Connection

I made a Facebook connection awhile back with a classmate of mine…if memory serves, we actually were classmates from kindergarten through graduation. I call him a classmate because we weren’t really friends….we knew each other and existed in the same world. We didn’t socialize or even, for the most part, share friends. So…I’m not really sure how we connected on Facebook…and the true bonus here is I also connected with his wife…a Facebook friendship I cherish but don’t understand.

The middle paragraph and middle part of this story is really a question: is there really some universe thing that connects peoples souls? some intuitive connection that brings together virtual strangers? The feeling that you have really known them all of your life….well, with Chuck, I guess I have known him for 56 years. This little mystery of human connection …. deeper human connection that just Hi, how is your day? “Have a good day” relationship. Are we brought together for a reason? It’s all such a mystery….

Bottom line…these connections, our lingering friendships and trusting others with the deepest parts of ourselves, inviting others to take a seat in our life….this the whipped cream on our pumpkin pie!

Until next time.

December 7

I remember exactly where I was sitting when I got the call on December 7, 1979 from my BFF of 4 years with the news that she had a baby girl…..and I remember the call in March of this year from my BFF of 42 years telling me Dana’s heart had stopped beating. So many stories sewn together of Dana’s short life and now we have that quilt of memories to hold onto…to comfort us each year when the calendar reminds us it is Dana’s Birthday.

Peace and Love, Gena and family!

I know I’ve used the “best thing since sliced bread” before

But this time I mean it. Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction earphones.

These headphones sit in front of your ear not like earbuds…the sound is transmitted by vibration through your jaw bone. google it for the specifics..but the gist is, you can still here through your ears while listening to music or podcasts. Making it safer for walking, running and biking because you will be able to hear cars and people coming up behind you. The band loosely fits around the back of your head. They are comfortable…the sound quality is good…not expensive headphone quality but very good! When I stick my fingers in my ears, the sound is actually very, very good and they actually come with earplugs…probably for that reason.

So far they work much better than my other blue tooth earbuds. I have small ear canal openings and find the buds eventually irritate my ears until I eventually just pull them out.

Got these at Brookstone in Branson but they are available from Amazon!

thank me, later.

Until next time….

Branson and the Christmas Extravaganzal

WE had a great day in Branson and WE loved the Christmas Show at the Moon River theater. Spent the afternoon walking around Branson Landing. The weather was perfect, great stores for shopping we walked and we sat and let the breeze blow through our hair…well, my hair, anyway

Then there was the Christmas Show. 2nd row seats. 😭My tears flowed through nearly the entire 1st half. The Lennon Sisters…after 62 years…were phenomenal. Dianne and Peggy have retired so now performing are Kathy, Janet and little sister, Mimi!

Then there was Merrill Osmond….the check mark for my bucket list…Donnie is cute and all but my favorite has always been Merrill….

NOW I’m in the Christmas Spirit

Until next time….

Insert your favorite expletive

Just a short rant before I leave the insignificant irritations behind and thoroughly enjoy my day.

I call enter your own expletive . I don’t believe the Clarion, etc et al company give a expletive, use your own don’t steal mine about saving energy and saving water or any of the other living green society jargon they grab ahold of. Their bottom line is money. And the less housekeeping they have to pay for making beds and the less laundry personnel they have to hire to wash sheets and towels everyday, the more they make.

I’ve stayed at several hotels that tell you if you want clean towels, put them on the floor and if you can use them again, hang them up. This little bathroom signed totally pissed me off.

Kind of like let’s give companies more money by cutting taxes so they will hire more people and pay them better.

I CALL BS

Until next time,…

Ate just after 5 in bed by 7:30 😳

So, I’ve been trying to avoid the “poor, poor NinaSue” that he used to say to me when I got sick. Because quite frankly a head cold brings me to my knees…I know I get pathetic….I try really hard not to groan every time I sneeze..you know one of those kind of people. We had tickets to the christmas extravaganza at the Moon River Theater in Branson and nothing could keep me from spending the evening with Merrill Osmond….

So we ate early at a great little steak and ale place down from the hotel and now we are both on our IPADS waiting for a civilized time to say goodnight and shut out the lights. Laying on my side, this is my view.

I’ve spent entirely too much time trying to make this look good through my eyes. I’m guessing it was decorated by someone who knows interior design…but I just can’t get there.

I snapped a few pictures on our way into Branson. I’m always surprised when I see these rock formations and cut aways along this road. The nature’s beauty in Missouri!

Until next time…atchoo..ahhhhhh

finally!

Women wear so many different clothes, hats and uniforms during the day! One of the hardest to wear is that uncomfortable jacket of armor to protect ourselves from sexual harassment, sexual bias, sexual discrimination and sexual assault. I am one of the lucky ones. I have not been physically sexually assaulted! But, I have been sexually harassed and lived with sexual discrimination and bias. 42 years in the workforce, I have a mental list of men that I would like to meet in a dark room with a large knife and slash off their dicks!

Things are changing! Women have had enough! Matt Lauer’s firing announcement this morning did not surprise me…I always had a gut feeling about his arrogance. How many more of these bastards are going to go down. With each one, women should feel some empowerment! I presume the revolution is just beginning. Some won’t get caught, some will continue because their perceived power over women is the only power they really have. I want to see these men at the bottom of the food chain!

Until next time…

….just like oil, the truth rises to the top of the bowl

I think that once there is a crack in my expectations and therefore personal choices, the liquid drips out until I have a steady flow before other people’s judgements and opinions start jamming up the mess again! I have a steady flow right now!

I have welcomed Inputs and experiences this past week putting aside my prior expectations and preconceived beliefs and came away with peace of mind and understanding. Who knew that just opening my heart, receiving what felt good and blocking as unimportant the experiences that bring me angst, could have a profound affect on my outlook 🙄!

We all have choices…the difference for me is going to be the ability to move forward putting into action what is right for me and closing off the opinions and rules of others.

Onward and upward!

Until next time….

Proof is in the Snicker

I have been sugar free for months…I don’t really miss it…I am not really tempted….like I can sit and watch the family eat homemade ice cream and I don’t have that feeling like I’m disciplining myself…it’s just a choice….no thank you.

Fast forward to cooking for thanksgiving. Thinking about him making pumpkin pie, I had a twitch of…I hope I can just say no tomorrow. His pumpkin pie is, by far, the best ever!

….and then I started making candy bar apple salad.

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nada…..no temptation….and then…

I didn’t mean to slip one in my mouth…honest….

……and the next….and yes a third…with each gooey bite I actually felt no guilt…Milky Way are my favorite…so I was tempted and devoured 3 in a minute…it’s okay! At least that is what I told myself.

….thankfully, now, 20 minutes later my stomach is upset, I feel irritable and I feel the tinge of a left temple headache….will I remember this tomorrow?

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!