Friday, November 30, 2007

An Affair To Remember

Hello Netflix, hello classics. I watched the movie tonight for the first time...Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr. I finally understand parts of Sleepless in Seattle that eluded me until now. I haven't done many classics in the past. I see them in my future.

I seem to have this whole Meg Ryan thing going on right now anyway (including the hair thing) why not!

Last night I watched Lake House. That is the sweetest movie ever. I really have to add it to my collection and stop renting it.

Enough sap for tonight!

Santa's Little Helper

I took the day off, donned my Santa hat, bulked up my wallet and ventured out and did the deed. I got (I believe, at this point) 99% of my Christmas shopping done! I did the artist's bazaar, downtown Provo, mid Provo, the grocery store, the Mall, the other Mall.

Tonight I wrap.

Tomorrow is the tree and decorating.

How am I guaranteed to get this all done this weekend? EVERYTHING is in my living room. Presents, paper, tree, decorations, ladder, step stool, EVERYTHING. And my living room is my absolutely, no exceptions, a clutter free zone.

See how I am?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


You know that teensy little itty bitty sound that lets you know all the cylinders just fell into place? Yeah - that one. Click.

A Kinder, Gentler Workplace

Dear Employees:

It has been brought to management's attention that some individuals throughout the company have been using foul language during the course of normal conversation with their co-workers. Due to complaints received from some employees who may be easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated. We do, however, realize the critical importance of being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with co-workers. Therefore, a list of 18 New and Innovative 'TRY SAYING' phrases have been provided so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner.

Number 1TRY SAYING: I think you could use more training.
INSTEAD OF: You don't know what the f___ you're doing.

Number 2 TRY SAYING: She's an aggressive go-getter.
INSTEAD OF: She's a f___ing bit__.

Number 3 TRY SAYING: Perhaps I can work late.
INSTEAD OF: And when the f___ do you expect me to do this?

Number 4 TRY SAYING: I'm certain that isn't feasible.
INSTEAD OF: No f___ing way.

Number 5 TRY SAYING: Really?
INSTEAD OF: You've got to be sh___ing me!

Number 6 TRY SAYING: Perhaps you should check with...
INSTEAD OF: Tell someone who gives a sh__.

Number 7 TRY SAYING: I wasn't involved in the project.
INSTEAD OF: It's not my f___ing problem.

Number 8 TRY SAYING: That's interesting.
INSTEAD OF: What the f___?

Number 9 TRY SAYING: I'm not sure this can be implemented.
INSTEAD OF: This sh__ won't work.

Number 10 TRY SAYING: I'll try to schedule that.
INSTEAD OF: Why the f___ didn't you tell me sooner?

Number 11 TRY SAYING: He's not familiar with the issues.
INSTEAD OF: He's got his head up his a__.

Number 12 TRY SAYING: Excuse me, sir?
INSTEAD OF: Eat sh__ and die.

Number 13 TRY SAYING: So you weren't happy with it?
INSTEAD OF: Kiss my a__.

Number 14 TRY SAYING: I'm a bit overloaded at the moment.
INSTEAD OF: F__ it, I'm on salary.

Number 15 TRY SAYING: I don't think you understand.
INSTEAD OF: Shove it up your a__.

Number 16 TRY SAYING: I love a challenge.
INSTEAD OF: This f___ing job sucks.

Number 17 TRY SAYING: You want me to take care of that?
INSTEAD OF: Who the f___ died and made you boss?

Number 18 TRY SAYING: He's somewhat insensitive.
INSTEAD OF: He's a pr_ck.

Thank You,
Human Resources

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Dance With Me!

Having four days off to circulate with friends and family can leave one thoughtful. I made cookies this morning (overlooking the high altitude directions) and pondered the pockets of activities and gatherings.

I'm part "what makes the toaster work" and part "who cares as long as it works" and "we need a plan "B" and "just go with the flow". It is sometimes makes me overly accepting and/or difficult for me to move in or let go of people, patterns and traditions.

While I started this post to note my observations about the weekend, I'll leave that be. Because the dissecting of ME that I just did, just clarified why my life never really stagnates, explains my diverse friendships and why I'm so willing to take on so many adventures.

So my quickly shrinking world of with me, sing with me, explore the globe with me, laugh with me and love me if you dare!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Turkey Free Teri

A bird remined free yesterday thanks to me and actually a few of my friends. It seems the sea creatures didn't have it so good. From reports I found that Snapper, Salmon and Shrimp all didn't fare so well. Ah....such is the chain of life.

Chair rail up! Today my friend's Christmas lights.

I'm off to hit some sales on foot.

I forgot how much I love Thanksgiving weekend. It seems it is the only where I manage to get a lot done, get some real ME-time and get some substantial rest.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I Drank My Dinner

You'll laugh. Yes, I had some wine, a glass of red, followed by a glass of (really great Sonoma) white. But preceeding both I had a cup of Cola Cao (Spain) cocoa and followed the wine with Stephen's Candycane cocoa. I AM in Utah after all!

I know it's bad to drink your trouble's away....but this is rather amusing. I promise I won't attempt to operate any machinery that isn't battery powered. And just where did YOUR brain go just now??? I was talking about my computer, my DVD player and my iPod.

You're Cordially Invited

To My Pity Party. Whine and Cheese are now being served.

My daughter is moving home this weekend. I love her dearly and am welcoming her back with open arms. But in the last year I have unfolded the most beautiful butterfly wings that I've ever possessed and retracting them is proving a little more difficult than I imagined.

We easily talked out the roommate rules moving from the mother/daughter roles we've filled in the past. Living by the new rules will, I'm sure, pose some challenges. After all we had 24 years of perfecting the original roles.

She moved out and I moved into her space. Now I'm having to contract my space. Mind you, this house is huge. Her space offered a creative outlet - a way for me to learn decorating and what personal s-p-a-c-e was. Something that I've never had own space with walls I could color however I wished.

As I took down the accents that I had pulled together in my yoga room/her room and placed them in baskets and boxes to move to a closet, I cried. It seemed such a shame to put my backpack in a closet. It was my everything for 275 miles. Putting it out, say in my bedroom or livingroom, isn't sane either. In the yoga room, it had it seemed to have a place of its own - an earned right to be visible. That room was my faith and energy to prepare for Spain. It is as hard for me to leave it as I'm sure it is for her to come back to it changed.

We'll work it out, no doubt.

Tonight, I'll take care of all the things I need to reign in, including my conflicting emotions.

Tomorrow, I'll be ready to embrace the joy of having my daughter and my grandson near me each and every day. And knowing that it is a choice to be with me and that I'm so very very loved. At the end of the day - who would really want it any differently?

After all - I really do get to have it all: the new me in the old arrangement (and it wasn't bad at all). I lose a paint job (for now) - big deal.

Pass the chevre please.

Capacity of Love

No matter how much someone loves you (or you love them), the relationship will be limited by the capacity of each individual to love (verb - verb - verb) and be loved (verb - verb - verb).

Reality: the smaller the capacity the higher the limitations. The more limitations, the lower chance of success. Add the "to" and "be" dimensions as qualifiers, and well, good thing there's sex or who would even try eh? Add whether the sex is good or....nevermind.

I guess this can be a positive or a negative prospect depending on which patch of grass you're standing on - the green one or the pissed-all-over-yellow one. The key is finding someone that either matches, complements, or exceeds your limitations. Put a mirror to that and the naked reality is only "matches" or "complements" will win you the big white bear from the fun fair.

Everything else is just hurling darts at colorful balloons which are simply filled with air.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Adjectives of Teri

Do you agree?

"cute, intelligent, funny, annoying, temperamental, traveled, appreciative, kind, did I mention annoying?"

Voting open, post below :)

You've Come A Long Way Baby...

How's this for a Monday:

I worked at home today so I could also watch my grandson. He was an angel through 9.5 intense hours - through two long conference calls. ANGEL.
Then I painted a chair rail, invented a new stuffing, washed the dishes, chatted on line, practiced my Spanish, and texted Dancing with The Stars five times voting for MARIE OSMOND (although Jennie Garth did really really well too) and started moving things out of the spare rooms.

Whew - rock and roll!


Yesterday was Thanksgiving for me. Most of my very best friends were assembled and we had our GivingThanks. It was the most stress-free T-giving I can remember. And everyone is pretty much a gourmet cook - so the food was fabulous!!

The LOGICAL family knows when to stampede into your life and when to recede. They know when to divert the tears and when to let you weep. They remember your birthday and celebrate your you-ness. They trust you with their secrets and you know they can handle yours. They know you better than you do yourself and will gently introduce you to an introspection. They make time for you, days, nights, football, weekends, Sundays. They call you. You call them. They make you snort beverages through your nose and pee your pants with laughter. They chose to be with you because they love you - and not that they love you and therefore have to be with you.

So here's a toast for the family we've assembled that are perfectly described "byLOGICAL"!

(Thanks Diana for the LOGICAL label - it is PERFECT!)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Star Light Star Bright The First Star I Saw Tonight

....was falling in a blaze of glory! Beautiful!

What a fabulous day - warm, sunny.

I had a fun visit to the goat farm "where every goat has a name". One came over to the fence and let us pet her. It was fun to hear cow bells again.We got some fabulous chevre.

We were five minutes early for the State Wine Store opening up. The parking lot was empty. By eleven the lot was packed! The child sized shopping carts were buzzing all over the store. (The energy level was much like the anticipated retail store specials the day after Thanksgiving!) I realized being the weekend before Thanksgiving it was the place to be if one wanted to have good wine, but WOW!

We had some ever excellent Greek food for lunch. There again we were 10 minutes early for being able to buy wine - noon. We ordered our food and 10 minutes later we could be served our beverage.

Sidenote: I'm encouraging my friend to open up a blog about the interesting alcohol rules here. Maybe doing it for the whole US would be amusing too.

Then off to the theater:

Wild Oats is always a welcome shopping adventure. I came home and made chestnuts-roasting-in-my-oven.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Happy Day

There are some days that just manage to shine above the others. It doesn't take a lot to elevate a day. A couple of people dropping by, a couple of good emails, a compliment shared, a beautiful sunset, a good idea.

I love my life.

Monday, November 12, 2007

My Little Prayer

You've taught me how simply putting one foot in front of the other would carry me to my goal - even when I didn't really know what the goal was. You taught me that keeping the faith would protect me. Please keep reminding me of this for the next little while. Thank you.

The $64,000 Question

Why do all my old loves still love me but no one will step up to the plate and "keep" me?

A shrink would have a heyday with this post. Eh?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Funny Thing This Life Of Mine

I was cleaning up some files today and ran across a couple I'd made of IMs from last year. The first from this same week of last year to be exact. I kept them because they were so amazingly sweet and romatic.

This isn't meant to be a downer post, just a note that life ebbs and flows. Life has highlights, low lights and is sometimes simply absence of light. This fall has been magnificent in its own right. It did not need to be accentuated by a single person, as it was and continues to be brightened by a multitude of individuals, some long ago loves, some treasured freinds, and of course, my new Camino friends.

And because I never, ever, give up hope, my dreams always have a chance of coming true. Sometimes, I'm not always pleased at the turn or timing of events, but from experience I know all will be well and the blessings will continue to come my way.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Tis The Season

Gingerbread Lattes are now being served at Starbucks!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Take Me As I Am

Someone wrote something to me the other day and it has struck with me as one of the most profound things that has been shared with me in years.

"Thank you for being Theresa."

It was not compartmentalized as "thank you for doing this for me" or "being this role". It wasn't an action or a portion of my personality. It was the whole me.

And the person that said it, did not know me as a long time friend, a co-worker, a girlfriend, a schoolmate, a colleague, a mother, a customer, a sister or a vendor. He got to know me my most vulnerable, transparent, simply "Teri" state, in Spain.

What he probably doesn't realize is that I will remember this when I feel that I'm not enough to everyone or even a someone. Because sometimes, just being "me" should be enough. And too, with his words, I realize that someday someone special will love me and keep me just for that.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Dusty Underwear

One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny,
said to his wife "Perhaps we should start washing your clothes
in Slim Fast. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!!"

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. "What the Hell is this??" he said to himself as a little "dust" cloud appeared when he shook them out.

"April," he hollered into the bathroom, "Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?"

She replied with a snicker... "It's not talcum powder......It's 'Miracle Grow'."

In The Groove

You'll see shortly, with the next post that my life has settled down again. I don't have much to report, but there are some great emails circulating out there that are cracking me up.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Fall at Teri's House

I have the perfect yard for being a traveler. The front lawn is the size of a postage stamp with a couple of teeny leaf trees and one that has a good amount and offers some spectacular color. The back "yard" is long and narrow, all patio and no grass. And the real beauty is the back is always shaded in the summer because of being lined with beautiful, big leafy trees. (Seeing the picture developing here?)
I have three seasons of fall. The first being the leaves fall off the trees just enough to make the yard look sloppy. The solution is a quick rake and sweep. That is immediately followed (usually within a day) with the "big dump". I truly believe the trees wait for my first pass and then spend the night quaking and shaking nearly all the rest of their leaves off. Notice, I said, nearly. The picture below is the second season. The "stripe" is mid-calf to knee deep!

The third season is when the rest come off and it requires one additional pass or there's a gooey mess that will remain under the snow this winter and will have to be clawed off come spring or the front lawn will die.

I had eleven trees on my previous property. The leaves at this house, even though I don't have the quarter acre of property, equal the amount I had at the last place.