Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Am Cursed

Wow! Thank you all for the positive strokes for my first post. My baby brother, who has now labeled himself my "blog father" (which is kinda creepy), showed me all sorts of stuff to do to get this site up and running, but I have forgotten 3/4 of the info. So I now have 2 followers and I do not remember what he said about how to find their pages or link to them or anything. I can tell you that Preachers and Horse Thieves and GunDivas have chosen to keep an eye on what I'm up to, for which I am grateful. (In full disclosure, Preachers & Horse Thieves is my baby brother who refers to me in his blog as "My sister...the Devil". I can live with that.)

So on to post numero dos.

It is a well known fact that I am cursed. My curses manifest in different ways, none of which I understand how or why.

Curse #1: I have multiple twins. It is inevitable that I will meet someone new and that person will say "You look just like my....(sister-in-law, 3rd cousin, a friend of a friend of a friend)".  I did have one person try to say I looked like some movie star, but she couldn't remember the name and I would not have known who she was talking about anyway. Needless to say, I do not look like any movie star.

Curse #2: People who can't remember my name call me Jennifer. All the time. Really. There is absolutely no conceivable association with my name and Jennifer. There is nothing wrong with the name Jennifer (I know several very nice Jennifers) but I am not a Jennifer. I had a Spanish instructor call me Jennifer all semester. The entire class would correct her. Poor woman.

Curse #3: I look like I know I'm doing. Last week I was at the grocery store looking at all of the flour options. A woman came up and asked me where the tapioca flour was located. I don't even know what tapioca flour is! My eldest daughter (a side note--I have decided to refer to my offspring as the Myrtles, with Myrtle the Elder and Myrtle the Younger to be specific. They answer to Myrtle Ann and Myrtle Sue respectively, soooo....) Myrtle the Elder and I were taking an early morning drive to Decatur for a livestock show. I was diligently following my GPS which led me (diligently) into the middle of nowhere. I am talking dirt road middle of nowhere here. The drivers of the TWO cars that blindly followed me into the middle of nowhere admitted that they followed me because I looked like I knew where I was going. Yeah. No.

Curse #4: My baby brother, KB, is mother's favorite. Fact.

Again, Thank you all for your support.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Another Birthday, Something Else to Remember

Welcome to my blog. I think the blog name says a lot. I'm from Texas (and proud of it) and insanity is always waiting around the next corner. Take this endeavor for one example. My beloved baby brother insists I should write for several reasons. Between him and a few friends who also think I have something to say, I go.

It is fitting, I think, to begin these ramblings on the eve of my birthday (no, I will not say which one, it is just another birthday). It also happens to be Thanksgiving. So for starters, I will focus on counting my blessings and use that as a basic introduction to my life. It is guaranteed that I will forget something/someone of importance, therefore I reserve the right to add to my list at any time.

1. God. He has led me through this life even when I wasn't asking him to. Now I find that if I ask for guidance, I will usually get some signal of what I direction I should take. I may share some of the better stories at some point.

2. My family. The immediate characters who claim me include my parents and father-in-law, the aforementioned brother, a spouse, two intelligent and talented daughters, a black lab, and three bunnies. I will put names to the above as appropriate. Please know that their names/nicknames may frequently change depending on my mood and what kind of trouble they have gotten into at any given moment.

After the first two blessings, numerical order only indicates the order in which the blessings came to mind, not importance.

3. My Sunday School class. We come with a disclaimer and probably need more meds than we currently take. Oh, well...I am honored to belong to this insane group of highly intelligent people who keep me thinking and growing in all manner of ways, yet still pull off an almost undefeated record of Annual Youth Chili Cook-off wins for best theme (Backsliders Cafe, Hillbilly Chili, and Flaming Big Tex to name a few).

4. New and old friends. I will only name those with permission to protect the guilty (and innocent) but you know who you are.

5. My work. Although I do not always agree with the direction healthcare is going, my 22 year career as an Occupational Therapist has been an interesting one. My hope is to find a way to survive my current situation to follow the path I was led down (see blessing #1). I keep asking myself what I want to be when I grown up, but I know OT will continue to play some part in my life no matter what I do.

6. My health.

I'm sure there are other blessings that I simply can't remember at this time. In about 45 minutes, I will celebrate another birthday. Here's to another year and to this new venture, which is something else to remember.