Sunday, January 25, 2009

Girlfriends (the kind that bail you out of jail, not the kind you date)

I love my girlfriends and am very grateful to have them. They are quiet, loud, calm, crazy, high maintenance, low maintenance, smart, witty, funky, loving, caring, funny, honest and utterly amazing. Some live very close and others are far away. I'm excited to share them with you. Here they are, in no particular order of love.

Ree: There are two sides of Ree. Side A is soft, caring, and tender. We have great conversations about life. We tell each other everything and, of all my friends, I spend the most time with her. Ree would really do anything for her friends and family and wears her heart on her sleeve. Side B of Ree usually involves a crowd and liquor and "that's all I'm gonna say about that". God love her!

Virgo: Virgo is my dear friend that lives in WI. We met at work 10 years ago. We haven't live close to one another in a long time but distance has never stopped our friendship. There is no maintenance required with Virgo. The time we spend together usually involves wine, homemade food, and hours and hours of girl talk. Virgo is one of those women that you can't help love. She's eclectic, funky, fun and I love her.

Chile: Chili is a rare gem; my road trip friend and the big sister I never had. Chile and I could pack our bags and head out of the open road for a month with no problem. We have never had an argument and never run out of things to talk about. Our 2000 road trip to New Mexico has been one of the best trips and times in my life. Here's to cattle drives Chile!

Turtle: My friendship with Turtle happened by accident. We attended a conference together as co-workers and left as friends. Amazing what a whole lot of beer can do! Turtle wears a pretty thick outer shell which I've managed to crack through. I've never met someone that has dedicated their life to giving to others. She's amazing. I hope everyone has a Turtle in their life!

Patsy: Patsy is a dear friend that I've had in my posse for ages and ages. Patsy and I could party like rock stars in our younger days. We have so many memories that we should publish a book. I hate that we live 3 1/2 hours from each other. We don't get to see each other that much and I hate that.

Bub: She's one of my sisters and is 5 years younger than I am. Bub brought me to MN. We live in the same town and are both blessed with daughters that grow horns. In addition, she has a son named "ET". He's smarter than any kid I've ever met for his age. Bub is a peace maker. She never says or does anything to rock the boat...thank God for Bub.

Moya: My other sister. She's 10 years younger than I am and has the cutest little gansta son. Some of the stuff that comes out of Q's mouth could win me the $100,000 Funniest Video award. I've always felt a little motherly with Moya but see our relationship growing as we get older. She's wicked funny and cuts my hair like no one else can. Moya loves to cook and try funky food. We'd have a great catering business.

Julia: Julia is my sister in law that gave me the "Martha" nickname. She's more Martha than she thinks though. Julia, like Bub, is a peacemaker. She also has a wicked sense of humor. I love me some Julia. We have a vow to each other that we're going to master Fried Chicken. I hope to chronicle that here.


Question of the day: Facebook

Do you?
If so, do you love it?

Have you?
If so, why did you stop?

Will you?
If so, why haven't you yet?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Do Overs

After a much talked about flub, President Obama retook the Presidential oath last night. It's what most news outlets are calling a rare do-over.

If given the opportunity would you want to "re-do" anything? Are there moments in time that you'd travel back to and change the way you did something? If so, do you think that your life would be the same today or different?

I can think of a couple of minor things; small moments that a comment or action could have and should have been different. Would changing my actions greatly affect my life today? Probably not. Would I feel better about the situation? Maybe. And, if given the opportunity for a do-over would that moment even be memorable? I wonder.

Here's the random question of the day: Do we remember the things we do wrong more than the things we do right?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Years Resolutions

Do you have one? Several? 200? Do you stick to them or do you find that your resolutions fizzle out after awhile? I find that I have several "resolutions" that repeat themselves year after year; eat better, spend more time with the people that mean the most, and let go of the things that I can no longer control.

Do you find that you look for simplicity in your life? I do. I find it easier each year to migrate towards simplicity. I don't mean only having one rubber spatula instead of 6, I mean simplifying your every day. I no longer let people control my emotion, or at least I try really hard at that. I hold on really tight to the things that matter and let the rest be as it may. Here's to simplicity. Here's to living for what's important.

The Beginning

Welcome to Random Thoughts and Random Posts. I created this blog as an outlet for my random thoughts; questions I'd like to ask out loud and various other things that are going on right now, or yesterday, and maybe even tomorrow.

The posts here most likely will not have any rhyme or reason to their subject matter. Welcome. I hope you enjoy the ride.