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My Little-Big Anarchist

My DD was going on a "pilgrimage" with a few of her friends. She referred to it as a "Road Trip", but in the past, she had indicated that it was a trip to find and discuss philosophies with like minded minded in the Anarchist / Down with Racism and White Privilege / Up with Fair Trade sense....She has quite the list of things she'd change in our a big way.

Anyway, she's in Boston now and has left the "Road Trip". It would appear that being the only young woman in a car full of young men left her feeling a bit ignored / out-voted. Also, it would appear that the "objective" of the trip had changed from all the above to something related to whole food / organic food farming.

She was also tired of some of the sexual advances a few of them made towards her when they were all drinking....I guess reminding them OVER and OVER and OVER that you're not interested gets old.

She may also, to some degree, push or …

Back from the Trail

My husband, a friend of his, and I went hiking last week in Vermont, along the Appalachian Trail. This portion of the trail shares Vermont's "Long Trail", which is a 100 mile trail that stretches across Vermont. The trail wasn't steep anywhere, but was quite rocky and "wet". Lots of standing water even thought there hadn't been much rain. Boggy. No wonder people advice not doing this in June-July...when the mosquitoes and black flies are out. All that standing water is a wonderful breeding ground for those type of bugs.

This was one of the few years where we saw quite a lot of people hiking. It was nice to run into fellow hikers a few times a day. Autumn colors were nice. Unfortunately, in several areas, we missed the peak of color as most of the leaves had already fallen. The weather was mild, and we got out before a big rain storm and a big chill down.

My only disappointment was that I didn't see much wildlife (beyond the other hikers w…

It Would Appear that I Don't Have Much to Say....

I haven't posted here in a while, but I sure have been keeping my daily to do's up to date.

It's funny how creating a list of things I'm supposed to be accomplishing doesn't really look like I'm accomplishing much at all. But I sure don't seem to have much spare time.

I'm excited/apprehensive for my upcoming hiking trip. Excited because it's always beautiful and relaxing. Apprehensive because it's going to be cold, I don't like going 8 days without a shower and plumbing, and I believe the weather is forecasting a first day of hiking with lots of rain.

I'll have to post a few select photos when I return. The leaves should be spectacular!

My Rising Sign

Your Rising Sign is Taurus

You are the ultimate rock - stable and centered.
People turn to you in crisis and count on you for calm.
Stubborn and strong minded, you can't be pushed around.
You are also tenacious, and you always will stick with something difficult.
A bit fan of nature, you're attracted to the beauty of the outdoors.
And sometimes, you find it easier to relate to animals than people.

What's Your Rising Sign?

Well, okay, I don't know about stable.
And surely, my husband, at least, would argue about coming to me for "calm".

But the rest, yeah.

Life of Pi - Quote

I'm reading the book, Life of Pi

Here is a quote that I found particularly noteworthy:

To lose a brother is to lose someone with whom you can share the experience of growing old, who is supposed to bring you a sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, and creatures to people the tree of your life and give it new branches.

To lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a tree trunk supports its branches.

To lose your mother, well, its like losing the sun above you.

I'm a Goof

I went to pick up my taxes from the accountant. And when I left, I hugged him! Is that strange or what?

I guess I did it because, well, if someone knows your financial information at the level of intimacy my accountant knows mine...he's almost family!

Anyway, after leaving somewhat embarassed, I had a good chuckle at myself.

Quest for Art

I was looking over my to-do's My Daily Dos and realized that nothing in my important list included making things. Which now has me a little sad and very frustrated.

I think I have to change my approach to letting all the other stuff get in the way of one of my true passions. I am going to find a way to make art a priority.

Love Your Daughter

She's a young adult (just turned 20 last year) and it's a real struggle sometimes to remember that she's still a young work in progress.

Love her for all that she is
Love her for all that she can be
Love her for all the challenges she brings me - for I develop as a result

See...I'm already a better person.

Getting Rid of STUFF

I have so much stuff. ALOT of stuff. I have a hard time letting go of things. For a person that used to be able to move easily during college, I have in the almost 20 years since, accumulated way more stuff than I care to manage anymore.

This post is dedicated to all the stuff, by sell or gift, that I have been able to let go. I will try to keep it updated.
Maybe I should make it one of my links.....

Stuff Sold

8/2/06 - an old metal filing cabinet, in good shape, that set empty in my basement for over a year.
9/6/06 - My car! I was so happy. Now my insurance bill will also go down. Yipee!9/12/06 - My fuzzy pink phone. It was hysterical looking, but worked great. I hope her niece likes it.Stuff Given9/14/06 - Old lamp. The lady loved it and wrote me thank you. I was so happy she liked it.I have lots of other things I don't want that I also do not believe I will be able to sell. And sometimes, giving is fun to do. It increases the good Karma in my home (and emotional well-being). I&#…

My Love Language

The Five Love Languages
My primary love language is probably Physical Touch with a secondary love language being Words of Affirmation. Complete set of resultsPhysical Touch: 9Words of Affirmation: 8Acts of Service: 6Quality Time: 6Receiving Gifts: 1

It's funny that I came up so low on the Receiving Gifts scale. I like to receive gifts. They are always a nice surprise, but I guess the only time I really expect to receive a gift is on special occassions. Those special occassions for me are:Valentine's DayMother's DayMy BirthdayChristmasAnd on those special occassions, I kinda DO see that the absence of a gift of any kind, small or large, as an absence of love or affection for me. And, finally, to clarify, I consider a gift as anything from a handmade card to an expensive toy. So, I don't expect MUCH in a gift, I just expect one...

Take the quiz yourself!

My Project List

Important Fun Things to Make and GiveSelect photos to mount / frame for friend's officeSister's birthday present - make and send by Sept 4Create 10 ATC's to post on artcardswanted.comFinish painting the trimworkCreate 10 pairs of earringsSend in registration for the Holiday Craft FairOrganize my House Mouse Rubber Stamps27 Things to Give Away (from my back room)27 Things to Throw Away (from my back room)