Archive for June, 2010

Unexpected and oh so hopeful.  I have had my first nibble for a job.  The feeling is so hopeful and scary.  On the same day I got nicely rejected from one job I got a nibble for another.   It would be such an adventure!  I have decided to go for it even though the likelihood of success is . . . well there is likelihood of success.  And that just gives my tummy the tingles.  But you know, even if it doesn’t pan out, but I think it will, I have embraced the tingles and gone for it.  If you don’t go for it the answer is a definite no, but if you go for sometimes the answer is yes.  And those yeses are oh so amazing when they happen.  A nibble can make all the difference.

This nibble has shown me that I am on the right track.  That if I just keep trying there is some company out there that needs me.  I will find the right words and have the right timing, this nibble might not be the one but this gives me that renewed sense of hope.  I hope you all have that nibble feeling when you need it. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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My friend Patty sent me this.  I thought it was wonderful, I hope you like it too.  Thanks Patty!

I love this – I hope you do too.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.

At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream.

‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’

The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’

‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.

Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’

Each of us has our own unique flaw.. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.

You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

So, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!

And send this to any or all of your Cracked Pot friends.

Don’t forget the Cracked Pot that sent it to you!!

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  Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ”

–Mary Anne Radmacher,
American writer


  Opportunity is like a hair on a bald-headed man; it only comes around once and you have to grab it while it’s there.”

–Joycelyn Elders,
First African-American U.S. surgeon general

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I am reading a book by Gretchen Rubin titled The Happiness Project:  or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle and generally have more fun.  It is a long title but so far it has been an interesting book.  One thing that she said has really rung a bell for me.   “Enjoy the fun of failure.”  Hmmm if you change the way you think about failure and embrace the fun of it you will not be afraid of it anymore. 

Fear of failure is a major problem.  It strikes everyone at one time or another.  My Organizational Behavior and Management book also was discussing this.  One of the major leadership qualities is, they embrace failure.  Successful leaders are not afraid to step up to the plate and try something.  The textbook listed numerous people who are considered great successes, but if you look at their records they fail as often as they succeed.  Sometimes even more times than they succeed.  But they use that failure as a launching pad for something else.  They go back to the drawing board and tweak their designs and try again.  How often have you heard “if you aren’t failing you aren’t trying”?  Have you ever really thought about that?  I know that I didn’t until now. 

I am going to post the saying “I enjoy the fun of failure” on my mirror.  I am a firm believer in mantras; I try to tell myself everyday that I believe in myself, that I am awesome, that I am a success.  Every night as I go to sleep I tell myself, happy happy joy joy!  It helps me go to sleep. 

Embrace your fears.  Let me know how it goes, I will let you know how I am doing.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I am watching an America’s Got Talent marathon on Oxygen.  There are some amazingly talented people out there and there are some very delusional people out there as well.  I wish I had a talent.  Ok let me clarify that, I do, it just isn’t a talent that will get me on TV.  I am very good at selling stuff.  I enjoy it, I like talking to people and I like making them laugh.  I just don’t see that translating to a Vegas show.  Navy Girl has the talent to do something like that.  But she is out on a ship somewhere.  Plus the career she has now is amazing.

My girls have so many opportunities it just boggles the mind.  I hope they take advantage of them.  I have always been afraid of everything.  But not anymore, I have decided to take the bull by the horns and just put myself out there.  I have contacted people and am putting it on the line.  I need a job, so I am taking every opportunity to tell people that I am looking.  So if you know of anyone looking for someone to do technical sales let me know.

I have been watching commercials lately.  I try not to, because they drive me nuts, I usually just record everything and watch it later so I don’t have to watch the commercials.  I look at them and I just do not understand what they are thinking.  There is a major anti-immigrant sentiment in this country right now and what does Microsoft do to advertise Bing?  A tele-novella in Spanish.  WTH?!?   Who is their advertising agency and what the hell!!!  I see that type of stuff in a lot of commercials but that is the one that is really bugging me now. 

Hubby and I walked the roller coaster road loop today.  It was about 10 miles.  I have not measured it out yet but it took us 3 hours and it just felt about 10 miles.  It has lots of hills therefore roller coaster road.  It felt really good.  I hope you are all doing things that feel really good too.

Happy thoughts for a happy days!

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Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. —Mark Twain

I saw this quote today and thought it was very funny.  It is also very true.  If you want to be taken seriously in this world you have to dress the part.  It doesn’t really matter these days if what you say makes sense or is true as long as you look the part.  I am so tire of style over substance.   I am tired of people like Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus and anyone else famous for being rich, having so much influence, and people like our teachers and soldiers and parents having so little.  It just isn’t right.  This isn’t new.  It has been going on for ages.  You see it in the graffiti in places like Pompeii and other ancient ruins.  It just seems more prevalent these days.  I want influence like that.  I just don’t have the money or fame to do it.  Any ideas?

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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We are having one small disaster after another right now. 

Disaster number 1, we have gotten a lot of rain in the last few days, 5 inches since Monday.  We need to replace the roof, and now we have to.  It has been raining in the kitchen.  The other day it was just raining by the stove, today it is raining over the sink and the ceiling to the basement as well as by the stove. 

Disaster number 2, I went to the doctor yesterday; it was time for my yearly appointment.  That went well, except she didn’t listen to me.  i cannot afford the medicines that I had been taking.  She gave me prescriptions for the same ones but did not indicate on them that generics would be OK.  I took them to Wal-Mart to get them filled and one of them was $125 for a month’s worth of pills.  The other was $50, so needless to say I will not be taking them.  The good news is I feel fine and am working out and have lost 3 pounds in the last month.  Plus I lost a bunch of inches too.

Disaster number 3, my favorite pair of jeans fell apart after a motorcycle ride on Sunday.  They are the ones with the rose patch on the butt; they ripped out on the seam by the pocket, so I cannot fix them.  I am totally bummed. 

Like I said a series of mini disasters have taken place in the last days.  But we will persevere like usual.  Things will work out one way or another. 

General McCrystal has been replaced in Afghanistan because he was a dumb-ass in an interview.  Petraeus will take over for him.  Jeeze he should have known better. 

Think happy thoughts for us, while we build an ark for the kitchen. 

School is going pretty good, good thing I am good at teaching myself.  The instructor has been nonexistent.  But I am getting an A and that keeps my 4.0 going.  I have a whole bunch of jobs to apply for.  I still have hope.  Things will work out.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Dear Hubby,

Thank you so much for being such a great dad to our girls.  You became an instant father when you met me and you have done admirably.  I love you so very much!  Navy Girl and Army Girl and I were so lucky when you came into our lives.  And with the addition of Air Force Girl our family is/was complete.  You took up responsibilities that many men would have run from, you have been a fair hardworking father and the girls love and respect you for it.  They know they are loved and wanted, they know if they ever need anything they can turn to you, and you will do everything you can to make happen for them.  For that and many other things I am so very grateful.  I love you with all of my heart and all of my soul.


Happy Fathers Day Dad, I love you so very much!  We are all so glad you are still here.  You have been a great dad and we all look forward to many more years with you.


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We went to Army Girls welcome home yesterday, there is nothing like a military parade.  All of these people marching mostly in step, wave after wave of them.  3200 people went over in this deployment.  That is a lot of men and women, moms and dads, sisters and brothers, children all.  It was a sight to behold.  We got to the park afterward and they had some sort of ceremony.  I do not hear well in crowds so I don’t know what it was about.  A lot of people spoke, a lot of people wanted to speak, I know they turned a lot down.  As usual they played the National Anthem.  One of the great things about military stuff is when they play the anthem, everyone in uniform comes to attention and salutes and everyone stands and becomes very quiet.  3200 soldiers and their families and absolute silence.  It just makes your eyes tear up and your chest get tight.  The dedication these people show to us and our country . . . it just . . . I am just so proud that my girls are part of it.  Thank you to J and A who met us there. It means so much that the girls have the support of their cousins.

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Tomorrow is the formal welcome home for Army Girl’s brigade.  She is so not looking forward to it.  I just saw the weather report; it isn’t supposed to be as hot tomorrow as it is today.  Thank goodness!  All of those people having to be in their uniforms, long sleeves and hats . . . hot would be bad.  Welcome home Army Girl, thanks for everything thing you have done for us.  We love you so very much!

Army Girl and I walked 10.5 miles today.  It took us 3 ½ hours to do it.  By the time we got back home she was as pooped out as I was.  I am short about 3.5 miles for the day but it is so hot, and I have a lot of other excuses to go with that one and even I don’t want to hear them.  So never mind.  The good news is I know I can do 20 miles in one day; I am just not so sure about 20 miles a day for three days.  Good thing I have a few more weeks to practice.  We went to Curves afterwards.  According to the calorie calculator I had used over 1700 calories before noon today.  That is a lot of energy. 

As we were walking an older man passed us running, he ran up the road and then turned around and ran back past us.  On his return trip he asked us how far we were going, we told him ten miles, this was about mile 3.  We kept walking and he went on his way.  As we were getting to our road (mile 10.5) the man drove by us in his car!  He honked and waved at us as he went by, I have no idea who he is but it was kind of funny that we met him twice.

We saw some cows and were yelled at by some birds, we saw some rabbits and chipmunks, a deer and her two fawns and heard a woodpecker.  We also heard some cows just a bellowing, we couldn’t see them so we don’t know why but it certainly freaked Steve out.  The poor dog, we got home and he just wilted, he was pretty much a big area rug from the time we got home until Hubby got home this afternoon.  Even then he wasn’t overly enthusiastic about doing anything, poor old dog.  Oh yea!  We saw a snapping turtle laying eggs.  The dumb things lay their eggs in the sand on the side of the road, it is a wonder that any of them survive. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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