Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Growing Old Gracefully


To get back my youth I would do anything in the world , except take exercise, get up early , or be respectable.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


The Benefits of Growing Older

1. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.

2. In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.

3. It's harder and harder for sexual harassment charges to stick.

4. No one expects you to run into a burning building.

5. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

6. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

7. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the National Weather Service.

8. There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

9. Things you buy now won't wear out.

10. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.

11. You get into a heated argument about pension plans.

12. You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

13. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

14. You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.

15. You sing along with elevator music.

16. Your eyes won't get much worse.

17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.

18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

It's Hailing in Florida!!!

 The world is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy for those who think.   

Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Yes folks, it hailed here in Florida today! 


I took the picture above from my back door while it was happening.

My son and I had a blast trying to shove each other out the door for hail pelting. He said it will be like an ordinary day at the paintball field with his friends shooting each other. It is his way of saying, "this will hurt you more than it will hurt me." 

This kind of thing happening in Florida is somewhat of an anomaly. I have lived here for more than two decades and only witnessed two hailstorms. Yes, once every decade, it seems like Floridians piss Someone up there enough to send us down golf ball sized snowballs.

Happy Easter to everyone! Hope instead of hard snowballs you will get a lot of chocolaty Easter goodies.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

On the Lighter Side...

What is wrong with these pictures?

From Albania:


From Serbia:

From Ireland:

Thursday, March 17, 2005

My Daughter: My Heart and Soul


 Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them.  They move away.  The moments that used to define them-a mother's approval, a father's nod-are covered by moments of their own accomplishments.  It is not until much later that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the water of their lives.

                       Mitch Albom, five people you meet in heaven    


The excerpt above pretty much encapsulates my thought about your yearning for independence. It is hard for me to let you go. It is painful, as if a part of me is being torn away. I miss you so much when you are away but I understand that this is a part of your individuation. You need to move away in order for you to know and trust yourself.  I understand that you need the sense of accomplishment that comes from doing things on your own. I also understand that you still love and  need me but on a different level. You still want my guidance but you do not need me to tell you how to live your life. You want to learn how to live by experiencing life.  I trust you and I believe in you. I know you will make mistakes along the way but I am confident that you are smart enough to know what is healthy and beneficial for you. I will always be here when you need me. I do not want you to think that I can ever turn my back on you. Do not mistake my silence for not caring. I am merely letting you direct your life without my meddling.   I love you and nothing can change that. I support your search of your identity and your pursuit of  clarity/definition of your own personal beliefs, values , and morality.  I also believe that once your outlook in life is healthier, you will also be physically healthy. Stress can ravage your body. Keeping healthy company and staying away from dramas will make your life less stressful. I was a mess  when I was your age because I took care of everybody except myself. I also pushed myself to the limit through sleep deprivation and unhealthy indulgences.  I know how it feels to wake up with aching body. There were times when I was not even able to lift the blanket off me. I pitied myself for a while and got angry with the world but that attitude only made me feel worst physically and emotionally. I started getting better when I started listening to my body and stopped being a superfriend. I realized that I needed as much help as I was giving out. I needed to help myself first because when I was a physical and emotional wreck, I was powerless and unable to help anybody.  Take care of yourself and you will be healthy enough to take care of others. Love yourself and you will have more love to share. I love you and I miss you so much. I can't wait to give you real hugs and kisses.   Mom   

Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Yes, I am the great Slacker!!!


Yes folks, I am a blogging slacker. I got a 9-5 job and it consumed my life!!!

For those of you who were concerned about my lack of updates, I thank you for trying to contact me. Your concern is greatly appreciated. 

I will try to update weekly from now on. You can hold me responsible for my promise. If I break this promise, you can send me hate e-mails with my permission. LOL.

Work is wonderful. I did not think I will get the hang of it very fast since I had been an entrepreneur for two years.  That meant, I worked when I was inspired and I slacked when I can't find a muse. I was not a good businesswoman. I almost sank my ship. A remnant of it is still floating but I decided I will do it in a smaller scale for now. Somehow I needed the competition in an office environment and none of the salesmanship to be very productive. The lesson I learned from it all is that if I ever go in business again, I will not try to do it all. I will hire someone to do the marketing and sales since I have proven that I am not good at dealing with those business aspects.

I also need to apologize for not visiting and commenting on journals lately. I will try to catch up with everyone this weekend. I am trying to reorganize my timetable so I can visit and comment more often. 

Hope everyone is doing great. Have a good week!!!