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Holy Sh++ October 08 2019, 0 Comments

Ok....freaking love love this new podcast
we've been listening to.
(side note here but those of you who know Guy Raz's voice - 
have you ever wondered what he looks like?  here's a pic - I've
always been curious about the face behind that  voice)
Anyhoo, this podcast is insane - it's the story behind many
companies and how they became what they did.
We just listened to the story of Tom's Shoes
and Stacy's Pita Chips - 
Let the kids listen too - it's really interesting!

Conversation... October 08 2019, 0 Comments

A friend this weekend said something 
that has not left my mind...
She said that she was listening to a podcast
about meditating and it said that
"conversation was a form of meditation"
I had to chew on this one a bit.
I've always thought as meditation as a time
to be quiet, to be still.
But then I started thinking (shockerrrr)
that mediation, for me, stills the mind.
Gets me out of my mind, my head.
So although conversation is the opposite of
being quiet I do think it has a way of 
getting us out of our heads, of "stilling" our single
minds and creating a more interactive mind.
Don't know what I just wrote, but it makes sense to me in my head.
Hope you get a nugget out of that one! :)

Tobin Center September 30 2019, 0 Comments

I think I have written about this before but
I'm to lazy to go back thru my blog 
to double check.
Anyway, did you know The Tobin Center
has a truly PHENOMENAL series
that happens I believe quarterly that focuses
on photojournalist from National Geographic Magazine?
These journalist come to the Tobin and speak about 
their area of focus.
We went to see Brian Skerry yesterday and it was fascinating.
I love going to these because it gets you out of your head, out of your day to day life & exposes you to things, that I believe, are incredibly important to the
future of our world.
Brian spoke about ocean conservation yesterday - check it out here - his message
and his photographs are eye opening...

Texts... September 30 2019, 0 Comments

So if you read this blog you know that I 
write about my experiences of mothering teenagers 
quite often.  Well the latest that I have found
difficult is helping them navigate thru
texting.  One of my daughters is more sensitive than
the other.  She get's texts and then responds and sometimes
will ask if her response was ok.  I try to be neutral & direct her to 
more general responses because you never know how the person on 
the other end will interpret the text without hearing the tone in your voice.
But I've got to tell you, I'll read responses she gets sometimes & obviously I can't hear the voice, but my gut is 
they can sometimes seem very curt.
What is even more difficult is that these girls will text in huge
groups - so when you respond you are 
"putting yourself out there" at times...especially depending on 
the subject.
Anyway I started thinking about this (shockerrrr)
and was thinking once again how hard it is to be a teenager right now.
I mean it will either make you really tough or it can crush you.
We only had to deal with a bad look at school or someone not sitting next to 
us at the lunch table or on the playground.
But if you are growing up now you never escape it.
You come home and there is a continuum of vulnerabilities if you 
are on your phone or computer - which is about 99% of the time
for these kids.
It breaks my heart but it is what it is.
I don't know what the hell I am doing with all this parenting - I feel
like every day there is something new that comes up that stumps me 
because it's a first for me too. 
I just keep coming back to
"people don't define you, you define you"
but I think it is easier said than done when it's constantly in your face.

Patience September 30 2019, 0 Comments

So I've noticed something recently...
whenever I get impatient (which is too often, working on it)
but anyway, when I get impatient my jaw tenses up - bigtime!!
What in the world?  Do you have a part of you that tenses up
when you feel like you are going to loose it?  I mean why can't my toes curl up or my leg stiffen - something less noticeable?
But noooo, it has to be on my face where my girls will say
"mom you are doing that thing with your mouth again"
Anyway, just found it interesting and something
I need to shift to a different spot.

Live Like You Were Dying... September 24 2019, 0 Comments

Was out to dinner the other night and the conversation
turned to why we don't live like we are dying?
A friends friend recently had a cancer scare & because of 
it decided to start checking off her bucket list.
Reminded me of this song - such a great reminder...
Are you checking off anything on your bucket list?
He said
"I was in my early forties
With a lot of life before me
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime
I spent most of the next days
Looking at the x-rays
Talkin' 'bout the options
And talkin' 'bout sweet time"
I asked him
"When it sank in
That this might really be the real end
How's it hit you
When you get that kind of news?
Man, what'd you do?"
He said
"I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying"
He said
"I was finally the husband
That most of the time I wasn't
And I became a friend a friend would like to have
And all of a sudden going fishin'
Wasn't such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad
I finally read the Good Book, and I
Took a good, long, hard look
At what I'd do if I could do it all again
And then
I went skydiving
I went Rocky Mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I'd been denying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
Like tomorrow was a gift
And you've got eternity
To think about
What you'd do with it
What could you do with it
What did I do with it?
What would I do with it?
I went Rocky mountain climbing
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I watched an eagle as it was flying"
And he said
"Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying
To live like you were dying"

The Smile September 23 2019, 0 Comments

I was at the grocery store today and as I was walking out
there was a woman juggling two little girls - probably age 1 and 3.
I did that smile - anyone that has older kids knows the smile I'm talking about.
The smile of - I remember those days.  Enjoy them as you will
blink and they'll be gone smile. 
I bet women with older kids than mine
do the same smile.
Came across this pic recently. 
It made me smile.

Rainbow Connection September 23 2019, 0 Comments

I went to yoga today - a new place - called Black Swan Yoga - 
really loved it.  Check them out here:
Todays instructor played music throughout the class.
This song came on at the end (a different rendition) but the lyrics
went straight to my heart.  I started tearing up it was nuts.
I kept thinking why am I tearing up and then the thoughts flooded
my mind.  Thoughts of growing up.
The song is from The Muppets and it is 1970 to a T.
My dad was there, my mom, my siblings, our dog, our old house - 
I miss it.  I miss it so much.
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Bewitched (the show). Cheetos. 
Playing carpool with my bike.  Jogging at dusk with my parents riding their 
bikes behind me. My parents walking and talking after
my dad got home from work.
It was so simple then.
And it made me realize something - yes there were some rough times, 
dysfunctional stuff but most of what I remember are the comforts
of our home and my family.  The pool, the trampoline, the beach.
There have been times when I am so hard on my parents - why did they do
X and why did they say Y and I guess what they say about age is right...I'm softening.  Softening because I realize that we are all doing the best we can.
Life is awesome but damn it's hard too.
And then you tack on kiddos, jobs, your home,
the dogs, friends, family and it can be ALOT.
I guess my point is is that I'm thankful for the memories I have.
And for Kermit the Frog singing this sweet song that makes me cry
EVERYTIME I hear it!!

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