Sunday, July 24, 2011

Who Says You Can't Go Home???

This weekend was my *gulp* 25th High School Reunion!  I can't believe that this much time has past since I was in high school! can't be 25 years! Just can't be that long!  We got together at Trey Fisher's ranch (a place that I truly think is THE most beautiful piece of land in all of Texas!) and there were several people that were at this reunion that has never been to any in the past.  I think the invention of Facebook has allowed us to find people that moved to parts unknown, so they were able to know about our little get together.  While my graduating class was quite small, we all were

a pretty close our own way.  I played the sister figure to all the boys...many of whom I wanted not to be considered a sister to and wanted to be much more...but I guess that if I had to play a role, that was a good one to play, cause 25 years later, they still respect me, love me, and I think would be there for me even today if I really needed them!  Great them lots!  All in all, everyone faired pretty well.  I think by now, we've all worked through all the junk of our early lives and have kinda figured things out.  Everyone has become successful in their own way and it was great to see that in spite of being from that school and getting the "education" we did that we've all done pretty well...may have taken some of us a little longer than others to "get it together", but I think for the most part, we all have.  The boys have all settled down with some really nice girls, and seem to be good dads and providers--some had to try a couple of times to find someone, but all in all they ended up with a good girl.  Some of the kids are spitting images of their parent and it was fun to see the next generation.  I had to laugh at our conversation about "kids these days" and how difficult and different it was from when we were younger.  What an old conversation to have!  Who would have thought that 25 years ago we would have had that conversation...we seemed like a bunch of old people chatting about the good ol' days!  Guess we really are grown ups!

Smile:  What did I smile about?
I had a lot of laughs this weekend...remembering old times and making new memories. We made fun of each other like the good ol' days and had a great time laughing at and with each other!

Celebrate:  What did I celebrate?
I celebrate that although I'm not in the best shape of my life...and am about 20 lbs heavier than I would like to be at the moment...I think I look pretty darn good for having graduated from high school 25 years ago!  I think it has to be the good clean living that I've had all these years!

Love:  What do I love?
I can't describe how beautiful my home town is...the Texas Hill Country is a beautiful part of the world, however seeing the rolling hills, the cedar, the oak trees, the deer, the Guadalupe River, the stars in the sky at night...just beautiful!  So peaceful, so beautiful, so lovely!  If you haven't been to that part of won't be sorry!

Thought for the day:
There's a song...of course by Bon Jovi...that I think is quite appropriate for this weekend 

"Who Says you Can't Go Home?"

I spent 20 years trying to get out of this place 
I was looking for something I couldn't replace 
I was running away from the only thing I've ever known 
Like a blind dog without a bone 
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone 
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold 
I been there, done thatand I ain't lookin' back on the seeds I've sown, 
Saving dimes, spending too much time on the telephone 
Who says you can't go home

Who says you can't go home 
There's only one place they call me one of their own 
Just a hometown boy, born a rolling stone, who says you can't go home 
Who says you can't go back, been all around the world and as a matter of fact 
There's only one place left I want to go, who says you can't go home 
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, its alright

I went as far as I could, I tried to find a new face 
There isn't one of these lines that I would erase 
I lived a million miles of memories on that road 
With every step I take I know that I'm not alone 
You take the home from the boy, but not the boy from his home 
These are my streets, the only life I've ever known, 
who says you can't go home

I been there, done that and I ain't looking back
It's been a long long road 
Feels like I never left, that's how the story goes

It doesn't matter where you are, it doesn't matter where you go 
If it's a million miles aways or just a mile up the road 
Take it in, take it with you when you go, 
who says you can't go home

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, its alright 
Who says you can't go home [x2]

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Friday!

Smile:  What have I smiled about?
A random text or instant message that comes my way during the day from someone that I'm excited to hear from

Celebrate:  What do I celebrate?

I'm celebrating my 25th High School Reunion tomorrow...wish I was 20 lbs lighter but all in all should be fun seeing people and remembering what a dork I was back then.  Enjoying spending some time with my best friend for the past 35 years!  yikes!  that's scary!

Love:  What do I love?
It's been a pretty good week...but I love that it's Friday!  So happy to have an excuse not to work!  I also love business trips that will allow me to go to New York City again in a few weeks so I can learn some things but also get some time off!  I need a vacation!  This summer has gone by too quickly!

Thought for the day:  "Remember, when writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen."

Monday, July 18, 2011

I know I live in Texas...but this is crazy!

The sad thing...
It was 6:45 PM when this was taken!'s been 17 days since we've been below 100 degrees and while I know I said that I wouldn't complain when it was 100..this is a bit ridiculous! Perhaps my friend's son has it right...I need to invest in some solar panels and get off the "grid"... I may need to hire him as a consultant and see what I need to save some money and take advantage of all this sun and heat!  Wonder if he'll take me as a client.....

Smile;  What have I smiled about lately?
I spent a lovely evening with some friends and family this weekend.  We've all been through some ups and downs over the last several years, but I have to say, last night, we all were in sync again and I felt like it was 1995 all over again!  I love this group of people so much and had such a lovely evening laughing, sharing our lives and getting caught up on the latest gossip!  Makes me realize that I really need to get with them more often...every six months is just crazy!

Celebrate:  What do I celebrate?
Well...made it through another series of mid year reviews.  I absolutely hate our process at our company for our performance management process.  I think that if it was implemented in the way that it is intended, it would be fine...but it's not that way so much, so it's all about who you know and what your reputation is that counts...I just hope that I'm well thought of ...we'll see what all happens.

Love:  What do I love?

I had a great time with "Mr. Nice Guy" the other night.  We have a lot in common and I just find myself thinking of him all the time..wondering what he's doing, how he is, if he's having a good day...all those things that I've missed thinking about since I haven't had someone in my life for so long!  He comes back in town in three weeks and only has plans to be here every month as it exists now.  Just trying to take things one day at a time...God has a plan..and if Mr. Nice Guy isn't the one, well, then that just tells me the one he has for me is pretty phenomenal!  This guy is pretty great!  Sure wish he lived here....

What else do I love? I have found this wonderful website called Pinterest.  It's like a bulletin board that you can put all these fun things on like recipes, quotes, fashion items...just some fun stuff.  A GREAT time suck, but fun to explore.  Check it out--I think you'll be hooked too!

Thought for the day:  True!  I'm so happy with my
wonderful, beautiful life!
Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

In church today, I had this wonderful opportunity to see new Christians being baptized into Christ.  It was so touching and so wonderful to see these people full of love, hope and knowledge that Christ is their Lord and Savior.  It gave me time to reflect upon when I was 10 years old ( a long time ago) and the decision I may at that time to give my life to Christ.  While I can't say that I've always been the best Christian, I can say that I've never questioned that decision that day to give my life to HIM.  He is with me always and I have hope, peace and strength to get through this life because I have someone on my side to help me through good and bad.  I don't know how I, a lowly soul deserves this much grace and understanding, but am so glad that my faith gets me through the difficult AND happy times!  Praise God!

Smile:  What did I smile about?
I saw a couple of movies this weekend that made me laugh and, they won't win any awards, but was a great way to pass a few hours not thinking about all the cares in the world.

Celebrate:  What do I celebrate?
I celebrate that I'm a Christian!

Love:  What do I love?
I am excited to see Mr. Nice Guy on Thursday.  I think that as I reflect on all that I want, he has a lot of the qualities.  Am looking forward to what may happen...and coming to terms with the fact that he doesn't live here--may actually be the best relationship ever!

I love my going there and getting all kinds of stuff in bulk..but I also love going there and just wandering around...for some reason, this place brings me comfort and peace.  I'm not sure what that says about me that being around items in large boxes but, I love this store!

Thought for the day:  Life is like a tenspeed bike. Most of us have gears we never use ~Charles M. Schulz

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

Happy Birthday America!  I'm so blessed to live in this
great country!  Thanks to all those that have fought for this freedom!


I got to enjoy a GREAT firework show --the #3 in the nation--in Addison TX last night!  While it was still about 99 degrees at 9:30 PM, it was quite enjoyable!  My friend Kristina and I decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner and hotel so we didn't have to fight the traffic and just enjoy the show.  Was a lovely spite of the heat!  I'm continuing to enjoy my new camera and think I got some pretty good pics of the show.

So much to update on lately...let's see if I can capture it all in this post...

Smile:  What have I smiled about lately?
I have been in a good place lately.  Things are going well.  We found out that we all got raises (change in company compensation), so that is a nice surprise.  Also, have gotten some good feedback from my boss, which is something I really needed to hear.  Have seen some movies lately (Bridesmaids and Bad Teacher), both of which you have to laugh spite of the raunchy humor!

Celebrate:  What have I celebrated lately?
Well, I've decided that I'm going to stay in my current job and actually have celebrated my renewed outlook on it.  I think I finally have determined what I appreciate about it and am "fertilizing my own backyard" as my BFF says.  I haven't finished all that I've set out to do there and think that I need to give it a little more time to do so.  Also, have gotten the "go ahead" to explore some other areas within my job that I'm excited about and think will give me some good experience.

Love:  What have I loved lately?
My last post mentioned that I had a dinner evening with an old business partner that I worked with a couple of years ago.  We had a nice evening and have gone out again.  He's a really nice guy!  Really nice guy!  Couple of red flags that I see so far, but when I think about all that I'm looking for, he's got a lot on the list.  One thing he doesn't have...a residence in Dallas...that may be the biggest deal breaker.  At any rate, he's been very attentive to me, and I have to say that it's nice to think you are on someone's mind...and to have someone on mine!  We'll see how it goes.  He comes back to Dallas in a couple of weeks....

On a different note, I am not smiling about, celebrating or loving my weak attempt at beating the battle of the bulge!  I've been so stressed out  and so much in a funk that I just can't seem to get in the mood to eat right or work out...even though I know that if I did, I'd feel better!  Now that I'm finally a little more in control, I'm beginning the battle again!  Going to try having an accountability partner and see how that goes for me!  I hope that will do the trick--something's gotta give--I either need to lose that weight, or buy new clothes...that's the crossroad that I'm at right now!  UGH!  I hate the battle!!!  Someday I'll win!

And of's not a holiday without a wish from my boys--Happy Fourth of July folks!

yes...America is BEAUTIFUL!!

Thought for the day:     "The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us." —Ashley Montagu