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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Is It Easter Again?

What is up with those bunny ears dad?
You would think my dad was the one behind the camera from the angle of things. I guess you get the point, though. This is my newly finished trellis. Doesn't it look like it has always been there? It is still asking for another coat of paint. I'm hoping I will get to that this weekend. On Tuesday I got the little flower bed prepped and morning glories planted, so I'm hoping that the seeds will like me and grow. Time will tell.
Here is another picture from my Memorial Day at my sister's house out on her deck.
Rachel enjoyed her time outdoors slathered in sunscreen. She got a new swing installed on the tree in the front yard this day, to which she proclaimed repeatedly, "WEEEEEE!"

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Wisdom on Wednesday

I get this email every Wednesday at work. And like most training at work, it always seems to weigh in heavier on the personal side of my life. This particular email really spoke to where I am in my life right now. It talks about taking the time to appreciate where you've been. Because so many times we are focused on today's problems or the picture of our future, we forget how far we've come. In my head this looks like mountain climbing (or in my Midwest case, bluff climbing). In every moment is a challenge and through each step you focus on the summit to get you through. But if you stop to take a breather and turn around, you'll be surprised to find how far up the bluff you've climbed. When I think about where I was living ten years ago (some of you remember Cameron Avenue) and the fact that I was unemployed and facing some challenging personal relationships, I almost can't believe it was me! Even recently I was reminded of some of my high school activities. Although I've maintained remnants of some bad behaviors, I can barely even see them any more from the heights I've achieved. Although I may have a long way to go before I reach my goal, I know that with continued effort, each day brings me one step closer. I can't even fathom the view from up there.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

It was such a busy weekend! Who knew I had so much to do? I kicked off the holiday weekend with an abbreviated day at work on Friday, a nap, and Friday fish with my family. Saturday I had plans to do some more weeding and gardening with my sister in my mother's flower beds. While I toiled away in my parent's dirt, my father was at my house prepping for my trellis project. Everything went smoothly and we enjoyed a brat dinner afterwards! Thanks dad! On Sunday, my parents came over to start my trellis project. While they were there, I mowed the lawn, we finished the tedious job of priming the lattice, we enjoyed lunch together, and my mom even got a nap in! By dinner time, everyone was tired and after a walk with my dog, I enjoyed a few moments with my feet up before heading back out to paint the lattice. Needless to say, it was an early night for me! Monday started bright and early with a cup of coffee in the garage painting the other side of the trellis. I also got the new post painted as well as the one that had previously been chipping away in front of my garage. There is something about the freshness of new white paint that I just can't get enough of. It makes me want to tackle the rest of the trim (I should probably strike while that iron is hot). I may need to wait until I regain feeling in my hand, because unfortunately painting has left me with a little numbness. After a lunch at my sister's house and some quality time on her deck Sunday afternoon, we headed back to my house to install the newly painted trellis. It is better than I could have imagined. I'm excited to enjoy the added privacy this summer! As an added bonus, I got my picnic table out of the garage, got my clogged gutter flushed, and screens on my windows. After my parents headed home, I even got some seeds sowed and my morning glories are soaking in water in preparation for their planting this evening. I'm looking forward to a summer of growth.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I Would Walk 500 Miles

Apparently. Last night I got the walking bug. I thought I should spend some time on my elliptical machine, but wasn't really feeling it. I decided Peanut would much rather get a twenty-minute walk, so we did that. When I returned home and after Peanut had enjoyed his post-walk snack, the thought occurred to me that I couldn't just sit around the house. I put my shoes back on and headed back outside. It was a beautiful evening for walking and I got to view many new landscapes I usually don't get to when Peanut is towing behind me. I thought I did a pretty long walk around the village and was surprised to have only spent another half hour out. I had a movie waiting for me at home, so I popped in The Darjeeling Limited and decided I should have popcorn for the movie. I checked my bike in the basement and the tires were flat, so I headed back out to walk to the store. I figured since I had surveyed all of the village in a half-hour, the walk to the store would be much faster. It was not. I was out another half hour. There was a damp chill setting in by the time I rounded the bend back onto my block. By that time, I was ready to kick up my heels and just sit around the house. Whew. How did my 80-year-old grandpa walk eleven miles a day? Just plain craziness.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Full Week

There is a lot going on around here this week! My desk is full of projects, my calendar is full of appointments and engagements, and my mind is full of to-do lists. I have been participating in Gundersen Lutheran's Minutes in Motion activity challenge and the wrap up party is on Wednesday. I'm determined to win some prize from this. I was really dedicated! I started a week early, did more than 30 minutes of activity on most days, and am still going strong. I think I should be reward with money and fabulous prizes! I've got Wednesday bookended with social engagements today and Thursday. I'm really looking forward to some social time. I think it will be refreshing to bounce some ideas, that have been bouncing around in my head, off my friends. Sometimes the best ideas come to me in a bar...or so they seem. Friday will be another winner day for me with a raffle drawing for an outdoor fire pit. It was last Friday at Westview Inn that I was telling my parents how I needed a fire pit to keep myself busy this summer. When we walked out of the restaurant, there was a fire pit right in front of the door. They were selling raffle tickets for it, so my mother purchased some for me. It really seems like it was meant for me! The only catch to a full week is a long weekend ahead. Especially due to the holiday status, it may be too much alone time for me. Peanut and I will have to stay busy. Do I hear my project list calling me? If only Peanut had thumbs, he could help me out!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Waiting

I'm waiting to hear news from the OR. As far as I know, my mother was at the hospital at 8am this morning, probably hungry, and ready for surgery. Hopefully I'll hear something this afternoon. In the meantime, my waiting game for an opportunity seems to be looking bleak. Luckily, I'm more determined than ever to make a new opportunity for myself. It is a new week after all. My waiting game for my hedges to start growing is also losing steam. I don't think they will be coming back. They are guaranteed, so my plan will be to replant in the fall. After my afternoon of gardening for my mother yesterday, I now have a new lilac shrub. Who would have thought I would have a lilac? They are so smelly, but it was free. Hopefully it will grow damn it.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Forecast Sunny 72

I'm hoping! I've volunteered to work for our 95.7 The Rock Big Bikes for Little Tikes promotion. I will be selling beer tickets in a little hut at the Southside Oktoberfest Grounds, but all those riders (we have 412 pre-registered!) would love for it to be warm and sunny I'm sure. After that, I have a Splash In party to go to and I'm not talking about puddles. It should be good weather for the kick off of the boat club season. It just should! Somewhere in this glorious-weathered-weekend I will also need to garden for my mother and do some seed sowing for myself as well. My weekend demands good weather, that is all I'm saying. (At this point in time, all I can really think about is a nap and some lunch, so you'll have to forgive me today.)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Shocker

Did I mention I was electrocuted? A few nights ago I had washed the dishes and was wiping off counter tops, a fairly regular occurrence around my house. My wrist was probably a little wet and I was holding a wet dish rag, but when I moved the toaster aside, the plug bumped the inside of my wrist and shocked me. It was one of those electrocuting moments when you scream out before you even realize you are screaming. I think the veins in my wrist were pulsing the rest of the night after that. The good news is that I've learned a lesson from this shocking experience. Don't trust anything. Here I thought an appliance had to be plugged in to electrocute you. So, I wonder.... is it normal for an appliance to hold a charge in the plug even when it is unplugged? Or is it the toaster? My house does take on a ghostly aroma of toast sometimes in the wee hours of the morning. Maybe mine is just a special toaster.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Circle of Life

I began my day meeting the folks at Gerhard's First Supply. I had no idea how intimidating it would be to meet face to face and speak to the people who are looking to me for a voice. Oh the pressure! All went well and after spending some time in the showroom, I want to remodel my kitchen and bath. C'est la vie. This week marks the end of a career at the big radio station. It is always sad to see someone leave, but you have to be excited for new opportunities. This Thursday we will say goodbye to Spaz in proper radio style... at John's Bar with a few cocktails. I can't wait to see you leave.... just for the cocktails of course. If the weather agrees, this weekend I will put an end to some lives of weeds and set new sprouts to grow in my mother's flower bed. What a week!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Shit Happens

Sometimes it is for the best. Maybe it will go the way you want it to, maybe it won't. Sometimes it goes the way it is supposed to go. Sometimes you don't realize it went the way you wanted it to go until after it has went. Point being, I'm in a more-change-than-I-even-expected mode. So much so that I hate to ask "What else?" I firmly believe that whatever the outcome of all of this, I will be in a better place when it is over. Change hurts. It is a shift in everything around me....pulling and tugging and ripping at the core of my being. But don't muscles tear in order to become stronger? I'm headed in the right direction even if it feels like I'm battling through darkness. I apologize that my changes make uncomfortable, unsolicited change for other people, but that is the way it works. Some of my change has been imposed on me as well. That's life and we'll each have to stomach what is served to us. All we can do is make the best of it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

Wouldn't it be nice if everything was always sunshine and light? Unfortunately, it seems to be overcast a lot. Do I need to go out in search of sunshine and light? I've tried to cultivate the inner glow, but apparently I will always be a bad seed. Maybe I just haven't found the soil that will help me thrive. I've finally got a vision of sunny days. Hopefully that will give me something to grow towards.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Stir It Up

I think I'm heading to Tremp City tonight to make a weekend getaway of the big old Reggae Festival. This is going to be so much fun! I still plan to stir up some tasty bbq, cheddar snacks, and maybe some desserty thing for the potluck tomorrow. My friend is ordering a kegger and the rest of my friends are all coming with delicious treats of their own, and it is all going to be underscored with rockin' reggae tunes. I couldn't be happier. Cross your fingers for more sun and less splash tomorrow.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It Is Official

No theatre for Lisa this summer! My friend is purchasing a ticket for me to go with her to see the Dalai Lama speak in Madison at the end of July and that would conflict with performance dates. She is really looking forward to it and now I am too! Let's face it, he's not getting any younger and I'm in need of some enlightenment. The rest of my summer I'm going to spend doing crafty projects around the house, yard work, and maybe get my house painted. Of course, that is all dependant on finances, but I have a feeling that will work itself out. I also hope to do more working so I can do more playing. The summer is looking sunny to me!

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