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One man’s trash…

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Yesterday I dropped my old iphone (4) off at a friend’s house. He was looking for an ipod touch — I think to record a little video, to take pictures and occasionally do other internet-y things, but not to place calls.  The old, unconnected iphone will do just that.

Where did this come from? Two years ago I got a new iphone (5) because I didn’t actively research the options for replacing the battery and the battery was going. So when my contract was up I upgraded. A few months after the 5 arrived I realized the full cost. Not just the 200 bucks or whatever Verizon was charging me for the phone, but the behind the scenes hidden contract cost. Cost to replace the battery probably someplace around 80 bucks. Cost of a new phone, off contract: greater than 500 dollars. Also the phone was working. I didn’t need it to do lots of fancy things and it was doing all the things I used it for just fine. So I resolved to use the phone as an ipod.

Kid #2 takes the “ipod” and is instantly on the internet looking for something. Oh, right. It connects to the internet too. hmm.

Stuff old phone in drawer, decide it will be a back up phone. Because, you know, I’m so important I need a backup phone in addition to a land line?  Every time I would open the drawer holding the phone I would see it, be reminded of how silly I felt having a new phone (which is now old enough to be in the same spot as the old phone: needing a new battery).

So when a friend posted on Facebook that he was looking to buy something like this, I saw my chance:  the phone could go to a new home. For less than the price of a used ipod touch (what friend was looking for), a new battery could be installed. I would be breaking the cycle of crazy consumerism. Dropped the phone off and instantly I felt better: my old thing would be reused before it ultimately died and went to the electronics recycler. And learning from this. My phone needs a battery, I’m going to get it replaced and keep it at least another year.

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Ran across this quote this week.

December 11, 2014 Leave a comment

I ran across this quote this week. I’m savoring it. I’m posting it here because I can’t print everything and expect to have a wonderful space to display it. But I’d like to come back and re-read it.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’ I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

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Nutcracker

December 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Exhaustive rehearsals. Saturday, weeknights. Busy busy busy. Fun with friends.

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Solstice breakfast

December 21, 2013 Leave a comment

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this is why I can’t get any work done.

July 23, 2013 1 comment

My family has our favorite children’s books. I’m sitting in my home office, trying to get some work done, overhearing my family reading from one of their favorite picture books. The title is Animalia. Each page is a different letter of the alphabet and contains numerous pictures of each letter contained within the page. It is so sweet to hear them  — our almost 11 year old is joining in. We certainly enough our books.  Here’s a link to the book I’m talking about.
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First errand of summer vacation

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thoughts for a tuesday

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been having and listening to several on-going conversations with friends about relationships that are out of balance in their lives. My dog walks and exercise time this week has been devoted to thinking about, around and through these relationships. As I began to write an email to a friend last night, I decided it was better left until later. I wanted time to pause, reflect and to pull one of my favorite books about parenting off the shelf. My friend introduced me to the book about eight years ago. (Eight years, is that possible?). Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. I’ve never read the book cover to cover. Rather from time to time I pick it up, read 2-3 chapters, put a bookmark in the book and return later, having processed what I read.

As I think through this email I’m about to send to a friend, I’m looking for a passage from the book. Turns out, as I look, that this book about parenting is about teaching too. I just lost myself for about 30 minutes in this book, that I have already read cover to cover, and yet I still haven’t found just the passage I was looking for. Perhaps I should just buy K the book?

We are continually seeking balance in our parenting. To a large degree, it is a very personal matter. What feels balanced to us might feel completely unbalanced to you, and vice versa, and what may feel right to you may feel wrong to someone else. Moreover, what may feel right to us now may not feel that way at some other time. It’s a continual process, since the balance point keeps changing. Each of us has to work at defining what balance means for us, and creating it from moment to moment for ourselves, for our children, and for the family as a whole, as best we can.