Because I’m having internet issues and need to post something short.
And because this is the most fun video I’ve found in a while…
Take a break from returning gifts and putting away your holiday decorations to watch this very short clip.
Cute animals? Check!
Catchy soundtrack? Check!
And laughing/singing along burns calories so – way to get a head start on your New Year’s Resolutions!
More fun stuff, serious stuff, and giveaways to follow in 2011!
Getting a head start on one of my 2011 resolutions by resurrecting this site.
Nevermind the fact that I haven’t been getting much of a head start on my holiday shopping. Or wrapping. Or decorating.
But there are lots of friends from the interwebs and Twitter who are more than making up for my slack-tastic self in the holiday department.
1.) The Bloggess. If you haven’t yet read her post on the Christmas Miracle that her readers helped create, you are missing out on a big piece of holiday spirit. Go! Read it now!
2.) Domestic, But Not Martha.
Crystal has only been blogging for a (relatively) short time, but is already making an impact. Check out her Handmade Holiday series for lots of gifting ideas. Especially companies – and Etsy sites – where your purchases make a difference. (I’m looking at you, Sara from Happy Brown House)
Go and check out the links above. In the meantime, I’m going to work at getting my Christmas on.
Okay – so the party wasn’t for me – it was for this lady.
Bossy & I on my 29th (cough!) birthday
But it was my birthday. And it was a party. And it was fabulous!
There was laughter, hummus, good beer, and even better company:
Mommy’s Martini, MomZombie, Unmitigated (the artist formerly known as Middle Aged Woman), Deb, Suzan (aka: swirly fabulous), Elizabeth, and GrandeMocha. Silly me, only took out my camera at the end of the night to take a few blurry photos. Scrapbook FAIL. But check out Bossy’s post on the night, as well as some of the other great bloggers above for actual pics.
And then, on the way home, I got my first (actual) birthday present….. A lovely ticket from the State Police. Ha!
Actually, it was kind of a gift. I only got written up for not having my new registration on me. (New tabs were on the license plate – but the actual copy of the registration form was on my kitchen table. Fail)
I can only hope that next year (when, surprisingly enough I will be turning 29! again!) is just as good.
That tonight’s gonna be a good night.
The catchy tune by the Black Eyed Peas has been running through my head for a little while now.
Why? Because tonight BOSSY is coming to Detroit! She s did a road trip across the U.S. back in 2008 and a group of us local bloggers got together for a night of fun, wine, and a late-night White Castle trip. Not to mention, the world’s yummiest salmon dish. (recipe is halfway down the post)
Now she’s doing it again, this time for her (No) Book Tour. Because, well, she forgot to write a book. But she did manage to organize a trip criss-crossing the country covering 12,000 miles in 6 weeks. Yikes! Check out Bossy’s website to see the latest stories of leggings, support hose, the best fast-food breakfast sandwiches, and living out of a car for one and a half months. Also, her romance with John Cusak. (see below)
And a group of us are getting together at a local(ish) brew pup – Liberty Street Brewing Co. in Plymouth, MI. I’m hoping to reunite with a few of the great women I met last time – and meet a few more. Maybe even a guy will show up this time.
A few other reasons why today is going to be good: It’s also my birthday. (woo-hoo!) So before making the trek to Plymouth, my good friend Brad & I are going to catch an afternoon showing of Iron Man 2. It’s also a sunny day – perfect for walking my foster dogs. I also went to the chiropractor this morning and feel very relaxed and stretched out after my post-adjustment rolling treatment. Also: the office staff at Dr Buller’s sang “Happy Birthday” to me when I walked in. How sweet!
I hope you’ve got a feeling that today is going to be great for you as well. And I hope that there is some sunshine in your life, wherever you are.
Just Juli, self-portrait. May, 2010 (courtesy of necksolutions.com)
As I sit here recovering (still!) from my whiplash, I am reminded of a phrase that I read in the Bible referring to the Israelites as “a stiff-necked people“. When I looked up this passage, I was surprised to find that this description is found 7 times in the scriptures.
If God says something once, it has meaning. Twice – you should take more notice of it. But seven times? He is really trying to get your attention!
That’s me. And not just right now when I am working just to get my head to comfortably face forward. (And, oh! To dream of being able to look to my left! Or up! Or down!!)
I am stubborn. I can be hard hearted, and slow to change my ways. I am guilty of sometimes falling into bad habits of apathy and laziness. Even though my heart has been broken for so many marginalized people. Why is it that I spend more time on facebook than keeping up with world events? The ignorance of the masses is what keeps the cycle of evil in the world continually spinning.
Edmund Burke is oft misquoted as saying
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”
Burke’s actual statement from his ‘Thoughts on the Cause of Present Discontents’ reads:
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitited sacrifice in a contemptible struggle”
Today I am pondering why it is that I can so often get stuck in a cycle of selfishness and be so myopic in my worldview.
More importantly: What steps can I take to become more of an active participant in this world? What do I need to do to look beyond myself and meet the needs of others? How do I “soften my neck”?
… After an emergency visit to the chiropractor today, plus a second adjustment this evening. ugh. This was my first visit to the chiropractor in almost 2 decades.
I have been so tightly locked up with my right shoulder to my right ear – and my head turned to look over my right shoulder. It started out as a kink in my neck on Saturday, and has progressively gotten worse each morning since. Today I spent half the day nearly in tears.
I was able to get into the doctor’s office this afternoon – maybe partly because my dad was their first patient, and has been loyal to the practice for going on 25 years. I went there a few times as well in my early teens – but it’s been a looooong time since then! Since it has been so long, I was expecting Dr Buller to be on the elderly range of the age spectrum. Ooops! It’s funny how the young mind sees anyone over 25 as “old”. I was shocked to find that the doctor is a few years younger than my dad.
I had between 0 and 5 degrees of motion in many areas. No duh. And the x-rays showed a lot of serious misalignments – so much that I could even see them without the doctor pointing them out. I went through my first adjustment and was sent home to ice the area a few times before I came back in at the end of the day. The difference was almost immediate. And was even better after the second one.
– I also had my church group pray for me tonight and saw a noticeable relaxation in my neck/shoulder muscles after that as well. I want to give props not only to the excellent chiropractic care of Dr. Jeffrey Buller, but also to the healing power of Jesus. Not everyone believes in that, but I do.
I still can’t tilt my head forward much to look down. But maybe that’s a good thing. I should be looking up more often anyways!
I got a chance to watch Conan’s last taping of The Tonight Show over the weekend. And, while it was funny, the best part were his words at the end. He challenged people to avoid cynicism, as it is ineffective and pointless. He capped it off with this:
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
The hardest obstacle to overcoming cynicism lies in tackling your own heart. That dark place where you hide your fears, your warts, your anger. To excise those negative, life-sucking areas is humbling, hard work. But the rewards are amazing. It’s not about changing people, but about changing how you see people.
Right now it is 5 degrees here in MI with the windchill factor. And I lost my job of 11 years last Friday afternoon. The only job I’ve ever had. The urge to give in to cynicism and anger is almost irresistible.
But the sun is shining, and it’s so cheerful. And I have amazing friends who have reached out to me with a word of kindness or encouragement. And I know that God is with me through this as well.
And, I’m Happy.
Really Happy. In spite of it all. I know there’s a tough road ahead of me in the MI economy. But I’m okay. I’m healthy. I’m loved, and I get to love people back. And there is coffee and chocolate in the world, so life is good.
I feel a new bond with Conan as we both lost our jobs on the same day. I mean, really, we’re practically kindred spirits now. Blood-siblings (except with out the gross blood part – unless you count the blood-sucking “Man” that did us both in!) So, call me Coco! We’ll chat and compare networking strategies and next steps. 🙂