Archive for February, 2016

I worked many hours this week related to my teaching job. Six days in a row. I even clocked an hour reading literature journals this morning. Therefore, I thought today would be a terrific day to take a break and check out the new DeDeadpooladpool movie. It is basically about a wisecracking mercenary who seeks revenge. It also includes romance, mutants, and a cameo appearance by Stan Lee.

My hubby and I went to the 11:00 a.m. show (good time to go-tickets are only $5.00). Nestled in my theatre seat and equipped with a huge Icee and mozzarella sticks, I was ready for a cinematic adventure. What a ride! Personally, I thought the movie was AWESOME. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast for the role of Deadpool. I do think you must have a sense of humor, enjoy comic book related movies, and not get easily offended to delight in this movie. It is definitely not intended for young children. Oh, and Deadpool “breaks the fourth wall” which I think is quite cool. For those of you that do not know what that means: he speaks to the audience directly through this invisible wall. Super cool! Kevin Spacey’s character does it in House of Cards (excellent television show on Netflix) and Matthew Broderick’s character does it in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (classic 80’s movie).

What about the rest of my day? I plan on working on household related activities until it is time for dinner. Then, I will spend the evening with my fictional friends on The Walking Dead and Chris Hardwick on Talking Dead. I hope, dear readers, you found some time this weekend to take a break and do something enjoyable. May you all have a peaceful and productive week. Happiness!

“That’s because it’s Christmas Day, Dopinder, and I’m after someone on my naughty list!” ~ Deadpool

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I woke up this morning feeling grumpy. The grumpiness was clearly in response to the disappointment I was feeling with myself. I feel stalled in Mission Innovation. Instead of grading an assignment for school, I decided to procrastinate. I worked a good bit on school stuff yesterday and resented the fact that I would have to do it again today. With a cup of coffee in hand, my I-Pad, and a notebook, I took to the front porch to listen to the second session of Danielle LaPorte’s Fire Starter Sessions audio course that I signed up for last month. Tomorrow is the last day of the course, and out of sixteen sessions, I was just listening to the second one. Ironically, in this session, LaPorte talked about embracing easy (quality easy) and addressed procrastination as being easy and that it can be divine. Alleluia! My mood brightened somewhat.

After the session, I went inside to have breakfast and read a reflection a coworker sent out this morning. It began, “TRUST AND THANKFULNESS WILL get you safely through this day. Trust protects you from worrying and obsessing. Thankfulness keeps you from criticizing and complaining” (Sarah Young, Jesus Calling). Wow! I decided that instead of starting any school work, I would look at the emails I received all week pertaining to the two Blogging University courses I signed up for last month and have NOT had the time to really participate in. I have been storing the information with the hope that I will be able to do more with them in the next few months. I started reconstructing the ABOUT area of my blog which was one of the topics this week. Then, well, yeah…I did not start working on school stuff. I surfed the web, played some games, and procrastinated some more. I chose “inner rhythms over external pressures” (Danielle LaPorte). Magazine StashI finally dusted in my bedroom, cleaned off surfaces, threw away Andrew’s binder that had been residing under my nightstand for the last two years, and made a plan to sort through the scrapbooking magazines my BFF gave me years ago. I felt like I was on an archaeological dig to find my bedroom. And, I had fun and my grumpiness faded completely away.

Despite the fact that I do not feel that I am making much progress with my audio course or my blogging courses, I am still getting something out of both opportunities. My disappointment comes from having expectations. I need to trust and be thankful. On the other hand, my procrastination paid off today. I have two new goals to complete in the next few weeks: update the ABOUT section of my blog and go through the scrapbooking magazines (59 total). While I did not do any school work, I did make my to-do list for the week.

The weekend is over, dear readers. May you all have a fantastic week. Happiness!

“Make stuff that feels good to make-your way.” ~ Danielle LaPorte


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Happy Valentine’s Day! My hubby and I decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an early movie and lunch. What movie did we pick? Not a romantic comedy in the truest sense. No Nicholas Sparks for us! We chose Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It had romance, comedy, and oodles of zombies. I happen to adore zombies. It was the perfect way to spend the early part of my day. Afterwards, we meandered over to a Japanese restaurant for some sushi.

Zombie[1]Now, I have the rest of the day to chip away at my to-do list while my hubby works on his latest outdoor project. I want to get as much done as possible because tonight I am spending the evening with ZOMBIES. The Walking Dead is back on tonight followed by Talking Dead. Oh, how I have missed Chris Hardwick and my fearless group surviving the zombie apocalypse. I guarantee you there will be no romance or comedy this evening, but there will be plenty of zombies. The group is in peril, and I am anxious that someone I care about in the group is going to die tonight.

Love and hugs to you, dear readers. I hope you were able to spend time with someone you love, or you spent time doing something you love. Happiness!

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” ~ Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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The four months of the year that I struggle with the most are the months without Daylight Savings time. I have a hard time dealing with it getting dark early, especially when it is cold. Admittedly, I am not as productive or motivated to be as productive as I am the other eight months of the year. I want to crawl into a cave and hibernate. However, I do have eight things that are saving my life right now.

1. The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

Book of Awakening

2. My Gratitude Journal

I look forward to recording the blessings I receive each and every day. This daily practice has really changed my perspective in all areas of my life.

3. The X-Files/The Walking Dead


I enjoy watching television. While The Walking Dead is on hiatus, I have been watching the revival of my favorite program The X-Files. I actually look forward to Mondays. So far, the episodes have been terrifically entertaining. The Walking Dead and Talking Dead return next Sunday (Valentine’s Day). I look forward to seeing my characters again.

4. My Keurig Brewer

There is nothing better than having a cup of coffee, cocoa, or tea while reading, writing, or grading papers.

5. Books (and Books-a-Million)

I do not think I could live without my books. There are many things I could do without in my life; however, books are NOT one of them. And, regular trips to Books-a-Million with Andrew definitely make me happy.

6. Tooty (aka Comet)


My little black ragamuffin brings much joy to my life. He is quite a character who demands lots of love and affection which he equally doles out to his humans provided adequate treats are in hand.

7. Family

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8. Words with Friends/Trivia Crack

I know, I know. I should not admit that I enjoy playing these games, but I DO. I am a word geek. And trivia, well, I just like answering trivia questions especially related to arts and entertainment.

There you have it, dear readers! I know that my list is small; however, I am grateful for these eight things that are helping me survive right now. Happiness!

What is saving your life right now? 

“The autumn twilight turned into deep and early night as they walked. Tristran could smell the distant winter on the air–a mixture of night-mist and crisp darkness and the tang of fallen leaves.” ~ Neil Gaiman, Stardust










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