Thursday, November 25, 2010

Counting My Many Blessings

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,

...chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today and

creates a vision for tomorrow.

-Melody Beattie

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Bits and Bobs

Mr. Bentley and I had a busy weekend. Friday night was Knit Night at the Sow's Ear and the gang and I stayed until the last gun was fired at 11:15 or so. I got a Christmas present finished and started on another one so it was productive as well as fun. (I'm working on several projects right now but at this time of year, you can't talk about any of them. It's the 'Santa Clause' in the knitted gifts contract I've never seen it so crowded at Knit Night before. At one point I had another lady practically in my lap. Good way to make 'close' friends I guess!

Saturday morning Ben and I went to friends' to meet their new furbaby Murphy. It's really hard to take pics of an active puppy but at least you get the general idea of his amazing cuteness.

He and Ben got along fine except for the part where Ben was trying his best to ignore Murphy so he could eat sticks and branches in peace, and Murphy nipped him in the butt to get his attention. Ben told him in no uncertain terms that that was not allowed and Murphy ran away yipping. He came back in just a few minutes and groveled his apologies and all was fine again.

We put the pups up and took a brisk walk down to The Great Dane Pub for lunch and to catch the end of the UW football game. Then Ben and I headed home to pick up friend Rob to go second hand shopping. We were on a mission to find particular items but of course we found a treasure that we weren't looking for and that wouldn 't fit in the car so we came home, got alternate transport and went back over to pick it up. The treasure in question was a beautiful rustic branch chair like Rob's grandfather used to make. I'm so jealous because I just love it, but alas, there is no room at Chez Bee (and, as it turns out, in the Bee family vehicle) for it. I'm glad Rob got it so I can at least go visit it!

This morning friend Scott came over to pick me up and we went to his aunt's house for a visit and then out to breakfast. His aunt is an amazing lady. It was a pleasure to meet her and it's always a pleasure to spend time with Scott. The coconut pancakes weren't bad either!

Then it was back home to pick up Rob and hit another second hand store to see if we could find the things we couldn't find yesterday. Joey chaperoned this time to make sure we didn't come home with any more furniture. We just went there and back again since it's such a dreary dismal day today.

So all and all, lots of comings and goings. Ben was thrilled to meet his new fur bud and to have friends in to play tug of war with him and Sheldon Sheep off and on all weekend. He was equally thrilled when we curled up in our nest and took a well deserved nap! It was the perfect rainy November afternoon for it!

Hope you all had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving weekend and that you have as many things to be grateful for as I do!

Next up: Yet another heretofore undiscovered superpower!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The November Drabs

A lot of folks in my life are grumbling about the November drabs. The leaves have fallen. All the pretty is gone. I beg to differ. Exibit A: this morning's sunrise.

Sometimes you just have to get up early to see the pretty!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Guitar Lessons-The Free Puppy of The Music World

I started taking guitar lessons about a month ago. I’ve had a guitar that my folks gave me for my birthday one year when I still lived in Maine and it’s been artfully displayed in various apartments, duplexes and houses, but never actually played. I took it to a music store right after I got it and the man behind the counter made beautiful sounds come out of it. I kinda figured he must’ve used all of the nice sounds up because once I took it home I never heard them again in all of these years. When a guy at work starting advertising 30 minute guitar lessons for $10 I thought, ‘That’s pretty cheap. Why not?’ and signed up, as I am wont to do, before I had a chance to consider all of the consequences:

Dehydration-So far he’s only teared up a little. He’s very stoic. But as the weeks drag on and I don’t improve, it’s only a matter of time before my teacher throws himself on the floor, banging his head and sobbing uncontrollably ‘Make it stop…For the love of all that’s holy, just make it stop!” Note to self: Buy stock in Kleenex and Gatorade.$$

Shift In The Housing Market- As I get less 'tentative' with my practicing (i.e. louder) I anticipate a mass exodus from my apartment building. Note to self: expect rent hike as only resident in 20 unit building. $$

Lawsuits: See Shift in Housing Markets above. Note to self: Start socking away legal fees and possibly bail money. $$

Veterinary Expenses- See' less' tentative above. I anticipate a change from the current dirty looks and heavy sighs I get from my canine companion whenever I play (everyone’s a critic!) to excessive pawing of ears and permanent hearing loss. Note to self: Buy antibiotic ointment and find doggie sign language teacher.$$

Personal Therapy-As this little venture goes on, I’m really going to need to see someone about the fact that I am physically/mentally unable to keep strumming with my right hand at the same time I am supposed to be changing chords with my left. My teacher keeps insisting I can, even though I’ve proven him wrong over and over and over again. Note to self: Find counselor to help me deal with my ‘disability’ and give guidance on how to explain to my teacher that, even though HE can do it, he's a freak of nature, and that strumming whilst chord-changing at the same time is, in fact, humanly impossible. $$

Therapists for my teacher-Note to self: Find a psychologist to deal with the issues in the first bullet point as well as helping him to deal with the new-found knowledge that he is a freak of nature. Also look for physical therapist to help him deal with that nervous tic he seems to be developing. $$

Much like the concept of a ‘free puppy’, I can see how this $10 Guitar Lesson thing is going to cost me a bit more than advertised! With the ‘progress’ (and use that term EXTREMELY loosely) I’m currently making, the ‘Molly Bee and The Monotones- Dazed And Disheveled World Tour' won’t be hitting a stage near you anytime soon, so I’d better devise alternative ways of raising funds for this endeavor. Psssst! (looks to both sides and pulls open one side of her trench coat) Wanna buy a Rulex watch? Cheap?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Halloween Redux

Nothing like getting your Halloween post out a week late! I finally came down off the sugar buzz today and realized that I hadn't posted in a while. Shame on me because around these parts, we take Halloween very, VERY seriously. Here are just a few of my friends (dressed as their alter egos)...

The Queen of Hearts
Snow White

The Situation and Snookie

Rob, Joey and I got a jump on the holiday by carving our pumpkins earlier in the week. Then I spent Halloween day making finger food for my office party on Monday.

We had a costume contest ...

Witch, Emo Roker, Tommy Lee, Mad Scientist and yours truly dressed as a Tropical Depression (That's a bottle of Prozac I have in my hand).

You know how brave ol' Ben is; here's a picture of him and Sheldon watching the Trick Or Treaters from the safety of their own nest.
But at least he's in costume. I recognize a 'Mr. Depressed Because All Of The Kids, Candy, Pats, and Fun Are On The Other Side Of The Sliding Glass Door and I'm Inside' when I see one.
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!