Sunday, December 30, 2007

soooo dry

Okay.

I put hand lotion on and 5 minutes later, my body feels like it's sucked up every last drop of water and stored it away somewhere deep inside a secret vault. WTF? do I just need better hand lotion? Or can I blame it on the very cold temperatures?

Speaking of dry skin... here's a helpful tip. Try to remember to apply lotion to your elbows! There's no reason they need to be neglected like they are. They need nourishment too... Elbows have a secret wish to be as pretty as [insert whatever you think your prettiest body part is here]. At night they cry because they feel forgotten. And all you have to do to fix that is apply lotion daily to them!

Incase I don't make it around to everyone...
HAPPY NEW YEAR and best to you ALL in 2008!

Love Jules :Omwah!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Tuesdays...

Morrie is the greatest teacher I've never known.

I went to see the play "Tuesdays With Morrie" a while ago with Kim and when I came out I was beside myself - overwhelmed with emotion. I said to her then, "I WISH I had a copy of that script!!" ... and boy did I mean it. Well, for Christmas I received the novel from Kim. I read it over the couple of days I was away to my Dad's house. I couldn't hardly put it down. I started to dog ear all the pages where something profound and meaningful Morrie said while this final thesis of his live was being composed. 24 out of 199 pages are now folded over.

Morrie really knew what life was supposed to be about. He knew how to find life and love in the smallest and biggest of things. He knew how to absorb himself in the environment and the people who surrounded him. He knew how to listen, yeah... but Morrie... he knew how to talk. He said things so that it touched your very core, and the things he taught - well, if you could open up your mind, internalize them and really give them the kind of reflection they deserved, your life would change.

Please... if there's only one book you read over the next year, make it "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom.

Read it, love it, live it - because making the world a more cohesive and peaceful place begins with this book and ends with you!

If you can, please do spare a few minutes to keep reading this. I know it makes for a long post, but here's an exceprt from the book that helped me make it through my Auntie's funeral today:

"That's what we're all looking for. A certain peace with the idea of dying. If we know, in the end, that we can untimately have that peace with dying, then we can finally do the really hard thing."

Which is?

"Make peace with living."

He asked to see the hubiscus plant on the ledge behind him. I cupped it in my hand and help it up near his eyes. He smiled.

"It's natural to die," he said again. "The fact that we make such a big hullabaloo over it is all because we don't see ourselves as part of nature. We think because we're human we're something above nature."

He smiled at the plant.

"We're not. Everything that gets born, dies." He looked at me.

"Do you accept that?"

Yes.

"All right," he whispered, "now here's the payoff. Here is how we are different from these wonderful plants and animals. As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on - in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here."

His voice was raspy, which usually meant he needed to stop for a while. I placed the plant back on the ledge and went to shut off the tape recorder. This is the last sentence Morrie got out before I did:

"Death ends a life, not a relationship."

Morrie was well known for his "aphorisms". Words to live by... such as: "Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do"; "Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it"; "Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others"; "Don't assume that it's too late to get involved"; "Love wins, love always wins";"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in";"If you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back, you want to go forward, you want to see more, do more - you can't wait until you're 65";"Be compassionate, and take responsibility for eachother - if we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much a better place."

So... this concludes my gargantuan entry on Morrie Schwartz... the greatest teacher I never knew, yet now hold so dearly in my heart.

Jules :Otenderhugs

Sunday, December 23, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

A very quick note to let everyone know that I'm taking off to Camrose for the next few days. Going to spend Christmas with my dad and step mom there. Unfortunately, we had some terrible tragic news yesterday, my Aunt passed away from lung cancer. So I'm not sure it will be the happiest of Christmasses this year... but we'll make due the best we can.

To all of you... I wish you everything good and right and lovely over the holiday season. I wish you a brilliant start to 2008 (even though I'll see you back here before we all bring in the New Year). I wish you health and happiness and love and warmth all around you (and if you're lacking that just imagine an eternal hug from me and that should help). I wish that you all get at least one gift that makes your heart soar. I wish you a million smiles and hours of laughter... and I wish you the ability to take note of each and every one of them and not just let them pass you by without notice.

Bless you all, see you in a few days!!
Jules XOX

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Horoscope time...

This has never been more true in my life!!

Cancer
June 21 - July 21
Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, there is a child inside of you who needs tending, dear Cancer. You are all grown up, and proud of who you have become. And well you should be. But we are all the sum total of who we once were. Today's planetary positions suggest that you spend some time acknowledging the various parts of your past. That includes the good parts as well as the not-so-good parts. It is only after you have integrated all these different elements of yourself that you can truly be the person you are meant to be.

Jules :O!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Okay.

So I bought a Christmas Tree craft thingy from Chapters last night and figured it would be a fun thing for Baby and I to put together and display on the island countertop. We had a good time putting it together and like all things from IKEA had leftover stuff at the end. Then I noticed that there was a booklet in the box and the leftover stuff was supposed to be for making origami decorations for the tree! Well, excited as I was, I got right to work making a Santa Hat and a Christmas Tree Ornament.

Yeeeeeaaaaah. GUH.

I C-A-N-N-O-T do origami to save my life! In fact, if my life ever hung on the balance of make origami or die, surely I'd drop dead of a heart attack right then and there.
I've included photos of my miserable and frustrating experience at attempting said paper art form. It's not pretty. I feel like I need to warn you.

DO NOT PROCEED UNLESS YOU WANT TO WITNESS THE MASSACRE OF THIS ANCIENT ART FORM!!!

Okay, admitedly, I got this one fairly close to it looking like the photo. What you can't tell from the pic is the massively unruly slant the stupid thing has ... oh, maybe you can... yeah. Something went horribly wrong.



And for SURE you can't tell me that this Christmas Tree Ornament even REMOTELY resembles the one on the book!!! Seriously, people... this IS the FINISHED product! And I'll let you in on something. This ornament took me well over 45 minutes to attempt to get right. Usually I'm all about perserverance, but this... THIS was b-e-y-o-n-d me!


See... told you so!

But!! I have an idea. I'm bringing the stupid little square pieces of paper to my dad's house over Christmas and the stupid origami book and I am going to get a) drunk and attempt this again to see if it makes more sense and b) challenge the family to produce something better than I can! HA!

Jules :OWTF?!!

dance the blues away!

Went to a Great Big Sea concert in my sister's livingroom today and danced around like there was no tomorrow. Can't help it. That band... they rock my world. They can turn any sourness that might be lingering in my brain into the best, most positive energy ever! I sure the boys thought we were nuts, but they even enjoyed bouncing around with us!

Woohoo! Good workout, great afternoon!

Monday, December 17, 2007

simplicity is sometimes best

This is my 500th post.

Actually, I've been putting it off because I've been debating doing the all out party celebration thing, or just chillaxing and takin' it easy.

I think I've decided that I'm going to do the latter. Because I don't feel like I need to steal the limelight. It's Christmas... attentions should be on those around you that you love, not on lil 'ol me!

So just join me in a simple toast... *tink*... and flash me a warm smile on your way through, okay?

All my love,
Jules :Oj

Saturday, December 15, 2007

this is not a drunk blog. i'm fully recovered...

Thanks to my lurker KB for throwing QUITE the party last night. The food, the drink, the extreme dancing, the dirty dancing, the group pictures, the bottle cap(!), the laughter, the tattoo flashes, the really incredibly steep basement stairs... it was all soooo much fun and hell yeah, I'm looking forward to the prospect of getting together once a month! Let's all work on that!

My motto from last night: I may not have won, but at least I tried my hardest!

Mkay... for the rest of you - just imagine what goes on at an all girl's Christmas Party. Wow, this is a fun time of year!

Jules ;O!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ahh, sometimes I dunno about myself...

This one was inspired by Jim of Jim's Notes from a few comments back... Thanks for the great idea, doll!!

My wish

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that every woman was blessed with perky boobs.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that every man had an upturned penis.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that that was all that mattered for everyone to get along!

Okay. I'm done with my shallow moment. Thought I'd better get your attention since it's been a while since I've posted!

If i had a wish for the world, it would be that everyone could see the beauty of the earth that surrounds them.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that colors would remain vibrant, air would remain clean and ground would remain fruitful.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that its inhabitants could see beyond superficialities and accept everyone for who they are.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that noone living on it would feel pain and suffering.

If I had a wish for the world, it would be that everyone could at least experience pure true love at some point in their lives.

What would you wish for?

Jules :O?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Oh wow... I'm just floored...

My son had his 2nd birthday yesterday... I am at a loss for words, really. You remember, those of you who have kids, their second birthday? Remember how you felt like the joys of watching them grow made time go by so fast that it really DOES seem like they were born yesterday? And for those of you who don't have kids, but who have neices and nephews... I know you can relate to that too. It really is a miracle, bringing somebody healthy into the world, and it really does make you treasure each and every day. And even when there are frustrating moments in the day, the overwhelming love you feel for your child just magically erases that when you see them laughing, learning, and loving life. And to know that you are their teacher, confidant, and friend throughout it all... well, there's really nothing that makes you prouder, is there?
It's amazing what one year will do to a child's eating habits! Still messy, but not completely covered!


Jules :Owarmsmiles

Thursday, December 06, 2007

babble-on...

There are a few things I could talk about tonight. I'm just trying to decide what would be of interest to the wide range of audience I have... let's see. Topics: waterproof vibrators, Christmas decorations, snow angels, the movie Beowulf... hmmmm.... what'll it be?

Let's go for... Christmas Decorations. I'll let your imaginations play on the other topics! I put up my Christmas tree last night, so now it finally feels like the festive season it should be. My tree has evolved into a mishmash of white, red, blue, purple, and silver. It has folky snowmen mixed into the branches and a silver Santa tree topper (babes helped me pick it out today). I really think it looks pretty this year. Of course, last year we didn't put out any decorations at all because we moved on Dec 22. So this year seems especially nice to have such happy things to look at.

Sitting around me in just this one room of my house is my snowman collection. Or at least that of it which I can find. There's more around here somewhere, I just have to locate them. I have 18 snowmen in one form or fashion gleefully spreading Christmas cheer around me right now. Some more are upstairs. And you know what? It's just never enough. If you're ever at a loss of something to get me for a gift, make it a snowman. But I don't like cartoony ones, just folky ones. There's a big difference!

I sent out Christmas cards to my blogger friends whom I have addresses for. So if I do have your addy, yours should be arriving in the mail anyday now! Is it too early to wish a Happy Holidays to everyone? How about a Happy Start To Your Holiday Season?? Better? (((HUGS)))

Yeah, I know... the vibrator talk would have been more interesting...

Maybe next time!

Jules ;O)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Butterfly Kisses

This is the only song my dad's ever dedicated to me. We danced to it at my wedding... butterflies are so meaningful to me.... this song, it reduces me to tears when I hear it. I become overcome with emotion... deep deep love. The bonds between a child and parent should always be this strong. This song healed me today. I really needed it!

It was Bob Carlisles "Butterfly Kisses". You can search for it on YouTube. :)

Jules :O.

Monday, December 03, 2007

A sweet little cat tale for you...

My cat, Manchester (Manny for short), HAS to be included in any type of bathroom activity. You go in there to shower, he's there. Brush your teeth, take a pee, have a poo.. he busts through the bathroom door like he's Hercules and must rub on your legs before settling down on the bathmat in full purr mode. It's just something you get used to, living with him.

Tonight I watched Chuck and Heroes (sad to see the season ending so damn early) and upon finishing my bottle of Coke I realized that I had to go pee. It happens to the best of us. So in I go, leaving the door slightly ajar and moments later, in comes Manny.

Now, normally, this wouldn't have been a big deal, but as he was rubbing his ribcage against my leg, I glanced down at him and noticed IT. I literally let out a quite audible: "What the Fuck, Manny!" as I did a double take at my cat's ass. He flopped down on the floor, quite annoyed at me for swearing and tried to cover his ass with his tail. However, me being the human who wins all battles cat related, couldn't let this problem go unresolved.

Lifted his leg, pulled back his tail to reveal a 4 inch piece of cat poo encrusted string, hanging out of his ass. Well... once I finished throwing up in my mouth, I managed to cleverly grab the string, with the protection of WADS of toilet paper, and tugged it the rest of the way out of his ass. To my massive surprise, it was another good 3 or 4 inches long! *B-A-R-F* I haven't got a CLUE as to why he wouldn't have taken a good hold of that string and pulled it out himself while cleaning house or something, but he didn't. He just let the damn thing dangle. He probably KNEW I would have to do something about it. Cats have a way of punishing their owners.

In my next life, I'm not owning pets.

Jules :Opuke!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Kal Ho Naa Ho

This is a video from the main theme song from my new favorite movie... thank you SSD for passing it along to me!! And thank you to those in my life who can help me to keep an understanding of this near and dear to my heart!

Please, take the 4 and a half minutes to watch it. It's gorgeous.... and possibly if you allow yourself to internalize it, it may just change your life that little bit. I recommend this movie to everyone.

I took the video down.. you can find in by searching "Kal Ho Na Ho" into YouTube.

Jules :Owow!

I can't help it....

Yesterday while I was in Chapters I witnessed a travesty. It really made me feel sorry for the person inflicted with what I saw.

A young woman, probably about 23 years old who was dressed to the nines, had a nice figure, etc. was stuck living life with a GINORMOUS unibrow! A UNIBROW that looked really really really bad! It seemed awfully out of place on her because all the rest of her was, you know, not bad! And then when she turned around and I saw her forehead... well, I'm afraid I was left with my mouth wide open, staring. I caught myself quickly and looked away, I think before she saw me. But I just thought what a massive shame that was.

Listen people... eyebrows (PLURAL)... really do define your face. Whether you are a woman or a man, there's just no reason to let your eyebrows grow together to become one. And if you're given the challenge of a unibrow to deal with, I BEG of you, for the betterment of society, please pluck or wax or do something to get rid of it! The bridge of your nose is NOT a place for long stray hairs. Period.

Normally I wouldn't judge, but this is one thing I just can't handle. That and long finger and toenails. *shudder*

Now... off you all go. Make sure you're presentable to the world so that someday someone isn't writing this about you!

Jules :OP