Monday, May 30, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook: 30MAY11

Simple Woman's Daybook: 30MAY11
Outside my window...humidity.
I am thinking....that I'd better take my insulin.
I am thankful for...the fact that there are some friends with whom you can always feel completely comfortable even if it has been ten years since you last saw each other.
From the learning rooms...not much right now.
From the kitchen...baked potatoes with chives, bacon ,cheese, and sour cream. Yum!
I am wearing...baby blue pjs.
I am creating...been traveling this weekend. No creating lately.
I am going...somewhere, sometime, somehow.
I am reading...THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. Absolutely riveting!
I am hoping...to get lots done on my day off tomorrow.
I am hearing..tinnitis ringing in my ears.
Around the house...quiet.
One of my favorite things...yummy foods.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Pirates of the Caribbean tomorrow night.

p.s. I got this idea from this gal's website.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

book recommendations

I have read two really fantastic and interesting books lately and I wanted to recommend them to y'all.
The first one is entitled 'Unbroken' and is about Louis Zamperini, a 1932 Olympian and an Army/Air Force pilot during WWII. It is an amazing story about the strength of human beings. And about our capacity for evil and for good and for forgiveness. It is definitely now one of my top 15 favorite books of all time.

My second recommendation is Condoleezza Rice's autobiography, 'Extraordinary Ordinary People." Did you know that woman was playing the piano at 3? She lived right in the center of much of the civil rights movement of the 1960's. And really--she had such an amazing life--so far. The book introduces us not only to Condoleezza, but also her family and many important political and world figures of our time. It is totally worth reading.

I definitely give both of them two thumbs up! :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook: 24MAY11

Simple Woman's Daybook: 24MAY11
Outside my window...as always, darkness.
I am thinking...that I oughta be in bed.
I am thankful for...the peace and quiet of this place.
From the learning rooms...I'm learning a little about being black in America before 1960.
From the kitchen...I made brownies the other day.
I am wearing...sawed off sweat-pants and a McCarty shirt--same as the last time. Weird!
I am creating...knitted winter hats for the McCorMACK family.
I am going...to Houston tomorrow to see the doctor and to have supper with the aformentioned McCorMACK famiy.
I am reading...Condoleeza Rice's autobiography. SO INTERESTING!
I am hoping...that I can get six hours of sleep tonight.
I am hearing...Neil Diamond and my tinnitis.
Around the house...a few loads of clothes which need to be put away.
One of my favorite things...reading funny and/or encouraging things from people I love.
A few plans for the rest of the week: going to Houston again Friday for the weekend to see my cousin graduate as Valedictorian of Memorial High School class of 2011! He also has a fully-ride baseball scholarship to Stanford. What a kid! ;)
A Photo for your consideration: no photo today. :)

p.s. I got this idea from this gal's website.

From the cobwebs: Laura-Jack

I'm amazed at how much fun going through boxes of old stuff can be. I'm still trying to 'minimalize' my life, but I find it hard going. Strangely enough, I'm slow at it cos my back always hurts after cleaning my room. Weird, huh? I must apologize right now for however weird this post will be. I'm super tired, but not tired. Does that make ANY sense? Anyway, I'm still up. It is 1:05 a.m. and I have a doctor's appointment in Houston (two hours away) at 11:00 in the morning. I should TOTALLY be asleep, but I can't. One aside: a great thing about this moment RIGHT NOW whilst I am typing: Neil Diamond is piping into my ear via my IPOD. Man, he is one of the greatest singer/songwriters there EVER was. o/' o/'Solitary Man p/' o/'
Okay, I totally just digressed. Back to the going through the boxes. I have found some of the coolest letters and other communications from (literally) half (or more) of my life ago. One of them follows:

Okay, first I gotta 'splain. I had a room-mate back in College 1.0. We lived in a two bedroom apartment about a mile off campus. We were on the top floor and two girls lived in the apartment directly below us on the first floor. I cannot--for the life of me--remember their names. One was tall and sturdy and blonde and the other was short and somewhat fragile looking with dark, curly hair. They were really cool. And--when I say cool? I mean Rockin' Cool. And fun.
One day, I'd been at school doing something and arrived home a little late in the evening. My roomie told me that they'd come up and eaten pizza and watched a movie and gone home. This was one of those moments when I realized that being a grown-up wasn't always fun. Sometimes you had to miss some of the fun stuff if you intended to be responsible and all that other grown-up jazz. Sigh, yeah?
So, I went to my rather large room and found a slice of pizza and this little note on my pillow. Somehow, it made it all better.

Laura Jack, (it read)
Now on your sack
a piece of pizza that will grow hair on your back!!
Eat it well for your health, so you can belch.
With our love
We left you this
so you wouldn't be pissed
If has cheese
instead of peas
so you could sneeze
after you are pleased.

Yeah, I know a little silly, but--if we're being honest here--I often think there is not enough silliness going on here on earth. Life is easier when we are a little silly more than not. So, I declare here and now to all who dare read this blog--Stop what you are doing RIGHT NOW and hug your silly, inner 12-year-old.

That is all. At Ease.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

From the Cobwebs: 19th Birthday

I was going through some boxes of things in my room. (I'm trying to minimalize--it is HARD)
Anyway, I found this card from my 19th birthday. I was at second phase of training for my job as an x-ray technician for the USAF. I was stationed at the USAF Academy in Colorado Springs. What is funny is that my parents had every being in the house sign my card, even the dogs!! re-visiting this card and time-period made me smile and feel happy and loved. Here it is:

Dear Lori [that is what everyone called me back then],
I hope you have a great birthday. I know the 1st birthday away from home can be rough but remember we love you. Give this gift [an adorable stuffed dog I named Badagliaco after the permanent party airman who used his pocket knife to open my package in the chow hall] a big hug because he is bringing our love and a hug from us.
We miss you and wish we could be with you on your birthday but this is life.
I have a new job. I work as a cruise consultant selling sea cruises. Today was my first day and although I didn't do much, it was fun and the day past rather fast.
Take care. Have a Happy Birthday. I'm proud of you. Love, Mom

I am very proud of you and I love you. Have a very happy birthday! Paul D. (Dad)

Happy 19th, Lorass. Live it up. Victoria.

Hello Lorus Lavoris. Love, Douglass

Love, Catfish [our dog]
P.S. Fore ever yours

[in Mom's handwriting]: Juice love you to

Love, Juicy Lucy [which is what we called Juice--the other dog]