Monday, April 24, 2006

The greener side of things...

As promised a few days ago, here is the follow up photo from atop Hillside Park to show how quickly nature is changing. It looks so much better already. I love it!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

AH HA!!!!

Today I had an "ah ha" moment about all of these feelings I have been experiencing. I realized how THANKFUL I am for all of this stuff that I am going through because for once in my life I truly feel alive. I started thinking about how I would normally react in a situation like this that involves my feelings and my heart - I would shut down, build up walls and not let anyone in. Then my thoughts continued to the end result of such a reaction - being lonely and miserable in my walled-up little world.

Nope, not this time. I am going to be grateful for all of the ups and downs that come my way and remember that even if my heart gets crushed in the long run at least I know that I was LIVING life for once and not hiding from it in a lonely dark corner. Ah ha, carpe diem (seize the day)!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


whoa, whoa, whoa, feeeeeelings!

OK, I'm done singing to you now, sorry. :)

It was the first thing that popped into my brain when I started thinking of how to write about the subject of feelings. The subject that has been weighing so heavy on my mind. Why is it that as a mostly intelligent, fully functioning human this aspect of one's being can get so out of control? Feelings like I've never felt before - very strong and very powerful. WHOA - I guess the song says it right! As hard as I try, I can't seem to get these feelings under my control. I guess my only option is to keep riding the wave that I am currently on and hope that I don't completely lose my mind in the process! : } (At least I am finding some humor in the subject tonight.)

Peace be with you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Rainy Day...

Today it rained, or at least was misting, all day long. That actually was great because we needed the moisture very badly.

After work it was dry enough for me to take a walk and I had decided to go up the street from my house and challenge myself to the "hill". Otherwise known as Hillside Park because the whole thing is basically, well, one big hill. Maybe not BIG in comparison to other hills and mountains out in this great wide world but when you are walking UP the hill, believe me, it seems fairly large. Once you reach the top there is a pretty little area where you can sit on benches and admire the view of our quickly growing city. I had grabbed my camera as I headed out the door so I could take a picture from the top (as seen above). After all of todays rain things should be looking greener and more luscious in a matter of a couple of days. I will try and take another picture soon to show the rapid changes occuring.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

(Another great photo borrowed from Jason. He recently returned from a trip to Rome where this photo was taken. Thank you J, hope you don't mind.)

Happy Easter Everyone...

Just wanted to tell all of you to have a great Easter. As you are enjoying your family, feast and chocolate please take a moment to remember exactly why we are celebrating this day. (No, not the bunny!)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What's been up?

While my brain is still loaded with all kinds of thoughts, I am keeping myself busy physically as well. We are having GREAT spring weather which has meant much time being spent in the great outdoors. Many hours of work have gone into my yard already getting the lawn and flower beds ready for their displays of beauty. I even got my first sunburn of the season this last weekend. It isn't the harsh, painful burn that you would get further into the season so it actually was kind of fun.

I have started the process of a new adventure for the summer too. I have sent in a registration to get into a class for beginners to learn how to drive a motorcycle. I have had a love of motorcycles for many years and finally decided that I should take the leap from being just passenger to driver. Am I crazy? That is to be determined! I am excited (and nervous) to see how it goes when I try and contol a bike on my own for the first time. I will keep you posted as I move further into my adventure. Wish me luck!! :)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


I thought I had better at least let everyone know that I am alive.

I have A LOT of thoughts going through my head right now but nothing that I have been feeling like blogging about. It's all pretty personal thoughts that I don't feel comfortable sharing at this time. So for now I am trapped in my own head and being quiet. Hopefully one of these days soon my thoughts will lighten again so I can happily blog at will.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

I'm a junkie...

Sorry I've been behind on my blogging this week. Things have been really busy, but in a good way. I can see with the nicer weather arriving that I am going to be spending a lot less time in front of my computer and a lot more time outside. That's a very good thing though!! After being forced to spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer inside at work I can't wait to get outside to do something in the fresh air.

So are you wondering why I am a junkie?

That would be because I am addicted to podcasts now! (My name is Dawn and I am addicted to podcasts. HI DAWN!) A friend of mine got me started on one podcast. That one has led to another, that has led to another, that has led to another, and so on. So now I sit at work all day long with my headphones plugged into my hard drive and listen to podcasts as I am working. Most of the time it's great and makes the days go by so much faster. Other times though I get interrupted every two minutes by coworkers and customers needing things and it gets frustrating. I have to keep reminding myself that I am there to work and that comes first - the podcast will stay paused until I can get back to it!

So any of you out there that have not yet discovered the world of podcasts I highly recommend you give it a try. I bet you could find any subject of interest you might look for. Now I feel like a dealer offering some poor innocent unsuspecting soul their first drug. So I will put a warning label on here: Start listening to podcasts at your own risk. Once you start you may not stop! Make sure you have plenty of time available to sit in front of your computer or you will need to purchase some form of iPod in order to make your podcasting addiction mobile. Thank you for listening! :)