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Rejoice While You Are Alive – Thoughts From My Jubilee Year

    1. I will continue to strive to become the cowgirl I’ve always dreamed of being. I want to spend at least 2-3 hours a week just working or communing with my horse. Ground work, saddle work, grooming work – whatever I do, I am committed to creating a deeper bond with my beautiful beast. I want to have a deeper spiritual experience with this way of life that I have fallen so deeply in love with.
    2. Save more, spend less. I spent the first half of my life (yes, I plan to live to 100) trying to overcome deficits and rebound from the unexpected. Someday I would like to retire…and I think I will need some kinds of funds? I think what I really am trying to say (to myself) is: I need to become more responsible with my money. I can almost guarantee that 85% of my money troubles are because of my lack of self-control.
    3. I will attempt to become a healthier version of myself. I am fully aware my body will never be the same. I am never going to be 20 or 30 again. I will never have a pre-baby body, because I am post baby (x3). I will never have normal function of all my body parts, because I have broken things, pinned things, torn things, slipped things and generally gotten some serious use out of my body these past 50 years. I am still in shock that I was able to quit smoking on November 1, 2012 after 34 years of that addiction. I am even more surprised by the fact that quitting so has been so much easier than I ever, ever thought possible! I am not sure what the difference is, anyone would have thought being pregnant (x3) would have been motivation, but it was not for me. This time it is almost like I just adopted a new stance. My brain and I got together and decided I am a non-smoker. Not a quitter, not an ex-smoker. I am going to try to apply this new self-mind-control to other aspects of my health. I need better control of my diabetes and I truly, truly must lose about 30 pounds.
    4. Meditate, appreciate, enjoy. Try to find something every single day to really grasp and enjoy for the moment. Forgive, move on, find peace within. Have faith, preach faith, feel faith every second of every day.
    5. Find my voice. The voice inside me, always longing to get out. Make note of it when I hear it, allow it to flow and be savored.
    6. I am going to go heavy on following clichés/quotes. I will try to find every cliché or quote I’ve ever heard/read. I have ever liked and try to do it, best I can. Today I am starting with:

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think ~ Horace

A Secret In The Hand. Or Was That A Bird? Whatever.

Just when I wonder…”what oh what will I write about now?” the fabulous Everyday Mama comes up with a blog-hop that really makes me think! Because, I have shared so much here, are there really 25 things you DON’T know about me?

Digging as deep as I can…Here are (I hope I can get to 10, but trying for) 25 things you don’t know about me:

  1. Every other first born female in my family (going back generations) had twins. I am that ‘every-other’ generation and I am the first born female. I do not have twins. Although I did marry one!
  2. My first job was in a tropical fish store. I was 13 and I gave the wrong change. The guy called me a thief and the owner convinced him it was just a mistake. I cried. After that I just cleaned tanks.
  3. When we played ‘army’ in the neighborhood I always volunteered to be the nurse.
  4. In fourth grade I was teacher’s pet.
  5. In fifth grade I was ‘put up’ to sixth grade the first week of school. (yea, I skipped a grade)
  6. My dad taught me to ride a motorcycle at age 9. My first bike was a blue Honda 70.
  7. Even better, he taught me to bait a hook and fish at age 5.
  8. There is only one thing I hate about SoCal: The lack of river fishing. I need some rushing water. STAT.
  9. I went snowshoeing with a youth group in junior high through the Yosemite back country to a cabin way out in the woods. There was no electricity and we read  Call Of The Wild out loud to each other until late in the night. It was the best night’s sleep I have ever had in my entire 48 years.
  10. I have seen many dead bodies through my work at hospitals over the years and I was okay with it.
  11. One time, though, it wasn’t okay and it wasn’t at work. Some day, maybe, I will tell that story.
  12. All I ever wanted to be growing up was a veterinarian.
  13. As an young adult, I only wanted to be in criminal justice.
  14. Now, I just want to be a vet again. Mostly, because I need one and can’t afford it.
  15. I worked as a ‘scab’ during the grocery strike. It was great money and we really needed it. But 70 hours a week isn’t something I could have sustained for long, so I was glad when it was over.
  16. I took three years of French in high school, was pretty fluent and wanted to be an exchange student my senior year. I can’t remember a lick of it now.
  17. I was president of the Science Club and in the spirit club, at the same time (I was a geek/popular chick blend–I belonged everywhere and nowhere).
  18. I played a GREAT right wing in PAL soccer.
  19. I split my leg open in a motorcycle accident at 14. I wasn’t driving, a friend of my mom was and we went over a bump. I flew off and hit a tree.
  20. I went to an emergency room in a teeny tiny town and got sewn up by what I am sure was an 18 year old crazy kid posing as a doctor.
  21. Three days later I had a red line running up my leg. After that I was put in isolation and my wound was left open to heal from the inside out. I had 17 different kinds of infection, including staff.
  22. I had cosmetic surgery at 16 and 18 to try and remove the scar.
  23. I still adore my husband. Even though we have been together since I was 13 and I am now 48. Or despite that fact.
  24. My dad bought us a pony named Chocolate when I was 15. He was a mean, mean pony who kicked and bit. He also ran me into a tree. His name should have been Houdini, because he was an expert at escape.
  25. Chocolate did not live with us for long.
OH wow, I did it! I am so proud of myself! If you want to challenge yourself too, head on over to EverydayMama’s bloghop! The more the merrier.

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.

My mind is an emotional explosion today. I just spent the most amazing three days at Blogher’11; experiencing the most vast array of emotions and experiences you could pack into such a short time. I have so much to share. Some truly amazing experiences I will share with you over the next while, including dinner last evening with two amazing women (whom I had never met before), that was probably the best experience of the entire convention.

Not surprisingly, I was particularly moved by certain aspects during the week, that had to do with grief, loss and the heartfelt support some of us have received from this amazing community. The reason it is not so surprising, is that tomorrow is three years since Watermelon came into our lives and just as suddenly left; leaving us lost, bereft and heartbroken. Today we are having our annual memorial and balloon release and during the conference that was always in my mind, no matter how distracted I was.

There is a lot to process, so much new insight and new questions about this process of love and loss. I just want to thank everyone who has (and still are) helping me on this journey. Three years is a long time. Three years is a short time. An eternity and yesterday. Fresh and old. Who knows how long this takes? Five years? Never? Tomorrow? I don’t know. but I do know that I couldn’t have come this far in the journey without your love, support and understanding. We are an amazing tribe, aren’t we?

I am going to send another message to heaven today, tied to a balloon, and watch it drift above until it disappears from my site.  I am not just writing to Collin though, this year I want to reach out to others up there, remember them and the amazing women who’s lives they touched: Maddie, Boo, Christine and many others. If I met you this weekend, shook your hand, or hugged you….just know that today I am again thinking of you and that touch/hug. Bless you all.

Challenged. Things I LOVE about ME.

I like lists. Lists keep me sane. I am actually very happy going through life “flying by the seat of my pants” yet I still love lists. I make them about everything. Carry them around for years. Lists are my form in chaos. Lists are my light in the dark of night.

I don’t like me (all the time). Sometimes I am okay with me. Some days I feel good about myself. 2011 has been a year of discovery for me. A year of new discoveries, buried thoughts, and uncharted territories.

For all the reasons that C.Mom talks about here, I am challenged to complete this list. But I think it is something I need. Maybe everyone needs to do. As difficult as it seems, I am going to take a shot at the hardest list I have ever written. I hope it is a discovery of monumental proportions. I hope I believe it at the end of the next bad day. I hope it is true.

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  • I was  am a great mom. Not just good. But truly great. The greatest mom I could be.
  • I am fun to be around. Not always funny, but sometimes witty and always sarcastic.
  • “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” is something I truly believe in and practice. Simple but true.
  • I am compassionate.
  • I am creative.
  • I am pretty intelligent for someone who never finished college.
  • My glass is ALWAYS half full.
  • I am comfortable mentally in my body (although not physically)
  • I can find the silver lining in the most horrible situation.
  • I am emotionally strong and a rock for my family (and no, Lord, that does not mean you can add more burden~acceptance isn’t a sign of needing more)
  • I am loving
  • I am faithful to those I love and will protect them to any extreme
  • I am driven
  • I thrive when challenged
  • The color of my eyes
  • My faith is strong
  • I believe in people
  • I believe in YOU….let’s storm the internet with things we love about ourselves…Join Ciao Mom and The Empress and love YOURSELF

Where Will You Be In August?

Yesterday, I woke early and had a few moments to myself. I actually turned on a “real” computer (as opposed to squinting my eyes at the tiny iPhone screen) and discovered (much to my dismay) that it is June. Almost the end of June.  I glanced over my writings to see I still have yet to finish my Christmas post and a couple other dozen from nearly 7 months ago. I skimmed through my emails and other long-saved reading materials and it hit me….

BlogHer ‘11 is in weeks. Not months. Weeks. Despite my greatest efforts in manifestation techniques, the money never appeared for me to purchase a ticket. I am disappointed. It has long been my dream to attend BlogHer. Until I heard it was coming to my hometown, I never thought it would be more than a dream. But here we are, six weeks from the BlogHer ’11 no-travel-required version and I have no ticket.

Sad as it is, that is not what this post is about. It’s about you. Are you attending BlogHer???? Because seriously people, the conference is mere miles from my front door and I want the chance to meet you all! I have a ticket to the Clever Girls Collective I’m With The Brand party and I am sure I will be attending some SDMomfia events.

I could list (and link) to all the wonderful bloggers I have read throughout the years that I feel I simply must meet. But that could take days. One I will include is the lovely lady who got me started, just by setting such a great example: BusyMom. Without her, I would never have taken the step from lurking-land into the blogging realm. I simply must see her in person. But there are so many others also!

So, are you attending BlogHer ’11 in San Diego? Please leave a comment letting me know and we can start planning secret rendezvous and magical meetings. I am willing to crash any party and travel any lengths. I may not attend the conference, but I want to meet you!

PS: I haven’t given up all hope. On my list of things to do today is to enter this contest, but that would actual require a second post and I don’t exactly have a great track record for posts lately!

They was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’

Guess where I was yesterday? On a Friday? In May?

Splash Zoo

That doesn’t look anything like my work, does it? You caught me. I wasn’t at work, I was at the LEGOLAND waterpark  for the new opening of their toddler SplashZoo area! Not by myself either. I thought it only fitting I bring the cutest kids I know: RolyPoly, Ladybug and WhatAboutMe!

All three of those kids adore being in the water. Our previous trips with the older two to a waterpark has been difficult because they believe A) they can swim alone in deep water B) they can do anything an adult can do. It was overwhelming to keep them happy and safe.

I adore, adore, adore the New Duplo Splash Safari with every bit of my grandmotherly being. Shallow, warm pools, kid-sized water slides, soft squishy pool bottom and a great big sprinkler area of giant zoo animals: everything in the place is made for kids to love and enjoy. And our three were no exception!

(see below for scientific/photographic proof of their enjoyment).

If you live in the area, are visiting Southern California or are planning a trip here this summer (any of you BlogHer 2011 attendees bringing your families?!?!) I suggest you take a day (or two) to visit the LEGOLAND Water Park (and of course LEGOLAND too!). The cabanas are terrific and give the family a central place to meet while your bigger kids head over to the regular sized slides and your toddlers and younger kids enjoy the fun (and easier for them to navigate) Splash Zoo!

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Thanks to LEGOLAND CA for the opportunity to attend the grand opening and to the SDMomfia for helping to arrange the day for us bloggers. I was given four admission tickers to LEGOLAND, but all opinions, sunburns and fun are mine.

Each time a child is born… the world lights up with new possibilities

As you may recall, we are expecting another bundle of joy in September. Nannygoat is having another girl! Her super-secret-internet name of Baby Banana will be replaced at birth with the more feminine Hannah Banana. Wouldn’t you all love to get an early peek at this precious one? Me too!

Nannygoat is in a very close contest to win a 4D Ultrasound (the pictures look awesome don’t you think?)  So I ask a favor. If you have a facebook account go the the page of Unique Ultrasound (click this LINK) and ‘like’ the page, then leave a comment saying “Shannon Williamson sent me”

And if when she wins, I will share with all of you pictures of Babar!

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination

After much consideration (really more like gut feeling, because I am merrily going along with no idea of what I am doing), I moved Calypso to a new place. We found the new place by accident while driving last month and gave our notice. Although the ranch was beautiful, it just wasn’t for us. We needed a place where “horses have names” and are not just livestock. What we didn’t realize, until we moved him, was how unhappy Calypso had been. What we discovered upon our arrival, was an entirely new horse. A different animal than we have known for the past two months. And boy is he beautiful in his new element. We had never seen him move much, I spent more time trying to get him to move/exercise than he ever moved. This is how he is at the new place. Sara, be sure to watch until the end…there is a thank you to you!

A Change of Sails

A change in time, a change in place
A change of jobs, a change of pace
change your style or change your friends
change your path and change the end
Change for a 20, change for a 10
Change for the bus, ‘Change please, friend’
A change of homes, a change of kin
A change of friends you never win
a change of schools, begin again
A change of age, a change of space
A change of morals, A change of rules
A change of sails, blowing you into the unknown      ~Ethan Allen

What do you think of the new digs? AWESOME work by PrincessJenn right?

The hair is the richest ornament of women

Last Wednesday, Bear and I joined the SDMomfia for a night at Detour Salon where we were treated to champagne, fantastic catered food and some great hair stylists!

We each were pampered by our very own stylist, ready to restore our hair with a deep conditioning and answer any styling questions we had. My stylist was the very best. It has been years since I’ve had my hair done in a salon and sheDeTours2 certainly reminded me of why I did and why I miss it. She not only treated my hair to a deep conditioning (the benefits of which I am still feeling), she took a bad cut and reworked it into what I had asked for in the first place! Then she proceeded to show me how to style it into the look I wanted. I scheduled my next visit before I left.

The salon itself is exactly as they claim: Hip and urban. I loved the look and feel of the place. The owners, along with the stylists, are charming, funny and they know HAIR.

I went in thinking I’d get to visit with my lovely friends and treat Bear to a deep conditioning for her hair- you know, chat a little and sip some champagne. I got that and so much more. I came home hair ‘smarter’, better able to style my own hair and the proud new client of hairdresser. I love that I can now say, “My hairdresser….”

The night was wonderful and made extra special by the bonus of finding a hair dresser I adore. As we were leaving, Bear spotted the ‘feather extensions’ and talked me into getting one also, although I had never heard of them before. We left with fab hair, a little more hip and urban than when we entered. If you are looking for a great salon, I highly recommend Detour.

The pictures aren’t great, I forgot my camera so I only had my phone which doesn’t do great in low light. Bear’s hair looked so HOT.

Word of warning if you are considering having a feather extension and you own cats. You may wake up in the night with a cat on your head and the sound of chewing in your ear….just saying.

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Check out Detour Salon and stop in the Detours Boutique to receive 15% off all retail purchases through May 31, 2011 when you mention SDMOMfia.com

Disclosure: I was not paid by Detour Salon to write about the event or complimentary services.

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