Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"I go off into Dublin and two days later I'm spotted walking by the Liffey with a whole bunch of new friends." - Ron Wood
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
"You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers." - John J. Plomp
The other night, I received a text message (everybody texts like crazy here!) from my neighbor that said that I was becoming a real local. A pharmacy in the Village posts photos from local events, and we made the window this week. It's not really a big deal, but it certainly seemed like one when I heard about it. It made me feel just a bit more included. As time goes on, it seems to be a collection of these tiny things that help me feel more connected. And that makes me feel like this is becoming our home. For now.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable."-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Thursday, December 17, 2009
"Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive- the risk to be alive and express what we really are." M.Ruiz
Such nice girls!
(Section below taken from http:/miguelruiz.com)
The Four Agreements®
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don't Make Assumptions Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."- Larry Wilde
Yeah OK, but what about the shape? This week I was over at a friend's house and she had just gotten her tree. It was very big and she was very happy with it, but I have to say that it was not, um, what I would expect. It had a few big gaps along the stem. Let me also mention that my parents, particularly in recent years, have gotten the most gigundo (mom's word) tree. Seriously, from floor to ceiling and just as wide. But always very even and filled in, a criteria that I always had for selecting a beautiful Christmas Tree.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Christmas! 'Tis the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial fire of charity in the heart." - Washington Irving
Saturday, December 5, 2009
For example, I used to make my bed everyday. I had heard someone say once that they started making their bed every morning and, if nothing else, it made them feel more organized, and gave them a good start to the day. I found that to be true as well. When I was about 7 months pregnant with my twins, I stopped sleeping but for the 30 minute nap here and there. I didn't even bother getting into bed, I just stayed out on the couch. So, for a while, it became Tom's bed. Oh, and I couldn't fit between the wall and the bed. Then after the boys were born, I had fantasies about maybe getting back into bed for a nap at some point. Never happened. So the bed would be made once a week when the cleaning lady came.
There are many areas that I am pretty happy about. I spent a lot of quality time with my kids. I enjoy and value it so much that it is easy move other things so far down on the priority list that they disappear. I can do better (right? most of us can).
An important component that slips in and out of my routine, besides excercise, is prayer and reflecting on my day. I have so many wonderful intentions to live in this lovely, peaceful, centered, organized way, but I forget to just ask myself "what can I do today?"
I had a bumpy re-entry back into Dublin. First of all, we came back to this:
And we had just left this:
The end of our trip was just as great as the beginning. We had our annual dinner with our friends the day after Thanksgiving. Sadly, this was the first year without Peter who passed away in September. Amazingly, Sam and Nick were there. I admire them very much. It was so nice to see them, and to be there with them.
The day we left, we went to see the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular". It was so good. We were all so happy to be there, and then so sad to say goodbye.
After one week, I am happy to be back. The boys are thrilled to be back at school. We are getting excited for Christmas and my sister's arrival. We had 2 playdates and I had 2 coffee dates.
And I made my bed this morning.