Archive | March, 2011

I Need a News Channel Holiday!

31 Mar

CNN’s ‘anniversary’

There are so many ways one can acquire news these days. I view news stories online and will tune into various cable news channels as well as watching the local news before going to bed. Lately though I feel like a news addict and find it hard to turn it off.

Every time a major world incident happens I become completely engrossed in the news coverage of it. After 911 happened I would spend every waking moment watching the news coverage. I found myself unable to pull myself away and actually do those things in my life that mattered at the time. I have found lately I've been spending way too much time watching news channel coverage of the Japan Crisis and I have to step back.

I've decided that I need a news channel holiday to reestablish a life/news balance. Who's with me? I declare that today I will refrain from watching all news channels and will instead read a book, go for a walk, and do some much needed spring cleaning!

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Hammin’ It Up for Easter

30 Mar

Easter Memories - Egg Hunts, Easter Ham, and Fancy Bonnets

What’s Easter without an egg hunt, some fancy dresses and bonnets, and a big juicy baked Easter Ham.  My sister Kelley and I would look longingly at the new fancy dresses as soon as they hit the hangers in our local clothing store.  On Easter Sunday we would get up early to see what surprises the Easter Bunny had left and then dress to the nines to catch the church bus for Sunday School.  Continue reading

Lessons Learned Early

28 Mar

James Foree my Dad

One of the most important and influential people in my life has been my father. He’s been in the spirit realm watching over me for nearly twenty years now and the lessons I learned from him still linger today.

I can still hear him saying to me, “Kathy if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time.” He was a person that took pride in his work doing each aspect of a project with purpose. My father born in 1928 only made it through the 6th grade. He was the coolest person I’ve ever met and was an amazing storyteller. Having the gift of gab he never met a stranger and never let his lack of education stop him from success.

I attribute my solid work ethic to this one statement. This one sentence set me on the path I’m on today.

Thanks Dad

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Living Life in Moderation

24 Mar
Temperance Tarot Card

I always get the Temperance Tarot card in my readings!

I always say, “Too much of a good thing is not such a good thing.” Living life in moderation doesn’t mean you give up those things that are enjoyable.  It means that you don’t go overboard!  For example, if you want chocolate then have one small piece and don’t just shove the whole thing in your mouth in one bite.  Take small bites and really savor the flavor and enjoy the experience of the chocolate.

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My Top Celebrity Sightings

22 Mar

Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs

One of my favorite celebrity sightings was in Malibu, California. I had went out to LA on a business trip with Sherri, a fellow worker. She was very adventurous and neither one of us had ever been there before, so after we completed our Lockbox Audit for that day we jumped in the car to see the sights.

One of our local contacts suggested Gladstone’s, a restaurant off California Highway 1 just up the road in Malibu. Now you would think that being in LA you’d see a ton of Hollywood starlets but alas no. We went to Mann’s Chinese Theatre and put our hands and feet in various famous impressions, walked down Hollywood Blvd checking out stars, cruised down Rodeo drive, and even drove by the Santa Monica Pier with the hopeful intention of seeing someone “famous”. We got nuttin’ absolutely nuttin’!

Hungry and tired we decided to go have our beach-side dinner at Gladstone’s. It was surf and turf night and the company was paying so why not! We had just gotten our drinks and I looked up and saw him..just two tables away in front of me. Non other than Mr. Fava Beans with a nice Chianti himself, Anthony Hopkins!

I could barely contain my excitement. Sherri, on the other hand, did not believe me. I said, “Sherri, I would bet my whole pay check on it.” and so she grabbed the waiter as he was walking by and asked him. The waiter was like, “Yeah that’s Mr. Hopkins, he lives up the hill and he’s down here every week for the Surf and Turf Special.” Victorious in finally sighting a star, I called my husband and rubbed it in while sitting at the table eating!

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My Most Quotable Movies

18 Mar

My Boomstick

I'd have to say that I love watching movies and have so many favorite movie quotes. Some of my most favorite ones are:

Star Wars Quotes ~

“Do or do not… there is no try.”

“The Force is strong with this one.”

"That's no moon. It's a space station."

"I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

Other Movies ~

"She is startin' to damage my calm." Serenity – Jayne

"First you wanna kill me, now you wanna kiss me. Blow." – Army of Darkness

"Good…Bad…I'm the guy with the gun." – Army of Darkness

"You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and Sh*t. And Jack just left town." – Army Of Darkness

Yo, she-bitch! Let's go! – Army of Darkness

Gimme some sugar, baby. – Army of Darkness

Hail to the king, baby. – Army of Darkness

Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick! – Army of Darkness

"I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire six shots, or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But, being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question, "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya punk?" – Dirty Harry

"Yippy-ki-yay mother-f*cka." – Die Hard

"We came. We saw. We kicked its *ss!" – Ghostbusters

Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say "YES"! – Ghostbusters

"I don't want to talk to you, no more, you empty-headed animal, food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries." – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

"Turn it off, man! Turn it off! It's sucking my will to live!" – Wayne's World

"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick *ss…and I'm all out of bubble gum." – They Live

Wait Master, it might be dangerous… you go first. – Young Frankenstein

I love movies with witty banter and quick quips and I have so many more favorites than above but this is a great start!

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

17 Mar

Guinness con su trébol y todo

I'll have a pint of Guinness and Saturday I'll be taking the Boston Irish Heritage Trolley tour. And of course I'm wearing my green!

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If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

16 Mar

Butterflies and Children constantly changing...

Recently I re-posted a quote as my Facebook status and was dumbfounded as to the reaction I received from some of my friends.  Here’s the quote:

Change is always for the better. You needn’t resist; you only need change your mind, and you will capture your life flow like a tamed river. – Doreen Virtue

I’ve always had to live with change in my life and so I’ve always been accustomed to it.  Over the past 20 years every company I’ve worked for has gone through some major reorganization or has changed it’s processes in a major way.  My last position at the Girl Scouts experienced many changes and it’s interesting how different generations of people deal with the process of change.  I really do believe that change is always for the better but I don’t believe in change for changes sake.

The way I see it there are three types of people when it comes to change.  The first type of person I’ll call “Negative Nelly”.   Nelly refuses to change even when it might be to her benefit.  She fears change because she doesn’t understand it and sabotages the efforts of those who would implement it.  She makes statements like, “I’ve always done it this way” or “I refuse to change my process, it works for me”.

The second type of person I’ll call “Gun-ho Gail”.  Gail is so excited about the change and can’t wait for it to happen.  She talks about it all the time and looks for ways to implement it quicker without consideration of the overall efforts on everyone.  She makes statements like, “I just thought of this great new process so let’s start doing it today!” or “Why do I need to tell anyone that I changed my process if it works for me?”.

The third type of person I’ll call “Level-headed Lindsey”.  Lindsey can see from all sides of the imminent change and instead of fighting it like Nelly, or pushing it like Gail, she becomes one with it.  A synchronized harmony that flows along to allow the changes that need to occur as well as creating a “best practices” standard so the landscape doesn’t completely change.

The main point of Doreen Virtues’ comment was to flow with the changes in your life.  Open your mind to new ways of thinking about the changes in your life then they won’t seem so bad or abrupt.  We always have free will to do whatever we want to do, however, we don’t have control over anything except how we react or how we process the change.  Change will happen whether we want it to or not.  And maybe some change isn’t always good or “for the better” but if we never changed then we wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate those changes in our life that are great!

Like the butterfly I had to go through many changes good and bad to become the person I am today.  And I suspect I have many more changes ahead but with change comes possibility and I know I will be the better for it!

Accidental Life Lessons on a Snow Day

14 Mar
Kathleen Foree (Me) 1974

Kathleen Foree (Me) 1974

Let me set the scene…It’s January 1975 and our farm in rural Troy, MO had just gotten one of the heaviest snowfalls in years.  In fact in Minnesota this storm was the “Blizzard of the Century”.    Living in the country a little snow fall didn’t necessarily mean school was canceled.  If the school bus couldn’t make it down our gravel road, we’d have to meet the bus were the gravel road met Highway H, about a mile and a half away.  Our neighbor, Mrs. Witte would give us a lift if Mom or Dad couldn’t.  And School closings, that’s a whole different story.  I can’t remember for sure but I don’t think we had school closings posted on TV.  We didn’t have cell phones with text messages in 1975!  We had a rotary dial phone that took five minutes to complete dialing the number!    We’d have to call the school and see if there was a message that school was closed.

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A Second Round Meal for the St. Pat’s Feast

13 Mar

Reuben Sandwich - Best Second Round Meal for the St. Patrick's Day Feast!

I love this time of year, St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, the first promises of Spring start to peek out of the ground, and corned beef is super cheap at the grocery store.  Continue reading

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