Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

It's a wonderful day today! I woke up early, ate a healthy breakfast, took my coffee and went to the pool. Had a nice swim, sunned myself for a while and totally enjoyed the peace and quiet and some "alone" time. Lately I haven't gotten too much of it. I've been taking care of my daughter and my sweetie. He's needed me lately and I have a feeling that he's going to need me alot more as his health deteriorates. I don't mind a bit, but I do enjoy a little time to myself from time to time.

Yesterday, we took a drive to Borrego Springs. It's in the desert over the mountains from here. I totally loved it!! It was nice and brown and cacti everywhere! I am considering buying an inexpensive mobile home, $29,900, for a weekend getaway. Think about it, a nice place to hang out - 2 bedrooms, 2 bath, plenty of room. Anyway, just a consideration. Hell, we could almost pay cash, or at least would have it paid in a year. It's in the desert, it's a beautiful ride, about 1 1/2 hrs from here, east. In a National Park. how nice!

Have a good day! Enjoy yourself and the kick off the summer.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hospital on Friday


We’re at the hospital today. He’s having vascular surgery, preparing his body for dialysis. I guess even though he’s been aware that it’s coming, it’s become more and more apparent with this surgery. He’s been really worried, nervous, and excitable. I know that I can’t possibly understand what he’s going through, but I certainly do empathize with him. I love and care for him so much, that I worry about how long I’m going to have him. It should have been a lifetime. I’m just glad that it’s at the beginning and the end. The middle was our learning time. God had a different plan in mind for us.

Yesterday, I was feeling kind of blue, worrying about his well-being, had a nightmare and woke up in shock and scared. I did a quick tarot reading and thought I’d share it. It’s very insightful and good advice for every day, but specifically excellent advice for our current situation:

Seven of Coins (card1)
Position: Love & Me
Main (positional) Meaning:
Your personal power is growing and romantic partners are taking notice.

The card in the Love & Me position touches on an aspect of how you perceive yourself right now.

The Seven of Coins in this position indicates your efforts toward being a self-made person are finally being realized and recognized by those you care about most. This card represents the slow and steady application of energy, season after season. You have kept at it, and your dedication and focus are bearing fruit.

It seems that you understand the magic of compound interest. Thinking like a farmer, you are willing to patiently tend your crop, trusting time and letting natural law multiply your harvest. The results are no surprise to you, but other people are beginning to notice. Keep at it and you will be known as a gifted person who produces value rather than just another consumer.

Nine of Swords (card2)
Position: Love Situation
Main (positional) Meaning:
Although difficulties and painful feelings may surround you, you can choose not to be swept up by them.

The card that lands in the Love Situation position refers to social or circumstantial factors which could be affecting your relationship at this time.

The Nine of Swords in this position points to some kind of a tragic loss. Although it may not impact you individually, the emotional impact of this blow does have an effect on a significant relationship. Objectivity and optimism seem to have flown out the window.

Although you may share some of the shock and grief of your loved one, you can choose not to succumb to feelings of desperation and hopelessness. It is important to remember this even if your loved one is feeling very down. The stability you have to offer this person during such a difficult time will long be remembered. You can support the healing process by keeping a clear head.

King of Cups (card3)
Position: Love Challenges
Main (positional) Meaning:
Evoke the wise elder to help you lift yourself and a loved one above problems and worries.

The card that lands in the Love Challenges position refers to ways that you can turn obstacles into stepping stones.

When the King of Cups is in this position, you may be challenged to find the wise, kind, and spiritual part of yourself. Bring this mature king energy forward so you can evoke, direct, or support the education or healing that may be needed in your relationship. Use forgiveness to help lift you and the one you care about out of sorrow, shame, or unfinished business. This may reassure all involved, including yourself, as to how precious life is.

This King of Cups is akin to a pope. Like him, you may find the wisdom and forgiveness to bestows blessings, benedictions, and absolutions. You may help others heal by reminding them of their inherent nobility. As you discover and activate this inner king, lend moral support to those around you. In doing so, you will benefit as well.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Calorie Counter

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Been a few weeks

Been a few weeks!!

I’ve been really busy, but that’s no excuse not to write. I apologize for not keeping my blog up-to-date. So, here’s a quick update:

  • my best friend came a couple of weeks ago and we had a blast!! Drank some wine, found a great sushi restaurant right up the street from my house, cooked some delicious food, talked and walked the beach for several miles each way. We enjoyed each other’s company so much and the best part is that she and I have been friends long enough (38 years!) that she remembers when I dated my fiancĂ© “way back when”! So it was a nice reunion of sorts. I really miss her. And today the weather is so great, I wish she was here to lay out at the pool with me (

  • Beka moved out here! That’s fantastic, it’s so wonderful to have her here. What a great Mother’s Day!! She got me a dozen roses and made me a wonderful card. I have saved all of the cards that she made me over the years and this one is beautiful. I feel so blessed to have her join us. She is signed up for classes, applied for jobs and it’s all good!

  • Work is going really well, one of my old crew member and friend is moving out here in June and is coming to work with my company. It’ll be a good opportunity for him and I’m very proud to welcome him to southern California.

  • Mother’s day 2006, it’s very wonderful to have a day that is special for Mom’s. I don’t have to cook today, and I got some beautiful plants from my honey as well as the flowers from Beka. I’m all set, gonna relax and go to the pool in a bit.

  • let’s see what else is new? I don’t think too much.

Take care and be safe!


Friday, May 05, 2006

trailer trash

Heavenly Thoughts

could I secretly be trailer trash? could my deep down desire be to live in a trailer? hey, after living in high priced apartments, crammed into Ken and Barbie's Dream House, I think it's starting to sound like a plan. And don't think that trailers are cheap in San Diego. Quite the contrary! There are some I've looked at that were in the mid $500K!!! Average around $250K and counting.

Now, the trailers are not the cheap part of this equation - it's ME! I don't know how long we'll live here, the housing market is "cooling" off here - it's just hard to say how "cool" it will get. It's just my luck that I finally break down, buy a house and BAM! the bottom drops out of the market. That would totally suck!

So, last weekend I started just checking out mobile homes. Double and Triple wides. Man, they are HUGE! some on canyon tops with a beautiful view, some are by lakes, many are close to my work and my daughter's college. So, what the heck. Seems that all signs are pointing to something in the $100k's. If I can find something near the beach, with a view, some yard and enough parking for 3 cars, then I'm in ;)

Then if things work out and we stay in San Diego, we can buy a house later, rent out the mobile home. Otherwise, sell it and move to Phoenix. or back to Cincinnati. Yep, that's the plan.

gotta love the plan, ya'll. isn't that trailer trash talk? ya'll???

thoughts on business travel

Heavenly Thoughts

Away from home….

Yesterday and today I have been away from home. I’m in client meetings, helping to carve out a solution. It’s not going to be my project, however, I will be helping and leading the internal effort to be sure that we deliver. I oversee all of the project timelines watching for collisions and hopefully helping to avoid them.

Some of the advantages to working from a hotel are that I work longer; I tackle the problem in a shorter amount of time to prepare for day 2 of meetings; plus I get to socialize with folks from work that I would not do otherwise. You know, happy hour, dinner, sharing stories and so on. It’s a very important part melding a team. Then in the end when the effort is successful, the team has been involved from day one and that is reason to celebrate together!

The biggest disadvantage I feel is being away from home. I miss my honey so much. I worry about him when I’m not there. He has so many health issues and even though I know he can take care of himself – he’s been doing it for years without me – I still worry that something will happen and I won’t be there to help. I call him as often as I can. But I still miss him. Besides, we’re still so “new” (but “old”) that it’s even harder to be away. You know, we’re still on that honeymoon period and I hope it lasts for some time in the future!!

But, we wrap up today and I go home tonight. If I can’t get internet connection, I won’t even be able to post this until I get home, so probably by the time you read this, I’ll be home, safe and sound and cuddling with my honey. ;)