Thursday, October 15, 2009
For the past two weeks, I have been battling the flu, a sore throat, and an infected sty in my eye!
What a crazy week! Monday I was so busy at work because I knew I would be out of the office until late morning on Wednesday. I had a conference all day Tuesday, which was very good. Thank goodness my eye has started to heal as I haven't been able to wear makeup. I had to sit with our Lieutenant Governor at lunch and I didn't want to look sickly....if you know what I mean.
I went to see "Celtic Women" on Tuesday night.....absolutely fabulous.....except for the fact that it got really late and I had a 7 a.m. meeting the next day. So by the time I got home last night, I was wiped out.
I went to bed at 8 p.m. My dh told me I was going to be sorry and not to wake him up at 3 a.m. when I couldn't sleep. Well, I slept until 5 a.m. Not too bad! I needed the rest!
So today has been a pretty great day.....best of all the two pounds I lost last week....are still lost! That tickles me the most. Progress at it's finest! I haven't had a chance for exercise this week, but I have been doing a lot of walking, so I will need to try and improve on that this weekend.
The weather has been very bleak this week also. A lot of rain and snow. More snow north of here.....thank goodness. It is too soon for that! All in all...things are looking up. I hope you are having a decent day.
That's enough rambling for me!!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's been five days since my last blog. And if you haven't read it......spare me. Can you say "Mini-meltdown"? Okay, maybe not a mini meltdown exactly. More like just discouraged by having to post something I wasn't positive I had accomplished.
Well, I learned something from that. You think being discouraged can bring tears to your eyes? The responses to my blog and the show of encouragement made me cry again and again. You guys are amazing! Do you realize that? I can't believe what a great community being a sparker is.
It's hard to stay optimistic sometimes. I don't do so bad in that department, but sometimes I just have to let it fly. And then some very special people come along with encouragement, ideas, a swift kick in the behind, and more support than a person should be entitled to.
I am truly blessed. This is for you........
God must have known there would be times
We'd need a word of cheer
Someone to praise a triumph
Or brush away a tear.
He must have known we'd need to share
The joy of "little things"
In order to appreciate
The happiness life brings.
I think he knew our troubled hearts
Would sometimes throb with pain
At trials and misfortunes
Or some goals we can't attain.
He knew we'd need the comfort
Of an understanding heart
To give us strength and courage
To make a fresh, new start.
He knew we'd need companionship
And so God answered the heart's great need
With a CHERISHED FRIEND....like you.
Bless you all! Keri
Sunday, October 04, 2009
The Charles Schultz classic, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, is my absolute favorite part of the season. When the kids were growing up we would carve pumpkins and watch this show. I admit I still do it, even though there are no kids carving with me anymore. And because this show is so beloved to me, I thought I would share with you what the show says to me.
It's not about trick or treats, candy, bobbing for apples, or even the
Great Pumpkin himself.......it says something else to me.
It's about two boys who are different than the rest. And from our vantage point, no one really knows why Charlie isn't accepted. Is it the fact that he is a bald little kid who is super sensitive to the fact that he's different? Is it that he seems older and wiser than his years and his friends know it? Is it that everything he does never seems to turn out the way he imagined? Or is it some mysterious back story that hasn't been revealed to us.
Then there is Linus, who follows the beat of his own drum. He doesn't care what others think of him. He will carry a blanket if he wants, he will suck his thumb if he wants and the most important of all.....he can justify it to you. Have you seen him use that blanket as a weapon???? And he has a magnetic charm that can pull people in.
So there are our heroes.....this story really lies with Linus, and his blind FAITH. The faith of a child as some would say. For some reason, he believes in the Great Pumpkin and what he does to reward good children....sitting in a sincere pumpkin patch mind you... Who told him that??? Don't you want to know?
His faith is contagious, and next thing you know, a little doe eyed girl has fallen under his spell and given up everything she believed in, because she got wrapped up in his faith.
Now fast forward a little......how bad did you feel for them when their faith failed them?
Compare this with every diet you have ever tried and failed........you get sucked in by someone elses faith and exuberance. Miracle cures, miracle pills, miracle operations, never feel hungry again, easiest exercise you will ever do and still lose all the weight. I think you know what I'm talking about.....we all have our stories. And we have the faith of a child that it is going to happen for us that same way. We wait like Linus....giddy with excitement....in anticipation. We are going to be perfect in the morning.....Perfect body,.....perfect habits.....perfect lifestyle!
How devastating when we discover that there is no quick fix. That it doesn't happen overnight, that it isn't easy, or that it just doesn't work at all. Maybe that is why Charlie is the eternal pessimist. He already learned that lesson. And I have too. Except I am more like Linus.....I have the faith of a child.... the faith that I am going to do this....
I know it won't be easy....so while I sit in this pumpkin patch....I'll drink my water...eat right....exercise and patiently await my reward from the GREAT PUMPKIN! Happy Halloween!
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