All About New

I know it’s been ages since I last posted anything new, but a lot has been happening in my life and I would like to share it all with you now.

I started a new job.  I’m training to be an Assistant Manger of the KFC/Taco Bell in my small little town of Fairfield, Texas.  So, in about two months, stop on by and let us know what you think of the place.  This means a lot of long, hard hours, so I won’t be posting daily like I used to, but I will try to post at least once per week when I am home.

Soon after I started my training, my parents moved into a new house, so we have been working hard to try to get them set up with all the necessities of new home living, such as internet, phone and cable.  Everything is now put together, so they can live somewhat more comfortably.  All of this, of course, also means new home furnishings, which is loads of fun trying to pick out.

I guess that’s really it.  It seems like a lot more when you are living it rather than when you are writing about it.  But it is a lot of fun for me.  I’m exhausted everyday, but it’s a good kind of exhausted.  It’s the kind that tells you that you’ve actually accomplished something.

Hope everything is well with all of my wonderful followers!  Happy February!

The Quarterback

When Cory Monteith passed away on July 13, 2013, I was deeply affected by his passing.  At that time, my daughter and I had watched Glee on a regular basis and Cory played one of my favorite characters on the show, Finn Hudson.  So, when Glee: The Quarterback aired on October 10, 2013 and everybody was saying how they cried through the entire episode (even those people who didn’t normally watch the show), I decided to wait to watch it.  I needed to give myself more time and distance.

Well, today, with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I decided it was time to view the Glee farewell episode to Finn Hudson.  And, everyone was right, I cried non-stop from the opening scene until the closing scene.  I guess it was inevitable.  I’m an overly-emotional person to begin with.  It doesn’t take much to get me to cry.  This episode had me sobbing every time a new scene was introduced.  I actually had to pause the episode and various intervals just to give myself a chance to breathe.


One of the quotes that touched me more than anything was when Carole, Finn’s mom, said:

“You know, when I would see that stuff on the news, I would shut it off because it was just too horrible to think, but I would always think, ‘how do they wake up every day?’ I mean, how do they…how do they breathe, honey? But you do wake up. And for just a second, you forget. And then, oh, you remember. And it’s like getting that call again and again, every time. You don’t get to stop waking up. You have to keep on being a parent even though you don’t have a child anymore.”

 

And then there is the quote:

“You know what’s tripping me up? This line between the two years. That’s his whole life. Everything that happened is in that line.”

The coach’s response was priceless as well:

“What are you going to do with your line?”

It really got me thinking about my line.  What meaning will it have on those that I leave behind?  I didn’t do much in my life so far.  I don’t know how many people’s lives I’ve touched.  I know there are some who will remember me when I’m gone.  There might even be some who will feel a hole in their lives when I am no longer there.  But how much impact will my life (or death, such as it is) really have on those people?

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

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I was just checking my Facebook when I saw news that Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment from an apparent heroin overdose.  I am deeply saddened by this news.  He was an amazing actor!

I first saw him in “Magnolia“, which was just simply a brilliant movie all around.

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Phil Parma in Magnolia. Please click on the picture to be taken to the website the image was borrowed from.

He played many brilliant roles, most recently being Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games.  He will be sorely missed.  R.I.P. Philip.  May your afterlife be more brilliant than your mortal life.Phil

January in Review

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It’s hard to believe that it is already February. It’s amazing how fast January just flew by.  The weather has wreaked havoc all over the country in January causing it to be cold even down here in Texas and dumping huge amounts of snow in other parts of the country along with unusually bitter cold temperatures.  Hopefully February will be better weather-wise all around the country and we can get back to some sense of normalcy where that is concerned.

I haven’t been writing as much as I was when I first started this blog, and, for that, I am sorry.  I’ve been having trouble lately with staying focused and coming up with creative ideas.  Hopefully, I can get back to some normalcy with my writing as well.

My top five posts for the month of January are:

24 Questions Tag: Facts About Me! 2,675
Home page / Archives 248
November In Review 117
Bat Appreciation Month – October 38
Kyle Jaglal vs. Walmart – Change.org Petition 38

It’s amazing to me how the 24 Questions Tag is still getting so many views.  I just don’t understand why so many people are still searching for it because of Facebook.  It’s amazing how trends really work, don’t you think?

I would like to welcome all my new followers!  Please check out their pages and show them some love:

Cee Neuner
http://ceenphotography.com/
Cee has a very lovely blog that displays her life in photography.
Lisa’s Kansa Muse
http://www.kansamuse.me
Lisa has a wonderful blog that, among other things, displays recipes she finds from all around the world.  Very delicious!
ba1993
http://thelifeofacosmopolitan.wordpress.com
This appears to be a fairly new blog that includes reviews of movies and books.
Ann Koplow
http://annkoplow.wordpress.com
As Ann states in her “About” page:  “This blog is part of my creative process…. another way for me to take risks,  to venture out into the world in new ways, and to embrace and express all my different human feelings– joy, fear, sadness, anger, the whole Emotional Enchilada.”
Kathryn Jenkins
http://jenkinskatie847kj.wordpress.com/about/
This links to Kathryn’s “About” page which in turn links to her various websites.  Thank you, Kathryn, for following me!

I guess that’s pretty much it for the month of January.  Hopefully there will be more news for February.  I hope everyone is staying safe and warm and has wonderful progress on your blogs this month!

Share Your World – 2014 Week 4

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

I have a little secret.  Ever since moving to Texas, I don’t really have any friends outside of my family.  At least not ones that I can spend time with as all of my friends stayed behind in brutally cold Illinois.  Therefore, I do a couple of different things to recharge my energy.  I either watch Netflix by myself or spend time hanging out with my family.  Once in a while I may actually venture out of the house to recharge, but usually it’s with one or both of my kids in tow.

What is the most number of blankets you’ve ever had on your bed?

I currently have two blankets on my bed and one of them is an electric blanket.  It’s been a tad cold here in Texas, but it’s due to warm up soon.  Hopefully I can get rid of one of my blankets.  Coming from Illinois, though, I have been known to have three or more blankets on my bed during the winter months.

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met. Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

I’ve been known to go places by myself on occasion.  I’m a fairly easy-going person and I love to talk, so attending parties where I don’t know anyone wouldn’t be that big of a deal to me.

Do you like talking to people on the phone? Or do you prefer voice mail or email?

I found this question interesting because it doesn’t ask about texting, which is my preferred method of communication when I actually have a cell phone.  However, if I am left with only the choices in the question, then my answer would have to be email.  I’m not really a phone person.  At least not anymore.

 

In response to Cee’s Photography – Share Your World – 2014 Week 4