Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My prayer for 2011 is for a fat bank account & a thin body.
Please don't mix these up like you did last year. AMEN
Friday, November 12, 2010
Ok, this was more fun than I ever imagined!
You'll have to read my previous blog about the contest to know what I'm talking about here. . .
I think RaylinStephpens Your Own Retirement View Bestows Great Youth was the most inspiring!
And SammiesMom13ís Yes, Often Real Vampires Bite Girls was the trendiest!
But I have to give the Grand Prize goodie to JustJo66 who bestowed me with such visions as vain goats, vanilla-beige? Glasses, belching vans, gnomes and gnats, lol.
She evidently had some help from her co-workers at school. Makes you wonder, hmmm? And I never realized I should limit the number of entries per person. I just wasnít prepared for over-caffeinated school nurses, lol.
So JO gets the grand prize, even though I canít pick just one of those zany zingers, lol. I DO KNOW that from now until the day I die, when I begin to list those colors in my head, Iíll break out in uncontrollable laughter! Should make for some interesting paintings, lol.
THANK YOU DEAR SPARKERS!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I'm trying to create a mnemonic - a memory aid - to remember these colors in this order:
In other words, I'm trying to create a sentence to help me remember these colors in this order. The last color, Yellow, is repeated so it can be represented in the sentence or left out. Either way will work.
Your Only Real Victory Blasts Greed
That's an example. Not the best, I think. So I'm hoping one of you witty, smart people out there can come up with a catchy one that I'll really like and can remember easily!
Anyone want to try? I'll send you a goodie for trying. And if you come up with the BEST one, I'll send you an even nicer goodie. Wow. Are you impressed? lol
By the way, these colors in this order can be used in watercolor painting, side by side, and none of them will MAKE MUD when blended with its neighbor. Making MUD is a problem in watercolors if you get the wrong two colors together. (And if you're an amateur, like me.)
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
I have a friend who is struggling with alcohol addiction right now. Heís going to AA meetings. Heís told everyone at work what heís doing. Heís told his family. Heís put himself out there so he really canít just give up. Heís serious about winning back control of his life and not giving in to his addiction.
As I watch him and try to support him and help him in any way I can, Iím drawn to thoughts of ďaddictionĒ. Itís such a mystery. Experts in many fields have studied it, tackled it, written about it, done clinical trials, etc. etc.
Still, addiction is HARD. Thereís not ďA CUREĒ. It takes work and commitment in every area of your Life and Being to get a grip on it, to overcome it. And you can only truly say youíve conquered it TODAY. Tomorrow youíll have to do it all over again. Thereís a reason for the motto ďOne day at a timeĒ.
We all have addictions to different things: alcohol, smoking, prescription drugs, gambling, and, oh yes, FOOD. Overeating.
Food is the one we canít conquer by going ďcold turkeyĒ or using total abstinence. The first rule in all the others is to STOP completely, but we canít do that with food. That makes it pretty hard. No one would dare tell an alcoholic to just cut down and drink in moderation, would they? Yet that is what we, who are food addicts, are expected to do. Moderation, the M-Word, is a "four letter word", for sure!
But what I really have been thinking is that while I battle my addiction to food, so many others are struggling with much worse additions. Ones that carry stigmas, that endanger the lives of others, and even bring criminal actions into their lives, that cost them their jobs and their loved ones.
Mine just makes me feel a little chubby. Not that Iím dismissing those who have severe food additions that DO endanger their health. Iím not. But mine is not so extreme. Still, I really struggle with it and can get really discouraged when I slip. How much worse is it for people who have those other, more severe addictions? How about those who suffer terrible physical symptoms of withdrawal?
I think now that each time Iím aware of my struggle with food, Iíll also think of the struggles of those with other addictions Ė the ones that have instant ramifications that could destroy their lives.
There is always someone out there, you donít have to look very far, who has a worse problem, a more terrifying struggle. Maybe in helping them, we help ourselves. And I think we help them simply by respecting them and their struggle.
After all, ďThere but for the grace of God. . .Ē
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