Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Things I Learned in 2015

  1. So many of us feel the necessity of hitting certain goalposts in life at a certain age & if we don’t, we feel like we’ve failed. Some of us are late bloomers & that is ok. All we can ask of ourselves is our best, whatever that may be. As Bon Jovi says: “Welcome To Wherever You Are”.
  2. Learning to accept my limitations. This is an ongoing process. There is a difference between acknowledging that you have some limitations & accepting them. I acknowledged & was depressed about my limitations for years, feeling that it made me less of a person. Accepting your limitations is not about giving up on yourself either. It’s about not beating yourself up because of them. It’s about breaking an endless & debilitating cycle of self-loathing.
  3. Hitting a milestone age isn’t necessarily as scary as it may seem. It can be freeing. I was scared of the big four oh, but it turned out to be a good year.
  4. Mistakes happen. Chill! This ties in with accepting my limitations & is another ongoing process, but I’m gradually getting better at not being so hard on myself.
  5. Imagination & getting lost in thought are beautiful things, but over-thinking is self-defeating. Seriously, this is one of my biggest weaknesses. I’ll remember something I did years ago & start beating myself up for it. I feel like I’ve made progress this year, but, once again, it’s an ongoing process. Now, when I start down that path, I give myself a mental slap. “Gloria, how many years ago did this happen? Does anyone but you even remember this anymore? Not likely. Everyone makes mistakes. You are not unworthy because of a mistake. Just STOP!
  6. Being an introvert does not mean that I’m bad, boring, dislike people, etc. This was a big one for me this year. Learning to embrace my quiet nature. I’ve learned a lot about introversion this year & I’ve learned that some of my biggest strengths (intense focus/concentration, vivid imagination, writing, etc.) are because of it. (Not that extroverts can’t possess these strengths, but they are especially common among introverts.)
I guess that’s it folks, thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts on this piece or lessons you learned this year in the comments. 😄
Friday, January 15, 2016

Another Year, Another Number . . .

Still not feeling good today, this bug keeps hanging on. My right ear, throat & sinuses are giving me trouble. Consequently, I am really behind on my youtube channel; It’s the middle of January & I haven’t done my quarterly or year-end faves yet. :/

Speaking of it being the middle of January, I’m 41 today. :o Fortunately, that knowledge isn’t so depressing to me like turning 40 was. This time last year I was depressed because I felt like I should’ve accomplished certain things in my life & be at a certain place on the timeline of life, but I knew I wasn’t.

This was a year of mixed feelings. I felt depressed because of the aforementioned reasons, but as my Sister kept telling me: “we all have limitations”. I’ve kept that in mind this past year & I feel like I’m gradually becoming more accepting of myself. I still have a long way to go, mind you, but I think I’ve made progress.

So in retrospect, despite this being a year of mixed feelings, I think overall it was a good year. Thus, I think I can face getting a year older with equanimity. :)
Thursday, October 31, 2013

My Grandma Died Today

It's always awful when you get "the call" or in our case it was "the text". My Mom texted us around 5am to let us know that our Grandma died early this morning.

She had been ill for some time. She was 96 years old & in a nursing home, so we knew it was coming at some point. But knowing that never makes it any easier, does it? Of course, we're sad.

I remember she always put on makeup & had her hair done regularly, like clockwork. I remember her going to the fair with us. Going to craft shows with us. We had so much fun.

I think of all the times she babysat us when we were kids. She loved to take us to the park & play. She didn't just sit & watch us play, she actually joined us.

Whether it was swinging, kicking or tossing a ball (or a mini beanbag) around, or laughing over silly things, she always joined us in our playtime & silliness.

She was the best Grandma anyone could ask for & I realized today that I never told her that & that makes me sad.

My older Sister told me that we wrote to her & did things with her more than any of her other Grand-kids & that she knew we loved her. I know that's true, but I still feel awful.

I know someday I'll see her again in Paradise & that knowledge gives me comfort. Someday I'll be able to tell her how much I love her & how much she meant to me.

I love you Grandma. :'(

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Placemat Bag

I've been wanting to get into crafting more & this bag was the result. 

I've never created a placemat bag before, this was my first attempt, so please be easy on me. It's definitely not the neatest & cleanest project you've ever seen, but then how could it be w/a klutz like me doing it, lol. 

I mainly used a hot glue gun, except for the gussets which were hand-stitched. When I started working on it I had, to quote Han Solo, delusions of grandeur. I thought: "This can be my new Sunday meeting bag!", but by the time I got into it I thought: "Ah, no. I'll use this to hold my glue gun & glue gun accessories." LOL! 

It does work quite nicely for that purpose though. What crafty projects have you been getting into? Do share!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Harley Meme, Lol

He-he! This our Chihuahua mix dog, Harley.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dinner at Il Posto

I don't think I've ever had a bad meal @ Il Posto & tonight was no exception.

First we started w/their delicious complimentary crusty bread & pesto, always tasty.

Then I had their fantastic meat lasagna, which has sausage, ground beef, spinach, &, of course, cheese & sauce.

Everything was delicious! :D
Saturday, December 22, 2012

Brunch at First Watch Cafe

I had the delicious Casa Frittata with spinach, tomato, sausage, & herbed goat cheese. 

The potatoes were delicious as well. 

Our server (Alan) was excellent. He was on top of everything & he kept the drinks coming. :)