Friday, February 4, 2011

Let's Write!

I've sorely neglected just writing entries into my blog, so I'm going to just write for a bit.

This has been the week from hell.  I think it has been the worst week of my life, because of some things that are not mine to share.  I've scrapped very little, and that's not at all like me - I've basically been spending time clicking on every single link of Facebook (GREAT use of time, don't you think?) and watching a webcam that shows two baby hummingbirds in their nest, and you can see the mama feeding them (a little better use of time, but you can only do that so long).  It's time to get my act together and start doing something productive, and if I don't get busy blogging, scrapping, and/or commenting on other scrappers' layouts, I'm going to have to do something drastic like clean the garage.  That would be tragic!

We had a wonderful night last night at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  David, Rachel and I joined Jane and Ron, David's sister and brother-in-law, for dinner at Boma, an amazing restaurant that serves African food buffet style.  The dinner was amazing, and the conversation, getting to be with people we care about, was wonderful.  I always love it when David and Jane get together because I learn things about their growing-up years that David doesn't remember until Jane reminds him.  Ron and Jane live in Port St. Lucie, and they are Disney annual passholders, so they come to Orlando occasionally, usually for just the day, but this time they treated themselves to a night's stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge.  They said they had a room with a savanna view, which means they get to watch lots of cool animals almost right outside their room.  We got there early enough that Rachel and I could take pictures, which was awesome - we got really close to 2 giraffe (did you know that the plural of that word can either be giraffe or giraffes?), a male and a female, and we also saw a number of Roan antelope, some birds that looked a little like pelicans, and some birds that looked like they had the head of a puffin and the body of a turkey.  Yep, strange!

On the less exciting side, there were random disturbances at dinner.  Now we were seated at the back of the restaurant, far from the host/hostess stand.  At random intervals, there would be some REALLY REALLY REALLY LOUD drumming coming from that area - so loud that we could not even begin to  hear each other speak.  When we were leaving the restaurant, there were 2 of the hostesses playing the drums and 3 others dancing.  It was a quaint touch, but it makes you wonder - do they play drums like this during dinner in Africa?

So let's see, I've been emotionally disturbed, got very little scrapping done, had a great time at Animal Kingdom, let the dog out to pee a few times - hmm...doesn't sound like much of a "living out loud" week to me.  Time to kick this girl into gear and create some art.  I guess I could watch television, but I HATE television except for Survivor, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette - oh yes, and GLEE!!!!!  Glee is going to have an episode after the Superbowl Sunday night, and I imagine David and I will stay up and watch it - we both really love that show!

One thing that has been shown to me, something I really knew but has been put into action this week, is just how many people love me and will do anything to support me.  If you are reading this, you know who you are.  I can't imagine my life without my family - both blood family and family of choice.  God has blessed me with the most amazing people.  I do hope that I am as supportive of them as they are of me - I'm pretty sure I am.

I totally believe that love is the answer to any and all problems we have, and the more we can love, the more our lives will be filled with joy.  Every time I see a quote to that effect it gets added to my list of favorites (I keep a wordpad document that I add quotes to routinely).  Someone posted as their Facebook status this week that, if people spent as much time loving each other and doing positive things as they did being angry and negative, think what a wonderful world this would be!  Everybody isn't going to change overnight - in fact it's doubtful that everybody will change, ever.  But I can light my one little candle with love and spread it wherever I go, and I believe I can make a difference in someone's life - my own, if nobody else's.  If I'm loving you, I don't have time to be all wrapped up in whatever things I have identified as problems in my life.  If I'm looking for ways to show my love to the world, everything looks brighter.  That's when I am really and truly living out loud.

So, remember that when your world looks bleak.   There's always somebody that can use your love, even if it's the clerk at the bank.  You don't have to slobber all over them and hug and kiss them and be excessive - a smile and a compliment will go miles in making someone feel cared about - "I really like your sweater," for example.  Just imagine, that person may be totally alone in the world, or at least feel like they are.  I think we all remember times when someone, friend or stranger, has said something to us that really made a positive difference in how we felt at that moment.  I want to be the initiator of those actions, don't you?

A couple of years ago, I did a project that I want to do again.  I made some artist trading cards on the computer, printed them out, and handed them out randomly for the most part, although I did make some that were made for a specific person.  An artist trading card is a piece of art that has only one rule - it is 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.  Other than that, anything goes.  I made mine on my computer, printed them out on my printer (although you can actually print them out at Walgreen's for whatever cheap price they have going on, 2 ATCs to each 4x6 print), and put them in my wallet.  That way, when something happened that was really cool, or when I saw someone who looked like they really needed a pick-me-up, I could pull out one of these cards and give it to them.  I used different things from my gargantuan digital scrapbook stash, and either used quotes I love or made up something simple to say, like "You make people smile, thanks for that!".  Most of the time I handed it to the person as I was walking away - it wasn't about waiting around for expressions of gratitude (or somebody telling me I was nuts...LOL!).  Sometimes I did get feedback later that I had made a positive difference in someone's day, and that was lovely.  But no matter what, it made a positive difference in MY day.  I think the only thing I will change this time is to write something on the back, in my own handwriting.  Some people make their ATCs by hand, but I'm more of a digital artist sort of girl.

Wow, now I'm excited about this!  I think I'll end this and go make some art!

Peace and love to everyone!

PS - Before I start arting, I'm going to try to put a slide show of my Animal Kingdom Lodge pictures on my blog, so if you see it, you'll know I was successful, and if you don't, you'll know it was too frustrating!

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"If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you...I came to live out loud. [Emile Zola.]
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