Sunday, January 25, 2009

I Read Obituaries......

It's kind of like "I see dead people" but not as creepy. At least I don't think so (but my husband might!)

Every Sunday morning after I look at the sales, read the local news, and see what E.J. Montini has written that will send my blood pressure into the rafters, I look at the obits.

I have done it for as long as I can remember and I really couldn't tell you exactly why. I don't know.....I guess I just wonder about the people and about the lives they led. Every now and then their will be a special extended feature about one of those people which does give more insight into their lives. I love reading those features. Odd, I know.

Anyways....this morning as I was perusing through the obits there was one that caught my eye. This 39 year old woman apparently died of breast cancer (at least that is what I gathered from the entry) and she wrote her own obituary. It was really quite sweet and touching. She spoke not only of her love for her family and friends but also about her journey. Her journey through life and her journey on through the fight that would ultimately take her life.

I sometimes think we forget about the journey. Everyone wants everything right now and without hassle. Perhaps now is the time to embrace (and go back to) the simpler things. Now, when everything seems so hard for many in this country. Take pleasure in the sweetness of life rather than wonder why it isn't better.

I have a strange feeling that is exactly what this woman did.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Happy Birthday, Lori!!!

This is actually a very pathetic post. I can never remember exactly what day is Lori's birthday. I know it's either the 24th, 25th, or 26th of January. Or maybe it's the 27th or 28th. Uh.....You see I suck as a friend! Anyways.....I just thought I'd post this greeting on the first day I think it is. And hopefully, I'm not late!

Anyways....Happy Birthday, my friend. No matter what day it is.....I hope it is fabulous. Love Ya!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

A Quiet Conversation Between Empty Nesters

The conversation between myself and the husbo just a couple of days ago.....

Her: Honey, I love you....

Him (sigh): What do you want?

Her: Nothing. I just wanted to tell you I like hanging out with you.

Him: You know, I was thinking the about the same thing when I was hiking today. You are my best friend.

Hmmmm.....who needs comfort food when you have this comfort everyday......

Monday, January 19, 2009


I don't know if anyone is like me but at any one given time I have about, oh, three projects going on at once. And I never seem to finish them like I should. So, this year I decided will be the years of getting some things done.

I actually began a new project at the beginning of the year (like I needed another!). I've been really yearning to crochet so I started a granny square blanket. I call my "light rail" project since I have been working on it while riding the light rail to work. So far I have completed 20 squares in the past two weeks.... not too bad.

This second project has been in progress for a while. Like two years!!! Well I decided that this needlepoint project is going to be completed THIS YEAR!! Come hell or high water I am getting it done. I've made a great deal of progress already working on it a few hours in the evenings during the week. So I am well on my way.

Another project/goal is to get my scrapbooks in order. I just scrapbook pictures wily nily and have no organization for my books. I realized how bad this was when one of my friends wanted to see my photos from our trip to England and France. The pages were in about five different scrapbooks. Yep...not good at the organization thing even in my scrapbooks. So I'm working to get them in order.

Well now that I've put these goals all in writing I guess I'd better get them done. It's kind of like telling people you are on a diet. Once I tell people I'm on a diet I feel obligated to stick to it. So I just don't say anything in case I want to cheat :)

Now I'm off to get some needlepoint done tonight......

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It's Official

Yep....It's officially a COLD day in hell.
This is why....


Now I will be the first to tell you I am not really a Cards fan.
But I am a Kurt Warner fan....have been ever since his Rams days.
And I couldn't be happier for him.
For the team.
For this state.
And most importantly....
For those very patient, die hard Cards fans!!!

So although I've never been a Cards fan,
As a 23 year resident of the state of Arizona
I feel I can still say this.....



Sunday, January 11, 2009

A New Ride

On December 28th, the new light rail system started in the Phoenix area. I have taken rides on the public transportation in places like Washington DC, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, and San Diego, and loved them all. So I was really looking forward to taking the train in Phoenix. I took my first ride last Tuesday to downtown Phoenix for lunch with coworkers. After that trip, I decided this would be my primary mode of transportation to work from now on. It was awesome!! There has been much skepticism amongst the car happy citizens but I think they'll come around. I've included a few pictures from that first ride. The second picture was taken by a nice gentleman riding on the train. Bless his heart...he just couldn't figure out my camera!

That's all for now!
~ Wendy
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Thursday, January 1, 2009

So Long 2008, Hello 2009

There is a country song I remember from quite some time ago. I believe it was called "Happiness is Lubbock, Texas in my Rear View Mirror". Can't remember who sang it though. But it comes to mind when remembering this past year. I have these exact sentiments about 2008. So glad it's now just a view from my "rear view mirror". So happy to welcome 2009.

Resolutions? Perhaps. Really I have always had the same resolutions every year...stay in shape, eat right, etc, etc..... I do have a couple of things floating around in my mind to accomplish in 2009 but I am hesitant to say. Just seems that whenever I put those resolutions out there for all to hear I just fell that much worse when I don't accomplish them. So for now, I'll just keep them to myself, make mental notes and see how I'll do.

That's all for now. Happy New Year!!