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Archive for November, 2007

Oops!

Oops!  I’m supposed to have thirty posts for the month of November and I found that I am one short.  I know I didn’t miss a day.  What happened?  I searched and searched and realized that I deleted a post!  I remember thinking it was a stupid post and it revealed a little too much personal information so I deleted it.

Oh well, I know I did it.  That’s all that counts.

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Thirty Days

Thirty days has November.
Thirty days of writing my NaNoWriMo novel.
Thirty days of blog posting for NaBloPoMo.
Thirty days of hectic reading and commenting on blogs.
Thirty days of sleepless nights.
Thirty days of 2 pot coffee days.
Thirty days of exploring new blogs.
Thirty days of looking forward to December.
Thirty days of trying to think of something to post.
Thirty days of feeling everyone’s blog is more interesting than yours.
Thirty days of thinking about maybe praying for inspiration (if you are a praying person).
Thirty days that are all but gone.

Whew!  What a month that was!

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Do You Remember …

Do you remember Santa Claus?  Do you remember believing?  I do.

Believing in that magical entity was such a special time.  I wish that for everyone.

This coming season, I wish you the wonder of believing in something special, something magical, something impossible.

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I was leafing through a magazine and caught sight of an article titled  “Six Ways To Get the Place Ready For Company”.  I thought it would be about hostessing.  It sort of was but not really.  It was about how to do a quick clean up of your house or apartment before company comes over.

I suppose that’s still a practical article to read but I found that I already do all the things it says.  Here’s my own list:

1.  Close the doors to any rooms that are not essential for your company to see.  This alone is a real time saver.  If they aren’t going to see it, why waste time cleaning before they arrive?   One of these doors should be the kitchen, if possible.

2.  Grab a trash bag and pick up trash.  This includes newspapers, food wrappers, old flowers in vases, and anything that needs to be thrown out.

3.  Make the rounds picking up stray objects and clothing that shouldn’t be where it’s at.  This can and usually does include shoes that are left where they were kicked off; clothing left behind; pet toys; books and other reading material left where you last read them; stray mail; and lots of other things.

4.  Take a dust cloth and do a quick job dusting off areas that will be seen by your company.

5.  Grab a wet wash cloth and do a once over of the doors and trim where stray fingerprints hide.  Don’t forget both sides of the bathroom door.

6.  Clean the bathroom.

7.   Sweep or vaccum the floors as necessary or if there is no time, at least go through and pick up stray pieces of thread, large pieces of lint, dust, etc.

Okay, now you’re ready for company and you haven’t worked so hard that you’re exhausted!  Enjoy your company.

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… til it is all over!  I think, in hindsight, that it was not a great idea to participate in both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo at the same time.  Next year I won’t do it unless I have a collection of posts prepared before the month begins.  It’s just too crazy.

On another note, I was gone this evening and missed the results of Dancing With the Stars.  I don’t know who won.  I have searched all over the internet and I can’t find the winners!  My guess is it was Helio and Julianne or whatever their names are.   I hope it wasn’t that Scary Spice chick.  She’s very scary. I didn’t like her.   Somehow I think it should be easy to get the results but I have to wait until 2 AM my time to get the episode on ABC.  I don’t know.  I’m tired.  I’m exhausted, in fact, and I have more work to do on my novel.  I don’t think I’ll wait up.  It’ll be all over the TV tomorrow anyway.

I know it’s not important in the grand scheme of things but I enjoy the show.  I don’t watch “reality TV” but I love this show.  I love to dance, too.  Perhaps that’s why I enjoy the show so much.

Now I wait until the next time around.

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In the end …

“In the end, we all know what we’ve done.”

This quote is from the 1990 movie, Flatliners.  It stuck is one of those lines that stays with you and returns at certain crucial life moments, mostly because it’s true.

Life is full of those people that do less than ethical things then hide behind the fact that no one saw them do it, or that they didn’t get caught.  Is that what matters?  Or is it he fact that they did indeed act unethically?

Every day we see people who give generously during the holidays, covering up their selfish actions during the rest of the year.  Is giving charitably what matters?  Or is it the fact that people act selfishly most of the year?  Is it how people see us publicly?  Or is it how we are, privately?

I’ve come across a lot of wise words in my lifetime.  I’ve let these words be my guides in everyday life.  It doesn’t matter what you do or what people think you have done.  In the end very little matters.  In the end, we all have to be able to sleep at night; sleep with the knowledge of how we’ve lived our life, not in just that one day, but in its entirety.

In the end, we all know what we’ve done.

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Are You Nosey?

Okay, I admit it. I just used this title to get your attention! This is actually my 7 Random Things meme. Truddle tagged me.

I’m not great at following directions so I won’t tag anyone. I’m doing something a little different. Instead of tagging 7 people, I will tag myself 7 time so you will get 7 X 7 Random Things about me for a total of 49 Random Things About Me. Can you stomach 49? We shall see …

1. I’m older than I feel.

2. I feel a lot lighter than I am.

3. I’m an optimist.

4. One of my favorite singers used to be Kenny Rogers.

5. I have seen Kenny in concert.

6. I don’t really like country but I love Willie Nelson.

7. One of my dreams is to see Willie in concert. (more…)

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