Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Want to see a good movie? Go see Marley and Me. We saw it the day after Christmas and it was so good! I had seen previews....and only noticed them because of this post. Gayle peaked my interest (or is it piqued my interest?) about the book. I had thought that would be a good book to read with my family....then I started seeing previews. Still not sold that I would watch the movie but knowing my animal loving daughter would want to, I kept thinking about it. Then, I watched the movie while visiting my sister. She watches way more movies than we do and had planned to watch Marley and Me the night before but it was sold out. So....we watched it. Such a sweet movie! Such a funny movie! Such a sad and moving movie! This is not the movie to watch if you hate crying....there were audible sniffles throughout the theater. I, of course, cried...but I am the kind of person who cries easily. My daughter says that crying only makes the movies better. And the story is autobiographical, so I intend to buy and read the book in the near future!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I am taking a break from reading my 542 items in Google Reader to tell you about my crazy week. Raise your hand if you love Christmas! Great, me too! I love this holiday and doing it all up! Well this year was different. First off, Thanksgiving was later in November because the first was on a Saturday, so that put the 4th Thursday as also the last Thursday....which meant December started right away. We didn't get outside decorations up and inside decorations are slim. AND having a 7 month old kitten is also something of an adventure with a Christmas tree...and my job (social worker) is crazy at Christmastime. And this week is the absolute craziest!
First off, bright and early Monday morning, along with two of my colleagues, I purchased food items for 60 food boxes. That is 60 bags of flour, 60 bags of sugar, 60 jars of peanut butter, 60 boxes of cereal, etcetera. Ever done this before? Just fyi....it takes 8 shopping buggies stuffed full, 3 cashiers, and about a thousand dollars to do it. Then you load it into 3 cars, drive back to the church and unload it. Then divide it out into boxes. I was so sore for a couple days but that did not mean it was over. I spent the next couple of days finishing up some organizing of delivering some of these boxes and some Christmas gifts to families that I helped some area churches to sponsor. I finished delivering food boxes yesterday. This morning, I helped with a "Christmas store" where families could come "shop" from some donated toys if they were unable to get their family sponsored by a church. We also gave them a food box with the toys they got for their kids.
I don't even know if I can express how crazy this week is. It is definitely rewarding to share with all these families. The tears flowed, the hugs were offered....some families are downright overwhelmed with the relief that their kids will get SOMETHING for Christmas. And I am tired as I can be....last night I slept from about 5:30 until 7:30, which was just a nap before going to bed for the night about 9:30.
But I also tried to squeeze in some other things throughout the week. I volunteer at a counseling center on Tuesday night....had to do grocery shopping for the family which I had put off, also on Tuesday night....went to my Bible study on Wednesday night....had a session with my therapist (which I do about once a month and didn't realize I had scheduled it for this week)....had lunch with a couple friends yesterday....still doing a bit of shopping for my own family....oh, and uh....well, I don't know why I did this smack dab in the middle of THIS week....sorta compulsive I guess....but I traded in my VW bug for this:
I had been wanting a bigger vehicle. I had been eyeballing the Honda CR-Vs. I'd heard they are SUV's that get better gas mileage and drive like a car. And well....I got a very good deal and am loving my new car!
I am just so glad it is Friday! I am also glad Christmas is only ONCE a year!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sometimes, I sit down to type out a blog post and I hear Captain Picard or Captain Kirk in my head. And I am NOT the biggest Star Trek fan, it is just that I feel like I am journaling in a futuristic sense.....and today's post is most definitely a bit of a journal entry, which I like to allow myself to be random because randomness is how my life is a good deal of the time.
- First off, I have to share that I had jury duty yesterday. I have only been called twice for jury duty and the last time, I got there only to be dismissed because all cases had ended in agreements outside of the courtroom. That is a beautiful thing that happens when those involved in court (defendants, etc.) start seeing the jury pool trickling in. It becomes real to them and they decide maybe there is an agreement that could be made without going through the trial. This time, thinking it would be pretty much the same and KNOWING that I had a pile of work to do at the office, I just wanted to be dismissed quickly. But alas, I made it to voir dire. Let me take a moment to share that if you know this term but are not a Texan, you probably pronounce "voir dire" correctly....the French word is actually quite lovely and sounds more like: vwa dear. It just means to tell the truth or to speak the truth. But Texans slaughter the term and pronounce it like this: vower dyer. And if your head didn't have a slow, Southern drawl when it said this, try again. It should have at least 4 syllables. Any good East Texas lawyer sounds like a Southern Baptist preacher, so add a bit of that attitude in and you've got yourself a Texas law term. So, back to my story.....I make it to voir dire. Thinking to myself on the way to voir dire that there is a slim chance I would be selected....see, I know many of the prosecutors in the District Attorney's office and a handful of defense attorneys through previous work....I have worked with children and victims....and I also have had my share of acquaintances with law enforcement. All of these things seem to be unappealing to defense attorneys especially. I sit down with 30 of my peers who've been selected to be on this jury panel, with a heavy sigh. I see the prosecutor AND the defense attorney and know them both. They ask all the right questions, like...."does anyone know the defense lawyer?" and I raise my number and am greeted with a smile by the prosecutor, "Ms. English, yes....you are, in fact, familiar with me and my office as well as mister defense...." But then she asks, "Do you think you can set those familiarities aside and be fair and impartial if you were selected to serve on this jury?" I, of course, answered truthfully that I could. Now, there are a few defense attorneys whom I may not be able to, but this particular one, I can. After all the questioning, I just knew that I would be de-selected as a possible juror. But.....I wasn't. I will be serving as a juror in a trial starting tomorrow. Actually, I am an alternate juror, but this is closer than I ever thought I would be! Serving on a jury is actually something I believe is an important part of a process in one of the best justice systems available....so I consider it a privilege to serve.
- I went to a Weight Watchers meeting last night. The first meeting I've been to in several months. They are unveiling a new program, which I am hoping is some extra motivation to do this successfully (again). I want to implement changes in my life so that I do lose weight but there won't be a next time where I struggle for over a year to lose again. I mentioned in a previous blog that I am also using hypnosis, and I think the combination of the two will bring results.
- I need ideas to keep my 7 month old kitty from eating, climbing, and destroying our Christmas tree. He hasn't done any real damage yet (just put it up yesterday), but we all know the potential is there. We just wanted to have a Christmas tree up again this year....
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
It is a sad day when you swipe your card at Dillard's....it says "Good Swipe--Processing" and you feel a little boost of esteem from the encouragement. It is true that we need encouraging words. Words are powerful. Well....blogging can bring that encouragement. And it is better than being praised for swiping your credit card....WAY BETTER! I am a little verclempt this morning as I found out that I received my second blog award from Mamarazzi. I was a little behind in reading email and blogs, still catching up from the holiday and work has me meeting myself coming and going. So, trying to catch up and not miss anything, I just couldn't help but feel a boost when I learned this. I don't know about you all but I am still amazed at how we can connect across the world with others and love on each other. Some times when I think I am just kidding myself trying to keep up with this blog and the many that I read, I am reminded of the beautiful human beings I would miss out on if I didn't take a bit of my time and reach out with a post or a comment....and star in my reader, those blogs that I want to re-read because I want to soak it all in.
I just recently started reading Mamarazzi's blog, and I find it so interesting that I found her through Miss Sniz, who happens to be the one who gave me my first award!