01 November, 2007

It is finally November.

In less than three weeks...20 days... I will be a Sadie! I am so excited. I want the wedding to be tomorrow; and then I think of all the things I have yet to do (even fun things) and need more time; and then it seems soooo far away.

My thrillosity is not diminished by the fact that on Halloween night, Hallmark ran the first Christmas commercial of the season. On HALLOWEEN NIGHT!!! Oh, come on--I think running Christmas ads in early November is too soon, but they couldn't have waited at least one day to get into November before pandering to the Christmas monster?

At the various commercial stores I was at today, staff people were working at stocking inventory for Christmas while marking down the Halloween stuff to 50% off. The Thanksgiving holiday seems to have gotten lost in the cracks. I am going to do a mini-boycott of companies that jump the commerce gun. Hallmark is a wonderful organization with fantastic products but I cannot embrace this marketing approach.

With the lovely arrival of November comes my travel week that begins oh so early on Monday. Awhile ago, I wrote about the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Summit I attended in July. This week, the clergy that was involved in writing the Proclamation on Animals & Religion will be heading to Washington D.C. to present the proclamation at the Capitol. I am so fahklempt. This is such an honor; this is so important. The press coverage has already begun, too. We were in the NY Daily News online! I am going to add links here if you wish to read about the origins of this event and the press article. Next week, when I return, I will blog more about it.


This will be a most interesting week of travel for me. Travelling to D.C. (away from my D.C.) -- then onto the Miracle Church in Cleveland where I will speak on Thursday night; and then fly to Baltimore to the Spiritual Empowerment Center on Sunday, November 11th where I will do the Sunday service and conduct a workshop before heading home. Whew.

It's a good thing that I took the night off tonight to spend it with my hunny. And fortune smiled when I serendipitously landed on the MTV production of the new Broadway musical, "Legally Blonde." I couldn't believe my luck that MTV was airing the entire show! New show tunes! Oh joy, oh rapture. And I am here to report, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the show. It was well-written, witty, contemporary, fun, good music and some of the hardest musical dance sequences I have seen in a long time. That cinches it -- I want to go to NYC so that I can see "Young Frankenstein" and now, "Legally Blonde." I suggested to Don that we go to New York in the Spring for our honeymoon so we can see some shows AND still go to Cooperstown.

Is Life good or what???

Remember those clocks tonight and I will be back on blog next week.

30 October, 2007

Panties for Peace

Got your attention didn't it?

Lest you think I am referring to some warped cosmic Halloween stunt, The Week reports there is a growing momentum for a campaign to achieve democracy in Myanmar. According to the magazine, this peace campaign is happening by mailing packets of women's underwear to Myanmar's embassies around the world. Activists hope to defeat the ruling junta by exploiting the superstition that contact with ladies' personal garments will sap a man's strength. New meaning to trick or treat.

On a lighter note, this Saturday, as a light rain fell on San Diego, I was showered with love. Dr. Jim opened up The HeartSpace for a gaggle of giggling goddesses to gather for the express purpose of tossing me a Bridal Shower.

Parties in general, make me uncomfortable, so I took great care in preparing myself to be open and surrendered to being present for this lovely event. Danielle, Grace and Uilani were the co-hosts and they gifted me with such a sweet afternoon. Instead of the more traditional shower with party games and male strippers, I requested that guests bring an affirmation, a song, a picture or such that they could share and what it means to them. It was so wonderful to hear and see the array of creativity and thought that went into what was gifted to me. There were even e-mails from long-distance friends who were unable to attend. Also, I was given a recipe (that I am sure Don will appreciate) and several wonderful gifts that belong in that cooking room. And I won't go into how we did manage to take a perfectly wonderful, heartfelt story and make it ever-so-slightly X-rated and had all of us laughing (and blushing).

On Sunday, I attended a meditation service at the local yoga studio. I learned that it's spiritual leader, Sri Chimnoy had made his transition on Oct. 13th. He was quite a remarkable man in so many ways both in his physical and spiritual prowess. Sunshine and I got to see him in person at a concert here in San Diego earlier this year. You might also be familiar with the Jyoti Bijanga vegetarian restaurant on Adams Avenue that is run by his disciples. His artwork is so colorful and joyful.

Later on, I am happy to say that the Boston Red Sox creamed the Colorado Rockies to win the World Series, 4-0. Wooohooo! Although I personally feel that the nine day lay-off for the Rockies took it's toll on a dynamite team, I was still rooting for the Sox and they played like the seasoned pros they are. Way to go Terry Francone on getting two rings in four years. Now let's see what Mike Lowell does. A-Rod to Boston? Hmmm...

Monday was filled with tasks, chores and errands. Don and I are working very painstakingly on completing projects and chores around the house in advance of my trip before the wedding. We are clearing out his storage unit and integrating more of his things with mine. (awwwwwww). It was important to me to release the king-size bed I currently have and instead, bring out of storage Don's queen-size bed and headboard. No small task. Gratefully, the very strong and able men from Father Joe's showed up today and carted away the bed that I bought in 2001 when I needed a large, plumpfy bed for David, Rosebud, Zeke and Nick and me. Hope it doesn't sound too old-fashioned, but it was intrinsically important to me to release that bed before my wedding/marriage to Don. Not to mention, it will give us more room in the bedroom and the cherry headboard will look so nice with decor in the bedroom. The wrinkle is that the big bed is gone but they arrived too late for Don and his able sidekick, JohnnyK to retrieve Don's bed out of storage. Tonight, I will be sleeping on the settee and Don will be having a sleepover at Kasa Kurko. Hey, you don't think this was all planned and it is a bachelor party in disguise?

A recent online survey of 60,000 people determined that the least attractive residents of any U.S. city live in Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Dallas/Ft.Worth. will try to not be too smug that the cities with the most attractive residents are Miami and San Diego. When I go to Washington D.C. next week, I will see for myself. (Doncha wanna know who created this poll and what was the criteria used for determination? Miami? Attractive?)

"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
" Oscar Wilde

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