Thursday, August 27, 2009

I'm a maniac on the floor

1980. Dance class. Little girls in pink leotards. One girl is taller and a just a bit more awkward than the rest. She likes to dance, realizing that she isn't very good at it but not really caring. She stuck with it for a while, but eventually moved on to other things.

Fast forward to 2008. A friend mentions that she is taking a dance class at a local community college. She claims that it's for beginners and lots of fun. She wants others to join in the fun, and many say that it sounds like fun, but they are unsure.

Fall 2009 rolls up and she mentions it again. Goal 51. Sign up for a dance class. So . . . welcome to intro to Jazz and hip-hop. I bought some Jazz shoes and I am ready to roll. I am nervous and out of my element and dorky and still awkward, but who cares?

And no, I didn't tell anyone about the recital!

Monday, August 24, 2009

One word says it all

This is the first time ever that I have actually completed one of these. But in the spirit of doing things that I normally say no to, here goes nothin.

One Word Answers Only!

1. Where is your cell phone? couch
2. Your hair? messy
3. Your mother? heaven
4. Your father? ditto
5. Your favorite food? fajitas
6. Your dream last night? hazy
7. Your favorite drink? DP
8. Your dream/goal? peace
9. What room are you in? family
10. Your hobby? lots
11. Your fear? crickets
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? fufilled
13. Where were you last night? bathtub
14. Something that you aren't? shy
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. Wish list item? organization
17. Where did you grow up? Alpine
18. Last thing that you did? tennis
19. What are you wearing? tank
20. Your TV? Weeds
21. Your pets? pups
22. Friends? many
23. Your life? busy
24. Your mood? contemplative
25. Missing someone? definitely
26. Vehicle? rag-top
27. Something you're not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Target
29. Your favorite color? purple
30. When was the last time you laughed? tonight
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend? Terri
33. One place that I go over and over? work
34. One person who emails me regularly? Brad
35. Favorite place to eat? home

One word answers are harder than you think!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

New Green Habits

Not so long ago in a galaxy no so far away . . .

A person walks into a store to buy stuff. The clerk says "Paper or Plastic?" Person says, no thanks I brought my own. Clerk says "Huh?" "Really?" or "Why?" Clerk tries to wrap things in plastic before putting them in the reusable bag. Clerk puts 3 items in each reusable bag and then tries to put the rest of the items in plastic. Person gets tired and sad of always explaining the merits of reusable bags to clerks.

Now, it's much more common to see people carrying their own bags. Or declining a bag when they buy just one or two items. Hallelujah! Praise God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, and Brad Pitt. It's about time! Sure, there's still a LONG way to go, but we are making progress.

I have been carrying my reusable bags to the store for years. I was hit and miss for a while, but I made a conscious effort to focus on making the task a habit, and lo and behold, it became one pretty easily! (The key is having lots and lots of bags. Leave some in every vehicle at all times and hang them on the doorknob to the garage after you unpack so that can't help but put them back in the car.) If you leave them in the car while you are in the store, make yourself go back outside to get them.

For my first new green habit, I thought that it would be fitting to kick it up a notch. I had seen people using them, but never managed to get any of my own. I would try not to use produce bags, but sometimes it was inevitable. Now I am the proud owner of these re-usable produce bags:

I can highly recommend them. They are lightweight but sturdy. Get over to and get some of you own!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My kingdom for a post!

So . . . when you create a blog and don’t tell anyone about it, you are only accountable to yourself right? Well, self, you aren’t doing too well. In fact, some might call you a slacker or a slouch.

Even though I have been working on my list and keeping busy with life and whatnot, I haven't gotten into a blogging routine. It's a lot harder than one might think.

I have completed a couple of tasks and have many more in progress. Updates will follow soon - sometimes life just gets in the way . . .