Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy All Hallows Eve!




Have a safe and adorable night..,.,oops I got the pics in wrong order but you get the gist.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another day, another chance to do the right thing...

*sigh*
yep, that's right, I had a chance the do the right thing and took it. I was available for some shoulder leaning and all involved were better for it. I always thought I would never lend money again (there was a slight fiasco some years back to the tune of more or less 4 grand---yeah, yeah I know and wouldnt you know that the borrower did what it was in their nature and character to do. Who am I to judge character flaws? No one, I have my own as a matter of fact (I've never done THAT to anyone but still I have been less than stellar and have apologized--publically (well in a blog) in some cases. Anyway I lent money again, this time though, I assessed my finances and asked myself if I could afford to live without the amount should I never have it returned to me. I could/can and so I made my decision based on this all important factor, coupled with the fact that this person was in dire straits and would do the same for me (hell or not---who the fuck knows. I've learned that you don't know anyone until you KNOW them. Seriously--here's to learning the good shit the hard way). Anyway, regardless of the past you do what you can to help people and let them do what it is in them to do regardless. So say we all...(a little Battlestar Galactica nerd moment. The Plan came out on DVD today and after class I will be driving to Borders to get it) Borders happens to have 50%off DVD boxed sets now through Sunday I think...

That aside, on to more festive news, I have the honor of well, honoring social commitments, no, obligations in light of the upcoming All Hallows Eve. Don't get me wrong I love playing dress up and eating candy and rotting the teeth of teeny little witches with cute pointy hats and pale glitter lipgloss with bite sized chocolate bars. I just get antsy when I feel obligated to entertain people when all I want to do is sit on my floor going through my cds so that I can update my iTunes folder.
I know, I know, being social is human and to be human is to be a part of humanity, all social and communal like. Plus, being with friends is good for the heart, the head and the soul. So instead of being a stick in the mud I will carve my pumpkin, roast the seeds and watch a Scream marathon with the people who have been on my team even when I have displayed less than sportsman like behavior.
Besides, whether we want to be true or not, we get what we give, in the end and always. So my gift to myself and my friends will be positivity and light, not because Karma looms (and she does, sorry--but contrary to popular B.S., you actually do get what you give. What have you given?)but because that's by bag naturally. I like to keep my word, I like to be honest, and I like not having to keep a bunch of lies straight--especially the ones we like to tell to ourselves.

Anyway, class is starting and I am all giddy with the prospect of learning (that's kinda my bag now too as it turns out).
Love and Light
Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon... Don't believe the hype, you damn sure get all the grief you cause and then some...here's to keeping the cup half full of sugar rather that salt... and paying those debts.
toodles noodles!

Forgive the typos!!!!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Integrity?

"Integrity is proven when you admit what you cannot do and honor what you say you will do".

It's not an original quote but then I can't really credit anyone person in particular for it either. I'm sure a long time ago in a dusty old library or some other such academic building someone old and dusty and academic said it or something similar. I agree with the quote completely--along with a number of expansions of course. I think integrity encompasses far more than just admitting where you fall short and following through on your word. But that doesn't mean I cant say a few words about the topic.

It seems lately that integrity is a lost virtue (if it can be called that and I think it can). There are people who constantly go off on tangents about integrity and how the next man doesn't have any, only to be the biggest offender of this lapse in character (unfortunately, I know or have known some of these people and in some cases am worse for wear because of their weak character). I'm wondering about integrity and how it plays into daily life on the tiniest scale. You know, the humdrum, mundane, trip to the grocery store level? Yeah, that level.
How necessary or even possible is it to always be a person of integrity? Say a sales clerk gives you 20 bucks too much in change, giving it back is a mark of honesty which I think is a mark of integrity. I know people, genuinely good people who believe that keeping the money says nothing about who they are as a person, after all, she made a mistake, it just happens to be in their favor and against her own. Some even go so far as to consider it a karmic return on good behavior for their own past generosity...hogwash I say!
Well I don't typically say hogwash but, you get my meaning.
What I do say is that the matter of giving back too much change is directly linked to integrity and thus, our character.

Now on a grander scale I think our integrity needs a little exercise as it seems to be a weak muscle as of late. I had HUGE problems with my own integrity some years ago but now, I don't play that very dangerous and detrimental game with myself and the people I love.
I keep my word, I protect theirs. It is not at all easy, and sometimes I contemplate taking a step backward and then I remember all the backward living that got me in the past and I snap to and get on with doing it right.
I think if more of us got on with doing it right the state of our nation would be better because in truth we would be better....and that is my 2 cents, I will relinquish my soapbox now...
Love and Light folks!
I'm heading to the Italian Festival over at my university, gonna be a blast with this lovely cool weather.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is in town for the next 2 months...it's gonna be a blast!
Karma, always check on your Karma, she is checking up on you....believe me.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Back in the Saddle for the nth time

So I am finally back in the groove of writing and cooking. Today, lamb-veal-sirloin meatballs with a salad of herbs and field greens and my homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Writer's digest has a couple of writing contests I am entering in November and December.
I just saw Julie and Julia and it was wonderful! I love Julia Child and I love cooking and writing so this movie had everything in for me. It just might replace Under The Tuscan Sun as my rainy day pick me up movie.
What would happen if we all did some small thing towards our passion. Just everyday, you incorporate that tiny little action into your mundane routine and little by little you change the direction of your life for the better.

Anyway, writing is going well, again finally! I am working on a short short that has to do with a God building his/her own mythology from the ground up. How would it be to have the capacity to create how your mythology is formed and applied from the very beginning without the notions of religion as they exist today?
I know, mind-blowing! Well time to get back at it....
Stay true, pay your debts and respect Karma, because whether you like it or not she will have her due.
Love and Light friends!