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  • Sunday, June 30, 2013

    Sending Out Those Vibes...

    When I set out to do something, I put my mind to it.  I give it my all.
    I don't just jump into things.  I think them through completely.
    I have begun a journey that has proved to be very successful for me.
    It has required a lot of work, patience, and dedication, but I am well on my way
    to some very great things in the future.

    A goal without a plan is just a wish.  Everyone should think BIG and make
    their moves accordingly.  You'd be surprised what you attract when you put out
    those "I'm going to succeed no matter what" vibes.

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    Me? Stress?...

    Ain't that the truth?!

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Pretty Cool Stuff...

    I came across this picture on Facebook and I just love it!
    It all makes sense to me!  Pretty creative!

    Thursday, June 27, 2013


    I truly believe this.
    I truly believe that we are here, just passing through,
    and when we're ready, we return home.
    This is not home; this is right now.  Home comes later and we won't
    know what that really means until we're there.
    I suppose this is one of the lessons I've learned since my Dad died.
    Death is not the end; it's just the passage from here to there.
    And this lesson makes me think so much differently about my purpose here.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Mommy's Work...

    Guess who came to visit me on my last day of work?
    They each wanted to take a turn sitting at the "teacher's desk."
    It's so adorable how much fun they had in a bare classroom that had everything put away.
    And I finally have a better memory of my husband coming to my classroom...
    The last time he came into my classroom was this past November and he delivered
    news that rocked me to my Dad's death.
    This time, he brought four people who bring me so much joy each day.
    What a great way to end the school year!

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013


    This was a tough school year for me.
    Going on strike, losing my Dad, all of the emotions that went along with those things
    and trying to keep my head on straight throughout it all.
    I had the hardest school year ever, emotionally.
    I am glad it is over.
    Let the summer break commence so I can see life through my children's eyes
    and appreciate the time I am given so much more.

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    Just Keep Going...

    This applies to so many aspects of my life.
    Everyone knows that the only way out is always through.
    And one day, you wake up and realize that you could do it, after all.
    Just keep going.  Just keep going.

    Sunday, June 23, 2013

    Even Babies Know It...

    I have come to the realization that I am not young enough to know it all anymore.
    Having a daughter who is 7-going-on-17 solidified that.  Heh.

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    What Will Happen If You Name Your Daughter Leia...

    In my future, this I see.

    Friday, June 21, 2013

    Clean Yourself Up...

    It's never too late to change your eating habits.  People never believe that what they put in their bodies, in fact, becomes a part of their bodies until it's too late to do anything about it.
    You know what you need to do.
    Choose your foods wisely.  Eat clean.  It's that simple.

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Hurry Up & Stop...

    I am so ready to leap into summer vacation!
    Monday is my kids' last day of school; Tuesday is my last day of work.
    It cannot come fast enough...

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    No Such Thing...

    Don't ever tell me I have too many books.
    There's no such thing.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013


    Each and every one of them...beautiful, inside and out!

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Rule #1...

    You can never, ever have enough books.
    It's a rule in this house!

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    In The Molecules That Surround Me...

    Somewhere, in the molecules that surround me, my father holds my hand.
    It is a very tough day.  It is my first Father's Day without him.
    I can only hope that he lifts me up and helps me get through the day.
    The picture above came from his iPhone, taken while he was on his very last trip
    to Lake Namekagon last year.  I can see why he went there.  The peace.
    The quiet.  The serenity.  Heaven on earth.
    And perhaps this is what it looks like where he is now.
    Still, though, I wish he were here with me.  And I just want to sleep until this day is over.
    His absence is felt greatly by all who loved him.
    I miss you, Dad!

    Saturday, June 15, 2013

    Through His Eyes...

    I can't even imagine what it's like inside my son's head, but I can bet my life on it that
     it is a fabulous, intriguing, wonderful place to be.

    Friday, June 14, 2013

    NOT Good At All...

    Two weeks ago, I hurt my foot/ankle playing soccer with Jack.
    I have been in a knee-high cam boot since then.  The worst part, other than the pain,
    is the fact that I cannot drive.  And more importantly, it's not getting any better.

    I made an appointment for a follow-up on Monday at 1pm.  That means I have
    to take a day off from work again.  I'm thinking I may need an MRI, after all.

    Whatever is going on with my foot/ankle is NOT good, NOT good at all.
    I have a very bad feeling about this.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Free My Mind...

    When I need to escape my stresses, I think of the Light Festival in Thailand.
    I transport my mind there as a lantern and I fly away.
    One day, I may see it in person.  A girl can dream...

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Unjunk Your Diet...

    Get this crap off of your plate, folks.
    You only get one life to live.  Choose your foods wisely.

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013


    We have an ant problem and I hate ants.  I hate poisonous ant sprays even more.
    With four kids dropping food all over the place all the time, even the smallest of crumbs attracts a colony.
    It doesn't help that we put down cedar mulch next to the house and the ants are scrambling to get away from that, so they're coming inside!

    I will try anything.  If having a house that smells like cinnamon, garlic, cloves, mint, and vinegar means these bastards will leave, then that's what I'm going to do, dammit!

    The only good ant to me is a dead one.

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    Man Of My Dreams...

    Yep, this is my husband.
    How can I NOT love him when he acts this goofy?

    Sunday, June 09, 2013

    Do It...

    Whatever it is, do it because you don't know what tomorrow will bring.
    And, more importantly, you don't know if you'll have a tomorrow.
    Get out there and do it.  Now.

    Saturday, June 08, 2013

    Strong Like A Bull...

    Yes, that is Leia climbing up our fridge because  no one ever feeds that kid!
    She can go higher, you know, but don't tell her father!

    Friday, June 07, 2013

    My Chi...

    I am really looking forward to getting my Turbo Fire workout
    and hopefully getting this damned boot off my foot!
    This boot is screwing up my chi!

    Thursday, June 06, 2013

    What You Should Be Eating...

    Get your body in a more alkaline state, folks.
    Cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment.  It's true.
    Keep your alkaline pH high with the foods above.

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    The Boot...

    This is my boot.  I got hurt playing soccer with Jack on Saturday.
    Now, I wear this monstrosity.
    That's okay with me, though.  At least I had fun doing it.

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    Yes, I Do Work That Much...

    And it's more hours than that because I work a 40-week school year.
    So, there!
    I can enjoy my summer because I earn it every year.
    15 more days...
    15 more d

    Monday, June 03, 2013


    Somewhere under all that ice is my foot/ankle.
    Not sure what happened inside there, but I know I have to see my doc today about it.
    I hurt it playing soccer with Jack.  I landed the wrong way, something tore and crunched, and now I'm discolored.  Either I have a high tolerance for pain or I'm just too stubborn to go to the ER. 
    Whatever.  No work for me today or tomorrow.  It's the right foot, so I can't even drive, let alone put weight on it.  Hopefully, an x-ray will tell me what's going on in there.
    Whatever it is, it's not normal, by any means.

    Sunday, June 02, 2013

    I Am The Stream...

    I am the stream.  That's my new mantra.

    Saturday, June 01, 2013

    Oil Pulling?...

    Um, "oil pulling?"  Using oil as a mouthwash?  I've never
    heard of doing that?  As I looked into the concept, I read that
    people use coconut oil or olive oil for pulling.
    Not sure that I would do that.  Have you ever heard of it
    or do you know someone who does that?