Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think if you only try !

- Dr. Seuss

Monday, July 26, 2010

Good Morning Sunflowers

Living in a rural area, I get to experience views on a daily basis that I often take for granted.  As I was driving down one of the country roads near my house yesterday morning I was greeted by this awe-inspiring field of sunflowers.  All of their heads were turned to the east to salute the morning sun.  They beckoned me to visit with them for awhile before I headed further down the road.   What a relaxing start to my morning task of running errands.  While I didn't "stop and smell the roses" I did "stop and smile at the sunflowers".  I am truly blessed to live in the sticks. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

His and her movies

I really hate action movies.  I am talking about the Schwarzenegger Terminator-type movies which are limited to about ten words of dialogue, however include over a thousand guns, bombs, and explosions.  For the life of me, I really can't understand what men see in these.  I don't even have an appreciation for the special effects.  In my opinion, the way that men think these movies are artistic masterpieces just shows that they are mentally inferior to women.

My husband and I have come up with a flip-flop type of arrangement.  If I see one of his movies, he will see one of mine.  This has led me to watching some Star Wars type movies that I hated and barely could keep my eyes open for.  Occasionally I can stomach sitting through one of these blockbuster movies, if the actors involved are good looking.  Most often, however, I would prefer to bring an itty bitty book light to the theatre and read a book while the movie is playing.  I am not impressed with brawny men with no brains.

Sometimes movies come along that we both can enjoy.  Yesterday we saw "Inception", a movie for both men and women.  I crave plot and story line, twists and turns in the story, and using my brain to figure it all out.  I certainly got my money's worth - in fact, my brain was tired at the end with the focus required to keep the story straight.  My husband loved it for the same reasons, as well as it had enough action, guns and explosions to increase it to a "10" on the male scale for action.  Leonardo di Caprio is one of my favorite actors, which added points to the female scale from the beginning.  I recommend this movie for couples.  It is one of those rare movies that appeals to both genders. 

Ironically, the previews which played before the movie highlighted the difference in our viewpoints of what is good.  First, we saw a preview for a movie which involved a lesbian couple with two teenagers, who end up meeting their sperm donor father, resulting in a complex and comedic family situation.  It looked awesome in my book.  I leaned over to my husband and said, "I want to see that."  Then came the preview for a new Stallone/Schwarzenegger reunion movie.  My husband actually sat up straighter in his seat, eyes fixed on the explosions on the screen and said to me, "We have to see that."  We??

Here we go again.  Maybe I can learn to sleep with my eyes open.   The things we do for love.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

New life ?

I spent this morning redesigning my blog page. Judging from my last blog entry, anyone reading my blog will notice that I haven't posted for a couple months. Life got in the way. It shouldn't be that way, but I let it happen. Baseball games, softball games, kids, work, clients, pets....just a few of the distractions I was dealing with over the last few months that seemed to get the better of me. I always put my own need to write second behind these and a hundred other things.

Not that I wasn't writing things in my head. Words were forming constantly as if my brain was telling me, "put this down on paper". Everywhere I went this pesky voice was stringing words together into sentences, begging me to write. I ignored that that voice because there was always something else to do or some other item to check off the to-do list. I am really ashamed. Around the beginning of June, my son and I sat down and made a goal list for the summer - tops on my list was to post on my blog three times a week. I didn't even do it once!

So this morning, my son told me I should blog. I was a bit testy and told him "I don't feel like it". But you know what? I really did feel like it, and my little bit of anger was misdirected at him, as he was pointing out what I already knew. I had not followed through with goal #1 that I set for myself. Instead of thinking about the laundry that needed to be folded and the floor that needed to be swept, I needed to blog. He was right and I knew it. I am happier when I am writing. Why does it always take a 12 year old to point out the obvious?

My first step was to play around with my blog a little bit and give myself an updated look for it. I'm breathing new life into it and I wanted a fresh page to work on. I am a cool color person, so the blue is more inspirational to me that the old colors that I had. I also decided that I want the writing to be the focus, so I aimed for a simplified background that lets the writing be the art.

I'm jazzed to start up again. Let the writing begin!