A few days off…

I took a few days to relax with Boyfriend from Christmas Eve through the weekend. It was time we both needed, as I have been adjusting to a new job and schedule and he had worked the past few weekends. Unfortunately, I started a few posts but didn’t finish them. I plan to have a few posts in the coming days.  Part of adjusting is figuring out how to get things done when I get home without staying up too late and trying to balance what I need to get done on the weekend while still having quality time with Boyfriend. The new year should allow us both to re-group and recover from the transitions and chaos of 2015.

One thing I am considering is buying a tablet so I can work on blog posts on my lunch break a few days a week. I am contemplating between an IPAD, although I have a Windows computer and a Windows phone, because I don’t want to do the Windows 10 update and the IPAD offers lots of apps and versatility. I will likely stick with what is familiar, but I would welcome any helpful feedback about the tablet decision to help me think it through. Any thoughts?

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Safety First…

In response to the Daily Post, “Safety First”, Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.

I have felt unsafe on many occasions in my life, mostly due to feel mentally and emotionally unsafe in response to the people around me. This caused by being around people that I can’t trust or can’t relax around.

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courtesy of clipart/jonata

I understand that I cannot control others’, nor their actions and expressions, but I can control with whom I allow myself to interact except for while I am at work. I limit contact with people who are erratic, narcissistic, and those who do not value me or Boyfriend. This is one of many reasons I sought out and accepted a new job almost two months ago. I could not trust the people with whom I worked and had to depend upon over the past two years, as workers and as people. You can tell when someone is phony and/or untrustworthy when they smile at you and then stop/start talking to someone else as you leave/enter a room. Or when they only engage you to get information for their benefit, but not for the sake of conversation. You can tell that someone only talked to you and appreciated your “friendship” when you were both in frequently proximity, but you don’t hear from them when you no longer see each other at the office.

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courtesy of clipart/doctormo

I felt unsafe, rather vulnerable, often as a child and teenager because I was teased and had few friends. The friends I had were also people who were teased or had few friends, and would sometimes leave me for other friends with parents that were more lenient with their rules or bought the newest, coolest gadgets.  I rarely felt physically unsafe but the stress and emotional strain was not easy to deal with for years and years, and I was outnumbered, which I was lucky to not have been physically threatened. As an adult, I try to pull from the lessons these experiences taught me, especially to be myself and to seek out people who are respectful and accepting of me and my uniqueness. You don’t have to agree with me but be open to new ideas. I would rather have a small circle of people I can trust than a large circle of people who I call into question. It’s best to be safe than sorry!

Walking Around the Texas Capital…. Merry Christmas!

I took a walk from my office in downtown Austin to the Texas State Capital building and grounds on my lunch break a few days ago. The sun was shining and the temperature was about 74 degrees, not bad for a December day!

I’ve been to the Texas Capital a few times but I wanted to see if there were any Christmas decorations, and take a look at some of the statues and plaques.  I captured just a few statures and memorials, as well as a few historical pieces while I got some exercise and enjoyed the beauty of the day. Texas is a state with a rich history, being that it was once controlled by Mexico before becoming independent and then joining the United States of America. It is also the second largest stated and has the second largest population.

I may have been born and raised in Chicago, but I am proud to be a Texan! As the saying goes, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”

Merry Christmas from Texas!

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This Is Your Life

In response to the Daily Prompt “This Is Your Life“, If you could read a book containing all that has happened and will ever happen in your life, would you? If you choose to read it, you must read it cover to cover.

This prompt reminds me of one of my favorite movies, “Stranger Than Fiction.” The story is about a man name Harold Crick who begins hearing narration of his life while an author, Karen Eiffel tries to finish writing her book. Harold tracks down the author and is able to read the draft, which is the story of his life. Harold is supposed to die, and the author is know for creatively ending the life of her main characters. Ultimately, Harold accepts that he will die, though, the author comes up with alternate ending which allows Harold to live. I love this movie and appreciate that it was filmed in Chicago, allowing me to see familiar places. I think it is an underrated movie, and I really like that Will Ferrell is both funny and serious in this movie. Check it out!

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courtesy of dvdactive.com

I would not want to read a book that would detail my whole life, and the movie “Stranger Than Fiction” is as close to this as I would like to be. You are supposed to live life as it happens. No one, except for God, has the ability to predict and know what you will do, where you will go, who you will meet and when you will die. Even when your life seems to be going on a certain path, it is still uncertain because things can change moment to moment. Life is about the ride and is full of unknowns. As someone who likes to have a general idea of what I will do each day, I know that stuff just happens and that I cannot plan for everything, whether it be the weather, traffic, my to-do list, or natural disasters.

The only thing I know for sure is that I love Boyfriend, our cat and my family, and that they love me. I know that Someone great than each of us created this world, and that I can only try to live the best I can each day.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Twenty-four days until Christmas, where did the year go?

I have been thinking about small, meaningful gifts for my family and I realize I have to starting working on them tho weekend. My new work schedule will limit what I can do it for a few days but I plan to do several things with photos, which will just take time.

I spent some time yesterday helping my new co-workers decorate our open-space office, which was fun. Boyfriend and I don’t do much decorating in our apartment due to the small space and our very active cat so I enjoyed putting up the Christmas tree and other touchs.

Merry Christmas!