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A request… February 2, 2008

Filed under: acts of kindness — scriptiasuburbium @ 7:50 pm

I wish I could claim this idea as my own, but I can’t. A very dear friend of mine came up with this and has asked to remain anonymous. So this is cut and pasted from her site…
I’ve been reading a book about positive energy, and although I’d love to write more about that book, it’s an idea that the book sparked in me that is the motivation behind this post.

While I was brushing my teeth tonight (getting ready for sleep), I was reflecting on what I had just read, something about prayer and meditation. One thing that I found interesting and in turn fueled my future train of thought (which I’ll get to in a sec), was that the book mentioned a study done on cardiac patients which found that those patients who had been prayed for “had a higher survival rate, required fewer antibiotics, and had fewer complications than the group not prayed for.” Interesting, no?

Which led me to a little idea, a request. I’m not requesting a prayer for myself, although it’s always welcome, but there are those who need waves of positive energy more than I do. They are everywhere. They are the sad, the lonely, the heartbroken, the angry, the hungry, etc. I thought, wouldn’t it be nifty if we could all pray/wish collectively for peace and love to surround and infuse every being? Not just a passing thought of a prayer, but something where you sit still, in silence, and really focus on your heart expanding, radiating love and compassion. (You can pray however feels right, whether you are saying a certain mantra, or reciting the rosary, or whatever, as long as it’s positive and full of love and right intentions, not discriminating where your prayers and wishes go [like not just to one group of people].)

My idea is simply this: get as many people as you can to dedicate at least two minutes to pray/wish/meditate this St. Valentine’s Day, February 14. (Or, at least five minutes, if you can spare it and stay focused–it doesn’t sound long, but it can feel like it if you’re not used to sitting still!) Why Feb. 14? Well, it’s coming soon, but not too soon, so you have plenty of time to request others to participate. Also, what better day is there that is already focused on love? : )

If you would like to join me in this, *please* post about it on your websites, blogs, etc., but please don’t link me, as I’d like to do this anonymously.

To recap:

What: day of collective prayer (or wishing, meditating)

When: 14th of February 2008 (maybe on the hour or half-hour/sunrise or sunset?)

Why: why not?

How: sit still, in silence, and really focus on your heart expanding, radiating love and compassion. (You can pray however feels right, whether you are saying a certain mantra, or reciting a rosary, or whatever, as long as it’s positive and full of love and right intentions, not discriminating where your prayers and wishes go [like not just to one group of people].)

Who: You and every positive person you can corral into doing this! (And I’ll be doing this, too!)

I probably haven’t written this up as well as I could have, but I do hope you’ll join me in this, and that you don’t think me strange or something! I know some people (esp. people with perhaps too much negative energy going on) will probably wonder “why do this on one day only?” or, “what’s the use?” The first question: well, this would be awesome if this could be done every day, but for some reason, my brain was saying, “Feb. 14 would be fab!” Plus, I’m hoping that there will be enough positive energy on that one day to equal and surpass what energy we could muster every single day for days on end. Does that make sense? I don’t know. In regards to the second question, that would be sad indeed if someone thought that. Hmm. I’m too pooped to even begin to tackle that one. I’m not going so far as to imagine that the world’s woes will cease to exist, or anything miraculous happening (that’d rock!), etc., but it’s the motivation, the intent, behind the hopefully collective prayers that is most vital. It’s not an experiment; it’s just a dream I have, and no, I won’t really know if others are doing this, but I’d like to think so…. Anyhoo, it goes without saying that naysayers, fatalists and pessimists will be prayed for, too. : )

Hope this finds you well, and thanks for reading this!

P.S. I’ll try to post reminders about this if any interest is shown


Thursday Thanks January 17, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — scriptiasuburbium @ 2:32 pm

Today I am thankful for:
hot coffee
christmas creamer-the last til next year
warm socks
a warm house to enjoy
my new sewing machine!
a husband who supports all my various hobbies 😉
sweet sound of Savannah talking to Puddles (her very favorite bear)
the internet and all the good it has brought into my life
time and space to do the things I love
my new roof! ahhh, warmth and safety!
libraries and librarians who know our names and interests
having family and friends nearby
my own washer and dryer


Thursday Thanks January 11, 2008

Filed under: Thursday Thanks — scriptiasuburbium @ 3:21 am

quick, while it’s still Thursday! today I am thankful for
birthday gifts
fun,unexpected gifts in the mail! (thank you!!)
being wiser than I was 10 years ago
yummy cookies that you place over said hot beverage and the caramel inside gets all warm and gooey,mmmmm
sweet baby
awesome husband
a newfound confidence
the realization that people probably do actually like me
snuggly dog who tolerates toddler curiousity
making progress on that baby sweater! still!
clean sheets
new perfume
pretty stitch counters
reconnecting with old,old friends
finally started exercising consistently again


New Year’s Resolutions 2008 December 23, 2007

Filed under: thinking — scriptiasuburbium @ 9:41 pm

plan menus on Wednesdays
Meatless Mondays
do Flylady( this incorporates a lot of improvements I would like to make)
start book club
do a 10k
exercise daily
wake up earlier so I have some me time everyday
declutter everyday-start with 5 minutes
turn the office into a big-girl room for Savannah
get a new sofa and get rid of the futon! we’re both 30, it’s way past time!
have my FOO over for dinner monthly
get together with our old friends monthly
find a volunteer committment Savannah & I can do together.
blog at least twice a week.
finish knitting projects before starting another.
start Christmas preparations in September!
Thinking of doing Photo365. this is a maybe.
find a dance or music class for Savannah. enroll her.
get pregnant or lose 30 pounds
weekly date night w/ DH
weekly financial meeting w/ DH
send out a hand written note weekly
plan and plant a garden
try a new recipe weekly
bake weekly
sew weekly
check email only once a day


Christmas meme December 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — scriptiasuburbium @ 8:53 pm

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
wrapping paper

2. Real tree or Artificial?

3. When do you put up the tree?
After DH’s birthday, which is on the 6th.

4. When do you take the tree down?
The feast of Epiphany. January 4th or 5th.

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Our dog Tucker. really awesome Dalmatian.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, again after like 15 years without one.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
my brothers. they’re boys. they’re 22 and 23. they have their own money.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Savannah and Jay

10. Mail or E-Mail Christmas Cards?

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
a home decor item that is very um, “country”, so not my taste.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
It’s A Wonderful Life.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels. a Christmas time only treat!

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
I don’t care. We have big “vintage” lights on the tree & outside this year.

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Do you hear what I hear? or The Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Stay home.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Star this year.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Both. & again Christmas night. & again the next day 🙂

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?

23. Favorite ornament theme or Color?
I liked my purple & silver tree a few years ago. This year I’m liking the more traditional look with red, gold and green. Extra points for handmade or nostalgic ornaments.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?

25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
A sewing machine of my own. An ivory tablecloth. A cuff bracelet. Boots.


Happy First Birthday, Savannah! December 12, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — scriptiasuburbium @ 10:21 pm

We love you so much! We are so glad you decided to join us a year ago today! You have made our life so much more than it was before-and it was pretty great before. I want to tell you how amazing you are and how much fun it has been to watch you grow and change so much in one short year. We brought home a tiny, helpless little creature who has become this vibrant, brave, kind, happy, funny, smiling, adventourous, nurturing, super-intelligent and surprisingly social little person. You won’t remember, but I will, the time at 7 months you crawled over to a crying baby anson and patted him on the head as if to say “it will be okay” or the way you try to give Gerdie kisses or the brave first few steps you took between Jay and I and how proud you were of yourself(rightly so!). I’ll also remember how willing you were to try new foods, and meet new friends, how you love the wind on your face and the look of pure delight the first time you felt wind, how excited you are to see me first thing in the morning and the wonderful feeling of snuggling up to read together. Happy Birthday!


Thursday Thanks December 6, 2007

Filed under: Thursday Thanks — scriptiasuburbium @ 10:32 pm

Today I am most thankful for my wonderful husband whose 30th birthday it is! I am thankful we both made it to 30 and together!
I am thankful for the abundance of friends and family who have sent well wishes for the day and the abundance of financial security to have a decent celebration of said birthday all weekend long!
I am also thankful for a healthy happy baby and that we get to enjoy birthdays and Christmas in the relative peace of our own home. I dropped off some of my moms group’s donations to the Ronald McDonald house today and was reminded just how lucky I am!