Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I surpass others' expectations more often than not.
I lose confidence in the most unlikely situations.
It's easy to forget sometimes.
Monday, May 24, 2010
-Richard M. DeVos, American businessman, co-founder of Amway and owner of the Orlando Magic NBA team
(I think I might have a quote addiction...)
- Even though he was strong, a talented wrestler, and proficient with an axe, Lincoln disliked killing and harming animals, even for food.
- His birth mother died from milk sickness.
- He was the first president to have a beard.
- Lincoln, one week before his death, had a dream of someone crying in the White House, when he found the room; he looked in and asked who had passed away. The man in the room said the President. When he looked in the coffin it was his own face he saw.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Here's how it went down:
1) Grocery store for dinner and assorted items (managed to also help a little girl climb out of a ramen cave and she showed me all her boo-boos from those evil ramen boxes).
2) Made excellent healthy dinner of spaghetti with Morningstar Farms crumbles, zucchini, mushrooms, whole canned tomatoes and tomato sauce. Amazingly delicious and I got my vegetables for the day.
3) Made chocolate chip cookies.
4) Cleaned kitchen and did dishes.
5) Packed up lunch and snacks for the next day.
6) Read two chapters of "Committed" which I HIGHLY recommend reading.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Excellent resource on getting to know more about the pit bull breed. A former boyfriend clued me in on just how wonderful this breed is and I will absolutely make a point of adopting one sometime in the near future. They are the sweetest dogs with built-in smiles!
It is reported on temperament tests conducted by the American Temperament Test Society that Pit Bulls had a passing rate of 82% or better -- compared to only 77% of the general dog population.
These temperament tests consist of putting a dog through a series of unexpected situations, some involving strangers. Any signs of unprovoked aggression or panic in these situations result in failure of the test. The achievement of Pit Bulls in this study disproves that they are inherently aggressive to people. (Please visit ATTS.org)
Many working breeds have antipathy towards other animals - coonhounds go mad at the sight of a raccoon, foxhounds will not hesitate to tear a dog-like fox to shreds, greyhounds live to chase and maul rabbits and even dog-like coyotes. Even the ever-friendly beagle will slaughter a rabbit, given the chance. And yet the greyhound, coon and foxhound and beagle are among the friendliest of breeds towards humans. And it is the same with the pit bulldog. His work through the years has been control of other animals - never humans. A correct pit bull is more often than not submissive toward all humans, and adores children. A pit bull that snarls, lunges or growls at non-threatening humans is NOT typical of the breed." (Written by Diane Jessup) Pit bulls that do show aggressive behavior towards humans are not typical of the breed and should be humanely euthanized.
What is aggression?Generally speaking, all dogs are, by definition, territorial predators. All dogs are “naturally aggressive” to some extent, as it is through “aggressive” behaviors like fighting, defending, hunting, guarding, barking, biting, and posturing that dogs’ predecessors survived. These behaviors are also the reason why humans domesticated dogs in the first place. Dogs have long been bred and used for hunting, protection, fighting, and guarding. Thus, aggression is a natural component of all dogs’ behavior. However, it is important to stress that aggression is not a state of being or a temperament (which would be solely affected by genetics). Aggression is a behavior. Behavior is the product of both genetics and environment (the way a dog is or is not raised and trained, and the circumstances a dog is put in by its owner). Therefore, a dog’s breed alone does not and can not shape behavior. Socialization, training, management, and proper care–or lack thereof–can have a strong influence on a dog’s behavior. Because a dog’s owner determines the situations a dog faces, the dog’s owner has total control over whether a dog has the opportunity or the inclination to exhibit aggression.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I do all of this because I genuinely enjoy it. It is the same thing when I help friends; I genuinely enjoy helping people out and knowing that my effort may have helped someone else. I take on things that I can do, can do well, and enjoying doing which usually relates to children, event planning and organization. Again, I love anything having to do with these subjects! I am a left-brained, socially aware female that enjoys working with people and being creative.
With all of this being said, I am incredibly uncomfortable with praise. Praise and accolades have been sweetly used quite a bit in my current position and although I appreciate the care behind it, I have no idea how to react. I have now resorted to smiling politely and giving a little "Thank You" when I hear anything but, and I am not boasting here, if I am called "rock star" one more time, I might just turn completely red and end up hiding under my desk! How do you react to that? Am I being crazy?
I am glad that I am doing good work and that I can be there for people. I suppose it aligns well with my future career goals and vast experience in non-profits, childcare and human services. Even a career matchmaker said that I was where I should be!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time.Einstein published more than 300 scientific and over 150 non-scientific works. Einstein additionally wrote and commentated prolifically on numerous philosophical and political subjects.
"A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be."
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves."
"Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler."
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Sunday, May 16, 2010
P.S. My dresser was taken Sunday evening and I almost cried! How sad is that? My little dresser wasn't anything fancy until I sanded it down, applied wood glue and clamps, and dressed it in luxurious black glossy paint. The handles and legs were sprayed silver and it has served me well over the years. On to the next project, I suppose.)
Friday, May 14, 2010
Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point had this post about regret.
It really couldn't have come at a better time for me. Again, if you haven't read the last few posts, lately my head has been a big swirly mess of thoughts. I have a lot going on and with my move in the near future, it is bringing to light many different aspects of my life.
From Caitlin: "Regret is normal. We are forced between two options (or three or four or five!) options everyday, and sometimes we make the wrong choice. But holding onto the feelings of regret is not good for us. I see regret as something we must absolve and forget about, or we’ll waste away our lives."
Some of the comments ranges from similar issues of regrets to some amazingly positive people who have no regrets in their lives. I can't even imagine that! Maybe I am just not at a point yet to move on and feel that all my paths in life have brought me to a great position.
A reader's comment struck me : "I don’t regret anything because I am happy right now, in this moment. My past has brought me to where I am today, which is at peace with myself and relationships, so I can’t possibly regret anything."
And my "Aha!" moment comes. I see that all my daydreaming and contemplation of the past is because of how unhappy I have been in the past year or so. All the pain and ridiculousness (honestly) makes me feel like all the decisions I have made have been the wrong ones. I am not sure if that will ever change but I guess since my decision to change my future is still in progress, the "regrets" area of my life will be in a holding pattern. There is also the perspective that if there is no closure, you can't move on. I have yet to receive full closure for most of my past mistakes or closure with those involved even so maybe that comes with time?
Hell, I have no idea. Swirly thoughts make you think crazy things.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
By Elizabeth Gilbert, O, The Oprah Magazine
May 3, 2010 10:18 a.m. EDT
FULL ARTICLE AT LINK
"Nearly all the women I know are stressing themselves sick over the pathological fear that they simply aren't doing enough with their lives.
Which is crazy -- absolutely flat-out bananas -- because the women I know do a lot, and they do it well. "
"So here's what I want to know: Can we lighten up a little?
As we head into this next decade, can we draft a joint resolution to drop the crazy-making expectation that we must all be perfect friends and perfect mothers and perfect workers and perfect lovers with perfect bodies who dedicate ourselves to charity and grow our own organic vegetables, at the same time that we run corporations and stand on our heads while playing the guitar with our feet? "
"As a result, we each race forth blindly into this new maze of limitless options. And the risks are steep. We make mistakes. We take sharp turns, hoping to stumble on an open path, only to bump into dead-end walls and have to back up and start all over again. We push mysterious levers, hoping to earn a reward, only to learn -- whoops, that was a suffering button!
To make matters even more stressful, we constantly measure ourselves against each other's progress, which is a truly dreadful habit."
"So let's drop it, maybe?
Let's just anticipate that we (all of us) will disappoint ourselves somehow in the decade to come. Go ahead and let it happen."
"While you're at it, take the wrong job. Move to the wrong city. Lose your temper in front of the boss, quit training for that marathon, wolf down a truckload of cupcakes the day after you start your diet."
"Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop.
Map your own life. "
Monday, May 3, 2010
If you can make a girl laugh - you can make her do anything.
No one knows how it is that with one glance a boy can break through into a girl's heart.
If I were a girl, I'd despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them.
There are so many girls, and so few princes.
Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?
Sunday, May 2, 2010
---M. Esther Harding
"Conflict builds character. Crisis defines it."
---Steven V. Thulon
"What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity."
"If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough."
"Keep the other person's well being in mind when you feel an attack of soul-purging truth coming on”
As I was taking one of our longer walks, I thought about what you need to live in a city and have a dog.
- Have an apartment that has an elevator that you CAN take the dog in. There are strict rules about dogs in this particular building so I have had to learn the proper way to hold a dog that is about 45 lbs. in the elevator, down 25 stories, and out onto the street. I figured out I go in the elevator at least 4 times a day, more if I am going out to grab groceries or dinner.
- Must have a park nearby the apartment. I am lucky to have a small park right behind the apartment building that is great for the nighttime quick potty trips. It is enough to go around the block, give the pups some relief, and then haul ass back inside, up the 25 flights of stairs, and happily fall into bed.
- Have a varied terrain. I will say this of Portland: all the fun places to go! I have tried to vary my routes each day. For the breakfast and dinner walks, I head in one general direction and see how far I want to go. I have so far regretted not bringing my camera for each long walk because of the amazing sights I have seen. I somehow found myself down by the Cirque Soleil tent in the South Waterfront area and it was just a beautiful view of the river and the freeways. This morning I was smart enough to bring my camera as I made it across the Hawthorne Bridge and back down over the Morrison Bridge.
- Don't be afraid. Generally, the homeless and especially fiesty "street people" of Portland leave me alone because I have a dog. I end up wandering into some interesting areas where, if I were alone, I would have been nervous but even with the cutest dog, people seem to just do their own thing.
- A calm and upbeat attitude. You wouldn't think this would be a requirement, huh? Well the calm and upbeat attitude comes into play when you are encountering other people. I had a lady straight up just stare and me and the pups today and it made me uncomfortable but I just awkwardly smiled and went to order Thai food. Most people either give me the "awwww" smile or give the "awwww" smile to pupster. It is almost the same looks when I was a nanny and had the kiddos rolling around in the stroller. The reminder that animals and children are ultimately sweet and gentle gives us all a bit of a softer edge.
I proclaimed to myself today, very "toot my own horn" manner, that I am a good temporary puppy mom. I give love, I wipe various oozes, and try my best to get our walk on as much as possible.