Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thank God for Joy in my life!

BeFrie, Mr. BeFrie and BeFrie's Baby J came to town for a brief visit. Just love her so much and love seeing her and having her here at the house was wonderful. I was given the task of babysitting while she and Mr. B. went to a wedding. It was tougher than anticipated since the little one is very sick but we made it and he did get some much needed rest after a long night keeping both mom and dad awake. Her visits always remind me how rare and awesome a true friend is...I have someone who understands, who believes in me and loves life in general which makes being around her so good. If only I could move Atlanta closer to Orlando.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

the 3 presidents - crossing the finish line!

I am so grateful for these two...They were there with me
every step of the way and made this year so incredibly special.
I hope to continue serving with them on other boards and committees.

Monday, October 22, 2007

My Best Day In Philly

T i m R u s s e r t
By far one of the best speakers I've ever listened to...Sincere.
Funny. Authentic. Passionate. Grateful.
Dinner with the girls at Buddakan. C'est magnifique!

ALB in the Philly cab.

One of the Triple L Club members
and ALB checking the emails...

ALB and B. watching the JAGS v. Colts game at a
predominantly Colts environment. They lost.

Friday, October 19, 2007

first friday in filly

so, we've arrived in the city of brotherly love and so far everything is well. the hotel for this year's prsa conference is nice and the opening reception for assembly delegates was just what i needed to immerse myself in the whole four days of pr pr pr. lr and i are ready for a new challenge and we both read our folders thoroughly on the plane. should be good.

we headed to dinner and tried all the hot spots for places to dine but ended up going with a recommendation i received before i left...TEQUILLA'S. great mexican place that didn't look much like a restaurant from the street but once you got in it, the candle lit atmosphere and servers gracefully balancing things on their heads and tips of their fingers assured us that we had chosen the right place.

sylvio was our server and something struck me as familiar...his accent? his look? as it turns out, he's from ecuador -- cunca. how awesome is that? i had to call my other dear ecuadorian friends and tell them the news. no, of course i didn't ask if they knew each other. i just laughed at the fun little coincidence and moved on.

i do have a couple of photos but for some reason am unable to upload them right now. maybe later...

this week

for a girl who's not playing soccer, i sure got my fill this week. haggis won. voodoo won. team co lost by one (sorry aa and ap...almost had it!). this weekend man u. is playing but i will miss it since i'm

heading to philadelphia for five days. i'm sure i'll be blogging it up and will post at ya laters...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Nobody wants your negativity!

Naysayers tend to deflate motivation and bring productivity to a grinding halt -- just to salve their needy egos. "Negative evaluation is a tactic people use when they're intellectually insecure," says Teresa Amabile, a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School.

Steven Gaffney writes, "Choose not to be around people who are negative. Instead choose to be around people who have the attitude you want or desire. It is amazing how often people allow themselves to be around people who have lousy attitudes. You can at least limit your time around that person(s) with a negative attitude as much as possible."

If I've seen it once...Negativity breeds negativity. I once had a friend who thrived on it. I chose to distance myself from them because of one too many moments of mistreatment and disappointment in this person's overall behavior. I realized I could no longer be okay with their inability to control their negativity not only toward me but on everyone that wasn't on their good list (the list had about two people, maybe four). Complete and total viciousnes came through but even through all of it, I wished them nothing but happiness and joy. I figure they need the wishes more than me. It was as if their whole life was built on pointing out what's wrong with everyone else and never looking inside to see what's REALLY going on or maybe even wrong with them. They mastered the art of projection, ascribing one's own feelings, thoughts, or attitudes to others. I sincerely hope that they get to find what truly makes them happy and that once and for all, they really see themselves and all the possibilities of what true faith and positivity can bring them.

There is war. There is pollution. There is tragedy. You have the choice to create something better to help us all through the unfortunates. Be a positive light instead of a dark cave of negativity.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Weekend, out!

Mr. Wonderful and I got up extra early to go to our appointments with one of our favorite people to see -- Jennifer Balestri. She is our massage therapist and someone who has become a part of our family. There are people in this world who are doing exactly what they are suppose to be doing and she is one of them. She has the touch of healing and of comfort. We had tried to get appointments earlier in the week for anniversary #3 but didn't make it since I decided to twist my ankle and was unable to walk and could not imagine letting someone actually touch anywhere near my left foot. So, we went on Saturday and it was one of the highlights on my week/month/year. Mr. W. was there for the first hour or so and then I went in. With my injury, she knew exactly what to do and I even shed a few tears as she was lightly touching my foot. "That feels amazing," I said to Jennifer. She is amazing and has been so good for Mr. Wonderful.

After a relaxing morning, we headed to Melbourne to see R&H tie the Knot. R&H both play soccer and not that the VooDoo Posse put them together but I certainly think we helped bring them closer. Believe it or not, they both played on Wednesday night and helped us win our first game (4-1). The wedding was great. The reception was fun and their favors were cute and personal. We got to spend a lot of time with Nathan and Laura from Australia(other VooDoo teammates) and I did the cha cha slide standing still (not as easy as you think). We got home around 9 that evening and were both exhausted.

On Sunday, we headed to Jax to celebrate Fab Father-in-law's Birthday. Took him to lunch after church and had great dessert with his friend, Tina. She baked a pecan pie and a cherry cobbler. It was sooooo good. I really should learn how to bake but I think it would be the death of me and my already dessert filled hips. :-) After lunch and dessert, we talked for a few hours with ffil and then headed home. It's these very conversations and visits that make me so grateful. It helps me remember that I have so many wonderful people around me who have beautiful stories and great thoughts and so much love to offer the world.

It was a weekend of celebration and of reflection and of thanks for all that has been, all that is and all that will be.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Celebrating Mr. Crunch Bar!

So, tonight Mr. Wonderful and I joined some friends over at Samba Room for dinner and dancing (not too much cha cha cha for me since my ankle is still on the fritz). AA was leaving his number for the Russian server. So proud of him. I did snap a couple of photos that I will eventually display when I take them off the camera. Certainly, the celebration was one of great fun! So glad I got a chance to hang with everyone. :-)

This gets me ready for the weekend...

thanks jan for sharing this shot with me. such a nice one!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

year THREE for C&B

Happy Anniversary to my Mr. Wonderful!

I love you.
I love you.
I love you.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

and the Wall(paper) comes tumbling down!

thanks to everyone who helped!
i am so so so happy that the blue and white walls with ducks, rabbits and lambs are gone!