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No expectations - great outcome!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

I just returned from an 18 day road trip with my college roommate. She did most of the driving as it was her car we used on our over 3500 miles. We began with our first night stay planned, a commitment to be in Chaco Canyon for the Spring Equinox and to get to LA as our farthest point west. We had contacted other college friends to stay with and only stayed in motels for four nights. We had never traveled together before and the trip was a dream. We realized about 1/3 of the way into the trip that we both had no expectations about how the trip would go. We took advantage of acting on impulse, seeing the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 7-0 in a spring training game in Phoenix, driving slowly through snow in Flagstaff, waiting in Grand Junction, CO for the passes to Denver to clear and visiting new and old friends. We saw the sun rise on the equinox through precisely aligned doorways in Chaco Canyon, had wonderful dinners with friends and having deep conversations. I got to sit in meditation for 30 minutes two mornings as the moon set with a new friend, take a ride down the Vegas strip with an old friend, was given an expert tour tof the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, got to hear a best selling Swedish crime writer, ate Morrocan food in Boulder and got home in time for a party!

  
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CANDACEMICHELLE 4/8/2011 8:04PM

    what a great way to experience moments! i'm glad you had a good time!

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SCREWIE 4/4/2011 6:15PM

    It sounds like a fantastic time!

Thank you for sharing :)

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KELPIE57 4/4/2011 3:09PM

    Super trip!

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VXWALL1942 4/4/2011 3:01PM

    What a fabulous trip with memories of a lifetime attached. Sure it will take a bit to unwind from all the activity and the party. Wish I could experience something like this!

vicki

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PROSPERITY2010 4/4/2011 2:26PM

    Wow! This trip sounds fabulous!!!

Bree

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MRS_TOAD 4/4/2011 10:28AM

    What a memorable experience! Hope you took lots of pictures so you can relive the experience for years to come. emoticon

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/4/2011 5:28AM

    What a fabulous journey! Something you will always remember.
HUGS
Pam

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MUSHCAT 4/3/2011 5:40PM

    Isn't the Tattered Cover great? Of course, I have to stay away because I just love books so much I would wind up in real trouble there as a shopholic!
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I am so happy your trip was wonderful. It makes me want to take the road trip of my dreams, where I fly to Atlanta, rent a car and travel up the east coast to Maine while stopping along the way to visit friends both old and new.

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TACONES 4/3/2011 5:24PM

    That was beautiful. A one in a life time experience. emoticon

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LESLIEJEAN43 4/3/2011 5:24PM

    What a wonderful experience, Carol Jean! I love road trips like that.
Hugs, Leslie

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It is officially spring and I participated in it.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I have had a unique first day of spring. Yesterday we drove from Santa Fe to Chaco Canyon National Park. (We being my college roommate and I on a 3 week road trip.) One of our college classmates is a part time ranger at Chaco. We had a lovely dinner with friends of his. I was invited to join one of the full time rangers to sit in meditation with him for 30 minutes this morning at 5:30 AM because he was leading the program for those (including me) who had come to Chaco to observe the special features of the place in regard to Spring Equinox. After the meditation and dressing as warmly as I could for the 27 degree morning, we drove to a ruin site that included two windows situated directly east with a visual line at the edge of a Fajada Butte. By about 7:30, the sun had broken through the clouds and was shining directly through the windows, one on each side of the ruin. A few minutes later the entire sun was framed in the windows if you knelt down to look through. It had better get warm now.... it is officially spring.

  
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MRS_TOAD 3/21/2011 9:55AM

    What a unique experience. Thanks for sharing.

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SLIMMERKIWI 3/21/2011 4:22AM

    It sounds like it was a fantastic experience and one that you will remember for many moons to come!

Kris xx

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MUSHCAT 3/20/2011 9:58PM

    That sounds absolutely awesome, spiritual, and magical. I will have to tell my husband about this and maybe we can be there at the next Spring Equinox. Enjoy your trip! Keep us posted.
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 3/20/2011 5:10PM

    It all sounds so peaceful and beautiful. LOL...It really feels like spring in my area today. How wonderful is THAT!!!!!!! Have fun on your trip and keep us updated on what's going on.
HUGS
Pam

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LESLIEJEAN43 3/20/2011 5:06PM

    I love your description, Carol Jean! It sounds wonderful.
I agree, it can get warm any time now!
Hugs, Leslie

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TURTALYA 3/20/2011 4:56PM

    What a wonderful experience! Such a very lovely way to welcome Spring! Sounds as if you have an incredible trip planned. Happy Spring!

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Memorial Service with more joy than sorrow!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I wrote recently about the death of my DH's Uncle George at age 90. His dear wife preceded him in death by two years although we had lost her 5 years before to Alzheimer's. Today the family held a memorial service in honor of both of them at the retirement home where they spent their last years; however, they had been volunteers at the home for over 20 years. Although the service had hymns and Bible readings and prayers, it was the memories shared by nephews and nieces (Uncle George and Aunt Nancy has no children of their own.) that moved us to laughter to shared nodding of heads and indulgent smiles as someone described a situation shared by all present. He always called her Dear Nancy and when she could not longer feed herself, he fed her every meal. As his own end was nearing and he was speaking the the hospice chaplain, he said he was not afraid of death, he just wanted to be with Nancy again.
I must admit that there are some today who call themselves Christian that seem to have forgotten the answer Jesus gave when asked for the greatest commandment. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your mind, my strength and your neighbor as yourself." George and Nancy were not theologians, but that they understood and that is how they lived their lives. In fact the dinner after the memorial service was hosted by a family who had been neighbors. Katherine told of moving in next door with five children and Nancy and George appearing before the moving vans left. Katherine realized she had moved from a state where you left your refrigerator to one where you took it when you moved. It was middle of the summer and she had no frig. Uncle George took to the nearby family run appliance store, told the owners this was his new neighbor and she needed a frig now. One was installed in her kitchen within the hour.
This afternoon I sat in a room with family, friends and neighbors and fully and completely experienced the power of love. May everyone be blessed with love like this.

  
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LESLIEJEAN43 3/13/2011 5:24PM

    Thank you so much Carol Jean, for sharing such beautiful memories of such beautiful people.
Hugs, Leslie

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TURTALYA 3/13/2011 2:15PM

    That was very beautiful and uplifting, thanks for sharing... :)

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LADYIRISH317 3/13/2011 12:35PM

    George and Nancy sound like incredible people. The world doesn't have enough like them. I'm glad you and your family have such happy memories to console you.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 3/13/2011 8:57AM

    Your Uncle George and Aunt Nancy were wonderful people. Thank you for sharing their memories with us.
HUGS
Pam

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MARAHAB 3/12/2011 11:20PM

    Amazing people like you deserve amazing memories of their loved Aunt and Uncle. You were shaped by their example and are better for it! Your uncle knew that they would be together again and had no fear! What a loving relationship they had! Much reason to celebrate!

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MUSHCAT 3/12/2011 11:09PM

    Thank you for sharing such warm, loving memories. Yes, life would be lovely with more people like your Uncle George and Dear Nancy, including those that call themselves Christian. I am happy for you that there was more joy than sorrow. Wishing you love and peace.
Judi

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Planning makes a difference

Friday, March 11, 2011

Setting small doable goals does make a difference, even when they don't have to do with food and exercise. We are out of town this weekend and then I am leaving on a 3 week road trip with a college roommate. I had a series of "small" task to complete.. batteries for the camera, snacks for the trip, programming the GPS, etc. Last night I made a verbal list with my DH about what I wanted to accomplish today... oh, by the way, the laundry as well. Somehow saying them out loud settled them into my plans for the day and I began immediately after, well before breakfast with the first load of laundry. All are done, I will enjoy weekend with family and be ready after a new packing job to roll out Tuesday AM for the West Coast.

  
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MRS_TOAD 3/13/2011 9:45AM

    Stay safe and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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BISSA7 3/12/2011 2:48PM

    Very true! It's funny how just saying things outloud can work. Sometimes I have to write it down, but planning ahead is key in most things! Have a wonderful weekend!

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LESLIEJEAN43 3/12/2011 12:28PM

    Enjoy your weekend, and your road trip! I am envious---I love road trips!
I'm glad you've done well at getting organized.
Hugs, Leslie

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MUSHCAT 3/11/2011 1:54PM

    I'm glad a verbal list works for you. I have to write things down because my memory is like a sieve. I am very excited about you heading this way and I hope you enjoy each and every moment of your journey. Happy travels!

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FERRETLOVER1 3/11/2011 7:29AM

    Have a great trip! You have learned a valuable lesson - planning really does work!

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Acupuncture ?

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The local yoga studio where I teach offers "community acupuncture" one Sat. afternoon a month. The studio is used, with mats on the floor with supportive pillows and the treatment costs $25. I decided to give it a try. The needles didn't hurt while they were in and I barely felt them go in. I think I had a total of about 20 needles in one ankle, wrist, hand and one in the middle of my forehead. Then I was told to lie still for 30 minutes. I actually ended up meditating for 30 minutes and felt extraordinarily relaxed and at peace at the end of the session...
Needles or meditation? I don't know.

  
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MRS_TOAD 3/8/2011 9:21AM

    The relaxation could have been the result of either the acupuncture or the meditation. The good news is that you found relaxation. emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 3/7/2011 3:18AM

    I have had TONS of treatment with Acupuncture, for my Essential Tremors. I have had the needles in the top of my head, by my toes, further up the foot, my ankles, 1/2 way up the lower leg, just above my wrists and further up the arm. Then he has put a pulsating electrical node on them. Altho' the treatments weren't meant for "relaxation" they sure did - I often nearly went to sleep. The Dr who did it said a lot of patients would go to sleep during the treatment. If the therapist is a medical one, then they usually do it holistically, in that they take into account what is happening in your life too! Mine treated asthma-related gunk in the throat, pain, and extreme stress as well as the tremors when I was going! Even tho' it was expensive - $75 per session - and I initially had it fortnightly for about 18 months, then about monthly for a couple years until the tremors were no longer a problem, I really missed traveling down (about 3/4 hr drive) to get it because it WAS so relaxing:-)

Kris xx

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LESLIEJEAN43 3/6/2011 6:04PM

    I have tried acupuncture once. A physiotherapist used it after I had injured my knee. The needles didn't hurt, and in fact, the pain was gone while the needles were in place, but there was no lasting benefit for me. So, I have mixed feelings about it, but I'm glad you found it relaxing!!
Hugs, Leslie

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MUSHCAT 3/6/2011 4:22PM

    Whether it was the acupuncture or the meditation, I envy your ability to achieve a calm, relaxed state. I would not have near the problems with my migraines if I could learn the art of relaxation. So far, my biofeedback isn't progressing very well. I know it takes practice, practice, practice, along with lots of patience. The very act of trying to relax stresses me out. I still wish I were a kitty.

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