Sunday, November 20, 2011

Being Grateful - Part 1

Saturday morning while I was exercising, my phone dinged its little ding that tells me I have an email.  It was a link to my sister's blog - meaning she had just released a new post.  I get a little too excited when she posts - for many reasons.  It is interesting and sometimes a little spooky to get into the mind and heart of someone who shares your gene pool.  Sometimes I feel like she is channeling me ( and sometimes I don't).  She is very smart and a good writer and it just warms my heart to hear from her.  Her post on Saturday was Gratitude-A thru G.  I thought, "WOW, I need to do that......"  So since I don't mind being a copycat, and I think it IS good to ruminate over the things I am thankful for, I'm going public with the things I am thankful for today. 

A is for my new Android Bionic.  I didn't even get a cell phone until 2006.  I'm in no way a tech geek.  I secretly get a little irritated at those whose faces are buried in their phones all the time.  I have rebelled against this behavior to the point of silliness.  Well, all that is over.  I am converted.   This phone has changed my life.  It makes me smile. In fact, I made this list while I was working out, on my Notes App.

B is for balls - games that are played with balls that is.  Baseballs, basketballs, golf balls, and best of all footballs.  For as long as I can remember I have loved watching sports.  Don't know whether it is nature or nurture, but I crave sports to my core.  I don't believe I am an obnoxious fan in any way, but I am all about sitting around and watching games.  I don't need special food or beer, just a comfortable place to sit and a remote control.  If I happen to get to be at the game that's great too.  I'm just glad these games were invented.

C is for my computer.   This is really a lie, but I am trying to change my whole thinking about them.  My ineptness with things computer related is vast.  I have not one ounce of technical intuition.  Typically my intuition is spot-on.  With people, I've got it.  With art, I've got it.  With music, I've got it.  Even when I play golf, I play by "feel" or intuition.  Not with computers.  I am amazed to watch others fly through using or fixing their technical devices.  I wonder how on earth they know these things - how do they know what buttons to click.   I am committed to developing some sort of competence with my computer, and have decided that taking advantage of the many opportunities available through it is the first step.  So, I will be kind and considerate to my computer and most of all - grateful.

D is for Diana Gabaldon.  Diana Gabaldon is the author of Outlander and seven other books that make up what is called the "Outlander series".   Over the last year I have been completely wrapped up in these books.  Jamie and Claire - the main characters - are my BIFs (best imaginary friends) for 2010-2011.  Since I've been reading these books, I can't tell you how many times that I have been deeply engaged in a project, thinking about a million things, and I think to myself...."I should check on Claire - give her a call - see what is going on."  It takes me a minute to remember that they are only friends in my mind.  This makes me laugh.

E is for Elliptical machines.  I have been exercising 6 or 7 days a week since Oct of 1989.  Good huh?  My family has a long and distinguished history of arthritis.  I live in fear that it will eventually debilitate me as it has some of my relatives.  The body is the one machine that works better the more it is used. I could write a month of posts about exercising, but for the purposes of this one let's just say I am grateful for the 3 elliptical machines in my life.  My weeks would just not be the same without the Cybex Arc Trainer, the famous Precor EFX, and my greatest love, the Precor AMT (best machine ever!!!)

That's enough words for today - more later.

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