Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Perspective This Year

It is funny the wealth of emotions and memories that are turned up this season. I got to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas the other day. I have long tired of most of the children’s Christmas specials, but no matter how many years pass, I will never tire of that one.

I don’t really have a lot of memories of being really little. I am always amazed when someone can remember things from when they were only two or three years old. I have only snapshots, and they are few and far between. One of those snapshots was the first time I saw the Grinch. I was really small, I can’t say exactly how old, but my guess is about three (I’m sure Mom will tell me after she reads this). I was wearing my red, footie pajamas and I climbed up on my parent’s bed with my Mother. They had a tiny 10 inch Sony black and white television with bunny ears in the bedroom (high tech for 1977!). I was transfixed, and now it just isn’t Christmas if I can’t watch the Grinch. I am trying to follow my own advice and focus on these little treasures of life rather then the flotsam of the daily grind that tends to draw your focus to the negative.

I have to say that this year Christmas is off to a good start, although we can’t travel to see family in North Carolina this year; I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with my family and friends. No matter what the stress, whether finances, work or school, you always have to remember to put life in perspective. For example last Christmas I was in Africa, in my tent, alone, with food poisoning, throwing up constantly. Anything would be an improvement. All kidding aside, I sometimes have a tendency to loose that very perspective. Today I went to visit a friend of mine in the hospital. She is fighting advanced bone cancer. At this stage it is impossible to eradicate it, we can only hope for remission that might buy her a few more years. This is a very special Lady. A long time ago she threw me a lifeline… she gave me the job that got me on my feet again at a time in my life where I was feeling very desperate. It was through that job that I ran into Daniel again. If not for working on the Navy base, I might never have seen him again. This summer we will finally be getting married. Patti is a people person the likes of which I have never seen. As I’m standing by her bed, she’s telling me how she just saw my Dad a few weeks ago. It is always humbling to see fate take out someone at the top of their game… So I have to remind myself not to get lost in the difficulties of life, rather focus on the gifts of life, you never know when they might be taken away.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Whoopee!!!!

I must say I’m feeling a sense of accomplishment right now.

You see I finally have a rough draft of my dissertation… complete… COMPLETE!!!!

Sure it’s a little rough around the edges, but I have a few months to address that. Ok more then a little rough… But the point is I made my deadline (tomorrow). I really didn’t want to have to shove off another deadline. Now I get to give the conclusions to my advisor to slice and dice, and on to the revisions.

Perhaps now I can remember how to go to the gym, etc?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Holiday Fun

CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR THE DISTURBED

1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are

3. Dementia --- I Think I'll be Home for Christmas

4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me

5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and....

6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me

7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire

8. Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why

9. Attention Deficit Disorder --- Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy - can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - -- Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells , Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells