Monday, September 24, 2012

Side Effects

As a rule, the thoughts rampaging through my brain are diverse and abundant.  Since attending the Relay for Life Eastern Region Divisional Summit this weekend in Secaucus, New Jersey, my brain has exploded.  The ideas and concepts presented set me on fire.  NOT just for Relay, but for all phases of my life.

Be warned!  All synapses are firing at an alarming rate and I am exuding an abundance of passion for life in general.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Has this ever happened to you?

I had a line from a movie pop into my head this morning:  Listen to it here

I had to Google to remember the source of the quote (because the coffee has yet to kick in this morning).  When the You Tube link popped up I was amazed at myself for not remembering that these words were uttered through Clint Eastwood's clenched teeth.  (We are HUGE Clint fans in this house).

The hubster was concerned that I was attempting to send him a subtle message about something he did - or was thinking about doing.  I quickly reassured him that this advice was for me: I am on the verge of spreading myself too thin (as is my habit, because I have a speech impediment which makes it difficult for me to say the word "No" to people).

I am a habitual people-pleaser who avoids conflict and hard feelings at all costs.  As a result, I easily over-commit myself to help friends when I should be taking care of myself or my family.  Well, that buck stops here today!  For once, I actually saw it coming before it happened.  (Hooray for me!)

Friday, August 10, 2012

So - What's it gonna be?

Today is yet another opportunity to make choices:

  • what do I eat for breakfast?
  • dark magic or donut shop coffee from the Keurig?
  • does the dog get a crunchy dog biscuit or one of her special bacon treats after performing her morning constitutional?
  • oh, and can't forget the wardrobe for the day - will I be leaving the house (which forces a certain level of decorum) or do I get to just hang around the house for the day?
  • then there is the all important attitude... will I pattern my outlook after the concept "the glass is half full" or will I be more like Eeyore?
Circumstances come and go. I can moan about the rain or think of it as "liquid sunshine."  We all have the chance to make choices in our lives.  So, what's it gonna be?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is it just me?

When someone says to me "you can't miss it.", I think to myself, "you don't know me very well."

When told NOT to do something, THAT thing is the ONLY thing I want to do.

When someone tells me to "forget about it" - I find it impossible to do so.

Just wondering...

Friday, June 8, 2012

How Quickly Things Can (and Do) Change

My Friday dawned to find me in full blown anticipation for the start of the Relay for Life event.  My team mates from Team Tied Together have been fundraising since the beginning of the year and tonight at six the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Saratoga Springs Relay for Life - Time for a Cure will start.

My morning at the office was quiet and uneventful.  I was starting to think I would be able to call it a day earlier than usual, so I could go help get tables set up for the Survivor reception, but then the phone rang.  A sheriff was on the line calling to inform the pastors that one of our member had been killed in a motorcycle accident today.  He was the one who went to the house to break the news to the wife and had volunteered to make calls and stay with her until other family members could get to the house. 

Both of the pastors took off for the house, so I am left struggling to process the emotions raging within me.  My heart aches for the wife and daughters he left behind.  The swiftness of their tragic loss is mind boggling.  My stomach is in knots and yet my eyes are dry.

I am struck by the thought that this area has been inundated with motorcyclists due to the annual Americade gathering. There are warning signs along the highway remindig the motorists to watch out for the riders.  It just seems inconceivable that this has happened.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Products I Would Love to Have - NOW

Ever see the movie "Fifth Element"?  It has flying cars & space travel and intergallactic opera singers and such.  The scene which sticks in my head shows Zorg's (the bad guy) secretary sitting at her desk changing her nail color just by inserting her fingertips into a chubby little container which vaguely resembles a lip stick case.  Presto, chang-o new pretty nails.

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Very Own Time Capsule

Today I was the lucky recipient of a package sent by my sister. Inside was a collection of photos (spanning early childhood to me with my newborn son), my year book from eighth grade, old report cards, some of my artwork (one item documenting my first day of first grade), plus a bunch of letters I wrote to my mom over the years along with a few other items of sentimental value.

Talk about a blast from the past!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Getting Into a New Groove

Three short weeks ago, I started a new job and I LOVE it!  I get to work with some great people, doing things I love to do, and so far, it really doesn't feel like "work."  (I know, I know, it has only been three weeks, but I'm still driving to work each morning with a goofy smile on my face and I come home happy every day!)

Now that I am feeling more secure with my job duties, I need to get myself back into an exercise routine.  (I fell off the fitness wagon a couple of months ago due to a bout with a sinus infection which knocked me on my butt.)  I've been able to get back to semi-regular crafting sessions - which really contributes to my outlook, but I have yet to lace up the sneakers and don my workout gear.  While I don't believe my husband would join in my workouts, but I think I need to draft him as a motivatoring force to get me back into the groove of hopping out of bed, mixing up a recovery shake & making my fat cells cry for 20 to 45 minutes in the morning.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I am Grateful for...

  • My Faith = it is the foundation of my existence.
  • My Health:  this coming week promises to be busy and filled with diverse activities.  I am so thankful that the sinus infection that knocked me on my butt is out of my system.
  • My Husband:  Mike is the most understanding man I've ever had in my life.  He supports me in all my endeavors (even when he secretly thinks they could be hare-brained schemes).
  • My Family and Friends:  they have been and always will be a fabulous support system for me.
  • My technical abilities and my love of learning.  These really go hand-in-hand because so much of my computer skills have been gleaned from watching techies tinker with my computers and the premise that "if it is already broken, what harm could come from messing with it?"
I am a firm believer in keeping a gratitude journal.  Each evening, right before I hit the sack, I take a few minutes to jot down items from my day for which I am grateful.  Saturday evening I made an entry:  "I am grateful Steve has a check for Mike."  (Steve is the contractor my hubby sub-contracts under).  The very next day, the hubster picked up a check from the guy.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I believe I have an overblown expectation when it comes to handshakes, thanks in no small part to my dear departed mother. She taught her daughters to have a firm handshake "You want someone to know you are THERE" she would tell us as we practiced with her.  Knuckle-busting was discouraged, while the full palm to palm contact was the goal.

As a female of the species, I don't have a ton of occasions where the handshake is practiced.  (I more of a hugger anyway.)  But when the opportunity arises, I strive to live up to the lesson my mother bestowed upon me so long ago.  That is why I get so frustrated when I am met with a half shake or the "dead fish".  Let me explain.

The half shake = your opponent grabs hold of your hand prematurely and you only have a grasp on their fingers. This could be a sign of commitment issues on the part of the half-shaker. While the "dead fish" has the appearance of a great handshake, except there is absolutely NO pressure or resistance offered.   YUCK - I really despise those!

[rant complete]

thanks....I feel better now

meanwhile....a story gets posted on Yahoo: 

What Your Handshake Says About Your Health

kinda cool that my need to rant about this topic happened this morning...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Couple of my Favorite Quotes

"Everything is easy, when you know how" ~ Joe Walden

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" ~ Audrey Hepburn

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hope Is Never Lost

Hope is the basis of my faith.  
Sometimes it can be hidden from view, obscured by our daily toils, but it must never be abandoned.

Behave Like a Christian

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. 
~ Romans 12:9-13 (NKJV)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy February!

Ground Hog Day has always been a favorite of mine.  I guess because it seems to give me a reason to start celebrating my birthday month.  I wonder how many times the movie will be shown in the next 24 hours.

I got curious about some other important happenings in February and I found the following at

France surrendered Canada to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris, February 10, 1763.
English essayist and critic Charles Lamb born February 10, 1775.

There are a bunch of other facts, plus she has pages for all twelve months too.

My Google search also turned up which enlightened me that.....

among other things.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Show of hands....

Who (besides me) is scratching their head and marveling at how fast January zoomed by?

Just curious....

As you were - carry on - or go back to sleep (pick one)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tinkering and Tweaking

Earlier this year, I convinced my husband to set up a G-mail account and start using Google Chrome.  Since I am his IT support, I figured I should dive in and figure out how it all works so when he starts asking "Why doesn't it work when I do this?", I will have a reasonably intelligent answer.  I've spent this evening exploring the wonderful world of blogger settings.

I love technology!  I grew up watching Star Trek and now I'm seeing the science fiction becoming science fact. This is really an exciting time to be alive, don't ya think?  I have always been a bit of a geek girl, but now, armed with my ITT Techinical Institute student ID, I am an actual card carrying geek!

Life IS Good!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter in the Northeast

My top speed driving home tonight was 43 mph.  It had been snowing most of the afternoon, and the roads were messy (NOT unusual for January in Upstate New York).  I was getting fairly close to home when the roads started looking better.  I remembered something my husband told me once about how driving in four wheel drive uses more gas and then I saw the snow plow not to far ahead of me, so I switched back to two wheel drive.  Moments later, I realized that was not the wisest moves I have ever made.

NOTE TO SELF:  Do not be lulled into thinking that the presence of a snow plow in front of you negates the possibility of black ice on the road.

Just as another car was approaching from the opposite direction, my left front tire found a patch of black ice. The voice of Bill Cosby rang in my head "Turn in the direction of the skid".  (I think that is what I did...but I really didn't have control of my truck.)  I straighten up and then drifted toward the snowbank on the right side of the road.  The crunchiness of the snow gave me back an element of control.  I had been gently braking while trying not to pee my pants - THAT is when I saw I was headed directly at an innocent mail box.  I pressed the brake peddle to the floor while praying that I could stop in time.

As it turned out, God showed His love by sparing the mailbox and my truck.  Oh, and my adrenalin rush lasted until I got home five minutes later.


Allow me to introduce myself....

Hi, my name is Sheila and I ...

  • that person who will remind you that God loves you
  • a happily married lady of a certain age
  • ...think that if I raise my voice when making my point, that people will agree with me more readily
  • ...have become an fitness junkie over the last year
  • to be creative (and sometimes my ideas work out JUST the way I planned)
  • inspiration everywhere I look
  • a voracious reader (and usually carry a book with me in case I get an opportunity to read)
  • the comic relief (sometimes people apologize for laughing & I get to reassure them that it is okay, I was being goofy on purpose TO make you laugh)
I'm sure there is more I could add, but I will stop myself here (for now).