Monthly Archives: January 2011

un-plugged…but still connected

Have I mentioned that I work for a non-profit?  Actually I work for a church.  I organize and encourage volunteers to serve in different areas of ministry. 

 A few years back I read a book that helped me  discover the things that give me the greatest joy and now I get to use those gifts to earn a living.  I think I am one of the lucky people!

I love my job!  There are only a few days out of the month that actually feel like work.  The rest of the time it’s the most fun I have ever had while getting paid. 

Even when you love what you do there are days that make you shake your head and reach for the ibuprofen. Like today!  My computer was infected with one of those disgusting virus’.  The one that is going around making everyone’s computer sick. It turned out to be one of those scareware virus’  but just the same it was very annoying and inconvenient. 

It’s just like when I get sick after washing my hands and using hand sanitizer and avoiding all the sick people in the office.   Even after all of the precautions, I still get sick.   I don’t really know how I got it.  But I did! 

I didn’t open any of the junk email that fills my inbox.  I didn’t open  any of the forwarded emails or emails from people I don’t know.  I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t suppose to be doing.    I was just doing what I normally do, surfing the internet looking for books for the bookstore I oversee and searching for clever suggestions for an invitation I was working on at the time.  Then it happened!  Then it was too late!  So I did the only thing I knew to do.  I called our IT department.  Well, I called our IT guy.

Me:  Hi.   My computer has a virus!
IT Guy:  What were you doing?
Me:  Nothing…surfing the internet.
IT Guy:  For what?
Me:  Invitations.
IT Guy:  Really, what sight were you on?
Me:  I don’t know, just some invitation site. 
IT Guy:  It doesn’t sound good.  Un-plug it.
Me:  Un Plug It?  Really?!
IT Guy:  Yes.  Un-Plug it!
Me:  You want me to un-plug my computer? 
IT Guy: Yep

So… I un-plugged it!

The thought of un-plugging began to rattle around in my brain.   I began to think about doing just that.  Un-plugging!  Calling it a day!  Heading home!  Going on vacation!  Disappearing for a while! 

What would that be like?  To just un-plug from life when things start to go south. 

It didn’t take long to decide that this was not an option. I realized this would only be a temporary fix.  Nothing would be settled.  Nothing would be fixed,  Everything would be on hold.  The inevitable would only be postponed.  Life would be in a holding pattern, the little blue light blinking,  waiting to start back up.

So I decided…to take a walk.  Be quiet.  Listen.  Collect my thoughts.  And yes Un-Plug…then I picked up a pen and a notepad and went back to work.  No stinkin’ computer virus is going to shut me down…I may be un-plugged but I am still connected!

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The Local…every small town has one

I live in the County as the locals refer to it.  The county is outside of the city limits.  Sometimes just across the city line or way out where city services are not offered to the homeowners.   The town I live in doesn’t have much to boast about except maybe just that, its lack of activity.  It’s quiet here, there are lots of trees and open spaces, thousands of birds and more than enough wildlife to make taking the dogs out at night an adventure. 

The closest real town is approximately 13 miles away.  Well, the closest grocery store is 13 miles away.  There are plenty of places to eat in this little town.  More than half would be considered a Mom and Pop place and the other half are the bravest of the chain restaurants. 

However a little further down the interstate is a bigger town. To be fair it is considered a City.  Although it be a city with a small “c”.  This is the place I have been gravitating towards on my days off.  There is a mall and a few big box stores that every girl needs access to.  But I choose to head this direction on my day off for the local shopping and eateries that it has to offer. 

The pace is much slower than what I am used to and I am relishing in it.  The traffic is less hectic, Lunch seems to last a little bit longer and the people are just darn right friendlier.

My favorite lunch spot is the “LOCAL“.  It’s a great little place that gives you a warm familiar feeling the minute you walk through the gate and into the courtyard.  The inviting experience continues as you open the door and are greeted by a colorful chalkboard menu, a display case and the smell of deliciousness coming from the kitchen.  You place your order at the counter, help yourself to the silverware and drinks and find a seat.  Just like home, except you don’t have to do the cooking.  The place fills up fast with locals; business men and women having lunch meetings, ladies lunch groups, friends and couples.  All enjoying a leisurely lunch with wonderful food and great conversation.  Well that’s what you should be doing if your eating at the Local. 

The Local also has a nicely stocked bakery case as well as gift items for your kitchen or a unique gift for your bff.  The prices are moderate.  The food is good.  The service is friendly.  The atmosphere is casual and cozy.  The Local is the place where if you were to find yourself in this little town looking for a bite to eat you would hope that this would be the recommendation.  Really!  It’s the Local!  Every town has one or at least they should!

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Resolutions vs. Habits

A RESOLUTION is a resolve or determination to make a firm resolution to do something.
A HABIT is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary.
I admit that I have made the occasional New Years Resolution only to be forgotten within days.  Years ago I decided to forgo the guilt and feelings of failure by not making resolutions.  This decision proved to be just as disappointing as making a resolution and not following through.  So,   I decided that if nothing else I would resolve to become a better person every year.   This particular “resolution” has been my stand by for several years.     This has been an easy one to accomplish.  To be better means to not be as bad.  All that I have to do is be “nicer” this year than I was last year.  Or, not to be mean or ugly to one person who more than likely deserved an earful for cutting me off on the freeway, or hogging the isle in Wal-Mart, or even borrowing something and not returning it. 
This year, after reading a new blog I stumbled upon, I decided to try something new.  Instead of resolving to do something that requires major life changes and probably comes with an expensive price tag and a big fat I told you so at the end when it didn’t happen.  How about developing new habits.  Healthy Habits!  I don’t know about you but this past year I developed new habits without so much as a second thought.  Most of which are not bad for my health but they aren’t especially good either. 
How long does it take to develop a new habit?  The experts say it takes 21 days to develop a habit.  Also, the goal should be to develop only good habits or replace bad habits with good habits.  I have chosen to develop a new habit of drinking more water.  I will achieve this by always having a glass of water with me when I am on the computer, which is most of the day.
If in fact I fail to follow through with this plan it will get chalked up to another failed New Years Resolution.  But if I succeed I will have developed a new healthy habit.  Just so you know I am not off to a very good start. 

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2010 in review..via WordPress

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 100 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 520 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 658mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was December 23rd with 63 views. The most popular post that day was White Christmases in Houston…Surprisingly Yes!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for christmas food court flash mob, new orleans streetcar, streetcar new orleans, road sign collage, and texas landscaping.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


White Christmases in Houston…Surprisingly Yes! December 2010
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how the grinch stole christmas or the dirty santa gift exchange… December 2010


it’s in the trunk… November 2010


here we go….again… September 2010


merry christmas…food court flash mob style November 2010


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