White Bison never fail to get me to thinking about life, my place in this world, my responsibilities, and they have an amazing way of calming  me when I’m frazzled.  Many I’ve saved so I can refer back to them when needed.

These meditations make a world of difference in my attitude…most days.  I’m not perfect nor am I medicated so sometimes even meditation can’t bust through my Bitch Wall.  While I don’t consider myself a religious person, I do feel I’m spiritual and I’m comfortable in my relationship with God and yes, I do believe in God.  It took a lot of years and soul-searching to get here, but I made it.  I honestly do not feel that my sitting in a building every Sunday would make a huge impact on my spirituality anymore than I feel sitting in a garage everyday would make me a car.  People say I am wrong by not attending church every Sunday and that we are to come together and pray, that is what God wishes us to do.  But in this world of online togtherness, I feel I am part of a group of people who do pray together everyday.  Think about it…how many of your friends on Facebook ask for prayer in their status updates?  How many of us actually take the time to pray for them?  I do.  I do it everytime I see a friend in need.  I can see where others comment with a note of prayer.  Because Ghost Walk is under a constant spiritual attack, we’ve had blessings at the beginnings of our staff meetings.  Let’s face it, we’re all connected.  We’re all human, we all struggle, we all have joys and blessings in our lives are grateful for (or should be), and if you are part of an online group  of friends who pray then you’re okay and for me, I’d rather live my life this way. 

My daughter and I had a conversation the other day about being normal.  That’s a hard word to define – normal.  Everyone in our Universe is different  and unique.  What is normal for you might not be normal for me and vice-versa.  God made us that way and think of how incredibly boring our world would be if we were all the same?  Yikes!  So given the fact that what works for some might not work for others, I think we’re all a bit too judgemental when it comes to prayer and where and how we should do it.  You believe what you wish to belive, do what feels right for you, pray the way you want to, find that place within yourself where you can be comfortable with your personal relationship with your Higher Power.  It’s worth the effort and I promise to not rain on your prayer parade if you don’t rain on mine.

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