Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
The Spanish Bayonet...This thing is vicious! I noticed that the leaves at the bottom of the base were dying so I went in to strip them away from the trunk and unknowingly, OUCH! I got sliced. Just to make sure I wasn't imagining it all, I went in again and tried to grab another dead leaf and OUCH! Sliced again. I decided to back away from the little stabber of a plant and walk over to my Mr. Wonderful and as calmly as possible ask him, as blood is streaming down my arm,
"Honey...WHERE THE HECK IS THE CHAINSAW?"
He laughed and said, "You're not chopping that Spanish Bayonet down. What happened to your arm?"
I said, "Is that what that is? Hmmm..."
"Yea, did you touch it?...It's very sharp and dangerous. Are you okay? Do you need to go inside and put a bandage on that cut?"
"No, no (nervous laugh)...I'm fine. I didn't really notice that it was sharp."
I then repeated in what I thought was a stern tone, "Where's the chainsaw?"
He then reinforced his earlier response by saying, "You're not going to get rid of that palm tree. They're pretty."
I then began explaining to him (while bleeding) that we can't even maintain the stabbing foliage so to me it's ugly and unsafe and needs to go immediately. He seemed to believe that nature will take its course and things will remain nice without much blood loss from either one of us.
So after this episode, I went online. I did some digging (ba-dum bump) and I came across the following comment about the savage dagger:
This plant is impossible to get rid of once its in the ground. We moved into a new house and inherited about 30 of these. I have tried digging them out, poisoning them, nothing works. If a tiny shred of root remains, it will sprout a new plant. This is the bane of my yard!
Great! Just great!! I think we have three of them all in one corner of our yard. I guess it could be worse...We could have 30 like the person above but even three seems to be too many.
Anyway, I learned a lot the other day when working with plants:
1 - Get better gloves...The kind that goes up to your arm sockets so you won't get sliced. I love the green Dragonfly gloves but they're more for show. BTW, Mr. Wonderful did point this out to me when I bought them.
2 - Don't try to trim or prune anything you haven't been formally introduced to either by your husband or by online research.
3 - Have a chainsaw handy so that no one can argue with you about your impulsive behavior. It's not wise to mess with a woman and her chainsaw.
4 - If you haven't helped in the yard and only been maintaining the inside of the house, don't come home and get ambitious. You're doing just fine making sure the laundry is done and the floor is vacuumed.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
I really enjoyed staying at the Contemporary Resort. They've done a lot of upgrades to the place and the rooms were very comfortable. There's a lot of noise in the center area of the hotel due to the character meals going on all day. The monorail is so convenient and you can get anywhere on Disney property in 10-20 minutes which is great.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
-- mr. w for waking me up in the morning and making me laugh. the man is funny...not just saying that. he really, really is.
-- my mother who called me yesterday to let me know that i should stop drinking carbonated drinks. for the record, i don't eat carbonated drinks. apparently, it heightens your risk for heart failure. love my momma!
-- the fun folks at the house...especially the yearbook crew. that thing has turned into a great way to keep the connections going no matter who doesn't particpate.
-- the bug man for calming mr. w's nerves with the super treatment throughout the house and yard. as i told everyone, he can swim with sharks and wrestle snakes but when it comes to roaches, he's screams like a girl.
-- my soccer friends on and off the field. it's such a great group of people who all have a common goal (yes, i did...)
-- my be frie who in a matter of two minutes can save my world and have me laughing. she never ceases to amaze me.
-- the shop-meister for loving it as much as i do and for telling me the truth. so proud of you for so many reasons!
-- mr.w's friend gordon for the nice visit over the weekend and for keeping it real and making it real fun.
-- js for being js. love her.
-- my next door neighbors. they're out of town but doing simple things for them like checking their porch for packages just feels good. we share the block, we might as well be friends.
-- mcwyatt for staying cool no matter where we go or how much we dance.
-- my nephews from jville for visiting and keeping things so exciting.
-- the good pr people who are taking hdpr to a whole new level. it's finally here!
-- my father-in-law for all he does for us that we know about and don't know about
-- to best brother and his girl who turned 30 today for making such a beautiful baby
-- both of my friends gin-g and rowi and how peaks and valleys are here and before us but we know that we can carry through...we have to. it's way too hard to not.
-- even grateful today for the friends who don't call me back...i only hope that they're ok and that i'm thinking of them.
-- for my jenny who called me today from Shanghai! five months and she's back for a visit!!
-- for the "friends" who have purposely sought to hurt me and/or the people i love. i am thankful for you and for knowing the truth. saw a quote today..."time will prove what reason can't."
-- for Him and His grace...the kind that keeps me going no matter what comes along to trying to knock the wind out of me.
-- to me and the possibilities that are yet ahead and the choices i have yet to make.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
We made it to Lion King! So happy!!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
On my way to the subway...Union Square.
Inside MOMA from the 5th floor looking down on the second. This place was amazing...hence, the following art pieces that are displayed there:
Monday, July 09, 2007
how many times in life do you know the truth about something or someone but no one else seems to see it? do you tell? do you keep it to yourself? i have kept secrets before for people...secrets that could've damaged a situation or a person's reputation. i read once that secrets are like stars -- hot, volatile, concentrations of energy. it's true. they can be so powerful.
the worst part of holding onto a secret is watching yours fall out in the open by the very person you've been "protecting" for however long. i've seen it...from a distance and up close and personal.
i can't say that i choose to hold on to secrets much these days. if a friend needs me to be discreet or a shoulder to cry on, i'm there. but many times, it's not secretive stuff...it's just life. what's interesting is when releasing a "secret" out there, so many times the letting go allows someone else to be inspired and possibly do the same because they either have a similar secret or they know how you feel about what you've been keeping inside. your choices, your actions, cause things to happen around you and they cause things to happen in other people.
whatever your secret may be...however "bad" or "good" just remember that it only exists that way because you choose it to. ask yourself what it would look like if you just let it go?
Friday, July 06, 2007
Thursday, July 05, 2007
left the office and went to work out. such an awesome session. we did cardio, pilates, yoga and then ended the session with some thai massage. who wouldn't want to work out for that? even though i haven't made major progress, it feels great to be following a program that requires me to stretch a bit further than i normally do. soccer is great but i like the pace of the sessions. calming and concentrated. plus, i don't get as many bruises and dirty from the grass.
headed to ID for a quick carry out order. ran into jk and talked for awhile. i love their hot tea. it's never the same when i make it at home. it must be environmental or something. k. (restaurant owner) gave me a necklace and bracelet as well as some tea from Taiwan. she is so sweet.
it's days like these when everything seems to be in motion and time is full of good moments that i breathe in and i breathe out the gratitude i have for everything right where it is. i'm surrounded with those who have been brought into my life so we can continue our growth and our journeys to fulfilling our passions and our dreams. i have no regrets, no incompletes, just presence and possibilities. so grateful...so thankful. amen.