Life and Health

The UU in Me

I’ve decided to try something a little bit different and write a series of posts; this is the first one outlining the series.  

There is a lot of Christian influence in the blogosphere which isn’t a bad thing but it isn’t part of my home or my parenting in the strictest sense of the word. I’m not anti-Christian: one of my good friends (and blog inspirations) Earl Grey and Yellow is a Christian blogger, I was raised Catholic, went to Quaker (AKA Friends) grade school and Catholic high school; there are many things I admire about the Christian faith but I do not identify as a Christian.   

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Life and Health

Update on How I Spend My Time

A few months ago I went through the work to identifying exactly how much time I have.  After rough estimates it came out to about 43.5 hours a week of “free time” not taken up by responsibilities of adulthood.  Since then I’ve been trying to find ways to fill that 43.5 hours with things that mean something to me; I have found some things that have become important to me and some things that don’t matter the way I thought they would have.

Happy Leave the Office Early Day! Enjoy the break!

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Things I Like

The Update to Ukulele Playing

If you remember a few weeks ago I posted about my struggles with trying to play the ukulele.  I promised to stick it out for the whole six week course and tonight was the last night of the 101 class that I was able to take.  Spoiler alert: I don’t hate it and I haven’t cried about it in a couple weeks.

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Life and Health

Do you own or belong?

Belonging and not ownership is something I’ve been contemplating lately.  I have come to the conclusion that belonging comes from a place of love and ownership comes from a place of ego.

Now don’t get me wrong, that ego can be a loving, well-meaning force but it is a force nonetheless which sometimes doesn’t leave a lot of room for the others who don’t live up to the owner’s expectations.

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Life and Health

Update 19 in 2019

I had hoped to write about this more often but it seemed tedious and repetitive the first few months because I wasn’t making any head way in quite a few of my goals but now that we’re 6 months into 2019 I have made a lot of progress.  If you want to read about my 19 for 2019 you can do that here and here.

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Tips and Tricks

“I wished to live deliberately…”

…to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life

~Henry David Thoreau, Walden (emphasis is mine)

I am lucky, I am a teacher who gets to spend the whole summer off with my child.  I want the summers of the future to conjure up the magic and memories of summers of the past.  I want the Munchkin to feel like summer is a time for fun and exploration, for adventures, and marrow sucking.  I want her (and me) to enjoy summer; I don’t want to look back and think I’ve “wasted” the gift that summer brings.

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Life and Health

If You’re Not Fine You’re Still Okay!

“How can I say it?
The way to “get over” a life is to die.”

from The Cure by Albert Huffstickler

I recently heard this poem and this line stuck out for me.  “The way to get over a life is to die”. While that initially sounds incredibly depressing it is true.  The only way we’re getting out of this existence is death. And please, before I go any further, if you are reading this and feeling suicidal please stop and call 1-800-273-8255 or go to https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.  Your life matters so please get help.

Whether you are a mom feeling the pressure of every day or you are a man feeling pressure to provide for your family and everything else in between; we struggle daily to “do it all and do it with a smile”.  While I’ve explained the pitfalls I’ve experienced with the do it all mentality before and how it’s just not possible, today I want to focus on the do it with a smile portion of this perfection disease we’re coping with.

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Things I Like

Things I (mostly) Like: Playing in the Rain

Yesterday (Sunday) was a particularly interesting “Spring” day and I over planned it only to be paying for it today.  Since the Mr. has been working on Sundays I’ve been going to the grocery store before church (roughly 8am) because it’s way less crowded and it gives the Munchkin and I something to do other than be sloth-like and have the TV on in the morning.  

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