Monday, January 30, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006



"I get to go to work today"
instead of
"I have to work today".
I came across this earlier today...still I am glad for weekends to re-engergize my batteries and when Monday morning's alarm clock rings I will remember this.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Luz de Luz

Originally uploaded by nieve44.

In the stillness of night, a flame burns bright and within the glow of fire
I find silence and
I see my soul and within my soul
I find my own light and the luz from within makes my spirit glow and thus
I am luz de luz.

Saturday, January 21, 2006


Originally uploaded by nieve44.
After being off work for 5 weeks due to medical leave, I returned on the 3rd just in time for registration at the college. The past week was short because of the holiday but nonetheless very stressful. The semester has finally gotten underway and things should be dying down for awhile. The past three weeks were a whirlwind of spins and turns which entailed getting myelf back into the swing of things at work, dealing with remenants of my knee surgery and the continued rehab I have to keep up plus starting a new year. My whole body and brain feel a little like this picture...distorted, contorted and fragmented. Thankfully, last month I had scheduled a massage appointment just for this day knowing that my body would be in need of some TLC. The therapist did notice that my body was very tight, knotted and she spent extra time trying to work out the kinks. Starting to feel like a whole person again. She said that I needed to take care of myself this weekend and spend time healing my spirit. I'm listening to Ottmar right now, finishing up my water and getting ready to take a nap. Afterwards, I will get a work out in, do some reading and catch up on a movie. Day outside is bit on the cool side, cloudy and dreary and perfect for winding down.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Happy 49th Anniversary

Parents Wedding...
Originally uploaded by nieve44.

Today, on January 13th my parents celebrated 49 years of marriage. Thanks mom & dad for your love for one another and your inspiration.

Driving home this evening, it "hit me that ordinary people have extraordinary love and a million little miracles far beneath the stars above". Here's to a river of stars and more miracles in the years to come.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Candy 4 My Soul

Live 2005
courtesy of
I could listen to this all night!
Wait, it gets even better
Check out the
4 more.
Also playing on CD
Time to update my iPod!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Girls Like Me

Girls like me aren’t hard to find
We grow like roses on the vine
We wear our hearts on our sleeves
You probably know a girl like me.
We live alone and in our heads
We eat standing up or in our beds
Guilt and fear merge easily
In the quiet souls of girls like me
And loneliness is like a cold,
Common and no cure we’re told
We take to bed per chance to dream
In the blue light of the TV screen.
Girls like me like summer light
And cold beer on a summer night
And boys who aren’t afraid of what they see
Inside the eyes of girls like me
And hopefulness is like a drug
It makes a girl believe in love
And if somehow you love us back
We think there’s something wrong with that
Girls like me aren’t hard to trust
Your deepest secret’s safe with us
And when it’s time to set you free
You can always count on girls like me
It’s good to know a girl like me
You used to love a girl like me
words by Mary Chapin-Carpenter from Between Here & Gone. I just bought this CD last week and loving it more and more each time I hear it.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Chico Chulo Rivera, III

Originally uploaded by nieve44.
Chulo is the first registered dog that I've ever had. He was given to me by a former student who begged me to take him. I didn't want him at first as I wasn't a fan of Chihuahua's at the time. Reluctantly, I took him and now I can't imagine life without him. He's my lil man.
This picture was taken from the back of my dad's truck which used to be his playpen for awhile. His first collar was bought from the cat's section of the pet store.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

happy rose bowl

happy rose bowl
Originally uploaded by Fifi LePew.



National Champions 2006!

Thanks to Fifi LePew for pic.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

My Heaven

Nothing shatters and nothing breaks
Nothing hurts and nothing aches
We got ourselves one hell of a place in my Heaven
Looking down at the world below
I'm unsure why the fighting shows
Up here we got none of those in my Heaven
There's pools and lakes and hills and mountains
Music, art, lighted fountains
Who need bucks here, no one's countin' in my Heaven
No one works, we all just play
You can pick the weather every day
And if you change your mind, that's okay
In my Heaven Grandma's up here, Grandpa too
In a condo with a to-die-for view
There's presidents and movie stars
You just come as you are
No one's lost and no one's missing
No more parties, just hugs and kissing
And all these stars are just fruition in my Heaven
There's little white lights everywhere
Your childhood dog in Dad's old chair
And more memories than my heart can hold
That leave us singing Field of Gold
There's neighbors, thieves and long lost lovers
Villans, poets, kings and mothers
Up here we forgive each other in my Heaven
For every soul that's down there waiting
Holding on, still hesitating,
We say a pray of levitate in my Heaven
You can look back on your life a lot
It can't matter what you're not
By the time you're here
We're all we've got
In my Heaven.
January 1, 2006.
words by Mary Chapin-Carpenter.