Monday, November 27, 2006

"Kid Stuff"

I love it. From board games to puddle jumping. It's all so innocent, so fun.

Today I began decorating my apartment for Christmas. (I realized half of my stuff is at my Gramma's house about 10 minutes into it. LOL) I love the lights, the candle glow, the smell of the candles I only burn during this time of year. Unwrapping the decorations and getting a bigger smile across my face each time one of my "favorites" comes out of a box.

It's like when I was growing up, and there was that one decoration I HAD to put on the tree. I'd search for it, find it put it to the side, and it would be the last thing I would hang on a branch. It didn't have any kind of monetary value to it, it was old and falling apart, but it was my favorite thing in the whole world at Christmas time.

I miss those days. Where things didn't have to have rhyme or reason to them. Explanations of "because" worked. You could love something without reason.

Innocent minds and uninhibited ideals on people, places and things is what I miss most. Brutal honesty was acceptable and encouraged, and being starry eyed at something like a Christmas tree was the norm.

Time to step back and enjoy the "kid stuff". Seeing things as they are, and embracing all that is in the same light.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Who's on vacation??? Oh yeah, that'd be me! :)

That's right folks. For the first time in 15 months I will be on a vacation. 11 1/2 days of doing whatever feels good. I'll be out pushing for Rogue monies, cleaning, drinking coffee, reading, visiting my Gramma, just being.

I thought about taking a few days and venturing out of town, and decided that I didn't feel like it. I just need some down time in the good ol 'No. Visiting friends, causing trouble, whatever works!

I do plan on getting some Christmas shopping done, although I am not sure what exactly I am buying. LOL Sporadic shopping sprees are some of the most productive trips ever!

So tomorrow is the big turkey cookin day. I'll eat some, visit with the family, then become "meals on wheels" to certain persons that didn't want to actually attend dinner with my family. Not like I can blame them, my family is odd, but I love em to death.

So this is the time to vocalize what a person is thankful for. I am thankful for everyone and everything in my life, they are what is making it wonderful and trying on a daily basis. So, if you're reading this, thank you for being a part of my life! :)

I am, however really really thankful for Lucy, my cat. As much as she drives me totally nuts at 3am playing, she gives me the unconditional daily love I need to survive. We snuggle, we share meals, sing really loud together, play, and talk. It's so hard living alone sometimes. I grew up in a house that was moving 24/7. So, at times I get really really lonely. Thanks Jaded girl for bringing the tubby orange fluff ball into my life! :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a very safe and fun one.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Ain't no sunshine.....

Anywhere in the Central Valley. LOL

It seems as though Mother Nature is telling us it is officially time to hibernate. As wonderful an idea as that may be, it is certainly not practical. I like the cold, being bundled up, snuggling on the couch watching college football games, but I do need a bit of sun to thrive, to be productive.

Had a discussion with someone the other day about being "thin skinned". So what do all 2 of my blog readers think....

do we:

a) grow "thicker" skin as we age
b) grow "thicker" skin as we experience life?

The other question would be, why if it grows thicker as we experience life, do certain spots seem to remain "thin" for so long? Is this something we can change ourselves? Is it a mind over matter or good Karma kinda situation?

Do you realize your skin has thickened the minute someone doesn't effect you as it would have in the past? Does it take a few seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years? When do you know?

I feel as though we know when we can shrug off the bad, and keep focusing on the good, on the things that rock, the adventures that we dare to take, the hugs we give, the love we show, the smiles we share, the listening ears and shoulders we lend, and the laughs the rock the world.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Man O man, i am a tired katie. It was a blast, saw the lights on the strip for the first time in my life, had fun with penny slots, dressed up, went to my conference classes, ate great food, and had a great partner in crime that went with me.
It was really nice to have someone fun to go with, lots of laughs, even more smiles. Makes the tired of the trip that much more worth it! :)
As soon as I get ahold of pictures, I will post some of them!

Monday, November 13, 2006

The count down begins

10 hours until my flight for Vegas lifts off! Yeah baby!
See everyone when I am back! :)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Cheesecake, cheesecake and more cheesecake....

I decided to give a labor of love to one of my best friends for his birthday. So I found a recipe for his favorite dessert of all time. I have no idea what it ended up tasting like, but I do know that I made 3 of them tonight. One for Josh, one for work tomorrow and one for my dinner date tomorrow night.
I hope that they all turned out okay, my one fear, as one blogger knows quite well from a disastrous dinner night, is that something I cook is going to taste like the super yuckies! LOL
So, I do believe that "operation cheesecake" was a success, until further notified.

P.S. my entire apartment smells like cheesecake, dangit! :)


That's what I was last night. Got some very overdue home things done after visiting SSM at the local watering hole. My water on the rocks, heavy on the rocks was fab. :)
Got a novel idea that I needed to have super short hair again, so at 8:30 last night I found a place that was open and had it hacked off. Feels so much better, looks so much better! :)

Tonight operation cheesecake takes place.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Main Entry: compassion
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: feeling
Synonyms: benevolence, charity, clemency, commiseration, compunction, condolence, consideration, empathy, grace, heart, humaneness, humanity, kindness, lenity, mercy, soft-heartedness, softness, sorrow, sympathy, tenderheartedness, tenderness, yearning
Something I never want to lose

Main Entry: life
Part of Speech: noun 1
Definition: animation
Synonyms: activity, being, breath, brio, dash, energy, enthusiasm, entity, esprit, essence, excitement, get-up-and-go*, go*, growth, heart, high spirits, impulse, lifeblood, liveliness, oomph*, sentience, soul, sparkle, spirit, verve, viability, vigor, vitality, vivacity, zest*, zing*, élan, élan vital
Something I want to live to it's fullest

Main Entry: lust
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: desire
Synonyms: ache, covet, crave, hanker, hunger for, itch, lech, long, need, pine, thirst, want, wish, yearn, yen
Something that I long to keep

Main Entry: longing
Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: desirous
Synonyms: anxious, ardent, avid, craving, eager, hungry, languishing, pining, ravenous, wishful, wistful, yearning
Something I will always have

Main Entry: love
Part of Speech: verb 1
Definition: adore
Synonyms: admire, adulate, canonize, care for, cherish, choose, deify, delight in, dote on, esteem, exalt, fall for, fancy, flip over, glorify, go for*, gone on*, hold dear, hold high, idolize, like, long for, prefer, prize, thrive with, treasure, venerate, wild for*, worship
Something I will always have for life

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years
All time
Passes whether or not we want it to

Time to laugh
Time to cry

Time to frown
Time to smile

Time for love
Time for hate

Time for friends
Time for family
Time for ourselves

Lots of time left in my life for all of the above mentioned

Sometimes I just wish time would pass more quickly
and then my memories and thoughts would pass faster as well

Time, all I've got is time

Monday, November 06, 2006

Phrases for ME to live by

"Worry never robs tomorrow of it's sorrow; it only saps today of it's strength" -- A.J. Cronin

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are" -- Theodore Roosevelt

"Real generosity towards the future consists of giving all to what is present" -- Albert Camus

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up." -- Jesse Jackson

"Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy." -- Nora Ephron


for they become your words


for they become your actions


for they become your habits


for they become your character


for it becomes your destiny

"I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed." -- Robert Frost