Thursday, August 14, 2008

Monthly Update

Sorry that I only update once or twice a month, but my life is pretty much stable and not much new happens. I'm continuing to wait patiently for my beloved and know that with each passing day I'm that much closer to bodily contact. We should know within a day or two when his 2 week pass is. WooHoo!

New stuff is that

* I have now been married to the most wonderful man on the planet for 17 years! And he sent me a gorgeous diamond pendant since he wasn't here in person. WOW! (Ron and Gloria, you done good!)

* Reggie (Black Ford Ranger) is now in the custody of one Ashleigh Diane South who has given him a sex change and who knows what else! Hopefully "he" survives to her 16th birthday!

* Mark (and Paul) are now in the 40s club (Lori and I paved the way so that it wouldn't be traumatic for them!)

* I love, love, love, love, love Shiatsu and all of the energy work we are doing in my massage class! Can't wait to try some of it out on Mark when he comes home. We learned some cool Hopi Indian "Aura Combing" with feathers and a treatment for insomnia. Also, balanced our Chakras and got our Chi flowing! Really fascinating!

* Finished reading the "Twilight" series by Stephenie Meyer and will probably read them again (since I broke down and bought all 4 of them) before the movie comes out in December (I think that's when) Thanks, Jessica and Lisa, for getting me started! If anyone hasn't read them yet, I highly recommend them - they are pure pleasure and highly addictive!

* Am currently reading several books at once (that's always dangerous!) "The Eagle and the Rose" by Rosemary Altea that was lent to me by one of my massage teachers about a spiritual medium (very riveting!), "The Limehouse Text" by Will Thomas, my new mystery find (this is the third book of a series set in late 1800's London), "Poltergeist" by Kat Richardson, the second in a series started off with "Greywalker" about a PI who died for 2 minutes and now is able to see into the "grey" of the paranormal world, and "Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential" by Caroline Myss, about finding your purpose in life (I got this one at the library's book sale for $1)

* Irvin (my step dad) got through his first set of prostate cancer treatments with flying colors and is on to the next step, which will be a little more intense. Please continue to keep him in your prayers!

* Mom is finally in the realization stage of retirement since the school year started and she didn't have to go back! She's keeping busy, busy, busy with a garden and flea markets.

That's it, I think! More new stuff than I thought. Maybe I should post more often, huh?

Hope all is well! More later!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Books, books, and more books

Okay, here's the book update, since that's pretty much my life right now:

Finished "Proven Guilty" and "White Night" and on waiting list for next Harry Dresden books. I have to say, they just keep getting better and better.

Tried 2 different series of Laurell K Hamilton and just couldn't do either one of them. They sounded like they were going to be good, but there was just way to much sex in them that I couldn't get around it. You know, a little is okay, but when it's chock full, that's not exactly great literature, or even a good story. Sorry, Laurell.

I actually read half of "New Moon" even though I'm still #16 on the hold list. I cheated. The book was on our hold shelf for someone else, but that someone else hadn't picked in up yet, so I read it while at work. Of course, I had to stop and put it back on the hold shelf when I left work and now I'm more anxious than ever to finish it. I even went so far as the book store thinking I might purchase it and the next one, but I decided that even though it was a good read, that I really didn't need to own it. Wow! That's a first! Now we'll have to see how long it takes to get the book, or see if there's another one on the hold shelf, and that there's time at work to continue reading it. I'm curious about the movie that's going to be based on "Twilight" - I saw some of the print ads for it, and just can't imagine that they'll really be able to pull it off, but I could be wrong!) Also picked up a couple of bargain books on Buddhism while I was there. Can't go wrong with bargain books!

Mom and I had a neighborhood yard sale today (in my neighborhood) and we were reminiscing about neighborhood yard sales when I lived in C-ville. Those were the best! It was very toasty and moist today - not too conditions that go very well together (think, soggy toast), but there were lots of people that came through and we had a good time. Of course, what do I do at the neighbors' sales but buy more books! I got a Margaret Atwood one, some big fat book about the CIA (I can't remember the name of it) and "The River Sutra." I'll let you know what I think.

Pretty soon the next book in Christopher Paolini's series will be out and I have that on hold at the bookstore. That one will definitely be a keeper, cause I loved and purchased the first two ("Eragon" and "Eldest")

Finished another set of classes and got A's in both classes again! Yay! That makes all 5 sets of classes on the President's List. Not sure if I can keep this up, but I'm sure going to try! We're finally done with A&P classes, so that's a relief! We'll now be doing mostly massage of different sorts and preparing for our National Board Exam. We're also getting our massage tables that come with our program within the next week or two. Now I need to invest in a massage chair and a rolling stool and a couple of bolsters and I should be in business.

Hope all is well wherever you are! Namaste!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Washington state

Our trip to Washington was fabulous! Pam and Sandi's commitment ceremony was so beautiful up in North Bend with the mountains in the background. The cool weather was not to be found, though, but who cares if it's 92 degrees as long as it's sunny! (evidently it had been months of rain there). I cried happy tears for them and we ate and drank and danced and had lots of fun meeting friends and co-workers. Kudos, girls! Of course, I had to come back to the real world of work and school. Why can't life be one big vacation? Oh, yeah, Eden. Darn you, Adam and Eve!

I have been a reading maniac lately, and NOTHING has gotten done at home. I just can't put them down (and don't want to). Sometimes it's funner living in someone else's fantasy life than in my own real one, but I think that's excusable when one's husband is deployed, don't you think? Ok, I do need to check into reality every once in a while, which I did this morning by working in the yard. My body just does not like hot humid weather and though my intentions were pure, I could not keep going, so even though I only worked out there about an hour and a half I'm now indoors writing you (which is still reality), but there's a book sitting right at my elbow sending out really strong impulses to pick it up. I do need to find some time in the next few days to get a paper and presentation ready for Monday, too. Not nearly as fun, but it will pay dividends in the near future, whereas Harry Dresden probably won't (no probably, Kim, I think I'm becoming delusional).

Anyway, I'm devouring these Harry Dresden books that Mark got me started on. I think I'm on the 9th in the series (Proven Guilty) and already checked out the next one to have ready and waiting. I also have a Laurell K Hamilton book ready, since she was an author mentioned if one likes Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books. I finally got "Twilight" by Stephenie Meyers and absolutely loved it, so I'm on the waiting list at the library for "New Moon". My niece and a friend at school got me interested in what those were about and they are definitely worth the read (thanks, Lisa and Jess!) And I have a Lama Surya Das book that I purchased while in Washington at an awesome used bookstore "Awakening the Buddha Within." And I can't forget the Elizabeth George book that's been waiting patiently for me to read that I picked up at some point. I love books!

Hope all is well!