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post #21 of 186

Feral,may you find peace in your own way.

 

Clay-I've started to get the Disney pressure. DD only knows a few characters here and there, but MIL has started the drumbeat to go to Disney World. I'm fine with going, but my argument is that I want DD to be old enough to remember and not be so overwhelmed. It's not a cheap trip. MIL said something about how she brought DH when he was a year old and it was fine. But anyway, i think if your aunt and uncle an go, that would be the best bet for you guys. And fingersx.gif for a library job!

 

I haven't decided my word for the year yet...CALM, ORGANIZED, and FULFILLMENT are my options thus far.

 

I fly to FL today (not Disney) to see my aunt and grandfather...my aunt is probably the most relaxing person to hang out with, so this will be nice for all of us. I just hope my DD can enjoy it--she's been behaving so badly lately that we've all been losing it. 3 years old is such a crazy age!

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Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc View Post

I spent too much time on Pinterest... this place is addictive... found really interesting pictures of pagan/witch objects/projects. :-)


My DD just showed me this site over the weekend.  It is easy to get lost in everything that is there.  I love it .


 

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I haven't decided my word for the year yet...CALM, ORGANIZED, and FULFILLMENT are my options thus far.

 

I fly to FL today (not Disney) to see my aunt and grandfather...my aunt is probably the most relaxing person to hang out with, so this will be nice for all of us. I just hope my DD can enjoy it--she's been behaving so badly lately that we've all been losing it. 3 years old is such a crazy age!


I haven't decided my word yet either.  I pulled a ruin and it was spot on for where I am right now.  There is just so much emotional stuff going on here I am not sure I can pick one until I am in a better place.   Have fun in Florida.  I was just talking yesterday about how I miss the smell of the ocean.

 

FeralFox, (((hugs)))  Thinking about you sending positive vibes.  Maybe you could get your appointment moved up?  Maybe just talking on the phone to the Midwife would be helpful?

 

StevensMommy, Welcome:)

 

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Just a warning - this is an epic multi-quote post since I haven't been on the past couple of days to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
 

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Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2012!

 

My wish is that every single one of us in our pagan circle experiences at least one really big, fabulous event in 2012.  Whether it be an unexpected financial gain; A completely clean bill of health; A markedly positive change in their child; Or something that you've been hoping for... May it come to fruition this new year.


I love this wish!  Thank you!!
 

 

 

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I have been absent for a while, hoping to be back in the got my stuff together mode.  My health is taking a turn for the better, still have a bit to go but moving forward.  Good news, My DD Kelsey was accepted to the New England Culinary Institute!  So two down and one to go:) 

 

 


Wooohooo!  You go Mama and hats off to those kids of yours!  See if your DD will ever bring her homework home for you... YUM :) 
 

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I think my word will be:  Happiness

 

I want to be happy.  I want my son to have a happy childhood.

 



I love this word!  love.gif

 



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I'm beat.  I have been staying up FAR too late with DH since he's on vaca and we have baby-free time then but it is catching up with me!!!  nap time!!


That's how I spent my vacation too!  I crashed out the past 2 days with a nap after running around all week getting things done.  Such a nice way to start the new year love.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by Maiasaura View Post

Wishing everyone a "Lilac Double White Flower Essence" New Year.
Redirects our energies to those of renewal and rejuvenation. Great essences for recreating yourself, your work, your life. Blank slate, new start without having to "clean away or remove" anything in order to renew. Pure Positive Beginnings. Great for those at the doorway to new self. For those wanting to try and do something new because it's fun!

 

Woohoo!  I like this and I'm glad to hear you are/had a wonderful time in the frozen NE with M.  You both needed some "good" times together after all the emotional up/down in Dec thumb.gif

 

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One of my pigs, YodaMae (I adopted her)  Is having some spinal cord issues.  I went outside on Wednesday and she just could not walk.  Vet came out and we have her on bed rest, giving her meds but no improvement.  The vet is coming back on Thursday to help me decide what to do next.  We sort of all know what I have to do but it just plain stinks! 

 

 


Awww thoughts to YodaMae - I hope you get some good news from the Vet on Thursday!
 

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Originally Posted by StevensMommy View Post

Happy New Year! I realized over the last couple months that I needed to "get back to my roots". I had pulled away from the Goddess over the last year, allowing other people to sway my views. In doing this I lost my sense of self, as well as the psychic and empathic abilities I have had since childhood. I am hoping with this new year comes great change for everyone, especially myself so that I may be a better person for my son.


Merry Meet & Welcome to our little group!



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Originally Posted by Valerie.Qc View Post

I spent too much time on Pinterest... this place is addictive... found really interesting pictures of pagan/witch objects/projects. :-)

 

DH is building new furniture for the living room and soon, I'll have two top of "bookshelves" to decorate. I never came around to make wreaths to celebrate the Wheel of the Year... I hope for less procrastination for this project, lol!


Oooh Val - I've heard several people now chatting about Pinterest - but what is it exactly? Sheepish.gif Yay for new furniture - I'm hoping to build some this year since I got what I asked for - a new CIRCULAR SAW.  I'm so giddy to try it out soon!

 

Feral - very gentle hugs and I hope you find peace like Witchy saidhug2.gif
 

 

I love everyone's words this year and I've decided on mine - DEDICATION and REVELATION. In looking at so many things like diet, exercise, spirituality, healing - I've fallen off the bandwagon a bunch, so I'm getting back on with horse (or the broomstick) with these and can't wait to see what this next year reveals to me as I go down this path.

 

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Oh, mamas!  I love love love having DH home for vacation and Z running around but I am calling today my day of a deep breath... DH is back to work, Z is at Grandma's and I am indulging myself with no one around, listening to my Toubab Krewe (awesome drumming) Station on Pandora and catching up with you all.  

 

6week challenge: I'm 2 days in.  HAHAHA.  I decided not to attempt to get the dvd but used my Wii to do 1600 steps (20 min) while Z watched Sesame Street yesterday morning.  Today I went on a 3 mile walk and it was awesome, invigorating and FREEEEEZING.  It's only 15* here, my thighs are STILL defrosting but it felt good to get out and breath fresh air and be alone!!  
 

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A very religiously liberal one? LOL. What brought me to Paganism was Earth-worship, ancestor worship, and recognition of feminine divinity. What brought me back to Christianity was ancestor worship and Marcus Borg (specifically his ideas about Christianity, myths, and social justice). My ancestors as far back as I can trace have been Christians. Lutherans and Catholics, but I was raised Lutheran (the most liberal version of Lutheran - ELCA). Part of what made me hesitant about Paganism before I became one was the issue of cultural appropriation, and because so much of mainstream Paganism takes myths, deities, rituals from other cultures willy nilly, I stayed away from Paganism despite how much I loved parts of it. Finally, Starhawk's Earth Path converted me. For a long time, I focused on divinity as nature, particularly the patch of nature where I live, but I love Samhein, and I got more and more into ancestor worship from that. However, the most recent immigrant in my family tree are my great-great grandparents. My great grandmother spoke Lithuanian but didn't teach my father: assimilating into the culture was very important to them. While I do have an interest in learning more about indigenous religions and spiritiualities of Lithuania and Ireland, my ancestors of the last several centuries, any ancestors I can name, were Christian and I felt called to honor that of my ancestors, to center myself in the traditions, rituals, stories, and deities of my ancestors while adapting them to fit the the times and place (both geologically and politically) of where my family and I live now. So, when I name Gods or Goddesses, I name Hagar, Miriam, Mary, and Jesus. Many Pagans focus on folk tales and fairy tales, and while I do have a love for finding Irish and Lithuanian tales as well as the tales I grew up hearing, I focus on the ones I find in the Bible to work with. I think particularly when you are working with Christianity, it assimilated a lot of Paganism, and while not true for all Pagans, I think that a LOT of Paganism is influenced by Christianity (because most Pagan writers not only live in a Christian culture but came out of a Christian childhood). Just thinking of the holidays, we had a nativity scene out (traditional in my family) but the way I see the story of Jesus definitely incorporates Jesus's birth as the rebirth of the sun (as well as the call for political transformation that I believe the Gospel of Luke and Matthew call for). I hope that's a good answer?

Wow.  This is very intriguing and gets me thinking.  I had to read Borg for a Religious Studies class I took my freshman year (Meeting Jesus again for the First time) and I remember it really rocking my world but as I think back now I can't remember why.  I think I'll have to revisit it this year.  I relate when you say that you were drawn to Paganism for the Earth-Worship and recognition of the feminine deity.  With Christmas being so recent I've been thinking a lot about Mary as a goddess and seem to keep pulling her card in the recent 6 mos in my Goddess guidance cards.  Thank you for sharing this!

 

Welcome, StevensMommy!  
 

 



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I am going back to NC tomorrow, and I have had The.Best.Time.EVAH!!! luxlove.gif M was determined to relax, and was able to, and boy-o-boy....we have had some fun. LOTS of fun love.gif

 

 


Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo happy, happy to hear this!  After the wild ride of the past few months you both deserve relaxation and FUN. :)  

 


FeralFox: Echoing the others, I hope you find peace and can get some help with your current feelings.  Sending healing, loving, gentle energy your way.  

 

 

 
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job related- bumped into an old co-worker at the store this evening and sh said they have some openings!  I'm going to be hitting the resume trail tomorrow to see if maybe I can get back into a library position.  Wish me luck!

LUCK!  The idea of going back to work sounds scary but fun.  Relieving, on some levels.  I miss the kind of purpose and validation I felt when I was working.  The good thing, I think, is that I am finding ways beyond work that fulfill these things and growing from that.  



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I fly to FL today (not Disney) to see my aunt and grandfather...my aunt is probably the most relaxing person to hang out with, so this will be nice for all of us. I just hope my DD can enjoy it--she's been behaving so badly lately that we've all been losing it. 3 years old is such a crazy age!

Safe travels, witchy!  It sounds like a good time.  
 

Everyone's words for the year are so interesting and inspiring.  For the past week the UU church sign has read "LAST THINGS FIRST" - which struck me as brilliant and I couldn't get it out of my mind so I am adopting that as my mantra for the year.  I do seem to say I have to do XYZ and THEN I can do *whatever* which is usually something superfun or a seemingly difficult undertaking that I just want to push away... but I keep pushing those things, both fun and difficult, to the bottom and they hang over me and I start to get annoyed as in "grumble, grumble, I never have time to paint" well, i DO have time to paint I just put them last, after laundry and dirty floors...and maybe my floors just need to be dirty a little while longer so I can enjoy the time I have a little more. OR on the other hand, if I just DO the dang thing that is hanging over my head then it will be done and I can get on with it.  KWIM?????  

 

Oh, and Pinterest?  I love it as a visual bookmarking site where I can go to locate everything in one place and see other people's ideas.  I also like to say it makes me feel like the inadequate mother I've always strived to be.   hahaha.   I kid, though, I've always known I'd never be the mama that stayed up into the wee hours the night before Z's birthday creating intricate cupcakes, it's just not my style.  I'd end up frustrated and throwing the whole dang thing out the window! haha.  

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Ugh, Disney.  That"s a "just to make matters worse" subject with me right now.  I have always been really vocal about the fact that I dream about taking my kids to Disney, and that it's a really big deal to me to be able to do it.  My ex knows this, and his parents know this.  So what did I find out a few weeks ago?  My ex in-laws are taking the whole family to Disney next year - Ex, Badger, and them.  Not me.  For badger's first ever time on on airplane, and his first time at Disney.  They never even asked me to see if I was ok with it.  I'm so hurt and angry about the constant disregard shown to me by then, but this just takes the cake.  They know how important it is to me to take him to Disney, but now I never can.  I am never going to get over it.  I haven't talked much about the situation with Badger, but it really feels like I'm not even his mother anymore.

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(((FeralFox)))

 

Pinterest: I only browse, I'm not a member yet... Maybe I will, maybe I won't, lol! It,s so easy to loose track of time when on there!

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Thanks everyone. I would have to say my words would be perseverance and mindfulness. Like I hope to persevere with this being a vegan thing...

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popping in for a quick good morning to everyone!  I hope all of us has a wonderful Wednesday!  I'm off to do some push ups & sit ups before I chicken out and not do them! love.gif

 

 

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Ok, this isn't pagan but I'm wondering how many of my pagan friends have seen the tv series Downton Abbey (PBS).  I am so very hooked on it.  I watched Season 1 on Netflix (instant) and can't wait for the next installments to begin (Jan 8th)!

post #30 of 186

morning lovies, ktg, I'm TOTALLY with you.  Go, mama, go! 

 

Feral: Is it possible to talk to your ex about how you're feeling?  Gosh, sweets, I just want to scoop you up and give you a big, healing hug.  hug2.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by DaughterOfKali View Post

Ok, this isn't pagan but I'm wondering how many of my pagan friends have seen the tv series Downton Abbey (PBS).  I am so very hooked on it.  I watched Season 1 on Netflix (instant) and can't wait for the next installments to begin (Jan 8th)!



I LOVE downton abbey!!  I only got to see one episode on PBS, but I was hooked!  I was also a big fan of Upstairs, Downstairs too. 

 I'm hoping to catch up on Netflix for the rest of season 1 and then season 2!

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Originally Posted by FeralFox View PostI think my word for the year is going to have to be "endure", because I feel like that's all I can do now.  Sometimes in the last few weeks, I lost all my joy.  We have hit snag after snag lately, sending some of our plans down the tube and causing us to drastically alter others.  And the baby we so enthusiatically planned?  I have no idea how it happened, or even exactly when, but I have become so depressed about having it that I no longer want it.  I'm not even sure why.  Now Husband doesn't want it anymore either, because he sees what it's doing to me.  I'm so depressed I don't want to get out of bed in the morning, I'm so sick and exhausted I can't get out of bed some mornings, and the two are starting to becaome so mixed up that I don't always know which is which.  It's crazy - Husband can't touch my belly anymore or ask about the baby, because it makes me angry and nauseated when he does.  I have no idea where we can go from here.


Oh, huge hugs, hon hug2.gif This sounds medical. I told M about it and he said both he and his 1st wife were very unexcited at their 2nd pregnancy. That they finally found the ropes with the first one and then they found themselves back at square one, and wtf were they doing, and all that, kwim? I hope it irons out for you soon!

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View PostMaia- get the kind of service that comes with a DVR.  That way you can record shows and fast forward the commercials.  DH and I found that after years of dvds and netflix the commercials really drove us bonkers (to say nothing of exposing the kids to the merchandising) but the dvr has been pretty good.  My only problem is remembering that the ads can be fast forwarded.  I usually end up watching about half of the first ad and then going "oh yeah".  And you can set it up so you're only "off" a few minutes from the real time, like, a show comes on at 2pm so you record it and then start watching it at 2:05.  You have enough headway to fast forward the commercials but you're not creating a pile of video or something like that.  And if you know you might had trouble with a certain channel, put a channel lock on it.  Parental control type dealie.  So far I'm loooooooving having the tv, and I'm not actually watching all that much.  It's just nice to have the option again.  :)

 

Glad you're having fun in the frozen north, and hope this really is the year it all comes together for you.


You and me, both! By like....spring. At the latest. I have to be back in the job market by 2013, and I want to be fully situated long before then, to iron out ds's medical stuff, and all that.

 

TV-- um, nope, cable is enough of something for me to figure out. What the heck is a DVR? That involves learning technology of some sort, does it not? I am SO uninclined to learn technology. Ugh. M and I upgraded my computer a bit while I was there, and now, if I have to, I suppose I could replace memory in my laptop without supervision, but UGH, I hate learning technology.

 

Disney-- your kids won't remember at all if it was World or Land. If you have the opportunity, I'd say just go! Take lots of pix! When we went in '07, my mom made ds little photo books all for himself of the time we had there, one for each park. Pretty cool (she's a scrapbooker).

 



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Originally Posted by Aubergine68 View PostMine: Fulfillment (another word without a down side,  I hope.  I want fulfillment in every area of my life, to be present in the moment and find fulfillment in my every day life)

Dh- still unsure, wants one that means the opposite of "stressed out" if anyone has suggestions. I will suggest "well-being" - that is pretty close!

DD - Confidence

DS1 - Action and Adventure (couldn't choose)

DS2 - Safety 


For your DH: SERENE, or SERENITY. And BREATHE.

 

Ooooh, your DS1 scares me cold.gif lol.gif Sounds like something mine would choose!

 

Mine is BELIEVE. M's is FREEDOM. I don't know what ds's is yet. I shall ask him later.

 



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Originally Posted by witchygrrl View PostI just hope my DD can enjoy it--she's been behaving so badly lately that we've all been losing it. 3 years old is such a crazy age!


You're telling me! I thought I was raising a sociopath. I remember banging my head on the headboard So.Many.Times. And just crying and crying.

Listen: LOUISE BATES AMES. Her book "Your Three-Year Old" saved my LIFE, I kid you not.

 



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Originally Posted by vydalea View PostFor the past week the UU church sign has read "LAST THINGS FIRST" - which struck me as brilliant and I couldn't get it out of my mind so I am adopting that as my mantra for the year.  I do seem to say I have to do XYZ and THEN I can do *whatever* which is usually something superfun or a seemingly difficult undertaking that I just want to push away... but I keep pushing those things, both fun and difficult, to the bottom and they hang over me and I start to get annoyed as in "grumble, grumble, I never have time to paint" well, i DO have time to paint I just put them last, after laundry and dirty floors...and maybe my floors just need to be dirty a little while longer so I can enjoy the time I have a little more. OR on the other hand, if I just DO the dang thing that is hanging over my head then it will be done and I can get on with it.  KWIM????? 


Good thoughts, those. Now I need to get on to the laundry and get off the damn internet lol.gif

 



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Originally Posted by FeralFox View PostUgh, Disney.  That"s a "just to make matters worse" subject with me right now.  I have always been really vocal about the fact that I dream about taking my kids to Disney, and that it's a really big deal to me to be able to do it.  My ex knows this, and his parents know this.  So what did I find out a few weeks ago?  My ex in-laws are taking the whole family to Disney next year - Ex, Badger, and them.  Not me.  For badger's first ever time on on airplane, and his first time at Disney.  They never even asked me to see if I was ok with it.  I'm so hurt and angry about the constant disregard shown to me by then, but this just takes the cake.  They know how important it is to me to take him to Disney, but now I never can.  I am never going to get over it.  I haven't talked much about the situation with Badger, but it really feels like I'm not even his mother anymore.

 

Oh, Feral hug2.gif Oh, honey, that is just freaking awful. Oh gods. I'm sorry. That is just outright freaking MEAN.
 

Plus, and don't stress on this right now, but maybe you CAN. Badger's only 3, right? This is worth carrying credit card debt for, IMO. You can do Disney for $1000 or less, I think. There are sites that tell you how to do it frugally. Check....what is it, DisBoards? I think. A forum like this one. They're not....um, they're not like us lol.gif-- they are WAY mainstream, it's kind of shocking after hanging on MDC for so long, but it has a great bunch of information if you hang and lurk and read.

 


 

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Originally Posted by StevensMommy View PostThanks everyone. I would have to say my words would be perseverance and mindfulness. Like I hope to persevere with this being a vegan thing...


 

Why persevere about being vegan? If it's that painful, why do it? I mean....it sounds like you are not liking it.



OK, back to work; I have LOTS of laundry. All my stuff always smells like ashtray after a trip to M's grossedout.gif
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I only say persevere because I looove steak and cheese, but it doesn't love me. I'm pretty used to alternative diets, and this one really appealed to me as I don't agree with the conditions many animals are put through just to get our food. It's just going to be a really rough transition for me is all.

Downtown Abbey? Never heard of it. What's it about? 

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FeralFox- I'm so sorry.  That really stinks!  On a legal note, can they do that?  Does your child rearing agreement include taking Badger out of state without your permission?  On an emotional note... my brother and SIL are planning on doing a Disney Land trip for their tenth wedding anniversary.  My SIL went to Disney with a boyfriend (before she met my brother) and she has sort of "re-remembered" the Disney trip as having been /with/ my brother since she ends to remember a lot of "good times" as having included my brother even though they hadn't met yet!  So anyway, they're going to go to Disney so that they can both have the same set of Disney memories.  A young child really isn't going to remember much, so maybe when your new babe is a born and old enough to remember the trip you could all go as a family?  We flew to a wedding I was in when dd1 was 4, dd2 was 2, and I was about 10 weeks pregnant with ds.  Although they know they were on a plane, and tell people they have been on a plane, they seriously have NO solid memory of the trip.  Just what they "remember" from pictures and what they've been told.  So even if Badger does go now, maybe a future trip would be even better/more memorable?  I visited Disney Land several times before we left CA (when I was 5yo), but it's the time I went to Disney World (12yo) and then my first "solo trip" to Disney Land (17yo) that really stick with me.

 

But I totally get the emotional side.  My mom took dd1 to the library and got dd1 her library card without telling me or asking permission.  DH and I had this whole "big kid" ritual planned for the first library card and whammo.  All of a sudden our 2yo had a library card signed by my mom.  :(  Even if we waited till she was 5yo and "re-did" the library card and "big kid" ritual, it would still "feel" ruined.  So I really do get the pain of not being able to offer something first.  BIG hugs.

 

job- thanks all!  I do miss the fulfillment and feedback of working outside the home, but really it's the money... we just can't make ends meet as a family of 6 on a single salary.  DH rocks the world of vetmed biotech but around here that means we're just a few hundred dollars away from the federal aid line.  With student loans, credit card debt from the year DH was unemployed, and car/home loans there just isn't any wiggle room.  I hope to get a nights/weekend job at the library or a weekend job at the mama thrift store.  But if I can't then I still need a job... so probably nights/weekends at walmart or BJs or McDonalds.  :(  I really really hope I find a job that gives me that fulfillment and feedback, but even if it just soul-sucks, I need a job.

 

How is YodaMae today?

 

DVR- it's basically a video recorder that's built into the cable or sat receiver.  You can set it to record specific shows, to search out and record shows you might like, or to pause/fast forward "live tv".  Right now our dvr hunts down and records True Blood, the Daily Show, Good Eats, Cupcake Wars, Pioneer Woman, Psych, Dr Who, Backyardigans, Wonder Pets, Sesame Street, and Olivia.  And we also go through the weekly schedule to record specials (like a National Geographic special on the Vikings or a ballet performance) and other things we might want. So every time we turn on the TV there are commercial free episodes of shows we want to watch ready to go.  It's /totally/ worth the fee!

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Originally Posted by StevensMommy View PostI only say persevere because I looove steak and cheese, but it doesn't love me. I'm pretty used to alternative diets, and this one really appealed to me as I don't agree with the conditions many animals are put through just to get our food. It's just going to be a really rough transition for me is all.

Downtown Abbey? Never heard of it. What's it about? 


 

I hope I didn't come across as being judgmental, cause I wasn't smile.gif But maybe you can be a flexitarian-- eating veg 99% of the time, and have your steak and cheese now and then. If you know the price, and are willing to pay it, kwim? If there's one thing I've learned from the food rollercoaster, it's that I don't have to commit to one style of eating thumb.gif

 



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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Postbut it's the time I went to Disney World (12yo) and then my first "solo trip" to Disney Land (17yo) that really stick with me.

 

 

 

we just can't make ends meet as a family of 6 on a single salary. 

 

 

DVR- it's basically a video recorder that's built into the cable or sat receiver.  You can set it to record specific shows, to search out and record shows you might like, or to pause/fast forward "live tv".  Right now our dvr hunts down and records True Blood, the Daily Show, Good Eats, Cupcake Wars, Pioneer Woman, Psych, Dr Who, Backyardigans, Wonder Pets, Sesame Street, and Olivia.  And we also go through the weekly schedule to record specials (like a National Geographic special on the Vikings or a ballet performance) and other things we might want. So every time we turn on the TV there are commercial free episodes of shows we want to watch ready to go.  It's /totally/ worth the fee!


I went to Disney World when I was 17, with my parents, and I don't remember much at all even then. Mostly what I remember is Tomorrowland wasn't finished yet, and I remember the "ghost dancers".

 

Makes me wonder how in the world M's father supported a family with 10 kids, all at home at once, plus a nanny, on one salary bigeyes.gif Mechanical engineers must have made a buttload of money in the 70s!

 

DVR does indeed sound too labor intensive for me hide.gif I just want to turn on the TV and have it be there, kwim? But I wonder if I can NOT get Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon...I still don't get why they can't give you a "10-channel package", for instance, and let you pick and choose.

 

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Clay I'm hoping you will find a wonderful job that is not soul crushing in the process, because that makes even harder to keep going back to even for the $. *hugs* but my hopes are you will find what you need quickly!!!

 

As for Dowtown Abby - a link for everyone to see what are you missing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M3moEeErr8   I can't wait to watch tonight on netflix! :)

 

 

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Thread Starter 

Downton Abbey is my absolute favorite show of all times.  I included a link for those who aren't familiar with it.  You can buy Season 1 in stores or watch it on Netflix instant.  I really want to buy each season.  I know it's something that I will watch over and over again.

 

 

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Clay - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, and hope that you can find a job that you enjoy.  Have you tried the local hospitals?  if you're going to do grunt work, they'll at least pay you a bit better and give you great health insurance.

 

Stevens - Is it possible you're just eating the wrong meats?  have you ever looked into the paleo diet?  I totally get you on the inhumane conditions thing - we buy our meat from local farms, and I know exactly how the animals we eat spend their lives.

 

ktg - I keep seeing ads for that show, but haven't checked it out yet.  Do you know if it's streaming on Netflix?

 

The Disney thing - No, they technically can't take him out of state without my permission (though I don't have primary custody) but he knows about the trip and I would not think of denying it to him.  This morning he was talking about how excited he is to meet Nemo at Disney (do they have a Nemo guy in costume there?) and he was talking all about what we'd be doing there, so I felt like I had to tell him that it would be just grandpa and grandma and daddy with him, not me.  He started cryinf and saying "but grandpa say everybody could come!", which broke my heart.  I told my ex about it, and he's going to try to convince his parents to add me on to the trip.  As for me never being able to go with him, I didn't mean because of the cost of the trip.  I could take him for sure, but his grandparents are super wealthy and we're dirt poor (hence me not having custody) so they'll be buying him every extra and souvenir and everything that money can buy.  I can never do that for him, any trip we would go on would pretty much be bare bones, and a huge letdown after this first trip with his grandparents.  There really wouldn't be much point.

 

At any rate, the Gods are teaching me a lesson, apparently.  I started bleeding this morning.  I went in for bloodwork this afternoon, and when that comes back they'll schedule my ultrasound to confirm the loss.

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A very religiously liberal one? LOL. What brought me to Paganism was Earth-worship, ancestor worship, and recognition of feminine divinity. What brought me back to Christianity was ancestor worship and Marcus Borg (specifically his ideas about Christianity, myths, and social justice). My ancestors as far back as I can trace have been Christians. Lutherans and Catholics, but I was raised Lutheran (the most liberal version of Lutheran - ELCA). Part of what made me hesitant about Paganism before I became one was the issue of cultural appropriation, and because so much of mainstream Paganism takes myths, deities, rituals from other cultures willy nilly, I stayed away from Paganism despite how much I loved parts of it. Finally, Starhawk's Earth Path converted me. For a long time, I focused on divinity as nature, particularly the patch of nature where I live, but I love Samhein, and I got more and more into ancestor worship from that. However, the most recent immigrant in my family tree are my great-great grandparents. My great grandmother spoke Lithuanian but didn't teach my father: assimilating into the culture was very important to them. While I do have an interest in learning more about indigenous religions and spiritiualities of Lithuania and Ireland, my ancestors of the last several centuries, any ancestors I can name, were Christian and I felt called to honor that of my ancestors, to center myself in the traditions, rituals, stories, and deities of my ancestors while adapting them to fit the the times and place (both geologically and politically) of where my family and I live now. So, when I name Gods or Goddesses, I name Hagar, Miriam, Mary, and Jesus. Many Pagans focus on folk tales and fairy tales, and while I do have a love for finding Irish and Lithuanian tales as well as the tales I grew up hearing, I focus on the ones I find in the Bible to work with. I think particularly when you are working with Christianity, it assimilated a lot of Paganism, and while not true for all Pagans, I think that a LOT of Paganism is influenced by Christianity (because most Pagan writers not only live in a Christian culture but came out of a Christian childhood). Just thinking of the holidays, we had a nativity scene out (traditional in my family) but the way I see the story of Jesus definitely incorporates Jesus's birth as the rebirth of the sun (as well as the call for political transformation that I believe the Gospel of Luke and Matthew call for). I hope that's a good answer?

 

 

Very interesting. Thanks for giving me something to chew on! Lately I've gotten a little cranky with a friend over Mary, mother of Jesus. She talked about Mary in a "just some woman" way and I couldn't help but jump in about how Mary was pretty darn awesome and way way more than most give her credit for.
 

 



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Happy New Year! I realized over the last couple months that I needed to "get back to my roots". I had pulled away from the Goddess over the last year, allowing other people to sway my views. In doing this I lost my sense of self, as well as the psychic and empathic abilities I have had since childhood. I am hoping with this new year comes great change for everyone, especially myself so that I may be a better person for my son.



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Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous 2012!

 

My wish is that every single one of us in our pagan circle experiences at least one really big, fabulous event in 2012.  Whether it be an unexpected financial gain; A completely clean bill of health; A markedly positive change in their child; Or something that you've been hoping for... May it come to fruition this new year.


Thank you! I wish the very same for you!!! blowkiss.gif


 

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Ok, this isn't pagan but I'm wondering how many of my pagan friends have seen the tv series Downton Abbey (PBS).  I am so very hooked on it.  I watched Season 1 on Netflix (instant) and can't wait for the next installments to begin (Jan 8th)!


Netflix keeps recommending it to me and I keep going past it. I think I'll have to add it to my instant queue now, though. thumb.gif I'll watch it as soon as I've fulfilled my new found love for 30Rock. Seriously, how have I gone all these years without watching that show?!

 


 

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job- thanks all!  I do miss the fulfillment and feedback of working outside the home, but really it's the money... we just can't make ends meet as a family of 6 on a single salary.  DH rocks the world of vetmed biotech but around here that means we're just a few hundred dollars away from the federal aid line.  With student loans, credit card debt from the year DH was unemployed, and car/home loans there just isn't any wiggle room.  I hope to get a nights/weekend job at the library or a weekend job at the mama thrift store.  But if I can't then I still need a job... so probably nights/weekends at walmart or BJs or McDonalds.  :(  I really really hope I find a job that gives me that fulfillment and feedback, but even if it just soul-sucks, I need a job.

 

How is YodaMae today?


Glad you got a lead and hopefully it comes through! And, um, what exactly is BJs? Is that short for something other than.....*ahem*?? Sheepish.gif I think I missed something on the YodaMae front, too??

 

Maia-DVR is super super easy to learn. My eighty year old grandparents who refuse to have a computer because its too high tech have mastered the DVR, I'm pretty sure you can, too!! And I'm glad you've had all sorts of wonderful kinds of fun with M. winky.gif

 

Feral-The Disney thing, bah! That kind of stuff makes my blood boil...Hopefully it gets resolved and something is worked out for you!!

 

Not much going on around these parts. We are all just passing around the worst lingering cold I've had in years and that pretty much takes up all of our time. Seriously, its been one illness after another since the end of the summer. And I got mastitis on Monday and its still lingering. Holy ouchies, batman! I really really need to cleanse this place like I was going to two months ago and never did. Oops. Ok, mini rant over!

 

On the positive side, DD heads to her new school next Monday! I think its going to be a really fabulous switch for her. Its just the local public school (she was at a charter Montessori school...their idea of Montessori wasn't what I've ever heard about Montessori and it wasn't going well) but I think its going to work much better for her. And she gets to ride a school bus which is something she's been dying to do all year. So here's hoping it goes well!

 

My word for this year is Patience. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it does have that strong P! I'm a little nervous about it since I've never been a patient person, but it feels very right. 

 

Does anyone know of or have a moon calendar that you can have on your computer?


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Clay - I'll keep my fingers crossed for you, and hope that you can find a job that you enjoy.  Have you tried the local hospitals?  if you're going to do grunt work, they'll at least pay you a bit better and give you great health insurance.

 

Stevens - Is it possible you're just eating the wrong meats?  have you ever looked into the paleo diet?  I totally get you on the inhumane conditions thing - we buy our meat from local farms, and I know exactly how the animals we eat spend their lives.

 

ktg - I keep seeing ads for that show, but haven't checked it out yet.  Do you know if it's streaming on Netflix?

 

The Disney thing - No, they technically can't take him out of state without my permission (though I don't have primary custody) but he knows about the trip and I would not think of denying it to him.  This morning he was talking about how excited he is to meet Nemo at Disney (do they have a Nemo guy in costume there?) and he was talking all about what we'd be doing there, so I felt like I had to tell him that it would be just grandpa and grandma and daddy with him, not me.  He started cryinf and saying "but grandpa say everybody could come!", which broke my heart.  I told my ex about it, and he's going to try to convince his parents to add me on to the trip.  As for me never being able to go with him, I didn't mean because of the cost of the trip.  I could take him for sure, but his grandparents are super wealthy and we're dirt poor (hence me not having custody) so they'll be buying him every extra and souvenir and everything that money can buy.  I can never do that for him, any trip we would go on would pretty much be bare bones, and a huge letdown after this first trip with his grandparents.  There really wouldn't be much point.

 

At any rate, the Gods are teaching me a lesson, apparently.  I started bleeding this morning.  I went in for bloodwork this afternoon, and when that comes back they'll schedule my ultrasound to confirm the loss.


I am so sorry, Feral. grouphug.gif Sending you lots of love and positive, healing energy.

 

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