Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Vrooom, Vroooom...

Well readers, this is the weekend when - dah da dah - I take my motorcyle course. :) (I actually do have a cheesy grin on my face as I type this.)

I am getting very excited, and of course a little nervous, but the excitement definitely outweighs the nerves. Friday night is the "classroom" session for 4 hours where I learn how to NOT kill myself or anyone else. Then Saturday and Sunday afternoons, for 4 hours each, I am actually on a bike. And hopefully, successfully driving said bike. I just hope that the weather cooperates so I can have a fun learning experience.

I will let you know how it goes - uh, if I have survived.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I seem to have a fever this weekend.

A spring cleaning fever that is.

Friday I got the crazy idea that I needed to write down a list of all of these things running through my head that I needed to get done. And Friday night the craziness began! As soon as I got home from work I started in on the list and didn't quit until I went to bed.

Saturday morning I did take a little time off to be lazy and catch up on my "Lost" (the TV show) addiction. I had gotten a couple of weeks behind and wanted to be ready for the season finale this week. I'm sure it will be crazy - and good! The rest of Saturday though I did get more of the list accomplished and tried to be helpful to my sister as well. (See Saturday's post.)

Today the day began with church at 8:30 and hasn't slowed down yet. I am very happy to report that almost all of the list is crossed off and even a few additional items that hadn't made the original list were accomplished. Whew - I feel very productive and accomplished this weekend. It feels good!!
Just a girl...

Sometimes it's so frustrating being a single female in this world.

I work very hard, and usually succeed at, being independent and taking care of as many things as I possibly can by myself. Sometimes, though, it just comes down to the brute force and strength factor that we have no control over - men just are bigger and stronger. When you don't have a man in your life to rely on that can just get frustrating!

Today my sister Jodi, a single mother, was trying to be a strong, independent, capable woman. She was securing the swingset in her backyard with anchors so it doesn't move around while the kids are playing on it. Sounds simple enough right? Well, those so called simple things just never seem to go that smoothly.

Jodi worked very hard at getting the anchor stakes plowed down into the very hard, dry ground. A couple of them went in fairly well - not easily, but they got done. Then she started running into problems. There are a lot of old tree roots in the ground where she was trying to put these stakes which would quickly bring progress to a halt. I was there offering any help I could but, also being a female, didn't do much good in this situation. So we had to break down and call in a male for help. Sure enough, in about 10 minutes he had completed what we had been struggling with for an hour. I am very grateful for the help that we received but I am still frustrated that we couldn't just complete the task on our own. Oh well, life just isn't fair sometimes. Though it does prove to me that men and women really do NEED each other in life.

I do want to say that I was impressed with your hard work today Jo! GO HARD WORKING MOM!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006


One of my favorite times of the year... the lilacs are in bloom and smelling oh so sweet!! : )

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Mother's Day...

I hope all of you mothers out there have a wonderful day. Without moms there would be no one - just think how special that makes you. When you are having a rough day and not feeling appreciated stop and think just how special you are - you are the reason that your child has life. Wow, that's big. God chose you specifically to bestow this great gift upon. He knew that you would give love unconditionally (even when it's really tough) and forever.

God bless mothers, especially mine. I love you mom, happy mother's day!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

12 on the 12th...

A couple of my favorite podcasters (Greg and Jennifer of the Rosary Army) encourage their listeners to participate in what they call "12 of 12." The idea is to take 12 pictures throughout your normal day on the 12th of each month. Then post these pictures on a flicker account or a blog in order to share with others what a typical day in your life is like. I don't think this is something that I would do every month, but I thought I would try it today. It was pretty fun.

My life isn't that exciting, sorry, but overall I have to say it's pretty good. So here it is, a little peek into the life of Dawn.


I'm ignoring you alarm. Please be quiet, I don't want to get up!


It's always nice to start the day with a good stretch.


At least my eyes are open now. The day is starting.


It's so much easier to be up when the sun is too!


An essential part of my morning - a cup of hot coffee, aaaaaaahhhhh!


Welcome to my messy desk and office - let the work day begin.


Yay, lunch break soaking up some sun in my personal sanctuary - my deck/backyard.


Back to reality. Work, work, work until that 5 o'clock freedom. TGIF!


Made it through another work week, free at last!


Time for some fun and exercise - it does a body good! :)


As I was out rollerblading I got an invitation from a friend to join in a BBQ. YUM!


Now the day is done and I am tired so I bid you good night. Thanks for hanging out with me today!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Burnout...

Wow, do I feel wiped out the last couple of days. I feel like my brain and body are on permanent slow-mo. As I sit here and try to figure out what to type it literally hurts my brain. Ouch!

I keep thinking how badly I need to just get away - take a vacation from my life. Then I read another blog that I frequent (hi Michelle Dawn, from Dawn Michelle) and she is having the exact same thoughts. That made me laugh! Not only do we share names but apparently also thoughts.

Michelle lives in southern South Africa and I am in the northern United States. There has got to be a good point somewhere between us where we could meet, right? Have a "burnout blogger girls" weekend away. What do ya think Michelle?

I think it's a great dream but not very feasible. I can barely afford to make it across the river to our sister city so a fun traveling adventure just doesn't seem to be in the cards for Dawn. :(

So my only choice is to trudge on, facing my life day by day. No running away for me - unless it's in a dream. (sigh)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The storm rolls in...




We had a great, warm, sunny day from the start this morning and then about 3:00 a thunderstorm moved in. I had a great time watching it roll in overhead. I love thunderstorms! What is it about them that is so intriguing? Maybe it's that they command your attention with bright light against dark clouds and loud booms. I don't know, but whatever it is I like it!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

That was some GOOD chocolate cake!!

Happy Birthday Jacob!

Today is my nephew's 6th birthday. That makes it a good day. I vividly remember when he was born - that was a wild ride. It's amazing how much he has grown and changed, even in just the last couple of years. Sometimes I wish he would stop growing up so fast, then other times I love that he is capable of doing so many things now. He is the only grandchild so far which makes him pretty special in our family.

I hope you had a great birthday Jake, we love you!