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Nov. 7th, 2011

Dammit, all I can think about this time of night is how cold I am. 

There is just nothing I want to write about tonight.  I'm going to do the dishes, get my kid to bed and crawl in there myself.





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Nov. 6th, 2011

I don't know if I will ever get used to the bone chilling cold of the Pacific Northwest.  I am certain at this moment, it is colder in southern Idaho than it is in the south Puget Sound area.  HOWEVER-the extra moisture in the air makes the cold bone chilling here.  It's not a wind chill, obviously, but if there was a moisture chill (there probably is and I just don't know)it would always reigster as "bone chilling" on that meter.  I'm stting here in flannel jammies with my electric throw on "high"  I know the electric blankets/throws, etc aren't very good for your own personal electrical system.  But, at this very minute, I don't care.  I just don't.  The other alternative is to drink.  But I did that last night, and I have a reputation to keep up of being not much of a drinker....must uphold! 





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Nov. 5th, 2011

apple cider warmed with cinnamon, star anise, and cloves + a jigger of Maker's Mark = one very calm, warm MiMi.  Mmmmmm, might have another one. 

Damn!  I need to change the sheets before I crawl into bed.  The fitted sheet on our bed right now has a HUGE riiipppp in it.  No repairable, at all.  Stoopid cheap Target sheets.  Crapola.

Today was good.  I was busy as fuck! this morning.  Then the afternoon was calm-albeit with a brief argurment with the husband-then we all went to Costco.  Home for computers, reading and listeing to The Swing Years & Beyond on KUOW.





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What's on your Bucket List?

At 43 I feel a little silly calling this a "Bucket List."  But, there are a few things I've always wanted to do, or have finally done-and I guess that would be called a Bucket List.

Blow glass
--I have a Groupon for this and really need to use it.  Funny that I moved to one of the premire art glass blowing areas in the USA.  So common that a Groupon was issued!  This was the very first thing I decided I must do-when I watched a grainy film about it on TV when I was about 12-stitting in the basement of my Mom's house.

Go on a sea kayak
--This one will happen.  I just need work a little bit more on my core and upper body strenghth

Go to Europe     I went to Holland in the Spring of 2005 thanks to my husband insisting, my inlaws taking care of my kid for a week, and my best friend having me be her guest for a week

See Yo Yo Ma play-I saw him last winter at Benaroyal Hall with the Seattle Symphony.  It was wonderful

See Angkor Wat
--There will be some major physical changes that have to happen before I do this trip.  But I really do hope to some day

Tell me some of the things on your "Bucket List"







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Nov. 3rd, 2011

I had a swimming lesson today. It went really well. I didn't learn any new strokes, just worked on the strokes I know. And, my instructor really helped me figure out better ways to do laps. Suggestions that will hopefully help my stamina. Then I'll be able to get over 400 meters!

Tomorrow is Friday!!!!!!!





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Nov. 2nd, 2011

I spent a good part of the afternoon learing about post traumatic stress disorder. It was a really interesting presentation. I work with active duty military people, not veterans. But it was still good information to learn. We watched a movie made by Iraq war combat veteran. Very graphic. More graphic than anything that's on TV. Which I know was the point of movie.

I hope this presentation makes me more compassionate towards veterans.





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ramblings in my mind

My Dad popped into my head today. Unfortunately it wasn't a happy memory. It was the circumstances surrounding his death. I saw an old style decommissioned hearse. Which made me think of a passage from a book I just finished (American Wife. Read it, it's fantastic)that happened in the 50s when ambulances were just very long station wagons. Which-for some reason got me thinking of fire fighters and how they always are there when there is a serious medical emergency. Which-reminded me of when I pulled up to my Dad's office-after being summoned there by his secretary-with my 6 month old baby in the car seat in the back-seeing the ambulances and fire truck AND Captain's SUV. I knew right then, it was bad. Really bad. I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say, my Dad was dead by the time I got there. He'd died of a massive heart attack. It was my first experience with true grief. My Dad was a great guy-quite human with lots of foibles, but a great guy none the less. He was so excited about Joe. He had great plans to take Joe on long drives in the mountains of Idaho, just as he had with my siblings and myself. Doing that is a right of passage for Idaho kids. You go for long drives in the mountains. And, that's truly the rub of my Dad's death. He wasn't a young man, he was 71. He drank hard most of his adult life. He didn't take care of his diabetes when it first came on the scene in his 50s. But-most of the sadness of my Dad's death is the fact that my kid never got to know his Grandpa. And-the fact that I didn't get to say goodbye. I didn't get to tell him how much I loved him. I didn't get to thank him for raising me so well.

So, grief is always there. It's lessened quite a bit over the years, but it'll always be there, on my shoulders, in my heart. Today is All Saint's Day in the Catholic tradition. I'm fairly comfortable saying that I'm no longer a practicing Catholic. But, seeing as how I am not only a cradle Catholic, but an Irish one as well, I reserve the right to certain prayers and rituals that I find comforting. I have my favorite Saints. I love the smell of Mass incense. I might ever recite a Rosary now and again. I don't believe in ghosts, but do believe in spirits of loved ones. I wonder if my Dad was with me today as I sat at that intersection and thought of him and his death. Maybe.





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FaceBook

Is there anyone here that isn't a friend of mine on Facebook? Please, friend me! I miss you guys! I'm not going to apologize for loving FB, because I do. I love it so. But, I was looking through some of my old posts here and commenters and thinking, "oh yes, oh yeah, how are they? Where are they?"
My name is

Marjorie Walker Hansen





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Writer's Block: Back pat

What are the three proudest moments of your life so far, and why?


The day I graduated from college
The day I got married
The day my son was born





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Writer's Block: Just another manic Monday

Do you look forward to returning to work/school on Mondays or do you live for the weekend? What do you enjoy most about weekends? What do you dread most about school and/or work?

DIfferent times of the year would have different answers.   From May until the middle of October I was barely able to take a breath at work, I was so busy.  I couldn't get caught up.  I never had a "down day."  It was awful.    This was  a result in not only increases in registrations, but changes taken place in my office.  My work load increased.   I was really starting to dislike my job.   I mentioned it to my boss and she said it'd calm down in the middle of October(she used to do my job) and she was right.  It's slowed way down.  I'm able to complete my work each day.  I'm not rushing. It's wonderful.  I know December might be crazy.  But, I feel like I've got my sea legs a bit now. 

There's some other stuff going on at work that I don't particularly like.  I'm being left out of a lot of social stuff.  I know it's because I work part time, and the people organizing the things don't have me in the front of their mind.  But it's also things like someone running to get lunch and asking many other people if they can pick something up for them, but not asking me.  Right now I'm being terribly passive aggressive and not really talking to this group.  But that's not my style and these people are on the  same team I'm on.  So I need to either say something, or stop being so sensitive.  Kinda tough, either way.






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