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Friday, October 24, 2008

Home away from home

Although I am going to be going away to my homestate for a brief stay sometime during the Thanksgiving week; it sure would be nice to be able to explore vacation home rentals. Can you imagine having a vacation home? It would be like your home away from home.

I know I need somewhere that I can go to get away and a vacation home would be the perfect place. A lot of people think that vacation rentals are way too expensive to pursue, but it's possible to find them for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Not only that, but you'll have amenities in a vacation home that you won't find at a hotel like private patio, pool and game room not to mention the difference is space compared to a hotel room.

We all need somewhere to get away to and I think renting a vacation home will be a little extra something special. I'm game; what about you?

Unleash the passion

In This Woman's World

Sometimes I feel like my passion is squelched and locked away. What I want to express and who I want to express it to is not possible. Not, uh, open. Then there are other things and people who want to know all of my thoughts and feelings, but sometimes the wanted thoughts and the unwanted thoughts get all jumbled up together. Then I have no recourse but to lock them inside my head.

They get trapped together. Intertwined. Enmeshed. Lost. One thought leads to another becomes another and before I know it I am passionate. I have physical passion. Emotional passion. Creative passion.

It all births unacknowledged thoughts. My past collides with my present and I am the woman I always wanted to be and who I never thought I'd be. But that doesn't erase my passion.

I want to use my passion everyday. I want to learn how to move with it, experience, express it. I want to unlock the depths of it. And share it.

But when it's released it's jumbled, emotional. Sometimes tears drip from my eyes and the impact of what I think and feel overwhelms my mind and my mouth. So back to suppressed I go.

For now I live life one day at a time, suppressing thoughts and feelings that should or should not be shared. Hoping and longing for more physical and creative passion; putting away the emotional passion.

One day it'll erupt and be clear, present and understood, but right now some it remains unshared waiting to be unleashed.

Read my last In This Woman's World column: What about my boobies? Come back for next week's column, which will be about grief and betrayal.

The piece to the right is titled Passion and it's by Susan R. Makin. I think it's extremely interesting that I came upon this artwork not just because of its' title, but because of what the author wrote about it:

Passion, unfortunately, has to be held in check too often. Art-making can provide a release for it (of sorts), if we are lucky. This image emerged on its own, and at a time when I was particularly sensitive to the subject matter depicted. Inevitably, refinements to this painting took me on a personal odyssey. On closer inspection, many viewers might identify with aspects of it, even if not consciously. Certain details don't need to be discussed, interpreted, questioned, or dissected. They just are. The colors, shapes, dimensions, and juxtapositions included, emerged as they were supposed to. I just went with what came out—little need for embellishment or denial. Some viewers will see the completed picture as I do. Others might see something else.

What's up with your passion?

Austin Real Estate

More and more each day I think about moving from Georgia, but I haven't really executed a plan. With everything that is going on in my life I don't want to make the decision to move when I am feeling so emotional and unsure about my future. And, of course, there are my children to consider. There are many places that I like, but I keep coming across information from cities that I hadn't even considered. One place is Austin, Texas. Now I wouldn't be able to just pack up and move without planning so I'd have to investigate Austin Real Estate to find a house to live in. There also a popular town near there to look into so I'd have to investigate the Round rock tx real estate. Besides that I would need to know what the cost of living is, how good the school systems are and how the job market is. Moving isn't as easy as just deciding where to go.


Thursday, October 23, 2008

A slow boil

On the Woman's Bookshelf

Although I've written book reviews before, this is the first installment into what I plan will be a weekly column. On the Woman's Bookshelf (yes, I've changed the name already since the first time I told you about it) will include reviews of some of the books I've read as well as synopses of books I think you'll enjoy hearing about. So, sit back, relax, grab a yummy cup of your favorite drink and enjoy reading my current review.

I don't know about you, but when I pick up a book I can normally tell from the first page whether I'm going to like it or not. I can also tell whether it's a fast-paced read with a lot of excitement giving me a dire desire to reach the end or a slow, simmering enjoyment that I can't put down until I find out what happens. "Shelter Me" is the latter.

Written by Juliette Fay, "Shelter Me" is a novel about Janie LaMarche who is dealing with the sudden death of her husband. Left with two young children, Janie's emotions spill over into every relationship and interaction she has as she tries to make sense of life without the husband she loved so dearly.

The novel is a message of one's need for the support and love of others even when they're floundering in the dark, and the realization that the support may come from those you least expect. It's a message about somehow returning the favor when you come up from the depths of your grief or whatever inward battle has been waging. This book is a gift to readers who will embrace it and share it, and it's written in a subtle yet strong, magical yet realistic and humorous yet serious way.

"Shelter Me," which is Fay's debut novel, will be released in January 2009, is already available for pre-orderand will be sold at Target. Don't miss the opportunity to read a book filled with humor, love and raw emotions or give it as a Christmas gift to the reader in your life. It's a definite must-read.

Next week, click on through to read my "bookshelf roundup;" a few books that have been lurking on my shelves that I want to share.

For more information about my weekly posts, click here.

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Subconscious thoughts

There aren't many times that I remember my dreams so when I finally do I've taken the time to think about them and try to figure them out. A few weeks ago I dreamt that a police officer (I don't know if it's important that he was Caucasian) broke into my house after I told him he couldn't come in without a warrant. He kind of creeped me out so I locked the door and went to go upstairs. I don't have an upstairs in my home now so maybe this was my dream house. He broke the door in and pulled his gun.

I was really scared and backed up the stairwell. He made some very nasty remarks to me saying what he was going to do to me and things like that. If I remember correctly he started shooting his gun. Whatever happened next caused me to awaken with a start and my heart was racing. It doesn't sound that scary telling you about it, but it was very disheartening at the time.

As you probably know I consulted the Dream Moods dictionary and this is what I found out:

"To see the police in your dream indicates some failure to perform or to honor obligations and commitments. The police also symbolize structure, rules, and control. A more direct interpretation of seeing the police in your dream forewarns that you should avoid reckless behavior."

"To dream that you feel fear signifies that your achievements will not be as successful as you had anticipated. You are having anxieties in certain circumstances of your life. ... To dream that you are scared, indicates that you are experiencing self-doubt and feelings of incompetence. You may be feeling a lack of control. Anger often masquerades as fear, so also consider issues about which you are angry about in your waking life."

Although the police portion of the interpretation is a little sketchy, I think the fear/scared part is right on the mark. I have a lot of anxiety about my financial situation, my circumstances and the lack of support in all areas that I receive from my soon-to-be ex. I definitely experience self doubt and feelings of incompetence, and - to be honest - often feel a lot of anger.

Many people may not put much credence into dream interpretation, but our dreams can often give an accurate look into what is going on in our subconscious. Maybe by revealing what is lurking within we can deal with it head on.

To read about my last dream starring Sen. Barack Obama and Queen Latifah click here. Then leave a comment and share your most recent dream, k?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Gimme 5

We celebrated quite a milestone yesterday: My son's 5th birthday! Isn't it amazing how you can see the mental development in your children? Sometimes it's almost as if a switch is thrown, but then there are other times -- like when they whine -- when you realize they are still babies.

We weren't able to do anything extravagant, but I think he had an awesome time. I wanted to take him to Monkey Joes or MaxxFun, but he decided on Chuck E. Cheese's because the other two places don't allow outside cake. They only allow cake if you're booking a party through them so that leaves out us poor people. Off to Chuck E. Cheese (again!) we went.

The kids enjoyed themselves. They ate. They played. They drank. They ran. Whew, I was exhausted... I mean, they were exhausted by the end of the day. Here's a little peek of the happenings.

That's Anna, Amareah, their friend from Anna's daycare and Andre. Amareah and Andre used to attend the same daycare so I picked him (the little boy - what's the protocol for giving other children's names on your blog? LOL) up when I picked up Anna.
I think this is the first time they "rode" the little roller coaster thing. I haven't even ridden it and had a blast watching their faces. That little boy in the orange was just a passerby who tried to eat pizza with us! LOL.
Although you can't tell from her expressions, Anna was having a good time. She rode the Barney car about five times. I just kept putting tokens in and then finally said, "You wanna get down?" Then she moved onto the next car, which she rode about three times.
Each of the kids had two slices of pizza... I guess they worked up a hunger from running around and screaming.
They didn't quite get the hang of the hockey table (or whatever it's called), but they enjoyed banging the puck around.
Andre got a little embarrassed when everyone started singing Happy Birthday, but he blew his candle out like a champ. That's his cousin to the right.... the one hogging the cake.

This is today. Andre went outside to play with the basketball that I got for him. I also got him a wooden puzzle, but he didn't notice that until today. Yesterday he came home and bounced the ball around the house... I could only stand that for five minutes so we have a new rule: No bouncing basketballs in the house. He and Amareah begin basketball in a couple of months so he should be an expert dribbler (is that a word?) by then. I must admit that I can play a little ball myself so I had fun showing off my moves to my son this afternoon.

Our next birthday celebration will be in January when my second daughter turns 4. I think my kids think the cake is the best part of a birthday party. What is your favorite part of a birthday celebration?


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Keeping track, checking in

My health and weight loss journal

To say I've been stressed the last few days (uh, maybe a week!) is an understatement. I haven't gotten much sleep and my dietary habits haven't been the best. Those two things alone can hinder weight loss... so I'm blaming them on the fact that my weight is still the same as it was at last week's weigh in.

I guess I won't beat myself up too badly since I did ride the exercise bike twice; however, I think that was counterbalanced by some little hindrances. Like the extra yummy peanut butter cookies that my teenager made or the birthday cake from my son's impromptu gathering.

So there have been a couple of things in my way, but the good news is I haven't gained any weight and I still think I look hot! :D ... Hey nothing like a little modesty (not!) to give me a boost.

I've been doing pretty good with remembering to use my Sensa. When I first tried it I really think I could see how it enhanced the flavor of the food. I'm not worried that it hasn't helped me lose weight yet though because on average women who use Sensa see results less quickly than men.

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Want more of my health and weight loss journal? Click here.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Monday's Muse: negatives are positives

I've been struggling with today's muse because I don't necessarily have something positive or inspiring to share, but then I realized a muse doesn't always have to be that way. Sometimes we have things that occur in our lives that make for not so pleasant times. For instance, financial difficulties, marital woes, rebellious children and, to the extreme, death. Those are experiences that can often birth the most profound thoughts and strong emotions to convey a story, a poem, a thought or an encouragement.

Today, don't turn away from the negative to look for your creative juice. Embrace whatever is happening to you because you might just find the key to unlocking your muse.

Check out Maternal Spark for more Monday's Muse.


So sweet

Tina passed this award on to me and I think it was so sweet of her.
They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let’s try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to eight bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this text. I am passing this award to: Tina F., Farah, Tammy, Tina, Shaunalynn, Lin, Anna and Bradley.

Please forgive me for not linking to you... my eyes are so blurry from lack of sleep and I am trying to finish quickly so I can go to bed.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Random weekend thought

You know how when you discover something that you didn't think would bother you and you have a strong reaction to it? Sometimes it's tears that flow freely or anger that springs forth. It's those times when being human seems confusing, painful and unbearable. It's unexplainable things that you can't understand. It's emotions that you can't put words to. But you just know that it hurts. ... that you hurt and you hope it goes away very soon.
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