Friday, January 14, 2011

Today's Excursion!

This is similar to the downtown traffic route today - OMG!

This is what I wished I had driven to work this morning - may not have been so concerned about the 'shape' of my bumpers by the end of the day!

Yep . . . that's me . . . just your regular down town trip to the bank!

Well, after my morning excursion, which included a mountain climbing expedition, a game of 'bumper' dodging, and an unexpected tour like a mouse in a maze . . . it is apparent that my town and I view the term 'Infrastructure' in different ways!

This morning as I head to work, I notice that the local authorities have decided that today is the day to clear the thick, thick, snow covered streets!  When I approach the core of downtown the snow removal has commenced and each street is graced with a mountainous berm of ice and snow.  Now this may sound like a pretty sight but believe me there was nothing pretty about it!  I watched people walk, climb, crawl, and fall over the berms.  Vehicles were parked like fallen objects amongst the street and I've never witnessed so many near misses in one day.  Today I was greatly thankful for four wheel drives, a valid insurance policy, warm winter boots, and a back door pass to my office building - so I could avoid the street scene!

I spent the day at work listening to back up alarms and the constant scrap and grind of metal upon frozen ice, snow, and pavememt, at least I've told myself thats what the sounds were!  I've yet to shake these visions or sounds from my head and the forecast suggest that there is more snow to fall - yikes!
I haven't seen this amount of snow in a looooooong time and believe me Mother Nature, I didn't miss it!  I often wonder why I continue to live in this neck of the woods?  I love water and definately prefer it over snow . . . be it rain, a hot tub, bath, pond, creek, lake, river, or ocean!  Anyway you look at water, you don't have to shovel it!

I snapped these pictures while out to the arena to pick up my favorite son this eve . . .

outside our local arena

street in front of our local arena

driving home

our cul de sac
These pictures attest to the severity of the 2011 Northern Alberta Winter! 

 Dear Mother Nature . . . . I remind you I prefer flip flops and a boat!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sleeping @ Bus Stop 4!

Yesterday was the eve of my 29th birthday (again).  I was anxious to get some rest as I had a busy day of 'FUN' and 'celebrating' to do today!  As I headed off to bed to enjoy some hours of slumber, I am greeted by this sign posted upon my headboard . . .

This sign had been put up earlier yesterday by my seven year old daughter as we played school . . . and of course how do the children get to school if not for catch the bus!  I was amazed how this silly little sign affected my ability to visit dreamland, who would think three little words above your head would cause you to lapse so deep into thought instead of sleep!  I awoke this morning with much more gratitude than ever before, thankful that if I were to spend the night sleeping at a bus stop that I was accompanied by a bed, and blankets, and heat, and lights.  I am thankful to Mikayla for enlightening me to the imagination of this experience.

As I spent today having much fun in celebration of my birthday . . . my thoughts often wandered, as nobody knew . . . I had spent last night sleeping @ Bus Stop 4!  I am so thankful and grateful for the many, many greetings and blessing I received today.  My 'love cup' runneth over!  I enjoyed messages by phone, in person, text, bbm, and fb.  Also a wonderful lunch with 2 great friends, cookies made by my fantastic daughter Morgan, and supper provided by my very own Prince Tyson - what more could a girl ask for!

My reality today was filled with Peace, Love, and Joy.  Bottom line ____ it doesn't matter who you are, or where you're from - the most important thing we all have to share is what is in our heart!  I thank you all for filling my heart by sharing yours today.

I enjoyed such a fabulous day, that I can't wait to dose off to sleep under the sign again.  So . . . from Bus Stop 4 - I  bid you goodnight!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

It's My Party . . .

. . . and I'll cry if I want to!  As I prepare to celebrate my 29th birthday (yet again), and nestle into the comforts of 2011, I find myself feeling extremely peaceful!  I'm not sure if this peaceful state is attributed to my years of experience at being 29 or the gratefulness I feel for where I am today.

I look back over the decades of my life with much gratitude.  There are definitely some things in my journey that I wouldn't want to repeat nor do over.  Nonetheless, I consider myself thankful for the experiences as they have contributed to who and where I am today.

I opted to commence this year with New Year's Intentions over Resolutions.  My intentions are:

. . . creating value in ALL things.
. . . living and breathing MORE Peace, MORE Love, and MORE Joy into each and every day.
. . . LOL'ing, LMAO'ing or ROFLMAO'ing each and every day!

To further explain:
For me creating value is very important.  This allows me to turn what may be conceived as a 'negative' experience into something 'positive'.  For example; when stuck in traffic waiting for a train . . . I consider myself lucky to be granted time to visit with my children or listen to music.  When some yo-ho flips me the bird at a traffic intersection . . . I consider myself fortunate to have the ability to move my own thoughts and actions beyond anger or blame.  When I make a trip to the grocery store for oranges (for Santa, at the request of my 7 year old) and other goods on Christmas eve, then arrive home orange less . . . I trust that someone in need is enjoying our missing oranges.  I truly believe that life is less about what happens to us, and more about how we react to what happens to us.  We do have a choice!  Creating value allows me to stay focused on my desires - instead of my fears.

Peace, Love, and Joy are essentials in my life.  I focus my time and energy on things that bring more of these into my life . . . at home, at work, and at play!  I had a conversations with someone the other day that reminded me, our actions stem from one of two emotions, being LOVE or FEAR.  I believe love provides us more of what we want in life and fear . . . well, you get the idea!

As for LOL'ing, LMAO'ing, or ROFLMAO'ing . . . in all honesty, of my intentions this is the biggest stretch for me.  I've a tendency to do too much thinking and often get too focused on serious matters be it work, home life, a good book - yeah, those things that make you go hmmmmm, rather than LOL.  My promise to myself is to truly not take myself (and others) so seriously.

I've heard and read many conversations pertaining to peoples 'word' for the year.  After much consideration, I've determined my word for 2011 to be FUN!!  In addition to more laughter, less seriousness, I plan to have fun and step outside my own comfort zone!

I truly feel blessed and am very grateful for the many, many blessing in my life:
and my new found love . . . . . FUN!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Angels!

I believe in angels,
The kind that heaven sends.
I am surrounded by Angels,
But I call them friends.
- Aizabel Parinas -

I LOVE and ADORE children!  I find much inspiration in my interactions with them.  To follow are pictures of my absolute favorites (my own children and my nieces and nephews) and a little note about what they each bring to me.

absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit; lively interest: an occupation, activity, or pursuit in which such interest is shown:

full of joy, as a person or one's heart; glad; delighted. showing or expressing joy, as looks, actions, or speech.  causing or bringing joy, as an event, a sight, or news; delightful:

characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a state or time of peace.  peaceable; not argumentative, quarrelsome, or hostile: a peaceful disposition.

having beauty; having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind

the state or quality of being kind:  kind behavior:  friendly feeling; liking.

stirred emotionally; agitated; stimulated to activity; brisk

kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.  not severe, rough, or violent; mild:  easily handled or managed; tractable:  a curious, rare, or novel thing.  curious, or interesting quality.

the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.

effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic; lavishly abundant: abounding in vitality; extremely joyful and vigorous.

the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.

the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.