Eat Lightnin’

“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

The above quote comes from one of my ALL time favorite movie characters, Rocky Balboa. For 30 something years I have watched and re-watched each movie in the series. I care absolutely nothing about boxing, however, it is the message that has made me an obsessed fan all these years: Continue reading

Just Us

I am not the easiest person to love.

I am selfish, moody, standoffish, and I don’t like to sacrifice or give a lot myself.

See.. I told you I am just not very loveable.

Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of friends, but even my friends will tell you that they sometimes would love to rip my head off. It is not my most endearing quality, but it is me nonetheless. Continue reading

Life Is Just A Chair Of Bowlies

Some may say I overreact. Some may say I am dramatic. Some may say I am a Drama Queen.  And….they would be correct. I’m not sure where it stems from. Growing up, I was raised in a very un-dramatic household. My mother or grandmother never flew off the handle and were both cool, calm and collected under pressure, but me…..everything was, and still is, a Crisis .

A crisis is defined in Webster’s as a Difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention.

Pretty simple. Continue reading


I will do anything for a t-shirt.

-Donate money to your cause
-Join your club
-Fill out your survey
-Walk 15 miles….

I especially like t-shirts that say I did something or was somewhere.  My wardrobe is full of  t-shirts from summer camps, sports teams, vacation destinations, colleges, and even a few jobs.

I just really like t-shirts. Continue reading

Don’t Stop

It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you don’t stop. — Confucius

I like to win.

There… I said it.

I love beating people. I just can’t help it. The competitive nature in me just won’t ever die. Even everyday task, like checking out at the grocery store can be a fierce competitive battle for me.  If I see you heading for the same checkout line as I am aiming for, you better believe I am going to turn on the turbo boosters on my shopping buggy.

I hate to lose. Continue reading

The Beast In Me

“The beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars.”  –    Johnny Cash

If you tell yourself something for long enough, eventually you are going to start to believe it.  Whether good or bad…. over time you will start to develop an idea of yourself and it can be difficult to overcome, especially if the belief is negative.

Never in my 41 years have I thought of myself as a beast. In fact looking at the word makes me laugh. When I look at myself I don’t see beast. I actually see…well…. this…..

I tend to think of myself as frail and weak rather then a beast.

Until this past weekend. Continue reading

I Stand Defiant

It is only in the sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. – Amelia Barr.

Storms suck.

I know they are sometimes gorgeous to watch, and they can produce great beauty after they pass….

But they suck.

Especially when you are stuck in one.

Being pelted by wind blown rain, surrounded by clashing thunder and lightening, being soaked to the core…..well….

It sucks. Continue reading

The First Step

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu

If there is one thing I have learned in my 41 years on this earth, it is that life is a journey. It is going to happen whether we take part in it or not, and we have the decision as to how much of it we want to experience.

For a long time I was contented to just sit back and watch others have their journey. I knew I wanted to experience some awesome adventures like they were, but I didn’t know how. Making excuses seemed to be the only thing I was good at. Continue reading

Help Me Please!

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were.

Why is it that whenever I am a guest in someone’s home disaster always shows up? I mean should it not be easier staying in someone’s comfortable home rather then a stuffy hotel room?

Oh, if that were only the case!

Each and every time I am a guest in someone’s home, the story is always the same….. Continue reading

Just A Flesh Wound

“Humor is the most engaging cowardice.” Robert Frost

Sometimes I’m a coward.

Ok…So I am a lot.

From an early age the only way I could combat my cowardice was with humor. I didn’t know I was being humorous, but it seems to work.

One of my favorite movies is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The classic lines that come from that movie still resound with me today.  Especially the scene where the Black Knight attempting to show his bravery in a duel, loses his limbs.  When he loses his first arm he responds simply with…. Continue reading