January 27th – February 2nd
Theme for February 2nd, 2008: “Narrow”
There’s a sometimes narrow line between “cute” and “freakin’ dorky.”
Looks like I crossed it somewhere between these two ages.
Wearing Calvin Klein, and actually making it look BAD.
And, apparently, I had not learned to appreciate the fine art of brushing my hair, either.
Representin’ the Dorkness, old school.
It was Thanksgiving
and we were with family.
Then, time to go home.
In the car we spoke.
We agreed that it was time
to make three from two.
Unsure? Sure. Afraid? Secure.
We’re gonna do it!
The pill for that day
still sits in its plastic case
with all of its friends.
Two months after that
life sprung forth inside of me.
On Valentine’s Day
I gave my best friend a gift -
The news of his child.
In October we
laid eyes on a being who was
the sum of our love.
Life has changed for us
in so many, varied ways.
We’d never turn back.
There’s this really sick thing happening to me. I’ve been noticing the symptoms more and more, and quite frankly, I don’t like it, guys.
I’m growing older.
Has anyone else had problems with this? What can we do to stop it? Anything?
I’m thinking I might need to see a doctor.
I’ll bring my list of symptoms to the appointment:
1. It’s getting close to midnight, and I can’t believe I’m up this late.
2. My back is severely dry, and itches like crazy. I buy Gold Bond Medicated Lotion, with no qualms. A day later, I suddenly think, “Gold Bond? I bought Gold Bond? Seriously!?”
3. I blink, and there’s this miniature human being running around my house, screaming and banging on things. He calls me “Momma.” WTH?
4. Thinking about what a food will do to the bowels after it is consumed seems normal, not gross.
6. I know it is going to rain 3 days in advance. “The elbow” is acting up.
7. The grey hairs, damnit.
8. “I’m too sleepy.”
9. We talk about the weather. Oh, good lord. We actually talk.about.the.weather.
10. Remember that time when we were at that place, doing that thing, with those people, and that thing happened?
11. Me either.
12. The world suddenly seems fragile.
13. Used to think plastic surgery was ridiculous. USED TO. (Socks with oranges in them. All I’m gonna say, man.)
Oh yeah. That thing? That Bloggie Award Thing? Voting closes today, 10PM EST. Just sayin’.
What do you think The Mexican (turd-eater) might be looking for?
The response to my last post was great. So many of you spoke up and agreed that befowling the earth with filth is poor behavior!
Just a sample of thoughts:
“Arghhh, rubbish drives me mad.”
“It makes me mad too when I see how people just think it is ok to throw trash on the ground.”
“Litter is pretty disgusting – people are a bunch of pigs.”
“This is the stuff that gets under my skin because it is only getting worse…”
And I can only imagine that several more of you agreed, but just didn’t comment. Did anyone get inspired to do a cleanup project of their own?
I am going to document our own little trash pickup/recycling project of later this week and report back to you guys with pictures and words. I’d like to issue you all a challenge to do something similar. Are you up to it? Put on your thinking cap. Have you seen something similar in your neighborhood that disgusts you?
Some of you clearly have:
“I was just thinking the same thing yesterday while watching a group of people flick their cigarette butts all over the ground….”
“I think I will have to do the same thing b/c on our walk, just through our neighborhood, I saw a lot of junk on the ground.”
- Secret Agent Mama
“…I still cringe when I see the amount of garbage thrown into some parts of the streets and sidewalks….”
“I carry a trash bag while hiking so I can pick up other people’s garbage.”
“My kids and I go once a month, trash bags in hand and collect the litter along the roadside in our area. It never ceases to sicken and amaze me that people are this damn lazy and spoiled to toss their trash where ever they choose.”
And how about you? Have you seen something similar where you are? What can you do about it?
*What will you do about it?*
So many of you are awesome bloggers, and I would LOVE to see your answer to this challenge in my comments section, and then your follow-up post about your own project of kindness and love, on your site. Is two weeks enough time for everyone to come up with something, complete the task, and then document it on their website?
Or maybe you live a very green lifestyle, and you’d love to share your advice and opinions with others, in the hopes that something you do hasn’t yet occurred to someone else, and they will adopt a change for the better when they read your post. Educating others is a great way to help – and with your own website you can do just that!
This is a call to action -let’s name it Project Support Beauty in Nature.
If you like, please grab any of these buttons and put them on your sidebar, linking to this page, to call attention to this project. Who knows how many people we can get on Mother Earth’s side?
“People overlook the power of one. They think since they can’t fix the whole problem, their piddly little contribution won’t make a difference, so they don’t act. They are correct – if most people have that attitude.”
Let’s make a difference.
Let’s stand together, and grow the number of us that are changing the world for the better, one step at a time.
Support Beauty in Nature!
A few days ago I was feeling rather icky. You know what I mean. My heart was sticky with the tar of depression, my head was cloudier than a room full of Milton Berles, and my muscles were aching like I had just run a marathon with Sally Struthers strapped to my back.
So, I did the thing that generally makes me feel happier, no matter what else is going on: I
kicked the dog put on my jacket, grabbed my camera, and went for a walk. Movement in Sunshine.
It was about 3:30 and very brisk. Clouds were milling around in the sky, crowding the sun as it begain to trail its path to oblivion for the night… As I strolled along, my muscles stretched and yawned. They woke up a little, and endorphins lifted the corners of my mouth, and my mind.
Usually during such a stroll, and basically as a general rule in life, I am intensely drawn towards visions of Beauty in Nature. I always capitalize when I refer to the concept in this way. It is as if it is its own entity, starkly standing out from the muddle that is everything else. My soul seeks out this type of beauty. My heart beats faster, my breathing slows, and my eyes seem to focus more sharply when I bear witness to Beauty in Nature. I feel… well, alive.
During this stroll, it started off that way, and I got a nice shot of the sun caressing these naked, shivering trees one last time before she turned and went to bed.
But then, I was continually drawn to something else.
This revolts me.
It makes my heart beat faster. I am angry.
It makes my breathing slow… as I grit my teeth. I am trying not to lose my cool.
It makes my eyes focus more sharply, as my brows furrow deeply.
What do I really see?
I see a people who are too spoiled and pampered, careless, thoughtless and oblivious to true beauty, to be kind. I see a disgusting swarm of cretins sauntering across the earth, leaving their filth behind them to rot and lay peril to the beauty that battles to live on amidst the muck.
I see a people who don’t deserve so much of what is here for them, obviously just in their periphery, because they certainly can’t be seeing it clearly. There’s no way you could do THIS if you’re seeing the Beauty in Nature clearly. Could you?
What can I do? My heart beats faster.
Just me? How can I stop this? I ponder. My breathing slows.
Even in small numbers, we can make a difference. Later this week, John, Braden and I will walk along the same way I did last Friday, but we will be armed with garbage bags. We’re going to pick up every piece of this dreck that we come across.
My eyes have focused more sharply.
UPDATED: The response to this post was so wonderful, that I posted this follow-up to it.
We’ve started a movement:
January 20th – January 26th
2008 Bloggies Best New Blog Finalist!
(you guys sick of this yet?)