Friday, December 31, 2010
Did you know that in every month of the year there is someone somewhere in the world, of some religion, or culture, or nation that celebrates their New Year! We all have different seasons, calendars, rulers, etc - so it only makes sense. Celebrating the New Year is probably one of the most ancient of holidays we all celebrate.
Curious as I am, I was reading about Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year that happens in September or October. It is a 10 day long celebration!! It is full of rituals and traditions - like eating apples dipped in honey reminding them of all that is sweet in life. In these 10 days families get together, they eat, pray, they blow the Shofar (ram's horn) which is to call people to repentance and some believe that God opens his book of fates and writes what will happen in the coming year and on the last day, Yom Kippur, this book is closed. I guess it matters how you behave in those 10 days matters! : ) I read that Yom Kippur is considered the most solemn day of the year and celebrates closeness with God and is a day to look at the past year and plan for the one ahead. Now I'm no expert and I'm not Jewish, so the above is only my outsider's superficial perspective. I am sure there is more to it. But even though I am not Jewish, I am adding the apples and honey to my New Year's Eve!
Part of my work here is to gather music for us to sing at "In The Key of Community". (I do really love my job!) And as I began searching this week for New Year's music, I found that the pickin's are slim! But there is a great Ella Fitztgerald song, "What are you doin New Year's Eve?" It's been covered by loads of people, but her version is the best.
So while I am looking back at 2010 and ahead to 2011, I have decided that I really have done a lot of amazing things this year! And while I am not opposed to new years resolutions, I have decided that I have already set enough goals for myself!! I still have some things to tick off my list of 40 New Things and I have my list of 40 Things I have Started and want to Finish. I mean seriously, that's enough. I haven't posted these lists yet, for lack of time and really who wants to read my to-do list anyway?? It's more interesting to read about their completion! I will say this though, there are three areas of my personal life that I continue to focus on - my physical health, my finances and the paper clutter at my house. As always I am taking the soft and loving approach to these - acknowledging that the situation is basically good, just needs a little more attention and tweaking is all! : )
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you make 2011 an amazing year in your life!
Have a listen to Ella at this link http://http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkjz-6nic8
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
- The first is to read 40 books this year (reading list to be posted shortly - if anyone reads this and has recommendations please let me know because i LOVE a GOOD book!)
- The second to review and make sure that i have swam, canoed or fished in 40 lakes/bodies of water over the course of my lifetime before my 40th year is over. (again - list to be posted)
- And third to finish 40 things that i have started... you may think i'm joking - that i couldn't possibly have 40 unfinished things to do. hahaha!! but you'd be mistaken. i'm the kind of person with so many ideas that in my lifetime i couldn't possibly do them all, but i try anyway. i don't get down on myself about this characteristic - i think it's great, interesting and i actually do (and finish) more than many people i know. so this list of 40 is being generated and will be posted soon. and the first thing on the list - though they won't be completed in order - is to do 19 more new things to finish my 39 new things goal!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Jer arranged the whole thing as a surprise on my birthday, apparently not so unattainable after all!
Jer figured if we were going to pay someone, we may as well pay family, so initially he asked my cousin Mike. Mike doesn't really do scenic rides and he was really busy with orders for his business that day, so he recommended we go to Northwest Flying Inc. just down the road from Mike's place in Nestor Falls. I always like going to Nestor Falls ... there is so much family history there and it is so beautiful.
Before we went to for the ride we went to Caliper Lake Provincial Park. I have driven by so many times, always saying "someday, we'll make time to stop." I am told we have stopped there when we were kids but i have no memory of that - so it kind of counts as a first.
though there was a wind, it was still warm and sunny. we had the whole beach, playground and everything all to ourselves. i was grateful because i didn't want to blind anyone with the reflection of the sun off my winter white nordic skin! the fairness of my skin is always shocking in the spring! :-) i am trying to follow through on this 30 day meditation challenge - so first i sat on a picnic table, but quickly moved into the sand... first time i have practiced outside. i learned i need to do it alone ... :-) I did go for my first lake swim... and on my birthday too!
After the beach we went back for the ride. The wait was worth it. To see from above the land and the lakes that i have zipped over and by all of these years was an amazing new perspective. Things i never knew were there, seeing the lake and river i have paddled a canoe down, seeing the expanse of the area of Lake of the Woods, so full of islands and inlets that it was hard to realize that it was all one lake and not dozens of separate ones like on the other side of the highway. i never knew Crow Lake was so huge. during the flight i thought of my mom and dad - they both worked in Nestor Falls when they were young. i thought of my grandfathers and their guiding on the lake. and i thought about my uncles and aunts who have worked and lived there. The man who owned Northwest Flying Inc, said he knew Keith and Ronnie, and Alfred of course... so I thought of all of them. Flying over Crow Lake I thought of Keith and his smile - his jovial spirit and ready smile set him apart from most people i've met.
my favourite part of the flight was the take off - the sound of the engines pulling us up and away from the earth and feeling the amazement of over coming the law of gravity. the great thing was we took off down this narrowish channel, with rocks and trees on either side. as we climbed over the tree tops it was like peeking over a fence into a totally new perspective of lush green forests. then as we got higher to see more and more water - blue and green and aqua, sometimes glistening and sometimes black. Seeing the world from that perspective really does change things - and maybe it was only for that flight, but for those moments i left my cares behind me.
ps - i was really glad we didn't crash! all of us really enjoyed our first float plane ride. oh, and the landing was as smooth as any landing I have ever felt!
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
"Hi Everyone and welcome to the first day of the biggest loser!
Today will be the first day of the weigh in. Sue will be supervising all the weigh ins, so feel free to drop by when you get a chance to step on the scale. I have also made some packages for everyone with some helpful starter tools. So here are the rules:
- 1) $15.00 Start up fee (Can be paid to myself or Sue. $5.00 will go to the purchasing of prizes, $9.00 will go to the pot to win at the end of the month, and $1.00 will go to the endowment fund)
- 2) Weigh in every Thursday
- 3) The person with the biggest percentage of weight loss each week will receive a prize
- 4) Should you gain weight it will cost you $2.00 (This money will go to weekly prizes)
- 5) Eat right
- 6) Drink lots of water
- 7) Exercise
- 8) HAVE FUN!!
- 9) At the end of the month, the person with the greatest percentage of weight loss for the whole month will win 90% of the money from the sign up.
The other 10% will be donated to the endowment fund
Thanks for joining everyone!"
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
On Saturday I went in for my annual (yes annual) hair highlighting appointment. I was born with very blonde hair and like most blondes it has gotten a shade darker every decade until I was about 25. My hairdressers have said that my natural colour is technically around a 7 ash blonde. For years now I have been getting my hair highlighted 2 shades lighter and a different tone. Like golden blonde or platinum blonde. So this time I thought I'd get something new. A new look.