Sunday, December 27, 2009

Heavy {UP}Lifting

I chanced upon a nice little blog last night that is trying to provide good advice to peeps. It's called The Wisdom Wall and it's filled with some very cool thought-provoking fodder. Check it out.

I found it to be quite uplifting, as I'm currently in full post-holiday funk mode. I needed the visit. I'm having a helluva time with a pinched nerve in my hip joint (I think) that is controlling my every waking and sleeping physical (and now, mental and emotional) moment. My usual escape from this kind of trouble is artsing and crafting, but I seem to have lost my focus and motivation for that, temporarily (I hope!).

As a funny aside, I have to admit that if I had only one wish to come true at this moment, I would be hard-pressed to decide between alleviating this pain and getting my creativity mojo back! Folks, that's what I call hard-core love. Well, either that or just plain idiocy. Yes, I know, I need to definitely wish for no more pain, I get that....

Anyway, there are some posts at The Wisdom Wall, in the archives, that list some awesome quotes by famous people. I happened upon an appropriate one for me by the late financier and statesman, Bernard Baruch:

In the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

This is so true, isn't it? Even in America, the land of the free. So, I'm gonna once again work on Mind over Matter to try to get my mojo back and my spirits raised up. I'm gonna look in the mirror, smile, and say: Lie to me, honey. Hit me, baby, one more time.

It's worked before more times than I can remember, so I'm hoping I'll get lucky again.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

How are YOUR holidays going?

Need some smiles right about now? Check out these giggle moments -- even if they are at others' expense, that's what the holidays are for, others, right? {Snort}

Check out Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Bad Holiday Outfits at StyleList. Yes, of COURSE, celebrities are modelling them...

And, what would the holidays be without some JibJab?

Farting Elves 12 Days of Christmas

And, my favorite video of all lately:

Sarah Palin does William Shatner Doing Sarah Palin on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien Friday, December 11th
This was AWESOME! I caught it live, having channel-surfed over to Conan at just the right moment. For you unknowings, Shatner's had a recurring role on the show reading passages from Palin's book, her Twitters, anything he can get his hands on frankly, replete with bongos and bass fiddle accompaniment. Well, Fate came avisiting Mr. Shatner (whom I love a lot) on Friday's show right after he'd finished an excerpt from "Going Rogue". Sarah walks out in a surprise appearance carrying Shatner's autobiography, and she took the stool and read from his book. Touche'!

IT WAS AWESOME! And she was on her game, pitch perfect! The audience LOVED IT! And they walked off the stage arm in arm. Those are the TV moments I live for, and CONAN, not DAVE, delivers them.

With all that, I can safely say my holidays are going great! You?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

68 years ago. Most of those who survived have passed on now. Very few remain.

That makes it harder to remember the lessons they learned for us.

Today's global allies can be tomorrow's enemies.

We must remain ever vigilant no matter how others may say about us.

I hope we never forget.

Tiger Woods has really disappointed me, but that's usually what happens when *we* as a celebrity-crazed culture behave like Gladys Cravitz on steroids 24/7. Everyone is human. What bothers me the most is that he seems to be a serial womanizer / playboy. He missed his calling as an infamous merchant marine. Can't help wondering what his Dad would say were he still alive...

I seriously want Harry Reid to be censored for his recent remarks on the Senate floor, trying lamely to connect opponents of his health care legislation as racists. Does he really think people still take him seriously? He's like the old batty aunt, except he's an uncle. He needs to face facts that his bill sucks. He can't make everyone like it. When are people gonna stand up and demand an end to race-baiting? The only good thing about it is, keep it up. It just angers that many more voters who will vote against you in 2010. I hope so, anyway.

On a frostier note, if possible, it snowed here in the Houston area Friday, the earliest snow we've ever had. It only lasted a few hours. It continued to snow, but it turned to water when it hit the ground. It's been rainy ever since. I'm getting tired of it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Not Plugged In Lately

I've kinda gotten unplugged from daily cable news lately since beginning my current low-carb diet regime on Nov. 19th. Still on it and going strong. And now The Hubster is in on it. Since he does the cooking, this is nothing but fantabulous for me. ;-)

I see things that rip me a new one daily in our politics, but I've had a lot of work and chores lately. Been arting a lot, too. I take it in but then I don't spit it out here.

I'm pretty okay with Obama's position on the war and am now certain he was forced to do all that postponing in hopes of appeasing his angry left base. Well, *forced* as a subjective verb here, because he chose to do it, but it was a political force. I still think he is missing the op of a lifetime to swing to the middle and capture up more support than he'd lose, but I have to assume he finds that distasteful at present. He is still dancing with what brought him (barely), but he wants to change the dance card up.

The polls continue to show me that people are slowly and surely waking up to see that Obama is not controlling the govt'l pursestrings and that Pelosi and Reid do. Duh. This was like 50% of the reasoning behind my compromise vote for McCain.  If they are not stopped, we will be owned by China like cabana boys.

Things are moving so fast and changing so much, aren't they? And everything is shadowy, no clear or crsip definitions of silhouettes, even. All murky soup.

The Hubs finally finished his special project and now is off until the 10th. What joy. I have him underfoot 24/7. But he does cook my meals and then he goes shopping and does the lawn (our front yard looks like some kind of weird mulching experiement with thick layers of leaves) and will put up the outdoor decorations.  Sounds like a lot, but he's done nothing but work and sleep for 1 year and 2 months. He's actually excited to have the honey-dos. I can always stay up all night and sleep all day if things get testy or grumpy, lolol. ;-)))

We are getting some really cold weather down here around Houston. Down into the 30's, then 20's during the upcoming week. Wows! I think Friday we even might have some snow for like 2 seconds. Last year on the 10th, it snowed like 2 inches and stuck. I'll have to be prepared to take some photos of this year if it gets interesting.