Project Life 365 – Day 2 – You Today

This is me, today, in bullet points…

*I am a sleeptalker, and occasional sleepwalker. When I was 4, I almost walked out the back door of the house in the middle of the night, and in college I once cleaned my entire dorm room in my sleep.

*I am addicted to coffee and chocolate, and I’m proud of it. Give me a freshly brewed cup of Bad Ass Tropical Coconut coffee and a Cadbury Creme Egg and I’m in heaven.

*I have a 5-minute Complaint Rule that I live by–Bitch and moan all you want for 5 minutes. After that, it’s time to move on and figure out what you need to do to fix the problem.

*I am ridiculously good a first-person shooter games. I have yet to meet anyone who can beat me playing multiplayer mode on James Bond or Perfect Dark.

*I believe that some people come into my life for the sole purpose of teaching me patience.

*I love taking photos, and HATE having my own photo taken…so this is likely the last one you’ll see for awhile.

*I secretly want to be an FBI profiler and catch serial killers…or work on the X-Files. šŸ˜‰

*I arrange books on my bookshelves by author, subject, and size.

*I have never, and refuse to ever, carry a purse. If it doesn’t fit in my pockets or my camera bag, I don’t need to waste energy hauling it around.

*I believe that you can’t truly be happy or reach your fullest potential unless you live a balanced life.

*Unlike my husband, I cannot work at an empty desk. He calls it clutter, but from that organized mess, I draw my inspiration.

*After living in Arizona for 3. 5 years, I realized I cannot survive without changing seasons. And yes, that means snow.

*I love movies, and I’ve seen a lot of truly amazing films over the years. And yet, if I were told I had to choose just one favorite, it would still beĀ Dirty Dancing.

*I believe we are all here for a reason.

*I have never been able to meditate in the traditional sit-in-a-dark-room-close-your-eyes-and-clear-your-mind-of-all-thoughts sort of way. But I believe that being mindful and fully focused on the present moment has the same therapeutic results.

*If I won the lottery, I would take classes for the rest of my life and travel the globe.

*I very seldom enjoy watching a movie or television show for pure entertainment. I prefer something I can analyze and dissect and think about instead.

*There’s something about string instruments–piano, violin, cello, guitar, etc.–that hits me right in the soul. One day, I’d like to learn to play them.

*I have a love/hate relationship with bananas.

*I cannot sleep without covers, even when it’s hot.

*I was in labor for almost 72 hours, and I have no idea what a contraction feels like. Because of this, my husband (and a small group of nurses in Arizona) believe that I have superhuman powers.

*Carol Burnett holds the #1 spot on my People I’d Like to Have a Beer With list.

*I showed sheep in barrel-raced in 4-H when I was younger. You city-folk who don’t know what those things are should probably look them up. šŸ™‚

*I handwrite at least one draft of everything before typing it (with the exception of blog posts).

*If I could only listen to one band for the rest of my life, it would be Heart. Those women have been rockin’ for nearly four decades now and still sound as amazing as when they first started. Obviously, they’re doing it right.

*I believe in God, ghosts, guardian angels, and gratitude. I believe that you reap what you sow. I believe that there is evil in this world, but there is far more goodness. I believe that miracles happen every day, if we take the time to notice them. I believe that people can change, if they really want to. I believe in saying sorry. I believe in hugs, handshakes, hard work, and humility. I believe that one smile and one small act of kindness can turn a whole day around. I believe you should always trust your intuition. I believe in taking chances. I believe that everything happens for a reason, even if we can’t understand it at that moment.Ā I believe in love at first sight, losing yourself in a good book, and letting go.

*One day, I will write a book.


365 Project – Day 314 – Finding More Than a Hero of the Day

Today was one of those days that just got me thinking. Not only was it Veteran’s Day, it was also 11/11/11 and National Metal Day. And yet, you turn on the news, and those things only got a nice little soundbyte while things like the Penn State sex abuse scandal and Justin Bieber’s alleged fatherhood dominated the headlines.

The way I see it, we’ve got our priorities a little mixed up here, and I think it’s time for a change.

These days, it seems like we are all so focused on things like money and fame and power and prestige. We idolize celebrities and athletes, worshipping them the way ancient cultures worshipped deities. We see them as heroes, even when their actions prove to be anything but heroic.

What does it say about us as human beings when we spend more time talking aboutĀ people like Kim Kardashian and Charlie Sheen and the cast of the Jersey Shore than the brave men and women who are putting their lives on the line to protect our freedoms?

I’ll be the first to admit that I like watching television and moviesĀ  and listening to music as much as the next person. I like to be entertained. And, like my husband, I have started my own List of People I’d Like to Have a Beer With that includes several of the celebrities that I just think are cool (among them Carol Burnett, Lewis Black, Ellen Degeneres, Reba McEntire, and David Lynch). And yet, my appreciation of their talents has not turned me into a crazed fan or celebrity stalker. I don’t have to rush out and buy a brand new outfit to match the one Kate Middleton was photographed wearing yesterday, and I don’t spend my days analyzing the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie/Jennifer Aniston love triangle. Instead, I like to spend my time trying to be the best damn wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and all around person I can be. I want my time here to matter.

So, today, I would like to pay homage to the heroes that all too often go unnoticed.Ā Tonight’s 365 Project entry is dedicatedĀ to the courageous men and women who have served, are serving and will one day serveĀ in the United States military. The job that you do is a job that few of us ever could do. You give yourselves to your country and your countrymen, putting your lives on the line to save ours. You go without, so that we can have plenty. You leave your families and friends behind so that ours can be safe from harm. You are the true heroes. We love you. We thank you. And God bless you.

And in honor of National Metal Day, I dedicate Metallica’s Hero of the Day to our heroes.

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