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Beating the Green-eyed Monster of Jealousy

I'm not typically a jealous person. Granted, I do have my moments, there are fewer and fewer moments when I look at successful parents, artist, spouses, and even family relationships and think, “Why, oh why, can't that be me?" But mostly, I see successful people and am inspired by them.

Envy rears its ugly head when someone has a thing or benefit you want for yourself - a bigger office, a better body, a bigger paycheck, more attention, a special privilege.

Both envy and jealously are fanned by the perception that a "winner" had an unfair advantage. The jealous or envious person finds themselves constantly thinking about the situation, wondering when their "turn" at recognition is going to come.

I think I’m struggling with a bit of envy and a bit of “it’s not fair.”

I’m jealous of people who can eat whatever they want and gain nothing… and don’t even “have to” exercise.

I am tired of eating another carrot and my friends and family get to enjoy their 4th…

Salad Say 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, and 58

Monday is a busy day.  I teach voice lessons starting around 11:30 and I continue until around 8.  Hence, I didn't take the time to go crazy creating the yummiest salad ever.  I did use the last of the yummy chips that my friend Rachel got me.  That was nice.

Although I was going to have a busy day, I made a salad topped with my home canned tuna.  I sure enjoy that stuff.  I hope I can afford it when it comes into season again this summer for canning.

Wednesday I made some coleslaw and added apples.  I also ate a "liquid" salad.  I just got a terrific blender and made a delicious green smoothie with spinach, kale, coconut milk, carrots, apple, and cucumber.

Thursday and Friday I was back at the HS for the final performances of Little Shop of Horrors.  This makes for incredibly busy day.  I ended up getting a salad from Subway both days.

Saturday was the busiest day of the week.  I left my house early for a Saturday.  I went to auditions for a new project, Brigadoon at a…

Salad Day 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, and 50

Monday I realised I had purchased a bag of coleslaw mix and it would soon expire if I didn't do something with it.  I mixed up some olive oil mayo, honey and a dash up mustard, sliced up some apple and mixed it all up for a yummy coleslaw for lunch.
Tuesday, I only had time for a small salad of green with Italian dressing.  It was a long day of teaching and then the final dress rehearsal for Little Shop of Horrors.  The show is a ton of work.  I am the set and light designer as well as the tech director.  Let me tell you!  It keeps me stinking busy.  With all the stairs I climb up and down you'd think I'd have lost 50 pounds by now.  Sadly... nope.  Oh well.  Life isn't always fair.  Right?

 Wednesday I ate the last of the potato salad.  I have to admit, it's not the best choice.  I just hate to see food go to waste.  To bad it ends up on my WAIST!

Thursday I was busy getting the "official" opening night together.  My daughter ran over to Subway and got me …

Salad Day 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 43

Monday I taught all afternoon and had Dress rehearsal for the HS musical, so I stopped by Subway and got a salad.

Tuesday, my friend brought me a salad becasue she knew I was teaching all afternoon until rehearsal. She introduced me to rice chips too. She even gave me my very own bag of the delisious crunchy morsels. I have great friends!

Wednesday, I did my best to recreate a salad from the previous week. It didn't have all the ingredience and my camera wasn't charged, so I had to make due with the salad and resurrect the phote fromt he previous week.

I spent all day Thursday working on the giant puppet for the play. My duaghter took pity on me and got me a salad from Subway.

Friday I worked on the finishing touches for the play. I was still at the HS when my in-laws and parents joined me to watch the dress rehearsal. My husband was kind enough to pick up roasted chicken and a potato salad at the store at 9 pm to feed the family.

Saturday we took the family to Hometown B…

Changing My Attitude About Mother's Day

"What we love we shall grow to resemble."
Saint Bernard
Happy Mother’s day!

Today I thought about a little girl with large brown eyes making a mess in the kitchen as she did her best to make breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. 

I loved doing that for my mom as a kid.  I never missed a Mother's day that I lived at home, once I learned how to cook.

When I think about life, I could think of hundreds of things that my parents, both together and separately, have taught me. Most of these are not your typical lessons… you know, cook a pork tenderloin until 160 degrees (I have no idea if that’s right) or change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or better yet, avoid smacking the distributor cap with a hard object such as a fishing reel. These lessons are the ones that really guide your life. My mother taught me many things. She taught me to love the classics and good music in general. She taught me the importance of being intellectually curious and the value of community. S…

Fear of Falling Gracefully

I ran across this thought today while contemplating what I might write about… I'm not afraid of heights; I'm afraid of falling.


For someone who is so afraid of falling, I certainly do it often enough.

It happened again yesterday. Busy day. Many tasks to complete; many people calling me in many directions; darted quickly between set pieces and got my feet tangled in a piece of black fabric cleverly disguised as a shadow — and then me, sprawled out across the stage. A student helped me up off the ground. It was so-o-o-o embarrassing.

And painful. Knees, hands, wrists, elbow, shoulder. The usual list of body parts you hurt when you biff it.

Nice fall.  See you next trip!

I am not all that old, yet I feel I am on the doorstep — for want of a better tripping analogy — of senior citizen land, but I am falling like an 85-year-old with too-thick glasses, too many scatter rugs in the house and too much medicine in my system.

Honest! I am not under the influence here. I just hav…

Salad Day 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36

Tuesday I had a yummy Gazpacho Salad.

Wednesday and Thursday I had Potato Salad. I had to do something with the left over Potatoes and hard boiled eggs from Easter. tehehe.

Friday I made a Waldorf Salad for lunch. It's surprising how yummy fruit tastes in a green salad. I worked all afternoon at the HS and remembered on my way home that I was having guests for dinner. AHHH!! Thankfully, I was able to get sub sandwiches on the way home. Me? I ate more salad.

Saturday, my friend Rachel brought me a salad. She knew that I had been spending hours and hours at the HS working on the set and light for the up coming musical. She is so thoughtful! She made the most delicious French dressing. The salad had greens, ham, sunflower seeds and carrots. I'm telling you... IT WAS LIKE HEAVEN sitting on the side walk for 15 minutes and enjoying something that I didn't have to make myself! Sadly, I didn't have a camera with me. I didn't get a picture of my heavenly treat.

I am so bl…