Thursday, July 27, 2017

Instead of someday – why not today?

If you are like me you probably have a list of things you would love to do someday.  Not quite a bucket list, but that unofficial list of things you hope to do or achieve. 
·      I have always wanted to learn piano. When I was younger, my mom said I had piano fingers.  
·      I have been meaning to work on scrapbooking  (the last page I did when my youngest was four and she is now 24, so it’s been awhile). 
·      I would really love to do more kayaking and maybe even take a class to learn more skills.
·      I want to scan and organize all of our old family photos.  I have boxes of photos to go through.

In the business of life I get very busy and often distracted, and it seems as if there is little time to do the things I have on my list and that doesn’t even begin to cover the extremely long list of all the places I want to go and visit. 

I know, I know, there is only so much time and money and trying to keep up with work and home responsibilities makes it hard to even consider some of those ‘someday’ items on your list but that’s the whole point.  I don’t want to wake up someday too old to do the things I want and regretting the fact that I didn’t make the time when I could have enjoyed them. 

That’s why I have decided that traveling vicariously through my friends on Facebook is not enough.   Starting today I am setting daily, weekly and monthly goals to get going on my list.  I will commit to skipping bad TV re-runs and instead choose to organize photos at least one day a week. 

I am making plans to visit Iceland with one of my good friends this fall.

I may not get it all done right away but I am no longer just waiting for someday. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

I Love NPR

I have been listening to NPR a lot lately.  NPR or National Public Radio is such a great way to spend your time during your daily commute to work. 

I love how varied the stories are and the unique perspectives.  I have been learning so much about so many topics, whether it’s a new book, politics, history, science, etc., there is literally something for everyone. 

A few weeks ago I learned about fruit companies that cross the border each day and the struggles that new legislation brings to their business.  Next I learned that some people are actually renting new tires for their car instead of buying them.  Then I listened to a young woman who is trying to recreate all of the wonderful Greek food that her grandmother made when she grew up.  Each day there is something completely new and different.  Listening to NPR always leaves me thinking hmmm I didn’t know that or wow that was so interesting. 

NPR is officially described as “an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States.”  Their shows include the very popular Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Here and Now. 

One of the great things about NPR is that their shows are also released as podcasts so you can listen at your convenience. 

If you haven’t listened to NPR, or if its been awhile, I encourage you to switch your radio dial and broaden your horizons.  You will be glad you did-I promise.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I wanna go back

Is there one special place in your life?  Is there a place that makes you smile every time you think about it?  That place for me is Antigua, specifically Hermitage Bay Resort in Antigua, where I was married.  My third wedding anniversary is coming up and I can’t help but think about all of the amazing memories from that trip.  As far as weddings go, mine was absolutely perfect.  It was truly paradise. 

My husband indulged me with the trip of a lifetime to the most spectacular resort.  We were married barefoot on the beach, and we were pampered and treated like royalty for 10 days. 

We walked along romantic beaches, hand-in-hand.  We swam in turquoise water.  We snorkeled, sailed and even went scuba diving. 

Thanks to Facebook and their incessant ‘memories’ popping up, I have been thinking quite a bit about Antigua.  Although it is out of our budget right now, I do hope that we will be able to go back, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary in the future. 

Antigua holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to return. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sorry, NOT Sorry

I have been told that I am too political.  Now I do understand that this past year has been incredibly divisive, and not everyone shares my passion for political activism, but I will NOT apologize for wanting to be an informed and engaged citizen.  Quite frankly I believe it is my duty as an American citizen to be informed and to participate in our democratic process to the best of my ability. 

I do not have young children anymore, but I still care deeply about ensuring adequate funding for schools.  I understand that paying my taxes is my duty, but I want to ensure that my tax dollars are going to be used in the best way possible.  I am getting older and issues like Social Security and Medicare have a new importance in my life.  I want to ensure that environmental protections will be put into place so that my grandson will still be able to enjoy this incredible planet. 

I am always willing to listen to people, even those who hold different opinions from my own.  I truly believe that these differences of opinion are what make our democracy so great. 

I do understand that politics can occasionally make some people uncomfortable, but I absolutely will not apologize for caring about the way our country, MY COUNTRY is run.  So to those people who say that I am too political – sorry but I am not sorry.  We are all affected by the decisions made at the local, state, and national levels.  We have to live with those decisions.   I will not apologize if I choose to volunteer my time to circulate petitions.  I will not apologize if I post on my Facebook about an issue or a candidate that I feel strongly about.   It is not only my right – I believe it is my duty as a citizen to care.  I will respect your opinion just as I hope you will respect mine.  If you don’t like what I have to say then feel free to scroll on by – but you can bet I will continue to share my views, and quite frankly I hope you will continue to share your opinions too. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Audiobooks -

Do you listen to audiobooks?  I have tried, really I have tried, but my mind simply wants to wander when I am listening to a book.  I love to read, I read often and when I read I get lost in each book, but trying to sit still and listen to a book is very difficult for me. 

I think the quality of the audiobook makes a big difference.  Just picturing visions of grade school, when the teacher would have students take turns reading aloud still makes me cringe.  The quality of the reader and the recording makes all the difference. 

Having the words on the page or screen in front of me helps when I want to go back and re-read something, when I start to get off track.  Yes, I know I can also rewind with audiobooks, but I have trouble with knowing how far back to rewind, and then I am listening to something I already read – so my mind begins to wander….see how this can be a vicious cycle?

I know that audiobooks are great for commuters who have lots of time stuck in traffic.  Listening to self-help or other nonfiction books while driving is a great way to use time effectively.  I have several friends who listen to books while running or working out.  I have tried, but there is just something about seeing the words that makes a difference to me.  

For those of you who do love audio books, I applaud you, but for me, I will stick to reading and not listening to my books.