This is going to be such an amazing weekend. I’m blessed to be able to spend time with my favorite man, his more than welcoming family, as well as my own beautifully crazy family. As I get older I find that there are so many special moments in life that are to be remembered and savored. I treasure good times spent together more than objects. I’m still a woman though so shiny baubles will always be on my list of good things. But without a strong emotional link behind those shiny things they don’t mean much.
And if that’s just too much happy sappy crap for you, know that there will be more than enough school work mixed in during this long weekend.
Yes, the title of this post is a quote. Yes, the quote is from one of my favorite books (and movie). But is it true? In a word, yes. And being happy makes the rest of the mess of life easier. I look forward to where life takes me and this path especially.
I’m on a Polar Plunge team through school. This is such a good cause I can’t wait to help out! There will be a costume involved but you’ll only get to see it if I meet my fundraising goal. And trust me when I say that it will be worth it.
The event will be held January 25. And for those that were asking, it really does take place outside in a cold-ass Kansas lake. There’s even rules. Think you can just walk in far enough to wet your ankles? Nope! There’s a line of firefighters that make a ring and you have to give a high five before it is considered complete. One high five is all it takes. Is that good enough for my crazy team? Hell no! We’re getting a high five from every single one of those firefighters!
The funds raised go to the Special Olympics. How can you say no?
Polar Plunge Donation
Lots of life changes in these last few months for me. I left a job surrounded by an amazing support system that I had known for six years. I was baptized back into the single life. I started the most rigorous doctorate program I never thought I’d be a part of yet somehow find myself enjoying the constant battle.
I’m lucky enough to have some of the greatest people in my life. I get a “You can do it!” text when it’s most needed. Or an equally well timed message telling me to hang in there and that there is faith in my being able to do this. All of this means that I need short distractions. Music is always around and always going through my head. Which sometimes explains my random facial expressions and head-bobs that I get caught doing.
Shake Senora- Pitbull: First up is a song that surprised me to find out my lovely Mama liked. Her mother was in town and we were playing a card game and had music playing. This song came out of the speakers and I grinned as I knew it wasn’t going to go over well. Boy was I wrong! Mom loved it. So it made the list of course.
No Woman No Cry- Bob Marley: When so much is going on a nice mellow song is always welcome. This is my go-to song when a deep breath is needed.
My Rifle, My Pony, and Me- Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, and Walter Brennan: I know that I’m not the only person that has a favorite movie that is the perfect time out from time to time. Rio Bravo is my movie of choice. I love John Wayne and Dean Martin is a favorite anyway so how could this movie not be a favorite?
All That Jazz- Chicago: Yes, I know all the words and have for many years. Is this a regular song that gets stuck in my head and do I have a hard time not belting it out at random with a roll of the shoulder and a hip thrust?….. um maybe.
Boondocks- Little Big Town: Yes, I like country along with all the other random things I listen to. This on though gets me to remember that it’s all worth it. I wouldn’t trade where I am for anything.
Riders on The Storm- The Doors: It wouldn’t by my list of absolutely great songs to mellow out to if I didn’t include one of my favorite Doors songs. I have to live up to my Hippie nickname after all.
As of today my divorce is official. He didn’t change, I did, and communication failed. The end.
Have no doubts that this is a good thing.