Monday, October 29, 2007

Happy Halloween

Originally uploaded by ggtem

He looks more like a Mikey with that snaggle tooth gleam! Photo courtesy of Erika. Design inspiration by Erika. Carvings by Luz & Erika. She wanted a happy face pumpkin and not a scary face pumpkin for her first pumpkin carving.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Awaken the soul

Instantly awakens the soul
Originally uploaded by

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.
-Dave Barry

From my niece! I crack up everytime I read this!

BTW Erika, we DO need to go back to Central Market

and grab that coffee we saw!

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Music: George Winston, Montana: A Love Story
Mood: Blah
Libra Horoscope: 10/20/07

Like a brand new sponge, your brain is eager to soak up everything in sight today! You always thought learning was fun, but today you will have so much fun learning something new that you may need a few days to recover! Get ready for a shocking revelation, intriguing announcement or delightful declaration to stir up your imagination and make your energy level skyrocket. There is some extremely good news coming your way, and it will involve a major transition.

Update: 10/24/07... I'm still waiting for the shocking revelation/good news to come my way! I need something to snap me out of this downward spiral I've been feeling of late. I have my moments when I think it's happening but then something snaps and I'm back where I started...taking one step forward and two steps backwards. It seems that this whole year (2007) my life has been in transition. ;-( One thing for sure, I need a vacation! I've been pretty much stuck here in H-Town except for a few quick excursions to Corpus Christi and Lake Charles. While a vacation may not be in order soon one thing I AM VERY much looking forward to is my massage on Saturday! It's been more than a month and this Humpty Dumpty is very much in need of being put back together.

Monday, October 08, 2007


Hello Kitty
Originally uploaded by nieve44

My one-a-month,

and a birthday present from my niece

--for a wild and crazy girl!


Monday, October 01, 2007

Precious Time

Precious time #3
Originally uploaded by nieve44
Precious Time

They’re calling up numbers now
Try to hide but how
Close your eyes, just pretend we’re runaways
How many boys and men…women and (pets too)
Will it take to win
And how many wish they could be runaways
How many tomorrows do we have
How much precious time

Pick a lucky star
Be it near or far
Just pretend on the long nights…
I can see it too
And wish the same as you

How many tomorrows do we have
How much precious time.

The past few days I’ve learned about the passing of two very dear people and one very special cat and this song by Darden Smith came to mind. John was my first crush from middle school and we went out a few times. I thought he hung the moon! I’m sure he’s chuckling now. I ran into him at the grocery store some years back. He recognized me at first and we caught up with one another in that “precious time” next to the produce isle. As I learn more about his tragic death, I wished now we had exchanged phone numbers/email, something—instead of “see you around”.

Just last month I ran into my student in the hallway and shared “precious time” by saying “hello”. I wish I knew then what I know now…I didn’t know she had been ill with cancer. When I met her some years back, she had just recovered from open heart surgery. She was just at work last Monday and died this past Saturday and leaves behind a young son. She had just completed her degree and came so far from where she began when I first met her.

The shock of John’s death was just passing when I learned of Chyna’s untimely death as well. My very tender womb opened up again and just this evening the tears finally flowed freely. I couldn’t hold it back anymore. Their passing had a profound impact on me as they hit very close to home. Sadly, I missed John’s memorial service and not sure if Chyna will have one but if I can I will be sure to attend. As soon as I can, I will look up into the night sky and pick three lucky stars…for John, Chyna and Duffy too!