Power Off Weekend II WOOHOO!!

An Amazing weekend I participated in last December is having another round and this time I'm determined to let as many people as I can know about it! The Power Off Weekend is organised by Malcolm Handoll from the Orkney Islands, who along with his wife, does his best to live as ecologically as possible. The idea behind the weekend is to turn off your electric (11pm on a Friday ) and leave it off until 11pm on the Sunday. A whole 48 hrs without TV, internet, radio, lights, fridge, electric cookers and heaters....what will you do? ...more

In 2001 I did this, although admittedly not by choice. We had a massive snowstorm that ...more

When Did This Happen?!?

When did I start buying "exercise" apparel knowing that I would rarely, if ever use them for actually excercising...but rather use them for those endless trips to Target & the grocery store? When it feels like just yesterday I was loving the newest & trendiest styles of clothing? When did I start asking my hairsylist for that wash & go hairstyle knowing that I wouldn't get it cut again for months...when it feels like just yesterday I was asking for a new fun & funky do promising to be back in six weeks? ...more

I decided recently to "reclaim my youth" during this second pregnancy!  I just got a ...more

Don't Let Your Teen Be "Just Another Face"; Study Finds Students Fail Guidance Counselors

Are guidance counselors in our high schools doing the job? Our young people say, "No," according to a study by Public Agenda. In fact, 6 out of every 10 teens who went on to higher education gave their guidance counselors poor marks. And, half of teens said they felt like "just a face in the crowd." What's the impact of this? Not good. ...more

You Are Right Where You Are Supposed to Be!

At this moment no matter where you are, no matter what you have done – you are right where you are supposed to be. That’s right – your life may be chaotic, crazy and confusing but you are in the right place. ...more

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The Many Reasons for Giving and Wearing Symbolic Jewelry

  Your first piece of symbolic jewelry could have been given to you at your Christening or to your mother to mark your birth. Symbolic jewelry represents or signifies a special occasion, accomplishment, celebration to honour someone, achievement, awareness of a cause or stand. Religious medallions, Diploma's Numbers, Sayings, Keys are examples of symbolic pieces of jewelry. Many are engraved with special and personal inscriptions, including the date to commemorate the occasion. ...more

"I Fell Into a Burning Ring of Fire..."

  ...I went down, down, downAnd the flames went higher....more

Same old Same old

And another weekend bites the dust. I bought new jeans. I know you've all been standing by with baited breath about that. I would have replaced them earlier but I wasn't sure what the official mourning period was and I didn't want to be seen as being thoughtless or not caring about them. ...more

Musings of a fat, pregnant lady

I am convinced that I am a lucky woman.  I was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma 9 months ago while i was 22 weeks pregnant.  I had been told it would be difficult for me to get pregnant AND I was a 35 year old, obese smoker.  Talk about the odds being against you!  I became symptomatic at 3 months pregnant.  I saw multiple doctors...the answer was the same.  I was told I was fat and pregnant and that's why I couldn't breathe.  As it turns out, it actually was a grapefruit sized tumor that was occluding my superior vena cava and causing shortness of bre...more

It's Haunting Me...

When I wrote about this last week it made me feel better. I needed to get that out and I felt a lot lighter after writing that. But for some reason this last week or two I've been bombarded with things that are bringing up painful memories and things I just don't care to think or talk about. We haven't been speaking to Katelyn's dad and it's been nice. Drama free....more